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MARCH 8

The Stroudsburg Aglow will meet on Thursday, March 8, at Faith Alive Community Church, 10 East Mechanic St. in Wind Gap. Refreshments will be served at 10 a.m. Registration is $4. Fellowship begins at 10:30 a.m. This month: The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ.” This Bible Study is every other month until completed. The cost of the manual is $16.

MARCH 10

Stroud Region Open Space & Recreation Commission is hosting a Daddy-Daughter dance on Saturday, March 10, 6-8 pm. at the Chipperfield Elementary School. Music will be provided by JETT’s Musical Entertainment. Pose for a keepsake photo. Light refreshments will be provided. Cost is $35 per couple and $5 for each additional girl (ages 3-12) Register at srosrc.org/registration.php or in person weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Day Street Community Center, 15 Day St. in East Stroudsburg. For more information, call 570-426-1512; email info@srosrc.org or visit their on Facebook page: SROSRC.

• Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation, 94 Sanctuary Road in Lake Ariel, will present History of Ice Harvesting on ​Saturday March 10, 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is $5 (free for members). A presentation by the experts at Ice Works on the history of a once booming trade here in the Poconos. Interact with the tools that were used while observing the process through pictures from the past. Registration recommended, all ages welcome. Indoor/outdoor program please dress appropriately for the weather. Program meets at the Carriage House. Phone: 570-689-9494, email info@lacawac.org or visit lacawac.org/public-programs.html.

MARCH 11

The American Legion Riders will meet on Sunday, March 11, 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 everett.shaver@yahoo.com. Visit ampost927.org and find them on Facebook.

• The Auxiliary of Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono will host a Spring Sip n’ Paint Party on Sunday, March 11. It will be held at the Renegade Winery, 600 Main St. in Stroudsburg, at 3 p.m. Cost per ticket is $50. Your ticket includes canvas, appetizers and one glass of wine. This event is being hosted by The Renegade Winery, Bloom Creative Studio and Metz Culinary Management. All proceeds will help directly fund a Mobile Mammography Unit, one of the many resources sponsored in part by the auxiliary of Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono Women and Children’s Endowment Fund. Tickets available online at Facebook.com/LVHNPAuxiliary/shop For more information, call 570-872- 6655 or email SCNThoms@GMail.com.

MARCH 13

The Pocono Garden Club meets on Tuesday, March 13, at 1 p.m. at the Monroe County Conservation District, located at 8050 Running Valley Road in Bartonsville. The guest speaker will be Nicole Chinnici, director of the Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory of East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. She will discuss “Lyme Disease in Pennsylvania.”

Participation is encouraged in the monthly design titled “Vernal Equinox.” The Ikebana simple design should be crafted from fresh materials representing Earth, Man and Sky in spring tones. No accessory permitted. The horticulture entry would be a forced flowering branch, such as forsythia, quince or cherry, not to exceed 24 inches. One stem should be presented in a clear container sized proportionately. The houseplant entry would be a fancy leaf begonia. Bring in your entries 30 minutes before the start of the meeting.

Everyone interested in gardening is welcome. For more information call 570-894-9639 or email lucyauger@ymail.com. You may also visit the Pocono Garden Club on Facebook.

MARCH 14

Brodhead Chapter Trout Unlimited will hold its general meeting on Wednesday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road in Stroudsburg Guest speaker will be Rob Shane, Trout Unlimited’s Mid-Atlantic Organizer, who will be talking about TU’s initiatives in the region. Admission is free and the meeting is open to the public.

• The Monroe County Garden Club will meet on Wednesday March 14, at 11:30 a.m. at the Eastern Monroe Public Library, Route 611 and N. Ninth St. in Stroudsburg. The program will be “Tea, aka Camelia Sinensis,” presented by Maureen Aronson. The design theme: “The Enchanted Garden,” a whimsical spring dish design, accessories and underlay optional. Horticulture theme: flowering forced branch,

Meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch, followed by program. Everyone interested in gardening is welcome to attend. Admission is $5 for non-members (applied to your membership). Luncheon included.

For more information, call 570-350-8069 or rteets@ptd.net. Visit our website, monroecountygardenclub.com and find them on Facebook.

MARCH 17

Dinner and a movie on Saturday, March 17, at McMichaels UMC, 104 White Church Road in McMichaels. Dinner is 3-5 p.m. and consists of chicken tenders, green beans, beverages and dessert for $8; $4 for kids age 12 and younger. Stay for the movie “Hitch” beginning at 6 p.m. Call 570-629-1136 and leave a message.

• Brodhead Watershed Association will host a hike to the headwaters of Cherry Creek on Saturday, March 17. A kiosk with a trail map welcomes hikers to the 184 acres of the Ridge Nature Trail, part of the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge. After a scramble up to the ridge, stop to catch your breath at the top, where long, ridge-to-ridge views will reward your effort. A woods road trail leads through a field studded with eastern red cedars. Join hike leader Carol Hillestad for a challenging hike of about 2 miles beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 17. The cost of the hike is free, but registration is required. Directions will be provided upon registration.

Call 570-839-1120 or 570-629-2727 or email info@brodheadwatershed.org.

MARCH 18

Our Lady of Victory Church, 327 Cherry Lane Road in Tannersville, will hold a free Community Dinner for those in need at the Church, 3-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 18. Call 570-629-4572 for reservations and more information.

MARCH 22

If you’re swift at removing a block from a giant Jenga and placing it on top without toppling the tower, you won’t want to miss Honesdale Rotary’s Pints for Polio on Thursday, March 22 at Irving Cliff Brewery, Chapel St. in Honesdale. The evening’s entertainment will include Giant Jenga, ping pong, darts and more. Admission is $5. Games, drinks, eats, many door prizes. A Honesdale Rotary fundraiser to help eradicate polio from the globe.

MARCH 24

• Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation, 94 Sanctuary Road in Lake Ariel, will present

Spring Babies Egg Hunt & Hike on Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. A family-friendly hike while we look for new life at Lacawac. Use your observational skills to search for informative “eggs’ along the way. Wear comfortable shoes, all ages welcome. Registration appreciated. Phone: 570-689-9494, email info@lacawac.org or visit lacawac.org/public-programs.html.

MARCH 31

A Pop- Up Fitness Board Session that includes a vision board activity on fitness and wellness goals and a workout session will be held Saturday March 31, 9-10:30 a.m. at the Hampton Inn, 114 S. Eighth St. in East Stroudsburg. Price: $25. You must preregister before the event. No equipment needed. You may bring your own mat. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. For more information, email spitfirbiz@gmail.com.

APRIL 8

American Legion Riders Chapter No. 927, Route 209 and Fairgrounds Road in Gilbert, will hold its annual blessing of the bikes on Sunday, April 8, at noon. The service will be performed by Bishop James Mills.

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 Hampton Inn in Bartonsville. 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.