Calendar of Events: September 2022

Play auditions

Actors Circle will hold auditions for Neil Simon’s comedy “Come Blow Your Horn” on Monday, Sept. 12,  and Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 7-9 pm at Providence Playhouse 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Roles include Alan Baker, a 30ish swinging bachelor with time, money, and women to spare, and his rebellious and eager 21-year brother Buddy. This farcical 60’s romp became a hit movie starring Frank Sinatra. The show runs two weekends, Nov 3 – 13. Needed are men and women 21-60’s. For more information, contact the director, Art Walsh at 570-876-4267.

Blues Night Cabaret

Chris BadNews Barnes & the BluesBallers will present an intimate evening of Party All the Way Cabaret with award-winning blues superstars inside the ballroom of the historic Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple on Saturday, Sept. 10..

Pick your table and don’t miss performances by 2022 Blues Music Award Soul Female Artist of The Year, Annika Chambers-Deslauries, Canadian Maple Blues Award Winner and Guitarist of The Year. Paul Deslauries. Blues Music Award Nominee Clarence Spady, with an opening performance by Felix Slim, International Blues Challenge Winner.

Chris BadNews Barnes and friends will perform at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.Tickets start from $35 and are  on-sale now online at and can also be purchased by phone from the Fidelity Bank Box Office by calling 570-344-1111.

TEDxScranton conference

TEDxScranton is coming to the Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 3 p.m. Featuring six local and regional speakers, TEDxScranton is a half-day conference for “ideas worth spreading,” demonstrating perspectives through the lens of higher ground, the theme for the event. All talks will be live, in-person on the theater stage and later featured on the official TED website and TEDx YouTube page after the production. Tickets are $15 each for the TEDxScranton conference can be purchased at College students are free with proof of student ID.

Marywood art exhibits

Two Marywood art galleries will feature new exhibits, beginning Sat., Sept. 10. The exhibits, opening receptions, and gallery talks are free and open to the public.

The Mahady Gallery, located on the first floor of the Shields Center for Visual Arts at Marywood University, is hosting Art Faculty Biennial 2022, an exhibition by Marywood Art Department faculty that showcases a diverse range of styles, mediums, and techniques. The opening reception is set for Sat., Sept. 10, from 3-5 p.m. A gallery talk is scheduled for Wed., Sept. 28, at 3 p.m.

The Suraci Gallery, located on the second floor of the Shields Center for Visual Arts at Marywood University, is hosting P.W. Costello: From Breaker Boy to Master Engrosser. The opening reception is set for Sat., Sept. 10, from 3-5 p.m. A gallery talk is scheduled for Mon., Oct. 3, at 1 p.m.

Night of Comedy

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple is pleased to announce “A Night of Comedy with Samantha Ruddy and Friends” on Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. at Shopland Hall with doors opening at 7 p.m.

Fresh off her appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” NEPA native Samantha Ruddy will headline the night. She will be joined by Martin Urbano (“The Tonight Show”) and more friends along the way! Cash bar will be available for patrons 21 and over and concessions will also be available for purchase. 

Tickets are $25.75 in advance and $30.75 day of show (includes fees). They can be purchased at the Fidelity Bank Box

Office at the SCC in person or by calling (570) 344-1111, or via Ticketmaster. For additional information and a full schedule of events, visit

Mega bingo

Mega bingo will be held Oct. 9 at 3 pl.m. at Scott Township Hose Company held by District 14-H Lions. Doors will open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. There will be  prizes and raffles baskets. For tickets, call 5870-489-1965.

Rummage sale

The 12th Annual Fundraiser Rummage/Furniture Sale of SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, will take place  Sept. 23 and 2. Hours on, Friday and Saturday are from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at  St. Cyril’s School gym inside and outside, at 133 River St., Olyphant.   This is one of the largest rummage/furniture sales in the area with over 12,000+ pieces of merchandise, all categorized and ticketed.   Items include furniture, all categories of household items, ladies’ accessories, books, seasonal items,  music media, books,  vintage items, hardware, religion, and so much more.  Raffle baskets tickets will be available for purchase. 

ARC membership mixer

Friends of the Arc Auxiliary will host a membership mixer on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. with special presentations by Sara Wolff and the Tutti Ensemble. Tickets are $10. An artwork exhibit will be presented by the Arc Masterpiece Progam with a special raffle of an art piece donated by Tom Hennigan. An Around-the-World theme will inspire the hors d’oevres.  Reservations are due by Septl. 28 by calling 570-207-0824.

5Kate Run/Walk

A Mental Health Awareness Fair and the 5Kate Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. at the Nay Aug Park Pavilion next to the swim complex. The Katie Foundation, named after Katie Shoener, has joined with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Katie’s Place Clubhouse to create awareness, education, and support for those experiencing mental illness. For more information, go to

Fall Festival

Our Lady of the Abingtons under Pastor, Rev. Arbogaste Satoun, will hold its Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept.11, on the church grounds,  207 Seminary Road, Dalton. 

The festival is Saturday from  5 -10 p.m. featuring pork barbecue and DJ Eric Petersen; Sunday from noon – 6 p.m. featuring  chicken barbecue, with live music by The Quietmen. There is free parking and no admission.

Enjoy other delicious food, pizza, homemade baked goods, bountiful baskets, silent auction, white elephant, children’s games, antique cars by Car Cruisers, and more. For information, call 570-351-6842. 

NEPA Youth Shelter Gala

Tickets are now on sale for the NEPA Youth Shelter’s Annual Gala, an evening focused on raising funds and awareness for the experiences of unaccompanied youth in Northeastern Pennsylvania. This year’s Gala, themed “Fall In Love With Giving,” will take place on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m. at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton.

The 2022 “Fall In Love With Giving” Gala will feature a sit-down meal, guest speakers, and a silent auction.  Tickets for the Gala are $85 each and can be purchased on the Shelter’s website:  Ticket sales will conclude on Sept. 10.

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available for the Gala; those interested should contact the Shelter at (570) 909.9671.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Shelter’s mission to provide quality emergency shelter and related services to unaccompanied youth ages 14 through high school graduation from all counties in NEPA. 

The Shelter provides essentials such as food, clothing, and bathrooms, as well as services such as educational support, counseling, family reunification, and/or preparation for independent living. With a focus on social justice and advocacy, the Shelter is welcoming to youth from all backgrounds and especially affirming to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) youth.

Calendar of Events: February 2020

blood driveJackAttack Blood Drive

Jack Callahan was diagnosed with AML Leukemia two weeks after his first birthday. Throughout his 112 day stay at Janet Weis Hospital for treatment, he received four rounds of chemotherapy as well as many blood and platelet transfusions. Jack is now in remission and doing well.

Jack is just one of many brave kids who have battled cancer in our area. He and many other depend on blood donations from volunteer donors as part of their treatment.

A blood drive will be held in honor of Jack’s second birthday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at the Dunmore Community Center.

Walk ins are welcome but there is a limit as to how many people can donate at this event. Anyone interested in encouraged to pre-register online.

UNICO Charity Ball

The Scranton Chapter of UNICO National, the largest Italian American Service Organization in the United States has announced that Diane Alberigi was named UNICAN of the Year for 2019, according to Jim Brogna, chapter president. The annual black tie optional UNICO charity ball will be held on Feb. 29 at Fiorelli’s Manor, Peckville. with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 570-499-1534.

“Race Under the Roof” Indoor Triathlon

Marywood University’s Pacers Aquatics Club will host “Race under the Roof” Indoor Triathlon on the University’s campus. The triathlon will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. The cost of the event for participants is $25 for the general public and $10 for Marywood students, faculty, and staff. Spectators can enjoy the event at no cost. To register, please visit

 A race for all abilities, the triathlon offers a relay, swim/bike, and bike/run option, as well as a t-shirt for all participants, and group awards. The triathlon is a 10-minute swim, 25-minute bike, and 20-minute run, which all take place inside Marywood’s Center for Athletics and Wellness.  Participants’ performances will be based on time, making it ideal for all abilities from beginners of all ages to Ironman Triathlon finishers. 

 Marywood’s Pacers Aquatic Club is in its inaugural year. Team members range in age from 5-18 years, and there are more than 100 members on the team. Coached by Beth Cholish, alumna of Marywood University, the team practices at the University Monday through Friday from 5-7:30 p.m. each day. 

Snowball Roll

Marywood University’s campus ministry office will host its fourth annual “Snowball Roll” fundraiser, to benefit the alternative break service trip program, on Thursday, Feb. 6, . at 1 p.m., at University Avenue, on the University’s campus. This fundraiser is open to the public.  Participants can purchase “Snowballs” for $2 for a chance to win. Nearly 2,000 numbered balls will be rolled down University Avenue. The first 50 balls to cross the finish line will win prizes, which include cash, Apple Air Pods, themed baskets, and gift cards to numerous local restaurants and stores. 

To purchase “Snowballs,” visit, or purchase directly in the office of campus ministry. Participants do not need to be present to win.

For additional information, please contact Ann H. O’Brien, L.S.W., assistant director for service learning and community service, at (570) 961-4593, or email

Marywood Admitted Student Program

marywoodMarywood University will hold Admitted Student Day on Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Nazareth Student Center.. This event is for students who have been admitted to Marywood University. To attend, please register at

The program will begin with a 9 a.m. registration in the Fireplace Lounge at the Nazareth Student Center. The events will include department visits, information sessions with student leaders, admissions and financial aid representatives. Check out what it’s like to live on campus, with tours of our residence halls. Guests will enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch, and a Q&A session will be held for parents of admitted students. 

For additional information about Marywood University’s Admitted Student Day, visit, or call the office of admissions at Marywood University, at (570) 348-6234.


Marywood University will host TEDxScranton on Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., in the School of Architecture on the University’s campus. TED (technology, entertainment, and design) is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” It will include TED talks, video, and speakers, including Matt Artz, Monica Simon, Jeremy Ciliberto, Suzanne Kapral, Cole Hastings Goldstein, Lisa Reynolds, Mason Crawford, Laurel Radzieski, Steve Gavin, Jourdan Cole, Jack Goddard, Glynis Johns, and Jamie Smith. For information about the TEDxScranton conference at Marywood University, visit For information about the speakers at the event or to purchase tickets, visit

West Scranton Reunion

West Scranton High School Alumni Class of 1970 will hold its 50th Class Reunion on Friday, June 5, at Colarusso’s LaPalazzo, Birney Avenue, Moosic, from 6 to 10 p.m.  The menu will include appetizers, buffet, and cake. There will be an open bar. Jack Martin will be DJ. Tickets are $65 per person.

Send a check or money order to:  Chris Mensky, 1348 Dartmouth St., Scranton, PA 18504 and make it payable to: INVADERS 1970 CLASS REUNION.  Final count must be made by May 27.

unicoChoral Competition

The Keystone Chapter of UNICO National is sponsoring its second annual High School Choral Competition with six choral groups competing on March 1 at Lackawanna College. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the program begins at 2.  Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and children five and younger are free. For tickets, contact Toni DiVizio at 570-344-2388 or any Keystone UNICO Member.  

Proceeds from this event will benefit local charities and scholarships. Dunmore High with Frank Jones Directing is participating. There will be monetary prizes awarded to the first place large group chorus and the first place small group chorus.  In addition, there will be a Peoples Choice award winner decided by the audience.