Beginning in September and running through November, Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s Continuing Education Department will offer four workforce development courses:
■ Spanish in the Workplace;
■ Public Speaking;
■ Fundamentals of Project Management; and
■ Excellence in Customer Service.
Spanish in the Workplace is designed to facilitate basic communication with employees or clients whose native language is Spanish. Emphasis is placed on oral communication and specific vocabulary that targets business communication needs. Spanish in the Workplace runs Fridays from Sept. 25 through Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at the NEPA Alliance in Pittston. Cost is $295 per person.
Job seekers will be able to meet face-to-face with area businesses ready to hire at the fifth annual Job & Education Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Viewmont Mall. Presented by the mall and the Pennsylvania CareerLink of Lackawanna County, the event will feature area businesses and mall retailers interviewing for positions in sales, health care, management, finance, retail, administration, customer service and more. In addition, representatives from area colleges and career/technology schools will be available to meet with prospective students. The event will be held at the mall’s center court near JCPenney.
Downtown Hazleton is “cooking” up a little something for everyone for the First Friday of September (Sept. 4), which includes:
■ The season’s last Farmer’s Market
■ Live music performed by the Sterling Koch Duo;
■ A “Literary Cake” decorating contest at the Hazleton Area Public Library;
■ A free walking tour highlighting the downtown’s landmark eateries and bodegas;
■ A “Meet the Artists” exhibit at the Dragonfly Café;
In celebration of the harvest season, Monroe Farmers Market, in connection with The Shawnee Inn, will host its Farm-to-Fork Harvest Dinner on Sunday, Sept. 13.
Guests will dine on the Grand Lawn of the Shawnee Inn with an opening reception held on the veranda. Some of the area’s best chefs have been recruited for the occasion, including:
■ Chef Rodney Tallada of The Shawnee Inn;
■ Chef Dan Stripp of The Gem & Keystone;
The tail end of summer is upon us and soon autumn’s beauty and bounty will slowly begin to blanket the region, but a group of dedicated business people and community members are already thinking snowmen, snowflakes and holiday carols.
The Hawley Winterfest Committee is in the planning stages for one of the area’s biggest pre-holiday festivals. This year’s 17th annual Hawley Winterfest begins on Friday Dec. 11 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 13.
Top reasons people say they’re more productive at home
■ Fewer interruptions from colleagues (76 percent)
■ Fewer distractions (74 percent)
■ Minimal office politics (71 percent)
■ Reduced stress from commuting (68 percent)
■ More comfortable office environment (65 percent)
In a recent FlexJobs survey with more than 2,600 respondents, half (50 percent) of people reported that their home — and not the office — is their location of choice to be most productive on important work-related projects.
The Northern Poconos Chamber’s annual Arts & Crafts Fair in picturesque Bingham Park will take place Saturday, Sept. 12. Enjoy the talents of artists and crafters displaying their wares. The fair hosts approximately 100 vendors with unique handcrafted items. Accomplished merchants travel from near and far to showcase their creative and distinctive gift ideas. Visitors can get a jump on holiday shopping.