THIS WEEK: Jan. 13 to 19, 2016
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. 13 to 15; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 16. Free but $15 parking. 717-787-5373 or farmshow.state.pa.us.
Color Me Calm! A relaxing evening of coloring for adults with coloring sheets, crayons, markers and pencils available — or bring your own. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13. Registration: 570-474-9313.
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.
Social Media for Seniors, a basic introduction to Facebook. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14. Free. Registration: 570-654-9847.
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.
Paper Made. Creations from paper including origami, paper quilling, tissue-paper flowers and more. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 1 p.m. Jan. 16. Free. Registration: 570-654-9847.
Hypnosis for Goals, Fun and Career, with guest speaker Chris Halbohm, direction of Kingston-Keystone Hypnosis 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 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; after March 19, 9 a.m. to 5 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.
Finger Knitting. Create a rope scarf with four fingers and one skein of yarn. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6 p.m. Jan. 19. Free. Registration: 570-654-9847.
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. Topics include genetic research and health care. 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.
Job Seeker Series, tips on creating a resume and cover letter. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 1 p.m. Jan. 20. Free. Registration: 570-654-9847.
Film Favorites, a screening of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” about the giant reptiles living in the sewers of New York City. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. Jan. 20. Free. 570-996-1500.
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.
Essential Oils 101, a fun-filled and informative class on the uses and applications of essential oils for weight loss, cleansing and digestion. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6 p.m. Jan. 21. Free. Registration: 570-654-9847.
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.
Zen Meditation Gathering, with beginner Zazen instruction, chanting and kinhin walking Zen. Endless Mountain Zendo, 104 Hollow Road, Stillwater. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 24. 570-925-5077.
Job Seeker Series, tips on acquiting good interview skills. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 1 p.m. Jan. 27. Free. Registration: 570-654-9847.
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.
Social Media for Seniors, a basic introduction to Twitter. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28. Free. Registration: 570-654-9847.
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.
Spring Gala and Auction Kick-Off, a fundraiser for Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania with celebrity bartenders and food offerings. Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30. $10. 570-823-5144.
Myasopusna, the 10th annual prelenten festival with Ukrainian foods (borscht, stuffed cabbage, kielbasa, pierogies and more) along with entertainment by the Holy Year Choir, Kazka Ukrainian Folk Ensemble and Saint Mary’s Traditional Ukrainian Dancers. Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, 240 Center St., Hanover section of Nanticoke. 12:30 p.m. Jan. 31. $13 until Jan. 23; $15 thereafter. 570-735-4654.
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.
Film Favorites, a screening of “The Three Stooges,” about the knuckle-headed misadventures of the zany trio. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. Feb. 10. Free. 570-996-1500.
Winterfest Film Festival, 12 foreign, independent and art films shown in 14 days. Opens with an evening of two films, popcorn, wine, beer, light bites and dessert. 6 p.m. Feb. 12. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Continues through Feb. 25. Post-Fest film discussion 1 p.m. Feb. 26. 570-996-1500. Schedule at dietrichtheater.com.
WinterFest, the annual celebration in downtown Jim Thorpe with a Mug Walk, Lehigh Gorge train rides, magic shows and a pinata-busting for the kids, ice- and wood-carving demonstrations, horse-drawn carriage rides, music by the Faculty Brass and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 13 and 14. Schedule at jimthorpe.org.
Hydroponics, a talk on hydroponically grown lettuce by Bill Banta and Amanda Rowlands, owners of Rowlands Pennsylvania Produce. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 105 Irem Road, Dallas. 7 p.m. Feb. 15. Followed by a tour of the operation in Centermoreland on Feb. 20. Free. Information at 570-639-5785.
Spin 4 Life, a spinning fundraiser for Candy’s Place: A Center for Cancer Wellness in memory of leukemia victim Brandon J. Case. Danko’s All-American Fitness, 3 N. River St., Plains Township. 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27. $25 for a 45-minute cycling ride. Registration: 570-714-8800.
Film Favorites, a screening of “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962) starring Gregory Peck. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. March 2. Free. 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.
Pennsylvania Home Show, with architects, product manufacturers, pool installers, landscapers, contractors and remodelers offering ideas to beautify, update and maintain your home. State Farm Show Complex, North Cameron and Maclay streets, Harrisburg. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 10 to 12; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 13. $8. 800-281-5539.
David Zeisberger: Apostle Among Indians, a film about the life and work of the Moravian missionary who christianized Indians in Pennsylvania. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 2 p.m. March 13. Free. 570-996-1500.
Celebrate Sobriety at the Movies, a free movie night for anyone whose life has been affected by alcoholism. Film undecided at press time. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. March 16. Free. 570-996-1500.
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.
Spring Film Festival, 22 foreign, independent and art films shown in 21 days. Opens with a Gala Night with food, beer, wine, desserts and two films 5:30 p.m. April 1. $40. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Continues through April 21. $8.50. Concludes with a post-fest film discussion 1 p.m. April 22. 570-996-1500 or dietrichtheater.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.
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.
Film Favorites, a screening of “Sandlot,” (1993) about the adventures of Scotty Smalls who joins the local baseball team. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. April 27. Free. 570-996-1500.
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.