What's Happening August 31-September 1, 2013

August 31 and September 1 
*La Festa Italian! Now that’s Italian (August 31, September 1-2, 2013) and the annual event is underway on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton.  The event features more than 80 vendors offering great Italian food, and continuous live entertainment and more for the entire family to enjoy. Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Monday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free admission. For more information: www.lafestaitaliana.org
*The Shenandoah Community Watch group will sponsor a Labor Day Weekend Carnival August. 29 to Septemeber. 1 at Bicentennial Park in the borough’s southeastern section.

* Kiwanis Wyoming County fair in Meshoppen is underway.  Food, exhibits, rides and more!  The fair runs through Labor Day!

 August 31st
*Blending the unique sounds of local musicians, the Downtown Stroudsburg Business Association in partnership with the Sherman Theater will present a Summer Concert Series, Music in the Park.  This week they are combing the music with Stroudfest. Music food and plenty of fun for everyone.  For more information, visit stroudsburg.net.
*The Chinchilla Hose Company will be holding its annual Chicken BBQ Saturday, August 31st from 1pm from 6pm.  Dine in or take outs will be available at the fire house on Shady Lane Road in Chinchilla / South Abington Township. Cost will be $8 for adults and $6.50 for children 10 & under.  Tickets are available at the door or for pre-sales call 570-586-5726.  All proceeds benefit the operations and needed equipment of the Chinchilla Hose Company of South Abington Township
*The Miracle of the Bells exhibit at the Luzerne County Historical Society Museum, 69 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, will remain on display through August 31. Current museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from Noon to 2 pm and Saturday’s from Noon to 4 pm.
 * The Endless Mountains Pilot's Association will be holding its annual all you can eat Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, August 31st from 2pm till 6pm at Seaman's Airport, Windsock Lane & Seamans Road in Factoryville.  Cost is $8 Adults, $4 Children 10 & under.  Tickets are available at the door or can be obtained by calling 570-945-5125.  All proceeds benfit Endless Mountains Pilot EAA Chapter 1458, Inc to promote General Aviation
September 1

September 2- (Happy Labor Day)
*The NAACP is serving up a Chicken &Ribs Barbecue at Kirby Park on Monday, September 2nd from 11-5. The group is  raising money for the the Keystone Wounded Warriors  with a Festival  and Celebration
Coming Up:
  *FUNFEST in downtown Hazleton will be held on September 7 and 8 and the free admission event will offer popular, oldies, classic rock, and Latin music, among others.  And as part of its 2013 theme, “A Totally 80s Weekend,” Funfest will include an “80s Throwback Party,” featuring music from that decade.   The weekend will also feature plenty of food, fun and entertainment-plus the FUNFEST Parade

*In celebration of Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm's 50th anniversary as a historic farm museum there will be a Farm to Table Harvest Tour - Saturday September 7, 2013. Folks will be able to visit the farm for a very, special evening tour focused on harvest-time. From 4:30 to 7:00 pm tours will go out every half hour with the last tour at 7:00pm  The farm also hosts a number of special events throughout the year. For more information on the museum call (570) 992 – 6161 or visit us online at: www.quietvalley.org.


*On Saturday, September 7th Camp KCS and Ant Farm Music will be holding their annual 'Woof-Stock 2013' benefit in Long Pond, PA from 12:00pm - 9:00pm. The family friendly event includes live music vendor tables, a dunk tank, pony rides, face painting, tricky trays, and food and drinks. Check out live demonstrations by Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department's K9 and SWAT unit, as well as K9 CPR and First Aid with Sue Kulick. There will also be a Blessing of the Dogs with Father Boyle. Vaccines and heartworm tests for your pets will also be available. Friendly pets welcome, but MUST be leashed . Benefits Monroe Animal League


* The students at Mount Carmel Area High School, Mount Carmel, PA., will spend 12 hours on their feet through the day on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The event, organized by Mount Carmel Area High School Alumni, will benefit the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, Hershey, PA.  The
* Don't forget to stop by The Cooperage Farmers' Market between 4:00 and 7:00pm!
The Cooperage is operated by  The Cooperage Project, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to build community through performance, learning and good times. For more information visit  www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570.253.2020.

*Pine Run United Methodist Church will host a community picnic at noon Sunday, Sept. 8. The public is welcome for free food and games. The church is at 1719 Pine Run Road, Linden, 1.7 miles north of Route 220

* Old Fashioned Dip Supper at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 4 to 6pm, Saturday September 21.  Everyone is invited to enjoy turkey, ham or a Barbecue Sandwich main dish with a variety of side dishes, take-out is available.  Proceeds will help support the work of Rev. John Lunn, ELCA Missionary in Liberia.  The Church is located at 10275 State Route 44, Watsontown, between McEwensville and Turbotville on Route 44

*The WA Kiwanis Club will be hosting "Tailgate for Amy", a fundraiser for Amy Simmons Kizis at West Wyoming Hose Company #1,  926 Shoemaker Ave West Wyoming on September 29th from  2pm-9 pm. Amy a long time Kiwanis member is suffering from a serious illness and her fellow club members have put together an afternoon of football and fun to raise money for her medical needs. The donation for the event is $20, and includes all you can eat buffet and beverages, games , prizes, pre game musical entertainment and then football on the big screen.
For tickets email wyomingareakiwanis@gmail.com or they can be purchased from any WA Kiwanis member or at Gobers in Exeter.
* The 2nd Annual Hope for Hannah Rescue Fundraiser will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 12pm to 5pm, at 356 North Everett Avenue, Scranton.  There will be games, raffles, food, music, and a lot of fun. Mark your calendar, save the
date, and do not miss this event!
* the Pike and Wayne Suicide Awareness Committee is holding the fourth annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk for Suicide Awareness and Prevention on Saturday, September 14 (rain or shine) in Promised Land State Park, Greentown, PA to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and for local programs. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. It will be an awesome day of solidarity and caring. Participants can walk in teams or alone. Dogs are welcome, too.
* The Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative (NSPI) will hold its first suicide prevention and awareness walk, Share the Journey, on Saturday, September 7th at the county courthouse in Scranton.  The Regional Walk will start at the County Courthouse in Scranton and wind through the city, passing organizations and housing that respond to high risk groups for suicide, such as older adult housing, physician medical college, high school administration and veteran’s hospital. Registration is at 9:00 am and free suicide prevention resources and survivor healing activities will be available. There is no registration cost for this walk, but donations are encouraged.
* The Ninth Annual Fall Intertribal Powwow will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29, 2013 at the Noxen Fire Co. grounds, 3493 Stull Road, Noxen, Wyoming County.
Gates open at 10 a.m.  and close at 6 p.m. both days.  This event is a gathering of all Nations. Grand Entry of all dignitaries and dancers in full regalia will be at noon Indian Time with various local drums. Richard Gray Owl Greene will serve as emcee. The event is open to the public, with no admission fee.
* The Effort United Methodist Church is hosting its Fall Chicken BBQue on Saturday, September 14 from 3 to 7pm.  The Church is located on Merwinsburg Road in Effort just off Route 115.   The cost is $10 for adults, $6 for children 4 to 12 and free for children under 3.  Eat in or Take out available.
* King’s College will host free screenings of the films “Made in L.A.,” “Eyes on the Prize – No Easy Walk,” and Glory” as part of the Third Annual King’s College Diversity Film Festival at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11, 18, and 25, respectively, in the Burke Auditorium, William G. McGowan School of Business, on N. River St. 
* The Wyoming Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is seeking crafters for its 20th Annual Holiday Craft Show to be held during Thanksgiving weekend, November 30 to December 1, 2013 at the Armory in Kingston.  Proceeds from the event benefit American Red Cross programs and services in the Wyoming Valley. For more information, contact Jolene Miraglia at (570) 823-7161 ext. 336 or visit www.redcross.org/pa/wilkes-barre.
* Women’s Resources of Monroe County (WRMC) will celebrate life, hope and healing, and remember victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse with the release of a profusion of Monarch butterflies.  This third annual event, designed to raise awareness of the organization’s mission to end domestic and sexual violence for all women, children and men in our community, will take place on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at Weiler Corporation, Routes 191/390, Cresco,  In case of rain the event will be held the next day.
*Vendors wanted for a Holiday Craft & Gift Fair on Sat. Nov. 16 from 9am to 3pm at the Chestnuthill Park located on Rt. 715, Brodheadsville.  Indoor spaces are $20… with an 8’ table $25.  The show is sponsored by the West End Park & Open Space Commission.  FMI: Bernie Kozen, 570-992-9733 .

*   On November 8th, 2013, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, The Lady’s group of St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sunbury, PA will be holding a spaghetti dinner in honor of our veterans.  All proceeds will be donated to “The Fisher House”. The dinner is open to the public and a free will offering will be accepted.

* Moreland Township Bi-Centennial will be held on Sept 14, 2013, 10-5 pm (Saturday-Rain or Shine).
The event will include Self guided tours to historic points of interest including Canusarago Grange, Covered Bridge, Churches, 8 Square School, Township Building and Wallis Mill.  A Commemorative Book and Food will be available. Closing ceremonies will be held at Moreland Baptist Church Grounds 5 pm with proclamation presented by State Rep. Garth Everett; awards and prizes; Entertainment in pantomime, word and song honoring agriculture, school days, the Houseknecht, Sones families and more.
* Windy Hill Ranch will host a benefit for cystic fibrosis on Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8th. The fun begins at 9 am. Windy Hill Ranch is located at 1035 Jones Drive, Spring Brook. Visitors can enjoy trail rides, fun show, camping, goat tying and much more.
*Hometown Farm Show,  September 28-29 from 10 am to 5 pm at Route 196, Sterling (south of Hamlin). The event will feature a fun and educational show about early farm life.  See live demonstrations of antique farm equipment.  Watch the experts make home made ice cream and enjoy a free sample.  Observe the ladies spinning, quilting or weaving.  Admission is free. Food is available for purchase

*On Sunday, September 22nd, at Alparon Park Horse Arena the Rainbow Riders Horseback Riding for the Handicapped's annual Game-A-Thon.  The event begins at 9am start, registration opens at 7:30am. Reg fee is $25- but if you raise donations/pledges- no money comes out of your pocket! T-Shirts and goodie bags.  Bring Dish for lunch.  You can also find information about Rainbow Riders on Facebook.
* Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge’s biggest fund raiser of the year, our 5th Annual Dance, Saturday, October 12th, at the Wilkes-Barre, Twp., Fire hall, 152 Watson Street, Wilkes-Barre, Twp. 6pm – 11 pm.
For just $25 you can enjoy delicious food, music for your dancing pleasure by The Sperazza Band, Chinese Auction, 50/50, door prizes, lots of great raffles and plenty of fun.  You can purchase tickets at the door or in advance by calling the Farm 570-333-5265.   

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