The Phoenix Calendar of Events

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

CHAPLIN’S SCHEDULE — The performance schedule for Chaplin’s Music Cafe is as follows: Dec. 13, Dani Elliott, Devin Fioravant, and Jazz on Call; Dec. 14, Kill the Broadcast, The Sketch, and Revast and Dec. 15, Jeffery Gaines and 2brothers.

COLONIAL THEATRE MOVIES

JOEL HODGSON: RIFFING MYSELF — Saturday, Dec. 22, 8 p.m.—Joel Hodgson, creator of the Peabody Award-winning Mystery Science Theater 3000 will present his keynote address “Riffing Myself,” in which Joel surveys his lifelong endeavors to entertain people in new and inventive ways, and how those endeavors, along with a host of diverse influences, led to the invention of the comedic art form of movie riffing. Also featured are photos, videos, documents and notebook pages from Joel’s personal collection illustrating some rarely seen projects and the creative process that helps brings them to fruition. A question and answer session will follow. After the presentation there will be a brief intermission followed by a screening of Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR — Holy Ghost Orthodox Catholic Church, Bridge and Starr streets, Phoenixville will host its annual Christmas Bazaar, Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Items offered will include nut rolls, poppyseed rolls, apricot rolls, likvar, and kifli cookies, homemade breads, halupki, pirohi, haluski, chicken and vegetable soups, kobasi & kraut sandwiches and hot dogs, Christmas crafts; imported Russian items, money raffle and more.

EXHIBIT — The new special exhibit honors the lives of women in Phoenixville called “Dames: The Small Town Women Who Made Phoenixville” will run through February 2013 at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area, 204 Church St., Phoenixville.

OPEN HOUSE — Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club will host its annual open house for people of all ages at 400 S. Main St. Phoenixville, PA 19460 (diagonally across from the Phoenixville Library; 2nd and Main streets). The open house will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday on the following weekends: Jan. 5 and 6; Jan. 12 and 13; Jan. 19 and 20. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Four different railroads are depicted in the exhibit. See Thomas the Train and participate in the scavenger hunt. You have the opportunity to win a train set. Phone is 610-935-1126; website is: www.svmrrc.com.

CONCERT — The 80 singers of The Chester County Choral Society, under the direction of Gary Garletts, present Sing Forth This Day, a collection of sacred and secular Christmas music for all ages on Saturday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., in Church of the Holy Trinity, West Chester. The concert will be repeated on Sunday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m., in The Church of the Good Samaritan, Paoli. Ann Marie Ellis is accompanist for CCCS; she will be joined by the West Chester Brass Quintet. Tickets at the door or at www.chestercountychoralsociety.org. CCCS is invited to sing holiday music in the ballroom at Longwood Gardens on Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 and 8 p.m. Free with admission to the gardens.

CHAMBER EVENTS

Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce

RSVP at www.phoenixvillechamber.org

MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP BREAKFAST — The December Monthly Membership Breakfast will be held from 7:15 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Robert Ryan Catering/The Columbia Station, 4 Bridge St., Phoenixville. The event will feature sounds of the Valley Forge Christian College Chorus and musicians as well as a recap of 2012. National Penn Bank and Valley Forge Christian College are sponsoring the breakfast.

CHAMBER 101 — The chamber will host Chamber 101 on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. (Location to be determined.) This event offers new, existing and potential members a face-to-face opportunity to make connections with other Chamber members and staff and will provide an overview of the various tools available to market your organization. If you are contemplating membership in the Chamber, a new employee of an existing member business, or just want to catch up and reconnect with the chamber, you should attend Chamber 101. Learn how we serve the business community and your individual business. During this session you will: 1. Get new ideas, 2. Discuss how to get the most out of membership, 3. Meet and network with other Chamber members and 4. Learn about our many programs, services and mission.

AARP Chapter 713 Phoenixville

MISC.

SHOOT — The Monarch Fire Company at 50 Pennsylvania Ave., Monocacy, is having a flying board shoot on Saturday, December 23, starting at noon. Call 610-385-3310 for more information.

MEETING — The Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Police Association will meet at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 8 at Barren Hill Station 29, 647 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill (ADC Map 3368 K7). See map on website montcofp.org. Refreshments will be served. All fire police are welcome to attend.

REVITALIZATION — Spring City Revitalization Committee, second Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m, at the Spring City Hotel. Meetings in 2012 will be held Nov. 14 and Dec. 12.

Phoenixville Public

Library

183 Second Ave.

MOVIE NIGHT — Seen any good movies lately? You will at the next Movie Night at Phoenixville Library. On Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m., the library will screen “Modern Times” (1936, Rated G, 83 min). Charlie Chaplin’s ‘mostly’ silent cinematic masterpiece finds him playing a factory worker who goes crazy from his repetitious job on an assembly line and his boss’s demands for greater speed and efficiency. A devastating and still-relevant satire of the effects of mass production on the lives of workers.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. An informal discussion will follow the screening. For more information, call 610-933-3013, Ext. 32 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org.

OPEN GAMING NIGHT — Come unwind and make some new friends at Phoenixville Public Library’s monthly Open Gaming Night for Adults. The event is held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. in the library’s new Community Education Room. Participants may choose from the library’s selection of board or Wii games or may bring their own games.

Bring a snack to share; beverages provided. The event is free and open to the public. Participants must be age 18 or over. For more information, call Chris Knupp at 610-805-4603.

JOB SEARCHING WORKSHOP — Discover some of the best online resources for job searching in free monthly classes at Phoenixville Public Library. “Job Searching Online,” a 90-minute class, will highlight websites for self-assessment, job profiles, local job openings, company research, networking, and resume and interview preparation.

The class is held on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m., the first Wednesday at 2 p.m., and the first Friday at 10 a.m. in the library’s Harrop Room. The class is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 610-933-3013 x32 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org.

DOWNLOAD CLASS — Learn how to browse, check-out, and download digital media from the Chester County Library System’s Overdrive service in free monthly classes at Phoenixville Public Library. “Download! eBooks & eAudiobooks”, a one-hour class, will be held on the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m., the second Wednesday at 2 p.m., and the second Friday at 10 a.m. in the library’s Harrop Room.

The class is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 610-933-3013 x32 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org.

Spring City Public Library

245 Broad Street, Spring City

STORYCRAFT FOR PRESCHOOLERS at the Spring City Library on Wednesdays through Dec. 12, at 10:30 am. Stories and a fun craft for the elementary school set! Ages 3-6 with caregiver. For more information, call 610-948-4130.

BABY & ME STORY TIME at the Spring City Library on Thursdays through Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. Join Miss Cathy for stories, finger rhymes, music, and movement! For ages infant to 2 with caregiver. For more information, call 610-948-4130.

BOOK DISCUSSION HOLIDAY PARTY at the Spring City Public Library on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. Join our book discussion group for their holiday party! Please bring a list of your favorite books of 2012 and a snack to share. Call 610-948-4130 for more information.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME at the Spring City Library on Tuesdays through Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. Join us for stories, music, and action games! For ages 3-6 with caregiver. For more information, call 610-948-4130.

SATURDAY STORIES at the Spring City Library on Saturdays through Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. Gather the family and enjoy a “pot luck” of stories on Saturday mornings! Ages 3-10. For more information, call 610-948-4130. The library is located at 245 Broad Street Spring City.

STORYCRAFT at the Spring City Library on Monday, Dec. 17, at 4 p.m. Join us for stories and a fun craft! For ages K - 3. For more information, call 610-948-4130.

YARN CAFE at the Spring City Public Library on the third Monday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Join us for a monthly get together for adult needleworkers. Work on your projects over a cup of coffee or tea! Call 610-948-4130 for more information.

Ongoing Events

SUPPORT GROUP—Preemie Parent Support Meeting for parents of premature babies currently in the NICU or at home. Fourth Thursday of the month 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Henrietta Hankin Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs, PA. For more information and to register: melissa@thepreemielife.com or 610-715-5253.

ROTARY—Rotary Club of Phoenixville meets every Tuesday at noon at the Franklin Commons. For more information, contact Chuck Benz at 610-933-1171.

GOOD WORKS—Good Works has Saturday workdays every second Saturday of the month. Members meet at the Valley Forge Christian College. For more information or to sign up contact Cathy Gilbert at 610-383-9247.

JAYCEES—The Phoenixville Jaycees are always open to new ideas and welcoming new members. If you are looking to make a difference in the community, the Jaycees can help make that a reality.

Join the Jaycees at 7 pm on every second Thursday of the month at our headquarters, 8 Gay Street, Phoenixville. For more information, please visit www.phoenixvillejaycees.com or email phoenixvillejaycees@gmail.com.

BNI: Phoenixville Chapter invites you to their weekly meeting, held each Thursday at 7 a.m. at Franklin Commons. Please contact Harry Kobus at 215-828-6442 for more information.

Nicotine Anonymous: Wednesday nights,7:30-8:30 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, St. Johns Circle.

No dues or fees.

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