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Fall 2014
Calendar of Events
for Children, Individuals and Families
IN THE GREATER CHESTER COUNTY AREA
UPDATED – December 7, 2014
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Special Activities
Multi-Day Activities in Progress
Throughout the Year
American Revolution History. Valley Forge
National Historical Park, 1400 North Outer
Line Drive, King of Prussia. Various hours and
days.
A trove of family events are offered throughout the summer, along with other times of the
year, with daily guided walks, living history
demonstrations, Children's Exploration Station
and Washington Leadership programs, along
with weekend Secrets and Spies tours, storytelling benches, a public archeology program,
special events and more.
Primarily free activities, with further
information and schedules available at
www.nps.gov/vafo/index.htm or (610) 7831000.
Through December 11 (Thursday)
Student Art Show. Art Partners Studio,
524 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. 11 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and during the Coatesville Christmas Parade on Saturday, with an opening reception from 5 p.m. to
7 p.m. Thursday, December 4.
Mixed media work of students in the Studio’s Fall art classes, along with others held
throughout greater Coatesville, such as the
Coatesville Area Senior Center and various after-school art programs, will be showcased.
Free activity, with further information available at
www.artpartnersstudio.org/exhibitions.html,
teresa@artpartnersstudio.org or (610) 384
3030.
Through December 12 (Weekdays)
Color Blast Art Exhibit. Fine Arts Gallery,
North Hall, Montgomery County Community
College, 16 High Street, Pottstown. 8 a.m. to
9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays.
Artists Valley of Peace Burke of Long Island,
N.Y. Lois Schlachter of Spring Mount, Pa. and
Patricia Wilson-Schmid of Lederach, Pa. display
their shared enthusiasm for color.
Free activity, with further information available at http://www.mc3.edu/aboutus/news/87-about-us/news/8687-mccc-tohost-color-blast-exhibit-in-pottstown,
hcairns@mc3.edu or (215) 619-7349
Through December 12 (Weekdays)
Country Views Exhibit. Main Building Student Lounge, Penn State Great Valley, 30 East
Swedesford Road, Malvern. 6:30 a.m. to 10

p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 6:30 p.m. to
5 p.m. Fridays.
Opening reception will feature local artist
Heather Davis who will display a set of Painted
Country Views oils during a September 24
through Friday, December 12, exhibit.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
http://www.sgps.psu.edu/Information/News/
Archive/33421.htm or (610) 648-3200.
Through December 17 (Weekdays)
From Isolation to Collaboration. Henry
Gallery, Conference Center, Penn State Great
Valley, 30 East Swedesford Road, Malvern.
6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 6:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.
Works of 17 regional artists from the Asemblage Artists Collective will show their work
in this exhibit drawn from creation of the collaboration.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
http://www.sgps.psu.edu/Information/News/
Archive/33421.htm or (610) 648-3200.
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.
Ongoing - Weekly
PA CareerLink and Job Search Services.
Free monthly workshops and other services are
available to job-seekers through PA CareerLink
offices in area counties:
• Berks:
www.co.berks.pa.us/dept/careerlink/P
ages/default.aspx
• Chester: www.pacareerlinkchesco.org
• Delaware: www.delcoworks.org
• Lancaster: www.jobs4lancaster.com
• Montgomery:
www.montcopa.org/index.aspx?NID=10
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Many of these services are available to outof-county residents.
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Fall Reading and Children Programs. Local
area libraries. Various times.
Summer reading and other programs for
children of all ages, adults and families are
underway or scheduled at many local libraries
throughout the area.
Many have kickoff parties and provide prizes,
special activities and other incentives to participate.
Primarily free activities, with further information and schedules available through various library websites and calendars at:
• Berks County: www.berks.lib.pa.us
• Chester County: www.ccls.org
• Delaware County:
www.delcolibraries.org
• Lancaster County:
www.lancasterlibraries.org
• Montgomery County: www.mclinc.org
Daily Activities in Progress
December 8 (Monday)
Caregivers Holiday Celebration. Village
Square Board Room, Garden Spot Village,
433 South Kinzer Avenue, New Holland.
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The Alzheimer’s Association and Garden
Spot Village will co-host the annual Caregivers
Holiday Celebration.
Free activity, with further information available at jmorton@gardenspotvillage.org or (717)
355-6076, with free respite care during the
group by contacting Adult Day Services at (717)
355-6226.
December 9 (Tuesday)
Community Lunch. West Grove United Methodist Church, 300 North Guernsey Road, West
Grove. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Turkey dinner and trimmings will be featured for a combined Thanksgiving-Christmas
monthly Community Café luncheon with an
open prayer room.
Free activity, with further information and
requested reservations at
office@westgroveumc.org or (610) 869-9334.
December 9 (Tuesday)
Job-Seeker Skills. PA CareerLink-Chester
County, 479 Thomas Jones Way, Exton.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Career Coach Ford Myers will discuss
Transferable Skills for job-seekers in this Hire
One workshop for unemployed and underemployed with prior annual earnings of $50,000
or more.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
www.eventbrite.com/e/transferable-skillstickets-14323238191 or (610) 280-1010.

December 9 (Tuesday)
Pardons and Expungements. Coatesville
Center for Community Health, 1001 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
A Legal Services of Southeastern Pennsylvania attorney will discuss how the pardons
and expungements process works to mitigate
criminal records that can hurt employment
prospects.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
Kathryn@coatesvillecenter.org or (610) 3834612.
December 9 (Tuesday)
Family Literacy Night. Pottstown Middle
School, 600 North Franklin Street, Pottstown.
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Parents will be assisted with skills to aid
their children in learning to read at home
through this final Teach Me to Read at Home
series session for the year.
Free activity, including dinner, prizes and
childcare, with further information and requested registration at (610) 970-6601.
December 9 (Tuesday)
Chorus Concert. Henrietta Hankin Branch
Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs
(Ludwigs Corner). 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Four-part harmony of the Ringing Hills
Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, will perform.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale
ndar.asp, hhreference@ccls.org or (610) 3211710.
December 10 (Wednesday)
Family Movie. West Grove United Methodist
Church, 300 North Guernsey Road, West
Grove. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dish-to-pass potluck dinner, followed by
Miracle on 34th Street film, will highlight weekly
Movie-ing Through Advent event through December 17.
Free activity, including local transportation
if needed, with further information available at
http://www.wg-umc.org/calendar or (610)
869-9334.
December 10 (Wednesday)
Pictures with Santa. Chestnut Knoll,
120 West 5th Street, Boyertown. 6:30 p.m. to
7:30 p.m.
Jingles, refreshments and photos with Santa
will highlight this event, that includes pets.
Free activity, with further information at

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www.facebook.com/153090674893845/photos
/a.185908254945420.1073741828.153090674
893845/317940158408895/?type=1 or (610)
473-8066.
December 10 (Wednesday)
Live Nativity and Concert. Chapel, Garden
Spot Village, 433 South Kinzer Avenue, New
Holland. 7 p.m.
The Village Voices Choir will lead hymns
and Christmas carols, with costumed actors
portraying the birth of Jesus.
Free activity, with further information at
info@gardenspotvillage.org or (717) 355-6000.
December 11 (Thursday)
Community Holiday Party. The Market at
Liberty Place 148 West State Street, Kennett
Square. 11 a.m. to noon.
Community Coffee Klatch, a weekly gathering of individuals for community discussion,
will host a holiday party.
Free activity, including snacks, with further
information available at dochollisv@aol.com.
December 11 (Thursday)
Vision Assistance. Garden South Conference
Room, Garden Spot Village, 433 South Kinzer
Avenue, New Holland. 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Linda Greth, social worker with Vision
Corps, will discuss the organization’s work
from education and prevention to rehabilitation
and employment for persons with vision loss
during a Low Vision Support Group monthly
meeting.
Free activity, with further information available at jshaffer@gardenspotvillage.org or (717)
355-6259.
December 11-14 (Thursday-Sunday)
Candlelight Christmas Concerts. Church of
the Savior, 651 North Wayne Avenue, Wayne.
8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday.
Choir-orchestra Christmas concert, Simple
Straw, Glorious God, will be presented.
Free activity, with further information and
tickets available at
https://cosnet.org/worship/announcements/2
014-candlelight-christmas-concerts,
info@cosnet.org or (610) 688-6338.
December 12 (Friday)
Holiday Celebration. Amphitheater, East
Goshen Township Park, 1661 Paoli Pike, West
Chester. 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Visit from Santa, carols by the East High
School Choir, lighting of township tree, housing
decorating and canned food drive contest winner announcement, and hot chocolate highlight
this event.

Free activity, with further information available at www.eastgoshen.org/wpcontent/uploads/2011/05/Tree-Lighting2014.pdf, jlang@eastgoshen.org or (610) 6927171.
December 12 (Friday)
Holiday Tour. Lukens National Historic District, 50 South 1st Avenue, Coatesville. 5 p.m.
to 8 p.m.
Visitors can stroll through candle-lit
grounds, listen to carolers and the Lukens
Band, tour decorated, historic buildings, view
the train display and visit with Santa.
Free activity, including refreshments, with
donation of a non-perishable food item for the
Coatesville Emergency Food Cupboard. Further information is available at
www.steelmuseum.org/evt13_HolidayOpenHou
se2014.cfm or (610) 384-9282.
December 12 (Friday)
Country Christmas. Downtown Oxford.
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Music, elves, hay and carriage rides, tree
lighting, Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Snowman
and more highlight this event.
Free activity, with further information available at http://downtownoxfordpa.org,
director@oxfordmainstreet.com or (610) 9989494.
December 12 (Friday)
An Old-Fashioned Christmas Concert.
Chapel, Garden Spot Village, 433 South Kinzer
Avenue, New Holland. 7 p.m. Repeated Saturday, December 13.
Servant Stage Company will perform Christmas songs from the 1940s, along with traditional carols.
Free activity, with further information available at info@gardenspotvillage.org or (717) 3556000.
December 13 (Saturday)
Christmas in Birdsboro. Different community
locations. 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Different events for families will be held at
the Boone Area Library, Birdsboro Community
Center and Main Bird Park, including music,
horse drawn carriage and trolley rides, a live
nativity, wood craft station, holiday moves, tree
lighting ceremony and fireworks.
Free activity, with charges for some individual items. Further information is available at
www.birdsboropa.org/PDF/DatedEvents/2014christmas-flyer.pdf or (610) 582-6030.
December 13 (Saturday)
Christmas Party. Spring City Public Library,
245 Broad Street, Spring City. 10:30 a.m.
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Christmas stories, craft-making and cookie
decorating for all ages will highlight this event.
Free activity, with further information and
requested registration at lshupp@ccls.org or
(610) 948-4130.
December 13 (Saturday)
Train Room Open House. Garden Spot Village, 433 South Kinzer Avenue, New Holland.
1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Repeated on Saturday, December 20 and 27.
HO- and O-gauge model train layouts, a
talking Thomas the Tank Engine and memorabilia will be on display.
Free activity with donations accepted. Further information is available at
info@gardenspotvillage.org or (717) 355-6000.
December 13 (Saturday)
Good Neighbors Parade. Beaver Creek Elementary School, 601 West Pennsylvania Avenue, west to East Ward Elementary School,
Whiteland Avenue and Route 113, via Business
Route 30. Downingtown. 3 p.m.
Marching units, floats and Santa will highlight this annual event, preceded by other activities starting at 1 p.m..
Free activity, with further information available at www.dtownchristmas.com/Events.html,
dtownchristmas@aol.com or (610) 269-4203.
December 13 (Saturday)
An Old-Fashioned Christmas Concert.
Chapel, Garden Spot Village, 433 South Kinzer
Avenue, New Holland. 7 p.m.
Servant Stage Company will perform Christmas songs from the 1940s, along with traditional carols.
Free activity, with further information available at info@gardenspotvillage.org or (717) 3556000.
December 13 (Saturday)
Live Nativity. Grace Fellowship Church, 35
Cemetery Lane, Kennett Square (Unionville).
7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, December 14.
Live animals, Christmas music and Scripture will share the real meaning of Christmas,
with crafts for children.
Free activity, including refreshments, with
further information available at
http://thegfc.org/gfc/calendar/cat_ids~7
kennettkanes@gmail.com or (610) 347-6702.
December 14 (Sunday)
Holidays in Adoption. Community of Love
Lutheran Church, 115-117 North Fourth
Street, Oxford.
Matters of the Heart adoption support for
people with lives having been touched by adop-

tion, will discuss emotional and other aspects
of adoption during the holidays at its quarterly
meeting.
Free activity, with further information available at
homeyg.65gmail.com or )610) 998-0282.
December 14 (Sunday)
Guitar/Vocal Concert. Henrietta Hankin
Branch Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester
Springs (Ludwigs Corner). 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Local acoustical guitarist and vocalist Chris
Lebresco will perform a variety of songs from
the 1970s to today.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale
ndar.asp, hhreference@ccls.org or (610) 3211710.
December 14 (Sunday)
Charles Dickens and Christmas. Kennett
Friends Meeting, 125 West Sickle Street, Kennett Square. 3 p.m.
Author Elliot Engel will discuss how THE
1843 publication of A Christmas Carol changed
the celebration of Christmas as part of an annual series of nine Hadley Fund concerts, lectures and a variety of other performances.
Free activity, with further information and
tickets available at www.hadleyfund.org,
hadley@kennett.net or (610) 444-1855.
December 14 (Sunday)
Christmas Cantata. Paoli Baptist Church, 33
East Lancaster Avenue, Paoli. 4 p.m.
The Promise of Christmas will be presented,
with The Paoli Baptist Church Choir, Handbells
and the Dance Choir of the Church of the Good
Samaritan.
Free activity, including a reception, with further information available at (610) 647-1612.
December 15 (Monday)
Investing. Phoenixville Public Library,
183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 7 p.m. to
8:30 p.m.
Tom Ahern of Creative Capital Wealth Management Group will discuss The Basics of Investing as it relates to stocks, bonds and more
in this non-selling, educational event.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale
ndar.asp, mpinto@ccls.org or (610) 933-3013
x132.
December 17 (Wednesday)
Family Movie. West Grove United Methodist
Church, 300 North Guernsey Road, West
Grove. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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Dish-to-pass potluck dinner, followed by It’s
a Wonderful Life film, will highlight final
weekly Movie-ing Through Advent.
Free activity, including local transportation
if needed, with further information available at
http://www.wg-umc.org/calendar or (610)
869-9334.
December 18 (Thursday)
Funding Proposals. Pottstown Regional Public Library, 500 East High Street, Pottstown.
10 a.m. to noon.
Foundation Center will discuss Proposal
Writing Basics with organization representatives on how to present funding requests to
foundations.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
www.grantspace.org/classroom/trainingcalendar/Other-Locations/proposal-writingbasics-2014-12-18-pottstown-pa or (610) 9706551.
December 18 (Thursday)
Must Knows. The Arc of Chester County,
900 Lawrence Drive, West Chester. 11:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m.
Chat-n-Chew, bring your own lunch, will
provide parents of children with specific education needs 10 Must Knows about Specially
Designed Instruction (SDI) State and Local Assessments of an individualized education plan
(IEP).
Free activity, with further information and
required registration available at
https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/w
eblink.aspx?name=arcofcc&id=9,
advocacy@arcofchestercounty.org or (610) 6968090 x216.
December 18 (Thursday)
Food Addiction. Phoenixville Public Library,
183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 7 p.m. to
8 p.m.
Casey Thaler, certified personal coach and
nutrition fitness specialist will discuss Is Food
Addictive? A Scientific Analysis of Your Diet”,
including issues related to overeating or eating
the wrong types of foods and its effects on body
and mind.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale
ndar.asp, mpinto@ccls.org or (610) 933-3013
x132.
December 19 (Friday)
Continental Army March-In. Visitor Center,
Valley Forge National Historical Park,
1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia
(Valley Forge). 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Commemmoration of December 19, 1777,
Continental Army march in to Valley Forge to
set up winter quarters, including a candle-lit
guided walk to the Muhlenberg Brigade huts
with a living continental camp and a warm-up
in the Visitor Center with 18th century music,
refreshments, and more.
Free activities, with further information and
directions at
www.nps.gov/vafo/planyourvisit/eventdetails.htm?eventID=347823-232573 or (610)
783-1013.
December 20 (Saturday)
Train Room Open House. Garden Spot Village, 433 South Kinzer Avenue, New Holland.
1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Repeated on Saturday, December 27.
HO- and O-gauge model train layouts, a
talking Thomas the Tank Engine and memorabilia will be on display.
Free activity with donations accepted. Further information is available at
info@gardenspotvillage.org or (717) 355-6000.
December 20 (Saturday)
Brass Concert. Chapel, Garden Spot Village,
433 South Kinzer Avenue, New Holland. 7 p.m.
Keystone Brass Quintet will provide a Saturday Evening Concert.
Free activity, with donations accepted. Further information is available at
info@gardenspotvillage.org or (717) 355-6000.
December 21 (Sunday)
Winter Begins. 6:03 p.m. EST.
Winter solstice – the shortest day of the year
– occurs, versus meteorological winter that
started December 1.
Further information is available at
www.weather.gov/phi/summer_solstice and
http://weather.weatherbug.com/weathernews/weather-reports.html?story=3701.
December 27 (Saturday)
Train Room Open House. Garden Spot Village, 433 South Kinzer Avenue, New Holland.
1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
HO- and O-gauge model train layouts, a
talking Thomas the Tank Engine and memorabilia will be on display.
Free activity with donations accepted. Further information is available at
info@gardenspotvillage.org or (717) 355-6000.
January 3 (
Movie with a Message. Chapel, Garden Spot
Village, 433 South Kinzer Avenue, New Holland. 7 p.m.
Small Town Santa will be shown.
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Free activity, with donations accepted. Further information is available at
info@gardenspotvillage.org or (717) 355-6000.
January 10-11 (Saturday-Sunday)
Model Train Open House. Schuylkill Valley
Model Railroad Club, 400 South Main Street,
Phoenixville. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Repeated Saturdays-Sundays, January 17-18 and 24-25.
Annual event for all ages features freight
and passenger trains pulled by steam or diesel
engines over nearly 800-feet of track, along
with four different size models, hundreds of
buildings, vehicles, people and trees, numerous
buttons that allow visitors to bring scenes to
life and Thomas the Tank Engine.
Free activity, with further information available at www.svmrrc.com, info@svmrrc.com or
(610) 935-1126.
January 17 (Saturday)
Youth Water Safety Lessons. YMCA,
724 North Adams Street, Pottstown. 1 p.m.,
1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Repeated Saturday,
January 25.
Ages three to five and six to 12 will have 30minute classes to provide an overview and basics of swimming during Lifetime Learning in
Water, Community Splash Days.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
www.facebook.com/PottstownY/photos/a.3199
74488111364.68758.303972366378243/6149
33371948806/?type=1 of (610) 323-7300.
January 17-18 (Saturday-Sunday)
Model Train Open House. Schuylkill Valley
Model Railroad Club, 400 South Main Street,
Phoenixville. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Repeated Saturday-Sunday, January 24-25.
Annual event for all ages features freight
and passenger trains pulled by steam or diesel

engines over nearly 800-feet of track, along
with four different size models, hundreds of
buildings, vehicles, people and trees, numerous
buttons that allow visitors to bring scenes to
life and Thomas the Tank Engine.
Free activity, with further information available at www.svmrrc.com, info@svmrrc.com or
(610) 935-1126.
January 24-25 (Saturday-Sunday)
Model Train Open House. Schuylkill Valley
Model Railroad Club, 400 South Main Street,
Phoenixville. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Annual event for all ages features freight
and passenger trains pulled by steam or diesel
engines over nearly 800-feet of track, along
with four different size models, hundreds of
buildings, vehicles, people and trees, numerous
buttons that allow visitors to bring scenes to
life and Thomas the Tank Engine.
Free activity, with further information available at www.svmrrc.com, info@svmrrc.com or
(610) 935-1126.
January 25 (Saturday)
Youth Water Safety Lessons. YMCA,
724 North Adams Street, Pottstown. 1 p.m.,
1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Repeated Saturday,
January 25.
Ages three to five and six to 12 will have 30minute classes to provide an overview and basics of swimming during Lifetime Learning in
Water, Community Splash Days.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
www.facebook.com/PottstownY/photos/a.3199
74488111364.68758.303972366378243/6149
33371948806/?type=1 of (610) 323-7300.

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.

Wild Wanders. Parking Area, Lenfest Center,
ChesLen Preserve, 1199 Cannery Road,
Coatesville (Embreville). 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Local naturalist, educator, and Natural
Lands Trust volunteer William Ryan will lead a
guided walk around the preserve, with the
route varying each week to reflect what is happening at 1,263-acre tract.
Free activity, with further information available at http://www.natlands.org/event/wildwanders-at-cheslen-preserve/2014-03-30 or
(610) 353-5587.

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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 library’s autism resources.
Free activity, with further information available at (610) 321-1724.
Rejoicing Spirits, a ministry that reaches out
to enrich the spiritual lives of persons with developmental disabilities, together with their
families, friends and other supportive community members, holds special Sunday worship
services at various locations.
The ministry is designed to acquaint and
educate congregations about individuals with
developmental disabilities, resulting in an accepting atmosphere. Services typically include
lots of music and joyous singing, along with
brief, meaningful messages conducted in a
shush-free environment.
Services are held once a month at the following times and locations:
Exton – St. Paul’s 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.
Tech Group. Community Education Room,
Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 10 a.m. to noon
Phoenixville Tech Group brings together
technology users to share knowledge and experience, including helping those who have
limited or no experience with computers.
Free activity, with further information including meeting topics available at
www.phoenixvilletg.com,
Glenn@SeniorTechGroup.com or (610) 9333013 x132.
Monday-Thursday
After School Program. Westside Community
Center, 430 Hannum Avenue, West Chester.
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Students in grades six through 12 will engage in after school tutoring, mentoring, dropin and community service opportunities.
Free activity, with further information available at
www.westsidecommunitycenterwc.org/features
/school-program,
ryan@westsidecommunitycenterwc.org or (484)
682-4910.

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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)
What’s 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 Café. 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.
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.
(Fourth Tuesdays)
Community Café. 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.
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
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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
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 man’s or
woman’s 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 Library’s
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.
Youth Depression and Bipolar Support.
Community Crossroads Peer Support Center,
825 Paoli Pike, West Chester. 6:30 p.m. to
7:30 p.m.
Transitioned Aged Depression & Bipolar
Support Alliance (TADBSA provides peer-led
support for youth and young adults ages 14 to
25 living with a mood disorder, seeking to inform, empower, support and inspire individuals
to achieve lives they want to lead.
Free activity, with further information available at awashington@childandfamilyfocus.org
or (484) 706-2110.
(Fourth Tuesdays)
Computer Basics for Job-Seekers. Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Repeated
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the fourth Wednesdays.
Adult Services Director Mark Pinto and computer tutor Ann Roehm provide classes to assist the unemployed and underemployed in
learning job-seeker tasks such as using Microsoft Word to create and format a resume, saving a resume file and e-mailing it as an attachment, uploading and copying/pasting a
resume to a job application, basic Web navigation, completing an online application, and
using Indeed to find job listings and apply for
employment. Participants must be able to use
a computer keyboard and mouse.
Further information and required registration for limited seating are available at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale
ndar.asp, mpinto@ccls.org or (610) 933-3013
x132.
Bilingual Family Storytime. Second Floor
Children’s Department, Norristown Public Library, 1001 Powell Street, Norristown. 7 p.m.
to 8 p.m.
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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.

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.

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

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.

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

(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
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.

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(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 Women’s Resource Center, assists community mothers.
Free activity, with further information and
registration available at (610) 917-1360.
(May-June and September-October)
Walking Wednesdays. Brandywine YMCA,
295 Hurley Road, Coatesville. Noon to 2 p.m.
Outdoor track will be open, weather permitting, to individuals, families and co-workers,
with a three-day pass to use YMCA facilities
provided at sign-up in this multi-community
agency event.
Free activity, with further information available at tgallagher@ymcabwv.org or (610) 3809622 x2430.
(Fourth Wednesdays)
Computer Basics for Job-Seekers. Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Repeated 6:30 p.m.
to 8:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesdays.
Adult Services Director Mark Pinto and computer tutor Ann Roehm provide classes to assist the unemployed and underemployed in
learning job-seeker tasks such as using Microsoft Word to create and format a resume, saving a resume file and e-mailing it as an attachment, uploading and copying/pasting a
resume to a job application, basic Web navigation, completing an online application, and
using Indeed to find job listings and apply for
employment. Participants must be able to use
a computer keyboard and mouse.
Further information and required registration for limited seating are available at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale
ndar.asp, mpinto@ccls.org or (610) 933-3013
x132.
Community Walk. Genesis Health Care
Building, Union and State Streets, Kennett
Square. Noon.

Any individual can join a walk to Anson B.
Nixon Park as part of the Activate Kennett
Square health initiative.
Free activity, with further information available from dochollisv@aol.com.
(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 System’s 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 Association’s 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
Café, 105 West Lancaster Avenue, Wayne.
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Women’s 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.
Community Coffee Klatch. The Market at
Liberty Place, 148 West State Street, Kennett
Square. 11 a.m. to noon.
Coffee and conversation to help develop and
maintain community vibrancy through intergenerational connections is an initiative of the
Kennett Inter Gen Coalition.
Free activity, with further information available at dochollisv@aol.com or (610) 717-2180.
(Third Thursdays)
Mystery Book Club. Henrietta Hankin Branch
Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs
(Ludwigs Corner). 1 p.m.
A variety of titles in the mystery, thriller or
suspense genre will be discussed.
Free activity, with further information available at (610) 321-1710.
(Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Afterschool Gaming for Teens. Phoenixville
Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Teens can play afterschool games on a big
screen with a big sound system, along with
doing online researching and networking on a
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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. Jack’s Kid's Club. Camp at Old Mill,
Brandamore (Honey Brook). 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Bus picks up Coatesville area children,
Pre-K to 12th grades, at 4 p.m. at various locations and transports them to the Camp for Bible study, snacks and fun in their own age
groups. They are returned to the same locations by 6 p.m.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
www.thebridgeacademy.org/programs/fallprograms.aspx, info@thebridgeacademy.org, or
(610) 466-9505.
(First and Third Thursdays)
Youth LEGO Club. Henrietta Hankin Library,
215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs (Ludwigs
Corner. 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Ages six and up, accompanied by a parent,
can work with supplied LEGOs.
Free activity, with further information available at hhyouthservices@ccls.org or (610) 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.
(Second and Fourth Thursdays)
Ballroom Dancing for Teens and Adults.
Community Room, Coatesville Area Public Library, 501 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville.
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for teens and 7 p.m. to 7:45
p.m. for adults.

Participants will learn skills of ballroom
dancing.
Free activity, with further information available at (610) 384-4115.
Fatherhood Program. American African
Youth Leadership Foundation, 203 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Fathers Know group, using the National Fatherhood Initiative 24/7 Dad curriculum,
challenges fathers to be a positive force within
their families and communities.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration for limited seating available with Jarrett Jackson, program coordinator, at (484) 356-8935 or
fatherhood@amafylf.org.
Pajamarama. Henrietta Hankin Library,
215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs (Ludwigs
Corner). 6:30 p.m.
Children can wear their pajamas and bring
their favorite cuddly toy as they listen to stories, rhymes and music with the whole family.
Free activity, with further information available at hhyouthservices@ccls.org or (610) 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
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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.
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 Association’s 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. Women’s
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 System’s Overdrive service.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration available with Mark Pinto,
adult services director, at mpinto@ccls.org or
(610) 933-3013 x32.
(Second Fridays)
Lunch and Program for Retired Active
People (R.A.P.). West Grove United Methodist
Church, 300 North Guernsey Road, West
Grove. Noon.
Non-denominational group for persons 55
years and older meets for lunch and a program.
Free activity, with further information available at wgumc@verizon.net or 610) 869-9334.
(Third Fridays)
Child Car Seat Checks. Limerick Fire Station, 390 West Ridge Pike, Limerick.
Montgomery County Health Department certified car seat technicians will provide inspections of child safety seats, along with education
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per 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.
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 Library’s 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.
Spinner’s & Needlework Group. Reeves
Park, Main Street and Second Avenue,
Phoenixville. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather
permitting.
Phoenixville Public Library’s 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
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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.

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.
Exton/Lionville – Seminar Room 2, Calvary
Fellowship of Downingtown, 95 West Devon
Drive at Route 113. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays,
starting September 15. Further information
and registration is available at
www.griefshare.org/groups/46441,
bps461@msn.com, (610) 707-1494.
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 ddunagan@verizon.net.
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.
Exton/Lionville – Seminar Room 8, Calvary
Fellowship of Downingtown, 95 West Devon
Drive at Route 113. 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mondays, starting September 8. Further information and registration is available at
www.griefshare.org/groups/46441,
bvanarsdale@cfdowningtown.com or (610) 3637171 x2154.
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. Children’s 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) –
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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 1. 7 p.m. on the second and
fourth Mondays of the month from September
through June, with no meeting the last Tuesday in December. No cost. Further information is available from Cindy Wanamaker at
wanamaker1@comcast.net or at (484) 7532604.
Unemployment and Underemployment - Several networking/support are available at area
churches for persons who are unemployed or
unemployed, with each providing its own variety of specific services in support of those who
participate:
Downingtown (Exton/Lionville) -- 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. David’s 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. Monica’s
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. Elizabeth’s
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. Joseph’s
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 enPage 18

couraged 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.
• Wolf’s Hollow County Park, 150 Wolf’s Hollow Drive, Atglen.
Park events information is available at
http://dsf.chesco.org/ccparks/cwp/view.asp?a
=1551&q=640601 or at (610) 344-6415.
Struble Trail. Parking Lot entrance at Norwood Road, off State Route 282 at Downingtown. The Struble Trail, a work in progress,
will travel through Lyndell, Cornog and Glenmoore, passing near Springton Manor Farm
and Struble Lake before ending near Honey
Brook Borough, for a total length of sixteen (16)
miles. It currently is a 2.6 mile paved, 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 Commission’s (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 Furnace’s 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.
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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
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.
Herr’s 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 company’s 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” Brown’s 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 man’s life and
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a nation’s 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 figure’s place of birth, Daniel
Boone's parents first settled the site in 1730,
with the region populated by many diverse
people - English, Welsh, Scots-Irish, Germans,
Swedes, Huguenots and Lenape Indians.
Daniel was born in 1734, spending his first 16
years there before his family migrated to North
Carolina. The grounds are open from 9 a.m. to
4:45 p.m. Tuesdays through Sunday, with
weekend guided tours of the buildings. Free
admission to grounds, with fees for admittance
to historic areas. Further information is available at
www.danielboonehomestead.org/index.htm,
info@danielboonehomestead.org, or (610) 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. David’s 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. Exhibits and collections of more than 225,000 objects from throughout the world. First Sunday
of the month is “Pay Whatever You Want Day”
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.philamuseum.org.
(215) 763-8100.
River of Revolutions Interpretive Center Schuylkill River Heritage Area building at 140
College Drive, Pottstown. Destination details
the role the Schuylkill River region played in
the American, Industrial and Environmental
Revolutions, including a table relief map of the
Heritage Area and touch screen monitors with
narrated tours of tourist sites related to the
three revolutions, and multi-media about the
Philadelphia Campaign during the American
Revolution; the region’s 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
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1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
www.scottarboretum.org. (610)-328-8025.

www.wingsoffreedommuseum.org or (610) 267280-2072.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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