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 5 and 6, 2015
*Labor Day weekend (Friday through Monday, September 4-7, 2015). The annual La Festa Italiana on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton, Pa. More than 80 vendors offering great Italian food, and continuous live entertainment Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Monday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. featuring The Bronx Wanderers at 6:30 p.m. Free admission. For more information: www.lafestaitaliana.org
*Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton, is the place to create family memories on Saturday and Sunday, September 5 and 6 of Labor Day weekend, as the National Park Service joins with partners to host Railfest 2015. The annual event is a celebration of railroading past, present and future, with visiting equipment, displays, children’s programs, special tours and shop demonstrations and, of course, train rides on both days of the event.
The fun begins on Saturday with a special 8:00 a.m. park opening. Park Superintendent Deborah Conway will host a 9:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony, welcoming special event Grand Marshal James Barrett McNulty, former City of Scranton mayor. David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience” and Ray Owen, performing live railroad music and songs, will entertain on both event days. The Ron Leas’ Band will also perform selections from the “Big Band-era” on Saturday.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
*Roast Turkey Dinner on September 5, 2015, from 4-6pm, featuring Mashed Potatoes, filling and gravy with vegetable and dessert. $9 each, children age 4-10 $5. Proceeds support the work of Rev. John Lunn, ELCA Medical Missionary. At Holy Spirit Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10275 State Route 44, Watsontown, between McEwensville and Turbotville on Route 44.
*Stoudfest- Downtown Stroudsburg- Three stages with Entertainment, Food, over 100 vendors and plenty of family fun. It all begins at 10 am and runs through 6 pm. To celebrate Stroudsburg 200th birthday –the community is putting together a time capsule
After Stroudfest, the community is invited to enjoy a fireworks show. It begins in the downtown at 8 p.m.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
*First Presbyterian Church, Clarks Summit, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Jazz Mass in America at its 24th annual Labor Day Weekend Jazz Communion Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. in the church at 300 School Street, Clarks Summit. Church pastor Bill Carter and his Presbybop Quartet will play the music that composer and pianist Vince Guaraldi – of Peanuts fame — debuted in the newly completed Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, on May 21, 1965. The spectacular service also will feature two cantors and a small choir. Guaraldi biographer Derrick Bang of Davis, Calif., will give a pre-service historical overview at 9:30 a.m. in the church sanctuary. For more information, contact the church office at (570) 586-6306.
Monday, September 7, 2015 Labor Day
NEPA LABOR DAY Event- Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre – 10 am to 5 pm
The day long event will feature Music, Vendors, Family Fun
Free admission. The event will benefit the Community Living Center at the VA Medical 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:
- 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.
*On Friday Sept 11 the Monroe County Joint Veterans Honor Guard will be conducting a 9/11 Ceremony at the Elks Lodge on Washington St. in East Stroudsburg starting at 5:00 PM. On Sat. Sept 12 we will be part of the DAV Chapter 132 Patriot Day Celebration from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Alpine Mountain 497 Timber Hill Drive Henryville PA 18332. The Honor Guard will be doing an opening Ceremony at 1:00 PM. Donation for this event is $20. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of a DAV Van to transport Veterans to & from Dr’s Appointments & the VA Hospital. All Welcome to both events. Please come & join us. Thanks Tom Bowditch, Commander Monroe County Honor Guard
*Wayne County Area Agency on Aging welcomes you to join with other caregivers at the monthly meeting of the Caregiver’s Support Group. The September 2015 meeting will be held at the Earl J. Simons Senior Center on Wednesday, September 9th from 1:30 pm till 3:00 pm.The group meeting is informal, but informational. The counselors are experienced and understanding. Sharing experiences, ideas, situations, solutions, and frustrations can help you and others who attend. Consider this as time for you to bolster your emotional and physical well-being. For more information please call 570-253-4262.
*Hazleton Unico 8th annual Bell’ Italia festival, Hazle Township Community Park Hazle Township, September 19 and 20, Saturday : 10am – 9 pm and Sunday 10am – 7 pm.. Plenty of great foods, entertainment and more Best Meatball Contest” and something brand new this year —-SPAGHETTI-EATING CONTEST!
More information http://hazletonunico.org .
* Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is holding their Annual Fun Festival on the church grounds at 100 Walnut Street in Montoursville. The event will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 18 and 19 from 5-9pm and Sunday, September 20 from noon to 4pm. Friday night the Knights of Columbus will kick off the event with a Baked Ham dinner from 4pm to 7pm. in the parish hall. Delicious baked ham with green beans, scalloped potatoes, pepper slaw, rolls and butter with tea, coffee and ice tea. Take outs available. All tickets $8.00. Sold at the door only. Also all weekend French fries, funnel cakes. Walking Tacos, Hot Sausage, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Ice Cream and Apple Dumplings. There will be Rides, Games, and Raffles, The Fall/Pumpkin booth plus the Photo Booth. There will be Entertainment daily.
Sunday school classes will begin for all ages with Rally Day on September 13th at 9:00 am at Conygham United Methodist Church, located on 411 Main Street in Conyngham
. This year’s theme is “A New Life in Christ” and Rally Day will focus on butterflies. Rick Mikula, The Butterfly Man, will be the special guest during Rally Day. During worship service, teachers and assistants will be recognized and 2014-15 prayer partners will be revealed.
Conygham United Methdist Church will host a Chicken BBQ Dinner will be held on Saturday, September 19th from noon until 5:00 pm. Take-out dinner is available at our convenient “drive-thru” in the parking lot. Meal includes ½ chicken with the famous Valley BBQ sauce, baked potato, apple sauce, roll and dessert. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling the church office at 570-788-3960. The church is located on Main Street in Conygham
September 20th is Bring a Friend Sunday and Potluck Luncheon. Everyone is encouraged to bring a friend to church – a neighbor, someone who has not attended in awhile, a family member. Reach out and bring someone with you. Bring a dish of food to share and plan to stay for lunch. Drinks will be provided. Conyngham United Methodist Church is located on 411 Main Street in Conyngham
A four-week study on Why? Making Sense of God’s Will by Adam Hamilton will begin on September 27th during Sunday school in the library at Conyngham United Methodist Church . The church is located on 411 Main Street in Conyngham
. This study is for parents of Sunday School children and others who want to explore faith questions of why God allows suffering and how to understand God’s will for us, our free will, and the fact that God will never abandon us in our suffering.
STRIKE OUT ABUSE BOWL-A-THON, Saturday, September 26
Chacko’s Family Bowling Center, Wilkes-Barre, Bowling begins at 12pm and 3pm, $200, Registration Fee Per Team, Each Team has 5-6 Bowlers- Teams get Pizza, Soda, T-shirts
*Setebaid Services is holding the 2015 Setebaid Walk to help over 300 local children and their families who are living with Type 1 Diabetes. The 2015 SETEBAID WALK will be held Saturday, September 19 from 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM, at the Parking Area of Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg. To Start a Walk Team, Sponsor a Team or Participant, or Become a Corporate Sponsor, visit www.setebaidwalk.org.
*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.
* September 13th– Out of the Darkness Walk in conjunction with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will be held . The Greater Northeast Pennsylvania Walk is set for 2 p.m. Sept. 13 at Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre.
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (570) 342-8115.
*On Sunday, September 27 the Lackawanna Historical Society will host “Pocono Mountain Quilt Heritage” at 2 pm at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Avenue, Scranton. Antique quilts will be on display during the program.
*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.
*TASTE OF THE ABINGTONS Sponsored by Rotary Club of the Abingtons, September 13
5:00pm-8:00pm, Nichols Village Hotel & Spa, Tickets: $25
Food, Wine, Beer, Cigar Tastings
*Howetown Farm Show will be held September 26 – 27, at Route 196, Sterling, PA (south of Hamlin)
A fun and educational show about early farm life.
See live demonstrations of antique farm equipment including – a mule-powered treadmill operating a threshing machine – hit & miss engines – corn sheller – rock crusher – shingle mill – steam engines – and much more. Tour our replica farmhouse. Free admission and parking. The farm show will be 10 am to 5 pm each day Food available for purchase.
* On September 19 and 20, PocoNotes will host an immersion into music, showcasing the images of four of the area’s “best and brightest” photographers, the guitar mastery of Grammy-nominated Master of the Telecaster, Bill Kirchen, and a collection of unique primitive instruments by Snikle Cigar Box Guitars. As in prior years, the setting for this two-day event will be Scranton’s historic Tripp House at 1011 North Main Avenue. This lovingly-restored landmark will be open for public viewing of the photo and cigar box guitar exhibits on Saturday from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m.
The Photography Roundtable will be held on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will be followed immediately by a two-hour “Porch Time” jam session, an informal gathering led by Bill Kirchen. Everyone is invited to bring an instrument and “pick and grin” as the music is brought to life through songs and stories. Saturday evening concert scheduled for 8:00 p.m.,
The Guitar Workshop will be the final event of the weekend and will be held on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Reservations are respectfully requested and small amps are strongly suggested. The exhibits, workshops and jam session are free and open to the public. Tickets for the all-ages concert are $25 in advance/$30 at the door for Adults and 2 for $25 for Seniors and Students. Advance tickets can be purchased from PocoNotes at www.PocoNotes.com or (888) 800-POCO (7626) or at Duffy Accessories, 218 Linden Street in Scranton. There is no charge for children 12 years of age and under attending with an adult, and members of the military are invited to attend as our guests.
*Eric Booth, a renowned actor, author and educator, will be the featured speaker at this year’s “Wake Up With The Arts Breakfast” scheduled for Friday, September 25, in The Mohegan Sun Club at PNC Field, Moosic. The seventh annual event, sponsored by the Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department, brings national speakers on community arts topics to our area. Breakfast and registration begin at 8:30 AM with the program running from 9 AM – 11 AM. The “Wake up with the Arts Breakfast” is free and open to the public. Interested parties can register by emailing email@example.com or calling 570.963.6590, ext. 106.
The Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre and Wilkes University will once again team up to host the George Ralston Golf Classic to benefit the Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre. The tournament will be held Friday, October 2nd at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club in Mountain Top. Registration begins at 9 AM with a shotgun start at 10 AM. Visit www.osterhout.info to learn more about the George Ralston Golf Classic and what the Osterhout Free Library offers the community.
Wilkes University Theatre announces its 2015-2016 season. The season presents a variety of shows from thought-provoking classics to musicals featuring songs of the swinging sixties. All performances will be held in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts. General admission is $10, students and seniors are $5, and free for all Wilkes students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call the box office at 570-408-4540.
*The Thelma Urban Memorial Fund presents the first Supurban Run 5K and Mile Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Tamaqua Area School District Sports Complex at 500 Penn Street, Tamaqua PA 18252. Cost is $25 (for both the race and t-shirt size of choice) if postmarked by Monday, Sept. 14. Applications postmarked after said date will pay $30, and extra shirts will be given on a first come, first serve basis. On the morning of the race, last minute registration and number pickup will open at 8 a.m. The 5K starts at 9 a.m. and the 1 mile walk begins at 9:15 a.m. To register online, visit www.pretzelcitysports.com
Written by Thornton Wilder and directed by Jon Liebetrau, assistant professor of performing arts, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play delves into the complexity of the human experience by peeking into seemingly simple lives of people in the town of Grover’s Corners, N.H., revealing profound meaning. Performances are Oct. 1, 2, 3 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 4 at 2 p.m.
*In celebration of Midwifery Week, women of all ages and their children are invited to Wayne Memorial’s Annual Midwifery Mingle and High Tea. The event, free to the public, will be held Thursday, October 1, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Cooperage in Honesdale. Vendor and educational display tables, light refreshments, live music and interactive play for children will be featured. Reservations are encouraged and may be made by calling 570-253-8390.
Created by Philip George and David Lowenstein, with direction by Teresa Fallon, director of theatre and musical direction by Ken McGraw, this pop musical romp through 1960s London highlights the changing roles of women through such favorites as, “Downtown,” “These Boots Are Made For Walking,” and “To Sir, With Love.” Performances are Nov. 13, 14, 20, 21 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 15, 22 at 2 p.m. All performances will be held in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts. General admission is $10, students and seniors are $5, and free for all Wilkes students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call the box office at 570-408-4540.
*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.
All performances will be held in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts. General admission is $10, students and seniors are $5, and free for all Wilkes students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call the box office at 570-408-4540.
*The Dickson City Cub Scout Pack 21, chartered by the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, will be holding a holiday craft fair at LaSalle Academy on its Dickson City campus. The scouts are currently seeking vendors for this event. Crafting, direct sales, antiques, collectibles and businesses are welcome. The event will be held on Saturday, November 14, starting at 10:00 am. Interested parties can contact Sarah Kovolenus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The Hexagon Project Committee 9th Interdependence Hexagon Project Exhibition. The Exhibition is featured at the Artist for Art Gallery 514 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, PA. The Hexagon Project is an international visual arts opportunity whose purpose is to allow students and citizens, from around the world and here in Northeastern PA, to express ideas about their connectedness, rights and responsibilities as both local and global citizens. The Exhibit will run until October 9. 2015.
*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.
* 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 Oct. 13; Nov. 10; Dec. 8.
*Grief workshops, free of charge, offered by Wayne Memorial’s Hospice and Social Service Departments. Six sessions on Tuesdays— September 15, 22, 29 and October 6, 13, 20—from 5:30pm – 6:30pm at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale. Registration required. Call (570) 241-2685 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!!
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