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.

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 5:30 p.m. Presented by Lancaster Parks and Recreation Department. Learn about starting a fire and keeping it going. Participants will try flint & steel, bow drills, & other methods. Ages 9 & up, with a parent. Schuylkill Valley Community Library, 1310 Washington Road, Leesport. 610-926-1555. www.berks.lib.pa.us/svcl.

July 24

Hamburg Book Club

Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Hamburg Public Library to review the book: “MATTERHORN - A NOVEL OF THE VIETNAM WAR” by author Karl Martanles. Contact the librarians Dan or Donna at 610-562-2843. All are welcome!

Hamburg Grange

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

The Jalappa All-Stars

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

Magician & Entertainer, Ran’D Shine

At 10 a.m. Appropriate for all ages. Be amazed, be entertained, believe! Schuylkill Valley Community Library, 1310 Washington Road, Leesport. 610-926-1555. www.berks.lib.pa.us/svcl.

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

Bernville Community Day

Starts at 4 p.m. at Umbenhauer Park. Dixieland Band, Rajah Concert Band, DJ Yatch. Food, games, used book sale, silent auction, Fireman’s beer garden, baking contest, more. Fireworks after dusk. Free admission. Bring a chair.

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.

Step Back in Time – a Day of Living History

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Heritage Center, 1102 Red Bridge Road, Bern Township.

Folks will indeed be living history during the Step Back in Time Day at Berks Heritage Center. The day will provide a window into life as it might have been in the 19th century at the Heritage Center farm. There will be hands-on activities for the kids, costumed guides at the Heritage Center buildings and a special presentation for children at Mildred the Houseboat. Special appearances, too, are scheduled for Colonial Fly Fisherman Ken Reinard, 18-century music with Bob Mouland, music of the Civil War with Kent Courtney and the Amity Colonial Dancers. There will be a Civil War encampment and a field hospital display by Kerry Williard which will include Civil War-era surgical instruments, drugs and medications used in battle-front hospitals, as well as demonstrations of surgical procedures and amputation techniques.

Tom Melville, cricket player and historian, will educate participants as they join him in an early-American style game of cricket. The games will be run on a continuous walk-up basis from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and are open to all. No experience needed! Discover what “play ball!” meant to Berks Countians in the mid-19th Century!

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.

Step Back in Time is one of three exciting activities occurring the weekend of July 25-27 on the Route 183 corridor in Bern Township. Berkshire Baseball/Big Vision is hosting an authentic vintage baseball tournament at the Youth Recreation Facility along County Welfare Road. The Reading Air Fest at Reading Regional Airport will feature vintage aircraft, aerobatics, and entertainment. The groups are partnering under the theme 1 Weekend: 3 Big Events. Airplanes. Baseball. History.

July 28 - Aug. 1

Vacation Bible School

International Spy Academy. At St. Luke’s Union Sunday School, 5th and Franklin St., Shoemakersville. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Ages Pre-K: 4 to 10 years of age. For more information call 484-769-5263.

July 28

Mad Scientist Family Program

At 6 p.m. Simple and fun experiments for the whole family. Schuylkill Valley Community Library, 1310 Washington Road, Leesport. 610-926-1555. www.berks.lib.pa.us/svcl.

Shrimp Night

At Shoemakersville Fire Company. You get a pound of steamed shrimp for a cost or a 1Lb of Shrimp and Fries for a cost. Cash bar is available and you can order take out as well. Open to the public. It will be served from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Hope to see you there!

July 29

How to Think Like a Scientist Play

At 10 a.m. Presented by the Yocum Institute for the Arts Teen Ensemble. Long, long ago, the princess of a faraway kingdom met a talking, thinking frog in the forest when he helped her retrieve her missing ball. With his help, she discovered that she was more than just a princess, she learned that she had a bright mind. She learned...How to Think Like a Scientist! Schuylkill Valley Community Library, 1310 Washington Road, Leesport. 610-926-1555. www.berks.lib.pa.us/svcl.

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.

July 31

Mythbusters Tween/Teen Event

At 5:30 p.m. Put some crazy myths to the test for yourself. Schuylkill Valley Community Library, 1310 Washington Road, Leesport. 610-926-1555. www.berks.lib.pa.us/svcl.

Aug. 1

“City Dark” Documentary and Starwatch

At 7:30 p.m. at Heritage Center, 1102 Red Bridge Road, Bern Township.

Is darkness bordering on extinction?

When filmmaker Ian Cheney moves from rural Maine to New York City and discovers streets awash in light and skies devoid of stars, he embarks on a journey to America’s brightest and darkest corners. He asks astronomers, cancer researchers, and ecologists what is lost in the glare of city lights. The “City Dark” documentary provides a fascinating introduction to the science of the dark and an exploration of our relationship to the stars.

Join the Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society for a presentation of the film followed by a discussion and viewing of the night sky through club members’ telescopes.

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.

Aug. 2

Blacksmith Day

The Pennsylvania Artist Blacksmiths’ Association will be holding their annual “Blacksmith Day” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held on the grounds of the Old Dry Road Farm, 202 Highland Road, Wernersville. This free event is open to the public and will be held rain or shine.

Featured events will include forging demonstrations, a hands-on instruction area for the public, a children’s forge using modelling clay, and a forging contest among the blacksmiths.

Association members will be on hand to discuss the craft of blacksmithing. Hand crafted metal work made by club members will be on display and for sale.

For more information visit pabasite.org, or facebook.com/PABlacksmiths.

Seasonings and Mixes Workshop

At 10:30 a.m. at Heritage Center, 1102 Red Bridge Road, Bern Township.

Create seasoning mixes, seasoned salt and sugar and a salt-free substitute with Elaine Meinhart. This workshop is open for all ages. There is a cost, payable to the instructor at registration by Friday, July 25.

This workshop 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.

Aug. 3

Chicken BBQ

By Kauffman’s. Sponsored by the Centeral Berks Lions Club. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Leesport Farmers and Flea Market Center Court Meeting Room. 1/2 chicken, baked potato, pepper cabbage or applesauce, drink, roll and butter for a cost. Eat in or take out.

“Miss Maggie Sings!”

Wraps up the Kids Summer Series with a performance Sunday, Aug. 3, at 4 p.m. in Gring’s Mill Park’s Walnut Grove. Join Peggy Gernerd for her tenth year as Miss Maggie, presenting educational and fun programs for kids and parents. She’s assembled some of her favorite songs, puppets, and audience participation pieces such as “Stay Healthy with Miss Maggie,” “Miss Maggie’s Mother Earth,” and “Backyard Bugs” among others. (Rain date is Aug. 10)

After the performance, be sure to catch the special three-hour concert starting at 5:30 p.m. featuring the Mountain Folk Acoustic Roots Fusion Show with East Side Dave and the Mountain Folk Band and the Celtic Martin Family. The concert is held in the amphitheatre.

Admission to all is free but there is a parking fee collected at the entrance to the parks.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets and bring along picnic lunches. Refreshments will be available on site.

Any change in concert location due inclement weather will be announced on our Web site page, www.countyofberks/parks; on our Facebook page and on WEEU 830AM.

This series is presented by the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call 610-374-2944, visit www.countyofberks.com/parks or find us on Facebook under “Berks County Parks and Recreation.”

Aug. 5

Are You a Science Detective?

From 9:30 a.m. to noon at Heritage Center.

Ever wonder why you get a shock in the winter? Or how you can tell one tree from one another? Discover the “science behind electricity” through several experiments and demonstrations. Then become a tree detective by creating a “key for identification of woody plants” to assist you in naming trees.

There is a cost. Payment required with pre-registration by Tuesday, July 29.

This program is presented by the Berks County Parks and 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.”

Aug. 10

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.

Aug. 14

Mt. View Blue 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.

Aug. 16

Peach Festival

At Bern Reformed UCC Picnic Grove - Rt. 183. Music by Reading Pretzel Dixieland Jazz Band. Music 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Serving Food 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. Public Invited! Children’s Games.