UNICO Pasta Dinner Scheduled for Sunday November 22nd

Announcing the Keystone UNICO Pasta Dinner scheduled for Nov. 22 at Villa Maria, West Scranton, are, from left: Chapter Members Dot Mariani, Joany Bonczek, Mary Ann Stoppini, Keystone President Mary Ann Coviello and Pasta Dinner Chairman Frank Coviello.

Dunmore’s Keystone Chapter UNICO conducted its October dinner meeting at the new Colarusso’s Coal Fire Pizza in Dickson City, formerly Al Mia Amore.  Keystone UNICO members were the first customers to experience dining in their newly renovated banquet room, featuring all COVID-19 protocol.  The dinner was delicious and the accommodations were perfect.

In keeping with October being Italian Heritage and Culture Month, Chapter member Mary Ann Stoppini gave an interesting review of Dianne Hales’ book “La Passione”.  Its theme is “Everything in Italy is done with passion and there probably would be no real passion in the world without Italians.” 

Also discussed was Keystone’s upcoming Pasta Dinner fundraiser for local charities and scholarships.  Dinner will be available for take-out or dine-in at Villa Maria at 1610 Washburn Street, West Scranton, on Sunday, Nov. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and includes penne pasta, meatballs, salad, bread, and cake for dessert.  Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased by contacting Frank or Mary Ann Coviello at 570-344-3737 or any chapter member.  Pre-sales are encouraged and there will be a limited number of tickets at the door.

Calendar of Events: August 2020

Furniture Sale

During this health crisis, SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, will sponsors its furniture sale on Friday, Aug. 7, and Saturday, Aug. 8, outside, in th driveway of St. Cyril’s Church and Rectory from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.  

Everyone must wear a face mask and follow social distancing.Customers can enter from 135 River Street (between the school and the rectory)  or West Grant Street, Olyphant.   All the furniture and home decor have been donated by estates, moving or downsizing homes.  Food and raffles will be available.  The musical entertainment will be provided by Paul Dudrich and Patrick Marcinko, parishioners of  St. Cyril’s Church. For more information, call 

St. Cyril’s Rectory at 570-291-4451 or go online to  http://www.stcyrils.weconnect.com

Lebanese Food Fest

The 10th annual Lebanese-American Mini Food Fest will be held Aug. 7-9 at St. Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, 130 N. St. Frances Cabrini Ave., off lower Jackson Street. There will be take-out and pick-up of Middle Eastern food and pastries and local picnic food favorites.. Times will be Friday and Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. Please follow current mask and distancing guidelines. Prepaid orders are being taken by calling 570-343-6092. For menu or information, visit www.melkite.scranton.org or facebook.com/melkitescranton, or contact melkite.scranton@gmail.com.

Golf Tournament

The 14th annual St. Mary’s Villa Golf Tournament will be held Monday, Aug. 17, with registration and luncheon beginning at 11 a.m. and shotgun start at noon. Cocktail hour and dinner will be at 5:30. Single golfer registration is $150. New this year is a Memorial Hole Sponsorship. For information, contact David Leonori at 570-795-2810 or email dleonori@stmarysvilla.com.


Church Breakfast

St. Joseph Melkite Catholic Church, 130 North St. Frances Cabrini Ave., West Scranton, has postponed itsr annual St. Joseph Breakfast from Sunday, March 22 until sometime after Easter. The Byzantine Lenten Mission wascancelled at all participating churches. Orders still being taken for Baklava and Pastries and Easter Flowers. Contact melkite.scranton@gmail.com, melkitescranton.org or facebook.

Easter Party

The O’Malley Family regrets to inform the public that due to safety precautions surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, our 21st Annual Easter Party will be cancelled.  We hope to reschedule in the near future, but safety is our number one responsibility for the citizens of our county.  Have a happy, safe, and healthy Easter.  


The Riverside PROmoting School – community – university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) team has cancelled its annual Spring vendor craft fair slated for Saturday, April 4, at the Riverside East Elementary School, 900 School Street, Moosic, as a precautionary response to the Coronavirus.   

Cultural Center Events

Due to the guidelines announced by Gov. Tom Wolf, the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple has been closed and many staff are working remotely. The Cultural Center has announced the postponement of its 20th annual Evening of Fine Food and Wine scheduled for April 19. Cancelled events include the fifth annual Buy Local Spring Fling Marketplace which had been scheduled for May 3. Also cancelled were all “Little Mermaid” rehearsals. Persons can communicate online at SCCMT.org or ticketmaster.com.

Anthracite Opera Co. Production

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Anthracite Opera Company is postponing its Hodgepodge V, Mostly Classicall, which was scheduled for  Sunday, April 19 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Scranton.  For more information, contact Gary Richards at 570-335-7702.