Are you looking for something to celebrate the waning days of June? there is SO MUCH happening in the next couple of weeks!
Wednesday, June 20
Learn about the Spotted Lantern Fly from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Penn State Extension Office, 1202 Ag Center Drive. Register at 570-622-4225 ext. 23.
Thursday, June 21
Enjoy the sounds of Magic Stew at the Tamaqua Train Station from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair!
M&J Band will be performing at Providence Place of Pottsville at 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chair. Blueberry sundaes will be served! RSVP to 570-628-6950
Learn more about The Berlin Airlift at the Orwigsburg Historical Society at 7 pm.
Friday, June 22
Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the north end of WalMart Parking lot for a seven mile hike rated difficult to Wolke Creek Falls. Bring water and a lunch. Register at 570-467-2506.
Come get a special postmark commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Good American Hose Company, Mahanoy City and a stamp of their new pumper tank at 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 23
Bring your furry pal to Valley View Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bring the little ones to meet Smokey Bear at the Locust Lake State Park amphitheater at 5 p.m. There will also be a program on fire prevention and campfire safety.
The art of Marty Heffron will be on exhibition at the Schuylkill county Council for the Arts from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Live music and refreshment. FREE
Sunday, June 24
Come enjoy the classic cars at Island Park, Schuylkill Haven from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the cruise will be from 2 p.m. to 3 pm.
Tuesday, June 26
M&J Band will be performing at Bubeck Park, Schuylill Haven at 6 p.m. Bring your lawn chair.
Are your kids B - O - R - E - D already? You can admit it, I won't be shocked. If they are nature lovers I might have just the thing for you. Sweet Arrow Lake County Park has several upcoming programs just for the younger crowd.
Wednesday, June 20
Meet at the Waterfall Parking lot Pavilion for King Frog Visits the Pond
From 2 to 3 p.m. Dave "Big Owl" McSurdy will share information about frogs, coyotes, crows and turtles with the help of a few wooden frog puppets.
Thursday, June 21
Meet at the Large Pavilion for Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Program
This one isn't just for kids but kids love butterflies so...from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. don't miss this information about how to attract butterflies and other pollinators to your backyard. there will also be a short walk so wear appropriate shoes,.
Tuesday, June 26 to Thursday, June 28
There will be two sessions of Wildlife Day Camp : kids ages 4 to 6 will meet from 9:30 to 11 while kids ages 7 to 9 will meet from 1 to 2:30. These camps are donation only so, even if you didn't think you (or your neighbor) could afford a camp they may be able to swing this by giving what the can afford and still have a memorable experience for their child. Campers will learn about wildlife, insects, plants as well as do fun activities each day. You MUST pre-register at 570-391-3326 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Several other places throughout the county are offering camps and classes at different times during the summer. the Schuylkill YMCA is offering camps for kids ages 5 to 12 through August 17. You still have time to register for the camp session beginning June 25 -- can sign up for a week at a time or the entire summer. Each week has a different theme so you can choose a week you think your kids would love. There is also some financial aid available. For more information visit here.
Do you have a budding Picasso in your house? There's still time to sign up for the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts summer camp session that runs July 16 to July 19 and July 23 to 26. There are classes for ages pre-school through 14 and, although pre-schoolers all attend one camp, older kids(ages 6 to 14) can chooses from a variety of camps where they learn different musical instruments, arts, even cooking. Check it out here.
Walk In Art Center, Schuylkill Haven has a variety of one day classes (not all art related) for kids ages 7 to 13 on Wednesdays from 9 to noon. Check them out here. There are also a few 12+ or 10+ classes for your middle school and high school students -- painting, copper etching, jewelry making and pottery . Check them out here
The Arts Barn in Orwigsburg has a few camps for the 6 - 8 years old group starting in July. Check them out here.
Penn State Schuylkill is also hosting a few camps for students in Grades 1 through 8 that will give them a peek at the areas or careers they're interested in pursuing. Check them out here.
If you don't have the funds or time to commit to a structured camp, head to your local library. Most are having a FREE summer reading club that consists of two parts: keeping track of the summer reading you do (and possibly winning a prize) and weekly meetings or programs your kids can attend. Library club is for readers from age 2 all the way through Grade 12. Some libraries will also have additional programs for writers as well as various other activities your child may be interested in once they get to the library and learn what's happening.
We adopted the Stars and Stripes as our flag on June 14, 1777. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson decided that it should be Flag Day. This Thursday will be Flag Day so, if your flag went back in the attic, garage or other spot after Memorial Day, why not pull it back out for what is essentially its birthday? The Mahanoy Elks will be holding a Flag Day Program on Thursday at 6 p.m. while the Cressona Band will be performing a Flag Day concert on Wednesday at 6:45. If you come to Wednesday's concert at Admiral Boone Park, 3rd Street, St. Clair bring your lawn chair. In case of rain the event will be moved to the School, 227 Mill Street. Another band that includes quite a few patriotic numbers in their performances is the Third Brigade Band that will be at Joulwan Park, East Norwegian Street, Pottsville on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Once again, bring your lawn chair. Raindate is Thursday.
Not everyone is a hiker. But if you still want to get outdoors and do something physical have you tried outdoor yoga? They're having a session on Wednesday at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. you can join Porcupine Pat for gentle yoga (all standing positions so no mat needed) You can be a newbie or experienced. They'll even be a handout you take home to your own backyard -- won't that give your neighbors something to talk about! There is a $5 fee. Because it'll be just at that sweet spot between day and night I recommend wearing a bug deterrent if you experience mosquito problems.
.When we were kids, every time we went camping we would have strawberry shortcake. it consisted of these mini round pounds cakes (with a convenient dip in the middle) which we each piled high with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. I recreated these a few times with my daughters but since my youngest doesn't like strawberries the tradition has pretty much died out. I think I'll have to visit a local Strawberry Festival for a sampling of local strawberries. There are quite a few coming up:
Outwood Lutheran Church Hall, Oak Grove & Old Forge Roads, Pine Grove from 4 to 7
$9 for adults/$5for children ages 5 50 12/FREE for children under 5 for homemade chicken pot pie, lettuce with bacon dressing, beverage and dessert. Takeouts and strawberry sundaes available.
North Parish Strawberry Festival
Holy Apostles Episcopal church, 307 E. Hancock Street, St. Clair from 6 to 8
$5 for strawberies, ice cream, baked god and a beverage
Zion Lutheran Church, Mauch Chunk & Greenwood Streets, Tamaqua from 4 to 6:30
$4 for cake, strawberries, ice cream and beverage. Other homemade foods available
If --like my son -- your berry of choice is blue, you might want to consider the annual Kiwanis Blueberry Sale. For $31 you receive a HUGE box full of freshly picked berries as well as a recipe booklet. My son recommends the lemon-blueberry bread. Great fresh, the berries are also simple to freeze: wash, dry, place in the freezer on a cookie sheet and when they are frozen store in an airtight container in your freezer. It's either that or go in on a box with a friend or two because no one can possibly use them all fresh. They're great frozen in lots of recipes including smoothies, muffins and just as a cool frozen treat during the hot days of summer. The deadline to order is June 30 with delivery on July 5 (last year we picked them up in a Boyer's parking lot). To order or learn more about the sale contact Henry at email@example.com
The Majestic Theatre, Pottsville will still be active this summer. Why not add a performance to your calendar?
They're calling for rain Saturday evening. Why not take the kids to M&T Movies at the Majestic at 7 p.m. Catch the original "The Incredibles" before the sequel comes out this summer. There is free admission and popcorn.
A Joyful Noise at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for a singing performance in a variety of musical styles by the Majestic Singers and Majestic Kids Singers.
We Will Rock You at 7 p.m.
The music of Queen and the story of their search for success by the Majestic Players. Tickets are $15
Car lover? Well, it's car cruise season. Cruise on by these spots to check out the classic cars.
Classic car cruise from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Heisler's
Great Kulpmont Cruise at the Holy angels picnic grounds at 3 p.m. Registration begins at 11 a.m.
Bikes, burgers & Cruise-In Night at Schaeffer's Harley Davidson
Bikes and muscle cars from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come for supper and enjoy a burger from the Burger Barn.
Classic car cruise from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Heisler's
Prefer a different mode of transportation?
Young bicyclists can attend the bicycle rodeo at the Shenandoah Heights Fire Company, 148 Swatara Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9. the event is hosted by West Mahanoy Township police.
If you're a runner, early registration for the Port Carbon Firecracker 5K ends on Saturday. The race is July 4 and up until Saturday registration fee is $25. You can register at the library, borough hall or www.pretzelcitysports.com For more information call 570-622-5824. It's too late for early registration but you can still run in the Coal Cracker 10K and Fun Run this Saturday in Shenandoah. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Downtown Shenandoah Inc. the fun run for those 12 and under starts at 9 a.m. and the 10K starts at 10 a.m. Of course, there's a pierogie party after! for more info call 570-462-0389
I'm in a music mood...how about you? If you feel like enjoying a concert I have all types coming up that you might be interested in. Many are BYOLC (Bring Your Own Lawn Chair) but half the fun of a summer concert is being outdoors. Somehow, music sounds different when you're enjoying it under a summer sky.
Cressona Band at Bubeck Park, Schuylkill Haven
A free concert from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. there will also be free refreshments, games, moonwalk and everyone's favorite Porcupine Pat for the kids.
Tom Storm at Tamaqua Train Station
A free concert from 6 :30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
B&J Big Band at Seton Manor, 1000 Seton Drive, Orwigsburg
A free concert from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Ann Marie Calabrese at Heisler's, 743 Catawissa Road, Tamaqua
A free concert from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
M & J Big Band at Shenandoah Senior Living Community, 101 E. Washington Street
A free concert from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Looking for a summer read for you or a young person? The Pottsville Library is having their Used Book Sale today from noon to 2 p.m. in the basement. Young people can head to Boscov's at the Fairlane Village Mall on Saturday, June 9 for Summer Reading on the Road. Children of all ages have a chance to play Bingo and win books at 11 a.m.
Tomorrow is National Trails Day! Why not throw on your hiking boots and head for a trail with the whole family whether it's the Appalachian Trail or just the walking path around your local playground. It's also a day to help improve trails around the country. If this Saturday doesn't work for you there is a whole month of hikes planned so make your own national trails day.
Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Meet at the AT parking lot at Routes 443 & 72 to carpool. This 8 mile hike is rated moderate and will explore Cold Springs at Hawk Watch, Fort Indiantown Gap. Bring a lunch but no dogs, please. You MUST register for this hike. Call Robin at 570-467-2506.
Sunday, June 10 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Meet at Sunbury Road and Hillside Road for this 7 mile hike rated easy. Led by "Hiker Jim" this hike will offer strip mine regrowth, the black desert, Mine Hill Gap and the Heckscherville Valley.
Saturday, June 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Meet at parking lot on Gold Mine Road in the State Game Lands for a 3 mile hike rated moderate. Led by Mike Centeleghe this hike will also offer a lesson about the trees of Penn's Woods.