THIS WEEK: Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, 2013
Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair, with amusement rides, agricultural exhibits, demolition derby, horse shows, Tuff Truck Competition, archery shoot, horseshoe pitching contest, Baby Show and lawnmower pulls. Fairgrounds, Route 6, Meshoppen. 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. today through Monday. $10. 836-5502 or 833-4866.
Sullivan County Fair, the 162nd edition of the agricultural event with tractor pulls, amusement rides, horse pull, Redeye Rodeo, demolition derby, truck pull and entertainment by the Greenwood Valley Boys, Hillbilly D’Lux and Heart and Soul. Sullivan County Fairgrounds, 4430 Route 154, Forksville. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday. $6. 924-3205.
Great Allentown Fair, the 161st edition with Powers Great American Midway, international cuisine, grandstand concerts, stunt and thrill shows, the Farmerama Theater, Bier Garten, Agri-Plex & Agri-Land, Animals That Built America, Wolves of the World, Great American Frontier Show, Paul Bunyon Lumberjack Show, Robinson’s Paddling Porkers and more. Fairgrounds, 302 N. 17th St., Allentown. Noon to 11 p.m. today through Sunday; noon to 10 p.m. Monday. $6. 610-433-7541.
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Family Fitness Weekend, the 4th annual event with two days of movement and exercise. Begins with tonight’s Race Expo (5 to 9) with food, music, arts and crafts for kids, bounce house and fun games along with Harrold’s Pharmacy Walk for Adoption (6:30), the Friday Night 5K Run (6:15) and the River Street Mile (7). Saturday offers a half-marathon and 10K run (both at 8 a.m.), the 15-mile Colours Ride for Home (10:30 a.m.), a CrossFit Kids class, gymnastics, free pancake breakfast, Zumba, yoga and a float on the Susquehanna River. Northampton Street Portal, River Common, Wilkes-Barre. Details at wilkesbarreracing.com.
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. Tonight, 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. Tonight with crafts and activities at 7 and movie at 8:15. Popcorn and drinks provided. Bring a blanket or chair. 407-0173.
Steamtown Railfest, a celebration of railroading with visiting steam and diesel locomotives and passenger cars, exhibits, shop demonstrations, train rides and excursions, live music, Confederation of Union Generals program, Civil War encampment (at the Iron Furnaces), caboose and hand-car rides, model railroads and “Big Boy” cab tours. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 340-5200 or nps.gov/stea.
Car and Bike Show. Exeter Borough Hose Company #1, 1405 Susquehanna Ave. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. 602-0739.
Exercise for Eric, a fundraiser to defray medical costs for West Pittston teenager Eric Speicher. With zumba, hip hop, pilates and yoga along with raffles, bake sale, refreshments and face painting. Immaculate Conception Church, 605 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. 823-7542.
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. Saturday and Sunday. $10. 421-7231.
La Festa Italiana, the annual end-of-summer festival with food and craft vendors, continuous entertainment, games and rides for the kids, cannoli-eating contest and Sunday night fireworks. Entertainers include Dean Martin tribute artist Andy DiMino, Italian tenor Christopher Macchio, the Paci Band, a Frank Sinatra Tribute with Chris DiMattio and the Brass & Ivory Orchestra. Also: an Italian Mass 10 a.m. Sunday at St. Peter’s Cathedral. Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. Free admission. Info at lafestaitaliana.org.
Stroudfest, the annual street festival with two stages of entertainment, artisans and crafters, food vendors, face painting and more. Along Main Street in downtown Stroudsburg. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. 420-2808 or stroudfest.com.
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. Saturday and Sunday with a 12:30 p.m. departure and approximate return at 2:30 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. 340-5205.
St. Martha’s Festival, with ethnic foods, sidewalk dessert cafe, flea market, basket raffle, children’s games, chicken and ham dinners (Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.) 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. Saturday; noon to 11 p.m. Sunday. 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. Saturday; 12:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. 542-4157.
Benefit Ride and Family Picnic, the 13th annual motorcycle ride followed by a picnic with 12 bands on two stages, magic show, raffles, food, bike games, vendors, children’s games and fireworks by Pizza Paul. Holy Child Grove, 135 Old Newport St., Sheatown. Sunday with registration and breakfast at 8 a.m. and ride at 11 a.m. $15; $10 passengers; $5 picnic only. Proceeds benefit seriously ill children in conjunction with Valley with a Heart. 735-5333 or 675-1504.
Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show, the sixth annual event with music, flea market, trophies and cash prizes. Hunlock Creek Volunteer Fire Company, Sunset Lake Road. Sunday with registration 9 a.m. to noon, judging 12:30 to 2 p.m. and awards presentation at 3 p.m. $3 admission; $10 per registered vehicle. 256-7616.
Monthly Bingo, with cash prizes, door 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. 829-1154.
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. Sunday and Monday; continues Sundays through Sept. 29. $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.
Labor Day Festival, the inaugural event to raise funds for the non-profit Keystone Wounded Warrior Project. Monday with a Home Run Derby at 7:30 a.m. followed by activities 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. including costumed dramas about the area’s labor history by the Eckley and Patchtown Players, music by John Smith, Jim Spock, rock band Deva Loca, rappers Rahboo and R&B artist David Young, magic with Pat Ward, karate demonstration, book signing, displays, vendors and festival foods. Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. 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. Wednesday at 1 p.m. ($4) and 7:30 p.m. ($6). 826-1100.
Luzerne County Fair, the 51st annual agricultural event with amusement rides, Kiddie Land, the high-flying Dialed Action Sports Team, 4-H Fun Horse Show, Fair Princess Contest, line dancing, Barnyard Olympics, Tractor Obstacle Rodeo, Fireworks Finale and entertainment by the Tommy Guns Band and the Kentucky Headhunters (Wednesday), the Poets (Thursday), That 90’s Band and the Badlees (Friday), Shawn Klush and the Sweet Inspirations in an Elvis tribute (Saturday), Keystone Kids and Rick K and the All Nighters (Sunday). Luzerne County Fairgrounds, Route 118, Dallas. 4 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Continues 4 to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 6; 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 7; 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 8. $8. 675-3247.
Felittese Festival, with Italian ethnic foods and pastries, the 5K Race for Our Lady of Constantinople (9 a.m. Sunday) and entertainment by Fuzzy Park (Friday), Chixy-Dix (Saturday) and Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots (Sunday). Fairgrounds, 145 Third St., Old Forge. 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7; noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 8. 489-0178.
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.
Hazleton Funfest, a free street festival with activities for all ages including the Celebrity Adult Tricycle Race, Latin Music Celebration, car show, cooking and baking contests, the Funfest Parade, pierogie-eating contest and Pierogie Slapshot Challenge, senior activities, food vendors, Teen Street Party, Run for the Gold and more. Broad Street and other venues in downtown Hazleton. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 7 and 8. 455-1509 or hazletonchamber.org.
Bonsai Society Open House, the 23rd annual event with a large bonsai display, demonstrations, bonsai sale, Shakuhachi flute music by Jamie Orfanella and contests. Midway Garden Center, 1865 Route 315, Pittston. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 7. 654-6194.
Bears in Your Backyard, a talk on why black bear sightings are increasing in the area and what to do when you encounter them. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. Sept. 7. Free. 996-1500.
Farm to Table Dinner, a fundraiser for the Green Guides. With cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner made from local foods by chef Pat Greenfield, entertainment by the Coal Town Rounders, auctions and visits with the farm animals. The Cedars and Hillside Cottage, The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 7. $100. 888-887-7811.
Teresa’s Angels Ball, the second annual fundraiser with cash bar, dinner and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. $20. 842-8293.
Nicholson Bridge Day, the 98th anniversary of the Tunkhannock Viaduct landmark with live animal presentations by the Ross Park Zoo, music, vendors, entertainment, model-railroad display, Lenoxville Community Band, children’s games and a chicken barbecue. Main Street, Nicholson. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8. 942-6747.
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.
The Science and Craft of Sustainable Agriculture, a talk by Justin Naylor of the Old Tioga Organic Farm in Stillwater on soil properties, the craft of farming and more. Buckingham Performing Arts Center, 201 N. Sprague Ave., Kingston. 7 p.m. Sept. 10. Free.
The Lattimer Massacre, a re-creation of an old-time radio broadcast about one of the bloodiest labor strikes in U.S. history dramatized by historian William Bachman. Columns Museum, 608 Broad St., Milford. Sept. 13 with a traditional Polish meal served at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program. $40. Reservations: 296-8126.
Walk for Life, the third annual event sponsored by CareNet of Scranton. With live music, games and activities for children including face painting, balloon animals, sidewalk chalk and a bounce house. Courthouse Square, North Washington Avenue and Linden Street, Scranton. Sept. 14 with registration at 9 a.m. and walk at 10 a.m. 840-5526.
Community Fall Fun Festival, with fall foods, guest mascots, music and games including pumpkin ring toss, hay crawl, duck pond and witch pitch. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 231 State St., Nanticoke. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14. 735-8531.
Luzerne Fall Pumpkin Festival, the annual street fair with arts and crafts, food vendors, antiques and more. Main Street, Luzerne. Noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 14. 288-4511.
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.
Dallas Harvest Festival, the 11th annual street fair with a farmers market, Kids Corner, vendors, fire-truck rides, music, dance, talent contest, chili cook-off, mini-auction, petting zoo and performances by Take the Stage Players. Main Street, Dallas. Noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 15. Info at dallasharvestfestival.com.
Pocono Cupcake Challenge, the second annual event with more than 100 varieties of cupcakes along with cupcake decorating, cupcake-eating contests, lawn games, hayrides and beer tastings. Grand Lawn, Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, 100 Shawnee on Delaware Lodge, off River Road, Shawnee on Delaware. Noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 15. Free. 424-4000.
Going to the Dogs! A gala cocktail fundraiser for the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. Patsel’s Restaurant, Routes 6 and 11, Glenburn. 5 p.m. Sept. 15. $100. Reservations: 563-2000.
Essential Documents, a talk by attorney Stacey Acri about documents necessary to protect your family including wills, health care directives and power of attorney. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18. 474-9313.
Diversity Film Festival, free screenings of “Made in L.A.” (Sept. 18), “Eyes on the Prize — No Easy Walk” (Sept. 25) and “Glory” (Oct. 2). Burke Auditorium, William G. McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. All films shown at 7 p.m. 208-8021.
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.
Bloomsburg Fair, the annual agricultural event with more than 1400 animals, amusement rides, carnival midway, Big Cat Encounter, Sky Ride, helicopter rides, concerts, monster truck show, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derby, harness racing, fireworks, Cinderella carriage rides and more. Fairgrounds, 620 W. Third St., Bloomsburg. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 21 to 28. 387-4145 or bloomsburgfair.com.
Harvest Festival, the third annual event with animal presenters, arts and crafts, hands-on activities, conservation exhibits, live music, local food, old-time activities and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21. $5 per carload. 828-2319.
PRCA Rodeo and Chili Cook-Off, professional competition in PRCA-sanctioned events including saddle and bareback bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, cowgirls barrel racing and bull dogging along with country music, line dancing, craft and food vendors and the 5th annual Chili Cook-Off. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 61-64 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 and 22 with rodeo at 2 p.m. $15 advance; $18 at the gate. 421-7231.
Cancer Survivors Celebration, the 21st annual event with inspirational messages, a survivors banner and light refreshments. At both Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre (noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 21) and McDade Park in Scranton (10 a.m. to noon Sept. 28). 800-424-6724 or cancernepa.org.
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 music by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. Sept. 22. 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
Five Great Films, Five Great Genres, a film-and-discussion series exploring “Airplane!” “On Golden Pond,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and “High Noon.” Sponsored by Penn State Wilkes-Barre at Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre. Thursdays at 7 p.m. from Sept. 26 to Oct. 24. Registration information at wb.psu.edu/ce or 675-9253.
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.
Fall Intertribal Pow Wow, the ninth annual Gathering of All Nations with dancing, drumming, storytelling, children’s dances, Native American food and crafts and entry of all dignitaries in full regalia. Noxen Fire Company, 3493 Stull Road, Noxen. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 18 and 29. 947-2097.
Searching My Maternal Irish Roots: Finding the Needles in the Haystack, a talk by Joe Grandinetti on his family-tree research. Sponsored by the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. Room 104, William G. McGowan Building, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Sept. 24. Free and open to the public. 610-298-8417.
Gravestone Manor, the annual theatrical haunted house fundraiser with an all-new production “Nightfall.” Trion Warehouse, 1095 Route 315, Plains Township. Sept. 27 to Oct. 27: 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays. $10. Proceeds benefit the United Way. 821-6500 or gravestonemanor.org.
Cancertacular Golden Ball, a “royal event” to celebrate the organization’s fifth anniversary with dinner, dancing, music by Brewster’s Sound Sensations, silent auctions, magic and a custom cake from Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken. The Regal Room, 216 Lackawanna Ave., Olyphant. 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 28. $75; $45 children. 466-0658.
The English Teacher, the local premiere of the Hollywood movie co-written by Wilkes-Barre native Dan Chariton and his wife, Stacy. The film is set in Northeastern Pennsylvania and sprinkled with area references from Franklin Street to Kirby Park. Followed by a question-and-answer session with the writers. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28. $10 benefits the Kirby Center. 826-1100.
Flaming Foliage Festival, the annual juried craft show and sale sponsored by the Craftsmen of the Endless Mountains. With a quilt show, book sale, pony rides, hayrides, alpacas, live music, demonstrations and food vendors. Sullivan County Fairgrounds, 4430 Route 154, Forksville. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6. 637-0897.
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 beginning at 9 a.m. $35. 262-9644.
Airing of the Quilts, the 12th annual outdoor quilt show with quilts hanging from buildings, homes, storefronts and porches throughout downtown Tunkhannock. With a lecture on “19th-Century Applique: An American Tradition” 11 a.m. at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St. and indoor quilt exhibits at the Father Nallin Parish Center, the Wyoming County Courthouse and the Tunkhannock Area Middle School. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5. 836-7575.
Fall Foliage Weekends, with food and craft vendors, live music at four venues and seasonal specials at restaurants and shops. Downtown Jim Thorpe. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 5 to 20. Schedule at jimthorpe.org.
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.
Bingo and Card Party, with cash prizes and door prizes, refreshments and raffles. Sponsored by the Ladies of Charity at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 143 W. Division St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Oct. 6. $2. 868-3959.
Northeast Pennsylvania, Lincoln, and the Civil War, the 22nd annual History of Northeastern Pennsylvania all-day session of lectures, films and discussions. Speakers include historians William Kashatus, Randall Miller, Mark Kahn and Martha Pezzino along with the film “Walking into the Light at Gettysburg.” Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Oct. 11 with morning session 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by a luncheon buffet ($10) and the afternoon session from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. 740-0508.
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.
Sullivan County Fall Festival, with the Mid-Atlantic National Chainsaw Carving Competition, lumberjack demonstrations of chopping, ax throwing, logrolling and crosscut sawing, juried art expo, artisans and demonstrations, quilt show, children’s activities, food and craft vendors. Sullivan County Fairgrounds, 4430 Route 154, Forksville. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13. 482-4088 or sullivanpachamber.com.
Pumpkin Festival, with a craft fair, homemade ice cream and apple dumplings, free hayrides, door prizes, entertainment and a pick-a-pumpkin-patch. Ol’ Country Barn, 9 S. Comstock Road, Benton. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13. 925-0301.
Harvest & Wine Festival, with more than a dozen Pennsylvania wineries, harvest-themed foods, entertainment by amRadio and Third Degree and artisans offering locally produced items. Lazybrook Park, Route 6, Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12. $20 advance; $30 at the gate. Sponsored by the Tunkhannock Rotary Club. 836-1247.
Autumn Timber Festival, with Timber Team Lumberjack Shows, the Marvelous Mutts canine show, chairlift rides, bluegrass music, chainsaw sculpture, Pocono Wildlife Rehab Show, food and craft vendors, the Time Travelling Medicine Magic Show, stiltwalkers, jugglers, pig races and more. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 61-64 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13. $12 advance, $15 at the gate. 421-7231.
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.
Benefit Dance, the fifth annual fundraiser for Blue Chip Animal Refuge with a catered buffet, Chinese auction, raffles, door prizes and music by the Sperazza Band. BYOB. Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Company, 152 Watson St. 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 12. $25. 333-5265.
Ghost Hunters Live! A spooky evening with Jason Hawes and Steve Gonsalves, stars of the Syfy Channel’s paranormal reality series. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23. $60 (limited meet and greet), $35, $25. 826-1100.
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.
Pit Bull Awareness Day, with vendors, demos, adoptable pets, games, carnival food, DJ music, contests, pet photos and more. Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. Noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 26. 856-2436.
Cesar Millan, the best-selling author and star of the hit TV show “Dog Whisperer” and the new series “Leader of the Pack.” F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. March 15. $85 (VIP Meet and Greet), $54, $39. 826-1100.