Almost all of us know someone who has been touched by the opioid crisis. A family member, a friend of a friend, the guy who lives down the street, a co-worker...perhaps even yourself. If you personally or a group you're involved with wants to know more about the opioid crisis you can attend the upcoming Opioid Crisis hosted by Penn State Schuylkill and Lehigh Valley Hospital on Saturday, September 21. This free day's workshop will be at the Morgan Auditorium at the Schuylkill campus from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM and include light breakfast and lunch. To register to attend the workshop, register here.
The topics and speakers will include:
There will also be a variety of grassroots organizations or vendors that are involved in addressing the opioid crisis. If you are involved in a group that should be sharing their knowledge with those attending the workshop you can register here.
I tried to make a blueberry pie this summer. It did not go well. Perhaps I am more an eater of pies and less a maker of pies. Thankfully, I have our local libraries to support my love of pies. Not with cookbooks I can borrow that have delectable pie recipes (tried that, didn't work) but with their regular Deppen Pie Fundraisers. So if you think your Labor Day Picnic would be vastly improved by a delicious summer pie, stop by the Pottsville Free Public Library. You can order a Deppen Pie until Saturday, August 17 for delivery on Friday, August 30 (after noon please - they need a few hours to sort out the pies after delivery). Pies are just $10 and also are a great thing to pop in the freezer until you're in a pie mood (except the lemon sponge and coconut custard which do not do well in the freezer). You can choose from:
Just last week a few friends and I got on the topic of insurance and the major consensus was that we didn't understand it...would it change with a new president, should we have supplemental insurance, would Medicare still be there when we needed it, even if we someone amassed enough money to retire would we have to keep working for medical insurance, why does the same medication cost less in Canada than in the US. So many questions, very few answers.
If you want to learn a little something about medical insurance, attend a free viewing of FIX IT: HEALTHCARE AT THE TIPPING POINT. The documentary will be screened at the Majestic Theater, Pottsville on Sunday, August 11 at 2 pm. This film reveals thoughts for medical insurance reform from many different types of people: doctors, patients, health care experts, business leaders and more. There will also be a Q&A with the director/writer Vincent Mondillo. I haven't seen the film yet, but I bet it will give everyone something to think about.
Have you been thinking about trying yoga but are intimidated by the thought of being in a room full of super flexible and balanced people managing downward dog and smiling cows without, well....falling over? So why not give yoga a try in a low pressure environment -- the outdoors. To be specific, Sweet Arrow Lake County Park. Bring a towel or yoga mat to the large pavilion for a yoga class from 10 AM to 11 AM led by Porcupine Pat McKinney. This is a class for everyone from 8 to 68.
Tomatoes anyone? I came home from summer vacation to an explosion of tomatoes! Gardens throughout the area are delivering up their bounty whether it be vegetables, flowers, herbs or "fun" crops like those cute little mini-gourds. If your garden has been less than forthcoming or nonexistent, why not enjoy local produce by attending the Farm to Square event this Thursday, August 8 sponsored by the Orwigsburg Professional and Business Association. Come to the Orwigsburg Town Square from 5 PM to 8 PM to enjoy local wine, food and more. There will also be children's activities and music by Radioactive Munsters.
You can also enjoy local bounty at the Garden Gathering sponsored by the Schuylkill County Master Gardeners on Saturday, August 17 on the grounds of the First United Church of Christ (next to Penn State Schuylkill Campus). From 10 AM to 2 PM you can purchase fresh flowers, baked goods and food. There will also be a themed flea market -- and the theme is gardening supplies. There will also be music and local artisans and vendors.
This is the fourth year for the Schuylkill Free Shakespeare Summer Festival. If you've never attending one of their performances, don't miss your chance to enjoy Shakespeare at the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts, 1440 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville. As you probably guessed from the name, the shows are free but donations are always accepted. There will also be food and drink available to purchase. I'm hoping they also have their fun Schuylkill Free Shakespeare t-shirts. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance and this is a bring your own chair deal. Since it's an outdoors show, wear your bug spray if those bugs bother you.
This year there will be two plays to attend: Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Hamlet is a play about the all encompassing desire for power. I had to do a little research about the second offering. A play by Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead develops a story about two minor characters from Hamlet. So if you're going to see both (and you should!) see Hamlet first so you have and inkling of who Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are.
Tuesday, August 6 at 7 PM
Thursday, August 8 at 7 PM
Saturday, August 10 at 7 PM
Sunday, August 11 at 2 PM
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead performances:
Wednesday, August 7 at 7 PM
Friday, August 9 at 7 PM
Saturday, August 10 at 2 PM
If you are a car lover and thought the recent St. Clair car show was a washout (literally -- it poured buckets almost the entire night) there are plenty of other chances to enjoy vintage cars in the county. So take in a local car show and dream about your "if I won the lottery and could spend my days fixing up a classic car" choice.
Saturday, August 3
Car & Truck Show sponsored by First United Church of Christ and Rainbow Hose Company No. 1 a the church (110 Route 61 South)
Registration - 9 am to noon ($15 per car/$20 per commercial truck or antique fire truck)
Show - noon to 3 pm
Awards - 4 pm
Free admission. Rain or shine. No alcohol.
Wednesday, August 7
Bike Night at New Ringgold Fire Company from 5 pm to 8 pm
Come see the motorcycles and enjoy food & drinks. Music, giveaways and a $10 buffet.
Saturday, August 10
Great Pottsville Car Cruise sponsored by Pottsville Lions Club
Pre-registration - 10 am at Jerry's Car Museum ($20 per vehicle)
DJ Dave Smith & Spinjammers - 3 pm to 5 pm
Shake, Rattle and Roll - 5 pm to 8 pm
Food vendors. Raffles. Music
Friday, August 16
Bikes, Burgers and Cruise-In Night
Motorcycles & classic, exotic and muscle cars at Schaeffer's Harley Davidson, Schuylkill Haven from 5 pm to 8 pm.
Sunday, August 23
Tremont Car & Truck Show sponsored by Tremont Fire Company at Tremont Elementary Baseball Field
9 am to 3 pm
Monday, August 24
Elkfest Car Show, 307 S. 3rd Street, Frackville from noon to 6 pm. Cars, music, food, children's activities and more.
Sunday, August 4
Crystal Run Adventure from 9 am to 2 pm
Meet at Mt. Pleasant Hose Company in Buck Run for this 8 mile hike rated moderate. Hiker Jim will lead this hike that includes both Crystal Falls and Dick's stripping.
Crow Trail Hike at 1:30 pm
Meet at Crow Trail parking lot, Tuscarora Park for this 3 mile hike rated easy. Robin Tracey will lead you on a meandering walk that enjoys mountain laurel, evergreens and old farmsteads. Please bring water and bug spray.
Saturday, August 10
Ashland Walk About from 10 am to noon
Meet at Boyer's Food Market on East Centre Street for this 4 mile walk around town rated moderate.
Sunday, August 11
Landingville Marsh Hike at 11 am
Meet at Advanced Auto Parts store, Cressona Mall parking lot at 10:40 am to carpool for this 3 mile hike rated easy. This hike around the Auburn Dam will help you enjoy wildflowers and animals. Leashed dogs are welcome if they are friendly with people AND other dogs.
Tuesday, August 13
Tuesday Trail Trek from 5 pm to 7 pm
Meet at Tunnel Road Trailhead just outside of Landingville for this 2.5 mile hike rated moderate. Enjoy the river while learning about the Schuylkill River Trail Ambassador program from Mandy Fitzpatrick.
Wednesday, August 14
Wildflower Walk at 10:30 am
Meet at Tuscarora Park upper beach parking lot for this 4.5 mile hike rated moderate. This hike will be a search for wildflowers and include the Tuscarora cove, fording a stream and many diverse habitats. Leashed dogs are welcome if they are friendly with people AND other dogs. Please bring a lunch.
Saturday, August 17
Roaring Creek Tract from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
Meet at Roaring Creek parking lot off Route 42 north of Aristes for this 8 mile hike rated moderate past two reservoirs. Leashed dogs are welcome if they are friendly with people AND other dogs. Please bring a lunch.
Saturday, August 17
Edible Plants Hike from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Meet at Swatara State Park's state park lane for this 3 mile hike rated easy to learn more about local plant life.
Sunday, August 18
Gold Mine Mountain Special from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Meet at the Game Commission parking lot across from Boxcar Rocks on Gold Mine Road for this 5 mile hike rated easy. Hikers will enjoy abandoned mines, old railroads, an old stagecoach road and an old reservoir.
Saturday, August 24
Lehigh Valley Ramble from 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Meet at East Centre and Bower Street, Shenandoah for this 2 mile hike rated easy to follow the Old Lehigh Valley Railroad in Shenandoah.
Sunday, August 25
Wildflower Walk at 10:30 am
Meet at Trout Run parking lot just off Route 443 in Pine Grove for this 8 mile hike rated moderate. This hike will be a search for wildflowers and include an old steel bridge. Leashed dogs are welcome if they are friendly with people AND other dogs. Please bring a lunch.
Want to spend some time outdoors but not interested in a hike? There are plenty of other options!
Saturday, August 3
Locust Lake South Boat Launch at 6 pm
The Ryan Township Emergency Rescue Dive Team will do a diving demonstration. You'll even be able to communicate with the divers using a wireless communicator and see what they see using an underwater video camera. There will also be a water safety class. Shine only.
Saturday, August 10
Locust Lake amphitheater at 6:30 pm
Enjoy a live animal show with Biology teacher Pam Ulicny. Ulicny counts amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates among her many pets.