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.

Shredding Event

Free Document Shred Day, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 8 a.m. to Noon, at GMI/Norman, 99 Starr St., Phoenixville. Easy drive-through with onsite shredding of documents. Bring up to 4 boxes of items to shred and an item of warmth to support the Orion Communities “Warmth For All” Campaign. Free coffee and donuts while they last.

Fall Fashion and Luncheon

Freeland Chapter #323 Order of the Eastern Star will be holding a Fall Fashion Show and Luncheon on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11:30 AM. Location for the event is Augustus Lutheran Church, 717 W. Main Street, Trappe, PA 19426. Fashions by Shekala’s - A Petitie Missy and Plus Boutique and luncheon is included in the ticket price. Tickets are $15.00. To reserve tickets contact Darlene at 610 212-8654 cell or email dargram0806@gmail.com We will also have basket opportunities and a 50/50 cash drawing.

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.

The Phoenix Book Club will meet next on Monday, October 7 at 7:00 PM at Phoenixville Public Library. The group will discuss Donna Tartt’s contemporary classic novel, The Secret History. Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from that of their contemporaries. As they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality, their lives are changed profoundly and forever as they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it to kill. 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 required. For more information, call 610-933-3013 x132 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org.

Phoenixville Public Library will host a free presentation, “Lower Your Phone Costs”, on Tuesday, October 8 at 7:00 PM. Glenn Musser, facilitator of the Library’s Tech Group, will be the presenter. The program will explore ways you can lower your communication costs. Discover several alternatives to the high-price cellular providers you may be using. Glenn will also discuss options for very low-cost VoIP (Voice over IP) landline equivalent service. Many of the mobile services presented may be half of what you’re now paying, and calls using your home WiFi can be free after a one-time fee (under $50). 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.

Free screening of ‘Yesterday.’ A struggling musician wakes up in an alternate universe where The Beatles never existed in the 2019 musical comedy-fantasy “Yesterday” (PG-13, 116 min.), which will be screened at Phoenixville Public Library on Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 PM. Himesh Patel, Lily James, and Sophia Di Martino star. 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.

Phoenixville Public Library will host a free presentation, “Opera 101 From A to Bohème”, on Monday, October 14 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Suzanne Martinucci, a New York based writer and lecturer on opera, will be the speaker. What’s so great about opera? It’s been famously described, not altogether inaccurately, as “an exotic and irrational entertainment.” Those who love opera can be fanatical about it. Others who have not caught “the bug” can be put off by the outsized plots and productions, the language barrier, and the length of the performances – to say nothing of the ticket prices! Suzanne will present a capsule-sized introduction to this great art form – covering some of its history, great artists, and why its fans love it so – culminating in the viewing of a single act from Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème. If you’ve been tempted to give opera a try but have been unsure of how to get started, this is the program for you! Suzanne Martinucci has always loved classical music and caught the opera bug in her teens. Later, Suzanne spent 20 years working at the Metropolitan Opera, where she is now a regular panelist on the Opera Quiz during the Met’s Saturday afternoon live radio broadcasts. 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.

Personalized collages make wonderful gifts. Join local artist Victoria O’Neill at Phoenixville Public Library on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 PM to create a fabulous paper collage featuring yourself or loved ones. You will leave with at least one piece of frameable art and the skills to make more. Cost is $15.00 per person, payable at the door. All materials supplied. Bring a couple of photos (or printed copies of photos) of yourself and/or other people to build your collage(s) around. See more information about Victoria O’Neill at www.artypantz.com. 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.

Local author Beth Lennon (AKA Mod Betty) returns to Phoenixville Public Library on Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 PM. She will speak about the cool vintage places and retro fun of Philadelphia from her recently published, Mod Betty’s Guide to Philadelphia. Beth Lennon’s Retro Roadmap Roadbook covers over 35 places to eat, things to do, mom and pop shops to shop in, all with that stepped-back-in-time feeling. Beth Lennon (aka Mod Betty) is the creative mind behind the Retro Roadmap website and book series, where she discovers and shares her favorite “Cool Vintage Places and Retro Fun!” Her books and website concentrate on the vintage / mid-century era businesses and destinations in our area (and beyond) that have managed to survive the decades with their authentic charm intact. Featured in the Boston Globe, Huffington Post and WHYY-TV, she has written for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, starred in the Retro Roadmap Video Series on YouTube and delivered Retro Roadmap presentations to delighted audiences across multiple states. When she’s not on the road exploring you can find her seated in her vintage 1964 travel camper planning her next adventure or writing her next Retro Roadmap Roadbook! 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.

Around the World Safari presented by the Philadelphia Zoo on Saturday, October 19, 3:00-3:45 PM All ages & families are welcome. Meet live animals representing four different continents. Register online at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or call 610-933-3013 x 124 or when visiting the library.

Learn how to create your own blog with social media expert Christine Tarlecki at Phoenixville Public Library on Saturday, October 19 from 10:00 AM to noon. Learn topics, tricks, photo and digital content tips, and how to navigate the blogging world to make a corner of it your own. This event is free and open to the public. Please bring your own electronic device. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

Phoenixville Public Library will host its fall Open Mic Night for Writers on Monday, October 21 at 6:30 PM. Spend an enjoyable evening with local writers as they read from their work and network with other practitioners of the writing craft. Each reader is limited to five minutes or four pages, whichever comes first. Limited reader slots available. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments served. Separate registration for listeners and readers required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

Create a “painted pumpkin glass” with craft instructor Laura Grablutz on Tuesday, October 22, 6:30 PM at Phoenixville Public Library. This is a fun, step-by-step workshop; no painting or artistic skills required. A simple at-home baking process will make the paint permanent. Cost of the class is $5.00, which includes all supplies and tools. 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. When registering, please specify your preference for a wine glass, beer glass or mug. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA.

Medicare counseling service. Free, unbiased, confidential appointments with a certified APPRISE counselor will be available at Phoenixville Public Library on Wednesday afternoons from October 23 to December 4, during Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period. APPRISE is Pennsylvania’s state-run Medicare counseling program. 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.

Award-winning jazz guitarist Abe Ovadia will perform with duo partner, bassist Michael Feinberg in concert at Phoenixville Public Library on Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 PM. Enjoy the sounds of Abe Ovadia, jazz guitarist, as he reimagines the American Songbook along with jazz standards. As Musicvox Guitars describes, Abe Ovadia is a “jazz phenom, one of the most innovative guitarists of our time.” Having emerged as one of the preeminent guitarists on the New York City jazz scene. The concert will include selections from many influential jazz composers such as John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery, and Miles Davis, to name a few. Abe holds a bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music, and a master’s from New York University’s highly acclaimed jazz performance program. He is also a recipient of the Best Guitarist of 2016 Award from Hot House Jazz Magazine. Accompanying Abe will be Michael Feinberg on acoustic bass. Michael has been described as a “musical prodigy turned evil genius” from Spinner Magazine. His bass work has earned praise from audiences, critics, and musicians alike. After a decade in NYC Feinberg has established himself as one of the most versatile bassists on the scene, having worked with a wide array of artists like Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, George Garzone, John Scofield, Knower, Run DMC, and Daniel Platzman (Imagine Dragons). Feinberg is a graduate of the University of Miami where he earned a BM and New York University where he earned a Masters of Music. 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.

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 please indicate if you will be bringing a laptop.

“A Witch in Time: The European Witch Craze” will be presented on Monday, October 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.

“Wine, Wit & Wisdom”, the annual benefit for Phoenixville Public Library, will take place on Thursday, November 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.

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.

Perkiomen Valley Library

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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