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Call for Submissions

The Pocono Arts Council, along with several local partners, will host “The Earth Speaks V: A Juried Exhibition on the Environmental Crisis,” in the spring at the Dunning Art Gallery Northampton Community College Monroe Campus in Tannersville.

Local partners include Northampton Community College Monroe Campus, Monroe County Conservation District and East Stroudsburg University.

The juror for the show is Harry C. Tabak from New Paltz, N.Y. “The Earth Speaks V” is a regional open call for work that focuses the public’s attention on the gravity of environmental issues. Artists from the following states are invited to enter: ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI, NY, NJ, PA, VA, MD, DE, DC. Download the prospectus and enter online at

There is no limit to the number of entries. Students are encouraged to enter. Student: $15 for first two entries, $10 for each additional entry; adult PoconoArts members: $20 for first two entries, $15 for each additional entry; adult non-member: $30 for first two entries, $25 for each additional entry.

Deadline for submission is Friday, Feb. 8. Notification of accepted entries will be on or around Friday, Feb. 15. Winning entries will arrive at the Dunning Art Gallery, on or before Thursday, March 28; exhibit will run April 6 through May 28. There will be a reception on Saturday, April 27.

More than $1,000 in cash awards is available in a variety of mediums including 2D, 3D, photography and printmaking. Awards include: $250 juror’s choice award: $250 Kay & Girard Lichty climate crisis award; $100 Otto Grever printmaking award; $100 3-D award, $100 2-D award; $100 photography award; $100 ARTSPACE Gallery student award; and $50 Origins Gallery award.

To cover exhibition fees and support artist expression, the Pocono Arts Council is seeking sponsorships for “The Earth Speaks V” from local businesses and community members at a minimum $250 level of support. Details here:

For further information, call 570-476-4460 or email

Maple Sugaring Time

Each year the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center conducts tours of its Maple Sugaring site in Marshalls Creek in February and March for schools, scouts, homeschoolers and other interested groups. This is a great opportunity to learn about maple sugaring. Tours include stops at stations providing information on the history of maple sugaring, the evaporating process that we use today, and provide the groups with the opportunity to tap a maple tree whose sap will be used in the 2019 maple syrup production. Dates this year for organized groups (including students, scouts and any organization) have been set for Monday, Feb. 25 through Friday, March 8. Cost: $4/per participant and scheduling is done on a first-come-first-served basis.

Additional information may be obtained by calling 570-629-3061 or by visiting

RSVP Staff Needed

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) offers opportunities to help our community. Friendly visitors needed in Brodheadsville, Kunkletown and Stroudsburg area. Weekly or bi-weekly visits to add socialization to seniors in need of conversation and kindness. Grocery shoppers needed in Mt. Pocono and Kunkletown area. weekly or bi-weekly and flexible times set by you. Clients provide the list and the money to complete this service. Local hospice seeking volunteers to read to residents and provide respite care. No medical services. For these and other volunteer opportunities please contact RSVP at 570-420-3747. the office is located at 411 Main St., Suite 102B in Stroudsburg.

Walking the Halls

From now through Thursday, May 23, several area schools will be open after hours, 6-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, for walkers. The buildings are heated, secure and well-lit.

The participating schools are Damascus Elementary School, EverGreen Elementary School, Lakeside Elementary School, Preston Elementary School, R.D. Wilson Elementary School, Wallenpaupack — Newfoundland and Wallenpaupack High School.

For more than a decade, Wayne Memorial Hospital has partnered with local school districts to offer an indoor exercise option during the coldest months of the year. For security reasons, walkers must be registered and log in/log out for each visit. Logbooks are kept near entryways or school offices. To register, call Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Community Health office at 570-253-8990. There is a one-time $5 fee for badge processing and mailings. Each year, returning participants will receive a sticker reading ‘19’ to place on their badge.

Registration also asks participants to fill out a waiver and questionnaire that asks them about topics they would like to hear more about. For more information, visit

Clymer Library Activities

At Clymer Library, 115 Firehouse Road in Pocono Pines:

• Do you need help with any of these topics: résumé writing, learning Google Docs, workplace skills, business email or job hunting skills. Want to gain invaluable professional skills? Attend this series to learn business-style writing, including emails and résumés. You will receive individualized help to fit your needs. Thursdays, Feb. 7, 21 and 28 at 5:30 p.m. Simply drop in. This event is free to attend.

• Sundance in the Poconos

February’s movie is “Big Fish,” Thursday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. Friends of Clymer presents this winter film festival. Watch the movie and stay for a discussion. Popcorn and treats provided. Registration required. This event is free to attend.

Salvation Army Donation

The AllOne Charities has awarded $7,500 to the East Stroudsburg Salvation Army for healthy food for its Feeding Program Clients including its food pantry, warehouse food distribution, soup kitchen and emergency food distribution. From bananas to broccoli, fresh strawberries to fresh green beans, pineapples, potatoes, milk, yogurt, and so much more – clients are able to make a selection of healthy foods and reap the benefits of unprocessed, nutrition-rich foods throughout the winter months when local gardens are dormant.

The majority of the East Stroudsburg Salvation Army’s local programs such as food baskets, hot meals, nights of shelter, rental assistance, clothing, Christmas toys for children, nursing home visitation and disaster service response rely directly on community support and giving. For information about the Salvation Army’s programs, please call 570-421-3050.

Dean’s List

Melissa Guydish of East Stroudsburg was named to the dean’s list at West Virginia Wesleyan College for the fall semester.