Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces Pennsylvania State Junior Academy of Science State Winners

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces Pennsylvania State Junior Academy of Science State Winners

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum hosts a science fair for local students every January. This past January, 35 students from 8 schools competed in the fair which was held at the Bloomsburg Fire Company. From that, 17 students were sent to the regional Pennsylvania Academy of Science (PJAS) fair at Susquehanna University on February 26. At the regional fair, students from 10 counties compete for a chance to move on to states. Seven of the 17 students the Museum sponsored at this fair moved on to the PJAS state science fair.

This past Monday, May 16th, these 7 students joined over 1200 other students from across the state at Penn State University to showcase their work and compete for prizes.

Philip Polstra Jr. (Bloomsburg Christian School) captured a First Award in Junior High School Chemistry for his project “Acid Erosion.” Kathryn Polstra (Bloomsburg Christian School) was awarded a Second Award in Highschool Biochemistry for her project “The Digestibility of Gum.” Brooke Rhoads (Bloomsburg Christian School) was awarded a Second Award in Highschool Chemistry for “Freezing Point Depression.” Josiah Stoffer (Bloomsburg Christian School) won a Second Award in Highschool Biology for his project “How Well Brine Shrimp Hatch in Different Salinities.” Kaitlyn Westover (Benton Area High School) was awarded a Second Award in Biology for her presentation on “What Fruit Produces More DNA?” Brooke Woll (Danville High School) took home a Second Award in Highschool Behavioral Science for her project “Does highlighting text help or hinder memorability.” Gwendolyn Greene won a Third Award in Highschool Biology for her project “Beet This.”

“We want to congratulate each of these amazing students. They worked for months on their projects and rose to the top level of competition,” Dr. Ginny Weibel, the Director of the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum said. “I also want to recognize the contributions of the students’ parents and teachers who worked with the students and supported them through this.”

Sekisui/Kydex, the PPL Foundation, and The Friends of the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum helped to sponsor these students as they advanced through all levels of the science fairs.

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/

55-Member Susquehanna Valley Chorale to Present Pops Concert Featuring the Music of Queen, Elton John and Billy Joel

The Susquehanna Valley Chorale (SVC) returns to in-person performances this May with its ever-popular Pops Concert on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Weber Auditorium on the campus of Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove. Fred Hooper will return as Emcee and Bill Payn will serve as Conductor.

This year’s Pops Concert will feature the Music of Queen along with hits from Elton John and Billy Joel. The performance will feature more than 50 singers, the SVC stage band, and many of the SVC’s talented members as featured soloists including: Sara Phinney Kelley of Lewisburg, Steve Jordan of Lewisburg, Marina Gresh of Danville, Amy Caron of Selinsgrove and Christopher Lottes, an SVC student scholarship recipient.

SVC Music Director and Conductor Bill Payn said, “This year, our Pops program celebrates three iconic musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries and is packed full with hits that are just a part of their enormous discography. Queen, with vocalist Freddie Mercury, has been hailed as one of the greatest and most original bands in the history of music. Elton John continues to enthrall audiences worldwide and the legendary sound of ‘piano man’ Billy Joel is one of the bestselling music artists of all time.”

He continued, “You are guaranteed a hand clapping, foot-stomping good time as the SVC, stage band and soloists bring this great music to the Weber Auditorium stage.”

Sponsors for the performance include: Charles B. Degenstein Foundation, Charles and Betty Degenstein Foundation, Dede Gronlund, Northumberland National Bank and Joanne and Donald Steele. Co-Sponsors include Patricia and James Apple and Kathy Arndt – in memory of Mary Kathryn Harper. Underwriters include Dawn and Robert Dietz, Anne and Tom Gates and Diane and Ted Meixell.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students; children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased by calling 570-547-0455, online at SVCMusic.org or at the door.

At this time, Susquehanna University’s indoor mask policy states that masks are required in the venue.

Subscriptions will be available to purchase for next season, which includes the SVC world premiere of a newly commissioned work, Love, on October 23, 2022 at Zion Lutheran Church in Sunbury, A Candlelight Christmas on December 17 and 18, 2022 at Zion Lutheran Church in Sunbury, The Times They Are A-Changin’ on March 26, 2023 at Rusty Rail Brewery in Mifflinburg, and Pops: The Music of Cole Porter on May 12 and 13, 2023 at Weber Auditorium at Susquehanna University.

Early bird subscriptions of $70 are available until June 30, 2022. Subscriptions include four tickets to any SVC performance, a “Share the Music” coupon to bring a friend to a concert for just $5, and a complimentary SVC insulated tote bag while supplies last. After June 30, subscriptions are $85.

For more information, visit the SVC’s website at SVCMusic.org

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Expands Summer Programs

Due to the popularity of summer camps, the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is thrilled to announce that they acquired an additional space to host even more camps and events this Summer.

The address of the new location is 1115 Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg, PA, 17815. It’s located approximately one mile from the Museum and is near Incredible Popcorn.

Some of the camps that will be held at the new spot include Lego Construction Crew, Snack Attack-Around the World, Golf Course Construction mini-camp, and Animated Digital Storybook Camp with Rand Whipple from Box of Light Studios. The Museum will also hold a few different art camps including a Fine Arts camp, Drawing for Teens 101, Art Attack for Teens, and Drawing with Annie.

The Museum will also offer two camps where teenagers will learn how to create calligraphy and learn the art of italics hosted by Annie Barnhardt.

From arts and crafts, making yummy snacks, and digital storytelling there’s something here for virtually everyone. Since some of these camps are geared towards school aged students (6-12) and others are for teenagers (13+) there’s fun to be had for the whole family!

All of the camps listed above are going to be held at our new location in addition to the ones held at the Museum. These camps fill up fast, so we recommend you reserve a spot ASAP.

You can register to attend any summer camp at https://the-childrens-museum.org/summer-camps/ or call the Museum at 570-789-9206.

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/

Last Weis Center Concert of the Season is Outside on the Plaza and Features World Music from Colombia

Last Weis Center Concert of the Season is Outside on the Plaza and Features World Music from Colombia

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts will end its spring season with a performance by Chontadelia, a world music band from Colombia, on Thursday, April 21 at 6 p.m. outside on the Weis Center Plaza. The rain location is the Weis Center Auditorium.

The performance is free and tickets are not required. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome.

The Exchange’s Art Cart will be on site from 5:30-7 p.m. with special all-ages activities.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by Jazz @ Bucknell and CenterStage, a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with funding provided by the U.S. Government, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations. General management is provided by Lisa Booth Management Inc.

Chontadelia is a seven-piece band rooted in the iconic marimba de chonta and steeped in the Pacific coast’s Afro-Colombian culture, identity and history.

Chontadelia has been making its mark since 2015 and has been noted for its socially engaged celebrations that voice the communities’ histories, stories, struggles and concerns.

Based in Bogotá, Colombia, the band completed its first tour to Panama in early March, just as the world was locking down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What’s in a name? Chontadelia comes from the fusion of chonta, the wood that the marimba is made of, and delia, psychedelic sounds.

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected]

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Will Host 7th Annual Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire on Sat., April 23

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Will Host 7th Annual Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire on Sat., April 23

Bloomsburg, PA – The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum will host the 7th Annual Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 10 am-4 pm. Crafters, inventors, hobbyists, and artisans will be able to showcase their skills and talents in a family friendly environment. As usual it is free to attend.

The event will be held on the grounds of the Children’s Museum, 2 West 7th Street, in Bloomsburg. This event brings together amateur and professional artists, crafters, engineers and performers in a combination of large spectacles and communal interactive experiences. We like to call it the greatest show and tell on earth, where families will get to experience inventions, creativity, and resourcefulness.

The day features live entertainment, hands-on activities for children, over 60 vendors selling one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, and great food.

The event will be sponsored by UGI, MAKE: Community, and PPL Foundation.

Jen Zarko, from Zarko Hill Craftery, will be demonstrating the process of soapmaking. She says she’s looking forward to doing a cold process soap making demonstration, while looking at the science behind the suds.

Zarko said, “Kids are naturally born artists and it’s so amazing to see their imaginations kick in when introduced to soap as a medium,”

Caeley Looney, the CEO of Reinvented Magazines, says Reinvented is excited to bring their “princess with power tools activity” to the Mini Maker Faire.

Looney said, “Our princesses can’t wait to help students learn how to use their first powertool and show everyone that #brilliantisbeautiful!”

For more information about Mini Maker Faire visit the events website. https://bloomsburg.makerfaire.com/

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/

Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale Announces Spring Concert

The Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale, an educational outreach program of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale, will present its first in-person concert since November 2019. The spring concert, Songs of Spring, will take place on Sunday, April 24 at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 400 North Market Street, in Selinsgrove.

The all-ages performance will be directed by Coleen Renshaw and Verlaine Shaw serves as accompanist.

The Camerata group includes Anthony Franklin of Lewisburg, Tiffany Posner of Selinsgrove, Ellie Schaeffer of Selinsgrove, Mathieu Strong of Hughesville and Sophia Strong of Hughesville. The Valley Singers group includes Maya Caron of Selinsgrove, Mason Clark of Selinsgrove, Madison Leininger of Milton, Alexis Marshall of Lewisburg, Nikolai Strong of Hughesville, Ella Swartz of Middleburg and Patrick Williams of Middleburg.

SVYC Director Coleen Renshaw said, “This concert features the music of spring. We will entertain patrons with several songs about frogs, crawdads, the spring season and a favorite spring pastime on a windy day. It has been my pleasure to work with these children as we learned many new things about singing.”

The program will include the following songs, among many others: Come to My Garden, Muddy Water, Maybe This Time, The Bull Frog, Robin’s Egg is Blue, Singin’ in the Rain, Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz and Let’s Go Fly a Kite. The program features several students who will be singing solo sections, as well as five individual soloists.

Tickets for the performance are $10 for adults and $5 for students; 6 and under are free. Tickets are available at SVCMusic.org, by calling 570-547-0455 or at the door.

The SVYC is currently looking for children who enjoy singing to be part of its program. The fall session begins in August with registration and auditions. Children from grade 3 to grade 12 are welcomed into the Preparatory, Camerata, or Valley Singers ensembles. Rehearsals will take place on Monday evenings and a concert is planned for November. The SVYC singers will join the Susquehanna Valley Chorale in the annual Christmas Candlelight concert in December.