THIS WEEK: Feb. 2 through Feb. 8
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.
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.
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.
Bingo, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Noxen School, School Street, Noxen. Food and beverages are available. Pay per card. All proceeds benefit the Noxen-Monroe Sportsmen’s Club. For more information, call 570-298-2052.
Super Science Saturday for Girls, hosted by Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 10. at the school, 525 Pine St., Scranton. Participants will rotate through learning stations centered around topics like physical exams, chemical interactions, heart physiology, brain anatomy, radiology, perfume chemistry and more. There will be a warp up session with a question-and-answer period over lunch. Pizza will be provided. The event is free. The registration deadline is Jan. 30. To register, visit geisinger.org/sciencegirls.
“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]
53rd annual “German Nite,” St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, starting at 6 p.m. Feb. 10. A meal of pork and sauerkraut, chicken francaise, bratwurst, mashed potatoes, haluski and green beans will be served from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., and live music will be performed by Schutzengiggles Oompah Band from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets cost $30 and are available in advance only. For tickets, call the church rectory at 570-823-7736.