What's Happening: February 22-23, 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 22 and February 23, 2014
* 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 22 , 2014

*Clinic Idyllic, a project group of Leadership Wilkes-Barre, will host a fundraiser to benefit  Pittston’s Care and Concern Free Health Clinic at Brews Brothers Bar (1705 River Rd #3, Pittston, PA 18640) from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.    Clinic Idyllic is working with the clinic to obtain equipment and materials required in order to continue to provide to members of the community in need.
Proceeds from the February 22nd fundraiser will be utilized in support of this goal.  Tickets to the fundraiser are $25 at the door. Food, beer and wine are included.

*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. 22, and at 2 p.m. in the George P. Maffei II Theatre
*Saturday, February 22nd from 9am to 2pm Mona Lisa Cakes bakery, located at 201 Basin Street Williamsport, will be hosting a benefit fundraiser in memory of Beverly Mae DiRocco. Beverly Mae (Walters) DiRocco passed away unexpectedly February 22nd 2012. In honor of her memory Beverly's family organizes a fund raiser each year to benefit the Salvation Army, Beverly's favorite charity.

*The Beavertown Historical Society will host a Chinese Auction on 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.

*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.

*Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Dr., Honesdale, will host its first-ever kitten shower on Saturday, February 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The shower will allow Dessin to supply necessary items to its volunteer foster network, many of whom care for kittens and cats, due to lack of space at the shelter.  Bassinets have been placed at Dessin Animal Shelter and its in-service thrift shop, the Cat’s Pajamas, 621 Main St., Honesdale.  The public is invited to enjoy punch, cake and visit with the cats and kittens in the shelter’s brand-new cat room addition

*The Luzerne County Dental Society will host its annual Dental Health Day on Saturday, February 22nd at Wyoming Valley Mall from 11am to 3pm. The event will be in the mall common area near Gymboree.The event will feature free dental screenings for children, games, prizes and a visit by The Tooth Fairy, who will talk with children about the importance good dental hygiene. The event is free and open to the public.


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.
  February 23, 2014

  * 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
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 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
*Pennsylvania College of Technology will host a Science Festival on Tuesday, Feb. 25, sponsored by the college and Technology Futures of North Central PA.
The event, scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Penn College Field House, provides a variety of fun, hands-on math and science demonstrations geared toward elementary and middle school students, as well as their families.  Penn College will have exhibitors from the following academic areas: electrical, business and hospitality, welding, math, physics, forestry and horticulture, and early education.
The snow date for the event is March 4.
To learn more about services available to school districts through the Outreach for K-12 Office at Penn College, call 570-320-8003 or visit www.pct.edu/k12.
* 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 

*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.

* 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.
*The Lycoming College Music Department has rescheduled the Valentine’s Day Concert at Noon for Tuesday, Feb. 25 in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall.

The performance is free and open to the public.
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 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 Chinchilla Hose Company will be holding its annual pizza sale beginning Friday, March 7th and continuing every Friday during lent from 3pm till 7pm.  Red, White, and White Broccoli Pizza will be available from the Fire House on Shady Lane Road in Chinchilla.  Orders can be placed on the day of the sale by calling 570-586-5726 and walk-ins are welcome.  All Proceeds benefit the operations and needed equipment of the Chinchilla Hose Company of South Abington Township.

* The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning's Tea & Talk program will host the presentation, "Making Space: Art, Technology and Collaboration," with scenographer F. Elaine Williams on Tuesday, March 4, at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village at The Village Common, located at 6 Tressler Blvd. in Lewisburg.  For more information about the Institute's programs, call 570-522-0105 or email lifelonglearning@bucknell.edu.
*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.
* Experience relaxation and enhanced Qi − life energy essential to good health and longevity − at Tai Chi for Arthritis®. Attend the first session free of charge on Wednesday, March 5, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Irem Clubhouse. For those who are interested, the class will continue every Wednesday through June 18 (15-week session) for a total cost of $65. The Irem Clubhouse is located at 64 Ridgway Drive in Dallas. Call 570-675-1866 to reserve a spot by Tuesday, March 4. 
*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 . 
*Roast Beef Dinner will be served by the parish of Holy Spirit Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watsontown on  Saturday March 8, 4-6pm. Holy Spirit’s March Dinner will be Roast Beef, with sides, dessert, and a beverage.  Come for this community favorite!  All are welcome!  Holy Spirit is fully accessible for all.  The cost $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 4-8 years old.  The Church is located at 10275 State Route 44, Watsontown, Between McEwensville and Turbotville on Route 44
*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.

*Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church, 420 Main Road, Hanover Township, is sponsoring a Lenten Food Sale on Friday, March 14 from 2-7p.m. in the church hall. You can eat-in or take-out. Menu items include homemade halushki, pierogi (potato and farmers cheese will be available), clam chowder, pizza, and baked fish and cole slaw. There will also be a bake sale held in conjunction with the event. For more information, please call 570-823-6242.

* On Sunday, March 9 come to Washington Pet Shop, 1310 Blue Valley Drive/Rt 512, Pen Argyl  from 11- 2, to meet some of the beautiful loving dogs that Boomer's Angels have for adoption!
Boomer's Angels Rescue & Care is a new group in Northeast Pennsylvania that rescues and rehomes dogs, bunnies and critters. To find more information, visit www.BoomersAngels.com and find us on Facebook. Call (570) 350-4977.

* Camp Papillon will hold an Meet & Greet/Adoption Day from 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday, March 9 at Tractor Supply, Route 209, Brodheadsville. Come and meet the dogs, cats and critters that Camp Papillon has for adoption!  Why not fill out an online application and get pre-approved in advance? Email adopt@camppapillon.org. Or, if you are not ready to adopt, why not foster? We provide vet care, food, crates and whatever you need. All you supply is the love! Email volunteer@camppapillon.org or visit our website www.camppapillon.org or phone (570)420-0450.
*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

* Song Writing Workshop, Saturday, March 22, 2014, 3-5 PM at the Paxtonville United Methodist Church, Registration Fee - $20/Deadline March 15, For Ages 16 Years and Older Featuring: Hannah Bingman- Singer/Songwriter, Adrienne Hetrick- Songwriter/Music Historian, Explore Pop Formats, Sources of Inspiration & Critique Songs, Bring Songs That Are A Work-in-Progress, Or Song Ideas, Instruments Welcome To Register: 570-541-3795
*Purchase one-of-a-kind gifts and feel satisfied knowing your purchases directly benefit local vendors. You’re invited to the Spring Craft and Gift Fair on Friday, March 7, from 6 – 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 8, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., in the Irem Clubhouse Grand Ballroom, located at 64 Ridgway Drive, in Dallas, Pa. Choose items ranging from home decorations and body products to baked goods and handmade jewelry.
*The Crestwood School District and Mountain Top Relay for Life  6th Annual Hoops for Hope will be held at Crestwood High School on Tuesday, March 18th, Doors open at 5:15pm; Games begin at 6:15pm.  Teachers, students and law enforcement will participate in a charity basketball event. Semi-Final games consist of Elementary vs. Police then High School/Middle School vs. Crestwood Seniors. After an intermission of foul shots and three-pointers for prizes, they will play the consolation game followed by the championship game. During the games, teams from the Mountain Top Relay for Life will have individual tables selling various items in the cafeteria. Refreshments will also be available for purchase.  T-shirts can be purchased by March 10th for $8 by calling Dawn Marie Chalk at (570) 262-6229.
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”.
"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 laurellinesspecials.org or call 570-575-5320."

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