Community Events

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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. 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.

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 24, 7 - 8:30 PM Board of Trustees Meeting. Open to the public.

April 26, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Storytime for school aged children and older preschoolers. Each Saturday features an author and a craft. April 26 - Lillian Hoban.

April 29, 10:15 - 11 a.m., Preschool Storyriders. Under the Sea stories, songs, giggles and games. Ages 2 - 5.

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

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

April 30, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m., Preschool Storytime stories, rhymes, songs and a craft.

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Toddler Time, 18 to 36 months, short stories, songs and rhymes.

6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Family Storytime. Books, activities, crafts.

May 3, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Free Comic Book Day, while supplies last.

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.

Friends of the Fleetwood Library Spring Book Sale. Second floor hallway by the library: May 1, 6-8 p.m.; May 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 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.

Kutztown to Allentown Macaroni Kid hosts Haiku & Picture Contest. Macaroni Kid challenges kids and parents to create a spring or summer haiku with a related picture in any medium, photographed for submission when haiku submitted. Poet may be included in photograph; however art work must be clearly visible. Submissions judged on overall creativity and artistry according to age groups: elementary age (5-11), middle – high school (12 – 18) and parents to win prizes. Submit by April 24 at midnight along with name, school, age to lauraj@macaronikid.com. www.Kutztown-to-Allentown.MacaroniKid.com

KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY GARDEN PLOTS AVAILABLE. A limited number of plots at the Kutztown University Community Garden located at Pa. German Cultural Heritage Center. The lots are 10’ X 30’. There is cost per plot. Special prices are available for KU students. Garden season runs April 26 – Oct. 31. First come, first served. To reserve a plot, contact the PGCHC at heritage@kutztown.edu or 610-683-1589.

Recycle old shoes, help support Doberman Pinscher Rescue of PA, Inc. DPRPA is collecting old, unwanted, and worn out shoes of all types. 50 cents per pound donated to the rescue. All proceeds help non-profit organization continue to rescue and find Dobermans new homes. If live in the Berks/Lancaster County or surrounding areas, arrange drop-off/pick-up at rbieber68@verizon.net, 610-944-1319, Cell: 610-850-2018

April 24

Parade of Homes. The Lutheran Home at Topton hosts “parade of homes” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event includes a progressive appetizer party by the village culinary department in the Diakon senior living community’s apartment homes. For more information, call Connie Hartman of the village staff at 610-682-1413.

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.

Kutztown Leo Club Charity Book Sale, in High School cafeteria fro 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gently-used or new books, high-end or specialty magazines, DVD, VHS, cassette, record, CD, video game or related equipment. Questions, contact Leo Club Advisor Josh Chambers at KAHS 610-683-7346. All proceeds benefit American Cancer Society and 2014 Relay for Life.

Wine and Dine with Blair Vineyards and Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce. 12 to 3 p.m. at Blair Vineyards, 99 Dietrich Valley Road, Kutztown. Light lunch paired with Blair wine. There is a charge. RSVP to Michelle at nbcc2@ptd.net by April 23.

Kutztown University Alumni Jazz Band presents “A Salute to Spring.” 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 117 E. Arch St., Fleetwood. Under direction of Richard G. Wells with assistance from Charles Randazzo, with a membership of 25 members.

April 27

Kutztown Community Partnership’s 2014 Kutztown Community Block Party. 12 to 4 p.m. West Main Street, Kutztown from Constitution Blvd. to Whiteoak Street. New author’s pavilion, local acoustic favorites Bob Sica and Aaron Fritz and group performers Kumare and Generation Gap. Petting zoo, dunk tank by Kutztown Brandywine Youth Football & Cheerleading Association, Tumble ‘N Bounce tropical moon bounce house, rock climbing wall sponsored by KU Off-Campus Advisory Council, Plein Air Exhibit coordinated by locals artists, Mad Science of Lehigh Valley Educational Workshop, and children’s arts display & crafts stations. Vendors offer activities from children’s games and interactive readings to a live Zumba & cross-fit demo class. Local eateries, baked goods & crafts, i jewelry and accessories, home décor, raffles and contests. Open to public, free. kcp@hometownu.com

Road Rally. Zion Union Church Maxatawny, 329 Church Road, Kutztown, Adult Fellowship Group is holding annual Road Rally open to all licensed drivers. Packets including directions provided, plus a sheet of questions to challenge observational skills. A driver and navigator needed, but may have as many in car as wish. Course is about 30 miles long, takes about two hours. Cars lined up at 12:30 p.m. and depart at 1 p.m. Minimal registration fee per car. After, ice cream social at the church and winning cars identified. Sign up at the church or by call church office at 610-683-7485.

Berks Sheriff Brigade, an educational group, meeting 6 p.m. at Wegman’s Restaurant, 4401 Pottsville Pike, Reading. Main speaker from the “Oath Keepers” speaking on the constitution. Public invited.

April 28

Pioneer Grange in Topton Basket Bingo. 6:45 p.m. Ticket includes 25 games of bingo, a hot dog and drink. Special games, jackpot, and raffle are extra. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For tickets, call Cindy at 610-641-0700 or Tammy at 610-682-7077.

April 29

Brandywine Heights Community Drug Task Force. Follow up meeting 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School. The 15 facilitators reviewed suggestions provided from first meeting and created action groups intended to be work groups where participants collaborate and contribute efforts to improve community. To be an active participant in action groups, sign up by visiting Brandywine Heights Area School District Home Page (www.bhasd.org) and find link “Community Task Force Sign Up (***NEW***)”.

May 1

Pioneer Grange in Topton annual Community Night program. 7:30 p.m. The entertainment will be “Dr. Kelly’s Old Time Medicine Show”. The public is invited. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the program.

May 2

Book Sale. Sponsored by Friends of the Fleetwood Area Library, 110 West Arch St., Fleetwood. May 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; May 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bag Sale 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 610-944-0146

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 4

VFW Breakfast. 8 a.m. to 12:30 at 1522 Butz Road, Breinigsville. There is a charge. Eggs any style, Pancakes, BB Pancakes, FT, HF, SOS, 2 meats, and more. www.VFWPost8282.org

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

Spring Open House at Rodale Institute, 611 Siegfriedale Rd., Kutztown. Organic plants for sale May 9 and 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday Preview Party May 8, 4 to 6 p.m. RSVP at Rodaleinstitute.org or 610-683-1400.

May 10

BCTC Spring Fair. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., BCTC - West Campus, 1057 County Road, Leesport. All proceeds benefit the student competitors from BCTC. Vendor & Flea Market Tables, Cow paddy bingo - 11am - 1pm, Muddys Pork Pull, Raffle, 5k run, Blood Drive, Face Painting. Drawing for the 1966 Ford Mustang. Rain or Shine. For more information visit www.berkscareer.com - click on events or email joan.bailey@berkscareer.com.

Kutztown Area Garden Club Plant Swap and Pot Luck. 11 a.m. Contact kutztowngardenclub@windstream.net for location.

May 15

Kutztown Area Garden Club Meeting and presentation 7 p.m. at Neff’s Schoolhouse Bastian Road Kutztown.

May 16

Brandywine Heights High School Music Department Spring Concert, featuring the High School Band, Concert Choir and Choraliers on May 16 and 17 at Brandywine Heights High School. May 16 performance 12:30 p.m. for Senior Citizens and Brandywine Heights staff, and begins. Tickets not required, admission free. Refreshments in cafeteria. May 17 concert is for general public, 2:30 p.m. All tickets are reserved seat. Tickets purchased day of concert or call 610-682-5102 ext. 2529.

June 19

At Kutztown Community Library - June 19 at 7 p.m. Kutztown Area Garden Club: Meeting and presentation on rhododendrons by Steve Henning.

Upcoming

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.

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