More Than the Movies Nature class big hit with little ones

First Posted: 3/7/2014

Birds of all shapes, colors, sizes and songs were explored at this past week’s Little People and Nature class with Rebecca Lesko of the Endless Mountains Nature Center. Young children and their accompanying adults listened to birds’ songs, read stories, created their own sets of binoculars for bird viewing and colored pictures of blue jays, eastern screech owls and American gold finches.

It was great to see these young minds excited to learn about their natural surroundings. This week, Lesko is bringing in a rescued owl as children learn about owl habitats and characteristics. If you and your little ones would like to take part in this free nature series, please call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for more information or to sign up. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. through March. We would like to thank the Overlook Estate Foundation for sponsoring this popular series.

If your children are more interested in visual arts, the theater’s artists-in-residence Amy and Steve Colley will be offer Art Explorers class series. During these sessions, students will be able to discover and work with a variety of materials that have been used by artists throughout history including clay, paints, and more. Children ages five to eight years old can take Art Explorers on Fridays, March 14 through April 4 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. There’s a similar class series for students ages nine to 12-year-olds on Thursdays, March 13 through April 3 at the same time. Admission is $40 for a four-week series.

The Dietrich will also be hosting a reception and reading featuring the R & R + H: Image/Word Exhibit this Friday, March 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. All are invited to join us to view Rose Wright’s creative fiber artwork and illustrations from Robert Anderson’s book “The Cat, The Sun, and The Mirror” created by Hannah Rawe. At the reception, Robert will treat us to a reading from his book accompanied by Rose Wright who will showcase copies of the illustrations.

The reading will be enriched with music by Kathy Wang, playing the guzheng, a Chinese harp, and Jason Smeltzer on the theremin. My husband and I attended their reception and reading when they exhibited at the Main Street Gallery in Kingston, and it was absolutely wonderful. I was especially enchanted by their reading from “The Cat, The Sun and The Mirror”. Take my word for it; you don’t want to miss this. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.

The Dietrich Theater will be presenting an important Woman’s Forum about violence against women in northeastern Pennsylvania on Sunday, March 16 at 3 p.m. During this event, experts will share their knowledge about violence issues that women face in our region and what’s being done to help.

Panel members include Janet MacKay and Patrick Rushton of the Victims Resource Center, Wyoming County District Attorney Jeff Mitchell, Wyoming County Assistant District Attorney Jerry Idec and Wyoming County Juvenile Probation Officer Laura Hasenzahl. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Marnie Hiester-Idec of Misericordia University, and admission is free. For more information, please feel free to call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.

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

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