THIS WEEK: APRIL 19 to 25, 2013
Financial Wellness Fair. Check your credit IQ and financial health profile at the Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. 602-2227.
Happy Hour Fundraiser, to benefit the Junior League of Wilkes-Barre. With beer samplings and tours of the brewery, wine, appetizers and desserts. Susquehanna Brewing Company, 635 S. Main St., Pittston. 6 to 8 tonight. $30. 288-4818.
Spring Blogfest, an informal gathering of bloggers, candidates for office, elected officials and anyone interested in politics or blogging. Rooney’s Irish Pub, 67 S. Main St., Pittston. 6 tonight. Free. Info at nepablogs.org.
Documenting Anthracite on the Silver Screen, screenings and discussions of three historic films about the coal industry: “The Price of Carelessness” (1915; silent) filmed at Truesdale Colliery in Nanticoke; “The Mining and Preparation of Blue Coal” (1938) filmed at the Huber Colliery, Ashley; and “The Miners’ Story (1965) filmed by WCAU-TV in Philadelphia and narrated by Jack Palance. Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Tonight with refreshments at 6:30 and event at 7. Free. 715-252-6742.
Stars of Spring, a sky show on springtime sights in the heavens followed by “Passport to the Universe,” an up-close view of star fields and planets. McMunn Planetarium, Hoeffner Science and Technology Center, East Stroudsburg University. 7 and 8 tonight. Free but reservations required online at esu.edu/planetarium.
Calligraphers Guild Presentation, on adding fun flourishes to calligraphy. Room 225, Shields Center for Visual Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 7:30 tonight. Free. 296-6507.
A Night of Fun, Music and Food to benefit the Pittston Ambulance Association. With a cash bar and music by the Phyllis Hopkins Trio. Knights of Columbus, 55 S. Main St., Pittston. 9 to midnight tonight. $5. 655-8311.
Finding Our Ancestors at Home and Abroad, a conference with speakers, representatives from national and state archives, traditional and online immigration resources, with small groupings more specific to country of origin. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Registration at genpa.org or visit nepgs.com for complete details.
Jay McCarroll, a trunk show by the local fashion designer and winner of Project Runway (season one) and Celebrity Fit Club (season seven). Outrageous, Midtown Village in downtown Wilkes-Barre. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 866-398-9050.
Happy Birthday Classic Corner. Celebrate the third birthday of the senior space with cake and prizes. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 11 a.m. Saturday. Free. 821-1959.
History, Food and Fun, learn to bake bread, prepare a meal using whole foods, plan a garden and plant seeds along with games for the whole family. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. $25 per family includes a meal, recipes, a loaf of bread and planted seeds. Reservations: 992-6161.
Calligraphy Workshop, creating Zentangles (elaborate doodles) with award-winning artist Virginia Pinto Sosik. Room 225, Shields Center for Visual Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. $25. Reservations: 296-6507.
Zentangle Workshop, a class in creating images from repetitive patterns. Candy’s Place: The Center for Cancer Wellness, 190 Welles St., Forty Fort. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Registration: 714-8800.
Spring Fling, food, drinks, entertainment and basket raffles. Sponsored by the Friends of the Pittston Memorial Library. Susquehanna Brewing Company, 635 S. Main St., Pittston. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. $15. 654-9565.
Wilkes ASME Car Show, with customs, classics and cruisers. Sponsored by the Wilkes American Society of Mechanical Engineers Club near the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St., Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. $10 per entry. Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. 267-5734.
Fundraiser for lymphoma survivor Brent Evans, who is a candidate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year of Eastern Pennsylvania. Each dollar raised counts as one vote for his candidacy. Rodano’s, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. $30 includes food and refreshments. 829-6587.
World Affairs Luncheon Seminar, with Laszlo Gyulai of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center speaking on “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Emotional Toll of Violence in Military and Civilian Populations.” Sponsored by the Schemel Forum in the Rose Room, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday. $20. Registration: 941-7816.
Entrepreneurs R Us Series, a lunchtime session on the “ins and outs” every entrepreneur should know about accounting. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Monday. Bring a lunch; coffee and tea provided. Free. Registration: 821-1959.
Diversity Week, four days of events held at the Corporate Learning Center, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Monday: information on mental disabilities and blogging from 4 to 6 p.m. and readings by the Wyoming Valley Poetry Society at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday: a Latino culture celebration with the Velez Latin Jazz Trio at 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday: Latino culture presentation at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday: a celebration of African-American culture at 6:30 p.m. All events are free. 740-0732.
Community Conversation, discussions on “What Do You Want Your Community to Look Like?” along with ways to produce real change on the issues. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday. Light refreshments. Reservations: 829-6711, ext. 222.
Surviving a Layoff, a financial talk including 401K tips, avoiding foreclosure and credit reports. Wilkes-Barre Career Link, 32 E. Union St. 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday. Free. Register at pacareerlink.state.pa.us. 822-1101.
Open House at the Family History Research Center Library where the staff will explain the available records to aid in genealogical research. 689 Main Road, Hanover Township. 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. 829-1765.
Fashion Show, sponsored by the Wyoming Valley Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. With refreshments, shopping, networking and discount coupons. Clarion Hotel, 300 Meadow Ave., Scranton. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. 951-9608.
Government, Law and National Security, the second annual Dr. Midori Yamanouchi Lecture by Frances Townsend, former Homeland Security Advisor for President George W. Bush. Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Free but tickets required. 674-6719.
The Green Hour: Absinthe at the Everhart. From a taste of its colorful history to a taste of the green drink itself, experience the allure of this once-forbidden beverage. Age 21 and older. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. 346-7186.
Taste of the Valley, the 9th annual event with live and silent auctions, basket raffle and food by more than 20 area restaurants. Fiorelli’s, 1501 Main St., Peckville. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. $20, $5 children. Proceeds benefit the Geneva School. Reservations: 489-7620.
Spanish Film Club Series, a screening of “I Travel Because I Have To” (2009), a first-person travelogue by a geologist in an isolated region of Brazil. With English subtitles. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. 7 p.m. Thursday. Free. Registration: 941-6160.
Nanticoke Historical Program, recently acquired old films from the 1930s and ’40s including a six-county firemen’s parade and local men leaving for active duty in World War II. Presented by the Nanticoke Historical Society at the St. Faustina Cultural Center, 38 W. Church St., Nanticoke. 7 p.m. Thursday. Free. 735-3659.
The History of the Poconos, a conference on local history topics including place names, the early European settlers of Monroe County, Sullivan’s Expedition in Tobyhanna Township, the Newfoundland Settlement, the Wilkes-Barre and Eastern Railroad and more. Hoeffner Science and Techology Center, East Stroudsburg University. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 26. Free. 422-3532.
Luzerne County Historical Society Dinner, the 155th annual event commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg with guest speaker Greg Goodell of Gettysburg National Military Park. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. April 26 with reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. $75. Reservations: 823-6244.
The View with a Scranton Attitude: Let’s Hear It from the Boys! A local version of the syndicated talk show with area personalities discussing current topics. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 7 to 9 p.m. April 26. $6. 344-1111.
Renaissance Jamboree, the annual street fair with arts and crafts, food, games and entertainment. Main Street, Bloomsburg. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27. 784-2522.
Cherry Blossom Festival, the annual family-friendly event with music, dance, food booths, amusement rides and arts and crafts. Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 27-28. 208-4149.
Caring F.O.R. Cops, a benefit for Fallen Officers Remembered, an organization that buys bulletproof vests for police officers. Organized by eighth-grade student Jordan Joseph with food, raffle baskets, children’s activities, silent auction and music. Checkerboard Inn, 385 Carverton Road, Trucksville. 1 to 5 p.m. April 27. $15; $12 children. 406-6123.
Fundraising Dance, with food, refreshments and music by the Cool Ride Band. Andrew Lawrence American Legion Post 644, 259-Shoemaker St., Swoyersville. April 27 with doors at 7 p.m. and music at 8 p.m. $15. 706-5963.