Pool passes

Applications for seasonal passes to the Bungalow Pool are now available. Anyone who returns their application and fee to Tamaqua Borough Hall before April 30 is guaranteed to have their pass before opening day. Discounted rates are made available through the generosity of the John E. Morgan Foundation.

Applications are available at Tamaqua Borough Hall, 320 E. Broad St.; the Tamaqua Public Library on South Railroad Street; the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce on West Broad Street; Fegley's Mini Mart on Center Street; the TIMES NEWS, 200 E. Broad St.; and Our Family Mini Mart, West Broad Street.

The pool will be open for Memorial Day weekend May 25-27, at 11:30 a.m. The pool will then be closed until opening day, June 1 at 1:30 p.m. No passes will be sold during the holiday weekend or opening day weekend. For further information, stop in at borough hall, Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., or call (570) 668-3444 or 668-0300.

Master gardeners

Schuylkill County's Master Gardener Program is looking for a few good volunteers. A meet and greet informational session will be held at 7 p.m., April 16, at the Ag Center, 1202 Ag Center Dr., Pottsville. Anyone who loves gardening and is willing to help/teach others is welcome to apply.

The Master Gardener Program is administered by Penn State University, which provides volunteers with special training in horticulture. Master Gardeners then share their knowledge with the public through demonstration gardens, a horticulture hot line, youth programs, classes and more.

For more information, or to register for the meet and greet session, call (570) 622-4225, extension 10.

Tax help

Tax return assistance is available for low income and senior residents of Schuylkill County through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, sponsored by Schuylkill Community Action. Volunteers are available to help low income residents between the ages of 25 and 65 with their federal, state and local returns.

VITA volunteers will be at the Lehigh Carbon Community College Morgan Center, 234 High St., every Wednesday from 5-7:15 p.m.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (570) 622-1995.

Bethany EC

The Rev. Kevin Roberts will officiate at the 8 a.m. traditional service this Sunday in Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church. Rev. Roberts will also officiate at a contemporary service at 10:30 a.m., at the Tamaqua YMCA. Sunday school classes will meet at 9:15 a.m. at the church.

Also on Sunday, the monthly service at the Tamaqua ABC Hi Rise will be held at 6 p.m., to save a life teen growth group will meet at 6:30 p.m.

Activities for next week will include: Tuesday, Good News Club meets at 3:45 p.m., at the South Ward Playground; Wednesday, Tamaqua Youth Ministry meets at 6:30 p.m., growth group meets at 6:30 p.m., GriefShare session begins at 7 p.m., TYM staff will met at 8 p.m.; Saturday, musician practice at 8:30 a.m., praise rehearsal at 9:30 a.m.

First Methodist

The Rev. James Cavallero will officiate at the 10:45 a.m. worship service this Sunday in First United Methodist Church. A children's message will be presented by Marge Kropp and the Good Shepherd Mural, donated in memory of Harry Loder, will be dedicated. Children's Sunday school will meet following the children's message.

Activities for next week will include: Tuesday, quilters meet at 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday, chancel choir rehearses at 7 p.m.