After spending years teaching students from the seventh grade to the postgraduate level, Dr. Raymond and Eileen Huntington opened their eponymous learning center in 1977 with one simple mission: give every individual the best education possible. They crafted a robust curriculum that could cater to any academic need, set a code of ethics for their instruction, and hired a cadre of like-minded tutors to help pupils excel in school.
It’s a formula that has proven successful: today, the accredited center’s hundreds of locations hone skills in subjects ranging from basic phonics to calculus. The center's six-step tutoring system also involves parents in the process, building a unique program for each child that nurtures their sense of accomplishment. Test preparation helps applicants confidently take exams for admission to high school, college, or Starfleet.
Specializing in Latin and ballroom dancing, Fred Astaire Dance Studio is a franchised nationally. The Reading studio is directed by Jerry and Linda Topez Theodosiou, both champion dance professionals. No matter how busy your schedule or how leaden your feet, Fred Astaire’s staff of professionally trained and certified instructors can tailor private sessions to match any dancer's skill level and specific goals.
The Berks Jazz Fest makes spring sizzle with performances by some of the country's hottest jazz, blues, and R & B artists. With more than 130 ear-pleasing events throughout Berks County, the fest draws more than 50,000 music mavens eager to hear stars such as Grammy-nominated saxophonist Gerald Albright or Vital Information, a supergroup of soul, jazz, and funk artists helmed by Modern Drummer hall of famer Steve Smith. Fans of Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter will enjoy The Vista All-Stars, watching sax man Houston Person and his six swinging bandmates exchange jaw-dropping riffs and award-winning chili recipes. Seats for each concert are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets may be picked up at the Sovereign Center Box Office anytime up to the day of the show.
Renowned for rambling country classics such as "18 Wheels and A Dozen Red Roses" and "Where've You Been," Grammy Award–winning Kathy Mattea brings the soot-streaked tunes of her 2008 album Coal to the spacious 34,000-square-foot hall of Schaeffer Auditorium. Coal is a meticulously picked collection of songs that pays tribute to Mattea's richly detailed coal-mining heritage in Appalachian West Virginia. Enjoy this cavernous gamut of musical emotion in one of Schaeffer's 850 seats, gazing out the looming, arched windows at bountiful foliage, or simply directing complete attention to the powerful songs being performed on-stage. Melodious motorists can take advantage of the auditorium’s free parking and speedy shuttle service.
Dr. Levi Mengel founded the Reading Public Museum in 1904 to cement book-borne knowledge with hands-on learning. Today, the educational hub houses an extensive permanent collection of art, historic and scientific artifacts, ever-changing exhibitions, a planetarium, and an arboretum. Art enthusiasts swoon at the museum's mélange of masterpieces, such as etchings by Matisse and Picasso, and a lithograph by Renoir. The artifactual vault harbors petrified proof of earth's natural history, biological bits of science, and insight into humanity’s collective civilization.