Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale Announces Youth Auditions on Sat., Jan. 21 and Mon., Jan. 30

Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale Announces Youth Auditions on Sat., Jan. 21 and Mon., Jan. 30

Do you LOVE to SING or know a young singer who would like to be a part of an amazing experience?

The Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale (SVYC) offers excellence in choral instruction to singers grades 2-12.

SVYC’s youth program complements school music programs, giving talented youth singers the opportunity to sing and perform at an advanced level with other highly motivated singers from the Susquehanna Valley. Our singers enjoy learning more about music, improving their musicality, making new friends and presenting a concert for the community.

Rehearsals will start in January in Selinsgrove and we will perform our spring concert in April. Auditions are held to better understand your level of singing ability.

Please note the audition details listed below and call or email Youth Music Director, Coleen Renshaw, at 570-765-0637 or [email protected] to schedule an audition.

Sharon Lutheran Church, Selinsgrove
January 21, 2023, 10 am-12 pm
January 23, 2023, 6 pm-8 pm

Monday nights at Sharon Lutheran Church, Selinsgrove
First rehearsal: January 30

CONCERT: April 23, 2023

For more info:

SV Youth Chorale

Step Afrika! Brings African American “Step” Dance to the Weis Center Stage

Step Afrika! Brings African American “Step” Dance to the Weis Center Stage

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts will present Step Afrika! on Friday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. Step Afrika! now ranks as one of the top 10 African American dance companies in the United States.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by PPL Foundation and the Class of 1953 Fund.

About the Company

Founded in 1994 by C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Under Williams’s leadership, stepping has evolved into one of America’s cultural exports, touring more than 50 countries across the globe.

Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, traditional west and southern African dances and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience.

Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding.

At the Weis Center, they will perform the self-titled work Step Afrika! It introduces audiences to the tradition of stepping through both a traditional and contemporary lens. The performance features nine to 10 artists/musicians who demonstrate stepping’s origins in African American fraternities and sororities while showing the art form’s unlimited creative and artistic potential. Also featured is a suite of traditional South African dances including the powerful dance of the Zulu Nation and the poly-rhythmic South African gumboot dance. Step Afrika! has studied and performed both of these traditions for over 25 years.

The performance run time is 90 minutes, without an intermission.


Thanks to a generous grant from PPL Foundation, the Weis Center will offer complimentary roundtrip transportation via Catawese Coach Lines from Shamokin, Mount Carmel and Sunbury. Patrons using this transportation will receive complimentary tickets to the engagement. Tickets will be issued to patrons upon boarding the bus.

Advance reservations are required by Tuesday, January 31 by calling 570-577-3727 or emailing [email protected] Reservations are limited and will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. The pick-up schedule is as follows:

● Shamokin – rear of Weis Markets, pick up at 5:30 p.m.

● Mount Carmel – Divine Redeemer Church, pick up at 6 p.m.

● Sunbury – 4th Street/Beiter’s, park on the edge of the parking lot, pick up at 6:30 p.m.

Arrival at the Weis Center at 7 p.m. for the performance at 7:30 p.m.

Return trip will begin around 9 p.m.


Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $15 for youth 18 and under, $15 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), free for Bucknell students (limit 2) and $15 for non-Bucknell students (limit 2).

There is a special rate for local dance studios for this performance: Youth $5 and accompanying parent/guardian $15. Use Coupon Code STEPPING at checkout, after selecting seats.

Group discounts are available; please inquire with the Campus Box Office.

Tickets can be reserved by calling 570-577-1000 or online at

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 or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

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:

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

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 []

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


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.


8th Annual Science Fair
Thursday, January 19th
5-8:00 p.m.
Entries Due: January 6th
Enter Online:
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.


Infectious Intelligence
First Monday of the Month
5-7:00 p.m.
Monday, January 2nd
Register Online:
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:
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:
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:
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
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!


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:

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

One Actor. No Rehearsal. Anything Can Happen at BTE’s ‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – Generally in professional theatre, actors, directors, and production staff spend more than six weeks preparing for a show. BTE’s next show throws all that out the window with White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour. Each night will feature a different professional actor being handed a sealed envelope containing the unseen script. From there, anything can happen! The show teeters between comedy and drama, and is not particularly political.

Bravely taking the stage will be BTE’s Education Director Abigail Leffler and Resident Acting Company member Elizabeth Dowd, last seen as the narrators in this season’s A Christmas Carol, and Resident Acting Company member Amy Rene Byrne, last seen in The Christians. Leffler will perform on January 12th, Byrne on January 13th, and Dowd on January 14th. The New York run featured actors such as Nathan Lane, Wayne Brady, and F. Murray Abraham.

As each actor is only permitted to perform this show once, this limited engagement is for three nights only, January 12th, 13th, and 14th at 7:30pm! Tickets are $30, with discounted tickets for seniors, young professionals, and students. In celebration of our 45th Season, we are offering two regular tickets for $45, a savings of $15! Patrons can take advantage of this by using code ’45for45′ online, or mentioning it on the phone. Bloomsburg University students are just $9 with a valid BU ID. Call the Box Office at 570-784-8181 or purchase tickets online at

This show is sponsored by MC Federal Credit Union, Mike and Samantha Capita, Hanna FM, Bigfoot Country, Innotek Computer Consulting, Viamedia, and WNEP.

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