I just got a call from a family member who is making a move and wanted to know if my teenage son wanted to look through the clothes he isn't taking with him. It's a Under Armour, Old Navy, FOX extravaganza! If you don't have a family member to pass on your barely worn clothes to think about some great organizations in our community that can help your clothes find a new home.
Are the sparkles of Christmas Formals Past still hanging around your closet? Why not donate them to Cinderella's Closet, a twice yearly sale of gently used formal wear and accessories organized by the Frackville Rotary. They'd also love a few full length mirrors if you have one to donate. Call Karen Domalakes at 570-874-0174 for information about donations. If you're shopping for your dream dress, Cinderella's Closet will be held Sunday, October 21 from noon until 4 p.m. Dressses are $10 with extras (shoes, purses, jewelry) $1 each. Don't miss the first sale in their new home at the Cressona Mall. Remember, the early bird gets the dress of her dreams!
If your closet is home to a new or gently used coat you don't wear, M&T Bank at Main & Centre Streets, Shenandoah is accepting donations throughout the month of October for their Winter Coat Drive.
Are you in a musical mood? On Friday, October 12 there will be a concert at the Schuylkill County council for the Arts from 7 pm to 10 pm. "Standards from the Great American Songbook" will include performances by pianist Ron Stabinsky, the JRK Jazz Trio and the Youth Singers in a tribute to "The Sound of Music". Enjoy songs with an Autumn theme, as well as hits of Rogers and Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein and Irving Berlin. Tickets are $15 and include light refreshment.
Then on Friday, October 19 Simple Gifts will be performing at the Sweet Arrow Lake clubhouse at 7 pm. Simple Gifts is two women + twelve instruments! Some of the instruments you'll enjoy are: violin, mandolin, dulcimer, recorder, banjo, guitar fiddle as well as some more unusual things like doumbek (a.k.a. an Egyptian drum). They will entertain everyone with music of many different countries and cultures. This performance is FREE.
You'll also find some musical performances at the 34th Annual Tamaqua Heritage Festival this Sunday, October 14 from 10 am to 5 pm in downtown Tamaqua. Along with the music there will be food, art, crafts and more.
How to explain the unexplainable? Why do people who wouldn't dream of tossing even the tiniest scrap of paper in their own backyard suddenly become full fledged litter bugs as their car speeds down a local highway? I've seen soda cans, fast food bags and even larger pieces of debris launched from car windows on local roadways. Is it because they can ignore the roadside trash as their cars travel at speeds of 50+ MPH that people feel free to use the county as a trash can instead of taking their trash home with them? We may never know why but what we do know is that our road sides are a MESS.
Take the opportunity to do something about this situation by adopting a section of road -- if only for a day -- at the next Schuylkill Keep It Pretty (SKIP) cleanup. You don't have to commit to a huge length of road - just do what you can. Gather your co-workers and focus on that stretch of highway leading up to your workplace. Gather your team and head for the road to your playing field. Even gather your family of four and do a bit of road in your neighborhood.
This year's fall cleanup is October 18, 19 and 20. A Thursday, Friday and Saturday so you can either make a whole day of it on a Saturday or dedicate a workday lunch hour to cleanup during the week. SKIP will provide vests, gloves and trash bags if you register by October 10 and the state Department of Transportation will pick up trash bags left on the side of state highways. You can register by calling 570-449-4760 or contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
October hiking begins today! And what a great month for a tramp in the woods. The Weather is STILL warm but we're starting to see the trees in their Autumn beauty.
Wednesday, October 3
Meet at the visitors parking lot in Locust Lake State park at 10:30 am for a 7.5 mile hike rated difficult. Led by Robin Tracey, this hike will explore pine stands, Silver Creek Fire Tower and Reservoir. Bring a lunch. Leashed dogs are welcome if they are friendly to people AND other dogs.
Saturday, October 6
Meet at the concrete pad at the State Game Lands off Gold Mine Road for a 7 mile hike rated moderate. Robin Tracey will lead this hike from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm to see a reservoir, railbed and Swatara Furnace. Bring a lunch. Leashed dogs are welcome if they are friendly to people AND other dogs.
Sunday, October 7
Meet at the office of Tuscarora State Park for a 2 mile hike rated moderate from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. this is a part of the statewide "A Walk in Penn's Wood" day.
Wednesday, October 10
Meet in the Waterfall parking lot at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park at 10 am for a Wee Ones Walk for kids ages 3 to 6. Have fun exploring colors, textures, shapes, sounds and smells in Nature.
Sunday, October 14
Meet behind Mt. Pleasant Hose company, Buck Run on Route 901 for an 8.4 mile hike rated easy. this hike from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm will include the "88" and a canal.
Sunday, October 21
Meet at the parking lot for the Coal Miner's Memorial on the north side of Shenandoah for a 5 mile hike rated moderate. Hike along a 1700 turnpike to the site of a murder from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Our family has been suffering with an annoying cold that has run through the family. A timely reminder that we should all get our flu shot soon. If you've been thinking about staying healthy -- both physically and mentally -- as winter approaches there are several events throughout the county this month to help you out. BTW, if you're also looking for a flu shot head to your local pharmacy or family doctor to see what they have to offer. The weather may still be warm but flu shot season has definitely arrived!
Are you dealing with the effects or helping a loved one work through the aftermath? Come to Schuylkill County's first trauma conference. Hope through Healing: Rising from Adversity will be held at the Fairlane Village Mall on October 3 from 11 am to 6 pm. Learn about trauma from expert speakers, panel discussions, vendors and local agencies. There will be drumming, yoga, children's activities, free refreshments and a basket raffle. If you want to receive professional continuing education credits contact Jeanne Elberfeld at 570-622-6097 or Tracy Frederick at 570-728-3476 for more information.
The same day there will also be a Health Fair at Penn State Schuylkill which is free and open to the pubic. Learn more about staying healthy from 10 am to 2 pm.
Are you living with diabetes? You can lead a healthier life with the help of a free six week program held at the Frackville Senior Citizens Center. The first session will be on Tuesday, October 16 at 9 am. each session will be from 9 am to 11:30 am. Please register by October 10 at 570-624-3017.
that same day there will also be a Senior Expo at the Fairlane Village Mall from 10 am to 3 pm. There will be plenty of health advice and testing along with a variety of other vendors and events for the senior crowd. Come see what our community has to offer.