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.

For questions or more information, visit or email

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.  

For additional information about the High School Field Experience Day at Marywood University, please visit

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


Calendar of Events: May 2018

Sherwood Carnival Poster 2018Sherwood Park Spring Carnival

The Sherwood Youth Association will be holding their annual spring carnival May 1 through 5 at Sherwood Park in Dunmore. There will rides, games, food and fun compliments of Midway by A.E.B Amusement.

The carnival will be a great gathering for the whole family.

Camp Archbald

Attention all girls ages 7 – 17! Resident camp registration is now open for Camp Archbald. Camp is scheduled for July 15 -19 in Kingsley. Visit our website to sign up.

Questions about camp or want to volunteer? Send an email to: Deadline is June 15. Financial aid available.

Cinderella Ballet

cinderellaMarywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will present the ballet, Cinderella, on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m., each day. The performance will also include jazz and modern numbers that are choreographed by dance faculty. The ballet and concert is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Linn McDonald, M.Ed., dance program director, performers of the Cinderella ballet and dance concert include dance minor students; members of Dance Elan, Marywood University’s dance company; as well as guest dancers from the community.

A special appearance is planned by several local high schools. Each high school will perform musical theatre numbers from their respective school musicals, which they presented this year.

For additional information about Marywood University’s Cinderalla ballet and dance concert, please contact Ms. McDonald, at, or call the music, theatre, and dance department, at (570) 348-6268.

choralCatholic Choral Society Concerts

The annual spring concerts of the Catholic Choral Society of Scranton will be presented on Friday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church in Scranton and on Sunday evening, May 20 at 7 p.m.. at St. Ignatius Church on Maple Street in Kingston.

On Friday evening, May 18, the Choral Society will host the Abington Heights Honor Chorus under the direction of Dana Cerminaro, with accompanist Stephen Murphy.  

On Sunday evening, May 20, the Choral Society will host the Hazleton Area High School Cougar Chorus directed by Kimberly Sharonoff, with accompanist Ethan Mariano.

The Catholic Choral Society, marking its 69th season, is composed of 50 members from both Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wayne, Susquehanna and Wyoming  Counties.

Tickets are available from society members or by calling 570-587-2753; tickets are also available at the door: adults $10, seniors and students $8, children under 12 free.

blood-driveBlood Drive at St. Mary’s Villa

St. Mary’s Villa Nursing Home is holding a blood drive on Thursday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Nursing Home located at 516 St. Marys Villa Road in Elmhurst Township. Blood donors are asked to please contact Addie Rocco at 570-842-7621 ext 1125 to schedule an appointment.

Leadership Lackawanna

Applications are now being accepted for the Leadership Lackawanna Core Program Class of 2018-2019. Considered northeastern Pennsylvania’s premier community leadership and professional development organization, this marks the core program’s 36th year.

Leadership Lackawanna fosters the development of community leaders by providing participants with leadership, interpersonal and managerial skills, as well as an enhanced understanding of the issues and topics relevant to the greater Scranton region through monthly sessions. In addition to these sessions, class members participate in group projects to enhance their leadership skills and foster teamwork. Since inception, Leadership Lackawanna has graduated more than 2,000 community leaders and completed over 150 projects.  

The program is open to candidates who either live or work in Lackawanna County.  Partial scholarships are available on a limited basis to qualified candidates. To learn more about the program and enrollment, visit

fairNEPA Green Fair & 5K

Join the inaugural NEPA Green Fair & 5K for Clean Air on Saturday, May 5,  at Blakely Recreation Complex, Peckville, to promote environmental protection, public health, and sustainability in the region.

The Green Fair is a free, family-friendly event that will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, and will feature live music, local food, raffle baskets, exhibitors, eco-friendly vendors, workshops, art, and much more. Proceeds from the event will support Citizens for A Healthy Jessup and Friends of Lackawanna, two local groups working to protect the region’s health, environment, and well-being.

The 5K Run / Walk for Clean Air begins at 9 a.m. and will take participants along the scenic Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. If interested, either as an individual or part of a team, one can visit, or register the day of at 8am.

Motorcycle Safety Day

motorcycle safetyPennDOT in Dunmore, Electric City Harley-Davidson, Lackawanna Highway Safety, and Eileen Miller, Driver Safety Advocate, will sponsor a motorcyle safety day at the Electric City Harley-Davidson Scranton Carbondale Highway in Dickson City TODAY, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Safety information will be available.

Shown from left are: Michael Smith, Vehicle Sales Manager,  Electric City Harley-Davidson; Eileen Miller, Driver Safety Advocate, and Clayton Wintermute, Manager, Electric City Harley-Davidson.

Environmental Center Events:

LCLogoFUTURE1Events scheduled for May at Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, include:

May 7, Early Explorers: Animal Mothers, 1 to 2:30 p.m., for  ages 3-6 and a guardian offering discovery-based learning about the natural world through stories, art, and outdoor explorations. In celebration of Mother’s Day, we will take a closer look at how animal mothers raise their young. Cost is $40 for a series of 6 classes or $8 for individual classes.

May 8,  LCEEC Beekeepers Club, 7 p.m., for all interested in learning to promote honey bee colony wellness, share best practices and experiences in beekeeping, and discuss the production of honey and other apiary products. All are welcome!

May 9, Family Birding 201!, 5:30 to 7 p.m., joining the crew from Pocono Avian Research Center on a family birding hike.  This introduction to birding will include how to use binoculars and field guides, common PA bird identification, and a walk in search of birds. Binoculars and field guides will be available to borrow for the program. Family friendly. $5 per person.

May 19,  Basic Chainsaw Skills for Homeowners, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., when Sandcut Outdoors will teach new chainsaw users the basics of using a chainsaw including operation, safety, and some basic first aid. This class will demonstrate how to read compression and tension in wood, as well as how to understand kickback and pinching and how these forces work on your chainsaw. Not suitable for children under 14.  $10 per person.

May 21, Early Explorers: For the Birds, 1 to 2:30 p.m., a unique program series for children ages 3-6 and a guardian that offers discovery-based learning about the natural world through stories, art, and outdoor explorations.  Learn about birds unique adaptations and go for a walk searching high and low for our fine-feathered friends. Cost is $40 for a series of 6 classes or $8 for individual classes.

May 23, Spring Mushroom Walk, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Join herbalist, Nathaniel Whitmore in search of wild spring mushrooms along the trails of LCEEC.  This class will discuss proper identification of spring mushrooms, including the celebrated morel mushroom, along with the best habitat to find them. For ages 16 and above. $10 per person. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

For more information or to register, contact Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center at (570) 842-1506.

Calendar of Events: December 2017

Book signingBook Signing

Dunmore Historical Society will host a signing of “Images of America: Dunmore,” a book by Stephanie Longo, on Saturday, Dec. 16, from noon to 3 p.m. at the society, 126 Barton St., Dunmore.

Blessing of the Hands Ceremony

Marywood University’s nursing students will continue the tradition of participating in the annual Blessing of the Hands ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 20,  at 2:30 p.m., in the Marian Chapel, in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life. This event is free and open to the public.

The Blessing of the Hands Ceremony at Marywood University is in its fourth year at the University. The ceremony is a recent tradition that honors sophomore nursing students who will begin to apply their classroom studies to direct applications in the field. Junior and senior nursing students will also participate in the ceremony.

O'Malley Christmas partyO’Malley Christmas Party

The 16th annual O’Malley free Christmas party will be held on Sunday, December 10, at the Keyser Valley Community Center from 1 to 3 p.m.  Children from preschool to fifth grade are welcome to meet Jolly Old St. Nick.  The party will consist of a picture with Santa Claus, Goodfella’s Pizza, orange drink, candy canes, McDonald’s cheeseburger and fries coupon from the Keyser Avenue location, a free Kids Meal from Texas Roadhouse, Utz potato chips, and a Krispy Kreme donut.

Reservations must be made by Thursday, Dec. 7, by calling 570-346-1828 to leave a message with number of children attending.

Holiday Trolley Excursions

Electric City Trolley Museum will hold a series of holiday season excursions, which will help to bring cheer to the less fortunate members of our community. The very popular “Santa on the Trolley” excursions are scheduled for December  9, 10, 16, 17 and 23.  Departure times are 10 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm. Reservations are required. The 10-mile ride goes to the Trolley Works Building at the PNC Field and back to the Museum.

For more information and reservations, contact the Museum at 570-963-6590.


treeMarywood Tree Lighting

Marywood University will gather with the community to kick off the start of the holiday season with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony today  at 4 p.m., in the Rotunda, which is located in the Liberal Arts Center on the University’s campus. This event is free and open to the public.

This annual tradition, which draws tremendous community support, is accompanied by prayer, ornament presentations, holiday choral entertainment, and light refreshments. Members of the general public are invited to join the entire Marywood community in the Rotunda each year to share this special, joyous tradition of the holiday season.

For addition information on the history of the Tree Lighting ceremony at Marywood University, please visit

Advent Concert

In a 69 year choral history of songs for the season, the Catholic Choral Society will present an Advent Concert on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Snows Church, 301 S. State Street,Clarks Summit. The group will sing sacred Advent and Christmas music as well other Christmas pieces and will be joined by the parish adult choir. Msgr. Joseph G. Quinn is pastor; music director is Dana Cerminaro The concert is open to the public free of charge.

Brenda Grunza is president of  the Catholic Choral Society while Dr. Thomas Rittenhouse is president emeritus. Jean Shields is accompanist and Ann Manganiello is music director of the group.


RotundaMarywood Concert Choir Performance at Rotunda

Marywood University’s Concert Choir will perform a concert in the acoustically stunning Rotunda, on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 10,  at 3 p.m.

The concerts are free and open to the public. The choir, which holds a concert in the Rotunda once every few years, will perform in a 360-degree circle on the second floor of the Rotunda, with the audience seated below.

For its concert, the Choir will perform Josef Rheinberger’s Cantus Missae for double chorus a cappella, along with unaccompanied motets, a vocal musical composition, by Victoria, Gabrieli, Howells, Charles Wood, Daniel Elder, and Frank La Rocca.