The rain I've been seeing the past two days has me worried abut the weekend but let's think positive and hope that some outdoor time can be managed between the showers. Because there is plenty going on in the great outdoors this weekend!
Friday, April 21
If you'd like to get outdoors and help a local group of young people head to the Minersville Skatepark, 500 Line Street (behind the softball field). Bring your rake, broom and garbage bags to help them clean up for spring skating. Cleaning is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23
Fishing Rodeo at Lone Pine Sportsmen's Club in Middleport from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. In case you've never been the club is at Willow and Shade Streets. There's a four trout limit and fishermen ages 5 to 12 fish for free. There will be prizes! I used to fish here ages ago --although someone else baited my hook (thanks, Billy!).
Sunday, April 23
Spring Out will be happening at Island Park in Schuylkill Haven from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. They'll be a little bit of everything: a nature walk, birdwatching, fishing demonstrations, animals and more. I'm sure you'll find something you enjoy.
Tuesday, May 2
If you want to look forward to next week, how about a presentation on May 2 at Sweet Arrow Lake county Park clubhouse at 7 p.m. by Steve Rannels, photographer and naturalist. His presentation, titled "Pennsylvania Spring" will help everyone enjoy the animals and plant of Spring through amazing photographs.
If you enjoy The Nutcracker each year maybe it's time to branch out. The Schuylkill Ballet is performing The Enchanted Rose -- based on Beauty and the Beast at the Schuylkill Haven Auditorium. Shows will be 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 and 3 p.m on Sunday, April 23. Tickets at the door are $12. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and students ages 10 to 18 and $5 for children ages 3 to 10.
But if you'd like your performance a little more jazzy remember that this weekend is the Les Brown Big Band Festival in Tower City. Music lovers will be enjoying themselves from Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23. Friday will be a Big Band Dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. -- tickets $10. Saturday will be a variety of musical groups from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. -- tickets $10. Children and students through college are free. Sunday will be a worship service at 3 p.m. For more details check out their website.
Are you a folk artist and want to learn what others folk artists are doing? Don't miss the Folk Art Alliance at the Walk In Art Center on Wednesday, Friday 19 from noon to 2 p.m. The meeting is potluck. Come share information about festivals, marketing, creativity and more.
If you're like our family, this weekend involved a lot of chocolate and other goodies. But today's Monday and it's time we all got back to healthy habits. And all that leftover Easter candy? I have a two-pronged solution:
1. Give away as much of it as possible to guests. Some of the most irresistible chocolate has been 'relocated' to Harrisburg, Jonestown and Annville.
2. Freeze the rest and bring it out a little bit at a time.
In the market for a few more healthy suggestions? There are several interesting healthy-related events in the county this week.
Monday, April 17
Public Access to Narcan Program at Trinity Church, 22 Lafayette Street, Tamaqua
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Register by calling 570-628-6990 or email at www.coginc.org
Wednesday, April 19
Health & Wellness Fair at Providence Place, 2200 First Avenue, Pottsville
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Vendors, health checks, door prizes, refreshments and demonstrations (1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
Family Place Parent-Child Workshop at Pottsville Free Public Library, 215 W. Market Street
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Free five-week program for parents and their children ages 1 to 3. The programs will feature local experts on speech, nutrition, behavior and physical activity.
Nutrition and No-bake Snack Program at Pottsville Free Public Library, 215 W. Market Street
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Free program with a registered dietician about healthy eating for children.
Thursday, April 20
Aging Joyfully at Diakon Schuylkill Haven Center, 340 Haven Street
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Register for a program with helpful hints about enjoying life at 570-624-3016.
Have you made a Bucket List? I've got something great for you to add to it...a trip along the Schuylkill River. Registration for this year's Schuylkill River Sojourn just opened up. The Sojourn is a 112 mile trip along the Schuylkill River starting in Schuylkill Haven on June 3 and ends on June 9 at Boathouse Row in Philadelphia. You can paddle the river for one day or a multiple day trip. Registration includes three meals, guides, camping arrangements, a shuttle back to your car, even educational and entertainment programs. Sign up here today! Weekend dates fill up fast so there's no time to lose. Deadline to register is May 19.
Palm Sunday always brings to mind a parishoner at my church growing up. She was crafty before Pinterest and YouTube videos made it cool! She could do all the things with an ethnic twist starting with the "bouquets" made from elaborately braided and twisted palms to the pysanky eggs to the twisted paper stars we had on our Christmas tree. She continued to try and pass on her knowledge to my friends and me but, with the predictability of young people, we rolled our eyes and escaped her lessons as quickly as possible. Now, as I play a "How to Fold a Christmas star" video over and over again, I wish we had stayed!
Are you preserving a traditional craft -- whether it be creating something concrete like my ever elusive Christmas stars or a performing art such as dance, singing, music? The state of Pennsylvania wants to help you improve and preserve your knowledge for future generations with a Traditonal Arts Grant. Traditonal arts are defined as "...artistic traditions characteristic of specific ethnic, religious, linguistic, occupational or regional groups."
The deadline to submit an application for a grant is April 24 and you can see the application and more details here. For more help, you can attend a workshop about applying run by the woman in charge of the program Sally Van de Water. You can register for the free workshop here. Workshops will be held:
April 12 at the Walk In Art Center, 220 Parkway Avenue, Schuylkill Haven from 10 a.m. to noon
April 13 at Eckleys Miners Village, 2 Eckley Back Road, Weatherly from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m
We all have our own ways of knowing that Spring has arrived. A friend mentioned that he knew it was Spring when the men at work removed the snowplow from the company truck. I know when I see my garden starting to burst. For my cousins, it's the first day of trout season. If you and your family mark the beginning of Spring the way that my cousins do I have two fun events for you.
Saturday, April 8
Annual Trout Derby at Little Schuylkill River, Tamaqua begins at noon, registration is from 8 a.m. to noon. Cost is $15 on Saturday but only $10 if you register now. Fisherman age 16 and older must have a Pennsylvania fishing license and trout stamp. The derby runs through May 8 and has some super prizes! Bicycles, gift cards, fishing rods, golf packages and more. For more information call 570-668-1880.
Sunday, April 23
Family Fun Fishing Event at Sweet Arrow Lake county park from 6:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes $5 food voucher and one tagged fish prize ticket. Families can register for $40, including $10 food voucher and two tagged fish prize tickets. Breakfast starts at 6 a.m. and lunch will also be served at the clubhouse. Fisherman age 16 and older must have a Pennsylvania fishing license. First 150 children ages 3 to 12 registered receive a fishing rod. Over $5000 in prizes with the top prize being $1000.
Counting the days until Block of Art (25 to go)? While you're waiting why not check out the creativity of some of our teen artists at the gallery show for Schuylkill County high school artist at the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts, 1440 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville. Eleven local schools will be submitting work: drawing, sculpture, painting, pottery, photography, graphics and jewelry. The opening will be on Sunday, April 9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Don't miss it!
If your idea of fun demands a little more horsepower you might want to head for Big Diamond on Friday, April 7 for the season opener. Race time is 8:15 p.m. There will be sportsman, modifieds, road runner and street stocks. Raindate is April 14.