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

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 www.berkshistory.org.

'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.

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.

Gourmet Gala Fleetwood Rotary Club event held Oct. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Moselem Springs Golf Club. A fun night out, sample food from the finest restaurants in the area and personally meet the chefs. Music, cocktails, food, and a live & silent auction. Business attire. All proceeds benefit the Fleetwood Rotary Foundation. Space is limited. Order tickets and pay online at Fleetwoodparotary.org or contact

Kathy Greiss, at 484-680-1517. Participating restaurants: Christie's Memorable Cakes, Yellow House Hotel, Savory Grille, Mimmo's, Simmeria Cafe & Bistro, Vincenzo's, Moselem Springs Golf Club, The American House Hotel, and Landis Store Hotel.

Fleetwood Public Library Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct 10, 17, 31, Nov 7, 14, 28, Dec 5, 12, 19 Preschool Storytime 9:30 a.m. at Fleetwood Public Library, 110 W Arch St., Fleetwood 610-944-0146

Sept 8, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8

Come Read to a therapy dog 10 to 11 a.m. at Fleetwood Public Library, 110 W Arch St., Fleetwood 610-944-0146

Oct 4, 11, 18, 25 Free Kids Yoga, ages 5 and up. Registration required Fleetwood Public Library, 110 W Arch St., Fleetwood 610-944-0146

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 Open house - children's author

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Firefly Bookstore, 230 W Main St., Kutztown. (484) 648-2712. Firefly Bookstore culminates its week-long grand opening celebration with local children's author Mara Rockliff, who will be available to sign her latest book, Me and Momma and Big John, as well as earlier titles. Free event with children's craft and refreshments. All welcome.

Free Community Shredding and Electronics Event

9 a.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.

Hidden Heritage Tours Sept. 8 and 9 at Berks County Heritage Center. Series of self-guided tours of historic sites around Berks County. Maps are available for a donation. For more information call 610.374.8839 or visit www.berksheritagecouncil.org.

Getting to Know Authors 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Brandywine Community Library. For older preschoolers and elementary-age kids to get to know their favorite authors through reading their books and doing a craft. Sept. 8 - Jim Arnosky.

Come Read to a therapy dog 10 to 11 a.m. at Fleetwood Public Library, 110 W Arch St., Fleetwood 610-944-0146

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.

Kutztown American Legion Post 480 Meeting

7 p.m. at Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown.

Sept. 12 KUBoK New Volunteer Training Session

7p.m. in the Academic Forum on Kutztown University's campus, room 101. Kutztown area residents encouraged to volunteer for this community and university neighborhood watch group. Contact: Jessica Cole, Graduate Assistant for KUBoK. Email: kubokwatch@gmail.com or call 484-646-9070.

'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.

Preschool Storytime 9:30 a.m. at Fleetwood Public Library, 110 W Arch St., Fleetwood 610-944-0146

Open House Expo 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone age 50 and older is invited to stop by and tour the Berks-Encore Fleetwood Center, at 109 W. Vine St., Fleetwood. Learn all the activities, programs and services Berks Encore offers.

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: www.lightthewaypa.com 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.

Topton Borough Mini Museum Grand Opening

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at mini museum at 44 West Keller St., Topton. All ages welcome. Collection of Topton history includes historical items compiled by Larry Werst, Topton Borough and others. Museum open Monday 9 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday 1 to 3 p.m., and Saturday 9 to 11:30 a.m. Trinity's History Room, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Home Avenue And Smith Street, Topton, is open on Sunday 9 to 11:30 a.m. Both locations are open by appointment.

Sept. 16 29th Annual Lyons Fiddle Festival

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lyons Community Park. Presented by Lyons Park and Recreational Department

Family event, handicapped accessible. Musical entertainment, open fiddle contest,

'Pennsylvania Dutch' style cooking featuring iron kettle soups and pig roast, craft vendors, bluegrass gospelservice, quilt raffle and impromptu 'jammers' throughout the grounds. New: yodeling. 'East Side' Dave Kline will help 25 audience members 'graduate' from Yodel University. Admission: minimal donation requested, free to children under 12. Bring lawn chairs. www.lyonsfiddlefest.com.

2012 performers: bluegrass by Chasing Blue, from Boston, Mass.; folk tunes by Ari and Mia, also from the Boston area; acoustic instrumentals by the Zepp Family Band, from East Texas, Pa; and country by Kendal Conrad from Pottstown. Co-hosting are WTAP's 'Uncle Jeffrey' Tapler and Keith Brintzenhoff. Open competition: 3 age groups can compete for awards and cash prizes.

Proceeds of the festival go into the park and the community. Most of the money is used towards the park. Parking fees go to the Lyons Fire Company Truck Crew and Kutztown Hobos. http://www.lyonsfiddlefest.com/

Sept. 19 Preschool Storytime

9:30 a.m. at Fleetwood Public Library, 110 W Arch St., Fleetwood 610-944-0146

Sept. 20 Family Book Bingo

6:30 p.m. at Fleetwood Public Library, 110 W Arch St., Fleetwood 610-944-0146

Sept. 22 Heritage Harvest Fescht (Heemet Fescht)

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University, at 22 Luckenbill Road, Kutztown.

Free event. Wagon rides, children's crafts, folklife demonstrations, PA Dutch food, book signings with local authors and more. Visit www.kutztown.edu/pgchc or 610-683-1589.

Sept. 25 Free Book Discussion

7 p.m. at the Kutztown Community Library. Book discussion of 'All Other Nights' by Dara Horn. This novel is uncovers the role of Jewish Americans during the Civil War and is based on historical facts. The session will be led by PA Humanities Scholar Ann Michael, a DeSales University professor, who leads lively discussion groups. Books are available at the library. Program sponsored by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council as part of the PA 150 Civil War Road Show and also by the Kutztown Community Library. Founded in 1973, the PHC provides a variety of humanities projects, expert speakers, book discussions, and social media projects that help Pennsylvanians learn about the past and share their life experiences with one another. The program is free and open to the public. The KCL is located at 70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown. For information call 610-683-5820.

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.

Oct. 29 Halloween Party 6:30 p.m. at Fleetwood Public Library, 110 W Arch St., Fleetwood. Games and crafts for kids of all ages. 610-944-0146

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