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.€¢ Jan 29 - Gateway Ticketing, 315 E. Second Street, Boyertown, from 8 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.

€¢ Jan. 31 - Eagle Scout Drive at New Hanover Fire Co., 2154 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sharing Poetry in Boyertown-a Monthly Event at Hard Bean CafÃ&Copy;

Boyertown's Hard Bean CafÃ&Copy; hosts a variety of opportunities for the community to meet, learn, exercise, and share one another's passions. Long-time resident and lover of language Jodi Corbett serves as coordinator of a special group in love with words.

Second Thursdays of each month the group meet to read their work and, thus, share their lives and experiences. An open mic begins at 7 p.m. and poets and prose writers read their work or a favorite author's work for five to seven minutes.

The group represents all ages and stages of life and includes poets from nearby Boyertown and Gilbertsville as well as Reading and Allentown. Their work includes narrative poetry along with autobiographical memoirs composed in rhyming and free verse. Anything goes.

Corbett is looking to expand the meetings to include featured, well-known readers. Alliances include Berks Bards and during National Poetry Month, the Hard Bean Cafe will host a regional poet as part of Bard Fest 2009.

The group's scheduled meetings include Feb. 12, March 12, Apr. 16 (third Thursday) May 14, and June 11. Hard Bean CafÃ&Copy; is located at 128 East Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown. Contact Luke Kasitz, community out-reach director at Hard Bean CafÃ&Copy;,, 610-484-941-2450, with questions.

Classes to explore writing, speaking and literary art are being considered for Boyertown's new art studio Studio B, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown, for the Spring Session, beginning mid-March. Contact Corbett at or call 610-367-8066 to express interest in participating.

Boyertown YMCA free senior fitness classes Ongoing

Golden Stars Fitness An exercise class FREE to everyone ages 62 and older, includes activities to improve strength, balance, and flexibility.

Held at the Daniel B. Boyer Center, 301 W. Spring St., Boyertown - Tuesdays, 8:15 - 9 a.m.

Held at the Hendricks Family Center, 3065 N. Charlotte St., Gilbertsville - Fridays, 8:15 - 9 a.m.

Free Community Swim time offered at YMCA

The Boyertown Area YMCA Daniel B. Boyer Center, 301 W. Spring St., Boyertown, will offer free community swim time on Feb. 1 and Feb. 7 from 3-4:45 p.m. Children below fourth grade and all non-swimmers must be accompanied in the water by a responsible adult. Guests may swim other Saturdays and Sundays each month by paying a fee of $10/family, $6/adult, or $4/teen/youth For more information contact the YMCA at 610-369-YMCA.


Every Tuesday night

Christ-Centered & Biblical based healing & recovery program for those with hurts, habits and hang-ups.

Every Tuesday night at Morning Star Fellowship in Bechtelsville on Limekiln road at 7 to 9 p.m.

Any questions, please email or call at:, Darren & Sandy at 610-689-9099, Rusty and Teri at 610-323-3125, Wayne-at 484-300-9495(

Boyertown Planetarium Starwatch

A starwatch is slated for Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Boyertown Planetarium. The program looks at the different sky events for February including how to use a star map. If the weather is clear, participants will go outside to view these objects and other wonders of the night sky. If it is cloudy there will be an extended planetarium program.

Admission to the planetarium is $1.50 for adults and $1 for students and children. The planetarium is located in the back of the building at the Junior High East Center on Route 73. For more information call director Peter Detterline at 610-473-3906.

Saturnian Adventures

Get ready for some spectacular views as the planet Saturn makes its closest approach to Earth for the year. This program looks at the planet, the Cassini space probe that is orbiting the ringed world, and how to make the most of this special viewing opportunity. A good program for the entire family, it is followed by a starwatch to see Saturn if weather permits. Saturnian Adventures will be shown on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.

Admission to the planetarium is $1.50 for adults and $1 for students and children. The planetarium is located in the back of the building at the Junior High East Center on Route 73. For more information call director Peter Detterline at 610-473-3906.

The Community Rod and Gun Club of Bechtelsville

The Community Rod and Gun Club of Bechtelsville will hold a Board Shoot at its clubhouse on Lane Road on Feb. 1 at 12 p.m. Participants have the opportunity to compete in a safe and friendly, family-oriented atmosphere. The top shooters are awarded prizes of fresh meats such as pork loins, hams, turkeys, slab bacon, scrapple, and sausage. Choose from flying, standing, and splash boards. Non-members welcome! New memberships will be accepted at the shoot. Kitchen will be open for lunch. Proceeds benefit programs designed to support the Club's mission of the preservation and propagation of fish and game and the education of safe and responsible use of firearms.

The Daily Bread, community meal at the Salvation Army Every Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Held at The Salvation Army, 409 S. Reading Ave., Boyertown.

Shepherd of the Hills mothers group Every second Wednesday

The Shepherd of the Hills Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group is accepting registrations for the 2009-2010 session. MOPS meets on the second Wednesday of the month throughout the school year at 9:15 a.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Church, Hoffmansville Road, Bechtelsville. For further information, please contact Jen Risser at

Boyertown Library Hours ON-GOING STORYTIMES

LapSit Storytime.

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for babies age 0-20 months and an adult. Registration required for these special introductory story-time classes. Space is limited.

Toddler Time. Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. for babies age 18-30 months and an adult. Registration required for these special intermediate storytime classes (for graduates of LapSit or toddlers new to the group storytime). Space is limited.

Preschool Storytimes.

Thursdays & Fridays at 10:30 a.m. for 0-5 year olds. Fun-filled programs including themed stories, songs, rhymes and a craft. No registration necessary.

Story Corner. Most Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. for all ages (sometimes these are held at a TBA special off-site location - watch for details). These story-times include stories and a craft. Great for young children or older ones, too.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS Storytime at the Hard Bean. First Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Mom's and Grandmoms can enjoy a hot cuppa while the children listen to special stories and make a craft in the lounge area of Boyertown's Hard Bean CafÃ&Copy;.

R.E.A.D. with Lucky. Third Mondays at 4 p.m. for school age children. Lucky is a special Reading Education Assistance Dog (R.E.A.D.) trained to be a passive listener with his handler Anne Voigt (trained therapist). Children can read to the dog and increase their verbal and literacy skills. No registration necessary.

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.

No Place Like Home: Studio B, the New Home of Boyertown's Arts and Activities Alliance, Provides a Beautiful Place to Meet (and Eat)

The artists involved with Studio B know that friendships are often formed during opportunities to socialize, learn, and enjoy food and beverages together.

And so, eager to form friendships in their new Boyertown home, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue, Studio B invites the community to consider holding a meeting, offering a program, or hosting an event at the studio, surrounded by the work of some of the area's most talented artists.

Programs can include an artist discussing works on display, Studio B's mission and activities, or a topic suggested by the participating artist.

Catering for early morning breakfast meetings, luncheon meetings or small parties, even simple dinners, can be arranged and scheduled by contacting events coordinator Charles Haddad, 484-824-4224,

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.

MOMS Club of New Hanover Township Monthly, every second Friday

The MOMS Club of New Hanover Township 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

Biblical weight-loss program offered

Harvest Fellowship is offering 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 overeating and gives participants the tools to make lasting changes that will lead to improved health and 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

American Cancer Society Bake Sale

The bake sale will be held on Jan. 30-31 at Zern's Farmers Market, Gilbertsville, and is held by the Relay for Life Team Phoenix. Everyting is homemade including pes, cakes, cookies and brownies.

€¢ Jan. 30 the event is from 4:30-9 p.m. and Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

1st Angel Ally Benefit

The benefit will be holding a Beef & Beer on Feb. 14 at the Keystone Fire Company from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. Music will be provided by DJ Bruce Miller. Proceeds from the benefit will go to the first recipient of the Angel Ally Memorial Fund. The recipient will be Ashleigh Gideon. For tickets call 484-942-8831 or For more information about Ashleigh Gideon visit: www.Ashleigh

28th Annual Dutch Auction 6 p.m., March 6

There will be a Dutch auction held March 6, 2009 at the Gilbertsville Fire hall. Doors open at 6 p.m., live bidding begins at 7 p.m. Items for auction include celebrity memorabilia, artwork from local artists, hotel and bed and breakfast visits, gift certificates for recreational activities, dinners and retail sales, household items, handmade and hand-crafted items, YMCA memberships and services, and more. All proceeds benefit the YMCA Golden Rule Scholarship program.

Building A Better Boyertown's Calendar of Events 2009 Saturday April 18, 2009

Coming Out of Hibernation Join Building A Better Boyertown and the Boyertown Relay for Life for a day of family activities right on Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown from 11-2 p.m. There will be face painting, carnival games, live alpacas, interactive activities, entertainment at the Historic State Theater, story time at the Boyertown Library (11:30 a.m.), and more. Come out and join the fun! (minimal fee for some activities).

For more information about this event and other Boyertown activities please visit or contact Heather Oxenford, Building A Better Boyertown, Main Street Manager

Saturday June 20, 2009 (rain date June 21)

Boyertown's 2nd Annual Cruise Night

Building A Better Boyertown will be hosting the 2nd Annual Cruise Night in Boyertown. This event will take place on Reading Avenue from Second-Fifth Street as well as in the lots of

St. Johns Church, Good Sheppard Church, The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, and the lots of National Penn Bank from 4:00-9:00 p.m. There will be cars, trucks, and motorcycles of a various assortment, vendors, live music, entertainment at the Historic State Theater and food. Parking is available on Philadelphia Avenue and in the Inner Core Parking Lot, S. Reading Avenue. story time at the Boyertown Library (11:30 a.m.)

(FREE to spectators minimal fee for participants, food and beverages)

For more information about this event and other Boyertown activities please visit or contact Heather Oxenford, Building A Better Boyertown, Main Street Manager

Saturday August 15, 2009 Dog Daze of Summer

Calling all dog lovers Dog Daze of August is here. Hosted by The Spotted Dog Barkery, GiGi's at Home Pet Care, the Boyertown Farmers Market and others, please join us for an afternoon of family furry fun in the Inner Core Parking Lot of Boyertown and the Boyertown Farmers market from (South Reading Avenue) 10:00 am-2:00 pm. There will be pet first aid classes, demonstrations, dog contests, vendors story time at the Boyertown Library (11:30 a.m.), entertainment at the Historic State Theater and more. Parking is available on Philadelphia Avenue, the lot of the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles (same location at the Boyertown Farmers Market, S. Reading Avenue) the Inner Core Parking Lot, S. Reading Avenue and the lots of National Penn Bank, St. Johns Church and Good Sheppard Church, North Reading Avenue

(free to spectators)

For more information about this event and other Boyertown activities please visit or contact Heather Oxenford, Building A Better Boyertown, Main Street Manager

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