The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - THIS WEEKEND’S EVENTS - CLAY WORKS —

COLUMBIA HOSE BAR AND GRILLE OPEN — 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thurs­days, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fri­days and Satur­days, Columbia Hose Com­pany, Shenan­doah. Fam­ily seat­ing avail­able. Thurs­days are wings and Yuengs night.

DORSEY BROTHERS TRIB­UTE — 7 to 8:30 p.m., Amer­i­can Le­gion Me­mo­rial Gar­dens, 116 N. Main St., Shenan­doah. Fea­tur­ing M&J Big Band. Free. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 570-294-1911 or 570-4622060. In event of in­clement weather, con­cert will be held at Shenan­doah Val­ley High School. Greater Shenan­doah Area His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety will open from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for a spe­cial ex­hibit fea­tur­ing pho­tos, posters and other mem­o­ra­bilia associated with Big Band era. Spon­sored by Down­town Shenan­doah Inc.

MOMS MAKE-A-WISH SOFT­BALL TOUR­NA­MENT — 6 to 8 p.m. to­day through to 3 p.m. Aug. 5, Min­ersville Area Lit­tle League Com­plex, Min­ersville. Games, con­ces­sions, raf­fle prizes, spe­cial guests and more. Ben­e­fits Make-A-Wish Greater Penn­syl­va­nia and West Vir­ginia.

MU­SIC UN­DER THE STARS — 7 p.m., Schuylkill County Coun­cil of the Arts, 1440 Ma­han­tongo St., Pottsville. Free. Light re­fresh­ments avail­able. Fea­tur­ing D’Lite Side, David Marchetti on key­board and vo­cals by Lu­cille Fala-Bren­nan. Coun­try songs, show tunes and stan­dards. Bring a chair or blan­ket. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 570-401-8314.

SIL­VER CREEK FIRE TOWER RESER­VOIR HIKE — 10:30 a.m., Lo­cust Lake State Park, Bar­nesville. Meet at vis­i­tor park­ing lot to car­pool at 10:15 a.m. to see Sil­ver Creek Fire Tower and Reser­voir. Bring a lunch and your dog. Shine only. Hike is 8.5 miles and dif­fi­cult.

BALL­ROOM DANCE CLASSES — 7 to 9 p.m. ev­ery Fri­day, Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church, Cen­tre Street and Howard Av­enue, Pottsville, use Sec­ond Street en­trance. Cost $4. Spon­sored by Pottsville Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion. Call 570-622-6619.

COME DANCE WITH ME — 7 to 9 p.m. ev­ery Fri­day, Si­mon Kramer In­sti­tute gym­na­sium, 15 Al­liance St., New Philadel­phia. Cost $4 do­na­tion per per­son to Si­mon Kramer In­sti­tute. Fea­tur­ing swing, cha cha, waltz, a lit­tle bit of coun­try. For in­for­ma­tion, call Lor­raine at 570490-7750 or Lola at 570622-4376.

FOOD PANTRY — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Faith Assem­bly of God Church, 18 S. Sec­ond St., Cres­sona. Pantry open fourth Fri­day of ev­ery month.

KITCHEN OPEN — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, Saint Clair Fish and Game Ban­quet Hall, Saint Clair. Daily menu and spe- cials. Call 570-429-1207.

MEET­ING — In­door Walk­ing Club, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Mon­days, Wed­nes­days and Fri­days, Schuylkill Haven Cen­ter, 340 Haven St., Schuylkill Haven. Call 570624-3018.

SHENAN­DOAH AREA FOOD PANTRY — 10 a.m. to noon, Knights of Colum­bus coun­cil home, 201 W. Cherry St., Shenan­doah. Serves Shenan­doah, Gil­ber­ton, and West Ma­hanoy Town­ship. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Schuylkill Com­mu­nity Ac­tion at 570-622-1995.

STA­TION 55 KITCHEN — 5 to 8 p.m. Thurs­days and 5 to 9 p.m. Fri­days and Satur­days, New Ring­gold Fire Com­pany. So­cial quar­ters kitchen open. Call 570-9432212.

YOGA WITH AMY — 8:30 a.m. ev­ery Fri­day, Ta­maqua Com­mu­nity Arts Cen­ter, 125 Pine St., Ta­maqua. Cost $10 class. Visit www.Ta­


BLOCK PARTY — 3:30 p.m., Tus­carora Fire Com­pany, Tus­carora. One-day only. Fire truck pa­rade be­gins 3:30 p.m.

CHRIST­MAS IN JULY BAS­KET AUC­TION — Shopand-drop 3 p.m. to­day and noon Sun­day, Frackville Bor­ough Build­ing. Cost $5. Free glass with pur­chase of two pages of tick­ets. Ben­e­fits the Frackville Pool. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 570-8740174.

CHRIST­MAS IN JULY SER­VICE— 5:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, Mauch Chunk and Green­wood streets, Ta­maqua. Can­dle­light ser­vice of word and mu­sic. Food and fel­low­ship fol­low­ing ser­vice. All wel­come.

CON­CERT — Reck­less, 6 to 9 p.m., Val­ley View Park. Free. Food and re­fresh­ments avail­able. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 570-573-9467.

FRACKVILLE 50 GOLDEN PILSNER GOLD RUSH — Noon, Frackville Elks, Frackville. Cost $35. Ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion re­ceives free T-shirt. In­cludes mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment by Joey Tunes, draft beer, soda, wa­ter, hot dogs, award medals and prize op­por­tu­ni­ties. Must be 21, ID re­quired.

HOAGIE SALE — 9 a.m. to sell­out, Con­ti­nen­tal Hose Com­pany No. 3, 229 Main St., Gil­ber­ton. Cost $6. Va­ri­eties in­clude Ital­ian, reg­u­lar, ham and cheese, turkey and meat­ball. All or­ders come with drink and chips. Ad­vance or­ders and walk-ins wel­come.

HOPE FOR HE­ROES PIC­NIC AND CORNHOLE TOUR­NA­MENT — 2 p.m., Sec­ond Moun­tain Rod and Gun Club, 156 N. Green­view Road, Schuylkill Haven. Cost $15 per team, $20 in ad­vance or $25 at pic­nic, in­cludes food, bev­er­ages and mu­sic. Must be 21. Bring a do­na­tion for a chance on a door prize. Doors open 1 p.m. Ben­e­fits home­less veter­ans.

OUT­DOOR BAND FEST FEA­TUR­ING MASS AN­THEM — 4 p.m., Bethany Chris­tian Fel­low­ship, Cres­sona. Free. Speaker Jim Shields. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 570-385-0609.

THE BEE’S KNEES — 7 p.m., Ta­maqua Com­mu­nity Arts Cen­ter, 125 Pine St.,

Ta­maqua. Cost $15 adults, $12 stu­dents and se­niors. Back to the ’60s rock show. Call 570-668-1192 or visit www.Ta­

TUS­CARORA AIR SHOW — 9 a.m. to­day and Sun­day, Tus­carora State Park,

Bar­nesville. Free ad­mis­sion. Car show will also be held. Cel­e­brat­ing 50th year of Fly­ing Club with ra­dio-con­trolled air­planes, he­li­copters and drone fly­ing.

BLOCK PARTY — 10:30 a.m., Pottsville Free Pub­lic Li­brary, 215 W. Mar­ket St.,

Pottsville. Free. Ages 3-6. Play with blocks. Chil­dren will learn en­gi­neer­ing, math, lan­guage, and lit­er­acy skills by mak­ing own cre­ations. Last Satur­day of month. Call 570622-8880.

6 to 9 p.m. Mon­days, Thurs­days and Satur­days, Ta­maqua Com­mu­nity Arts Cen­ter, 125 Pine St., Ta­maqua. Cost $15 per ses­sion. All ma­te­ri­als in­cluded. Call 570-668-1192 or visit www.Ta­maquaArts. org.

COF­FEE AT THE COR­NER — 7 a.m. to noon, Bethesda at The Cor­ner, routes 443 and 183, Schuylkill Haven. Drop in for cof­fee and chat, meet new and old friends, Wi-Fi avail­able.

CRAFTY SATUR­DAY — 10 a.m., Or­wigs­burg Area Free Pub­lic Li­brary, Or­wigs­burg. Ele­men­tary age chil­dren learn crafts. Fourth Satur­day of ev­ery month.

FOOD PANTRY — 2 to 4 p.m., Min­istry of Wa­ter and Spirit Church, 913 High Road, Ash­land. Open fourth Satur­day of ev­ery month. Call Pas­tor James Bow­ers at 570-492-2392.

free kids paint —

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Satur­days, Made in PGA, 61 S. Tulpe­hocken St., Pine Grove. Free. Open to all ages. Ages 13 and older $5. All ma­te­ri­als pro­vided.

meet­ing — Cel­e­brate Re­cov­ery, 9 to 11 a.m., Fearnot Assem­bly of God Church, 1152 W. Moun­tain Road,

He­gins. Christ-cen­tered and Bi­ble-based pro­gram fo­cus­ing on deal­ing with life’s hurts, habits and hangups. Free. For more in­for­ma­tion or di­rec­tions, call Brian at 570205-2813.

sto­ry­time — 10:30 a.m. Mon­days and Satur­days, Pottsville Free Pub­lic Li­brary, 215 W. Mar­ket St., Pottsville. Young chil­dren ages 17 months to 5 years en­joy some fun with sto­ries, songs, free play and sim­ple craft. Sib­lings wel­come. Please call to regis­ter 570-622-8880, ext. 12.

sum­mer quest — 8:30 a.m. Mon­days and Satur­days, Pottsville Free Pub­lic Li­brary, 215 W. Mar­ket St.,

Pottsville. Free. K-12 grades. Com­plete quests, get prizes, regis­ter for a grand prize. Sign up to regis­ter. Call 570622-8880, ext. 12. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kazka Ukrainian Folk Ensem­ble 1 to 3 p.m., John Stevens’ Dou­bleshot Polka Band 4 to 8 p.m. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit St. Jos­aphat Ukrainian Catholic Sem­i­nary. No out­side food or bev­er­ages al­lowed.

break­fast — 7 a.m. to noon, Rain­bow Hose Com­pany, 417 Dock St., Schuylkill Haven. Call 570-385-1511.

coal re­gion rac­ing ex­hibit open­ing — 10 a.m., Or­wigs­burg His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, Or­wigs­burg. Free. His­tory of 15 Schuylkill County race tracks, in­ter­views with drivers and fans, vin­tage race car dis­play. Food and drinks. Com­mem­o­ra­tive rac­ing mer­chan­dise for sale.

elks golf tour­na­ment — Noon, Moun­tain Val­ley Golf Course, 1021 Brock­ton Moun­tain Drive, Bar­nesville. Cost $75 per per­son, in­cludes golf, din­ner, bev­er­ages and prizes. Four-pe­son scram­ble. Reg­is­tra­tion, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; tee off, noon; din­ner, re­fresh­ments and prizes, 5 p.m. Spon­sored by Frackville Elks Lodge.

hope out loud — 9 a.m., Het­zel’s Church, Pine Grove. Free. Mo­ti­va­tional speaker Jen­nifer Bar­rick and her fa­ther will present “The Jen­nifer Bar­rick Story.” Pub­lic in­vited. Cov­ered dish meal fol­low­ing ser­vice.

m&j big band con­cert — 5 to 7 p.m., Heisler’s Dairy Bar, 743 Catawissa Road, Lewis­town Val­ley.

mu­sic in the park — 6 to 8 p.m., Kennedy Park at the Gazebo, next to Pan­ther Val­ley foot­ball sta­dium, Lans­ford. Free. Bring a chair. Re­fresh­ments served. Mu­sic by Dar­ren Fre­hulfer, Le­high­ton, play­ing acous­tic clas­sic rock, coun­try, folk and Amer­i­cana. Spon­sored by Lans­ford Alive Events Com­mit­tee for re­vi­tal­iza­tion of Kennedy Park.

old-fash­ioned church so­cial — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., West Penn Com­mu­nity Park,

New Ring­gold. Spon­sored by Zion’s Stone Church. Food, games, bas­ket ex­trav­a­ganza, car­riage rides from Crystal View Car­riage Ser­vices and en­ter­tain­ment by Good News Trav­elin’ Band, Erin Ray­mond and Bill Clause and the Blue Moun­tain Buc­ca­neers. Every­one wel­come.

painted lady but­ter­fly re­lease — 2 to 2:45 p.m., Schuylkill County Coun­cil for the Arts, 1440 Ma­han­tongo St., Pottsville. Chil­dren in­vited to help re­lease but­ter­flies. Rain or shine. Bring a chair and wa­ter. Fun treats for chil­dren. Fam­ily-friendly. Spon­sored by Hospice of Cen­tral PA.

penn state alumni four-per­son golf tour­na­ment — 9 a.m., Moun­tain Val­ley Golf Course,

Bar­nesville. Reg­is­tra­tion 7 a.m., shot­gun start 9 a.m., lun­cheon to fol­low.

free food — 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. ev­ery Sun­day, in­cludes bread, rolls, pas­tries and food, Liv­ing Wa­ters Church of God, 155 S. Bal­liet St., Frackville. Do­na­tion of $1 re­quested to cover trans­porta­tion cost. Call 570-8741585 or 570-622-3587.

Lori McKenna has been a top-tier coun­try song­writer for years, in­creas­ingly gain­ing at­ten­tion from co-writ­ing Lit­tle Big Town’s “Girl Crush” and writ­ing Tim McGraw’s “Hum­ble and Kind.”

But on her new al­bum “The Tree,” McKenna shows why no one sings her songs bet­ter than she does. As usual McKenna’s lyrics are de­tailed and poignant, but it’s her phras­ing and de­liv­ery that makes them truly come to life.

“Here’s what I know,” she be­gins on the mov­ing “A Mother Never Rests.” “Even when she’s sleep­ing, she’s still dreamin’ about you.” It’s the first in a se­ries of truths she offers from the ex­pe­ri­ence of rais­ing her own five kids. “She’s a sil­hou­ette smilin’ with the weight of the world on her chest,” she sings later, a mix of de­ter­mi­na­tion and dreami­ness.

On the first sin­gle “Peo­ple Get Old,” McKenna serves as the know­ing sto­ry­teller, as she re­lays per­sonal mem­o­ries. “My daddy had a Timex watch, cigarette in his hand and a mouth­ful of scotch,” she sings, con­jur­ing up a pic­ture of life in Stoughton, Mas­sachusetts, the town where she grew up and still lives, “spin­nin’ me around like a Tilt-a-Whirl on his arm.”

She is of­fer­ing tru­isms (“Houses need paint, win­ters bring snow … Live long enough and peo­ple get old”) but also cap­tur­ing how those re­al­i­ties can still be painful. In the ti­tle track, she gives the line “No mat­ter how much I’ve de­nied it, the ap­ple never falls far from the tree” lay­ers of mean­ing, deep­ened by her phras­ing choices and the spare pro­duc­tion of Dave Cobb, pro­ducer of McKenna’s pre­vi­ous al­bum, the Grammy-nom­i­nated “The Bird and The Ri­fle.”

On “The Tree,” McKenna cel­e­brates the or­di­nary and holds it up as heroic, a skill that she has honed to be­come her su­per­power.

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