'Outdoor fun this weekend at PEEC' and more

Posted 1/27/21

What's going on in arts, leisure and community January 28 to February 3

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'Outdoor fun this weekend at PEEC' and more

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Chamber of the Northern Poconos membership event, community Awards recipients announced

ONLINE — The Chamber of the Northern Poconos was unable to hold the annual Community Awards Banquet in 2020 but did not want to miss the opportunity to acknowledge deserving individuals. The awards portion will be included in the annual virtual membership event to be held on Thursday, February 4. Members are encouraged to virtually attend that function to catch up on chamber news, honor the awards recipients, listen to a brief update from the Wayne County Commissioners and vote in the 2021 slate of officers and board members.

The Community Achievement Award celebrates those who have made a significant contribution through a unique achievement or outstanding service in any area that provides a benefit to communities in Wayne or Pike counties. The chamber will honor Wayne County Community Foundation Executive Director Ryanne Jennings with the Community Achievement Award. The chamber will also grant Joshua Keiper, owner of Naked Toffee, LLC, the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The chamber will also be honoring Genevieve Reese of The French Manor Inn and Spa as Business Person of the Year.

The general public is welcome to watch the meeting and awards live through Facebook at The Chamber of the Northern Poconos.

For more information, visit www.northernpoconoschamber.com.

Preparing for DVAA 2022 exhibition season

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) has announced an open call for solo, two-person, group and curated exhibitions for the 2022 exhibition season.

The application portal is open now through Saturday, January 30, 2021.

Artists must fill out the online submission form, which includes a bio, artist statement, list of works and 10 to 15 images. DVAA convenes a jury of three to five visual arts professionals to select the exhibitions based solely on the projected images of artwork, so it's important to submit consistent, high-quality images.

DVAA will notify applicants via email by Thursday, April 1, 2021.

For more information, call DVAA’s gallery director Krissy Smith at 845/252-7576 or email gallery@delawarevalleyartsalliance.org.

‘Two Acoustic Guitars’

ONLINE — On Thursday, February 4 at 6 p.m., the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will present Steve Schwartz and Antoine Magliano in “Two Acoustic Guitars.”

Schwartz and Magliano have been playing together for more than a dozen years. Their repertoire ranges through a variety of genres including folk, blues, swing, rock and country music. Schwartz, of Steve’s Music Center in Rock Hill, NY, is a virtuoso guitarist and Magliano, host of the Monday night open mic at Dutch’s in Rock Hill, sings and plays guitar and dobro, an acoustic type of steel guitar. 

Registration is limited to 100 people.

For more information and to register, visit www.ebcpl.org and click on “February 2021 Adult Calendar.”

Outdoor fun this weekend at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is hosting outdoor events on its campus, located at 538 Emery Rd., this weekend.

On Saturday, January 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, join PEEC on a trip north in search of eagles and other rare wintering birds. Dress warmly and feel free to bring your camera. Participants will follow the PEEC van in their own vehicles. Limited spaces are available.

On Sunday, January 31, learn the basics of snowshoeing and enjoy a winter walk through the woods. No prior experience is necessary. Equipment is provided and PEEC staff will teach you everything you need to know. Register early to reserve a pair of snowshoes and guarantee a spot. Cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child.

For more information and to register, visit www.peec.org, call 570/828-2319 or email peec@peec.org.

Virtual caregiver support

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Family caregiver support groups are offered several times a month, providing guidance, community resources and educational materials to individuals assisting an aging or ill family member or friend. Hosted virtually until further notice, Caring for Caregivers support groups are facilitated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County’s Caregiver Resource Center in partnership with Office for the Aging of Sullivan County.

Caregivers who care for a person with dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, can join meetings on the third Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. Family caregivers can join weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. These meetings are open to all types of caregiving (not specific to any disease).

Registration is required to participate in all support group meetings. To register, contact CCE Sullivan County Dependent Care Educator Bonnie Lewis, RN at 845/292-6180 ext. 122 or register online at www.sullivancce.org/events. Meetings can be joined by computer or phone.

‘Thursday Night Lights’

TOWN OF THOMPSON, NY — The Town of Thompson and Holiday Mountain have brought back “town ski night,” now featuring snowtubing and snowboarding and called “Thursday Night Lights.” Every Thursday night from 5 to 9 p.m., town residents can enjoy lower rates on winter activities at Holiday Mountain. Residents must show an ID with a Thompson address to enjoy the deals: $14 lift tickets, $14 lessons, $14 ski rentals and $22 snowboard rentals. Snowtubing sessions, from 4 to 6 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m., cost $14 per person; participants must be at least 42” tall. Make reservations in advance. Masks are required.

For more information, visit www.holidaymtn.com.

‘Madness of the Q’ virtual author talk

ONLINE — The Western Sullivan Public Library Book Club is hosting a virtual author talk with Gray Basnight, author of “Madness of the Q,” on Thursday, January 28 from 6 to 7 p.m.

For more information, visit www.wsplonline.org and read “Sam Teagarden’s back in ‘Madness of the Q’" from River Reporter's Annemarie Schuetz.

‘Family to Family’

ONLINE — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Northeast Pennsylvania offers its Family-to-Family education program, a free eight-session course, every Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

This course is for families, partners and friends of people with mental illnesses to help them better understand mental illness. The course is free but registration is required.

For more information and to register, call 570/342-1047 or email info@naminepa.org.

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