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Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Thursday, May 9
The Birdsboro Rotary Club will be hosting its 54th annual Scholastic Achievement Banquet honoring the top ten students in this year’s graduating class at Daniel Boone. Invited guests include the students and their parents along with district and high school administrators. Rotarians will also be in attendance as will a guest speaker. The event will be held at The Reading Country Club with guests arriving at 6 p.m. Introductions and dinner begin at 6:30 followed by the guest speaker. The students will then be recognized for their high school accomplishments and post graduation plans.
Exeter Township School District senior citizens are invited to a free continental breakfast and fourth grade musical concert at the Lorane Elementary School, 699 Rittenhouse Drive. The continental breakfast will be served in the cafeteria starting at 9:15 a.m. and the concert will begin at 9:45 a.m. To reserve a seat or for more information, telephone 610-582-8608 (ext. 4000) no later than May 6.
Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11
Penn State Master Gardeners of Berks County will hold their spring plant sale noon - 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday at the Berks County Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Road, Bern Township. Event will occur rain or shine.
Friday, May 10
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1035 Old River Rd., Gibraltrar, will host a Baked Ham Dinner 4:30 - 7 p.m. Adults $10, Children 4 - 12 $4.25; toddlers are free. Profits will fund unbudgeted projects at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Saturday, May 11
The Schuylkill River Heritage Area will host five Pedal and Paddle event.
The Pedal and Paddles will be held monthly on Saturday’s from May through September, with the first event planned for Saturday, May 11. The others will be held on June 22, July 20, August 17 and September 7. Hours for all events are from 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lunch, bikes, kayaks and all kayaking gear will be provided. Cost of the trip is $25 per person. Must be 16 or older to participate. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.
To register for any of the above events, call the Schuylkill River Heritage Area at 484-945-0200 or email with your name, address and phone number. Please register by May 6 for the May 11 Pedal and Paddle. All other registrations due one week before event.
Zerns Farmers Market will be having a Mother’s Day Gift Give-Away Celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. in Center Court. Johnny Cash Barnett will be joining in the festivities playing country and rock songs on his guitar. Bingo on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 5 p.m. Free parking and admission. Everyone is welcome. Zerns Farmers Market, 1100 E. Philadelphia Avenue, Gilbertsville. 610-367-2461.
Sunday, May 12
The Hopewell Furnace, 2 Mark Bird Ln Elverson, will have a sheep sheering day from noon - 4 p.m. The furnace community that created iron products also managed the households and ran the farms necessary to sustain the population. This event celebrates the self-sufficiency of an iron-making village. Discover the role domestic animals played in village life.
Saturday, May 18
The Daniel Boone Taxpayer Activists will hold a “Meet and Greet Your School Board Candidates” event in the Community Room of the Keystone Villa, 1180 Ben Franklin Highway East, Douglassville, from 10 a.m. to noon. Light refreshments will be served.
The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum will celebrate its 5th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 500 South Third Street, Hamburg. The event will celebrate the “Treasures of the Reading Railroad”. Admission is free. Activities include a children’s treasure hunt, museum exhibit: “Members’ Treasures”, demonstrations, equipment tours, and more. Street train rides and food will be available. Rain date is Sunday, May 19, 2013 from noon to 5 p.m.
The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum is the educational arm of the Reading Company Technical and Historical Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Reading Railroad. The Museum was opened in 2008 and houses Reading Railroad locomotives, railroad artifacts, archival materials, and museum exhibits.
Historic Preservation Trust of Berks Co., will have Muster Day at Morlatton Village, 31 Old Philadelphia Pike, Douglassville. Lunch will be served form 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Food & drink sold by tickets only
Advance ticket orders: available by check or PayPal. Call 610-385-4762 or email Day of event: tickets by cash or check at the Food Ticket Tents while provisions last.
Saturday, June 1
Berks Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, 2045 Centre Ave, Reading, will be holding our 1st Annual Flea Market 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at BDHHS. Parking is available at next door at the BCIU.
Antiques, jewelry, collectibles, household items, baked goods and much more. For more information 610-685-4520 or visit their website
Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2
The Hopewell Furnace, 2 Mark Bird Ln Elverson, will host “The Home Front, Hopewell 1863.” Residents of Hopewell supported the Union troops both through the production of pig iron and by supplying more domestic materials for the war effort.
Bike Pottstown has been lending out its signature yellow cruisers for recreation and transportation for five years now. The Schuylkill River Heritage Area, which runs the popular free bike share program, wants to encourage more people to use the bikes. Beginning May 1, any first time user will receive a free Bike Pottstown water bottle. Anyone using the bikes 10 times between May 1 and September 30 will receive a free backpack. Bikes are available at Tri County Bicycles on 256 High St., which now has a total of 40 Bike Pottstown bikes. The Schuylkill River Heritage Area also has a limited number of bikes available at 140 College Dr. Call 484-945-0200 for information.
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:
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
Berks County Association for the Blind needs volunteer drivers to take clients to special programs and events. You can sign up for as many days as you want to. Your help is needed as the Blind Association continues to enrich the lives of the visually impaired in Berks County. Contact Lori Schermerhorn at 610-375-6467, extension 12.
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. You’ll be delighted by what you find tucked away in the countryside!
Tickets are $7. $1 per ticket is donated to The Children’s Home of Reading. 717-721-1750
Olive Garden is hosting its Picture-Perfect Prom photo-sharing contest on Instagram with a weekly grand prize of a $500 prepaid credit card. Every week of the contest, Olive Garden will also give away five restaurant e-gift cards each valued at $50. Guests can enter now through May 14 by sharing their prom-themed photos on Instagram with #OGProm.
Free Dessert for Prom Couples: From dresses to tuxedoes plus limousines and more, prom expenses can amount to several hundreds of dollars. At Olive Garden, prom goers can expect a great meal at an affordable price. What’s more, now through June 2nd, every couple who dines at Olive Garden for their pre-prom dinner, dresses for the big event, and mentions “prom” will receive dessert on the house.