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To have your school, church or nonprofit social event in “What’s Happening,” email: poconotimes@timesshamrock.com. Exact dates must be listed. NO EVENTS WILL BE TAKEN BY PHONE. EVENTS ARE PRINTED ON A SPACE AVAILABLE BASIS. Deadline — noon on Friday for the next Wednesday publication. No faxes or hand-written submissions will be accepted.

DEC. 9

The Social Activities Committee of St. Eulalia Church will sponsor a one-day bus trip to Watkins Glen, N.Y. to visit four wineries and shopping. Tickets are $75, which includes bus transportation and admission to the wineries. Bus leaves church parking lot at 7 a.m. and returns at 10 p.m. Bring your own lunch, purchase your own dinner. Call 570-842-8537 or 570-702-3446 for tickets.

• Monsignor McHugh School, on Route 390 in Cresco, will host breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to noon. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and his elves will be visiting and you can have your picture taken with them (for an additional cost). There will be raffle baskets, crafts for the kids, carolers and story time. The Santa shop will be open. Breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, bacon or sausage, toast or bagel and hash browns.Tickets are $5, $3 for kids 10 and younger.

• The annual Winter Fest and Tree Lighting at The Historic Dansbury Depot in East Stroudsburg will be held Saturday, Dec. 9. The tree lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m.. Activities begin at 1. A Santa Train will run at noon and 2. A dinner will be served on the 4 p.m. train. The event will be filled with music, refreshments, craft making and horse and carriage rides. Pony rides will be available, weather permitting. Kidz Krafts, a silent auction, and a model train display will be inside the depot. Gifts will be available for sale at the vendor booths. Canned and dry foods will be collected for the Salvation Army at the depot during the month of December. Items may be brought to the festival or delivered to the depot from 9 a.m. to noon on weekdays.

DEC. 10

The Holy Name Society of Our Lady of Victory Church, on Cherry Lane Road in Tannersville, will sponsor a buffet breakfast with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 10, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, potatoes and an omelet bar, with coffee, tea and juice included. Tickets are $7; $4 for kids; kids younger than five eat free. Take out available. Call 570-629-4572 for more information.

DEC. 11

Armando Lucas Correa, author of the bestselling novel “The German Girl,” will speak at a meeting of the Lake Naomi Book Group, to be held at the Clymer Library, 115 Firehouse Road in Pocono Pines, on Monday, Dec. 11, at 1:30 p.m.

The German Girl is an historical novel about the ship St. Louis, which arrived in Havana Harbor in 1939, and what happened to its ill-fated passengers. Call 570-646- 0826 to register for this program.

DEC. 12

The Pocono Garden Club will host their annual Christmas luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Peppe’s Restaurant, Eagle Valley Mall, East Stroudsburg, beginning at noon. The holiday Design is titled “Three Kings.” A monochromatic triangular arrangement using colors of royalty. Using silk or fresh flowers an accessory will be permitted in the design. Entertainment will be presented by Byrd Pressley. Tickets are $25 for members and $28 for nonmembers. For more information or to make reservations, call 570-517-9795.

DEC. 14

Stroudsburg Aglow Lighthouse, soon to be Wind Gap Aglow Lighthouse will meet on Thursday, Dec. 14, at Faith Alive Community Church 10 E. Mechanic St. in Wind Gap at 10 a.m. for Christmas fellowship time. Lee Schaible, president of North East Philadelphia Aglow will lead the meeting. Bring plastic grocery bags and Christmas cookies. RSVP to 610-905-8400 so that the right amount of food can be ordered. Donation $4.

DEC. 15

The Monroe County Historical Association will host the annual holiday luncheon at the Stroud Mansion fundraiser on Friday, Dec. 15, and again on Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Stroud Mansion, 900 Main St. in Stroudsburg. There are two seatings each day at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Please note this event will take place in the second floor meeting room of a historic structure, which is not handicap accessible. The Stroud Mansion will be decorated for the holidays and guests attending the luncheon are welcome to tour the museum.

The luncheon will be a hot buffet-style meal catered by Dave Cook of The Cook’s Corner Restaurant in Henryville. Tickets are $25, and must be purchased at the Stroud Mansion. Seating is extremely limited for this popular event. For more information, call 570-421-7703 or admin@monroehistorical.org.

DEC. 16

The Blooming Grove Fire Department and Hemlock Farms Fire & Rescue will help Santa visit children in Lords Valley on Saturday, Dec. 16, noon to 3 p.m. Santa will arrive on a fire truck only at the homes that sign up. Each child receives a small gift from Santa You must pre-register for a visit by calling 570-775-9890.

DEC. 17

Our Lady of Victory Church, 327 Cherry Lane Road in Tannersville, will hold a free community dinner for those in need on Sunday, Dec. 17, 3-4 p.m. Call the church office at 570-629-4572 for reservations and more information.

• The 244-acre West End Regional Park owned by Chestnuthill Township, features a variety of trails. A recent addition is a network of single-track trails to challenge mountain bikers and hikers. Brodhead Watershed Association will host a guided hike at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, for a moderate to challenging hike of about 2 miles, exploring the new network. The hike is free, but registration is required. Directions will be provided upon registration. Call 570-839-1120 or 570-629-2727; email info@brodheadwatershed.org.

DEC. 18

St. Maximilian Kolbe Roman Catholic Parish, 5112 Pocono Crest Road in Pocono Pines, will host Nashville-based Christian recording artist Mark Smeby as he performs traditional favorites and inspirational original songs for the whole family. The concert, “Live Hope Now!” takes place Monday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

JAN. 15

On Monday, Jan. 15, Full Gospel Holiness Church Of God In Christ, 167 Summit Ave. in Pocono Summit, will sponsor, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a breakfast and a local march beginning at 8 a.m. from the church to the Pocono Summit Firehouse at 5335 Hummingbird Drive in Pocono Summit. Signs will be provided to all participants. A donation of $20 is being requested for adults; $10 for children younger than 12. Breakfast will be served to all participants at the firehouse. Make your reservations for the march and breakfast no later than Thursday, Jan. 11, by calling 570-839-8170. All checks and money orders should be made payable to Full Gospel Holiness COGIC.

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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 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.