‘The Good of the Hive’ Artist Master Class, Lecture and Mural

As members of Scranton Tomorrow’s Mural Arts Committee and their partners prepare to unveil the latest in a series of public art works in downtown Scranton, two upcoming events will showcase the message behind Matthew Willey’s “The Good of the Hive” mural: A master class and lecture with the artist on Oct. 14 and a mural dedication at First Friday on Nov. 4.

Willey is installing “The Good of the Hive” mural on the Scranton City Ballet Company building, Rear 234 Mifflin Ave., Scranton. A project of Scranton Tomorrow, presented by The Wright Center for Patient & Community Engagement, “The Good of the Hive” is made possible with support from community sponsors, including the Lackawanna County Commissioners, Lackawanna Heritage Valley, The University of Scranton, Space Time Mead and Cider Works, Terrana Law Firm, and Lackawanna College.

Willey is a world-renowned muralist who is raising awareness about the importance of pollinators through his art. He’s been painting the bee-themed mural in Scranton since late August, and the piece will be complete at the end of October. The project brings him closer to achieving his personal commitment to hand-paint 50,000 honeybees — the number of bees in a healthy, thriving hive — in murals around the world.

“Matthew’s work is much more than an inspiring mural,” said Rose Randazzo, chairperson of Scranton Tomorrow’s Mural Arts program. “It’s a movement. Scranton is now connected to a global initiative to save the bees through public mural art.”

As a gift to the community, Willey will present a master class and lecture, “The Good of the Hive” on Friday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m., at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine Street, Scranton. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first-served. Lackawanna College is the academic sponsor of this event.

“We are honored to be the premier sponsor of this unique mural project that will be on display in our city for years to come,” said Kara Seitzinger, director of public affairs and advisor liaison to the president and CEO of The Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education. “Matt’s work is inspiring communities around the world to think collectively, in the same way that honeybees do. The health of a honeybee hive is the perfect metaphor for the health of a community.

“We encourage the community to attend his lecture to hear his fascinating story and insights,” she added.

The completed mural will be unveiled at a dedication ceremony at the Scranton Civic Ballet Company building, Rear 234 Mifflin Ave., on Friday, Nov. 4, at 5:30 p.m. Everyone in the community is invited to the celebration.

Willey has shared the stories of “The Good of the Hive” through speaking engagements around the world, at the United Nations, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the German and French Embassies in Washington, D.C., Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Duke University, Georgetown University, the Planetary Health Alliance 2018 annual meeting in Scotland, many podcasts, including the National Education Association, and educational institutions throughout the U.S.

His work has been featured in The New York Times, Reuters London, The Today Show, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and countless other publications and media channels. 

Willey’s mission is to ignite radical curiosity and active engagement around planetary health issues through art, bees and storytelling. His vision is a world filled with people that see and experience the beauty and connectedness of all things.

“The hive I’m creating is a metaphor for us all: no matter your color, nationality, religion, gender, age or economic status. This piece of art is an idealized picture of health to focus on as we work toward solutions,” Willey said.

The worldwide mural project demonstrates perseverance in the face of adversity. Six years into an estimated 20-year project, Willey has created 35 murals and installations with over 8,600 hand-painted bees. He has reached hundreds of thousands of people and created large-scale works at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington D.C., Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in New York City and Burt’s Bees Global Headquarters in Durham, North Carolina.

In 2021, Scranton Tomorrow launched its Mural Arts Program. Designed to transform the downtown landscape, and connect communities, murals reflect the city’s history and qualities that make Scranton unique. Featuring QR codes at each site, visitors are encouraged to use their smartphones to embark on brief, self-guided video tours to learn more about the history and theme of each piece. Through partnerships with professional artists specializing in mural art and conservation, a set of guidelines for public art projects has been developed as part of the program. To learn more, visit https://www.scrantontomorrow.org/muralart.

WVIA To Broadcast a Mind Over Matter Discussion

WVIA will broadcast Mind Over Matter: The State of Mental Health in NEPA live from the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, PA on Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m. 

Part of WVIA’s Mind Over Matter mental health initiative, The State of Mental Health in NEPA will feature Moderator Tracey Matisak and a panel of regional mental health experts to discuss the state of mental health in NEPA based on a critical needs assessment. Hear stories from people who are coping with mental health challenges and find out where to get help. Admission is free but limited.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Sanjay Chandragiri, Associate Professor of Psychiatry
  • Sarah Wodder, Psy.D., LP, LPC, President, and CEO, Scranton Counseling Center
  • Dawn Zieger, Associate Vice President, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Geisinger

Reservations can be made at: wvia.org/mindovermatter

Misericordia University Hosts BOOM in the Night Event

Misericordia University Open House - Scranton Chamber of Commerce

BOOM in the Night is Back at Misericordia University with the student organization Dead Alchemist Society. The society plans to present a spectacle with the annual event “Things that go Boom in the Night!” on Wednesday, October 26, from 6-8 p.m. in the Henry Science Center on campus. The event is open and free to the public.

Students in the Dead Alchemist Society will offer new and expanded activities for children, including hands-on experiments such as making bath bombs, slime, shrinky dinks, and foam, beginning at 6:00 pm in the Henry Science Center. There will be giveaways and hands-on learning for kids and adults of all ages. The program will move to the Wells Fargo Amphitheater at 8:00 pm for the finale. This season’s popular event features new experiments and, of course, the famous puking pumpkins.

Geisinger Offering Drive-through and Walk-in Flu Shots

Geisinger is hosting its second Super Saturday flu vaccine event this upcoming Saturday, Oct. 8, at 42 locations across the system’s footprint.

Flu shots are free and available to all in the community – no appointments are needed. Simply drive up and receive a shot without leaving your vehicle. At locations without drive-in shots, walk-in shots are available.

The Super Saturday flu shot clinics run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The last Super Saturday event this year will be on Nov. 5.

“It’s so important to get vaccinated to not only protect yourself, but to protect those vulnerable of severe illness which include children, the elderly, and those immunocompromised,” said Stanley Martin, M.D., director of Geisinger’s Division of Infectious Diseases. “We could see more cases this year than we have in the past five years, so to keep everyone healthy, we want to vaccinate as many people as possible.”

The following Geisinger community medicine clinics will host drive-through events for anyone age 3 and older. Shots will be available at:

  • Geisinger Healthplex State College (132 Abigail Lane)
  • Geisinger Philipsburg  (210 Medical Center Drive)
  • Geisinger Bellefonte (819 E. Bishop St.)
  • Geisinger Lewistown   (21 Geisinger Lane)
  • Geisinger Medical Clinic Lock Haven (68 Spring St.)
  • Geisinger Medical Center Muncy (255 Route 220 Highway)
  • Geisinger Berwick (2200 W. Front St.)
  • Geisinger Medical Clinic Buckhorn (240 Mall Blvd.)
  • Geisinger Frackville (701 West Oak St.)
  • Geisinger Kulpmont (119 Nevada Drive)
  • Geisinger Lewisburg (250 Reitz Blvd.)
  • Geisinger Orwigsburg (300 Hollywood Blvd.)
  • Geisinger Pottsville (529 Terry Reiley Way)
  • Geisinger Selinsgrove (201 Roosevelt Ave.)
  • Geisinger Woodbine Lane (16 Woodbine Lane)
  • Geisinger Dallas (114 Lt. Michael Cleary Drive)
  • Geisinger Kingston (560 Pierce St.)
  • Geisinger Mountain Top (35 S. Mountain Blvd.)
  • Geisinger Mt. Pocono (126 Market Way)
  • Geisinger Pittston (42 N. Main St.)
  • Geisinger Mt. Pleasant (531 Mt. Pleasant Drive)
  • Geisinger Tunkhannock (10 Trieble Drive)

Those 65 and older can receive shots at Geisinger 65 Forward locations.


  • Kingston (499 Wyoming Ave.)
  • Scranton (3 W. Olive St., Floor 1, Suite 205)


  • Buckhorn (240 Mall Blvd., Floor 1)
  • Milton (5170 State Route 405 – South Gate Plaza)
  • Scranton (3 W Olive St., Floor 1, Suite 205)
  • Shamokin Coal Township (9333 State Route 61, Suite 2)
  • Wilkes-Barre (41 South Main St.)

Walk-in flu shots for patients ages 6 months and older will also be available at the following CommunityCare and Geisinger Pediatrics locations:

  • CommunityCare Hazleton (426 Airport Road)
  • CommunityCare Kistler Clinic (175 S. Wilkes-Barre Blvd.)


  • Pottsville (529 Terry Reiley Way)
  • Mt. Pocono (126 Market Way)
  • Scranton (5 Morgan Highway, Suite 8)
  • Forty Fort (190 Welles St., Suite 122)
  • Lewisburg (55 Medical Park Drive)
  • Woodbine (16 Woodbine Lane)
  • Lock Haven (68 Spring St.)
  • Muncy (255 Route 220)
  • Healthplex State College (132 Abigail Lane)
  • Lewistown (21 Geisinger Lane)
  • Philipsburg (210 Medical Center Drive)

There’s no need to preregister to get a flu shot. Remember to wear a mask and loose-fitting clothing that allows easy access to the upper arm.

For more information on fighting flu this season, visit geisinger.org/flu.

Artworks Gallery To Host Art Exhibit

Join us at ArtWorks Gallery and Studio on the First Friday, October 7th, from 5-9 pm for Jessica Maietta: Synergy. Maietta is an artist based in Northeastern Pennsylvania who creates two-dimensional works using various mixed media techniques.

About her work, the artist states, “mixed media enables me to channel my subconscious mind and discover personal truths. Some of my art is non-archival, mirroring the ever-changing impermanence of life. Everything has a beginning, an end, and the now. I create my own pictorial language using symbols. My pieces reflect personal views of human life in relation to time, space, nature, and spirituality. The symbols I use are universal, allowing variable interpretations. Being aware of these alternative dimensions elevates me from being a robotic gear in the clock of life.”

In addition to her work, Maietta is an accomplished tattoo artist in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Join us in celebrating Jessica’s work for the entire month of October. Beyond First Friday, the gallery is open to the public 8 am – 4 pm M-F. Masks required.

Geisinger To Host Dinners for Local Veterans

To thank local military veterans for their service, Geisinger will host drive-through Veterans Appreciation dinners at 11 locations across the health system’s service area from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10. Geisinger Healthplex State College will serve meals from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

The dinners for U.S. military veterans and a guest are being provided at no cost to participants. Anyone interested should make a reservation by Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Geisinger will again serve this dinner as a drive-through event for the safety of the community, staff and volunteers. Last year’s event served more than 2,300 meals.

This year marks the 20th anniversary for the event at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital, where it originated before expanding to other Geisinger facilities. This year’s event will grow from nine locations to 11.

Veterans may contact their preferred location to register themselves and one guest for the meal. Servings are limited, and those interested are encouraged to sign up now.

Locations are:

Pittston Township





Jersey Shore





State College

  • Geisinger Healthplex State College, 132 Abigail Lane, Port Matilda
  • To make a reservation, visit go.geisinger.org/vetsdinner/statecollege or call 814-272-5032.
  • Meals will be served at this location from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

The University of Scranton Events

The University of Scranton Open House Dates Set

The University of Scranton, a nationally recognized Jesuit university in northeast Pennsylvania, will host two Open House events for prospective students and their families on Sunday, Oct. 23, and Sunday, Nov. 6.

“Best 388 Colleges,” “Best Buys in College Education,” “America’s Best Colleges,” “A Focus on Student Success,” “Best Undergraduate Teaching,” “Best Catholic Colleges” – these are just a few of the ways that the nation’s leading college rankings and guidebooks consistently refer to The University of Scranton. For 29 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Scranton among the 10 top Master’s Universities in the North. The Princeton Review included Scranton in its list “Best Colleges” for 21 consecutive years and in its ranking of the nation’s “Best Science Labs” (No. 7) for six years, among other rankings.

At the Open House, participants can learn about Scranton’s 69 undergraduate majors, meet with faculty, students, admissions counselors and financial aid representatives. Student-led campus tours will be conducted throughout the day and will include residence halls, dining halls, computer labs, science labs and academic facilities.

In addition, representatives of student organizations, athletic teams and Scranton’s programs of excellence, such as the undergraduate Honors Program, Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program, Magis Honors Program in STEM, Business Honors Program and Business Leadership Honors Program, will also be available.