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ARTS Engage Day Activities Set For August 1

Reading is fundamental for broadening a youngster’s perspective on life and the world at-large.  It also pays great dividends.

Youngsters, who participate in the Lackawanna County Library System’s Summer Reading Clubs, receive a passport that offers them admittance to a variety of County cultural events.

One activity that the passport is good for is the Friday, August 1, ARTS Engage Day at the Electric City Trolley Museum on 300 Cliff Street, Scranton, on the property of the Steamtown National Historic Site, from 10 AM – Noon.

Children with a passport will gain free admission to the program, have access to a variety of fun arts activities and be able to enjoy a free trolley ride with an accompanying adult.

Initiated in 2006, the passport program is a collaboration between the Library System and the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority.  It entitles the holder to one free admission at the Electric City Trolley Museum, Lackawanna Coal Mine Tours, Steamtown National Historic Site, the Everhart and Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museums, and the Scranton Cultural Center.

Each Summer since its inception, the passport program has provided children with more than 10,000 free admissions to the County’s major attractions.

For more information on ARTS Engage! Day, please contact the Arts & Culture Department at 570.963.6590, ext. 106, or visit arts-culture@lackawannacounty.org.

Officials Promote Scranton Tomorrow’s Downtown Movies Series

The Lackawanna County Commissioners join Scranton Tomorrow, City of Scranton and PNC Foundation representatives to promote Scranton Tomorrow’s Drive-In Downtown Movies Series. The outdoor program, held on Lackawanna County Courthouse Square, has already featured “Frozen” and Despicable Me 2” and will continue on August 7, August 21 and September 4, which is college night.

A community vote will take place until Thursday, July 31, for the August 7 showing. The movie selections are: The Wizard of Oz, Annie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Harry Potter (original) and Smurfs 2. The public can vote for its favorite film at www.lackawannacounty.org or www.scrantontomorrow.org.

Prior to the start of the movies, children’s activities are offered by the Lackawanna County Library System, Little Hands Big Art and Drawn to Art Studio at 8 p.m. The series sponsors are Lackawanna County, the PNC Foundation, Elm Park United Methodist Church, Peoples Security Bank, Lamar Advertising, WNEP and Dan Simrell Advertising.

L-r, Kevin Rogers, PNC Bank, sponsor; Robert McGoff, Scranton City Council President; Leslie Collins, Executive Director of Scranton Tomorrow; Commissioner Jim Wansacz; Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

Mural Design Contest For Moscow & Jessup Bridges

The transportation network in Lackawanna County is second to none.

Now, regional artists have the opportunity to make it colorful and eye-catching, as well.

Lackawanna County is sponsoring a competition for murals on two Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Rail Authority Bridges in the Borough of Moscow, located at the intersection of South Main Street (Route 435) and Market Street, and in the Borough of Jessup at the intersection of Constitution Avenue and Delaware Street.

The bridges were repaired, pargeted and painted through a joint effort by the County’s Roads & Bridges, Buildings & Grounds, Arts & Culture and Community Corrections Departments.

Experienced mural artists from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Counties of Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming are invited to submit designs that celebrate the unique character, rich history and varied traditions of the respective Boroughs.

The winning artist(s) will receive $9,000 for the Moscow Bridge and $8,000 for the Jessup Bridge.  The awards are based on the specifications for the areas to be painted and the projected costs for supplies and equipment rental, which the artists are responsible for providing.  Artists may submit designs for both bridges.

The “Call For Artists” information can be downloaded at www.lackawannacounty.org. The deadline to apply is August 15, and the selected artists will be notified by the end of August. The murals must be completed by November 1.  An information session for the Moscow Bridge will be held on site on Wednesday, July 23, at 6 pm.  The information session for the Jessup Bridge will be held on site on Wednesday, July 30, at 6 p.m.

Artists may register for the information sessions by calling the office 570-963-6590, Ext. 106, or emailing arts-culture@lackawannacounty.org.