East Stroudsburg University (ESU) of Pennsylvania is starting the conversation.
The third annual One Book, One Campus initiative is focusing on a book that takes its readers on a thought-provoking journey through a ficticious world of cultural and racial alienation. “Your Face in Mine” by Jess Row tells the story of Martin Wilkinson, who pays a hefty sum to undergo something called racial reassignment surgery, to transform from a white Jewish man to an African American. This year’s One Book, One Campus theme is “Diversity: Where are we going?”
The Last Fling Pumpkin Sling landed at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond for the first time last year and it returns again Columbus weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 10-11.
“More than 25 teams will once again be competing in the kids and adults divisions, with their trebuchets and catapults launching pumpkins over a thousand feet,” explained Giulia Grotenhuis, organizer of the event.
Slinging pumpkins through the air has become a very popular pass time and this year the Pumpkin Sling is one of two sanctioned Punkin’ Chunkin’ events. Teams will not only be competing for Pumpkin Sling bragging rights, but qualified teams will have their distances submitted for 2015 world championship ranking.
The 41st annual Harvest Festival, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm. This year’s theme is “Green is our Valley – Homesteading.”
In addition to demonstrations and displays dealing with the theme, there will be plenty of traditional skills and heritage crafts demonstrated such as spinning, weaving, broom making, scrapple making, apple butter making, basket making, candle making. There will also be plenty of folk entertainment, good country food, children’s activities, pumpkin decorating, a quilt raffle, pony rides, horse drawn wagon rides, one-room schoolhouse presentation, an outdoor brick bake oven and much more.
October events at Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), 538 Emery Road in Dingmans Ferry. Pre-registration is requested unless otherwise noted.
Fall Photography Weekend, Friday through Sunday. Oct. 2-4. $270 / $220 commuter rate. Join Del Morgan, professional fine art photographer and educator, for a weekend dedicated to understanding and developing the skills necessary for creating visually stunning images. Explore and learn about visual design, composition, exposure and more as you explore and photograph the natural beauty of PEEC’s fall foliage season and surrounding Pocono Mountain areas. A tripod is recommended but not required. Includes two nights lodging and meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch.
2015 Kia Sedona Minivan
Entry Price: $26,100
Price as tested: $43,295
We’re behind the wheel of the 2015 Kia Sedona minivan this week, which receives a complete revamp this year and delivers outstanding value and amenities regardless of model chosen. From the entry L (starts at just $26,100) to top line SX-Limited, (starts at $39,700) consumers will be amazed at how far Kia minivans have come.
This summer Penn State awarded approximately 3,105 diplomas University-wide to students who completed 217 associate, 1,770 baccalaureate, 858 master’s, four law and 256 doctoral degrees, bringing the University’s total number of diplomas granted to an expected 762,733 since its founding in 1855. Among them were: Ty E. Evans of Roaring Brook, Martin V. Tucky of Roaring Brook and Arkadiusz Zwiercan of Moscow.
The Pocono Arts Council will offer the following classes during the month of October. Classes unless noted otherwise, are held at the PoconoArts Cultural Center, 18 N. 7th St., Stroudsburg. To register call PoconoArts at 570-476-4460 or register online at poconoarts.org.
ONGOING ADULT CLASSES
Oil Painting, Thursdays 6:30 p.m.
This ongoing workshop focuses on the individual, helping them to develop their own personal style and technique working with the oil medium. Tuition: member $75/non-member $85: senior member $65/non-member $75