THIS WEEK: Nov. 24 to 30
Thanksgiving Dinner, will be offered at noon Nov. 23 at The Forty Fort United Methodist Church, corner of Wyoming and Yeager avenues. There is no charge and transportation will be provided if needed for West Side residents. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling the church office at 570-287-3840.
‘The Little Library of Swoyersville’ grand opening celebration, noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Swoyersville Borough Building, 674 Main St., Swoyersville, hosted by Wyoming Valley West student Grace Conner for her Girl Scout Gold Award Project. The celebration will include a book giveaway, coloring activities and refreshments. The Little Library of Swoyersville is a charter member of the Little Free Library organization and will be open year round to all members of the community. Info, 570-817-5096.
Christmas with the Choral Society, will take place at 4 p.m. Nov. 26 in the sanctuary of Covenant Presbyterian Church, corner of Madison and Olive streets, Scranton. Audience caroling will alternate with performances of holiday music by each of the society’s children and youth choirs, their adult Symphonic Chorus, soloists, organist and Dr. Timothy Smith. $15 for adults; $5 for ages 18 and under. Tickets will be available at the door or by calling 570-343-6707. A $2 discount applies to seniors, adult students and WVIA members.
Sunday at the Circle, presents the third annual reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Wyoming Valley Art League, 130 rear S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 3 p.m. Nov. 26. A $5 donation is suggested. Food and drink will be provided. All ages. Free parking.
Understanding and Working with Adolescents, and all-day workshop presented by Barbara Orr, M.S., will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 29 at Genetti Hotel & Conference Center, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. Six continuing education credits are available. Registration begins at 8 p.m., but interested parties can register at 570-855-2247 or by emailing [email protected] Registration is free.
Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas, a free showing of the Jim Henson Christmas movie about a poor otter family that risks everything for the chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest. Tickets are first come, first served. Sponsored by Ace-Robbins Inc. 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 at the Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock, 570-996-1500.
Community Contra Dance, 7 p.m. Dec. 2, with music by Curt Osgood on hammered dulcimer, Henry Jankiewicz on fiddle and John Wobus on keyboard, along with calling by Bob Nicholson, Church of Christ Uniting, 776 Market Street, Kingston. No partner or previous experience is necessary. Admission to the dance is “pay what you wish.” Come early at 6 p.m. for optional pot-luck dinner. Info, 570-333-4007, or folkloresociety.org/dancing.
Storytime with Santa, 10:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 2, Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, with crafts, cookies and a visit from the jolly man himself. Parents may take their children’s pictures with Santa using their own camera, if desired. Last day to register for the event is Nov. 28. The event is open to all children of the community at no charge. Call the library at 570-287-2013.
The Miracle of Bethlehem, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 and 3 at the Cultural Centre of St. Faustina, 38 W. Church St., Nanticoke. The play is free and open to the public and tells the story of the birth of Jesus Christ in narration and song. Donations are appreciated. For additional parking, a shuttle bus service will be provided to the Cultural Centre from the parish parking lot, 520 S. Hanover St., from 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Food and hot chocolate will be for sale. For more information, call Judy at 570-735-0552 or 570-550-7799.
Brunch with Santa, sponsored by The Misericordia University Alumni Association, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults; $8 for children from 5-12 years of age, and free to children under 5. Reservations are required and can be made at cougarconnect.misericordia.edu/santa or at 570-674-6764. A professional photographer also will be available to capture the special moment.
Holiday Workshop, a morning of cookie decorating, crafts, singing and creations by a balloon lady, for all ages, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock, free. 570-996-1500.
Pet Photos with Santa, at Pet Supplies Plus, 555 Scott St., Wilkes-Barre. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2. $8 per photo. All proceeds benefit Happy Hearts and Tails Save Haven Animal Rescue. For information, call 570-829-3446.
Home Alone, a free screening of the movie starring Macaulay Culkin as a boy mistakenly left behind when his family flies to Paris for Christmas vacation. Sponsored by Nimble Hill Winery & Brewery. 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock, free. 570-996-1500.
Christmas Tea sponsored by the Lake-Lehman Foundation at the Irem Clubhouse from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 10,with assorted scones, fresh fruits, salad, finger sandwiches and desserts. Tickets are $25 per person. Reservations must be made by Nov. 22. Call 570-592-5763 or email [email protected] All proceeds benefit Lake-Lehman Foundation scholarships.
It’s a Wonderful Life, a free screening of the classic holiday film starring Jimmy Stewart, 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 12. First come, first served. Sponsored by Ace-Robbins Inc., Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock, free. 570-996-1500.