Autumn fun with the family at the Dreibelbis farm


The Dreibelbis Farm Historical Society will hold its annual fall family celebration on Saturday from 3-7 p.m. at the Dreibelbis Historical Farm, Route 143, near Virginville.

The Dreibelbis farm has belonged to the Dreibelbis family for more than 240 years. Built in the 1860s, the unrenovated farmhouse is one of Berks County’s best living reminders of rural life.

The event will include “non-spooky” wagon rides, a bonfire, refreshments, pumpkin decorating, apple cider pressing, children’s games and tours of the 1868 farm.

After dark, the Kutztown Area Paranormal Evidence Research Group will offer an educational program in the barn, explaining paranormal research instruments and demonstrating paranormal investigation techniques.

There is a $10 admission donation. Admission for children ages 5-10 is $6 and children under 5 are free. On-site parking is free. The event is weather dependent. An entrance fee will be charged for visits to the main house.

For more information, visit Historic Farm Dreibelbis on Facebook or contact Mark Dreibelbis at 610-488-7896.

Lenape Conference

The Fleetwood Area Historical Society will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Fleetwood Community Center, 110 W. Arch St.. Vicki Heffner of the Berks History Center will tell the story of the Lenape Indians of Berks County. Free entry.

History of herbs

Oct. 20: The Pennsylvania Heartland Herb Society presents “The Story of Herbs Represented by Artists Through Time” with speaker Barbara Post Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at West Lawn United Methodist Church (HeBrews Cafe), 15 Woodside Ave.

Veterans Day Event

Manor at Market Square in Reading honors military veterans and their spouses with a free on-the-go breakfast on Veterans Day from 9-10 a.m. Pre-orders only before November 4. Call Christine at 610-373-0800.

Pottstown Race

Preparations are underway for the annual Hobart’s Run by the River 5k on Sunday, November 13, starting at 9 a.m. (8 a.m. registration) at Riverfront Park, 100 College Drive, Pottstown.

This fundraising event helps make an impact in Pottstown through neighborhood improvement initiatives as well as outreach activities that benefit children and families in need in the area.

Hobart’s Run is seeking essential sponsorship support from area businesses, individuals and organisations.

Gold sponsors ($500) who respond by October 27 will receive a 4 x 4 inch logo on the official Dry-Wick Race t-shirt and recognition in posts and on social media, and they can deposit or schedule a pickup. promotional materials such as business cards, menus, coupons and other materials to include in race packages if desired.

Silver sponsors ($250) who respond by October 27 will receive a 2 x 2 inch logo on the official Dry-Wick Race t-shirt and recognition in posts and on social media. Bronze Sponsors ($100) and Copper Sponsors ($10-$99) who respond by October 27 will be recognized on social media.

And as always, runners and walkers are needed.

For more details on the event, visit Sponsorship and runner registration information can be found by going to November 13 on the calendar and clicking on Hobart’s Run by the River 5k Fundraiser to access the sponsorship form or a printable runner registration.

Email Jacqueline Steinman at [email protected] or call 610-705-1018 to register or learn more.

Church open house

Maidencreek Church, 261 Main Street, Blandon, will hold an open house and sausage sandwich sale on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Tour the building, sit in the sanctuary and listen to music by members of all ages, enjoy youth activities and church ministries and youth groups do.

soul cafe

Soul Café will meet Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Wyomissing Restaurant, 1245 Penn Ave.
Retired journalist Bruce Posten will interview people who emigrated to America to find out what brought them here, their dreams, their expectations, their disappointments and their successes.

This is the second of three discussions about our need to share the meaning of our lives through the stories that unite us and describe who we are.

For more information, contact Dr. Harry L. Serio at [email protected]

Closing of the review board

The Berks County Capital Campaign Review Board was established in 1969 and served its purpose well for many years. Due to declining usage since the pandemic, the CCRB has made the decision to disband and close the review board. Membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Berks Chapter, is the best local fundraising resource. Go to to learn more.

Daniel Boone Festival

The annual Daniel Boone Homestead Heritage Day Fall Festival will take place on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at The Farm, 400 Daniel Boone Road, Exeter Township.

The event, sponsored by Daniel Boone Homestead Associates, will feature demonstrations, 18th century crafts and hands-on activities as well as craft and specialty food vendors and fall activities for children.

Admission: adults $10; seniors (65+) $8; youth (6-17) $5; Children 5 and under and DBHA members, free. No pets and no smoking. More information:

World quiz

The Greater Reading Global Affairs Council will hold its annual Pub Global Trivia Challenge on Thursday at the Canal Street Pub, 535 Canal St., Reading. Due to the pandemic, the in-person event has not taken place for the past two years, but thanks to continued financial support, scholarships to Berks County high school students have been awarded annually.

The team competition open to all adults in Greater Reading. Companies, schools, community organizations, families or groups of friends will be in competition. Jo Painter returns as emcee.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the competition starting at 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets for spectators are $35 which includes food and can be purchased at Go to Event. Special raffle baskets will be available.

genealogical society

The Berks County Genealogical Society, located on the fourth floor of the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington St., will hold its monthly meeting Thursday. Doors open at 6 p.m. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Randell Fegley, a retired Penn State history professor, who will discuss “What Happened Among the German and Swiss Anabaptists of the Old Country who came to Berks County”.

pork stomach dinner

Swamp Lutheran Church, 275 Swamp Church Road, Reinholds, will host its annual Pig Stomach takeaway dinner on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. Along with a serving of “Hog Maw”, a dinner includes green beans, acorn cabbage, a roll, dessert and a drink to go.

People can order a whole, cooked pork stomach. Uncooked is not available. The cost of the meal is $18 and a stomach is $24. Call the church office at 717-336-2849 or Lori Gockley at 717-203-8551 to find out more.

Proceeds will go towards maintaining and repairing the church’s kitchen equipment.

Sale of books and pastries

A book and bake sale is scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Robesonia Community Library, 75 S. Brooke St., all items priced at $1 or less. Fill up a special $13 lunchtime library tote bag for $5. Sponsored by the Friends of Robesonia Community Library. Call 610-693-8039 for more information.

Salem Witches

Join Archivist Mickey DiCarmillo Saturday at 1:30 p.m. for an afternoon of interactive investigation into the 1,692 interrogations of suspected witches in Salem, Mass. This program takes place at the main library of the Reading Public Library, 100 S. Fifth St.

DiCarmillo will tell the story through archival documents from the time. Program participants will interact with transcripts of the 1,692 interrogations of alleged witches.

The event is free and there is no need to register in advance. For more information, please call 610-655-6355.

Trunk or treat

The Teddy Foundation and WAGS Rescue are hosting a trunk or treat at Shillington Park Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

There will be free stuff or treats, unicorn rides, touch truck, face painting, pumpkin painting, book raffle and music and other activities.

Appointed Commissioner

The Association of Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools appointed Philip Harris III as commissioner.

Harris is the Workplace Education Coordinator at the Berks Career & Technology Center in the Canton of Bern, where he helps students gain work experience in addition to classroom learning.

“Middle States is a leading accreditor of career and technical education centers, an important part of the educational landscape for many students,” said MSA-CESS President Christian Talbot. “Philip brings a wealth of experience in workforce training and job placement, and Middle States will certainly benefit from his expertise.”

Harris has been teaching vocational and technical education for nearly 25 years. He attended Temple University and earned a series of professional teaching certifications. Additionally, Harris has volunteered with Middle States since 2014 and has served on several peer review teams. He served as an evaluator with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, a role that included helping K-12 schools develop guidance plans that inform school counseling procedures.

“I’m a strong supporter of mid-state accreditation and the benefits of the mid-state network,” Harris said. “I look forward to working with more schools, school systems, and career and technical education centers to help them develop plans and set achievable goals for long-term growth and improvement.”


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