Budzynski Studios presents performance open to the public

Budzynski Studios will present a performance open to the public at Tohickon Middle School on Sunday, April 27th at 4:30pm. 

The program will include: “Mother Goose Suite;” “The Fairies” segment from world-renowned choreographer Matthew Neenan’s “MidSummer Night’s Dream;” contemporary works by Heidi and Felicia Cruz; with a special guest appearance by contemporary dance company, “Dance Spora,” also directed by Heidi Cruz; a new original work by Francis Veyette of Pennsylvania Ballet; and finally the “Prologue of Sleeping Beauty,” rehearsed by dance greats, Barbara Sandanato and Gabriella Yudenich. 

Tickets are on sale for general seating at $12 and are available as of April 2nd. For auditions, tuition, classes and general info, call 215-345-0926 or visit www.budzynskistudios.com.


‘The Treasures of Casablanca!’ A benefit for the kids of the Bucks Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

As the days get longer and warmer, we close the book on this frigid winter and look forward to an annual passage of spring – the Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (BCABVI) Spring Fashion Show. The Fashion Show originated in 2012 as a means to sustain the many programs and essential screening services the association provides to the Bucks County community.

This year’s Fashion Show will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, May 18th. The event will once again be held at the Doylestown Country Club, 20 Country Club Lane, Doylestown.

The Association will be entertaining guests with a “Casablanca” theme for this year’s catwalk! Elegant fashions from across the decades will be highlighted and many vintage pieces will be available for sale. Treasures from all over the world will be available for purchase at the auction. Just a few of the featured items include theater tickets, gift certificates for chosen restaurants, Philadelphia Eagles tickets and luxury items for the home. 

The Fashion Show procession begins promptly at 2:00pm and the silent auctions and live bidding will begin shortly thereafter. Like last year’s event, all attendees will enjoy premium hors d’oeuvres, small plates and cocktails.

BCABVI strives to provide resources, answers and support for people with blindness or other visual impairment that maximize their ability to meet life’s daily challenges and realize their continued self-worth and value to our community. With this mission in mind, this year’s proceeds will be directed to pre-school children, a group dear to all our hearts.  BCABVI currently provides free vision screenings for over 3,000 children in Bucks County each year at over 100 community preschools. Early bird tickets (prior to April 30th) are $50 each and single ticket price is $55. Group tables of eight are available at a discounted rate. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bucksblind.org or by calling 215.968.9400.

For additional information about this event or about services provided by BCABVI, contact Anne Marie Hyer at ahyer@bucksblind.org.


Hepatitis B Foundation to host Annual Crystal Ball Gala

The Hepatitis B Foundation, the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to finding a cure for hepatitis B and improving the quality of life for those affected worldwide, will host its Annual Crystal Ball Gala on Friday, April 11th, from 6:00 to 11:00pm, at Warrington Country Club, 1360 Almshouse Road, Warrington.

Each year, the Crystal Ball attracts hundreds of leaders from the community, academic institutions, government, health care industry and biotech executives. The gala evening is a fundraiser for the foundation, with all proceeds benefitting its global research, outreach and patient advocacy programs.

This year’s event, the “Cherry Blossom Extravaganza,” includes an evening of dinner, dancing, a silent auction and awards ceremony. The Foundation will honor Dr. Thomas Starzl with the 2014 Baruch S. Blumberg Prize for pioneering the first human liver transplant in 1963.

Foundation leaders also will announce the recipients of the 2014 Community Commitment Award, Teri and Jim Holton, of Doylestown. Both have provided generous support to the Hepatitis B Foundation, with Teri serving as chair of the Crystal Ball auction committee for the past four years and making it a tremendous success. In addition, Teri volunteers regularly in the community and her church, and Jim supports many local food pantries with donations from Kellogg, where he is a senior vice president.

The Hepatitis B Foundation is accepting auction items and sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information regarding the Crystal Ball, call 215-489-4900.

Headquartered in Doylestown, the Hepatitis B Foundation is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to finding a cure for hepatitis B and improving the quality of life for those affected worldwide through research, education and patient advocacy. To learn more, go to www.hepb.org, read their blog at wp.hepb.org, follow them on Twitter @HepBFoundation, find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hepbfoundation, or call 215-489-4900.


Bucks County Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

The Bucks County Symphony Orchestra (BCSO) announces our Spring Concert at 3pm, Sunday, April 27th at Central Bucks High School South. Headlining the program is the extraordinary violinist Nancy Bean, performing Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor. The BCSO will open the program performing Carl Neilson’s delightful Helios Overture, and we’ll conclude with Jean Sibelius’s monumental Symphony No. 2 in D major.

Nancy Bean, former Assistant Concertmaster of The Santa Fe Opera Company, and the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1986 until 2009, now devotes her talents to Chamber Music. In 1987 she founded the Wister Quartet, and performed in its chamber concerts with Wolfgang Sawallisch, Christoph Eschenbach, Emanuel Ax, Alicia de Larrocha, Radu Lupu, Yo-Yo Ma and Garrick Ohlsson. The Wister Quartet has earned high praise for its superb musicianship from critics and audiences alike in the U.S., China, South America and Europe. She is also Artistic Director of 1807 & Friends chamber ensemble; and performs regularly with Lenape Chamber Ensemble, Amerita Chamber Players, Trio Montage, The Barnard and FlorianTrios, Duo Paganini and Duo Parisienne.

Tickets are $18 per person in advance, $20 at the door, and $15 for senior citizens. Students are admitted free of charge. For directions, further information or to order tickets, please visit the website at www.buckscountysymphony.org or call the BCSO at 215-348-7321.


Chapman Gallery presents Spring Group Show

Chapman Gallery presents a Spring Group Show featuring a great mix of landscape and still life paintings in oil, pastel, and watercolor. The show begins on Saturday, April 5th with an opening reception from 6:00 to 9:00pm. 

It’s time to say goodbye to winter and take in a breath of spring, including lush landscapes and freshly cut floral still lifes. 

The show will feature the work of over 20 artists including Ray Overpeck, Susan Ketcham, Dean Thomas, Betty Minnucci, John Mertz. Jim Lukens, Don Kaiser Jas Szygiel, Jo-ann Osnoe and more. Check out their website for more information about the show, as well as participating artists and biographies.

Chapman Gallery is located at 46 E. State Street, Doylestown. Hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am until 5:00pm; Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am until 7:00pm; and Sundays from noon until 5:00pm. For more information call 215-348-2011 or visit www.thechapmangallery.com.


Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim to perform with YOBC

World-renowned violinist David Kim will be the featured guest artist at the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County’s (YOBC) spring concert, 4:00pm Sunday, April 6th at Maple Point Middle School, 2250 Langhorne-Yardley Road, Langhorne. Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999, Mr. Kim’s appearance with the youth orchestra is thanks in large part to an encounter last year with YOBC cellist Eric Cyphers.

Eric attended a spring 2013 solo performance by Mr. Kim at the Hilltown Baptist Church in Chalfont. After the performance, waiting in line for an autograph, Eric was struck by how friendly he seemed, and asked Mr. Kim if he would consider performing with YOBC. They exchanged e-mails and soon YOBC executive director, Colleen Sweetsir, received a message from Mr. Kim proposing the special guest appearance and working out the details.

Mr. Kim appears as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra each season as well as with numerous orchestras around the world. He also devotes a portion of his schedule each year to bringing classical music to young people in the Philadelphia area. Mr. Kim will join the YOBC Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 3. YOBC students, many of whom saw Mr. Kim perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra in December, have been working hard all year preparing for the concert. For more information contact Diana Nolan, 215-945-5105. Also visit www.yobc.org.

PHOTO CAP: Eric Cyphers


UCP of Philadelphia & Vicinity announces All Star Labor Classic roster

United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia of Philadelphia & Vicinity has announced the roster for the 27th All Star Labor Classic, being held on April 6th at Northeast High School. This high school basketball fundraiser, sponsored by Philadelphia’s Organized Labor, has raised over $2 million dollars in the last 27 years to benefit United Cerebral Palsy and high school athletes.

Spectators will enjoy a day of exciting basketball by the best high school seniors in the five-county area in a City vs. Suburbs match-up. This year, a total of 68 male and female athletes have been selected to participate in this Philadelphia-area sporting tradition.

Selected to participate on the boy’s team from the Times Publishing Newspapers, Inc. coverage area is Matt Scamuffo from Central Bucks South High School. Selected for the girl’s team from the TPN coverage area are Sajanna Bethea (Pennsbury High School), Katie Budny (Council Rock North), and Karoline White (Central Bucks East).

Congratulations to these athletes and good luck in the games!


Commissioners to proclaim April 6th–12th National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Bucks

At their Wednesday, April 2nd meeting, the Bucks County Commissioners will proclaim April 6th–12th, as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Bucks County, to promote victims’ rights and to honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.

The commissioners’ meeting, which begins at 6:00pm, will take place at Tabor Children’s House, 601 New Britain Road, Doylestown. The general public is welcome to attend for the issuing of the proclamation as well as for the entire business meeting. 

Accepting the proclamation on behalf of Bucks County’s citizens will be Barbara Clark, executive director of Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA). Founded 40 years ago, NOVA supports, counsels and empowers victims of sexual assault and other serious crimes in Bucks County and works to prevent and eliminate violence in society through advocacy, training, community education and prevention programs.

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Lenape Valley Foundation offering mental health first aid training

Lenape Valley Foundation is offering a training course for Mental Health First Aid Certification on Wednesday, March 26th, from 8:00am to 4:30pm, at their headquarters located at 500 N. West Street, Doylestown. This training is made possible through a grant from the Bucks County Department of Mental Health/Developmental Programs.

Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid is offered in the form of an interactive course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and gives an overview of common treatments.

Those who take the course to certify as Mental Health First Aiders learn a five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care.

The training course is free and lunch will be provided. Registration is required. To register, call Nicole Wolf at 215-458-4220 or e-mail Nicole.wolf@lenapevf.org. A certificate of course completion will be given to participants at the end of the training.


RSVP and Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service is April 1st

To spotlight the impact of RSVP/SeniorCorps and thank those who serve, mayors across the country are participating in the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on April 1st. This coordinated day of recognition presents a unique opportunity to spotlight the key role that national service plays in solving local problems and challenges.

Participating in the day highlights the impact of citizen service, shows support for nonprofit and national service groups, and inspires more residents to serve in their communities. RSVP notes that Mayor Charles F. Swartz, III of Newtown, Mayor Ron Strouse of Doylestown Borough, and Barbara Lyons, Chairman of the Doylestown Township Board of Supervisors, will be supporting this initiative with events in their local communities on April 1st.

The Newtown recognition ceremony will take place at 10:00am at Chandler Hall, Wright Meeting Hall, 99 Barclay Street, Newtown. The Doylestown ceremony will take place at 3:00pm at the Area Agency on Aging facility, 30 E. Oakland Avenue, Doylestown.

For more information about RSVP and volunteering in Bucks County, call 267-880-5700 or go to www.BucksCounty.org under quick links for volunteer opportunities.