THIS WEEK: Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, 2013
Bloomsburg Fair, the annual agricultural event with more than 1400 animals, amusement rides, carnival midway, Big Cat Encounter, Sky Ride, helicopter rides, concerts with Austin Mahone and Justin Moore, 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. today and Saturday. 387-4145 or bloomsburgfair.com.
Fall Film Festival, the 11th annual movie fest showing 19 films in 14 days. Through Thursday with a Post-Festival Film Discussion 1 p.m. Oct. 4. Films include “The Way Way Back,” “Blue Jasmine,” “20 Feet from Stardom,” “Still Mine,” “Stories We Tell,” “Unfinished Song,” “Before Midnight,” “Museum Hours,” “The Hunt,” “Hannah Arendt,” “Austenland,” “Renoir,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “The Attack,” “Fruitvale Station,” “A Hyjacking,” “Blackfish,” “The English Teacher” and “Fill the Void.” 996-1500 or dietrichtheater.com.
Egypt Before the Pyramids, the second in an 11-part series titled “Uncovering Secrets from the Sands of Ancient Egypt” with Stephen Phillips of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Plymouth Public Library, 107 W. Main St., Plymouth. 2 p.m. today. Free. 779-4775.
Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival, the 26th annual celebration of Celtic culture with a Pipe Band Competition, the U.S. National Highland Athletic Championships, the “Showing of the Tartan” Parade, whiskey tasting, fiddle contest, Celtic Marketplace, Kids Crafts Tent, border collies, Haggis Bowl and entertainment by the Kilmaine Saints, Glengarry Bhoys, Dublin 5, Burning Bridget Cleary, Blackwater, Barleyjuice, Seamus Kennedy, Slainte, Poor Angus, Emish, Runa and more. Historic Area of downtown Bethlehem. 5 to 11 tonight, 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Free. Schedule at celticfest.org.
AACA Car Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional AACA Car Club. Anything with wheels is welcome to participate. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Tonight, 6 to 10 with awards at 9. Free.
Black, White and a Touch of Pink Gala, a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Northeast Pennsylvania. With cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dance music by What’s All the Hoopla. Woodlands Inn and Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Township. 6 to 9 tonight. $75. Tickets: 820-1670.
Horror Hall, a walk-through haunted house with 20 hair-raising minutes of chills and thrills. Plymouth Township Fire and Rescue Tilbury Station, 11 E. Poplar St., West Nanticoke. Through Oct. 27: 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays; 6 to 10 p.m. Sundays. $12.50. Info at horrorhall.com.
Gravestone Manor, the annual theatrical haunted house fundraiser with an all-new production “Nightfall.” Trion Warehouse, 1095 Route 315, Plains Township. Through 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.
Ghost Walks in Old Mauch Chunk, a lantern-lighted, one-mile walk around Jim Thorpe to hear stories of ghoulish encounters by a costumed guide. Meet at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, 24 Broadway. Through Oct. 27: Fridays through Sundays beginning at 7 p.m. Reservations recommended. $10. 325-2346.
Apple Festival, with apple pie and dumplings, flea market, silent auction, book and bake sale and a variety of foods. First United Methodist Church, 408 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 655-1083.
SAFE Autism Walk and Resource Fair, with food, raffle baskets, music, bounce house, face painting, merchandise and more. Hazleton Area High School Track, 1515 W. 23rd St. Saturday with registration at 9 a.m., walk at 10 a.m. and fair until 12:30 p.m. 822-7259.
Zen Meditation Training, all-day instruction for the beginner including zazen meditation, Zen practice form and style, keisaku stick, outdoor walking Zen, chanting, Dharma talk, formal vegetarian lunch and tea. Endless Mountain Zendo, 104 Hollow Road, Stillwater. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Donation plus $10 for lunch. Registration: 925-5077.
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. Saturday and Sunday. 947-2097.
International Model A Ford Day, a collection of 30 locally owned Model A Fords on display, sponsored by the Steamtown A’s. Gateway Ford, 156 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 333-4011.
Pet Activity Day, with a rabies clinic, pet photos with Dracula, a yard sale, Dog Scouts demonstrations, basic obedience for dogs, K9 police dogs and various pet-rescue organizations. Village Pet Supplies, 2301 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 735-5905.
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. Saturday. 868-6895.
Knit and Crochet Group for all ages. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Light refreshments. 823-0156.
Back Mountain Wine Festival, with samplings from Pennsylvania wineries, food stands, handcrafted items, apparel and jewelry along with live entertainment by High Falls Duo and The Look. Konefal’s Grove, Chase Road, Shavertown. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. $20 advance; $30 at the gate; $5 designated drivers. 836-5253.
Fork & Cork Festival, the 7th annual premier food and wine tasting event, co-sponsored by igourmet.com. With sampling of gourmet foods, wine, beer and spirits in a street-fair ambiance throughout Mount Airy Casino Resort, 312 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. Saturday with Grand Tasting event 2 to 6 p.m. ($10) and hot-air balloon rides 4 to 7 p.m. ($15). 877-682-4791.
Lanterns of Hope Launch, a fundraiser for the Hope Center with food, bake sale, basket raffle, live music and release of lighted lanterns at dusk. Beach Club at Sandy Beach, Harveys Lake. 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday. $5 per lantern. 362-4576.
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. Saturday. $75; $45 children. 466-0658.
Arcadia Chorale Annual Pasta Dinner, with singing servers delivering madrigals along with a spaghetti dinner. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison St., Scranton. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $8, $4 children. 871-0350.
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. Saturday. $10 benefits the Kirby Center. 826-1100.
Zen Meditation Gathering, with beginner’s instruction, chanting, walking Zen, Dharma talk and tea. Endless Mountain Zendo, 104 Hollow Road, Stillwater. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday. 925-5077.
Bike Run and Car Cruise, a benefit to raise funds to cover medical costs for the Riccuitti Family. Evans Roadhouse, Route 309, Drums. Sunday with registration 10 to 11 a.m. followed by the ride and post-ride party with food and entertainment at 2 p.m. $15 riders; $5 passengers; $10 party only. 956-4673.
Car Show, with vendors, trophies, basket raffles and a 50/50 drawing. Sponsored by the Dallas Knights of Columbus at Back Mountain Bowl, 120C Memorial Highway, Dallas. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. 237-0575.
Archaeological Open House at the Conrail archaeological dig where former dwellings once stood. Explore the site and participate in some excavating, if desired. Sponsored by the Frances Dorrance Chapter of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology. The dig is on a dirt road off Coxton Road, Duryea. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. 842-2708.
Colonial Harvest Festival, with black-powder firearms demonstrations, colonial herbs, wheat weaving, ink-making, basket weaving, Colonial crafts for kids, wooden musical instruments, period clothing, Colonial gunmaking, textile spinning, food, cider and desserts. Free pumpkins for children under age 12. Nathan Denison House, 35 Denison St., Forty Fort. 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. $5, $3 children. 288-5531.
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. $2, $1 children. 287-5214.
Vendor Bingo, including gifts by Vera Bradley, Longaberger Baskets, Pampered Chef, Thirty One Gifts, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Avon, Lia Sophia, Partylite Candles and more. St. Jude School, 422 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. Sunday with doors at 1 p.m. and games at 2 p.m. $25. 474-5803.
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. Sunday. $20. 407-0173.
Suzuki School for Strings Open House, with games, refreshments and musical performances. Cross Valley Centre, 667 N. River St., Plains Township. 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. 208-9191.
Celebration of Food, a benefit for the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen with gourmet courses from regional eateries, a silent auction and entertainment by the Diamond City Trio. Woodlands Inn and Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Township. 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. $30. Tickets at celebrationoffood.org.
Sunday Vesper Service with Rabbi Larry Kaplan at the historic Forty Fort Meeting House, 20 River St. 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 287-5214.
Remember the Hotel Sterling, a special dinner with foods inspired by menus from the Hotel Sterling along with photographs and memorabilia from its golden years. Stegmaier Mansion, 304 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Sunday. $63. Reservations: 947-5785.
The Titanic and Its Pennsylvania Passengers, stories of fate, heroic rescues and personal tragedies with historian William Lewis, area resident Mae Thomas and veteran newsman David DeCosmo. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. Monday. Free. 654-9847.
Introduction to Zen Meditation, a description of Zen followed by a practice session. Mercy Center, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Donation. Registration: 675-1872.
Make Your Own Pasta, preparing homemade pasta dough with Art Valli and Mary Agolino followed by a pasta dinner. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. $20. Registration: 654-9847.
Diversity Film Festival, a free screening of “Glory,” about the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first formal unit of the U.S. Army made up entirely of African Americans to fight in the Civil War. Burke Auditorium, William G. McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Wednesday. 208-8021.
Covered Bridge & Arts Festival, with 350 craft vendors, more than 35 food booths, selective Knoebel’s amusement rides, live music, the Knoebel’s Lumber 5K Race (Saturday), antique and classic cars (Sunday), covered-bridge bus tour, Agritourism Fair and a Fun Auction (Saturday). Knoebel’s Amusement Resort, Route 487, Elysburg. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Oct. 5; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6. 784-8279.
Greek Food Festival, with eat-in or take-out foods including baklava, pastitsio, gyros, spanakopita, souvlaki and more. Annunciation Greek Catholic Church, 32 E. Ross St., Wilkes-Barre. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Oct. 5. Free local delivery within two miles for purchases over $30. 823-4805.
An Empty Place at the Table, the annual event to raise awareness of domestic violence with keynote speaker Cecilia Galante, author of “Hershey Herself,” about her brief stay at a battered-women’s shelter in Long Island. Rotunda of the Luzerne County Courthouse, 200 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Noon Thursday. 800-424-5600.
Let’s Be Frank About Francis: A Wine & Spirit gathering sponsored by St. Andre Bessette Parish in Wilkes-Barre. With speaker/facilitator the Rev. I. Michael Bellafiore of the University of Scranton leading a group discussion about the papacy of Pope Francis so far. Uptown II, Courthouse Square Towers, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Thursday. $5 admission includes appetizers. Drinks at individual expense. 823-4988 for reservations.
Feast of Saint Francis Lecture, with David Andrews of the Food and Water Watch speaking on “Catholic Social Teaching and Energy Policy: Fracking, Tar Sands, Climate Justice.” Burke Auditorium, William G. McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Thursday. 208-5900.
Octoberfest, with live music, vendors of produce, pumpkins, desserts and more along with tours of the Masonic Village. Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgway Drive, Dallas. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 4. 675-1866.
Big Band Dinner Dance, with music by King Henry and the Showmen. Sponsored by the Big Band Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Genetti Hotel and Convention Center, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. Oct. 4 with doors at 5:45 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. $30. 586-5359 or 654-6454.
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.
WACtoberfest, sponsored by the Wyoming Area Catholic Parent Volunteer Organization with live music, food, beer tasting, tours of the brewery and a silent auction. Susquehanna Brewing Company, 635 S. Main St., Pittston. 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4. $30. 654-7982.
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.
The Endless Mountains Rendezvous, with displays and demonstrations of antique firearms including guns, knives, powder horns and tools of the Colonial Era along with Indian artifacts. American Legion, Black Walnut River Road 1, Laceyville. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6. $3. Proceeds benefit The Oldest House in Laceyville. 499-6758.
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.
Hawley Harvest Hoedown, a fall street festival with children’s games, arts and crafts vendors, food live music, farmers market, hayrides and family fun. Downtown Hawley. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5. 226-4064.
19th-Century Appliqued Quilts: An American Tradition, an illustrated talk on these family heirlooms in conjunction with the annual “Airing of the Quilts” festival. Also: An exhibit of “Civil War Era Quilting” and a sale of hand-painted pumpkins, scarecrows and desserts. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lecture at 11 a.m. Oct. 5. $5. 996-1500.
Tailgate Get Together, a day of food and football with a picnic menu, beer on tap and games including horseshoes, beanbag contest and table pong. Sponsored by the Dallas Lions Club at the Checkerboard Inn Pavilion, 385 Carverton Road, Trucksville. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5. $30. 675-4360.
Hillside Fall Festival, with tractor hayrides, pony rides, games for the kids, antique automobiles, vendors, barn tours, fall foods and music by Audio Affair and Will Williams. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. Noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6. 696-4500.
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 3 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. 340-5205.
New England Contra Dance, with music by the duo Unbowed and calling by Bob Isaacs. Church of Christ Uniting, 776 Market St., Kingston. 7 p.m. Oct. 5. No partner or previous experience necessary. $9. 333-4007.
Fall Foliage Train Excursion, a round trip from Scranton to Gouldsboro with a brief stop at the Tobyhanna Train Station. 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.
Monthly Bingo, with cash prizes and door prizes. Sponsored by St. Faustina Kowalska Parish at St. Mary’s School, 1010 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. Oct. 6 with doors at 12:30 p.m. and games at 1:45 p.m. 829-1154.
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.
Taste the Local Harvest, a casual event with foods from eight local farms prepared by Chef Michael of the Huntsville Golf Club, locally produced brews, televised football games and music by the Coal Town Rounders. Sponsored by the North Branch Land Trust at the Huntsville Golf Club, 1334 Market St., Dallas. 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 6. $50. Reservations: 696-5545.
Extremely Mental, exploring the mysteries of the mind with mentalist Mark Piazza, who employs comedy, psychological skills and audience involvement. Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7. Reservations: 287-2013.
Beginner Crochet Class, a three-week course to learn various stitches and make a scarf. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, 15 and 22. $20. Hooks and yarn available for the first class. Registration: 654-9847.
Classic Movie Series, a screening of “The King and I” (1956) with Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. Oct. 9. $5. 996-1500.
Cigar and Scotch Pairing, sampling the smoky essence of Laphroaig and the floral spirit of Glenmorangie along with cigars that bring out the flavors of both. Sponsored by the West Pittston Library at El Humidor, 1116 Route 315, Plains Township. 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 9. Registration: 654-9847.
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.
Haunted Lantern Tours, a one-mile walking tour of the historic mining village with scary skits along the way. Eckley Miners Village, Highland Road, off Route 940. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 to 27. $10, $5 children. 636-2070.
Fall Foliage Trip to Grey Towers, a bus trip from Tunkhannock to Milford for a visit to the historic Gifford Pinchot Estate along with stops at Dingmans Falls, Milford and the McDade Trail. Leaves from the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock 8 a.m. Oct. 12 with a return at 6 p.m. $100 includes a box lunch. Reservations: 996-1500.
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.
Fall Foliage Train Excursion, a round-trip from Scranton to East Stroudsburg with a stopover at the Tobyhanna Train Station. Included: a program by Scranton’s Delaney-Delacy Guard, Confederation of Union Generals who will be attired in Civil War dress. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Oct. 12 with an 10 a.m. departure and a 4:30 p.m. return. $54, $49 seniors, $32 children. 340-5200
Business and Charity Expo, the first annual event sponsored by the NEPA Business Alliance Group. With 40 exhibitors, speakers, workshops and seminars to promote local businesses and charities. Viewmont Mall, Dickson City. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 12; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 13. 499-2372.
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.
Heritage Day and Fall Festival, with the 24th Connecticut Militia Regiment, weaving and spinning, blacksmithing, the Pennsylvania Artifact Society, maple-sugaring demonstration, animal taxidermy, log cutting, quilting, Native American display, crafts for kids, music, live animals and butterflies, honeybees, drumming, face painting, butter making and more. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. Noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 13. 696-9105.
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.
Create It! Learn to make a fall paper floral arrangement with Bridget Giunta Husted, owner of Knot Just Any Day Photography & Design. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17. $10. Bring scissors. Registration: 654-9847.
Swoyersville Little League Night Out, with food, beverages and music. Susquehanna Brewing Company, 635 S. Main St., Pittston. 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18. Age 21 and older. $25.
Haunted Woods, a spooky walk through the woods along with hay-wagon rides to benefit the Last Knight Senior Lock-in. Lake Lehman High School, Old Route 115, Lehman Township. 6:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18-19 and 25-26. $5 woods, $3 hayride. 239-0737.
Heller’s Orchard Fall Apple Festival, the 25th annual event with horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin painting, corn husking bee, sauerkraut stomping, wheat weaving, butter churning, competitions in crosscut saw and corn shucking, costume parade with prizes, feed-bag races, Ladies Frying Pan Toss, Springboard Exhibition, entertainment by the Susque Country Square Dancers, the Mud Pond Boys, Covered Bridge Cloggers and the Classics along with plenty of apple-inspired desserts and other foods. Heller’s Orchard, Route 239, Wapwallopen. Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Oct. 20 with an outdoor church service at 9:30 a.m. and festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 379-3516.
Local History and Genealogy Workshop, learning about online and library sources of local history and genealogy with Mary Portelli and Sandra Panzitta of the West Pittston Historical Society. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 1:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Free. Registration: 654-9847.
Pittston Oktoberfest, sponsored by the Pittston Kiwanis. With drinks, ethnic and American foods, music by Steve Martin and brewery tours. Susquehanna Brewing Company, 635 S. Main St. Pittston. 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 19. $15.
Fall Foliage Train Excursion, a round-trip from Scranton to the Tobyhanna Train Station. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Oct. 20 with an 11 a.m. departure and a 3 p.m. return. $34, $29 seniors, $22 children. 340-5200.
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.
I Want My Mummy! Learn about mummies in popular culture with Egyptologist Dr. Steve of the UPenn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Sponsored by the West Pittston Library at Trinity Episcopal Church, 220 Montgomery Ave., West Pittston. 6 p.m. Oct. 24. Free. Registration: 654-9847.
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.
Splatterday! A day-long Halloween film series with five classic spooky movies. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Oct. 26 with “Ghostbusters” (2 p.m.), “Young Frankenstein” (4:30 p.m.), “Night of the Living Dead” (7 p.m.), “Halloween” (9:30 p.m.) and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (midnight). $5, $3 students; $20 for all five films. 826-1100.
Halloween Fest, with pumpkin carving, spooky stories, a walk through the Haunted Woods and a campfire. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 4 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 26. 967-7275.
Square Dance, with music by the Roger Furman Band along with food and refreshments. Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company, 329 Orange Road, Dallas. 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26. $6. 333-5912.
VOTE: The Disabled Democracy, a screening of the documentary by Misericordia University professors Melissa Sgroi and Dan Kimbrough exploring barriers to voting for people with disabilities. Rooms 218-219, Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Free. 674-6400.
Take a Step Back in Thyme, a round-table discussion of nutrition, a hands-on demonstration of open-hearth cooking and sampling of food. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 3. 967-7275.
Flood Stories, excerpts from oral histories collected by Wilkes University students enrolled in “The Power of Story” class concerning the 2011 West Pittston flood. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13. Free. Registration: 654-9847.
Grace Before Meals, an interactive cooking demonstration and presentation by author and TV host Father Leo Patalinghug who defeated a world-famous chef on “Throw Down! With Bobby Flay.” Rooms 218-219, Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7 p.m. Nov. 14. 674-6400.
West Pittston Library Anniversary Celebration, commemorating the 140th birthday of the library. With open bar, food stations and dancing to live music. Fox Hill Country Club, 454 Tunkhannock Ave., Exeter. 6 to 11 p.m. Nov. 16. $60. Reservations: 654-9847.
The Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train stops at Steamtown National Historic site in Scranton, bedecked in holiday lights with free entertainment and festivities to collect donations for local food banks. 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. Nov. 26. Accepting non-perishable food items and cash donations. 340-5200.
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.H