Juan Carlos now open for Sunday brunch!

Juan Carlos is now officially open for Sunday brunch, every Sunday from 9am to 1pm! Their breakfast menu – a special blend of the classic, the Hispanic, and a few of our own creations – features 12 delicious items, made fresh to order. Stop in and try:

-the decadent Breakfast Chili Relleno: the classic poblano pepper stuffed with scrambled eggs, chorizo, and mixed cheeses, and served with a side of home fries.

Triple Berry Toast: a favorite for anyone with a sweet tooth! This dish showcases warm ciabatta bread sandwiching Nutella-cream cheese filling, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries, and topped with our homemade icing.

-the ever-popular Vegetable Frittata: featuring mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, onions and jalapeños, and served with a side of home fries.

But keep in mind, folks, that this is only a sample of what they have to offer! Stop in this Sunday – and every Sunday afterwards! Juan Carlos Fine Mexican Restaurant is located at 235 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464. Their number is 484-624-4931.

“Year of the Young Woman” kicks off on Jan. 21 at Pottstown YWCA

Life is generational by nature. So is the generation gap. The YWCA Tri-County Area invites women of all ages to attend “Bridging the Gap”, the first in a series of workshops provided during 2012, “Year of the Young Woman”. This series of events and opportunities will highlight the cohesion and shared promise of women reaching their full potential.


According to Andrea Primas, YWCA Tri-County Area Executive Director, “A girl’s passage from childhood to adulthood is often uncertain and confusing. Women face tremendous challenges today as well as numerous, unprecedented opportunities. The YWCA’s goal is to address these issues, and provide women of all ages with the means to thrive and live competent, confident, capable lives.”


Bridging the Gap will be an insightful panel discussion that will include both young and seasoned women. The program will facilitate cooperation and understanding between women of different ages and cultures. It will create a synergistic relationship between women as they recognize their mutual interdependence by connecting the wisdom of some, with the enthusiasm of others.


“Panelists will consist of multigenerational women from our local community as they share and relate their experiences and the importance of communication,” states Sharon Basile, Board President of the YWCA Tri-County Area.


The panel discussion and light tea will take place on Saturday, January 21, 2012 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the YWCA Tri-County Area, 315 King Street, Pottstown. Attendance is FREE, but reservations are required. To attend, call the YWCA at 610-323-1888 to register.


The YWCA has designated 2012 as the “Year of the Young Woman”. Future programs will focus on topics such as Journaling, Body Image, Non-Traditional Careers, Cyber Bullying and Stalking, Go Green, and Advocacy.


About the YWCA:  The YWCA Tri-County Area has been serving the Pottstown and surrounding communities for over 100 years. Their mission to eliminate racism and empower women is achieved through programs and services such as Child Care, Adult Literacy, Women EXCEL and their Healthy Choices program for teenage girls.


 About the Year of the Young Woman – 2012:  In keeping with the YWCA USA;’s focus on engaging a new generation (30 & Under), the Year of the Young Woman (12-30), sponsored by the YWCA Tri-County Area, is a series of events and opportunities to connect younger and seasoned women. The experiences will facilitate cooperation and understanding between women of different ages and cultures, and create a synergistic relationship between women as we recognize our mutual interdependence, connecting the wisdom of some to the zeal of others.


“No country can get ahead if it leaves half of its population behind,” International Women’s Day, 2011.


To be part of building a relational bridge, or for more information about the YWCA Tri-County Area, please call 610-323-1888 or visit them online at www.ywcatricountryarea.org.



Free Winter Art Program for Kids

The application deadline for the next session of free art programs for children
at The Gallery School of Pottstown is January 14.

Kids Art Academy is an arts exploration program for children ages 8-12. Students explore many mediums and techniques, from drawing and painting to mosaics and glass fusing.

Clay Academy is a ceramic arts program for the same age group. Students in this program will get experience in hand building as well as using a pottery wheel.

Both programs are funded by the Greater Pottstown Foundation and are free for the students, with the exception of a small registration fee once they are accepted into the program.  While preference is given to those students who qualify for free or reduced lunch, all students are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information and an application, please visit the Gallery School’s website at
www.galleryonhigh.org, or visit their 254 E. High St. location. Questions can be
emailed to info@galleryonhigh.com, or asked over the phone at 610-326-2506.

The Gallery School of Pottstown is a 501c3 non-profit community art school and
gallery. The School offers day, evening and weekend classes to all ages. The goal
of these classes is to help students develop their creative skills through
self-expression and independence. The Gallery on High hosts rotating shows
featuring local artists. The Gallery also sells handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gift
items.  The Gallery on High is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am-4:30pm and
Saturday 10am-3pm. The Gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.

The Gallery School of Pottstown
@Gallery on High
254 E. High St.
Pottstown, PA  19464


Looking for a way to kick off the New Year by learning something new, or with an evening full of surprises, fun and creativity?   Join the excitement at the Tri-County Performing Arts Center, 245 E. High Street, Pottstown, as the  exciting winter session of classes are unveiled and  the N Crowd provides an evening of fast-paced improvisational theater!

The fun begins with an OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, January 7th from 11 AM until 5 PM.  Then visit one of Pottstown’s eateries and come back to the theater for a performance of the N Crowd at 8 PM!   Can’t make it Saturday?  The Educational OPEN HOUSE will continue on Sunday from 11 AM until 5 PM.

The N Crowd is a professional short form improvisational troupe that has been performing weekly inPhiladelphiasince 2005. Performers include Pottstown’s own BJ Ellis! At each show, the N-Crowd plays a series of games and scenes based on suggestions from the audience. There are no scripts, no props, and nowhere to run! The N Crowd was selected by Fox 29’s Hot List as the Best Comedy Club in Philadelphia in 2008 and finished 2nd place in the same category in 2009. Currently, they perform at the Actors Center in Philadelphia.

The audience is an important part of the show, providing the suggestions and cheering the cast on as they tackle a variety of topics.  Be a part of the fun TODAY, Saturday, January 7th at 8 PM.  Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $13 for children 12 and under.  Parental guidance is suggested for this show.  Tickets may be purchased at www.tripac.org, or at the door the night of the show if available.  As always, there are discounts for groups of 10 or more.

At the Education Open House you can register for Group Classes and Private Lessons for ages 3 through senior citizens. Group classes include acting, comedy improv, scene study, audition techniques, music, voice, storybook character play and age-based performance troupes. Private instruction includes acting, voice, piano, guitar, flute, music therapy, and monologue coaching.  Check the website, www.tripac.org, for full class descriptions and times.

Get ready for a great Winter season with the N Crowd, “Goldilocks”, “Ain’t Misbehavin”, “Toys In The Attic”, “Farragut North”, performances by the Melange Contemporary Dance Company and the Senior Follies, all leading up to a great musical in June.  There’s something for everyone at the Tri-County Performing Arts Center!

Village Productions is a dynamic performing arts organization founded in 2001 by a dedicated team of performing artists, arts educators, and area residents who dreamed of creating new and highly accessible performing arts opportunities for the community.  Village Productions seeks to strengthen community, inspire creative exploration, educate, and entertain, through the presentation of quality performing arts events and educational opportunities geared toward a diverse audience.  You may contact Village Productions through their website at www.tripac.org, or by telephone at 610-970-1199.

Family Services Needs Volunteers for Income Tax Program

Editor’s note: If you can commit to one 4-hour shift/week during the upcoming tax season, please see below on how you can help low-middle income folks prepare their tax returns. Training is included.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, a free tax assistance preparation service provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) through Family Services, is seeking volunteers. 

Through the VITA program, trained volunteers assist low-to-middle income individuals and families in the preparation and electronic filing of simple income tax forms.

“There are many ways you can help at VITA tax preparation sites,” said Kathy Cael, Family Services’ VITA site coordinator. “Volunteers can complete and file tax forms, greet clients, organize paperwork, and assist with other administrative tasks.”

Volunteer tax preparers will receive free instruction and training to become Certified IRS Tax Preparers. Volunteer greeters will welcome clients and assist the VITA site coordinator with administrative tasks. Greeters should be friendly and customer service-oriented.

No experience is necessary. All VITA volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, computer literate, and able to commit to one four-hour volunteer shift per week for the 13-week tax season. Early afternoon, evening and weekend volunteer shifts are available at two VITA sites in the greater Pottstown area.

For more information on volunteering with VITA, please contact Kathy Cael at 610-326-1610 ext. 222 or kcael@fsmontco.org.

Since 1900, Family Services has been caring for children, seniors and families in Montgomery County who face everyday emotional difficulties or physical hardships. The agency’s innovative social service programs make a positive difference in the lives of 16,000 Montgomery County residents each year. For more information, call Family Services’ Pottstown Office at 610-326-1610 or visit www.fsmontco.org.

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