Calendar of Events: July 2021

Trolley Rides

The Electric City Trolley Museum is once again taking a page out of the area’s rich railroad history by offering excursion runs to PNC Field this Summer for Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders ballgames. Select games will offer fans an opportunity to “take the trolley” to the park at a very reasonable rate.  This hassle-free service will also provide the riders with a picturesque snapshot of our community’s natural beauty.  

The price of the Excursion and Baseball admission ticket is $20 per person. If individuals have game tickets and just want to ride the trolley, the cost is $11. Reservations for both packages are required.     

The regular departure schedule of trolley rides, which run Thursdays through Sunday, are: 10:30 and, 11:30 a.m.;, 12:45, 2 and 3:15 p.m..

For baseball dates and other information, please visit the County’s website www.lackawannacounty.org, or contact the Museum at 570-963-6590.   

SS. Anthony & Rocco Italian Festival

SS. Anthony & Rocco Parish Italian Festival will be held Aug. 13, 14 and 15, 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, Aug. 13, Dunmore High School Marching Units & Cheerleaders and Picture Perfect; Aug. 14, Holy Cross High School Cheerleaders and Popstar Drive, and Aug. 15, Feast Day Mass & Procession at Noon followed by Jim Cullen, Jack Bordo and Sharon Ambrozia, The Luongo Brothers Band, and fireworks at 9 p.m.

Garage Sale Fundraiser

Keystone UNICO will hold a Garage Sale Fundraiser to benefit local charities and scholarships on Saturday, July 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 436 Thomas Drive, Dunmore. There will be cash sales only for items in very good to new condition.

Golf Tournament

St. Mary’s Villa 15th Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, Aug. 16, at Glen Oak Country Club. Single Golfer registration is $150, which includes luncheon at 11 a.m. and cocktail hour and dinner immediately following the tournament. 

Registration is being accepted until Aug. 10, by calling David Leonori at 570-795-2810 or email at dleonori@stmarysvilla.com. Checks can be made out to St. Mary’s Villa Campus and mailed to One Pioneer Place, Elmhurst Township, PA 184444 Attn: David Leonori.

Sponsorship is available as well as a Memorial Hole sponsorship, contact David Leonori.

A brochure is on the website at www.stmarysvilla.com.

Sandlot Summer Camps

A Sandlot Summer camp will be held Mondays, July 12 and 19, Wednesdays July 14 and 21 and Fridays July 16 and 23 at Dunmore Little League. Hours are 10 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 5-8; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., ages 9-12. Cost is !50 and space is limited.

A Sandlot Summer Softball Camp for girls ages 5-11 hosted by Jenn Siciliano will be held on Mondays July 12 and 19; Wednesdays July 14 and 21, and Fridays July 16 and 23 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Fern Hill Park, 642 Grant St., Olyphant. Cost is $150 and space is limited. 

Contact CDD027@aol.com or call 570-445-1155 to secure a spot in either camp.

St. Eulalia Festival

St. Eulalia’s Parish will resume its in-person Summer Festival on Friday, July 16, and Saturday, July 17, on the picnic grounds of its parish campus, 214 Blue Shutters Road, Roaring Brook Township. The picnic opens at 6 p.m. on Friday and at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

New this year will be food/event tickets as a safety measure to decrease points of contact and the exchange of cash. The festival will feature the parish flea market, known as Grandma’s Attic, as well as basket raffles, a bake sale, an arts & crafts boutique, kids’ games, regular and instant bingo, a 50/50 Summer Cash Raffle, and an array of homemade food and refreshing beverages.

Additionally, St. Eulalia’s is hosting its 11th annual 5K Walk/Run event through the Roaring Brook/Elmhurst area, rain or shine, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 17. Those who would like to participate need to pre-register, as there is no same-day registration this year. For more information or to register, go to www.steulalia5k.com or facebook.com/StEulalia5K

Lebanese Food Fest

The 20th annual Lebanese-American Mini Food Fest will be held Friday, Aug. 13 and Saturday, Aug. 14 from 4 to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 15 from 1 to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, 130 N. St. Frances Cabrini Ave., off lower Jackson Street, West Scranton.

Lebanese food and pastries, local picnic food favorites, clams and variety baskets will be available for takeout, curbside pickup, or limited seating. Prepaid orders will be taken after Aug. 8 by calling 570-343-6092.

For a menu or information, go to www.melkite.scranton.org, or facebook.com/melkitescranton. Contact melkite.scranton@gmail.com for further information.

Park Activities

The Lackawanna County Commissioners have announced a few “cool” ways to beat the heat and enjoy the summer at Swimming in the lakes at Covington, Merli-Sarnoski, and Aylesworth is now open.  People will be able to swim, at their own risk, for free and utilize the parks’ facilities until dusk. The pool at McDade Park will not be open due to safety issues based on an inspection by and the recommendation from the County engineer.     

The Coal Mine has added an extra day to its schedule for residents and visitors to experience a glimpse of our history in mining.  The venue will now be open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the last excursion beginning at 2:45 p.m.

For further information, reservations, or prices, contact the parks’ office at 570-963-6764.  

Calendar of Events: June 2021

Sandlot Baseball

Tryouts for Sandlot Fall Travel Baseball will be held on Tuesday, June 15, and Wednesday, June 16, from  7-9 pm at Schautz Stadium, Dunmore. The fall season will run from Aug. 1 through late October.This tryout is for any new or returning players for 7u-12u and any new players from 13u-18u. Cost is $10.

Contact CDD027@aol.com or 570-445-1155 to confirm attendance.

MFA Info Session

Marywood University will hold a virtual Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Information Session on Thursday, June 10, at 4 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, visit https://admissions.marywood.edu/register/mfa.

For information about Marywood University’s MFA 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. 

Swing for Sight Tournament

The Lackawanna Blind Association will host the 34th annual William J. Jordan, M.D., Memorial Swing for Sight Golf Tournament on Monday, June 21, at Glen Oak Country Club, Clarks Summit. Dr. Jordan. is  co-chair along with Jerry Champi of FNCB Bank. Proceeds benefit the Association’s programs. For reservations, call  570-342-7613, ext. 5. 

Back to Normal Bash at YMCA

On Thursday, June 3, the Greater Scranton YMCA will host a free event open to all members of our community. The Back to Normal Bash will take place from 4–7 p.m. and will feature free food, beverages, DJ, bounce house, magician and more.

The event will take place outside in the back of the Greater Scranton YMCA’s facility in Dunmore. While registration is not required, the first 200 people who RSVP via the Y’s website will receive a FREE T-shirt (adult sizes only).

In addition to the event from 4-7, the Greater Scranton YMCA is opening its doors all day for community members to tour the facility and workout for free. For anyone who joins the Y on June 3, the joiner’s fee will be waived.

“We are so excited to be coming out of this trying year and could not think of a better way to celebrate than to have a traditional family-style barbeque with music and magic,” said Trish Fisher, President & CEO, Greater Scranton YMCA. “We are proud to open our doors for the day, allowing all members of our community to see what our facility has to offer.”

The Y’s Covid-19 safety plan will be in effect during this event. Staff is asking attendees to wear masks, except while exercising, and maintain appropriate distance from others. 

For more information, visit the Y online or contact Brandon Whipple, Wellness Director, at (570) 828-3116 or bwhipple@greaterscrantonymca.org. 

Calendar of Events: May 2021

Actors Circle Auditions

Actors Circle plans to present a variety show at McDade Park on Sunday, June 27 at 5 p.m. The show will feature many kinds of short acts, including singers, dancers, comedians, instrumentalists, and actors performing in the show. All are welcome to audition.  Individual auditions will be held to select those who will perform. Please contact us by May 15, via our Facebook page, email to actorscircle@yahoo.com, or call 570-904-9685 if  interested in performing and an audition will be set up in person, review via zoom, or by sending a link to your recorded audition.

UNICO Golf Tournament

Scranton Chapter of UNICO National will award a three-year lease on a brand new Hyundai Sonata to the golfer who makes a hole-in-one during its golf tournament scheduled for noon on Wednesday, May 26, at Mt. Airy Casino Resort, Mt. Pocono. Sponsorships and foursomes are still available and complete information may be obtained by checking the Scranton UNICO Facebook page or calling 570-499-1534.

Virtual Industry Career Camp

Skills in Scranton, the workforce development affiliate of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, is offering a FREE, virtual Industry Career Camp for middle and high school students (6th through 12th grade), their parents, and educators this summer.

Participants of Industry Career Camp will learn more about the cutting edge and emerging careers in Lackawanna County. The program will use video presentations to highlight local businesses, the quality careers they have available, and the pathways students can take to successfully acquire those positions.

The program is set to begin on Tuesday, June 1, and end on Wednesday, September 15. The closing event is currently scheduled to be in-person, following all CDC guidelines. If that were to change, participants will be notified. To learn more about the program and register for the information session, visit www.scrantonchamber.com/industry-career-camp.

Shelter Benefit Bingo

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter will host its annual “Mega Prize Bingo and More” from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, at Scott Twp. Hose Co., Montdale. The event will include 16 games, four specials, and one door prize game with prizes valued at over $100 including overnight stays at various destinations. There also will be a basket and gift certificate raffle, a 50/50 raffle, and food for sale.

Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at www.tickettailor.com/events/lchf/409777 or at Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Rd., Clarks Summit. All proceeds will benefit the shelter’s pet medical fund. All guests must wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Chamber Block Party

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce will host a Community Block Party featuring entertainment, shopping, children’s activities, music, dining and more during First Friday on May 7, from 5 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 8 from noon – 4 p.m. on the 200 & 300 blocks of Penn Avenue, downtown Scranton. This event is in lieu of the Chamber’s Annual Dinner.. The event will follow all CDC guidelines. 

Cochairmen are Peter Danchak, regional president of PNC Bank, and Sarah Effertz, owner of Blu Elefante Event Consulting and Management.

The family-friendly event will include three stages featuring 24 bands and multi-cultural performance groups, as well as vendor marketplaces, children’s activities, art exhibits and more. 

Nay Aug Craft Fair

Scranton Municipal Recreation Authority (SMRA) will sponsor a craft fair on Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Nay Aug Park featuring over 100 crafters, music, food, and raffle baskets.Proceeds will benefit building a special needs playground for children with disabilities.

Coal Mine Open

The Lackawanna Coal Mine at McDade Park is back open for business. The award-winning tourist attraction will, for starters, be open on weekends – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – on a limited basis.  The public will be informed of any changes/additions to the schedule of operations.  

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.