First Posted: 3/5/2015
THIS WEEK: March 11 to 17, 2015
Schemel Forum Luncheon, a talk on “The Arab Spring: Why Did It Happen and Where Is It Headed?” by Ford International Professor of History Philip Khoury of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Rose Room, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. March 11. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
Stars of the Valley, the fifth annual dinner sponsored by the Luzerne County Historical Society, honoring Judge Max Rosenn. Woodlands Inn and Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Township. 5:30 p.m. March 11. $55. Reservations: 570-823-6244.
Saint Andre Bessette Lecture, with Dr. Daniel P. Sulmasy, the Kilbride-Clinton Professor of Medicine and Ethics at the University of Chicago speaking on “Dignity, Vulnerability and the Care of the Patient.” Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 4 p.m. March 12. Free. 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.
How Can You Take Action Against Human Trafficking? A talk on how human trafficking affects more than 5.5 million children annually and steps that can be taken to stop it. Henry Student Center Ballroom, 84 W. South St., Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 4 p.m. March 12. Free. 570-408-4779.
Happy Hour Fundraiser to benefit Candy’s Place: The Center for Cancer Wellness. With beer and wine, brewery tours, hors d’oeuvres, magician Dave Jenkins and music by Times Remembered with DJ Todd Prutzman. Susquehanna Brewing Company, 675 S. Main St., Pittston. 6 to 8 p.m. March 12. $20 advance; $25 at the door. 570-714-8800.
Socrates Cafe, a philosophical discussion group. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 12. Free. 570-823-0156.
Freeland History Presentation, a look at the town’s growth, businesses and churches during its first 30 to 40 years along with the 1906 Pearl Jubilee by historican Charlotte Tancin. MMI Preparatory School, 154 Centre St., Freeland. 6:30 p.m. March 12. Free. 570-455-3533.
Civil War Roundtable, a presentation by history teacher Charles Herring on “Theodore Gerrish: First Person, Last Survivor of the 20th Maine Infantry Regiment.” Daddow-Isaacs American Legion, 730 Memorial Highway, Dallas. 7 p.m. March 12. $3. 570-675-8936.
Western Movie Series, a screening of “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” (1949) starring John Wayne and Joanne Dru. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. March 13. Free popcorn. 570-823-0156.
Trivia Night! Enjoy pizza and drinks while showing off your knowledge of trivia. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6 p.m. March 13. $10 per team (up to six people). Registration (by March 10): 570-654-9847.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the annual celebration with more than 12,000 participants. Downtown Scranton. 11:45 a.m. March 14. Info at stpatparade.com.
A Taste of Ireland, with harp music and Irish food including crab-and-mushroom soup, colcannon, Guinness beef stew, corned beef and cabbage, soda bread and much more. Sophia Coxe House, 2207 Route 940, Drifton. March 14 with servings at 1 and 4 p.m. $20. Reservations: 570-956-3881.
Free Movie Night, a showing of Disney’s “Big Hero 6” (2014), a computer-animated superhero comedy. Sweet Valley Church of Christ, 5439 Main Road. 6 p.m. March 14. Refreshments provided. 844-782-2266.
50/50 Bingo, with food and beverages. Noxen School and Community Center, School Street. 6 to 9 p.m. March 14. Proceeds benefit the Monroe Sportsmen’s Club. 570-298-2052.
Night at the Races, the annual fundraiser sponsored by the Dallas Lions Club. Gate of Heaven School, 40 Machell Ave., Dallas. 6:30 p.m. March 14. $5; $10 per horse. 570-675-4485.
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance, with cocktails, buffet dinner and dance music by Millennium. Dupont VFW, 401 Main St. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. March 14. $30. Reservations: 570-654-9104.
Bowl for a Cause, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Wyoming Valley. Chacko’s Family Bowling Center, 195 Wilkes-Barre Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre. March 15 with sessions at noon and 3 p.m. $100 includes two hours of bowling, rentals, pizza and soda. 570-823-1033.
A Confederation of Union Generals, a living Civil War history presentation with six local heroes assuming and talking about their character’s role during the war. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. 1 p.m. March 15. 570-340-5200.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the annual march along South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre. Pre-parade events include the 5K Renal Race at 10 a.m., starting and finishing at Public Square; a Children’s Storytime 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble Wilkes-King’s Bookstore on South Main Street; a concert by the Hooley Boys at 1 p.m. on Public Square, followed by the parade at 2 p.m. March 15.
Chasing Shackleton, a documentary re-creating Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1916 rescue mission across 800 miles of the Southern Ocean. 2 to 5 p.m. March 15 at the Bevevino Library; and 2 to 5 p.m. March 20 at Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Held in conjunction with a weeklong series on climate change and global exploration. 570-674-6719.
Law and Order: Berwick True Crime, a presentation on an incident in which a heroin addict terrorized the community and placed citizens’ lives in jeopardy. McBride Memorial Library, 500 Market St., Berwick. 6 p.m. March 16. Free. 570-542-7946.
Divine Wisdom Lecture, with Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University, speaking on “Jesus the Jewish Storyteller: Hearing the Parables in Historical Context.” Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. March 16. 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.
Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery, a lecture by Shandra Woworuntu, an Indonesian native and survivor of human sex trafficking. Rooms 218-219, Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Noon on March 17. Free. 570-674-6314.
The Heroic Age of Polar Exploration, an illustrated lecture on the triumphs and tragedies of expeditions opening the Antarctic frontier by history and government professor Brian Carso. Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7 p.m. March 17. Held in conjunction with a weeklong series on climate change and global exploration. 570-674-6719.\
Classic Movie Series, a screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975), with the British comedy troupe encountering a series of silly obstacles while searching for the Holy Grail. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Noon and 7 p.m. March 18. $5. 570-996-1500.
Schemel Forum Luncheon, a talk on “De-Coding Putin” by Jill Dougherty, Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Redington Hall of Collegiate Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. March 18. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
Climate Change: Is It Getting Hot in Here? A talk by biology professor Anthony Serino on evidence and consequences of global warming. Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7 p.m. March 18. Held in conjunction with a weeklong series on climate change and global exploration. 570-674-6719.
Learn to Cook, preparation of a three-course meal with Chef Dale Lewis including spring shrimp vegetable roll, roasted rack of lamb and rhubarb crisp. Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgway Drive, Dallas. 6 to 8 p.m. March 19. $25; $30 with wine. Reservations: 570-675-1134, ext. 100.
Bad Movie Thursdays, a skewering of the 1975 police film “Mitchell,” courtesy of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 series. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. March 19 with cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and movie 7 to 9 p.m. $10. 570-344-1111.
Ale in the 18th Century, a talk by retired dietician Mary Babcock on the history of ale in the colonies, its impact during the Revolutionary War and present-day beers. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. March 19. Free. Registration (by March 17): 570-654-9847.
Spring Film and Discussion Series, with five films from around the world including “The First Grader,” “The Intouchables,” “Not One Less,” “My Name Is Khan” and “Wadjda.” Sponsored by Penn State Wilkes-Barre at Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Thursdays from March 19 to April 23. 570-675-9253.
Western Movie Series, a screening of “Hang ‘Em High” (1968) starring Clint Eastwood. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. March 20. Free popcorn. 570-823-0156.
Laugh Out Loud, the sixth annual benefit for the Domestic Violence Service Center. With a silent auction, appetizers, dinner and dessert stations, and comedians from WiseCrackers Comedy Club. Genetti’s Hotel and Convention Center, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. March 20. $60. 570-823-6799.
Eggs, Rabbits and Trees, a Pennsylvania-German Easter workshop including egg dyeing, an Easter tree, fastnachts, Easter cards and other traditions. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 21. $15. Reservations: 570-992-6161.
One More Row, a knit-and-crochet group for all ages. Beginners welcome. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. to noon. March 21. Free with light refreshments. 570-823-0156.
Historic Walk through Spring Brook Farm, located on the far end of Hillside Farms. Included: barns that predate the Civil War, rare Devon cattle with a lineage to the Pilgrims and a historic kitchen with a beehive oven and well. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 22. $25 includes lunch. Reservations: 570-696-2881.
Ham Bingo, with door prizes, cash and basket raffles and a bake sale. St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 140 Church St., Old Forge. March 22 with doors at 11 a.m. and games at 1 p.m. 570-457-8275.
Vendor Bingo, with prizes by Vera Bradley, Tastefully Simple, Coach, Thirty-One and more. St. Jude School, 422 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. March 22 with doors at 1 p.m. and games at 2 p.m. $20 advance; $25 at the door. 570-474-5803.
The Menu, demonstrations of culinary creations by chefs from local restaurants along with cooking tips. Shopland Hall, Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. March 23 with cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and event 7 to 8:30 p.m. $10. 570-344-1111.
Course of Action: Lessons from a Lifetime of Polar Exploration, the annual Dr. Midori Yamanouchi Lecture by polar explorer and environmental scientist Tim Jarvis. Lemmond Theater, Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7:30 p.m. March 23. Free but tickets required: 570-674-6719.
Drum Circle, with drums from all over the world, led by Thomas Odeerheart. Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 24. No musical ability necessary. Registration: 570-675-182.
Fabric-Wrapped Bangles and Wine. Learn to create colorful bangles using strips of fabric. Materials provided but feel free to bring in your own fabric. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. March 25. $15. Registration (by March 23): 570-654-9847.
International Film Series, a screening of “Shadow Magic,” a 2000 film by director Ann Hu which explores the role of modernity in traditional Chinese society. Moskovitz Theater, DeNaples Campus Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 7 p.m. March 25. Free. 570-941-6330.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the latest version of the Greatest Show on Earth titled “Built to Amaze!” Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. March 26 and 27; 1 and 5 p.m. March 28; 1 p.m. March 29. 570-970-7600.
Happy Hour, a tour and beer sampling at the Susquehanna Brewing Company, 635 S. Main St., Pittston. 5 p.m. March 26. Free. Sponsored by the West Pittston Library. Registration (by March 24): 570-654-9847.
Western Movie Series, a screening of “Dodge City” (1939) starring Erroll Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. March 27. Free popcorn. 570-823-0156.
Fitness Fridays at the YMCA, a 45-minute introduction to piloxing, a mix of Pilates, boxing and dance. Sponsored by the West Pittston Library at the Pittston YMCA, 10 N. Main St. 4:15 p.m. March 27. Free. Registration (by March 24): 570-654-9847.
Diabetes Prevention and Management: Understanding the Key to Control, a motivational program in which lifestyle modifications that contribute to the prevention of diabetes are explored. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. March 28. Free. 570-996-1500.
International Conference on Asian Studies: Taiwan and China in Global Context, a two-day event with presentations by Asian scholars, workshops, master classes and performances. 3 to 9 p.m. March 28 at the Loyola Science Center, University of Scranton; and 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 29 on the fifth floor of Brennan Hall, 320 Madison St., Scranton. Free but fees are required for lunches and dinners. 570-941-6206.
Friends of NRA Fundraising Banquet. Genetti Manor,1505 N. Main Ave., Dickson City. 4:30 p.m. March 28. $45, $25 youths. 570-587-2662.
A Night at the Races, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hazleton. J.J. Ferrara Performing Arts Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. March 28 with doors at 6 p.m. and event at 6:30 p.m. $8 advance; $10 at the door includes food and refreshments. Age 21 and older. 570-401-7682.
An Afternoon with Mother Jones, a program on the fiery figures in the American labor movement. Sophia Coxe House, 2207 Route 940, Drifton. 2 p.m. March 29 $10. 570-926-5427.
Classic Movie Series, a screening of “The Greatest Story Ever Told” (1965) starring Charlton Heston, John Wayne and Sidney Poitier. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Noon and 7 p.m. April 1. $5. 570-996-1500.
Visiting Scholar Lecture Series, a talk by Jay Nathan, Ph.D on “Mongolia: History, Culture and Transformation.” Moskovitz Theater, DeNaples Campus Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 5:30 p.m. April 8. Free. 570-941-7816.
Relay Rally, a gathering to inform participants about the upcoming Relay for Life cancer fundraiser on June 13. Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. April 8. 570-714-8800.
Spring Film Festival, with 25 foreign, independent and art films. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Begins April 10 with an Opening Night Gala 5:30 p.m. April 10 with two films, beer, wine and food. Continues through April 30. 570-996-1500.
A Day of Family History, sessions on genealogy research for the novice and experienced genealogist including available collections and resources along with instructions in using Autosomal DNA to explore one’s early roots. Luzerne County Community College Conference Center, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 11. Reservations: 570-829-1765.
Kentucky Derby Gala Art Auction, with complimentary southern fare, open cocktail bar and music by bluegrass group the Mud Pond Boys. Also: door prizes, basket raffle and a Derby hat contest. St. Jude School, 422 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. April 11 with preview at 6 p.m. and auction at 7 p.m. $25; $40 per couple. 570-474-5803.
Square Dance, with music by the Roger Furman Band. Franklin Township Fire Company, 329 Orange Road, Dallas. April 11 with doors and kitchen open at 6 p.m. and dancing 7 to 10 p.m. $6, $3 children. 570-333-5912.
The Taming of the Brew, the 14th annual microbrew and food festival to benefit the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. Caldwell Consistory, 150 Market St., Bloomsburg. 7 p.m. April 11. $60; $30 designated drivers. Reservations: 570-784-8181.
Lunch and Learn, simple ways to live a more sustainable life and save money with presenter Barb Lawson, the greenhouse and garden center manager of The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. Noon to 2 p.m. April 12. $20. Registration at eventbrite.com.
Titanic Tea, a high English tea with finger sandwiches, scones with cream and jam and teas along with a program on the ill-fated ship Titanic. Sophia Coxe House, 2207 Route 940, Drifton. April 12 with servings at 1 and 4 p.m. $15. Reservations: 570-926-5427.
Women and Work, the annual Women’s and Gender Studies Conference sponsored by King’s College and Wilkes University, offering presentations of research projects, panel discussions, performance art and a keynote address by Dr. Shelley Burtt, executive director of the Camphill Foundation speaking on “The Politics of Caregiving in America: The Challenge of Camphill’s Model of Inclusive Care.” King’s College Campus, Wilkes-Barre. April 14 and 15 with keynote address in Burke Auditorium 7 p.m. April 13. Open to the public. 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.
Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, an “Earth Month” documentary about the Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment. Loyola Science Center, University of Scranton. 7 p.m. April 14. Free. 570-941-6194.
Global Landscapes Conference, a gathering of scholars, educators, students and community members who are interested in examining issues facing humanity and finding sustainable solutions in a changing environment. King’s College Campus, Wilkes-Barre. April 16 and 17. Information: 570-208-5900, ext. 5787.
Bad Movie Thursdays, a skewering of the 1990 fantasy horror film “Soultaker,” courtesy of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 series. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. April 16 with cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and movie 7 to 9 p.m. $10. 570-344-1111.
Schemel Forum Luncheon, a talk on “A Brief History of the Jews: From Abraham to Scranton” by UCLA professor David Myers. Redington Hall of Collegiate Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. April 17. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
Relay for Life, the overnight fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society. Participants may walk as an individual or as a team. Anderson Sports and Health Center, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Begins 7 p.m. April 17 and concludes 7 a.m. April 18. $10, $15 day of event. Register at relayforlife.org/pamisericordia.
Steamtown National Historic Site will waive its entrance fee in honor of the National Park Week Celebration. 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 18 and 19. 570-340-5200.
Designer Purse Bingo, with a basket raffle, 50/50, instant bingo, food, drinks and a bake sale. Gate of Heaven Parish, 40 Machell Ave., Dallas. April 18 with doors at 11 a.m. and games at noon. $20 includes 25 games. 570-675-2121.
Spring Gala and Auction, the 13th annual fundraiser for the Family Service Association with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing to the music of Groove Train. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Hotel, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 6 p.m. April 18. 570-823-5144.
The Menu, demonstrations of culinary creations by chefs from local restaurants along with cooking tips. Shopland Hall, Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. April 20 with cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and event 7 to 8:30 p.m. $10. 570-344-1111.
Earth Day Fair, with interactive games, presentations, environmental information and tips on sustainable practices. DeNaples Campus Center Patio, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 11 a.m. April 21. 570-941-7520.
Victorian Morals and Manners, a program about the codes that ruled all aspects of Victorian life. Sophia Coxe House, 2207 Route 940, Drifton. 2 p.m. April 26. $10. 570-926-5427.
An Evening of Fine Food and Wine, samplings of food-and-wine pairings offered by area restaurants. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 5:30 p.m. April 26. Reservations: 570-344-1111.
Schemel Forum Luncheon, a talk on “Soft Power for Hard Times” by William Kiehl of PD Worldwide International, who touches on national security and public diplomacy. Rose Room, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. April 29. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
Carbon County Home, Business & Outdoor Expo, with the latest in products, services and activities along with industry experts, fun activities, raffle prizes and more. Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall, 103 E. Tenth St. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 2 and 3. Free. 610-379-1099.
Born to Be Shorn, observing the shearing of Dorset and Jacob sheep while learning about wool’s numerous and sustainable uses. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. Noon to 3 p.m. May 2. Free. 570-696-2881.
Mother’s Day Tea, a high Victorian tea with soup, tea sandwiches and dessert. Sophia Coxe House, 2207 Route 940, Drifton. 4 p.m. May 10. $15. Reservations: 570-926-5427.
Tea with Queen Victoria and her court, who discuss their lives during a high Victorian tea with soup, tea sandwiches and dessert. Sophia Coxe House, 2207 Route 940, Drifton. 2 p.m. May 16. $15. Reservations: 570-926-5427.
Wine and Dine Festival, with tastings of the finest local wines from the Back Mountain and Endless Mountains areas along with food, craftspersons, vendors and live music. Luzerne County Fairgrounds, 1010 Route 118, Dallas. Noon to 6 p.m. June 27. $15 advance; $25 day of event. Info at dallasrotarywineanddine.com.
Grass-to-Glass Walk, an afternoon tour providing an upclose look at the dairy herd, the milk-making process and the importance of sustainability. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 28. Age 12 and older. $20 includes lunch. Reservations: 570-696-2881.
Steamtown National Historic Site will waive its entrance fee in honor of the National Park Service’s 99th Birthday. 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25. 570-340-5200.
Tenth-Birthday Bonfire, with music, farm-fresh foods and a huge bonfire. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. Sept. 19. 570-696-2881.
Steamtown National Historic Site will waive its entrance fee in honor of National Public Lands Day. 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26. 570-340-5200.
Hillside Farms Fall Festival, with music, children’s games, educational presentations, tractor-wagon rides, craft booths and farm-fresh foods. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. Noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 4. $10 per carload. 570-696-2881
Steamtown National Historic Site will waive its entrance fee in honor of Veterns Day. 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11. 570-340-5200.