You may have learned in my last post that February is National Pie Month. Turns out it's also American Heart Health Month -- we'd love for you to share a photo of yourself wearing red on the Schuylkill VISION Facebook page.
You can also attend the annual Little Red Dress Event on Sunday, February 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ramada Inn, Pottsville. The event will include talks by heart health experts, local vendors, live entertainment and a heart healthy luncheon (there will be a cash bar available). Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Call Mary Bardell at 570-621-4242 or email email@example.com to purchase a ticket or register as a vendor.
If you won't be able to make it to the Little Red Dress Event learn a bit about four things that can go a long way toward improving your heart health: diet, aspirin, managing health conditions and signs of a heart attack. Some great tips and videos from the FDA can be found here.
Cake..meh. Cookies...ok. But pie? Love it! I think this all traces back to my mother who makes the best -- bar none -- apple pie in the world. Our family doesn't even bother baking or eating anyone else's apple pie because we know it would pale in comparison. So, if like me, you are a Pie Person you might already know that February is National Pie Month. To celebrate I'm going to try a few new pie recipes.
If you're less a baker and more a taster you may want to stop by your local library. They're having a Deppen Pie Sale to benefit the libraries -- $10.50 for a 9 inch pie. You can choose from: apple crumb, blueberry crumb, strawberry/rhubarb crumb, peach crumb, raisin crumb, shoofly, coconut custard, lemon sponge, no sugar apple. Orders are being accepted at the following libraries until February 8 with pick up on February 21 at noon.
Time to get the news! Will it be six more weeks of Winter or Spring just around the corner? We'll all find out soon. Come to Sweet Arrow Lake County Park on Friday, February 2 to celebrate that crazy holiday Groundhog Day. They'll be breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m., a prediction at 9 a.m. and some other fun: music by Matthew Todd, stories, and even a Groundhog Chinese Auction. Admission is FREE. For more information call 570-345-88952 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Are your hiking boots gathering dust in the back of your closet? Well, it's time to get them out and prove that hiking is a four season activity! This coming Sunday they is not ONE but TWO hikes! So choose your favorite:
Sunday, January 28
Stump Dam Hike
Meet at Llewellyn Hose parking lot at 8 a.m. for a 9 mile hike rated easy. Follow the old Lehigh Railroad to Silverton -- even with light snow on the ground -- with hike leader Jim Murphy.
Fort Dietrich Snyder & Appalachian Trail Hike
Meet at Route 183 on top of Blue Mountain at 2 p.m. for a 3 mile hike rated easy. Hike to a monument for the fort, a natural spring, an abandoned farm pond and even a bit of the Appalachian Trail.
My grocery store's weekly flyer is in the Republican Herald tomorrow. That's a big day in my house because I try to determine how to use store sales and coupons I cut out of the Sunday paper to get the most bang for my buck! But this week I'll be doing a little extra shopping.
Remember back in November and December when it seemed like every organization was having a holiday food drive? Bet you haven't heard much about food drives lately. According the Feeding America, a network of food banks, over 42 million Americans live in food-insecure households, including 13 million children. And, as winter drags on, the holiday donations are running out.
So why not check the weekly flyer for your store and do a little extra shopping this week? The Minersville Area Food Drive Committee is accepting donations (non-perishable food and monetary donations) until February 28. Call 570-544-2739 for more information about the drive or dropping off donations. Monetary donations can be sent to: Minersville Area Food Drive Committee, 529 Lytle Street, Minersville, PA 17954.
If you're donating non-perishable food here are three tips and a list of most needed items.
1. Canned goods with pop tops are better than those that need a can opener.
2. Avoid those packaged in glass bottles.
3. If you're shopping in your pantry, check expiration dates.
One Dozen Great Things to Buy:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about half of all Americans are living with a chronic health condition. That's an overwhelming 117 million people how awake each day and have to deal with how a condition is affecting their physical, mental, economical and social health. Chronic conditions includes a wide range of problems: arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, autism, asthma and a host of others. Not surprisingly, Americans over age 50 are most affected -- with 70 million living with multiple chronic conditions.
If you are one of these 50+ Americans learn how to manage a life affected by a chronic condition by attending Living a Healthy Life, a free, 6 week program for people over 50. Workshops will be held each Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning on February 1 at the Swatara Village Retirement Community in Pine Grove. Register for the program by calling 570-624-3017 by January 26.
This next event has nothing to do with chronic conditions but I couldn't resist mentioning it. I met Joe Ciarvella last week at the Majestic Theater and learned that he also leads drumming events at Dreamcatchers Art Emporium, 370 S. Centre Street, Pottsville. If you're in that blah mood that descends after the holidays and before Spring arrives a drumming event may lift your spirits. This drumming event on Friday, January 26 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. will feature hand drumming. Registration fee is $10. Contact Dreamcatchers at 570-516-9815 for more information.
If you're in the mood for music stop by the Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 252 Dock Street, Schuylkill Haven for their latest free concert (free will offerings accepted). This Sunday at 3 p.m. organist Mark Laubach will be performing. Additional concerts will be held at 3 p.m. on March 18 and May 6. The guest organist in March will be Wesley Parrott and in May it will be a flute ensemble, The Centre Park Flutes.
By now you should have heard about the latest news on Pottsville Revitalization -- the Pearl Theater moving to Mahantongo Street. But this is not the end of the story. If you'd like to learn more about how Pottsville plans to breathe new life into their community come to the Public Workshop on Thursday, January 18 at 7 p.m. Local governmental representatives as well as community organizations will be meeting with the public at The Lodge at Sharp Mountain to share ideas about changing Pottsville.
Check out the group's finding so far here and then attend the meeting and contribute your thoughts. Make Pottsville a fun place to visit AND to live!