Calendar of Events: October 2021

Free Halloween Party at the YMCA

​​The Greater Scranton YMCA is inviting families from across our community to a free Hoot & Howl Halloween Party at the Y on Saturday, Oct. 23, from noon to 3 p.m..  The event will feature a costume contest, DJ, magician, Family Haunted Walk, refreshments and more.  

“We are thrilled to offer a free Halloween event at our facility that welcomes all members of our community,” said Trish Fisher, President & CEO, Greater Scranton YMCA. “Following more than a year of social distancing and disruptions to seasonal celebrations, we are proud to provide children and families with some excitement!”

Children of all ages are welcome. Costumes are optional. While pre-registration is not required, it is preferred. For more information or to RSVP, contact Brandon Whipple, Health & Wellness Director, at or (570) 828-3116.

Lackawanna Winter Market Village

Applications are now available for vendors at the Lackawanna Winter Market Village, part of the Lackawanna County Winter Weekend event in downtown Scranton, on Dec. 3, 4 and 5 on Courthouse Square.  Participating vendors will be provided a 10’ x 10’ zip-up tent with lighting.  Everything will be spaced/appropriately distanced on the 200 block of North Washington Avenue for everyone’s safety. To apply visit Questions regarding the Lackawanna Winter Market Weekend should be directed to Maureen McGuigan, Deputy Director of Arts and Culture, at 570.496.1724 or

Depression Screening

Marywood University’s Psychological Services Center (PSC) will offer free and confidential depression screenings as part of National Depression Screening Day on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Psychological Services Center, located in the McGowan Center for Professional Studies. No appointment is necessary, the screenings are free and open to the public, and people of all ages are welcome.      

Held annually, National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) raises awareness and screens people for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. The screenings are anonymous and confidential, and no commitment is necessary. 

Treatment options for depression will be offered. For additional information on National Depression Screening Day at Marywood University, contact the Psychological Services Center, at (570) 348-6269, or visit the Center’s web page, at

Coal Mine Hours

Now that the summer season is over, the Lackawanna Coal Mine at McDade Park will now be open only on weekends – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The mine’s hours will be 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The last tour run will begin at 2:45 p.m.  

For information and/or prices, contact the Park’s office at 570-963-6764. 

Art Exhibits at Marywood

The Mahady Gallery, located in the Shields Center for Visual Arts on the campus of Marywood University is hosting two exhibits this fall: Printmaking: Art & Process, and George Catlin – North American Indian Portfolio. Fall 2021 gallery hours are Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 1-4 p.m. Both exhibits, as well as the gallery talk, are free and open to the public. 

Pasta Dinner

The Women’s Society of St. Joseph Melkite Catholic Church,West Scranton, will sponsor its annual pasta dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. Penne with meatballs, salad, bread and dessert will be available in the church hall for takeout or curbside. Cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-11. Tickets will be available at the door or call ahead to 570-343-6092 or email to preorder for takeout or curbside.

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter will host its inaugural Wag-O-Ween 5K and Pet Costume Parade on Saturday, Oct. 16, at McDade Park, pavilion 1, at 1 Bald Mountain Rd., Scranton. Registration and check-in are from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., and the race begins at 10.

Halloween 5K and Pet Parade

Runners are invited to wear their favorite Halloween costume or running gear as they dash through a 5K course designed by Scranton Running Company. The top male and female runners in each age category will receive a medal. The runners who compete in costume also will vie for the scariest, funniest, best superhero, and most unique costume prizes. All runners will receive a complimentary Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Wag-O-Ween 5K and Pet Costume Parade t-shirt. Registration is $35 and can be completed at

Following the race at approximately 11:30 a.m., Griffin Pond will host a Halloween pet costume parade. Parade participants should check in at 11 a.m. at pavilion 1. During the event, pet owners will escort their pets as they contend for the funniest, cutest, most creative, and most unique costume prizes. Parade registration is $15. The shelter also has numerous sponsorship options available which are great advertising vehicles for businesses or a way to honor someone. To register for the parade or as a sponsor,

All proceeds will benefit the shelter’s canine and feline enrichment program.

Brother’s Revivial

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple will present “A Brother’s Revival” on Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in its Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Theatre.  “A Brother’s Revival” features David Goldflies, who was a member of the Allman Brothers Band from 1978-1982 as well as Mike Kach from Dickey Betts Great Southern.

Tickets for “A Brother’s Revival” are on sale ranging from $28.25 – $48.25 (includes fees) and are available for purchase at the Fidelity Bank Box Office at the SCC in person or by calling (570) 344-1111, or via Ticketmaster. For more information or to view a full schedule of events, visit

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