Valley Community plans fundraiser

Valley Community Library will hold its 17th annual “Books Appétit” fundraiser, sponsored by Bernard A. Fagnani, LLC on April 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The event is held inside the library, 739 River St., Peckville, with food and drinks donated by local restaurants served among the stacks. Wine will be provided by Maiolatesi Wine Cellars. Bottles will be available for sale. Beer will be provided by Last Minute Brewing. Participants will be able to take a chance on dozens of raffle baskets.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. All proceeds benefit the library, which serves residents of Archbald, Blakely, Dickson City, Jessup, Throop, and Olyphant. The library is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The library will close at 3:00 p.m. on April 28 to prepare for the event.

Forest City hosting 5K fundraiser

To honor a longtime community runner and support the borough’s push to connect local commerce to recreational offerings, the Greater Forest City Business Alliance is organizing a 5K and community walk fundraiser for next month.

The “Forest City Trail Trot 5K and Community Walk” will be held May 7 on the D & H Trailhead on Commerce Boulevard, Forest City. The 5K will being at 10 a.m. with a 1-mile community fun walk to start immediately thereafter.

The first-time race is dedicated to longtime resident and running icon, Donny Teague, who died in January at the age of 91. He was known and will be remembered for his true love of the sport, boundless energy and his colorful and attention-grabbing outfits when hitting the pavement. He was also a faithful supporter, advocate and statistician for the Forest City Regional Cross Country team for more than 20 years.

Funds raised from this race will be earmarked to support projects connecting local commerce to our region’s outdoor experience. Forest City received a grant in 2021 to participate in a program called “Outdoor Towns,” to take a close look at the natural resources and assets in the area and connect them with Forest City.

The 5K race is a chipped and timed, assisted by the Scranton Running Company. Awards for the 5K will be presented for seven age groups, male and female categories. Top male and top female finisher awards will also be presented.

One-mile walkers will not be chipped or timed, but first, second and third finishers will receive awards. Race fees for the 5K are $25 until April 2 and then increase to $35 thereafter. Fees for the community walk are $15 until April 2 and then increase to $20 thereafter. All participants registered by April will receive a commemorative race T-shirt on race day.

Organizers are seeking sponsorships, donations, gift certificates and other items needed for race day. Registrations and monetary donations can be completed directly through the secure race website at To donate or volunteer, email

Chamber of Commerce seeking leaders

Leadership Lackawanna, the community leadership and professional development affiliate of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, has opened applications for its Leadership U program – in partnership with Penn State Scranton.

Leadership U is a three-credit college summer course for high school students called Effective Speech.

Participants will gain leadership and community engagement skills in the areas of communication and public speaking. The course aims to provide participants with the confidence and expertise to engage in public speaking, use S.T.E.A.M. to empower students to take thoughtful risks, and use historical awareness and appreciation to provide an understanding of our region’s past, present, and future while developing financial literacy skills and college/career preparation.

Leadership U applications are open to high school juniors and seniors, charter school, and homeschooled students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The cost of the program is $400. Limited scholarships are available. Deadline to apply is May 4.

Leadership U is scheduled to be held in person at Penn State Scranton, every Wednesday from June 29 to Aug. 10 from 1 to 3:15 p.m.

Upon successful completion of Leadership U, participants receive three college credits to Penn State for a general education, 100 level class which are transferable to most institutions.

Apply through May 4 at

Everhart opens summer camp registration

The Everhart Museum has opened registration through May 31 for Museum Adventure Weeks for children in first through fifth grades.

The museum is hosting the program in a virtual format this year. The series includes three week-long sessions, each offering students the opportunity to experience a new topic or theme that explores natural history, science, and art through hands-on activities, virtual tours and live demonstrations.

Students will have the opportunity to join live virtual classes or work at their own pace using the provided Adventure Toolkits, which include all tools and supplies needed for projects, printed artwork, codes to unlock digital step-by-step instructions and a schedule of live daily classes and discussions, as well as morning warm ups with museum staff.

This year’s programs are:

  • Nature Week: Nature’s Curiosities, July 11–15.
  • Art Week: Exploring Printmaking, July 18–22.

Mystery Week: Fiber Art Fun, July 25–29.

The cost of registration is $40 for those with a family membership or above and $45 for all others.

To learn more about Museum’s Adventure Weeks and to register, visit or email

Museum Adventure Weeks is funded in part by the City of Scranton, the Maslow Family Foundation, and the Overlook Estate Foundation.

Marywood announces summer camp programming

As part of its Summer @ the Wood events, Marywood University will host academic and athletic camps and clinics throughout June, July and August.

Registration deadlines are typically one week prior to the start date of the camp, unless otherwise specified. For more details, including registration information, full camp descriptions, and associated fees, visit

The 2022 schedule includes the following academic and athletic camps/clinics:


  • Boys Lacrosse Summer Youth Clinic, June 4 (register by May 10), 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; for athletes in grades 5-8.
  • Girls Volleyball Instructional Camp, June 21-23 (register by June 7), 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; for athletes in grades 9-12.
  • Girls Lacrosse Camp, June 20-22 (register by June 10), from 9 a.m.–noon; for athletes in grades 5-9.
  • Boys Basketball Instructional Camp I, June 27–July 1 (register by June 13), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., for athletes in grades 2-10.


  • Biotechnology Camp, July 11-15, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; for high school students enrolled in AP Honors biology, chemistry or physics.
  • Street Photography Camp, July 11-15, 10 a.m.-noon; for high school students.
  • Design Your Future, July 11-23, two-week overnight program; for rising high school juniors, seniors and recent high school graduates.
  • Summer Music Academy, July 24-30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; for students in grades 7-12.
  • Summer Theatre Academy, July 24-30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; for students in grades 7-12.
  • Healthcare Discovery Camp, July 25-28, 8:30 a.m. registration, camp runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; two groups of students, ages 11-14 and ages 15-18.
  • Boys Basketball Instructional Camp II, July 25-29 (register by June 13), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., for athletes in grades 2-10.


  • Introduction to Encryption: How to Encode Secret Messages, August 1-4, 2021, 9 a.m. – noon; for high school students.
  • Girls Basketball Fundamental Day Camp, August 1-4 (register by July 25), 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., for athletes in grades 2-8.
  • Girls Field Hockey Preseason Prep Camp, August 8-11 (register by August 5), 9 a.m. – noon; for athletes in grades 7-12.
  • Softball ID Clinic, August 28 (register by August 14), noon – 4 p.m.; for athletes in grades 9-12.