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What's Happening August 24-25, 2013

A lot of great events going on this weekend and in the weeks ahead!
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 24 and 25 
  Follow your nose to the Zanolini Nursery and Country Shop in Drums for the 14th Annual Keystone State Hot and Stinky Garlic Festival.  Zanolini’s is located at 603 St Johns Road.  The Festival runs from 11 to 8 on Saturday and 11 to 5 on Sunday.  The Garlic Eating contest is at 2 pm on Sunday.
 August 24th
*If you like Kielbasa then Plymouth is the place to be!  The 10th Annual Kielbasa Festival is underway! The event features at parade stepping off at 11 a.m.  There is entertainment throughout the day-great food and of course, Kielbasa!  The fun continues through 11 pm !
* Heritage Day is set for Aug. 24. In Shenadoah.  The parade begins at 10 am.  Festivities will continue throughout the day at the park and include a huge variety of ethnic and traditional foods, beverages, entertainment and scores of vendors, crafters and other activities.
* On Saturday, August 24th, 10:00 AM -2:00 PM Pocono Community Church (PCC) is hosting “A Day of Hope”. Through DAY OF HOPE Pocono Community Church will help families with school aged children by giving away 1,000 backpacks to kids in grades k-8 filled with school supplies.  The church is located at 1050 Memorial Blvd Tobyhanna, off Route 611 next to the Pocono Mountain Municipal Airport
*The Dingmans Ferry United Methodist Church will host a Chicken BBQ, Saturday, August 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The donation is $10.
* On Saturday, August 24 there will be a special, goodbye-summer-hello-fall Contra Dance at The Cooperage from 7:30 to 10:00pm at The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street in Honesdale. The Ragtag Rutabagas and The Cooperage Project invite everyone for a great evening out!
* A benefit for the Northwest Junior Rangers will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Shickshinny American Legion Post 495. Proceeds will benefit the Junior Rangers. There is a $15 cover charge that includes food and beverages. Attendees must be 21 or older. There will be live bands throughout the day.
*The kick-off party for the Slatington Sesquicentennial Celebration will be held on Saturday, August 24, beginning at 4 pm, at the Covered Bridge area west of Slatington.  Festivities will include a pig roast from 5-7 pm, live entertainment, guest speakers, a beer garden, additional food vendors, crafters, and more.  T-shirts, mugs, and other Slatington 150th memorabilia also will be available.”
*The Sight and Sound of Color featuring new clay work by Sara Baker and fiber by Denise Richards  at Artspace Gallery
Recordings of music composed by Sean Richards Teeter will play during the show. The show runs through September 29, 2013, with an opening Reception on August 24, 2013; 6 pm 'til 8 pm.Gallery Hours:  Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: noon 'til 8 pm Sunday: noon 'til 5 pm.  The gallery is located 24 West Main Street in Bloomsburg.
August 25th
 On Sunday, August 25, the National Park Service turns 97 years old. To celebrate, admission to all national parks will be free so that everyone can join in the festivities taking place coast-to-coast. 
* The Award Winning Southern Gospel Quartet –Skyline Boys will appear  at Nicholson United Methodist Church  They will minister at Nicholson United Methodist Church in concert on Sunday, August 25 at 6:00 pm.   Admission is free though a free-will offering will be taken to cover the quartet’s expenses.
Coming Up:
*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, ever Saturday through August ending with Stroudfest. For more information, visit stroudsburg.net.
The lineup for the rest of the Summer includes:
Saturday, August 24: Lost Ramblers
Saturday, August 31: Stroudfest
* 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
* Play an instrument? Like to sing? Come on down to The Cooperage at 1030 Main Street in Honesdale for Open Mic Night on Wednesday, August 28th  from 7:30 to 10:00pm. This acoustic-style open mic is hosted by Mike Jung. It’s is a very enjoyable evening for musicians and listeners alike. Come early to sign-up, as the board fills up quickly. BYOB. This is a donation based event and contributions are appreciated.
* 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.

*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
*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
*Mark your calendar for Labor Day weekend (August 31, September 1-2, 2013) and the annual La Festa Italiana 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
*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
* 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 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/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 or bkozen@weposc.org

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