June 25th, 2015 11:39 pm

First Posted: 7/23/2013


Nature Discovery Day

at W-B Farmers Market

The Riverfront Parks Committee invites the community to a day of nature exploration at Nature Discovery Day today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wilkes-Barre Farmers Market on Public Square.

Learn about the Kirby Park Natural Area, invasive insects, local wildlife, water conservation and more. Second Chance Wildlife Preservation will have a special exhibit of wild animals commonly seen in our own back yards at 11 a.m.

There will also be several local business and organization exhibitors at the event, including the Riverfront Parks Committee, Penn State Extension, Pennsylvania American Water and DCNR Bureau of Forestry.

Tonight, the Riverfront Parks Committee and the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary invite the community to An Evening of Jazz at 7:30 p.m. on the River Common at the Northampton Street Portal Amphitheatre. Grammy winner Steve Fidyk will perform as a part of the Wyoming Seminary Performing Arts Institute’s program.


Community picnic

scheduled Saturday

The first Annual Sweet Valley Community Crime Watch picnic is scheduled for Saturday.

The event will be at the North Lake Pavilion in Sweet Valley beginning at noon. There will be free food, a chance to participate with Neighbors Helping Neighbors and to hear guest speaker Luzerne County Detective Charles Balough.

Balogh will speak about topics including mobile methamphetamine labs, vandalism and community awareness.

Directions to the pavilion are: state Route 118 to Main Road in Sweet Valley, left turn at the O-Live Restaurant, then right turn onto North Lake Road by Wee Care Day Care. Finally, a right at the stop sign and straight on to North Lake Pavilion, located on the right.


Pennsylvania Blues

Festival at Valley Lodge

Blue Mountain Ski Area and Michael Cloeren, founder/producer of the Pocono Blues Festival, announce the third annual Pennsylvania Blues Festival to be held at the Valley Lodge, Friday through Sunday.

The three-day festival will be presented on two stages. A special feature of the festival will be the Friday Night Pre-Fest Jam with The BC Combo (The Smith Brothers: Nick Franclik, Josh Kanusky & Joe Mack) featuring Bev Conklin, Georgie Bonds, Mike Dugan, Charlie Brown and Mike Mettalia.

Saturday and Sunday will showcase national and international artists such as Bonerama, The Slide Brothers, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Guy Davis, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphun, Ruthie Foster, The Bobby Rush Revue and Alexis P. Suter.

For ticket information, directions and additional details, visit


Award-winning BBQ

coming for good cause

Chef/Pitmaster Ernie Mellor of Memphis is bringing his award-winning “Hog Wild” BBQ to the area in support of the Center of the Village after-school program Aug. 17, 4 to 8 p.m., at R&D Memories, 566 Fellows Ave., Hanover Township.

Mellor is donating his time, and all profits will benefit the free program offered to first- through fourth-grade students at the Wyoming Valley Presbyterian Church in Wilkes-Barre.

The event includes dinner and entertainment and cash bar. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

Mellor’s BBQ has won many awards in his 23 years of competition at the Memphis in May World Barbecue Cooking Contest.

Tickets are available at Gallery of Sound (Wilkes-Barre locations) and IBOP Coffee Shop, Northampton and Washington streets, Wilkes-Barre. For more information, contact Greg Emery at 855-2759, or at [email protected]