Events Listings: May 18 through 24

You’ll see plenty of art work at the Fine Arts Fiesta as it continues on Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square today through Sunday. This piece, ‘The Orange Bicycle,’ was painted by Cynthia Witkowski Sipple, of Wilkes-Barre. - Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

THIS WEEK: May 18 through 24

Fine Arts Fiesta, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 18 and 19; 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. May 20, with live entertainment, art exhibits and refreshments, Public Square in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Info,

An Evening of Wine and Whimsy, wine and cheese reception with a chance to view Torrie Mattes’ collection of dollhouses, 6 to 8 p.m. May 18, in one of the Scranton Hill section’s stately homes, fund-raiser for the Lackawanna Historical Society. $50 for non-members and $45 for members. Info, 570-344-3841 or email [email protected]

Tunkhannock Touch a Truck, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19, Lazybrook Park, Route 6, Tunkhannock. Kids are invited to climb into trucks, beeping the horn and learning what they do. First 100 kids get a free builder or firefighter hat. This fund-raiser for Dietrich Theater will benefit children’s programs. Admission $5. Info, 570-996-1500.

Bloomingdale Grange Flea Market and Plant Sale, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19, Bloomingdale Grange, Silo/Grange Hall Road, Bloomingdale (rural Shickshinny). Table rental $5. Call 570-256-7610. Breakfast and lunch are available.

“Spiritual Communication” with paranormal phenomena lecturer Jeff Belanger, 3:30 p.m. May 19 at Sitko’s Restaurant, Route 437, White Haven. $23 to benefit White Haven Area Community Library. An evening show, “A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger,” is set for 6:30 p.m. May 19 and tickets are $35, to benefit the library. Afternoon show includes snacks; evening show includes buffet dinner. Info, call 570-443-8776

“All Is Wells: An Evening with H.G. Wells,” an author’s event, 6:30 p.m. May 20, Sophia Coxe House, 2207 State Route 940, Drifton. Actor Bobby Maso will perform as H.G. Wells, the famous writer often regarded as “the father of science fiction.” Donation is $15. For info and reservations, contact Karen at 570-956-3881.

Fur Festival 2018, noon to 5 p.m. May 20, Swoyersville Community Ambulance Hall, 99 Scott Street, Swoyersville, a family-friendly event with kid’s activities, reptile educational show, a bounce house, more than 50 raffle baskets to win, vendors and food. Proceeds will help the volunteers of Whiskers World feed, shelter and neuter homeless cats. Info, Donna at 570-237-5749 or Brenda at 570-954-6059

Identify theft and telephone scams, a program with Detective Charles Balogh and Detective Larry Fabian of the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office, 6:30 p.m. May 21, community room, Laflin Borough Building, 47 Laflin Road, Laflin. Presented by Laflin Library Association. All are welcome. Info, 570-654-3323.

Fundraiser for Zebulon Butler House, will take place on May 23 in conjunction with TGI Fridays. Patrons must have a TGI Fridays flier to participate. Fliers are good for the entire business day, and 15 percent of every dining receipt will go to the restoration and preservation of the Zebulon Butler House on South River Street in Wilkes-Barre. For more information on the Shawnee Fort Chapter or to obtain a flier for this event, contact Kathleen Smith at [email protected] or 570-704-9809.

Violence in our Society, a community safety seminar to discuss threat levels, developing a plan, firearms, awareness and prevention, with Charles Hentz, retired lieutenant from the Philadelphia Police Department, 6 to 9 p.m. May 24, Luzerne County Community College. Cost is $25. To register, call 570-740-0637.


Ensorcellment, a Sunday at the Circle celebration of performing arts, with authors David Corrado, Gerry Stankiewicz and Robert Anderson reading excerpts from their graphic novels, 3 p.m. May 27, Wyoming Valley Art League’s Circle Centre for the Arts, South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre. Suggested donation $5. Info, 570-288-1020.

Fire at the Furnace Week, May 28 to June 2, includes 20 exhibits featuring the work of 300 artists, narrated and theatrical iron pours, First Friday exhibits and blacksmithing demonstrations, a Ferrous Flyer train excursion from Scranton to the Poconos, and a public wedding of cast iron artists at the Scranton Iron Furnaces, 159 Cedar Ave., Scranton. More info, see or

5K Run/Walk for Candy’s Place, A Cancer Wellness Center, June 2 at Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. Registration begins at 8 a.m., kid’s 1-mile run begins at 8:30 a.m. and 5K begins at 9. Pre-registration is $30 per person or $40 on the day, with $15 for children 7 to 12 and free for kids under 5. For more information on Candy’s Place contact Kaitlyn Dunbar, Marketing and Communications Representative at 570-714-8800 or [email protected]

Comedy Night Fundraiser for Single Moms of NEPA, will take place at 9 p.m. June 2 at Wise Crackers Comedy Club in Mohegan Sun Pocono. Featured comedians are Jared Freid, Glen Tickle and Michelle Tomko. Event features gift basket raffles and door prizes. Tickets cost $25 and are available in advance at or by contacting Donna at or 570-322-5836. Funds will go toward helping area single moms by fostering social, emotional and financial support.

‘Springtime Birds in My Backyard’ book-signing, 11 a.m. June 2 at Wild Birds Unlimited store, Dallas Shopping Center, Dallas. The easy-to-read children’s book explores birds’ magnificent colors and their calls. It was written by Keystone College professor Dr. Karen Yarrish and illustrated by Keystone professor David Porter. Info, 570-675-9900.

American Girl Doll Bingo, a fund-raiser for M.S. Kirby Library, 1 p.m. June 3 at Crestwood High School cafeteria, Route 309, Wright Township. Tickets $20 in advance at the library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top, or $25 at the door. Info, 570-474-5313.

Back pain seminar, with neurosurgeon Dr. Philip Hlavac and interventional pain management specialist Dr. Christopher Connor, 6 p.m. June 12, Mohegan Sun Pocono, Route 315, Plains Township. Surgical and non-surgical options will be discussed. The event is open to the public free of charge though reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 570-552-7496.

Macbeth, National Theatre Live on Screen, Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy will see Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. (Please note that Macbeth may contain scenes of a violent nature.) 2 p.m. June 10 and June 17, Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Admission $14, $12, $10. Info, 570-996-1500.

Donuts for Dad, a kick-off to the Hoyt Library’s Summer Reading Program, 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 16 at the Hoyt Library, Wyoming Avenue, Kingston, with a story, craft and doughnuts. The program is limited to children ages 15 months to 6 years of age and their dads. Final date to register is June 13. To register, contact the Library at 570-287-2013.

13th annual tour of historic churches, sponsored this year by Kingston Historical Society and led by attorney Jan Lokuta. Meet at 1 p.m. June 24 at Wyoming Seminary’s Stettler Learning Resource Center, Sprague Avenue, Kingston. Tour will include stops at the Wyoming Seminary bell tower, the Wyoming Valley Montessori School, the Church of Christ Uniting, the Dorranceton United Methodist church and the Westmoor Church of Christ. The tour is free and registration is not required. More info, 570-296-6471 or 570-296-2181.

Kunkle Fire Company’s Annual Golf Outing, registration at 11 a.m. and tee-off at noon July 26, Irem Golf Course. $75 per person includes entry to all events, 18 holes of golf, dinner and a chance to win prizes. To register, contact [email protected] or call 570-675-3334.

You’ll see plenty of art work at the Fine Arts Fiesta as it continues on Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square today through Sunday. This piece, ‘The Orange Bicycle,’ was painted by Cynthia Witkowski Sipple, of Wilkes-Barre.’ll see plenty of art work at the Fine Arts Fiesta as it continues on Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square today through Sunday. This piece, ‘The Orange Bicycle,’ was painted by Cynthia Witkowski Sipple, of Wilkes-Barre. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader