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Just to give you an idea of what you can do in the Poconos during the winter and all-year-long, listed below is a calendar of events from 2005. Please note that some of these dates may not be the same this year so please call the numbers listed.

All Phone Numbers are in the 570 Area Code, unless otherwise noted

Now thru mid-March The Eagles Return! In winter, hundreds of bald eagles migrate to the northern Pocono Mountains in search of open water, fresh fish, and undisturbed habitat. Every Saturday & Sunday, trained volunteers with The Eagle Institute staff popular viewing locations at Lackawaxen and elsewhere around the Delaware River to assist eagle watchers in spotting these majestic birds. Eagle Institute staffers have spotting scopes, extra binoculars, and helpful information for eagle watchers. New this year are twice-daily guided eagle excursions at 10:00am and 1:00pm every Saturday in January & February, as well as an interactive, web-based message board. These new programs are being added in response to the growing numbers of people seeking information about the eagles, and to help The Eagle Institute with its goals to provide the “safest and least intrusive” eagle watching experience. The guided excursions will cut down on the numbers of vehicles that visit the sites and address ongoing problems of eagle disturbance. The Eagle Institute Winter Field Office at 176 Scenic Drive in Lackawaxen (at the end of the Roebling Bridge) is open until mid-March. Call the office or drop by to learn where eagles are being sighted, or visit their web page at www.eagleinstitute.org and see the “Eagle Forum” message board. Hours at the Winter Field Office are Wed. through Fri. from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, and Sat. & Sun. from 9:00am until 4:00pm in January & February. For maps, directions and more information, contact The Eagle Institute at (570) 685-5960 or (845) 557-6162, or email them at eagleinstitute@yahoo.com.

Every Saturday – Through March 5, Saturday Night Lightning Performances come to Big Boulder Ski Area in Lake Harmony (via Route 903 or Route 940). Every Saturday night, nationally known tribute bands rock the ski lodge from 7:00pm until 10:00pm (two sets). Great for families, the kids can snowboard or ski while Mom & Dad enjoy the music! Trivia contests and giveaways add to the excitement. This is the 9th consecutive season for the series, and admission is free as always.  Call Big Boulder at (570) 722-0100 or 1-800-468-2442. www.jfbb.com

 1st Saturday of Every Month First Saturday Art Walk in Downtown Stroudsburg. From 6:00 to 9:00pm, Downtown Stroudsburg’s galleries and fine establishments collaborate to bring you an evening of fine art, quality crafts and live performances. Take a stroll through town. Sip a cappuccino. Pop into the galleries and shops. Meet the artists. Listen to some music. Have dinner and a nightcap. A great setting for a night on the town! Call the Jacob Stroud Corporation at (570) 424-9131 or log on to www.Stroudsburg.net for all the details.

Now – Go for a Pocono Mountains Helicopter Tour with the Pocono Air Center, Route 611 just north of Mount Pocono. These scenic helicopter rides are definitely worth the price! The Pocono Air Center is based at the Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport (MPO) and the number there is (570) 839-6080.

Every Thursday – Through February 24, Fernwood Hotel & Resort on Route 209 in Bushkill hosts the 4th annual WSBG Tubin’ & Groovin’ Thursday Nights at their WINTER FUN CENTER Snowtubing Hill. Enjoy some exciting evening snowtubing from 6:00pm to 9:00pm while 93.5 WSBG radio broadcasts live outdoors at the hill. Look for give-aways, great contests with prizes, Happy Hour specials, live music, even compete in the special Race the DJ tubing runs! For more information, call Fernwood at 888-FERNWOOD or (570) 588-9500. www.fernwoodhotel.com

Every Sunday – Through March 6, the Wacky Family Fun Race Series will be run at Jack Frost Mountain Ski Area in Blakeslee. To sign up or to find out more, call (570) 443-8425 or 1-800-468-2442. Jack Frost is located off Route 940 west of Blakeslee Corners. Check out their website www.jfbb.com.

Daily Free Brewery Tours and Beer Tastings, 12:30pm at the Barley Creek Brewing Company, Sullivan Trail and Camelback Road in Tannersville. Reservations are not required and tours are also available by appointment. To find out more about this authentic brewpub & restaurant, call 629-9399 or log on to www.barleycreek.com.

Every Saturday – Through March 12, Jack Frost Mountain Ski Area in Blakeslee presents afternoon E-2000 Entertainment in the ski lodge with no cover charge. A live band is usually scheduled, or at least a DJ with additional entertainment such as Karaoke and games. Jack Frost Mountain is located off Route 940 west of Blakeslee Corners. Call (570) 443-8425 or 1-800-468-2442 to find out about all the excitement planned at Frost this winter! www.jfbb.com

Every Wednesday – Every Wednesday night in January & February is Race Night at Tanglwood Ski Area & Winter Park in Tafton! Tanglwood Ski Area is located just off I-84 exit 26 to Route 390N in Tafton. To find out more about all the racing action, good skiers and riders should call (570) 226-SNOW or (888) 226-SNOW, or visit www.tanglwood.com.

Every Sunday – Sunday night is Family Night at Alpine Mountain Ski & Ride Center, Route 447 in Analomink. Bring the entire family out for a night of riding and sliding from 4:00pm to 9:30pm. Night lift tickets and snowtubing tickets are just $15 per person! And don’t forget their Sunday Afternoon Races for all ages, with special prizes and entertainment in the lounge. Call Alpine at (570) 595-2150 for all the details. www.alpinemountain.com

Every Friday – Through February 25, the Everything but Blades Competition Series will be held at Big Boulder Ski Area in Lake Harmony (via Route 903 or Route 940). Visit their website at www.jfbb.com to save time and print a copy of the entry form, or call Big Boulder at (570) 722-0100 or 1-800-468-2442.

Weekends – Stroudsmoor Country Inn, an elegant retreat in Stroudsburg, invites you to experience their classic themed buffets. Fridays bring The Seafood Buffet from 5:00 to 9:00pm, while Saturdays feature The Grand Buffet also from 5:00 till 9:00. On Sundays, you may enjoy both the Champagne Brunch from 10:00am to 1:30pm and the American Harvest Buffet from 3:00pm to 7:00. Set atop its own 200-acre mountain, the Stroudsmoor is conveniently located off I-80 exit 307 (formerly exit 50). Follow signs to Route 191 south, then travel to the top of the mountain and turn right onto Stroudsmoor Road. Reservations accepted; call (570) 421-6431 or visit www.stroudsmoor.com.

Now thru Early Spring – The current display of the Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township (HATT) at the Clymer Library in Pocono Pines is entitled “Valentines from the Past.” Featured in the display are Valentines sent to a young boy afflicted with tuberculosis in 1906, Valentines sent to a soldier in France during World War I, along with many cards from 1904 through the 1920’s. The Clymer Library is located on Firehouse Road in Pocono Pines, and the display is located on the far wall of the main section of the library.

Most Tuesdays & Fridays – Pocmont Resort & Conference Center in Bushkill invites you to come and enjoy an incredible Grand Buffet and their Broadway-style show Road Trip USA. The buffet is served from 6:00 to 8:45pm, the band plays at 9:00, and the show starts at 10:00. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Pocmont Resort is located about two miles off Route 209 on Bushkill Falls Road in Bushkill. For information or reservations, call 1-800-762-6668 or (570) 588-6671. www.pocmont.com

1st & 3rd Thursday – each month, the Pocono Mountain Seniors Group Meets at the Pocono Summit Fire House in Pocono Summit. Interested? Call 839-8172.

1st & 3rd Thursday – each month, residents and business owners in Mt. Pocono and surrounding communities are invited to attend the Meetings of the Mt. Pocono Association at 9:00am at the Municipal Building (Rt. 611) in Mount Pocono. You may call 839-8030 for more information.

3rd Monday – Each month, the Coolbaugh Township Historical Association Meets at 7:00pm at the Association Museum in the Municipal Center on 5550 Memorial Boulevard in Tobyhanna. Call the Museum at 894-4207. Visitors are welcome!

Now – The Gallery @ Liztech in East Stroudsburg is currently featuring stunning Oil Landscapes from popular artist Gary Kresge. Also featured is a wide variety of work from Sticks Object Art and Furniture. Sticks specializes in spectacular pieces for your home or office, from armoires and dining tables to mirrors and plaques. Choose from the in-stock selection or design your own custom piece. For more information about this and more, visit The Gallery @ Liztech at 95 Crystal Street in East Stroudsburg (across from the Dansbury Depot); you may also call (570) 424-3177 or log on to www.liztechgallery.com.

Every Thursday – Through March 3, the Big Boulder Park & Pipe Club Meets to Play at Big Boulder Ski Area in Lake Harmony (via Route 903 or Route 940).  Call Big Boulder at (570) 722-0100 or 1-800-468-2442 for information about the club. www.jfbb.com

Every Friday – Every Friday night is Student Night at Alpine Mountain Ski & Ride Center, Route 447 in Analomink. Students from local school districts can purchase night lift tickets or snowtubing tickets beginning at 4:00pm for just $12 with valid school ID! Call Alpine at (570) 595-2150 for all the details. www.alpinemountain.com

Now thru March 25 – The Monroe County Historical Association features the exhibit “Historic Taverns and Inns of Monroe County” at the Stroud Mansion, 900 Main Street in Stroudsburg. Step back in time and view a 19th Century taproom filled with crocks, jugs, mugs, bottles and even a copper still from the 1700’s. Also on display is a collection of artifacts from the Gesundheit Brewery. The exhibit is on display during the Stroud Mansion’s regular hours: Tuesday through Friday from 9:00am until 4:00pm, and the first and third Sundays of the month from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The cost to see the exhibit is $2, or $5 for a one-hour tour of the Mansion. Guided tours are offered at 10:00am and 2:00pm. For more information, phone the MCHA at (570) 421-7703.  

Month of February – Miss Elly’s Antiques & Such in Hawley extends an invitation to visit this cozy two-story Victorian shop during February, while participating dealers are having a “Fabulous Furniture Fiesta.” Highlighted are furnishings in a variety of styles from various recently acquired estates, private sales and other finds of merit, plus accents such as paintings, lighting, and other home décor. Recent additions include mahogany chests of drawers, bedroom suites, chests and trunks, primitive tables, cupboards, and a variety of occasional pieces. Located in downtown Hawley, Miss Elly’s Antiques is just three doors off Main Avenue (Route 6) at 518 Church Street. The shop is open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm, later by chance or appointment (closed Tuesday & Wednesday). Visit www.missellysantiques.com for news and pictures of featured items or call them at (570) 226-7513.

Month of February – The Clymer Library on Firehouse Road in Pocono Pines will display various works by artists Roy Bertelsen and Mata Wilson for their February Art Exhibit. The works on display are for sale by the artists. Drop by the library’s Multi-Purpose Room during regular library hours to view these interesting pieces. Call the Clymer Library at 646-0826 or visit www.clymerlibrary.org for further details.

Now thru May 11 – The Monroe County Recreation & Park Commission will be hosting “The Knitters Knook” at the Monroe County Public Safety Center in Snydersville. Enjoy the company and fellowship of other knitters! Practice, learn or share your skills. Great friends, great fun! Call the Recreation office at (570) 992-4343 for more information or visit their web site www.co.monroe.pa.us to view all of their programs.

February 10 – It’s Coors Light Thirsty Thursday at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton. There will be fun & games with great prizes at Club 223 in the Summit Lodge. Also, drawings for giveaways from product representatives, live entertainment, drink specials and more. For ages 21 & up only. Call Blue Mountain at (610) 826-7700 for details or call 1-877-SKI-BLUE for a ski report. www.skibluemt.com

February 10 Kathleen Unger will speak about Teel’s One Room Schoolhouse during the February Historical Presentation at the Slate Belt Heritage Center, 30 N. 1st Street in Bangor. Ms. Unger will present the history of the school located off Route 191 in Plainfield Township, which dates back to 1868. A brief meeting will be held at 7:00pm, followed by refreshments and the speaker. The historical presentation is open to the public free of charge. Call Karen Brewer at (610) 588-8615 or Janet Miller at (610) 588-3434 for more information.

February 11 Blue Moon in the Afternoon returns to Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton! There will be fun & games with great prizes at Club 223 in the Summit Lodge. Also, drawings for giveaways from product representatives, live entertainment, drink specials and more. For ages 21 & up only. Call Blue Mountain at (610) 826-7700 for details or call 1-877-SKI-BLUE for a ski report. www.skibluemt.com

February 11 thru March 31 – Stone House Antiques & Gallery in Mountainhome proudly presents the paintings of watercolorist Christopher Barbieri for a Winter Art Exhibit. Barbieri’s watercolors reflect his design training at the University of Bridgeport and his professional experience as an illustrator, cover artist and cartographer in the publishing business. He moved to the Poconos from New York seven years ago and at that time began to work in watercolor; he studies the technique with several local artists. The watercolor paintings in this exhibit have resulted from a lifelong desire to record the vanishing urban, rural and industrial landscape. Realism plays an important role in Barbieri’s paintings, but he doesn’t necessarily try to create an accurate image. He uses old photographs and postcards to set the stage, and then attempts to capture the feel of the setting and transport the viewer back in time. Chris Barbieri exhibits annually at several local shows; his railroad paintings were featured last spring in a one-man-show at Steamtown National Historic Site. Join the gallery in welcoming Chris during the Wine & Cheese Artist’s Reception from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday, February 11. Barbieri’s art will be on display at Stone House Antiques & Gallery during the months of February and March and works in the collection will be available for purchase. Stone House Antiques is located along Route 390 in Mountainhome (1/2 mile south of Callie’s Candy) and they are open Thursday through Monday from 11:00am to 5:00pm, by chance and by appointment. Call the gallery at 595-8677.

February 12 – If you haven’t been up to the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Dingmans Ferry in the wintertime, you’re missing out on a wonderland of winter fun! PEEC will be offering Cross-Country Skiing Treks on January 15, 22, 29 & February 5, 12 & 26, from 1:00pm until 3:30pm. PEEC provides the skiing equipment and lessons. Spend the afternoon skiing through snow-covered forests and trails, enjoying the beautiful scenery that can only be found in the Pocono Mountains. The treks are $12 per person and pre-registration is required. Call (570) 828-2319 to register. PEEC, a non-profit center, is located off Route 209 between Bushkill and Milford in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The center enhances environmental awareness, knowledge, and appreciation through hands-on experience in a natural outdoor classroom. The diversity of programs offered has earned PEEC, in cooperation with the National Park Service, the distinction of being one of the most respected centers for environmental education in the United States. For more information, call PEEC at (570) 828-2319 or log on to www.peec.org.

February 12 - The Jim Thorpe Area Chamber of Commerce and the Jim Thorpe Artists Music Series (JTAMS) proudly present Second Saturdays, a monthly celebration of Jim Thorpe’s growing arts community. Second Saturdays feature extended hours for each of the many galleries and studios in town, along with many other shops and establishments. The celebration runs from noon until 9:00pm. Live Concerts sponsored by JTAMS are held at the Mauch Chunk Opera House on 14 West Broadway in Jim Thorpe concurrent with Second Saturdays. Find out more about Second Saturdays when you log on to www.jimthorpeartists.org or www.jtams.net or call (570) 325-0249. To find out more about this and other exciting Jim Thorpe events, call the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce at (570) 325-5810 or visit www.jimthorpe.org.

February 12 – It’s a Sam Adams Saturday at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton. There will be fun & games with great prizes at Club 223 in the Summit Lodge. Also, drawings for giveaways from product representatives, live entertainment, drink specials and more. For ages 21 & up only. Call Blue Mountain at (610) 826-7700 for details or call 1-877-SKI-BLUE for a ski report. www.skibluemt.com

February 12 – Sign up for the “Starting Gate” Family Fun Race at Alpine Mountain Ski & Ride Center, Route 447 in Analomink. Prizes will be awarded and Willie & Diane will perform in the lounge. Call (570) 595-2150 or log on to www.alpinemountain.com.

February 12 & 13 – Jack Frost Mountain in Blakeslee and Big Boulder Ski Area in Lake Harmony are offering Free Sliding Sessions this weekend. Free sessions will be offered to skiers and snowboarders at noon and instructors will offer a tip for the day. Jack Frost is located just off Route 940 west of Blakeslee Corners, and Big Boulder is located in Lake Harmony via Route 903 or Route 940. Call Jack Frost at (570) 443-8425 or Big Boulder at (570) 722-0100 to sign up. www.jfbb.com

February 12 & 13 – Join Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain in Lackawaxen and help the United Way provide community programs during the Food Drive & Pike United Way Fundraiser Weekend. Just bring two non-perishable food items and receive 25% off your lift ticket purchase! Ski Big Bear will also donate $2 for every ticket sold this weekend to the Pike United Way. Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain is a semi-private family facility located about four miles off Route 590 in Lackawaxen. Call (570) 685-1400 or log on to www.ski-bigbear.com for more information.

February 12 & 13 – Alpine Mountain Ski & Ride Center in Analomink continues their efforts to educate children in the enjoyment of skiing and snowboarding with their “Just for Kids” Programs. “Just for Kids” participants will have weeks of fun and memories for a lifetime. This is the second four-week session of the season. The program is for kids from 4 to 12 years of age, at all levels of skiing and snowboarding. Advanced and racing programs for kids are also available. The four hour programs include lift tickets, lessons, lunch, constant supervision, and rental equipment if required. In addition, Alpine has announced that their “Just for Adults” Program is back again this season. The adult program is two hours, which allows adults some free skiing time before their children are finished with their lesson. Alpine Mountain is easy to find off Route 447 in Analomink. Call (570) 595-2150 to register for these fantastic programs. www.alpinemountain.com

February 12 & 13 – Enjoy a taste of New Orleans in the Poconos during Mardi Gras Weekend at Big Boulder Ski Area in Lake Harmony (via Route 903 or Route 940). There will be Mardi Gras music, contests and lots of winter fun! Call Big Boulder at (570) 722-0100 or 1-800-468-2442 for the complete details. www.jfbb.com

February 12 & 13 – Featuring antiques, home décor and collectable treasures, Past Impressions in Hamlin invites you to join them for their Mardi Gras Celebration. Reach into the jester’s velvet bag to draw a coin at time of checkout, and save up to 40% off your entire bill! Past Impressions is located on Route 191 north of Hamlin Corners, a beautiful country drive. They are open daily from 10:00 to 5:00, Sundays 11:00 to 5:00; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For all the Mardi Gras details, call them at 689-4123.  

February 12 thru 14 – The Resort at Split Rock in Lake Harmony invites you to join them for a romantic evening to Celebrate Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a romantic dinner and dancing at the resort’s Bell’Ago Italian Restaurant. Choose from a variety of mouthwatering entrees for two including Beef Tenderloin Wellington, Roast Rack of Lamb, Baked Stuffed Main Lobster or Seafood Fra Diavolo. Pricing includes a red rose for the lady. The Resort at Split Rock is located at One Lake Drive in Lake Harmony. For your Valentine’s reservations, call (570) 722-9111 or 1-800-255-7625. www.splitrockresort.com

February 12 thru 14 – Plan your Valentine’s Celebration at Stroudsmoor Country Inn near Stroudsburg. The Valentine’s Day Dinners here feature light hors d’oeuvres in the lounge compliments of the Innkeepers, an elaborate buffet, and a romantic atmosphere complete with candlelight and the delightful tones of the baby grand. Your meal will start with an Antipasto Bar with fresh breads, chilled shrimp, imported cheeses, hearty soup fresh fruit and garden greens with all the trimmings. The Valentine Buffets include pasta with aged cheeses and innovative sauces; seafood stuffed shrimp; chicken saltimbocca; roasted duck with a Grand-Marnier glaze; and tasty vegetarian stuffed mushrooms. Prime rib of beef with a jus and fruited loin of pork will be featured on the carving board. The entrée selection will be accompanied by vegetables and starch. Of course you must leave room for a sweet ending… dessert! A scrumptious selection of confections will be served with traditional hot beverages. Reservations are required, so call Stroudsmoor Country Inn at (570) 421-6431or email info@stroudsmoor.com. Arrange for a special touch with flowers or candy by calling Stroudsmoor’s Village Common at 424-1199. Horse drawn carriage rides will also be offered during the Valentine’s weekend; packages are available for a weekend getaway and/or a romantic dinner for two with carriage ride. Stroudsmoor Country Inn is located on Stroudsmoor Road off Route 191 South, five minutes from Downtown Stroudsburg and I-80 exit 307. Visit them at www.stroudsmoor.com. 

February 13 – As winter’s wrath forces bald eagles from their northern ranges, hundreds migrate south and find refuge in the Poconos’ Delaware River Valley. Join a Naturalist from the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Dingmans Ferry for their Bald Eagle Trek Series from 8:00am until 1:00pm. The Upper Delaware River in particular provides the eagles with open water and an abundant food supply; the eagles perch-fish and roost from the large trees bordering the riverbank. PEEC’s Eagle Treks provide transportation and expert interpretation at various eagle “hot spots” as participants search for wintering eagles. Pack a lunch and be sure to dress warm! Cost for the program is $22. Space is limited and pre-registration is required, so call PEEC at (570) 828-2319 today. Eagle Treks are planned for January 9, 19 & 30, and February 13 & 16. PEEC, a non-profit center, is located off Route 209 between Bushkill and Milford in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The center enhances environmental awareness, knowledge, and appreciation through hands-on experience in a natural outdoor classroom. The diversity of programs offered has earned PEEC, in cooperation with the National Park Service, the distinction of being one of the most respected centers for environmental education in the United States. For more information, call PEEC at (570) 828-2319 or log on to www.peec.org.

February 13 The Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Association invites you to their Shindigs at the Hellertown American Legion, a short drive from the Poconos at 935 Main Street in Hellertown. The featured performers today are the legendary Lost Ramblers; bring your instruments for continuous jam sessions upstairs & downstairs. The American Legion will provide food & beverages; no coolers! Doors open at 10:00am and the show starts at 12:30pm. Admission is $5, children under 12 free. The indoor Shindigs are held on the 2nd Sunday each month, November through April (the 3rd Sunday in March). Directions to Shindigs: From Rt. 80 to Rt. 33 south to Rt. 78 west, exit at Hellertown. At end of ramp, turn left onto Main St. (Rt. 412). Go 1 mile and see the building on the left at the corner of Main & Chestnut. From Rt. 22, take Rt. 33 south to Rt. 78 west and continue as above. Call the Legion on the day of the Shindig at (610) 838-9151; call The Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Association at (973) 448-0971 or (610) 253-2800 prior to the Shindig. Complete details can be found at the association’s website www.afba.org.

February 13 – Nescopeck State Park in the Western Poconos invites you to join them on a Fern and Creekside Hike at 10:00am. DCNR Conservation Volunteers Tom & Carolyn Pesock and Steve Smetana will lead this easy 1.5 mile (round trip) hike along Fern Trail and Creekside Trail. The hike features an old pine plantation, views of the Nescopeck Creek and plenty of fresh, clean air! This will be a good leg-stretcher for anyone who needs to get out and about. Sturdy winter shoes and water are recommended. Meet at the large parking lot along Honey Hole Road. Pre-registration is requested in case the program is re-scheduled due to inclement weather. Nescopeck State Park is located off Honey Hole Road via Route 309 or Route 437. Call the park office at (570) 403-2006 to register. www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks 

February 13 – This is Scout Sunday at Big Boulder Ski Area in Lake Harmony (via Route 903 or Route 940). All Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are invited to attend the activities. To sign up, call Big Boulder at (570) 722-0100 or 1-800-468-2442. www.jfbb.com

February 13 – Join members of The Pocono Outdoor Club on a Tekening Park Hike. It will be a scenic walk through forest and field to the Delaware River near Foul Rift. About 4 miles. Participants are asked to meet at the parking lot at 9:00am. Contact trail leader Frances O’Hagen at (570) 992-4545 for directions, details, or to pre-register. Do you like to hike, bike, go fishing, canoeing, kayaking, skiing or camping? If you love discovering beautiful new places to explore in the wilds of the Pocono Mountains, contact today’s trail leader or Club President John Motz at (570) 236-1462 or pocoutclub@entermail.net to find out more about the Pocono Outdoor Club.

February 13 – Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts should head over to Camelback Ski Area in Tannersville for Scout Merit Badge Testing Today. Camelback is located in Tannersville, off I-80 exit 299. Call (570) 629-1661 for more information about Merit Badge testing for your Scout or Troop. www.skicamelback.com

February 13 – There will be Jib & Jam Sessions today at Big Boulder Ski Area in Lake Harmony (via Route 903 or Route 940). For all the awesome details or to sign up, call Big Boulder at (570) 722-0100 or 1-800-468-2442. www.jfbb.com

February 13 – A Naturalist from the Monroe County Environmental Education Center will guide a special Winter Bog Walk at the Tannersville Cranberry Bog near Tannersville. The bog is special as it is a northern boreal bog, which is very unique for this part of the country. Protected by The Nature Conservancy, the Tannersville bog is a National Natural Landmark. The bog in winter is a beautiful place, with opportunities to see shrubs, trees and even carnivorous pitcher plants in their winter environment, as well as animal tracks from such year-round residents as bobcats, snowshoe hare and coyote. Access to the interior of the bog is substantial along a 1650’ “floating” boardwalk, making for spectacular photo opportunities. Weather permitting, participants will meet at the bog parking lot on Cherry Lane Road at 1:00pm for this two hour hike. Dress warmly and wear boots, as the trails will not be shoveled. There is a small $4 cost to attend. Pre-registration is required, so call (570) 629-3061. www.mcconservation.org

February 14 Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Alpine Mountain Ski & Ride Center, Route 447 in Analomink. Bring your sweetheart to ski or snowboard at Alpine and they receive a Free lift ticket when you purchase a regular priced lift ticket! Call Alpine Mountain at (570) 595-2150 for all the details. www.alpinemountain.com

February 14 – The annual Fireman’s Races will be run at Big Boulder Ski Area in Lake Harmony. Teams of firefighters are welcome to take part in the friendly competition. It’s fun to watch, too! Call Big Boulder at (570) 722-0100 or 1-800-468-2442 to sign up your team or for more details. www.jfbb.com

February 14 – Today is the big Heineken/Amstel Light Trip Giveaway at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton! Call Blue Mountain at (610) 826-7700 or call 1-877-SKI-BLUE for a ski report. Log on to their website at www.skibluemt.com.

February 15Thomas Kennedy, Board Chairman of the Hawley Sewer Authority, will be the guest speaker at the Monthly Meeting of the Lackawaxen River Conservancy. The meeting will be held at 7:00pm at the PP&L Environmental Learning Center on Route 6 in Hawley. The meeting, on a subject of vital importance to all area residents, is open to the general public. www.lackawaxenriver.org  

February 15 – The Miller Time Happy Hour comes to Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton. There will be fun & games with great prizes at Club 223 in the Summit Lodge. Also, drawings for giveaways from product representatives, live entertainment, drink specials and more. For ages 21 & up only. Call Blue Mountain at (610) 826-7700 for details or call 1-877-SKI-BLUE for a ski report. www.skibluemt.com

February 16 – As winter’s wrath forces bald eagles from their northern ranges, hundreds migrate south and find refuge in the Poconos’ Delaware River Valley. Join a Naturalist from the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Dingmans Ferry for their Bald Eagle Trek Series from 8:00am until 1:00pm. The Upper Delaware River in particular provides the eagles with open water and an abundant food supply; the eagles perch-fish and roost from the large trees bordering the riverbank. PEEC’s Eagle Treks provide transportation and expert interpretation at various eagle “hot spots” as participants search for wintering eagles. Pack a lunch and be sure to dress warm! Cost for the program is $22. Space is limited and pre-registration is required, so call PEEC at (570) 828-2319 today. Eagle Treks are planned for January 9, 19 & 30, and February 13 & 16. PEEC, a non-profit center, is located off Route 209 between Bushkill and Milford in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The center enhances environmental awareness, knowledge, and appreciation through hands-on experience in a natural outdoor classroom. The diversity of programs offered has earned PEEC, in cooperation with the National Park Service, the distinction of being one of the most respected centers for environmental education in the United States. For more information, call PEEC at (570) 828-2319 or log on to www.peec.org.

February 16 – Sample the original Pilsner when you Party with Pilsner Urquell at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton! There will be fun & games with great prizes at Club 223 in the Summit Lodge. Also, drawings for giveaways, live entertainment, drink specials and more. For ages 21 & over only. Call Blue Mountain at (610) 826-7700 for details or call 1-877-SKI-BLUE for a ski report. www.skibluemt.com

February 16 – East Stroudsburg University proudly presents Jazz Masters Seminar VI featuring Bob Dorough & Eileen Dorough. The seminar will run from 5:15pm to 6:30pm in the Cecilia S. Cohen Recital Hall of the university’s Fine & Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite streets in East Stroudsburg. This wonderful program is free and open to public. For more information, call (570) 422-3171.

February 17 – It’s Coors Light Thirsty Thursday at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton. There will be fun & games with great prizes at Club 223 in the Summit Lodge. Also, drawings for giveaways from product representatives, live entertainment, drink specials and more. For ages 21 & up only. Call Blue Mountain at (610) 826-7700 for details or call 1-877-SKI-BLUE for a ski report. www.skibluemt.com

February 18 – The Dorflinger Glass Museum in White Mills will celebrate Presidents’ Day Weekend with a Presidential Glass Display. The special display and program will be held from 3:00 to 5:00pm at the Roger Blough Building on the grounds of the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary in White Mills. A collection of rare Presidential glass made for the White House by the Dorflinger glass factories will be on display for the afternoon. In addition, historian Kurt Reed will present a slide lecture entitled “Dining at the White House” beginning at 3:15. Admission for the display and lecture is $5 per person, which includes light refreshments. Kurt Reed is a noted speaker on topics that include Dorflinger glass and the glass industry in Wayne County. The Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary is located on Long Ridge Road in White Mills. It is located off Route 6, halfway between Hawley and Honesdale. At the blinking yellow light in White Mills, turn and go up Elizabeth Street for 6/10 of a mile to the stop sign. Continue for 1/10 of a mile to the Sanctuary entrance on your right. For additional information or reservations, call (570) 253-1185.

February 18 & 19 – There will be a big Book Sale at the Clymer Library on Firehouse Road in Pocono Pines during regular library hours. Once again, there will be a wide variety of books, videos, DVDs, audio tapes and other items for sale to benefit the library. Call the Clymer Library at 646-0826 with questions or visit www.clymerlibrary.org.

February 18 thru 21 – The Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society (NEPAS) invites you to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count for the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. This is a wonderful mid-winter activity that can be done from the warmth and comfort of your home. While enjoying the birds either perching in your yard or using birdfeeders, you will assist Cornell in gathering valuable bird population data. If you would like to help count, you will need a computer and internet access. To participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, you count and record the number of birds you see for each species for at least 15 minutes per day for one to four of the count days. Also record the highest number of each species you see each day at one time. Watch the birds in your yard, a park or wherever you want. To get started, turn on your computer and log on to www.birdsource.org for information from Cornell concerning the bird count and to send in your data. If you have questions, call Bob at the NEPA Audubon Society at (570) 676-9969.

February 19 Beaver Mountain Log & Cedar Homes are custom log home manufacturers near Hancock, New York who ship their pre-cut log homes to sites throughout the Pocono Mountains and the Northeast. Today they are offering potential home buyers two special events: a Mill Tour & Log Building Workshop beginning at 9:30am and a Home Planning Seminar starting at 1:00pm. During the Mill Tour, attendees tour the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility near Hancock, NY where you’ll see how they mill their double tongue-and-groove, kiln-dried logs. They’ll demonstrate how their precision pre-cut and numbered wall logs are graded and dry-stacked for quality assurance. During the tour, you’ll also visit the administrative offices where a designer will demonstrate how a preliminary sketch evolves into detailed assembly drawings of your dream home. At the Log Building Workshop, you’ll see firsthand the construction process of a Beaver Mountain log home. Witness the assembly of a 12’ X 18’ log building row by row; it’s a fun opportunity to learn log-building techniques and see how their pre-cut, pre-numbered logs fit snug and tight! Finally, a Beaver Mountain Home Planning Seminar gives you an opportunity to see how they can offer you the ultimate log home-buying experience. The knowledgeable staff will be on hand to answer many of your questions, and you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the planning, custom designing, and construction processes. The agenda includes: projecting a timeline from purchase to completion; determining a budget; developing custom floor plans; guidelines and tips for selecting a builder/contractor to assemble your new home; financing tips, ordering and delivery information and more. All of the workshops and seminars will be held either at the Sales/Design Center near Hancock, NY or at the manufacturing facility (mill) in Deposit, NY, located near the Sales/Design Center. Participants are requested to RSVP for each of these events by calling Beaver Mountain at 1-800-233-2770. Tour their website at www.beavermtn.com.

February 19 – It’s Movie Night for Kids at Big Boulder Ski Area in Lake Harmony (via Route 903 or Route 940). Call Big Boulder at (570) 722-0100 or 1-800-468-2442 for all the details. www.jfbb.com

February 19 – It’s a Sam Adams Saturday at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton. There will be fun & games with great prizes at Club 223 in the Summit Lodge. Also, drawings for giveaways from product representatives, live entertainment, drink specials and more. For ages 21 & up only. Call Blue Mountain at (610) 826-7700 for details or call 1-877-SKI-BLUE for a ski report. www.skibluemt.com

February 19 – Round up the kids and register everyone for the “Witt’s” Family Fun Race at Alpine Mountain Ski & Ride Center, Route 447 in Analomink. Lots of prizes will be awarded. Funtime Entertainment will be in the lounge. Call (570) 595-2150 or log on to www.alpinemountain.com.

February 19 – Members of The Pocono Outdoor Club invite you to join them to Snowshoe/Hike to Wolf Swamp and Deep Lake on State Game Lands #38 near Camelback Ski Area and Tannersville. It is a relatively level plateau area, possibly mixed with some single track adventure. The winter hike will be 5+/- miles, less if snow is deep. Contact trail leader Club President John Motz at (570) 236-1462 for directions, details, or to pre-register. Do you like to hike, bike, go fishing, canoeing, kayaking, skiing or camping? If you love discovering beautiful new places to explore in the wilds of the Pocono Mountains, contact John at (570) 236-1462 or pocoutclub@entermail.net to find out more about the Pocono Outdoor Club.

February 19 & 20 – Miss Elly’s Antiques & Such, a cozy two-story Victorian shop in Hawley is hosting a Presidents’ Weekend Open House. Light refreshments will be served and other special activities will take place. Miss Elly’s Antiques is just three doors off Main Avenue (Route 6) at 518 Church Street in Hawley. The shop is open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm, later by chance or appointment (closed Tuesday & Wednesday). Visit www.missellysantiques.com for news and pictures of featured items or call (570) 226-7513.

February 19 & 20 – The Jim Thorpe Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce is proud to present Jim Thorpe Winterfest 2005, a celebration sure to beat the winter blues. Kicking off this year’s event will be a live broadcast by B-104 radio to promote Jim Thorpe’s first-ever Winterfest Poker Walk on Saturday. Participants will compete for the highest poker hand while visiting the Poker Walk sponsors; prizes will be awarded for highest, second highest and lowest hands. Registration begins at 11:30am in Asa Packer Park and the Walk takes place from 12:30pm to 4:00pm. Featured on Sunday will be the beauty of an ice carving demonstration and ice sculpture display in Asa Packer Park. For those who brave the cold, there will be plenty of free hot chocolate and coffee. Several live performances and special activities during the two-day event are scheduled throughout the town. For more information, call the JTAC at (570) 325-5810 or log on to www.jimthorpe.org. 

February 19 & 20 – Jack Frost Mountain in Blakeslee and Big Boulder Ski Area in Lake Harmony are offering Free Sliding Sessions this weekend. Free sessions will be offered to skiers and snowboarders at noon and instructors will offer a tip for the day. Jack Frost is located just off Route 940 west of Blakeslee Corners, and Big Boulder is located in Lake Harmony via Route 903 or Route 940. Call Jack Frost at (570) 443-8425 or Big Boulder at (570) 722-0100 to sign up. www.jfbb.com

February 19 & 20 – It’s Captain Morgan Weekend at Camelback Ski Area in Tannersville. Look for specials in the lounge, games, prizes, entertainment and more! 21 and over only. Camelback is located in Tannersville, off I-80 exit 299. Call (570) 629-1661 for all the details. www.skicamelback.com

February 19 thru 21 Celebrate “President’s Day” Weekend with Sam Adams at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton. There will be drawings for giveaways, live entertainment, drink specials and more. Also, fun & games with great prizes at Club 223 in the Summit Lodge. For ages 21 & over only. Call Blue Mountain at (610) 826-7700 for details or call 1-877-SKI-BLUE for a ski report. www.skibluemt.com

February 19 thru 27 Celebrate Presidents’ Week with Holiday Rates at Alpine Mountain Ski & Ride Center, Route 447 in Analomink! Call (570) 595-2150 or log on to www.alpinemountain.com. 

February 20 – Stroudsmoor Country Inn near Stroudsburg invites you to their Winter Bridal Sampling from 12:00 to 5:00pm. The purpose of this event is to acquaint newly engaged couples with some of the Inn’s famous hors d’oeuvres and most frequently chosen menu selections; to offer them a preview of each of the five event facilities on the 250-acre property; to introduce them to the inn’s floral designers and spa staff, and to tempt them into tasting a variety of mouthwatering cake selections. Each guest will experience first-hand the ambience of a Stroudsmoor wedding, and understand how the inn is a quintessential element in the planning of an unforgettable wedding celebration. The Village Common at Stroudsmoor offers floral designs by Susan Bernadette, exquisite and affordable works of art carefully matched to the host’s individual style. Susan will be present at the sampling event to answer each guest’s floral and favor needs, and suggesting personal touches to create the perfect environment for their wedding day. Stroudsmoor suggests that all attendees contact The Village Common at (570) 424-1199 to arrange for a private consultation after visiting the Bridal Sampling. In an effort to further enhance your wedding experience, the inn offers an Aveda Spa and Bridal Studio, conveniently located on the Stroudsmoor property. Master stylist and spa coordinator Ken Lang has designed services specifically for the bride and her bridal party, featuring essential beauty and wellness treatments to create a relaxed and pampered feeling, and hair styling & cosmetic application on the wedding day. The spa and studio can be reached by calling (570) 424-9SPA, or by contacting the Stroudsmoor Event office. Almost two decades of experience in the execution of wedding events has earned Stroudsmoor a reputation of excellence. Bridal Sampling reservations are required in advance. For additional wedding planning information or to make reservations for the February 20 Bridal Sampling, contact the inn via email at info@stroudsmoor.com or dial (570) 421-6431, ext. 420. Set atop its own mountain in Stroudsburg, the Stroudsmoor is conveniently located off I-80 exit 307 (formerly exit 50). Follow signs to Route 191 south, then travel to the top of the mountain and turn right onto Stroudsmoor Road. www.stroudsmoor.com

February 20 – The Race Against Cancer will be run today at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, I-80 exit 309 in Shawnee-on-Delaware. This NASTAR-format recreational giant slalom race is open to all skiers and snowboarders. All race proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Call Shawnee Mountain at (570) 421-7231 for further details and registration information. www.shawneemt.com

February 20 – There will be Jib & Jam Sessions today at Big Boulder Ski Area in Lake Harmony (via Route 903 or Route 940). For all the awesome details or to sign up, call Big Boulder at (570) 722-0100 or 1-800-468-2442. www.jfbb.com

February 20 – The Fine Arts Discovery Series (FADS) presents Theatreworks USA as they perform a new Musical based on Don Freeman’s popular book Corduroy, beginning at 4:00pm at Stroudsburg High School on West Main Street in Stroudsburg. Corduroy is the story of a lonely teddy bear and the little girl who adopts him. It is a delightful, jazz-inspired, upbeat musical treat. The Fine Arts Discovery Series introduces young audiences and their families to diverse cultural art forms and entertainment, inexpensively. All shows are held at Stroudsburg High School on Sundays starting at 4:00pm. All seats are reserved and each show costs $8 per seat. For more information, call the FADS at (570) 476-FADS (3237).

February 21 – Everyone is invited to the Spaghetti Dinner sponsored by Cub Scout Pack 103 at the VFW Hall on Fawn Road in East Stroudsburg. Dinner will be served from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and tickets are available at the door. Call (570) 421-8192 for directions and pricing.

February 22 Celebrate Mardi Gras at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton. There will be themed fun & games with great prizes at Club 223 in the Summit Lodge. Also today, the Miller Time Happy Hour comes to Blue Mountain with giveaways, live entertainment, drink specials and more. For ages 21 & up only. Call Blue Mountain at (610) 826-7700 for details or call 1-877-SKI-BLUE for a ski report. www.skibluemt.com

February 22 – The Tuesday Night Race Series is being run at Big Boulder Ski Area in Lake Harmony (via Route 903 or Route 940). The races will be held on Tuesdays, January 11 & 25, and February 8 & 22. For registration details and race times, call Big Boulder at (570) 722-0100 or 1-800-468-2442. www.jfbb.com

February 23 – It’s another Party with Pilsner Urquell at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton! There will be fun & games with great prizes at Club 223 in the Summit Lodge. Also, drawings for giveaways, live entertainment, drink specials and more. For ages 21 & over only. Call Blue Mountain at (610) 826-7700 for details or call 1-877-SKI-BLUE for a ski report. www.skibluemt.com

February 23 The Classic Movie Film Discussion Group Meets at 7:00pm in the Community Room of the Eastern Monroe Public Library, North 9th Street/Route 611 in Stroudsburg. Call 894-4029 for more information.

February 24 – It’s Coors Light Thirsty Thursday at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton. There will be fun & games with great prizes at Club 223 in the Summit Lodge. Also, drawings for giveaways from product representatives, live entertainment, drink specials and more. For ages 21 & up only. Call Blue Mountain at (610) 826-7700 for details or call 1-877-SKI-BLUE for a ski report. www.skibluemt.com

February 24 The Pocono Writers Monthly Meeting will be held from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Eastern Monroe Public Library, North 9th Street/Route 611 in Stroudsburg. Call 421-6405 for further details.

February 25 – Join Nescopeck State Park in the Western Poconos in welcoming DCNR District Forester Andrew Duncan for A Look at Penn’s Woods. Andrew will be discussing the 2004 “State of The Forest” inventory in Pennsylvania. His presentation will focus on the sustainability and regeneration of Penn’s Woods in regards to urban sprawl and forest pests, among other things. The program begins at 7:00pm at the park’s new Raphael J. Musto Environmental Education Center on Honey Hole Road and registration is required to attend. Nescopeck State Park is located off Honey Hole Road via Route 309 or Route 437. Call the office at (570) 403-2006 to register for this informative and vital program. www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks 

February 25 – Get ready for all the spooky fun during the Monster Mash Ski Bash at Alpine Mountain Ski & Ride Center, Route 447 in Analomink. Starting at 4:00pm, join them for fun and games for all members of the family. Dress up in your scariest costume and compete for prizes. Lift tickets start at $22 for the evening and include all activities. Call (570) 595-2150 for all the Monster Mash Ski Bash details. www.alpinemountain.com

February 25 Blue Moon in the Afternoon returns to Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton! There will be fun & games with great prizes at Club 223 in the Summit Lodge. Also, drawings for giveaways from product representatives, live entertainment, drink specials and more. For ages 21 & up only. Call Blue Mountain at (610) 826-7700 for details or call 1-877-SKI-BLUE for a ski report. www.skibluemt.com

February 26 – Don’t miss the 10th Annual Winter Carnival at Tanglwood Ski Area & Winter Park in Tafton! Look for live entertainment, fun activities, tube races, kid’s races, an ASRA race, specials, a snowboard event and more. An Outdoor Chicken Barbecue, a Beverage Tent, and other concessions will be set up throughout the mountaintop grounds of the ski area. Tanglwood Ski Area is located just off I-84 exit 26 to Route 390N in Tafton. For all the exciting details, call Tanglwood at (570) 226-SNOW, (888) 226-SNOW, or visit their website at www.tanglwood.com.

February 26 – If you haven’t been up to the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Dingmans Ferry in the wintertime, you’re missing out on a wonderland of winter fun! PEEC will be offering Cross-Country Skiing Treks on January 15, 22, 29 & February 5, 12 & 26, from 1:00pm until 3:30pm. PEEC provides the skiing equipment and lessons. Spend the afternoon skiing through snow-covered forests and trails, enjoying the beautiful scenery that can only be found in the Pocono Mountains. The treks are $12 per person and pre-registration is required. Call (570) 828-2319 to register. PEEC, a non-profit center, is located off Route 209 between Bushkill and Milford in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The center enhances environmental awareness, knowledge, and appreciation through hands-on experience in a natural outdoor classroom. The diversity of programs offered has earned PEEC, in cooperation with the National Park Service, the distinction of being one of the most respected centers for environmental education in the United States. For more information, call PEEC at (570) 828-2319 or log on to www.peec.org.

February 26 Box Car Races will be held at Big Boulder Ski Area in Lake Harmony (via Route 903 or Route 940). Curious? Call Big Boulder at (570) 722-0100 or 1-800-468-2442 to find out more. www.jfbb.com

February 26 – It’s a Sam Adams Saturday at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton. There will be fun & games with great prizes at Club 223 in the Summit Lodge. Also, drawings for giveaways from product representatives, live entertainment, drink specials and more. For ages 21 & up only. Call Blue Mountain at (610) 826-7700 for details or call 1-877-SKI-BLUE for a ski report. www.skibluemt.com

February 26 – Sign up for the “Alpine” Family Fun Race at Alpine Mountain Ski & Ride Center, Route 447 in Analomink. Prizes will be awarded. Josiah will perform in the lounge. Call (570) 595-2150 or log on to www.alpinemountain.com.

February 26 – The seventeenth annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Telethon will be aired live from East Stroudsburg University on Blue Ridge Cable 13. Tune in from 12:00noon to 10:00pm and show your support for this wonderful program!

February 26 & 27 – Jack Frost Mountain in Blakeslee and Big Boulder Ski Area in Lake Harmony are offering Free Sliding Sessions this weekend. Free sessions will be offered to skiers and snowboarders at noon and instructors will offer a tip for the day. Jack Frost is located just off Route 940 west of Blakeslee Corners, and Big Boulder is located in Lake Harmony via Route 903 or Route 940. Call Jack Frost at (570) 443-8425 or Big Boulder at (570) 722-0100 to sign up. www.jfbb.com

February 27 – Die-hard golfers are invited to play in the 17th Annual Ice Tee Golf Tournament atop frozen Lake Wallenpaupack! Presented by the Hawley-Lake Wallenpaupack Chamber of Commerce, the tournament will take place in front of Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant on Route 507 in Tafton overlooking Lake Wallenpaupack. Two challenging 9-hole courses will be created, complete with tree-lined fairways, water traps, obstacles and roughs! Participants are limited to three clubs, one of which must be a putter. The tournament begins with morning tee times and “green” fees are $15 in advance, $20 on the day of the event on an “as available basis.” Advance registration is suggested to ensure a tee time. Golfers may also participate in the “Closest to Wally” Driving Contest and other activities held in conjunction with the tournament. Non-golfers may also enjoy the 3rd annual Chili – Hot Wing Cook Off, held from noon until 4:00 at Ehrhardt’s even if the tournament is postponed. Enter your favorite chili or wings recipe, be a judge, or just enjoy tasting them all! For more Ice Tee Golf Tournament information or tee times, or for details about the Cook Off, call the Hawley-Lake Wallenpaupack Chamber of Commerce at (570) 226-3191. www.hawleywallenpaupackcc.com 

February 27 – The base of Shawnee Mountain Ski Area in Shawnee-on-Delaware will come alive with a festive carnival atmosphere for skiers, boarders, snowtubers and spectators during Winter Carnival Day. This event for all ages will feature demonstrations, vendors, music, games & trivia contests, product sampling, an outdoor barbecue and tons of prizes and giveaways. There will be a DJ with outdoor music and a “Slope Spies” contest with prizes, as well as a live radio broadcast by MAX 106.3 Radio. Also today, see the region’s top ice carvers compete in the Coca-Cola Ice Sculpture Contest. Most Winter Carnival activities will take place between 11:00am and 3:00pm in the Base Area, slope side. Add carnival fun to a great day of skiing, snowboarding or snowtubing! Shawnee Mountain is located just off I-80 exit 309 in Shawnee-on-Delaware. For more details, call Shawnee Mountain at (570) 421-7231 or log on to www.shawneemt.com.

February 27 – Ages 21 and over can compete in the Yuengling Lager Adult Race at Alpine Mountain Ski & Ride Center, Route 447 in Analomink. Celebrate your victories with specials in the lounge and live music by Two of a Kind. Call (570) 595-2150 or log on to www.alpinemountain.com.

February 27 – The Eastern PA Ski Council Race will be run at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton. Also today, Bacardi Rum Happy Hour with drink specials, live entertainment, drawings for giveaways and more. For ages 21 & over only. Call Blue Mountain at (610) 826-7700 for details or call 1-877-SKI-BLUE for a ski report. www.skibluemt.com

February 27 – There will be Jib & Jam Sessions today at Big Boulder Ski Area in Lake Harmony (via Route 903 or Route 940). For all the awesome details or to sign up, call Big Boulder at (570) 722-0100 or 1-800-468-2442. www.jfbb.com

February 28 – It’s Buckman’s Customer Appreciation Day at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton. Call Blue Mountain at (610) 826-7700 for details. www.skibluemt.com

March 2 thru End of Season – Head to Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain in Lackawaxen for $2.99 Nights! Ski or snowboard any Wednesday or Thursday night through the end of the ski season on a lift ticket that costs only $2.99!!! Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain is a semi-private family facility located about four miles off Route 590 in Lackawaxen. Call (570) 685-1400 or log on to www.ski-bigbear.com for more information.

March 4 The Forwardian Film/Video Society will host a Movie and Chat Nite at The Pocono Cinema & Coffee Shop, 88 South Courtland Street in East Stroudsburg. Movie buffs are requested to meet at the theatre at around 6:30pm. There will be a gathering in the Coffee Shop after the film so everyone can meet and chat. Pocono Cinema will charge members of The Forwardian Society attending tonight $6 for admission into the film. Information about the films being shown at the theatre can be had by calling 421-FILM. All film lovers are encouraged to attend. Contact Paul Adam Smeltz of the Forwardian Society at (570) 476-4357 or email forwardian@hotmail.com for more information.

March 5 – Tele-skiers will want to check out the 6th Annual Telemark Festival at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area in Shawnee-on-Delaware. Events such as Telemark Puzzle, Team Relay and Obstacle Course are open to all Tele-skiers, plus there will be FREE clinics for “Tele-Wannabees” and “Wannabe Betters.” Plenty of prizes and fun for all! Telemark demos and rentals will be available. Shawnee Mountain is located just off I-80 exit 309 in Shawnee-on-Delaware. Tele-skiers can call Shawnee Mountain at (570) 421-7231 for all the details. www.shawneemt.com

March 5 – It’s Movie Night for Kids at Big Boulder Ski Area in Lake Harmony (via Route 903 or Route 940). Call Big Boulder at (570) 722-0100 or 1-800-468-2442 for all the details. www.jfbb.com

March 5 – Get the kids together and sign up for the Alpine Family Fun Race at Alpine Mountain Ski & Ride Center, Route 447 in Analomink; lots of prizes will be awarded. Also today at Alpine, it’s Pepsi Family Fun Day. Look for great family fun with plenty of games, prizes and events! Call (570) 595-2150 for all the exciting details. www.alpinemountain.com 

March 5 & 6 – It’s a Beach Party Weekend at Jack Frost Mountain Ski Area in Blakeslee! There’ll be live music to add to the atmosphere and activities to add to the fun. Jack Frost is located off Route 940, west of Blakeslee Corners. Call them at (570) 443-8425 or 1-800-468-2442. www.jfbb.com

March 5 & 6 – Camelback Ski Area in Tannersville is hosting their annual Mardi Gras Weekend event. Enjoy a taste of life in “The Big Easy” at Camelback with great New Orleans music, drink specials, and promotional giveaways. It will be a weekend not to be missed! Bands perform in the Main Lounge both days. Camelback is located off I-80 exit 299 in Tannersville. For all the Mardi Gras Weekend details, call Camelback at (570) 629-1661. www.skicamelback.com

March 6 – Strut your stuff on Shawnee Mountain Ski Area’s new 3000’ Super Park during the Slopestyle/Park Jam today. Whether you’re into rails or big air, judges will be awarding the best overall talent with tons of gear from Salomon, Predator, Pro-tec, Rossignol Snowboards, Vans and more. Other prizes will be drawn by bib number to be sure everyone leaves with some swag. Red Bull will be on the snow to show their support as well. The Slopestyle/Park Jam is open to skiers and riders of all abilities. Shawnee Mountain is located just off I-80 exit 309 in Shawnee-on-Delaware. For more information, call Shawnee Mountain at (570) 421-7231 or log on to www.shawneemt.com.

March 6 – The Pocono Bluegrass & Folk Society is hosting a “First Sunday” Concert and Shindig Today. The public is invited to enjoy the monthly stage shows featuring critically acclaimed bands at the renovated BPO Elks Lodge, 260 Washington Street in East Stroudsburg. Doors open at 10:00am for anxious “pickers” waiting for a chance to learn a new song or hot lick, or to create impromptu bands to perform for the Open Mike Stage Shows which begin at 12:00pm and continue until about 6:00pm. Each month one or two featured bands will perform; playing today are Eager, Hampton & McGill and Heavy Traffic. If you play an instrument, bring it along and join in one of the many jam sessions going on throughout the rest of the spacious 1920’s era building! Food and beverages will be available from the Elks at reasonable prices. Shindigs are held the first Sunday of each month from October through May, with no Shindig in December. Admission is $5. For more information, visit www.poconobluegrass.org, email felixpap@ptd.net, or call (570) 421-0997 or (570) 424-2937.

March 6 – There will be Jib & Jam Sessions today at Big Boulder Ski Area in Lake Harmony (via Route 903 or Route 940). For all the awesome details or to sign up, call Big Boulder at (570) 722-0100 or 1-800-468-2442. www.jfbb.com

March 6 – Today is Spring Customer Appreciation Day at Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain in Lackawaxen. On this special day, Ski Big Bear will celebrate spring and all of their customers who have become their friends over the winter. Join them for ski races, a lunch cookout, and hopefully lots of sunshine. Discount 2006 passes will be available. Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain is a semi-private family facility located about four miles off Route 590 in Lackawaxen. Call (570) 685-1400 or log on to www.ski-bigbear.com.

March 6 – This is Scout Sunday at Big Boulder Ski Area in Lake Harmony (via Route 903 or Route 940). All Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are invited to attend the activities. To sign up, call Big Boulder at (570) 722-0100 or 1-800-468-2442. www.jfbb.com

March 6 – Ages 21 and over can compete in the Bud/Bud Light Adult Race at Alpine Mountain Ski & Ride Center, Route 447 in Analomink. Celebrate your victories afterwards with specials in the lounge. Call (570) 595-2150 or log on to www.alpinemountain.com. 

March 7 – The Historical Mysteries Discussion Group is a group of fun people who enjoy reading and discussing mysteries from the 1950’s and earlier. The group meets in the Community Room of the Western Poconos Community Library at 7:30pm on the first Monday of each month. Coffee will be available. The library is found at Rt. 115 and Pilgrim Way in Brodheadsville. Call Jo at 629-0727 for details.

March 11 – The Our Lady of Victory Parish Knights of Columbus Council 12114 will host their annual St. Patrick’s Day/50’s Dance in the Church Hall in Tannersville. Beginning at 6:30pm, this gala affair includes a reception hour, full dinner with a wonderful variety to satisfy every taste, and delicious desserts. The cost is $15 per person and tickets will not be sold at the door. To purchase your tickets, call Vincent Trapasso at 629-5711 or 422-6310.  

March 12 – Go for a Morning Hike along Milford Ridge with members of The Pocono Outdoor Club. Enjoy Raymondskill Falls in winter and the spectacular views from the trail along the ridge. It will be a mostly easy woods walk with a few moderate inclines. Participants are asked to meet at the Marshalls Creek Mr. Z’s parking lot at 9:00am. For more information, contact trail leaders Tom and Rosemary Miller at (570) 992-1321. Do you like to hike, bike, go fishing, canoeing, kayaking, skiing or camping? If you love discovering beautiful new places to explore in the wilds of the Pocono Mountains, contact Club President John Motz at (570) 236-1462 or pocoutclub@entermail.net to find out more about the Pocono Outdoor Club.

March 12 – The art of tracking animals is made much easier with winter’s blanket of snow. Join a Naturalist at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Dingmans Ferry for their Tracking Series from 10:00am until noon. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned outdoors-person, looking into the lives of animals through their tracks is always exciting! Sessions will be held in the field identifying tracks and following trails. Be prepared to go off the beaten path and wear warm boots and clothing. There is a small $3 cost. Call PEEC at (570) 828-2319 to register. PEEC, a non-profit center, is located off Route 209 between Bushkill and Milford in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The center enhances environmental awareness, knowledge, and appreciation through hands-on experience in a natural outdoor classroom. The diversity of programs offered has earned PEEC, in cooperation with the National Park Service, the distinction of being one of the most respected centers for environmental education in the United States. For more information, call PEEC at (570) 828-2319 or log on to www.peec.org.

March 12 - The Jim Thorpe Area Chamber of Commerce and the Jim Thorpe Artists Music Series (JTAMS) proudly present Second Saturdays, a monthly celebration of Jim Thorpe’s growing arts community. Second Saturdays feature extended hours for each of the many galleries and studios in town, along with many other shops and establishments. The celebration runs from noon until 9:00pm. Live Concerts sponsored by JTAMS are held at the Mauch Chunk Opera House on 14 West Broadway in Jim Thorpe concurrent with Second Saturdays. Find out more about Second Saturdays when you log on to www.jimthorpeartists.org or www.jtams.net or call (570) 325-0249. To find out more about this and other exciting Jim Thorpe events, call the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce at (570) 325-5810 or visit www.jimthorpe.org.

March 12 & 13 – Celebrate the fun of the Emerald Isle when you join in the St. Patrick’s Weekend Festivities, including live music at Jack Frost Mountain Ski Area in Blakeslee! Jack Frost is easy to find off Route 940, west of Blakeslee Corners. Call them at (570) 443-8425 or 1-800-468-2442. www.jfbb.com

March 12 & 13 – The first day of spring is only a week away, and Camelback Ski Area in Tannersville invites you to celebrate with them during Beach Party Weekend! Listen to live music; limbo in the man-made indoor beach bar, try for giveaways in the Lounge and more. Customers finding seashells hidden throughout the ski area will win free gifts! Camelback is located off I-80 exit 299 in Tannersville. For more Beach Party Weekend details, call Camelback at (570) 629-1661. www.skicamelback.com

March 19 Beaver Mountain Log & Cedar Homes are custom log home manufacturers near Hancock, New York who ship their pre-cut log homes to sites throughout the Pocono Mountains and the Northeast. Today they are offering potential home buyers two special events: a Mill Tour & Log Building Workshop beginning at 9:30am and a Home Planning Seminar starting at 1:00pm. During the Mill Tour, attendees tour the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility near Hancock, NY where you’ll see how they mill their double tongue-and-groove, kiln-dried logs. They’ll demonstrate how their precision pre-cut and numbered wall logs are graded and dry-stacked for quality assurance. During the tour, you’ll also visit the administrative offices where a designer will demonstrate how a preliminary sketch evolves into detailed assembly drawings of your dream home. At the Log Building Workshop, you’ll see firsthand the construction process of a Beaver Mountain log home. Witness the assembly of a 12’ X 18’ log building row by row; it’s a fun opportunity to learn log-building techniques and see how their pre-cut, pre-numbered logs fit snug and tight! Finally, a Beaver Mountain Home Planning Seminar gives you an opportunity to see how they can offer you the ultimate log home-buying experience. The knowledgeable staff will be on hand to answer many of your questions, and you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the planning, custom designing, and construction processes. The agenda includes: projecting a timeline from purchase to completion; determining a budget; developing custom floor plans; guidelines and tips for selecting a builder/contractor to assemble your new home; financing tips, ordering and delivery information and more. All of the workshops and seminars will be held either at the Sales/Design Center near Hancock, NY or at the manufacturing facility (mill) in Deposit, NY, located near the Sales/Design Center. Participants are requested to RSVP for each of these events by calling Beaver Mountain at 1-800-233-2770. Tour their website at www.beavermtn.com.

Every Saturday BINGO, 6:30pm at the Promised Land firehouse off Route 390 in Promised Land.

4th Sunday of every month - Historians of Sterling Township Meeting, 2:00pm in the Sterling United Methodist Church Sunday School Room. Anyone interested in becoming a member may call 676-3206. All are welcome.

3rd Thursday of every month - The Pocono Mountain Chapter of the National Rail Historical Society Meets at the Tannersville Learning Center. Visitors are welcome! For more information, call 421-6947.

2nd & 4th Monday of every month - Exchange Club of the Pocono Mountains Meeting at Dansbury Depot in East Stroudsburg. New members are welcomed at any time. For additional information about the group, please call Carol Hutson, secretary, at 223-0848.

4th Monday of every month - Meeting of the Pocono Mountain Women's Club, 7:30pm at Tobyhanna Elementary Center in Pocono Pines at 7:30pm. Interested in joining? Call the Membership Chairperson at 646-3954. Meetings held every month except Dec. and June.

Every Wednesday - The Pocono Mountain Writer's Club for Children meets from 4:00 to 5:00pm at the Pocono Mt. Library in the Coolbaugh Municipal Center, Tobyhanna. For kids ages 3 - 6, the programs feature many types of writing and other activities. For more information, call 894-8860.

2nd Thursday of every month - there will be a Poetry Reading from 7:00 to 8:00pm at the Pocono Mountain Public Library in the Coolbaugh Municipal Center in Tobyhanna. Bring your own works, read the works of others, or come and listen. Call 894-8860 for information.

Sundays - Coffee Hour at the Zion United Church of Christ, 14 N. 8th Street, Stroudsburg at 10:00am.

1st Sunday of every month - Breakfast at the Coolbaugh Fire Company Building, Laurel Drive (off Rt. 611) in Tobyhanna from 8:00 until noon.

1st  Sunday of every month - Breakfast at American Legion Post 413, Old Rt. 940 at Pocono Lake from 8:00 until noon.

Every Monday - The Way Off Broadway Theatre Company invites the public to attend an ongoing Acting Workshop every Monday night at 7:00pm at 114 9th St. in Honesdale (above Spotless Cleaners). Open to all adults regardless of experience. Call 251-8251 to learn more.


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