April 2018 Happenings Magazine

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On the Cover: Spring is here and it's time to get outside and get growing!

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contents APRIL 2018


Here We Grow!

Gather inspiration from some extraordinary public gardens and see how local homeowners create on a smaller scale.


Go Green Show support for Mother Earth with an abundance of Earth Day offerings.


Making Their Mark Meet some young professionals who are blazing a trail in their respective fields.


Aged to Perfection? See how Ballet Theatre of Scranton plans to celebrate its 60th anniversary.


Bring an Appetite Sample the array of restaurants in NEPA catering to every taste and every meal.


Give ‘em a Hand! Get to know some local volunteers who make giving back a way of life.


The Great 8 Learn some healthy coping strategies for life’s difficult moments.


Spring into Action Make a difference and have some fun with a plethora of events for a cause.


April’s Amazing! What to do, where to go, everything you need to know.

Photo: James Ruane ©

April 2018







Happy Easter!





Find a Rainbow Day

Martini Dinner, 6 p.m., The Beaumont Inn, Dallas. 675-7100.






Health Fair, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Keystone College, La Plume. 945-8255.


Spring Music Festival, 3 p.m., Ladore Lodge, Waymart.






Baseball in 1860, 6:30 p.m., Luzerne Co. Historical Society, Wilkes-Barre. Luzernehistory.org

Wally Wine Fest, Waterfront at Silver Birches, Hawley. Through Sun. 226-4388.












Take a Break Hike, 1-4 p.m., Salt Springs Park, Forksville. 967-7275.

Spring Film Festival, Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Through May 3. 836-1022.

Broadway in Scranton– Chicago, Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 342-7784.



25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, McDade Center, University of Scranton. 941-4419

70th Anniversary Celebration, Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton. Through Sun.



Becoming Kareem, 2 p.m., Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 408-4306.


Fly Fishing in America’s West, Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 403-2006.


Environmental National Golf Day Art Show, Weinberg Memorial Library, University of Scranton.

NEPA Women’s Leadership Conference, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun Pocono, Wilkes-Barre. Scrantonchamber.com

MDA Black & Blue Ball, 6 p.m., Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Scranton. facebook.com/mda nepa


Wearable Art Show, The Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg. Through May 18. 317-2596.


Civil War Ball, 7 p.m., The Century Club, Scranton. 344-3841.

8th Annual Taking Strides Toward a Cure Benefit Horse Show, Birchtown Stables, Forest City. 241-5195.

28 3rd Annual Greenhouse & Kitchen Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Waverly Community House, Waverly. 586-8191.

Car Care Month Child Abuse Prevention Month Frog Month National Lawn Care Month National Licorice Month

Adopt a Shelter Pet Day


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Dear Readers,


s I write this letter, it is the first day of Spring 2018 and I am enjoying a ski vacation where we just received eight inches of fresh snowy powder. It is a bit odd to be looking at gardens, flowers and summer activities while I sit with my cabernet and laptop in front of a roaring fire. But in my estimation there is nothing that compares to the upcoming spring and summer seasons in Northeast PA. Likely because of our more limited days of sunshine and heat, we seem to covet and appreciate every drop of summer and lush green color that comes along more than perhaps, other parts of our great and diverse country. When we anticipate a wonderful warm evening, it is cause to stop work early, invite someone over to sit outside and enjoy the sunset. And what better way to enjoy the outdoors than a beautiful and artistically designed garden. I wouldn’t exactly know this firsthand (not having one of my own) but I sure do enjoy the work and artistry of friends and family members who actually do enjoy gardening! The spring in Northeast PA is a wonderful way to enjoy the many 5k walks and runs which raise awareness for specific causes. In my own family we have found them to be a great way to spend time together while getting exercise and learning more about community causes and issues. Walk/Runs are a great way to educate children and help them learn more about societal issues and how they can become involved as problem-solvers.

And speaking of societal issues and walk/runs I am so pleased with the regional expansion of the Girls on the Run program across Northeast PA. My daughter participated in this program in the past and I think there could never be a better time in history for programs that teach young women about self-respect, healthy lifestyles and about possessing strength and confidence in themselves so that they see the value in supporting others around them. April in Northeast PA is full of promise and hope - of new ideas, new events, new celebrations and new opportunities. We’re glad you’ve come along with us in our journey. With Love,


Paula Rochon Mackarey, Publisher



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Public Gardens within a Days Drive of NEPA


Get Growing!

visit to one of these public gardens may plant the seed to create your own lush landscape. Tour the walk ways of some carefully cultivated green spaces to find inspiration to create your own sanctuary.

PENNSYLVANIA Hershey Gardens, Hershey The 23-acre botanical garden includes a Butterfly House, Arboretum, Children’s Garden and Historic Hershey Rose Garden with more than 5,000 roses. 717-534-3492

Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square Over 1,077 acres are covered with themed gardens, such as the Italian Water Garden, Water lily Display and Palm House. Art performances, dining events and workshops abound. 610-388-1000

Chanticleer Garden, Wayne This country retreat of a pharmaceutical owner was open to the public in 1993. The 10

home is surrounded by over 5,000 plants in areas such as the Teacup Garden, Pond Garden and “The Ruin,” meant to look as a house fallen into disrepair. 610-687-4163

Fairmount Park, Philadelphia The Horticulture Center has modern hall, greenhouse and visitor center with tropical plants, statues and greenery. It’s home to Centennial Arboretum, dating back go 1876, and Shofuso Japanese House and Garden. 215-685-0096

Bartram’s Garden, Philadelphia The National Historic Landmark includes an 18th Century home and surrounding meadow, farm, orchard and wetlands, open free to the public year-round, except on cityobserved holidays. The Green Room has hands-on activities and Nursery offers homegrown plants. 215-729-5281

Hortululs Farm Garden & Nursery, Wrightstown 30 acres house 20 formal gardens


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surrounding 18th and 19th Century buildings. Grounds also include a 100-acre 18th Century farmstead and nursery and a Farm Museum. 215-598-0550

Morris Arboretum at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia The 92-acre garden features 12,000 labeled plants. The Out on a Limb canopy walk gives guests a new perspective from 50 feet up in the treetops. 215-247-5777

Wyck Historic House, Garden and Farm, Philadelphia The National Historic Landmark boasts a Rose Garden that dates back to 1824, widely recognized as the oldest rose garden in original plan in America, with over 70 cultivars of historic roses.215-848-1690

PHS Meadowbrook Farm, Meadowbrook About 15 room-like gardens, walled by low hedges, surround the estate house. Tours are offered through the English Cotswold-style home surrounding gardens. 215-887-5900.

Tyler Arboretum, Media One of the oldest arboreta in the Northeast, Tyler boasts 650 acres of plant collections, trees, historic buildings and 17 miles of hiking trails. Nine tree houses and a Butterfly House are open seasonally. 610-556-9134.

Arboretum at Penn State and HO Smith Botanic Gardens, University Park The gardens adjacent to the University Park Campus are open free to the public from dawn until dusk. Phase 1 of the gardens is now open, including a Rail Trail, strolling garden and Fragrance Garden. A new children’s garden is in the works.

Governor’s Mansion Gardens, Harrisburg Surrounding the residence are The Susquehanna Gardens, Rose Garden, Penn’s Woods and the West Lawn. Penn’s Woods features historically significant plants native to PA. 717-787-1192

Stonehedge Gardens, Tamaqua

acres of cultivated gardens surrounded by nearly 20 acres of woodlands and nature trails. Highlights include a water garden, culinary herb garden and new Labyrinth. 570-386-4276

NEW YORK Boscobel, Garrison See Beaux-Arts and Neoclassical landscapes around the formal home. 60 acres include a fragrant herb garden, rose garden and front lawn, boasting views of the Hudson River Valley. 845-256-3638

New York Botanical Garden, New York The National Historic Landmark has 250 acres of natural terrain, including waterfalls and the Bronx river. 50 gardens contain more than 1 million plants, and historic buildings are on site. 717-817-8700

Formal Gardens of the F.W. Vanderbilt National Historic Site, Hyde Park On the banks of the Hudson River, the large formal garden contains an Italian-style terrace garden recreated by volunteers. The tiered hillside garden features gravel pathways, two levels of roses, fountains, reflecting pool and statues surrounded by the rolling landscape.

Stonecrop Gardens, Cold Spring This Hudson Highlands garden was open to the pubic in 1992. 12 acres include woodland, water, grass, cliff rock and English-style flower gardens. There is also a conservatory, Alpine House and Pit House. 845-265-2000

Innisfree Gardens, Millbrook Named one of the “World’s Ten Best Gardens,” is a modernist garden based on Asian garden design. Stroll 185 acres around a large glacial lake. 845-677-8000

Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate, Sleepy Hollow This hilltop estate overlooking the Hudson Valley was home to four generations of Rockefellers. The six-story stone house is amid terraced gardens filled with 20th Century Sculpture. H

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ynthia Timko credits the landscaper for most of the work, though much of the scenery stems from her own imagination. While on vacation in New Orleans’ French Quarter, she was inspired by the lovely gardens and wanted to replicate the same idea here.

She made the most of a small space and transformed her lawn into a backyard oasis. Cynthia used the property’s original 1920s era garage door as a unique architectural element and privacy wall between the driveway and backyard. Water spills over a small pile of rocks gathered in a tranquil pond. Coneflowers, daisies, roses and several other types of perennials and annuals blossom across the yard. A cozy outdoor firepit crackles in a table on the patio, inviting guests to sit down on the reclining chairs and enjoy its warmth. A covered wooden trellis entwined with grapevines and blackberries spans one side of the yard. Sunflowers spring up each year, and a rose tree blooms with quiet beauty. continued on page 14 12

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While on vacation in New Orleans’ French Quarter, she was inspired by the lovely gardens and wanted to replicate the same idea here. Cynthia installed a cutting garden, and admits that her biggest problem is, “To cut, or not to cut!” She also enjoys fresh blackberries from the trellis and welcomes birds to the small wooden birdfeeder next to the pond. Originally from Elizabeth, NJ, Cynthia moved to Scranton in 1988. She keeps a home office here while working as area vice president at Healogics. She loves the variety of colors the garden brings, and purchases annuals each year from local garden stores to maintain the effect. Along with planted flowers, blossoms also adorn baskets on the railings. She shares these with some of her tenants in the rental properties she maintains. Recently, Cynthia added Milk Thistle and Astor to welcome Monarch

Butterflies. Although certain plants attract squirrels, and the need for maintenance can be time consuming, Cynthia loves her backyard haven. Sitting on the patio, enjoying freshly picked blackberries and basking in the beauty of the flowers— for Cynthia, tranquility doesn’t get much better than this. H –Megan Kane


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This Garden is for the Birds! arol and Ned Sorber welcome visitors to their garden—including the feathered kind. Wooden birdfeeders attract 23 species of birds to enjoy the bounty of the couple’s backyard in Harvey’s Lake.


The Sorbers’ yard in Harvey’s Lake has bloomed since the 1990s. For years they worked to expand


their garden, with recent additions including a crocosmia lucifer, a waterfall and a charming bubbling rock. Vibrant orange Tiger Lilies hug the side of the house, and dozens of perennials spill into the front and back lawn. A hypertufa birdbath provides one focal point of the garden, crafted from cement and a

huge, delicate rhubarb leaf. The birdfeeders enjoyed by so many chirping guests were purchased from Wild Birds Unlimited, where Carol once worked as a manager and is still employed part-time. As president of the Back Mountain Bloomers, Carol has a passion for cultivating homegrown gardens.

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Originally from Trucksville, she taught in New Jersey before returning with Ned to live in Northeast PA. She first attended a Bloomer’s meeting on a recommendation from a guest and has been active in the club ever since. She especially enjoys participating in the Bloomers’ “plant swap,” exchanging plants with fellow gardeners to add variety to her blooms.

Wooden birdfeeders attract 23 species of birds

Last year, the couple decided to open their property to the public for the bi-annual Back Mountain Garden Tour. To make the day of the tour as efficient as possible, prior to the event club members identify all the flowers with stakes and develop a sheet with all the plants listed. As a result, Carol shares the tour day is stress-free. “People from the Bloomers greet everyone who comes, direct traffic and answer questions, leaving the owners to socialize and just enjoy the garden tour,” she says. around” in the garden. And when it rains, the couple can recline on their covered wooden deck adorned with knick-knacks, winding green vines and potted plants and drink in the view of the garden loved by guests and birds alike.

H –Megan Kane Photos: Megan Kane Photos: Megan Kane

While the weather and frost present challenges, cultivating the area has become a relaxing hobby for the couple. The Sorbers relish the shifting of the seasons, especially when the springtime flowers bloom. It has become a habit for Carol to, as she says, go out and “putter 18

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atti Johnson’s garden features a sprawling green lawn, a lush blanket of flowers and artfully landscaped rocks. It also features a bright red bench that has become the centerpiece of her beautiful lawn, brightening the greens and browns of the garden with its vibrant hue. It serves as the focal point for family photos, as well as a quiet resting place on which Patti or guests can enjoy the view. The bench and surrounding garden also hold significance for Patti, a reminder of life and love.

Patti has lived in the Dallas area since the ‘80s and enjoys the quietness of the suburbs. When she first moved into her current home in 1997, however, several obstacles stood in the way of a

tranquil garden. Her halfacre property was built on a shelf of rock—not exactly ideal growing conditions. However, with the help of a landscaper, Patti designed around it. They

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elevated part of the land to build a swell and drain water. Groundcover eventually took over, including Lilies, Peonies, Azaleas and several types of Roses. Playful pig statues

wallow among the flowers. Guests can access different parts of the garden by using natural rock steps. Along with the garden in her backyard, her front lawn also features a variety of colorful plants. “It just shows what you can do with what you have,” Patti says. For Patti, gardening is relaxing. “I love to see plants put in and watch them grow,” she says. She adds that gardening can also serve as a remedy for stress, and offers the practical advice, “If you’re upset, you go out and pull weeds.”

Plant diseases, insects, deer, rabbits, woodchucks and even bears are common nuisances to gardening, but she says these obstacles keep it interesting. Patti explains that gardening also kept her busy, especially during difficult moments in her life. “Gardening was a salvation when my husband was sick,” she says. Her husband, who passed away six years ago, also enjoyed the construction and tending of the garden. His favorite color, red, still brightens the bench in the center of the lawn. The area behind Patti’s house is part of the North Branch Land Trust, so the backdrop of her garden will remain forested forever. In the future, Patti looks forward to more peaceful moments and family gatherings in her beautiful backyard. H –Megan Kane

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Cel A P ebrat E e Earth Day In N April 7, Spring Garden Day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., gardening classes, demonstrations, door prizes, silent auction, refreshments and light lunch. Bible Conference Center, Montrose. 278-1158. April 9-May 18, Wearable Art Show, consists of wearable art pieces made from materials like fabric, yarn, applique and recyclables. The Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg. 317-2596. April 14, The BIG Event, 9 a.m.-6 p.m, a oneday community service project. Mansfield University, Williamsport. 662-4345. April 14, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Community Cleanup, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., cleaning up various locations throughout the township. Dimock Township Municipal Building, Dimock. 592-7876. April 15, Bridge the Gap, Bike the McDade Trail, 1-4 p.m., equipment and transportation provided. Bring water and food. Maximum 25 people. Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. April 16-24, Environmental Art Show, Weinberg Memorial Library/Heritage Room, University of Scranton. 941-7520. April 17, Earth Day Fair, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., students display research and projects. Local sustainable businesses participate in displaying and talking about sustainable products and services. DeNaples Center Patio, University of Scranton. 941-6267. April 19, Earth Day “Evening of Environmental Science,” 6-8 p.m., Earth Day Essay Contest Awards ceremony for grades 712, interactive science experiments and displays. Loyola Science Center, University of Scranton. 941-6267. 24

April 21, Love the Lackawanna River Cleanup Group, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., food and water provided for all volunteers and raffle baskets to win. Sanderson Avenue Bridge, Scranton. 468-0222. April 21, Earth Day River Cleanup, 9 a.m.-noon, Josiah White Park, Jim Thorpe. 325-2079. April 21, Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Lehigh River cleanup, live music, crafts, basket raffle, kids’ recycled craft area, face painting, workshops, rock climbing, bounce house, food and more. Downtown Jim Thorpe. 325-2079. April 21, Monroe County Earth Day Celebration, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., live music, speakers, exhibitors, workshops, give and take, tire amnesty, e-cycling, children’s activities and food. Northampton Community College, Tannersville. 629-3061. April 21, Volunteer Work Day, 9 a.m., trail, lawn and flower bed clean up. Free food, drinks and tshirts provided to all volunteers. Salt Springs Park, Franklin Forks. 967-7275. April 22, Earth Day Celebration, 2-4 p.m., connect with nature with meditative walks while beautifying the garden. Refreshments available. Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. 278-9256. April 28-29, Earth Day Clean Up, 9 a.m., cleanup supplies will be provided, as well as lunch and dinner for volunteers. Led by Friends of Starrucca Creek. Along D & H Rail Trail, Susquehanna Co. 679-9300. April 28, Earth Day Festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., hands-on learning stations, interpretive hikes, conservation exhibits, crafts, food, music and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. H


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Change is Perennial in this Dallas Garden J ust like the flowers within, this garden in Dallas has been evergrowing and changing since its owners put down roots.

Jennie Valick-Kopacz and her husband John began their garden in 2011. Each year, they added

something more to their front and backyard spaces, from replacing the pool with a firepit and waterfall to more recently laying down paving stones. The garden now features over 160 perennials, including several varieties of Irises, Lilies and Peonies. Interspersed with vibrant Mexican Lilies, Trumpet Vine, Bleeding Hearts and Black-Eyed Susans are an eclectic assortment of decor from antique stores and rummage sales. Branches of a whimsical “bottle tree� clink together when the wind changes, benches


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crafted from barn-wood provide a serene resting place and a cheerful plaque reminds visitors, “You’re Never Too Old to Garden.” Colorful ceramic frogs survey the backyard as well, their bulging eyes never missing a hint of activity. Flowering Dogwood Trees and Oak Leaf Hydrangea showcase their beauty in the spring, and an assortment of annuals and perennials sprout along the back fence and dot the front lawn. For John, there are two pots, “As big as we could find,” nestled next to the outdoor grill. Gardening runs deep in Jennie’s roots. She grew up on a farm and lived near Lehman before moving to Dallas after she married John. They both enjoy adding

The garden now features over 160 perennials to their backyard oasis, always doing the work by hand—or by paw, in the case of their faithful Chihuahua, Mitzy. “We wanted to show off a garden that you, yourself can do,” Jennie explains. In 2017 the couple received a special opportunity– the invitation to participate in the Back Mountain Garden Tour. They began to work on the space in April and placed the finishing touches on the paving stones and fencing to get everything in before the tour date. “The tour was on my bucket list, so I wanted everything done by then,” Jennie explained. Why garden? “It’s relaxing,” Jennie says. “It takes away stress.” The couple also adds that they enjoy seeing what each new season brings. Although the woodchucks, deer and weather present challenges to a well-maintained garden, strategic planting and a carefree attitude Photos: Brigid Sabine 28

allow Jennie and John to garden peacefully. As the sun sinks down into the horizon each night, Jennie rings the bell on their back porch. It is a signal, that another day is done, another day in the tranquil Dallas garden has passed as peacefully as those before and those to come. H –Megan Kane


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hen Tiff Cianci’s daughter, Ava was diagnosed with asthma and dust allergies, she began looking into solutions that would minimize the medications her young child needed. Though Cianci had little experience with holistic medicine, she quickly noticed a change in her daughter’s symptoms. “I saw such a huge difference after using essential oils and a salt lamp on her, I knew there was more to it,” she said. As she began to research more treatment options, the determined mother found information

journey, many people thought I went off the deep end. I have always been a very practical person, so when I realized these healing methods not only worked, but benefited our immune system, I was humbled very quickly.” She envisioned The Salted Pixie as a place where anyone can go to be surrounded by like-minded people while they begin adopting a holistic lifestyle.

“When I realized these healing methods not only worked, but benefited our immune system, I was humbled very quickly.” on salt caves and decided her daughter and others throughout NEPA needed different treatment options for upper respiratory issues. So, The Salted Pixie salt cave and holistic living store was born in Archbald.

The Salted Pixie’s main attraction, a salt cave, utilizes a centuries-old treatment called salt therapy, which involves inhaling dry salt to cleanse the airways and skin to minimize congestion, inflammation and skin irritation. Negative ions produced by salt create pure positive energy and offer an additional benefit of a calming, peaceful atmosphere. Additional services are available to support a holistic lifestyle, including reiki, drum therapy, meditation, kids classes, workshops and life coaching.

Cianci realizes holistic treatments are not understood by everyone. “When I started on this




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As a Usui Reiki Master and Spiritual Life Coach, Cianci is dedicated to connecting individuals of all ages and experiences with treatments and remedies to guide them toward a healthier lifestyle. “First time visitors should experience our salt therapy session. The only lights are the glow of the salt lamps, and the only sound you'll hear is relaxing meditation music,” describes Cianci. “There are no cell phones and no talking allowed during the session, so everyone is in there for the same purpose, to relax and reset.”


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Cianci also incorporated holistic lifestyle products from local artists into the store. Products from Pure Suds & Co by Jessica Colvin, Mindful Earth CBD by Kelly Benson, Zen-Doh by Lindsay Barasse, as well as décor and jewelry from Michelle Piazza and Samantha Piazza, Michelle Gambo, Lori Knott and Rachelle Woodard are available for sale. “So not only are you supporting a small business when you shop here, but you're also supporting many local artist's passions,” she added. Visit www.thesaltedpixie.com. H –Ashley Price

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s far as fashion at the Golden Globes, Dakota Johnson reigned. Her black velvet Gucci gown was definitely my favorite look. It was beautifully belted with a silver jewel-encrusted buckle, but the back of the dress is what lit up the red carpet. A train flowed behind her, attached at her petite waist where a silver jeweled star burst up her back and dripped through the tulle. Some frown on guests wearing black at weddings, but I have to disagree. A dress as spectacular as Johnson’s is special enough indeed for a day as celebratory as a wedding. Now, how can you make your little black dress just that special? 34

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Locating a dress with a striking detail like Johnson’s is ideal but might be difficult to find. I chose this one because of the strappy detailing and the body that is fitted to frame like our muse’s. Choose one that is comfortable and that suits your body type. Adding to this base can achieve the coveted jaw-dropping look. Nookie Athena Halter Dress $229 Jewel-encrusted shoes (that you may already have in your closet) add that element of surprise HappeningsPA.com

I found these formalwear belts and immediately thought of their statement-making quality. A belt accentuates a woman’s waist and a jeweled belt reflects her incandescence. Think of this dainty sash tied around a playful black cocktail dress or a black sheath work dress. Kate Spade Rhinestone Bridal Belt $88 I hope that you can apply red carpet dressing to your own life for this upcoming wedding season. Sparkle until then. Love, Maggie H –Maggie McGregor April 2018


Thomas Franko, Pharm. D. Wilkes University

t the age of 30, Dr. Thomas Franko serves as an assistant professor at the Wilkes University School of Pharmacy. Dedicated to researching the region’s opioid crisis, Dr. Franko is helping to launch Luzerne County’s inaugural Pain and Addiction Summit this spring. He has received numerous accolades, including the 2017 Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award from the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association. Why pharmacy? I was leaning towards becoming a physician when I spoke with my neighbor’s father, who was a pharmacist, about all that pharmacists can do for patient care. After shadowing him, I knew pharmacy was where I needed to be. Why did you choose to research the opioid crisis? My experiences studying the disease of addiction showed me that people with a substance use disorder are often stigmatized and truly misunderstood. I felt that those in the health care system— especially pharmacists—are responsible for helping. If anything my work does benefits even one patient, it is totally worth it to me. 36 36

cially the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA). I have been a member since I was a student and have gained amazing experiences in leadership and research, and have developed a large network of pharmacists from across the state.

Inspiration behind the Pain and Addiction Summit: The treatment of substance use disorder and pain management, is best done in an interprofessional environment, and I felt it would be wonderful to bring these professionals together. We are having speakers come from across the state and even from other parts of the country. I hope the conference opens more people’s eyes to the evidence behind pain and addiction treatment. I am also hopeful the conference will diminish the stigma of addiction. The sessions at the conference will ideally help change the mindset that addiction is a choice. Advice for young pharmacists: Get involved in a professional organization, espeHappeningsPA.com

Why practice in Northeast PA? I am originally from Pottsville. This area has given me so much throughout my life it is only right that I give back. Future plans: My immediate goal is to become tenured. One day I would like to get into an administrative position within a college. Community involvement: Board member at the Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre Family: My wonderful fiancé, my parents, and my younger sister and new brother-inlaw. When you’re not at work: I’m watching Penn State football and Eagles games. I’m also an avid golfer. Fun Fact: I am a trained singer— singing and music are major stress relievers for me. April 2018


Dr. Michael Jenkins The University of Scranton

Advice for young professionals: Be honest about the strengths you bring to your position and put them to work in the service of others. You can’t spend too much time comparing your path to others’. Discern your own path and start walkin.’

r. Michael Jenkins, 33, serves as associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Scranton. He was honored with a Fulbright Grant and wrote multiple publications in his field. Last year, Dr. Jenkins also launched at the University’s Center for the Analysis and Preven-tion of Crime (CAPoC), where he serves as executive director. Why teach in Northeast PA? I was born and raised in West Scranton and graduated from the University. It has been as pleasant and supportive a place to work as it was as a student. Cost of living, entertainment and cultural venues and a variety of good restaurants make Northeast PA a great place for family, and we’re surrounded by beautiful mountains, rivers and lakes. Fulbright Grant experience: I spent four months in London observing the Metropolitan Police Service, primarily to better understand their use of force policies. The Met is one of the most generous police departments when it comes

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Family: Wife, Katherine, and children ages 3 and 5months, along with a network of extended family and close friends

to sharing publicly available data on crime and police activity, and I gained a better appreciation of what is behind many of those quantitative data.

When you’re not at work: I keep busy with my workaholism, family and gym, but the piano and aikido are two pastimes I used to take a bit more seriously. I also enjoy baking with my kids.

Publications: My newest book is on international and transnational policing, and my first book examined how police used the “broken windows” tactic within a larger community problem-solving strategy. I’ve been grateful for the opportunities to present my work in a variety of outlets—scholarly presses, trade magazines, op-ed— because it increases the likelihood that it will get into the hands of the people in the positions to best act on it. HappeningsPA.com


Nishant Sethi, M.D.


Heart Valve Program Director, Commonwealth Health Regional Hospital t age 34, Dr. Nishant Sethi is breaking ground in interventional cardiology. He is one of the youngest physicians in the country to practice Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valve Replacement (TAVR), an innovative procedure in which aortic heart valves are replaced without open heart surgery via catheterization. Why cardiology? I was intrigued by the field and the concept of utilizing minimally invasive methods to treat complex diseases instead of old-fashioned open surgical repair. When you treat someone’s heart condition and see them doing well after the procedure, it’s an incredible feeling. Share your passion for complex procedures like TAVR: I love what I do. Advanced technology allows patients to undergo lifechanging procedures via catheter-based technology without undergoing major surgeries. A few years ago, these critically ill patients would not have had an option, but with advanced procedures like TAVR, these patients can be safely treated. 38

How do these procedures impact patients’ lives? It gives new hope to critically ill patients. They allow patients to get back to an improved quality of life without going through rehabilitation following major surgery. We have had patients who were critically ill coming in, and one week later they were enjoying lunch with their families. Inspiration for young physicians: The field has changed drastically over the last five years. More and more young fellows are coming out of their training fully equipped with the advanced technology. I hope to pave a path for these young physicians so more and more patients can benefit from our work. Why practice in Northeast PA? My wife was born and raised in New Jersey, and I searched for a job within a diameter of 100 miles around her home. Scranton fell right in that zone. I was also very enthusiastic about the thought of bringing a new minimally invasive valve procedure closer to patients in Northeast PA. HappeningsPA.com

Future plans: Presently we are bringing new procedures and technology into the area to establish this as a center for structural heart disease. Family: My beloved wife and our daughter. When you’re not at work: I am usually running behind our princess. I love to read fiction, spend time with my friends, try to stay active in our movie club and take long trips. I try to take long naps, which is usually not achievable. Fun Fact: I have never had alcohol in my life, but I am a caffeine lover. Did you know there are six categories of tea? I like them all! continued on page 40 April 2018


Dr. Erica Barone Pricci Lackawanna College

r. Barone Pricci, 36, serves as vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Lackawanna College. Under her leadership, the college has undergone many innovations, including the launch of its first bachelor’s degrees programs. Why go into higher education? I am a lifelong learner and love watching students and colleagues transform themselves through education. I believe higher education truly makes a difference in individuals’ lives and gives students the power and confidence to become positive, responsible citizens capable of enacting both large and small-scale social and economic change. Innovations during your time at Lackawanna College: The college created its Center for Teaching and Learning, which provides mandatory professional development for new faculty to help ease the transition to higher education and assist in developing effective teaching practices. We also launched our Learning Studios, nontraditional learning spaces with comfortable, aesthetically pleasing furniture and decorations. Learning Studios facilitate constructivist learning and

help improve student and faculty engagement and satisfaction. The college continues to start new academic programs based on student and market demand, and we pride ourselves on the agility to launch programs in a systematic, structured manner. Impact of these innovations: Increased student enrollment and improved student outcomes. On the faculty side, they have helped to create and encourage a faculty that enjoys meaningful governance and the opportunity to try new initiatives without fear of failure. How do you approach your responsibilities “innovatively”? I read as much as I can to stay fresh and relevant about higher education, best teaching and assessment practices, economic development and leadership. I also truly believe in soliciting input and qualitative feedback from stakeholders throughout the institution, at all levels and roles. Why do you work in Northeast PA? My family is from NEPA, and it’s my home. It’s a wonderful place full of inspired, bright, caring individuals and families. The friendly, small town feel of NEPA is something to be celebrated!

Community involvement: United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties Board, Scranton Cultural Center Board and Leadership Lackawanna Alumni Advice for young professionals: Choose a job with a mission you believe in and recognize that your actions – however large or small – contribute to the fulfillment of that mission. Always question why things are done the way they are and apply your common sense to see areas of improvement. Learn from everyone around you to recognize and appreciate the type of leader and professional you aspire to become. Family: Husband, Vince and 4-year-old son, Vincie When you’re not at work: I’m spending time with my husband and son or reading. continued on page 42



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Conor Kelly O’Brien and Elizabeth Bohan Co-Founders, Scranton Fringe Festival oung professionals Conor and Elizabeth launched the Scranton Fringe Festival in 2015. They are dedicated to hosting the event—which has expanded to a nine-day celebration of the arts—to unite artists “of every stripe” with audiences across the region. This year’s festival will run September 22-30. Inspiration for the Fringe Festival: Connor: Taking part in various Fringe Festivals, I experienced the incredible opportunities they provide for their artists and community. It seemed like the perfect platform for growth and change in Scranton. Elizabeth: We started talking about it in 2014, laying the groundwork and arranging venues, recruiting volunteers and holding fundraisers. As native Scrantonians, we love engaging with local artists and bringing in people from out of town to show off the advantages of Scranton.

Community impact: Elizabeth: Scranton Fringe supports artistic growth in youth by providing workshops as stepping stones. Many people use the festival as the outside deadline to get their work finished and produced and go on to tour it at other festivals. Our partnerships with local businesses have proven that the arts can directly impact economic benefits.

Initial challenges: Elizabeth: Educating the public is part of our ongoing mission and was the first hurdle in getting venues, sponsors and artists involved.

Conor: We also attribute the high increase in the number of original and independent theatrical works throughout the year in part to the opportunities and networking provided during the Festival.

Conor: Funding for arts and cultural organizations is also limited, especially in recent years.

Advice for young professionals:

Most rewarding parts of the festival: Elizabeth: Seeing the impact it has on people’s lives is worth the long hours of planning. Scranton Fringe provides a platform for people to challenge themselves in a low cost, high impact way and artists of all ages and experience levels have participated in our events in a welcoming community. Conor: I also am so grateful Fringe has provided me opportunities like traveling to other festivals across the globe. 42

Elizabeth: Whatever you want to do, just start. If you have a passion for something, throw your energy into it and plan everything out. Put yourself on social media and just keep sharing your ideas. Conor: Do something that you feel is beneficial for your community and really excites you, no matter how small it may seem. Be as specific as possible to help create your vision. Fun Fact: Elizabeth: I can make almost anything from yarn. Conor: I have been a vegetarian for over continued on page 44 seven years.


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Christoph Griessenauer, MD


Neurosurgeon (Cerebrovascular Focus), Geisinger Neuroscience Institute t age 34, Dr. Christoph Griessenauer provides cutting-edge treatment for neurovascular diseases to improve patients’ lives. He contributed about 200 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts to the neurosurgery community, and presented research last year at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons meeting in Los Angeles, one of the largest neurosurgical meetings in the world. Why neurosurgery? When I was in high school in Austria, I wanted to become an engineer. At the time, males were obligated to complete up to one year of civil or military service after high school. I chose to go into civil service and to work with individuals with mental illness. The time I spent working with these individuals was extremely rewarding and captivating. I decided to apply to medical school. Innovations at the Geisinger Neuroscience Institute: We are providing cutting-edge treatments for all kinds of neurovascular diseases, including brain aneurysms, brain arteriovenous malformation, cerebrovascular occlusive disease (such as carotid stenosis), stroke and brain hemorrhages. The remarkable advancements in such treatments are helping improve patient outcomes, therefore improving the lives of our patients as a result. Why practice in Northeast PA? I was most impressed by Geisinger as a health care system. Geisinger also provides a unique environment that fosters clinical research. Another important factor was the proximity of Northeast PA to major East Coast cities. Advice for young physicians: Work should feel like a hobby, not a burden. At least most of the time. There are disappointing and stressful moments in any career, especially in neurosurgery, but beyond that, most of the time that you spend working should be fulfilling. 44

Future plans: Through Geisinger, I want to study different aspects of stroke management to improve outcomes and the lives of stroke patients. When you’re not at work: I travel nationally and internationally. In our area, I enjoy road biking in the summer and occasionally go skiing or snowboarding. I also love the mountains and enjoy hiking, especially the Alps. Fun Fact: When I was a teenager, I grew dreadlocks. I decided to cut them off during my second year of medical school. Years later, the dean told me that my former hairstyle sparked a debate and almost prevented me from getting accepted. H


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How to Raise Kind, Caring Kids in a Selfie, Look at Me World indness should not be underes- honoring their child’s experiences, helping them to label those experiences and guiding timated in these times,” said them to manage destructive emotions. Tiffany Griffiths, Psy.D., whose psychological services practice “When a child feels worthy and loved, they will be their best self. Kindness to others, a treats clients in the Scranton natural tendency, will flow from their experiarea. "Kindness, synonymous ence,” she explained. with integrity, virtue, goodness and worth is a trait we are all It's important to remember that children are born with. Parents more perceptive than we owe it to themselves, to their give them credit for and they children and to the world to are like sponges, taking in continue to foster kindness in When we judge, everything around them. “If their children." devalue or are taking pictures means PERFECT pictures, it can add to According to Dr. Griffiths, to mean to others the child’s perception that be kind to others, children we set the stage their value comes from must first learn to value for our children being perfect rather than themselves. They learn this to do the same. just being themselves." But, through their parents and the photos often take away from adults around them. "We all the experience of the have intrinsic value and moment, she explained. "It's important for worth. Children begin to learn their worth is children to be able to experience as many tied up in what they do, how well they permoments of their lives without being rediform and how well they fit into what society rected out of their experience to meet the expects of them." And this is where selfneeds or demands of adults in their lives,” worth can diminish and along with it, selfadvises Dr. Griffiths. kindness and kindness to others.

To raise kind and caring children, parents must work hard to maintain their children’s self-worth. "They must model self-worth by 46

Intent also governs the value of selfies. Sharing experiences with family and friends can be a way of staying connected. "Parents


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“When a child feels worthy and loved, they will be their best self. Kindness to others, a natural tendency, will flow from their experience”

should begin to be concerned when selfies become tied to appearance rather than experiences, since this too is pointing to self-worth being tied to something other than intrinsic value. This occurs especially with girls. Society values attractiveness in females above all else and it is imperative that we do not allow that message to be internalized by our daughters and perpetuated by our sons," she explains. Parents should model and teach pro-social behaviors outside of the home, said Dr. Griffiths. Involve children in charitable contributions and actions, engage them in random acts of kindness, be respectful of others and show gratitude. Children quickly learn how they are different from others, so April 2018

understanding their own strengths and weaknesses is important. However, when adults around them send the message that certain traits are more valued than others they inadvertently begin to teach their children that some people, based on whether they possess the valued traits or not, are more valuable than others. Kelly Alexander Fanning, a Montrose resident who now lives in Bluffton, SC, and her husband are trying to raise selfless kids. "I don't think it's just one or two things we do, I think it's really our main strategy. As parents, a social worker and firefighter, we view the world as though we are all in this together and we all need a little help sometimes, everyone (generally) tries their best and everyone deserves to be treated fairly. We try to impart this to our kids by teaching empathy, which isn't super easy with HappeningsPA.com

young children but the long term benefits outweigh the short-term work." “While we give ourselves, and those we love the benefit of the doubt, we shouldn't jump to conclusions about why outsiders behave the way they do,” Dr. Griffiths said. "If someone cuts in front of you in line, your immediate reaction is, 'This person is a complete jerk!' But in reality, maybe he never cuts into lines and is doing it this time only because his mind is elsewhere, on his sick child or on what he is going to do now that he has lost his job. Maybe he is in a hurry, trying to get home to care for a sick child." Reframing the possibilities for children and being careful not to jump to judgment ourselves is an important way to foster empathy and kindness. When we judge, devalue or are mean to others we set the stage for our children to do the same. H –Christine Fanning Ed.: Kelly Alexander Fanning is the daughter-in-law of the writer 47

Jog for Jude H

appenings recently spoke to Theo Lawless Zayac, mother of the late Jude Zayac for whom the Jude Zayac Foundation was named. Jude was the son of Greg and Theo Lawless Zayac of Dunmore, PA who are also the parents of Gregory (7) Matilda (2) and August (9 months). What prompted Jude Zayac Foundation? We welcomed our second child, Jude Theodore on April 19, 2014. He had the sweetest disposition and was a chubby, jolly baby who fell right into step with our family. Even though he was only with us for 13 weeks, we took him on many road trips including our beach vacation. He was an absolute joy. The morning of Jude's third day of daycare, I received a call that Jude wasn't breathing and he was being rushed to the ER. At first, I didn't think the worst, but then quickly realized when I got to the hospital that I wouldn't be seeing my baby alive again. It was a devastating, earth shattering day. It was determined that Jude died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. Even though we had heard of SIDS and practiced safe sleep habits at home, this was an utter shock. Just a couple hours earlier, I had kissed a healthy, smiling baby boy goodbye at daycare. Following Jude's passing, our community wrapped their arms around us. Most notably, a Go Fund Me account was set up by a friend and quickly raised over $30,000. We easily decided that this money should be used to do something for our community who held us up during our darkest time. Our amazing friends and family put their heads together, and the Jude Zayac Foundation was born. What characterizes the Jog for Jude event? Positivity, hope and sense of community. For us, it is a chance to celebrate our baby, who is still very much a part of lives. For those attending, it's a day to spend quality time with the ones who matter most - their children. The original intention was for a community celebration for Jude's birthday party so you’ll find a bounce house, a balloon maker, 48

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face painting, an ice cream truck, a juggler, DJs, special characters, lite fare and a huge basket raffle. Although the event is very family friendly, our 5k race has received great reviews from athletes. Chipped bib timing allows multiple age groups to compete for medals. How does the foundation support SIDS research? Since we are a non-profit and run entirely by volunteers, contributions have a full impact. To date, we have raised over $270,000 in Jude’s memory with $180,000 going directly to SIDS research funding and $90,000 to community related projects. Most notably $65,000 has gone to the St. Joseph’s Center Baby and Children’s Pantry in Dunmore. We have partnered with Robert’s Program at the Boston Children’s Hospital, a global leader in SIDS research, and in July 2017 the National Academy of Sciences published one of the most significant SIDS research studies to date that was conducted by the team at Boston Children’s. The Jude Zayac Foundation was a major contributor to this study. What conclusive evidence exists surrounding the syndrome? In previous work spanning more than a decade, SIDS has been linked with abnormally-decreased serotonin levels in the brainstem, which controls many basic functions necessary for life. However, brainstem serotonin cannot be assessed in living patients and can only be assessed at autopsy with specialized techniques. New findings by Boston Children’s Hospital shows that an increased level of serotonin in blood serum may underpin some SIDS deaths and suggests the possibility that this biological vulnerability may one day be detected in the blood of living infants. Findings from a 2017 study reported on 61 infants who had died from SIDS found that 31 percent had substantially increased levels of serotonin. This suggests that biological vulnerability might put an infant at risk for SIDS when faced with environmental challenges such as sleeping in the facedown position. Moving forward, the team will work to further understand the association

between increased serotonin in the blood serum and decreased serotonin in the brainstem. Why are you committed to raising community awareness of SIDS? While SIDS claims thousands of lives each year and accounts for more deaths than cardiac disease or cancer in children under age 19, funding is at an historically low level. There is no national non-profit association for SIDS. Most of the funding is done by small, local non-profits who usually have lost a child to SIDS. In addition, awareness is so critical because there is a social stigma surrounding unexpected death, especially related to losing a child. In general, people don’t feel comfortable talking about this kind of horrific loss, leaving families to grieve alone. We love talking about Jude and being reminded of his beautiful smile and playful demeanor, and we like to think the Foundation has been helpful to other families who have lost children. We hear from a lot of families who come to the Jog to support us but also to remember their loved one. We want people to talk about Jude, talk about other babies who have been taken too soon and join us in the fight against SIDS. To register for the Jog for Jude: runsignup.com/jogforjude judezayacfoundation.com H

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n 2004, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. started the bilingual Grow Up Great and PNC Crezca con Éxito initiatives. Backed by research demonstrating how crucial the first five years of a child’s life are to their success, the program focuses on preparing children from birth through age five for the future. The Grow Up Great program aims to provide innovative opportunities that help families, educators and community partners through opportunities and resources to aid and enrich children’s learning and development. As Pete Danchak, regional president and spokesperson for PNC’s NEPA market notes, this program not only strengthens communities, but, “An investment in pre-K students makes good economic sense and plants the seeds for the dynamic workforce of tomorrow.” The program focuses particularly on underserved children, and aims to achieve success through grants, volunteerism, awareness and advocacy. PNC also aims to make further strides on behalf of children in the communities they serve by providing employees with 40 hours of paid time off per year to volunteer. The business also strives to work with local policymakers and influencers in communities to discuss the importance of early childhood educational opportunities. The initiative itself is guided by expert advice from local non-profit organizations in the communities they serve as well as large national partners, 50

including Sesame Workshop, The Fred Rogers Company and the National Head Start Association (NHSA). So far, the Grow Up Great Initiative has achieved a lot of success. In April 2017, PNC partnered with DonorChoose.org. The $5 million, two-year initiative allows both individuals and companies to come together to buy supplies for classrooms. The number of pre-K funded classrooms nearly doubled during 2017, largely as a result of this initiative, and PNC is continuing this partnership in 2018. This HappeningsPA.com

year, however, the program plans to highlight select teachers, and aims to help provide more funds to Headstart classrooms. Another successful venture, PNC Grow Up Great vocabulary initiatives, has encouraged families to make changes in the home in order to help children learn and develop. Following the program, 78 percent of families involved reported reading to their child at least once a day, compared to 32 percent before the program. As Danchak summarizes, “PNC

developed this program to strengthen the communities in which we operate.” H April 2018

Meet Happenings’ Facebook Baby Photo Contest Winner:


Andrew Gordon Traveny

of six comrades Gordon lost in battle in Ramadi in 2005, became a signature part of the winning image.

e recently posted photos of the, “Babies of 2017” on our Facebook page and asked fans to vote for their favorite. Andrew Gordon Traveny snagged the most– 383 votes– with his patriotic photo. Aside from being an adorable image, Andrew’s picture captures his family’s devotion to their country and military service.

Born on August 4, 2017, Andrew is the couple’s first baby. “He was made with love and a little bit of science,” Raynele says. After trying to conceive for about six years, Raynele and Gordon went through an unsuccessful round of IVF. When they decided to try again, they discovered that Raynele had an autoimmune disorder that prevented pregnancy. The couple explored several different fertility medications and genetic tests. Eventually, they were left with one perfect embryo– Andrew. “We are so blessed beyond belief to have this amazing miracle in our lives,” says Raynele.

The photo of Andrew curled up in an American flag was taken by Shannon Beth Photography on August 19, 2017—just 15 days after Andrew was born. Parents Raynele and Gordon Traveny Jr. knew they wanted a patriotic picture, since many members of their family served in the military. Gordon himself served in the Army National Guard for nine years and was deployed twice to Iraq. As the photo shoot began, Gordon impulsively took off the silver bracelet he wore and gave it to Andrew. The bracelet, bearing the names

At about 8-months-old, Andrew loves chewing on his many teething toys and hanging out with his “big brother,” Jack the Chocolate Lab. He likes to be on

The bracelet, bearing the names of six comrades Gordon lost in battle in Ramadi in 2005, became a signature part of the winning image. the move, often zooming around the house in his walker and jumping in his jumper. He also loves eating his favorite food, yogurt! The family currently resides in Falls, PA. Gordon is the deputy warden of corrections at the Wyoming County Corrections Facility. Formerly a substitute teacher for the Tunkhannock Area School District, Raynele now enjoys her time home with Andrew as a stay-at-home mom. H –Megan Kane 52


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include Karen Keeler, Theo Lencicki, Jennifer Cadden, Colin Bolthouse and Matt Lynady. These alumni have performed at the Metropolitan Opera and Radio City Music Hall and with national Broadway tours. Christian Zimmermann (formerly of Boston Ballet) and Giovanni Ravelo (of Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo) will also make guest appearances. Tickets are HappeningsPA.com

available beginning April 9 online at tututix.com. 570-347-2867. www.balletscranton.org About Ballet Theatre of Scranton. In 1958 the late Constance Reynolds founded Ballet Theatre of Scranton (BTOS) so that area residents could experience the finest in dance education and production and have the opportunity to work with internationalApril 2018

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ly known choreographers and artists. As Northeastern Pennsylvania’s oldest performing arts organization, BTOS includes a Senior, Apprentice, and Children’s Company under the Artistic Direction of Joanne D. Arduino. Unlike other regional dance schools, BTOS is a semi-professional performing company that presents fulllength classical ballet. Since 1976, BTOS has presented The Nutcracker as a holiday gift to the community, in conjunction with Marywood University. Over 350,000 people have enjoyed the full-length production, cited by Dance

Karen Keeler, Creative Director Radio City Rockettes


and Walnut Hill.

Magazine as the only production of its kind in the United States. Many company members have continued their training in summer programs with the Kirov Academy, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Boston Ballet, The Royal Academy of Dancing, the Washington Ballet, the School of American Ballet, The Rock School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

Jennifer Cadden, National tour Movin’ Out, Metropolitan Opera, NYC

Alumni have also expanded their dance careers with Broadway touring companies, the Rockettes and Metropolitan Opera. Emmy award-winning lighting artist, Dennis Size, Executive VicePresident of Lighting Design Group in New York City has been involved in the lighting of Ballet Theatre productions for more than 20 years. Henry Danton, a world renowned Ballet Master, who originally performed with Sadler Wells Ballet Company of London, has also worked extensively with BTOS. For more information call 570-347-2867. www.balletscranton.org H

Theo Lencicki, National tours of A Chorus Line, West Side Story and Young Frankenstein


Matt Lynady, freelance professional dancer, Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2017

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A Sixtieth Anniversary Performance Featuring Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Moulin Rouge, Giselle, and Phantom of the Opera with Guest Appearances by Alumni Professional Artists

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INSTRUCTIONS Combine eggs and sugar; beat until light– about 2 minutes. Sift flour, salt and soda. Add to egg mixture; blend until smooth (about 2 minutes longer). Add remaining ingredients and mix very well. Spoon into two greased and floured 9 X 5 inch loaf pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hr. Remove from pans immediately and serve warm or cold.


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Riding the Tide of Success Cooper’s Seafood House Celebrates 70 Years


sary. According to owner Jack Cooper, the special anniversary menu will feature fare from the restaurant’s original menu, plus dishes and drinks at 1948 prices– including lobster tail On April 23, the popular and clam restaurant and bar known for chowder! The its unique ship-shape, will menu will also feacommence a week-long celeture 70-cent select draft bration of its 70th anniverbeers and popular The special anniversary cocktails representmenu will feature fare ing each of Coopers’ from the restaurant’s seven decades.

ooper’s Seafood House is a Scranton landmark, growing in popularity and size since 1948. The restaurant even achieved television fame with a cameo on the NBC comedy “The Office.” After seven decades of hard work, the restaurant and its owners are planning seven days to mark its “titanic” accomplishments.

original menu, plus dishes and drinks at 1948 prices.

Jack explains the event is more than a celebration of the restaurant’s history, but also of their father John Cooper’s life. John opened the then small restaurant and bar on his birthday in April 1948 with the help of his brothers and business partners Frank, Bill and Joe. When he retired in

1976, Jack and his brother Paul began steering the ship. They grew up in the restaurant alongside their four brothers and two sisters. “We started as dishwashers and worked our way through the ranks,” Jack says. Jack and Paul watched the business and their customer base grow. Responding to the need for more space, they added the “Blue Whale Room” in the 1980s. Waves of diners continued to flood Cooper’s and the brothers, “…brainstorming for something out of the ordinary,” decided to add the signature pirate ship, followed by the outdoor deck and most recently the lighthouse. In addition to its nautical

theme, the Seafood House is well known for its assortment of signs, artwork and knickknacks covering the walls, including those in the Whale Room and Train Room. Jack explains that the décor comes from his own collection as well as from customers who have donated objects to become a piece of the restaurant’s history. The restaurant’s charm, which Jack describes as “very eclectic,” paired with delicious dishes like the famous crab bisque soup, earned Cooper’s popularity with Scrantonians

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and public figures alike. President Eisenhower, President Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Derek Jeter and the cast of The Office all dined at the establishment. Expansion and unexpected fame has not taken the business away from its core of family. Jack’s son Ryan manages the restaurant’s marketing


efforts. The Coopers consider all of the 120 employees and their loyal customers to be members of the family. H –Lara Notarianni


D Agolino’s RestaurantFamily owned and operated since 1955. Specializing in traditional Italian cuisine in a classic, yet comfortable setting. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, we treat (and feed) you like family, seven days a week. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 7 a.m.- 8 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7 a.m.- 9 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. 22 Luzerne Ave, West Pittston. www.agolinosnepa.com 570-602-0663 Amendola Deli-cious Salumeria-Gelateria-CaféVisit Calabria, no passport needed. Authentic Italian Deli-CafeGelateria. Specialty sandwiches, panini, hoagies, salads, soups, organic ingredients. Homemade cannoli. World-renowned Bindi desserts & gelato. Real espresso & cappuccino. Plenty of parking, seating. Catering available. TuesFri. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 999 Providence Road, Scranton (across from Weston Field) 570-347-6007 www.amendoladelicious.com Andy Gavin’s Eatery & PubNow offering an expanded menu with weekly specials. Open for lunch Sunday through Sunday starting at noon. 21 beers now on tap with a large microbrew bottle selection. Stop in and catch your favorite NFL game in high definition all season long. 62 62



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1392 N. Washington Ave. Scranton. 570-346-8864 www.andygavins.com Coney Island LunchA Scranton tradition since 1923. Taste the Texas Wieners and Texas Hamburgers that made us famous. Serving homemade soups, old-fashioned rice pudding and chili-con-carne. Enjoy our legendary chili sauce, created from a closely-guarded family recipe, eat in or take it out. Closed Monday. Tuesday Sunday Open 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 515 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 570-961-9004. www.texas-wiener.com. Coccetti's A Restaurant & Bakery- Breakfast and lunch are served in this restaurant's warm and cozy atmosphere. Enjoy one of the daily specials, which in-clude baked stuffed French toast, soup of the day, and a unique salad. Homemade baked goods available to eat in or take home. Try a chocolate fudge brownie, cake by the slice, a linzer tart or any of the other treats offered. Tuesday - Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday 7a.m.- noon. 1124 Main St, Peckville.570-489-4000. Look for the house with the green awning! Cooper’s RestaurantSee ad page 67 The Dock on WallenpaupackLunch and dinner are served on the covered deck overlooking HappeningsPA.com HappeningsPA.com


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Lake Wallenpaupack. Live music accompanies dinner on Fridays all year long and Saturdays and Sundays seasonally. Dock and Dine is available, allowing boaters to park their boat and enjoy a meal. 205 Route 507, Hawley. 570-226-4388. Failtes Steakhouse- Traditional Irish Pub. Full service dining room. Spacious deck featuring live music. Call for daily specials and new microbrew options. 20 beer on tap. Lunch and dinner served daily from 11am.Sunday Brunch 9am-2-pm. Great steaks, fresh seafood, salads, burger and lots more! 1492 Route 739, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18320 French Manor- See ad page 63 La Tonalteca- See ad page 61 The New CaféDominic Saadi brings his Mediterranean style menu to Greystone Gardens, Clarks Summit. He plays off this worldclass cuisine to create a unique menu - fusing Eastern Mediterranean classics with eclectic, contemporary offerings, combining comfort and creativity, and featuring many vegetarian and vegan friendly options. 829 Old State Rd. 570319-9111. www.thenewcafe.com Savory Maza Lebanese Cuisine- Enjoy and indulge in a variety of fresh homemade vegetarian and meat meals plus daily specials such as Koussa, December April 2016 2018

Hashweh, Ahi Tuna kabobs, kibbee nayeh and more. Dine in or take out. 570-969-2666. www.savorymaza.com Settlers Inn- See ad page 7 Stone Bridge Inn & Restaurant- Quaint European village nestled on a hilltop, surrounded by rolling countryside – discover Northeast PA’s best-kept secret! Excellent cuisine in a casual atmosphere, multi-level tavern & patio with entertainment. Weddings, private parties, reunions. Serving dinner Thurs.-Sun. I-81, Exit 206, Rt. 374 East two miles past Elk Mountain, Union Dale. 570-679-9500. www.stone-bridge-inn.com Stirna’s Restaurant & BarA Scranton tradition since 1908. Casual fine dining, friendly atmosphere and delicious food. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 4 p.m. On and off premise catering seven days a week. Exclusive caterer for La Buona Vita, Dunmore. 120 West Market Street, Scranton. 570-961-9681. Www.stirnas.com

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Terra Preta Restaurant- Farm to table dining. Inspired seasonal menu. Fresh local food, homemade breads and desserts. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free options. Cold-pressed juices. Full service bar featuring craft cocktails. On and off site food and bar catering. Dinner Sun.-Thurs.4-9:30 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 4-10:30 p.m. 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Free Parking. 570-871-4190. www.loveterrapreta.com Vincenzo’s- Enjoy casual dining featuring New York style pizza, homemade pastas and a special monthly menu focusing on local ingredients & seasonal produce. Catering services on & off premises. Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday & Saturday 11a.m.-11 p.m. Closed Sunday. 131 North Main Ave., Scranton. vincenzosscranton.com (570) 347-1060. Wood Grille- See ad this page



A Bit of Kentucky Comes to NEPA lenmaura National Country Club in Moosic features a Kentucky Derbytype feast and fashion show. An all new Celebrity Horse Race will see local personalities sponsoring their own racing teams to run in a virtual race. "We are excited to partner with Glenmaura," said Voluntary Action Center's Executive Director Sherry Nealon-Williams, whose organization holds the annual event.


The hats and manner of dress are the hallmark of the event, and range from simple to extravagant, homemade to haberdashery and elegant to spectacular, said NealonWilliams. "You just have to see the hats. This is definitely a dress up event. Men get just as involved with hats as the women do. Many couples dress to match each other. The outfits make this one of the most entertaining events of the year." "It has become a destination event where attendees get to In addition to the celebrity horse dress exquisitely and enjoy race, attendees can expect live each other's company" music, signature food and drinks, a wine pull, a garden cart of cheer, a Big 10 Wheel and more. Socially, an eclectic group of people from all parts of NEPA and many different backgrounds attend annually. "It has become a destination event where attendees get to dress exquisitely and enjoy each other's company," Nealon-Williams said. Proceeds from the event supports Voluntary Action Center's eight programs that serve the counties of Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna and Wayne. The Junior League and the Scranton Area Foundation began the Voluntary Action Center in 1971. Today, the organization oversees Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Apprise, The Christmas Holiday Bureau, Senior Health and Wellness, Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Education, RSVP, the Volunteer Center and Lackawanna Connect. "We are unlike any other non profit," said NealonWilliams, who was appointed executive director in 2014. "Our main mission is to connect people with organizations who are requesting specific volunteers and making volunteer experience and expertise a main priority. Nealon-Williams is excited about her Derby outfit and hat, but won't give us a glimpse into what she'll be wearing. "Well, I would love to tell you about it, but it has become a bit of a tradition for me to do a big reveal on Derby Day," she explains. The event is scheduled for 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $85. Visit vacnepa.org; call 570347-5616 or email vac@vacnepa.org. H –Christine Fanning 64


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he night begins with cocktails and culinary delights. During this portion of the evening, guests can participate in a silent auction filled with wonderful prizes, fun raffles and a “Magic Mirror” photo experience courtesy of Skuba Entertainment. Executive Chef Chris Chludzinski will provide a delicious dinner of dessert, followed by dancing and music by Into the Spin.

working with the MDA team to help families and find a cure.

In its 18th year, the Black and Blue Ball supports the largest non-government sponsor of research seeking the cause of and effective treatments for neuromuscular diseases. The MDA sponsors 330 research projects annually. A section of the evening is dedicated to raising funds for the MDA Summer Camp Advocates for MDA will also through a be honored. This year’s Camper Auction. Honoree, Dr. Melvyn Wolk, is When guests a fierce advocate for chilcontribute, they dren and young adults support a unique with MD. The former summer camp director of pediatrics at opportunity for Community Medical children ages 8-17 livCenter, Dr. Wolk was ing with MD. Campers instrumental in estabhave the opportunity lishing the first to bond with friends Neonatal Care Unit in who understand their Lackawanna County. physical and emoAfter seeing the needs tional struggles, as of parents who have critwell as participate in ically ill children, Dr. Wolk activities geared also proposed Scranton’s toward their specific first Ronald McDonald skill levels. Funds House. This year’s Wings raised from the ball Dr. ters suppor A will honor long-time and Billy e Jak of Life Recipients, Buddy During the event, MD also support grants and ft Cro hy n Wolk, Buddy and Cat tile). and Cathy Croft of Eagle Melvy for clinics that are h their father, Joe Gen wit e her ed tur (pic Gentile Cleaners, are recognized open to all MDA clients, will also be recognized. for their humble service and free of charge. Visit www.faceStudents and football players leadership to MDA and many book.com/mdanepa H in the Abington Heights other charitable causes. For –Megan Kane School District, Jake and Billy the first time this year, two Gentile, are committed to Junior Wings of Life Recipients 66


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Volunteers Spotlight

In honor of National Volunteer Month, we would like to introduce you to six people making a difference here in NEPA. May their good deeds inspire others to devote themselves to their communities.

Gerri McAndrew

The Wright Center

Gerri McAndrew grew up learning the powerful value of volunteer work. Her father volunteered with Mayfield Borough Council and her mother with her church. At age 10, Gerri lost her father to cancer, leaving her mother a single parent of three children. Through this loss, the family continued to find peace through donating their time to benefit their community. Gerri remembers watching her mother put much of her time into volunteer work, such as baking up to 20 apple pies for her school’s bake sale, or hosting Girl Scout cookie sales. Her parents’ actions inspired Gerri to carry this value throughout her life, and to demonstrate the importance of volunteering to her own two daughters. Gerri believes that by volunteering, people can experience a great sense of satisfaction in helping others. The medical assistant/form specialist at the Wright

James Kaub The Pines Senior Living James Kaub always liked the idea of volunteering, but while employed with a global company working his way up to Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety Manager he had little free time. Following his retirement, he made a pledge to use his new schedule to help others. During visits to see his nephew’s wife, Rachel, at The Pines Senior Living in Clarks Summit, James had many positive interactions with the staff and residents. So, it was only natural he donated his time and talents there. Each Wednesday, James and Rachel perform Usui style Reiki for residents 68

Center enjoys, giving back to the community. Her volunteer efforts include providing school supplies and book bags to children in need each August, donating over 300 Christmas turkeys, offering an annual Bingo event to raise funds and providing local children with information on Career Day. Gerri resides in Mayfield with her husband, Sheriff Mark P. McAndrew and two daughters Caroline, age 13 and Patricia, age 11. She loves country music, cooking, making seasonal wreaths and of course helping to support her community.

and staff. James has donated books and magazines to The Pines, designed several games for the residents, rebuilt their "Jeopardy" board (played on Monday evenings), runs a SKAT tournament and donated a prize to the winner. He built a "Royal Heart" board for Frank and Rachel, and he continues to help with setting up laptops, WiFi, Hulu, Netflix, etc., for residence and he works with creating graphic art exhibits. James is presently retired and resides in Clarks Summit. His family hails from the Pine Brook section of Scranton. He loves flea markets, reading, games, photography and animal husbandry.


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Paul Rinaldi State Theatre Paul Rinaldi gives his time in many ways, including his church where he was named Man of the Year in 2012, the Warren County Fair where he organizes a talent show and the State Theatre in Easton where he plays many roles. At the State Theatre, Paul helps with ticket sales, ushers audience members to their seats and represents the theater at events like breast cancer fundraisers, clam bakes and Iron Pigs baseball events.

ing his time. He enjoys meeting people and giving back to his community. He encourages others to participate in the joy of volunteering. Paul lives in Easton with his wife of nearly 40 years, Connie. They have three children–Paul, Joseph and Christine. Paul has a scholarship in his name and a new granddaughter named Angelina Marie.

Paul was always interested in volunteering, and after retiring from his job as chief school administrator at Franklin Township Warren County School, he continued donat-

Janet Kelley Allied Services Coming from an exceptionally large family, Janet Kelley quickly learned the significance of doing her part. She and her 11 siblings grew up learning the value of pitching inafter all, a family that large is truly a “team sport.” Her parents were always very involved with the community, and Janet found herself helping out quite often from an early age. At Allied Services, Janet helps pack overnight bags for patients, provide 70

food, keep vigil and sit with patients and generally make family and patients more comfortable. She uses her family background and nursing experience as her motivation. Volunteering helps Janet to feel like she is part of the universal good. She enjoys the feeling that comes from making a difference in another’s life– to help them feel happy and comfortable. Even if she makes a difference for one person, she considers it a success. Janet is a former registered nurse who is known fondly for her nurturing qualities and her amazing chocolate chip cookies. She’s a mother of four boys. Janet lives in Harding with her husband of 32 years, Attorney Eugene Kelley and their children. Janet’s brother, Bill Conaboy is the president of Allied Services.


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Marilyn Krall Wesley Village Marilyn Krall, one of seven volunteers at Wesley Village, shares a passion for volunteering. At Wesley Village, they spend Tuesday afternoons with clients providing religious services. Her duties include praying the rosary, singing hymns, reciting prayers and setting up a chapellike atmosphere in the facility’s activity room. Marilyn chose to volunteer at Wesley Village because it’s close to home. A former nurse, she feels grateful to have the privilege to continue to help people and provide spiritual services. She made it her personal mission to help people who can no longer visit a church on their own.

She loves volunteering with others who feel equally as grateful to be able to help. Marilyn encourages others to volunteer to experience the rewarding feeling of helping someone continue a tradition they cannot do alone and says one can never volunteer enough. Marilyn lives in Port Griffith. She has seven children and 14 grandchildren. She is a lover of traditional antiques, especially clocks.

Barbara Bryan why. She sings to them, and generally stays by their side and attends to their every need. She believes volunteering is a great way to learn new skills. She says, “the more you give, the happier you will feel. If we all help each other, this world would be a much better place.”

Erwine Home Health and Hospice When Barbara Bryan started working as an aide for Erwine Home Health and Hospice, she immediately felt the warmth from each resident. She enjoyed meeting some great people along the way. She volunteers because she loves giving back and making a positive difference in other people’s lives. Volunteering is her way of showing the patients that someone cares for them.

Barbara is from Pittston. She has four children and three grandchildren, and a wonderful partner named James. Barbara describes herself as a kid at heart. Her favorite hobbies are singing and shopping. H –Ann Moschorak

At Erwine Home Health, Barbara provides comfort and reassures the patients they are safe by explaining what is happening and



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Three Steps to a Brighter, Healthier Smile Hazzouri

As the oldest continually running dental practice in the area, the professionals at Hazzouri Dental know that maintaining oral health takes diligence, both by visiting the dentist and adopting good habits at home. Below, they share tips to eliminate dental phobia, eradicate cavities and keep your smile brighter and whiter.


the fear comes from lack of control. Instead of lying down, ask your dentist if you can be examined in the seated position. Listen up. Bring your ear buds and listen to your favorite playlist during your dental procedure. Distraction can help.

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Stay away from sugary foods, beverages and tobacco products Follow a healthy diet. Step Three: Maintain a Bright, White Smile

A bright, white smile reflects good oral health! To maintain that smile, Hazzouri Dental recommends that patients: Omit liquids that stain the teeth. Cut out large amounts of coffee, tea and red wine from your diet.

Step One: Banish Your Dental Fear Scared of the dentist? You’re not alone. A recent study suggests that five to eight percent of Americans dental fears are so extreme that they forego dental care, and 20 percent only visit the dentist when it’s absolutely necessary. However, when patients visit the office for routine cleanings, the likelihood of dental problems decreases significantly. Overcoming that fear is important, for both dental and overall physical health.


Take breaks. Ask your dentist to allow for water breaks throughout the procedure.

Can’t bear to live without those drinks? Drink staining liquids through a straw to minimize the risk of stain.

Be in the know. Have your dentist explain what comes next, so that you’re prepared. Knowledge is power.

Use tooth-whitening products, such as whitening strips or whitening toothpaste.

Step Two: Keep Cavities Away

Schedule an in-office laser whitening for the quickest and best results!

Cavity prevention takes diligent home care. Hazzouri Dental recommends patients practice the following habits to prevent cavities from forming: Brush two to three times per day for two full minutes each time and floss at least once a day. HappeningsPA.com

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Thomas and Josephine “Babe” Cometa


homas (80) and Josephine “Babe” (80) Cometa are celebrating 60 years of marriage this April. The couple met at a dance and have continued dancing through life since then. For their first date, Tom and Babe went to see Pat Boone at the Masonic Temple. They connected over many of the same interests and enjoyed each other’s company. Almost immediately, they knew they were “the one” for each other. Tom proposed at Thanksgiving. On April 12, 1958, family and friends gathered at St. Anthony’s in Scranton to celebrate the couple. Father Pat Trozzolilo presided over the ceremony, and Liz Sacco, Rita Tunis and Ann Staninas served as attendants. A breakfast following the early morning ceremony was held at the Castle


Restaurant followed by a reception later in the day at the Ukranian Hall. They honeymooned in New York City where they enjoyed Broadway plays, followed by a trip to Washington, D.C. to see the cherry blossoms. Originally from Pittston, Tom attended trade school in New York. He worked as a Composing Foreman at the Scranton Times. Babe attended Scranton Technical and worked as a Color Lab Technician. They had four children during all four seasons—Cindy Hoban was born in Spring 1959, Cathy Conway in Summer 1961, Anne Bray in Fall 1963, and Tommy Cometa in Winter 1968.


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Over the years, they have cherished spending time together as a family. Trips to the Jersey Shore, the Grand Canyon and Cancun served as settings for family memories. The family has expanded to include nine grandchildren: Christina, Frankie, Matthew, David, Colin, Amanda, Gianna, Julia and Thomas Merek.

shiping together, vacationing together and always being there for each other for many years to come. H –Megan Kane

Together, the couple enjoys dancing, cooking, walking and exercise. Their favorite songs are those from the ‘50s since they love dancing to them! One of their favorite sayings is simply, “It is what it is!” Tom and Babe have never forgotten an anniversary. In fact, during their first year of marriage, Tom gave Babe a present on the 12th day of each month. Last year, they celebrated their 59th anniversary with a family dinner. Of course, the couple’s lives together have had many ups and downs. They cherish the births of their four children and grandchildren, and through the loss of loved ones they consoled each other. Babe and Tom say that “love and family” has kept their marriage strong. In years to come, they will strive for a trip to Italy together. Their secrets to a healthy marriage? Tom and Babe say they always look on the positive side, communicate, and do everything together. They look forward to having dinner together, wor-



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anaging stress is not only crucial to your happiness, but it also plays a role in your physical health as well. Left unchecked, chronic stress can contribute to problems such as stomach ulcers, stroke, asthma and heart disease. Although we cannot always avoid stress, we can control its effects. Below are eight tips to help you manage stress.

1. Exercise. Physical activity releases endorphins, those chemicals in the brain that produce feelings of happiness and act as natural painkillers. Endorphins also help you sleep, another stress reducer. The good news is you don’t have to run a marathon to get that “runner’s high.” Moderate exercises like walking or yoga provide similar benefits. 2. Stay moving. Take 15 minutes out of your day to do something you enjoy. Focusing on a single activity can distract you from feelings of worry and produce a sense 80

8 Healthy Coping Strategies for Life’s Difficult Moments from Saber Healthcare of accomplishment and optimism. Go for a walk, do some stretches or play fetch with your pup! 3. Sleep. It’s important to get at least six to eight hours of sleep each night. This is when the body’s cells replace themselves. Good sleep also allows the mind, not just the body, to get the rest it needs. To sleep better, try to maintain a regular bedtime. Finish physical activities (such as exercise) four hours before you go to bed. Shut off phones and tablets, and put your worries and to-do list aside until tomorrow. 4. Meditate. Set aside time for yourself to practice mindfulness, yoga or other types of meditation. Just a few minutes can lower your anxiety levels for the entire day. Meditation is simple enough to do on your own, although you can attend groups or sessions with an instructor. Just sit in a comfortable position, breathe deeply and relax. 5. Time Management. Studies show that chaotic HappeningsPA.com

schedules lead to stress. Resist the urge to procrastinate. Declutter your workspace, plan your work, prioritize tasks, break up larger jobs into smaller, more manageable ones. 6. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. Coffee, energy drinks, beer, wine and cigarettes. These substances are stimulants, and while they may create a temporary “fix,” using them can result in a cycle of dependency. 7. Laugh! Watch a sitcom or chat with a funny friend. Laughter produces a cocktail of feel-good chemicals in the brain, fills your body with oxygen, boosts circulation and promotes muscle relaxation. Studies have shown that laughter has long-term benefits as well, including relief from chronic pain. 8. Keep a Journal. Release your negative thoughts and worries by writing them down; and, keep a list of all of the things you are grateful for. Studies have shown that journaling increases your ability to solve problems and provides a sense of relief over the long term. H April 201880

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Smart Retirement Planning O

ne of the greatest challenges in today’s world is planning for a financially secure retirement. With uncertainty over Social Security at an all-time high, Americans are starting to rely more heavily on their own resources to support their retirement plans. Whether you are just starting to save, wondering if you have enough saved, or not sure where to begin, thinking about retirement can be daunting. Fortunately, there are now many secure and reliable choices for retirement savings, including Individual Retirement Accounts or IRAs.

“IRAs are an easy and secure way to save for retirement on your own,” explains Wayne Bank’s Deposit Operations Officer, Kristine Malti. “A bonus is that IRAs also earn interest and compound the value of your savings, which means that the value of your IRA will increase well beyond the amount you initially deposited.”


Wayne Bank offers the following five tips:

leaving your IRA to unintended parties.

1. Explore Your Options: Look at both Traditional and Roth IRAs to find the best tax savings for you. Consider deferring taxes now with a Traditional IRA while you’re working, or pay taxes now and withdraw tax-free funds from your Roth IRA after you retire.

4. Keep Your Savings: There are rules (and possibly penalties) for withdrawing funds early from an IRA account. However, this can be a good motivator for maintaining your savings discipline and keeping you on track to achieve your retirement goals.

2. Contribute The Maximum Amount: If you are able to, always contribute the maximum allowed amount to your IRA every year: Check federal guidelines for the IRA maximum deposit limits in 2017.

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Kathy and Carl Schuster


athy and Carl like to say they “worked in the movies together.” Employees of the Center Theater in Scranton, they connected instantly and knew they were meant for each other. On July 9, 1966, they were married in St. Anthony of Padua Church in Dunmore. Celebrating with them were best man Robert Schuster (deceased), maid of honor Patricia Ann, James Verrastro (deceased), Gilda Riviello and Shirley and Donald Pacyna. The wedding was followed by a reception at the Hotel Jermyn, where Kathy’s father worked as the manager. The couple has lived in Dunmore for 48 years. Kathy, a hairdresser, owned her own shop for 40 years. For more than 30 years, Carl worked as an English teacher in the Scranton School District. The couple was always actively involved in the school, often chaperoning prom and winter dances. In fact, they say, “We had as much fun as the students we were chaperoning!”

Kathy and Carl have three sons: Carl III, Patrick and James. They also have three wonderful daughtersin-law: Theresa, Danielle and Amy, respectively. Four grandsons and three granddaughters have joined the fold, and the couple fondly recalls the most recent addition to their family. On the night before their 50th anniversary, they learned that their seventh

They also maintain close ties with family. For their last anniversary dinner, they shared a special dinner with their children, grandchildren, siblings and wedding attendants. In addition, the whole family traveled to Cape May, where they rented a house on the beach.

grandchild would be born, bringing the total up to a “lucky seven!” Over the years, Kathy and Carl have enjoyed walking around Lake Scranton, getting together with family and vacationing to interesting places. While they have faced hardships including the death of loved ones and medical problems, the couple’s faith in God and the strength and love of our own family pulled them through. For Carl and Kathy, mutual respect, faith in God and love for each other are key to a happy marriage.

The couple’s favorite saying is, “The days are long, but the years are short!” After looking back on a lifetime of memories, they share that while tough days seem to stretch on forever, weeks and months and years can pass in the blink of an eye. Fortunately for Carl and Kathy, those days, weeks, months and years have been filled with family, laughter and love. H –Megan Kane



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ebra A. Pellegrino, Ed.D., 62, had a vision ten years ago for a new center for rehabilitation education at the University of Scranton. The university developed, designed and implemented a strategic plan and approval process for construction of the $47 million project. The Leahy Community Health and Family Center (LCHFC) opened in August 2015 and now provides a state– of-the-art facility to match the programs already established by physical therapy, occupational therapy and exercise science programs in the Panuska College of Professional Studies (PCPS). Pellegrino is dean of the PCPS and executive director of the LCHFC. The PCPS offers academic undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences. As dean, she leads faculty and staff at all levels to create and implement new academic programs and


opportunities for research and student learning. The Leahy Community Health and Family Center (LCHFC), in the university’s McGurrin Hall, offers innovative opportunities for faculty, students and community to

work together to fill the gaps in health, wellness and educational services to marginalized and underserved populations. The center has a medical clinic, counseling clinic, physical therapy clinic and low vision clinic for the underserved of Lackawanna County. Pellegrino also has a fulfilling personal life with husband, Michael Hardisky, Ph.D. They live in Dunmore, and between them, have seven children and three grandchildren. The couple met several years ago and have been happily married for four years. “He taught bioloHappeningsPA.com

gy at The University of Scranton for 33 years, plus he is the wonderful shepherd of Rocky Mountain Sheep Farm where he raises market lambs,” describes Pellegrino. “He is kind and loving and cares deeply about his students.” Pellegrino was born in Williamsport. After college, she lived in Chicago and Kansas City, MO, for 20 before returning to Pennsylvania. She came to the University of Scranton in 2007 as academic dean of PCPS. “My family has a rich history with Catholic Jesuit education so it was definitely the next step in my career choice. My children and stepchildren were all educated at Catholic Jesuit universities.” She is proud of the Leahy Community Health and Family Center, which she said, stands to help the larger community and is the PCPS commitment to communitybased learning. PCPS students accumulate 30,000 academic service hours each academic year by volunteering locally, nationally and globally. PCPS initiated, developed and lead “Blessing of the Books” an annual university-wide

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a very young age, from bringing meals to the local Allenwood prisoners to taking care of the elderly and visiting the sick.” This distinguished educator divulged a talent that not too many people know about, “Are you ready for this one? I was on the synchronized swim team in college, but please do not tell any-

wishes she could be involved in, but cannot because she’s busy at her job,“I would love to teach reading to children of refugees.” What is she reading now? “Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age," by Edward D. Hess and Katherine Ludwig and Mary Oliver’s Devotions, The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver.

service project, which disOne wish she has, “I truly tributes children’s books wish that I could go back in throughout the country and time and meet by grandparinternationally and offers a ents’ parents. All from Italy, multidisciplinary approach meager means but loved to service. With over 300 stutheir country. They dents collectwere all great ing children’s cooks and hosbooks, the “My parents taught me pitable project serves that education is a ticket people. They made to deepen to new worlds” everyone feel welunderstanding come. They were of the need for not afraid to take challenges literacy and its impact on one! My brothers still comand to open up new doors. I impoverished children. plain about coming to the believe so much is in the Pellegrino’s desire to connatatorium and watching genes.” tribute to the needs of the me swim. Remember that One final thought, "I am underserved arose from the was before it became an truly blessed. If we open up teachings of her late parOlympic sport,” Pellegrino our hearts and let ents, John and Eva Girio laughs. God guide our jourPellegrino. “They blessed me Happenings asked her ney, it is a wonderful with the love of learning and about a cause, near and adventure." H the ability to see God in all dear to her heart, that she –Christine Fanning things,” she explained. “We came from very humble means, my parents taught me that education is a ticket to new worlds, whatever you may want them to be. They taught us hard work is what it is all about. They taught us that when we gather at the table for meals, we will share stories, love and laughter and we will always strive to remember those that go without. We were taught service to the community at 90


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Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities: Becoming Kareem Basketball Hall of Fame center, New York Times-bestselling author and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Kareem Abdul-Jabbar appears Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. in the McHale Athletic Center at Wilkes University in WilkesBarre. The moderated lecture, “Becoming Kareem” explores issues such as political activism in sports, race relations and facing life’s struggles with positivity. He will also address the importance of STEM education in underserved communities,

the driving force behind his Skyhook Foundation. The lecture will conclude with a book signing. Abdul Jabar’s most recent projects include his debut novel Mycroft Holmes — a mystery novel and the first of an action/mystery series based on Sherlock Holmes’s savvy older brother. In addition, he has a comic book series—Mycroft Holmes & The Apocalypse Handbook, as well as two memoirs—Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court and Coach

Wooden & Me – Our 50-Year Friendship. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded Abdul-Jabbar the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Admission is free but advance registration is recommended. Visit www.wilkes.edu/kareem. 570-408-4306 north.org.

Connection Beyond –Medium Marisa Liza Pell The Scranton Cultural Center presents Connection Beyond– LIVE, a riveting interactive experience by Medium Marisa Liza Pell. Born and

raised in Scranton, Pell brings this production to theatres throughout the US. During the show select members of the audience receive messages from loved ones who passed away. Connection Beyond LIVE on May 5 at 7:30 p.m. is a theatrical experience inspiring laughter, tears and astounding detail. “This is not a boring show. Whether a select audience member receives a connection or not, all guests will



feel included and moved by this profound experience,” said Pell. As one of the nation’s most detailed mediums, Marisa Liza Pell has appeared on CBS, FOX News, NBC and many major radio programs. A VIP Post-Show Q&A with Marisa Liza Pell will follow. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask about her life as a medium. Tickets range from $28-$48, with the VIP Post-Show Q&A $25 additional. Call 570-344-1111. H

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and Mrs. William W. Scranton, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Jeanne Bovard, H. Leigh Woehling and Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan, had an The organization is currently idea about developing a planning a Celebration of program for the professional Leadership for June 14, 2018, business community and at the Hilton Scranton & created Leadership Conference Center that will Lackawanna honor its 35-year history of (LL). Now, 35 visionary leadership, commitment to excellence and impact years later, Leadership on Northeast Pennsylvania. It Lackawanna is will also honor the graduates NEPA's premier of its three programs - the teen, core and executive lead- community ership divisions. The event will leadership and professional include business networking, development raffles, a community service organization. Its project showcase, a video highlighting its successes and three programs teen, core and executive milestones and the presentaenhance the skills tion of cerand knowledge of Today there are over 2000 tificates to emerging citizens Leadership Lackawanna graduating graduates. and advanced profesparticisionals, enabling pants. them to better serve in their On June 22, 1982, community organizations and communileaders including Governor ties.


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Taking Strides Towards a Cure for Crohn’s and Colitis aking Strides Towards a Cure Benefit Horse Show began in 2010. Jessica Polednak worked hard to found Birchtown Stables Inc. and currently serves as president. She is responsible for the event, which benefits the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCFA). Polednak was inspired to fundraise for the cause after her own struggles with Crohn’s disease.


Diagnosed in 2005, Polednak tried several medications before having Ileostomy surgery and a complete protectomy in 2017. At times, abscesses have kept her from riding, but with the help of reconstructive surgery, Polednak is back in the saddle doing what she loves. She points out how fortunate she has been


arena.” The jumps and décor to have good health insurance change each year, and there to provide her with the best are a variety of ribbons and care, a strong family support prizes for riders competing at system, a job that she loves and the show. For riders and specher two horses to keep her tators alike, the restaurant on going. As someone who knows premises serves food throughfirsthand how difficult it can be out the day. Not your typical to live with Crohn’s disease, she horse show food, the menu describes the mission of the features upscale items preTaking Strides Towards a Cure pared by the restaurant’s chef, Benefit Horse Show simply, sayPolednak’s mother. ing, “I want to give back to CCFA to keep working to find a cure and to give “You will be amazed by the riders quality of life to people suffering and the beauty of the horses.” from this disease.” In the seven years, the event has raised $46,000 for CCFA thanks to all of the horse riders, trainers, sponsors and spectators. Fortunately, the number of attendees continues to grow each year. The event goes beyond just fundraising though, and organizers work hard to ensure that everyone involved enjoys the experience. As Polednak mentions, “Every year, we try to make the show better, especially in the HappeningsPA.com

Polednak’ encourages visitors to, “Come and park for free, enjoy the show, eat and just have a great time.” This year’s show is April 21 at Birchtown Stables in Forest City. Polednak advises first-timers to get in on the fun too, saying, “If you have never attended a horse show, where horses and riders are jumping, you will be amazed by the riders and the beauty of the horses. You don't know what you are missing!” Visit www.birchtownstables.com. H –Melissa Durante April 2018

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aking memories. Sharing experiences. Spending time together. Travel is a gift that provides dividends for years to come. Martz Tours has a number of day trips and tours that make an unforgettable Mother’s Day gift.


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May 5, 6, 7, 26, 27 & 28 Experience the excitement at one of the city’s major casinos. Departures from Scranton, White Haven and Wilkes-Barre deliver you to Caesars Casino, Resorts Casino Hotel and Tropicana Casino Resort. Spend the day like a high roller or try your luck at the slot machines but leave time to explore Atlantic City’s iconic boardwalk before returning home,

Enjoy the Big Apple a la carte! Round trips to New York City depart from Misericordia University, Scranton’s Greenridge Plaza, Marywood University, University of Scranton, Wilkes University, King’s College and the Wyoming Valley Mall. This is a direct trip to Midtown Manhattan with no stops. See a Broadway show, shop 5th Avenue, stroll through Central Park or visit a major museum then return home in the evening with hassle free transportation.

Philadelphia • Daily The City of Brotherly Love is yours to explore with three departures and pick ups daily.

and numerous attractions that captivate and entertain. Take part in the centuries-old tradition of a stroll along the seaside promenade. The tour bus arrives in Cape May at noon (approximately) and departs at 6 p.m.

Finger Lakes Wine Tasting • May 19 Indulge in the ultimate girlfriends’ getaway as you wine and dine your way through the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York. The tour includes visits to Hazlitt Winery, Knapp Winery, Varick Winery and Buttonwood Vineyards. Enjoy free time in Seneca Harbor for dinner and sightseeing before returning home. Gift cards are also available. For more, visit www.-

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BUTTERMILK FALLS INN Luxury lodgings on a 75-acre Hudson River Estate includes guest rooms with fireplaces, carriage and guest houses with pet and child-friendly options. Enjoy a country breakfast, Spa, Henry’s restaurant, trails and Buttermilk’s own Millstone Farm with an organic kitchen garden and orchard and Animal Rescue Sanctuary. Milton, NY. 845- 795-1310. www.buttermilkfallsinn.com COLONIAL BRICK INN & SUITES Come and enjoy Pennsylvania hospitality at its finest. Call to reserve your special occasion package. Winter ski or summer golf packages, we will cater to guests all seasons of the year. New meeting room and free Internet in rooms. 25161 Route 11, Hallstead. 570-879-2162 or 1-800-290-3922 www.colonialbrickinn.com CRESCENT LODGE What luxury our “cabin in the woods” offers! Queen canopy bed, stone fireplace, jacuzzi for two, two TVs, private covered deck and full kitchen. Enjoy our Starting Post Cocktail Lounge and award-winning restaurant. Located two miles from Mt Airy Casino, 10 minutes from the Crossings and 15 minutes from Camelback Ski Area. Paradise Valley. Cresco, PA 800-392-9400 www.CrescentLodge.com. THE INN AT BIRCH WILDS Modern rustic five-star rated B and B, located a short drive from Jim Thorpe. Visit our site to see why travelers are saying: “Surpassed all expectations!" “Fabulous is an understatement!" “Amazing weekend getaway!” “Unexpected luxury, a romantic retreat!” “Best B and B… wow!” Lehighton, PA. 570-818-4433. www.innatbirchwilds.com



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KEUKA LAKESIDE INN Winner of the 2016 Tripadvisor Travelers Choice Award and located on the shores of Keuka Lake in the village of Hammondsport, this Inn offers 17 comfortable rooms and spectacular views with an on-site boat launch and docking available. Find us on Facebook. 24 Water St., Hammondsport, NY 14840. (607) 569-2600, www.keukalakesideinn.com

LYNN-LEE HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST Step into the past while savoring the convenience of today in our gracious, restored 1868 Victorian! Three beautifully appointed guest rooms with queen size bed & private bath. Antiques, period & traditional furnishings. Unwind by the fireplace after skiing, antiquing or sightseeing. Full gourmet breakfast served daily. 1036 Main Street, New Milford, PA. 570-465-3505 www.lynn-lee.com

THE 1819 RED BRICK INN A warm welcome awaits you at our charming Federal Style home. Centrally located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country. All guestrooms feature queen size bed, and private bath. (The Tuttle Room has a working fireplace). Full breakfast. Complimentary refreshments. Open year round. Credit Cards accepted. 607-243-8844 www.1819inn.com stay@1819inn.com

STONE BRIDGE INN & RESTAURANT European-style inn, restaurant & tavern in a spectacular country setting. 13 charming rooms, with private baths, TV, A/C, several with fireplaces, free WI-FI. Continental breakfast, indoor pool/hot tub, horseback riding. Excellent dinner cuisine. Exit 206, Rt. 374 East two miles past Elk Mountain, Union Dale. 570-679-9200. www.Stone-Bridge-Inn.com.

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Summertime & the Livin’ is Easy at Geneva on the Lake Plan a Vacation Getaway to the Finger Lakes


go-to vacation spot in the Finger Lakes Region for the past 33 years, the resort features luxurious suites, a variety of exceptional dining opportunities, and picturesque scenery showcasing formal gardens and views of Seneca Lake. A number of museums, state parks, historic sites and wine trails surround the resort. Summer months bring live jazz and bluegrass entertainment and wine tastings on the terrace. The resort’s 10-acres includes the original formal gardens and a 70 foot outdoor swimming pool and boathouse overlooking Seneca Lake. The boutique hotel boasts 29 luxurious guest accommodations. Each is impeccably appointed with Stickley’s renowned handcrafted furniture. Features in the suites range from breathtaking views of Seneca Lake, to a wood burning fireplace, a cathedral ceiling or a Jacuzzi. All have a ready kitchen. Townhouses, with a private furnished terrace and two bedrooms, are perfect for a reunion or family getaway. Guests may try their hand at traditional lawn games such as croquet, bocce ball, horseshoes and badminton. Complimentary bicycle rentals include a “bicycle built for two” as well as standard bikes.


Friday evenings bring a wine and cheese tasting party from 6-7 p.m. Guests may also relax aboard a complimentary lake cruise on the resort’s 24’ pontoon boat, “Bella Frascati.”

Fancy Food Show’s Beverage of the Year Award for Red Jacket’s Fuji Apple Juice. Complimentary coffee at Geneva’s home-

A Gems of Geneva Getaway Package offers a satisfying sampling of everything the region has to offer. The two-night stay offered Sundays through Thursdays includes: Two complimentary local movie tickets, or a concert or performance at the historic Smith Opera House A three-course candlelight dinner served in Lancellotti’s on one evening. The resort’s restaurant features abundant local foods, wines and spirits from the harvest of the farms, vineyards, breweries and distilleries in the Finger Lakes. A full breakfast served each morning. During the summer months, breakfast and lunch are served on The Terrace overlooking the gardens and lake. A $10 gift certificate for the famous Red Jacket Orchard. The third generation family orchard store won the New York City HappeningsPA.com

town Opus Espresso & Wine Bar or an ice cream cone at Finger Lakes Gifts and Lounge or Long Pier. A brochure with a self-guided walking tour showcasing the architectural gems of Geneva’s South Main Street. Visit www.genevaonthelake.com H

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Lackawanna Historical Society

Annual Civil War Ball Weekend For all details go to www.scrantoncivilwarday.com

Wednesday, April 4, Vintage Dance Lessons

Saturday, April 14, Civil War Ball at Century Club

The Leonard Theater, 335 Adams Ave., Scranton $10 per single/$15 per couple

612 Jefferson Avenue Dancing to the music of Spare Parts begins promptly at 8 p.m. with Grand March. $35 per single/$60 per couple

Friday, April 13 Titanic Dinner at the Frederick Stegmaier Mansion

Sunday, April 15 Ragtime Brunch

Doors open at 6:30, dinner at 7 p.m. 304 South Franklin Wilkes-Barre call 570-332-4250 for details and reservations $79

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with period dancers and live music by Spare Parts at Carmen's 2.0 at the Radisson, 700 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton. Call for Brunch Reservations 570-558-3929 (For Special LHS seating call: 570-344-3841) $31.80 per person

Saturday, April 14 Vintage Clothing /Accessories Sale Noon -2 p.m. at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Avenue, Scranton Open to the public

Coming on May 5: You Live Here; You Should Know This! local history game show at the Lodge at Montage doors open at 5:30 p.m., games begin at 6 p.m. Tickets: $5 for student/$10 for adults Call for details 570-344-3841

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Children’s Advocacy Center

Moonlight Run/Walk April 28, 2018, Nay Aug Park

2018 marks the 14th anniversary of the Children’s Advocacy Center’s Moonlight Walk/Run. Established in 2004, this family-friendly event gives walkers and runners a great and memorable time to be together for a fun yet very important purpose. “Child abuse is a community problem, and it requires a community response. When people come together for these events, it raises the level of awareness of abuse and the shared responsibility and courage to act on behalf of a child in need,” explains CAC/NEPA Executive Director Mary Ann LaPorta.

All proceeds go directly to support services for children and adolescents who have experienced abuse. Participants come from all over Northeastern Pennsylvania. Pre-registration for the 5K is $25 and $30 for the 10K (before April 15). Registration is $30 for 5K and $35. For the 10K (after April 14). Children under 12 are free with one paid adult. Pre-register online at www.runsignup.com/moonlightrun. 570-969-7313. “The Moonlight Event bonds its’ participants through a sense of accomplishment & FUN! It motivates all of us to embrace & champion the needs of abused & neglected children.” explains LaPorta. “Knowledge, funding and a sense of responsibility in the community are all it takes to make the world a safer place for children.” H

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month Reporting of abuse has increased 210 percent since the inaugural year of the Moonlight Walk/Run in 2004. Children and adolescents receive forensic interviews, medical assessments, trauma therapy and child advocacy services from The Children’s Advocacy Center. According to national statistics from the National Children’s Alliance, one out of four girls and one out of six boys will be a victim of child abuse before they reach the age of 18.



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Lackawanna Historical Society Civil War Ball Weekend Lackawanna Historical Society’s Annual Civil War Ball Weekend begins April 4 with Vintage Dance Lessons at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and $15 per couple. The event continues April 13 through the 15. Guests are welcome to attend the Titanic Dinner at the Frederick Stegmaier Mansion in WilkesBarre on April 13. Call 570332-4250 for reservations. April 14 includes a Vintage Clothing/Accessories Sale from noon-2 p.m. at the Catlin House in Scranton. The sale is open to the public. Later in the evening, the Civil War Ball begins at 7 p.m. at the Century Club in Scranton. Dancing begins promptly at 8 p.m. with the Grand March and music by Spare Parts.

Attendance is $35 per person and $60 per couple. Ragtime Brunch begins Sunday morning, April 15 at 11 a.m. at Carmen’s 2.0 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel. Attendees may enjoy their meal while watching the performance of period dancers and live music by

Spare Parts. Attendance is $31.80 per person. Call for brunch reservations at 570558-3929 and for special LHS seating call 570-344-3841. Visit www.scrantoncivilwarday.com for details for all events.

The Waverly Community House Annual Greenhouse & Kitchen Show The Waverly Community House hosts the third annual Greenhouse and Kitchen Show on April 28 featuring innovative ways to enhance the home– inside and out. The show is an updated, streamlined and reimagined version of the House and Garden Show held annually at “The Comm.” The show runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and features new vendors and returning favorites. Vendors come with fresh ideas and new approaches to design, as well as tips for healthy eating alternatives and sustainable gardening. The buffet style luncheon, served from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Scout Room, is catered by 108

Jessee’s Place. Beverages and baked goods are offered in the Canteen. The Comm’s Upstairs Thrift Shop will be open during the show. The shop offers quality, gently used (and sometimes new) men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, housewares, toys and home décor. Visitors to the Greenhouse/Kitchen Show will also get a sneak peek at the Comm’s newest addition— The Waverly Small Works Gallery. The Gallery features the work of artist Kathleen Fallon, the first place award winner of the 2017 Artisans’ Marketplace HappeningsPA.com

Gallery. Admission is $5. All proceeds benefit the Waverly Community House. Call 570-586-8191 or visit www.waverlycomm.org. H

April 2018

GOOD AS GOLD Mom of Olympian Adam Rippon Shares Her Journey have known Kelly Rippon since I was a judge for the Keystone State Games, which were originally held at the WilkesBarre Ice-A-Rama. That’s


where her son Olympic figure skater Adam’s Rippon’s career catapulted with three gold medals. The last time I saw Adam skate in person was during Target Stars on Ice 2011 tour. I had the privilege of sitting next to his mom, Kelly as she passionately watched her son make his debut with the top skaters in the world! I connected with Kelly after she arrived back in Clarks Summit following a whirlwind trip to South Korea to watch her son compete in the Olympic games. We talked about what it’s like being the mom of an Olympian and an overnight media sensation. –Karel Zubris

How did you first hear the news that Adam made the Olympic team? I was with him in his hotel room. The selection committee sends a text to the athletes named to the Olympic team, the World team and the Four Continents team. He was named to the Olympic and World team. We found out


after midnight. We read the text several times just to make sure we were reading it correctly!

When did you first recognize Adam’s potential as a figure skater?

Was it emotional watching him compete at the Olympics?

The Keystone State Games in 2000 was his first competition and just two months after his first lesson. I saw how excited he was to have friends that cheered for each other. I also saw how interested he was in watching skaters that were much more advanced than him. I saw an interest grow into a passion. It is important for parents to recognize the difference between interest and passion. An activity that is interesting you engage with because it provides something, while a passion you engage with in spite of the complications it may

Over the past 18 years of competitions I have had a wide range of emotions, but I have always sat and watched his performances as calmly as the moment allowed and tried to enjoy his hard work. I encourage other parents to do the same. Giving in to the nervousness adds anxiety to the athlete. It is best to stay calm and show them that you have faith that they will be successful.

“Passions happen outside the comfort zone.”


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add to your life. Passions happen outside the comfort zone.

Ceremonies of your child’s Olympics?

What was it like to travel from Scranton to PyeongChang?

How did you spend your days?

I have been to Korea several times so I was familiar with the airport and long flight. Two of my kids, Brady and Dagny came with me. We had a connection in Atlanta and from there it was over 15 hours nonstop. Brady studied in London for six months so he flew internationally before. But it was Dagny’s first international flight.

The skating events were held at 10 a.m. in Korea so they were live at 8 p.m. on the East Coast. The events ended mid-day. During competition days Adam was busy so the kids and I went into town, walked on the beach in 15 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures and experienced Korean barbecue! We stayed in the USA Hotel so we were with other figure skating and hockey families. We had a lot in common and it was great to be able to share experiences.

What is it like for a parent at the Olympics? It was a privilege. Nothing would have kept me from experiencing it. I loved every minute! When else would sitting in frigid temperatures with below zero wind chill be a pleasure but sitting in the arena at the Opening

How is the food? Gangneung is the city where the coastal ice sports– skating, hockey and curling were held. It is a summer resort town and much smaller than Seoul. The choices were limited and usually traditional Korean. But no matter where you travel in the world you can always find familiar

foods like pizza or a McDonald’s. That was true for Gangneung, Korea too! There was a McDonald’s in the Olympic Park! As a mom, how do you handle some of the negative comments sent to Adam on social media? I try my best not to engage, but I am human. I know that it is more about the person who is writing than the person they are writing about. I have discussed bullying and social media taunting at Parenting Talks. Parents need to stay informed and let their kids feel capable to handle simple conflict and be able to recognize dangerous threats in order to ask for help. What’s next for you? I have been traveling the country speaking on various topics including parenting and women’s empowerment. Visit my website www.authenticchange.com H

WH is theO

cutest of them all? “Camo Luna”


Deborah Lanton says she blossomed from a fearful pup rescued from a kill shelter in Arkansas to a playful, zany girl! She loves tossing a ball in the air & cathcing it & “frogging” in the pond. They live in West Abington Twp.

Sweet, calm, cute, loving & playful...that’ how Noah Thomas of Scranton describes this guy. He enjoys walks,“Dunkin” playing chase, stuffed animals, dog bones & having his belly rubbed.


“Jasper & Spike”

This adorable duo lives in Moosic with Rita Hoban. Her cat can't get enough petting and her dog shadows her around the house all day.

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A high energy, but loving Jack Russell who loves to play & cuddle. Jessica Nemetz calls him the perfect pet ! He celebrated his first birthday at home in Old Forge.

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Mary Lou Oleski says this guy loves playing, eating sweet potatoes, cuddling and spending time with his sister, Boo Cat. The family lives in Greenfield Twp.

This 6-year-old Jack Russell loves Greenies and hanging out with John Cherinchak & the rest of the family in Waymart. Hobbies include playing with his toys and staying warm under the covers.


This Red Bone Coon Hound was adopted from Every Dog's Dream Adoption Center in Johnson City, NY by Lisa Huffsmith. She is very active, loves to retrive, outgoing and when she finally settles down at night in Factoryville, she is a big cuddle bug!

April 2018

“Luna & Arka”

Robin Lukondi of Beach Lake says this playful pair wait for her to turn on the tub faucet every day so they can drink and play in the water.



APRIL HAPPENINGS Area code 570 unless specified

Apr. 1-May. 7, John Kascht: Making Faces, Everhart Museum, Scranton. 346-7186. Apr. 1-23, Distinguished for Their Talents Theatrical Portraits by Scranton Master Penman P. W. Costello, 19051930., Weinberg Memorial Library, University of Scranton. 941-6341. Apr. 6-8, Celebrating Students' Creativity Exhibit, Dorflinger Factory Museum, White Mills. 493-8128. Apr. 20-May. 4, Student Exhibition, University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-7624.

Apr. 8, Bugs That Really Rock, 2-3 p.m., Lackawanna County Children's Library, Scranton. 348-3000 ext. 3015. Apr. 9, Early Explorers: Super Seeds, 1-2:30 p.m., Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, Moscow. 842-1506. Apr. 10, Library Pajama Story Time, 5:30-6:15 p.m., Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library, Scranton. 207-0764. Apr. 17, Pancakes & Poetry, 5-6:15 p.m., Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library, Scranton. 2070764. Apr. 21, Saint Julian's International Juggling Troupe, 2-3 p.m., Lackawanna County Children's Library, Scranton. 348-3000 ext. 3015. 116

Apr. 23, Early Explorers: Awakening Amphibians, 12:30 p.m., Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, Moscow. 842-1506.


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Apr. 24, Earth Day Celebration, 5:30-6:15 p.m., Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library, Scranton. 207-0764. Apr. 27, Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour, 3 & 6 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, WilkesBarre. 826-1100. Apr. 28, Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, 11 a.m., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 344-1111.







Apr. 7, Community Contra Dance, 7 p.m., Church of Christ Uniting, Kingston. 333-4007. Apr. 10, Hayes Family Competition in Physics and Engineering, 8:30 a.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-7509. Apr. 13, Orin Swift Wine Dinner, 7 p.m., The Settlers Inn, 4 Main Ave, Hawley. 226-2993. Apr. 14, WVCA "Do it for the Kids" Walk-A-Thon, 9 a.m., WVCA School, Forty Fort. 7141246.

May. 5 & 12, South Side Winter Farmers' Market, 509 Cedar Ave, Scranton. 346-6203.

Apr. 14, Vintage Clothing /Accessories Sale, noon-2 p.m., The Catlin House, Scranton. 3443841.

Apr. 3, Ooh! Our Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., Wayne Co Public Library, Honesdale. 253-1220.

Apr. 14, Abington Heights Marching Comets Designer Bag Bingo, 5:30 p.m., Marketplace at Steamtown, Scranton. 604-0928.

Apr. 3, 17 & 24, Bereavement & Support Group, 6-7 p.m., Traditional Hospice, Dunmore. 207-9286.

Apr. 14, Keystone Chapter UNICO Annual Charity Pig Roast, 6-10:30 p.m., Fiorelli's, Peckville. 344-3737.

Apr. 5, Clarks Green Boy Scout Troop 251 Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser, Clarks Green United Methodist Church, Clarks Green. 498-8380.

Apr. 15, It's Ruff Without a Roof - Purse BINGO Fundraiser, noon-4 p.m., Scott Township Hose Co., Scott. 954-9443.


Apr. 18-22, Wild Week, Glasswine.bar.kitchen, Hawley. 226-1337. April 2018

APRIL HAPPENINGS Apr. 18, Diabetes Awareness Event for Children & Adults, 68 p.m., Back Mountain Regional EMA Building, Dallas. 696-3696.

Apr. 26, Campus Take Back the Night Pre-Rally, 5 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-6194.

Apr. 19-23, Book Sale, Tunkhannock Public Library, Tunkhannock.

Apr. 26, Campus Take Back the Night Speak Out, 7 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-6194.

Apr. 20, Annual Back Mountain Memorial Library Luncheon, 11 a.m, Appletree Terrace at Newberry Estate, Dallas. 675-1182.

Apr. 28-29, Friends of the Library Book Sale, University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-7816.


Apr. 20, Grateful Dead Night, 8-11 p.m., Glasswine.bar.kitchen, Hawley. 226-1337.

Apr. 4, Christopher Cross, 7:30 p.m.,, F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. 826-1100.

Apr. 21, The Lincoln Monument, A Wreath Laying Ceremony and Dedication, noon, Nay Aug Park, Scranton. 606-1014.

Apr. 6, Treble Choristers of the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, 7 p.m., St. Stephen's Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre. 825-6653.

Apr. 21, GAR Memorial and Library Museum Open House, noon-3 p.m., City Hall, Scranton. 343-4145.

Apr. 7, Joey Arminio & The Family American Bandstand Revue, Lackawanna College, Scranton. 955-1409.

Apr. 21, Reliving History Dingmans Ferry, 7 p.m., Delaware Township Building, Dingmans Ferry. 369-7647.

Apr. 7, A Spring Music Festival for All Seasons, 3 p.m., Ladore Lodge, Waymart.

Apr. 22, Jog for Jude 2018, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Dunmore Community Center, Dunmore. 499-6703.

Apr. 8, My Spanish Heart: Jazz of Chick Corea, 4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Clarks Summit. 497-9003.





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Apr. 11, Bush, 8 p.m., Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg. 420-2808. Apr. 13, Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert, 8 p.m., Blue Ridge High School, New Milford. 762-3389. Apr. 14, The Drifters, 7:30 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, WilkesBarre. 826-1100. Apr. 14, 35th Annual World Premiere Composition Series Concert, 7:30 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-7624. Apr. 15, T-Pain, 7 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. 826-1100. Apr. 20 & 21, Spring Concert, Clarks Summit University, South Abington Township. .586.2400. Apr. 20, Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert, 8 p.m., Tunkhannock Middle School, Tunkhannock. 762-3389. Apr. 21, Jesse Cook, State Theater, Easton. 610 258-7766. Apr. 21, The Mahoney Brothers, 7 p.m., Lackawanna College, Scranton. 955-1409. Apr. 21, Performance Music: In Concert, 7:30 p.m.,

APRIL HAPPENINGS University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-7624.

Shawnee on Delaware. 421-6681.

Apr. 21, NEPA Philharmonic Chamber Concert, 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church , Wilkes-Barre. 270-4444.

Apr. 22, Family Earth Day Hike, 1-2:30 p.m., Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, Moscow. 842-1506.

Apr. 28, Beethoven: Missa Solemnis - A Triple-Feature Collaboration, 7:30 p.m., The Kirby Center for the Creative Arts, Wyoming Seminary, Kingston. 343-6707. Apr. 28, Nick DiPaolo, 8 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. 826-1100. Apr. 28, Dreams Playing the Music of The Allman Brothers, 8 p.m., Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg. 4202808. Apr. 29, Beethoven: Missa Solemnis - A Triple-Feature Collaboration, 2 p.m., Sette LaVerghetta Auditorium, Marywood University, Scranton. 343-6707. Apr. 29, Hickory Project, 4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Clarks Summit. 497-9003.

NATURE Apr. 8, Take a Break Hike, 14 p.m., Salt Springs Park, Franklin Forks, Franklin Township. Apr. 10, LCEEC Beekeepers Club, 7 p.m., Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, Moscow. 842-1506. Apr. 11, Geocaching for Seniors, 1 p.m., Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 403-2006. Apr. 14, Bike n Brew, 10 a.m.4 p.m., Shawnee Craft Brewery, 118

Apr. 28, Spring into Action Volunteer Workday, 9 a.m.noon, Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 403-2006. Apr. 28, Nature Play Day, 1-3 p.m., Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 403-2006. Apr. 29, Guided Bird Walk, 8 a.m., Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 403-2006.

SEMINARS & LECTURES Apr. 1-18, The ‘60s: Making Sense of a Formative Era, (Wednesdays) 6 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-6206. Apr. 1-30, The Habsburg Monarchy 1519-1918, 6 p.m., (Mondays) University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-6206. Apr. 3, JFK, LBJ and the Paradox of Vietnam, noon1:30 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-6206 . Apr. 4, Autism Speaker Series, 7 p.m., Misericordia University, Dallas. 674-6372. Apr. 5, 23rd Annual ACHE Healthcare Symposium, 5 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 614-3705. Apr. 6, College/University Veterans Educational Representative Conference, 10:30 a.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-4343. HappeningsPA.com

Apr. 8, Build Me Up Buttercup Cooking Class, 2 p.m., Hawley Silk Mill, Hawley. 390-4440. Apr. 9, Crony Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics, 4 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-4048. Apr. 10, Czechoslovak Exile to the U.S. After 1948, 5:30 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-6206. Apr. 10, Trout Fishing in America’s West, 7 p.m., Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 403-2006. Apr. 11, Resisting Threats to Democracy: Lessons from Machiavelli, noon-1:30 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-6206 . Apr. 12, Global Warming The Science and Impacts on Fish and Wildlife, 6 p.m., Lackawanna State Park, North Abington Township. 945-7110. Apr. 12, The Life and Death of Bethlehem Steel, 7:30 p.m., Clymer Library, Pocono Pines. 580- 5353. Apr. 14, Pasta Cooking Class, 6-9 p.m., Lackawanna College Healey Hall Kitchen Lab, Scranton. 955-1488. Apr. 17, Opiate Crisis: Addiction to Recovery, 7-9 p.m., Holiday Inn, Wilkes-Barre. 674-6372. Apr. 18, Preventive Medicine Lecture Series, 5:30 p.m., Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Scranton. 504-9685. Apr. 19, Learning with Nature: An Early Childhood April 2018

APRIL HAPPENINGS Educator Workshop, 9 a.m., Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 403-2006.

Apr. 7, Northeast Heart Ball, 5 p.m., Westmoreland Club, Wilkes-Barre. 430-2391.

Apr. 19, Jay Nathan Lecture: The Rise of Romania: History. Culture. Economy, 5 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-7816.

Apr. 8, 5th Annual Scranton Half Marathon, 9 a.m., Memorial Stadium, Scranton.

Apr. 21, An Introduction to Fly-Fishing, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Lackawanna State Park, North Abington Township. 477-2206. Apr. 24, Plan It!, 6 p.m., Valley Community Library, Peckville. 489-1765. Apr. 26, Strengthening the Global Health System: Lessons Learned from Africa, noon-1:30 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-6206 . Apr. 26, Unique Pathways Program Series- Sandy Gabrielson, 5:30 p.m., Hawley Public Library, Hawley. 226-4620. Apr. 28, Wellness Reboot, Camp Kelly, Tunkhannock. 346-0759. Apr. 29, Max Rosenn Lecture in Law & Humanities: Becoming Kareem, 2 p.m., McHale Athletic Center, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 408-4306.

SPECIAL EVENTS Apr. 2-7, 69th Irem Shrine Circus, 109th Artillery Armory, Kingston. 714-0783. Apr. 7, 3rd Annual Buy Local Spring Fling Marketplace, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center Scranton. 346-7369 x138.

Apr. 9, The Menu - Cooking Series, 7 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center Scranton. 344-1111. Apr. 13, Titantic Dinner, Frederick Stegmaier Mansion, Wilkes-Barre. 344-3841. Apr. 13-May. 3, Spring Film Festival, Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Apr. 13-15, 17th Annual NE Home & Garden Show, Mohegan Sun Arena, WilkesBarre. 970-7600. Apr. 14-15, Wally Wine Fest, noon-5 p.m., Wally Wine Fest , 205 -507, Hawley. 226-4388. Apr. 14, Civil War Ball, 7 p.m., The Century Club, Scranton. 344-3841. Apr. 15, Ragtime Brunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Scranton. 344-3841. Apr. 17, Earth Day Fair, 11 a.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-7520. Apr. 19, NEPA Women's Leadership Conference, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun Pocono, WilkesBarre. Apr. 19, Earth

Day Evening of Environmental Science, 6 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-7669. Apr. 20, MDA Black & Blue Ball, 6 p.m., Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Scranton. Apr. 21, 8th Annual Taking Strides Towards a Cure Benefit Horse Show, Birchtown Stables, Forest City. 241-5195. Apr. 21, Community Caregiver Day, 9 a.m., Lackawanna College, Scranton. 961-7897. Apr. 21, Fishfest & Earth Day Celebration, noon-5 p.m., downtown , Dushore. 250-0853. Apr. 21, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration Holi: The Indian Festival of Color, 2 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-7434. Apr. 21, A Night of Pints, Pinot & Performing Arts, 5-8 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, WilkesBarre. 826-1100. Apr. 25, Math Integration Bee, 4:30 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-4493.

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APRIL HAPPENINGS Apr. 27, WVCA Gala at Hogwarts, The Woodlands Inn & Resort, Wilkes-Barre. 714-1246.

Apr. 29, Evening of Fine Food and Wine, 5:30-10:30 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center Scranton. 344-1111.

Apr. 27-28, Montage Mountain Brewfest, Montage Mountain Resort, Moosic.


Apr. 28-29, 2018 Cherry Blossom Festival, Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. Apr. 28-29, Endless Mountains Maple Festival, Alparon Park, Troy. 297-3648. Apr. 28, Northeast PA Heart Walk, 8:30 a.m., PNC Field, Moosic. 815-4243. Apr. 28, 3rd Annual Greenhouse & Kitchen Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Waverly Community House, Waverly. 586-8191. Apr. 28, Inaugural Scranton Founders Day, noon-4 p.m., Olive Street Trailhead Pavilion, Scranton. 945-8773. Apr. 28, Festival of Nations, 3 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-4160. Apr. 28, Foods of the Delaware Highlands Dinner, 5:30 p.m., Silver Birches Waterfront, Hawley. 226-3164. Apr. 28, 14th Annual Moonlight Walk/Run, 6 p.m., Nay Aug Park, Scranton. 969-7313. Apr. 29, Tour de Scranton 15, 10 a.m., Scranton H.S., Scranton. Apr. 29, National Park Rx Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton. 340-5206. 120

Apr. 3, 10, 17, Underground Microphone, 5-8 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center Scranton. 344-1111. Apr. 6-15, American Idiot, Little Theater of Wilkes-Barre, Wilkes-Barre. 823-1875. Apr. 6, The Cashore Marionettes Life In Motion, 7:30 p.m., K.S. Gross Auditorium, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg. 3894409. Apr. 9, Mostly Mondays at the Movies: Ghost Town to Havana, 7 p.m., K.S. Gross Auditorium, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg. 3894409. Apr. 12-14, Legally Blonde Presented by The Liva Arts Company, University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-740. Apr. 13-14, West Side Story, 7 p.m., North Pocono High School, Covington Township. 842-7606. Apr. 13, The Wizard of Oz, 7:30 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. 826-1100. Apr. 13-15, Chicago, Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 342-7784..

Apr. 19-22 & 26-29, Auntie Mame, Providence Playhouse, Scranton. 342-9707. Apr. 20, The Godfather, F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. 8261100. Apr. 20-29, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-4318. Apr. 20, On Golden Pond Dinner Theater, 5:30 p.m., The Waterfront at Silver Birches, 205 -507, Hawley. 226-4388. Apr. 20-22, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m., Sun 2 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 344-1111. Apr. 27-May 5, Our Town, Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 262-9644. Apr. 27, Gilbert Gottfried Live!, Creative and Performing Arts Academy of NEPA, Scranton. 677-1696. Apr. 28, Jack Hanna, 3 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. 826-1100. Apr. 28, Ballet Theatre of Scranton Presents Jewels, 7:30 p.m., Theater at North, Scranton. 347-2867.

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Apr. 17, Latin American Film Festival: Ixcanul Guatemala 2016, 7 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-7778.


April 2018

30 Days, 30 Homes

Follow along every day this month to discover some architectural gems in our midst.

Every day we'll feature one home at www.HappeningsPa.com as well as on all our social media platforms