South Schuylkill News Around the Area, July 4, 2024 (2024)

Class Notes

Pine Grove High School Class of 1955: Lunch, noon, Wednesday, July 17, Red Lion Cafe, Route 443, Pine Grove. Information: Dennis Rehrer at 610-217-4338.

Blue Mountain High School Class of 1958: Breakfast, 9 a.m., Wednesday, July 3, Blue Mountain Family Restaurant, Shartlesville.

Blue Mountain High School Class of 1959: Lunch, noon, Wednesday, July 17, 3C’s Restaurant, Route 61 near Port Clinton. Information: Shirley Moser at 727-445-4885.

Schuylkill Haven High School Class of 1960: Lunch, noon, Thursday, July 18, Country Squire, Route 61, Schuylkill Haven. Information: Ruth Tucci at 570-385-5323.

Blue Mountain High School Class of 1965: Breakfast, 8:30 a.m., Saturday, July 6, Country Squire, Route 61, Schuylkill Haven. Information: Connie Teter at 570-366-0255.

Pine Grove High School Class of 1967: Lunch, noon, Thursday, July 11, Heisey’s Diner, Route 72 north of Lebanon. Information: 570-345-6038.


Shepherd’s Table: 4-5:30 p.m., Sunday, July 7, Grace Free Church, 101 Graef St., Cressona. Open to anyone. Information: 570-385-1883. Grace Free Church, 401 Green St., Tremont, 3:30-5 p.m. Take out.


Basic Kayaking Courses: 10 a.m. Sundays, July 7 and 21, Tuscarora State Park. Kayaks, paddles and personal flotation devices will be provided. Maximum weight capacity is 275 lbs. Sign up prior to the event at 570-467-2506 or in person at the park office. No online or fax registration. Each participant can send a donation check of $10 payable to the PA Parks and Forest Foundation. Class will be canceled in inclement weather. Limited space. If you have your own equipment, you may join for $3 per person. Meet at the park visitor center. Each child must be accompanied by an adult and be 12 or older.

Canoe and Kayak Rental Concession: Times: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The last rental is at 6 p.m. All boats must be returned by 7. Located at the canoe launch near the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse. Canoes, kayaks, rowboats, $10/hour per boat; canoes and rowboats seat up to three, kayaks seat one. PFD and paddles supplied. Rentals available Saturdays, Sundays, July Fourth and Labor Day. First-come, first-served. Rentals will be made if conditions permit and staff is available.

Fish for Free: Tuesday, July 4, Sweet Arrow Lake County Park, Pine Grove. Fishing permitted without a license. All other regulations still apply.

Hike: 9:45 a.m., Thursday, July 4, explore the mountain behind Locust Lake State Park and visit Silver Creek Fire Tower. The hike is 5 miles and moderate in difficulty. Meet at the visitor parking lot at Locust Lake State Park located before the contact station. Bring a lunch and your dog. All pets must be leashed and get along with people and other pets. Shine only. Pre-register by calling Robin at 570-467-2506.

Island Fireworks: 4 p.m., Saturday, July 6, Island Park, Schuylkill Haven. Food, music folloowed by fireworks, which are to begin at about 9:30.

Carnival: 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 13, Pine Grove Hose, Hook & Ladder Fire Company, 1 Orchard St. Food, games, rides and entertainment.

Yuengling Stars & Stripes Celebration: 11 a.m., Saturday, July 13, downtown Pottsville. Concert by Lee Bryce.

Sensory Walk: Friday July 14, 2 p.m., Frog Hollow Nature Area, Friedensburg. All ages welcome, no pets.

Pennsylvania Dutch Pow-Wow: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, Waterfall Pavilion, Sweet Arrow Lake County Park, Pine Grove. Learn about this folk medicine tradition. Information: “Porcupine Pat” McKinney at 570-391-3326 or


Pottsville Library: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; STEM Corner, ages 1-11, during library hours; Creation Station, Monday-Friday, 2 p.m., ages 12-16; Teen Gaming, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-7 p.m., ages 12-18; Storytime, Mondays at 10:30 a.m. for ages 12 months to 5 years. To register for events call 570-622-8880 ext. 12 or go to

Schuylkill Haven Free Public Library: Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 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. Registration: 570-385-0542. The library offers internet access and free Wi-Fi for research, job searches, faxing, copying, interlibrary loan services, along with more than 34,000 books, magazine and audiobooks. Child 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. Storytime, 10:30 a.m.; Lap Sit, ages birth to age 2, Thursday, 10:30 a.m.; Play-K, 11 a.m., ages 3-5; Mahjongg, first, third, fifth Wednesday of month, 6 p.m. (learn to play, Friday 1-3 p.m.); Trivia Club, fourth Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.; Chess Club, first Thursday; Lego Club, first Saturday, 11 a.m.; Homeschool Happenings, second Wednesday. Through Aug. 6, Summer Reading – two groups: preschool to 5 years old and elementary age. Saturdays, July 13, Aug. 10, Book Bingo, Boscov’s auditorium, Fairlane Village Mall. Information: 570-366-1638 or

Tremont Area Free Public Library: 19 N. Pine St. Hours: Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; 7-8 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; 7-8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon; Sunday, closed. Phone: 570-695-3325 / Email:

Arts & Crafts

Art Camp: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., July 8-Aug. 9, Adventures in Story Land, pre-K to eighth grade, Walk In Art Center, 220 Parkway, Schuylkill Haven. Information: 570-732-3728.

Fiber Arts Open Studio: 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Tuesdays, Walk In Art Center, 220 Parkway, Schuylkill Haven.

Friday Clay Club: 1-3 p.m., Fridays, $25, Walk In Art Center, 220 Parkway, Schuylkill Haven. For seniors and veterans.


Indoor Walking Club: 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Veterans Community Memorial Hall, 300 Grove St. (front door entrance), Orwigsburg. All fitness levels are welcome; walk-ins welcome. Information or registration: 570-624-3017.

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

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

Walking Club: 8:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Schuylkill Haven Recreation/Senior Center, 340 Haven St. Monday and Wednesday, Tone and Stretch, 9:30 a.m. Information: 570-385-1313.

Zumba Gold: 9:30-10:30 a.m., Mondays and Thursdays, Schuylkill Haven Recreation/Senior Center, 340 Haven St. Information: 570-385-1313.

Seated Yoga: 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday, Schuylkill Haven Recreation/Senior Center, 340 Haven St., Cost $6. No registration required. Information: Susan at 570-624-3018.

Celebrate Recovery: 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Bethesda Church, 155 Reedsville Road, Schuylkill Haven, church library. Information: Norma at 570-617-0931.

Age Busters Exercise Club: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesdays, St. John’s United Church of Christ, 236 E. Market St., Orwigsburg. For ages 50-plus and all fitness levels. Free. Information: 570-624-3017. Sponsored by Diakon Living and Learning.

Age Busters Exercise Club: 10-11 a.m., Wednesdays and Fridays, St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 427 Dietrich Ave., Tower City. Sponsored by Diakon Living and learning. Information: 570-6724-3017.

Indoor Walking Club: 9:30-10:30 a.m., Monday to Friday, Tremont Borough Building gymnasium. Ages 50 and older, all fitness levels. Free. All participants must be registered at Tremont Senior Community Center. Sponsored by Diakon Living and Learning. Information: 570-624-3017.

Groovin Exercise: 6-6:50 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Pine Grove VFW Post 3432, bottom banquet hall, 140 S. Tulpehocken St. Cost $3 each class. Information: 570-345-6347.

Senior groups

Orwigsburg: Senior citizens meet the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Veterans Memorial Hall, 300 Grove St., 11 a.m. Next meeting, July 9.

Schuylkill Haven: The Schuylkill Haven Senior Citizens Organization and Senior Travelers meet Monday, July 8, at 6 p.m. at the Schuylkill Haven Senior Citizens Association Center, 340 Haven St. Final reservations and $5 payment for the members’ July 22 picnic can be made.

Senior Travelers: The Schuylkill Haven Senior Travelers are planning the following trips: Silver Birches in Hawley to see “Divalirious,” a one-woman show, Aug. 7. Dinner and a show. Arrive at 11 a.m., depart at 3:30 p.m.. Trip to Capitol in Harrisburg with lunch at Duke’s Restaurant Oct. 2. Capitol tour at 10:30 a.m., lunch from noon to 1:30. Kentucky trip, Sept. 16-20. Call Barbara 570-385-4156 for information and reservations.

Pine Grove: Senior citizens group is accepting reservations for a bus trip to Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine Sept. 27-Oct. 2. For reservations or more information: Cathy at 570-345-3106.

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


Free Clothing and Shoes: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Wednesday, Grace Bible Church, 12 Molino Road, Orwigsburg. Donations in good condition appreciated. Information: Sandy Kupres 570-386-5893 or, click on Ministries.


Concert in the Park: 6 p.m., Thursday, July 4, Sweet Arrow Lake County Park, Pine Grove. Bring your lawn chair. Patriotic sounds by Pine Grove Community Band. Concert is free to the public.

Bingo: Doors open, 4 p.m.; bingo, 5 p.m., Sunday, July 7, American Hose Company, Mount Carbon Station, Pottsville. Food and beverages served. Information: 570-640-2442.

Bingo: Doors open 4 p.m.; bingo, 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 10, Good Will Hose Company, Sillyman St., Cressona. Packages start at $20.

Bingo: Doors open 4 p.m.; bingo, 6-9:45 p.m., Tuesday, July 16, Deer Lake & West Brunswick Fire company, 1 Ash Road. Information: 570-366-0900.

Trivia: 7 p.m., Saturday, July 20, Cressona American Legion, 1 Front St. All welcome. First place receives a prize. Information: 570-385-2364.

Music Fest: 12 p.m., Saturday, July 20, Schuylkill Haven Island Park. Admission: $10. Live music, 2 p.m. Food trucks, bounce house/games. Sponsored by Schuylkill Hose Company #2.

South Schuylkill News Around the Area, July 4, 2024 (2024)


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