2019 Twin Tiers Martial Arts Championship to be held at Elmira College Domes

The 2019 Twin Tiers Martial Arts Championship will be held at the Elmira College Murray Athletic Center (The Domes) Saturday, March 30, 2019.

The Twin Tiers Martial Arts Championship is the premier martial arts competition in the Twin Tiers of New York and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania.

This is an opportunity for students of all ages and all levels to come together and present their martial arts skills in healthy and fair competition.

This regional martial arts tournament is open to all martial arts schools and all styles. This tournament is sanctioned by the Sport Karate International and will follow the TTMAC rules and regulations, which can be obtained at TTMAC or through American Family Karate.

This tournament is open to the public; spectators are encouraged to attend and see live martial arts in action. There is plenty of free and convenient parking, a snack bar and bleacher seating for spectators.

There will also be a number of vendors including a professional photographer and official TTMAC apparel.

TTMAC is a great opportunity to grow in your martial arts journey whether you are a beginner, a seasoned martial artist or just a curious spectator possibly interested in martial arts.

The tournament is promoted and produced by American Family Karate, which has been serving the Elmira community for the past 10 years. Sensei Shawnie Brown is a two-time inductee to the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame and holds the rank of Godan (fifth-degree black belt) in Soryu Karate. Brown has been national, and internationally ranked in the National Blackbelt League and has been participating in tournaments for more than 20 years.

Order of events

8 a.m. – Registration Opens

9 a.m. – Blackbelt Meeting

9:30 a.m. – Competitor Meeting

10 a.m. – Tournament Starts


1. Board Breaking (12 divisions)

2. Traditional Weapons (42 divisions)

3. Open Weapons (42 divisions)

4. Traditional Forms (42 divisions)

5. Open Forms (42 divisions)

6. Point Sparring (54 divisions)

7. Continuous Sparring (32 divisions)

8. Grand Championship Competition (six divisions)

For more information, visit http://TwinTiersMartialArtsChampionship.com

Reading Public Library Northeast Branch to present program on Appalachian Trail trek

The Northeast Branch of Reading Public Library, 1348 N. 11th St., will present a program entitled “Tales from the Trail,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

Featured speaker Angelique Krohn, youth service coordinator at the library’s Northeast Branch and 2018 thru-hiker, will relate what it’s like to hike the entire 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail through 14 different states along America’s east coast.

A question-and-answer session will follow Angelique’s trail stories; light refreshments will be served.

The event is free of charge and pre-registration is not required.  For more information, call 610.655.6361.

Reading native participating on SRU Theatre’s holiday classic ‘A Christmas Carol’

Erik Warmbein, a sophomore history major from Pittsburgh, portrays Ebenezer Scrooge in the Slippery Rock University Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” The production, adapted by David Skeele, SRU professor of theatre, will be a 70-minute, no intermission performance. Photos by Elizabeth Linton, a freshman music performance and music therapy major from Cranberry Township.

Reading native participating on SRU Theatre’s holiday classic ‘A Christmas Carol’

SLIPPERY ROCK – Slippery Rock University Theatre will bring Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story, “A Christmas Carol” to life at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and Dec. 3-6. A 2 p.m. matinee is slated for Dec. 2. All performances are in the University Union Multipurpose Room.

The production, adapted by David Skeele, SRU professor of theatre, will be a 70-minute, no intermission performance.

“(David) took Dickens’ work and adapted it to the stage and has directed two previous productions … now I’m picking it up,” said Deanna Brookens, an associate professor of theatre and director of this year’s production.

Twenty-nine SRU students and a handful of grade school children from Slippery Rock Area Elementary School comprise the cast.

SRU students from your area participating on the cast and staff include the following:

  • Kelli Bampton, master electrician and a sophomore resort, recreation, and hospitality major from Reading.

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Enjoy a Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas featuring a visit from the Belsnickel

Enjoy a Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas featuring a visit from the Belsnickel at KU’s Christmas on the Farm on Dec. 1

KUTZTOWN – Christmas on the Farm will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University. The event will feature PA Dutch folklife demonstrations, live animals, kid’s activities, local folk artists, and more.

Learn about regional folk culture at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center’s annual Christmas on the Farm: a celebration of the holiday season and PA German Christmas traditions. Christmas on the Farm is a free and fun educational event for the whole family and is sure to be filled with many things to do, see, smell, and hear.

Stunning displays of work created by local artisans and craftspeople, as well as a children’s craft tent, keep both young and old entertained. Experience historical and Continue reading “Enjoy a Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas featuring a visit from the Belsnickel”

KU Women’s Basketball 2018 Discount Cards on Sale Now

8/16/2018 | Women’s Basketball
KUTZTOWN – The Kutztown University women’s basketball team is selling discount cards for $10 that will enable you to save money each time you support a business in Kutztown.

For more information and to order, contact assistant coach Justin Hallman at jhallman@kutztown.edu or (484) 646-5974. Cards will also be sold in the athletics office in Keystone Hall.

Discount cards are valid from August 2018 through June 2019 and are good for discounts at the following locations:

Airport Diner 10% off your bill
Bagel Bar 10% off $10 or more
Dixon Marketplace $1 off a purchase of $5 or more
Dunkin’ Donuts (KU Location Only) 10% off entire purchase
Heatwaves 10% off any tanning package/$5 off spray tan
HIVE Café 10% off all purchases
K’Town Pub Taphouse & BBQ 10% off any food purchase
KU Campus Store 10% off 1 clothing or gift item
Letterman’s Diner 15% off total bill
Mad Dogs Hot Dogs 1 Free plain hot dog with any purchase
Pop’s Malt Shoppe Free scoop w/ purchase of any basket
Quality Shoppe 10% off total bill
Spuds LLC 10% off any purchase
Tommy Boy’s 10% off any regular menu item

Reading Public Library to hold celebrity bartender fundraiser

Canal Street Pub & Restaurant

Reading Public Library to hold celebrity bartender fundraiser

READING – Reading Public Library will hold its fifth annual Celebrity Bartender fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at Canal Street Pub & Restaurant, 535 Canal St., Reading.

Celebrity Bartenders including attorney Ben Leisawitz of the Law Firm of Leisawitz Heller, author and leadership consultant Annarose Ingarra-Milch, real estate broker Mark Chaknos of Century 21 Park Road and author and speaker Adrean Turner will shake, stir, pour and entertain throughout the evening.

All tips collected will support the library’s new mobile tech vans that are taking programs and services to city residents who reside in areas of our city known as “book deserts” that are out of walking distance to any of RPL’s four branches.

Cash or checks are the preferred method of tipping for the evening.

Canal Street Pub will provide complimentary appetizers for guests. The event is free and open to
the public.

For more information, or to support the Celebrity of your choice online, visit readingpubliclibrary.org/ or bit.ly/celebrity_bartender_2018.

ICYMI: mini Pints for Pups Next Tour Stop: STOUDTS BREWING COMPANY

Next stop for mini Pints for Pups is Stoudts.

ICYMI: mini Pints for Pups Next Tour Stop: STOUDTS BREWING COMPANY

Grab your well-behaved leashed pup and join us at our next mini Pints for Pups Summer Tour stop!
Join us Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Stoudts Open-air Courtyard and Beer Hall for a night of live music, food and beer specials, and goods from local vendors.
  • $5 from each Fat Dog t-shirt sold will go to benefiting the animals of Humane Pennsylvania
  • $1 from every Fat Dog beer purchased will also directly benefit the animals

Plan to grab a pint HERE.

Grand Slam Sunday: Community Ball Game

Grand Slam Sunday: Community Ball Game

Do you like dogs, beer and baseball? Well, then, we’ve got a fun outing for you. Join us from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, for Grand Slam Sunday: Community Ball Game sponsored by our friends at QVC with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Humane League of Lancaster County.

We are excited to partner with the teams at QVC and the Lancaster Barnstormers to bring you an MVP game day experience at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

The stadium is located at 650 N. Prince St., Lancaster.

Are you ready to walk?

Are you ready to walk?

Get ready for the 41st annual Performance Toyota Walk for the Animals and Walktoberfest

This year’s Walk for the Animals and Walktoberfest is set for Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.

We are also very excited to take the Walk back to the home of the Reading Fightin Phils – FirstEnergy Stadium, Reading.

The Walk has been there in the past and was always fun for all and we’re looking forward to hosting the Walk at the stadium again this year; learn more about this year’s Walk exclusives and register your Pack for a day of fun for two-legged and four-legged friends alike.

Reading Public Library Comic Con expanding to three locations, offering free fun for all ages

Reading Public Library Comic Con expanding to three locations, offering free fun for all ages

The Reading Public Library is holding its fourth annual Comic Con from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018. Admission is free as are a variety of workshops and activities. This year’s event has expanded to include activities at the main library as well as the Northeast and Southeast branches.

The main branch, 100 S. 5th St., will feature a dance party, costume contest and artists’ alley Pictionary battle. Featured artists are Jean Esther, Jimmy Ettele, Juan Carolos Ruiz, Jr. and Craig Schaffer. The Yocum Institute will provide face painting and crafts and David Perry with do free caricatures.

Special guests include the Black Panther, Wonder Woman, and the Reading Derby Girls.

Food stands will be available.

A cosplay workshop with guest teacher Lady J of the Philadelphia Avengers will be offered at the Southeast Branch, 1426 Perkiomen Ave., and a rolling game station will visit the Northeast Branch, 1348 N. 11th St.

Registration is not required. For more information, call 610.655.6350, ext. 241.