Event submissions: Send to edi[email protected]lenews.com a week prior to publication. Note “Phoenix Calendar” in the subject.
“Play On”: Forge Theatre will stage “Play On!” Nov. 16, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and are available at forgetheatre.org or by calling 610-935-1920. Forge Theatre is located at 241 First Ave., Phoenixville.
Cars 4 Classrooms Fundraiser: Tri County CDJR will host a Chrysler Cars 4 Classrooms fundraiser for Evans Elementary students Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents and friends of the school will have the opportunity to earn money for Evans Elementary students by taking a brief test drive in the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid. Any licensed driver age 18 or older may drive and earn on the school’s behalf. Tri County CDJR will provide vehicles and staff to assist drivers with fundraising test drives. For each test drive taken during the fundraising event, Chrysler will donate $10 to Evans Elementary. Additionally, all test drive participants will be entered into the 2018 FCA US National Sweepstakes at registration for a chance to win $45,000 toward an eligible vehicle from any one of the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Truck and FIAT brands.
A Gilded Christmas: Pennypacker Mills will offer the A Gilded Christmas holiday tour fFrom Tuesday, Nov. 20, through Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. See periodstyle Christmas ornaments and decorations used throughout the mansion in addition to original 1900s ornaments and greeting cards on exhibit in the Galleries. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Tours are free, with a suggested donation of $2 per person. Pennypacker Mills is located at 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville. For information, visit montcopa. org/pennypackermills or call 610287-9349.
A Victorian Christmas Open House: Pennypacker Mills will hold A Victorian Christmas Open House Saturday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 8 p.m. with a handbell choir and a Victorian Santa Claus on the mansion porch. Inside the mansion, see living historians portray family and friends. At each room, meet an interpreter who will share how the Christmas holiday started back in the early 1900s. In the kitchen, see a demonstration of how clear toy candy was made in multiple shapes. Pennypacker Mills is located at 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville. For information, visit montcopa.org/pennypackermills or call 610287-9349.
Toy Town Toy Drive: Edward Jones, 115 W. Main St., Suite C, Collegeville, is a dropoff location for this year’s Salvation Army’s Toy Town toy drive. New, unwrapped presents for children can be dropped off at our office through Dec. 10.
Phoenixville Public Library
Library Info: 183 Second Ave., phoenixvillelibrary.org, 610-9333013 ext. 132. Reservations for events/programs can be made online or by calling the library. Phoenix Fiction Writers: Adult writers of fiction invited to attend twice monthly meetings of the Phoenix Fiction Writers at the library. Free. Group meets second Thursday and third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the library’s Harrop Room. Led by Eric Parmer, offering local writers education, empowerment and constructive criticism. Writers ask questions about the writing process, read work out loud and receive/offer input on material read. Free and open to public. To submit writing samples or for more information, contact Eric Parmer at ed[email protected] Legal Outreach Clinic: A free legal clinic will be offered at Phoenixville Public Library on the first Thursday of the month from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Ian J. Michener, Esq. of Rick Linn, LLC offers this Phoenixville Legal Outreach Clinic, providing information, counseling, and advocacy in various areas of law, including family law, trusts & estates, criminal defense, landlord-tenant law, and legal issues facing small businesses. Attendees receive a free 20-minute consultation with an attorney, who will provide counseling and access to legal resources as needed. Consultations are provided on a first-come, first served basis. For more information, call 610-933-3013 ext. 132 or email mp[email protected]
ESL Conversation Group: An ESL Conversation Group meets each Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Phoenixville Public Library. This free group is open to ESL students and anyone in the community looking to improve or practice their English. John Argeseanu is the group facilitator. For more information, call 610-4575793 or email johnarge[email protected]
Mobile Workforce Navigator: Your guide to resources available to unemployed and underemployed job seekers through the PA CareerLink and the United Way Financial Stability Center of Chester County, is available for free, walk-in appointments each Wednesday from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., immediately following the weekly meeting of the Library’s Career Success Group. Call for more info.
Make & Take Monday, Holiday Edition: Monday, Nov. 19, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children of all ages are invited to drop by and make a wreath, season’s greetings cards, gift wrapping paper and more. For all ages and families. Drop-in; no registration.
Laundry 101: Phoenixville Public Library will host another life skills program in its Adulting”series with Laundry 101 Monday, Nov. 19, from 7 to 8 p.m. Catherine Galanes is the instructor. Bring a shirt to iron, something that needs a button, an article of clothing with a split seam or a stubborn stain. Galanes will show how to remedy these common issues. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 ext. 132.
Special Thanksgiving Storytime: Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Join the library for a special storytime featuring Thanksgiving and seasonal stories, music and a craft. For all ages and families. Drop-in; no registration.
Stress-Free Home for the Holidays with Essential Oils: Natural health Educator Megan Koppel will host Stress-Free Home for the Holidays with Essential Oils Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 8 p.m. Learn oilers’ favorite tips, tricks and recipes for rest and stress management, preventing the spread of illness and dialing up the joy. Create a personalized blend. Materials fee is $5, payable at the door. This event is open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 ext. 132.
Teen Movie Night: Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 6 to 8:05 p.m. “AntMan and the Wasp” (PG-13, 125 minutes). Light refreshments served. For grades five to 12. No registration.
Books on Tap: Books on Tap, Phoenixville Public Library’s book discussion group for adults in their 20s and 30s, will meet Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. at PJ Ryan’s Pub, 233 Bridge St., Phoenixville. It will discuss “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan. A copy of the book may be reserved at the Library or at ccls.org. This event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Christine Shaffer at shaffer.m.chris[email protected]
Holistic Healthy Holidays: Phoenixville Public Library will host a free seminar, Holistic Healthy Holidays, Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. Raphael Knauf, MD, of Phoenixville’s Carah Medical Arts, will be the speaker. Knauf will examine diet, exercise and some other lifestyle choices that can help attendees stay healthy and get healthier during the holidays and beyond. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 ext. 132.
Phoenix Book Club: The Phoenix Book Club will meet at the Phoenixville Public Library Monday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. The group will discuss “Music of the Ghosts” by Vaddey Ratner. A copy of the book may be reserved at the library or online at ccls.org. The group is free and open to the public. For more information, call 610-9333013 ext. 132.
Magnet Making Workshop:
The Phoenixville Public Library will offer a workshop on magnet making, “Create Your Own Glass Magnets,” with Christine Tarlecki Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Materials will be provided. Bring your favorite ticket stubs, art and more to create an array of glass magnets. Cost is $10, payable at the door. This event is open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 ext. 132.
Medicare Counseling: Free, unbiased, confidential appointments with a certified APPRISE Medicare counselor will be offered at Phoenixville Public Library during Medicare’s Open Enrollment period. Appointments will be available Wednesdays through Dec. 5 at noon and 1:30 and 3 p.m. APPRISE is the state-run Medicare counseling program. This service is free and open to the public. To schedule an appointment, call 610-344-5234 and leave your name, phone number and a good time to call you back.
AARP Smart Driver Two-Day Class: The Phoenixville Public Library will host the AARP Smart Driver Two-Day Class Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6 and 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. The AARP Smart Driver course offers drivers age 50 and older an important opportunity to learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. Attendees will learn how to manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. Participants may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course. AARP membership is not required to take the course, and there are no tests to pass. Cost is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members (check or money order only, payable to AARP Smart Driver). This event is open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 ext. 132.
Song of the Seasons: The Phoenixville Public Library will host “The Song of the Seasons: A Historical Music Program” with performers Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 ext. 132.
Terrific Visits with Your Older Loved One: The Phoenixville Public Library will host a free presentation, “Terrific Visits with Your Older Loved One,” Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. Social worker Gregory J. Smith, BSW, will be the speaker. In this free program, Smith will show attendees how to ease fears and make visits more meaningful. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 ext. 132.
Perkiomen Valley Library
Library Info: 290 Second
St., Schwenksville. Call 610287-8360 for registration and information.
Yoga: Mondays at 7:30 p.m. (no class Dec. 24 or 31). Teens and adults. Drop-in for $5 per session. Join Adjoa Amoah-Aggrey, RYT/ Carmen Molina, RYT, for all levels of yoga. Bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. Beginners welcome. Email questions to yoga. [email protected]
Minecraft Night — BYOT: Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring your own tablet (or laptop) and your Minecraft account information. Play Minecraft and show of your creations. Registration requested.
Read, Think, Chat: Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m. Join a lively discussion of books. The book to be discussed is “The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin. Cookbook Club and Monthly Potluck: Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m. Sign up at the library to make a recipe from the cookbook of the month and then join to eat,
discuss and share in joy of cooking (and baking). Featured cookbook: “The Gourmet Cookie Book: the single best recipe from each year 1941-2009.”
Red Cross Blood Drive: Thursday, Nov. 29, from 2 to 7 p.m. Make an appointment at redcrossblood. org. Complete your Rapid Pass the day of the blood drive to shorten your registration time. The blood drive will be held in the auditorium. Use Church Street entrance. Walk-ins welcomed; however, appointments are highly recommended.
Call 610-287-8360 for more information.
Writers Assemble: Thursdays, Nov. 29 and Dec. 27, at 4:30 p.m. Join a monthly writing club. Meet other people who love to write. Come to write or to get or give feedback.
Cookies with Santa: Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with Santa. Enjoy snacks and a craft. Santa’s visit is co-sponsored by LBAC Travel. Call 610-287-8360.
Builders Club Thursday: Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Drop in with your friends and discover a variety of ways to build. Discover new, fun ways to build each month. No advanced registration required.
Knitters: Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. Bring your needles and yarn. Beginners welcome. Share your projects, learn a new stitch and make new friends. The knitters meet on the first Thursday of each month.
Tail Waggin’ Tales: Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. Drop in and read to certified pet therapy dogs. No appointment needed. Come practice your read-aloud skills. All ages and reading abilities welcome.
Stories and Songs with Mrs. Carles: Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Join Mrs. Carles each week to explore holiday music through stories, songs and crafts, featuring live guitar music and hands-on fun. Registration requested.
Christmas Cookie & Movie: Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. Kids Cookie Decorating at 10 a.m., followed by a screening of “The Polar Express” at 10:45 a.m. Registration requested.
Read, Think, Chat: Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m. Join a lively discussion of books. The book to be discussed is “The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson. American Girl Tea: Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 2 p.m. Join us to discuss your favorite American Girl books, play games, create an art project and partake of tea. Registration requested.