THIS WEEK: Sept. 6 to 12, 2013
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 That 90’s Band and the Badlees (tonight), 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 11:30 tonight; 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. $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 (tonight), Chixy-Dix (Saturday) and Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots (Sunday). Fairgrounds, 145 Third St., Old Forge. 5 to 10 tonight and Saturday; noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. 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 tonight. 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. Saturday and Sunday. 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. Saturday. 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. Saturday. 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. Saturday. $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. Saturday at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. $20. 842-8293.
Rallyin’ 4 Ralph, a fundraiser for pancreatic cancer victim Ralph Confletti, a West Wyoming council member. With live music, games, prizes, food and beverages. West Wyoming Hose Co. #1, 926 Shoemaker Ave. 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday. $10. 407-0173.
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. Sunday. 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. 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. 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.
Wine Tasting Fundraiser, with hors d’oeuvres and tastings from Bartolai Winery. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. $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. Tuesday. Free.
Hispanic Film Festival, free screenings of “Made in L.A.” (Wednesday), “Eyes on the Prize — No Easy Walk” (Sept. 18) and “Glory” (Sept. 25). 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. At Wednesday’s screening, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Jose Galvez will discuss his career and the influence of his Hispanic heritage on his work. 208-8021.
Civil War Round Table, with historian William Kasharus speaking on “A Trial of Principle and Faith: Lincoln, the Quakers and Civil War.” Daddow-Isaacs American Legion, 730 Memorial Highway, Dallas. 7 p.m. Thursday. $3. 675-8936.
Steamtown’s Railfest 2013, a presentation by photographer Edward J. Kaspriske. Presented by the Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Railway Historical Society. Meeting Room of the Iron Skillet Restaurant, Petro Plaza, Avoca. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. 822-0693.
Conference for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, the 7th annual event with the theme “They’re Here … Now What? Navigating Your New Way of Life.” With keynote speaker Family Court Judge Jennifer Rogers, an “Ask the Lawyer” workshop, social-service agencies and remarks by Rabbi Larry Kaplan. Woodlands Inn and Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Township. 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 13. Free for grandparents; $35 for professionals. Reservations: 800-252-1512.
Drink to Pink, a benefit for the American Cancer Societiy’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. With drinks, raffle baskets, 50/50 raffles and entertainment by Jackson Vee. Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 13. $10.
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.
End-of-Summer Celebration, with drink and food specials and classic folk-rock by Chuck Paul. Knights of Columbus, 55 S. Main St., Pittston. 9 p.m. to midnight Sept. 13. 655-8311.
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.
Pittston Library Festival, with a book sale, arts and crafts, food, bake sale, potato-chip-tasting booth, tag sale, entertainment by All Hands On, face painting and Mother Goose passing out prizes. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14. 654-9565.
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.
Airport Day, a fly-in fundraiser for Fallen Officers Remembered. With scenic flights, K-9 demonstration, vendors, moon bounce, World War II plane rides, food and desserts, Ident-a-Child, static displays, entertainment and more. Valley Aviation, 2001 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14. 690-6003.
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.
Good Shepherd Fall Festival, with homemade ethnic and American foods, holiday stands, basket auction and DJ music. Good Shepherd Polish National Catholic Church, 269 E. Main St., Plymouth. Noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 14. 690-5411.
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.
Charity Train Ride, on the historic Reading and Northern Company line from Duryea to Jim Thorpe. Sept. 15 with a 9 a.m. departure and a 6:45 p.m. return with time to explore Jim Thorpe during the afternoon. $65 benefits the Pittston Memorial Library, Greater Pittston YMCA and the Care and Concern Free Health Clinic. 430-4244.
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.
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.
ColorFall Fest. Play in a ColorFIGHT game (for age 4 and under), a ColorCOURSE obstacle course (age 5 to adult) or Frisbee golf (for all ages). Bring goggles and wear old clothing (which may get stained). Shadowbrook Inn, 201 Resort Lane, Tunkhannock. 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 22. $10 benefits the Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger. 800-322-5437.
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.
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.
Community Sukkot Celebration, with festival foods, jungle bounce house, face painting, music, arts and crafts, games and magic show. Hamilton Park, Kingston. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Free. Sponsored by the Jewish Community Center. 970-2480.
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.
Kite Festival, with a kite-flying demonstration by the Pocono Kite Symphony, DJ music, face painting, bounce house, food stands and building and flying your own kite. For all ages. St. Martin in the Fields, 3000 Church Road, Mountain Top. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28. 868-6895.
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.
Tailgate for Amy, a fundraiser for medical costs of Amy Simmons Kizis, a Kiwanis member. With a buffet, games, prizes, music and football on the big screen. West Wyoming Hose Company #1, 926 Shoemaker Ave. 2 to 9 p.m. Sept. 29. $20. 407-0173.
Fall for the Osterhout Gala, the annual fundraiser for the Osterhout Free Library with dinner, open bar, live auction, New England trip raffle, special guest author Catherine Gourley and music by the Deja Groove Party Band. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 4. $135. Reservations (by Sept. 28): 823-0156.
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, the 33rd annual event with the Mid-Atlantic National Chainsaw Carving Competition, lumberjack demonstrations of chopping, ax throwing, logrolling and crosscut sawing, juried art expo, juried artisans and demonstrations, quilt show, children’s activities, food and craft vendors and music by Country Express (Saturday) and Covert Action (Sunday). 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.
Card Party, with lunch, prizes and card games including Pokeno. Irem Country Club, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. Noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 17. $12. 675-1652.
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.