I'm beginning to think Mother Nature didn't get the memo that it's Spring! The rain I can accept but this chilly weather? It has me searching for some indoor fun until the temperatures improve. I also have tomato plants I'm afraid to plant in my garden that are enjoying some extended time in my kitchen!
If you're a history lover I have two events that might interest you this weekend:
Centralia: Pennsylvania's Lost Town will be playing at the Majestic Theatre, 209 N. Centre Street, Pottsville on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10. If you always choose the History category when playing along to the game show Jeopardy why not head to the Frackville Museum, Frackville Municipal & Community Center, 42 S. Center Street on Sunday, May 7 at 2 p.m. Speaker Lorraine Stanton will be checking people's knowledge of Pennsylvania trivia. The museum will be having an open house on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. so stop by to see what they have to offer.
Dog lover shouldn't miss Pawcasso on Saturday, May 6 at the Walk In Art Center, Schuylkill Haven. This is a rain or shine event but, knowing how wet dog smells, I recommend that you try for the dry spells in between the showers they're calling for on Saturday. This event is so fun! Even if you don't have a dog it's fun to just watch. Bring your dog to "create" a masterpiece -- they must be on a leash and with you at all times. For $5 you get an 8x10 canvas. Attention kids! If mom loves her dog this might be a crazy, out-of-the-box Mother's Day gift. Fees benefit the SPCA. There will also be a pet parade at 12:30 with prizes. Registration is $5, to benefit the SPCA. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, on your way to pick up some sunblock for the upcoming sunny days, stop by The Outpatient Surgery Center, 200 Schuylkill Medical Plaza, Pottsville from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for a free skin cancer screening. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer so it would benefit you to get a quick check. No registration needed. For more information go to www.schuylkillhealth.com
Haven fun this weekend and hang in there! Sunny days are right around the corner!
My father-in-law loves walking in the woods so it seems May will be the month for him -- a different walk each week. The month starts with:
Long Loop Hike on Saturday, May 6
Meet in Crow Trail parking lot of Tuscarora Mountain Road at 10:30 a.m. This 9 mile hike rated moderate will reveal all the best of Tuscarora Park. It will be lead by naturalist Robin Tracey. Good weather only (call Robin at 570-467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to double check) and bring a lunch. Dogs are welcome but only if they are leashed and friendly to dogs and people.
Swatara State Park Hike on Friday, May 12
Meet at parking lot on Sanding Side Road just off Route 443 in Suedberg at 10:30 a.m. This is a 8 mile hike rated moderate to explore Swatara Creek, the old steel bridge and Bordner Cabin. It will be led by naturalist Robin Tracey. Good weather only (call Robin at 570-467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to double check) and bring a lunch. Dogs are welcome but only if they are leashed and friendly to dogs and people.
Spring Bird Walk on Saturday, May 20
Meet at Tuscarora State ParkVisitor Center at 8:30 a.m. This is a walk to learn tips on identifying local and migrating songbirds. It will be led by Dave Kruel. Good weather only (call Robin at 570-467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to double check) and bring binoculars if you can. Dogs are NOT welcome -- barking dogs and songbirds aren't a good mix. This could be the start of a new hobby!