Event submissions: To be included in our Community Calendar, send information to Editor Tony Phyrillas at tphyrillas@pottsmerc.com at least one week prior to desired Sunday publication date. The earlier you send items, the more times information will be included in the newspaper. Use “Community Calendar” in the subject line.

Holiday Concert

Ringing Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines invites you to a holiday concert at 2 PM on Saturday, Nov. 23, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 355 St. John’s Circle, Phoenixville. Free-will offering will be taken. Basket raffle. Venue is handicapped accessible. www.ringinghillschorus.org

Phoenixville Public Library events

Library Info: The library is located at 183 Second Ave., phoenixvillelibrary.org, 610-933-3013 ext. 132. Reservations for events/programs can be made online or by calling the library.

Art History Lecture. See the art and hear the stories of the only women in the early Impressionist movement, Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt, in a free presentation at the Library on Monday, Nov. 18, at 7:00 PM. Art lecturer Fred Dixon is the speaker. Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt faced considerable hostility as they tried to make their way in a male-dominated profession, and struggled for the recognition they deserved. Each had close associations with two of the most prestigious artists of the era who significantly influenced their careers. Berthe’s relationship with Manet has been called “the greatest relationship ever recorded on canvas.” Mary was the only woman with whom Degas had a close association. But things did not always go smoothly. Their art represented the world they were part of, one of refinement in the fashionable 19th century French bourgeoisie. For Mary Cassatt in particular, there were paintings with a tender mother and child theme and works that became a symbol of feminism. Fred Dixon and his wife Martha have collected art for 35 years and have traveled to many of the most important museums in the U.S. and Europe and cathedrals in Italy to view Renaissance and Baroque art. Fred’s recently published book, “700 Years Of Art History: Pre-Renaissance To Modernism,” from which this lecture is taken, will be available for purchase at this event for $35.00. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

Christmas wreath-making class on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Sondra Gervasi is the craft instructor. Spend a relaxing evening creating a modern yet elegant 12-inch Christmas wreath, sure to light up your holidays! You will learn how to make a mesh bow and create a beautiful piece to hang up just in time for the Christmas holiday season. Materials fee is $15.00 per person, payable at the door. This event is open to the public. Space is limited. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

“Before the Dragon Woke - Photos from China’s Cultural Revolution and Opening to the West” on Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 PM. Nelson Kardos will be the speaker. From 1976 to 2003, Nelson Kardos, now a professional pharmacist who hails from Philadelphia, worked in China as a biochemical engineer. While there he took many photos, often in restricted locations. Nelson shares some of these photos, which mingle scenes of Red Guard rallies, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall mingle with now-vanished views of the countryside and Muslim-dominated Xinjiang in northwest China. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

Essential Oils Workshop. Learn the go-to essential oils for surviving and thriving in the hustle of the holiday season, and create your own personalized oil blend at Phoenixville Public Library on Monday, Nov. 25, at 7:00 PM. Natural health educator Megan Koppel is the instructor. Learn oilers’ favorite tips, tricks, and recipes for rest and stress management, preventing the spread of illness, and dialing up the joy. Get your hands oily by creating a personalized blend to help you enjoy your holiday season to the fullest! Materials cost is $5.00, payable at the door. This event is open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

Phoenixville Tech Group: Need assistance with a tech question, or just want to learn more about current computer technology? The Phoenixville Tech Group offers weekly meetings and clinics at Phoenixville Public Library Mondays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The Phoenixville Tech Group brings technology users together to share knowledge and experience. Group facilitator Glenn Musser is particularly interested in helping those who have limited or no experience with computers. Topics that can be addressed include: digital cameras, cellphones, tablets, cable TV and FiOS, GPS, computer and printer recommendations, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email, software installation, computer security, speeding up a sluggish computer and more. A schedule of weekly meeting topics is available at phoenixvilletg.com. The group is free and open to the public. For more information, email Glenn at Glenn@SeniorTechGroup.com.

Phoenix Fiction Writers: Adult writers of fiction invited to attend meetings of the Phoenix Fiction Writers at the library. Group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. for education, empowerment and constructive criticism of their work. Led by Eric Parmer, the sessions offer writers the opportunity to ask questions about the writing process, read their work out loud and receive and offer input on the material read. Writers wishing to have their work critiqued should submit their work to Parmer prior to each meeting. The group is free and open to the public. To submit writing samples or for more information, contact 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 ext. 132 or email mpinto@ccls.org.

ESL Conversation Group: An ESL Conversation Group meets each Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Phoenixville Public Library. This free group is open to ESL students and anyone in the community looking to improve or practice their English. John Argeseanu is the group facilitator. For more information, call 610-457-5793 or email johnargeseanu@gmail.com.

Mobile Workforce Navigator: The PA CareerLink and the United Way Financial Stability Center of Chester County want you to meet Ann Marie Barr, the Mobile Workforce Navigator, your guide to resources available to unemployed and underemployed job seekers. Barr provides one-on-one employment assistance in Phoenixville Public Library’s Harrop Room Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-in appointments available. This service is free and open to the public. For more information, email abarr@openhearthinc.org or call 610-331-4101.

Books on Tap, Phoenixville Public Library’s book discussion group for adults in their 20s and 30s, will meet next on Tuesday, November 26, 7:00 PM, at Sedona Taphouse, 131 Bridge St., #5, Phoenixville, PA. The group will discuss Tara Westover’s bestselling memoir, Educated. Tara Westover was 17 before she ever set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the Idaho mountains, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling food and sleeping with her “head for the hills” bag. The family was so isolated from mainstream society, no one ensured the children’s education nor intervened when a brother became violent. To escape, Tara learned enough math and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her subsequent journey takes her far from home and gives her perspective to see her life through new eyes. This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Food and drink are not included but will be available for purchase. Books may be reserved at Phoenixville Public Library or online at www.ccls.org. For more information, e-mail Christine Shaffer at shaffer.m.christine@gmail.com

Investing 102 Seminar Learn what institutions, foundations, and ultra-high net worth individuals do differently from the average investor in a free presentation, “Investing 102”, at Phoenixville Public Library on Monday, Dec. 2, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Fred Hubler, President and Chief Wealth Strategist for Creative Capital Wealth Management, is the speaker, following up on his well-received “Investing 101” presentation in September. Discover what the professionals know about retirement income management. Fred will suggest ways to help maintain inflation-proof, dependable income throughout retirement without significantly depleting retirement assets. He’ll also explain how to take advantage of alternative strategies that used to be reserved for only the very wealthy. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

The Phoenix Book Club will meet at Phoenixville Public Library on Monday, Dec. 2, at 7:00 PM to discuss Markus Zusak’s bestselling novel, Bridge of Clay. Upon their father’s return, the five Dunbar boys, who have raised themselves since their mother’s death, begin to learn family secrets, including that of the fourth brother Clay, who will build a bridge for complex reasons, including his own redemption. A copy of the book may be reserved at the Library or online at www.ccls.org. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA.

Learn the best stretches and proper posture exercises for your neck and back with Dr. Jeff Snyder of Snyder Family Chiropractic on Tuesday, December 3, 7:00 PM, at Phoenixville Public Library. The stretches are designed to help you feel more energized, manage stress, and reduce discomfort in your neck and shoulders. Handouts will be provided. Dr. Jeff Snyder brings his down-to-earth personality and lifestyle into everything he does, including chiropractic. He focuses on achieving the best possible results for each and every person while maintaining a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere in the practice. This is why his practice is built almost entirely upon referrals from happy people. He strives to help his practice members have fun, live well, and feel great. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

Phoenixville Public Library will host the AARP Smart Driver 8-Hour Class on Thursday and Friday, December 5 & 6, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM both days. The AARP Smart Driver course offers drivers age 50 and older an important opportunity to learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. You’ll learn how you can manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. After completing the course, you will have a greater appreciation of driving challenges and a better understanding of how to avoid potential collisions and injuring yourself or others. You may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course, so consult your insurance agent for details. AARP membership is not required to take the course and there are no tests to pass. Cost is $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for non-members (check or money order should be made payable to AARP Smart Driver). This event is open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA.

“The Way Books are Bound - The Evolution of the Written Word” on Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 PM. Professional bookbinder Ramon Townsend will be the presenter. Ramon will take you on a journey from Mesopotamian cuneiform through the Industrial Revolution to show the history of book production. He’ll also bring some of the tools and equipment used in traditional book production. In the late 1970’s Ramon Townsend was a student at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. He applied for a job at Colonial Williamsburg and was hired to work in the Print Shop and Bookbindery. He studied under master and journeyman craftsmen all phases of traditional book publication, from paper making to gold tooled leather bound books. After several years he left the shop but continued making and repairing books for relatives and friends. In 2012 he started Colonial Bindery with his daughter, Danielle. Today there are four of them. They repair books and conduct workshops in bookbinding, marbling, book repair and gold tooling. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

Experience peace and well-being through the practice of meditation, as taught by members of the nonprofit Isha Foundation at Phoenixville Public Library on Saturday, December 7 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. Isha refers to that which is the source of creation. Kriya literally means internal action. What makes this meditation special is its simplicity and effectiveness. Isha kriya is a great way to start meditation for beginners. It can be taught to anyone, age 12+, anywhere, in a short time. 12 to 18 minutes of practice per day is all it takes to bring a profound transformation in your life. Created by Sadhguru yogi, mystic and the foremost authority on yoga. Daily practice of Isha Kriya brings health, dynamism, peace and wellbeing. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

Perkiomen Valley Library events

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

Community Yoga at Perkiomen Valley Library in Schwenksville on Mondays at 7:00 pm. Teens and adults. Drop-in for $5 per session. Join Adjoa Amoah, RYT 200, AYS / Carmen Molina, RYT, for all levels of yoga. Bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. Beginners welcome! Email questions to vaayuyoga@gmail.com.

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