Thursday, April 4


Pot Pie & Soup Sale at Joanna Furnace: Order Hay Creek’s 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.



State Sen. Judy Schwank will hold a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. for residents of Exeter Township and surrounding communities in the Community Room of the Exeter Community Library, 4569 Prestwick Drive, Exeter.


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.


Friday, April 5


Performances of “Godspell” are held at the Alpha/Omega Playhouse, 301 E. First St., Birdsboro, 8 p.m. April 5, 6, 12, 13 and 3 p.m. April 7, 14. Adults $22, Children 12 and under $15. For ticket reservations call 610-404-4844.

Saturday, April 6


Birdsboro Contra Dance offers contra dancing on from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Birdsboro Community Memorial Center, 201 E. Main St. in Birdsboro. Beginner instruction at 7 p.m. Caller is Sue DuPre with music by Corachree. Admission $9 for adults, $6 students/seniors. Wear soft-soled shoes.



A Health & Wellness Expo will be held at the Daniel Boone Middle School in Douglassville, hosted by Representative David M. Maloney. The emphasis is on healthy living, fitness, exercise, active lifestyle and recreation. There will be something for everyone including an appearance by “Slapshot” the Reading Royals mascot. For information or to be an exhibitor, please contact 610-385-0704.


Country Meadows of Wyomissing will host an informational session 2 p.m. in the Library Building I, 1800 Tulpehocken Road, Wyomissing (Close to Rtes. 422 & 222) for wartime veterans and their dependents about the Aid and Attendance Pension available through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

To register or for more information, call 610.374.3122. Seating is limited.


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 children’s 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 you’ll get a fairy name and a chance to write a letter to a fairy. To register call 610-777-3911.


A history walk will be led by Charles Miller of Amity Heritage Society 10 a.m. at Monocacy Hill Recreation Area. Walk starts from Monocacy Hill parking lot on Geiger Road in Douglassville. See foundations of the past, talk about the way the forests were used and the people who once lived there. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. All activities are weather permitting.

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.


Come out to the Monocacy Hill Recreation Area for a Wildflower Walk at 1:30 p.m. Walk starts from Monocacy Hill parking lot on Geiger Road in Douglassville. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. All activities are weather permitting.

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.


Miller-Keystone Blood Center Drive to be held at the Zion Mennonite Church, 582 Zion Road, Birdsboro, from 4 - 7 p.m. Donors can call 800-223-6667 to schedule a donation or visit our website


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; don’t forget a school issued laptop, walking shoes and to dress for the weather. Register at

Thursday, April 11


Miller-Keystone Blood Center Drive to be held at the Daniel Boone High School, 501 Chester St., Birdsboro, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Donors can call 800-223-6667 to schedule a donation or visit our website

Friday, April 12, Saturday April 13


Berks Catholic High School is proud to announce that its 2nd Annual Spring Musical Production of Disney’s 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 11:30 a.m. 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!

Saturday, April 13


The Amity Township Athletic Club, Inc, 55 Amity Park Road, Birdsboro, will be holding a Krispy Kreme donut sale 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Cost: $8.00 per dozen, glazed only

Proceeds benefit Amity AC Athletic Programs for area youth


Daniel Boone High School’s Relay for Life will host a car wash at Daniel Boone Middle School, 1845 Weavertown Road, Douglassville, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This year the school’s theme is “Lights, Camera, RELAY!”

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.


Come out to the Monocacy Hill Recreation Area for a Fitness Hike at 1:30 p.m. Walk starts from Monocacy Hill parking lot on Geiger Road in Douglassville. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. All activities are weather permitting.


Daniel Boone High School’s Relay for Life will host “Set the Night on Fire” at the Amity Township Pavilion 7 - 8 p.m.

Raindate for the event is set for April 21. This year the school’s theme is “Lights, Camera, RELAY!”

Monday, April 16


Faculty and students have organized a screening of the award-winning film, “Switch,” to facilitate a practical discussion on the energy issues that drive our world. Event to be held in Boehm Science Center, Room 261, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, 15200 Kutztown Road, Kutztown. “Switch” will screen at 250 universities across the country as part of the GSA Switch Energy Awareness & Efficiency Program, which also includes a campus ambassador program and efficiency drive.

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.


The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association will be holding its monthly Breakfast Buffet, 7 - 11 a.m. at Historic Joanna Furnace 3 miles north of Morgantown on Rt. 10. Buffet includes ham, fresh country sausage, bacon, scrapple, creamed chipped beef, pancakes, waffles, scrambled eggs, hash browns, fruit, and beverages.

Flea market vendors are also welcome to set-up at the event. For information call 610-286-0388.


The Shillington Lions Club will be hosting an All You Can Eat Breakfast at the Grace Evangelical Luthern Church, 30 Liberty Street, Shillington from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Cost is $7.00 and $4.00 for Children. Proceeds benefit Lions charities. Contact Todd for more information 610.777.5173

Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21


“Grape to Plate” wine & gourmet food pairing event weekend is a self-guided tour of all 8 Berks County Wine Trail wineries.

Manatawny Creek Winery, Douglassville, will be pairing their Soleil Wine, made from Cayuga and Seyval Blanc grapes with a dish created with Soleil Wine, braised pork with onion jam. Seyval Blanc has origins in England and has become popular to grow in the North East including Berks County. Cayuga is a cousin of Seyval, was created by the viticultural department at Cornell. Event takes place noon - 5 p.m.


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. Benedict’s Parish Welcoming Returning Catholics with “Landings” – for those who have not been attending Mass for months or years- but now want to come back, you’re 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 UMC’s 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, you’ll 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.

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