THIS WEEK: Oct. 7 to 13, 2015
Tibetan Monks Visit, a sharing of culture by representatives of the Gaden Shartse Phukhang Monastery in India. The monks will create a mandala using finely colored sand through Oct. 9 in the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery of Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8; 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 9. Also: a lecture on meditation at noon Oct. 7 in Insalaco Hall; Golden Tea Offering, prayers and chanting 4 to 4:45 p.m. Oct. 7; a World Peace Lecture 5 p.m. Oct. 8 in Insalaco Hall; and a closing ceremony including dissolving of the mandala 1 p.m. Oct. 9. 570-674-6719.
Greek Food Festival, tastes of the Mediterranean including baklava, spanakopita, stuffed grape leaves, pastitsio, galaktoboureko, gyros, souvlaki and more. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 32 E. Ross St., Wilkes-Barre. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 7 to 9. 570-417-4465.
Fall Film Festival, foreign, independent and art films shown through Oct. 8 with a post-festival film discussion 1 p.m. Oct. 9. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. For a schedule of movie offerings log onto dietrichtheater.com or call 570-996-1500.
Health Fair, with 25 representatives from the health-care industry and other regional organizations. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7. 570-262-3443.
The Other Side of Immigration, a film which questions why so many Mexicans have migrated to the U.S. and what has happened to the families and communities they’ve left behind. Part of the fifth annual King’s College Hispanic Film Festival. Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Oct. 7. Free. 570-208-8021.
Allan P. Kirby Lecture in Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, with Michael Reagan, son of the late President Ronald Reagan and best-selling author speaking on “Know Your Audience.” Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, 100 W. South St., Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7. Free. 570-408-5000.
History of Halloween, a tour of Halloween traditions from Druid celebrations to candy-induced stupors. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8. 570-654-9847.
History, Mystery and Ghosts, a talk by Civil War expert and paranormal investigator Larry Phelps who also conducts Ghost Tours in Gettysburg. Presented by the Civil War Round Table at Daddow-Isaacs American Legion, 730 Memorial Highway, Dallas. 7 p.m. Oct. 8. $3. 570-675-8936.
Secrets of the Lego Vatican, a talk by the Rev. Bob Simon on his Lego model of the Vatican that is on display at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St. 7 p.m. Oct. 8. 570-654-9565.
Wounded Warriors: Caring for Northeast Pennsylvania’s Veterans, the 24th annual “History of Northeastern Pennsylvania” with lectures, a film and panel discussion by regional historians and experts. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Oct. 9 with morning session 9 to 11:30 a.m. and afternoon session 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free; optional luncheon is $10. 570-740-0508.
Pumpkin Fall Festival, with a corn maze, hayrides, pick your own pumpkins, Children’s Playland, Apple Slingshot, food including apple dumplings, Pony Party Paradise, petting zoo, Freas Farm Winery and music. Rohrbach’s Farm Market, 240 Southern Drive, Catawissa. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 9, 10 and 17; 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16. Flashnight Night in the Corn Maze open 7 to 9 p.m. 570-356-7654.
Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon, a talk on “Genomic Science, Politics and Race: Can They Coexist Comfortably?” with Harvard University educator Jennifer Hochschild. Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. Noon on Oct. 9. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
Hunt for Treasure Film Festival, a screening of “Mackenna’s Gold” (1969) starring Gregory Peck and Omar Sharif. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Oct. 9. Free. 570-823-0156.
Horror Hall, a walk-through haunted Halloween attraction full of chills and thrills, high-impact scares, strobe lights and theatrical fog. Tilbury Volunteer Fire and Rescue Station, 11 E. Poplar St., Nanticoke. Through Oct. 31: 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays; 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday. $13. Info at horrorhall.com.
Circle of Screams, America’s only haunted drive-in theater with four attractions: Hayride of Torture, 3D Carnival of Fear, Asylum Vortex and a horror movie on the big screen. Circle Drive-In, 1911 Scranton-Carbondale Highway, Dickson City. Through Nov. 1 with hours 6 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. $25; $8 movie only. 570-489-5731.
Reaper’s Revenge, four haunts in one, combining a haunted hayride, dark forest walkthrough, pitch-black indoor walkthrough and a zombie maze. 460 Green Grove Road, Scranton. Through Nov. 1 with hours 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 6 to 10 p.m. Sundays. 570-253-4746.
Dracula’s Forest, the 32nd year of terrifying Halloween thrills including a Haunted Hayride, the Walk of Doom and a Fall Festival Midway. 2828 Rock Drive, Clarks Summit. Through Oct. 31 with hours 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sundays (except Sept. 27). Little Screamers Not-So-Scary Hayride for children is offered 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays in October. All dates weather permitting. 570-586-5084 or draculasforest.com.
Fear Hollow, indoor and outdoor Halloween attractions featuring Mayhem on the Mountain and the Dead Woods Haunted Trail. 1600 Church Road, Mountain Top. Through Oct. 30 with hours dusk to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; dusk to 10 p.m. Sundays. $20. 570-261-0333 or fearhollow.com.
Walk of Terror, a haunted attraction featuring the Shock Walk. Sponsored by the Harveys Lake Fire & Ambulance Company at the Idetown Volunteer Fire Department, Route 415 and Brier Crest Road. Through Oct. 31 with hours 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays. $10. 570-639-5167.
Ghost Walks in Old Mauch Chunk, a one-mile, lantern-lighted tour to hear tales of lore, ghoulish encounters and histories of buildings along Broadway, led by a costumed storyteller. Meet at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, 24 Broadway. Through October 31: 7 and 8:30 p.m. Fridays; 7, 7:15, 8:30 and 8:45 p.m. Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sundays. $12, $6 children. Reservations: 570-325-2346.
Gravestone Manor, the annual indoor, walk-through Halloween attraction with an interactive mystery story. Trion Warehouse, 1095 Route 315, Plains Township. Through Oct. 30: 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays. $10. 570-821-6500 or gravestonemanor.com.
Briadal Show, the Irem Country Club will host a Bridal Show on Oct. 11 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Irem Shrine Pavilion in Dallas. Local wedding vendors will showcase services and highlighting the event will be a fashion show by Bridal Chateau. Door prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the show and food and beverages will be available. Brides may register for free by calling 570-675-4465, ext. 221 or email [email protected]. A $5 admission fee will be donated to the Shriners’ Hospitals for Children.
Fall Foliage Train Excursion, from Scranton to East Stroudsburg for a block party by the Acme Hose Company #1 in celebration of its 125th anniversary. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. Oct. 10 departing at 9 a.m. and returning at 5 p.m. $54, $49 seniors, $32 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.
Sullivan County Fall Festival, the 35th annual event with a Lumberjack Competition in log rolling, crosscut, one-man bucking, bow saw, axe throw and more. Also: the Mid-Atlantic National Chainsaw Carving Competition, a juried arts and crafts show, quilt show, children’s activities, pumpkin painting, Art Expo, food vendors and music by the Tickle Band (Saturday) and Covert Action (Sunday). Sullivan County Fairgrounds, 4430 Route 154, Forksville. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11. $7. 570-482-4088.
Quiet Valley Harvest Festival, the 41st annual two-day celebration of old-fashioned fun with a Civil War Encampment by the 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, French-and-Indian-War soldiers portrayed by the New Jersey Frontier Guard, traditional skills demonstrations, country foods, children’s activities, pumpkin decorating, quilt raffle, pony rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, one-room school house presentation, outdoor brick bake oven and folk entertainment. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11. $10, $5 children. 570-992-6161.
Fall Foliage Weekends, with arts and crafts, train rides, four stages of music, food, children’s activities, evening Ghost Walk, scarecrow contest and special events. Downtown Jim Thorpe. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 18. 570-325-8485.
Autumn Timber Festival, with lumberjack shows by the Ironjack Timber Team competing in hot saw, log roll, axe throw, speed climb, springboard chop and more. Also: the Mutt-allica Real Dog and Pony Show, Ugly Pig Races, Time Traveling Medicine Magic Show, blacksmithing demos, chainsaw sculptures, live music, children’s activities, scenic chairlift rides and food and craft vendors. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 401 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11. $12; $10 children. 570-421-7231.
Harvest and Wine Festival, with 12 Pennsylvania wineries, food vendors and music by am Radio and Idol Kings. Sponsored by the Rotary Club at Lazybrook Park, Routes 6 and 29, Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10. $20 advance; $30 day of show; $15 designated drivers. Tickets at tunkhannockrotary.org.
Swetland Fall Festival, with a Civil War encampment by the 143rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment, tours of the 1803 historic homestead, Colonial and Victorian games for children, Hat Contest, homemade pie contest, and a chicken barbecue. Swetland Homestead, 885 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 10. $15. 570-823-6244.
Memorial Walk for the Unknown and Forgotten, a fundraiser for the Shawnee Cemetery in Plymouth with a historical tour, food, raffle, music and exhibits. 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 10. $10.
Forty Fort Cemetery Tours, beginning with a brief pre-tour talk in the Forty Fort Meeting House, 20 River St. 1 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11. $10, $5 children. 570-287-5214.
Discover Hypnosis for Weight Loss, Personal Goals and Fun, a talk by hypnotist Chris Halbohm who teaches skills to help attain personal goals. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 1 to 2 p.m. Oct 10. 570-772-4432.
Car Cruise, a benefit for the Children’s Miracle Network with trophies, raffles, music and food. Austie’s Family Restaurant, 2333 Sans Souci Parkway, Hanover Township. 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 10. 570-239-1111.
Square Dance, with music by the Roger Furman Band. Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company, 329 Orange Road, Dallas. Oct. 10 with food at 6 p.m. and dancing at 7 p.m. All ages welcome. 570-333-4626.
Ghost Tours of the Old Jail Museum, Halloween chills at the historic 1871 building at 128 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 6:15 to 9 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 17 with tours every 20 minutes. $10, $7 students. 570-325-5259.
Wyalusing Fall Festival, the 21st annual street festival with displays, vendors, food, art projects, children’s events, live birds of prey, magic show and hand-painted pumpkins. Downtown Wyalusing. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11. 570-746-4922.
Fall Foliage Train Excursion, from Scranton to Tobyhanna Station including a walking tour to an ice house. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. Oct. 11 departing at 11 a.m. and returning at 3 p.m. $34, $29 seniors, $22 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.
Heritage Day, the annual festival with folk music, animals from the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center, old-time skill demonstrations, crafts for children, log cutting, Native American display and more. Lawn area near Pavilions 1 and 2, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. Noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 11. 570-696-9105.
Annual Quilt Bingo and Bake Sale, with queen, full and baby quilts. Winner makes selection. Saints Peter and Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road, Plains. Oct. 11 with kitchen open at noon and games at 1 p.m. $5. 570-823-7941.
Fall Folige Train Excursion, a 26-mile round trip from Scranton to Moscow to tour the restored passenger and freight stations. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. Oct. 12, 17, 25 departing at 12:30 p.m. and returning at 3 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.
Dorothy Day: Don’t Call Me a Saint, a documentary on the 1900s human-rights activist. Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. 7 p.m. Oct. 13. Free. 570-941-6631.
Classic Movie Series, a free showing of “The Color Purple” (1985) about a young African-American girl finding her place in the world and escaping abuse. With Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. Oct. 14. 570-996-1500.
Art Night, a class in painting a fall scene; canvas, paint, brushes, easel and instructor provided. Dante Literary Society, 1916 Prospect Ave., Scranton. 7 p.m. Oct. 14. $35. 570-342-1770 or myspiritart.com.
Dorothy Day: Don’t Call Me a Saint, a documentary on the 1900s human-rights activist. Latour Room, Nazareth Student Center, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 7 p.m. Oct. 14. Free. 570-961-4723.
Endless Mountains Women’s Empowerment Summit, a day of professional development with workshops, speakers, panel discussions and professional vendors with displays of services and products. Montrose Bible Conference Center, Lake Avenue. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17. $20 includes buffet lunch and door prizes. Registration (by Oct. 10): 570-500-2559.
Hunt for Treasure Film Festival, a screening of “King Solomon’s Mines” (2004) starring Patrick Swayze. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Oct. 16. Free. 570-823-0156.
Pocono Food Truck Festival, with “street eats” from New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia. Also: live music, Monster Truck shows, scenic chairlift rides, jugglers and more. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 401 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18. $12.50; $8.50 children. 570-421-7231.
North East Dance Club, with music by DJ Phyliss Rodemich. Dante Literary Society, 1916 Prospect Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. Oct. 17. $5. 570-342-1770.
Fall Foliage Train Excursion, from Scranton to the Delaware Water Gap. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. Oct. 18 departing at 9 a.m. and returning at 5 p.m. $54, $49 seniors, $32 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.
Turkey Bingo, sponsored by the Christian Women of Our Lady of Hope Parish. Marymount Parish Center, 154 S. Hancock St., Wilkes-Barre. 1 p.m. Oct. 18. $3. 570-824-7832.
Chocoholic Frolic, the 11th annual benefit for United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania with samplings of sweet and savory chocolate treats. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18. $30. 570-346-0759.
Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon, a talk on “Who Was the Greater American, George Washington or Abraham Lincoln?” by attorney Morey Myers. Rose Room, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. Noon on Oct. 21. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
Dorothy Day: A Discipleship Needed for Today, a talk on the human-rights activist and founder of the Catholic Worker Movement by her granddaughter Martha Hennessy who is carrying on her work. Mary Kintz Bevevino Library, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 5 p.m. Oct. 21. Free. 570-674-6400.
Introducing Two Pennsylvania Pioneers, a talk by historian Sheldon Spear on two unsung heroes: Augustine Gallitzin who attracted a steady influx of Catholics to the area; and Jane Grey Swisshelm, one of America’s first female journalists who embraced women’s rights and the abolition of slavery. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. Oct. 21. Free. 570-996-1500.
Dorothy Day Commemoration Lecture, a talk on the 1900s human-rights activist by her granddaughter Martha Hennessey entitled “Memories of My Grandmother, Prophet and Catholic Peace Activist.” Latour Room, Nazareth Student Center, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 7 p.m. Oct. 21. Also presented at the Rose Room, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. 7 p.m. Oct. 22. Free. 570-961-4723 or 570-941-6631.
Shamrocktoberfest, a fundraiser for the Pittston City St. Patrick’s Day Parade with food, brewery tours, basket raffles and entertainment by the Sperazza Band. Susquehanna Brewing Company, 635 S. Main St., Pittston. 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22. $20.
Hunt for Treasure Film Festival, a screening of “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948) starring Humphrey Bogart. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Oct. 23. Free. 570-823-0156.
Downtown Wilkes-Barre Ghost Walks, a walk through the historic district to hear tales of ghosts, murders and hidden graveyards, led by historian William V. Lewis. Meet at the Luzerne County Historical Society Museum, 69 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:45 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24. $10. Reservations: 570-823-6244.
Fine Wine, Fine Art. Pack your favorite wine and snacks and complete a painting at this paint-from-life art workshop with Amy and Steve Colley. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23. $25 includes paint, canvas and instruction. Age 21 and older. Registration: 570-996-1500.
Contra Dance, with music by Poison Love. The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 23. $10. 570-253-2020.
Bark for Life, a dog walk for leashed pets and their owners to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. With demonstrations, basket raffles, food, music, a costume contest and pet luminaria. Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. Oct. 24 with registration at 9 a.m. and event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $10 advance; $15 day of event. 570-562-9749.
Fall Foliage Train Excursion, from Scranton to East Stroudsburg. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. Oct. 24 departing at 9 a.m. and returning at 6 p.m. $54, $49 seniors, $32 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.
Halloween Fest, with pumpkin carving, a pinata, ghost stories, haunted woods, treats, campfire and more. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 4 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24. $5. 570-967-7275.
Wine Pairing Fundraiser, wines from Maiolatesi Winery paired with Italian appetizers. Dante Literary Society, 1916 Prospect Ave., Scranton. 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24. $25; $40 per couple. 570-342-1770.
Night at the Races, virtual horse racing sponsored by the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians at the Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Department, 150 Watson St. Oct. 24 with doors at 6:30 p.m. and post time at 7:15 p.m. $5 includes food and door prizes; $10 per horse. 570-825-7849 or 570-825-2875.
Francis, Ignatius and Francis: Catholic Encounters with Muslims, the annual Feast of St. Francis Lecture, delivered by Father Patrick Ryan of Fordham University. Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Oct. 28. Free. 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.
Hunt for Treasure Film Festival, a screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) starring Harrison Ford. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Oct. 30. Free. 570-823-0156.
AACA Car and Bike Cruise. Anything with wheels is welcome. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 30 with awards at 9 p.m.
Colonial Superstitions, Folklore and Witchcraft, famous folk tales of the 18th century about afterlife beliefs, burial practices, witchcraft and the beginnings of some Halloween traditions. Sponsored by the Luzerne County Historical Society at the Nathan Denison House, 35 Denison St., Forty Fort. 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31. $5, $3 children. 570-823-6244.
Victorian Death and Mourning Practices, including a Victorian funeral, a Civil War Field Hospital and grieving customs and celebrations of death from the 18th to 20th centuries. Swetland Homestead, 885 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31. $10. Reservations: 570-823-6244.
Boo Bash Costume Party, the third annual event, hosted and emceed by Rock 107’s Prospector. With drink specials, music by The Chatter and cash prizes to the top five costumes including $1000 for first place. Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 30 with registration 7 to 8:30 p.m., judging at 9 p.m. and winners announced at 10:30 p.m. Age 21 and older. Info at mohegansunpocono.com.
The Exorcist, the 1973 shocker about a teenage girl possessed by a mysterious entity. Rated R. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 9:30 p.m. Oct. 30. $5. 570-826-1100.
Halloween Train Rides, with actor Dan Yeager who played the character Leatherface in the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” movies. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Oct. 31 with rides at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. $5. 570-340-5200.
Halloween Fun at Kettle Creek, folk tales, myths and legends from Native Americans, Greeks and early Americana told around the campfire at Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Also: seeking out saw-whet owls with members of the Pocono Avian Research Center. 8 p.m. Oct. 31. $8, $3 children. Registration: 570-629-3060.
Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 1975 cult classic about a couple seeking help after a breakdown at the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Rated R. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Oct. 31 at midnight. $5. 570-826-1100.
Monthly Bingo, sponsored by St. Faustina Kowalska Parish. St. Mary’s School, 1010 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. Nov. 1 with doors open at 12:30 p.m. and games at 1:45 p.m. 570-735-4833.
Celebrate Sobriety at the Movies, a showing of Stephen Spielberg’s classic film “The Goonies,” with free admission, popcorn and soda. Open to anyone whose life has been affected by addiction. Sponsored by Wyoming County C.A.R.E.S. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. Nov. 4. 570-996-1500.
Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon, a talk by Worldview columist for The Philadelphia Inquirer Trudy Rubin on “Why Not Just Forget About the Middle East?” Rose Room, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. Noon on Nov. 5. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
A Chair Affair, a fundraiser for Junior Achievement with a variety of chairs, some painted by artists and others donated by businesses, paired with gift certificates and other items to be raffled or auctioned off. Also: food-and-drink tastings by local restaurants, caterers, wineries and breweries. J.A. Mericle Family Center for Enterprise Education, 1122 Oak St., Pittston Township. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 5. $35. 570-602-3600 or janepa.org.
Marine Corps Birthday Ball, the 240th annual event. St. Patrick Parish Center, 411 Allegheny St., White Haven. Nov. 7 with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres 5 to 6 p.m. and dinner and dancing 6 to 11 p.m. $25. BYOB. Age 21 and older. Reservations: 570-443-9313 or 570-443-7642.
Steamtown National Historic Site will waive its entrance fee in honor of Veterans Day. 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11. 570-340-5200.
Classic Movie Series, a free showing of “Saving Private Ryan” (1998) about a group of World War II soldiers who go behind enemy lines to rescue a paratrooper. Starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. Nov. 11. 570-996-1500.
Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon, a talk on “History at the End of the World” by MIT educator Rosalind Williams. Rose Room, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. Noon on Nov. 12. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
College Football’s Gladiators, a talk on the ethics of sports risks including a comparison between Roman gladiators and college football players by philosophy professor Heather Reid of Morningside College. Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Nov. 12. Free. 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.
Fine Wine, Fine Art. Pack your favorite wine and snacks and complete a painting at this paint-from-life art workshop with Amy and Steve Colley. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 13. $25 includes paint, canvas and instruction. Age 21 and older. Registration: 570-996-1500.
Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon, a talk on “When There Were Two Europes: Islam and Christendom” by David Lewis, professor at New York University. Rose Room, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. Noon on Nov. 18. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
Treefest, the annual fundraiser for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble with hundreds of decorated trees, seasonal musicians, choirs and dance groups, artisans, a gingerbread house contest and Chinese auction. Market Square, Bloomsburg. Nov. 27 to Dec. 6 with hours 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. $6. 570-784-8181 or bte.org.
Elf, the 2003 comedy about a man raised as an elf at the North Pole. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 1 p.m. Nov. 28. $3. 570-826-1100.
Miracle on 34th Street, the classic holiday film starring Maureen O’Hara and John Payne. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28. $5. 570-826-1100.
Christmas Vacation, the 1989 film following the Griswolds’ plans for a family Christmas, predictably turning into a big disaster. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 9:30 p.m. Nov. 28. $5. Also: an Arts Market for holiday shopping. 570-826-1100.
Strategizing Scranton’s Recovery, a talk by Henry Amoroso, budget consultant to the City of Scranton. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Free but reservations required: 570-941-6206.
Olde Time Christmas, with tours of the historic Asa Packer mansion, live nativity, train rides with Santa, historic district ghost walks, gingerbread-house contest, strolling carolers, musicians and more. Downtown Jim Thorpe. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4-6 and 12-13. 570-325-8485.
Holiday Workshop, a morning of cookie decorating, holiday crafts, singing and creations by the Balloon Lady. For all ages. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Free. 570-996-1500.
Monthly Bingo, sponsored by St. Faustina Kowalska Parish. St. Mary’s School, 1010 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. Dec. 6 with doors open at 12:30 p.m. and games at 1:45 p.m. Bingo continues on the first Sunday of the month through June 5. 570-735-4833.
Classic Movie Series, a free showing of “Home Alone” (1990) with Macaulay Culkin as a boy who is mistakenly left behind when his family flies to Paris for a Christmas vacation. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9. 570-996-1500.
It’s a Wonderful Life, free showings of the holiday classic starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 2, 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 15. 570-996-1500.