Calendar of Events: December 2018

Nutcracker DunmoreBTOS5312Nutcracker Performances

Ballet Theatre of Scranton and Marywood University present the 43rd annual free performances of The Nutcracker Dec. 26, 27 and 28th at the Marywood Sette LaVerghetta Theater at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day.

Sponsored by Fidelity Bank, free tickets are available to the general public two hours prior to the specific performance at the Marywood box office.  

Become a Nutcracker sponsor for seating benefits by visiting or call 570-347-2867.  

Trolley Museum Events

In the true spirit of the season, the Electric AliCity Trolley Museum will hold a series of holiday events and trolley runs. The very popular “Santa on the Trolley” excursions are scheduled for December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23.  

Departure times for these rides are: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required. The 10-mile ride for all of the special excursions travels to the Trolley Works Building at the PNC Field and then back to the Museum.

On Saturday, Dec. 15, will be a Children’s Holiday Celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with activities such as arts and crafts, Mrs. Claus, a magician, refreshments and music.

For reservations, call 570-963-6590.

Breakfast with Santa at Allied Services

Santa-walk-5Allied Volunteers are offering their annual “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Graff Community Room at Allied Services.

The all-you-can-eat breakfast will include eggs, French toast, sausage, cereal, coffee, tea and juice while Christmas music plays throughout.  All will have the opportunity to sit with Santa and receive a gift. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children.

Reservations are a must and can be made by contacting P.J. Kilvitis at 570-348-1398.

Gov. Casey Lifetime of Service Event

The Governor Robert P. Casey Medal for a Lifetime of Service event, originally scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15, was postponed due to inclement weather. The event has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m., at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center.

Book Sale and Swap at Marywood

booksMarywood University continues to promote books and reading through its biannual book swap and sale to be held in the Learning Commons Lobby from today and Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Friday, Dec. 7, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., on Friday, December 7, 2018. This event is free and open to the public.

A wide selection of titles and genres will be available. The book swap and sale is sponsored by the English Club and Library Services. Book donations are being received on the first floor of the Learning Commons.

For additional information, please contact Annette Fisher, associate professor of library services, at (570) 348-6211, ext. 2365, or email

Marywood Transfer Day

Marywood University will hold an on-campus Transfer Day program on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 2 to 6 p.m.  for college students or former college students considering transferring to Marywood University. Transfer students are welcome at all stages of their college careers. In a single visit, visitors can discuss financial aid and scholarship options, transfer credits, take a tour of campus, and complete an application for admission.

Transfer Day will be held at the Office of University Admissions in the Liberal Arts Center, on Marywood University’s campus. Spring semester classes begin on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

For additional information, or to register for Transfer Day, call Marywood University’s Office of University Admissions, at (570) 348-6234, or visit

pennDOT-logoPENNDOT Innovations Challenge

With the Dec. 31 entry deadline quickly approaching, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) are reminding high school students grades 9-12 to submit their entries for PennDOT’s Innovations Challenge. This year’s challenge asks students to look at innovative methods, aside from laws and educational campaigns that can be developed in the next five to 10 years to get drivers to slow down in work zones. For complete Innovations Challenge details, visit

Holiday Concert

Marywood University’s String Project will hold its Holiday Gala Concert on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m., in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. The performance is free and open to the public. Marywood University’s String Project is an after-school, pre-collegiate string program for students ages 7-18. Participants take small-group lessons in violin, viola, cello, and double bass; participate in orchestra; and perform in concerts according to their experience level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced).

Winter Nature Camp

The Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center will hold this year’s Winter Nature Camp from Dec. 26 -28  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC), 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township, PA 18444. Children will explore winter through science experiments, track animals in the snow, get up-close to live turtles, and build a campfire.

There will also be plenty of outdoor play, fun winter-themed games, crafts, and snacks. The program is open to children ages 5-11. The cost is $115 for all three days or $45 per day. Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, please contact Michelle Wheeler at (570) 842-1506.

326Choir and String Concert at Marywood

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will hold its Concert Choir and String Ensemble Concert on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. The performance is free and open to the public.

Rick Hoffenberg, D.M.A., cochair, and associate professor of choral conducting will lead the Concert Choir, along with Tsukasa Waltich, pianist, and Edward Loch, Ellen Rutkowski, and Tsukasa Waltich, sectional conductors. The String Ensemble will be led by Sophie Till, M.M., clinical assistant professor of violin and viola, and Christiane Appenheimer-Vaida, lecturer for the music, theatre, and dance department at Marywood University.

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