In our Community

The Center on Central proudly participates in community events, and welcomes opportunities to do so. Some recent examples of our involvement are listed below. Click here for both a chronological and alphabetical listing of our prior community events, or simply scroll through each community event posting below, from most recent to oldest.

In addition, this website is now home to the web archive of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Daddy’s Spirit Moves Me Forward, founded by The Center on Central’s co-founder Ron Opher, which operated from 2005-2013.

The Center on Central’s owners, Katie and Ron Opher, talk about how The Center on Central is involved in community events in Paoli and the surrounding area

“Have banner, will travel!”

CAMPERS LEARN ABOUT SUMMER SAFETY COURTESY OF PAOLI HOSPITAL

On June 14, 2017, Creative Arts Summer Day Campers at The Center on Central learned about Summer safety as part of the first week of camp.

Brad Zerr, Director of Community Service at Paoli Hospital, talked about a number of very important topics – such as sunscreen, bicycle helmets, lawn mower safety and when to call 9-1-1. He also explained emergency room procedures such as ambulance arrivals, triage and evaluation – in a way to help increase familiarity and minimize fear if any of the children or their family members found themselves in an emergency.

Thank you Brad for taking the time to meet our campers and help them learn about these important and interesting topics as Summer 2017 kicks off.

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EAST GOSHEN COMMUNITY DAY

On June 3, 2017, The Center on Central again participated in East Goshen Community Day held at East Goshen Park.

We provided complimentary face-painting and assisted Paoli Hospital with their community outreach under the park’s pavilion.

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MAIN LINE CAMP FAIR 2017

The Center on Central participated in the Main Line Camp Fair on January 25, 2017 at Conestoga High School.

It was our pleasure to greet our longtime clients and meet some new future campers as well – at our prime center space at the front of the school dining area. Our all-new offerings include Summer Creative Arts Camp, Specialty Camps and CAMP 24 Creative Arts and Social Skills summer day camp.

Attendees who came by our table left with prizes, giveaways and early registration discounts!!

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PRIVATE POTTERY SESSION FOR CABRINI RA's

31 Resident Assistants from Cabrini College came out to see us at The Center on Central on January 14, 2017, and made pottery as part of their team building orientation to begin the winter semester. After learning the basic techniques, the students created their choice of one of three pots: pinch pots, coil pots or slab pots.

It was great to watch the artistic process as the RA’s molded their clay into creations – some with more confidence than others, but all with a successful completed product.

The laughter and connections between group members was evidence that this team of RA’s worked to support each other in this creative endeavor and set them on a course to support each other and the students they will live amongst in the upcoming semester.

Learn more about our Private Pottery Sessions at the Center on Central and The Center on Central on Wheels programs we bring to you!

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WILLISTOWN COUNTRY FAIR 2016

On August 23, 2016, The Center on Central joined numerous community businesses and organizations at the Willistown Country Fair. The fair featured live acoustic bluegrass music by Raven Hill, Sleepy Hollow Farms pony rides and petting zoo, face painting, The Center on Central’s music circle led by Miss Katie, and interactive local community group stations – including a police car, which was a big hit!

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