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Schedule announced for Community Day on October 3

Penn State Hazleton's annual Community Day, a celebration of the relationship between campus and the Greater Hazleton community, will run from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 3, at the campus. Sponsored by the Hazleton Education Council, the campus advisory board, Community Day is free and all are invited to attend. The event will be held rain or shine, with most outdoor venues moved indoors in inclement weather.

Community Day is designed to showcase the resources of the campus and the university, as well as the talents of the area community members and campus students, faculty and staff. The event features entertainment and fun, historical and educational components, and food and refreshments. Annual favorites of the event include horse-drawn wagon rides around the picturesque campus, interactive “Education Stations” with Penn State Hazleton faculty and friends, and sales of hand-dipped University Creamery ice cream.

New this year is Children's Activity Zone with a variety of free events ranging from spin art to gemstone mining to an inflatable obstacle course. Penn State Hazleton's Thon Committee, which raises money for the university's annual dance marathon to benefit children with cancer at Penn State's Children's Hospital, is sponsoring this event along with a basket raffle to raise money.

From the community, participants include:

  • Hazleton Art League with artists Sam Cesare and Marie Hayes. Cesare will perform a ceramics demonstration and make-it, take-it craft for kids, while Hayes will offer students a drawing station to create artwork.
  • PawsAbilities - Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club. Group members raise puppies for The Seeing Eye in Morristown, New Jersey. The Seeing Eye has been providing guide dogs for the blind for 80 years, and to date have matched over 15,000 dog guides with blind persons. PawsAbilities members get the puppies when they are about 7 weeks old. The puppies are socialized by exposing them to as many people, places, and environments as possible. Just about anywhere the raisers go, the puppies go as well. Once the puppies are about 15 months old they go back to The Seeing Eye to continue their journey to become a dog guide. More information is available at: http://papaws.org
  • Penn State Master Gardener volunteer program – The master gardeners support the mission of Penn State’s Cooperative Extension by utilizing research-based information to educate the public on best practices in consumer horticulture and environmental stewardship. The Master Gardener program was established to assist Cooperative Extension in reaching the consumer horticulture audience. The program provides interested individuals with extensive training in many phases of gardening. In return, participants dedicate volunteer time to teaching horticultural information based on university research and recommendations. The Luzerne County Penn State Master Gardeners are a group of about 30 volunteers who are part of the Penn State Cooperative Extension Service, operating under the direction of the Extension office in West Pittston.  

    The master gardeners will provide activities for children and adults at Community Day. Several Master Gardeners will offer activities designed to teach children about insects around their homes, and give them a chance to make an insect craft project to take home.  Other Master Gardeners will offer a display and demonstration on perennials in the home garden, and answer questions from visitors about home gardening and landscape.
  • and Hazleton Philharmonic Big Band Sound will perform musical favorites from that ever-popular era of the Big Bands.


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