THIS WEEK: Nov. 11 to 17, 2015
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.
The Last Waltz, a screening of Martin Scorsese’s filming of the final concert by The Band along with special guests including Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, Neil Diamond, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan and many more. Sponsored by the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce as a fundraiser for the Children’s Service Center. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Nov. 12 with a reception with light refreshments at 6 p.m. and show at 7 p.m. $20. Reservations: 570-825-6425, ext. 399.
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.
St. James Bazaar, with homemade food, tricky trays, attic treasures and more. St. James Episcopal Church, 2161 Route 940, Drifton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 14. 570-636-3967.
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.
Dance the Night Away, with music by DJ Twins, food, open bar, basket raffles and 50/50. Proceeds benefit the Wilkes-Barre VA veterans. American Legion, 259 Shoemaker St., Swoyersville. 7 p.m. to midnight Nov. 14. $25. 570-287-9400.
Empty Bowls, the fourth annual event to benefit local food banks. Participants donate $15 for soup, bread, a drink and a bowl handmade by local artists. Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 15. Tickets available at the door.
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.
Pride and Pedigree, the 17th annual Victorian Christmas with a tour of historic and architecturally significant places including six churches, eight homes and seven public buildings and inns. Also: a Toy Train Expo, Artisan Holiday Market, pet photos, Growers Market and Garden Club Show. Millionaire’s Row Historic District, Williamsport. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 21. $18 advance; $20 day of event. 570-327-7700.
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.
Toy Train Expo, the 25th annual show with locomotive races and dozens of working train layouts of all scales and sizes. Park Place, 800 W. Fourth St., Williamsport with accompanying exhibits at the Thomas T. Taber Museum, 858 W. Fourth St. and the Peter Herdic Transportation Museum, 810 Nichols Place. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 21; noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 22. $2; free for children.
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.
Holiday Train Ride, a round-trip excursion from Scranton to Moscow to tour the restored passenger station and freight house. Also: photo ops with the train crew and Santa, and a small gift. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 27-28 and Dec. 5. $23; $17 children. Reservations: 888-718-4253.
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.
Teafest, an elegant high Scottish tea with soup, tea sandwiches and desserts along with admission to Treefest, the annual exhibit of hundreds of decorated trees featuring “Deck the Halls: Songs and Stories of Holiday Greenery” with Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble member Laurie McCants. Caldwell Consistory, 150 Market St., Bloomsburg. 1 p.m. Nov. 30. $25. Reservations (by Nov. 25): 570-784-5530.
Get a Big Bang Out of Genesis, the annual Fortinsky Lecture by world-renowned scientist Herman Presby who specializes in photonics. Ohav Zedek Synagogue, 242 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Dec. 2. Free. 570-825-6619.
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.
Christmas in the Barns, visit with the farm animals, enjoy treats and sweets, take photos and visit with Santa. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5. Free but tickets required. 570-696-2881.
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.
Wine Tasting, with Pierluigi Giachi, a 13th-generation winemaker from Tuscany, Italy. St. Anthony Center, 28 Memorial St., Exeter. 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 13. $15 advance; $20 at the door. 570-885-5316.
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.