Kutztown Patriot Community Calendar of Events

Send events to The Kutztown Area Patriot at 12 South Fourth St., Hamburg, Pa., 19526; fax: 610-562-4644; e-mail: lmitchell@berksmontnews.com.

KUTZTOWN COMMUNITY LIBRARY

Mondays 10 a.m., Preschool Story Time: For ages 3-5. Stories, songs, and a simple craft.

Mondays 11 a.m., Toddler Time: For ages 0-3. Stories, songs and fingerplays.

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Tuesdays 11:15 a.m., Story Rider Storytime: For ages 2-5. Stories, songs, and a simple craft.

Thursdays 10 a.m. Toddler Time: For ages 0-3. Stories, songs and fingerplays.

Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m., After Hours Movie Night: Come see the award-winning film Gravity (PG-13) and join us afterwards for a discussion of the film. Feel free to bring a brown bag supper. The library will provide snacks and drinks.

Brandywine Community Library

March 4, 10:15 to 11 a.m., Preschool Storyriders. Stories, songs, giggles & games for ages 2 - 5. Topics: March 4 - Hats Hats Hats, March 11 - Community Helpers.

March 4, 10:30 to 11 a.m., Baby LapSit Storytime. For babies from birth to 18 months and their adult companions, stories, rhymes and songs.

March 4, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Toddler Time. For 18 to 36 months and their adult caregiver, short stories, songs and rhymes with movement.

March 4, 2 to 3 p.m., Stitch and Chat. Bring your current project and stitch with us on the first and third Tuesdays in the Library’s meeting room. No sign ups.

March 5, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., Preschool Storytime. Themed stories, rhymes, songs and a craft, bring an adult to assist.

March 5, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Toddler Time. For 18 to 36 months, short stories, songs and rhymes with movement.

March 5, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Family Storytime. Books, activities, and crafts. No age limits or sign ups. March 5: Penguins, March 12: No storytime.

March 8, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Storytime with Miss Jenny, for school aged children and older preschoolers. Come listen to stories from your favorite authors and do a craft. March 8 - Anthony Browne, March 22 - Judi Barrett.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUPS

1st Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at The Lutheran Home at Topton, 1 S. Home Ave., Topton, Reinert Bldg, Multi-purpose room. Contact: Sally Rothenberger, 610-682-1404.

4th Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown. Contact: Janet Yost, 610-683-5820.

ALLENTOWN AREA SWING DANCE SOCIETY. Weekly Tuesday dances at Fearless Fire Co. Starlight Ballroom, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown. http://allentownswing.org

Leo Club Accepting Donations

Kutztown Area High School Leo Club accepting donations for its Charity Book Sale, including any gently-used or new book, high-end or specialty magazine, DVD, VHS, cassette, record, CD, video game or related equipment (tape boxes, record players, etc.) to sell. NO National Geographics, Encyclopedias or computer software. All donations may be dropped off at the high school office. For large donation, contact ahead of time for arrangements. Questions, contact Leo Club Advisor and Language Arts Instructor Josh Chambers at KAHS 610-683-7346. Their 9th annual Charity Book and Media Sale on Saturday, April 26, in the High School cafeteria from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society and the 2014 Relay for Life.

CANINE THERAPY SESSIONS

Kutztown University’s Counseling and Psychological Services will sponsor canine therapy sessions March 26; and April 1, from 11 a.m. to noon, in the McFarland Student Union Multipurpose Room (218). Pet and play with trained therapy dogs. Hypoallergenic dogs available. “There’s a lot of research on the human-companion animal bond,” said Dr. Aimee Adams, a licensed psychologist and assistant professor with KU’s Counseling and Psychological Services. “Animal interactions have been shown to decrease blood pressure, improve well-being and facilitate socialization.” Dogs provided by Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs and other local therapy dog groups. A representative from counseling center will be available. Faculty, staff and community members welcome. Visit http://lvtherapydogs.org/.

Honeybee Conservancy Class at Rodale Institute. Learn about the current issues facing honeybees and available sustainable solutions in this 2-day class March 1 and 2 that teaches natural practices for honeybee stewardship. Register online at www.rodaleinstitute.org or contact Maria Pop at 610-683-1481 or maria.pop@rodaleinstitute.org.

Fleetwood Area School District Kindergarten Registration Dates: Willow Creek Elementary April 7 and 8, Richmond Elementary April 23, Andrew Maier Elementary April 28 and 29. Students must be age 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2014. Contact the elementary your child will be attending. Andrew Maier: 610-926-2502, Richmond: 610-944-6279, Willow Creek: 610-944-8404.

BERKS COUNTY’S BEST KEPT SECRETS TOUR—June 13 thru 28, 2014

A shopping/food and fun adventure featuring 37 off-the-beaten path businesses, hand-picked for their uniqueness. Set up like a home or garden tour, travel place to place enjoying all the special free things (refreshments, games, gifts, demos, etc) the businesses have planned. Plus, each place gives a coupon. Purchase tickets, $1 per ticket is donated to Greater Berks Food Bank. 717-721-1750 www.bestkeptsecretstour.com

Feb. 28

Friday Night at the Movies will be held at Lighthouse Church (2096 Independent Road (Route 863 S. near New Smithville), Breinigsville, 7 p.m. A troubled youth vandalizes a church and winds up in a close association with the woodcarver whose work he destroyed. (Free family movie and refreshments.) www.LighthouseBaptistlv.org or call 610-285-2235.

Coffee House/Art Auction. 7:30-10 p.m. at Bear’s Den, MacFarland Student Union Building, Kutztown University. Hosted by Kutztown University Honors Club and Art Club. Food, art, and entertainment. Bid on art to benefit the art program at Kutztown Middle School and enjoy entertainment by Kutztown’s own Chris Burkholder and Tye Vallone. Last year their auction sold $650 in art, with $250 going to support younger artists. “Help us make this year an even greater success.”

March 1

STREAMS IN THE DESERT. 9 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 117 E. Arch St., Fleetwood will be hosting The World Day of Prayer event “Streams in the Desert.” The program was written by Egyptian women. A continental breakfast will be served. Helenirene Kuehne, a retired art teacher from Kutztown, will be the speaker, she has traveled to Egypt and her archeologist son lives in Egypt. Purchase tickets at the door.

March 2

VFW Breakfast. 8 a.m. to 12:30, p.m. 1522 Butz Rd, Breinigsville, Eggs any style, Pancakes, BB Pancakes, FT, HF, SOS, 2 meats, and more! www.VFWPost8282.org There is a cost.

March 3

CONCERN Professional Services for Children, Youth, and Families hosts an informational meeting for prospective foster parents from 6 to 8 p.m. To attend, call 610-944-0445. Visit www.CONCERN4kids.org.

March 7

KU HOSTS PRIDE AND PREJUDICE CONFERENCE TO EXPLORE GLBTQA ISSUES. Panel includes defrocked United Methodist Pastor. Kutztown University’s Human Diversity Commission is sponsoring a conference on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and ally (GLBTQA) issues entitled “Pride & Prejudice: GLBTQA Issues Today,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the McFarland Student Union. This year’s conference is meant to facilitate discussion, new ideas and education about current issues in the GLBTQA community. Everyone is invited to attend: allies, those who identify as GLBTQ and those who wish to be better informed. The day’s discussion topics include mentoring LGBTQ students, activism and self-awareness, personal identity, the intersection of identities and being out in the workplace, among others. Keynote speakers for this event are state Rep. Brian Sims, distinguished policy attorney and civil rights advocate; and the Rev. Frank Schaefer, a pastor who was defrocked by the United Methodist church for officiating at his gay son’s wedding. Free and open to public, but preregistration is required. To register, visit http://libguides.kutztown.edu/KUdiversity14.

March 10

American Legion Post 480, Kutztown, Regular Meeting, preparation for Memorial Day Parade, discussion of flags for graves.

March 13

KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA CONCERT. 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Features two KU Concerto Competition winners, Julia Costacurta (violin) who won the high school division and Mary McCormick (soprano) who won the college division.

Costacurta is a student of Timothy Schwarz and has performed in master classes with David Kim and Domenic Salerni. She was winner of the 2013 Tirone Award for Techne Music and received honorable mention in 2012 and 2013 for the Voorhees Competition in Allentown. She will perform the first movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor. McCormick is a senior at Kutztown University and a student of Trucilla Sabatino. She recently sang the role of “Gianetta” in L’Elisir d’Amore with the Berks Opera Workshop and won first place in the “Song and Aria” division at the 2012 Lehigh Valley NATS competition. She will sing two Mozart Arias with KUO. In addition to the two soloists, the concert program includes Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 and Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Philadelphia Orchestra trumpet Anthony Prisk will work with the KUO brass in a special seminar, and brass students from as far away as the University of Massachusetts have auditioned to play in the off stage brass ensemble. The orchestra also invited some of the most talented string players from the Lehigh Valley to join the KUO, who come from Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton and Stroudsburg.

March 14

Josee Vachon Concert. The Kuztown Folk Music Society hosts monthly concerts at Saint John’s UCC, Kutztown, at 8 p.m. and request a donation upon entry. They will take place in the church’s main sanctuary. Born in Quebec and raised in Maine, Vachon has been sharing her Franco-American upbringing for more than 25 years through traditional and contemporary folksongs from Quebec and Acadia and through her own compositions. Vachon has 12 solo recordings. http://joseevachon.com/biography.html

March 15

All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast. 8 to 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 201 E. Main St., Kutztown. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham, potatoes, fruit salad, toast, juice, coffee, tea. Children under age 3 eat for free. There’s also a variety of soup for sale. All proceeds go to support St. John’s community outreach program to help local families.

March 22

HOMEMADE CHICKEN POT PIE SUPPER, 3:30 to 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s U.C.C., 5 West Arch St., Fleetwood. All you can eat family style, dessert and beverage included. Purchase tickets at the door. Children under age 4 eat for free. Wheelchair accessible. Take out orders only, March 21. Take out must be ordered by March 7, call 610-944-7300.

April 6

SPRING FESTIVAL at THE ARTS BARN, 3 Berry Road, Schuylkill Haven, 12 to 5 p.m. music by YMI a DUO, petting zoo by Appalachian Petting Zoo, Crafts and Face Painting by The Arts Barn, Caricatures by Missi Allen, artist demonstrations including the newest “Dueling Chainsaws”. Food by Beauregard’s Catering and Caribbean Cuizine, Arts and Crafts Vendors and Wine Tasting.

Kutztown Folk Music Society 2014 Shows

The Kuztown Folk Music Society hosts monthly concerts at Saint John’s UCC, Kutztown, at 8 p.m. and request a donation upon entry. They will take place in the church’s main sanctuary.

Concert Event List:

Josee Vachon- March 14, 2014 The Kuztown Folk Music Society hosts monthly concerts at Saint John’s UCC, Kutztown, at 8 p.m. and request a donation upon entry. They will take place in the church’s main sanctuary.

Born in Quebec and raised in Maine, Josee Vachon has been sharing her Franco-American upbringing for over 25 years through traditional and contemporary folksongs from Quebec and Acadia and through her own compositions. Ms. Vachon has 12 solo recordings to her credit, and continues to perform and record the music that best represents her love of Franco-American culture. http://joseevachon.com/biography.html

Scott Marshall & the Hillbilly Souls- April 11, 2014

Singer, Songwriter and Recording Artist Scott Marshall hails from the Greater Lehigh Valley, in Southeastern Appalachia Pennsylvania. Whether headlining or supporting a national act, Scott & Co., deliver on every level. His ability to connect with an audience as a songwriter and as an entertainer, commands your attention. From start to finish he captivates and will keep you coming back for more. www.marshallshighway.com

Saul Broudy- May 9th, 2014

Saul’s career spans almost 20 years of performance in virtually every major folk music venue in the US, Canada, and many European countries. He is a veteran performer on the folk scene, singing country, blues, bluegrass and other traditional and contemporary forms of grassroots American music, accompanying himself on acoustic harmonica and guitar. Saul’s performances are known for his stunning harmonica playing & he’s been a harmonica sideman on 19 albums to date. www.wfma.net/broudy.htm