If you're like me, your days aren't filled with tons of new and unusual experiences. For the most part we stick with our old favorites even if it means ignoring interesting things right before (or above) our noses. But I recently read an article that made me decide to try something new. The article was about plans for a spaceship to explore the sun (not actually landing on it -- it would incinerate). Although we think of it as something special, the heavenly body we call Sun is just one of the millions of stars in the sky, just a little closer to the Earth. When was the last time you noticed the stars? I usually don't notice them until we have visitors who live in cities remark on just how many stars they can see -- I'm just too busy to see them. How about you?
If you think it's time to notice the stars you'll have the perfect opportunity this Saturday at the Locust Lake State Park amphitheater at 8 p.m. The Hazleton Area Astronomical Society will be presenting a slide show and giving us the chance to try out their telescopes on the south boat launch parking area. This is a free program, although children must be accompanied by an adult. Why not go and see something new?
If you want a quick event closer to home, St. Clair seems to be offering a walking program -- this week it's the Woodland Terrace Hike on Wednesday, June 14 led by Deb Davis. The hike begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Historical Society, 24 N. Nichols Street. The hike will include a "jaunt" up the Gun Club Hill and a visit to a backyard wildlife habitat certified by the Natural Wildlife Federation. Maybe you can learn if your backyard could qualify. The walk will also include a walk through the Woodland Terrace Development and around the cul-de-sac. If your someone on the 10,000 steps exercise program this is a great way to "get in your steps" while learning something and making new friends.
With our rainy Memorial Day, I missed out on my son and his marching band playing in two parades. I was looking forward to their "last hurrah" of the parade season. If you missed out on some Memorial Day music there are a few upcoming free concerts you can enjoy -- a few which are outdoor concerts complete with a "bring your own chair or picnic blanket" suggestion.
Wednesday, June 7
Cressona Band at the Tamaqua High Rise, 222 E. Broad Street
Thursday, June 8
Brosky and Moyer at the Tamaqua Train Station, 18 N. Railroad Street
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
*This is the beginning of the Tamaqua Summer Concert Series. Check out upcoming concerts here
Friday, June 9
The New Individuals at Valley View Park, Gap Street
6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 11
The New Individuals at Heisler's
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
If you're looking for some summer reads, why not stop by the Pottsville Library today for their Used Book Sale from noon to 2 p.m. Their sales are held the first Monday of every month.
You can also help local libraries by attending the Mustard Seed Dine-Out fundraiser on Wednesday, June 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. at The Mustard Seed Cafe, 110 E. Market Street, Orwigsburg. A percentage of the proceeds go to the Orwigsburg Library. Takeouts are available. Personally, my son gives a big thumbs up to their marinara sauce!
Last on my readers list is Bingo at Boscov's! All ages are invited to bingo in the toy department on Saturday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Winners receive books and everyone is eligible to receive a $25 Boscov's gift card -- you must be a player and present to win the gift card. This sounds like something new and unexpected for the book lovers in your life.
Summer is here! OK. not officially but these past few days I've really felt like we turned a corner, haven't you? Stop your kids' summer chorus of "I'm bored" preemptively with the Bear Creek Festival this Saturday, June 4 at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds from noon to 4 p.m. This free event will include some favorites returning like build your own birdhouse and wildlife demonstrations by Red Creek Wildlife Center as well as some new additions. It's an event that is fun for the whole family and if you're a grandparent looking for something fun to do and aren't up to a trip to an amusement park try the Bear Creek Festival. I think it will be a hit.
With the nice weather here why not plan a hike/walk? There are plenty scheduled in June.
Friday, June 3
Walk Around Town at 10:30 a.m.
Meets at Admiral Boone Park, St. Clair. Led by Deb Davis this is a 2 mile walk.
Thursday, June 8
Swatara State Park Hike at 10:30 a.m.
Meets at parking lot on Swopes Valley Road just off 443 in Suedberg to hike by Swatara Creek and a fossil bed. Led by Robin Tracey this 6 mile hike is rated moderate. Bring a lunch and leashed dogs friendly to other dogs and people. Shine only.
Saturday, June 10
Lebanon Reservoir Hike at 10:30 a.m.
Meets at parking lot on Swopes Valley Road in Swatara State Park to hike an old railroad bed along the Lebanon Reservoir. Led by Robin Tracey this 5 mile hike is rated easy. Bring a lunch and leashed dogs friendly to other dogs and people. Shine only.
Sunday, June 11
Mud Run Ramble from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Meets at the south end of the Schuylkill Mall parking lot to hike on the Broad Mountain and view the mountain laurel. Led by John Domalakes this 3 mile hike is rated moderate.
If you're up to a bigger challenge why not register for the Firecracker 5K in Port Carbon? This has become a fun tradition for the little town and is a rain or shine event. It's $20 to pre-register (before June 10) and $25 up until the day of the race. There's an 8 a.m. start and you can cool down while you enjoy their 4th of July Parade at 10 a.m. You can register online at http:pretzelcitysports.com or call 570-622-5824.