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.€¢ On Jan. 15 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd UCC, 35 West Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown.

€¢ On Jan. 21 from 8 a.m. '3:40 p.m. at Diamond Credit Union, 1600 Medical Drive, Pottstown.

€¢ On Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.. at Andre Farms, 2638 W. Philadelphia Ave., Oley.

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 meets 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.

Morning Star "CELEBRATE RECOVERY" 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 call at:, Darren & Sandy, 610.689.9099, Rusty & Teri, 610-323-3125, Wayne, 484-300-9495 (

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-months and an adult. Registration required for these special intermediate storytime classes (for graduates of LapSit 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.

Teen Lock-Ins.

Friday, Jan.16 from 6-10 p.m.

4th Friday After-School event. Jan. 23 from 3 till 4:45 p.m. local author Ryke Leigh Douglas will present a program for school aged children. Her books include: Molly the Trolley and Bud, Sam's Surprise and Tock-A-Tick.

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,

Boyertown's Studio B Features "The Farm" in Inaugural Juried Art Exhibit

Farming and farm families are critical aspects of the Berks County area; and so, it seemed a natural fit for Boyertown's new art gallery/teaching studio Studio B to serve up "The Farm" as its inaugural juried exhibit, opening Jan. 16 and running until March 12.

A ribbon cutting for Studio B is scheduled for 4 p.m. followed by an opening reception to the exhibit from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Over 80 artists from the tri-county area have expressed interest in contributing to the exhibit.

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.

A fee is required to partic-pate. 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

610-367-2853 Monday through Thursday or send an e-mail to the church at the address harvest.

Chicken Pot Pie Dinner 3-7 p.m., Jan. 17, 2009

There will be a homemade chicken pot pie dinner to benefit youth work Mission trip.

The dinner will be held at St. John's UCC, Pricetown, next to Ruscombmanor Fire Co.

Prices include AYCE adults $7, ages 3-12 $3, take-out $7 and quarts $4.50.

Martin Luther King Jr. Worship Service 7 p.m., Jan. 19, 2009

The 2009 MLK service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19 at Morningstar Fellowship Church in Bechtelsville. As we celebrate the strides that we are making so that this area truly is "No Place for Hate."

We remember the leadership and courage of Rev. Dr. M.L.King.

This service began as a response of the Boyertown Area Ministerial Association to Ku Klux Klansman robed and demonstrating on the main intersection in Boyertown. With the participation of students and leaders from the Pine Forge Academy and the Boyertown Area School District this service of worship is a powerful witness to the real heart and character of this community.

24th Annual Boyertown Area Progress Dinner 4:30 p.m., Jan. 21

The annual event will be a special night highlighting "A Special Kind of Place."

Program Highlights: James K. Boyer Quality of Life Award Presented to Building a Better Boyertown.

A Progress Video featuring: Martin Motorsports and The Flag Zone.

Planetary presentation: The Planets 7 p.m., Jan. 23 & 26

Explore the exotic worlds of our solar system with the Boyertown Planetarium. Study far distant moons, gigantic storms, monstrous volcanoes and more as we take a close look at each of the eight planets.

A special part of the program will be devoted to Pluto-the dwarf planet, as well as the other smaller members of the solar system.

The Planets will be presented at the Boyertown Planetarium on Jan. 23rd and 26th 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.

"Good Old Pennsylvania Dutch Soup Sale" at Friedens United Church of Christ, 337 Main Street, Oley

The event will take place on Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and Jan. 25 from noon - 3 p.m. Chicken Corn Noodle, Chicken Noodle, Ham and Bean and Beef Vegetable soups will be sold for $5 a quart. For information or to order call 610-987-3536.

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. Everything is homemade including pies, cakes, cookies and brownies. on Jan. 30 the event is from 4:30-9 p.m. and Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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

There will be a Dutch auction held Friday, 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, hand-made and handcrafted items, YMCA memberships and services, and more. All proceeds benefit the YMCA Golden Rule Scholarship program.

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