Sports clinics for wheelchair users at Wells Fargo Center

The Seventh Annual Kids Sports Spectacular will be held at the Wells Fargo Center Saturday.
The Seventh Annual Kids Sports Spectacular will be held at the Wells Fargo Center Saturday. (United Spinal Association)
Posted: August 12, 2011

United Spinal Association will host its Seventh Annual Kids Sports Spectacular, a recreation clinic for children who are wheelchair users, Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center, with a day of educational clinics, games, prizes, and more.

The free indoor event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is cohosted by Comcast-Spectacor. Coaches, staff, and equipment will be available to assist participants, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. Children can take advantage of free educational clinics, which begin at 10:30 a.m., that will teach such sports as wheelchair tennis, hand cycling, and strength training. They also can try martial arts therapy.

Parents will have the opportunity to sign up their children for the Fields of Dreams program, where children with disabilities can play adaptive baseball on the organization's custom sports field in South Jersey. The Wheelchair Man will give free wheelchair tune-ups and adjustments, and Campbell Soup will showcase its nutritious products to help promote healthy and active lifestyles. There will be door prizes and giveaways, compliments of the National Constitution Center, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Philadelphia Wings. Nick Gaynor and Frank Kineavy, students with disabilities at Villanova University, who are student managers of the its men's and women's basketball teams, will give the keynote address. Registration for the event, from 10 to 10:30 a.m., is strongly encouraged.

Seventh Annual Kids Sports Spectacular: Recreation Clinic

for Youth with Disabilities, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. Admission: Free. For information and to register, visit or call toll free 800-404-2898 ext. 7203.

Spicy interlude

Greener Partners offers families a tasty and festive Saturday at the Pesto Festival and Salsa Soiree at Hillside Farm, to benefit school food-education programs.

At the free event from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the restored Dutch bank barn on the farm's Elwyn campus, attendees can enjoy festival themed foods and drinks, taste pesto samples, and see the live salsa band Tres Campadres, along with flamenco dancers. For a nominal fee, families can participate in craftmaking activities and can buy fresh-cooked seasonal meals. Attendees can bring their best homemade salsa and recipes and submit them by 5 p.m. in the soiree's salsa competition. A prize will be awarded. Festivalgoers will be able to sample the salsa entries. Families can also enjoy educational and farm tours and a farmers' market.

Greener Partners is a nonprofit organization that seeks to create community through sustainable farming, agriculture, and farm-to-school youth education. Proceeds from the event will benefit the organization's operations and its Seed to Snack farm-to-school education programs.

Pesto Festival and Salsa Soiree, 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hillside Farm, 117 S. New Middletown Rd., Media (on the Elwyn campus, behind the Child Development Center and baseball field). Admission is free. Information: 610-584-6580 or

'Willie Wonka Junior'

Village Productions and the Tri-County Performing Arts Center present the stage production of Willie Wonka Junior.

The updated staging is based on the classic children's story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. The production includes the story's original characters with an updated spin, such as Mike Teavee, who has an obsession with the Internet and video games. Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy A. McDonald, the play tells the story of group of children who win five golden tickets for a lifetime supply of chocolate from Mr. Willie Wonka's factory. Will the kids make it through the entire factory tour? The play, with music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, is appropriate for all ages. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday.

"Willie Wonka Junior" at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday at Tri-County Performing Arts Center and Village Productions, 245 E. High St., Pottstown. Tickets are $8. For information and to purchase tickets, call 610-970-1199 or visit

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