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.

September 10 and 11, 2016    

Funfest weekend is set for Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11. The popular car show will take center stage on Saturday. The parade highlights Sunday’s activities. It is set to kick off at 2:30 p.m. and will feature also feature a host of dignitaries, marching bands, floats and several giant balloons.

Funfest runs Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

On Saturday, September 10 the Hazleton Area will pause to remember the events of September 11, 2001.

The 15th annual observance of the 9/11 attacks will be held at 7 p.m. in the parking lot next to St. Gabriel’s Cemetery on South Poplar Street in Hazleton.

There will be an honor guard procession and emergency personnel from across the region will be part of the annual event.

The evening will feature a prayer service and several speakers including  Frank Romero Jr., son of Efrain  Romero Sr., a Hazleton resident who was working in World Trade Center on 9/11.

*Book It Through Pittston 5k run/fun walk Join us on Saturday, September 10 for the Pittston Memorial Library’s 5K run/walk for literacy: Book it Through Pittston. The race will be held in honor of Tom and Dianne Tigue, two community members who supported and loved the library.The route will be the Tomato Festival and Paint Pittston Pink route and the proceeds will benefit literacy programs for kids, teens, and adults.

*1st Annual Auto Show for our Local Homeless Veterans  will be held at the Catawissa American Legion post 541. 5 Legion Road, Catawissa PA Saturday – September 10 (rain date = Sunday, Sept. 11) $10 Entry Fee – All Cars, Trucks, Bikes Welcome!
Cash Prizes, 50/50 Drawing and Concession Stand on Site Register at the Event. All Proceeds Benefit Our Local Homeless Veterans

* The Children’s museum will host a Mini Petting Zoo, Saturday, September 10th 10A.M.-12P.M. The petting zoo is free with regular admission. Families are invited to get up close and hands on with various warm and furry critters while learning about them too. There will be a chinchilla, rabbits, goats, dogs, service animals and many more for guests to visit with.

This event is supported in part by United Way of Columbia County, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

* Women’s Baseball League in WWII Saturday, September 10 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm League of Their Own baseball players Sarah Jane “Salty” Sands Ferguson of the Rockford Peaches and Joanne McComb of the Springfield “Sallies” share their experiences. The Rockford Peaches is the team that the movie League of Their Own was based on. This program is presented in conjunction by the Union County July 4th Veterans’ Committee. Register to attend by calling 570-523-1172 or by visiting the library.

* The Eddie Barbash Quartet led by saxophonist Eddie Barbash, a founding member of the “Late Night with Stephen Colbert” house band “Stay Human,” will perform at The University of Scranton at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, in the Houlihan McLean Center. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute “Cancer Survivor Day”

September 10th
10:00 a.m. – Noon
Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre

September 24th
10:00 a.m. – Noon
McDade Park, Scranton

 Sunday, September 11,  2016

*The 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Towers in New York, the Pentagon in Washington DC and the struggle aboard Flight 93 will be marked on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at the 9/11 memorial in McDade Park, Bald Mountain Road, Scranton. The commemoration will begin at 9 am with an ecumenical invocation. Ashley DeFlice will sing the National Anthem. Judah Whitney, LTC USA (ret.) will be the main speaker. Kendra Lynn, military liaison will read the names of the civilian and military deceased of Lackawanna County. The Northeast Detachment Marine Corps League will provide the firing salute. The Fireman’s bell ceremony is scheduled to be held.


*The West End Park and Open Space Commission will host a “Paint in the Park” event at the Chestnuthill Park Building on Sunday, Sept. 11th from 1pm  4pm.  You’ll get everything you need including Painting Lessons to create your very own masterpiece. Light Refreshments or bring your own. Join the Fun and bring your friends. $30 benefits your future West End Regional Dog Park

 * The Susquehanna Valley Spinners & Weavers Guild will hold their monthly meeting on Sunday, September 11, 2016.  The meeting is held at the Masonic Lodge, located at 361 Chestnut St, Mifflinburg, PA.  Social time begins at 1:30 pm and the meeting will begin at 2:00 pm.   The program for this meeting will be “The Ties that Bind” and will feature tape loom weaving with instructor Susan Weaver. The Guild always welcomes new visitors and potential members         


* The friends of late John “JK” Kostanesky, will host a benefit event, in his name, at the Keystone Fire Co., located at Keystone Volunteer Fire Company on Sunday, September 18. The Event will get underway at 1 pm. The fire station is located at Grant and Hanock Streets in McAdoo. The day will begin with a Motorcycle ride- Early registration to “REV & ROLL” can be made at Pocono Mountain Leather in Andreas, PA (309 South/895 intersection) or you can register 9AM the morning of Sunday, September 18 at the Church St Park gazebo, near the Beaver Meadows Fire Company in Beaver Meadows.  $15 rider … $10 passenger
registration – 9am … kickstands up – 10:30am

* 10th Anniversary Open House, Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 4pm – 7pm. Wayne Memorial-Good Shepherd Inpatient Rehab Center.  Tours, refreshments, stories of recovery. All are welcome. For more information, visit or call 570.253.8731.

* Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is holding their Annual Parish Festival on the church grounds at 100 Walnut Street in Montoursville.  The event will take place on Friday and Saturday,  September  16 and 17 from 5-9 pm.  Sunday, September 18 from noon to 3pm. 

* A communitywide yard sale in the West Mahanoy Township villages of Shenandoah Heights and Weston Place will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 17. Registration forms for $5 to benefit the Heights Fire Company are due by Sept. 12. Maps will be available the day of the event at the firehouse, 148 Swatara Road.

*The Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre and Wilkes University will again partner to host the George Ralston Golf Classic to benefit the Osterhout Free Library. The tournament will be held Friday, September 30th at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club in Mountain Top.  Registration begins at 9 AM with a shotgun start at 10 AM.  Visit to learn more about the George Ralston Golf Classic and what the Osterhout Free Library offers the community.

*Registration is now open for the American Red Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s 14th annual golf tournament on Monday, September 19, 2016. Tee off will be at 11:00 a.m. at Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic.  Funds raised at the golf tournament and dinner will support the ongoing work of the American Red Cross in our area.  For registration information, visit

* What a great way to welcome the fall and celebrate a great summer season!  The Riverfront Parks Committee invites evernt to them on the River Common for the Calvalcade of Jazz Concert September 15, 2016  6-8 PM featuring The Marko Marcinko Latin Jazz Quaret.

* On Wednesday, September 14, an Open Mic Night will take place at The Cooperage, located at 1030 Main Street in Honesdale from 7:00 to 10:00pm. This open mic will be led by Robert Dugan.

 * King’s College will host free screenings of the films “La Jaula de Oro” on September 15, “Zootopia” on September 29, and “Dying to Live: A Migrant’s Journey” on October 6, as part of the Sixth Annual Diversity Festival. Screenings will be held at 7 p.m. in the Burke Auditorium, William G. McGowan School of Business, on North River Street. 

* The Howetown Farm Show will be held on September 24 – 25, 2016 The event will run from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on both days.  Visitors can expect a fun and educational show about early farm life.

Enjoy  live demonstrations of antique farm equipment, blacksmithing, hit and miss engines, antique wagons,  cars, tractors and much more. Watch as the experts make home-made ice cream and enjoy a free sample. Observe the ladies spinning, knitting, quilting or rug braiding. Tour our replica farmhouse. Free admission and parking. Food available for purchase.

   The Farm Show is located  on Route 196, Sterling, PA (south of Hamlin) 

*Vaccines will be topic at myeloma support group. A video on vaccines for treatment of multiple myeloma will be featured at a meeting of the Multiple Myeloma Support Group of NEPA on Tuesday, Sept. 13, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Center for Cancer Wellness/Candy’s Place, 190 Welles St., Forty Fort. There also will be discussion of an upcoming teleconference on CAR-T cell therapy, for which trials are being conducted at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Patients, caregivers and family members are welcome. Call 570-740-8800 or 570-406-3048 for more information or directions.

* On Sunday September 17 from 10AM-4PM the Carriage House and Lost In Time Car Club will host a car show and tricky tray benefit for St. Jude’s Children Hospital

 Top prizes for the Tricky Tray include a week long vacation valued at $999, a golf eat and stay package from the Inn at Pocono Manor and children’s bicycles along with a wide variety of gift baskets.

Prizes for the winning cars include Kalahari waterpark tickets H2O waterpark tickets and restaurant gift cards. CAR REGISTRATION $15 DAY OF EVENT

* Naturalist Scott Wiedensaul to speak on “Messing Around with the Birds (For Fun and Science)” on September 20 at 7 PM.  The program will be held at the Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 253 Dock Street Schuylkill Haven. Scott’s program is hosted by the South Schuylkill Garden Club and is open to the public. 

 Dates have been announced for the SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant PA for their annual fund raiser, the 6th Annual  Rummage Sale.   Taking  place at St. Cyril’s  Grade School Gym, 133 River Street, Olyphant, PA.  September 23th, 24th, and 25th 2016. Time: 8:00 a.m-6:00 p.m. Friday-23th, Saturday-24th and Sunday-25th at 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

* The Cooperage Project is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for Field to Main, their fourth annual farm to table fundraising event! On Saturday, September 17, tables will be beautifully set for a mouthwatering, five-course, family-style dinner at The Cooperage on Main Street in Honesdale. Hor d’oeuvres will be served from 6:00pm. Dinner will immediately follow at 7:00pm.

* Performing on saxophone and guitar Duo Montagnard brings a varied program including original works by regional composers during the next live Simply Grand Concert to be held on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at 3 p.m. in the Sordoni High Definition Theater at the WVIA Public Media Studios in Pittston, PA. Seating is free, but limited. To make reservations call 570-655-2808 or reserve seats online at

 * The Herr Memorial Library presents a new Girls & Dolls Book Club. The first club meeting is Saturday, September 17th at 2:00 pm for our welcome to the club tea party. This club is for children ages five and up and meets on the third Saturday of each month. Created by Lorie Hernesh, the Children’s Program Coordinator, the Girls & Dolls Book Club, helps educate, inspire and encourage its members to try new things, be creative and positive, be involved in the community and most importantly be themselves. All club meetings are held at the Herr Memorial Library located at 500 Market Street in Mifflinburg. Future club meetings will be held on October 15th, November 19th and December 17th. Space is limited and registration is required by calling 570-966-0831 or visiting the circulation desk at the library.

*The Osterhout Free Library is excited to announce that Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services is once again sponsoring a New York City Getaway Raffle in conjunction with the An American in Paris Gala. The Gala will be held on Saturday, September 10th beginning at 6 p.m. at the Westmoreland Club with the winner being picked that night. Raffle tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100 and are available at the Osterhout Main Library at 71 S. Franklin St or any of its three branches around the city. The winner need not be present at the Gala but must be 21 years old.

*Little Eric’s Foundation will be holding their second annual fundraiser, “Little Eric’s Game Night-Play For A Cure” on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Touch of Class on George Avenue in the Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre, PA.  The cost per person is $75.00 and this includes appetizers, carving station, pasta station, chocolate fountain, homemade desserts and open bar from 6:00 – 11:00 P.M.  This will be a fun night playing roulette, poker, blackjack,craps and a horse race to win some great prizes.  To make your reservation, please call Anne Cawley at (570)823-7542 or send your check payable to Little Eric’s Foundation, P.O. Box 1004, Pittston, PA 18640.    Reservations must be made before the night of the event.

*APPLE SOCIAL & TRICK TRAYS, Wed., Sept. 21, 4 to 6:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, Mauch Chunk & Greenwood, Tamaqua. Waffles w/apples & ice cream; pies, dumplings; other food items available. Take outs available. Pre-order take home pies, dumplings by calling 570-668-0623.


* St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Wellsboro will host its 53rd Antique Show and Sale on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10 AM to 3:30 PM.   This one day only event will have wall to wall Vendors, Door Prizes, Raffles for Antiques, and a Raffle for a Quilt made by the St. Paul’s Quilters.  Great food will also be available.  Admission for the event is $3.00.  The Church is located at the corner of Pearl and Charles Street in Wellsboro.

* 7th Annual Midwifery Mingle, sponsored by Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers and Wayne Memorial Hospital. Thursday, October 6, 2pm – 4pm, The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale. Educational and fun activities. Free event. Children welcome. Info: 570.253.8390.­


*Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre will hold a “Heat the Church” Pasta Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 1 in the church auditorium at 35 South Franklin Street.  The event will feature pasta, plain or with meatballs, salad, a beverage, and dessert. Takeout orders can be placed 4:30-5:30 pm, dining in is from 5:30-7:30 Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children aged ten and under. Tickets are available at the door or may be reserved by calling the church office at (570) 825-6653.

 *Get ready to kick off the fall harvest season! St. John Vianney Parish of Montdale and Royal will host its annual Harvest Festival turkey dinner on Sunday, October 2 from noon to 5:00 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church in Montdale. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children. Tickets may be purchased at the door and include a turkey dinner with mashed potatoes and vegetables, as well as sauerkraut slaw, stuffing, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, pie, and beverages. Take-outs are available.  Along with a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, the event will include numerous raffles, a bake sale, and free hay ride!

*The Susquehanna Valley Chorale (SVC) is pleased to announce its new 2016-17 concert season, which will include four performances in three different communities: Lewisburg, Sunbury and Selinsgrove.  The season will begin on Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 16, at 3 p.m., with Two Symphonic Masses: Past and Present at Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Selinsgrove   A Season Subscription costs $70 and consists of four “freestyle” tickets that can be used at any SVC concert in any combination. Individual tickets range from $20-22 depending on the performance and $8 for a student ticket for all performances. Youth under the age of 12 are always free.


Save the date, grab your dance shoes, and dress to impress; and join us for our 18th Annual Senior Prom, on Sunday, November 13,2016, from 1:00p.m.- 4:00p.m. This year’s theme is “Black & White Ball”. This event will be held at the Pocono Family YMCA, at 809 Main Street, Stroudsburg, Pa.18360. The entertainment will be provided by the Riverside Rhythm Band. The cost per person is $7.00 in advance, and $10.00 per person at the door.  This event is open to anyone 55yrs of age or older, and those who enjoy the company of a fun, mature crowd. Attire is in keeping with the theme, dress to impress. There will be dancing to band music, door prizes, and light refreshments. We strongly suggest you pay in advance, at the Pocono Family YMCA; however, you can pay on the day of the event.This event is a joint effort of the Pocono Family YMCA, Area Agency on Aging, and RSVP


The Susquehanna Valley Chorale (SVC) will continue its popular holiday performance, A Candlelight Christmas, on Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 at 3 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Sunbury. The performance will feature the singing of popular carols.  A Season Subscription costs $70 and consists of four “freestyle” tickets that can be used at any SVC concert in any combination. Individual tickets range from $20-22 depending on the performance and $8 for a student ticket for all performances. Youth under the age of 12 are always free.

On-Going Exhibits and more

* The Lackawanna Historical Society hosts a monthly Civil War Roundtable, open to anyone with an interest in the Civil War era 1861/1865. The Roundtable meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Avenue, at 7 p.m. Yearly membership dues are $20 for individuals and $25 for families.

 Upcoming presenters and discussion topics for Roundtable meetings are as follows:

Sept. 13: TBD

Oct. 11: Tom Moran, “The 1860 Presidential Election”

Nov. 8: Book discussion, “American Scoundrel” by Thomas Keneally

Dec.: Holiday party, date TBD

Reservations are required. For more information about the Roundtable or to reserve your space, contact the Lackawanna Historical Society at 570-344-3841 or email

*From Sept. 9 through Oct. 7, 2016, the Hope Horn Gallery at The University of Scranton presents the exhibition “These Days: Prints by Mark Ciocca.” The exhibition includes numerous works addressing contemporary social issues. Opening events for “These Days: Prints by Mark Ciocca,” will take place on Friday, Sept. 9.  Ciocca will present an artist’s lecture discussing his work from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Pearn Auditorium of Brennan Hall. A public reception will follow from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Hope Horn Gallery, on the fourth floor of Hyland Hall.
The lecture and exhibit are open to the public, free of charge. The gallery is also open to the public during the following hours: noon until 4 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

* The region’s oldest and longest continuously running downtown open-air farm market is in full swing on Tuesday and Friday mornings throughout the growing season and into the fall.

Regional growers feature produce, flowers, plants and even baked goods from about 8 a.m. to noon along the east side of the first block of South Main Street and at times even on the south side of the first block of East Centre Street near the more than century-old former Bolich & Burke Building.

The market is sponsored by the Greater Shenandoah Area Chamber of Commerce. Mark Bernardyn is chairman of the chamber’s market committee. New growers are always welcome.

For more information, email to Bernardyn at or to chamber Secretary Betty Ann Bugden at

* 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

 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

Coffee Houses/ Art Exhibits and More!

* “Contemporary art quilting is like painting with fabric,” says Sharon. Sharon Koppel’s art quilts are on display in Gallery 255 at the Public Library for Union County throughout the month of September.

Making A Difference Ministries, along with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Mountain Top presents  a Christian Four Part Concert Series. The concert will feature both National and Local Recording Artist.  Place: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church  Rte. 309  Mountain Top, PA
Date: September 25th 
Time: 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.
William Doney, National Singer/Songwriter from Allentown, Pa.

After each Concert, there will be a “Meet and Greet’ with the Artist(s) and signing of CD’s. 
Cost: FREE EVENT!!! 
A ‘Goodwill Offering’ will be collected to help each artist with the cost of travel.
Bring a Friend! Everyone is welcome!

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