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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.

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

Kutztown Community Library hosts English as a second language classes for non-English speakers. Classes will meet twice weekly at times to be arranged. No charge, but students encouraged to buy own text book, Step by Step by Stephen Molinsky and Bill Bliss, for ongoing study. Financial aid is available. Each student tested to determine an appropriate class level and choice of meeting times. Taught by Emyln Jones, a retired American English teacher with over 35 years experience in teaching English. He has taught in high schools, private schools and a junior college. He was the former principal of Pacific Rim Language Institute in California. Sign up at Library, 70 Bieber Alley, or call 610-683-5820.

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.

Berks County Association for the Blind needs volunteer drivers to take clients to special programs and events. Sign up for as many days as wanted. Contact Lori Schermerhorn at 610-375-6467, ext. 12.


Every Monday and Friday

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

PA Department of Health monthly public immunization clinic. If Uninsured or Underinsured the Department of Health can help you receive vaccinations. Eligible for vaccines at LOW or NO COST if underinsured (your insurance does not cover the vaccine) or uninsured. Call Berks County State Health Center at 610-378-4377 for info or to schedule an appointment. Held 9-11 a.m. 3rd Friday of every month: June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20 at St. Paul’s U.C.C., 47 S. White Oak St., Kutztown.

June 6

Blood Drive at Virginville Grange Hall at 3 p.m. Sponsored by Community Services Committee. For more information call Mercedes at 484-515-8001 or Ron at 610-562-8680. Walk-ins welcome.

June 7

Mix and Mingle fundraiser. 6-9 p.m. at Camillo’s Italian Restaurant, Pizzeria and Bar, 264 Greenwich St., Kutztown. Benefits the Kutztown Community Partnership. Family-friendly event. Admission fee includes dinner buffet with vegetarian options; one complimentary drink and one free raffle ticket. Prizes awarded at the event. Local ‘modern rockin’ country’ band, Turn Row, performs live from 7-9 p.m. Tickets on sale at the door only. For more information, contact

Armed Forces Aid Indoor Yard Sale to support military. June 7, 8, 9. Gun cabinet, hutch, furnace, entertainment center, tables, chairs, puzzles, exercise equipment, TVs, copiers, holiday items, toys, totes, dishes, CDs, books, VCR tapes, records, pictures, knitted items, lamps, microwaves, wooden items, Avon, purses, tool boxes, antiques, Steins, beauty shop equipment, baskets. Anyone showing a military ID will receive free hygiene items and clothing of choice. Most items not be priced, but make reasonable offer and it’s yours. Hours 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday. On Rt. 61 in Tuckerton, past church, Mulhelburg Industrial West, near Denny’s Electric, just follow the signs. Volunteers needed. Call 610-207-3300.

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

4th annual Taste of Kutztown wine tasting event. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street, Kutztown. Wine and food tasting hosted by the Kutztown Rotary Club. Local favorite Blue Mountain Vineyard joined by a selection of 12 vineyards representing the Susquehanna and Philadelphia Countryside Regions. This year’s event will feature a two-block closure of Main Street in the heart of downtown Kutztown. Wine and food will be available for purchase. Live music provided by local musicians throughout the event by Acoustic Road Show. Showcases wineries, eateries and artisans and to raise funds for the Kutztown Rotary Club. Money raised from the Taste of Kutztown is given directly to community organizations and projects. Visit for information about attending wineries and vendors. Advance tickets on sale at Registration/Check-In: Hospitality Center @ Main and Whiteoak Street

June 9

Free Concert at Fleetwood Park band shell, featuring Runnin’ On Empty, 6 to 8 p.m. Concession stand will be open. Rain date: June 10. 610-944-8220

Deadline for Bus Trip. On July 13 New Bethel Church takes a Bus Trip to the Philadelphia Zoo, Phillies game. Driver gratuity, zoo admission, Phillies vs. White Sox 237 section ticket all included in bus trip price. Payment due before June 9. Call 610-756-6589 or email

Praise God In Song, Old Fashioned Hymn Sing at 10:30 a.m. at New Jerusalem Zion UCC, Krumsville across from Greenwhich Elementary School. Guest singers The Miller Brothers Lester, Russell, Richard, Robert & Bill. Everyone welcome.

Fightin Phils Game

1:30 p.m. $2 tickets available at the Brandywine Community Library for the Fightin Phils game in First Energy Stadium, Reading. This is the Berks County Public Library Summer Reading Kickoff event. All proceeds benefit Brandywine Community Library. Tickets are general admission.

June 10

Kick Off Movie Night. 7 to 9 p.m. at in Henry Auditorium. Brandywine Community Library Summer Reading Kick Off Week With an Underground themed film: “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” Free to attend. Free popcorn and lemonade while supplies last. 2008 version of movie based on the Jules Verne novel stars Brendan Fraser and Josh Hutcherson. Rating is PG.

Adult Summer Reading -Groundbreaking Reads. June 10 to Aug. 17 at Brandywine Community Library. Complete a library BINGO card and submit it to be eligible for weekly raffles for summer reading tote bags. For each BINGO card returned, receive one dollar in “library loot” which can be used towards purchases in our used book store, copies, printouts or fines. (Lost or damaged item fees are not eligible). Adults eligible to participate are ages 18 and up (or graduated from High School). GRAND PRIZE winner will receive a Kindle Paperwhite e-reader (with wi-fi). There will be second, third and fourth place prizes as well. Stop by the library to register and pick up game board any time June 10 or later. Submit as many completed game boards as you would like. Drawing for prizes chosen at random. The drawing for Grand Prize Drawing Event held Aug. 21 from 6:30 - 7:30. New this year: “Patron Picks.” Fill out a slip with favorite titles and we will keep a list posted. Include name to be entered in the weekly tote bag drawing.

June 11

Kickoff Storytime Day. 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Brandywine Community Library Children’s Room. Day two of Summer Reading Kick Off week features Stories - stories and more stories! Come and listen to storybooks all about our “Dig Into Reading” topic. No craft - just great books, multiple times during the day. 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. No signups- just come and listen! Children of all ages and their attending adult welcome.

Baby LapSit. 7 to 7:30 p.m. at Brandywine Community Library. Stories, rhymes and songs all under the theme Dig Into Reading! Each child needs an actively participating adult. No accommodation for siblings. We sit on the floor, please dress comfortably.

June 12

Kick Off Special Presenter Margie McGarvey. 1 to 2 p.m. at Brandywine Community Library. Listen to presenter Margie McGarvey & her traveling Trunk. Her “Dig into Reading” themed program is “The Bounty Below”. Margie will answer the following questions: What underground resources did the early settlers find and how were these resources used? Do we still use these resources today? Free and does not require any sign-ups. For ages 5 through adult. The program will be held in “The Trexler Social Hall” (formerly the old cafeteria which is in the basement of Henry Auditorium). Just stop by the library for directions if you prefer.

Kick Off Presenter Margie McGarvey. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Brandywine Community Library. McGarvey and her Traveling trunk “Dig into Reading” themed program is: “The Kitchen Garden”. Free and no sign-ups. It is recommended for ages 5 through adult. The program will be held in “The Trexler Social Hall” (formerly the old cafeteria which is in the basement of Henry Auditorium). Margie will answer What kinds of plants and vegetables were grown in a colonial kitchen garden? What part do underground roots play in a plant’s growth? What roots do we eat?

June 13

Kick Off Event GAME DAY. 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Brandywine Community Library. Play “Dig into Reading” themed games! Dinosaur bingo, hot potato, underground olympics and more! Held rain or shine. For planning sign-ups are preferred but please come even if you haven’t. Recommended for ages 5-14. Free.

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 Alzheimer’s Association to organize a first class golf tournament in his memory to benefit Alzheimer’s 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:

Kick Off Week - CRAFT DAY. 1 to 3 p.m. at Brandywine Community Library. Come be creative making “Underground Themed” crafts, flying French Fry, a mini-rock garden, a bear cave and more. It’s all free and recommended for ages 5-14. Please sign up.

June 15

8th annual Fleetwood Rotary Club Show of Wheels In conjunction with the Fleetwood Fire Company Truck Crew. Registration 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Judging 12 p.m., Awards 3 p.m. Held rain or shine at Fleetwood Community Park. Show for cars, trucks and motorcycles. Free for spectators. Music By The Sound Factory, door prizes, 50/50 Drawing, entertainment, food, chance auction, Rubber Duck Race in the Creek. Proceeds to benefit community projects. All vehicles must be street legal with current state tags and licensed. Checks Payable To: The Fleetwood Rotary Charitable Foundation Questions? Email or call Jim Long: 484-575-8113. Pre-Registered by June 10. Online Registration

Medicinal Gardens Workshop. 12 to 2 Rodale Institute, 611 Siegfriedale Rd., Kutztown. Cost per person and pre-registration is required. 610-683-1400 or

Cruise to Joanna Furnace. 4th annual Car Cruise & Antique Car. All cruise, classic, antique cars, and motor cycles welcome. Activities start at 7 a.m. with a breakfast buffet and flea market. A Model “T” & “A” hill climb, speaker presentations, and car parade will take place. Event ends at 2 p.m. For information call 610-286-0388. Joanna Furnace is located 3 miles north of Morgantown on Rt. 10.

June 16

Free Concert at Fleetwood Park band shell, featuring the Martin Family Band, 6-8pm. Concession stand will be open. Rain date: June 17. 610-944-8220

June 18

“Raising Hope” Dinner Party from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Gionnotti’s Country Manor, 3118 Pricetown Rd., Fleetwood. Reading Women’s Connection event. There is a cost. For reservations call Deb at 610-926-9623.

June 20

Kutztown Area Garden Club. 7 p.m. at Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown.

Kutztown Women’s Connection“Picnic in the Park” Dinner Party from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Kutztown Park, S. Laurel St., Kutztown. There is a cost. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. For reservations call Cheryl at 610-683-7247.

June 22-23

Amateur Radio Field Day

Everyone is invited to watch Radio Club members provide communications under emergency conditions at Sinking Spring Heritage Park. Parking is available at entrance to the park on Clematis Street. Call Harry at 610-678-8976 about Radio Testing June 22 at 2:30 p.m.

June 23

Free Concert at Fleetwood Park band shell, featuring Joe Bonson & Coffee Run, 6 to 8 p.m. Concession stand will be open. Rain date: June 24. 610-944-8220

June 25

Awareness Benefit Dinner & Concert. 6:30 p.m. at Adam2Cafe in Kutztown. An evening of classical music featuring the Kutztown University Summer Music Festival. The music - Tchaikovsky, of course. Dinner with Russian cuisine is at 6:30. All proceeds will benefit the work of Restoration House in Nikolskoye, Russia. Please RSVP by June 18. Call the cafe for more information. 610-683-7707

June 29

The 64th Annual Kutztown Folk Festival. June 29 through July 7 at Kutztown Fairgrounds, Kutztown. Demonstrations of traditional crafts by 200 juried American craftsmen, folklife demonstrations, historical reenactments, antiques. Traditional music, seminars, dancing, folk tales and children’s entertainment, Quilt Sale, Children experience Noah’s World animal park, hay mazes, do-it-yourself mural paintings, rides. Pennsylvania Dutch food and treats: Ox roast, funnel cakes, shoo-fly pies, ice cream favorites and desserts. Free brochure: 1-888-674-6136,

June 30

Free Concert at Fleetwood Park band shell, featuring the Fabulous Grease Band 6 to 8 p.m. Concession stand will be open. Rain date: July 1. 610-944-8220

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 open air pavilion. Camping is close to all stages. BYOB event, coolers are allowed. Event features regional specialty foods. For tickets and more info visit

July 7

Free Concert at Fleetwood Park band shell, featuring Swing Fever, 6-8pm. Concession stand will be open. Rain date: July 8th. 610-944-8220

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:

Aug. 11

Fleetwood Blues Festival, Free at Fleetwood Park, Live music, food, raffle, vendors. 11am – 8pm. 610-944-8220

Aug. 18

Free Concert at Fleetwood Park band shell, featuring the Reading Philharmonic Band, 6-8pm. Concession stand will be open.

Sept. 13

Pinnacle Jam Music Festival. Sept. 13 and 14 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: