Volunteer Day! We need YOU!
It’s time to start creating our community center! The basement has been cleared out, beams added, April 23rd we’ll be installing stud walls. We can use people with some “construction” experience to help. We will also be painting, working on trails, clearing areas for our “playground features”, and more…. something for everyone! Please come!
Saturday, April 23rd, starting at 9am
We’ll be there all day.
Picnic lunch provided!
Rain date: Sunday, 24th
We have some but can use more if you’d like to bring them!
If you’re willing to work on the house: Nail gun, electric saw, tools in general
Outside work: Need shovels, rakes, clippers
Painting: Bring extra brushes, extension roller, scraper
Everyone: Work Gloves!
Friends of the Arboretum
Monday, May 2nd, 7pm
2019 Mimosa Lane
(around the corner from the Arboretum, off Snyder Road)
So much going on! Find out what’s happening, add your ideas!
(Here’s more about the Friends)
And the Winner Is…
PENN”S WOODS TRAIL!
Watch for your chance to participate in making this a model of native plants and education.
Time to sign up for Summer Camp! Three choices this year: Water Week, Wildlife Week and Outdoor Science Week. Discount when you sign up for all three!
- GreenAllies received a grant to complete the Arboretum’s Master Plan including a Low Ropes Course and a Children’s Forest Trail. Work will begin this spring and continue throughout 2016.
- Franklin Institute will provide the funding for GreenAllies to run a Climate Change Action Summit for college students at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. College volunteers will be trained in climate action projects for middle and high school students for the purpose of serving as mentors during the upcoming school year. The goal is to inspire student environmental projects across the region.
- Emerald Ash Borer: The invasive insect is forcing the township to cut down all the ash trees near trails and other “targets” throughout the township. Althouse Arboretum has over 200 ash trees on its property. Plans are being formulated to cut some trees immediately; monitor and cut other ash trees when needed in the future; and to SAVE some of the most important trees through chemical treatment. Looking for supporters to sponsor a tree and help fund the chemical treatment to SAVE THE TREES.
Happy SNOW DAYS!
But believe it or not, we are already planning for our best GARDEN season yet!
Pretty soon, we will trade in our snow gloves for gardening gloves, so GET READY!
Community Garden Member Applications are NOW being Accepted!
We are now accepting applications for the 2016 growing season! Everyone is welcome to join us this season at the Mosaic Community Gardens – a safe place for the entire family to grow, learn, share and play!
For your annual one-time contribution, Mosaic will supply all of the tools, seeds, plants, dirt and water you need to grow yourself a fantastic garden! The first planting weekend is set for Saturday, May 14 – 15. We will prepare to plant, dig-in and enjoy ourselves the entire weekend! All are welcome to put down some roots with MOSAIC!
MOSAIC Makes a Statement-So Can You!
MOSAIC Community Gardens have an all-new logo! Help us spread the word, plant the seed and change our neighborhood by purchasing a T-shirt for $16 (front and back printed in sizes for the whole family), tote bag, magnet or button displaying the MOSAIC logo. Contact Mary-Beth Bacallao at firstname.lastname@example.org or Laura Washington at email@example.com to get your goods today!
We also have the following items for sale:
Standard size reusable tote bags $10 and Jumbo size reusable tote bags $15 Mugs – $10 Magnets – $10 Buttons – $6
Do You Want to Build A… Garden?
MOSAIC will present “How to Design, Plan and Start a Home Garden” at Pottstown Library in late February. Please check back for date and time and details and join Tracy Purdy, our star intern, to think Spring and plan your home garden!
Pine Hill Farms and the Heylmun Family supported MOSAIC Community Land Trust through our annual Christmas Tree Sale and Home Garden Contest! Thank you to the Heylmuns and everyone who purchased a tree and donated to MOSAIC. We appreciate the support of the Heylmun family year after year.
Painting with a Purpose
Jackson Pollock your hero? Renoir make your heart race? Join MOSAIC and ArtFusion on Saturday, February 13! From 7-9 PM, you can let your inner Picasso shine for a good cause! BYOB and snacks, and maybe a smock or two in case you’re inspired to do some abstract art on yourself! $20 per ticket or $35 per two ticket purchase. Proceeds to benefit Mosaic/ArtFusion summer programming.
Register online at http://www.artfusion19464.org or at ArtFusion, 254 E. High Street, Pottstown. Hope to see you there!
Beginning February 18, from 6 to 8 PM, MOSAIC will partner with ArtFusion, STRIVE, Olivet Boys and Girls Club to present My Voice, a 12-week program for teens. Healthy meal preps, art journaling, music and theatre workshops will be provided. Through fun, interactive experiences, My Voice will increase the involvement of young people in their community by asking them to visually articulate their ideal community, resulting in a visual art canvas, short film and relevant artistic renditions that define and embody the voice of young peoples’ dreams for Pottstown. This program is graciously sponsored in part by Olivet Boys and Girls Club.
On the 18th, an information session will be held prior to the workshop for parents and youth alike. A warm meal will be prepared and served by the entire group!
Please contact ArtFusion at (610) 326-2506 to register.
Together we are stronger—one community, many voices!
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POTTSTOWN, PA – ArtFusion’s fall session of classes is set to begin the week of September 22. Perennial favorites for young artists like Creative Kids, Crafty Kids, and Teen Studio are back as well as some great new classes like Cartoon Painting and Sew Fun. Adults can also get in on the creative fun with great classes teaching drawing and painting, pottery, stained glass, art journaling and more. ArtFusion offers one day workshops as well as multi-week classes. To see a complete list of classes please visit artfusion19464.org/classes.
In addition to their regular class schedule, ArtFusion is very proud to offer five free programs this fall for kids of all ages. Applications can be downloaded at artfusion19464.org/classes/scholarshipsprograms/. Interested parents can also stop by 254 E. High St. to pick up a paper copy. Spaces will be filled on a first come, first served basis. While ArtFusion encourages everyone who is interested to apply, those students who qualify for free or reduced lunch and those who have not attended a free program before will be given priority.
Four programs are sponsored by The Greater Pottstown Foundation. For kids ages 8-12, Art Academy is a general arts exploration class where students work with many different mediums, and Clay Academy teaches students how to create with clay. Thai Language and Art is for kids 10-14 and teaches the Thai language through interactive art projects. All three programs begin Friday, October 2 and run from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm. The application deadline is September 19.
Teen Mixed Media Studio, also sponsored by The Greater Pottstown Foundation, will introduce teens 13-17 to pottery, glass, drawing, painting and recycled art. Mixed Media Studio begins Wednesday, September 30 and runs from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm for 10 weeks. The application deadline is September 16
Stretch, Read, Create! is a free program sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church and the Mary N. Porter Designated Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward County. In this fun program, preschoolers 3 to 5 years old and their parent will participate in a short yoga session, listen to a story and then create an art project based on the book. This program is free but they ask that you RSVP to 610-326-2506. There are a limited number of spaces available.
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 10:00 am-5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am-3:00 pm. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.
The Olivet Boys & Girls Club is hosting a free event at their Pottstown Unit, the Richard J. Ricketts Center, located at 658 Beach Street in Pottstown, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 26. The purpose is to strengthen relationships between the Club, partners and the Pottstown community, in addition to celebrating and supporting our kids. The best way to do that is to invite the community into the Club. The event will include food, games and entertainment. Pottstown School District staff, students and parents, along with community members and community partners, will be invited.
*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!
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
More information: http://www.steelriver.org/2015/04/summer-camp-2015/
In the News
The entrance to our parking lot is done! Soon (with the help of our volunteers!) the handicapped gardens will be in place. The shed is almost finished so we’ll be able to move all the gardening tools out of the house. Plants are blooming, some we identify and add pictures of on our facebook page. Come visit!
A lecture series presented by Master Gardeners and other experts in their field. Please preregister here Starts Tuesday, May 26, 7pm Donation $5 First in our series is Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Composting. Do you need a bin? If so what size? What do you put in it? How do you use it? All questions answered! Also a limited supply of native plants will be available for purchase.
May 30th & 31st, 2015, The last Saturday and Sunday of each month, Come any time in between 10am & 3pm We’ll be doing a little of everything! Planting, weeding, moving, choose your favorite activity, meet your neighbors and have fun! Families welcomed! No experience necessary! No preregistration required!
Summer Camps 2015
Children grades K through 4th June 22-26, 9am to 12pm –Nature Explorers Learn about nature by exploring it! Campers become detectives looking for clues to reveal each day’s nature mystery and wonder. July 13-17, 9am to 12pm – Wildlife Week Looking closely you can find wildlife everywhere in our nature center! Campers will see, collect and identify familiar and quite strange creatures in our woods, fields and ponds. (8am arrival available) Click on the picture for more info and registration.
Recycling Day – Scrap Metal and Tires
Saturday, June 27th, 9 am to 1 pm Support the Arboretum and clean out the garage at the same time! No fee, all donations appreciated. (Please drop off only during recycling hours)
Spring-Ford Area School District PRESENTS 2015 COOL SCHOOL
The 2015 Cool School Summer Enrichment Program is sponsored by Spring-Ford Area School District.
• Classes are held at the 5/6 Building, 833 South Lewis Road, unless otherwise noted
• Classes will be held Monday through Thursday • Classes will be offered during three, one-week sessions:
• Week I: June 22 – June 25 • Week 2: July 6– July 9 • Week 3: July 13 – July 16
• Two different time slots: • Time A: 8:30 -10:30 a.m. • Time B:10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
• When registering for a class, please note the session. Example: June 22-25, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. will be Session 1A.
• Unless otherwise noted, all classes are held at the 5/6 Building 833 South Lewis Road, Royersford
• Supervision is provided between sessions. Students who are staying should bring a snack.
• Many courses have a $5 materials fee.
• Cool School Courses are available for students completing grades K-6, depending on description.
• Grade levels are based on the grade completed in June 2015.
• Registrations will be accepted online or with a paper registration. COST PER COURSE: $50 SFASD residents; $60 non-residents.
Click here for all the information and registration form: Cool School Summer Camps
WILKES-BARRE, PA — Wilkes-Barre’s 60th Fine Arts Fiesta “A Diamond in the Square” will once again bring a sense of culture and beauty to public square May 14-17.
Gary T. Womelsdorf, a board member and visual arts chairman, is busy preparing for the event’s adult and student juried art exhibitions and wants to remind artists that delivery of artwork is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Fiesta Central, Midtown Village, 41 S. Main St. near Katana Restaurant.
Any artist living within a radius of 100 miles is eligible to compete.
Artwork can be submitted and judged in six specific categories: crafts, graphics, paintings, photography, sculpture/construction and water color.
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 1-3 pm
at the NEW LOCATION
Pottstown High School 750 N. Washington St.
Approximately 700 people attended this free event for Pottstown families with young children last year at the YMCA. We hope to see you this year at Pottstown High School! If your organization is able to participate by providing a family activity or other resources to support families, we provide the table and space at no cost. Please reply to Jane Bennett – firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or to confirm your participation.
Thanks for all you do to support that all Pottstown’s children enter kindergarten ready to learn and achieve. Join us and help celebrate Pottstown’s young children and families!!
Jane Bennett 610-256-6370 email@example.com
Mary Rieck 610-970-6655 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, September 27
Crafts, games, airport displays for kids. Skydiving, radio – controlled airplanes, and hot air balloon demonstrations. Talk to pilots and aircraft owners, learn about flying. Free hot dogs and snacks. Rain or Shine. NOTE: Runway under construction. No airplane rides this year. EAA Chapter 1250 Young Eagle Rally free airplane rides will return in 2015.
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Pottstown Municipal Airport
Address: 1149 Glasgow Street Pottstown, PA 19464
Cost: Free public event
Folks in eastern Lancaster County have only a few days to recover from the dizzying carnival rides and deep fried Oreos of the Ephrata Fair before the action shifts to New Holland.
The 87th New Holland Farmers Fair opens Wednesday in the 100 blocks of East and West Main Street.
The four-day fair opens with the annual Spectacle of Bands parade, Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Fair website: http://pcrdesigns.net/nhf/index.php
Make Pittsburgh Your 2014 Summer Destination. Great promotional video from VisitPittsburgh.
The Treasure Hunt
Free Family Fun
Saturday, June 7th, 9:30am-Noon
(Rain date June 8th)
PAL Sports Complex
1455 Chestnut Grove Road, Upper Pottsgrove
Presented by the TCN Environmental Health & Safety and Youth Development Committees.
Floats, balloons, marching bands and even a horse-drawn carriage will lead Santa Claus into Scranton this weekend as the Santa Parade once again spreads holiday cheer throughout the city.
Organizers wanted to make the parade bigger and better this year, and it certainly has grown. Stepping off Saturday at 9 a.m., the 21st annual parade will boast at least 20 floats, double the number it typically has. More participants will make the parade more enjoyable, said Mike Gallacher, vice president of finance for Santa Parade Inc.
“The parade’s always great because there’s always great entertainment, but we’re going to have more variety this year,” he said.
This is the first year Santa Parade Inc. organized the parade rather than the Scranton Jaycees, the planner for many years, after members of the Jaycees decided to spin off the parade off into its own group. Jaycees members “age out” of the group when they turn 41, and a lot of people – Mr. Gallacher included – were nearing that milestone and did not want to see the parade dissipate, he said.