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Winter 2013-2014 Calendar of Events for Children, Individuals and Families

IN THE GREATER CHESTER COUNTY AREA


UPDATED February 9, 2014 Helping to Bridge the Gap Between the Wealth of Available Resources and the Poverty Associated With People Not Knowing About Them _________________________________________________________________________________

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Calendar of Events Sections Listed Below: UPDATED THIS WEEK: Special Activities: Upcoming primarily free activities listed by day over the next several months. Ongoing Scheduled Activities: Primarily free activities held regularly each week or month. Area Ministries for Those Who Are Struggling: GriefShare, DivorceCare, Celebrate Recovery, Mending Hearts. Day Trip Destination Sites: Free admission opportunities for individual and family outings. E-Update ResourcesTM: Over 40 pages of information about Government and Community Services, including Employment Resources, for individuals and families.
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Special Activities Multi-Day Activities in Progress 4:30 p.m. Fridays. Opening reception from Through February 21 (Weekdays) 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 29. Tri-County High School Art Exhibit. North Students from some 20 public, parochial Hall, Montgomery County Community College, and private schools in Montgomery, Chester 16 High Street, Pottstown. 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Berks counties display a variety of subjects Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to and styles in an array of media.
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Free activity, with further information available at http://calendar.mc3.edu/EventList.aspx?from date=12/1/2013&todate=12/31/2013&display =Month&type=public&eventidn=1772&view=Ev entDetails&information_id=2563&print=print, hcairns@mc3.edu or (215) 619-7349. February 18 (Tuesday) Through April Art Classes. Art Partners Studio, 524 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. Various days and times. Art classes are available in a variety of media, including photography, for adults, children and youth. Free activity, with further information and registration available at www.artpartnersstudio.org/classes.html, info@artpartnersstudio.org or (610) 384-3030. Through March 9 (Sunday) Connection Exhibit. Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, 601 East Main Street, Collegeville. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and noon to 4:30 p.m. weekends, except holidays. Only Connect: A Conversation About Image and Word, Photographs and Texts, by artist Brian H. Peterson, is on exhibit, with an opening reception from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 30. Free activity, with further information available at http://news.ursinus.edu/2014/headlines/twonew-exhibitions-to-open-at-berman-museumalumna-painter-and-philadelphiaphotographer, scalvin@ursinus.edu or (610) 409-3500. March 12, 19 & 26 and April 2, 9 and 16 (Wednesdays) Conflicts and Faith. Garden Spot Village, 433 South Kinzer Avenue, New Holland. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Six-part weekly series, Faith in the Crucible of Conflict, will focus on stories of Mennonite Central Committee work around the world, including discussions by Ken Sensenig, assistant executive director of Mennonite Central Committee East Coast, and participants in the International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP). Free activity, with further information and pre-registration at info@gardenspotvillage.org or (717) 355-6000 Through March 14 (Friday) Made of Steel Exhibit. The Gallery, Penn State Great Valley, 30 East Swedesford Road, Malvern. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Industrial paintings by artist Klaus Grutzka, an artist in the style of Industrial Precisionist, and steel sculptures by Chester County Art Association members are on display, with an opening artist reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 30. Free activity, with further information available at http://www.sgps.psu.edu/thegallery/default.a shx, syk123@psu.edu or (610) 648-3219. Through March 23 (Sunday) Art Exhibit. Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, 601 East Main Street, Collegeville. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and noon to 4:30 p.m. weekends, except holidays. 40 Years of Painting: A Visual Journey, by local landscapes artist Barbara Zucker, is on exhibit, with an opening reception from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 30. Free activity, with further information available at http://news.ursinus.edu/2014/headlines/twonew-exhibitions-to-open-at-berman-museumalumna-painter-and-philadelphiaphotographer, scalvin@ursinus.edu or (610) 409-3500. February 22-April 28 (Saturday-Monday) American Revolution Illustrations. Visitors Center, Valley Forge National Historic Park, 1400 North Outerline Drive, King of Prussia (Valley Forge). 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Opening reception for Bringing the War of Independence to Life: 19th Century Illustrations of the American Revolution provides 42 glimpses in paintings and drawings, with an opening reception on Saturday, February 22. Free activity, with further information and required registration available at www.friendsofvalleyforge.org/documents/201402-exhibition.pdf?utm_source=enews+2014-0130&utm_campaign=2014-0130&utm_medium=email, ckott@schuylkillriver.org or (484) 945-0200. Ongoing Seasonal 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/supportprogramsse rvices/app/resourcedetail.aspx?resourceId=32260 or (800) 2272345.
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Ongoing - Weekly Winter Reading and Children Programs. Local area libraries. Various times. Winter reading and other programs for children of all ages, adults and families are underway at many local libraries throughout the area. 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 Daily Activities in Progress February 10 (Monday) Know Your Money Series. Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), 790 East Market Street Suite 100, West Chester. 10 a.m. to noon. Setting Financial Goals, an overview of preparing a personal spending plan and understanding ones paycheck, will be hosted by the Housing Partnership of Chester County in this weekly series through March 17 on different financial literacy subjects. Free activity, with further information and required registration at (610) 692-2344. February 10 (Monday) Abraham Lincoln. Struble Room, Chester County Library, 450 Exton Parkway, Exton. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Haverford College professor Roger Lane, a Commonwealth Speaker, will explore Abraham Lincoln's claim on posterity, A Study in the Paradox of Greatness, with not only his victory in the Civil War but also on the unique combination of Lincoln's personal qualities, his historical context and the American imagination. Free activity, with further information and required registration at http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale ndar.asp, kcassidy@ccls.org or (610) 280-2642. February 11 (Tuesday) Meal Prep Demonstration. Coatesville Area Public Library, 501 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Additional weekly sessions through March 4. Four weekly Take It and Make It series will help adults prepare healthy meals on a limited budget while youngsters participate in Lil Critters Story and Play Time, with non-perishable foods, a cookbook and other giveaways provided.

Free activity, with further information and suggested registration at www.facebook.com/CoatesvilleLibrary, bmenute@ccls.org or (610) 384-4115. February 11 (Tuesday) Hands-Only CPR. Longwood Fire Company, 1001 East Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square. 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Also available Wednesday, February 12, and Thursday, February 13, in West Chester, and Wednesday, February 26, in Downingtown. Training for Hands-only CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) without mouth-to-mouth breathing training will be conducted) in single 45-minute cycles for use as an easy and effective technique if an adult suddenly collapses. Free activity, with further information and required registration at www.cchosp.com/cchpage.asp?p=1858&c=646 0 or (610) 738-2300. February 11 (Tuesday) Chamber Orchestra Concert. International Cultural Center, The Lincoln University, 1570 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln University. 7 p.m. Rameaus Suite For Strings, a world premiere Harp Concerto from award-winning composer Michel Legrand and Hadyns Symphony No. 104 in D major (London) will be performed by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, featuring conductor Dirk Brosse and harpist Catherine Michel. Free activity, with reservations required for groups of 10 or more. Further information is available at http://cubstolions.com/thelincoln-university-welcomes-the-final-of-twochamber-orchestra-of-philadelphia-concerts or (484) 365-7434. February 12 (Wednesday) Resume Workshop. Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), 790 East Market Street Suite 100, West Chester. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Marketer Cynthia Ericson will discuss How to Craft a Powerful Resume for job-seekers. Free activity, with further information and required registration at (610) 692-2344. February 12 (Wednesday) Hands-Only CPR. Goshen Fire Company, 1299 Boot Road, West Chester. 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Also available Thursday, February 13, in West Chester, and Wednesday, February 26, in Downingtown. Training for Hands-only CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) without mouth-to-mouth breathing training will be conducted) in single
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45-minute cycles for use as an easy and effective technique if an adult suddenly collapses. Free activity, with further information and required registration at www.cchosp.com/cchpage.asp?p=1858&c=646 1 or (610) 738-2300. February 12 (Wednesday) Exploring Christianity. West Grove United Methodist Church, 300 North Guernsey Road, West Grove. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Introductory dinner and discussion will provide overview of the international, non-denominational Alpha Course, a 10-week series starting Wednesday, February 19. Free activity, with further information available at http://www.wgumc.org/view_event?e=1117, donnaF@westgroveumc.org or (610) 869-9334. February 12 (Wednesday) Church Meets State. Chapel, Garden Spot Village, 433 South Kinzer Avenue, New Holland. 7 p.m. J. Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, will discuss issues relevant to the separation of church and state during this three-segment weekly series. Free activity, with further information available at CYoder@gardenspotvillage.org or (717) 355-6203. February 13 (Thursday) Falling Risks. Kennett Area Senior Center, 427 South Walnut Street, Kennett Square. 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Falls Risk Screening workshop for seniors will discuss specific risk factors for falls and how to address them, with blood pressure screenings also available. Free activity, with further information and required registration at (610) 444-4819. February 13 (Thursday) IEP Meetings. Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU), 455 Boot Road, Downingtown. 10 a.m. to noon. Lisa Lightner, a Board Certified Educational Advocate at the Arc of Chester County, will explain the Dos and Donts of an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) Meeting! during the monthly gathering of the Right to Education Task Force for parents of children with special needs. Free activity, with further information available at MaryL@RighttoEd.org. February 13 (Thursday) Hands-Only CPR. Mira Conference Room, Chester County Hospital, 701 East Marshall

Street, West Chester. 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Also available Wednesday, February 26, in Downingtown. Training for Hands-only CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) without mouth-to-mouth breathing training will be conducted) in single 45-minute cycles for use as an easy and effective technique if an adult suddenly collapses. Free activity, with further information and required registration at www.cchosp.com/cchpage.asp?p=1858&c=645 9 or (610) 738-2300. February 13 (Thursday) Old Photographs. Struble Room, Chester County Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Chester County Historical Society educator will discuss How Old is That Photograph?, a methodology used to assign a date range to historical photographs, including research tools that identify a photographic process, how to research a photographer's imprints, and visual clues found in costume and background details. Free activity, with further information and required registration at http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale ndar.asp, kcassidy@ccls.org or (610) 280-2642. February 13 (Thursday) Movie Night. Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Captain Phillips, a 2013, PG-13, movie starring Tom Hanks is based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years. Free activity, including light refreshments, with further information and required registration at http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale ndar.asp, mpinto@ccls.org or (610) 933-3013 x132. February 13 (Thursday) The Cold War and Paoli. Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford. 7:30 p.m. Roger D. Thorne, board member and past president of Tredyffrin-Easttown Historical Society, will discuss When the Cold War Cast Its Shadow Upon the Great Valley: The Paoli-Valley Forge Nike Missile Base, 1954-1964, when the U.S. Army manned a local missile base. Free activity, with further information and required registration at

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http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale ndar.asp, gchamberlin@ccls.org or (610) 6887092 x203. February 15 (Saturday) Community Breakfast. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), 406 West 4th Avenue, Parkesburg. 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monthly buffet-style breakfast will be hosted by the Word of Faith Church. Free activity, with further information available at lantz7@epix.net or (610) 593-2277. February 15 (Saturday) Birding at Black Rock. Black Rock Sanctuary, 953 Black Rock Road, Phoenixville. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Morning bird walk will explore the meadows and wetlands of this unique site along the Atlantic Flyway as participants learn about inhabitants of the natural areas and those who stop for a seasonal visit, along with techniques used to identify birds such as color, shape, song and habitat. Free activity, with further information and required registration at http://pachestercounty.civicplus.com/index.aspx?NID=1 252 or (610) 469-1916. February 15 (Saturday) Teaching Children About Homelessness. Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children, 113 West Chestnut Street, West Chester. 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Family Volunteering: Teaching Children About Homelessness, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., will teach families with kindergarten to fourth grade children how they can make a difference volunteering together, with Understanding Homelessness: What Teens Can Do to Help, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., highlighting the problem of homelessness among children and what teens can do to raise awareness and provide other assistance. Free activity, with further information available at r.meixner@friendsassoc.org or (610) 431-3598 x204. February 15 (Saturday) Ice Sculpting. Historic Courthouse, High and Market Streets, West Chester. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Professional ice sculptor will create a work from a block of freshly frozen water especially prepared for a three-day retail WinterFest celebration from Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16. Free activity, with further information available at www.downtownwestchester.com/view_program .php?id=363, mjohnstone@wcbid.com or (610) 738-3350.

February 15 (Saturday) Handbells Concert. Chapel, Garden Spot Village, 433 South Kinzer Avenue, New Holland. 7 p.m. The Westminster Ringers will provide a program of English handbell ringing. Free activity, with further information available at info@gardenspotvillage.org or (717) 3556000. February 16 (Sunday) History Enactment. Muhlenberg Brigade, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Route 23, King of Prussia, Valley Forge. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local history reenactment group, the 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment, will provide special programs, with demonstrations of artillery and drill maneuvers at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., as they encamp at Valley Forge. Free activity, with further information available at www.nps.gov/vafo/planyourvisit/events.htm or (610) 783-1099. February 16 (Sunday) George Washington. Education Center, Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, Valley Forge. 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. George Washington: Commander-in-Chief discusses why Congress picked George Washington to command the newly-created Continental Army and strategies he followed to eventually win the Revolutionary War. Free activity, with further information available at www.nps.gov/vafo/planyourvisit/events.htm or (610) 783-1099. February 16 (Sunday) Chester Valley Railroad History. Struble Room, Chester County Library, 450 Exton Parkway, Exton. 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Regional County Park Ranger John Spencer will discuss the history of the Chester Valley Railroad, from the rail lines inception to abandonment and how it then became the Chester Valley Trail. Free activity, with further information and required registration at http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale ndar.asp, asuveg@ccls.org or (610) 280-2615. February 16 (Sunday) Cabaret Concert. Chapel, Garden Spot Village, 433 South Kinzer Avenue, New Holland. 7 p.m. Servant Stage Company, a blend of professional performers and young music students, will present a Dancing Cheek-to Cheek-Cabaret musical and theatrical performance.
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Free activity, with further information available at info@gardenspotvillage.org or (717) 3556000. February 17 (Monday) Know Your Money Series. Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), 790 East Market Street Suite 100, West Chester. 10 a.m. to noon. Pay Yourself First, an overview of different savings and investing options, will be hosted by the Housing Partnership of Chester County in this weekly series through March 17 on different financial literacy subjects. Free activity, with further information and required registration at (610) 692-2344. February 17 (Monday) Washingtons Birthday Celebration. Visitors Center, Valley Forge National Historic Park, 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia (Valley Forge). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join the Continental Army repeated first Saturday of the month through April. Crafts, games and activities for visitors, including an appearance by Gen. George and Martha Washington, will help celebrate the Presidents Birthday. Children ages seven and above also can experience a day in the life of a continental soldier, with recruits receiving enlistment papers and continental currency, being issued mock wooden muskets, learning how to stand, march and carry weapons under direction of park rangers dressed in continental uniforms. Free activity, with further information available at www.nps.gov/vafo/planyourvisit/eventdetails.htm?eventID=298199-232573 or (610) 783-1013, with additional information on the Continental Army at www.nps.gov/vafo/forkids/joinarmy.htm, William_troppman@nps.gov or (610) 783-1075. February 17 (Monday) Medicare Choices. Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs (Ludwigs Corner). 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Volunteers from the APPRISE State Health Insurance Program of Chester County Department of Aging will discuss types of Medicare policies available in Chester County and what to consider when selecting one. Free activity, with further information and suggested registration at http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale ndar.asp, hhreference@ccls.org or (610) 3211710. February 18 (Tuesday) Meal Prep Demonstration. Coatesville Area Public Library, 501 East Lincoln Highway,

Coatesville. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Additional weekly sessions through March 4. Weekly Take It and Make It series will help adults prepare healthy meals on a limited budget while youngsters participate in Lil Critters Story and Play Time, with non-perishable foods, a cookbook and other giveaways provided. Free activity, with further information and suggested registration at www.facebook.com/CoatesvilleLibrary, bmenute@ccls.org or (610) 384-4115. February 18 (Tuesday) Stroke Prevention. Kennett Area Senior Center, 427 South Walnut Street, Kennett Square. 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. A Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital representative will discuss the warning signs and risk factors of stroke that can help reduce the risk during an American Heart Month presentation. Free activity, with further information available at (610) 444-4819. February 18 (Tuesday) New Healthcare Law. Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs (Ludwigs Corner). 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) will discuss the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) that provides low cost healthcare to individuals, including eligibility for tax credits and subsidies, and new fines for those without healthcare coverage. Free activity, with further information and suggested registration at http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale ndar.asp, hhreference@ccls.org or (610) 3211710. February18 (Tuesday) Parent-Teen Connections. Room 122, Pottstown High School, 750 North Washington Street, Pottstown. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Staying Connected with Your Teen, a fourweek series, on communicating with teens, helping them stay out of trouble, setting limits, and normal versus abnormal teenage behaviors, will be hosted by Family Services. Free activity, with further information and required registration at http://fsmontco.org/content/stayingconnected-your-teen-begins-pottstown or (610) 326-1610 x338. February 19 (Wednesday) Pardons and Expungements. Coatesville Center for Community Health, 1001 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Additional workshops on Wednesday,
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March 19, and Tuesday, April 22, at different times. Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania will conduct a workshop to acquaint those with criminal records as to how they may be able to be pardoned or have their records expunged. Free activity, with further information and required registration at Kathryn@coatesvillecenter.org or (610) 3834612. February 19 (Wednesday) Church Meets State. Chapel, Garden Spot Village, 433 South Kinzer Avenue, New Holland. 7 p.m. Dan Spanjer, professor of history at Lancaster Bible College, will discuss the life of Thomas Jefferson, including his Deistic beliefs, impact on the formation of the U.S. Constitution and creation of the Jeffersonian Bible during this second of a three-segment weekly series on perspectives on separation of church and state. Free activity, with further information available at CYoder@gardenspotvillage.org or (717) 355-6203. February 19 (Wednesday) Early Speech Disorders. Valley Forge Educational Services, 1777 North Valley Road, Malvern. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jolynn Thomas will discuss Early Speech and Language Needs and Disorders in this Parent Workshop Series event. Free activity, with further information and registration at www.vfes.net/event/earlyspeech-and-language-needs-and-disorders, kapyne@vfes.net or (610) 296-6725 x183. February 20 (Thursday) Career Clarity. Susquehanna Bank, 301 West Lancaster Avenue, Wayne. 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Debbi Harris, a job a career transition coach, will discuss Career Clarity: How to Navigate Your Next Career Change in this Womens Resource Center-hosted event. Free activity, with further information and required registration at http://womensresourcecenter.net/programs/c areer-services or (610) 687-6391. February 20 (Thursday) Childrens Theater. Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs (Ludwigs Corner). 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Elves and the Shoemaker for children three to five years of age and caregivers provides active theater participation. Free activity, with further information available at

http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale ndar.asp, hhyouthservices@ccls.org or (610) 331-1724. February 20 (Thursday) Regional College Fair. Greater Norristown Police Athletic League (PAL) Center, 340 Harding Boulevard, Norristown. 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Over 30 college representatives will be available to talk with parents and students in grades nine through 12 about admissions, financial aid, scholarships, and academic programs, with Spanish and Chinese translators being available and Norristown eighth graders visiting the College Fair during the day. Free activity, with further information available at For more information, visit www.greaternorristownpal.org/events, a dmissions@mc3.edu or (215 641-6561. February 20 (Thursday) Elder Law and Long-Term Care. Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Additional subjects on Monday, February 24, and Thursday, February 27. Attorney Rebecca Hobbs will discuss An Overview of Planning for Long-Term Care for seniors in the first of a three-part series on elder law and planning. Free activity, with further information and require registration at http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale ndar.asp, mpinto@ccls.org or (610) 933-3013 x132. February 20 (Thursday) Town Hall Meeting. East Goshen Township Building, 1580 Paoli Pike, West Chester. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Additional session on Tuesday, February 25, at different location. State Rep. Dan Truitt will hear constituent comments and discuss legislation pending in Harrisburg. Free activity, with further information and requested reservations at www.reptruitt.com/townmeetings.aspx?utm_so urce=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term= http%3a%2f%2fwww.reptruitt.com%2ftownmee tings.aspx&utm_campaign=Winter+Town+Hall+ Meetings+Announced%3b+RSVP+Appreciated or (610) 696-4990. February 20 (Thursday) Stop Smoking Now! Series. Community Wellness Classroom, Chester County Hospital, 600 East Marshall Street Suite 302, West Chester. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Repeated Tuesdays, starting March 25.
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First in a series of seven, weekly sessions to cease smoking. Free activity and required registration are available at http://chestercountyhospital.org/cchpage.asp? p=83 or (610) 738-2300. February 22 (Saturday) Money Matters for Children. Childrens Library, Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Craig Collis, math educator and magician, will teach children ages three and above and families the core concepts of money, including: spending, saving, sharing, and needs vs. wants, using music, comedy, and audience participation. Free activity, with further information and required registration at http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale ndar.asp or (610) 933-3013 x124. February 22 (Saturday) American Revolution Illustrations Reception. Visitors Center, Valley Forge National Historic Park, 1400 North Outerline Drive, King of Prussia (Valley Forge). 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Opening reception for Bringing the War of Independence to Life: 19th Century Illustrations of the American Revolution provides 42 glimpses in paintings and drawings, with the exhibit to run through Monday, April 28. Free activity, with further information and required registration available at www.friendsofvalleyforge.org/documents/201402-exhibition.pdf?utm_source=enews+2014-0130&utm_campaign=2014-0130&utm_medium=email, ckott@schuylkillriver.org or (484) 945-0200. February 23 (Sunday) Winter Tree Pruning Workshop. Gwynedd Preserve, 640 South Swedesford Road, Ambler. 10 a.m. to noon. Tom Kershner of the Natural Lands Trust will discuss and demonstrate the science and art of pruning trees, including dead or damaged limbs. Free activity, with further information and required registration at https://getinvolved.natlands.org/page.aspx?pi d=300, info@natlands.org or (610) 353-5587. February 23 (Sunday) Concert Ensembles. Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs (Ludwigs Corner). 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. STEM Academy Quartet and Chamber Ensemble, and the Downingtown West High

School Chamber Ensemble will perform an array of music. Free activity, with further information and suggested registration at http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale ndar.asp, hhreference@ccls.org or (610) 3211710. February 24 (Monday) Know Your Money Series. Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), 790 East Market Street Suite 100, West Chester. 10 a.m. to noon. Borrowing Basics, an overview of when and how to use credit, will be hosted by the Housing Partnership of Chester County in this weekly series through March 17 on different financial literacy subjects. Free activity, with further information and required registration at (610) 692-2344. February 24 (Monday) Underground Kidnapping. Half Moon Restaurant, 108 West State Street, Kennett Square. 6:30 p.m. The reverse Kidnapping of Thomas Mitchell in 1849 will be discussed by Chris Densmore in a Chester County Historical Society History on Tap presentation. Free activity, with further information and requested reservations for limited seating available at http://chestercohistorical.org/event/historytap-kidnapping-thomas-mitchell-1849, rsvp@chestercohistorical.org or (610) 6924800. February 24 (Monday) Elder Law and Long-Term Care. Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Additional subject on Thursday, February 27. Attorney Rebecca Hobbs will discuss Medicare and VA Benefits for seniors in the second of a three-part series on elder law and planning. Free activity, with further information and require registration at http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale ndar.asp, mpinto@ccls.org or (610) 933-3013 x132. February 25 (Tuesday) Meal Prep Demonstration. Coatesville Area Public Library, 501 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Additional weekly sessions through March 4. Weekly Take It and Make It series will help adults prepare healthy meals on a limited budget while youngsters participate in Lil Critters Story and Play Time, with non-perishPage 8

able foods, a cookbook and other giveaways provided. Free activity, with further information and suggested registration at www.facebook.com/CoatesvilleLibrary, bmenute@ccls.org or (610) 384-4115. February 25 (Tuesday) Affordable Healthcare Enrollment. Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs (Ludwigs Corner). 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Certified Application Counselor from Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) will provide information and enroll individuals in any one of a number of available healthcare plans under the new Affordable Care Act (ACA). Free activity, with further information and suggested registration at http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale ndar.asp, hhreference@ccls.org or (610) 3211710. February 25 (Tuesday) Vegan Chocolate. Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford. 7 p.m. free cooking demonstration, tasting, and book signing with Fran Costigan, international chef and author of Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts will provide cooking and tasting session. Free activity, with further information and required registration at http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale ndar.asp, gchamberlin@ccls.org or (610) 6887092. February 25 (Tuesday) Town Hall Meeting. Borough Hall, 401 East Gay Street, West Chester. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. State Rep. Dan Truitt will hear constituent comments and discuss legislation pending in Harrisburg. Free activity, with further information and requested reservations at www.reptruitt.com/townmeetings.aspx?utm_so urce=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term= http%3a%2f%2fwww.reptruitt.com%2ftownmee tings.aspx&utm_campaign=Winter+Town+Hall+ Meetings+Announced%3b+RSVP+Appreciated or (610) 696-4990. February 26 (Tuesday) Hands-Only CPR. Minquas Fire Company, 141 Wallace Avenue, Downingtown. 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Training for Hands-only CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) without mouth-to-mouth breathing training will be conducted) in single

45-minute cycles for use as an easy and effective technique if an adult suddenly collapses. Free activity, with further information and required registration at www.cchosp.com/cchpage.asp?p=1858&c=646 3 or (610) 738-2300. February 26 (Wednesday) Church Meets State. Chapel, Garden Spot Village, 433 South Kinzer Avenue, New Holland. 7 p.m. Dr. Ken Miller, theology professor at Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown, will focus on the present relationship of church and state, asking the extent to which the church should attempt to influence or impose its values on the state in this separation of church and state discussion. Free activity, with further information available at CYoder@gardenspotvillage.org or (717) 355-6203. February 27 (Thursday) Elder Law and Long-Term Care. Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Attorney Rebecca Hobbs will discuss Estate Administration and the Department of Public Welfare Estate Recovery Process for seniors and caregivers involved with elder law and planning. Free activity, with further information and require registration at http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale ndar.asp, mpinto@ccls.org or (610) 933-3013 x132. February 28 (Friday) Challenges of Dementia. Kennett Area Senior Center, 427 South Walnut Street, Kennett Square. 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Interactive workshop, The Heart of the Matter, for family, friends and caregivers serving individuals with Alzheimers and dementia will help provide understanding as to challenges of care. Free activity, with further information and requested reservations with Francesca Censurato at (610) 444-4819. March 1 (Saturday) Join the Continental Army. Visitors Center, Valley Forge National Historic Park, 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia (Valley Forge). 10:45 a.m. Repeated first Saturday of the month through April. Children ages seven and above can experience a day in the life of a continental soldier, with recruits receiving enlistment papers and continental currency, being issued mock wooden muskets, learning how to stand, march
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and carry weapons under direction of park rangers dressed in continental uniforms. Free activity, with further information available at www.nps.gov/vafo/forkids/joinarmy.htm, William_troppman@nps.gov or (610) 783-1075. March 2 (Sunday) Human Trafficking. Harrison Hall, Church of the Open Door, 210 South Broad Street, Kennett Square. 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local author Carol Metzker will discuss Challenging Conversation: Human Trafficking, along with facilitating fire drills for public awareness on how to identify and respond to such activities. Free activity, with further information available at office@umcod.org or (610) 444-2400. March 3 (Monday) Know Your Money Series. Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), 790 East Market Street Suite 100, West Chester. 10 a.m. to noon. Charge It Right, an overview of different credit card options and how to shop for and use one responsibly, will be hosted by the Housing Partnership of Chester County in this weekly series through March 17 on different financial literacy subjects. Free activity, with further information and required registration at (610) 692-2344. March 4 (Tuesday) Successful Living with Autism. The Arc of Chester County, 900 Lawrence Drive, West Chester. 9 a.m. to noon. Autism from the Outside In and Successful Daily Living workshop will discuss the characteristics of autism, how it affects families including joys, realities and challenges, and how to create positive and successful routines and strategies for the home and community. Free activity for families, with fees for professionals seeking Act 48 education credits. Further information and required registration is available at (610) 696-8090 x200. March 4 (Tuesday) Meal Prep Demonstration. Coatesville Area Public Library, 501 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Take It and Make It will help adults prepare healthy meals on a limited budget while youngsters participate in Lil Critters Story and Play Time, with non-perishable foods, a cookbook and other giveaways provided. Free activity, with further information and suggested registration at www.facebook.com/CoatesvilleLibrary, bmenute@ccls.org or (610) 384-4115.

March 4 (Tuesday) Autism Behavior Strategies. The Arc of Chester County, 900 Lawrence Drive, West Chester. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Autism Behaviors and Assessment Strategies will explore understanding and interpreting causes of behaviors related to autism, the effects of reinforcement and planning a response to help change a childs challenging behaviors into successful outcomes. Free activity for families, with fees for professionals seeking Act 48 education credits. Further information and required registration is available at (610) 696-8090 x200. March 4 (Tuesday) Master Composter Course. Struble Room, Chester County Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton. 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Continued on Tuesdays, March 11 and 18. Participants attend three weekly classes and perform six hours of volunteer work to gain designation of Certified Master Composter . Free activity, with further information and required registration for limited seats at http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale ndar.asp, asuveg@ccls.org or (610) 280-2615. March 4 (Tuesday) An Evening with Martha Washington. Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge National Park, Route 23, King of Prussia. 7 p.m. Historical interpreter Carol Spacht will provide a first-person look in An Evening with Martha Washington: Generals Wife and Presidents Lady as part of this monthly The Friends of Valley Forge Park series presentation. Free activity, including refreshments, with further information available at www.friendsofvalleyforge.org/speakerseries.shtml or (610) 783-1777. March 9 (Sunday) Charter Day. Daniel Boone Homestead, 400 Daniel Boone Road, Birdsboro. Noon to 4 p.m. Commemoration of William Penn receiving land grant for Pennsylvania from King Charles II of England in 1681 will include volunteers interpreting life in the eighteenth century, tours of the Boone House, hearth cooking demonstrations, parlor music, blacksmithing and gun building demonstrations, stories, period toys and games, and more. Free activity, with donations accepted. Further information is available at http://33451.calendars.motigo.com/events/sh ow/event/678215, info@danielboonehomestead.org or (610) 5824900.
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March 9 (Sunday) Barbershop Concert. Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs (Ludwigs Corner). 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Gracenotes, a West Chester University a cappella group that is part of the Young Women in Harmony of Sweet Adelines International womens barbershop organization will perform in this monthly concert series event. Free activity, with further information and suggested registration at http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale ndar.asp, hhreference@ccls.org or (610) 3211710. March 10 (Monday) Know Your Money Series. Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), 790 East Market Street Suite 100, West Chester. 10 a.m. to noon. Paying for College and Cars, an overview of the types of car and student loans, will be hosted by the Housing Partnership of Chester County in this weekly series through March 17 on different financial literacy subjects. Free activity, with further information and required registration at (610) 692-2344. March 10 (Monday) Rescheduled from January Computer History. Struble Room, Chester County Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dr. Rocco Leonard Martino, inventor of the original smartphone, will discuss A Personal History of the Computer from the viewpoint of People, Machines and Politics of the Cyber Age, one of the books he has authored. Free activity, with further information and required registration at http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale ndar.asp, kcassidy@ccls.org or (610) 280-2642. March 15 (Saturday) Community Breakfast. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), 406 West 4th Avenue, Parkesburg. 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monthly buffet-style breakfast will be hosted by the Word of Faith Church. Free activity, with further information available at lantz7@epix.net or (610) 593-2277. March 3 (Monday) Know Your Money Series. Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), 790 East Market Street Suite 100, West Chester. 10 a.m. to noon. A Roof Over Your Head, an overview of choices available for apartment rental or first home purchases, will be hosted by the Housing Partnership of Chester County.

Free activity, with further information and required registration at (610) 692-2344. March 15 (Saturday) Saturday Evening Concert. Chapel, Garden Spot Village, 433 South Kinzer Avenue, New Holland. 7 p.m. The Fairy & The Goddess present a CelticAmerican concert melding violin, 12-string guitar and percussion. Free activity, with donations accepted. Further information is available at info@gardenspotvillage.org or (717) 355-6000. March 17 (Monday) Observatory Night. Advanced Technology Center 3rd Floor, Montgomery County Community College, 1313 Morris Road, Blue Bell. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Community event at observatory and observation deck features a 16-inch MEADE Schmidt-Cassegrain research-level telescope. Free activity, with further information available at www.mc3.edu/campus-life/observatory, kspangler@mc3.edu or (215) 641-6300. March 19 (Wednesday) Pardons and Expungements. Coatesville Center for Community Health, 1001 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Additional workshop Tuesday, April 22, at different time. Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania will conduct a workshop to acquaint those with criminal records as to how they may be able to be pardoned or have their records expunged. Free activity, with further information and required registration at Kathryn@coatesvillecenter.org or (610) 3834612. March 20 (Thursday) Money Management. Coatesville Center for Community Health, 1001 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Repeated Wednesday, April 9, at different time. PNC Bank representative will host a Foundations of Money Management workshop to aid qualifying individuals currently unable to open a checking account to do so. Free activity, with further information and required registration at Kathryn@coatesvillecenter.org or (610) 3834612. March 25 (Tuesday) Stop Smoking Now! Series. Community Wellness Classroom, Chester County Hospital, 600 East Marshall Street Suite 302, West Chester. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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First in a series of seven, weekly sessions to cease smoking. Free activity and required registration are available at http://chestercountyhospital.org/cchpage.asp? p=83 or (610) 738-2300. April 5 (Saturday) Join the Continental Army. Visitors Center, Valley Forge National Historic Park, 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia (Valley Forge). 10:45 a.m. Children ages seven and above can experience a day in the life of a continental soldier, with recruits receiving enlistment papers and continental currency, being issued mock wooden muskets, learning how to stand, march and carry weapons under direction of park rangers dressed in continental uniforms. Free activity, with further information available at www.nps.gov/vafo/forkids/joinarmy.htm, William_troppman@nps.gov or (610) 783-1075. April 9 (Wednesday) Money Management. Coatesville Center for Community Health, 1001 East Lincoln High-

way, Coatesville. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Repeated Wednesday, April 9, at different time. PNC Bank representative will host a Foundations of Money Management workshop to aid qualifying individuals currently unable to open a checking account to do so. Free activity, with further information and required registration at Kathryn@coatesvillecenter.org or (610) 3834612. April 22 (Tuesday) Pardons and Expungements. Coatesville Center for Community Health, 1001 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania will conduct a workshop to acquaint those with criminal records as to how they may be able to be pardoned or have their records expunged. Free activity, with further information and required registration at Kathryn@coatesvillecenter.org or (610) 3834612.

Ongoing Weekly and Monthly Activities


Various Days/Times 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. Naturalist-led Walks. Parking Area, ChesLen Preserve, 1199 Cannery Road, Coatesville (Embreville). 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 www.natlands.org/events/cheslenpreserve-guided-naturalist-walk or (610) 3535587. Sports Fellowship. Youth With a Mission (YWAM) Community Center, 752 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Game of the Week television viewing and a meal for the homeless and boarding house community, together with a worship service for the community following the fellowship. Free activity hosted by Breakout Restoration Ministries. Ministries wishing to participate with donations or volunteers may contact Pastors Allen Smith at (484) 356-6434 or Sharon Comfort at (484) 467-4938. (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. 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 commuPage 12

nity 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 shush-free 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) 8910600, 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/comm unity/vocational_rehabilitation/10356 and required registration at (484) 250-4340. 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) 3844115. 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/eventcale ndar.asp, , lshupp@ccls.org or (610) 948-4130. 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.
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Free activity, with further information and optional registration available at www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOr g=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?curOr g=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?curOr g=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/comm unity/vocational_rehabilitation/10356 and required registration at (484) 250-4340. (Subject to Schedule Modifications) Conversational English. Easttown Library and Information Center, 720 First Avenue, Berwyn. 10 a.m. Class for anyone with a native language other than English who seeks to improve their conversational English. Free activity, with further information and requested registration at www.easttownlibrary.org/programs.html, ayoung@ccls.org or (610) 644-0138. (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) 8699334 or wgumc@verizon.net. (Fourth Tuesdays) Tech Group. Community Education Room, Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 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) 9333013 x132. 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/Afters chool Gaming Flyer Fall2010 YS8-25-10.pdf or at (610) 933-3013 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) 3211724

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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. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 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) 805-4603. (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?curOr g=CCL, hhyouthservices@ccls.org, or (610) 321-1724. 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. (Third Tuesday)

Writing Group. Community Education Room, Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 7 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 mostly-wooded 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 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
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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/eventcale ndar.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. 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. (Through October) Walking Program. Brandywine YMCA, 295 Hurley Road, Coatesville. Noon to 2 p.m. Walking Wednesdays, an initiative of Coatesville on the Move, part of Activate Chester County, enables walkers to use the YMCA outdoor track through October, with individuals receiving a three-day YMCA pass to use other facilities with the first walk sign-in. Further information is available at tgallagher@ymcabwv.org or (610) 380-9622 x2430. 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 no-registration event available at www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOr g=CCL&curKey1=Henrietta%20Hankin%20Libr ary 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. 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.
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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) 9831021. 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 no-registration event available at www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOr g=CCL&curKey1=Henrietta%20Hankin%20Libr ary or (610) 321-1710. (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) 4594141, 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, co-pays, 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. (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. (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/Afters chool Gaming Flyer Fall2010 YS8-25-10.pdf or at (610) 933-3013 x24. Mr. Jacks Kid's Club. Camp at Old Mill, Brandamore (Honey Brook). 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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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) 3211724. (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. Young Adult Ministry. Living Water Theater, 202 Hartman Bridge Road (Route 896), Ronks. 6 p.m. food; 7 p.m. praise and worship. ID220 provides youth with an opportunity to experience God through worship, drama and discipleship with weekly worships bands and teachings. Free activity, with further information available at www.lifestreamsproductions.com/sites/default /files/u1/id220_ad_spot_2_2_640x414exported-with-photoshop.jpg, randy@lsplife.com or (687) 4263. 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) 3211724. 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) 280-2630. (Second Thursday) Writing Group. Community Education Room, Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Also meets the third Tuesday. 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-ofIncarcerated-Loved-Ones-Chester-CountyPa/326328557464276, dwillett@childandfamilyfocus.org or (484) 2384594.
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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) 9831021. 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) 344-6415. (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. 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 http://health.montcopa.org/health/cwp/view, A,3,Q,28155.asp.
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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-theMove-An-Initiative-of-Activate-ChesterCounty/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-yearolds 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) 2392334. (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) 2682919.
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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. Kennett Square Willowdale Chapel, 675 Unionville Road. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays year around. Further information is available at www.willowdalechapel.org/griefshare or from Denny Dunagan at dsdunagan@hotmail.com. Further information and other local and national locations may be found at www.griefshare.org. 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 other local and national locations may be found at www.divorcecare.org. Celebrate Recovery (Year Around) Support for Those Struggling with Any Type of Hurt, Habit or Hangup, Including Addictions. 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 Marsh Creek Church holds Celebrate Recovery from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, at its new facility at 101 Crump Road, Exton. An optional pizza dinner is available at 6:15 p.m. Childcare available. Free-will offering. Further information is available from Ryan Smith at Ryan252000@yahoo.com. 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) 4442670. 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. Free-will 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 multi-media 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) 4442670. Christ-Centered Recovery (Year Around) Support for Those Struggling with Any Type of Habits, Compulsions or Addictions or Having Lived in a Family with Addictive Traits. Kennett Square Church of the Open Door, 210 South Broad Street, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, except Thanksgiving and Holy Thursday. Further information is available from Rev. Susan Worrell at (610) 4442400. Mending Hearts 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 103. 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from September 25 through June 11, with no meeting the last Tuesday in December. No cost. 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 vari-

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ety of specific services in support of those who participate: Downingtown (Exton/Lionville) -- Barnabas (Son of Encouragement) Group meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays 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/career-crossroads 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. Media -- 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays for GetWorks, alternating between Hassler Chapel, Media Presbyterian Church, 30 East Baltimore Pike, and the St. Francis Room at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2400 North Providence Road. Further information is available at (610) 566-3944. 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

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.
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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, multiuse 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=155 2&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 firstcome, first-serve basis through the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissions (PFBC) Fishing Tackle Loaner Program. Equipment may be borrowed April through November, with checkouts 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. 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. 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. 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) 692-4800. Okehocking Nature Center - 5316 W Chester Pike, Newtown Square. A180-acre property, including some the Garrett Farmhouse, five miles of mown and wooded 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%20
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Self-Guided%20Trail%20Map.pdf. (610) 6475300. 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. Herrs Factory Tours - 20 Herr Drive, Nottingham. One-hour 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/Schedule Tour.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 360-degree 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. Wendell August Forge Tours Main Street at Exton, 103 Woodcutter Street, Exton. Artisans handcraft metal giftware in the historic Ashbridge barn, with guests able to witness first hand how each piece of the companys metal giftware is created one-at-a-time by hand. Aspiring craftsmen, young and old, can take a turn at being an artisan in the interactive hand hammering room. Workshop tours are available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

www.wendellaugust.com/location/exton_pa. (610) 363-2426. 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 noon to 5 p.m. Kennett Underground Heritage Tours also available for a fee. www.undergroundrr.kennett.net. (610) 3472237. 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. 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,
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info@danielboonehomestead.org, or (610) 5824900. 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) 975-0290. Landscape Arboretum at Temple UniversityAmbler - 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 dawn to dusk daily. www.ambler.temple.edu/arboretum/gardens.ht m. (267) 468-8400. 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. 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. Exhib-

its 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 mid-20th 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 holiday weekends. www.thomasmasseyhouse.org. (610) 3533644. 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.

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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) 267280-2072. Delaware State Delaware Art Museum - 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE. A private, nonprofit 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/inde x.php. museums@bluestarfam.org.

2009-2014 Casey Jones, Transformation Initiative for Building Healthy Communities Through Healthy Families. Permission is granted to reproduce for personal or non-commercial uses only. Information is designed to highlight activities within the broader community that can help enhance Christian principles relative to development of healthy child, individual and family relationships. Recipients are encouraged to print and post this Calendar to employee and public bulletin boards for benefit of others. Activities included in this publication are gathered from various submissions and other sources. No representation is made as to their accuracy or value. Persons wishing to be included in future e-mailings of updates, should request inclusion by e-mailing bps461@msn.com. General Guidelines for Information Submission: Submission up to two to three months prior to the event is encouraged to increase exposure for new subscribers, persons who don't read the list every week, and for other organizations that want to avoid scheduling opposite an event or might want to collaborate with another in the area. For annual events, longer lead times may be appropriate. Our deadline generally is the Friday before the week of publication. A general idea of the information needed (many submit too little for the consumer to understand what actually is occurring and why they might like to attend) can be obtained by perusing the publications or using the following guide: Please use full names followed, if appropriate, by acronyms in parenthesis. Name of Event: Date(s) - Include both day(s) of week and actual dates: Times (Starting and ending): Location (Including any applicable room number, particularly in a large facility, and a MapQuest or Google Maps searchable address: Sponsoring Organization(s), if not part of the location address: Participant Eligibility (Ages, gender, etc.): Description of Activities and, as applicable, the presenter and the purpose of the event (Two to three descriptive sentences with the most appealing information; please avoid superfluous words such as "wonderful", "great", etc.): Any Fees, including free-will offerings: Contact name, e-mail, telephone, along with any web page that is focused primarily on the specific activity: Any registration requirements: We generally use only free activities of a non-commercial nature or those in which a very small materials fee is charged. Fund-raising activities generally are not published unless there is a good mixture of free activities also available, including free admission, and a participant has the choice of purchasing incidental items, such as food or crafts. Church events generally are published only if they are separate from normal weekly worship services.
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Due to the wide variety of activities available, decisions on publication ultimately are determined on a case-bycase basis in context with focus of the publications.

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