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Calendar of events

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Centerport Lions Club. Jamming Sessions will be held every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Music starts at 5:30 p.m. All musicians welcome.
Senior Citizens Club of Hamburg. The Hamburg Seniors meet at 2 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month in the Hamburg Area Middle School cafeteria. If school is canceled on the meeting day because of bad weather, the meeting is canceled.
Hamburg Public Library Story Time: The Hamburg Public Library has story time on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. for ages 18 months through 3 years old. At 11 a.m. there is story time for preschoolers and home schooled early elementary. The schedule is available on the library’s website at
Hamburg Public Library Board Meetings: Library board meetings are held the second Tuesdays except July. Public encouraged to attend.
Chestnut Knoll Assisted Living, 120 W. Fifth Street, Boyertown, hosts a monthly family support group for those who are coping with Alzheimer’s disease. It is affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Association and is held on the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.
Berks Encore Hamburg lunch menu. To reserve a meal two days in advance, please call 610-562-4721.
Berks Encore schedule. Sept. 18, 23 & 25 - Silver Sneakers at 9:15 a.m.; Sept. 20 & 27 - Zumba Gold at 9 a.m.; Sept. 20 - Lunch Bunch at Cracker Barrel at 11 a.m. Mow Only; Sept. 24 - Walk away Tacos for lunch at 11:45 a.m.; Sept. 25 - Bocce ball and Croquet at 10 a.m. and Pizza Party at 11:45 a.m.; Sept. 27 - Preventing fraud with Janene Holter PA Attorney General’s office. All events at Hamburg Senior Center 61 N. 3rd Street, Hamburg.
Hamburg Farmers Market
Continues every Saturday through Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at the front of the 4th and Pine municipal parking lot with customer parking available in the back of the lot. Rain or shine.
Crime Watch Meetings
The Neighborhood Crime Watch is a return to the “old-fashioned” days when neighbors took care of neighbors and communicated with police. Watches mobilize residents of all ages to be the eyes and ears of the nieghborhood to help report crime in action or suspicious behavior to the police force, who can quickly act on tips. Meetings are held the 4th Monday from 7:30-8:30 p.m. July-Septemeber meetings will be held at Hamburg Park Pavilion #1 (by the tennis courts). The crime watch is open to ALL BOROUGH RESIDENTS and will cover the entire borough. Please join us for a meeting or contact Angela at Our Town Foundation to get on our contact list: 610-562-3106 /
Bethany United Methodist Church Young Children’s Choir
Ages 2-6 practicing 1st 3 Wednesday each month at 6:30 p.m. Singing at 10:15 Worship Service. Sunday after 3rd practice each month. September schedule: practices Sept. 4, 11 and 18 at 6:30 p.m. Singing Sept. 22 at 10:15 a.m. Call Mary Sabas at 570-593-8744 or leave a message at 610-562-2861 for more information. Located at 321 Island Street, Hamburg.
Two Train Excursions
3 days, 2 nights from October 9-11. There is a cost. For reservations and information contact St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Jane Reppert, at 610-562-2647.
New York City Bus Trip
Trip on Nov. 9, registration and money due Oct. 12. Have a fun day in New York. A free day to do as you wish in the city. Leave from Hamburg Middle School at 8 a.m. and return at 8:30 p.m. NYC drop off/pickup at Bryant Park at 41st St. and Avenue of Americas. No refunds unless we can fill the seat. More info or to sign up call the Library at 610-562-2843. There is a cost. Proceeds benefit the Hamburg Public Library.
The Greater Reading Encore Chorale. Singers over age 55 invited to join. Meets Thursdays 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 30 Liberty St., Shillington. No auditions. Just need to be over age 55. For more information, call David Rutt at 610-921-2667 or just show up. Rehearsals start Sept. 5 and continue through fall season.
Sept. 26
Hamburg Book Club
Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Hamburg Public Library to review the book, IT DOESN’T TAKE A HERO - An Inspring Account of a Soldier’s Journey. Author: General H. Norman Schwarzkopf.
Tilden Historical Society
The Tilden Township Historical Society will be featuring the PA State Game Commission at 7 p.m., in the Township Municipal Building, Hex Highway, Hamburg. There will be a discussion on the PA wildlife plus displays. Everyone is welcome.
Keystone Mountain Way
At The Grand Old Opry of Centerport. Sponsored by the Central Berks Lions Club. Christine Moyer on Keyboard/Vocals, Kaye Davis on Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, etc., Rita Yoder on Tiple and Wendell Yoder on Banjo/Vocals, Dobro. Food at 4:30 p.m., jam at 5:30 p.m. and featured group at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Homebrew Basics at SVCL
At 7 p.m. We are hosting the Berks County Homebrew Club, who will discuss the basic ingredients in beer, the brewing process (particularly at home), and a bit about what they do as a club. Tastings may be available on a limited basis, please bring a valid state ID. Schuylkill Valley Community Library, 1310 Washington Road, Leesport, PA 19533.
Sept. 27
Schuylkill Country Club
An Open Play Day. Come play the SCC for an unheard cost; includes driving range, greens fee and cart. Contact Meghan Holobetz at or (570) 366-5173 for more information and/or to set up a tee time.
Sept. 28
9th Annual Country Car Show
At Salem-Berne UMC, Hamburg. Registration from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 11 judging categories. Juding starts at noon. Door prizes, basket silent auction, great food and soup sale, kids activities, baked goods and blood drive. Chicke BBQ from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a cost. Rain date is Sept. 29 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with judging at 2 p.m.
Keep Hamburg Beautiful: a community-wide cleanup effort
Let’s clean sweep the neighborhood during this community-wide cleanup event! A hot dog lunch will be provided to all volunteers at the post-cleanup cookout back at the tot lot playground. Thank you to all of our event sponsors: Keep America Beautiful, Society Cleaners, and Hamburg Southgate Neighborhood. From 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Meet at the Tot Lot Playground, 300 Primrose Alley, Hamburg.
Hike with a Ranger
11 a.m. at Blue Marsh Lake Visitors Center, Palisades Drive, Bern Township.
Celebrate National Public Lands Day by hiking with a park ranger at Blue Marsh Lake. This easy hike will cross the dam through natural resource areas and forested habitats. Attendees will also learn about other trails in the area.
This program is presented by the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.
For more information call 610-374-2944 or visit
Late Summer Star Party
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Kaercher Creek Park, 3401 Old Route 22, Windsor Township (just outside Hamburg borough).
The Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society will present a brief lecture (in the lodge) followed by views of the night skies through their telescopes in the Fish Commission parking lot. This event will be held rain or shine (moon shine, that is!!).
This program is presented by the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.
For more information call 610-374-8839 or visit
Sept. 29
U Can DU It Duathlon Races
Tired of 5Ks? Looking for something different but don’t want to get in over your head? Try the U Can DU It Sprint or Mini Duathlons. These races cap off the 2013 Northern Berks QUAD Games in a grand fashion.
The Extreme Sprint Duathlon is a 2-Mile Run/8-Mile Bike/2-Mile Run. The Family Mini Duathlon is a Half-Mile Run/1-Mile Bike/Half-Mile Run. There is a fee to register. Pre-reg deadline is Sunday Sept. 22. Registartion and shirt prices go up after that, so register early and SAVE.
There are plenty of awards going 3 deep in the Extreme race and overall age group awards for the Family event. In addition, top male and female for the Extreme DU win cold, hard CASH.
Registration on race day opens at 8 a.m. and the races begin at 9 a.m. Event is located at the Tilden Elementary School, 524 West State Street in West Hamburg.
Longaberger Basket & Thirty One Purse Bingo
Sponsored by Blandon Lions/Lioness Club. Held at Central Berks Lions Club Hall, Main St., Centerport. Doors open at 12 p.m. - Bingo starts 1 p.m. Tickets available at door, there is a cost. (Ticket price includes a hot dog & drink) More information call 610-750-6582.
Sept. 30
Legacy Project
Presented by cancer survivor Barbara Starr. She will explain how The Legacy Project preserves memories of a family’s history by saving significant events and achievements. Includes: creating an ethical will, family tree with social and medical information, heritage scrap book and Legacy of Love, end-of-life directions. Pre-registration preferred call 610-562-2843. Workshop begins at 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 3
The Hamburg Area Historical Society
Meeting at 7 p.m. in the LGI room of the Hamburg Area High School. Patrick Donmoyer, acting director of Kutztown University’s PA German Cultural Heritage Center, will speak on “Barns of Berks and Lehigh Counties” Everyone welcome to attend.
Oct. 4 & 5
9th Annual Harvest Fest
At St. Mary Church, 94 Walnut Road, Tilden Twp. Oct. 4 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with Flamin’ Dick & the Hot Rods Oldies Band from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 5 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Stanky & the Coal Miners Polka Band from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Great food and entertainment. Fun for all ages. Rain or shine. Free parking and admission.
Oct. 4
50th Anniversary King Frost Parade Bash
Sponsored by the Hamburg Jaycees. At Hamburg Field House. Doors open at 8 p.m. Live music from 9 p.m. to midnight. Includes snacks and set-ups. BYOB event. Must be 21 or older to attend. All proceeds benefit the 50th Anniversary King Frost Parade. For advance tickets call 610-698-9448. There is a cost for advance tickets and at the door.
Oct. 5 & 6
Artisan Cheese & Wine Pairing Event Weekend
Berks County Wine Trail from noon to 5 p.m. both days Visit all 8 wineries along Berks County Wine Trail and sample fantastic local cheeses, paired with PA produced wines. Bonus feature: enjoy samples of 8 different varieties of fresh, locally grown gourmet Asian Pears from Subarashii Kudamono. Tickets available in advance or day of event for a cost. For more info, purchase tix and complete cheese/wine menu:
The 32nd annual Berks County Heritage Festival
Will feature its traditional treats of sight and sound with an added splash – the return of some popular lumberjacks. The festival is held at the Berks Heritage Center, 1102 Red Bridge Road, Bern Township.
Activities set for Oct. 5, include an antique auto display (1975 and earlier models), a display from the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, a children’s pedal tractor pull with the Old Time Plow Boys, K’lin Ken’l agility dog and herding demos, and talks at Wertz’s Red Bridge and Melcher’s Grist Mill.
Oct. 6, activities include a carriage and wagon show, draft horse driving, pulling and plowing demonstrations, and special features at Canal Center Stage featuring “Old Railroad Days Show” and “Songs and Stories of the American Hobo” with Matt Dodd.
The Wallace Brothers will perform Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Mitch and the Mood Swings scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
East Side Dave and the Mountain Folk and the Celtic Martin Family will perform Sunday from 11 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.
The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. Admission is free. There is a parking fee.
Oct. 6
Raising for Raechel Cruise & Benefit
At Hamburg Fieldhouse for all ages starting at 1 p.m. There is a cost for admission. Raechel is 24, a wife and a mother of a 3 year old little boy. She resides in Minersville. She was diagnosed with state 2 breast cancer this year that has progressed stage 4 bone cancer. Cruise is open to any vehicle/motorcycle. Meet time is 11:30 a.m. at the Berkshire Mall, Wyomissing. All vehicles are able to set up a carshow afterwards in the Hamburg Fieldhouse parking lot. There will be food, live bands, raffle prizes, kids & adult games, massage chairs, photobooth, caricatures and lost more! There will be benefit t-shirts, bracelets and decals will be available for purchase. Find this event on Facebook at Raising for Raechel Cruise & Benefit. All proceeds go to Raechel Hess for her fight against breast and bone cancer.
Oct. 11 & 12
Book Sale
At the Schuylkill Valley Community Library on Oct. 11 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m. and Oct. 12 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Fill a bag special on Saturday. 1310 Washington Road, Leesport.
Oct. 13
Strausstown Fire Company’s Breakfast
At the Strausstown Fire Company’s Community Campus, 50 East Avenue, Strausstown; 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; full breakfast menu; proceeds benefit the Apparatus Fund.