Phoenix, Reporter & Item community calendar: Week of Oct. 29

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Phoenixville Public Library

Library Info: 183 Second Ave.,, 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

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


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

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, by email at 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 all ages and families. Register online at, call 610-933-3013 ext. 124 or visit the library.

Real World Real Estate — Practical Tips for Buying and Selling: Phoenixville Public Library will host a free seminar, “Real World Real Estate: Practical Tips for Buying and Selling,” Saturday, Oct. 28, from 2 to 3 p.m. Caleb Knecht, lead listing specialist with Keller Williams Real Estate, will be the presenter. In this seminar, you will learn: whether to sell your house first and then buy or buy and then sell; how to choose a Realtor; what to do to prep your house for sale for a good return on investment; and one simple strategy to build wealth through real estate. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at or by calling 610-933-3013 ext. 132.

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. 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.

Chesco Pops Present “Halloween Magic” Concert: The Checo Pops will perform Sunday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. at Phoenixville Area Middle School, 1392 Gay St., Phoenixville. Maestro Joe Gehring will lead the Pops in “Halloween Magic,” featuring music from movies like “Peter Pan,” “E.T.,” “Indiana Jones” and “Beetlejuice.” Kids in costume can come up on stage to experience some magical surprises. Phoenixville Public Library is once again partnering with the Pops, and a percentage of ticket sales will be donated to the library. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (60+) and free for students and children with a suggested donation of $5 per ticket. Tickets are available at the door and online at For more information, call 610-594-9178 or email

Climate Change Presentation: Phoenixville Public Library will host a free program on climate change and ways to prevent its adverse impacts Monday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. Henry Alexander of Citizens’ Climate Change Lobby will be the speaker. In this program, attendees will learn about: the history of the placement of fossil fuels in the Carboniferous Period and the use of these fuels during the Industrial Revolution; the cause of recent climate change and how it is related to manmade greenhouse gases; reductions in greenhouse gas emissions needed to prevent excessive atmospheric warming and the technological methods and economic drivers needed to achieve these reductions; and why a Carbon Fee and Dividend (CF&D) approach is the most direct economic and most sensible approach. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at or by calling 610-933-3013 ext. 132.

A Sort-of-Spooky Halloween Storytime: Monday, Oct. 30, from 6 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 11 a.m. to noon. For children and families. Spooky (but not too spooky!) Halloween-themed stories, music and crafts. Costumes are encouraged but not required. A parade through the library will be part of these events. No registration required.

Books on Tap: Books on Tap, Phoenixville Public Library’s book club for adults in their 20s and 30s, will meet next Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Molly Maguire’s Restaurant & Pub, 197 Bridge St., Phoenixville. The group will discuss “Breakfast of Champions” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. A copy of the book may be reserved at the library or online at 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

Wine, Wit & Wisdom: Wine, Wit & Wisdom, the annual benefit for Phoenixville Public Library, will take place Thursday, Nov. 2, from 5:45 to 9 p.m. at Rivercrest Golf Club & Preserve, 100 Golf Club Drive, Phoenixville. The evening will include a wine tasting, dinner, silent auction and a presentation by guest speaker Kathleen Barber, author of the psychological thriller “Are You Sleeping.” Tickets for the event are $125 per person, $85 for first-time attendees. Tickets may be purchased online at For more information, contact Lauren Coy, director of development, at 610-933-3013 ext. 131.

A New Vision of Funeral Planning: Phoenixville Public Library will present “A New Vision of Funeral Planning” Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. Kyle Tevlin of I Want a Fun Funeral will be the speaker. There are many options and alternatives that offer a way for “life celebrations” to be deeper and more healing. With humor and discussion, we will learn new ways to have better funerals. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at or by calling 610-933-3013 ext. 132.

Phoenix Book Club: The Phoenix Book Club will meet next Monday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. at Phoenixville Public Library. It will discuss “The Cat’s Table” by Michael Ondaatje. A copy of the book may be reserved at the library or at The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 610-933-3013 ext. 132 or email

Movie Night: The library will screen “The Glass Castle” (2017, PG-13, 127 minutes), based on the bestselling memoir by Jeannette Walls, Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. Light refreshments served. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations not required.

Acoustic Guitar Concert: Phoenixville Public Library will present an acoustic guitar concert by the Phoenixville Area Acoustic Jam Group Monday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. Members of a meetup group hosted by the Steel City Blues Society will play a mix of folk, rock and country songs. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at or by calling 610-933-3013 ext. 132.

Christmas Card Making Class: Phoenixville Public Library will host a Christmas card making class for adults Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 7 to 8 p.m. Helen Burnley is the craft instructor. Attendees will make three Christmas cards. Cost is $10, payable in cash at the door. This event is open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at or by calling 610-933-3013 ext. 132.

Good Credit — How to Get It!: Phoenixville Public Library will host a free workshop, “Good Credit — How to Get It!,” Thursday, Nov. 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The workshop will be conducted by Open Hearth Inc. Learn how the credit system works, how to establish good credit quickly and how to fix issues that went wrong. Bring your own credit report so that your personal situation can be addressed. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at or by calling 610-933-3013 ext. 132.

APPRISE Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance: Free, unbiased, confidential appointments with a certified APPRISE counselor will be available at Phoenixville Public Library during Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period. Apprise is Pennsylvania’s state-run Medicare counseling program. Appointments will be available on Wednesdays at noon, 1:30 or 3 p.m. through Dec. 6. This service is free and open to the public. To schedule an appointment, call 610-344-5234 and leave your name, phone number and a good time to call you back.

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

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

Soli Deo Gloria — 500 Years of Lutheran Music: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 355 St. John’s Circle, Phoenixville, will host Soli Deo Gloria: 500 Years of Lutheran Music Sunday, Oct. 29, at 4 p.m. Michael Krentz, dean of the chapel at United Lutheran Seminary (Philadelphia Campus), will lead the concert of music for organ, brass, choir and congregation. The program will be in the form of a Lutheran “organ Mass,” exploring the great hymns of the Lutheran tradition that allowed the congregation to be full participants in the mass. The program will include works by Dietrich Buxtehude, J. S. Bach and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, plus contemporary composers, with commentary on the Lutheran tradition of singing and organ music. There is no admission charge for the concert; however, a free-will offering will be received. A reception will follow the performance.

“The Laramie Project”: Forge Theatre will present “The Laramie Project” Nov. 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19. Show times are 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. An opening night reception Friday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. will be sponsored by the cast as well as the local LGBT organization, which will also host a talk-back session immediately following the show. Ticket prices for The Laramie Project are $16 adults, $13 under 18, $15 seniors. The Laramie Project contains mature subject matter. Seating is limited, so reservations are strongly recommended. Visit or call 610-935-1920. Forge Theatre is located at 241 First Ave., Phoenixville.

Community Turkey Dinner: Trinity Christian UCC Skippack, 2009 Church Road, Skippack, will hold a community turkey dinner Saturday, Nov. 4, from 4 to 7 p.m., offering eat in and takeout. Walkins welcome. Cost: anyone over 12 years old, $14; children 5 to 12, $7; children under 5, free. For tickets, call 610-454-7744.

Julia’s Palooza: The fifth annual Julia’s Palooza to benefit Julia’s Grace Foundation will be held Nov. 4. This two-part event will consist of a Family Fun Fair from noon to 4 p.m. with a $5 admission fee and a Beef and Beer from 7 p.m. to midnight with a $30 admission fee. The events will take place at the Friendship Firehouse located at 269 Green St., Royersford. Both events will include music, food and Julia’s favorite, waffles and ice cream. The evening event also will feature a basket drawing and wine pull. Tickets for both events can be purchased in advance at or at the door while supplies last.

Stache Dash 1 Mile Fun Run & Walk: Activate Phoenixville Area 5K will present the Stache Dash 1 Mile Fun Run & Walk Saturday, Nov. 4, at 11:30 a.m. All participants will receive a mustache to wear for this fun and family friendly 1-mile fun run and walk. Meet at the Schuylkill River Trail walking bridge behind the Phoenixville Foundry (2 N .Main St., Phoenixville). Parking is available in norough parking lots. Stache Pack pickup will be on race day from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the walking bridge behind the Phoenixville Foundry and Nov. 3 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Reeves Park, 148 Third Ave., Phoenixville, before Movie in the Park. Register online or by mail (find form at Same-day registration will be available; however, T-shirts are not guaranteed. Cost: adults $15; family of four $35; child under 12 free; child under 12 plus T-shirt $7. For more information, email

Beef and Beer Comedy Show: Perkiomen Township Fire Company will host its annual Beef and Beer Comedy Show Nov. 4 at the firehouse, 485 Gravel Pike, Collegeville. Doors open at 7 p.m.; comedy show at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $30 in advance/$35 at the door. For tickets or information, call 610-489-7707.

Forge Theatre Auditions: Forge Theatre will hold auditions for “The Dixie Swim Club” Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. at Forge Theatre, 241 First Ave., Phoenixville. The directors are looking for five strong middle-aged female actors to portray Sheree, Dinah, Lexi, Jeri and Vernadette. Actors must portray these women at the ages of 44, 49, 54 and 77. Auditions will include cold readings from the script. Rehearsals will be Sundays at 2 p.m. and Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Show dates are Feb. 23 and 24, March 2, 3, 4, 9,1 0 and 11. For further information, contact Producer Denise Wisneski at

Dinner and a Show: A buffet dinner will be offered at Hotel Fiesole, followed by a performance of “In-Laws, Outlaws, and Other People That Should Be Shot” by the Playcrafters of Skippack to benefit Trinity Christian UCC of Skippack Wednesday, Nov. 8. Dinner will be at 6 p.m.; performance will be at 8 p.m. Cost: $55 per person. For tickets, call 610-454-7744.

“Verbatim”: The University of Valley Forge will present “Verbatim: The Nuclear Code Memorization Play” in Krempels Theater Nov. 10, 11 and 18 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 2:30 p.m. This play is produced by Curtain Call, the drama community at UVF. Purchase tickets at the door.

Holiday Craft Bazaar: A holiday craft bazaar will be held Saturday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Heidelberg United Church of Christ, 251 Perkiomen Ave., Schwenksville. Get a head start on your holiday shopping with handmade gifts, crafts, vendors, bake table and raffle baskets. Lunch will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Eleanor Risell at 610-287-9520 or

Terrific Turkeys: Come to Upper Schuylkill Valley Park Friday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. and meet the wild turkeys that call the park home. Visitors will learn about the turkey’s diet, vocalizations and the special display that the male performs. A craft to make and take home will be included. This program is for children ages 3 to 7. There is a $4 per child suggested donation. Preregistration is required. The registration deadline is Nov. 15. Call 610-948-5170 to register. This event will be held weather-permitting, as most of the activities will be held outdoors. Upper Schuylkill Valley Park is located on Route 113 in Royersford.

Christmas Craft Show: Saint Mary Roman Catholic Church, 40 Spring Mount Road, Schwenksville, will host its annual Christmas Craft Show & Bazaar Friday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 50 area vendors will showcase their authentic, handmade items. Enjoy lunch or dinner in the cafe, have your picture taken with Santa in his workshop, take a chance on the raffle baskets and enjoy homemade goodies from the baked goods table. Live entertainment throughout the event in the Parish Hall. No admission to attend. For more information, contact Sandi at 610-287-8156 or

Model Railroad Open House: The Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club will hold its annual Model Railroad Open House Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 25 and 26, Dec. 2 and 3 and Jan. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. at 400 S. Main St., Phoenixville. See and hear freight and passenger trains pulled by steam or diesel engines over 700 feet of track. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. For more information, call 610-935-1126 or visit

Phoenixville Candlelight Holiday Tour: The annual Phoenixville Candlelight Holiday Tour will take place Saturday, Dec. 2, from 3 to 7 p.m. Cost: $25. All proceeds will benefit Ann’s Heart Code Blue Shelter and Firebird Theatre. Online purchase available at

Holiday House Tour : The 2017 Holiday House Tour sponsored by the Women’s Civic Club of Schwenksville will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Three homes, Greenfield Senior Living and three private museums will be featured on the tour. Tickets are available for $20 in advance from Women’s Club members or from Anne Rutter at 610-287-7267. More information at

Church News

First UCC Royersford: First UCC, Royersford, 367 Washington St., Royersford. Sunday School for all ages starts at 10 a.m. with the adults studying “What Is the Bible?” by Rob Bell. Worship is at 11 a.m. with Carol Hanebury playing the organ. The Rev. Ann Few will be the guest pastor. At 4 p.m., pumpkin carving will be held.