Lackawanna County 4-H and Lackawanna Library Summer Programming

lacka coMondays during the summer will be very exciting with the Lackawanna Library Summer Youth Programming featuring projects from Lackawanna County 4-H.  

Expressive Art 4-H activities will be featured this summer bi-weekly on Mondays, beginning June 15.  Lessons will be demonstrated via video and available for area youth to join in at their convenience.

Creativity “means that your brain is designed in a way that helps you solve problems, think up new ideas and have insightful “eureka moments.”  The Lackawanna 4-H-Lackwanna Library partnership will take a creative look into recipes, environmental issues, and textiles activities, setting the foundation for creative problem solving in other areas of youth development.

Administered in Pennsylvania by the Penn State Extension, 4-H is a community of more than 6 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Penn State Extension 4-H youth development educators in all 67 counties throughout the commonwealth administer local 4-H programs through non-formal education and outreach.

For more information on the clubs in Lackawanna County, contact Sandi Graham at the Penn State Extension Lackawanna County Office at 570-963-6842 or email

Penn State Extension’s “Growing Stronger” Program

Penn State Extension, in collaboration with The University of Scranton, will be offering strength training and nutrition classes to help men and women over 40 years of age improve their muscle strength and bone density.

If you’re not physically active now and would like to begin an exercise program, plan to join the “Growing Stronger” program. This 12-week, highly effective weight-bearing physical activity program is designed for people 40 and over and includes food, health and nutrition education. Nutrition topics are discussed and a handout with additional information is given at each class.

The exercise portion of the program includes a five-minute warm-up and 8-12 strength-training exercises that work each of the major muscle groups in the body. The exercises also promote proper body awareness, positioning, flexibility and posture. Equipment used includes free weights and ankle weights. The workout is completed with a five minute cool-down.

A class is being offered on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at West Side Active Older Adult Community Center, 1004 Jackson Street, Scranton, beginning February 7. The cost is $115.

For questions or to register, please call 1-877-345-0691 or go online.

The registration deadline is January 25 and space is limited. Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.      



Calendar of Events: February 2018

ServSafe Course:

PennStateExtension mark (stacked)_0The ServSafe course, conducted by Penn State Extension, is being held at Penn State Worthington Campus, 120 Ridgeview Drive, Dunmore, on Monday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., with the exam scheduled for 11 a.m. on Feb. 26.

The course covers information related to preventing cross contamination, safe handling of food, temperature control, cleaning and sanitization, proper storage, and pest control in addition to other relevant topics.

After attending the sessions and passing the multiple choice exam, participants will receive a ServSafe certificate which meets the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s requirement for food safety certification.

The cost of the class is $185, and the registration deadline is Feb. 14. Individuals can register online at

Contact Nicole McGeehan at 570-421-6430 or with any questions.

Lenten Bible Study:

The VNA Hospice in Olyphant invites you to join us as we study the Book of Ester and how this story relates to the promises of Easter. Through Bible readings, video lessons and conversation, we’ll learn how one person’s sacrifice and courage saved millions.

Bring a friend and come to VNA Hospice at 301 Delaware Avenue in Olyphant on four consecutive Mondays: February 19th and 26th and March 5th and 12th from 6:30 to 8:30.

The program is open to the community at no charge. For more information, feel free to call (570)383-5180

Modified Hospital Visiting:

commonwealth-healthCommonwealth Health has modified its visitation guidelines during the cold and flu season. In order to protect its patients and to prevent the spread of disease to the community, Commonwealth Health is asking people who are sneezing, coughing, running a fever or experiencing a runny nose or other respiratory symptoms to refrain from visiting patients at any of its hospitals.

The health care network also asks that children younger than 12 refrain from visiting the hospital at this time. The request is aimed at protecting both patients and visitors during this season of increased cases of flu, cold and other respiratory illnesses.

Commonwealth Health  hospitals are Berwick Hospital Center, First Hospital, Moses Taylor Hospital, Regional Hospital of Scranton, Tyler Memorial Hospital and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

APPRISE Session:

State Rep. Kevin Haggerty, D-Lackawanna, will offer a session with an APPRISE counselor on Friday, Feb. 16, from  11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at his Dunmore district office, 1414 Monroe Ave.  APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare. Counselors are specially trained staff and volunteers who can answer questions about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid and long-term care insurance.

Haggerty said constituents should bring their Medicare cards, other insurance information such as PACE, Veterans Administration and ACCESS cards and a list of medications with their dosages and quantities.

For more information, you call Haggerty’s Dunmore office at 570-342-2710. Walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is necessary.

Cinderella Auditions

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will hold auditions for the ballet, Cinderella, on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m., in the Center for Athletics and Wellness, Room 230. Pointe experience is preferred, but not required. The performance of Cinderella will be presented on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, 2018. For additional information, please email Linn McDonald, dance director at Marywood University, at

Lackawanna College Open House:

LCLogoFUTURE1Lackawanna College will host an open house for prospective students and their families on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon at Angeli Hall, 501 Vine St., Scranton. The event highlights the application process, resident housing, life on campus, and academics.

The open house is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to tour the campus, attend individual academic sessions, and meet with admissions and financial aid representatives. Coaches from the Athletics Department will also be available.  

Open House is free and walk-ins are welcome, but advanced registration is preferred. To register, visit For additional information, contact Assistant Director of Admissions, Michelle Ketten, at (570) 961-7868.

Marywood Exhibition:

Marywood University is hosting a  Make, Believe: The Maslow Collection and the Moving Image exhibition through March 21 at the Mahady Gallery for Contemporary Art at Marywood. A curator talk will be held on Feb. 7 at 4 p.m.

Make, Believe generates a dialogue between the work of artists in The Maslow Collection and artists working with the moving image.

Using photography, drawing, painting, printmaking and conceptual practices throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s, artists such as Alice Aycock, Mark Cohen, Barbara Kasten, Dorothea Rockburne and Sandy Skoglund examine similar themes surrounding unexpected spatial realities.  The exhibit features moving image works by Basma Alsharif, Nazlı Dinçel, Julie Harrison & Neil Zusman, David Haxton and M.M. Serra; with works from The Maslow Collection by Alice Aycock, Jennifer Bartlett, Mark Cohen, Hamish Fulton, David Haxton, Barbara Kasten, Martin Mull, Ellen Phelan, Robert Rauschenberg, Dorothea Rockburne, Sandy Skoglund, and Andy Warhol.

Make, Believe is curated by Herb Shellenberger, independent curator, and Ryan Ward, curator of The Maslow Collection at Marywood University.

Crimson Company Princess Pirate Tea POSTERPrincess and Pirate Tea:

Dunmore High School Crimson Company will present Disney’s The Little Mermaid for two weekends in March at the High School Auditorium. Leading up to the production, the Crimson Company will host a “Princess and Pirate Tea Under the Sea.” This fundraiser, which will benefit the Crimson Company and its future endeavors, will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 24th in the Dunmore High School Cafeteria.

Admission is $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Advanced reservations can be made by sending an email to

Master Garden Program:

Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County will be offering the Master Gardener training program beginning in March. This program involves extensive classes on the major aspects of home horticulture along with opportunities to serve area communities with the knowledge received at the sessions. In order to understand the Master Gardener training initiative, three informational meetings have been scheduled.  They will feature an overview of the program, a question and answer session, and an opportunity to sign-up for the trainings.

The sessions are: Saturday, Feb. 10, 9:30 a.m., North Pocono Community Library, Moscow; Saturday, Feb. 10, noon, The Greenhouse Project, Nay Aug Park, and Tuesday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m., Abington Community Library, Clarks Summit. To register, call (570) 963-6842 or email:

LRCA Anniversary Concert:

Singer-songwriter Steve Forbert present a concert in Scranton on Friday, June 1, at Shopland Hall at the historic Scranton Cultural Center to cap LRCA’s 30th anniversary celebration and RiverFest 2018. The evening’s proceed will benefit the LRCA’s ongoing work to improve and protect the Lackawanna River and its watershed. Additional show information, including ticket and sponsorship packages, will be announced. To learn more about Steve Forbert, his artistry and career,  visit To learn more about the LRCA, visit