Minecraft, LEGOs, robotics among programs offered at the Dietrich

First Posted: 2/7/2015

This past Thursday I went to the first class in the Dietrich’s “Nutrition: Healthy Eating for Busy Lives” series. Taught by Certified Nutrition Counselor Donna Fetzko, the focus of the session was how eating healthy starts at home.

Some of the statistics that Donna shared with us about how our eating habits have changed from 1970 to now I found to be surprising. Did you know that during that time period our daily calorie intake from food eaten outside the home rose by 77 percent? And that the number of fast food restaurants increased 147 percent?

I know I tend to eat more take out and processed foods when my schedule gets busy, so I look forward to learning how to make better food decisions when things are hectic. Other topics that will be covered in the series include: Eating Healthy on a Budget, Healthy Eating Smart Choices and Time Saving Tips, and Healthy Eating Recipes and Meal Planning. You are invited to attend a single session or all three.

Classes will be held on Thursdays, Feb. 12, 19 and 26 and admission is free. We would like to thank the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation for sponsoring this program. Call the theater at 570-996-1500 to sign up.

For kids, the Dietrich will also be hosting a variety of events and classes with Rand Whipple and the staff of Box of Light Studios. On Saturday, Feb. 14, there will be two Minecraft events for children ages 7-14 years old. During these sessions, Minecrafters will take part in some networked fun including building, spleefing and raising of diamond swords. Each event will have a free build section and a new challenge. Admission is $17 per event.

We also offer a LEGO Film and Claymation class from 10:30 a.m. to noon the same day. Aspiring young film makers will have the opportunity to make cool movies while exploring stop motion filming techniques. Students will learn how to make their characters’ movements smooth and how to make sound effects pop. Admission is $17 and space is limited.

The Dietrich will also hold a Robotics workshop from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 14 During this class, participants will discover how to build and program their own robots. They will learn how to make them move, see, feel and even talk. Admission is $17.

Call the Dietrich for more information or to register for any of these classes. If you can’t make the sessions this Saturday, Rand will be back for another day of Minecraft and fun with film and technology on Feb. 28.

If you are looking for activities for younger children, we encourage you to join us for Little People and Nature classes at the Dietrich with Rebecca Lesko of the Endless Mountains Nature Center.

Sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation, little ones and their favorite adults will study and learn about a variety of nature topics including Feeder Flutter, Owls, Bear Buddies and Winter Wonders. There will be a Tuesday class series from 10 to 11 a.m. March 3 through 24 and a Wednesday series at the same time March 4 through March 25.

During these sessions, children ages two-and-a-half to five years old will make crafts, role-play, listen to stories and play games. Call the Dietrich to register.

As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!

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