YMCA holds registration for summer programsThe Boyertown Area YMCA is currently accepting program registrations for the Summer 1 & 2 sessions. A new lower program membership fee and new lower wellness program fees have been included to provide additional value. Summer session 1 runs from June 5 - August 2, Summer session 2 runs from August 3 - September 13, 2008. Both sessions offers a variety of programming for all ages. The Summer sessions includes programs held at the Boyertown Area YMCA's three centers: The Daniel B. Boyer Center, 301 West Spring Street, Boyertown; The Gilbertsville Center, 144 Holly Rd, Gilbertsville; and the Hendricks Family Center, 3065 N. Charlotte St., Gilbertsville. Registration can be done by phone or in person. More detailed information can be found on the website at www.boyertownymca.org or by calling 610-369-YMCA.

The Center at Spring Street events

Thursday, Aug. 21, there will be a Luncheon Theatre at The Center at Spring Street. Act I Productions will be presenting "The Murder of Woolly Sebge" at 1:30 p.m. Our luncheon meal will be apple-sauce, roast pork, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, whole wheat roll and pumpkin streusel. The meal will be served at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are available at the Center. The luncheon and the show ticket price is $15.00. Ticket price for just the show is $13.00. Open to the public. Must have tickets in advance.

Friday, Aug. 22, the Boyertown Directors Jazz Band will be providing a dance fundraiser for Boyertown Area Multi-Service at The Center at Spring Street, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available, as well as a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $20 and are available at Boyertown Area Multi-Service and The Center at Spring Street. Tickets can also be purchased at the door during the event.

The Miller-Keystone Blood Center has scheduled the following blood drives. Appointments are required and may be made by calling the blood bank at 610-926-6060.

€¢ Aug. 21 from 3-8 p.m. at Calvary UCC, 1231 Route 100 North, Barto;

€¢ Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Boyertown YMCA, 310 W. Spring Street, Boyertown; and

€¢ Aug. 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Duryea Days at the Boyertown Park, 2nd and Madison streets, Boyertown.

Boyertown Community Library

Now - Dec. 31 Saturday Story Corner:

Every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. year-round, children any age are invited to come for stories and a craft.

Scrabble game Club: Wednesdays at 1 p.m. - Think you have a big vocabulary? Do you win all the word games in your family? Or maybe you would like to increase your word skills

Come join our non-competitive Scrabble Club. The first game day will be Wednesday April 23 and continues weekly.

All ages and skill levels are welcome. Come for fun and to meet new friends. Call the library for more information at 610-369-0496.

Freedom Riders Motorcycle Club

Weekly meetings Monday nights at 8 p.m., 6th Street, Red Hill. For more info, call the club house at 215-679-4766.

The Boyertown Quilt makers extend a standing invitation to their monthly meetings, held at the Sovereign bank in Boyertown at 7 p.m., on the last Wednesdays of the month.

The new Boyertown Exchange Club

Help to bring back this important Service club to Boyertown by coming to our organizational meetings held at Sweet Beginnings, 45 E. Philadelphia Ave., at 6:30 p.m.

Summer meeting dates are May 28, June 25, July 30 and Aug. 27. Call 610-367-1743 or 610-369-0649 for a no-cost dinner reservation.

Bella Vista Ladies Golf League Now through Oct. 15, 2008

The cost is $33 per round (18 holes with cart) Registration is required and there is a $20 registration fee.

Please contact Mary Ann Devery 215 256-6477 or send e-mails to maryann@ameranalltravel.com.

Questions?? Call Megan Feeg at 484-269-3159

A weekly get together that will help you live a better lifestyle and improve your health while taking advantage of the new High School Track!

MOMS Club of New Hanover Township Monthly, every second Friday

The MOMS Club of New Hanover Township, PA meets monthly on the second Friday of the month. Visitors, including moms and their children, are always welcome. For more information on the chapter or our meeting (including location, time and topic), please contact Karen via phone at 484-300-6466 or via e-mail at momsclubofnht@yahoo.com.

Bake Sale to benefit Autism Society of Berks County August 29 2-10 p.m. & August 30 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

A bake sale to benefit the Autism Society of Berks County will be held at Zern's Farmer's Market (door 29).

Homemade baked goods - perfect for Labor Day picnics!

For more information on the Walk for Autism Awareness being held at Gring's Mill on September 7, please visit the Web site www.autismsocietyofberks.org.

Duryea Day 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., August 30

The 43rd Annual Duryea Day will be held Saturday August 30 in Boyertown Community Park.

The antique, classic car and truck show and flea market promises great food and fun for the whole family!

The event features two live bands, Special Delivery and the Joe Soltysik Band.

Awards will be presented for the best antique car, best truck, best modified and best motorcycle.

Duryea Day supports the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles - "Pennsylvania's Transportation History Museum" and Pottstown Region AACA.

National Penn and National Penn Investors Trust Company are proud to be the prime sponsors of the event.

For more information, call 610-367-2090 or visit www.boyertownmuseum.org.

Supporting Sheldon beef and beer fundraiser 7 p.m. to midnight, Aug. 30

Sheldon is an active and funny seven and a half year old boy from Boyertown.

Since birth, Sheldon has been challenged with many medical issues. On Nov. 28, 2007, Sheldon was diagnosed with a rare syndrome called Loeys-Dietz. Though a high spirited and outgoing little boy he struggles with medical obstacles everyday. in hopes to help with the financial struggles with multiple medical problems we are organizing a fundraiser in his behalf.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Aug 30 and the event lasts until midnight, at the Keystone Firehouse, Boyertown, PA (behind the cup.)

Tickets are $25 per persn or $45 per couple, 21 or older (no children permitted).

There will also be a Chinese-style raffle to raise additional funds.

For tickets please contact Lori at amarkforsheldon@gmail.com or through phone at 484-250-4546 or Sue at 610-406-1708.

Please come out and help show Sheldon how much we care. you can also show your support by viewing information on the Web site we have created in his name at amarkforsheldon.webs.com.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to Sheldon's family to help defray the costs of Sheldon's care. All checks should be made payable to A Mark for Sheldon, Diamond Credit union, 1600 Medical Drive, Pottstown, PA 19464 or c/o Lori Rohrbach, PO Box 109, New Berlinville, PA 19545.

Hit the Hay 8 Mile Trail Run August 31, 2008

COURSE: Two score and twelve weeks ago (approximately a year), a suggestion was made to the directors of the Hit the Hay 5K to switch the race to a trail run. Fewer weeks than that ago, the suggestion manifested itself into a nagging thought, which blossomed into yet another bad idea from the minds of Pretzel City Sports. This time, however, the guilty party is not Ron Horn but his steadfast sidekick "Big" Wayne whom Ron has suggested is as sick as himself. "Big" Wayne has taken the "compliment" and with encouragement from Ron and the people from the Hay Creek Watershed Association mapped out a kinder, gentler course. The cracker jack team of geologists from PCS has determined the course has 20 percent FEWER rocks to stub your toes and 10 percent FEWER roots to trip over than some of their other courses. Along it's very runable 8 miles it DOES have plenty of downed trees, mostly double and triple track trails, 4 - 5 water crossings, two beautiful reservoirs, an abandoned quarry, washed out roads, two short technical down hills, an old railroad bed, decaying canal locks, a sustained climb, three water stops, a luxurious downhill, biting insects and a murderous climb, all in the forests that Daniel Boone himself trod as a strapping young lad. The run starts and finishes in Rustic Park in Birdsboro, a great place for your "posse" to picnic this Labor Day weekend while you indulge your pioneering spirit on the trails.

ENTRY is $30.00 QUESTIONS?: E-mail: mjstell@haycreekwatershed.org or call 610-404-4292.

New Life Bible Fellowship sponsors Third Annual Sportsman's Banquet. 3 p.m., Sept. 5

New Life Bible Fellowship Church, 2960 W. Philadelphia Ave., Oley, PA 19547 will be holding their Third Annual Sportsman's Banquet on Friday, September 5, 2008.

A donation of $10.00 will give you access to an all-you-can eat meal by Wegman's Catering of Oley, an opportunity to hear Dr. Tom Rakow from Silver Lake, MN and numerous door prizes.

Dr. Tom is the Executive President of Christian Deer Hunter's Association and pastor of a church in MN. He founded the Christian Deer Hunter's Association in 1994 and more recently founded the Christian Angler's Association. Tom is a well rounded sportsman, experienced in hunting raccoon, pheasant, bear, white-tails, plus fishing.

He is the author of several books and hosts a radio show in Minnesota. He will share personal hunting antidotes along with his spiritual message.

The schedule of events for the day are as follows:

3 p.m. - Doors open, visit exhibits. 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Dr. Tom will speak on - "HOW TO HUNT PRIVATELY ON PUBLIC LANDS". This is a good subject for most hunters in Pennsylvania.

5 - 6 p.m.-Visit the displays and talk to Dr. Tom at his table.

6 - 7:30 p.m.-Enjoy the all you can eat dinner by Wegman's Catering.

7:30 - 9 p.m.-Main address by Dr. Tom - "FROM POACHER TO PREACHER"

Various door prizes will be given out during dinner, including multi-tools, knives and two hand-made lap robes. The main door prizes will be given out after Dr. Tom's final presentation of the evening. You must be present to win any of the door prizes.

The main door prizes for the end of the program are a Mossberg 835 Ulti-Mag 12 gauge pump gun, a hand-made king-size fleece blanket (reversible with sports scenes on both sides), a Lyman Deerstalker 50 cal. Flintlock muzzleloader and a Parker-Hurricane Crossbow - 350+FPS (this is a new style for this year).

Seating is limited. Tickets are available by contacting the church@610-987-3192 or by phoning Jim Erb at 610-845-3843.

Literacy tutors to be trained September 6

The YWCA Tri-County Area Adult Literacy Center will conduct a 7-hour Volunteer Tutor Training Workshop on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the YWCA Adult Literacy Center located at 1830 East High Street, Pottstown (National Penn Bank, lower level). The YWCA Adult Literacy Center serves the Tri-County Area and accepts tutors and students throughout this area. After tutors are trained, they are paired with students to meet twice weekly at a day, time and location convenient to both individuals.

This workshop will give the support and professional training needed to become an effective volunteer tutor. No previous teaching experience is necessary; just a commitment to assist other adults to become more knowledgeable in the English language and/or mathematics. Tutors receive an easy-to-use handbook at the workshop that gives practical tips for working with an adult learner, so that both participants can learn new skills. Tutoring can be a very rewarding experience for both the tutor and the adult learner.

Registration is required. A $12 feel will cover the costs of training and provide lunch to participants. This is the only expense involved in tutoring. Call the YWCA Adult Literacy Center at 610-326-READ or stop by 1830 East High Street to register.

Biblical weight-loss program offered Beginning Sept. 9

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 9, Harvest Fellowship will offer a weight-loss course entitled "Lost it for Life." This program, from New Life Ministries, uses a scriptural basis to focus on uncovering the reasons behind overating and gives participants the tools to make lasting changes that will lead to improved health nd weight loss. The entire course lasts 16 weeks and each session runs from 7-9 p.m.

The cost is $30 for the book, workbook and all handouts. Harvest Fellowship is located at 584 Colebrookdale Road, Boyertown (near the intersection of Colebrookdale Road and Farmington Avenue.)

To register or for more information, call the church office at 610-367-2853 Monday through Thursday or send an e-mail to the church at the address harvest.fellowship@yahoo.com. The deadlne to register is Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Author to speak at cathedral 7 p.m., September 11

Best selling author Jodi Picoult will speak at the Scottish Rite Cathedral on Thursday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. Visit your local library or call 610-655-6365 for more details. Tickets are $25.00/person. Sponsored by Friends of Berks County Public Libraries and Friends of Sinking Spring Library.

American Cancer Society Bake Sale Sept. 26-27

A bake sale for American Cancer Society will be held by the Relay for Life Team Phoenix.

The sale will be at Zern's Famers Market, Gilbertsville, exit 29 near the arcade.

Everything homemade - pies, cookies, cakes and brownies.

Friday, Sept. 26 from 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. or until sold out.

Teen Wellness Fair 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday Sept. 27 Leah Richards, a member of the Girl Scouts of America for 14 years, is hosting her Girl Scout Gold Award project for all teens in Berks County.

The wellness fair will be open to the public between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If preregistering, there is no admission cost.

For all others, admission is $1 at the door.

You can preregister by e-mailing LRwellnessfair@gmail.com.

There will be opportunities to win door prizes.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award for girl scouting. The award contains 60 hours of community service. Richards will be holding the fair as a community project.

Blue Spruce Riding Club 9:30 a.m., October 5

Blue Spruce Riding Club's Gymhkana at the Blue Spruce Riding Club in Alburtis, Pa., on Oct. 5, 2008, with a raindate of oct. 12, 2008.

The show will start at 9:30 a.m. Classes for all levels of riders. For more information call 610-597-6987 or 570-345-0754.

Living with Loss support group September-October 2008

Held Tuesday evenings 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, at St. john Lutheran Church, 45 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown.

Sessions are free but advanced registration is required.

To register, contact Family Life Services at 610-682-1337 or 888-499-2699.

Victorian Christmas in Cape May Friday, Nov. 28, 2008

Step back in time to the old-fashioned Christmas you remember with twinkling lights and fresh evergreen boughs, gaily wrapped packages 'neath the tree revive your oliday spirit in Victorian Cape May!

Itinerary includes 10 a.m. arrival at the Emlen Physick Estate to begin the Physick Estate Tour, 11 a.m. tea luncheon in the Carriage House Tearoom and Cafe, 12 p.m. Victorian Christmas lecture, 1 p.m. Holiday Inns tour, 3 p.m. free time at the Washington Street Mall and 5 p.m. Holly Trolley Ride beginning at the Washington Street Mall.

Profits Boyertown Relay for Life sponsored by Boyertown Curves Team

Price $115 per person (seats are still available).

Please call 610-780-4702.

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