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APRIL 22

• The Blooming Grove Volunteer Fire Department will hold a Cuban/Latin night fundraising dinner on Saturday, April 22, 4-7 p.m. at the firehouse, 484 Route 739, Lords Valley (Hawley), Tickets are $12; $5 for kids 10 and younger. Eat in or take out.Call 570-775-7355 and leave a message for: details about the dinner, renting the meeting hall, or becoming a member of the fire department or auxiliary. Visit facebook.com/BGVFD.STA25.

• On Saturday, April 22, law enforcement officers from Stroud Area Regional Police, Pocono Mountain Regional Police, Pocono Township Police, the Pennsylvania State Police and East Stroudsburg University Police will come together to play basketball and build relationships with area youth in Monroe County United’s event titled “On the Same Team 2.” The event will be held in the East Stroudsburg South High School Gym at 279 North Courtland St. Player check-in is at 10 a.m. with the tournament starting at 11 a.m. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

APRIL 23

• Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Route 209 in Gilbert, will hold a free community Sunday supper on Sunday, April 23, 3-4 p.m. Call 610-681-6137 for more information.

• Lacawac Sanctuary Field Station and Environmental Education Center, 94 Sanctuary Road in Lake Ariel will host a spring sketch and stretch on Sunday April 23, noon to 1:30 p.m. No art experience necessary. A guided hike where you’ll learn about Lacawac and some basics of how to sketch what’s around you. For ages 14 and older. Registration appreciated. Cost is $10; $5 for members. For more information, visit lacawac.org or call 570-689-9494 or email info@lacawac.org.

• A fundraising event for the Garden of Giving and their chickens, Sunday, April 23, at the West End Fire Co., 128 Route 715 in Brodheadsville. Doors open at noon and the final raffle will be at 4 p.m. The Garden is a non-profit organization which grows produce and eggs which are donated to local food banks in Monroe County. Money used for care and upkeep of fresh produce and chickens’ feed and supplies. Visit thegardenofgiving.org or call 570-402-1282 or email gardenofgiving@gmail.com for more information.

• The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will hold a charity walk on Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m. (registration begins at 1 p.m.) at Stroudsburg High School.

APRIL 26

The Monroe County Garden Club will plant a tree at the Hospice House of Monroe County, 412 E. Brown St. in East Stroudsburg at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. Everyone is invited to attend.

APRIL 27

The Monroe Animal League (MAL) will hold its spring dinner buffet and tricky tray on Thursday, April 27, at the VFW Post No. 2540, 546 Fawn Road in East Stroudsbur. Doors open at 5 p.m.; dinner served at 5:30, Drawing for prizes begins at 6:30. Menu includes roasted tenderloin with bordelaise mushroom sauce; tilapia fish filet, egg battered w ith lemon butter sauce; fresh mashed potatoes, penne pasta rosa, green beans/carrots/broccoli/cauliflower medley, tossed salad, choice of fruit or cream pie. Catered by Cook’s Corner in Henryville. Buffet tickets are $28 and must be purchased in advance. Call 570-421-7775 or mail checks to MAL, Box 23, Stroudsburg, PA 18360.

APRIL 28

Shawnee Presbyterian Church, 1129 Shawnee Church Road in Shawnee on Delaware, will hold its annual rummage sale on Friday and Saturday, April 28-29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain or shine). A large variety of items will be available. Call 570-421-5518 for more information.

APRIL 29

The West End Park and Open Space Commission will have a craft/gift fair at the Chestnuthill Park, 221 Route 715 in Brodheadsville on Saturday, April 29, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors wanted. Indoor: $25 with table, $20 without; outdoor: $20 with table, $15 without For more information, call 570-992-9733 or bkozen@weposc.org.

• The Garden of Giving will hold its annual spring “fill the truck” event on Saturday, April 29. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Tractor Supply Co. in Brodheadsville,1580 Route 209. The Garden is a non-profit organization which grows produce and eggs which are donated to local food banks in Monroe County. The purpose of the event is to fill the truck with donated materials to sustain the chickens’ needs, such as chicken feed, pellets, oyster shells and flock block. Purchase an item and throw it on the truck. With each item donated, Tractor Supply will also donate 10 percent of the purchase price. Call 570-402-1282 or email gardenofgiving@gmail.com.

• Effort United Methodist Church, on Merwinsburg Road in Effort, will hold its semi-annual chicken barbecue dinner. Menu consists a roasted and barbecue-seasoned chicken half, mashed potatoes, corn and cole slaw and applesauce roll and butter, homemade assorted desserts and beverages. Eat in or take out. Tickets are $10; $5 for kids 5-12; free for kids 4 and younger. Also available is a free delivery option (within the West End area) of 10 or more meals that are pre-sold and pre-paid. For more information call 570-629-1890.

• The women of Faith To Faith Ministries cordially invite women to attend the “At the Well women’s fellowship” on Saturday, April 29, at 2035 Milford Road in East Stroudsburg at 11 a.m. Donation is $15; $5 for youths. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 570-730-4440.

• Lake of the Pines’ community yard sale will be held on Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the field by the mailboxes and community center.

• Monroe County Conservation District’s Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center will sponsor a bird -banding station open house on Saturday, April 29, 9-11 a.m. Now that the Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary has its own permit, it will be expanding the research to include spring migration. There is no fee, donations will be accepted. Call 570-629-3061 or visit mcconservation.org.

APRIL 30

The Lady’s Guild at Our Lady of Victory R.C. Church 327 Cherry Lane Road in Tannersville, will host its annual dinner on Sunday, April 30, noon to 5 p.m. A Taste of Italy is the theme, and it will include full salad bar, freshly made baked ziti with homemade meatballs, homemade desserts and beverages. The cost is $9; $5 for kids 5-12, kids younger than 5 are free. There will also be raffles and Italian music.

• Creature Comforts Adoptions, 820 Old Route 115 in Saylorsburg, will hold a bazaar and vaccine clinic on Sunday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain date May 7), featuring a blessing of the animals at 1 and 2 p.m., a “weiner walk at 1:30 p.m. (bring your furry friends, large and small, dressed in their Sunday best; the best dressed participant will receive a gift certificate. A vaccine clinic will be held from 2-5 p.m.: rabies $15; distemper $20; ID chip $30. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life – Ark of Hope. Cash or checks only. For more information, call 570-992-0400 or email hess444@yahoo.com.

• The women’s department of Full Gospel Holiness Church of God in Christ, 167 Summit Ave., Pocono Summit, will hold its first Women’s Day Gospel concert on Sunday, April 30, at 4:00 p.m. Full Gospel is inviting church choirs, and individuals to come and be an active participant in this celebration. There is no cost to attend; RSVP no later than April 15. When contacting the Church, please advise if any audio support is required for your presentation. Call 570-839-8170 or email at fullgospelholiness@verizon.net.

MAY 6

Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road in Lake Ariel, will hold a Salamander Search on Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Catch, photo document and release species for the Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS). This citizen science effort is best suited for ages 8 to adult. After the workshop there will be a guided hike of the Lake Lacawac Trail. Bring a lunch and water. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Registration is appreciated. Admission is free.

• There will be a bus trip to New York City on Saturday, May 6, to see the award-winning musical “The Book of Mormon.” The tickets are $150 a piece and include the bus trip and mezzanine seating. Proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish. The bus will depart Stroudsburg Weis at 10 a.m. The show runs from 2-4:30 p.m. The bus will depart NYC at 7 p.m. There is free time on your own both before and after the show.Email ronniefight@gmail.com with questions or ticket requests.

• The Wallenpaupack Junior Buckhorns Football League will hold designer bag bingo on Saturday, May 6, at Wallenpaupack High School. Doors open at 2 p.m.; bingo starts at 2:30. There will be 12 games, three special games, raffles and door prizes. Tickets are $20 in advance; $30 at the door.

• The West End Park and Open Space Commission will hold the inaugural 5K9 Trail Leisure Run/Walk at the West End Regional Park on 578 Evergreen Hollow Road in Chestnuthill Township on Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (registration begins at 9 a.m.). The run/walk is open to all ages and abilities and the “Dave Fleetwood Memorial Trail” will be available for those wishing a leisurely walk on a firm and stable surface accessible to all wheeled devices. Dogs are welcome as long as they remain on a leash (6-feet maximum.) All proceeds will fund the West End Regional Leash-Free Dog Park to be located off Merwine-Hilltop Drive. Registration is $20; kids youmger than 10 are free. The first 100 pre-registrants will receive a bandana. Door prizes, raffles, vendors and refreshments will be available. Register at runsignup.com/Race/PA/Brodheadsville/5K9TrailLeisure

RunWalk.

• Full Gospel Holiness Church of God In Christ will hold its inaugural “I Remember Momma,” pre-Mother’s Day gospel concert and buffet fundraiser on Saturday, May 6, at 2 p.m. at the Chateau Resort & Conference Center, 475 Camelback Road in Tannersville. Tickets are $45; $20 for kids younger than 12. A fundraiser to support Full Gospel’s Ministry with senior adults at Golden Living Nursing Home in Stroudsburg, during the concert and buffet there will be a grand prize drawing. Every adult ticket purchased will automatically included in the drawing. A prize will be awarded to the oldest, youngest, and the mother with the most children who are in attendance. The attire is semi-formal. You are encouraged to send a picture of your mother to be shown on the big screen during dinner. If you attend with your mother, time will be allotted for you to say kind words to her at the banquet. All mothers 90 years or over can attend free, when accompanied with an adult paid ticket, please provide name and date of birth, prior to the event. For reservations or additional information, please call 570-839-8170 or email fullgospelholiness@verizon.net.

• “Birds, Hearts, and Flowers: The Art of Pennsylvania German fraktur” is a children’s hands-on workshop and presentation by the Monroe County Historical Association teaching children about Pennsylvania German fraktur. Candace Kintzer Perry, curator of the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, Pennsburg, will give a presentation on the historical and cultural significance of Pennsylvania German fraktur, which will include a “Show and Tell” component. Rachel Yoder, artist and children’s author, will lead a hands-on workshop in which children create their own fraktur using paper and watercolor paint. The event will take place on Saturday, May 6, 1-4 p.m. at Northampton Community College’s Monroe Campus, Kapp Hall, Room 128, Tannersville. The presentation and workshop are free, but due to limited space, reservations are required. The event is open to children and accompanying parents or guardians. The presentation and workshop will be held in Kapp Hall, Room 128 of Northampton Community College’s Monroe Campus. For additional information or to make a reservation, call 570-421-7703 or email info@

monroehistorical.org.

• The Monroe County Historical Association will host a garden sale on Saturday, May 6, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the back garden of the Stroud Mansion, 900 Main St. in Stroudsburg. In addition to plants and flowers from the Stroud Mansion gardens, flower seeds, ground cover and some gently used garden tools will be available for sale. Experienced gardeners will be on-hand to answer your questions. This is a rain or shine event. For more information, call 570-421-7703 or visit monroehistorical.org.

MAY 7

“Let It Be” Mother’s Day Tea and Fashion Show, a fundraiser for Women’s Resources of Monroe County and the preservation of the historic village center of Snydersville, will be held on Sunday, May 7, 1-3 p.m. at The Wing and Prayer Chapel, 120 Rimrock Drive, Snydersville, on the grounds of the Silvery Moon House at the corner of Route 209, near the Snydersville Diner. See a runway show of unique clothing for women and children from local designer Lizzy Tilley, owner of Silvery Moon House, and accessories by Liztech Jewelry, as well as shopping opportunities with other local designers and Rimrock Gardens. Models from PA Dance Network and Miss Julie’s Dance and Fitness will also perform original dance numbers.

Tea and refreshments will be served. Dress with bohemian flair in the spirit of the “Let it Be” theme, and prizes will be awarded for the most creative. Raffles and door prizes. Reservations required in advance. Tickets are $35. Call 607-644-0596 or email elisearts@gmail.com to reserve your spaces.

MAY 12

The 26th annual Kettle Creek Environmental Fund dinner/auction at Camelback will he held on Friday, May 12, starting at 6 p.m. Begin with the cocktail hour, where bids may be placed on silent auction items while being serenaded by The Crop Circle Agents. After the buffet dinner at 7 p.m., you will have the opportunity to bid on items at a live auction featuring auctioneer Brandon McDonald at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 and must be purchased in advance by Friday, April 28. For more information, to purchase dinner tickets or to donate auction items, call 570-629-3061. Visit mcconservation.org to download auction/raffle forms.

• Church Women United of Monroe invites everyone to May Friendship Day on Friday, May 12. St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, at 78 Ridgeway St. in East Stroudsburg will host this event starting at 11 a.m. A covered dish luncheon will follow the program. Call 570-619-5251 for more information.

MAY 13

Lacawac Sanctuary Field Station and Environmental Education Center, 94 Sanctuary Road in Lake Ariel will host a Mother’s Day afternoon watercolor on Saturday, May 13, 2-3:30 p.m. Parents and children will learn some watercolor basics and create nature-inspired pictures that go together. All ages. Registratoin appreciated. Tickets are $15 - $10 for members; $5 for kids. For more information, visit lacawac.org or call 570-689-9494 or email info@lacawac.org.

• Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Route 209 in Gilbert, will hold a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, May 13, 8-10 a.m. For more information call 610-681-6137.

MAY 14

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Route 209 in Gilbert will hold a free community Sunday Supper on Sunday, May 14, 3-4 p.m. For more information, call 610-681-6137.

• The American Legion Riders will meet on Sunday, May 14, at 10:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post No. 927, Route 209 and Fairgrounds Road in Gilbert. For more information, call 570-977-8208 or email everett.shaver@yahoo.com.

MAY 19

The 23rd annual Wish Upon a Star dinner dance and silent auction will be held on Friday, May 19, benefiting Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Live entertainment, food and beverages and a silent auction to help make the wish come true of a local Monroe County kid. The event will take place from 6–11 p.m., at the Stroudsmoor County Inn at Ridgecrest in Stroudsburg. Admission is $65; $15 for kids. Want to get involved? Event organizers are looking for committee members and sponsors. If interested, call 570-341-9474 or email mobrien@pawv.wish.org. To make a reservation, call 570-424-5081 or 570-424-8766.

CONTINUING

Down Syndrome support group Pocono Parents of Children with Down Syndrome (PPODS) meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in East Stroudsburg University, Stroud Hall room 219. Call 570-476-1269, visit theppods.org or find Pocono Parents of Children with Down Syndrome on Facebook.

• The West End Republican Club, meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Cherry’s Family Restaurant, Route 209 in Kresgeville, Polk Township. Republican-minded citizens are encouraged to attend. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. For those wishing to eat prior to the meeting, arrive by 6 p.m. For additional information and directions, visit westendgop.com or call 443-326-5100.

• Big Pocono Ski Club: not just for skiers. Biking, golf, kayaking, hiking, tennis, social events, local skiing and ski trips is what we do. You can too, when you become a member by emailing llasher@ptd.net or calling 570-629-1323.

• A meditation group meets on the fourth Sunday of the month, 1:15-2:30 p.m. at Stroudsburg Library 1002 Route 611. Call 570-421-0800.

• A meditation group is facilitated on the second Sunday of the month, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Women Resources, 225 J. Wilson Dr. Delaware Water Gap. Call 570-424-2093 ext.35 for more information.

• The West End Park and Open Space Commission is offering discounted ski tickets at the Chestnuthill Park office for Blue Mountain, Shawnee, Big Boulder/Jack Frost, Montage and Elk Mountains. A price list is available at weposc.org. Call 570-992-9733 or email bkozen@ptd.net for more information.

• Business Network International (BNI), an organization known as is “the world’s largest referral organization,” works by creating a group of people from various industries and encouraging regular passing of referrals. Each chapter allows one person per occupational classification, and prospective members must be approved via an application process. The BNI Mountain Chapter — Poconos meets every Thursday at 7 a.m. at the Quality Inn on West Main Street in Stroudsburg. For more information or to attend a meeting contact Yvonne L. Reitemeyer 570-421-7447 x233 or visit their Facebook page, BNI Mountain Chapter Poconos PA.

• Pocono Submarine Veterans meet regularly on the third Wednesday each month at Wilson Fisher American Legion, Post 413, Old Route 940, Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania. They are a local chapter of the national organization. The purpose of the organization is to perpetuate the memory of shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. Submarine veterans from all eras are welcomed. Meetings begin at 7 p,m. For additional information , their website is poconosubvets.org, or call 610-681-2606.

• The Golden Travel and Social Club meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month, at noon at the Pub 570, 5261 Milford Road, Route 209, in E. Stroudsburg, For more information, call 570-588-0555.

• Waggin’ Tails Pet Rescue needs volunteers to help save more dogs. Waggin’ Tails Pet Rescue is a group of volunteers based in the West End of the Poconos, who have been rescuing and re-homing dogs for years. Volunteers are needed to help with adoption days, animal transport, fundraisers, and more. Foster homes are also urgently needed in order to save even more dogs and cats. You can learn more about Waggin’ Tails by talking with the volunteers or by visiting the website waggintailsrescue.com. You will find the dogs that Waggin’ Tails has for adoption, Volunteer and Foster Applications and more. For more information, email information@waggintailsrescue.

• Monroe County’s 175th anniversary book is now on sale at the Monroe County Archive Office and the Treasurer’s Office for $10. Call 570-517-3102 for additional information.

• The Pocono Mountain Division of the Fire Department New York retirees will meet on the last Thursday of the month, March through November, at 2 p.m., at the Eagles Lodge at 1210 N. Fifth St., Rte. 191, Stroudsburg. All active and retired members are invited to attend. For further information call 610-588-2623.

• Monroe County Bible Clubs of “BCM International” will be conducting Inter-denominational “Released Time Bible Classes” for Monroe County public school children in Grades K through six. Home-schoolers are also welcome. Free parental permission slips (with schedules and times) to attend are now available for these one-hour weekly Bible Classes. They are held at a church facility near the school. Transportation is provided by ‘Bible Club’ approved local volunteer drivers. These required permission slips and more information are available by calling Jim Ecker at 570-421-9968 or email: jimeckerbcm@verizon.net.

• Western Pocono Community Library needs your help in collecting items for the Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network (PVEN). PVEN offers assistance to low income families or families that have hit hard times by providing food, clothing, or other assistance as necessary. To donate non-perishable food items at the library for PVEN, stop in and place items in the red wagon near the entrance.

• Notre Dame Elementary, 60 Spangenburg Road, East Stroudsburg, hold bingo (all paper games) special games and progressive jackpot the last Saturday of the month at 7 p.m. Doors and Kitchen open at 6 p.m.

• Downtown Stroudsburg will host “First Saturday in the Burg” events for people of all ages the first Saturday of each month in downtown Stroudsburg. The monthly event will include sidewalk sales, food and drink specials, live music and art at participating businesses all day on Main Street and neighboring streets in Stroudsburg.

• The Monroe Animal League (MAL) can now be contacted via email at monroeanimalleague@gmail.com. MAL sells Shoprite and Weis Markets gift cards in many denominations and receives 5 percent from each gift card sale. Also, MAL collects Weis Markets and Kinsley’s Shoprite register tapes and Dad’s proof of purchase seals and receives 1 percent as proceeds of tape total. (You must send complete tape in order for credit). Proceeds collected from gift card sales and register tapes help raise funds for the spay/neuter, emergency vet care and feral cat programs. MAL is also in need of new members/volunteers. For meeting locations and to order gift cards, call (570) 421-7775.

• A noon day prayer is held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Full Gospel Holiness COGIC, 169 Summit Ave., Pocono Summit, (one block from Salvation Army). Pastor is Dr. Leanon Trawick. Call 839-8170 for more information.

• The Barrett Township Historical Society is planning to display a World War II exhibit at the Cresco Station Museum. Veterans and families with the following: memorabilia, artifacts, uniforms, weaponry, newspaper articles and letters, are asked to consider aiding the society with this exhibit. All items loaned will be safeguarded and returned at the end of the exhibit season. Items donated may also be used for permanent exhibit and/or to loan/donate or would like more information, contact Joanne Seese, at 570-595-2694.email joannes@ptd.net or 570-839-9122, email: Leeanne@uplink.net.

• Celebrate Recovery, a Christ centered 12-step recovery program, meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church, 915 N. Fifth St., Stroudsburg. For information, contact 570-421-0750, or celebraterecoveryswc@gmail.com.

• Western Pocono Community Library is collecting grocery receipts from Mr. Z’s and Kinsley’s from within the past year. Mr. Z’s and Kinsley’s donate back to the library 1 percent of the amount of the receipt. Grocery receipts can be dropped off at the library or mailed to: Western Pocono Community Library, PO Box 318, Brodheadsville.

• Fairview Seniors Club meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Chestnuthill Park Building in Brodheadsville. Card games, bus trips, speakers and holiday lunches and more. For more information call 570-629-6757.

• Eastern Pocono Animal Alliance (EPAA) is a Spay/Neuter Clinic located in Brodheadsville and is in need of volunteers. EPAA could use someone to come in one day a week to check in clients, answer phones and schedule appointments. The person would need to arrive by 8:15 a.m. and be able to commit to being there every week. EPAA also has volunteer positions available to help with vaccination clinics and substitute desk work. Stop in to the EPAA office in back of Rainbow Plaza, Rte. 209, Brodheadsville or visit epaaonline.com or call 570-994-5846.

• The Poconos Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network meets twice a month at the Hughes Library in Stroudsburg. For membership information, visit holisticmoms.org or contact Jen at HMNmonroepa@gmail.com or by phone at 570-872-7140. The Holistic Moms Network strives to connect parents, create supportive communities and help parents and others to learn about holistic, natural and green living.

• Operation Touch of Home is seeking the names and addresses of area troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan to be recipients of the fall 2015 essentials shipment. Family members or friends with this information should contact touchofhome@hotmail.com.

• Evening Adult Bible Study Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. Bring PP your Bible. McMichael United Methodist Church, Rte. 715 and White Church Road, McMichael. Call 570-629-1136 for more information.

• The Italian American Heritage Club of Monroe County meets on the third Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Chestnut Hill Township Building on Rte. 715 in

Brodheadsville. New members of Italian decent and all those who respect and enjoy the Italian culture are welcome. For more information, call president Joe Pini at 570-992-2678.

• The COGIC Community Center (Formerly Christ the King Family Center) located in Blakeslee, has a facility to seat more than 200 people, along with banquet tables (round or oblong) for use.

There is a full commercial kitchen also available which consists of steam table, coffee maker, grill, four ovens and six cook tops along with a dishwasher. Matching china along with eating and cooking utensils is also available. The COGIC Community also offers WIFI, a central PA system along with AC/HVAC. Also available are smaller meeting rooms which would accommodate 50 or more people and comes equipped with a projector camera and central speaking system. This facility is handicapped accessible. Non-Profit organizations are welcomed. Special discounts will be given to help achieve goals for a worthy purpose. Located five miles from the PA Turnpike and five minutes from Interstate 80, the COGIC Community Center is located at 354 Rte. 940, Blakeslee. For further, information, contact 570-355-0232 or 570-994-7122, email cogicblakeslee@frontier.com.• Are you a follower of Thomas Merton’s work? An interfaith study group is being formed in the Stroudsburg area. The dates, times and meeting location will be determined by the participants. There is no cost. If you are interested, send your name, phone number and email address to Mel at oneoftheone99@yahoo.com.

• The Italian American Heritage Club of Monroe County welcomes Americans of Italian birth or descent and all other Americans who appreciate, respect and understand the Italian culture. The group is dedicated to serving the community. Meetings are held on the third Sunday of the month at The Chestnuthill Township Park Building on Rte. 715, Brodheadsville.

• Pocono Mountain Bible Fellowship Church will host a free Bible Study each Sunday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Childcare and activities for children will be provided.

There will be a short time of worship and prayer followed by a Bible study and discussion. The topic is “Biblical Themes from the Book of Romans.” All are invited. There will also be a time of question and answers on any Biblical topic, theme, or question you would like to discuss. The church is one and a half miles south of Mount Pocono. For information, call 570-839-6922 or visit pmbfc.org.

• Stroudsburg United Methodist Church, 547 Main St., offers an evening bible study in the church lounge each Wednesday from 8:05 to 9:05 p.m. The study is geared for ages in high school through adult. To register or for more information, contact Pastor Bob at bobshank@stroudsburgumc.com or call the church at 421-6020.

• TOPS — Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter No. 1113 meets Thursday nights at Cherry’s Restaurant on Route 209 in Kresgeville. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. Membership is $26 a year and dues are $5 a month. First meeting is free and for more information call 610-681-6789.

• Pocono Parents of Down Syndrome - PPODS - family support and community networking group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the D.E.S. building, 796 Lindbergh Ave., Stroudsburg. Childcare provided by East Stroudsburg University Special Education students. For more information, call Betty Kiesling (Spanish and English) at 476-1269 or Sue Armitage (English) 992-4886 or visit theppods.org.

• The Slate Belt Band meets Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Roseto American Legion. There are no dues, and uniforms are provided for performances. All ages and skill levels welcome.

For more info, call 234-8745 or visit slatebeltband.com.

• The Forwardian Arts Society will hold In Writing Gatherings on the first Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Tapestry Corner at 779 Main St., Stroudsburg. All genres, styles and topics welcome. For more information, contact ardian@hotmail.com. or visit theforwardianartssociety.com.

• The Forwardian Arts Society will hold Film and Chat Night on the first Friday of the month at 4 p.m., at the Pocono Community Theater in East Stroudsburg. For more info, contact forwardian@hotmail.com or visit theforwardianartssociety.com.

• The Italian American Heritage Club of Monroe County meets on the third Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Chestnut Hill Township Building on Rte. 715 in

Brodheadsville. New members of Italian decent and all those who respect and enjoy the Italian culture are welcome. For more information, call president Joe Pini at 570-992-2678.

• Shawnee Tabernacle, 16 Carriage Square, Tobyhanna, will distribute bread on Wednesdays and Sundays. People may show up on Wednesday from 7:30-9 p.m. or Sunday at noon, or call the church at 894-9650 on Monday through Friday after 6 p.m. or all day Saturday and Sunday. Shawnee Tabernacle also has a helping hand ministry that is attempting to feed the hungry.

• Vietnam Veterans of America is a national Organization seeking new member brothers and sisters from all conflict eras. Visit vva678.net for membership info. The Associates of the Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA) is open to spouses, children, grandchildren or anyone who shares our vision and wishes to accomplish our mission.

• Monroe County Bible Classes will be conducting non-denominational “Released Time Bible Classes” for Monroe County public school children in grades 1-7. Home schoolers are also welcome. Parental permission slips are available for these one-hour weekly classes held at a church facility near the school. Transportation is provided by Bible Club-approved local volunteer drivers. For more information call Jim Ecker at 421-9968. For more information e-mail jimeckerbcm@verizon.net.

• SVPA, 544 Main St., Stroudsburg is holding weekly salsa dance classes and a Latin dance party on the fourth Saturday of the month. For more information, call Jesus Nieves at 856-5067 or Cecilia Goncalves at 620-6432.

• The Order Sons of Italy in America West End Pocono Lodge No. 2725 hold meetings on the first Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. at the Chestnuthill Park & Senior Center on Rte. 715. a half-mile north of Rte. 209. New members are welcome. Anyone who can claim Italian ancestry by birth or marriage is eligible to apply for membership. Anyone interested in becoming a member should Joseph Falotico at 242-2761. For more information, visit sonsofitaly.net.

• The East Stroudsburg Elks Lodge on Washington Street holds breakfast on the third Sunday of the month from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. For more information, call 223-8486.

• Unity Coalition meets on the second Monday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Poconos, 940A Ann Street, in Stroudsburg. Visit poconounitycoalition.org. for more information.

• American Legion Auxiliary Post 346 meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Legion Post at E. 5th St. in East Stroudsburg. For more information, call 424-1112 or 897-6442.

• Holistic Mentorship Network meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Massage Academy of the Poconos, 753 Phillips St., Stroudsburg. The Holistic Mentorship Network supports holistic professionals by providing space to network, build a referral base, mentor and support their businesses, and develop, grow and promote community awareness of alternative services and products. For more information, contact Ellen Suazo at 877-875-9634 or PoconoHMN@gmail.com, or visit HolisticMentorshipNetwork.com.

• Women’s Resources of Monroe County has Domestic Violence Support Groups avilable by calling 421-4200.

• Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered 12-step recovery program based on the eight principles in the Beatitudes to help participants with hurts, habits and hang-ups meets each Thursday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church located at 915 N. Fifth St. in Stroudsburg.

For information, call Dana at 421-0750 or email dana@stroudsburgwesleyan.org.

• Amputee Support Group meets on the second Saturday of each month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Pocono Medical Center on Brown Street in East Stroudsburg. The group meets in the Stroud Room. RSVP by calling 588-3027 at least three days before each meeting. There is no charge to attend.

• Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company hosts bingo on Thursday nights. Doors open at 5 p.m.; games start at 6:45. There is a progressive hit or miss, and a $400 jackpot. Refreshments available. For more information, call 610-681-4370.

• The Eglise Evangelique De La Renaissance Food Bank is open on the first and third Saturday of the month. For more information, call 895-2344. The church is located on Rte. 314 Upper Swiftwater. Road, off Rte. 611.

• Modeling classes available for ages 8-16. Dominique, model and CEO of R2S Management, will teach the runway and provide a start up portfolio for each member as well as community fundraising for charity and a management company casting. For information, location and registration, email r2smgmt@aol.com.

• American Legion Wilson Fisher Post No. 413 on Old Rte. 940 in Pocono Pines hosts bingo each Friday. Doors open at 5 p.m. with games starting at 7 p.m.

• American Legion Wilson Fisher Post No. 413 on Old Rte. 940 in Pocono Pines holds an all-you-can eat breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on the first Sunday of each month. Menu includes scrapple, sausage, pork roll, eggs, pancakes, French toast, cream chipped beef, home fries, toast, juice, coffee and tea. Cost is $7 for adults; $5 for children ages 5-12, and children younger than 5 eat for free.

• The Pocono Mountain Chapter of the Riders Motorcycle Touring Club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. for dinner with a meeting at 7:30 at Billy’s Diner, Rte. 611, Tannersville. The group also meets on the third Sunday of each month at the diner for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and a meeting at 9:30. For more information, visit poconoriders.com or call 629-1946 or 897-5402.

• The Garden of Giving is seeking talented and committed individuals to serve on its board of directors for two or three-year terms. Prior board experience is a plus, but not required. What is necessary is a commitment to the community and a desire to improve the lives of Monroe County residents. Contact Tammy Graeber at 402-1282.

• The Polk Township Fire Co. holds a breakfast on the third Sunday of the month, 7-11:30 a.m. Menu includes eggs, bacon, ham or sausage, French toast, chipped beef on toast, home fried potatoes and toast, coffee, milk, chocolate milk and juice. Call in orders and takeout are accepted. and uniforms are provided for performances. All ages and skill levels welcome. For more info, call 234-8745 or visit slatebeltband.com.

• The Forwardian Arts Society will hold In Writing Gatherings on the first Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Tapestry Corner at 779 Main St., Stroudsburg. All genres, styles and topics welcome. For more information, contact ardian@hotmail.com, or visit theforwardianartssociety.com.

• The Forwardian Arts Society will hold Film and Chat Night on the first Friday of the month at 4 p.m. at the Pocono Community Theater in East Stroudsburg.

For more info, contact forwardian@hotmail.com or visit theforwardianartssociety.com.

• The Italian American Heritage Club of Monroe County meets on the third Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Chestnut Hill Township Building on Rte. 715 in Brodheadsville.

New members of Italian decent and all those who respect and enjoy the Italian culture are welcome. For more info, call president Joe Pini at 992-2678.

• Mt. Pocono Area Monthly Lupus Support Group meeting on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at St. Mary of the Mount Church, 27 Fairview Ave., Mt. Pocono.

Separate teen and adult groups; free and no reservations required. For more information, call 241-9369 or the Lupus Foundation at 1-888-995-8787 or visit lupuspa.org.

• Shawnee Tabernacle, 16 Carriage Square, Tobyhanna, will distribute bread on Wednesdays and Sundays. People may show up on Wednesday from 7:30-9 p.m. or Sunday at noon, or call the church at 894-9650 on Monday through Friday after 6 p.m. or all day Saturday and Sunday. Shawnee Tabernacle also has a helping hand ministry that is attempting to feed the hungry.

• Vietnam Veterans of America is a national Organization seeking new member brothers and sisters from all conflict eras. Visit vva678.net for membership info. The Associates of the Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA) is open to spouses, children, grandchildren or anyone who shares our vision and wishes to accomplish our mission.

• Monroe County Bible Classes will be conducting non-denominational “Released Time Bible Classes” for Monroe County public school children in grades 1-7. Home schoolers are also welcome. Parental permission slips are available for these one-hour weekly classes held at a church facility near the school.

Transportation is provided by Bible Club-approved local volunteer drivers. For more information call Jim Ecker at 421-9968, or e-mail jimeckerbcm@verizon.net.

• Professional actor Alberto Vazquez will teach acting classes for ages 20 and older in the Sherman Theater annex at N. 5th St. and Main Street in East Stroudsburg. Classes begin March 29 and are held on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Cost is $100 per month. Training in the Strasberger, Meisner and Eric Morric techniques. For more information, call 917-331-3850 or visit actoralbertovazquez.com.

• Pabríque in Shawnee-On-Delaware will donate a percentage of sales from its Thoughtful Moments pillow collection to Girls Quest, a non-profit organization that helps girls ages 8-17 become strong, productive and caring contributors to their communities. For more information, call 410-804-1696.