Reading Public Library will feature a program exploring the history and culture of Pennsylvania’s Lenape Native Americans at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Main Library, 100 S. Fifth St.

The program, entitled “Lenape Lifeways,” will be presented by Carla J.S. Messinger, Cultural Educator and Director of Native American
Heritage Programs.

The program will present a true picture of the peaceful, nature-centered lifestyle of the Lenapes, the first inhabitants of eastern Pennsylvania.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
For more information, contact the Library Reference Department at 610.655.6355.

Fiber Festival comes to Berks County; Features Local Farmers, Artists

The Pennsylvania Llama & Alpaca Association will host its annual Fall Fiber Festival Nov. 18 and 19, 2017, at the Leesport Farmer’s Market, bringing fiber artistry to Berks County.

Dozens of local fiber artists and crafters from Pennsylvania and surrounding states will be present featuring their fiber blends and hand-made finished products. Visitors will find various blends of alpaca, llama, wool, angora, and unusual products that include yak, camel, and beaver.

The Pennsylvania Llama and Alpaca Association is a cooperative group of llama and alpaca breeders and enthusiasts from Pennsylvania and neighboring states. This will be PLAA’s second year holding the festival at the Leesport Farmer’s Market grounds, it’s fourth overall since adopting the annual event under the association’s name in 2014.

To celebrate, hundreds of dollars’ worth of products will be awarded as door prizes to attendees on both days. On-site spinning and weaving demonstrations will be held during the two-day festival while hands-on beading and felting classes are available on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Pre-registration is required–class size is limited.

Twin Valley 7th graders team up with Keystone Military Families for 17th Annual Cookie Bake Oct. 27

Pictured from left are seventh-graders Evan Gould, Sam Schillermann, Sarah Miller, Kylee Wheatley and Alexa Duke, posing with a portion of donated supplies for Oct. 27 event.

This is the 17th year that TVMS seventh-grade students have participated in the Cookie Bake project. It was started in 2001 by Mrs. Lisa Thiry, who was a seventh-grade math teacher at the time.

Over the years, TVMS seventh-graders have baked, packaged and shipped literally tens of thousands of cookies to soldiers who are stationed overseas. Last year they baked and packaged more than 9,000 cookies!

This is an interdisciplinary activity in which students take a recipe for chocolate chip cookies and calculate the quantities of ingredients necessary for every seventh-grade student to mix a batch of cookies with a partner.

An army of parent and community volunteers assist the students with mixing the batter, portioning onto sheet trays and transporting them to our kitchen where our adult volunteers handle the baking process.

Once baked and cooled, the cookies are then packed to be sent to military members who are stationed abroad. Included with each box of cookies are letters that students write in their language arts classes.

The boxes are shipped with the assistance of Keystone Military Families with funds collected from selling cookie coupons to our fifth-, sixth- and eighth-grade students. The coupons are redeemed on the day of the Cookie Bake for a fresh chocolate chip cookie.

This year’s Cookie Bake will be held Friday, Oct. 27. Students begin baking around 7 a.m. and wrap things up at 11 a.m. In that time, students rotate through a baking station, work on an art project and get an opportunity to listen and ask questions of soldiers (active and retired) who volunteer to come share their experiences.

“This activity is a great example of an interdisciplinary community service project that involves the entire seventh-grade learning community, including parents and members of the Armed Forces, many of whom live in the school district,” said Dr. Jerry Catagnus, TVMS principal. “It has truly become a yearly ‘event’ for our staff and students. It is an honor for us to serve and connect with those who serve our country.”
“This is the 17th year of our Cookie Bake project – each year it seems to get bigger and better,” said Jerry Wilczynski, seventh-grade math teacher. “This project serves as a small way that we as teachers and students can say thank you to those who protect and serve our country.  It also is a reminder that, in a time when we are surrounded by negative news, there are a lot of people who are doing good things to serve their communities.”

Women’s Soccer Ranked Second in Atlantic Region in Initial NCAA Regional Poll of Season

Women’s Soccer
NCAA Regional Rankings (10-18-17)

KUTZTOWN | The Kutztown University women’s soccer team has been ranked second in the Atlantic Region in the first official NCAA Regional Rankings, released on Wednesday.

The NCAA regional poll is the official poll that will determine the field for the NCAA Tournament next month. This is the first of three weekly regional polls that will be released prior to the live NCAA Selection Show on Monday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. on

The Golden Bears are 13-1 this year and rank fourth in Division II in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll. West Virginia Wesleyan holds the top spot in the Atlantic Region poll with an unbeaten record of 13-0-1.

Six teams from the Atlantic Region will be selected to compete in the NCAA Tournament, including automatic qualification for conference champions. The top-two seeds in the region will host First & Second Round action (two three-team sites) in the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 10-12. The Third Round and Quarterfinals will be held on Nov. 17-19 at the top remaining seed in the East Region this year, with the National Semifinal and Championships games returning to Kansas City, Mo. on Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

West Chester is third in the regional poll at 10-2-1, Gannon is fourth at 9-2-2 and East Stroudsburg is fifth at 9-3-2. Rounding out the top-eight in the Atlantic Region are Slippery Rock (9-4-1), Notre Dame (OH) (9-3-2) and Seton Hill (10-4-1).

Notably, Kutztown’s next two games are against top-eight teams in the region. KU plays at ESU tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m., and returns home for Senior Day on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. against Seton Hill.

1 West Va. Wesleyan 13-0-1 13-0-1
2 Kutztown 13-1-0 13-1-0
3 West Chester 10-2-1 10-2-1
4 Gannon 9-2-2 9-2-2
5 East Stroudsburg 9-3-2 9-3-2
6 Slippery Rock 9-4-1 9-4-1
7 Notre Dame (OH) 9-3-2 9-3-2
8 Seton Hill 10-4-1 10-4-1

Jake Shimabukuro to perform at Kutztown University Oct. 25

Jake Shimabukuro will take the stage on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium on the Kutztown University campus. Tickets are $32; $16 for students and can be purchased at, or by calling the KU Presents! Box Office Tuesday – Friday 11a.m. – 4 p.m. at 610-683-4092. Established to be the center of cultural life at Kutztown University, KU Presents! serves the campus and community by bringing world-class live arts that can entertain, educate and enrich.

Noted for his solo ukelele arrangements of such varied pieces as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Jake Shimabukuro shares his unique talent as part of the KU Presents! season at Kutztown University’s Schaeffer Auditorium. In 2005, Shimabukuro became an international phenomenon when a video of him performing the George Harrison song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral on YouTube.

Widespread acclaim brought high-visibility collaborations with a range of artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Cyndi Lauper, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Jake Shimabukuro has topped Billboard’s World Music Chart on numerous occasions, and has sold out prestigious venues and festivals around the world. His most recent album, Nashville Sessions, is one of his most adventurous, multifaceted and engaging records to date, blending elements of jazz virtuosity with heartfelt melodicism.

Kutztown University Track & Field to Host Four High School Meets in Winter of 2017-18

Men’s Track and Field
Registration Form

KUTZTOWN | Kutztown University will be hosting four high school track & field meets this winter. Please see the registration form for complete information and registration for all four meets.

All attending teams will need to meet their state association and the National Federation of State High School Association (N.F.H.S) rules in order to be eligible to attend.

If there are any questions, please contact KU head coach Ray Hoffman by phone (610-683-1334) or email (, or assistant coach Brady Wert by phone (610-683-4666) or email (

Entry Fees: $20 per person per event & $25 per relay, or the team fee of $200. All entries will be done online through

Deadline: Entry fees must be paid in advance. Only those teams that have paid fees and responded that they will attend a meet will be given access to the online entry procedures.

Friday, Dec. 8: Kutztown Maroon and Gold Inv.: 5:00 p.m. field and 5:00 p.m. running. $20.00 per person per event, $25.00 per relay, or the team fee of $200.00. Men and women are separate ($400 combined).

Saturday, Jan. 13Kutztown Golden Bear H.S. Inv.: 9:00 a.m. field and 9:30 a.m. running. Entry fees as per above. 

Saturday, Jan. 20Douglas W. Wesner Memorial Inv.: 9:00 a.m.field and 9:30 a.m. running. Entry fees as per above. 

Friday, Feb. 2: Wyomissing Area Team Challenge. This invitational is for invited teams only (Wyomissing Area High School Track will make all invitations). 5:00 p.m. field and 5:30 p.m. running. Entry fees as per above.

Kutztown University professor named 2017 Pennsylvania Higher Ed Art Educator

Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder has been named the 2017 Pennsylvania Outstanding Higher Ed Art Educator by the Pa. Art Education Association (PAEA). She is a professor of art education at Kutztown University. She will receive her award at the state conference held Oct. 19 – 22 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Prior to joining the faculty at KU in 2009, she worked as an elementary art educator with the Iowa City Community School District. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and both a master’s and doctorate degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Prior to her move to Pennsylvania, Pfeiler-Wunder was an active member of the Iowa Art Education Association (IAEA), where she served as secretary and member of the Mentoring Committee, and Co-Chair of an IAEA annual conference. She was a 2009 Western Region Leadership participant, 2006 IAEA Outstanding Elementary Art Educator and the 2007 NAEA Western Region Outstanding Art Educator of the Year.

Pfeiler-Wunder is the coordinator of Graduate Art Education Programs at Kutztown University. She also helped write courses for the new doctoral program in the College of Education. As a graduate student advisor, she is an essential partner in students’ development and growth. She was recently elected chair of the Commission on Human Diversity-a highly significant organization at KU. This ties closely with her life-long passion for social justice issues.

Pfeiler-Wunder has been published numerous times and has designed several new courses at the university including Integrated Curriculum in the Art Class and Discover! Science and Art Integration for the K-12 Educator.

Pfeiler-Wunder is an actively involved scholar and presents extensively at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) regional, and international conferences. She served on the Editorial Board of NAEA’s Art Education Journal, serves on the NAEA Research Commission and is the Higher Education Director-Elect for the NAEA Board.

PAEA actively supports and promotes visual art education through professional development, leadership, and service.

PREVIEW: No. 4 Women’s Soccer Looks to Rebound at ESU

Women’s Soccer
Poll Release

KUTZTOWN | The fourth-ranked Kutztown University women’s soccer team will travel to East Stroudsburg University on Wednesday, Oct. 18 to take on the Warriors in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action. Game time is set for 7p.m. at Eiler-Martin Stadium.

The Golden Bears (13-1 overall, 11-1 PSAC) are coming off of their first loss of the season, after being defeated 1-0 in Sunday’s game against Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). As the competition concluded, it marked the first time since 2011 that KU has fallen to IUP.

In addition, KU found themselves trailing in a game for the first time all season. After the 32nd minute, IUP’s McKenna Keffel scored the lone goal and KU found themselves unable to recover. It was also the first time Kutztown was shutout since its 3-0 loss to Western Washington University last year during the NCAA Final Four.

KU was previously ranked No. two in the United Soccer Coaches Division II Poll. After the loss against IUP, the Golden Bears dropped to No.four in the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II week 7 poll.

Kutztown is still ranked first in the PSAC standings at 11-1, and rank first in goals scored (44). However, the offense has been struggling the past few games. KU has scored just seven goals in the past three games and looks to regain momentum Wednesday against ESU.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jenna Bracken (Wanaque, N.J./Lakeland Regional) has been a consistent player for KU. During the IUP game she faced eight shots, allowing just one to be scored. Bracken ranks second in the PSAC for goals against average (.568) and save percentage (.881).

Offensively, both sophomores Maddie Mohr (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown Area) and Emily Zwiercan (Reinholds, Pa./Cocalico) are at or near the top of the league in different categories. Zwiercan leads the PSAC in points (27) and ranks second for number of goals scored (11) this season, while Mohr is third in the PSAC for goals scored (10).

East Stroudsburg is currently ranked second in the PSAC, with 31 goals scored, just below Kutztown. In the past, ESU has been a tough team to play. The Golden Bears have not come out with a victory since 2015. KU fell to the Warriors last year during both the regular season (1-0) and during the PSAC Championship game (2-1).

Leading ESU in points is Jules Sicker (15), with six goals and three assists. Also contributing are Monica Wood and Haley Skove both with five goals each.

In goal for the Warriors is Jules Harris. Harris is ranked third in the PSAC for both goals against average (.617) and save percentage (.869).

If the Golden Bears drop their game against ESU, it will be the first time they’ve lost consecutive games since the 2015 season. Following the game against East Stroudsburg, KU only has three regular-season games left, one of which being at home.

The next game is set to take place on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Keystone Field. Game time is set for 1 p.m. and will also be Senior Day.

Kutztown University to Host an Evening with Kay Haring

Kay Haring, sister of Kutztown-born-and-raised artist Keith Haring.

Kay Haring, sister of Kutztown-born and -raised artist Keith Haring, will host a lecture and book signing Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 5:30 p.m., in room 223 of the McFarland Student Union Building at Kutztown University. The event is free and open to the public.

Kay Haring’s professional career has been a blend of the for-profit and non-profit realms, including management roles with a community college foundation, and fundraising professional for Planned Parenthood. Both are previous recipients of the award. She has held many board positions for a wide variety of non-profits over the last 20 years, including Lehigh Valley Arts Council, Berks Arts Council, Reading Musical Foundation, AAA Reading/Berks and Planned Parenthood of Hawaii.

Her new book, “Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing,” seeks to investigate an aspect of Keith’s life not extensively covered: his childhood.

“I wrote this story to answer the question, “What was Keith like as a kid?” the answer; “HE WAS ALWAYS DRAWING!” says Haring on a section of her website.

Haring’s talk will map Keith’s journey from Kutztown, Pa., as a student, throughout his astronomical rise to the top of the art world.

Afterwards, Haring will sign copies of her book. Book proceeds will benefit Kutztown University’s GLBTQ Resource Center.

Kutztown University orchestra concert slated for Oct. 21

Dr. Peter Isaacson directs the Kutztown University Orchestra.

The Kutztown University Orchestra will present their first performance of fall semester Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert is dedicated entirely to American music and will feature Libby Larsen’s “Overture for the End of a Century,” Alan Hovhanness’s “And God Created Great Whales,” Michael Daugherty’s “Route 66” and Samuel Barber’s “First Essay for Orchestra Op. 12.”

The concert will also include excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s Westside Story.

Lead by Dr. Peter Isaacson, the Kutztown University Orchestra has a reputation for musical excellence and sold out performances. Performing standard and contemporary repertoire, the KUO has featured soloists such as Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim and Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medal winner Sandra Rivers. KUO members also train with notable instrumentalists from Philadelphia, New York and the Lehigh Valley.

The orchestra holds an annual concerto competition with a college and high school division.