What's Happening! August 12-13, 2017

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.
August 12-13, 2017

Let Phoenix Theatrics Entertain you! Phoenix Theatrics is proud to present the timeless classic:  GYPSY  August 4 through August 13 - Friday and Saturday shows 8:00pm, Sundays 2:00pm  Phoenix Performing Arts Centre
  409 Main St, Duryea
Tickets:  $12.00 General Seating
Reservations:  Call Box Office 570-457-3589 or Tickets at the Door
*St. Jude's Annual Church Picnic - Mountaintop-  -Saturday,  12, 4-11 PM Sunday, August 13, 12-9 PM.  Wonderful food, games, raffles, entertainment and more.

*The Bloomsburg Police Department wants to remind everyone the Bloomsburg Nationals Car Show is scheduled this weekend August 12 - 13, 2017.
*103rd Lithuanian Days,  Hosted by Knights of Lithuania Council #144
Annunciation BVM Church Hall, 7 S. Broad Mountain Ave., Frackville,
Sat: 11 AM to 5 PM Sun. Noon to 4 PM
 Annual Plymouth Kielbasa Festival event (a street festival celebrating kielbasa) with music, entertainment, car show, parade, food (lots of kielbasa!), craft and food vendors, contests, prizes and more.

This event has more than 100 vendors

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania will host a unique opportunity to observe one of the best meteor showers of the year. Pre-registered guests are invited to one of the best viewing areas in Lycoming County, Rider Park. If clear skies prevail, this event will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
The Perseid shower in August (named for the constellation Perseus where its radiant is located) is a reliable shower, producing a consistently good display every year. Families are encouraged to attend this free event. Guests should arrive between 8:30 9:15 pm and bring lawn chairs, blankets and flashlights. The Park will remain open until 11:30 pm to view the night sky at your leisure.
Due to limited parking at Rider Park, participants are asked to pre-register for this event by calling the Community Foundation at 570-321-1500 or emailing, FCFP@fcfpartnership.org. Directions to the Park can be downloaded at

*The 9th and Final Dude Fest will be held on Saturday, August 12th at the West Penn Rod and Gun Club in Tamaqua. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Suicide Prevention of Schuylkill County in memory of Cory P. McCarroll. The event will run from noon to 8 p.m. at the club grounds 1047 Clamtown Rd, Tamaqua. A $20 donation includes a beer with a mug, and five tickets for the Chinese Auction.
Food and soft drinks will be available for purchase. There is a big play area for the kids and plenty of fun. Entertainment will include: Tom and Tyler, Britany and Skylar Clouser, Dylan Peters and Zack Evans, The Local Boys, Jay DeMarco, Bryan Delay and Camel Kick.

*The Pennsylvania Moose Association will be hosting its 2nd annual Child ID event in conjunction with a minor league baseball game on Saturday, August 12. This year’s event will take place at the Williamsport Crosscutters’ game at historic BB&T Ballpark in Williamsport. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM. Beginning at 5:00 PM outside the stadium, Pennsylvania Moose volunteers will utilize laptop computers by the Virginia-based Safe Surfin’ Foundation to produce Child ID’s


Saturday, August 12, 2017

* Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department will host the Central District Volunteer Firemen's Association annual convention   at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville, PA. Many events will be open to the public including DJ or bands from 8-11pm,   Pumping Contest Saturday. at 10:00am, and Kid's Battle of the Barrel following the Pumping contest, Wine Tasting  at 12:00, and the Grand Convention Parade  at 5pm. in Hughesville. There will be basket raffles, crafts, exhibits, and many vendors at the fairgrounds.
**Saturday, August 12th will mark the date the American Legion Riders 957’s 8th Annual Helping Hands Benefit Motorcycle Ride will lend its efforts to help the healing of fellow veterans and military families. Proceeds from this year’s ride will go to a non-profit organization called Total Outdoors, located in Weikert, PA.  The Helping Hands Benefit Ride registration begins at 10 am, Saturday August 12th. The ride will begin at the Benfer-Miller Legion Post in New Berlin and leave at approximately 12 noon. The ride will end at Jolly’s Grove in Weikert near Penns Creek where mentors will be on hand for those who wish to try their hand at fishing, a meal will be provided, and items will be on display to be auctioned off after the meal at approximately 5:30 pm. The public is welcome, including cars. If you wish to come out for the Creekside event, auction & the meal, a meal ticket is $7.50 available at Jolly Grove the day of the ride. For more information about the ride, directions or to make a donation find us on Face Book at https://www.facebook.com/Alr957/
*Pennsylvania Wing Festival at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond.  Saturday from Noon to 5 PM at the track.

 Sunday, August 13, 2017

*One Life To Live Pet Rescue, 3rd Annual event. Nay Aug Park - Everhart Pavillion. 9:30am Rain or Shine Fun community event. All participants are welcome to bring their LEASHED dogs to run or walk with them


What’s Going on at the Cooperage

*DIY: Essential Oils 101 Workshop at The Cooperage, August 15. Learn from Young Living Essential Oil Educator, Jess Schmitt, the basics of essential oils and how they can enhance every day living. Suggested donation: $10 per person. Registration strongly encouraged, please email info@thecooperageproject.org or call 570.253.2020

*Into bluegrass? Well, check out this take on our Open Mic/Open Jam series — focused entirely on bluegrass!
Come to the Cooperage, Wednesday August 16th from 7-9pm. All instruments are welcome, but please leave your amps at home. This Bluegrass Jam will be entirely acoustic.
All levels of players are welcome…young, old, beginners and seasoned professionals. If you don’t feel like being in the spotlight you can lay low and pick along while learning from others in attendance

*  Shakespeare on Film series at The Cooperage continues with Titus Andronicus Thursday, August 24th at 7:00pm. This monthly film series chooses different Shakespeare Plays on film and a group, led by Dr. Robert Dugan, screens the film and shares impressions throughout the evening.

 Upcoming Events at Lehigh Valley Hospital Hazleton
Bariatric/weight-loss management information session
Learn about surgical and nonsurgical weight-loss options.
Monday, Aug. 7: 6-8 p.m. at Health Center at Mountain Top, 237 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top (Weis plaza)
Monday, Aug. 28:1-3 p.m. at LVH–Hazleton, Business & Education Center, first floor
Call 570-501-4LVH to register or for more information.
Learn lifesaving skills without mouth-to-mouth breaths
Ages 13 and up
Wednesday, Aug.16: 5:30 p.m.
Health & Wellness Fitness Center at Hazleton
50 Moisey Drive, Hazleton
Call 570-501-6600 to register or for more information.

August 2017

Thursday, Aug. 17: 4-7 p.m.
Health Center at Mountain Top
237 S. Mountain Blvd. (Weis Plaza), Mountain Top
School-age children and their parents are invited to attend.
Free health screenings, education, activities and food
For more information, call 570-261-5000 (option #5).

Walk It! Bike It! Lewisburg is a project of the Lewisburg River Town Team and the Lewisburg Neighborhoods Corporation, working to encourage and improve walking and biking in the Lewisburg area. 
The group hosts events, raises awareness of issues, and advocates for improvements.
   Anyone who would like to contribute to making our community more walkable and bikeable is welcome to participate. 
Meetings are the first Friday of the month at 8 am in the Borough Council Chamber.
The group will be on site on Market Street in downtown Lewisburg on Saturday afternoon, August 19th, from 1 to 4pm, during the Welcome to the Neighborhood event during which the incoming Bucknell students get an introduction to downtown.
Committee members and the Walk it! Bike it! mascot, Louise B. Lite, will be on hand to greet them and offer a little reminder about Pennsylvania crosswalk basics.

* On Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 27, 2017, the Luzerne County Historical Society’s Nathan Denison House will host a Revolutionary War-era militia encampment by the 24th Connecticut Militia Regiment, Inc., from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 35 Denison Street in Forty Fort, PA.  Admission to the encampment is $5 for LCHS members and $3 for LCHS member children; $7 for non-member adults and $5 for non-member children.  Tours of the house will be available during the encampment event and are included in the event fee.  The Denison House is open for tours on Sundays through September 24, 2017, from 1 to 4 p.m.  Admission is free for LCHS members; $5 for non-member adults and $3 for non-member children.  Tours are provided by volunteers from the Denison Advocates.  For more information, email info@luzernehistory.org or call 570-823-6244.

*Zion Lutheran Church in Tamaqua hosts its annual Peach Social on Wednesday, Aug, 23 from 4 p.m. to sell-out or 6:30 p.m.
Along with the traditional peaches, cake and ice cream, the menu includes hamburgers, hot dogs, beef and chicken BBQ, corn fritters, BLTs and homemade corn noodle and fresh vegetable soups.
The social is a project of the Zion Culinary Crew. Take outs are available.
Zion is located at the corner of Mauch Chunk and Greenwood streets.

* Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network (TAFFN) is hosting its fourth annual Summer Celebration on Sunday, Aug. 20 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Tamaqua Community Art Center.
Once again, the evening of music, message and fellowship features the Blue Mountain Community Church Praise Band led by Pastor Jennifer Eckert.
Members of the Tamaqua Ministerial Association will deliver short messages between praise sets.  As in the past, the evening closes with an ice cream fellowship time.
A free-will offering will be taken and split between the Praise Band and Community Art Center.
All are welcome.

*Hawk Mountain invites visitors to watch and monitor the annual passage of raptor migrants as they move south during the Autumn Hawk Watch, held daily August 15 through December 15, at the Sanctuary’s famous North Lookout. Trail fees apply for non-members and cost $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Members are admitted free year-round, and memberships can be purchased online or at the Visitor Center.

* The Luzerne County Historical Society is wrapping up a series of kids craft programs this summer at the LCHS Museum, 69 Rear South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA. On Thursday, August 24, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., children will learn a local history lesson and create a craft that connects to the museum’s exhibitions and collections. Each child will go home with a keepsake of their time at the museum.
Reservations are required for this program. Tickets are $5 per child for non-member children and FREE for children of LCHS members. Price includes the mapping activity and beverages. No lunch will be served. Tickets may be purchased by calling 570-823-6244 ext. 3 or by emailing reservations@luzernehistory.org.

* On Saturday, August 26, 2017, fromm noon to 2pm, at the historic Swetland Homestead, 885 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, the Luzerne County Historical Society will host an interactive program on baseball in 1860. Come join LCHS Director of Operations and Programs Mark Riccetti, Jr., as he guides participants through the very different-looking national pastime of the mid-1800s, and shows how the game evolved into its current form, using a slideshow and actual period equipment. Tickets are free for members of the Society and just $5 for nonmembers. For more information, or to make a reservation, call 570-823-6244 ext. 3 or email reservations@luzernehistory.org.

*The annual Shenandoah Heritage Day and Parade of Nations will be held on Aug. 26.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. with 21 nations represented. The honorary grand marshal is journalist John Usalis. Anyone wishing to carry their flag and represent their ethnicity should call the 116 N. Main St. office of the revitalization group Downtown Shenandoah Inc. at 570-462-2060.
Festivities will continue on North Main Street with ethnic food, myriad artists/crafters, vendors, games, a disc jockey plus live music


*Washingtonville Fire Company 19 Strawberry Ridge Rd  Washingtonville,   will host its annual festival Friday, August 18, 2017 from 5 till ? Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 3 till ? Food, Games, Chinese Auction, Raffle
Saturday - Chicken BBQ Music Each Night  Friday:      The Less Boys     6:30 pm Saturday:  Smooth Country   6:00 pm

* The Center for Adult and Continuing Education at Misericordia University, in collaboration with the Department of Fine Arts, has announced the formation of the new Misericordia University Community Choir.
The vocal ensemble is open to community members as well as all students, alumni, faculty and staff. Under the direction of seasoned conductor Matthew Rupcich, the ensemble will be a mixed chorus of soprano, alto, tenor and bass singers performing repertoire from all periods, both a cappella and with chamber musicians.
Rehearsals are Thursdays from 6-8:15 p.m. in the Maslow Ensemble Hall, Room 004 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall at Misericordia University beginning Thursday, Aug. 31. To register for the choir, please contact Johnna Evans in the Center for Adult and Continuing Education at jevans@misericordia.edu, or call (570) 674-3021.


*47th Annual New Berlin Day, Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Rain or shine.
New Berlin Day is an outdoor antique, arts and crafts show featuring over 150 dealers.  Activities are centered around the center of town with entertainment and a variety of food items on the fireman's field.
Free admission and free parking.

*Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church, 420 Main Road, Buttonwood, Hanover Township, Soup for the Souls soup sale for August 31, 2017.
 Soup of month is vegetable beef. Pickup time 10am to 6pm. Cost is $8.00. Pre orders are appreciated. For more information, please call 570-825-6370 or 570-899-5080.


Hazleton UNICO’s 10th Annual Bell’ Italia Festival, Saturday September 16th (10 AM till 9 PM) and Sunday September 17th (10AM till 6 PM) at Hazle Township Community Park, 141 Community Park Blvd, Hazle Township, PA.  Come visit this unique, no entrance fee festival where great food, fun, and entertainment abound! Crowd-pleasing favorites such as pizza, pasta, sausage and peppers, stromboli, barbecue, potato cakes, barbeque, halupki, empanadas, porchetta, pulled pork, kielbasa, piroghi, ice cream, fried dough, funnel cakes, Italian pastries, fried shrimp, soups, and more is planned.  There will be a spaghetti-eating contest, best meatball contest, a “fingers” tournament, bocce ball, crafters, tricky trays, and daily musical entertainment.  There will be fun for all ages including a Kiddie Korner for the youngsters.  A pre-festival special event will be an evening with the musical group, The Poets, at The Pines Eatery in downtown Hazleton Friday night.  Price of $20.00 per person includes a dinner buffet of chicken marsala, pasta, and meatballs with cash bar. Visit the Hazleton UNICO website hazletonunico.org for more information.   

* The South Creek Lions Club will be holding a Roast Beef and Turkey dinner on Saturday, September 9th 4:30 pm at the Lions Hall on Route 14 in Gillett, Pennsylvania. The meal includes real mashed potatoes, vegetables, baked beans, homemade bread and home baked pies for dessert.  Beverages include Coffee, Tea, and Lemonade. Cost is $10 per person. Take Outs available.

* Sunday, September 17th- Mahoney Brothers musical impersonation show LIVE. Woodloch Pines Nightclub, 4p – 6pm. Tickets $40. Sponsored by Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Info/tickets call 570-647-6427.
*Railfest 2017 at Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton, is a celebration of railroading past, present and future that is held on the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend.  The event takes place on September 2 and 3, with an opening ceremony on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. presented by park Superintendent Debbie Conway.  The theme for this year’s event is “Transition from Steam to Diesel.”

*Watsontown Kingdom Kidz Puppet Ministry a division of Kingdom Kidz Inc.
will present Worship Service at Mifflinburg United Methodist Church, 279 Market
St. Mifflinburg Pa. on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at 10:00 am, for their Rally
Day event. The service will be focused on the Importance of attending Sunday
School and learning about God. A soup and sandwich meal will be provided

for all after the service. Kingdom Kidz is a nonprofit organization based in Watsontown who presents  Quality Family Programs in a sacred (Kingdom Kidz Puppet Ministry) or
educational (Kidz 4 Education) setting. For more information call the Kingdom
Kidz office at 570-838-3133. Their website at www.hiskingdomkidz.org. provides
program choices and information.

*The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA is proud to announce it has scheduled the evidence-based Walk with Ease Program to begin September 6th. Walk with Ease was developed by the Arthritis Foundation to help people with pain and mobility challenges. If a person can be on their feet for 10 minutes without increased pain, they can have success with Walk with Ease. The Walk with Ease Program meets three times a week for approximately one hour, Mondays and Wednesdays, at 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. The program combines health education, stretching, and walking outside at nearby River Common, which provides a well-maintained surface, and benches. Funding has also allowed the Y to offer this program free of charge. Registration is required. To register, call the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA at 570-823-2191.
To learn more, call the Y at 570-823-2191 or visit the Y’s website at www.wbymca.org.


The very popular Dancing with the Stars of NEPA is set for Sunday, November 19.  The stars will take to the dance floor at the Brooks Theatre on the campus of Keystone College in LaPlume, Lackawanna County.
This will be an elegant event of Dining and Ballroom Dancing Show with local stars
 and novice dancers who have made an impact on the community with their business, cause or a good story and who were willing to learn to dance for this event.
The tickets are $75 .  For more information contact Virginia at 570-240-1981. Proceeds will benefit Holistic Health for Everyone LLC, a newer nonprofit organization

* It is time to start thinking about Christmas.  So save the date for the 19th Annual Victorian Christmas 2017 tour of Homes, Churches & Museums.
The event is set for  Saturday, November 18,  from 10:00 am  5:00 pm
The tour is presented by Preservation Williamsport Education/Cultural Conservation Feature for 2017:
This year's theme "Freedom Road" Williamsport in the Underground Railroad


On-Going Exhibits and more
* The Downtown Hazleton Farmer's Market is officially open for the season! Stop by and pick up some fresh veggies from Burger's Farm and delicious baked bread and pastries by Sugar & Loaf Bakery. CEO cooking demo starts at 11AM. Join us every Friday from 10AM-2PM, corner of Laurel and Broad Sts.

*Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s The Gallery at Greenly Center, 50 E. Main Street, Bloomsburg, will host a viewing of vintage wood type posters from the collection of the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. The show will run Aug. 3 through Sept. 18. The exhibition is free and open to the public.


*Eastburg Community Alliance is looking for entertainers to display their talents at the depot during the months of June, July, August and September.  We specifically are looking for local artists to volunteer to perform during Music on Mondays at Dansbury Depot.  If you or anyone you know, know anyone who is interested; please email Sonya Cole at scole@ptd.net.  We do not pay our performers but do take a collection at each concert for the performer.
* Six local high school students will showcase their talents in a collaborative art exhibition titled, “6 Girls and Their Art,” from Monday, July 17, through Friday, August 25,in the Widmann Gallery at King’s College.
 Displaying artwork are Nicole Jacobs, Dallas; Johanna Kiska, Shavertown; Alexis Lanza, Dallas; and Lexie Oster, Trucksville, all of Dallas High School; Miranda Nardone, Shavertown, Scranton Preparatory School; and Madalyn Wright, Archbald, Valley View High School. Each artist has recently completed tenth grade.  The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., as arranged. The Gallery is closed on national holidays.

* Country Style Breakfast -The 2nd Sunday of October thru April.7am-10:30am.   The menu includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, toast and sausage gravy, home fries along with coffee, orange juice. Cost is $8.00 per meal doors open 7am.   The South Creek Lions Club is located on Route 14 in Gillett.
*The NAMI Scranton & Northeast Region support group is for anyone who has been affected by mental illness.   Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month in The Advocacy Alliance Media Building at 841 Jefferson avenue in Scranton.  The February meetings will be on February 13th & 27th, meeting registration is not required. The meetings are a ‘Caring & Sharing’ format and we do have a pass rule- you do not have to participate, you can pass if you are not comfortable yet.   These meetings are free and open to anyone who has a mental illness and/or their friends and family. Please feel free to call the NAMI Scranton office at 570-342-1047 for more information
* The Carbon County American Cancer Society- is also hostingThe Great Radio “Ask Your Neighbor” Cook Book Sale.  This is a Historic Celebration of the Tastes of our Coal Region communities and ethnicities.  The cookbook features over 350 pages of recipes collected through a popular weekday radio show on WLSH from the pre-microwave days!  The cookbook is presented with permission and in cooperation with WMGH/WLSH Radio.

 Order on-line Click Here or by phone  (570) 805-4555 or fax (570) 805-4554 All proceeds benefit ACS.  The cost is only $20  (shipping available for $7 extra). The Cook Books are in stock today!!

To order by Mail:  Make Check Payable to CancerTelethon.org
Coffee Houses/ Art Exhibits and More
Looking for something to Read? The Friends of the Osterhout Free Library  NEW Book Shop is now open. The Book Shop is located on the recently renovated 3rd floor, which is accessible by stairs or the elevator.
Book Shop hours are:
Monday 9:30am – 1:00pm
Wednesday 9:30am – 1:00pm
Thursday 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Friday 9:30am – 1:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 1:00pm  


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