BERKS COUNTY PARKS & RECREATIONˆ· Visit the 27th annual Heritage Festival on Oct. 4 & 5 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Berks County Heritage Center. Experience the historic, cultural and transportation heritage of Berks County. Unwind and relax as you stroll among demonstrations, activities and exhibits or sit down and listen to an outstanding array of music and lectures. See antique autos, farm equipment, wagons, arts & crafts, food and musical entertainment each day! Fun for the whole family!

ˆ· Indian Stories and Dances by the Campfire, Saturday, Oct. 11, 6 - 7 p.m., Berks County Heritage Center. With the cooperation of blue skies and wind, Dave McSurdy tells nature stories of the American Indian by the campfire. Enjoy fantastic stories and learn to dance to the beat of the drum. For children 3 and up. Please bring blankets or chairs. Cosponsored with Spring Township Parks and Recreation.

ˆ· Celebrate Herb Day! On Sunday, October 12, 1 p.m., Berks County Heritage Center (barn). Presented by members of the Pennsylvania Heartland Herb Society, this program celebrates the calendula, an edible flower and "Herb of the Year." Sample some sweet and savory foods prepared with the herb and make an herbal craft and fragrant herbal products to pamper yourself! Cost is $5, registration with payment required by Sept. 30.

ˆ· Flower Angel Workshop, Saturday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. at the Heritage Center (barn). Using silk flowers for the body, a bead for the head and leaf wings, create a simple angel ornament. Workshop designed for children, but all are welcome! Cost $5, registration with payment required by 1 Oct. 8. Co-sponsored with the Spring Township Parks & Recreation.

ˆ· Old Time Toys, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2 - 3 p.m., Kaercher Creek Park, Hamburg. Join naturalist "Porcupine Pat" of the Schuylkill Conservation District to experience whimmy diddle gee haws, stilts, moon winders and much more. Learn about the history of toys too!

ˆ· Floral Beauty: Beauty in Your Own Backyard, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2 p.m., Berks County Heritage Center (barn). Award winning photographer Jonathan Shalter presents the wonders of nature found in our own backyard. Cosponsored with Spring Township Parks & Recreation.

SPRING TOWNSHIP LIBRARY

ˆ· Friends of Spring Township Library monthly meetings are held second Monday of the month, starting at 7:15 p.m. at the library.ˆ· The National Book Festival Bus Trip sponsored by Friends of Spring Township Library to Washington D.C. will be Saturday, Sept. 27. The bus will leave at 7:30 a.m. from Colonial Fitness on Rt. 724, Sinking Spring, and arrive D.C. at 10:00 a.m. The trip is $ 35 per person. Checks payable to and mail to: Friends of Spring Township Library, 78C Commerce Drive, Wyomissing. Include contact information & number in party (number in party X $35).

For more information call: 610-373-9888. New members welcome.

HUMANE SOCIETY OF BERKS COUNTY The 31st Annual Walk for the Animals & Walktoberfest will be Sept. 27 at the First Energy Stadium.

NATIONAL PENN

National Penn will host a free Shred Day event in Wyomissing on Saturday, Sept. 20.

For additional information please call 610-369-6024.

PENN STATE BERKS CAMPUS ˆ· The Frey Berger Gallery will host an exhibition of the book designs, graphic art, and novels of Chip Kidd from Sept. 12-October 16. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 12, at 6:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

N.A.W.A. 119th SHOW HELD AT THE GOGGLE WORKS CENTER FOR THE ARTS From Aug. 24 to Sept. 29 in the Goggle Works' Cohen Gallery, the National Association of Women Artists (N.A.W.A.) is exhibiting their 119th annual award show, which includes a diversity of mediums including painting, drawing, print-making, photography, collage and mixed media. The city of Reading is honored to host this show for the second time; usually this particular exhibit is held in New York. The opening reception for this exciting show will be held on Sept. 4 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm as part of the First Thursday events in Greater Reading.

TOWNSHIP OF SPRING PARK & RECREATION DEPARTMENT The Township of Spring Park & Recreation Department's Fall Family Festival will be Sunday, Oct. 19 from 12 - 5 p.m. at Cacoosing Meadows Park. Rain date Oct. 26.

WEST READING'S FESTIVAL ON THE AVENUE The 2nd Annual Fall Festival on the Avenue set for Saturday, Sept. 20 from 1 until 9 p.m. This fun filled event is a terrific way to celebrate fall by spending an afternoon outdoors along Penn Avenue.

MIFFLIN LIBRARY

Thursday, September 18 Bedtime Story time - Wheels on the Bus from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Come in your pajamas and bring your favorite sleepy time friend. 13TH ANNUAL HOPE CUTS EVENT The event will be held at United Artists Salon & Spa on Nov. 9 from 12-4 p.m.

BERKS ARTS COUNCIL

Berks Movie Madness Film Festival at R/C Theaters Reading Movies 11 & IMAX at Entertainment Square will be held from Oct. 2-5.

ALBRIGHT COLLEGE

Albright College's Red and White Club will host a golf outing at Berkshire Country Club on Friday, September 19. Shotgun start is at 1 p.m. The cost to play is $200 per golfer. All proceeds from the golf outing benefit Albright's Red and White Club, which provides valuable resources for Albright athletics and student-athletes. Register online at http://www.albright.edu/athletics/redwhiteclub/rw-golfreg.html or by calling 610-921-7651.

BERKS COUNTY WINE TRAIL

Tickets on sale now for the 2nd Annual Berks County Wine Trail's ARTISAN CHEESE & WINE TASTING EVENT WEEKEND. Since last year's event, Berks County wineries heard the wine lovin'cry for "MORE CHEESE, PLEASE!" and brought back this fantastic celebration of local cheese and local wine! It's going to be a from age fiesta during the weekend of Oct. 11 and 12 from Noon to 5 p.m. each day.

WILSON SCHOOL DISTRICT

ˆ· Thursday, Sept. 18 - Cornwall Terrace Meet the Parents Night - 7 p.m.

ˆ· Wilson Senior High School will be hosting a Sound Panorama on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students. Ten area high schools will be competing and a special performance by the Clarion University Marching Band.

OLIVET BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF READING AND BERKS COUNTY

ˆ· Olivet Boys & Girls Club of Reading and Berks County will hold Open Houses on Thursday, Sept. 18 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the following club locations: Oakbrook (1161 Pershing Blvd.), Clinton Street (677 Clinton St.), PAL (325 Walnut St.), Jamestown Village (300 Lackawanna St.), Mulberry Street (722 Mulberry St.), PAL Center for the Arts (328 Walnut St.), Glenside (1301 Schuylkill Ave.), and 13th & Perkiomen (1310 Perkiomen Ave.). The public is invited to tour the clubs, meet the staff, learn about club programs, and sign up youth.

ˆ· The Club also will celebrate the third annual "Boys & Girls Clubs Day for Kids" on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Northwest Middle School, 1000 North Front Street, Reading.

GENESIUS THEATRE

ˆ· September 28 at 3:00 p.m., Berks County resident and professional vocalist Maria Damore will be performing a benefit concert, "A Sondheim Serenade," a celebration of the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, as part of Genesius Theatre's ongoing season of Sondheim works.

Tickets: $15.00, reserve on-line at www.genesiustheatre.org or call 610-373-9500. Parking is free in lot next to theatre, or $5.00 at 9th and Moss Sts..

THE MILLER CENTER

PHILADANCO (Philadelphia Dance Company) opens the Miller Center for the Arts at Reading Area Community College's 2008-2009 season on Saturday, September 27. Working in partnership with the Institute of the Arts in Wyomissing, the Miller Center will co-host a workshop for dancers with members of PHILADANCO at 1 PM at the Institute followed with a performance by the company on the Miller Center stage at 8 PM. Tickets for the PHILADANCO performance may be purchased by calling 610.372.4721, extension 5500, online at www.racc.edu/Miller Center/or at the Miller Center box office.

SOVEREIGN CENTER

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse travel to four magical destinations all in one fun-filled ice production! Disney On Ice presents Mickey & Minnie's Magical Journey combines the worlds of four beloved Disney films - The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Lilo & Stitch and Peter Pan. Mickey & Minnie's Magical Journey will play Sovereign Center in Reading, October 9-13.

READING NAVY CLUB

The club will have their annual meeting at the Wyomissing Public Library on Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. The Navy Club breakfast will be Sept. 27 at 9 a.m.

For more information call 610-929-8343.

MUHLENBURG TOWNSHIP PARK & RECREATION DEPARTMENT The Muhlenburg Township Park & Recreation Dept. will sponsor this year's Halloween Parade on Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. Rain date Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. For more information call 610-929-1503.

ST. JAMES CHURCH

The Men's Fellowship Breakfast will be Saturday, Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. Chaplain Larry Mast is the guest speaker.

For more information call the church office at 610-372-2034.

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