THIS WEEK: July 19 to 25, 2013
Honesdale Sidewalk Sales, the 53rd annual event with music, vendors, crafters, contests, races and plenty of shopping opportunities. Main Street in downtown Honesdale. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 253-5492.
Lycoming County Fair, the 143rd annual agricultural event with Bates Brothers Amusements, Buffalo Beals Petting Zoo, free concerts, the Dale Wheeland Memorial Tractor Pull, the Fairfield Dodge 4x4 Truck Pull and more. Fairgrounds, 300 E. Lycoming St., Hughesville. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Saturday. 584-2196 or lycomingfair.com.
St. Patrick’s Parish Festival, with bluegrass night (tonight), polka Mass (5:30 p.m. Saturday), flea market, games, Chinese auction and 5K Run and Walk. St. Patrick’s Church, 411 Allegheny St., White Haven. 5 tonight; noon Saturday and Sunday. 443-9944.
Mountaintop Hose Company Bazaar, the 40th annual event with rides, moonwalk, games, the Hose Company Store, instant bingo, silent basket auction, magic show with Pat Ward (Saturday), Firefighters Parade (Saturday), live auction (Sunday) and DJ music. Mountaintop Hose Company No. 1, 1 Lehigh Street. 5:30 tonight; 5 p.m. Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday. 474-6749.
St. Nicholas Bazaar, with a flea market, game booths, Bountiful Baskets, bingo, German, Latino and American foods and entertainment by Out of the Blue (tonight) and the Home Town Boyz (Saturday). St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. 5:30 to 11 tonight; 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday. 823-7736.
Germania Hose Company Carnival, with amusement rides, parade (tonight), fireworks (Saturday) and entertainment by Flaxy Morgan (tonight) and Hillbilly D’Lux (Saturday). Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave., Duryea. 6 to midnight tonight; 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday. 457-4160.
Exaltation of the Holy Cross Bazaar, with games for all ages, ethnic favorites, six different tap beers, tiki bar and entertainment by Souled Out (tonight), The Blend and Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots (Saturday), 20 lb. Head and the Jeanne Zano Band (Sunday). Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church, 420 Main Road, Buttonwood section of Hanover Township. 5 to midnight tonight and Saturday; 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday. 466-1138.
Holy Name of Jesus Bazaar, with drinks and bar food on Friday; and games, raffles, bingo and food on Saturday and Sunday. Entertainment by Remember When (tonight), Polskie Swingmasters (Saturday), the Golden Tones (Sunday afternoon) and SMAK (Sunday night). Transfiguration Church, 213 W. Green St., West Hazleton. 6:30 to 10 tonight; 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. 455-6992.
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. Through Sunday with most main events starting at 7:30 p.m. $12, $10. 925-6536 or bentonrodeo.com.
R3 Ops Mud Run, with a three-mile challenge for all fitness levels including belly crawls, hill climbs, rope repels and obstacles including hay bales, creeks, tires, tunnels and more. Choose from various options including an Extreme Challenge Area. Northeast Fairgrounds, Suscan Road, off Route 315, Pittston Township. Saturday with the Extreme Rogue Wave Heat at 8 a.m. and all others at 9 a.m. Cash prizes. Register at r3ops.com.
Audubon Art & Craft Festival, with demonstrations, nature films, displays, live animals, children’s activities and a fine-art sale. Wallenpaupack Area High School, Route 6, Hawley. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $5. 484-256-4485.
Pocono Wurst Festival, with a variety of wursts, wieners, kielbasa, pierogies and crafted brews, polka and German oom-pa bands, Polish and German dancers and craft vendors. Performers include Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra, the Chardon Polka Band, Eddie Derwin & the Polka Naturals, the Austrian Boys and Joe Stanky & the Cadets. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Hollow Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $12 advance; $15 at the gate. 421-7231.
Train Excursion, a round trip from Scranton to the Pocono town of Moscow with a stopover at its restored 1904 train station. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Saturdays through Aug. 31 with a 12:30 p.m. departure and approximate return at 2:30 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. 340-5205.
Celebrate Our River Day, with environmental activities for children and adults, nature walks, River Float from Meshoppen to Tunkhannock, 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. Saturday. Free. 996-1500.
Family Fun Night, with swimming, children’s carnival games, scuba diving, food, raffles, prizes, cannonball contest with the lifeguards and music. Kingston Pool, Hamilton and Lathrop streets, Kingston. 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. $10 includes pizza, hot dogs, Italian ice, cake and more. 288-0554.
Swetland Homestead Tours, a walk through the historic structure, home of one of the earliest families to settle in the Wyoming Valley. 885 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. $4, $2 children. 822-1727.
Forty Fort Meeting House Tours. Explore the 1807 historic religious edifice with its original box pews and elevated pulpit. 20 River St., Forty Fort. 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 29; and Sept. 2. $2, $1 children. 287-5214.
Denison House Tours of the historic 1790 edifice including the two-story interior and furnishings along with a history of early settler Nathan Denison. 35 Denison St., Forty Fort. 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 22. $5, $3 children. 288-5531.
Community Fun Day, the third annual country-themed free event with games for all ages, food, dunk tank, treats, face painting, music and more. Courtdale United Methodist Church, 225 Courtdale Ave. 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. 288-5710.
Jewish Food Festival, a celebration of Jewish cuisine with gourmet falafel, exotic Middle Eastern salads, corned beef on rye, knishes and more. Also: a concert by Jewish music group the 8th Day Band. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. Sunday with drinks and appetizers at 5 p.m., festival at 5:30 p.m. and concert at 6:30 p.m. $60, $42 seniors, $30 students. 587-3300 or jewishfoodfest.com.
Summer Cooking Classes, a two-session course on preparing pizza including creating and stretching homemade dough. Joseph A. Paglianite Culinary Institute, Market and Main streets, Nanticoke. 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Registration: 740-0477.
Groundbreaking Trivia. Play alone or with a team. Light refreshments and prizes. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 821-1959.
Summer Film Series: “Amour” (2012), the award-winning French film about an octogenarian couple finding their love put to the test when one of them suffers a stroke. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Wednesday at 1 p.m. ($4) and 7:30 p.m. ($6). 826-1100.
A Year at Downton Abbey, a flower show drawing from scenes within the PBS series and the era of George V. Community Hall, Laporte Avenue, Eagles Mere. 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 525-3345.
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. Wednesday. Free. 823-2191.
Square Fair, with carnival games, food and music by Doug Smith and the Dixieland All-Stars. Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. 585-8113.
Our Lady of Fatima Bazaar, with food, games, themed baskets and entertainment by 3 Imaginary Boys (Thursday), Iron Cowboy (Friday) and 40 lb. Head (Saturday). Parking lot of Holy Redeemer High School, 159 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday (July 26); 5 to 11 p.m. July 27. 823-4168.
St. Maria Goretti Festival, with indoor air-conditioned bingo, games, raffles, jewelry sale, candy store, Kids Corner, pony rides, Water Wars, Claw Machine, festival foods and entertainment by Groove Train (Friday), Hillbilly D’Lux (Saturday) and Double Cross (Sunday). Church of St. Maria Goretti, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin. 5 to 10 p.m. July 26 to 28. 655-8956.
AACA Car Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional AACA Car Club. Anything with wheels is welcome to participate. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. July 26, 6 to 10 with awards at 9. Free.
Movie Night in the Park, family films sponsored by the Wyoming Area Kiwanis Club. Dailey Park, West Wyoming. July 26 and Aug. 30 with crafts and activities at 7 p.m. and movie at 8:15 p.m. Popcorn and drinks provided. Bring a blanket or chair. 407-0173.
1940s Weekend: The World War II Years, a celebration of life on the homefront with Allied and Axis military encampments, Big Band music, Holocaust survivor Severin Fayerman and tours of the historic village. Performers include the Friar’s Point Band, the Vinatieri Sisters and the Liberty Band. Eckley Miners Village, Highland Road, off Route 940. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 27 and 28. $10, $9 seniors, $6 children. Also: Swing the Night Away Dance 6 to 10 p.m. July 27 at the Freeland Public Park Pavilion on Front Street with music by the Hazleton Philharmonic Big Band Sound. $10, $8 for those in 1940s attire. 636-2070.
Knit and Crochet Group for all ages. Beginners welcome. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. to noon July 27. 821-1959.
Summer Event, with a car show by the Hi Lites Car Club, picnic-style food, bake sale, silent auction with quilts and themed baskets, SPCA animals for adoption and hobby collections. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 474 Yalick Road, off Route 118, Dallas. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 27. 675-3859.
Celebrate Dimock, an open house with Damian the Magician, children’s games, bingo, gardening demonstration, animals for adoption, fire trucks, the Christian Motorcycle Association, free food and music by gospel band Just Down the Road. Dimock Camp Meeting, Campground Road, off Route 29. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27. Free. 589-1641.
Arts on the Square, with more than 100 vendors, food, performing arts, demonstrations, wordsmith workshop and two stages of entertainment including comedy improv group Here We Are in Spain, Hippie Nation, Ballroom One, the Scranton Civic Ballet, Symmetry Dance, the Great Party, Rogue Chimp, the Coal Town Rounders and Gypsy Jazz Quintet. Courthouse Square, Scranton. Noon to 8 p.m. July 27. Info at artsonthesquare.net.
Holy Trinity Bazaar, with ethnic foods and live music daily. Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 401 E. Main St., Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre. 4 to 10 p.m. July 27-28. 822-3234.
Moonlight Serenade Dinner Dance, with music by Flash Drive. Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgway Drive, Dallas. July 27 with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing 8 to 11 p.m. $45. Reservations: 675-1134.
Fashion Show and Luncheon, the fourth annual event to benefit Candy’s Place: The Center for Cancer Wellness. The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Township. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 28. $25. 714-8800.
Free Health Expo, with tests of blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, pulmonary function, body mass index and grip strength. Martz Pavilion, Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. Noon to 4 p.m. July 28. Sponsored by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Kingston. 287-6647.
Summer Cooking Classes: A Taste of Summer, a two-session course on creating farm-to-tables dishes. Joseph A. Paglianite Culinary Institute, Market and Main streets, Nanticoke. 5 to 8 p.m. July 29 and 31. Registration: 740-0477.
Suviving Bullying in the Workplace, a panel discussion on creating civility at work with author Elaine Wolf, attorneys Kimberly D. Borland and Jennifer Baker Laporta and Mike Zimmerman of Family Service Association. Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 8:30 a.m. July 30. Coffee and danish served. Free. Reservations: 824-4646.
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.
Sweet Witch Bakers, a three-session cake decorating course covering bordering, embellishments, piping and fondant. Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1, 8 and 15. Register for one or all three by July 31. 287-2013.
Sacred Heart Church Picnic, with a Kids Korner, bingo, Polish food, baskets and entertainment by John Stevens Doubleshot (Thursday and Friday) and Joe Stanky & the Cadets (Saturday). Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 1; 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3. 407-0231.
St. Robert Bellarmine Bazaar, with food, games, prizes, flea market and music by DJ Chris Fox (Thursday), Flaxy Morgan (Friday) and Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots (Saturday). St. Aloysius Church, 143 W. Division St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 1-2; 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 3. 823-3791.
St. Mary’s Summer Festival, an indoor air-conditioned event with Slavic and American foods, game booths, silent auction, nightly entertainment, cash raffle, Country Store, free blood-pressure screenings, flea market and more. St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 522 Madison St., Wilkes-Barre. 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3; noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 4. 885-4802.
Cruise Night, sponsored by the Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Club. With music, door prizes, trophies and food. Advance Auto Parts, 161 Brooklyn St., Carbondale. 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 2. 876-4034.
Car Show and Party in the Park, the second annual event with music, food, games and entertainment. All vehicles welcome. North Susquehanna Avenue along the Warrior Trail in Shickshinny. Aug. 3 with vehicle registration 10 a.m. to noon and show noon to 3 p.m. with judging at 2:30 p.m. Dash plaques to the first 100 paid vehicles. $15 per vehicle advance; $20 at the gate. 550-0721.
Goods from the Woods, the ninth annual Festival of Wood with unique wood crafts, children’s activities, chainsaw carvings, exhibits, live woodland wildlife, beekeeping, films, tree pruning, portable sawmill demonstrations, music created with wood, forest hikes and the Pennsylvania Woodmobile. Grey Towers National Historic Landmark, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Milford. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 3; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4. 296-9630.
Obon Lantern Ceremony, a traditional Buddhist ceremony in remembrance of loved ones who have passed on. With a vegetarian supper, lantern painting, meditation, calling of names, procession and floating lanterns in the night’s stream. Followed by a bonfire and refreshments. Endless Mountain Zendo, 104 Hollow Road, Stillwater. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 3. Donation. 925-5077.
Bingo, with a bake sale, food and refreshments, door prizes and basket raffle. Holy Family Church, 574 Bennett St., Luzerne. Aug. 4 with doors at noon and games at 2 p.m. $2. 287-6600.
Swetland Homestead Tours, a walk through the historic structure, home of one of the earliest families to settle in the Wyoming Valley. 885 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 4. $4, $2 children. 822-1727.
Hats Off to the Everhart! A summer garden party to support the Everhart Museum with a sumptuous buffet and Dixieland jazz. Patsel’s Restaurant, 1385 Lackawanna Trail, Clarks Summit. 5 p.m. Aug. 4. $100. Reservations: 563-2000.
Cooking Classes: Summer Brunch Series, a two-session course on preparing brunches and lunches including waffles, quiches and bread pudding. Joseph A. Paglianite Culinary Institute, Market and Main streets, Nanticoke. 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7. Registration: 740-0477.
Summer Film Series: “The Sessions” (2012), drama about a paralyzed man who hires a sex surrogate so he can lose his virginity. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. ($4) and 7:30 p.m. ($6). 826-1100.
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.
St. John the Evangelist Bazaar, with a giant flea market, ethnic and American foods, variety booths, children’s games and entertainment by Sweet Pepper & the Long Hots (Thursday), Hillbilly D’Lux (Friday) and Flaxy Morgan along with clown/magician Pat Ward (Saturday). St. John the Evangelist Parish, Church and Broad streets, Pittston. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 8 to 10. 654-0053.
St. John the Baptist Family Picnic, with themed baskets, a gigantic flea market, bingo, ethnic and American foods and entertainment by John Stevens Doubleshot (Friday), George Tarasek & the Polka Partners and The Intentions (Sunday). Also: Father Jerry’s newest original play “Pierogie Wedding” 2 p.m. Sunday. St. John the Baptist Church, 126 Nesbitt St., Larksville. 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 9; 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 10; 3 to 10 p.m. Aug. 11. 779-9620.
St. Jude Parish Picnic, the 60th annual event with Polish and Italian foods, an open-pit barbecue chicken dinner (Sunday), the Sweet Shop, a raffle with grand prize of $10,000 and entertainment by Better with Beer (Friday), Mr. Echo (Saturday), Flashback (Sunday afternoon) and Chixy Dix (Sunday night). St. Jude’s Church, 420 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 9-10; noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 11. 474-9746 or 474-6315.
Doing It for Leona, a benefit bike run and scavenger hunt for breast-cancer victim Leona Elko. American Legion Post 781, Mountain Top. Aug. 10 with registration 11 a.m. and run at 1 p.m. Party runs 1 to 10 p.m. with food, pig roast, pony rides, music, bounce house, face painting, vendors, basket raffles and more. $15 drivers; $10 passengers.
Pocono Drag Lodge 50th Anniversary Reunion, a car show with trophies, T-shirts and dash plaques to the first 250 cars. Former Pocono Drag Lodge, 648 Meadow Run Road, Bear Creek. Aug. 10. $15 show cars; $7 spectators. 845-635-3662.
Car Cruise, to benefit cerebral-palsy victim Cody White. With trophies, raffles, music and food. Austie’s Family Restaurant, 2333 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre. 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 10. 824-7015.
Classic Car Show. On the lawn of the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. 4 p.m. Aug. 11. 585-8113.
Summer Film Series: “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), the adventures of archaeologist Indiana Jones attempting to locate the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Aug. 14 at 1 p.m. ($4) and 7:30 p.m. ($6). 826-1100.
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.
Summer Luncheon, with prizes awarded. Hosted by the Irem Women’s Auxiliary and open to the public. Irem Country Club, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. Aug. 15 at noon. $18. Reservations: 256-3031.
Heritage Explorer Train Ride, from Scranton to Carbondale’s Ethnic Heritage Festival. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Aug. 17 with a 9:30 a.m. departure and 4 p.m. return. $5, $4 seniors. Reservations: 348-3003.
Lebanese-American Food Festival, with Middle-Eastern food and pastries, games, book sale, basket raffles and more. St. Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, 130 N. Francis Cabrini Ave., West Scranton. 4 to 11 p.m. Aug. 17; noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 18. 343-6092.
Swetland Homestead Tours, a walk through the historic structure, home of one of the earliest families to settle in the Wyoming Valley. Included: playing historic games on the lawn. 885 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 18. $4, $2 children. 822-1727.
Summer Film Series: “Hyde Park on Hudson” (2012), the historical drama about Franklin D. Roosevelt hosting the King and Queen of England at his New York estate. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. ($4) and 7:30 p.m. ($6). 826-1100.
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.
Ethnic Food Festival, with homemade potato pancakes, halupki, pierogies, goulash, halushki, pagach and a bake sale including homemade bread. Also: theme baskets, crafts pic-a-tic and children’s games. St. John the Baptist, 93 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 24. 472-8748.
Vera Bradley Bingo, with lunch and refreshments. Irem Country Club Pavilion, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. Aug. 24 with doors at noon and games at 1 p.m. $20 for 20 games. 472-7072.
Silver Jubilee Celebration, a Roaring ’20s-themed 25th anniversary party with “abundant libations,” catering by Epicurean Delight, 1920s-era music by the Doug Smith Jazz Trio and dance music by DJ Walt Luke. Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 7 p.m. Aug. 24. $25. 969-1040.
Anti-Bullying Seminar, a workshop in handling bullies. Back Mountain Martial Arts @ Twin Stacks, 1140 Memorial Highway, Dallas. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 24. Free. 675-9535.
Ukrainian Folk Festival, the 22nd annual event with folk art, music, dance, Ukrainian food specialties, crafts market, children’s games and fun area. Entertainers include the Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, the Vox Ethnika Band, Fourth Wave Ensemble and more. Ukrainian American Sport Center, Lower State and County Line roads, Horsham. Aug. 25, noon to 8 p.m. with a Gala Stage Show 2 to 4:30 p.m. $15, $10 students. 267-664-3857 or tryzub.org
Summer Film Series: “Hitchcock” (2012), the story of the famous director as he films his thriller “Psycho.” F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Aug. 28 at 1 p.m. ($4) and 7:30 p.m. ($6). 826-1100.
AACA Car Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional AACA Car Club. With special games, prizes, free cheeseburgers, chalk and bubbles for the kids. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Aug. 30, 6 to 10 with awards at 9. Free.
Pocono Garlic Festival, the 19th annual event with more than 50 garlicky-food and craft vendors, two stages of music, cooking demonstrations, garlic-eating contest, children’s activity area and strolling entertainers. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Hollow Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. $10. 421-7231.
St. Martha’s Festival, with ethnic foods, sidewalk dessert cafe, flea market, basket raffle, children’s games, chicken and ham dinners (Sunday) and entertainment by Covert Action (Saturday) and Al White & Friends (Sunday). Holy Spirit/St. Martha’s Church, 260 Bonnieville Road, Fairmount Springs. 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 31; noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 1. 864-3780.
St. Mary’s Homecoming Picnic, with ethnic foods, a polka Mass (4 p.m. Saturday) and music by Joe Stanky and the Cadets (Saturday) and the Shore Liners (Sunday). Holy Spirit Parish Park, 110 Main St., Mocanaqua. 4 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 31; 12:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 1. 542-4157.
Train Excursion, a round trip from Scranton to the Pocono town of Moscow with a stopover at its restored 1904 train station. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Sept. 1 with a 12:30 p.m. departure and approximate return at 2:30 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. 340-5205.
Labor Day Festival, the inaugural event to raise funds for the non-profit Keystone Wounded Warrior Project. Sept. 2 with a Home Run Hitting Contest at Wilkes-Barre’s Kirby Park at 7:30 a.m. followed by activities 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Included: costumed dramas about the area’s labor history by the Eckley and Patchtown Players, music, magic acts, festival foods and more. 466-3385.
Summer Film Series: “Psycho” (1998), Alfred Hitchcock’s most notorious thriller with Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. ($4) and 7:30 p.m. ($6). 826-1100.
Cruise Night, sponsored by the Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Club. With music, door prizes, trophies and food. Advance Auto Parts, 161 Brooklyn St., Carbondale. 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 6. 876-4034.
History Day, captivating stories of local history told by experts dressed in period costumes. The Lands at Hillside Farm, 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 7. 888-887-7811.
Swetland Homestead Tours, with re-enactors from the 143rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry talking about “The Life of the Union Soldier.” 885 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 8. $4, $2 children. 822-1727.
Wine Tasting Fundraiser, with hors d’oeuvres and tastings from Bartolai Winery. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 8. $20. 654-9847.
Car Cruise, to benefit cerebral-palsy victim Cody White. With trophies, raffles, music and food. Austie’s Family Restaurant, 2333 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre. 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14. 824-7015.
Car Show, the 15th annual event, sponsored by the Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Club. Carbondale High School, 101 Brooklyn St. Sept. 15 with gates open at 9 a.m. 876-4034.
Summer Luncheon, with prizes awarded. Hosted by the Irem Women’s Auxiliary and open to the public. Irem Country Club, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. Sept. 19 at noon. $18. Reservations: 256-3031.
Swetland Homestead Tours, with a talk on “Knitting During the Civil War.” 885 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 22. $4, $2 children. 822-1727.
Cirque Musica, an arena spectacular with top international circus acts performing to a live symphony orchestra. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. Sept. 22. 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
AACA Car Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional AACA Car Club. Anything with wheels is welcome to participate. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 27, 6 to 10 with awards at 9. Free.
NEPA BlogCon, a daylong conference and networking event for bloggers of all experience levels as well as those interested in marketing, social media and using new media as a tool for business. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Oct. 5. $35. 262-9644.
Fall Festival, with tractor rides, pony rides, games, activities, barn tours and fall foods. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. Noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 5; noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 6. 888-887-7811.
Fall Foliage Train Excursion, a round trip from Scranton to the Pocono town of Moscow with a stopover at its restored 1904 train station. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Oct. 5, 13, 19, 26 and 27 with a 12:30 p.m. departure and approximate return at 2:30 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. 340-5205.
Fall Foliage Train Excursion, a round trip from Scranton to Gouldsboro. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Oct. 6 with an 11 a.m. departure and approximate return at 2 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. 340-5205.
Berwick Riverfest, with APBA Boat Racing, Car Cruise-In, antique and classic boats, Berwick Brewing Beer Tent, craft and food vendors, Battle of the Bands, games, rides, Saturday fireworks and music by the Tommy Guns Band. Test Track Riverfront Park, 50 S. Eaton St., Berwick. Noon to 7 p.m. Oct. 11; 10 a.m. to dusk Oct. 12; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 13. Free. 752-2723.
Car Cruise, to benefit cerebral-palsy victim Cody White. With trophies, raffles, music and food. Austie’s Family Restaurant, 2333 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre. 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 12. 824-7015.
AACA Car Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional AACA Car Club. Anything with wheels is welcome to participate. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Oct. 25, 6 to 10 with awards at 9. Free.