Calendar of Events: November 2017

petrDHS Crimson Company Presents: “Peter and the Starcatcher”

Members of the Dunmore High School Crimson Company will present their fall play, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” November 15 through 18 at the Dunmore High School Auditorium.

“Peter and the Starcatcher” is the uproarious prequel to Peter Pan from Disney Theatrical Group. Based on the bestselling novels by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, this entertaining adventure tells the story of how Peter and the Lost Boys got to Neverland and playfully explores the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

Wednesday through Friday, there will be one performance beginning promptly at 7 p.m. each evening. On Saturday, November 18, there will be two shows a matinee at 1 p.m. and an evening performance at 7 p.m.

For children ages 5 and under, tickets cost $5.00. For students and seniors, the cost is $8.00, and for adults a tickets are $10.00 each.

For more information, visit the Dunmore High School Crimson Company Theatre Group’s Facebook page.

Home for the Holidays

The Dunmore Pride Committee announces the third annual “Home for the Holidays” on Sunday, Nov. 26, at Dunmore Corners.  This joyous community event will commence with a Santa Parade kick-off from the Carlucci Golden Desantis Funeral Home at 1 p.m., then proceed to the First National Community Bank where Santa will greet all with photo holidaysopportunities.

Christmas spirit will be spread by local retail businesses, vendors, and restauran filled with holiday cheer.  Holiday activities for children of all ages will be abound.  “Home for the Holidays” will conclude at 4:30 p.m. with a Christmas caroling at the tree lighting finale.

To provide a donation or inquire further about this event, then please reach out by e-mail to or visit the Dunmore Pride homepage on Facebook.

Designer Purse Bingo

Dunmore’s Keystone UNICO is sponsoring a “Designer Purse Bingo” with proceeds going to local scholarships and charities. The Bingo will be conducted at the Eagle McClure Hose Company, Old Forge on Sunday, Nov. 19, from 12-4 p.m.  Tickets are $20.  There will be 20 designer purses, namely Michael Kors, Coach, Kate Spade, Dooney and Bourke and Patricia Nash.  There will also be four “Special Bingo Prizes” as well as a basket raffle.  Refreshments and baked goods will be available for purchase.  No alcoholic beverages will be served.  Keystone UNICO is a 501c3 not for profit organization.  Tickets can be purchased from all Keystone Chapter Members or call Michele McDade at 570-343-7009 or Lenore Latarewicz at 570-878-4900.   

Spirited Art Party Fundraiser

spiritedThe Little Sisters of the Poor will host a Spirited Art party from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Holy Family Residence. Spirited Art, which is a very popular program for creative and non-creative types, provides individuals and friends an opportunity to create paintings while sampling beverages and snacks such as wine and cheese.

The cost is $35 per person and includes an instructor-led class, paints, smocks, brushes, easels and canvases. The Little Sisters also will provide snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Attendees are welcome to bring their own wine and snacks as well. Seating is limited.

Reservations are due by Monday, Nov. 13, by contacting Mrs. Jackie Galvin, M.S., director of development and communications, or Mrs. Lisa Blaker, director of activities and volunteer coordinator, at (570) 343-4065.

Marywood Open Houses

Marywood University will hold undergraduate and graduate open house events in November.

The Undergraduate Open House on Nov. 11 will begin with registration at 9 a.m., in the Fireplace Lounge in the Nazareth Student Center, on the University’s campus. These events are for high school students and their parents and will include conversations with representatives of academic departments, admissions counselors, financial aid, athletic coaches, and members of campus clubs and organizations. Additionally, campus tours, a continental breakfast, and a buffet lunch for all guests will be included.

The Graduate Open House on Nov. 4, will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m., in the Fireplace Lounge at the Nazareth Student Center, on the University’s campus. This event is for future graduate and doctoral students and will include an overview of Marywood University, conversations with admissions counselors, meetings with faculty, and a financial aid/scholarship session. Optional tours of campus will be available.

To register for either the undergraduate or graduate open houses, or for additional information, contact Marywood University’s office of admissions at (570) 348-6234 or visit

Seraph Brass concertSeraph Brass Quintet at Marywood

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will host the Seraph Brass Quintet, America’s top female brass players, on Friday, Nov. 10,  from 7-8 p.m., in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, on the University’s campus.

The performance is free and open to the public. Seraph Brass has toured throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe. They have performed multiple concerts at the Lieksa Brass Week in Finland, and they were the featured ensemble at the International Women’s Brass Conference.

For additional information, visit the music, theatre, and dance department at, or contact Michael Parker, instructor, at, or call (570) 348-6268.

Chamber Gala

Tickets are still available for the 2017 Chamber Gala, where The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce will announce the winners for the 2017 SAGE Awards (Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence), which honor outstanding local businesses for their talent, creativity, and innovation.

This year’s Gala will take place on Thursday, Nov. 2, at The Theater at North. Cocktails and cuisine will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the award presentations will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and are available at

Money Matters Workshop at Marywood

Marywood University’s Accounting and Finance Club will be holding a program called Money Matters, at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania on marywoodNov. 9, at 3:45 p.m., at the Boys and Girls Club, 609 Ash Street.

During the workshop, Marywood Accounting and Finance Club student members will teach Boys and Girls Club members (ages 6-9) about the importance of financial savings and lead them in an arts and crafts project to create their own personal piggy bank. Additional sessions are planned for the spring semester, at which Marywood students will teach the Boys and Girls Club members (ages 10-14) about basic money management and finance skills such as how to write a check, understanding what a credit card is, and how to use a credit card appropriately.

Festival of Trees

The care-free times of the “Roaring Twenties” will be the theme of this year’s annual Festival of Trees exhibit and Toys for Tots reception fundraiser, which will be held at the Marketplace at Steamtown in the former Abercrombie & Fitch space on Friday, Dec. 8.

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department is currently seeking non-profit organizations, businesses, churches and schools to sponsor and decorate a tree. All funds raised from the trees will go directly to Toys for Tots.

The cost to sponsor a tree is $50 for non-profits, schools and small businesses (50 or under employees) and $100 for corporations (over 50 employees).  Participants must supply their own artificial tree.  All trees must be set-up and completely decorated for the December 8 reception.

To register a tree, send a check or money order, made payable to Toys for Tots, to Gerard Hetman, Festival of Trees, Lackawanna County Community Relations Department, 200 Adams Avenue, Sixth Floor, Scranton, PA 18503, along with your contact information.

The trees will be on display through Jan. 12.  

choral16th Generations Sing Concert

The Catholic Choral Society will present the 16th Generations Sing Concert on Sunday evening, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton. As in past years, this year’s celebration concert strives to celebrate both ecumenical diversity and multigenerational singers.

The Catholic Choral Society, marking its 69th season, is composed of more than 50 members from both Luzerne , Lackawanna, Wayne, Pike, Wyoming and Susquehanna Counties.

This year The Catholic Choral Society will both sing and host the following groups:

Elementary School:  “Moscow Melodies,”   directed by Michele Conaboy

Valley View 5th Grade Intermediate Chorus, directed by Stacey Whitaker

High School: Greater Nanticoke Area High School Chorus, directed by Ellen Rutkowski

College: King’s College:  “Cantores Christi Regis, ” directed by Rob Yenkowski

Ann Manganiello is the music director of the Catholic Choral Society; Jean Shields is the accompanist. Brenda L Grunza is president of the  Catholic Choral Society and president emeritus is Dr. Thomas Rittenhouse.

All are invited to attend; there is no admission charge, however, the opportunity for supporting the concert through a free will offering will be available.

For information about concerts and membership please call 570-575-1040 and see .


$2,200 Raised at Annual Card Party

Cards for Charity 2017

Cards for Charity recently raised $2,200 for the Little Sisters of the Poor at Holy Family Residence. The successful fundraiser took place at the organization’s annual card party at the Elmhurst Country Club. The fundraising party included a luncheon followed by an afternoon of bridge, mahjong, pinochle, and dominos. The Little Sisters also sold their famous scones and cookies.

Pictured presenting the check to Mother Theresa Louisa, l.s.p., superior of the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Scranton community are seated from left: Rosemarie Martin; Betty May, co-chairwoman; Mother Theresa Louisa; Barbara Whitford, co-chairwoman, and Maureen Pesavento, event secretary and treasurer.

Standing: Sister Marie Therese, l.s.p.; Rose Baas; Joyce Tressler; Marianne Ferrario; Joan Hrycow, and Liz Yurkovic.

Also serving on the committee was Mary Ann O’Boyle; Mary Lynn Sciaccia; and Mary Ann Hazzouri.

Little Sisters of the Poor to Host Annual Roast Beef Dinner

Little Sisters - Roast Beef Photo

The Little Sisters of the Poor will have their annual autumn roast beef dinner from 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, in the auditorium of Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., located adjacent to Marywood University. All proceeds will be used to update electronic management systems to provide continuous and integrated quality care for the residents of Holy Family Residence.

The dinner, which will be catered courtesy of Stirna’s Restaurant, includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, carrots, rolls and butter, assorted pies and beverages. Takeouts will be available too. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 10 and younger. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (570) 343-4065, online at or at the residence. They also will be available at the door.

In addition to the dinner, there will be a bake sale which will include the Sisters’ famous homemade scones and an assortment of other baked goods. There also will be raffles for gift baskets and gift certificates for area restaurants and businesses as well as a 50/50 raffle.

The Little Sisters also have numerous dinner sponsorship packages available which are great advertising vehicles for businesses as well as a way to honor or remember a loved one.

For advance ticket purchases and sponsorship information, please contact Mrs. Jackie Galvin, M.S., director of development and communications, at (570) 343-4065 ext. 3144 or


Committee members planning a roast beef dinner to benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor on Oct. 15 include, seated from left: Theresa Durkin, Mother Theresa Louisa, l.s.p., and Cathy Lavelle.

Standing: Janet Skibinski, Carole Paswinski, Karen Caruso, development assistant; Nancy Wilson, Joyce Tressler, MaryCarol Kanton, and Jackie Galvin, director of development and communications.

Also serving on the committee are Charlie Butler, Marlene Deily, Faith Foley, Cathy Gavin, Pete Kanton, Ann Kwak, Patrick O’Malley, head chef and kitchen supervisor; Anne Ruddy, Mary Sheils, Mary Jane Sheridan, David Tressle, Lisa Blaker, director of activities and volunteer coordinator, and Sister Marie Therese, l.s.p.

Little Sisters Mark Feast Day of Foundress

Bishop and LSP jubilee pic

The Little Sisters of the Poor and residents of Holy Family Residence celebrated the feast day of St. Jeanne Jugan, the mother foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, with a host of activities on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

The day began at 10:30 a.m. with a Mass celebrated by the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., bishop of the Diocese of Scranton, along with several other diocesan priests, in the chapel at Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton. Following the Mass, the Bishop, residents, and friends enjoyed a home cooked luncheon.

The Little Sisters of the Poor, who have been serving the elderly of Northeastern Pennsylvania since 1908, work closely with staff, volunteers, and benefactors to create a family spirit for the residents who make their home with them. They welcome the elderly who have limited funds and provide for their needs so they can thrive in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and love.


Shown celebrating LSP St. Jeanne Jugan Feast Day recently were, first row, from left: Sister Therese Michel, l.s.p. and Sister Kathleen, l.s.p. Second row, same order: Sister Alice, l.s.p.; Sister Laurelliya, l.s.p.; Rev. E. Francis Kelly, chaplain; Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of the Diocese of Scranton; Sister Theresa Louisa, l.s.p., superior of the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Scranton community; Sister Mary Augustine, l.s.p., and Sister Marie Therese, l.s.p.