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Bulletin board: Berks parks offer plenty of April activities

Berks County Parks & Recreation is offering the following programs in April:

Saturday: Spring Stroll Wellness Walk, 9 a.m., Angora Fruit Farm, Lower Alsace Township. Admission is free, but registration is recommended.

Saturday: Civil War Encampment , 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Heritage Center, Bern Township. Visit the encampment, watch the soldiers drill and ask questions of reenactors. Learn how sketch artists helped create a visual depiction of the war. At noon and 2:30 there will be songs and stories with Matt Dodd. At 1 p.m. there will be a presentation on “Gen. John Hartranft, the 1899 Exeter Train Wreck & Beyond.”

April 12: Family Fishing Day, 5:30 p.m., Church Road Access to Blue Marsh Lake. No experience or tackle necessary- no fishing license required. Equipment will be provided. Admission is free. Registration is required.

April 14, Forest Therapy Walk, 9 a.m., Angora Fruit Farm. Certified forest therapy guide Mette Gleason will lead a walk on the trails of Antietam Lake Park for a forest therapy experience and guided meditation. Geared toward adults. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Cost is $10 per person, and registration is required.

April 16, Read with a Ranger: Earth Day, 10 a.m., Angora Fruit Farm. Kids ages 3-5 are invited to enjoy a themed story, walk on the trail and complete a craft to become an honorary Junior Ranger.  Parents/guardians must attend with their child (this is not a drop-off program). Admission is free, but registration is suggested.

April 23: Homeschool Hour: Earth Day, 10 a.m., Bingaman House, Lower Alsace Township. Learn how parks help keep Earth green and clean with activities such as planting seeds and group litter lookouts.  This is not a drop-off program. Cost is $5 per child. Registration is required.

April 23: Full Moon Hike, Sensory Edition, 8 p.m., Angora Fruit Farm. Walk the trails at Antietam Lake Park by the light of the full moon. This will be a mostly silent hike to focus our senses appropriately. Admission is free. Registration is required.

April 27: Opening Day at the Berks County Heritage Center, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The park’s museums will be open Thursdays-Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on Sundays, noon-4 p.m. Tours of the Gruber Wagon Works will be offered hourly, with the last tours departing at 3 p.m. The Canal Center will be open for walk-in visitors during the site’s operating hours. The Epler’s One Room Schoolhouse will be open on weekends. The Visitor Center Barn includes the Snack Bar and Country Store.

April 27: Berks Family Fun Day, 11 a.m. -3 p.m.,Heritage Center. Berks County Parks and YMCA of Reading & Berks County presents a day filled with activities.  Visit to learn details.

April 28: Wildflower Walk, 9 a.m., Antietam Lake Park, Angora Trailhead. Discover spring wildflowers throughout the park.  Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Free but registration required.

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For further information, contact Lisa Gauker at or 610-374-2944, extension 2611.

Spring experience

Weaver’s Orchard in Robeson Township will offer its Spring Blossom Experience on April 13 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program includes a hayride through the peach and apple blossoms and photo opportunities in the blossoming orchard. Crops in bloom include peaches and apples. During the hayride participants will have the opportunity to learn how the staff maintains crops ranging from berries to tree fruits.

Hot food and samples will be available along with deli sandwiches and wraps. Children can enjoy the spring-themed story time and the opportunity to feed the goats and chickens and hold baby chicks. Plenty of spring flowers along with apples and other produce will be available along with locally produced items and local grocery items. Pick-your-own fruit will start in late May.

Homestead events

The Daniel Boone Homestead Associates is holding a sewing circle Saturday and the first Saturday of each month through December at the Exeter Township historic site. Each month will feature a different topic. The theme for April is Crazy Quilts.

The group will meet at the homestead Visitor Center at 10 a.m. Please bring along a project of your choice (knitting, cross-stitch, quilting, etc.).

The associates also are holding a Preschool History Storytime program Friday at 11 a.m. and the first Friday of each month the rest of the year. The topic for April is music history.

There is no fee to participate in either program or to tour the Visitor Center. There is an admission fee for guided Boone House tours. No pets and no smoking.  Email or call 610-582-4900 with any questions.

Healing service

EarthSpirit Interfaith Ministry in Shoemakersville will be holding its monthly Community Healing Service and potluck on Sunday at 6 p.m. at 1383 Pottsville Pike. RSVP is encouraged due to limited space and accessibility. Call the Rev. Becky Suglia at 570-581-0216 for more information.

Healthy Kids Day

On April 27, the YMCA of Reading & Berks County and Berks Parks & Recreation are partnering to host Healthy Kids Day, previously called Family Fun Day, at Berks County Heritage Center, Bern Township, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event features activities to encourage a healthy start to the summer season. Activities include inflatables, a kite building station and kite flying and games.

Kids and adults can register for a 5K race and 1-mile kids color run. The Y is registering participants on its Healthy Kids Day program page at, which lists information on the day, race and awards.

Those who register by Friday will receive a T-shirt. Race registration begins at 8 a.m., the 5K run/walk starts at 9 a.m., which will be followed by the awards ceremony at 10:30 a.m. At 11 a.m., the color fun run will begin for ages 12 and under.

For more information or to register for the event, please visit or contact Alec Heckman at 610-944-6515 or

Holi celebration

The Penn State Berks International Klub will host a Holi celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday on Luerssen Field at the Spring Township campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Holi is the Hindu Festival of Colors that celebrates love, spring and inclusiveness through religious ceremonies, dancing and singing. The Penn State Berks celebration will include activities, food, music and color powder throwing (the powder contains cornstarch).

For more information, contact Selvi Jagadesan at or 610-396-6382.

Open house

An open house will be held Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Leesport Area Historical Society Museum, 128 Main St. Tour of the 1858 schoolhouse, which served the community until 1961. Visit a classroom circa 1940s/’50s and view artifacts including a 1740s Quaker marriage certificate.

Book sale

Friends of Mifflin Community Library is holding a book sale April 4-6 at the library, 6 Philadelphia Ave., Shillington. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Bag sale both Friday and Saturday.

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