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The Notara Dance Theatre presents the 2014 Nutcracker Ballet. The show, in its 31st year, features a group of professional ballet artists from New York City and more than 75 dancers from the local community. Show times are Saturday, Nov. 29 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 30 at 2:30 p.m. at the East Stroudsburg High School South Auditorium, 279 N. Courtland St., East Stroudsburg.
The Nutcracker Ballet is appropriate for all ages. The Notara Dance Theatre’s version of this classical ballet has been performed for children and their grown-ups for 31 seasons in the Poconos. Officials say Tchaikovsky’s familiar holiday music will transport the audience to a magical land where everything is sweet, with the exception of the swashbuckling sword fight between the Mouse King and the Nutcracker.
Pocono Alliance held its annual Report to the Community Breakfast at Shawnee Inn recently. During the event, executive director Michael Tukeva highlighted the accomplishments from the past year including the 10-year celebrations for the Healthy Start Early Childhood Screening Program and PoconoInfo, Monroe County’s Information & Referral Line.
The Healthy Start program provided 1,065 developmental, vision and hearing screenings for children under 5 last year. Tukeva said they have received additional funding for screenings and hope to almost double their numbers for the upcoming year.
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania will host a folk and outsider art sale from Friday, Nov. 28, to Tuesday, Dec. 23, to benefit the Sterling Strauser Gallery at ESU. The sale will open with a special “Black Friday” preview on Nov. 28 from noon to 5 p.m. at ESU’s Innovation Center, 562 Independence Road in East Stroudsburg.
The sale will include more 100 works from local artists featuring works by Sterling and Dorothy Strauser and many of “The Strauser Circle” of artists, including Victor Joseph Gatto, Justin McCarthy, Jack Savitsky and Joseph Polinski and others.
The Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Partners recently presented their 24th annual environmental partnership awards. The Women and Their Woods (WaTW) initiative, led by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy with Penn State Renewable Natural Resources Extension and funding support from the U.S. Forest Service at Grey Towers, was the recipient of an Environmental Partnership Award. The awards pay tribute to those organizations and individuals of Northeastern Pennsylvania that have achieved environmental protection or conservation through partnering with others.
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Greek Life came together on on a recent Sunday to clean up the streets of East Stroudsburg.
“We care about the image of our community and we are doing our best to make sure that we keep the campus and surrounding areas clean,” Robert Rinehart, a senior sport management major from Brodheadsville and the Interfraternity Council President said.
Rinehart worked with Candice Cantore, a senior public health major and the Panhellenic Council president, to reach out to members who were willing to volunteer their efforts and help the clean-up initiative.
Wishing everyone a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving 2014. Enjoy.
TURKEY SOUP WITH DUMPLINGS
1 (4-5 pound) turkey carcass, sectioned
12 cups water
5 carrots, cut in chunks
1-1/2 cups celery, coarsely chopped
1 large onion, quartered
2 teaspoons salt
1 (1/4-ounce) package instant beef bouillon
3/4 teaspoon thyme, crumbled