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Saturday 12/03/16
Chillin' on Main with Santa
11 a.m.-2 p.m. E. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown. Free photos, activities, music & holiday festivities. Info, www.boyertownpa.org.
Christmas Craft & Food Fest
10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Dec. 4, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. St. Columbkill Church, 200 Indian Spring Rd., Boyertown.
Christmas Craft Bazaar
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Holy Guardian Angels Regional School, 3125 Kutztown Rd., Reading. Home-cooked food, crafters & consultants, Chinese auction & more.
Christmas Tea
1-3 p.m. Calvary Lutheran Church, Laureldale. Tea, light refreshments & musical entertainment. Reservations/info, 610-929-9606.
Cookie Sale & Breakfast with Santa
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wyomissing COB, 2200 State Hill Rd., Wyomissing. Also breads & other goodies. Info, 610-374-8451 or www.wcotb.org.
Cumru Winter Shoppe
9 a.m.-noon. Cumru Elementary School, 601 Philadelphia Ave., Shillington. Crafters, vendors, pancake breakfast, bookfair & more. Benefits the Cumru PTO.
Heritage Model Railroad Club Open House
10 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Heritage of Green Hills, 200 Tranquility Ln., Shillington. Multi-gauge train layouts, light refreshments & visit from Santa.
Holiday Open House at the ARL
10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the shelter, 58 Kennel Rd., Birdsboro. Photos of your pet with Santa available for a donation, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Holiday Wreath, Cookie & Craft Sale
9 a.m.-4 p.m. & Dec. 4, noon-3 p.m. Exeter Community Library, 4569 Prestwick Dr., Reading. Info, 610-406-9431.
Indoor/Outdoor Live Nativity
Begins indoors at 6 p.m. Bern Lutheran Church, 820 W. Leesport Rd., 2 blocks off Rt. 183 in Bern Twp. Info, 610-374-4343.
Iron Plantation Christmas
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hopewell Furnace, 5 mi. S. of Birdsboro, off Rt. 345. Featuring Christmas as celebrated during the 18th & 19th centuries. Free. Info, 610-582-8773 or www.nps.gov/hofu.
Laureldale A.A. Bingo
Held at 1610 Nolan St., Laureldale. Games start at 6:30 p.m. Call for directions & reservations, 610-929-4131. Benefits Laureldale A.A.
Live Nativity
Presentations at 6:15, 6:45 & 7:30 p.m. at Faith Church, 400 N. Temple Blvd., Temple. Live animals, reading of the Christmas story & singing of carols. Info, 610-929-1895.
Mt. Pleasant Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary Bingo
Every Saturday, 6:45 p.m. in the fire company hall, Mt. Pleasant Rd., off of Rt. 183. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. Info, 610-488-1379.
Nostalgic Christmas Trains
Weekends thru Jan. 15 at the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum, 500 S. 3rd St., Hamburg. Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sun. noon-4 p.m. Vintage & modern trains operating in a holiday setting. Admission. www.readingrailroad.org.
Pagoda Writers Workshops
1-3 p.m. at the Pagoda atop Mt. Penn, Reading. Creative and inspiring speakers. Info/RSVP, L.T. at 610-413-0373. Free and open to all ages.
Reading Choral Society Presents
Handel's Messiah. 7 p.m. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Pottstown. Tickets, 610-898-1939, readingchoral.org or at the door.
Spring Valley Boutique
10 a.m.-noon. Spring Valley Church of God, 2727 Old Pricetown Rd., Temple. Clothing & accessories. Most items are free. Donations of items also accepted. Info, 610-929-7969.
St. Thomas Church Christmas Bazaar
8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the church, 536 N. Main St., Bernville. Homemade craft items, candy, baked goods & more. Egg sandwiches & lunch available. Info, 610-488-6702.
Winter Carnival
4-8 p.m. Friedens Church, Shartlesville. Games, food, carriage rides, raffle room, music, photo booth & more.
Sunday 12/04/16
Annie M. Gaul Concert Series
"Holy Light: A Candlelight Service of Carols." 7 p.m. St. John's (Hain's) UCC, 591 N. Church Rd., Wernersville. Free-will offering. Info, 610-678-2133.
AYCE Breakfast Buffet
7-11 a.m. Geigertown Fire Co., 3433 Hay Creek Rd. Info, 610-286-6481.
Community Christmas Charity Celebration
2:30 p.m. Schwarzwald Lutheran Church, 250 Church Ln., Reading. Ringgold Band will perform. Food available 2:30-5:30 p.m. Admission is donation of new toy or scarves, hats & gloves.
Holiday House Tour
1-5 pm. Sponsored by Women's Club of Exeter Twp. Tickets available at Boscov's East, Exeter Library & Effie's Restaurant (Rt. 422).
Leesport Area Historical Society
Open house 1-4 p.m. at the museum, 128 Main St., Leesport. Children's author Dori Hoch will read her book, "A Bunny Brothers' Christmas" & Santa will visit from 1-3 p.m. Children's crafts & light refreshments.
Nativity Lutheran Church Presents
Piano recital by Katelyn Bouska. 3 p.m. at the church, 13th & Amity Sts., Reading. Use Amity St. entrance. Donation suggested. Info, 610-655-5649.
Nolde Mansion Open House
1-4 p.m. Nolde Mansion, 2910 New Holland Rd., Reading. Self-guided tours, scavenger hunt. Critter Creations, 2-4 p.m. Create ornaments out of natural materials. Free; no registration required. Info, 610-796-3699.
Post C Travelers Protective Association of America
Post Christmas Party. 2 p.m. downstairs at Wegman's Restaurant. Reservations/info, Lee, 610-929-1306.
Reading Choral Society Presents
Handel's Messiah. 4 p.m. Berks Catholic High School, Reading. Tickets, 610-898-1939, readingchoral.org or at the door.
Zumba
Every Sunday, 7-8 p.m., at Robesonia Fire Co., 2nd floor. Info, 484-333-2150.
Monday 12/05/16
Holiday Book Swap Bingo
6 p.m. West Lawn-Wyomissing Hills Library, 101 Woodside Rd., West Lawn. Evening of fun for all ages. Bring s gently used book for prize table. Info, 610-678-4888.
Mohnton Fish & Game Cash Bingo
100 Gun Club Road, Mohnton. 7-10 p.m. Benefits conservation projects. 610-775-3470.
Muhlenberg Community Chorus
Meets weekly 6-7:30 p.m. at Grace Alsace UCC Church, 2151 Kutztown Road, Reading. Open to all voices. For info, JoAnne, 610-478-7939.
Reading Toastmasters, Club 714
Meets from 7-8:30 p.m. at Alvernia University. Guests welcome. Visit http://reading.freetoasthost.org/ for info.
Tuesday 12/06/16
Clover Farms Dairy Retirees Breakfast Club
Meets the first Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Perry Restaurant, Bellevue Ave., Shoemakersville.
Cub Scout Pack 202 FUNraiser
5-8 p.m. Friendly's Restaurant, West Lawn. Baked goods for sale & food drive for Berks Co. families in need.
Healthy Steps in Motion
10-11 a.m. every Tuesday at Grace Alsace UCC, 2151 Kutztown Rd. Emphasizes aerobic activity, flexibility, strength & balance using popular songs. Cost per session; free for Silver Sneakers members.
LifeTree Café
Every Tuesday, 7 p.m., at Red Plate Diner, 420 Penn Ave., Wernersville. Open to the public. www.lifetreecafe.com.
Marion Fire Company Bingo
Social Hall at the Marion Fire Co., 85 Main St., Stouchsburg. Doors open at 5 p.m.; bingo at 7 p.m.
Reading Chapter Barbershop Harmony Society
Weekly rehearsal to be held in fellowship hall at Calvary Lutheran Church, 1009 Elizabeth Ave., Laureldale, from 7:30-10 p.m. Call 610-789-5753.
Ringing Hills Chapter of Sweet Adelines International
Weekly rehearsal to be held at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, Route 422, Douglassville. 7-9:45 p.m. For info, call 610-948-6505.
Tree Lighting at Wyomissing Public Library
Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. at the library, 9 Reading Blvd., Wyomissing. Children will make ornaments for the tree, along with a storytime. For children of all ages; registration required. Info, 610-374-2385.
Veterans Benefit Presentation
Weekly on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Berks County Department of Veteran Affairs, 726 Cherry St., Reading. Call for info, 610-378-5601, ext. 6.
Zumba
Every Tuesday, 6:15-7:15 p.m., at Robesonia Fire Co., 2nd floor. Info, 484-333-2150.
Wednesday 12/07/16
Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club
General membership meeting. 7 p.m. Rentschler Arboretum. All members welcome. Info, Joan, 610-775-3482.
Civil Air Patrol Cadets Meeting
For boys and girls ages 12-18. 7 pm at Reading Regional Airport, Reading. Civilian auxiliary of Air Force. For info, www.squadron811.webs.com or 610-777-8272.
Country Dancing
Doors open at 6 p.m., lesson at 6:15 p.m. Mohnton Fish and Game Assoc., 100 Gun Club Road, Mohnton. Call for info, 610-775-3470.
FABS Exercise Classes
Every Wednesday: 11 a.m.-noon. at Wernersville Berks Encore, Brenner Building #5, Wernersville State Hospital. 1-2 p.m. at Berks Encore Mifflin, 30 Liberty St., Shillington. Emphasizes Flexibility, Aerobic activity, Balance & Strength using popular songs. Cost per session; free for Silver Sneakers members.
Free Meal at Bethel A.M.E. Church
Every Wednesday from Noon-2 p.m. 330 W. Windsor St., Reading. Call 610-376-7555.
Holiday Lights Evening Photography Program
6-7:30 p.m. Gring's Mill Recreation Area Pavilion, Wyomissing. Bring camera, tripod & flashlight. Dress for the weather. Class is free; parking fee charged. Register/info, 610-374-2944 ext. 2611.
Medicare Presentation
"Medicare Basics 101." 6:30 p.m. Twp. of Spring Fire Co., 2301 Monroe Ave., West Lawn. Info, 610-373-9888.
Rummage Sale
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, 5th & Court Sts., Reading. Use the Madison Avenue Entrance.
Sokol Hall Bingo
Doors open at 5 pm.; bingo at 6:30 pm. 411 Crestmont St, Reading, weekly. Call 610 375-4500 or visit www.readingsokol.org.
Spring Township Library Presents
Visit with The Township of Spring Firefighters. 11 a.m. at the library, 78-C Commerce Dr., Wyomissing. A calm approach to fire safety for children. Free; no registration required. Info, Andrea, 610-373-9888.
West Lawn Program Bingo
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; bingo at 6:45 p.m. 3024 Penn Ave., West Lawn. 610-670-8105.
West Lawn-Wyomissing Hills Library Presents
"Songs & Stories of Old Railroad Days" by Matthew Dodd. 7 p.m. at the library, 101 Woodside Ave., West Lawn. Free. Info, 610-678-4888.
Womelsdorf Fire Company Bingo
Weekly at Womelsdorf Fire Company Social Quarters, 20 N. Front St. 6:30 p.m.
Thursday 12/08/16
Berks County Patriots
Meet 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Leesport Farmer's Market. Tribute to Veterans & Law Enforcement (Retired & Active) & Patriots Christmas Party. www.berkscountypatriots.org.
Bingo
Weekly at 18th Ward Democratic Assn., 433 Pansy St., Reading. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Phone: 610-372-1850.
Bingo
Doors open at 5 p.m.; bingo at 6:30 p.m. Rajah Shrine hosts at 221 Orchard Rd., RD6 near Ontelaunee Dam. Call for directions, 610-916-9000. Smoke free.
Community Blue Christmas Worship
6:30-7:30 p.m. St. Paul's UCC, Birdsboro. Info, 610-582-8461.
Community Toastmasters Meeting
Meets 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month, 7 p.m. in the Janssen Conference Center, 1801 Broadcasting Rd., Reading. Learn public speaking skills. Great opportunity for personal growth and leadership development. Info, 610-413-5790.
Crime Alert Berks County Presents
Peter Mayer's "Stars & Promises" Christmas Tour. 8 p.m. DoubleTree Hotel, 701 Penn St., Reading. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets/info, 610-375-4747 or at the door.
FABS Exercise Class
10-11 a.m. every Thursday at Grace Alsace UCC, 2151 Kutztown Rd. Emphasizes Flexibility, Aerobic activity, Balance & Strength using popular music. Cost per session; free for Silver Sneakers members.
Karaoke
Every Thursday at Berks Encore Wernersville from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Call 610-670-1372.
Line Dancing
6:30-8 p.m. Reading Elks Lodge 2210 Hamp. Blvd. Weekly.
Meat Tray/Cash Bingo
Leesport Fire Co. Social Quarters, 11 S. Canal St., Leesport. Doors open at 5 p.m.; bingo at 6:30 p.m. 610-926-1251.
Reading A Cappella Voices
Prospective Chorus of Harmony, Inc. Thursdays, 7 p.m. Christ Church UCC, 4870 Kutztown Rd., Temple. All ladies and teenage girls interested in learning about barbershop-style harmony are welcome. Info, 610-921-7989.
Roots to Wings Children's Program
"Snowtales." 10-11 a.m. Berks Co. Heritage Center, 1102 Red Bridge Rd., Reading (Bern Twp.). Hands-on activities, games & stories for ages 3-5. Fee charged; pre-registration required. Info, 484-509-2667 ext. 3.
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 131
Meetings held on the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Muhlenberg Rec Center, River Rd., Reading. Coffee & conversation at 6:30 p.m. All Vietnam veterans welcome.
Friday 12/09/16
Berks Youth Chorus Presents
"A Light to Lighten – Music & Readings of the Season." 7:30 p.m. Atonement Lutheran Church, Wyomissing. Advance tickets, 610-898-7664 or, as available, at the door.
Bingo
Weekly at the Greenfields Fire Co. Social Hall, 505 Boeing Ave., Reading. Doors open at 5 p.m.; games at 6:30 p.m. Under new management. Call 610-373-8344 or visit www.greenfields55.com.
Bingo at St. John's Parish House
1 Main St., Mohnton. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; kitchen opens at 6 p.m.; bingo starts at 7 p.m. Defeat Hunger Night 2nd Friday of the month.
Chicken BBQ
Sponsored by the Reading Berks Kiwanis Club. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Walgreens parking lot, Shillington. Pre-orders/info, 610-207-9631.
Christkindlmarket at Daniel Boone Homestead
& Dec. 10, 4-9 p.m. Crafts, food, wine & song. Tickets/info, 610-582-4900.
Color Me Hungry
Lunchtime coloring break for adults held the second Friday of each month. 11 a.m. at Mifflin Community Library, 6 Philadelphia Ave., Shillington. Colored pencils & coloring sheets provided or bring your own materials. Bring a packed lunch. Info, 610-777-3911.
Holiday Lights at Gring's Mill
Wednesdays thru Sundays in December beginning Dec. 2 at the park, 2083 Tulpehocken Rd., Spring Twp. Light displays, live entertainment, snacks, Santa, & model train display each night. Parking donation requested. Info, 610-374-2944 ext. 2611.
Reading Radio Club
For amateur radio enthusiasts, meets at 8 p.m. at Berks Co. Agricultural Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Bern Twp. Info, Harry, 610-678-8976.
Wyomissing Public Library
Holiday Trolley Tour. 30-min. tours beginning at 5 p.m., with last leaving at 9 p.m. from the library, 9 Reading Blvd., Wyomissing. Registration required & available at front desk. Info, 610-374-2385.
Saturday 12/10/16
Berks Community Hiking Club
Oley & Pike Twp. Roads. 6.1 moderate miles. Meet 9:30 a.m. Weis Markets, Rt. 73 & Friedensburg Rd., Oley. Leader: Les, 610-323-1703.
Christmas Bazaar Flea Market
9 a.m.-6 p.m. St. Joseph's Church, 1018 N. 8th St., Reading. Rummage sale, raffle, homemade food & more. Info, 610-376-2976.
Christmas Celebration with Santa
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, 85 S. Walnut St., Boyertown. Live blacksmithing demonstrations, train displays & more. Admission. Info, 610-367-2090 or www.boyertownmuseum.org.
Christmas Concert
Greater Reading Encore Chorale & Blue Mountain Heritage Chorus. 2:00 p.m. Alsace Lutheran Church, 2201 Kutztown Rd., Reading.
Christmas Cookie Sale
9 a.m.-noon. Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 1236 Juniper St., Pottstown. Ethnic pastries, foods & soups also available. Info, 610-327-1542.
Colonial Candlelight Holiday Reception
1-6 p.m. Beidler House, 1130 Old River Rd., Gibraltar. Experience a colonial-era German Christmas with music, dance & food. Snow date Dec. 17. Info, 610-374-8839.
Laureldale A.A. Bingo
Held at 1610 Nolan St., Laureldale. Games start at 6:30 p.m. Call for directions & reservations, 610-929-4131. Benefits Laureldale A.A.
Leesport Lock House Redware Workshop
Advance registration only. Info, 610-926-5770.
Meet & Greet the Goldens
10 a.m.-noon. Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue, 60 Vera Cruz Rd., Reinholds. Info, Inza, 717-484-4799 or www.dvgrr.org.
Mt. Pleasant Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary Bingo
Every Saturday, 6:45 p.m. in the fire company hall, Mt. Pleasant Rd., off of Rt. 183. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. Info, 610-488-1379.
Muhlenberg Community Library
10 a.m.-noon cookie exchange & bingo; 2-3:30 p.m. children's party with Santa & model train; 3 p.m. basket raffle. Info, 610-929-0589.
Nostalgic Christmas Trains
Weekends thru Jan. 15 at the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum, 500 S. 3rd St., Hamburg. Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sun. noon-4 p.m. Vintage & modern trains operating in a holiday setting. Admission. www.readingrailroad.org.
Piano Concert
Temple University students performing classical & modern works. 7 p.m. St. Paul's UCC, 133 Church St., Bowmansville. Info, 717-445-6256.
Polar Plunge
Noon at Blue Marsh Dry Brooks Area. Registration 11-11:45 a.m. Benefits HBA Restoring Hope Foundation. Info, 610-914-0005.
Rummage Sale
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, 5th & Court Sts., Reading. Use the Madison Avenue Entrance.
Sewing Circle
Quilting. 10 a.m.-noon. Beidler House, 1130 Old River Rd., Gibraltar. Free & open to all. Bring project of your choice. Info, 610-374-8839.
Wernersville Lions Club Fruit Sale
& Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Rt. 422, E. of Wernersville. Info, 610-678-7991.
Sunday 12/11/16
Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club
Leaser Lake Hike. Meet 10 a.m. at Northern parking lot. Leader: Mike, 717-933-4682.
Breakfast with Santa
7-10 a.m. Nativity Lutheran Church, 13th & Amity Sts., Reading. Santa arrives at 8:30 a.m.
Christmas Concert
Heritage Chorale of Lancaster. 4 p.m. First UCC, 611 Washington St., Reading. Free will offering.
Girls on the Run Fall 5K
9:30 a.m. Reading Area Community College. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Open to everyone. Info, gotrberks.org.
Leesport Lock House
5-7:30 p.m. 27 E. Wall St., Leesport. Caroling, crafts, refreshments & music. Donations accepted.
Oley Fire Crew Company Truck Crew Breakfast
8 a.m.-noon in the Oley Fire Company Social Quarters, 477A Main St. Public welcome.
Zumba
Every Sunday, 7-8 p.m., at Robesonia Fire Co., 2nd floor. Info, 484-333-2150.
Monday 12/12/16
Mohnton Fish & Game Cash Bingo
100 Gun Club Road, Mohnton. 7-10 p.m. Benefits conservation projects. 610-775-3470.
Muhlenberg Community Chorus
Meets weekly 6-7:30 p.m. at Grace Alsace UCC Church, 2151 Kutztown Road, Reading. Open to all voices. For info, JoAnne, 610-478-7939.
Tuesday 12/13/16
Family Movie Night
"The Secret Life of Pets." 6 p.m. Exeter Community Library, 4569 Prestwick Dr., Reading. Bring a comfy blanket & dinner. Free. Info, 610-406-9431.
Healthy Steps in Motion
10-11 a.m. every Tuesday at Grace Alsace UCC, 2151 Kutztown Rd. Emphasizes aerobic activity, flexibility, strength & balance using popular songs. Cost per session; free for Silver Sneakers members.
LifeTree Café
Every Tuesday, 7 p.m., at Red Plate Diner, 420 Penn Ave., Wernersville. Open to the public. www.lifetreecafe.com.
Marion Fire Company Bingo
Social Hall at the Marion Fire Co., 85 Main St., Stouchsburg. Doors open at 5 p.m.; bingo at 7 p.m.
Reading Chapter Barbershop Harmony Society
Weekly rehearsal to be held in fellowship hall at Calvary Lutheran Church, 1009 Elizabeth Ave., Laureldale, from 7:30-10 p.m. Call 610-789-5753.
Reading Community Players
General meeting for the theatre at 8 p.m. at the Playhouse, 11th & Buttonwood, Reading.
Reading Women's Connection
"Miracles of Christmas" dinner party. 6:30-8 p.m. Kathryn's Katering, Rts. 73 & 222 (rear), Blandon. Men welcome. For reservations/info, Ellen, 610-921-2604.
Ringing Hills Chapter of Sweet Adelines International
Weekly rehearsal to be held at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, Route 422, Douglassville. 7-9:45 p.m. For info, call 610-948-6505.
Spring Township Library Presents
Special story time "When Someone in Your Family Has Alzheimer's Disease." 6:30 p.m. at the library, 78-C Commerce Dr. Info, Andrea, 610-373-9888.
Veterans Benefit Presentation
Weekly on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Berks County Department of Veteran Affairs, 726 Cherry St., Reading. Call for info, 610-378-5601, ext. 6.
Zumba
Every Tuesday, 6:15-7:15 p.m., at Robesonia Fire Co., 2nd floor. Info, 484-333-2150.
Wednesday 12/14/16
Rummage Sale
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, 5th & Court Sts., Reading. Use the Madison Avenue Entrance.
Saturday 12/17/16
Heritage Model Railroad Club Open House
10 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Heritage of Green Hills, 200 Tranquility Ln., Shillington. Multi-gauge train layouts, light refreshments & visit from Santa.