THURSDAY


Feederwatch: Family, 11 to 11:45 a.m., Community Center, 15 Day St., East Stroudsburg. Observe winter birds out of the community center window over hot tea and friendly conversation. Kids will have access to activities, a group game and coloring sheets. Information: 570-426-1512, recreation@srosrc.org.


Jewish Resource Center of the Poconos — The Lunch Club: Noon, 727 Main St., Stroudsburg. Kosher lunch and occasional programs. Menus available at poconojrc.org. Reservations required. Information and reservations: Maggie Augugliaro, 570-517-0815, ext. 12, or maggie@poconojrc.org.


St. Paul Seniors: Noon, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Spies Hall, Fish Hill Road, Tannersville. All are welcome. Information: 570-629-1992.


Senior Thursday Fellowship Luncheon: Noon to 1:30 p.m., New Life Fellowship Baptist Church, Route 402, one half mile from Route 209, Marshalls Creek. Lunch is free. No reservations needed. Information: 570-424-6970.


Pocono Mountain Seniors: 1 p.m., Pocono Summit Fire hall, Pocono Summit. Bring lunch. Coffee and refreshments provided. Business meeting on the first Thursday; social meeting with fun and games on the third Thursday. Bring donations for the food pantry.


Mah Jongg: 1 to 4 p.m., Loder Building, Second Floor, East Stroudsburg. No money involved. Must have a current Mah Jongg card and some experience. For information, email eewolf@ptd.net.


Geneology Basics: 3 to 4 p.m., Barrett Paradise Friendly Library, 6500 Route 191, Cresco. Are you just getting started with researching your family tree and don’t know which direction to go? Have you been researching your tree for a while and need help finding answers and discovering new resources? Presented by genealogy enthusiast Michael Quirion. Information: 570-595-7171, L.vromanbpfl@gmail.com.


Dance and Movement: 3 to 4 p.m., The Friendly Community Center, 6683 Route 191, Mountainhome. Designed to benefit those with Parkinson's and those with arthritis or movement disorders to help improve coordination, balance and posture. Free. Information: 570-481-4330 or thefriendlycommunitycenter.org.


Miller-Keystone Blood Drive: 3 to 7:30 p.m., Plainfield Volunteer Fire Company, 6480 Sullivan Trail, Wind Gap. Information: 610-691-5850 or 800-223-6667 or GIVEaPINT.org.


Genealogy Club: 3 p.m., with Michael Quirion, at The Barrett Paradise Friendly Library, 6500 Route 191, Cresco. Information: 570-595-7171.


Clymer Library Book Clubs: The Evening Book Club meets 6:30 p.m. at the library, 115 Firehouse Road, Pocono Pines. Registration is required. Information: 570-646-0826.


Celebrate Recovery: 6:30 to 9 p.m., Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church, 915 N. Fifth St., Stroudsburg. A Christ-centered 12-step recovery program, based on the 8 Principles in the Beatitudes to help participants with hurts, habits and hang-ups. Information: 570-421-0750 or e-mail dana@stroudsburgwesleyan.org or pastordebbieswc@gmail.com.


National Railway Historical Society: Pocono Mountains Chapter, 7 p.m., Train Station at 12 Church St., Route 423, Tobyhanna. Mailing address: P.O. Box 582, Tobyhanna, PA 18466-0582. Information: 570-894-3338.


US Too International Inc. Pocono Chapter: 7 p.m., Hughes Cancer Center, 231 E. Brown St., East Stroudsburg, for prostate cancer support and education. Information: 570-422-1860.


ADVANCE NOTICE


Winter Tree and Wild Plant Identification: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Pocono Heritage Land Trust, 1539 Cherry Lane Road, East Stroudsburg. Join local naturalist and long time PHLT /Brodhead Watershed Association volunteer, Don Miller for a talk and walk at Stroud Township’s ForEvergreen Nature Preserve and Brodhead Creek Heritage Center to observe and identify trees and wild plants as they wait out winter’s wrath for the inevitable return of spring. This program will be held both indoors and outdoors. Start indoors with a discussion of various nature guides, printed materials and a look at plant and tree samples to help ID commonly found trees and wild plants found in winter. Participants are welcome to bring sample of trees and wild plants from their backyard and neighborhood landscapes to use in learning the basics of Winter identification and to solve the “what is it" mystery during the indoor portion of this program. Then venture outdoors on the trails of ForEvergreen Nature Preserve to see how cold climate plants protect themselves from all the many ravages of winter as we all prepare for spring’s inevitable return. To register, visit: phlt.org or call 570-424-1514.


Opera Presentation at ESU: East Stroudsburg University professors and opera enthusiasts Dr. Eugene Galperin and Dr. James Maroney will give a free presentation for the public, “Love, Compassion, and Politics – Why Opera Is Still Relevant Today,” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Cecilia S. Cohen Recital Hall of ESU’s Fine and Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite streets, East Stroudsburg. The presentation is geared toward those with little or no knowledge of opera, and will feature highlights from Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda,” Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman,” and Puccini’s “Tosca,” all of which will be shown this spring in movie theaters nationwide as part of the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live-In-HD” series. Information: jmaroney@esu.edu.