Tax office

Tamaqua Tax Collector Pam McCullion has new hours for her office at 6 S. Lehigh St.

From March through October, the office will be open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Mondays; from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays; and from 9 a.m. until noon the last Saturday of each month.

For more information or directions, call 570-668-6220.

Older and bolder

The Salvation Army's Older and Bolder group will spring back into action March 19. The regular Wednesday meetings are held at the Salvation Army, 105 W. Broad St., and include a light luncheon.

The first meeting of the year will have an Irish/green theme. Special guest speaker will be Tina Soley of Schuylkill Community Action.

Emily Daly of AmeriHealth will present a program on elder abuse at the March 26 meeting.

For more information on the group, or to join, call Dina at 570- 668-0410.

Playground rebirth

A small group of adults has stepped up to ensure the North and Middle Ward Playground continues to remain open. They will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. March 20, at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St.

Anyone interested in keeping the playground open is welcome to attend.

Bethany EC

The Rev. Kevin Roberts will officiate at the 8 a.m. traditional service Sunday in Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church. A contemporary service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Tamaqua YMCA, including nursery and primary church. Sunday school classes, for all ages, will meet at 9:15 a.m. at the church. The monthly worship service at the Tamaqua ABC High Rise will be held at 6 p.m.

Activities for next week will include: Tuesday, prayer time at 8:30 a.m., Good News Club meets at 3:45 p.m. at the South Ward Playground; Wednesday, Community Lenten service, noon, at St. Jerome's, Tamaqua Youth Ministry meets at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, musician rehearsal at 8:30 a.m., praise practice at 9 a.m., music workshop at 10:30 p.m., super seminar CEF training event begins at 9 a.m.

The Northeast District Youth Retreat will be held at Twin Pines from March 7-9.

Two new Growth Groups will begin next week. They include "A Place to Belong," which meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and at 1 p.m. Thursdays. This six-week study group is geared toward women and will focus on developing lasting relationships, finding acceptance and encouragement.

"Why Believe" is a four-week study investigating the scientific and historical evidence supporting the Biblical teachings of God and faith in Him. Participants will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

St. Peter's Union

Sunday worship services are held at 9 a.m. in St. Peter's Union Church, Mantzville. This Sunday's service will include a Joyous Noise Offering.

Also this Sunday, the Confirmation class will meet at 11:30 a.m.; Daisies, Brownies and Cub Scouts meet at 6 p.m.

Activities for next week will include: Monday, bell choir practice at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, newsletter deadline; Wednesday, retirees meet at 10 a.m., mid week Lenten service at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, prayer group meets at 4:45 p.m., worship and music committee meets at 6 p.m., junior choir practices at 7 p.m. and senior choir meets at 7:30 p.m.