Calendar of Events: January 2017

Lions Club Snowflake Gala

Eynon Archbald Lions Club will host its sixth annual Snowflake Gala to benefit Leader Dog for the Blind on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Fiorelli’s. Tickets are $75 per person. There will be live entertainment by The Luongo Brothers.

For information call Linda Kline (570)430-8432 or Kathy Pezak (973)919-6592

Lackawanna Land Bank Presentation

The Lackawanna County Land Bank will host a community outreach presentation on Tuesday, January 10, at 6 p.m. in the community room at the Goodwill at North Gerald T. Langan Apartments, 1539 North Main Ave., Scranton.

The presentation will outline the Lackawanna County Land Bank’s history, mission and discuss blight in neighborhoods. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

The primary mission of the Lackawanna County Land Bank is to acquire tax delinquent and abandoned properties and sell them to responsible and capable owners through a negotiated sale process. This eliminates a community liability and transfers these otherwise undesirable properties to new, responsible owners in a transparent and equitable fashion.

In addition, the land bank side lot disposition program should be very effective in the conveyance of vacant parcels to responsible neighbors.

For more information about the Lackawanna County Land Bank and the upcoming program, please call Ralph Pappas at 570-963-6830, extension 1358, or email him at

Winter Retreats

Pocono Mountain Bible Conference, PMBC, releases winter and spring retreats which are open to the public.

PMBC Winter Intermediate Retreat,  Jan. 6-8, 3 p.m., ages 10-12 years, at $65 per child; PMBC Winter Junior Retreat, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., Jan. 22, 3 p.m., ages 7-9, at $65 per child;  PMBC Winter Youth Retreat, Feb. 10, 7 p.m. and Feb. 12, 3 p.m., ages 13-17, at $65 per child; Annual PMBC Marriage Retreat, March 3, 4 p.m., and March 5, 2 p.m., private rooms to all guests, at $175 per couple; PMBC Men’s Retreat: A Man and His Work, March 31, 5 p.m., and April 2, 1 p.m., by donation.

PMBC is a Bible based camp in the heart of the Pocono mountains that hosts children in the summer months and retreats fall through spring. PMBC is open to all children, ages 8-18, reagrdless of race, sex and religious affiliation. Scholarships are available.

Registration, information on the camp and directions to the camp can be found online  or on Facebook. PMBC can also be found on Twitter and Instagram.

Phone calls can be directed to Camp Director Matt Macking (570) 328-1648.


Calendar of Events: Dec. 2016

Marywood Holiday Concerts:

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance (MTD) department announces its December 2016 performances and concerts. All of the events are free and open to the public.  The MTD department will present the String Project’s Holiday Concert on Thursday, Dec. 8,  at 6:30 p.m., on the Main Stage of the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts.  The Campus Choir and Orchestra will present a Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m., on the Main Stage of the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts.

Finally, “An Evening of Strings Concert” will be performed on Monday, Dec. 12,  at 6 p.m., in the Marian Chapel in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life.

For additional information on the performances and concerts at Marywood University, please visit the music, theatre, and dance department, at

Electric City Trolley Rides:

The Electric City Trolley Museum will hold a series of Holiday Season runs which will also help to bring cheer to the less fortunate members of our community. The very popular “Santa on the Trolley” excursions are scheduled for Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18.  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.

Lions Club Snowflake Gala:

Eynon Archbald Lions Club will host its sixth annual Snowflake Gala to benefit Leader Dog for the Blind on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Fiorelli’s. Tickets are $75 per person. There will be live entertainment by The Luongo Brothers.

For information call Linda Kline 570-430-8432 or Kathy Pezak 973-919-6592

Marywood Tree Lighting Ceremony:

Marywood University will gather to kickoff the start of the holiday season with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 7,  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 more information on the history of the Tree Lighting ceremony at Marywood University, please follow this link.

Catholic Choral Concert:

Catholic Choral Society will present an Advent Concert at the parish of St. Ignatius of Loyola, 339 N. Maple Ave., Kingston, on Sunday, Dec. 11th at 3 p.m. They will be joined by St. Ignatius Adult Choir and Handbell Choir.

The groups will be presenting sacred Advent and Christmas music as well other Christmas selections. The concert is open to the public free of charge.

Dr. Thomas Rittenhouse and  Brenda Grunza are co-presidents of  the Catholic Choral Society. Jean Shields is accompanist and Ann Manganiello is music director of this group For information call 570-587-2753 and see .

Marywood Transfer Day:

Marywood University will hold an on-campus Transfer Day program for college students or former college students considering transferring to Marywood University. In a single visit on Wednesday, Dec. 14,  from 2 to 6 p.m., visitors can complete an application for admission, discuss financial aid and scholarship options, and transfer credits. Transfer Day will be held at the Office of University Admissions in the Liberal Arts Center, on the Marywood University campus. Spring semester classes begin on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. For information, call Marywood’s Office of University Admissions, at (570) 348-6234, or visit

Marywood Student Docudrama “Memento Mori”:

Marywood University graduate communication arts major, Brandon Trainer, will present “Memento Mori,” a docudrama about addiction and codependency, on Saturday, Dec. 10,  at 7 p.m. in the Latour Room, located in the University’s Nazareth Student Center. A project with great personal meaning for Mr. Trainer, the program will include speakers and light refreshments, leading up to the film screening which will begin at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The docudrama seeks to emphasize the fact that the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, hits closer to home than people might think. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), “Opioids such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain relievers is a serious global problem that affects the health, social, and economic welfare of all societies.” According to the NIH, between 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide, with an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffering from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers, and an estimated 467,000 addicted to heroin.”

For additional information about the docudrama film, “Memento Mori,” showing at Marywood University, contact Brandon Trainer, at (570) 229-0606.