I'm ready for spring! How about you? In addition to the promise of flowers and warm weather spring also means...Block of Art! Hope our recent snowy week hasn't made you forget that Block of Art is just a month away. The 11th annual Block of Art begins on April 28 with a blast of music, dancing and wine before a weekend of art. Opening Night will be a the Pottsville Ramada Inn from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. with music by Kim Russell-Seibert and the After Hours Big Band. There will also be a Little Shop of Horrors performance by Artists in Motion. There will also be wine tastings compliments of Olivero's Winery.
On Saturday, April 29 there will be art, music, authors and more throughout downtown Pottsville as well as at the Walk In Art Center in Schuylkill Haven and the Arts Barn outside of Orwigsburg.
On Sunday, April 30 there will be yummy events for the kids and adults. The young crowd (and the young-at-heart) can meet at the Maid's Quarters for a tea party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m while adults can gather the the Greystone from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for brunch with the artists.
If you're an artist or other vendor interested in participating check out how to register here. Vendor fee is just $25!
If the postponement of the Girardville St. Patrick's Day Parade has you searching for something to do this weekend why not visit the Strawberry Playhouse -- a charming little theatre in Tuscarora. They are performing Plaza Suite by the hilarious Neil Simon (his plays turned movies The Odd Couple or The Out-of-Towners will have you ROFL). Tickets at $14 for adults, $13 for students/seniors and $5 for children under 10. You can catch the play on March 24, 25, 31 and April 1 at 7:30 p.m. and March 26 and April 2 at 2 p.m. Call 325-4368 of email email@example.com for reservations and information.
In our mudroom there is a row of cabinets -- one which we rarely open and then only very, very carefully. Because that's the cabinet that is jam-packed with plastic bags from places like the grocery store. I do my best, taking my cloth bags to the grocery store, but those bags keep sneaking into the house carrying new shoes, Girl Scout cookies, takeout food. I also have a theory that they mysteriously multiple once they get in the cabinet -- they are the rabbits of storage containers.
Do you have an overflowing plastic bag cabinet in your house? If so, you might want to check out a free workshop at the Zion Lutheran Church, Klinger's Church Road, Lykens today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bring some of those pesky plastic bags and a pair of scissors and learn all about upcycling your plastic bags into something useful.
I'm heading to the Philadelphia Flower Show today with family and friends! So naturally I'm thinking about plans for my garden. If you're also a garden lover you might want to consider becoming a Master Gardener. Make a note to attend the "Meet the Master Gardeners" gathering on Wednesday, March 22 from 6;30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Held at the Schuylkill County Ag Center, 1202 Ag Center Drive, Pottsville (just off Gordon Nagle Trail) the Schuylkill Master Gardeners will share more about the program which consists of classes in a variety of gardening subjects as well as community activities. Classes will begin in late August. Reserve your seat by contacting the Master Gardeners at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-622-4225 Ext. 13.
If you're starting to think garden you might think about this for your garden -- certifying it as a Pollinator Garden. You have plenty of time to tweak your garden and ensure it's pollinator friendly since certification isn't due until September 1. Everyone who registers will be eligible to win one of five pollinator baskets. Check out the certification form at http://ento.psu.edu/pollinatora/public-outreach/cert
When I received a postcard from the Walk In Art Center for their latest exhibit I was intrigued. The exhibit is "Dream Animal" by artist Kristen Egan and from the photograph it looked like the top of a totem pole. So I checked out Egan's website. What a variety of work she has! I couldn't wait to see her exhibit. The exhibit runs through April 30 and the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Attention all Artists! The Walk In Art Center is preparing for their Keystone Fine Art Juried Exhibition in November. Add the exhibit to your calendar -- there will be six categories with two awards in each category. You can deliver work for consideration on Wednesday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. So start looking over your work for what you'd like to submit.
Do you know a student who is interested in studying in an environment-related field? The South Schuylkill Garden Club is offering a $1000 scholarship for a Schuylkill County student. Students can be studying:
If you think your yard would benefit from the addition of a tree or flowering bush (or need a great gift for a loved one this Easter) why not order some seedlings from the annual Seedling Sale. You can order trees and bushes up until April 5 and can be picked up on April 29 at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Clubhouse parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon. cost is just $8 and $9 a bundle. You can order by contacting Porcupine Pat at email@example.com or 570-622-4124 Ext. 113, Denise Donmoyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-345-8952 or with the online order form here.
The following trees and bushes will be available:
Bet that fabulous weather last week had you feeling alive and ready to move. Why not celebrate the return of warm sunny days by starting a running (or walking) program. No matter what shape you're in it's simple to ease into running or walking. You can do it anytime, anywhere, no special equipment needed.
One way to keep yourself inspired is with a goal...like entering a 5K. And do I have a 5K for you! Penn State Schuylkill is having a Kaleidoscope Run on Saturday, April 29 at 11 a.m. -- and you have plenty of time to get in shape. This is a color run which makes it much more fun than a regular 5K. Wear clothes you don't mind getting stained by the cornstarch color (although in my experience it has washed out of my clothes). White t-shirts are the best way to "show your color". The race will provide sunglasses and bandannas to protect your eyes and respiratory tract (picture very cool bank robbers in running clothes). Early registration ( before April 1)is $25 and $30 after April 1 -- you can also register on race day between 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. All profits benefit campus athletic programs. For information about registering contact Kate Fullerton at 570-385-6131 or email@example.com
Not up to a race? Why not support others while they walk in the local St. Patrick's Day parades? Pottsville's parade will be on Saturday, March 11 at 11 a.m. starting at 12th and Market Streets. Girardville's parade will be on Saturday, March 25 at noon .
Chances are you know someone loving with a chronic condition. Think about it...arthritis, diabetes, COPD, heart disease. The list goes on and on. If you, or someone you love needs help managing a chronic condition don't miss the free six-session workshop at Providence Place Senior Living, 2200 First Avenue, Pottsville on March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4, 11 at 10 a.m. The sessions will cover everything from encouraging healthy habits to reducing hospital stays to improving health status. You must register by February 28 by calling 570-624-3017.
If you know a young person who includes the healthy habit of playing basketball tell them about the Hot Shot basketball competition on Sunday, February 26 at 4:00 p.m. in Martz Hall(enter thourgh the rear doors at 16th Street and Laurel Boulevard). For most young hoopers it's worth entering the contest just for the chance to play on the court at Martz Hall! This timed competition is for players (boy and girls) ages 9 to 14. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. and there will be prizes. For more information call 570-622-3707.