READING PA – A film festival will be held on November 13, 14, 15 at the Goggleworks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington Street, Reading, PA. If you are a film fan, click here for all the details! In addition to films, there will be parties, panels, tours and networking opportunities.
Monthly Archives: October 2015
Steel River Playhouse 2015-2016 Season
LIVE at Steel River Playhouse
Laugh. Cry. Sing. Dance. Think. And be prepared for the unexpected! From the holiday classic White Christmas, to our American Classics offering The Glass Menagerie, to the beloved musical Fiddler On The Roof, to the sharp satire of The Colored Museum, there’s something for every theatergoer to love in our 2015-2016 season!
For tickets, click “Online Tickets” or contact 610.970.1199 or http://www.steelriver.org/current-season/out-2015-2016-season/. For subscriptions or group sales of 10 or more, including personal or business events and receptions, contact http://www.steelriver.org/current-season/subscription-plans/.
Nov. 14 – “Cooking With Quince” Open Hearth Cooking Workshop
Calling All Volunteers!
Night Hike was awesome!
Nothing but rave reviews for an awesome program planned and carried out by Spark the Wave students! If you missed it be sure to join us next year!
Calling All Volunteers!!
Saturday, October 31st, Sunday, November 1st
Saturday, November 7th & 14th
Come anytime between 10am to 3pm
We’ll be planting lots of trees and shrubs along Penn’s Woods Trail and can use all the help we can get! Bring shovels and other large digging tools if you have them. Hope to see you there!
Montgomery County Community College West End Student Theatre And Theatre Arts Program To Present ‘Fuddy Meers,’ A Comedy By David Lindsay-Abaire
Pottstown, PA — Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) West End Student Theatre and Theatre Arts program are proud to present “Fuddy Meers,” a comedy by Pulitzer prize-winning dramatist, David Lindsay-Abaire. Show dates are Thursday, Friday & Saturday, November 12, 13 and 14 at 7 p.m., with a special afternoon performance Friday, Nov. 13 at 12:30 p.m.
All performances will be held in MCCC’s South Hall Community Room, West Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518. This production contains adult language and themes.
“Fuddy Meers” is an entertaining, funhouse mirrors-type comedy. In it, when Claire wakes up each morning, her loving husband patiently explains that she suffers from a form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory every night when she goes to sleep. Life with a new blank slate every day seems to suit Claire just fine, but who is that limping man in the ski mask? Or his accomplice with the sock puppet? And why does he say her husband is trying to kill her?
“David Lindsay-Abaire’s play is wickedly fun, sometimes brutal, often quirky and ultimately sweet,” says director Tim Gallagher.
Directed by Gallagher, assisted by Carly Watson and stage managed by Morgan Carrasquillo, the cast includes Joe Donely, Michaela Santiago, Derek Peterson, Tess Devlin, Lexi Lyon, Erik Reyes, and Kayla Velasquez. The production is designed, produced and presented by the students of the West End Student Theatre (which includes Morgan Carrasquillo, Joe Donley, Shari MacNeill, Scott MacNeill, Tess Devlin, Zachary Clark, Christian Flint, Carly Watson, and Matt Giongo), under the guidance of Tim Gallagher and Christopher Kleckner.
Free parking is available. For directions, visit http://www.mc3.edu/about-us/directions-and-maps.
4th Annual Fall River Run In Pottstown
MCCC To Honor Veterans, Educate Community On Veterans Day
Blue Bell/Pottstown, Pa.—Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) will observe Veterans Day on Nov. 11 with events designed to honor those who have served and to educate the community about student-veterans’ issues.
To begin the day, MCCC’s Veterans Resource Center will host a breakfast for college and community veterans from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in College Hall room 147 at MCCC’s Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Community veterans are invited to join MCCC students, faculty and staff veterans on campus for free breakfast and conversation. All are welcome!
MCCC’s Veterans Day observance continues at 12:20 p.m. with a panel discussion, titled “From Combat to College,” in MCCC’s Advanced Technology Center room 101 at the Central Campus, with simulcast to North Hall 218 at the West Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown.
Sponsored by MCCC’s Center for Faculty Development and Veterans Resource Center, the one-hour discussion will explore veterans’ perspectives on their transition from military to a college environment. Panelists will discuss what it means to be a veteran and a college student and what factors can help or hinder veterans’ reintegration into academic life.
Dr. Ann Marie Donohue, associate professor of psychology and faculty advisor to MCCC’s Student Veterans Organization, will moderate the panel discussion. Panelists include MCCC student veterans Hector Figueroa, Dansel Landingen, Joe Long and Bernadette Parker, along with MCCC’s Coordinator of Veterans’ Services Michael Brown. The panel is free of charge and is open to the public.
With 379 student veterans currently enrolled, MCCC is committed to implementing support strategies that reduce barriers faced by student veterans as they complete their education. The College provides a Veterans Resource Center, where student veterans can work with a specialized veterans’ services coordinator to ensure they get the most out of their VA benefits and obtain or transfer college credits for military education courses and applicable experience. A peer support group further assists veterans with the transition to college and also offers advocacy and education on veterans’ issues in the community.
To learn more about veterans’ services at MCCC, visit http://www.mc3.edu/student-resources/vrc.
“The Potts Legacy” Lecture At Pottsgrove Manor – Saturday, November 7, 2015 At 1:00pm
Pottstown, PA – On Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 1:00pm Pottsgrove Manor will host a lecture by historian Dan Graham entitled, “The Potts Legacy.”
An expert on the early Pennsylvania iron industry and a genaeoligist of the Potts and Rutter families, speaker Dan Graham has done extensive research into the development of the region. In this program, Graham will talk about Pottstown’s founder, John Potts, his descendants, and the impact they had on the shaping of early Pottstown and the surrounding areas.
The talk serves as the closing event for the site’s current exhibit, “Pride of Place: The Local Legacy of the Potts Family,” which runs through November 8th. The exhibit can be viewed on a guided tour of the manor house during regular museum hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Tours are given on the hour. The last tour of the day begins at 3:00pm. The site is closed Mondays and major holidays. Groups of ten or more should preregister 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 www.montcopa.org/pottsgrovemanor. Like Pottsgrove Manor on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pottsgrovemanor.
Pottstown Halloween Parade
Rotary International To Host Community Peace Forum At MCCC
Blue Bell, Pa.—Rotary International Districts 7430 and 7450 will sponsor a Community Peace Forum on Saturday, Oct. 31 at Montgomery County Community College (MCCC), 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. The theme of the forum is “Building Safer Communities: Communities & Law Enforcement Working Together.” The event is open to the public; law enforcement officials, criminal justice faculty and students, and community peace activists are encouraged to attend.
The forum begins at 10 a.m. with a panel discussion in MCCC’s Science Theater, and continues with a luncheon and keynote address by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey. The panel discussion, which runs 10 a.m.-noon, is free of charge; the luncheon and keynote, which run from 12:30-2 p.m., cost $20. To register, visit bit.ly/PHLPeaceForum2015.
Rotary’s Peace Forum will engage participants in discussions about creating improved and sustainable relationships between members of law enforcement and the communities they serve. The event is designed to facilitate positive change through open dialogue and cooperation among stakeholders.
During the first part of the program, panelists will discuss issues that include ensuring high quality encounters between police and citizens; strengthening police-citizen relationships at the neighborhood level; and mobilizing community capacity to play an active role in public safety. Rotarian Joseph Batory, of the Philadelphia Rotary Club, will moderate the panel.
Panelists include: Jennifer Wood, associate professor of criminal justice at Temple University; Keith Hodges, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church; DF Pace, Rotary peace scholar and Philadelphia Police Department lieutenant, heading the Department’s Law and Criminal Procedure section; and Jayden Sampson, instructor of criminal justice, Montgomery County Community College. The luncheon and keynote address follow the panel discussion.
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges locally and globally. Rotary sponsor 6 Peace and Conflict Centers around the world where community members can be nominated for a Master’s Degree program or a professional program for training attendees in conflict resolution. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit rotary.org and rotarydistrict7430.org.
Hidden Treasures Artisans Studio Tour & Sale
10 AM – 5 PM each day
You are cordially invited to visit the artists in their studios, and see works in progress, demonstrations, talk with the artists and buy directly from the creators themselves. Included will be pottery, fused glass, carved and turned wood, hand hammered aluminum, basketry, porcelain, hand-painted silk, jewelry, stained glass, mosaics, hand knitting, hand weaving, and sculpture in various media.
Begin your holiday shopping and purchase that unique, hand crafted gift that will be cherished for years to come.
Click here to find out more about the Hidden Treasures Artisan Studio Tour
PENNSYLVANIA SINFONIA ORCHESTRA Presents: Not-Just-Art Auction
Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
Brookside Country Club
901 Willow Lane
Macungie, PA 18062
ALL ARE WELCOME.
Collectible pieces by Gallucci, Monk, Maniscalco & more.
Lots of affordable treasures.
7 PM Art Preview & Reception
Pasta Station, Butlered Hors D’oeuvres, Soft Drinks, Cash Bar
8 PM Silent Auction begins
Following, Dessert and Coffee
Music by Maplewood Trio
Kristin Erle, violin ~ Victoria Reichelderfer, viola ~ Mardochee Dade, cello
Catherine Keys, Auctioneer • TOM HALL AUCTIONS
Tickets $45 (610-434-7811)
Click here to order tickets online
New Exhibit Features Best In Show Winners At ArtFusion
Pottstown, PA – ArtFusion’s latest show MythConceptions will open on November 7 and run through November 21. This show will feature artwork from the winners of the Best in Show contest from ArtFusion’s 2015 Winter Member Show. Visitors to the show voted for their favorite artists and the two artists who received the most votes won their own show. Artists Dora Siemel and Gwendolyn Lanier-Gardner will present an amazing collection of 3D and 2D artwork. Gwendolyn and Dora invite the community to a meet the artists reception on Friday, November 13 from 6-8pm.
Dora Siemel was born in Matto Grosso, Brazil. In addition to being a sculptor, she is a poet, a computer consultant, a martial artist and a yoga instructor. Dora has had her own studio in Green Lane, Pennsylvania since 1992. Her sculpture medium is clay. The colors come from any combination of glazes, oxides, paints and waxes. Dora says, “When it feels appropriate, I incorporate found objects into my sculptures. These can be metal, fiber, bone or anything else that seems to fit with the rest of the sculpture.”
Her work has been included in various juried shows including the Pottstown Area Artists Guild’s “Art on the Hill” show, the Lansdale Festival of the Arts, the Norristown Art League, the Meadowood Art Show, the Woodmere Art Museum Show, the Phillips Mill Art Show, the New Hope Art League Show, the Bucks Byers Fever Show, the Bucks County Sculpture Show, the FODC Show and the GoggleWorks Annual Show. Her pieces have won numerous local prizes, including three “Best of Show” awards.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Gwendolyn Lanier- Gardner began making art in 2000 at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts. In 2009 Gwendolyn received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Arts degree at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston MA. Her primary focus as an undergraduate was Ceramics Figurative Sculpture. In 2012 she received her Post Baccalaureate in Graduate Studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia PA, where her exploration of drawing led her to her current body of work.
Gwendolyn’s art has been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Lawrence Eagle Tribune, and at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts during the 2008 NCECA Confluence Conference. She has shown her work at the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Katherine Weems Gallery in Boston, and other galleries across the East Coast. Gwendolyn is currently a Working Artist Member and instructor at ArtFusion.
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.
Muhlenberg Theatre & Dance Stages A Razzle-Dazzle ‘Chicago’
Allentown, PA — The razzle-dazzle vaudeville-style musical “Chicago,” about two fame-obsessed murderesses in 1920s Chicago, will be presented for the first time on the Muhlenberg College stage, Oct. 30 – Nov. 8. Directed by Muhlenberg theater professor Charles Richter, the show shines a spotlight on America’s obsession with celebrity, as well as showcasing the depth of talent in Muhlenberg’s theater and dance department.
“I think the show says something prescient about the nature of American life and the nature of celebrity,” Richter says, “and it says it with a great deal of wit and some venom.”
The show’s score, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, features the Broadway standards “All That Jazz,” “Cell Block Tango,” “Mr. Cellophane,” and “Razzle Dazzle.” The original production in 1975 was directed and choreographed by renowned Broadway choreographer Bob Fosse, who co-wrote the book with Ebb.
“Chicago” will be presented in Muhlenberg’s Empie Theatre, in the Baker Center for the Performing Arts, Oct. 30 through Nov. 8. Muhlenberg dance professor Jeffrey Peterson choreographs the production, and music faculty member Michael Schnack serves as musical director.
In the city of Chicago in the Roaring Twenties, chorus girl Roxie Hart murders her unfaithful lover and convinces her hapless husband to take the rap — until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. While behind bars, Roxie connects with fast-talking lawyer Billy Flynn, who’s got a plan to get her acquitted and make her a star. But Roxie soon finds herself vying for the spotlight with another “merry murderess,” Velma Kelly, a vaudeville performer in jail for killing her husband and sister, whom she found in bed together. Ultimately, the two join forces in pursuit of their own version of American Dream: fame, fortune, and acquittal.
“This is a show that demands a stage full of triple-threats,” adept at dancing, singing, and acting, Richter says. “I’m very excited about this cast. It’s one of the best I’ve directed in 38 years at Muhlenberg.”
“Chicago” was revived on Broadway in 1996 — a production that won the Tony Award for Best Revival, and that is still playing today, holding records as the longest-running musical revival and the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.
“It’s a very different show from the current revival,” Richter says. “The show is fully staged and has elaborate scenery, courtesy of designer Tim Averill. It’s also very much involved with the period of the 1920s in Chicago.”
Performances of “Chicago” are Oct. 30 – Nov. 8. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, with an additional 2 p.m. show on Saturday, Oct. 31. Regular admission tickets are $22. Tickets for youth and LVAIC students and staff are $8. Group and season subscription rates are available.
Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.muhlenberg.edu/theatre or by phone at 484-664-3333. Performances are in the Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.
Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg College is a highly selective, private, four-year residential college located in Allentown, Pa., approximately 90 miles west of New York City. With an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 2,200 students, Muhlenberg College is dedicated to shaping creative, compassionate, collaborative leaders through rigorous academic programs in the arts, sciences, business, education and public health. A member of the Centennial Conference, Muhlenberg competes in 22 varsity sports. Muhlenberg is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Muhlenberg offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in theater and dance. The Princeton Review ranked Muhlenberg’s theater program in the top twelve in the nation for eight years in a row, and Fiske Guide to Colleges lists both the theater and dance programs among the top small college programs in the United States. Muhlenberg is one of only eight colleges to be listed in Fiske for both theater and dance.
Night Hike and Tree Planting At The Althouse Arboretum
Hike on candle lit trails…
Listen to storyteller…
Games & activities…
Our most popular event! Fun for the whole family!
Friday, October 23rd
6pm to 9pm
$2.50 per person
Parking at the Aquatic Club on Moyer Road (Shuttle provided)
Calling All Volunteers!!
Saturday, October 31st, Sunday, November 1st
Saturday, November 7th & 14th
Come anytime between 10am to 3pm
We’ll be planting lots of trees and shrubs along Penn’s Woods Trail and can use all the help we can get! Hope to see you there!
Turning Leaf Fall Festival (Boyertown PA)
BOYERTOWN PA – Boyertown’s annual celebration of the arrival of fall, its Turning Leaf Fall Festival, is planned for Oct. 17 (2015; Saturday) at Boyertown Community Park, 417 Madison St. Plans are currently under way “for an exciting new twist that will make this event the place to be,” according to the borough newsletter.
“Music, hayrides, scarecrows, pumpkins and lots of food will be plentiful, in a setting that will satisfy all the senses,” it added.
MCCC To Launch Full-Time Software Developer Academy In January
Blue Bell, PA —Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) invites students to unleash their digital creativity by enrolling in its new Software Developer Academy (SDA), set to launch in January.
Modeled after coding boot camps that are springing up in major cities across the country, MCCC’s SDA will immerse students in a 12-week, full-time program designed to kick-start their careers in software development while engaging them in the local tech community.
The SDA will offer a four-tract program in iOS mobile application development that will prepare students to become entry-level mobile developers capable of creating applications for Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.
The course is taught at MCCC’s Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, and runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., starting Jan. 25 and continuing through April 22. Students are required to attend full-time. To learn more, visit http://www.mc3.edu/sda.
According to the online boot camp directory Course Report, the average cost of attending a coding boot camp in the United States is close to $10,000. The cost for MCCC’s pilot SDA is $6,500—and that’s before factoring in scholarships and other forms of aid that may be available.
“We’re almost half the cost of other coding programs in the area,” explained Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jason Wertz, who is coordinating MCCC’s SDA. “Plus students benefit from being part of a campus community at an accredited college. It’s a great learning environment for this type of work.”
To help defray the cost of attending, scholarships are available through MCCC’s Foundation, and the program has been approved for Pennsylvania Career Link funding for individuals who qualify. Group pricing for employers may also be available.
In a recent study of 48 boot camps across the country, Course Report found that three-quarters of graduates were employed, with raises averaging 44 percent from their pre-boot camp pay.
“Our goal is for students to learn the programming languages and tools necessary to work as a professional iOS developer. But, just as important, they’ll also learn how to be a positive and contributing member of the technical community, which is critical for their career development,” said Wertz. “We’ll help students identify ways to keep themselves on track within their chosen career paths and develop an online presence that helps them present their expertise to others.”
To be considered for admission, applicants should have one year, or equivalent, of programming experience in a modern object-oriented programming language like C# or Java. This prerequisite can be met through work experience or coursework. Prior knowledge of iOS is not required. Prospective students must complete an online application, available at http://www.mc3.edu/sda, as well as an in-person or video chat interview. Admission decisions will be made within a week of the interview.
To learn more, visit http://www.mc3.edu/sda or contact Jason Wertz at email@example.com.
MCCC Dental Hygiene Clinic Seeks Additional Patients
Blue Bell, PA —The Dental Hygiene Clinic at Montgomery County Community College’s Central Campus in Blue Bell is in need of additional patients with periodontal, or gum, disease this fall.
Interested patients will be screened for eligibility on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday during the fall semester, and those who qualify will begin treatment.
Treatment includes a complete assessment of the patient’s oral and periodontal health; dental x-rays, if necessary; education in self-care; scaling; tooth polishing; and fluoride treatment. Multiple, three-hour appointments are necessary.
Interested persons should contact the Dental Hygiene Clinic at 215-641-6483 and leave a message with their name and telephone number. The Clinic is located in room 211 of the Science Center, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, near the Morris Road entrance to the campus.
MCCC’s Dental Hygiene Clinic has been providing the public with comprehensive preventive dental hygiene services since 1973. Licensed dentists and dental hygiene faculty supervise all treatment procedures in the College’s state-of-the-art laboratory. The Clinic operates September through May, by appointment, and is part of Dental Hygiene students’ clinical requirements.
For a full list of services and fees, or to learn more about MCCC’s Dental Hygiene Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program, visit mc3.edu, then click on Health Sciences, followed by Dental Hygiene.
MCCC To Observe Campus Sustainability Month With Activities On Oct. 20-21
Blue Bell/Pottstown, PA — Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) will join hundreds of colleges and universities across the country to celebrate Campus Sustainability Month with activities on Oct. 20 and 21.
The newly expanded national Campus Sustainability Month (CSM) builds on 12 successful years of Campus Sustainability Day activities. Coordinated by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), CSM is designed to inspire students and other campus stakeholders to become sustainability change agents.
This year, MCCC will hold Campus Sustainability activities on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. in the South Hall Lobby at the College’s West Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown, and on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Center Atrium at the Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. All activities are free of charge and are open to the public.
Wednesday’s event coincides with a Sustainability Career Day for high school students, presented by Communities in Motion, a foundation of the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association (GVF).
Both days will feature informational and interactive exhibits on a variety of “green” topics, including alternative energy, e-waste collection, alternative transportation opportunities, green office products, RecycleMania, electronic and rental textbooks, farm to table produce, a sustainable Price Is Right style game, a raffle with sustainable prizes, and much more. MCCC’s Medical Assisting students will also be collecting gently worn coats to benefit local community organizations.
In addition to these activities, the West Campus event will also include information about Bike Pottstown, the new Sustainability and Innovation Hub, and an ecosystem display by MCCC Biology students. The Central Campus event will feature acoustic music, solar telescope demonstrations, and hydrogen car presentations by MCCC’s Engineering students.
On Wednesday, Oct. 21, MCCC will also host a video conference presentation by Dr. Cable Green, Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons, from 12:20-1:20 p.m. in Advanced Technology Center room 101 at Central Campus and in South Hall 221 at West Campus. During his presentation, titled “Open is Sustainable,” Dr. Green will provide an overview of open licensing and open educational resources (OER) and will explore new OER projects that are pushing open education further into the mainstream.
Join MCCC’s Campus Sustainability Month conversation by sharing ways you’re going green using the #mc3green hashtag on social media.