THIS WEEK: June 8 through 14
RiverFest Community Mural painting, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 9, Barnes & Noble Wilkes-King’s Bookstore, 7 South Main St., Wilkes-Barre. The Riverfront Parks Committee invites children ages 3 and older to help paint a community mural called “A trip down the river without getting your feet wet.” No special training is needed. Supplies will be provided. Local artist, attorney and environmental advocate Jan Lokuta will facilitate. The mural painting is a prelude to RiverFest, scheduled for June 23-24 along the Susquehanna River in Nesbitt Park. Info, 570-825-5763.
A talk on needlework samplers, by Aimee E. Newell, executive director of Luzerne County Historical Society, noon June 9 at the Swetland Homestead, 885 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming. Newell will review the history of samplermaking in the United States and then discuss several examples from the historical society collection including samplers stitched by Luke Swetland’s granddaughters. The talk is free for LCHS members and $5 for non-members. Reservations are not required. Info, call 570-823-6244 or email [email protected]
Deep Breath Book Signing and Sale, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon June 9 at Sugar Plum, 900 Rutter Ave., Forty Fort. The event will feature local resident Rachel Pugh’s children’s book, “Deep Breathe,” which was illustrated by her 12-year-old cousin, Paige Ceaser, of Mountain Top. The duo will sign and sell their book for $10, and all sales will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter. Sugar Plum will sell specially designed “Deep Breath” chocolate bars and donate a portion of the proceeds to the foundation.
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.
Commemorative Air Force (CAF) AirPower History Tour will bring the sights, sounds, and stories of World War II aviation to Wilkes Barre/Scranton International Airport, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13-17. FIFI, one of only two B-29 bombers in the world that still fly, will be accompanied by a C-45 Expeditor, and a T-6 Texan. Visitors will be able to view aircraft up close and tour the cockpit when plane is not flying. Aircraft will be staged on the main ramp at Aviation Technologies, 101 Hangar Road, Avoca, Pennsylvania 18641. Access to the ramp is $10 for adults and $5 for youth age 10 through 18. Children under age 10 are admitted free. Rides range from $85 to $1595 depending on aircraft type. Rides may be booked in advance at AirPowerTour.org.
Maternal & Family Health Services 25th annual golf tournament, June 14, Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club, Mountaintop. Shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Fee is $125 per person, $500 for a foursome, which includes carts, greens fees, lunch, dinner and refreshments. With prizes, auctions and a new car from Sun Buick GMC Moocic going to winner of hole-in-one contest. To register, visit MFHS.org. Info, 570-826-1777 ext. 1010 [email protected]
Friends of the Osterhout Free Library 42nd annual book sale, June 15 to 23, library patio, 71 South Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 5 to 7:30 p.m. June 15; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 16; Closed June 17; 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 18 to June 21; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 22; 9:30 a.m. to noon June 23. June 15 Preview night offers sneak peek and the right to make purchases for $10 donation. It is a kick-off to the week-long sale. June 23 is the traditional ‘bag day.’ June 20 is Children’s Day with live entertainment and activities for kids. The Friends will surpass the half million dollar fund-raiser mark this year and a special ceremony will be held when the goal is hit. Info, 570-823-0156.
Pittston Kiwanis Club annual golf tournament June 15 at Emanon Country Club in Falls, will benefit the Greater Pittston YMCA’s summer children’s program. The tournament begins at 11:30 a.m. with registration starting at 10 a.m. Cost is $75 per player and includes light lunch, buffet dinner, beverages, golf, cart, and prizes. Single players as well as foursomes are welcome. $100 hole sponsorships are also available. Contact Sal Bernardi, 570-820-8459, for information. The YMCA will be running their annual summer camp starting June 18. For more information, please contact, Jenny, 570-655-2255, ext. 103.
Volunteers in Medicine’s 10th annual Music, Medicine and Moving Into The Future Gala, a fund-raiser to benefit the full-time, full-service medical and dental clinic. With a theme “Out of this Galaxy,” the fund-raiser will begin 6 p.m. June 15 at the Woodlands Inn and Resort. Entertainment includes a live, 30-minute performance by Lady Gaga tribute artist Renee Nicole Gray and dancing to the futuristic sounds of 570 Events. Tickets are $150 and may be purchased through vimwb.org.
Wine and Dine Festival, sponsored by Dallas Rotary Club, 1 to 6 p.m. June 23 at the Luzerne County Fairgrounds, Route 118, Dallas, with 16 wineries plus food vendors, crafters and musical entertainment. Tickets $15 in advance and $25 at the gate. Designated driver tickets are $5. VIP tickets are $40 with entrance time of noon. Advance tickets may be purchased at DallasRotaryWineandDine.com or at various local businesses.
Feng Shui workshop, 6 p.m. June 20, Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. Learn about the ancient Chinese art of arranging work and living spaces to promote balance and comfort with author and consultant Sybilla Lenz. To register, visit the library or call 570-474-9313.
Inaugural Strawberry Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21, a strawberry-themed farmers market with every vendor offering something strawberry, Public Square, downtown Wilkes-Barre. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ mascot Tux will visit and D&N Furniture will sponsor a live performance from Strawberry Jam from noon to 1:30 p.m. Additionally, CEO will have a live cooking demonstration during the festival.
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.
Colonial Times in the Valley: Was the Valley Really Connecticut? a presentation by living historian/re-enactor Mark Kahn from the 24th Connecticut Militia Regiment, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 25, Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. Pre-register by calling 570-2787-2013.
Summer Film Fest 2018 Preview Day, noon and 6 p.m. June 28, a chance to see the trailers for all 21 films in the Dietrich Theater’s Summer Film Fest. Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock, admission free. Info, 570-996-1500.