Christmas came early…

Patron of the Arts!

Christmas came early this year at Jozart Center for the Arts when board members received notification from the Internal Revenue Service that Jozart is now considered a 501(c)(3) organization, a designation that’s important because donations to the Center are now fully tax deductible.

“We were thrilled to finally receive the IRS determination because it’s vital to our continued growth. Having 501(c)(3) status will enable us to maintain and develop our facility and to expand our offerings,” said Carla Anderton, board president.

The Center’s first priority is to improve their accessibility to the general public. They are currently soliciting donations for a chairlift to be installed in the stairwell, and are asking individuals and businesses to think of us when making charitable gifts this holiday season. According to Anderton, they’re also seeking grant funding to help defray the costs of installing the lift, but have to be able to show matching funds.

“Jozart is and will always be a labor of love but now, more than ever, we also need community support,” Anderton said. “We’ve given priority to having a lift installed because we want to be able to serve the needs of the whole community, particularly out elderly and handicapped members who currently have extreme difficulty navigating the Center’s stairs.”

There are three ways to donate to the Center’s chairlift fund: visit the Center during an event and place your contribution in the fishbowl at the front desk, mail a check or money order to Jozart CFTA, 333 Second Street, California PA 15419 or send your donation via PayPal to paypal@jozart.com. Again, all contributions are fully tax-deductible as the Center is a qualifying 501(c)(3) organization.

To celebrate their new status, Jozart’s board is planning a holiday Open House on Saturday, December 17 from 4-6 p.m. They invite you to visit the Center, enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvre, baked goods and hot and cold beverages, listen to live music and learn more about Jozart’s classes and other events.

Other December events include:

12/2/11 – 6-8 p.m. – Coffee Shop open in conjunction with California’s “Bright Night” – Free coffee, discounts on other items. Afterward, youth are invited to an “electronic dance party” from 8-11 p.m. This is an alcohol free event. Tickets $5.

12/3/11 – 7 p.m. – Youth musical act Advent Skies with opener Cat Zisk. All ages, alcohol free show. Tickets $5.

12/10/11 – 8 p.m. – Dave Pahanish with opener Izaac Short. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. BYOB for over 21 event. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

To reserve tickets to any Jozart event please email Carla@jozart.com or call the Center at (724) 938-9730 or stop by any regular event.

Don’t forget the beat goes on every Wednesday night at the Center’s longstanding Open Mic from 8-11 p.m., hosted by Peter Wright and featuring the best local talent around. Jozart’s café is also open during the event, serving coffee, tea, soda and light snacks. For art enthusiasts, Terry Binkney continues “Open Easel” sessions on Monday from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Center is also now home to new classes. Zumba with Lynne Langley continues every Saturday morning at 10 a.m., but now Lynne’s also offering two “Yoga, Pilates & Abs – Oh My!” weekly sessions as well, one on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday nights also at 7:30 p.m. Cal U student dancer Brianna Nicole’s now offering Hip Hop dance classes on Sunday nights at 6 p.m. Finally, the Center continues to offer guitar, drum and mandolin instruction by appointment. For more information on any class, email Carla@jozart.com or call the Center.

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