What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Gateway Pharmacy hosting their All Day Madness Event tomorrow

Gateway Pharamacy will be hosting their All Day Madness Event tomorrow, December 11th. The event, their biggest sale of the year, will be held from 8am-10pm and will feature great sales on gift and holiday merchandise, extra special deals like $5 "Grab Bag" Stockings and also a visit from Santa from 12-7pm and Olaf from 4-7pm!

For more information, visit their webstie at thegatewaypharmacy.com or on Facebook.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Phoenixville Area Soccer Club to Honor Its Founder, Alex Gojkovich, With Field Dedication on October 24th

Phoenixville Area Soccer Club (PASC) will unveil a memorial dedicating its field complex in Charlestown Park to its club founder and longtime coach, Alex Gojkovich, Sr. The ceremony will take place at PASC's fields at 12:30 PM on Saturday, October 24. The fields are located at Beulah Heights St & Southwest Ave, Phoenixville, PA 19460.

Current and former PASC players, coaches, and club members – and everyone in the local soccer and sports' community – are invited to attend and honor Mr. Gojkovich and share remembrances of the man once called "Mr. Soccer of Phoenixville."

Gojkovich, an immigrant from Yugoslavia, had a storied history with the beautiful game. His club soccer career in his native Yugoslavia was halted when he went to serve in World War II. After spending time in a POW labor camp in Germany, Gojkovich went on to stay in West Germany and play professionally for Club Bayern in Munich.

Ultimately, Gojkovich preferred playing soccer for fun rather than money. In 1952, he landed in the United States, as he did not want to return to Communist Yugoslavia. A search for work brought him to Phoenixville Steel, where he found employment and a place to raise his family. What he didn't find was his favorite sport, so he set out to bring soccer to the area.

In 1964, Phoenixville Marian Youth Club started a soccer program, which Alex joined as a coach, placing his 8-year old son, Alex, Jr., on a team. Seeking wider opportunities for local soccer players, Gojkovich led the charge to form Phoenixville Area Soccer Club, which fielded its first teams in the Inter County League in 1969.

In 1971, PASC was using the Northern Chester County Technical School's (now TCHS) fields, and in 1982, work began on the current PASC fields on the grounds of Valley Forge Christian College (now University of Valley Forge).

"In reality, this is a re-dedication of these fields to Mr. Gojkovich," says Andre Calilhanna, current board president of PASC. "In 1982, as they were breaking ground for our current complex, the fields were named for Alex – he was already legendary in the area for his contributions to youth soccer."

Indeed, Alex Gojkovich received recognition with a "Service to Youth" award by Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association (EPYSA) and a service award from the YMCA. Alex was considered for placement in the Phoenixville Area High School Hall of Fame for his role in bringing soccer to the high school in 1979. Mr. Gojkovich died on February 6, 2014.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

9th Annual PACS Empty Bowls Event To Be Held November 6th

Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS) will host its 9th Annual Empty Bowls hunger awareness event and fundraiser on Friday, November 6 from 4:30 to 8:30 at Technical College High School (formerly CAT-Pickering).

Come join us for a simple meal of soup and bread as we acknowledge hunger in our midst and raise awareness and funds to feed our neighbors and make a difference in our community.

Tickets are $20 and include a pottery bowl for you to keep. Please visit their event page for more information and to order tickets.

Community Yard Sale to Benefit National Kidney Foundation

This Saturday, October 10th, Madison Westridge Gardens, 970 Township Line Road, is hosting a community yard sale from 8:30-4. The yard sale will have over 25 residents participating and they will be grilling hot dogs starting at 10:00am to raise money for the National Kidney Foundation.

For more information, please contact Melanie at 610-935-9122 or by email at pmwestridge@maglp.com.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Local Business Spolight: Gray Magic Wands

Gray Magic Wands is an online business run by Phoenixville resident Lane O'Neill. They specialize in hand crafted wooden wands inspired by Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and more. Lane talks a little about his business:

I'm a native Eastern PA resident who has lived in and loved Phoenixville for 10 years with my wife and daughter. I've been a tinkering, novice woodworker since High School, but recently got the urge again, specifically, Lathe turning. There's something Zen like in watching a log turn into unique, fantastic shapes, so that's what I decided to focus on, the Fantastic.

I love the way children can pick up a stick and have their imaginations take them on a journey. I want to give them a better stick. Magic Wands can turn a boy or girl into a wizard or witch. And add panache to a Halloween or convention, costume. I make varied one-of-kind styles and custom pieces. I also turn wooden Star Wars light sabers and Dr. Who sonic screwdrivers. I decided to open a web shop to spread new designs.

With Halloween just around the corner, this is a great time to get something for your little wizard, witch or warlock. Find the Gray Magic store on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/GrayMagic or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GrayMagicWands.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Sugar Free Allstars Coming to Colonial in August

On Tuesday, August 4th, the Sugar Free Allstars will be playing the Colonial Theatre. Sugar Free Allstars are a Family Funk super duo from Oklahoma City. Chris “Boom!” Wiser and Rob “Dr. Rock” Martin joined forces in 2001 and quickly gained a following with a high-energy live show that has been described as a hip-shaking, head-bopping, southern-based explosion of fun for all ages. Sugar Free Allstars are among the ‘Top 12 Family Music Artists in America’ according to Time magazine. They’ve had two #1 songs on SiriusXM radio’s ‘Kids Place Live,’ and in 2012 were featured on a Grammy Award-winning album.

The show begins at 10:30 and tickets are $6.50 (free for children under 3).

For more information, including links to some of their videos and tickets, visit http://thecolonialtheatre.com/programs/sugar-free-allstars/.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Help local Laura Prell Feed 108 Families

Laura Prell has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help feed 108 families a real meal. Laura is working with the St. Peter's Church Food Bank and estimates it costs $20 to provide a family a real meal and is thus hoping to raise $2160. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. From the campaign page:

The idea of feeding 108 families a real meal with real food started a long time ago, but last year, I was reminded of this idea, when I was putting my food away after coming home from food shopping. Not everything would fit in my fridge and I was annoyed. Then I felt like someone smacked me in the face... I have too much food and it won't fit in my fridge... I am so blessed that I have never known hunger a day in my life. I knew I wanted to do something that showed how grateful I am for that. My husband and I, have always donated to food banks at the holidays, but we wanted to do more, make it more of a monthly reminder of how good we have it. We started buying $25.00 worth of extra groceries at our local wholesale club. Each time we went, it felt really good to see the food stack up in our entry way, but then I finally got around to dropping it off at our local food pantry in town. They were so grateful they invited me in for a tour of the pantry. I asked if there were things they needed? The director said, that coffee and tea are things people really love, but don't get a lot of...that stopped me in my tracks, as a new mom I can't imagine not being about to have a cup of coffee or tea in the morning. They also need simple things like flour and baking power. They also never get chicken breast or fresh veggies and fruits.

Read the full story at gofundme.com/xfyk65w and make a donation today!

Schuylkill Canal Association Gears up for 32nd Canal Day

This Sunday, June 28th, the Schuylkill Canal Association will be hosting its 32nd Canal Day.

For the last 32 years people have been gathering on the last Sunday in June to support and celebrate Schuylkill Canal Park, with Canal Day. This year the Schuylkill Canal Association has added a Beer Garden that will be serving Sly Fox beer at the St. Michael’s Pavilion. Also new this year is a Civil War Camp Reenactment with tours and stories of the great conflict.

While adults will be able to enjoy a cold beer on a summer’s day, kids will remain the main focus. Fishing poles will be available for children 12 years old and under who want to participate in the Kid’s Fishing Derby between 9:30-10:00. Popular rides such as the Orbitron and the Bungee Bounce will be back again this year along with Kid’s Crafts, Games, Face Painting and Story Tellers. Kids are also welcome to help the Locktender open Lock 60 and listen to the lively narrative of the Locktender.

The Schuylkill Trail Run will start the first competition of the day. The trail run will cover five miles that includes ravines and plateaus and ends with a flat section along the river. Many have described the course as the most scenic and demanding run in Montgomery County. Registration begins at 8:00 AM at St. Michael’s Park; the run starts at 9 AM at Lock 60.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Revolutionary Puppets Coming to Phoenixville this Summer

Revolutionary Puppets, a new puppet company based out of Phoenixville, has three performances this summer, the first of which is this weekend. From their website:
Hello Revolutionaries!

We are Revolutionary Puppets, a puppet theater based in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. We offer live, fun, highly interactive shows the first Saturday of every month at St. John's Lutheran Church, 355 St. John's Circle in Phoenixville. Every show is a different combination of short sketches, songs, and lots and lots of audience interation.

Our shows have a little something for all ages, so come join the revolution

Shows will be held June 6, July 4 and August 1. All three will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church, 355 St. John's Circle. Tickets are $7 per person, regardless of age, or only $25 for a family of four!

For more information, visit revolutionarypuppets.com

Friday, May 08, 2015

Kimberton Area Lions Club hosting KidSight next Wednesday

On Wednesday May 13, 2015, in conjunction with the Dogwood Festival, the Kimberton Area Lions Club will be hosting KidSight, a Lions' vision screening program for pre-school children. The screening will take place between the hours of 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Parkside United Church of Christ on the corner of Main Street and Third Avenue in Phoenixville, across from the Dogwood Festival location (Reeves Park) and will be conducted by trained specialists. This is a free service provided by the Kimberton Area Lions Club.

What is KidSight? KidSight is an initial screening program for eye problems in preschool children. If a screening reveals a potential issue, the child should be referred to an appropriate eye care professional. Children are screened for lazy eye and possible depth perception conditions.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Yumi Kendall & Friends benefit concert - 8 pm, Friday, May 8

Yumi Kendall, Assistant Principal Cellist of The Philadelphia Orchestra, will give a Benefit Concert for the Lyre Association of North America on Friday, May 8, 2015, 8 pm, at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, located at 1601 Pughtown Road in Phoenixville, PA.

Pianist Sheila P. Johns and The East Coast Lyre Ensemble will accompany Yumi on several selections, including two pieces arranged by Veronika Roemer for lyre ensemble and cello – Saint-Saens' The Swan from The Carnival of the Animals and the Rachmaninoff Vocalise. The lyrists, who are coming together from seven states to support the fundraiser, will also offer a special piece written for the modern lyre.

The Lyre Association is raising funds to support the Sixth International Lyre Conference, to be held this summer in Detroit, Michigan. A primary goal of the conference, entitled “The Lyre as Instrument For Peace,” is to build community and help develop capacities for meaningful interaction, giving ear toward understanding and reconciliation in the world.

The Lyre Association of North America (LANA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1982. It is an association of dedicated musicians who yearn to share the gift of the lyre with ever widening circles.

For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Lyre Association of North America, contact lyrists@gmail.com, or go to www.LyreAssociation.org.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

TimeBanksUSA Founder To Speak In Phoenixville

“Challenging the Money Monoculture” will be the theme of a talk by Dr. Edgar S. Cahn, the beloved founder of the internationally acclaimed system of “Time Banking,” when he and his wife Dr. Christine Gray appear at the Annual Meeting of the Phoenixville Area Time Bank (PATB), Sunday, May 3, starting at 7 p.m. at St Peter's Episcopal Church, 121 Church St, Phoenixville, PA. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available starting at 6:30 pm.

Dr. Cahn, Chairman of the Board and CEO of TimeBanksUSA, is an author and leading innovator in the fields of public interest law, social welfare, racial and juvenile justice and alternative economies. He began his work during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, where he made his mark in the development of AmeriCorps/ VISTA and legislation for the “War on Poverty.” He currently serves as Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia School of Law.

Dr. Cahn’s book No More Throwaway People explains the concept of Time Banking, in which community members “bank” the time they have committed to helping others in exchange for services they need. Time Banking was first implemented in the District of Columbia as a way of delivering services to the needy while empowering them with opportunities to assist others.

Dr. Gray, who was CEO of TimeBanksUSA from 2009 to 2012, serves on the organization’s board of directors. With her husband, Edgar, Christine has taught courses and workshops on Co-Production, Time Banking, and systems change at the community, professional, and graduate school level. She is a key developer of TimeBanks USA training and support materials. She secured her doctoral degree in political science at UCLA, in 2011.

Besides the inspiration that Edgar and Christine are sure to evoke, the evening’s program will include the presentation of the PATB Slate of Officers, distribution of the Annual Report, an opportunity for members to give feedback to PATB leaders, and a drawing for door prizes.

For details about the May 3 event or to find out more about local and national Time Banking, visit www.patb.timebanks.org or call 610-608-9281.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Open Letter: Suggestions on ways to improve traffic during the Dam constuction project

Reader Dan E. recently wrote in with an idea on how to ease congestion on Valley Rd/White Horse. We would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. And if any of you have an in w/ PennDot or the borough, please send them this link to see if they can weigh in.

Over to Dan:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Rapps Dam Bridge Update

From eastpikeland.org:

Rapps Dam Bridge UPDATE (as of 4/21/15)

PennDOT has awarded a contract for repair of the Rapps Dam Covered Bridge, which has been closed since April 29, 2014. The contractor has been authorized to begin purchasing materials and the construction work will begin on May 26, 2015. The contractor has been given 6 weeks to complete the project. Check back here for periodic updates.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Phoenixville Area Soccer Club Announces New Director of Coaching and Travel Soccer Tryouts

Phoenixville Area Soccer Club (PASC) is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Pryor to its staff of coaches in the role of Director of Coaching. Michael brings enthusiasm and experience to the position, and begins his tenure overseeing Fall Travel tryouts next week.

"It's my responsibility to ensure that each player's development is our top priority," says Pryor. "One of my favorite parts of coaching is watching players develop a love for the game that is everlasting. I feel that the memories made and the relationships formed are as important as the soccer skills learned."

Pryor's coaching credentials include his role as Academy Director at Total Soccer, Asst Coach at Wilkes University, and Head Coach at Wyoming Area High School, in addition to coaching locally. His playing experience includes club ball at Wyoming Valley Soccer Club (1998-2005), high school soccer at
Coughlin High School (2002-2004), and college soccer at West Chester University (2005-2009).

"I've had an amazing soccer journey," Pryor continues, "and I am deeply connected to this area. My goal as DOC is simple: to create a fun and challenging learning environment that fosters a love of the game in every player who steps onto our fields in Phoenixville."

Travel Soccer tryouts for the 2015 Fall season will be held at PASC's club fields beginning Sunday, April 19th. PASC's club fields are located at Charlestown Park, adjacent to the campus of The University of Valley Forge, at Beulah Heights St and Southwest Ave, Phoenixville, PA 19460.

The schedule for tryouts includes: U9 Boys (Mon 4/20 & Thurs 4/23 @ 5:45-7:15 PM), U9 Girls (Sun, 4/19 & Wed, 4/22 @ 5:45-7:15 PM), U10 Boys (Mon, 4/20 & Thurs, 4/23 @ 5:45-7:15 PM), U10 Girls (Sun, 4/19 & Wed, 4/22 @ 5:45-7:15 PM), U11 Boys (Tues, 4/21 & Fri, 4/24 @ 5:45-7:15 PM), U11 Girls (Tues, 4/21 & Fri, 4/24 @ 5:45-7:15 PM), U12 Boys (Tues, 4/21 & Fri, 4/24 @ 5:45-7:15 PM), U12 Girls (Mon, 4/20 & Thurs, 4/23 @ 5:45-7:15 PM), & U13 Boys (Sun, 4/19 & Wed, 4/22 @ 5:45-7:15 PM). U15-16 Boys tryouts are TBD. U13 Girls & U14 Boys are encouraged to try out for the newly
formed Alliance FC.

Travel tryout registration for all PASC teams is at https://pasc1.sportngin.com/register/form/918353736.

Learn more about PASC travel soccer at the Travel Soccer page of the PASC website.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Iron Cross Athletics hosting Free Community Workout on April 26

On Sunday, April 26, Iron Cross Athletics will be hosting a free community workout. The class, being held from 11:15-12:00pm (check-in at 11), is open to anyone/everyone in the local community! Individuals of all fitness backgrounds and abilities are welcome, no prior CrossFit experience is needed! Kids must be at least 12 years old. Class size is limited to the first 20 people to register.

To sign up or ask questions, email Nikki at ironcrossathletics@gmail.com or give them a call at 203-558-7281. Iron Cross Athletics is is located at 723 Wheatland St, Phoenixville PA. For more information, visit them on the web at iron-cross-athletics.com.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hickory Springs Pet Farm Hosting Easter Celebration

On Saturday, March 28th, Hickory Springs Pet Farm will be hosting an Easter Celebration. The event will be held from 10am-1pm and will feature pictures with the Easter Bunny, goodies and giveaways.

Hickory Springs Pet Farm, 1095 Pike Springs Rd, Phoenixville, is a family-owned and operated cat and dog kennel nestled on 16 acres in the beautiful rolling hills of northern Chester County. They offer boarding, daycare, grooming and training services. For more information, please visit them at hickoryspringsfarm.com.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Kimberton Waldorf School Announces Forest, Field, and Farm Kindergarten Program

Kimberton Waldorf School, the second-oldest Waldorf school in North America, serving approximately 300 students from early childhood through grade twelve, is pleased to announce an outdoor, nature-based kindergarten program beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year.

In the new Forest, Field, and Farm Kindergarten, the “classroom" is the school’s breathtaking 430-acre campus, with its rolling hills, farm and gardens, conservation trail, bubbling creeks, and wooded areas. Held outdoors, this program encourages children to play, explore, and immerse themselves in the natural environment — giving them the opportunity to use their imaginations, develop critical thinking skills, stretch their muscles, and hone their motor skills.

The curriculum grows out of the ever-changing environment. The children are busy working in the garden, observing animals, witnessing changes in the land, crafting, and playing in nature’s playground. These kinds of activities develop a deep sense of wonder about the natural world and lay the foundation for scientific inquiry. Sticks, acorns, leaves, and other treasures become props for imaginative play and implements for counting, sorting, and pattern-recognition. Storytelling, songs, and poems provide a rich, language-based experience. Each day, children connect with the Earth, themselves, and others through exploration of animal habitats, nature crafts and handwork projects, water and sand play, farm chores, hiking, swinging, running, and more!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Great American Pub Hosting Muder-Mystery Fundraiser for PACS on March 28th

On Saturday, March 28th, the Great American Pub & Hotel (148 Bridge St) will be hosting a Murder-Mystery dinner to support PACS (Phoenixville Area Community Services). Visit a Recipe for Muder for more information and for tickets.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Spring-Ford Music Association hosting Rock the Runway Prom Preview Fashion Show

On Saturday, February 21st, the Spring-Ford Music Association is hosting a Rock the Runway Prom Preview Fashion Show. This fundraiser will feature 'students, teachers and mystery models ... modeling the latest Spring and prom fashions from local retailers and designers'. In addition to the fashion show, they will have a vendor showcase, door prizes, a 50/50 and raffle prizes. A portion of ticket profits sold by music students will be contributed directly to their Student Point Account, the remaining portion will go to the SFMA to help support the music efforts throughout the district.

For more information and to order tickets, visit the SFMA at springfordmusic.org.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Iron Cross Athletics introduces ICA Kids

Iron Cross Athletics, home of CrossFit Phoenixville, is starting a kids program aptly called ICA Kids. The five week long session begins on Sunday, January 25th and is open to kids 7-12 years old. From their blog:

Finally! ICA Kids is coming in two weeks! ICA Kids sessions are taught in the same structured environment you’re used to and are led by Karen (Sarge). Each ICA Kids session is five weeks long, and classes are scheduled at 9am on Sundays.

Our first session will begin on Sunday, January 25th and will be offered to kids ages 7-12. Classes will be about 45 minutes in length, and during each class, we will warm up (usually by playing a game), complete a kid’s WOD, and finish by working on a skill.

The five week session costs $75, and space is limited to 10 kids, with a minimum of 4. If you have questions, contact Sarge. To sign up, talk to John or Nikki next time you’re at the gym.

Looking forward to kicking this off in the new year!

(Class dates are 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22)

For more information or to register, call 717-572-3994 or visit them on the web at iron-cross-athletics.com.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Rapidough Pizza Pies kicking off The Year of the Pizza with a day-long party this Saturday

On Saturday, January 17, Rapidough Pizza Pies in the Providence Town Center, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, will host what they're calling a kick off to THE YEAR OF THE PIZZA.

"It's a new year and it's an opportunity for everyone to discover the best pizza ever," offers Nick Farrell, partner in the unique restaurant.

Rapidough Pizza Pies opened in April with a restaurant model boasting offerings that are better than fast. In fact, when customers enter Rapidough Pizza Pies, they build custom pies, delicious calzones and fresh salads on an easy-to-use iPad interface and they're enjoying delicious gourmet food about five minutes later.

"People appreciate fast but they also desire quality," adds Nick's brother, Tom Farrell. "We knew there was a way to deliver both and to do it with food that everyone loves."

People do love pizza and that's why Rapidough Pizza Pies– whose tagline is Best. Pizza. Ever. –decided to celebrate 2015 as The Year of the Pizza and to host a day-long party for the entire community.

The year-long tribute to pizza kicks off with a party on Saturday, January 17, that will include live music, food specials, special guests and a lot of surprises.

Special guests at The Year of the Pizza event include a local brewery and distillery. Sly Fox Brewing Company, Pottstown, PA, will offer samples of their beer and special pairings with Rapidough's seasonal pies and day-only creations. Manatawny Still Works, also headquartered in Pottstown, will be pouring samples from their portfolio of spirits and offering cocktail samples that pair with Rapidough's pies, salads and calzones. You do not want to miss these combinations of locally-owned brands all coming together in one fantastic event.

Live music will be provided by Sidney Joseph who was named Best Local Musician with National Potential by Main Line Today. Joseph fuses acoustic-based rock, R&B grooves, Latin rhythms and hip-hop attitude for a sound without boundaries and he will rip through dozens of popular songs new and old, keeping the party lively.

Besides the food specials and samples there will be other surprises and giveaways throughout the day.

Schedule of Events:
  • Manatawny Still Works: 1-4pm
  • Sly Fox Brewing Company: 3-5pm
  • Live Music: 2-6pm