Introducing the June 2015 edition of the Leesport Current Events Newsletter. The nice weather continues and it’s a great time to get outside and participate in some of these events. in and near Leesport. We hope you enjoy the following deals and events:

Upcoming Events

Event Company Date Details
Bird Walk County of Berks 6/4/15 Join bird expert and naturalist Joan Silagy for a free early morning bird walk at 8 to 9:30 a.m. when the animals are most active. The informative, guided walk will take you through trails, roadways, and some mild hills. Meet at the Church Road Access point and remember to bring binoculars for the best view.
Joe Baione Quintet Concert Berks Parks and Recreation Performing Arts in the Park 6/7/15 Check out this exciting and entertaining jazz musician as part of the recurring Berks concert series in the amphitheater of the Gring’s Mill Recreation Area from 6 to 8 p.m. Joe Baione will perform originals and covers of classic songs in his unique style of jazz on the vibraphone. Admission is free, but there will be $5 donation requested for parking. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfort and refreshments will be served.
Summer Starter 5K Leesport Hump Day Race Big Vision Foundation 6/10/15 Participants of all ages are invited to the Big Vision Sports Complex in Leesport for this 5K race. The course will be designed to mimic a cross country race featuring different surfaces such as gravel, pavement, and grass. The complex itself is modeled after Fenway Park and is a beautiful, scenic location for a race. The 5K begins at 6 p.m. and is $10 in advance, $15 the day of. There will also be a 1 mile fun run/walk beginning at 6:15 p.m. for $5 in advance and $10 the day of. Additional donations are appreciated and all proceeds benefit the Big Vision Foundation.
Paddle and Pedal Along the Tulpehocken County of Berks 6/12/15 Experienced boaters are welcome to join Berks Parks staff for kayaking down the Tulpehocken creek and biking along the trail from 4 to 7 p.m. The fun will begin at the Blue Marsh Lake Stilling Basin, stop at Red Bridge for a snack, then continue on bike through the Union Canal Towpath Trail. Kayaks and bikes are available for rental or you can bring your own. Cost is $40 and participants should register by June 8th by calling 610-374-2944.
Get Outdoors Day at Blue Marsh Lake County of Berks 6/13/15 Come on out to the Dry Brooks Day Use Area of Blue Marsh Lake for this free, family-friendly fun and educational event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include mountain biking, paddle sports, a scavenger hunt, water rescue demos, control tower tours, K9 demonstrations, Smokey Bear and Bobber the Water Safety Dog meet and greets, and much more.
Annual Gourmet Garden Tour Centre Park Historic District 6/20/15 This event is a self-guided walking tour that will take you through beautiful Centre Park Historic District to view creative gardens in an urban environment from 5 to 9 p.m. Each garden will feature a signature, local food tasting paired with beer or wine. Live music will be continuous throughout the event. Tickets are available for a $25 purchased at the park the day of the event or for a discounted rate on the Centre Park website in advance. There is also a beer garden event in the park the same night requiring a separate ticket.
Field of Movies Outdoor Movie Night Big Vision Foundation 6/23/15 Family movie night benefitting the Big Vision Foundation will be held at the Berks County Youth Recreation Facility baseball field from 8 to 10 p.m. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a showing of Disney’s “Meet the Robinsons” on a sixteen foot screen. A donation is requested for admission and movie concessions will be available for purchase.
Beginner Paddleboarding County of Berks 6/26/15 Interested in learning how to participate in one of the fastest growing water sports?  Trained professionals will teach the basics of paddle boarding, including how to maintain balance and properly use the paddles at Blue Marsh Lake from 5 to 8 p.m. No experience is required to participate in this fun workshop appropriate for the whole family. Sessions will be scheduled every 45 minutes beginning at 5 p.m. Participation is free, but advance registration is required by June 22.


Coupon Company Details
50% Off One All Day Wristband Ozzy’s Family Fun Center Check out these coupons and offers from Ozzy’s during the month of May. Deals include discounts on attractions, food, games, tokens, and more.
Free Uhaul Van Rental DAK Self Storage New customers can take advantage of this free Uhaul van rental offer when they rent a self storage unit with DAK.
Free Home Selling Consultation Bold Reality Interested in selling your home? Local agent George Apsokardu is offering a free consultation regarding the best way to stage and sell your home.

Local News

Story Date Details
Berks Unemployment Remains Low, at 5.1 percent 6/2/15 In good news for Berks Country, the unemployment rate remains at a low 5.1 percent.
A-Treat Soda Company Deal Falls Through 6/2/15 Plans to purchase and revive the Allentown-based soda company have fallen through.
Five Berks County Small Businesses Awarded Grants 5/29/15 140 Pennsylvania small businesses received grants for environmental projects, including five in Berks County.