THIS WEEK: Feb. 15 to 21, 2017
The Chamber Challenge, be part of a livestreaming game show from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 15. Test your knowledge about Wilkes-Barre, its non-profits and pop culture. Watch it live at the THINK Center, in the basement of Barnes and Noble, or on Facebook Live. Visit coalcreative.com for more info. The event will be hosted by Will Beekman.
Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, the 13th annual street festival with the theme “Ice, Lights, Broadway!” Included: a Friday evening parade, live music, more than 50 ice sculptures with carving demonstrations, horse-and-carriage rides and entertainment. Downtown Clarks Summit. Feb. 17 to 20. For schedule, see theabingtons.org.
Winter in the City, a cocktail party with food from local restaurants, silent auction, raffle and music by Paul LaBelle & the Exact Change and Group Du Jour. POSH at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17. $20 benefits Scranton Tomorrow. 570-963-1575.
Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Workshop, take part in this hands-on workshop led by Jeff Abella, co-founder of Moka Origins, a chocolate and coffee company, who will teach about cocoa farms, make chocolate and taste the finished product. The event starts at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. Honesdale. $10 donation. Call 570-253-2020 for more information.
Winter Fest Film Festival, 14 days of foreign, independent and art films. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Opens Feb. 17 with a gala opening night of two films, snacks, wine, beer and dessert at 6 p.m. $25. Continues through March 2. $8.50. Previews of all films shown at 1 and 6 p.m. Feb. 2. Post-Festival Film Discussion 1 p.m. March 3. Schedule at dietrichtheater.com.
Sweethearts Dinner Dance, with music by the Main Street Crooners. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Feb. 18 with doors at 5 p.m., dinner at 5:30 p.m. and dancing at 7 p.m. Cash bar available. 866-605-7325.
Old Forge Mardi Gras, with a full-course dinner, beer and wine, and entertainment by Frankie Gervasi of The Poets. Sponsored by Prince of Peace Parish at Arcaro and Genell, 443 S. Main St., Old Forge. 6 p.m. Feb. 18. $30. Adults only. Reservations: 570-457-5900.
Blue Ribbon Gala, the annual fundraiser for Marley’s Mission with entertainment by Daddy-O and the Sax Maniacs and 13-year-old singer Olivia Kay along with emcee WNEP-TV’s Stacy Lange. Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave., Scranton. 6 p.m. Feb. 18. Black tie optional. $125. Info at marleysmission.com.
Night at the Races, with horse sponsorship and food and beverages. Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca. Admission costs $5 per person. Horse sponsorship costs $10. The sponsor of the winning horse wins $50. Food and baked good donations are welcome. 5 p.m. Feb. 18. 570-457-3412.
New Year of the Trees, celebrate Tu BiSh’vat, an event that marks the emergence of Spring. Join Jill Price on an adventure hike, learn to play pickle ball and plat a tree at the JCC Camp, Troxell Switch Road overlooking Harveys Lake from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 19. $5 per person. Contact Sharon for more information at [email protected] or 570-824-4646.
Fee-Free Days at Steamtown, free admission on Feb. 20 (Presidents Day), April 15-16 and 22-23 (National Parks Week), Aug. 25 (National Park Service Birthday), Sept. 30 (National Public Lands Day) and Nov. 11-12 (Veterans Day Weekend). Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $7. 570-340-5204.
Out of Africa, a free screening of the drama starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, shown in conjunction with the Wyoming County Reads book-discussion series. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. Feb. 22. 570-996-1500.
Moreau Lecture, featuring the Rev. Thomas Stegman at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in Burke Auditorium at King’s College. The lecture series was named in honor of the Rev. Basil Anthony Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross. For more information call 570-208-5900 ext. 5767 or email [email protected]
Arm Knitting. Create your own infinity scarf out of chunky yarn using just your arms. Bring two or three skeins of chunky yarn. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Free. 570-654-9847.
Home and Outdoor Living Show, the 30th annual event offering a look at industry trends in all aspects of home, leisure and outdoor activities. Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, 906 W. Main St. Noon to 8 p.m. Feb. 24; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 25; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 26. $5. 570-966-0625 or csbapa.org.
DIY nut milks & cheeses, learn how to make your own coconut or almond milk and cashew cheese from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 24 at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. Honesdale. Learn recipes and techniques from Talia Segal Fidler during the hands-on class. $20 suggested donation and registration is required. For more information or to register call 570-253-2020.
Swing dancing at The Cooperage from 7 to 1o p.m. Feb. 24 at 1030 Main St. Honesdale. Learn some swing steps from dancer Anne Johansen as she dances to music performed by the Little Big Band. $10. For more information call 570-253-2020.
Spin 4 Life, a cancer fundraiser with participants cycling 45-minute intervals for the cause. Also: tee shirts, refreshments and mini massages. Odyssey Fitness, 401 Coal St., Wilkes-Barre. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 25. $25. Registration: 570-714-8800.
Springtime in Paris, the annual fundraiser with silent and live art auctions of works by painters, potters, weavers, mixed media artists and Broadway performers. St. Jude School, 420 S. Mountian Blvd., Mountain Top. Feb. 25 with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and auction at 7:30 p.m. 570-474-5803.