The Misericordia University Arts Council offers a free evening of arts and entertainment on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The Fall Arts Kickoff will offer an overview of the arts and entertainment venues and artistic opportunities at the university, and will feature tours, student and faculty performances and demonstrations. Guests are invited to come and stay through all or part of the program that runs through 8:30 p.m. “We are happy to invite students from across the region as well as adult learners and the local community to see the wide variety of free and low cost visual and fine arts opportunities that are available at Misericordia,” said Lalaine Little, M.A., M.A.T., Ph.D., director of the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery. “The event will offer a glimpse into the film, visual, music, theater and studio arts at the campus, including a demonstration of the ceramics classes that are offered to the public at the university’s Art Studio at 50 Lake St., Dallas, through the Center for Adult and Continuing Education.” Dr. Little and Ryan Weber, Ph.D., associate professor of musicology and chair of the Department of Fine Arts, serve as co-chairs of the Misericordia University Arts Council. There will be performances by the Misericordia Players theatrical troupe, the Beyond Harmony student a capella group, the Irish Step Dance Club and guitarist Patrick Temple. Temple has an MM in Guitar Performance from the University of Oklahoma. He has taught in the Wyoming Valley since 2001 through his Luzerne studio, Patrick Temple Music Lessons. Temple has taught music theory, music history, and guitar performance at King’s College since 2005. In addition, there will also be a taped recording of a recent concert by the Misericordia University Community Choir. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. with the choice of three tours: a “Treasures of MU Tour,” hosted by Misericordia President Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D.; an “Arts & Healthcare Exhibit Tour,” and an “MU Campus Tour, led by student ambassadors. A reception and arts program overview will follow from 5-7 p.m. in 218-219 Insalaco Hall. The program will include a reading from the student literary publication, InStress, and a look at “Service by Design,” a student club within the Department of Mass Communications and Design, that provides students with creative advertising and marketing opportunities in service to the community. Guests will be invited to Lemmond Theater at 7 p.m. for a performance by the Irish Step Dance Club followed by a screening of the film, “In Procedure.” Directed by Jiska Rickels, the documentary offers the story of a Syrian father who flees to the Netherlands to save his young daughter who is seriously ill. The current Pauly Friedman Art Gallery exhibit, “Arts in Healthcare,” is being offered in collaboration with Misericordia’s 10th annual Health Care Symposium, to be held on Friday, Oct. 18. Symposium speakers include artist Joseph Cohen, M.F.A, who uses art and technology to develop applications for detecting cancer. His works, and others involving art in health care, are on display in the gallery through Oct. 20. Pauly Friedman Art Gallery fall hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 12-7 p.m., Friday 12-5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m., or by appointment. The Pauly Friedman Gallery is closed on Mondays and for all university holidays. For additional info, go to www.misericordia.edu/art or call the gallery at (570) 674-6250.