Celebrate leap year at Mt. Airy Casino


Mount Airy Casino Resort will host a leap year party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Get Wet Ultra Pool, 312 Woodland Road, Paradise Township.


Beer special from 9 to 11 p.m., DJ and costume contest. Best frog-themed costume wins cash. First place is $500, second place is $250 and third place is $100.


Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the door. Must be 21 or older to attend. For information, call 570-994-8001.


PEEC offers outdoor activities, cooking class


The Pocono Environmental Education Center offers the following activities:


— Intro to Snowshoeing from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Learn the basics of snowshoeing and enjoy a winter walk through the woods. No experience necessary. PEEC provides the equipment and everything you need to know. Register to reserve a pair of snowshoes and guarantee a spot. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.


— Winter Ecology Hike from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Learn how different plants and animals survive the winter. Join this hike and experience PEEC in the wintertime. All ages welcome. Cost is $5 per person.


— Into the Kitchen from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. This is a new cooking class series that will offer participants a peek into the PEEC Dining Hall’s Kitchen for a fun and creative cooking experience with Chef Erin Taylor. Participants will learn basic kitchen skills, tips and tricks of the trade, and make easy, delicious, family-friendly meals. Class will include an informational hands-on cooking demonstration, recipes and a family-style meal. Cost is $10 per person.


PEEC is located at 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. For information, email peec@peec.org or call 570-828-2319.


Archaeologist lectures at LV Heritage Museum


“Mammoth Bone Houses Built in Ukraine During the Last Ice Age” is the subject of a lecture with noted archaeologist Dr. Kurt Carr, Senior Curator of Archaeology at the State Museum of Pennsylvania at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.


With almost 40 years as an archaeologist, Carr has participated in numerous archaeological digs and has published extensively in both scholarly journals and books.


During the last Ice Age, eastern Russia and Ukraine were a vast grassland similar to the Great Plains of North America. The region was inhabited by large herds of bison, horses, caribou and woolly mammoths along with artic hare, wolves and foxes. Temperatures averaged well below zero during the winter. As a result, there were very few trees, and wood for tool handles, for burning or house construction was at a premium. Humans inhabiting this region were well adapted to these extreme conditions and used bone as a substitute for wood. Carr’s presentation will describe the archaeological excavations of a house made of mammoth bones dating to over 14,000 years ago at the Mezhirich site in the Republic of Ukraine.


Program admission is free to members, $8 for adult non-members, and $3 for non-member children. Parking is available in the rear of the museum, on the street, and in nearby lots. For information, call 610-435-1074 or visit lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org.


University Players perform “Carrie: The Musical”


The University of Scranton Players will present “Carrie: The Musical” based on the novel by Stephen King, Friday through Sunday and March 6 to 8. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. Sunday’s shows are at 2 p.m. All performances are in the Royal Theatre in the McDade Center for the Literary and Performing Arts on the University’s campus.


Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it.


Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel, the musical of “Carrie” hasn’t been seen since its 1988 Broadway production. Now, the show’s original authors have created a newly reworked and fully re-imagined vision of this tale. Set today, in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, Carrie features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award-winner Michael Gore (“Fame,” “Terms of Endearment”), and lyrics by Academy Award-winner Dean Pitchford “(Fame,” “Footloose”).


The University Players production of Carrie features: Keenan Beveridge, Amy Black, Emily DeMouth, Holly Ference, Bridget Fry, Samantha Gurn, Adam Hill, Erin Horan, Rachel Lopez, Hannah Mackes, Ben McFadden, Katherine Pepe, Alex Pérez, Matt Valunas, Andrew Vizzard and Cameron Wesley.


Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for senior citizens, students and University of Scranton faculty and staff.


For information, contact the box office at 570-941-4318 or visit thescrantonplayers.com.


Lehigh concert showcases ’Noah’s Flood’


Benjamin Britten's “Noah's Flood (Noye's Fludde)” will be presented at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Packer Memorial Church, Lehigh University, 18 University Drive, Bethlehem. This is the inaugural Greg Funfgeld Family Concert.


Soloists are David Newman, bass baritone as Noah, and Meg Bragle, mezzo soprano, as Mrs. Noah. Former Bach Choir member John Hare also joins the concert, as the voice of God.


Tickets are $18 and $9, reserved seating. For tickets, call 610-866-4382, ext. 110 or 115.


Hear the ’Heart Beat of Mother Earth’


“The Native American Drum Circle – Heart Beat of Mother Earth,” an introductory workshop to Native American drumming, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at tje Museum of Indian Culture, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown.


The drum beat holds significance in Native American custom; tribes use drums in daily life and in ceremonies. Many tribes believe that the beat of the drums represent the unwavering pulse of Mother Earth.


Join Reed Brown, Oglala, Lakota Tribe, South Dakota, to learn about the significance of the Native American drum, and how to drum to different beats of traditional native songs. Bring your own hand drum.


For information, visit museumofindianculture.org, call 610-797-2121 or email info@museumofindianculture.org .