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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.

A Ten Day Festival in Bethlehem has ties to BTE artists

A Ten Day Festival in Bethlehem has ties to BTE artists

Did you know that two Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble artists are deeply involved with the upcoming Festival Unbound in Bethlehem, PA?

Festival UnBound promises to bring Ten days of original theatre, dance, music, art and conversation designed to celebrate and imagine our future together! The event runs from October 4th – 13th. For more info on the festival itself, check out: https://festivalunbound.com

BTE founding member emeritus Gerard Stropnicky wrote the play, “Prometheus/Redux”.  
 
Touchstone Theatre presents the world premiere of “Prometheus/Redux”, an original play commissioned for Festival UnBound written by Gerard Stropnicky. Marking the 20th anniversary of Bethlehem Steel’s closing, and the seminal work “Steelbound” from our 1999 “Steel Festival”, “Prometheus/Redux” asks us how we define ourselves in the face of an ever-changing, ever more interconnected world. No longer “bound” to the steel industry, what has become of the proud steel-worker Prometheus, and our community, 20 years later?

For more on Prometheus/Redux check out: https://festivalunbound.com/prometheus-redux-2/

And BTE founding member Laurie McCants is directing and performing in the play, “Hidden Seed:  Bethlehem’s Forgotten Utopia”.  

Dive into the hidden history of Bethlehem’s birth—  a Moravian Utopia? Multiculturalism and womens’ rights are sown into the soil of our remarkable egalitarian past. Hidden Seed shines light on our forebears’ lessons, and the treasures that grow from our roots.

For more on “Hidden Seed:  Bethlehem’s Forgotten Utopia” check out:  http://festivalunbound.com/hidden-seed/

Classical Pianist Jeremy Denk to Perform at the Weis Center

Classical Pianist Jeremy Denk to Perform at the Weis Center

One of America’s foremost classical pianists, Jeremy Denk, will perform on Sunday, September 22 at 2 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

Denk will also give a free public masterclass on Saturday, September 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Rooke Recital Hall in the Weis Music Building.

Winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the Avery Fisher Prize, Denk was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Denk returns frequently to Carnegie Hall and in recent seasons has appeared with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra.

While at the Weis Center, he will perform: Bach’s A minor English Suite, Ligeti’s Etudes Book one, Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1, Berg’s Sonata and Schumann’s Fantasy.

The performance is sponsored in part by Douglas and Mary Candland and is co-sponsored with Bucknell Music Department’s Piano Series.

Jeremy Denk graduated from Oberlin College, Indiana University, and the Juilliard School. He lives in New York City.

Tickets for the Weis Center performance are $30 for adults, $24 for seniors 62+, $20 for youth 18 and under, $20 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $20 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2). Tickets can be purchased online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

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.

Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble Comes to the Weis Center

Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble Comes to the Weis Center

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque will perform on Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

Jane will participate in a free artist talk, which is open to the public, on the same day as the performance at 1 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium.

A five-time Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the United States and Cuba.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by iHeart Media Williamsport. The engagement is made possible by a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation as part of its Mid Atlantic Tours program with support from National Endowment for the Arts.

With Maqueque, Bunnett has created something new and phenomenal in the word of jazz. What started out five years ago as a project to record and mentor young brilliant Cuban female musicians has become one of the top groups on the North American jazz scene. In the last year, they have played in major jazz festivals including Newport and Monterey, were featured on NPR’s Jazz Night in America, were nominated for a Grammy Award for their newest release, Oddara and, most recently, were voted as one the top 10 jazz groups by the prestigious DownBeat magazine’s critics poll.

Maqueque are:

  • Jane Bunnett, soprano saxophone & flute
  • Joanna Tendai Majoko, vocals
  • Mary de la Paz Fernandez, congas and vocals
  • Dánae Olano Garcia, piano
  • Tailin Marrero, acoustic and electric bass
  • Yissy García Calzadilla, drums

Their third release, On Firm Ground/Tierra Firme, is a bold testament to the strength and originality of Jane Bunnett and Maqueque.

“This band sounds like no other today in Jazz,” says Downbeat magazine, which voted Jane Bunnett and Maqueque as one of the Top 10 Jazz Groups in its most recent Critic’s Poll.

Prior to recording On Firm Ground, the group went from strength to strength touring constantly from Canada’ s Yukon to Colombia, Brazil, Cuba and Panama to major US Jazz festivals and clubs including Newport, Monterey, Saratoga, Birdland and Lincoln Center.

NPRs Jazz Night in America did a one hour feature (“The New Queens of Afro Cuban Jazz”) on Maqueque.

New Yorker magazine piece titled “The New Vanguard of Women in Cuban Jazz,” featuring members of Maqueque, describes Jane’s role as a mentor and inspiration to this burgeoning scene of young women in Cuba.

Tickets for the Weis Center performance are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62+, $15 for youth 18 and under, $15 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $15 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2). Tickets can be purchased online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

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.