Duo to play guitar and Native American flute tonight at Juan Carlos

juancarlos2Guitarist Russell Ferrara and flutist David Rose will join musical forces for diners tonight at Juan Carlos Fine Mexican restaurant at 235 East High Street in downtown Pottstown. Check them out here. Russ has been a regular at Juan Carlos, which serves up fresh, inventive dishes from Latin America. The music begins at 6 pm.

Juan Carlos is a BYOB, that provides margarita set-ups, so bring your own tequila! They take cash/check only. Reservations are available at 484-624-4931. Come out for incredible music while enjoying a meal from one of Pottstown’s most talented chefs, Ron Garza.


Rotary trip to Phillies this Thursday – tix still available!

Join The Pottstown Rotary Club for an evening of fun with the Rotary Strike Out Hunger Night at the Philadelphia Phillies, Thursday, August 22nd 4:00 pm. Meet at Klein Transportation in Douglassville. One price includes ticket, transportation, hoagies with all the trimmings, beer, wine, soda. Bring canned goods if you can. Contact Len Giesler at lengieseler@pottstowninsurance.com or 610-323-2201. Only a few tickets left!






Or 610-323-2201

Mark calendar: Annual Meals on Wheels fundraiser on Oct. 5th

Annual Meals on Wheels Fundraising Event featuring The Fabulous Greaseband on Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Fabulous Greaseband, a seven-member nostalgic dance-party band and concert attraction, will bring their rock ‘n’ roll party to Pottstown this fall for the annual Meals on Wheels fundraising event.

The Fabulous Greaseband features outstanding male and female lead vocals in a front trio backed by a gifted group of instrumentalists. Their highly entertaining and energetic delivery of some of the greatest songs ever written has kept the group on top for well over 30 years.

The show will be held on Saturday, October 5 at the historic Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Road, Pottstown. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. (A cash beverage and snack bar will be available.) Advance tickets recommended.

Funds raised during this event will benefit Family Services’ Meals on Wheels program. Each weekday, Family Services’ Meals on Wheels program provides two meals, a hot lunch and a cold supper to refrigerate, to an average of 175 homebound elderly and disabled individuals in Pottstown, Royersford and the Lower Perkiomen Valley. Community volunteers personally deliver approximately 80,000 meals a year, bringing nourishment, friendship and a kind word to those most in need.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Ruth Hood, program director, Meals on Wheels, at 610-326-1610 ext. 236 or rhood@fsmontco.org or visit http://www.fsmontco.org/events. Tickets may be purchased weekdays between 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at Family Services’ Pottstown Office, 1976 East High Street, Pottstown. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.

Generous sponsors of this event include Exelon/Limerick Generating Station; BTC Foods; Janney Montgomery Scott; Pottstown Memorial Medical Center; Sanatoga Ridge Community; and SMJ Construction.

Family Services offers popular early childhood parenting program this fall

From Family Services… Pre-registration is required for this program!

Family Services to Offer Love & Logic: Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun!
 Would you like to feel more confident as a parent? Would you like to have more fun parenting? Would you like to feel more relaxed at the end of the day?

Family Services is offering America’s most practical and entertaining parent training program, Love & Logic: Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun!® The program, designed for parents with children ages 0–6, will be held on six consecutive Wednesday mornings beginning October 2. Each session will run from 10–11:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 660 North Charlotte Street, Pottstown. The program is free, and free childcare is available. Pre-registration is required. Registration deadline is Friday, September 20.

The Love and Logic approach to raising children places parents in control and teaches kids to be respectful, responsible and prepares them for the real world of challenges. Parents of toddlers and pre-schoolers through teens have found this parenting strategy to be remarkably rewarding and easy to implement. Love and Logic is a common sense approach that helps to resolve annoying behaviors, as well as serious behavioral problems in children.

For more information or to register for Love & Logic: Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun!, contact Megan Schmierer at 610-326-1610 ext. 242 or mschmierer@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 county residents each year. For more information, contact Family Services’ Pottstown Office, located at 1976 East High Street, at 610-326-1610 or visit www.fsmontco.org.

Slavic Sacred Music at St. John’s this Friday evening

The Theoria Chamber Choir presents

Slavic Sacred Music
Hymns & Liturgical Songs of the Eastern Church

August 23rd, 2013
7:00 pm

Free Admission

(free will offerings will be accepted)

St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church
301 Cherry Street
Pottstown, Pennsylvania

News of this free event comes to us from the founder of Theoria Chamber Choir, Andrew Skitko, a Pottstown resident and Hill School grad.

Greek for contemplation, “theoria” refers to a stage of spiritual illumination in Eastern Christian theology. Theoria Chamber Choir seeks to lead others in spiritual contemplation through a cappella choral music.

Theoria was founded by Andrew Skitko in 2010. Having grown up in the Byzantine-Ruthenian Church, his passion for the Eastern-European choral repertoire inspired the formation of an ensemble that could explore this music with other professionally trained singers, and share the repertoire of the Slavic sacred choral tradition. Theoria Chamber Choir consists of students and alumni of Westminster Choir College.

In addition to concert performances, Theoria Chamber Choir serves as the primary liturgical choir at The Assumption of The Virgin Mary Byzantine Ruthenian Catholic Church in Trenton, New Jersey (www.avmbcc.org).

Grumpy’s menu for the week

Grumpy’s Handcarved Sandwiches is at 137 E. High Street in the heart of Pottstown. Their hours are 8 am – 6 pm, Tuesday Saturday. Eat in or take out by calling 610- 323-1232. They will be closed for vacation from Aug. 24th until after Labor Day!

This week’s specials include some yummy homemade dessert, veggies from the Community Gardens and more!


Soup: Turkey Noodle
Salad: Chef Salad
Sandwich: Grilled Cheddar & Bacon Sandwich
Sides: Grammy Baked Beans and Home style Potato
Dessert: Homemade Peach Cobbler / Muffins – Chocolate Banana Walnut


Soup:  Fresh Tomato Bisque
Salad: Cobb Salad
Sandwich: Irvanish  and Black bean Burger
Sides Tuscany Bean Salad, Grilled Veggie Salad
Dessert: ?


Soup: Maryland Crab Soup
Salad:Southwest Roast beef salad
Sandwich:Corned Beef and BBQ Meatloaf
Sides: Fresh Homemade Mashed Potatoes Roasted Beets
Dessert:Fresh Fruit


Soup: Shrimp Corn  Chowder
Salad:Fresh Fruit with homemade vanilla yogurt with granola
Sandwich: Crab Cake and the Dagwood
Sides:Mac and cheese, Orzo and Sundried Tomato Salad
Dessert: ?

SATURDAY –  Closed for Vacation be back after Labor Day! Enjoy your week everyone!

ArtFusion holding Beef ‘n Beer fundraiser

Join ArtFusion 19464 on Saturday, August 24 from 6-9pm at the Ballroom on High at 310 E. High Street in Pottstown for a Beef and Beer Fundraiser.

This fun end-of-summer beef and beer features beer courtesy of Victory Beer, food by Boneyard Joe’s (House of Great Sandwiches and BBQ) and Montesano Bros Bucktown Market & Cafe, live music and a fun 50/50 raffle.

Victory Brewing Company has an amazing philosophy on brewing beer. They meld European ingredients and traditions with American creativity, and their beers feature the finest ingredients to achieve their exciting flavors. Go here to learn more: http://www.victorybeer.com/about/brewery/.

Victory is generously donating all the beer for this event!

Live music by Elisha Kane!

Tickets are only $20 and include beer, hot beef sandwiches, great side salads, homemade desserts, and water and soda. Vegetarian wraps are available on request.


Purchase your regular or vegetarian tickets here.

Check out and follow the event on Facebook!

Starfest this Saturday eve at Hopewell Furnace

The Chesmont Astronomical Society is a non-profit amateur astronomy club. They are holding Starfest 2013 at Hopewell Furnace National Historical Site tomorrow, Aug. 10, starting at 7 p.m.

Use this address in your GPS: 2 Mark Bird Lane Elverson, PA 19520

This annual star party includes speakers, door prizes, and a variety of telescopes to observe the night sky. When the sky is darkened, visitors can join society members at their telescopes trained on different types of celestial objects, such as planets, galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters.

The event is weather dependent, so if it’s cloudy or rainy, it will take place on Sunday, Aug. 11th. Check for updates at www.chesmontastro.org.

The schedule looks like this:

  • 6 to 7:30 p.m.: Astronomy-related presentations
  • 7:30 to 8 p.m.: Dark sky preservation talk
  • 8 to 8:45 p.m.: Guest speaker
  • 8:45 to 9 p.m.: Drawing for telescope prizes
  • 9 to 11 p.m.: Stargazing
The event is free for all ages and free parking is available, but cash donations are appreciated. And there is a chance to win prizes, such as a 102mm Celestron refractor telescope with mount and eyepieces and a 80mm Orion telescope with mount and eyepieces, plus limited quantities of astronomy material.

FAME, Jr. for one weekend only at Steel River Playhouse

FAME, Jr. (student musical)


August 9th – 7:00 pm

August 10th – 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm

August 11th – 3:00 pm


Steel River Playhouse, 245 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464


Buy online at www.steelriver.org or call 610.970.1199, or at the door subject to availability.


Parental guidance for younger children is suggested due to thematic content.


Steel River Playhouse Presents FAME, Jr.

One Weekend Only, August 9th – 11th

Steel River Playhouse announces its summer camp production of FAME, Jr., four performances only on Friday, August 9th through Sunday, August 11th. The popular musical is a high-energy production with strong singing and dancing from a talented ensemble cast.

Set at New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts, the musical follows the bittersweet but inspiring story of a group of students committed to four years of grueling artistic and academic work in order to achieve their dreams. The students come to terms with life and relationships, and some are resilient, while others are not. With insight and humor, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today including prejudice, identity, self-worth, literacy, and perseverance. With its topical subject matter and contemporary pop score (including the hit title song), FAME Jr. is an exciting summer treat.

The summer camp production features 50 students actors from 8 school districts and 3 private schools. Steel River’s FAME, Jr. is directed by Robb Russ. The music director is Katherine Skrzat and the choreographer is Kelsey Riker. The musical will be presented on the Main Stage on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, August 9th at 7:00 pm

  • Saturday, August 10th at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm

  • Sunday, August 11th at 3:00 pm

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at www.steelriver.org or at the door, space permitting. Parental guidance for younger children is suggested due to thematic content. Please note that children under 4 will not be admitted. Steel River Playhouse is located at 245 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464.

Pottstown Pre-K Summer Program to be held in August

Do you have a child entering Pottstown School District kindergarten this year? The Pottstown School District Pre-K Counts partnership announces a new early learning opportunity for Pottstown students entering kindergarten.

Six free Summer Kindergarten Readiness Program classes will be offered at the PEAK community early learning partner sites beginning August 12. To be eligible for the classes, students must be entering Pottstown School District kindergarten in September and meet income requirements. Family income cannot exceed 300% of the federal poverty level – for a family of four that is an annual income of approximately $70,000.

Spaces are limited – call now to register. The classes will be offered at Montgomery Early Learning Centers, Pottstown YMCA, KinderCare Learning Center, Warwick Child Care Center, YWCA Tri-County Area and Pottstown School District Pre-K Counts. A complete listing of the sites and contact information can be found on the PEAK web site at www.peakonline.org.

For questions, visit www.peakonline.org, e-mail Mary Rieck at mrieck@pottstownsd.org or call 610-970-6655.


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