Southern Berks events

Wednesday, March 27


Chit Chat Sit and Knit will be at the Exeter Community Library 6:30 - 8:15 p.m. Join the group of knitters that meet at Exeter Library from beginner to experienced all meet together and knit and chat the night away. Knitting help is available from advanced knitters that attend. Bring your own materials to knit. Free and open to the public. Sign up sheet available at adult programming table in library or by calling 610-406-9431.

Saturday, March 30


Miller-Keystone Blood Drive 9 a.m. to noon at American Legion Post 626 and Veterans of Foreign War Post 411 in Birdsboro. Donors can call 1-800-223-6667 to register.


Saturday, March 30


The Alpha/Omega Players auditions for a Tony Award winning Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical in the Alpha/Omega Performing Arts Center, 301 E. First Street, Birdsboro. Strong singer/dancers are needed along with strong singers that can move. Auditions are held at 11 a.m. and open to anyone ages 13 and up. All those auditioning should be prepared for a dance/movement audition.

There is no audition fee and no prepared audition is needed. Production dates are August 2 - 4, and August 9 - 11. For more information, contact the Players at 610-404-4849 or at or by visiting


Thursday, April 4


Pot Pie & Soup Sale at Joanna Furnace: Order Hay Creeks famous Chicken Pot Pie or try one of our new favorites Ham Pot Pie or Italian Wedding Soup. Order deadline: Thursday, March 28. Call Hay Creek Valley Historical Association at 610-286-0388 to order.


Governor Mifflin Education Center will have K-registration from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. On-site registration is by appointment only. Call Lisa Negri at 610-775-1461 ext. 1105 to schedule an appointment.

Saturday, April 6


The MOMS Club of Exeter is a non-profit support group for parents in the Exeter and Mt. Penn areas from 7 a.m. - noon. Gently used infant and childrens clothing, toys, gear, and accessories. Bake sale too! Sale proceeds benefit March of Dimes. MOMS Club of Exeter at Reformation Lutheran Church 3670 Perkiomen Ave., Reading. For more information email:


Mifflin Community Library will have A Very Fairy Presentation 1 - 2 p.m. Fairy Believer, Marcia Fehl, will show how to make a fairy garden and talk about fairy lore. Perhaps youll get a fairy name and a chance to write a letter to a fairy. To register call 610-777-3911.

Sunday, April 7


The Friends of Nolde have open house at NoldeForest Mansion from 1 - 4 p.m. Watch a DVD on the history of the forest and the Nolde family.

At 2 p.m. Dr. Plucinsky will talk about eagles. Any questions call 610-404-2136.

Tuesday, April 9


The Exeter Community Library, 4569 Prestwick Dr., Reading, will have a contemporary movie night at 6:30 p.m. where they will be showing the Academy Award Winning Film Lincoln, starring Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field.


The Mifflin Community Library. 6 Philadelphia Ave., Shillington, will hold a Read to Bean event at 4 p.m., where residents can come to read to Bean, a therapy dog. Research shows that reading to therapy dogs improves literacy skills, self-confidence, self-esteem and participation in other activities. To register call 610-777-3911.

Wednesday, April 10


Exeter Township School District senior citizens are invited to a free breakfast and dress rehearsal presentation of the Senior High Musical Carnival. Carnival was originally produced on Broadway in 1961, with the book by Michael Stewart and music and lyrics by Bob Merrill.

Breakfast will be served in the SHS cafeteria starting at 8:15 a.m. and the musical will begin in the auditorium at 9 a.m. To reserve a seat for breakfast and/or obtain a Senior Citizen Courtesy Card, telephone 610-779-0700 ext. 1001 no later than April 5. Reservations are ONLY NEEDED for district residents (Exeter Township and St. Lawrence Borough) who want to attend the breakfast. Non-resident senior citizens are cordially invited to attend the show at 9 a.m. and reservations are not necessary.


Safe Routes Berks and Berks County Intermediate Unit will be holding Walking for Lifelong Health, Skills and Safety, a one-day professional development experience for K - 8 grade educators. This professional development training is comprised of a 6 hour tutorial on pedestrian skills and safety lessons including getting on and off of a school bus safely. Participants will begin the day at the BCIU and then be transported to a local elementary school for the outdoor walking training. The program will be held 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the BCIU Main Office, 1111 Commons Blvd., Reading. This is an outdoor workshop; dont forget a school issued laptop, walking shoes and to dress for the weather. Register at

Friday, April 12, Saturday April 13


Berks Catholic High School is proud to announce that its 2nd Annual Spring Musical Production of Disneys Beauty and the Beast. Performances will be held 7 p.m. April 12th and 1, 7 p.m. April 13th in the Franco-Post Auditorium on the campus of Berks Catholic High School. Be Our Guest for a Meet & Greet the Characters at 11:30am the morning of the Matinee.Purchase you personal autograph book for Belle, the Beast and the rest of the cast to sign.

Concessions of hot dogs, pizza, chips, & drinks will be available for purchase.General Admission Only. No pre-sale tickets. Cost is $10 Adult, $8 Sr. Citizen, $6 Student

Held at Berks Catholic High School, 955 E. Wyomissing Blvd., Reading. Come and join the delightful cast in this Magical Musical Spectacular!

Sunday, April 14


A Historic Quilt Exhibit will be held at the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, 2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Visitors may view some of the many patterns and fabrics that were used in quilts of the past. The exhibit is great to learn about the art of quilting.


The Exeter Community Concert Band will perform a musical tribute in jazz to honor to work of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The tribute will begin at 2 p.m. at the Park Visitor Center at the Hopewell Furnace.

Saturday, April 20


Birdsboro Lions Club ham dinner 4 - 7 p.m. at the Birdsboro Masonic Lodge on Washington St., Birdsboro. $9.00 for Adults; $4.00 for Children. Take out are available.

Wednesday, April 24


The Exeter Community Library is excited to announce that the adventurous childrens book character Ladybug Girl will be visiting us for a Sleepytime at 7 p.m. Meet her at The Exeter Community Library and participate in storytelling, songs, and rhymes. Everyone can get their picture taken with Ladybug Girl and door prizes will be given to a few lucky winners. Make sure to wear your pajamas as you sit back, relax, and listen to stories by the husband and wife team, David Soman and Jacky Davis. Registration is not required for this event, and it is open to all ages.

Wednesday, April 27


Boy Scout Troop 597, from Amityville, car show and carnival event will be held 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Daniel Boone Middle School, 1845 Weavertown Rd., Douglassville.


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:

Schwarzwald United Church of Christ, 75 Church Lane Road, is holding its annual Homemade Easter Egg sale. Orders are taken each Wednesday through March 13, with pick-up on Thursdays. Choice of Peanut Butter, Coconut Cream or mixed. For cost or additional information: 610-779-0850 or e-mail

The Historical Society of Berks County, 940 Centre Ave., Reading presents a display on the 250th Anniversary of the Reading Public Library consisting of rarely seen images and documents. Exhibit thru June 1, 2013. Open Tuesday Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information: 610-375-4375 or

Welcome Returning Catholics

St. Benedicts Parish Welcoming Returning Catholics with Landings for those who have not been attending Mass for months or years- but now want to come back, youre invited. Friendly listening ears and welcoming hearts are waiting to hear your story. Winter session started Jan. 8, 2013, 7 p.m. in the Rectory meeting room. Call Robin Ball 610-856-1402 or Parish Office 610-856-1006 or email


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; 940 Centre Ave., Reading. For information: 610-375-4375 or visit

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


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!

Tickets are $7. $1 per ticket is donated to The Childrens Home of Reading. 717-721-1750