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Bulletin board: Evening walk for homeless, hungry in Berks

New Journey Community Outreach is introducing a new fundraiser for Berks County’s homeless and hungry.  The Coldest Night of the Year Walk is scheduled for Feb. 25 starting at 4 p.m. at Penn State Berks in Spring Township.

The family-friendly event involves a 2- or 5-kilometer evening walk, part of a nationwide effort to draw attention to food insecurity and homelessness. The walk begins at Penn State Berks’ Gaige Building. A light meal will be served at the event’s conclusion.

Locally, participants will be walking to support the work of New Journey Community Outreach, the largest soup kitchen and food pantry in Reading and the largest distribution partner for Helping Harvest across Berks and Schuylkill counties..

New Journey also operates a clothing center, working with other social service agencies to get people the critical essentials they need.

Community members looking to get involved can form a team or join an existing team at

Herb program

The Pennsylvania Heartland Herb Society will hold an online program Saturday. “Why do you call a plant an herb?” is to be presented by Elizabeth Kennel, past president of the Philadelphia Unit, Herb Society of America. To request an invitation link to the online program, email in advance to

Salute to doctors

The Pennsylvania Medical Society is seeking nominations from the public to recognize Pennsylvania physicians on Doctors’ Day (March 30), a national day of recognition for physicians across the county.

To nominate a physician who deserves recognition for their hard work, dedication, and great care, visit Nominations are open to the public until March 5.

Master Gardeners

The Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Berks County will be holding a free educational event at the Berks County Agricultural Center, Bern Township, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

“Table Talks” will offer five concurrent sessions each lasting 20 minutes. There will be 12 mini topics to choose from. Learn about keyhole gardening, winter seed sowing, invasive plants, ferns, the importance of pollinators, propagating lavender and more.

Interact with Master Gardeners and trainees as they share their gardening knowledge and experience along with research-based horticultural information.

There is no charge for this event. To register, call the Berks County Penn State Extension office at 610-378-1327.

History program

The Heidelberg Heritage Society will host a program, “The First Palatine Families to Migrate to the Tulpehocken from Schoharie,”  Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. John Grimes will be the speaker. The society is located at 182 W. Penn Ave., Wernersville.

Exploring hair art

The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley will hold an educational program on hair art Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 167 E. Main St., Ephrata.

In “A Token of Love: Hair Art,” Joel Horst Nofziger will present a look at the Victorian craft of turning human hair into an ornamental display of wreaths and bouquets as done by Pennsylvania German Mennonites from 1850 to 1880.

This program is open free to the public. Parking lot and entrance in the rear alley.  For more information, visit or call 717-733-1616.

Basket bingo

Basket Bingo will be held at St. Paul’s UCC Church, 133 Church St., Bowmansville, on Feb 25, at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m., and food will be available for sale.


Source: Berkshire mont

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