Family Services seeks sponsors for 10-mile trail run

Family Services is seeking sponsorship for their upcoming 10 mile trail run!

Family Services has been selected to be the benefiting charity of the Annual Evansburg Challenge 10-mile trail run, to be held this year on Sunday, October 20th.  This 10-mile trail run through beautiful Evansburg State Park near Collegeville is one of the most popular trail runs in eastern Pennsylvania, attracting more than 200 participants each year. See sponsorship info here: Evansburg Challenge Sponsorship Levels 2013

Now in its 16th year, the Challenge is managed and planned by Pretzel City Sports.  The race course follows 10 miles of single and double track horse trails by the Skippack Creek with water crossings, ditches and puddles, and a steep muddy climb.  Pine groves, berry patches, and mud-gullies dot the trail. The 16th Annual Evansburg Challenge will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2013.

Family Services of Montgomery County PA (FSMC) is a 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit multi-service agency with three branches located throughout Montgomery County. The vision of Family Services is strong, caring community of individuals and families meeting the challenges and opportunities of life with the mission of being committed to improving the lives of people in Montgomery County, Pa.  The agency has three overarching goals: 1) People have improved life prospects, 2) Families function adaptively, 3) Clients reduce risks to achieving and maintaining self-sufficiency.

Please contact Tricia Reedy Jones at or (610) 630-0201 to discuss your sponsorship level.  Thank you!

All donations are 100% tax deductible.  Please send donations to 3125 Ridge Pike, Eagleville, PA 19403 no later than September 1, 2013.   Please call (610) 630-0201.

Thank you for your contribution!

Tricia Reedy Jones, MPA
Program Director
Foster Grandparent Program
Program of Family Services of Montgomery County
3125 Ridge Pike
Eagleville, PA 19403
(610) 630-0201
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SRHA to screen documentary about light pollution & loss of night sky

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is hosting a screening of The City Dark, a one-hour feature documentary about the loss of night.  Held in partnership with the Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting Council and Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, the film will be shown at 7 p.m. on July 23 at Montgomery County Community College West Campus Community Room in South Hall.

The program will feature a brief introduction by Schuylkill River Heritage Area Executive Director Kurt Zwikl. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site Superintendent Edie Shean Hammond will discuss the ongoing effort to have Hopewell become a Dark Sky Park. Following the film, Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting Council President Stan Stubbe will speak and answer questions. Featuring stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, The City Dark is the definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars.

The film is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.  Learn more.

MCCC Hosts ‘Iron and its Accomplices’ Art Exhibition

There’s still time to catch this unusual exhibit of local artists at MCCC. Thanks to Alana Mauger for passing this on…

Montgomery County Community College continues to host “Iron and its Accomplices,” an art exhibition featuring metal artist Paul Beatty of Hemlock Forge and several area artists. The show runs through July 25th at the West Campus Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, 16 High Street, Pottstown.

“Sun and Moon” metal sculpture by Paul Beatty. Photo courtesy of MCCC.
“Sun and Moon” metal sculpture by Paul Beatty. Photo courtesy of MCCC.

Metal artist Paul Beatty owns Hemlock Forge in nearby Barto, Pa., and specializes in copper, steel and sheet metal. He initially studied traditional blacksmithing under blacksmith Ed Land of Huffs Church, Berks County. He later served an apprenticeship with renowned metal artist Greg Leavitt of Earl Township, Berks County.

Beatty’s masterful skills are reminiscent of a time when craftsmen poured their hearts and souls into the hard labor of their wares. He specializes in commissions of decorative and functional art, including arbors, fences, armillaries and sculptures, and all his work is hand-forged and custom-made. Beatty has been a metalsmith for more than 14 years and is a member of the Pennsylvania Artists Blacksmith Association and the Artist Blacksmith’s Association of North America.

Several local artists have joined Beatty for the exhibit, including photographer Tammy Snyder of East Greenville; mosaic artist Amy Bruckner of Downingtown; stain glass artist Marlys Thomas of Harleysville; wood sculptor Mark Hughes of Barto; metal artist Ed Land of Huffs Church; and Damascus steel artist Robert Eggerling of Mertztown.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed weekends.

For more information about the exhibition, contact Montgomery County Community College Galleries Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or

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Adult Gardener Workshop at MOSAIC Community Garden tonight

When:   Tuesday, July 9, 2013     6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
What:    Adult Workshop 1 – Organic vs. Conventional Gardening
             Project: Hanging Planter using Recycled Fabrics
Tina is ready and set to facilitate a workshop/group discussion on Organic vs. Conventional Gardening.  She will also provide instruction on how to make a hanging plant bag using recycled fabric!
Please plan to attend the class that day (even bring a friend) to understand the benefits of organic gardening and how a recycled old shirt, pantyhose or other materials can be used to create a wonderful vertical garden.
Below are more details regarding the workshop…we hope to see you there!
Gardeners Will Need to Bring:
Old shirt, pants, or piece of fabric – must be BREATHABLE such as Cotton or Linen
* NO polyester, NO synthetic fabrics (won’t breath)
twine, ribbons, or other tying material
MOSAIC Will Supply:
“S” hooks, planting compost/soil, and seedlings/plants

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