Like most people I'm unsure what exactly to do with my money -- how to make the most of it, where to put it, even what certain banking words and terms mean. Despite that uncertainty I don't feel as if I have enough money to have some expert giving me advice. So what's a confused consumer to do? If you're a veteran there may be an option for you.
Schuylkill Community Action is holding a special workshop for veterans to help them understand some of the financial issues they may face including budgeting, bank products and credit. On Wednesday, August 8 the workshop will be held at the Schuylkill VA clinic, 1410 Laurel Blvd., Suite 2, Pottsville from 11 am to 2:30 pm.
RSVP by Friday, August 3 at 570-622-1995.
RI always enjoy a good local block or church party complete with the ethnic foods so many of us love. This Sunday you can get all of that delicious food along with a little something extra....the 84th annual Ukrainian Day at St. Nicholas Grove, Route 901, Minersville will feature the music and crafts of Eastern Europe. The music will include polka bands, Ukrainian folk songs and a vocal group from Washington DC called Spiv Zhyttya or Living in Song. Personally, I'm more interested in the Eastern European crafts -- everything from dolls to pysanky (painted eggs) to embroidery to pottery and more. If you happen to be Ukrainian there will also be a group to help you with your family's genealogy. Stop by (free admission) from 11 am to 8 pm.
Not too many years ago "Christmas in July" was an unusual event that popped up here and there. Now it seems like it's everywhere! I may be wrong but I think there is an entire TV channel dedicated to Christmas movies in July. It's a little too early to be thinking about the holidays for me but I did notice one sweet event that will have even the most Bah Humbug of us wanting to participate. Many local businesses host special events supporting various organizations during the holiday months. Of course, if you're an ice cream shop you aren't getting your biggest influx of customers in October, November, December. So what's an ice cream shop with a charitable bent to do? If you're the Chill Out Ice Cream Parlor and Snack Shop, Route 924, Shenandoah you adopt the "Christmas in July" craziness. The Chill Out Ice Cream Parlor is holding a Toys for Tots campaign through July 31. If you bring in an unwrapped, new toy for their collection you'll receive a FREE soft serve regular sundae. If you don't feel like shopping, the shop is also accepting $1 donations for the Toys for Tots campaign.
The heat wave at the beginning of the month may have adversely affected the audiences for several outdoor concerts but I think things will be looking up for August. It's our last true summer month (sure many September days feel "summer-y" but in our hearts we know it's fall)so let's take advantage of it. Toss your folding chairs and a few snacks in the trunk of your car so you'll be ready to head for a few hours of music whenever the mood strikes you. Unless specifically mentioned, all of these concerts are free so you don't have to worry about getting tickets ahead of time. Make August your music month!
Thursday, August 2
Buddy Musselman at Tamaqua Train Station from 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Saturday, August 4
Shannon at Valley View Park at 6 pm
Sunday, August 5
Tom as Garth (Garth Brooks Tribute) at Lions Club Amphitheater, Pottsville from 5 pm to 7 pm
Tuesday, August 7
Cressona Band at Eureka Band, Ashland at 7 pm
Wednesday, August 8
Denny Heckard (Elvis Tribute) at Luther Ridge at Seiders Hill at 6 pm
Thursday, August 9
The Fat Cats at Tamaqua Train Station from 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Sunday, August 12
Ann Marie Calabrese at Heisler's from 5 pm to 9 pm
Thursday, August 16
Magic Stew at Tamaqua Train Station from 6:30 pm to 8 pm
John Bauer at Providence Place of Pottsville at 7 pm
RSVP at 570-622-6950
Sunday, August 19
The New Individuals at Heisler's from 6 pm to 8 pm
Sapphire (Best of the 80s) at Lions Club Amphitheater, Pottsville from 5 pm to 7 pm
Thursday, August 23
The Bees Knees (60s music)at Tamaqua Train Station from 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Saturday, August 25
Chase at Heisler's from 6 pm to 9 pm
Sunday, August 26
Dave Evans at Heisler's from 6 pm to 9 pm
Thursday, August 30
Gene Morrison at Tamaqua Train Station from 6:30 pm to 8 pm
When he was younger, there was a time when my son was fascinated by rockets -- the type that you build from a kit and set off in the backyard. They soar impressively into the sky and, if you're lucky land not on a neighbor's garage roof or the branches of a 14 foot tree, but somewhere to be retrieved and sent into flight again. He eventually outgrew the fascination although I suspect my husband has not.
Perhaps he should give a kit with more control a try such as the planes and drones built by members of the Tuscarora RC Flying Club. I occasionally catch a glimpse of members flying their planes when I go with my parents to brunch at the White Birch Golf Club (they fly in the field directly across the road from the golf course). If you'd like more than a glimpse stop by the field from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 28th and 29th for their annual Aerorama. It'll be a treat for lovers of all types of transportation since, in addition to the flying exhibitions of the planes there will be a car show on the 29th only). You might even find yourself with a new hobby since there are raffles to win plane kits and more. A great way to spend a few hours with a child or grandchild who loves cars and/or planes.
For the family members not so enthusiastic about vehicles, they can buy something to eat and just enjoy the lovely weather.
if you're looking for a little fun why not stop by the Majestic Theatre? There's a little something for everyone! Tonight will be a gallery reading at 7 p.m. by William Stillman, a psychic medium. Tickets are $20 n advance and $25 at the door. Learn more about tickets at 570-628-4647 or email@example.com
Then Saturday the theater will be taken over by families coming to enjoy the free movie at 7 p.m.: The Emoji Movie. admission includes a bag of popcorn!
Then July 28 and 29 will be audition days for anyone interested in getting in front of the lights. At noon, actors ages 6 to 16 can audition for Shakespeare's The Tempest (performance on October 12 - 14). At 1 p.m.actors ages 16 and up can audition for Dracula (performance dates Nov. 2-4). Finally at 2 p.m. actors of all ages can audition for It's a Wonderful Life (performance dates Dec. 14-16). If you have scheduling difficulties contact the theater at firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to get out and get active? Well, you can just go fly a kite. No, seriously! don't miss the 2nd Annual Orwigsburg Kite Festival this Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Stop by the Blue Mountain Middle School recreation fields where they will be giving away free kites (while the last) but everyone's welcome to bring their own kite. Along with kite flying there will be food, game, prizes, face painting, music and inflatables. Not your average Saturday afternoon!
I spent the afternoon at the Fairlane Village Mall on Friday. Yes, the entire afternoon. So, are you wondering what I did for four hours? You may know if you've spotted the ads in The Republican Herald or the electronic bulletin board outside the mall -- the annual Republican Herald Used Book Sale is upon us! All books are donated by members of the community and profits benefit local students who receive newspapers for use in the classroom.
The number of books is staggering. If you enjoy reading this is one sale you can't miss. Because not only do the employees of the Republican Herald and their volunteers collect books throughout our communities but they also sort them to make it much more likely that you'll find the book, author or topic you're looking for during the sale. Fiction is organized alphabetically by author's last name with a few genres in their own special sections: romance, westerns, science fiction, horror, children/young adult, Christian romance. Nonfiction is organized is a hodgepodge of sections that include: large print, science, gardening, home repairs, hobbies, music, local interest, crafting, animals, sports, transportation, coffeetable books, history, biography, religion, self help, business, classics, vintage and more. The volunteers (as well as some strategically placed signs) at the sale can help you find the section you want.
The key to enjoying this sale is to bring your list! Either the list of titles you've already read (if you enjoy a specific author or subject) or list of titles/subjects you want to look for (because sometimes when you face the tables full of books you get a bit overwhelmed).
Also CASH. Credit cards and personal checks are not accepted and there is no ATM within the mall so bring your cash with you. For the most part book are $1 for paperbacks and $3 for hardcovers. There are a few exceptions for romance paperbacks, children's books and any tapes/DVDs. There will also be a bag sale on Saturday only!
If you're planning on buying more than a book or two a tote bag would be great. The sale does provide plastic bags (think grocery bags) but often a tote bag is much easier to haul to your car.
You have a couple of weeks to create your list since the sale doesn't start until the end of next week. Stop by
If you've never attended the Allied Artists of Schuylkill County Art Exhibit, don't miss your chance this year. It's so eye opening to see how many talented people we have in our communities and a great way to spend an evening. If you'd like to see the award ceremony and attend the opening reception, stop by the Foursquare Gospel Church, 2300 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville on Saturday, July 14 from 6 pm to 8 pm. You can also view the art from 6 pm to 8 pm from Sunday, July 15 through Saturday, July 21 with additional hours of 2 pm to 4 pm on Sunday, July 15. Are you an artist? This is a great opportunity to meet some other artists and learn about joining the Allied Artists.
In a musical mood? There's quite a bit coming up, hopefully something for everyone's taste! Everything is free but you should bring your own lawn chair.
Saturday, July 14
The Cressona Band
Mahanoy City High Rise at 10:30 am
M&J Big Band Concert
Ridgeview Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, 200 Pennsylvania Avenue, Shenandoah Heights from 2 pm to 3 pm
The New Individuals
Heisler's Cloverleaf Dairy from 7 pm to 9 pm
Sunday, July 15
The Cressona Band
Heisler's Cloverleaf Dairy from 4 pm to 6 pm
Tuesday, July 17
Third Brigade Band
Providence Place of 2200 1st Avenue, Pottsville at 7 pm