Welcome to the May 2015 Edition of the Leesport Current Events Newsletter. May is the time of year that the weather finally starts heating up. Everyone can now head outside for fun activities and celebrations. Local parks and recreational areas such as Gring’s Mill and Blue Marsh Lake become hubs of activity. Enjoy this beautiful time of year by joining in on some of the local events or using the coupons below:

Upcoming Events

Event Company Date Details
Spring Migration Watch Hawk Mountain Through 5/15/15 Catch the returning migration of raptors and other birds at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary North Lookout! Staff, trainees, and volunteers will be on location daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help identify and teach about the local birds. A trail fee of $6 for adults and $3 for children applies.
Mother’s Day Flower and Vegetable Sale ShoemakersvilleFire Company 5/8/15, 5/9/15, 5/10/15 Buy some gifts for mom and help a great cause! A flower and vegetable sale will be held at the Shoemakersville Fire Company (300 Church Avenue). A range of flowers and veggies will be available to purchase during the 3-day event. All proceeds will benefit the Shoemakersville Firefighters. The hours are as follows: May 8th 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., May 9th 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 10th 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Spring Fair and Run Berks Career &Technology Center 5/9/15 BCTC will hold its second annual Spring Fair and 5K Run & 1M FunRun/Walk at its west campus in Leesport. Come on out to participate in the run/walk or just for bingo, raffle items, and food.  Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m. 5K and 10:15 a.m. FunRun. Fair will run until 12:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit BCTC’s student organizations.
Arts & Craft Festival and Car Show Hamburg Township 5/16/15 The 5th annual Hamburg Arts and Craft Fest will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4th and Pine streets.  The day will include a range of  fine art and craft displays, performing artists, children’s activities, a silent art auction, wine tasting, an antique car show, and more. The festival is free to attend.
Children’s book drive and picnic Heidelberg Association, March Forth for Literacy 5/30/15 Come on out to Bern United Church of Christ’s picnic grove (Route 183 at Plum Creek Road) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please bring a children’s book in new or very good condition and enjoy a free picnic, food, and games.



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
Huge feral cat population in Reading a problem 5/4/15 City officials estimate that there are thousands of feral cats living throughout Reading.
Hawk Mountain webcam offers closeup view of falcon family 4/30/15 Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is now offering a livestream view of falcons to web users.
DEP Awards $2.05 Million in West Nile Virus Grants to 25 Counties including Berks 5/1/15 The Department of Environmental Protection has award over $53,000 to Berks County to help control the spread of west nile virus.