Calendar of Events

Wednesday, June 12

StoryRiders with Miss Barb 11 a.m. - noon. Come join us for stories, songs and a simple craft at the Boone Area Library, 129 N. Mill Street, Birdsboro.

This event is for children 5 and under. Call 610-582-5666 for information.

Thursday, June 13

COMMUNITY TOASTMASTERS

Community Toastmasters will meet at 7 p.m. at Mifflin Court, 450 Philadelphia Ave., Shillington, for those who want to learn public speaking skills. Toastmasters is a world leader in helping people become more competent and comfortable in front of an audience. Its a great opportunity for personal growth and leadership development. Visit toastmasters.org or call 610-927-9111 for information.

Friday, June 14

ROYAL RANGERS

Royal Rangers wil meet 7 p.m. at the New Life Assembly of God - Royal Ranger Outpost 39, 50 New Holland Ave., Shillington. Royal Rangers provides boys with fun activities in five areas of interest, which we refer to as our core competencies: Outdoor Activities, Sports, Trade Skills, Technologies, and Arts. Many activities in Royal Rangers involve earning merits, which are awards based on the development of skills in one or more of these core areas.

Visit kemnerhome.com/rr.html or email Jonathan@Kemnerhome.com for additional information.

CONCERTS IN THE PARK

The Borough of Shillington will host the C. Kenny Yetter Memorial Concert featuring Erich Cawalla and Jenifer Kinder atShillington Memorial Park, E. Broad St., Shillington. Hot food will be sold starting at 5p.m.Concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own chairs.Donations to the Mifflin Community Food Bank will be collected at both concerts. The Food Bank is in need of non-perishable food items, cleaning and laundry supplies, and paper products.In case of rain, concerts will be held in the Senior High Auditorium.

Saturday, June 15

AUTHOR VISIT

The Exeter Community Library welcomes Kathy Miller, author of the popular and cute local favorite kids picture books, Chippy Chipmunk Parties in the Garden and Chippy Chipmunk Babies in the Garden at 10:30 a.m. The Exeter Community Library is located at 4569 Prestwick Drive, Reading. The event is free and open to the public however advanced registration is encouraged by calling the library at 610-406-9431.

ON THE

HOMESTEAD

Join us for a relaxed, summer evening at the Daniel Boone Homestead, 400 Daniel Boone Road, Birdsboro. Bring a picnic dinner and listen to toe-tapping bluegrass music on the lawn from 6 - 7 p.m. This years program will be highlighted by music from the Zepp Family Band. Horse-drawn wagon rides, wine tastings, and old-fashioned ice cream making will round out the evenings activities.

Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16

ADOPT-A-THON AND OPEN HOUSE

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County, 58 Kennel Road, Birdsboro, will host an Adopt-a-thon and Open House from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. The Miller-Keystone Bloodmobile will be here on Saturday, June 15 from noon until 3 p.m. for blood donations. Please call Kim at 484-269-8630 to make an appointment.

Sunday, June 16

OPEN SHOW

Good Fellowship Riding Club Open Horse Show to start at 9 a.m.. Good Fellowship Riding Club, 724 Monacacy Creek Rd., Birdsboro.

Tuesday, June 18

TEEN BOOK BINGO

Exeter Community Library is hosting an after hours for Teen Book Bingo from 8 - 10 p.m. June 18. Teens between 13 and 18 can play bingo to win fantastic young adult books by authors such as James Patterson, Suzanne Collins, Laurie Halse Anderson, Richelle Mead and many more. This free event is a great opportunity to pick up some new reads for summer, hang out with friends and meet new people. Snacks and drinks will be served, music will be played, prizes will be won and fun will be had! Registration is required, and seating is limited so call today, 610-406-9431. Teen Book Exeter Community Library hours are Tuesday Thursday 10 a.m. 8 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m. 5 p.m., & Saturday 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Please call for further information 610-406-9431 or check out the website www.berks.lib.pa.us/exetercl.

June 19

LUNCH BUNCH

Lunch Bunch catered picnic on the grounds of Berks County Association for the Blind, 2020 Hampden Blvd., Reading

11:30 to 1:00 p.m. Reservations required. Call 610-375-8407, ext. 12.

Thursday, June 20

CRIME WATCH

Amity Township Crime Watch meeting will be held 7:30 - 9 p.m. June 20 at St. Pauls Lutheran Church, 548 Old Swede Road, Douglassville. Jim Munda, Amity Township Fire Marshall will be our guest speaker. He will discuss Fire Extinguisher training and Juvenile Fire Setting concerns. Crime Watch Liaison Officer Thomas Gauby will discuss recent incidents in the township. A brief meeting will be held, followed by refreshments. The public is invited to attend.

BERKS ENCORE SHOEMAKERSVILLE DANCE

Just Us Plus will perform at the next Berks Encore Shoemakersville Dance, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 20 at the Shoemakersville Fire Company. The dances are held each month on the third Thursday of the month.

Thursday, June 20, Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

The 2013 Immaculate Conception Strawberry Festival will be held 5 - 11 p.m. June 21 and 6 - 11 p.m. June 22 at 905 Chestnut Street, Birdsboro. Call 610-582-2411 or visit icbvm.org for more information. Entertainment: Cabana Boys June 20; Stephanie Grace and Taylor Made June 21; Bobby Newton and the Band June 22. Wear your schools logo Thursday for PreK through 12 School Logo Night to get a cool treat!

Friday, June 21

GOLF CLASSIC

Tee time is 9 a.m. for the Manatawny Golf Classic held at the Reading Country Club, 5311 Perkiomen Ave., Reading. Benefits of the Golf Classic go to Camp Manatawny. Go to manatawny.org or call 610-689-0173 for details.

Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22

ART FOR THE ANIMALS

From 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Wizards World of Tattoos Two, 6721 Perkiomen Ave., Exeter and Wizards World of Tattoos Four, 2248 Perkiomen Ave., Mt. Penn, are teaming up with Philadoptables to raise money for Philadelphias homeless pets. A portion of the proceeds from each tattoo will be going to support PHILADOPTABLES whose mission is to provide support for adoption, welfare, and outreach programs that benefit the 30,000+ animals received each year by the Philadelphias animal control shelter.

For more information, contact Michelle Helms michelle@philadoptables.org

Saturday, June 22

RALEIGH

RINGERS

The hand bell choir Raleigh Ringers from North Carolina will be appearing at Exeter High School, 201 E. 37th Street, Reading. Tickets may be ordered by contacting Cindy Speicher by phone 610-929-8727 ext. 10.

VACCINE CLINIC

The Animal Rescue League will offer low-cost vaccinations for Rabies or distemper combo, Bordetella (kennel cough) and Lyme at the lower side entrance 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. June 22.

The Animal Rescue League is situated along Kennel Road off Route 724 near Route 176 in Cumru Township.

Wednesday, June 26

SIGHT LOSS SUPPORT GROUP

Sight Loss Support Group for visually impaired individuals, their friends and family. Held at Berks County Association for the Blind, 2020

Hampden Blvd., Reading. 1 2 p.m. Reservations required. Call 610-375-8407, ext. 12.

Friday, June 28

2ND ANNUAL GOLF OUTING FOR THE ANIMALS

The 2nd Annual Golf Outing for the Animals will begin at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start on June 28 at the Reading Country Club, 5311 Perkiomen Ave., Reading. Course competitions, buffet dinner and awards at 5:30 p.m. Contact Ashley at 610-373-8830 ext. 117 for more information or to register.

Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 26

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Athens Vacation Bible School Sponsored by 3 area churches: Christ UMC, Assembly of God & Alice Focht UMC

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. for children ages Preschool thru 6th grade.

Call 610-582-4223 for more information.

Ongoing

BOOK GROUP

The Eagles Eye Book Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Boone Area Library, 129 N. Mill Street, Birdsboro. Please call the library at 610-582-5666 to reserve a copy of this months selection.

CHESS CLUB

Amity Chess Club meets every Friday from 7 - 10 p.m. in the main church building at St. Pauls UCC Church, Douglassville. For all ages and skill levels. For additional information visit amitychessclub.org or call 610-580-7405.

BIKE POTTSTOWN

Bike Pottstown has been lending out its signature yellow cruisers for recreation and transportation for five years now. The Schuylkill River Heritage Area, which runs the popular free bike share program, wants to encourage more people to use the bikes. Beginning May 1, any first time user will receive a free Bike Pottstown water bottle. Anyone using the bikes 10 times between May 1 and September 30 will receive a free backpack. Bikes are available at Tri County Bicycles on 256 High St., which now has a total of 40 Bike Pottstown bikes. The Schuylkill River Heritage Area also has a limited number of bikes available at 140 College Dr. Call 484-945-0200 for information.

SINGERS

Do you like to sing? The Exeter Community Chorus wants you. We are a friendly group of singers of all abilities. Rehearsals are Mondays, 7 p.m., at Schwarzwald Lutheran Church, Jacksonwald. Please join us! For more info: call Mary Phillips, 610-779-5875, or e-mail: maryphillips@ptd.net.

CALLING FOR

VOLUNTEERS

Berks County Association for the Blind needs volunteer drivers to take clients to special programs and events. You can sign up for as many days as you want to. Your help is needed as the Blind Association continues to enrich the lives of the visually impaired in Berks County. Contact Lori Schermerhorn at 610-375-6467, extension 12.

Hope UMCs Prayer Time

Hope UMC is inviting everyone to the last Friday of each month for Prayer Time 7 to 8 p.m. This is an open invitation for anyone to come and join in for a casual and relaxing time of spontaneous prayers.

A time to pray together or by ourselves for all kinds of prayers, some of which may be for ourselves, friends, family, our community, our church, our schools, and current world events. There is no format for the prayer services as each service is lead by the Holy Spirit. The church is at 117 North Monocacy Creek Road in Douglassville. For more information, call 610-385-7141 or e-mail admin@hopechurchamity.org.

BERKS COUNTYS BEST KEPT SECRETS TOUR June 14 to June 29

A shopping/food and fun adventure featuring 36 off-the-beaten path businesses, hand-picked for their uniqueness.

Set up like a home or garden tour, youll travel place to place enjoying all the special free things (refreshments, games, gifts, demos, etc) the businesses have planned for you.

Plus, each place has given you a valuable coupon. Youll be delighted by what you find tucked away in the countryside!

A portion of the tickets will be donated to The Childrens Home of Reading. 717-721-1750 bestkeptsecretstour.com

FLEA MARKET

Shillington Lions 38th Annual Flea Market is held the 2nd Saturday of each month, through October from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Governor Mifflin Intermediate School lots located on Elkins Avenue, 4 blocks behind the Shillington Shopping Center. For information or to register a table email shillingtonlions@aol.com or call 610-777-4835.