Mount Carmel Downtown meeting

MOUNT CARMEL - Mount Carmel Downtown Inc. will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Mount Carmel Public Library. Election of officers will be held.

Forums on health care insurance

DANVILLE - Two free public forums on health care insurance coverage will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and March 27 respectively at the Henry Hood Center for Health Research on the Geisinger Medical Center campus, 100 North Academy Ave.

The program will include a discussion of what is available, provided by centers for Medicare and Medicaid services certified application counselors, as well as answers to general health care coverage questions on the Affordable Care Act and the impending March 31 deadline. Assistance will also be available for completing the application process on the www.Healthcare.gov website.

Walk-ins are welcome to attend. A shuttle service will be provided for participants from the patient parking lot to the Hood Center.

For more details, call 855-849-1510.

Courtyard Theater presents 'Rent'

SELINSGROVE - The new Courtyard Theater at the Susquehanna Valley Mall, which performs Broadway shows with local actors and actresses, will present the last three performances of the Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical "Rent," at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 570-374-0060 or at www.thecourtyardtheater.com.

The Courtyard Theater is at the mall's J. C. Penney entrance. Performances of the theater's next show, "Deathtrap," begin Friday, April 4, and will continue through the Sunday matinee April 13.

Video game culture focus of lecture

BLOOMSBURG - David S. Heineman, associate professor of communications studies at Bloomsburg University, will talk about the cultural significance of video games at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26. His lecture, "Thinking about Video Games: Notes from a Researcher," will be presented in the Warren Student Services Center, room 004.

Heineman will present information from more than 75 interviews with game designers, artists, historians and other professionals in the gaming industry. It will discuss questions about video games' merit as an art and the emergence of problems facing contemporary gamer culture, like discrimination based on race, gender or sexual orientation.

The presentation will cover video gaming's full history with video, audio and images ranging from Atari 2600 and Sega Genesis to Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo. Heineman will also touch on games playable on PC, mobile devices and handhelds, as well as vintage systems.

Heineman's lecture is sponsored by the Institute for Culture and Society and the College of Liberal Arts. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Heineman at dheinema@bloomu.edu.

Congressional art competition open

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-11, announced the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, which entertains submissions from high school art students from across the country.

Initiated by members of the House in 1982, the competition allows high school students to showcase their artistic ability. Works will be considered by a panel of area judges. As in past years, each congressional district will be represented by one winner, whose original work will hang in the U.S. Capitol for a year.

The competition is open to high school students and entries must adhere to guidelines found at http://www.house.gov/content/educate/art_competition.

Local entrants must reside in Barletta's district. Students may submit their entries by dropping off their artwork at one of his district offices no later than 5 p.m. March 31. His closest local office is 106 Arch St., Sunbury. Others in the region include 1 S. Church St., Hazleton; and 4813 Jonestown Road, Suite 101, Harrisburg.

Benefit for Kyleigh's Krawlers

SHAMOKIN - A $15 night will be held April 19 in benefit of Kyleigh's Krawlers March for Babies Team.

The all-you-can-eat-and-drink event will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Redman Club, Market Street. R.A.T.L. will perform live, and a Chinese auction will be held from 6 to 9 p.m.

All proceeds benefit March of Dimes.

For more information contact Laurie Krebs at lakrebs@ptd.net.

Eyeglass clinic set in Shamokin, Sunbury

SHAMOKIN - North Western PA Optical Clinic will be at Central Susquehanna Opportunities Inc. at the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center, 2 E. Arch St., from 9 to 11 a.m. April 15.

The clinic will also be held from 1 to 3 p.m. April 15 at the Sunbury CareerLink, 225 Market St.

The privately funded program provides income-eligible persons with eyeglasses for $40, including bifocals. No-lines and solid tint also offered.

To schedule an appointment or inquire about the income guidelines call 1-800-901-1912.

Finding hope through difficult times discussed

ELYSBURG - Remaining hopeful while facing difficulties will be discussed at Lifetree Cafe from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Elysburg Presbyterian Church, 320 W. Valley Ave.

The program, titled "Why Do Bad Things Keep Happening? Finding Hope... Against All Odds," features a screening of the short film "My Last Days." The film chronicles the experiences of Ryan and Amy Green and their young son Joel as he faces repeated health challenges.

Participants in the Lifetree program will experience an hour of encouragement and hope. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. For more information, contact Alexis Spade at 570-672-2873 or elysburgpresby@verizon.net.