In the past few weeks several women I know died of breast cancer - all of these women left children behind the same age as my son. That striking "it could have been me" point makes me eager to encourage all women I know to take ever step possible to avoid dying from a cancer that may have been treatable if found early enough. Of course, not everyone has the health insurance they need to help them with this. Maternal and Family Health Services has partnered with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to offer free breast screenings and mammograms on April 15 at the Shenandoah Senior Living Community, 101 E. Washington Street. You can make an appointment at 877-626-6648 and transportation will be available. In order to qualify you must meet these requirements:
I learned about the File of Life Program when I heard the Mahantongo and Klingerstown Fire Companies were holding a Community Awareness Night at Salem Church of Rough & Ready on April 25 at 7 pm for their residents to receive and fill out their magnets. If you aren't a resident supported by those fire companies, why not turn to an organization in your local area to bring this program to your area? Fire companies, schools, churches, local governments, service organizations like the Elks or Rotary. They would all be great people to approach. Help bring this incredible idea to the people of your community.
I must confess that my ballet experience is pretty traditional...Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty. This Spring the Schuylkill Ballet Theatre is planning something untraditional. Charlie's Chocolate Adventure! Yes, the Golden Ticket, the magical factory and more will come to life in this ballet. If you want to see Charlie dance his way through a chocolate world, come to the Blue Mountain High School auditorium for one of the shows:
Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens/students and $6 for children ages 3-10. YOU can purchase a ticket by contacting a member of the Schuylkill Ballet Theatre, calling 570-617-5616 or ordering tickets online here.
This week is Spring Clean Up in my town so everyone is busily dragging their big awkward junk to the street for our hardworking township employees to haul off to...where ever it is old plywood, chairs, tomato cages, etc. Of course not everything is accepted for Spring Clean Up. One thing on the "No thanks" list is tires. No wants seems to want old tires...until now. The Schuylkill Conservation District is hosting a FREE Tire Collection on June 7 at Compost Park, Charles Street, Schuylkill Haven (behind the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Depending on how many tires you have to dispose of you may have to team up with a friend or two since you have to have a minimum of 15 tires and a maximum of 30. You must register for a collection time before May 24. Only those with appointments will be accepted so make your appointment soon. You can access the sign up sheet and then email it to the Schuylkill Conservation District.
The Pottsville Library is hosting a fun and Spring oriented workshop this Thursday, April 11. If you want to learn more about creating your own compost pile stop by at 6 pm for the free workshop Composting Yard & Kitchen Material with Master Gardener Tom Reed. Please register for the workshop at the library or by calling 570-622-8880.
If someone in your family is a reptile lover, don't miss a special presentation by photographer David Hand at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park on Thursday, April 18 at 7 pm. The presentation will include photographs and videos of the Marbled Salamander at every stage of its life.
Want to give back to your community? Schuylkill County is known for the beauty of our natural areas but they need a little help staying that way. Do your part on April 27 by coming to Tuscarora State Park for the annual Earth Day Clean Up starting at 9:30 a.m. This year they are focusing on the popular Spirit Trail and, since there was quite a bit of flood damage, you should be able to hike 3-5 miles. Tasks range from litter pick up to trail maintenance and landscaping. Please bring a bag lunch and the folks at the state park will provide all your needed tools and supplies. Call Robin at 570-467-2506 to register.
There are several people in my family with musical talents -- I am not one of them. I'm strictly an audience member when it comes to musical performances. But if you'd like to be on stage and are between the ages of 6 and 15, then it's time to register for Junior Idol of Schuylkill County! Deadline to register is Friday, April 5. Contact the Schuylkill Theater Association before then for your registration information at firstname.lastname@example.org
The contest begins on Tuesday, April 9 with all contestants singing a song of their choice (no longer than 3 minutes) at the Center Court of the Fairlance Village Mall at 6 pm. The contest will continue for the next three Tuesdays ending on April 30 when the Junior Idol is announced.
The event is free so even if you're just an audience member like me, come out and enjoy the talented young people of our county!
Do you enjoy a good trek in the woods? There have been a few updates to the hikes scheduled for April. Check them out here
We all agree that we want our communities to be better places to live but wishing doesn't make it so. Someone has to put in some hard work and often, that someone is you and me. But we don't always know how to help or where to go to get involved. That's how a Volunteer Fair helps. It helps organizations and willing volunteers connect.
If you'd like to volunteer and help make your community better stop by the Volunteer Fair at the Pottsville Library to learn about the many organizations striving in their own way to improve the world and what kind of help they need.
There will be two Volunteer Fairs with people from organizations throughout the county sharing the opportunities they have to offer willing volunteers. The fairs will be Tuesday, April 9 from 4 pm to 7 pm and Saturday, April 13 from 10 am to 2 pm.
If you represent an organization in need of volunteers you can still register to attend one or both days of the Volunteer Fair by contacting Becki (a wonderful librarian) at email@example.com or 570-622-8880 Ext. 11 by April 2.