Bethel AME scholarship fundraiser features Legendary Locals of Pottstown

This Saturday, September 13th from 1-4 pm, Bethel AME Church will host a luncheon and book signing event on the site of their proposed new church at the corner of Lincoln and Grant Street in Pottstown.

Each year the church gives $500 scholarships to the high school graduates in the congregation who are pursuing higher education. They hold an annual fundraiser, among other fundraising activities throughout the year, in which they promote a book. This year they selected Legendary Locals of Pottstown, and I am so appreciative of their support and the big community gathering they have planned.

Admission to the luncheon is $10. Books will be available for purchase.

Several legendary locals will be on hand such as Donna Hennessey, George Wausnock, Dan Brunish, and more! Co-author and photographer Ed Berger and I will be there, too! Hope to see you there.

Fall art classes for adults at ArtFusion!

ArtFusion, Pottstown’s art school and gallery at 254 E. High Street in the heart of downtown Pottstown, is offering several fall classes for adults.

Check them out here.

You can choose from drawing, oil painting, water colors, and art journaling.

There are daytime and evening options, so there’s no excuse to get your creative vibe on, let your inner artist out, or maybe start something that could be a special holiday gift to a special someone.

 

The mission of ArtFusion 19464 is to enrich the lives of the residents in the greater Pottstown area through the visual arts, regardless of ethnicity and economic situations. Our goal is to spark creativity, build self-confidence and develop community bonds through education, mentoring and community service. Artfusion is online at www.artfusion19464.org.

Openings Still Available for SCORE In-Depth Workshops

SCORE is a nationwide nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed.  SCORE provides free and confidential counseling to entrepreneurs on policies, procedures, and problems in the realm of small business. The great news? Pottstown has its own SCORE office of seasoned, successful business leaders who volunteer their time to help others succeed, too.

People starting out in business frequently have the same questions: Who is my largest competitor?  How can I drive customers to my website?  What is the difference between an LLC and a Sole Proprietorship?

In an effort to provide entrepreneurs with cutting-edge information, Pottstown SCORE is offering three separate In-Depth workshops for the fall.

The first workshop, “Using Reference USA” is presented in collaboration with the Pottstown Regional Public Library.  The workshop, which will be held at 7 pm on September 17 at the library on 500 East High Street, will instruct participants how to use a database to research information pertaining to customers and competitors.

A second workshop, “Social and Mobile Equation” will give participants up-to-date secrets of successful marketing using social media and mobile technology.  This workshop will be presented at       7 pm on October 8 at the SCORE office on the basement level of the New York Plaza building in Pottstown.

In the third workshop, “Sole Proprietor, Partnership, Corporation,” participants will learn to avoid legal pitfalls in starting a business.  A lawyer and a CPA will be available to answer questions about the legal and tax considerations for different business structures.  This workshop will be presented at 7 pm on October 30 at the SCORE office in the New York Plaza building, 244 High Street, Pottstown.

There is a nominal fee for each workshop, and a discount of 50% is offered for a second person registering at the same time.  Class size is limited, but there are still openings available.  Applicants may sign up online at www.pottstownscore.org or phone the SCORE office at 610-327-2673 for more information.

 

Doe Club Hosts All-You-Can-Eat Chicken & Waffle Dinner Sept. 24th

Open to The Public!

All You Can Eat Chicken and Waffle Dinner

Doe Club of the Pottstown Elks Lodge #814

61 E. High Street

Pottstown, Pa 19464

Wednesday September 24, 2014, 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Adults- $8.00

Children 6-12 years- $4.00

Children 5 years and under- free

The Chicken and Waffle dinner includes coleslaw, applesauce, desserts, coffee and tea. Take-out orders available.

Proceeds benefit the Doe Club Nursing Scholarships which are awarded annually to local students.

Please come out and enjoy dinner while supporting higher education for local students!  

MCCC Offers Workshop to Help Adults Transition into College

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) will continue to offer its popular Career Transition Workshop for adults who may be thinking about returning to college.

The next workshop will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m.-noon. in the South Hall Community Room at MCCC’s West Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown.

The workshop is open to all adults and is free of charge, although pre-registration is requested. For more information or to RSVP, contact Denise Collins at 215-619-7313 or dcollins@mc3.edu.

During the workshop, prospective students will get an overview of the resources available to help them transition into college. Topics include using MCCC’s website and online registration tools, financial aid, assessment of credits for prior learning, stackable credentials, career pathways and job search tools.

After the initial session, MCCC advisors will follow up with participants one-on-one to help them identify programs and pathways that are right for them.

“Our goal is help adult learners be comfortable and successful at the College. We want this to be a place where they can get back on track with their education and transition into new careers,” said Denise Collins, who manages the U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant at MCCC.

The grant is helping MCCC to develop a robust Prior Learning Assessment model and stackable credentials for adult students as part of the JobTrakPA framework—a joint initiative of Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges to train and place underemployed and unemployed residents of the Commonwealth in high demand jobs.

The workshop also connects to MCCC’s participation in the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, which looks to train 10,000 baby boomers for high-demand jobs through 2015.

 

Fourth Annual Summer Fundraiser for ArtFusion

Brought to you by Artfusion 19464!

ArtFusion 19464 will host their fourth annual summer beef and beer fundraiser on Saturday, August 9 from 6-9pm. This year’s event will be held at the ArtFusion studios and gallery at 254 E. High St.

Tickets are $20 purchased in advance. If any are still available, tickets at the door will be $25. Tickets can be bought online athttp://artfusion19464.org/event/2014-beef-and-beer/, in person at ArtFusion, or over the phone by calling 610-326-2506. Guests can choose the beef entrée, or a vegetarian sandwich option.

Victory Brewing Company has once again generously donated their amazing beer for this event. Ice House will be making the hot beef sandwiches and Montesano Bros. will again be creating their amazing side salads and veggie sandwiches. There will be soda and water in addition to Victory beer and homemade desserts to finish off the meal.

Along with enjoying great food and great beer, guests will have the chance to win fun door prizes, try their luck at a 50/50 raffle and bid on silent auction items.  Proceeds benefit ArtFusion 19464’s upcoming fall educational exhibit Rainbow Crow and Other Stories. This show will feature artwork inspired by Native American stories.

The non-profit community art center will once again be offering free field trips to local schools in conjunction with this show. Please email info@artfusion19464.org for more information on scheduling a field trip. The Rainbow Crow field trip program is generously sponsored by the Foundation for Pottstown Education.

ArtFusion 19464 is a 501(c)3 non-profit community art center located at 254 E. High St. in downtown Pottstown. 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. ArtFusion’s gallery hosts rotating shows featuring local artists. The gallery also sells handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gift items.  The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.

 

FREE Outdoor Movie – Aug.2nd – Disney’s FROZEN

Genesis Housing Corporation is pleased to announce the second annual outdoor movie night will be held on Saturday, August 2nd at the Chestnut Street Park in Pottstown. This year’s movie will be Disney’s Frozen.

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to the Chestnut Street Park at Washington and Chestnut Streets, Pottstown starting at 8 PM. The event kicks off with Tom Carroll, a free balloon performer, followed by DJ music until dusk and then Disney’s Frozen. The rain date is Sunday, August 3rd.

This Pottstown Neighborhood Program is funded by National Penn Bank through the Neighborhood Tax Credit Program. More information is available by calling 610-275-4357, on our website at www.genesishousing.org and/or via email at info@genesishousing.org.

Since 1994, Genesis Housing Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has served Montgomery County as a community housing development organization (CHDO) and is dedicated to the development of affordable housing and to the education of consumers on housing and financial issues. Our general activities include the rehabilitation and new construction of homes to improve and stabilize neighborhoods and to provide opportunities for lower income homebuyers to purchase homes at affordable prices. Genesis Housing Corporation also provides monthly classes and individual counseling to help overcome barriers to home ownership, financial education and foreclosure prevention.

For more information about Genesis Housing Corporation and our programs, please visit their website at www.genesishousing.org, email at info@genesishousing.org, visit them on Facebook or call 610-275-4357.

National Night Out at First United Methodist/Pottstown

First United Methodist Church at 414 E. High St. will host its second annual “Fire & Ice” event this year on National Night Out, Tuesday, August 5 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

They will be serving Pastor Will’s chili & Rita’s water ice.  

There will be a fire truck, fireman, dalmatian, simple craft, fire safety handouts, and experiments for children with a small volcano & snow-making in August!

Come out with the kids and enjoy a this hot-and-cold extravaganza!

Four community conversations on tap this week for Parent-School District Partnership

THERE IS A CHANCE FOR POTTSTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT TO GET A LARGE GRANT FOR PROGRAMMING RELATED TO THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN PARENTS OF YOUNG STUDENTS AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. PLEASE COME OUT TO ONE OF THESE COMMUNITY MEETINGS TO SHARE YOUR IDEAS!

The Pottstown School District and its community partners offer many resources for parent/child education and support, so that our students can get a good start academically, socially and emotionally. The Kellogg Foundation has funded the School District with a grant to determine how the home-school partnership can be strengthened, to find out what can be done to increase family participation, and to improve support for all children’s growth and development from birth through grade 3.

Four community conversations will be held at the end of May (5:30 to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, May 27 at the Pottstown Middle School, Wednesday, May 28 at Connections on High, Thursday, May 29 at Barth Elementary School and from 1-3 pm on Thursday, May 29 at the First Baptist Church). To succeed, we need Pottstown School District parents/caregivers from all social and ethnic groups to participate, to share their ideas, including the kinds of activities they want to participate in and what can be done to help them participate.

What is learned from these conversations will be shared with other community agencies and used in re-designing School District programs. This information will also be used as the basis to apply for a major grant to create programs parents said they want for themselves and for children 10 years old and younger. They key is to get as diverse a group of parents/caregivers to participate in these conversations, and to get as many of them to participate as possible.

Please come out, let’s talk and have your voices heard for our kids…their brighter future. For more info, contact 610-256-6370 or jbennett@pottstownsd.org. 

Pre-K through Third Grade Parents/Caregivers in the Pottstown School District, what do you need to help your child succeed? Let’s talk…in a relaxed setting, with a FREE hot meal, raffles, giveaways and childcare.

Join us at any of these community conversations from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, May 27 at the Pottstown Middle School, Wednesday, May 28 at Connections on High, Thursday, May 29 at Barth Elementary School and from 1-3 pm on Thursday, May 29 at the First Baptist Church. For more info, contact 610-256-6370 or jbennett@pottstownsd.org.

For more info, contact:

Jane Bennett
PEAK Community Engagement Coordinator, Kellogg Planning Grant
Pottstown School District, 230 Beech Street, Pottstown, PA 19464
610-256-6370, jbennett@pottstownsd.org