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Bulletin board: Concert to benefit Berks Meals on Wheels

Berks Encore is holding a benefit concert on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Miller Center for the Arts at Reading Area Community College. Proceeds are to benefit the organization’s Meals on Wheels program. Tupelo Honey will perform the music of Van Morrison.

Tickets are on sale at or by calling 610-607-6270.

Meals on Wheels in Berks County serves more than 640 homebound clients each day, with almost 140,000 meals delivered in 2023.

Pa. Dutch classes

The Berks History Center is holding a series of Pennsylvania Dutch classes beginning Tuesday. Online classes are held via Zoom and in-person at the BHC Historical Society Museum, 940 Centre Ave., Reading. They will be offered over eight weeks, concluding the week of April 21. Three experience tiers will be available.

Register online by Monday at Classes cost $70 for center members and $140 for nonmembers.

For more information, call 610-375-4375 during business hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Berks parks

Berks County Parks & Recreation is presenting the following programs in March:

March 19: Read with a Ranger: Spring Has Sprung, 10 a.m. Berks County Heritage Center, Bern Township. Kids ages 3-5 are invited to enjoy a themed story, go for a walk on the trail and complete a craft to become an honorary Junior Ranger. Parents/guardians must attend with their child. Free, registration suggested.

March 20: Gardener’s Helpers Workshop, 6 p.m., Heritage Center. Learn the finer points to enticing beneficial wildlife to your backyard, then complete a bluebird box or mason bee house of your own. Cost is $20/kit, limit 2 kits per family. Registration required.

March 25: Full Moon Hike, 8 p.m., Heritage Center. Walk the Union Canal Trail. Wear sturdy shoes, bring a flashlight and dress for cold weather. Free, registration required.

March 26: Homeschool Hour: Spring Changes, 10 a.m. at Bingaman House, Lower Alsace Township. Find out which animals have woken up from a winter’s nap, explore the plants that signal warmer weather and enjoy some time among friends along the trails. This is not a dropoff program. Cost is $5 per child, registration required.

Register for all programs at

To learn more email or call 610-374-2944 extension 2611.

Community Days

Community Days 2024 will feature a full week of events on the campus of Gov. Mifflin Intermediate School, 600 Governor Drive, Shillington.

The event is being extended to nine days of activities from June 28 to July 6. There is no admission charge.

A Community Days fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, March 30, starting at 6 p.m. at the Shillington Social Quarters, 38 S. Sterley St. It will feature performances by Elvis Presley tribute artist Jeff Krick Jr. and the Blue Angel Tribute to Roy Orbison by Terry Harris. Food and drink will be available, and a 50-50 drawing will also be held.

Tickets are $20 ahead of time or $25 at the door and are available on

Nanotechnology talk

The Friends of Hopewell Furnace present a free talk on “Nanotechnology: The Future of Historic Preservation” Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center Theater at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Union Township.

Dr. Ilise L. Feitshans will discuss how traditional historic preservation uses old methods and leftover vintage materials to repair or rebuild historically precious structures and what modern technology can do to save a culturally important structure that sustained serious damage. Contemporary materials and nanotechnology can be used to 3-D print “old” materials.

Art programs

Mike Miller, project director of the Berks Community Murals Project, will talk about the project at the Wyomissing Public Library on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Miller, former art teacher at the Wyomissing School District, teaches art and art history at Albright College, where he is the artist in residence in addition to directing the Murals Project. He has worked on murals in downtown Reading, West Reading and other Berks locations.

Miller will talk about site selection, mural themes and how working on the project helps to build community. If people have questions they would like him to address, they may be emailed to before the presentation.

On Friday the library will offer another “Art for Adults” series program with local artist Sara Miller (no relation). The 90-minute classes will be held at 1 p.m. on four Fridays – March 8, 15 and 22 and April 5 and are limited to 15 people.

The cost is $25 for the series, payable on or before March 8. Students will learn how to create an embroidered bookmark, including how to transfer simple patterns, basic embroidery stitches and finishing techniques. No experience is required.

To register, email or call the library at 610-374-5382.

Line dancing

Adult line dancing will be held Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Fleetwood Grange, 2864 Moselem Spring Road.  This dance is held the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Proceeds benefit the Grange and the Fleetwood Area Public Library.  Visit Just Line Dance on Facebook for updates.

Veteran’s funeral

Veterans Making A Difference will be laying an unclaimed female veteran to rest with full military honors at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery on March 11 at 11 a.m.

All are welcome to attend the services for Navy veteran Jean Matz.

Senior expo

A senior expo will offer information on programs available to support independence, health and wellness. The free event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Manor at Market Square, 803 Penn St., Reading.

Participating vendors are AccentCare, AseraCare Hospice, Encompass, FOX Rehabilitation, Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance, Heartland Palliative Care, Sense of Peace Home Care and Suburban Geriatrics. There will be contests, music and valet parking.

RSVP by March 12 to Madison at 610-373-0800 or email

Leesport history

“The Leesport Lockhouse and Schuylkill Navigation” will be the program at the Tulpehocken Settlement Historical Society meeting on Monday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. This program will feature a discussion of the influence of the Schuylkill Canal, especially in the Leesport area.  The presenter for the evening is Ryan Strause.

The meeting is free of charge and will be held in the Tulpehocken Settlement Historical Society’s building at 116 N. Front St. in Womelsdorf.  Parking is at the rear of the building.  For additional information call 610-589-2527.

Pansy sale

The Friends of Mifflin Community Library is holding a pansy sale featuring a colorful assortment in a 6-inch pot  for $9 each. Order by March 16. Pickup is scheduled for March 27 at the library, 6 Philadelphia Ave., Shillington, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 610-777-3911 to learn more.

Garden bus trip

Friends of Mifflin Community Library is offering a bus trip to the Mt. Cuba Center in Delaware on May 4, with tours of its formal and native plant gardens. Cost is $95 and includes guided walk and native plant lecture. Depart Shillington at 8:30 a.m. and return at about 6:30 p.m. Registration deadline is April 8. Visit the library at 6 Philadelphia Ave., Shillington, or call 610-777-3911 to learn more.

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