High School Choral Competition set for this month

Keystone Chapter of UNICO National is sponsoring its third High School Choral Competition open to schools throughout Lackawanna County to be held at Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College on Sunday, Feb. 26th at 2 p.m. 

Doors open at 1:30 p.m.  Participating schools include Abington Heights, Mid-Valley, Riverside, and Scranton High Schools.  Admission is $10 for Adults; $5 for students and children 5 and under are free. The Catholic Choral Society of Scranton will also be performing under the direction of Ann Manganiello. 

Tickets are available by calling Michele at 570-343-7009, Toni at 570-344-2388 or Cathy at 570-878-5310.

Shown in front, from left: Keystone Chapter UNICO president Louise Ligi; competition judges Ann Manganiello and Erin Malloy, and event chairman Michele McDade. 

Back row, same order: Keystone treasurer Valerie Riggi; cochairs Toni DiVizio and Cathy Van Nort. and master of ceremony Peter Noto.

Not shown are competition judge Michele Conaboy McGrath and stage director Tony Nicosia.

Calendar of Events: February 2023

Choral competition

Keystone Chapter UNICO will host a high school choral competition on Sunday, Feb 26, at 2 p.m . at Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College. Cost is $10 for adults; $5 for students, with five years and under free. For tickets, call Michele at 570-343-7009 or Toni at 570-344-2388.

PSU recruiting night

The Greater Scranton Chapter of The Penn State Alumni Association will hold its annual “Recruiting Night” on Friday, Feb. 3, at  Arcaro & Genell’s, Old Forge. Guest presenter will be Donnie Collins, columnist and Penn State beat reporter for the Times-Tribune. Doors open at 6:00pm. There are no membership requirements. Suggested donation is $5 per person and will include pizza, soft drinks and salad.  The presentation will begin at 7 p,m. when Collins will present a video presentation of the Penn State incoming football recruiting class of 2022.  The night will also include a discussion of the football program and a Q&A session.

Family fundraiser

“Baskets for Marie’s Family” fundraiser will take place on Sunday,  Feb. 26, at American Legion Post #570,  400 2nd Street (Lincoln St) Blakely,  starting at 10 a.m. and throughout the day to help the family of Marie Armenti, owner of Armenti’s Pizzeria, Olyphant, who passed away at age 41 on Dec. 31 after battling cancer. Her husband Giancarlo (John), also owner of the pizzeria, has many medical bills and is left to care for their boys, age 3. 

Open to the public, all help is appreciated. 

Donations of raffle baskets and as well as monetary donations are greatly needed for the Armenti’s.  Contact Tracey at 570-335-3639 for additional information.  Raffle baskets can be dropped off ASAP and please label that they are for the Armenti Family.

Psyansky classes

SS Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant will  offer Ukrainian Pysanky classes on Sundays, March 12 and 26, at noon and at 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall with plenty of free parking. The two-hour beginner class will teach the basics to create a  traditional Ukrainian pysanky egg. The cost of each class is $25 for each person.  Supplies are included. 

Class size is limited and you must call Tammy Budnovitch at 570-766-1919 to register in advance., Please leave a message with your name, phone number, and the date/ time requested.

Killer Queen concert

Magic City Productions will present Killer Queen on Wednesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple. The tribute to Queen which features Patrick Myers as Freddie Mercury will take place in the SCC’s Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Theatre.

Tickets for Killer Queen start at $35 (plus 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 SCCMT.org.

Tom Papa Comedy Tour

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple will present the Tom Papa 2023 Comedy Tour on March 10 at 7:30 p.m. in its Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Theatre. With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country finding success in film, TV, radio and podcasts as well as on the live stage. He is a regular guest on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast and the late night TV shows.

Tickets range from $42.40 – $64.55 with a VIP package that includes access to a post-show meet and greet and

premium seating for $165.55. All ticket prices include fees. Tickets are available for purchase at the Fidelity Bank Box Office at the SCC in person or by calling (570) 344-1111, via Ticketmaster. For more information, visit SCCMT.org.

THIS MONTH: Penn State Alumni Assoc. Recruitment Night

The Greater Scranton Chapter of The Penn State Alumni Association will hold its annual “Recruiting Night” on Friday, Feb. 3, at with doors opening at 6 p.m. at Arcaro & Genell, Old Forge.

For the eight consecutive year, the guest presenter will be Donnie Collins, columnist and Penn State beat reporter for the Scranton Times-Tribune. Collins will present a video presentation at 7 p.m. of the incoming Penn State football recruiting class. He will also include a discussion of the football program and host a Q&A session.

There are no membership requirements. Suggested donation is $5 per person and will include pizza, soft drinks and salad.

Pictured from left are: Jeff Mallas, Doug Mallas, Sue Thomas, Carm Piedmont and Dave Tasselmyer.