YMCA blood drive

The Tamaqua YMCA will host an American Red Cross Bloodmobile April 25 from 1-6 p.m. at the Y facility, located in the former Jamesway Shopping Center at the east end of the borough.

Anyone 17 or older, who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good health is eligible to donate blood.

To schedule an appointment time, call (570) 668-2903.

Garden club

The Lewistown Valley Garden Club will hold its Annual Spring Tea on April 30 in the social hall of Zion Church, Lewistown Valley. Members are reminded to bring tea cups, finger sandwiches and desserts. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (570) 668-4288 or 467-3400. Set up for the tea will be held at 9 a.m. the same day.

Evelyn Adams will provide the table arrangements and guest speaker will be Penn State Master Gardener Clara Zimmer. Her topic will be mints/herbs and their many uses. The tea committee is Louise Flexer, June Leiby, Judy Kellner and Mary Bridygham.

Volunteers will be needed to help with the various county buildings during the Schuylkill County Fair, which will be held July 27 through Aug. 3. Anyone willing to help may call (570) 668-4288 for more information.

Senior citizens

The Tamaqua Senior Citizens group met April 11 at the Masonic Lodge in Hometown, with Vice President Nancy Gerber conducting the business session. Jacquie Patrick provided the invocation, entitled "Resolution to Animals."

Information was provided on local animal shelters and the efforts/funding needed to rescue animals.

Pauline Fenstermacher and senior's president Jeanne Machamer were added to the sick list. Reports were provided by treasurer Antoinette Triano and secretary Carol Yanalavage.

The next meeting will include a discussion about the Aug. 15 picnic.

The meeting concluded with cards and social games.

The seniors meet at 1 p.m. every Thursday, at the Masonic Lodge, located on SR54 (East) in Hometown.

Anyone 55 or older is welcome to join. The center is handicap accessible.

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 Hometown Nursing Center will be held at 2:30 p.m. and a mission event, featuring the Whitakers and a meal, will begin at 5 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., praise rehearsal will be held at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Iron Sharpens Iron event at 8 a.m. in Downingtown; Care Net 5K Run and Walk at 9 a.m.