Calendar of Events: October 2019

dunmore schoolDHS 1989 Class Reunion

The Dunmore High School Class of 1989 will hold its 30th reunion Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m., in the Fireside Martini Grill, 411 Chestnut St., Dunmore. There will be heavy appetizers, live music and an open bar from 7 to 11 p.m. The cost is $60 per person. Mail checks to: Carrie Toomey, 307 Ward St., Dunmore, PA 18512.Make checks out to: Dunmore High School Class of 1989. 

Carrie Bowen Toomey said the Dunmore High School Class of 1989 has held reunions every five years since graduation. 

Craft Show

The Presbyterian Woman of Dunmore Presbyterian Church, 137 Chestnut St., will hold a craft fair on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a $2 donation at the door. Also featured will be homemade soups and sandwiches in the cafe, a bake sale, and door prizes.

Dragonfly Project

The Hospice of the Sacred Heart Dragonfly Project is a six-week grief education series beginning Oct. 9 and running until Nov. 13 for children ages 6-12, and their parents and/or guardians who have suffered a loss from the death of a loved one. Pre-registration is required. The series will be held for six consecutive weeks. Call 570-344-9027 to register.

dragonfly-768x384The dragonfly is a symbol of change and the sense of self that comes with maturity.

The dragonfly represents the program because, through appropriate, caring support, young people can transform their grief into a positive opportunity for growth and maturity that they will carry with them throughout their lives.

The thoughtfully designed curriculum addresses grief, loss and hope by combining outlets to talk about the loss with hands-on activities and games. Goals for each week’s session include: Telling one’s story, exploring death, identifying and coping with feelings, exploring unfinished business, self-care and support, and learning to say goodbye. 

The mission of Hospice of the Sacred Heart is to provide comfort, care, hope and choice to patients and their families, while guiding them through the end of life journey. 

Designer Purse Bingo

Keystone UNICO will conduct its semi-annual Designer Purse Bingo on Sunday, Oct. 20, at Eagle-McClure Hose Company, 375 Milwaukee Ave., Old Forge, with doors opening at noon. The event will include 20 regular games with designer purses for prizes and four super special games.  

There will also be a basket raffle; 50/50 drawing; bake sale, and a nice selection of Hot Food and Non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase.  Cost is $20. This fundraiser benefits local scholarships and charities. For tickets contact Michele McDade at 570-343-7009.

Tickets for the event are $25 and are available at

Marywood Open House

marywoodMarywood University will hold its fall undergraduate open houses on Saturday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., on each of the dates. The programs will begin with a 9 a.m. registration in the Fireplace Lounge at the Nazareth Student Center on the University’s campus.

The events will include an informative tour of campus, complimentary continental breakfast and lunch for all guests, and the opportunity to meet with current Marywood students, faculty, and athletic coaches. Information sessions with admissions and financial aid counselors will also be available. 

For additional information, please call Marywood University’s undergraduate admissions office at (570) 348-6234, or register at

Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence

1200px-Disney_Institute_logo.svgDisney Institute is bringing its renowned professional development course, Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence, to our region on Thursday, Oct. 12.  Sponsored by The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, the one-day event will help area professionals begin to understand the power of leadership values, discover how customer loyalty can be established, and gain insight into how organizational culture is strengthened.  

This day of Disney Institute training uses business insights and time-tested examples from Disney parks and resorts worldwide to inspire individuals and organizations to enhance their own customer experience using Disney principles as their guide.

For more information, including event costs, visit www.scrantonchamber.comor call (570) 342-7711.

AARP Driver Safety Program

An AARP Sponsored Driver Safety Program will be held at the Dunmore Senior Community Center on two consecutive Thursdays,  Oct. 17  and Oct. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm.   Improve your driving skills through lectures and an overhead screen presentation. There is no testing.  You may be eligible for at least a 5 percent discount on your auto insurance for three years. Cost is $20 for both sessions.  For reservations, call David 570-892-1619. 

Play Auditions

actorsActors Circle will hold auditions for a large cast for Dearly Departed at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Rd., on Sunday, Oct. 6, and Monday, Oct. 7, from  7 to 9 p.m. For information, contact the director, Mark Fryer, at 570-357-5898. Scripts will be provided at the audition. Come with your conflict schedule.

Actors Circle is bringing back this play by David Bottrell and Jesse Jones, a drop-dead funny crowd favorite from 2008. When the patriarch of the Turpin family keels over dead in the first scene, the struggle to get him buried involves the whole clan, including the not-so-grieving widow who wants to put “Mean and Surly” on the tombstone.

Night at the Races

A Night at the Races will be hosted by Friends of the ARC-NEPA Auxiliary  on Friday, Nov. 8 at St. Mary’s Center, Scranton. Doors open at 6 p.m. and post time is 6:30. Donation is $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Included in the ticket price are door prizes, a basket raffle, 50/50 drawing, food and soft drinks. Beer and wine will be available at the cash bar until 10 p.m. For information, call 570-346-4010.

Arts Breakfast

Dr. Xela Batchelder, Ph.D., executive director of the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival and Professor of Entertainment and Arts Management at Waynesburg University, will be the featured speaker at the 11th annual Lackawanna County “Wake Up with the Arts Breakfast” Program on Friday, Oct. 4, at the Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.  

This year’s breakfast is being held during the second weekend of the annual Scranton Fringe Festival, a nine-day event supported by Lackawanna County. The breakfast is a celebration of the arts and will open with music by local hand pan musician Steve Werner and guitarist Daniel Amedee of New Orleans, who is a musician who is participating in the Fringe Festival. 

To register, emai or call 570.963.6590, ext. 106.

chamber of commerceChamber Open House

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce will host its annual open house on Thursday, Oct. 3, beginning at 11:45 a.m. at the Chamber building, 222 Mulberry St.

Food and refreshments will be provided, as well as networking opportunities with Chamber members, board members and staff.

For more information, visit or call (570) 342-7711.

County College Fair

Marywood University will host the annual Lackawanna County College Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 16, , from 7 – 8:30 p.m., in the Center for Athletics and Wellness on the University’s Campus. Prior to the College Fair, a Higher Education Presentation will take place at 6:15 p.m., and a Financial Aid Presentation will take place at 7:15 p.m., both at the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life, in the McGowan Community Room. This event and the presentations are free and open to the public. 

Representatives of more than 50 colleges and universities, from both in and out of state, will attend the College Fair and will be available to offer information and answer questions. High school juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend.

 For information about the College Fair held at Marywood University, call the Office of Admissions at Marywood, at (570) 348-6234, or email Deidre Jones, assistant director of university admissions and pre-collegiate programs, at 

Rummage Sale

Saints Cyril’s and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church is having a one day special rummage sale fundraiser, on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Cyril’s school gym, 133 River St., Olyphant. 

pasta dinnerSpecial prices include 50 percent off furniture and decor (wall hangings and lamps) and 25 cents on everything else, with few exceptions. There will be refreshments and a5 0/50 raffle. For more information, look at the website at

Pasta Dinner Benfit

A pasta dinner will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 3 at Villa Maria Restaurant in Scranton.

Proceeds will benefit Help Hope Live in honor of Donnie L. Welsch Jr. who has suffered a spinal cord injury due to a car accident leaving him with paralysis from the chest down.

For those who cannot attend but want to make a tax-deductible donation: please visit

Free Senior Fair

State Rep. Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna, will host a free Senior Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at Throop Community Center, 500 Sanderson St. 

More than 35 representatives from various agencies and organizations such as AARP, PennDOT, the Attorney General’s Office, United Way and many more will be on-hand to speak with attendees. These representatives will also provide valuable information about health care, prescription drugs, identity theft and scams, and REAL ID, as well as volunteer opportunities.

Mullins and his staff will also be available to answer questions and provide information on a wide array of government-related initiatives and programs.

In addition to the government and exhibitor information, the Senior Fair will feature vision, hearing and blood pressure screenings. Flu shots will also be available with an insurance card. Complimentary food and refreshments will be provided. 

For more information on the Senior Fair, residents may call Mullins’ district office at 570-383-9795.

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