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What's Happening: January 11-12, 2013 Edition

Enjoy these events!
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.
 January 11 and January 12, 2014
 January 11, 2013
 * On Jan. 11, 2014 the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #314 Scranton is having its 6Th annual chili fest running from 2pm-8pm for $8.00 all you can eat chili. All the money from the Chili fest will benefi local cancer survivors in the area. There will be fun, prizes, and also 2 local bands playing. 2 for the Road & Cameron Ave, and as always it's never chili for chili.
 *  Holy Spirit Lutheran Church's Ham or Chicken Pot Pie Dinner will be held January 11 : Holy Spirit Lutheran Church is located at 10275 State Route 44, Watsontown, Between McEwensville and Turbotville on Route 44.  Cost:  $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for children, take outs available until gone.  There will also be a silent auction featuring two quilts
* January 11-My Cup Runneth Over Christian Coffee House which is located at
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, corner of South Main and South Streets in Wilkes-Barre will feature Freedom Hill ministries. This is a local Christian band from the Back Mountain area. 
(Please use the side entrance for entry into this particular coffee house.) 
Time: 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. All are welcome!

 January 12, 2013
 2nd Annual ‘Shop for Paws’ will be held on Sunday, January 12, 2014 from Noon to 5:00 PM at  Genetti’s Best Western Empress Ballroom in Wilkes-Barre.  This event will benefit  Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge!!  The event will feature many area vendors featuring great products and items.
There is a $10 donation fee at the door.  This will give you a chance for raffle tickets for to win a basked from your favorite vendor’s table.  Guests are invited to bring along cat or dog food, a toy, litter, paper towels, white vinegar, blankets or sheets as a donation. You donation of an item to be used at the Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge will give you extra raffle tickets.  Genetti’s is located at 77 West Market Street in Wilkes-Barre.

* January 12, 2 p.m., Robert Thomas Hughes will present a dramatic reading of his work, “A Miner’s Tale,” which tells the story of the anthracite coal miner in Northeastern Pennsylvania through monologue.  The event will be hosted by Anthracite Heritage Museum, McDade Park, Scranton; the cost of $5.00 per person also includes admission to all of the Museum’s exhibits.

* Don't shop, adopt!  Camp Papillon will hold an Meet & Greet/Adoption Day from 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday, January 12 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.
*Wilkes Barre Area just official!  A semi pro basketball team (Diamond City Playaz) and this Sunday, January 12th @ 12pm at the Wilkes Barre YMCA the team kicks off their first home game against the Maryland Bayriders.   The team is hosting a canned good drive for the Saint Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen. A fans will receive 1$ off of their ticket if they bring 1 canned good.

 Before the game the Diamond City Playaz team is offering a free basketball youth clinic from 11-1145am for boys and girls ages 9-12.

Coming Up:
January  2014 Events
* 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.
*An opening reception is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in The Gallery at Penn College, with the exhibition running through March 29. Also on Jan. 16, Jack Quinan, founder of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and a renowned architectural historian, will present a lecture at 3:30 p.m. in the college’s Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Admission to the exhibition and lecture are free and open to the public.
* Plan a life-saving visit on Thursday, Jan. 16, between noon and 5 p.m., to donate blood at the Irem Clubhouse, located at 64 Ridgway Drive in Dallas. The blood drive is sponsored by Masonic Village at Dallas, Irem Clubhouse and the Irem Shrine.
Appointments are encouraged. Contact Laurie Knauer at 570-675-1134, ext. 100. Blood donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Please bring a photo identification card with you. 
January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month. According to the American Red Cross, by donating one pint of blood, you could save up to three lives. In addition to helping patients, doctors and hospitals, you may be helping friends, families and neighbors.
 * 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 open to the public and will be open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Thursday, February 20.

* Safe Haven Pet Rescue will hold an adoption day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 19, at Tractor Supply, Rte. 209, Brodheadsville. Safe Haven Rescue needs volunteers to help with adoption days, fundraising, transporting dogs to vets and groomers and fostering homeless dogs until they find their forever homes. Help save homeless dogs

*Love games? So do we. The Cooperage Project invites you to bring your whole family down to the The Cooperage on Thursday, January 16th 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 board games, practice your shuffle, do some stretches, and get ready for a night of friendly competition. Donations greatly appreciated. Snacks are available for purchase. The Cooperage is operated by  The Cooperage Project, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to build community through performance, learning and good times. The Cooperage--1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA
*Jan. 13- Feb. 24 "Spirited Energy" Art Exhibition 
“Spirited Energy” art exhibition by Michael Hiscox captures the action and energy of human activity. Meet the Artist reception: Jan. 17, 6-8 p.m. 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, will open on Thursday, January 9 at 5PM with an artist talk to follow at 7PM. The exhibition will be on display from Thursday, January 9 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.
 January 15 - Rabbi Larry Kaplan
"Is Bingo Kosher"?
 January 22 - Cantor Ahron Abraham
"Jews & the 
 January 29 - Rabbi Raphael Nemetsky
"History of the Synagogue - What is the History of Separate Seating?"
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.

 January 18, 2 p.m., The Annual Knox Mine Disaster Commemorative Program, Anthracite Heritage Museum, McDade Park, Scranton.  F. Charles Petrillo, Wilkes-Barre, will present a multi-media program on, “The End of Deep-Coal Mining Following the Knox Mine Disaster of 1959.”  Guest musician Lex Romane will play original musical selections.  A large needlework designed and embroidered by Audrey Baloga Calvey, as a tribute to her father, Knox victim John Baloga, and the other men lost that day, will be exhibited.  Other speak.  Refreshments served.

January 19, 10 a.m., Annual Knox Disaster Memorial Mass, St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston.

January 19, 11:30 a.m., Annual Knox Disaster Commemorative Ceremony, PHMC Knox Disaster Historical Marker located in front of Baloga Funeral Home (formerly St. Joseph’s Church), Main Street, Port Griffith.  Coffee served.

January 21, 7 p.m., William A. Hastie, West Pittston, will speak on his recent co-authored book: “Anthracite Labor Wars: Tenancy, Italians, and Organized Crime in the Northern Coalfield of Northeastern, PA, 1897-1959,” Huber Breaker Preservation Society, Earth Conservancy Building, 101 South Main St., Ashley.  Refreshments served.

January 22, morning (11 a.m., place TBA), Dedication and Unveiling of the PHMC Historical Marker for The Baltimore Tunnel Mine Disaster of 1919, in Wilkes-Barre.

January 22, 3 p.m., Panel discussion on the Baltimore Tunnel Mine Disaster of 1919, featuring King’s Colleges Professors Thomas Mackaman and Dan Clasby, Katie Lavery who lost two uncles in the disaster, and King’s students who worked with the above persons in securing the PHMC marker; Fitz Room, Sheehey-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre.

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.
February 2014 events
Covington Fire Company is hosting the annual Wing Sale on February. 2nd, 2014 Pick up @ Firehouse 12:00pm – 5:00pm- But you need to order now! PRE-SALES ONLY All orders must be received by Saturday, Feb. 1st, 2014 To order call 570-842-8178  X-Hot, Hot, Mild, Garlic Hot or Sweet & Tangy All Served with Bleu Cheese & Celery10 piece - $7.50  50 Pieces - $35.00100 Pieces - $70.00  200 Pieces - $140.00 Support Your Local Volunteers!!!  
* 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.
*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 $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door and they may be purchased by contacting Judey Hopkins at judeysmusic@gmail.com or by calling (570) 654-7961, or from any WA Music Sponsor member.  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!
March Events:
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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