Programs & Events




You may register by one of the following:

  • Click on  “Click to register” below the program or event”
  • Call The FCC at 570-481-4330
  • Send an email to:
  • Send a message via Facebook Messenger
    If you do not get a confirmation via the registration process you selected within 48 hours, please call to enskure you are registered for the program or event you wish to attend.

You may pay for your registration or materials fee by one of the following:

  • Stop by The FCC during normal business hours M-F 9-4 ( Suggested to call to ensure someone will be there)
  • Send a check made payable to:The Friendly Community Center PO Box 604 Mountainhome PA 18342
  • Coming soon you will be able to pay via Pay Pal on our website or at The FCC by Debit/Visa

• Registration is on a first come, first served basis.
• Please do not register for more programs than you plan to attend. If you are unable to attend a session, please notify the instructor in advance or call The FCC.
• If membership fees and/or materials fees are required to participate in a program, fees must be paid before registration is considered complete.
• Some programs and events have maximum group sizes so you might receive a pending approval message at the time of registration. Look for a follow-up email to confirm your registration.
• The Friendly Community Center reserves the right to cancel a program due to insufficient enrollment.
• All programs are held at The Friendly Community Center unless otherwise noted.



BARRETT BIRDING CLUBScreen shot 2014-01-15 at 2.07.49 PM
If you enjoy birds, join Darryl & Jackie Speicher of Pocono Avian Research Center for monthly meetings of the BBC at The FCC. Meetings will include informational programs, discussion of birds and seasonal birding opportunities, including walks and other birding activities throughout the year.

Time: 2nd Tuesday of the month 7 PM
Facilitators: Darryl & Jackie Speicher
Click here to register for The Barrett Bird Club

 CARDIO SCULPT * Screen shot 2014-01-15 at 3.03.26 PM
Looking for a challenging workout? Increase strength and tone muscles using a combination of cardio and body-sculpting exercises.

Time: Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Instructor: Colleen LaScala, AFAA and CPT
Click to register for Cardio Sculpt

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Enjoy a friendly game of canasta, conversation and coffee or tea.
Time: Wednesdays from 1-3
Click to register for Canasta

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Make new friends and meet your neighbors over a cup of coffee. Work on a puzzle, join in a round of Scrabble or try your hand at a game of cards.
Time: Mondays from 1 – 3 PM & Thursdays from 12 – 3 PM
Click to register for Cards, Games & Puzzles Monday
Click to register for Cards, Games & Puzzles Thursday

 CHAIR YOGA * Screen shot 2014-01-15 at 2.10.34 PM

Enjoy all of the benefits of yoga with the support of a chair. Learn common chair yoga poses and breathing techniques while increasing strength and flexibility. Drop in.

Time: Mondays & Wednesdays from 3 – 4 PM WEDNESDAY-DECEMBER 13th – Wear your ugly Holiday Sweater!
Instructor: Kimberly Matthew
Click to register for Chair Yoga Monday
Click to register for Chair Yoga Wednesday

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Quartz crystal singing bowls are played, each one tuned to a chakra energy center of the body, where sound nourishes and stimulates the many systems of the body. Stretch out on a mat or sit in a chair and allow the sound to flow energetically through you. Benefits include: rejuvenation, deep peace, heightened awareness, and relaxation for the mind, body, and spirit. Join us for this special vibrational meditation!
Time: First Thursdays of the month from 7 – 8 PM
Instructor: Kimberly Matthew
Membership: New for 2018 included with your Unlimited Yearly Membership to The FCC
*Non-members may pay $10 per session, membership not required
Registration Required
Click to register for Crystal Bowl Sound Bath

 DANCE & MOVEMENT * Screen shot 2014-01-15 at 2.10.34 PM

Try a dance class designed to benefit members of the Parkinson’s community, as well as those with arthritis, trouble with balance, and other movement issues. Gentle dance, rhythm, and stretching movements improve flexibility and focus attention on eyes, ears, and touch as tools to assist in movement and balance.
Time: Thursdays from 3 – 4 PM
Instructor: Natalie M. Schultz-Kahwaty, PhD
Click to register for Dance & Movement

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People of all abilities in knitting, crochet, and other needlework are invited to join this weekly stitchery group. Learn to knit, revive an old project, or start a new one. Sit and stitch while chatting over a cup of coffee.  Get help with your work or share your own expertise.

Time: Thursdays from 1 – 2:30 PM
Instructor: Carol Hillestad
Click to register for “In Stitches”

 MAH JONGG MONDAY & THURSDAY Screen shot 2014-01-15 at 2.07.49 PM

Meet  other players for this weekly game of skill, strategy, and chance. Beginners and experienced players welcome.

Time: Mondays from 1 – 3 PM & Thursdays from 12 – 3 PM
Click to register for Mondays
Click to register for Thursdays

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Join in this circuit style, exercise program incorporating balance, flexibility and strength to interval timing for all fitness levels.
Monday from 4:15 – 5:15 PM
Instructor: Bob Larsen NASM C-PT, CES, PES, ENFA BTS
Click to register for Men Get Fit

 MINDFUL MEDITATIONScreen shot 2014-01-15 at 2.07.49 PM
Mindfulness, the practice of purposely paying attention in the moment, is a form of meditation that helps us befriend our minds and attain peace within our lives. Learn to practice mindfulness through sitting and walking meditation.

Time: Tuesdays from 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM – NO MEDITATION DECEMBER 12th
Instructor: Sue Ruskin-Mayher, PhD
Click to register for Mindful Meditation

 QI GONG * Screen shot 2014-01-15 at 2.07.49 PM
This Chinese-based moving meditation improves balance and mental focus while gently lubricating your joints. Each movement simulates beautiful elements in nature and can be modified for those who need to be seated.

Time: Thursdays from 9 – 9:45 AM- *NO Qi Gong October 5th
Instructor: Kimberly Matthew
Click to register for Qi Gong

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An internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. The term Taiji refers to a philosophy of the forces of yin and yang.
Time: Tuesdays 4- 5:15 PM – NO TAI CHI, May 1st
Membership: Members Plus, Non Members may attend for $10 per session
Instructor: Mario Arvelo, ATCQA
Click to register for Tai Chi

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Questions about your smartphone, tablet or laptop? Call for an appointment, bring your
device to The FCC, and get answers to your technology questions.
Call 570-481-4330 to make an appointment Tuesdays from 12:30 and 3

 TONE & STRETCH Screen shot 2014-01-15 at 3.03.26 PM

Warm up with a light cardio workout, then stretch all of your muscles to prevent soreness and increase flexibility. Bring a yoga mat.
Time: Wednesdays, April 4th – May 30th from 1:30-2:30 PM –
Instructor: Clover Martinez
Click to register for Tone & Stretch

YOGA-TUESDAY * Screen shot 2014-01-15 at 3.03.26 PM
Learn common poses and breathing techniques in a relaxing atmosphere while increasing strength and flexibility. Bring a yoga mat.

Time: Tuesdays from 10 – 11 AM
Instructor: Colleen LaScala, AFAA CPT
**Members who do not attend Tuesday Yoga will be given first priority for Saturday class.
Click to register for Yoga Tuesday


 YOGA-SATURDAY * Screen shot 2014-01-15 at 3.03.26 PM
Learn common poses and breathing techniques in a relaxing atmosphere while increasing strength and flexibility. Bring a yoga mat. 

Time:  Saturdays from 10:30 – 11:30 AM  NO YOGA- MAY 12, 2018
Instructor: Colleen LaScala, AFAA CPT
**Members who do not attend Tuesday Yoga will be given first priority for Saturday class.
Click to register for Yoga Saturday

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Are you new to Zumba, trying to get back in shape, or looking for a lower intensity Zumba class? Have fun while working out to Latin styles of dance and music. No prior dance experience necessary.

Time: Thursdays from 4:15 – 5:15 PM & 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Instructor: Natalie Schultz-Kahwaty, PhD
Please register for ONE class time.
Click to register for Zumba at 4:15
Click to register for Zumba at 5:30

HEALTHY LIVING [Programs are open to the public, may require a materials fee]

 This defensive driving course designed for qualified drivers’ age 50+ to earn potential discounts on auto insurance. Contact The FCC to register.
4-hour Safe Driver refresher course: Tuesday, May 1st from 1-5 PM
2 day Safe Driver course: Tues. May 22 & Weds. May 23 from 1-5 PM
Cost: $15 for AARP members, $20 for Non- AARP Members
Call The FCC to register at 570-481-4330

Is someone you love suffering from Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia? Connect with other caregivers in your community and get the support you need.

Time:  2nd Monday of each month from 5:30-7 at The Loder Senior Center –
62 Analomink St, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301Phone: (570) 420-3745
Facilitator: Jennifer Bayer, Community Outreach Volunteer (Alzheimer’s Association) 570.517.9292 or

An ongoing free program by the CDC designed for people with prediabetes and elevated A1C. It is also for people who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes and want to lower their risk. With this CDC approved curriculum and trained Coach, The Prevent T2 lifestyle change program can help you lose weight, become more physically active and reduce stress.
Session Begins: Tuesday, January 23rd at 2:30 and meets every Tuesday for 16 weeks, then meets once a month for 6 months
Facilitator: Gina Pio, Health educator with the Area Health Education Center, Registered Dietician
*Registration is closed for this program- Details to come on next registration period.

MEDICARE COUNSELING [Free & Open to the Public]
An Experienced counselor will  answer questions and  help you to understand your existing Medicare plan. Receive objective information about Medicare Supplemental and Advantage plans, prescription drug plans, and eligibility to get extra help with medical insurance costs.

APPRISE Counselor: Sandy Goddeyne
Time: 1st Wednesday of the month
Call for an appointment- 570-481-4330

The Cafe provides a safe and supportive place for those with early stage Alzheimer’s disease, their caregivers and loved ones to gather, learn, and share experiences.
**If you are interested, please contact Nancy at The Friendly Community Center at 570.481.4330 or

Bring your loved ones to interact with others through instrument playing and singing while exercising the memory.

Time: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 1:00 PM
Instructor: Cheryl Mozdian, MM, MT-BC, Summit Music Therapy
Please RSVP to Nicole at The FCC at 570.481.4330 or

Monthly presentations of topics related to caregiving and caregivers.



Periodic  events are scheduled throughout the year and occur once a quarter or on a short term basis. Please check The FCC website, Facebook page, “New” quarterly brochures or call for more information, dates and times.


Travel the world from the comfort of your chair! Local travelers share experiences, photos, and so much more. Enjoy light snacks and refreshments before the presentation.
Destination: Hummingbirds of Ecuador
Presenter: Ron & Lois Dickey
Time: Friday, May 11th at 6:30
Click to register for Armchair Travel at Night – Hummingbirds

Destination: Around Town- Enjoy a photographic presentation of one man’s photographic view of our towns.
Presenter: Steve Broderick- Local writer and photographer
Time: Friday, June 29th at 6:30PM- CANCELLED- NEW DATE TBA FOR AUGUST
Keeping active while gardening or during outdoor activity is good for your mind and body. In this series, we offer presentations featuring everything from gardening, outdoor living to star gazing. Fresh new topics every Spring and Summer for you to learn about your backyard.

Learn how easy it is to turn your kitchen scraps and other organic matter into pure gold that will help your garden flourish and at the same time reduce your household waste, your cost for disposal, and save valuable landfill space.
Presenter: Penn State-Monroe County Master Gardner Cindy Parks
Time: Monday, May 7th at 6:30PM

Spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect from Asia that has spread to 13 counties. Learn how to recognize spotted lanternfly and learn how to stop its spread.
Time: Monday, June 25th at 6:30PM
Presenter: Penn State-Monroe County Master Gardner
Click here to register for Spotted Lanternfly

Learn helpful tips and tricks about growing lavender and different uses for lavender. Make a lavender sachet greeting card.  Registration required.
Presenters: Linda Besecker of Paradise Lavender Farm and Bonnie Vogt, Penn-State Monroe County Master Gardner
Time: Tuesday, June 26th at 6:30PM
Click here to register for More Lavender

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Become more sure-footed and steady on your feet! We will work on posture, walking gait, alignment, strength, symmetry and visually grounding ourselves.  Better balance reduces falls and injuries during daily living.
Time: Mondays at 2 PM through April 30th
Instructor: Kimberly Matthew


Come bowl with The FCC at Mountainhome Bowling Center. Exercise, have fun and enjoy a little friendly competition. Instruction available. All levels of bowlers welcome.
Time: April 6th – 27th  at 3 PM
Cost: $8 per person, includes 2 games and shoe rental
Click to register for Bowling

Learn ways to use essential oils in your home for cleaning, cooking and more. Purchase optional take-home intro kit for $25-order by April 5th by contacting The FCC via email or phone 570-481-4330
Facilitator: Aly Shik, Holistic Life Coach
Time: Tuesday, April 17th at 7PM

The FCC is home to The Dottie Hughes Fitness Park – a unique place that allows you to strength train outdoors. Feel free to come work out when it fits YOUR schedule! Park may not be available certain days due to other fitness group usage.
Membership: FCC Free minimum required

Love to craft? Local guest crafters will lead the group to create your own artwork or share their skills. Check our Facebook page to see the craft of the month or register to receive email. Registration required; call or email to reserve your space.

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All levels of knitters & crocheters are welcome to come stitch and chat.
Time: April 23rd at 6:30PM
Membership: Members Basic 
Click  here to register for knitting

In this introductory workshop you will learn the basics of making your own skincare products. Make & Take: Face wash – Registration required

Time:Tuesday, June 5th at 7PM
Presented by
Kristina Walters
Click here to register for Handmade skincare

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A labyrinth is a patterned path, often circular in form, used as a walking meditation or spiritual practice. Kim Matthew will lead walk.
Time: Thursday, June 14th at 2:00 PM
Location: Trinity Episcopal Church has suffered damage from the recent storm- Meet at The FCC. Labyrinth destination will be at Kim Matthews home.
Click here to register for Labyrinth walk

Learn about Prescription drug coverage and Medicare supplemental polices/Medigap. Understand your plan and get questions answered.
Facilitator: Sandy Goodeyne, Apprise Counselor
: Monday, June 18th at 6:30PM REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Click  here to register for Medicare Made Simple

PAINT AND POUR “Mason Jar with flowers”
Explore your artistic side with a fun night to benefit The FCC! Create a wooden pallet board painting perfect for spring and summer display.  Bring your favorite beverage to enjoy while you paint!
Instructor: AnnMarie of Bossard Boardworks
Time: Tuesday, June 12th at 7 PM
Cost: $35- Payment due by June 5th
Click here to register for Paint & Pour
Join in and sing along to various genres of music. Everyone is encouraged to join in, but if this worries you, just sit back and enjoy
Facilitator: Alan Shumway
Time: Wednesdays at 4:15, beginning April 18th
Click here to register for Sing Your Heart Out

Decorate Cupcakes with Sandy of Sandy’s Custom Sugar Affair-It’s Sandy Cakes
Time: Thursday, April  26th at 7PM
Cost: $40 includes, instruction, 12 cupcakes and a glass of wine
Register by April 19th

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Have fun with technique and color, while enjoying relaxing music to inspire. Supplies provided. Registration required.
Instructor: Kimberly Matthew
Time: Thursday, April 5th -May 30th from 10AM -11:30AM
Cost: $15 for materials for the 9 week course

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Meet every Tuesday for easy hikes to beautiful areas of the community. Participants exercise while enjoying time with others and our wonderful natural resources. A list of scheduled hikes will be available at the first walk.
Time: Tuesdays at 9 AM (May 1st thru October, weather permitting)
Location: Meets in Mountainhome U.M.C. parking lot
Click here to register for Weekly Walkers

 Have you ever heard a word in conversation or on the news and thought to yourself…What is it? In this series, we will discuss and expand on different monthly topics about health, fitness, food and more. If you have a topic, you would like to learn more about, please contact Nicole at The FCC.
During this presentation a registered nurse from The Department of Health will discuss prevention, symptoms, and treatment of Lyme disease. Handouts will be provided.
Time: Monday,  May 21st at 6:30PM

Register for Monday, May 21st at 6:30PM

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Pause, stretch, breathe, relax, repeat! Enjoy the outdoors and relax during a gentle walk and standing yoga stretching.
Location: Skywood Park-Route 191, Cresco PA
Time: Every Thursday in June at 10AM
Instructor: Kimberly Matthew
Membership: Members Plus
Click here to register for Yoga on the move


**Credit Card Payments- A small transaction fee of 2.2% + .30 per transaction will be applied to each charge in order to offset the cost to the FCC for providing this service


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