THIS WEEK: Jan. 26 through Feb. 1
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.
“Before the Kirby was the Kirby Film Series: The Molly Maguires,” celebrating the building’s 80th anniversary with films from its movie-theater past. This week’s feature is the 1970 drama “The Molly Maguires,” filmed on location in Northeastern Pennsylvania and telling a story about a 19th-century secret society of Irish miners who fought for better working conditions. 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Matinee $3, evening $5. Info, 570-826-1100.
Osterhout Friday Movie Matinee: “Chicago.” January’s movie theme is “Oscar Winners” and this week’s movie, from 2002, stars Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere. 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Popcorn provided. Info, osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
Screaming Infedelities EMO Night, a pre-party for the Snow Show at the F.M. Kirby Center on Jan. 28, will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight Jan. 26 at Senunas’ Bar & Grill, 133 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. EMO Night will be spinning emo, punk, pop-punk and indie favorites, and patrons are encouraged to dance, sing along, jump on stage, grab a microphone, rock out and have a great time. No cover. Patrons have a chance to win tickets to see Dashboard Confessional and Tigers Jaw at Snow Show.
“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): 3 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.
New England-style contra dance with music by the band “Smash the Windows” and calling by Pam Goddard, 7 p.m. Feb. 3 in the fellowship hall of the Church of Christ Uniting, 776 Market Street, Kingston. No partner or previous experience is necessary. Admission to the dance is “pay what you wish.” Optional potluck supper begins at 6:15 p.m. Further info, 570-333-4007, or folkloresociety.org/dancing.