THIS WEEK: Jan. 6 to 12, 2016
Christmas City Stroll, a guided walking tour through Bethlehem’s historic district led by docents dressed in period Moravian attire, with stops at several landmarks including the 1741 Gemeinhaus and the Bethlehem Waterworks. Visitor Center, 505 Main St., Bethlehem. 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through Jan. 10. 800-360-8687 or historicbethlehem.org.
South Africa: Its Land and Animals, a talk by renowed conservationist, animal behaviorist and owner of the ChaZen Nature Preserve Joe Viljoen. Sponsored by the North Branch Land Trust. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at Canteen 900, 900 Rutter Ave., Forty Fort; and 11 a.m. Jan. 9 at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Free. Reservations: 570-696-5545.
Under the Big Top! A screening of “Circus World” (1964) starring John Wayne and Rita Hayworth. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Jan. 8. Free with refreshments. 570-823-0156.
Pennsylvania Farm Show, the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the country with nearly 6000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial booths along with youth livestock shows, cooking demonstrations, horse and tractor pulls, rodeos, square dancing, Arena Carriage Racing, antique tractors, special guests, a food court and more. Farm Show Complex, North Cameron and Maclay streets, Harrisburg. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 9 to 15; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 16. Free but $15 parking. 717-787-5373 or farmshow.state.pa.us.
50/50 Bingo, to benefit the Noxen-Monroe Sportsmen’s Club. Food and beverages available. Noxen School and Community Center, School Street. 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 9. Pay per card. 570-298-2052.
Northeast Social Dance Club, swing, waltz, cha cha, west coast and line dancing to DJ music. Dante Club, 1916 Prospect Ave., Scranton. 8 to 11 p.m. Jan. 9. $5. 570-342-1770.
Mercy Street, a sneak preview of the premiere episode of PBS’ new six-part Civil War hospital drama. With a discussion of the Civil War era, re-enactors and refreshments. WVIA Public Media Studios, 100 WVIA Way, off Old Boston Road, Pittston. 3 p.m. Jan. 10. Free but reservations required. 570-602-1134.
Game Night, an over-21 evening of “Family Feud,” “Celebrity” and “Pictionary” with teams of four facing off in a night of charitable competition. Sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge at the Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Township. 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 14. $35 or $140 per team. 570-824-8756, ex. 398 or bbbsnepa.org.
Mining History Talk, on “The Susquehanna Navy: The River Coal Dredging Industry in Northeastern Pennsylvania” by historian F. Charles Petrillo. Sponsored by the Plymouth Historical Society in the Community Room of Dan Flood Apartments, 150 E. Main St., Plymouth. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 14. Free. 715-252-6742.
Under the Big Top! A screening of “Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant” (2009). Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Jan. 15. Free with refreshments. 570-823-0156.
Yoga Workshops with internationally beloved yoga teacher Pradeep Teotia. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 900 Rutter Ave., Forty Fort. Workshops include “Yoga Everywhere” 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 15; “Awakening, Strengthening and Letting Go” 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 16; and “Empower Detox Flow 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 17. $35; $90 for all three. Reservations: 570-714-2777.
Mining History Talk on “Dealers and Jobbers: Advertising Anthracite to the Intermediate Market” with historian James Guthrie. Sponsored by the Lackawanna Historical Society at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Free. 715-252-6742.
Hypnosis for Goals, Fun and Career, with guest speaker Chris Halbohm, direction of Kingston-Keystone Hynosis Institute and Weight Loss Center. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 16. 570-693-1364.
Malanka, the 12th annual event with Ukrainian and American foods, cash bar, complimentary champagne toast, door prizes and dancing to the music of Fata Morgana. St. Vladimir Parish Center, 728 N. Seventh Ave., Scranton. 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Jan. 16. $45. 570-822-5354.
Mining History Talk on “The Butler Mine Tunnel from the Inside: Examining the Wyoming Valley’s Worst Toxic Disaster” by historian Craig Robertson. Sponsored by the Greater Pittston Historical Society at the Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 16. Free. 715-252-6742.
Knox Mine Disaster Commemoration, beginning with a Memorial Service 10 a.m. Jan. 17 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 William St., Pittston. Followed by a ceremony at the historical marker in front of Baloga Funeral Home, 1201 Main St., Pittston, at 11:30 a.m. and a walk to the Knox Disaster Site in Port Griffith (weather permitting) at noon. 715-252-6742.
Fee-Free Days at Steamtown. The National Park Service will celebrate its 100th birthday by waiving entrance fees on 16 days in 2016: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 18), National Park Week (April 16 to 24), National Park Service Birthday Weekend (Aug. 25 to 28), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 24) and Veterans Day (Nov. 11). Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except from Jan. 2 to March 19 when hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 570-340-5200.
Martin Luther King Jr. Program, honoring the services and contributions of the late Civil Rights leader. Snyder and Walsh Rooms, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 11 a.m. to noon Jan. 18. 570-208-5958.
Selma, a screening of the film chronicling Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights in 1965 via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Preceded by insights and perspectives by march participant Barbara Thompson. Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 6 p.m. Jan. 18. Free. 570-674-6400.
Nanticoke Bingo, with cash prizes, food, refreshments and door prizes. West Side Playground, 389 W. Grand St., Nanticoke. Jan. 19 with doors at 5 p.m. and games at 6 p.m. 570-735-6820.
Tastes of the World, a sampling of multicultural foods, held in conjunction with a week-long celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 19. Free. Followed by “Emotion into Art,” with artist Tom Varano who paints portraits in a matter of minutes choreographed to loud music. 570-674-6400.
Beyond the Huber Breaker, a documentary film presented by the Huber Breaker Preservation Society. Earth Conservancy Building, 101 S. Main St., Ashley. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 19. Free. 715-252-6742.
Saint Andre Bessette Lecture, with guest speaker Father Kevin FitzGerald, the Dr. David Lauler Chair of Catholic Health Care Ethics in the Center for Clinical Bioethics. Burke Auditorium, William G. McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Jan. 19. Free. 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.
Ecumenical Prayer Service, held in conjunction with a week-long celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With prayer offerings and blessings from leaders of various faiths including Roman Catholic, Independent Catholic, Lutheran, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. University Chapel, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Noon on Jan. 20. 570-674-6400.
King’s Dream, a multimedia presentation about the era of the American Civil Rights Movement with live commentary, gospel music and archival film footage. Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Free. 570-674-6400.
Selma, a screening of the film chronicling Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights in 1965 via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Preceded by a panel discussion on racism hosted by students in the Multicultural Club. Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Noon on Jan. 21. Free. 570-674-6400.
The Anthracite Miners and Their Hollowed Ground, the annual Msgr. John J. Curran Lecture by artist Sue Hand who created a series of art works tracing the local mining industry. Room 162, King’s on the Square Building, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Jan. 21 with refreshments beginning at 6:45 p.m. in the lobby. Free. 715-252-6742.
NEPA Home and Garden Show, the 15th annual event with the latest products and services from builders, contractors, landscapers and providers of energy efficiency, windows and doors, decks, pools, spas, kitchenware and more. Also: gardening seminars by the Penn State Master Gardeners, chainsaw carving, farm equipment showcase, quilting presentation and an art, gift and gourmet area. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 2 to 7 p.m. Jan. 22; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 23; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 24. $7.50; $5.50 seniors. 570-970-7600.
Under the Big Top! A screening of “Billy Rose’s Jumbo” (1962) starring Jimmy Durante and Doris Day. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Jan. 22. Free with refreshments. 570-823-0156.
Mining History Program, with historians William Hastie and Robert Wolensky speaking on “Anthracite’s Labor Wars and the Knox Mine Disaster,” followed by the documentary film “The Knox Mine Disaster.” Presented by the Nanticoke Historical Society at the Cultural Centre of St. Faustina, 38 W. Church St., Nanticoke. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 22. Free. 715-252-6742.
Knox Mine Disaster Remembrance Program, with a documentary on the event “Tribute to Myron Thomas and the Knox Mine Disaster,” the Myron Thomas Oral History Reading and comments by members of the Thomas family who recall the heroic efforts of their relative who led miners to safety. Anthracite Heritage Museum, 22 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 23. Free. 570-963-4804.
Early Bird Sports Expo, the annual show with boats, RVs, ATVs, outfitters, hunting and fishing equipment, kayaks, taxidermy, artists, sportsmen’s groups, an archery shoot, turkey calling and Kids Casting. Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, 620 W. Third St. 4 to 9 p.m. Jan. 28; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 29; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 30; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 31. $6. 570-784-4949.
Wellness Through Mind-Body Integration. Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28. Free. 570-586-8191.
Under the Big Top! A screening of “Something Wicked This Way Comes” (1983) starring Jason Robards and Jonathan Pryce. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Jan. 29. Free with refreshments. 570-823-0156.
Knox Mine Disaster Documentary Benefit, with an authentic Coal Miner’s Dinner prepared by chef Mike Prushinski along with excerpts from the documentary. Anthracite Cafe, 804 Scott St., Wilkes-Barre. 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 31. $20. 570-822-4677.
Party with a Purpose, a Mardi Gras-themed event to benefit students of the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association. With traditional Mardi Gras foods, wine and beer tasting, silent auction, raffle, entertainment and cash bar. Genetti’s Best Western Hotel, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. 5:30 p.m. Feb. 4. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre. $20 advance; $25 at the door. Tickets: 570-714-1246.
Winterfest, the annual celebration in downtown Jim Thorpe with a Mug Walk, Lehigh Gorge train rides, Kids Shows with Al Grout, ice- and wood-carving demonstrations, horse-drawn carriage rides and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15. Schedule at jimthorpe.org.
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.
WWE Wrestling: The Road to Wrestlemania, with favorites Roman Reigns, Demon Kane, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Dolph Ziggler, Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens, the Dudley Boyz, the Divas and more. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. March 20. 800-745-3000.
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.
Monroe County Earth Day, with exhibitors, live music, E-cycling, Give and Take, children’s activities, tire amnesty and more. Northampton Community College, 2411 Route 715, Tannersville. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23. 570-629-3061.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, with extreme spectacles, fast-paced performances and exotic animals. Included: high-wire wizards, strongmen, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, contortionists, a high-flying human cannonball and a bungee aerial skydiving display. Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. April 28-29; 1 and 5 p.m. April 30; 1 p.m. May 1. 570-970-7600 or ticketmaster.com.