THIS WEEK: March 29-April 4
Glow Run 5K for Suicide Awareness and Celebration of Life, Wilkes University Center on Main (UCOM), 8:30 p.m. March 31. Rain date is 8:30 p.m. April 1. Free. Info, 570-408-3842 or wilkes.edu.
Buy Local, second annual buy local Spring Fling Marketplace featuring fine local businesses, artisans and wineries. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington, Ave., Scranton. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 2. Admission costs $2. 570-344-1111.
Suscon Road Tornado Relief Benefit, in the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors, proceeds from basket raffles and 50/50 drawings will aid families that were severely impacted by the tornado that touched down in Suscon Feb. 25. The Brickhouse Tavern, 319 Main St., Dupont. 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. April 1 into 2. Admission is free. For more information or to arrange dropping off a basket, call Bob at 570-654-BEER or on his cellphone at 732-429-8919.
Vera Bradley/Coach Bingo, 20 rounds of bingo plus special bonus rounds benefit the Third Avenue Elementary School PTO. Swoyersville Hose Company #2, 299 Slocum St., Swoyersville. 12 to 6 p.m. April 1. $25, $30. Advance tickets available at bit.ly/2nXNky4.
Community Contra Dance, with music by the band ‘Contra Rebels’ and calling by Bob Nicholson, Church of Christ Uniting Fellowship Hall, 776 Market Street, Kingston. No partner or previous experience is necessary. Admission to the dance is “pay what you wish.” 7 p.m. April 1. Optional potluck dinner starts at 6 p.m. Info, 570-333-4007 or folkloresociety.org/dancing.
Spring Clean Up, sponsored by the Green Party of Pennsylvania, this bi-annual beautification project tidies up Nay Aug Park. Nay Aug Park, 500 Arthur Ave., Scranton. 12 to 2 p.m. April 2. There is no fee to volunteer. 717-839-2395.
Cask For A Cause, raise a pint and some much needed money for the Scranton Iron Furnaces. A firkin is a small keg that holds about 10 gallons of cask-conditioned, 50 degree beer. Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 5 to 11 p.m. March 31. No cover, basket raffles and 50/50 drawings. 570-346-6883.
Simple. Natural. Healing, a seminar on improving digestion including gentle detox approaches and food sampling. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 10 a.m. to noon April 8. $10. 570-996-1500.
Spring Craft Show, sponsored by the Lake-Lehman Jr./Sr. High School Band, will feature handcrafted items for the home and garden, Easter and spring including beaded and silver jewelry, candles, soaps, quilted and crocheted pieces and more. Lake-Lehman Jr./Sr. High School, 1128 Old Route 115, Lehman. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 8. Admission is free. For more information, email [email protected]
Craft, Flea Market & Vendor Sale, indoor/outdoor craft fair, flea market and vendor sale. Lunch and Welsh cookies will be available. Dallas Order of the Easter Star building, 15 Foster St., Dallas. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 22. Admission is free. For more information, call Dianne Corby at 570-675-4893.
Hawley Earth Fest, a three-day celebration of Earth includes a cleanup of Route 6, dinner specials, live entertainment, shopping sales, demonstrations, book readings, nature education, hikes and more. Takes place at various sites in Hawley. April 22 to 24. Contact Jason Merrill at 570-862-2453.
DrinkaPalooza Wine & Whiskey Fest, the inaugural spirits-tasting event with vendors including Pennsylvania wineries, KingView Mead, Absolute Fine Cigars, Cynful Bliss, Green Mountain Energy, LuLaRoe, Serving Stone Creations and many more. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. April 29 with tasting sessions noon to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 7:30 p.m. $24. Age 21 and older. Details at drinkfestpa.com.
Fine Arts Fiesta, the 62nd annual arts festival with more than 50 juried artisans and craftspersons along with entertainment. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. May 18 to 21. Info at fineartsfiesta.org.
Audubon Society Annual Banquet, an evening of appetizers, buffet dinner, beverages and a program on eagles with an appearance by Renshaw, an injured bald eagle who was rehabilitated by the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. Appletree Terrace, Newberry Estate, Pioneer Avenue, Dallas. 6 p.m. June 14. 570-479-0400.
Wine and Dine Festival, sponsored by the Dallas Rotary Club, with the Dallas Area Fall Fair, Inc., features tastings of the finest wines from the Back Mountain and Endless Mountain areas and beyond. A variety of food and goods will be available for sale by area vendors and craftsmen, with live musical entertainment. Noon-6 p.m. June 17 at the Luzerne County Fairgrounds, Rt. 118, Dallas.
Announcements: The Wyoming Valley Poetry Society is accepting entries for its annual Student Poetry Contest for grades one through 12 from now through March 31. Poems may be rhymed or free verse, must not exceed 32 lines and can be submitted on 8 x 11 inch white paper typed or neatly written in black or blue ink. Submissions can be mailed to W.V.P.S. Student Poetry Contest, c/o Jim Spock, P.O. Box 173, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703 or emailed to WyomingValleyPoetrySociety @gmail.com.