Southern Berks News calendar of events: April 30 edition

Tuesday, April 29

AMITY FIREMAN’S CARNIVAL

The 7th annual Amity Fireman’s Carnival will be held April 29 through May 3 at 47 Pine Forge Rd., Douglassville.

Open 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, unlimited ride nights. Kitchen opens at 5 p.m. Friday, rides from 6 to at least 11 p.m.

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Open 6 to at least 11 p.m. Saturday.

Friday, May 2

FISHING RODEO

The Birdsboro Sportman Club Annual Kids Trout Fishing Rodeo will be held 5 to 8 p.m. May 2 and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3 at Rustic Picnic Area, Birdsboro. For ages 6-15 with two separate groups

Group A: 6-10 and Group B: 11-15.

HORSE AND PET EXPO

A Horse and Pet Expo will be held 2 to 5 p.m. May 2, 3, 4 at the Reading Fairgrounds, 1216 Hilltop Rd., Leesport.

Saturday, May 3

SPRING FEST AND DUCK RACE

The Birdsboro Spring Festival and Waddlefest Duck Race will be held 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 3 at Main Bird Park, Birdsboro. Buy your tickets at the Boone Area Library! 12 cash prizes will be awarded.

CONTRA DANCING

Birdsboro Contra Dance offers contra dancing 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at Birdsboro Community Memorial Center, 201 E. Main St. inBirdsboro. Beginner instruction at 7 p.m. Caller is Jim Kitch with music by Aces. Wear soft-soledshoes. www.birdsborocontra.org

Sunday, May 4

NOLDE MANSION

The Friends of Nolde will host an open house at the Nolde Mansion from 1 to 4 p.m. May 4. A DVD will be shown of the forest and the Nolde family. At 2 p.m. Tony Schrock will present a program on dragon flies. Sugarbush Nursery will sell bushes and native plants. Located at 2910 New Holland Road, Reading.

Monday, May 5

GARDEN DESIGN

Penn State Master Gardeners will offer a “Elements of Garden Design” class 7 to 9 p.m. at the Berks County Agricultural Center in Bern Township.

Registration information is available by calling the Berks County Extension office at 610-378-1327.

Tuesday, May 6

LADIES NIGHT

Tri-County Chiropractic of Douglassville is having a Ladies Night 3 to 7 p.m. May 6 with massage specials, spa services, and chiropractic treatments along with refreshments.

Benefits Daniel Boone Relay for Life. For more information call 610-385-1444.

Thursday, May 8

FLOWER ARRANGING CLASS

The Exeter Community Library, 4569 Prestwick Dr., Reading, will host a Fresh Flower Arranging Class 6:30 to 8 P.m. May 8. Pre-registration and a small fee for supplies is required in advance. Seating is limited. 610-406-9431.

MEDICARE BASICS

Learn about the basics of Medicare, how to enroll, how you can supplement your Medicare benefits and more with Berks Encore’s “Medicare A, B, Cs” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 8 at St. Joseph Medical Center’s Franciscan Rooms A&B in Bernville. “Medicare A, B, Cs” will be taught by Berks Encore certified APPRISE staff. To register, please call (610) 374-3195 ext.208 or email RGuistwite@BerksEncore.org.

Friday, May 9

BAKED HAM DINNER

St. John’s Lutheran Church will host a baked ham dinner 4:30 to 7 p.m. May 9. Profits will be used for unbudgeted project.

St. John’s Lutheran Church located at 1035 Old River Rd., Gibraltar.

Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10

YARD SALE

The Alice Focht Memorial Church, Birdsboro, will host a Yard Sale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10.

Saturday, May 10

FLEA MARKET

The Shillington Lions will host a flea market 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 10 at the Gov. Mifflin Intermediate School parking lot, Elkins Ave., Shillington.

DUTCH OVEN

The Valley Forge Black Pots chapter of the International Dutch Oven Society will share their fascination with cooking outdoors using cast iron Dutch ovens 10 a.m. May 10 Backyard of Boarding House, Hopewell Furnace, 2 Mark Bird Rd., Birdsboro.

ELVERSON WALKING CLUB

Berks Strollers event, No Pets on today’s event. Meet Hike Leader Clyde Godschall, 610-913-0284 or 610-413-6281, at 9:30 a.m. at the Shed Road parking area in French Creek State Park, just east of route 345 south of Birdsboro. Strollers will be doing a “Lollypop Hike” going west on the green trail to a loop around the campground and returning on the same green trail. About 3 to 4 miles, very easy walking. Option for lunch afterwards. EWC members are welcome to join Clyde as he leads this hike, you do not have to be a Berks Member to participate.

Sunday, May 11

SHEEP SHEARING

Hopewell Furnace’s sheep shearing will be held from noon to 4 p.m. in the Village at Hopewell Furnace, 2 Mark Bird Rd., Birdsboro.

Saturday, May 17

FLEA MARKET

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1035 Old River Rd., Gibraltar, will host a flea marker 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17. To reserve space call Skip Kinkaid at 610-582-1993 or Gene Gower at 610-796-1311. Free admission, free parking. Sponsored by Mens Group. Rain date May 24.

Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18

RELAY FOR LIFE

Daniel Boone’s

Sunday, May 18

POKER RUN

A motorcycle poker run will be held at Tim’s Ugly Mug, 1281 E. Main St., Birdsboro to benefit Shady Hollow Assisted Riding. Registration begins at 9 a.m., take off 10:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Ty Remp, tyremp@yahoo.com or 484-651-2844.

Ongoing

TAI CHI

Jan Gyomber will host Tai Chi noon Tuesdays at the Birdsboro Community Center, 201 E. Main St., Birdsboro.

RIDING LESSONS

Horseback riding lessons are held at Shady Hollow Assisted Riding, 959 E. Main St., Birdsboro.

Able body lessons are offered 4 p.m. Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. Fridays, 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. Assisted riding lessons are held noon every other Saturday. To schedule a lesson, call 610-582-4050.

BIRDSBORO

ROTARY

Birdsboro Rotary Club meets 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Reading Country Club, 5311 Perkiomen Ave, Reading.

BABYSITTING COURSE

The Red Cross offers a certified babysitting course for children ages 11 to 14 at the Berks County Red Cross in Reading. Call 610-375-4383 to register or for additional information.

BERKS HISTORY

The exhibit “From ‘I Have A Dream’ to ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ The Evolution of Modern Media” will be on display at the Berks History Center, 940 Centre Ave., Reading, through Sept. 13, 2014.

WHITE GOODS DISPOSAL

Every Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m. the Pioneer Crossing Landfill Exeter Township drop-off site offers disposal of “white goods” for residents of Exeter, Robeson, and Union Townships and Birdsboro Borough. White goods are appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, etc. The appliances must be dropped off at the landfill. You must bring ID, and any appliance containing freon must have a sticker certifying they are now freon-free. For more information, please call 610-582-2900. Landfill located at 727 Red Lane Road, Birdsboro.

PAGODA WRITERS

The Pagoda Writers group gets together from 1 to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of every month on the second floor of the Pagoda, 98 Duryea Dr., Reading.

FOOD DONATIONS

The Great Berks Food Bank is accepting food donations at its warehouse located at 1011 Tuckerton Court, Reading. They are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Money donations can be mailed or donated online at www.berksfoodbank.org. Donations are used to buy grocery items.

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, 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! $1 per ticket is donated to Greater Berks Food Bank. 717-721-1750 www.bestkeptsecretstour.com

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Email event listings to editor Emily Thiel at ethiel@ berksmontnews.com