Community events

Recurring

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 librarys website at www.berks.lib.pa.us/hamburgpl.

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 Alzheimers disease. It is affiliated with the Alzheimers 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 scheudle. Nov. 13, 18 & 20 - Silver Sneakers at 9:15 a.m.; Nov. 15 & 22 - Zumba Gold at 9 a.m.; Nov. 13 - How to talk to you Doctor at 10:30 a.m.; Nov. 15 - Lunch Bunch at Ihop at 11 a.m. Mow only no lunch served.; Nov. 19 - Thanksgiving trivia at 10:20 a.m. and Wii at 1 p.m.; Nov. 20 - Spritiual study with Rev. Diehl at 10:30 a.m. and Birthday party at 11:30 a.m.; Nov. 22 - Grocery Bingo with Terry at 10:30 a.m. All events take place at Hamburg Senior Center located at 61 N. 3rd Street, Hamburg.

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 / elemstreethamburg@verizon.net.

Bethany United Methodist Church Young Childrens 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. Call Mary Sabas at 570-593-8744 or leave a message at 610-562-2861 for more information. Located at 321 Island Street, Hamburg.

Thursdays

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.

Nov. 13

Job Search Workshop

Tommy Curtis, an Employment Planner at Pennsylvania Career Link in Berks County, will give a presentation on job search how tos and available public resources. Angela Kase, of Hamburg Southgate Neighborhood, will briefly overview career resources available to Hamburg borough residents. There will be a question and answer period at the end. This workshop is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. At Hamburg Strand Theater, 6 South Fourth Street, Hamburg, at 2 p.m. RSVP to Angela at 610-562-3106 or elmstreethamburg@verizon.net.

Nov. 14

Mt. View Blue Grass

Dennis Herber, Jeff Sunday, Ed Salada, Spike Moore and Kathy Fessler at the Grand Old Opry of Centerport.

Breathe-Free

The habit you want to break. Youve chewed gum and worn the patch. But youre still lighting up. Perhaps its time you tried a new approach to quit smoking. No patches. No gum. No hypnosis. Just a system that empowers you to change your life and free you from nicotine. Breathe-Free bring you the tools and support you need to beat the smoking habit. Breathe-Free is a free program that includes five sessions. Join us for a no obligation infromation/registrations sesson at 6:30 p.m. at the Hamburg Seventh-day Adventist Church, 22 Willow Road, Hamburg. The sessions will be conducted by Dr. Leif Christiansen DO and Dr. John Goley DrPh. Sessions will be held nightly Nov. 17-21 at 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 15

Country Line Dancing

From 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Shartlesville Grange, N. 4th St., Shartlesville. There is a cost. Food available. Benefits Shartlesville Lions Club. Info: 610-488-5171.

Gobble Gobble Be Our Guest

Join us for our next Free community meal from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bethany UMC, 3rd and Island Street, Hamburg. Plenty of food, fellowship and fun.

Nov. 16

Colorful China Presents Calligraphy

HASD will be hosting a group of traveling artists and musicians from China. The group will be presenting workshops that will be free to the public beginning at 1 p.m. at the Hamburg Area High School. All are welcome to attend.

Chicken Pot Pie Dinner

All-You-Can-Eat Homemade from Hamburg Grange #2103. From 4 to 7 p.m. at Hamburg High School. Dinner includes chicken pot pie, corn, applesauce, pickles, lettuce with bacon dressing and drinks. There is a cost. Bake sale and take-out available. For more information call Michael Adams at 610-562-5933.

Spaghetti Dinner

At the Leesport Fire Co. Bingo Hall from 4 to 9 p.m. There is a cost. See firefighters for tickets. Ticket includes all you can eat spaghetti, roll, salad, drink and one dessert. Additional desserts and drinks will be available for purchase. Come out and support your local fire co. Proceeds benefit Leesport Fire Co.

Holiday Craft and Vendor Show

At Friedens Church, 28 Wolf Creek Road, Shartlesville, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come do your holiday shopping with us! Door prizes, food and drinks available. Proceeds benefit the Shartlesville Library.

Canes 101 Art Class

A cane is a log of clay made with a pattern which can be used to decorate a clay bead or other item. The class will cover materials, tools and techniques to make basic canes, cover some beads and cure or bake the beads so theyre ready to string. This class is for ages 13 and above. Sponsored by the Hamburg Area Arts Alliance. There is a cost per student which includes materials. Call 610-562-3106.

Nov. 16 & 17

Hamburg Holiday Craft Show

Presented by Central Penn Events, LLC on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hamburg Area High School, 701 Windsor St., Hamburg. Free parking and admission. Festival held rain or shine

Nov. 17

Shartlesville Fire Company Breakfast

From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at its Bingo Hall located on Main St./Old Rt. 22, Shartlesville. It is a full Breakfast Menu and all proceeds benefit the Fire Equipment Fund.

Dachshund Independent Specialty Show

Dachshund Fanciers Association of Berks County will hold its 32nd Independent Specialty Show at the Berks County 4H Community Center, 1206 County Welfare Rd, Leesport. Around 80 dogs are expected to vie for AKC championship points, ribbons, trophies and the ultimate Best In Show at this Dachshunds only dog show. The show starts at 9 a.m. and continues on until around 3 p.m. For more information on the show or the club please call 610-269-6056 or 610-582-4882. Web site for info www.dachshund-dfabc.org.

PA Dutch Service

At St. Pauls Lutheran (Smoke) Church, Hamburg at 2:30 p.m. Pastor Guy Grube presiding over the service and music by Die Nei Dolpehick Sangor Chor, refreshments, fellowship following service.

Nov. 18

Pretzel City Bear Den

Local branch of Good Bears of the World (GBW) an international club devoted to put teddys in the arms of the lonely and the traumatized meeting at 1 p.m. at 2649 Bernville Rd., Reading. For more info call 610-372-8945. Come join our Den!

Nov. 19

Blue Mt. Shartlesville Senior Citizens

Meeting at Grange Hall, North Fourth St., Shartlesville. Noon lunch. Program by Berks Encore. Collecting for December holiday meal and bust trip. Bussiness meeting. All welcome.

Nov. 21

Hamburg Book Club

Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Hamburg Public Library to review the book, THE TRACKER - Real Adventures in Wilderness Survival and in Locating Missing People. Author: Tom Brown, Jr.

Hamburg Grange

Meeting at 7 p.m. Thanksgiving. Grange meetings at Hamburg Municipal Center.

Nov. 23

Christmas Bazaar

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Mary Ave Maria Hall, 94 Walnut Road, Hamburg. Free Admission, Free Parking. Homemade Christmas cookies, Holiday crafts, and gifts, Theme Baskets Auction, Tasty foods from our kitchen, and Quilt Raffle Tickets. For directions: www.rc.net/allentown/stmaryhamb.

Holiday Bazaar and Flea Market

Held at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Hamburg from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A wide variety of crafts, food items, baked goods and food, to eat in or take out, will be featured.

Nov. 24

Thanksgiving Pie Sale

At New Jerusalem Zion UCC, Route 737, oppostie Greenwich Elementary School. Ten inch pies for a cost. Available are apple, cherry, blueberry, peach and mixed berry. Call 610-372-5815 or 610-921-2493 for more information.

Nov. 30

Holiday Bazaar

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Salem Church, 2150 Old Rt. 22 in Lenhartsville, there will be a Holiday Bazaar organized by Nancy Boyer, church member, and her family. Event proceeds benefit three local families for the holidays.

Events at the Bazaar include but are not limited to: Pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Clause from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cracker Barrel ham lunch tickets (sold at discounted price in advance), more than 30 vendors, raffles, door prizes, games for kids, crafts for kids, chair massages, DJ playing our holiday favorites, silly holiday photo booth, Red Robin character will be making an appearance.

The three families chosen:

1. Amy Roth, husband and 3 boys of Topton. Amy is battling her second round of Leukemia and is currently staying at Hershey Hospital for the next few months to receive bone marrow transplants.

2. Nicole and Chris Moore and their 3 children of Minersville. Nicole and the three children were in a terrible car accident where the two of the three children were living at CHOP and currently are living at a rehabilitation center where they are learning to eat, walk, communicate, etc.

3. Raechel Hess, her husband and son of Centerport. Raechel has been battling stage 4 breast cancer and bone cancer while trying to work to provide for her family.