Calendar of Events

Through June 29

BERKS COUNTY’S BEST KEPT SECRETS TOUR

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!

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

Saturday, June 29

SOUNDS OF THE SEASON

What was that sound? Was it a bird or a bug or a frog? Frustrated at not knowing? The answers to your questions will be addressed by Jennifer Brooks, environmental educator, during a special event at 6:30 p.m. Antietam Lake Park, Lower Alsace Township. Brooks will lead a hike through the park which will focus on listening to the sounds of nature and identifying them – and how animals communicate with each other. This free program is recommended for families with children ages 3 to 12. Registration is required by calling 610-374-8839.

Thursday, June 20

CRIME WATCH

Amity Township Crime Watch meeting will be held 7:30 - 9 p.m. June 20 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 548 Old Swede Road, Douglassville. Jim Munda, Amity Township Fire Marshall will be our guest speaker. He will discuss Fire Extinguisher training and Juvenile Fire Setting concerns. Crime Watch Liaison Officer Thomas Gauby will discuss recent incidents in the township.

A brief meeting will be held, followed by refreshments. The public is invited to attend.

UNDERGROUND MUSIC 101

As part of the Teen Summer Reading Theme-Beneath the Surface, the Mifflin Community Library, 6 Philadelphia Ave., Shillington will hold Underground Music 101 at 6:30 p.m. June 20.

John Nelka, music fan & WXAC DJ offers teens (ages 12+) a look beyond the pop charts. Please register online at www.berks.lib.pa.us or call 610-777-3911.

BERKS ENCORE SHOEMAKERSVILLE DANCE

Just Us Plus will perform at the next Berks Encore Shoemakersville Dance, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 20 at the Shoemakersville Fire Company. The dances are held each month on the third Thursday of the month.

Thursday, June 20,

Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22

STRAWBERRY

FESTIVAL

The 2013 Immaculate Conception Strawberry Festival will be held 5 - 11 p.m. June 21 and 6 - 11 p.m. June 22 at 905 Chestnut Street, Birdsboro. Call 610-582-2411 or visit icbvm.org for more information. Entertainment: Cabana Boys June 20; Stephanie Grace and Taylor Made June 21; Bobby Newton and the Band June 22. Wear your school’s logo Thursday for PreK through 12 School Logo Night to get a “cool” treat!

Friday, June 21

GOLF CLASSIC

Tee time is 9 a.m. for the Manatawny Golf Classic held at the Reading Country Club, 5311 Perkiomen Ave., Reading. Benefits of the Golf Classic go to Camp Manatawny. Go to manatawny.org or call 610-689-0173 for details.

Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22

ART FOR THE

ANIMALS

From 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Wizards World of Tattoos Two, 6721 Perkiomen Ave., Exeter and Wizards World of Tattoos Four, 2248 Perkiomen Ave., Mt. Penn, are teaming up with Philadoptables to raise money for Philadelphia’s homeless pets. A portion of the proceeds from each tattoo will be going to support PHILADOPTABLES whose mission is to provide support for adoption, welfare, and outreach programs that benefit the 30,000+ animals received each year by the Philadelphia’s animal control shelter.

For more information, contact Michelle Helms michelle@philadoptables.org

Saturday, June 22

“RALEIGH

RINGERS”

The hand bell choir “Raleigh Ringers” from North Carolina will be appearing at Exeter High School, 201 E. 37th Street, Reading. Tickets may be ordered by contacting Cindy Speicher by phone 610-929-8727 ext. 10.

VACCINE CLINIC

The Animal Rescue League will offer low-cost vaccinations for Rabies or distemper combo, Bordetella (kennel cough) and Lyme at the lower side entrance 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. June 22.

The Animal Rescue League is situated along Kennel Road off Route 724 near Route 176 in Cumru Township.

Wednesday, June 26

SIGHT LOSS SUPPORT GROUP

Sight Loss Support Group for visually impaired individuals, their friends and family. Held at Berks County Association for the Blind, 2020

Hampden Blvd., Reading. 1 – 2 p.m. Reservations required. Call 610-375-8407, ext. 12.

Friday, June 28

2ND ANNUAL GOLF OUTING FOR THE ANIMALS

The 2nd Annual Golf Outing for the Animals will begin at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start on June 28 at the Reading Country Club, 5311 Perkiomen Ave., Reading. Course competitions, buffet dinner and awards at 5:30 p.m. Contact Ashley at 610-373-8830 ext. 117 for more information or to register.

Saturday, June 29

HORSE SHOW

Good Fellowship Riding Club, 724 Monacacy Creek Rd. / Berks County, Birdsboro, will host a Brian Shorly benefit show long time horseman this show is to help with Brians medical needs due to a long term illness.Please come out and support the Shorly family. Event begins at 5 p.m. A negitive coggins is required for showing. Visit www.goodfellowshipridingclub.com for additonal information.

Thursday, July 4

INDEPENDENCE DAY

Commemorate our Nation’s birthday at the Daniel Boone Homestead’s Independence Day Program held 10 .m. - 4 p.m.. Learn about the different kinds of troops who were fighting for America’s freedom during the Revolutionary War including the militia, Continentals, and Riflemen. Guided Boone House tours will be offered regularly throughout the day, as well as blacksmithing and gun building demonstrations. There will also be plenty of activities for children, including a militia muster activity, colonial toys and games, and crafts. The Daniel Boone Homestead is located at 400 Daniel Boone Road, Birdsboro.

Saturday, July 7

BREAKFAST BUFFET

The Geigertown Fire Company, 3433 Hay Creek Road, Geigertown, will be hosting an “all you can eat” breakfast buffet from 7 - 11 a.m. For information call 610-286-6481.

Tuesday, July 9

DOG WALKERS’ ORIENTATION CLASS

6:30 p.m. in the Animal Rescue League’s Education Room

Effective January 1, the ARL has upgraded our volunteer dog walking policy. We are now using a color coding system. All volunteer dog walkers will be able to walk the dogs labeled “green.” In order to walk the dogs labeled “purple,” you will need to attend one of our volunteer orientation classes. Once completed, then you will be allowed to walk both “green” and “purple” coded dogs.

Please email Kristi at krodriguez@berksarl.org to register for one of them.

This program is being started for the sake of both our volunteer walkers and our animals. We appreciate your understanding and your continued dedication to our animals here at the shelter!

Friday, July 12

DAR DISCOVERY DAY

Discover Your Roots with the Daughters of the American Revolution 6:30 p.m. -8 p.m. at Berks County Genealogical Society, GoggleWorks Building, Rm 413.

Pre-registeration required; call 610 207 6428 to register.

Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19

EQUESTRIAN CAMP

Shady Hollow Assisted Riding, 959 East Main Street, Birdsboro, will have a Equestrian Mini Camp 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. for ages 6 - 10. Call 610-582-4050 for more information or to register.

Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 26

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Athens Vacation Bible School Sponsored by 3 area churches: Christ UMC, Assembly of God & Alice Focht UMC

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. for children ages Preschool thru 6th grade.

Call 610-582-4223 for more information.

Ongoing

BOOK GROUP

The Eagle’s Eye Book Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Boone Area Library, 129 N. Mill Street, Birdsboro. Please call the library at 610-582-5666 to reserve a copy of this month’s selection.

CHESS CLUB

Amity Chess Club meets every Friday from 7 - 10 p.m. in the main church building at St. Paul’s UCC Church, Douglassville. For all ages and skill levels. For additional information visit amitychessclub.org or call 610-580-7405.

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.

Any first time user will receive a free Bike Pottstown water bottle. Anyone using the bikes 10 times through 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.

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.

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 Rd., Douglassville. For more information, call 610-385-7141 or e-mail admin@hopechurchamity.org.

FLEA MARKET

Shillington Lions 38th Annual Flea Market is held the 2nd Saturday of each month, through October from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Governor Mifflin Intermediate School lots located on Elkins Avenue, 4 blocks behind the Shillington Shopping Center. For information or to register a table email shillingtonlions@aol.com or call 610-777-4835.

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