Calendar of Events: Sept. 4 edition

Friday, Sept. 6 - 8



Attractions 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, event goes rain or shine. Free shuttle busses run continuously to and from the event. Historic Joanna Furnace is located in Berks County, Pennsylvania along Route 10 about 2.5 miles north of exit 22 (Morgantown) of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Fall Festival parking is one mile south on Route 10 from the actual historic site.

Saturday, September 7



St. Lawrence Community Art Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7 at the St. Lawrence playground, which is located next to the intersection of Jacksonwald Avenue and Adams Street.


Birdsboro Contra Dance offers contra dancing on Saturday, September 7 from 7:30 til 10:30 p.m. at Birdsboro Community Memorial Center, 201 E. Main St., Birdsboro. Beginner instruction at 7 p.m. Park in the lot across the street. Please use the entrance steps closest to the breezeway between the buildings.

Caller is Dave Rupp with music by Forge Mountain Ramblers. Wear soft-soled shoes. Visit for additional information.


It’s that time of year again to put on your running/walking shoes! Breakaway Sports is hosting a 2-mile run or walk for humans and canines to benefit the Animal Rescue League at Nolde Forest. Pay registration in advance, the dash starts at 9:15 a.m. Entry forms are available on-line or in the ARL lobby.


The SRGA TrailKeepers and the Berks County Bicycle Club will hold a workday on the Thun Trail on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 9 a.m.We will meet at the Trailhead at Angstadt Road off Rt. 724 near Rt. 176. Work to be done includes brush clearing and trail surface repair.

Rain date will be Sunday, September 8. In the event of questionable weather or conditions, you may call Greg Marshall at 610-780-3195. If possible, please email Greg at if you plan to attend.

Sunday, September 8


The 11th Annual Walk for The Berks County Autism Society will be held at the First Energy stadium in Reading.

If you have any questions, need additional information, or would like to volunteer contact us by email at


Alice Focht Memorial UMC, First & Hook streets, Birdsboro, will host a Family Fun Night open to children and families from the community. Event begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 8, in the lower level of the church. For additional information, call 610-582-4223.


Presenting the 1st annual Colors of Relay! This will be a 5k walk/run (similar to what you know as the Color Run) presented by the Relay for Life of Daniel Boone. Held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 8, 2013 (rain or shine) at the Daniel Boone High School cross country course. This event is for the whole family with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. For questions contact Race Coordinator Beth Marvel at We look forward to seeing you all there!!

Tuesday, September 10


Visit the Boone Area Library for Eagle’s Eye Book Group. The Eagle’s Eye Book Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m.

Please call the library at 610-582-5666 to reserve a copy of this month’s selection. The Boone Area Library is located at 129 N. Mill St., Birdsboro.

Saturday, September 14


Elmcroft of Reading is hosting Pet Palooza from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 14. Bring your pet to Elmcroft Senior Living Center, 9 Colin Court, Exeter for fellowship and friendship, pet contests and door prizes and reduced priced pet vaccinations, test and microchipping provided by Dr. Steve Silberman. RSVP to Amanda at or call Amanda at 610-370-2211.


The 36th Walk for the Animals & Walktoberfest is scheduled for Saturday, September 14th at Maple Grove Raceway. Join 4,000 other animal lovers in a fun walk and an afternoon of live music, contests, prizes and activities. The Walk is free and open to the public, though registered Walkers at all levels get some pretty cool benefits. Free & Open to the Public,

All Ages Welcome, Outdoors, Rain or Shine. Throughout the day, we’ll have fun contests, kids’ activities and lots of family fun at Walktoberfest. There’s something for everyone, so please register now!

Walk Start 11 a.m.; Walktoberfest 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Pre-Registration 10 a.m.

Friday, September 13



Our 6th annual banquet will be held on Friday, September 13 at 6 p.m. at the Franconia Heritage Restaurant located at 508 Harleysville Pike Telford, Pa. There is no cost for the meal although donations will be accepted. The Worm Project is a global initiative that strives to relieve the suffering of millions of malnourished children around the world. The program distributes medicine that purges worms from the intestinal tract.

Come and hear firsthand stories from our partners working all around the world. Find out how your donations can save and transform the lives of these precious malnourished children. Reserve your seats today call The Franconia Mennonite Conference Center at 267-932-6050 x110.

Saturday, September 14


The success of this industrial community required the cooperative efforts of many people. Enjoy the excitement of the fall harvest atmosphere as we cook up apple butter and fun at the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, 2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson. Everyone is invited to participate in our “pick-your-own” apple sales, watch the farm animals, help harvest the crops, and stir the apple butter.

Friday, September 20


The VFW Post #411 and the Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a POW/MIA Candlelight Ceremony at 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at the VFW Post #411, located at 321 E. Main St., Birdsboro.

Sunday, September 29


Christ UMC & Alice Focht UMC will host a worship service and picnic at the Rustic Picnic Area, Pavilion #4.

In case of rain, go to lower level of church Alice Focht UMC, First & Hook streets, Birdsboro. Community is welcome; bring your own lawn chair.

For more info, call Alice Focht UMC at 610-582-4223.



Beginning late Saturday, August 24, 2013, and continuing into October, the apple orchard at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for apple picking. Entrance to the park is free.

Visit The Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, 2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson to select and pick your own apples from over 30 historic and modern varieties grown in Hopewell’s orchard.

Availability of varieties depends on the success of our growing season.

Through September 8

New work from Albright College faculty in art, digital media, fashion, music and theatre will kick off the season of lively arts and cultural programming during a Faculty Exhibit and Performing Arts Showcase on view in the Freedman Gallery through Sept. 8, 2013. The gallery exhibit includes displays in digital video, sculpture, fiber art, encaustic and watercolor painting, as well as sketches and completed designs for costumes and clothing from Albright’s fashion designers.

A performance showcasing the musical and theatrical talents of Albright’s faculty and staff will be held Friday, Aug. 30, at 7:30 p.m., in Wachovia Theatre. Performances include theatre, improv, music, poetry reading and dance.


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 or call 610-580-7405.



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, ext. 12.


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


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 or call 610-777-4835.


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.



We are seeking volunteers to help out with our Schuylkill River Trail Bike Tour Series: Cycles and Cemeteries Ride on September 21.

We will need people in the morning to help with set up and registration, and throughout the day to assist with food, water stations, road crossings and other details. We would like to have more than 20 volunteers on hand throughout the day. The setup will begin at 6:30 a.m., and registration begins at 8 a.m.; We expect the event to last until about 3 p.m.

Email Anesa Owen, Trail Sustainability Coordinator for the Schuylkill River Heritage Area at if interested.


Wanna be a Derby Girl? Reading Derby Girls are looking for “fresh meat” to join the all girls flat track roller derby team. If you can already skate, great, if not, we’ll teach you. We practice at Skateaway, 2275 Lancaster Ave., Shillington. We recommend a mouth guard.

You can borrow skates and pads from the team if you don’t have your own. Reading Derby Girls’ Wednesday “Fresh Meat” practices 9:30 - 10:30 p.m.



It takes all kinds of people in the community to make a successful foundation. The BLAZER FOUNDATION is seeking volunteers who wish to make a difference to the students of the Daniel Boone School District.

The Blazer Foundation’s purpose is to enhance the education and development of the youth of the Daniel Boone School District through supporting creative and innovative programs, and developing and sustaining community and business partnerships.

If you would like to be a part of building a community invested in the awesome youth in the Daniel Boone School District, please consider joining the team of enthusiastic and dedicated individuals of the Blazer Foundation. Here are some areas that we need help:

General Foundation Support—data entry, mailings, flyers; Public Relations / Marketing Projects / Social Media; Special Events / Special Projects / Photography For Events Grant Writing / Teacher Grants; Student Program Development; Website Design / IT Assistance / Website Maintenance / Graphic Design; Alumni Development and Events.

Those interested in working to help us meet our goals, please email Stephanie Conlon, Executive Director, at with your information.


Use your Boone Area Library card to check out the Home Energy Audit Kit. Plug appliances into the Kill-A-Watt electricity usage monitor and it will tell you how efficient they are. The Kill-A-Watt LCD display measures consumption by the kilowatt-hour, just like the elective company. Reduce your electric bill.

The Home Energy Audit Kit has a one-week lending period. The Boone Area Library is located at 129 N. Mill St., Birdsboro.