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Recurring Events

Kutztown Community Library

Mondays 10 a.m. Preschool Story Time for children ages 3-5. Join us for stories, songs, rhymes, and a simple craft.

Mondays 11 a.m. Toddler Time Stories, songs, and fingerplays. Ages 0-3, siblings welcome. Supervised free play after.


Wednesdays 11 a.m. Story Rider Preschool Story Time. Songs, stories, and lots of fun. Ages 0-5.

Thursdays 10 a.m. Toddler Time. Stories, songs, and fingerplays. Ages 0-3, siblings welcome. Supervised free play after.

Evening Story Time 6:30 p.m. on 4th Tuesday for children ages 3 and up.

LEGO Club for children ages 5 and up. 1st Tuesday each month at 6 p.m. The library provides the LEGOs and you provide the creativity!

Teen Zone for students in grades 6-12. 3rd Tuesday each month at 6 p.m.

Fleetwood Public Library, Wednesdays: Preschool Storytime, 9:30 a.m., 110 W. Arch St., Suite 209, Fleetwood, 610-944-0146

Allentown Area Swing Dance Society. weekly Tuesday dances at Fearless Fire Co. Starlight Ballroom, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown.


Craft & Antique Vendors Needed

The Hay Creek Festival, held at historic Joanna Furnace near Morgantown, is in need of craft and antique vendors for the 37th annual event which will be held Sept. 6 to 8. Items sold by crafters must be handmade and all vendors will be juried prior to being accepted. For a complete list of rules and regulations and to receive an application call 610-286-0388 or visit and click on festivals.

May 4 2013 Spring Genealogy Conference by Pa Chapter Palatines to America. atThe Academic Forum on the Kutztown University. Registration 8:30 a.m. Conference 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Optional tour of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center. Conference fee includes morning refreshments and hot buffet luncheon. Conference speakers: Lawrence Medaglia, Register of Wills for Berks Co. discusses Researching Early Wills; James C. Landis, genealogist and historian, will discuss Understanding Deeds for Genealogical Research; Gerald H. Smith CG, genealogist, will discuss Quarter Sessions Records in Genealogical Research. Register by April 24 at E-mail:

April 18

Kutztown Area Garden Club

7 p.m. at Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown. Guest Speaker Todd Underwood.

Pioneer Grange annual Community Night program. 7:30 p.m. at the grange hall on Keller Street in Topton. Entertainment by country singer Keith Sell. Refreshments will be served. Open to the public.

Adoption information night

6 p.m. at Diakon Adoption & Foster Care, on the campus of The Lutheran Home at Topton, One S. Home Ave., Topton. A free informational session on adoption and child foster care. Diakon Adoption & Foster Care staff will explain foster parenting as well as the processes involved in adopting a child. Attendees also will learn about children available for adoption as well as the foster-to-adopt program. To attend call, toll-free, 1-888-582-2230 or (610) 682-1504.

Honor Our Vets Brunch 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. at the Riveredge Restaurant, 2017 Bernville Road in Greenfields. Christian Womens Club II of Reading event features Sharon Wells and Steve Wagner, authors of books about WWII veterans. Award winning novelist Keith Clemons of Aikens, S.C. speaks about The Prodigal Comes Home. For reservations call Gloria at 610-777-0580.

Kutztown Womens Connection Award Winning Guest Night Dinner Party at Janelles Restaurant at 360 Fleetwood Road, Bowers. Norm Williams will perform on historical instruments. Award winning novelist Keith Clemons of Aikens, S.C., will speak about The Prodigal Comes Home. For reservations call Cheryl at 610-683-7247. Men also welcome.

April 19

After Hours Family Movie Night.

6:30 p.m. at Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown. Enjoy a movie with the whole family. Some snacks and drinks provided, but feel free to bring your own.

April 20

Annual Pot Pie Dinner, 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Kempton Rod & Gun Club off Route 143. Proceeds benefit The Potato Project. Call 610-756-6545 for tickets. Sponsored by Friedens, New Bethel & Jerusalem Red Churches.

Read to a Therapy Dog. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Brandywine Community Library. All ages are welcome to the library to read stories to a therapy dog for 15 minutes each.

Berks County Wine Trail Grape To Plate. April 20 and 21, Noon to 5 p.m. both days. Grape to Plate is a twist on the popular farm to table theme. Each dish sampled will be made with wine from grapes from that winery or vineyard. Each dish will be paired with samples of that wine itself. Event Weekend is a self-guided tour of all 8 Berks County Wine Trail wineries. No reservations required; this event is free but there may be nominal fee for tasting of full wine menu - fee refundable by a purchase. Event menu posted at

Free Reading Assessment For Youth

Kutztown Universitys Graduate Reading Specialist Program free reading assessment clinic for children in grades one - 11 on April 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, in Beekey Education Building. For children who appear to have difficulty reading or take extra time to complete reading-related tasks. Testing administered by certified teachers completing master of education degree in reading. Parents provided with a complete case report with recommendations for the further development of the childs reading skills. To enroll e-mail Dr. Sandra Chambers at or Dr. Cathy Walkovic at or call Emily at 610-683-4627.

AUTISM walk. at Dorney Park, Allentown. Opens at 8:30 a.m., walk 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Organizer Vicki Held, Kutztown, thanks everyone from Kutztown who will be walking and business sponsors. Send donations to WWW.walknowfor

April 21

Question, Persuade, Refer: a suicide prevention program developed by Dr. Paul Quinnett for everyday people. Presented at Huffs Union Church (Hereford township) on Sunday, April 21, at 12:15 p.m. in the upstairs of the Rohrbach Chapel, across Conrad Road from the church by Pastor Jane Kropa, a certified QPR instructor. Questions: call 610-845-2626.

April 22

Pioneer Grange Longaberger Basket/Pottery Bingo. 6:45 p.m. at the grange hall on Keller Street in Topton. Cost per person. For more info and purchase tickets call Cindy at 610-641-0070 or Tammy at 610-682-7077.

KU Celebrates Earth Day with Cape Spin Screening and Panel Featuring Filmmaker. KU campus in Boehm Science Center, Room 145. Doors open at 6 p.m. for 6:30 screening and panel discussion. Open to public. Free. The Nantucket Sound will be home to the nations first offshore wind farm, producing enough electricity to power Cape Cod and nearby islands. Cape Winds 130 turbines will provide enough energy to replace 113 million gallons oil per year. Equally supported and opposed, project inspired directors Robbie Gemmel and John Kirby to make documentary, Cape Spin. KUs Environmental Action Club, Model U.N., and Geographical Society and Kutztown Borough Environmental Advisory Commission host a screening and panel discussion featuring Gemmel, a documentarian of environmentally-themed films who got his start working as a production assistant on documentaries for NOVA.

April 23

Baby LapSit. 10:30 to 11 a.m. at Brandywine Community Library. Stories, rhymes and songs. Each child needs adult.

StoryRiders. 11 to noon at Brandywine Community Library. Preschoolers, bring an adult to library to sing songs and listen to stories. Today, Hoppin All Around.

April 24

Preschool Story Time. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Brandywine Community Library. Themed stories, rhymes, songs and a craft, bring an adult to assist.

Toddler Time. 11:30 to noon at Brandywine Community Library. For 18 36 months and adult. Short stories, songs, and rhymes with movement.

April 25

Board of Trustees Meeting. 7 to 8 p.m. at Brandywine Community Library in the library meeting room. Open to public.

April 26

Mom Prom

7 to 10 p.m. at the Kutztown Fire Company banquet hall. The United Way committee in the Kutztown Area School District is holding their first ever Mom Prom, a ladies night out to raise funds for the United Way. Purchase tickets at Believe It! consignment shop in Lenhartsville.

Brandywine Heights High School Senior Showcase. 7 p.m. at the high school. Brandywine junior Todd Grace hosts the event, he is working on obtaining rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts. Cost is one non-perishable food good per person. Food donations go to the Brandywine Community Food Bank out of Trinity Lutheran Church in Topton.

April 27

BENEFIT AUCTIONto Benefit Berks Families. Friend, Inc. Community Services annual BENEFIT AUCTION at Beltzner Hall, at the Kutztown Fairgrounds from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bid on art, jewelry, household items, travel packages, autographed items, gift certificates for local businesses (like hair salons and restaurants), not to mention our famous desserts. Dinner catered by Dori Martin Catering (includes vegetarian options) and drinks (domestic and craft alike and wine from Blair Vineyards) are included in the price. For more information and tickets visit or call 610- 683-7791.

Third annual Kutztown Outstanding Citizenship Award celebration. sponsored by St. Barnabas Episcopal Church at 7 p.m. Outstanding Citizenship Award awarded to Kutztown Community Choir Director Richard Dick Wagner. Event includes music and song, a few testimonials, food and beverages.

Brandywine Heights seniors Vs. Teachers Benefit basketball Game. 4 p.m. in the Brandywine Heights Area High School. Fundraiser to help a local Mom, Regina Stump, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Donations are appreciated at the door. Any children under school age are free.

All-You-Can-Eat Chicken Pot Pie Dinner. 4 to 7 p.m. at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 27 Lyons Road, Fleetwood. Includes vegetable, pepper cabbage, bread, beverage and dessert. There is a charge. Children age 5 and younger eat for free.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Getting to Know Authors

Miss Jenny invites older preschoolers and elementary-age kids to join her as they get to know their favorite authors through reading their books and doing a craft!

4/27 - Ted Arnold

Location: Brandywine Community Library Childrens Room

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Fancy Nancy Tea

Fancy Nancy Tea for well dressed, hat wearing *young ladies ages 4-10 and their well dressed, hat wearing *adult female guest at the Blue Orchid Inn!

April 28

Organ and Trumpet Concert. 3 p.m. at St. Pauls UCC, 1249 Trexlertown Rd., Trexlertown. Free will offering. Questions call 610-395-4571.

April 30

SPEAKER: Dr. Michael Mann, world-renowned climate science researcher and Nobel Prize contributor

7 p.m., TEK Park, 9999 Hamilton Blvd., Breinigsville. Free and open to public. Follow signs for parking and new entrance to room location. Mann, a lead author for the ground-breaking report Observed Climate Variability and Change and contributor to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, speaks to the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association about his most recent book, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines (2012) and the controversy that arose after his email was hacked. He was lead author of a climate science paper that produced what has become known as the hockey stick graph. In his talk, Dr. Mann will give a personal, behind-the-scene view of the 2009 Climategate scandal.

May 6

Fleetwood Womans Club hosts a Cake Decorating Demonstration. 7 p.m. at St. Pauls United Church of Christ, Arch and Franklin streets, Fleetwood. Bring your apron and give it a whirl. For more information call 610-944-9685.

May 9


KUTZTOWN, Pa., April 17 A trio of trombone players from the U.S. Army Field Band will present a masterclass Thursday, May 9 at 4 p.m. in the Georgian Room of Old Main. Sergeant Major Mark Bowling and Staff Sergeants Carmen Russo and Wesley Ballenger III will offer lessons on rehearsal and performance techniques.

The three will be featured in a trombone choir concert that evening at 7:30 p.m. also in the Georgian Room. The Kutztown University and community trombone choirs will open the concert.

The masterclass and concert are both free and open to the public.

SGM Bowling is a soloist and brass group leader with the U.S. Army Field Band as well as a private teacher and clinician. He holds a masters degree in music from Arizona State University and a bachelors degree in theory and composition from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.

SSG Russo studied with Per Brevig at the Aspen School of Music and later with Don Kneeburg. He holds a bachelors degree in music performance from the University of South Florida. He has performed with the Florida Orchestra, Florida West Coast Symphony, the Symphony of Southwest Florida, Sarasota Opera, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and for the Holland America and Carnival Cruise Lines. SSG Russo was also selected to play with the Grandlink World opening festival band in Qingdao, China, in addition to several traveling off-Broadway shows including The Lion King, Cinderella, 42nd St, the Producers, Chicago and Showboat.

SSG Ballenger holds a bachelors degree from Indiana University. He has studied with M. Dee Stewart, Peter Ellefson and Ian Bousfield. SSG Ballenger has performed as bass trombonist with the Richmond Symphony and Columbus (Indiana) Philharmonic.

May 19

Bingo Benefit

The Fleetwood Bank Relay for Life team is sponsoring a Bingo Benefit at the Kutztown Fire Company. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance or at the door. Ticket includes hot dog, soda and bag of chips. Additional refreshments will be available. There are 20 games of bingo with an extra charge for special games. Tickets available at any Fleetwood Bank Branch location or at the door. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

June 1

1st Annual Fundraising Flea Market. Berks Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services hosts 1st Annual Flea Market on June 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at BDHHS. Parking is available at next door at the BCIU. Antiques, jewelry, collectibles, household items, baked goods and much more. Berks Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services is located at 2045 Centre Ave, Reading. For more information 610-685-4520 or visit