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


Calendar of Events: June 2017

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On Saturday, June 10th at 10:00 a.m., a Flag Day ceremony will be held at Sherwood Park in Dunmore. The service will be presented by members of the Boy Scout Troop 66, sponsored by the Dunmore Presbyterian Church, and the Sherwood Youth Association. The public is invited to attend.

Scranton Shakespeare Festival Tony Awards Party

Members of the Scranton Shakespeare Festival Tony Party planning committee finalized plans for the second annual celebration to be held on Sunday, June 11, 7:30 p.m. at the SSF Tony Awards PartyScranton Club.

Guests are welcome to walk the red carpet during “A Night at the Tonys.” Cost is $35 for guests and $50 for patrons who will be recognized during the event. Price includes live entertainment, light fare and cocktails. Tickets are available at the door or by visiting For more details, visit the website or Scranton Shakespeare Festival on Facebook.

SS. Anthony and Rocco’s Annual Italian Festival

SS. Anthony & Rocco Parish Italian Festival will be held Aug. 11, 12, and 13, 2017 at St. Rocco’s Church Grounds, 122 Kurtz St., Dunmore, featuring food, games and live entertainment. The Festival opens Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday Following the Noon Mass and Procession.

Live Entertainment:
Friday: DHS Marching Units & Cheerleaders and Picture Perfect;
Saturday: The Jeffrey James Band;
Sunday: Feast Day Mass & Procession at 12 Noon followed by The Luongo Brothers Band, Take Three, and fireworks at 9 p.m.

bucksDunmore High School Class Reunion

The Dunmore High School Class of 1962 is planning its 55th reunion on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Arcaro & Genell Restaurant in Old Forge. If interested, contact Cathy Ross Desmarais at (570)347-1246.


Dunmore Summer Farmers Market

Plenty of arts, crafts, fruits and veggies will soon be available at the Dunmore Farmers Market. The market will open for the season at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 24th, and will run through Labor Day, September 2. Vendors will be set up in the empty lot along the 200 block of East Drinker Street in the Dunmore Corners..

Fruits and Vegetables (1)Borough Councilman Thomas Hallinan and Dunmore Historical Society President Karl Wegford first organized the market last June. It’s believed to be the first of its kind in the borough.

Diocese of Scranton Movie Night

The Diocese of Scranton is hosting an outdoor family movie night experience for all to enjoy this summer while raising funds for the Diocesan Catholic School System. Disney-Pixar’s new film, “CARS 3”, will be presented by the Diocese at the Circle Drive-In, Dickson City on Wednesday, June 21, with gates opening at 7 p.m. and showtime at 8:45 p.m. (or dusk). This second annual Catholic Schools Movie Night is open to the public. The cost is $10 per car. Each child will receive a free popcorn. The event is rain or shine, unless there is thunder or lightning. All proceeds benefit the Diocese of Scranton Tuition Assistance Program. For more information call John Farkas at 570-702-5523.

Marywood University Hosts “Camp Crescendo”

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will host Camp Crescendo, a two-week dynamic musical experience for instrumental and vocal students in grades 7-12. One- and two-week options are available. Day or overnight options for Camp Crescendo are available during week one only, which features band, orchestra, and choir and will run from July 2-8, 2017.  Week two, which features jazz and improvisation, will run as a day-only option from July 24-28, 2017.

To register or for additional information about Marywood University’s Camp Crescendo, please go online, email or call (570) 348-6268.

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Phoenix Theatrics will present “Forbidden Broadway,” a music revue mocking popular shows such as “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Wicked,” “Les Miserables,” Spamalot,” “Rent” and “A Chorus Line” and featuring a 22-person cast on Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 25, at 2 and 7 p.m. at Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main Street, Duryea. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door, by calling (570) 457-3589, or prepaid premium seats are available at:

Volunteer Fire Company Picnic

Elmhurst-Roaring Brook Volunteer Fire Company will hold its annual picnic on June 21, 22, 23 and 24 at the picnic grounds located off Route 435 in Elmhurst. Grounds will open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m., and Saturday at 5 p.m. Homemade food will be available. Featured on June 21 will be a car show with DJ Paul; June 22, parade at 6d6b949456d6763fc98013ebb9562b6c7 p.m. and music by Take 3; June 23, music by Hell Yo, and June 24, music by Old Friends. Proceeds will help fund fire/rescue services.

Motorcycle Ride to Benefit Griffin Pond

The sixth annual Griffin Pond Animal Shelter  Motorcycle Ride fundraiser, in conjunction with the Dickson City Train Station and Legends Saloon, will be held on  Sunday, June 11, at Legends Saloon, 750 Boulevard Ave., Dickson City.  All money raised will be used exclusively to fund the Griffin Pond Shelter Veterinarian  Care  account for sick and injured animals at the shelter.

The Griffin Pond Animal Shelter at 967 Griffin Pond Rd, South Abington Township, PA 18411 is not funded by any state or federal funds. Donations will be accepted at Legends Saloon for Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

All licensed  motorcycle riders are invited. Registration is $20 per motorcycle rider and $15 per  motorcycle  passenger. Registration will be from 9 to 11 a.m..  with the motorcucles departing promptly at 11 a.m. from Legends Saloon.  The  escorted motorcycle ride will proceed to Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Rte 171, Uniondale, PA.

Motorcycle Riders are asked to return back  to Legends Saloon, Dickson City no later than 3:00 p.m. for food and music.  The public is invited to attend.

GRACELow Cost Vaccination Clinic

In Pursuit of Grace, Dunmore,  is partnering with Bunker Hill Vet Hospital for its annual Low Cost Vaccination Clinic on Saturday June 10, from 9am to 11 a.m. at 1702 Cedar Ave., Scranton. Vaccination costs are $6 for rabies; $14 for distemper, and nail clippings, $5. Flea and tick medication will be available for purchase. All dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier. All cats must be in a carrier; one cat per carrier. No appointment is necessary.