If St. Patty's Day has you feeling more than a little Irish there are plenty of ways to celebrate this weekend. First, the parades! And what wonderful weather we'll have for parades. Tomorrow will be Pottsville's Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade starting at 11 a.m. at 12th and West Market Streets. Then you can end a week of Irish on Saturday, March 19 with the Girardville AOH Parade starting at noon. You can begin your day with 10 a.m. mass at St. Vincent's Worship Center. Learn more about marching in the parade and the route at www.girardvilleirishparade.com .
If it's Irish music you're yearning for don't miss The Celtic Martins at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine Street. On Saturday at 7 p.m. they'll be performing both Celtic Music and Irish step dancing starting at 7 p.m.
If it's just a party you're looking for stop by two local fire companies this Saturday. The Humane Fire Company, 200 Humane Avenue, Pottsville will be partying from noon to 4:30 p.m. with music by DJ J Mills. Tickets are $20, $25 at the door and can be purchased in advance at Murphy Jewelers, the Humane Fire Company or Trippin' Billie's. Then you can end the day at West End Fire & Rescue, 700 W. Mahanoy Avenue, Mahanoy City from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. with music by Toolshed Jack and DJ Uranko. Cover charge is $8 and ID required. Don't forget a designated driver and drink responsibly.
Many risk factors can contribute to your likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes: weight, inactivity, age, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, polycystic ovary syndrome, developing gestational diabetes, family history of diabetes and being a member of certain races (African-American, Hispanic, American indians and Asian Americans). For people with a elevated risk of developing diabetes, Schuylkill Health is offering a free patient education series, a part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program.
There are two opportunities to participate in the program. In Mahanoy City the series will be held on Mondays at 1 p.m. from March 14 to June 27. In Pottsville the series will be held on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. from March 16 to June 29. There will be 16 weekly sessions followed by six monthly sessions. Register to learn more about diabetes and lifestyle changes you can make to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by calling 570-621-5026.
We have a pine tree in our yard that amazes me every time I look at it. That's because I remember when my daughter brought it home from second grade and it was little more than a stick...I think her ruler was longer than this "tree". Now it's taller than everyone, including my VERY TALL son, and looks like the perfect Christmas tree. In fact, when it was more Christmas tree size (it's a little too tall for most homes now) I lived in fear each December that someone would sneak into our yard in the dead of the night and spirit it away to decorate their living room. Trees are like kids. One day they're teeny tiny and the next...WOW!
If you want some WOW in your backyard check out the annual seedling sale held by the Schuylkill Conservation District and Sweet Arrow Lake Conservation District. There's a bit of confusion but this is either the 40th or 41st Seedling Sale! Over the years over 350,000 seedlings have been sold with the profits benefiting efforts to beautify the county and conduct educational programs. You can order seedlings until April 6 and pick up day (at Sweet Arrow Lake county Park) is April 30 from 9:00 a.mm. until noon. You can learn more about the sale by contacting Porcupine Pat at 570-622-4124 ext. 113 and email@example.com or Denise Donmoyer at 570-345-8952 firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find the order form here. The seedlings come in bundles of five ($8.00) and bundles of 10 ($9.00). You can choose from
Five Bundles: red maple, red oak, tulip poplar, american cranberry, forsythia, winterberry, common lilac
Ten bundles: concolor fir, norway spruce, black hills spruce, austrian pine, american arborvitae