Jazz at KU
7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 for refreshments at KU’s McFarland Student Union, Ursa Minor’s Café. Jazz percussionist Babatunde Lea brings his soul-pounding world beat to kick off the start of Berks Jazz Fest. Tickets, clips, previews at www.KutztownPresents.org. Tickets also sold at the door one hour before show.
Kutztown Grange hosts annual Open House Community Night
7:30 p.m. at Kutztown Grange Hall, Kemp Street and James Alley in Kutztown. The entertainment for the evening is Conlan Kerschner, a local banjo player. This event is free and open to the public.
Kutztown First Friday event series April through October. The Kutztown Community Partnership presents a seasonal monthly celebration of arts and culture in Downtown Kutztown, kicking off April 5, from 5-8 p.m. Shops and community spaces partner with local artists and groups to offer special late night hours and entertainment. Visit keepinitkutztown.com for a schedule of events that will include pop-up galleries, live music, and special deals.
April 5th’s Schedule includes:
Affordable Arts show at the Independent Space 7 to 9 p.m.: poetry open mic, complimentary wine, and live music.
Happy Hour at Kutztown Tavern, Vynecrest on Main, and Basin Street Hotel 4 to 6 p.m. and at Kutztown Pub 5 to 7 p.m.
Casino Night at Dunkelbergers 6 to 8 p.m.
Family Game Night at the Kutztown Community Library 5 to 8 p.m.
Live unplugged musical performance at Global Libations 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. by Lauren Cook and Becky Latchford.
The Optimist Club of Kutztown’s 23rd annual Fools’ Run Scholarship Races. 10-mile and 5k races and a ½ mile Kids Fun Run and a ½ mile family walk/run. Proceeds from the event will help fund college scholarships for students of the Kutztown, Fleetwood and Brandywine Area School Districts. The 10-mile race begins at 9 a.m. near the Kutztown Fairgrounds. Registration fee to race. Registration for the ½ mile Fun Run and Family Run/Walk is minimal fee per person. The first 50 kids registered will receive a finisher’s medal. Additional information regarding registration, course map and description, race guidelines, prizes, directions, and sponsorship information at http://www.kutztownfoolsrun.com.
Albany-Greenwich PTO Community Yard Sale
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Greenwich Elementary School, 1457 Krumsville Road/ Route 737 Lenhartsville. Rain date April 13. To reserve a space contact Jen Kunkle- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brandywine Heights High School Art Club presents “Circus Under the Big Top” The Greatest Fashion Show on Earth. at the Brandywine Heights High School. PreShow at 5:30 includes Carnival Games and Food, Photobooth & Much More. Show starts at 7 p.m. Early purchase of tickets highly recommended. For tickets call Suzanne Oswald at 610-682-5102 or email email@example.com.
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. Refreshments, live music and door prizes. Free and handicapped parking. Admission fee; children under 12 free. Proceeds benefit Guild’s educational programs. www.rbcrafts.org
Health & Wellness Expo
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Daniel Boone Middle School. Rep. David Maloney hosts expo with emphasis on healthy living, fitness, exercise, active lifestyle and recreation, and an appearance by “Slapshot” the Reading Royals mascot. For information or to be an exhibitor, call 610-385-0704.
Informational session for Veterans
2 p.m. at Country Meadows of Wyomissing. For wartime veterans and their dependents about the Aid and Attendance Pension available through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. To register, call 610-374-3122. Seating limited.
Tulpehocken Creek Valley Geo-Trail Tour.
10 a.m. at Blue Marsh Lake, Visitors Area. Family Fun Day at Blue Marsh Lake, with a mini-tour of the Tulpehocken Creek Valley Geo-Trail, and improve Geocaching skills. . Wear comfortable shoes. Presented by Berks County Parks & Recreation. 610-374-2944 or visit www.countyofberks.com/parks.
Parenting for Prevention Evening Workshop
6:30-8 p.m. at Brandywine Heights High School Auditorium, 103 Old Topton Road, Mertztown. Discussion led by Caron Treatment Centers to help parents gain insight into the scope of the problem and what they can do to help students make positive choices. This is a parent only event.
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. All About Yellow.
Free talk on “Preparing for National Healthcare Decisions Day”
6 p.m. at St. Joseph Medical Center’s Bern Township campus. Focus on Advance Directives, set of written instructions that a person gives that specify what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions due to illness or incapacity. Pre-register at 610-378-2553. Event aligned with 6th Annual Health Care Decision Day on April 16 to inspire, educate and empower the public and health providers about the importance of advance care planning. More information at www.nhdd.org. On April 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Joseph staff will help the public to prepare advance directives as part of NHDD. Service is free. Additional information, call Sr. Rose Dvorak at 610-378-2297.
Jazz ensemble, Gamut. 7 p.m. at Country Meadows of Wyomissing. Free. For more information or to register, call 610-374-3122. www.gamut.biz
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.
Toddler Time. 11:30 a.m. to noon at Brandywine Community Library. For toddlers 18 – 36 months and their adult caregiver. Sshort stories, songs, and rhymes with movement.
Kutztown Folk Music Society concert. 8 p.m. at St. John’s U.C.C., Kutztown. Performance by banjo player Don Sinetti from Mystic Seaport, Conn. There is a cost. Visit www.kfms.org.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
7 p.m. April 12 and 13 at Berks Catholic High School, Franco-Post Auditorium. Tickets on sale at school office or call 610–374–8361. Also April 13 Be Our Guest for a Meet & Greet the Characters at 11:30 a.m. followed by show at 1 p.m.
Reading Radio Club will host a meeting at 8 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Berks County Agricultural Center, 1238 County Welfare Road, Bern Township. Call Harry at 610-678-8976 about Amateur Radio.
Getting to Know Authors. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Brandywine Community Library. Older preschoolers and elementary-age kids get to know their favorite authors through reading their books and doing a craft. Today, James Marshall.
15th annual Children’s Literature Conference. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in the McFarland Student Union, Kutztown University. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., in MSU room 183.Conference strives to give attendees access to high quality and award winning authors. Presentations by children’s author Janet Wong, winner of the International Reading Association’s Celebrate Literacy Award; author Suzanne Fisher-Staples, Newbery Honor Medalist and winner of the American Library Association’s Best Book for the Young Adult award; author and illustrator Chris Soentpiet, winner of the Society of Illustrators’ Gold Medal and NAACP’s Image Award; and Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli, authors of “Poetry Mentor Texts: Making Reading and Writing Connections,” “Nonfiction Mentor Texts,” and “Mentor Texts.” Conference will cover a variety of topics including the integration of learning, reading, writing and personal experiences of students, and facilitating childhood literacy through the exploration of different genres. Mentor Text authors Lynn Dorfman and Rose Cappelli will emphasize the Common Core Standards on nonfiction reading materials and provide teachers and librarians an opportunity to discover how they can effectively use children’s literature across subject areas. A three hour PA KEY training certificate and five hours of Act 48 credits available for those who qualify. For more information, contact Megan Borascius at 610-683-4627 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.kuchildrenslitcon.wordpress.com.
Community Hymn Sing
2:30 p.m. at The Lutheran Home of Topton, Henry Auditorium. Featuring Dale “Country Hank” Roth, Tammy Lynn, Joyce & Ed Sturtevant. All ages welcome, no admission charge. Hosted by Light the Way Ministries, www.lightthewaypa.com.
Children’s author and illustrator Suzanne Bloom visits
1:30 p.m. in Henry Auditorium, located across parking lot from Brandywine Community Library. Free to the public. Children’s author and illustrator Suzanne Bloom will read and discuss her book “The Bus for Us” which has been chosen as Pennsylvania’s One Book, Every Young Child 2013 selection. The PA One Book program is an early reading initiative for ages 3-6. Bloom is visiting libraries throughout Pennsylvania as part of the PA One Book program. She has written or illustrated 14 children’s books. In addition to twice being awarded the PA One Book author, her books have received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Beginning Reader Honor Award, and the ALA Notable award. For more information about the event, call Brandywine Community Library at 610-682-7115.
“Founding Gardensof Penn, Washington and Jefferson.” 7:30 p.m.Albany Township Historical Society meeting at Headquarters in Trexler Village, located just outside of Kempton.Guest speaker professor Irwin Richman, a Commonwealth speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, presents a slide show on the Founding Gardens of Penn, Washington and Jefferson. A professor Emeritus of American Studies and History at Penn State,he taughtgarden history at Penn State and at Longwood Gardens. He is also a research associate with the Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster. Richman has written over 25 books and many articles and reviews. ATHS meetings free and open to public. Directions at www.albanyths.org.
Teen Zone: Minute to Win It!
6 to 7 p.m. at Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown. For grades 6-12. Complete challenges in 60 seconds or less and win prizes.
Kutztown Area Garden Club
7 p.m. at Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown. Guest Speaker Todd Underwood.
After Hours Family Movie Night.
6:30 p.m. at Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown. Enjoy a movie with the whole family. Some snacks and drinks provided, but feel free to bring your own.
Annual Pot Pie Dinner, 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Kempton Rod & Gun Club off Route 143. Proceeds benefit The Potato Project. Call 610-756-6545 for tickets. Sponsored by Friedens, New Bethel & Jerusalem Red Churches.
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. http://allentownswing.org
The 2013 Berks County Dairy Princess Pageant will be held Saturday, April 27 at the Mohrsville Church of the Brethren, 1542 Shoey Road, Mohrsville, where the 2013-14 Berks County Dairy Princess and Li’l Miss Dairy Princess will be crowned. Pageant will begin with a milk punch reception at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. and followed by the pageant at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets contact Michele at email@example.com by April 13.
Seminar to help older adults plan for care needs.
9 a.m. to noon in Deibert Hall at The Lutheran Home at Topton. A workshop for caregivers for older adults, church care-team members, clergy, and family members to assist older adults plan for their future care needs. Beth Bechtel, director of social services at The Lutheran Home, will lead the seminar. Registration deadline is April 5. For registration details, call Diakon Family Life Services at 610-682-1337 or, toll-free, at 1-888-499-2699. Details also online at www.diakon.org/fls.
Free Reading Assessment For Youth
Kutztown University’s Graduate Reading Specialist Program is offering a free reading assessment clinic for children in grades one - 11 on April 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Beekey Education Building. This is an opportunity for children who appear to have difficulty reading or take extra time to complete reading-related tasks. All testing is free and administered by certified teachers who are completing their Master of Education degree in Reading. They have taken courses in reading assessment and are supervised by faculty members in the Graduate Reading program. Children will receive three hours of free testing that will assess reading skills and strategies. Parents will be provided with a complete case report prepared by specialists trained in reading diagnosis. This report will contain specific recommendations for the further development of the child´s reading skills. To enroll e-mail Dr. Sandra Chambers at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Cathy Walkovic at email@example.com or call Emily at 610-683-4627.
Send events to The Kutztown Area Patriot at 12 South Fourth St., Hamburg, Pa., 19526; fax: 610-562-4644; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.