If you feel like bundling up and heading out into the snow, don't miss the Mahanoy City Meander on Sunday, January 31. Paul Coombe and John Domalakes will be leading the walk to explore the history and geography of Mahanoy City. Meet at North Main Street by the old Kaier Brewery. But if you aren't a fan of wintery weather there is a nice indoor event at North Schuylkill High School. The Pennsylvania Music Educators group will be performing their annual district band concert on Saturday, January 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 31 at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.
Are you or someone you love living with a physical disability? Meet others and learn from "Coping with a Physical Disability: A Psychological Perspective" a free lecture by Dr. Allan Rodgers, ED, D. The lecture will be held at Schuylkill Rehabilitation Center, 300 Schuylkill Medical Plaza, Pottsville today, Wednesday January 27 at 3:00 p.m.
When I think of college campuses in the county I usually think of Penn State. But we have another satellite campus in Schuylkill County for Alvernia University, Reading. And today the two Alvernia campuses are coming even closer together as the Reading campus webcasts an event from their main campus to the Schuylkill Center campus at 1544 Route 61, Highway South, Suite 6190, Cressona (Cressona Mall). Dr. Leo Lefebure from Georgetown University will be lecturing on the topic "Pope Francis and Interfaith Relations". Come enjoy this free webcast of Dr. Lefebure's lecture at 7 p..m.
Wednesday night I had a dream I was in Florida and I bought my favorite -- a key lime pie! Sadly, I awoke on Thursday and there were no palm trees outside my window and no key lime pie in the fridge. But luckily I can satisfy my pie cravings and help out our local libraries. And you can too! Schuylkill County libraries are holding their Deppen Pie Sale and taking orders until Wednesday, February 10 (what a great Valentine's Day gift) with pick up on Wednesday, February 24. The cost of each pie is $10 and benefits our local libraries. The fruit pies are wonderful to freeze (custard and sponge don't weather the freezer well). You can choose from:
Do you know a couple who got engaged during the holiday season? If they've gotten over the initial excitement of the proposal and are thinking about the actual ceremony tell them not to miss two upcoming Bridal Expos. This Saturday, January 23 the Fairlane Village Mall is holding their 2016 Bridal Expo from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. There will be a bridal fashion show featuring Juliette Bridals by Ivana at 2 p.m.
Tell them to also add Sunday, March 13 to their wedding planning calendar. The Bridal Fair will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Walk-In Art Center, Schuylkill Haven. along with a variety of wedding related vendors, there will be door prizes, giveaways, entertainment and refreshments. And of course the unforgettable Diamond Dig!
Old Man Winter got you down? If you aren't hopping on a plane to head to warmer climes soon, why not plan a literary tropical escape? Ian Fleming's James Bond adventures, Elin Hilderbrand's baker's dozen of beach books, mysteries with Agatha Christie's "Oh-so-proper-Englishmen" on holiday in Egypt, even Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe can be found at the Newspaper in Education Winter Book Sale for the bargain basement price of just $1. Or, if you feel like splurging on the hardcover -- $3. Children's book and Harlequin romances cost even less. But cash only!
If you want an amazing sale, visit on Saturday for the Bag Sale. The folks from The Republican-Herald will sell you a bag for $6 and then you get to cram it with as many books as fit. You could end up paying 25 cents or less per book! But if have a special title, popular author or a category that sells quickly (large print, local interest, history, sci-fi/fantasy) on your list, stop by on Friday for a better chance of finding just what you want. The nonfiction is sorted into categories (humor, gardening, religion, parenting, cookbooks, woodworking, sports, etc.) while the fiction is sorted by author's last name (as well as special sections for large print, romance, Christian novels, westerns, sci-fi/fantasy and children's). There are also audiobooks, DVDs, videotapes, even the occassional LP!
Organized by The Republican Herald, the sale will be held at the Schuylkill Mall this Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As an extra added bonus, every book you purchase will help the Newspaper in Education program which provides newspapers to local schools to use in the classroom. Youc an learn more about the sale at www.republicanherald.com/booksale Stop by for an escape from the cold!
Want to share your musical talent with the county? Don't miss Schuylkill County Jr. Idol VIII at the Schuylkill Mall beginning Tuesday, January 19 with the winner announced on Tuesday, February 9. Contestants must register by Friday, January 15 -- no later than 5 p.m. Rules and registration form can be found here. Don't forget to include your song choice for the first night. Contestants must also provide a CD of the music for their selection.
The grand prize winner will be awarded:
Cold weather have you feeling blue? Stop hiding indoors and instead embrace the winter season with the Fire and Ice Winter Fest at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park on Sunday, January 24 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Bundle up for the hot dogs over an open fire, possible ice skating (depends on the thickness of the ice) and winter water rescue demonstration by the dive team. Then head inside the clubhouse to warm up while you meet Smokey the Bear, get your face painted (small fee), request a balloon animal from Splash the clown and watch a musical performance by Jesse Ward (2 p.m.). Then, when you're starting to warm up, you can try your hand and making (and tasting) homemade ice cream. And save the warmest event for last -- the Fire Hot Chili Cook-Off. If you'd like to add your chili to the contest, contact Susan at 570-624-3018.
Sweet Arrow Lake County Park is also sponsoring a free program on Wednesday, January 20 (snow date Jan. 22) at 7 p.m. Scott Weidensaul, author of more than a dozen books on natural history, will present "Owls: Soul of the Night". If you prefer animals without wings, add Groundhog Day (Tuesday, February 2) to your calendar. Sweet Arrow Lake will make the big groundhog announcement at 9 a.m. followed by Pennsylvania Dutch songs and stories, musical entertainment and an auction. You can also enjoy breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. -- $6 for adults and $4 for children. Breakfast will be cancelled if there is a blizzard but everything else will go on -- after all Groundhog Day is Feb. 2, not the 3rd or 4th. For more information contact 570-345-8952 or firstname.lastname@example.org