AROUND THE REGION
The Washington Hook and Ladder Fire Company will hold a car wash from 8 to 11 a.m. June 2 at the firehouse, 700 W. Mahanoy Ave., weather permitting. The cost is $5 for exterior only or $15 for exterior and interior. All are welcome.
The New Minersville Firehouse Bikers group is sponsoring a basket auction to benefit the St. Joseph Center, Pottsville, on June 8 and 9, in Good Shepherd School cafeteria, 139 Spruce St. (enter cafeteria in back of school on Linden Street). Auction items include a Murphy Jewelers diamond necklace, Vera Bradley wristlet, concert tickets for ZZ Top, George Thorogood, GTLO, Supertramp and Roger Hodgeson plus a Steelers Antonio Brown autographed photo, Flyers autographed hockey puck, Reading Phillies tickets, numerous baskets and gift cards. Shops and drops will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. June 8 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 9. Tickets will be drawn starting at 1 p.m. June 9. A list of winning tickets and names will be posted in the New Minersville Firehouse starting at 3 p.m. June 9.
An Alzheimer’s caregiver support group, “Holding Hands in Care,” has formed at Providence Place Senior Living, 2200 First Ave. The group meets monthly at 6 p.m. at Providence Place and its 2018 schedule includes the following dates: June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 18, Oct. 16 and Nov. 20. “If you need a shoulder to lean on, help is always available by calling,” organizers said in an event flier. For more information, call Ashley Vigoda, connections program director at Providence Place, at 570-628-6950.
An American Red Cross blood drive is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. May 25 at D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc., Fifth and Mahantongo streets. People 17 and older (16 with parental consent), weighing at least 110 pounds and in general good health are urged to donate blood. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information or to arrange for an appointment, call 800-733-2767.
NAMI, the county’s “voice on serious mental illness,” meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Senior Community Center, 201 N. Centre St. There is a program and support available at each meeting. “Anyone interested in mental illness, especially families and friends of persons with a serious mental illness, are encouraged to attend,” Colleen Kelly said in a release.
The Ringtown Area Library, West Main Street, will be closed Tuesday for employee training, according to library news released by Director Tanya Savitsky. People can enjoy minor league baseball and support the library, she added, by buying Reading Fightin’ Phils tickets online at www.baseballtown.org/fundraiser. “Full instructions for making your purchase to support the library can be found on the library’s website, www.ringtownlibrary.org,” Savitsky said in the release, adding each ticket book contains six general admission tickets for $27, with $9 from each ticket book going to the Ringtown Area Library. For more information about library services, upcoming events or fundraisers, go to the aforementioned website, find the library on Facebook or call 570-889-5503.
Beginning June 3, Sunday worship at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ will be at 10:30 a.m., according to a release from Ray Holland. For more information, call Holland at 570-682-9828.
The annual block party by the Rainbow Hose Company, 417 Dock St., is scheduled for June 7-9, according to the company event release. All are welcome. For more information, call Kaitlyn at 570-5167194 or Jen at 570-573-4133.
The Rescue Hook & Ladder Fire Company, Main and Coal streets, will again offer its popular homemade bleenies during the 11th annual Shenandoah Kielbasi Festival slated for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on North Main Street. The Greater Shenandoah Area Historical Society’s history center at 201 S. Main St. and the Schuylkill Historical Fire Society Museum at 105 S. Jardin St. will also be open during the festival. All are welcome.