Looking for a babysitter so you can go to block of Art at the end of April or worrying your kids will be bored? No need! Because there's a mini-Block of Art snuggled right within the weekend with activities just for kids. On Saturday there will be children's art activities at the Ramada Inn Porter House Grill from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. sponsored by the Walk In Art Center, Arts Barn and Hershey Area Art Association. Kids (and adults) can also meet children's author Joanne Risso. There will also be chalk art and face painting.
Many of the performers will appeal to the younger crowd but a few that caught my eye as especially kid-friendly were:
Don't forget to stop by throughout the month at the Block of Art website for updates and activities and artists at Block of Art!
Don't miss the Community Health Fair at the Shenandoah Senior Living Community, 101 E. Washington Street on Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be health car vendors as well as information about healthy foods, the benefits of walking, exercise and more. Come enjoy the fun and prizes!
Why not think about a Spring Resolution to improve your health? It could be something as simple as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or opting for water instead of soda or other sugary drinks. The Diakon Living & Learning Program also has several fun fitness classes available this spring including zumba, yoga, spinning, barre and country line dancing. Find out more about their offerings here.
Sunday, March 26
Orwigsburg Odyssey, led by Porcupine Pat, will meet at the parking lot for Albright's Woods on Grove Street (near Memorial Hall). This three mile walk from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. is rated moderate.
Forest Etiquette Walk, led by Frank Snyder, will meet at the large pavilion near the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park clubhouse at 2 p.m.. Dress for the weather when you attend this free program that will tell you helpful tips about bears, ticks, fires and more.
Tuesday, April 4
Pow Wow - PA Dutch Folk Medicine will teach the history of local remedies, how the worked and why they were important. The presentation will be led by Porcupine Pat from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park clubhouse. Register by calling Susan Long at 570-624-3018. Fee is $5 per person.
Saturday, April 8
King Frog, Rainbow Crow and Other Stories will be told by Big Owl McSurdy from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Waterfall Pavilion of Sweet Arrow Lake County Park. Nature lovers of all ages will enjoy this free program.
Saturday, April 15
Roaring Creek Tract Walk, led by Robin Tracey, will meet at the Roaring Creek parking lot off Route 42 north of Aristes. This eight mile walk from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. is rated moderate. Bring a lunch and -- if they're leashed and friendly with dogs and people -- your canine hiking buddy.
I'm ready for spring! How about you? In addition to the promise of flowers and warm weather spring also means...Block of Art! Hope our recent snowy week hasn't made you forget that Block of Art is just a month away. The 11th annual Block of Art begins on April 28 with a blast of music, dancing and wine before a weekend of art. Opening Night will be a the Pottsville Ramada Inn from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. with music by Kim Russell-Seibert and the After Hours Big Band. There will also be a Little Shop of Horrors performance by Artists in Motion. There will also be wine tastings compliments of Olivero's Winery.
On Saturday, April 29 there will be art, music, authors and more throughout downtown Pottsville as well as at the Walk In Art Center in Schuylkill Haven and the Arts Barn outside of Orwigsburg.
On Sunday, April 30 there will be yummy events for the kids and adults. The young crowd (and the young-at-heart) can meet at the Maid's Quarters for a tea party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m while adults can gather the the Greystone from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for brunch with the artists.
If you're an artist or other vendor interested in participating check out how to register here. Vendor fee is just $25!
If the postponement of the Girardville St. Patrick's Day Parade has you searching for something to do this weekend why not visit the Strawberry Playhouse -- a charming little theatre in Tuscarora. They are performing Plaza Suite by the hilarious Neil Simon (his plays turned movies The Odd Couple or The Out-of-Towners will have you ROFL). Tickets at $14 for adults, $13 for students/seniors and $5 for children under 10. You can catch the play on March 24, 25, 31 and April 1 at 7:30 p.m. and March 26 and April 2 at 2 p.m. Call 325-4368 of email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations and information.
In our mudroom there is a row of cabinets -- one which we rarely open and then only very, very carefully. Because that's the cabinet that is jam-packed with plastic bags from places like the grocery store. I do my best, taking my cloth bags to the grocery store, but those bags keep sneaking into the house carrying new shoes, Girl Scout cookies, takeout food. I also have a theory that they mysteriously multiple once they get in the cabinet -- they are the rabbits of storage containers.
Do you have an overflowing plastic bag cabinet in your house? If so, you might want to check out a free workshop at the Zion Lutheran Church, Klinger's Church Road, Lykens today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bring some of those pesky plastic bags and a pair of scissors and learn all about upcycling your plastic bags into something useful.
I'm heading to the Philadelphia Flower Show today with family and friends! So naturally I'm thinking about plans for my garden. If you're also a garden lover you might want to consider becoming a Master Gardener. Make a note to attend the "Meet the Master Gardeners" gathering on Wednesday, March 22 from 6;30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Held at the Schuylkill County Ag Center, 1202 Ag Center Drive, Pottsville (just off Gordon Nagle Trail) the Schuylkill Master Gardeners will share more about the program which consists of classes in a variety of gardening subjects as well as community activities. Classes will begin in late August. Reserve your seat by contacting the Master Gardeners at email@example.com or 570-622-4225 Ext. 13.
If you're starting to think garden you might think about this for your garden -- certifying it as a Pollinator Garden. You have plenty of time to tweak your garden and ensure it's pollinator friendly since certification isn't due until September 1. Everyone who registers will be eligible to win one of five pollinator baskets. Check out the certification form at http://ento.psu.edu/pollinatora/public-outreach/cert
When I received a postcard from the Walk In Art Center for their latest exhibit I was intrigued. The exhibit is "Dream Animal" by artist Kristen Egan and from the photograph it looked like the top of a totem pole. So I checked out Egan's website. What a variety of work she has! I couldn't wait to see her exhibit. The exhibit runs through April 30 and the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Attention all Artists! The Walk In Art Center is preparing for their Keystone Fine Art Juried Exhibition in November. Add the exhibit to your calendar -- there will be six categories with two awards in each category. You can deliver work for consideration on Wednesday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. So start looking over your work for what you'd like to submit.