King Day Events Planned Across Western MontCo

POTTSTOWN PA – Several local events are scheduled for this weekend – today, Saturday (Jan. 19, 2019) through Monday (Jan. 21) – to observe the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday.

Those interested in any activities should check on havoc that might be caused by Monday’s forecasted winter storm, named “Harper” by the National Weather Service. Locations with events planned could be affected by storm-related power outages or other problems. It’s advisable to review their websites or Facebook pages, or call the facilities for advance warning about any cancellations or delays.

Many municipal government offices, school, post offices, banks, and other public facilities have announced they will be closed for the day. If you’re heading to any one of those, call ahead to ensure they’re available.

Events submitted to The Post include:

In Pottstown

The regular Sunday 11 a.m. service at Second Baptist Church, 507 N. Adams St., will be followed by an educational program on King’s life and work of King.

A community-wide King celebration intended to promote peace and unity, and sponsored by area churches and religious organizations, is planned Monday at 3:30 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church, 750 N. Evans St. The Rev. Vernon Ross, pastor of Bethel Community Church, is the featured speaker. The church’s Youth Choir, Presbyterian Chancel, and Praise Power Choirs will perform. Participating churches include Bethel Community, Christ Episcopal, First Presbyterian, The Hill School Alumni Chapel, The Salvation Army, Falkner Swamp United Church of Christ, and Zion’s United Church of Christ.

Leaders Engaging Young Professionals, a group affiliated with the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce, plans to assist a community service project Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Olivet Boys & Girls Club, 640 Beech St. It will focus on young people involved in the civil rights movement. Participants will learn about Ruby Bridges, the Birmingham Children’s March, and the Little Rock Nine, which all played a pivotal role in ending segregation in the United States. From noon to 2 p.m., youths and adults will assemble care packages for local first responders. The day will end with a 2 p.m. MLK Day of Service Peace Walk on nearby blocks in the borough, during which the group will walk and carry signs encouraging peace and equality. For information call 610-326-2900.

The Hill School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will conduct a free youth basketball clinic Monday from 9:15-11 a.m. in the school’s Mercer Field House, 860 Beech St. All children currently in grades K-8 may attend. Participants will work with Hill School players and coaches to improve their skills in a fun-filled event. Advance registration is not required. Parking is available at The Hill School Center for the Arts, 760 Beech St. From there, follow signs to the registration area.

In Boyertown and Gilbertsville

The Boyertown Area Ministerial Association’s Martin Luther King Day celebration will be held Monday at 7 p.m. in New Hanover United Methodist Church, 2211 Swamp Pike. Students from Boyertown Area High School and Pine Forge Academy are scheduled to perform.

In Phoenixville

Join the Togetherhood Committee of the Spring Valley YMCA in Limerick for a game day at Brandywine Senior Living, 1133 Black Rock Rd., Phoenixville PA 19460. It’s a perfect opportunity to volunteer together: a group of about 15-20 participants (age 7 and older) will play Family Feud with its residents. Younger siblings and others can also attend. For information contact Jeannie at jboland@philaymca.org or 484-984-2017.

In Royersford

Visitors are welcome at the Royersford Free Public Library, 200 S. 4th Ave., during regular hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. They can watch videos of Dr. King’s speeches, which will be screened beginning at 11 a.m. At the same time, the library children’s section will offer King-related art projects to those interested. The regularly scheduled 10:15 a.m. story time will not be held, however.

Due to anticipated weather-related freezing temperatures, ice, and brisk winds, the library has re-scheduled for Feb. 15 (Friday) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Children’s Winter Carnival it had planned for the King holiday. A limited number of carnival games will be available for “practice shots,” though, the library reported in an e-mail.

In North Coventry

North Coventry-based non-profit In Ian’s Boots, which provides shoes and other footwear to those in need, will hold a weekend of service at its 1486 S. Hanover St. location, behind Diane’s Discount Pets. Volunteers will sort, clean, tag and stock shoes for future distribution. Individuals, families or groups are welcome Saturday (Jan. 19) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday (Jan. 20) from 1-5 p.m., and Monday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 610-970-8820 for information.

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