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Bulletin board: Volunteers sought for Reading soup kitchen

The Gables at Stirling Guest Hotel in Reading is seeking volunteers for its fourth annual holiday soup kitchen Saturday. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the hotel, 1120 Centre Ave.

Organizers are looking for volunteer cooks, prep cooks, servers, bartenders, hosts and hostesses, setup/breakdown crew, dishwashers, decorators, performers, an emcee and coordinator.

The schedule and beneficiaries are follows: 9:30-11 a.m., children of TLC Fore; noon-2 p.m., women and children of Hannah’s Hope; 2-4 p.m., veterans from Veterans Making a Difference; 4-6 p.m., children from Olivet Boys & Girls Club; 7-10 p.m., men of Hope Rescue Mission.

To volunteer or learn more, go to, call 610-373-1522 or email

Homestead Holiday

Daniel Boone Homestead, Exeter Township, is hosting “A Homestead Holiday” on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., offering a chance to experience Christmas as it was almost 300 years ago.

Visitors can learn about English and Pennsylvania German holiday celebrations, enjoy parlor music with Bob Mouland, listen to the Homestead Carolers, visit with Santa and the Belsnickel and enjoy Christmas crafts and activities. There will be opportunities to learn Christmas traditions of the families who lived on the property throughout the 18th century

In the Boone House, volunteers will cook a Christmas meal in the hearth and talk about the English Christmas traditions.

There will be crafts and other activities for children, including a Christmas scavenger hunt.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for 65 and older, $5 for ages 6 to 17 and free for children under 5 and Daniel Boone Homestead Associates members.

See more details at and The Daniel Boone Homestead on Facebook.

Grant opportunity

Barrio Alegría and the Wyomissing Foundation are partnering for a third year to provide FARO Community Grants to inspire community engagement and shine a light of opportunity on people and organizations working to create positive change in Reading.

Grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded through an evaluation process led by community volunteers from Barrio Alegría. They will make recommendations to the Wyomissing Foundation Board of Directors.

Nonprofit organizations with an annual budget of less than $250,000 are eligible to apply. In addition, more informal groups, associations, or individuals (without a 501c3 designation) may apply if they secure a fiscal sponsor as a partner. Contact Barrio Alegría for assistance.

Proposed projects should be designed to bring people together to create positive change in the community. Grants must benefit Reading residents and neighborhoods and preference will be given to applying groups that are also located in Reading.

Applications can be completed at Paper applications are available from Barrio’s office at 140 N. Fifth St.

The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 20. Grants will be awarded May 1

Menorah lighting

The Jewish Federation of Reading/Berks is inviting the community to a menorah lighting and Shine a Light on Antisemitism event on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at Fifth and Penn streets in Reading.

Federation officials said this year’s Hanukkah observance is taking place amid a sharp increase in the frequency and severity of antisemitic incidents, especially since the Hamas terror attack on Israel on Oct.  7.

“The support we have received from our non-Jewish peers here in Berks County has been overwhelming, and we’d like to invite the community to the menorah lighting to celebrate the holiday, learn more about Hanukkah and to show your support of our local Jewish community,” Federation CEO Brian Chartock said in the organization’s announcement of the event.

For more information, contact Amanda J. Hornberger 610-921-0624 or

Theology with a Twist

Theology with a Twist presents A Kinder Church on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Kutztown Tavern, 272 W. Main St. The group meets in the tavern’s upper room.

The program tackles the question, can the church be kinder? The Rev. Steve Ohnsman, pastor of Calvary United Church of Christ, Reading, will look at how we are often our own worst enemy and how we can change the way we are the church.

The event is free, but food and drink can be purchased in the restaurant downstairs and brought to the event space. Parking is available in the community lot behind the tavern or on Main Street. All are welcome.

Genealogy event

Berks County Genealogical Society is holding an open house Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the society’s library on the fourth floor of the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington St.  Santa Claus will be there,  and the librarian will offer an introduction to the upgraded library and online catalog. A beginners class for genealogy runs from 3 to 4 p.m.

Elvis holiday show

The Manor at Market Square, 803 Penn St., Reading, invites the public to a free holiday show, an Elvis Christmas Special, Monday, Dec. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. Award-winning Elvis Presley tribute artist Jeff Krick Jr. will perform popular holiday and rock ’n’ roll tunes.

RSVP by Wednesday to 610-373-0800 or email

Polish dinner

The Polish-American Heritage Association of Berks County will hold its annual Polish Christmas Eve Wigilia Dinner on Dec. 17, at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, Reading. Doors open at 4:15 p.m. with a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres at 4:30 p.m. followed by the sharing of the Christmas wafer, dinner, singing of koledy, dessert, coffee and tea.

This fundraiser supports the Polish-American Cultural Center at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. Information and reservations, call Henry Pruski at 610-372-1279 after 7 p.m. Deadline for reservations is Friday.

House tour

A Christmas House Tour is being held by the Friends of the Robesonia Community Library on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

Tickets are $20 per person, available at the Robesonia Community Library, 75A South Brooke St., Murdough’s Christmas Barn and Ryeland Gardens. All proceeds benefit the library. For more information, call 610-693-8039.

NAACP event

The NAACP Reading Branch annual meeting and holiday social will be held Monday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. at the United Labor Council, 1251 N. Front St., Reading.

All are welcome to this celebration of Kwanzaa and a chance to come together and reflect on some important values. For more information call 877-262-5148 or email

Dragon boat camp

The United States Dragon Boat Federation’s All Cancer Paddler Committee is holding a mini paddle camp for All Cancer Paddler clubs in the eastern region. Co-hosted by Pottstown Athletic Club and Wellness Warriors and scheduled for Friday and Saturday the event brings cancer survivors together for elite dragon boat training. Participants will engage in intensive elite coaching while building lasting connections.

The public is invited to witness this event at the club, 263 King St., Pottstown.

Antietam market

The next Antietam Valley Farmers Market will be held tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at Carsonia Park in Pennside. The event is rain or shine and features vendors offering plenty of food and gift ideas.

The final holiday market of the season will be held Dec. 18.

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Source: Berkshire mont

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