High school orientation

Tamaqua Senior High School Principal Stephen Toth has announced the date for orientation for incoming freshmen and new students.

Orientation will be held Aug. 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the school district auditorium. Tours of the high school will not be available that evening.

To schedule a tour, call the school office at (570) 668-1901, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Student schedules will be available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 5-8, in the high school office.

Garden hot line

Penn State Master Gardeners of Schuylkill County have established a Horticulture Hotline for county residents with questions about their lawns, landscapes and gardens. The hot line is staffed entirely by volunteers and will be open Mondays and Wednesdays through Sept. 27. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The master gardeners' program is also recruiting new volunteers.

The PSMG have an office at the Schuylkill County Cooperative Extension Office, 1202 Ag Center Drive, Pottsville, but are also available by phone, (570) 622-4225, or by email at schuylkillmg@psu.edu.

Cross country teams

The Tamaqua Cross Country Boosters are calling all team alumni to participate in a picnic and 5K Fun Run on Aug. 18. The event will be held at the Tuscarora State Park. For more information, email stite@ptd.net or visit the Tamaqua Cross Country Alumni page on Facebook.

East End auxiliary

Supporters of the East End Fire Company are in the process of starting an auxiliary unit. A planning session is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Aug. 11 at the fire company. For more information, call (570) 778-7407.

Zion Lutheran

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church is offering a Saturday worship service. The contemporary style service will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the church social hall.

Sunday worship services are held at 9:30 a.m.

Calvary Methodist

During the summer months, all services and activities affiliated with Calvary Evangelical United Methodist Church in the Lewistown Valley will be held at the Lewistown Valley Tabernacle, 614 Valley Road, Tamaqua. The Rev. Dr. Edward Bean will officiate at the 10:25 a.m. service this Sunday.

The annual Sunday school picnic will be held on Aug. 4, following the morning worship service. Participants are reminded to bring a covered dish item to share. The day-long event will include games, a hot dog roast, and a 6 p.m. campfire service.

Next Wednesday, an hour of praise and worship will be held at 7 p.m.

Zion Lewistown

The Rev. James Williams will officiate at the 10:30 a.m. service this Sunday. The service will include Holy Communion. Sunday school will be held at 9:15 a.m.

The consistory will meet at 7 p.m. on Aug. 1.