Fecho Productions invites you to “Bobbi & Bobbee’s Big Fat Gay Wedding” on May 6 |May 3, 2016

READING >> Fecho Productions, in association with the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Reading, presents a hysterical and raucous new interactive event, “Bobbi & Bobbee’s Big Fat Gay Wedding” on Friday, May 6.

1st Street Players bring an area ‘first’ to Birdsboro — ‘Murder Ballad’ |May 3, 2016

BIRDSBORO >> The 1st Street Players present the area premiere of the hit new musical “Murder Ballad” for two weekends only.

Playcrafters to present Rent |May 2, 2016

Attention: MTV generation. Playcrafters’ debut performance this season is the award-winning rock musical (Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony for Best Musical) that set Broadway on fire 20 years ago.

Rain dampens 1st Kutztown Art Crawl |May 2, 2016

Kutztown Community Partnership’s first annual Kutztown Art Crawl was dampened by the rain on Thursday, April 28.

Blue Hazel wins gold at Sly Fox Bock Fest and Goat Race in Pottstown |May 2, 2016

Pottstown >> It appears the luck of a lucky penny can rub off. After last year’s Sly Fox Brewery Bock Fest and Goat Race saw Penny, the Nubian goat from Blythe Township, Schuylkill County, take home the gold, many were wondering if she could defend her title again this year.

Motorcyclist dies from crash injuries in Upper Pottsgrove |May 2, 2016

UPPER POTTSGROVE >> The motorcyclist involved in a Tuesday crash on Farmington Avenue near Route 100 has died from his injuries, authorities said Wednesday.

Pottstown School Board opposes Cluster expansion |May 2, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> The Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities had no more luck garnering support for its expansion on North Franklin Street from the school board Monday night than it did from borough council two weeks ago.

Pottstown School Board struggles with salary demands |May 2, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Questions of salary seem to be on the front burner for the Pottstown School Board.

Zero tax hike budget in sight for Pottsgrove after state funding boost |May 2, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> Charged with exploring ways to craft a 2016-17 budget that doesn’t raise taxes, it’s looking like the Pottsgrove Schools Administration will be getting a lot of help from the state.

Familiar names apply for Pottsgrove School Board vacancy |May 2, 2016

Two former school board members, one former commissioner candidate and one Upper Pottsgrove resident have applied to fill the vacancy on the Pottsgrove School Board created by the

Pottstown Firkin Fest attracts craft beer enthusiasts |May 2, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Beer lovers were left thirsty for more Saturday after craft breweries brought their best firkins to Memorial Park.

First Trust Bank approves mortgage for Bethel Community Church in Pottstown on first anniversary |May 2, 2016

Pottstown >> Bethel Community Church received the perfect first anniversary present on Sunday.

KHS Dance Team claims title of TIA Atlantic Coast Champions |May 2, 2016

The Kutztown Dance team competes in chapter 2 of the N.J.A.T.I.A. (National Judges Association Tournament Indoor Association). The TIA includes Indoor Guard, Percussion, Dance and Twirling groups from mid-Atlantic region (from upstate New York to West Virginia).

NBCC announces spring programs to include new Roundtable Series |May 2, 2016

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce has announced spring programs, one of which is a new Roundtable Series facilitated by Robin Costenbader-Jacobson, RC-J Consulting Associates, LLC, to begin on May 26 at the Chamber Office, 110 W.

Public invited to view Mercury Transit at Boyertown Planetarium |May 2, 2016

During the day on Monday, May 9, observers will notice the small black disk of the planet Mercury crossing the Sun. This event, called a transit, hasn’t happened since 2006 and provides us with a unique view of a special astronomical event.

Fleetwood Brownies explore ‘sensing stations’ with Junior Girl Scouts |May 2, 2016

Fleetwood Girl Scout Junior Troop 1811 recently took a trip across town to visit Brownie Girl Scout Troop 1956 and help them earn their Brownie Senses badge.

Fleetwood’s Brownie Troop 1956 earns Household Elf badge at Angelica Park |May 2, 2016

Fleetwood Girl Scout Brownie Troop 1956 recently took a trip to the Education and Watershed at Berks Nature, at Angelica Park.

Local financial professional recognized for top performance by Signator Investors, Inc. |May 2, 2016

Andrew Maron, Partner of Client 1st Financial, LLC of Fogelsville, a member of Signator Investors, Inc., powered by John Hancock Financial Network, has qualified for the ACE ’16 conference by finishing as a top finalist under the company’s “Best of Class” category.

Patriot Community Calendar May 5 |May 2, 2016

Send events to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com by Friday noon week prior to publication.

KCP to take over management of Kutztown Pool |May 2, 2016

The Kutztown Community Partnership will take over management of the snack stand at the Kutztown Community Swimming Pool as of opening day, May 28, announced Nancy Brooks, KCP Main Street Manager.

Kutztown Fair receives $5,000 grant from Land O Lakes |May 2, 2016

The Kutztown Fair Association has accepted the generosity of national milk cooperative, Land O Lakes, for its assistance in upgrading the Fair’s computer registration and record keeping for the more than 4,000 entries at the 2016 Kutztown Fair.

Rep. Mackenzie announces fire and EMS grant awards |May 2, 2016

Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks/Lehigh) announced on April 29 that volunteer fire and emergency medical services (EMS) companies in the 134th District will share more than $110,000 in state grants.

Finals Week Food Pantry feeds hungry Kutztown University students |May 2, 2016

A call for donations went out to the Kutztown University campus to donate food to the Finals Week Food Pantry.

Kutztown High School SADD lobbies Senator Argall about teen driving laws |May 2, 2016

Kutztown High School Students Against Destructive Decisions lobbied Sen. David Argall about teen driving and distracted driving laws during a recent visit to Harrisburg.

Kutztown man, 54, found with suspected child porn |May 2, 2016

A Kutztown man was one of four men found with suspected child pornography after investigations by Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane’s Child Predator Section.

A prom to remember |May 2, 2016

Cat Angel Network: Meet Puss, a love bug looking for a new family |May 2, 2016

Hello! My name is Puss, and I a lovable girl who is looking for a new family.

Adoptables from the Montco SPCA |May 2, 2016

Are you looking for the total package in a man? Looks, brains and athleticism? Then please allow us the honor of introducing Peter. This handsome young man doesn’t like to brag, but he is quite intelligent and will demonstrate a variety of commands, including sit pretty.

The Historian: Black walnuts in local folk culture |May 2, 2016

The venerable black walnut trees have so far escaped the blights, insects and droughts that have all but destroyed some other local species.

Daughters of American Revolution honor two PSD students |May 2, 2016

Taylor Smith and Sabrina Butler, of Pottstown School District, were recently honored by the Mahanatawny Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Taylor, an eighth grade student, received the honor for her award wining essay on “The Stamp Act.

Annual Colonial May Fair offers historical fun at Pottsgrove Manor |May 2, 2016

Celebrate spring at the Annual Colonial May Fair held at historic Pottsgrove Manor on Saturday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mayors, execs face off in baker challenge; Benefit Auction raises $38,182 for Friend |May 2, 2016

The 27th annual Benefit Auction’s new Executive Baker Challenge alone raised $15,000 for Friend Inc. Community Services in Kutztown.

Pottstown outdoor farmers market opens with Cinco De Mayo celebration |May 2, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> The outdoor farmers market will open its season with a fiesta for Cinco De Mayo on Thursday.

Twin Valley Elementary Center fourth-graders raise, release trout |Apr 29, 2016

Fourth-grade students from Twin Valley Elementary Center (TVEC) in Elverson released their brook trout fingerlings into Hay Creek across from the old White Bear Restaurant along Hay Creek Road in Birdsboro.

WTIM: Music Around Town |Apr 29, 2016

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

Actress portrays Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor under FDR, during one-woman show at Heritage of Green Hills |Apr 29, 2016

Residents of The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy life plan community outside of Reading, were recently entertained by actress Peggy Orner, who portrayed Frances Perkins, the Secretary of Labor under Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Kutztown visitors teach Quidditch to Boyertown locals |Apr 29, 2016

On Saturday, April 2, the Boyertown Community Library hosted a highly-anticipated event with the Kutztown University Quidditch team.

Amity Elementary fourth graders get political with presidential campaign posters |Apr 29, 2016

Fourth graders in Tom Sweet’s computer class at Amity Elementary Center recently created their own campaign posters using Microsoft Publisher. The students were given three options: they could choose themselves, pick a current candidate or do none of the above.

Local organizations come together to offer ‘Aging Parent Fair’ |Apr 29, 2016

In the midst of a busy career, another aspect of life often unexpectedly enters lives: caring for aging parents. Unlike college, where parents are aware of the timing needed to make advanced plans, aging issues tend to be crisis driven and become a priority without warning.

Old-fashioned ‘sewing circle’ open to public May 14 |Apr 29, 2016

On Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., an old-fashioned sewing circle will be held at the Berks County Heritage Center. This is a free event.

Daniel Boone High School launches JROTC program |Apr 29, 2016

Daniel Boone students now have to opportunity to join the Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps — a military regulated high school program.

PennDOT announces first use of Flashing Yellow Arrow signals |Apr 29, 2016

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced it will be activating a new type of left turn signal that has been proven to improve left turn safety at intersections.

Hamburg Police: Fight investigated on 200 block of N. 5th Street |Apr 29, 2016

On April 22, Hamburg Police reported a fight at approximately 11:15 p.m. in the 200 block of N. 5th Street.

Historical Society Of Montgomery County to offer genealogy workshop |Apr 29, 2016

Looking to get started on researching your family tree? Then, you don’t want to miss the spring “Introduction to Genealogy” workshop presented by Genealogist Rose Brown at the Historical Society of Montgomery County.

Clay on Main presents ‘Civil Twilight’ exhibition |Apr 29, 2016

Clay on Main is pleased to present an exhibition of recent work by Mary Ann Conway and Lisa Gauker from Sunday, May 1 to Sunday, May 29.

Seniors ‘like’ connecting with ‘friends’ and family on Facebook |Apr 29, 2016

Do you think you’re too old for Facebook? Think again!

Hollenbach Construction receives 2016 Business/Enterprise of the Year Award |Apr 29, 2016

Hollenbach Construction, Inc. received the 2016 Business/Enterprise of the Year Award from the Tri County Area Chamber during the Annual Dinner on April 21 at Rivercrest Golf Club and Preserve in Phoenixville.

A Look Back in History: The American Folklife Movement |Apr 29, 2016

With such a culture and region of storied past, academic folklife studies emerged worldwide in the wake of post-WWII modern lifestyle, created when natural fibers were replaced by new synthetic materials and mass produced commercial foods changed man’s traditional way of living.

Golf tournament benefits Hamburg Softball League |Apr 29, 2016

As spring temperatures rise, parks are filling up with youngsters ready to play ball, including the Hamburg Area Girls Athletic Association.

Second set of collectable Bear Fever coasters now available |Apr 29, 2016

A second set of Bear Fever coasters featuring 4 different Bear Fever bears is now available at Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery and Studio, 220 South Reading Avenue, Boyertown, PA, and Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown, PA.