Calendar of Events

Pa. German Cultural Heritage Center in Kutztown hosts Easter on Farm April 19, which includes demos, music, an egg hunt and a wagon ride.

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.

April 14: Celebrate National Library Week – Books!

April 21: Winnie the Pooh

April 28: Kevin Henkes

Mondays 11 a.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. Toddler Time: For ages 0-3. Stories, songs and fingerplays.

Tuesdays 11:15 a.m. Story Rider Storytime: For ages 2-5. Stories, songs, and a simple craft.

Fiesta Storytime will be held on April 15!

April 11 at 6:30 p.m. Classic Movie Night: Dark Passage. The library will provide drinks and light refreshments.

April 14 at 4 p.m. LEGO Club: Ages 6 and up. 2nd Monday of every month. Come create a LEGO sculpture with the library’s LEGOs.

April 17 at 11 a.m. Spring Storytime: An egg hunt, stories about bunnies and eggs topped off by making your own bunny cupcake. What could be better?

April 25 at 6:30 p.m. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! Wear your favorite 80s outfit and come watch Ghostbusters! Feel free to bring a brown bag supper. The library will provide snacks and drinks!

April 27 from 12 to 4 p.m. Kutztown Block Party: Miss Alison will be at a tent on Main Street with crafts and information on this year’s summer reading. Is it that time already!?

Brandywine Community Library

April 12, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Storytime For school aged Children and older preschoolers. Each Saturday features a different author and craft. Today, Norman Bridwell.

April 15 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Baby LapSit Storytime birth to 18 months, stories, rhymes and songs.

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

April 15, Stitch and Chat. 2 to 3 p.m.

April 16: Preschool Storytime 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

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

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Family Storytime. Stripes books, activities, and crafts.

April 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Early Closure.

April 19, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Read to a Therapy Dog. Meet therapy dogs at the library. Children can sign up to read to a registered therapy dog for 15 minutes. If hour not fully reserved children may extend their visit and/or walkins will be welcome.

Fleetwood Area Public Library

110 West Arch Street, Suite 209Lego Club- Mondays in April at 6:30PM to create Lego villages and more. We provide the Legos. No registration, free. Call the library at 610-944-0146 for more details.

National Library Week is April 13-19. This year’s theme is “Lives Change @ your library.” We will be handing out bookmarks and other goodies throughout this week and would love to see you in the library.

Greedy Readers Book Discussion Group- We are always happy to have more members. Stop by on Thursday, April 10 at 6:30PM to see what we are chatting about this month.

Coming soon- The Friends of the Fleetwood Library are hosting their annual Spring Book Sale in the second floor hallway by the library: Thursday, May 1, 6-8 p.m.; Friday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a bag sale beginning at 11 a.m.

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 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 is April 26, in High School cafeteria fro 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds benefit American Cancer Society and 2014 Relay for Life.

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 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. One-time monetary award and formal award presentation at opening event of Reading Reads: The Greater Reading Literary Festival Oct. 1 at Miller Center for the Arts. Entry forms obtained by contacting Anna Hehn at AHehn@racc.edu or by call 610-372-4721, ext. 5103.

2014 Berks County Dairy Princess Pageant. May 3 at the Mohrsville Church of the Brethren, 1542 Shoey Road, Mohrsville, where the 2014-15 Berks County Dairy Princess and Li’l Miss Dairy Princess will be crowned. The evening pageant will begin with a milk punch reception at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. and followed by the pageant at 8 p.m. To order tickets contact Michele at michelerm60@gmail.com by April 15.

April 10

Medicare Fraud & Abuse Prevention. 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s U.C.C., Fleetwood in the Sanctuary, 5 W. Arch St., Fleetwood. John Vogel from the Pa. Council of Aging speaks on Medicare Fraud & Abuse Prevention. Public is invited, handicapped accessible.

April 11

Kutztown Folk Music Society Concert at St. John’s UCC, Kutztown, at 8 p.m. and request a donation upon entry. Scott Marshall & the Hillbilly Souls- April 11. Singer, Songwriter and Recording Artist Scott Marshall hails from the Greater Lehigh Valley, in Southeastern Appalachia Pennsylvania. www.marshallshighway.com

Reading Radio Club meeting. 8 p.m. at Berks County Agricultural Center. 610-678-8976.

April 12

Easter on the Farm. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Pennsylvania German Heritage Center at Kutztown University, 22 Luckenbill Road in Kutztown. Folklife demonstrations, petting zoo, music by Mike Hertzog & The Blue Mountain Trio, Keith Brintzenhoff, Yodeling Betty Naftzinger. Egg hunts (ages 6 months to 10 years) 11:30 & 2:30. Blacksmithing, log-hewing, and hearth cooking demonstrations. Free children’s crafts, including dyed scratch eggs, basket weaving, and sun catcher making. Food and refreshments for sale. Event is free. Contact 610-683-1589 or visit www.kutztown.edu/pgchc for more information.

FREE READING ASSESSMENT FOR CHILDREN. April 12 from 9 a.m. to noon. Children should be in grades one through 11, registration required. KU graduate students assess child’s reading skills and strategies and then issue a complete report with recommendations. Free testing at Kutztown University by certified teachers who are completing their Master of Education degree in Reading, taken courses in reading diagnosis and are supervised by faculty members in the Graduate Reading program. To enroll child, email Dr. Sandy Chambers at chambers@kutztown.edu or call Tara at 610 683-4627 and leave a message. As soon as referral form is returned, child will be scheduled. Applications will be taken on a first come, first served basis.

April 14

Meeting - American Legion Post 480, Kutztown, see updated meeting and speaker information at http://sites.google.com/site/post480/

April 15

“Know the Facts” dinner party hosted by Christian Women’s Club of Reading- 6:30 p.m. at Gionnotti’s Country Manor. Guest night- men invited. Special guests include detective Bob Heiden and speaker, Frank Knipe. For reservations, call 610-926-9623.

April 16

“Bloom Where you Planted” luncheon hosted by the Christian’s Women’s Club of Reading- 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Riveredge Restaurant. Speacial feature Spayds Nursery at Green Valley with Betsy Rothenburger. Special speaker Frank Knipe- Odenton, MD, “Finding Success in a Changing World.” For reservations, call 610-603-9461.

April 17

“Changing Times” brunch hosted by the Christian’s Women’s Club of Reading- 9:15 a.m. at The Highlands. Special feature Mike Reinert, Berks Time Train. Special speaker Frank Knipe, Odenton MD, “Finding Success in a Changing World.” For reservations, call 610-777-0580.

“A Deer Adventure” dinner party hosted by Christian Women’s Club of Reading- 6:30 p.m. at Janelle Restaurant, Bowers. Guest night, men invited. Special Feature “white-tail deer study” and power point by Lauren Rentermacher and Stever Ferreri of the PA Game Commission. Special speaker Frank Knipe- Odenton, MD, “Finding Success in a Changing World.” For reservations, call 610-683-7247.

April 19

Kutztown Optimist Club’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. Starts promptly at 11 a.m. at Kutztown Park. For all ages, including adult hunt. Meet the Easter Bunny.

April 21

Albany Township Historical Society hosts Pennsylvania Humanities Council guest speaker Jay Smar. 7:30 p.m. at Headquarters. The topic is Folklore and Coal Mining Songs of the Northeast. Smar hails from the little coal mining town of Coaldale. At the age of eight, Smar was given drum lessons by the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters. Primarily a self-taught musician, Smar has a total of three years of music theory from jazz musicians Carl Trollinger and Ken Gehret. At 23, Smar quit his day job as a tree surgeon and joined a national touring band, The Classics Four. He performs on guitar, claw-hammer banjo, harmonica and fiddle. He sings and flat-foots, a form of clog-dancing. Smar is a full time musician and has dedicated his life to his loves — music, coal mining and people. Free and open to general public. Located at 404 Old Philly Pike in Kempton. For directions, visit www.albanyths.org.

April 25

Friday Night at the Movies. 7 p.m. at Lighthouse Church, 2096 Independent Road, (Route 863 S. near New Smithville), Breinigsville. Michael W. Smith and Jake Sanders star in “The Second Chance” which represents how two pastors overcome prejudices as they work together to help gang members, teen mothers and drug addicts in an urban church in a tough neighborhood. Family oriented, free. Go to www.LighthouseBaptistlv.org or call 610-285-2235.

April 26

25th Annual Friend, Inc. BENEFIT AUCTION at Beltzner Hall, at the Kutztown Fairgrounds. Bid on art, jewelry, household items, autographed items, gift certificates for local businesses and desserts. Doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Dinner by Dori Martin Catering (includes vegetarian options) and drinks (domestic and craft alike and wine from Blair Vineyards) included in price for ticket. This year is country picnic themed event. Event benefits Friend Inc. Community Services in Kutztown. For more information and tickets visit www.friendinc.org or call 610-683-7791.

April 27

Kutztown Community Partnership’s 2014 Kutztown Community Block Party. 12 to 4 p.m. on Main Street. The Block Party attracts a large number of vendors from: community organizations, Kutztown University clubs, local crafters, artists, and businesses. Features local food, entertainment, live music, art exhibits, games & prize winning contests and more. kcp@hometownu.com

May 3

Wine Tasting Fundraiser for MAIDEN CREEK WATERSHED ASSOCIATION. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Blair Vineyards, Kutztown. Ticket includes ?6 wine tastings with one chocolate and one cheese pairing. Percentage of each ticket goes to MCWA. For tickets and additional information, via email at maiden_creek@yahoo.com. Visit maidencreekwatershed.org or blairvineyards.org.

Jacobs Brothers at 6 p.m. Lighthouse Church, 2096 Independent Road (Route 863 S. near New Smithville), Breinigsville. Free; love offering accepted. Everyone welcome. Go to www.LighthouseBaptistlv.org. Call 610-285-2235 for more information.

May 9?

Kutztown Folk Music Society Concert at St. John’s UCC, Kutztown, at 8 p.m. and request a donation upon entry. Saul Broudy, with 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. www.wfma.net/broudy.htm

BERKS COUNTY’S BEST KEPT SECRETS TOUR—June 13 to 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, 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