THIS WEEK: May 26 to June 1
Dietrich Open Mic, will feature storyteller Hal Pratt as the headliner. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. May 26. Free and open to the public. Artists must sign up at 6:30 p.m. prior to the event. 570-996-1500.
“P.S. I Love You,” a free showing of the 2007 movie about a young woman who receives meaningful messages from her late husband after his death, Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, 2 p.m. May 26, light refreshments will be served. 570-821-1959.
Sunday at the Circle: The Olde Stories “The Princess with a Golden Star on Her Forehead,” a brand new version of the old Czech fairy tale by Robert Andrew Anderson with music by Jason Smeltzer on his theremin and original songs written and performed by Brenda Fernandes, with illustrations by Art League artists, 4 p.m. May 28, Wyoming Valley Art League’s Circle Centre for the Arts, 130 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, free; $5 donation appreciated. 570-288-1020.
Free Fireworks, presented by May Brands and Dunkin Donuts, the 11th annual fireworks display will take place at Luzerne County Recreational Fields, 2009 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. The display is showcased each year on Memorial Day weekend to honor U.S. troops. 9 p.m. May 27 with a May 28 rain date. Free. For more information, contact Eric May at 570-675-5731.
Historic Tunkhannock Walking Tours, sponsored by Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, PA Route 6 Alliance, Wyoming County Historical Society and Dietrich Theater, a 2-mile walk through the neighborhoods and bustling downtown of Tunkhannock. Beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursdays June 1, June 8 and June 15. Admission free but space is limited. Call 570-996-1500 to pre-register.
Heritage Day, Historic Hanover Green Cemetery, with tours by costumed guides, historical re-enactors and guest speakers, refreshments, 689 Main Road, Hanover Township, noon to 6 p.m. June 4. Info, 570-822-7418.
“Millionaires and Mansions,” a Y Walk Wednesday event to look at the architectural and social history of some of the 19th and early 20th century homes of several of Wilkes-Barre’s leading families, leaving at 6 p.m. June 7 from the lobby of the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, corner of South Franklin and West Northampton Streets, Wilkes-Barre. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Walk leader: Tony Brooks, Wilkes-Barre Preservation Society. Free. Info, 570-823-2191.
Little Sisters of the Poor 11th annual golf tournament, Scranton Municipal Golf Course, Mt. Cobb. Registration begins at noon June 10 with shotgun start at 1 p.m. The format is captain and crew. Singles will be placed on a team. The cost is $100 per golfer which includes post-tournament dinner. Prizes include a new car courtesy of Matt Burne Honda, Scranton. Info, 570-343-4065 ext. 3144 or [email protected] Proceeds will help defer costs of patient lifts and standing and raising aids for Holy Family Residence.
Audubon Society Annual Banquet, an evening of appetizers, buffet dinner, beverages and a program on eagles with an appearance by Renshaw, an injured bald eagle who was rehabilitated by the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. Appletree Terrace, Newberry Estate, Pioneer Avenue, Dallas. 6 p.m. June 14. 570-479-0400.
“Native, Alien & Medicinal Plants of the Kirby Natural Area.” A Y Walk Wednesday event to learn from folklore, history and science the benefits, drawbacks, and unique uses of many plants in Kirby Park’s wild, riparian woodland. Leaving at 6 p.m. June 14 from the lobby of the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, corner of South Franklin and West Northampton Streets, Wilkes-Barre.Walk Leader: Ken Klemow, Wilkes University. Free. Info, 570-823-2191.
Wine and Dine Festival, sponsored by the Dallas Rotary Club, with the Dallas Area Fall Fair, Inc., features tastings of the finest wines from the Back Mountain and Endless Mountain areas and beyond. A variety of food and goods will be available for sale by area vendors and craftsmen, with live musical entertainment. Noon-6 p.m. June 17 at the Luzerne County Fairgrounds, Rt. 118, Dallas.
Tour of Back Mountain Gardens, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 24, a visit to at least seven private gardens, all within a 5-mile radius of Dallas. Tickets are $20 if purchased on or before June 17, and $25 after that date. Tickets available from Angela Vitkoski, 570-718-6507 and at the Back Mountain Memorial Library, Wild Birds Unlimited in the Dallas Shopping Center and at Perennial Point Garden Center in Plains. Proceeds benefit Anthracite Scenic Trails Association.
“Keeping the Susquehanna Out of Our Living Rooms.” A Y Walk Wednesday event to learn about the Wyoming Valley Flood Protection levee system works hard to keep the Susquehanna’s waters where they belong: in the river. Leaving at 6 p.m. June 21 from the lobby of the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, corner of South Franklin and West Northampton Streets, Wilkes-Barre. Walk Leader: Chris Belleman: Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority. Free. Info, 570-823-2191.
Great Tastes of Pennsylvania Wine & Food Festival, will feature over 25 wineries, a beer tent, food and craft vendors, over-sized games, and three stages of live entertainment. Split Rock Resort, 100 Moseywood Rd., Lake Harmony. June 24 and $25. General admission costs $30. Visit splitrockresort.com for more information. 800-255-7625.
Summer Film Fest, with 14 films foreign, independent and art films in 14 days, July 14 through July 27, tickets $8.50 for each screening except opening night, Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 570-996-1500.
“A Sidewalk View to Building a More Walkable Downtown.” People use the word “Walkability” Learn what is making our city’s streetscapes safer, more efficient and more usable for all during this Y Walk Wednesday event, leaving at 6 p.m. June 28 from the lobby of the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, corner of South Franklin and West Northampton Streets, Wilkes-Barre. Walk Leader: Larry Newman, Diamond City Partnership. Free. Info, 570-823-2191.
“A Walk on the Wild Side: The Kirby Park Natural Area.” Explore the natural and wild wonders of the park’s riparian forest, the wildlife that call it home, some history and the important role it plays as part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed during this Y Walk Wednesday event, leaving at 6 p.m. July 12 from the lobby of the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, corner of South Franklin and West Northampton Streets, Wilkes-Barre. Walk Leader: Vinnie Cotrone, Penn State Cooperative Extension. Free. Info, 570-823-2191.