Scranton Young Professionals Host “Nosh & Knowledge” Event

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Scranton YP (Young Professionals) hosted a “Nosh and Knowledge” panel discussion featuring Tony Bartocci of Posture Interactive, Maggie Calpin of Nibbles and Bits, Dunmore, and Jerry Champi of FNCB Bank.

The Scranton Young Professionals is a diverse group of business leaders under the age of 40 who are committed to building relationships and retaining talent among young professionals in the Greater Scranton region.

The next Scranton YP Event will be “Escape This” on Feb. 21. To register, visit www.scrantonchamber.com.

Shown from left are: Jerry Champi, FNCB Bank; Mark Yankowski, Scranton YP co-chair; Maggie Calpin, Nibbles & Bits, and Tony Bartocci, Posture Interactive.

Lackawanna County Winter Market Set for December 7th Through 9th

The Lackawanna County Commissioners, the Arts & Culture Department and the Lackawanna County Convention & Visitors Bureau have teamed up to sponsor a magical holiday weekend of fun for all ages along with showcasing the renovations of the historic Globe Store that will consolidate, in the not too distant future, all County offices in the new Lackawanna County Government Center.

marketThe event, scheduled for Dec. 7, 8 and 9,  is modeled after medieval European winter markets that began in Vienna in 1296 when Emperor Albrecht 1 granted shopkeepers the right to set up extra days in early winter the so that townspeople could stock up on provisions for the winter months.

The markets gradually led to the more festive “Christkindlemarkts,” Christmas Markets, in Germany at which vendors would sell more holiday related items such as woodcarvings, roasted nuts, gingerbread.

These markets also featured entertainment, food and hot mulled wine.  Christmas markets are still in operation throughout Europe and are taking a foothold in many cities in the United States.

The Lackawanna County Winter Market will be in a large, industrial tent with heat and electricity to keep everyone warm and dry. The market will feature 60 vendors, a lounge area with food by The Backyard Ale House, and music by a variety of performers.  

Santa will be on hand with children’s activities. The Junior League and Scranton Tomorrow will be assembling a historic Globe Store display as well as promoting the downtown businesses that people can also visit during the weekend.   

“The Winter Market is a great family activity.  Along with that, it will pay homage to the iconic Globe Store, where many people have fond memories of shopping and visiting Santa,” said Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.   

Local artists will paint the front windows following a Winter Wonderland theme.  The event will kick off as part of First Friday Scranton at 5 p.m. with the lighting of the Globe Store, featuring holiday music by the Scranton and Valley View High Schools’ choirs, and hot chocolate and cookies by the Scranton Chapter of UNICO and La Festa Italiana of Lackawanna County. Horse and carriage rides by Brook Valley Farms will be available free of charge.  

On Saturday, Dec. 8, the first 1,000 shoppers though the door will receive a reusable Winter Market tote bag. There will be wide variety of musical entertainment throughout the weekend ranging from Arcadia Chorale and students from the Northeastern, Pennsylvania Philharmonic Mentoring Program to solo acts and jazz trios.

Hours of the Lackawanna Winter Market at The Globe are, Friday, Dec. 7, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.                                       

The Music Schedule includes: Friday, Dec. 7, Arcadia Chorale, 5:30 p.m.; Dani-elle Kleha, 6:45 p.m.; J.P. Biondo & Friends, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8, NativityMiguel School Choir, 11 a.m.; Jacob Cole & Mark Woodyatt, 11:30 a.m.; Little Star Tun, 12:45 p.m.; Mariah Hawley, 3:15 p.m.; NEPA Philharmonic Mentoring Program, 4:30 p.m.; Justin Padro Jazz Trio, 5:45 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 9, Jill Cullen & Jack Bordo, 11 a.m.; NEPA Philharmonic Mentoring Program, 12:15 p.m.; Malloy/Waltich/Smith Christmas Jazz Trio, 1:30 p.m.; Patrick McGlynn, 2:45 p.m.                             

Vendors include:  A Day to Remember, Airmidian Natural Remedies, AOS Metals, Art by Sam Kuchwara /Allison LaRussa, Backyard Ale House, Bank Street Pottery, Bootlegger Bo’s Gem Mine, Boutique Libertina, Can Tees, Carmella’s Italian Deli & Pastries, and Country Girl Kettle Corn, Dale B. Craft, Debra J. Colarossi Salon, Dots and Dashes Jewelry, E Boutique Bows, Earth and Wears, Embroidery4U, Fly Me Home, From Drab to Fab, Gravity Line Forge, and Gypsy Cottage.

Also, JMS Photography, K & D Creations, K.K.’s Crochet Corner /Nick D.’s Video Game Vault, Kathy’s Crochet, Katie’s Kreations, Krafts BY Konopka, Lamberton Designs, Little Gems by Em, Lk’s Wreaths & Accessories, and Lola French Macarons.

Also, Lucchi Family Wine Cellars, Maiolatesi Wine Cellars, Mark Ciocca Illustrations, Nelstra Gallery,Newkirk Honey, Not Your Grandma’s Cross Stitch, NOTE Fragrances, On&On, Pittston Popcorn, Pratt Woodcraft, Pure Suds Co., Reclamation Industrial Furnishings, Rynkiewicz Dips and Mixes,Sam’s Wreaths and More, Shpoppy Shawn’s Shmoked Cheese, LLC, Stone Fawx Studios, Sugar Plum Chocolates, Tammy’s Stained Glass Treasures, Tarnowski Brothers Kielbasi, and The Baklava Lady.  

Also, The Soap Box, The Sweet Lush Cupcakery, The Wandering Brew, Tig & Cooney’s,Valerie Kiser Design, Vikki’s Nut House, Wilbur’s Barkery, LLC, Woodland Way, and Yo Adrienne.   

Marywood Making an Impact on the Community with After-School Program

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Pictured from left: Emily Coleman, Dunmore, academic support specialist for English Language Learners at Marywood University, and STARS program director; and graduate students in the School of Social Work at Marywood University, Michelle Ramirez and Jenny Gonzalez.

A recent grant, funded by The Robert H. Spitz Foundation, is giving Marywood University representatives the opportunity to make an immediate impact on the community. The STARS, Students Together Achieving Remarkable Success, Program, an after-school mentoring/homework help program for students in grades 7-12 has been established in the community.

With the continuous growth of the Latino population in Scranton, Marywood University knew there was a need to build more relationships in the Latino community. A former English as a Second Language teacher in the Scranton School District, Ms. Emily Coleman, academic support specialist for the English Language Learners at Marywood University, and STARS director, has had many interactions with the Latino students and their families.

Through conducting a needs assessment in Spanish with the parents at St. John Neumann Church and the Steamtown Church, Scranton, the idea came together to create a program for secondary age students. Additional support for the STARS program was provided by administrators in the Scranton School District and the Educational Enrichment Institute at the IHM Center.

Marywood students are mentoring the Latino youth to bring more awareness to different degrees and options that exist in higher education by sharing their educational journey and aspirations with the youth in the hope that they can inspire them to start thinking about their futures.

Graduate students in the social work program at Marywood University, Michelle Gonzalez and Michelle Ramirez, have been working with Ms. Coleman to bring the STARS program to fruition. Both Ms. Ramirez and Ms. Coleman have created mentoring themes, ideas for both youth and parent workshops, and help conduct volunteer training with a focus on mentoring and cultural awareness.

There is considerable interest in the STARS Program. Currently the program is able to serve 22 youth with a wait list of 20 additional students. Throughout the academic year, STARS will not only hold parent and youth workshops on topics such as public education and the process of applying to college, but has also formed an advisory board made up of parents and Latino community leaders to keep ongoing conversations about how the STARS program is performing and to make any adjustments to the program to fully serve the Latino population.

For additional information about the STARS Program, visit this website or call (570) 961-4559.