Election Night Excitement

We had a little bit of election night excitement tonight at Way Cool Beans when the coffee roaster overheated and filled the area with smoke.

The Williamsport Bureau of Fire were called as a precaution and did a great job of making sure everyone and everything was safe.

Way Cool Beans will be closed early tomorrow until they get the all-clear to open from the Codes Department.

Update: November 9, 10am
He’s open!
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Did You?

I voted


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Thanks, Williamsport Sun-Gazette!

Nice article in today’s Business Section of the Sun Gazette, reporting on the meeting held the other night at Way Cool Beans, looking to bring Uber to Williamsport.

Sun Gazette - Uber means part-time work for some motorists in region

You can read the whole thing here

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Here’s a great thing

Veruschka Stevens

Cliff Stevens, who’s been quite active with Val Beggs’ sewing classes, took the pattern of a hand-woven Bolivian textile and had it printed online. When the fabric arrived, he reverse-engineered his wife’s favorite top and duplicated it with the new fabric, giving her a truly wonderful gift.

Not only is this very cool, it’s the kind of thing *you* can do, when you Make What You Wear! Thanks for sharing, Cliff!

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Stopped by…

…to listen to a bit of Carol Ann Simon Cillo’s gallery talk:

Carol Ann Simon Cillo's gallery talk:

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Come make your voice heard!

Bill Hall

What do you think? Is Williamsport ready for Uber?

This Tuesday at 6:30PM at Way Cool Beans, there will be a meeting to discuss the pros and cons of the ride-sharing service, lead by Bill Hall, who currently drives for Uber, (though he has to commute to State College to do so!)

Here’s some of the discussion points that will be covered:

For Riders:

  • UBER now operates in all PA counties except Clinton (Lock Haven), Lycoming (Williamsport), Union (Lewisburg), Northumberland (Sunbury)
  • UBER has been in State College, PA since February 2015
  • DUIs in State College have been reduced by 78%
  • Average time to pick up: 4 minutes
  • Average fare: $6.00
  • NO cash changes hands, all money runs through app
  • No downtown/airport parking hassles
  • Use UBER and lower the maintenance/expenses of your own vehicle
  • App allows you to split fares with other people sharing your ride
  • Download rider app from uber.com, sign petition

For Drivers:

  • Creates jobs
  • Drive when you feel like it, anywhere in PA, NJ, MD, NY
  • Must be 21, no history of DUI
  • Must pass criminal history check
  • Car must be 10 years old or newer
  • Download driver’s app to apply
  • After first 10 drives get $100.00 bonus if you use above code
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Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)

If you’re concerned about violence, be it in your life or in our community, you should take a look at this workshop.

“Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Basic Workshop October 22-23 9am-6pm @ Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave. $25 fee or $5 scholarship rate – Lunch included

(Shared Facebook Event)

AVP Workshop

What to expect? Participants from our previous workshop say:

“Connecting with others at more than a superficial level”
“Come expecting not instructions about how to do it, but an experience.”
“We learned to affirm each other” … “techniques for better communication” … “practical conflict resolution techniques”
… “how to live in a nonviolent way.”
“Taking risks – plowing through fears – staying open – being a part of a process with strangers can change your life, perhaps forever.”

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There’s a new taco truck into town.

Taco Bill's Taco Madness

Come by the Pajama Factory after noon today to give “Taco Bill’s Taco Madness” a try!

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A Call to Art: The Second Annual HIgh School Portfolio Review

A Call to Art: Portfolio Review

The Factory Works Gallery will be hosting a portfolio review on Saturday, September 24 from 11:00 to 4:00 PM. Sophomore, Junior & Senior high school students are all invited to bring a portfolio of their artwork to be reviewed by representatives from four regional schools’ fine art departments: Bloomsburg and Mansfield Universities, as well as Lycoming & Keystone Colleges.

This is a great opportunity for students to share their portfolios and receive feedback about their artwork, and for students and their families to learn about the collegiate art programs available in the region. The event will take place in, in studio 10 north of the Pajama Factory, where an exhibition of participating college student work will also be on display.

Portfolio Guidelines:

  • 2D & 3D work: 8 – 12 pieces
  • A Sketchbook
  • Digital Work: please provide website or hard copies (print outs)

You may bring a jump drive, but we cannot guarantee that schools will provide computer access. You may bring your own display system).

This event is sponsored by Factory Works, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization housed within the revitalized historic Pajama Factory complex in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The goals are to support and maintain communal studios and workshops, sponsor educational seminars and lectures, support and promote art-centric events, maintain an artist and artisan exhibition space, and to partner with local organizations and neighbors in an effort to engage the local community in the arts.

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Congrats Tommy

This makes me incredibly proud to be a part of our community.

Very nice video, Heart of Williamsport and congratulations, again, Tommy!

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