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Bulletin board: Genealogy classes for beginners in Reading

The Berks County Genealogical Society is offering genealogy classes for beginners starting Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Four classes on Saturdays until March 23.  Classes will be held in the society library on the fourth floor at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington St., Reading.  Donation of $40 for all classes due on the first day. Please call 484-509-4806 for more information and to register. Seating is limited.

The society will celebrate its 44th anniversary with an open house on Sunday, March 10, at its GoggleWorks headquarters.

Members and visitors can tour the facility and learn about its new state-of-the-art library system. At 3 p.m., longtime volunteer Elizabeth Sustello will present a one-hour program on how to start researching your family history.

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Citizenship classes

The Literacy Council of Reading-Berks is offering free citizenship preparation classes for green card holders planning to apply for U.S. citizenship. The Gateway to Citizenship program will offer an open house April 2 and 4 at 9 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 435 Court St., Reading; and at 6:30 p.m. at the council, 35 S. Dwight St., West Lawn.

The program offers information to help people pass the citizenship test along with an opportunity to get answers to questions about the naturalization process.

To register, go to

Hockney program

On Saturday at 1 p.m., Wyomissing resident and connoisseur of all things French, Gail Dawson-White, will present a program on one of the greatest artists of modern times, David Hockney. The title is “Spring Can Not Be Canceled: A COVID Year in Normandie.”

Hockney spends a year in splendid isolation chronicling the seasons in spite of our isolation. Dawson-White will show works Hockney created during the pandemic. These illustrate his optimism and strong affiliation with nature. He has lived in Normandy, France, since 2019.

Hockney is a multi-discipline artist whose paintings are renowned for their expression, technique and dazzling command of color. In addition to paintings, Hockney creates collages made out of photographs. His work has made use of devices ranging from laser printers to fax machines. More recently, he has created computer paintings using iPads and iPhones. Hockney was voted the most influential British artist of the 20th century.

The program is free and open to the public. Registration is requested at or by calling the library at 610-374-2385. Wyomissing Public Library is located at 9 Reading Boulevard in Wyomissing.

Winter walk

On Sunday at 2 p.m., the Historic Dreibelbis Farm is hosting a wintertime nature walk with a trek into the farm’s fields and nature trail. The focus will be on wood duck habitat and all that’s involved in maintenance of wood duck nesting boxes.  A hike on the farm’s nature trail along the Maiden Creek replacing nesting material in the boxes at the water’s edge will be featured.

The event is free and will be held rain or shine, with only extreme weather conditions postponing. Rain/snow date is March 10.

Attendees are encouraged to dress for the weather and be prepared to walk on an icy or muddy trail. The farm is located on Route 143 south of Virginville. GPS Address: 356 Hard Hill Road, Hamburg, PA. Parking is available on-site.

For more information visit, Historic Dreibelbis Farm on Facebook or call 610-451-1193.

Fundraising concert

The Wilson Scholarship Fund is sponsoring a fundraising concert on Sunday, March 10, at 3 p.m. in the Yocum Institute for Arts Education, 3000 Penn Ave, West Lawn.

The four-hand stylings of Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi will be presented on Yocum’s twin Steinway pianos. The music will take listeners on a tour of 20th century popular music.  Students with school ID get in free.

Women’s history

Two Women’s History Month events are to be presented in March by Daniel Boone Homestead Associates.

A program on the history of quilting is scheduled for Sunday in the DeTurk Education Center at Daniel Boone Homestead in Exeter Township. This lecture will be given by Becky Hughes, a local quilting historian. There is no fee to attend, and reservations are not required.

On Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to noon there will be a quilt-making workshop in the DeTurk Education Center. This workshop, led by the Hopewell Quilters, is open to all skill levels, including beginners. Participants will make a potholder to take home.

Registration is required by emailing

For more information, visit, The Daniel Boone Homestead on Facebook or call 610-582-4900.

Kutztown parternship

Kutztown Community Partnership has scheduled its annual meeting on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Strand Theatre, 32 N. Whiteoak St.

KCP will review the accomplishments of the past year and present the group’s vision for 2024. The event will include honoring the volunteer and the community organization of the year.

This year’s meeting is the official launch of KCP’s capital campaign to support the Kutztown Strand Renovation Project.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information or to confirm attendance, email  or call 484-646-9069.

History program

The next education program at the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley is “Fields of Glory – Hear Their Stories,” to be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 167 E Main Street, Ephrata.

Civil War historian and former reenactor Tom Lehman will speak on the impact that the Battle of Gettysburg had on local farms and the people who worked them.

This program is open free to the public. Parking lot and entrance in the rear alley. For more information, go to or call 717-733-1616. In case of inclement weather, follow the Ephrata School District closing schedule.

Alzheimer’s support

Keystone Villa at Douglassville and Open Door Training and Development holds a monthly Alzheimer’s support group for family caregivers. The next session meets in the Personal Care building at 1152 Ben Franklin Highway East on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Some cognitive changes are expected in older adults, but what is considered normal aging, and what is cause for concern? Learn the differences and symptoms that indicate dementia.

RSVPs are appreciated; please call Sue or Beverly at 610-385-5002.

‘Allyship in action’

Albright College will host its Empowering Albright Voices “Allyship in Action” day on Friday. All day events are free and open to the public. Participants discuss difficult topics and learn about people who are different from themselves in an effort to cultivate an inclusive, thriving community.

The event begins at 8 a.m. with a unity breakfast followed by the keynote speech at 9:15. Programs continue throughout the day.

A choral concert, “Music from the African American tradition and beyond,” will be held March 2 at 7:30 in the Memorial Chapel

For the full schedule, go to

Redware workshop

The Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville is holding a Sgraffito Redware Pottery Workshop on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

It focuses on the sgraffito technique used by area 19th century Pennsylvania German potters to make expressive designs in their folk art pottery. Sgraffito means to “scratch.” Workshop participants will draw a design of their choosing in a damp clay coating on a redware plate. No experience required.

The class will be led by redware potter Denise Wilz, who will provide the supplies. After the class, the plates will be glazed and fired and available to pick up after about four to six weeks.

Class fees, inclusive of material and instructor costs, are $105 for members ($115 for nonmembers) for one 7-inch redware plate, and $115 for members ($125 for nonmembers) for a 10-inch plate. Additional materials are available for purchase.

Advance registration is required and class size is limited. The registration deadline is Feb. 27. Go to; email, or call 215-256-3020. Please bring a bagged lunch.

The center is located at 565 Yoder Road.

Automotive event

An Automotive Swap Meet & Car Corral will be held at Leesport Farmers Market on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine and is handicap friendly. Refreshments and white elephants for all ages. Admission is $3 for adults, free for children under 12. For information call Lester at 610-823-4656.

Theology with a Twist

Theology with a Twist presents Faith and the Upcoming Elections by Dr. Lee Barrett on Tuesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. in the Kutztown Tavern, 272 W. Main St.

The nation’s increasingly combative political polarization is partly fueled by the tension between “red state” and “blue state” forms of Christianity. Join Barrett in an exploration of the visceral spiritual hungers and fears that motivate each of these factions and consider ways to promote a less belligerent conversation.

Barrett is the chair of theology and professor of systematic theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary.

The event is free. Food and drink can be purchased in the restaurant downstairs and brought up to the event space. Parking is available in the community lot behind the tavern or on Main Street.

Open house

Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue will hold its monthly open house from 10 a.m. to noon at its Golden Gateway facility at 60 Vera Cruz Road, Reinholds, on Saturday, March 9. Dogs will be available for adoption. Staff is on hand to answer questions, and food is available for purchase. No admission charge. No photos, and do not bring other dogs. For more information, email, call 717-484-4799 or see

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