Jude Zayac Foundation to hold Jog For Jude

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Ronald McDonald House sets Gourmet Gala for April 3

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Planners for the Gourmet Gala, set for April 3, are from left: Kathy Nelson, event co-chair; Nadine Ferrario, Dunmore volunteer and basket raffle c0-chair, and Michelle Margotta Neary, event chair.

Gourmet Gala “In Wonderland,” a harlequin-themed extravaganza will set the tone for the 29th annual Ronald McDonald House Gourmet Gala.  Last year was the first year at a new venue, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Down, and it was a record-breaking year for both attendance and money raised.

“We hope to have another breaking year”, said event chair Michele Margotta Neary.  “With delicious food provided by over 40 local restaurants and music by Picture Perfect Band, how can we go wrong?” she added.  The theme “In Wonderland” was selected based on the feeling of warmth and welcoming the Ronald McDonald House of Scranton gives to families with hospitalized children who are receiving treatment locally.

The House accommodates these families in a safe, loving and private environment helping to alleviate fear, helplessness, confusion and some financial burden that is associated with hospitalizing a child.

The Gourmet Gala “In Wonderland” is a major fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Scranton, which serves the families of children who are hospitalized here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The event is set for Sunday, April 3, at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre.  The chairperson is Michele Margotta Neary and co-chair Kathy Nelson.

For information on volunteering, tickets or participating as a restaurant or sponsorship contact the Ronald McDonald House at 570-969-8998.

Holy Cross students compete in scholastic bowl

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Under the moderation of Ms. Maryrita Stuckart, Holy Cross seniors competed in the 2015 Academic Challenge at Penn State Worthington.

From left to right: Nina Mucciolo, Christina Brannon, Tom Dzwonczyk, Sam Collura, Zoe Haggerty, and Allie Rainey.

Calendar of Events: February 2016

Pizza Fritta Sale

An Ash Wednesday Pizza Fritta sale will be held on Feb. 10 by SS. Anthony and Rocco Parish in the parish hall at St. Rocco’s Church, 122 Kurtz St. Cost is $1.25 each for five for $5. Pre-orders will be taken until Feb. 8 by calling Nancy Magnotta at 570-343-4978. Pre-order pick-up times are noon to 3:30 p.m. Pre-orders are recommended. Walk-ins are welcome, but quantities are limited.

UNICO Valentine Social

Keystone UNICO will sponsor a Valentine Social on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. at La Buona Vita. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. Dinner will be Cathy Gavin’s popular dinner buffet and entertainment will be provided by Skip Monday. A cash bar will be available. Deadline for reservations is Monday, Feb. 8. Pre-paid reservations are required by sending a check made payable to  Keystone UNICO and mailed to Mark McDade, 102 Ridgeview Drive, Scranton, PA, , 18504.

Inaugural lecture at Marywood

Marywood University’s department of campus ministry, the science department, and the theology department will sponsor a lecture series on Pope Francis’s Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si (Praised Be You): A Conversation on the Care of “Our Common Home.”  The Inaugural lecture will be given by Rabbi Daniel Swartz of Temple Hesed on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m., at the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life, Room A. This event is free and open to the public.

Marywood’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center presents art exhibit

EREZIN and KURDISTAN – A Journey will be on exhibit in the Suraci Gallery through Feb. 28, as the inaugural presentation of Marywood University’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center. Designed as virtual construct, the Center will serve as an educational force, primarily reaching high school and college age audiences. A gallery talk, given by Dr. Michael Mirabito, will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. in the Suraci Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

DHS Crimson Company’s “Circus McGurkus” Carnival

Put on your hat, your socks and your shoes or come any-which -way that you choose and join us on March 5, 2012 from 10:00am – NOON for the Circus McGurkus Carnival!! Admission is $10.00 per person.

You may come dressed up as your favorite Dr. Seuss or storybook character.All of the Dr. Seuss storybook characters will be there to greet you. We have many fun activities planned for boys and girls! There will be a story corner, plant your own Truffle Tree, coloring and sticker activity, face painting, goodie bags, crafts, games, basket raffles, and a “Green Eggs” hunt to name just a few of the fun activities we have planned. Delicious refreshments will be served. Rich Banick will also be there to take professional photos with our “Seussical” characters!

We hope you can join us on Saturday March 5th, 2016 – from 10:00am – NOON  at the Dunmore High School Cafeteria – Admission $10.00 per person

Beth Haas Lecture at Marywood

Marywood University’s science department will host guest lecturer, Beth Haas, Ph.D., who will present “Random walks in virtual places: Modeling molecular diffusion on bacterial membranes,” at the local meeting of the American Chemical Society, which is sponsored by Marywood University. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m., in the Center for Natural and Health Sciences, Room 203.

Pocono Mt. Bible Conference Youth Retreat

Pocono Mountain Bible Conference will be hosting its annual winter youth retreat, Make or Break: American Idols during the of Feb. 5-7. Registration begins at 4:30 pm on Friday, Feb. 5. This event is open to all teenagers, 13-18 years of age. The cost is $50 per camper. The weekend offers speakers, music, games, contests and more. With music provided by the Cross Creek Community Church, Shavertown, on Friday evening, the mood will be set for fun and worship. Saturday entertainment will be Cristabelle Braden and Illijam, with their Reanimate Tour.

Speakers for the weekend will be Dave Weiss, Jimmy Lee and Matt Macking.

Registration, information on the camp and directions to the camp can be found by logging on to www.camppmbc.com or at www.facebook.com/camppmbc. Phone calls can be directed to Camp Director Matt Macking (570) 328-1648.

Cancer Institute raises awareness for colon cancer

Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s 13th Annual C.A.S.U.A.L. (Colon Cancer Awareness Saves Unlimited Adult Lives) Day is set for Thursday, March 31. C.A.S.U.A.L. Day is a dress down day to raise awareness for colorectal cancer in Northeast Pennsylvania.  Participants dress “casual” while wearing a specially designed pin and/or t-shirt.  All proceeds from the event stay in NEPA and go towards the Cancer Institute efforts to raise awareness and support colorectal cancer screenings for low income, un/underinsured individuals through their Patient Navigation Program.For more information about C.A.S.U.A.L. Day, and how you can participate, please call the Cancer Institute at 1-800-424-6724 or visit www.cancernepa.org.