Event submissions: To be included in our Community Calendar, send information to Phoenix 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.

Phoenixville Public Library

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.

Geneology Workshop. Phoenixville Public Library will host a four-part workshop in January on the FamilySearch.org genealogy database. Mark and Shelli Nye of the Valley Forge Family History Center will be the presenters. The workshops will be conducted Thursdays, Jan. 9 through the Jan. 30, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. The programs are free and open to the public. Workshop descriptions and required reservations are available on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

“A Literary Guitar Recital” Experience some of the greatest stories of all time through music! Phoenixville Public Library will present “A Literary Guitar Recital” with classical guitarist Zachary Grim on Monday, Jan. 6, at 7:00 PM. Zachary Grim’s recital program will draw connections between the art forms of music and literature. The pieces in this program were inspired by works such as Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, the plague-era collection of stories known as the Decameron, Spanish poetry by Joaquin Rodrigo, and Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor. Between pieces, Zachary explains how the narrative of each musical work reflects its literary counterpart. Audience members are encouraged to draw such connections during the concert program and these will be discussed during a short Q & A period after the concert. Zachary Grim enjoys a multifaceted career in performance, teaching, and research. His programs, which focus on the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, have led him to collaborate with a variety of venues and organizations such as the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Society of the Cincinnati, Bethlehem Bach Choir, Walters Art Museum, Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, Allentown Band, and guitar societies on both the east and west coasts. 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, a book discussion group for adults, will meet next at Phoenixville Public Library on Monday, Jan. 6, at 7:00 PM. The group will discuss Celeste Ng’s award-winning novel, “Everything I Never Told You.” By the author of Little Fires Everywhere, Ng tells the story of a Chinese-American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. It is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another. This event is free and open to the public. No reservations required. For more information, call 610-933-3013 x132 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org.

Reconnect With Self/Nature. ​Learn to reconnect with self and with nature with local spiritual guide and empath Megan Riley at Phoenixville Public Library on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 7:00 PM. In this event, Riley discusses what she views as the “Two Great Disconnects” within our society and our world today: the disconnect from self and the disconnect from nature. She believes that the further we remove ourselves from nature, the further we remove ourselves from the true essence of who we really are. Nature soothes and nurtures. Nature guides and teaches us about ourselves all the time, if we allow it to do so. A nature-based activity, lecture/group discussion, and heart-centered, guided meditation practice will be incorporated into this session to assist participants in learning why and how to reconnect with self and with nature. Megan Riley spent 15 years in the world of education, as both an educator and school counselor. 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.

Movie Night. Renée Zellweger stars as legendary performer Judy Garland in Phoenixville Public Library’s next Movie Night offering, “Judy” (2019, PG-13, 118 min.), to be screened on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 7:00 PM. Rufus Sewell and Jessie Buckley also star in this biographical drama concerning Judy Garland’s arrival in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts. 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.

Musikgarten Musical Instrument Demonstration presented by the Children’s Library at Phoenixville Public Library, Friday, Jan. 10, 10:00-10:45 AM for Children 18 mo.-5 yrs. Space limited; please register. This event features live music, singing, and movement in a hands-on “musical garden” format with children able to touch & interact with musical instruments. Sponsored by Community Music School, Trappe. Contact Rebecca F. Krause, director of youth services at Phoenixville Public Library at 610-933-3013 x 127 or rkrause@ccls.org

Making Music with Mr. Mike at the Children’s Library at Phoenixville Public Library, Saturday, Jan. 11, 3:00-3:45 PM. All ages & families. Registration requested. Welcome the New Year with a musical show featuring original songs & traditional favorites, interactive egg shakers to help keep the beat, and stomping, clapping, wiggling, and singing along! In coordination with Makin’ Music Rockin’ Rhythms. Contact Rebecca F. Krause, director of youth services at Phoenixville Public Library at 610-933-3013 x 127 or rkrause@ccls.org

Learn About The Census. The U.S. Census is coming! Find out what you need to know about completing the 2020 U.S. Census in a free presentation at Phoenixville Public Library on Monday, Jan. 13, at 7:00 PM. Joy Dvornicich, Chester County’s Partnership Specialist with the Philadelphia Regional Census Center, will be the speaker. The U.S. Census is the basis for distribution of federal and state funding, political representation, and community decision-making. An accurate census will ensure that county residents receive their fair share of federal funding. 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.

Improve Your Diet. Learn how to make healthy choices at the supermarket by taking a tour with Redner’s Markets’ Registered Dietician, Meredith McGrath. This Phoenixville Public Library sponsored event will take place on Tuesday, January 14 at Phoenixville’s Redner’s Warehouse Market, 202 Schuylkill Rd., Phoenixville, PA. In a world full of so many options, are you overwhelmed with how to make healthful choices for you and your family? Redner’s Registered Dietitian is here to help. Hear first-hand how to make better choices that are affordable, healthy, and, of course, delicious! Meredith will conduct two 45-minute nutrition tours, at 6:30 and 7:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Library’s Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

American Revolution Discussion. The American Revolution comes to life at Phoenixville Public Library in a two-part presentation on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7:00 PM. In part one of this presentation on the War of Independence, John Ebenreiter discusses the battles and skirmishes that took place leading up to and immediately following the British occupation of Philadelphia, including the encampment at Valley Forge. In part two, living history reenactor Walter Hook gives an overview of the daily life of a private soldier in the Continental Army and will dispel certain myths about the Revolutionary War. John Ebenreiter spent 47 years in the accounting field, mainly with Scott Paper Co. and Hercules, Inc. He serves as a docent at Brandywine Battlefield Park and is the author of “‘Bye, George, Blazing A New Nation: US War of Independence.” Walter Hook is a member of the Circulation staff at Phoenixville Public Library who has had a lifelong interest in American history. He is a Revolutionary War living history reenactor who has “fought” at the battles of Brandywine, Paoli, and Germantown. He has given presentations on the life of a soldier at the Goschenhoppen Festival and local historical societies, and has volunteered at the Peter Wentz Farmstead. Walter is also an avid World War I aerohistorian. 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.

Facebook 101. Learn to navigate the social media world of Facebook in a free workshop, “Facebook 101”, to be held at Phoenixville Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10:00 AM to noon. Social media expert Christine Tarlecki is the instructor. Want to better connect with others on Facebook? Learn how to friend, post text and pictures from your phone or computer, connect and have fun in the world of Facebook. This class will help you learn to navigate the world of this this super-popular social media platform. Please bring your own electronic device. This class is 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.

Social Security Strategies. Learn the basics of Social Security and innovative strategies for maximizing your benefits at a free workshop to be held at Phoenixville Public Library on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 6:30 PM, repeated Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 PM. “Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income” will be presented by Mike Polin, Premier Planning Group. The workshop will cover: five factors to consider in deciding when to apply for your benefits; when it makes sense to delay benefits – and when it does not; why you should always check your earnings record for accuracy; how to estimate your benefits; how to coordinate benefits with your spouse; how to minimize taxes on your Social Security Benefits; and how to coordinate Social Security with other sources of retirement income. 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.

Real ID Presentation. Did you know that after Oct. 1, 2020 ,you will need a Real ID compliant license or identification card to board domestic flights and enter federal facilities? Learn all about Real ID at a free presentation at Phoenixville Public Library on Friday, Jan. 24, at 10:00 AM, repeated on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7:00 PM. The presentation, “Real ID in PA: Who Needs It and Why” will be given by staff members of State Rep. Melissa Shusterman and Scott Johnson of PennDOT. Informational brochures will be available. Please note that Real IDs will not be processed at this event, but you may bring documents to see if they meet the requirements needed to apply. 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.

Make a Valentine’s Day Glass. Join craft instructor Laura Grablutz at Phoenixville Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 10:00 AM for a fun, step-by-step workshop to create a personalized Valentine’s Day glass. No painting or artistic skills are needed! In fact, participants will use the back end of a brush or a Q-Tip to make dots of acrylic paint on the glass, following a pattern. A simple baking process at home will make the paint permanent. Materials cost is $7.00 per glass, which includes all supplies and tools. You can make one or two glasses during the workshop. Please specify the number of glasses and the type(s) - wine glass, beer glass or mug - when you register. 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.

Healthy Eating Seminar. Local dietician and author Adrianne Delgado will speak at Phoenixville Public Library on Monday, Jan. 27, at 7:00 PM. Her new book is Nourish, Eat, Repeat: A Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthier Mind, Body, and Life. When most people hear the terms “dietitian,” “business owner,” and “mother of 5” in the same sentence, they likely think, “I don’t know how she does it.” Yet, for Adrianne Delgado, RD, LDN, you can add the title of “author” to the mix. Delgado has enjoyed mentoring, advising, and coaching in the nutrition industry for nearly 20 years, and now shares her expertise combined with her unique life experiences in this new release, which is not your typical health or diet book. Nourish, Eat, Repeat: A Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthier Mind, Body, and Life is a practical, how-to guide to implementing nutrition and health principles into the busy woman’s lifestyle. Using honest, humorous (and sometimes embarrassing) stories from her own life, Delgado’s book aims to connect with the obstacles we face every day and give the reader a step-by-step plan to building momentum, self-confidence, and ultimately success around food. Delgado resides with her family on a farm in the suburbs of Philadelphia. When she’s not working or watching sporting events, you can find her in the kitchen cooking, tending to her vegetable garden, or volunteering in her community. 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, Jan. 28, 7:00 PM, at Great American Pub, 148 Bridge Street, Phoenixville. The group will discuss Carl Sagan’s bestselling science fiction novel, Contact. At first it seemed impossible-a radio signal that came not from Earth but from far beyond the nearest stars. But then the signal was translated, and what had been impossible became terrifying. The signal contained information to build a Machine that can travel to the stars. A Machine that can take a human to meet the messengers. They are eager to meet us. They have been watching and waiting a long time. And now they will judge. A copy of the book may be reserved online at www.ccls.org or at the Library. This event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. No reservations required. For more information, e-mail Christine Shaffer at shaffer.m.christine@gmail.com.

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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