MOSAIC Community Land Trust 2016 Home Garden Contest (Pottstown/Boyertown)

WP_20160605_14_14_05_ProJust a reminder that the home garden contest is happening NOW!

You may enter by visiting http://www.homegardencontest.com  there are many categories to choose from and cash prizes to be awarded! (copy and paste the link in browser).
Whether you are a novice gardener or an experienced pro, we welcome you to enter!  Please pass along the information to someone you know who too has a lovely garden worth entering.
Contest end on June 17 – sign up TODAY!

Are You Interested In Becoming A Volunteer?

We are the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing The Secret Valley Line and restoring its services to offer the greatest turn-of-the-century railroading experience in the nation.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Colebrookdale Railroad. Quite literally, the train doesn’t roll down the tracks without them.

Our volunteers are:
 the source of all accomplishments of our programs
 the most critical and unique resource we have
 the leaders in our organization
 committed long-term with frequent participation
 committed to a safe, productive, and cohesive workplace
 responsible for our future

Our dedicated family of volunteers does everything from track work, to passenger car restoration, to operations.

If you have what it takes to work on the railroad, contact us today at info@colebrookdalerailroad.com! Be sure to include the words, “I Want to Volunteer” in the subject line.
Mission
o To serve as a catalyst for economic development in Southeastern Pennsylvania through the preservation and interpretation of the historic, cultural, and natural heritage of the middle Schuylkill Region, birthplace of the American iron industry.
Vision Statement
o To establish national-caliber heritage and recreational anchor attraction around an authentic Edwardian-era experience of the sort offered on the grand limited trains of the 1900-1920 era by developing the Colebrookdale Railroad, its infrastructure, equipment, and real estate, and by building local and regional partnerships.

Firefly Cafe Opens In Boyertown

The Firefly Cafe has opened in Boyertown offering vegetarian/vegan breakfast and lunch options.

The cafe, owned by Michael and Loriann, uses the best locally sourced ingredients to prepare their delicious and healthy food.  So far, the reviews are very positive from folks around the area.

The hours of operations are:

Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. ’til 2 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. ’til 4 p.m.

Closed Monday

Phone: 484-415-5066

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fireflycafeboyertown/

Website: http://fireflycafeboyertown.com/index.php

Their menu is found on the website so you can peruse their selections.

We hope you get the opportunity to check them out and support a local business who uses locally sourced ingredients!  We hope they succeed!

Montgomery County Community College To Host Third Annual Tri-County High School Art Exhibition‏

Photograph caption:  “Long Term,” oil on canvas by Isabel DeGuzman of Perkiomen Valley High School.

Photograph caption: “Long Term,” oil on canvas by Isabel DeGuzman of Perkiomen Valley High School.

Pottstown, PA —High school students from Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties will display their best artwork at Montgomery County Community College’s Third Annual Tri-County High School Art Exhibition and Competition in the College’s Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, 16 High Street, Pottstown.

The exhibition opens Wednesday, Feb. 17, and will continue through Friday, March 4. The artists’ reception also will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 5-7 p.m. with the awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the community.

This annual event enables up-and-coming student artists to exhibit their work in a professional art gallery and share their talents with the community. This year’s artwork will feature a wide-variety of subjects created in various mediums. MCCC art faculty members will be reviewing the artwork and will be available to answer any questions about the College’s art programs.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed weekends. For more information about the exhibition, contact Gallery Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or hcairns@mc3.edu.

Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DestinationArts for information about upcoming performances and art exhibitions.

Help support the arts and art education programs at Montgomery County Community College by becoming a Friend of the Galleries.  Donations are tax deductible. For more information, contact the College’s Foundation at 215-641-6530.

Wellness Council Of Boyertown Presents The 11th Annual Wellness Fair​

WHEN: SATURDAY MARCH 19, 2016, 10AM – 1PM

WHERE: Boyertown Junior High West, Gym and Cafe

Running of the Bears at 9:30 am and

Senior Walking Bingo at 10:30 am

Vendor Fair and Live Demos

We are so proud to continue to bring this event to our community.  The success of this event relies on our dedicated vendors.  We truly appreciate your participation each year and hope that you find this event beneficial to your business as well as our community as a whole.

Over 750 local community members attend the Annual Wellness Fair.  They are interested in learning about the Products and Services available in the Boyertown Area to help improve and support their individual Wellness goals.  If you are a local provider, you may want to consider being a vendor.  The cost is only $50 per table for Businesses and $25 per table for Non Profit Organizations.  To complete your Vendor Registration online, click here.

For an additional contribution of $100:

–  Your Business will be listed of the Wellness Council of Boyertown website within the Wellness Providers page for one year.

–  Your wellness events and opportunities through the council’s e-mail newsletter received by 500 people. Anytime you have an important event you wish to advertise, please send it to us and we will distribute your information to our community list.

Kid’s Celebrity Chef Cook-Off

Visit the Vendors and Live Demonstrations

 We welcome this great activity back to the wellness fair for 2015. Six elementary finalists from the Kids Celebrity Chef competition will bring their dishes for our panel of judges and the community.  The community tasting and voting will occur from 11:00am to 12:00pm during the fair. Winners will be announced at 12:30pm.

Come out to support our finalists and vote for your favorite!

Senior Bingo Walking

Kick off the Walking Bingo program at the Wellness Fair  from 10:30 to 11:00

Free monthly event encouraging activity and fun!  Grandparents bring your grandkids, kids bring your senior parents,  caregivers bring the seniors you care for.  Bingo cards, prizes, water, and snacks are provided for Seniors.  We encourage multigenerational activity for fun & fitness!

What may you ask is “BINGO Walking”?
When you arrive, each Senior will receive a BINGO card.  For each half lap you walk around the track, 10 BINGO numbers will be pulled. Mark your BINGO cards with pulled numbers.  Each 5 in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal), you get to choose a prize from our Prize Table including household goods & healthy living items.

Berks County Resident Starts Nonprofit To “Pay It Forward” By Helping The Homeless And Underemployed With Job Training In The Food Industry

Nom ProphetsWhat do you do when you have worked your way out homelessness and turned your life around? You help others achieve the same goal, of course.  And if you are Julia Zion, you start Nom Prophets.

Nom Prophets was formed in November of this year and is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.  Nom Prophets has a 6-person Board of Directors who work with Julia towards this goal.

Julia wants to give back for all the help she received along the way.  Being homeless and lacking job skills is a vicious cycle.  Unless someone takes a chance on hiring you, many doors are closed.  Without a job, you cannot afford basic necessities like food and shelter.  Without a permanent residence, it is hard to get a job.

As Julia pointed out in our interview, there are jobs in the food industry and with some training and experience those jobs can be had.

This new venture is an extension of what Julia has been doing for the last several years serving meals to the poor/homeless and helping in shelters.  Julia’s ultimate goal is to expand on those kinds of services through the use of food in the general area of food and food services.  Pottstown residents may remember the meals at Washington Street Park, for example.

The short-range goal is to buy a food truck through fundraising.  It would either be new or a retrofitted truck, depending on the results of the fundraising.  Zion hopes they can get a food truck operational by the summer.

By going out and using the food truck she hopes to fund the nonprofit.  The food truck will also enable Nom Prophets serve the poor in parks, churches and or shelters.  Food trucks are certified and inspected kitchens which guarantee food safety and permit issues (in many cases).

Nom Prophets sauce 2Nom Prophets sauce 1There are several ways Nom Prophets is trying to raise money.  They are selling homemade salsa, which you can buy at iCreate Café, 130 King Street, Pottstown and Daniel’s Produce and Dairy at 219 High Street, Pottstown.  They also hope to have gift baskets available in the near future.

Nom Prophets is scouting other locations, in the Berks County area, to sell their salsa and gift baskets.  If your business or organization would like to stock these items, you can contact Nom Prophets.  They would be glad to work with you!

Having experienced homelessness herself, Julia feels people need compassion, stability and a self-esteem boost.  Being poor, disadvantaged and/or homeless is demoralizing.  The shelter system is temporary and there is no sense of stability.  This causes anxiety and low self-esteem.

Julia found a new sense of self-worth and happiness once she was gainfully employed and had her own place to live.  She wants to help others find their way out of homelessness and poverty so they can lead full, productive and happy lives.  After all, we are talking about human beings.  Human beings deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

The common misconception is that people in these circumstances do not want to work and are lazy.  The problem is without job skills, and in many cases experience, you are unemployable.  You cannot be self-supporting on minimum wage.  Without skills you cannot get a better paying job.

Another employment barrier is the cost of obtaining a Safe Serve certification.  Having this certification helps you land a job and command more money in the food industry.  However, it can cost several hundred dollars.

For many, this may not seem like much money.  But if you have no money, it might as well be a million dollars.  Nom Prophets wants to help people get this certification along with teaching them knife skills and giving them experience in a professional kitchen so they can apply for a get a job in the food industry that pays a living wage.

The long-range goal would be to eventually have a brick and mortar location with a professional kitchen, restaurant and housing for those in the program while they train.

You can contact Nom Prophets on Facebook if you would like to buy their products, sell their products, donate or see if there is any way you can help out by clicking https://www.facebook.com/NomProphets/

More Unique Holiday Gift Ideas

If you are looking for something unique, check out Nom Prophets: Helping people through food.  Nom Prophets is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping people in need through food. They provide meals, job training and self confidence.

This company is based in Kutztown, Berks County and sells food products you can use for gifts.  With Christmas just 13 days away, we thought you might enjoy something inexpensive and unique for those special people in your life.

Nom Prophets: Helping people through food will be selling their Red Hot Cayenne Pepper sauce at iCreate Cafe, in Pottstown (130 King Street) AND Daniel’s Produce in Pottstown (219 E. High Street). It’s $7 per 16 ounce jar and all the proceeds go towards the non profit. Owner Ashraf Khalil has generously donated shelf space.   They will be stocking a second flavor, Tangy Tomatillo, after next Friday.

I don’t know about you, but I have people in my life who LOVE, LOVE, LOVE hot sauce!  We are buying some!  Buy local and help others.  What could be better!!

Nom Prophets sauce 2

Nom Prophets sauce 1

ReadingFilmFest (Reading PA)

Reading skylineREADING 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.

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.

The 8th Annual Oktoberfest – Building A Better Boyertown, September 18th & 19th

The 8th Annual Oktoberfest is a fundraising event for Building a Better Boyertown. Oktoberfest includes local food vendors, a beer garden, live music, raffle, craft vendors, local businesses and organizations, and a lot of fun!

 
Boyertown kicks off it’s annual Oktoberfest, a regional fund raising event for the Building a Better Boyertown. The annual event kicks off around the same time as the world famous Oktoberfest in Germany.

 
The Boyertown area and its residents boast strong heritage ties to Germany and thus their couldn’t be a more appropriate place to host such an event. In the Oktoberfest style, the event features some of the regions best local food, beer, and wine vendors. Other festival highlights include live music, traditional German dances, crafters and other local businesses and organizations.

 
The event will start Friday night, September 18th, 2015 at 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm and run throughout the day on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 at 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. The mayor will kick off the celebration with the tapping of the keg ceremony at 11:00 am.

 
However, the fun doesn’t stop then. Many of Boyertown’s local businesses feature music and brews well into the evening hours!

 
PARKING INFORMATION
During Oktoberfest parking is available on Philadelphia and Reading Avenues, the lot of the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles S. Reading Avenue, and the lots of National Penn Bank, and Good Shepherd Church, St. Johns Church. North Reading Avenue, second street and Walnut Street.

BOYERTOWN AREA MULTI-SERVICE, INC. BASKET RAFFLE

BOYERTOWN AREA MULTI-SERVICE, INC. Save the Date and Join the Fun BASKET RAFFLE Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 5:00pm Binder Hall at Gilbertsville Fire Company

5:00 pm – Preview all baskets, place raffle tickets in the baskets of your choice, enjoy a bit to eat and drink with your friends. Vote for your favorite basket. Food will be available for purchase, but outside food will not be permitted.

Basket Raffle Tickets – Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase from 5 pm to 7:20 pm. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.

Special Raffle Tickets – Special tickets will be available to purchase for the larger Specialty Items and 50/50 cash drawing.

7:30 pm – The drawing of all winning tickets for the baskets, Specialty Items, 50/50, and Door Prizes. You must be present to win.

Award Presentation – The basket voted as the ‘favorite’ will receive an award.

Admission Ticket $20 Admission tickets purchased in advance will receive 15 Basket Raffle Tickets. Admission tickets purchased at the door will include 10 Basket Raffle Tickets. Admission ticket is the door prize ticket.

We are looking for Basket Builders! We are looking for organizations, special groups, businesses, individuals, teams, etc. to donate baskets to be raffled. Baskets should range in value from $25 and up. A list of basket contents should accompany the basket. Here’s something new! When you donate a basket for the raffle, you will receive a coupon good for 5 free raffle tickets at the basket raffle. Your basket needs to be received at Multi-Service by Friday, August 21, 2015. Any baskets received after the deadline will not be listed in the program.

We would like to have at least 120 baskets for the raffle.

If you would like to build a basket or put a team together to build a basket for the raffle, please let us know. Either complete and submit the following information to: Boyertown Area Multi-Service, 200 West Spring Street, Boyertown, PA 19512, or send an email to jhoward@boyertownareamulti-service.org. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please send again until your receive an acknowledgement.

Name of Basket Donor: ___________________________________________________

Contact Name: ___________________________________

Phone# __________________________

E-mail address: _______________________________________________________

Theme for your basket:___________________________________________

Contact Karen Youse or Jill Howard at 610-367-6957 with any questions. Thank you for your support!!!

TCN Announces Hiring Of Holly Parker As Executive Director

Holly ParkerThe Board of Directors at TriCounty Community Network (TCN) is proud to announce the hiring of Holly Parker as the agency’s new Executive Director. Ms. Parker will join TCN on Monday, August 31st.

Ms. Parker has served the Tri County Community for the last six years while working at Montgomery County Community College. Previous to her tenure at MCCC, Parker served in various leadership roles for several local nonprofit organizations, including Interim Executive Director and Director of Development. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Chester University and a Master of Science degree from Colorado State University. A lifelong Pottstown resident, Parker has a deep commitment to and understanding of the Tri County area and has received several commendations for her fundraising, grant writing, and community outreach.

“On behalf of TCN’s Board, I am excited about Holly leading our organization in the coming years. Her experience in relationship and funder development in nonprofit, plus her knowledge of the community, provide a great mix of leadership that I feel will help take our organization to new levels,” said Tom Thunstrom, President of the TCN Board of Directors. “Holly’s diplomacy, personality, and character will help our organization build relationships in the Tri County community and will strengthen an already strong collaborative, helping us to be THE resource for developing and empowering partnerships to effect positive change in the region.”

TCN’s 2015-2016 program year kicks off on Tuesday, September 15th, from 8 to 10 AM in the South Meeting Hall at Montgomery County Community College’s West Campus. Additionally, TCN is proud to partner with Senator John Rafferty for his office’s third annual Job Fair, also scheduled for September 15th at Sunnybrook Ballroom from 10 AM to 1 PM.

For more information on TCN, visit our website at http://www.tcnetwork.org or call 610.850.0181.