THIS WEEK: Jan. 5 through 11
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.
“Mining in Society,” Boy Scouts of America-Northeastern, PA Council, Merit Badge Day, Open to Boy Scouts of the Northeastern PA Council, venue is Fourth Floor, Mulligan Science Building, King’s College, 133 River St., Wilkes-Barre, 9 a.m. Jan. 6. Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]
“A Day in the Life of an Anthracite Miner: The Remarkable Coalmining Artwork of Remo Trieste Russo,” Presented by Charles Kumpas, 2 p.m., Jan. 7 at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]
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.
Socrates Café Discussion Group, will discuss, listen to and raise questions about a topic chosen that evening, 6:30 Jan. 11 at the Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Info, 570-823-0156.
“An Interview with the Mineworkers’ Union Leader, Johnny Mitchell — A One-Act Play,” Presented by Robert Hughes, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11, Wyoming Presbyterian Church Institute, 40 Institute St., Wyoming, Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]
Harlem Wizards, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13, sponsored by Lake-Lehman Elementary PTO Groups, Lake-Lehman High School, Lehman Township. Tickets purchased in advance, at the high school from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 7, or online at harlemwizards.com, are $10. Tickets at the door are $12. For more information visit harlemwizards.backmtnpa.com.
“You’re Not Dead ‘til I Say You’re Dead: A Nurse’s Reflections on Death, Dying and the Near-Death Experience.” Author Joyce Victor will read from her new book on death and dying at 1 p.m. Jan. 13, Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Light refreshments will be served. Please call 570-829-1959 to make a reservation.
The Blues in Art & Music Reception, 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 14, Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Celebrate the rich history of the blues in the photography and art of John Rockland, Scott Nichols, Erika Gibson-Bertram, and Catrina King and the music of the Matt Bennick Project and Phyllis Hopkins, featuring Little Sister Band. Enjoy light refreshments, live music and exhibits. Free. Info, 470-996-1500.
Martin Luther King Jr. Program, the King’s College community will honor the service and contributions of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 11 a.m. Jan. 15, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, Snyder & Walsh rooms King’s College. Free. Info, 570-208-5958.
“A Demonstration of Anthracite Mining Equipment and Objects,” Presented by Mike Mostardi with moderator: Bill Best, Sponsored by the Huber Breaker Preservation Society (Venue: Ashley Fire Hall, Fireman’s Park, 160 Ashley St., Ashley), at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 with members meeting at 6:30 p.m. Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]
“Plymouth’s Coal Mining Pioneers: Abijah & John Smith, Freeman Thomas, and Other Stories,” presented by Georgetta Potoski and Steve Kondrad, sponsored by the Plymouth Historical Society (Venue: Plymouth Borough Municipal Building, 162 W. Shawnee Ave., Plymouth) 7 p.m., Jan. 17. Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]
Casablanca, a free showing of the classic film, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 17, at the Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock. The film, celebrating its 75th anniversary, tells the story of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca and discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Laszlo is a famed rebel, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country.
Community Choir at Misericordia University is accepting new members for the spring semester. Rehearsals take place every Thursday beginning Jan. 18 from 6 to 8:15 p.m. in the Ensemble Room 004 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall on the campus in Dallas Township. Under the direction of conductor Matthew Rupcich, the ensemble is comprised of Misericordia students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as community members. The choir will hold a spring concert at 7:30 p.m. April 26 in the Lemmon Theater in Walsh Hall on campus. To sign up, contact Johnna Evans at 570-674-3021 or at [email protected]
Franklin Street Sleuths Mystery Book Club will discuss “The Constable’s Tale,” by Donald Smith, at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18, Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. A limited number of copies of the book are for sale at the library. Light refreshments will be served. Info, 570-823-0156.
Game Night, to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of The Bridge, 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Woodlands, Route 315, Plains Township. The over-21 fund-raising event will feature “Family Feud,” “Celebrity” and “Pictionary,” with teams of four facing off in a fun night of charitable competition. Tickets are $35 per person or $140 per team and include games, food and drinks. There will also be special raffles and prizes for the top teams. For ticket info, call 824-8756, ext. 398, or visit bbbsnepa.org/gamenight
Paint A Snowman craft, for adults, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Seating is limited, so reservations are a must at this free adult craft program. Call 570-821-1959 to register.