Grab those super tough gloves and your hunting socks and get ready for this month's walks.
Saturday, December 1
Meet at the Waterfall Road parking lot of Sweet Arrow Lake County Park at 10 am for a 3 mile hike rated easy. Porcupine Pat will lead a jaunt around the park with plenty of breathtaking water views.
Sunday, December 9
Meet at Llewellyn Hose parking lot at 8 am for a 9 mile hike rated easy. Hike Jim will lead you on an exploration of the Gumboot, Black Diamond Road, Stump Dam and the old Lehigh Railroad to Silverton.
Want an activity that has more of a holiday theme? Check out this week's updates to Holiday Happenings here
So many things get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holidays -- including our health. So take the time this year to watch out for yourself this year. This Wednesday you can stop by the Lehigh Valley Hospital Schuylkill Outpatient Surgery Center, Building 200, Schuylkill Medical Plaza at 5 pm for information about hernia and a free screening. Please RSVP at 888-402-5846 or www.LVHN.org/herniascreening.
On Thursday, December 6 you can stop by the Schuylkill Wellness Service, 512 N. Centre Street, Suite 1B for free and confidential HIV testing. Call 570-622-3980 for more information.
Health isn't always about the physical -- sometimes it's about caring for your mental state. If you've recently suffered a loss or just don't feel the happiness that seems to almost be a requirement for the month of December maybe you need a Christmas-free evening to face your sadness. Join other people having a tough time this holiday season at the Blue Christmas Service at Trinity Lutheran Church, Pottsville on Sunday, December 9 at 6 pm.
Still looking for a holiday event? Check out the updates to our first Holiday Happenings post here
Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving! We're now in the triatholon on holidays and moving on to the second...Christmas. Ready to get in a Christmas mood. Well, crank up the carols and choose one of these special holiday events.
Christmas Tree Lighting
In Mahanoy City on Saturday, November 24 from 6 pm to 8 pm
Santa arrives in a horse drawn carriage, live nativity, singing, trolley rides, crafts, food & beverages.
Santa Claus Parade
Ashland - east on Centre Street to Hoffman Boulevard for tree lighting
Sunday, November 25 at 5 pm
Tree Lighting & Children's Christmas Party
At Barry Township community Center
Sunday, November 25 at 6 pm
Recreation - A Classic Christmas Concert
At Tri-Valley High School auditorium on Monday, November 26 at 7 pm
Music from Around the World
At Orwigsburg Free Public Library on Thursday, November 29 at 6 pm
A Christmas Carol
At Tamaqua Community Arts Center on Friday, November 30 & Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 pm
At Tamaqua Community Arts Center on Sunday, December 2 at 3 pm
Tickets: $12 adults, $10 seniors and students
At the Majestic Theater, Pottsville
Friday, November 30 at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
The night's entertainment will be the animated movie "Star - The Story of the First Christmas". Santa will also be stopping by for a visit.
At the Walk In Art Center
Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 - 4 pm to 8 pm and 10 am to 4 pm
Almost 60 artisans and crafters with unique Christmas gifts
Breakfast with Santa
At Schuylkill Technology Center North Campus, 101 Technology Drive, Frackville on Saturday, December 1 at 8 am
Includes breakfast and a gift from Santa and crafts for children
Tickets: $5 per person
At Schuylkill County Council for the Arts, 1440 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville on Saturday, December 1 from 10:30 am to 7 pm and Sunday, December 2 from 11 am to 6 pm
Festival of Lights
At Orwigsburg Town Square
Saturday, December 1 from 4:30 pm to 7 pm
Orwigsburg Holly Trail
Seven Holiday Stops, entertainment and treats
Saturday, December 1 at noon
Tickets are 420 in advance or $25 on the day of the event
For tickets contact 570-366-1638
Schuylkill County Choral Society Concert --The Snow of Pennsylvania
At Jerusalem Evangelical Congregational Church, Schuylkill Haven on Saturday, December 1 at 7 pm
At St. John the Baptist Roman Catholida Church, Pottsville on Sunday, December 2 at 3 pm
Schuylkill Christmas Gala
A Christmas display at Pottsville Masonic Building, 4 S. 2nd Street
Saturday and Sunday, December 1 &2, 8 & 9 from noon until 6 pm
Christmas Tree Lighting
In front of township office building near Rock Glen Recycling Center
Sunday, December 2
There will be refreshments and Santa will bring treats for the children.
Holly Jolly Christmas
Theater Workshop for children ages 4 to 12
Begins Monday, December 3 with a final show on December 16
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Pet Photos with Santa
At Fairlane Village Mall on Wednesday, December 5 from 5 pm to 8 pm
Holiday Story Time
At Pottsville Library
Thursday, December 6 at 6 pm
Holiday stories, songs & crafts for children ages 3 to 12
A Christmas Story
A Play at the Majestic Theater
Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 pm & Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 pm and 7 pm
Pottsville Holly Trail
Five Holiday Stops, entertainment and treats
Saturday, December 8
Trolley Tours at noon, 2 pm, 4 pm & 6 pm - tickets $15
Self Guided Tours from noon to 7 pm - tickets $10
For tickets contact 570-628-2833 or email@example.com
Ashland Old Fashioned Downtown Christmas
Saturday, December 8 from 5 pm to 8 pm
Free carriage rides, hot dogs, hot chocolate, desserts and musical performances
Merry Tuba Christmas
A concert at the Walk In Art Center, Schuylkill Haven
Saturday, December 8 at 3 pm
Food and merchandise will be for sale
It's a Wonderful Life
A Play at the Majestic Theater
Thursday, Dec. 13 and Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 pm & Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 pm and 7 pm
Christmas with the M&J Big Band
A Concert at Shenandoah Valley High School
Friday, December 14 at 7pm
Tickets: FREE, donations will be accepted
Stay tuned in upcoming days for additions to this page!
Starting to get the winter blues already? Cut them off at the pass by trying something new. The Orwigsburg Area Free Public Library just formed a Chess Club. They're welcoming everyone! Whether you don't even know the names of all the pieces, are trying to become a Grand Master or -- like most of us -- are somewhere in between you can find fun at Chess Club. The club meets every Tuesday at 6 pm so stop by to find a game, no matter what your age or level of expertise.
Next Saturday marks 77 years since a surprise aerial attack to multiple United States military bases plunged us into World War II. if you want to take a moment to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, either on that Sunday morning or during the four years of was that followed, you can attend a ceremony, a musical performance and refreshments at the Frackville American Legion at 12:45 pm on Saturday, December 8. For more information call 570-933-4155
This weekend we baked pies so the Thanksgiving countdown clock has officially started. At work the crunch to get everything done before the early quit on Wednesday continues while my teenage son probably knows the exact number of minutes left until his school break. We all get a break from the real world thanks to our Thanksgiving break whether is be one or five days. In between relaxing with family, food and football (or in my case the Macy's parade) why not take a few minutes to give someone else a bit of holiday joy?
Each year the Republican Herald asks readers to submit the names of local military personnel who will be away from home for the holidays and asks us to drop a card in the mail. You can help make someone's day by sending a card to one of these people with local ties:
From the hometown of Barnesville:
RCT YOST, CHARLENE E.
4th RTBN PLATOON 4047 CO O
PARRIS ISLAND SC 29905-6445
From the hometown of Lake Wynonah:
PSC 76 BOX 3258
APO AP 96319-0011
From the hometown of Pottsville:
USS PAUL HAMILTON
UNIT 100169 BOX 1607
FPO AE 96667
From the hometown of St. Clair:
SSGT TYLER PANGONIS
7473 MEADOW ST. 1A
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA 99506
I do know that the military is very particular about their addresses so please copy exactly what you see above and all caps and printed (not cursive) will make the military mailman the happiest! If you'd like to reach them by December 25, all cards and packages with APO/FPO addresses must be mailed by December 11 while domestic addresses have until December 14. If you decide to send a package, please scroll down for some advice and restrictions here.
I know so many of you don't want to hear about Christmas-y things until after Thanksgiving. But the fact is, one of my favorite Christmas things happens on the weekend after Thanksgiving so it's time to make plans now! The Schuylkill Ballet will be performing The Nutcracker Suite on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 pm and Sunday, Nov. 25 at 3 pm. So it you're a lover of Tchaikovsky, ballet, local talent or even five foot tall mice this is something you can't miss. Tickets are available online at www.schuylkillballet.com or at 570-617-5616. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students.senior citizens and $6 for children ages 3 to 10. tickets at the door are $12 for all ages.
If you know someone so enamored with the Nutcracker that simply attending the performance won't be enough, why not have tea with Clara, the ballet's heroine? Tea will be at The Walk In Art Center, Schuylkill Haven from 10 am to noon on Sunday, November 18. The $10 tickets includes tea (of course), goodies, performances, raffles and photo opps with the cast. Who doesn't want a selfie with the Sugar Plum Fairy? Tickets are available online at www.schuylkillballet.com or at 570-617-5616.
Another early Christmas event will be Santa's arrival at the Fairlane Village Mall on Saturday just after 11 am. There will be visits with Santa until 7 pm, a magic show at 11 am and a myriad of free activities from noon until 3 pm --balloon animals, face painting, caricatures and more.
Santa will also be dropping in on the folks of Shenandoah that same day at noon. If you miss him skydiving into Shenandoah valley School district's Veterans Memorial Stadium, try and catch him on his fire truck ride through town. Studium gates will open at 10:30 am for anyone who wants to see Santa fly! there will also be several events throughout the day at the police station, American Legion Memorial Garden, Girard Park and Anthony P. Damato American Legion Post 792: horse-drawn trolley rides, hot chocolate & cookies, holiday skits, light displays and more.
Thanksgiving really seemed to sneak up on me this year. I think it was a combination of the summer weather so late in the year and the fact that Thanksgiving on the 22nd is the earliest Thanksgiving can be. Most of us are happily making our holiday plans -- buying our cranberries, getting the folding chairs out of the attic, eagerly awaiting our Thanksgiving entertainment of choice (parade or football game). But for some the 22nd will be just another Thursday. If you or someone you know is looking at Thanksgiving that way why not sign up for the Knights of Columbus Meal Delivery.
The Knights will be cooking and delivering Thanksgiving meals throughout Schuylkill County. To register call 570-516-9514, 570-628-3333 or 570-773-0627. Leave your name and phone number and someone will call you to get your information. You have to call by 5 pm on Thursday, November 15th (TOMORROW). Meals will be delivered between 10 am and 2 pm on Thanksgiving day and someone must be at the address to be delivered. Meals will not be left on porches.
If your dinner is all taken care but you want to help those who need a great Thanksgiving meal call the Knights and ask how you can help. They'll need help for the entire week before the holiday. Maybe you can help make someone's holiday a little brighter.
Want a lighthearted way to get in the Thanksgiving mood? Enjoy a free movie and popcorn at the Majestic Theater on Saturday, November 17 at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm). Hosted by the Pottsville Recreation Commission and sponsored by M&T Bank, this movie will be keeping with the season -- Free Birds a hilarious animated movie about two rival turkeys, time travel and the traditional Thanksgiving day fare.