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Scranton joins in celebration of laughter

On Sunday, May 1, Scranton will join over 60 countries in the celebration of World Laughter Day with activities that will make the community smile and laugh it up at Nay Aug Park and Afa Gallery, both in Scranton.

Scranton’s World Laughter Day celebration is presented by Laugh to Live! owner Jeannine M Luby, who is a certified laughter yoga leader has been organizing smaller events each year around the time of World Laughter Day - celebrated the first Sunday in May - for the past four years.

“We mark our calendars for all kinds of occasions. I think it’s important that we make time to laugh, be happy and enjoy the now instead of always looking to what’s next,” Luby said.

Laughter may help with the prevention of heart attacks and healthier blood flow, healthier immune system, pain management and more.

World Laughter Day activities in Nay Aug Park will take place between noon and 3 p.m. Events include laughter yoga at noon, a 12:30 p.m. story time with children’s author Angela DeMuro and her Mu Birds, and a 2 p.m. joke telling showcase for children ages 5 to 12.

The laughter continues at Afa Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a comedy show that features comics including Kenny Jay, Paul Spratt as MC, “The Wingman” James Holeva, Bobby Keller, Jeremy Pryal, William Robbins, John Walton, Michelle Morgan and Jeannine M. Luby.

Admission to the show is a $10 donation to benefit the Humor Therapy Fund and includes a World Laughter Day T-Shirt, while supplies last.

To get tickets for the comedy show, event details or to make a donation online, visit www.laughtolive.net or call Jeannine Luby at (570) 650-7518.

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