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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Today I received what my family calls "fun mail" (not bills or junk mail). I received an invitation to a shower -- my second invite this month. I suppose it's that time of the year, shower time! Following rapidly by wedding time! If you're looking forward to being more than a guest at a future wedding maybe you should spend the time you aren't attending wedding showers attending bridal expos. There are two coming up in the county.
First up is the 2017 Ramada Bridal Expo this Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Ramada, 101 South Progress Avenue, Pottsville from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Brides can pre-register here for an extra treat when they attend the expo. But even if you don't pre-register there will be lots of vendors, door prizes, cake and hors d'oeuvres samples, music, bridal welcome bag (while supplies last) and of course a bridal fashion show. Admission is FREE.
Next is the Bridal Show at the Walk In Art Center, 220 Parkway, Schuylkill Haven on March 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Along with the wedding vendors there will be a diamond cake dig, fashion show, food and bake sale, demonstrations, trend discussions and more. Admission is FREE.
Do you know a local high school student who wants to experience an adventure on the Schuylkill River this year? The fourth annual Schuylkill Acts & Impacts watershed expedition will be taking place from June 17 to June 24 this year. During the expedition, twelve students from Schuylkill, Berks, Montgomery, Chester and Philadelphia counties will camp and kayak while learning about the watershed and doing water quality testing ona 120 mile journey.
Students can apply until March 24 with this application. All students need is a sleeping bag -- everything from gear to food to outdoors lessons in setting up tents and paddling a kayak (if needed) is provided. The expedition isn't just a week long experience. Participants can do follow-up projects, connect with environmental professionals and perhaps have opportunities for internships and volunteer programs.
My mom was an early elementary school teacher so I am familiar with Shel Silverstein...the quirky children's poet of Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic. So when I saw a notice for "An ADULT Evening of Shel Silverstein" I thought perhaps it was a typo -- or another Shel Silverstein. Turns out it's the same man, just a different side of his personality and creativity. Online, some of the evening (it's a combination of ten one act plays) has been described as "raunchy", "grown-up craziness" and "hard-knock endings". But the idea of seeing such a completely different side of such a clever writer is very intriguing. We'll all have that opportunity on Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Theatre at Simon Kramer (15 Alliance Street, New Philadelphia). The performance will be by The Actors Guild of Schuylkill County and the $10 tickets can be purchased at the door (cash only) or on the Actors Guild website (credit card payment). They are not kidding about the ADULT evening -- tickets are for those ages 18 and older.
The Majestic Theatre also has two events the same weekend. They will be hosting their FREE movie night on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and entrance includes a bag of popcorn (drinks and candy will be for sale). This month's movie is The BFG (The Big Friendly Giant). then on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. they will be hosting Artists in Motion Performing Arts with A Night of Singing and Dancing. Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased at the door or by contacting the theatre at 570-628-4647.
I haven't been to the Schuylkill County Historical Society in a while but after reading an article in the Republican-Herald I just have to drop in to look up. Seems they have a collection of model airplanes donated by a model enthusiast hanging from the ceiling. What could be more fun?
Of course there are things happening in historical societies all over the county. You can learn more about them by visiting each society or you can just go to the History Fair this Saturday, February 11 at the Fairlane Village Mall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come see what the societies are up to, learn more about your county, enter a raffle and maybe make a history related purchase.
February is Barley Month, Love the Bus Month, Haiku Writing Month and Women Inventors Month. Of course, as much as I love barley, buses, haikus and women inventors I want to use today's post to give a shout out to another thing celebrated in February: National Heart Health Month.
After looking at the website for the American Heart Association I could give you a list of dozens of things to do and not to do to improve your heart health. But who has the time to remember all that? So they've narrowed it down to eight words to remember:
Eat Smart. Add Color. Move More. Be Well.
For more details check them out here.
For all you ladies out there, good news and bad news.
Bad News: Heart disease is the number one killer of women.
Good News: Several studies have shown that women are more likely to go to the doctor or make changes to improve their health.
And not all change is unpleasant. Change can be fun! Why not start with the Little Red Dress Event on February 12 (snow date Feb. 26) at the Ramada Inn, 101 S. Progress Avenue, Pottsville, Wear rred and come to hear speaker Dr. Tariq Hafiz, a cardiologist, enjoy entertainment by Richard Lorady, a Dean Martin tribute act, eat a healthy lunch from Carmelo's Roman Delight Restaurant and shop at a variety of local and regional vendors. a Cash bar will also be available. Tickets are $20 in advance and $35 at the door. Contact Mary Bardell at 570-621-4242 or email@example.com for tickets.