Roots of Revitalization

Social Change Through Action In Pottstown PA

Springtime Student Open House at Tri-Pac Performing Arts Center of Pottstown, PA March 11, 2012


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The Mission statement of  Village Productions located at 245 E. High Street
Pottstown, PA 19464 (ph. 610.970.1199) is to “seek and strengthen community, inspire creative exploration, educate, and entertain, through the presentation of quality performing arts events and educational opportunities geared toward a diverse audience.” This local theater did just that Sunday, March 11th, 2012 offering free acting workshops for area children during their Springtime Student Open House.

The acting workshops were divided into grade aged groups K-4th, 5th-7th, and 8th-12th grade, and the classes involved theatrical games similar to charades and simple improv scenarios. Mr. Tony Girozzi taught the acting classes, and some of those in attendance were Hannah Paczkowzki, Sebastian Coates, Ben Williams, Erin Miller, and Dane Jensen-Sellers.

Tony G. has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Univesity of The Arts in Philadelphia, PA and has been involved with Tri-Pac since 2008. Tony G has filled many roles at the theater from acting to set and costume design to directing. You may have seen Tony G. perform in “Honk”, “The Frog Prince”, and Peter Pan” which are all past Tri-Pac shows. At 1 pm the community and open house guests were treated to a student performed “Hansel and Gretel”.

Beyond acting classes the Tri-Pac Performing arts center also offers monologue coaching, voice, flute, trumpet, piano, and guitar musical lessons. Acting classes range in prices from $95-$185 for a two month duration, where students have classes weekly. Contact the Tri-Pac for an entire list of class offerings, and financial aid tuition may be available for acting students who qualify.

Please contact Marta Kiesling at Village Productions if you wish to support Tri-Pac through volunteering, monetary donations, and or supplies.


Meet Julie Tonnessen of The Gallery School of Pottstown December 1, 2011

Julie Tonnessen is the Assistant Director at The Gallery School of Pottstown located at 254 E. High St. Pottstown, PA 19464

Phone 610.326.2506

Hours Tuesday-Friday 10am-4:30pm and

Saturday 10am-3pm

Closed Sunday and Monday

“I have always been a crafty person. My mom started me at a young age participating in creative pursuits like dance classes. My educational background is in English and history. I have a BA from Ursinus College and a Masters from Rosemont College. I have worked the retail side of the arts and crafts business and have taught arts and crafts for a very longtime, beginning with a summer playground program when I was still in highschool.”

At the Gallery School, “I teach adult fiber arts (knitting,crochet, felting) and jewelry classes, and recycled art for kids and teens. Ialso teach a fun class called Crafty Kids, where we explore the three-dimensional and crafty arts. I get to pass on all the techniques and projects I most like to do, which makes this class always a lot of fun. We work in all mediums, from glass and mosaic tiles to paper and fabric. I also teach in the Gallery School’s out-of-school-time programs, where thestudents are all ages, from elementary to high school. These programs can be particularly rewarding, when you connect a student with the fun of creating something with their own hands. In an increasingly virtual world, it’s important to give our children an experience of working in the real world. Itis amazing to see a child gain confidence and pride in their work, and perhaps discover that although they may not be a great athlete, or have the best gradesin their class, they have this talent they never knew they possessed.It’s just as important to convey the value in the journey, that havin gfun and stretching themselves in a new way is more important than getting everything “perfect.””

For further information on classes available to the community go to this link:

Find The Gallery on High on Facebook as well!!/pages/Gallery-School-of-Pottstown/208707525132



Pottstown Regional Public Library (PRPL) October 26, 2011

Information sent to ROR by Leslie Stillings, Childrens Dept. Librarian!

PrPL smiles for miles and miles and is the place for fun and hands on learning! The Pottstown Regional
Public Library is located at
500 East High Street
Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19464
(610) 970-6551
 Your child learns through play and the youth department understands this, as they offer a
rich environment with plenty of opportunities for social and academic interaction. The library caters to
the needs of infants, toddlers, children, tweens, and teens. Every youth needs a friendly, respectful, and
safe place where they can be themselves and feel comfortable asking questions- and what better place
than the library, where everyone is treated with integrity.

Please visit the youth department and ask abou upcoming events. For infants and toddlers you
can rock out with Mr. Mike’s and Miss Naomi’s guitar filled storytimes or use your hands at Ms. Leslie’s
Song and Sign Language storytime – no experience necessary. Through a generous grant from Target,
the library has partnered with the Gallery on High and High Street Yoga to bring you a phenomenal
combination of yoga, art, and stories. The library takes great pains to create high quality programming
at no cost to our community.

PRPL holds several quality events for children.

Some of their special events coming up for the little ones are a Pinkalicious Party, Mo Willem’s Pigeon
Party, Sleepy Storytime and a very special visit from the famous author/illustrator of “Snow! Snow!
Snow!,  Lee Harper, February 25, from 11-2. You may even get a free copy of the book.

At the end of the month you can go Trick or Treating at the library. Come in anytime on October 31 and
say the secret word, ‘Boooooooks’ and receive a treat. Also don’t forget about the special Halloween
storytime at 10:30 a.m.

If you are already thinking about the winter holidays, be sure to sign up for our Holiday Happening,
Saturday, December 10 from 1-2:30. There will be a kid’s concert, crafts and lots of food.

For the big kids and teenagers there are plenty of opportunities for fun. Come build something with
our endless supply of Legos at the Lego Construction Project, or join in the Video Game Tourneys. Cave
Council is the place to be in order to decide what the library does. In a room all their own (The Cave)
teens plan parties, games, receive first chance to check out new books and more at this important
council. Teens are responsible for making programs such as the ever popular Henna Party, Hip Hop
Dance Performances, and Fear Factor. The special event, Live Action Angry Birds, October 21 at 4pm is
coming very soon, so sign up today.
"Mr. Mike"  Library Director.

"Mr. Mike" Library Director.


These are just a sample of the programs at the Pottstown Regional Public Library. There is a
phenomenal list of different activities and experiences offered in the Spring and Summer. Clubs that are
currently forming include Chess Club, Pokémon, and Yu-Gi-Oh. The library is a community resource and
takes a community to make it relevant. If you have any ideas, questions, or concerns walk right up and
ask a librarian, after all that is what they are there for.

For Further infomation about PRPL or their events visit:
For people interested in supporting the library, there is an upcoming wine fundraiser call
(610) 970-6551 for further information.

MCCC’s Newest Member to Phi Theta Kappa Pottstown Chapter October 25, 2011

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Meet Anya Rhoads Lafferty!

Anya Rhoads Lafferty is a wife and mother of 3, and is currently working two jobs and pursuing a nursing degree at Montgomery County Community College. In addition to all of that, she has been a very active member of the Pottstown community.  Anya told ROR, “I served 10 years as President of Lincoln Elementary School’s parent-teacher group, 2 years as Co-President and/or President of the Pottstown Middle School, and 2 years as the Concessions/Retail Manager of the Tri-County Performing Arts Center. By June of 2011, I gracefully exited those positions to focus on work, school, and family.” Anya stills volunteers at PSD, but in the capacity of chaperone for the Pottstown High School marching band where her daughter is in the color guard.


She commented on being an adult learner, “Maintaining good grades is very important to me, as I am my own worst critic. I have an associates degree from the former Pennsylvania Business Institute, formerly located in Pottstown, as a medical secretary. I made the dean’s list once and finished with a B average. At MCCC I was first invited to join the honor society (Phi Theta Kappa) in the spring of 2011, but passed on the invitation. My second invitation came during the fall semester in October 2011. This time I decided to join the fraternity since I had worked hard for my grades and wanted to join an elite group, something I was not able to accomplish in high school and something that was not offered during my first post-secondary education.”  Anya was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa on Friday, October 21 at the Pottstown campus. During the  academic fraternity ceremony, the students were informed by the President of MCCC, Dr. Stout, they were the first group to become members of the West Campus fraternity, as MCCC had just separated their Central and West campuses into two separate Phi Theta Kappa chapters.  Anya said that, “This makes this achievement very  special for me and the other members who were inducted . As the current President and Vice President of our chapter having  been working so diligently to separate our fraternity from the central campus fraternity!  This not only serves to give the West Campus students their own recognition, but continues to bridge the gap to the central campus,  and helps excelling Pottstown college students stand out in the local community.

“I am excited to continue my degree in nursing and one day become a OB/GYN nurse or pediatric nurse. My ultimate goal is to earn a master’s degree in nursing and to become a nurse practitioner in either a OB/GYN office or pediatrician/family practice office. I also hope to continue giving back to my community through volunteer work of some type. Many of my friends and my own students say they do not know how I manage to juggle so much at once. I have a strong will and dedication, and am a firm believer in the fact that a person can do anything if she/he puts their mind to it!  A person is never too old to learn and should never let anyone or anything stand in the way of their dreams. Go for what you want and do not let anyone stop you. With hard work and dedication, a person can go far! ”  Anya told Roots of Revitalization “Thanks for taking an interest in my life and for asking me to share my aspirations with Pottstown!”