Events Listings: May 13 to 19, 2015

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Spend the day with Indra Lahiri of the Indraloka Animal Sanctuary on May 17 and ‘Learn to Talk to Animals.’ The workshop takes place at Wellspring House in Tunkhannock.

A Cupcake Battle is one of the many events of the annual Chocolate and Wine Festival May 16 along Chestnut Street in Montrose.

THIS WEEK: May 13 to 19, 2015

Arts About Town Church Tours, a lecture on the architecture, stained-glass and artwork of the First Presbyterian Church and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Conducted by Tom Jones, senior warden of St. Stephen’s Church and Matthew Schooley, president of the Forty Fort Cemetery Association. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 14; 10 a.m. and noon May 15; 12:20 p.m. May 16. Held in conjunction with the Fine Arts Fiesta. Tickets available at the Fiesta Gazebo on Public Square. 267-250-9559.

Fine Arts Fiesta, the annual celebration of the arts with juried art exhibits, an artisans market, musical and stage performances, children’s tent, craftspersons and festival food. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 14 to 16; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17. Info at

Socrates Cafe, a philosophical discussion group. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 14. Free with coffee served. 570-823-0156.

Civil War Roundtable, a program on the Spangler Family Farm by Britt Isenberg, historian and battlefield guide at Gettysburg National Military Park. Daddow-Isaacs American Legion, 730 Memorial Highway, Dallas. 7 p.m. May 14. $3. 570-675-8936.

A Simpler Thyme, tours of a historic 1781 house with displays of textiles and fine arts, period clothing, genealogy records and maps highlighting the history of Laceyville, the Susquehanna and the North Branch Canal. The Oldest House, 297 Main St., Laceyville. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 15 and 16; 1 to 5 p.m. May 17. 570-869-1679.

Adult Quilting Class. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 1 to 4 p.m. May 15. Registration: 570-693-1364.

Civil War Remembered Film Series, a screening of “Raintree County” (1957) starring Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. May 15. Light refreshments. Free. 570-823-0156.

Night at the Races, a fundraiser with food, beer, door prizes and virtual horse racing. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. 6:30 p.m. May 15. $10. 570-283-2195.

Armed Forces Day Excursion, a train trip from Tobyhanna Station on Route 23 to Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton to view the Armed Forces Day Parade. May 16 departing Tobyhanna at 9:30 a.m. and leaving Scranton at 3 p.m. $34, $29 seniors, $22 children. Reservations: 570-615-8851.

The Science and Technology Behind Superheroes. Learn about the feats of your favorite superheroes at a Cardboard Cutouts Open House at the West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 16. 570-654-9847.

One More Row, a knit-and-crochet group for all ages. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. to noon May 16. Free with light refreshments. 570-823-0156.

Harriet Tubman: Living History, a Civil War lecture presented by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 1 p.m. May 16. 570-693-1364.

Tea with Queen Victoria and her court, who discuss their lives during a high Victorian tea with soup, tea sandwiches and desserts. Sophia Coxe House, 2207 Route 940, Drifton. 2 p.m. May 16. $15. Reservations: 570-926-5427.

Montrose Chocolate and Wine Festival, the 8th annual event with regional wineries, arts and crafts, wine-making demonstrations, food and chocolate samples, Cupcake Battle, quilt raffle and bluegrass/country entertainment by the Kendall Phillips Trio, the Brummy Brothers and the Picklers. Along Chestnut Street, Montrose. 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 16. $25 advance; $30 day of event. 570-278-1230.

Talent in Bloom, a talent show with performances by local church members along with an auction of paintings, photographs, hand-crafted quilts, needlework and baked goods. Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 7768 Blue Ridge Trail, Mountain Top. 5 to 7 p.m. May 16. 570-868-5675.

Monthly Bingo, with food and beverages. Jackson Township Fire Hall, 1160 Chase Road, Shavertown. May 16 with doors at 6 p.m. and games at 7 p.m. Info at

Zen Meditation Gathering and conversation on anxiety and panic attacks. With beginner’s instruction, kinhin walking Zen, chanting, Dharma talk and meditation. Endless Mountain Zendo, 104 Hollow Road, Stillwater. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. May 17 following by tea and conversation at 10:30 a.m. Reservations: 570-925-5077.

Learn to Talk to Animals, a full-day workshop focusing on traditional Native American teachings on animal communication as well as groundbreaking research on animal intelligence. Presented by Indra Lahiri of the Indraloka Animal Sanctuary. Wellspring House, 11 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17. $120. Reservations: 570-836-1711.

Recovery Walk and Mental Health Fair, the 14th annual event with food, information booths and prizes. Meet at the Guard Insurance Group parking lot, South River and West Market streets, Wilkes-Barre and proceed to Kirby Park. Noon on May 17. Free. 570-371-3844.

Open House at the Wyoming County Historical Society, 2 W. Harrison St., Tunkhannock. With a doll collection, the Endless Mountain Model Railroad Club exhibit and heirloom Christmas trees. 1 to 4 p.m. May 17. 570-836-5303.

Behind the Scenes: The Miracle of the Bells, an illustrated lecture by historian F. Charles Petrillo about Olga Treskoff, an actress born in Glen Lyon. Presented by the Nanticoke Historical Society at the Cultural Centre of St. Faustina, 38 W. Church St., Nanticoke. 1 p.m. May 17. Free but donations accepted. 570-258-1367.

Open House, with an art exhibit, music by the Wyoming Valley Barbershop Harmony Chorus and an ice-cream social. Plymouth Historical Society, 115 Gaylord Ave. 2 to 5 p.m. May 17. Free but bring a non-perishable food donation. 570-779-5840.

Party of the Month, an open dance with cash bar, five-course dinner and music provided by the Statesmen. Appletree Terrace, 4 Newberry Estate, off Pioneer Avenue, Dallas. May 17 with appetizers at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and dancing 7:30 to 10 p.m. $33, $65 per couple. Reservations: 570-674-5529.

A Night at the Movies, a performance by the Double R Twirlettes who twirl to songs from favorite movies. Mid Valley Secondary Center, 52 Underwood Road, Throop. 6 p.m. May 17. Proceeds benefit the Salvation Army. Tickets at 570-489-1935.