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.TamaquaArts.org.
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.TamaquaArts.org.
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.