What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Friday, November 30, 2012

East Pikeland Elementary Hosting Annual Holiday Shoppe Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Dec. 1) from 10-2, East Pikeland Elementary will be hosting their annual Holiday Shoppe. Featured will be over 20 vendors selling various crafts, a bake sale and a basket raffle featuring an American Girl Doll, an electric scooter and more. In addition, kids will be able to take part in a Secret Workshoppe and there will be food for the whole family.

East Pikeland Elementary is located at 1191 Hares Hill Road.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Iron Works Church Hosting “Saints and Skeptics” Debate on December 13th

Iron Works Church and the Bertrand Russell Society have partnered to host “Saints and Skeptics”, a moderated debate and open forum on faith and skepticism, taking place on December 13th at 6:30pm at Franklin Commons.

The evening will include an unscripted debate between two scholars, followed by an open forum where the audience may ask questions of the presenters. Carl Trueman of Westminster Seminary will represent Historic Christianity as espoused by Saint Augustine and Chad Trainer of the Bertrand Russell Society will represent skepticism/atheism as espoused by Philosopher Bertrand Russell.

Tickets are on sale now and are discounted to $12 if purchased before November 30th. To purchase tickets or to find more information, visit the Saints and Skeptics website. Ticket price includes complimentary wine and cheese.

Speaking in Shinos - An Exhibition of Wood Fired Ceramic Work

Historic Yellow Springs, Chester Springs, PA is pleased to announce SPEAKING IN SHINOS, a group exhibition featuring VITRA5. This unique ceramic exhibit runs from November 30th-December 15th, 2012 with an opening reception on Friday, November 30, 2012 from 7 to 10 pm. The public is cordially invited to attend in the First Floor Galleries of the Lincoln Building, 1685 Art School Rd. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday noon-4pm.

SPEAKING IN SHINOS is the second annual show for the group VITRA5 that includes Heidi Brett, Karen Ewerth, Jessica Greet, Jackie Henisee and Wendy Vedder. A collective fascination with wood firing has been their focus over the last 2.5 years. This year VITRA5 wants to show the beauty in the Shino glaze family and explore how Shinos respond in the mysterious atmosphere of the wood kiln. Using the common language of the Shino glaze each ceramic artist brings their own voice with surface decoration, incorporation of other cone 10 glazes and carving techniques. This rugged wood fire process, the warmth of the Shino glazes and each "voice" of the potter is captured in a video presentation.

Simon Youth Foundation seeks applicants for $1 million in scholarships

For a twelfth straight year, Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, will award a college scholarship to one student from every community that is home to a Simon property.

Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarships are awarded through the Simon Youth Scholarships program and in partnership with local Simon properties. The application period is open from Thursday, November 8, 2012, to Friday, January 11, 2013.

Locally, students can pick up a copy of a scholarship application at the Simon Guest Services Center at Philadelphia Premium Outlets. Applications also can be downloaded at the SYF website or http://www.syf.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/SMS-2013-application.pdf

Any student who will be graduating in the class of 2013 and lives within 50 miles of a Simon property is eligible. The program will award a one-time scholarship of up to $1,400 to students who plan to enroll in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school.

In addition, an “Award of Excellence” will be given to the top candidate from among the scholarship winners that represent each of the nationwide Premium Outlets® locations. That student will win a $2,500 scholarship that is renewable for up to three years.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Louie's Foundation Beef and Beer Benefit

On Thursday, December 6th, come out to Spring Hollow Golf Club in support of a great cause. Louie's Foundation, whose goal it is to help critically ill children and their families by providing funding and advocacy to improve their quality of life while at home or in the hospital, is hosting a beef and beer from 6-10pm. In addition, there will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and live music. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at http://www.eventbee.com/event?eid=995958305 or by stopping into the proshop at Spring Hollow. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit chronically ill children in our community and their families and Child Life Programs at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Shop to Beat MS: A Benefit for Walk MS at the Devon Horse Show

Hors d’oeuvres, live music and holiday shopping will all be in store for those attending a charitable fundraiser in Radnor next month. On December 5, the National MS Society will be partnering with the 333 Belrose Bar and Grill to host a kick-off event for Walk MS at the grounds of the Devon Horse Show.

“We are proud to be partnering with the MS Society to host this event. We are committed to supporting those living with MS on the Main Line,” says Kelly Finch, Manager and Events Coordinator at 333 Belrose, which has a reputation for its commitment to community involvement in the Radnor Area.

Amongst the vendors who will be present for “Shop to Beat MS” will be the trendy trunk show vendor Stella and Dot, and the cupcake truck Dia Dolce. Guests who attend the event will enjoy valet parking, a variety of hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine and a silent auction while they shop. There will also be a performance from singer-songwriter Seamus McGroary. Guests will also have the chance sign up to walk or volunteer for Walk MS 2013.

Walk MS manager Melissa Hersh views the event as an opportunity to bring communities in the Main Line together. “We are always looking to recruit more members of the MS Movement; we thought our partnership with the Belrose would be the perfect opportunity to get the word out about our inaugural year partnering with the Devon Horse Show.” Walk MS at the Devon Horse Show will take place on Sunday, May 5, 2013.

“Shop to Beat MS” will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 333 Belrose Bar and Grill located at 333 Belrose Lane, Radnor, PA 19087. Tickets will be $25 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will go to funding programs and services, research, and treatments for the more than 14,000 people living in the Greater Delaware Valley with MS. To RSVP for the event, email adrienne.webb@nmss.org or call 215-271-1500.

For more information about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Walk MS at the Devon Horse Show, visit www.walk4ms.org or www.devonhorseshow.net.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Phoenixville Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort

Karen Johns has organized a group of volunteers collecting money and supplies to assist those effected by Hurricane Sandy. The group has opened an account with Phoenixville Federal Savings and Loan and has created a Facebook group which you can visit at facebook.com/groups/479046235452003.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Phoenixville Jaycees Hosting 3rd Annual Burn Off The Bird 5k Saturday, Nov. 24

Thanksgiving is a time for eating, often times much more than we should. We all know how hard it can be to pass up that second piece of pumpkin pie or extra helping of stuffing. The Phoenixville Jaycees can help you take care of some of those extra calories with their third annual Burn Off the Bird 5k and 1-mile Fun Walk on Saturday, Nov. 24. starting 9 a.m. at Stepping Stone Education Center, 475 Grant Street, Phoenixville.

Pre-registration for the race is available through active.com and guarantees a long sleeve Dri-Fit shirt. Race day registration is $30 and shirts will be available while supplies last.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Complimentary Lunch N Learn Event: QuickBooks Kickstart on Thursday, November 15th

Small business owners and leaders in and around the Steel City are invited to attend a free event Thursday, November 15th from 12:00 PM -1:00 PM at the Royal Bank America building (808 Valley Forge Road, Phoenixville). Local CPA Dave Ashworth will present useful and valuable ideas about utilizing QuickBooks for your accounting needs. This complimentary lunch event should prove to be of importance to small business owners in this lively interactive session designed to provide attendees with actionable information. Hosted by Royal Bank America and Wealthmark Financial Services, this event serves as a continuation to a larger Small Business Series with events to be held throughout the winter on a variety of topics of interest to business owners.This event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be offered and attendees can RSVP by calling 610.933.1195.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Phoenixville Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort

Reader Maureen posted this on our Facebook page:

New Jersey residents are in desperate need following the devastation of many shore communities and are in need our immediate help.

The process of returning life to normal may take a very long time but together we can help our neighbors by donating items, distributing flyers about this effort, volunteering at the collection center when it opens, and help to make a positive impact on many lives. We have received a list of needed items. Please see below.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012, 7 p.m. we will meet at the Episcopal House, 601 Center Street, Phoenixville, to collect any immediate donations and to organize volunteers to drop flyers, staff a collection center, and deliver supplies to New Jersey. Please make plans to attend!

Manny DeMutis has graciously offered a collection site for donations next door to Generations which is across from Phoenixville Federal Bank and Trust at 115 Main Street, Phoenixville. The center will be open later this week. Look for signs for hours of operation.

A bank account, "Phoenixville Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort", has been opened at Phoenixville Federal Bank and Trust.

Thank you!

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Donation list not limited to these items:

Bottled water, non-perishible snacks, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, all toiletries, feminine sanitary products, shampoo, conditioner, baby products, formula, diapers, wipes, hand sanitizers, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, warm socks, gloves, blankets, pillows, pet supplies, dog and cat food, portable storage bins, batteries, candles, etc.

Dr. Chaim Peri to Discuss “Instilling Values in Your Children” at Montgomery School

On Thursday, November 8, Montgomery School and ESF Camps will host Dr. Chaim Peri, the director and chief educator at Yemin Orde in Israel for 27 years, to discuss “Instilling Values in your Children: Complementing Intuition with Method.” This event is free and open to the public.

Yemin Orde is home, at any give time, to some 500 at-risk, disadvantaged, immigrant children and teenagers from more than 20 countries throughout the world. More than 55 percent of those living and studying at Yemin Orde today are immigrants from Ethiopia, some 30 percent from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) and others are from Latin America, Europe and some Israeli-born children from deprived backgrounds. All the children are from the lowest end of the socio-economic scale and have suffered one form of trauma or another in their young lives, including abandonment, separation and worse. The village serves as both a home and school environment and is dedicated to giving youngsters the highest-possible level of care and education, cultivating their self-esteem and building leadership qualities through innovative outreach programs.

Under the leadership of Dr. Peri, Yemin Orde developed unique methodologies which he will share during the event, including how to:

  • Empower children to believe in themselves and their innate abilities
  • Help children develop the academic and social skills needed to succeed in school and later life
  • Encourage children to become leaders in their own right
  • Teach children to know the comfort and joy of aiding others.

TOSDV Presents Holiday Extravaganza

The Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley presents its Holiday Extravaganza. This program includes Laurel and Hardy’s comedy “Big Business,” with Wayne Zimmerman providing live accompaniment on the TOSDV Wurlitzer Opus 585, 3-manual, 24 rank theatre pipe organ. A concert by guest organist Joe Pantano, and music to celebrate the season (Late Fall/Winter, Christmas, Chanukah, New Years, etc.) will complete the program.

This fun afternoon, quickly becoming a highly anticipated annual event, will take place Sunday, December 9, 2012, 3 PM, at the Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, PA. Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, will be available at the door. Note that the Colonial assesses a $1.50 fee on all tickets.

Come and join us for our last theatre pipe organ program for the 2011-12 season and ring out the old year (a little early), TOSDV-style.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Skylight Coworking Hosting Grand Opening Celebration This Friday

A couple of weeks ago we introduced to you Skylight Coworking, the new collaborative office environment located at 214 Bridge Street. While they have been open for the past few weeks, tomorrow will be their official Grand Opening. Beginning at 2pm, the celebration will give you the chance to speak with founder Shannon Coghlan Reiss about the advantages of coworking and how you can benefit from this up-and-coming professional movement. You will also get to enjoy the paintings of Elisabeth Olver, Skylight's resident artist, whose original renderings will be in constant rotation on their walls to encourage creativity, entrepreneurialism, and accomplishment. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 2:14 and light snacks and beverages will be available.