EDITOR JULIE IMEL DISHES THE NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Lace up your sneakers
If you need to work off all those butter cookies and chocolate martinis you consumed over the holidays, then grab your Nikes and head to Petersburg Corners after work on Thursday. A group of runners, including Mayor Chris Doherty, will start a new tradition in the Electric City as they “Run Around Scranton” every Thursday at 6 p.m. This week, they’ll meet at Bar Hill, 1431 Ash St. There’s no fee to join in the fun. Just show up and run like your Dance Pants are on fire!
Love the river? Vote for it!
The Lackawanna River Corridor Association is working with Riverside High School and the Lackawanna County Commissioners to promote the Lackawanna River as “Pennsylvania River of the Year”. The Lackawanna River is competing against the Kiskimenitas River, Swatara Creek, Schuylkill River, Juniata River and Monongahela River for this title. If you’d like to lend your support to online voting at http://pawatersheds.org/vote/ will be open until midnight on Jan. 18.
Sink Your Teeth Into This
Calling all filmmakers: the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple is a holding a contest for short vampire videos. The 3 to 5 minute video must have a general theme of Dracula and/or vampires, but beyond that, organizers suggest you let your creativity run vild. The contest is part of “Virst Vriday: Vhat is a Vampire?” a special event presented by the Scranton Cultural Center, Everhart Museum and the Lackawanna County Library System. The collaboration is inspired by the upcoming Everhart Museum Exhibit, Blood is the Life: Vampires in Art and Nature, which opens in February.
“Virst Vriday” at the Cultural Center on Feb. 1 will include: a showing of the winning Vampire inspired short-videos, art work depicting Dracula, and concludes with a screening of the classic silent film Nosferatu.
In addition to the video contest, the Everhart Museum and the Lackawanna County Library System are seeking drawing or mixed media pieces that illustrate your best interpretation of vampires. Winners of the video/visual contests will have their pieces featured prior to the film, and will receive a one year individual membership to the Everhart Museum and tickets to the March 12 film lecture entitled “How to Produce an Independent Film with No Budget” presented by JVW Inc. and the Scranton Cultural Center.
For a complete a list of entry rules and information on how to submit your video visit www.scrantonculturalcenter.org/virst-vriday-contest. The deadline for submission is January 24. So vhat are you vaiting for?
Fine Arts Fiesta Applications
It may seem early to think about the Fine Arts Fiesta, an annual tradition in the Diamond City we look forward to each May, but the time is now if you’re an artist interested in submitting work to the show. Organizers just announced the updated festival application is now available online, and applications will be accepted through Jan. 31. The Artists’ Market will be held May 16 to 19 on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre. For an application and more information, visit http://fineartsfiesta.org/strut-your-stuff/artists-market/.
Networking in the New Year
We’re pleased to share some great news for professionals in the Wyoming Valley who want to stay connected with each other — the Wilkes-Barre Power! chapter has been relaunched with new energy and new direction. All are invited to kick off 2013 with a networking mixer hosted by Wilkes-Barre Power! on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. at the River Grille, 670 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. To learn more, visit Wilkes-Barre Power! on Facebook.
That’s the scoop! Thanks for reading, and I’ll meet you here again next week.
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