Events Listings: June 29 through July 5

The Equines for Freedom Wine Festival will take place June 30 at Lazybrook Park in Tunkhannock. - Times Leader file photo

THIS WEEK: June 29 through July 5

Equines for Freedom Wine Festival, noon to 5 p.m. June 30, Lazybrook Park, 2 Overlook Drive, Tunkhannock, a family-friendly event with more than 30 art and craft vendors and businesses. Funds raised offset the cost of providing equine-assisted PTSD treatment to current and former U.S. service members, regardless of the source of trama or their characterization of service. For advance tickets, $20, see Tickets are $25 at the door.

Wheels for Warriors, a car show in memory of Chuck and Eddie Ornoski, will begin at noon June 30 at the Polish American Veteran’s Pavilion, 2 S. Oak St., Plains Township. The brothers were original members of the Polish American Veterans. The event is open to all vehicles and motorcycles at $10 per vehicle, and the event includes food, beverages and raffles. There is no fee for spectators. For further information, contact Mike at 570-466-5410.

35th Annual Bernie’s Memorial 3 Mile Walk/Run, to benefit the Greater Carbondale, Greater Pittston, Greater Scranton, Wayne County and Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs. Start time 8:30 a.m. July 4, River Street, Wilkes-Barre, run through South Wilkes-Barre and finish at Public Square. To register, visit For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, email Lauranel Banks, Wellness Director and Race Coordinator, at [email protected]

2018 Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, festivities will begin at noon July 4 at Kirby Park with food vendors, craft vendors, amusement rides and games during the afternoon, along with music and fireworks in the evening. The Starfires will perform from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Mohegan Sun Pocono will sponsor the fireworks display conducted by Skyshooter Displays of Wapwallopen, which begins at dusk. Alcoholic beverages, glass containers, smoking and personal fireworks are prohibited at the park and dogs are not permitted during the Fourth of July celebration.


Nativity of Our Lord Parish Festival, 6 to 11 p.m. July 6, 5 to 11:30 p.m. July 7 and 5 to 10 p.m. July 8, Stephenson Street, Duryea, with specialty stands ranging from Disney and designer purse to tool and hockey and plant and garden; face painting, cash raffle, flea market. Menu includes volcano fries, corn on the cob, hand-dipped ice cream and much more.

Pizza with Pals for PAWS. Unlimited pizza, stromboli, soda, beer and mixed drink specials, raffles and door prizes, 1 to 4 p.m. July 8, Rodano’s, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $25 for adults, $6 children 5-12. Proceeds benefit Happy Hearts & Tails Safe Haven Animal Rescue. Info,570-262-9987.

A visit with Kathy Miller, author of the Chippy Chipmunk series of children’s books, 10 to 11 a.m. July 10, Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. She will present a nature program, book signing and photos with Chippy. Books can be pre-ordered or purchased during the event. Info, 570-693-1364.

What You’re Looking for is Not in the Fridge! How I Found Myself When I Stopped Looking There, a talk with local author Julia Grocki about her book, which discusses her successful battle against negative self-image and emotional eating, 6:30 p.m. July 11, Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Avenue, Mountain Top. Register for this program by visiting the library or by calling 570-474-9313.

Close Encounters with Birds of Prey, with Bill Streeter, executive director of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center and hawks, falcons and owls, 11 a.m. July 7, Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Please reserve free tickets by calling 570-996-1500. Tickets will be available at the door as long as they last.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Festival, 5 to 11 p.m. July 12 through 14, 116 Hughes St., Swoyersville, with games, prizes, pierogies, piggies, halushki. Music from John Stevens Doubleshot on Thursday, Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots on Friday and Hoopla Band on Saturday.

Luzerne County Child Advocacy Center Happy Hour fund-raising event, 5 to 7 p.m. July 13, hosted by The Red Mill, 340 S. Main St., Pittston, with pizza, wing bites. Percentage of sales benefit Advocacy Center’s fight against child abuse. $20 per person. Info, 570-208-2895.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Lake Silkworth Summer Fest, 5 to 11 p.m. July 13 and 14; 3 to 9 p.m. July 15; Route 29, Hunlock Creek. Indoor air-conditioned flea market and games. Homemade pierogies, piggies and more. Music from Infinity on Friday, Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots on Saturday and Flaxy Morgan on Sunday. Polka Mass on Sunday at 2 p.m. with George Tarasek Polka Band.

Holy Family Parish Festival, 5 to 10 p.m. July 14 at 828 Main Street, Sugar Notch, rain or shine, under tents, with traditional ethnic and American homemade food including potato pancakes, pierogies, wimpies, hot dogs, french fries, sausage and peppers, clam chowder, nachos and cheese and ice cream. Instant bingo, children’s games, live music by Sammich Kings. Info: 570-822-3483

An Evening with Robert Louis Stevenson, 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 15 at the historic Sophia Coxe House, 2207 Route 940, Drifton, with local actor, author and historian Bobby Maso portraying the famous Scottish novelist. $15. Reservations needed. Call Karen at 570-956-3881. Light refreshments will be served.

St. Nicholas Church Bazaar, with games, raffle drawing, giant indoor flea market, ethnic foods including bratwurst, potato pancakes, haluski, piggies, pierogies and Mexican/Caribbean treats along with clams, fried dough, pulled pork, pick’n chicken and more. 5:30 to 11 p.m. July 19, 20 and starting July 21 after the 5 p.m. Mass. Parish grounds, 226 South Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre. Entertainment by Flaxy Morgan on Thursday, The Sperazza Band on Friday and Home Town Boyz on Saturday. Info, 570-823-7736.

St. Eulalia’s Summer Picnic, opens at 6 p.m. July 19 and 20 and at 5 p.m. July 21, 214 Blue Shutters Road, Roaring Brook Township. Bake sale, homemade foods, tricky trays, Grandma’s Attic, games and nightly musical entertainment, free parking. If you’re interested in the eighth annual 5K run/walk on July 21, see or call Ryan at 570-499-3782.

Big Tent Bazaar, sponsored by Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church, Buttonwood section of Hanover Township, 420 Main Road., July 20 through 22, with tiki bar, theme baskets, five bands over three nights.

Parish of St. Barbara Summer Festival and Car & Truck Show, 5 to 10 p.m. July 21 and noon to 7 p.m. July 22, with homemade meatball hoagies, porketta sandwiches, funnel cakes, ‘the best potato pancakes in the Valley’ and more. Car & Truck Show is July 22; parish grounds, 28 Memorial St., Exeter. Info: 570-654-2103

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.

St. Robert Bellarmine Parish at St. Aloysius Church, corner of Barney and Division streets, Wilkes-Barre; 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 2, 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 3, 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 4. Music by Tommy & The Original Tones on Thursday, The Tommy Guns Band on Friday and The Sperazza Band on Saturday. Homemade foods, games, prizes and an indoor flea market. Info: 570-823-3791

St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church Bazaar, 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4 and noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 5 at parish grounds, 695 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with entrance to parish social hall at 522 Madison St., games of chance, ethnic foods, cash raffle, silent auction and giant indoor flea market. The Sperazza Band plays 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Iron Cowboy 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Group Therapy 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Hobbie Volunteer Fire Company Carnival – A Real Country “AfFAIR,” Aug. 3, 4 and 5 at the carnival grounds, 613 W. County Road, Wapwallopen. The Garden Tractor Pull begins at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Backyard Horseshoe Pitch, comprised of 64 two-partner teams, begins at noon Sunday, and cash prizes will be awarded. To register a team, call Shane at 570-956-3989 by 11 p.m. Aug 4. A special auction begins at 1 p.m. Sunday with a wide variety of prizes. Music by Hillbilly D’Lux at 7 p.m. Friday, Kartune at 7 p.m. Saturday, DJ Carol Jean Davis on Sunday afternoon and the Tommy Guns Band from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Games for children include Pet Shop, TP (toilet paper) Toss, Goldfish Toss, Soda Ring Toss and Dime Pitch. Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday and fluid on Sunday, with horseshoes starting at noon, and auction at 1 p.m., but food stands opening between 1 and 2 p.m. Info: 570-379-3811 or 570-379-2816

St. John the Evangelist Church Bazaar, William Street, Pittston, Aug. 9 through 11, with flea market, children’s games, ethnic foods. Starts at 5:30 p.m. each evening.

Grant-writing workshop for non-profits. 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 13 at Penn State University Hazleton Campus, 76 University Drive, Hazleton. Designed to help grant writers from non-profit organizations and municipalities that are seeking financial support for a project. Recommended for staff, volunteers and board members. Cost is $35 per person. Register at Info, 570-296-3400.

The Equines for Freedom Wine Festival will take place June 30 at Lazybrook Park in Tunkhannock. Equines for Freedom Wine Festival will take place June 30 at Lazybrook Park in Tunkhannock. Times Leader file photo