Category: Bloomsburg

The Exchange and DRIVE host a Strong Towns event in Bloomsburg on November 7th

The Exchange and DRIVE host a Strong Towns event in Bloomsburg on November 7th

Join us at the Greenly Center in downtown Bloomsburg on Thursday, the 7th of November, 6:30-8:30 p.m., as special guest Charles Marohn of StrongTowns.org talks about “The Foolproof Town: Identifying Productive Places”. No cost to attend, light refreshments available.

Among the questions that Strong Towns raises: What development do we want? What do we not want? What does “development” even mean? And how do we ensure wealth creation that benefits all of our fellow citizens?

Wherever you live in Columbia or Montour County – in town, borough, or township – these questions matter to you and to your communities: to your families, friends, and neighbors. This event aims to energize the region-wide discussion so people from throughout the Counties will work together to find answers for each of our places and for our region as a whole.

Please RSVP to Oren B. Helbok at The Exchange: 570-317-2596 or [email protected]

The Exchange thanks our lead sponsor, DRIVE, which serves the economic development of both Montour and Columbia County by providing professional services to help businesses create and retain family-sustaining jobs. Other sponsors include Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc.; the Danville Business Alliance; the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation; the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau; the United Way of Columbia and Montour Counties; and Community Strategies Group.

Charles L. “Chuck” Marohn, Jr., is the founder and president of Strong Towns and the author of Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity. He is a professional engineer licensed in the state of Minnesota and a land-use planner with two decades of experience; he holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s of urban and regional planning, both from the University of Minnesota. Marohn hosts the Strong Towns Podcast and has presented Strong Towns concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across North America. He is featured in the documentary film Owned: A Tale of Two Americas and was named one of the Ten Most Influential Urbanists of all time by Planetizen. For more information about Strong Towns, visit StrongTowns.org.

For more information about The Exchange, visit ExchangeArts.org or Facebook.com/ExchangeArtsDotOrg or call 570-317-2596. For more information about DRIVE, visit DRIVEindustry.com or call 570-284-4296.

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces October 2019 Kids Programs

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces October 2019 Kids Programs

The Children’s Museum, 2 West Seventh Street, Bloomsburg is pleased to announce its programs for October 2019.

Girls Who Code

Thursday, October 3 and 17 (meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays through May 2020)

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Girls Who Code is a FREE after-school program for 3rd-5th grade girls. Learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals and func-tions that form the basis for all programming languages. All while having fun and making friends!

Music Together® Family Classes

8 week session starting Friday, October 4

10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m.; 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

This internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program is led by certified music teacher, Kerry Kenny. Music Together® stimulates a love for music, movement, and learning in children ages newborn to kindergarten and the adults who love them. Wiggling, singing, and laughing with your child is so much fun—it’s easy to forget how much learning is taking place! Music CD & Songbook included. Registration required. Register at www.musictogetherofbloomsburg.com or email at [email protected]

Superhero Saturday

Saturday, October 5
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Meet your favorite Superheroes from the Heroes Alliance. Superhero-themed crafts and games too! Wear a costume to get $1 off admission.

Infectious Intelligence Club

Monday, October 7 (continues monthly on first Monday through May 2020)

5-7:00 p.m.

Middle and High School-aged students will design and build tethered robots using engineering design concepts. Robots will be created to compete in a competition. Sketchup, technical drawing, circuits, mechanical engineering, critical thinking, and mathematical skills will be taught. A teacher’s recommendation is required because of the challenging nature of the club. Open to grades 6 and up. Payment required upon registration. $140/student. Pizza dinner included.

Mini Maker Camp

October 9-11

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Ages 6-12, $30 per student; Camp A: Exciting Excavators

Students will learn about and create a fully functional hydraulic excavating arm. The project is an excellent demonstration of a hydraulic power system that drive real world machines. Students will keep their creations.

Homeschool Hangouts

Every Other Wednesday October 9-December 18
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Parent/child activities designed to complement concepts taught in homeschool curriculum, grades K-12. Discounted admission for homeschool families.

National Thank a Farmer Day

Saturday, October 12

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

From very early in American culture, a farmer’s endless hard work has been an example to all of us, and on this day we thank them for their invaluable contributions to our lives. This year we are especially thanks Rohrbach’s Farm Market. Sign a giant thank you card, learn about where your food comes from, enter to win a bountiful basket of farm fresh food, or tickets to Rohrbach’s Corn Maze!

Scouts Badge: Creepy Cooking

Saturday, October 12

10-11:30 a.m.

Scouts will make edible slime, floating eyeballs, and other Halloween-themed treats. Ages 6+ Cost $15/ student includes fun patch and materials for class.

Two Dollar Tuesday

Tuesday, October 15
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

$2 admission all day! The Exchange will host hands-on Art Cart projects 10-2 p.m.

Explorer Club Preview Class

Wednesday, October 15 and November 19 (runs monthly on the third Tuesday December 2019-2020)

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Exploring Club is for boys and girls ages 10 –17 who are interested in learning about exciting career choices through activities, guest speakers and field trips to take an in-depth look at a wide variety of careers. Exploring Club is run through the Boy Scouts of America’s Learning for Life. $140/ student for the entire year. (No meetings in July and August)

Little Sprouts: Tumble & Move

October Session: Oct. 17-November 7

November Session: Nov. 21- Dec. 19 (No class on Thanksgiving)

10:15-10:45 a.m.

Ages 2-6 and their caregivers will tumble and move, experiencing whole body motion through fun themes each week. Taught by Katie Rude of MomBoss Fitness. Four class session is $28 per family (same household); registration required.

Dino Day

Saturday, October 19
10 a.m.-12 noon

Come meet two life-sized dinos, as our dinosaur exhibit comes to life! Join us for some great dino crafts and activities to learn about these amazing creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago. Learn how you can get Tank or Dexter to appear at your next party or event. Included with museum admission. Electric City Aquarium will be there too!

Kinder Camp

Monday, October 21, 28 and November 4

9-11:30 a.m.

Have you ever wondered what your child is learning through their play? Do you ever wonder if your child is ready for kindergarten? This 3-session camp will help you learn why play is important and how to understand it. Your child will be invited to play, you will be invited to chat, observe and play along-side your child with two local passionate early childhood educators, Jenn Boyunegmez and Lisa Herrald-Doerschler. Ages 2-6, $20/family, register online.

Boo!burg

Friday, October 25, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

A FREE Halloween event hosted by The Children’s Museum, The Exchange, Bloomsburg YMCA, AGAPE, and BTE. Enjoy Trunk-or-Treat, children’s crafts and games, marshmallow roasting, enter the costume contest, watch the great pumpkin drop and more!

Grossology Lab: Frog Dissection

Saturday, October 26

Session A: 10-11:00 a.m. , Session B: 11:15-12:15 p.m.

Join the Bloomsburg University Biology Club for an in-depth hour of hands-on science. Students will discover vertebrate anatomy through a hands-on frog dissection. Recommended for age 6 to teens. Free with regular admission. Seats are limited; RSVP on the museum’s website.

The Children’s Museum is a non-profit organization with a mission to enrich the lives of people in the 10-county region by fostering a lifelong love of learning through interactive programs and exhibits that bring out the imagination in every child and the child in every visitor. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.the-childrens-museum.org or call 570-389-9206 for more information.

October 2019

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces October 2019 Kids Programs

Friends of the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum to Host Indoor Yard Sale Fundraiser

The Friends of the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum will host a yard sale and fundraiser on Friday, October 18 (noon to 6 p.m.) and Saturday, October 19 (8 a.m. to noon) at
the Lightstreet United Methodist Church in the Lighthouse Building, 1640 Main Street, Lightstreet. Drop-offs at the Church will be accepted on Friday, October 18, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Early drop-offs will also be accepted at a truck in the Museum parking lot, 2 West Seventh Street, Bloomsburg, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., from Saturday, October 12-Thursday, October 17.

The following items are requested for sale: toys, games, glassware, household items, linens, decorative items, holiday decor, artwork and art supplies, small appliances, small rugs, gardening tools, small tools, fishing gear, pet supplies, shoes, children’s and adult’s clothing, books, CDs, video games, and collectibles.

All items must be clean and in good working condition. Heavy items and and heavy sports equipment will not be accepted, and Museum volunteers have the right to refuse items at drop off. All unsold items will be donated to community organizations.

All proceeds will benefit the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum’s exhibits and programs.

Funds raised by the Friends of the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum enables the Museum to provide scholarships to its many programs, create and offer new and exciting programs, update and maintain current exhibits, create new and exciting exhibits, extend educational outreach services, and enable continued excellence in serving the wider community.

The Children’s Museum is a non-profit organization with a mission to enrich the lives of people in the 10-county region by fostering a lifelong love of learning through interactive programs and exhibits that bring out the imagination in every child and the child in every visitor. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit www.the-children-museum.org or call 570-389-9206 for more information.

Town of Bloomsburg Creating a Connectivity Master Plan, Invites Public Input

Town of Bloomsburg Creating a Connectivity Master Plan, Invites Public Input

The Town of Bloomsburg is creating a Walk, Bike, Connectivity Master Plan and invites the community to participate in the planning process. The public is encouraged to attend public meetings, take the online public opinion survey, and give virtual feedback via WikiMapping.

The Connectivity Master Plan will analyze existing pedestrian & bicycle infrastructure, and propose improvements to increase overall safety & connectivity in Bloomsburg.

Public meetings to discuss the Walk, Bike, Connectivity Master Plan will take place at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall: 911 Market St, Bloomsburg.

• Public Meeting #1 will take place Tuesday Sept. 17, 2019 at 7 p.m.
• Public Meeting #2 will take place Wednesday Oct. 30, 2019 at 7 p.m.
• Public Meeting #3 will take place Tuesday Jan. 21, 2020 at 7 p.m.
• Public Meeting #4 will take place Wednesday April 29, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Through the public opinion survey residents may comment on current pedestrian/bicycle infrastructure, safety concerns, as well as desired connectivity improvements.

Through the online WikiMapping platform, responders can pin comments directly to a map of Bloomsburg. Responders can mark important destinations, sidewalk gaps, desired locations for new sidewalks, desired locations for new trails, and any other information relevant to the project.

The public survey and WikiMapping can be accessed online.

Hard copies of the survey may be picked up and returned completed to the Bloomsburg Town Hall (301 E. 2nd Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815). The survey will be active until Jan. 20, 2020.

For additional information contact Charles Fritz at (570) 784-4532 or by email.

The Exchange has two opportunities to submit your artwork

The Exchange has two opportunities to submit your artwork

The Exchange Gallery has two great art exhibits that you can submit work to! Show us what you got in Over the Top, and Cash and Carry VI.

“Over the Top”

adj. phr.: to an excessive degree; beyond reasonable or acceptable limits

Now let’s see what this phrase means to you.  The Exchange Gallery will host an open-call show with the title “Over the Top” from September 30th through November 9th, 2019.

We encourage artists of every age and level of experience, working in any medium, to submit artwork that speaks to this theme — and we leave it entirely up to each artist how to interpret the theme.  We charge no entry fee, and you may set the price of your work; as with all of our shows, the artist receives 80% of the sale price.  We accept 2D and 3D works, including installations and video pieces, as long as they fit through the front door (35″ wide by 79″ high).  Work due by Saturday, September 28th, when we will have the Gallery open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The reception for “Over the Top” will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 5th, simultaneous with Artspace‘s reception for “The Texture of Becoming”, work by Deb Stabley, Bob McCormick, and Beth Aten.

And we’ve got panels for “Cash & Carry VI”

Work due Saturday, November 9th.  Show runs November 11th, 2019, through January 3rd, 2020

We have two sizes this year: roughly 7″ x 9″, to sell for $25 (the artist gets $20), and roughly 9″ x 12″, to sell for $50 (the artist gets $40).  You can do anything you want with a panel: paint on it, draw on it, glue on a photograph, knit around it, build a miniature landscape on it, even grow plants on it — and even better, do something we have never thought of!

You may take up to three panels at a time; when you bring them back as completed artworks, you may take three more, until we run out.

The show opens on Monday, November 11th, but sales do not begin until the reception (date and time TBD); as always, at the reception, prospective buyers will each get a number, and the person with number 1 will get to choose the first piece — and if she wants a second piece, she will need to get another number and go to the back of the line.  Everyone has had a lot of fun with this every year, and we look forward to another lively reception this year.

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces September 2019 Kids Programs

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces September 2019 Kids Programs

The Children’s Museum, 2 West Seventh Street, Bloomsburg is pleased to announce its programs for September 2019.

Saturday, September 7, 10 a.m.-12 noon

Mini Petting Zoo

Do you love animals? Get up close and hands-on with various warm and furry critters while learning about them too. Included with Museum admission.

Saturday, September 7, 6-9 p.m.

Night at the Museum Gala

Join us for this adults-only gathering to benefit the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum! This special event will be held on-site: both inside the Children’s Museum and under a tent on Center Street. This event will feature: live jazz music from Steve Adams Trio, a DJ from 94KX, dancing, kid-themed appetizers from Edith’s Catering, themed mocktails created by Weis Markets, local beer from Turkey Hill Brewing Company, local wine from Freas Farm Winery, qualified babysitting with a themed craft at the nearby YMCA, silent auction + selected exhibits will “come alive” with live actors. Info and tickets: https://the-childrens-museum.org/gala/

Friday, September 13, 6-8 p.m.

Families with Special Needs Night

During this unique program, the museum is open just for families with special needs. Extra staff will be on hand to help you and your family get the most out of the Museum’s exhibits and activities. Admission is FREE for families with special needs members. All ages welcome.

Tuesday, September 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Two Dollar Tuesday

$2 admission all day! The Exchange will host hands-on Art Cart projects 10-2 p.m.

September 21-28

Museum Closed for Refurbishment

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum will be closed the week of September 21-28 for refurbishment. We will reopen on Tuesday, October 1.

COMING SOON
Superhero Saturday

Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dino Day

Saturday, October 19, 10 a.m.-12 noon

The Children’s Museum is a non-profit organization with a mission to enrich the lives of people in the 10-county region by fostering a lifelong love of learning through interactive programs and exhibits that bring out the imagination in every child and the child in every visitor. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.the-childrens-museum.org or call 570-389-9206 for more information.

September 2019