Mock Trial Competition: The Monroe County Bar Association announces the start of the local district competition for the 2020 Statewide High School Mock Trial Championships. Nine area high schools will compete in this year’s local competition. The competition will be held on Feb. 24, 25 and 26, with playoff/snow dates, if necessary, on March 2, 3 and 4. All competition rounds will take place at the Monroe County Courthouse and begin at 6 p.m. Winner of the local district will compete in the regional competition during the second week of March against the district winner from neighboring counties. From the regional competitions throughout the Commonwealth, 14 teams will compete in the Statewide Mock Trial Championships, March 27 and 28, in Harrisburg. The winning team of the state championship will represent Pennsylvania in the national mock trial finals to be held May 6 to 9 in Evansville, Indiana. This year’s hypothetical case, Addison Babbage v. Ruffed Grouse High School LLC, is a civil case to determine whether the defendant is liable for failing to address cyberbullying at a private school. Information: Denise M. Burdge, 570-424-7288 or


Mini Box Car Race: Knights of Columbus and Our Lady of Victory Church will host a mini box car race at 1 p.m. at the church, 327 Cherry Lane Road, Tannersville. For children ages 2 to 12. Cost: $5 for a car. Children will take car home at end of race. There will be three grand prize winners, and all children will receive prizes. Food will be available. Must register by calling Scott Mango at 570-436-5211.

Annual Chili and Salsa Fest: Noon to 4 p.m. at Monsignor McHugh School, Cresco. Who Knows will perform. There will be refreshments, kids show, face painting and more. Cost is a $5 donation to sample and vote for your favorite. Kids under 10 enter free. For information to enter a chili or salsa, call 570-242-2431. Hosted by Most Holy Trinity Parish.

Advance Notice

Maple Sugaring Day: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 7, Meesing Outdoor Site on Creek Road, Marshalls Creek. Take a 90-minute tour of the sugar bush focusing on the history of maple syrup from the Native Americans to the early settlers in this region. Learn how to “tap” a maple tree to obtain sap, and watch as we demonstrate how to cook the sap until it is sweet maple syrup. Complete the tour at the pancake station where the finished product is served over fresh-made pancakes. Cost: $6, adults, $4, children under 12 and free for members of KCEEC. Dress appropriately for the weather. Information: 570-629-3061or

A Drop in the Bucket: The National Park Service and the Millbrook Village Society will present a maple sugaring demonstration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 14 at Millbrook Village in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Sap from Millbrook Village maples will be boiled down in cast iron kettles over an open fire to create maple syrup. Woodstove and outdoor cooking demonstrations will showcase the use of maple products in recipes common during the 1800s. Admission is free. In case of severe weather, the program will be held on March 21. Information: 570-588-7237 or