“Revolutionary Refugees" with Michelle Lynch: 2 p.m. at Berks County Heritage Center, Bern Twp. As the British advanced toward Philadelphia in September 1777, a group of patriots prepared to evacuate to Reading. Members of some of the city's premier families, they brought with them exquisitely fashioned clothes, furniture, and household goods. Join historian Michelle Lynch as we explore the story of these refugee families in Reading, who were regarded as Loyalists, and they in-turn looked down their noses on the unsophisticated populace of Reading with its muddy streets and German language.
Storytime: 10 to 11 a.m. at Berks County Heritage Center, Bern Twp. Learn how and why a grist mill was important. Join us as we read the story “Pancakes, Pancakes” by Eric Carle and get a chance to try the pancakes that we make. For ages 3-8 and their parents.
Late Spring Birdwalk: 8 a.m. at Berks County Heritage Center, Bern Twp. Join Katrina Knight from the Baird Ornithological Club for a Birdwalk along the Union Canal Towpath to look at birds. Please wear sturdy walking shoes and bring along binoculars. Co-sponsor: Spring Township Parks and Recreation
Fly Fishing: 12 to 4 p.m. at Berks County Heritage Center. Bring the family out to join members of the Berks Fly Tyers Club to learn fly tying casting techniques and information about equipment.
June 17 to 21
Explorers “Animal Olympics:” 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Angora Fruit Farm, 502 Angora Road, Reading. Join Environmental Education staff in feats of incredible animal strength! Learn about why chameleons are color changing champs, how birds migrate long distances, and just what allows fish to breathe underwater. Explore the extremes that animals will achieve to thrive in their habitat. There is a charge per registered child. Program is for children in Kindergarten through 4th.grade.
Full Moon Paddle on SUP: 7 to 9 p.m. at Church Road parking area, Blue Marsh Lake, Bernville. Paddle Blue Marsh Lake under the full glow of the Strawberry Moon; named by the Algonquin Indians who were avid paddlers. Event would include 5 minute demo of basic SUP instruction, paddle to a seclude location where participants can hook up to a personal anchor to sit and enjoy their surroundings and gaze at the beauty of the night sky. Board, paddle, life vest and glow sticks provided by Aqua Om Paddle. Beginners welcome. Spaces are limited. There is a charge. Registration and payment due by June 10. Visitwww.AOPaddle.com to register or call 484-854-1271. Appropriate for ages 12 years and up (no rain date).
Stand Up Paddleboard Demos: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Church Road parking area, Blue Marsh Lake, Bernville. Free. Explore nature and the beauty of the outdoors while learning how to paddle on a stand-up paddleboard. Each one-half hour session will include: demo of stand-up paddleboard instruction and free time to paddle. Board, paddle and life vest provided by Aqua Om Paddle. Spaces are limited. Pre-register by visiting www.AOPaddle.com or by calling 484-854-1271. Appropriate for ages 10 years and up. (no rain date).
Free Third Saturdays at the Berks County Heritage Center: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located on a former 18th century farmstead, The Berks County Heritage Center is a historical complex that interprets important eras of Berks County’s cultural and transportation history. The Heritage Center’s two onsite museums (The Gruber Wagon Works and C. Howard Heister Canal Center) will be offering free admission on the third Saturday of every month May through October.
Family Science Day: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Berks County Heritage Center, 1102 Red Bridge Road, Reading (Bern Twp.). Learn about weather and how bridges and buildings are built to withstand floods, hurricanes and earthquakes. Build a building a model. For ages 7-12 and their families. Register by June 15. $5 per family. Call 610-374-8839.
Programs are presented by the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call 610-374-2944, visitwww.countyofberks.com/parks or find on Facebook and Instagram under Berks County Parks and Recreation.