Nov. 7—In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the Widoktadwen Center for Native Knowledge, in partnership with Kutztown University, invites the public to attend screenings of Indigenous films in several Berks County locations this week. Most films are free to attend.
The Indigenous Film Festival was created in 2019 by Dr. Amanda Morris, professor of English at KU, to promote native narratives and the overall visibility of today's Indigenous peoples.
The event has grown from a one-day event at Kutztown to a weeklong event among several venues.
Monday at 6 p.m., the Canadian dystopian film "Night Raiders," directed by Danis Goulet and executive produced by Taika Waititi, will be showing at the Fox Berkshire in Wyomissing. Free tickets for reserved recliner seating are available at the box office or online.
On Wednesday at 6 p.m., the documentary "Fighting Indians" is showing at the Boscov Theatre at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading. A panel discussion with the filmmaker and the Coalition of Natives and Allies will follow. Tickets are $10 and available at the GoggleWorks.
On Thursday at 1 p.m. the film "Home from School: The Children of Carlisle" will be showing at the Reading Public Museum. Free with museum admission.
Various films will be screening at Kutztown University throughout the day on Wednesday and Friday. All screenings are free and open to the public and take place in the McFarland Student Union Alumni Auditorium. For the full schedule of films and film descriptions, visit widoktadwen.org/indigenous-film-festival/.
The 2022 Indigenous Film Festival is supported by a grant from the Hawley and Myrtle Quier Fund of the Berks County Community Foundation.
Native American talk
The Hawk Mountain Chapter 31 Society of Pennsylvania Archaeology is holding its monthly meeting tonight at 7 in the Hamburg Municipal Building, 61 N. Third St.
To help celebrate National Native American Heritage Month, the night's guest speaker traces her bloodline to the Lenape or Delaware Tribe. Uhma Ruth Py is an educator who will be talking about the traditional ways, customs, beliefs and celebrations of the Lenni Lenape Indians whowere in the Berks County area before the arrival of Europeans. Local artifacts display to follow.
The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact info 484-955-9105
The Heidelberg Heritage Society Christmas Bazaar will be held Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 182 W. Penn Ave., Wernersville. There will be handcrafted items, Heidelberg Sauerkraut, baked goods, jams and jellies, and homemade soup by the quart: chicken corn noodle and ham and bean. Light lunch available in the open hearth kitchen.
The Reading Public Library will present a program featuring best-selling author Dion Leonard sharing the tale of "Finding Gobi, the True Story of One Little Dog's Big Journey." The story sharing and book signing will be held on Saturday at noon in the children's area of the main library, 100 S. Fifth St.
This bestselling memoir centers on Dion Leonard, an ultra marathoner who befriends a stray dog in China's harsh Gobi Desert. The dog, earning the name Gobi, eventually goes missing in a sprawling Chinese city and is reunited with Leonard after a global outpouring of assistance. The heartwarming story is being made into a movie.
This program will introduce the audience to Dion and Gobi in person. The event is free of charge and pre-registration is not required. Free parking is available behind the library on Wood Street. For additional information, please contact the Reading Public Library, 610-655-6361
Sports historian Brian Engelhardt, representing the Berks History Center, will present a free program on pro baseball player Moe Berg, subject of the documentary "The Catcher Was a Spy."
The program will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at Kesher Zion Synagogue, 555 Warwick Drive in Wyomissing. The title is "Before He Was a Catcher or a Spy: Moe Berg's Year with the 1925 Reading Keys."
Berg played shortstop in Reading before becoming a catcher and later serving during World War II with the Office of Strategic Services, precursor to the CIA.
For more information or to RSVP, visit www.kesherzion.org/moeberg
Museum open house
A museum open house is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the 1844 Schubert Haus, 32 Church St., Mertztown. It will be hosted by the Longswamp Township Historical Society. There is a special exhibit on old Longswamp-area businesses. Admission is free. Visit www.longswamphistory.org/events to learn more.
Golden retriever rescue
Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue will hold its monthly Open House on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at its Golden Gateway facility at 60 Vera Cruz Road, Reinholds. Meet and greet golden retrievers and other dogs available for adoption. Staff is on hand to answer questions, and food is available for purchase. No admission charge. (No photos please.)