Submit events about 2 weeks in advance of desired publication date to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com.

Feb. 16

Miss Berks County Scholarship Pageant: 7 p.m. at Oley Valley High School, 17 Jefferson St., Oley. Scholarships will be awarded to three titleholders Miss Berks County, Miss Greater Reading and Miss Greater Reading’s Outstanding Teen. More information at missberkscounty@aol.com.

Feb. 16

Encaustic Painting Workshop: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Clay on Main, 313 Main St., Oley. Encaustic is an ancient technique used by contemporary artists, where molten beeswax and resin over paint create luminous effects. This technique creates depth because of its multiple layers. Come with an idea or just let the medium guide your creative process. No painting experience necessary. Admission charged.

Feb. 16

Intro to Digital Photography Class Seeing The Light: Berks Photographic Society, 40 N. Noble St., Reading. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. workshop on using Your Camera. Gain a better understanding of your camera settings and functions, and how you can use them to create better photos. Learn basic workflow for saving, and editing your images. Bring your camera and camera manual. One hour lunch break. There is a charge. Berks Photographic Society members receive a discount on this class. Register online at https://www.pay.berkscamera.org/product/intro-to-digital-photography-class/.

Feb. 18

"Are You Progressing?" by Tom Stoeri: 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Berks Photographic Society, 40 N Noble St., Reading. Meet fellow photographers of all skills levels getting together to share ideas and skills. Free. www.berkscamera.org

Feb. 19

AARP Smart Driver Refresher Course: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Chestnut Knoll At Home Service, 1041 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville. Increase your safe driving skills and recognize your driving capabilities due to age-related physical changes. Learn techniques to defensive driving, and how to handle your vehicle during challenging driving conditions. Also, learn about the new technology features in modernized vehicles. There is a charge. Bring AARP membership card (if applicable) and valid driver’s license. Event includes breakfast and lunch. Seating is limited. RSVP, or for more details call 610-473-3328.

Feb. 20

Learn How to Pay for Senior Care: Chestnut Knoll At Home, Gilbertsville, invites the public to a Caregiver Resource Group, held at the Boyertown Community Library, 24 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown, at 2 p.m. Learn about resources available to help offset the cost of in-home care, including veterans benefits, wavier programs and the Margaret B. Moeller Memorial Fund for Alzheimer’s Home Care Companions grant. Free and open to the public. Space is limited. RSVP at 610-473-3328.

Feb. 21

Boyertown Lions Club dinner meeting: 6:30 p.m. at Friendship Hook & Ladder Co., S. Reading Ave., Boyertown. Our program will be Lion Barry Yerger speaking on collecting tabs, caps and stamps. You are welcome to join us if you have any interest in learning about the Boyertown Lions Club.

Feb. 21

Alzheimer’s Support Group Discussion Topic “Rewarding Tasks and Activities”: Alzheimer’s Support Group from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care, 120 W. 5th St., Boyertown. Speaker Gina Cooke, director of Diakon Adult Day Services at Manatawny Manor, shows how you can keep your loved one involved in day-to-day tasks in and around the home. Learn some simple activities that are positive and enjoyable. Free and open to the public. RSVP at 610-473-8066.

Feb. 21

Parkinson’s Learn & Share: 2 p.m. at Chestnut Knoll, 120 W. 5th St., Boyertown. Speakers Dr. Andrew Harnish; Sarah Weller, OT, OTR/L; and Jennifer Jones, OT, OTR/L, present “Tools to Help You Live With Parkinson’s.” Free seminars are held on the third Thursday of every other month. RSVPs appreciated; call 610-473-8066.

Feb. 21

Berks County Patriots Meeting: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Leesport Farmer's Market. Carol Gardecki presents "Our Founding Documents." Also speaking is Scott Uehlinger, former CIA agent, Soviet Union, and Senior Intelligence Station Chief in Moldova. Scott often appears as National Security Expert on TV/radio.

Feb. 23

Free Community Meal: noon, Calvary United Church of Christ, 1231 Route 100, Barto. All are welcome to attend for good food and fellowship.

Feb. 23

Uncork & Unwind with Your Valentine: 7 to 10 p.m. at Boyertown Community Library, 24 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown. Must be 21 years or older. Tickets for sale at www.berkslibraries.org/branch/boyertown.

Feb. 23

Bally Community Preschool Spaghetti Dinner: 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Bally Mennonite Church in the church fellowship hall. Spaghetti with sauce, assorted meat toppings, salad, garlic bread, and assorted homemade desserts. The cost is a donation. Take out is available. All welcome. Proceeds will provide funds for the Bally Community Preschool. 610-845-1600, www.ballycommunitypreschool.org

Feb. 23

Uncork and Unwind with your Valentine: 7 to 10 p.m. at Boyertown Community Library, 24 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown. Event features select wines and food tastings. Price includes wine tastings, food bites and a keepsake wine glass. Raffles and prizes also available. Proceeds benefit the library. Must be 21 or older to attend. Must present ID.

Feb. 24

Gift Card Bingo: St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, 1188 Ben Franklin Hwy. East, Douglassville. Doors open at 1 p.m. and event is from 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets for sale in advance or at the door. To reserve tickets, call Anna Miller 610-970-8911.

Feb. 25

Berks Photographic Society meeting: 7:30 to 9 p.m. at 40 N Noble Street, Reading. Meet fellow photographers of all skills levels getting together to share ideas and skills. Topic to be announced. Free. www.berkscamera.org

Feb. 25

Cabin Fever Reliever: Sponsored by The Friends of Mifflin Community Library from 5 to 8 p.m. at 201 West Restaurant, Lancaster Avenue in Shillington. Appetizers, cash bar, Chinese Auction, 50/50 and more. Tickets for sale at the Library. 610-777-3911.

Feb. 28

Lunch with Chestnut Knoll: 11:30 a.m. Join a representative from Chestnut Knoll At Home Services for a complimentary lunch at Jukebox Cafe at 535 S. Reading Ave., Boyertown. Learn about senior care options, including home care, rehabilitation services. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. RSVP by Feb. 26; call 610-473-3328.

March 3

All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Buffet: 7 to 11 a.m. at Geigertown Fire Company, 3433 Hay Creek Road, Robeson Township. All proceeds benefit the fire company. geigertownfireco.com or

610-286-6481 for more information.

March 4

Berks Photographic Society meeting: 7:30 to 9 p.m. at 40 N Noble Street, Reading. Meet fellow photographers of all skills levels getting together to share ideas and skills. Topic to be announced. Free. www.berkscamera.org

March 7

Exeter Community Wellness Fair: 4 to 7 p.m. at Reiffton School, Exeter.

March 7 to April 8

Journeys Through Grief: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. from March 7 through April 8 at Christ Lutheran Church, 222 Niantic Road, Barto. Journeys Through Grief offers counseling in small groups where for six 1½ hour sessions, you will learn about the stages of grief and explore your feelings about the loss you have experienced. Our goal is not to make grief disappear, but to equip the group's participants with the tools needed for lifelong healing and understanding. Under the guidance of a professional Christian counselor or trained facilitator, you will learn how you can live with the grief associated with loss. To register, contact Bereavement Coordinator Sylvia Havlish at 610-395-5045. Visit https://www.libertylutheran.org/grief-recovery.

March 9

Dance: for ages 30 and up, 7-10:30 pm at Keystone Fire Co., 240 N Walnut St., Boyertown. Admission charged. Includes hot sandwich, door prizes, music by “Josh”. Cash bar. For information, contact Marge 570-943-2393.

March 11

Monthly Photo Competition: 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Berks Photographic Society, 40 N Noble Street, Reading. Meet fellow photographers of all skills levels getting together to share ideas and skills. Free. www.berkscamera.org

March 30

Benefit for Travis Reese: 5:30 to 11 p.m. at Goodwill Fire Co. social hall, 537 Chestnut St., Bally. Doors open at 5 p.m. Fundraiser for Travis Reese, 15 of Gilbertsville, who has been diagnosed with T Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Buffet dinner, beer and soda, live music by Big Daddy Bangers, 50-50 raffles, home-made desserts for sale, gift baskets and feature prize raffles. To purchase tickets, call Jim 484-706-3262, Stephanie 610-367-7434 or email jdavidheiser@coveragenow.com. Event organized by J-Walkers volunteer team of Boyertown area.

March 31

Designer Bag Bingo: doors open at noon, Bingo starts at 1 p.m. Held at Grill Fire Co., 739 Mountain View Rd Reading. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics PA. Tickets for sale. 20 regular games, 2 specials and 1 jackpot. Refreshments available. For tickets contact Don at 484-345-0546 or email ogre65@ptd.net.

RECURRING

Pottstown Area Garden Club meetings: first Fridays at St. James Lutheran Church, 1101 E. High St., Pottstown at 11:30 a.m. Open to anyone interested in all aspects of gardening, including horticulture, floral and landscape design, garden study and flower show schools. Summer meetings held at various locations. See us on Facebook.

Gilbertsville Toastmasters: improve public speaking skills and confidence. Meetings first and third Tuesday 7 p.m. in classroom 205 at New Hanover United Methodist Church, 2211 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville. Email Doug Maden at dougmaden@gmail.com or visit www.kstoastmaster.org.

Bereavement Seminars: Mondays 7-9 p.m. at St. Catharine’s Parish Center, 2427 Perkiomen Ave. Mt. Penn 19606. 610-370-1174

Birdsboro Rotary Club: Thursdays at Stoppers, 6421 Perkiomen Ave. at 6:30 p.m.

Pagoda Writers: 1 to 3 p.m. first Saturday on second floor of Pagoda, 98 Duryea Drive, Reading.

THE CENTER AT SPRING STREET

200 West Spring St., Boyertown, a program of Boyertown Area Multi-Service, www.boyertownareamulti-service.org. Open to ages 55 and older. 610-367-2313

Fridays: Early Bird Breakfast 8 a.m.

Saturdays: Yoga 9 a.m.

Saturdays: Move & Groove 10:15 a.m. Space is limited, call The Center to reserve spot.

Sundays: Pickleball at Boyertown Community Park 1 p.m.

Mondays: Pilates 6 p.m.

Mondays: Yoga 6 p.m.

Wednesdays: Pickleball at Boyertown Community Park 9 a.m.

2nd & 4th Thursdays: walking at Boyertown Community Park. Meet 9:30 a.m. at large pavilion.

Feb. 14: 1 to 2 p.m. Music by Bob Alexander & Emily Bechner

Feb. 15: 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pool Tournament

Feb. 19: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Shuffleboard Tournament

Feb. 19: 1 to 2 p.m. Music by Debi Irene Wahl – “Country Fair”

Feb. 19: 6 to 9 p.m. BINGO Nite

Feb. 20: 1 to 4 p.m. “Golden” Texas Hold ‘Em

Feb. 21: 1 to 2 p.m. “History Revisited” by Darius Puff, a local Lenape historian.

Feb. 22: 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. Shuffleboard Tournament

Feb. 25: 1 to 2 p.m. “Patsy Cline Tribute” by Lorri Woodward & James Hummel

Feb. 26: 1 to 2 p.m. “Captioned Telephones and Relay Services”, by Cheryl Deitz, Hamilton Relay

Feb. 26: 1 to 2 p.m. Book Club

Feb. 27: 12:45 to 4 p.m. Hasenpfeffer Card Party

Feb. 28: 12:45 to 4 p.m. Pinochle Card Party

BOYERTOWN LIBRARY

Scrabble Club: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Join other adults in a friendly game of Scrabble, no sign up necessary.

Adult Book Club: First Monday at 10:30 a.m.

Book Sale: Friends of the Boyertown Community Library hosts monthly Book Sales on third Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bearabilities: every second Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Hosted by Abilities in Motion at the Boyertown Community Library. A social and recreational opportunity for adults of all ages with disabilities and their caretakers. Interactive activities designed for all abilities will include, music, craft-making and sensory friendly seasonal events. Call library at 610-369-0496 to sign up.

Crafting Club for Adults: ages 18 and older will meet every third Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Join other adults for a fun time of crafting. Meets monthly to make seasonal crafts. Call library at 610-369-0496 to sign up.

Tech Help Tuesdays: One-on-one instruction provided for Microsoft Office, Google, email, Internet use, social media, smart phones or tablets. Call library at 610-369-0496 to schedule an appointment.

Adult Painting Party: held twice a month, on second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and third Thursday 11 a.m. Cost $20 includes all materials. Call library to sign up.

MIFFLIN COMMUNITY LIBRARY

Most programs encourage pre-registration and take place downstairs at the Mifflin Community Library unless otherwise noted.

Stitching Circle: Mondays 6:30-8 p.m., and Afternoon Stitching Circle meets Wednesdays 1-3 p.m. Bring own materials.

Mifflin Writers Group: 1st & 3rd Thursdays 6:30-8 p.m.

OLEY LIBRARY

Preschool storytime: Fridays 10:30 a.m. While focus is preschool ages, lapsit infants or young homeschool children are welcome as well. We are not a “hush” library and encourage children to join us who may be new to organized events. Storytime is a great program for children preparing for preschool and kindergarten.

Movie night: new “Harry Potter” Book and movie club. Read the book, then come to library to watch movie on first Thursday of month 5-7 p.m. September is “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

Home School Hook Ups: 3rd Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. RSVP so we can plan for seating and supplies.

EXETER COMMUNITY LIBRARY

Feb. 23: Crafternoons noon to 2 p.m. Ages 4 and Older. Enjoy DIY Seasonal Crafts.

Feb. 25: Letter Writing Social (adult) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Lost Art of Letter Writing continues. We’ll be crafting and making letters to send to friends and family. To register, call 610-406-9431.

Feb. 27: Chit, Chat, Sit, & Knit 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Bring your knitting project, sit and relax among friends. Registration recommended, 610-406-9431

Feb. 27: Coloring Night for Adults 6:30 to 8 p.m. Ages 16 and up. Registration recommended, 610-406-9431.

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