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Stuff To Do This Weekend

SANATOGA PA – Weekend activities for Sanatogans (and anyone else!), April 17-19, 2009:

Saturday, April 18

Teacher Sue Dudek of Pottstown is one of many organizers and volunteers in the Bark for Life event.

Sue Dudek of Pottstown is among the organizers of the Bark for Life event.

If you’re a pet owner, or maybe just a pet lover, saunter on down at 10 a.m. to Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Rd, Sanatoga PA,  to watch the annual Bark For Life. In it, pets -primarily dogs – are put on a one-mile parade as a fund-raiser to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event in Pottstown PA. Make a donation for a good cause, too. Its accompanied by a festival of sorts that’s open with music, games and activities until 1 p.m.

Take a trip back in time to life on the farm at Pennypacker Mills, the Montgomery County PA historic site, 5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville PA. It was the home of the Pennypacker family, and the site’s annual “Rural Life In 1900” demonstrations let visitors try their hand at kitchen gadgets, “buy” groceries at a country general store, see cooking on a woodstove, learn about bee-keeping, do hands-on laundry activities, beat a rug, and much more. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free. For more information, call 610-287-9349.

The 5th Annual Juried Art Show of the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, a Montgomery County PA historic site at 1201 Pawlings Rd., Audubon PA, will officially open during the site’s regular hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and continue daily through April 26 (2009; Sunday). The show will be held in Mill Grove’s historic barn, where local artists display works in a variety of media. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. A percentage of the proceeds from art sales will benefit Mill Grove. Although a fee is charged for admission to the site, there is no charge for admission to the show. For more information, call 610-666-5593.

An opening reception for artist Jacqueline Mitchell Smith, acknowledging the start of a new watercolors exhibition, will be held from 7-9 p.m. in the John P. Ryan Library on the campus of The Hill School, 717 E. High St., Pottstown PA. Her exhibit, titled “Art In Miniature,” runs through June 7 during the library’s regular hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, April 19

The open-air farmer’s market sponsored by the Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to  2 p.m. at the parking lot located at the corner of Charlotte and High Streets. Vendors of home-grown fruits and vegetables, as well as crafters and artisans, are expected to be on hand to sell their wares to the public. Free live entertainment will feature local talent. Kids can even draw on the sidewalk. For more information on the weekly event, call the office of Pottstown Main Street Manager Bill Haley at 610-323-5400.

Last year's run.

Last year's run.

Valley Forge National Historical Park’s 5-mile “Revolutionary Run” races out of the starting blocks at 8:30 a.m. at the park in Valley Forge PA. The fourth annual run is produced and sponsored by Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau as a local kick-off to National Park Week. The race’s scenic course is sanctioned by Mid-Atlantic USA Track and Field, and guides runners past replica soldiers’ huts and the National Memorial Arch. Proceeds from the event benefit the park’s extensive trail system; its raised $58,000 for the effort in just three years.

An afternoon bingo fund-raiser to benefit the Pottstown Area Relay For Life campaign of the American Cancer Society, sponsored by the relay’s Team Prosperty, will begin at 1 p.m. in the Oasis Club, 64 High St., Pottstown PA. Doors will open at noon, and food items will be available for purchase. Admission costs $20 per person. For more information, call 610-689-8519 or 484-638-1711.

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