Events

November

Saturday, November 5, 2022
10 a.m.
Exeter Community Library
Storytime and Craft!

Indigenous Film Festival
Week of 11/7/22-11/11/22

Monday, November 7, 2022
6 p.m.
Fox Berkshire, Wyomissing
Night Raiders (2019)
The year is 2043. A military occupation controls disenfranchised cities in post-war North America. Children are property of the State. A desperate Cree woman joins an underground band of vigilantes to infiltrate a State children’s academy and get her daughter back. Night Raiders is a female-driven dystopian drama about resilience, courage and love.

Reserve your FREE ticket at the box office OR reserve your FREE ticket online! ($1.99 processing fee applies to all online reservations)

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Boscov Theater at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
Fighting Indians documentary screening and panel discussion with filmmaker Mark Cooley and the Coalition of Natives and Allies.

On May 16th, 2019, The State of Maine made history by passing LD 944 An Act to Ban Native American Mascots in All Public Schools, the first legislation of its kind in the country. For Maine’s tribal nations, the landmark legislation marked an end to a decades long struggle to educate the public on the harms of Native American mascotry. Fighting Indians chronicles the last and most contentious holdout in that struggle, the homogeneously white Skowhegan High School known for decades as “The Home of the Indians.” This is the story of a small New England community forced to reckon with its identity, its sordid history, and future relationship with its indigenous neighbors. It is a story of a small town divided against the backdrop of a nation divided where the “mascot debate” exposes centuries old abuses while asking if reconciliation is possible.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Screenings of multiple films all day at Kutztown University. Free to the public!

MSU Alumni Auditorium
12-2 p.m. Ama
3-5 p.m. Awake
6-8 p.m. More Than a Word

Thursday, November 10, 2022
7:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Doubletree Hotel Reading
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Berks Regional Chapter Presents:
National Philanthropy Day Awards & Breakfast
Followed by a Conversation with Edgar Villanueva, author of
Decolonizing Wealth

Thursday, November 10, 2022
1 p.m.
Home from School: The Children of Carlisle documentary screening
Reading Public Museum
Free with museum admission. Guests will also be able to view the new exhibition Indigenous Identities: Portraits of Native Americans in the Civil War Era with their general admission.

Friday, November 11, 2022
Screenings of multiple films all day at Kutztown University. Free to the public!

MSU 218
12-1 p.m. Film Shorts on Indigenous Fashion
1-2 p.m. Film Shorts on Two Spirits and Feminism
3-5 p.m. Home from School
6-8 p.m. Rhymes for Young Ghouls

Monday, November 14, 2022
6:30 p.m.
Exeter Community Library
Native American Genealogy Program
Join us for a dynamic presentation about diving into your roots with our Native American Genealogy program at the Exeter Community Library. We’ll be sharing resources and research approaches, and debunking myths about Native American DNA. Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Kutztown University McFarland Student Union Building MSU 218
Indigenous Peoples’ Showcase
Sponsored by Kutztown University Multicultural Center

Thursday, November 17, 2022
11 a.m.
West Lawn-Wyomissing Hills Library
Storytime
We’ll be reading We Are Water Protectors…and then we’ll enjoy a fun and interactive water activity.

Friday, November 25, 2022
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Native American Heritage Day Celebration & BOOKFAIR!
Barnes & Noble Reading

Join us for a day-long event celebrating Native American Heritage Day!
We’ll have story times for kids, crafts for all ages, traditional storytelling, music, Native American artifacts, and more! This event is coupled with a fundraising BOOKFAIR, where every store purchase made with our Bookfair ID 2641643 benefits the Widoktadwen Center for Native Knowledge. The more sales made, the more our charity earns. 5% of online purchases made with our Bookfair ID will also go to us, so no worries if you’re unable to shop in person. You can also use our code IN STORE at any Barnes and Noble anywhere on November 25th, 2022 and support us from wherever you are! ( The day’s on site events will take place at the Wyomissing store ONLY.)

Native American Heritage Day Celebration and Book fair 11.25.22 Barnes and Noble 2751 Paper Mill Road Wyomissing PA

Tuesday, November 29, 2022
6:30 p.m.
Indigenous Approaches to Conservation
Berks County Conservation District
Join us to learn about Indigenous people’s relationship with their environment and traditional approaches to conservation. We’ll explore the idea of reciprocity in our relationship with nature.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
6 p.m.
Native Americans in Berks County
Wyomissing Public Library
Join us for an informative presentation about Native Americans in Berks County historically and in the present day.

February

Friday, February 3, 2023
6 p.m.
Fireside Fridays with Berks Nature
The Nature Place at Berks Nature
A conversation by the fireside at The Rookery at The Nature Place with Widoktadwen Center for Native Knowledge.

Saturday, February 18, 2023
doors open 3 p.m., game starts 4 p.m.
Night at the Reading Royals
Santander Arena
We are excited to announce that in February we are joining forces with the Reading Royals to be the nonprofit of the game on February 18th for Marvel Theme Night! We hope that you’ll join us for a night of fun and community engagement and support the important work of our organization.

Thursday, February 23, 2023
6:30 p.m.
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Center
522 W Maple St, Allentown, PA 18101
Two Spirit Stories from Indian Country

Saturday, March 11, 2023 (snow date 3/18)
10 a.m.
Indigenous Women of Berks
Berks History Center
Learn about the enduring legacy of Indigenous women in Berks County and their important cultural roles in traditional Native society. We’ll enjoy some traditional refreshments and have a lovely giveaway for all attendees!

Past Events

October


Wednesday, October 13, 2021
4:30-5:50 p.m.
Academic Forum, Kutztown University
Presentation for KU English Department about Executive Director Amanda Funk’s experience as a contemporary Indigenous woman in Berks County. Complement to Native Women Writers class, sponsored by the English and Women & Gender Studies Departments.

Saturday, October 23, 2021
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
300 block King Street, Pottstown, PA
Week Without Violence Block Event
YWCA Tri-County Area
Join YWCA for the unveiling of an inspiring Street Art Installation, Poetry, Dance, Art Contest, Family Activities, Food & more! Get your free ticket.

November

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
10-10:50 a.m. on Zoom
Office of Veterans Services, Kutztown University
Native American Veterans Program

Sunday, November 21, 2021
10 a.m.
Koinos Community Church
Introduction to local Indigenous peoples of the past and present in addition to regular Sunday worship.

January

**NEW DATE!
Sunday, January 29, 2022
10 a.m. to noon
MLK Day of Service
Downtown Reading
130 W. Buttonwood Street, Reading, PA 19602
Join us for our MLK Day of Service in partnership with the City of Reading Public Works as we clean up the riverfront. All clean up supplies will be provided. We’ll also have snacks, water, and hot chocolate for our volunteers!

February

Tuesday, February 14, 2022
1 p.m.
Story Time
Spring Township Library
Join us for a nature-themed story time at the library.

Thursday, February 17, 2022
11 a.m.
Story Time
West Lawn-Wyomissing Hills Library
Join us for a story time outdoors at the park across the street from the library in West Lawn. Dress for the weather!

Saturday, February 19, 2022
doors open 3 p.m., game starts 4 p.m.
Night at the Reading Royals
Santander Arena
We are excited to announce that in February we are joining forces with the Reading Royals to be the nonprofit of the game on February 19th, which also happens to be Marvel Night! We hope that you’ll join us for a night of fun and community engagement and support the important work of our organization.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
10 a.m.
Reading Public Museum
Arboretum Education Lecture
We’ll be talking about wild foods and foraging in the Arboretum for wild greens, roots, and other stuff we can eat. You can check out their corresponding special exhibit, Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science. now through April 24, 2022.

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March

Friday, March 4, 2022
Commission on Human Diversity 12th Annual Conference
Kutztown University

This year’s theme, “Taking Action with Compassion: Advocacy, Healing and Reform,” responds to the ongoing need for action in the face of injustice while also acknowledging the importance of self-care and connection with others that seem especially critical at this moment. 

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022
7 p.m. on Zoom
“Take & Make” Craft
West Lawn-Wyomissing Hills Library
Pick up your craft kit in advance at the West Lawn-Wyomissing Hills Library between 3/16-3/23 and join us live on Zoom at 7 p.m. as we learn how to make a medicine bag together.

Thursday, March 31, 2022
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Student Recreation Center
Kutztown University
2022 National Intramural Recreation Sports/ Wellness EXPO
Visit a variety of vendors, focused on the theme “Golden Partners.” Free demonstrations and complimentary refreshments.

April

Friday, April 22, 2022
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Spring Foraging Walk with Emerging Leaders United (ELU)
United Way of Berks County
2nd & Washington Streets
We’ll share some information about our organization with attendees, including how United Way funding supports our work. Then we’ll take a walk downtown to forage for a snack that we’ll prepare when we return to the building. *For ELU members.

Saturday, April 23, 2022
9 a.m. to noon
Great American Cleanup
Join us as we help cleanup the City of Reading before the Earth Day event.

Saturday, April 23, 2022
noon to 6 p.m.
Reading’s City Park at 11th & Washington Streets
Earth Day Berks County
The annual Berks County Earth Day Celebration is a family friendly event with a dedicated mission to educate the community and increase awareness on sustainability and the environment…. ranging from local to global topics and everything in between!

May

Saturday, May 7, 2022
10 AM – 2 PM, the Walk starts at 11 AM
Humane Pennsylvania Walk for the Animals
Jim Dietrich Park, 4899 Stoudts Ferry Bridge Rd, Reading, PA 19605

Join Humane Pennsylvania for this year’s 45th Annual Performance Toyota Walk for the Animals at Jim Dietrich Park, which is incredibly spacious and beautiful! Enjoy a 1 mile Walk along the river with your pup, family, and friends – all in support of their mission and animals. Stay for the fun as live music, vendors, food trucks, games, and a doggie area that’s sure to please all pups!

Saturday, May 14, 2022
10 am to 3 pm (Rain date: May 21, 2022)
The Camel Project Street Art Festival
Kindness & Creativity
Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center
2615 Warren Rd, Reading, PA 19604 (map)

FREE! Scheduled events at 11 am, Noon, 1 pm and 2 pm include storytime, music, dance, and a special appearance by the Reading Police K-9 unit. Art exhibits and music throughout the day.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy this outdoor family fun day filled with art, interactive activities, music, and food!

June

Saturday, June 11, 2022
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Gather in the Garden
Buttonwood Community Garden
Buttonwood Street & Division Street (beside Front & Schiller Playground)

Join us at the newly renovated Buttonwood Community Garden and learn more about how you can get involved. You’ll learn about opportunities to volunteer caring for our organization’s garden plots and the option to rent your very own plot! We’ll also be cleaning up the Front & Schiller Playground adjacent to the garden. We’d love to see you! As a bonus, we’ll show you some tasty treats growing wild around the garden area and playground that you can access anytime. Snacks provided!

Saturday, June 11, 2022
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Black Health Matters Health & Wellness Fair
Berks Lodge #47
247 Walnut Street, Reading, PA 19601

Meet the health providers and wellness resources in our community and learn how to maximize living good health for yourself and your family,

June 18, 2022
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Juneteenth 2022 Reading PA
Berks Lodge #47
247 Walnut Street, Reading, PA 19601

All are welcome to the Juneteenth 2022 SATURDAY COMMUNITY FAMILY BARBEQUE honoring community leaders and youth. Come for food, vendors, music, Black history, and health resources. Bring your chairs!

Thursday, June 30, 2022
7 p.m.
A Taste of Nature: Canning 101 Series
The Nature Place
575 St. Bernardine Street Reading, PA 19607

Berks Nature is joined by the Widoktadwen Center for Native Knowledge to learn, through practice, the value and satisfaction of food preservation and canning. We will provide all canning supplies including produce grown primarily at The Nature Place. Participants will leave each session with their own canned product and canning recipes.

*PLEASE FEEL FREE TO BRING OWN PRODUCE TO CAN! If you do not have your own some will be provided by Berks Nature.

DATES:
Thursday, June 30th at 7PM: Strawberry Jam
Thursday, July 28th at 7PM: Cucumber Pickles
Thursday, August 25th at 7PM: Tomato Salsa

July

Thursday, July 14, 2022
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
PRIDE WEEK EVENT: Two Spirit Stories from Indian Country
Berks County Community Foundation
237 Court Street, Reading, PA 19601

Saturday, July 16, 2022
noon-1 p.m.
Native American Genealogy
Village Library of Morgantown

Join us for a dynamic presentation about diving into your roots with our Native American Genealogy program at the Village Library of Morgantown. We’ll be sharing resources and research approaches, and debunking myths about Native American DNA. Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions. Attendees will be entered to win a free DNA kit courtesy of the Village Library!

Sunday, July 17, 2022
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Reading Pride Celebration
Jim Dietrich Park, 4899 Stoudts Ferry Bridge Rd, Reading, PA 19605

Thursday, July 28, 2022
7 p.m.
A Taste of Nature: Canning 101 Series
The Nature Place
575 St. Bernardine Street Reading, PA 19607

Berks Nature is joined by the Widoktadwen Center for Native Knowledge to learn, through practice, the value and satisfaction of food preservation and canning. We will provide all canning supplies including produce grown primarily at The Nature Place. Participants will leave each session with their own canned product and canning recipes.

*PLEASE FEEL FREE TO BRING OWN PRODUCE TO CAN! If you do not have your own some will be provided by Berks Nature.

DATES:
Thursday, June 30th at 7PM: Strawberry Jam
Thursday, July 28th at 7PM: Cucumber Pickles
Thursday, August 25th at 7PM: Tomato Salsa

August

Thursday, August 25, 2022
7 p.m.
A Taste of Nature: Canning 101 Series
The Nature Place
575 St. Bernardine Street Reading, PA 19607

Berks Nature is joined by the Widoktadwen Center for Native Knowledge to learn, through practice, the value and satisfaction of food preservation and canning. We will provide all canning supplies including produce grown primarily at The Nature Place. Participants will leave each session with their own canned product and canning recipes.

*PLEASE FEEL FREE TO BRING OWN PRODUCE TO CAN! If you do not have your own some will be provided by Berks Nature.

DATES:
Thursday, June 30th at 7PM: Strawberry Jam
Thursday, July 28th at 7PM: Cucumber Pickles
Thursday, August 25th at 7PM: Tomato Salsa

September

Saturday, September 24, 2022
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Guts & Glory Digestive and Wellness Expo
Penn State Berks Perkins Plaza Event Lawn
1801 Broadcasting Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610

Guts & Glory is an annual wellness exhibition – a journey of wellness education, nutritional awareness, and health. Be sure to catch a special interactive performance by Native Nations Dance Theater of Philadelphia from 10:30-11:00 a.m.!

October

Thursday, October 20, 2022
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Kutztown University McFarland Student Union Building
Health & Wellness Expo
This year we are bringing the Expo to the North Side of Campus at the McFarland Student Union Building on Thursday, October 20th with the theme “Wellness Fall Carnival.”

Saturday, October 29, 2022
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
LGBT Center of Greater Reading
The LGBT Center of Greater Reading is partnering with Drexel University College of Medicine Health Outreach Project for our 2022 Community Health Fair.

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