How Would You Like To See Your State Tax Dollars Spent?

Randall ForteArts advocacy requires an ongoing conversation with both our elected and appointed government officials. Since negotiations for the state budget have stalled, it’s time for citizens to help to set priorities. Let the Commonwealth’s current budget impasse prompt you to contact them and remind them with a personal story of how much the arts mean to you and your family.

A father wrote to me about the sensory-friendly performance of a children’s play attended by his child with autism. They thanked Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre for their effort to understand the daily challenges faced by families like theirs. “Our son may not have the chance to do so many things in life that others do,” they said. “It was a very special day.”

A thriving arts community does not exist in isolation. While engagement in the arts affects people in deeply quiet ways, the arts experience can unite us around shared values:

  • We believe that everyone in the Lehigh Valley deserves access to our rich diverse arts culture.
  • We take pride in locally produced arts experiences; they are integral to the region’s cultural infrastructure.
  • We realize that the arts are essential to our economic vitality and quality of life.

The Lehigh Valley is the third largest region in the state; it deserves recognition and its equal share of reallocated state tax dollars. An individual story sends a powerful message. Many stories command attention.

Randall Forte
Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Arts Council

Upcoming Performances Classical Music Performances In The Lehigh Valley

CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF BETHLEHEM presents:
September 11, 2015 | 7:30 pm @ Foy Hall
Manhattan Piano Trio


PENNSYLVANIA SINFONIA ORCHESTRA presents:
August 16, 2015 | 7:30 pm @ Wesley Church
Valley Vivaldi

Lehigh Valley Arts Council
840 Hamilton Street, Suite 201 ◊ Allentown, PA 18101
610.437.5915 ◊ info@LVArtsCouncil.org
www.LVArtsCouncil.org
LVArtsBoxOffice.org

Youth Produced And Directed Film To Premiere On August 14, 2015

Helping to Inspire Positive and Healthy Opportunities for Progress Inc. (HIP HOP Inc.) is pleased to announce the premiere of Pottstown: The Kidumentary. The premiere will be held at the Olivet Boys and Girls Club – The Ricketts Center, 640 Beech Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 on August 14th, 2015 at 6:00pm.

Pottstown: The Kidumentary is a youth led, youth directed and youth produced film about the Borough of Pottstown and the people that make it great. The kidumentary was produced over the summer by youth participating in the summer learning program of HIP HOP Inc. in partnership with the Olivet Boys and Girls Club – The Ricketts Center. The primary goal of the summer learning program and the development of the kidumentary were to develop key 21st Century Life Skills in written and verbal communication, listening skills, video production and editing, team work and academic based research.

“We are proud of the work of the youth of HIP HOP Inc.”, stated Shay Peterson, Vice President of HIP HOP Inc., who went on to say, “The development of Pottstown: The Kidumentary was not only a fun hands on experience for the youth involved, it helped youth to develop core skills that will increase the likelihood of post-secondary success, while exposing youth to careers in production, technology, research and communication.”

For ticket information please visit: www.hiphopinc.org.

For more information please contact:

HIP HOP Inc.

Ralph E. Godbolt, President and CEO

rgodbolt@hiphopinc.org

Living History Sundays In August At Pottsgrove Manor‏

Pottstown, PA – Come spend a casual summer Sunday afternoon at historic Pottsgrove Manor and enjoy the 18th century surroundings as volunteers demonstrate colonial trades and pastimes.

On August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Pottsgrove Manor’s living history volunteers, dressed in colonial period clothing, will be living life the 18th century way. Activities may include needlework, spinning, tape weaving, gunsmithing, hornsmithing, cooking, and more.  Visitors can watch, learn, and even join in!  Activities will vary from week to week, so call ahead or check the site’s webpage at http://www.montcopa.org/PottsgroveManor to find out what will be offered that day.

A donation of $2 per person is suggested for this program. Guests can also tour the manor house, see the museum’s current exhibit, “Pride of Place: The Local Legacy of the Potts Family,” and shop in the museum store on their visit.

The “Pride of Place” exhibit can also be viewed during a guided tour of Pottsgrove Manor during regular museum hours now through November 8th. Regular museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tours are given on the hour. The last tour of the day begins at 3:00 p.m. The site is closed Mondays and major holidays. Groups of then or more should pre-register by calling 610-326-4014.

Pottsgrove Manor is located at 100 West King Street near the intersection of King Street and Route 100, just off Route 422, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Pottsgrove Manor is operated by Montgomery County under the direction of the Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites Division of the Assets and Infrastructure Department. For more information, please call 610-326-4014, or visit the website at  http://www.montcopa.org/pottsgrovemanor. Like Pottsgrove Manor on Facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/pottsgrovemanor.

Fifth Annual Summer Fundraiser for Artfusion

ArtFusion-color600Pottstown, PA – Looking for something fun to do in August? Make plans to join ArtFusion 19464 for their fifth annual summer beef and beer fundraiser on Saturday, August 8 from 6-9pm. This year’s event will again be held at the ArtFusion facility at 254 E. High St.

Advance tickets are $20, if purchased before July 25. Tickets purchased after this date are $25. If the event has not sold out, tickets will be available at the door. Tickets can be bought online at http://www.artfusion19464.org, in person at ArtFusion, or over the phone by calling 610-326-2506. Guests can choose a beef entrée, or a vegetarian sandwich option.

LowResVBCLogoVictory Brewing Company has once again generously donated their amazing beer for this event. The Butcher and the BBQ will be making the hot beef sandwiches and Montesano Bros. will again be creating their amazing side salads and veggie sandwiches. The Community Gardens in Pottstown will be donating a fresh garden salad for everyone to enjoy. There will be soda and water in addition to Victory beer and homemade desserts to finish off the meal.

Along with enjoying great food and great beer, guests will have the chance to win fun door prizes and try their luck at a 50/50 raffle. Guests could win a $50 Wegman’s gift card, a gift basket from local soapmaker Scentual Gardens, a gift card from Connections coffee shop, goodies from Milkman Cake Shoppe, a “Shop Local” gift basket donated by Dolan Law Group, a basket of cheer donated by the ArtFusion Board of Directors and featuring a selection of red and white wines, and their choice of original artwork. Each guest will receive one door prize chance free with their paid ticket. Additional tickets will be one sale throughout the night. Proceeds benefit ArtFusion 19464’s upcoming fall educational exhibit Her Story. This show will feature artwork inspired by women’s history.

ArtFusion 19464 is a 501(c)3 non-profit community art center located at 254 E. High St. in downtown Pottstown. The school offers day, evening and weekend classes to all ages. The goal of these classes is to help students develop their creative skills through self-expression and independence. ArtFusion’s gallery hosts rotating shows featuring local artists. The gallery also sells handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gift items. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.

90-Year-Old Fulfills Skydiving Dream

I first met this incredible lady in 1966 when we moved to Pennsylvania. She was a grade school teacher in the Canton Area School District. Long since retired, she is still the woman I remember from my childhood. Way to go Edna!!!!! Here is a link to the write-up in the Elkhart Truth http://www.elkharttruth.com/news/2015/06/24/90-year-old-retired-teacher-has-skydiving-wish-granted-through-Live-A-Dream-program.html

Berks Celtic Oyster Fest Saturday, July 18th

The Berks Celtic Oyster fest was established in 2002 as an annual event to raise money so the Berks County Irish-American fraternal association (BCIAFA) can set up an establishment in the community that we can call home. Our event is a celebration of Celtic heritage with food, drink, Irish entertainment and various vendors.

Hours:  11 AM – 9 PM (Rain or shine)

Music from Noon to 9 PM

Admission Price:

$8 + fee (online)

$8 in advance 

$10 at the gate

Children 12 years and younger are free

 Free parking onsite

Willow Glen Park, Sinking Spring

Click here for more information

SUMMER FAMILY WHEEL THROWING (Adults And Children) With Kristen VonHohen

$20.00$45.00

Want a taste of throwing on the wheel without signing up a multi-week class?  Try this mini 2-day workshop!  Your first day will be spent learning how to throw clay on the wheel.  A few weeks later, in your second class, you will glaze your creation, making them beautiful and food safe.  Class size will be limited based on the availability of the wheels.  SUMMER SESSION:  Friday, July 24 from 10:30 am-noon for your wheel class. All students will come back on Friday, August 14 from 10:30-11:30 am to glaze their work. $40 (member), $45 (non-member). Tuition covers one adult and one child. Each additional child or adult is only $20.

PLEASE NOTE:  There is room for 2 parent/child pairs on 7/24.

Click here to go to the ArtFusion website.

Public Viewing For Fallen Scranton Officer

A public viewing will be held starting at 2 p.m. for Scranton Police Patrolman John Wilding who was killed in the line of duty –  watch news reports here: http://wnep.com/2015/07/16/public-viewing-for-fallen-scranton-officer/ 

Officer Wilding’s funeral will be Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton. You can watch the ceremony live on, WNEP-2 and on wnep.com.

Pottstown Brew Fest To Be Held In Memorial Park, October 4th

A new event is coming to Pottstown.  The craft beer movement is sweeping the nation and Pottstown is no exception.

The event will feature 100+ craft beers and hard ciders from 50+ brewers that you can sample.  Sly Fox will be there representing Pottstown along with many Pennsylvania brewers AND brewers from more than a dozen other states (as far away as Oregon!).

There will be food (Lily’s Grill, The Heart Foodtruck, The Cow and the Curd and Grumpy’s) and music (Celtic Spirit Band).

1500 tickets go on sale starting July 17th at 9:00 am.

The Brew Fest benefits the Pottstown Elks Lodge #814.

Click here to check out the website and buy your tickets starting July 17th.

Memorial Park and Manatawny Park are the same place.  So no matter what you call it, you know where to go :).

The New York Times Spends 36 Hours in Pittsburgh

Beyond Pittsburgh’s pretty downtown, transformation and momentum reign, with former industrial areas giving way to restaurants, shops and art venues.

Click here to watch the just under 6 minute video.

Powerful New Video Predicts Bright Future For Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh’s transformation from steel and manufacturing to eds and meds is a well-known story that continues to attract national attention, this time from Time Magazine.

Watch the video at: http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Best-of-the-Burgh-Blogs/The-412/July-2015/Powerful-New-Video-Predicts-Bright-Future-for-Pittsburgh/#sthash.FC3Mg7RK.V9tODPci.dpuf

BOYERTOWN’S 8TH ANNUAL CRUISE NIGHT

July 18 @ 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Free

In the past years Building A Better Boyertown (BBB) has hosted a series of community events on the 3rd Saturday of each month. With the permission of the Borough of Boyertown, BBB’s 8th Annual Cruise Night will hit the streets of Boyertown on July 18, 2015, with a rain date of July 25, 2015.
BBB’s Cruise Night will take place along Route 562/Reading Avenue and the lots of National Penn Bank and the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles. Registration will be in the parking lot of Good Shepherd Church. Reading Avenue will be closed from 3:00 pm until 10:00 pm, from Third Street to Philadelphia Avenue/Route 73 and Fifth Street to Philadelphia Avenue/Route 73, detour directions will be posted and Philadelphia Avenue will remain open. Alternate parking for spectators will be available in the Town Center parking lot and along Walnut Street.
Over the year’s we’ve had over 300 cars participate and over 800 spectators attend the Car show in Downtown Boyertown!

Website: http://www.gogreaterreading.com/event/boyertowns-8th-annual-cruise-night/

Forensic Sciences Summer Camp Returns To Chestnut Hill College

The Forensic Sciences Summer Camp, directed by Joe Kulkosky, Ph.D., chair of the College’s biology department, will be once again offering the unique opportunity to students grades 5-12, to participate in a week-long summer camp with immersion into the Forensic Sciences. Presented during the months of July and August, the camp will be offered in two one-week sessions.

The Forensics Sciences camp will focus its curriculum on the collection and analysis of crime scene evidence such as serology, toxicology, entomology, odontology and trace evidence. It will also provide students with hands-on experience in several techniques used by professionals who conduct criminal investigations such as crime scene investigation, DNA typing, fingerprint classification, fabric and shoe print pattern comparisons and blood type testing.

High school students can register for the one-week session from July 13-17. Middle school students can register for the one-week session from August 3-7. The camp runs daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fee for each session is $250 for high school students and $200 for middle school students. The fee must be received with the completed registration form in advance and registration is first come, first serve with each camp capped at 16 students.

The registration form for the Forensics Sciences camp can be found here.

Contact Dr. Kulkosky at kulkoskyj@chc.edu or 215.327.3340 with any additional questions.

Steel River Playhouse Summer Camp 2015

Picture 577See how the arts can enrich your child’s world, through skill building, performing and working creatively and collaboratively with others.

*Each session taught by our professional staff

*Sessions specially designed for Elementary, Middle and High School Ages

*Choice of AM or full-day activities for elementary school students.

*Financial Aid available for families in need of assistance (click for application)

*… and a Steel River Summer Camp t-shirt included with camp tuition!

Enroll Now!

Three separate sessions to fit your family’s summer schedule:

  •  Session 1: July 6-17
  • Session 2: July 20-31
  • Session 3: August 3-14

SRP summer camp 2015 registration form

Camp 2015 Program Guide

More information:  http://www.steelriver.org/2015/04/summer-camp-2015/

TriCounty Community Network Welcomes Interim Executive Director

Jan MorrisJan Morris, M.Ed.

TCN welcomes Jan Morris as the Interim Executive Director. Serving on a part-time basis, Jan will officially begin as director on July 20th.  Prior to her retirement in 2013, she spent three years as the Director of Community Life at Frederick Living. Before Frederick, Jan worked as an Executive Assistant at TCN for two years.  She has a Masters Degree in Education from Ohio University and has been an active volunteer since retiring.