GriefShare

A new GriefShare group is forming at Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church, scheduled to begin weekly meetings on Oct. 6. GriefShare is a ministry to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. The Biblically based, non-denominational sessions will be held Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. for a 13-week time period.

Bethany EC is located at 223 E. Broad St.

For more information, or to enroll, call (570) 668-2520.

Bike race

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) is organizing its annual Coal Cracker Classic Mountain Bike Race, to be held Oct. 10 in conjunction with the annual Tamaqua Heritage Day Festival. The race will take place at the Howard D. Buehler Memorial (Bungalow) Park.

Registrations will begin at 8 a.m. with the race scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

The race will feature beginner, sport and expert categories; men's, women's and single speed races; for five age groups. A bike and helmet are required, while pads are recommended. Pre-registrations are now being accepted at www.bikereg.com [1]. Deadline for pre-registration is Oct. 6

For more information or to register by phone, contact Jason Boris, at (570) 668-2919 or e-mail esrcrec@hotmail.com [2].

Open house

Tamaqua Senior High School Principal RuthAnn Gardiner has announced the annual Senior High School Open House will be held on Sept. 29. The event will be held from 7-9 p.m., beginning in the district's auditorium. Parents of all students in grades 9 through 12 are welcome to attend.