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Genealogy Society and More Events in Berks

It’s time to start collecting your ancestry, says the Berks County Genealogy Society.

National Genealogy Day is March 12, and the Berks group says it will be celebrating the entire month.

Each Sunday in March, there will be an open house in the library of the group’s offices at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts at Second and Washington streets, organizers said.

The open house runs from noon to 4 p.m. and during the final hour, volunteers will give visitors a free beginner’s class on how to get started with family research and using the library, organizers said.

Free classes are March 6, 13, 20 and 27. No RSVP required.

More details: or 484-509-4806.

Sale of library books

The Bernville Library, 6721 Bernville Road, which is Route 183, is holding a 10-item book sale for $3 on March 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and March 13 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Fiction will be organized A-Z by author to make it easy to find specific books, organizers said.

There will also be children’s books, youth books, history, biographies, guides, references, manuals, cookbooks, audiobooks, movies, music CDs and more , organizers said.

The library sits above Redner’s Quik Shoppe in Bernville. Enter through Fox Alley.

More information: 610-488-1302.

French and Indian war tale

Hawk Mountain Chapter 31, Society for Pa. Archeology, presents “Rediscovering Local History” March 7 at 7 p.m. at Hamburg Borough Hall, 61 N. Third St.

Historian Karen Calarco will chronicle the life of Regina Hartman and her captivity by Native Americans. It is the story of a local family and a young girl during the French and Indian war, organizers said.

All are welcome to the free event. For details, call Chapter President Dave Ray at 484-955-9105.

Library Book Club

The Public Reading Library will resume its Adult Book Club at the Main Library with a discussion of Ian McEwan’s “Atonement” on March 9 at 7 p.m.

The discussion will take place at the Reading Public Library Foundation Building, 113 S. Fourth St. and via Zoom. Visit for details.

Upcoming sessions include:

• “Red at the Bone” on May 11

• “Cherokee America” on July 13

All free talks will be led by Nathaniel Thomas, the library’s reference services supervisor, organizers said.

In-person guests can access the foundation building through the door from the car park on Wood Street behind the main library.

Appropriate health and safety precautions will be followed.

For more information, call the referral service at 610-655-6355.

Art competition for young people

The Hawk Mountain Youth Art Month contest begins March 1 and submissions must be submitted by March 31.

Children and teens ages 5 to 16 are invited to submit artwork, and staff will select two winners from ages 5 to 9 and two from ages 10 to 16, organizers said.

Winners will have their works displayed in the visitor center gallery from April 22 to May 22 to celebrate Earth Day and spring, organizers said.

Winning artwork will also be made into a limited-edition sticker for sale in the Mountain Bookstore, and winners will receive a gift and/or a family membership, organizers said.

Entrants should ensure to download and submit the necessary waiver from the Youth Art Month Contest event page. All artwork may be shared on Hawk Mountain’s website or social media.

Artwork must clearly depict an aspect of the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and be original artwork by the artist listed on the waiver to be considered. Accepted art forms are paintings, drawings/sketches or digital art.

All contest information is available at

Rain barrels and beer

The Berks County Conservation District will host a Beer Rain Barrel Workshop at the Saucony Creek Brewery near Kutztown on March 26 at 1 p.m.

Attendees will learn water conservation practices as they sip brewery fare, while assembling and painting rain barrels to take home, organizers said.

Registration is mandatory.

Tickets are $40 and include a free beer and a rain barrel to take home. Additional attendees who might help decorate the rain barrel can purchase a ticket for $10, which also includes a free beer, organizers said.

Proceeds benefit the Conservation District’s educational and outreach programs.

To register, contact Jennifer Brooks at [email protected]

Basket raffle

The Boyertown Junior Woman’s Club presents its annual Girls’ Night Out Basket Raffle March 26 at Hope Community Church, 2732 N. Charlotte St., near Gilbertsville.

Proceeds will go to the General Spaatz Museum in Boyertown and other local organizations.

The draw opens at 5:30 p.m. and it will be an in-person event.

Outside food is allowed in the building, but no alcohol. Tickets are $25 and attendees will receive a sheet of 25 raffle tickets at the door, organizers said.

Email [email protected] for tickets.

The club is accepting basket donations until March 13. To donate in any way, contact [email protected]