Last Bark in the Park of the season

Join us for the last Bark in the Park of the season. Help us close out this fun summer series!

Grab your friends, family and well-behaved on leash pup and join us for a baseball game, delicious ball park foods and a howling good time.

DATE: Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019

TIME: 5 to 8 p.m.

Free baseball game tickets available for pick up in the lobby of the Humane Society of Berks County during normal business hours.

Get Your Free Tickets

Mark Your Calendar for our Next mini Pints for Pups

We’re excited to partner with Stoudts Brewing Company again this
summer as part of our mini Pints for Pups series.

DATE: Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019

TIME: 1 – 4 p.m.

LOCATION: Stoudts Brewing Co.

Bring your pack and join us for a pint or two in the open-air patios of
Stoudts. A portion of the drink and food sales will benefit the homeless
animals in our shelters.
Raise A Pint

Ithaca College news

Shillington native attends journalism bootcamp at CSIS

Shillington resident Vaughn Golden was one of a group of Ithaca College students who attended journalism bootcamp at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., from June 3 through 7, where they produced a multimedia report on cybersecurity.

The group was split up into four teams: Story and web editors, audio producers, video producers and data reporters/visualizers. Each team was tasked with a different portion of the project. The end result was a 3,000-word story accompanied by three-minute audio and video clips, as well as an infographic that showed the history of cyberattacks in the United States.

The students worked with the Center’s iDeas Lab and cyber team, who helped with the multimedia portions of the project. Throughout their week in the capital, the students also met with journalists and government officials.

Albright College students named to spring 2019 dean’s list

Albright College announced its spring 2019 dean’s list recipients; local students include:

  • Michael Stahl of Oley. A graduate of Oley Valley High School, Stahl studied Psychology with a minor in Evolutionary Studies during the spring semester.
  • Maya Fares of Reading.A graduate of Berks Catholic High School, Fares studied Chemistry with a minor in French during the spring semester.
  • Michael Hertzog of Shoemakersville. Hertzog studied Mathematics and Theatre with a minor in Music during the spring semester.
  • Kierstin Moses of Birdsboro. A graduate of Daniel Boone High School, Moses studied Digital Communications with a minor in Photography during the spring semester.
  • Benjamin Foreman of Temple. A graduate of Oley Valley High School, Foreman studied Business Administration: Marketing with a minor in Political Science during the spring semester.
  • Eric Adamo of Blandon. A graduate of Fleetwood Area High School, Adamo studied English with a minor in Political Science during the spring semester.
  • Ryan Brett of Reading. A graduate of Governor Mifflin Senior High School, Brett studied Environmental Science with a minor in Spanish during the spring semester.
  • Evan Cardinal of Reading. A graduate of Antietam High School, Cardinal studied International Relations and Political Science with a minor in Theatre during the spring semester.
  • Jennifer Heydt of Reading.A graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, Heydt studied English with a minor in Theatre during the spring semester.
  • Abigail Ensslen of Reading. A graduate of Antietam High School, Ensslen studied Communications: Public Relations & Advertising and Fashion during the spring semester.
  • Aidan Sandor of Fleetwood. A graduate of Fleetwood Area High School, Sandor studied Behavioral Psychobiology during the spring semester.
  • Amanda Bunn of Fleetwood. A graduate of Brandywine Heights Area High School, Bunn studied Environmental Science during the spring semester.
  • Avery Iacavone of Wernersville. A graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School, Iacavone studied in the Alpha program during the spring semester.
  • Benjamin Luhrs of Shillington. A graduate of Reading Senior High School, Luhrs studied Game and Simulation Development during the spring semester.
  • Brendan Mackey-Wood of Wyomissing. A graduate of Wilson High School, Mackey-Wood studied Digital Communications during the spring semester.
  • Brooke Schlott of Reading. A graduate of Muhlenberg High School, Schlott studied Psychology during the spring semester.
  • Cameron Rupert of Reading. A graduate of Muhlenberg High School, Rupert studied Physics and Secondary Education during the spring semester.
  • Chan Le of Reading. A graduate of Wilson High School, Le studied Computer Science during the spring semester.
  • Chelsea Forrest of Lenhartsville. A graduate of Hamburg Area High School, Forrest studied Fashion: Merchandisng during the spring semester.
  • Donna Saboori of Reading. A graduate of 21st Century Cyber Charter School, Saboori studied Biology during the spring semester.
  • Dylan Demko of Reading. A graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, Demko studied Biochemistry during the spring semester.
  • Dylan Okonski of Reading. A graduate of Muhlenberg High School, Okonski studied Business Administration during the spring semester.
  • Emily Konchan of Douglassville. A graduate of Daniel Boone High School, Konchan studied in the Alpha program during the spring semester.
  • Emily Seaman-Brennan of Reading. A graduate of Governor Mifflin Senior High School, Seaman-Brennan studied Accounting Economics and Finance during the spring semester.
  • Erika Hollinger of Reading. A graduate of Hackettstown High School, Hollinger studied Psychobiology during the spring semester.
  • Erin Smith of Reading. A graduate of Muhlenberg High School, Smith studied Psychobiology during the spring semester.
  • Francheska Guzman of Reading. A graduate of High Point Baptist Academy, Guzman studied Digital Communications during the spring semester.
  • Haley Koch of Mohrsville. A graduate of Commonwealth Connections Academy, Koch studied Psychology and Sociology: Criminology during the spring semester.
  • Isabel Skovera of Reading. A graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School, Skovera studied Psychology during the spring semester.
  • Isabella Goncea of Reading. A graduate of Wilson High School, Goncea studied English during the spring semester.
  • Jessica Belluch of Reading. A graduate of Muhlenberg High School, Belluch studied Psychology during the spring semester.
  • Jessica Snyder of Bernville.A graduate of Tulpehocken Junior-Senior High School, Snyder studied Psychology during the spring semester.
  • Jieyu Zhang of Reading. A graduate of Unknown International High School, Zhang studied Biochemistry during the spring semester.
  • Kallie Lutz of Reading. A graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School, Lutz studied Psychology: Child Development during the spring semester.
  • Kayla Harding of Reading. A graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, Harding studied Business Administration: Marketing and Communications: Public Relations & Advertising during the spring semester.
  • Kennedy Lutz of Reading. A graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School, Lutz studied Sociology: Family Studies and Early Childhood Education during the spring semester.
  • Khady Gueye of Reading. Gueye studied Business Administration: Economics during the spring semester.
  • Kira Shultz of Reading. A graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, Shultz studied Biology during the spring semester.
  • Kyle Bohn of Reading. A graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, Bohn studied Accounting Economics and Finance during the spring semester.
  • Lana Harris of Birdsboro. A graduate of Daniel Boone High School, Harris studied Digital Studio Art during the spring semester.
  • Lauren Huber of Reading. A graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, Huber studied History and Spanish during the spring semester.
  • Lisa Luu of Reading. A graduate of Reading Senior High School, Luu studied Chemistry during the spring semester.
  • Logan Adams of Shoemakersville. A graduate of Hamburg Area High School, Adams studied Business Administration during the spring semester.
  • Mara Trifoi of Wyomissing. A graduate of Wyomissing Area High School, Trifoi studied Biology during the spring semester.
  • Matthew Cammarano of Blandon.A graduate of Fleetwood Area High School, Cammarano studied English during the spring semester.
  • Nicholas Hand of Reading. A graduate of Muhlenberg High School, Hand studied Business Administration: International Business during the spring semester.
  • Nicole Pratt of Douglassville. A graduate of Daniel Boone High School, Pratt studied Arts Administration and Music Industry Studies during the spring semester.
  • Patrick Sporrer of Reading. A graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, Sporrer studied Music Industry Studies during the spring semester.
  • Phuong Chau of Reading. A graduate of Reading Senior High School, Chau studied Biology during the spring semester.
  • Raymond La of Reading. A graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School, La studied Accounting during the spring semester.
  • Sarah Connelly of Reading. A graduate of Wilson High School, Connelly studied Crime and Justice during the spring semester.
  • Sarajean Reinert of Reading. A graduate of Berks Catholic High School, Reinert studied Music Industry Studies during the spring semester.
  • Tamanna Gupta of Womelsdorf. A graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School, Gupta studied Molecular Psychobiology during the spring semester.
  • Tyler Kiwak of Reading. A graduate of Governor Mifflin Senior High School, Kiwak studied Biochemistry and Spanish during the spring semester.
  • Victoria Baumert of Hamburg. A graduate of Hamburg Area High School, Baumert studied Public Health and Spanish during the spring semester.
  • Victoria Bernhart of Leesport. Bernhart studied Game and Simulation Development during the spring semester.
  • Wesley Cipolla of Reading. A graduate of Wilson High School, Cipolla studied Communications: Journalism and English during the spring semester.
  • William Griffith of Reading. A graduate of Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School, Griffith studied Accounting Economics and Finance during the spring semester.
  • Zoe Gehman of Birdsboro. A graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, Gehman studied Chemistry and Mathematics during the spring semester.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, Albright students must earn a GPA of 3.75 or better while taking a minimum of three graded courses during a semester.

Art Pop Up This Friday in Boyertown

Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown, welcomes visitors to the gallery for a pop-up exhibit featuring the artwork of Robin Kulp, Holly Anasiewicz, and Brittany Spicer entitled “Getting to Know Us.” The exhibit opens on July 26, 2019, 5:30-8:30 p.m. during Boyertown’s monthly “Corks for a Cause” evening and will run through August 2, 2019.

Kulp, curator of the exhibit, is a senior art education major at Kutztown University minoring in art history and currently serving as an intern at Studio B. Kulp’s oil and acrylic hyper-realistic still-life paintings showcase the technical skills she’s practiced during her studies. She challenges her audience to look closely at art because, she notes, “sometimes what you first see isn’t what it truly is.”

Anasiewicz’s photographs taken at the Borneo rainforest in Malaysia and in Thailand are designed to raise awareness of the deforestation the countries have been facing since the 1960’s following extensive logging practices. Native orangutans rely on trees to escape predators and are now dangerously exposed in the bare areas of the forest. 

Spicer’s mixed media portraits capture human emotion and serve to showcase her desire to communicate the therapeutic benefits in creating art. Her goal is to own a studio where children who have experienced abuse or hard times are encouraged to work out their emotions through artistic expression. 

“FACES of Boyertown” is the current exhibit at Studio B featuring photographic portraits of those who live, work, and/or visit Boyertown. In the Gray Gallery through August 25, 2019, is an exhibit by Ron Schira entitled “Experiments, Wanderings and Inquiries: Works on Paper.” Schira has served as the area’s leading art critic for the Reading Eagle for over 24 years. 

Further information about Studio B can be found on the studio’s website www.studiobbb.org or on Studio B’s Facebook page. The studio is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., by chance, or by appointment.

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.

Amanda Aulenbach from Fleetwood recognized as award winner by Bloomsburg University athletic department

The Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania athletic department announced its six major postseason award winners, and team MVPs, for the 2018-19 season. The major awards consist of the Danny Litwhiler Underclass Male Athlete of the Year, the Joanne McComb Underclass Female Athlete of the Year, the Robert B. Redman Senior Male Athlete of the Year, the Eleanor Wray Senior Female Athlete of the Year, and the Outstanding Senior Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

Aulenbach, from Fleetwood, was named the MVP of the women’s outdoor track and field team.

Bally Community Preschool has openings available

Bally Community Preschool, a mission of Bally Mennonite Church, is accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year.

Programs are available for ages 2 through 5. Classes are taught by experienced, certified teachers in a loving Christian environment.

Music, Spanish, lunch bunch, picnics, field trips and other fun events are scheduled throughout the school year.

For more information, call 610.845.1600 or visit ballycommunitypreschool.org.

Local Students Graduate from Simon’s Rock

Bard College at Simon’s Rock graduated 166 students Saturday, May 18, 2019. The following local students earned degrees from the oldest and most prestigious early college in the nation, located in Great Barrington, Mass.:

Hannah Walker of Wyomissing graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in political studies and German translation and literature

Tobias Walker of Reading graduated with distinction with an associate of arts

Reading Public Library to stage outdoor dance production

An original dance production, “Where the Trees Walk,” will be held on The Steps at the Main Library, 100 S. Fifth St. at noon Saturday, July 27, 2019.

This fourth annual Storytelling through Dance presentation will tell the story of a child who is separated from her parents after the family flees their war-torn country.

For the fourth year, Barrio Alegria has partnered with Reading Public Library to engage community members through the arts, creating opportunities for participants to explore self-limiting beliefs and gain leadership skills.

More than 45 participants will tell the story through 14 dance choreographies in this premiere performance.

Participating organizations and groups include Abilities in Motion, Centro Cultural Latinos Unidos, and the Reading School District. Live music will be provided by Musical Acts of Kindness Society. The diverse musical score includes works from a range of composers from George Harrison and Scott Joplin to Joe Hisaishi and The Chrono Trigger Symphony.

There is no charge for admission and seating is general admission on The Steps @ Main.

For more information, visit readingpubliclibrary.org/storytelling-through-dance-2018/.

For more information about “Where the Trees Walk” contact the Reading Public Library Foundation at 610.478.8977.