Does someone in your family love the roar of race cars? If so, they're probably glued to the TV each weekend for the latest race and counting the days until dirt track racing season here in Pennsylvania begins. This week they have a chance to get a sneak preview of the season at the Big Diamond Speedway Car Show at the Schuylkill Mall. the show beings today Monday. Feb. 29 and last until Friday, March 4.
March 4 is an extra special day with a whole slate of activities: driver interviews, tire changing contest, and Big Wheel races and car building workshops for the kids. More details here. All week long there's also a Facebook contest -- take a photo of you and the car of the day and you could in a gift certificate to a mall store. More details here.
If you refer a quieter -- but no less lively -- part of Schuylkill County, why not head to the movies? Not exactly movies, but movie theaters, those places that brought the world of make believe to life all around the country for decades. The Schuylkill County Historical Society is opening their "Schuylkill County Cinemas" exhibit on Wednesday, March 2. On opening night there will be a Laurel and Hardy short "Berth Marks", which tells the tale of their adventure on the last train to Pottsville, to start the exhibit off with a bang! The show will begin at 6 p.m. and is free to members and $5 for non-members. RSVP by calling the society at 570-622-7540. The exhibit, which includes photographs and artifacts from local cinemas, will be open for approximately a month.
If you have a teenager waiting to be turned into a princess don't miss Cinderella's Closet at the Schuylkill Mall on Sunday, Feb. 28 from noon until 4 p.m. Gently used formal gowns will be sold for just $10 while accessories, purses and shoes will be $1. Come early so you don't miss that perfect dress. Thanks to the Frackville Rotary for playing Fairy Godmothers each year for local students' Winter and Spring Proms.
Do you know a high school student who wants to have an adventure during summer vacation this year? Have them check out the 3rd Annual Schuylkill Acts & Impacts watershed expedition. Twelve high school students (you must be enrolled in high school and graduating seniors are eligible) from five watershed counties (including Schuylkill County) will join together from June 18 to 25 for a 120 mile journey along the Schuylkill River to "...spend the week learning about different water quality impacts in the watershed, do hands-on testing, learn from and interact with environmental professionals throughout the watershed, and will camp, kayak, and have tons of fun!!"
This will be a camping out and kayaking experience but all the student needs to provide is a sleeping bag, Learn more about the week and download the application at the Schuylkill Headwaters website. The deadline to apply is March 24! This looks like an incredible experience so start working on the application today.
Through the years we all face numerous health and wellness challenges. Next week there are three interesting workshops that may help you or someone you know improve their life.
Wednesday, Feb. 24
"Services for the Injured Worker" presentation at the Schuylkill Rehabilitation Center, 300 Schuylkill Medical Plaza, Pottsville at 3 p.m. The free presentation will be given by Jospeh E. Albert, occupational medicine physician and Lauren Gibas, occupational therapist.
Thursday, Feb. 25
"Public Access to Narcon" presentation at Groody's Catering Hall, 350 E. Centre Street, Ashland from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The presentation will cover topics such as "Understanding Addiction", "Addiction as a Disease", "Opioid Overdose Prevention: and "Reversal via Peer-Administered Narcan". If you miss next week's presentation stop by the Faith Worship Center, 1168 Centre Turnpike, Orwigsburg on March 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Register at www.coginc.org or 570-628-6990.
Thursday, Feb. 25
"Alzheimer's Disease: The Basics" presentation at ManorCare Health Services, 420 Pulaski Drive, Pottsville from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The presentation will be given by Olivia Maturano, MS, Gerontology. Register by Feb. 22 at 570-621-2201 Light refreshments provided.
Need to shake off the winter blues? Head to the Yuengling Mansion, 1440 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville on Sunday, February 21 for a spirited concert from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Anthracite Philharmonic will be presenting"Bravo of Broadway". A special addition will be the MINOR Notes children's chorus. The cost is just $10 per person and includes a dessert social after the performance.
Call 570-640-1472 for more information.
If classical is more your style, the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble will be perfroming next week at the Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 252 Dock Street, Schuylkill Haven. The free concert, on Sunday, February 28 at 3 p.m., will feature Dana Weiderhold on violin and guest musician Xun Pan on piano. The performance will include Ravel Tzigane, Brahms Piano Quintet and Haydn String Quartet Op. 76, No. 4.
Don't want to think about the snow we already have and the weather forecasts of future snow? Then focus on the future by thinking Spring. The Master Gardeners of Schuylkill County are offering two workshops that should get you in a Spring mindset.
The Woods in Your Backyard
When: Sat., Feb. 20 from 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Penn State Schuylkill Campus, Health and Wellness Building
Cost: $15 per person or $25 per couple, including workshop manual
What: A workshop about landscaping for owners of smaller ares (less than 10 acres). Dr. Jim Finley, forest resources professor, will touch on a variety of topics including pollinators, native plants, water runoff, and planning for recreation and wildlife.
Contact: Lorie Reichert -- 570-622-3742 ext. 5 or email@example.com Space is limited!
Preparing for the Growing Season
When: Sat., March 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Schuylkill County Extension, 1202 Ag Center Drive, Pottsville
Cost: $15 per person
What: Multiple workshops on garden tools, vegetables, lawn care and pesticides. Lunch is included.
Contact: 570-622-4225 ext. 20 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration Deadline is March 1
Right now, hiking and fishing might seem like they are ages away but Spring is right around the corner so why not take a peek at what's coming for hikers and fishers. You might not be able to fish right now -- unless you enjoy that unusual version of fishing known as ice fishing. So why not take the winter to enhance your fly fishing skills. Schuylkill County Trout Unlimited is teaching two classes. First, at the Schuylkill Haven Rec/Senior Center, 340 Haven Street will be offering fly casting, spin casting and fly tying classes (they'll supply the needed equipment) on Sunday, Feb. 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Classes are free but space is limited so register today! Contact Haven Rec here. If Feb. 28 isn't good for you how about Sunday, February 28 at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park? The fly tying class will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. but you must register by calling 717-979-0235.
The weather might not cooperate for a long hike in the forest but there are a few mini-hikes scheduled throughout the area. So grab your hat and mittens. Perhaps one will help you escape from cabin fever!
Sunday, February 14 -- The Shenandoah Shuffle will meet at Rotary Way on the Shenandoah Valley School District campus on West Centre Street. Led by John Domalakes, this 2 mile and easy rated hike will take place between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 21 -- The Tree-mendous Winter Tree ID Trek will meet at the large pavilion (near the clubhouse) at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park. Led by Frank Snyder, the hike will begin at 2 p.m. Each hiker will receive a copy of "Common Trees of Pennsylvania" so you can work on identifying trees even without their telltale leaves, flowers and buds.
Saturday, February 27 -- The Cabin Fever Walk will meet at the Waterfall Road parking lot of Sweet Arrow Lake County Park. Led by Porcupine Pat, this 3 mile and moderate rated hike will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.