What’s Happening! August 1-2, 2015 Edition

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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 1 and 2, 2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015    

Saturday, August 1nd is Family Fun Day at the 2014 Schuylkill County Fair. The day starts early at 11 AM with registration for the Antique Tractor Pull which starts the day. The Fair officially opens to the public at 11AM with the ID ME program presented by the Schuylkill County Sheriff’s Department.   Rides also open at 1PM and are presented by Goodtimes Amusements out of Hellertown, PA.

   The activities are just beginning for families where they can work together to try to build the tallest tower out of rolled up newspaper in the Tower of Power Contest.

Walk with the Tractor Parade as it makes its way through the fairgrounds with a theme of Family Fun. Continue the family fun with various interactive exhibits running throughout Saturday. Bring along your small family pet and have it compete in the Pocket Pet Contest.

Make a catapult and enter it into the contest to see how far a marshmallow will travel through the air.

Sit and rest a little with Big Owl around a campfire on Bear Creek Island and learn about the local Indian inhabitants of the area. Have the younger family members participate in the Kids Hay Bale Toss. Have a water balloon toss with family members. Participate in the Sack Race. Roll out the toilet paper in the Toilet Paper Toss. Scramble for pennies and candy. Listen to the

Schuylkill Got Talent.  

 Then settle down in a chair to watch Ryan Pelton, the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist.

More info www.schuylkillfair.com

* On Saturday, August 1st, stop by The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street in Honesdale for a ‘Rock Band Double Whammy.’ This evening of live music will feature two terrific young, local bands ‘Dead Tracks’ and ‘What’s His Face?’ Doors will open at 7:00pm and the show will begin at 7:30pm.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

 *    The Uptown Music Collective will present its annual free Summer Music Festival on Sunday, August 2nd at Williamsport’s Brandon Park Band Shell. The day’s festivities will begin at 1:00pm with free music performances all day as well as children’s activities, free music clinics from some of the area’s foremost musicians, and food vendors. The event will culminate with two exclusive, one- time-only performances entitled Heatwave: A Motown Revue as well as Freaking out the Neighborhood: A Tribute to Modern Indie Rock.

*The Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network will meet Sunday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. in the library at Zion Lutheran Church, Mauch Chunk and Greenwood streets, Tamaqua.

Final plans will be discussed for the Aug. 9 Summer Celebration evening of music and message to be held at the Tamaqua Community Center.

*Looking for something fun to do?  How about a walking tour of Downtown Scranton

The Lackawanna Historical Society will offer guided walking tours of Downtown Scranton at 11 a.m. on Saturdays during the summer. These free tours will focus on the architecture and history of some of the city’s beautiful buildings. Tours will focus on different sections of the downtown. A new tour this year will focus on architecture of the Lower Hill section of Scranton.

 Tours will be offered on the following Saturday dates:

  • Aug. 1: meet at Elm Park Church, corner Linden & Jefferson
  • Aug. 8: meet at Lackawanna College, corner N. Washington & Vine
  • Aug. 15: meet at St. Peter’s Cathedral, corner Linden & Wyoming
  • Aug. 22: meet at Lackawanna College, corner N. Washington & Vine
  • Aug. 29: meet at corner Linden St. & N. Washington Ave.
  • Sept 12: meet at corner Linden St. & N. Washington Ave.
  • Sept 19: meet at Elm Park Church, corner Linden & Jefferson
  • Sept 26: meet at Lackawanna College, corner N. Washington & Vine
  • Oct 3: meet at St. Peter’s Cathedral, corner Linden & Wyoming
  • Oct 10: meet at Elm Park Church, corner Linden & Jefferson

 Tours are free, but reservations are required by the Thursday prior to the tour date. Call the Lackawanna Historical Society at 570-344-3841 for more details and reservations.


*Auditions for full length production of “INTO THE WOODS” will be held at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre Sunday, Aug. 2 at 2:00pm and Monday, Aug. 3 at 6:00pm. Ages 14 to 19. All roles are available. You will be ask to prepare 16 bars of music. Please bring sheet music, our musical director Jenn Johnson will be on hand to play, or bring backtracks on cd or ipod, ipad etc. No acapella please. If available, please bring resume with pic. 
Show dates are Oct. 16 – 25 two weekends.

For more information please call 570-991-1817. 

*Keystone College is accepting registrations for the seventh annual Jazz Institute at Keystone College from August 3-7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The Jazz Institute, presented in partnership with the Pennsylvania Jazz Alliance, will offer an opportunity for local musicians of all ages to study and perform with several of Northeast Pennsylvania’s and New York’s finest touring and recording jazz artists. Participants will gain experience in the varied styles of music they will create and perform in their future musical careers.  For more information on the Jazz Institute, contact, Leanne Kavulich, 570-945-8580 or visit www.keystone.edu/jazzinstitute.

*Abington area churches Our Lady of the Snows and the Church of St. Benedict’s will host their annual bazaar Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 6, 7 and 8 at the Church of St. Benedict’s on Newton Ransom Blvd.  There is free parking and admission with a great variety of food and entertainment nightly.  There are over 40 booths including Antiques, Books, Bargain Barn, Coffee House, Plants, Bingo, along with hay rides and children’s and adult games.  Hours are Thursday and Friday 6 – 11 and Saturday 5 – 10:30 pm.

* Arts Camp at the Grove Presbyterian Church, 330-332 Bloom St., Danville, 

570-275-0692 August 3rd through 7th, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm. Pre-Registration Required A time for children in the completed 1st through completed 7th grades to explore the arts of calligraphy, creative writing and More! Led by trained artists willing to share their art with children and help children discover their own talents .

$20 per student (for the Week), $15 for second student in the family,

and $10 for third student in family.

Registration forms located in the church office or on the website


*The Tamaqua Area Fellowship Network is hosting an ecumenical evening of music, message ands fellowship on AUG. 9 beginning in at 7 p.m. at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center. Admission is free and a free will offering will be taken.   Guest musicians will be the Praise Band from Blue Mountain Community Church in Palmerton. The band has appeared numerous times on the local ACS Telethon.

* The heart of downtown Scranton will once again be the basketball center of the northeast when Lackawanna County hosts its annual 3 on 3 tournament on August 7, 8 and 9.   

The games will be played on the 100-200 blocks on Wyoming Avenue.  Boys and girls will play Friday and Saturday.  Sunday has been reserved as the rain date.   

The action “tips-off” on Friday at 5 P.M.  Games on Saturday will run from 9 AM – 7 PM.  Sunday’s action, if necessary, will start at 9 AM and run through completion.     

The tourney will be part of the “First Friday” related events.  It will also provide the perfect opportunity for individuals to enjoy an evening of great dining, shopping and fun.  “Music City featuring Dani-elle” is the musical entertainment for the evening, starting at approximately 7 PM on Wyoming Avenue. 

*Lycoming Valley Baptist Church will host  Movie on the Lawn with snacks and activities for the whole family!  Friday, August 7 at 7:30pm – the location  4980 Lycoming Mall Drive  Montoursville. Bring lawn chairs the event will be held Rain or shine!

* There will be a Canine Engagement Party on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm  at The PetValu Store at The Shoppes at Montage for Morgan (A Newfoundland Dog) and  Larry (A Weimaraner Dog) WBRE/WYOU-TV’s Mark Hiller will announce the Furry Couple at 11:00 Am on August 15th – This event is free to the public. There will be refreshments, raffles and prizes.

  The Furry Couple will be married on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Scranton’s McDade Park at 10:00 Am – Vito DeLuca will officiate. Admission to the wedding will be $5.00 per person OR a Gift Selection from the couples Gift Registry at The PetValu Store at Montage. There will be food, a basket auction, entertainment, and a CAR SHOW following the wedding. All proceeds will benefit Tracey’s Hope Organization. For more information call (570) 457-1625

 *Scranton Jazz Festival on August 14-16 in downtown Scranton

* On Saturday, August 8, join an Environmental Educator at 2 pm at the Bog parking lot and take a 2 ½ hour journey into the Bog environment. Please wear appropriate footwear. Cost: $6/non-member, $4/EE and Nature Conservancy members and children under 12. Pre-registration is required.

Directions:  Route 611, at the light at the Tannersville Inn turn onto Cherry Lane Road.  The parking lot is 1.9 miles on your right from Route 611. 

To pre-register, please call the Center at (570) 629-3061, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information on other programs we offer, please visit our website at www.mcconservation.org.

* 2015 Downtown Hazleton Classic Car Cruise will be held on Friday, August 7th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

* Lakeside Concerts at Hillside Park on Wednesdays .  There is no cost to attend the family-friendly outdoor concerts . Hillside Park is set on 100 acres intersected by Rt 307/aka Winola Road in between Abington Heights High School and Middle School – adjacent to both Clarks Summit State Hospital and the Abington Senior Center –August Concerts

    August 5th 
Double Cross  Sponsors:  State Representatives Sid Kavulich and State Representative Marty Flynn 
Aug 12th 
Light Weight with Senator John Blake Duo  Sponsor: Friends of Senator Blake

August 19th 
6P  Q Ball                Sponsor: Overlook Estate Foundation
7P    AM Radio

August  26th   
6P  Tim Mc Gurl    Sponsor: Citizens Savings Bank
7P Crimson Tears

*On August 22 at 8 p.m. veteran regional actor Robert Hughes will perform Jason Miller’s “Barrymore’s Ghost” as a “Readers Theatre.” The performance is hosted by the Rossetti Family Trust and will be held at a newly-constructed outdoor theater at the Rossetti home at 1005 Vine Street, Scranton. Tickets are $15, and includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. Reservations are required; please call the Lackawanna Historical Society at 570-344-3841.

*Join Camp Papillon Pet Adoption and Rescue (CP PAC) on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 5-11 PM for our 1st Annual PAW Crawl. The Crawl will begin at Teddy’s Tavern (114 Kintner Alley Stroudsburg, PA 18360) at 5 PM. Participating venues are Rudy’s Tavern (6:00 PM – 90 Washington St, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301), Goal Line (7:00 PM – 279 S Courtland St, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301), Warrior (8:00 PM – 418 Main Street Stroudsburg, PA 18360), Floods (9:00 PM – 732 Main St, Stroudsburg, PA 18360), and Sarah Street (10:00 PM – 550 Quaker Alley Stroudsburg, PA 18360). Kitchen Chemistry will have Shaggy Ale Cupcakes on premises at Floods for purchase. T-shirts are $30.00 at the event and $25.00 in advance. Proceeds from the T-shirts will go to the CP PAC Raise the Woof Fund. Can’t make the event you can donate at youcaring.com

*On Sunday, August 23 come to Tractor Supply, Route 209, Brodheadsville  from 11- 2, to meet some of the beautiful loving dogs that Boomer’s Angels (BAARC) have for adoption!

All of our adoptions must be pre-approved so why not fill out and application in advance. Visit www.boomersangels.com for an application.

*Come to Washington Pet Store, 1310 Blue Valley Drive, Pen Argyl 18072 on Sunday, August 9 from 11-2, and meet some adorable, adoptable dogs, cats, and small animals that Boomer’s Angels Animal Rescue and Care (BAARC) has for adoption.

*Lewisburg BrewBQue Saturday, August 8, from Sixth Street to the River in downtown Lewisburg Beer & Wine tasting (must have ticket); free live music; great barbeque; sidewalk sales; BBQ contest and Root Beer Garden by Lewisburg Sunset Rotary; Children’s Festival by Donald Heiter Center.  Event sponsored by Giant.  Ticket information and details at www.lewisburgpa.com/events

*Making A Difference Ministries / Truth Cafe’ August 14, 2015
You are invited to The Truth Cafe Christian Coffee House, Located at New Life Community Church Fellowship Hall, 570 South Main Road, Mountaintopon August 14, 2015 from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
This evening we will hear the music of Joe Acor and Brooke Gerhart.
Joe is a local singer/songwriter along with National Artist Brooke Gerhart will be joining Joe for this event. You will be inspired!

*August 16th National Sing/songwriter Mike Lewis and Local Christian Singer/songwriter Stephen Perillo to do a Christian Music Service at  Plains United Methodist Church 133 North Main Street Plains,   Service will start at 9:30 A.M.
Everyone is welcome to come. 

August 23rd National Sing/songwriter Mike Lewis and Local Christian Singer/songwriter Stephen Perillo to do a Christian Music Service at First Church of Christ (corner of Horton St & Carey Ave Wilkes-Barre
Service will start at 10:30 A.M. on August 23rd
Everyone is welcome to come.

*The fifth annual “Cooper Cup” golf tournament to benefit the nonprofit ongoing J.W. Cooper Community Center refurbishment is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 28 at the Schuylkill Country Club, 877 W. Market St., Orwigsburg, center owner Kent W. Steinmetz said in an email.
The center, at White and Lloyd streets, is the former J.W. Cooper (Shenandoah) High School building.
There will be a 9 a.m. tee off and participants can arrive at 7:30 a.m. to practice driving or putting, which is included in the fee.  The cost is $80 per participant, which includes green fees, cart rental and all of the aforementioned services. Free beer will be available throughout the event. There will be a limit to 120 golfers. Those interested are asked to send contact information via email to kent@steinmetzjewelers.com.

8The Lung Cancer Alliance PA Chapter will be holding a Laps For Lung Cancer event at Montage Mountain Waterpark on Saturday, August 29, 2015, from 1:00-7:00, with the laps in the lazy river from 1:00-2:00. A percentage of all food and beverage sales from 3:00-5:00 in the Montage Slocum Hollow Restaurant will be donated to LCA.

In addition to the laps, there will also be a basket raffle on site with the sale of raffle tickets for the Shine A Light available.

Wristbands can be purchased in advance through any LCA representative or by calling (570) 604-4355. Wristbands will also be available the day of event at the left of the entrance. The cost of each wristband is $26.24, including tax. Children two and under are always free.


The 2nd annual Doreen Mirams Memorial Golf Tournament is September 27th at 1 p.m. at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. visit www.williammirams.com. For more information

*Registration is now open for the American Red Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s 13th annual golf tournament on Monday, September 21. Tee off will be at 12:30 p.m. at Glenmaura National Golf Club.   

For registration information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Bill Goldsworthy, Executive Director for the Red Cross of Northeast PA, at 570-823-7161. Most sponsorships come with free golf or reduced golfer rates.

*The Greater Scranton YMCA  will again be offering LIVESTRONG at the YMCA this fall! The fall, 2015 session will be held from September 13th through December 3rd.  LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a small-group program that helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis. The program allows participants to establish communities among fellow cancer survivors, guiding them through safe physical activity, helping them build supportive relationships and reducing stress; subsequently leading to an improved quality of life. We are proud to offer the program at no cost to participants. For more information  contact Paula Scotchlas at pscotchlas@greaterscrantonymca.org or (570) 342-8115.

*Northeast Regional Cancer Institute Cancer Survivors Day is a dual-location event set for Saturday, September 12th at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre and Saturday, September 26th at McDade Park in Scranton from 10am – 12pm and is free of charge. The events feature the “Circle of Survivors,” an activity during which every person in attendance has the opportunity to say a few words about their experience with cancer. Conversation and light refreshments provide an additional opportunity for connection and support. Cancer survivors, their families and friends, as well as caregivers and healthcare professionals are invited to attend.  For more information, go to www.cancernepa.org or call the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute at  FREE1-800-424-6724.

*Residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania will be able to ring in the holiday season at Misericordia University with the Vienna Boys Choir’s “Christmas in Vienna’’ holiday concert in which they showcase their unique crystalline resonance set to beloved Christmas carols and classics on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall.Tickets for the event are $30 for premium seating in the front, center section of the theater, and $15 for general admission seating. Seating for the concert is first-come, first-served open seating within ticket level sections. Reserve your premium or general admission seating now by calling the Misericordia University Box Office at (570) 674-6719.

On-Going Exhibits and more

*Local artist, Valerie Moyer will have her acrylic artwork on display at The Public Library for Union County in Gallery 255 through the month of August.

*The 42nd season of the Wilkes-Barre Farmers Market will be open on Public Square Thursday, June 25TH at 10:00 a.m. The market, held every Thursday through November 19th, will bring together many community groups through special programming and events.

*Schuylkill County’s oldest continuous downtown open-air farm market will launch the 2015 season at 8 a.m. June 19 along the first block of South Main Street, east side, and first block of East Centre Street, south side near the more than century-old Bolich & Burke Building.

It runs from about 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the summer and fall.

** Free Story Hour in the Park , Every Wednesday from June 17th – August 19th, 6:30 PM  – Planned for the early childhood age group in the Danville Memorial Park, 330 Bloom Street, Danville Sponsored by Grove Presbyterian Church (570) 275-0692.  In the event of rain programs will be held inside Grove Church.  No story hour on June 24

* The Shenandoah Area Free Public Library has launched its fund drive. Donations can be sent to the library at 15 W. Washington St., Shenandoah, Pennsylvania 17976.

The library is also asking residents to use their key tags at Redner’s Warehouse Market in the Gold Star Plaza and Boyer’s Markets, West Centre Street.

For more information, call the library at 570-462-9829 or the revitalization group Downtown Shenandoah Inc. at 570-462-2060.

*The NAMI Scranton Area Support group meets 3 times a month on the 2nd & 4th Monday and the 3rd Thursday. Monday night meetings are held at 7 p.m. at The Advocacy Alliance Media Building (TAA) at 841 Jefferson Avenue Scranton
and Thursday night meetings are at 6:30 p.m. at NHS at 30-32 North Main Street Carbondale.  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

*Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice of Wilkes-Barre will be offering a bereavement support group to those individuals who are dealing with loss and grief. The meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the conference room at River Street Manor, 440 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre. Any questions, call 570-718-4475.

The meeting schedule is,  June 9; July 14; Aug. 11; Sept. 8; Oct. 13; Nov. 10; Dec. 8.

 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!

*A new show opens at Artspace Gallery in Bloomsburg.  The title of the show is “Life is Still Beautiful” , and features watercolor works by guest artist Melanie Pacoli.  The show runs from May 21 thru July 12, 2015 . Gallery hours: Thurs, Fri, and Sat: noon-8pm; Sun: noon-5pm.

*Three local photographers will present their images of distorted reality that will be on display during a free public exhibition, titled “Phantasma,” from Tuesday, June 2, through Tuesday, August 11, in the Widmann Gallery at King’s College. 

Michael Angelo Delmonico of Hazelton, Fawn Marie Tomlinson of Bloomsburg, and Lynn Marie Viercinski of Dallas will each display 10 images crafted from digital photography and focused on the theme of surrealism.  The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours: Mon. through Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., as arranged. The Gallery is closed on national holidays and during scheduled breaks throughout the academic year.  For more information, contact Michelle Leonard, Widmann Gallery Coordinator, at (570) 208-5900, ext. 5328, or visit the Experiencing the Arts Calendar at www.kings.edu

*Photography and digital printing by Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s newest art and art history faculty member will be on display in the Haas Gallery of Art from July 1 to Sept. 1. A reception for the exhibit, “Post Glitter,” featuring works by Dave Kube, assistant professor of graphic design, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibit and reception are open to the public free of charge.

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