Send events to The Kutztown Area Patriot at 12 South Fourth Street, Hamburg, Pa., 19526; fax to 610-562-4644; or e-mail to: lmitchell@berksmontnews.com.

Bear Creek Chapter of Professional Referral Exchange. Tuesday networking and business exchange at the Starlite Diner at Routes 100 and Route 22 in Fogelsville. Networking at 7:30 a.m. Meeting is 7:45 to 9 a.m. Contact Joshua Daly at 484-554-2641 to reserve a spot.

Kutztown Main Street Growers Market

Each Thursday through October, 3 to 7 p.m. at the green outside of Trinity Lutheran Church, 357 W. Main St. Visit www.kutztownmarket.com.

First to Serve: Berks County and the Path to Civil War

Historical Society of Berks County honors the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with its inaugural Civil War exhibit.

Exhibit continues through June 8, 2013 at 940 Centre Ave., Reading. TuesdaySaturday 9 a.m. 4 p.m. 610-375-4375 www.berkshistory.org

Aug. 10

Paddle Up the Tulpehocken

3 p.m. at Blue Marsh Lake. Bring your kayak or canoe and life vest for a paddle UP the Tulpehocken Creek. For all levels of paddlers. Limited to 15. Cost includes ACA insurance. Registration with payment (call 610-376-6337). Deadline: Aug. 3. Presented by the Berks County Parks & Recreation Department. Call 610-374-2944 or visit www.countyofberks.com/parks.

Free Concert

Richmond Street Music Lessons free concert, 6 p.m. at the Fleetwood Park bandshell, Fleetwood. A concert from RSML students ages 7-16.

Aug. 11

Skating fundraiser

at Kutztown Park with live organ music, skating demonstrations, and a skating competition. Proceeds benefit renovations for the Kutztown Roller Rink.

3rd Annual Brake the Cycle of Poverty

7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., rain or shine, in the Kutztown Park. Fundraiser for Friend Inc. Community Services in Kutztown. There is a cost to participate. For more information, call 610-683-7790 or visit www.friendinc.org.

Sneak a Peek at the Creek

2 to 3 p.m. at Berks County Heritage Center. Search the Tully under the covered bridge for water critters to determine the quality of the creek. All participants must wear clothes and shoes that can get wet. For ages six and up and adults too. Presented by the Berks County Parks & Recreation Department. For more information call 610-374-8839 or visit www.countyofberks.com/parks.

Amateur Radio Hamfest

Reading Radio Club event. 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Heritage park in Sinking Spring. The Reading Radio Club will host a flea market sale of Ham Radio equipment, computers and electronic parts. Amateur radio license testing at 8:30 a.m. For more information call Harry Hoffman at 610-678-8976.

114th annual Heinly Family reunion

at the Huguenot Lodge #377 F&AM. For more information contact Dennis Arndt at 610-682-2837 or email heinlyfamily2001@yahoo.com or visit http://www.angelfire.com/pa5/heinly_family.

Lantern Tours at Historic Crystal Cave

7:30 p.m. on Aug. 11 and 12 at Crystal Cave, Kutztown. Re-creation of the original Crystal Cave tour from the 1870s by the glow of hand-held lantern light. There is a cost. Not suitable for children under the age of 8. Reservations required. Call 610-683-6765. www.crystalcavepa.com.

Aug. 12

Free Concert by the Philharmonic Band

6 to 8 p.m. at the Fleetwood Park. Refreshments will be available. Rain date is Monday Aug. 13 at the same time. The band is conducted by life-long Fleetwood resident Jay A. Smith.

Thomas McKee, Early Pennsylvania Indian Trainer

2 p.m. at Berks County Heritage Center. Dave Big Owl McSurdy, educator and consultant for Native American Experiences, will describe the life of Indian trader Thomas McKee, as he worked with the Indians along the Susquehanna frontier in 1747. Presented by the Berks County Parks & Recreation Department. For more information call 610-374-8839 or visit www.countyofberks.com/parks.

106th reunion of the Johann Nicholas and Eva Maria Gast Saul Family

at the Strausstown Lions Club playground. Covered-dish lunch at 1 p.m., with hot dogs and BBQ; bring salad, vegetable and dessert dishes to share. Program to follow. Bring a wrapped item to be sold at the White Elephant Auction fundraiser. For more information, call Gordon Gerhart at (215) 646-5151.

Aug. 13

Horse Trick Show by Lady Liberty Drill Team

7 and 8:30 p.m. on the Grand Stand, at the 2012 Kutztown Fair at Kutztown Fairgrounds. Features drill team and many Berks County 4-H Horse Club riders, both English and Western riding. Also, the drill team returns Friday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. followed by fireworks over the fairgrounds.

The 2012 Kutztown Fair

opens daily at 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Saturday is childrens day the gates open at 2 p.m. Admission fee includes all rides, entertainment, shows and exhibitions, parking is additional minimal fee. Visit www.kutztownfairgrounds.com or call 610-683-7696.

Aug. 14

Kids History Craft Day

10 a.m. to noon at the Berks County Heritage Center. Learn a little about the types of crafts kids made in the past. Make a felted needle case, buzz saw toy and marbled paper notebook. There is a fee. Registration with payment. Deadline: Aug. 7. Presented by the Berks County Parks & Recreation Department. For more information call 610-374-8839 or visit www.countyofberks.com/parks.

Dancing to the Beat Dinner Party

Reading Womens Connection event. 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Gionnottis Country Manor, 3118 Pricetown Road, Fleetwood. Featuring zumba with instructor Janna Isbell and special speaker Linda Fanton of Wellsville, N.Y., who will speak about empty nest reversal. Cost to attend. For reservations call Deb at 610-926-9623.

August 15

Summer Strumming Luncheon

Christian Womens Club I of Reading event. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Riveredge Restaurant, 2017 Bernville Road, Greenfields. Conlan Kerschner, a 12-year-old banjo player, will provide music. Linda Fanton of Wellsville, N.Y. will speak about empty nest reversal. Cost to attend. For reservations call Kathy at 610-603-9461.

Free Concert

The Longswamp Township Park & Recreation Commission presents the Reading Philharmonic in concert at 7 p.m. at the Longswamp Township Park. No cost to attend, donations accepted. Raindate: Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.

Aug. 16

Free informational session on adoption and child foster care

6 p.m. at Diakon Adoption & Foster Care, on the campus of The Lutheran Home at Topton, One S. Home Ave., Topton. 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.

People interested in attending should call, toll-free, 1-888-582-2230 or 610-682-1504.

Summer Scents Brunch

Christian Womens Club II of Reading event. 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the Heritage at Green Hills, 300 Tranquility Lane, Reading. Featuring Susan Levan from Petals on Penn and special speaker Linda Fanton of Wellsville, N.Y., who will speak about empty nest reversal. Cost to attend. For reservations call Gloria at 610-777-0580.

Getting to Know You Dinner Party

Kutztown Womens Connection event. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Janelle Restaurant, 360 Fleetwood Road, Bowers. Featuring a surprise guest, fun games and activities. Linda Fanton of Wellsville, N.Y., will speak about empty nest reversal. Cost to attend. For reservations call Cheryl at 610-683-7247.

Women Veterans of Berks County GI Jane Luncheon

11:30 a.m. at the Red Plate Dinner, 440 E. Penn Ave., Wernersville. All women veterans that are residents of Berks County or former residents of Berks County are invited to attend. Please RSVP by Aug. 14, to Ferne Lauter at 610-779-2769 or Diane Price at 610-779-2112.

Free Seminar for Seniors and their Families

7 p.m. at Elmcroft Senior Living, 9 Colin Court, Reading. Learn about seniors needs when considering the sale of their home. One-hour seminar conducted by Kate Steffy, General Manager of Century 21. RSVP at 610-370-2211 Vickie Cesarz or vcesarz@elmcroftseniorliving.com.

Kutztown Area Garden Club

Aug. 16th program: Mums and Fall Flowers by Dean Dietrich.

Sept. 20: Plant Swap.

The Kutztown Area Garden Club welcomes new members. Meetings are the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Kutztown Community Library.

Aug. 18

Huntsberger/Hunsberger family reunion

at Highland Park, Sellersville. Covered-dish lunch at noon; please bring entre, salad, vegetable and dessert dishes to share. Meeting and program to follow; childrens activities include cake walk and peanut scramble. For more information, contact either Vernon Hunsberger at 610-454-9823 or Sylvia Hunsberger at 215-532-9240.

4th annual National Honey Bee Day

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus. Free educational event sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association, rain or shine. Local beekeepers man education centers including the live Queen Bee and her colony. The beehive outdoor game places children and adults in the varied roles of the honey bee. Cooking With Honey by Jessica Long, 2012 Pennsylvania Honey Queen. A taste center will give everyone samples. Free honey candy and color books for children. www.lehighvalleybeekeepers.org or call 484-201-5138.

Whats in the Water? A Pond Study

noon to 4 p.m. at Antietam Lake Park. Discover and explore what critters can be found in this watery environment. Ages 7-12. Appropriate footwear recommended. Pre-registration required. Bring a snack and be prepared to get wet. Call 610-374-8839 to register.

Program by the Berks County Parks & Recreation Department. For more information call 610-374-8839 or visit www.countyofberks.com/parks.

Huffs Union Church picnic

Food and baked goods will be available after 4 p.m., rain or shine, at Huffs Union Church, Hereford Township. Entertainment by Walt Groller Orchestra from 6 to 9 p.m., weather permitting.

Peach Festival

Hope Lutheran Church, 550 Fleetwood Road, Bowers will hold their annual Peach Festival on Aug. 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. Menu: Hot dogs, Hamburgers, Turkey BBQ, Soups, Peaches and Ice Cream and Desserts. For information contact the church at 610-682-7236.

Aug. 19

Indian Corn Cob Basket Workshop

noon to 4 p.m. at Berks County Heritage Center. Vicky Heffner returns with another unique creation using a new material to weave: Indian Corn Cobs. Bring 10 spring clothes pins, old scissors, bucket, towel, flat head screw driver and measuring tape. There is a fee. Registration and payment (to instructor) due Aug. 12. Program by the Berks County Parks & Recreation Department.

For more information call 610-347-8839 or visit www.countyofberks.com/parks.

Aug. 26

273rd anniversary reunion of the Johann Peter and Elizabeth (Schmidt) Gerhart family

starting at 10:15 a.m. at the Christ German Reformed Church at Indian Creek, Franconia Township. Final event (family reunion picnic dinner) is at 4 p.m. Bring non-refrigerated desserts to share. For more information, contact Ross Gordon Gerhart III at 215-646-5151.

Aug. 28

Concentrating Photovoltaic Systems, a Bright Spot for Solar

7 p.m. at TEK Park, 9999 Hamilton Boulevard, Breinigsville. Open to the public, free of charge. Concentrating solar describes any type of technology that uses geometry (troughs, dishes) and reflective materials (mirrors) to concentrate a large amount of sunlight onto a small area. At a recent MAREA meeting, a speaker discussed concentrating solar technology as a source to heat water for space heating. Other types of concentrating solar use high temperatures to generate electricity. A new technology takes it up a notch, combining concentrating solar with photovoltaics, where solar energy is channeled with specialized photovoltaic technology to generate electricity at high efficiencies. Concentrating Photovoltaic systems, including the technology, benefits and challenges, will be the topic of the MAREA meeting. Speaker will be Peter Silbermann, Test & Reliability Manager for Solar Systems Pty Ltd, a developer of CPV systems, located in Melbourne, Australia. Light snacks will be served. Visit www.themarea.org.

Aug. 30

Town hall meeting for residents of 130th Legislative District

10 a.m. at Ruscombmanor Township building, 204 Oak Lane (off of Princeton Road/Route 12), Fleetwood. Hosted by Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) A full schedule of upcoming events and meetings is available at Maloneys website, RepMaloney.com.

Sept. 8

Women Veterans of Berks County business meeting

10 a.m. in Chapel 2 at Country Meadows of Wyomissing, 1802 Tulpehocken Rd., Wyomissing. The Board will meet at 9:30. All women veterans that are residents of Berks County or former residents of Berks County are invited to attend. For additional membership information please contact Sandy Keys at 610-775-8199.

Schpotyaahr Fescht

Sept. 8 and 9, Noon to 6 p.m. Hosted by Weisenberg Lowhill Township Historical Society at Werleys Corner Hotel, 4590 Werleys Corner Road, New Tripoli. Free family fun. Food available plus bake sale. Music starting at 2 p.m. by Jack Snyder & Friends Saturday and by The Majestics Sunday. Childrens activities: Farm Animals, Scarecrow Making, Pumpkin Painting, Fishing Pond, Basket Making, Crafts, Straw Maze, Watermelon-Eating Contest. Also Basket Raffle, Heritage Crafts, Tours, Bachman Family History Tent. Call 610-298-2352.

Sept. 15

Rock The Light Annual Music Fest5

noon-6 p.m. in Bowers presented by Light The Way Ministries. Features Light The Way Praise Team, DRAMA Ministry Team, He Who Has An Ear, Jayson Simonson, Justin Imbody, Chase Nafta, Brett Rush. Includes prayer tent, free prizes and give-a ways, food and drinks available, vendors, games and face painting for kids. Free parking and free admission, held rain or shine. For more info: www.lightthewaypa.com or call 610-413-6994.

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