Many community events in and near Berks County

Safe Berks will host an all-you-can-eat fundraising dinner March 11 from 5-8 p.m. at Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery, 1245 Penn Ave., Wyomissing.

Food can be taken out or eaten in the dining room. All proceeds benefit Safe Berks.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.safeberks.org/fundraising-dinner/ .

To order by mail, send a check to Safe Berks, 255 Chestnut St., Reading, PA 19602, Attention: Fundraising Dinner.

In case of bad weather, check the Safe Berks website.

For questions, contact Mindy McIntosh, Director of Development, at [email protected] or 610-468-9637.

black history month

The Wyomissing Public Library has scheduled several programs, both in-person and online, in recognition of Black History Month.

In-person programs:

• February 19, 1:00 p.m.: NAACP Reading Branch Health and Wellness Chair Dennis Williams and Chapter Member Rebecca Reppert will discuss local Black community health and wellness .

• February 26, 1 p.m.: “The Power to Heal,” the story of the intersection of struggles for racial justice and health care: the creation of Medicare and the desegregation of thousands of hospitals at the same time. A discussion will follow the film.

Online programs:

• February 15, 6 p.m.: Discussion via Zoom on Richard Wright’s novel, “Native Son”, the story of Bigger Thomas, 20, a young black man living in poverty in the south end of Chicago in the 1930s.

• February 21, 6 p.m.: The novel “Passing” by Nella Larsen, written in 1929, and the film of the same name, directed by Rebecca Hall, will be the subject of a Zoom discussion. The novel and film tell the story of two friends who reunite in 1920s Harlem.

All programs are free. Masks are required for in-person programs at the Library, 9 Reading Boulevard.

Registration is required for in-person programs and required for online discussions. Register at reception, email [email protected] or call 610-374-2385.

LGBT center meal

The LGBT Center of Greater Reading will be hosting a hot meal on Wednesday, February 16 from 5-7 p.m. at the center, 640 Center Ave.

Leftovers will be distributed throughout Berks County after the meal, organizers said.

More information: 484-513-3170.

Soul Café meeting

“Mythology in Modern Times,” directed by Craig Bennett, will be the talking point at Soul Cafe, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Wyomissing Family Restaurant, 1245 Penn Ave., Wyomissing.

Bennett is retired from the faculty of the Valley Forge Military Academy and College and is the author of “Nights On the Mountain, a Spiritual Journey”.

Soul Cafe is a cafe type discussion cafe on matters of general interest.

For more information, contact Dr. Harry L. Serio, Director, at [email protected]

Overview of Pollinators

“Pollination Ecology: What’s in it for Plants?” What’s in it for the animals? is the subject on February 16 at 6.30pm at the Exeter Community Library, 4569 Prestwick Drive, Exeter Township.

Mike Slater, Master Naturalist and Entomologist, will discuss the strategies and tactics plants and animals have to achieve their goals.

Slater will show fascinating examples of how some of those relationships are honed, organizers said, and he’ll touch on the topic of how to select the
best native plants for pollinators for the garden.

Registration: In person, 610-406-9431 or [email protected]

Need for arboretum helpers

The Reading Public Museum Arboretum Assistant program is open for 2022.

Gardening sessions take place on Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. from the first week of April to the end of October.

Future assistants must attend a training and information session on March 16 at 8:30 a.m. in the planetarium on the museum grounds.

To register or for more information, contact Donna Goughnour, Volunteer Coordinator before March 5 at [email protected]

Berks Bar contest for kids

Berks County students in grades five through eight are invited to celebrate Law Day by participating in the Berks County Bar Association Multimedia Contest.

Students can submit an essay, poem, short video, photograph, artwork or poster that explores this year’s Law Day theme “Towards a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change “.

Each entry must answer the following question: If you could add one new amendment to the Constitution to make the current state of the union “more perfect” for today’s world, what would it be and why?

All entries must be submitted by email to [email protected] by 3 p.m. on April 7.

Three winning entries each will be chosen for the fifth-sixth grade category and the seventh-eighth grade category.

Winners will receive $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place.

Additionally, winners, their parents and teachers will be invited to join in a special Law Day celebration on May 5 at noon.

All entries must be original works that meet community standards in the following formats: short video (3 minutes or less), photography, painting, drawing, collage, poster, poem or essay. Entries must include the student’s name, school, grade level, and contact information.

History program

The Cocalico Valley Historical Society presents “Founding Females: Women of the Revolution” February 23 at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 167 E. Main St., Ephrata.

Kutztown’s Darlene Moyer will present a vision of the brave wives, mothers, daughters and friends who lived in the shadow of their male counterparts, organizers said.

The program is free. Parking and entrance are in the back alley.

Masks must be worn by all participants. For more information, visit the company’s website at
www.cocalicovalleyhs.org or call 717-733-1616.

Medical Heritage Museum

On March 7, the Lancaster Medical Heritage Museum will host “Lunch and Learn: Climate Change and Health” presented by Dr. Alan Peterson.

Peterson is director emeritus of environmental and community medicine at Lancaster General Health. Over the past seven years, he has lectured to numerous groups on climate change and its relationship to health.

The museum is located at 1004 New Holland Ave. in Lancaster. More information is available at www.lancastermedicalheritagemuseum.org/events.

Girls Running Program

Registration for the Girls on the Run Spring 2022 program is open to girls in grades three through eight in Berks and Schuylkill counties.

The girls’ health and wellness program begins its spring season the week of March 14 and ends May 21, the date of the Spring 5K Celebration at Penn State Berks, organizers said.

Girls on the Run Berks is using physical distancing and other modifications to tailor its after-school programming so girls of all abilities don’t miss out on the social, emotional and physical outcomes of the program, organizers said.

For more information about Girls on the Run of Berks County, visit www.gotrberks.org.

National VFW Youth Competition

The VFW of Pennsylvania has selected its winners for the annual Voice of Democracy competition.

The second place winner for $4,000 was Kaylie Horst, a sophomore at Ephrata High School.

Established in 1947, the Voice of Democracy audio essay program offers high school students the opportunity to compete with a recorded essay on the theme of democracy and patriotism, organizers said. This year’s theme was “America: Where Do We Go Now?”

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