THIS WEEK: Dec. 15 through 21
Coat Drive, held by Eye Care Specialists, Kingston, through Dec. 15 for kids and families associated with Luzerne County Head Start. Collection boxes are placed at the Toyota SportsPlex on Coal Street in Wilkes-Barre. There will also be a collection box at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins home game on Dec. 8. New and gently used coats for adults and children are being collected at Eye Care Specialist locations in Berwick, Dallas, Hazleton, Nanticoke, Scranton and West Pittston.
Polar Express Pajama Party, children and caregivers welcome to watch “The Polar Express” at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Mill Memorial Library, 495 E. Main St., Nanticoke. The library will provide hot chocolate, cookies and a special keepsake for attending. RSVP at 570-735-3030, because space is limited.
“A Christmas Carol,” a theatrical adaptation of the classic holiday ghost story by Charles Dickens. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; play begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, Waverly. Free and open to the public. RSVP are appreciated as space is limited. 570-586-8191, ext. 2.
Jenkins Township Children’s Christmas Party, will take place at 1 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Jenkins Township Municipal Building, 46 1/2 Main St., Inkerman. Children of all ages are invited.
An Evening with Charles Dickens, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Sophia Coxe House, 2207 Route 940, Freeland. One of the readings will be ‘A Christmas Carol,’ done by Bobby Maso, who recently received a standing ovation for his reading of Edgar Allen Poe. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets $15. Reservations can be made at sophiacoxefoundation.com. Info, call Karen at 570-956-3881.
“Circuits, Sinterklaas, Dreidels, and More!” a new event to mark the holiday season, for children ages 5 to 12, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 in The Children’s Room at the Back Mountain Memorial Library. The evening will wrap up with light refreshments. Admission free.
Wrap and Yap, if you’ve ever uttered, “Where are the scissors?;” “Can’t find the tape, maybe Band-Aids will work;” or “This is so boring;” the inaugural Wrap and Yap is for you. Bring gifts and wrap during this free program at 6 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Pittston Library, 47 Broad St., Pittston. Library will provide scissors, tape, bows, gift tags, long tables and refreshments. Bring your own wrapping paper. 570-654-9565
Santa Parade, in the Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre, with Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves traveling the streets to hand out candy bags. Line up begins at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 16 at Schiel’s Market on George Avenue, parade begins at 10 a.m. and ends at Nowak’s Iron Works on Scott Street. Sponsored by Parsons Lions Club. Info, 484-336-7212.
Open House and Model Train Sale, sponsored by the Back Mountain Rail Road Club, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 16 at the STACKS Complex on Route 415, Dallas. The interactive multi gauge model train layout will have 20 buttons for the youngsters to activate and operate accessories and trains plus the Dallas Township Bicentennial HO gauge layout. You will see downtown Dallas from “way back when” a trolley and railroad traveled through the area, ice cutting on the lake, and the trestle over Carverton Road in Trucksville. If you have trains in your attic or basement and want to see if they still operate, bring them with you and experienced model engineers will test them on our multi guage test tracks. Admission is free. For more info, call Rich Fufaro at 570-574-7870 or Wayne C. Williams at 570-675-3151.
Game Night at The Cooperage, 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 21 at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale. Board games to card games to brain games for all ages. Bring your favorite game. Donations are greatly appreciated. The Cooperage is operated by the The Cooperage Project, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that seeks to build community through performance events, learning opportunities, markets, and good times/good works. For info, visit thecooperageproject.org or call 570-253-2020.
Films at the Osterhout Free Library, the following will be shown at 2 p.m. on each date provided at the Osterhout Free Library, 71 Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre: Jan 5 — “On the Waterfront” (1954) Best Actor — Marlon Brando; Jan. 12 — “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1980) Best Actress — Sissy Spacek; Jan. 19 — “Ed Wood” (1994) Best Supporting Actor — Martin Landau; Jan. 26 — “Chicago” (2002) Best Supporting Actress — Catherine Zeta Jones. Popcorn is provided. The film showings are free and open to the public.
A New England contra dance, with calling by Hilton Baxter and music by Curt Osgood on hammered dulcimer, Jill Smith on keyboard and Henry Jankiewicz and Mike Rovine on fiddle, 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Church of Christ Uniting Fellowship Hall, 776 Market Street, Kingston. No partner or previous experience is necessary. Admission to the dance is “pay what you wish.” Come early at 6:15 p.m. for optional pot-luck dinner. Further information is available at 570-333-4007, or folkloresociety.org/dancing.
Elvis Tribute Artist, Jimmy Tighe will perform an Elvis Birthday Bash on Jan. 10 at the Avenue Diner in Wyoming. He’ll offer another performance on Feb. 7 at the same location. For more information, and to make reservations, call 570-430-9466. Seating is limited for the Jan. 10 show.