MayFriday, May 29, 6 p.m.

LONGABERGER BASKET BINGO The Reiffton Elementary School will be hosting this event. Doors open at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. The proceeds benefit Schwartzwald Lutheran Church's youth mission trip. Tickets are 20 for $20. For more information call 610-370-9655.

Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Rain Date: May 31) COUNTY OF BERKS PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT The 27th Annual Fiddle Fest, sponsored by the James E. Fegley Violin Shop, CD Exchange, Meadowood Music, Robert Kain Country String Shop and presented by Berks County Parks & Recreation, will feature bluegrass and folk music performed on stage throughout the day.

ˆ· Spectators may simply sit back, relax and enjoy the music or join in the musical fun and perform on the open stage from 10 - 11:45 a.m., 1 - 1:30 p.m. or 6:25 - 7 p.m.

ˆ· The Full Circle Music Society will perform on stage from 11:45 - 12:45 p.m. Throughout the day, Full Circle will provide musical instruction & demonstrations for children in their "Half Circle Kid's Tent." Children can also visit a crafts tent where our volunteers will help them make fun musical instruments.

ˆ· The events main concert features popular local favorites: East Side Dave and the Mountain Folk Band playing from 2-3:45 p.m.

ˆ· The fiddle competition begins at 4 p.m. with 3 age groups competing for cash prizes: 10 & under, 11 - 18, and 19 & over.

ˆ· The C. Howard Hiester Canal Center and the Gruber Wagon Works will be open for tours on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit our Country Store for unique items made by local artists and crafters, a bit of Berks County flair! Food and refreshments available. Free admission, $2.00 parking donation. For more information or directions, please call 610-374-8839 or visit


2009 Summer Concert Series

The 2009 Summer Concert Series features concerts in the Gring's Mill Amphitheatre every other Sunday.

ˆ· June 7 - Philadelphia based, "Melissa Martin & The Mighty Rhythm Kings," at the Gring's Mill Amphitheater from 6-8 p.m.

ˆ· Join us at Hunsicker's Grove Park in Mertztown for a Thursday evening concert, June 11 featuring the "Skip Moyer Quartet".

ˆ· Gring's Mill Amphitheater heats up with some great country music on Sunday, June 21 with "Mesa" from 6-8:00 pm, playing today's hottest country hits, great classic country, as well as Southern rock.

ˆ· Come to Kaercher Creek Park in Hamburg, to see and hear the Happy Dutchman German Band, on Thursday, June 25 from 6-8 p.m. Enjoy songs like Schnitzlebank, the Cow Song, and the Chicken Dance.

Saturday, June 6

MONARCH FIRE COMPANY The Monarch Fire Company at 50 Pennsylvania Avenue, Monocacy, is having a Chicken Bar B Que on Saturday, June 6. Dinner includes a half chicken, Baked potato, pepper cabbage, roll and butter. Call 610-385-3310 for more information.

Sunday, June 14, 2 p.m.

MONOCACY HILL CONSERVATION ASSN. The annual membership meeting of the Monocacy Hill Conservation Assn. will be held on Sunday, June 14 at 2 p.m. at the Monocacy Hill Recreation Area on Geiger Road in Amity Township. The agenda for the meeting will include committee reports, election of Board of Directors, discussion of 2010 budget, planning for upcoming events.


For ladies interested in singing

Ringing Hills Chapter of Sweet Adelines International invites women who love to sing to visit our weekly rehearsal. We meet every Tuesday evening 7 - 9:45 at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, Route 422, Douglassville. For further information call 610-948-6505.

Bereavement support group

Sudsspirit is a bereavement support group is available to those who have experienced the Sudden Unexpected Death of a Spouse and are Survivors in Participation to Inform, Renew, Improve and Triumph.

The group meets monthly in an open forum with one or two topics each month along with handouts. Participation in the group is FREE and monthly attendance is NOT mandatory. The group has been meeting at the Exeter Community Library. The group was founded by Dominic Murgido, a survivor of his wife's sudden untimely death in a vehicle accident in January 2006, who recognized this kind of loss to be very different in emotions and feelings. He desired to help others who experienced the same kind of grief by providing a common gathering to help each other heal through their bereavement process. For additional information call Murgido, sudSSpirit founder, at 610-779-6809 or e mail


An ADHD support group will meet every third Sunday of the month at 1255 Perkiomen Avenue, (next to Y102 radio station) at the FairView Counseling Building.

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