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Bulletin board: Juneteenth events planned in Reading

Juneteenth will be marked by several events in Reading this week.

Tuesday through Thursday will feature The Great Barrington Project, a community art and discussion series on the ideas and writing of W.E.B. DuBois, a native of Great Barrington, Mass. Part 1 will be offered Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m. in City Park near the Bandshell. It’s an interactive public experience in which people are welcome to sit across from a Black person and look into their eyes to see them and look beyond stereotypes. A discussion will be held Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. See to learn more.

On Friday there will be a flag raising at 11 a.m. at City Hall. There will be a kickoff reception at 1 p.m. followed by an announcement of freedom at 5 at Washington Towers, 50 N. Fourth St.

On Saturday a community family barbecue is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. at Berks Lodge #47, 237 Walnut St. There will be free food and beverages, musical performances, health screenings and more. Call 484-628-8611 to make a mammogram appointment. Nonperishable food donations accepted (for food bank or animal shelter.

The event concludes with a closing celebration Sunday at Zion Baptist Church, 224 Washington St. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and a service at 10:30.

For more information, call Johnethia Archie at 610-823-8420 or Stacey Taylor at 484-769-1020.

Pops concert

The Reading Pops Orchestra will hold its annual Father’s Day/Juneteenth celebration Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Green Valley Chateau Tent, 160 Green Valley Road, Lower Heidelberg Township

Guest conductor Andrew Cusano will lead the orchestra in honoring fathers and observing Juneteenth, which commemorates the day the message of the Emancipation Proclamation, issued in 1863, finally was verbally delivered in Texas on June 19, 1866, and the last enslaved people were released.

Admission to the concert is free.

Patriot Power 5K

EnerSys is sponsoring a Patriot Power 5K virtual and in-person run/walk on June 21 at its global headquarters, 2400 Bernville Road, Bern Township. The program is raising funds for the veterans charities Team RWB (Team Red White and Blue) and BVO Brotherhood of Veterans Outdoors.

The public is invited to take part. The cost for participation is $25. Register online or learn more at All participants receive a finishing medal.

Pottery festival

Stahl’s Pottery Preservation Society is holding its 36th annual Summer Pottery Festival on Saturday at 6826 Corning Road in Zionsville. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

The event celebrates the art of Pennsylvania German redware and features tours of the site, demonstrations, contemporary pottery and food for sale.

Admission is $5 per person. Children under 18 get in free. Visit or the Stahl’s Pottery Facebook page for more information.

Summer book selection

The summer book selection for the Berks Libraries/Reading Public Museum StoryWalk trail is “Dance Like a Flamingo,” written by Moira Butterfield and illustrated Claudia Boldt. This motion-centered picture book is meant to get readers to emulate the movements of animals from around the world.

The program is a collaboration between Berks County Public Libraries and the Reading Public Museum to bring together the joys of reading and love of the outdoors. Featured titles are bilingual stories that periodically rotate to align with current museum exhibitions.

This storybook pairs with the Museum’s exhibition The Robot Zoo, on exhibit through Sept. 4. Robot Zoo reveals the magic of nature as a master engineer. Eight robot animals and more than a dozen hands-on activities illustrate fascinating real-life characteristics, such as how a chameleon changes colors, a giant squid propels itself, and a fly walks on the ceiling.

After completing the StoryWalk, visitors may stop inside the museum to request an activity bag. Berks County Public Library cardholders can borrow The Robot Zoo and other books along with Reading Public Museum admission passes from their local library.

Walk For No More

Safe Berks’ Walk For No More will kick off Art on the Avenue Saturday in downtown West Reading.

Register online at to help raise funds for Safe Berks and support its work providing free services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The event starts at 9 a.m. at 820 at the Mills behind the Sly Fox Taproom at the former VF complex in Wyomissing.

Book sale

A book sale will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Lawn-Wyomissing Hills Library 101 Woodside Ave., West Lawn. $5 bag sale. Adult and Children’s Books plus DVDs, CDs and more.

Archaeology program

The Chapter 21 Archaeologists will share discoveries at Douglassville’s Morlatton Village during a program Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the site on Old Philadelphia Pike in Douglassville. Suggested donation is $2 per person. It is part of the Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County’s Third Saturday program.

Visitors can view an exhibit with artifacts found in the excavations at Morlatton during the past 10 years. Visitors may also observe the ongoing digs and the processing of recent finds around the Mouns Jones House.

To learn more, call 610-385-4762 or visit

Blueberries for sale

Friends of Mifflin Community Library is selling blueberries, 10 pounds for $34. Order by June 22 at the library, 6 Philadelphia Av., Shillington.  Pickup July 7 at Immanuel UCC, 99 S. Waverly St., Shillington.  Call 610-777-3911 to learn more.

Program on elections

The League of Women Voters of Berks County will rebroadcast its “After the Vote” program on the 2023 municipal primary election on Tuesday at  8 p.m. on BCTV.

The program offers information on what Berks County does to assure elections are safe, secure and accurate. Guests include Berks County Election Services Director Anne Norton, Assistant Director Stephanie Weaver and Karen Parish, a judge of elections.

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Source: Berkshire mont

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