LIMERICK PA – Weekend activities for Limerick residents (and anyone else!), July 31-Aug. 2:

Friday, July 31

Enjoying the memories.

Enjoying the memories.

The CK Scrapbook Convention, an exposition of scrapbooking materials and make-and-take activities, will be held July 31 (2009; Friday) beginning at 10 a.m., and Aug. 1 (2009; Saturday) in the Valley Forge Convention Center, 1160 First Ave., King of Prussia PA. Tickets cost $7 in advance and $10 at the door; admission is free for children age 9 and younger. Enrollment in a variety of scrapbooking workshops is at additional cost. For more information, call 610-337-4000. (This event from CultureMob)

Saturday, Aug. 1

It’s the first Saturday of August, and that means the monthly First Saturday Celebraton in downtown Pottstown PA, sponsored by the Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority (PDIDA) and The Gallery on High, will be in full swing from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Throughout the day, visitors can treat themselves to a self-guided ArtWalk, play Hop Scotch at Smith Family Plaza at High and Hanover Streets, and have their faces painted by members of the Gallery Art Club. There’s also a full day’s agenda of scheduled activities:

  • 10 a.m., Power Walk, led by Jeff Harrison of Pottstown Health Club
  • 11:15 a.m., Yoga with Barbara Kosciewcz, sponsored by the Academy of Massage
  • 11 a.m., Pottstown Library story hour and used book sale
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Free mini-massage special at Smith Family Plaza
  • Noon, Music by John Hain, “Those songs you know by Heart”
  • Noon to 4 p.m., Help The Gallery School of Pottstown, at its activity tent, create a collection of handmade butterflies for the Holocaust Museum of Houston TX. The museum’s goal is to collect 1.5 million hand-made butterflies. The Gallery School also hopes to display butterflies during the third annual Schuylkill River Festival in Pottstown this fall.
  • 1 p.m., Music by singer and songwriter Tim Harakal
  • 2 p.m., A High Street music showcase for jazz featuring Lois Reiger, Dan Townsend and Zach Holliday
  • 3 p.m. Music by singer and songwriter Mike Holliday
  • 4-9 p.m., Classic Car Show on High Street

The long-awaited return of the Glenn Miller Orchestra to the world-famous Sunnybrook Ballroom is scheduled for 8 p.m. in the ballroom’s main facility, 50 Sunnybrook Rd., Sanatoga PA. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door. The orchestra is coming back to Sunnybrook for the first time since the 1970s. For more information, call 484-624-5186.

Did you ever wonder what nature’s like at night; what creatures and critters are out and about? An adventurous but family-friendly guided walk to experience the dark side of Warwick County Park is scheduled from 8-9:30 p.m. in the park, 191 County Park Rd., Knauertown PA. Flashlights are permitted on this trek, according to park ranger and guide Jay Erb. Advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, call the park at 610-469-1916.

Sunday, Aug. 2

The open-air producers’ market sponsored by the Pottstown Downtown Foundation runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the parking lot located at the corner of Charlotte and High Streets, Pottstown PA. Vendors of home-grown fruits and vegetables, as well as crafters and artisans, are expected to be on hand to sell their wares to the public. Free live entertainment will feature local talent. For more information on the weekly event, call the office of Pottstown Main Street Manager Bill Haley at 610-323-5400.

The Red Hill Jazz Band, sponsored by Phoenixville Federal Bank and Trust, will perform Sunday at 6 p.m. in Limerick Community Park, Swamp Pike and Ziegler Road, Limerick PA, as the second of three free musical concerts scheduled by the Limerick (PA) Township Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call the department at 610-495-6432, Ext. 150.

The Left Edge, classic rock band, are the featured performers during this week’s edition of the free Summer Concert Series of the Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township Parks and Recreation Board. It launches at 6 p.m. from the band shell at Sanatoga Park, 200 S. Sanatoga Rd., Sanatoga PA. Township residents and their guests are invited to bring a beach blanket or chair and enjoy a night of family-friendly entertainment. No reservations required. In case of rain, concerts will be re-scheduled for the following Monday at 7 p.m.

LIMERICK PA – Weekend activities for Limerick residents (and anyone else!), June 19-21, 2009:

Friday, Jan. 19

Up for a challenge? The Amity Chess Club meets from 7-10 p.m. at St. Paul’s UCC Church, 1312 Old Swede Rd., Douglassville PA, for chess matches and lessons at all ages and skill levels. For more information, call 610-385-6324.

The winner of the "Battle."

The winner of the "Battle."

Guitar against guitar, drumstick against drumstick; it will be all-out musical war June 19 (2009; Friday) from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Rd., Sanatoga PA, as the dance hall hosts a “Battle of the Bands” charity event to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand, the foundation for childhood cancer. Preston and Steve from Philadelphia FM radio station 93.3 WMMR, and Dj Kid Karisma, will make appearances along with a celebrity panel of judges, according to the Eventful website.

Saturday, June 20

The 15th Annual Pottstown AMBUCS All-American Soap Box Derby will be held today at the corner of Wilson and State streets, Pottstown PA. Hundreds of youthful drivers between the ages of 8 and 12 will race down the Wilson Street hill, hoping for the chance to compete in national soap-box derby events in Akron OH. Come on out and cheer for your favorite cars.

Blast From The Past Street Rods Inc., the Sanatoga PA-based custom car builder, will hold its fifth annual classic car Open House and Cruise-In from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its shop, 2695 E. High St. Proceeds from the event will benefit Helping Hands Inc., the Bechtelsville PA-based non-profit that provides services to handicapped individuals and their families.

The Boyertown PA Farmers Market will operate from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 100 S. Walnut St. The market is located in the parking lot of The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, two blocks south of the intersection of Routes 562 and 73. Its farmer-vendors offer a selection of produce, beef, poultry, and baked goods.

To honor soldiers who left Valley Forge and went on to secure our nation’s independence, interpreters from the Oneida Indian Nation, National Park Service rangers, and volunteers will host a living history encampment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Muhlenberg Brigade grounds of Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Dr., King of Prussia PA. Cannon firings are scheduleded at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“Enough Work For All,” a lecture-filled history symposium on the realities of daily life and work in Pennsylvania during Colonial times, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pottsgrove Manor, the Montgomery County (PA) historical site, 100 W. King St., Pottstown PA. Several speakers and experts will be featured, and guided tours of the manor, the former home of foundry owner John Potts, will be offered.

Sunday, June 21

Boccella’s Automotive and Performance, a Schwenksville PA-based custom car builder, will hold its fifth annual classic car Open House and Cruise-In on June 21 (2009; Sunday) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its shop, 248 Swamp Pike. Proceeds from the event will benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand, the national foundation for childhood cancer.

The open-air producers’ market sponsored by the Pottstown Downtown Foundation runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the parking lot located at the corner of Charlotte and High Streets, Pottstown PA. Vendors of home-grown fruits and vegetables, as well as crafters and artisans, are expected to be on hand to sell their wares to the public. Free live entertainment will feature local talent. For more information on the weekly event, call the office of Pottstown Main Street Manager Bill Haley at 610-323-5400.

LIMERICK PA – Weekend activities for Limerick residents (and anyone else!), May 15-17, 2009:

Friday, May 15

Swing dancing with a live band, the Hot Patootoes, will be presented by SwingKat Entertainment from 9 p.m. to Midnight in the Ballroom On High, 310 High St., Pottstown PA. Tables and seating are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission varies with the band presented, $12-$20.

Saturday, May 16

Pedal up to the rodeo Saturday.

Pedal up to the rodeo Saturday.

A bicycle safety rodeo for the entire family will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School,1329 Buchert Rd., Lower Pottsgrove PA. The event includes bicycle safety, bicycle exams, and helmet checks, and is free, and open to the public.

A discussion on how to plan a vacation at Disney theme parks will be featured during a seminar that begins at 10 a.m. in the offices of the American Automobile Association, 95 S. Hanover St., Pottstown PA.

A “May Madness” 3-on-3 double-elimination basketball tournament for boys and girls in Grade 6 and older will be held from 8 a.m. until completed in the gym of Pottsgrove High School, 1345 Kauffman Rd., Lower Pottsgrove PA. A fee of $35 per team will be charged. An admission fee of $2 will be charged to spectators. Proceeds from the event benefit the Pottsgrove Boys Basketball program.

A beef-and-beer fund-raiser will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Royersford VFW on South Fourth Avenue to benefit Limerick Township Democrats. The event features a gourmet buffet with roast beef, chicken cordon bleu, pasta, Caesar salad and desserts, as well as a DJ, dancing, 50-50 drawing, door prizes and a raffle. Tickets are $20 each, and available at the door or by calling 610-287-1871 or e-mailing annamree@aol.com. (This event from WhatsThe422.com)

Ballroom dancing featuring the Waltz, Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Rumba, Tango, West Coast Swing and East Coast Swing, hosted by guest DJs, will be presented by SwingKat Entertainment from 8:30-11 p.m. in the Ballroom On High, 310 High St., Pottstown PA. Admission costs $12 per person.

Sunday, May 17

The sixth annual Tour De Cure Golf Tournament fund-raiser to benefit the Pottstown Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society will be held at Linfield National Golf Club in Linfield PA. Entry fees are $75 per golfer. For information or to participate call Bill Hohn, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 610-416-7018.

Country dancing with DJ Midnight Cowboy will be presented by SwingKat Entertainment from 3-6 p.m. in the Ballroom On High, 310 High St., Pottstown PA. Admission costs $10.

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LIMERICK PA – Weekend activities for Limerick residents (and anyone else!), Jan. 23-25, 2009:

Saturday, Jan. 24

“Reserve Painting on Glass,” a winter workshop on creating framed paintings using historical designs and techniques, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pennypacker Mills, 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville PA. The program is intended for participants age 12 and older, and an admission fee will be charged. All materials are supplied. Registration is required. For more information, call 610-287-9349 or email PennypackerMills@montcopa.org.

Smoked ... and tasty.

Smoked ... and tasty.

Experience the sights and aromas of a working smoke house used to preserve meats during the 18th and 19th centuries. The free sensory tour is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Smoking Saturday at Peter Wentz Farmstead, located east of the intersection of Routes 73 and 363 in Worcester PA. For more information, call 610-584-5104 or e-mail PeterWentzFarmstead@montcopa.org.

The Reading Royals hockey team takes on the Johnstown Chiefs for TriCounty Chamber Night at the Royals, starting at 7:05 p.m. at the Sovereign Center, Seventh and Penn Streets, Reading PA. Tickets cost $7.50 each with a handling fee of $2.00 per order. To order, print the flyer available at the chamber website and fax it to 610-898-4625. For more information, call Justin at 610-898-7216.

See model freight and passenger car trains rumbling across 700 feet of track, over high trestle bridges, through towns, around mountains and through tunnels along the right of way from Reading to Philadelphia. It’s all part of the free annual model railroad open house hosted by the Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club from 1-4 p.m. at its headquarters, 400 S. Main St. (in the rear of the building), Phoenixville PA. The open house is held during the same hours on Sunday, too, but it all ends this weekend!

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