THE GREATER READING LITERARY FESTIVALThe Second Annual Reading Reads: The Greater Reading Literary Festival host activities at various venues through out the month of October. The festival includes Authors of Berks County origin and authors from around the world will be here to speak about their writings, and to autograph copies of their books. Readings, workshops, open mics, performances, and book signings are some of the activities planned.

€¢ October 20 - Children's Literature Program event: TBA

€¢ October 22 - Radio personality, travel writer, author, media consultant, ghost tour lecturer, producer, playwright, Charlie Adams III, will present "Ghosts and Poe." This special guest appearance by the Chair of the Greater Reading Reads Literary Festival will shock and delight the audience as Adams shares his interest in Edgar Allen Poe. Sure to be standing room only! Location: Bernardine Lecture Hall at 12:00 noon.

€¢ October 23 - CSI fans, come for an evening with Dr. Henry Lee. Internationally recognized expert in forensic science, author of numerous books, criminal investigator, DNA researcher, Lee will present a discussion entitled "Lessons Learned from High Profile Cases." His talk will focus on some of the Legendary Crimes of the Century: OJ Simpson, Jon Benet Ramsey, Laci Peterson, Elizabeth Smart, Martha Moxley, Sam Shepard, JFK, etc. Join Alvernia College in a salute to an outstanding scholar and humanitarian at 6:30 p.m. in the Physical Education Center. [Event includes a reception and book signing.]

€¢ October 24 - Dr. Richard Law, Professor of English at Alvernia, will host the first Annual Literary Festival College Poetry Contest. All applicants must be enrolled at one of the five colleges in Berks County. Students will be invited to read their writings at 1:00 p.m. in the Franco Library Bonaventure Reading Room. Awards will be announced, followed by a reception.


Berks Arts Council 2nd Annual Berks Movie Madness Film Festival, at the GoggleWorks Theater, 201 Washington St., Reading, from October 12-19.


€¢ Applications for permits for a permit-only archery deer hunt at the Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center October 1 to November 9 are available at the Center Office beginning Tuesday, September 4. Hunters will be selected by lottery on September 18. Call 610-796-3699 and ask for Daniel Hewko, Center Manager, for more information.

€¢ The Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center offers three volunteer workdays on Saturdays this fall October 20 and November 3. The day begins at 9:00 a.m. at the McConnell Hall at the Mansion parking lot at the Center.

For more information or to register for the day, call the Center weekdays 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. at 610-796-3699 or by e-mail at

€¢ The Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center presents a Halloween Night Hike, Friday October 19 from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M.

€¢ The Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center offers a family photography workshop for adults and children ages 8 years and up on Sunday, November 11, 2007 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the C.H. McConnell Hall.

Program fee is $10.00 per adult-Preregistration with prepayment by November 5 is required.


Located at 3rd and Penn Ave., United Artists Salon & Spa Avenues in West Reading, will be one of many top salons and spas participating in the 13th Annual Hope Cuts charity event on Sunday November 4 from 12-4 p.m. For more information call 610-376-8481.


€¢ The Berks Alumni Society of Penn State is taking orders for Penn State's famous Creamery ice cream. Orders are being taken now through October 24, with all ice cream available for pickup on November 8, from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Janssen Conference Center.

Order forms are available through the Office of Alumni Relations at Penn State Berks by calling 610-396-6057 or visiting the college Web site: Simply go to the Alumni & Friends section and click on Events for the order form.

€¢ Prospective students and their families are invited to a Visitation Program at Penn State Berks on Saturday, October 20, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Perkins Student Center, located just off Broadcasting Road in Reading. The event is part of the University's Penn State Day (October 20) in which Penn State campuses throughout the state host visitation programs on the same day.

€¢ Parents and families of Penn State Berks students will experience life on campus when the college hosts its eighth annual Parents and Family Weekend on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20. The program will include activities for the entire family, with educational, social, and athletic events that showcase the campus.

For more information about Parents and Family Weekend, contact the Office of Campus Life at 610-396-6076.

€¢ Dr. Ruth Daly, associate professor of physics at Penn State Berks will present "The Accelerating Universe" as part of the college's 2007-2008 Division of Science Colloquium on Friday, October 19, at 1:00 p.m., in room 123 of the Luerssen Building. This lecture is free to the public.


The Manor at Market Square Independent and Assisted Living Community will be hosting a Pomeroy's Employee Reunion on Saturday, October 20, 2007 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

RSVP's can be made by calling 610-373-0800 by October 15.

IM ABLE Foundation Kickoff Event

The IM ABLE Foundation Kickoff Event will be Saturday, November 17, from 6:00 - 11:00 p.m. at VF Designer Outlet. It will be $40 per person with light fare, open bar, beer, wine, and signature cocktails.


The Women of Today in Womelsdorf Fall Craft Show will be October 27th at Conrad Weiser West Elementary School from 8:45 am to 3:45 pm.

Home made soups from the local church will be sold as well.


CONCERN will host an informational meetings for prospective foster parents in October. The meeting will be Monday, October 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at its Wyomissing branch office, 1120-B Hobart Avenue, Wyomissing.


On November 14 and 15, Berks Women in Crisis staff members will be presenters at two workshops at the Pathways to Victim Services Conference, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA.


2007 Skate America, will be held Oct. 26-28, at the Sovereign Center. Skate America is an Olympic-style international figure skating event featuring three days of competition in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing.


The college will host their 7th annual Trick or Treat Night on October 24. The event, for children in kindergarten to fourth grade and begins at 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

FITZY'S 5K/1M RUN/WALK HALLOWEEN EVENT On Sunday, October 29th, the 3rd annual Fitzy's 5KRun/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run will be held at Happy Hollow Playground in Wyomissing. This family Halloween event includes a 5K Run, starting at 11:00 a.m. and a 1 mile Fun Run, starting at 11:30 a.m. Halloween costumes are optional!


€¢ Join award-winning photographer Jonathan Shalter, III for The Wonders of Nature through the Seasons on Sunday, October 21st from 2 - 3 p.m. at the Heritage Center. Watch as he presents a beautiful slide show of each season in all its individual, unique splendor.

€¢ Create a Kitchen Tea Towel Angel on Sunday, October 28th from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Heritage Center. Using a tea towel, dish cloth and hot pad, you will create an angel to enjoy or give as a gift. Cost is $10, registration and payment due October 20th. Co-sponsored with Spring Township Parks and Recreation.

Programs are FREE unless otherwise specified. Presented by the Berks County Parks & Recreation Department. For more information, directions or schedule of events call 610-374-8839 or visit


The girls scouts invites all students, grades K-12 to a "Flower Power/Groovy 60's Roller skating Party!" on Monday, November 19, from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. at JR's Skateaway. The cost will be $4.00 and $2.00 skate rental fee (you may bring your own skates).

For more information contact Cheryl Berne at 610-208-0387 or


The church will host their Holiday Craft Show on November 3, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The church is located on Penn & Woodside Sts. in West Lawn.


County-wide used book collection for Book Bonanza 2008 will be held Saturday, October 27 outside the Reading Regional Airport, from 9 am to noon. Adult and children's hardback or paperback books in good condition are needed. The Book Bonanza provides funds for scholarships for women and the Berks Libraries' Summer Reading Program for Kids.

For more information, call 610-779-7297.


There will be an Electronic Waste Collection program on Saturday, October 27, from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The collection will be held at the FirstEnergy Stadium.

For more information visit: us/swa.

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