Thursday, July 30, 2015


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bucket books

The Bucket List Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

The topic for discussion will be the classic "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger. The story is narrated by its main character, Holden Caulfield, and deals with the topics of teen rebellion, identity issues and the connections we make with those around us.

The plot is as timely today as it when it was published in 1951. More than 65 million copies have been sold in that time.

The group is open to the public and those of all ages.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Monthly giveaway

The Tamaqua Community Volunteers monthly giveaway will be held this Saturday at the M&M Self Storage center, next to Schickram's Car Wash on Rose Street.

Anyone wishing to donate items should have them at the facility between 8 and 9 a.m. Saturday. Donations of clothing, toys, tools, electronics, holiday decorations, pots/pans/dishes, cookware, furniture, appliances and practically anything else are welcome. The only items not accepted are floor-model televisions, computer monitors and obvious garbage.

All donated items must be clean and odor-free.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Beach party

The East End Playground Association is throwing a beach party this Friday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. There will be prizes for the best outfits and free freeze pops.

The movie "Teen Beach" will be shown at dusk, approximately 8:30 p.m.

The playground will also host an appearance by the Cressona Band at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Community fellowship

The Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network will host an evening of ecumenical music, messages and fellowship on Aug. 9. The event will be held at the Tamaqua Arts Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua, beginning at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Summer concerts

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce continues its free Summer Concert Series this Thursday with a concert by the BC Combo (blues). Concerts are held from 6-8 p.m. on select Thursdays on the platform at the Tamaqua Train Station throughout the summer season, as sponsorship permits.

Other scheduled concerts include: Aug. 6, Fraser Thomas (acoustic jazz, blues and pop); Aug. 13, Amanda and Me; Aug. 20, Steve Brosky and Jimmy Myers (acoustic blues); Sept. 3, Diaspora (classic rock).

Friday, July 17, 2015

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met July 14 at the Ryan Township Fire Company, Barnesville. There were 48 members in attendance.

President Eleanor Schmerfeld conducted the business session and chaplain Kathleen Valentine provided the invocation, "God Is Always There."

Ruthann Feane offered inspirational readings.

The annual picnic will be held at noon July 28 at St. Peter's Grove in Locust Valley. Desserts for sharing are welcome.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

High school parking

The Tamaqua Area School District will have 74 parking spaces available for students for the 2015-16 school year. Applications will be available the week of July 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Completed forms must be returned to the senior high office no later than Aug. 3.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

West Penn senior day

The West Penn Lions and Lioness clubs will sponsor the annual West Penn Senior Fun Day on Aug. 1 at the West Penn Park. Activities will begin at 11:30 a.m.

The event is open to all township residents age 62 and older and will be held rain or shine.

The day will include free entertainment, free food (lunch and supper), informational sessions, games and lots of fellowship.

Preregistration is required to ensure there is enough food to go around. To register, call Melissa at 570-386-4138 no later than July 24.

Band camp

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Field to fork

Schuylkill County Master Gardeners will offer a free learning experience for county residents to learn more about how vegetables go from the fields to the dinner table.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 22 at Hope Hill Lavender Farm, 2375 Panther Valley Road in Pottsville. Participants will learn about growing vegetables almost anywhere as well as growing varieties of lavender. bring your questions and the experts will provide answers.

There will also be samples of fresh, locally grown produce.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Movies in the park

The East End Playground Association continues its popular free movie presentations this summer. Next up in the series will be the film "Big Hero 6," which will be shown this Thursday.

The movie will begin at dusk, which is approximately 8:30 p.m. Rain date will be Friday, same time.

The park is located on Mountain Avenue in the East End section of Tamaqua. Movie lovers of all ages are welcome. There is no admission fee and the concession stand will be open.

Summer concerts

Friday, July 3, 2015

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met June 23 at the Ryan Township Fire Company in Barnesville, with 50 members in attendance. The business session was conducted by President Eleanor Schmerfeld.

The invocation "Each day You Live" was given by chaplain Kathleen Valentine.

Birthday greetings were offered to Joan Brown, Penny Schlorf, Melody Weicker and Bill Morrison. Readings were given by Shirley Becker and Ruthann Feane.