Community 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.

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.

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March 17, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Intro to Yoga - Svaroopa, taught by Ellen Rosenkrantz. Bring a yoga mat, or mat provided. Bring an extra towel. Wear comfortable clothing. Yoga will be held in Henry Auditorium, across parking lot from library. Please arrive early, we begin promptly at 6:30. There is a charge. Register at library. Ages 12 and up.

March 18, 10:15 - 11 AM Preschool Storyriders. Stories, songs, giggles & games for ages 2 - 5. Today, Up Up & Away.

March 18, 10:30 - 11 AM Baby LapSit Storytime. For babies up to 18 months and adult, stories, rhymes and songs.

March 18, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Toddler Time. For 18 to 36 months and adult, short stories, songs and rhymes with movement.

March 18, 2 - 3 PM Stitch and Chat. Bring your current project and stitch with us.

March 19, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Preschool Storytime with Miss Charlotte. Themed stories, rhymes, songs and a craft, bring an adult to assist.

March 19, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Toddler Time. Short stories, songs and rhymes with movement.

March 19, 6:30 - 7:30 PM Family Storytime. Books, activities, and crafts. Today: Bubbles

March 19, 6:30 - 7:30 PM Intermediate Crochet. Choose from one of three projects: Ruffeled shrug, Summer shawl, or a lacy scarf. Minimal instruction fee for instructor, Kathy Sherry. Shop for materials and bring to class. Please sign up and pay the fee at the library, class size is limited. Ask for the materials list and pictures of the project choices.

March 22, 10:30 - 11:30 AM Storytime For school aged children and older preschoolers. Each Saturday features a different author, and craft. Today - 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/.

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

AAA Mature Operator Drivers Course will be held on April 2 and April 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You must attend both classes. This classroom course is designed for drivers 55 and older and covers age-related physical changes that affect driving ability. Cost reduced for AAA members, or combined rate for husband and wife. Veterans are FREE! Contact Kutztown Community Library to sign up at 610-683-5820. Class size is limited.

Sixth Berks County Poet Laureate Contest and the Second Berks County Scholastic Poet Laureate Contest. Open to all Berks County residents 18 years or older, who are established poets and have had poems published in print. The scholastic competition is for students in grades 9-12. Applicants for either contest are asked to submit five poems of any style, form or length for judging at Reading Area Community College. Deadline for entry is Friday, May 30. There will be a one-time monetary award and formal award presentation at the opening event of Reading Reads: The Greater Reading Literary Festival on October 1 at the Miller Center for the Arts. Entry forms may be obtained by contacting Anna Hehn at AHehn@racc.edu or by calling 610-372-4721, ext. 5103.

March 13

Judith Schwank, State Senator speaks at Woman’s Club of Kutztown meeting at St. Paul’s UCC, Kutztown at 7:30 p.m. All who are interested are invited to attend.

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

Our Town Foundation Wine Walk. Visit the office of The Kutztown Area Patriot and The Hamburg Area Item at OTF Hamburg’s first ever wine walk! More than 15 businesses will be participating, many offering wine samples and refreshments throughout the downtown as part of the self-guided tour. In addition, many tour stops will be offering special door prizes and discounted shopping available only for those on the tour that night. From 6 p.m.-8 p.m. The tour begins at The Gallery of Hamburg, 335 State Street, Hamburg. The event is open to all adults age 21 and older. There is a cost for tickets and includes all wine tastings and refreshments. All proceeds benefit the Hamburg OPEN Flags fund through Our Town Foundation. For more information or to order tickets, visit hamburgpa.org/events/wine-walk/, stop in The Gallery of Hamburg or call 610-562-3106.

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 16

Kid’s Movie Day Matinee. The Berks History Center, 940 Centre Ave., Reading, 2 p.m. Free. Enjoy one of the iconic movies of the 60s. This is a free event, open to the public. Visit the History Center’s Museum and our two current exhibits: ‘From I Have a Dream’ to ‘I want to Hold Your Hand’ and The Last Full Measure: Berks County at War 1861 – 1865.

March 17

Longswamp Township Historic Society second Book Launch Party. “The Village of Shamrock” will be unveiled 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Township building, lower level. St. Patty’s Day refreshments will be served and the book will be available for sale. Come and help us celebrate.

March 19

Fleetwood Historical Society will meet 7 p.m. in their museum at the Community Center. The program will discuss the one-room schools of Richmond Twp. and feature Dori Hoch and her book “Pearl of Richmond School”. Questions to Bill at 610-944-7786.

March 20

WORKSHOP ON HOME DOWNSIZING. The Lutheran Home at Topton is hosting a workshop on how to downsize and sell a home. The Diakon senior living community at 1 South Home Ave., Topton, will hold the seminar from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Representatives from Transition Connections and TLC Ladies will share tips on how to prepare a home for sale in today’s real estate market. For information on attending, call The Lutheran Home at Topton, toll-free, at 610-682-1413.

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

Friday Night at the Movies will be held at Lighthouse Church, 2096 Independent Road (Route 863 S near New Smithville), Breinigsville on March 28 beginning at 7 p.m. Johnny, a foster child with leukemia, is adopted by a family who lost their 10-year-old son in a car accident while his mother was driving. As the mother draws farther away from her husband and daughter, Johnny brings forgiveness and healing to the family. Lee Majors and Mel Fair star. Free movie and refreshments; family oriented. Call 610-285-2235 or go to www.LighthouseBaptistlv.org.

March 29

Kutztown Grange Hall from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. hosts all you can eat TURKEY POT-PIE DINNER, which includes homemade turkey pot-pie, lettuce with hot bacon dressing, apple sause, corn, roll and butter and a beverage. Baked goods will be for sale, and takeout will be available. There is a cost. Children three and under are free.

March 30

“Witness” a musical gospel trio hailing from the Easton area will offer a blend of traditional, southern gospel, and light contemporary music on March 30 at 7 p.m. at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 2096 Independent Road (Route 863 S, near New Smithville), Breinigsville. A free will offering will be taken. Bring the family to enjoy fellowship and song. Go to www.lighthousebaptistlv.org or call 610-285-2235 for more information.

April 4

Berks Catholic High School Musical Production, Fiddler on the Roof. Friday, April 4th and Saturday, April 5th at 7 p.m. in the Franco-Post Auditorium on the campus of Berks Catholic High School. To purchase tickets call 610–374–8361.

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