Schuylkill County treasurer Jackie McGovern reminds residents that 2013 dog licenses are now available and past due.
Dogs 3 months of age or older must be licensed by law by Jan. 1 of each year. Lifetime licenses are available, as are discounts for senior citizens and the disabled. State dog wardens will begin canvassing local areas on March 1.
Licenses may be obtained at the county courthouse in Pottsville, by mail, online at www.padoglicense.com  or at a variety of licensing agents.
Locally, those agents include AAA at 202 E. Broad St.; Tom's Auto and Marine, Greenwood Street and Mountain Avenue; and Koch's Farm Service in the Lewistown Valley.
For more information, call McGovern's office at (570) 628-1433.
The Tamaqua Community Art Center is offering a jam session for musicians of all talents. The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 22.
A console and baby grand piano are available for use and the center has a PA system and two microphones with 6XLR inputs. Musicians are welcome to supply additional items, such as microphones, stands and amplifiers.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
The Rev. Kevin Roberts will officiate at the 8 a.m. traditional and 10:30 a.m. contemporary worship services this Sunday in Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church. Nursery and primary church are offered during the later service. Sunday school classes will meet at 9:30 a.m.
Also on Sunday, the ministry council will meet at 11:45 a.m., To Save A Life growth group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Tamaqua Arts Center; and the Couples Sacred Marriage growth group will meet at 7 p.m. at the church.
Activities for next week will include: Monday, drama growth group meets at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Good News Club meets at 3:45 p.m. at the South Ward Playground, Homes of Honor parents growth group meets at 7 p.m.; Wednesday, community Lenten service at noon at St. Jerome's, Tamaqua Youth Ministry will meet at 6:30 p.m., GriefShare meets at 7 p.m.; Thursday, coffee shop theology growth group meets at 7 a.m., encountering Jesus growth group meets at 1 p.m., men's fraternity meets at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, musician practice at 8:30 a.m., followed by praise practice at 9:30 a.m.
St. John Lutheran
The Rev. Phyllis Wolford will officiate at the 9:15 a.m. worship service this Sunday in St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church. The annual Congregational meeting will be held following the service. Sunday school classes will meet at 10:30 a.m.
Also this Sunday, classes for First Holy Communion will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Activities for next week include: Monday, stewardship committee meets at 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, mid week Lenten service at 7 p.m. at Zion's; Thursday, angel choir rehearsal at 6 p.m., shepherd choir meets at 6:30 p.m., chancel/adult choir rehearses at 6:30 p.m., finance committee will meet at 7 p.m.
The annual congregational meeting will be held Feb. 24 following the worship service.