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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.

St. Joseph Medical Center

What You Need to Know: Preparation for Breastfeeding class will be held on March 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bern Campus. Designed to help get breastfeeding off to a great start by dispelling myths, teaching evidence-based current information and some practical tips for the family. A doll would be helpful to bring to class. There is a minimal fee. For more information, contact Karen Sponagle, RN, Clinical Coordinator, at 610-378-2003. To register, call Central Scheduling at 610-378-2100.

Managing Diabetes class series meets Wednesdays, March 6 to March 27, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Health Network at Shelbourne Square. Registration required, call 610-378-2100. For additional information, call Angela Serafin, RN, MSN, CDE, at 610-208-4626.

Womens Cancer Support Group meets March 21 at 7 p.m. at the ACS Office, 498 Bellevue Avenue, Laureldale. For additional information, call Lisa Spencer, M.Ed, BSRT(T), CBPN-IC, Certified Breast Care Patient Navigator, at 610-378-2959

Multimedia exhibit on the centennial of the Reading Symphony Orchestra, a collaborative effort between The Historical Society of Berks County and the RSO, with 100 years of music celebrated with photos, programs, and music. Included with the display is a multi-media presentation consisting of rare views and recorded music from the symphony. The exhibit will close May 11.

250th anniversary of Reading Public Library

In conjunction with the Reading Public Library, the Historical Society of Berks County presents a display on the 250th anniversary of Reading Public Library consisting of rarely seen images and documents. The exhibit will be open until June 1.

Feb. 28

Board of Trustees Meeting

7 p.m. at Brandywine Community Library, meeting room. This meeting is open to the public.

March 2

Seed Starting and Plant Propagation Workshop

12 to 2 p.m. at Rodale Institute, 611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown. Cost per person and pre-registration is required. Register at or by calling 610-683-1400.

March 4

CONCERN Info Session

6 to 8 p.m. CONCERN: Professional Services for Children, Youth and Families will hold an informational meeting for prospective foster parents. To attend, call 610-944-0445. Visit

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

March 5

Flower Show Bus Trip

Kutztown Community Library bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show on March 5. Lunch will be at Elephant & Castle. Elephant & Castle is an English pub. Philadelphia Flower Show The 2013 theme is Brilliant. Major exhibits will explore Britains heritage and culture, from Royal events to the Mad Hatters Tea Party, Londons foggy climate to sunny cottage gardens. Other exhibits will be inspired by both the historical and contemporary landscapes and floral designs of Great Britain. Cost per person includes bus fare, lunch, admission and all tips. Trip limited to 52 attendees. Call 610-683-5820. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kutztown Community Library.

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 are welcome to bring an adult to the library to sing songs and listen to stories. March 5- Yipes Its Stripes!

March 6

Small Business Legal Hour. noon at Simmeria Cafe in Fleetwood. Attorney James Sher will speak on Corporate Records - The Importance of the Corporate Meeting. Sher will explain why business owners must follow and document the requirements of corporate law to ensure that the corporation provides the protections and benefits they depend upon. Free lunch. Q & A to address any small business legal concerns you may have. Bring your questions. RSVP March 1. Call Karah to register at 610-683-0771 or email

Preschool Story Time. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Brandywine Community Library.

For preschoolers, themed stories, rhymes, songs and a craft, bring an adult to assist in the events.

Toddler Time. 11:30 a.m. to noon at Brandywine Community Library. A weekly story time for toddlers 18 36 months (firm afoot when walking) and their adult caregiver. This pattern of short stories, songs, and rhymes with movement is for toddlers.

Family Story Time. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Brandywine Community Library. Family-friendly stories, songs, rhymes, and crafts. No age restrictions or sign up sheets. Tonights topic is: Birthdays

March 8

Linda Russell performs. Kutztown Folk Music concert at 8 p.m. at St. Johns U.C.C. in Kutztown. From New York City, Russell performs historical and esoteric folk songs. For more info and tickets visit All shows have an admission price.

March 9

Getting to Know Authors. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Brandywine Community Library. Miss Jenny invites older preschoolers and elementary-age kids to join her as they get to know their favorite authors through reading their books and doing a craft. Today, Pat Cummings.

Brandywine Heights Music Department presents 9th annual Music In Our Schools concert and pot pie dinner at the Brandywine Heights High School. The snow date is Sunday, March 10. This event is a district-wide showcase of students musical talent. It gives the audience the opportunity to witness the musical growth of the students as they advance from grade 4 through their senior year of high school. Dinner will be served from 3:30 6:30 p.m., and musical performances will begin at 4:30 p.m. Minimal cost. Children under age 4 are free. To learn more, or to purchase tickets for the concert and the pot pie meal, contact Keith Abrahamson at

Passport Day event

10 a.m. to 3 Kutztown Community Library, to provide passport information to U.S. Citizens and to accept passport applications. The Library is joining the Department of State in celebrating Passport Day in the USA, a national passport acceptance and outreach event.Information on the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 877-487-2778. To successfully process a first-time passport application, you will need a State-issued birth certificate with a raised seal listing your parents names, valid drivers license, passport photograph, two checks per application, and the unsigned application completed in black ink without the use of correction fluid. If you have had a previous passport, call the Library or check at for renewal procedures. All applicants, including children, must be present when applying for a passport. Children under 16 must have both parents present and those ages 16 to 17 must have one parent present. Tere is a four to six weeks processing time for a passport. Expedited service can be requested for an additional fee, passport will arrive in two to three weeks. If you are traveling in less than 14 days, contact the National Passport Information Center.Call the Kutztown Community Library at 610-683-5820 to confirm you have the necessary documents and to schedule an appointment. Passport agents will make every effort to accommodate walk-ins on March 9 but cannot guarantee processing your application without an appointment. In addition to Passport Day in the USA event, the Library has regular passport appointment hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10:30 to 6:30, Thursday and Friday 10:30 to 4, and Saturday 11:30 to 2:30. Kutztown Community Library is located at 70 Bieber Alley in Kutztown.

March 16

Family-Style Chicken And Pot Pie Dinner

3 to 7 p.m. at Maidencreek Church, 261 Main St., Blandon. Donation to attend. Free for children under 6. Take-outs available.

March 17

All That Jazz

2 p.m. at Kutztown High School. Presented by Rajah Shrine Chanters. Features The Rob Stoneback Big Band, soloist Stephanie Allen, Kutztown High School Jazz Choir, Hamburg Community Concert Choir and Rajah Chanters. Tickets on sale at Ruths Dress Shop and Dietrichs Mens Shop in Hamburg, and Mr. Food in Kutztown. Or call 610-926-0872.

March 20

Healthy Eating on a Budget. 6:30 p.m. at Fleetwood Public Library, 110 W. Arch St., Fleetwood, 610-944-0146

March 21

Kutztown Area Garden Club

7 p.m. at Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown. Guest Speaker Todd Underwood

March 23

Easter on the Farm

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at KU. Easter traditions, quilting, felting, blacksmith, beer-making demonstrations. Egg hunts, kids activities & basket-making, animals.,, or 610-683-1589.

April 6

11th Annual Juried Spring Craft Festival. Reading-Berks Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen host 11th Annual Juried Spring Fine Arts and Craft Festival in Keystone Hall, Kutztown University, on April 6 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and April 7 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Presented in partnership with the Pa German Scholarship Studies, the Pa German Cultural Heritage Center in Kutztown and KU, whose art students also will exhibit their work. Guild member arts and crafts include wood turning, shaker boxes, braided and penny rugs, schnerenschnitte paper cuttings, folk art, theorem painting, country furniture, calligraphy, basketry, tinsmithing, redware, block printing, quilting, wheat weaving, painted beeswax, hand-hammered aluminum, felted wool and metal yard art, ceramics, glass, jewelry, dried florals, wearable art, photography and fine artwork. Refreshments, live music and door prizes. Free and handicapped parking. Admission is $4; children under 12 free. Proceeds benefit Guilds educational programs.

The Relay For Life of Kutztown. Needs volunteers. To become involved or to learn more, call 610-921-2329 ext 3011 or email