The Republican-Herald is gearing up for their Newspaper in Education(NIE) Used Book Sale this July 28, July 29 and July 30. If you have books you've already used crowding your shelves pop them in a bag and head to one of The Republican-Herald offices (111 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville or 19 North Main Street, Shenandoah) or their plant at 201 Bull's Head Road, Pottsville (your GPS knows where it is!). Your donation will help make the sale a success and raise money for the NIE prgrams for our local students. Plus you'll have room on your shelves for NEW books!
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Are you ready to change the world? It can begin with something as simple as a bright orange vest and a garbage bag. Join Schuylkill Keep It Pretty (SKIP) for their annual spring Clean Up and you can see how individuals can change the world by making it a more beautiful place. This year's Spring Clean Up is from April 21 to April 24 and you can select an area important to you or your group as your "spot" to clean. You can receive those vests and bags by registering at SKIP using this form. You have to mail your form to SKIP by Thursday, March 31 and pick up your supplies at one of several spots throughout the county. The only catch is, in order to be picked up, your garbage bags must be dropped on the shoulder of a Pennsylvania State Highway. This is a great way for your family, scout troop, church group, co-workers or friends to spend an hour or two.
Every once in a while I have a day where I come home growling for someone to get me the heating pad for my poor aching back. If you suffer from back pain stop by the Schuylkill Rehabilitation Center, 300 Schuylkill Medical Plaza, Pottsville on Wednesday, March 30 at 6 p.m. for Low Back Pain: Non-Surgical Interventions. The free lecture will be given by Ali A. Shah, M.D., M.S., board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and Jen Herndon, LPT, a licensed physical therapist.
What do librarians do on their days off? Hope you didn't answer "read". So obvious! In the case of one Schuylkill County librarian, days off are for dressing up as Civil War historical figure, Clara Barton. Maureen Costello, the librarian at Marion High School, will be bringing her alter-ego to the Schuylkill County Historical Society, 305 N. Centre Street, Pottsville on Wednesday, March 30 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Costello's presentation "Women of the Civil War: Clara Barton Founder of the American Red Cross" will include full costume and props along with the educational views and experiences of Barton.
Admission is free for SCHS members and $5 for the public. RSVP by March 28 by calling 570-622-7540.
It's time for the Block of Art and this year is an extra special year -- Block of Art 10! Art lovers, add April 22, 23 and 24 to your calendar and we'll share more details next month. But artists, your time is now. Time to choose and submit two pieces of art to the event. Block of Art accepts painting. printmaking. colored pencils. pastels, sculpture, photography, mixed media, book arts, fabric arts and smaller scale installation art.
There is no entry fee although there is a 20% commission fee for sold pieces (or if your piece is in the Art Auction a 10% commission fee). Works must be delivered on April 15 between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. or April 16 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at All Things Good, 209 W. Market Street, Pottsville. Artists must be at least 18 years old, however artists between ages 16 and 18 can register in the student artist category.
To register your pieces go to block-of-art.org or find the registration form here. All pieces must be registered before drip off of the art on April 15-16.
Let's hear a big hooray for the first day of Spring on Sunday! Of course, a little boo for the pssible snow flurries that very same day. But let's not focus on THAT -- instead let's talk about getting outside and enjoying Spring. And what better place than Sweet Arrow Lake County Park. On Tuesday, March 22 Dave McSurdy is leading a program on the civilizations of the Mississippi before the Europeans arrived (which sounds a bit like history class but when you throw in things like the Monks Mound, the Serpent Mound and Cahokia, the city of 15,000 Indians it begins to sound pretty interesting). The free program begins at the clubhouse at 7 p,m. and is for teens and adults.
If you're looking for a beautiful spot to greet Easter morning why not go to Sweet Arrow Lake. A sunrise service led by the pastor of the Pine Grove Wesleyan Church begins at 6:30 a.m. There will be live music and a free breakfast afterwards. Call 570-345-8422 for more information.
The opening day of trout season is right around the corner. Why not plan your first fishing trip to Sweet Arrow Lake County Park. They'll be hosting their annual Opening Day Breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., $6 for adults and $4 for children. More information at 570-345-8952 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need a little help with your taxes (and who doesn't?) stop by the McCann School of Business & Technology, 2650 Woodglen Road, Pottsville this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The workshop will be sponsored by Schuylkill Community Action. Call 570-622-1995 for an appointment.
I'm always in the mood for sweets. The question is...are you ready to bake them? The Pottsville Library is holding their 2nd Annual Cupcake Wars at the Schuylkill Mall on Sunday, April 17. If you're familiar with the TV show, talented bakers make their best cupcakes and battle each other to be the champion cupcake baker. You can be the champion baker this year -- and help our Pottsville Area libraries to boot. If you'd like your cupcakes to go to war register at the Pottsville Library by Friday, April 1.
Baker's fee is $10 and you must bring three dozen cupcakes for the judges to taste (more about being a judge closer the the 17th!). There are two categories: over 18 years old and under 18 years old. Cupcakes will be judged on presentation, look and taste.
"Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the Bunny Trail..." or in this case, riding down the Railroad Line. Why not celebrate Spring, Easter or trains with a ride on one of three Easter Bunny Trips during the next two weekends on vintage railroad cars. Each trip is approximately 70 minutes long and costs $13.00 for adults, $9.00 for children and FREE for children under the age of three. I've only been on the Minersville trip but I enjoyed it immensely, even though the Easter Bunny wasn't on board. He will be for these trips!
I recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance (sometimes they sell out), arrive early (it's lots of funny watching the engines "get their steam up") and take lots of photos. Each day trains will leave at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. If you don't have advance tickets, show up for the 11:00 a.m. trip -- if the 11 a.m. trip is sold out you'll still have the chance of two more trips.
Minersville Station on Saturday, March 19
Call Project 113 at 570-544-8300 for tickets.
Pottsville Station on Saturday, March 26
Call PADCO at 570-628-4647 for tickets.
Jim Thorpe Station on Saturday, March 19, Sunday, March 20, Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26
Call 610-562-2102 for tickets.
Heads up! If you'd like to attend the program Pow-Wow-Pa Dutch folk medicine at Sweet Arrow Lake clubhouse on Tuesday, March 29 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Today is the last day to register for the program. The program will be presented by Porcupine Pat and the cost is $5. Call 570-624-3018.