Taboo subjects

Schuylkill County VISION will sponsor a free event for parents, grandparents and guardians of children 10-21 years of age. Billed as "Talking With Your Children - No Subject is Taboo," the session will be held April 18 at the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit #29, Maple Avenue Campus in Marlin. Doors will open at 1:15 p.m. and the session will be held from 2-4:30 p.m.

Panelists will include Dr. William Gianfagna, Gretchen Whitman and Dr. Elmer Cupino. Topics for breakout discussions will include social networking, Internet safety, intergenerational issues, financial information for teens, drug and alcohol issues, eating disorders/nutrition, parental stress management and sexuality issues.

Free information and materials will be available from numerous community organizations.

All discussions are designed for an adult audience, not for children, and are designed to help people effectively communicate with their children about a variety of concerns.

For more information, call (570) 622-6097.

Kindergarten registration

The Tamaqua Area School District will hold orientation and registration for kindergarten for the 2010-11 school year.

An orientation night is scheduled for March 1 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Tamaqua Elementary School. Parents of incoming kindergarten students will be provided with information about what programs the district has to offer, the benefits of different tracts of learning and other general information needed to get students ready for registration and the first day of school.

Registration packets will be handed out at the orientation.

Registration will be held March 15-16 at Tamaqua Elementary; and on March 18 at West Penn Elementary. Registration for Rush Elementary will be held at the Tamaqua Elementary School on March 17. Registration hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children residing within the Tamaqua Area School District who will reach the age of 5 before Sept. 1, 2010 are eligible.

To register, call (570) 668-3306 the week of Feb. 15, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., and from 1-2 p.m. to schedule an appointment. Proof of residency, health records, original birth certificates and original Social Security cards will be required. Children will be evaluated by a classroom teacher, nurse and speech therapist.

Class of 2010

The Decorating Committee for the Parents of the Tamaqua Class of 2010 meets every Monday, at 7 p.m., on the third floor of the Tamaqua Elks, 301 W. Broad St.

Members continue working on decorations for the annual All Night Party.

Class of 1978

The Tamaqua Area High School Class of 1978 will begin planning for its next reunion. An initial planning session will be held Feb. 27, at 5 p.m., at Schick's Cafe, Mauch Chunk Street. All class members are welcome to attend.

Classmate addresses need to be updated.

To update an address, or for more information, contact Kathy at (570) 645-2898 or e-mail kmaradeo@yahoo.com.

Class of 1960

The Tamaqua Class of 1960 will meet Feb. 28 to discuss plans for its golden anniversary. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the home of Beverly Conahan.

For more information, or directions, call Beverly at (570) 386-5341 or Charlie at 668-0775.

Trinity UCC

The Rev. Dr. David Grant will officiate at the 10 a.m. worship service this Sunday in Trinity United Church of Christ. The service will include words for young Christians.

Nursery care is available during the service. Sunday school classes will meet at 8:45 a.m.

Activities for next week will include: Monday, Worship Committee meeting at 7 p.m.; Thursday, Confirmation class meets at 4 p.m. and Senior Choir rehearsal will be at 6 p.m.

Zion Lutheran

The Rev. Debra Ernst will officiate at the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. services this Sunday in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. The early service will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Sunday school classes will be held at 9:30 a.m.

Also on Sunday, a special congregational meeting will be held at 1 p.m.

Activities for next week will include: Tuesday, Property Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. and Council meeting at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Endowment Committee meeting at 9:30 a.m.; Thursday, Worship Committee meeting at 6:15 p.m. and Senior Choir rehearsal at 7:30 p.m.