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THIS WEEK: APRIL 12 to 18, 2013


Spring Film Festival, 14 days of 15 foreign, independent and art films. Through Thursday with showings of “Quartet,” “Hyde Park on Hudson,” “A Royal Affair,” “Amour,” “Run Time,” “A Late Quartet,” “Searching for Sugarman,” “The House I Live In,” “The Impossible,” “Happy People,” “Rust and Bone,” “Emperor,” “Barbara,” “Lore,” “Reality” and “Chasing Ice.” Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. $9, $8 matinees. 996-1500 or dietrichtheater.com.


World Affairs Luncheon Seminar, with Trudy Rubin, foreign affairs correspondent for the Philadelphia Enquirer. Sponsored by the Schemel Forum in Room 509, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. today. $20. Registration: 941-7816.


Getting Started in Genealogy, with Times Leader columnist Tom Mooney. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. Registration: 654-9847.


The Delicate Tastes of Spring, learning about the transitions in the diets of early settlers from winter to spring. Also: a demonstration of egg crafts, hands-on activities and food tastings. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Saturday with sessions at noon and 2 p.m. $5. Reservations: 992-6161.


Career and College Counseling 101, tips for navigating the college search and application process, standardized testing requirements, financial aid and scholarships. For parents and students in grades 8 to 11. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday. Reservations: 693-1364.


Spring Gala and Auction, a benefit for Family Service Association of Wyoming Valley with a silent auction, cocktails, dinner and music by Groove Train. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Saturday. $110. 823-5144.


Downton Abbey Dinner, a formal dinner party with a sumptuous Edwardian repast as enjoyed by the British aristocracy at the turn of the last century. Evening dress required. Frederick Stegmaier Mansion, 304 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. $63. Reservations: 406-1435.


50/50 Bingo, with food and beverages. Noxen School and Community Center, School Street. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Pay per card. Proceeds benefit the Noxen-Monroe Sportsmen’s Club. 298-2052.


Taming of the Brew, the 12th annual fundraiser for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble with fine microbrews, food, entertainment, beer-tasting talk, silent auction and raffles. Caldwell Consistory, Market Square, Bloomsburg. 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. $80. 784-8181.


Zen Meditation Gathering, with beginner’s instruction, chanting, walking Zen, Dharma talk and tea. Endless Mountain Zendo, 104 Hollow Road, Stillwater. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday. 925-5077.


Basket Raffle Fundraiser, with more than 100 baskets, bake sale and food. St. Stanislaus Gymnasium, 38 W. Church St., Nanticoke. Sunday with doors at 10:30 a.m. and raffle drawing at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit St. Faustina’s Youth Group Activities. 735-4833.


Motorcycle and PowerSports Show, with motorcycle dealers, vendors and clubs, bike contests, presentations and demonstrations. Benefits the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. $7.50. 540-6778.


Travel Show, with 2013 tour highlights, musical entertainment, door prizes and refreshments. Jenkins Township Hose Company, 2 Second St. Sunday with doors at 12:30 p.m. and show at 1 p.m. Free. 655-8458.


Designer Bingo, with prizes by Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Lia Sophia, Scentsy, Avon, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Longaberger and more along with food and desserts. Sponsored by the Jonathan Grula Memorial Foundation at St. Andrew’s Church, 316 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre. 1 p.m. Sunday. $20 includes 20 games. 829-0971.


Entrepreneurs R Us Series, a lunchtime session with Bill Corcoran of Corcoran Printing on how to complete market research. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Monday. Free. Registration: 821-1959.


Titanic Tea Presentation, the second annual event with guest speaker David DeCosmo, former WYOU-TV broadcaster along with a creative hat contest, refreshments and prizes. Bring your own fancy tea cup for the tea tasting. Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Monday. $10. Reservations: 287-2013.


Importance of Keeping Records for Libraries and National Archives, a lecture by William J. Bosanko, chief operating officer for the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. McGowan Room, Bevevino Library, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Free and open to the public. 674-6225.


A Downton Abbey Celebration! Enjoy film clips from the second season, tea, scones, clotted cream and Eton Mess while discussing the hit PBS series. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Tuesday. Free. Reservations: 821-1959.


Raising a Money Smart Kid, a financial seminar at Cross Valley Federal Credit Union, 640 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free. Reservations: 823-6836, ext. 1070.


Back Mountain Chamber, Business & Community Expo, with more than 60 Back Mountain businesses showcasing their services along with door prizes and food samples by Gerrity’s Supermarkets and Fire and Ice Restaurant. Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. 674-6400.


Vampires @ the AFA, a screening of the vampire film “The Last Man on Earth” with Vincent Price. In conjunction with the exhibit “The Blood Is the Life” at the Everhart Museum. Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Free but donations accepted. 346-7186.


Annual Jean Yates Award Dinner, with honoree Ed Ackerman, editor of the Sunday Dispatch. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Center, 241 William St., Pittston. 6 p.m. Wednesday. $60. 654-9565.


Nosh & Knowledge, a talk by Alicia Nordstrom of Misericordia University on “Psychics, ESP and Clairvoyance: Exploring the Science of the Paranormal.” Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Reservations: 824-4646.


Mark Piazza: Extremely Mental, an evening of mind-boggling demonstrations, psychological mysteries and uncanny intuition. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Reservations: 821-1959.


Crafters Night Out, a gathering of knitters, scrapbookers, painters, jewelry makers or anyone working on a project from beginner to advanced. Orange United Methodist Church, 2293 W. Eighth St., Dallas. 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. 855-9693.


Wyoming Valley’s Silent Motion Picture Production Era, a talk by historian F. Charles Petrillo on the Forty Fort company The U.S. Motion Picture Corp. and the silent movie comedies it produced between 1915 and 1920 under the Black Diamond and Rainbow Comedy labels. Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 674-8036.


Health and Wellness Fair, with information, samples, free blood-pressure screening, blood-sugar testing, vision and hearing screenings and more. The Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 55 W. Center Hill Road, Dallas. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Free. 675-8600.


Cooking Demonstration. Learn to cook like a professional with executive chef Dale Lewis, who prepares crab cakes with chipotle-avocado-lime relish, veal Sorrentino and chocolate-pecan pie. Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgway Drive, Dallas. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. $25. Bring a beverage to accompany your meal. Reservations: 675-1134, ext. 100.


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Happy Hour Fundraiser, to benefit the Junior League of Wilkes-Barre. With beer samplings and tours of the brewery, wine, appetizers and desserts. Susquehanna Brewing Company, 635 S. Main St., Pittston. 6 to 8 p.m. April 19. $25 advance; $30 at the door. 288-4818.


Spring Blogfest, an informal gathering of bloggers, candidates for office, elected officials and anyone interested in politics or blogging. Rooney’s Irish Pub, 67 S. Main St., Pittston. 6 p.m. April 19. Free. Info at nepablogs.org.


Documenting Anthracite on the Silver Screen, screenings and discussions of three historic films documenting the coal industry: “The Price of Carelessness” (1915; silent) filmed at Truesdale Colliery in Nanticoke; “The Mining and Preparation of Blue Coal (1938) filmed at the Huber Colliery, Ashley; and “The Miners Story (1965) filmed by WCAU-TV in Philadelphia and narrated by Jack Palance. Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. April 19 with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and event at 7 p.m. Free. 715-252-6742.


Calligraphers Guild Presentation on adding flourishes to calligraphy. Room 225, Shields Center for Visual Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. April 19. Free. 296-6507.


Finding Our Ancestors at Home and Abroad, a conference with speakers, representatives from national and state archives, traditional and online immigration resources, with small groupings more specific to country of origin. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 20. Registration at genpa.org or visit nepgs.com for complete details.


Jim Thorpe Earth Day Celebration, with a Lehigh River cleanup, rock climbing, kids’ crafts, tai chi, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl, hula hooping, the Recycled Rhythm Drum Circle, butterfly workshop, environmental displays, energy workshop, Planet Earth Children’s Costume Parade, food and craft booths, and live music by the Boiled Owls, Analog Velvet, Appalachian Gypsy Tribe, the Bee’s Knees, High Strung, Eclectic Circus, Still Hand String, Free Range Folk and more. Downtown Jim Thorpe. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 20. Schedule at jimthorpeearthday.com.


Happy Birthday Classic Corner. Celebrate the third birthday of the senior space with cake and prizes. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 11 a.m. April 20. Free. 821-1959.


History, Food and Fun, learn to bake bread, prepare a meal using whole foods, plan a garden and plant seeds along with games for the whole family. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 20. $25 per family includes a meal, recipes, a loaf of bread and planted seeds. Reservations (by April 15): 992-6161.


Calligraphers Workshop, creating Zentagles (elaborate doodles) with award-winning artist Virginia Pinto Sosik. Room 225, Shields Center for Visual Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 1 to 4 p.m. April 20. $25. Reservations: 296-6507.


Zentangle Workshop, a class in creating images from repetitive patterns. Candy’s Place: The Center for Cancer Wellness, 190 Welles St., Forty Fort. 10 a.m. to noon April 20. Registration: 714-8800.


Spring Fling, food, drinks, entertainment and basket raffles. Sponsored by the Friends of the Pittston Memorial Library. Susquehanna Brewing Company, 635 S. Main St., Pittston. 6 to 9 p.m. April 20. $15. 654-9565.


World Affairs Luncheon Seminar, with Laszlo Gyulai of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center speaking on “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Emotional Toll of Violence in Military and Civilian Populations.” Sponsored by the Schemel Forum in Room 509, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. April 22. $20. Registration: 941-7816.


Entrepreneurs R Us Series, a lunchtime session on the “ins and outs” every entrepreneur should know. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. April 22. Free. Registration: 821-1959.


Chasing Ice, a screening of the award-winning documentary about the rapidly accelerating disappearance of Arctic glaciers and ice. Held in honor of Earth Day at Wyoming Seminary Lower School, 1560 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. 7 p.m. April 22. Free. 270-2192.


Open House at the Family History Research Center Library where the staff will explain the available records to aid in genealogical research. 689 Main Road, Hanover Township. 4 to 8 p.m. April 23. 829-1765.


Fashion Show, sponsored by the Wyoming Valley Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. With refreshments, shopping, networking and discount coupons. Clarion Hotel, 300 Meadow Ave., Scranton. 5:30 p.m. April 23. 951-9608.


Government, Law and National Security, the second annual Dr. Midori Yamanouchi Lecture by Frances Townsend, former Homeland Security Advisor for President George W. Bush. 7:30 p.m. April 23. Free but tickets required. 674-6719.


The Green Hour: Absinthe at the Everhart. From a taste of its colorful history to a taste of the green drink itself, experience the allure of this once-forbidden beverage. Age 21 and older. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 7 to 9 p.m. April 24. 346-7186.


Taste of the Valley, the 9th annual event with live and silent auctions, basket raffle and food by more than 20 area restaurants. Fiorelli’s, 1501 Main St., Peckville. 5:30 to 8 p.m. April 25. $20, $5 children. Proceeds benefit the Geneva School. 489-7620.


Fully Charged, the latest edition of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. April 25-26; 1 and 5 p.m. April 27; 1 p.m. April 28. $82.50, $42.50, $27.50, $14.50. 970-7600.


Spanish Film Club Series, a screening of “I Travel Because I Have To” (2009), a first-person travelogue by a geologist in an isolated region of Brazil. With English subtitles. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. 7 p.m. April 25. Free. 941-6160.


Luzerne County Historical Society Dinner, the 155th annual event commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg with guest speaker Greg Goodell of Gettysburg National Military Park. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. April 26 with reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. $75. Reservations: 823-6244.


The View with a Scranton Attitude: Let’s Hear It from the Boys! A local version of the syndicated talk show with area personalities discussing current topics. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 7 to 9 p.m. April 26. $6. 344-1111.


Renaissance Jamboree, the annual street fair with arts and crafts, food, games and entertainment. Main Street, Bloomsburg. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27. 784-2522.


Cherry Blossom Festival, the annual family-friendly event with music, dance, food booths, amusement rides and arts and crafts. Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 27-28. 208-4149.


Caring F.O.R. Cops, a benefit for Fallen Officers Remembered, an organization that buys bulletproof vests for police officers. Organized by eighth-grade student Jordan Joseph with food, raffle baskets, children’s activities, silent auction and music. Checkerboard Inn, 385 Carverton Road, Trucksville. 1 to 5 p.m. April 27. $15; $12 children. 406-6123.


Caleb’s Annual Tricky Tray Fundraiser, with more than 90 themed baskets. Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant, 205 Route 507, Hawley. Noon to 2:30 p.m. April 28. Proceeds benefit Pennies from Heaven Caleb’s Foundation, which aids families with critically ill children. 226-4388.


An Evening of Fine Food and Wine, sample food-and-wine pairings from area restaurants while exploring the rooms of the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 28. Reservations: 344-1111.


ESTA Awards Gala, the first-of-its-kind ceremony and dessert reception to honor Excellence in School Theater Arts. Participating schools include Abington Heights, Lakcawanna Trail, Riverside, Scranton and Valley View high schools. Ramada Inn, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit. 6:30 p.m. April 28. $10 advance; $12 at the door. 631-357-1463.


The Supreme Court: What’s Happening Now and What the Future Holds, the annual Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities by Noah Feldman, author and Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard University. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West River Street at South River Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. April 28. Free. 800-945-5378, ext. 4306.


Holistic Wellness from Within, incorporating whole-system health and well-being into everyday life including mind-and-body balance, proper pH, normalizing hormones, detoxifying and rejuvenating the body and more. With Peter Amato of the Inner Harmony Wellness Center. Lackawanna College Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Moscow. 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 1. $5. Registration: 842-1506.


Bill W., the filmed story of William G. Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. May 1. Free. 996-1500.


Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, a personal look inside the life and mind of heavyweight boxer “Iron Mike.” Directed by Spike Lee. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. May 1. $64.50, $49.50. 826-1100.


Block Party, with local fare from eight area restaurants, spirits from local beer distributors and Nimble Hill Winery, and dance music by Splash. Comfort Inn & Suites, 5 N. Eaton Road, Tunkhannock. 6 to 10 p.m. May 3. $35 advance; $45 at the door. 875-8325.


West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival, with a parade, more than 55 vendors, entertainment, food, Chinese auction and children’s activities. Along the Susquehanna River in West Pittston. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 4; noon to 5 p.m. May 5. 239-5260.


Free Comic Book Day, a world-wide celebration with promotions and giveaways. Rubber Mallet Comics, 802 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 4. 655-5522.


Treasures of the Earth, the 10th annual show and sale sponsored by the Mineralogical Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania. With fossils, crystals, jewelry, gems, free children’s activities, door prizes, exhibits and demonstrations. Oblates of St. Joseph, 1880 Route 315, Pittston. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 5. $3. 800-473-3602.


Kentucky Derby Party, the annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association with dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions and speakers. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. May 4. 822-9438, ext. 3462.


Classic Car Show, the third annual event sponsored by the Luzerne County Historical Society with trophies to the top 30 vehicles and dash plaques to the first 100 entries. Also: food and DJ music. Swetland Homestead, 880 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5. 823-6244.


Fun Fitness Dance-a-Thon, a class-style day of trendy workouts with zumba instructor Jodi Nogin and camp chairman Rob Friedman. Jewish Community Center Camp, Harveys Lake. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5. $15 advance; $20 day of event. 824-4646.


North Branch Land Trust 20th Anniversary Dinner, a celebration of the land-preservation group with awards and honorees. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. May 8 with cocktails and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. $100. 696-5545.


Swing into Spring, the 46th annual dinner dance sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging. With a cash bar, dance contest, door prizes and music by King Henry and the Showmen. Genetti Best Western Hotel, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. 1 to 5 p.m. May 9. $23; $21 over age 60. 822-1158, ext. 3337.


Sheep Shearing at the Farm. Watch the Dorset and Baby Doll sheep get their spring haircuts and learn about the importance and uses of wool. The Lands at Hillside Farm, 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11. 888-887-7811.


Mother’s Day Intertribal Powwow, the eighth annual event with Native American dancing, drumming, storytelling, children’s dances, fry bread, crafts, beadwork, leatherwork, books, jewelry, blankets and food. Noxen Fire Company Grounds, Stull Road. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 11; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 12 with Grand Entry in full regalia at noon. 947-2097.


Green Fire, a documentary film on the life and land ethic of conservationist Aldo Leopold along with a post-film discussion and environmental displays in the lobby. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. May 11. Free. 996-1500.


Hogs for Dogs, a motorcycle run to benefit Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge. Begins and ends at the Getaway Lounge, 1477 W. Main St., Plymouth. May 12 with registration 11 a.m. to noon and event at 12:15 p.m. Rain or shine. $20 rider; $10 passenger. Followed by live music, food and prizes. 333-5265.


Peace and Justice Awards Dinner, the 20th annual event recognizing outstanding members of the peace-and-justice movement. Genetti Hotel, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. May 13. $35. 823-9977.


Teens and Money: Preparing for Financial Independence, a financial seminar at Cross Valley Federal Credit Union, 640 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. May 14. Free. Reservations: 823-6836, ext. 1070.


Crafters Night Out, a gathering of knitters, scrapbookers, painters, jewelry makers or anyone working on a project from beginner to advanced. Orange United Methodist Church, 2293 W. Eighth St., Dallas. 7 to 9 p.m. May 15. 855-9693.


Scranton Celtic Festival, the second annual event with music, traditional dance, whiskey tasting, authentic Celtic cuisine, vendors of imported Celtic wares and more. Performers include Kilmaine Saints, Blaggards and Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfetones. Sno Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. Noon to 8 p.m. May 18; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 19. 969-7669.


Using DNA in Your Genealogy Research, a talk presented by the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society at the McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. May 21. 829-1765.


Vampires @ the AFA Gallery, a screening of the vampire film “The Hunger” (R-1983) starring Catherine Denueve, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon. Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 6 to 8 p.m. May 22. Free but donations accepted. Age 18 and older. 346-7186.


Dart Tournament Fundraiser, to benefit Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge. Murphy’s Pub, 347 Slocum St., Swoyersville. May 26 with signups 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. and tournament at noon. $90 per three-person team. Followed by a buffet for participants. 333-5265.


The Price Is Right Live! The hit interactive show comes to town pulling people from the audience to win appliances, vacations and new cars by playing classic games on stage. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. May 30. $78.50 (VIP), $55.50, $45.50, $35.50. 826-1100.


Diamond City Architecture Now and Then, a walking tour to learn about the historic buildings of Wilkes-Barre with Larry Newman of the Diamond City Partnership. Meet at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St. 6 p.m. June 12. Free. 823-2191.


Summer Garden Party, the 6th annual event with garden tours and lore, sampling of vegetables and herbs, sessions on garden soil and container gardens, children’s activities and crafts. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 15. 992-6161.


A Walk on the Wild Side, an exploration of the Kirby Park Natural Area with Vincent Cotrone of the Penn State Cooperative Extension. Included: the park’s history, the riparian forest, its connection to the Chesapeake Bay and how it improves water quality of the Susquehanna River. Meet at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St. 6 p.m. June 19. Free. 823-2191.


Overview of the Civil War: 150 Years Later, a presentation by historian and actor Ed McMullen. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. June 19. Free. 996-1500.


Growing Gardens: Nurturing Neighborhoods, a walk to tour several community gardens and learn of their benefits with Ted Kross of the Wilkes-Barre City Health Department. Meet at the Wilkes-Barre YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St. 6 p.m. June 26. Free. 823-2191.


Back Mountain Garden Tour, the sixth biannual event with tours of six private gardens in Dallas and Harveys Lake along with the Shakespeare Garden at Misericordia University. Also: en-plein-air painters from the Wyoming Valley Art League and gardening workshops by master gardeners, landscapers and arborists. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 29. $20 before June 22; $25 thereafter. 696-5082 or backmountainbloomers.org.


Wine and Dine Festival, with tastings of the finest wines and specialty foods, crafts and music. Luzerne County Fairgrounds, Route 118, Dallas. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 29. $15 advance; $20 at the gate; $5 designated drivers. Sponsored by the Dallas Rotary Club. Vendors welcome. 852-9591.


King’s Campus Stroll, an exploration of the school’s grounds focusing on its historic buildings, monuments and new additions. Meet at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St. 6 p.m. July 10. Free. 823-2191.


Benton Frontier Days and Championship Rodeo, the 29th annual event with bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, cowgirls barrel racing, Brahma bull riding, calf roping, Kids Mutton Bustin’ and the Bull-a-Rama plus nightly entertainment, food, crafts and camping. Benton Rodeo Grounds, Mendenhall Lane and Route 487, Benton. July 16 to 21 with most main events starting at 7:30 p.m. $12, $10. 925-6536 or bentonrodeo.com.


Review the New in Hazleton, a walk through downtown Hazleton to learn about changes that are transforming its streetscape. Meet at the Hazleton YMCA, 75 S. Church St. 6 p.m. July 17. Free. 455-2046.


A Day at the River, with environmental activities for children and adults, nature walks, River Float, animals from the Ross Park Zoomobile, mural painting, face painting and music by the Sadie Green Sales Jugband, bluegrass group the Coal Town Rounders and reggae-rockers the George Wesley Band. Riverside Park, Tunkhannock. 1 to 8 p.m. July 20. Free. 996-1500.


Wings Over Wilkes-Barre, a walk with Mayor Tom Leighton to enjoy views of the city from parkades and rooftops along with a walk along the River Common. Meet at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St. 6 p.m. July 24. Free. 823-2191.


What’s New at the Old Y, a tour of the YMCA to learn about the new changes implemented in the recent $15 million renovation to the 1934 structure. Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St. 6 p.m. July 31. Free. 823-2191.


Hazleton’s Hispanic Eateries and Bodegas, a walk through the downtown to explore small markets and shops. Meet at the Hazleton YMCA, 75 S. Church St. 6 p.m. Aug. 7. Free. 455-2046.


Pocono Drag Lodge 50th Anniversary Reunion, a car show with trophies, t-shirts and dash plaques to the first 250 cars. Pocono Drag Lodge, 648 Meadow Run Road, Bear Creek. Aug. 10. $15 show cars; $7 spectators. 845-635-3662.


Walk Wilkes U, a walking tour of the Wilkes University campus. Meet at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St. 6 p.m. Aug. 14. Free. 823-2191.


Nature in Your Neighborhood, a summer walk to explore the plants and wildlife along the River Common. Meet at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St. 6 p.m. Aug. 21. Free. 823-2191.


History Day, captivating stories of local history told by experts dressed in period costumes. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 7. 888-887-7811.

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