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Jan. 26

Bread from Scratch Workshop with The Oley Baker: 10 a.m. to noon, Clay on Main, 313 Main St., Oley. Tom and Pam, also known as “the Oley Baker,” will share their knowledge about all things bread-related. Participants will learn about leavening, kneading and baking, including how to create your own sourdough starter, and how to harvest yeast from the air. Plan to sample some of their wares accompanied by butter and cheese from Valley Milkhouse. Admission charged.

Jan. 26

Spaghetti Dinner sponsored by the Exeter Township Lions Club: 4 to 7 p.m. at Schwarzwald UCC Church, 75 Church Lane Road, Jacksonwald. Bake sale and basket raffle. Collecting used eyeglasses and hearing aids, soda tabs, cancelled stamps and new and gently used baseball caps. Tickets for sale

Jan. 28

How to Evaluate Your Own Photographs Workshop: presented at Berks Photographic Society, 40 N. Noble St., Reading 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free.

Jan. 31

Lunch with Chestnut Knoll: 11:30 a.m. join a representative from Chestnut Knoll At Home Service for a complimentary lunch at Americana Diner at 682-PA 100, Bechtelsville. Learn about senior care options, including home care and rehabilitation services. Event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. RSVP by Jan. 30; call 610-473-3328.

Feb. 2

Benefit Breakfast: 7 to 10 a.m. at Oley Valley Mennonite Church, 1571 Memorial Highway, Oley. Check www.oleyvalleymennonite.org in case of bad weather.

Feb. 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. Email geigertownfireco.com or call 610-286-6481 for more information.

Feb. 4

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

Feb. 6

The Art of Cheesemaking Workshop: 5 to 7 p.m., Clay on Main, 313 Main St., Oley. Valley Milkhouse gives workshop on the history, craft and techniques of cheesemaking. Admission charged.

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. 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

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.

Jan. 25: 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. Shuffleboard Tournament

Jan. 24: 12:45 to 4 p.m. Pinochle Card Party

Jan. 28: 1 to 2 p.m. Michael Kropp, Guitarist, Vocalist

Jan. 30 & Feb. 6: 1 to 4 p.m. “Golden” Texas Hold ‘Em

Feb. 5: 10 to 11 a.m. Boyertown Area Multi-Service Tour

Feb. 5, 19: 6 to 9 p.m. BINGO Nite

Feb. 6: 1 to 2 p.m. Jeff Krick – Elvis Tribute Artist

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

Jan. 29: Baby Lapsits Storytime 9:30 to 10 a.m. infant to age 1 (pre-walking). Meaningful one-on-one interaction between baby and caregiver. Lap songs, rhymes and simple stories.

Jan. 30: Toddler Storytime 10 to 10:30 a.m. walking to ages 3. Stories, songs, finger plays, activities, and crafts.

Jan. 24 & 31: Preschool Storytime 10 to 11 a.m. ages 3 to 5. Engaging books, songs and activities.

Jan. 26: Crafternoons noon to 2 p.m. ages 4 and older enjoy DIY seasonal crafts.

Jan. 28: Letter Writing Social (adult) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Lost Art of Letter Writing continues. Creating envelopes from scratch. Learn how to craft beautiful handmade envelopes to add a personal touch to your letters. Call to register, 610-406-9431.

Feb. 2: National Take Your Child to the Library Day, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. All ages welcome. The library’s “Dragon of a Day” will feature early learning stations, door prizes, book bingo, balloons with Wacky Patti, and a recycled dragon contest where children are invited to make their own dragons with recycled materials and are limited only by their own imagination. And we'll have a special visit by the Dragon from 'Dragons Love Tacos!' Sponsored by Moe's, Clover Farms, and Chick-fil-A.

Feb. 5: Contemporary Movie Night (adult) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Showing “First Man,” a look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Rated PG-13. 2 hours, 21 minutes.

Feb. 6: Evening Readers Club (adult) 7 to 8 p.m. A discussion of “Dear Mrs. Bird” by A.J. Pearce, a charming, irresistible debut novel set in London during World War II about an adventurous young woman who becomes a secret advice columnist.

Feb. 6: 6 to 7 p.m. Tortoise Open House ages 4 and older. Get an up close visit and touch opportunity with Dan de Lion, our resident Russian Tortoise.

Feb. 9: Family Dance Party 10 to 10:30 a.m. Parent or caregiver with child ages 8 & under. Educational and toe-tapping songs. Fun props like scarves, ribbons, or a parachute.

Feb. 9: Drag Queen Story Hour 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. All ages welcome. The debut of Drag Queen Story Hour with Miss Amie Vanité, a natural-born entertainer who's considered "a mashup between Mr. Rogers and Julie Andrews." Afterwards, enjoy painting kindness rocks. (Materials supplied by library.)

Feb. 13: STEAM Wednesday 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Ages 3 to 8. Explore a new set of STEAM toys each month and explore creative problem solving and critical thinking through play.

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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