Phoenixville Candlelight Holiday Tour: The 2018 Phoenixville Candlelight tour will take place Saturday, Dec. 1, from 3 to 7 p.m. This popular event will feature decorated homes, houses of worship and adaptive re-uses. Tour patrons will enjoy music and refreshments along the way. Tickets are $25 and are available at Forestas Market, Phoenixville Hardware (True Value) and Ellie’s Choice in Phoenixville. Tickets are also available at phxholidaytour.weebly.com. Tickets and programs will also be available at 2:30 p.m. at the tour starting point, Grace Crossing Church, 248 Church St., Phoenixville. Limited parking will be available at Grace Crossing Church, with more parking at the Phoenixville Senior Center and Phoenixville Federal Bank parking lot, all on Church Street. This year’s tour will mainly be a walking tour, with minimal driving to other locations. Tour proceeds will benefit the Firebird Children’s Theatre and Ann’s Heart Code Blue Warming Shelter of Phoenixville, Schuylkill River Heritage Center and the Phoenixville Senior Center. For further information, contact 610-933-9181 or visit phxholidaytour.weebly. com.
Christmas Concert: The Coventry Singers will present their Christmas concert, “Silence … and the Glory,” Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 355 St. John’s Circle, Phoenixville. The concert will include classical and traditional Christmas works, including selections from Handel’s Messiah and Bach Cantata No. 142, “To Us a Child is Given,” as well as contemporary music such as pieces by Dan Forrest and Will Todd. The concert will conclude with the John Rutter “Gloria” accompanied by brass and organ. The concert is free, and all are welcome. A free-will offering will be accepted. For more information, visit coventrysingers.org.
Relay For Life Kickoff Potluck Dinner: The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will hold a kickoff potluck dinner Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at St. John’s UCC Church, 315 Gay St., Phoenixville. During the dinner, learn about Relay’s mission, as well as how to join or start a team. Food and drinks will be provided. Relay for Life benefits the American Cancer Society, which provides funds both nationally and locally to programs that assist individuals who are dealing with cancer. To learn more, visit relayforlife.org/ paphoenixville.
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 610-287-9349. 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.
Community Club of Collegeville Meeting: The Community Club of Collegeville will be entertained by the Perkiomen Valley High School Chorus at its meeting Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Augustus Lutheran Church, 717 W. Main St., Trappe, in Friendship Hall. A short business meeting will be held after the program. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the program or information on membership to the Community Club of Collegeville , call 610-489-2079.
Canning Venison and Other Meat: Penn State Extension in Montgomery County will offer a class on pressure canning venison and other meat Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Penn State Extension Montgomery County, 1015 Bridge Road, Collegeville. The class will be taught by a Penn State Extension food safety educator and a master home food preserver. In this class, the safe, research-based method for canning meat will be taught. This workshop will review the basics of using a pressure canner based on current USDA canning guidelines, how a pressure canner works and canning safety. Cost: $15. Register at extension.psu.edu/home-foodpreservation-wild-game or by calling 877-345-0691. For more information, call Mandel Smith at 610-489-4315.
A Gilded Christmas: Pennypacker Mills will offer the A Gilded Christmas holiday tour through Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. See period-style 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 610-287-9349. Fill The Shelves: The annual Fill The Shelves food drive will collect items Jan. 14 to 18 at Barto Pool & Spa, 437 Bridge St., Phoenixville, and DeMutis Group (rear entrance), 101 Bridge St., Phoenixville. This year’s bounty will be shared by PACS in Phoenixville and Daily Bread Community Food Pantry in Collegeville. For additional information, contact ban[email protected]izon.net or 610-539-4411.
Phoenixville Public Library
Library Info: 183 Second Ave., phoenixvillelibrary.org, 610933-3013 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] com.
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 610-457-5793 or email johnarge[email protected]
Mobile Workforce Navigator: The PA CareerLink and the United Way Financial Stability Center of Chester County want you to meet Ann Marie Barr, the Mobile Workforce Navigator, your guide to resources available to unemployed and underemployed job seekers. Barr provides one-on-one employment assistance in Phoenixville Public Library’s Harrop Room Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-in appointments available. This service is free and open to the public. For more information, email [email protected] openhearthinc.org or call 610331-4101.
Teen Movie Night: Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 6 to 8:05 p.m. “Ant-Man and the Wasp” (PG13, 125 minutes). Light refreshments served. For grades five to 12. No registration.
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 610-933-3013 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 610-3445234 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.
Songs of the World Wars : The Phoenixville Public Library will host Songs of the World Wars with performers Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. This program will combine some of the most entertaining and popular songs of both world wars, along with background information on the conflicts and the music they inspired. 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.
Holiday Puppet Show: The library will host a holiday puppet show by Segal Puppets Saturday, Dec. 8, from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Join for winter holiday puppetry, skits, songs and more. All ages and families welcome. Registration required at phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-9333013 ext. 124 ,or register when visiting the library.
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.
Book Page Wreaths: Make a rolled book page wreaths with
library staff members Christine Nicholson and Linda Inferrera Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All supplies will be provided, including the essential vintage book pages. Materials fee 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.
Movie Night: The Phoenixville Public Library will host a movie night Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. The library will screen “Crazy Rich Asians” (PG-13, 120 minutes). 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.
Piano Performance: Phoenixville Public Library will host a free performance by local pianist Joe Kenney Monday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. Kenney, acclaimed for his innovative merging of jazz, blues and classical idioms, will perform selections from his current and forthcoming albums, including classical and jazz infused originals and covers of popular songs, along with arrangements of holiday songs. 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. Books on Tap: Books on Tap, Phoenixville Public Library’s book discussion group for adults in their 20s and 30s, will meet Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. at P.J. Ryan’s Pub, 233 Bridge St., Phoenixville. The group will discuss “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer. 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 are available for purchase. For more information, contact Christine Shaffer at shaffer.m.chris[email protected]
Perkiomen Valley Library
Library Info: 290 Second St., Schwenksville. Call 610-2878360 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 [email protected]
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.
Writers Assemble: Thursday, 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.