Community Calendar

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March 10

Pancake breakfast: Bally Mennonite Church, Route 100 in Bally, will be serving pancakes, French toast, sausage, scrapple, OJ, tea, & coffee in the Church Fellowship hall, from 7 - 11 a.m. The cost is a donation. Proceeds will provide funds for the Bally Community Center, a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide a haven for kids to have some good clean fun, play games, sports or just relax. Christian owned and run, the BCC is based on Christian principles of relating to one another in conduct, word and attitude. www.ballymc.org.

March 10

Pancake Breakfast: 8-11 a.m. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1749 South Main Street, Bechtelsville. Hot cakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice, milk, coffee, tea. There is a cost. Also, Wixon Shoo Fly Pie Sale in conjunction with the breakfast. Call the church office to order (610-367-1281) in advance. Pies available for pickup at the breakfast on March 10, or at the church on March 11.

March 10

24th Annual Daniel Boone Optimist Club Spring Craft Show: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Daniel Boone Middle School, 1845 Weavertown Road, Douglassville. Quality Handcrafted Items. Over 100 crafters. Free admission, free parking, refreshments. Presented by Daniel Boone Optimist Club. www.danielbooneoptimist.com, email DBCraftShow@gmail.com. Call Lydia at 610-639-1439.

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March 11

Design Your Pollinator Garden: a program with Penn State Master Gardener Margaret Yevics. Sponsored by the Friends of Hopewell Furnace, the free event will begin at 2 p.m. in the Hopewell Furnace Conference Room. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site located five miles south of Birdsboro, off Route 345. For more information visit www.friendsofhopewellfurn.org.

March 11

Charter Day: celebrates the signing of the Pennsylvania Charter by William Penn, noon to 4 p.m. at the Daniel Boone Homestead in Birdsboro. Admission free. First floor house tours of Boone House, working blacksmith, and textile demonstrations in Visitor Center. 2 p.m., Charlotte Puff will share traditional English and German tales in the Wayside Lodge, cookies and hot chocolate served by the fire for $2 per person donation. 610-582-4900 or www.danielboonehomestead.org.

March 15

Free Alzheimer’s Association Support Group meeting: 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care, 120 W. 5th Street, Boyertown. Public invited to learn more about caring for your senior loved ones living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Support Group to discuss newly signed law RAISE Family Caregivers Act.

March 15

Boyertown Lions Club dinner meeting: 6:30 p.m. at Friendship Hook & Ladder Co., S. Reading Ave & Warwick St., Boyertown. Program speaker will be Col. K. S. Seiwell, speaking on the Carl Spotts Museum. All are welcome.

March 15

Berks County Patriots Meeting: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Leesport Market. Pa Gubernatorial Candidate Paul Mango and three Lt. Gov. Candidates Peg Lusik, Joe Gale, Diana Irey Vaughan. Petition signing at 5:30 for federal candidates.

March 16

Restaurant Gift Card Bingo: 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Geigertown Fire Co., 3433 Hay Creek Road. For more info call 610-286-6481.

March 17

Chicken Pot Pie Dinner: 3 to 7 p.m., Calvary United Church of Christ, 1231 Route 100, Barto. Homemade chicken pot pie, green beans, corn, chow-chow, applesauce, rolls, coffee, ice tea, home baked desserts. There is a charge. Dine in only.

March 17

Boyertown Lions Club All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffet: 7 a.m. to noon. Pancakes, Sausage, Home Fries & Scrambled Eggs & beverage. Friendship Hook & Ladder Fire Co., S. Reading Ave., Boyertown. All Proceeds go to the Boyertown Lions Charitable Projects.

March 18

Designer Bag Bingo: Proceeds benefit Special Olympics PA. Purchase tickets in advance or at the door. 20 regular games, 2 specials and 1 jackpot. Doors open at 12 p.m. and bingo starts at 1 p.m. at Grill Fire Co., 739 Mountain View Rd. Reading. Refreshments available the day of the event. For tickets contact Don at 484-345-0546 or email ogre65@ptd.net.

March 18

Soup And Dessert Sale: at Robeson Lutheran Church, 3520 Plow Road, Mohnton, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Over a dozen varieties of homemade soups will be available for sale, along with lots of dessert items. For more information contact the church office at 610-856-7242.

March 25 to March 31

Boyertown Community Library: Just in time for Easter Baskets! “Five Below” is hosting a fundraising shopping event from March 25 to March 31 at their Pottstown location. 10% of all purchases made by those presenting the flyer will be donated to the library. Pick up a flyer from the library.

April 8

Basket Bingo Fundraiser: sponsored by Amity Township Lioness. Doors open 12 p.m., Bingo starts at 1 p.m. at Amity Fire Co. Door prizes, raffle. Refreshments for sale. To purchase tickets, call Lioness Linda McCue at 610-385-6421.

April 14

Pancake breakfast benefit: Bally Mennonite Church, Route 100 in Bally, will be serving a Pancake breakfast, including pancakes, French toast, sausage, scrapple, OJ, tea, & coffee in the Church Fellowship hall from 7 to 11 a.m. The cost is a donation. Call church office at 610-845-7780 or visit www.ballycommunitypreschool.org. Proceeds will provide funds for the Bally Community Preschool.

April 21

Amity Township Crime Watch, Inc. Community Shredding Event: 8 a.m. to noon (rain or shine) at Redner’s Warehouse Market parking lot in Douglassville, open to residents and small businesses. Can watch documents that contain sensitive or confidential information go right into the shredder on a mobile shredding truck via a closed circuit camera provided by ProShred Security of Paoli. 100 percent of documents are recycled. Donations accepted to defray cost of shredding truck. Volunteers available to help carry boxes to shredding truck. For more information, call Susan at 610-385-3740 or visit www.amitytwpcrimewatch.org. Contact ProShred Security at 484-323-2100 or www.proshred.com/philadelphia.

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Garden Club: Pottstown Area Garden Club meets on first Friday at St. James Lutheran Church, 1101 E. High St., Pottstown at 11:30 a.m. Open to anyone interested in all aspects of gardening, including opportunities for further education in horticulture, floral and landscape design, garden study and flower show schools. See us on Facebook.

Toastmasters: Improve Your Public Speaking Skills and Confidence with the Gilbertsville Toastmasters. Meetings are first and third Tuesday at 7 p.m. in classroom 205 at New Hanover United Methodist Church, 2211 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville. For information, email Doug Maden at dougmaden@gmail.com or visit www.kstoastmaster.org.

Bereavement Seminars: Mondays from 7-9 p.m. offering wisdom, strength, and encouragement at St. Catharine’s Parish Center, 2427 Perkiomen Ave. Mt. Penn 19606. Call 610-370-1174 for details.

Birdsboro Rotary Club: meets 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Reading Country Club, 5311 Perkiomen Ave, Reading.

Pottstown Area Garden Club: meets first Friday of month at St. James Lutheran Church, 1101 E. High St., Pottstown at 11:30 a.m. Open to anyone interested in all aspects of gardening, including opportunities for further education in horticulture, floral and landscape design, garden study and flower show schools. See us on Facebook.

Pagoda Writers: group gets together from 1 to 3 p.m. the first Saturday on the second floor of the Pagoda, 98 Duryea Drive, Reading.

Boyertown Library

Scrabble Club: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Join other adults in a friendly game of Scrabble, no sign up necessary.

Adult Book Club: First Monday at 10:30 a.m. Join other adults to discuss a book. November’s book is Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein, no sign up necessary.

Senior Craft Day: March 15, April 19 & May 17 at 10:30 a.m. (ages 55+) Get crafty in the library! Materials are provided.

March 17: Friends of the Boyertown Community Library Book Sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Book donations will be accepted at this time. Book Sales will be held on the third Saturday of each month. Check website for details.

Mifflin Community Library

Most programs encourage pre-registration and take place downstairs at the Mifflin Community Library unless otherwise noted.

Stitching Circle: meets every Monday from 6:30-8 p.m., and the Afternoon Stitching Circle meets every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. Bring own materials. The group works on personal projects as well as service projects to benefit the community. Come join in loads of fun & stitching!

Mifflin Writers Group: meets 1st & 3rd Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. Writers of all genres and levels of experience. Their purpose is to motivate, inspire, instruct, inform, share and critique each other in their writing efforts in a free flowing and relaxed atmosphere.

Exeter Community Library

4569 Prestwick Drive

610-406-9431

berkslibraries.org/exeter

Winter/Spring Weekly Storytime Schedule through April

Baby Lapsits: Fridays 9:30 to 10 a.m. for ages Infant – 18 months (prewalking). Encourages language development in babies with simple stories, songs, lap play, and creative movement. No Baby Lapsit on March 9.

Toddler Storytime: Wednesdays 10 to 10:30 a.m. for ages walking – 3 years, stories, songs, finger plays, activities and crafts. No Toddler Storytime on March 7.

Preschool Storytime: Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. ages 3-5 Years. Hour of fun, reading, singing, learning and a craft. No Preschool Storytimes on March 8.

Library Scouts: Wednesdays from 7 to 7:30 p.m. for ages 4 and older. Library Scouts is a learning adventure. Each evening is themed to help us learn how to make the world a better place. Your child may earn a Library Scout bag and patches by attending programs. No Library Scouts held on March 7.

Book Mobile

March 16: (closed March 30 for Good Friday): Upper Frederick Township Building, Rte. 73 (3205 Big Rd.), Obelisk, 10 a.m. to noon.

March 17, 31: Weis Market Shopping Center, Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

March 14, 21, 28: New Hanover Township Bldg., 2943 N. Charlotte St., New Hanover, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Center at Spring Street

200 West Spring St., Boyertown, a program of Boyertown Area Multi-Service, www.boyertownareamulti-service.org

Early Bird Breakfasts: March 9, 16, 23 from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Call The Center at Spring Street at 610-367-2313 to make a reservation at least 2 days in advance. Admission charged, open to adults ages 55 and older.

New Health & Wellness Class – Yoga: 9 to 10 a.m. March 10, 17, 24. Try Yoga to extend your range of motion, improve muscle tone, breathe better and reduce stress. Space is limited. Call The Center at Spring Street to reserve spot, 610-367-2313.