Free financial workshop in Berks

The Literacy Council of Reading-Berks is hosting RFinance’s personal finance workshop series “You and Your Money.” Workshops will be held each Tuesday in October from 7 to 8 pm at the council, 35 S. Dwight St., West Lawn.

These workshops are free and open to the public. They cover topics such as budgeting, debt and investing.

Admission is free, but registration is required at

Career fair

A Returning Citizens Career Fair at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, hosted by Berks Connections/Pretrial Services, is scheduled for Monday from 10 am to 2 pm

The career fair is open to anyone who is on probation, parole, or has past involvement in the criminal justice or domestic relations systems. More than 40 area employers will be in attendance to offer second-chance employment opportunities.

We are excited to be hosting RFinance’s personal finance workshop series “You and Your Money.” These workshops are FREE and open to the public. Workshops are instructed by licensed financial advisors and cover important topics of personal finance including budgeting, debt and investing. Attendees walk away with tools to take control and have more confidence with money.

Theology with a twist

Theology with a Twist returns Tuesday and will take place the first Tuesday of each month upstairs at the Kutztown Tavern, 272 W. Main St., at 7 pm The event is free. Food and drinks can be purchased in the restaurant before the event begins.

Tuesday’s speaker is Dr. Greg Carey, a professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary, discussing his views on the dangers of Christian nationalism.

Supreme Court talk

On Tuesday, October 4th at 6 pm, The Wyomissing Public Library will offer a free public program, “SCOTUS & You,” Tuesday at 6 pm

Attorney F. Donald Smith will discuss the US Supreme Court decisions of the 2021-22 term and how those decisions impact our daily lives. Smith will talk about the evolution of the court and how it operates.

Registration is requested; email, call the library at 610-374-2385, or visit the circulation desk to register. The library requests that unvaccinated individuals wear masks.

Fundraising concert

Local performers will team up for the annual Alisa B. Memorial Funk Fest Friday at 8 pm at the Goodwill Beneficial Association Ballroom, 100 Madison Ave., Hyde Park.

A portion of the proceeds benefits the Reading Musical Foundation’s Alisa B. Anderson Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in honor of a highly respected vocalist who died of stomach cancer in 2015

The event involves the Groovemasters featuring Bennie Sims and Cliff Starkey and Erich Cawalla’s Uptown Band.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door (if available). Doors open at 7pm. For more information on purchasing tickets, go to, call 610-781-8312 or email

Empty Stroller 5K

The third annual Empty Stroller 5K = is set for FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm to raise awareness and funds for families who have lost a baby during pregnancy or infancy.

The Adalyn Rose Foundation assists families with funeral and cremation costs, hosts free support groups, sends care packages, provides immediate support in local hospitals and helps bereaved families navigate life after baby loss.

The event will feature music by Stephanie Grace, face painting, bounce houses and more. Registration is $40 and will remain open until Oct. 5. Learn more at

Mühlenberg events

Muhlenberg Township Parks & Recreation will host a Fall Family Fun Fest Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm at Jim Dietrich Park, 4899 Stoudt’s Ferry Bridge Road. It includes a traditional hayride, pumpkin painting, apple launching, carnival games, magic shows by Rich Gerber and more. Food vendors will be available throughout the day.

The park will be transformed into a Haunted Hollow Friday through Sunday from 7 to 10 pm It includes a haunted hayride and barn. Tickets are $10 for the hayride or barn or $18 for a combo ticket. Tickets can be purchased online at Food will be available.

To learn more, call 610-929-4727 or go to or

Dog rescue event

Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue will hold its monthly open house Friday from 10 am to noon at 60 Vera Cruz Road, Reinholds. Visitors may meet and greet dogs available for adoption. No admission charge.

For more information, email, call 717-484-4799 or visit:

Fall at Heritage Center

The Berks County Parks & Recreation Department will host a night of family-friendly fall experiences at the Berks County Heritage Center on Friday from 5:30 to 8 pm

It includes tours of the Gruber Wagon Works by lantern light, a guided hike down the Union Canal Trail to meet characters and creatures of the Tulpehocken Creek Valley, a hayride to Deppen Cemetery, a reading of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” at the Epler Schoolhouse and a fire pit.

Admission is $7 per person, and registration is required. Email or call 610-374-8839 ex. 201

The center is located at 1102 Red Bridge Road, Bern Township.

fall festival

Keystone Villa at Fleetwood’s fall festival returns Saturday from 1 to 3:30 pm at 501 Hoch Road, featuring complimentary hot dogs, root beer and music by bluegrass and folk band Days of Old. There will be a raffle table, bake sale, and other goods for purchase from a variety of vendors. RSVP by calling Danielle at 484-637-8200.

Decorating contest

The Muhlenberg Arts Board is organizing a Halloween House Decorating Contest for residents of Muhlenberg Township and Laureldale. The top winners in each category will win gift cards.

All decorating must be done by the homeowner, not a professional decorator. Entry deadline is Oct. 17 at noon, and judging will take place the following day. Winners will be notified by Oct. 21

Categories include the Most Whimsical/Creative, Most Holiday Spirit, Most Haunting and Contemporary display.

To enter, call 610-929-4727 and state that you want to enter the Halloween House Decorating contest. Leave your name, address, phone number and which category best fits your house or email


Hawk Mountain Chapter 31 Society for Pennsylvania Archeology will meet Monday at 7 pm at the Hamburg municipal building, 61 N. Third St.

Archaeologist Taylor Napoleon will discuss prehistoric recorded sites in Berks and Schuylkill counties.

Call 484-955-9105 for more information.

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