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Dec. 27

Lunch with Chestnut Knoll: Join Chestnut Knoll At Home at Shorty’s Sunflower Café, 1494 N. Charlotte St., Pottstown, at 11:30 a.m. Complimentary lunch. Learn about senior care options, including home care and rehabilitation services, and more about our compassionate caregivers. Free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. RSVP by Dec. 26; call 610-473-3328.

Dec. 28

Free Concert of Piano Music for Inspired Healing: 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1749 S. Main Street, Bechtelsville. Concert by Boyertown-native Stacy Gery. Free and open to public.

Jan. 5

Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner: 3 to 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Douglassville. Pork, Sauerkraut, Mashed Potatoes, Apple Sauce and Dessert. Dine in or Take-Out. Also looking for volunteers to help prepare. Proceeds will benefit the February, 2019 Mission Trip to Puerto Rico.

Jan. 5

Birdsboro Contra Dance: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Birdsboro Community Memorial Center, 201 E. Main St., Birdsboro. Beginner instruction 7 p.m. Caller is Donna Hunt with music by Pieces of Eight. Admission charged. Wear soft-soled shoes to protect the floor. www.birdsborocontra.org

Jan. 5

Dance: ages 30 and up, 7 to 10:30 p.m. at Keystone Fire Co., 240 N. Walnut St., Boyertown. Admission charged, includes hot sandwich, door prizes, music by “Bobby Koch”. Cash bar. For information, contact Marge 570-943-2393.

Jan. 12 to 19

Julie Longacre Art Show: Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care, Boyertown, Jan. 12 to 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 pm. Longacre is multitalented published writer, artist and photographer. She is fondly dubbed ‘an artist of the people.’ She is proficient in any medium—watercolor, oil or acrylic. The majority of her work is realistic and subjective in nature but her paintings encompass a variety of subjects, moods and color forms. Free and open to public. Opening Reception with Artist Julie Longacre Jan. 12 from 12-2 p.m. Color with a Purpose Jan. 19 from 2-3:30 p.m. adult coloring session, $10 donation to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association; space is limited, RSVP required at 610-473-8066.

Jan. 13

Gallery Opening: Jan. 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Clay on Main, 313 Main St., Oley. Rachel Yoder will be displaying her latest show in Clay on Main’s gallery space Jan. 13 to Feb. 10.

Jan. 19

Dance: Ages 30 and up, 7 to 10:30 p.m. at Keystone Fire Co., 240 N. Walnut St., Boyertown. Admission charged, includes hot sandwich, door prizes, music by “Johnny K”. Cash bar. For information, contact Marge 570-943-2393.

Jan. 19

Felting Basics Workshop: 10 a.m. to noon, Clay on Main, 313 Main St., Oley. Functional items such as hats and purses or shaped into whimsical sculptures. Gain new skills and work with your hands under the expert guidance of Sandra Britland. Admission charged.

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.

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.

Dec. 27: 1 to 2 p.m. music by Jam Strait

Jan. 2 & 30: 1 to 4 p.m. “Golden” Texas Hold ‘Em

Jan. 3: 1 to 2 p.m. “Winter Driving Safety” by Tara DeStefano, Highway Safety Network

Jan. 8: 1 to 2 p.m. “What Happens After the Paychecks Stop” by Bonnie L. Thompson, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones

Tuesdays, Jan. 8 to Feb. 12: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. “Open Art Studio” with Fran Wiecowski, a 6-week course learning how to paint all while exploring your artistic side. There is a charge.

Jan. 8: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Shuffleboard Tournament. Recruit a partner and sign up in advance by calling The Center at 610-367-2313.

Jan. 8 & 22: 6 to 9 p.m. BINGO Nite. Doors open at 4 p.m. with refreshments for sale.

Jan. 9: 10 to 11 a.m. “Hydration For A Healthier You” by Beth Biehl, Southeastern Home Health

Jan. 10: 1 to 2 p.m. Music by Pretzel City Nuggets, an all men cappella barbershop chorus.

Jan. 11: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday Nite Dance featuring tThe Rehrig Brothers. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments for sale. Admission charged.

Jan. 14 & 25: 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. Shuffleboard Tournament

Jan. 14: 1 to 2 p.m. Iphone/ Ipad Apple Class by Jen Kulp. Join us as we navigate the beginning ways of using your Ipad or Iphone. Bring your device, this will be a hands on learning program.

Jan. 15: 10 to 11 a.m. Boyertown Area Multi-Service Tour

Jan. 15 & 22: 6 to 8 p.m. “Coloring with a Purpose” with Julie Longacre

Jan. 17: 12:45 to 2 p.m. “History Revisited” by Darius Puff, a local Lenape historian.

Jan. 22: 1 to 2 p.m. Book Club. This month’s selection is “The Escape Artist” by Brad Meltzer.

Jan. 23: 12:45 to 4 p.m. Hasenpfeffer Card Party

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

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

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.

Dec. 22: STEAM Saturday Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree Ornaments 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

EXETER COMMUNITY LIBRARY

Jan. 2: Tortoise Open House 6 to 7 p.m. ages 4 and older. Get an up close visit & touch opportunity with Dan de Lion, our resident Russian Tortoise.

Jan. 2: Evening Readers Club (adult) 7 to 8 p.m. A discussion of One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus, the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians.

Jan. 8: Contemporary Movie Night (adult event) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. watching “Christopher Robin.” A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life. Rated PG, Run time: 1 hour, 44 min.

Jan. 9: STEAM Wednesday 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. ages 3 to 8. Interact with toys and explore creative problem solving and critical thinking through play. Each month the toys will change and engage any or all of the following subjects: science, technology, engineering, arts, or math.

Jan. 12: Family Dance Party 10 to 10:30 a.m. Parent or caregiver with child ages 8 & under. Engage your body and mind with educational and toe-tapping songs. Singing, tap along to the beat with instruments, fun props like scarves, ribbons, or a parachute.

Jan. 15, 22 & 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. 16, 23 & 30: Toddler Storytime 10 to 10:30 a.m. walking to ages 3. Stories, songs, finger plays, activities, and crafts.

Jan. 17, 24 & 31: Preschool Storytime 10 to 11 a.m. ages 3 to 5. Engaging books, songs and activities.

Jan. 23: 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

Jan. 23: Coloring Night for Adults 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bring out your inner child with a night of coloring fun for adults. Ages 16 and up. Registration recommended, 610-406-9431.

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.

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