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.

Just a reminder that the Hamburg Strand Theater will be closed July 1 through July 10 for the installation of our new digital equipment. Please visit us afterward to experience what your fundraising efforts have done to make The Hamburg Strand a true community theater.

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

Kids Summer Camps at Berks Parks

Innovative and interactive nature discovery and history camps for children are being offered this summer by the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department. The various camp sessions are designed for preschoolers and for children up to age 12.

Series of Nature Discovery Camps will be conducted by Jennifer Brooks, environmental educator, at the Berks County Heritage Center.

The series includes four segments: Last one is Little Explorers for children who have completed second and third grades. Little Explorers, July 7-11 runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

There is a cost per child. Payment must accompany registration for all sessions. Pre-registration is required.

One Day Camp Experiences are also being presented by Brooks. Boots, Buckets and Beyond is set for July 24 at the Angora Fruit Farm at Antietam Lake Park while Field and Stream Adventure is scheduled for July 31 at the Berks County Heritage Center. Both classes, designed for children who have completed kindergarten through third grade, run from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There is a fee per child per class and pre-registration is required.

The program is presented by the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department. For more information or directions, call 610-374-8839 or visit our website www.countyofberks.com/parks.

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.

July 10

Kauffman Chicken BBQ

At Bern Reformed UCC Picnic Grove - Rt. 183. Rain or Shine. Food served 3 - 6 p.m. Baked goods, baked beans and pepper cabbage also available for purchase. Come enjoy good food and fellowship. Deadline for orders July 7.

Days of Old

Central Berks Lions Club Summer Jamming.

Rainbow Loom Club

At Schuylkill Valley Community Library from 6 to 7 p.m. Bring your rainbow loom to the library and make bracelets and more with your friends. No registration required. We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month.

July 11-13

Celebrate Weekend Festival

Special Saturday night event, July 12, Outdoor Concert with Shane & Shane followed by fireworks. Bring your lawn chair. On-site concession and camp site are available. At Teen Challenge Training Center, 33 Teen Challenge Rd., Womelsdorf. Sign up for free event giveaways including “Meet and Greets” with Shane and Shane at www.teenchallengetc.com/shaneandshane.

July 11

Paddle and Pedal Along the Tully

At 4 p.m. at Blue Marsh Lake (Stilling Basin) 1268 Palisades Drive, Leesport.

Join 3D Outdoor Rental and Parks staff for outdoor recreational fun as we kayak down the creek and then bike along the trail.

Beginning at the Stilling Basin at Blue Marsh Lake, participants will paddle the creek to the iconic Red Bridge then stop for a snack break and a tour of the C. Howard Hiester Canal Museum. Next, they will hop on bikes and pedal back to the start via the Union Canal Towpath Trail, making this an approximately 8 mile round-trip.

Kayaks and bikes can be reserved through 3D Outdoor Rental or participants can bring their own. Life jackets, bike helmets and ACA insurance are required.

The trip is limited to 20 boaters with paddling experience, and requires registration with payment by July 7. There is a cost for the program payable to 3D Outdoor Rental (which includes kayak and bike rental as well as ACA insurance). To register, call 610-488-1900.

Rain date is Friday, July 18. For more information on the program, call 610-374-2944 or visit www.countyofberks.com/parks.

The Stilling Basin and parking lot is located just off Palisades Drive in Bern Township just north of Swiftwater Lane.

Soda Pop Science

At 2 p.m. at the Hamburg Borough Hall for ages 6-12. It is acidic, carbonated and full of sugar dissolved in water, but what can you do with soda other than drink it. Join Naturalist Andy Yoder for some fun with soda. Participants will explore pH, carbon dioxide and other properties of soda and at the end we will perform the infamous Mentos experiment. Wear old clothes because you may get a little sticky. Join us for some science fun. Sponsored by the Hamburg Public Library.

Soda Pop Science

At Schuylkill Valley Community Library from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Andy Yoder from Lancaster Parks & Recreation is back for Soda Pop Science! What else is there to do with soda besides drink it? Wear old clothes, things may get sticky!

July 12

Hamburg Grange

Visit Red Creek Wildlife at 4 p.m.

Sewing Circle

At 10 a.m. at Berks County Heritage Center, 1102 Red Bridge Rd. Bern Twp.

Come together and exchange skills and share some conversation in an old-fashioned sewing circle for both new and experienced stitchers of all crafts. Our conversation will focus on crocheting. Take a step back in time and enjoy an activity of the past. Please bring a project of your own to work on: sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting or your choice.

This program is presented by the Berks County Parks & 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 off of Route 183 near St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Lavender and Topiary Workshop

At 10:30 a.m. at Berks County Heritage Center, 1102 Red Bridge Rd. Bern Twp.

Lavender is proven to have many benefits such as the ability to remove nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation – and now you can do even more with it!

Experience the scent, taste and uses of lavender with PA Heartland Herb Society member Barbara Mills. Create a lavender sachet and a small decorative topiary of rosebuds in a clay pot, utilizing lavender potpourri and cinnamon stick. Lavender flaxeed tea and cookies will be served.

There is a cost for the program. Registration with payment (to the instructor) is due by July 5.

This program is presented by the Berks County Parks & Recreation Department. For more information or to register call 610-374-8839. You can also visit www.countyofberks.com/parks, or check us out on Facebook by searching “Berks County Parks.”

The Berks County Heritage Center is located off of Route 183 near St. Joseph’s Hospital.

July 13

Strausstown Fire Company’s 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.

Benefit Longaberger Basket Bingo for Deb Smith Schlenker

At Shartlesville Grange. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. Tickets call Brooke at 610-401-6824. Food, bake sale, Chinese auction. Deb was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Wild and Native Plants Used by Native Americans

At 2 p.m. at Berks County Heritage Center, 1102 Red Bridge Rd. Bern Twp.

Plants were very useful to the Lenni Lenape of this region as they were used for food, medicine and more!

Dave “Big Owl” McSurdy, educator and consultant for “Native American Experiences” will be on-hand to share the local herbs and native plants that this tribe used and how they were made useful.

Dave has done many presentations at the parks department before, including profiling the life of a Native American trader and talking about the concept of Native Americans as ecologists.

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

The Heritage Center is located at 1102 Red Bridge Road in Bern Township just off Route 183 between the St. Joseph Medical Center and Business Route 222.

July 14

Hamburg Grange

Pre-Auction Work Night at Bernville at 7:30 p.m.

July 15-17

Half-day History Camp

Living history is exactly what your kids will do if they attend the three half-day History Camp sessions at the Berks County Heritage Center in Bern Township.

According to Cathy Wegener, superintendent of interpretive services, this camp is centered on interactive programs that will open up children’s knowledge of three different aspects of early life in Berks County. Each day includes a lesson, games, crafts, and hands-on activities. Each half-day camp runs 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The July 15 program focuses on Life on the Canal. Participants will experience the lives of children and their families who worked and lived along the canals of Berks County.

The July 16 program centers on Daily Life on a Farm in the 1820s. In that long-ago time, children’s lives were filled with chores including gardening, cooking and mending. Learn how foods were stored before refrigeration, work on a quilt and cook your own snack.

The final program, set for July 17, focuses on Wagons, Wheels, and Belts. Participants will learn how machines were operated before electricity. What tools were used, what is the purpose of a grist mill? Kids will learn about simple machines and end the day with a wagon ride!

This Half-Day History Camp is designed for children ages 6 through 12. There is a cost for three days. To register, call 610-374-8839 by Thursday, July 10.

The Heritage Center is located at 1102 Red Bridge Road in Bern Township just off Route 183 between the St. Joseph Medical Center and Business Route 222. This camp 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.

July 15

Citizen to Soldier: Life in the Continental Army

This is an interactive educational program on the life of a Continental Soldier in the American Revolution. On display will be the equipment, weapons, uniforms and personal items of the typical Revolutionary War infantry soldier. Musket firing demonstration. In the event of rain, program will be inside the Hamburg Municipal Building. At Hamburg Park, Island Street at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by: Hamburg Public Library, 610-562-2843.

Nature Photography with Valerie Hoffman

Professional photographer and instructor Valerie Hoffman will be leading a Nature Photography course through the Berks County Parks & Recreation Department at the Heritage Center Barn on from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Participants should bring their digital SLR or film camera with a zoom lens, and be ready to learn to use the simple settings to best capture the character of the subject they are shooting and the surrounding scenery.

They will also learn what to look for when taking pictures and will go on an exploratory walk around the park with the instructor to capture great moments in nature.

The event is free and open to the public. Rain date: Thursday, July 17.

The Heritage Center is located at 1102 Red Bridge Road in Bern Township just off Route 183 between the St. Joseph Medical Center and Business Route 222. This event 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.

July 16

Boating and Water Safety Awareness Course

The Berks County Parks Department is working with Blue Marsh Lake to present a Boating and Water Safety Awareness Course for middle and high school students, and adults at the Blue Marsh Lake Conference Center from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m..

The course emphasizes not only the importance of getting out to enjoy the outdoors in the water during the summer months, but also the safety and responsibility that comes along with it.

Instruction will be both in the classroom and in-water. It will cover basic skills of boating and other water activities, so it is recommended participants know how to swim. Life jackets will be worn during all water activities.

Participants should also bring a packed lunch (refrigerator available), as well as a swimsuit, towel and water shoes.

This is a free course offered by PA Fish & Boat, but registration is required by calling 610-376-6337 by July 11.

Blue Marsh Lake is located at 1268 Palisades Drive, Leesport, located just off of Rt. 183 west of Reading.

When Shooting Stars Fall

At 2 p.m. at the Hamburg Borough Hall for ages 6-12. Sponsored by the Hamburg Public Library.

July 17-20

PA State Grange

Family Festival at Centre Hall.

July 18

Country Line Dancing

Due to it being a holiday, the Fourth of July, the Shartlesville Lions Club hosted line dance on the first Friday of the month for July is canceled. The next Country Line dance will take place, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Friday, July 18, at the Shartlesville Grange, N. 4th St., Shartlesville. There is a cost. Food available. Benefits Shartlesville Lions Club outreach programs. Info: 610-488-1984.

What’s the Big Idea with Margie McGarvey

At Schuylkill Valley Community Library from 10 to 10:45 a.m. What’s the Big Idea?! Come see Margie McGarvey and her traveling trunk! She will have some really wacky things to show...

July 19

Dog Days of Summer

Join CatWorks Inc. at The Westy Bar & Grill, 279 West State Street, Hamburg, for dog adoptions, tons of great raffle auction prizes, baked goods, good food and drinks for sale and water fun for dogs! From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Raffle prizes and sponsors needed. For more information call Nikki at 610-763-1408 or email Vicki at duke27@windstream.net.

July 20-24

Vacation Bible School: Weird Animals

From July 20 to July 24 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Ages 3–Grade 6. Parents of 3-year olds are asked to stay with the child. Take a walk on the wild side! St. John’s Lutheran Church, 99 Church Street, Hamburg. Register at https://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/StJohnsHamburg or call 610-562-3808.

July 20

Murph The Protector

The Story of Navy Seal Medal of Honor Recipient, LT Michael Murphy. At 1 p.m. at The Hamburg Strand Theater. Ticket donation requested. Tickets available at OUR TOWN FOUNDATION. Join biographer Gary Williams for the documentary presentation of LT Michael Murphy’s military career as a Navy Seal member who earned the Medal of Honor, Silver Star, and Purple Heart.

Presented by Our Town Foundation and CMSgt. Richard L. Etchberger Foundation.

The Free Folk of Middle-Earth

An interactive story time presented by Middle-Earth Studios, is set for 4 p.m. in Gring’s Mill Park’s Walnut Grove. Anyone can become part of the story which features knights armed with swords and shields, beautiful princesses, dwarves, animals of the Lonely Mountain and wicked witches. In this story of the quest to recover stolen treasure, peace is won by the cooperation of a diversity of beings. (Rain date is July 27.)

After the event, be sure to catch Maria Damore and the Jazzy Gents in the nearby amphitheatre.

July 21

Hamburg Grange

Ag. Legislative Meeting at Ag. Center at 7:30 p.m.

Pretzel City Bear Den

Local branch of Good Bears of the World (GBW) an international club devoted to put teddys in the arms of the lonely and traumatize. Meeting at 1 p.m. at 2649 Bernville Rd., Reading. For more info call 610-372-8945. Come join our den.

July 23

Exploding Geoscience

With Mike and Roberta Straka at 2 p.m. at the Hamburg Borough Hall. For all ages. It started with a loud sizzle or fizz and ended with a boom heard around the planet. The Strakas will explore the great extinction that wiped out all the dinosaur, some of the creatures that lived in the area and half of the animals on the earth. The show will feature Molly the Mosasaur a 15 foot undersea reptile that lived the ancient seas 70 million years ago. We will test everyone’s knowledge with “The Great Extinction Game Show.” Fun-filled music, show and tell with rare fossils, an exciting experiment and touch of magic will round out the show. Join us for some science fun. Sponsored by the Hamburg Public Library.

Survival Fire Starting

At Schuylkill Valley Community Library from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire! But before either, you need heat! Join Naturalist Andy Yoder from Lancaster Parks & Recreation for hands on Survival Fire Starting. Ages 9 & up, with an adult.

July 24

Hamburg Grange

Meeting at 7 p.m. at Hamburg Borough Hall. Gouglersville visits, election of officers.

The Jalappa All-Starts

Central Berks Lions Club Summer Jamming. At Central Berks Lions Den. 9th anniversary celebration.

Lego Club

At Schuylkill Valley Library from 6 to 7 p.m. Calling all Lego enthusiasts! We choose a theme and everyone will create a masterpiece to be displayed in the library. We meet the 4th Thursday of every month, no registration required. We supply the legos- just bring yourself! And maybe a friend...

July 25 & 26

Jammin’ for the Animals 6

Benefit for the Humane Society of Berks County in memory of Bobby Jones. At the Kempton Music Center. For more information visit www.jamminfortheanimals.com. There is a cost.

July 26

Berks County Junior Grange

Swim Party at Shoemakersville Pool from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Fabulous Greaseband

The Centre Township Land Protection Foundation proudly presents a night of fun with your friends and neighbors at Leesport Farmers Market. Doors open at 7 p.m., event from 8 to 11 p.m. There is a cost. For ticket info call 610-926-4005. BYOB, ticket includes soda, water, coffee, setups and snacks. Vendor food available. Please drink responsibly, this is a non-smoking event. No refunds. All proceeds dedicated to the preservation of Centre Township farm land and open space.

Picnic in the Park

Third annual. Sponsored by the Central Berks Lions Club. At the Central Berks Fire Company Park. Opening band, Days of Old, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., featured band, Jalappa All-Stars, from 5 to 8 p.m. Food served beginning at 3 p.m. Bring lawn chairs. Picnic will be held rain or shine.

July 27

Dutch Country Bicycle Race

2014 Northern Berks QUAD Games Race 3 of 4. The “Dutch Country” Extreme 15-Mile Bicycle Race, and a 5-mile family Bicycle Race. Switch gears and hop on your bike for the Dutch Country Bicycle Race. Enjoy the rolling hills and open farm land on our closed 5 mile course west of Cabela’s. Enjoy post-race entertainment from DJ Steel Thunder, games for the kids, plenty of door prizes, and a hot lunch. At Blue Mountain Academy, 2363 Mountain Road from 9 a.m.– 11 a.m. There is a cost. Contact: info@bluemountainwildlife.com, www.bluemountainwildlife.com under the QUAD Games tab.

July 30

How Cool Is This

Very cool negative 109.3 degrees Fahrenheit to be exact! Explore the science and fun associated with frozen carbon dioxide commonly called dry ice. Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel will review safety precautions before participants undertake a series of activities with dry ice. At 2 p.m. at the Hamburg Borough Hall for ages 10-17. Join us from some science fun. Sponsored by Hamburg Public Library.