During its fifth season, Schmata Productions will showcase a May performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr., with a cast and crew of 4th– through 12th-grade students. Participants in the musical-theater program fully engage in the theatrical process, from audition through performance, and eventually competition. The program also hosts group projects that prepare students for the stage and develop self-assessment skills and personal creativity. The organization relies upon donations to fund student scholarships that cover the costs of production, including technical supplies and scripts.
Instructors trained in the Paul Mitchell teaching method introduce students to the art and technique of hair design, color services, and makeup application at Pulse Beauty Academy. Their immersive style of education allows advanced students to gain experience and expertise at an on-site salon, where locals drop in for cut, color, and styling services. Each service is divided by phase one students, phase two’s honor students, and phase nine’s ninjas. In addition to churning out stylists, the school demonstrates its inner beauty by supporting causes such as Habitat for Humanity and the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation.
Attracting more than 170,000 art enthusiasts to its events in 2011, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival showcases original work from hundreds of artisans showcasing everything from handcrafted pottery, sculpture, and metalwork to jewelry, fashion, décor, and photography. Audiences can witness art being made live during educational demonstrations as artisans sculpt clay, whittle wood, forge metals, and imbue baskets with the power of speech. Hungry crafters can also sniff out specialty food items to sample or purchase while dancing across the sprawling venue to live music.
In 1989, Jim Kirkpatrick received a winemaking kit from his wife, Carole. At the time, neither Jim nor Carole knew it, but that kit churned out more than just wine—it also produced a dream. When Jim's homemade concoctions were a hit, the couple decided to try their hand at growing their own grapes, and soon moved to a home in Wrightsville surrounded by 3 acres of land.
Just 100 yards from Kreutz Creek, the Kirkpatrick's new location presented the ideal location to expand on Jim's newfound dream. Today, Kreutz Creek Vineyards generates an assortment of red, white, and seasonal varietals. Jim and Carole also use their tranquil grounds to host community events throughout the year, including bonfires and movie nights.
Helmed by state-certified teachers, KnowledgePoints learning centers mold the minds of those students who have fallen behind–or those students who need an extra challenge–in a comfortable and supportive environment. The organization's teachers take a personal approach to basic skills tutoring, relying on tried-and-true techniques to help students boost grades in math, reading, and writing, and to develop better study habits. Additionally, KnowledgePoints utilizes diagnostic skills assessments in order to identify every student's strengths and weaknesses.
Más Mexicali Cantina's authentic south-of-the-border menu blazes with spicy morsels tucked into classic fare, including fajitas, enchiladas, and chimichangas. Endless chips and salsa offer a fitting introduction to the questionably finite Kitchen Sink burrito stuffed with a long list of fillings including chorizo, salsa roja, fire roasted chilis, and your choice of meats ($9.99+). Rival meat- and veggie-lovers can compromise with a table stocked with both pasilla braised short ribs ($12.99) and well-seasoned tofu tacos ($5.99–$8.49). Más Mexicali completes its collection of authentic eats with the unexpected flavorings of its house specialties, such as char-grilled honey chipotle salmon accompanied by grilled-pineapple pico de gallo ($14.99).
The Lionville Community YMCA has been serving Exton, Downingtown and surrounding communities of Chester County, PA since 1977. With its two facilities - Lionville and Eagleview - it offers a wide range of programs and services for all ages that promote youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.