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
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.
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!”
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
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 bikereg.com 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 Bikereg.com. Same-day registration by cash or check only: $40
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:
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.
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
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.
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