Writers' group

The Black Diamond Writers' Network will meet Aug. 21, from 10 a.m. until noon, at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St. Guest speaker will be Tamaqua Police Cpl. Henry Woods, the department's criminal investigator.

Cpl. Woods will share his 19 years experience, as well as present several actual cases and the techniques used to solve them.

The public is welcome to attend.

The BDWN is a nonprofit organization offering writing education and networking opportunities.

The group meets the third Saturday of every month.

For more information concerning the group or its activities and workshops, call Kathy at (570) 645-3059.

First Methodist

Members of First United and Salem United Methodist Churches will be special guests this Sunday at Meed's Memorial Church. The Methodist picnic will be held at Mauch Chunk Lake Park, with a worship service scheduled for 11 a.m.

The Quilters continue to meet every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

The Second Annual Summer Film Festival at First UM continues this Sunday with a presentation of "The Ultimate Gift." "Because of Winn Dixie" will be presented on Sept. 12. Showtimes will be at 7 p.m.

The film festival will offer free admission and free refreshments. For more information, call (570) 668-3344.

The Worship Committee will meet Aug. 24, at 7 p.m., in the parsonage.

YMCA classes

The YMCA Jack 'N Jill PreSchool is accepting registrations for the 4- and 5-year-old preschool classes. School is scheduled to begin on Sept. 7

The Y is also accepting registrations for the fall swim lesson sessions. Swim lessons will begin on Sept. 13.

For more information, or to register for either program, call (570) 668-2903.

Calvary UM

Calvary Evangelical United Methodist Church continues holding its services and events at the Lewistown Valley Tabernacle, 614 Valley Rd.

The Rev. Brian Reading will officiate at this Sunday's 10:25 a.m. worship service. Sunday school classes meet at 9:15 a.m.

Also Sunday, an evening of praise, worship and Bible Study will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The annual Lewistown Valley Camp meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Aug. 27.

St. John UCC

The Rev. Kevin Duffy Guy will officiate at the 9:30 a.m. service this Sunday in St. John United Church of Christ. Nursery care is available during the service.

The weekly service is broadcast on radio station WLSH, AM1410, at 11:30 a.m. Sundays.

On Monday, the Spiritual Council will meet at 7:30 p.m.

Democrats picnic

The Eastern Schuylkill Democrats will meet Monday, at 7 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus Grove, Coaldale, for the annual picnic. All are welcome to attend.