Kutztown Patriot Community Events Calendar

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


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.

Mondays 3 p.m. - TEEN TIME for grades 6 and up. Hang out, play games, make crafts.


Mondays 6 p.m. - EVENING STORY TIME

Tuesdays 11:15 a.m. - STORY RIDER STORY TIME for ages 2-5. Stories, songs, and a simple craft.

Thursdays 10 a.m. - TODDLER TIME for ages 0-3. Stories, songs, and fingerplays. Not held in October.

TEEN BOOK CLUB - 1st Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. Check at the library for book titles.

LEGO CLUB - 1st Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. for ages 5 and up.

SATURDAY STORY TIME 2nd and 4th Saturdays until Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m.

KNITTING GROUP- correction. This group doesn’t meet every week. Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays 10 a.m. to noon. Share your projects or learn to knit. The group welcomes beginners to experts. Kutztown Community Library 610-683-5820.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP- Meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 to 8 p.m. Regularly scheduled gathering of family, friends or caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease to provide emotional, educational and social support. Kutztown Community Library. 610-683-5820.

AFTER HOURS FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT- Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. showing “Despicable Me 2” at Kutztown Community Library. 610-683-5820.


110 W. Arch St. Suite 209, Fleetwood

Preschool Storytime. Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. Dec. 4, 11


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

PA Department of Health public immunization clinic. 9-11 a.m. Dec. 20 at St. Paul’s U.C.C., 47 S. White Oak St., Kutztown. If you are Uninsured or Underinsured the Department of Health can help you receive all of your vaccinations. You are eligible for vaccines at LOW or NO COST if you are: Underinsured or Uninsured. Call Berks County State Health Center at 610-378-4377 if you have questions or to schedule an appointment.

MODEL RAILROAD HOLIDAY OPEN FREIGHT STATION, 105 S Walnut St., Fleetwood. Free. Open Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Dec. 22. Closed Dec. 15. Santa Claus will be visiting Dec. 21, bring a camera. Call 610-944-8609.

BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR. sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care of Berks County in partnership with Berks County Area Agency on Aging and Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex. Retailers participating in Be a Santa to a Senior will display Christmas trees from Nov. 1 to Dec. 11 that feature ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick an ornament from these trees, buy the items listed and return them wrapped or in a bag to the Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex, with the ornament attached. Two gift trees will be located at Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex, 3103 Paper Mill Rd., in Wyomissing. Home Instead Senior Care-Berks County will collect gifts for delivery to the Area Agency on Aging for local seniors who might otherwise spend the holiday alone. Visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call Home Instead-Berks County at 610-372-2500 or Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex at 610-376-2100.

Silver Maple Veterinary Clinic plays “Santa”

Silver Maple Vet Clinic owners and team will take the money they would use for their annual holiday party, and give it back to the community. Nominate someone to receive veterinary care relief this holiday season. Include: Your Name, name of the person nominating, short story about why you are nominating them, pet’s name and phone number they can be reached at. Letters accepted until Dec. 10. You will receive a phone call by Dec. 11 if your letter was chosen. Mail letters to: Silver Maple Veterinary Clinic, 14993 Kutztown Road, Kutztown, Pa 19530; or Email to: smvc1717@gmail.com.

Kutztown Area Historical Society Model Railroad Open House

Sundays 1 to 4 p.m., Dec. 8, 15, 22, 29; Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 at Normal Avenue and Whiteoak Street, Kutztown. Highly detailed, 500 square foot HO scale model railroad open for visitors. Bustling city, amusement park, rural countryside, bridges, mountains, lakes, and streams on display. Interactive controls for Thomas the Tank and other trains. Visit www.kutztownhistory.org, call 610-683-7697, or e-mail kahs1892@yahoo.com.


The American Red Cross invites Americans to show their gratitude and best wishes for those who serve our country, vets and their families by sending holiday cards. Mail to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456. Red Cross volunteers sort and deliver the cards throughout the holiday season. Cards must be postmarked no later than Dec. 6. Refrain from sending letters, monetary donations or any other kinds of inserts with the cards. Please also refrain from using glitter. Visit redcross.org/holidaymail. Share photos and videos by using the hashtag #HolidayMail on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine accounts. The Red Cross will use the material on its social sites throughout the holiday season. The public also can connect with fellow card senders through Facebook.com/redcross and Twitter.com/redcross.

Dec. 7

BHHS Art Club’s 10th annual FEED A STARTING ARTIST Arts & Crafts Sale. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brandywine Heights High School cafe. Lil’ Crafters Workshops for make and take crafts, Paint Own Pottery, Create an elf or penguin. Homemade soups and apple dumplings. Live entertainment. No admission.

Holiday Open House and Sales. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rodale Institute, 611 Siegfriedale Rd in Kutztown. Complimentary treats, browse selection of organically-grown Christmas trees, wreaths, swags and other unique and sustainable gifts. Pictures taken with Santa on his vintage sleigh. Visit www.rodaleinstitute.org or call 610-683-6009.

Antique Dreams Open House. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 8500 Allentown Pike, Route 222 suite 2, Blandon. Sales, food, and door prizes. Keith and Daneen McCarthy have been buying and selling antiques for the last few years and decided to open an antique shop, selling arts & crafts, handmade items, re-purposed items. Vendors are all local. Shop opened Nov. 11.

St. Paul’s U.C.C. Kutztown CHRISTMAS BAZAAR. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s U.C.C., 47 S. Whiteoak St., Kutztown. Christmas Mice, baked goods, ornaments, cookies, crafts, food to eat in or take out, decorations, white elephants. 610-683-3393.

Marilyn’s Dance Studio presents “THE NUTCRACKER” 4 p.m. at Kutztown Senior High Schoo. Purchase tickets at the door. Also Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.

Enjoy holiday cheer along this weekend! Taking place from Noon to 5 PM both Saturday December 7th and Sunday December 8th,

WINE SHARING AND PAIRING HOLIDAY WEEKEND Dec. 7 and 8 noon to 5 p.m. along the Berks County Wine Trail. Share the holiday spirit, give the gift of wine and make a contribution to charity. Each winery will be featuring two wines ideal for holiday parties as well as gift giving. $1 per bottle of all sales of the featured wines sold at each winery over the event weekend will be donated to that winery’s designated charity. Each winery will pair a festive, holiday cookie paired with their featured wines. This wine trail event tour is “self-guided” and is free; no tickets or reservations required. For more information: www.berkscountywinetrail.com.

Dec. 8

Kempton Community Center Yard Sale/Craft Show/Flea Market. at Kempton Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Santa will be there from 9 a.m. to noon. Questions call Beverly: 610-756-6987.

RAJAH SHRINE CHANTERS CONCERT held at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 27 Lyons Road, Fleetwood, on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2:30 p.m. Refreshments will follow the concert. A free-will offering will be taken.

Marilyn’s Dance Studio presents “The Nutcracker” 2 p.m. at Kutztown Senior High School. Purchase tickets at the door.

OPEN HOUSE at the Fleetwood Historical Society 1 to 4 p.m.

Dec. 9

WINTER CRAFT NIGHT 6:30pm 6:30 p.m. Fleetwood Public Library, 110 W. Arch St., Suite 209, Fleetwood.

National History Day Competition Presentations is the topic of the meeting at Albany Township Historical Society 7:30 p.m. at Headquarters, 404 Old Philly Pike in Kempton. Students from Kutztown Area Middle School and High School will present their award winning exhibits from 2013 National History Day Competition. Free and everyone is welcomed. For directions, visit www.albanyths.org.

Dec. 10

Preschool Storyriders. 10:15 to 11 a.m. at Brandywine Community Library. Dancing Feet stories, songs, giggles and games for ages 2 - 5.

Baby LapSit Storytime. 10:30 to 11 a.m. at Brandywine Community Library. For babies from birth to 18 months, stories, rhymes and songs.

Toddler Time. 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Brandywine Community Library. For toddlers (18 to 36 months,short stories, songs and rhymes with movement.

Dec. 11

LIVING WITH AUTISM seminar with Dr. Patrick V. Suglia, author of “The Doctor Is In.” Information given by someone who overcame his own challenges with ASD to succeed in his own life endeavors. Held 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at U3 Body, Mind, & Spirit, 206 N. Whiteoak St., Kutztown. Call 484-648-2714 to register. There is a charge per person. Professional CEU credits may be available.

Preschool Storytime. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Brandywine Community Library. Themed stories, rhymes, songs and a craft, bring an adult to assist.

Toddler Time. 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Brandywine Community Library. For toddlers 18 to 36 months, short stories, songs and rhymes with movement.

Family Storytime. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Brandywine Community Library. Bedtime Books, activities, and crafts. No age limits or sign ups.

Dec. 13

The Brandywine Heights High School Music Department presents the annual Festival of Carols concerts featuring the High School Band and Concert Choir at Brandywine Heights Area High School. The Friday, Dec. 13 performance at 2:30 p.m. is for senior citizens and Brandywine Heights staff, tickets not required, and admission is free. Refreshments follow in the High School cafeteria. The Saturday, Dec. 14 concert is for the general public, and also begins at 2:30 p.m. All tickets are reserved seat and can be pre-purchased starting Dec. 3. Tickets may be purchased day of concert. Call 610-682-5102 ext. 2529 for additional information.

Dec. 14

Saucony Cross Apartments Seniors’ Holiday Bazaar, 420 College Boulevard, Kutztown, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in our Community Building, please park in Visitor Parking areas, White Elephant Items, Handmade Craft Items, Homemade Baked Goods and Christmas Cookies, Refreshments are also available.

CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University, 22 Luckenbill Road, Kutztown. Enjoy a Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas on the Farm. Purchase freshly cut Christmas tree. Featuring children’s activities, vendors, wagon rides, and folklife demonstrations including brewing, log hewing & hearth cooking and much more. Plus, visit with the Belsnickel…if you’ve been good this year. This event is free. Visit www.kutztown.edu/pgchc or call 610-683-1589.

Kutztown American Legion Post 480 Annual meeting, 1:30 p.m. Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown. Special Speaker: Thomas Rutter, Veteran’s Advocate Accredited by the Veteran’s Administration; Topic: “The Little Known Benefit for Wartime Veterans”. There is a little known benefit for wartime veterans called the Improved Pension. This program is designed to help wartime veterans or the widow(er)s. There are many moving parts to this program and how to start receiving the payments from the VA. Thomas Rutter of Retirement Solutions is Accredited directly by The Veterans Administration as an Accredited Claims Agent. He will explain the ins and outs of this program and when it makes sense to file a claim for the benefit as well as how it can help offset the cost for your care or your loved one.

LIVE NATIVITY. Zion Union Church Maxatawny, 329 Church Road, Kutztown, Dec. 14 (rain date Dec. 15). Shows will begin at 5 p.m. and are held every half hour with the last show at 7 p.m. We will also be serving refreshments.

Storytime with Miss Jenny. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Brandywine Community Library. For school aged Children and older preschoolers. Listen to stories from your favorite authors and do a craft. Today, Stan and Jan Berenstain.

Dec. 15

Fleetwood Historical Society OPEN HOUSE. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will be displaying Lester Hoch’s Farm Diorama , in addition to members art work, crafts, and hobbies and more than 9,000 artifacts of the Fleetwood area, the 1918 Metal Body Co. fire photos, and “When the Little Mack was the NEW Mack”. All welcome.

Dec. 18

Fleetwood Historical Society Membership meeting. at the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum, Hamburg, at 7 p.m. Meet at Society parking lot, at 6:30 p.m., to car pool or at Museum at 7 p.m.

Jan. 6

Lost Access Fleetwood: a grandparent visitation support group meets at Berks Encore, 109 W Vine St., Fleetwood from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. for more info call 610-698-7359 or email preciouschild6546@ptd.net.