We're all familiar with our emergency number 911. And most people have heard of 411 or directory assistance -- although with all the apps on our phones I don't even know if it's still used by anyone but little old ladies. But here's one you may not have heard of: 211.
211 is a way to coral all the social services available in Schuylkill County in one place -- government services as well as those offered privately. There is a seemingly endless list: medical services, food banks, mental health services, educational aid, employment services, veterans help, public transportation. Just visit their website and check out all the categories. This information line is active 24/7 and is free. This is not a place to contact in an emergency, only to learn about services that can help you! You can access it by
If you have something that should be added you're welcome to submit your organization's information at www.schuylkillunitedway.org (click on PA 211).
We all go through tough times. Finding help shouldn't be tough!
My mom loves fireworks. Even though she claims that the night shows at Disney World have "spoiled her" she still enjoys a good local show. So no surprise that she looks forward to July 4th. If you're looking for a place that is lighting up the sky to celebrate our Fight for Independence you won't have far to look. And since the 4th is mid-week there are shows scattered through an entire week. and not just fireworks shows! there are plenty of ways to celebrate our Independence.
Thursday, June 28
Music at Orwigsburg Public Library. The history of Coal Mining Through Song with Jay Smarr at 6 p.m.
Concert at American Legion Memorial Garden, American Legion in Shenandoah. Upper Schuylkill Marching Band at 6:30 p.m.
Concert at Tamaqua Train Station. Six to Midnight from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, June 29; Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1
Musical at Simon Kramer Theater, 15 Alliance Street, New Philadelphia. Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits at 7 p.m. (2 p.m. on July 1) Tickets: $15. Online tickets here.
Saturday, June 30
Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants Presentation & walk at Locust Lake program shelter at 2 p.m.
Concert at Valley View Park. Cressona Band from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Fly Tying Lesson at Locust Lake Amphitheater at 5 p.m.
Fireworks at VRAJ Hindu Temple, Schuylkill Haven (junction of 895 & 183) at 9 p.m.
Fireworks at Pottsville Union Station at 9:30 p.m. Raindate: July 1
Fireworks at American Legion Carnival Grounds, Tower City at 10:45 p.m.
Sunday, July 1
Concert at Yuengling Mansion Garden, 1440 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville. Anthracite Philharmonic at 6 p.m. Tickets: $15, $12 Senior/Children. Bring a picnic, hot dogs, beer and ice cream will be available.
Tuesday, July 3
Fireworks at Little League Complex, Frackville at dusk
Wednesday, July 4
Kayak/Cardboard Boat Racing Event at Sweet arrow Lake County Park. Registration between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. at the fishing/boat access. Call Craig Moran at 570-617-8223 with questions.
Firecracker 5K at Port Carbon at 8 a.m. Registration: $30 at http:www.pretzelcitysports.com Call Deniece or Scott with questions: 570-622-5824
Parade at Port Carbon. Registration at 9:30 a.m. Parade at 10 a.m.
Fireworks at Monument Hill, Port Carbon at 10 p.m. Raindate: July 5
Concert at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park. Pine Grove Community Band at 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 7
Car Cruise and Fireworks at St. Clair from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Concert at Valley View Park. Large Flower Heads from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Fireworks at The Island, Schuylkill Haven at 9:30 p.m. Raindate: July 8
Keep checking back between now and July 7 -- I'll be updating all your July 4th fun in one post!
Only two more moths of summer left so if "take a hike" is on your to-do list here are a few more chances. Bring plenty of water!
Wednesday, June 27
Meet at upper beach parking lot in Tuscarora Park at 10:30 a.m. for a 4.5 mile hike rated moderate.
Saturday, July 7
Meet at the Schuylkill County Ag Center at 2 p.m. for this 2 mile hike rated easy. Porcupine Pat will lead hikers on a new stretch of the Bartram Trail enjoying scenic views from Tumbling Run to Seven Stars
I'm sure all our county's book lovers already have the Republican Herald Used Book Sale on their calendars (July 26 -28) but, if you have any gently read books you'd like to get off your shelves, today is the last day to take them to the Republican Herald office (111 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville), your local Boyer's Markets in Frackville and Orwigsburg or the Republican Herald warehouse (201 Bull's Head Road, Pottsville). Get more information about attending the sale or donating books here.
Stop by Wednesday for a list of the many things happening around July 4th -- music, fireworks, parades and more!
Are you looking for something to celebrate the waning days of June? there is SO MUCH happening in the next couple of weeks!
Wednesday, June 20
Learn about the Spotted Lantern Fly from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Penn State Extension Office, 1202 Ag Center Drive. Register at 570-622-4225 ext. 23.
Thursday, June 21
Enjoy the sounds of Magic Stew at the Tamaqua Train Station from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair!
M&J Band will be performing at Providence Place of Pottsville at 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chair. Blueberry sundaes will be served! RSVP to 570-628-6950
Learn more about The Berlin Airlift at the Orwigsburg Historical Society at 7 pm.
Friday, June 22
Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the north end of WalMart Parking lot for a seven mile hike rated difficult to Wolke Creek Falls. Bring water and a lunch. Register at 570-467-2506.
Come get a special postmark commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Good American Hose Company, Mahanoy City and a stamp of their new pumper tank at 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 23
Bring your furry pal to Valley View Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bring the little ones to meet Smokey Bear at the Locust Lake State Park amphitheater at 5 p.m. There will also be a program on fire prevention and campfire safety.
The art of Marty Heffron will be on exhibition at the Schuylkill county Council for the Arts from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Live music and refreshment. FREE
Sunday, June 24
Come enjoy the classic cars at Island Park, Schuylkill Haven from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the cruise will be from 2 p.m. to 3 pm.
Tuesday, June 26
M&J Band will be performing at Bubeck Park, Schuylill Haven at 6 p.m. Bring your lawn chair.
Are your kids B - O - R - E - D already? You can admit it, I won't be shocked. If they are nature lovers I might have just the thing for you. Sweet Arrow Lake County Park has several upcoming programs just for the younger crowd.
Wednesday, June 20
Meet at the Waterfall Parking lot Pavilion for King Frog Visits the Pond
From 2 to 3 p.m. Dave "Big Owl" McSurdy will share information about frogs, coyotes, crows and turtles with the help of a few wooden frog puppets.
Thursday, June 21
Meet at the Large Pavilion for Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Program
This one isn't just for kids but kids love butterflies so...from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. don't miss this information about how to attract butterflies and other pollinators to your backyard. there will also be a short walk so wear appropriate shoes,.
Tuesday, June 26 to Thursday, June 28
There will be two sessions of Wildlife Day Camp : kids ages 4 to 6 will meet from 9:30 to 11 while kids ages 7 to 9 will meet from 1 to 2:30. These camps are donation only so, even if you didn't think you (or your neighbor) could afford a camp they may be able to swing this by giving what the can afford and still have a memorable experience for their child. Campers will learn about wildlife, insects, plants as well as do fun activities each day. You MUST pre-register at 570-391-3326 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Several other places throughout the county are offering camps and classes at different times during the summer. the Schuylkill YMCA is offering camps for kids ages 5 to 12 through August 17. You still have time to register for the camp session beginning June 25 -- can sign up for a week at a time or the entire summer. Each week has a different theme so you can choose a week you think your kids would love. There is also some financial aid available. For more information visit here.
Do you have a budding Picasso in your house? There's still time to sign up for the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts summer camp session that runs July 16 to July 19 and July 23 to 26. There are classes for ages pre-school through 14 and, although pre-schoolers all attend one camp, older kids(ages 6 to 14) can chooses from a variety of camps where they learn different musical instruments, arts, even cooking. Check it out here.
Walk In Art Center, Schuylkill Haven has a variety of one day classes (not all art related) for kids ages 7 to 13 on Wednesdays from 9 to noon. Check them out here. There are also a few 12+ or 10+ classes for your middle school and high school students -- painting, copper etching, jewelry making and pottery . Check them out here
The Arts Barn in Orwigsburg has a few camps for the 6 - 8 years old group starting in July. Check them out here.
Penn State Schuylkill is also hosting a few camps for students in Grades 1 through 8 that will give them a peek at the areas or careers they're interested in pursuing. Check them out here.
If you don't have the funds or time to commit to a structured camp, head to your local library. Most are having a FREE summer reading club that consists of two parts: keeping track of the summer reading you do (and possibly winning a prize) and weekly meetings or programs your kids can attend. Library club is for readers from age 2 all the way through Grade 12. Some libraries will also have additional programs for writers as well as various other activities your child may be interested in once they get to the library and learn what's happening.
We adopted the Stars and Stripes as our flag on June 14, 1777. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson decided that it should be Flag Day. This Thursday will be Flag Day so, if your flag went back in the attic, garage or other spot after Memorial Day, why not pull it back out for what is essentially its birthday? The Mahanoy Elks will be holding a Flag Day Program on Thursday at 6 p.m. while the Cressona Band will be performing a Flag Day concert on Wednesday at 6:45. If you come to Wednesday's concert at Admiral Boone Park, 3rd Street, St. Clair bring your lawn chair. In case of rain the event will be moved to the School, 227 Mill Street. Another band that includes quite a few patriotic numbers in their performances is the Third Brigade Band that will be at Joulwan Park, East Norwegian Street, Pottsville on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Once again, bring your lawn chair. Raindate is Thursday.
Not everyone is a hiker. But if you still want to get outdoors and do something physical have you tried outdoor yoga? They're having a session on Wednesday at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. you can join Porcupine Pat for gentle yoga (all standing positions so no mat needed) You can be a newbie or experienced. They'll even be a handout you take home to your own backyard -- won't that give your neighbors something to talk about! There is a $5 fee. Because it'll be just at that sweet spot between day and night I recommend wearing a bug deterrent if you experience mosquito problems.
.When we were kids, every time we went camping we would have strawberry shortcake. it consisted of these mini round pounds cakes (with a convenient dip in the middle) which we each piled high with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. I recreated these a few times with my daughters but since my youngest doesn't like strawberries the tradition has pretty much died out. I think I'll have to visit a local Strawberry Festival for a sampling of local strawberries. There are quite a few coming up:
Outwood Lutheran Church Hall, Oak Grove & Old Forge Roads, Pine Grove from 4 to 7
$9 for adults/$5for children ages 5 50 12/FREE for children under 5 for homemade chicken pot pie, lettuce with bacon dressing, beverage and dessert. Takeouts and strawberry sundaes available.
North Parish Strawberry Festival
Holy Apostles Episcopal church, 307 E. Hancock Street, St. Clair from 6 to 8
$5 for strawberies, ice cream, baked god and a beverage
Zion Lutheran Church, Mauch Chunk & Greenwood Streets, Tamaqua from 4 to 6:30
$4 for cake, strawberries, ice cream and beverage. Other homemade foods available
If --like my son -- your berry of choice is blue, you might want to consider the annual Kiwanis Blueberry Sale. For $31 you receive a HUGE box full of freshly picked berries as well as a recipe booklet. My son recommends the lemon-blueberry bread. Great fresh, the berries are also simple to freeze: wash, dry, place in the freezer on a cookie sheet and when they are frozen store in an airtight container in your freezer. It's either that or go in on a box with a friend or two because no one can possibly use them all fresh. They're great frozen in lots of recipes including smoothies, muffins and just as a cool frozen treat during the hot days of summer. The deadline to order is June 30 with delivery on July 5 (last year we picked them up in a Boyer's parking lot). To order or learn more about the sale contact Henry at email@example.com
The Majestic Theatre, Pottsville will still be active this summer. Why not add a performance to your calendar?
They're calling for rain Saturday evening. Why not take the kids to M&T Movies at the Majestic at 7 p.m. Catch the original "The Incredibles" before the sequel comes out this summer. There is free admission and popcorn.
A Joyful Noise at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for a singing performance in a variety of musical styles by the Majestic Singers and Majestic Kids Singers.
We Will Rock You at 7 p.m.
The music of Queen and the story of their search for success by the Majestic Players. Tickets are $15