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Recurring Events

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.

Teen Zone for students in grades 6-12. 3rd Tuesday each month at 6 p.m.

Kutztown Community Library Hosting ESL Classes

The Kutztown Community Library will host English as a second language (ESL) classes for non-English speakers. Classes will meet twice weekly at times to be arranged.

There will be no charge for the classes, but students will be encouraged to buy their own text book, Step by Step by Stephen Molinsky and Bill Bliss, for ongoing study. The cost for each text is about $28 dollars. Financial aid is available.

Each student will be tested to determine an appropriate class level and choice of meeting times will be discussed.

Classes are taught by Emyln Jones, a retired American English teacher with over thirty-five years experience in teaching English. He has taught in high schools, private schools and a junior college. He was the former principal of Pacific Rim Language Institute in California. At this school young adults from China prepared for entrance into American Universities. For further information, you may contact Jones at 484-769-0859. Interested students may sign up by visiting or calling the Library at 610-683-5820. The Library is located at 70 Bieber Alley in Kutztown.

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.

Berks County Association for the Blind needs volunteer drivers to take clients to special programs and events. Sign up for as many days as wanted. Contact Lori Schermerhorn at 610-375-6467, ext. 12.


Every Monday and Friday

Local Foods Market. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Independent Space, Kutztown.

PA Department of Health monthly public immunization clinic. If Uninsured or Underinsured the Department of Health can help you receive vaccinations. Eligible for vaccines at LOW or NO COST if underinsured (your insurance does not cover the vaccine) or uninsured. Call Berks County State Health Center at 610-378-4377 for info or to schedule an appointment. Held 9-11 a.m. 3rd Friday of every month: June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20 at St. Paul’s U.C.C., 47 S. White Oak St., Kutztown.

May 16

The Gift of Time Brunch. 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. at Riveredge Restaurant on 2017 Berneville Road in Greenfields. Christian Women’s Club II of Reading event features Wendy Davis of the RSO. Susan Hutchinson of Newtown discusses “the gift of time.” She will share her walk through discovery, diagnosis and the challenge of an uncertain future. For reservations call Gloria at 610-777-0580.

Kutztown Women’s Connection “Feeling Good” dinner party. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Janelle’s Restaurant, 360 Fleetwood Road, Bowers. The special feature will be the Wig Lady. Local musician Debbie Hargreaves will be performing. Susan Hutchinson of Newtown discusses “the gift of time.” She will share her walk through discovery, diagnosis and the challenge of an uncertain future. For reservations call Cheryl at 610-683-7247.

May 17

Reading Radio Club meeting. 8 p.m. at Berks County Agricultural Center, 1238 County Welfare Road in Bern Twp. For more information call Harry at 610-678-8976.

May Kutztown Garden Month. Fertilizing Options 6 p.m. at Companion Plant, Kutztown.

After Hours Family Movie Night. 6:30 p.m. at Kutztown Community Library. Come enjoy a family movie. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks.

Fleetwood Area High School Vocal Groups, the Cadillacs Jazz Ensemble, and Art Show Spring Concert. 7 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

May 18

Backyard Chickens Workshop. noon to 2 Rodale Institute, 611 Siegfriedale Rd., Kutztown. Cost per person and pre-registration is required by calling 610-683-1400 or at

3rd Annual 5k and Fun Run. 9 a.m. during Topton Community Day. Brandywine Community Library race starts and ends at Brandywine Heights High School. Registration 8 to 8:50 a.m. *Optional Online Registration at

Topton Community Street Fair & Brandywine Booster Flea Market. 7 a.m. at Topton Elementary School. Lots of yard sales, outdoor flea markets all kinds of good stuff. For Vendors Information 610-698-4856.

“Treasures of the Reading Railroad” Reading Railroad Heritage Museum 5th anniversary. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 500 South Third St. in Hamburg. Admission is free. Children’s treasure hunt, museum exhibit: “Members’ Treasures”, demonstrations, equipment tours. Street train rides and food available. Rain date May 19, from noon to 5 p.m. Museum is 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. Museum opened in 2008 and houses Reading Railroad locomotives, railroad artifacts, archival materials, and museum exhibits.

Marshall Tucker Band. 7 p.m. at Kempton Music Center, 83 Community Drive Kempton. For tickets & more info visit:

May 19

Bingo Benefit

The Fleetwood Bank Relay for Life team is sponsoring a Bingo Benefit at the Kutztown Fire Company. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance or at the door. Ticket includes hot dog, soda and bag of chips. Additional refreshments will be available. There are 20 games of bingo with an extra charge for special games. Tickets available at any Fleetwood Bank Branch location or at the door. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Kutztown Community Choir brings Broadway to Trinity. 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church auditorium, Main Street, Kutztown. Opens with instrumental prelude by a wind quintet playing “Anything Goes” from the 1934 Cole Porter musical of the same name and the popular “Jersey Bounce” of the 1940s. Kutztown Community Choir, directed by J. Richard Wagner and accompanied by pianist Greta (Luckenbill) Ertel, guitarist Carl Zeplin, and percussionist Jonathan Quier, will then present a program of choral music from the 1940s through the current shows on Broadway, including The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, South Pacific, The King and I, State Fair, You’ll Never Walk Alone, The Phantom Of The Opera, and Les Misérables. Mini art show by Joanne Lapic’s Art in the Afternoon class at Trinity. No admission charge, but an offering will be received for choir’s music fund.

KASD Elementary Spring Carnival. 1 to 5 p.m. at Kutztown Fairgrounds.

Basket Rafe, Games,

Moonbounce, Bungee Run,

Trackless Train, Rockwall,

Prizes, Sweet Walk,

Optimist Cook out,

Virginville Grange Funnel Cakes,

Lions Club Dutch Fries,

Momma’s Delite Pizza,

Star Wars Characters and much more!

Kutztown Fairgrounds

Hope to see you there!

On Stage:

1:00-1:20 – Elementary Chorus

1:20-2:20 – Marilyn’s Dance

2:20-2:50 – KATCH

3:00-3:30 – ElementaryBand

3:30-4:30 – KAMS Jazz Band

4:30-5:00 – KAMS Pop Group

Sunday May 19, 2013

1:00pm – 5:00pm

KASD Elementary




Rain or


May 20

‘Cooking with the Wood Stove’ 7:30 p.m. Albany Township Historical Society meeting at Headquarters, 404 Old Philly Pike in Kempton. Guest speaker is Terry Berger who will do a slide show on old time “wood” cooking stoves. Terry is a dedicated volunteer in the Summer Kitchen Booth at the Annual Kutztown Folk Festival, where he masters at preparing hot meals using the old wood stove. In his home life Terry also cooks with a wood stove and has perfected the art. This presentation is a good primer for all to enjoy as ATHS volunteers prepare to operate the Summer Kitchen at this year’s Folk Festival. Free and open to general public. Visit for directions.

Fleetwood Neighborhood Watch. 7 p.m. at Saint Paul’s UCC Church on Arch Street, Fleetwood in the social room. Join us for guest speaker David DeJuliis, retired Delaware State Trooper and Chief insurance Investigator for Liberty Mutual.

May 21

Teen Zone. 6 p.m. at Kutztown Community Library for grades 6-12. Recycled Art - turn old newspapers and plastic bottles into something new and useful.

Baby Lapsit. 10:30 to 11 a.m. at Brandywine Community Library. Stories, rhymes and songs. Each child needs adult. No accommodation for siblings.

StoryRiders. 11 a.m. to noon at Brandywine Community Library. Preschoolers sing songs and listen to stories.

May 22

Preschool Story Time. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Brandywine Community Library. Themed stories, rhymes, songs and craft.

Toddler Time. 11:30 a.m. to noon at Brandywine Community Library. For toddlers 18 to 36 months, short stories, songs and rhymes with movement.

May 23

Fleetwood Area High School Bands and Orchestras and Art Show Spring Concert. 7 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

Board of Trustees Meeting. 7 to 8 p.m. at Brandywine Community Library. Open to public.

May 24

Happy Hour & Tapas. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Blair Vineyard, Kutztown.

Free movie. 8 p.m. in the Gring’s Mill amphitheatre. Movie presented by the 7th Masonic District of West Reading. Free popcorn provided by the Rajah Shriners. Can bring own snacks. Bring chairs and blankets. Both admission and parking free.

May 25

Library Closed. Brandywine Community Library closed due to Memorial Day holiday on May 25 and 27.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Fleetwood, bake sale at Kutztown Auto on Saturday May 25. All proceeds will go to Relay for Life.

Horse Show. 5 p.m. at Good Fellowshup Riding Club, 724 Moaocacy Creek Rd., Birdsboro. A negitve coggins is required. More info at

May 26

The Performing Arts in the Parks. Series opens with The Ringgold Band performing patriotic tunes at 6 p.m. at the Berks County Heritage Center, off Route 183, in Bern Township. Bring chairs, picnic blankets and a picnic supper.

The Performing Arts in the Parks features a performance every other Sunday, May 26 through Aug. 18, with the following Sunday always reserved as a rain date. The performances are held throughout the county to make them accessible to all Berks residents.

Christopher Dean Band is June 9, 6 p.m. at Gring’s Mill off Tulpehocken Road in Spring Township. The band is a standout blues and soul band based in the central New Jersey area.

Other performances, dates and places for this summer’s concerts are: Haley Sheeler, June 23, Kaercher Creek Park, Hamburg; Randy McAllister, July 7, Berks County Heritage Center; Rob Diener and Anomaly, July 21, Gring’s Mill; Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” Aug. 2 through 4, Gring’s Mill; Pre-concert dance workshop and Let’s Dance! The Orchestra (Big Band music), Aug. 18, 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively, at Kaercher Creek Park.

Concert admission is free; a $2 parking donation per vehicle is requested. Series presented by the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department. Refreshments available. More information at 610-374-2944, 610-72-8939, or visit

May 27

Memorial Day Parade, Kutztown, will start at the Main Entrance to the Kutztown Fairgrounds, 8:30 a.m. Parade route will go to Fairview Cemetery, then proceed to the Hope Cemetery. Parade route will be Main Street.

Fleetwood Memorial Day Parade. hosted by Horace M. Kieffer Legion Post #625, Fleetwood. Begins 9 a.m. at Community Center, 110 W. Arch St., Fleetwood. Proceeds east on Arch with first service at Fleetwood Cemetery. Continues west on Main for service at St. Paul’s Union Cemetery. Parade commences at the park bandshell with main service at about 10 a.m. Guest speaker: Fleetwood native Audrey Bergstresser, U.S. Army Sergeant Major (retired). Music by Fleetwood H.S. Band. Honor Guard Services by Fleetwood American Legion Post #625. Also participating: Pastor Robert Machamer, Fleetwood Borough officials, local civic organizations, youth groups, businesses, and hundreds of individuals.

May 31

Relay For Life of Kutztown. starts May 31 at 3 p.m. at Kutztown University and runs until following day at 3 p.m. Walk event that benefits American Cancer Society.

The Friends of the Fleetwood Area Public Library book and plant sale at the library in the Community Center at 110 West Arch St., Fleetwood. Paperbacks, hardcover books, and DVD’s for all ages will be available at bargain prices. Public invited Friday, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bag sale Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Preview Night for Friends is May 30 from 6-8 p.m. (Friends’ memberships may be purchased at the door.) Contact the librarian at 610-944-0146 for more information.

June 1

1st Annual Fundraising Flea Market. Berks Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services hosts 1st Annual Flea Market on June 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at BDHHS. Parking is available at next door at the BCIU. Antiques, jewelry, collectibles, household items, baked goods and much more. Berks Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services is located at 2045 Centre Ave, Reading. For more information 610-685-4520 or visit

Friends for Life 5K Community Run. 9 a.m. the run will begin and end at the Washington Township Park, located just off of Rt. 100 and Niantic Road, across from Washington Elementary School. Fun for whole family. The Relay for Life of Boyertown event benefits the American Cancer Society. There will be a 5K Walk and a Kids Fun Run available as well. For more information email Discounted pre-registration available, as well as day of event registration.

June 3

Lost Access: Fleetwood, a non-profit organization that addresses Grandparent Visitation issues, will meet at Berks Encore, 109 W. Vine St., Fleetwood, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more information visit, email or call 610-698-7359.

June 8

Spring Blossom Family Music Festival. Noon at Kempton Music Center, 83 Community Drive, Kempton. A day of bluegrass and acoustic music set in a family atmosphere. For tickets and more info visit

4th annual Taste of Kutztown wine tasting event. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street, Kutztown. Wine and food tasting hosted by the Kutztown Rotary Club. Local favorite Blue Mountain Vineyard joined by a selection of 12 vineyards representing the Susquehanna and Philadelphia Countryside Regions. This year’s event will feature a two-block closure of Main Street in the heart of downtown Kutztown. Wine and food will be available for purchase. Live music provided by local musicians throughout the event by Acoustic Road Show.

The focus of this event is to showcase the diverse, wineries, eateries and artisans surrounding our beautiful Berks County and to raise funds for the Kutztown Rotary Club. For more than a century, Rotarians have been volunteering in communities at home and abroad to provide clean water, improve health, and promote international understanding. Money raised from the Taste of Kutztown is given directly to community organizations and projects.

Visit for information about attending wineries and vendors. Advance tickets on sale at

Registration/Check-In: Hospitality Center @ Main and Whiteoak Street

June 14

9th Annual John Gurski Memorial Golf Classic. Golden Oaks Golf Club ~ Fleetwood. Shotgun Start 1 p.m., Dinner 5:30 p.m. Arrive by noon for check-in & pre-event activities. Lunch is on your own. The family of legendary Berks County football coach John Gurski is once again partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to organize a first class golf tournament in his memory to benefit Alzheimer’s support services for families, as well as research advances into better treatments, prevention and ultimately, the cure. For more information on event sponsorship, golf and dinner registration, or volunteering, call Kellie Butsack at 610-375-4990, OR email:

July 5

Jambalaya Music Fest. July 5, 6 and 7 at Kempton Music Center, 83 Community Drive, Kempton. Held rain or shine. Jambalaya Music Fest is a Louisiana music lovers dream, that features some of the most talented bands and musicians handpicked for your listening pleasure. Performing Americana, Blues, Cajun, Funk, R & B, Rock, Soul, and ZYDECO. Covered open air pavilion. Camping is close to all stages. BYOB event, coolers are allowed. Event features regional specialty foods. For tickets and more info visit

July 13

Summer Jam. at Kempton Music Center, 83 Community Drive, Kempton. Summer Jam (Watkins Glen revisited) Featuring Splintered Sunlight, The Weight & Live at the Filmore. This is the 40th anniversary of the largest attended music event to date. The 3 bands were the Grateful Dead, The Band & The Allman Brothers The setlists will be exactly the way they were performed at the show with the All-star encore included. We are trying to reproduce this event as close to the original performance to make it that one of a kind experience. For tickets and more info visit:

Sept. 13

Pinnacle Jam Music Festival. Sept. 13 and 14 at Kempton Music Center, 83 Community Drive, Kempton. This two day event is a fundraiser for The Rex Foundation, which aims to help secure a healthy environment, promote individuality in the arts, provide support to critical and necessary social services, assist others less fortunate than ourselves, protect the rights of indigenous people and ensure their cultural survival, build a stronger community, and educate children and adults everywhere. For tickets and more info visit: