THIS WEEK: Sept. 7 to 13, 2016
Luzerne County Fair, the 54th annual event with amusement rides, Dialed Action BMX show, Hansen’s Spectacular acrobats, Pork Chop Revue, Kiddieland, Agri-Puppets, Tractor Obstacle Rodeo, Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull, Karaoke Contest, and entertainment by Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots (Thursday), Amanda Jo and RJ Scouton (Friday), Kendall Philips of “American Idol” and Morgan Frazier of “The Voice,” (Saturday) and Ryan Pelton (Sunday). Fairgrounds, 3506 Route 118, Lehman Township. 4 to 11 p.m. Sept. 7 to 9; 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 10; 11 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 11. $10. Info at luzernecountyfair.com.
Life in a Coal Mining Town, a talk by Pennsylvania native and author Martin J. Hula on the “stark reality of living in such a town in the 1940s.” Also: a 25-minute documentary and and exhibit of coal-mining artifacts. McGowan Room, Bevevino Library, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Noon on Sept. 7. Free. 570-674-6400.
Work/Life Balance, a lecture by author Tom Morris (“If Harry Potter Ran General Electric,” “If Aristotle Ran General Motors: The New Soul of Business”) titled “The Four Foundations of Greatness: Ethics and Excellence in Work and Life.” Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Sept. 7. Free. 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.
United Way Campaign Kickoff Celebration, with speaker Sonia Manzano (Maria on “Sesame Street”) along with food, beverages and music by Big Daddy Dex. Keystone Ballroom, Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8. $35. Reservations: 570-829-6711.
Where America’s Story Lives, a 25th anniversary celebration of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley, honoring its founder Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn. Also: food, beverages and live entertainment. Scranton Riverwalk at the Olive Street Trailhead. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 8. 570-963-6730.
Socrates Cafe, a philosophical discussion group using Socratic principles. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8. Free. 570-823-0156.
Civil War Round Table, with a program by Mark Grimm Jr. who portrays Major General John Hartranft in a talk about the imprisonment, trial and execution of those accused of conspiring to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. Daddow-Isaacs American Legion, 730 Memorial Highway, Dallas. 7 p.m. Sept. 8. $3. 570-675-8936.
Campion Society Writing Workshop, an informal, themed workshop, sponsored by the Campion Literary Society. Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, North Main and West Jackson streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Noon on Sept. 9. Free. 570-208-5900, ext. 5487.
Friday Movie Matinee, a screening of “Paris Blues” (1961) starring Sidney Poitier. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Sept. 9. Free with light refreshments. 570-823-0156.
Felittese Festival, the 29th annual event with Italian foods and pastries along with entertainment by the Luongo Brothers (Friday), Fuzzy Park Band (Saturday) and Sweet Pepper & the Long Hots (Sunday). Also: the 5th annual Race for Our Lady of Constantinople (9 a.m. Sunday at Old Forge High School football field) and a mass at St. Mary’s Church followed by a procession to the fairgrounds (10 a.m. Sunday). Our Lady of Constantinople Chapel, 145 Third St., Old Forge. 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10; noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 11. 570-457-3499.
Bonsai Society Open House, the 26th annual exhibit of bonsai trees along with demonstrations, a contest and bonsai sale. Midway Garden Center, 1865 Route 315, Pittston. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10. 570-654-6194.
Cancer Survivors Day, the 24th annual gathering with a Circle of Survivors, inspirational messages, survivors’ banner, musical performances and light refreshments. Open to survivors, patients, caregivers, oncology medical professionals and anyone affected by cancer. 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 10 at Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre; and 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 24 at McDade Park, Scranton. Registration requested. 570-941-7984.
Moveable Feast Walking Tour. Munch your way through a two-hour history walking tour of Milford with tastings from the town’s favorite food spots. Meet on the porch of Jorgenson’s at the Dimmick Inn, Broad and Harford streets. 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 10 and Oct. 1. $20. Reservations: 570-296-9630 or greytowers.org.
Downtown Scranton Walking Tours, highlighting the city’s rich architectural history. Meet at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton. 11 a.m. Sept. 10. Free. Reservations: 570-344-3841.
Hazleton Funfest, the annual street festival with a huge parade, classic-car show, crafters, thrill rides, music and events for all ages. Along Broad Street in downtown Hazleton. Sept. 10 and 11. Free. 570-455-1509.
Polish Food Fest, with pierogi, haluski, piggies, potato pancakes, kielbasa and sauerkraut sandwiches along with American foods and desserts, basket auction, plant sale and music by Classic DJs. Good Shepherd Polish National Catholic Church, 269 E. Main St., Plymouth. Noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 10. 570-719-9100.
Brew PA, the Pennsylvania Brewers Festival with more than 50 craft breweries offering samples, a Waffles & Beer Breakfast, Barley Creek Brewery Party, live bands, beer-pairing dinner and an after-dark waterpark party. Camelbeach, 209 Resort Drive, Tannersville. 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 10; noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 11. Tickets at camelbeach.com.
An American in Paris Gala, the annual fundraiser for the Osterhout Free Library with raffle prizes including a trip for two to New York City. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Sept. 10. Reservations: 570-823-0156.
Denison House Tours. Learn about the life and times of early settler Nathan Denison while touring his 1790 two-story home full of period furniture. 35 Denison St., Forty Fort. 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 25. $5, $3 children. 570-823-6244.
Forty Fort Meeting House Tours, docent-led tours exploring the 1807 historic religious edifice with its original box pews and elevated pulpit. 20 River St., Forty Fort. 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays through September 25 along with Labor Day. $2. 570-287-5214.
Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon, a talk on “Descent into Hell: The Hero’s Quest in Myth and Film” by James J. Clauss, professor of classics at the University of Washington. Rose Room, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. Noon on Sept. 12. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
The Heroin Problem: What Can We Do? A panel discussion, sponsored by the Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance. McBride Memorial Library, 500 Market St., Berwick. 6 p.m. Sept. 12. 570-542-7946.
Sweet Dreams, an independent film about a group of Rwandan women who defy the devastation of genocide to form the country’s first all-female drumming group and open the country’s first ice-cream shop. Carver Hall, Bloomsburg University. 7 p.m. Sept. 12. Followed by a discussion with the film’s director Rob Fruchtman. $4. 570-389-4409 or cas.buzz.