Hamburg Item calendar of events

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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 www.berks.lib.pa.us/hamburgpl.

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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 scheudle. Nov. 27 - Silver Sneakers at 9:15 a.m.; Nov. 27 - Let’s celebrate Nat’l Peanut Butter Lover’s Month at 10:30 a.m.; Nov. 28 & 29 - Center Closed. 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 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. 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. 28

Community Thanksgiving Eve Service

A community Thanksgiving Eve service will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Tri-County Worship Center on Schubert Road in Bethel. Pastor Ted WIlliams will guide the service that will include other local pastors. Topice of service: “A Pot Pourri of Thanks.”

Nov. 30

Small Business Saturday

Support our local businesses.

Benefit Dance for Ken Rarick

The Virginville Grange is sponsoring a benefit dance for Ken Rarick (a Maidencreek Twp. resident who has ongoing medical expenses). The dance will be held at the Virginville Grange on Route 143 in Virginville from 7 to 10 p.m. Music by The Majestics. There is a cost. Refreshments available at the dance.

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.

Dec. 1

Leesport Historical Society Museum

Open House from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Leesport Area Historical Society Museum, 128 Main St., Leesport. Santa will be there. Crafts & gifts for the kids. Refreshments offered.

Hamburg Grange

County Junior Bowling Party at Hiester’s Lane at 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 3

Shoemkersville Senior Citizens Christmas Bazaar

From 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. At Shoemkersville Fire Company. Flea market and raffle drawing.

Dec. 5

The Hamburg Area Historical Society

Meeting at 7 p.m. in the Hamburg Area High School cafeteria. Intern Cody Knight will present a program based on his research of local musical organizations. We will have holiday music and refreshments also. Everyone welcome.

Dec. 6 & 7

Catch the Spirit

Enjoy two days of holiday events throughout the town. Join us for the annual Christmas tree lighting, a holiday parade, visits with Santa, children’s activities, hand-made crafts, art displays, musical entertainment and much more. Hosted by The Bridge Church, Our Town Foundation, Hamburg Area Business Association and Hamburg Lions Club. Free Admission. See the Our Town Foundation newsletter for a complete list of activities, times and locations.

Dec. 7

Christmas Bazaar

Held at St. Thomas Church in Bernville from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Egg sandwiches, soups, barbecues, homemade candy, cookies and jams available. Lots of crafts, purses, doll clothing, cards and MUCH MORE!

Bethany United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar

From 8 a.m. to noon. Chipped beef breakfast, cookies, crafts, White Elephant and jewelry.

Annual Indoor/Outdoor Live Nativity

At Bern Lutheran Church, 820 W. Leesport Rd. (2 blocks off Route 183 in Bern Twp.) beginning at 6 p.m. For more information call 610-374-4343.

Hamburg Grange

Pomona Meeting at Pioneer at 9:45 a.m., don’t forget Angel tree gifts.

Dec. 8

Strausstown Fire Company Breakfast

At the Strausstown Fire Company’s Community Campus, 50 East Avenue, Strausstown; 8 a.m. to 12 noon; full breakfast menu; proceeds benefit the Apparatus Fund.

Salvation Army Benefit

At St. Paul’s Smoke Lutheran Church from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. To raise money for heating fuel costs to help families in need around the area. Slightly used purse sale, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Thirty-One, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, Longaberger and more. Food will be available to purchase: soup by the quart, apple dumplings and baked good. Gift wrapping available. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Shartlesville Grange Breakfast

All-you-can-eat, buffet style at 71 N. Fourth St., Shartlesville, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information call 610-488-6027.

Plant Powered Cooking Class

Led by Registered Dietitian Clara Iuliano. Classes are from 4 to 5:30 p.m. with a suggested donation per class. This class is Holiday Baking: Cholesterol free, flavor full baking for the holidays! Apple sauce cupcakes, pumpkin muffins, oatmeal cookies and apple cranberry crumble. All classes held at the Hamburg Seventh-day Adventist Church Fireside Room, 22 Willow Road, Hamburg. For directions or more information call 610-562-7200 or 610-334-6323.

Dec. 9

New Creative Writing Group

Meeting at the Hamburg Public Library, 35 N. Third St., Hamburg, at 7 p.m. If you have been interested in joining a creative writing group, look no further. This is the startup of a writing group for people of all levels of writing: beginners hoping to learn how to get started, unpublished look for publishing tips from experienced authors and published authors who would like to share some of your experiences within the world of writing. Open to all genre.