THIS WEEK: Dec. 22 through 28
Santa’s Magic Key Storytime, a reading of a holiday tale that follows a boy who realizes on Christmas Eve that his new house does not have a chimney. With the post office closed and Santa Claus coming by the end of the night, the boy has no way of telling Santa, but when he finds a mysterious key, he’ll soon discover just how this key will solve his problem. Barnes & Noble, 421 Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 11 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 23
Ugly Sweater Party, features Third Degree Trio, prize for best ugly sweater, give-aways, Jell-O shots and happy hour. Ardee’s Foodrinkery, Route 92 before the Falls Bridge in Falls. 8 to 11 p.m. Dec. 23.
The Jingle Bell Ruckus, a holiday variety show with improv comedy by Here We Are in Spain; stand up, character pieces and comedy performances by Erich Drexler, Angelia Petrillo, Dan Hoppel, Ted Hebert, Thomas the RED, Russell Austin, Mike Peters, Tyler DiBenedetto and Ray Meoni; and music by E57. The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. Dec. 23. $5. Patrons must be 21 and older.
40th Annual “Christmas Together,” noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 25, First Presbyterian Church, 97 South Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, sponsored by First Presbyterian Church and the Commission on Economic Opportunity, dinner with all the trimmings and an afternoon of song and entertainment. Reservations requested but not required. Anyone who would like to join us for friendship and fellowship, Christmas carols and good food is welcome. Food deliveries will be made to the home bound. Reservations are required for deliveries and must be made no later than Dec. 22. Reservations for dinner at the church and for transportation or delivery of the meal may be scheduled by calling 570-824-2478 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Donations are also appreciated and should be mailed to the church. To volunteer, call CEO at 570-826-0510, ext. 215.
Holiday Camp, offers children from ages 5 to 12 an opportunity to experience the arts during their holiday break. Features throwing pottery on a potter’s wheel, creating sculptures and exploring drawing and painting with instructors Amy and Steve Colley. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 27 through 29. $35
Films at the Osterhout Free Library, the following will be shown at 2 p.m. on each date provided at the Osterhout Free Library, 71 Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre: Jan 5 — “On the Waterfront” (1954) Best Actor — Marlon Brando; Jan. 12 — “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1980) Best Actress — Sissy Spacek; Jan. 19 — “Ed Wood” (1994) Best Supporting Actor — Martin Landau; Jan. 26 — “Chicago” (2002) Best Supporting Actress — Catherine Zeta Jones. Popcorn is provided. The film showings are free and open to the public.
A New England contra dance, with calling by Hilton Baxter and music by Curt Osgood on hammered dulcimer, Jill Smith on keyboard and Henry Jankiewicz and Mike Rovine on fiddle, 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Church of Christ Uniting Fellowship Hall, 776 Market Street, Kingston. No partner or previous experience is necessary. Admission to the dance is “pay what you wish.” Come early at 6:15 p.m. for optional pot-luck dinner. Further information is available at 570-333-4007, or folkloresociety.org/dancing.
“Mining in Society,” Boy Scouts of America-Northeastern, PA Council, Merit Badge Day, Open to Boy Scouts of the Northeastern PA Council, venue is Fourth Floor, Mulligan Science Building, King’s College, 133 River St., Wilkes-Barre, 9 a.m. Jan. 6. Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]
“A Day in the Life of an Anthracite Miner: The Remarkable Coalmining Artwork of Remo Trieste Russo,” Presented by Charles Kumpas, 2 p.m., Jan. 7 at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]
Elvis Tribute Artist, Jimmy Tighe will perform an Elvis Birthday Bash on Jan. 10 at the Avenue Diner in Wyoming. He’ll offer another performance on Feb. 7 at the same location. For more information, and to make reservations, call 570-430-9466. Seating is limited for the Jan. 10 show.
“An Interview with the Mineworkers’ Union Leader, Johnny Mitchell — A One-Act Play,” Presented by Robert Hughes, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11, Wyoming Presbyterian Church Institute, 40 Institute St., Wyoming, Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]
Martin Luther King Jr. Program, the King’s College community will honor the service and contributions of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 11 a.m. Jan. 15, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, Snyder & Walsh rooms King’s College. Free. Info, 570-208-5958.
“A Demonstration of Anthracite Mining Equipment and Objects,” Presented by Mike Mostardi with moderator: Bill Best, Sponsored by the Huber Breaker Preservation Society (Venue: Ashley Fire Hall, Fireman’s Park, 160 Ashley St., Ashley), at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 with members meeting at 6:30 p.m. Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]
“Plymouth’s Coal Mining Pioneers: Abijah & John Smith, Freeman Thomas, and Other Stories,” presented by Georgetta Potoski and Steve Kondrad, sponsored by the Plymouth Historical Society (Venue: Plymouth Borough Municipal Building, 162 W. Shawnee Ave., Plymouth) 7 p.m., Jan. 17. Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]