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Stuff To Do This Weekend

SANATOGA PA – Weekend activities for Sanatogans (and anyone else!), Feb. 13-15 2009:

Friday, Feb. 13

The 12th annual Backyard Bird Count will be held across the country from today through next Monday (Feb. 16). Participants count and track species of birds they see in their own surroundings. The free event will be sponsored locally by My Little Chickadee, 1424 Ben Franklin Hwy., Douglassville PA, located next to Jay Lanes. For more information, call 484-624-5184 or send an e-mail.

Jennifer Finney Boylan, the author of several books including “She’s Not There” – her 2003 memoir about life as a transgendered American – will be the featured speaker at 7 p.m. in Bomberger Auditorium at Ursinus College, Collegeville. The lecture is free.

Saturday, Feb. 14

“Ravishing Raptors,” a free program about birds of prey that live in the Upper Schuylkill Valley Park, will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. at the park,  1600 Black Rock Rd. across from the Montgomery County Geriatric Center, Royersford PA. Visitors will see, and hear about, several birds including the park’s two bald eagles, named Montgomery and Liberty. A $2-per-car parking donation will be sought. For more information, call 610-948-5170.

Eight wineries that comprise the Berks County Wine Trail, the closest of which to Sanatoga is Manatawny Creek Winery, 227 Levengood Rd., Douglassville PA, are offering a free, self-guided tour and tasting that pairs featured wines and chocolate confections from Noon to 5 p.m. at each winery. No reservations are required. Each winery along the tour, a map of which is available online, provides a different pairing. The tour also will be offered Sunday during the same times. For more information, inquire by e-mail.

Separate Ways, the band whose musical style and sound pays tribute to legendary rockers Journey, will perform in a Valentine’s Day show at 8 p.m. in Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Rd., Sanatoga PA. For more information, call 484-624-5186 or visit the ballroom’s website.

Sunday, Feb. 15

Join the staff of Warwick County Park in Knauertown PA, just south of Pottstown, as they build homes for bluebirds, one of Pennsylvania’s most popular songbirds. Visitors to the park can build a bluebird box at 2 p.m. in the park office, 382 County Park Rd. (3-1/2 miles west of the intersection of Routes 100 and 23). A fee of $10 per bluebird box kit will be charged. Registration is required. For more information and to register, call the park at 610-469-1916, or download a registration form.

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