If you've never attended the Allied Artists of Schuylkill County Art Exhibit, don't miss your chance this year. It's so eye opening to see how many talented people we have in our communities and a great way to spend an evening. If you'd like to see the award ceremony and attend the opening reception, stop by the Foursquare Gospel Church, 2300 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville on Saturday, July 14 from 6 pm to 8 pm. You can also view the art from 6 pm to 8 pm from Sunday, July 15 through Saturday, July 21 with additional hours of 2 pm to 4 pm on Sunday, July 15. Are you an artist? This is a great opportunity to meet some other artists and learn about joining the Allied Artists.
In a musical mood? There's quite a bit coming up, hopefully something for everyone's taste! Everything is free but you should bring your own lawn chair.
Saturday, July 14
The Cressona Band
Mahanoy City High Rise at 10:30 am
M&J Big Band Concert
Ridgeview Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, 200 Pennsylvania Avenue, Shenandoah Heights from 2 pm to 3 pm
The New Individuals
Heisler's Cloverleaf Dairy from 7 pm to 9 pm
Sunday, July 15
The Cressona Band
Heisler's Cloverleaf Dairy from 4 pm to 6 pm
Tuesday, July 17
Third Brigade Band
Providence Place of 2200 1st Avenue, Pottsville at 7 pm
I swore I was not going to recommend any hikes this month -- of course, that was back when we were in the middle of a heat wave. Now that the weather is more agreeable, hiking seems more of a possibility. Glad the weather is cooperating because there are some great hikes and events for Nature lovers scheduled for this month!
Wednesday, July 11
Swatara State Park Hike
Meet at parking lot on Sand Siding Road just off of Route 443 in Suedberg at 10:30 a.m. Park Naturalist Robin Tracey will lead this hike down to the old steel bridge and crossing to make a loop around the back part of the park. This 6 mile hike is rated moderate. Bring water and a lunch. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.
Saturday, July 14
Meet at the Locust Lake State Park amphitheatre at 6 p.m. to learn about the importance of honeybees from Kayla Fusselman, the 2018 American Honey Queen of Pennsylvania, and Julie Freeman of Twin Oaks Bee Ranch. Great for the whole family.
Saturday, July 21
Sweet Arrow Splash
Meet at Waterfall Parking lot at Sweet Arrow Lake at 9:30 a.m. for a walk that includes "catching water critters". This is great for the whole family.
Meet at trout run trailhead just off Route 443 in Swatara State Park at 10:30 a.m. for a hike near the creek and Bordner Cabin. This 8 mile hike is rated moderate. Bring water and a lunch. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.
How Indians Used Trees, Rocks and Beads to Talk
Meet at Waterfall Pavilion at Sweet Arrow Lake at 2 p.m. to learn how Native Americans used the environment to help them communicate and make a petroglyph to take home. For ages 6 and up.
Sunday, July 22
Broad Mountain Bench trail
Meet at 806 Valley Road, Pine Knot at 8 a.m. for this 10.6 mile hike rated easy to see the old Mine Hill, Schuylkill Haven Railbed and historic Centre Turnpike.
Tuesday, July 24
Popcorn Hat Players
Meet at the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse at 7 p.m. for a show re-enacting the crazy adventures of Aesop's characters. The show is free but seating is limited so you need to register! Call 570-345-8952.
Friday, July 27
Silver Creek Fire Tower & Reservoir Hike
Meet at the visitor parking lot at Locust Lake State Park located just before the contact station at 10:15 a.m. Park Naturalist Robin Tracey will lead this hike to the fire tower and reservoir. This 8.5 mile hike is rated difficult. Bring water and a lunch. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.
It seems like every day I read another article or watch anther news story on TV about the opioid epidemic. What can you do to fight an epidemic? Perhaps the most basic is, like the Boy Scouts, to be prepared. Most people have taken classes in CPR but now there is another First Aid skill to add to your list: Narcan application. Narcan is used during a suspected opioid overdose and can be used in a non-medical situation by just about anyone. To learn more, you can come to "Public Access to Narcan" at the Community Mission, 336 N. Front Street, Minersville on Thursday from 6 pm to 8 pm. Dr. Stefovic will be giving a free presentation but you need to pre-register by calling 570-628-6990 or by visiting www.coginc.org
You can also learn more and support those in recovery at the third annual Overdose Awareness Event at the Owl Creek Reservoir in Tamaqua on July 21 from 10 am to 5 pm. Along with educational information and inspirational speakers, there will be fun activities for children, a cornhole tournament($10 per team), a candlelight walk, a butterfly release ($5) and t-shirts ($5).
We may have just survived a heat wave but signs of autumn are already on the horizon...for instance, my son starts practice for his fall sport next week! In my family picking a new pair of running shoes is on the to-do list but for many families the to-do list is much more basic. Each September, new students come home with a list of needed supplies but not every family is in the position to go on a shopping trip. That's where Stuff the Bus comes to the rescue. Why not help out a few students start the year with a well stocked book bag by donating some school supplies?
Watch for the large yellow bins throughout the county and contribute loose leaf, crayons, colored pencils, pens, tablets, rulers, glue sticks, safety scissors, erasers, folders, sharpeners, rulers, highlighters. You can also help stuff the backpacks full of supplies at the Salvation Army in Pottsville on August 3 beginning at 2 p.m. and August 6 beginning at 9 a.m.
If you're like me you have all sorts of things regularly scheduled into the calendar -- whether it be the calendar on your phone, your wall, or just in your head. Recycling every Saturday morning. Dentist every six months. Sorting the mail as you walk through the door every afternoon after work. We seem to have enough organizational skills to schedule in the chores but seldom make the effort to schedule in a little regular fun. Wouldn't it be nice if we all began adding one fun event to our calendars? The easiest way to start that is to choose something that happens regularly. I have two suggestions but look around you and find that one fun event you want to add to your calendar today!
Concerts at Heisler's Cloverleaf Dairy Barn
Some benches available but it's a good idea to bring your own chair. Absolutely no alcoholic beverages on the premises.
Saturday, July 7 -- Fred Nebula from 7 to 9 pm
Sunday, July 8 -- The Blue Mountain Buccaneers from 6 to 8 pm
Saturday, July 14 -- New Individuals from 7 to 9 pm (oldies of 50s, 60s, 70s)
Sunday, July 15 -- Cressona Band from 4 to 6 pm
Saturday, July 28 -- KJ from 6 to 8 pm
Sunday, July 29 -- The Big Band from 4 to 6 pm
Concerts at Tamaqua Train Station
Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Each concert is on a Thursday from 6:30 to 8 pm
July 5 -- NO CONCERT
July 12 -- It Takes Two (Top 40s and classic good-time oldies)
July 19 -- Shellshocked Churchhills (classic rock)
July 26 -- Big & Bad Rockabilly Cats (hillbilly rock)