Dunmoreans to Star in Annual Nutcracker Ballet


Ballet Theatre of Scranton and Marywood University will present the 42nd annual free performances of The Nutcracker Dec. 26, 27 and 28th at the Marywood Sette LaVerghetta Theater at 2 and 7:30 p.m. each day.

General public free tickets are available two hours prior to the specific performance at the Marywood box office.

Pictured are Dunmore residents, Celia Eagen on floor, and Isabella Luciani, standing.  

Joanne Arduino, also a Dunmore resident is Artistic Director.  Another dancer , Elizabeth Conway of Dunmore, will perform the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy.


Calendar of Events: December 2017

Book signingBook Signing

Dunmore Historical Society will host a signing of “Images of America: Dunmore,” a book by Stephanie Longo, on Saturday, Dec. 16, from noon to 3 p.m. at the society, 126 Barton St., Dunmore.

Blessing of the Hands Ceremony

Marywood University’s nursing students will continue the tradition of participating in the annual Blessing of the Hands ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 20,  at 2:30 p.m., in the Marian Chapel, in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life. This event is free and open to the public.

The Blessing of the Hands Ceremony at Marywood University is in its fourth year at the University. The ceremony is a recent tradition that honors sophomore nursing students who will begin to apply their classroom studies to direct applications in the field. Junior and senior nursing students will also participate in the ceremony.

O'Malley Christmas partyO’Malley Christmas Party

The 16th annual O’Malley free Christmas party will be held on Sunday, December 10, at the Keyser Valley Community Center from 1 to 3 p.m.  Children from preschool to fifth grade are welcome to meet Jolly Old St. Nick.  The party will consist of a picture with Santa Claus, Goodfella’s Pizza, orange drink, candy canes, McDonald’s cheeseburger and fries coupon from the Keyser Avenue location, a free Kids Meal from Texas Roadhouse, Utz potato chips, and a Krispy Kreme donut.

Reservations must be made by Thursday, Dec. 7, by calling 570-346-1828 to leave a message with number of children attending.

Holiday Trolley Excursions

Electric City Trolley Museum will hold a series of holiday season excursions, which will help to bring cheer to the less fortunate members of our community. The very popular “Santa on the Trolley” excursions are scheduled for December  9, 10, 16, 17 and 23.  Departure times are 10 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm. Reservations are required. The 10-mile ride goes to the Trolley Works Building at the PNC Field and back to the Museum.

For more information and reservations, contact the Museum at 570-963-6590.


treeMarywood Tree Lighting

Marywood University will gather with the community to kick off the start of the holiday season with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony today  at 4 p.m., in the Rotunda, which is located in the Liberal Arts Center on the University’s campus. This event is free and open to the public.

This annual tradition, which draws tremendous community support, is accompanied by prayer, ornament presentations, holiday choral entertainment, and light refreshments. Members of the general public are invited to join the entire Marywood community in the Rotunda each year to share this special, joyous tradition of the holiday season.

For addition information on the history of the Tree Lighting ceremony at Marywood University, please visit www.marywood.edu/blogs/blogs.html?id=121c6eb5-dfc7-483c-a129-cb481f28843c.

Advent Concert

In a 69 year choral history of songs for the season, the Catholic Choral Society will present an Advent Concert on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Snows Church, 301 S. State Street,Clarks Summit. The group will sing sacred Advent and Christmas music as well other Christmas pieces and will be joined by the parish adult choir. Msgr. Joseph G. Quinn is pastor; music director is Dana Cerminaro The concert is open to the public free of charge.

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


RotundaMarywood Concert Choir Performance at Rotunda

Marywood University’s Concert Choir will perform a concert in the acoustically stunning Rotunda, on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 10,  at 3 p.m.

The concerts are free and open to the public. The choir, which holds a concert in the Rotunda once every few years, will perform in a 360-degree circle on the second floor of the Rotunda, with the audience seated below.

For its concert, the Choir will perform Josef Rheinberger’s Cantus Missae for double chorus a cappella, along with unaccompanied motets, a vocal musical composition, by Victoria, Gabrieli, Howells, Charles Wood, Daniel Elder, and Frank La Rocca.


Marywood Students Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's Walk - 1Marywood University’s Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) recently volunteered at the two-mile Walk to End Alzheimer’s that was held at PNC Field.

Through the efforts of more than 800 participants, the walk raised nearly $130,000. Money raised will provide funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.

Pictured are Marywood University student chapter members of the NSSLHA. Kneeling from left: Sara Moore, Antonia Russo, Brielle Peters, Brooke Reiner, and Maya Lasalle.

Second row: Anne Johnson, Brianna Mallia, Maggie Carter, and Madison Horwath.

Third row: Kristen Meyer, Nicole Coombs, Laura Farley, Katie Dearborn, and Alexzandra Ramirez.

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 dunmorepride@gmail.com 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 www.marywood.edu/admissions.

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 www.marywood.edu/mtd/events/, or contact Michael Parker, instructor, at mfparker@marywood.edu, 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 www.scrantonchamber.com.

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 www.catholichoralsociety.org .