Calendar of Events

Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18

Exeter Parks and Recreation and the Exeter School District is hosting its May Days festival from 3 - 10 p.m. at Exeter High School. The festival will have carnival rides, games and live entertainment. The Exeter HS Marching Band will be performing before the fireworks on Saturday at 9 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the APTs of all the Exeter schools, and a host of other non-profit agencies in the township.

Saturday, May 18

AMERICAN GIRL EVENT

Chick-fil-A at Exeter Commons will host a special American Girl Doll event on the Exeter Community Library. Two sessions are planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Tickets for each session are limited.

MEET AND GREET

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.

READING RAILROAD

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 childrens 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.

MUSTER DAY

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 info@historicpreservationtrust.org. Day of event: tickets by cash or check at the Food Ticket Tents while provisions last.

BREAKFAST BUFFET

The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association will be holding its monthly Breakfast Buffet from 7 to 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.

Sunday, May 19

AMITY HERITAGE SOCIETY

Please join us at our next public meeting on May 19th at 1:30 p.m. at the Fairview Chapel, 6490 Perkiomen Ave, Birdsboro. We are excited to announce our guest speaker is Dan Graham, who will present a biographical sketch on William Bird including his influence on the early Berks County iron industry.

Saturday, May 25

5K AND 1 MILE FUN WALK

The Daniel Boone Homestead will host the Daniel Boone Dash 5K & 1 Mile Fun Walk. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the DeTurk Education Center yard. The fun walk will begin at approximately 9:15 a.m. The race is a cross country course starting and ending at the entrance to the Daniel Boone Homestead. Runners will park in the DeTurk Education Center parking lot on your right after entering the property or the Wayside Lodge parking lot on your left after entering the property.

Entry fee must be postmarked by May 11th, after May 11th entry fee including day of race. T-Shirts guaranteed to all 5K participants that sign up prior to May 11th. Optional online registration available at www.pretzelcitysports.com

If you would like more information or would like to make a donation, please contact the Daniel Boone Homestead at 610-582-4900.

Saturday, June 1

FLEA MARKET

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 www.bdhhs.org.

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.

Ongoing

BIKE POTTSTOWN

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.

SINGERS

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: maryphillips@ptd.net.

RARE DOCUMENTS

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 www.berkshistory.org.

CALLING FOR VOLUNTEERS

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. 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 Robinbal@dejazzd.com.

FIRST TO SERVE: BERKS COUNTY AND THE PATH TO CIVIL WAR

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 berkshistory.org.

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 admin@hopechurchamity.org.

BERKS COUNTYS BEST KEPT SECRETS TOUR June 14 to June 29

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!

A portion of the tickets will be donated to The Childrens Home of Reading. 717-721-1750 bestkeptsecretstour.com

PICTURE-PERFECT PROM INSTAGRAM CONTEST

Olive Garden is hosting its Picture-Perfect Prom photo-sharing contest on Instagram with a weekly grand prize of a prepaid credit card. Every week of the contest, Olive Garden will also give away five restaurant e-gift cards. Guests can enter now through May 14 by sharing their prom-themed photos on Instagram with #OGProm.

PROM COUPLES

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. Whats 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.

P.M.M.C. Breast Cancer Support Group Bosom Buddies Relay For Life Donated Items FundraiserWant a chance to win one of 91 prizes? Prizes include a Pandora bracelet, massages, gift certificates to local restaurants, 4 cash prizes, etc.

Tickets can be purchased during the month of May at Jerrys Chicken near Norco Fire Company, Mazzas Bar & Grill on Farmington Ave. in Pottstown or Specks Drive-In in Collegeville. You can also purchase them at the Pottstown Relay For Life on June 1st at Pottsgrove High School. Drawing will be June 2nd at 8:30 a.m. You dont need to be present to win. All the proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society.