First Posted: 9/18/2014
THIS WEEK: Sept. 24 to 30, 2014
Cutting Edge Interviews, the last in a three-part Job Seeker series. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24. Registration: 570-654-9847.
My Architect: A Son’s Journey, a free showing of the Oscar-nominated film by Nathaniel Kahn who explores the life of his father, architect Louis Kahn. Sponsored by the Wyoming Valley Art League at the Circle Center for the Arts, 130 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24.
Everything Grilled, a cooking demonstration by executive chef Dale Lewis who prepares bacon-wrapped barbeque shrimp, herb-crusted flat iron steak with tomato caper sauce and grilled bananas foster for dessert. Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgway Drive, Dallas. 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. $25 includes food, wine and recipes. Reservations: 570-675-1134.
Technology Thursdays, understanding Windows 8 with Jim Luft of Iron-Tech Computer & Network Services. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. Free. Registration: 570-654-9847.
Open House at the Nanticoke Historical Society, 495 E. Main St. The public is invited to access the databases to find photos and histories of family, friends, schools, properties, grave sites and more. 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. Refreshments served. 570-258-1367.
Bloomsburg Fair, the largest agricultural fair in Pennsylvania with grandstand and free concerts, carnival midway, Championship Double Figure 8 Racing, tours of the historic Barton House and the restored Rupert One-Room School House, demolition derby, horse and pony pull, sky ride, amusement rides, Big Cat and Elephant Encounters, harness racing, banjo and fiddle contests, Civil War presenter James Hayney and plenty of exhibits and vendors. Fairgrounds, 620 W. Third St., Bloomsburg. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Sept. 27. $8. 570-387-4145.
Downtown Wilkes-Barre Restaurant Week. Enjoy a wide variety of cuisines at special prices through Sunday, Sept. 28. Participating eateries include Cafe Toscana, Letts Eat Indian Restaurant, Bart & Urby’s, Mimmo’s Pizza, Oyster Seafood & Steakhouse, Rodano’s, Senuna’s Bar & Grill, El Zocalo and many more. View menus online at wbrestaurantweek.com.
Fall Film Festival, showings of 25 foreign, independent and art films during an expanded three-week event. Through Thursday, Oct. 9. Films include “Fed Up,” “Redwood Highway,” “On My Way,” “The Grand Seduction,” “Chef,” “A Most Wanted Man,” “Walking the Camino,” “The Immigrant,” “Belle,” “Words and Pictures,” “Railway Man,” “Begin Again,” “Ida,” “Life Itself,” “Le Chef,” “Finding Vivian Maier,” “Land Ho!” “Calvary,” “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory,” “Boyhood,” “Violette,” “Yves Saint Laurent” and “Citizen Koch.” 570-996-1500 or dietrichtheater.com.
Elvis Movie Month, a screening of “Change of Habit” (1969), a musical drama with Elvis Presley in his final acting role. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. 570-823-0156.
Bethlehem Celtic Classic, the largest festival of its kind in North America with six stages of continuous entertainment, Highland games including the official U.S. National Highland Athletic Championship, whiskey tasting, Guinness Pour, Caber Challenge, herding border collies, Haggis Bowl Contest, Ceili dancing, Showing of the Tartan Parade, fiddle contest, massed bands, Highland dance competition, pipe bands, food, crafts and entertainment by Blackwater, Burning Bridget Cleary, Glengarry Bhoys, Jamison, John Whelan Band, Kilmaine Saints, Piper’s Request, Poor Angus, Seamus Kennedy, Tannahill Weavers, the 4 Leaf Clovers, the Hooligans, the Prodigals and more. Centered around Main, Spring and Lehigh streets in Bethlehem with a shuttle at 305 Conestoga St. 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27; 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. Schedule at celticfest.org.
Heels to Heal Benefit Fashion Show, a fundraiser for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute with vendors including Mary Kay, Envy Me Jewelry, Carmen & Co., Scentsy and more. Genetti’s Hotel and Convention Center, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. 570-235-2230.
AACA Car & Bike Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional Antique Automobile Club of America. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Friday, Sept. 26 from 6 to 10 p.m. with awards at 9 p.m. Free.
Gravestone Manor: Late Checkout! Travel with the cast of this Halloween attraction on a Scare-cation to the perfect place to slay in the sun. Trion Warehouse, 1095 Route 315, Plains Township. Sneak preview 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Sept. 27. Continues Fridays through Sundays through Oct. 26 from 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays. $10. Not recommended for children under age 8. 570-821-6500.
Women’s Conference, with speaker Laura Parker, businesswoman and author of “Inspire,” about empowering women to achieve success and healthy well being. First Assembly of God, 24 Stanton St., Wilkes-Barre. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. $12. Registration: 570-829-0989.
Cancer Survivors Celebration, the 22nd annual event with inspirational messages and refreshments. Open to survivors, their families and friends as well as caregivers and health care professionals. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 27 at McDade Park, Scranton. 800-424-6724 or cancernepa.org.
Hannah’s Amazing Corn Maze, fall fun with horse-drawn hayrides, pumpkin picking and painting, farm animals and produce, craftspersons, and children’s activities. Retherford’s Village Produce & Antiques, 4095 Maple Grove Road, Benton. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 1. $5. 570-925-6520.
Fall Intertribal Powwow, the 10th annual event with Native American dancing, drumming, storytelling, children’s dances, fry bread, crafts, beadwork, leatherwork, books, jewelry, blankets and food. Noxen Fire Company, Stull Road, Noxen. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 with Grand Entry of dancers in full regalia at noon each day followed by Circle Hours. Free; $7 camping. 570-947-2097.
Mountain Top Kite Festival, with a kite-flying exhibition by the Pocono Kite Symphony, DJ music, picnic foods and a free kite-building kit for each child to assemble and fly. St. Martin in the Fields, 3085 Church Road, Mountain Top. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. 570-868-6895.
Harvest Festival, the fourth annual event with animal presenters, arts and crafts, hands-on activities, conservation exhibits, live music, local food, old-time activities and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. $5 per car. 570-828-2319.
Community Appreciation Day, fee-free tours of the historic mansion, a magic-and-puppet show for kids and entertainment by Trim Trio. Bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy on the estate grounds. Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Milford. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. 570-296-9630.
Fun Dog Show, the 10th annual event with fun contests, live music, food, raffles, vendors and more. Upper Field on the campus of Stroudsburg Intermediate Elementary School, 2000 Chipperfield Drive, Stroudsburg. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. $35 per dog by Monday, Sept. 22; $40 thereafter. 570-422-1484.
Dog & Toddler Connection, tips, tricks and suggestions to help the family dog interact well with a new baby. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Registration: 570-654-9847.
Eco-Trolley Ride, following a portion of the former Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley (Laurel Line) Railroad right-of-way as it parallels Roaring Brook past the historic Iron Furnaces and through the Crown Avenue Tunnel. Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Saturday, Sept. 27 with a family-oriented ride at 4 p.m. followed by refreshments at the museum, and a second ride at 5:15 p.m. followed by a Happy Hour at the museum. Reservations: 570-347-6311.
Purse-onality Auction, the third annual bidding on name-brand purses, sponsored by the NEPA Scholarship Pageant Association. With wine, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a pasta station. Mohegan Sun Convention Center, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. 570-690-9687 or nepapageant.com.
Contra Dance, with music by the Ragtag Rutabagas. The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. $10. 570-253-2020.
Greater Pittston Charity Train Ride, to historic Jim Thorpe on a 1920s-era, open-window coach pulled by a diesel locomotive. Leaves from Stephenson Street in Duryea at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28 with return at 6:45 p.m. Limited seating. $65. Reservations: 570-457-6558.
Forty Fort Meeting House Tours of the oldest religious edifice in Northeastern Pennsylvania with its original box pews, elevated pulpit and plain woodwork reflecting the Puritan background of the settlers. 20 River St., Forty Fort. 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. $2, $1 children. 570-287-5214.
Denison House Tours of the 1790 historic home of Nathan Denison, one of Wyoming Valley’s first settlers. 35 Denison St., Forty Fort. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. $5; $3 children. 570-288-5531.
W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of the 2013 documentary “20 Feet from Stardom,” about the lives of backup singers for famous performers. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.
Classic Film Series, screenings of “Gone with the Wind,” the 1939 epic Civil War film directed by David O. Selznick. Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28; 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1. $5. 570-961-5943.
Breakfast Buffet, will be held at the Noxen Volunteer Fire Company. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 28 attendees can enjoy breakfast at the fire hall on Stull Road, Noxen. $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under. For more information, 570-298-2256
Ukrainian Immigration to the Anthracite Coal Regions of Northeastern Pennsylvania in the late 19th and 20th centuries with Commonwealth speaker Paula Holoviak who highlights the impact of this migration on the history, culture and economy. St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 93 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville. 3 p.m. Sept. 28. Free. 570-696-3450.
Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon, with attorney Morey Myers speaking on “Japanese Internment: A Shameful Ghost That Still Haunts Us.” Rose Room, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
Back Mountain Bloomers Garden Club Fall Luncheon, with guest speaker Jerry Fritz, author and garden designer from Ottsville, Pennsylvania. Irem Country Club, Dallas. 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1. $30. Reservations: 570-823-9048 or backmountainbloomers.org.
Sports/Celebrity Memorabilia Auction, the 17th annual benefit for the Hazleton Enlarged Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Diamond United Methodist Church, 519 N. Locust St., Hazleton. Wednesday, Oct. 1 with preview at 6 p.m. and bidding at 7 p.m. $2 includes refreshments. 570-454-4661.
Allan P. Kirby Lecture in Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, with speaker Michael Reagan, Fox News commentator and bestselling author. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street at South River Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1. Free and open to the public. 570-408-4306.
Stock Dog Trials, with more than 90 border collies competing in the 33rd Pennsylvania State Championship and the Northeast Regional Final of the Fall Foliage Championship. Harford Fairgrounds, 485 Fair Hill Road, New Milford. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 through Sunday, Oct. 5. Free. 570-289-4733.
Greek Food Festival, with gyros, spanakopita, souvlaki, pastitsio, baklava and many more tastes of the Mediterranean along with church tours. Eat in or take out. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 32 E. Ross St., Wilkes-Barre. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 to Saturday, Oct. 4. Free delivery within two miles of the church on purchases over $30. 570-823-4805.
Feast of Saint Francis Lecture, with Mollie Wilson O’Reilly, associate editor of Commonweal Magazine, speaking on “A Poor Church for the Poor: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism.” Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, North River and West Union streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. Free. 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.
Bad Movie Thursday, a skewering of the 1987 film “Zombie Nightmare,” a feature of the cult comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. Thursday, Oct. 2 with cocktails at 6 p.m. and movie at 7 p.m. $10. 570-344-1111.
The Fishing Creek Confederacy, a play by Maddie Lewis, an eighth-grade student at Good Shepherd Academy, which won local, regional and state History Day competitions. Also: a talk by historian and author William V. Lewis Jr. Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. 570-287-2013.
Ang Lee Film Series: Three Decades of Fearlessness, a screening of “The Wedding Banquet” (1993), a comedy about a gay man agreeing to a marriage of convenience to a female tenant to quiet his nagging parents. Loyola Science Center, University of Scranton. 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. 570-941-7498.
Wyoming Oktoberfest, the 7th annual event with German-style foods, beer, arts and crafts, apple and pumpkin pie contest, wiener dog parade, games, carnival rides and entertainment by Joe Stanky and the Cadets, Empire in Decline, Stealing Neil, Party Mouth and the Jeanne Zano Band. Midway Shopping Center, 1026 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4; noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 5. 570-693-0291.
Steamtown National Historic Site will waive its entrance fee on Saturday, Sept. 27 in honor off National Public Lands Day; and Tuesday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 570-340-5200.
Bus Trip to the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City. Leaves from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 316 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top at 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 13. $65 includes transportation and museum admission. 570-474-6616.