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SANATOGA PA – Weekend activities for Sanatogans (and anyone else!), May 29-31, 2009:

Friday, May 29

Up for a challenge? The Amity Chess Club meets from 7-10 p.m. at St. Paul’s UCC Church, 1312 Old Swede Rd., Douglassville PA, for chess matches and lessons at all ages and skill levels. For more information, call 610-385-6324.

If it seems as though there’s an unusual increase tonight  in the number of limousines entering and leaving the grounds of Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Road, Sanatoga PA, it’s because the venerable dance hall will play host to prom-goers from Boyertown Area Senior High School.

“Open Mind,” a show of digital illustration by the artist Mir, who specializes in the female form, will be on display through  Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the Dada Art Gallery, 217 High St., Pottstown PA. (This event found at Yahoo’s Upcoming website).

Swing dancing with a live band, The Gashouse Gorillas, will be presented by SwingKat Entertainment from 9 p.m. to Midnight in the Ballroom On High, 310 High St., Pottstown PA. Tables and seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission varies with the band presented, $12-$20.

Saturday, May 30

Look for another huge Relay For Life crowd of supporters to fill the stads at Pottsgrove High stadium, as this group did in 2007.

Look for another huge Relay For Life crowd of supporters to fill the stands at Pottsgrove High stadium, as this group did in 2007.

And when they're not walking, Relayers enjoy a little time to relax.

And when they're not walking, Relayers enjoy time to relax.

The nationally heralded Pottstown PA Relay for Life to raise money for American Cancer Society research into cancer causes and cures will open at 10 a.m. in the Pottsgrove High School stadium, 1345 Kauffman Rd., Lower Pottsgrove PA. The relay, a 24-hour walk-a-thon that has become a Greater Pottstown tradition, begins with a lap taken around the track by cancer survivors, followed by similar laps by caregivers and captains of the event’s many fund-raising teams. Then the walk settles into somewhat of a routine, punctuated at 3 p.m. by a children’s hour, and at 9 p.m. by a beautiful lighting of luminarias. The event ends Sunday with a closing ceremony at 9:30 a.m.

Guided hikes of between 6 and 10 miles in length will be conducted by the Philadelphia Trail Club as part of Pennsylvania Hiking Week 2009 in Valley Forge National Historic Park, 1400 Outer Line Dr., Valley Forge PA. Hikers will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Varnum’s Picnic Area, which is a half-mile from the Valley Forge Chapel on the right and opposite Varnum’s Headquarters and the von Steuben Statue. This will be a moderate hike over rocky paths covering Mt. Joy, Mt. Misery, Valley Creek and Inner Line Drive. Boots are recommended. Hikers should bring lunch and beverages. Refreshments will be offered at the end of the hike. The event will be canceled by rain. For more information, call Murray and Marcia Zanger at 610-203-2528.

Ballroom dancing featuring the Waltz, Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Rumba, Tango, West Coast Swing and East Coast Swing, hosted by guest DJs, will be presented by SwingKat Entertainment from 8:30-11 p.m. in the Ballroom On High, 310 High St., Pottstown PA. Admission costs $12 per person.

Sunday, May 31

The open-air producers’ market sponsored by the Pottstown Downtown Foundation runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the parking lot located at the corner of Charlotte and High Streets, Pottstown PA. 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. For more information on the weekly event, call the office of Pottstown Main Street Manager Bill Haley at 610-323-5400.

A guided hike of 7 miles in length will be conducted by the Batona Hiking Club as part of Pennsylvania Hiking Week 2009 in Evansburg State Park, May Hall Road, Skippack PA. Hikers will leave at 2 p.m. This will be an easy hike over the Skippack Trail (of mostly paved surface) to Palm Park and on to Skippack Village, where the group will have ice cream and return to the park. The event will be canceled by rain. For more information, call Shethra Rigg at 610-265-1184.

Country dancing with DJ Midnight Cowboy, will be presented by SwingKat Entertainment from 3-6 p.m. in the Ballroom On High, 310 High St., Pottstown PA. Admission is $10.

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