Jan 10:

The Newcomers Club of Central Chester County, a social, civic and charitable organization for women, meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Downingtown Area Senior Center, 983 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown. The meeting will feature a program explaining the importance of service dogs by Canine partners for Independence. For information about the club call 610-458-0309 or e-mail nccc_contact@yahoo.com.

Jan 11:

The MOMS Club of Uwchlan Hills will meet at 10 a.m. at the Lionville Community Church, Crump and Whitford Roads. For more information, call 610-269-6476.

Jan. 13, 14 & 15:

BMD Performing Arts Center will present a teen production of the Broadway musical, "Bye Bye Birdie," at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, at the Coatesville Cultural Society, 143 E. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. Tickets are $10. For information, call 856-795-7637.

Jan. 18:

A seminar on How to Start & Operate a Small Business will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chester County Library located next to the Exton Mall near Route 100 and Business Route 30, at 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton. There will be a $10 course material fee for all attendants. Make checks payable to Kutztown SBDC or prepay on line at www.kutztownsbdc.org. The number of participants is limited to 50. For information or for seating reservations, call 610-444-1721 or register online at www.sbacnetwork.org.

Ongoing/Future Happenings

Grief Support Groups

A grief support group, H.E.A.L. (Helping Endure After Loss), meets once a month in the parish center at St. Joseph's Church on Manor Ave, Downingtown, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., usually on the last Monday. Anyone is welcome to attend. For information, call 610-873-3564.

A program conducted by Waters of Life Ministries, "Coping Together With Grief," meets every Wednesday at Lionville Community Church, 101 Crump Road, at 7 p.m. For information, call 610-363-2558.

Alzheimer's Support Group

A support group for families and friends of individuals with serious memory loss will be offered on the second Wednesday of every month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Inn at Freedom Village, 30 Freedom Blvd., West Brandywine, in the assisted living dining room. The group will be facilitated by trained social service staff and will provide mutual support, education and practical tips on dealing with changes in behavior. This support group is free and open to the public. The Inn at Freedom Village provides assisted living for people with memory impairments and will be offering free care during the support group meeting for those who request it. For more information or to RSVP, contact Julie DeMola at 610-383-6656.


Chester County Detachment Marine Corps League holds Family Style Bingo, in an non-smoking environment, on the first and third Saturday of each month, at 430 Chestnut St., Downingtown. Early bird starts at 6:30 p.m., regular bingo at 6:45. Food is available for sale. Cost is $3 for 16 games and $1 for each special. For information, call 610-692-6450.

Wagontown Fire Co. holds Power Bingo (electronic bingo) every Friday. Doors open at 4 p.m. and bingo starts at 7 p.m. Maximum seating is 120 persons, so please arrive early. Wagontown Fire Co. is located 1/8th of a mile west of Route 82 on Route 340. For directions or questions, call 610-384-2770.

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