OK, I must confess...not a big fan of hiking in the winter. Of course, that's just me. Judging by the folks strolling and/or jogging on my road, cold weather is a great time for enjoying the outdoors. If you're one of those hardy types, throw on your hat and scarf because there are two upcoming hikes. And if you're like me, who knows? We could have one of those unseasonably warm days we've been enjoying periodically this fall.
Irish Eyes and You
Sunday, November 19 at 8 a.m.
Meet at Valley & High Ridge Roads for a 10.6 mile hike rated easy (and mostly flat). Bring a lunch and friendly leashed dogs.
Sunday, November 26 at 9 a.m.
Meet at the Hamburg parking lot for a 10 mile hike rated moderately difficult. Bring a lunch and friendly leashed dogs. The hike leader will be Mark Schreader.
Still in a no-hike, no-way mood? Well how about you put on some nice cozy clothes and take yourself to a local concert? Sound more your speed?
Sunday, November 19 at 4 p.m.
Open your eyes (and ears) to the beauty of organ music at a freewill concert by F. Allen Artz III at Trinity Episcopal Church, Pottsville.
Air National Guard Band
Saturday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m.)
If you think military bands are only about marching music, you have to come to this free concert. Held at the Upper Dauphin Area Middle School, this concert will feature an Upper Dauphin alumni, Dawn Hoffman, who is both a band member and one of the people who helped arrange the performance. Thanks, Dawn!
I love the holidays. Sure, I complain a bit about my to-do lists but overall I enjoy the end of the year. I think many of us naively believe that everyone feels the same way about the holidays. The truth is, the holidays can be a tough time for many people including those who have lost a loved one, either through death or addiction. If you know someone who might need a sympathetic group there are several upcoming opportunities.
Candlelight Remembrance Vigil
Saturday, November 18 at 6 p.m.
Come to the ninth annual vigil at Yuengling Park, Mahantongo and 10th Streets to celebrate the lives and memories of loved ones lost to suicide. Participants can bring a photo, poem or memento to share.
Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Faith Church, 1168 Centre Turnpike (Route 61), Orwigsburg has free grief sessions on Mondays to offer help and encouragement to those who are grieving (ages 18 and older).
Thursday, November 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
If you need to know about drugs and addiction attend this informative workshop at Tamaqua Area Athletic Center, 502 Penn Street, Tamaqua.
In our family, Thanksgiving means apple pie. My mom makes a scrumptious apple pie...but ONLY at Thanksgiving. It's a one time a year event and perhaps her secret plan for making sure we all show up for Thanksgiving dinner. Our family is getting to a size where we have to have a "kids' table" as well as remove some side dishes as soon as they make their way around the table just so we have enough elbow room. But not everyone is so lucky. For some Thanksgiving is not so celebratory. If you know someone who needs help with their Thanksgiving meal there are several free meals available. You can also contact these organizations to see if they need volunteers and/or monetary donations.
Although the deadline has passed for several of the Thanksgiving Dinners hosted by local organizations, a few are still accepting reservations.
Holy Apostles Episcopal Church, 307 E. Hancock Street, St. Clair
Delivery: 11 a.m., Takeout: noon, Eat In: 1 p.m.
RSVP by Thursday, November 16 by calling 570-429-2272 or 570-429-7107
Knights of Columbus
All Delivery: Between 10 a.m. and noon. Someone MUST be home.
RSVP by Thursday, November 16 at 5 p.m. by calling 570-691-1429, 570-628-3333 or 570-516-9514 and leaving your name and phone number
If you know a local history buff, let them know about the presentation at the Mountaineer Hose Company, South 3rd Street, Minersville on Thursday, November 16 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dave Williams will be speaking about coal mine maps and how to read the,
Don't forget tomorrow is Election Day! Some people will tell you it isn't an "important" election. True, we aren't electing a president this time around. Many people believe that elections for local positions will directly affect our lives more than elections for presidents and US senators and representatives. So get out and vote. Every election is important. And every vote is important. Not sure? Check out The Republican Herald for interviews with local candidates.
Weirdly enough, Election Day is also about pork and sauerkraut. I don't know why. I just know that many fire companies, churches and other organizations host dinners on election day so, after you vote, you can support your local organization AND not have to worry about Tuesday's supper. Here are few happening in the county tomorrow:
Zion's Reformed United Church of Christ, 2400 Centre Street at 10 a.m.
Lunch sale -- not just pork
Elks Lodge, 307 s. 3rd Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Elks Lodge, 135 E. Centre St. from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost $9/Takeouts available
Breaded pork chops
Mountaineer Hose Company, 3rd and South Streets from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
St. Michael Parish Center, 538 Sunbury Street from noon to 6 p.m.
Cost 9/children under 10 $4/Takeout available
Schuylkill Masonic Temple, 1000 E. Market Street from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost $8/Children 12 and under free/Takeouts available
Masonic Lodge from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost $8/Children's platters available/Takeout available
Trinity Lutheran Church, 200 W. Arch Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tremont Community Organization, 139 City Street from noon to 6 p.m.
Cost $8/Takeouts available
Lions Club, McCord Avenue from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost $8.50/Takeout available
Sacred Heart of Jesus Churhc, 140 E. Market Street from noon to 6:30 p.m.
Cost $9/Takeout available
Schuylkill Historical Fire Society, 105 S. Jardin Street from noon to sellout
Cost $10/Takeout available
Visit Luther Ridge at Seiders Hill for a free educational workshop on Alzheimer's. You can learn some key points about this disease from an expert, Ellen Popson AND have a free lunch on Wednesday, November 15 at noon. You must RSVP by Monday, November 13. Contact Melissa Clarke at 570-621-7200 or Melissa.E.Clarke@consulatehc.com
Of course one of the ways most of know to ward off Alzheimer's is by exercising your brain -- learning new things. Maybe you or someone you know would be interested in a Diakon Living & Learning class. Classes are held throughout the county and range from painting to aromatherapy to scuba diving! there are even several "drop-in" classes. You don't have to sing up ahead of time. Just "drop-in" on weeks when you feel like it. Learn more about the classes and other activities here. I've always thought it would be fun for a group of friends to take a class together. Espanol, anyone? Belly dancing? Self defense?
In keeping with the Halloween season, my garden has pretty much given up the ghost...with the exception of mums and a few hardy dahlias. If you're beginning to miss your garden already maybe it's time to plan for a winter garden visit. the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce is planning a bus trip to Longwood Gardens on November 25. Longwood Gardens for Christmas is, in a word...extraordinary. Along with (who is in charge of counting these?) over 6,000 plants there is organ music, carolers, fountains, lights, sing a longs. It's something you just have to see. For more information, contact the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce at 570-668-1880 or firstname.lastname@example.org. It could even be an early Christmas gift!
If you can't wait that long for something to perk you up in this chilly weather, why not dance your weather blues away? Sweet Arrow Lake County Park is having a Change of Seasons Oldies Dance in the clubhouse on Friday, November 10 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Music will be by "The Legends" and tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance and include refreshments. For tickets and information call 570-624-3018.
If your in an art mood there are two art exhibits this weekend. First up is the return of the Keystone Fine Art Juried Exhibition at the Walk-In Art Center, Schuylkill Haven. The opening will be on Saturday, November 4 from 1 p.m. to 5 pm. The art will be displayed through November 18. An exhibition space I haven't visited yet but have been meaning to is the Dreamcatchers Art Emporium, Pottsville. This weekend they will also be having an art exhibit on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
If you're in the mood for a familiar favorite, stop by the Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Haven for a performance by the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 5. Their performance will include Debussy String Quartet Op. 10, Kodaly Duo for violin and cello and Schubert Cello Quintet in C Major. Their guest artists will be Dana Weiderhold on violin and Jesus Morales on cello.