Calendar of Events: July 2022

Italian Festival

SS. Anthony & Rocco Parish Italian Festival will be held August 12, 13 and 14, at St. Rocco’s Church Grounds, 122 Kurtz St., Dunmore, featuring food, games and live entertainment. The Festival opens Friday and Saturday at 5 p.m. and on Sunday following the noon Mass and Procession.

Live Entertainment includes Friday: DHS Marching Units & Cheerleaders and Picture Perfect; Saturday: Popstar Drive; Sunday: Feast Day Mass & Procession at noon followed by Vinsko Entertainment, Scranton Prep Cheerleaders, The Luongo Brothers Band, and fireworks at 9 p.m.

Sandlot Summer Camp

A sandlot summer camp hosted by West Scranton head coach Brian Minich will be held for four days, July 18-21, from 9 a.m. to noon at Dunmore Little League for ages 8-13. Cost is $150. To register, contact CDD027@aol.com or call 570-445-1155.

McGloin Golf Tournament

The Matt McGloin Charity Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, July 11, at Glen Oak Country Club. 

Each year, the Matt McGloin Charity Golf Tournament supports those in need of help in the Scranton and surrounding areas and is based on Matt’s belief to give back to his community…”take care of one another”.

Proceeds from this year’s tournament will benefit The Clinics at Scranton Primary Health Care Center, whose mission is  providing quality primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care services to all persons, including those who are under-insured and uninsured. Proceeds from the tournament will help fund a 5,000 square foot construction/expansion project of the Center’s dental clinic, primary care and behavioral health departments and construction of a second handicap accessible entrance with an elevator.

Transfer Tuesdays

Marywood University will hold its Transfer Tuesdays program for college students or former college students who are considering transferring to Marywood University. We welcome transfer students at all stages of their college careers. 

Transfer Tuesdays opportunities will take place on  July 26 and August 9. Those interested can schedule an appointment every half hour beginning at 2 p.m. 

Registered visitors can discuss financial aid and scholarship options, transfer credits, take a tour of campus, review credits for transfer eligibility, and complete an application for admission. Marywood University’s fall semester begins on Monday, August 22.

For additional information, or to register for the spring/summer Transfer Tuesdays program, please call Marywood University’s Office of University Admissions, at (570) 348-06234, email YourFuture@marywood.edu, or visit marywood.edu/transfertuesdays.

Golf Tournament

The North Pocono Public Library (NPPL) has announced the cochairmen of the second annual Golf Tournament to be held Monday, Aug. 8,  at Elmhurst Country Club. Jim Coles, former sports director for WNEP-TV, and Edward Steinmetz, senior vice president of finance at the University of Scranton, are leading an 18-person committee for the second year in a row. The tournament has a Noon shotgun start.

The presenting sponsor of the tournament is Keystone Marcellus Shale Logistics, and the Media Partner is WNEP-TV.

To register to play or be a sponsor, contact Christopher Kelly, Development Director at 570.498.0678 (cell), ckelly@albright.org. 

Lebanese Food Fest

The 21st annual Lebanese-American Food Fest will be held on Friday and Saturday Aug 12 and 13, from 4 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Aug 14, from 1 to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, 130 N. St. Frances Cabrini Ave., West Scranton.

There will be take-out, curbside, or limited seating, with Lebanese food and pastries, local picnic food favorites, variety baskets, and Holy Day services daily. Visit www.melkite.scranton.org or facebook.com/melkitescranton, and check back in August for the menu items. Contact melkite.scranton@gmail.com or call the rectory at 570-343-6092l.

St. Eulalia’s Festival

St. Eulalia’s Parish will celebrate its annual Summer Festival on Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16, from 5-10 p.m., on the picnic grounds of its parish campus, at 214 Blue Shutters Road, Roaring Brook Township.  

The “festival favorites” include an array of homemade ethnic foods, such as pizza fritta, potato pancakes, haluski, pierogi, porchetta, and sausage and peppers, as well as traditional picnic fare like wimpies, burgers, hot dogs, and chicken fingers, as well as a beer pavilion. There is also a flea market, known as Grandma’s Attic; Tricky Tray basket raffles; bake sale, an arts & crafts boutique, kids’ games, face painting, pony rides; a 50/50 Summer Cash Raffle and small games of chance, andentertainment including Electric City Steam Drug Project, Vito Picozzo of Dynamic Sound Productions, and Schutzengiggles Oompah Band. 

St. Eulalia’s will hostits 12th Annual 5K Walk/Run event through the Roaring Brook/Elmhurst area, rain or shine, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 16. Those who would like to participate need to pre-register, as there is no same-day registration. To register, go to www.steulalia5k.com or facebook.com/StEulalia5K

Calendar of Events: March 2022

Lenten Concert

In a 70-year tradition of inspiring prayer and meditation through music, the Catholic Choral Society will present its annual Lenten Concert on Sunday, March 13, at 3 p.m. at Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 1090 Carmalt St., Dickson City.  Rev. Patrick J. Pratico is pastor. Snow date for the concert is Sunday, March 20.

The concert is free and open to the public. There will be a freewill offering. Brenda Grunza is president of the Catholic Choral Society. Ann Manganiello is music director of the chorus; Kimberly

Gnall is accompanist. 

Further information may be obtained by calling 570-575-1040 and also at www.catholicchoralsociety.org.

Whose Live Anyway?” at the Scranton Cultural Center

The current cast members of the Emmy-nominated IV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” will present their new improv tour: “WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?” appearing live in concert at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple on April 29 at 8 p.m.

The show is 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song, all based on audience suggestions. Cast members are Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, Ryan Stiles, and Joel Murray. Audience participation is key to the show, so bring your suggestions and you might be asked to join the cast onstage!

This particular style of improvisational comedy is rife with countless gags, one-liners, hilarious games and even songs so good you will hardly believe they were made up on the spot.Ryan All ages are welcome.

Tickets for “WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?” are on sale ranging from $46-56 (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.

Marywood MFA Information Session

Marywood University will hold a virtual Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Information Session on Wednesday, March 30, from 4-5 p.m. This information session is free and open to anyone who is interested in pursuing a low-residency master of fine arts degree. To register, please visit marywood.edu/mfainfo

Marywood’s “Get Your Master’s with the Masters” MFA program for designers and illustrators is the oldest and best low-residency program in the country, designed for those who are working full time, but who are also interested in earning a terminal degree.

For additional information about the Information Session, contact Steven Brower, MFA, director of the “Get Your Master’s with the Masters” MFA program at Marywood University, at (570) 348-6211, ext. 2569, or email sbrower@marywood.edu.

Workforce Presentation

Skills in Scranton, the workforce development affiliate of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, will host a State of the Workforce virtual presentation on Thursday, March 3 from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. All school administrators, guidance counselors, curriculum writers, teachers, and school board directors in Lackawanna County are invited to attend. 

Guest speaker, Teri Ooms, executive director of The Institute for Public Policy will present on topics including where to find workers, today’s job opportunities, the skills and education needed to fulfill them, as well as where the workforce is headed in the next decade.

Those interested in attending can RSVP to Karen Durkin at kdurkin@scrantonchamber.com

Takeout Breakfast

The Women’s Society of St. Joseph Melkite Catholic Church, North St. Frances Cabrini Avenue, West Scranton, is sponsoring its annual takeout St. Joseph Day Breakfast, on Sunday, March 20. The abundant meal includes eggs, scratch pancakes, home fries, olives, honey-baked ham and breads. Hours are 9 am-1 pm. Tickets for adults are $10 and children ages 6-10 are $6. Fragrant St. Joseph Bread will be available in two loaf packages for $5 until sold out. Tickets are available at the door. Pre-order is preferred by calling 570-468-0529, the rectory 570-343-6092 or melkite.scranton@gmail.com. More info on facebook or melkitescranton.org.

Calendar of Events: December 2021

Winter Market on Courthouse Square

The Lackawanna County Winter Market Weekend will take place Friday, Dec. 3, through Sunday, Dec. 5, on Courthouse Square, N. Washington Avenue, featuring 54 vendors, music by local musicians, and a host of other events.

The Lackawanna County Tree Lighting will kick-off everything on Friday, December 3, at 6 p.m. in Flag Plaza in front of the Courthouse with caroling by the Catholic Choral Society. Free carriage rides by Brookvalley Farms will also be provided from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., leaving from the N. Washington Street side of Courthouse Square.   

RISE: an installation of light & hope, designed by the Scranton Fringe with the Center for the Living City and the Marywood School of Architecture, will be on display on the lawn on the N. Washington Avenue side of Courthouse Square.  Performances by the Scranton Fringe Festival will be offered Friday and Saturday evenings as part of the installation. Carolers from the Wally Gordon singers and Patasphere will be walking around Courthouse Square and the Downtown on Friday evening.

On Saturday, December 4, free art activities will be offered from noon – 4 p.m. at The Fringe Gallery at 200 Adams Avenue, Afa Gallery at 101 Penn Avenue, and Creative and Performing Arts Academy (CaPPA) at 222 Wyoming Avenue.

Other activities include: the annual Toys for Tots Fundraiser, Festival of Trees display on the Piazza dell’ Arte on the Spruce Street side of the courthouse, featuring 24 trees decorated by area organizations, and the downtown Scranton Tomorrow Holiday Window Showcase.  As part of the showcase this year, the County offered a special program to sponsor 15 windows to be decorated by local artists.  The displays will be up through January 7.

For more information, visit Lackawanna Markets Facebook page, lackawannamarkets.com, or contact the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department at 570.496.1724.

UNICO December Meeting

The next monthly meeting for Keystone Chapter of UNICO is set for Fiorelli’s on Dec. 16. It will be the annual Christmas Party/Toys for Tots Drive with entertainment by song stylist Jimmy Cerminaro. Cost is $25. Contact the Keystone UNICO office at 570-343-7009 for a reservation. Membership is open to U.S. Citizens who have Italian lineage or are married to someone who does. If interested in joining Keystone UNICO, contact Ann Summa at 570-842-9336. 

Original Play 

411 Studio will present an original play Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Beautiful Dreamer, written and directed by Lou Bisignani. The production will be presented at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Rd. for one weekend only on Thursday, Dec. 9, Friday, Dec., 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. For reservations, call 570-342-9707.

Ugly Sweater Contest

An Ugly  Christmas Sweater contest will be held in Olyphant on Dec. 16, coordinating with the “Third Thursday in the Queen City.”  This contest, which is open to everyone, will be at the Keystone Stage, 125 Lackawanna Ave, across the street from the Bank.  All sweaters must be worn on the person and  must be entered by 6:30 p.m, for the judging and prizes at 7:30. For more information, check  “Olyphant Borough information page” on Facebook. There will be free parking in town in that evening.

Christmas Concerts at Marywood

Christmas traditions at Marywood University continue this year, with protocols in place to ensure safe, in-person experiences, including cultural events. As part of its “Making Spirits Bright” Christmas event series, Marywood is offering three holiday concerts, which are free and open to the public. Masking protocols must be followed at in-person events. 

Concerts include: 

Chamber Singers Holiday Concert, Sunday, Dec. 5, 4 p.m., at the Marian Chapel. This performance will include the famous “Alleluia” by Randall Thompson, the popular setting of “Lux Aurumque” by Eric Whitacre, and Carol Barnett’s spectacular “Hodie,” as well as carol settings and other sacred and secular music by American composers.

Guitar Ensemble: Holiday Concert for a Global Community, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m., at the Marian Chapel. This concert is being produced in partnership with Marywood’s Center for Global Engagement. During the concert, hear a musical holiday message that Marywood President Sister Mary Persico IHM wrote especially for the event, spoken by the student musicians in several different languages.

String Project Holiday Gala Concert, Thursday, Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m., at the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. This concert features the children and student teachers from Marywood’s String Project. They will be playing music from around the world and some holiday music to welcome in the season.

 For information on Marywood’s Christmas events, event registration links, and related resources, visit marywood.edu/makingspiritsbright

Holiday Event at the Rossetti Estate

The Rossetti Foundation for the Arts and Culture (RFAC) will ring in the holidays with a spectacular Holiday Event at the Rossetti Estate located at 1005 Vine Street, Scranton, on Friday, Dec. 17, from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Renowned pianist Ken McGraw, and other local performers will provide holiday cheer and food and spirits will be served. Cathy Rist Strauch, mistress of ceremonies, will perform, along with : Llew Miller, Marina Luree, Frank Carey, Abigail Zieger, and Matthew Merolla. 

Also featured is the barbershop quartet, Vocal Accord comprised of Raleigh Block, Don Overdorff, Lou Volpetti, and Dane Bower. In addition, Jason Pasnikowski, of Sundry Borosilicate Glass Creations, will demonstrate the technique of blowing glass into a glowing Christmas ornamental masterpiece. 

The Gourmet Guys, who also catered the Rossetti’s first gala, will feature several dishes to make the evening special. Guests will also be invited to sing some well – known Christmas carols.  

Space is limited. Make reservations by Dec. 11. Suggested donations for this event are highly appreciated. Contact us at 570-445-3610, or at www.RossettiArts.org. Or visit us on Facebook.