Send events to The Kutztown Area Patriot at 12 South Fourth Street, Hamburg, Pa., 19526; fax to 610-562-4644; or e-mail to:

Bear Creek Chapter of Professional Referral Exchange. Tuesday networking and business exchange at the Starlite Diner at Routes 100 and Route 22 in Fogelsville. Networking at 7:30 a.m. Meeting is 7:45 to 9 a.m. Contact Joshua Daly at 484-554-2641 to reserve a spot.

Kutztown Main Street Growers MarketNow Closed for the Season.

First to Serve: Berks County and the Path to Civil War

Historical Society of Berks County honors the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with its inaugural Civil War exhibit. Exhibit continues through June 8, 2013 at 940 Centre Ave., Reading. Tuesday–Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 610-375-4375

'Managing Diabetes' classes meet Tuesdays, Sept. 4 to 25, from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph Medical Center Bern Campus. Registration is required by calling 610-378-2100. For additional information, please contact Angela Serafin, RN, MSN, CDE at 610-208-4626.

Aug. 4 to 31 Basic Computer Training

7 to 8 p.m. at Brandywine Community Library is offering a free Basic Computer Skills Training class Monday nights. Open up an email account, Learn how to use search engines, Open up a Facebook account, Navigate the Internet, Create a Word Document. Call 610-682-7115 or stop in to Register. Registration is required.

Living with Loss grief support group

Free support and discussion group, offered by Diakon Family Life Services, to assist those grieving the death of a loved one. Sept. 10 to Oct. 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown. Sessions led by counseling professional. Register by Sept. 4 required. Call 610-682-1337 or toll-free at 1-888-499-2699.

Autism Awareness Beer and Food Tasting Fundraiser

Seating at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 26. Hosted at CC's Wooden Grill, Kutztown, with Gretz Beer Company. CC's food and beer pairing includes five courses and several Gretz Beers. Complimentary soda provided by Kutztown Bottling Works. Dessert provided by The Frying Dutchman. Musical entertainment. Limited seating of 30. Purchase tickets at CC's or call 484-641-5059 2-4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. Tickets on sale until Sept. 15. Portion of ticket sales go to Autism Awareness.

Aug. 23 Book sale at Rodale Institute Store Aug. 23 to 24. Located at 611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown. All books published by Rodale for sale and all other merchandise is 10 percent off. Call 610-683-6009 for questions/directions.

Board Meeting 7 to 9 p.m. at Brandywine Community Library. Monthly Board of Trustees Meeting, open to the public.

Aug. 25 Peach Festival 4 to 9 p.m. at Zion Moselem Lutheran Church, 340 Moselem Church Rd., (Richmond Twp.) Kutztown. Entertainment by The Chasband. Food, entertainment and fun. Peaches and Way Har Farms ice cream, turkey BBQ's, homemade soups, and more. Homemade baked goods available.

Lantern Tours at Historic Crystal Cave

7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 and 26 at Crystal Cave, Kutztown. Enjoy a re-creation of the original Crystal Cave tour from the 1870's by the glow of hand-held lantern light. There is a fee. Not suitable for children under the age of 8.

Reservations required. 610-683-6765.

Hooray for Kindergartners 11 to noon at the Brandywine Community Library. Special storytime for kindergartners. Come listen to stories about starting school, participate in a craft and maybe meet someone who will be in your new class. RSVP online, call the library or stop in to sign up so we have an idea about the number of craft supplies.

Workday on the Thun Trail 9 a.m. at the Brentwood Trailhead. SRGA TrailKeepers and the Berks County Bicycle Club will hold a workday on the Thun Trail. Volunteers asked to offer whatever time they have available. Work to be done includes brush clearing, tree removal and litter pickup. Rain date is Aug. 26. In the event of questionable weather or conditions, call Greg Marshall at 610-780-3195.

Aug. 26 273rd anniversary reunion of the Johann Peter and Elizabeth (Schmidt) Gerhart family

starting at 10:15 a.m. at the Christ German Reformed Church at Indian Creek, Franconia Township. Final event (family reunion picnic dinner) is at 4 p.m. Bring non-refrigerated desserts to share. For more information, contact Ross Gordon Gerhart III at 215-646-5151.

The Dogs of Falkner Swamp A male vocal trio from Falkner Swamp U.C.C., Gilbertsville, will present a message in music at Huff's Union Church (Hereford Township) at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. The group is composed of Robert Schnaars (Pennsburg), Robert Erb (Gilbertsville) and Glenn Moser (Barto) accompanied on guitar, with some occasional percussion. The music they perform is a combination of old time spiritual favorites and hymns and original spiritual music written by the members of the group. All are welcome.

Pennsylvania's Covered Bridges 2 p.m. at Berks County Heritage Center. PA's rich forests provided natural materials for our 1,500 covered bridges across the state. Local author and covered bridge historian Fred Moll will present photographs of current bridges, those no longer standing as well as former railroad covered bridges. Following the program, Moll will sign copies of his new book, Pennsylvania's Covered Bridges. Program is presented by the Berks County Parks & Recreation Department. For more information call 610-374-8839 or visit

Aug. 27 Free Lecture 7 p.m. in Keystone Arena. Kutztown University hosts Dr. Jackson Katz, a leading anti-sexist, anti-violence towards women activist. Katz is an educator, author, filmmaker, social theorist, and co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention program at Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society. Free and open to the public.

Aug. 28 Concentrating Photovoltaic Systems, a Bright Spot for Solar

7 p.m. at TEK Park, 9999 Hamilton Boulevard, Breinigsville. Open to the public, free of charge. Concentrating solar describes any type of technology that uses geometry (troughs, dishes) and reflective materials (mirrors) to concentrate a large amount of sunlight onto a small area. At a recent MAREA meeting, a speaker discussed concentrating solar technology as a source to heat water for space heating. Other types of concentrating solar use high temperatures to generate electricity. A new technology takes it up a notch, combining concentrating solar with photovoltaics, where solar energy is channeled with specialized photovoltaic technology to generate electricity at high efficiencies. Concentrating Photovoltaic systems, including the technology, benefits and challenges, will be the topic of the MAREA meeting. Speaker will be Peter Silbermann, Test & Reliability Manager for Solar Systems Pty Ltd, a developer of CPV systems, located in Melbourne, Australia. Light snacks will be served. Visit

Aug. 30 Town hall meeting for residents of 130th Legislative District

10 a.m. at Ruscombmanor Township building, 204 Oak Lane (off of Princeton Road/Route 12), Fleetwood. Hosted by Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) A full schedule of upcoming events and meetings is available at Maloney's website,

Sept. 4 Lost Access: Fleetwood,

a non-profit organization that addresses grandparent visitation issues, will meet the 1st Tuesday for September only at Berks Encore, 109 W. Vine St., Fleetwood, PA. Next meeting Sept. 4, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more information visit, email or call 610-698-7359.

Info Meeting CONCERN: Professional Services for Children, Youth and Families will hold an informational meeting for prospective foster parents from 6 to 8 p.m. To join, call 610-944-0445. Visit for more information.

Sept. 7 17th Annual Chile Pepper Food Festival

Sept. 7 and 8, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine, at Bill DeLong Memorial Park, Bowers. Admission by donation, free parking in park. Food vendors, music, crafts, pepper eating contest, salsa contest. Musical entertainment provided by Acoustic Road Show showcasing local musicians. Family friendly, no pets, no booze. For more info call 610-682-7045. Chile Pepper & Heirloom Tomato Field Excursions hosted by Meadow View Farm, call 610-682-6094 for info, horse drawn wagons transport between Festival and Farm, weather permitting.

Sept. 8 Free Community Shredding and Electronics Event

9a.m. to noon at Thrivent Financial, 102 Tomahawk Drive, Kutztown. Refreshments will be served.

Questions: 610-683-3564 Women Veterans of Berks County business meeting

10 a.m. in Chapel 2 at Country Meadows of Wyomissing, 1802 Tulpehocken Rd., Wyomissing. The Board will meet at 9:30. All women veterans that are residents of Berks County or former residents of Berks County are invited to attend. For additional membership information please contact Sandy Keys at 610-775-8199.

Schpotyaahr Fescht Sept. 8 and 9, Noon to 6 p.m. Hosted by Weisenberg Lowhill Township Historical Society at Werleys Corner Hotel, 4590 Werleys Corner Road, New Tripoli. Free family fun. Food available plus bake sale. Music starting at 2 p.m. by Jack Snyder & Friends Saturday and by The Majestics Sunday. Children's activities: Farm Animals, Scarecrow Making, Pumpkin Painting, Fishing Pond, Basket Making, Crafts, Straw Maze, Watermelon-Eating Contest. Also Basket Raffle, Heritage Crafts, Tours, Bachman Family History Tent. Call 610-298-2352.

Frieden's Lutheran Church Apple Festival

At the church, 9727 Red Road, Kempton, rain or shine. Food served 2 to 8 p.m.; 'Witness' Traditional, Southern Gospel, & light contemporary Christian music 5 to 8 p.m.

Cruise For A Cure 1:30 to 6 p.m. at Larry Dey Auto Service, 12 Pricetown Road, Fleetwood, (in the village of New Jerusalem). Admission donation and proceeds benefit The American Cancer Society through The Relay for Life Team of New Jerusalem Lutheran Church. Street Rods, Customs, Muscle Cars, Trucks, Antiques and Classics welcome. DJ Music, Raffle, Door Prizes, 50/50, Food and Drinks. Rain Date Sept. 9. Info.: 610-682-7111.

Sept. 10 Rehearsals begin for Kutztown Community Choir

7:30 p.m. in the music room at Trinity Lutheran Church, 357 W. Main St., Kutztown. Christmas choral concert tentatively scheduled for Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. in the church auditorium. Includes The Little Red Drum, Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, and Pat-A-Pan/Fum, Fum. Also The Polar Express (A Choral Medley) and Jingle All the Way Medley. Also The Nutcracker Suite, a setting of five movements from the familiar Tchaikovsky ballet as arranged by Harry Simeone with words by the Fred Waring Organization and four-hand piano accompaniment. Another special treat, John Rutter's original work, Brother Heinrich's Christmas (A fable with music), with accompaniment for oboe, bassoon, and piano. Also Christmas Greetings, played by a woodwind quartet of flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon. Concludes with Hallelujah from G.F. Handel's Messiah. Anyone not presently a member wishing to sing with the choir, call director, Dick Wagner, at 610-683-3437 prior to the first rehearsal.

Sept. 12 'What You Need to Know: Preparation for Breastfeeding' class

7 to 9 p.m. at the St. Joseph Medical Center, Bern Campus. Designed to help get breastfeeding off to a great start by dispelling myths, teaching evidence-based current information and some practical tips for the family. A doll would be helpful to bring to class. There is a minimal fee. For more information, contact Karen Sponagle, RN, Clinical Coordinator, at 610-378-2003. To register, call Central Scheduling at 610-378-2100.

Sept. 15 Rock The Light Annual Music Fest5

noon-6 p.m. in Bowers presented by Light The Way Ministries. Features Light The Way Praise Team, DRAMA Ministry Team, He Who Has An Ear, Jayson Simonson, Justin Imbody, Chase Nafta, Brett Rush. Includes prayer tent, free prizes and give-a ways, food and drinks available, vendors, games and face painting for kids. Free parking and free admission, held rain or shine. For more info: or call 610-413-6994.

Worship with The Fools 4 Christ Clown Troupe

10:30 a.m. at Friedens Lutheran Church, 9727 Red Road, Stony Run. Mime and drama with Christian and contemporary music.

Sept. 28 Neighborhood Yard Sale benefit

Sept. 28 and 29 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 602 College Garden Drive, Kutztown, rain or shine. Food available for purchase. Raffle tickets for sale. All food and raffle ticket purchases will go to Autism Awareness. Raffle drawing held on Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. There will be 75 raffle ticket winners, prizes include gift cards, Folk Festival Crafts and grand prize is a three-wheel bicycle. Raffle tickets sold at Renninger's Farmers Market on Sept. 21 and 22.

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