Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Aug. 13

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Phoenixville Public Library

Library Info: 183 Second Ave., www.phoenixvillelibrary.org, 610-933-3013 x132. Reservations for events/programs can be made online or by calling the library.

Phoenix Fiction Writers: Adult writers of fiction invited to attend twice monthly meetings of the Phoenix Fiction Writers at the library. Free. Group meets second Thursday and third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the library’s Harrop Room. Led by Eric Parmer, offering local writers education, empowerment and constructive criticism. Writers ask questions about the writing process, read work out loud and receive/offer input on material read. Free and open to public. To submit writing samples or for more information, contact Eric Parmer at edparmer@gmail.com.

Legal Outreach Clinic: A free legal clinic will be offered at Phoenixville Public Library on the first Thursday of the month from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Ian J. Michener, Esq. of Rick Linn, LLC offers this Phoenixville Legal Outreach Clinic, providing information, counseling, and advocacy in various areas of law, including family law, trusts & estates, criminal defense, landlord-tenant law, and legal issues facing small businesses. Attendees receive a free 20-minute consultation with an attorney, who will provide counseling and access to legal resources as needed. Consultations are provided on a first-come, first served basis. For more information, call 610-933-3013 x132 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org.

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ESL Conversation Group: new weekly group on Saturdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. Group facilitated by John Argeseanu and open to ESL students and tutors and anyone in the community looking to improve/practice their English. Free and open to public. For more info, e-mail johnargeseanu@gmail.com.

Mobile Workforce Navigator: Your guide to resources available to unemployed and underemployed job seekers through the PA CareerLink and the United Way Financial Stability Center of Chester County, is available for free, walk-in appointments each Wednesday from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., immediately following the weekly meeting of the Library’s Career Success Group. Call for more info.

Cuéntame un cuento/Tell Me a Story: each second Wednesday of the month) from 1:30-2 p.m. Ages 3-5 with caregiver . No registration required. This is abi-lingual story time. Come and enjoy stories and songs in Spanish and English. Presented in collaboration with Ursinus College. The Cuentame un cuento/Tell Me A Story Bilingual Story Time will meet in June, then resumes in the fall on the Second Wednesday of the month, but the time will change to 1-1:30 p.m.

The Phoenixville Tech Group: holds weekly morning meetings at Phoenixville Public Library on Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon, and monthly evening meetings on the third Thursday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The Phoenixville Tech Group brings technology users together to share knowledge and experience. We are particularly interested in helping those who have limited or no experience with computers. Topics that can be addressed include: digital cameras, cell phones, tablets, cable TV & FiOS, GPS, computer and printer recommendations, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, e-mail, software installation, computer security, speeding up a sluggish computer, and more. The group is free and open to the public. More information on the group are available at www.phoenixvilletg.com, by email at Glenn@SeniorTechGroup.com or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

Make & Take Mondays: Through Aug. 11. LEGO Club, Block Party, Family Movies, Teen Movies, Yoga, Story Times/Activities for younger children, our exciting Thrilling Thursdays held at The Colonial Theatre, and more. Print calendars available in the library or visit Kid’s Calendar: www.phoenixvillelibrary.org Please call 610-933-3013 ext. 124 for additional information.

Microsoft Office & More!: Classes begin Aug. 19. Learn Microsoft’s Office 2013 programs and more in a series of free classes on selected Saturdays, August through December. IT professional Ernie Tidball is the instructor. The class schedule is as follows: Aug. 19 (PowerPoint Advanced); Aug. 26 (Facebook 101); Sept. 16 (Excel Basic); Oct. 7 (Word Basic); Oct. 21 (Excel Intermediate); Oct. 28 (Outlook); Nov. 4 (Word Intermediate); Nov. 18 (Excel Advanced); Nov. 25 (Publisher Basic); Dec. 2 (Cyber Security). Class time is 10 a.m. to noon in the Library’s Community Education Room. Students may bring their own laptops with Office 2013 installed (Office not needed for Facebook and Cyber Security classes) and should bring a USB drive if they wish to save their work. Basic knowledge of computers and the ability to use a keyboard and mouse are required. Space is limited. Students may register for one or any combination of classes. When registering, indicate if you will be bringing a laptop.

Jason Newman Trio: Phoenixville’s own Jason Newman will bring his jazz piano trio to Phoenixville Public Library Monday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. The trio will perform a set of original compositions by Jason Newman from his debut trio album, “Entwined,” along with new compositions and other modern jazz arrangements. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 ext. 132.

Make a Bubblegum Machine Candy Dish: Aug. 29 from 7 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing evening creating a fun candy dish that looks like a bubblegum machine. Craft instructor Sondra Gervasi will host this event for adults and teens. A materials fee of $10 per person lets you choose your own colors to match the room you desire to display your dish in. Light refreshments served. This event is open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 ext. 132.

Thursday night movies: Great comedy teams from the ’30s to the ’80s on Thursday nights through Aug. 31 at Phoenixville Public Library. The movies screen at 7 p.m.

Fibromyalgia — The Corrective Approach: Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. The library will host a free lecture, “Fibromyalgia: The Corrective Approach.” Dr. Jeff Snyder of Snyder Family Chiropractic will be the speaker. Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by widespread, migrating and often debilitating pain and fatigue that prevents people from accomplishing everyday tasks. The National Foundation for Fibromyalgia estimates that as many as 12 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia and up to 40 percent of fibromyalgia patients have to stop working or change jobs. The average person suffers from fibromyalgia for five years and spends thousands of dollars on medical bills before receiving an accurate diagnosis. As a result of misdiagnosis, more than half of all people undergo unnecessary surgery. If you suffer from what you believe is fibromyalgia or even if you’re not sure, this lecture is for you. You’ll learn the common and not so common traits and some drug-less solutions to this painful condition. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 ext. 132.

Books on Tap at Molly Maguire’s: Aug. 29. Books on Tap, Phoenixville Public Library’s book discussion group for adults in their 20s and 30s, will meet to discuss “The Animators” by Kayla Rae Whitaker at Molly Maguire’s Restaurant and Pub, 197 Bridge St., Phoenixville. A copy of this book may be reserved at the library or at ccls.org. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations not required. Food and drink not included but will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Lindsay Friedenberg at lfriedenberg@gmail.com.

Perkiomen Valley Library

Library Info: 290 Second St., Schwenksville. Call 610-287-8360 for registration and information.

Yoga: Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Teens and adults. There is a charge per session. Join Adoja Amoah-Aggrey, RYT, / Carmen Molina, RYT, for all levels of yoga. Bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. Beginners welcome. E-mail questions to yoga.vaayu@gmail.com.

Preschool Storytime: Ages 2-5 with an adult. Registration requested. Call 610-287-8360.

Baby Story Time: Tuesdays at 9:30 am. Ages 6-24 mos. with adult. Enjoy stories, songs, and finger plays. Registration requested. Call 610-287-8360.

Monday Movies: Mondays, at 2 p.m. Movies will be weekly through Aug. 14. Aug. 7: “Beauty and the Beast”; Aug. 14: “Zootopia.” Enjoy a free movie and popcorn. Optional bring your own comfortable chair to lounge in. For a full list of movies go to www.pvlibrary.net or call 610-287-8360.

Read, Think, Chat: Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Join a lively discussion of books. The book to be discussed in August is “Deep Down Dark” by Hector Tobar.

Back to School With Essential Oils: Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Learn the foundational oils or supporting strong immune systems, respiratory function, digestive support, mental clarity and more. Create your family’s own essential oil blend to use today or for the classroom and beyond with Megan Koppel. Cost: $5 materials fee payable a workshop. Registration required.

Summer Reading Program for all ages: Through Aug. 19. Pre-K to Fall grade 12 – Build a Better World! Participants Pre-K-Grade 12 ~ earn tickets for raffle prizes (weekly & grand), DVD rental, book purchases. Pick up your reading log at the library or download it from the library’s webpage, www.pvlibrary.net. Adults – Build a Better World! Each book review form is an entry ticket for the weekly prize drawings. Pick up your book review form at the library or download it from the library’s webpage, www.pvlibrary.net. Call 610-287-8360 for more information.

Red Cross Blood Drive: Aug. 29 from 2 to 7 p.m. Make an appointment online at redcrossblood.org. Complete your Rapid Pass the day of the blood drive to shorten your registration time. The Blood Drive will be held in the auditorium. Use Church Street entrance. Walk-ins welcomed; however, appointments are highly recommended.

Writers Assemble: Aug. 31 at 4:30 p.m. Join a monthly writing club. Meet other people who love to write. Come to write or to get or give feedback.

Area events

Chicken Barbecue: St. James United Church of Christ will holds its annual chicken barbecue Saturday, Aug. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church pavilion, 321 Limerick Road. Limerick. Cost is $10 per person. Dinner includes half a chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad, applesauce, roll, drink and dessert. Two-thirds of the profits will go to support Ministries at Main St. (care for the homeless) and student scholarships for Moringa Community (Ghana, Africa). For tickets, call 610-489-0990.

Country Fair and Antique Tractor Show: Vincent Mennonite Church, 39 Seven Stars Road, Spring City, will hold its 32nd annual Country Fair and Antique Tractor Show including a chicken barbecue Saturday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine. Admission and parking are free. There will be an antique tractor show and parade with hit and miss engines, toy tractors and antique cars, craft tables, Vincent Youth lunch stand, children/family activities (including magician and moon bounce) and gospel bluegrass music by The Horst Brothers. The chicken barbecue dinner is from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for children. Info: 610-948-2129 or vincentmc.org.

Craft Marketplace: The Friends of Pennypacker Mills, a 501(c)(3) corporation that raises funds to support the Pennypacker Mills historical site located at 5 Haldeman Road in Schwenksville, will hold its sixth annual Craft Marketplace Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.on the grounds of the Mills. The Craft Marketplace is expecting 70-plus skilled craftsmen. Handcrafted items iwill nclude scrollsaw art and ornaments with an ongoing demonstration; woolen wares made of angora, alpaca and llamas (and the bunnies will be there, too); repurposed wine corks and bottles; digital art; stained glass; sterling and gemstone jewelry; beaded jewelry; metal sculpture and jewelry; baby items; repurposed wood items; fabric crafts; jams and jellies; Amish furniture and bird houses from antique local barns; soaps and more. All proceeds will benefit Pennypacker Mills. For information, call Carol at 610-489-9732, email grammyx5@verizon.net or visit friendsppm.org or montcopa.org/pennypackermills.

Church News

First UCC: First UCC, 367 Washington St., Royersford. First UCC will worship at Linfield UCC Sunday, Aug. 20, at 9 a.m. followed by fellowship. On Sunday, Aug. 27, the church will hold a blessing of the children and backpacks at the 9:30 a.m. worship service held in the air conditioned social hall. At 6:30 p.m., a Pathways to Peace community gathering will take place on the front lawn of the church.