THIS WEEK: Aug. 29 to Sept. 4, 2014
Sullivan County Fair, the 163rd annual agricultural event with amusement rides, truck and tractor pulls, a health fair, livestock shows, demolition derby and a grandstand concert by John Michael Montgomery (Sunday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m.). Sullivan County Fairgrounds, 4430 Route 154, Forksville. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1. $6. 570-924-3205.
Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair, the annual agricultural event with a carnival midway, amusement rides, Big Cat Encounter, Great Lakes Timber Show, High School Rodeo, truck and tractor pulls, Open Youth Horse Show, Archery Shoot, Master of the Chainsaw, blacksmith shop and concerts by Parmalee and the Swon Brothers. Wyoming County Fairgrounds, Route 6, Meshoppen. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Aug. 31; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1. $10; seniors free on Wednesday; veterans free on Saturday. Info at wyomingcountyfair.com.
Cougar Family Carnival, with S&S amusement rides, baskets, raffles, games and a Saturday afternoon parade. John F. Henzes Veterans Memorial Stadium, 187 Keystone Ave., Peckville. 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29; 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. Free admission; $10 one-time fee for the rides. 570-876-6461.
AACA Car & Bike Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional Antique Automobile Club of America. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Friday, Aug. 29 from 6 to 10 p.m. with awards at 9 p.m. Free.
Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge Dance, the 6th annual fundraiser with food stations by the Pierce Street Deli, cash bar and music by Daddy-O and the Sax Maniax. Irem Country Club, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. $25. 570-760-5577.
Pocono Garlic Festival, the 20th annual garlicky event with more than 50 food and craft vendors, two stages of music, educational demonstrations, a garlic-eating contest and children’s activities. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 401 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31. $10; $7.50 children. 570-421-7231.
Railfest 2014, a celebration of railroading with visiting railroad equipment displays, special shop demonstrations, model trains, machine-shop and turntable demonstrations, Big Boy Cab tours, caboose rides, live music, model-train layout, excursions to Moscow and short train rides. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31. $7. 570-340-5200.
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. Saturday, Aug. 30. 570-420-2808.
Train Excursion, a 26-mile round trip from Scranton to Moscow, powered by a historic diesel locomotive and following Roaring Brook through the Nay Aug Tunnel into the Pocono Mountains. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31 with a 12:30 p.m. departure and 3:30 p.m. return. $24; $22 seniors; $17 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.
La Festa Italiana, the annual end-of-summer celebration with more than 80 vendors offering Italian food, Sunday night fireworks and continuous live entertainment on three stages. Courthouse Square, Scranton. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1. 570-862-5543 or lafestaitaliano.org.
St. Mary’s Homecoming Picnic, with a petting zoo, pony rides, live music and homemade food favorites. Holy Spirit Parish Park, 110 Main St., Mocanaqua. 4 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30; 12:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31. 570-542-4157.
St. Martha’s Festival, with ethnic foods, a sidewalk dessert cafe, a country store, children’s games, chicken and ham dinners on Sunday and entertainment by the Jeanne Zano Band and Al White and Friends. Holy Spirit/St. Martha’s Parish, 260 Bonnieville Road, Fairmount Springs. 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30; noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31. 570-542-4157.
Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show, the 7th annual event with 18 classes of vehicles along with music, food, flea market and more. Hunlock Creek Volunteer Fire Company, 1114 Main Road. Sunday, Aug. 31 with registration 9 a.m. to noon, judging 12:30 to 2 p.m. and awards at 3 p.m. 570-899-6940.
Forty Fort Meeting House Tours of the oldest religious edifice in Northeastern Pennsylvania with its original box pews, elevated pulpit and plain woodwork reflecting the Puritan background of the settlers. 20 River St., Forty Fort. 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 28; also Monday, Sept. 1. $2, $1 children. 570-287-5214.
Denison House Tours of the 1790 historic home of Nathan Denison, one of Wyoming Valley’s first settlers. 35 Denison St., Forty Fort. 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 28. $5; $3 children. 570-288-5531.
W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of the Alfred Hitchcock classic thriller “Rear Window” (1954) starring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.
God’s Not Dead, a screening of the film along with food and games. Sweet Valley Church of Christ, 5439 Main Road. 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31. Free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. 570-477-2320.
Let Your Yoga Dance, a combination of yoga-inspired movement and user-friendly dance. No experience needed. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2. $5. Registration: 570-474-9313.
Barbara Sabol Memorial Lecture, with author and economist Teresa Ghilarducci speaking on “Bread, Roses and Rest: Securing Meaningful Retirement for All.” Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, North River and West Union streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3. Free. 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.
Luzerne County Fair, the 52nd annual event with agricultural exhibits, amusement rides, contests, plenty of fair food, Hansen’s Spectacular, the Modern Day Cat Whisperer, 4-H Fun Horse Show, Animal Alley, Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull, Barnyard Olympics, Tractor Obstacle Rodeo, Fireworks Finale, and entertainment by Iron Cowboy (Wednesday), Rick K and the Allnighters (Thursday), Dylan Fry and Josh Thompson (Friday), Whisky Tango and Jamie Lynn Spears (Saturday) and the Uptown Band (Sunday). Luzerne County Fairgrounds, 3605 Route 118, Dallas. 4 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 and Thursday, Sept. 4; 4 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5; 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6; and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. $8. 570-675-3247.
Blessing of the Animals, the annual blessing of pets in commemoration of the Feast of St. Mammas. St. Mary of the Assumption Byzantine Catholic Church, 695 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. September 3. All pets welcome. 570-822-6028.
Elvis Movie Month, a screening of “Follow That Dream,” (1962) starring Elvis Presley. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4. 570-823-0156.
Socrates Cafe, a philosophical discussion and debate with topics chosen by the group. Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4. 570-287-2013.
Friends Fall Festival, with a tag sale, crafts, books and a bake sale. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. 570-654-9565.
Mr. Hush Weekend of Fear, a celebration of horror, sci-fi and pop-culture genres with genre icons, films, merchandise vendors and special events. Guests include Brian O’Halloran (Dante from “Clerks”), Steve Dash (“Friday the 13th Part 2”), Stephen Geoffreys (“Fright Night”), Robert Bruce (“Comic Book Men”) and more. Woodlands Inn and Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Township. 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. $20; $40 weekend pass. 570-824-9831 or mrhush.net.
Montage Mountain Classics Car Cruise, with hot rods, antiques and custom cars. Tomato Festival Parking Lot, Main Street, Pittston. 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5.
Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Cruise, with food, music, door prizes and trophies. Advance Auto Parts, 161 Brooklyn St., Carbondale. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. 570-876-4034.
Hazleton Funfest, the annual family festival and street fair on Broad Street in downtown Hazleton with three stages of entertainment, an Arts, Crafts & Home Party Show, Celebrity Adult Tricycle Race, car show and raffle, an Empanada Cookoff, garage sale, children’s activities, Latin Music Celebration, pierogie-eating contest, and a Sunday afternoon parade with giant balloons and floats. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. 570-455-1509.
90th Anniversary Gala, a fundraiser for the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association with fine dining, an auction with many exclusive items, live music and dancing. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. $150. 570-714-1246.
Cash Bingo, with homemade food available. Sponsored by the Confraternity of Christian Women at Holy Family Parish, 828 Main St., Sugar Notch. Sunday, Sept. 7 with doors at noon and games at 1 p.m. 570-822-3483.
Monthly Bingo, with door prizes and cash prizes. Sponsored by St. Faustina Kowalska Parish at St. Mary’s School, 1010 Hanover St., Nanticoke. Sunday, Sept. 7 with doors at 12:30 p.m. and early-bird games at 1:45 p.m. 570-735-4833.
Rally for Reilly, a fundraiser for Reilly Itterly, a 12-year-old Clarks Summit girl who is undergoing surgery for severe scoliosis. With entertainment by five bands, basket and gift certificate raffles. The V-Spot, 906 Providence Road, Scranton. 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. $5.
W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of the classic detective film “The Thin Man” (1934). F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.
The Life and Times of Nathan Denison, a talk on the early settler who fought in the ill-fated Battle of Wyoming by retired educator Robert Mischak. Forty Fort Meeting House, 20 River St. 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. Free. 267-250-9559.
Day of Remembrance for 9/11, with a moment of prayer, local religious leaders and inspirational singer Scott Michael Bennett of Fresh Day Music. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7.
Bad Movie Thursdays, a screening of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 feature “Warrior of the Lost World” (1983; Italian), about a motorcycle mercenary battling an evil government. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. Thursday, Sept. 11 with cocktails at 6 p.m. and movie at 7 p.m. $10. 570-344-1111.
Elvis Movie Month, a screening of “It Happened at the World’s Fair” (1963) starring Elvis Presley as a crop-dusting pilot. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. 570-823-0156.
Car Cruise, with antiques, classics, street rods and race cars. McDonald’s, 452 Route 590, Hamlin. 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. 570-239-1079.
Montage Mountain Classics Car Cruise, with hot rods, antiques and custom cars. Southside Shopping Center, 1000 S. Washington Ave., Scranton. Friday, Sept. 12 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Flying Aces Barbecue, with a pig roast, beer, giveaways, camping, fireworks at dusk and entertainment by the Substitute Band and Tommy Guns Band. Flying Aces Motorcycle Club, 470 Rockport Road, Weatherly. 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. $15. 570-427-4766.
Peach Social, with peachy desserts and picnic foods. Trinity Lutheran Church, Hemlock and Church streets, Hazleton. 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. $4. 570-454-3492.
Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Show, the 16th annual show. Carbondale Area Junior/Senior High School, 101 Brooklyn St. Sunday, Sept. 14 with gates open at 9 a.m. 570-876-4034.
Dallas Harvest Festival, the annual street fair commemorating “The Year of the Family” with a Generation-to-Generation Photo Contest, a Flower Display competition, stage performances, farmers market, Children’s Corner, antique fire-truck rides and a petting zoo. Main Street in Dallas Borough. Sunday, Sept. 14, noon to 5 p.m. 570-675-1950.
W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of the classic sci-fi film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1968). F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.
Wine Tasting, with wine, cheese, hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Hosted by Bartolai Winery and sponsored by the Friends of the West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. $20; $35 per couple. 570-654-0645.
Ale in the 18th Century, a historical lecture by Mary Babcock, retired nutritionist. Forty Fort Meeting House, 20 River St. 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. Free. 267-250-9559.
Adult Sewing, free classes at the Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15. Registration: 570-693-1364.
Constitution Day Lecture, with philosophy professor Gregory Bassham speaking on “A Living Constitution.” Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, North River and West Union streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17. Free. 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.
Successful Aging, seminars on elder-related issues along with more than 40 vendors. Included: sessions on elder law, housing options, community services and elder care. Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore. 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. Free. 570-558-6160.
Art n’ Vino, a fundraising party to benefit Candy’s Place: The Center for Cancer Wellness. Bring a bottle of wine and your artistic talents and complete a painting under the guidance of an artist. Art n’ Vino, 667 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. $36. Registration: 570-430-5045.
Remembering Robin Williams: 1951-2014, a film-and-discussion series sponsored by Penn State Wilkes-Barre offering five Robin Williams movies: “Patch Adams” (1998), “Jakob the Liar” (1999), “Dead Poets Society” (1989), “Awakenings” (1990) and “Hook” (1991). Instructed by Bill Bachman and offered as a one-credit or non-credit course. Begins 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 and runs every Thursday through Oct. 23 except Oct. 9. Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre. 570-675-9253 or wb.psu.edu.
Elvis Movie Month, a screening of “Girl Happy” (1965), a musical comedy romance starring Elvis Presley. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19. 570-823-0156.
Fall Film Festival, showings of 25 foreign, independent and art films during an expanded three-week event. Begins Friday, Sept. 19 with an Opening Night Gala offering two films, hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and desserts. $35. Continues with screenings through Thursday, Oct. 9. 570-996-1500.
Cancer Survivors Celebration, the 22nd annual event with inspirational messages and refreshments. Open to survivors, their families and friends as well as caregivers and healthcare professionals. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20 at Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre; and 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 27 at McDade Park, Scranton. 800-424-6724 or cancernepa.org.
PRCA Rodeo and Chili Cookoff, professional competition in fully sanctioned PRCA events including saddle and bareback bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, team roping and bull dogging along with cowgirls barrel racing, live country music, line dancing, craft and food vendors and the Sixth Annual Chili Cookoff. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 401 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21. $18; $14 children. 570-421-7231.
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. Saturday, Sept. 20. 570-477-2477.
Montage Mountain Classics Car Cruise, with hot rods, antiques and custom cars. Johnny Rockets, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. Saturday, Sept. 20 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Dodgeball Tournament, the seventh annual Zachary Shoemaker Dodgeball Tourney to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Teams of eight players may register at dodgeball4zack.org by Aug. 31. 109th Field Artillery Armory, 280 Market St., Wilkes-Barre. Sunday, Sept. 21 with games at 11 a.m. 570-574-5945.
W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of “The Great Gatsby” (2013) starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.
Thomas U. Walter, a talk on the 19th-century “Dean of American Architecture” whose designs include the U.S. Capitol Building and the Wyoming Monument. With William V. Lewis Jr. of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Forty Fort Meeting House, 20 River St. 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21. Free. 267-250-9559.
The Menu, culinary dishes created by local chefs. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. Monday, Sept. 22 with cocktails at 6 p.m. and event at 7 p.m. $10. 570-344-1111.
Elvis Movie Month, a screening of “Change of Habit” (1969), a musical drama with Elvis Presley in his final acting role. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. 570-823-0156.
AACA Car & Bike Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional Antique Automobile Club of America. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Friday, Sept. 26 from 6 to 10 p.m. with awards at 9 p.m. Free.
Fall Intertribal Powwow, the 10th annual event with Native American dancing, drumming, storytelling, children’s dances, fry bread, crafts, beadwork, leatherwork, books, jewelry, blankets and food. Noxen Fire Company, Stull Road, Noxen. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 with Grand Entry of dancers in full regalia at noon each day followed by Circle Hours. Free; $7 camping. 570-947-2097.
Fun Dog Show, the 10th annual event with fun contests, live music, food, raffles, vendors and more. Upper Field on the campus of Stroudsburg Intermediate Elementary School, 2000 Chipperfield Drive, Stroudsburg. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. $35 per dog by Monday, Sept. 22; $40 thereafter. 570-422-1484.
Contra Dance, with music by the Ragtag Rutabagas. The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. $10. 570-253-2020.
Greater Pittston Charity Train Ride, to historic Jim Thorpe on a 1920s-era, open-window coach pulled by a diesel locomotive. Leaves from Duryea at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28 with return at 6:45 p.m. Limited seating. $65. Reservations: 570-457-6558.
W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of the 2013 documentary “20 Feet from Stardom,” about the lives of backup singers for famous performers. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.
Back Mountain Bloomers Garden Club Fall Luncheon, with guest speaker Jerry Fritz, author and garden designer from Ottsville, Pennsylvania. Irem Country Club, Dallas. 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1. $30. Reservations: 570-823-9048 or backmountainbloomers.org.
Stock Dog Trials, with more than 90 border collies competing in the 33rd Pennsylvania State Championship and the Northeast Regional Final of the Fall Foliage Championship. Harford Fairgrounds, 485 Fair Hill Road, New Milford. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 through Sunday, Oct. 5. Free. 570-289-4733.
Feast of Saint Francis Lecture, with Mollie Wilson O’Reilly, associate editor of Commonweal Magazine, speaking on “A Poor Church for the Poor: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism.” Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, North River and West Union streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. Free. 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.
Bad Movie Thursday, a skewering of the 1987 film “Zombie Nightmare,” a feature of the cult comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. Thursday, Oct. 2 with cocktails at 6 p.m. and movie at 7 p.m. $10. 570-344-1111.
W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of the 1940 comedy “The Philadelphia Story,” starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.
Bartenders Ball, a benefit for local service professionals including the Scranton police and fire departments with champagne, beer and hors d’oeuvres followed by an open bar, buffet and awards ceremonies. Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5. $50 advance; $60 at the door. Black tie optional. Details at nepabartendersball.com.
Theresa Caputo, the psychic and star of the hit TLC show “Long Island Medium,” whose book “There’s More to Life Than This” debuted at #2 on the NY Times Best Seller List. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6. $39.50. 800-745-3000.
Autumn Timber Festival, with lumberjack competitions including hot saw, log roll, ax throw, speed climb, cross-cut saw and springboard chop. Also: agility and trick dog shows, chainsaw sculptures, live music, children’s activities and food and craft vendors. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 401 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12. $15; $12 children. 570-421-7231.
W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of the 1934 comedy “It Happened One Night” starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.
The History of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the 23rd annual seminar exploring “Crime & Punishment,” including the legendary career of Judge Max Rosenn, organized crime’s corrupt influence on the coal industry and the Kids for Cash scandal. Speakers and panelists include Anthony Mussari, Robert Wolensky, William Hastie, Robert May, William Amesbury, Terrie Morgan-Besecker and others. Educational Conference Center, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Free and open to the public. 570-740-0508.
Pocono Food Truck Festival, with a variety of “street eats” offered by food trucks from New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia and the Pocono region. Also: live bands, monster-truck rides, scenic chairlift rides, Mark Clark’s Juggling Show and the FMX Freestyle Motocross Show with riders performing stunts such as the “Superman” and “Kiss of Death.” Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 401 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19. $10; $7.50 children. 570-421-7231.
Commonwealth Medical College Gala, the sixth annual event to benefit the student scholarship fund with a cocktail reception and gourmet dinner followed by a silent auction and dancing to the music of Which Doctor and Hoopla. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. $175. Reservations: 570-504-9650.
The Menu, culinary dishes created by local chefs. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. Monday, Oct. 27 with cocktails at 6 p.m. and event at 7 p.m. $10. 570-344-1111.
AACA Car & Bike Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional Antique Automobile Club of America. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Friday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 10 p.m. with awards at 9. Free.
Veterans Day Parade, the annual march of servicemen and bands, beginning in Kingston and continuing over the Market Street Bridge into downtown Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9. 570-406-0378.
An Evening of Fine Food and Wine, samplings of food-and-wine pairings offered by area restaurants. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26. Reservations: 570-344-1111.
Breast Cancer Fundraiser Bus Trip to New York City with an on-route fundraising auction. Bus departs from the Park and Ride, Oak Street and Route 315, Pittston at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 and returns at 9:30 p.m. $35. Reservations: 570-696-1410.
Feast of San Gennaro Festival Bus Trip, sponsored by the Pittston Knights of Columbus. Leaves 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 from the Pittston Plaza (by Planet Fitness) with a drop off in Greenwich Village near Little Italy in New York City. $35. 570-574-0925.
Steamtown National Historic Site will waive its entrance fee on Saturday, Sept. 27; and Tuesday, Nov. 11. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 570-340-5200.