THIS WEEK: July 27 to Aug. 2, 2016
Summer Fest, the final two days of the film festival of foreign, independent and art films including “Eye in the Sky,” “Sing Street,” “Dark Horse,” “Love and Friendship” and more. July 27 and July 28 at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Also: a post-festival film discussion 1 p.m. July 29. 570-996-1500. For schedule, see dietrichtheater.com.
Summer Film Series, a showing of “Racing Extinction,” a documentary following undercover activitsts trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 1 and 7:30 p.m. July 27. $3 matinee, $5 evening. 570-826-1100.
Antique Appraisals with Steve Traver and Bernie Girman Jr. from Traver’s Antique Auction. Two free appraisals per person; appointments recommended. Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St., Weatherly. 2 to 4 p.m. July 27. Free. 570-427-4500.
Cougar Family Carnival, with rides, games, food, raffles and more. Valley View School District’s John F. Benzes/Veterans Memorial Football Stadium, Peckville. 6 to 10 p.m. July 27 to 29; 2 to 10 p.m. July 30. 570-876-5080.
Native, Alien and Medicinal Plants of the Kirby Park Natural Area, 90-minute walk to learn about benefits and uses of plants in the the park’s wild, riparian woodlands. Led by Ken Klemow of Wilkes University. Meet at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St. 6 p.m. July 27. Free. 570-823-2191.
Balanced Lifestyle, fitness tips by Jose Briceno of LUX Personal Training in Clarks Summit. Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. July 28 at noon. Free. 570-586-8191.
Coloring for Adults, experience the relaxing art of coloring. Supplies provided or bring your own. Refreshments served. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 28. 570-823-0156.
Secrets, Smiles and the Sun King: An Insider’s View of Normandy and Paris, a talk by cultural historian and traveler Jennie Congleton. Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 28. Registration: 570-287-2013.
Friday Movie Matinee, a screening of “The Gabby Douglas Story,” (2014), a film about the Olympic gymnast. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. July 29. Free with light refreshments. 570-823-0156.
Car and Bike Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 10 p.m. July 29. Free. Info at nepraaca.org.
Lake Carey Day, outdoor activities including Admiral Stark 5K and Frank Valvano 10K Walk/Run (6:30 a.m. at Lake Carey Firehouse), Canoe and Kayak Race (10 a.m. on the eastern shore), a Children’s Paddle Boat Race (10:30 a.m. at Frank’s Marina), a Historic Boat Tour (noon and 2 p.m. launching across from Frank’s Marina), Poker Run (2 to 4 p.m.) and chicken barbecue (4 to 7 p.m.). Also: bake sale, merch sale and a Sunday church service. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 30 with church service 10 a.m. July 31. Information at lakecareypa.com.
Pittston River Fest, annual event along the Susquehanna River with presentations including the Steamtown “Ring of Fire,” “Meet Mrs. Thomas Jefferson,” the history of Knox Mine; tractor-pulled wagon ride to the site, food, music, dance, history, children’s activities and more. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 30. Also: a kayak trip from Harding to Pittston sponsored by Susquehanna Kayak and Canoe. Call 570-388-6107 to sign up and reserve a boat.
Rockin’ the River, third annual event with kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, artisans, yard games, acoustic jam tent and music by London Force, Jessica Illuzzi, Canary Circus, Lindsay Nulton, John Falbo and more. Howland Preserve, 546 Vosburg Road, off Route 6, Tunkhannock. 1 to 7 p.m. July 30. $10. 570-310-1781.
Hand-to-Hand Self-Defense Class, basic moves for women taught by the Mountain Top Martial Arts Center. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. 1 to 2:30 p.m. July 30. Registration: 570-474-9313.
Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Party, a celebration and countdown to the release of the eighth story in the series “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two,” with activities and giveaways. Barnes and Noble Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 8 p.m. July 30. 570-829-4210.
Car Show, third annual event with Automotive Swap Meet. American Legion Mountain Post 781, Church Road, Mountain Top. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 31. $10 per entry. All vehicles welcome. 570-474-2161.
Lake Carey Day will be held July 30 with outdoor activities for the whole family including the Admiral Stark 5K and Frank Valvano 10K Walk/Run (6:30 a.m. at the Lake Carey Firehouse), Canoe and Kayak Race (10 a.m. on the eastern shore), a Children’s Paddle Boat Race (10:30 a.m. at Frank’s Marina), a Historic Boat Tour (noon and 2 p.m. launching across from Frank’s Marina), Poker Run (2 to 4 p.m.) and a chicken barbecue (4 to 7 p.m.). Also: a bake sale, merchandise sale and a Sunday church service followed by refreshments. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 30 with the church service 10 a.m. July 31. Information at lakecareypa.com.