Now thru Saturday., March 22EXHIBIT

The Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College presents the thought-provoking photography exhibit Beggars and Choosers: Motherhood is NOT a Class Privilege in America, Jan. 14 through March 22, 2008 in the museum's Main Gallery. An opening reception with curator Rickie Solinger will take place Sunday, Jan. 27, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. A gallery talk by Solinger is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m., describes the underlying intent of the exhibit: "For more than a generation, politicians have debated whether women who live in poverty in the United States and have children are irresponsible and selfish, and make bad mothers. What are the implications and consequences for our country when so many of us believe that motherhood is an experience most properly reserved for 'independent,' middle-class women? What images and information are we missing when we come to these conclusions? This traveling exhibition of photographs, curated by historian Rickie Solinger, pictures the complexities of being a mother in contemporary America if you're young or poor; if you are on the streets or disabled; if you are unprotected, in prison or alone." Wendy Greenberg, Director of Media Relations at 610-409-3300.

Now thru Feb. 9


Dakota Ridge Gallery will host "Meditations of the Backcountry," featuring photos by Matt Dallos. Opening reception 12/15 at 7 p.m. Dakota Ridge Gallery. 9 West Broadway in Jim Thorpe. 570-325-2082.

Jan. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 2008 from 1-5 p.m.


Free (donations are accepted.) Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club ' Annual Model Railroad Open House (since 1975) See freight and passenger car trains rumbling over 700 feet of track, over high trestle bridges, through towns, around mountains and through tunnels along the right of way from Reading to Philadelphia. Hundreds of buildings, vehicles, people and trees create realistic scenes on the 1000 square foot model. See Thomas the Tank Engine and try your observation skills on our scavenger hunt for this season, "Signs of the Times." 400 S. Main St. in Phoenixville (diagonally across from the Phoenixville Library; 2nd & Main Sts.) 610-935-1126.

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