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THIS WEEK: May 2 to 8, 2014

First Friday Family Fun Night, with an interactive art mural project, drum circle, Disney sing-a-long, arts and crafts, theater games, face painting, bounce house, prizes, free popcorn and cotton candy plus information about the new summer camp program. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 6 to 9 tonight. Free. 570-346-7369.

Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Cruise, with food, music, door prizes and trophies. Advance Auto Parts, 161 Brooklyn St., Carbondale. 6 to 9 tonight. 570-876-4034.

West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival, the 43rd annual event with a parade (noon on Saturday), arts and crafts vendors, food, entertainment, Little Miss Cherry Blossom Contest and children’s activities. Along the Susquehanna River in West Pittston near the Water Street Bridge. noon to 6 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 570-780-0231.

Antique Tractor & Machinery Show, sponsored by the Yellow Rose 4-H Club of Sweet Valley at Routes 118 and 29, Pikes Creek. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 570-709-7875.

Free Comic Book Day, with complimentary comic books for all age ranges and tastes along with costumed heroes, prizes and special sales. Rubber Mallet Comics, 802 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 570-299-1360. Also celebrated at Comics on the Green, 307 N. Washington Ave., Scranton 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 570-342-5960.

Night at the Races, with a buffet dinner, refreshments and snacks. Holy Family Parish, 828 Main St., Sugar Notch. Saturday with doors at 5 p.m., dinner at 5:30 and post time at 6:30. Free admission; $10 per horse. Age 21 and older. 570-822-3483.

Night at the Races, sponsored by St. Robert Bellarmine Parish. St. Aloysius Church, 143 W. Division St., Wilkes-Barre. Saturday with doors at 5:30 p.m. and post time at 7 p.m. $4 includes buffet and beverages; $10 with a horse; $25 race sponsorship. Over 21. 570-823-3791.

Northeast PA Heart Ball, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for the American Heart Association with dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions and speaker Sen. Bob Casey. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 5:30 p.m. Saturday. $175. 570-903-3854 or northeastpaheartball.heart.org.

New England Contra Dance, with music by the Contra Rebels on fiddles and guitar. Church of Christ Uniting, 776 Market St., Kingston. Saturday with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. and dancing at 7. Pay what you wish. 570-333-4007.

Night at the Races, sponsored by the Holy Name Society. Saints Peter and Paul School, 25 Hudson Road, Plains Township. Saturday with doors at 6 p.m. and races at 7. $5 includes food and drinks. 570-823-7941.

Night at the Races, a fundraiser for the G.A.R. High School Football Booster Club. Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Hall, 150 Watson St. Saturday with doors at 6:30 p.m. and races at 7:15. $10 includes a horse. Age 21 and older. 570-829-0569.

St. Faustina Monthly Bingo, with door prizes, cash prizes and refreshments. St. Mary’s School Hall, 1010 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. Sunday with doors at 12:30 p.m. and games at 1:45 p.m. 570-735-4833.

Celebration of the Bluebells, a garden party with music, finger food, elaborate decorations, a presentation on native wildflowers and a guided walk in the Native Plant Garden and through the woods to the bluebell patch. Endless Mountains Nature Center, 280 Vosburg Road, Tunkhannock. 1 p.m. Sunday. $25. Reservations: 570-836-3835.

High Tea at Hayfield, with finger sandwiches, desserts and a variety of teas along with a jewelry sale by Outrageous, basket and gift raffle and entertainment by the 12-member a cappella group Beyond Harmony. Hayfield House, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, off Old Route 115, Lehman Township. 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. $15. Proceeds benefit the Lake-Lehman Foundation Scholarship. Reservations: 570-255-2906.

Scrap-Happy Group, a scrapbooking session. 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.

You Live Here, You Should Know This! The fifth annual Jeopardy-style local-history game show with eight teams answering questions about people, places and events in Lackawanna County. Lackawanna Historical Society, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. Sunday with doors at 1:30 p.m. and games at 2. Food and drinks available. $10, $5 students. 570-344-3841.

Judi H Rock On, the fourth annual fundraiser to benefit the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute in memory of Judi Hartridge. With food, cash bar, raffle and music by bands Paul LaBelle and the Exact Change, Old Friends and the Gene Dempsey Orchestra. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday. $20. 800-424-6724.

Greek Food Festival, the annual sale of Greek dishes and desserts. Eat in or take out. Orders over $30 delivered free within a two-mile radius of the church. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 32 E. Ross St., Wilkes-Barre. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday (May 10). 570-417-4465.

Classic Movie Series, a screening of “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) starring Peter O’Toole. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. Wednesday. $5. 570-996-1502.

Garden Village Yarners, a gathering of experienced knitters and crocheters. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Registration: 570-654-9847.

Tropical Enchantment, the 47th annual dinner dance sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging with entertainment by King Henry and the Showmen. Genetti Best Western Hotel, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday. $23 (under age 60); $21 (60 and older). 570-822-1158, ext. 3337.

Dancing! The Final Round, the tenth round of the dance competition among local personalities including Julie Jordan (Julie Jordan Photography), Joseph J. Macciocco Jr. (Villa Maria Restaurant), Dr. Dipti S. Pancholy and Dr. Russell Stahl. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 5:30 p.m. Thursday. $20 includes drinks and light fare. Age 21 and older. 570-344-1111.

Civil War Weaponry, a talk by weapons historian and Kentucky rifle builder Nathan McKenzie, sponsored by the Civil War Round Table. Daddow-Isaacs American Legion, 730 Memorial Highway, Dallas. 7 p.m. Thursday. $3. 570-675-8936.

The New Anti-Semitism, a talk by author and scholar Alvin Rosenfeld on contemporary anti-Semitism. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. 570-941-7956.

The Story of the Black Diamond from Its Inception to Its Demise, a railway talk by historian Richard Palmer. 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.


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.

Chocolate and Chuckles, a talk by Sue Duffield on an analogy of the properties of chocolate and biblical passage Proverbs 16:24 along with music, comedy and desserts. For women and teen girls. Nebo Baptist Church, 75 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 6 p.m. May 9. Free but donations accepted. 570-735-3932.

Star Wars: The Science Behind the Movies, an exhibit of life-size cardboard cut-outs of favorite “Star Wars” characters along with exhibits on science and technology. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10. 570-654-9847.

Mother’s Day Intertribal Powwow, with Native American dancing, drumming, storytelling, children’s dances, fry bread, crafts, beadwork, blankets, jewelry and food. Noxen Fire Company, Stull Road. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 10; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 11 with Grand Entry in full regalia at noon each day. Free; $7 per day for camping. 570-947-2097.

A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet, a free screening of the film on the sweeping history of the environmentalism movement. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 10 a.m. May 10. Free. 570-996-1500.

Coughlin Care Fair, an outdoor charity event to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters. With food and craft vendors, entertainment, raffles and demonstrations by local organizations including fire and police departments. Solomon Plains Educational Complex, 43 Abbott St., Plains Township. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10. Sponsored by the Class of 2014 of Coughlin High School. 570-793-5958.

Mini-Golf Family Fun Day, a fundraiser for LIU Field Day (a track-and-field event for special-needs students) with a Longest Drive Contest, a round of mini golf, Victory Pig pizza and beverages, face painting, photo booth, raffles and other fun activities. Rich’s Golf and Fun Center, 905 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10. 570-283-2111.

Baking for Our Four-Legged Friends, how to make healthy treats for our furry companions. First United Methodist Church, 408 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston. 6 p.m. May 12. $10. Registration: 570-654-9847.

Selling on eBay: The Basics, including setting up an account, tips for taking photos and descriptions to maximize sale potential. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 2 p.m. May 14. Free. Registration: 570-654-9847.

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.

The Anonymous People, a documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Followed by a panel discussion. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. May 14. Free. 570-996-1500.

Nutrition for Women, a session with certified nutritional consultant and yoga teacher Donna J. Fetzko. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Fairview Township. 7 p.m. May 14. 570-474-9313.

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.

Mountain Top Relay for Life, a 24-hour fundraiser for the American Cancer Society with basket raffles, children’s games, bounce house, bake sale and food, team tents, plenty of exercise walking the track, a demonstration by Huntzinger Karate and live entertainment including singer Alyssa Golden and the bands 24 Barrz and Send Request. Crestwood High School, 281 S. Mountain Blvd., Wright Township. Begins 10 a.m. May 17 and runs through 8 a.m. May 18. 570-562-9749, ext. 333.

Farm Animal Frolic, the 26th annual event spotlighting baby animals, including piglets, lambs, kid goats, chicks, ducklings and a calf. Also: wagon rides pulled by Clydesdale draft horses, puppet shows, storytelling, old-fashioned games, hay jump, fish pond, sheep shearing, wool spinning, the one-room schoolhouse and homemade bread and cookies from the outdoor brick bake oven. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. May 17 to 25: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. $8, $5 children. 570-992-6161 or quietvalley.org.

Train Ride, from White Haven to Jim Thorpe along the Lehigh River Gorge and through the Rockport Tunnel, pulled by the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway’s diesel locomotives with vintage train cars. May 17 with departure at 10:30 a.m. from the White Haven Area Community Library, 99 Towanda St., including a four-hour layover and return at 5 p.m. $40 for open-air car, $30 regular coaches. Proceeds benefit the White Haven Ambulance Association. Reservations: 570-436-7602.

Greenhouse Project Block Party, sponsored by Leadership Lackawanna. With a bounce house, nature walks, food and flower-pot decorating. The Greenhouse at Nay Aug Park, Scranton. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17. 570-343-1800, ext. 24.

Lineage of Honor: The Proud History of the 109th Field Artillery, a program honoring the 239-year history of the unit with the help of re-enactors in period uniforms. Armed Forces Day Luncheon, Genetti’s Best Western Hotel, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. May 17 beginning at noon. $30. Reservations: 570-704-9809.

Scranton Celtic Festival, the third annual event with local and national Celtic musicians, traditional Irish dance, authentic Celtic cuisine, vendors of imported wares, zip line, rock-climbing wall, face painting and more. Lodge at Montage Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. Noon to 8 p.m. May 17; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 18. Info at scrantoncelticfest.com.

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.

Car Show, the second annual event sponsored by the ASHRAE Anthracite Chapter. Parking lot of the Wyoming Valley Mall, directly across from Chili’s restaurant, Wilkes-Barre Township. May 18 with registration at 8:30 a.m. and show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10 per vehicle in advance; $15 day of show. 570-764-3036.

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 includes a light lunch. 570-654-3936.

Ned Washington: A Lyrical Career in the Great American Songbook, a lecture by film historian Philip Mosley about Scranton-born Ned Washington, one of Tin Pan Alley’s most prolific lyricists whose career embraced vaudeville, Broadway, Hollywood and television. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 3 p.m. May 18. Free but donations accepted. 570-996-1500.

Night @ the Races, the 27th annual fundraiser sponsored by the Rotary Club of Plymouth with food, drink and virtual horse races. Holy Child Faith Formation Center, 119 Willow St., Plymouth. May 18 with doors at 3:30 p.m. and races at 4 p.m. $6; $10 with a horse. Age 21 and older. 570-574-4246.

Classic Movie Series, a screening of “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) starring Judy Garland. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. May 21. $5. 570-996-1502.

Great Families of Wyoming Seminary, a talk by Tony Brooks, former executive director of the Luzerne County Historical Society. Stettler Learning Center Conference Room, North Sprague Avenue, Wyoming Seminary, Kingston. 7:30 p.m. May 22. Sponsored by the Kingston Historical Society. 570-287-4603.

Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by AmVets Post 59. Hanover Green section of Hanover Township. 10 a.m. May 26. 570-825-8197.

Northeastern Pennsylvania in Stereo, a narrated ride along the Delaware & Hudson Gravity Railroad using stereoviews enhanced with modern 3-D technology. Lackawanna Historical Society, Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. 7 p.m. May 28. $7. 570-344-3841.

Tracey’s Hope Memorial Pet Walk and Celebration of Life, the sixth annual event with a blessing of the animals, balloon release for past pets, speaker Tammy Thayne, founder of “Dogs Deserve Better,” music, the state championship cheerleaders from Pittston Area High School, a demonstration by Alan Finn’s Designing Dogs, a Kids Korner with games, prizes, a clown, face painting and petting zoo; psychic readings, basket auction, vendors and dogs for adoption. McDade Park, 22 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton. May 31 with walk registration at 10 a.m. $25 for walkers. Sponsored by Tracey’s Hope Hospice Care Program and Rescue for Domestic Animals. 570-457-1625.

American Girl Doll Bingo, with dolls and doll accessories as prizes along with basket raffles and food. Proceeds benefit the Marian Sutherland Kirby Library. Wright Township Fire Department, 477 S. Main Road. June 1 with doors at noon and games at 1 p.m. $20 until May 27; $23 thereafter. 570-474-9313.

Green Building Tour and Presentation, a walk through the new LEED Gold-Certified environmental education center to learn how to apply “green” technologies and materials to your home. Included: cost-saving energy sources, water efficiency, sustainable materials and indoor air quality. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 5. $5. Registration: 570-842-1506.

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.

Victorian Social Graces Workshop, make your own autograph book, learn proper copperplate handwriting to use on calling cards, practice tea-party etiquette, make tea sandwiches and scones, and set a proper table. Followed by a party and games. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 7 and 14. $12. Age 8 and older. Reservations: 570-992-6161 or quietvalley.org.

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.

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.

Polka in the Pavilion, an afternoon of food, refreshments and polkas presented by the Rotary Club of Plymouth with Eddie Derwin and the Polka Naturals. Keeley’s Ale House, 199 Division St., Kingston. June 7 with libations at 2 p.m. and food at 3 p.m. Age 21 and older. $30. 570-287-1500.

Remember D-Day, a presentation on the events of June 6, 1944, that led to the end of World War II. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 3 p.m. June 8. Free. 570-996-1500.

Classic Movie Series, a screening of “Spartacus” (1960) starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. June 18. $5. 570-996-1500.

Ride for the VA Vets, the annual motorcycle ride from Shickshinny to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, sponsored by the American Legion Riders Post 495. Leaves from the American Legion, 575 Route 239, Shickshinny. June 21 with registration 9 to 10 a.m. and ride at 10:30 a.m. $15 rider, $10 passenger. Followed by a picnic at 3 p.m. 570-256-3073.

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. $15 advance; $25 at the door; $5 designated drivers. 570-852-9591.

Tunkhannock River Day, the annual festival with environmental activities, nature walks, a River Float, live animals from the Ross Park ZooMobile, mural painting, face painting and entertainment by the Sadie Green Sales Jugband, the Coal Town Rounders and Hickory Project. Riverside Park, Tunkhannock. 1 to 7 p.m. July 19. 570-996-1500.

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.

Bloomsburg Nationals, a weekend of collector and custom cars spanning all eras with a Friday-afternoon parade through downtown Bloomsburg, Flames R Us Showcase, live music, films and a Saturday demolition derby. Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, 620 W. Third St. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 8-9; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10. $10; $20 weekend pass. 717-243-7855.

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.


Bus Trip to visit the Ninth Avenue Food Festival in New York City with food and vendors from around the world. Sponsored by the Pittston Knights of Columbus. Leaves 10 a.m. May 17. $35. Reservations: 570-574-0925.

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.

Steamtown National Historic Site will waive its entrance fee on Aug. 25; Sept. 27 and Nov. 11. At 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 570-340-5200.

Bus Trip, a breast-cancer fundraiser bus trip to Philadelphia to view the exhibit “One Day in Pompeii” at the Franklin Institute along with the IMAX film “Ring of Fire.” Also: a trip to nearby New Hope for an afternoon of shopping. Departs from the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre Township on Aug. 26. $73. Reservations: 570-239-8042.

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