THIS WEEK: April 4 to 10, 2014
Spring Film Festival, 14 days of the best in foreign, independent and art films including “The Lunchbox,” “August: Osage County,” “Philomena,” “Nebraska,” La Camioneta,” “Liv and Ingmar,” “Gloria,” “The Great Beauty,” “In Secret,” “The Past,” “Girl on a Bicycle,” “The Best Offer,” “Tim’s Vermeer,” “The Invisible Woman,” “Kids for Cash,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Great Expectations” and “The Broken Circle Breakdown.” Director Robert May will appear for a question-and-answer session after Monday’s 7:30 p.m. showing of “Kids for Cash.” Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Through Thursday. $9 evening; $8 matinee. Schedule at dietrichtheater.com or call 570-996-1500.
Sky Show, full dome presentations of “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity” and “Stars of Spring.” McMunn Planetarium, Hoeffner Science and Technology Center, East Stroudsburg University. Tonight with shows at 7 and 8. Free but reservations required at www.esu.edu/planetarium.
Spring Break for Autism, a fundraiser for the Northeast Regional Autism Center at Friendship House. With appetizers, seafood and carving stations, open bar, DJ music, raffles and a silent auction. La Buona Vita, 200 Reilly St., Dunmore. 7 tonight. $85. 570-342-8305.
Traditional Italian Cuisine, a two-session course in preparing ravioli, traditional pizza, cookies and pasta dough. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through April 12. $89. Registration: 570-740-0495.
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. Saturday with sessions at 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. $7. Reservations: 570-992-6161.
Spring EGGstravaganza, with the Easter Bunny, children’s games, crafts, vendors, Easter flowers, bake sale and refreshments. Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 4 E. Center Hill Road, Dallas. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. 570-675-8600.
Coach and Vera Bradley Bingo, with homemade food and desserts. Lake-Lehman Junior/Senior High School, 1128 Old Route 115, Lehman Township. Saturday with doors at noon and games at 1 p.m. $20. Proceeds benefit the Last Knight Graduation Lock-In Celebration. 570-239-0737.
Arena Climb, a benefit for the American Lung Association with timed walks up and down the 1,224 steps of the Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. Prizes for top fundraisers; tee shirts and action photos for all. Saturday with registration at noon and climb at 1 p.m. 570-823-2212.
Laugh Out Loud, the fifth annual dinner and comedy show to benefit the Domestic Violence Service Center. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. Saturday with doors at 6 p.m., dinner stations at 6:15 and show at 7:15. Comedians include John Carfi, Brad Lowery and Scott Bruce. $60; $30 without dinner. 570-283-6799, ext. 221.
New England Contra Dance, with music by fiddlers Bruce Young and Ryck Kaiser with pianist Peggy Shutes and caller Ted Crane. Church of Christ Uniting, 776 Market St., Kingston. Saturday with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. and dance at 7. Pay what you wish. 570-333-4007.
Night at the Races, the third annual benefit for Candy’s Place: The Center for Cancer Wellness. Independent Hose Company, 166 S. Sprague Ave., Kingston. 6 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. $25 includes a horse, refreshments, food and desserts. 570-710-8800.
March Madness Event, a basketball-themed benefit for the Catholic Youth Center. With hors d’oeuvres, beer, food, a silent auction and large-screen broadcasts of the Final Four basketball games. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday. 570-472-0365.
Night at the Races, sponsored by the Exeter Lions Club. St. Anthony’s Parish Center, Erie Street, Exeter. Saturday with doors at 6 p.m. $5 includes food and refreshments. 570-655-2746.
Dress for Success Fashion Show, with high school students modeling fashions from Bratty Natty’s and Outrageous along with DJ music, food and a basket raffle. Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St., Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Saturday. $10. 570-885-0580.
Champagne Brunch and Silent Auction, the second annual event to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger. Country Club of Scranton, 1001 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. $55; $25 children. Reservations: 800-322-5437.
Ham Bingo, with food and desserts. St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church Hall, 320 Vine St., Old Forge. Sunday with doors at 11 a.m. and games at 1 p.m. $3. 570-457-3042.
Designer Bingo, with prizes by Coach, Michael Kors, Vera Bradley, Dooney & Bourke along with food and desserts. Sponsored by the Jonathan Grula Memorial Foundation at St. Andrew’s Church, 316 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre. Sunday with doors at noon and games at 1 p.m. $20 for 20 games. 570-829-0971.
Designer Bag Bingo, to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. Warrior Run Fire Hall, 316 Academy St. Sunday with doors at noon. $20 includes 20 games. 570-808-8831.
Monthly Bingo, with refreshments, door prizes and cash prizes. Sponsored by St. Faustina Kowalska Parish at St. Mary’s School, 1010 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. Sunday with doors at 12:30 p.m. and games at 1:45 p.m. 570-735-4833.
Spring Fling Bingo, to benefit the Wyoming Area Band and Chorus. Wyoming Area High School, 20 Memorial St., Exeter. Sunday with doors at noon and games 1 to 5 p.m. $20 for 20 three-card games. 570-654-7961.
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. Sunday. 570-443-8776.
Under the Big Top Gourmet Gala, the 27th annual fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Scranton with appetizers, entrees and desserts prepared by 48 area restaurants. Genetti Manor, 1505 Main St., Dickson City. 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday. $50 advance; $55 at the door. 570-969-8998.
The Environmental Costs and Benefits of Shale Gas Development, the annual Kimball Lecture delivered by Robert B. Jackson, chair of Global Environmental Change in the earth and ocean-sciences division at Duke University. Marts Gymnasium, 274 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Monday. Free. 570-408-4779.
Sweet Tale of Resilience, a screening of the documentary “Sweet Dreams,” which depicts three stories of Rwandan women navigating the successes and challenges in post-genocide Rwanda. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. 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. Wednesday. Free. 570-941-7816.
Garden Village Yarners, a gathering of experienced knitters and crocheters. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. Wednesdays through May 7 at 6 p.m. Free. Registration: 570-654-9847.
The Moreau Lecture, with social ethics scholar Maureen O’Connell of LaSalle University on “Painting Social Transformation: Common Beauty and Common Good.” Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Thursday with lectures at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Free. 570-208-5900.
Back Mountain Chamber, Business & Community Expo, with representatives from more than 60 area businesses showcasing their wares and services. Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday. 570-674-6400.
Socrates Cafe, a philosophical discussion group. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. 570-823-0156.
The Daughters of the American Revolution and Patriots of the Wyoming Valley, a talk by DAR member Kathleen Smith on the early days of the organization and its connections to area patriots. Presented by the Back Mountain Historical Association at the Lemmond Theater, Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7 p.m. Thursday. 570-674-8036.
An Old Hollywood Gala, a fundraiser for AIDS awareness by Wilkes University’s Zebra Communications. With hors d’oeuvres, carving stations, desserts, raffles and music. Lobby of the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, South Street at South River Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday. $10. 570-313-2959.
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. Thursday. $12.50, $11.50 seniors, $10.50 children. 570-961-5943 or fathomevents.com.
Railway Talk, with rail photographer Tony Verbyla Jr. presenting “Amtrak to Arizona” and “Cross Country in Canada on VIA.” Sponsored by the Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Railway Historical Society at the Iron Skillet Restaurant, Petro Plaza, Avoca. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. 570-822-0693.
Health Fair. Join the nursing students from Luzerne County Community College for blood-pressure screenings, skin cancer prevention information and healthy eating tips. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. Noon to 6 p.m. April 11. 570-654-9847.
Road to Financial Fitness. Sharpen your financial focus during Money Smart Week with Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 1 p.m. April 11. Free. 570-823-0156.
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.
One More Row, a knit-and-crochet group for all ages. Beginners welcome. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. to noon April 12. 823-0156.
Basket Auction, a fundraiser with food and door prizes. Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea. 1 to 4 p.m. April 12. $3. 570-457-3589.
Library Auction Night, the 16th annual event to benefit the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association. VFW Post #5642, 16972 Route 706, Montrose. April 12 with an Italian dinner buffet at 5 p.m. and auction at 6 p.m. $10. 570-278-1881.
Lock-In Fundraiser, a benefit for the Dallas High School Lock-In with beer sampling, brewery tours, refreshments and entertainment by the Revolution Band. Age 21 and over. Susquehanna Brewing Company, 635 S. Main St., Pittston. 6 to 8 p.m. April 12. $20 advance; $25 at the door. 570-406-7117.
Back Mountain Swing Spring Fling, a swing dance with host and instructor Chris Carr. John Paul Center, former Gate of Heaven School, 40 Machell Ave., Dallas. April 12 with dance lessons for beginners at 6 p.m. and dance 7 to 10 p.m. No partner required. $7, $3 students. 570-674-6372.
50/50 Bingo, with food and beverages available. Noxen School and Community Center, School Street. 6 to 9 p.m. April 12. Pay per card. Proceeds benefit the Noxen-Monroe Sportsmen’s Club. 570-298-2052.
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.
Super Circus Heroes, an action-packed Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus with superhuman athleticism, animal acts, acrobats, aerialists and over-the-top clowns. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. April 17; 3 and 7 p.m. April 18; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. April 19. $82.50, $47.50, $27.50. 800-745-3000.
Mediterranean Cuisine, a two-session course in preparing foods from Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 9 a.m. to noon April 19 and 26. $89. Registration: 570-740-0495.
Outdoor Grilling, a two-session course in preparing marinades and dry rubs along with outdoor cooking techniques. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 1 to 4 p.m. April 19 and 26. $89. Registration: 570-740-0495.
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.
War and Peace in the Election of 1864, a talk by noted historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson. Buckingham Performing Arts Center, 201 N. Sprague Street, Wyoming Seminary, Kingston. 4 p.m. April 21. Free. 570-270-2192.
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.
Finding Bigfoot in Pennsylvania, a report by Bob Bucko and Jason Talmadge of Pennsylvania Bigfoot Investigations (PBI) along with independent investigator Marc Sears. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. 6:30 p.m. April 22. Registration: 570-474-9313.
Maximize Your Social Security Benefits, a seminar on retirement financial strategies. Cross Valley Federal Credit Union, 640 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. April 22. Free. 570-208-4520.
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.
Night at the Races, to benefit St. Joseph’s Center. Immaculate Conception Parish Hall, Scranton. April 25 with doors at 6 p.m. and races at 7 p.m. $10. 570-963-1290.
Spring Home and Garden Festival, a home expo showcasing products and services along with food, arts and crafts, demonstrations, LEGO Building Contest for kids, 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.
One More Row, a knit-and-crochet group for all ages. Beginners welcome. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. to noon April 26. 823-0156.
Polish Genealogy Workshop, with researcher Anthony Paddock speaking about the difficulties in looking up ancestors located in the former Crown Land of Galicia. Kingston Fire Department, 600 Wyoming Ave. (Sharp Street entrance). 1 to 3 p.m. April 26. Free. 610-298-8417.
The Coupon Crew, tips on saving money through coupon-clipping. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 1 p.m. April 26. 570-693-1364.
Highlights in Osterhout Early History, a talk on Hannah Packard James, Wilkes-Barre’s first librarian along with early library history. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 1 p.m. April 26. Free. 823-0156.
ASME Car Show, the eighth annual event presented by the Wilkes University Student Chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. With more than 130 cars, various vendors and attractions and music by the band Tuxedo Mouse. Henry Student Center parking lot, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27. $15 per auto entry. Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. 570-408-5060.
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.
Soups and Sauces, a two-session course in preparing soup stock, consomme and the five “Mother Sauces.” Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 9 a.m. to noon May 3 and 10. Registration: 570-740-0495.
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.
North Branch Land Trust Dinner, the 15th annual event with award ceremonies, cocktails, music, dinner and auction. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 5:30 p.m. May 14. 570-696-5545 or nblt.org.
Fine Arts Fiesta, the annual celebration of the arts with juried art exhibits, an artisans market, musical and stage performances, children’s tent, craftspersons and festival food. Public Square in Wilkes-Barre. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 15 to 17; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18. Info at fineartsfiesta.org.
Hi-Lites Motor Club Cruise-In, with raffles, door prizes, music and food. Wegmans Food Market, 220 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 4 to 7 p.m. May 17. 570-477-2477.
Games and Card Party, the annual event sponsored by the Altar & Rosary Society of St. John the Evangelist Parish. With card and board games along with a light lunch. Seton Catholic High School, Church Street, Pittston. 2 p.m. May 18. $5. 570-654-3936.
Mediterranean Cuisine, a two-session course in preparing foods from Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 9 a.m. to noon June 7 and 14. $89. Registration: 570-740-0495.
Outdoor Grilling, a two-session course in preparing marinades and dry rubs along with outdoor cooking techniques. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 1 to 4 p.m. June 7 and 14. $89. Registration: 570-740-0495.
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.
Hi-Lites Motor Club Cruise-In, with raffles, door prizes, music and food. Pikes Creek Raceway Park, 2542 Route 118, Hunlock Creek. 5 to 8 p.m. June 21. 570-477-2477.
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.
Hi-Lites Motor Club Cruise-In, with raffles, door prizes, music and food. Twist & Shake, 1405 Route 29, Hunlock Creek. 5 to 8 p.m. July 19. 570-477-2477.
Hi-Lites Motor Club Cruise-In, with raffles, door prizes, music and food. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 474 Yalick Road, off Route 118, Dallas. 1 to 4 p.m. July 26. 570-477-2477.
Schuylkill County Fair, with agricultural exhibits, livestock, truck and tractor pulls, horse shows and entertainment. Fairgrounds, 2270 Fair Road, Schuylkill Haven. 4 to 10 p.m. July 28, 30, 31 and Aug. 1; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 29 and Aug. 2. 570-739-2627.
Hi-Lites Motor Club Cruise-In, with raffles, door prizes, music and food. Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 55 W. Center Hill Road, Dallas. 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 16. 570-477-2477.
Hi-Lites Motor Club Cruise-In, with raffles, door prizes, music and food. Twist & Shake, 1405 Route 29, Hunlock Creek. 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 23. 570-477-2477.
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.
Going Bananas over Books, a fundraiser for the Wyoming Free Library with vendors, food, games, contests and more. West Wyoming Hose Company #1, 926 Shoemaker Ave. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 20. 570-693-1364.
Hi-Lites Motor Club Cruise-In, with raffles, door prizes, music and food. Pikes Creek Raceway Park, 2542 Route 118, Hunlock Creek. 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 20. 570-477-2477.
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.
Bus Trip to Winterthur Museum, to tour the “Downton Abbey” costume exhibit at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Del. Included: shopping at The Kitchen Sink, a themed English Brunch Buffet, narrated Garden Tram Tour of the estate, docent tour of Henry DuPont’s home and the costume exhibit. Sponsored by the Wyoming Free Library with departure from East End Centre between Old Country Buffet and Big Lots, Wilkes-Barre Township. 7:30 a.m. June 7. $175 includes transportation, museum admission, breakfast treat, goodie bag, water and snacks. Reservations: 570-655-3420.