Lehigh Valley UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF BETHLEHEM presents:

October 30, 2015 | 7:30 pm @ Baker Center for the Performing Arts
Escher String Quartet


PENNSYLVANIA SINFONIA ORCHESTRA presents:

October 23, 2015 | 7:00 pm @ Brookside Country Club
Not-Just-Art Auction


MORAVIAN COLLEGE MUSIC INSTITUTE presents:

October 16, 2015 | 7:30 pm @ Foy Concert Hall
Moving Mountains, CD release performance

October 25, 2015 | 7:00 pm @ Peter Concert Hall
Moravian College Early Music Ensembles

October 30, 2015 | 7:30 pm @ Peter Concert Hall
Moravian College Celtic Ensemble & Guitar Ensemble

November 1, 2015 | 4:00 pm @ Peter Concert Hall
Moravian College Clarinet Choir, Flute Troupe, & Woodwind Trio

November 1, 2015 | 7:00 pm @ Peter Concert Hall
Delta Omicron Musicale

November 8, 2015 | 4:00 pm @ Peter Concert Hall
Moravian College Women’s Chorus

November 8, 2015 | 7:00 pm @ Foy Concert Hall
Moravian College Community Orchestra

November 11, 2015 | 9:00 pm @ Peter Concert Hall
M.I.M.E. (Moravian Improvised Music Ensemble)


MORAVIAN COLLEGE THEATRE COMPANY presents:

November 5, 6, 7, 2015 | all evening performances 8:00 pm @ Arena Theatre
November 8, 2015 | matinee performance 1:00pm @ Arena Theatre
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DIGITAL STORYTELLING Professional Development Seminar

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council is presenting a seminar about the art of digital storytelling, on Tuesday, October 27, 2015, at the Butz Corporate Center , 9th & Hamilton, 2nd Floor conference room from 5:30 to 8:00PM. Featured presenters are Caroline Savage, Program Director of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Ken Unangst, Owner & Founder of Digital Feast. Both of these professionals specialize in working with arts organizations and arts businesses, assisting them with communicating through visuals and technology.

The panelists will provide examples of how to clearly define your message by addressing the following questions:

  • What does your mission look like?
  • How do you create a story that resonates with the community?
  • What is the value and impact of this visual medium on your audiences?

Refreshments provided. The fee is $25 for Lehigh Valley Arts Council members, $45 for nonmembers.

Tickets are limited and selling quickly. Order yours through our box office today!

ARTS COUNT 2015 Arts Rally & Awards Ceremony

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council observes National Arts and Humanities Month with Arts Count 2015, an arts rally and awards ceremony, on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This year’s gathering also celebrates the new and expanded Charter Arts facility at Third and Polk Streets in South Bethlehem. Join us for the opportunity to tour the 80,000 square-foot facility, now equipped with a recording studio, a black box studio, four dance studios, expanded art studios and gallery, and a 350-seat performing arts theatre.

Arts Count serves as the occasion for the Lehigh Valley Arts Council to distribute grant awards to the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Project Stream recipients in Carbon, Lehigh and Northampton counties. The Project Stream is open to individual artists and community groups who apply for support of an arts-related project with strong public impact. More than $34,000 in state funds will be awarded to twenty-six applicants for activities September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2016.

Supported by Gross McGinley, LLP and PPL, this event is free to Arts Council members and grant recipients; the cost to guests and nonmembers is $10. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to 610-437-5915 to attend.

Yoga & Meditation Classes Offered For Community Veterans At MCCC

Blue Bell, Pa.—Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) is offering free yoga and meditation classes this fall for veterans in Parkhouse Hall room 128 at its Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. The classes are open to all veterans in the community.

“Research shows us that mindfulness-based practices, like yoga, have many benefits for veterans. These include increasing one’s ability to focus, improving sleep and managing stress,” explained Dr. Deb Greenspan, associate professor of psychology at MCCC.

Greenspan facilitates the sessions along with Sara Erlbaum of Still Warriors. Together the two lead veterans through a combination of yoga and iRest®, a guided meditation practice designed to heal and provide coping mechanisms for stress.

This fall, classes will be held on four Mondays, Oct. 12 and 26 and Nov. 9 and 23, from 12:30-1:15 p.m., and on four Saturdays, Oct. 10 and 24 and Nov. 7 and 14, from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

No prior yoga or meditation experience is required, and yoga mats and blocks will be provided. Veterans are welcome to attend one or all classes, as their schedules allow.  

For additional information, contact Deb Greenspan at dgreensp@mc3.edu.

MCCC Student Nurses, Veterans Participate In White House Tree Selection

PHOTO: Members of the Student Nurses Club (SNC) and Student Veterans Organization (SVO) from Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) participated in the selection of the 2015 White House Christmas tree at Bustard’s Christmas Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pa. on Sept. 30. Pictured (from left) Dansel Landingin, SVO, Psychology major, with Trigger; Hector, Figueroa, SVO president, Social Sciences major; Kristin Davies, Nursing instructor; Jay Bustard, Bustard’s Christmas Trees co-owner; Aaron Hull, SVO, Life Sciences major; Courtney Bagwell, SNC, Nursing major; Kathryn Hall, SNC, Nursing major; Joe Long, SVO and Veterans Services assistant, Engineering major; Dr. Linda Roy, Nursing program director; and Michael Brown, Veterans Services coordinator. Photo by Sandi Yanisko

PHOTO: Members of the Student Nurses Club (SNC) and Student Veterans Organization (SVO) from Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) participated in the selection of the 2015 White House Christmas tree at Bustard’s Christmas Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pa. on Sept. 30. Pictured (from left) Dansel Landingin, SVO, Psychology major, with Trigger; Hector, Figueroa, SVO president, Social Sciences major; Kristin Davies, Nursing instructor; Jay Bustard, Bustard’s Christmas Trees co-owner; Aaron Hull, SVO, Life Sciences major; Courtney Bagwell, SNC, Nursing major; Kathryn Hall, SNC, Nursing major; Joe Long, SVO and Veterans Services assistant, Engineering major; Dr. Linda Roy, Nursing program director; and Michael Brown, Veterans Services coordinator. Photo by Sandi Yanisko

Lehighton, Pa.—Members of the Student Nurses Club and Student Veterans Organization from Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) traveled to Bustard’s Christmas Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pa. on Sept. 30 for the selection of the 2015 official White House Christmas tree.

During a special press event, White House officials, along with representatives from the National Christmas Tree Association, identified a 19-foot Fraser Fir that will soon be headed to the White House’s Blue Room. Bustard’s was selected as the provider for this year’s tree after being named Grand Champion at the National Christmas Trees Association’s biannual meeting, held this past summer in Illinois.

The Bustard family invited MCCC students to be part of the ceremonial tree selection at its Carbon County farm to recognize the Student Nurses Club’s commitment to the national Trees for Troops program.

Over the past several years, the Student Nurses Club has raised funds and has donated more than 60 trees to Trees for Troops, which provides holiday trees to the families of deployed service men and woman. Each December, MCCC Nursing and Veterans students gather at Bustard’s Christmas Tree Farm in Lansdale to purchase, tag and prepare trees for shipment to military families.

The Nursing program’s participation in Trees for Troops aligns with Joining Forces, a national initiative calling on Americans to rally around service members, veterans and their families and to support them through wellness, education and employment opportunities. To learn more about Joining Forces, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces.

In addition to Trees for Troops, the Student Nurses Club raised over $3,000 for last year’s Hometown Hero Walk in Lansdale, and the group has sponsored donation drives for personal care items that were delivered to military troops stationed abroad and to the Veteran’s Center of Montgomery County.

To learn more about national Trees for Troops program, visit http://www/treesfortroops.org.

MCCC Office Assistant Certificate Program Opens Doors To Full-Time Employment‏

Blue Bell/Pottstown, Pa.— Sharon Wensel, of North Wales, admits she was nervous to be back in the classroom after many years. But it didn’t take long for her to become comfortable—and to even enjoy—the online modules and open computer labs that are part of Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC) Office Assistant Certificate program.

“I was worried about the age of the other students, and if I would fit in. I was happy to discover that many of the other students felt the same way!” she shared.

Students enrolled in MCCC’s Office Assistant Certificate program learn critical computer literacy and other skills expected by employers in business environments. Course modules include Business Software Essentials, Microsoft Word Applications and Modern Office Management.

Learning those skills enabled Wensel to find full-time employment as an administrative assistant with a local home design company after she completed MCCC’s program. Today, her responsibilities include filing, answering phones, assisting customers and data entry.

“This course was really influential in helping me to change my career direction and adding relevancy to my skill sets,” she said.

MCCC offers Office Assistant Certificate training as part of the national Job Ready, Willing and Able (JRWA) Initiative, which provides built-in job placement assistance and a coach to guide students through the training and certificate completion. The 16-week competency-based curriculum prepares in business software and office procedures.

The fall iteration of the Office Assistant Certificate program at MCCC begins Oct. 12 and runs through Jan. 28. The course is primarily taught online, with optional open computer labs on Mondays from 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon at the Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, and on Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m. at the West Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown. Students are also required to attend three workshop sessions on Nov. 19, Dec. 17 and Jan. 28 from 6-9 p.m.

The cost is $495, which includes instruction, workshops and course textbooks. Deferred payment is available to those who qualify. To learn more or to apply, call 215-461-1468 or email JobTrakPA@mc3.edu.

After completing the certificate program, students may pursue the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam for Microsoft Word 2013. This sought-after credential provides students with marketable skills that will further increase their chances for employment. In addition, students who complete the certificate can apply the courses to MCCC’s Office Management credit certificate program.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, office and administrative support occupations comprise one of the largest occupation groups in the Commonwealth. The Center for Workforce Information and Analysis projects 105 annual openings in this field in Montgomery County. Additionally, there is a growing need in the Montgomery County region for general office clerks, with an expected 338 annual openings in the County and an estimated 14,620 total jobs in 2016.

Through JRWA, MCCC joins 16 other community colleges across the country in providing middle-skills training, industry recognized credentials, and access to employment across varying industry sectors for unemployed individuals. The initiative is funded by a three-year grant from the Walmart Foundation and is led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

ArtFusion Partners With Community Music School

Community-Music-School-LogoArtFusion-color600POTTSTOWN, PA – ArtFusion 19464 is excited to begin a collaboration with the Community Music School in Trappe (www.cmsmusic.org). Since 1991, Community Music School has proudly served the region by providing music education and performance experiences for people of all ages, abilities and economic circumstances. CMS has a long-standing tradition of enhancing their musical performances with the visual arts.

Starting in the fall of 2015, ArtFusion will begin curating art exhibits in the CMS facility. ArtFusion is excited about this opportunity to bring their artists to a wider audience and spread the word about their mission. The first show was a student faculty show that ran during September. The second show, opening October 10, features the art of Richardson Comly. The show’s reception will be held in conjunction with CMS’s first Little Night Music concert series of 2015. Guests can view the art and enjoy refreshments from 6:30-7:30pm. Tickets are still available for the concert, which starts immediately following the reception. For ticket information, please call CMS at 610-489-3676.

The two organizations are also working on creating educational opportunities, both at the CMS facility and at ArtFusion in Pottstown. New for fall 2015 is a music and art program for preschoolers and homeschoolers. The class will be held at CMS in the fall and will be held at ArtFusion the following spring. The class for preschoolers runs 9:30am-11am each Monday for 6 weeks and begins November 2. The other class is geared towards elementary age students who are being homeschooled. That class begins November 3. Class runs from 2-4:30pm every Tuesday for 6 weeks. For complete class descriptions, please visit artfusion19464.org/classes.

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.

Community Music School is a non-profit 501c(3) organization where music education is at the core of our programming. Since 1991 CMS has proudly served the region by providing music education and performance experiences for people of all ages, abilities and background. The school’s main campus at 775 W. Main Street in Trappe holds 20 teaching studios and a 200-seat performance hall. New this year, the school is proud to offer lessons at its first satellite location at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Pottstown. With more than 500 students participating in our music programs each week, Community Music School has become the region’s premiere resource for the highest quality music education.