Community News and Events
The Oley Alumni and Community Band Rehearsals
The Oley Alumni and Community Band is looking for musicians of all ages! Rehearsals take place on Sundays from 6 – 7 PM at St. John’s UCC – Pricetown. For more information, please contact [email protected], and follow us on Facebook here!
Rejoicing Spirits Services & Fellowship
First Sunday of Every Month
Rejoicing Spirits of Eastern Berks County invites anyone to attend their services and fellowship times on the first Sunday of every month at 3:00 PM at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. Parking is located behind the church with an accessible entrance from the parking lot. All are welcome to each 30 to 40 minute, no-shush ecumenical worship service that enriches the lives of all people, especially the differently-abled, their caregivers, families and friends. Rejoicing Spirits includes music, playing musical instruments, joyous singing, opportunities to participate, brief and meaningful messages, and the chance to connect with others. Join them for snacks and fellowships immediately following each service. For more information contact Charlene Fisher at 610.223.9822 or [email protected] or Erin Webb at 610.894.9949 or [email protected]. Follow their Facebook page for updates!
Bruce K. Betz 41st Annual Jazz in the Valley Festival
Saturday, February 24, 2024
Enjoy a full day of jazz music performed by several local high school and junior high school bands. This fundraising event is sponsored by the Oley Valley Music Association. Tickets at the door will be $8 each, and the event starts at 12:30 PM. Student performers will not need to pay for a ticket. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase at this event, which is taking place at the Oley Valley Middle School.
Kutztown Community Partnership Annual Meeting
Thursday, February 29, 2024
Kutztown Community Partnership (KCP) is excited to announce that it will be holding its Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 29th at 6 PM at The Kutztown Strand Theatre. The Annual Meeting is an opportunity for KCP to review the accomplishments of the past year and present their vision for 2024. KCP will also be honoring the volunteer and the community organization of the year. This year’s annual meeting is extra special because it is the official launch of KCP’s capital campaign to support the Kutztown Strand Renovation Project.
Over the years, Kutztown Community Partnership has been fortunate to receive tremendous support from generous partners and the community, enabling them to carry out their mission and make a meaningful impact. Kutztown Community Partnership is committed to continuing to build community, forge positive relationships, and foster cultural and economic collaboration.
The Kutztown Strand Renovation Capital Campaign will enable KCP to move forward in a project that is special to the community. With the funds raised, revitalizing this beloved historic theatre can become a reality.
Refreshments will be served, providing a casual setting for networking and conversation. For more information or to confirm your attendance, please contact Outreach & Theatre Director, Barbara Vogelgesang by February 22 at [email protected] or 484.646.9069.
Kutztown Area School Music Association’s Spaghetti Dinner
Friday, March 1, 2024
Stop by the Kutztown Area Middle School anytime from 5 to 8 PM on Friday, March 1 to enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner and performances by KASD musicians! There will be raffle prizes, live music, a bake sale and full dinner options. The spaghetti options include meat sauce, marinara and gluten free. Meals are $12 each, and there is a $5 admission fee for non-dining guests. All proceeds will benefit the Kutztown Area School Music Association.
31st Annual Pot Pie Benefit Dinner
Sunday March 10, 2024
The Oley Valley Community Benefit Association is hosting their 31st Annual Pot Pie Benefit Dinner at the Oley Valley Elementary School on Sunday, March 10, 2024 from 11:30 AM to 3 :00 PM. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for the same time on Sunday, March 17. The cost to attend is $15 for adults, $6 for children ages 4 – 10, and free for children 4 and under. All proceeds benefit those in need who live and /or work within the Oley Valley School District. While you’re enjoying your Pot Pie, musical groups from the Oley Valley Music Department will be sharing their talents. There will be handicap parking / drop off in the rear of the Oley Valley Elementary School. We also offer takeout which begins at 11:00 AM. We provide all containers. Tickets can be purchased at the door, from several businesses within the Oley Valley or from any committee member. Learn more here!
*Fleetwood Bank is a proud supporter of the Oley Valley Community Benefit Association*
IM ABLE’s 2024 BASH Fundraiser
Saturday, March 16, 2024
The BASH is IM ABLE’s annual fundraiser taking place on Saturday, March 16 from 7 to 10 PM. Free to register, this event includes dinner and beverages, dancing with entertainment provided by Brass Pocket and SanCO Sound & Light, adaptive sport stations for guests to try, a brief program that illustrates all the incredible things you’ve made possible over the last year, and the presentation of the Motivator of the Year Awards and Equipment Grand Presentations. Funds raised at this event remove obstacles that prevent people with physical and / or cognitive challenges from living an active lifestyle. Learn more and register today by clicking here!
Kutztown Area School Music Association’s Jazz Festival
Saturday, March 16, 2024
Stop by the Kutztown Area Middle School to enjoy their Jazz Festival, which starts at 12 PM on Saturday, March 16. There will be live music, raffle prizes, and great food! Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for kids. All proceeds will benefit the Kutztown Area School Music Association.
*Fleetwood Bank is a proud sponsor of this event and proud supporter of KASMA*
Picture Berks Healthy
Monday, March 25, 2024
Celebrate the ways Berks Community Health Center is making an impact on the health of our community! This event, which is taking place on Monday, March 25 at the DoubleTree Hotel, will honor Kevin Murphy with the Civitas award. The event will begin at 5:30 with a light buffet dinner, followed by the program starting at 6:15 PM. Stay tuned for details on the 2nd Annual Contest, the silent auction and more! Tickets for the event are $75 and can be purchased here.
Girl Scouts of Eastern PA’s Take the Lead
Wednesday, April 3, 2024
On April 3, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania will gather at The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Reading with their Board of Directors, our fellow Event and Selection Committee members, the corporate and philanthropic community, and Girl Scouts from throughout Berks County to celebrate the amazing impact of our 2024 Take the Lead honorees:
Auria Bradley, M.S.: Associate VP of Workforce & Continuing Education at Reading Area Community College
Glynis A. Fitzgerald, Ph.D.: President of Alvernia University
Amanda J. Hornberger: Chief Operating Officer of the Jewish Federation of Reading/Berks
Christi Schterz Terefenko: Executive Director and Co-Founder of VOiCEup Berks
Learn more about the event and register here!
*Fleetwood Bank is a proud sponsor of this event and proud supporter of Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania*
13th Annual Zackon 5K Run & Walk
Saturday, April 20, 2024
The Oley Valley Community Education Foundation is hosting their annual 5K in memory of Dr. Jeffrey Zackon on Saturday, April 20, 2024. To learn more about this event and register, please click here! This is a one mile fun run, and participants are welcome to either run or walk. This in-person event will take place in the picturesque Oley Valley. The day-of-race registration table opens at 8 AM and the race begins at 9 AM. Fun Run will begin at 9:10 AM.
*Fleetwood Bank is a proud sponsor of this event and proud supporter of The Oley Valley Community Education Foundation*
4th Annual Berks Street Art Festival
Saturday, May 4, 2024
Stop by the 4th Annual Berks Street Art Festival, focused on kindness and creativity, on Saturday, May 4 from 10 AM to 2 PM. A rain date is scheduled for May 11. This event is taking place at the Reading-Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center, located at 2615 Warren Road in Reading and is presented by The Camel Project. Attendees will enjoy chalk art, music, dance, painting, vendors, and food! The Camel Caravan will also be in attendance at this event. Learn more here!
Opportunity House’s Wine, Women and Shoes
Thursday, June 6, 2024
Join Opportunity House for their annual Wine, Women and Shoes event from 5:30 to 9:00 PM at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Reading. Sip fine wines, shop the latest styles, mingle with the shoe guys, bid on incredible auction items and much more. Visit opphouse.org/wine-women-shoes to learn more!
*Fleetwood Bank is a proud supporter of Opportunity House*
Thursday, June 13, 2024 - Saturday, June 15, 2024
The Kempton Fair is back and taking place June 13 – 15 this year! This event is presented by and for the benefit of the Kempton Community Center, which provides year-round recreational activities for Albany Township and surrounding area residents of our great community. Learn more about the event here!
*Fleetwood Bank is a proud sponsor of this event and proud supporter of the Kempton Fair*
Oley Valley Community Education Foundation Cornhole Tournament
Saturday, August 10, 2024
The Oley Valley Community Education Foundation is hosting their annual Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, August 10, 2024. This is a rain or shine event. Check-in will take place from 8-9 AM and will be located directly behind the main stage of the Oley Fairgrounds (26 Jefferson Street, Oley, PA). To learn more as information becomes available and to register, please click here!
Chile Pepper Festival
Friday, September 6, 2024 & Saturday, September 7, 2024
The 28th Annual Chile Pepper Festival is taking place on Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7 this year at the William Delong Memorial Park in Bowers, PA. This event is rain or shine and will feature music by The Chile Pepper Ramblers. A donation of $4 is suggested for admission. Learn more here on their website!
*Fleetwood Bank is a proud sponsor of this event and proud supporter of the Chile Pepper Festival for many years*