“Camp Healing Hearts” to Take Place Virtually This Month

CAMP HEALING HEARTSCamp Healing Hearts is a five-day camp experience sponsored by Hospice of the Sacred Heart to provide grief education and arts to children ages 8 to 14 who have experienced the death of a loved one. The camp will be held Aug. 10-14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. 

Some online instruction will originate from Hospice of the Sacred Heart Center for Education, 340 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic.

Children work with trained bereavement counselors and members of the regional arts community to help them progress towards acceptance of the loss and use the arts as a means of self-expression. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2020 Camp Healing Hearts will be conducted safely via Zoom Video Conferencing.  

This year’s five-day camp is made up of two back-to-back 45-minute instructional sessions each day to provide a sense of routine, consistency and ultimately closure for the entire process. Each session utilizes a different theme explored through the arts. Bereavement counselors will be available throughout the week if any campers or family members require individual support. 

“We were committed to conduct this camp in a safe and meaningful way in the midst of the current COVID-19 Pandemic. It remains one of the most impactful and sacred youth programs we offer,” said Diane Baldi, Chief Executive Officer, Hospice of the Sacred Heart.  

Community volunteers lend their time and talents to campers with artistic projects culminating this year in a video retrospect, which will be presented before the feature film at the Circle Drive-In, 1911 Scranton Carbondale Highway, Dickson City, on a date to be determined in late August. 

The camp schedule for the week follows: Monday, Aug. 10, Photography with Julie Jordan and Yoga with Hilary Steinberg; Tuesday, Aug. 11, Pizza Making with Brenda Bistocchi and Cupcake Decorating with Sara Grande; Wednesday, Aug. 12, Singing and Dancing with Joanne Arduino and Michele Conaboy McGrath and Writing with Lisa Bath; Thursday, Aug. 13, Singing and Dancing with Joanne Arduino and Michele Conaboy McGrath and Painting with Katharine Schkloven; Friday, Aug. 14, Singing and Dancing with Joanne Arduino and Michele Conaboy McGrath and Photography with Julie Jordan. 

Camp Healing Hearts is presented by New York Life and receives generous in-kind support from Simrell Media, Mansour’s Market Café and Lamar Advertising. 

Calendar of Events: August 2019

St. Rocco's procession

The Feast Day Mass and Procession for SS. Anthony and Rocco Parish Italian Festival will take place on Sunday, Aug. 11, at noon.

SS. Anthony & Rocco Italian Festival

SS. Anthony & Rocco Parish Italian Festival will be held Aug. 9, 10, and 11, 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, Holy Cross High School Cheerleaders and Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots; Sunday, Feast Day Mass & Procession at Noon followed by The Luongo Brothers Band, Take Three, and fireworks following at 9 p.m.

Lebanese-American Food Festival

The 18th annual Lebanese-American Food Festival will be held at St. Joseph Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, 130 N. St. Frances Cabrini Ave., West Scranton, this weekend. Times are 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9; 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11. 

Featured will be Middle Eastern food and pastries, picnic food favorites, games, raffles, used book sale, baskets, clams, beer, and a deejay. For more information, contact melkite.scranton@gmail.com, visit our website or follow us on Facebook.

REMEMBRANCE WALKRemembrance Walk

The 4th annual Hospice of the Sacred Heart Remembrance Walk is Saturday, Sept. 28, at McDade Park in Scranton. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the Walk begins at 10 a.m. The 2018 event attracted more than 900 walkers. Please consider joining us as a walker, a member of a walk team or sponsor of this high profile event, which advances our mission of providing comfort, care, hope and choice to patients and their families while guiding them through the end of life journey. Register now at by clicking here.

Indoor Yard Sale in Jermyn

Saint Michael’s Orthodox Church, Jermyn, is holding an Indoor Yard Sale, at St. Michael’s Hall,  403 Delaware St., Jermyn, on Friday, Aug. 9 and Saturday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will benefit Saint Michael’s  Scholarship Fund for Continuing Education for their own parishioners. Many new items and raffles will be available. For information, contact Pro-Deacon, Father Gabriel Petorak at 570-876-1241.

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Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park

The 7th annual Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park is set for Thursday August 15 through Saturday August 17. It will run from 5 to 11 p.m. each evening.

There will be plenty of homemade food as well as great entertainment.

Cheerleaders from Holy Cross High School will kick things off Thursday night.

On Friday, the Wanna Bees are set to perform. Cheerleaders and marching units from Dunmore High School will also be on hand, as well as the 2019-2020 Miss Buck.

And on Saturday, gymnasts from the United Sports Academy and the Ron Morgan Band will perform.

Island Dinner-Dance

Wear your Summer Caribbean outfits on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Island Dream dinner dance event held at St. Eulalia’s Parish, 214 Blue Shutters Road, Roaring Brook Township, from 6 to 10 p.m. 

You must be 21 years of age or older since you will receive one margarita or one glass of wine with dinner. Cash bar is available but no BYOB. Tickets can be purchased by calling 570-842-4785. Deadline is Sunday, Aug 18. 

Tickets will also be on sale at the church breakfast on Sunday, Aug. 18.

Camp Healing Hearts

Hospice of the Sacred Heart will present Camp Healing Hearts, a five-day camp experience to provide grief education to children ages 8-14 who have experienced the death of a loved one. 

The camp will be held Aug. 12-16 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hospice of the Sacred Heart Center for Education, 340 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic.

CAMP HEALING HEARTSChildren will work with trained bereavement counselors and members of our arts community to help them progress towards acceptance of the loss and use the arts as a means of self-expression. 

 This five-day camp begins and ends with the same activities every day to provide a sense of routine, consistency and ultimately closure for the entire process. Younger campers are “buddy-ed” up with older campers to facilitate teamwork and understanding. Each session utilizes a different theme explored through the arts. “In addition to delivering outstanding hospice care, this is one of the most impactful and sacred programs we offer,” said Diane Baldi, Chief Executive Officer, Hospice of the Sacred Heart.  

 Community volunteers lend their time and talents to campers with artistic projects culminating in a Memorial Service designed and presented by the campers at the camp’s completion. This performance and exhibit will be held at the Scranton Cultural Center Friday, August 16 at 3:30 pm. 

Jennifer Seechock serves as  Hospice of the Sacred Heart Director of Counseling Services.

Golf-Ball-on-TeeCamp Healing Hearts is presented by New York Life and receives generous grant support from Lackawanna County and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In-kind sponsors include Mansour’s Market Café, Fidelity Bank and Simrell Media.

Golf Tournament

St. Mary’s Villa will sponsor its 13th annual golf tournament on Monday, Aug. 12, at Glen Oak Country Club. For information, call 570-842-5274.