Hamburg area calendar of events

Recurring

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.

Schuylkill Valley Library

Every Wednesday: Summer Program for kids ages 7-12 at 11:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Schuylkill Valley Community Library, 1310 Washington Road, Leesport. 610-926-1555. www.berks.lib.pa.us/svcl

Every Friday: Summer Program for preschoolers and kindergarteners at 9:30 a.m. Schuylkill Valley Community Library, 1310 Washington Road, Leesport. 610-926-1555. www.berks.lib.pa.us/svcl

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.

Shoemakersville Fire Company Line Dancing

Come out to the Banquet Hall on the second Friday of each month. There will be a DJ playing the best country music and a Cash Bar will also be available. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Must be 21 to enter.

Play Competitive Scrabble

Every Tuesday evening from 6 to 10 p.m. at Dunkin’ Donuts, 1618 Mountain Road, Hamburg. Take the next step from the living room to the tournament scene! Free event. For more information call Patrick at 484-665-2303. Please RSVP so we know how much space is needed. Hamburg Scrabble Club can now be found online at http://x2t.com/315285.

Aug. 21

Hamburg Grange

Meeting in Hamburg Municipal Center at 7 p.m. Program: Save Our Strand and Andrew Kieffer, PA State Steward and Pomona Overseer.

Berks County Patriots

Legislative Action Rally (Property Tax Reform, Right to Work, and more) plus report from Berks County Commissioner Mark Scott on illegal immigration and its effect on Berks County. 6:30-8:30 p.m, Leesport Market. Open to all.

Aug. 22

End of Summer Pool Party

From 7 p.m.-10 p.m. For Schuylkill Valley Community Library patrons at the Leesport Pool. 24 Washington St, Leesport, next to SVCL. For more information, contact the library: 610-926-1555, svcl@berks.lib.pa.us, www.berks.lib.pa.us/ssvcl.

Aug. 23

Annual End of Summer Bash

Presented by Horizons Child Care and Learning Services from 1 to 7 p.m. at Grove on Route 183, Leesport (Across from Bern UCC). Special guest: The Disciples from Teen Challenge performing music and skits. Join us for a family friendly night of free fun! World’s largest Twister game, sports, live music, vendor items for sale, food, refreshments and more! All proceeds benefit the Child Care Scholarship Fund for Families in Need. For more information please visit www.horizonchildservices.com.

Hamburg Grange

Pomona Sale at Leesport Market.

Andulhea Chorus

Rehearsal. Want to sing? Join Andulhea Chorus at 6:30 p.m. in St. John’s Church, Hamburg.

92nd Gabel/ Gable Family Reunion

At Hybernia Park Chester County Pavillion Number 1 at 11 a.m. Buffet Luncheon/ Bring a dish to pass. Lunch is at 12 p.m.

Aug. 24

Large Market Basket Workshop

From noon to 4 p.m. at Berks County Heritage Center, Bern Township.

This basket was the very first basket that Vicky Heffner made some 20 years ago. Join her to create your own basket that is big enough to carry everything! Bring a bucket, towel, 10 spring clothes pins, screwdriver, and old pair of scissors. There is a cost to instructor that is required with registration by Aug. 17.

This program is presented by the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call 610-374-8839, visit www.countyofberks.com/parks, or check us out on Facebook.

The Berks County Heritage Center is located at 1102 Red Bridge Road, Bern Township, just off Route 183 and immediately north of the St. Joseph Medical Center.

Adventure Daze (Boating)

From 1 to 4 .p.m. Meet at Blue Marsh Lake (State Hill Boat Launch) for an afternoon of Canoeing, Kayaking and Sailing with the South Mountain YMCA Camps’ Adventure Director, Cory Evans, and other staff favorites. Space is limited for this program, please call Cory to register (610-670-2267), or visit our website at smymca.org. There is a cost.

Aug. 25

Hamburg Grange

Post Auction Work Night at Ontelaunee at 7 p.m.

Andulhea Chorus

Rehearsal. Want to sing? Join Andulhea Chorus at 6:30 p.m. in St. John’s Church, Hamburg.

Leesport Area Historical Society

Meeting, 7:30 p.m. at our museum, 128 Main St., Leesport. Speaker will be former Leesport resident and Major League baseball player, Doug Clemens.

Aug. 26

Home School Big Day Out! (Everything Water)

From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This fall we’re offering four opportunities for home-schooled students to tackle environmental and outdoor education on the mountain with South Mountain YMCA. Each day has a different focus, starting with Everything Water, with lessons designed for Pre-K, 5-8 year-old, 9-11 year-old and 12-16 year-old students. Call Cory Evans at 610-670-2267 for fees and registration. Additional information can be found on our website at smymca.org.

Aug. 27

Hamburg Grange

Post Auction Work Night at Ontelaunee at 7 p.m.

Aug. 28

Hamburg Book Club

Meeting 6:30 p.m. in the Hamburg Public Library will review the book: “LIMITATIONS - (FICTION - STORY OF RAPE)” by Scott Turow. Interested readers may contact the librarians Dan or Donna at 610-562-2843. All are welcome!

New Found Grass

Sponsored by Central Berks Lions Club at the Grand Old Opry of Centerport. Food is served from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Jamming begins as 5:30 p.m. Guest group performs at 7 p.m. Individual musicians and groups of musicians are always welcome. Questions call Marilyn at 610-926-2627. Cancellations due to inclement weather will be announced on WEEU.

Food Safety Certification Course

For non-profit organizations will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Salem Reformed Church, located along Route 501, south of the village of Bethel in northwestern Berks County. Anyone interested in becoming certified as a non-profit volunteer for serving food safely at local functions is welcome to sign up for this free course being offered by the PA Dept. of Agriculture.

This training session will be limited to the first 120 people who register. A certificate will be issued to those completing the one-evening course. Please contact Sheila Miller at the Office of Agricultural Coordinator at 610-898-5482 or smiller@countyofberks.com to register or if you have questions. Deadline to register is August 26th.

Aug. 30

Taste of Hamburg-er Festival

11th Annual Taste of Hamburg-er Festival in Downtown Hamburg from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information visit http://www.tasteofhamburger.com/.

Sept. 5

Line Dancing

Country and couples 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.

Sept. 6

Breakfast Buffet

The breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Shoemakersville Fire Company. There is a cost, 5 years old and under are free.

Blood Drive

At Friedens Church in Shartlesville from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The drive is in Honor of Elijah Hoss, a 6th grade student at Hamburg Middle School, and a resident of Upper Bern Twp. who is diagnosed with Leukemia. Donors need to be at least 17 years old and weigh minimum of 110 pounds. Call Marie Strause at 610-488-5072 to register.

Beginner Fly Fishing with Cabela’s

There really isn’t any mystery to fly fishing, and Cabela’s wants to help get you started. This Beginners class will provide an introduction to the sport with a focus on basic techniques and skills combined with a Beginner’s Fundamentals of Casting with on-water practice of overhead techniques and roll casting.

The Tulpehocken Creek is well known as a prime Fly Fishing waterway. So the Red Bridge Recreation Area, along the Tully, is the perfect spot for this program from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cabela’s partners with the Federated Fly fishers to provide this industry-leading course online and in stores as part of their ‘Fly Fishing University.’ This is the first time our local store has offered it outside the store, with on-water practice.

The program will begin with a two-hour Introduction to Fly Fishing course that will cover equipment, basic entomology, basic casting and knot tying. The class will conclude with a one-hour Introduction to Fly Casting course, where participants will receive hands-on training on the fundamentals of fly casting, including overhead techniques and roll casting.

Members of Berks Fly Tyers will also be on-hand to share tips and information on this fun and relaxing past time, while demonstrating the art of tying flies by the pavilion.

Spaces in the class are limited. So call 610-374-2944 to reserve your spot in our “Beginner Fly Fishing with Cabela’s” class by Friday, Aug. 29. All equipment will be provided by Cabela’s. We expect this class to be filled quickly, so don’t delay to call and register.

Program is presented by Cabela’s Hamburg Store and the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department. The Red Bridge Recreation Area is located just south of Wertz’s Red Bridge in the 2100 block of Tulpehocken Road in Spring Township.

Sept. 7

Strausstown Fire Company Car Show Breakfast

At the Strausstown Community Campus, 50 East Avenue, Strausstown, 7 to 10 a.m.; and at the Strausstown Car Show, 6 to 10 a.m.; benefits the Apparatus Fund.

Grandparents’ Day Scavenger Hunt

Families are invited to the Berks County Heritage Center on Grandparents’ Day for the perfect bonding activity and adventure. The “Grandparents’ Day Walk” will be held from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and will utilize the entire Heritage Center grounds as well as part of the Union Canal Towpath.

Kids will enjoy the walk scavenger hunt leading them around the park and its many attractions. Each clue will reveal a little bit about the heritage of the area, and while walking from destination to destination, grandparents can share memories and stories with their grandchildren.

While enjoying a relaxing stroll around the park, children can do one of two levels of the walk scavenger hunt; one level is for younger children and one for older kids. Both sets of clues follow the same path around the park, so families can stay together. The Grandparents’ Day Walk starts at the front of the C. Howard Hiester Canal Center, and meanders around the park ending near the colorful Distelfink, a perfect spot for memorable family photos.

Sept. 11

Keystone Mt. Way (with Days of Old members)

Sponsored by Central Berks Lions Club at the Grand Old Opry of Centerport. Food is served from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Jamming begins as 5:30 p.m. Guest group performs at 7 p.m. Individual musicians and groups of musicians are always welcome. Questions call Marilyn at 610-926-2627. Cancellations due to inclement weather will be announced on WEEU.

Sept. 14

Teen Leaders Kick-Off Event

From 1 to 4 p.m. Come out and see Cory and Amanda at the Teen Leaders Kick-Off with South Mountain YMCA! Teen Leaders for grades 7-12th is designed to help teens grow as individuals in a positive, fun environment. This is a great opportunity for teens to learn about leadership, get involved in the community and have fun with their peers. Bi-Monthly meetings, volunteer service and exciting trips and events are planned throughout the entire school year! Come and meet with us to learn more about this National YMCA program at our kick-off event! Bring your friends! Contact Cory or Amanda for information and registration at 610-670-2267 or smymca.org. You can also follow us on Facebook at SMYMCA Teens.

Sept. 21

Lyons Fiddle Festival

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lyons Community Park. www.lyonsfiddlefest.com.

Adventure Daze (Climbing & Zipline)

From 1 to 4 p.m. Meet at Bynden Wood Lodge for an afternoon of Climbing and Zip-lining with the South Mountain YMCA Camps’ Adventure Director, Cory Evans, and other staff favorites. Space is limited for this program, please call Cory to register at 610-670-2267. More information can also be found at smymca.org. There is a cost.

Family Cooking Night (Italian Night)

From 4 to 6 p.m. Looking for a great family program? Look no further. Join us, South Mountain YMCA, for our Family Cooking Series. Come to one evening or all four, the choice is yours. On Sept. 21 we’ll begin with Italian Cooking. Prepare and cook your food together, under the guidance of Mark Glossick, our Dining Services Director, and Amanda Griffith, our Youth and Family Director—and then EAT! There is a cost for this program per family for each class, or per family for the entire series of four nights. Contact Amanda for information and registration at 610-670-2267 or smymca.org. Spaces are limited.