THIS WEEK: Feb. 21 to 27, 2014
Around the World in Ice. Visit China, Italy, Egypt and more at the annual Crystal Cabin Fever ice show with a 50-foot ice slide, Mount Rushmore, the Eiffel Tower, ice carving demonstrations, factory tours and museum, complimentary wine tasting, free cocoa, bonfire, wood carving, food and more. Sculpted Ice Works, Route 590, Lakeville (between Hamlin and Hawley). 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. $15; $10 children. 570-226-6246 or crystalcabinfever.com.
Passion of Ice, a 20-ton wedding-themed ice sculpture by Kevin McDonald depicting an ice chapel including a stage of giant ice-sculptured swans. On exhibit through March 10 at Damenti’s Restaurant, 870 N. Hunter Highway, Mountain Top. 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 4 to 9 p.m. Sundays. Ladies Night on Thursday. 570-788-2004.
Winter in the City, with food samplings from more than 40 restaurants, wine tasting by Capra Collina Winery and music by Paul LaBelle & the Exact Change. Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 5:30 to 8 tonight. $20 benefits Scranton Tomorrow. 570-963-5901.
Chocolate Decadence Event, a fundraiser for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic with a four-course chocolate-inspired dinner and cash bar. Oyster, Genetti Hotel and Convention Center, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. 5:30 to 7:30 tonight. $32. Reservations: 570-270-4444.
Carnevale, sponsored by the Italian-American Association of Luzerne County. With dinner and dancing to the music of Danny Argo and Friends. Genetti Convention Center, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 10:15 tonight. $25. Costume dress optional; Carnavale accessories encouraged. Reservations: 570-654-6454.
Night at the Races, the fifth annual event sponsored by the Mountain Top Welcome Club. With food, beer, raffles and a “Best Pizza on the Mountain Taste Challenge.” Wright Township Fire Hall, 477 S. Main Road, Mountain Top. Tonight with doors at 6:30 and races at 7. $5 admission; $10 per horse. 570-868-6467.
Spin 4 Life, the 13th annual benefit with free T-shirts, refreshments and mini massages. Candy’s Place: The Center for Cancer Wellness, 190 Welles St., Suite 120, Forty Fort. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. $20 per 45-minute ride. 570-714-8800.
Memories of a Civil War Veteran, a living-history presentation with Crestwood High School teacher Charles Herring who portrays a Civil War soldier who shares his experiences in the war. White Haven Area Community Library, 99 Towanda St. 11 a.m. Saturday. Free. 570-443-8723.
Social Media, the basics of Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest taught one on one. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Fairview Township. 2 p.m. Saturday. Registration: 570-474-9313.
Care and Concern Fundraiser, with food, beer and wine. Brews Brothers, 1705 River Road, Pittston. 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by Clinic Idyllic, a project group of Leadership Wilkes-Barre, to benefit Pittston’s Care and Concern Free Health Clinic. $20 advance; $25 at the door. 570-266-8830.
Mardi Gras, with hors d’oeuvres, buffet, beer, wine and music by Frankie Gervasi of The Poets. Arcaro & Genell, 443 S. Main St., Old Forge. 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by Prince of Peace Parish. Adults only. $30. Reservations: 570-457-5900.
Mardi Gras Ball and Art Auction, with wine, cheese, hors d’oeuvres, a New Orleans Bananas Foster dessert, music by the Penn Dixie Band and framed prints of famous artists offered at a wide range of prices. St. Jude School, 422 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. Saturday with art preview at 6 p.m. and auction at 7. $25. Festive attire welcome. 570-474-5803.
Night at the Races, sponsored by Corpus Christi Parish at Immaculate Conception Church, 605 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston. Saturday with food served at 6 p.m. and races at 7. $5; $10 per horse. 570-654-2753.
Beyond the Pearls Happy Hour, a fundraiser for the Junior League of Scranton with music by DJ Cadillac, basket raffle and light appetizers. Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. $15. 570-961-8120.
Night at the Races, sponsored by Queen of the Apostles Parish at St. Mary’s School, 742 Spring St., Avoca. Saturday with doors at 6 p.m. and races at 7 p.m. $5; $10 per horse. 570-457-3412.
Winter Film Series, a screening of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (2013), a science-fiction adventure starring Jennifer Lawrence. Lemmond Theater, Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 8:30 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $3. 570-674-6400.
Myasopusna Festival, the annual prelenten event with a dinner of halutsi, kobasa, varenyky, kapusta, borscht, blackbread and dessert along with Ukrainian crafts including pysanky, embroidery, woodcrafts, beadwork and ceramics; entertainment by the Holy Year Choir, Kazka Ukrainian Folk Ensemble and the Saint Mary’s Ukrainian Dancers. Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, 240 Center St., Hanover section of Nanticoke. Sunday with dinner at noon followed by entertainment until 3:30 p.m. $15. 570-735-4654.
Vera Bradley Bingo, a fundraiser for the JFK Elementary School. Wyoming Area Secondary Center, 20 Memorial St., Exeter. Sunday with doors at 1 p.m. and games at 2 p.m. $20. 570-362-1680.
The Hard Coal Roads: What Went Wrong? A documentary about the anthracite railroads with rare and previously unreleased footage from the Lehigh Valley, Reading, Jersey Central, Erie Lackawanna, Delaware & Hudson and Penn Central railroads. Anthracite Heritage Museum, McDade Park, 22 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton. 2 p.m. Sunday. Free. 570-963-4804.
Pysanky Egg Class. Learn the intricate art of Ukrainian egg decorating. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 316 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays through April 13. $6. Signup: 570-474-6616.
Sunday Funday Snowday, a fundraiser for the Children’s Advocacy Center with $20 lift and snow-tubing tickets, giveaways, raffles, DJ entertainment, celebrity bartenders and more. Montage Mountain Ski Area, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. 4 p.m. Sunday. 570-969-7313.
Celebrity Guests at the Radisson, a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with EJ the DJ, light fare, cash bar, silent auction, photos by Chelsea Photography and special guests actor Brian O’Halloran (“Clerks”), writer and director David Lee Madison and WWE star Gene Snitsky. Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. $10. 610-266-8513.
Oral History Workshop, preserving a loved one’s story of growing up locally for future generations with members of the Greater Pittston Historical Society. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6 p.m. Tuesday. Free. Registration: 570-654-9847.
The Contact Period: Native and Newcomer, a talk by author and historian Mark Dziak on the period which saw extensive trading between Native Americans and European-American settlers and also evidence of a possible local archaeological site with likely trade materials. Sponsored by the Frances Dorrance Chapter of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology. Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free and open to the public.
Why Future Trends Will Demand Unlearning, a talk by futurist Jack Uldrich, founder of The School of Unlearning and author of the bestseller “The Next Big Thing Is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business.” Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street at South River Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 570-408-4779.
The Butler, a screening of the film starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey about a White House butler who served under eight American presidents. Moskovitz Theater, DeNaples Center, University of Scranton. 8 p.m. Tuesday. Free but tickets required. Held in conjunction with Black History Month. 570-941-5904.
JCC Institute of Learning, a talk on the new Affordable Care Act with Denise Cesare, president and CEO at Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Rifkin Resource Center, Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Reservations: 570-824-4646.
Brown Bag Luncheon Lecture Series, with a talk on “The Future of Education” with deans Russ Pottle, Glen Tellis and Fred Croop. McGowan Room, Bevevino Library, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Noon to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 570-674-6777.
Stars of the Valley: Reverend Joseph Murgas, the life and accomplishments of the inventor and scientist who lived in Northeastern Pennsylvania from 1896 to 1929 with speaker Joseph Weber, author of “Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Scientists: Joseph Murgas.” Sponsored by the Luzerne County Historical Society at the Snyder & Walsh Rooms, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Wednesday with cocktails at 5 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner and talk at 6 p.m. $35. Reservations: 570-823-6244.
Identity Theft, a session touching on the latest tricks used by crooks, what to do if your identity is stolen and how to watch for scams. Luzerne County West Side Annex, 9000 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 28. Registration: 570-825-9441.
Night at the Races, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hazleton. J.J. Ferrara Performing Arts Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Feb. 28 with doors at 6 p.m. and festivities at 6:30 p.m. $8 advance; $10 at the door; $10 per horse. 570-578-1003.
Mardi Gras Party, with New Orleans-style food, beer, King and Queen crowning, games, raffles and music by the Golden Fire Band and the Lake-Lehman Brass Band. Lakeside Skillet, Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28. $25. Reservations (by Feb. 26): 570-650-1844.
Monster Jam, the edge-of-your-seat motor-sports show with monster trucks including Grave Digger, Crushstation, Bad News, Predator, Prowler and more. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28; 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 1; 2 p.m. March 2. $40, $35, $25, $10. 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
Home and Outdoor Living Show, the 27th annual event with exhibitors offering all aspects of home and leisure including landscaping, outdoor kitchens, RVs, hunting, fishing and more. Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, 620 W. Third St. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 2. 570-966-0625.
ARTiculture: The Philadelphia Flower Show, the oldest and largest indoor show with large-scale gardens, elaborate landscapes and over-the-top floral creations. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 1; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 2 and 8; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 3 to 7; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 9. $28; $20 students; $15 children. Details at theflowershow.com.
New England Contra Dance, with music by fiddler Eileen Nicholson and pianist Jill Smith with caller Bob Nicholson. Church of Christ Uniting, 776 Market St., Kingston. March 1 with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. and dancing at 7. Pay what you wish. 570-333-4007.
Mardi Gras Party, with cocktails, buffet dinner, masks, beads and music by NEPA Soul. Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgway Drive, Dallas. 6 to 11 p.m. March 1. $35. Reservations: 570-675-1134.
German Nite, the 49th annual event with a German-style buffet and music by the Walt Groller Orchestra. St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. March 1 with doors at 6 p.m., buffet at 6:15 and dancing 7:30 to 10:30. $25 advance; $30 at the door. 570-283-7736.
Scrap-Happy Group, a scrapbooking sessions. Bring materials and tools to work on a current project. White Haven Area Community Library, 99 Towanda St. 1 to 3 p.m. March 2. 570-443-8776.
World Affairs Luncheon Seminar, with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Fredrik Logevall of Cornell University speaking on “Obama and the World in Historical Perspective.” Rose Room, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. March 3. $20. Sponsored by the Schemel Forum. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
Mardi Gras Party, the sixth annual event sponsored by the Wyoming Area Kiwanis. With an all-you-can-eat buffet of New Orleans-style foods, Mardi Gras cocktails, basket raffles, door prizes and entertainment by Sugar Ray. Gober’s Deco Lounge, 1248 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. March 4. $25. 570-655-5535.
JCC Institute of Learning, a talk on “Teaching Awards and Rewards” by award-winning Wyoming Valley West Middle School teacher Leslie Nicholas. Rifkin Resource Center, Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. March 5. Reservations: 570-824-4646.
Bullying and Internet Safety, a presentation on “Operation Safe Surf” and “Sticks and Stones” covering the importance of being safe on line and bullying through texting, social media, emails and websites. Luzerne County West Side Annex, 9000 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. 10 a.m. to noon March 7. Registration: 570-825-9441.
Home Expo, presented by the Building Industry Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania, with the latest in building, remodeling, finance and more. Mohegan Sun Hotel and Convention Center, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 3 to 7 p.m. March 7; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 8; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 9. $5. 570-287-3331.
The Coupon Crew, tips on saving money through coupons. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 1 p.m. March 8. 570-693-1364.
Conservation Mixer, sponsored by Pheasants Forever. With food stations, beer, wine and information on conservation projects and activities in the area. Appletree Terrace, Newberry Estate, North Pioneer Avenue, Dallas. 6 to 9 p.m. March 8. $20 advance reservations only. 570-477-4668 or nepapf.org.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, the inaugural event sponsored by the Little Sisters of the Poor. Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton. March 9 beginning with Mass at 11 a.m. with a bagpipe processional and recessional in the chapel followed by a ham-and-cabbage dinner and entertainment by Damian the Magician, Frankie Gervasi of The Poets and Irish step dancing by the Crossmolina School of Dance. $10, $6 children. 570-343-4065.
World Affairs Luncheon Seminar, with political analyst Jiri Pehe speaking on “The Emergence of Anti-Liberal Politics in Central Europe.” DeNaples Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. March 10. $20. Sponsored by the Schemel Forum. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
Classic Movie Series, a screening of the 1944 film-noir mystery “Double Idemnity with Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. March 12. $5. 570-996-1500.
Gardening and Cooking with Herbs, a workshop with naturalist and herbalist Charlene Wildes including medicinal properties of herbs. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. 6:30 p.m. March 12. Sponsored by the North Branch Land Trust. Registration: 570-696-5545.
World Affairs Luncheon Seminar, with author Jesse Ferris speaking on “Nasser’s Egypt and the Origins of the Arab Spring.” Rose Room, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. March 14. $20. Sponsored by the Schemel Forum. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Scranton’s version of Mardi Gras with the annual march through downtown. March 15 beginning with a Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral at 10 a.m. and the parade stepping off at noon. Celebrate indoors at the annual Parade Day Party at the Scranton Cultural Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with refreshments and Irish music by Kilrush. Free. 570-344-1111 or stpatparade.com
Cesar Millan, the best-selling author and star of the hit TV show “Dog Whisperer” and the new series “Leader of the Pack.” F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. March 15. $85 (VIP Meet and Greet), $54, $39. 570-826-1100.
Learn How to Make Pysanky, a class in creating intricately designed Ukrainian Easter eggs. Saints Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, 207 River St., Olyphant. Sundays from March 16 to April 6 at 1:45 p.m. $15 includes eggs, beeswax and stylist. Reservations: 570-383-0319.
Women’s Forum: Violence Against Women in Northeastern Pennsylvania, a panel discussion with Wyoming County district attorney Jeff Mitchel, paraole officer Laura Hasenzahl and and representatives from the Wyoming County Victims Resource Center, sharing their perspectives. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 3 p.m. March 16. Free. 570-996-1500.
Brown Bag Luncheon Lecture Series, with a talk on “The Value of Art” with faculty members Corina Slaff and Elisa Korb. Rooms 218-219, Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Noon to 1:15 p.m. March 17. Free. 570-674-6777.
JCC Institute of Learning, a talk by historian Sheldon Spear on “Wyoming Valley Children in the Age of Anthracite.” Rifkin Resource Center, Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. March 19. Reservations: 570-824-4646.
Brown Bag Luncheon Lecture Series, with a talk on “Human Trafficking” with Colleen E. Owens, a research associate with the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. Rooms 218-219, Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Noon to 1:15 p.m. March 19. Free. 570-674-6777.
Bad Movie Thursdays, a screening of the 1944 film about juvenile delinquency “I Accuse My Parents.” Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. March 20 with cocktails at 6 p.m. and movie at 7 p.m. $10. 570-344-1111.
Five Great Books, Five Great Films, a spring film and discussion series with screenings of “Casino Royale,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Great Gatsby,” “The African Queen” and “Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre. Shown Thursdays at 7 p.m. from March 20 through April 24. Offered by Penn State Wilkes-Barre as a one-credit (Act 48) or non-credit course with instructor Bill Bachman. 570-675-9253 or wb.psu.edu/ce.
The Harlem Globetrotters, an interactive game as the “Fans Rule World Tour” lets fans choose which game-changing rules they want to see in their hometown. Online voting at harlemglobetrotters.com/rule. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. March 21. 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
Bowl for Kids Sake, the annual Bowl-A-Thon to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge. Stanton Lanes, 470 Stanton St., Wilkes-Barre. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29. 570-824-8756.
World Affairs Luncheon Seminar, with Celeste Schenck, president of the American University in Paris speaking on “An American in Paris: Straddling Two Educational Cultures.” Rose Room, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. March 31. $20. Sponsored by the Schemel Forum. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
Red Green’s How to Do Everything Tour, Canada’s foremost handyman and TV star famous for his use of duct tape and his special style of humor. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. March 31. 570-826-1100.
Eggs, Rabbits and Trees: A Pennsylvania-German Easter, exploring the roots of our modern American Easter including dying eggs the old-fashioned way, making and tasting a warm fastnacht and more. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. April 5 at either 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. $7. Reservations: 570-992-6161.
Scrap-Happy Group, a scrapbooking sessions. Bring materials and tools to work on a current project. White Haven Area Community Library, 99 Towanda St. 1 to 3 p.m. April 6. 570-443-8776.
Gourmet Gala, the 27th annual fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Scranton with the theme “Under the Big Top.” Genetti Manor, 1505 Main St., Dickson City. 5 to 8 p.m. April 6. 570-969-8998.
Sweet Tale of Resilience, a documentary depicting three stories of Rwandan women in post-genocide Rwanda. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. 5:30 p.m. April 8. Free. 570-941-6206.
Mutiny on the Bounty: Myth and Fact, a presentation by Edward R. Leahy on his collection of relevant material examining the creation of the myth of Captain Bligh as a cruel tyrant along with the real story of the mutiny. Heritage Room, Weinberg Memorial Library, University of Scranton. 5:30 p.m. April 9. Free. 570-941-7816.
Nfinity Champions League Cheerleading, pre-recorded coverage of a show-stopping night of tumbling and stunts performed by a select group of 30 elite cheerleading teams from across the country, gathered in Atlanta for a three-day competition. Presented by Fathom Events at Cinemark, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 7:30 p.m. April 10. $12.50, $11.50 seniors, $10.50 children. 570-961-5943 or fathomevents.com.
Africa: Art, Memory, Culture, an all-day symposium discussing the history, arts, economics and philosophies of Africa, African-Americans and the Caribbean. With guest speakers, lunch and a wine-and-cheese reception. Weinberg Memorial Library, University of Scranton. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12. $40. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
Taming of the Brew, the annual fundraiser for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble with fine microbrews, food, silent auction, beer-tasting talk, raffles and music by the Clove Collection. Caldwell Consistory, Market Square, Bloomsburg. 7 to 11 p.m. April 12. $75. 570-784-8181.
Irem Shrine Circus, the annual three-ring entertainment presented by the Royal Hanneford Circus. 109th Field Artillery Armory, 280 Market St., Wilkes-Barre. 1:30 and 7 p.m. April 21 and 26; 6:30 p.m. April 22; 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 23 to 25. $20, $15, $11, $6. 570-714-0783.
Earth Day Fair, with interactive games, presentations and information related to the environment and sustainable practices. DeNaples Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22. 570-941-7520.
Water: Our Most Valuable Resource, an Earth Day Spring Sustainability Symposium with presentations and panel discussions. McIlhenny Ballroom, DeNaples Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 7:30 p.m. April 22. 570-941-7520.
Festival of Nations, cultures and customs from around the world exhibited and demonstrated by international students. Dionne Green and DeNaples Center patio, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 3 p.m. April 23. 570-941-5904.
Earth Day Evening of Environmental Science, interactive science experiments, displays, astronomy observation and exhibits. Loyola Science Center, University of Scranton. 7 p.m. April 24. 570-941-7520.
Spring Home and Garden Festival, a home expo showcasing products and services along with food, arts and crafts, demonstrations, raffles, silent auction, electronic recycling drop off, face painting, LEGO competition, an appearance by Wayne the Builder and more. Sponsored by the Wayne County Builders Association at Ladore Lodge Camp Retreat & Conference Center, South Street, Waymart. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27. $5. 570-226-4941 or homeandgardenfest.com.
We Are All Others: The American Story, a roundtable discussion of the American melting pot, welcoming newcomers to America and celebrating diversity. Sponsored by the Schemel Forum at the Weinberg Memorial Library, University of Scranton. 5:30 p.m. April 28. Free. Reservations: 570-941-7816.
Scrap-Happy Group, a scrapbooking sessions. Bring materials and tools to work on a current project. White Haven Area Community Library, 99 Towanda St. 1 to 3 p.m. May 4. 570-443-8776.
World Affairs Luncheon Seminar, with Leoluca Orlando, mayor of Palermo, Italy, speaking on “Identity and the Struggle Between the Culture of Human Rights and the Mafia.” Rose Room, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. May 9. $20. Sponsored by the Schemel Forum. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
Pocono Raceway Festival, an all-day music and racing celebration with NASCAR show cars, food vendors, games for all ages, rock climbing, craft vendors, carnival rides and music on several stages along Main Street in downtown Scranton. Noon to 6 p.m. June 7. 570-420-2808.
Wine and Dine Festival, the second annual event sponsored by the Dallas Rotary Club. With wine sampling, food, vendors, craftspeople and live music. Luzerne County Fairgrounds, Route 118, Dallas. Noon to 6 p.m. June 28. 570-852-9591.
Stroudfest, the eighth annual downtown festival with two stages of entertainment, more than 150 craft and retail vendors, food, rock climbing, games, face painting and music. Courthouse Square and Main Street in Stroudsburg. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 30. 570-420-2808.
Downton Abbey Tour, the second annual trip to Highclere Castle outside of Newbury, England, sponsored by the WVIA Travel Club. May 23 to 28. $2,749 per person. 570-344-9784 or wvia.org.
Steamtown National Historic Site will waive its entrance fee on April 19-20; Aug. 25; Sept. 27 and Nov. 11. At 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through March 28; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. thereafter. 570-340-5200.