Community Calendar

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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 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.

March 10, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Intro to Yoga. Svaroopa Yoga – introductory level taught by Ellen Rosenkrantz (nu “OM” Yoga), RYT, CSYT teaching Yoga for 13 years. Bring a yoga mat or a mat will be provided. Bring an extra towel to roll up for support. Wear comfortable clothing. Yoga held in Henry Auditorium, across the parking lot from the library. Arrive early. Charge for all 5 sessions, pay at the library to hold reservation. Ages 12 and up.

March 11, 10:15 to 11 a.m., Preschool Storyriders. Stories, songs, giggles & games for ages 2 - 5. Topics: March 11 - Community Helpers, March 18- Up Up & Away.

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

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

March 12, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., Preschool Storytime with Miss Charlotte. Themed stories, rhymes, songs and a craft, bring an adult to assist.

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

March 15, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Read to a Therapy Dog. Children can sign up to read to a registered therapy dog for 15 minutes. If the hour is not fully reserved children may extend their visit and/or walkins will be welcome.

March 15, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Rick Mikula and The World of Butterflies. Rick Mikula has been seen on the Animal Planet and Discovery Channels. He has authored several books on butterflies and has been entertaining audiences for decades. Learn all about butterflies at this fun, interactive and educational program. Suggested ages: 4-104. Henry Auditorium, across the parking lot from the library. Free.

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 sponsor canine therapy sessions March 26; and April 1, from 11 a.m. to noon, in 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/.

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.

Optimist Club hosts Scholarship Race including a Kids Fun Run!

The Optimist Club of Kutztown hosts the 24th annual Fool’s Run Scholarship Races on March 29. Event includes the Solo Labs10-mile and Hometown Utilicom 5k races, the DEP Employees 2-mile walk and a ½/1 mile Kids Fun Runs. Proceeds from the event will help fund college scholarships for students of the Kutztown, Fleetwood and Brandywine Area School Districts.

The 10-mile race begins at 9 a.m. near the Kutztown Fairgrounds. There is a charge. Additional information regarding registration, course map and description, race guidelines, prizes, directions, and sponsorship information, at http://www.kutztownfoolsrun.com.

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

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 11

Lutheran Home Care & Hospice, Inc., will give a HEALTH & WELLNESS TALK 1 p.m. at The Lutheran Home at Topton, Henry Health Care Center, D-Wing, Deibert Hall, One South Home Ave., Topton. Free of charge and open to anyone in the community. No registration is required. The topic is Keep your Kidneys Healthy. Join us to learn more ways to keep your kidneys health by attending our wellness talk. Lutheran Home Care & Hospice, Inc. provides home health care, hospice services and in-home support services and serves individuals and families in south central through northeastern PA as well as northern Maryland. LHCH is a licensed home care agency, fully certified by both Medicare and Medicaid. For further information about home care services, please call: 800-840-9081.

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

Reading Radio Club meeting. 8 p.m. at Berks County Agricultural Center, 1238 County Welfar Road, Bern Township. Call Harry Hoffamn at 610-678-8976 about Amateur Radio

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.

Middle School Jazz Festival. 1 to 5 p.m. at Kutztown Middle School Commons. Bands attending: Kutztown Elementary Jazz Band, Muhlenberg Middle School, Wilson West MS, Governor Mifflin MS, Pine Grove Area MS, Spring-Ford MS, and Kutztown Middle School. There is a cost to attend.

Brandywine Heights Music Department presents the annual Music In Our Schools CONCERT AND POT PIE DINNER on March 15, at the Brandywine Heights High School. The snow date is March 16. This event is a district-wide showcase of our students’ musical talent. It gives the audience the opportunity to witness the musical growth of the students as they advance from grade 4 through their senior year of high school. Dinner served from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m., and musical performances begin at 4:30 p.m. The cost of a concert/meal combo is per person; a concert ticket minimal charge. To learn more, or to purchase tickets for the concert and the pot pie meal, please contact Rebecca Rhodes at rebrho@bhasd.org.

March 18

Don’t Worry, Be Happy Dinner Party. 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Gionotti’s County Manor, 3118 Princetown Road, Fleetwood. Special feature “Are You Getting a Good Nights Sleep” by Kim Kostival, special music by Genesis Health Care System, and speaker Shirley Ryder, of Front Royal, Va., talking about “Enjoying Peace Despite the Challenges of Life.” There is a charge. For reservations call Deb at 610-926-9623.

March 19

Spring Fashion Trends Luncheon. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Riveredge Restaurant. 2017 Bernville Road. Greenfields. Fashion show by Christopher&Banks with commentator Margaret Wagner. Shirley Ryder of Front Royal, Va., will also be attending as a guest speaker about the topic “Enjoying Peace Despite the Difficulties of Life.” There is a charge. For reservations call Kathy at 610-603-9461.

March 20

Berks County Patriots general meeting focused on Obamacare. Doors open at 6 p.m. Meeting 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Leesport Farmers’ Market. U.S. Congressman Joseph Pitts, 16th Congressional District, will provide update from Washington, D.C. Also, a panel of medical and other professionals review impact of ObamaCare. A question and answer period will conclude meeting. Free monthly meetings held every 3rd Thursday. Berks County Patriots is a non-profit, non-partisan group located in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Contact Jamie Kyle at jkyle@berkscountypatriots.org. Visit www.berkscountypatriots.org.

Warm Greetings Dinner Party. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Janelle Restaurant, 360 Fleetwood Road, Bowers. “Stampin Up” greeting cards by Nancy Martin of Pottsville, as well as guest speaker Shirley Ryder of Front Royal, Va., talking about the topic of “Enjoying Peace Despite the Challenges of Life.” There is a charge. For reservations call Cheryl at 610-683-7247.

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.

March 28

Kutztown Folk Music Society Concert. Rescheduled concert due to having to postpone it in December as a result of inclement weather. The concert originally scheduled for Dec. 13, 2013 with Jay Smar performing has been moved to Friday, March 28, at 8 p.m., this means two concerts this month. The Kuztown Folk Music Society hosts monthly concerts at St. John’s UCC, Kutztown, at 8 p.m. and request a donation upon entry. Concerts held in the church’s main sanctuary.

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 St. John’s UCC, Kutztown, at 8 p.m. and request a donation upon entry. Concerts held in the church’s main sanctuary.

Concert Event List:

March 14

Josee Vachon

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

March 28

Kutztown Folk Music Society Concert. Rescheduled concert due to having to postpone it in December as a result of inclement weather. The concert originally scheduled for Dec. 13, 2013 with Jay Smar performing has been moved to Friday, March 28, at 8 p.m.

April 11

Scott Marshall & the Hillbilly Souls

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

May 9

Saul Broudy

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