THIS WEEK: Jan. 19 through 25
West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival is selling banners for its fund-raiser. Banners cost $150. To renew a present banner, the cost is $50. Checks can be made payable to The West Pittston Cherry Blossom and potential patrons should contact Toni Valenti, treasurer, at 570-655-0416. Checks should be accompanied by the name the patrons would like on the banner and should be mailed to Toni Valenti, 316 Damon St., West Pittston, PA, 18643. All funds will go to the borough of West Pittston to help the funding of the West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival.
Celebrating of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., will take place through Jan. 20 at the Hoyt Library ,284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. As a Nation Week of Service to Our Community, the library is asking patrons to bring to the library a non-perishable, non-expired food item, which will be donated to a local food kitchen. Look for “MLK” marked boxes at either inside entrance to the library to place donations. A coloring sheet of the Rev. King will be available for children to color as part of a coloring contest. All entries will be placed on display throughout the library during the week.
Osterhout Friday Movie Matinee: “Ed Wood.” January’s movie theme is “Oscar Winners” and this week’s movie, from 1994, stars Johnny Depp, Martin Landau and Sarah Jessica Parker. 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Popcorn provided. Info, osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
“A Discussion of Four Historic Anthracite Labor Strikes, 1871-1928” Panel discussion presented by Sarah Piccini, Lucia Dailey, Michael Knies, and Robert Wolensky, (Venue: 509 DeNaples Student Center, University of Scranton, 900 Mulberry St., Scranton) 7 p.m. Jan. 19, Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]
Anthracite Heritage Museum Annual Public Program on The Knox Mine Disaster, “Two Knox Disaster Documentaries, 1984 and 2018: Screenings & Commentaries,” presented by Erica Funke and David Brocca plus folk music by Jay Smar, (Venue: The Museum, 22 Bald Mt. Rd., Scranton) 2 p.m. Jan. 20. Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]
Annual Knox Mine Disaster Memorial Mass, (Venue: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 35 Williams St., Pittston) 10 a.m. Jan. 21. Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]
Annual Commemoration of the Knox Disaster (Venue: at the PHMC Historical Marker, Main St., Port Griffith, Baloga Funeral Home) 11:30 a.m. Jan. 21, Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]
Annual Walk to Knox Mine Disaster Site, (Venue: Gather at Baloga Funeral Home, Port Griffith, following the Commemoration; weather permitting) noon Jan. 21, Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]
Paint A Snowman craft, for adults, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Seating is limited, so reservations are a must at this free adult craft program. Call 570-821-1959 to register.
“Who Killed Rebel Miners’ Union President, Tom Maloney? — The Wyoming Valley Good Friday Bombings of April 6, 1936,” presented by Robert Wolensky and Michael Chimola, sponsored by the Nanticoke Historical Society (Venue: Nanticoke Cultural Center, 38 W. Church St., Nanticoke) 7 p.m. Jan. 22. Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]
Book signing, by author Robert P. Wolensky from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 23. Wolensky has written books about the anthracite mining industry including the Knox Mine and Avondale disasters. At the book signing, Wolensky’s books will be available for purchase. The Mill Memorial Library is located at 495 East Main St., Nanticoke. For more information, please call the library at 570-735-3030.
Stephen King in Film, Literature and Pop Culture, a dicussion with John Tindell of Northhampton College will kick off 2018 Wyoming County reads event, during which residents are invited to read King’s novellas, “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption and “The Body.” Discussion is 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Discussions of the novellas will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 and 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Tunkhannock Public Library. Screenings of the movies based on the novellas will be 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Dietrich Theater for “The Shawshank Redemption” and at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 28 for “Stand By Me.” Discussions and movies are free and sponsored by the Wyoming County Commissioners. For info, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 or the Tunkhannock Public Library at 570-836-1677.
“Ethnicity in the Anthracite Region: An Appreciation of Five Local Heritage Groups,” Panel discussion presented by Carol Gargon (Lithuanians), Jim McFarland (Irish), Christine Patterson (Africans), Fiona Powell (Welsh), and Stephanie Longo (Italians), Moderator, Ron Faraday. Sponsored by the Greater Pittston Historical Society, (Venue: St. John’s the Evangelist Church basement, 35 Williams St., Pittston) 7 p.m. Jan. 25. Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]
“Professional Baseball and the Anthracite Region: Four Authors Discuss Players, Teams, Games, and Stories,” presented by William Kashatus, Jack Smiles, Paul Browne, and Sean Carroll, sponsored by Luzerne County Community College (Venue: Educational Conference Center, lower campus, Room 132, LCCC, Nanticoke):30 p.m. Jan. 26. Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]
Campion Literary Society Writing Workshops. Hour-long, informal writing classes. Workshops are themed, free, and open to the public. 2 p.m., Jan. 26, Feb. 23, and April 13, King’s College, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, Room 117. Info, 570-208-5900, ext. 5487.
Hiking Through the Natural Beauty of Pennsylvania, a presentation by Jeff Mitchell focusing on Pennsylvania’s parks and natural areas, including hiking trails and waterways, 11 a.m. Jan. 27, Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Free admission. Books by Jeff Mitchell will be available for sale at the presentation. All proceeds benefit the Dietrich Theater. Info, 570-996-1500.
Marilyn Kennedy, will perform at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Sleepy Hollow Lounge in Idle Hour Lanes, Business Route 6, Scranton Carbondale Highway.
10 Self-Defense Tactics Training Class: Pete Shelp, a second-degree blackbelt and instructor from Hapkido Tae Kwon Do Institute, will teach 10 basic self-defense tactics anyone can do and everyone should know. Class is open to both men and women, and takes place from 11 a.m. to noon Jan. 28 at Wyoming Valley Subaru, 1470 Route 315, Plains Township. $20 per person. Proceeds benefit Happy Hearts and Tails Safe Haven Animals Rescue. There will be raffle baskets and light refreshments served.
“Health Reform in the U.S.: Philosophical and Political Divisions,” St. Andre Bessette Lecture, given by Michael Gusmano, Research Scholar, The Hastings Center, and associate professor, School of Public Health at Rutgers University, 7 p.m., Jan. 29, King’s College, Burke Auditorium, William G. McGowan School of Business. Free. Info, 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.
Winter Fest 2018 Preview Day. To get a better idea of what the Dietrich’s Winter Fest 2018 movies are about, come and watch the trailers that hooked the film fest organizers and made us choose them. All 21 movie trailers of the films featured in Winter Fest will be shown 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 1, Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Admission is free. Info, 570-996-1500.
The Big Band Society of NEPA welcomes the public to our dinner dance, Feb. 2 at Genetti’s Hotel 77 East Market St., Wilkes Barre. Music for your listening and dancing pleasure will be provided by The Shore Liners. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and a dinner is served at 6:30. Cost is $35 per person and reservations are required. Please send your reservation and check payable to Big Band Society NEPA to Ben Victor, 120 Gateway Drive Apt D, Edwardsville PA 18704 Reservations must be received by Jan. 16. Info, 570-344-4324 or email [email protected]
Annual Mid-winter Cocktail Party, hosted by Leadership Wilkes-Barre, will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Westmoreland Club in downtown Wilkes-Barre.Guests will enjoy entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and soda for a ticket price of $40 per person. Patrons can purchase Get Out of Town raffle tickets for a chance to win one of five incredible trips, including excursions to South Palm Beach, Fla; New York City, Rincon, Puerto Rico; Mohegan Sun Connecticut; and Myrtle Beach or Hilton Head. Raffle winner need not be present to win. Tickets for the Cocktail Party may be purchased online at leadershipwilkes-barre.org or by calling the office at 570-270-5323. Reservations required.
Mardi Gras party, 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 3, sponsored by parish of St. Robert Bellarmine at the St. Aloysius Church Hall, corner of Barney and Division streets in Wilkes-Barre. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Dancing, games, prizes and beer and soda are included in the $25 price. Guests must be 21 or older. Tables of eight or 10 may be reserved. For tickets, call 570-823-3791, ext. 2 or contact [email protected]
Myasopusna pre-Lenten celebration, Feb. 4, Transfiguration of our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, 240 Center St., Hanover section of Nanticoke. A dinner of holubtsi (stuffed cabbage), kobasa, varenyky (Transfiguration pierogies), kapusta, blackbread, and dessert will be served at the church’s banquet hall from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and borscht will be for sale. Dinner is followed by entertainment until 4 p.m. from the Holy Year Choir, Kazka Ukrainian Folk Ensemble, and Saint Mary’s Traditional Ukrainian Dancers. Doors will open at noon, with Ukrainian crafts on display and for sale. Dinner tickets are $13 if purchased before Jan. 29; $15 afterwards. Call 570-735-4654 or 570-824-3880.
“The Citizen’s Share,” a Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon Seminar at The University of Scranton with Joseph Blasi, distinguished professor at the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations and Rutgers Business School. Highly recognized for his work in economic justice, Blasi will talk about economic inequality and the concentration of wealth in the U.S. that is destroying America’s middle class. Seminar is noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 9 and includes buffet lunch. To register, contact 570-941-6206 or [email protected] For info on Schemel Forum programs and memberships, contact 570-941-4089 or [email protected]
17th Annual Spin for Life, will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 17 at Odyssey Fitness, 104 Coal St., Wilkes-Barre. The event takes place in memory of Brandon J. Case, who lost a battle with Leukemia in 1999 at 21. Candy’s Place views Brandon’s battle against cancer as a symbol to those who rely on the services the center has to offer, as well as those who benefit from it at King’s college through his scholarship fund. To RSVP, visit the website at cancerwellnessnepa.org or call the center at 570-714-8800.
“Understanding the Americans Who Joined Isis,” a Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon Seminar at The University of Scranton with Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, Ph.D., research director for the Program on Extremism at The George Washington University. Seminar is noon to 1:30 p.m. Mar. 5 with a buffet lunch. To register, contact 570-941-6206 or [email protected]
“Shared Past, Divergent Courses: Zionism and Palestinian Nationalism, Part 3, The Israel-Palestinian Conflict, 1979-Present,” a Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon Seminar at The University of Scranton, will be presented by David N. Myers, president/CEO of the Center for Jewish History and Sady and Ludwig Kahn Professor of Jewish History at UCLA; and Hussein Ibish, senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, D.C. Seminar is noon to 1:30 p.m. March 19 with a buffet lunch. To register, contact 570-941-6206 or [email protected]
“JFK, LBJ and the Paradox of Vietnam,” a Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon Seminar at University of Scranton, will be presented by Fredrik Logevall, Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University. Seminar is noon to 1:30 p.m. April 3 with a buffet lunch. To register, contact 570-941-6206 or [email protected]
“Resisting Threats to Democracy: Lessons from Machiavelli” a Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon Seminar will be presented by Erica Benner, fellow in political philosophy at Yale University and fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Noon to 1:30 p.m. April 11 with a buffet lunch. To register, contact 570-941-6206 or [email protected]
“Strengthening the Global Health System: Lessons Learned from Africa,” a Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon, with Felix C. Rwabukwisi, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Science at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. He will discuss his experience strengthening primary health care across five African countries and why public health is not only a local issue, but also a global issue. Noon to 1:30 p.m. April 26 with a buffet lunch. To register, contact 570-941-6206 or [email protected]
Fine Arts Fiesta, will take place May 17 through 20 on Public Square in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Fiesta 2018 is currently accepting applications for it Artist’s Market. Applications for the Artist’s Market can be found under the “Applications and Forms” tab on the Fiesta website, fineartsfiesta.org. Applications must be completed, returned and postmarked by Jan. 31. Inquiries about the Fine Arts Fiesta can be made at [email protected] or by writing: Fine Arts Fiesta, P.O. Box 2053, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 18703-2053 or via the website, fineartsfiesta.org.