There are lots of fun Halloween happenings this week -- some for adults, some for kids and some for the whole family. So even if you're long past the age of TPing the neighbor's house and pigging out on mini candy bars you can find a fun way to celebrate Halloween. Of course, do we every really outgrow pigging out on mini candy bars?
Thursday, October 27
Edgar Allen Poe Readings at Schuylkill County Council for the Arts, 1440 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.
Friday, October 28
Halloween Kids' Bingo at Trinity Academy school cafeteria, 233 West Cherry Street, Shenandoah at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
There will be monetary prizes, door prizes, food. And wear your costume!
Saturday, October 29
Halloween Hustle 5K at Landingville at 9:30 a.m.
More details here.
Spooky Strings at the Lodge at Sharp Mountain at 7:30 p.m.
The Anthracite Philharmonic will be performing their third version of Spooky Strings. Tickets are $25 and include light refreshments, there will be a cash bar. Buy your tickets at the Lodge on Thursday or Friday.
Halloween Dance at American Legion Post 38, Parkway, Schuylkill Haven from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
For people 21 and over. Tickets are $5 but only $4 if you're in costume.
Sunday, October 30
Haunted Mansion at the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts, 1440 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $3.
It seems that all kids go through a phase of fascination with fire trucks and fire fighters -- some of them never outgrow it. If you're a fire fighting fan don't miss the presentation by Mike Kitsock on the Schuylkill Historical Fire Society. The free program will be at the Ashland Area Historical Preservation Society, 318 Center Street, Ashland on Wednesday, October 26 at 7 p.m.
If you want to meet other like-minded fire fighting fans become a member of the Schuylkill Historical Fire Society. Annual dues are $15 or $125 for a lifetime membership. You can also tour the museum on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour is FREE but donations are appreciated. This is a great outing for your scout troop!
Do you attend or know someone who attends the Schuylkill Technology Center (North or South)? Take part in an online survey to collect information about students' and the community's opinions about the schools. Visit the School Climate Survey here.
How often do we get to hear a Pulitzer Prize winner speak in our area? Well, you'll have a chance this week. On Thursday, October 27 at 5 p.m. author and New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof will be speaking at the Reading campus of Alvernia University (and will be simulcast in the Schuylkill campus at the Cressona Mall). Kristof won the Pulitzer Prize for his book Half the Sky (co-authored with Sheryl WuDunn) about the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.
Wednesday evening I was at the Halloween Parade in St. Clair. It was a parade for the history books -- my son (a drummer in the parade) wore shorts, instead of hot chocolate I was drinking lemonade, no one was bundled in a jacket wishing the parade was over. It was amazing! Don't miss the chance to enjoy this October by heading outside to one of the three upcoming walks.
Saturday, October 22
Healthy Haven at 10 a.m.
Meet at the Walk In Art Center for this 90 minute tour that includes historic buildings, churches, homes and municipal buildings. For more information call 570-617-6511.
Sunday, October 23
Rausch Gap Ramble from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Meet at the trail parking lot near the intersection of Routes 72 and 443. This 4 mile, moderate rated walk will feature the Appalachian Trail.
Sunday, October 30
Tumbling Run Trek from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Meet at Union Station (near Dunkin Donuts) for the drive to the parking area along Tumbling Run Road. Led by Porcupine Pat, this 3 mile, easy rated walk will feature the watershed land outside Pottsville.
This week is Teen Safe Driving Week. Of course, any parent of a teenager knows that every week is Teen Safe Driving Week. We spend our days repeating an endless loop of reminders...seatbelts, no speeding, watch for other drivers, no more than two passengers, no cellphones...and on and on. Do they listen? We can never be sure but that doesn't stop us from trying.
When my daughters were in high school texting was not as HUGE a thing as it now. But I think about my teenage son who will one day be behind the wheel and is also a big fan of texting. Texting is like breathing for today's teenagers. But it isn't breathing. It takes thought, it takes attention -- two things that should be dedicated to solely to driving when they're on the road.
So I was happy to hear that the Schuylkill VISION is promoting Get an App! Arrive Alive. They're spreading the word about FREE apps you can download that turn off texts when the car is in motion. And if your kids turn off the app? YOU get a notification and confiscate their car keys. How great is this? Not just for our kids but for everyone. Download one and help your loved ones avoid distracted driving and get home alive:
...actually I have two. First up is the Bridal Expo at the Lodge at Sharp Mountain. If there's a wedding in your future (or the future of someone you love) don't miss this wonderful (and FREE) event on Sunday, October 16 from noon to 3 p.m. There will be door prizes, a grand prize of $500 from Sophy Jewelers and vendors for everything you need to create an amazing wedding.
The annual Schuylkill County Senior Expo will be held at the Fairlane Village Mall on Tuesday, October 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be giveaways, live music, massages, health information and screenings, cooking demos, wine tasting and more.
My son and I are making apple dumplings this week -- actually a shortcut kind of apple dumpling with Pillsbury crescent rolls, apples, cinnamon and streusel topping. But if you're yearning for a homemade apple dumpling why not visit one of the two apple festivals on Saturday, October 15.
Ashland Applefest on 8th and Centre Streets from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Along with apple treats there will be other food, games, music and pumpkin decorating. There will also be a basket raffle shop and drop on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Washington Fire Company.
Apple Fest at Friedens Lutheran Church, 525 Church Street, New Ringgold from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. As far as apples go there will be pies, dumplings and sundaes. Along with that there will be other baked goods, soups, BBQ, hot dogs, halupkis, ice cream and more. There will also be door prizes, raffle tickets, a basket raffle and an apple dessert tasting competition that begins at 2 p.m.
If you're looking for something a little more substantial to ward off the cool weather don't miss "A Night of Chili and Chills" at the Veterans Memorial Building, Orwigsburg on Saturday, October 22 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sponsored by the Orwigsburg Business and Professional Association the might will give you a chance to sample chilis and vote for your favorite. There will also be Yuengling on tap, music, a Halloween talk and collectible display by Ellen Stump. There will be a "Autumn in Orwigsburg" silent art auction. Costumes are welcome! You can get a ticket for $10 at Market Square Coffee house, PawPrints Pet Salon, 419 Cafe, Looking Your Best and M&T Bank or $12 at the door. For more information contact 617-462-9167.
Looks like this weekend will be a washout but that doesn't mean we can't plan for nicer weather...like a nice walk in the beautiful autumn woods. Of course many of those walks wouldn't be half as enjoyable without the rails-to-trails program. Learn more about this incredible addition to our state at a 30 minute free slideshow presentation at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park clubhouse on Tuesday, October 18 at 7 p.m. Historian Brandy Watts Martin will be telling us about the Stony Mountain Rail Trail, a 19.5 mile rails-to-trails path that winds through Dauphin, Lebanon and Schuylkill counties. One peek at Martin's slides and you'll be itching to get out on trail.
Calling all artists! The Walk-In Art Center is hosting the Keystone Fine Art Juried Exhibition on Saturday, November 5 through Saturday, November 19 and they're inviting all artists to submit their work for consideration. Works are being accepted on October 26 only so it's time to start looking over your creations. Visit the Walk-In Art Center site here for more information about submitting your work.
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