Calendar of Events: Feb. 5 edition

Wednesday, Feb. 5

KING’S DREAM

King’s Dream is a rousing celebration of diversity, unity, and peace. This enthralling performance and multimedia presentation offers a moving tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event is free and open to the public and is held at Perkins Student Center Auditorium, Penn State Berks, Broadcasting Rd., Reading. For more information contact Campus Life at 610-396-6076.

Saturday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 9

BRIDAL EXPO

First Annual Bridal Expo at Moonlight Winery, located on the grounds Ridgewood Estates, 2039 Philadelphia Avenue, Reading (Birdsboro), Pa. 19508. Dates are Feb. 8 & 9 and Feb. 22 & 23. Times: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Vendors needed for this event are: DJ, Florist, Photographers, Caterers, Cake Decorators, Limo , Travel Agents, Bridal Boutiques, Groom Attire, Party/Event Planners, Event Venues.

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All inquires please contact ridgewoodvendors@gmail.com or call 610-404-8159.

Sunday, Feb. 9

SPEAKER

Albright College alumnus Mike Epstein ’85, whose incredible weight loss journey was documented on ABC’s reality show “Extreme Weight Loss,” will speak to the Albright community on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m. in the Bollman Gymnasium. The event is free and open to the public.

HYMN FEST

In conjunction with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, St. Paul’s UCC in Amityville is hosting a Hymn Fest at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 (rain date Feb. 16).

The theme of the Hymn Fest is “Singing the Whole Story.” The hymn fest will be followed by a light reception in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome. St. Paul’s UCC is located at 1312 Old Swede Road, Douglassville. Call 610-689-9364 for questions.

TEA TASTING AND TRUKISH TEXTILE TRUNK SHOW

West Reading’s newest business Aurum Holistic Skincare hosts a tea tasting & artisan textile shopping party at 10 a.m. Feb. 9 in their gorgeous second floor location 548 Penn Ave., West Reading.

Thursday, Feb. 13

BLOOD DRIVE

The Boone Area Library, 129 N. Mill St., Birdsboro, will be hosting a Miller-Keystone Blood Center Blood Drive 1:30 - 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13.

Sponsor code to register online: 5329. For more information call 610-582-5666.

Ongoing

Through March 20

ART GALLERY

While paintings, drawings, and found objects reinvented for a new purpose have traditionally been the hallmarks of Nancy Sarangoulis’ artwork, a recent residency to work with artists and craftspeople in India provided her with another link to her artistic journey that includes explorations with automatic art, dreamlike imagery, and quiet meditation.

Visit the gallery entitled Travels Journeys: Nancy Sarangoulis at Penn State Berks, Freyberger Gallery, Broadcasting Rd., Reading. The event is free and open to the public. To contact the gallery, call 610-396-6095.

RIDING LESSONS

Horseback riding lessons are held at Shady Hollow Assisted Riding, 959 E. Main St., Birdsboro.

Able body lessons are offered 4 p.m. Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. Fridays, 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. Assisted riding lessons are held noon every other Saturday. (Feb. 1, Feb. 15) To schedule a lesson, call 610-582-4050.

BIRDSBORO ROTARY

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

BABYSITTING COURSE

The Red Cross offers a certified babysitting course for children ages 11 to 14 at the Berks County Red Cross in Reading. Call 610-375-4383 to register or for additional information.

BERKS HISTORY

The exhibit “From ‘I Have A Dream’ to ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ The Evolution of Modern Media” will be on display at the Berks History Center, 940 Centre Ave., Reading, through Sept. 13, 2014.

PAGODA WRITERS

The Pagoda Writers group gets together from 1 - 3 p.m. the first Saturday of every month on the second floor of the Pagoda, 98 Duryea Dr., Reading.

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Email event listings to editor Emily Thiel at ethiel@berksmontnews.com