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.

Benefit Concert

Enjoy a family friendly concert of spooky music as the Chesco Pops Orchestra performs an exciting Halloween program for kids of all ages at Phoenixville Area Middle School on Sunday, October 27, at 3:00 PM. A percentage of the proceeds from the concert will be donated to Phoenixville Public Library. Musical selections include “Lord of the Rings”, “Chronicles of Narnia”, “Thriller”, “Beetlejuice”, and more. Children are invited to come dressed in costume and will get a chance to come up on stage in a rousing Halloween parade. Adult tickets are $20.00 online, $25.00 at the door. Seniors are $15.00 online, $20.00 at the door. Groups of 10+ are $13.00, online only. Children are FREE! For tickets and more information, visit www.chescopops.org. Phoenixville Area Middle School is located at 1330 Main Street, Phoenixville, PA.

French Creek Trail Cleanup

Annual Fall French Creek Trail Clean Up sponsored by East Pikeland Township at 9 am on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Rapps Dam Bridge Trail Head, 1134 Rapps Dam Rd., Phoenixville. Participants will help to pick up trash and clear invasives along the trail. Please wear closed-toed shoes and weather-appropriate work clothing. Bring gloves and tools (pruners, rakes, etc.) if you have them.

Community Visioning Workshop

East Pikeland Township would like to invite residents to a Community Visioning Workshop at 7 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Covered Bridge Room, Kimberton Fire Company, 2276 Kimberton Rd., Phoenixville. Participates will discuss their vision for a newly acquired 115-acre property in the northern part of the Township along Spring City Rd. Come share your ideas and hear the thoughts of fellow residents.

Phoenixville Public Library Events, Activities

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.

Learn Microsoft’s Excel software in a series of free classes on selected Saturday mornings at Phoenixville Public Library. The schedule is as follows: Excel Basic (October 26), Excel Intermediate (November 16), Excel Advanced (November 23). Class time is 10:00 AM to noon. Paul Celentano is the instructor. Basic computing and computer file management skills are required. Participants should bring a notebook and a USB thumb drive, and may bring their own laptop with Excel 2013 or higher installed. The classes are free and 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. When registering, indicate if you will be bringing a laptop.

“A Witch in Time: The European Witch Craze” will be presented on Monday, Oct. 28, at 7:00 PM. Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries was a world of wonders--the scientific causes for weather, accidents, and illness were unknown. Instead, catastrophes were attributed to the work of Satan and his minions, the witches. Thousands of accusations, trials, and executions for witchcraft swept over the continent. The world of wonders became a nightmare for many. Presenter Jaan Troltenier portrays a Scottish woman accused of being one of a circle of witches who tried to bring about the death of a king in 1589. She will discuss the European witch craze of 1560-1660: the factors that led to it, the accused, the accusers, and why women were the primary victims of the witch hunts. The program is suitable for ages 13+. A well-respected former Latin instructor, Jaan Troltenier has honed her interactive presentation technique by spending over fifteen years as an art history docent, working with all ages from preschool to adult. She regularly appears at lifelong learning institutes at Immaculata and at Widener Universities, retirement communities, local schools and libraries, as well as at regional Civil War and Revolutionary War roundtables. An habitué of art and history museums in the US and Europe, she combines a love of research with a passion for history. She draws upon her frequent museum forays, readings in history, and love of language to create her historical and art historical interpretations, which are bolstered by painstaking research and are full of vivid stories. Interactive and informative, her lectures will spark your own interest in history. No background in history is necessary. 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.

Books on Tap, Phoenixville Public Library’s book discussion group for adults in their 20s and 30s, will meet next on Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 PM, at Sedona Taphouse, 131 Bridge St. #5, Phoenixville. The group will discuss Northern Lights (No. 1 in His Dark Materials series) by Philip Pullman. “Without this child, we shall all die.” Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world. A copy of the book may be reserved at the Library or online at www.ccls.org. 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. For more information, e-mail Christine Shaffer at shaffer.m.christine@gmail.com.

The Phoenix Book Club will meet next at Phoenixville Public Library on Thursday, November 7 at 7:00 PM. The group will discuss Andrew Sean Greer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Less. Receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend’s wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his 50th birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself, and making connections with the past. A copy of the book may be reserved at the Library or online at www.ccls.org. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 610-933-3013 x132 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org.

“Wine, Wit & Wisdom,” the annual benefit for Phoenixville Public Library, will take place on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 5:45 to 9:00 PM at RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve, 100 Rivercrest Drive, Phoenixville. The event, held in collaboration with Reads & Company Bookshop, includes a wine tasting, dinner, and robust silent auction. The guest speaker is debut novelist, Juliet Grames, author of The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna. The wine presentation is by Michael Walsh of the Delaware Valley Sommlier & Culinary Society. Tickets are $125 per person, or $90 for first-time attendees, and are available online at https://phoenixvillelibrary.org/wine-wit-wisdom/ or by calling 610-933-3013 x131.

Nationally recognized appraisers Leon and Jonathan Castner will talk about and evaluate antiques, collectibles, and memorabilia in a free event at phoenixville Public Library on Monday, November 11 at 7:00 PM. Throw it away? Leave it to the kids? Donate it? Sell it? You’ll find the answers. Leon and Jonathan will share their knowledge and provide tips on how to value, sell, or enjoy your heirloom or collection. Attendees may bring an item or two for a free evaluation by our experts in a theater-type presentation. Leon Castner is President of Castner Estate Service, Inc. and Senior Partner of National Appraisal Consultants, both in Schwenksville, PA. He is an adjunct professor of Appraisal Studies for the University of Washington. Leon is the recipient of numerous awards from the appraisal industry and is co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show, “Value This with Brian & Leon”. Leon’s son Jonathan is the owner of and appraiser for Touchline Appraisals in Royersford, PA and an appraiser for National Appraisal Consultants in Hope, NJ. He holds degrees from Rutgers University and Pace University (NY). 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.

“Outsmart the Scammers” Incidents of fraud are on the rise, and scammers’ tactics are becoming more complex. Learn important strategies to help protect you and your loved ones at a free educational seminar, “Outsmart the Scammers”, on Friday, November 8 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at Phoenixville Public Library. Salvatore Alfano, a financial advisor with Edward Jones, will be the speaker. In this presentation, you will learn how to spot certain red flags that may indicate a fraudulent encounter, resources you can turn to in the event you or a loved one is targeted, and steps you can take now to help protect yourself and your loved ones. 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 is located at 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA.

Make Holiday Cards - Get ready for the holiday season by making three pretty holiday cards at Phoenixville Public Library on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00 PM. Materials cost is $10.00, payable in cash at the door. Helen Burnley is the craft instructor for this fun and relaxing event for adults. 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.

Free Movie Night - Seen any good movies lately? You will at the next Movie Night at Phoenixville Public Library! On Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 PM, the Library will screen “The Farewell” (2019, PG, 100 min.). Shuzhen Zhao and Awkwafina star in this acclaimed comedy-drama about a Chinese family who discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decides to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments served. 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.

For Art Lovers - 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, November 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.

Art History Lecture - 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. They were docents at the Barnes Foundation for 10 years. 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. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA.

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.

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