THIS WEEK: Nov. 4 to 10, 2015
Color Me Calm, an evening of coloring and creativity for adults, in response to the growing trend of using coloring as a relaxation technique. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4. Registration: 570-474-9313.
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.
Annual Henry George Lecture, with Susan Athey, economics professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business speaking on “The Internet and the News Media.” McIlhenny Ballroom, DeNaples Campus Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4. Free. 570-941-4048.
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.
Harvest Festival, the fifth annual event with free turkey dinners to the first 300 people, carnival games, snacks, basket giveaways, DJ music and representatives from community agencies providing information on their services. GAR High School, 250 S. Grant St., Wilkes-Barre. 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 5. 570-371-1771.
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.
Dance, Dance, Dance! A screening of “Strictly Ballroom” (1992; Australian) starring Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Nov. 6. Free. 570-823-0156.
Holistic & Psychic Fair, with lectures, psychics, readers, mediums and vendors. Topics include “How to Release Anxiety,” “Speaking to Your Loved Ones Who Have Crossed Over” and “Past Lives and Reincarnation.” Hilton Garden Inn, 242 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 7; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 8. $3.
Turkey Fest, the annual traditional dinner with all the trimmings plus festival games and a variety raffle. Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, North River and West Chestnut streets, Wilkes-Barre. 2 to 7 p.m. Nov. 7. Eat in or take out. $10 per dinner. Walk-ins welcome but reservations encourged. 570-829-3051.
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.
Annual Victorian Ball, with music, dancing, dinner and refreshments evoking the elegance of the Victorian Era. Mauch Chunk Ballroom, 41 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 5 p.m. Nov. 7. $40. Information at mauchchunkvictorians.com.
Night at the Races. Holy Family Parish, 828 Main St., Sugar Notch. Nov. 7 with doors at 5 p.m., dinner at 5:30 p.m. and post time at 6:30 p.m. $10 includes buffet and a horse sponsorship. 570-822-8983.
Community Contra Dance, with music by Eileen Nicholson on fiddle and Jill Smith on keyboards. Church of Christ Uniting, 776 Market St., Kingston. Nov. 7 with a pot-luck dinner at 6 p.m. and dancing at 7 p.m. No partner or previous experience necessary. Pay what you wish. 570-333-4007.
VFW Dinner Dance, to commemorate the Home Association’s 70th anniversary. With a dinner buffet and dancing to the music of Millennium. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909, 401-403 Main St., Dupont. Nov. 7 with dinner at 7:30 p.m. and dancing 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $30. 570-654-9104.
Variety Bingo Party, to benefit the Victims Resource Center, Candy’s Place and JLW Lions sight projects. Saints Peter and Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road, Plains. Nov. 8 with doors at 1 p.m. and games at 2 p.m. $20 includes cards for 20 regular games plus bonus games. 570-239-6965 or 570-814-4397.
Vera Bradley Bingo, sponsored by the Wyoming Area Girls Basketball Parents Association. Wyoming Area Secondary Center, 20 Memorial St., Exeter. Nov. 8 with doors at 1 p.m. and games at 2 p.m. $20. Tickets at 570-362-1680.
Wyoming Valley Veterans Day Parade, with the theme “2015 — A Year of Anniversaries,” commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the 65th anniversary of the Vietnam War, the 100th anniversary of the Navy Reserve and the 25th anniversary of Desert Shield/Desert Storm. From Market Street in Kingston to Public Square in Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Nov. 8. 570-288-6641.
ThanksLIVING Celebration, a day of spending time with and showing kindness to animals with a Thanksgiving dinner especially for turkeys along with a catered lunch for the humans by Miss Rachel’s Pantry, live music by Hickory Project, raffle and presentations by WBRE’s Mark Hiller. Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, 709 Creek Road, Mehoopany. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8. $50. 570-763-2908 or indraloka.org.
The Outrageous Sophie Tucker, a film about the rags-to-riches career of the bold and brassy singer known as “The Last of the Red Hot Mamas.” Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 8 with coffee and cake at 3 p.m. and film at 3:30 p.m. Reservations: 570-824-4646.
Bone Appetit, a fundraiser for the SPCA of Luzerne County with food offerings from area restaurants, wine from Winterland Winery, basket raffles and more. Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Township. 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 8. $45. Reservations: 570-825-4111.
Hypnosis for Goals, Fun and Career, a talk by hypnotist Chris Halbohm, director of the Kingston-Keystone Hypnosis Institute and Weight Loss Center. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 9. 570-772-4432.
Ugly Sweater Party. Bring an undecorated sweater and have fun applying tinsel, ornaments, buttons, pom poms and more. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St. 6 p.m. Nov. 9. Free. Registration: 570-654-9565.
Fall Sustainability Symposium, with a keynote address and speakers on climate change including Pope Francis’ recent encyclical. McIlhenny Ballroom, DeNaples Campus Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Free. 570-941-7520.
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.
Veterans’ Appreciation Dinner, a free dinner for all veterans with entertainment and fellowship. Non-veterans admitted for a small donation. Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Reservations: 570-905-4304.
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.
Civil War Round Table, with Luzerne County Community College history professor Jeff Schultz speaking on “The Civil War in Indian Territory.” Daddow-Isaacs American Legion, 730 Memorial Highway, Dallas. 7 p.m. Nov. 12. $3. 570-675-8936.
Dance, Dance, Dance! A screening of “Swing Time” (1936) starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Nov. 13. Free. 570-823-0156.
Night at the Races, a fundraiser for the Music Box Players with food, beer and virtual horse racing. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13. $10. 570-283-2195.
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.
Nite at the Races, a fundraiser sponsored by the Crestwood Boys Basketball Team. Mountain Top Hose Company, 1 Lehigh St., Mountain Top. Nov. 14 with doors at 6 p.m. and post time at 7 p.m. Age 21 and over. 570-417-8048.
Downtown Hoedown for Hope, a fundraiser for Marley’s Mission, a non-profit that provides equine-based therapy to trauma victims. With a silent auction, raffles, a three-hour open bar, passed hors d’hoeuvres and entertainment by country music singer Danielle. Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton. 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14. $50. 570-587-4673.
50/50 Bingo, with food and beverages available. Noxen School and Community Center, School Street. 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14. Pay per card. Proceeds benefit the Noxen-Monroe Sportsmen’s Association. 570-298-2052.
Autumn Bingo, sponsored by the Rosary Society at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 321 Chestnut Ave., Kingston. Nov. 15 with doors at noon and games at 1 p.m. $2. 570-287-0282.
Christmas City Stroll, a guided walking tour through Bethlehem’s historic district led by docents dressed in period Moravian attire. Includes several landmarks includes the 1741 Gemeinhaus and the Bethlehem Waterworks. Visitor Center, 505 Main St., Bethlehem. 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays from Nov. 16 to Jan. 10. 800-360-8687 or historicbethlehem.org.
Fighting Slavery Today: How Slavery Died and Yet Lives, a talk by history professor Randall M. Miller of St. Joseph’s University on forms of slavery that have persisted in post-emancipation America and thrived in other parts of the world. Mary Kintz Bevevino Library, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7 p.m. Nov. 17. Free. 570-674-6400.
Latin American Film Festival, a screening of “Son of the Bride” (2001; Argentinian). Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. 7 p.m. Nov. 17. Free. 570-941-4317.
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.
International Film Series, a screening of “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” in Mandarin with English subtitles. Room 305, Weinberg Memorial Library, University of Scranton. 7 p.m. Nov. 18. Free. 570-941-6330.
Food for Thought, a forum held in recognition of World Philosophy Day that addresses the topic of human rights. Mary Kintz Bevevino Library, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Free. Reservations: 570-674-8184.
Suicide Prevention: Creating a Community of Hope and Healing, the sixth annual conference sponsored by Family Service Association of NEPA. With a keynote address, sessions, speakers and resource tables. Genetti Hotel & Conference Center, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 20. $20, $10 students includes lunch. Registration: 570-823-5144, ext. 309.
Dance, Dance, Dance! A screening of “Take the Lead” (2006) starring Antonio Banderas. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Nov. 20. Free. 570-823-0156.
Rhythm & Wine, a fundraiser for Catholic Social Services with wine-tasting, food and music. Bartolai Winery, Route 92, Harding. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 20. $50. 570-822-7118, ext. 357.
Santa Parade, the annual march in downtown Scranton with floats, marching bands, dance groups, giant balloons and Santa himself. Beginning at the corner of Spruce and Franklin streets and winding around Courthouse Square. 9:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 21. Telecast live on WNEP-TV. 570-483-8757 or santaparade.net.
Holiday Tea and Tour, with pastries and finger foods followed by a guided tour of the historic 1903 Watres Lodge decorated in a 1930s-era holiday theme. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 21. $15. Reservations: 570-689-9494.
Christmas Parade, the annual festivities along South Main Street and Public Square in downtown Wilkes-Barre. 3 p.m. Nov. 21, preceded by Christmas carols at the Public Square bandshell by Ruthy Stock and followed by the Christmas tree lighting. Photos with Santa available on Public Square. 570-208-4149.
Dance, Dance, Dance! A screening of “Brigadoon” (1954) starring Gene Kelly, Van Johnson and Cyd Charisse. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Nov. 27. Free. 570-823-0156.
Bethlehem by Night. Tour the Christmas City on a guided bus tour or a horse-drawn carriage ride. Visitor Center, 505 Main St., Bethlehem. Beginning Nov. 27 with bus tours at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 27; carriage rides 3 to 9 p.m. Fridays through Sundays through Dec. 31. 800-360-8687 or historicbethlehem.org.
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.
Annual Wafer Supper, the traditional Polish meatless family-style dinner, sponsored by the Polish Union of USA. Touch of Class, 228 George Ave., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Nov. 29. $25. Reservations: 570-823-1611.
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 Cocktail Party, a fundraiser to benefit Brandon’s Forever Home, an organization dedicated to finding permanent homes for foster children. With hors d’oeuvres, small plates, silent auction and entertainment. 187 N. Church St., Hazleton. 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4. $60. Reservations: 570-926-5117 or [email protected].
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.
Harlem Globetrotters, the basketball tricksters on their 90th-anniversary world tour sporting their incredible ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, comedy and fan interaction. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 2 and 7 p.m. March 5. 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science, the television personality, author and Food Network star in a culinary variety show with comedy, music, puppets and “dangerous experiments” in the kitchen. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. April 21. $65.50, $55.50, $45.50. 570-826-1100.