Love is in the air -- and with love comes weddings. If a wedding is in your future, register for The Lodge at Sharp Mountain's Bridal Fair on Sunday, February 24 from noon to 3 pm. Along with a bridal fashion show, there will be entertainment, vendors, the latest in wedding trends, food tastings and prizes from Murphy Jewelers and The Lodge at Sharp Mountain. For more information contact 570-622-0622 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ask any member of the clergy to describe their average congregation member and they will likely be puzzled. Sure, they have the mom, dad and two kids who come to services each weekend. But the also are helping sick members, the homeless, veterans...everyone.
If you're a clergy member who needs some knowledge to help your members who are veterans, register for the VA Training Session for Clergy being held on February 28 from 8:30 am to 3 pm at First United Church of Christ, 110 Route 61 near Penn State Schuylkill Campus. Organized with the help of the Department of Veterans Affairs National VA Chaplain Center the day will cover many issues including:
Like most people, I'm not a big fan of meetings. They're too long, too repetitive, too boring. Of course, those are work meetings. Meetings can be fun if they can help you accomplish something. All sorts of meetings are happening throughout Schuylkill County for all sorts of people.
Grandparents raising grandchildren are meeting the second Tuesday of each month at Hope & Coffee, 137 Pine Street, Tamaqua at 7 pm. Come support your fellow "second time around" parents, ask questions and learn valuable lessons at these free meetings.
Young Adults in Schuylkill County can come to the monthly meeting of the Schuylkill Young Professionals -- this month the meeting is at The Crimson House on Sunday, February 24 at noon. Meetings are free. Just come learn what Schuylkill Young Professionals is all about and, if you decide to join, membership is just $25 a year. The group organizes networking events, educational workshops, social events and charitable events.
Forget about county blight...some spots are getting makeovers. One of those is the Majestic Theater! Come see the NEW Majestic Theater and enjoy a show. This Saturday, Feb. 9 enjoy a free movie and popcorn at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm for the showing of The Incredibles 2, hosted by the City of Pottsville Recreation Commission and M&T Bank. For a more adult evening, come see Bernard Slade's Same Time, Next Year the story of a love affair plagued by bad timing. Tickets for the performances on Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 pm will cost $15. For tickets call 570-628-4647 or visit www.brownpapertickets.com
If you're more interested in a makeover for your space...particularly your outdoor space, consider attending a Gardening Talk by Master Gardener Jen Clinton at the Tremont Library this Saturday at 10:30 am. With an eye to what Tremont gardeners (as well as other area gardeners) may have to deal with this growing season, Clinton will address the effects of flooding on soil composition. She will also be talking about growing vegetables and flowers in limited spaces. Call 570-695-3325 for more info.
One more event for those interested in our local communities: History Faire. The Fairlane Village Mall will be hosting a History Faire from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday. Come learn more about our rich local history, meet local authors and support our community historical societies.
Want to spend an evening sampling fine tastes? There will be a Valentine's Day wine festival at the Wilburton Banquet Hall, 302 S. Main Street on Saturday, February 9 form 2 pm to 7 pm. Tickets are $21in advance or $25 at the door -- call 570-590-3714 for more information. The proceeds will benefit the Mt. Carmel Area Baseball Boosters.
In addition to samplings from six wineries and a wine glass, there will also be entertainment by a disc jockey. Food and beverages will also be for sale and there will be a 50/50 raffle. Everyone in attendance must be 21 or older, please bring ID. Also, please drink responsibly and think about a designated driver.
Wine not your thing? What about craft brews? The Our Haven Foundation is hosting their fourth annual Craft Brew Fest at the Walk In Art Center on Saturday, February 23 from 2 pm to 5 pm. Tickets --for those age 21 or over of course -- are $30 in advance, $35 at the door and $10 for designated driver. Only 250 tickets will be sold and also include food. You can look forward to samples the beverages of 1787 Brewing, Bonsai Brew Works, Flying Fish, McAllister Brewing, Pilger Ruh Brewing
Revere Brewing, Sharp Mountain Brewing, Troegs, Yards Brewing, Victory Brewing and Yuengling. Get more information and purchase tickets here.
Know some girls who just wanna have fun? How about Ladies Night Out at the Walk In Art Center this Thursday, February 7. It's happening from 4 pm to 8 pm so it's a great thing to do with your gal friends from work. Admission is free! Some of the vendors you can hope to see there are:
Amy's Knotted Knits Molly Scott Cupcakes Rodan + Fields
An Extra Shot Of Quilt Origami Owls Sweet Barista
Finktastic Designs Pampered Chef Tastefully Simple
Free forms Jewelry Papparazzi Thirty-One
LulaRoe Pink Zebra TS Country Crafts
Moss Lane Soaps Premiere Designs Tupperware
Mary Kay Pure Romance Usborne Books
While you're at the Walk In, don't miss their latest art exhibit -- Mark T. Malak of The Barnwood Gallery. Malak does a combination of oil painting and rustic wood working. Malak's work will be at the Walk In until February 24.
For a completely different art experience, head to the Pottsville Free Public Library for "Light in the Darkness". There will be displays of work by a variety of local artists, including works that react to black light. Now, when was the last time you saw that type of art? Some of the work displayed will be for sale. You can visit the exhibit on the following days:
Guess what tomorrow is? Take Your Child to the Library Day! Several local libraries are have special events to commemorate the day -- the Pottsville Library is having a drawing for a $20 Barnes & Noble gift card, a bookmark making workshop and the Ringtown Library is having storytime. Even if there aren't any special events at your local library every day can be special at the library! Bring your child and pick out a few books, movies, games, musical recordings to take home, play with some great toy and games in the children's section and learn from your children's section librarian about upcoming events. Because it seems that there's always something interesting happening at the library. And it doesn't always have to do with reading!
The Pottsville Library will be hosting Pizza with the Police on February 12 at 6 p.m. Register by February 5 at 570-622-8880 ext. 12 or email@example.com Find out what will be happening in your library this month!
Of course, one of the best library events of the entire year involves all the libraries...the entire county really! It is time to start thinking about what treat you'll be bringing to Cupcake Wars! If you like books, baking or biting into sweets, Cupcake Wars is the event for you. The event will be held at the Fairlane Village Mall on March 11 at 1 pm but if you're a baker now is the time to start creating a Cupcake War winning recipe. The entry fee is $10 for bakers and $5 for tasters/judges (more later in the month on being a taster/judge). Leftover cupcakes are sold after the judging for $5 for 6 cupcakes. There are two age categories: under 18 and 18 and over. Each baker has to register and pay their $10 fee by March 4 at one of these local libraries: Ashland, Orwigsburg, Pottsville, Ringtown, Tamaqua or Tremont. Each baker has to bake 3 dozen cupcakes (all the same flavor please) and bring them along with any display you make to the Mall at noon. Every baker gets a four foot length of table to display their cupcakes (I remember a "tree" made of cardboard with cupcakes decorated as apples sitting on its branches). Judging will be on taste, display and individual cupcake. I love this event and have just one complaint. I am terrible when it comes to baking cupcakes. When will they have a Cookie War?