Calendar of Events: November 2019

Pasta Dinner

A take-out only pasta dinner will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Al Mia Amore, Main Avenue, Dickson City, sponsored by Keystone Chapter UNICO National of Dunmore.. The price of $10 includes pasta, meatballs, bread, salad, and desserts. Containers are provided.

Proceeds benefit local charities and scholarships. For tickets, contact Mary Ann Coveillo at 570-344-3737.

Sandlot Travel Tryouts

Sandlot travel baseball tryouts will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6, or Thursday, Nov. 7 (choose one) at Schautz Stadium, Dunmore. For a spring session for 7u-12u, tryouts will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The 12U team will be attending Cooperstown. For a summer session after school ball for 13u-18u, tryouts will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $10. 

Contact: or 570-445-1155 to confirm your attendance or with questions.

18th Generations Sing Concert 

The Catholic Choral Society will present the 18th Generations Sing Concert on Sunday, Nov.10 at 7 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St., Scranton.. As in the past  years, this year’s concert strives to celebrate both ecumenical diversity and multigenerational singers. 

The Catholic Choral Society, marking its 71st season, is composed of more than 50 members from  Luzerne , Lackawanna, Wayne, Pike, Wyoming and Susquehanna Counties. 

The Generations Sing concert originated 18 years ago at the request of Monsignor Joseph Quinn, then pastor of St Peter’s Cathedral, as a part of its sesquicentennial celebration. Monsignor Quinn and the sesquicentennial committee decided that a concert celebrating both ecumenical diversity and multi-generational singers would be an appropriate motif for the occasion. 

Since that first presentation, The Catholic Choral Society  has hosted singing groups of all ages from public and private schools throughout Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, presenting four or five different age groups at each concert.

This year The Catholic Choral Society will both sing with and host the following groups:  Valley View Fifth Graders directed by Stacey Whitaker; Western Wayne Middle School directed by Joyce Covaleski, Wyoming Valley West High School directed by Justin Davis, and Marywood University Chamber Singers directed by Dr. Rick Hoffenberg

Board members assisting president Brenda Grunza and president emeritus Dr. Tom Rittenhouse in arranging the concert include: Lois Ostrowski, vice president;  Nancy Flannery, Sheila O’Brien, Dunmore; Rich Gibbons, and Kate Conaboy.

Ann Manganiello is the music director of the Catholic Choral Society; Jean Shields is the accompanist.

AAF fundraiser

The Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF Northeast Pennsylvania) will host “Sips & Pro Tips” on Thursday, Nov. 7, beginning at 6 p.m. at Sabatini’s Bottleshop & Bar, 1901 Wyoming Avenue, Exeter. This event is a fundraiser for the chapter’s student scholarship and will feature networking among the area’s marketing professionals.

“We’re excited to not only offer a great event to help raise money for our student scholarship fund, but to also offer a discounted membership rate for anyone who signs up for AAF at this event,” said AAF Northeast Pennsylvania president Kathryn Bondi.

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Pigs in Blanket Dinner

Shopa-Davey Veterans of Foreign Wars Post  6082 Peckville, is sponsoring a Pigs in the Blanket Dinner fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until sold out.  Accompaniments for the eat-in or eat-out event include vegetables, potato, dessert, roll, and refreshment. Tickets are $11 and can be reserved by calling 570-383-0501.  

Baseball Academy

Sandlot Baseball Academy will hold its ninth annual winter hitting league from Dec. 2-29 for boys and girls ages 5-18. The four weeks will include two sessions per week, each lasting one hour. Sessions will be Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9, 10, 11 a.m. and noon.

Hitting groups will be age appropriate, and baseball and softball will be separate. Teams and individual players are encouraged to register. Instructional and competitive hitting will be included. For information, call 570-445-1155.

ServSafe Course

The ServSafe Food Safety Manager Course is being held at Penn State Worthington on Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Nov. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. The certification exam will begin at 11a.m. 

These in-person trainings, taught by certified ServSafe instructors, will help participants learn how to prevent contamination of food by properly receiving, storing, preparing, cooking, cooling and serving the food, as well as proper methods of sanitizing foodservice facilities.

After completing the course and passing the multiple-choice exam with a 75 percent or higher score, participants will receive a ServSafe Food Protection Manager certificate. This certification is good for five years.

The course fee of $185 covers the cost of the most recent edition of the ServSafe Manager book, exam, answer sheet and learning materials. To register, visit or call 877-345-0691. For further information about the course contact Nicole McGeehan at 570-421-6430.

Conquer Conference

Marywood University’s Student Activities and Leadership Development office will hold its third annual CONQUER Student Leadership Conference on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 12 – 6 p.m. Cost of the conference is free for Marywood students, and $20 for non-Marywood students. Registration includes conference materials, a t-shirt, and lunch. Check in begins at 11:30 a.m., in the Nazareth Student Center’s Fireplace Lounge. 

New to the program this year is a Resume Drop Off. All attendees are eligible to drop off their resume during conference check-in to have it reviewed by Marywood University’s Career Development Center. Resumes will be ready to be picked up at the conclusion of the conference with notes, edits, and suggestions.

Keynote speaker is Saul Flores, who at the age of 18, embarked on the “Walk of the Immigrants,” a 5,238-mile walk across Latin American.  

In addition to Marywood University, five other area colleges and universities will participate including Johnson College, The University of Scranton, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Misericordia, and East Stroudsburg University. 

For informationvisit, or call  (570) 340-6016.

Chamber Music Concerts

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will present its fall semester Chamber Series of concerts in November and December. All performances are free and open to the public. The concerts will take place at various locations on Marywood’s campus, with the exception of the String Ensemble Concert, which is being held at the Cooperage Project, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale.

Featured concerts in the Chamber Series include: Tutti Ensemble Concert, Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m., Main Stage, Sette LaVerghetta Center; Percussion Ensemble Concert, Sunday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m., Room 104, Sette LaVerghetta Center; String Ensemble Concert, Sunday, Nov. 23, 3 p.m., at the Cooperage, Honesdale; Jazz Band Concert, Monday, Nov. 25, 8 p.m., Main Stage, Sette LaVerghetta Center; Guitar Christmas Concert. Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m., Marian Chapel, Swartz Center. The series culminates with the Chamber Singers Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m, Marian Chapel, Swartz Center.

High School Field Experience Day

Marywood University’s Nutrition, Athletic Training, Exercise Science, & Respiratory Therapy department will hold a High School Field Experience Day on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., in the Center for Athletics and Wellness on the University’s campus. This event is free and open to interested high school students and their parents. Register online at, or at (570) 348-6277. 

The High School Field Experience Day will include a welcome and opening; student breakout sessions; parent sessions, including information from Marywood’s Admissions and Financial Aid departments; a tour of campus; lunch; a Q&A panel, and additional student breakout sessions following lunch.

Breakout sessions include: Morning and afternoon sessions include Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Nutrition, and Respiratory Therapy.  

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An Evening with New Yorker Cartoonist

The Lackawanna County Arts Department in partnership with the Lackawanna County Library System and the Scranton Cultural Center is hosting an evening with Bob Eckstein, a New Yorker cartoonist and author of The Illustrated History of the Snowman at the Scranton Cultural Center on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m.  

Eckstein will discuss the process for writing his book and experiences as a New Yorker cartoonist. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing with copies available for sale.  

Mr. Eckstein is an award winning illustrator whose work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Wall St. Journaland The New York Times,as well as more than a dozen other publications. He has taught at The School of Visual Arts and the Pratt Institute. In 2000, Bob sought to solve the mystery of who created the first snowman. The inquiry enabled him to travel around the world.  The project took seven years to complete, which created a fascinating and entertaining read. 

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, kicks-off the County’s holiday events.  The theme for this year is “Snow People,” and various activities will be featured at both the Lackawanna County Winter Market at the Globe and at Scranton businesses and organizations where people may take photos at the “Snow People Trail,” located throughout the downtown.  

For more information about the lecture and book signing, please contact the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department at 570.963.6590, ext. 102, or email

Marywood Master Classes

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will continue its tradition of musical excellence with the final master classes of the fall semester. 

On Thursday, Nov. 14, principal members of the trumpet, horn, and trombone sections from the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic Orchestra will be at Marywood to lead a master class at 3:30 p.m. in the Marian Chapel. These players, among the finest virtuosos in Northeast Pennsylvania, will work with selected student brass players from the Marywood department of music, theatre, and dance. The master class is free and open to the public.

On Monday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Fireplace Lounge, Nazareth Student Center, the Marywood MerryTuba Christmas Concert continues a holiday tradition, welcoming performers that include Marywood students and guests from the community. Holiday carols and favorites will be musically interpreted through a large choir of tubas and euphoniums.

To join the performers, interested tuba or euphonium players can register at 4:30 and rehearse at 5 p.m. in Room 96 of the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. There is a $10 participation fee, and music is available for purchase. The free concert at 7 p.m. in the Fireplace Lounge, Nazareth Student Center, is open to the public. 

Memory Screenings

As part of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) National Memory Screening Program, Marywood University in Scranton, Pa., will offer free, confidential memory screenings on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Screenings will be held from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., in the Psychological Services Center at the McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies. 

Qualified healthcare professionals will administer the memory screenings and provide educational materials about memory concerns, brain health, and caregiving. According to the event organizer, Brooke Cannon, Ph.D., professor of psychology and clinical neuropsychologist, “Annual memory screenings, similar to regular physical exams, allow for identification of potential cognitive problems and monitoring of already existing impairment.”

Trained and supervised by Dr. Cannon, advanced clinical psychology doctoral students will administer the face-to-face screenings, which consist of a series of questions and tasks and last approximately ten minutes.

Memory screenings are an important part of successful aging and are becoming more popular. Last year alone, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) screened more than 250,000 people through its National Memory Screening Program (NMSP). Further, a recent study by the American Academy of Neurology suggests that screenings may detect cognitive impairment up to 18 years prior to clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

AFA suggests memory screenings for anyone concerned about memory loss, or experiencing warning signs of dementia, and whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; for those who believe they are at risk, due to a family history of dementia; or for those who want to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons. Warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease include forgetting people’s names and events, asking repetitive questions, loss of verbal or written skills, confusion and personality changes. 

Screeners emphasize that results are not a diagnosis, and encourage individuals who score below the normal threshold, as well as those who still have concerns, to see their primary care physician for a thorough evaluation.

Currently, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to nearly triple by mid-century. Advanced age is the greatest known risk factor for the disease, which results in loss of memory and other intellectual functions, and Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

For additional information about the Memory Screenings at Marywood University, please call the Psychology and Counseling department at(570) 348-6270, or visit


AAF Now Accepting Applications for “Cropped” Advertising Competition


The Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF Northeast Pennsylvania) is looking for non-profit organizations to apply to be the 2018 beneficiary for the “Cropped” competition.

The “Cropped” competition unites the region’s best and brightest creative professional and student talent on four teams, all of whom will vie for the opportunity to rebrand or work on a major creative project for an area non-profit organization. The competition is a take-off on the Food Network’s hit show, “Chopped,” and the last team standing wins.

“We’re excited to take ‘Cropped’ into its third year of helping non-profits find a new voice through branding,” said Kathryn Bondi, AAF Northeast Pennsylvania president. “We love having the opportunity to give back to our community by bringing the area’s top creative minds together for an exciting night of real-time advertising action!”

AAF Northeast Pennsylvania is accepting applications from area non-profit organizations now through Monday, Oct. 15, via Applications will be judged on the organization’s mission, state of current branding and the organization’s vision for future branding.

Previous recipients include Outreach Center for Community Resources (formerly EOTC) and Candy’s Place. The winning team will create a polished version of their creative campaign elements that will be unveiled at the AAF Holiday Party in December and files will be provided to the non-profit organization for its own use.

“The ‘Cropped’ event itself increases exposure for any organization participating,” said Kristin Cianfichi, director of community outreach and resource development, Outreach Center for Community Resources. “Most importantly, the winning organization will benefit from experts in the field of advertising and marketing. Non-profits, which typically are on tight budgets, get access to creative services they may not otherwise be able to afford, thanks to this event.”

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