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Date Event Description Time / Location
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
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
6/212/31

Blood Donors Needed!

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has a critical need for O-Negative Blood Donors.

One of our regional trauma hospitals is in need of more O-Negative units than are currently available.

O-Negative blood donors are referred to as "Universal Blood Donors" because their red cells can be transfused to anyone, regardless of blood type.

This is especially important in accident/trauma cases, where there may not be time to confirm a patient's blood type.  

Please call 800-223-6667 or visit GIVEaPINT.org to schedule your appointment TODAY. Thank you!

INFO Regular Business Hours, Miller-Keystone Blood Center
6/96/30

Thursday Night Bingo

Join the Emerald Star Hose #1 Fire Company for their weekly Thursday Night Bingo games. The event is held at 7748 Penn St in Emerald, PA and stats at 6:30pm. There are $12 package deals available as well as refreshments. Regular Board games are $30, for more information please call 610-767-1335.

INFO 6:30pm, 7748 Penn St, Emerald, PA
6/158/24

Levitt Pavilion’s Free Family Movie Series

Children of all ages can relax under the stars while watching some of their favorite animated and family movies during the free 2016 Levitt Pavilion Family Movie Series which takes place most Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., starting June 8.  Highlighting the 2016 series is a screening of Big Hero 6 June 28 as part of the 1st “Free Community Movie Night,” presented by Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem (CADCB) and hosted by ArtsQuest. Other movies being shown at the Levitt this summer include Minions, The Good Dinosaur, Hotel Transylvania 2 and Inside Out.

 

A partnership between CADCB and ArtsQuest, the Community Movie Night was developed to encourage residents of SouthSide Bethlehem to discover the wide variety of programming available to them at SteelStacks throughout the summer.  As part of CADCB’s Wells Fargo Community Days and Festival in May, people from the South Bethlehem neighborhoods voted for one movie they wanted to see for free, with Big Hero 6 being the overwhelming winner. 


“The Community Action Development Corporation thought it would be fun to let the community choose the movie,” said Carolina Martinez, CADCB’s director. “We are thrilled to partner with ArtsQuest to create an event where families and neighbors can share a nice summer night and continue building a unified and strong community.”

 

The complete Levitt Pavilion Family Movie Series lineup is:

 

June 15:                     Goosebumps

June 22:                     Enchanted

June 28 (Tues.):        Big Hero 6

June 29:                     The Karate Kid

July 6:                         Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

July 13:                       The Iron Giant

July 19 (Tues.):         Inside Out

July 27:                       Hotel Transylvania 2

August 17:                 The Good Dinosaur

August 24:                 Zootopia

 

The Levitt Pavilion Family Movie Series is sponsored by Chick-fil-A Trexlertown. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at Levitt Pavilion’s Mack Café and the Mike and Ike Bistro Bar at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks; free parking is available in the parking lots on First Street adjacent to the SteelStacks campus.

 

Developed by the Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority, City of Bethlehem, Northampton County, Bethlehem Area School District, Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation and ArtsQuest, the Levitt Pavillion offers free family programming, including 50 free concerts for the community all summer long. For more information on the Levitt Pavilion, visit www.levittsteelstacks.org.

INFO 7:30pm, Levitt Pavilion at Steel Stacks, 789 E. First St., Bethlehem
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
6/229/7

Weekly Tannersville Bog Walks

Wednesdays through September 7, 2016, the EE Center will be offering weekly walks through the Tannersville Bog at 10am. 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 interesting insect eating plants.

 

Participants will meet at the Bog parking lot by 10am. 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 10:00am, Tannersville Bog
7/17/31

Pocono Environmental Education Center July Events Calendar

July 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.

 

“Celebration with a Bang” Family Nature Getaway Weekend                                                                                                            

July 1-4

Adults $225 / Child, Commuter, Day Rates – call for details

Bring your friends and family to experience the best of what PEEC has to offer.  Nature hikes, animal presentations, swimming, canoeing, fireworks, campfire and more!  Price includes three nights lodging and meals from Friday dinner to Monday lunch.

 

Bridge the Gap: Hike and Bike                                                                                                                                            

Saturday, July 9 – 9:00am-3:00pm

Free                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Join us for a bike ride along the McDade Trail, followed by a hike back at PEEC. We will provide all equipment and transportation. Please bring a water bottle and lunch, and wear sturdy footwear. We will have snacks and extra water available. Please register as soon as possible as space is limited. Funding for this program provided by the William Penn Foundation. Call for details.

 

Ecozone Discovery Room!                                                                                                                                                                   

Saturday, July 9 – 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.

 

Summer Pond Paddle                                                                                                                                                                              

Sunday, July 10 – 10:00am-12:00pm

$5                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Enjoy summer out on the water!  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.

 

Bridge the Gap: Pond Paddle                                                                                                                                                           

Saturday, July 16 – 1:00-3:00pm

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.

 

Dragonfly Walk                                                                                                                                                                                     

Saturday, July 23 – 1:00-3:00pm

$5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Learn about the wonderful world of dragonflies!  Join David Trently on a search through the fields and around the ponds for dragonflies and butterflies.  Call early – spaces fill up fast.

 

Sunday for Singles Nature Hike                                                                                                                                                                                          

Sunday, July 24 – 1:00-3:00pm

Free                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Enjoy a guided hike on a PEEC trail.  This program is all about exploring nature and meeting new people.

 

Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk                                                                                                                                    

Saturday, July 30 – 10:00am-12:00pm

$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.

 

Frog Frolic                                                                                                                                                                                                

Saturday, July 30 – 1:00-3:00pm

$5 per person                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Join us for a fun afternoon 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!

 

Bridge the Gap: Pond Paddle                                                                                                                                                              

Sunday, July 31 – 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.

 

Ecozone Discovery Room!                                                                                                                                                                    

Sunday, July 31 – 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
7/7

Pride of Quakertown Fundraiser @ T.G.I. Friday's Bartender Championship

T.G.I. Friday of Quakertown are asking for your help with an upcoming fundraising event to raise money for Pride of Quakertown. Pride of Quakertown Pride of Quakertown is a non-profit that provides scholarships for children in need under the age of 18, to participate in co-curricular activities within the Community. They believe that every child deserves the right to have access to any and all experiences that may enrich their lives and provide opportunities for growth and learning. They have developed partnerships with a variety of recreational program leaders to determine the best way to include a scholarship recipient into their desired program and through this relationship they have strengthened the bonds that occur within the Quakertown area. T.G.I. Friday's annual Bartender Championship is a great way for them to give back to the community with your support. This year, T.G.I. Friday’s is participating by donating proceeds from their 2016 T.G.I. Friday’s Bartender Championship and has set a goal to raise $5000. They will be hosting their Bartender Championship on Thursday, July 7th. This event is sure to be a crowd pleaser and will include an in-house bottle-flipping exhibition, featuring their talented bartenders.

INFO Check Events For Times, Quakertown T.G.I. Fridays
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
7/118/19

Summer Day 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.

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 8:00am-3:30pm, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
7/117/15

Backyard Roundup, Vacation Bible School

Egypt Community Church invites your children to Backyard Roundup Vacation Bible School. It will be held each evening July 11th through the 15th from 6pm-8:30pm. There will be singing, bible stories, crafts, skits, games and lots of fun. The bible school will take place at Egypt Community Church at 4129 S. Church St in Whitehall, PA. it is open to children from ages 3-12. if you would like to register your children you may go to their website www.egyptcc.org and click on the VBS links to register. Be sure to fill out all the infromation requested. You may also call 610-262-4961 to register. Please register by July 8th.

INFO 6:00pm-8:30pm, Egypt Community Church, 4129 S. Church St, Whitehall, 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
7/167/23

Conservation Camp

Looking for something different and exciting to do this summer?  Sign up for the Monroe County Conservation Camp, sponsored by Monroe County Conservation District and Monroe County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs!  Open to all teens, ages 14 through this year’s high school graduate.  Come spend a week at Stony Acres, a 119-acre Wildlife Sanctuary/Recreational Facility owned by the students of East Stroudsburg University, and learn about the natural wonders that are living all around us.

 

The Monroe County Conservation Camp is a residential camp being held from Saturday, July 16, 2016 through Saturday, July 23, 2016.  In its 42nd year at Stony Acres, some of the campers’ favorite programs include stream and pond study, trapshooting and firearm safety, bird banding, archery, confidence/ropes course, and bass and fly fishing.  But what really makes Conservation Camp unique is the two-day, overnight canoe trip on the Delaware River.  Supported by the Kettle Creek Environmental Fund, the camp program presenters include professionals from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Tobyhanna Conservation Association, Blue Ridge/Cherry Valley Rod and Gun Club, National Park Service, Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, and Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center.  The campers are provided with many programs to teach them about wildlife and natural resource conservation/management.

 

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 All Week, Stony Acres, a 119-acre Wildlife Sanctuary/Recreational Facility
7/16

100th Anniversary / 119th Four County Firemen's Parade

The all volunteer Good Will Fire Co No. 1 of Trexlertown is celebrating 100 years of service by hosting the 119 Four County Firemen's Parade. A community celebration will be held at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center after the parade until 8:00 pm.

INFO 1:00pm, Trexlertown, PA
7/19

LCCC Open House

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) will hold open houses on Tuesday, July 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. at three convenient campus locations in Schnecksville, Allentown and Tamaqua (held off campus at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center at 125 Pine Street, Tamaqua, Pa.). Interested individuals can get a fresh start in their career or education by attending one of these sessions.

 

LCCC’s open house is an excellent opportunity for prospective students and their guests to tour the campus and learn about scholarship opportunities while finding out more about the ways the college can help students succeed, including access to childcare, computer and technology labs and career assistance. LCCC staff will be available to answer questions about tuition, scholarships, financial aid, academic programs and services and the admissions process.

 

The fall semester starts August 20. For more information, call LCCC’s Admissions office at 610-799-1575; to register for the open house, visit www.lccc.edu/openhouse.

INFO 4:00pm-7:00pm, LCCC Campuses, Allentown, Tamaqua and Schnecksville
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
7/23

Christmas in July Basket Social

Gold Star Mothers of the Lehigh Valley are sponsoring a CHRISTMAS IN JULY BASKET SOCIAL to benefit WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA for Cedar Hill Memorial Park on Sat. July 23, 2016 from 9:00AM -2:00 PM at the Catasauqua American Legion Post 215 330 2nd Street Catasauqua. Refreshments will be available and there will be a bake sale. This event is to help pay for wreaths to be laid on all veterans graves at Cedar Hill Memorial Park on December 17, 2016. There are approx. 4300 veterans buried at Cedar Hill. For more information call 610-398-1124 or 484-951-6961 Tickets are $5.00 for 25.

INFO 9:00am-2:00pm, Catasauqua American Legion Post 215 330 2nd Street Catasauqua
7/23

Free Community Fair and Open House

Join the Grace Lutheran Church as the hold a Free Community Fair and Open House on Saturday, July 23rd from noon-3pm. Come see their $500,000 renovations and enjoy free food and events! Hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream sundaes, Macungie Ambulance, Fire and Police have all been invited. There will also be face painting, music and games! For more information please visit www.gracemacungie.org.

INFO 12:00pm-3:00pm, Grace Lutheran Church, 28 W. Main St, Macungie, PA
7/31

5th Annual Shayne T. Livingston Memorial Golf Tournament

Join the Livingston Family as they hold their 5th Annual "Shayne Livingston Got Your Back Memorial Tournament" on Sunday, July 31st at the White Birch Golf Club in Barnesville, PA. The tournament starts at 10am with a shotgun start, the day will include a raffle, 50/50 drawing, longest putt competition, as well as cash prizes. Advanced payment for a foursome is appreciated. For more information about this event or information on this cause please contact Ryen Livingston at 570-778-9022 or Bob Livingston at 570-778-4785 or at stlmemorial@hotmail.com.

INFO 10:00am, White Birch Golf Course
8/18/4

LCCC Offers Free Program for New Students

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) is offering a new, free program for new or first-generation students, adult students returning to college, as well as anyone wanting to learn skills for academic success. The 2016 Summer Bridge program will be held Monday through Thursday, August 1-4 and 8-11, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with sessions offered at LCCC sites in Allentown, Tamaqua and main campus in Schnecksville.

 

Students will learn tools that will help them succeed in college, beginning with an online assessment tool to explore different careers. LCCC’s Career Development Center will help students focus on their talents while increasing their knowledge, strategies and skills, in the areas of math and reading, to help the transition into college coursework.

 

To register, call Gloria Lowell at 610-799-1545 or email glowell@lccc.edu.

INFO 10:00am-3:30pm, LCCC Campuses, Allentown, Tamaqua and Schnecksville
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
8/11

All Veteran Career Fair

RecruitMilitary will hold a free All Veteran Career Fair for veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard members, Reserve members and spouses on Thursday, August 11th from 11am-3pm. The event will be held at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. 

RecruitMilitary has held 26 events in Philadelphia, drawing 8,419 attendees and 1,104 exhibitors. “RecruitMilitary job fairs maintain a track record of helping veterans find meaningful employment,” said President and CEO Peter Gudmundsson. “Just last year, 56% of veteran job seekers expected to secure an interview as a result of their participation in a RecruitMilitary job fair and employers were expected to extend as many as 38,700 interviews and more than 12,000 job offers.”

For more on RecruitMilitary visit www.recruitmilitary.com

INFO 11:00am-3:00pm, Citizens Bank Park, One Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA
8/13

Pennsylvania Wing Festival

Pocono Raceway will host the 21st annual Pennsylvania Wing Festival on Saturday, August 13 and will award $4,000 in prizes.

Formerly the Pocono Wing Off, the newly branded festival will begin at 11 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. Rain or shine, the festival will take place in the Chalet Village located behind the grandstands of Pocono Raceway.

The event benefits Monroe County Meals on Wheels which will use the funds to bridge the gap between what their clients can pay and what the meals actually cost to produce and deliver. Monroe County Meals on Wheels serves 230 clients monthly with volunteers collectively driving more than 450 miles a day.

“We are tremendously grateful to Pocono Raceway and its staff for creating the new Pennsylvania Wing Festival to benefit Monroe County Meals on Wheels,” said Monroe County Meals on Wheels Executive Director Heidi Fareri. “Having lost our usual venue and with no suitable replacement, we were on the verge of canceling our wing off. Now, thanks to the commitment and generosity of Pocono Raceway, we can continue to help the elderly and disabled homebound of Monroe County receive nutritious meals and remain independent in their homes.”

Admission to the Pennsylvania Wing Festival is just $10. Event tickets may be purchased in advance, either online at www.poconoraceway.com/wingfest or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the gate on event day. A $5 military discount will be offered and is available in-person with valid identification at the gate or in advance at the Pocono Raceway ticket office. Children under 48 inches are free. Wing tickets will be $1 and available for purchase at the event. Parking at Pocono Raceway is free.

The best wing joints from across the state will compete for bragging rights in addition to hefty prizes. Prizes will be awarded in four categories with $1,000 each going to the winners of hottest wing, best buffalo wing, best alternative wing and chef/VIP choice. Fans will vote on the best buffalo wing and best alternative wing, while judges will select hottest and chef/VIP choice.

Live music and children’s entertainment as well as fun for all ages will be offered. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.poconoraceway.com/wingfest.

For restaurants interested in participating, or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Christina Rodis-Durst at crd@poconoraceway.com or visit www.poconoraceway.com/wingfest.

Pocono Raceway will host four additional national motorsports events during the 2016 racing season. The ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards Modspace 150 will be July 29; the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Pocono Mountains 150 is July 30 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Pennsylvania 400 is scheduled for July 31.The Verizon IndyCar Series ABC Supply 500 will be held on August 21. Tickets for all races are now on sale at www.poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY.

INFO 11:00am, Pocono Raceway, 1234 Long Pond Rd, Long Pond, PA
8/25

Lehigh Valley PurseNalities

Join the American Heart Association for Lehigh Valley PurseNalities, an evening of wine, small bites, music and a silent purse auction to benefit women’s heart health. Women of the Lehigh Valley donate purses/bags that represent their “PurseNalities.” It is a silent auction of bags and purses filled with other gifts, along with the profiles of unique local individuals involved in the community. Tickets are $35 per person, or $120 for four. Reserve your tickets by Aug. 4. Visit http://www.heart.org/LVpurse for more information.

INFO 5:30pm, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015
9/179/18

20th Annual Riverside Festival of the Arts

Stop by the 20th Annual Riverside Festival of the Arts from September 17th through the 18th at Riverside and Scott Parks along Larry Holmes Dr in Easton. There will be many exhibts featured both days and will also include educational children's workshops all weekend! The fun starts at 11am on Saturday, don't miss out. For information about the festival or for an artist application please contact The Riverside Festival of the Arts at eastonriverside@gmail.com, registration ends August 1st.

INFO Saturday 11:00am to 5:30pm and Sunday 11:00am to 5:00pm, Riverside and Scott Parks along Larry Holmes Drive
9/18

Lehigh Valley Heart Walk

Help get America walking by supporting the 2016 Lehigh Valley Heart Walk on Sunday, September 18th at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. As the signature fundraising event for the American Heart Association, the Heart Walk promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun family environment. More than 1 million walkers will participate in some 350 events nationwide, raising funds to support research and education about this country’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and stroke. The Lehigh Valley Heart Walk includes fitness walk through the attractions of Dorney Park. Join us and help make a difference. 

INFO 8:00am-12:00pm, Dorney Park & Wild Water Kingdom 3830 Dorney Park Rd. Allentown, Pa. 18104
10/24

21st Annual Pennsylvania Pork Taste of Elegance Chef Competition

The Pennsylvania TASTE OF ELEGANCE is turning 21 this year!  Hosted by the Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council, the competition is open to chefs working full-time in food service operations and provides an opportunity for chefs to highlight their establishment and culinary creativity with pork.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers, with first place receiving $1,000 and an invitation to attend the National Pork Board 2016 Pork Summit (pending approval).  The 2015 Pork Summit was held at the Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone Campus in St. Helena, California.  

 

To participate, chefs must complete an entry form and submit their pork-focused recipes by Monday, July 25, 2016.  Recipes submitted will be pre-judged and based on entry forms up to 15 chefs will be selected to compete at the event on Monday, October 24, 2016 at the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.  All proceeds from the event will benefit ArtsQuest, a nonprofit organization providing access to art, culture and educational programs for residents of the Lehigh Valley. 

 

Entry forms can be downloaded at http://www.WellnessPress.com/Events or requested by email from Denice@WellnessPress.com.  All finalists will be notified of selection by Friday, July 29, 2016.

 

On October 24, a public reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Musikfest Cafe following the chef competition.  This ticketed event will include an announcement of winners and allow attendees to meet the chefs and sample their entry entrees.  An August press release will announce the competing chefs and provide additional details regarding the public reception.

INFO 6:00pm-8:00pm, Musikfest Café at ArtsQuest, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015
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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