Kindergarten orientation

The Tamaqua Area School District will hold an orientation night for kindergarten students on Feb. 22, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Tamaqua Elementary School. Parents of kindergarten students for the school year 2011-2012 will be provided with information about what programs the district has to offer, the benefits of different tracts of learning and other general information needed to get students ready for registration and the first day of school.

Registration packets will be handed out at the orientation. Registration requests will be accepted beginning Feb. 22. This is a change from the original press release. Appointments will then be scheduled in March.

Registration will be held March 14, 15 and 16 at Tamaqua Elementary; and on March 17 at West Penn Elementary. Registration hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children residing within the Tamaqua Area School District who will reach the age of 5 before Sept. 1, 2011 are eligible.

To register, call (570) 668-3306 the week of Feb. 22, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., and from 1-3 p.m. to schedule an appointment. Proof of residency, health records, original birth certificates and original Social Security cards will be required. Children will be evaluated by a classroom teacher, nurse and speech therapist.

Writer's network

The Black Diamond Writers' network will meet Feb. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St.

Guest speaker will be J. Stuart Richards, author of four non-fiction historical books. He will provide insight and information on gathering information, research methods, and the use of official documents and photos. Richards, a long time resident of Orwigsburg, also maintains four blogs and is in the process of writing two more books.

The public is welcome to attend.

For more information concerning the writers' network, call (570) 654-3059.

Trinity UCC

The Rev. Dr. David Grant will officiate at the 10 a.m. worship service this Sunday in Trinity United Church of Christ. The service will include words for young Christians. Nursery care is available during the service. Sunday school classes will meet at 8:45 a.m.

Activities for next week will include: Wednesday, Bible study at 7 p.m.; Thursday, Senior Choir rehearsal will be at 6 p.m.

St. John's Lutheran

The Rev. Phyllis Wolford will officiate at the 9:15 a.m. worship service this Sunday in St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church. Confirmation and Sunday school classes meet at 10:30 a.m.

Activities for next week include: Monday, Music and Worship Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, Constitution Committee meeting at 3 p.m., Chime Choir meets at 5:30 p.m., Angel Choir rehearses at 6 p.m., Shepherds at 6:30 p.m. and Praise Choir at 7:30 p.m.

The Confirmation Class will meet Feb. 19, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. This Saturday will also be a work day, beginning at 8 a.m.

Calvary UM

The Rev. Brian Reading will officiate at Sunday's 10:25 a.m. worship service in Calvary Evangelical United Methodist Church. The service will include Holy Communion. Sunday school classes meet at 9:15 a.m.

Also on Sunday, a session of praise, worship and Bible study, in the evangelistic style, will be held at 6:30 p.m.

An hour of praise and prayer will be held Wednesday, beginning at 7 p.m.

Zion Lewistown

The Rev. Sunny Stock will officiate at the 10:45 a.m. worship service Sunday in Zion Church in the Lewistown Valley. Guest speaker will be Claire Longuevan, a missionary recruiter. Sunday school classes will be held at 9:30 a.m.

The Youth Group TAG will meet Friday at the youth building in McKeansburg.

Fitness for Friends, a community exercise class, meets Mondays and Thursdays, 6-7 p.m., in the social hall.

Zion Lutheran

The Rev. Jeffrey Kistler will officiate at the 9:30 a.m. worship service this Sunday in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. Sunday school classes will be held at 8:30 a.m.

Also on Sunday, the Senior Choir will rehearse at 10:45 a.m.

Activities for next week will include: Monday, Finance Task Force meeting at 2:30 p.m., Drama Club meeting at 5 p.m.; Thursday, Mutual Ministry at 5:30 p.m.

Democrats to meet

The Eastern Schuylkill Democrats will meet on Monday, at 7:30 p.m., at the East End Fire Company, Tamaqua. The public is welcome to attend.