Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Sept. 24

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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 email 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.

Phoenixville Tech Group: 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, email, 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.

Math 24 Club: Mondays from 5 to 5:45 p.m. For those in grades three to five. Math 24 is a game that builds strong mental math and problem-solving skills.

Cuéntame un cuento/Tell Me a Story: Second Wednesday of the month from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Ages 3-5 with caregiver . No registration required. This is a bilingual storytime. Come and enjoy stories and songs in Spanish and English. Presented in collaboration with Ursinus College.

Go – the Surrounding Game: Thursday afternoons from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For students in grades five to 12. Register online at phoenixvillelibrary.org, call 610-933-3013 ext. 124 or visit the library.

The Great American Songbook: Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. Local singers Teresa D’Andrea, mezzo-soprano, and Thadd Shirey, baritone, will sing from The Great American Songbook. Their program will feature songs by Gershwin, Berlin and Porter, as well as music from Broadway. 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.

Young Adult Movie Night: The library will screen “Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2” (PG-13) Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 6 to 8:15 p.m. For those in grades five to 12. Light refreshments will be served.

Microsoft Office & More!: Learn Microsoft’s Office 2013 programs and more in a series of free classes on selected Saturdays through December. IT professional Ernie Tidball is the instructor. The class schedule is as follows: 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.

Books on Tap: Books on Tap, Phoenixville Public Library’s book discussion group for adults in their 20s and 30s, will meet Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Molly Maguire’s Restaurant & Pub, 197 Bridge St., Phoenixville. It will discuss “A Head Full of Ghosts” by Paul Tremblay. A copy of the 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.

Phoenixville Legal Outreach Clinic: The library’s September legal outreach clinic, normally held on the first Thursday of the month, has been moved to Thursday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Lawyer Ian J. Michener of Consolo & Harbison offers this free legal outreach clinic, providing information, counseling and advocacy in various areas of law, including family law, trusts and 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. This service is free and available to the public. Consultations provided on a first-come, first served basis. For more information, email mpinto@ccls.org or call 610-933-3013 ext 132.

Picasso — His Art and His Women: Phoenixville Public Library will host the free lecture, “Picasso: His Art and His Women,” Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. Fred Dixon is the speaker. 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.

AARP Smart Driver Refresher Class: Phoenixville Public Library will host the AARP Smart Driver Refresher Class Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The AARP Smart Driver course offers an opportunity to learn how to drive more efficiently and safely. The course contains up-to-date information about changes in ourselves, our vehicles and our roads. Participants must have previously taken an eight-hour Smart Driver class in order to attend this refresher class. Cost is $15 for AARP members presenting their card, $20 for non-members, check or money order only, payable to AARP Smart Driver. This event is open to the public. Lunch is not provided. Space is limited, and reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 ext. 132.

Phoenix Book Club: The Phoenix Book Club will meet Monday, Oct. 2, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Phoenixville Public Library. The group will discuss “The Door” by Magda Szabo, translated from the Hungarian by Len Rix. A copy of this book may be reserved at the library or at ccls.org. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 610-933-3013 ext. 132 or email mpinto@ccls.org.

Mixed Media Class: Phoenixville Public Library will host a mixed media class for all ages Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. Geraldine Guzman is the craft instructor. Join us for this creative explosion of art making on canvas using all kinds of media, including fabric, decorative 3D flowers, glitter, puffy paint, beads, gems, yarn, beautiful images, fancy paper and quotes. All materials are included with the $12 fee, payable at the door. Whether you have no experience or lots of experience, this class is for you. 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.

The Pennsylvania Railroad in the Schuylkill Valley: Phoenixville Public Library will host a free talk on “The Pennsylvania Railroad in the Schuylkill Valley” Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. Retired radio broadcast technician and former Pennsylvania Railroad worker Carl Landeck will present this slide-illustrated talk, which will highlight the railroad’s history and operations as well as the geography of the Schuylkill Valley. 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.

Hamilton the Revolutionary: Phoenixville Public Library will host a free lecture on “Hamilton the Revolutionary” Monday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. Historian Roger Arthur will be the speaker. This introduction to American statesman Alexander Hamilton will discuss his origin in the West Indies, emigration to North America, college years and involvement in the American War of Independence. The lecture will end with the advent of the Constitutional Convention in 1787. 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.

Open Mic Night for Writers: Phoenixville Public Library will host its next Open Mic Night for Writers Monday, Oct. 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Writers are invited to share their work in an engaging and fun setting, with the opportunity to network with other practitioners of the writing craft. Readers are limited to five minutes or four pages, whichever comes first. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited. Separate registration for readers and listeners is required on the Adult Events Calendar at phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 ext. 132.

Solving the Social Security Puzzle: Phoenixville Public Library will host the free presentation “Solving the Social Security Puzzle” Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. Ethan Quirin of The Scharf Group LLC will be the speaker. 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.

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.

Area events

Soroptimist of Phoenixville Women’s Nine, Wine & Dine: Sept. 27. Enjoy nine holes of golf at Phoenixville Country Club, followed by cocktail hour with crudités, raffles and silent auction then onto dinner with guest speaker Sue Weldon, founder and president of Unite for HER. Registration 1 to 2:30 p.m.; tee time 2:30 p.m.; cocktails and crudités 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; dinner and speaker 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: golf and dinner: $90; dinner only: $50. Register at soroptimistpxv.com. For more information, contact siphoenixvillegolf@gmail.com.

Kimberton Run: The Kimberton Lions will host the 19th annual Kimberton Run, a 5K run/walk and half-mile kids fun run, Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Kimberton firehouse/fairgrounds. Cash prizes and door prizes will be presented. All participants area asked to bring canned foods or non-perishable items for Phoenixville Community Services. For additional information, visit kimbertonrun.com.

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”: Forge Theatre will present “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” through Oct. 1. Forge Theatre is located at 241 First Ave., Phoenixville. For more information, visit forgetheatre.org.

Revolutionary War Encampment Walk: Come hear the story of the encampment of General Washington and his soldiers at Pennypacker Mills in 1777 as we walk on the grounds noting where soldiers camped and to see the gravesites where some were buried Sunday, Oct. 1, from 1 to 2 p.m. Meet at the porch of the mansion for the walk. After the walk, come into the Pennypacker mansion for a guided tour and to see the new exhibit on the encampment, “War Comes to the Mills.” For all ages. Free; suggested donation: $2/person. For more information, visit montcopa.org/pennypackermills or call 610-287-9349.

Exhibit Opening: The opening for the exhibit “A Peek into The Unusual Imagination of Microbarbi” will be held Friday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area, 204 Church St., Phoenixville. The exhibit will feature Microbarbi’s creations and highlighting rare local antique toy collections. Attendees at the opening will receive a special pass to the exclusive wine and cheese after-party at the Colonial Theatre. This is a free event.

Community Day: The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville will sponsor its annual Community Day Saturday, Oct. 7, in Reeves Park. The rain date is Saturday, Oct. 14. The perimeter of the park will be filled with a variety of vendors, including a flea market, new items, crafts and community groups. Children’s games and activities and food vendors will be located within the park. Entertainment will take place throughout the day at the bandshell. In addition, local fire companies will bring their trucks and equipment to display on Main Street between Second and Third avenues. Vendors will be set up by 8 a.m. All other activities will begin at 9 a.m. All activities conclude at 3 p.m. The cost to rent a stand for vendors is $15 if paid by Oct. 5. After that date, the cost is $20. The cost for food vendors is $75. In addition, food vendors are responsible for obtaining a Temporary Event License from the Chester County Health Department. For more information or to obtain a registration form, contact John Keenan of the Kiwanis Club at 610-246-5388.

Chicken BBQ: The Perkiomen Township Fire Company will have its Fall Chicken BBQ Oct. 7 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the firehouse at Route 29 and Trappe Road. This will be takeout only.

Women Entrepreneurs & Women Veterans Expo: State Rep. Warren Kampf, R-157, will present the Women Entrepreneurs & Women Veterans Expo Oct. 7 from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Phoenixville Middle School gymnasium, 1000 Purple Pride Parkway, Phoenixville. This is an opportunity for women to connect from different professional sectors to educate, share information and inspire women of all ages to become successful business owners. It is an opportunity to provide an environment for women entrepreneurs to promote their products or services, develop new customers and exposure for their business, learn, expand and network with other businesses. There will be an award given to the “Women Entrepreneur of the Year.” The event will feature educational platforms, an entrepreneur’s panel, networking, entertainment, prizes and raffles. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dolores Winston at 484-378-6116 or dolly@heretoapparel.com. For more information, visit heretoapparel.com.

Women’s Retreat: Calvary Bible Church will hold its Women’s Fall Retreat with Cathy Tanana Oct. 14 at 9 a.m. at the church, 110 Valley Park Road, Phoenixville. Tanana is the wife of former Detroit Tigers pitcher Frank Tanana. The theme of this year’s event is “Riches Beyond the Diamond.” The cost of the event, including a boxed lunch, will be $15. Register at cbcyouth.wufoo.com/forms/w1amp11516g8ufp. For more information, call 610-933-6225 or email office@calvarybiblecares.org.

The Clinic Anniversary Dinner: The Clinic will host its annual dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at the RiverCrest Country Club in Phoenixville. This year, the dinner will commemorate The Clinic’s 15 years of service to the underserved and underprivileged in our community. The program will include keynote speeches from The Clinic’s founders, Dr. B. Lorna Stuart and the Rev. Marie Swayze. In addition, state Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19, will speak. The Annual Dinner is a signature fundraiser for The Clinic, which hopes to raise more than $20,000 to cover costs associated with caring for those who either have no health insurance or are unable to meet the cost of high deductibles and other health care expenses. The combined Annual Dinner & 15th Anniversary Celebration will begin with a cocktail hour from 6 to 7 p.m., and dinner will commence at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at theclinicpa.org. All proceeds will help provide health care services for the underserved and underprivileged population.

Church News

First UCC Royersford: First UCC, Royersford, 367 Washington St., Royersford. Sunday School for all ages meeting at 10 a.m. in the Social Hall and worship at 11 a.m. On Sept. 24, worship will feature Austin Gross filling in playing the organ. Blessing of the Animals will take place on the front lawn at 2 p.m.

Limerick Chapel: G. Richard Deal, concert pianist and recording artist, will present a sacred piano concert at Limerick Chapel, 378 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick, Sunday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. Admission is free.