Wednesdays throughout June 22 & 29: Public Bog Walks: Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. June is the month for the widest variety of flowers blooming in the bog. Join an Environmental Educator at 1pm at the Bog parking lot and take a 2 ½ hour guided journey into the unique Tannersville Cranberry Bog. Along the way, our Environmental Educators will explain the Bog’s formation, its interesting plant and animal life, and the role the local Preserve Committee and the Nature Conservancy play in its continued protection. Please wear appropriate footwear. Cost: $6/non-members, $4/EE and Nature Conservancy members and children under 12. Pre-registration is required and limited. Directions: Route 611, at the light at the Tannersville Inn turn onto Cherry Lane Rd. The bog parking lot is 1.9 miles from 611 on the right.
Wednesday, June 22: from 6:00 to 7:30pm, Graphic Novel Book Club at Pocono Mountain Public Library, Tobyhanna, 570-894-8860. Join Gino and company for a lively discussion on comics and graphic novels. Bring in your favorite graphic novel and tell us about it! It’ll be a great way to meet new people and hear about interesting comics that you might not have heard about otherwise. Registration required. See you there!
Thursday, June 23: from 10:30 to 11:30am, Meditation Workshop at Pocono Mountain Public Library, Tobyhanna, 570-894-8860 ext. 4. Join Ananda certified meditation instructor, Bev Abel, for meditation classes to help you de-stress and relieve tension. Learn techniques to begin feeling more centered and calm. Meditation creates space in the body and mind to make you more relaxed and at peace. Free. Registration is required.
Thursday, June 23: from 10:30 to 11:30am, Geisinger Nutrition Program at Pocono Mountain Public Library, Tobyhanna, 570-894-8860 ext. 4. Join the Health Team at PMPL and learn how to eat nutritious foods this summer and take care of your health. It is never too late to be a Nutrition Hero! All ages!
Saturdays, June 25: Bridge the Gap Day Paddle, Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) Join PEEC for this free paddle down the Delaware! Bring a lunch and a water bottle and dress for the weather. We will provide extra water and snacks. Choose between a canoe or kayak. Please register as soon as possible as space is limited. Funding for this program provided by the William Penn Foundation. Call for details. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday, June 25: Lacawac’s Amazing GeoRace, Lacawac Sanctuary, Lake Ariel. lacawac.org. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Lacawac’s Amazing GeoRace takes geocachers on an adventure solving puzzles, finding containers and earning points while discovering natural and historic features on the sanctuary’s property.Register your team before race day and earn 1 bonus point! Tickets at lacawacgeocrace2016.bpt.me. Cost: $40 for a team of 4-6
Saturday, June 25: from 1:00 to 3:00pm, Summer Dance Party at Pocono Mountain Public Library, Tobyhanna, 570-894-8860. Celebrate the beginning of summer with all of your library friends. Play games, learn the chicken dance, the Macarena, the Cha-Cha, and the Electric Slide. Free. Registration required. Kids of all ages welcomed.
Saturday, June 26: Wellness in Nature, Lacawac Sanctuary, Lake Ariel. lacawac.org. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Take time to reconnect with nature and your natural self during a practical workshop on the science of self-healing. Yoga, meditation, edible plants and medicinal herbs are at the foundation of reestablishing your bond with the earth. Medicinal plants walk with Nathaniel Whitmore, Ayurveda with Sheela Porter-Smith, yoga by Roots Yoga and cooking by Anthill Farms. Registration is limited.RSVP by Wednesday, June 22.Cost: $30. Members: $25
Saturday, July 2: Gyps-in Time for a Picnic, Lacawac Sanctuary, Lake Ariel. lacawac.org. 10 a.m. to noon. Discover the facts about gypsy moths from a DCNR Service Forester. We’ll take a short walk to look for signs of gypsy moths and make a burlap tree trap for participants to take home.Registration is limited. RSVP Friday, July 1. Cost: $5. Members: Free
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Tuesday, July 5th from 10:00 to 12:30pm, Table Top Time at Pocono Mountain Public Library, Tobyhanna, 570-894-8860. Join us for fun and games with old and new friends at the Library. When it’s hot and sticky out this summer, come and spend some cool time in the library. We’ll set out fun games and activities to choose, like Scrabble, checkers, chess, puzzles, Keva blocks, Q-bitz, coloring pages, Sudoku, crosswords and more! No registration required.
Wednesday, July 6th from 2:00 to 4:00pm, Magic Show with Bob Conrad at Pocono Mountain Public Library, Tobyhanna, 570-894-8860. Magician Bob will use magic to bring storybook heroes alive for kids of all ages. This show is guaranteed to fill with wonder and astonishment. Registration required.
Wednesday, July 6th from 6:00 to 7:30pm, DIY Workshop: Decorative Mod Podge Hanger at Pocono Mountain Public Library, Tobyhanna, 570-894-8860. Let craft artist Susan Field show you how to turn wooden hangers into works of art using decorative paper, paint, and mod podge. Pre-registration is required and is open to adults ages 16 and up. All materials will be supplied by the library.
Thursday, July 7th from 10:30 to 12:30pm, Nascar Pace Car at Pocono Mountain Public Library, Tobyhanna, 570-894-8860. Join us in PMPL’s parking lot to see the Pocono Raceway Pace Car! This year we are excited to see Tricky the Mascot of Pocono Raceway. Please bring your camera and listen to wonderful facts about this important car and how the raceway continues to bring Nascar fans into our area from all over the country. All ages.
Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 6:30-8:30pm, Pocono Arts Council, Stroudsburg, 570-476-4460, poconoarts.org. Oil Painting with John McAllister-This ongoing workshop focuses on the individual, helping them to develop their own personal style and technique working with the oil medium. Learn how to develop your painting by understanding drawing and composition, light and shadow, color, preparation of materials and the application of paint. Working at your own pace, you pick the subject while the instructor guides you through the painting process. Tuition: Member $75/Non-Member $85: Senior Member $65/Non-Member $75
Saturday, July 9, Children’s Artist a Day Series: Artist Salvator Dali, 1-3 p.m., Pocono Arts Council, Stroudsburg, 570-476-4460, poconoarts.org. Kids grades 3 to 6 will talk about their dreams and what’s important to them in their personal lives and paint their distorted dreams as did Dali with surrealism. Tuition: $30
Saturday, July 9: Unearth Your Inner Artist for Adults, Lacawac Sanctuary, Lake Ariel. lacawac.org. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn the basics of drawing with graphite and colored pencils in a fun and stress-free environment. We’ll take those skills outside to capture the beauty of Lacawac with assisted landscape drawing. No experience necessary! Registration is limited. Cost: $25. Members: $20
Saturday, July 9th from 1:30 to 3:30pm, Wills Mansion Tour with Sue at Coolbaugh Historical Museum, Tobyhanna, 570-894-8860. Meet Miss Sue at the Coolbaugh Historical Museum across from the Library for a fun tour of this exciting mansion donated by Ann Wills to Coolbaugh Township. It is a historic landmark and you will learn fascinating information about this area in the Poconos. Tour is educational and fun. All ages. Please register.
Sundays, July 10, 17, 24 & 31 from 1-4 pm, Intermediate Watercolor, Pocono Arts Council, Stroudsburg, 570-476-4460, poconoarts.org. Instructor Joan Raushi will cover composition, how to avoid “making mud”, rules of portraiture, using a photograph and various textures, along with other varied techniques. Tuition: Member $100/Non-Member $110: Senior Member $90/Non-Member $100
Sunday, July 10: The Young Geezers American Music Concert, Lacawac Sanctuary, Lake Ariel. lacawac.org. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. This charming and melodic folk, gospel and bluegrass trio has been filling the house at Lacawac for years. Their programs of American music offer an intriguing mix of great vocal harmonies and fine acoustic instrumentation, plus anecdotes to amuse. Registration appreciated. Cost: $15. Members: $10
Monday, July 11, Charcoal & Conte Crayon Drawing, 1-4 p.m., Pocono Arts Council, Stroudsburg, 570-476-4460, poconoarts.org. Learn to draw the way the Masters did using charcoal first and then graduating to conte crayon. These mediums each have their own identity and special properties. Join the journey! Tuition: Member $30/Non-Member $40: Senior Member $20/Non-Member $30
Tuesday, July 12, Blues Guitar, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Pocono Arts Council, Stroudsburg, 570-476-4460, poconoarts.org. Join Spencer Reed for this workshop will provide a practical, hands-on approach to jamming. Attendees perform together in a casual, friendly setting. No stage audience, peer pressure or smoky club. Perfect for young people as well as adults who want to jam. Tuition: Member $20/Non-Member $30: Senior Member $15/Non-Member $25
Wednesday, July 13, Painting Workshop, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Pocono Arts Council, Stroudsburg, 570-476-4460, poconoarts.org. Join Jim Smeltz for this workshop is open to any water media, acrylic, watercolor and water based oils. The choice is yours! Painting Wildlife Wolf is the focus of this evening. Tuition: $10.00
Saturday, July 16: Partner Ridge Hike, Lacawac Sanctuary, Lake Ariel. lacawac.org. 10 a.m. to noon. This loop through a mature oak forest will treat you to awesome geological features. Join Delaware Highlands Conservancy on a hike along the Partner Ridge Trail of Lacawac Sanctuary. Wear sturdy footwear. This program is free.Registration appreciated. Cost: Donations appreciated
Saturday & Sunday, July 16 & 17: Poconos’ Wurst Festival: Shawnee Mountain, East Stroudsburg, 570-421-7231, shawneemt.com. Bring on the brews, brats & more 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both dates. Admission: At the Gate $15 Adults & $12 for kids age 5 to 12 with 4 and under free. Grab tickets in advance online & save!
Monday, July 18, Jewelry Workshop, 1 to 4 p.m., Pocono Arts Council, Stroudsburg, 570-476-4460, poconoarts.org. Join Iraina Caramelli for an enjoyable afternoon, bring your friends and create a bracelet and necklace. This workshop will teach basic techniques in jewelry making that will last a lifetime. Tuition: Member $30/Non-Member $40: Senior Member $20/Non-Member $30. Materials Fee: $25
Tuesday, July 19, Basic Watercolor Painting Workshop, 1 to 4 p.m., Pocono Arts Council, Stroudsburg, 570-476-4460, poconoarts.org. Join Iraina Caramelli for this workshop designed to produce basic skills in watercolor painting for the novice. Students will gain an introductory understanding of this wonderful medium. Tuition: Member $30/Non-Member $40: Senior Member $20/Non-Member $30
Saturday, July 23, Art History Workshop, 1 to 3 p.m., Pocono Arts Council, Stroudsburg, 570-476-4460, poconoarts.org. Join instructor Susan Field for this workshop and name that style (all about isms). It’s a Show and Tell of examples of work and conversation on the time periods and artists and their peers that created competition. Materials Supplied. Tuition: $30.00
Wednesday, August 3: Clymer Library presents its 2016 Fundraising House Tour & Brunch, Pocono Pines, 570-646-0826. This year’s tour will feature unique and elegant homes in Pinecrest Lake Golf & Country Club and Lake Naomi Club, including the Timber Trails community. Many different themes of design and fashion will be seen, from rustic mountain themes to fashionable and informal residences. These homes will provide hundreds of decorating and renovation ideas for your next home décor project. Spend a relaxing day with friends while touring these exceptional homes, each within a short distance of one another. Start the day by joining a Brunch Buffet at 10:30 AM at the Lake Naomi Club prior to the tours, which begin at Noon. Tickets for the Brunch and Tours are $38.00; for just the House Tour tickets are $18 and tickets for just the Brunch are $20.00. All proceeds benefit the Clymer Library.
Free Brewery Tours and Beer Tastings, Barley Creek Brewing Company, Sullivan Trail and Camelback Road, Tannersville, (570) 629-9399, www.barleycreek.com. Free brewery tours are offered every day at 12:30 p.m. See the tanks and mills at the brewpub and learn how great beer is made! Tours are followed by free tastings of assorted Barley Creek brews. All ages welcome for tours; tastings restricted to participants 21 and older. Group tours by appointment.
Candle Making Demonstrations, House of Candles, Route 715, Henryville, (570) 629-1953, www.houseofcandles.com. See candles made at the Oldest Candle Shop of the Poconos! Dip your own “wax hand” between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. See website for details.
The Market at The Ice House, Lakeville, (570) 226-6246, Open Sunday’s May-October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or Shine. Located in a rustic barn setting you’ll find a collection of vendors featuring foods, crafts, flowers & more!