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9/185/26

Freddy Evaluators Needed

The State Theatre Center for the Arts, Inc. is seeking qualified Evaluators for their EMMY Award winning FREDDY© Awards program which awards excellence in the production of high school musical theatre.

Introduced in 2003, the program sends Evaluators to review each of the approximately 30 high school musical productions entered throughout Lehigh and Northampton Counties in PA, and in Warren County, NJ. Evaluators will be expected to attend at least 14 shows during the season and must submit evaluation forms which cover 21 performance and production categories (i.e. Outstanding Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role, Outstanding Use of Scenery). Nominations are announced in early May and followed in late May with a Tony Awards style ceremony at the State Theatre where nominees perform and award recipients are announced and presented with a FREDDY© Award. (The 2016 ceremony is broadcast list on 69.1 WFMZ-TV on Thursday, May 26th  at 7 PM).

We are looking for candidates who have extensive work experience in one of the arts disciplines and have a strong sense of objectivity. They must be able to effectively evaluate student performances and production values. All candidates must be outstanding writers with the ability to effectively communicate their impressions in a constructive manner. Also, a candidate must already be an avid theatre-goer and should possess a wide knowledge of the canon of the American Musical Theatre.

2016 FREDDY© Evaluator Description and Application are available at www.freddyawards.org.

For questions please contact Frank Kutch, FREDDY© Awards Coordinator at fkutch@statetheatre.org, or call 610-258-7766 x202.

INFO N/A, State Theatre-Easton
1/612/31

American Legion

Help out the American Legion, an organization deicated to supporting veterans and helping them receive benefits through their service. They also assist and support families of returning service men and women. They ensure the needs of wounded warriors are being met and advocate on behalf of of active duty military and veterans in the halls of government. To learn more visit legion.org.

INFO N/A, American Legion
2/17/31

CRITICAL APPEAL FOR BLOOD DONORS

Miller-Keystone Blood Center is in critical need of donors with the O-NEGATIVE blood
type. According to Deb Otto, Director of Donor Resources, O-negative donors are referred to as “Universal
Blood Donors.” “The red cells of an O-negative donor can be transfused to anyone, regardless of their blood type,” she
explains. “This is especially important in accident cases, where there may not be time to identify the patient’s
specific blood type.” Ms. Otto notes that the current decrease in the available O-negative blood supply is directly related to the care
of a trauma patient in one of our regional hospitals. It can take up to 50 units of blood to help someone in a car
accident, and up to 8 units to help someone with internal bleeding. It can also take up to 8 units a week to help
someone battling leukemia. "This time of year is always a challenging time for blood centers as seasonal illnesses, combined with
inclement weather and accidents, seriously impact the community blood supply," Ms. Otto continues. “However,
more than 450 donors are needed every day in our community to help in the care of premature infants, accident
victims, cancer patients and others in need of life-saving transfusions at our regional hospitals.”
“While we’ve had a decrease in the number of people donating, the demand at our hospitals remains steady.
We would just like to remind people that blood cannot be manufactured, it can only come from the kind
generosity of volunteer blood donors. If there was ever a time to donate, now is that time,” she concludes. In order to donate, individuals must be 17 years of age or older, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be feeling healthy; they must not have donated in the past eight weeks. All donors must also provide valid identification; ID must have the donor’s name printed on it, as well as a photo and/or signature.

For more information or to schedule a donation, call 1-800-B-A-DONOR (223-6667). Donors can also visit
GIVEaPINT.org to schedule an appointment online or find a Blood Drive in their community.

INFO Regular Business Hours, Miller-Keystone Blood Center
2/156/30

LCCC Offering Small Business Classes

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) is offering a range of classes that will appeal to personal interests as well as business. Whether you want to become an entrepreneur or work out of your home, learn facts that will help turn dreams into reality.

Career as a Florist covers basic floral, plant and sales knowledge required for an entry-level position. Classes will be held on Mondays, Feb. 15 – April 11, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Michael Thomas Floral Design in Allentown. Cost is $220; materials fee per class is extra.

Prepare for high-priority occupations with knowledge acquired in the Customer Service and Communication program, which will be held March 7 – May 13, from 12 to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Cost is $1,000; text is extra. Call 610-799-1582 for more information.

Explore the process of researching grant opportunities and developing proposals at Grant Writing Boot Camp, held Saturday, March 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $197.

Individuals with prior accounting experience can learn Computerized Bookkeeping practices with QuickBooks software, payroll computation, tax reporting and accounts receivable/payable and earn a certificate. Classes begin March 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $827; text not included. Call 610-799-1942 for and earn a certificate.

Patent Your Invention helps students develop ideas to file for a patent while learning how to capitalize on the invention by leasing the patent rights for royalties. Class is held March 16 from 7-10 p.m. and cost is $69.

Learn how to organize your small business with accounting software QuickBooks. Manage revenues and expenses, work with payroll and bank accounts, and more. Class is held Fridays, April 1 – May 5, from 9 a.m. to noon, at main campus in Schnecksville. Class fee is $177.

Fundamental Payroll covers core concepts, compliance regulations and reporting, principles of paycheck calculations, payroll processing, and much more. Class is held Tuesday and Thursday, May 24 – June 30, from 9 a.m. – noon. Cost is $710 and text is additional.

To register or for course details and locations, visit www.lccc.edu, call 610-799-1197 or email ncregistrar@mymail.lccc.edu.

INFO Varying, LCCC Campus
2/246/30

2016 FREDDY SCHOLARSHIPS & COMMUNITY AWARDS AVAILALBE

The State Theatre Center for the Arts announces Sponsorship & Community Awards made available through the 2016 FREDDY© Awards Program.

Opportunities are available for students and schools participating in the FREDDY© Awards program from the following intuitions and community groups:

ACE (Arts Community of Easton)

Cedar Crest College

Civic Theatre

Martin D. Cohen Family Foundation

DeSales University

Just Born

R. Richard Knauss Foundation

Lehighvalleylive.com and The Express-Times

Muhlenberg College

Northampton Community College

Pennsylvania Youth Ballet/Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley

West Virginia University

PLEASE VISIT http://freddyawards.org/scholarships-community-awards FOR APPLICATIONS, DEADLINES AND INFORMATION

From 2003-2015, over $575,000 in college scholarships, paid internships and community awards have been awarded to students and schools participating in the FREDDY© Awards program.

Now in its 14th year, the FREDDY© Awards broadcast has been honored with two regional EMMY Awards, in 2005 & 2011, and has also received 4 additional EMMY Nominations, 6 Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards, including the 2008 Award for Outstanding Television Program Designed for Children, and 4 Associated Press Awards for Public Affairs. The 2008 FREDDY© program was the subject of a feature-length film documentary, Most Valuable Players, by Canyon Back Films, Los Angeles. Released in 2010, the documentary is part of Oprah Winfrey Network’s (OWN) documentary film club which premiered in 2011.

The State Theatre invites the Lehigh Valley and Warren County communities to become involved with the FREDDY© Awards by becoming corporate sponsors, through media or promotional support, or by volunteering their time and expertise.  Corporations, regardless of size, are encouraged to participate, and corporate sponsorships will be available on many levels.  For sponsorship information, contact Denise Smith, Vice President, Development, at 610-258-7766 x223 dsmith@statetheatre.org or visit www.freddyawards.org

For information on the FREDDY© Awards visit www.freddyawards.org.

INFO Visit Site For Deadlines, State Theatre-Easton
4/1312/31

Salvation Army Needs Donations!

Many of our neighbors here in New Jersey are struggling.  In these tough times, they’re not just looking for help. They’re looking for hope.

Your support of The Salvation Army in New Jersey, through volunteer work or a donation, will make a real difference for someone in need. And you’ll be amazed at what you’ll get out of giving. Come share your blessings, and be blessed. Visit www.SalvationArmyNJ.org to find out how you can help. From all of us at The Salvation Army in New Jersey, thank you. 

INFO N/A, Salvation Army of New Jersey
5/46/8

Wednesday Spring Bog Walks

Wednesdays beginning May 4th through June 8, 2016, the EE Center will be offering weekly walks through the Tannersville Bog at 1 p.m. These 2 ½ hour walks will be guided by an Environmental Educator from the Center who will teach you about the Bog, a very unique boreal bog for this area, owned by the Nature Conservancy. The Bog is filled with bird songs and the bloom of early spring wildflowers, including leatherleaf and marsh marigolds.

Participants will meet at the Bog parking lot by 1 p.m. Directions:  Route 611, at the light at the Tannersville Inn turn onto Cherry Lane Road.  The parking lot is 1.9 miles on your right from Route 611.

Cost: $6/non-member, $4/EE and Nature Conservancy members and children under 12. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking in the woods and through fields. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, please call the E. E. Center at (570) 629-3061, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information on other programs we offer visit our website at www.mcconservation.org.

INFO 1:00pm, Tannersville Bog
5/65/7

Used Book Sale

The Lower Macungie Library is holding a used book sale from May 6th to May 7th from 9am-4:30pm.

INFO 9:00am-4:30pm, Lower Macungie Library
5/7

4th Annual KidsPeace 5K Family Fun Mud Run

This fun, family friendly event is a great opportunity to get some exercise, have some fun and get muddy for a good cause. Participants of all ages and abilities choose to follow either the 3.1-mile scenic trail & traverse through 14 obstacles or the 1 mile course with 6 obstacles. Youth under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult during the 5k or 1 mile run/walk. Children ages 4-6 can participate in a FREE 100-yard dash. For more information, visit www.kidspeace.org/mudrun

INFO 9:30am, KidsPeace Orchard Hills Campus, Orefield 18069
5/7

Muscular Dystrophy Association Fundraiser

We're very proud to be able to announce that we are holding a music festival on May 7th to benefit MDA (muscular dystrophy association). We have partnered with Katrina Schreefer, Executive Director of the Allentown, PA MDA. All ticket sales ($10/person) are going to go directly to MDA! We also have the support of the Hunterdon PBA and Tall Cedars. Considering the important work that MDA does to find a cure for muscular dystrophy, ALS, & other related, life-threatening diseases, we are proud to be able to dedicate May 7th to their cause. We will have 9 bands playing from noon to 3 a.m. (we are grandfathered-in to be able to stay open till that time in NJ) on Saturday, May 7th: - IDB Band - Joe Janci - Harry Walther Band - Big Bone Daddy - Tequila Rose - Bones Weedsley - Church on Sunday - Andy Browne Troupe - Vinyl Approach We officially opened our doors just about 6 months ago, and installed a nightclub-quality sound system that has bands & booking agents calling us to secure dates, as we provide 4 nights/week of music for our customers. That coupled with a sound engineer on premises for these bands, ensures an incredible experience for the musicians as well as for our customers. To be able to partner with MDA fits right into our mission statement of being a community-focused establishment. We are currently setting up an MDA-sponsored ticketing webpage, but you can find more information about American Spirits Roadhouse by visiting: http://www.americanspiritsroadhouse.com/

INFO 12:00pm-3:00pm, 1090 State Route 173, Asbury, NJ 08802 (I-78's exit 11)
5/7

Bag Sale

The Lower Macungie Library is holding a bag sale on May 7th at 2:30pm.

INFO 2:30pm, Lower Macungie Library
5/14

Great Steps4NF 5K Walk/Run for Neurofibromatosis

Great Steps4NF Walks take place in communities nationwide. These inspiring events create strong bonds that build a supportive NF community. The goal of these strong communities is to rally together and become one great voice in finding effective treatments and an eventual cure for NF. The walks are a great way to involve family and friends, meet others who are affected by NF, while raising awareness of this disorder and to create funding for NF research. For more information and event forms visit the event page on the NF Network website.
INFO 9:00am, Bethlehem Municipal Park, 2900 Farmersville Road Bethlehem, PA 18020
5/14

Softball Family Golf Outing

Softball Family Golf Outing to Benefit Connor's Cure for Pediatric Cancer Research. On Saturday, May 14th at the Shepherd Hills Golf Club located at 1160 Krocks Rd. Wescosville PA 18106. $85 per golfer, $340 per foursome, green fees, cart, and Italian buffet dinner included. Contact 610-657-4969 for more info and to reserve your spot. 

INFO 10:00am, Shepherd Hills Golf Club, 1160 Krocks Rd. Wescosville PA 18106
5/14

Free Child Safety Fair

GFWC Western Pocono Women’s Club, a service organization in the West End for 40+ years, is co-sponsoring its fifth annual FREE Child Safety Fair with the West End Park and Open Space Commission. This event will take place on Saturday, May 14th, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chestnuthill Township Park on Rte. 715 in Brodheadsville. Stop by and have the PA State Police fingerprint your child. The West End Ambulance and West End Fire Company will be present to tour their vehicles and trucks. A Fire Safety House or simulated “Smoke House” from Tobyhanna Army Depot will be available to demonstrate safe ways to escape a house fire. Pocono Medical Center will check blood pressure and child car seats. General health information providers and a dietician will be available. Fitness instructor, Leslie Glover, will do exercise demonstrations with the children. Boy Scouts will be selling food items at this event. Free literature about car seats, school bus safety, etc. will be available inside the Chesnuthill Township Park building during the Child Safety Fair. Any questions, please email the Western Pocono Women’s Club at wpwomensclub@gmail.com or contact Bernie Kozen at the park building at (570) 992- 9733. Come and join us!

INFO 10:00am-1:00pm, Chestnuthill Township Park
5/185/21

Community Carnival

The Silver Creek Athletic Association Community Carnival will be held May 18th through the 21st on the Association grounds at 2943 Route 412/212, Springtown, PA. All proceeds benefit the Association's Youth activities. Ride specials will be conducted Wednesday through Friday for $17 from 6pm-9:30pm. Fireworks are scheduled for Friday the 20th with a rain date of Saturday May 21st. For more information cal Cindy Danahower at 610-428-1991.

INFO Daily 6:00pm-10:00pm, Saturday 4:00pm-10:00pm, 2943 Route 412/212, Springtown, PA
5/19

Min Golf Event, Benefiting Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Stop by Lucky Strokes Mini Golf on Thursday, May 19th at 5:30pm for an event benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. All procceeds go to the LLS and 100% tax deductible. There is a registartion fee of $30, hole sponsorships are available!

INFO 5:30pm, Lucky Stokes Mini Golf. 7200 Airport Rd Bath, PA
5/20

25th Annual Kettle Creek Environmental Fund Dinner/Auction

Plan to attend the 25th Annual Kettle Creek Environmental Fund Dinner/Auction at Camelback on Friday, May 20, 2016 starting at 6pm.   The Kettle Creek Environmental Fund (KCEF), an organization of individuals interested in supporting the KCEEC, are pleased to invite members of the community to their annual fundraising event. Since their inception in 1991, they have been able to raise over $750,000 in support of the KCEEC, including $100,000 toward the Center’s mortgage.  Over the years, funds raised have been used toward construction of a new sugar shack (2003) for public maple sugaring at our Meesing Outdoor Site, the purchase of a 46-acre parcel of land (2004) to adjoin the 120 acre Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, and building the Mattioli Outdoor Learning Pavilion (2008).  In addition, many program materials have been purchased to enhance their environmental education programs for County residents of all ages. Proceeds have also gone toward the purchase of a 15-passenger handicapped accessible bus for educational programs and funding to continue to send all Monroe County 4th grade students to the Tannersville Bog.

Join us during the cocktail hour where bids may be placed on silent auction items while being serenaded by The Crop Circle Agents.  After dinner, you will have the opportunity to bid on items at a live auction featuring Auctioneer Brandon McDonald.  Auction items are donated by area residents and businesses which include artwork, unique handcrafted items, dinner outings, golf packages, fishing gear, service donations and sporting goods. Drawings for a 50/50 raffle, a fly-fishing rod and a handmade quilt will also be offered. 

A delicious buffet dinner will be served which includes: sliced filet mignon, chicken Francaise, lemon Dijon pasta, poached salmon, Caesar salad, wild rice, a fresh vegetable and a Viennese desert table. The cash bar opens and silent auction bidding begins at 6pm, dinner is served at 7pm and the live auction begins at 8pm.   The cost of the dinner is $40/per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Friday, May 6, 2016.  For a fun-filled, lively evening this is the place to be! ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE KCEEC!

For more information, to purchase dinner tickets or to donate auction items, please call the KCEF at (570) 629-3061 between 8am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Visit our website at mcconservation.org to download auction/raffle forms.  

INFO 6:00pm, Camelback
5/20

Kathleen Madigan

Comedian Kathleen Madigan is coming to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on May 20th! Be sure to buy your seats Friday, January 15th at 10am.

INFO 7:00pm, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
5/21

Rock N' Run 4 Kids 10K / 5K / Kids Fun Run

Join us on May 21, 2016 for a day of music, fitness, healthy snacks and your favorite team mascots from around PA! Proceeds benefit the Salvation Army Children's Services, who provide specialized foster & adoption care to kids here in the Lehigh Valley. For more information visit http://www.rocknrun4kids.com/.

INFO 8:30am, Coca-Cola Park, 1050 Iron Pigs Way , Allentown, PA 18109
5/21

Amphibian and Reptile Ramble

On Saturday, May 21, come out to the EE Center from 10am-noon and help Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman in his continuing effort to find and document the frogs, salamanders, snakes, and turtles that call Kettle Creek home.  Our findings will be submitted to the Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS), a state-wide project documenting the status and distribution of these animals.  Cost: $5/non-members, $3/children under 12.  EE Center members FREE.


To pre-register, please call the E. E. Center at (570) 629-3061, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information on other programs we offer visit our website at www.mcconservation.org.

INFO 10:00am-12:00pm, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
5/21

Chicken Barbecue Dinners

Join the Quakertown Fire Company No. 1, Station 17 as they serve Chicken Barbecue dinners on Saturday, May 21st. Dinners are $10 and include 1/2 barbecued chicken, a baked potato, roll and butter, cole slaw, dessert, a bottle of water, and utensils. Dinner can be picked up between 3pm and 6pm or until supplies run out in drive-thru style. Contact Dawn Werst at 215-536-1577 or Lee Erwin at 215-536-5609 for advanced tickets or further questions.

INFO 3:00pm-6:00pm, Quakertown Fire Company No. 1, Station 17, 505 W Broad St, Quakertown
5/22

Sunday Bog Walk

On Sunday, May 22, join an Environmental Educator at 1pm at the Bog parking lot and take a 2 ½ hour journey into the unique Tannersville Cranberry Bog.  Along the way, our Environmental Educators will explain the Bog’s formation, its interesting plant and animal life, and the role the local Preserve Committee and the Nature Conservancy play in its continued protection. Please wear appropriate footwear. Cost: $6/non-members, $4/EE and Nature Conservancy members and children under 12. Pre-registration is required and limited.  Directions: Route 611, at the light at the Tannersville Inn turn onto Cherry Lane Rd. The bog parking lot is 1.9 miles from 611 on the right.

To pre-register for the program, please call the E. E. Center at (570) 629-3061, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information on other programs we offer visit our website at www.mcconservation.org.

INFO 1:00pm, Tannersville Bog
5/26

2016 FREDDY © Awards

29 SCHOOLS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2016 FREDDY© AWARDS PROGRAM

The State Theatre Center for the Arts announces the 2016 FREDDY© Awards, the 14th year of the program, recognizing and rewarding exceptional accomplishments in the production and performance of musical theater in high schools in Lehigh and Northampton Counties, Pennsylvania, and Warren County, New Jersey.

Lists of 2016 FREDDY© Awards participating schools, along with their productions, performance dates and ticket information, are attached. The list is also available at www.freddyawards.org. Please check web for updates and changes to ticket information.

The 2016FREDDY© Awards program will culminate in a 3-hour television awards ceremony on Thursday, May 26 from the State Theatre.  Produced in partnership with WFMZ Channel 69, the show will be broadcast live from 7 PM – 10 PM on WFMZ and on the web at www.wfmz.com.  Ed Hanna of WFMZ and Shelley Brown of the State Theatre will host the ceremony.

The FREDDY© Awards broadcast has been honored two regional EMMY Awards, in 2005 & 2011, and has also received 3 additional EMMY Nominations, 6 Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards, including the 2008 Award for Outstanding Television Program Designed for Children, and 2 Associated Press Award for Public Affairs. The 2008 FREDDY© program was the subject of a feature-length film documentary, Most Valuable Players, by Canyon Back Films, Los Angeles. Released in 2010, the documentary is part of Oprah Winfrey Network’s (OWN) documentary film club which premiered in 2011, and is now available on DVD, Netflix and iTunes.

Lehigh Valley Health Network supports the FREDDYs at the Rehearsal Sponsor for 2016

For the first year, Lehigh Valley Health Network will support the FREDDY© Awards program as the 2016 Rehearsal Sponsor.  The sponsorship will help provide food and drinks for the 120 students who rehearse for two weeks, preparing for the broadcast’s opening and closing numbers. In addition, LVHN Physical Therapist, Gayanne Grossman, will attend rehearsal to help the students warm up and be on site for consultations.

Scholarships & Community Awards

Since 2003, over $575,000 in college scholarships, paid internships and community awards have been awarded to FREDDY© Award’s participating students. For a current list of opportunities visit http://freddyawards.org/scholarships-community-awards.  List will be updated as more 2016 offerings are confirmed.

DEADLINING SOON: Cedar Crest College is pleased to offer 4, $1,500 annual Talent Scholarships, renewable for three years, to students attending a school that participates in the 2016 FREDDY© Awards.  Students do not need to major in the Performing Arts to receive these scholarships.  The selected students may choose a scholarship in any of these four categories:  Dance, Theatre, Technical Theatre or Speech. One Scholarship will be awarded per category.  AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, FEBRUAY 20, 3PM TO 10PM.  To register and learn about audition requirements for each category http://www.cedarcrest.edu/ca/academics/performing_arts/performingartsday_reg.shtm

INFO 7:00pm, State Theatre-Easton
5/29

Jo Koy

Comedian Jo Koy will stop by the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Sunday, May 29th. Get your tickets.

INFO 7:00pm, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
6/16/30

Pocono Environmental Education Center June Events Calendar

June Events – 2016

Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC)

538 Emery Road

Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328

 

For Further Information: 570-828-2319, www.peec.org, peec@peec.org

Pre-registration is requested until otherwise noted.

 

Volunteer Day – National Trails Day                                                                                                                                               

Saturday, June 4 – 9:00am-12:00pm

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” – Aesop                                                                                            

Join us for a fun morning of trail work.  Everyone is welcome and appreciated!  Snacks provided.

 

Summer Pond Paddle                                                                                                                                                                            

Saturday, June 4 – 1:00-3:00pm

$5 per person                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Start summer off the right way!  Paddle a canoe or a kayak on one of our ponds. Beginners are welcome – we teach you everything you need to know.  Dress appropriately – you may get wet.  Call to reserve a boat.

 

Little Eco Explorers: Bears                                                                                                                                                                    

Sunday, June 5 – 10:00am-12:00pm

$5 per child                                                                                                                                                                                                        

A fun hands-on program for young children!  Join us for a story, craft, and activity focusing on a particular critter.

 

Ecozone Discovery Room!                                                                                                                                                                      

Sunday, June 5 – 1:00-4:00pm

$2 per person                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave, and dig in a fossil pit!  Explore this indoor discovery room and enjoy hands-on exhibits on natural history, sustainability and the local environment.  No registration required.

 

Bridge the Gap: Day Paddle                                                                                                                                                              

Saturday, June 11 – 9:00am-3:00pm

Free                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Join us for this free paddle down the Delaware! Bring a lunch and a water bottle and dress for the weather. We will provide extra water and snacks. Choose between a canoe or kayak. Please register as soon as possible as space is limited. Funding for this program provided by the William Penn Foundation. Call for details.

 

Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk                                                                                                                                     

Sunday, June 12 – 1:00-3:00pm

$5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Nature provides food & natural remedies for us in the form of many plants.  Join us on a hike focused on wild edible & medicinal plants. No collecting will be done within the Park.

 

Bridge the Gap: Pond Paddle                                                                                                                                                          

Saturday, June 18 – 10:00am-12:00pm

Free                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Come join us for a free paddle on our ponds! Beginners are welcome—we will teach you everything you need to know! Dress appropriately—you may get wet. Spaces are limited; Call to reserve a boat! Funding for this program provided by the William Penn Foundation.

 

Pond Explorers                                                                                                                                                                                          

Sunday, June 19 – 1:00-3:00pm

$5 per person                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Join us as we explore the ponds with nets!  We’ll collect fish, macro-invertebrates, amphibians, and anything else we find in some buckets, for up-close study.  Wear boots and plan on getting a little wet and muddy!   Register early!

 

16th Annual Golf Outing                                                                                                                                                                                        

Monday, June 20

Join us for a great day of golf at the Lords Valley Country Club at Hemlock Farms. Call for details.

 

Bridge the Gap: Pond Paddle                                                                                                                                                          

Saturday, June 25 – 10:00am-12:00pm

Free                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Come join us for a free paddle on our ponds! Beginners are welcome—we will teach you everything you need to know! Dress appropriately—you may get wet. Spaces are limited; Call to reserve a boat! Funding for this program provided by the William Penn Foundation.

 

Frog Frolic                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Sunday, June 26 – 10:00am-12:00pm

$5 per person                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Join us for a fun morning at the ponds and streams!  Learn about some of our frog friends as we gently catch and release these hopping amphibians.  Wear boots and plan on getting a little wet and muddy!

 

Ecozone Discovery Room!                                                                                                                                                                   

Sunday, June 26 – 1:00-4:00pm

$2 per person                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave, and dig in a fossil pit!  Explore this indoor discovery room and enjoy hands-on exhibits on natural history, sustainability and the local environment.  No registration required.

INFO Check Events For Times, Pocono Environmental Education Center 538 Emery Road Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328
6/3

Taste of the Wild

Elk Wellington, Pheasant and Waffles, and Rabbit Sausage Sliders are among the delicious offerings guests can sample during the new “Taste of the Wild” culinary event at SteelStacks June 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets for the event, which will also provide unique opportunities for guests to meet the education animals and staff of Lehigh Valley Zoo, cost $38 for ArtsQuest Members and $40 for the public; they are on sale now at steelstacks.org and 610-332-3378.

At Taste of the Wild, attendees will enjoy a variety of game and fish inspired hors d’oeuvres crafted especially for the event by ArtsQuest Center Executive Chef Michael Hoffman, while getting up close and personal with animals like an African penguin, three banded armadillo, crowned crane, birds of prey, reptiles and more. All animals will be presented by the Lehigh Valley Zoo’s educational staff, which will be on hand to share information on the animals, their habitat and conservation success stories. The evening will also include a cash bar, as well as the sounds of Fleetwood Mac tribute TUSK, performing live on the Levitt Pavilion stage at 7:30 p.m.

 

The Taste of the Wild menu includes:

 

Wild Salmon Lox with Dill Cream on a Naan Crostini
Lightly smoked and cured wild-caught salmon over whipped dill cream resting on a naan bread crostini

 

Venison Skewers
Lightly smoked venison seared and seasoned to perfection just like over a campfire

 

Pheasant and Waffles with a Pan Gravy Crema
Light and crunchy fried pheasant over a savory waffle, topped with pan gravy crema

 

Rabbit Sausage Sliders
Grilled rabbit sausage patty served with a creamy housemade slaw on a brioche bun

 

Elk Wellingtons with Wild Mushroom Duxelles, Demi and Puff Pastry Cup
Tender back strap of elk simmered slowly in a demi-glace sauce and served over a wild mushroom duxelles in a phyllo cup

 

Spanakopita
Spinach, feta and garlic wrapped in a perfectly baked phyllo package

 

Wild Mushrooms Stuffed with a Caribbean Quinoa
Silver dollar mushrooms seasoned and roasted stuffed with a citrus and jerk seasoned quinoa

 

Desserts

  • Mini Cheese Cakes
  • Assorted Petit Fours
  • Assorted Mini Cannolis, Eclairs and Puff Pastries

 

Proceeds from Taste of the Wild will go to support Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley presented by Lehigh Valley Zoo, the free community festival taking place at SteelStacks June 4-5. Launched last year, Step Outdoors is designed to encourage children and families to get outdoors, as well as learn about the many wildlife, outdoors and conservation-focused groups working in the region. This year’s festival will feature more than 35 groups offering presentations and hand-on activities related to archery, urban birding, cycling/biking, gardening, geocaching, hiking, nature photography, bird box building and more.

 

For more information on Taste of the Wild and Step Outdoors, please visit www.steelstacks.org.

INFO 6:30pm-8:30pm, SteelStacks
6/46/5

Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley

Step outside and enjoy the great outdoors during the 2nd-annual Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley presented by Lehigh Valley Zoo June 4-5 at SteelStacks. This year’s festival features a Keystone DockDogs canine competition, cycling ride with the 2016 Olympians, “A Taste of the Wild” culinary event and more. The festival, which is free to attend, will include two days of presentations, hands-on activities and educational experiences designed to encourage children and families to get outdoors, as well as learn about the many wildlife, outdoors and conservation-focused groups working in the region.

At Step Outdoors, children can enjoy presentations and activities by more than 35 different local and state groups. Activities include archery, urban bird walks, cycling/biking, gardening, geocaching, art & nature activities, hiking, nature photography, bluebird box building and more.

One of the highlights of the festival is the chance for kids to meet a variety of animals and wildlife during presentations in the ArtsQuest Center’s cinemas. On both days, the Lehigh Valley Zoo will offer presentations featuring its live education animals. In addition, the zoo will offer a specially designed nature play experience where families can explore movable plant boxes to learn more about butterfly and insect-friendly habitats, get down and dirty using kid and garden-friendly mud paint, and create their own rock art to add to their garden.

New for 2016 is the Keystone DockDogs Competition, which will feature man’s best friend performing high-flying feats as they leap into a 40-foot swimming pool on the Air Products Town Square. The competition, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, will showcase dogs in a variety of categories including Big Air Dogs, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve.

Other new attractions include a family cycling ride on June 4 led by former Olympic Gold Medalist and Valley Preferred Cycling Center Executive Director Marty Nothstein and two of this year’s Olympians; cooking demonstrations by the International Dutch Oven Society; a ReelKids casting contest for ages 7-15 presented by Lehigh Valley Junior Bass Masters and a Saturday nature photography workshop led by Stephen Cunic, which culminates with the opportunity to photograph the endangered peregrine falcons that nest on the former steel site. 

On June 3, 6:30 p.m., Step Outdoors kicks off with “A Taste of the Wild,” where guests can sample game and fish inspired hors d’oeuvres while getting up close and personal with a variety of Lehigh Valley Zoo animals including an African Penguin, Three Banded Armadillo, Crowned Crane and more. Tickets for the event, a fundraiser supporting Step Outdoors, will go on sale later this week.

“Lehigh Valley Zoo is a leader in conservation efforts,” says Lehigh Valley Zoo President & CEO Melissa Borland. “We are not only dedicated to saving animals from extinction, but also conserving the resources within the world we live which includes our food resources.  Partnering with ArtsQuest and the Taste of the Wild culinary experience gives us an opportunity to educate the public about these issues and we are excited to do so.”

Families looking for unique experiences that tie art to the outdoors will want to check out the Banana Factory Arts Center’s tent, where kids can work with the staff on fun, wind-related art projects such as creating kites and whirligigs. In addition, the Banana Factory is offering a variety of outdoors-focused tuition workshops both days including a mini terrarium workshop, opportunity to make your own glass hummingbird feeder and a fun-filled experience where kids can create bandanas for their furry friends.

Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley is supported by Lehigh Valley Zoo, in association with Cabela’s, Green Mountain Energy, Service Electric and Adams Outdoor Advertising. Festival hours are 10-a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, or to register for any of the workshops, visit www.steelstacks.org/stepoutdoors.

INFO Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm, SteelStacks
6/4

Adam's Fun Walk for NPC

The Race For Adam Foundation presents, Adam's Fun Walk for NPC, June 4th. Come out for walking, food, games, music and to raise awareness and funds for Niemann-Pick Disease Type C Disease. A Neurological,degenerative,fatal until we find a cure disease also called "Childhood Alzheimer's." Come out to enjoy a great day for a great cause!! More information available at www.RaceForAdam.org

INFO 9:00am, 500 East Montgomery Street, Salisbury High School, Allentown, Pa
6/4

Twin Tiers Honor Flight Motorcycle Ride

All Riders and Groups Welcome, Patriot Riders are hosting a ride to raise funds for the non-profit to take veterans to Washington DC. twintiershonorflight@gmail.com.

INFO 9:00am-10:45am, Finger Lakes Harley-Davidson 6033 St Rt 13, Cayuta, NY
6/4

Laughing for Change Comedy and Wine Spectacular

Stonekeep Meadery and Wine Cellars will be hosting a Comedy and Wine night for charity as our 1st Annual Laughing for Change Fundraiser to be held at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom Saturday, June 4th at 8pm. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the tasting room on the first floor of the Douglas House at 77 Broadway in Jim Thorpe or by calling 570-369-0573. It's good to take the time to look around and laugh at the absurdities in ourselves and every day lives. Laughter has a healing aspect to it. Come out to laugh with good wine and company while helping to earn money for Turn To Us Inc. They provide much needed services to the community and help fill the cracks that other charities aren't able to cover. Find out more about them on their website www.TurnToUsForHope.com. http://www.facebook.com/StonekeepMeadWine

INFO 8:00pm, Mauch Chunk Ballroom, Jim Thorpe, PA
6/5

Lauren's First and Goal

The 13th annual Lauren's First and Goal football camp will be held Sunday, June 5th from 9am to 3pm (registration runs from 7:30am-8:30am) at the Lafayette College Metzgar Field complex in Easton, PA. This is a non-contact camp for players from 8th through 12th grade. Players are coached all day by college coaches who donate their time. The event raises money for the research into the cause and potential cures for pediatric brain tumors and for cancer services, which help cancer stricken families. The all volunteer organization is named for Lauren Loose who is a 19 year survivor of inoperable brain tumors. Since 2004 this organization has raised over 1.8million dollars for the causes they support. Register online at www.lfgf.org.

INFO 9:00am-3:00pm, Metzgar Field Complex
6/11

Relay for Life of the Greater Pocono Area

Join the American Cancer Society as they host the Relay for Life of the Greater Pocono Area on Saturday, June 11th at 10am. The relay will be held at East Stroudsburg University. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life movement is the world's largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. Please join and take action against a disease that has taken too much by paticipating in this event! For more information please call 570-421-7939.

INFO 10:00am, East Stroudsburg University
6/208/19

Camps for 7-14 Year Olds

Our summer camps at the EE Center offer a unique opportunity for kids to learn more about their natural world.  In this time when children are spending less time outside these camps provide a multitude of learning opportunities under the guidance of trained professionals with years of experience. Hands-on activities combined with the resources of the EE Center provide a safe environment for a child interested in learning more about the Poconos.  New this year:  Late Pick-up 3:30 – 5:30pm Cost:  $50/week or $10/day and a Discount of $10 if paid by May 6, 2016.

June 20 – 24  - Nature Discovery (ages 7-8) Monday - Friday, 9am – 12:30pm, $90/non-member, $75/EE Member. Explore all of the wonders that Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary has to offer. 

June 20 – 24  - Kettle Creek Adventurers (ages 12 – 14)  Monday through Friday, 8am – 3:30pm, $235/non-member, $210/EE Member. Learn outdoor skills, explore new terrain, and team up for a whitewater rafting adventure!  Camp concludes with a two-day backpacking and camping trip in the Delaware State Forest.  


June 27 – July 1  - Citizen Scientist Camp (ages 11 – 14)  Monday through Friday, 8am – 3:30pm,$175/non-member, $150/EE Member.  Campers will engage in citizen science projects while in the field learning about the ways scientists study nature and analyze data. Topics will focus on forest, field and pond ecology, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, watershed monitoring and weather.

July 11 – 15 - Beautiful Beasts (ages 9 – 12) Monday through Friday, 8am – 3:30pm, $175/non-member, $150/EE Member. Come to Kettle Creek to learn awesome facts about Pocono animals. How do they survive?  There will be lots of cool critter discoveries.

July 25 – 29 - Water We Know (ages 9 – 12)  Monday through Friday, 8am – 3:30pm, $175/non-member, $150/EE Member. This camp is about water. Have fun and learn about water habitats, who lives in it and how. You might even find yourself spending time in water too!

August 1 – 5 - Ever-changing Ecosystems ages 9 – 12) Monday through Friday, 8am – 3:30pm, $175/non-member, $150/EE Member. What do plants and animals consider home?  Join us on some adventures to find out.

August  8 – 12 - Wild Wonders (ages 7-8) Monday through Friday, 9am – 12:30pm, $90/non-member, $75/EE Member.  This camp is all about discovering the wonders of nature.

August  8 – 12 - Winging It (ages 10 – 14) Monday through Friday, 8am – 3:30pm, $200/non-member, $175/EE Member. Come to camp to explore some really cool places right in our backyard. Every day will take campers on a new adventure to a different place.

August 15 – 19 - Creep Crawly Critters (ages 9 – 12)  Monday through Friday, 8am – 3:30pm, $175/non-member, $150/EE Member. Some of the coolest critters we know are supper small. Join us and learn about all kinds of creepy crawly critters during this camp.

To pre-register for the program, please call the E. E. Center at (570) 629-3061, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information on other programs we offer visit our website at mcconservation.org.

INFO Times Vary, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
6/208/19

Camps for 7-14 Year Olds

Our summer camps at the EE Center offer a unique opportunity for kids to learn more about their natural world.  In this time when children are spending less time outside these camps provide a multitude of learning opportunities under the guidance of trained professionals with years of experience. Hands-on activities combined with the resources of the EE Center provide a safe environment for a child interested in learning more about the Poconos.  New this year:  Late Pick-up 3:30 – 5:30pm Cost:  $50/week or $10/day and a Discount of $10 if paid by May 6, 2016.

June 20 – 24  - Nature Discovery (ages 7-8) Monday - Friday, 9am – 12:30pm, $90/non-member, $75/EE Member. Explore all of the wonders that Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary has to offer. 

June 20 – 24  - Kettle Creek Adventurers (ages 12 – 14)  Monday through Friday, 8am – 3:30pm, $235/non-member, $210/EE Member. Learn outdoor skills, explore new terrain, and team up for a whitewater rafting adventure!  Camp concludes with a two-day backpacking and camping trip in the Delaware State Forest.  


June 27 – July 1  - Citizen Scientist Camp (ages 11 – 14)  Monday through Friday, 8am – 3:30pm,$175/non-member, $150/EE Member.  Campers will engage in citizen science projects while in the field learning about the ways scientists study nature and analyze data. Topics will focus on forest, field and pond ecology, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, watershed monitoring and weather.

July 11 – 15 - Beautiful Beasts (ages 9 – 12) Monday through Friday, 8am – 3:30pm, $175/non-member, $150/EE Member. Come to Kettle Creek to learn awesome facts about Pocono animals. How do they survive?  There will be lots of cool critter discoveries.

July 25 – 29 - Water We Know (ages 9 – 12)  Monday through Friday, 8am – 3:30pm, $175/non-member, $150/EE Member. This camp is about water. Have fun and learn about water habitats, who lives in it and how. You might even find yourself spending time in water too!

August 1 – 5 - Ever-changing Ecosystems ages 9 – 12) Monday through Friday, 8am – 3:30pm, $175/non-member, $150/EE Member. What do plants and animals consider home?  Join us on some adventures to find out.

August  8 – 12 - Wild Wonders (ages 7-8) Monday through Friday, 9am – 12:30pm, $90/non-member, $75/EE Member.  This camp is all about discovering the wonders of nature.

August  8 – 12 - Winging It (ages 10 – 14) Monday through Friday, 8am – 3:30pm, $200/non-member, $175/EE Member. Come to camp to explore some really cool places right in our backyard. Every day will take campers on a new adventure to a different place.

August 15 – 19 - Creep Crawly Critters (ages 9 – 12)  Monday through Friday, 8am – 3:30pm, $175/non-member, $150/EE Member. Some of the coolest critters we know are supper small. Join us and learn about all kinds of creepy crawly critters during this camp.

To pre-register for the program, please call the E. E. Center at (570) 629-3061, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information on other programs we offer visit our website at mcconservation.org.

INFO Check Events For Times, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
6/208/19

Summer Camps

Our summer camps at the EE Center offer a unique opportunity for kids to learn more about their natural world.  In this time when children are spending less time outside these camps provide a multitude of learning opportunities under the guidance of trained professionals with years of experience. Hands-on activities combined with the resources of the EE Center provide a safe environment for a child interested in learning more about the Poconos.  New this year:  Late Pick-up 3:30 – 5:30pm Cost:  $50/week or $10/day and a Discount of $10 if paid by May 6, 2016.

June 20 – 24  - Nature Discovery (ages 7-8) Monday - Friday, 9am – 12:30pm, $90/non-member, $75/EE Member. Explore all of the wonders that Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary has to offer. 

June 20 – 24  - Kettle Creek Adventurers (ages 12 – 14)  Monday through Friday, 8am – 3:30pm, $235/non-member, $210/EE Member. Learn outdoor skills, explore new terrain, and team up for a whitewater rafting adventure!  Camp concludes with a two-day backpacking and camping trip in the Delaware State Forest.  


June 27 – July 1  - Citizen Scientist Camp (ages 11 – 14)  Monday through Friday, 8am – 3:30pm,$175/non-member, $150/EE Member.  Campers will engage in citizen science projects while in the field learning about the ways scientists study nature and analyze data. Topics will focus on forest, field and pond ecology, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, watershed monitoring and weather.

July 11 – 15 - Beautiful Beasts (ages 9 – 12) Monday through Friday, 8am – 3:30pm, $175/non-member, $150/EE Member. Come to Kettle Creek to learn awesome facts about Pocono animals. How do they survive?  There will be lots of cool critter discoveries.

July 25 – 29 - Water We Know (ages 9 – 12)  Monday through Friday, 8am – 3:30pm, $175/non-member, $150/EE Member. This camp is about water. Have fun and learn about water habitats, who lives in it and how. You might even find yourself spending time in water too!

August 1 – 5 - Ever-changing Ecosystems ages 9 – 12) Monday through Friday, 8am – 3:30pm, $175/non-member, $150/EE Member. What do plants and animals consider home?  Join us on some adventures to find out.

August  8 – 12 - Wild Wonders (ages 7-8) Monday through Friday, 9am – 12:30pm, $90/non-member, $75/EE Member.  This camp is all about discovering the wonders of nature.

August  8 – 12 - Winging It (ages 10 – 14) Monday through Friday, 8am – 3:30pm, $200/non-member, $175/EE Member. Come to camp to explore some really cool places right in our backyard. Every day will take campers on a new adventure to a different place.

August 15 – 19 - Creep Crawly Critters (ages 9 – 12)  Monday through Friday, 8am – 3:30pm, $175/non-member, $150/EE Member. Some of the coolest critters we know are supper small. Join us and learn about all kinds of creepy crawly critters during this camp.

To pre-register for the program, please call the E. E. Center at (570) 629-3061, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information on other programs we offer visit our website at mcconservation.org.

INFO Check Events For Times, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
7/7

Pocono Raceway Blood Drive

Pocono Raceway and the American Red Cross are teaming up again, for the 11th time.

The 11th annual Pocono Raceway blood drive will be held Thursday, July 7 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Pocono Raceway and feature lunch, gift cards, ticket giveaways and the chance to drive the 2.5-mile raceway.

“This has grown to be a tremendous event and we are excited to open Pocono Raceway to the community,” said Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky. “The Red Cross does an incredible job and our staff is thrilled to support this great initiative.”

All presenting donors will receive a $10 Visa gift card and lunch, courtesy of Suburban Propane (while supplies last). In addition, presenting donors will be placed into a random drawing for four Terrace Club tickets and an invitation to driver introductions prior to the Pennsylvania 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race on July 31 at Pocono Raceway.

“We are proud to partner with Pocono Raceway again this year to help save lives!” said Beth Toll, External Communications Manager, Northeastern Pennsylvania Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Patients in area hospitals depend on donors every day to give them hope by rolling up their sleeve. You never know when a friend, family member, co-worker or even you will need blood.”

Those in attendance can also participate in the “Ride for the Red” event and take a lap around Pocono Raceway in their own vehicle for a $10 per lap donation. Donations benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Fund. Those who wish to participate in the ride must do so before donating blood. A blood donation is not required to turn laps.

To make an appointment to donate, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org and use Code: POCONO or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in Pennsylvania), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.


Pocono Raceway will host seven national motorsports events during the 2016 racing season, including a NASCAR XFINITY Series race for the inaugural time on June 4. The Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race is set for June 5, the Pennsylvania 400 NSCS race on July 31 and the ABC Supply 500 Verizon IndyCar Series race on August 21. The Pocono Mountains 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck race is scheduled for July 30 and two ARCA Series Presented by Menards races with General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 on June 3 and the ModSpace 150 on July 29 offered as well.

 

Tickets for all races are now on sale at www.poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY.

INFO 1:00pm-7:00pm, Pocono Raceway, 1234 Long Pond Rd, Long Pond, PA
7/167/23

Residential Camp

The Monroe County Conservation District (MCCD) is currently accepting applications for the 42nd   Monroe County Conservation Camp, held at Stony Acres Wildlife Sanctuary/Recreational Facility.  Conservation Camp is a residential camp for teens ages 14 through this year’s high school graduate being held from Saturday, July 16, 2016 through Saturday, July 23, 2016

Camp is charitably supported by the Kettle Creek Environmental Fund and sponsored by MCCD and Monroe County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, as well as various service organizations.  Campers are given a unique opportunity to participate in a variety of hands-on programs that will teach them about Pocono wildlife, out-door survival skills, and natural resource conservation and management.  Campers will also get to experience the wonders of the Delaware River first hand on a two-day, overnight canoe trip.  The programs on the 26-mile river trip will cover river ecology, water quality, and the history of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.  Bald eagles, otters, deer, and other wildlife have been observed on this trip.

Cost: $200, which includes the $75 application fee and the $125 camp fee.  The application fee must be paid by the student and included with the application.  The camp fee may be paid by the student, a sponsoring organization, or by a scholarship.  A limited amount of scholarships are available by request.  For application forms and more information, contact the Monroe County Conservation District at 570-629-3061, visit our website at www.mcconservation.org or email us at rspotts@ptd.net.

INFO Check Events For Times, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
7/167/23

Residential Summer Camp

Are you interested in Pocono Wildlife, how about archery or fishing?  If you enjoy the out-of-doors then Conservation Camp is for you!

The 2016 Monroe County Conservation Camp is being held from Saturday, July 16, 2016 through Saturday, July 23, 2016.  Generously supported by the Kettle Creek Environmental Fund and numerous service organizations, conservation camp is a residential camp for students ages 14 through this year’s high school graduate.  The intensive schedule of classroom and hands-on instruction covers many aspects of the conservation and natural resource fields.  One highlight of the week is an overnight canoe trip on the Delaware River.

Conservation Camp is held at Stony Acres, a 119-acre Wildlife Sanctuary/Recreational Facility owned by the students of East Stroudsburg University in Marshalls Creek.  Cost: $200 per student, which includes a $75 application fee and $125 camp fee.  The application fee must be paid by the student and must accompany a completed application form.  The $125 camp fee may be paid by either the student, a sponsoring organization, or through a scholarship.  Scholarships are available each year upon request.  For application forms and more information, contact the Monroe County Conservation District at 570-629-3061, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or visit our website at www.mcconservation.org.

To pre-register for the program, please call the E. E. Center at (570) 629-3061, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information on other programs we offer visit our website at mcconservation.org.

INFO Check Events For Times, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
7/21

Huey Lewis and The News

Huey Lewis and The News will be performing at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on July 21st! Get your tickets.

INFO 7:00pm, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
8/6

The Go Go's Farewell Tour

The Go Go's Farewell Tour is swinging by the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Saturday, August 6th. Get your tickets.

INFO 7:00pm, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
11/10

Linny Awards

For more than a quarter-century, Marlene ‘Linny’ Fowler of Bethlehem worked tirelessly to elevate the Lehigh Valley’s arts organizations and artists through her volunteerism and her support. Now, the region has the opportunity to celebrate this flourishing arts community and honor Fowler’s memory by taking part in the Linny Awards, a new multi-discipline arts awards program focused on the greater Lehigh Valley’s artists, innovators and arts leaders.

 

The inaugural Linny Awards presented by Cornerstone Advisors will be presented Nov. 10, 6 p.m., at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, with all proceeds from the event going to support the nonprofit ArtsQuest Foundation, founded in 2002 by Mrs. Fowler. From now through June 3, the public is invited to nominate artists, individuals and businesses at artsquestfoundation.org for consideration in eight different award categories including Visual Artist of the Year, Performing Artist of the Year, Educator of the Year, Emerging Artist of the Year and Philanthropy in the Arts.  All submissions will be reviewed by the Linny Awards Selection Committee, with winners announced the week of June 20. Complete details on categories and submission guidelines are available at artsquestfoundation.org.

 

In addition to the honorees chosen by the selection committee, the ArtsQuest Foundation Board will present three prestigious awards that recognize distinguished individuals from the region for their longtime commitment and dedication to the arts. The recipients of these awards - the Lifetime Achievement Artist Award, Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Award and the Pinnacle of the Arts Award - will be announced later this spring.

 

“The arts have long been a significant contributor to the culture, economy and quality of life in the Lehigh Valley,” says ArtsQuest Foundation Executive Director Jeff Parks. “The Linny Awards are designed to celebrate this culture of creativity by recognizing the artists, arts educators, businesses and philanthropists who live, work and support the arts in our region.

 

“One of the primary reasons the arts are thriving in our area is the support of Marlene ‘Linny’ Fowler. A longtime member of the ArtsQuest Foundation Board, Linny supported so many arts programs and organizations in our region over the decades. In addition to serving on the boards of arts organizations such as the Allentown Art Museum, Baum School of Art, State Theatre and ArtsQuest, she was a mentor to many artists and was actively involved in a number of arts programs benefitting our young people, so it’s fitting that these awards are named in her honor.” 

 

As part of the Linny Awards, the ArtsQuest Foundation will also recognize the creativity and support of the region’s business community through two special honors. The first, the Excellence in Product Design Award, will honor one Lehigh Valley-based business or corporation for the quality, innovativeness and creativity of its goods and products. The second, the Business Supporter of the Arts Award, will be presented to one small, one medium and one large-sized business (three in all) for their long-term support of the arts.

 

Thanks to a partnership with Penn State Lehigh Valley, the Linnys will also present a $1,500 scholarship to Penn State Lehigh Valley to one local student planning to major in Arts Administration. The award, which will be presented annually, is open to students in 11th and 12th grades.

 

Members of the Linny Awards Selection Committee for 2016 include MKSD Architects Associate Partner Todd Chambers, Quadrant Private Wealth Director of Business Advisory Services Dan Crowley, Broadway and television actress and director Lynnie Godfrey, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Sr. Vice President of Allentown Initiatives Miriam Huertas, The Elucidator Publisher and Connexions Gallery Curator/Manager Anthony Marraccini, Musselman Advertising President Jamie Musselman, ArtsQuest Foundation Executive Director Jeff Parks, DANCENOW New York Artistic Director and Producer Robin Staff and Lehigh University Director of Arts Engagement and Community Cultural Affairs Silagh White.

 

Linny Award nominations may be submitted for artists, organizations and businesses in Lehigh, Northampton, Upper Bucks and Upper Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania, as well as Warren County in New Jersey.  Tickets for the Linny Awards Ceremony will go on sale to the public later this spring, with all proceeds from the event going to support the ArtsQuest Foundation, established to strengthen the long-term sustainability of ArtsQuest, the nonprofit that presents Musikfest and more than 2,200 other programs, events and educational classes annually.

 

“ArtsQuest continues to expand access to the arts and arts programming in our region with each passing year,” says ArtsQuest Foundation Board Chair Jack Yaissle. “Amazingly, nearly 70 percent of the organization’s arts and cultural programs remain free for our community to attend. This annual awards ceremony not only celebrates our diverse arts community, it will also help raise much-needed revenues for our endowment funds supporting ArtsQuest, which now has an economic impact on our region of more than $117 million annually.”

The inaugural Linny Award categories are:

 

VISUAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Honoring a Lehigh Valley visual artist whose work embodies excellence in its field. This category includes but is not limited to two- and three-dimensional visual arts such as painting, sculpture, digital, fiber, glass, ceramics, jewelry, metal and photography, as well as designers of fashion, musical instruments, furniture and other handcrafted works.


PERFORMING ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Recognizing a Lehigh Valley performing artist whose work symbolizes excellence in its field. This category includes but is not limited to theater, film, dance and other forms of performance art, animation, comedy and music, as well as the literary arts, playwrights and screenwriters.

 

EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Celebrating an artist 30 years of age or younger who demonstrates excellence in his/her field. This award is designed to honor an up-and-coming artist or an artist who has had a breakthrough year, and through his or her work has contributed to the region’s culture and community in a very positive way.

 

ARTS EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Dedicated to a Lehigh Valley-based educator, teaching artist or arts administrator who has made a profound impact on students and/or the community through his or her work in the arts. This award is open to any individual working with students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle or high school.

 

PHILANTHROPY IN THE ARTS AWARD
Recognizing an individual, family or foundation that has made a major commitment to supporting multiple arts and cultural organizations or programs in the region, and through their work has truly enhanced access to the arts and the quality of life in our region.

 

EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCT DESIGN
The Lehigh Valley is home to a diverse array of businesses producing dynamic and innovative consumer, business, medical and technology-based products. The Excellence in Product Design Award annually recognizes one Lehigh Valley-based business or corporation for the quality, innovativeness and creativity of its products or goods.

 

BUSINESS SUPPORTER OF THE ARTS

Presented annually to three area businesses for their dedication and support of arts and culture in the region for five or more years. The award is given to businesses that have a presence in or do the majority of their business in the region. Eligibility categories are:

Small Business:  under 100 employees
Medium-Size Business:  100-199 employees
Large Business:  200 employees or more

 

PENN STATE LEHIGH VALLEY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
The $1,500 Penn State Lehigh Valley Scholarship Award will be presented annually to one student in the region who demonstrates significant talent and promise in the visual, literary or performing arts and is looking to pursue a degree in Arts Administration. High school juniors and seniors are eligible for this award.

 

The following three awards will be selected by the ArtsQuest Foundation Board:

PINNACLE OF THE ARTS AWARD
This prestigious award is presented to an individual who has lived or currently resides in the Lehigh Valley and has achieved national or international distinction in the visual, literary or performing arts.

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT- Artist Award
Celebrating an artist whose work in the arts symbolizes the highest level of excellence, commitment and achievement in his/her field over a period of 20 years or more. This award is presented annually to an individual who has made significant, longtime contributions to the visual, literary or performing arts. 

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT - Volunteer Award
Recognizing one individual who has served in a volunteer leadership role in one or more arts organizations and whose hard work, dedication and passion for the arts have led to a significant difference for the organization(s) and our community.

 

For more information on the ArtsQuest Foundation and the Linny Awards, please visit www.artsquestfoundation.org

INFO 6:00pm, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks

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