Geisinger to Host Men’s Health Talk

To celebrate men’s health month, Geisinger urologists Ryan Mori, MD, and John Ramey, MD, will host a free PA Health Talk about erectile dysfunction, bladder cancer and prostate conditions.

The live discussion will be held at the Wilkes-Barre Penguins Practice Pavilion on June 12 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and will include a light dinner.

Everyone is welcome at this relaxed, casual event, including women who have questions about a loved one’s health.

It’s predicted that by 2025 over 300 million men will have erectile dysfunction, and 30 million men will be diagnosed this year. Treatment options can include medication and surgery. Men are also at risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with an individual’s risk of prostate cancer varying by age, race/ethnicity, and other factors.

Drs. Mori and Ramey will discuss multiple urological conditions, their causes and treatment options, followed by a question-and-answer session. Questions can be submitted ahead of time and will be asked anonymously.

Attendees interested in a tour of the practice facility should arrive by 5:10 p.m. The tour will start at 5:15 p.m.

Boston Scientific will also be there to showcase products used to help treat erectile dysfunction.

To register, visit Space is limited. The practice facility is located at 40 Coal St., Wilkes-Barre.

NEPA Philharmonic Takes Center Stage in June and July

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic’s June and July events will include a main stage concert, the NEPA premiere and private screening of the award-winning documentary Maestra, the launch of the 2024-2025 season, a summer BBQ hosted by the Philharmonic League, Yoga on the Roof, and free Independence Day concerts in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre.

Saturday, June 1, the Philharmonic will kick off its summer season with a Masterworks concert featuring the esteemed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with pianist, Xiayin Wang, and Rachmaninoff’s sublime Symphony No. 2. The concert will take place at 7:30PM at Kirby Center for the Creative Arts at Wyoming Seminary. Tickets range in price from $38-$76, with free student admission (available through calling the box office or at the door). Parking is also free. Concert sponsors are Sundance Travel, Geisinger Temple B’nai B’rith, and Steinway & Sons.

On Sunday, June 2, the Philharmonic will host a private screening and reception at the Scranton Art Haus of the award-winning documentary “Maestra” featuring the NEPA Philharmonic’s conductor Mélisse Brunet. This will be the only screening in our region of this internationally acclaimed film.  VIP Tickets are $125, which includes a private meet and greet with Maestra Mélisse Brunet at 1:30 PM. Patron tickets are $75 and includes a 2 PM reception, movie screening and Q & A.  The “Maestra” event is sponsored by Scranton Art Haus and Serenity Senior Living. Tickets must be purchased in advance and seating is limited.

June will also mark the launch of the eclectic 2024-25 season “Building Bridges”.  Next season will feature the fully professional NEPA Philharmonic at its best, with tributes to Queen and Tina Turner, two holiday concerts, and three classical concerts featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Sibelius, Dvorak, Copland, the thrilling Carmina Burana and more. Concert venues include Scranton Cultural Center, F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Kirby Center for Creative Arts, and Mohegan Pennsylvania Casino. The full season will be announced in June with early bird subscriptions available for purchase in July.

On June 26 the Philharmonic League will host Swing Into Summer with Jazz & Jeans at Constantinos in Clarks Summit. Join us as we celebrate our 2024 Philharmonic League honoree, Mary Marrara, recognizing her many years of commitment to the League and to our community.  Music for the event will be by Erin Malloy. Tickets are $55 per person. Please RSVP: The Philharmonic League, PO Box 4525, Scranton PA 18505, or

All proceeds benefit the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, with a large portion dedicated to Once Upon an Orchestra Community Outreach and our Senior Citizen Outreach.

The 11th Annual Yoga on the Roof, a project of Jaya Yoga Studio Clarks Summit owned by Hillary Steinberg, features live music by the Philharmonic and will take place on Thursday, July 4th at 9 AM on the roof of the Marketplace at Steamtown’s Electric City Parking Garage.  This annual one-hour yoga practice is open to all level practitioners and is followed by treats from Maximum Zen.  A donation of $15 supports young people’s programs of the NEPA Philharmonic.  Preregistration is possible at and walk ins are welcome.

An annual tradition…free Independence Day NEPA Philharmonic concerts will take place on Courthouse Square in Scranton on Wednesday, July 3rd, and at Kirby Park in Wilkes Barre on Thursday, July 4th.  A program of familiar patriotic songs will be followed by a giant fireworks display.  These concerts are sponsored by The City of Scranton, The City of Wilkes-Barre, and Visit Luzerne County (Department of Tourism).

For tickets and additional information about the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, please check out or call 570.270.4444.

Geisinger Hosting PA Health Talk on Fertility

Prospective parents and community members are invited to join fertility specialists Jennifer Gell, M.D., and Lydia Shively, PA-C, for a virtual PA Health Talk from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18.

Infertility is more common than most people think, and risk for infertility increases with age. Participants looking to grow their family can learn about:

  • When to see a fertility specialist
  • Conditions that affect fertility
  • Testing options
  • Fertility medications
  • Fertility treatments and more 

The live event will be hosted via Microsoft Teams. To register, visit During registration, participants may submit questions for the fertility experts to answer during the talk.

For more information on fertility treatments, visit Geisinger’s fertility website.

The Anthracite Heritage Museum’s 2024 Arts on Fire Festival

The Anthracite Heritage Museum is pleased to announce the 13th Arts on Fire festival at the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces.  Arts on Fire, the museum’s annual festival will feature an iron pour, scratch blocks, music, food, crafts, and educational tents from our partners. The event is free and will run from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Scranton Iron Furnaces just off downtown Scranton. 

Visit or @AnthraciteHeritageMuseum on Facebook.  Metal artist Brian Glaze will run the cupola furnace and start pouring molten iron in the afternoon.  Come by and etch your own design in one of our special scratch blocks.  The Scranton crew will cast each design in molten iron, and you will have a special commemorative of the event.  We will also host a wide array of food trucks and arts vendors throughout the event.   

Site administrator, Bode Morin said, “We are thrilled to be able to celebrate the significant industrial history that came out of Northeast Pennsylvania and impacted the world. Our event will showcase the intersection of Art and Industry and will allow visitors an immersive, educational, and thrilling experience for all ages.” 

The Comm to Participate in NEPA Gives 2024

For 24 hours the Waverly Community House—from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.—on Thursday, June 6, 2024, to Friday, June 7, 2024, donors may make secure donations to their favorite local nonprofit organizations through NEPA Gives online platform. Donations to participating nonprofits will be enhanced with bonus funds provided by NEPA Gives sponsors—making donor dollars stretch further! Nonprofits will also be eligible for cash prizes. Registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving residents in Northeastern Pennsylvania can participate in NEPA Gives. And anyone can donate! This year, all proceeds raised through NEPA Gives will assist the Comm in offering educational programming such as the Destination Freedom Program!

How to Donate:

  1. Visit the NEPA Gives website on June 6th.
  2. Search for “Waverly Community House” and select our organization.
  3. Make your donation and share your support on social media using #NEPAGives and #WaverlyCommunityHouse.

SWB RailRiders to Host 90s Night Featuring C & C Music Factory

EVERYBODY DANCE NOW! The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are thrilled to announce that C & C Music Factory will make a guest appearance at 90s Night on June 22 at PNC Field!

The RailRiders host the Buffalo Bisons with a 6:05 P.M. first pitch. Gates open at 5 with a plush CHAMP beanie baby-styled giveaway for the first 2,000 fans. The RailRiders will wear custom jerseys to be auctioned off benefitting the Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge.

During the game, C & C Music Factory will sign autographs and take pictures with fans. Freedom Williams joined the group in 1989 and carries on their legacy to date.

After the final out, stick around for our Post-Game 90s Dance Party featuring C & C Music Factory! DJ Hersh will spin all the best jams from the 1990s on the Geisinger Plaza at the main entrance of PNC Field.

C & C Music Factory’s 1990 debut album “Gonna Make You Sweat” is certified five-times Platinum and featured the iconic smash-hit title track as well as top-ten hits like “Here We Go (Let’s Rock & Roll)” and “Things That Make You Go Hmmm…” The ensemble group had seven number one hits on the US Dance charts and “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” was included as a top-ten track in VH1’s “100 Greatest Dance Songs.”

Updated 2024 Appearance Schedule

June 22- C & C Music Factory

June 29- Leslie David Baker aka “Stanley Hudson” from The Office

July 24- Amazing Tyler’s Balancing Act

August 17- Chauncey Leopardi aka “Squints” from The Sandlot

August 30- Black Panther on Marvel’s Defenders of the Diamond Night

To purchase tickets or for more information, call (570) 969-BALL or visit

The Wright Center Welcomes Alumnus as Graduation Speaker

The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s 45th graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 22, at Mohegan Pennsylvania Convention Center in Wilkes-Barre will feature an alumnus who works as a University of Pennsylvania hospitalist and clinical instructor as the keynote speaker.

The Wright Center’s graduation ceremony will honor and recognize 67 resident physicians from seven disciplines: 32 in Internal Medicine; 14 in Regional Family Medicine; 16 in National Family Medicine; one in Psychiatry; one in Cardiovascular Disease; two in Geriatrics; and one in Gastroenterology.

Keynote speaker Dr. Humza Quadir of Philadelphia graduated from The Wright Center’s Internal Medicine Residency in 2022. He joined the staff of Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine and is also affiliated with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

At The Wright Center, Dr. Quadir served in several leadership roles, including chief resident during the final year of his three-year residency. He also served as vice president of the house staff council, a voting member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC), and a member of GMEC’s Quality and Safety Committee. Dr. Quadir received his medical degree from Ziauddin University in Karachi, Pakistan, in December 2014.

“Dr. Quadir is a leader who understands the importance of our mission to improve the health and welfare of our communities through inclusive and responsive health services and the sustainable renewal of an inspired, competent workforce that is privileged to serve,” said Dr. Jumee Barooah, senior vice president of education and designated institutional official for The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education. “He’s carried those same values to his roles as a hospitalist and clinical instructor. We’re looking forward to hearing the wisdom he will impart to our graduates as they embark upon the next chapter of their careers.”

The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education was established in 1976 as the Scranton-Temple Residency Program, a community-based internal medicine residency. Today, The Wright Center is one of the largest U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration-funded Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Safety-Net Consortiums in the nation. Together with consortium stakeholders, The Wright Center trains residents and fellows in a community-based, community-needs-responsive workforce development model to advance their shared mission to improve the health and welfare of communities through inclusive and responsive health services and the sustainable renewal of an inspired, competent workforce that is privileged to serve.