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South Schuylkill News Events Around the Area, May 26, 2022

Schuylkill County Historical Society schedules April events

Class notes

Blue Mountain High School Class of 1958: Classmates and guests are invited to meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, at Blue Mountain Family Restaurant, Route I-78 Exit 23, Shartlesville.

Blue Mountain High School Class of 1965: Classmates and friends are invited to attend the monthly breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, at the Country Squire, Route 61, Schuylkill Haven. Information: Connie Teter at 570-366-0255.

Schuylkill Haven High School Class of 1965: Members and guests are invited to attend the monthly breakfast at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, at the Country Squire, Route 61, Schuylkill Haven. Information: Beryl Zulick at 570-516-5417.


Two Guys Chicken barbecue: Saturday, May 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rainbow Hose Fire Company #1, 417 Dock St., Schuylkill Haven. Prepaid meals must be picked up by 1 p.m. See any member for presale tickets of message Facebook page.

Chicken Barbecue: Monday, May 30, Veterans Community Memorial Hall, Grove Street, Orwigsburg, drive-thru only.

Pancake Breakfast: Monday, May 30, Schuylkill Haven Area High School cafeteria, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Shepherd’s Table: Free dinner, Sunday, June 5, Grace Free Church, 101 Graef St., Cressona, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Open to anyone. Eat in or take out. Grace Free Church, 401 Green St., Tremont, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Pick up only.

Sub Sale: Thursday, June 9, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Congregational Free church of Christ, 81 McKeans Ridge Road, Orwigsburg. Order by Sunday, June 5. Choice of Italian, ham and cheese, turkey and cheese. Call: Marv and Cathy at 570-943-2585.


Pottsville Library: Story Time, Mondays, 10:30 a.m., ages 1 to 5; STEM Corner, ages 1 to 11, during library hours; Friends used book sale, noon-2 p.m.; Summer Quest, June 6-Aug. 8, ages 5-18; Tween Time, Thursdays, 4 p.m., June 9-Aug. 11, ages 6-11; Creation Station, Monday-Friday, 2 p.m., ages 12-18; Teen Gaming, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 p.m., ages 12-19; May 25, preschool art class begins, ages 2-5, 10:30 a.m., $10 per class. Register by email:; May 26, Kids Paint for Dave Day, 6-7 p.m. Library closed on Memorial Day, May 30. Registration required for all events. To register for events call 570-622-8880 ext. 12 or go to

Schuylkill Haven Free Public Library: Saturdays, Story time, 1:30 p.m. The second Saturday of the month has LEGO League at 10:30 a.m. This is for those 3 to 99+ who want to be creative. The library offers Internet access and free Wi-Fi for research, job searches, faxing, copying, inter-library loan services along with over 34,000 books, magazine, and audiobooks. Various children and adult programs throughout the year. Information: 570-385-0542.

Orwigsburg Library: 216 W. Independence St., hours of operation: Monday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: 570-366-1638.

Arts & crafts

Artist Market: Walk In Art Center, 220 Parkway, Schuylkill Haven, open 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and features the works of 19 Studio Artists and nearly 30 associate artists.

Fired up Ceramics: For seniors and veterans 62 and up, at the Walk In Art Center every Friday, 1 to 3 p.m. Make pottery or sculptures. All supplies provided. A $6 donation is requested to help defer the cost. Information: 570-732-3728.

Clay Haven: Walk in Art Center, Monday and Thursday, 6 to 8:30 p.m. $40 per month or $7 per evening, with a minimum of two evenings. Clay must be purchased through the art center. Information: 570-732-3728.

Knitting Circle: Lorraine Felker will teach knitting every Tuesday at the Walk In Art Center, 6 to 8 p.m., at no cost, but donations are appreciated. Class for all ages. Bring needles, yarn and fellow knitters. All skill levels invited. Information: 570-732-3728.


Spring Craft and Vendor Show: Saturday, May 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 23 Meadowbrook Center, off Route 183, Schuylkill Haven. Basket raffle, food trucks and more. Sponsored by Bethesda Youth Ministries. Information: 570-739-2242 ext. 224 or

Car and Truck and Motorcycle Show: Saturday, May 28, 3 to 7 p.m., Bethesda EC Church, 155 Reedsville Road, Schuylkill Haven. Free to the public. Pre-registration fee, $10; day of show, $15. Bill’s Open Pit Barbecue on site. Information: Lisa Minnich at 484-294-6765 or

Canoe and Kayak Rental: Opens Saturday, May 28 at Sweet Arrow Lake Park canoe launch near the clubhouse. Saturdays, Sundays, and Memorial Day Monday, July 4 and Labor Day Monday. Watercraft available on a first come first serve basis. Times are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Last rental is at 6 p.m. All boats must be returned by 7 p.m. Information: 570-527-2505; weekends after 11 a.m. 570-345-3537.

Fish for Free: Sweet Arrow Lake County Park, Pine Grove, Sunday, May 29 and July 4. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission allows anyone, resident or non-resident to fish without a fishing license on these days.

Block Party: Thursday, June 2, 3, 4; 6 to 11 p.m., Rainbow Hose Company, 417 Dock St., Schuylkill Haven.

Concert: Tuesday, June 7, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., M&J Band, Bubeck Park, Washington St., Schuylkill Haven. Rain date June 14, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Yoga Challenge: Starts Wednesday, June 1 to Aug. 31, 9 to 10 a.m.; $200 for three months of yoga. Hosted by Yoga-B-Yoga. Tickets:

Pound: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m., Walk In Art Center. Rock out and lose weight. For ages 13 and older. Register by contacting Silvia: or call 570-294-8245. Classes limited to 30 students. Masks must be worn and social distancing will apply. Cost is $10 per class.

Real people — real weight loss: Join TOPS at Hetzel’s Church, Hetzels Church Road, Pine Grove. The group meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Information: 570-345-8403.

Zumba fitness: Classes are held every Monday (except holidays) from 7 to 8 p.m. at Sweet Arrow Lake County Clubhouse, Pine Grove. Cost is $5. Information: Denise at 717-269-3214 or

Walking Club: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 a.m., Schuylkill Haven Recreation/Senior Center, 340 Haven St. Wednesday, Tone and Stretch, 9:30 a.m.

Zumba Gold: Mondays and Thursdays, Schuylkill Haven Recreation/Senior Center, 340 Haven St., 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Zumba Gold class: Every Tuesday, Schuylkill Haven Recreation/Senior Center, 340 Haven St., 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost $6. No registration required. Information: Susan at 570-624-3018.

Celebrate Recovery: Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., Bethesda Church, 155 Reedsville Road, Schuylkill Haven. Masks required, available at door if needed.


Benefit concert: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will host The Road to Recovery concert fundraiser Saturday, May 28. Eight musical acts will perform from noon to 5 p.m. in the sanctuary’s amphitheater, and the entrance fee is a donation to support chain saw artist Todd Gladfelter and his ongoing recovery from partial paralysis. Visitors are encouraged to bring a camp chair or blanket, and food will be available to purchase. Those unable to attend can mail a check made out to Cindy Ross at 85 Red Mountain Lane, New Ringgold, PA 17960. For more information on the event: 610-756-6961.

Concert: Monday, May 30, 6 to 8 p.m. large pavilion by the clubhouse at Sweet Arrow Lake Park. M & J Big Band will perform. Rain date is June 3, 7 p.m. Concert is free and open to the public. Bring lawn chairs. Information: 570-345-8952.

Murder Mystery: June 2, 3, and 4; 6 p.m.; $40, Walk In Art Center Main Gallery, 220 Parkway, Schuylkill Haven. Walk In Art Center is teaming up with the Actor’s Guild of Schuylkill County for an interactive murder mystery, “Murder at Rutherford House.” A dinner buffet will be provided and a cash bar will be available. Information: 5670-732-3728.


Line dancing: Held every Monday at the Walk In Art Center. This is an ongoing adult class, drop-in only, no partner or registration needed. It is $6 per class and pay at the door. Basic steps, 6:15 to 6:30 p.m.; lesson, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; dancing, 7:30 to 8 p.m. Benefits Diakon Community Services. Information: Susan at 570-624-3016.

Senior groups

Schuylkill Haven: The Senior Travelers will take a trip to The Castles of New York June 14-17. They will visit three castles along the St. Lawrence. For information or to make a reservation: Barb 570-385-4156. A trip to Nashville, Tenn., for the Entertainer Venue will be Sept. 25-30. For information or make a reservation: Kathy 570-385-4730. All trips leave and return to the Senior Center, 340 Haven St., Schuylkill Haven.

Wayne Township: The group meets Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 23 Meadowbrook Center, Reedsville. Lunch is served at noon for a $5 donation, followed by a special activity or program. Information: 570-739-2241.


Schuylkill County Historical Society: Wednesday, June 1, 305 N. Centre St., Pottsville, 6 p.m., the society and T102’s Local Reads Book Club. Author Jim Kurtz will discuss his book, “The Green Box,” about his search for information about his father, a World War II pilot who survived a Nazi prison camp. The book also features Pottsville native Joe Spontak, who was the navigator for Kurtz’s father. For online access and other information, contact T102 at 570-622-1360 or the Society at 570-622-7540, also check Facebook pages.

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Schuylkill County Historical Society schedules April events

Schuylkill County Historical Society schedules April events

The Schuylkill County Historical Society has several events scheduled for April.

Gettysburg National Military Park Educator John David Hoptak will present a program on Civil War Gen. James Nagle, whose brigade played a key role in securing Burnside Bridge in the Battle of Antietam, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, at the society, 305 N. Centre St., Pottsville. Admission is $5 for the general public and free to society members. For more information, call 570-622-7540.

The society will host the King Coal Winery and operate with extended hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, in conjunction with the Reading & Northern Railroad’s Reading-to-Pottsville excursion. Guided tours will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the society. For more information, call 570-622-7540.

“The Doctor’s Son,” John O’Hara’s short story about the 1918 flu epidemic in this area, will be the subject of a meeting of the historical society and radio station T102’s Local Reads book club. Society volunteer Lisa Von Ahn will discuss the story and present historical context at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, at the society. Online access will be available. For more information, contact T102 at 570-622-1360 or the society at 570-622-7540.