The Belleayre Conservatory will host its annual barbecue, dinner, dance and auction at Belleayre Mountain’s Overlook Lodge, 5pm. Cash bar and silent auction. Tickets: $65 for adults and $40 children under 14. Reservations: 845/254-5600, ext. 1344.
Do you have a garden or lawn question you can’t find the answer to or a bug you can’t identify? A Penn State Master Gardener will be at the Pike County Extension office, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, to assist you with your questions for free. Email PikeExt@psu.edu or call 570/296-3400.
Master Gardener Container Gardening Workshop at the Damascus Community Center, 11am. Covers initial setup and maintenance of the thrill, the fill and the spill. Learn to think outside your average pot of geraniums. Fee: $5; children under 18 are free. 570/253-5970, ext. 4110.
The hike departs from the Coulter Visitor’s Center at Lacawac Sanctuary, 10am. Led by Nathanial Whitmore. The cost is $7 for the public, $5 for Lacawac members and children under age 9 are free. Group size is limited so reservations are recommended. Call 570/689-9494 or email info@Lacawac.org.
Western Sullivan Public Library Board of Trustees meets on the second Monday of the month at 5pm. Meetings rotate to all three branches. Call 845/482-4350 for location or more information.
The 9th Annual Liberty Jazz Festival will be held at the Liberty Museum & Arts Center in Liberty, 7pm. 845/292-2394.
The Milford Garden Club is sponsoring annual perennial plant sale on the property of 108 West Ann Street & Gooseberry Alley, behind the Wells Fargo Bank, 9am-1pm. Prices are from $3 to $15. All monies raised will be used for the beautification of Milford. 570/686-2168.
The Artery Gallery celebrates The Milford Music Festival by exhibiting the bold, rhythmic, and colorful paintings by artist Al Bialos. All are invited to the opening reception during Milford's "Art After Dark," 6-9pm. Free evening of art, music and food. Contemporary jazz by Eric Hedick. 570/409-1234.
It’s been a couple of weeks now that I have heard a lot of trilling from nearby lakes and wetlands. The first thought from someone not familiar with the local habitat may be that there is a swarm of crickets or other insects that frequent waterways during spring. This is not the case however; the trilling is the courtship call of the American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus). This is a recent scientific name change as the old genus name was “Bufo”. Calling toads can be heard here: http://www.twcwc.com/toadsong.html. Read more