Studio B Art Gallery, Boyertown is proud to announce a $1,000 donation

Studio B Art Gallery, Boyertown is proud to announce a $1,000 donation toward the Secret Valley Trail Feasibility Study

Studio B Art Gallery is proud to announce a $1,000 donation toward the Secret Valley Trail Feasibility Study toward the development of 6+ miles of the trail in Boyertown Borough, Colebrookdale Township, Douglass Township and possibly Amity Township, Berks County.

Studio B’s recent Secret Valley Bike Tour generated the funds toward the donation through the riders’ registration fees.

Susan Biebuyck, Gallery Director, fine artist, and coordinator of the bike tour, presented an $800 check recently to the Building a Better Boyertown Board of directors. Yet, learning of a donation by WalMart, in the amount of $1,000, the studio’s directors decided to join the retail giant and offered an additional $200.

“It’s our David and Goliath story,” noted Jane Stahl, Director of Community Relations, but we’re collaborating, not fighting. When would the ‘little gallery that does’ have the chance to perform at the same level as the retail mammoth? We couldn’t resist matching their effort!”

The bike tour was the culminating event in the gallery’s community project entitled “Wheels” supported by a grant from Berks County Community Foundation. The project included a fine art exhibit featuring all types of wheels, coupons for reduced or free rides on the Colebrookdale Railroad and Pottstown Continue reading “Studio B Art Gallery, Boyertown is proud to announce a $1,000 donation”

Summer Art Workshops with Ozzie Sneddon announced at Studio B, Boyertown

“The Spring Guide” Mixed Media Illustration by Ozzie Sneddon

Summer Art Workshops with Ozzie Sneddon announced at Studio B, Boyertown

Nine Weeks of Creative Fun!!
Creative Design Challenges!
Outdoor Drawing opportunities in the area!
Fantastical Figure Drawing!
General Artistic Skill Development!
Visiting Local Art Spots!

In this summer course, your child will gain a well-rounded drawing skillset based around general technique and creative design. By melding these two ideas into one course, your child will find newfound skill and excitement for their craft! Each week will present a theme, starting with general artistic improvement, then as weeks go on, moving onto the fantastical and Continue reading “Summer Art Workshops with Ozzie Sneddon announced at Studio B, Boyertown”

Inaugural Boyertown Secret Valley Wheels Bike Tour Scheduled for June 24, 2018

Inaugural Boyertown Secret Valley Wheels Bike Tour Scheduled for June 24, 2018

The inaugural Boyertown Secret Valley Wheels Bike Tour will take place rain or shine on June 24, 2018. The tour features 3 levels of rides. The tour begins and ends at Union Jack’s on the Manatawny, 546 Manatawny Road, Oley.

On-line registration via by June 20, 2018, 5:00 p.m. Features include snacks and hydration stations and complimentary water bottle.

Extreme ride: The Saucony Challenge 100k/62 Miles (Adults Only) Departs 9:00- 9:30 a.m. Starting on the banks of the Manatawny River, through the Secret Valley, picking up the Schuylkill River Trail through Reading, then bounding up Duryea Hill Climb (Lunch Designate Start & Stop), then to Kutztown and then back through the rolling hills of Oley. Pre-registration fee: $30 through Same-day registration by cash or check only: $40

Challenge ride: The Schuylkill Tour 50k/31 Miles (Adults Only) 10:00 -10:30 a.m. Starting on the banks of the Manatawny River, through Limekiln to Schuylkill River Trail back through Secret Valley to rural Continue reading “Inaugural Boyertown Secret Valley Wheels Bike Tour Scheduled for June 24, 2018”

Festival of Nations: A Multicultural Celebration May 31

Festival of Nations: A Multicultural Celebration May 31

SUMMERDALE – Central Penn College will host the fifth annual Festival of Nations Thursday, May 31, 4 to 8 p.m.“This event is a great opportunity for students, faculty and staff, along with the community, to experience firsthand a wide range of multicultural activities,” says Romeo Azondekon, Chief Diversity Officer at the college.

Festival of Nations is a free, outdoor event that celebrates cultural diversity and features musical performances, games, activities and food from local and regional groups. “We want this festival to be a day of enrichment, education and enjoyment,” says Azondekon, who also serves as interim dean of students.

The following groups and individuals are scheduled to perform:

  • Bhutanese Dance
  • McGinley Irish Dancing
  • Bruce Payne – West African Drum and Dance
  • Chinese Cultural Arts Institute

The purpose of the event is to foster multicultural appreciation and allow for engagement and learning opportunities, not only for the Central Penn community, but also the community at large.

Reading Public Library to present free program: ‘Intro to Basic Kitchen Skills’

Reading Public Library to present free program: ‘Intro to Basic Kitchen Skills’

Reading – The Reading Public Library will present a program on the fundamentals of kitchen skills from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 14, at the Main Library, 100 S. 5th St.

Linda Bell of The Culinary Classroom will introduce budding home chefs to basic kitchen skills designed to increase confidence and enjoyment in the kitchen.

This fun and educational program is free of charge and pre-registration is not required. For additional information, please contact the Reading Public Library Reference Department at 610.655.6355.

Family Fitness Night returns to OVES

Family Fitness Night returns to OVES

On the evening of Thursday, March 8, Oley Valley families gathered at the elementary school to participate in the 8th annual Family Fitness Night. This event provided families with an opportunity to have fun interacting with each other while participating in physical activities and improving their cardiovascular health. Some of the activities included: a Shuttle Run, Obstacle Courses, An Upper Body Fitness Mat, Scooter Races, Balance Beam, Step Aerobics, Jump Ropes, and Yoga.

Several community organizations either participated in, or sponsored, the event as well. They provided demonstrations and clinics encouraging all to get involved, and donated door prizes that were awarded by raffle to students and families attending.

Representatives included: The Oley Valley Football Association and Cheerleaders, The Centre for Pilates in Sinking Spring, Penn State Health/St. Joseph Medical Center Physical Therapy and Concussion Management Program, Capital Blue Cross, Windswept Acres, Oley Valley School District Food Services, Hawk Mountain Council Boy Scouts of America, CARON Treatment Centers, Colonial Fitness Club, and Bella Italia Restaurant.

Nutrition information showing the sugar and fat content of foods and beverages commonly consumed proved enlightening. Models demonstrating what it looks like to gain or lose 5 lbs. of muscle vs. 5 lbs. of fat were on display, and BMI Screening was provided. Healthy snacks were served and information on the Oley Valley Elementary School breakfast and lunch program was on hand. Our Elementary School Head Cook, Mrs. Petry, was available to answer questions.

The event was organized by teachers and staff serving on the Oley Valley Elementary School Wellness Committee.

Article Submitted by: Mrs. Sue Johnson, OVES Nurse

ICYMI: Christmas on the Farm to Celebrate PA German Culture at Kutztown University

Kutztown University’s Pa. German Cultural Heritage Center will host Christmas on the Farm, Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the heritage center’s property on Luckenbill Road, Maxatawny Township. The event, which is free and open to the public, features Pa. Dutch folk life demonstrations, live animals, children’s activities, the Martin Sister’s Band and local folk artists.

Attendees will learn about the regional folk culture at the event, which is a celebration of the holiday season and PA German Christmas traditions.

Stunning displays of work created by local artisans and craftspeople, as well as a children’s craft tent, keep young and old entertained. Experience historical and cultural live demonstrations featuring hearth cooking, tinsmithing, and fraktur work.! Terry Berger will be baking Pa. German sweets like Ox Tongue Continue reading “ICYMI: Christmas on the Farm to Celebrate PA German Culture at Kutztown University”

Register Now For 2017 KU Hall of Fame Ceremony and Tailgate Reception

10/6/2017 | Baseball
KUTZTOWN | Registration is now available online for attendance at Kutztown University’s 2017 Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. at the Georgian Room at Old Main.

Induction Ceremony & Tailgate Reception Registration

All guests are encouraged to register to ensure proper accommodations can be made for space and food service.

Following the induction ceremony, the KU Foundation and Alumni Relations office will host a tailgate reception. The tailgate is located in the Student Recreation Center and registration will open at 11:00 a.m. The hot buffet will open at 11:30 a.m. Kick-off for the KU home football game is at 12:05 p.m.

Cost for the tailgate is adults $20, Buffet Only (ages 5 – 20) $10 and ages 4 and under are free, but must

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Kutztown Student-Athletes Participate in 2017 Main Street Trick or Treat Event

10/29/2017 | Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
KUTZTOWN | Kutztown University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) volunteered their time last week and participated in the Kutztown Community’s Merchant Trick or Treat Night on Main Street in downtown Kutztown.

The Halloween festivities took place for two hours, as SAAC representatives distributed candy to the local youth during the two-hour event. Even Avalanche the Golden Bear, the Kutztown University Golden Bear mascot, joined in the fun.

For more information about Kutztown SAAC and how to get involved, please contact SAAC advisor Don Justus via email at

MCL ‘Event that Cannot be Named’ a hit

Enjoying the maze
Fall craft
Fall craft for adults
Face painting
Face painter
Entrance to the maze
Story time
Teen bake sale
Winner of trunk decorating
Zombies vs Vampires game rules
Zombies vs Vampires game

The Muhlenberg Community Library reports having a successful October ‘Event That Cannot Be Named’ this past weekend.

Organizers say the number of attendees far exceeded expectations for the day, with the event drawing more than 500 people.

Library officials say they are already certain they will be hosting the event again next year.