What's Happening: April 26-27, 2014

There are a number of events going on this weekend and in the days ahead!  Enjoy! Remember more events can also be found on the Calendar of Events or under our Community Link.
 April 26 and April 27, 2014
It is Cherry Blossom Festival! Is this weekend in Wilkes-
 The event will run daily from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.  The festival marks the beginning of spring and the return of warm weather to the Wyoming Valley. This year’s Cherry Blossom Festival will offer traditional music and dance entertainment, food and craft vendors, and amusement rides for children of all ages. 

The annual dance festival, “Pirouettes in the Park” will be returning for its 8th season in conjunction with the Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday, April 26th from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m  The festival events will be held rain or shine. Throughout the weekend there will be food and craft vendors, face painting, caricatures, amusement rides, games, pony rides and a petting zoo. Come and see what all the fun is about. People are strongly encouraged to bring a blanket and lawn chair and spend the day in Kirby Park. 
An extensive display of various religious and ethnic items from the Saint Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Hazleton is now on display at the Hazleton Area Public Library.  The display was made possible through the efforts of Vincent Fayock and Michael Ferrence.  The items will be on display through the month of April during regular library hours.
 The Gaspipe Theatre Company Presents the Fourth Annual One-Act Play Festival
First Show Date/Time: Saturday, April 26th at 7pm at the Old Elias Church in Mifflinburg and

Second Show Date/Time: Sunday, April 27th at 1pm at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg
Tickets for each show are $10 for adults and $8 for students.
Due to some mature content, parental guidance is advised.
*The Wayne County Builders Association (WCBA) is planning its Annual Spring Home and Garden Festival and inviting vendors to sign up now to get your product or service in front of hundreds of families and residents.  The event  will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 & 27 at Ladore Lodge Camp Retreat & Conference Center, in Waymart
 Saturday, April 26, 2014

*Cantores Christi Regis, the 28-member choral group of King’s College, will perform a program of classical, contemporary, sacred and secular choral music during their annual Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, in the J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, located at Franklin and Jackson streets.
* Roast Beef Dinner-Sat, April 26, 4-7pm sponsored by St. John’s Lutheran Church, 106 W. Main St., Ringtown in the fellowship hall regular:  $10.00  small:  $5.00 under 5 years old free advance tickets required contact the church office: 570- 889-5203
*The "Couponing Makes Cents" class will be held on Saturday, April 26th at 10am at the First Reformed United Church of Christ in Berwick.  It is located on 2nd and Vine Streets in Berwick.

* This weekend you can get some exercise and help out babies. It’s the March for Babies hosted by the March of Dimes. It’s their biggest fundraiser of the year. It takes place this Saturday at 9:30 am.. at the brand new Northampton Community college - Monroe Campus in Tannersville.  

* Get ready to move and help a great cause on Saturday!  A Zumba-Thon fundraising event is set for  Saturday, April 26, from 2 – 4 in the Stroudsburg Middle School Gym.  The funds will go to support the Children’s Advocacy Center of Monroe County project that is currently in the planning stages. 
Sunday, April 27, 2014

*The Rooke Chapel Choir will perform in concert Sunday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Rooke Chapel at Bucknell University.
The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be conducted by William Payn, professor of music at Bucknell, with accompanist David Cover.

* Bingo featuring Longaberger baskets and Vera Bradley bags hosted by American Legion Post 346 in East Stroudsburg, PA to be held on Sunday, April 27th.  Proceeds from the event benefit the NEPA Community FCU Foundation.  The foundation provides scholarships to local high school students.  Doors open at 12 noon, bingo begins promptly at 1:00 pm.  The cost for tickets is $20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the door and includes 20 games of bingo and door prize entry.  There will be raffles, 50/50 and refreshments available for an additional cost.  For more information or to reserve your tickets, please contact Jennifer Bayer at 570-424-6174 or visit the NEPA Community Federal Credit Union at 935 Clay Avenue  in Stroudsburg, PA on Fridays 3-6 and Saturdays 9-12.
*Comedienne Jessica Kirson knows how to find humor in everything, especially herself, and she definitely knows how to bring her audience along for the hilarious ride.  She is at once raucous, edgy and downright side-splitting. No person, situation or thing is immune to her self-styled, razor-sharp sense of humor.

Temple Hesed of Scranton, PA will be hosting Ms. Kirson at The Comedy Palace on April 26, 2014 at the Temple, 1 Knox Road, Scranton, PA 18505. The event begins at 8 pm, with a cocktail hour starting at 7:30 pm..  For General, Patron and/or table reservations, please call and leave a message with either Temple Hesed, 570-344-7201 or Barbara Parker-Bell at 570-585-1192.
 April Events:
* Calling All Volunteers! Register NOW at Kidsburg.org for REBUILD KIDSBURG WEEK, April 30-May 4, 2014, Wednesday - Sunday,  in the Bloomsburg Town Park. 
Kidsburg, is a beloved playground that was destroyed in the 2011 flood.  A dedicated group of volunteers are working to rebuild the park after 20 years of constant play by people from Bloomsburg and far beyond.
 On-Going- Exhibits, Support Groups, and More
 *Lycoming College will host its annual Senior Art Show April 3-May 4 in the college’s Art Gallery in Snowden Library. The gallery is free and open to the public.  The competitive exhibition showcases the best work of the graduating seniors

* A New children's support group is forming. It is free to families and open to any child, 5-18, who is coping with the cancer of a loved one. It will be held at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton  on the last Saturday of each month from 10:00- noon. It will feature art, music, drama, and yoga therapies.  For information call or to register call 570-342-8874 or email: karscott@tcmedc.org
*  Twenty-three graduating students from Keystone College’s four-year art programs will host a gallery exhibit featuring their work. The show will consist of a dual opening taking place simultaneously at the Artists for Art (AFA) Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, and the ArtWorks Gallery, 503 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, and will remain open for the rest of the month.


*The Keystone College Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory will begin its spring series of public lectures and viewing sessions Wednesday and Friday through May 30.
  Open to the public and free of charge, the spring sessions will be held regardless of sky conditions and will be cancelled by the threat of severe weather.

 May Events:
* The Uptown Music Collective, the area’s premier non-profit school of music, will be holding their annual Summer Open House on Thursday, May 1st 2014 from 6-8pm, at their facilities at 848 West Fourth Street in Williamsport. Prospective students will able to tour the facilities, meet with teachers, and register for lessons, classes, and workshops taking place in the upcoming semester. Workshops will be going on during the hours of the open house so those in attendance can see what takes place at the school on a daily basis.
* The annual Shenandoah Kielbasi Festival, featuring the homemade, non-commercial kielbasi-making contest, is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 on the blocks of North Main Street, sponsored by the revitalization group Downtown Shenandoah Inc.

** Dalton United Methodist Church Spring Rummage Sale at 125 S. Turnpike Road, Dalton Sale Days: Friday May 2nd 8am-2pm – Food Service and Bake Sale Saturday May 3rd 8am-12noon - Bag Sale and ½ Price for Better Table
*Grand re-opening of The Other Shop, 1036 Main Street, Honesdale, May 1, 2, 3rd.  The onetime consignment store is now a donations-only shop and it has a new look. Ribbon cutting 9:30 am on May 1st. Refreshments and activities.
*Judi H Memorial Fund Rock On will be held on May 4th from 5 to 10 pm at the Scranton Cultural Center.   All proceeds from the dance party event will benefit the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute in memory of Judi Hartridge, a mother, nurse, and wife who succumbed to cancer in 2007. 

The event will feature unforgettable music by three legendary local bands: Paul LaBelle and the Exact Change, Old Friends, and The Gene Dempsey Orchestra, along with Janice Gambo Chesna, singer/songwriter.  Refreshments will also be served and cash bar will be available. 
Tickets for the event are $20 each and include entry into a raffle for a pink guitar, iPad, and gym membership.  For more information or to purchase a ticket visit www.judihrockon.com or call the Cancer Institute at 1-800-424-6724.  Space is limited so guests are encouraged to buy a ticket in advance.
* On Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm in the Tamaqua Area auditorium, the Tamaqua Area ‘Raider’ Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Jazz Band will present their annual spring concert.  The combined ensembles include over 130 students from grades 7 through 12 performing music from a variety of styles and periods.  The concert tickets are $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased at the door the evening of the concert. The concert is open to the public! Doors open at 6:45 pm.
* “Paws-a-Palooza”, an animal adoption, education and fundraising event will be held on May 3rd from 10am-3pm in Hanover Township.  The event will also feature 4-Paws Spay and Neuter Program, Dog Scouts of America, obedience demonstrations and puppy mill education by Sue Makowski. There will be a low cost veterinarian exam and shot clinic from 11am-1pm performed by Dr. McDonald, DVM. Organizers hope to help raise awareness of local animals in need and help raise funds to support rescue efforts. The event will be held in front of Village Pet Supplies & Gifts on the Sans Souci Parkway and is free to the public. 

"The Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley railroad historical society will host a rare mileage photo freight train excursion Saturday, May 3 from Duryea.
Enjoy a day riding the Reading & Northern railroad on tracks that have not seen regular passenger service in over 50 years. Destinations include Scranton, the Vosburg tunnel and Mountain Top. The excursion departs Duryea at 10 am and returns by 7:30.
For more information or to order tickets visit www.judihrockon.com or call 570-575-5320."
* On Sunday, May 4 the Lackawanna Historical Society will host the 5th annual “You Live Here, You Should Know This” local history game show at the Scranton Cultural Center in Shopland Hall. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the Jeopardy-style games will start at 2:00.
The Misericordia Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Department will host a reception to introduce the works of artists from Verve Vertu Art Studio on display in the Speech-Language and Hearing Center. The free reception will be held Thursday, May 1 from 5-8 p.m. on the 2nd floor of John J. Passan Hall on the lower campus. Reservations for the event are recommended.
The exhibit is open free to the public during regular business hours of the Speech-Language and Hearing Center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reservations for the free reception can be made by contacting Michelle Donato at (570) 674-8255
* Center for Vision Loss-Monroe County Office is busy preparing for its first Bingo fundraiser on Sunday, May 4th 2014. The event will be held at the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company, 2176 Rt. 715, Reeders, PA Doors open at noon the games starting at 1 pm  All proceeds will support Vision Rehabilitation Services for our customers in Monroe County.

*The Annual Milton Area Bark For Life is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Brown Avenue Park, Milton, PA.  Registration begins at 9 AM with the Dog Walk beginning at 10 AM.  Registration is $10 per dog with all monies going to The American Cancer Society. We are still accepting requests from vendors so if you have a pet related business or activity and would like to participate, please contact us. Questions can be directed to Sandy Muscarella at 570-742-7051 or Liz Emerick at 570-326-4149
* National Day of Prayer Ceremony,  May 1, 2014, 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Luzerne County Communitty College,1333 Prospect Street
Nanticoke.  B.A.S.I.C. Club at LCCC Brothers and Sisters in Christ  are hosting the event.Music by Making A Difference Ministries will present:
National Recording Artist "Mike Lewis"  As well LCCC Choir participate in singing Patriotic Songs, The LCCC Music Club Band.
* Craft/Vendor Fair -West End Relay for Life-May 31, 2014  10 am-3 pm-Pleasant Valley High School Stadium-Route 209, Brodheadsville. Interested vendors or for more information  contact June O’Neill  570-801-7750 or oneill@ptd.net 
* The annual Pat Purcell Memorial Scholarship 5K Race will be held Saturday May 3rd at Nay Aug Park in Scranton, with registration beginning at 9am.  The first 100 entrants receive a free t-shirt, and scholarships will be awarded to 2 area athletes in Pat Purcell's name.  Additional information can be found on the Pat Purcell Memorial Scholarship 5 K Race facebook page
*Registration is now open for the Girls on the Run Spring 5K race and a new race location has been selected. Please join us for our inaugural 5K in Mifflinburg! The course will take place through the beautiful town of Mifflinburg and will come back on the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail for a scenic finish. The race will be held on May 3rd at 10 a.m. at Mifflinburg Community Park. The Girls on the Run 5K is open to runners and walkers of all ages.  For more information or to register for the 5K race, please visit our website at www.girlsontherunsusquehannavalley.org
* The Central PA Chamber of Commerce and its Central PA Business & Education Association will be holding a Community Yard Sale the same weekend as the popular Milton Community Yard Sale, May 2 and 3. Proceeds will support the Business & Education Association, a 501(c)3 organization.
* On Wednesday, May 28, local historian John Revak will premiere “Northeastern Pennsylvania in Stereo,” a narrated ride along the Delaware & Hudson Gravity Railroad using stereoviews enhanced with modern 3-D technology at the Lackawanna Historical Society’s Catlin House, 232 Monroe Avenue, Scranton. The program will begin at 7 p.m.  Space is limited so please call the Society if you plan to attend. Admission is $5 for Society members and $7 for non-members.
PGA Tour professional and Lewisburg native Jason Bohn will headline the 28th Annual Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation Golf Classic, to be held on Monday, June 23, at the Williamsport Country Club. For more information on the Golf Classic, contact Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation, at rdietric@pct.edu or 570-320-8020.
The Edwardsville Hometown Committee is currently planning the first annual Edwardsville Pierogi Festival.
The festival is scheduled to be held June 13th and 14th on the boroughs Main St in Edwardsville.  The committee is currently seeking
vendors, crafter's, food truck vendors, volunteer entertainment, etc. to participate in the event.  The Vendor application is available online
through Facebook on the Edwardsville Pierogi Festival page.  Also the festival will feature a Best of the Borough Cook-off contest.
Interested residents are encouraged to enter, the categories are as follows: Pierogie, Piggie/Halupki, Rozy Cozy burger and Welsh cookie
Entry forms are available at the borough building and at various businesses on Main St. and also on the Festival Facebook page. 
 The Edwardsville Hometown Committee meets bi-weekly at various businesses in the borough, the next meeting is April 7th, for more information
 or to get involved please contact Jackie 570-288-7596. 
Catawissa Borough has announced its Summer Breeze Free Concert Series Summer of Tribute Bands
Friday June 6, 7th Annual Teenage Battle of the Bands,  Local Bands and Solo Entertainers
Tuesday June 10  Tribute to Classic Rock  The Loons in Concert
Tuesday June 17th Tribute to the Beatles by Uptown Music Collective  25 member ensemble
Tuesday June 24th Tribute to the Bee Gees  by BeeGeeZ USA
Tuesday July 1  Patriotic Tribute, Wolfgang Park, Main Street by Catawissa Military Band
Tuesday July 8 Creedence Tribute by Green River
 All shows are at Cara Park, South 4th Street, Catawissa Pa.
Rain Location (all shows) Catawissa Fire Company, South 4th Street, Catawissa.  Bring a lawn chair, food and beverage concessions available
All shows free to the public

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