What's Happening: February 15-16, 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 15 and February 16, 2014
*The King’s College Theatre Department will stage the classic musical comedy, “Guys and Dolls,” based on the book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, and featuring Frank Loesser’s timeless score, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13-15 and Feb. 20-22, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in the George P. Maffei II Theatre. 
* 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  , Saturday, February 15th,  at 7:00PM and  Sunday, February 16th matinee 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 Tickets are also available at the theater box office on the days of performance.  The theater is just outside J.C. Penney's at the Susquehanna Valley Mall
* Phoenix Performing Arts Centre will present -
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS: A Contemporary Dance Stage Adaptation

Saturday, Feb.  15  show at 8:00pm and Sunday, February 16 Matinee at 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

 February 15 , 2014

*Healthy Heart Fair @ The Mall at Steamtown presented by the University’s Exercise Science Club
Saturday, February 15 -11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  at The Mall at Steamtown
Free blood pressure reading, body fat analysis, massages, and information promoting awareness of heart health and heart disease.  
*Penn State Hazleton’s Office of Admissions will host an open house on Saturday, February 15 for prospective students and their families. The event begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. in the Evelyn Graham Academic Building at the campus. During the event, attendees will learn about admissions, academic programs, campus life, housing options, and financial aid from admissions staff members
  February 16, 2014

 *Tamaqua Volunteers group is holding a large community snowball battle this Sunday Feb. 16, 2014 in Tamaqua at 1 PM at the Willing Skate Park located behind Boyer's Food Market.
This is a great way for everyone to relieve winter stress, as well as to bring the community together for a fun winter event.  A donation of $1 is asked, but not required; which will benefit the victims of last month's Ben Titus Road fire in Rush Township.

*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!

February 2014 events
* 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.
* 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 Amelia at 570-788-4864, or 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.

*The Susquehanna Valley Quilters is having its’ bi-annual quilt show February 28, March 1 & 2 at the Hughesville Fire Hall in Hughesville, PA.  This year’s show is titled “Our Susquehanna Valley”. Hours for the show are as follows:  Feb.28; 6:00 PM – 9:00, March 1; 10:00 – 6:00 and March 2; 11:00 – 4:00.  Admission is $5.00.  Children 12 and under are admitted free.  For more information call (570) 546-7294 or check the website: www.susqvalleyquilters.org
*The Lycoming College Theatre Department will present “Let It Be Art! Harold Clurman’s Life of Passion” Feb. 13-15 in the Mary Lindsay Welch Theatre. All performances begin at 8 p.m. and the play is recommended for all audiences.  Tickets for dinner and a show, which will be held Feb. 14, are $18 per person, and advance reservations are required by calling 570-321-4048 before Feb. 11. Tickets for just the show are $10 per person and $8 for seniors and students.

*The Beavertown Historical Society will host a Chinese Auction on Friday, February 21 from 6:30-8:30 pm and Saturday, February 22 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the Beavertown Fire Hall. The drawing begins at 2 pm on Saturday. You do not need to be present to win. A concession stand will be provided by the Beavertown Fire Company. If you are interested in donating any items for the Chinese Auction, please drop them off at the Beavertown Library. Items should be new and in excellent condition. Antique items in excellent condition will also be accepted.
 *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.


*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., Monday, Feb. 17, 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.
*Kidsburg Playground Stories, Postcard Art And Loom For Kidsburg at the Thomas Beaver Free Library Monday, Feb. 17, 3:30 pm 205 Ferry Street, Danville, PA  (570) 275-4180Join the Kidsburg crew with playground stories, Postcard Art and Loom for Kidsburg (show kids your awesome loom tricks!).  Get a look at the new playground design and sign up to help Rebuild Kidsburg this spring.- Please help us rebuild our beloved playground destroyed in the 2011 flood, everybody's playground:  Kidsburg in the Bloomsburg Town Park.  

*Bundle up and boogie down! On Friday, February 21, at 8:00pm, The Cooperage Project and WJFF Radio Catskill invite you to join them at The Cooperage at 1030 Main Street in Honesdale for a Cabin Fever Dance Party.  
*The Cooperage Project invites you to bring your whole family down to the The Cooperage on Thursday, February 20th from 6:00 to 9:00pm for a night of games. Board games, card games, brain games--we’ll have all kinds of games to play. But if you have a favorite, we encourage you to bring it! We’re willing to try anything. (Well, almost anything!) So, dust off your boardgames, practice your shuffle, do some stretches, and get ready for a night of friendly competition. Donations greatly appreciated. Snacks available for purchase
*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! The evening will also include 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.

*The first show of the 2014 season, the ArtSpace Gallery, located in the PoconoArts Cultural Center, 18 N. Seventh St., Stroudsburg, will feature the work of PoconoArts studio instructors and those who have taken courses at PoconoArts.  This is a great opportunity to see what the students have been accomplishing over the past few years, as well as the quality and variety of those with whom they study.  The show will run from February 1-22   Please join us as we celebrate the PoconoArts Studio Program.
* 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
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* 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.

 * 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.

 * Buffet Style Meatloaf Dinner will be held  Trinity United Church of Christ, 22 Lafayette Street in Tamaqua on February 23 from  11 AM to 1 PM.  Take outs are available 570-668-4630. Tickets for adults $8; children under 12 years old-$4

 * Learn to cook like a professional during Irem Clubhouse’s Cooking Demonstration on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 6 – 8 p.m., in the Irem Clubhouse Grand Ballroom, located at 64 Ridgway Drive in Dallas. The cost is $25 per person, or $30 per person with wine.  Executive Chef Dale Lewis will show attendees how to prepare a three-course meal, including roasted French onion soup, haddock francaise with piccata sauce and creme brulee for dessert. During the demonstration, enjoy the food being prepared and a non-alcoholic beverage or glass of wine paired with the entree. At the end of the night, take your new culinary skills home with a copy of the recipes from the demonstration.Reservations are required and space is limited, so call 570-675-1134, ext. 100. Prepayment is due by Feb. 17.

* The Eastman Jazz Quartet will perform in concert Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.  The performance, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University's ongoing Jazz at Bucknell series.

*  Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Celebrity Artist Series’ Piano Concerts return with Christopher O’Riley, who will perform his solo show, “Out of My Hands,” as a part of BU’s celebration of its 175th anniversary. The performance will be on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. in Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium, Carver Hall. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children and BU students.
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 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.
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.
March Events:
*The South Williamsport Class of 1987 is hosting a benefit for a fellow class mate Jodi (Young) Morris. Jodi was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer about 7 months ago. After living in Philadelphia for many years, Jodi made her way back to South Williamsport. Jodi passed January 17, 2014 leaving her husband Jim, her 11 year old daughter Maggie, and her 5 year old son Dan.   A benefit to help her family with expenses incurred during her illness will be held on March 8th from 4 pm to 10 pm at Zafar Grotto, 381 East Second Avenue in South Williamsport.
All proceeds of the benefit will go to the Young/Morris family. We have a line up of Bands, food, 50/50 and auctions.
*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.

* Outreach Soup Social will be held March 1,  Trinity United Church of Christ, 22 Lafayette Street in Tamaqua (Founder’s Hall) No charge all are welcome from 4 pm to 6 pm . 
*Head over to Deer Lake on Saturday, March 8, 2014 for a fun-filled day of events benefiting Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia. If you are feeling brave enough to take on the frigid waters, the Polar Plunge begins at 1 p.m. Afterwards, warm up with the Chili Cook Off from 3-5 p.m. To participate in the Polar Plunge, you must raise donations by pledges, the minimum being $50 to jump. Breakfast for those preparing to take the plunge will be at 10 a.m. at Deer Lake Pub, where 10% of the food sales all day will go to Make-A-Wish®. Throughout the day, there will be hot food and beverages available for purchase, a Chinese Auction hosted by the Deer Lake Fire Company, and T-shirts provided for the participants. For those participating in the Chili Cook-Off, the cost is $5 to enter one crock pot of your favorite chili recipe, and $5 to participate in the tasting. The first place winner will receive $100.
For more information about the Polar Plunge, please call Denna at (570) 366-1110. To register your chili for the Chili Cook-Off, call Patty at (570) 617-3982 or Carly at (570) 401-1570.

* 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.
*The Luzerne County Community College’s Dental Department and the Northeast Pennsylvania Dental Hygiene Association hold a Kids’ Cavity Prevention Day every year.  This year’s event will be held on Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to noon.  The program is free of charge for children ages three to sixteen and includes dental exams, cavity varnish to strengthen enamel and help prevent tooth decay, pit and fissure sealants, dental x-rays, oral hygiene instruction, and a toothbrush. It will be held at the LCCC Dental Clinic -38 Main Street Nanticoke.

*Sealant Saturday will be held on March 1, Pennsylvania College of Technology will serve as a host site for the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association’s annual Sealant Saturday initiative.
The event is scheduled 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Space is limited. To set up your child’s appointment for Sealant Saturday, call 570-320-8007.

* The Lewisburg Community Garden and the Office of Civic Engagement at Bucknell University are sponsoring a Seed Starting Workshop with Seed Swap on Tuesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. at the Public Library for Union County, located at 255 Reitz Blvd. in Lewisburg.  
*There will be a Tricky Tray at Pocono Mountain East High School on Sat. March 1st.    Doors open at 12 noon with drawings starting at 2 PM.  Admission for adults is $5.00.  There is a reduced admission for children ages 3 to18 of $2.00.  Tickets for drawings are $5.00 a sheet.  Entertainment will be provided by the students before the drawings and refreshments will be available at concession stand.  Come join us for an afternoon of fun & prizes! Proceeds will be used to benefit student music programs.  Bad weather date is March 8th.
*On Thursday, March 6, 2014, the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL) will present “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” a Broadway-themed gala to benefit young adults with disabilities. Held at the Barrister’s Club in Allentown, the event will honor and benefit the young adults with disabilities enrolled in the organization’s School 2 Life, or S2L, program.   Tickets for the “You Can’t Stop the Beat” Gala are $10 advance sales, $12 at the door. Space is limited; however, if you would like to attend please contact s2lyoucantstopthebeat@gmail.com
*Monroe County Conservation District’s Environmental Education Center Hosts Photography Exhibit Opening Reception for Tom Storm’s “Scenes from the Top”  Photographer Tom Storm has spent the past three winters hiking the peaks, ridges and overlooks of Carbon County.   The public is invited to the reception to view his exhibit, meet the photographer and enjoy some light refreshments - all free of charge.  The Opening Reception: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014.  Visit the “Scenes from the Top” exhibit from March 8, 2014 through March 31, 2014 during regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m

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.
*The Department of Student Activities at Misericordia University is sponsoring a concert for Spring Fest Weekend with the alternative rock band, We The Kings, headlining the show on Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Anderson Sports and Health Center at the North Gate of campus. For more information, please call (570) 674-8111

 *Breast Friends of Pennsylvania will host a “Coach” Bingo on April 27th at the Jackson Township Fire Hall,  Doors open at noon –bingo begins at 1 pm.  Tickets are $30 in advance please contact Kelli Mercurio at 321.236.3721 or Vivian Vega 321.236.3722 Proceeds will benefit “Breast Friends of Pennsylvania”.

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