Enjoy a good brew? Come to the Second Annual Pottsville on Tap event this Saturday, September 21 from noon to 6 pm on Centre Street. The weather should be marvelous! Along with a beer garden and wine tasting there will be regional foods, local bands (Radioactive Munsters, Toolshed Jack, Hooligan), artisans and more. There will be Yuengling Brewery Tours from 10 am to 3 pm and a Pierogi Eating Contest at 2 pm. The trolley will be running every 30 minutes along the loop of Union Station parking lot to Centre Street to Yuengling Brewery. No tickets needed for this event. Designated drivers encouraged!
If you already have that designated driver lined up for Pottsville on Tap, why not have them drive you and the gang down to Schuylkill Haven to enjoy the St. Ambrose Wine and Beer Festival that evening from 5 pm to 10 pm at St. Ambrose Parish Center (302 Randel Street, Schuylkill Haven). There will be six wineries and three breweries as well as music by Sapphire and Another Side. Bring a lawn chair. There will also be food and craft vendors. Tickets are $20 and $10 for designated drivers.
Schuylkill County Brew Fest is hosting Brewsgiving: Festival of Friends at The Lodge at Sharp Mountain, Pottsville of November 9 at 2 pm. Along with over 20 breweries -- who are making special batches just for Brewsgiving -- there will be music by Devix and quirky vendors. Each attendee gets unlimited beer samples, food catered by The Lodge and a commemorative glass. Tickets ($55) are already on sale here. Get your tickets NOW since they are limited to 300 tickets. Designated driver tickets are just $10. Be a responsible drinker by lining up a designated driver AND paying for their tickets.
Interested in local history? If so, there are plenty of opportunities to learn about various aspects of Schuylkill County's past.
Thursday, September 19
The History of Schuylkill County Theaters
Mountaineer Fire Company (South and South 3rd Streets, Minersville) at 7 pm
Thursday, September 19
Forging Penn State's Land-Grant Mission 1855-1906
Penn State Schuylkill Morgan Auditorium, 200 University Drive, Schuylkill Haven at 7 pm
Saturday, September 21
Guided Historic Walking Tours
Start at Schuylkill County Historical Society
John O'Hara Tours 1 pm, 4 pm
Downtown Pottsville Tours 2:30 om, 5 pm
One hour tours, arrive 15 minutes before start time. Please dress for the weather and wear comfy shoes.
Tickets: $10 at the door, Advance Tickets: $7 for general public, $6 for members of SCHS
Wednesday, September 25
The Greely Expedition
Schuylkill County Historical Society at 5:30 pm
Learn about this ill-fated Arctic Expedition and the Pottsville native who played a part.
Tickets: $5, Free to SCHS members Advance tickets here.
Saturday, September 28
Antietam Battlefield Bus Tour (Sharpsburg, MD)
Leaves Cressona Giant parking lot at 7 am, returns 8:30 pm
Deadline to register: Friday, September 20. Call 570-622-7540
Tickets: $58, includes lunch of ham, turkey or roast beef sub (6"), fruit, cookie and choice of drink
Saturday, October 5
A Night with Frank Jordan
Majestic Theater, Pottsville at 7 pm (Happy Hour from 6 pm to 7 pm)
Enjoy the hits of the Jordan Brothers and hear personal memories told by Frank Jordan.
Tickets: $20, $15 for SCHS members Advance tickets here.
History on Wheels
If you missed this summer's car shows, there are still a few chances to revel in the beauty of classic cars. The Good Will Fire Company No. 1 is hosting a car show on Saturday, Sept. 21 (raindate Sept. 22) at 88 Washington Street, Port Carbon. Registration is from 9 am to noon at Washington and Jackson Streets and cost is $10. Judging will be from noon until 3 pm. Participants should enter from Pike Street and follow the signs.
In addition to the cars, everyone can enjoy a basket auction, 50/50 drawing, breakfast, lunch and DJ Kevin Sibbett.
Need more info? Contact Kathy at 570-640-8858 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Experts agree that the Opioid Crisis touches every part of our society: rich and poor, urban and rural, soccer moms and the homeless. But Dave Fetterman, a local man who spent four decades is various levels of the health care system as a licensed professional counselor, points out that rural areas are "susceptible to having substance issues go undertreated or untreated. They [rural areas] desperately need a lot of services to address this, probably which they don't have."
Fetterman, now retired, joined the St. Luke's Rural Community Opioid Response Planning Steering Committee to help "address the gaps and needs in Schuylkill and Carbon County." The 30+ individuals on the committee looked at services available in neighboring Lehigh and Northampton counties as well as counties throughout the state. One thing they learned is, although they are frequently the person people turn to, many clergy leaders feel unprepared to counsel community members facing substance abuse issues.
With that in mind the group is sponsoring "Out of the Darkness and Into the Light", training approved by the PA Dept. of Drug & Alcohol Programs. Although this training is designed with the leaders of religious communities in mind, it is open to those in the mental health and drug & alcohol fields as well as the general public. It will take place at Zion Lutheran Church, Mauch Chunk and Greenwoods Streets, Tamaqua on Tuesday, October 8 from 9 am to 4 pm (doors open at 8 am). The training will be led by Gregory Krause (continental breakfast and lunch will be provided) and will also include several additional speakers such as Dr, Janene Holter from the Pa Dept. of the Attorney General. Holter will be speaking on the PA LEAD program which is helping those in law enforcement get people into treatment instead of jail cells.
You can register for this FREE program until October 4 at www.ziontamaqua.com/out-of-the-darkness/ Those with questions can contact Melissa Kalyan at 570-621-2890 ext. 104 or email@example.com
Another tool in addressing the drug problem is naloxone, the medication which can reverse an opioid overdose. Naloxone will be distributed on Sept. 18 and 25 at the Schuylkill County State Health Center, 1 Norwegian Plaza, Suite 103, Pottsville. Naloxone will be distributed free of charge between 11 am and 7 pm, as supplies last.
The Schuylkill County Council for the Arts is holding a silent art auction this Saturday, September 14, Doors open at 6 pm and bids will be accepted until 8 pm. Winners will be announced that evening and payment is required that evening. Checks and cash will be accepted. There will also be a variety of pottery and prints for sale. Wine and cheese will be served.
You can preview the art all this week at the SCCA from 9 am to 5 pm.
If you enjoy performance arts, think about auditioning for the Schuylkill Choral Society on Monday, September 16 at the Presbyterian Church, 3rd and Mahantongo Streets, Pottsville at 7 pm. For more information visit www.schchoral.org To schedule an audition call 570-622-3388.
You would think that in a world where computers and online records. billing and banking we would have fewer pieces of paper floating around our homes. Instead it seems there are even MORE pieces of miscellaneous paper to accompany those digital records. So what do you do with all those pieces of paper before the identity thief people get their hands on them? Shred, shred, shred.
If you don't have a handy dandy mini shredder sitting in your home office, AdviseMInit Financial Partners wants to give you a hand. They will be having a community shredding event for confidential documents on Tuesday, September 17 at their office: 1253 Centre Turnpike, Orwigsburg. Each person can bring a maximum of three boxes between 3 pm and 7 pm. For more information call 570-622-0602 or visit their website here.
The term "spring cleaning" seems to be the most popular but I believe there's just as much cleaning out of closets, garages and basements as we go from summer to fall. If your fall cleaning has unearthed a few things you don't want but don't know where to go with -- the Schuylkill County Fall Cleanup & Recycling Event might be just what you need.
First the rules:
1. Proof of County residency must be provided. A driver's license should do fine.
2. NO Electronics or hazardous household waste (paint, solvents, poisons, etc.) If you have questions about disposing of hazardous household waste you can contact 570-628-1220
3. Fees will be charged for some items
4. This isn't actually a rule but a tip from me...if the collection hours are from 8 am to 2 pm don't show up at 7 am or 1:55 pm. Have a heart! Your borough or city workers will be at this all day. Don't show up super early expecting them to take care of you or five minutes before they're scheduled to close. Shoot for 30 minutes before closing, just in case there's a line.
Now, what's being collected:
1. Tires - only automobile, motorcycle, RV and light truck tires. You can only bring 10 tires per load with a maximum of 2 loads per county resident. Fee: $2 for rimless, $3 for those with rims
2. Appliances(Non-Freon) - stoves, washers, dryers, grills, water heaters, bicycles, metal furniture. Fee: no fee
3. Appliances(Freon bearing) - air conditioners, humidifiers, refrigerators, freezers. Fee: $10 each
4. Bulky Items (Living room) - sofas, overstuffed chairs. Fee: $5 per cushion
5. Bulky Items (Miscellaneous) - matresses, box springs, rolls of carpet, doors, windows. Fee: $10 each
Most importantly, where it's being collected:
Week of September 9
Branch Township at 1/2 mile past Good Intent Hose Company, 12 Silverton Road
Sept. 12 to Sept. 13 from 8 am to 3 pm
Sept. 14 from 8 am to 2 pm
CES Landfill at intersection of I-81 and Rte. 25
Sept. 9 to Sept. 13 from 9 am to 3 pm
Mahanoy Township at Elks Lodge, 135 E. Centre Street
Sept. 12 from 8 am to 3 pm
Sept. 13 8 am to 3 pm
North Manheim Township at Township Building, 303 Manheim Road
Sept. 12 to Sept. 13 from 8 am to 6 pm
Sept. 14 from 8 am to noon
Pine Grove Township at Township Buildingm 175 Aok Grove Road
Sept. 12 to Sept. 13 from 8 am to 3 pm
Pottsville at City Garage, E. Railroad Street
Sept. 9 to Sept. 13 from 7 am to 3:30 pm
Sept. 14 from 8 am to noon
Ringtown Borough at W. Apple Street, near Drop Off for Recycling Site
Sept. 12 to Sept. 13 from 9 am to 4 pm
Sept. 14 from 9 am to 1 pm
Schuylkill Haven Borough at St. Charles Street Compost Site
Sept. 9 to Sept. 13 from 10 am to 6 pm
Sept. 14 from 8 am to noon
Don't see your community on the list? Check back tomorrow for an update of the drop off points for next week.
There's plenty of high school football happening in the community this Friday (and the weather's still great!) as well as a variety of other high school sports competitions. Not a sports lover? Maybe you can find something else happening in your neighborhood on this busy weekend!
For Food Lovers
Saturday, Sept. 7 from 4 pm to 6 pm at St. Clair-Wade United Methodist Church, 23 N. Front St
For tickets call 570-429-1951
Saturday, Sept. 7 from 9 am to ? at St. John's UCC, 236 E. Market St, Orwigsburg
Apple dumplings, pies, crisps and Danish. Also light lunch, basket raffle and quilt raffle.
For Art Lovers
Schuylkill County Quilters Guild Spectacular
Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, Sept. 8 from noon to 5 pm at Walk In Art Center
Come enjoy these textile works of art as well as door prizes and demonstrations. Tickets $5
First Saturday Open House
Saturday, Sept. 7 from 1 pm to 5 pm at Walk In Art Center
Come meet with local artists and view their work.
For History Lovers
American Legion Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, Sept. 7 from 9 am to 6 pm at Island Park, Schuylkill Haven
Exhibits about American Legion, music, food as well as commemorative mugs and t-shirts.
Saturday, Sept. 7 from 3 pm to 6 pm (raindate Sunday) at 14th and Market Streets, Pottsville
Nature and history walks (3 pm), picnic (4:30 pm), Third Brigade Band concert(4 pm to 5:45 pm), Evensong Service (6 pm). There will also be a basket raffle and bake sale. Bring your chair.
For Community Lovers
Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10 am to 3 pm at Town Square, Orwigsburg
Music, performances, food, horse drawn carriage rides and more.
Schuylkill Recovery Jam
Saturday, Sept. 7 from 11 am to 6 pm at Schuylkill County Fairgrounds
Music, food, Narcan training and drug takeback.