2nd Friday in West Reading Features Music by Be and Dean’s Way dedication on the Cherry Street Mural Corridor

Strolling the Avenue is always a pleasure, especially on 2nd Fridays! Friday, September 13th participating shops are open late so you have time to shop, stroll and dine your way through West Reading. Live music at the 6th Avenue stage by Be from 6-8pm!

This month a Cherry Street Mural Corridor Stroll will be held from 5-6:30pm from 4th to 7th Avenues. A guided mural tour will begin at 5:30pm behind Benchwarmers Coffee at 4th Avenue and Cherry Street.

A Dean’s Way Dedication will be held at 6th Avenue and Cherry Street at 6pm.

The Cherry Street Mural Corridor is a collection of public art created over the past 6 years. During this time, individual artists and hundreds of community volunteers have worked together with property owners to create this unique outdoor gallery. The West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation has been the driving force for both the organizational and financial support of the Mural Corridor.

In 2018 the Cherry Street Mural Corridor was recognized by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center as tops in Pennsylvania for Public Space Improvements. Come tour the many murals, meet the artists and participate in some other fun activities on Cherry Street.

This past year we lost the driving force behind the West Reading Elm Street Program, it’s director Dean Rohrbach. To honor Dean’s memory the Mural Corridor has been renamed Dean’s Way.

Here’s some of the activities you may find on the Stroll…

• Mural artists on hand to answer questions about how murals are made and other considerations when making public art.

• Photo displays to show work in progress and photos of people working on our projects.

• Friday the 13th photo opp with Simon, the famous black mural cat.

• Scavenger Hunt at the West Reading Is… Mural (600 Block of Cherry Street).

• Artists “live painting” on Penn Avenue and Cherry Street.

Second Friday celebration in West Reading to feature merchant specials and music

Shop, dine and stroll Penn Avenue in West Reading, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, during West Reading’s 2nd Friday celebration from 5 to 8 p.m.

Second Friday celebrations include merchant specials and extended hours to enjoy all West Reading has to offer. During the months of May – October, musicians entertain the crowds from 6 to 8 p.m. on the South side of 6th Avenue at Penn Avenue by Say Cheese. The band performing during Aug. 9 is Uncle Jake & The 18 Wheel Gang.

Band members include Brady James (guitar/suitcase), Stove (claw-jo), Brandon Reber (washboard), Lefty Wilson (three-jo), Zak (mandolin), and Mikey (upright bass). The band lists Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, and Mississippi John Hurt as influences. The Port Clinton based group calls their style “Pennsylvanian Jug-less Juggrass.”

Find Uncle Jake & The 18 Wheel Gang on Bandcamp and Facebook.

The full band line up for West Reading’s 2nd Fridays can be found on their website visitwestreading.org; 2nd Fridays are sponsored by the West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation, a 501(c) 3 community development organization.

Central Penn news

Central Penn announces lots of free events happening in July 2019. Here’s what’s in the line-up:

· Entrepreneur Speaker Series – Juliet Jones 

Who: Juliet Jones, CEO & Founder, VIP Fortune 500 Consulting

Presentation: “The Secret to Success Using the Dream – Build – Win Model!”

When: Tuesday, July 16, 6–7 p.m.

Where: ATEC building 200

Cost: The event is free and open to the public.

· Family Flicks Film Series: How to Train Your Dragon 3

When: Saturday, July 20, 2–4 p.m.

What: The 2019 film – How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Where: Capital BlueCross Theatre

Cost: The event is free and open to the public.

· Career Services Internship Fair

When: Thursday, July 25, 10 a.m. to noon.

What: Annual internship fair will feature more than 30 local companies.

Where: The Conference Center

Cost: The event is free and open to local college students.

· Faculty Film Series: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

When: Friday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.

What: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix––the fifth installment in the series––will screen at 7 p.m.

Who: Professor Marcie Rovan will speak on the movie’s theme of grassroots activism at 6:30 p.m., prior to the start of the film. There will be a brief discussion after the movie, as well.

Where: Capital BlueCross Theatre

Cost: The event is free and open to the public.

Kutztown University to Host Minsi Trails Council Boy Scouts of America JAMBO May 17-19

Get ready for some scouting fun at JAMBO 2019! Join the over 5,000 Scouts expected for the weekend of May 17-19, 2019, at Kutztown University to help celebrate Minsi Trails Council’s 50th anniversary. Just wait till you see what’s in store for 2019. Jambo is a weekend experience jam-packed with action and adventure for Scouts and their families.

Photo & News Opportunity: Saturday, May 18, 2019

WHAT: Minsi Trails Council Boy Scouts of America JAMBO

WHEN: Friday, May 17-Sunday May 19, 2019

WHERE: 15200 Kutztown Road, Kutztown, PA 19530

Cub Scouts will enjoy tons of hands-on activities including a giant JENGA game, making their own slime in the STEM area, playing Gaga Ball, mining for gems, building a planter, bowling, playing hoverball and so much more.

For the older Scouts, the Scouts BSA Program area will have traditional Scouting activities including knot tying, patch trading, merit badges & more along with the fun and excitement of Gaga Ball, Can Jam, Monkey Bridges and more.

There will be plenty of fun for everyone along the Mainway including inflatable Boulder Dash Course, Gladiator Joust, Giant Slides, Rock Mountain, Boot Camp Obstacle Course, demonstrations and interactive shows from Franklin Institute, The DaVinci Center and more.

Get ready for some great music and a good time at the Jambo 2019 Evening Show. This year, The ’70s Flashback Band will hit the center-stage with great music and a full concert experience. For this Jambo we’ll be inside the huge O’Pake Fieldhouse with concert-quality sound and lights! For many Cub Scouts this may be their first concert, and this family-friendly evening will be sure to please. The ’70s Flashback Band is a Musikfest favorite and has played to packed concert venues around the area.

Always a Jambo favorite, the closing fireworks display will follow the evening show with a fantastic, high aerial display from world-class Celebration Fireworks! It’s a great way to end a great day at Jambo 2019, the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Minsi Trails Council.

About Minsi Trails Council, BSA

West Reading Craft Pretzel & Beer Fest April 27

Sample the best of PA Craft Beers and Berks County Pretzels supporting West Reading’s Renaissance. Kick off springtime from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in West Reading, tasting 50 PA Craft Beers and pretzel samples from Unique Pretzels, Tom Sturgis Pretzels, Stoudt’s Brewery and more.

Beer tasting runs from 1 to 4 p.m.

General admission tickets to our Beer Tasting include a 5 oz. tasting glass, three hours of unlimited tastings and the best local pretzels. This year’s tasting will be held in the 500 block. Space is limited, so get your ticket today. Visit eventbrite.com/e/west-reading-craft-beer-tasting-tickets-57886034688 or facebook.com/events/1698436063593049/ for ticket information.

Live music, food trucks, games and raffles will round out the day. The event is free and open to the public. Rain or shine.

Thanks to our Title Sponsor Unique Pretzels and our glass sponsor Tom Sturgis Pretzels.

“As a sixth-generation family business with deep roots here in Reading, Unique Pretzels is honored to sponsor the West Reading Craft Pretzel and Beer Fest,” said Tamra Fisher, marketing manager, Unique Pretzels. “What better way to celebrate with the community than to get outside and embrace this festival that fittingly coincides with National Pretzel Day – a special day that pays tribute to the rich history that the pretzel has shared, in our region here in Pennsylvania.

“Unique Pretzels is beyond excited to continue the tradition and celebration at this year’s Craft Pretzel & Beer Festival where we will be offering free build-your-own pretzel necklaces and samples of our New Sourdough Craft Beer Pretzel to everyone there.”
Music for the day, starts at 11 a.m. featuring:

  • Evolution (DJ)
  • Lovelace
  • The Barren Wells
  • Drew & the Blue

Sampling this year will feature two beers from each of the following breweries:

  • Chatty Monks Brewing
  • Broken Chair Brewery
  • Stoudts Brewing Company
  • St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
  • Schaylor Brewing Company
  • Free Will Brewing Company
  • Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
  • Stable 12 Brewing Company
  • Tröegs Independent Brewing
  • Weyerbacher Brewing
  • Spring House Brewing Co.
  • Yards Brewing Co.
  • 2SP Brewing Company
  • Funk Brewing Company
  • Saucony Creek Brewery + Gastropub
  • Dock Street Brewery
  • Lancaster Brewing Company
  • Philadelphia Brewing Co.
  • Mad Chef Craft Brewing
  • Zero Day Brewing
  • Tattered Flag Brewery & Still Works
  • Collusion Tap Works
  • Columbia Kettle Works
  • 1787 Brewing Company

About West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation: The West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation is a community development organization created by elected and non-elected leaders of the community to develop and manage the mechanisms for a prosperous and competitive business environment.

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.

Community members participating include the following: Continue reading “Reading native participating on SRU Theatre’s holiday classic ‘A Christmas Carol’”

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