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Date Event Description Time / Location
2/82/7

ProJeCt of Easton - FREE Adult Basic Education Classes.

Learn to read, write, speak in English, solve problems and more. Prepare for the GED. Day and evening classes. Free pre-school for children aged 3 months to 5 years to children of parents attending ProJeCt’s adult education classes. All classes free to those who qualify. Classes  at 200 Ferry Street ,in Easton every 8 weeks throughout the year. Call 610-258-1100 ext. 13 or visit www.projecteaston.org to learn more.

INFO 8 week seesions throughout the year., 200 Ferry Street in Easton
9/23/21

DeSales University Celebrates 50th Anniversary

DeSales University is celebrating its 50th anniversary and will be holding a series of special events over the next year to commemorate the milestone. The festivities will feature speakers (including Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Fox News’ Michelle Malkin), participation from graduates of previous classes, educational lectures and more.

“Our year-long 50th anniversary celebration will provide the local community and current students with an understanding of DeSales’ past and allow us to share our vision for the future of higher education,” said DeSales University President Father Bernard F. O’Connor, OSFS.

DeSales University traces its history to 1961, when Bishop Joseph McShea sought to fill the void of a Catholic college in the Lehigh Valley in the new Diocese of Allentown. In 1965, at the request of the Bishop, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales established a liberal arts college (originally Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales) to serve this need. It joined five other colleges and universities of distinction.

Today, DeSales has more than 3,100 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and an adult bachelor’s degree program (ACCESS). The university has provided the highest level of education to thousands before them, influenced generations of families and positively impacted surrounding communities.

“The 50th anniversary events will honor past and current students and serve as a celebration of the proud history and tradition that we have built at DeSales over the past half a century,” said Father O’Connor.

Some of the events planned for the year-long anniversary include:

September 2: the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture will host a symposium concerning Ex Corde Ecclesiae (John Paul II’s vision for Catholic universities) on its 25th anniversary.

September 10: A statue, entitled Jesus the Teacher, will be dedicated to honor the bishops, clergy and people of the Diocese of Allentown. Speakers will include Father O’Connor, Ben Marcune (Bethlehem-based nationally acclaimed sculptor and painter) and the Most Reverend John O. Barres, D.D., bishop of Allentown.

September 25-26: Homecoming weekend,where academic departments will have cocktail receptions and retired faculty/staff will attend.

November 11: The Rev. Thomas Furphy Lecture Series, featuring Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York.

January 24-28, 2016: A special Heritage Week celebration will be hosted by the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture. Events include:

  • Sunday, January 24: Mass of Saint Francis de Sales – celebrant, Bishop Barres
  • Monday, January 25: Forum on Biomedical Ethics – CEO’s from local hospital networks
  • Tuesday, January 26: Seminar on Law & Society – Prof. Robert P. George J.D., PhD of Philosophy, Princeton University
  • Wednesday, January 27: Town Hall on Social Communications – Rev. Thomas Rosica, CEO of Salt & Light Media and liaison at the Vatican Press Office.
  • Thursday, January 28: R. Wayne Kraft Memorial Lecture – Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S. J., Gregorian University, Rome, editor of Civilta Cattolica and papal interviewer

April 6, 2016: The Marcon Lecturer is Michelle Malkin, Fox News journalist, nationally syndicated columnist and Journalism Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.

May 21, 2016: Commencement will feature a parade of flags carried by alumni for each of the 50 years. Joseph Kurtz, D.D., Archbishop of Louisville, Ky., a Lehigh Valley native and President of the American Bishop’s Conference will receive an honorary degree and offer the address at the graduation ceremony. Archbishop Kurtz is also a former member of the Board of Trustees at DeSales.

For more information on the 50th anniversary celebration and events, visit www.desales.edu/50.

INFO Varying, DeSales University 2755 Station Ave. Center Valley, PA
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
12/182/7

Mikaylas Voice

Mikayla Resh, a young woman from Nazareth who was discovered to have severe, permanent brain damage when she was only 5-days old, has learned to create large acrylic paintings using just the wheels of her wheelchair. As part of the “Mikayla’s Voice” exhibit in the Banana Factory’s Hallway to the Arts Dec. 18-Feb. 7, viewers will discover the amazing work of Resh, as well as other students the 19-year old has taught through the Wheels of Friendship program started by her and her mother, Kimberly Resh. During PEEPSFEST, Dec. 30-31 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Wheels of Friendship will also be doing demonstrations of their accessible art program.

“Our goal is always to include students with disabilities and their peers at school when we create these paintings,” Kimberly says. “It’s important to show the children that everyone can be included.”

INFO Regular Business Hours, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
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
1/82/28

Life Accessible

From Jan. 8-Feb. 28 in the Banko Family Gallery, photographer Stephen Cunic of Allentown will be showcasing 3-D prints for the visually impaired as part of his “Life Accessible” exhibit, which features braille techniques and labels. Cunic prints his images multiple times, which causes the ink to build up and create different reliefs. The resulting prints feature various layers and textures that visitors can touch, which ultimately helps those with vision impairments discover and enjoy artwork they otherwise could not see.  Cunic’s largest piece, a 35-inch by-48 inch landscape of Lone Pine, Calif., allows visitors to feel the texture of the rock-covered mountains and the grainy surface of the sand, while other works allow visitors to trace the hairs of Alaskan Mountain Horses.

“The Banana Factory is excited to bring these two wonderful exhibitions to our galleries, helping to make the arts more accessible to a broader audience through innovative and creative approaches to art,” says ArtsQuest Sr. Director of Visual Arts Stacie Brennan.

INFO Regular Business Hours, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
1/292/12

Eagle Watch Trips

Join Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman on Fridays, January  29, February 5, and 12 for a trip to the upper Delaware River in search of our national symbol, the Bald Eagle.  Once a rare sight, many wintering and resident eagles now inhabit this region and the probability for sightings is high.  Meet at the EE Center at 8:30am and return 5:30pm.  Cost: $28/non-members, $22/EE Center members and includes bus transportation.  Participants should pack a lunch and binoculars and dress for the weather.  Stops will be made for coffee and snacks.  Pre-registration is required and limited.  Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week in advance. 

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 8:30am, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
2/12/29

Kettle Creek Environmental Center February Events Calendar

FEBRUARY

February - 4 - Thursday - Home School Program “Bald Eagles of the Poconos” (note special cost and time for 3rd - 12th grade) - Our national symbol has made a remarkable recovery and now nests throughout the Poconos.  Students in 3rd - 12th grade will take a bus field trip to search for eagles along the Delaware River. Time: 10:30am to 3:30pm.  Cost: $18/non-members, $15/EE Center members. Limited to 13 participants.  The K - 2nd grade program will be held at Kettle Creek from 2 - 3:30pm (parent accompaniment required).  Cost: $6/non-members, $3/EE Center members.  Pre-registration is required and limited by the Monday preceding the program date.   

February - 5 - Friday - Eagle Watch - Join Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman on this field trip to the upper Delaware River in search of our national symbol, the Bald Eagle.  Once a rare sight, many wintering and resident eagles now inhabit this region and the probability for sightings is high.  Meet at the EE Center at 8:30am and return 5:30pm.  Cost: $28/non-members, $22/EE Center members and includes bus transportation.  Participants should pack a lunch and binoculars and dress for the weather.  Stops will be made for coffee and snacks.  Pre-registration is required and limited.  Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week in advance. 

February - 6 - Saturday - Art Opening: Jim & Denise Thomson - “Wildlife of the Water Gap and Beyond” - Jim and his wife Denise have traveled all over the United States and Canada in search of magnificent creatures.  Enjoy a photo exhibit of animals that come from near and far.  Opening Reception:  11am - 1pm.

February - 9 - Tuesday - Tree Tapping Day - All ages are invited to join us at 10am as we tap maple trees in the Meesing Sugarbush outside of Marshall’s Creek.  This day is set aside for setting up all of the things necessary to get ready for our 2016 Maple Sugaring Season.  We’ll tap trees, run the tube collection lines, set up the evaporator, and more.  You are welcome to spend one hour or the entire day with us in the Sugarbush.  There is no charge for the day, and we will provide warm beverages!  You’ll need to dress in warm layers and wear boots as we trudge through the Sugarbush.  The event is weather permitting and we suggest you call and pre-register and so we can update you on conditions.  It will certainly be a fun day in the Sugarbush!  Note: Inclement weather date is Wednesday, February 10th.

February - 12 - Friday - Eagle Watch - Join Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman on this field trip to the upper Delaware River in search of our national symbol, the Bald Eagle.  Once a rare sight, many wintering and resident eagles now inhabit this region and the probability for sightings is high.  Meet at the EE Center at 8:30am and return 5:30pm.  Cost: $28/non-members, $22/EE Center members and includes bus transportation.  Participants should pack a lunch and binoculars and dress for the weather.  Stops will be made for coffee and snacks.  Pre-registration is required and limited.  Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week in advance. 

February - 13 - Saturday - Winter Tree ID - Trees are easy to identify in the summer with their leaves, but do you know how to identify them in the winter?  Join Environmental Educator Karen N. Boyle at 10am for a program that will teach you how.  Cost: $5/non-members, $3/ children under 12.  EE Center members FREE.

February - 15 - Monday - Holiday - Building closed

February - 20 - Saturday - Tree Pest & Disease Management - Invasive pests and tree diseases can have devastating ecological, economical, and social impacts in our communities.  Although several of our native PA tree species have already been affected, there is new hope for recovery on the horizon.  Join us at 10am for a presentation discussing the Chestnut Blight, the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, the Emerald Ash Borer, and Dutch Elm Disease, and learn what scientists are doing to save our native trees.  Cost: $5/non-members, $3/children under 12.  EE Center members FREE.

February - 25 - Thursday - Lakota Wolf Preserve Field Trip - Learn about some of the world’s most amazing animals as we explore the Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia, NJ and observe the 4 different packs of wolves living there (plus foxes and bobcats too).  This is a great wildlife photography opportunity—don’t forget your camera!  If we’re lucky, maybe we can hear a wolf howl!  Meet at the EE Center at 9am and return at 1:30pm.  Cost: $28/non-members, $24/EE Center members.  Pre-registration and payment is required and limited. Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week in advance.  Note: Inclement weather date is Friday, February 26th. 

February - 27 - Saturday - Building closed

INFO Check Events For Times, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
2/12/29

Pocono Environmental Education Center February Events Calendar

February 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.

 

Cross Country Skiing

Saturday, February 6, – 10:00am-12:00pm

Sunday, February 7, 21, 28 – 1:00-3:00pm

$20 adult / $10 child                     


“Bridge the Gap” Cross Country Skiing on the McDade Trail – February 20, 27 – 9:00am-12:00pm – FREE  

Enjoy the winter woods with beginner ski lessons.  Learn the basics of cross country skiing and practice on an old logging road loop.  You decide how many loops to ski. McDade Trail dates funding provided by the William Penn Foundation. Skis, poles & boots provided - register w/shoe size to guarantee a spot.

 

Intro to Snowshoeing                                     

Saturday, February 6, 20, 27 – 1:00pm-3:00pm

Sunday, February 7, 21, 28 – 10:00am-12:00pm

$10

Learn the basics of snow shoes and enjoy a winter stomp through the woods.  No experience necessary – we provide the equipment and teach you everything you need to know.   Register early to guarantee a spot.

 

Eagle Watch                                                                                                                                           

Sunday, February 6 – 9:00am-3:00pm

$20                                                                                                                 

Join us on a trip north in search of eagles and other rare wintering birds such as ravens.  Visit the Mongaup Reservoir, the Delaware River, and the Eagle Institute to look for winter residents and nesting pairs. Bring a lunch, camera, and warm clothes.  Call to reserve a seat in van.

 

“Winter Wonderland” Family Nature Getaway Weekend                                        

President’s Day Weekend:  February 12-15

Adults $225 / Child, Commuter, and Day Rates Available

Bring your friends and family to experience PEEC in the wintertime.  Cross country skiing, animal tracking, nature hikes, crafts, campfire and more!   Price includes three nights of lodging and meals from Friday dinner to Monday lunch.  Join us for a wonderful winter weekend! 

 

Little Eco Explorers: Eagles                                                                                                               

Saturday, February 20 – 1:00-3:00pm

$5 per child

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

 

Ecozone Discovery Room!                                                                                                                 

Sunday, February 21 – 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.

 

Animal Tracking                                                                                                                                 

Saturday, February 27 – 10:00am-12:00pm

$5

Animals leave behind clues that give us glimpses into their lives.  Explore our natural areas for tracks, trails, scat, territory marks, eat marks, and other signs that animals leave as they travel through the fields and forests of the Poconos.

INFO Check Events For Times, Pocono Environmental Education Center 538 Emery Road Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328
2/15/31

CRITICAL APPEAL FOR BLOOD DONORS

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has issued an appeal for donors of all blood types and platelets. Deb Otto, Director of Donor Resources, confirmed that the weekend’s blizzard conditions have critically impacted the community’s blood supply. “Between Saturday and Tuesday, we have incurred 15 storm-related blood drive losses, totaling approximately 350 lifesaving blood donations, as well as the loss of additional units due to the closure of our fixed sites on Saturday, ”Otto explains. “The ideal blood inventory on our shelves should be a three-day supply, or approximately 1500 units,” she notes. “At this time, we are only at about 800 units, which is only half of our desired inventory level.” “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," adds Sean Tinney, Director of Marketing & Business Development. “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.” 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.

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
2/83/23

LCCC Food Service Training

Schnecksville, Pa., January 18, 2016 – Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) will offer staff training workshops for individuals in the food service and hospitality fields.  Students will be able to expand their knowledge of food handling practices, wait staff etiquette, communications and much more with the following courses, most of which are held at Sacred Heart Hospital.

Wait Staff Training

Listening and memory skills/multi-tasking/tableside etiquette, etc.  Cost - $200

Monday and Wednesday, Feb. 8 – 24, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Safe Food Handling

Storage/thawing/leftovers/refreezing/delivery qualities/non-contamination.  Cost - $62

Monday, March 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Basic Beverage – Wine and Spirits

Wine brand selection or by flavors/regions and wine service.  Cost - $80

Monday and Wednesday, March 14 and 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Basic Food – Ingredients, Preparation, Menu

Culinary terms/ingredients/spices/menu navigation.  Cost - $80

Monday and Wednesday, March 21 and 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Restaurant 101

Take all four classes at a discount and upon successful completion, receive certification.  Cost - $380

Monday and Wednesday, Feb. 8 - March 23; times vary between 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

In addition, LCCC will offer P.A.C.T. – Professional Attitude and Communication Training, an eight-hour session funded by the City of Allentown and offered every month, with alternating daytime and evening classes in January through June. Call 610-799-1582 for eligibility requirements and more information.

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
2/11

Julia Says, ‘Bon Appetit!

Julia Child’s The French Chef aired its first episode on February 11, 1963. To celebrate the 53rd anniversary of this show, the Lower Macungie Library is excited to welcome Linda Kenyon as she presents the one woman show “Julia Says, ‘Bon Appetit!’” by Clay Teunis on Thursday, February 11 at 6 PM. For more information contact Lower Macungie Library at 610-966-6864 or visit our website at www.lowermaclib.org. Please register in advance.

INFO 6:00pm, Lower Macungie Library
2/13

ARTSQUEST SEEKING ACTORS FOR READING OF LOIS’S WEDDING

ArtsQuest is seeking actors for its production of a reading of the original play Lois’s Wedding, written by Pennsylvania native Bathsheba Monk and directed by award-winning actress and director Lynnie Godfrey. Auditions will be held on Feb. 13 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Banko Family Gallery of the Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem. Audition slots must be reserved by contacting ArtsQuest Programming Director Ryan Hill at rhill@artsquest.org; each slot is 15 minutes long. The production will be held at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, March 21, 7 p.m.

Lois’s Wedding is an original script that transports the audience to Morgan, Pennsylvania, a small town (population 10,000) that has a lot of natural gas underneath it. The story follows seven townies as they prepare for the wedding of the town’s lawyer and the town’s beauty.

Interested actors are asked to send a resume, headshot and available audition times to Hill at rhill@artsquest.org. Auditions are cold readings from the script; 2-3 rehearsals will be held in the weeks leading up to the reading. Rehearsal dates/times TBA. Interested actors MUST be available for the entire day March 21.

The cast consists of seven principal actors and three supporting actors. ALL ROLES ARE PAID POSITIONS and all actors will receive a $100 stipend (This show is not a union-affiliated performance).

Available roles are:

Mark Lerner – Age, late 30s. He is Morgan, PA’s lawyer who is brokering all the deals for underground mineral rights between the residents and Vulcan Oil. Like every other man in Morgan, he is in love with Lois Wozniak, who has agreed to marry him because she needs money. He considers her part of the spoils of his power and insists she sign a pre-nup to show that he is in charge. He’s a preening popinjay.

Lois Wozniak - Late 20s. She is the legendary looker of Morgan. She was in love with a musician, Jonah, who wanted her to run away with him, but she wouldn’t leave her father Bruno who is wheelchair bound. Her attitudes are shaped by the fact that her mother deserted the family and sold the mineral rights underneath them to pay for her escape years before the mineral rights were valuable. Vulcan is taking over the Wozniak property for its main office and Lois has agreed to marry Mark Lerner to provide for her crippled father and hapless brother Georgey. She feels she has to make up for her mother’s desertion.

Georgey Wozniak - Lois’ brother, late 20s, a two-bit criminal who robs 7-11s and pizza deliveries. He also deals a little dope. All the big jobs of his father’s generation have gone overseas. He’s on the do-not-hire treadmill because he has a criminal record, so he always has to resort to off-the-books jobs. He is at loggerheads with his father, Bruno, whom he can’t please. In another time, like when the mines were functioning, Georgey would have been an upright man; but without those kinds of opportunities, a man as average as Georgey doesn’t have a chance.

The Mayor – 40s. He’s thriving as Mark Lerner’s right-hand man, providing the political dressing for the rape of the land under Morgan. The mayor is a close friend to anyone who slips him a check.  He relishes the transition of Morgan into a boom town because a politician can’t make money in a poor town.

Jonah - Late 20s. Jonah is the kind of boy who is everyone’s first love:  artistic, carefree, charming his friends into delaying adulthood as long as possible. He was Lois’ first love and came to her wedding thinking that he could steal the bride.

Guest #1 - Always plays by the rules so naturally thinks it’s fitting that his/her family got a big payout. He/she kisses up to authority.

Guest #2 - A gadfly, criticizing everyone.

Guest #3 - Snively. Now that he won this windfall, he wants to see how much he can game the system, always pushes for a little more.

Three Suitors - Men who have dated Lois. They have one song in the reading, so can double as the Guests.

Tickets for the March 21 reading of Lois’s Wedding are $10 and will go on sale the week of Feb. 15; they’ll be available at steelstacks.org and 610-332-3378.

INFO 11:00am-5:00pm, the Banko Family Gallery of the Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem
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
2/20

2016 Lehigh Valley Polar Plunge

Please join us and hundreds of brave individuals who will be “freezin’ for a reason” at the 2016 Lehigh Polar Plunge by jumping into the icy cold waters of the Delaware River at Scott Park in Easton, PA. The goal is to raise money for Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes and to build awareness of the programs offered through our program. This could be the “coolest” thing you do this year! Besides jumping into a freezing river in the middle of winter, all you need to do is raise a minimum of $50. www.plungepa.org

INFO 8:30am, Scott Park, Larry Holmes Drive & 3rd Street Easton, PA 18042
2/20

6th Annual Sweets & Treats Wine & Chocolate Event

Join St. Joseph The Worker Parish in Orefield as the hold their 6th Annual Sweets & Treats Wine & Chocolate Event benefiting the Angel 34 association. The event takes place on Saturday, Feburary 20th from 1pm-4:30pm at the Parish Hall. For more information please contact Douglas Sheriff at 610-533-1923 or email dsheriff@angel34.org.

INFO 1:00pm-4:30pm, St. Joseph the Worker Parish Hall in Orefield
2/20

Cherries, Chocolate, and Jazz

Come out for Cherries, Chocolate, and Jazz on Saturday, February 20 at 7:30 PM at the Lower Macungie Library. There will be appetizers, desserts, and beverages provided with music by the Kutztown University Jazz Quartet. Each attendee will receive two tokens for complimentary wine. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased through February 13 and will not be available for purchase at the door. Proceeds benefit the Lower Macungie Library. 

INFO 7:30pm, Lower Macungie Library
2/293/11

Maple Sugaring Programs

Each year the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center conducts tours of its Maple Sugaring site in Marshalls Creek in February and March for schools, scouts, homeschoolers, and other interested groups.  This is a great opportunity to learn about maple sugaring which has been going on in our area for hundreds of years.  Two-hour tours include stops at stations providing information on the history of maple sugaring, which dates back to the Native Americans, the evaporating process that we use today and provides the groups with the opportunity to tap a maple tree whose sap will be used in the 2015 maple syrup production.  Also shown are methods of collecting maple sap, and finally, the cooking process that produces the sweet maple syrup.  Dates this year for organized groups (including students, scouts and any organization) have been set for Monday February 29 through Friday, March 11, 2016.   Cost: $3/per participant and scheduling is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

We will be sponsoring a special day in the Sugarbush for Scouts on Saturday, March 12, 2016.  Programs can be scheduled between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and are open to any level of scouts and their families. The day will feature a tour of the Sugarbush including stops to learn about Native American and early pioneer methods of making maple syrup, our evaporator process and methods of identifying and tapping a maple tree.  After the tour, everyone will get a chance to taste some of our syrup on freshly made pancakes. Cost: $5/adult, $3/scouts and children under 12. Pre-registration is required for your group to reserve a spot by Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

Additional information may be obtained by calling (570) 629-3061, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or visit our website at www.mcconservation.org for more programs we offer. 

INFO 9:00am-2:00pm, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
3/13/31

Pocono Environmental Education Center March Events Calendar

March 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.

 

Sugar Shack Scramble

Saturday, March 5 – 9:00am-12:30pm

$12

Join us for a hike through the woods out to the “Two Saps” Sugar Shack and enjoy hot cocoa and pancakes with fresh maple syrup!   Sign up in advance for a 9am or 9:30am start time.  Spaces limited!

 

Ecozone Discovery Room!

Saturday, March 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.

 

Sunday for Singles

Sunday, March 6 – 1:00-3:00pm

Free

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

 

“Spring Cleaning” Volunteer Day

Saturday, March 12 – 10:00am-12:00pm

Free

Come lend a hand with some springtime projects around our campus. Call for details.  Pre-registration required.

 

Little Eco Explorers: Foxes

Sunday, March 13 – 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. Call for details.

 

Do It Yourself Day: Paracord Bracelets

Sunday, March 13 – 1:00-3:00pm

$5

Join us for an afternoon and learn how to make your own paracord bracelet! We’ll provide the supplies and teach you everything you need to know. Pre-registration required.

 

 

Ecozone Discovery Room!

Saturday, March 19 – 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.

 

Woodcock Walk

Saturday, March 19 – 6:30-8:00pm

Free

Join us for a walk to see the mysterious woodcock and its spectacular springtime mating display.  Ages 10+ please.

 

Black & White Photography Tour

Sunday, March 20 – 9:00am-4:00pm

$30

Grab your camera and join us for a tour of the historic buildings in the Park.  This is the perfect time of year to shoot black and white photos.  Pack a lunch and dress warm.  Call to reserve a seat in the van.

 

“Spring Cleaning” Volunteer Day

Sunday, March 20 – 10:00am-12:00pm

Free

Come lend a hand with some springtime projects around our campus. Call for details.  Pre-registration required.

 

Fire Building

Saturday, March 26 – 10:00am-12:00pm

$5

Learn some primitive and modern fire making skills.  Try your hand at a flint & steel fire and more!  Ages 10+ please.

 

The “Easy Does It” Hike

Saturday, March 26 – 1:00-3:00pm

Free

Enjoy a nice leisurely walk through the woods.  Join us for easy hikes, slow paces and interpretive natural history.

INFO Check Events For Times, Pocono Environmental Education Center 538 Emery Road Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328
3/5

Sponsor-A-Maple Tree

The Environmental Education Center is once again promoting its “Sponsor-A-Maple Tree” program. Would you, your organization, family, company, etc. like to help Monroe County students by sponsoring one of our maple trees?  For $25, a tree can be sponsored which includes many benefits: receipt of a Certificate of Sponsorship, a map of the sugarbush showing the location of your tree, a pint of our own pure maple syrup and free admission for up to four people to our Annual Public Maple Sugaring Day on Saturday, March 5, 2016.  Sponsoring a maple tree makes a great birthday gift.

This fundraising program, sponsored by the Environmental Education Center, helps offset costs for the maple sugaring educational program that has benefited students throughout Monroe County for over 30 years.  The Center always tries to keep costs to the students affordable, but due to the overwhelming interest in our program the expenses have increased.  By participating in our “Sponsor-A- Maple Tree” program you can help offset these costs.

Sponsor a maple tree today! For more information, please call the Center at (570) 629-3061, Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or visit our website at www.mcconservation.org to download a sponsorship form and for a schedule of the programs we offer.

INFO N/A, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
3/5

Have a Heart for Children

INFO 5:30pm, Hotel Bethlehem, 437 Main St, Bethlehem
3/8

IHOP's National Pancake Day

On March 8, 2016, pancake lovers nationwide will once again flock to their local IHOP® restaurant to enjoy one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in celebration of the brand’s annual National Pancake Day®. Now in its 11th year, IHOP restaurants will give away millions of free pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and ask guests to leave behind a voluntary donation for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Shriners Hospital for Children and other local charities.

In what has become a cultural phenomenon, over the last 10 years, National Pancake Day has raised $20 million for meaningful local charities.  Last year alone, IHOP restaurants served 6.6 million free pancakes—which would have created a stack nearly 19 miles high—and raised $3.5 million for children’s charities.

In 2016, IHOP aims to raise another $3.5 million. All donations collected will remain in the local communities where they are raised and will be used to fund life-saving equipment, research, community outreach events, educational tools, and much more.

This year, in keeping with the focus on bringing neighbors together to help the community, local members of Kiwanis International and its affiliated clubs, including Key Club and Circle K, will join volunteers from the charities to help spread the message in the restaurants that every donation matters.

National Pancake Day has extended its influence beyond U.S. borders to countries such as Mexico, Canada and the Philippines. For the third consecutive year, IHOP restaurants in Canada will participate in the fundraiser by supporting Children’s Miracle Network. Additionally, IHOP locations in Mexico will once again raise money for Asociación Mexicana de Ayuda a Niños con Cáncer (AMANC). Funds raised by IHOP restaurants in the Philippines will benefit The Kythe Foundation.

“Every pancake we give away has a purpose on National Pancake Day. Through the generosity of our guests and the hard work and commitment of our franchisees and their team members, we will help fund life-saving treatment and care for children in need,” said Darren Rebelez, President, International House of Pancakes, LLC. “On behalf of everyone in the IHOP family, we are so grateful to our guests who have turned this into such an incredible event that truly makes a difference in the lives of these kids.”

Prior to National Pancake Day, participating IHOP restaurants supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will also sell “Miracle Balloons” for $1 and $5. The balloons will be available for purchase beginning February 1 through March 8. Guests who purchase a $5 Miracle Balloon will receive a $5 discount coupon that can be used during their next visit to IHOP. Restaurant locations that are supporting Shriners Hospitals for Children and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will offer similar programs.

For more information on National Pancake Day, please visit www.ihoppancakeday.com

INFO Regular Restaurant Hours, IHOP
3/8

6th Annual Locks of Love Hair Drive

If you would like to donate your hair, it must be, clean and dry (on the day of the drive) 10 inches or longer (tip to tip) not chemically damaged or bleached (Dyed / Permed OK!). This is an easy way to give…your hair will grow back! For those of you who do not quite have 10 inches of hair to donate, we will also be collecting hair for Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Pantene requires only 8 inches! To Pre-Register for the Hair Drive: Please contact Wendy Krisak.

INFO 6:00pm-8:30pm, Notre Dame of Bethlehem 1861 Catasauqua Road Bethlehem, PA 18018
3/13

7th Annual Women's EXPO

The Upper Perk BPW would like to invite you to attend our 7th Annual Women's EXPO. Event will be held on Sunday, March 13th from 1-5 at Upper Perk YMCA - 1399 Quakertown Road, Pennsburg This event is for everyone and we will have exhibitors and demonstrators as well as raffles, giveaways and food. The first 200 attendees will receive a free gift bag. Ticket Prices are $3.00 which gives you a raffle ticket. This event proceeds benefit local scholarships and various community organizations and projects. We look forward to seeing you at the EXPO!

INFO 1:00pm-5:00pm, Upper Perk YMCA, 1399 Quakertown Road, Pennsburg
3/14

LCCC Holds SEED Program Information Nights

If you are you a student with a disability struggling to be successful in college, need training or services in academic skills, communication skills, socialization, or independent living, or could benefit from being connected with a peer mentor and/or the ability to work with an academic/career coach, Lehigh Carbon Community College’s new SEED program is available.

Information nights for people interested in the program are scheduled at main campus in Schnecksville from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Monday, March 14, in the Rothrock Library, room 120

The Success, Engagement, Education, Determination (SEED) program was developed through a grant received from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disability Council. Lehigh Carbon Community College will be partnering with Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living to provide comprehensive follow along services for students with disabilities interested in either an academic or career track program. These are just some of the many opportunities offered through SEED. Programming will begin in July.

The application deadline is April 1.  If interested, complete an application at www.LCCC.edu/seed.

For more information, contact Michelle Mitchell at mmitchell@lccc.edu or visit our website at www.lccc.edu/seed.

INFO 6:00pm-7:30pm, LCCC Campus, Rothrock Library Room 120
3/224/28

FAFSA Completion Nights

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) has scheduled its FAFSA Completion Nights at several campus locations. Current and future applicants for Fall 2016 enrollment at LCCC are encouraged to attend a free work session with LCCC Financial Aid staff members who will guide applicants through the FAFSA form completion and submission process.

FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and is a critical component for students applying for financial aid. Nearly all financial aid programs at LCCC require the FAFSA to be completed before financial assistance eligibility can be determined.

Each session runs about an hour. Students and parents can find more information and see the list of required documents online at http://www.lccc.edu/students/current/financial-aid/fafsa-web-assistance.

LCCC Main Campus, Schnecksville:

Tuesday, March 22 - 5:30 to 7 p.m. - Technology Center 211

Tuesday, April 26 - 5:30 to 7 p.m. - Technology Center 201

LCCC Allentown Campus (Donley):

Wednesday, March 23- 5:30 to 7 p.m. - Room 209

Monday, April 25 - 5:30 to 7 p.m. - Room 209

LCCC Tamaqua Campus (Morgan Center):

Thursday, March 24 - 5:30 to 7 p.m. - MC 109

Thursday, April 28 - 5:30 to 7 p.m. - MC 109

For more information, please contact LCCC’s Admissions office at admissions@lccc.edu or 610-799-1575.

INFO 5:30pm-7:00pm, All LCCC Campuses
4/23

Earth Day

On Saturday, April 23 from 10am – 4pm organizations, businesses and local agencies throughout Monroe County have organized a county-wide event to celebrate the conservation successes of the past 20 years in Monroe County. 

A schedule of events for the day includes speakers John Wooding, Monroe County Planning Commission Director, Retired; Garrett Beers, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Forester; Kathy Uhler, Director, Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center, Geoff Mehl, founder of the Pennystone Project; Dave LaPointe, owner of Sarah Street Grille and a Keynote address by Larry Schweiger (Past President, National Wildlife Federation).  Musical Entertainment featuring Christian Porter and Regina Sayles, Nancy/Spencer Reed ,
Mike Pilgermeyer andKatie Rubino.  There will be children’s activities, Give and Take Day sponsored by Close the Loop, Electronics recycling and tire amnesty sponsored by The Waste Management Authority, and exhibits highlighting local environmental business, organizations and agencies.  It’s a day you won’t want to miss!

For more information about Earth Day, visit
http://www.mcearthday.org or 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 10:00am-4:00pm, Northampton Community College, Monroe Campus
5/3

4th Annual She Nailed It! Social & Competition

Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley is hosting its 4th Annual She Nailed It! Social and Competition. Last year, this event raised $38,000 to support affordable homeownership in the Lehigh Valley. Join us this year and help us reach our goal to raise $40,000. The Social features an exciting ladies-only nail hammering competition, where teams of four will compete to see who can hammer home the cause! The social will also feature appetizers and desserts and we expect about 250 guests. Information on ticket sales and team registration will be available on our website in February 2016. Link to website: www.habitatlv.org.

INFO 4:00pm-6:00pm, ArtsQuest Musikfest Cafe
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
5/26

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
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

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