Berks County, Pennsylvania plans to host a number of exciting events in 2017. Even if you don’t live in the county, you can schedule a trip to take part in these community activities. Take a look at this list of four Berks County events to enjoy this year.
1. Get Messy at the Mud Day Celebration
It’s time to get your hands dirty! Scheduled for Saturday, May 20 from 1 to 4 p.m., the Mud Day Celebration is a great family event at Nolde Forest State Park in Reading, Pennsylvania. Centered at the Nature Discovery and Mansion areas, the Mud Day event is free and open to the public. Adults and kids can get a little muddy or cover themselves completely.
Participants have the opportunity to create mud pies, make a picture using mud instead of paint, and sling mud balls at distant targets. Best of all, there’s a free-for-all mud pit. The park provides a special area where you can wash off before getting in your car to head home.
2017 Valentine’s Day restaurant specials near Reading PA
Valentine’s Day is almost here. If you are looking for the perfect romantic night out, check out one of these 2017 Valentine’s Day restaurant specials near Reading PA. A great meal can go a long way towards making your holiday special. Read the rest of this entry »
In late 2016, the Japanese newspaper Nikkei Asian Review broke the story about Toyota’s plans to mass produce electric cars by the year 2020. Ambitious and bold, this change in Toyota’s strategy heralds a new era for the Japanese automotive giant. Here are some details about Toyota’s intentions and a look at some of the highly fuel efficient vehicles it already produces.
A New Focus
Previously, Toyota had invested resources in developing vehicles that run on hydrogen fuel cells and advanced hybrid systems that you can plug in and recharge. In earlier statements, the Toyota leadership had indicated long-range electric vehicles were impractical due to the high cost of batteries and the time required to charge the battery.
Now, Toyota is embracing long-range electric vehicles by adding them to its lineup and making plans for mass production. According to published reports from Nikkei, Toyota will set up a dedicated team in early 2017 to design an all-electric car capable of traveling 186 miles on a single charge.
Best places to watch the Super Bowl near Reading PA
The biggest day of the year for football fans is almost upon us. If you would like to get out and watch the some football with other sports fans, take a look at our list of the best places to watch the Super Bowl near Reading PA. Read the rest of this entry »
Many shoppers who plan to buy a new car have to stick to a budget. Determining how much you can afford to spend before you get to the dealership allows you to save time. It also helps you avoid the disappointment of falling in love with a vehicle that’s out of your price range. Fortunately, Toyota has a robust offering of budget-friendly vehicles this year. Check out these four 2017 Toyotas for drivers on a budget.
1. The 2017 Yaris Hatchback and Yaris iA Sedan
The Yaris Hatchback, priced at $15,250, and the Yaris iA Sedan, with an MSRP of $15,950, are the two most affordable vehicles in the 2017 Toyota lineup. Though both vehicles have merit and deserve consideration, the all-new Yaris iA subcompact sedan is a standout because of its abundant features. It’s also a pleasure to drive.
Standard amenities on the Yaris iA include keyless entry and ignition, power accessories, air conditioning, cruise control, and rear seats that fold over to offer more cargo space. Unlike many of its competitors, the Yaris iA has a forward collision warning and mitigation system. If you want some serious bang for your buck, it’s worth researching both 2017 Yaris vehicles.
2. Toyota Camry Hybrid
With an MSRP of $26,790, the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid won’t strain your budget and will save you money at the pump. Best of all, the hybrid powertrain performs as well as or better than the four-cylinder gasoline engine on the standard Camry. In particular, the hybrid offers strong acceleration, jumping from zero to 60 miles per hour in 7.7 seconds, which is faster than most of its peers.
In terms of fuel economy, the EPA estimates you’ll get up to 40 miles per gallon on average with the Camry Hybrid LE. Even if the hybrid is a few thousand dollars more up front, it allows you to get more miles for each gallon of gas.
3. Toyota Tundra SR
Compared to the other vehicles on this list, the Toyota Tundra SR is pricey. But by pickup truck standards, it’s one of the most affordable on the market. Starting at $30,020, the 2017 Tundra comes with a beast under the hood: a 4.6-liter V8 that produces 310 horsepower. With so much power, the Tundra is capable on job sites, running errands around town, and going off road. There’s very little this versatile full-size pickup can’t do.
Packed with features, the base trim comes with daytime running lights, keyless entry, full power accessories, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 6.1-inch touch screen. If you opt for an extended double cab or the CrewMax crew cab, expect ample room for passengers.
4. Toyota RAV4
If you want an affordable crossover, consider the 2017 Toyota RAV4. For $24,910 MSRP, you can get into a vehicle that has plenty of features. A backup camera, a 6.1-inch touch screen with the Entune infotainment system, cruise control, and back seats that recline and fold over make the RAV4’s base trim a good buy.
If you’re shopping on a budget, Toyota offers a number of vehicles with excellent performance and an array of features at an affordable price.
Located an hour and ten minutes northwest of Philadelphia, Berks County is a part of Pennsylvania that’s steeped in history. Though Reading is the largest city in the county, Berks is home to a number of smaller communities and townships. Here’s an overview of four historic sites in Berks County that are worth exploring.
1. The Daniel Boone Homestead in Birdsboro
Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, is home to the Daniel Boone Homestead, a site that recounts the youthful exploits of the famous pioneer. Staff and volunteers give visitors a taste of what daily life was like when Boone was growing up in the Oley Valley during the 18th century. Early settlers in the valley included the Boones and several other families. At the homestead, you can explore the Boone House, a smokehouse, a cellar, a blacksmith shop, and more.
There’s no fee to enjoy the visitor center, but there’s a nominal fee for guided tours. The homestead’s hours vary with the season so it’s a good idea to check the site’s schedule before you go.
Choosing the car your teenager will drive is an important decision. They need to drive something that will help keep them safe as they get more comfortable behind the wheel, and they need something reliable. Here are some of the best Toyota models for teen drivers.
One of the best ways to spend a cold winter evening is with good food and a good beer. Reading, Pennsylvania, has a wide variety of pubs and taprooms where you can go for a good meal to warm you up as you enjoy the company of your friends and family. Here are some of Reading’s best pubs.
Christmas 2016 Events near Sinking Spring, PA
For families, Christmastime is one of the big highlights of the year. And here in the Sinking Spring, PA area, there’s plenty of fun, family-friendly activities for everyone to enjoy. The Reading area is always a great place to get into the holiday spirit, so check out some of the upcoming Christmas events going on in the area and plan some festive weekends leading up to the holidays! Read the rest of this entry »
Christmas Tree Farms near Sinking Spring, PA
With the holiday season in full swing and Christmas right around the corner, many people in the Sinking Spring area are beginning to set up their decorations. If you’re looking to get into the Christmas spirit, setting up a Christmas tree is a great place to start. Sure, you could buy one of those artificial trees from a department store, but many find that they’re lacking that authentic feel that you can only get with a live pine tree. That’s why we have plenty of Christmas tree farms in the area, so you can find the one that’s right for you. Read the rest of this entry »