Patriot Calendar of Events

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.

Kutztown Area Historical Society Model Railroad Open House

Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m., Dec. 9, 16, 23, 30; Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27. Normal Avenue and Whiteoak Street, Kutztown. The highly detailed, 500 square foot HO scale model railroad will be open: city, amusement park, rural countryside, bridges, mountains, lakes, and streams. Interactive controls for Thomas the Tank and other trains. For more information, visit www.kutztownhistory.org, call 610-683-7697, or e-mail kahs1892@yahoo.com.

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4th Annual Model Train Holiday Open House

Saturdays and Sundays noon to 4 p.m. at 105 S. Walnut St., Fleetwood. Santa will be here Dec. 15. Open every weekend until Christmas, closed Dec. 16. Call 610-944-8609 for more info.

Directors Needed

The Kutztown American Legion Baseball Board of Directors is looking for people that may be interested in serving on the board. Interested parties should contact Kevin Fegely by Dec. 8 at 610-682-7560.

Dec. 8

Tri Valley YMCA Santa Parade & Party

9 to 11 a.m. at Fleetwood Community Center. Breakfast, Pictures with Santa, Cookie Decorating, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Crafts, and more. For more information contact 610-944-6515 or BMayer@ymca-berkscounty.org.

Come Read to a therapy dog. 10 to 11 a.m. at Fleetwood Public Library, 110 W. Arch St., Fleetwood, 610-944-0146.

Outdoor, Live Nativity. 5 to 7 p.m., at Zions Union Church Maxatawny, Route 222 and Church Road, Maxatawny. Reenactment of Christs birth with actors and live animals. Refreshments; free will offering of a canned item to donate to Friend Inc. Shows every half hour, last show at 7 p.m. Rain date is Dec. 9. Contact person: Susan Haas; 610-207-3738.

Miller-Keystone Blood Drive,

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at New Jerusalem Zion U.C.C., 1456 Krumsville Road, Lenhartsville. Donors needed. For questions, call Beth at 610-297-0143.

Catch the Spirit. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Downtown Hamburg, holiday events and festivities: music and entertainment, wine and cheese gala in the Gallery of Hamburg, childrens crafts and activities, and holiday movie showing. Visit www.hamburgpa.org or call 610-562-3106.

Kutztowns Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center Christmas on the Farm 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Folklife demos, crafters and vendors, childrens crafts and activities, cider and cookies by a bonfire, wreath-making demo, lecture on PA Dutch Christmas customs, a feather tree demo, visits from Belsnickel. Holiday concert at noon by Die Nei Dulpehhock Sanger Chor. Harpist Sarajane Williams and her husband, classical guitarist Ted Williams, perform selections from their new CD, A Pennsylvania German Christmas. Sacred and secular music on CD features instrumental pieces that 18th and 19th-century Pennsylvania German immigrants and their families would have sung or listened to in church, Sunday School or at home, many found in Sarajanes great-great-grandmothers Lutheran Sunday School books and hymnals. Old Time Plow Boys displaying antique tractors and farm equipment. Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen in the Guild Cabin. Visit www.kutztown.edu/pgchc.

Kutztown American Legion Post 480 Annual meeting,

1:30 p.m. Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown.

Santa at the Library

10 to 11:30 a.m. at Kutztown Community Library. Presented by The Optimist Club of Kutztown.

Dec. 9

Country Christmas Open House. 3 to 6 p.m. at Huffs Church. Christmas music performed by choirs and soloists, a Christmas carol sing along, scavenger hunt, dress up and have photo taken with the nativity scene, seasonal decorations, refreshments and more. Huffs Church on the corner of Conrad Road and Huffs Church Road in Hereford Township, 3 miles north of Route 100.

Yard Sale/Craft Show

9 a.m. to 2 p.m., doors open at 8:30 a.m., at the Kempton Community Center, 83 Community Drive, Kempton. Free admission. Santa will be arriving about 10 a.m. For info contact Beverly at 610-756-6987.

Dec. 11

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, please dress comfortably.

StoryRiders. 11 a.m. to noon at Brandywine Community Library. Preschoolers welcome to bring an adult to the library to sing songs and listen to stories.

Dec. 12

Preschool Storytime

9:30 a.m. at Fleetwood Public Library, 110 W. Arch St., Fleetwood, 610-944-0146.

Jazz Up Your Holiday Dinner Party. 6:30 p.m. at Gionnottis Country Manor, Fleetwood. Reading Womens Connection event. There is a fee. Features Saxophonist Dr. Francisco Tellez. For reservations call Deb at 610-926-9623.

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 in the events. No preregistration is required.

Toddler Time. 11:30 a.m. to noon at Brandywine Community Library. A weekly story time is just for toddlers from about 18 36 months (firm afoot when walking) and their adult caregiver. This pattern of short stories, songs, and rhymes with movement is for toddlers who never seem to be still.

Dec. 13

The Heart of the Season Dinner Party. 6:30 p.m. at Janelle Restaurant, Bowers. Kutztown Womens Connection event. There is a fee. Features seasonal tunes by Mens Chorus. Reservations, call Cheryl at 610-683-7247.

Dec. 14

26th annual Festival of Carols

Dec. 14 and 16 at Brandywine Heights Area High School, presented by the Music Department. Friday, Dec. 14, performance at 2:30 p.m. is for senior citizens and Brandywine Heights staff. Tickets not required, admission is free. Refreshments follow in the High School cafeteria. The Sunday, Dec. 16, event is for the general public and begins at 3 p.m. All tickets are reserved seating. Purchase tickets in advance or the day of the concert. For more information, call 610-682-5102 ext. 2529.

Dec. 15

Live, interactive nativity

6 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 357 W. Main Street, Kutztown, along with mission partner Hope Lutheran Church, Reading. Live animals, games, crafts and food. Geared towards people of all ages, especially children. This is an outreach, extended to all in the community, regardless of faith or denomination.

Read to a Therapy Dog. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Brandywine Community Library Childrens Room. All ages are welcome to read stories to a therapy dog for 15 minutes each. Walk-ins are welcome but are not guaranteed a time slot.

Dec. 16

47th annual Christmas choral concert of the Kutztown Community Choir 3 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kutztown. New features: woodwind quartet, a flute trio, and a harpist. Choral selections include Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, The Little Red Drum, and Pat-a-Pan/Fum, Fum. Audience invited to join in singing familiar carols. Art show by members of Art in the Afternoon in fellowship hall. Reception with punch and cookies provided by choir following concert. No admission charge, offering will be received for choirs music fund.

Light the Way Ministries Free Concert

6 to 9 p.m. at The Topton Grange, 46 E. Keller St., Topton.Calling Out Closer will open at The Annual Christmas Concert featuring Willet on their Annual Willet Snow on Christmas? Tour.Have dinner before or during the show, food and drinks will be available. No admission charge, free prizes andgive-a-ways and free cookies & cocoa while you meet the bands after the show. For more info www.lightthewaypa.com.

Berks Catholics Advent Vespers 4 p.m. at Holy Guardian Angel Roman Catholic Church, 3121 Kutztown Road, Reading. Musical program of Light, Word and Song featuring the Chorus, Select Choir and Soloists from Berks Catholic High School. Free and open to the public.

The Rajah Shrine Chanters concert 1 p.m. at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 27 Lyons Road, Fleetwood. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the Chanters. Refreshments will follow the concert. Please call 610-682-6064 for more information.

Dec. 19

Preschool Storytime

9:30 a.m. at Fleetwood Public Library, 110 W. Arch St., Fleetwood, 610-944-0146.

5th annual Friendfest Benefit Beer and Wine Festival. Feb. 23, with three sessions beginning at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. at Beltzner Hall in the Kutztown Fairgrounds. International craft beer and local wine tasting from local favorites like Blair Vineyards to regional specialties like Golden Avalanche. The Wallace Brothers and Frog Holler perform. Additional food available for purchase. Volunteers appreciated. Tickets for sale. Visit www.friendfest.org for more information, or contact Cathy at 610-683-7791.

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