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Bulletin board: Apple Dumpling Festival set for this week

The annual Apple Dumpling Festival and Pageant is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday at Willow Glen Park at 94 Park Ave. Sinking Spring. Hours are 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, 5:30 to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 3 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. The event features food, amusement rides, contests, carnival games, craft market stands and entertainment.

For those who don’t want to stay for the festivities but want to pick up apple dumplings, pickup times are scheduled starting at noon each day of the festival.

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Ballet performance

Berks Ballet Theatre presents “La Fille Mal Gardée” (“The Wayward Daughter”) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Miller Center for the Arts at Reading Area Community College.

Set in a French countryside village, the lighthearted and comedic ballet tells the story of a young woman who falls in love with a young farmer. Her overbearing mother has other ambitious plans for her daughter.

Tickets are available at

Indian history

Local historians Thurman Madeira and Phil Kistler will be the guest speakers at the meeting of Hawk Mountain Chapter 31 Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology tonight at 7 in the Hamburg Municipal Building, 61 N. Third St. The subject will be local Indian history and hunting arrowheads. The presentation will be followed by show and tell.

Farmers market

The Antietam Valley Farmers Market opens for the season tonight from 5 to 7 at Carsonia Park, 905 Byram St., Pennside. Markets will be held two Mondays each month.

Opening night features an opportunity to shop and sample vendors’ wares, enjoy dinner and dessert, mingle with members of the community and listen to live music.

See for details.

Amigo Award gala

Centro Hispano has announced that Chris Kraras will be honored as the 2024 Amigo Award recipient.  The award will be presented at the Amigo Award Gala to be held June 21 at the Redner’s Event Center at First Energy Stadium.

According to Centro Hispano President and CEO, Mike Toledo: “Chris is being honored because of his unwavering dedication to greater Reading.  His commitment to our community is exemplified by his tireless efforts to assist the Centro Hispano in successfully securing new headquarters for our delivery of safety net programs and services.”

Kraras is chairman of White Star Tours and White Star Travel Centers. His lifelong community service has been recognized by numerous organizations and institutions.

“The Centro Hispano organization has a very soft spot in my heart, and I have enjoyed working alongside Mike Toledo and so many other committed people over the years,” Kraras said. “Centro Hispano is a pillar of our community.  It uses its position and resources to serve people in incredible ways, always responding to changing needs while continuing essential services to tens of thousands of people each year.”

Details regarding event sponsorship and tickets can be found at

Dog rescue open house

Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue will hold its monthly open house Saturday  from 10 a.m. to noon at its Golden Gateway facility at 60 Vera Cruz Road, Reinholds. Staff is on hand to answer all questions, and food is available for purchase. No admission charge. For more information, contact, call 717-484-4799 or visit

Robesonia Furnace

The Tulpehocken Settlement Historical Society will feature the Robesonia Furnace at its meeting on Monday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Tulpehocken Settlement Historical Society, 116 N. Front St., Womelsdorf. Parking is at the rear of the building.

Randy Gartner and Tracy Rice, board members of the Friends of the Robesonia Furnace, will present an illustrated lecture on the history and importance of this local site. It is free and open to the public.

Call 610-589-2527 for more information.

Book sale

The Wernersville Library Book Sale is scheduled for Tuesday through Saturday at the library, 100 N. Reber St. Pre sale is Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. with a $5 admission fee. Admission is free the rest of the event. Hours are Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Airplane rides

“Pennies a Pound” airplane rides will be held May 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heritage Field, 3310 W. Ridge Pike, Pottstown. Cost is 40 cents a pound (minimum of $25 and maximum of $60) Proceeds benefit the Eastern PA 99s Women Pilots aviation scholarships for women.

Details at or email Event is weather-dependent, check the website on the morning of the event.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run Berks will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a 5K event on May 18 starting at 8 a.m. at Penn State Berks in Spring Township.

The organization works to have a positive impact on girls in Berks and Schuylkill Counties.

For more information or to register for the 5K event, visit or email

Chicken BBQ

The Birdsboro Rotary Club is holding a Kauffman’s Chicken BBQ event on Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Boscov’s Outlet Center parking lot at 4365 Perkiomen Ave., Exeter Township. Meals are $14 each and include a half-chicken, baked potato, pepper cabbage and a beverage. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased from any Birdsboro Rotarian or by emailing

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