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March 4

Come to the Chambers Lake parking lot in Hibernia County Park for Beaver Builders - Nature's Engineers from 4:30 to 6 p.m. to see Chambers Lake's resident beavers make habitat. Wear appropriate footwear and come dressed for the weather. The terrain is not suitable for strollers. Bring binoculars and/or spotting scope. Limit of 20. Call 610-383-3812 for information or to register.

March 5

A free Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic for Chester County pet owners who receive any type of government assistance will be held at Critter Care Animal Hospital, Route 30, Thorndale. The event is sponsored by The Spayed Club, which provides a spay/neuter program to help lower-income pet owners. To reserve a spot for your kitty, call 610-380-2999. Your ID and proof of govt. assistance will be required at the door.

March 11

Members of the White Clay Fly Fishers will hold an Introduction to Fly Fishing in the Hibernia County Park Office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn about equipment, fly tying and casting techniques. Weather permitting there will be outside hands-on casting practice. Limit of 16. Call 610-383-3812 for information or to register.

March 12

Come to an old fashioned show and tell and share your latest textile and needlework projects at Homemade Treasures: Is Your Winter Project Finished from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Springton Manor Farm. Limit of 30. Call 610-942-2450 for information or to register.

March 14

The Newcomers Club of Central Chester County will meet at 7 p.m. at the Downingtown Area Senior Center, 983 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown. The meeting will feature the annual "Pot Luck Cook Off." Members prepare dishes and compete for prizes by preparing their favorite recipes in various categories. Ladies who are interested in making new friends and participating in fun activities should not miss this event. The club also holds a daytime or evening Welcoming Coffee for new or prospective members. For more information regarding the club or the coffees, call Pat Calleri at 610-458-0309 or e-mail

March 18

The 15th annual AMBA Community Blood Screening Program sponsored by the Greater Downingtown Business & Professional Women's Club will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Central Presbyterian Church, 101 Uwchlan Ave. (Rte. 113), Downingtown. These blood tests serve as an early warning to red flag current or potential health problems and cost $37 for 38 screening tests. The PSA test is available for $25.70. Refreshments are served after testing. For information or appointments, call 1-800-234-8888.

Dave Fiebert of the Segal Puppet Theater will present Puppet Show: Cowboy Capers designed for ages eight and under at Springton Manor Farm Carriage House from 10 to 11:30 a.m. After the show visit the Great Barn and the residents of Springton Manor Farm. Limit of 60, $3 per person. Call 610-942-2450 for information or to register.

Explore the phenomenon of the early breeding season in the amphibian world at Early Risers Signal Spring from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Hibernia County Park office. Limit of 40. Call 610-383-3812 for information or to register.

March 25

St. James Preschool, 409 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, will hold an Outgrown Sale from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, rain or shine. Baby/kids clothes, toys, books and equipment will be offered. For information, call 610-269-0525.

March 26

Hear about 18th and 19th century weaving at Wool, Loom and Coverlets to be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Springton Manor Farm. William Leinbach will illustrate various woven techniques, looms and textures. Limit of 30. Call 610-942-2450 for information or to register.

April 2

A Basket Bingo to benefit the Lord's Pantry of Downingtown will be held at East Brandywine Fire Company. Doors open at noon, games begin at 1 p.m. Price is $20/20 games/3 cards per game with extra games for big prizes, door prizes and raffles. No children under 12 permitted. Pre-paid tickets will be held at the door. Make checks payable to The Lord's Pantry, send check, names, address and phone number to B. Carter, 745 Dorlan Mill Rd., Downingtown, PA 19335. Limited tickets at door, cash only.

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.

The AARP Chester County Widowed Persons Services invites any and all widowed persons (especially the newly widowed) to attend an evening of dinner and fellowship at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in the dining area of Hoss's Restaurant at the crossroads of Routes 100 and 113, in the Exton/Lionville area. Also, all widowed persons are welcome to gather for breakfast on the first Saturday of each month at the Exton Diner, on the corner of Ship and Marchwood roads and Route 100. The informal breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 610-399-1072 or 610-399-3364.

DAHS Alumni Association

The Downingtown Area High School Alumni Association will hold monthly meetings on the third Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Old Country Buffet, 1090 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown. For information, call Ed McDermott at 610-269-8478.

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 R.S.V.P., 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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