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The Temple Halloween Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. with a rain date of Oct. 8 at 4 p.m.

The parade, presented by the Muhlenberg Township Parks and Recreation Department, will follow a route along Sharp Avenue, Kutztown Road, Mount Laurel Avenue and Seventh Avenue.

Participants include high school bands, the Reading Buccaneer Alumnis Band, motorcycle groups, car groups, firetrucks from around Berks County, floats designed by local businesses and community youth groups. The parade should last about 90 minutes. Some food vendors will be stationed along the parade route.

For more information call 610-929-4727 or go to

Grief support

The sudSSpirit grief support group for those who have experienced the sudden unexpected death or loss of a spouse or significant other will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Exeter Community Library. It is free, and no registration is required. To learn more, call 717-866-2401 or email or

Beer and wine

The eighth annual AVCP Carsonia Craft Beer & Wine Amusement will take place Oct. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Antietam Valley Recreation and Community Center, 905 Byram St., Pennside. Doors open at noon, with tapping at 1 p.m.

The event, organized by the Antietam Valley Community Partnership, features craft brews, wines, spirits, ciders, local food vendors, and a performance by the Good Lovin’ Jam Band.

The event has room for about 500 people, and it has sold out in each of its past seven years.

Proceeds aid in AVCP’s mission to improve the quality of life in the Antietam Valley, including efforts to help the community recover from this summer’s flooding.

Tickets purchased by Sept. 30 are $45 and cover admission, a tasting glass and unlimited samplings of beer, wine, spirits and cider. Only those 21 or older will be admitted. The ticket price goes up to $50 after Sept. 30.

The evemt will be held rain or shine inside the Recreation Center and under a tent at Carsonia Park.

For more information or to order tickets, visit  For ticket questions, contact Jennifer Miller at

Spirit on Tap

Pam Mills, executive director of Clare of Assisi House, will speak at Spirit on Tap on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Reading.

Clare of Assisi, located in Reading, provides residential transitional living for nonviolent women with a history of domestic violence and/or substance abuse upon their release from prison.

Mills will discuss the organization’s work providing life skills training and the encouragement and support these women need. She will introduce some of the residents to share their stories.

Chorus concerts

The Blue Mountain Heritage Chorus is scheduled to perform two concerts this fall.

Around the World will be performed Sunday at 2 p.m. in Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 354 Zion’s Church Road, Shoemakersville. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from any chorus member.

A free traditional Christmas concert with singalong is scheduled for Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. in Salem Belleman’s Church, 3540 Belleman’s Church Road, Centre Township.

Shredding event

Residents of the 5th Legislative District are invited to a paper shredding event Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the old Hoover Motors parking lot, 50 E. Penn Ave., Wernersville. Rep. Barry Jozwiak is joining Tompkins Community Bank in hosting the event.

Participants can bring up to four boxes of paper. The shredder cannot accept heavy-duty binders or wet or moldy paper.

The event is open only to those who reside in the 5th Legislative District: the townships of Bern, Bethel, Centre, Heidelberg, Jefferson, Lower Heidelberg, Marion, North Heidelberg, Ontelaunee, Penn, Perry, South Heidelberg and Tulpehocken; part of Spring Township; and Bernville, Centerport, Leesport, Robesonia, Shoemakersville, Wernersville and Womelsdorf.

Donate and dine

Members of the community are invited to donate and dine at Mimmo’s, 290 Morgantown Road, Reading, on Oct. 12 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Manor at Market Square in Reading is accepting donations of new or gently used adult- or child-sized winter coats. Those who donate will receive a complimentary spaghetti dinner. All coats collected will be donated to the Reading School District.

RSVP by Oct. 6. Call Madison at 610-373-0800 or email

Fleetwood celebration

Fleetwood continues its 150th anniversary celebration with a series of events this week.

The weekend kicks off Wednesday with the public release of the movie “Finding Fleetwood.”The award-winning documentary will be available on the Fleetwood borough YouTube channel. Find it at or

Thursday through Saturday there will be a hometown celebration in Fleetwood Park with rides, food, entertainment and games starting at 5 p.m. There will be free entertainment with the New Individuals on Thursday and Sloth Love Chunk on Friday, both at 6:30 p.m.

On Friday there will be a Main Street Business Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to highlight Fleetwood businesses with giveaways and prizes.

The 150th Celebration Parade is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. The rain date is Sunday. The parade starts at Fleetwood High School and travels on Richmond Street, Arch Street, North Willow Street, Main Street and Chestnut Street. It ends at Vine and Chestnut streets.

Immediately after the parade, the Fleetwood Fire Company will hold a housing ceremony for its new rescue truck at 16 N. Chestnut St.

The weekend concludes Saturday night at 6:30 with a celebration concert in Fleetwood Park featuring Grammy Award-nominated artist Chuck Mead and his Grassy Knoll Boys, who perform country music with rock ‘n’ roll flavor.

Patriot Run

The 5K Patriot Run is scheduled for Nov. 4 at 9 a.m. to benefit homeless veterans services at Hope Rescue Mission in Reading.

The event takes place at Gring’s Mill Recreation Area in Spring Township. Registration at 8 a.m., race at 9. Walkers welcome.

Register online at Registration closes at midnight the Wednesday before race day. Fee is $25 plus service fee through Oct. 20; $30 plus service fee through Nov. 1.

Dryville event

Christ Church Children’s Center in Dryville will host a drive-in on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. It will include food, craft vendors, a children’s clothes and toys sale, music and an online silent auction.

Hannah Violet will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

The silent auction features specialty baskets for the entire family at  The auction closes Oct. 4 at 6 p.m.

Proceeds support educational supplies and scholarships for the Children’s Center.

The center is located in Christ Mertz Lutheran Church at 16 Fleetwood Road. For more information, call 610-682-6381 ext. 222.

Theology with a Twist

The 2023-24 Theology with a Twist season will begin Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Rebecca Hoover presenting “Be You Be Barbie: Towards a Transformational Theology of Personhood.” Participants will discuss their identities,God and Barbie.

Hoover is pastor of One UCC in Kenhorst and a full-time elementary school teacher. The thread connecting those vocations is a passion for education and helping people grow into the fullness of who they are made to be.

Theology with a Twist is held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kutztown Tavern, 272 W. Main St. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

Artist’s presentation

Penn State Laureate Lori Hepner will visit Penn State Berks and give a presentation on Monday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m in the Perkins Student Center Multipurpose Room. The program is free and open to the public.

A visual artist who has been teaching at Penn State since 2007, Hepner uses movement to abstract and reconstruct images in works that “make the invisible visible,” mirroring her own experience with sensory differences, she said. Her ongoing practice, “Drawing with Light,” spans the genres of photography, performance, and augmented reality and uses custom, wearable LED devices that use the movement of the body to create digital light drawings.

Hepner wants to show how artists incorporate wearable LEDs into their work and make art accessible to everyone.

For information or disability accommodation, contact Jeanne Rose at

Museum open house

The Leesport Area Historical Society Museum is holding an open house on Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 128 Main St. Visit the 1858 schoolhouse that served the community until 1961 and view a rare printing press and Quaker marriage certificate from 1757. The current exhibit features local advertising signage and school memorabilia.

Talk on tombstones

Michael Emery, site administrator at Cornwell Iron Furnace, will deliver a talk Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. at the West Lawn-Wyomissing Hills Library, 101 Woodside Ave., West Lawn. The presentation will be on “Pennsylvania German Tombstones” mainly from Berks, Lancaster and Lebanon Counties, from a historical and architectural viewpoint. The program is free, and no registration is required. Call the library at 610-678-4888 for more information.

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