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Scrantastic Spectacular

The fourth annual “Scrantastic Spectacular” will be held on Thursday, July 3, at Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The event is a partnership between Lackawanna County, Entercom Communications, the City of Scranton, Prudential and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.

The event will feature live bands, vendors, children’s activities, a Wendy’s 5K race and the Wendy’s Kids Dash. All of the events will be followed by a free performance by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, beginning at 7:30 p.m., followed by a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

The full schedule of events is as follows:

• The Killer Bees: 3:30 p.m.

• Blush: 4:15 p.m.

• Revolution: 5 p.m.

• The Russello Project: 5:45 p.m.

• Wendy’s 5K Superhero Run: 6 p.m.

• Liam Lis: 6:30 p.m.

• Wendy’s Superhero Kids Dash: 6:45 p.m.

Visit or call Maureen McGuigan, Deputy Director of Arts and Culture for Lackawanna County, at 570-963-6590, ext. 102, or email for more information.

Keystone Observatory Hours

The Keystone College Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory in Fleetville will begin its summer program on Monday, July 7, at 8:30 p.m., and will continue each Monday and Wednesday night through Wednesday, July 30.

The astronomical programs will feature an illustrated lecture and weather-permitted observation through telescopes. The main objects planned for observation include the planets Mars, Saturn and Uranus, the Moon and various star clusters, double stars, nebulae and galaxies.

Presentations scheduled for the summer sessions include: “The Sun, Our Nearest Star” by professor Thomas Cupillari on Monday, July 7, and Wednesday, July 9; “Asteroids in Outer Regions of the Solar System” by John Sabia on Monday, July 14, and Wednesday, July 16; “Beyond the Solar System” by Joann Kamichitis on Monday, July 21, and Wednesday, July 23; and “Experiences at McDonald Observatory: A Professional Observing Run” by Professor Douglas O’Neal, Ph.D., on Monday, July 28, and Wednesday, July 30.

Open to the public and free of charge, the sessions at the observatory will be held regardless of sky conditions and cancelled only by the threat of severe weather. For more information on the summer series, call Professor Cupillari at 570-945-8402.

The Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory is located approximately two miles east of Fleetville on Rte. 107 and approximately 1.5 miles west on Rte. 107 from exit 202 on Interstate 81. For more information on the observatory, visit Keystone College’s website at

Gospel Concert

Mount Bethel Baptist Church, 1341 Layton Road, Justis, will host gospel singers The Bates Family, on Friday, July 11. A covered dish supper will be held at 6 p.m. and the free concert will begin at 7 p.m. Call 570-587-1932 for more information.

Football Camp

Lackawanna Trail High School will host its sixth annual Lion Cub Football Camp on Monday and Tuesday, July 14-15, from 5:30-8 p.m. Run by head football coach Steve Jervis, the campers will receive position-specific instruction from the coaching staff and football team members in a non-contact setting. Players will be grouped according to their age and their individual offensive and defensive positions. Special team instruction will also be covered.

All campers will receive coaching on the fundamentals of blocking and tackling, how to get into a solid football stance, how to use their “power angles,” stretching, agility, proper form running technique and teamwork. The importance of “Lion Pride” throughout the entire Lackawanna Trail football family will also be emphasized. Each camper will receive a T-shirt and will be eligible for prizes.

Registration for the camp is $20, if registered before Friday, July 11. Registration at the door is $25.

The camp will he held on the game field at the Lackawanna Trail High School. Attire for the event is T-shirts and shorts, as well as proper footwear (spikes, if possible). A certified trainer will be on the grounds at all times. Food and drink will also be available for purchase.

Call Steve Jervis at 570-335-3768 or email for more information.

Vacation Bible School

The First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St., will host its vacation Bible school from Monday, July 14, through Friday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to noon. The school is open to children ages four through fifth grade. This year’s theme is “Weird Animals.” Call 570-575-3811 for more information.