Calendar of events
The Christian Women’s Club
II of Reading, PA: will host a “Lunch With Lucille” brunch on Thursday May 18 from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. at The Highlands, 2000 Cambridge Ave., Lincoln Park. The special feature will be Annarose Ingarra-Milch, awardwinning novelist. The speaker will be Rosie Domes of Attica, NY. Her topic will be “Dreams to Reality- When Life Changed Everything.” For reservations, call Joyce at 610-929-8296.
Berks County Patriots: will meet from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Leesport Farmer’s Market. Rick Saccone, 39th District, PA House of Representatives; Topic “Our Godly Heritage - In God We Trust.” Steve Kruszewski Moments of Peace Adventures. (Non-Profit from Oley). Moments of Peace sends youths 18 yrs. of age and younger, who have a severe disability or life threatening illness on a hunting or fishing trip in hopes of providing a memorable experience and a “moment of peace” so they can forget about their problems and to enjoy nature and outdoors with their families.
Health Screen: The Shillington Lions Club is sponsoring a community health screening program May 20 from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at the Shillington Borough Police/ Municipal building. 999 E. Broad St. Cost of the screening is $60. Payment may be made in cash, check or money order at time of service. The screenings are by Quest Diagnostics.
Roller Derby: Reading Derby Girls v Garden State Rollergirls, a Family Friendly event is set for Saturday, May 20 at Skateaway, 2275 Lancaster Pike, Shillington. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., First Whistle at 7 p.m. Bring your own chair for track-side seating.(VIP Section has dedicated seating (no need to bring your own chair, we’ve got you covered!) Half-time entertainment is by Atomic Bat. For more information, go to www. readingderbygirls.com/
The Ephrata Cloister Chorus: will present a concert at Friedens UCC, 337 Main Street, Oley, at 7 p.m. Join us as we listen to music from the historic Ephrata Cloister and other early American traditions and learn more about this fascinating religious community. Free will offering to benefit the Oley food pantry.
Kempton Civil War Days: Special event is a living history of the Civil War era, featuring many Civil War impressionists from the 16th President of the United States to the drummer boy, Johnny Clem. Those visiting the encampments and riding the train will have up close and personal experiences as they ride the rails of the Wanamaker, Kempton and Southern Railroad while experiencing the Civil War through the memories of the soldiers, spies and politicians who lived during the 1800s. Plan to ride the train with special guests from the Civil War. Saturday trains depart beginning at 11 a.m. with the noon “Presidential Special” hosting President Lincoln. Children 2 and Under FREE. Kempton is located in Albany Township in northern Berks County. For more information, go to http://www.kemptontrain.com/ kempton-civil-war-days/
Melcher’s Grist Mill Open
House: Join Berks County Heritage Center volunteers from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 21 to learn about the operation and unique story of this single family grist mill, built in 1888 by Nicklos Melcher. The mill represents an extremely rare and complete example of a water powered, multipurpose farm mill. Relocated here from Bally, this family-owned mill operated through the use of millstones for grinding cornmeal and grains into feed for animals. This program is presented by the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department. For more information or directions, call 610-374-8839, visit our Web site www.countyofberks.com/ parks, or check us out on Facebook. The Berks County Heritage Center is located at 1102 Red Bridge Road (Reading, PA 19605); ½ mile south of the Rte 222 exit for Rte 183, behind Penn State-St Joseph’s Medical Center. May 24 sudSSpirit Bereavement Support Group: will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday May 24 at 6 p.m. at the Exeter Community Library. The group is for those that are survivors of the sudden unexpected death of their spouse or significant other. No registration is required and it is free. For more information, a brochure or current newsletter, please call 717-8662401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook. May 29 Birdsboro Memorial Day Parade: Starts at 9a.m. at W. 1st & Monroe streets and continues to Birdsboro Cemetery, Union Twp. Contact VFW Dave Seidel at 610-582-1235 or Denise Harner at 610-569-4229 for information
Boone Area Library
Story Times with Miss Lisa: Mondays, 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Story Riders with Miss Barb: Wednesdays, 11 a.m.
Exeter Community Library
4569 Prestwick Dr, Reading, PA 19606 www.berks.lib.pa.us/sxt/ Children’s programs
To register for programs: come to the library, 4569 Prestwick Dr., Reading or call 610-406-9431.
Toddler Storytime: Wednesdays 10 - 10:30 a.m. for ages walking to 3 years. We will enjoy stories, songs, finger plays and crafts as we sing and read together with friends. It is also held the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 10 to 10:30 a.m.
Sleepytime Story Time: All ages, Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Designed for all ages. We discuss feelings, yoga is incorporated to each storytime and there are opportunities to earn rewards for reading books! Free. Must attend with a parent/ guardian. Preschool Story Time: Ages 3-5 Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Designed for ages 3-5 years old. An hour of reading, singing, learning and a craft. Free. Must attend with a parent/guardian.
Saturday storytime: 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 10 a.m. Designed for all ages. We will read books and play at centers (sensory, math, science, make believe) based on a new theme each week. Free. Must attend with a parent/guardian.
Baby Lapsits: Fridays, 9:30 to 10 a.m. Designed infants to 18 months (prewalking). Encourages language development with stories, songs, lap play, and creative movement. Free. Must attend with a parent/guardian. 610-406-9431 | www.berks.lib.pa.us/sxt/
FREE CLOTHING GIVE A WAY: at Birdsboro Nazarene Church, 3rd & Chestnut Streets in Birdsboro. The Clothing Closet is in the basement of our church and is held on the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Each family will be allowed to shop free of charge for ONE BAG PER FAMILY for needed clothing this is a large bag and you may come from ANY township or boro. Everyone from local communities are welcome to benefit from this mission. DONATIONS ARE NEEDED — Clean, stain free, smell free, current clothing (spring/summer) OTHER ACCEPTABLE ITEMS: kids items, toys, books, house hold items kitchen items, blankets, comforters, towels, rugs, small furniture, small appliances, clean rugs. For Donation questions please contact Betty at 610-575-0966.
Garden Club: Pottstown Area Garden Club welcomes amateurs interested in all aspects of gardening. Meetings are held the first Friday of every month at St. James Lutheran Church, 1101 E. High St., Pottstown at 11:30 a.m. Contact 610-327-2235.
Bereavement Seminars: are held Mondays from 7-9 p.m. offering wisdom, strength, and encouragement at St. Catharine’s Parish Center, 2427 Perkiomen
Ave. Mt. Penn 19606. Call 610 370-1174 for details.
Birdsboro Rotary: Birdsboro Rotary Club meets 6:30p.m. every Thursday at the Reading Country Club, 5311 Perkiomen Ave, Reading.
Pagoda Writers: The Pagoda Writers group gets together from 1 to 3p.m. the first Saturday of every month on the second floor of the Pagoda, 98Duryea Dr., Reading.
Stitching Circle: The Mifflin Community Library’s Evening Stitching Circle meets every Monday from 6:30-8 p.m., and the Afternoon Stitching Circle meets every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. New members are always welcome and should bring their own materials. There are currently between 12-15 members who sew, knit and crochet. The group works on personal projects as well as service projects to benefit the community. Come join in loads of fun & stitching!
Writers group: Mifflin Writers Group continues to meet the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month from 6:30-8p.m. Mifflin Writers Group is composed of writers of all genres and levels of experience. Their purpose is to motivate, inspire, instruct, inform, share and critique each other in their writing efforts in a free flowing and relaxed atmosphere. Most programs encourage pre-registration and take place downstairs at the Mifflin Community Library unless otherwise noted.