Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Aug. 27

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Phoenixville Public Library

Library Info: 183 Second Ave., www.phoenixvillelibrary.org, 610-933-3013 x132. Reservations for events/programs can be made online or by calling the library.

Phoenix Fiction Writers: Adult writers of fiction invited to attend twice monthly meetings of the Phoenix Fiction Writers at the library. Free. Group meets second Thursday and third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the library’s Harrop Room. Led by Eric Parmer, offering local writers education, empowerment and constructive criticism. Writers ask questions about the writing process, read work out loud and receive/offer input on material read. Free and open to public. To submit writing samples or for more information, contact Eric Parmer at edparmer@gmail.com.

Legal Outreach Clinic: A free legal clinic will be offered at Phoenixville Public Library on the first Thursday of the month from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Ian J. Michener, Esq. of Rick Linn, LLC offers this Phoenixville Legal Outreach Clinic, providing information, counseling, and advocacy in various areas of law, including family law, trusts & estates, criminal defense, landlord-tenant law, and legal issues facing small businesses. Attendees receive a free 20-minute consultation with an attorney, who will provide counseling and access to legal resources as needed. Consultations are provided on a first-come, first served basis. For more information, call 610-933-3013 x132 or email mpinto@ccls.org.

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ESL Conversation Group: new weekly group on Saturdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. Group facilitated by John Argeseanu and open to ESL students and tutors and anyone in the community looking to improve/practice their English. Free and open to public. For more info, e-mail johnargeseanu@gmail.com.

Mobile Workforce Navigator: Your guide to resources available to unemployed and underemployed job seekers through the PA CareerLink and the United Way Financial Stability Center of Chester County, is available for free, walk-in appointments each Wednesday from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., immediately following the weekly meeting of the Library’s Career Success Group. Call for more info.

Cuéntame un cuento/Tell Me a Story: each second Wednesday of the month) from 1:30-2 p.m. Ages 3-5 with caregiver . No registration required. This is abi-lingual story time. Come and enjoy stories and songs in Spanish and English. Presented in collaboration with Ursinus College. The Cuentame un cuento/Tell Me A Story Bilingual Story Time will meet in June, then resumes in the fall on the Second Wednesday of the month, but the time will change to 1-1:30 p.m.

Phoenixville Tech Group: The Phoenixville Tech Group holds weekly morning meetings at Phoenixville Public Library on Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon, and monthly evening meetings on the third Thursday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The Phoenixville Tech Group brings technology users together to share knowledge and experience. We are particularly interested in helping those who have limited or no experience with computers. Topics that can be addressed include: digital cameras, cell phones, tablets, cable TV & FiOS, GPS, computer and printer recommendations, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, e-mail, software installation, computer security, speeding up a sluggish computer, and more. The group is free and open to the public. More information on the group are available at www.phoenixvilletg.com, by email at Glenn@SeniorTechGroup.com or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

Microsoft Office & More!: Learn Microsoft’s Office 2013 programs and more in a series of free classes on selected Saturdays, August through December. IT professional Ernie Tidball is the instructor. The class schedule is as follows: Aug. 26 (Facebook 101); Sept. 16 (Excel Basic); Oct. 7 (Word Basic); Oct. 21 (Excel Intermediate); Oct. 28 (Outlook); Nov. 4 (Word Intermediate); Nov. 18 (Excel Advanced); Nov. 25 (Publisher Basic); Dec. 2 (Cyber Security). Class time is 10 a.m. to noon in the Library’s Community Education Room. Students may bring their own laptops with Office 2013 installed (Office not needed for Facebook and Cyber Security classes) and should bring a USB drive if they wish to save their work. Basic knowledge of computers and the ability to use a keyboard and mouse are required. Space is limited. Students may register for one or any combination of classes. When registering, indicate if you will be bringing a laptop.

Make a Bubblegum Machine Candy Dish: Aug. 29 from 7 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing evening creating a fun candy dish that looks like a bubblegum machine. Craft instructor Sondra Gervasi will host this event for adults and teens. A materials fee of $10 per person lets you choose your own colors to match the room you desire to display your dish in. Light refreshments served. This event is open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 ext. 132.

Thursday night movies: Great comedy teams from the ’30s to the ’80s on Thursday nights through Aug. 31 at Phoenixville Public Library. The movies screen at 7 p.m.

Books on Tap at Molly Maguire’s: Aug. 29. Books on Tap, Phoenixville Public Library’s book discussion group for adults in their 20s and 30s, will meet to discuss “The Animators” by Kayla Rae Whitaker at Molly Maguire’s Restaurant and Pub, 197 Bridge St., Phoenixville. A copy of this book may be reserved at the library or at ccls.org. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations not required. Food and drink not included but will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Lindsay Friedenberg at lfriedenberg@gmail.com.

Fibromyalgia — The Corrective Approach: Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. The library will host a free lecture, “Fibromyalgia: The Corrective Approach.” Dr. Jeff Snyder of Snyder Family Chiropractic will be the speaker. Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by widespread, migrating and often debilitating pain and fatigue that prevents people from accomplishing everyday tasks. The National Foundation for Fibromyalgia estimates that as many as 12 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia and up to 40 percent of fibromyalgia patients have to stop working or change jobs. The average person suffers from fibromyalgia for five years and spends thousands of dollars on medical bills before receiving an accurate diagnosis. As a result of misdiagnosis, more than half of all people undergo unnecessary surgery. If you suffer from what you believe is fibromyalgia or even if you’re not sure, this lecture is for you. You’ll learn the common and not so common traits and some drug-less solutions to this painful condition. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 ext. 132.

Stepping Up to Stop Sexual Assault: Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. The library will host a free program for high school students and their parents, “Stepping Up to Stop Sexual Assault.” Dermot Anderson, Becky Bowlby and Janet Pudlinski, three counselors from the Lower Merion School District, will be the presenters. Did you know that one in five women will be sexually assaulted during college? Sexual assault is at an all-time high on college campuses across the country. In an effort to help students transition from high school to college or the workplace, this program was created to educate students about the facts surrounding sexual assault, how to protect themselves and how to be good bystanders to protect others. Learn more about this epidemic spreading through our colleges and universities. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 ext.132.

Phoenix Book Club: Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. The Phoenix Book Club will meet at the library to discuss “The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey” by Rinker Buck. A copy of the book may be reserved at the library or at ccls.org. The club is free and open to the public. For more information, call 610-933-3013 ext. 132 or email mpinto@ccls.org.

Perkiomen Valley Library

Library Info: 290 Second St., Schwenksville. Call 610-287-8360 for registration and information.

Yoga: Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Teens and adults. There is a charge per session. Join Adoja Amoah-Aggrey, RYT, / Carmen Molina, RYT, for all levels of yoga. Bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. Beginners welcome. E-mail questions to yoga.vaayu@gmail.com.

Preschool Storytime: Ages 2-5 with an adult. Registration requested. Call 610-287-8360.

Baby Story Time: Tuesdays at 9:30 am. Ages 6-24 mos. with adult. Enjoy stories, songs, and finger plays. Registration requested. Call 610-287-8360.

Red Cross Blood Drive: Aug. 29 from 2 to 7 p.m. Make an appointment online at redcrossblood.org. Complete your Rapid Pass the day of the blood drive to shorten your registration time. The Blood Drive will be held in the auditorium. Use Church Street entrance. Walk-ins welcomed; however, appointments are highly recommended.

Writers Assemble: Aug. 31 at 4:30 p.m. Join a monthly writing club. Meet other people who love to write. Come to write or to get or give feedback.

Area events

Country Fair and Antique Tractor Show: Vincent Mennonite Church, 39 Seven Stars Road, Spring City, will hold its 32nd annual Country Fair and Antique Tractor Show including a chicken barbecue Saturday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine. Admission and parking are free. There will be an antique tractor show and parade with hit and miss engines, toy tractors and antique cars, craft tables, Vincent Youth lunch stand, children/family activities (including magician and moon bounce) and gospel bluegrass music by The Horst Brothers. The chicken barbecue dinner is from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for children. Info: 610-948-2129 or vincentmc.org.

Splatterfest: The Colonial Theatre’s Italian All-Night Splatterfest Part VI: Splatter Time will be held Saturday, Sept. 2, presenting five of the most outlandish and entertaining Italian horror movies ever made: Mario Bava’s “Blood and Black Lace,” Dario Argento’s “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage,” Bruno Mattei’s “The Guardians of Hell AKA The Other Hell,” Lamberto Bava’s “Demons” and a mystery title to be announced on the night of the event. The evening will include trailers, prizes, posters, T-shirts and, as a special added bonus, a chance to purchase cuisine provided by Shorty’s Sunflower Café and Truckstop. Ticket prices: SplatterFEAST VIP Ticket: $50 advance/$55 day of show; adults: $25; seniors and students: $20; members: $15. No children under 16. General admission seating. Tickets are non-refundable. Ticket prices do include the $1 per ticket service fee. No member or guest passes accepted for this event. Visit for thecolonialtheatre.com/programs/italian-all-night-splatterfest-6/ for tickets and additional details.

Best Psychic Fair: Best Psychic Source will host the second annual Best Psychic Fair Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the corner of Bridge and Main streets in Phoenixville. Visitors will enjoy local craft and food vendors while having the opportunity to connect with talented intuitives to gain insight into their deepest questions. There is no cost to attend the event, only for purchased goods and services. For more information, visit BestPsychicFair.comor call 610-268-9517

Saint Mary Feast: The Church of Saint Mary’s will hold its communitywide Saint Mary Feast Sunday, Sept. 10, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the church, located at 40 Spring Mount Road, Schwenksville. Beginning with the noon Mass, enjoy music, games, food and fellowship until 6:30 p.m. There will be homemade Latin, Polish, Italian and American foods along with fun carnival games including a Eurobungee jump, a rock wall and dunk tank. There will be ’60s music by Steve and Dave, music and games by DJ Mike Trotter and animal balloons by Chippy the Clown. Stop by our Attic Treasures. Come watch the Eagles season opener vs. Washington Redskins in the biergarten, which will have craft beer and wine, or try your luck in a 50/50 raffle. All are welcome. For additional information, visit churchofsaintmary.org.

Forge Theater Auditions: Auditions for “The 1940’s Radio Hour” will be held at the Forge Theatre, 241 First Ave., Phoenixville, Sunday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. Auditions will consist of singing a prepared song (preferably with a 1940s or standard feel) and movement and cold readings from the script. Rehearsal Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. Show dates: Jan. 5, 6, 7*, 12, 13, 14*, 19, 20 and 21*. (*denotes 2 p.m. matinees.) In case of bad weather, two performances could be added Jan. 26 and 27. Questions can be directed to the director, Greg Morton, at greggymorton2002@gmail.com or 917-913-2619.

Craft Marketplace: The Friends of Pennypacker Mills, a 501(c)(3) corporation that raises funds to support the Pennypacker Mills historical site located at 5 Haldeman Road in Schwenksville, will hold its sixth annual Craft Marketplace Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.on the grounds of the Mills. The Craft Marketplace is expecting 70-plus skilled craftsmen. Handcrafted items iwill nclude scrollsaw art and ornaments with an ongoing demonstration; woolen wares made of angora, alpaca and llamas (and the bunnies will be there, too); repurposed wine corks and bottles; digital art; stained glass; sterling and gemstone jewelry; beaded jewelry; metal sculpture and jewelry; baby items; repurposed wood items; fabric crafts; jams and jellies; Amish furniture and bird houses from antique local barns; soaps and more. All proceeds will benefit Pennypacker Mills. For information, call Carol at 610-489-9732, email grammyx5@verizon.net or visit friendsppm.org or montcopa.org/pennypackermills.

Soroptimist of Phoenixville Women’s Nine, Wine & Dine: Sept. 27. Enjoy nine holes of golf at Phoenixville Country Club, followed by cocktail hour with crudités, raffles and silent auction then onto dinner with guest speaker Sue Weldon, founder and president of Unite for HER. Registration 1 to 2:30 p.m.; tee time 2:30 p.m.; cocktails and crudités 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; dinner and speaker 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: golf and dinner: $90; dinner only: $50. Register at soroptimistpxv.com. For more information, contact siphoenixvillegolf@gmail.com.