Keep your weekend affordable with these suggestions of things to do for $20 or less

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Man and Model of the Year

The Weekender’s annual Man and Model of the Year party is scheduled for Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. inside the Woodlands in Plains Twp. More than 100 men and models are eligible to compete for the crowns of man and model of the year for 2015. Contestants will be narrowed down to a final six who will go through a question and answer session to select the winners. Party goers must be 18 years old to attend. A cash bar will be available for people 21 and older with valid identification. There is no entry fee.

Project Object

The legacy of Frank Zappa will be carried to the River Street Jazz Cafe on Oct. 23 as Zappa band alumni Ike Willis and Denny Walley will play songs from across the spectrum of the Zappa catalogue with Project Object. The event begins at 9 p.m. and music starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Crowded Streets

Promoted as the number one tribute to the Dave Matthews Band in the country, Crowded Streets has toured the east coast for nearly a decade. Now they’re bringing their noted DMB act to the River Street Jazz Cafe. Tickets will be between $10 and $12 at the door, and music starts at 10 p.m.

Back to the Future

The re-release of the BttF trilogy is being shown at Regal Cinemas in Dickson City and Cinemark Theaters in Moosic on Oct. 21 in honor of the 30th anniversary of the first film. The show day was selected because Oct. 21, 2015 was the day Marty McFly traveled to in BttF: Part II. The trilogy begins at 5 p.m. at Regal. There will be a 10 minute intermission between films. Ticket prices are $9.50 for adults and $7.25 for seniors and children. At Cinemark’s XD theater, the trilogy will begin at 4:30 p.m. There’s an approximate 30 minute intermission between films and tickets cost $15 per person.

Ringo Deathstarr/The Kickback/Science Queen

Texas-based indie rockers Ringo Deathstarr will take the stage at the Other Side, (rear of Bart & Urby’s) on Oct. 21 at 10 p.m. with Scranton’s own Science Queen and Chicago’s The Kickback opening up. Music starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $5, and patrons will get one free Pabst Blue Ribbon beer with the entry fee.

Halloween Fest

Salt Springs Park, 6 miles north of Montrose, will feature all things Halloween on Oct. 24. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with pumpkin carving. At 6 p.m., they will break open a piñata and then tell ghost stories until dark. Once night falls, patrons will take a walk into the haunted woods. There will be a campfire following the walk until 9:30 p.m. and treats for those who come in costume. The fee is $5 per person and $20 for families. Friends of Salt Springs Park members will get a 50 percent discount. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for Oct. 25.

An old-style Halloween

The ghost-stories aren’t too spooky; the crafts and pony rides are designed for kids. So feel free to bring the entire family to Quiet Valley Living Histroical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg for Halloween-themed fun 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23, 1 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 and 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 25. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children. 570-992-6161.

Live Balloon Release

Write your secrets or burdens on a balloon and send them aloft during a balloon release organized by student Ariela Ortiz as her senior project. Hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 at Hanover Area Junior/Senior High School, 1600 Sans Souci Parkway, Hanover Township. Cost is $5 for adults; $2.50 ages 6 to 12 and proceeds benefit the cause of suicide prevention.

An Old-Fashioned Irish Wake

Surely you’ve heard about Irish wakes. Now you can experience some of the customs and traditions, along with a taste of “funeral pie” and cider from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23-25 at the Sophia Coxe House, 2207 Route 940, Drifton. Cost is $10. Call 570-926-5427 for reservations.

Nature at Night

Learn how crickets and other animals make their night sounds, make animal crafts, relax by the campfire and enjoy an indoor presentation by the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center that includes a barn owl and a striped skunk. All of this and more will be featured at the Endless Mountains Nature Center on Oct. 24. Space is limited and registration is recommended to secure a space. The event is $10 per person up to 100 people and $5 per person after that. The live animal presentation is limited to the first 100 people. Reserve your spot at or call 570-836-3835.

Things to do in NEPA for $20 or less

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