Hamburg area 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.

Shoemakersville Fire Company Breakfast Buffet on the First Saturday of each month. Bring the kids to see the Easter Bunny in April. From 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. At 300 Church Ave Shoemakersville. Proceeds benefit the Firefighters.

Rehrersburg Lions Club annual benefit golf outing, May 3, at Green Acres Golf Course, Bernville. Tee sponsors and golfers, contact Rich Gehris @484-256-1534 or logcabinlion@msn.com ASAP.

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. in the Hamburg Municipal Center. 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.

New York City Bus Trip

Sponsored by the Hamburg Public Library. Trip is June 14. Have a fund day in New York, a day to do as you wish in the city. Leave Hamburg Middle School at 8 a.m., pickup at Bryant Park (41st St. and the Avenue of Americas) at 6 p.m. There is a cost per person due by May 16. No refunds unless the seat can be filled. For more information or to sign up, call the library at 610-562-2843.

April 3

The Hamburg Area Historical Society

Monthly meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, at the Hamburg Area High School, in the James A Gilmartin Community Room, down the hall from the LGR room.

The Friends of Hopewell Furnace will put on a play about a woman and her stove called “Out of the Fiery Furnace.” Come enjoy some Historical Memories. Our meetings are free and the public is welcomed. If school is canceled due to weather, our meeting will also be cancelled. Contact 610-488-1817.

April 4

Battle of the Birds

The Hamburg Area Education Foundation is proud to host Battle of the Birds in an effort to raise money for student grant opportunities. Players from the Philadelphia Eagles will gather in Hamburg to compete against the best local athletes (teachers, administrators, and coaches of the Hamburg Area School District) in an exciting game of basketball. It’s a great night for the family and Eagles fans alike! Doors open at 6 p.m., game starts at 7 p.m. at Hamburg Area High School. There is a cost for tickets. Call 610-562-2241 ext. 1736 for tickets and more information.

Country Line Dancing

From 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Shartlesville Grange, N. 4th St., Shartlesville. There is a cost. Food available. Benefits Shartlesville Lions Club outreach programs. Info: 610-488-5171.

April 4 & 5

Berks County Wine Trail

From noon to 5 p.m. both days. Join the 8 wineries of the Berks County Wine Trail as they celebrate Spring with 8 brand-new wine releases. The wine trail is also celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year and what better way to toast 10 years of terrific wines, wineries, creative wine/food pairings and winemaking here in Pennsylvania than to show off some brand new Pennsylvania wines! Visit the “events” page for details about the new wines to be sampled at each winery and this anniversary event.

This wine sampling event is free/no reservations required; although one or two wineries do charge a nominal fee for tasting of their full wine list, a fee refundable with purchase of wine. Visit www.berkscountywinetrail.com to plan your day out on the wine trail (self-guided tour)! For more info berks_county_wine_trail@yahoo.com or 610.488.7966.

April 5

Hamburg/Tilden PTO Indoor Yard Sale & Craft Show

From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. At Tilden Elementary School 524 West State Street, Hamburg. Doors open at 10 a.m. Plenty of parking. Benefits PTO.

Drama Ministry

Internationally experienced youth pantomime group performing “The Resurrection.” Sponsored by Northern Berks Methodist ConneXion (Salem UMC Shoemakersville, Salem Berne UMC Hamburg, Bethany UMC Hamburg). At 6:30 p.m. at Salem UMC Shoemakersville, 601 Main Street, Shoemakersville. No admission charge, free will offering will be taken. Call 610-562-4345

Bartram Breeze

10K, 5K and 2K road races to begin the Northern Berks QUAD Games. At Kervnsville Dam Recreation Area, Tilden Twp. Registration and pre-registration packet pick up is open from 8-8:45 a.m., races begin at 9 a.m.

April 6

Leesport Historical Society Museum

Open House at the Leesport Area Historical Society Museum, from 1 - 4 p.m. 128 Main St., Leesport.

Spring Festival

From 12-5 p.m. at The Arts Barn, 3 Berry Road, Schuylkill Haven. For more information call 570-366-8736, FREE parking, 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, LOTS of Arts and Crafts Vendors and Wine Tasting by Schuylkill County’s newest winery: Fieldwood Winery.

April 11

Hamburg Grange

Legislative Banquet at Virginville at 7 p.m.

April 11, 12 & 13

Meet Me in St. Louis

Hamburg Area Music Association and the Drama Hawks present the spring musical. There is a “Dinner and a Show” on April 12 from 4-6 p.m. Show times are April 11 & 12 at 7 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m. There is a cost for tickets. At Hamburg Area High School auditorium. To order tickets for the dinner call 610-562-2241 ext. 2147. To order tickets for the show call 610-562-3861 ext. 2599or email dramahawks@yahoo.com.

April 11 & 12

Book Sale

At the Schuylkill Valley Community Library. Friday, April 11, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday, April 12, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.. Fill a bag for a low price on Saturday. 1310 Washington Road, Leesport. www.berks.lib.pa.us/svcl.

Spamalot

Panthers-On-Parade present Spamalot. Both nights are at 7:30 p.m. as Schuylkill Valley High School. There is a cost for tickets.

April 12

Hamburg Grange

Meeting at Leesport Lock House at 4 p.m.

Eggstravaganza

There will be tons of fun and the Easter Bunny, too, at the annual Eggstravaganza from noon to 3 p.m. at the Heritage Center, 1102 Red Bridge Road, Bern Township. Along with the many children’s activities, there will be jugglers winding their way through the grounds. The animals of the Appalachian Petting Farm will be looking for some attention and there will be pony rides courtesy of K&B Stables.

EB (as we like to call him!) will be available for photo opportunities in the Hiester Canal Center in the upper level of the barn with children and families. Among the many children’s attractions will be sponge painting, egg dying, face painting, a birdseed butterfly and flower craft, and egg experiments.

A chocolate bunny drawing - one every 15 minutes and for children only - will add to the day’s fun!

These activities offer a twist on the traditional pre-Easter experience. There will not be an egg hunt, but there will be lots of opportunities to inspire the imaginations and talents of everyone who attends.

Most activities are free of charge, but there is a parking fee.

Leesport Lock House Redware Workshop

Featuring Zettlemoyer Pottery at Bethany E.C. Church, 308 Main Street, Leesport. Morning Workshop from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Afternoon Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Workshops will teach the techniques of sgraffito. Step by step directions will be given in a demonstration and throughout the workshop. Traditional Pennsylvania German motifs will be supplied or you can personalize your items with your own design. After the workshop, the redware will must dry overnight. Green accents will be added by Tammy the next day. Redware will be glazed and fired with the help of volunteers. Items should be available for pick up the following weekend. All pottery is food safe and lead free. Class size is limited. Coffee, drink and light refreshments provided. Feel free to bring a packed lunch. This could be a great family activity. There is a cost for the pottery. Christmas ornament for practice is free. First time participants or those wishing to review basic instruction should arrive ten minutes early. Contact Elaine Strause at 610-926-5770 or Ryan Strause at 610-926-4850.

April 12 & 13

Easter Bunny Express

Take a special 40-minute ride with an Easter theme! Our friendly rabbit will be at the Kempton station to pass out treats to all children before and after each trip. One of our vintage locomotives will be used to power these trains. Reservations are not required. Departures at 1, 2, 3, & 4 p.m. each day. There is a cost for the ride. 42 Community Center Drive in Kempton.

April 13

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.

Jews for Jesus

At Bethany United Methodist Church, Hamburg at 7 p.m. Presenter is Abram Abramson, New York City, Branch Manager, Jews for Jesus. For more info call 570-593-8744.

Berks County’s Best Kept Secrets Tour

From June 13 thru 28. 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, you’ll travel place to place enjoying all the special free things (refreshments, games, gifts, demos, etc) the businesses have planned for you. Plus, each place has given you a valuable coupon. You’ll be delighted by what you find tucked away in the countryside! There is a cost for tickets--$1 per ticket is donated to Greater Berks Food Bank. 717-721-1750 www.bestkeptsecretstour.com.