What's Happening: February 1-2, 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.
 February 1 and February 2, 2014
   It is February! 
 February 1 , 2014
 *The Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival continues Saturday, February 1, brings new delights—even more chocolate, art to buy and to make, and a life-size bison in ice. Chocoholics can purchase wristbands that will get them chocolate treats in thirteen downtown. On Saturday, the Downtown Gallery, part of Bucknell’s Samek Museum, is sponsoring an abstract winter drawing activity for families to coincide with its current exhibit, Abstraction Today, and the Lewisburg Arts Council will hold a silent art auction in the community room at Barnes and Noble
  On Saturday, the Sunset Rotary brings the Frosty 5K at 10 a.m., children’s winter games in the park and the Frosty Kettle Chili Cook-Off.  Lewisburg Lions will hold their annual pancake breakfast Saturday morning.

 Bucknell’s Office of Civic Engagement works hard so the Polar Bear Plunge can take place at 2 pm at the St. George Street landing with on-site registration starting at 12:30 pm
* To celebrate the 11th Annual Lewisburg Ice Festival, the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership is presenting a complimentary screening of the classic family favorite THE WIZARD OF OZ (Rated G), completely restored and remastered on the big screen.  The event will be held on Saturday, February 1st at 4:00pm –

*It’s back! Coffee House at The Cooperage is an evening not to be missed! Stop by on Saturday, February 1st, from 7:00 to 10:00pm at The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street in Honesdale, for a night chock-full of talented local musicians!

*The Wyoming Area Music Sponsors will host their 2nd Annual SOCK  HOP  on Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 8 PM to Midnight at the West Wyoming Hose Company at 926 Shoemaker Ave. West Wyoming. 
  This is a 21+ party and music will be provided by the Scranton band “Majic.”  It is a B.Y.O.B party and set ups and light refreshments will be served.  Tickets are $20.00 at the door!  Feel free to grab your bobby socks, leather jacket or poodle skirt and join us to dance the night away 50’s style!  The Music Sponsors raise money to help all the Music programs in the Wyoming Area School District- the Marching and Concert Bands, the Indoor Percussion group, the Chorus.  They also help young musicians who Band & Chorus Festivals and the Guitar Ensemble!
  February 2, 2014
* Nick Biddle will host a hymn concert Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 10:30 am at Trinity United Church of Christ, 602 Main Street, Watsontown. Admission is free and open to the public.
*Operatic soprano Caroline Worra will present a free recital Sunday, Feb. 2, at 2:30 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.
* 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
 What is it like to live in a work of art? Experience the process of building and living in a home designed by one of America’s greatest architects in “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home,” an exhibition making its East Coast premiere at Pennsylvania College of Technology, in Williamsport.  The exhibition runs through March 29
 *Up for some star and planet gazing:  The Observatory at Bucknell University will host a Family Night Friday, Feb. 7, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
The event, which will be held rain or shine, will focus on activities for children and their families. It is free and open to the public, sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Isaac J. Tressler Fund for Astronomy at Bucknell.  The Bucknell Observatory is located on the southern end of the Bucknell University campus, just south of the Christy Mathewson-Memorial football stadium. Ample parking is available. Call 570-577-1207 for information.

* The Keystone College Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory will begin its spring series of public lectures and viewing sessions Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. and continue each 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.
* The Linder Gallery at Keystone College will present an exhibit featuring the work of Keystone College fine arts faculty from February 9 through March 10 on campus.
The exhibition by 19 full-time and adjunct professors features a mixed presentation including painting, photography, sculpture, graphic design, ceramics, glass pieces, installations, and mixed media  An opening reception will be held on Sunday, February 9 from 4-6 p.m. in the Linder Gallery and the public is invited.
* As a part of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s celebration of its 175th anniversary, the Celebrity Artist Series is kicking off the spring semester with Project Trio, a high-energy chamber music ensemble that combines a classical background with musical styles such as jazz, rock ’n’ roll and hip-hop.
The group will be the first to perform in the newly renovated Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium in BU’s Carver Hall. They will perform on Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children and BU students.
 * The Luzerne County Community College Schulman Gallery  “The Art of Illustration”  Exhibit is now open.  The exhibit features artwork in a variety of mediums by regional illustrators including John O’Connell, Beth Tyrrell, Ted Michalowski, Tiffany Mulhern, Michael Scholl, Megan Marie Tucker, and Gerry Stankiewicz. The exhibit is free and opens to the public and will be open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Thursday, February 20.
*Through- Feb. 24 "Spirited Energy" Art Exhibition 
“Spirited Energy” art exhibition by Michael Hiscox captures the action and energy of human activity at the  Widmann Gallery, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College. Free. INFO: (570) 208-5900, ext. 5328.
* Converge Gallery will be bringing in 2014 with a special solo show featuring new artwork by local printmaker and instructor, Chad Andrews. "Objects to Place," featuring Chad Andrews. The exhibition will be on display until Saturday, February 22.
January 15-March 26, 2014 - Wednesdays from 10:30 am-11:30 in the Rifkin Resource Center.  The programs are open to the community.
February 5 - Nancy Sanderson
"The Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary"
February 12 - Dr. Jennifer Joyce
"Community Scranton Medical College"
February 19 - Dr. Jim Calderone
"Religion & Cultural Competency"
February 26 - Denise Cesare
"National Health Care Law
March 5 - Les Nicholas
"Teaching Awards & Rewards"
March 12-Robert Lewis & Margaret Bakker
"Ballads from the Great American Songbook"
March 19 - Dr. Sheldon Spear
"Wyoming Valley Children in the Age of Anthracite"
March 26 - Rabbi Roger Lerner
"Fasting in the Jewish Tradition"
Join  us for discussion and refreshments.  Call Barbara Sugarman 570-824-4646 and let her know you will attend.  While you are here, join in our Congregate Meal Program, reservations can be made at the JCC front desk.  There is no charge for this program.
* Are you a PPL customer? Participate in the E-PowerWise Program and save $$$ on your electric bill!
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania is partnering with PPL with their “E-PowerWise” Easy Savings Program. To be eligible for this program you must be a PPL customer and you must fall into the income guidelines set by PPL. If you satisfy the income requirements you can incorporate this session with your appointment with a counselor. Participants get a kit with at least $50 worth of energy saving merchandise. Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania will hold the next PPL Easy Savings workshop in their Pittston Office Conference Room at 401 Laurel St. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. To register, call 570-602-2227 ext. 220 or e-mail tstocki@cccsnepa.org.
Father’s Hope, a Central Pennsylvania based international orphan outreach project, has launched two initiatives designed to enhance its efforts to show love to orphans around the world.
The organization is currently accepting names of musically talented individuals, in their youth through 20s, interested in performing in the Father’s Hope Fundraiser Concert.
The Christian music concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Revival Tabernacle, 960 Susquehanna Trail, Watsontown.
The concert will be free to attend and free to participants. A free-will offering will be accepted to support the mission of Father’s Hope, primarily to ship small stuffed animals to orphanages around the world.
Those interested in performing, or for more information on the concert, should email Kevin Mertz at fathers.hope@gmail.com. Names of interested performers will be accepted until Feb. 28.
Coming Up:
* The Campion Literary Society at King’s College will host free public events for creative writers. The events include open readings to share original work with the King’s community and public and a writing workshop on the craft of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.  The writing workshops will be held  at 4 p.m.  Monday, Feb. 10, in Room 117, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, located between North Main and North Franklin streets. The readings will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Gold Room, sixth floor of the Administration Building on N. River St.
February 2014 events

*Holy Spirit’s Kitchen Crew is offering this community favorite, a Roast Turkey Dinner with all the sides and Red Velvet Cake for dessert!  Join us at Holy Spirit on February 8th between 4-6pm for this meal! The church is located at 10275 State Route 44, Watsontown, Between McEwensville and Turbotville on Route 44.  Holy Spirit is handicap accessible.  We are planning for more people after running out last month!  $8.00 adults, $4.00 children
*Marywood University’s Psychological Services Center will offer free, confidential anxiety screenings on Thursday, February 6, 2014, from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., in the McGowan Center on the university’s campus. The free screenings are open to the public and to all ages.
* POSH @ The Scranton Club will host this year’s Dinner by Design event to benefit the Lackawanna Historical Society on Saturday and Sunday March 1-2. A Preview Cocktail Party will be held on Friday, February 28 at 7 p.m.  Tour the designs Saturday, March 1 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, March 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Lackawanna Historical Society.  For more information or tickets, call the Lackawanna Historical Society at 570-344-3841 or email lackawannahistory@gmail.com.
*: Wilkes University and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive on Wednesday,  February 5th from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

The Greater Hazleton Concert Series presents  Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia
The Concert will be held on Tuesday, February 18 at the Hazleton Area High School, 1601 West 23rd Street in Hazleton.  Tickets for the   "Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia" are now on sale. For reservations or concert information, call Joan at 570-455-0990.  Tickets are also available at the door.  Find more information on all our concerts on The Greater Hazleton Concert Series' web site  or visit our Facebook page.

* Phoenix Performing Arts Centre will present -
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS: A Contemporary Dance Stage Adaptation

Feb. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16  Friday and Saturday shows at 8:00pm and Sunday Matinees 2:00pm
at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre located at 409 Main Street, Duryea
Tickets are  $10.00
For Reservations Call 570-457-3589 Limited Seating

* Auditions for "Jesus Christ Superstar" at Phoenix Performing Arts Centre. Auditions are open to adults age 18 and up. Monday, Feb. 3 and Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 6:30 to 9:00pm
Where:  Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main Street, Duryea  Bring a prepared song not from the show but in the same genre.  Accompanist will be available, or cd ipod connection is available. Call Backs will be held Wednesday, Feb. 5 if necessary.
Show dates:  April 4 – 12 . If you are unable to make auditions please call the director.
Director:  Paul Gallo  570-313-1222

 *Calling all Dads and Daughters! Mark your calendars for the 8th Annual Daddy/Daughter Dance. It will be held on Saturday, February 22 at West Snyder Elementary School from 6-8:30 pm. Registration and Pictures begin at 5:30 pm and the Dance and Raffles begin at 6:00 pm. Cost is $6 for Dads and $4 per Daughter. Daddies and daughters of all ages are invited to attend.  . The Daddy Daughter Dance is hosted by the Midd-West Relay for Life team of Amy’s Heavenly Angels. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information, call 570-658-7277.
*St. Andrew Parish is hosting its annual “Kaffee Klatsch” (Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner) on Sunday, February 16 from 11:30 am to 4 pm in the Church Hall.  The church is located at 318 Parrish Street in Wilkes-Barre.  The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children age 12 and under. Tickets will be available at the door.  Take outs are available.  There will also be a bake sale and basket raffle!
 * If the cold weather is giving you cabin fever, then the management of the Courtyard Theater in Selinsgrove suggests you watch George and Doris as they spend one weekend a year in a cabin in California? They agree to meet the "Same Time, Next Year".  Performance days are Friday the 7th and 14th of February, Saturday the 8th & 15th, both at 7:00PM and two Sunday matinees, the 9th and 16th at 2 PM.  As usual, tickets are only $15 and all seats are reserved. Call 570-374-0060 or go to the theater's website at www.thecourtyardtheater.com for tickets which can be purchased through Ticketleap. Tickets are also available at the theater box office on the days of performance.
* The South Creek Lions Club is having a Valentines Dinner on Saturday February 8th beginning at 4:30pm at the Lions Hall on Route 14 in Gillett. The menu will be Lasagna, Tossed Salad, Garlic Bread and Dessert. Cost $9.00 per person. Snow Date is Saturday February 15th at 4:30pm.
*The Harlem Wizards are coming to the Williamsport Area High School Magic Dome. The Wizards are scheduled to take the court at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, in a fundraiser benefit for the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation. Tickets will be sold at $5 for students and $8 for general admission in advance; $6 for students and $10 for general admission at the gate.
Tickets will be available at the following locations: Williamsport Area High School, 2990 West Fourth St.; the District Service Center, 2780 West Fourth St.; and the Genetti Hotel, 200 West Fourth St., which is sponsoring rooms for the Wizards the evening of the event.
*St. Jude School Cafeteria in Mountaintop will be transformed into a Mardi Gras Celebration on February 22.   Annual Art Auction benefits the” Artist In Residence Program”. The evening will feature a  Penn Dixie Band playing New Orleans style for the first 2 hours and Chef Kate will be there preparing  some New Orleans fare!  A Preview of the art will be at 6:00 p.m., the bidding begins at  7:00 p.m.  Admission: $25.00 per person ~$40.00 per couple  Class artwork will be auctioned! ~Basket Raffle ~ Babysitting Services on site! Complimentary Wine & Cheese ~ Assorted Hors d’oeuvres.  For more information call: St. Jude School (570) 474-5803  Major Credit Cards Accepted for the auction.
The School is located at 422 South Mountain Blvd in Mountaintop.

March Events:
* On the evening of March 1st, North Central Sight Services, Inc. will hold its second Dining in the Dark fundraiser. The semi-formal event will be held in cooperation with The School of Business and Hospitality at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Participants will be blindfolded and will be served by students from The School of Business and Hospitality in the Le Jeune Chef restaurant. The event serves as an educational experience for both the diners and the students.  Net proceeds from this event will benefit North Central Sight Services, Inc. which provides rehabilitation services, employment opportunities, and prevention of blindness education. North Central Sight Services, Inc. serves Lycoming, Clinton, Centre, Sullivan, Bradford, Tioga, Susquehanna, and Potter counties.
Tickets for the Dining in the Dark are $85.00 per person or $640.00 per table of eight. Seating is limited. For more information about Dining in the Dark or to make reservations, call (570) 323-9401 or e-mail events@ncsight.org.
*Cub Scout Pack 116 in Jersey Shore is holding its annual cake auction Saturday March 22, 2014 at 2:00pm. It will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church on the corner of Allegheny and Glover Streets. Each boys bakes and decorates a cake which we then auction off to the highest bidder with the proceeds going to help pay for events held by the Pack.
The Monroe County Environmental Education Center will be sponsoring a special day in the Maple Sugarbush for scout groups on Saturday, March 8, 2014.  Programs can be scheduled between 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and are open to any level of scouts and their families. The day will feature a tour of the Sugarbush including stops to learn about Native American and early pioneer methods of making maple syrup, our evaporator process and methods of identifying and tapping a maple tree.  After the tour, everyone will get a chance to taste some of our syrup on freshly made pancakes.  Cost: $5/adult, $3/scouts and children under 12. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, March 5, 2014 for your group to reserve a spot.
April Events:
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.  To sign up as an exhibitor or for more information about exhibiting your product or service at the WCBA’s Home and Garden Festival visit www.homeandgardenfest.com or call The WCBA office at 570-226-4941.

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