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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.

Every Monday and Friday

Local Foods Market. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Independent Space, Kutztown.

May 2

KATCH Theatre presents first annual Shakespeare in the Park. Performance nights are Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Kutztown Park Bandshell. A Lost Girl in Neverland, staring Kylie Schroeder and Aidan Ellington will be performed first, followed by A Midsummer Nights Dream. Purchase tickets at the door or email For more information about KATCH and KATCH Theatre visit

May 3

May Kutztown Garden Month

Come celebrate the start of the growing season and share garden secrets with the Kutztown community. The Companion Plant, 363 East Main St., is working with local businesses to promote a month of garden-themed events in Kutztown. Kicking off the festivities, the Companion Plant will host guest speaker, Richard Mitchell of Bear Creek Organics speaking about Worm Composting at 6 p.m. while the Kutztown Community Partnership offers fun for the whole family during their First Friday Garden Gnome scavenger hunt 5 to 8 p.m. starting at Firefly Bookstore, 230 West Main St. Only room for 40 hunters so get there early.

May 4

May Kutztown Garden Month. 6 to 9 p.m. at Independent Space, Mike Savino from Tall Tall Trees + Farm to table snacks from Curious Goods at the Bake Oven Inn. Also May 4-Sept 21 Independent Space hosts Little Garden, No GMOs. Gardening Workshop for kids. The Companion Plant, 363 East Main St., is working with local businesses to promote a month of garden-themed events in Kutztown.

Fleetwood Banks Annual Yard Sale.

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fleetwood Banks Main Branch Parking lot at the corner of Main & Franklin Sts., Fleetwood. Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, baked goods for sale. Furniture, toys, clothing, garden plants, and more. Accepting donations of gently used items on May 2 and 3. Proceeds to benefit American Cancer Society/Relay For Life.

May 5

St. Pauls Lutheran Church Relay for Life team car wash. 8 to 11 a.m. at St. Pauls Church at 117 East Arch St. in Fleetwood. All proceeds go to cancer research.

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.

Lost Access: Fleetwood, a non-profit organization that addresses Grandparent Visitation issues, will meet Monday, May 6, 2013 at Berks Encore, 109 W. Vine St., Fleetwood, PA. 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more information visit, email or call 610-698-7359.

May 7

Baby LapSit. 10:30 to 11 a.m. at Brandywine Community Library. Stories, rhymes and songs. Each child needs an actively participating adult, no accommodation for siblings. We sit on the floor.

StoryRiders. 11 a.m. to noon at Brandywine Community Library. Preschoolers are welcome to bring an adult to the library to sing songs and listen to stories. May 7- Mommy and Me.

May 8

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 a.m. to noon at Brandywine Community Library. For toddlers 18 to 36 months and adult caregiver. Short stories, songs, and rhymes with movement.

May 9

US ARMY FIELD BAND TROMBONE TRIO TO OFFER MASTERCLASS, CONCERT. 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.

May 10

The Brandywine Heights High School Music Department presents the annual Spring Concerts May 10 and May 11 at Brandywine Heights Area High School. The Friday, May 10 performance is for Senior Citizens and Brandywine Heights staff, and begins at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are not required and admission is free of charge. Refreshments follow in cafeteria.

The Saturday, May 11 event is for the general public and begins at 3 p.m. All tickets are reserved seats and can be pre-purchased for minimal fee per ticket or day of the concert for additional fee. For additional information, contact Keith Abrahamson at

May Kutztown Garden Month. May 10 to 11 Rodale Institute Spring Open House 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Companion Plant, 363 East Main St., is working with local businesses to promote a month of garden-themed events in Kutztown.

May 11

Electronics Recycling Event. 9 a.m. to noon at New Bethel Church, 135 New Bethel Church Road, Kempton.

Buttons and Beads: Lenape Princess Wynonah and the Future President. Historical Society of Berks, 940 Centre Ave., Reading, program 10 a.m. Refreshments 9:30 a.m. Author Gretchen Hardy expresses details about a pivotal period in Berks County. Charge. For details 610-375-4375,

Kutztown Community Block Party. noon to 4 p.m. on Main Street in Kutztown. The Kutztown Community Partnership event includes music, mini golf, rock climbing, shopping, and food and more. Sponsored by Giant Foods. Event also all made possible by contributors Kutztown University and Borough of Kutztown. For more information, visit and follow the links to Facebook and Twitter.

Getting to Know Authors. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Brandywine Community Library. Older preschoolers and elementary-age kids get to know their favorite authors through reading their books and doing a craft, today, Vera B. Williams.

Mickey Hart Band performs(of the Grateful Dead). 6:30p.m. at Kempton Music Center, 83 Community Drive, Kempton. For tickets & more info

Longswamp Township EAC rain garden workshop. Workshop attendees will have a hands-on opportunity to learn while doing during the rain garden construction. Guest speakers will share ways residents can enhance their properties and replace lawn areas with native trees and plants to create Birdtown habitats. Rain barrels will be offered to pre-registered attendees at a nominal fee. RSVP by May 3.

May 12

Family Style Mothers Day Dinner will be served at Virginville Grange, Route 143, Virginville from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Includes ham, turkey, potato filling, sweet potatoes, corn, string beans, gravy, pepper, cabbage, cranberry sauce, rolls beverage and homemade desserts. There is a charge. No reservations needed. For more information call 610-562-4505.

Mothers Day Brunch at Blair Vineyard 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 13

Glieder Fescht. 5:30 p.m. at PA German Cultural Heritage Center, Kutztown. Keynote Speaker Dr. William Woys Weaver.

May 14

Amazing Gifts Dinner Party. 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Gionnottis Country Manor, 3118 Pricetown Road, Fleetwood. Reading Womens Connection event. Dr. Donna Kulp speaks on The gift of Health: The prevention of injury with exercise. Susan Hutchinson of Newtown discusses the gift of time. She will share her walk through discovery, diagnosis and challenge of an uncertain future. For reservations call Deb at 610-926-9623.

May 15

Herbs for Health Luncheon. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Riveredge Restaurant, Greenfields. Christian Womens Club of Reading I. Kathy Letcher of Deer Creek Farm speaks about the healing power of Herbs. Susan Hutchinson of Newtown discusses the gift of time. She will share her walk through discovery, diagnosis and the challenge of an uncertain future. For reservations call Kathy at 610-603-9461.

May 16

The Gift of Time Brunch. 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. at Riveredge Restaurant on 2017 Berneville Road in Greenfields. Christian Womens Club II of Reading event features Wendy Davis of the RSO. Susan Hutchinson of Newtown discusses the gift of time. She will share her walk through discovery, diagnosis and the challenge of an uncertain future. For reservations call Gloria at 610-777-0580.

Kutztown Womens Connection Feeling Good dinner party. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Janelles Restaurant, 360 Fleetwood Road, Bowers. The special feature will be the Wig Lady. Local musician Debbie Hargreaves will be performing. Susan Hutchinson of Newtown discusses the gift of time. She will share her walk through discovery, diagnosis and the challenge of an uncertain future. For reservations call Cheryl at 610-683-7247.

May 17

Reading Radio Club meeting. 8 p.m. at Berks County Agricultural Center, 1238 County Welfare Road in Bern Twp. For more information call Harry at 610-678-8976.

May Kutztown Garden Month. Fertilizing Options 6 p.m. at Companion Plant, Kutztown.

May 18

Treasures of the Reading Railroad Reading Railroad Heritage Museum 5th anniversary. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 500 South Third St. in Hamburg. Admission is free. Childrens treasure hunt, museum exhibit: Members Treasures, demonstrations, equipment tours. Street train rides and food available. Rain date May 19, from noon to 5 p.m. Museum is educational arm of the Reading Company Technical and Historical Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Reading Railroad. Museum opened in 2008 and houses Reading Railroad locomotives, railroad artifacts, archival materials, and museum exhibits.

Backyard Chickens. 12 to 2 p.m. at Rodale Institute, Kutztown.

Marshall Tucker Band.7 p.m. at Kempton Music Center, 83 Community Drive Kempton. For tickets & more info visit:

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.

May 24

Happy Hour & Tapas. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Blair Vineyard, Kutztown. Part of May Kutztown Garden Month, The Companion Plant, located at 363 East Main Street, is working with local businesses to promote a month of garden-themed events in Kutztown.

May 31

Relay For Life of Kutztown. starts May 31 at 3 p.m. at Kutztown University and runs until following day at 3 p.m. Walk event that benefits American Cancer Society.

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

Friends for Life 5K Community Run. 9 a.m. the run will begin and end at the Washington Township Park, located just off of Rt. 100 and Niantic Road, across from Washington Elementary School. Fun for whole family. The Relay for Life of Boyertown event benefits the American Cancer Society. There will be a 5K Walk and a Kids Fun Run available as well. For more information email Discounted pre-registration available, as well as day of event registration.

June 8

Spring Blossom Family Music Festival.Noon at Kempton Music Center, 83 Community Drive, Kempton. A day of bluegrass and acoustic music set in a family atmosphere. For tickets and more info visit

June 14

9th Annual John Gurski Memorial Golf Classic. Golden Oaks Golf Club ~ Fleetwood. Shotgun Start 1 p.m., Dinner 5:30 p.m. Arrive by noon for check-in & pre-event activities. Lunch is on your own. The family of legendary Berks County football coach John Gurski is once again partnering with the Alzheimers Association to organize a first class golf tournament in his memory to benefit Alzheimers support services for families, as well as research advances into better treatments, prevention and ultimately, the cure. For more information on event sponsorship, golf and dinner registration, or volunteering, call Kellie Butsack at 610-375-4990, OR email:

July 5

Jambalaya Music Fest. July 5,6 and 7 at Kempton Music Center, 83 Community Drive, Kempton. Held rain or shine. Jambalaya Music Fest is a Louisiana music lovers dream, that features some of the most talented bands and musicians handpicked for your listening pleasure. Performing Americana, Blues, Cajun, Funk, R & B, Rock, Soul, and ZYDECO. Covered openair pavilion. Camping is close to all stages. BYOB event, coolers are allowed. Event features regional specialty foods. For tickets and more info

July 13

Summer Jam. at Kempton Music Center, 83 Community Drive, Kempton. Summer Jam (Watkins Glen revisited) Featuring Splintered Sunlight, The Weight & Live at the Filmore. This is the 40th anniversary of the largest attended music event to date. The 3 bands were the Grateful Dead, The Band & The Allman Brothers The setlists will be exactly the way they were performed at the show with the All-star encore included. We are trying to reproduce this event as close to the original performance to make it that one of a kind experience. For tickets and more info visit:

Sept. 13

Pinnacle Jam Music Festival. Sept. 13 and14 at Kempton Music Center, 83 Community Drive, Kempton.This two day event is a fundraiser for The Rex Foundation, which aims to help secure a healthy environment, promote individuality in the arts, provide support to critical and necessary social services, assist others less fortunate than ourselves, protect the rights of indigenous people and ensure their cultural survival, build a stronger community, and educate children and adults everywhere.For tickets and more info visit: