Helen Keller Day Fashion Show Set for Next Month

Helen Keller Day

Members of the Helen Keller Day Planning Committee recently met to plan events for the 89th Annual Helen Keller Day fashion show and luncheon to be held on Sunday, March 25, at Fiorelli Family Catering, Peckville.

For information and or table reservations please contact the Lackawanna Blind Association at 570-342-7673.

Shown seated from left: Atty. Jerry Musheno, Michele Albright and Judy Pronko, cochairs, and Karl Pfeiffenberger.

Standing, same order: Lindsay Leventhal, Tracy Bannon, Mary Ann Wilcha, Cathy Van Nort, Mary Claire Boylan, Sharon Byrne, Executive Director Mary Lou Wascavich, Noreen Burke, Kristen Pfeiffenberger, Julie Smith, Janet May, Leigh Magnotta Fennie and Louise Passarella.

 

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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 extension.psu.edu/servsafe.

Contact Nicole McGeehan at 570-421-6430 or nmd5140@psu.edu 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 mcdonald.linn@marywood.edu.

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 lackawanna.edu/admissions/open-house/. 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 mcgurld@gmail.com

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: LackawannaMG@psu.edu.

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 www.steveforbert.com. To learn more about the LRCA, visit www.lrca.org

Celebration to Honor “Man of the Year”

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The Ancient Order of Hibernians will hold a party for the Paul “Hook” O’Malley Man of the Year Award in honor of Kevin Shaughnessy on Thursday, March 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Fiorelli Catering, 1501 Main St., Peckville.

For ticket information, call (570) 945-3559.  Proceeds will benefit All Saints Academy scholarships.

Shown from left are: Patrick O’Malley, Joseph Walsh, Tom Coyne, James Barrett, Joseph Holland, Mark McDade, and Atty. Terry Gallagher.

 

Calendar of Events: January 2018

marywoodWinter Concert at Marywood:

Marywood University will host the Wyoming Seminary Civic Orchestra winter concert on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m., in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. The performance will be conducted by Rick Hoffenberg, D.M.A., associate professor of choral conducting at Marywood University, and it will feature Greg Hulse, lecturer in the music, theatre, and dance department and alumnus of Marywood University.

Mr. Hulse will be the featured soloist in Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concerto. The program will also feature three other orchestral pieces composed during World War II: two movements from Khachaturian’s ballet Gayane, Martinu’s Memorial to Lidice, and Copland’s popular ballet Rodeo.

For additional information, email Dr. Rick Hoffenberg, at rhoffenberg@marywood.edu, or call the music, theatre, and dance department at Marywood University, at (570) 348-6268.

Little MermaidCrimson Company to Present “The Little Mermaid”

Dunmore High School Crimson Company will present Disney’s The Little Mermaid for two weekends in March at the High School Auditorium, 300 West Warren Street. Tickets will be $12 for adults; $10 for students/seniors, and $5 for children under five.

Performances will be on March 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23 and 24 with curtain at 7 p.m. each evening and a matinee performance on Sunday, March 18, at 1 p.m.

Disenchanted: A New Musical Comedy

Phoenix Performing Arts Centre will present Disenchanted: A New Musical Comedy Jan. 12 to 21 with performances on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea. Tickets are $12 and available by reservation at (570) 457-3589. Lee LaChette is director.

The show features 10 fairy princesses telling their tale after the Happily Ever After. Cinderella is obsessed with weight; Sleeping Beauty with narcolepsy; Snow White is demanding, and Mulan is a lesbian. Parental discretion is advised as there is adult humor and some language. The company is celebrating its 10th year in the 2018 as well as a new grand opening in March.

LCRA ShiverFest

Calendar of Events - River FestOn Saturday, January 13, 2018, only the toughest of the toughest will paddle the river and revelers will fill the banks of the Lackawanna River. A day of exercise and fun, ShiverFest draws the community outdoors during the cold winter to celebrate the valley and the river that runs through it.

This “Extreme Kayak & Canoe Race” will travel approximately 2.7 miles of the Lackawanna River in Scranton from Parker Street Landing to Sweeney’s Beach. Paddlers who are willing to brave the winter on the River should have their own vessel and wet-suit. Launch is High Noon. Entry fee is $30 per person & includes the “Thaw Party”.

The Race will be followed by a “Thaw Party” at the Backyard Ale House from 1 to 4 p.m. The paddlers, revelers and the general public are invited to join in! Entry to the “Thaw Party” is $20 per person & includes food, beverages, music and education.