Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble brings ‘Park Protectors: The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers and the National Park Service’ on the road in March

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble brings ‘Park Protectors: The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers and the National Park Service’ on the road in March

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – From March through May, children in Pennsylvania and neighboring states will journey back in time to the 1890s and the beginnings of the National Park Service and meet the men who created the now familiar role of Park Ranger as the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble performs Park Protectors: The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers and the National Park Service in their school. With BTE’s time-tested, energetic storytelling style, imaginative props, and audience involvement, three Theatre In the Classroom (TIC) actors will transform elementary and middle school cafeterias and gymnasiums into the landscape of our first National Parks. Park Protectors, BTE’s 44th TIC tour, is an inspiring collection of stories, songs, and first-person narratives woven together to share the history of these Army Buffalo Soldiers, America’s earliest caretakers of America’s public lands, with students.

Park Protectors was conceived, written, and directed by Bloomsburg native and Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s inaugural Emerging Artist, Dante Green. This tour follows BTE’s tradition of bringing quality theatre to young people and developing and vitalizing their imagination by involving them, through active participation, in the theatrical arts. Shows are presented by actors in an animated story-theatre style, followed by a lively post-performance conversation with the cast. This tour’s actors are Brian Bond, Gabe Moses, and Meagon Williams.

For schools, a comprehensive study guide written from the same material as the script, provided before the scheduled performance, enables educators to maximize the educational value of the theatre experience by providing discussion ideas, related classroom activities, post-performance questions, and a bibliography.

Educators can download the study guide from BTE’s website: www.bte.org.

Park Protectors tours from March 20th through May 26. Booking dates for the 2023 tour are available.

Teachers, administrators, and parent-teacher organizations should call BTE’s School Programs Director, Paula Henry, at 570-458-4075 or e-mail [email protected] for more information or book a show.

Founded in 1978 as an artist-driven, community-based resident ensemble, BTE creates innovative work with local and national impact. Today, BTE produces a lively mix of classic and contemporary plays and original theatre education programs for all ages. For more information about our shows and programs, please see www.bte.org.

New Art Exhibit at the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum

New Art Exhibit at the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, 2 West 7th Street, Bloomsburg, is pleased to announce the opening of a new art exhibit titled “The Abstract Naturalism of Donna Shaffer: Paintings Inspired by Nature.” Shaffer is an artist in the North Mountain Art League (NMAL). NMAL has a permanent exhibit area in the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum.

Artist Statement

I have never felt that an artist could improve on nature, but I have always tried to interpret, through my work, how nature presents itself to me. I consider myself an abstract naturalist artist. Simple things like tree roots, the way water washes over rocks, or the color of autumn leaves, give me ideas for my work. My paintings are inspired by nature’s endless variety of forms, textures, and rhythms. The universe and the images of nature give me an endless portfolio of ideas for my work.

Once I have a mental image of an idea I can begin working to capture the varied elements of nature’s design. Most of my sculpture materials are found in the environment. All types of wood, branches, and roots are incorporated into my work. Clay that is pit or barrel fired is another major component of my work. I am also raku firing some of my newer pieces. Recently, I have begun to use glass to provide color. I am always looking for new materials that will bring another dimension to my work.

Shaffer attended Bloomsburg University and studied painting with Maxine Masterfield. She has shown at galleries and juried shows throughout New England and Pennsylvania. Shaffer does commissioned work and visitors can purchase the works on display at the Museum. The show runs January – March 2023.

The Museum is open Monday – Saturday 10 am-4 pm.

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit overseen by a board of directors. This organization strives to offer unique, sustainable, and dynamic learning opportunities for youth through year-round interactive exhibits, programming, and community outreach. For more information, please visit https://the-childrens-museum.org/ [the-childrens-museum.org]

January 2023 Programs at the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, 2 West 7th Street, is pleased to announce its January 2023 programs. The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is open Monday through Saturday 10 am – 4 pm. For more information about these and additional programs, visit the-childrens-museum.org

PROGRAMS

This Day in History: 1785
Saturday, January 7th
10-12:00 p.m.
On this day in 1785, Jean Pierre Blanchard and John Jeffries complete the first hot air balloon flight across the English Channel. Learn how hot air balloons work and create your own! Included with Museum Admission.

Storytime from the Birds Nest with Miss Angie
Friday, January 13th
11:15-12:00 p.m.
The Bloomsburg Public Library’s Miss Angie goes to the Museum! Join Miss Angie in the Bird’s Nest, the second Friday of every month for Storytime at 11:15 a.m.! November through April. Recommended for students ages 3-6. Activities are included with Museum Admission.

Special Guest: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Saturday, January 14th
11-12:00 p.m.
Join our special guests Hawk Mountain Sanctuary to get an up-close and personal look at one of their educational birds. You will learn about natural history, Pennsylvania native bird identification, and migration information. Included with Museum Admission.

$2 Tuesday
Tuesday, January 17th
10-4:00 p.m.
Third Tuesday of the month, $2 admission all day! The Exchange will host hands-on Art Cart projects 10-2pm.

National Squirrel Appreciation Day
Saturday, January 21st
10-12:00 p.m.
Let’s celebrate by enjoying and appreciating our tree-climbing, nut-gathering neighborhood squirrels. It is the middle of winter and food is hard to find for the squirrels. Help them out by making a squirrel feeder for your home! Included with Museum Admission.

Butterflies, LIVE!
Saturday, January 28th
10-12:00 p.m.
Join Folk’s Farm at the museum in experiencing a live butterfly enclosure. Learn all about the life cycle of these winged beauties with hands-on activities. Included with Museum admission.

CONTESTS

8th Annual Science Fair
Thursday, January 19th
5-8:00 p.m.
Entries Due: January 6th
Enter Online: https://bit.ly/bcm-8thscience
Students in grades 7-12 are invited to enter a project in our science fair, which will take place on January 19th, 2023. Registration forms are due no later than January 6th, 2023. CASH PRIZES are awarded to top projects. NASCO gift cards are awarded to top 3 teachers or homeschooling groups with the most students participating. All students receiving first awards will move on to the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Regional Science Fair which takes place in March.

CLASSES

Infectious Intelligence
First Monday of the Month
5-7:00 p.m.
Monday, January 2nd
Register Online: http://bit.ly/BCM-ROBOTS
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. Class size is limited. Open to grades 6 and up. $140.00 Pizza dinner included.

Hogwarts Workshops
Friday’s; 6-7:30 p.m.
January 6th, 13th and 20th
Register Online: https://bit.ly/bcm-hogwarts
Pack your bags, your letter from Hogwarts has arrived! Join the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum for these Harry Potter workshops. Each class will run from 6-7:30 and is designed for students 8+.
January 6th – Astronomy
Learn about constellations and other celestial objects.

January 13th – Potions
Learn how to develop your own potion.

January 20th – Divination
Study various elements of divination, including tea readings and astrology.

Nerf Modification Club
Second Saturday of the Month
1-3:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 14th
Register Online: https://bit.ly/bcm-nerf22
Join the museum for this NEW club! Modifying your Nerf blaster is a fun and interesting way to expand on your new hobby. When done safely, modding can be a fun lesson in physics and mechanics. $50 for the year, registration required.

Exploring Careers Club
Third Thursday of the Month; 6-7 p.m.
Thursday, January 19th
Register Online: https://bit.ly/careerclub22
What do you want to be when you grow up? In this club, we will explore many different careers through hands-on activities, visits from professionals, and field trips to workplaces.

January 19th:
Meet Daniel P. Lynn, Columbia County, Assistant District Attorney held at Bloomsburg Public Library

HOMESCHOOL HANGOUTS

Homeschool Hangouts
Every Other Wednesday
January 11th- April 19th
11-1:00 p.m.
Parent/child activities are designed to complement concepts taught in the homeschool curriculum, grades K-12. Discounted admission for homeschool families ($5/person).

January 11th: Rockets
Air-powered rockets, principals of flight, air pressure explosions, wind foil design – and many more amazing air experiments will be explored in the Homeschool Hangout!

January 25th: Uses of Trees
Join Keystone Wood Products Association to learn about one of Pennsylvania’s most valuable resources…trees!

VISIT US OFFSITE

Friday, January 6th
Western Union County Youth Center
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 7th
Degenstein Community Library
10-11:00 p.m.

Monday, January 9th
Mount Carmel Area Public Library
4:30-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 11th
Bloomsburg YMCA
4-5:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 12th
Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library
6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 17th
Berwick Teen Center
5-6:00 p.m.

Shamokin-Coal Twp .Public Library
6-7:00 p.m.

Bloomsburg Public Library
6-7:00 p.m.

Friday, January 20th
After School Maker Camp at Milton

Maker Space
6-8:00 p.m.

Learn More: https://bit.ly/bcm-at-miltonmakerspace

Monday, January 23rd
Benton N4C’s
6-7:00 p.m.

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces Gingerbread Winners

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces Gingerbread Winners

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum recently held their annual gingerbread competition. There were 52 entries in various categories. The sponsors for the competition were: Bloomsburg American Legion, The Friends of the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, Fort Ricketts VFW Post 8317, Bear Fuel Service Inc, and VFW Post 821 Berwick.

The winners, in various categories, are listed below.

The winning gingerbread pieces will be on display at the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum until December 23rd. The Museum is open Mondays-Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm.

For more information, visit the-childrens-museum.org

WINNERS
Kids
1st Sullivan Harte
2nd Nora Harte
3rd Evelyn Gatski
3rd Oliver Carney

Family/Adult
1st Nicole Albeck
2nd Karen Rauch
2nd Megan Allen
3rd Weibel Family

Student
1st Ellen Mika
2nd Hazel Gatski
2nd Charlie Olsen
3rd Raleigh Olsen

High School
1st Megan (Central Columbia
2nd Naomi Hottenstein (Central Columbia)
2nd Lizzie Meyers (CMAVTS)
3rd Aisha Price (Central Columbia)

Kits
1st Estelle Shingler
2nd Lydia Shingler
2nd Etta Leighton
3rd Josie Weibel
3rd Aiden German

Elementary School
1st Sophie Kessler
2nd Sutton Sponenberg
3rd Victoria Geissler

Staff Pick
Malakai Shingler

BLOOMSBURG CHILDREN’S MUSEUM RECEIVES $27,500 GRANT FROM PPL FOUNDATION

BLOOMSBURG CHILDREN’S MUSEUM RECEIVES $27,500 GRANT FROM PPL FOUNDATION

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is pleased to announce it has received a $27,500 grant from the PPL Foundation. These funds will support fostering a generation of female mentors in STEM. The title of the program is, “Student to volunteer to employee to leader to advocate: Fostering a generation of female mentors in STEM”.

The program aims to develop emergent female voices in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) with the goal of producing young women who will act as STEM ambassadors at the many events and programs the museum produces.

“Developing an environment of stewardship is something we take seriously, particularly when it comes to underrepresented voices such as women in STEM,” said Dr. Ginny Weibel, Museum Director. “We are thrilled this project was selected by the PPL Foundation.”

As part of this grant, the Museum is partnering with The Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce and the For the Cause Teen Center in Berwick to produce a one-day teen leadership conference open to all high school students in the region.

“Showcasing success stories and inspiring young women and girls is critical in a world where it is hard to discern fact from fiction,” according to Jeffrey Emanuel, Director of The Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce. “We want them to see and hear from Women STEM Leaders in our area who are examples and role models of what they can achieve.”

“For the Cause Teen Center is extremely excited to partner with The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum and The Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce providing an innovative leadership platform for young voices in STEM. Our Youth Action Board members, the youth leaders who lead the center, are looking forward to participating,” said Teresa Peters, Regional Teen Center Director.

The PPL Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. This year, the PPL Foundation received more than 100 applications during this highly competitive grant cycle. The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum was one of 17 organizations to be selected for a grant.

“We are continuously inspired by the caring, commitment and creativity of the many nonprofit organizations such as The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum who make a lasting difference in our communities, and this year’s grant recipients are no exception. We’re proud to support their efforts,” said Ryan Hill, PPL Foundation president.

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About the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum
The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit overseen by a board of directors. This organization strives to offer unique, sustainable, and dynamic learning opportunities for youth through year-round interactive exhibits, programming, and community outreach. For more information, please visit https://the-childrens-museum.org/.

About the Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce
While its programs evolve to meet the needs of students and employers, The Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce remains focused on goals established at its inception in 1992, which are best summed up in its mission statement:

“Working together, the educators and employers of Columbia and Montour counties will ensure that lifelong learners obtain the academic, technical, and employability skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century workplace.” Through partnerships with educators, employers, and nonprofits in Columbia and Montour counties our Foundation has developed programs that focus on leadership and skills development, workplace wellness, and career exploration for learners of all ages.

About For The Cause Teen Center
For the Cause is committed to making our region a place where people are proud to live, work, and play. The organization achieves this by creating opportunities that strengthen local communities. The activities and programs they offer build a positive public image for communities, address gaps in social services, create opportunities for fun and celebration, and support efforts to create new and diverse jobs regionally.

About the PPL Foundation
Through strategic partnerships, the PPL Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that are engaged in innovative and groundbreaking work to create vibrant, sustainable communities; advance diversity, equity and inclusion; and support children’s success from cradle to career. The PPL Foundation contributes more than $3 million annually to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations in eastern and central Pennsylvania. To learn more, visit pplcares.com.

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum December 2022 Happenings

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum December 2022 Happenings

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, 2 West 7th Street, is pleased to announce its December 2022 programs. The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is open Monday through Saturday 10 am – 4 pm. For more information about these and additional programs, visit the-childrens-museum.org

After School Art with Sara Mika
Thursdays; 6-7:00 p.m.
Register Online: https://bit.ly/bcm-artfall22
Join Miss. Sara from Mock Pie Studio for these fun after-school art projects! Sign up for just one class or all 10!
Dec. 8th – Symmetrical Paper Tiles
Dec. 15th – 3D Paper Ornaments

After-School Maker Camp
Tuesdays; 6-7:00 p.m.
Register Online: https://bit.ly/bcm-makerfall22
Our very popular summer camp continues after school! Makers ages 6-12 explore, experiment and play. They are inquisitive hands-on learners who like to try new things!
December 13th: Side-lit LED Nightlight
Create your very own custom LED night light using the Museum’s laser cutter and basic wiring.

Intro to Comic Art
Saturday, December 17th
10-12:00 p.m.
Register Online: https://bit.ly/bcm-comicart
Join Josh, from Flint Comics, for an introduction to comic art with this Saturday’s art class! Choose just one class or sign up for all 3 and build upon your skills. Students will learn the basic concepts of comic-style drawing, such as forming an idea into a page, rough sketching, dynamic poses, shading, and more! Students will go over ways to practice sketching effectively. Each student can choose an art print by Flint Graphis to take home. This class is recommended for children ages 8+

Maple Syrup Day
Saturday, December 17th
10-12:00 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate this delicious American treat. Learn about this sweet treat and how to identify maple trees. Included with Museum Admission.

$2 Tuesday
Tuesday, December 20th
10-4:00 p.m.
Third Tuesday of the month, $2 admission all day! The Exchange will host hands-on Art Cart projects 10-2pm.

5th Annual Countdown to Noon: A Family Celebration of New Year’s
Saturday, December 31st
10-1:00 p.m
Join the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum family for the 5th Annual Countdown to Noon! This is a family celebration of New Year’s at the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum. There will be New Year-themed crafts and games, and a “Countdown to Noon” with special musical guest Kerry Kenny. This event is included with Museum admission.

8th Annual Science Fair
Thursday, January 19th
5-8:00 p.m.
Entries Due: January 6th
Enter Online: https://bit.ly/bcm-8thscience
Students in grades 7-12 are invited to enter a project in our science fair, which will take place on January 19th, 2023. Registration forms are due no later than January 6th, 2023. CASH PRIZES are awarded to top projects. NASCO gift cards are awarded to top 3 teachers or homeschooling groups with the most students participating. All students receiving first awards will move on to the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Regional Science Fair which takes place in March.

Homeschool Hangouts
Every Other Wednesday
September 7th- December 28th
11-1:00 p.m.
Parent/child activities are designed to complement concepts taught in the homeschool curriculum, grades K-12. Discounted admission for homeschool families ($5/person).
December 14th: DIY Holiday Gifts
We will have a variety of crafts available for all ages for students to create their own holiday gifts. 3D printed, laser cut, leather tooling, papercraft, and many more!
December 28th: Financial Fitness
This program teaches young students about money recognition, financial choices, cost‐benefit analysis for purchases, the benefits of budgeting, and the role of an entrepreneur.

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Monday, December 12th
Mount Carmel Area Public Library
4:30-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 14th
Bloomsburg YMCA
4-5:00 p.m.

Friday, December 16th
After School Maker Camp at Milton Maker Space
6-7:00 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Learn More:
https://bit.ly/bcm-at-miltonmakerspace

Tuesday, December 20th
Berwick Teen Center
5-6:00 p.m.

Shamokin-Coal Twp. Public Library
6-7:00 p.m.

Bloomsburg Public Library
6-7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 27th
Benton N4C’s
10-11:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 29th
James V. Brown Library
10-11:00 a.m. & 1-2:00 p.m.