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Winter 2015-2016
Calendar of Events
for Children, Individuals and Families
IN THE GREATER CHESTER COUNTY AREA
UPDATED – February 14, 2016
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Special Activities
Ongoing - Current
Ongoing (Thursdays)
Dare to Be the Best. Montgomery County
Health Department Conference Room, 364 King
Street, Pottstown. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Six-session series which men can attend
more than once, hosted by the Pottstown Family Center, provides fathers with resources,
parenting techniques, and networking opportunities related to issues particular to each individual.
Free activity, including childcare and
snacks, with further information and registration at (610) 326-1610 x339.
Through March 14 (Weekdays)
Engineering of Art Exhibit Henry Gallery,
Conference Center, Penn State Great Valley,
30 East Swedesford Road, Malvern. 9 a.m. to
5 p.n. weekdays.
Chester County Art Association artists will
display works that suggest the science of engineering or whose art-making methodology has
engineering sensibilities.
Free activity, with further information at
www.gv.psu.edu/Information/Community/319
79.htm or 610-648-3200.
Through April 7 (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Cancer Survivors Well-being. Pottstown
YMCA, 724 Adams Street, Pottstown. 1 p.m. to
2:30 p.m.
A research-based physical activity and wellbeing program designed to help adult cancer
survivors’ reclaim their total health will be
hosted by the YMCA and the LIVESTRONG
Foundation.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
www.pottstownmemorial.com/pottstownmemorial-medical-center/press1/pottstownymca-and-livestrong-foundation-collabora9394.aspx, Jgaj@philaymca.org or (610) 3237300 x2917.
Personal Finance Classes. Victory Christian
Life Center, 508 King Street, Pottstown, and
First Floor, Montgomery County Human Services Building, 1430 DeKalb Street, Norristown.
Genesis Housing Corporation conducts yeararound evening classes on different days on

Understanding Credit, Money Management and
Home Buying Basics.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
www.genesishousing.org/counseling_schedule2
.html, info@genesishousing.org or (610) 2754357.
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.
PA CareerLink and Job Search Services.
Free monthly workshops and other services are
available to job-seekers through PA CareerLink
offices in area counties:
• Berks:
www.co.berks.pa.us/dept/careerlink/Pages/d
efault.aspx
• Chester: www.pacareerlinkchesco.org
• Delaware: www.delcoworks.org
• Lancaster: www.jobs4lancaster.com
• Montgomery:
www.montcopa.org/index.aspx?NID=1024
Many of these services are available to outof-county residents.
Winter Reading and Children Programs.
Local area libraries. Various times.
Fall 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:
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Berks County: www.berks.lib.pa.us
Chester County: www.ccls.org
Delaware County: www.delcolibraries.org
Lancaster County: www.lancasterlibraries.org
Montgomery County: www.mclinc.org

Look Good Feel Better for Women. Various
locations.
Hospitals throughout the area will host a series of Fall Look Good Feel Better beauty technique workshops by the American Cancer Society for women coping with cancer treatments.
Free activity, including a makeup kit, with
further information as to dates and sites and
registration available at
www.cancer.org/treatment/supportprogramsse
rvices/app/resourcedetail.aspx?resourceId=32260 or (800) 2272345.
Ongoing - Weekly
February 15 (Monday)
Zoo Day. Henrietta Hankin Branch Library,
215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs (Ludwigs
Corner). 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Elmwood Zoo on Wheels will present Suitcase for Survival for ages six and above.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale
ndar.asp, hhreference@ccls.org or (610) 3211700.
February 16 (Tuesday)
Finding Funders. Struble Room, Chester
County Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway,
Exton. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Repeated Tuesday
night, March 15.
Grantseekers will learn how to research and
connect with potential funders through the
Foundation Directory Online Professional
(FDOP) database that is available at the library.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale
ndar.asp, mkohl@ccls.org or (610) 280-2620.
February 16 (Tuesday)
Social Media for Business. Spring City Library, 245 Broad Street, Spring City. 6 p.m. to
7:45 p.m.
Basics of Social Media Marketing workshop,
hosted by the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), will discuss the value of using
social media to reach customers, members and
prospects, and how it can drive repeat business
from current customers and lead to new customers, members and volunteers.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at

https://snt148.mail.live.com/?tid=cmr8RIaJrG
5RGWlAAhWtfGIA2&fv=1&fid=fl_4JWu82tNkiTl
ETUMO0XIQ2, info@pottstownscore.org or
(610) 327-2673.
February 17 (Wednesday)
Email Marketing. Service Corps of Retired
Executives (SCORE), 244 East High Street –
Suite 102, Pottstown. 10 a.m. to noon.
Power of the Inbox workshop will take small
business owners and nonprofits through a
step-by-step look at effective email marketing.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/regist
er/eventReg?oeidk=a07ec5c9h3af37e91aa&ose
q=&c=55c6ac20-38e4-11e4-8bfed4ae5292c426&ch=55fe0fd0-38e4-11e4-8bffd4ae5292c426, info@pottstownscore.org or
(610) 327-2673.
February 17 (Wednesday)
Civil War Survivor. Widener University,
825 Springdale Drive, Exton. 12:10 p.m. to
1:10 p.m.
Brandywine Valley Civil War Round Table
member James Lawler will discuss A Remarkable Civil War Survivor about a Civil War Medal
of Honor recipient who survived nearly two full
years as a prisoner of war during the weekly
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute lunch-time
speaker series.
Free activity, with seating limited. Further
information is available at
www.widener.edu/academics/schools/eics/_do
cs/cs_olli_speaker_series.pdf or (484) 7130088.
February 17 (Wednesday)
Today’s Parenting. Gymnasium, Calvary
Fellowship of Downingtown, 95 West Devon
Drive at Route 113, Exton/Lionville. 6 p.m. to
9 p.m.
Mark Gregston, Heartlight Ministries founder and host of Parenting Today’s Teens radio
show, combines human and biblically-centered
approaches in discussing a Tough Guys and
Drama Queens set of current day challenges for
parents of teens.
Free activity, including refreshments, with
further information and required registration at
www.cfdowningtown.com/students or (610)
363-7171.
February 17 (Wednesday)
History vs. Heritage. Conference Center,
Penn State Great Valley, 30 East Swedesford
Road, Malvern. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Penn State Laureate Carole Reardon will explore how history and heritage -- often used
interchangeably to describe the past -- mean
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quite different things, including recent events
such as the Civil War Sesquicentennial, preservation of historical sites and the narrative they
promote, and display of the Confederate flag.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
www.gv.psu.edu/Information/Community/319
78.htm, gvinfo@psu.edu or (610) 648-3200.
February 17 (Wednesday)
Teen Drug Use. Delaware Valley Friends
School, 19 East Central Avenue, Paoli. 7 p.m.
to 9 p.m.
Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (NOPE) Task Force of Chester County will
educate parents and community members on
issues youth are facing daily, including prescription drug abuse, drug interactiosn, signs
of substance use, addictions, parenting strategies, and where to obtain help, with messages
by professionals, law enforcement and family
members.
Free activity, with further information at
www.dvfs.org/page.cfm?p=1027,
beth.gray@dvfs.org or (610) 640.4150.
February 18 (Thursday)
Adult Book Bingo. Henrietta Hankin Branch
Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs
(Ludwigs Corner). 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Winning bingo players will receive a book of
their choice from a varied selection
Free activity, with further information at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale
ndar.asp, hhreference@ccls.org or (610) 3211700.
February 18 (Thursday)
Poverty Core Services. Reynolds Middle
School, 605 West Walnut Street, Lancaster.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Mayor’s Commission to Combat Poverty will
hold a public meeting on core services, including housing, food, chilcare, transportation and
healthcare during bi-monthly hearing that includes public comment and agency testimonies.
Free activity, with further information available at www.combatpovertylancaster.org or
(717) 291-6257.
February 18 (Thursday)
Community Parks Forum. Scott Middle
School, 800 Olive Street, Coatesville. 6:30 p.m.
to 8:30 p.m.
Public will provide thoughts on Coatesville
Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Action Plan
that will help set priorities and coordinate efforts to improve the City’s parks, recreation facilities, programs, and more.

Free activity, including dinner, with further
information and requested reservations at
mhayward@natlands.org or (610) 353-5587
x312.
February 18 (Thursday)
Raising Children. Auditorium, Pottsgrove
Middle School, 1351 North Hanover Street,
Pottstown. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Snow date
is Wednesday, February 24.
Pediatrician Kenneth Ginsburg, author of
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings, will discuss Raising
Children and Adolescents Who Are Prepared to
Thrive, comprehensive coping strategies on how
parents can support their children.
Free activity, with further information at
www.pgsd.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&
DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=91&ViewID=0
47E6BE3-6D87-4130-8424D8E4E9ED6C2A&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=1
7132&PageID=1 or (610) 327-2277.
February 18 (Thursday)
Appalachian Trail. Struble Room, Chester
County Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway,
Exton. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Chester County Park Ranger Nate
Helminiak, an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker,
will discuss the outdoors and survival, including what it takes to complete the entire trail
journey, both mentally and physically.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale
ndar.asp, pmarquette@ccls.org or (610) 2802642.
February 18 (Thursday)
Family Roots. Phoenixville Public Library,
183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 7 p.m. to
8:30 p.m.
Shelli Nye, Valley Forge family history director, will discuss the FamilySearch.org genealogy research website, said to be the largest and
best documented public family tree on the
Internet.
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.
February 18 (Thursday)
Town Hall Meeting. Paradise Township
Building, 2 Township Drive, Paradise. 7 p.m.
to 8:30 p.m.
Pennsylvania Rep. Bryan Cutler will conduct a Town Hall Meeting on the state budget
and other issues.
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Free activity, with further information and
requested registration for limited seating at
www.repcutler.com/events.aspx or (717) 2841965.
February 19 (Friday)
Mental Health First Aid. 221 South Hall,
Montgomery County Community College, 100
College Drive, Pottstown. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
National Mental Health First Aid certification course will be provided.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration for limited seating at
hr@mc3.edu or (215) 619-7166.
February 20 (Saturday)
Youth Mental Health. Chester County Public
Safety Training FAciliyt, 137 Modena Road,
South Coatesville. 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Participants will become Certified Youth
Mental Health First Aiders to help teens struggling with mental health concerns or facing crises.
Free activity, including lunch, with further
information and required registration at
www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/32313
, Linda.Hershey@holcombbhs.org or (610) 3047204.
February 20 (Saturday)
Concert. Chapel, Garden Spot Village,
433 South Kinzer Avenue, New Holland. 7 p.m.
Temple Avenue Jazz will perform as part of
the Saturday Evening Concert Series.
Free activity, with donations accepted. Further information is available at
info@gardenspotvillage.org or (717) 355-6000.
with respite care during the group with reservations.
February 21 (Sunday)
Love and Adoption. Community of Love Lutheran Church, 117 North Fourth Street, Oxford. 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Unconditional Love involving adoptions will
be discussed by Matters of the Heart support
group for all individuals touched by adoption.
Free activity, with further information available at homeyg.65@gmail.com or (610) 9980282.
February 21 (Sunday)
Adolescents and Sleep. Auditorium, Radnor
Middle School, 150 Louella Avenue., Wayne. 2
p.m. to 4 p.m.
Sleep and the Adolescent Brain will feature
a panel of experts discussing student sleep
loss, described as a critical and growing public
health issue in the United States today in this
Radnor Township School District and Radnor
League of Women Voters-hosted event.

Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
www.rtsd.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&D
omainID=1&ModuleInstanceID=1442&ViewID=
047E6BE3-6D87-4130-8424D8E4E9ED6C2A&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=3
8998&PageID=1 or (610) 688-8100.0
February 23-24 (Tuesday-Wednesday)
Adult Mental Health. Room 171, Governmental Services Center, 601 Westtown Road,
West Chester. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Repeated
Saturday, March 12 and Wednesday-Thursday,
March 16-17.
Participants will become Certified Mental
Health First Aiders to help individuals struggling with mental health concerns or facing crises during this two, half-day sessions course.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/32218
or ChescoMHFATrainings@gmail.com.
February 23 (Tuesday)
Community Café. West Grove United Methodist Church, 300 North Guernsey Road, West
Grove. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monthly community luncheon in observance
of Valentine’s Day will feature roast pork dinner.
Free activity, with further information available at (610) 869-9334.
February 23 (Tuesday)
Elder Law. Easttown Library & Information
Center, 720 First Avenue, Berwyn. 1 p.m. to
2 p.m.
Joshua Wilkins will discuss Navigating the
Maze of Elder Law that affects adults as they
begin transitioning through the stages of care,
including necessary planning documents to
protect an individual's decision making, providing for a disabled child, and changes to
Pennsylvania Powers of Attorney statutes.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale
ndar.asp, ayoung@ccls.org or (610) 644-0138.
February 23 (Tuesday)
Social Media Networks. Royersford Library,
200 South 4th Avenue, Royersford. 6 p.m. to
7:45 p.m.
You’re Social, Now What? workshop, hosted
by the Service Corps of Retired Executives
(SCORE), will discuss popular social media
networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn,
Pinterest, and Google+, the benefits of each,
how other organizations are marketing with
them, do's and don’ts of each channel, and tips
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on how to tell if your social media activity is
working.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
https://snt148.mail.live.com/?tid=cmr8RIaJrG
5RGWlAAhWtfGIA2&fv=1&fid=fl_4JWu82tNkiTl
ETUMO0XIQ2, info@pottstownscore.org or
(610) 327-2673.
February 23 (Tuesday)
College to Career Fair. Downingtown East
High School, 50 Devon Drive, Downingtown/Lionville. 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Snow date
is Wednesday, February 24.
College to Career – Get IN, Get OUT, Get a
PAYCHECK, for grades nine through
12 students and their parents will feature presentations, workshops and a local businesses
fair.
Free activity, with further information and
requested registration are available at
www.dasd.org/cms/lib8/PA01916467/Centrici
ty/Domain/4/College_Night_Flyer.pdf or
cwick@dasd.org.
February 24 (Wednesday)
Civic Engagement and Higher Education.
Widener University, 825 Springdale Drive, Exton. 12:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.
University diversity and engagement personnel will discuss Strategic Civic Engagement in
Higher Education and why it makes a difference
in a community during the weekly Osher Lifelong Learning Institute lunch-time speaker series.
Free activity, with seating limited. Further
information is available at
www.widener.edu/academics/schools/eics/_do
cs/cs_olli_speaker_series.pdf or (484) 7130088.
February 24 (Wednesday)
King of Prussia Railroads. Easttown Library
& Information Center, 720 First Avenue, Berwyn. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Michael Shaw, author of The Railroads of
King of Prussia, PA: The Past Leads to the Future, will discuss the 175 -ear history of the
railroads in the King of Prussia and Main Line
areas, along with King of Prussia looking to
bring back passenger service.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale
ndar.asp, ayoung@ccls.org or (610) 644-0138.
February 24 (Wednesday)
Town Hall Meeting. Tredyffrin Township
Building, 1100 Duportail Road, Berwyn.
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Pennsylvania Rep. Warren Kampf will provide information on the state budget situation,
pension refrm and other issues before the state
legislature.
Free activity, with further information at
www.repkampf.com/NewsItem.aspx?NewsID=2
6190 or (610) 251-2876.
February 25 (Thursday)
Eating for Energy. East Goshen Township
Building, 1580 Paoli Pike, West Chester. Noon
to 1 p.m.
Monthly lunch-time health series will feature a discussion on foods that increase or decrease personal energy supplies and factors
that contribute to a sense of vitality with Amy
Watson, certified holistic health coach.
Free activity, with further information at
www.eastgoshen.org/park-and-rec/campsand-programs/programs-for-adults/healthdiscussion-series or (610) 692-7171.
February 25 (Thursday)
Home Funerals. Phoneixville Public Library,
183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 7 p.m. to
8 p.m.
Zalene Corey of Gentle Passages will discuss home funerals and the movement which is
starting to emerge as a death care choice.
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.
February 26 and 27 (Friday and Saturday)
Stage Production. Chapel, Garden Spot Village, 433 South Kinzer Avenue, New Holland.
7 p.m.
Servant Stage Company will perform Embraceable You.
Free activity, with donations accepted. Further information is available at
info@gardenspotvillage.org or (717) 355-6000.
February 29 (Monday)
Route 30 Transportation. Wagontown Fire
Department, 412 West Kings Highway, Coatesville. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Public comment will be received in regard to
the Route 30 Multimodal Transportation Study,
a coordinated land use and transportation plan
for the Route 30 Corridor in Western Chester
County.
Free activity, with further information available at
http://cts.vresp.com/c/?Landscapes2/ae4879
8566/fbf818aa28/cb5482df7b or Natasha
Manbeck, project manager at McMahon Associates at (610) 594-9995.
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February 29 (Monday)
Independent Publishing. Phoneixville Public
Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville.
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Matty Dalrymple of William Kingsfield Publishers will discuss changes in the publishing
industry that are motivating authors to become
both writers and publishers, resulting in higher
royalties.
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.
March 1 (Tuesday)
Natural Horsemanship. Henrietta Hankin
Branch Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester
Springs (Ludwigs Corner). 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Ages 15 and over will learn from local horse
trainer Barbara Rosoff about Natural Horsemanship, a variety of techniques for training
horses versus a common perception of understanding and communicating with them.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale
ndar.asp, hhreference@ccls.org or (610) 3211700.
March 3 (Thursday)
Road To Macy’s Documentary. Asplundh
Concert Hall, West Chester University,
700 South High Street, West Chester.
8:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Documentary will be screened about West
Chester University’s Golden Rams Marching
Band experience from summer camp to their
performance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day
Parade in New York City.
Free activity, with further information and
required tickets at
www.wcucvpa.ticketleap.com/macys or (610)
436-2739.
March 4-6 (Friday-Sunday)
Family and Home Expo. Former Ross Store,
Coventry Mall, 351 West Schuylkill Road,
Pottstown. 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to
9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Home design, landscape and new technology displays, along with family events, will
highlight this annual Building Industries Exchange (NARI-BIE) of Pottstown & Vicinityhosted event.
Free activity, with further information available at www.nari-bie.org/home-showexhibitors or (610) 323-1700.

March 5 (Saturday)
Continental Army for Kids. Visitor Center,
Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400
North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia.
11 a.m. to noon.
Children can join the Continental Army in
this first Saturday of the month event, experiencing a day in the life of the continental soldier, including registering or mustering, receiving enlistment papers and continental currency, being issued wooden muskets and learing how to stand, march, and carry their musket as one of Washington's soldiers would have
done.
Free activity, with further information available at www.nps.gov/vafo/planyourvisit/eventdetails.htm?eventID=3746403-307230 or (610)
783-1075.
March 5 (Saturday)
Grief Awareness. Olive Street Presbyterian
Church, 1400 Olive Street, Coatesville. 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m.
Conference will explore The Empty Chair:
Grief Awareness for the Helping Christian for
those who wish to understand grief and come
alongside those struggling with bereavement.
Free activity, including lunch, with further
information and required registration at
jsauer@eastern.edu.
March 8 (Tuesday)
Planning for Retirement. Henrietta Hankin
Branch Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester
Springs (Ludwigs Corner). 6:30 p.m. to
7:30 p.m.
Krista Finegan of Morgan Stanley will discuss how to establish and implement clear
goals for retirement that meet individual objectives and challenges.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale
ndar.asp, hhreference@ccls.org or (610) 3211700.
March 9 (Wednesday)
Homeless Film Screening. Colonial Theater,
227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville. 7:05 p.m. ot
9:30 p.m.
Time Out of Mind, starring Richard Gere,
will look at life on the streets, in this Phoenixville Community Health Foundation and Decade to Doorways county initiative to end
homelessness-hosted event.
Free activity, with further information and
required tickets at
www.thecolonialtheatre.com/programs/timeout-of-mind or (610) 344-6900.

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March 10 (Thursday)
Wizard of Oz Singalong. Conference Center,
Penn State Great Valley, 30 East Swedesford
Road, Malvern. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Wizard of Oz movie will be screened with opportunities to sing-along and participate in a
costume parade.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
www.gv.psu.edu/Information/Community/319
78.htm, gvinfo@psu.edu or (610) 648-3200.
March 12 (Saturday)
Girls Technology Forum. East High School,
450 Ellis Lane, West Chester. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Girls in grades five through 10 and their
parents will learn about successful women in
technology in this Girl’s Exploring Tomorrow’s
Technology (GETT) conference to provide exposure to entering Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.
Free activity for students, with a fee for parents. Further information for limited spaces is
available at www.itagpa.org/programs/gett,
mstack@cceconomicdevelopment.com or (610)
458-5700.with required registration at
www.eventbrite.com/e/girls-exploringtomorrows-technology-2016-tickets18938596853.
March 12 (Saturday)
Adult Mental Health. Room 170, Governmental Services Center, 601 Westtown Road,
West Chester. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Repeated
Wednesday-Thursday, March 16-17 in Exton.
Participants will become Certified Mental
Health First Aiders to help individuals struggling with mental health concerns or facing crises during this two, half-day sessions course.
Free activity, including lunch, with further
information and required registration at
www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/32219
or ChescoMHFATrainings@gmail.com.
March 12 (Saturday)
Celtic Celebration. Unionville Elementary
School, 1775 West Doe Run Road, Kennett
Square. 7:30 p.m.
Two Pipers Piping and Friends will provide
tribal, traditional, rocking and danceable Celtic
music in this Hadley Fund series presentation.
Free activity, with further information and
tickets available at www.hadleyfund.org,
Hadley@kennett.net or (610) 444-1855.
March 15 (Tuesday)
Finding Funders. Struble Room, Chester
County Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway,
Exton. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Grantseekers will learn how to research and
connect with potential funders through the

Foundation Directory Online Professional
(FDOP) database that is available at the library.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale
ndar.asp, mkohl@ccls.org or (610) 280-2620.
March 16-19 (Wednesday-Saturday)
Jazz Festival. Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre,
located in Swope Music Building and Performing Arts Center, 817 South High Street, West
Chester. Various times.
Multiple individuals and groups will participate during West Chester University Jazz Festival.
Free activity for most, with further information available at
www.wcupa.edu/cvpa/jazzfest.aspx,
musicinfo@wcupa.edu or (610) 436-2739.
March 16-17 (Wednesday-Thursday)
Adult Mental Health. The COAD Group,
467 Creamery Way, Exton. 8 a.m. to
12:30 p.m.
Participants will become Certified Mental
Health First Aiders to help individuals struggling with mental health concerns or facing crises during this two, half-day sessions course.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/32217
or ChescoMHFATrainings@gmail.com.
March 17 (Thursday)
Presidential Greatness. Henrietta Hankin
Branch Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester
Springs (Ludwigs Corner). 6:30 p.m. to 7:30
p.m.
Historian and American history teacher
Roger Arthur will cover the history of all 43
American presidents and the qualities that the
“greats” possessed.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale
ndar.asp, hhreference@ccls.org or (610) 3211700.
March 17 (Thursday)
Greening Your Garden. Conference Center,
Penn State Great Valley, 30 East Swedesford
Road, Malvern. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Chester County Master Gardeners will discuss how to set up yards to better benefit an
individual, the community and the environment, including cultivation of the home vegetable plot and dealing with climate change, ecology, lawns, and plant selections that reduce
environmental impacts and carbon emissions.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
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www.gv.psu.edu/Information/Community/319
78.htm, gvinfo@psu.edu or (610) 648-3200.
March 19 (Saturday)
Puppet Theatre. Unionville High School, 750
Unionville Road, Kennett Square. 2 p.m.
Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia will present
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric
Carle Favourites in this Hadley Fund series
presentation.
Free activity, with further information and
tickets available at www.hadleyfund.org,
Hadley@kennett.net or (610) 444-1855.
March 19 (Saturday)
Bagpipe Concert. Chapel, Garden Spot Village, 433 South Kinzer Avenue, New Holland.
7 p.m.
Thompson McConnell and Family will perform as part of the Saturday Evening Concert
Series.
Free activity, with donations accepted. Further information is available at
info@gardenspotvillage.org or (717) 355-6000.
March 24 (Thursday)
Eleanor Roosevelt. Henrietta Hankin Branch
Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs
(Ludwigs Corner). 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Author Ann Atkins will discuss The Arc of
Her Journey about the former First Lady’s rise
above a broken childhood to living a life that
challenged injustice and shook the status quo
of society.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
http://ereserve.ccls.org/evanced/lib/eventcale
ndar.asp, hhreference@ccls.org or (610) 3211700.
March 30 (Thursday)
Women’s Business. Doubletree Hotel,
701 Penn Street, Reading. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
W.E. R.O.A.R. (Women Entrepreneurs: Relationships, Opportunities, Assistance and Resources) Conference, hosted by Pennsylvania
Sen. Judy Schwank for seasoned businesses,
start-ups and entrepreneurs, will feature sessions led by small business experts and focus
on starting and growing a business, securing
financing, strategic planning and taking a
business to a higher level.
Free activity, including refreshments, with
further information and required registration at
www.eventbrite.com/e/we-roar-womensbusiness-conference-tickets-21112542182 or
(610) 898-6151.

March 31 (Thursday)
Farm to Table. East Goshen Township
Building, 1580 Paoli Pike, West Chester. Noon
to 1 p.m.
Monthly lunch-time health series will feature a discussion on food, the East Goshen
Farmers Market and Community Supported
Agriculture (CSA) ventures in the area with
Amy Watson, certified holistic health coach.
Free activity, with further information at
www.eastgoshen.org/park-and-rec/campsand-programs/programs-for-adults/healthdiscussion-series or (610) 692-7171.
April 1 (Friday)
Teen Sexual Exploitation. Room 200BSouth Entrance, Howard Gittis Student Center,
Temple University, 1755 North 13th Street,
Philadelphia. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In Our Backyard: Beyond Awareness to Preventing Sexual Exploitation of Teens Life After
Trauma Conference will include speakers in
adolescent and child psychiatry, clinical social
work, public education and law who will provide an interdisciplinary perspective and approach to confronting issues involving human
trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation of
children trauma.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
www.thelifeaftertrauma.org/#!latoconference/c1kx8 or
info@TheLifeAfterTrauma.org.
April 2 (Saturday)
Continental Army for Kids. Visitor Center,
Valley Forge National Historical Park,
1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia.
11 a.m. to noon.
Children can join the Continental Army,
experiencing a day in the life of the continental
soldier, including registering or mustering, receiving enlistment papers and continental currency, being issued wooden muskets and learing how to stand, march, and carry their musket as one of Washington's soldiers would have
done.
Free activity, with further information available at www.nps.gov/vafo/planyourvisit/eventdetails.htm?eventID=3746403-307230 or (610)
783-1075.
April 3 (Sunday)
Piano Concert. Kennett Friends Meeting,
125 West Sickle Street, Kennett Square. 2 p.m.
Rollin Wilber will be playing a mix of Schubert, Debussy, Brahms and Chopin.
Free activity, with further information and
tickets available at www.hadleyfund.org,
Hadley@kennett.net or (610) 444-1855.
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April 7 (Thursday)
Film Fest. Conference Center, Penn State
Great Valley, 30 East Swedesford Road, Malvern. 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
MountainFilm on Tour will present a selection of award winning films from the Telluride
Festival that explore themes connected to exploring cultures, promoting adventure and preserving environments.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
www.gv.psu.edu/Information/Community/319
78.htm, gvinfo@psu.edu or (610) 648-3200.
April 16 (Saturday)
Housing Fair. Plymouth Whitemarsh High
School, 201 East Germantown Pike, Plymouth
Meeting. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Credit reports, workshops on improving
credit, real estate basics, mortgage programs,
sheriff sales, homebuyer grant programs and
more, along with over two dozen organizations
and door prizes highlight this Montgomery

County Partners for Homeownership annual
event.
Free activity, with further information at
www.mcpho.org/?page_id=65, info@mcpho.org
or (610) 275-4357.

April 20 (Wednesday)
Citizen Emergencies Training. Chester
County Public Safety Training Facility,
137 Modena Road, South Coatesville.
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Seven weekly and one Saturday class for
ages 16 and above will provide Community
Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.
Free activity, with further information and
required registration at
http://destraining.chesco.org/ema/CERTSprin
g2016, hmorgan@chesco.org or (610) 3445540.

Ongoing Weekly and Monthly Activities
Various Days/Time
Sundays
Morning Birding Walk. Bucktoe Creek Preserve, 432 Sharp Road, Avondale. 8 a.m. to
10 a.m., except when precipitating. Activity
also held at the same time on Mondays.
Delaware Nature Society staff will lead this
activity as walkers experience the diverse birdlife of a private nature preserve during a stroll
through meadows, forests, thickets, and
marsh. Walk is particularly focused on beginning birders but all skill levels are welcome.
Free activity, with further information about
the Preserve available at
www.bucktoecreekpreserve.org.
Wild Wanders. Parking Area, Lenfest Center,
ChesLen Preserve, 1199 Cannery Road,
Coatesville (Embreville). 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Local naturalist, educator, and Natural
Lands Trust volunteer William Ryan will lead a
guided walk around the preserve, with the
route varying each week to reflect what is happening at 1,263-acre tract.
Free activity, with further information available at http://www.natlands.org/event/wildwanders-at-cheslen-preserve/2014-03-30 or
(610) 353-5587.
(First Sunday of Month)
Spectrum Kids Can! Annex, Henrietta Hankin
Branch Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester
Springs (Ludwigs Corner). 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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.
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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.
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.

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(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
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.
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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.
Bilingual English/Spanish family storytime
features stories, songs, fingerplays, and an introduction to American Sign Language.
Free activity, with further information available at
http://mnl.mclinc.org/childrens/indexch.html
#Sleepytime or (610) 278-5100.
Second Tuesday
ESL Conversations. Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville.
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
BettyAnn Monash, ESL coordinator for the
Tredyffrin Public Library, will lead the informal
English as a Second Language (ESL) gathering
for ages 21 and over, with participants engaging in English-only conversations ranging from
telling jokes and singing songs to sharing recipes and discussing philosophical and historical
topics, geography, and family and work related
issues.

Free activity, with further information available at baeslphoenixville@gmail.com.
(Third Tuesday)
Writing Group. Harrop Room, Phoenixville
Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Also meets the second Thursday.
Phoenix Writers, a group for adult writers
offers writer education, empowerment, and critiques, with an opportunity to ask questions
about the writing process, read work aloud,
and obtain and offer input on material read.
Free activity, with further information available from Eric Parmer at edparmer@gmail.com.
Brandywine Query. 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
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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
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 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.
(First and Fourth Wednesdays)
ESL Conversation. Burke Room, Chester
County Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway,
Exton. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Relaxed, informal gathering, hosted by the
Chester County Opportunities Industrialization
Center (OIC) will engage participants in American English-only conversations, including
jokes, recipes, philosophy, historical and geographical topics with respect for individual
homelands, languages, and traditions.
Free activity, with further information available at kathyspicciati@gmail.com.
(Fourth Wednesdays)
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nixville. 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.
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.
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.
Job-Seeker Support. YWCA Tri-County Area
Adult Literacy Center, 1830 East High Street,
Pottstown. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Weekly Job-Seekers Connection support
group is designed to provide a supportive environment on how to obtain assistance in revising resumes, write cover letters, start an internet-based job search, and maximize job search
visibility, supplementing adult literacy classes
and a six-week Job Skills Program, for eligible
area residents.
Free activity, with further information on the
group at
www.facebook.com/ywcatricountyarea/photos/
a.468031103259613.106123.14287390244200
3/813804245348962/?type=1, on the adult
literacy and other workforce development comPage 15

ponents for eligible residents at
www.ywcatricountyarea.org/adultliteracy.html, or at (610) 326-7323.
(First Wednesdays)
YoungLives Club for Teen Moms. Reformed
Presbyterian Church, 312 West Union Street,
West Chester. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., except
August,
YoungLives Club for teenage mothers in
West Chester, an initiative of Young Life of
Chester County, provides a dinner, mentoring,
parenting information, recreation, childcare
and baby items for teen moms up to 21 years of
age.
Free activity, with additional information
available from Roxann Koren at (484) 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.
Life Study. Kennett Area Senior Center,
427 South Walnut Street, Kennett Square.
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Words of Life study is conducted by Rev. Neil
Gutmaker of the United Methodist Church of
the Open Door.
Free activity, with further information available at (610) 444-4819.
(Second Thursdays)
Blood Pressure Screenings. Kennett Area
Senior Center, 427 East Walnut Street, Kennett
Square. 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Neighborhood Health Agencies conducts
blood pressure screenings for individuals age
60 and up.
Free activity, with further information available at (610) 444-4819.
Community Coffee Klatch. The Market at
Liberty Place, 148 West State Street, Kennett
Square. 11 a.m. to noon.
Coffee and conversation to help develop and
maintain community vibrancy through intergenerational connections is an initiative of the
Kennett Inter Gen Coalition.
Free activity, with further information available at dochollisv@aol.com or (610) 717-2180.
(Third Thursdays)
Mystery Book Club. Henrietta Hankin Branch
Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs
(Ludwigs Corner). 1 p.m.
A variety of titles in the mystery, thriller or
suspense genre will be discussed.
Free activity, with further information available at (610) 321-1710.
(Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Afterschool Gaming for Teens. Phoenixville
Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Teens can play afterschool games on a big
screen with a big sound system, along with
doing online researching and networking on a
state-of-the-art graphics-capable computers,
homework, or just hang out.
Free activity, including snacks and soda.
Further information is available at
www.phoenixvillelibrary.org/Documents/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
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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. Harrop Room, Phoenixville
Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville. 6:30 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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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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
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.
Further information and schedules for area
groups are available 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 schedules for area
groups are available at www.divorcecare.org.
Single & Parenting – Weekly video/support
group for those struggling with the situation of
being a single parent. Each session is self-contained so individuals can join the group at any
time.
Further information and schedules for area
groups are available at
www.singleandparenting.org.
Celebrate Recovery (Year Around) – Support
for those struggling with any type of hurt, habit
or hangup, Including addictions.
Coatesville – Fellowship Hall, New Life in
Christ Fellowship, 1 South 5th Avenue, Coatesville. 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays. Further
information is available at (610) 384-7261.
Downingtown (Guthrieville) – Hopewell United
Methodist Church, 825 Hopewell Road. 6 p.m.

dinner and 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. program
Tuesdays, except for Christmas. Childcare
available. Further information is available from
John Neider, outreach pastor, at
john@hopewellumc.org or (610) 269-1545.
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.
Parents with Prodigals – Support group for
those saddened and hurt by disrespectful and
defiant teenagers or young adults whose behaviors, including substance abuse, create
conflict and chaos in the family.
Downingtown (Lionville/Exton) - Calvary
Fellowship Church, 95 West Devon Drive at
Route 113 – Room 1 Drive (rear entrance).
7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of
the month from September through June, with
no meeting the last Tuesday in December. Further information is available from Cindy Wanamaker at wanamaker1@comcast.net or at (484)
753-2604.
Unemployment and Underemployment - Several networking/support are available at area
churches for persons who are unemployed or
unemployed, with each providing its own variety of specific services in support of those who
participate:
Downingtown (Exton/Lionville) – JobSeekers meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays in Conference 2 at Calvary Fellowship
Church, 95 West Devon Drive (rear entrance) at
Route 113. Further information and requested
registration is available at
barnabasgroup@cfdownington.com or (610)
363-7171.
Kennett Square – Career Crossroads meets
from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the second and fourth
Mondays at Willowdale Chapel, 675 Unionville
Road. Further information is available at
www.willowdalechapel.org/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 in-

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formation 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.
• Central Delco -- 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at
three different locations: on the first
Tuesday in the St. Francis Room at St.
Mary Magdalen Church, 2400 North
Providence Road, Media, with further
information at smmemploy@gmail.com
or (610) 873-7117; the second Tuesday
in the Parish Hall – Rear Entrance, St.
Laurence Church, 8245 West Chester
Pike, Upper Darby; and the third Tuesday in Hassler Chapel, Media Presbyterian Church, 30 East Baltimore Pike,
Media, with further information at
robinst37@gmail.com.
• Upper Uwchlan Township –- 7 p.m. on
the first and third Mondays at the
School Education Center, St. 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) 7794005.
• 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.

Care Mondays
In addition to DivorceCare, GriefShare, Parents
of Prodigals and Job-Seekers ministries listed
above, the following also are held from 7 p.m.
to 9 p.m. Mondays at Calvary Fellowship of
Downingtown, 95 West Devon Drive at Route
113, Exton/Lionville. Further information is
available at
www.cfdowningtown.com/caremondays,
bvanarsdale@cfdowningtown.com or (610) 3637171 x2154.
• Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace
University – For those struggling with
or wanting to know about managing
personal finances.
• Fresh Encounter Prayer – Prayer
Chapel, for those desiring prayer for
their own situations or for others.
• College Moms in Prayer – Seminar
Room 8, for mothers wishing to pray for
students encountering all types of college situations.
Single & Parenting is being conducted from
9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Sundays, with
KidzJam and Middle and High School life
groups available for children and teens.

Free Admission Opportunities for Family Day Trips
Pack a lunch, load the family in the car, and
take a free admission day trip to these or a
combination of sites. Information is compiled
from a range of resources and is believed to be
accurate at the time of posting. It is subject to
change without notice. Participants are encouraged to use contact data provided to confirm current information. Many sites, although
free, appreciate donations.

Various sites also have special events at
various times during the year that may be
posted on their websites.
Chester County Parks - Five Chester County
Parks provide a wealth of opportunities for
families, many of them free. Over 5,000 acres
of parkland include areas for bicycling, birding,
camping, boating, visits to historic buildings,
gardens, farm animals, fishing, equestrian ring
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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.
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
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month. www.chestercohistorical.org. (610)
692-4800.

www.chestercountyswa.org/index.aspx?nid=75
(610) 273-3771.

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.

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.

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.

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
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,
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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. 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. 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 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
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.
Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum – 1155
Easton Road, Horsham. The Delaware Valley
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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.

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