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Summer 2016
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Special Activities
Ongoing Current/
Tuesdays Through Summer
Girls and Success. Community Center, Indian Run Mobile Home Park, 1 Lenape Way, Honey Brook. 5:30 p.m.
to 7 p.m.
State Trooper Waleska Gonzalez will take ages 13
through 18, though a 16-week Walking Girls to Success
initiative to build a positive mentoring relationship using
real life experiences to teach alternative behaviors for
positive results.
Free activity, including snacks, with further information and required registration at (610) 486-6181.
Through October 13 (Thursdays)
FARM. High and Charlotte Streets, Pottstown. 4 p.m. to
8 p.m.
Farm and artisan regional market combines music and
other entertainment with fresh, locally grown agricultural
products and hand-made artisan goods.
Free activity, with charges for products. Further information is available at www.pottstownfarm.org,
MarketInfo@PottstownFARM.org or (610) 323-5400.
Saturdays Through Summer
Bird Walks. Main Parking Lot, John James Audubon
Center, 1201 Pawlings Road, Audubon. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Family-oriented, guided bird walk will explore Mill
Grove.
Free activity, with further information at
www.montcopa.org/calendar.aspx?CID=23,33, or (610)
666-5593.
October 3-28 (Weekdays)
Quilt Exhibit. West Campus Gallery, Montgomery
County Community College, 16 West High Street,
Pottstown. 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., except 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fridays.
Juried show of 26 art quilts depicting ways that
Americas 401 National Parks are being impacted by climate change, water pollution, air pollution and other
human-caused phenomena will be on display in this
Schuylkill River Heritage Area-hosted event, including an
opening reception on Wednesday, October 5.
Free activity, with further information at
www.schuylkillriver.org/Detail.aspx?id=5972,
info@schuylkillriver.org or (610) 945-0200.

Through March 31, 2017 (Fridays)


Gospel Rollercoaster. Theater 7000, Inner-City Movement, 7000 Terminal Square, Upper Darby. 4 p.m. to
4:30 p.m.; repeated 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Gospel 5D Rollercoaster Simulator will move along
like a rollercoaster with 360-degree projections screen
animation in the dome, riding through Gods Bible story
from Genesis to Revelation with water, wind, snow and
bubble blast.
Free activity, with free-will donations. Further information and required reservations are at
www.icmovement.ticketleap.com/gospel-5d-rollercoaster
or (484) 463-8936.
Personal Finance Classes. Victory Christian Life Center, 508 King Street, Pottstown, and First Floor, Montgomery County Human Services Building, 1430 DeKalb
Street, Norristown.
Genesis Housing Corporation conducts year-around
evening classes on different days on Understanding Credit, Money Management and Home Buying Basics.
Free activity, with further information and required
registration at
www.genesishousing.org/counseling_schedule2.html,
info@genesishousing.org or (610) 275-4357.
American Revolution History. Valley Forge National
Historical Park, 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of
Prussia. Various hours and days.
A trove of family events are offered throughout the
summer, along with other times of the year, with daily
guided walks, living history demonstrations, Children's
Exploration Station and Washington Leadership programs, along with weekend Secrets and Spies tours, storytelling benches, a public archeology program, special
events and more.
Primarily free activities, with further information and
schedules available at www.nps.gov/vafo/index.htm or
(610) 783-1000.
PA CareerLink and Job Search Services. Free monthly
workshops and other services are available to job-seekers
through PA CareerLink offices in area counties:
Berks:
www.co.berks.pa.us/dept/careerlink/Pages/default.aspx
Chester: www.pacareerlinkchesco.org
Delaware: www.delcoworks.org
Lancaster: www.jobs4lancaster.com
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Montgomery: www.montcopa.org/index.aspx?
NID=1024
Many of these services are available to out-of-county
residents.
Summer Reading and Children Programs. Local area libraries. Various times.
Summer reading and other programs for children of all
ages, adults and families are underway or scheduled at
many local libraries throughout the area.
Many have kickoff parties and provide prizes, special
activities and other incentives to participate.
Primarily free activities, with further information and schedules
available through various library websites and calendars at:
Berks County: www.berks.lib.pa.us
Chester County: www.ccls.org
Delaware County: www.delcolibraries.org
Lancaster County: www.lancasterlibraries.org
Montgomery County: www.mclinc.org
Look Good Feel Better for Women. Various locations.
Hospitals throughout the area will host a series of Fall
Look Good Feel Better beauty technique workshops by
the American Cancer Society for women coping with cancer treatments.
Free activity, including a makeup kit, with further information as to dates and sites and registration available
at
www.cancer.org/treatment/supportprogramsservices/app/r
esource-detail.aspx?resourceId=32260 or (800) 227-2345.
Ongoing Individual Events
September 19 (Monday)
Medicare 101. Henrietta Hankin Branch Library,
215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs. 5:30 p.m. to
7:30 p.m.
APPRISE volunteer Medicare counselors will explain
the differences between the different health insurance
plans, including those available in this areas.
Free activity, with further information and suggested
registration at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp,
hhreference@ccls.org or (610) 321-1724.
September 20 (Tuesday)
Poker Walk. Coatesville Savings Bank, 185 East Lincoln
Highway, or Coatesville Center for Commuity Health,
1001 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. 1 p.m. to
1:45 p.m.
Annual Fall walking campaign, hosted by Coatesville
on the Move, will feature starts from either of two locations, ending at the Coatesville Area Public Library, 501
East Lincoln Highway, with prize awarded for best poker
hand based on cards picked up at area businesses along
the way.
Free activity, with further information at
www.facebook.com/CoatesvilleOnTheMove/photos/pcb.1
269392256404238/1269388086404655/?type=3,
mbarnard@chespenn.org or (610) 380-4664.

September 20 (Tuesday)
Child Early Numeracy. East Goshen Elementary School,
800 North Chester Road, West Chester. 5:30 p.m. to
6:30 p.m.
Interactive session for ages three and above is designed to help children build connections to early numeracy through exploration of spatial reasoning, part-whole
relationship, and estimation stations, hosted by the district's Preschool Parents Group.
Free activity, with further information and required
registration at www.eventbrite.com/e/developing-earlynumeracy-tickets-26923933209?aff=erelpanelorg or (484)
266-1500.
September 20 (Tuesday)
Parent Cafe. Connections on High, 238 East High Street,
Pottstown. 15:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Repeated mornings
and afternoons in October and November.
Parents and caregivers of children under 18 years of
age gather to share parenting tips and learn ways to
strengthen their families by building protective factors.
Free activity, including refreshments, childcare and
Spanish interpretation. Further information and required
registration is available at
www.facebook.com/FamilyServicesOfMontgomeryCount
yPA/photos/pcb.10153832255840994/101538322544159
94/?type=3&theater, PFCParentCafe@fsmontco.org or
(610) 326-1610 x324.
September 21 (Wednesday)
Safe Kids Buckle Up. Parking Garage, Paoli Hospital,
255 West Lancaster Avenue, Paoli. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Certified child passenger safety technicians will instruct parents and grandparents in avoiding being one of
the four out of five drivers said to have incorrectly installed child safety seats.
Free activity, with further information and required
registration at www.mainlinehealth.org/learnwell or (610)
2711.
September 21 (Wednesday)
Job Fair. Liberty Place, 313 West Liberty Street, Lancaster. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Over 60 employers will participate in this annual PA
CareerLink Lancaster County event.
Free activity, with further information at
www.jobsforlancaster.com or (717) 509-5613.
September 21 (Wednesday)
Cancer Patients Nutrition. Davis Conference Room,
Jennersville Regional Hospital, 1015 West Baltimore
Pike, West Grove. 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sally Meyer, hospital registered dietician, will discuss
Healthy Eating for the Cancer Patient, including tips and
tools to help manage symptoms, maintain strength, feel
good, and optimize recovery.
Free activity, with further information and registration at www.jennersville.com/Jennersville-RegionalHospital/Events/15649.aspx or (610) 869-1396.

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September 21-22 (Wednesday-Thursday)


Youth Mental Health. Library, Rainbow Elementary
School, 1113 Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. 5 p.m. to
9 p.m.
Two-session Youth Mental Health First Aid participants will learn risk factors and warning signs associated
with youth mental health issues.
Free activity, with further information and required
registration at
http://files.constantcontact.com/7e583fcb001/b92bf8d7fab3-4baa-b254-9f5d98e2ddb7.pdf ,
Linda.Hershey@holcombbhs.org or (610) 304-7204.
September 22 (Thursday)
Chester County Day Preview. Henrietta Hankin Branch
Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs. 6 p.m. to
7:30 p.m.
Preview will be provided of the 76th annual showing
of Chester County original, reclaimed, restored, new and
historically significant homes that will be available for
tour the first Saturday in October, said to be the oldest
such event in the country.
Free activity, with further information and suggested
registration at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp,
hhreference@ccls.org or (610) 321-1724.
September 23 (Friday)
Star Watch. Lancaster County Environmental Center,
1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Rain date is
Saturday, September 24.
Astronomy Enthuiasts of Lancaster County will assist
the public in viewing Mars and Saturn, along with several
stars and constellations
Free activity, with further information at
https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/event-view.cfm?
Event_ID=76671 or (610) 413-7889.
September 24 (Saturday)
Mental Health First Aid. Government Services Center,
601 Westtown Road, West Chester. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mental Health First Aid participants will learn risk
factors and warning signs associated with mental health
issues.
Free activity, including lunch, with further information and required registration at ,
www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/34673,
ChescoMHFATrainings@gmail.com or (610) 344-6265.
September 24 (Saturday)
Fall Expo. West Chester Senior Center, 530 East Union
Street, West Chester. 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Health screenings, information on a variety of seniorfocused situations, including care transitions and Medicare, and a prescription drug take back box highlight this
event, formerly the Fall Prevention Awareness Expo
Free activity, with further information at
www.wcseniors.org/spring-health-expo or (610) 4314242.

September 24 (Saturday)
Auto Grand Prix. 100-300 Lincoln Highway,
Coatesville. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Some 50 vintage cards and motocycles will race
along a 2.5-mile course of Lincoln Highway, with bands
and other activities in Gateway Park at South First Avenue.
Free activity, with further information at
www.coatesvillegrandprix.com or (610) 384-0300..
September 24 (Saturday)
Senior Living Expo. Valley Forge Elementary School,
99 Walker Road, Wayne. 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Local and state agencies and services providers will
provide information on services and programs for seniors
in this State Rep. Warren Kampf-hosted event.
Free activity, with further information and required
registration for lunch at
www.facebook.com/RepKampf/photos/a.1919721775077
65.38915.167927833245533/1153651878006452/?
type=3&theater, do157@pahousegop.com or (610) 6660619.
September 24 (Saturday)
Honey Festival. Cedarville United Methodist Church,
1092 Laurelwood Road, Pottstown. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Live bee colonies, information on plants that attract
bees and harmful pesticides, 2016 Pennsylvania Honey
Queen, children activities, local honey and produce being
available local honey and other local produce, and more
will highlight this event.
Free activity, with further information at
www.cedarvilleumc.org or (610) 326-4173.
September 24 (Saturday)
Senior Expo. Gycmnasium, East High School, 450 Ellis
Lane, West Chester. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fu vaccines, SEPTA transit card registration, community information and more will highlight this Pennsylvania Rep. Dan Truitt-hosted event.
Free activity, with further information at
www.reptruitt.com/srexpoexhibitor.aspx, and lunch registration at eric.smith@pahousegop.com or (610) 696-4990.
September 24 (Saturday)
Block Party. Church Street, Between Jackson and Dean
Street, Phoenixville. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Music and entertainment, health checks, children activities, church and fire house tours, community services
information and more highlight this event.
Free activity, with further information at
www.phoenixvilleseniorcenter.org/wpcontent/uploads/2016/08/Sept-Church-St-Block-Party.pdf
or (610) 935-1515.
September 24 (Saturday)
Latin Festival. Riverfront Park, 140 College Drive,
Pottstown. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Music and other entertainment will highlight this
Centro Cultural Latinos Unidos-hosted event.

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Free activity, with further information at


www.facebook.com/pottstownlatinfestival or (610) 7050566.
September 24 (Saturday)
Star Party. French Creek State Park, 1027 Park Road,
Elverson. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Chesmont Astronomical Society will be providing
views of the universe through their telescopes and providing information about astronomy.
Free activity, with further information at
https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/event-view.cfm?
Event_ID=77377 or (215) 767-8396.
September 25 (Sunday)
Harvest Festival and Bark in the Park. Downtown
Malvern and Burke Park, South Warren Avenue and
Roberts Road, Malvern. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Music, artists and crafters and children activities, with
dogs and their owners taking over the park for information and more highlighting this event.
Free activity, with further information at
www.malvern-festivals.com, infor@malvernbusiness.com
or (610) 644-2240.
September 25 (Sunday)
FallFest. Green Street and East Pennsylvania Avenue,
Downingtown. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Music and community information highlight this
event.
Free activity, with further information at
www.downingtownfallfest.com, info@dtrcc.com or (610)
269-1523.
September 25 (Sunday)
Wild World of Bats. Henrietta Hankin Branch Library,
215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs. 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Albright College Biology Department Professor
Karen Campbell will introduce the diversity and ecological impact of bats, including photographs of different
types from around the world.
Free activity, with further information and suggested
registration at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp,
hhreference@ccls.org or (610) 321-1724.
September 25 (Sunday)
Ice Cream Social. Grove United Methodist Church, 490
West Boot Road, West Chester. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Music, children activities including face painting and
moon bounce, and ice cream and toppings highlight this
event.
Free activity, with further information at
www.grovechurch.org/ice-cream-social-september-25th2-4pm, info@grovechurch.org or (610) 696-2663.
September 25 (Sunday)
Regional Night of Prayer. Center for the Arts, Hill
School, 860 Beech Street, Pottstown. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Congregations and individuals throughout the region
will gather for prayer as part of Netzer-hosted event of

church leaders seeking and praying for resurgence in the


kingdom of God in churches and people across southeastern Pennsylvania.
Free activity, with free-will offering. Further information is at www.facebook.com/netzer.org,
connect@netzer.org or (610) 222-0125.
September 26 (Monday)
Beyond Medicare Basics. Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs. 6 p.m. to 7
p.m.
Specialist Adam Krassen will discuss issues above
the basics of Medicare coverage, including plan health
plan differences, what to do if one or both spouses still
are working or someone moves out of state, and comparing supplemental plans with a retiree health plan if one is
offered.
Free activity, with further information and suggested
registration at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp,
hhreference@ccls.org or (610) 321-1724.
September 27 (Tuesday)
Endangered Species Smuggling. Henrietta Hankin
Branch Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs.
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Local author John F. Dobbyn will discuss his new
novel, Fatal Odds, that delves into international smuggling and illicit trade in endangered species of wild animals, said to be the second most profitable criminal
activity in the world.
Free activity, with further information and suggested
registration at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp,
hhreference@ccls.org or (610) 321-1724.
September 27 (Tuesday)
Parks and Recreation Plan. Scott Middle School,
800 Olive Street, Coatesville. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Coatesville Parks, Recreation and Open Space Action
Plan, developed in part through prior citizen meeting, will
be discussed, with a Build a Playground at Patton Park,
300 Charles Street, also scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday, October 7.
Free activity, including dinner, with further information and requested registration at
www.brandywinefoundation.org/sites/default/files/Coates
ville%209-27%20Public%20Meeting%20Flier%20%20rev%208.18.pdf, mhayward@natlands.org or (610)
353-5587x312.
September 28-29 (Wednesday-Thursday)
Mental Health First Aid. COAD Group, 467 Creamery
Way, Exton. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Repeated WednesdayThursday, October 5-6, at Coatesville.
Two-session Mental Health First Aid participants
will learn risk factors and warning signs associated with
mental health issues.
Free activity, with further information and required
registration at ,

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www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/34673,
ChescoMHFATrainings@gmail.com or (610) 344-6265.
September 29 (Thursday)
Introduction to LinkedIn. Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs. 6:30 p.m. to
8 p.m.
Participants will learn about the business-oriented social network, LinkedIn, including how to use it for managing a career, networking with people in one's field,
finding employment, or marketing a business.
Free activity, with further information and required
registration at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp,
hhreference@ccls.org or (610) 321-1724.
September 29 (Thursday)
Legislator Coffee. Parkesburg Borough Hall, 315 West
1st Avenue, Parkesburg, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Pennsylvania Rep. Harry Lewis will discuss state
issues with constituents.
Free activity, including refreshments, with further information at
www.replewis.com/upcomingevent2016.aspx or (610)
269-1289.
October 1 (Saturday)
Harvest Festival. Newlin Grist Mill, 219 South Cheyney
Road, Glen Mills. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sights, sounds, and smells of colonial America will
include music, blacksmithing, hearth cooking and pretzel
baking, broom and candlemaking, Native American skills.
Hayrides, children activities, artisans and more.
Free activity, with a $5 per car parking fee. Further
information is at www.newlingristmill.org/fall-harvestfestival or (610) 459-2359.
October 5-6 (Wednesday-Thursday)
Mental Health First Aid. Building 5, Room 3-First Floor
VA Medical Center, 1400 Blackhorse Hill Road,
Coatesville. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Two-session Mental Health First Aid participants
will learn risk factors and warning signs associated with
mental health issues.
Free activity, with further information and required
registration at ,
www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/34692,,
chescoMHFATrainings@gmail.com or (610) 344-6265.
October 5 (Wednesday)
Opening Reception. West Campus Gallery, Montgomery
County Community College, 16 West High Street,
Pottstown. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Opening reception for juried show of 26 art quilts, depicting ways that Americas 401 National Parks are being
impacted by climate change, water pollution, air pollution
and other human-caused phenomena, that will be on display in this Schuylkill River Heritage Area-hosted event
weekdays through Friday, October. 28.
Free activity, with further information at
www.schuylkillriver.org/Detail.aspx?id=5972,
info@schuylkillriver.org or (610) 945-0200.

October 6 (Thursday)
Expungement Clinic. The Carver Center, 249 Jacoby
Street, Norristown. Noon to 3 p.m.
Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania will explain
to applicable Montgomery County residents how a criminal record may be able to be expunged if someone has
been arrested or never convicted of a crime or was only
convicted of a summary offense in this State Sen. Daylin
Leach-hosted event..
Free activity, with further information and required
registration at
www.palawhelp.org/resource/expungement-clinic-inmontgomery-county-october-6,
choffmann@pasenate.com or (610) 768-4200.
October 8 (Saturday)
Hazardous Waste Collection. Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Household hazardous waste will be collected by
Chester County.
Free activity, with further information at
www.montcopa.org/DocumentCenter/View/1295 or (610)
273-3771 x228.
October 8 (Saturday)
Veterans Expo. Indian Valley Middle School, 130 Maple
Avenue, Harleysville. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Informatio on veteran services and programs will be
provided in this State Rep. Marcy Toepel-hosted event.
Free activity, with further information at
www.reptoepel.com/Display/SiteFiles/82/OtherDocument
s/Roadwork/Toepel_VetsExpo%208X11.pdf or (610)
323-3299.
October 8 (Saturday)
Community Day. Township Park, 900 Buck Run Road,
Coatesville (East Fallowfield Township). 10 a.m. to
4 p.m.
Zip lining, kids costume parade , pony and hay
Rides, moon bounces, music and entertainment, petting
zoo, community infromation and more highlight this
event.
Free activity, with further information at
www.facebook.com/events/1583105058660188,
pmartin@eastfallowfield.org or (610) 384-7144.
October 8 (Saturday)
Observatory Dedication. Muddy Run Park, 172 Bethesda
Church Road West, Holtwood. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dedication and sky observing will be held at new
$250,000 observatory.
Free activity, with further information at
www.rittenhouseastronomicalsociety.org or (610) 7156853.
October 8 (Saturday)
Star Party. Hoopes Park, 700 Hoopes Park Lane, West
Chester. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Chester County Astronomical Society will celebrate
Astronomy Day with the public being able to look
through telescopes at the first quarter noon, the red planet
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Mars and summer and fall constellations which will have


nebulas and star clusters.
Free activity, with further information at www.westchester.com/425/Programs-and-Activities or (610) 6927574.

www.facebook.com/FamilyServicesOfMontgomeryCount
yPA/photos/pcb.10153832255840994/101538322544159
94/?type=3&theater, PFCParentCafe@fsmontco.org or
(610) 326-1610 x324.

October 8 (Saturday)
Moon Observation. Marsh Creek State Park, 634 Park
Road, Downingtown. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
ChesMont Astronomical Society will host public International Observe the Moon Night telescope observations.
Free activity, with further information at
https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/event-view.cfm?
Event_ID=77378 or (215) 767-8396.

October 12 (Wednesday)
Medicare Update. Boyertown Area Multi-Service,
200 West Spring Street, Boyertown. 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Over-60 Case Manager Virginia Cox will discuss
changes to Medicare coverages in advance of the October 15 to December 7 annual open enrollment period.
Free activity, with further information at
www.boyertownareamultiservice.org/uploads/5/9/9/9/59992961/2016_medicare_up
date.pdf or (610) 367-6957.

October 9 (Sunday)
Chili Cookoff. Downtown Streets, West Chester.
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Music, games, and community vendors supplement
this annual event.
Free activity, with charges for some individual items,
including kids activities, with further information at
www.westchesterchilicookoff.com ,
chiliking@westchesterchihlicookoff.com or (484) 4599503.

October 13 (Thursday)
Job Fair. Coatesville Area Senior Center, 250 Harmony
Street, Coatesville. 62 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Employers and resources for unemployed and underemployed will be available at this State Rep. Harry
Lewis-hosted event.
Free activity, with further information and requested
registration at
www.replewis.com/upcomingevent2016.aspx or (610)
269-1289.

October 10 (Monday)
Power of Kids Play. Stetson Middle School, 1060 Wilmington Pike, West Chester. 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Child development expert Amy Horbeck will discuss
play and critical life skills that develop as a result of it,
which support children both in school and on the playground, hosted by the district's Preschool Parents Group.
Free activity, with further information and required
registration at www.eventbrite.com/e/the-power-of-playhow-to-foster-success-by-teaching-self-control-tickets26924489874?aff=erellivmlt or (484) 266-2700.

October 15 (Saturday)
Sensory Play Day. Ballfield, Forks of the Brandywine
Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 655 Hibernia Road,
Glenmoore. 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Children with sensory needs and their siblings will experience multiple sensory based activities in a spacious
outdoor environment where parents can feel supported
and understood, with activities including moon bounce,
rock wall, sheep, crafts, texture and movement play,
hayrides, musical performances, and more.
Free activity, including lunch and snacks, with further
information and registration at www.senoryplayday.com
or (610) 942-2626.

October 11 (Tuesday)
Senior Expo. Downingtown Area Senior Center,
983 East Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown. 10 a.m. to
2 p.m.
Community resources for older Americans will be
available at this State Rep. Harry Lewis-hosted event.
Free activity, with further information and requested
registration at
www.replewis.com/upcomingevent2016.aspx or (610)
269-1289.
October 12 (Wednesday)
Parent Cafe. Connections on High, 238 East High Street,
Pottstown. 10 a.m. to noon. Repeated 5:30 p.m. to
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 25, and in November.
Parents and caregivers of children under 18 years of
age gather to share parenting tips and learn ways to
strengthen their families by building protective factors.
Free activity, including refreshments, childcare and
Spanish interpretation. Further information and required
registration is available at

October 17 (Monday)
Mobile Job Lab. Boyertown Area Multi-Service,
200 West Spring Street, Boyertown. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Employment resources will be provided in this TriCounty Community Network (TCN)-hosted event..
Free activity, with further information and suggested
registration at www.boyertownareamultiservice.org/uploads/5/9/9/9/59992961/mobile_job_lab_fly
er.pdf or (610) 850-0181.
October 20 (Thursday)
Birth Certificate Clinic. Coatesville Area Senior Center,
250 Harmony Street, Coatesville. 10 a.m. to noon.
Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Chester
County Bar Association representatives will assist individuals who need a birth certificate but don't have identification.
Free activity, with further information and requested
appointments at www.lasp.org/file/Birth%20Cert
%20Clinic%20Flyer%20-%20Coatesville%20Senior
%20Center.pdf or (610) 436-4310.
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October 20 (Thursday)
Small Business Expo. Brookside Country Club,
850 North Adams Street, Pottstown. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
A presentation by Futurist Gail Bowers on the Futdure
of Small Business will highlight this annual event.
Free activity, with further information at
www.score.org/event/score-pottstown-small-businessexpo dianneturco@gmail.com or (610) 327-2673.
October 21 (Friday)
Autumn Fest. Church of the Saviour, 651 North Wayne
Avenue, Wayne. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Games, moon bounce and other inflatables, children
activities, food and more will highlight this event.
Free activity, with further information at
www.cosnet.org/local-outreach/autumn-fest-2016,
nancye@cosnet.org or (610) 688-6338.
October 25 (Tuesday)
Parent Cafe. Connections on High, 238 East High Street,
Pottstown. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Repeated in morning,
Wednesday November 9, and Tuesday, November 22.
Parents and caregivers of children under 18 years of
age gather to share parenting tips and learn ways to
strengthen their families by building protective factors.
Free activity, including refreshments, childcare and
Spanish interpretation. Further information and required
registration is available at
www.facebook.com/FamilyServicesOfMontgomeryCount
yPA/photos/pcb.10153832255840994/101538322544159
94/?type=3&theater, PFCParentCafe@fsmontco.org or
(610) 326-1610 x324.
October 26 (Wednesday)
Halloween Parade. Market and Gay Streets, Downtown
West Chester. 7 p.m. Rain date is Thursday, October 27.
Bands, cheerleading and dance performances, floats
and other marchers and participants will highlight this
event.
Free activity, with further information and marcher
participation registration, at www.westchester.com/405/Halloween-Parade or (610) 692-7574.

October 29 (Saturday)
Vietnam Vet Commemoration. West Chester High
School, 450 Ellis Lane, West Chester. 2 p.m.
Vietnam veterans in district of State Sen. Tom Killion
will receive a special Vietnam Veterans service lapel pin
that has been produced by the federal government as part
of the 50th anniversary observance of the Vietnam War.
Free activity, with required reservations at
www.senatorkillion.com/vietnam-veterans-50th or (610)
358-5183.
November 9 (Wednesday)
Parent Cafe. Connections on High, 238 East High Street,
Pottstown. 10 a.m. to noon. Repeated 5:30 p.m. to
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 22.
Parents and caregivers of children under 18 years of
age gather to share parenting tips and learn ways to
strengthen their families by building protective factors.
Free activity, including refreshments, childcare and
Spanish interpretation. Further information and required
registration is available at
www.facebook.com/FamilyServicesOfMontgomeryCount
yPA/photos/pcb.10153832255840994/101538322544159
94/?type=3&theater, PFCParentCafe@fsmontco.org or
(610) 326-1610 x324.
November 22 (Tuesday)
Parent Cafe. Connections on High, 238 East High Street,
Pottstown. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Parents and caregivers of children under 18 years of
age gather to share parenting tips and learn ways to
strengthen their families by building protective factors.
Free activity, including refreshments, childcare and
Spanish interpretation. Further information and required
registration is available at
www.facebook.com/FamilyServicesOfMontgomeryCount
yPA/photos/pcb.10153832255840994/101538322544159
94/?type=3&theater, PFCParentCafe@fsmontco.org or
(610) 326-1610 x324.

Ongoing Weekly and Monthly Activities


Various Days/Time
Sundays
Morning Birding Walk. Bucktoe Creek Preserve, 432
Sharp Road, Avondale. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., except when
precipitating. Activity also held at the same time on
Mondays.
Delaware Nature Society staff will lead this activity as
walkers experience the diverse birdlife of a private nature
preserve during a stroll through meadows, forests, thickets, and marsh. Walk is particularly focused on beginning
birders but all skill levels are welcome.
Free activity, with further information about the Preserve available at www.bucktoecreekpreserve.org.

Wild Wanders. Parking Area, Lenfest Center, ChesLen


Preserve, 1199 Cannery Road, Coatesville (Embreville).
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Local naturalist, educator, and Natural Lands Trust
volunteer William Ryan will lead a guided walk around
the preserve, with the route varying each week to reflect
what is happening at 1,263-acre tract.
Free activity, with further information available at
http://www.natlands.org/event/wild-wanders-at-cheslenpreserve/2014-03-30 or (610) 353-5587.
(First Sunday of Month)
Spectrum Kids Can! Annex, Henrietta Hankin Branch
Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs (Ludwigs
Corner). 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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Support group for families with autistic children enables young people to play with peers and use and improve their social skills and parents an opportunity to review librarys autism resources.
Free activity, with further information available at
(610) 321-1724.
Rejoicing Spirits, a ministry that reaches out to enrich the
spiritual lives of persons with developmental disabilities,
together with their families, friends and other supportive
community members, holds special Sunday worship services at various locations.
The ministry is designed to acquaint and educate congregations about individuals with developmental disabilities, resulting in an accepting atmosphere. Services
typically include lots of music and joyous singing, along
with brief, meaningful messages conducted in a shushfree environment.
Services are held once a month at the following times
and locations:
Exton St. Pauls Lutheran Church, 104 South Village Avenue, (610) 363-6264, 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month.
Media Reformation Evangelical Lutheran Church,
102 West Rose Tree Road, (610) 891-0600, 4 p.m. on the
second Sunday of each month.
Pottstown St. James Lutheran Church, 1101 East
High Street, (610) 326-2810, 7 p.m. on the second
Wednesday of each month.
Gilbertsville New Hanover Lutheran Church, 2941
Lutheran Road, (610) 326-1335, 3 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month.
West Chester Calvary Lutheran Church, 730 South
New Street, (610) 696-2475, 4 p.m. on the 3rd Sunday of
each month.
Attendees are encouraged to call churches in advance
to confirm dates and times. Further information about
Rejoicing Spirits and other sites may be obtained at
www.rejoicingspirits.org, info@rejoicingspirits.org or
(610) 363-6264.
Mondays
Morning Birding Walk. Bucktoe Creek Preserve, 432
Sharp Road, Avondale. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., except when
precipitating. Activity also held at the same time on Sundays.
Delaware Nature Society staff will lead this activity as
walkers experience the diverse birdlife of a private nature
preserve during a stroll through meadows, forests, thickets, and marsh. Walk is particularly focused on beginning
birders but all skill levels are welcome.
Free activity, with further information about the Preserve available at www.bucktoecreekpreserve.org.
Vocational Rehabilitation Assistance. Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. Hours by
registration; also available Tuesdays.
Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
(OVR) will provide assistance to qualifying individuals
with disabilities in finding work, maintaining employment
and supplemental services.
Free activity, with further information available at

www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/vocati
onal_rehabilitation/10356 and required registration at
(484) 250-4340.
Tech Group. Community Education Room, Phoenixville
Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 10
a.m. to noon.
Phoenixville Tech Group brings together technology
users to share knowledge and experience, including
helping those who have limited or no experience with
computers.
Free activity, with further information including
meeting topics available at www.phoenixvilletg.com,
Glenn@SeniorTechGroup.com or (610) 933-3013 x132.
Monday-Thursday
After School Program. Westside Community Center,
430 Hannum Avenue, West Chester. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Students in grades six through 12 will engage in after
school tutoring, mentoring, drop-in and community
service opportunities.
Free activity, with further information available at
www.westsidecommunitycenterwc.org/features/schoolprogram, ryan@westsidecommunitycenterwc.org or (484)
682-4910.
Chess Club. Coatesville Area Public Library, 501 East
Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Ages five to 18 can learn to play tournament chess.
Free activity with no registration required. Further
information is available at (610) 384-4115.
Indoor Walking Group. Romansville United Methodist
Church, 1859 Strasburg Road, Romansville (Coatesville).
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Community residents of all fitness levels walk to
music for one to four miles. Also held on Wednesdays
and Fridays.
Free activity, with further information available at
romansvilleumc@yahoo.com or (610) 486-0189.
(First Mondays)
Whats Cooking in Coatesville? Episcopal Church of the
Trinity, 323 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. 6 p.m.
A healthy meal, along with a cooking demonstration
will be provided by the Chester County Food Bank and
the County Department of Health
Free activity, with further information is available at
the church at (610) 384-4771.
(Fourth Mondays)
Yarn Caf. Spring City Library, 2 Riverside Drive,
Spring City. 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Teens and adults involved in all fiber arts relax and
work on projects over tea and coffee.
Free activity, with further information and requested
registration at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, ,
lshupp@ccls.org or (610) 948-4130.

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Adult Board Games. Harrop Room, Phoenixville Public


Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 6 p.m. to 9
p.m.
Informal gathering of Phoenixville Board Gamers
share games that can be played in a single setting.
Free activity, with further information available from
Nick Lamicela at nupanick@gmail.com.
(First Mondays)
Girls Night Out. Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, 215
Windgate Drive, Chester Springs (Ludwigs Corner). 6:30
p.m.
Girls nine-years-old and above and their mothers or
other older female friends read, enjoy activities and snack.
Free activity, with further information and optional
registration available at
www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=CCL,
hhyouthservices@ccls.org, or (610) 321-1724.
(Fourth Mondays)
Open Knitting. Parkesburg Library, 105 West Street,
Parkesburg. 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
A gathering for beginners to professionals.
Free activity, with further information available at
www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?
curOrg=CCL&curKey1=Parkesburg%20Library,
tknecht@ccls.org or (610) 857-5165.
(First Mondays)
Conservation Book Club. Board Room, Chester County
Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton. 7 p.m. to 8
p.m.
Participants will learn what they can do to help the
environment through book discussions dedicated to
conservation and environmentalism
Free activity, with further information and registration
available at www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?
curOrg=CCL, lmcphail@ccls.org, or (610) 280-2645.
Tuesdays
Vocational Rehabilitation Assistance. Phoenixville
Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. Hours
by registration; also available Mondays.
Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
(OVR) will provide assistance to qualifying individuals
with disabilities in finding work, maintaining employment
and supplemental services.
Free activity, with further information available at
www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/vocati
onal_rehabilitation/10356 and required registration at
(484) 250-4340.
(Fourth Tuesdays)
Community Caf. West Grove United Methodist Church,
300 North Guernsey Road, West Grove. 11:30 a.m. to 1
p.m.
Hot lunch, fellowship time, free health screenings and
associated health tips, and an open prayer room highlight
this monthly event.
Free activity, with further information and suggested
reservations available at (610) 869-9334 or
wgumc@verizon.net.

Book a Librarian. Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, 215


Windgate Drive, Chester Springs (Ludwigs Corner).
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Individuals with computer questions, needing
assistance with research, desiring better search techniques
for online catalogs or other information can receive a
half-hour assistance session with a librarian.
Free activity with required reservations at least 24
hours in advance at (610) 321-1710.
Research assistance also is available at all times for
Pennsylvania residents through Ask Here PA chat at
www.askherepa.org.
(Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Afterschool Gaming for Teens. Phoenixville Public
Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 3 p.m. to 5
p.m.
Teens can play afterschool games on a big screen with
a big sound system, along with doing online researching
and networking on a state-of-the-art graphics-capable
computers, homework, or just hang out.
Free activity, including snacks and soda. Further
information is available at
www.phoenixvillelibrary.org/Documents/Afterschool
Gaming Flyer Fall2010 YS8-25-10.pdf or at (610) 9333013 x24.
Youth Chess Club. Henrietta Hankin Branch Library,
215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs (Ludwigs Corner).
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Ages six and up, accompanied by a parent, can learn
chess.
Free activity, with further information available at
hhyouthservices@ccls.org or (610) 321-1724.
T.I.M.S. New Life in Christ Fellowship, 1 South 5th
Avenue, Coatesville. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Training Introspection Mentoring Service (T.I.M.S.)
provides youth ages five through 18 with positive peer
group involvement, hands-on skill development,
knowledge of African-American culture, and a
relationship with Christian men and women as role
models.
It teaches youth what it means to be men and women
spiritually, culturally, socially and physically, addresses
goal-setting, etiquette, career planning and community
service, and acknowledges and honors a young mans or
womans growth and changes.
Students must participate on a regular basis and
parents or guardians must complete an application.
Free activity, including dinner. Further information is
available from Alphonso Newsuan at
anewsuan@nlicf.org or Roberta Showell at
rshowell@nlicf.org or (610) 384-3344 x109.
(Second Tuesdays)
Adult Gaming Night. Community Education Room,
Phoenixville Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville.
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Participants can chose from the Librarys selection of


board or Wii games, or bring their own, as they play
games and meet friends.
Free activity, with beverages provided. Further
information is available from Chris Knupp at (610) 8054603.
(Second Tuesdays)
Guys Read. Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, 215
Windgate Drive, Chester Springs (Ludwigs Corner). 6:30
p.m.
Third through sixth grade boys and their dads or other
older male friends read, enjoy activities and snack.
Free activity, with further information and optional
registration available at
www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=CCL,
hhyouthservices@ccls.org, or (610) 321-1724.
Youth Depression and Bipolar Support. Community
Crossroads Peer Support Center, 825 Paoli Pike, West
Chester. 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Transitioned Aged Depression & Bipolar Support
Alliance (TADBSA provides peer-led support for youth
and young adults ages 14 to 25 living with a mood
disorder, seeking to inform, empower, support and inspire
individuals to achieve lives they want to lead.
Free activity, with further information available at
awashington@childandfamilyfocus.org or (484) 7062110.
(Fourth Tuesdays)
Computer Basics for Job-Seekers. Phoenixville Public
Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 6:30 p.m. to
8:30 p.m. Repeated 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the fourth
Wednesdays.
Adult Services Director Mark Pinto and computer
tutor Ann Roehm provide classes to assist the
unemployed and underemployed in learning job-seeker
tasks such as using Microsoft Word to create and format a
resume, saving a resume file and e-mailing it as an attachment, uploading and copying/pasting a resume to a
job application, basic Web navigation, completing an
online application, and using Indeed to find job listings
and apply for employment. Participants must be able to
use a computer keyboard and mouse.
Further information and required registration for
limited seating are available at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp,
mpinto@ccls.org or (610) 933-3013 x132.
Bilingual Family Storytime. Second Floor Childrens
Department, Norristown Public Library, 1001 Powell
Street, Norristown. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bilingual English/Spanish family storytime features
stories, songs, fingerplays, and an introduction to
American Sign Language.
Free activity, with further information available at
http://mnl.mclinc.org/childrens/indexch.html#Sleepytime
or (610) 278-5100.

Second Tuesday
ESL Conversations. Phoenixville Public Library, 183
Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
BettyAnn Monash, ESL coordinator for the Tredyffrin
Public Library, will lead the informal English as a Second
Language (ESL) gathering for ages 21 and over, with
participants engaging in English-only conversations
ranging from telling jokes and singing songs to sharing
recipes and discussing philosophical and historical topics,
geography, and family and work related issues.

Free activity, with further information available at baeslphoenixville@gmail.com.


(Third Tuesday)
Writing Group. Harrop Room, Phoenixville Public
Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 6:30 p.m. to
9 p.m. Also meets the second Thursday.
Phoenix Writers, a group for adult writers offers writer
education, empowerment, and critiques, with an
opportunity to ask questions about the writing process,
read work aloud, and obtain and offer input on material
read.
Free activity, with further information available from
Eric Parmer at edparmer@gmail.com.
Brandywine Query. Caf Lindo, 109 South Broad Street,
Kennett Square. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Network of adult singles over 35 years of age designed
to create community.
Further information is available at
brandywinequery@hotmail.com.
Parent Support Group. Main Choir Room, Westminster
Presbyterian Church, 10 West Pleasant Grove Road, West
Chester. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sessions are designed to give support to area parents
whose children have been impacted by addiction.
Further information is available from Joi Honer at
(800) 678-2332 x6156 or
jhoner@caron.org.
Wednesdays
Hibernia Wednesday Hiking Club. Hatfield House,
Hibernia Park, 119 Hatfield House Road, Coatesville. 9
a.m. to 10 a.m.
Hikers can enjoy a three-mile hike along a mostlywooded gravel path, with plant identification included.
Participants should bring water and wear comfortable
clothing and shoes. Walks also are held on Saturdays.
Free activity, with registration required at
www.chesco.org/ccparks or at (610) 344-6415.
Warwick Walkers. Upper Parking Lot, Warwick
County Park, 382 County Park Road, Pottstown. 9 a.m.
to 10 a.m.
Hikers walk a portion of the Horse-Shoe Trail.
Free activity, with registration required at
www.chesco.org/ccparks or at (610) 469-1916.
(Second Wednesdays)
Free Seniors Legal Clinic. Room 130, Government
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Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester.


9 a.m. to noon.
Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania (LASP)
provides assistance to seniors for a variety of matters,
including public and private housing, consumer issues,
bankruptcy, public welfare, Social Security Disability
(SSD) and Social Security Income (SSI), unemployment
compensation, simple estate planning, living wills,
durable power of attorney for healthcare, general power
of attorney, and other matters.
Further information and appointments are available at
(610) 344-6350.
LASP also operates a toll-free legal helpline for
income-eligible Chester, Montgomery, Delaware and
Bucks counties residents from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m. weekdays. Information is available at (877)
429-5994.
(Third Wednesday)
Nursing Mothers Group. Henrietta Hankin Branch
Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs (Ludwigs
Corner). 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Janet Graczyk, IBCLC (Internationally Board
Certified Lactation Consultant) facilitates group of
nursing mothers who share ideas and weigh their babies.
Free activity, with further information available at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp or
janetibclc@gmail.com.
Second and Fourth Wednesdays)
Adult Book Bingo. Henrietta Hankin Branch Library,
215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs (Ludwigs Corner).
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Adults 18-years and older can play bingo to win book
prizes, from recent to older editions.
Free activity, with further information available at
(610) 321-1710.
(Fourth Wednesdays)
Playgroups. Community Room, Rolling Hills
Apartments, 2120 Buchert Road, Pottstown. 10:30 a.m.
to noon.
Playgroups, hosted by the Apartments and Pottstown
Family Center, are designed to provide parents with
children up to age five an opportunity to play with their
children, meet other parents with small children and talk
about the joys and hardships of parenting.
Free activity, with further information and requested
reservations at (610) 326-1610.
(Second Wednesdays)
Circle of Friends. Healthy Start, 723 Wheatland Street,
Phoenixville. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Support group, hosted by Healthy Start and The
Womens Resource Center, assists community mothers.
Free activity, with further information and registration
available at (610) 917-1360.
(May-June and September-October)
Walking Wednesdays. Brandywine YMCA, 295 Hurley
Road, Coatesville. Noon to 2 p.m.

Outdoor track will be open, weather permitting, to


individuals, families and co-workers, with a three-day
pass to use YMCA facilities provided at sign-up in this
multi-community agency event.
Free activity, with further information available at
tgallagher@ymcabwv.org or (610) 380-9622 x2430.
(First and Fourth Wednesdays)
ESL Conversation. Burke Room, Chester County
Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton. 1 p.m. to 3
p.m.
Relaxed, informal gathering, hosted by the Chester
County Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) will
engage participants in American English-only
conversations, including jokes, recipes, philosophy,
historical and geographical topics with respect for
individual homelands, languages, and traditions.
Free activity, with further information available at
kathyspicciati@gmail.com.
(Fourth Wednesdays)
Computer Basics for Job-Seekers. Phoenixville Public
Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 2 p.m. to 4
p.m. Repeated 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the fourth
Tuesdays.
Adult Services Director Mark Pinto and computer
tutor Ann Roehm provide classes to assist the
unemployed and underemployed in learning job-seeker
tasks such as using Microsoft Word to create and format a
resume, saving a resume file and e-mailing it as an attachment, uploading and copying/pasting a resume to a
job application, basic Web navigation, completing an
online application, and using Indeed to find job listings
and apply for employment. Participants must be able to
use a computer keyboard and mouse.
Further information and required registration for
limited seating are available at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp,
mpinto@ccls.org or (610) 933-3013 x132.
Community Walk. Genesis Health Care Building,
Union and State Streets, Kennett Square. Noon.
Any individual can join a walk to Anson B. Nixon Park
as part of the Activate Kennett Square health initiative.
Free activity, with further information available from
dochollisv@aol.com.
Bridge Playing. Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, 215
Windgate Drive, Chester Springs (Ludwigs Corner).
Noon to 3 p.m.
Bridge players gather for cards on most Wednesdays.
Free activity, with further information about this noregistration event available at
www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?
curOrg=CCL&curKey1=Henrietta%20Hankin
%20Library or (610) 321-1710.
(First Wednesdays)
Job Searching Online. Phoenixville Public Library, 183
Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Also
presented at 10 a.m. on the first Friday of the month.
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Workshop acquaints job-seekers with available online


resources that provide self-assessment, job profiles, local
job openings, company research, networking, and resume
and interview preparation assistance.
Free activity, with further information and required
registration available with Mark Pinto, adult services
director, at mpinto@ccls.org or (610) 933-3013 x32.
(Second Wednesdays)
Download! eBooks & eAudiobooks. Phoenixville Public
Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 2 p.m. to 3
p.m. Also presented at 10 a.m. on second Friday of the
month.
Workshop acquaints participants with how to browse,
check-out, and download digital media from the Chester
County Library Systems Overdrive service.
Free activity, with further information and required
registration available with Mark Pinto, adult services
director, at mpinto@ccls.org or (610) 933-3013 x32.
Freedom from Smoking Clinics. Phoenixville Hospital,
140 Nutt Road, Phoenixville. 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Also
held bi-monthly on Thursdays.
American Lung Associations eight-session smoking
cessation program, including nicotine replacement
therapy, is held bi-monthly, starting in February, April,
June, August and October.
Free activity, with further information and required
registration available at (610) 983-1021.
Indoor Walking Group. Romansville United Methodist
Church, 1859 Strasburg Road, Romansville (Coatesville).
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Community residents of all fitness levels walk to
music for one to four miles. Also held on Mondays and
Fridays.
Free activity, with further information available at
romansvilleumc@yahoo.com or (610) 486-0189.
(Second and Fourth Wednesdays)
Crochet One, Knit Too! Henrietta Hankin Branch
Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs (Ludwigs
Corner). 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Knitting and crocheting group meets for all skill levels.
Free activity, with further information about this noregistration event available at
www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?
curOrg=CCL&curKey1=Henrietta%20Hankin
%20Library or (610) 321-1710.
Job-Seeker Support. YWCA Tri-County Area Adult
Literacy Center, 1830 East High Street, Pottstown. 6 p.m.
to 8 p.m.
Weekly Job-Seekers Connection support group is
designed to provide a supportive environment on how to
obtain assistance in revising resumes, write cover letters,
start an internet-based job search, and maximize job
search visibility, supplementing adult literacy classes and
a six-week Job Skills Program, for eligible area residents.
Free activity, with further information on the group at

www.facebook.com/ywcatricountyarea/photos/a.4680311
03259613.106123.142873902442003/813804245348962/
?type=1, on the adult literacy and other workforce
development components for eligible residents at
www.ywcatricountyarea.org/adult-literacy.html, or at
(610) 326-7323.
(First Wednesdays)
YoungLives Club for Teen Moms. Reformed
Presbyterian Church, 312 West Union Street, West
Chester. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., except August,
YoungLives Club for teenage mothers in West
Chester, an initiative of Young Life of Chester County,
provides a dinner, mentoring, parenting information,
recreation, childcare and baby items for teen moms up to
21 years of age.
Free activity, with additional information available
from Roxann Koren at (484) 459-4141,
rmkoren@verizon.net, or
www.younglife.org/YoungLives.
(Second Wednesdays)
Caregiver Support Group. West Grove United Methodist
Church, 300 North Guernsey Road, West Grove. 7 p.m.
to 8:30 p.m.
The Peacemaker Center facilitates support for those
giving care to spouses, parents or children.
Free activity, with further information available at
bonnie@thepeacemakercenter.org or (610) 444-3898.
Thursdays
(Fourth Thursdays)
Medicare Counseling. Bard Complex, Petra
Community Housing, 201 South Main Street, Spring
City. By appointment
An APPRISE counselor will be available to seniors
to review health care needs, insurance coverages, copays, prescriptions and supplemental insurances.
Free activity, with further information and
appointments with Beverly Sarduy at (484) 933-4955.
(Second and Fourth Thursdays)
Career Guidance Over Coffee. Gryphon Caf, 105
West Lancaster Avenue, Wayne. 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Womens Resource Network coordinates this
informal group for women, led by a human resources
professional, to hone networking skills and meet other
persons in the area.
$5 suggested donation. Further information and
registration is available at (610) 687-6391.
Life Study. Kennett Area Senior Center, 427 South
Walnut Street, Kennett Square. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Words of Life study is conducted by Rev. Neil
Gutmaker of the United Methodist Church of the Open
Door.
Free activity, with further information available at
(610) 444-4819.

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(Second Thursdays)
Blood Pressure Screenings. Kennett Area Senior Center,
427 East Walnut Street, Kennett Square. 10:30 a.m. to
11:30 a.m.
Neighborhood Health Agencies conducts blood
pressure screenings for individuals age 60 and up.
Free activity, with further information available at
(610) 444-4819.
Community Coffee Klatch. The Market at Liberty
Place, 148 West State Street, Kennett Square. 11 a.m. to
noon.
Coffee and conversation to help develop and maintain
community vibrancy through intergenerational
connections is an initiative of the Kennett Inter Gen
Coalition.
Free activity, with further information available at
dochollisv@aol.com or (610) 717-2180.
(Third Thursdays)
Mystery Book Club. Henrietta Hankin Branch Library,
215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs (Ludwigs Corner).
1 p.m.
A variety of titles in the mystery, thriller or suspense
genre will be discussed.
Free activity, with further information available at
(610) 321-1710.
Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Afterschool Gaming for Teens. Phoenixville Public
Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 3 p.m. to 5
p.m.
Teens can play afterschool games on a big screen with
a big sound system, along with doing online researching
and networking on a state-of-the-art graphics-capable
computers, homework, or just hang out.
Free activity, including snacks and soda. Further
information is available at
www.phoenixvillelibrary.org/Documents/Afterschool
Gaming Flyer Fall2010 YS8-25-10.pdf or at (610) 9333013 x24.
Mr. Jacks Kid's Club. Camp at Old Mill, Brandamore
(Honey Brook). 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Bus picks up Coatesville area children, Pre-K to 12th
grades, at 4 p.m. at various locations and transports them
to the Camp for Bible study, snacks and fun in their own
age groups. They are returned to the same locations by 6
p.m.
Free activity, with further information and required
registration at www.thebridgeacademy.org/programs/fallprograms.aspx, info@thebridgeacademy.org, or (610)
466-9505.
(First and Third Thursdays)
Youth LEGO Club. Henrietta Hankin Library, 215
Windgate Drive, Chester Springs (Ludwigs Corner. 4
p.m. to 5 p.m.
Ages six and up, accompanied by a parent, can work
with supplied LEGOs.

Free activity, with further information available at


hhyouthservices@ccls.org or (610) 321-1724.
(First Thursday)
Soup and Sandwiches. Honey Brook Presbyterian
Church, 4331 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook. 4:30 p.m.
to 6:30 p.m.
Church provides hot soup, sandwiches and other
meal items to the community.
Free activity, with further information available at
(610) 273-2848 or pastor@honeybrookpres.org.
(Third Thursdays)
Parents with Children with Special Needs. Devereux
Community Services, 1041 West Bridge Street,
Phoenixville. 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Parents Helping Parents will provide support for one
another in raising children with special needs.
Free activity, including dinner, with further
information and required registration at
adannunz@devereux.org or (610) 933-8110 x2401.
(Second and Fourth Thursdays)
Ballroom Dancing for Teens and Adults. Community
Room, Coatesville Area Public Library, 501 East Lincoln
Highway, Coatesville. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for teens and 7
p.m. to 7:45 p.m. for adults.
Participants will learn skills of ballroom dancing.
Free activity, with further information available at
(610) 384-4115.
Fatherhood Program. American African Youth
Leadership Foundation, 203 East Lincoln Highway,
Coatesville. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Fathers Know group, using the National Fatherhood
Initiative 24/7 Dad curriculum, challenges fathers to be a
positive force within their families and communities.
Free activity, with further information and required
registration for limited seating available with Jarrett
Jackson, program coordinator, at (484) 356-8935 or
fatherhood@amafylf.org.
Pajamarama. Henrietta Hankin Library, 215 Windgate
Drive, Chester Springs (Ludwigs Corner). 6:30 p.m.
Children can wear their pajamas and bring their
favorite cuddly toy as they listen to stories, rhymes and
music with the whole family.
Free activity, with further information available at
hhyouthservices@ccls.org or (610) 321-1724.
Chess Club for Kids. Chester County Library, 450 Exton
Square Parkway, Exton. 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Youth ages six and up can learn to play chess, join in a
pick-up game, or receive coaching. Use personal boards
or the Library will have a few available.
Free activity. No registration or regular attendance
required. Further information is available at (610) 2802630.
(Second Thursday)
Writing Group. Harrop Room, Phoenixville Public
Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 6:30 p.m. to
9 p.m. Also meets the third Tuesday.
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Phoenix Writers, a group for adult writers offers writer


education, empowerment, and critiques, with an
opportunity to ask questions about the writing process,
read work aloud, and obtain and offer input on material
read.
Free activity, with further information available from
Eric Parmer at edparmer@gmail.com.
(First Thursdays, Except July and August)
Families with Members in the Justice System. New Life
in Christ Fellowship, 1 South 5th Avenue, Coatesville.
7 p.m.
A family support group for those who have loved ones
in the juvenile, county, state or federal justice systems
will meet for the first time to learn about supports
available to families and ways in which they can cope
with circumstances being experienced.
Free activity, with further information available at
www.facebook.com/pages/Families-of-IncarceratedLoved-Ones-Chester-County-Pa/326328557464276,
dwillett@childandfamilyfocus.org or (484) 238-4594.
Freedom from Smoking Clinics. Phoenixville Hospital,
140 Nutt Road, Phoenixville. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Also
available bi-monthly on Wednesdays.
American Lung Associations eight-session smoking
cessation program, including nicotine replacement
therapy, is held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. starting in January, March, May, July, September and November.
Free activity, with further information and required
registration is available at (610) 983-1021.
Young Life Teen Night. Bridge Academy Community
Center (BACC), 570 Olive Street, Coatesville. 7 p.m. to
8:30 p.m.
High schoolers have games, skits, a devotional and fun
time with friends. Includes a short Bible study and a
focus on developing a mentoring relationship.
Free activity. Further information and registration
available from Josh and Jordan Crans, BACC directors, at
(610) 466-9505 or at info@thebridgeacademy.org.
(Third Thursdays)
Individual Career Consultations. Womens Resource
Center, 113 West Wayne Avenue, Wayne. 7 p.m. to 8:30
p.m.
Women can meet one-on-one for a half hour with a
career counselor to help choose a career, review a resume,
obtain a mock interview, or receive other career
assistance.
Free activity. Further information and registration is
available at (610) 687-6391.
Civil Air Patrol - Chester County Composite Squadron.
Coatesville area locations. 7 p.m. 9 p.m.
An official auxiliary of the United State Air Force.
Provides rescue/relief, leadership and aerospace education
opportunities, including flying, at local, regional and
national levels for youth 12 to 18 years of age and adults.
Fees for membership and some activities. For further
information contact Capt. C. Gerth at cgerth@verizon.net

or at (484) 919-7783, or www.gocivilairpatrol.com or


www.capsquadron1008.org.
Fridays
Hibernia Hiking Club. Norwood Road Parking Lot,
Struble Trail, Downingtown. 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Hikers can enjoy a hike along the Struble Trail.
Free activity, with further information available at
http://webapps.chesco.org/ccparks/cwp/view.asp?
a=1552&q=621757 and registration required at
www.chesco.org/index.aspx?NID=1254 or (610) 3446415.
(First Friday)
Job Searching Online. Phoenixville Public Library, 183
Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Also presented at 2 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the
month.
Workshop acquaints job-seekers with available online
resources that provide self-assessment, job profiles, local
job openings, company research, networking, and resume
and interview preparation assistance.
Free activity, with further information and required
registration available with Mark Pinto, adult services
director, at mpinto@ccls.org or (610) 933-3013 x32.
Second Fridays)
Download! eBooks & eAudiobooks. Phoenixville Public
Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 10 a.m. to 11
a.m. Also presented at 2 p.m. on the second Wednesday
of the month.
Workshop acquaints participants with how to browse,
check-out, and download digital media from the Chester
County Library Systems Overdrive service.
Free activity, with further information and required
registration available with Mark Pinto, adult services
director, at mpinto@ccls.org or (610) 933-3013 x32.
(Second Fridays)
Lunch and Program for Retired Active People (R.A.P.).
West Grove United Methodist Church, 300 North
Guernsey Road, West Grove. Noon.
Non-denominational group for persons 55 years and
older meets for lunch and a program.
Free activity, with further information available at
wgumc@verizon.net or 610) 869-9334.
(Third Fridays)
Child Car Seat Checks. Limerick Fire Station, 390 West
Ridge Pike, Limerick.
Montgomery County Health Department certified car
seat technicians will provide inspections of child safety
seats, along with education on the proper way to install
one to ensure proper restraint. A 2009 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates as
many as seven out of 10 car seats may be installed
improperly.
Free activity for Montgomery County residents, with
required appointments available at carseat@montcopa.org
or (610) 278-5119. Further information, including clinics
in Norristown and Montgomeryville, is available at
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http://health.montcopa.org/health/cwp/view,A,3,Q,28155.
asp.
Indoor Walking Group. Romansville United Methodist
Church, 1859 Strasburg Road, Romansville (Coatesville).
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Community residents of all fitness levels walk to
music for one to four miles. Also held on Mondays and
Wednesdays.
Free activity, with further information available at
romansvilleumc@yahoo.com or (610) 486-0189.
Single Moms and Children Support. New Life in Christ
Fellowship, 1 South 5th Avenue, Coatesville. 6 p.m. to
9 p.m.
Single Women in Fellowship Together (SWIFT) and
their children meet for dinner, fellowship, discussion of
life issues, worship and prayer.
Free activity, including childcare, with further
information available at (610) 384-3344 x153, Lisa
Gallimore at lgallimore@nlicf.org or Tori Fisher at
tfisher@nlicf.org.
First Friday Family Film (F4). Easttown Library &
Information Center, 720 First Avenue, Berwyn. 7 p.m.
A monthly family movie will be shown.
Free activity, with further information available at
smartin@ccls.org or (610) 644-0138.
Saturdays
Community Walk. Community Garden, North Third
Avenue and Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. 9 a.m.
A Coatesville on the Move one to two mile activity for
all ages.
Further information is available at
www.facebook.com/pages/Coatesville-on-the-Move-AnInitiative-of-Activate-Chester-County/122741387736003.
(Last Saturdays)
Children's Monthly Bird Walk. Bucktoe Creek Preserve,
432 Sharp Road, Avondale. 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Holly Merker of the Delaware Nature Society Birding
Team, will introduce three to 12-year-olds to birding as
this look, listen for and identify bird species at Bucktoe.
Free activity, including a light, healthy snack, with
required registration at (302) 239-2334.
(Fourth Saturday)
Free Employment Counseling. Phoenixville Public
Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 10 a.m. to
noon.
Ernie Tidball, the Librarys computer instructor and a
senior information technology audit consultant for
Susquehanna Bancshares, will provide assistance with

resume writing, developing a career plan, making more


effective decisions about a career, assessing best job
options through career assessments and other tools,
developing job search skills, finding work-life balance,
resolving personal conflicts with bosses and coworkers,
and navigating job stress, career transitions and other
difficult employment issues in individual half-hour employment counseling sessions.
Free activity, with further information and required
registration available through the Adult Events Calendar
at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or (610) 933-3013 x32.
Spinners & Needlework Group. Reeves Park, Main
Street and Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 10 a.m. to 2
p.m., weather permitting.
Phoenixville Public Librarys Phoenixville Spinners &
Needlework Group will work on projects.
Free activity, with further information available at
jeanmunson@verizon.net or with Winnie Spoonts at (610)
933-1375.
Children and Youth Art Classes. The Garage
Community and Youth Center, 115 South Union
Street, Kennett Square.
Chester County Art Association is providing art
classes for youth ages three through 12 from 11 a.m. to
12:30 p.m., and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for ages seven to
10 and Teen Anime.
Free activity, with further information available at
(610) 444-6464.
(Third Saturdays)
Reading Time for Children and Youth. Coatesville Area
Public Library, 501 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville.
Various times
Extended story and reading times for children and
youth of all ages, including open storytime for all ages
from 11 to 11:30 a.m.; tween time for ages eight to 12
from noon to 1 p.m. and The Banned teen book club from
ages 13 to 18 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Free activity, with further information and required
registration for limited space, at (610) 384-4115.
"No Shushing" Worship Service. Avondale
Presbyterian Church, 420 Pennsylvania Avenue (Route
41), Avondale. 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
EPIC
(Experience Personal Intimacy with Christ) service will
include the EPIC PRAISE band and is designed
particularly for individuals with disabilities, caregivers,
youth, young adults, families and others.
Additional information is available
www.avondalepc.org/EPIC.htm or (610) 268-2919.

Area Ministries for Those Who Are Struggling


GriefShare Weekly video/support group for those
struggling with the death of a loved one, even years later.
Each session is self-contained so individuals can join the
group at any time.

Further information and schedules for area groups are


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DivorceCare Weekly video/support group for those


struggling with separation or divorce, even years later.
Each session is self-contained so individuals can join the
group at any time.
Further information and schedules for area groups are
available at www.divorcecare.org.
Single & Parenting Weekly video/support group for
those struggling with the situation of being a single
parent. Each session is self-contained so individuals can
join the group at any time.
Further information and schedules for area groups are
available at www.singleandparenting.org.
Celebrate Recovery (Year Around) Support for those
struggling with any type of hurt, habit or hangup,
Including addictions.
Coatesville Fellowship Hall, New Life in Christ
Fellowship, 1 South 5th Avenue, Coatesville. 5:30 p.m. to
8 p.m. Mondays. Further information is available at (610)
384-7261.
Downingtown (Guthrieville) Hopewell United Methodist
Church, 825 Hopewell Road. 6 p.m. dinner and 6:30 p.m. to

8:15 p.m. program Tuesdays, except for Christmas.


Childcare available. Further information is available from
John Neider, outreach pastor, at john@hopewellumc.org
or (610) 269-1545.
Exton/Lionville Calvary Fellowship, 95 West
Devon Drive at Route 113. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, as part of a broader-based Celebrate Victory
initiative. Further information is available at
www.cfdowningtown.com, care@cfdowningtown.com or
(610) 363-7171 x2154.
Gilbertsville Room 205-207, New Hanover United
Methodist Church, 2211 Swamp Pike. 7 p.m. Thursdays.
Free-will offering. Babysitting available. Further
information is available from Ralph B. Freed at (610)
323-2017.
Kennett Square Willowdale Chapel, 675 Unionville
Road. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays. Childrens Celebration
Station (Pre-Covery) Program for ages birth through fifth
grade. Further information is available at
www.willowdalechapel.org/celebraterecovery or from
Nance Weber at nweber@willowdalechapel.org or (610)
444-2670.
Parkesburg Playground Entrance, Gateway Church,
160 Cowan Road (formerly at Kingsway Church,
Sadsburyville). 6:15 p.m. family meal, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Childcare available for two-year-olds to fifth grade. Freewill offering. Further information is available from Bill
or Shirley Gensel, Coatesville-Gap Area Simple Church,
sponsor, at cr@gcwired.com.
Further information and other local and national
locations may be found at www.celebraterecovery.com.
Celebrate Recovery for Teens (Year Around) A multimedia DVD and activities series for middle and high
school students, called The Landing, that mirrors the
sequence of the adult version.
Kennett Square Willowdale Chapel, 111 Marshall
Street. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays. No fee. Further
information is available at

www.willowdalechapel.org/celebraterecovery or from
Justin Stefanosky at jstefanosky@willowdalechapel.org
or (610) 444-2670.
Parents with Prodigals Support group for those
saddened and hurt by disrespectful and defiant teenagers
or young adults whose behaviors, including substance
abuse, create conflict and chaos in the family.
Downingtown (Lionville/Exton) - Calvary
Fellowship Church, 95 West Devon Drive at Route 113
Room 1 Drive (rear entrance). 7 p.m. on the second and
fourth Mondays of the month from September through
June, with no meeting the last Tuesday in December.
Further information is available from Cindy Wanamaker
at wanamaker1@comcast.net or at (484) 753-2604.
Unemployment and Underemployment - Several
networking/support are available at area churches for
persons who are unemployed or unemployed, with each
providing its own variety of specific services in support of
those who participate:
Downingtown (Exton/Lionville) Job-Seekers meets
from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays in Conference 2 at
Calvary Fellowship Church, 95 West Devon Drive (rear
entrance) at Route 113. Further information and
requested registration is available at
barnabasgroup@cfdownington.com or (610) 363-7171.
Kennett Square Career Crossroads meets from 7
p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays at
Willowdale Chapel, 675 Unionville Road. Further information is available at www.willowdalechapel.org/careercrossroads or Perry Walker at pgeorge47@juno.com.
Wayne A one-on-one Employment Guidance
Ministry, along with periodic special employment related
events to aid jobseekers is available at St. Davids
Episcopal Church, 763 South Valley Forge Road,
Malvern. Further information is available from George
Vosburgh at gbvosburgh@aol.com or (610) 688-7947.
West Chester Unemployment support group meets
bi-weekly from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at First
Presbyterian Church, 130 West Miner Street, West
Chester, to learn tips and techniques related to job
searches. Further information is available from Elisabeth
Hartwell at ehartwell@firstpreswc.com or (610) 6960554.
Joseph's People Six area affiliates meet during the
month:
Downingtown -- 7:30 p.m. on the second and
fourth Tuesdays, at St. Joseph's Parish, 338
Manor Avenue (Route 322), in the parish
meeting room behind the school at the back of
the property. Further information about the
affiliate is available by leaving a message at
(610) 873-7117.
Berwyn/Main Line 7 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. on the
first and third Thursdays at the Haggenbach
Room, St. Monicas Parish Center, 601 First
Avenue. Further information is available from
Bob Schubert at (610) 755-2398 or
bobschubertjr@aim.com.
Central Delco -- 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at three
different locations: on the first Tuesday in the
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St. Francis Room at St. Mary Magdalen Church,


2400 North Providence Road, Media, with
further information at smmemploy@gmail.com
or (610) 873-7117; the second Tuesday in the
Parish Hall Rear Entrance, St. Laurence
Church, 8245 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby;
and the third Tuesday in Hassler Chapel, Media
Presbyterian Church, 30 East Baltimore Pike,
Media, with further information at
robinst37@gmail.com.
Upper Uwchlan Township - 7 p.m. on the first
and third Mondays at the School Education
Center, St. Elizabeths Catholic Church, 100
Fellowship Road, Chester Springs. Further
information is available at (610) 321-1200 or at
david.bolz@verizon.net.
Reading 7 p.m. to 8:30 pm. on the first and
third Wednesdays at St Catharine's of Siena
Parish Center. 2427 Perkiomen Avenue,
Reading. Further information is available from
John Senick, facilitator, at (610) 779-4005.
West Grove 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday
at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Church at 290 State Road, West Grove. Further
information is available from John Colgan at
johnfcolgan@gmail.com.

Additional information on all St. Josephs People


chapters is available at www.josephspeople.org.Care
Mondays
In addition to DivorceCare, GriefShare, Parents of
Prodigals and Job-Seekers ministries listed above, the
following also are held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays at
Calvary Fellowship of Downingtown, 95 West Devon
Drive at Route 113, Exton/Lionville. Further information
is available at www.cfdowningtown.com/caremondays,
bvanarsdale@cfdowningtown.com or (610) 363-7171
x2154.
Dave Ramseys Financial Peace University
For those struggling with or wanting to know
about managing personal finances.
Fresh Encounter Prayer Prayer Chapel, for
those desiring prayer for their own situations or
for others.
College Moms in Prayer Seminar Room 8, for
mothers wishing to pray for students
encountering all types of college situations.
Single & Parenting is being conducted from 9:30 a.m. to
10:45 a.m. Sundays, with KidzJam and Middle and High
School life groups available for children and teens.

Free Admission Opportunities for Family Day Trips


Pack a lunch, load the family in the car, and take a free
admission day trip to these or a combination of sites.
Information is compiled from a range of resources and is
believed to be accurate at the time of posting. It is subject
to change without notice. Participants are encouraged to
use contact data provided to confirm current information.
Many sites, although free, appreciate donations.
Various sites also have special events at various times
during the year that may be posted on their websites.
Chester County Parks - Five Chester County Parks
provide a wealth of opportunities for families, many of
them free. Over 5,000 acres of parkland include areas for
bicycling, birding, camping, boating, visits to historic
buildings, gardens, farm animals, fishing, equestrian ring
and trails, hiking, fitness and interpretive trails, picnic
pavilions and playgrounds including horse shoe pits,
softball and volleyball, and educational programs. Parks
include:
Black Rock Sanctuary, 953 Black Rock Road,
Phoenixville.
Hibernia, 1 Park Road, Wagontown.
Nottingham. 150 Park Road, Nottingham.
Springton Manor Farm, 860 Springton Road,
Glenmoore
Warwick, 382 County Park Road, Pottstown.
Wolfs Hollow County Park, 150 Wolfs Hollow
Drive, Atglen.
Park events information is available at
http://dsf.chesco.org/ccparks/cwp/view.asp?
a=1551&q=640601 or at (610) 344-6415.

Struble Trail. Parking Lot entrance at Norwood Road,


off State Route 282 at Downingtown. The Struble Trail, a
work in progress, will travel through Lyndell, Cornog and
Glenmoore, passing near Springton Manor Farm and
Struble Lake before ending near Honey Brook Borough,
for a total length of sixteen (16) miles. It currently is a
2.6 mile paved, multi-use recreational trail for nature
enthusiasts, picnickers and other recreational users. Additional information, including a full-color map, is available
at www.chesco.org/ccparks/cwp/view.asp?
a=1552&q=621757.
Parks Fishing Tackle Loaner Program. Hibernia and
Nottingham County Parks daily and Springton Manor on
weekends. All ages can borrow rods, reels and tackle
boxes on a first-come, first-serve basis through the
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissions (PFBC) Fishing Tackle Loaner Program. Equipment may be
borrowed April through November, with check-outs in the
park office between 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lures and bait
are not provided, with valid identification and a
Pennsylvania fishing license for anglers 16 years and
older required. Each user must be aware of fishing
regulations and license requirements before fishing in a
specific body of water. Information on additional loaner
sites is available at www.fish.state.pa.us/loaner.htm.
Local Parks Nearly 100 municipal parks, along with
location maps, are listed in the guide, Municipal Parks of
Chester County, available at
http://dsf.chesco.org/openspace/lib/openspace/pdfs/MuniPrkBrochure.pdf.
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Pennsylvania State Parks Pennsylvania Department of


Natural Resources and Conservation maintains 13 state
parks, a preserve and a nature center in the Greater
Philadelphia area. Admission is free, with charges for
some activities. www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks. (888)
PA-PARKS (727-2752). Calendar of events:
www.dcnr.state.pa.us/Calendar/list.asp.

walking trails, mature woods, meadow lands, uplands,


wetlands and riparian areas along Delchester Run and
Ridley Creek. Grounds open from dawn to dusk.
www.okehockingnaturecenter.org, with self-guided trail
map at
www.willistownparks.org/pdfs/Okehocking%20SelfGuided%20Trail%20Map.pdf. (610) 647-5300.

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Park Hopewell


Road and Shed Road, Douglassville (Elverson). Use
directions on website at www.nps.gov/hofu/index.htm due
to road construction. Hopewell Furnace is an early
American industrial community that operated from 1771
to 1883. The cold-blast iron furnace and accompanying
community has been restored to the way it looked during
the 1830s and 1840s, when the furnace was at its height
of activity. History includes the Bethesda Church, the apple orchard, charcoal, the Furnaces water wheel and iron
ore mines, its role in the American Revolution, and
African-Americans, miners and women at the Furnace.
The site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through
September 11 with demonstrations and living history programs. Check the website for information about other
times of the year and other activities. www.nps.gov/hofu.
(610) 582-8773.

Historic Yellow Springs - 1685 Art School Road, Chester


Springs. The history of Yellow Springs village spans
nearly 300 years, with archaeological evidence suggesting
that Native Americans first used the iron rich "yellow"
spring water thousands of years ago. In the 18th century,
the fashionable spa village attracted visitors seeking
healing waters and social interaction and, during the
American Revolution, George Washington commissioned
the first military hospital in North America in the village.
The village later became home to the Chester Springs
Soldiers' Orphan School for children of Civil War
soldiers, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Country School and headquarters of Good News
Productions, a film studio in Yellow Springs that created
over 400 films including the sci-fi original The Blob. Today, Historic Yellow Springs, Inc., has preserved many of
these original structures and educates visitors about its
unique past. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with the
grounds open from dawn to dusk every day.
www.yellowsprings.org. (610) 827-7414.

Valley Forge National Historic Park Route 23, Valley


Forge. Valley Forge was the site of the 1777-78
American Revolution winter encampment of the
Continental Army. Eighteen miles of trails, including six
miles of paved multi-purpose trail, winds through the
park, in addition to a ten-mile, self-guided automobile
tour. Buildings are open different hours.
www.nps.gov/vafo. (610) 783-1099.
Other National Parks Many national parks and historic
sites are maintained by the National Parks Service in
Pennsylvania and adjoining states, with some providing
free admission. www.nps.gov.
Free lifetime admission to recreation areas managed
by five federal agencies also is available to all persons
with permanent disabilities. Further information on
Access Pass is available at
www.store.usgs.gov/pass/access.html.
Nature Preserves Natural Lands Trust maintains 18
nature preserves in Chester and adjoining counties that
include agriculture, forest and other natural landscapes
properties. They are open from sunrise to sunset.
www.natlands.org/preserves. (610) 353-5587.
Chester County-Related Sites
Chester County Historical Society 225 North High
Street, West Chester. Tour the museum, library and kids
activities free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Friday of
every month. www.chestercohistorical.org. (610) 6924800.
Okehocking Nature Center - 5316 W Chester Pike,
Newtown Square. A180-acre property, including some
the Garrett Farmhouse, five miles of mown and wooded

Herrs Factory Tours - 20 Herr Drive, Nottingham. Onehour snack food factory tours from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1
p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Friday (production may not be occurring on Fridays). By
appointment.
www.herrs.com/SnackFactoryTours/ScheduleTour.html.
(800) 637-6225.
Panoramic View Picnic Area - Lanchester Sanitary
Landfill Overlook, 7224 Division Highway, Narvon.
Rising 80 feet above the highest point of the Welsh
Mountains, two binocular stations help provide a 360degree panoramic view of the Conestoga and Brandywine
Valleys. Picnicking, bird watching, kite and radio-controlled glider flying, and other activities available. Open
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays only from May through October.
www.chestercountyswa.org/index.aspx?nid=75 (610)
273-3771.
Underground Railroad Exhibit - Chester County Visitors
Center, 300 Greenwood Road, Kennett Square. Located
in the Chester County Visitors Center at the entrance of
Longwood Gardens, visitors can see the Underground
Railroad exhibit, including a replica of Henry Box
Browns box and the slave dress that helps preserve
some of the history of one of the greatest concentrations
of Underground Railroad stations in the nation. Box was
a 19th century Virginia slave who escaped to freedom by
arranging to have himself mailed to Philadelphia
abolitionists in a dry goods container. The display also
tells the history of the former Longwood Progressive
Meeting of Friends. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Sundays
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noon to 5 p.m. Kennett Underground Heritage Tours also


available for a fee. www.undergroundrr.kennett.net.
(610) 347-2237.

dawn to dusk daily.


www.ambler.temple.edu/arboretum/gardens.htm. (267)
468-8400.

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens 631 Berwyn Baptist


Road, Devon. Over a mile of paved walkways go through
native woodland with labeled trees, shrubs and
herbaceous plants in different garden areas. Open from 8
a.m. to sunset, with the John J. Willaman Education
Center open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
www.jenkinsarboretum.org. (610) 647-8870.

Newlin Grist Mill 219 South Cheyney Road, Glen


Mills. 8 a.m. to dusk. The only operating 18th century
grist mill in Pennsylvania, other historic buildings, and
the 150-acre park that is a refuge for plants, animals, and
birds, is dedicated to environmental appreciation and
historical preservation. Free admission to park; fee for
tours of historic structures. Further information is
available at (610) 459-2359, at info@newlingristmill.org
or at www.newlingristmill.org.

Nearby Counties
Christian C. Sanderson Museum 1755 Creek Road
(Old Route 100), Chadds Ford. Collection of items
represents a mans life and a nations history from Chadds
Ford, including American Revolution history to Civil War
memorabilia. Open noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and
Sundays from March through November.
www.sandersonmuseum.org. (610) 388-6545.
Daniel Boone Homestead 400 Daniel Boone Road,
Birdsboro. State historic site preserves 579 acres of open
space and passive recreation areas, along with a number
of structures at the legendary figures place of birth,
Daniel Boone's parents first settled the site in 1730, with
the region populated by many diverse people - English,
Welsh, Scots-Irish, Germans, Swedes, Huguenots and
Lenape Indians. Daniel was born in 1734, spending his
first 16 years there before his family migrated to North
Carolina. The grounds are open from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Tuesdays through Sunday, with weekend guided tours of
the buildings. Free admission to grounds, with fees for
admittance to historic areas. Further information is available at www.danielboonehomestead.org/index.htm,
info@danielboonehomestead.org, or (610) 582-4900.
Historic Newtown Square - Over 100 historical sites are
scattered throughout Newtown Township, some dating
back over 300 years, with 42 of them having markers.
Two are open to the public from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
afternoons in July and August. The Paper Mill House
Museum at 2 Paper Mill Road, a residence to workers of
numerous local mills along the Darby Creek, is home to
the archives and historical documents of Newtown
Township. Square Tavern, located at Goshen and Newtown Street Roads, was home to America's first internationally known artist, Benjamin West (1738-1820), who
lived there during part of his childhood. Other sites
includes the 1715 Old St. Davids Church, burial place of
American Revolution Gen. Mad Anthony Wayne, the
1797 Federal School House, the 1842 Octogonal
Schoolhouse, and the 1860 Bartram Bridge.
www.historicnewtownsquare.org/museum (610) 9750290.
Landscape Arboretum at Temple University-Ambler 580 Meetinghouse Road, Ambler. Established as the
Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women in 1910,
the 187-acre campus provides a mix of natural and
designed landscapes. Self-guided tours are available from

Pennsylvania Veterans Museum - Media Armory, 12


East State Street, Media. Exhibits, documentary films
and lesson plans educate the public about the experiences
of United States veterans and the sacrifices they made
during times of war. Open noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays
through Sundays. www.paveteransmuseum.org. (610)
566-0788.
Philadelphia Museum of Art - 26th Street and Benjamin
Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia (main Building); or the
Perelman Building, Fairmount and Pennsylvania
Avenues. Exhibits and collections of more than 225,000
objects from throughout the world. First Sunday of the
month is Pay Whatever You Want Day from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. www.philamuseum.org. (215) 763-8100.
River of Revolutions Interpretive Center - Schuylkill
River Heritage Area building at 140 College Drive,
Pottstown. Destination details the role the Schuylkill
River region played in the American, Industrial and
Environmental Revolutions, including a table relief map
of the Heritage Area and touch screen monitors with
narrated tours of tourist sites related to the three
revolutions, and multi-media about the Philadelphia
Campaign during the American Revolution; the regions
coal mining and manufacturing history, and the
environmental cleanup that saved the river in the mid20th century. has opened in Pottstown. Open 8:30 a.m. to
4 p.m. weekdays. www.schuylkillriver.org/Detail.aspx?
id=5666. (484) 945-0200.
Scott Arboretum 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore.
More than 110 acres, 5,000 different ornamental plants,
walking trails and a horticultural library are available on
the Swarthmore College campus grounds. The library
contains over 1,300 garden-related books; hundreds of
magazines, catalogs, newsletter; and a collection of
brochures from gardens worldwide. The Arboretum is
open from dawn to dusk daily and the offices and library
are open from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
weekdays. www.scottarboretum.org. (610)-328-8025.
Thomas Massey House (1696) Springhouse and
Lawrence Roads, Broomall. Home of an originally
indentured servant. Restored from demolition to much of
its original fabric, the house is furnished with appropriate
late 17th and 18th century furniture. Open from 1 p.m. to
4 p.m. Sundays from May through October, except
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holiday weekends. www.thomasmasseyhouse.org. (610)


353-3644.
Villanova University Arboretum and Art Gallery 800
East Lancaster Avenue, Villanova. The campus has been
designated an arboretum with the public welcome to
enjoy two, one-mile self-guided walking tours. The Gallery of Art, located in the Connelly Center, generally is
open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays during the summer.
Hours can be checked by telephone.
www.artgallery.villanova.edu. (610) 519-4612.
Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum 1155 Easton
Road, Horsham. The Delaware Valley Historical Aircraft
Association restores and displays old aircraft and
maintains a museum and library. Open 10:30 a.m. to
3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. to
4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
www.wingsoffreedommuseum.org or (610) 267-2802072.

Delaware State
Delaware Art Museum - 2301 Kentmere Parkway,
Wilmington, DE. A private, non-profit museum best
known for its large collection of British Pre-Raphaelite
art, works by Wilmington-native Howard Pyle and fellow
American illustrators, and urban landscapes by John
Sloan and his circle. Free admission on Sundays, 1 p.m.
to 4 p.m. www.delart.org. (866) 232-3714.
Delaware Center for Horticulture 1810 North Dupont
Street, Wilmington, DE. Gardens are accessible during
daylight hours and the horticulture library and gallery are
open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. www.dehort.org.
Military Families
Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts,
and more than 850 museums throughout the nation are
offering free admission to military personnel and their
families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2010.
www.arts.gov/national/bluestarmuseums/index.php.
museums@bluestarfam.org.

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