Calendar of Events: February 2017

UNICO Membership Drive

Keystone Chapter UNICO, Dunmore Pa. will be having a March Madness Membership Drive on March 23 at Arcaro and Genell’s, Old Forge.

There will be various Italian specialties throughout the evening as well as entertainment by Frank Gervasi and speaker Joe Morinelli from Radio Voice Italia from Philadelphia Pa. Anyone who would like to join the chapter and are of Italian descent or married to one, please come out and enjoy a great evening. For information, call Mary Ann Coviello, Membership Director at 570-344-3737.

image003ServSafe Course

The ServSafe course, conducted by Penn State Extension, is being held at Penn State Worthington, 120 Ridgeview Drive, Scranton, on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on March 2 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The exam will be held at 11 a.m. on March 2.

After attending the sessions and passing the multiple choice exam, participants will receive a ServSafe certificate which meets the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s requirement for food safety certification.  The course covers information related to preventing cross contamination, safe handling of food, temperature control, cleaning and sanitization, proper storage, pest control and other relevant topics.

The cost of the class is $185, and the registration deadline is Feb. 17.

Individuals can register online at (Choose ServSafe under “Courses and Workshops”).  For further information, contact Nicole McGeehan at 570-421-6430 or   

Cupid’s Arrow Dinner

POSH at The Scranton Club will host a Cupid’s Arrow Valentine-themed dinner for The Menu at the Scranton Cultural Center on Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. The chef will service dishes such as beet and goat cheese salad, stuffed chicken with roulade sauce, brownie skewers and more. Attendees will enjoy samples of the food prepared and a cash bar will be available throughout. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the Fidelity Bank Box Office at the Cultural Center in person, by calling 570-344-1111, or via Ticketmaster.

The Menu is presented by Toyota of Scranton and sponsored by Donna and Michael Barbetti, People’s Security Bank & Trust, Technic Corporation, L.T. Verrastro, and Giant Floor.

Comedian Appearance at Lackawanna College

image-3Community Concerts at Lackawanna College will add veteran comedian Kathleen Madigan to the 89th season line up for a one-night performance on Friday, March 10, at 8 p.m. (doors at 7:30 p.m.). Adult tickets are $36 and $40. The appearance is part of the Kathleen Madigan: Bothering Jesus Tour.

The Detroit Free Press describes Madigan as “the funniest woman doing stand-up right now, but no gender qualifier is necessary. “ Over Madigan’s 25-year career, she has performed on nearly every late night show including Leno, Letterman, Conan, Ferguson and most recently on the The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and Ron White’s Salute To The Troops on CMT. In 2014, Madigan was nominated for an American Comedy Award for Best Concert Comic. Tickets for Kathleen Madigan and the full Community Concerts 2016-17 season are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (570) 955-1455, or through the Box Office, located at Lackawanna College in Angeli Hall, 501 Vine Street, Scranton, during the Box Office hours of 12:30-5:30 p.m. For more information regarding the season, visit

Community Concerts at Lackawanna College’s mission is to present culturally significant programming to the local educational and residential community. For more information, please contact Brandi George, Community Concerts Manager, at or via phone at (570) 961-7818.

Strength Training Class

Penn State Extension, in collaboration with The University of Scranton, will be offering strength training and nutrition classes to help men and women improve their muscle strength and bone density.

If you’re not physically active now and would like to begin an exercise program, plan to join the “Growing Stronger” program. It is a 12-week strength training initiative designed for adults 40 and older. Two classes are being offered: one on Monday and Wednesday mornings from  10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at West Side Active Older Adult Community Center, 1004 Jackson St. beginning Feb. 6; and the other is on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 – 2 p.m. at Abington Senior Center, 1151 Winola Road, S. Abington Township, beginning Feb. 7.  The cost is $115.

For questions or to register, please call Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County at 570-963-6842 or visit and click on Lackawanna County.  Space is limited, registrations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.     


Winter Blues Guitarmageddon

Scranton Cultural Center will host its second Winter Blues Guitarmaggedon, a collaboration with The Soul Shakers, featuring some of NEPA’s most talented blues musicians, on Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom, as a fundraiser for the SCC with proceeds benefiting ongoing operations, restoration, and programming. Maria Santomauro is coordinator of the event. There will be a cash bar and light fare for purchase. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Fidelity Bank Box Office in person, by calling 570-344-1111, or through Ticketron.

Annual C.A.S.U.A.L. Day

Timothy J. Farrell, MD was recently named chair for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s 14th Annual C.A.S.U.A.L. (Colon cancer Awareness Saves Unlimited Adult Lives) Day. Dr. Farrell is a surgeon for Geisinger Community Medical Center and  an associate professor of surgery at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

C.A.S.U.A.L. Day, set for Thursday, March 30, is a dress down day to raise awareness for colorectal cancer in Northeast Pennsylvania.  On this day, participants dress “casual” while wearing a specially designed pin and/or t-shirt. The focus of this awareness campaign is to have a casual conversation about colon cancer. All proceeds from the event stay in NEPA and go towards the Cancer Institute efforts to raise awareness and support colorectal cancer screenings for low income, un/underinsured individuals through their Patient Navigation Program.

For more information about C.A.S.U.A.L. Day and how you can participate, please call the Cancer Institute at (570) 941-7984 or visit


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