THIS WEEK: Jan. 20 to 26, 2016
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.
Winter Wonderland, a seasonal party with “Rat Pack” entertainment by Ray Phillips along with light refreshments. Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St., Weatherly. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 21. Free and open to the public. Reservations: 570-427-4500.
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.
Night with the Nurses, a gathering to discuss how to better care for senior parents or family members with presenter Dr. Philip Benyo. Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St., Weatherly. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21. Free with light refreshments. Registration: 570-427-4500.
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.
Benefit Dance, sponsored by the Northeast Social Dance Club to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Scranton. With DJ Mike Walton spinning dance music for swing, waltz, cha cha, west coast and line dancing. The Dante Club, 1916 Prospect Ave., Scranton. 8 to 11 p.m. Jan. 23. $5. 570-239-4398.
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.
Blue Tattoo: Dina’s Story, Joe’s Song, a documentary film about an 86-year-old Holocaust survivor and the song written by musician Joe Crookston about her ordeal. The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale. 3 p.m. Jan. 24. $10 advance; $15 at the door. 570-253-2020.
DIY: Mend Your Clothes, a hands-on workshop on giving old garments a new life by learning to mend, alter and embellish them. No sewing experience necessary. The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale. 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 26. $10. Reservations: 570-253-2020.
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.
Socrates Cafe, exchanging thoughtful ideas and experiences on various topics, embracing the Socratic Method. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27. Registration: 570-474-9313.
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.
Coloring for Adults, the new activity promoting relaxation and de-stressing. Coloring pages and pencils provided or bring your own. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28. Light refreshments served. 570-823-0156.
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.
Game Night, with gym games and plenty of board games. Sweet Valley Church of Christ, 5439 Main Road. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 29. Free with refreshments provided. 844-782-2266.
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.
German Nite, the 51st annual pre-Lenten festival with a German-style buffet and music by the Walt Groller Orchestra. St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Jan. 30 with buffet 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. and drinks and dancing 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $30. Reservations: 570-823-7736.
Myasopusna, the 10th annual pre-Lenten 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.
Around the World at the Library. A screening of “If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium” (1969) starring Suzanne Pleshette and Ian McShane. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Feb. 5. Free with refreshments. 570-823-0156.
Meditation Sessions, various types of meditation focusing on calming the body and mind including seated and walking meditations as well as chanting, mindfulness and gratitude meditations. Barnes Martial Arts, 1366 Murray St., Forty Fort. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays beginning Feb. 6. Suggested donation: $10. 570-332-4377.
Theme-Basket Raffle, with special raffles, refreshments and a bake sale. St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 9 W. Railroad St., Nesquehoning. Feb. 6 with doors at 10:30 a.m. and drawing at 2 p.m. 570-669-6036.
Community Contra Dance, with music by Dr. Twamley’s Audio Snakes. No partner or previous experience necessary. Church of Christ Uniting, 776 Market St., Kingston. Feb. 6 with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. and dancing at 7 p.m. Pay what you wish. 570-333-4007.
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.
Around the World at the Library. A screening of “Sayonara” (1957) starring Marlon Brando. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Feb. 12. Free with refreshments. 570-823-0156.
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.
Around the World at the Library. A screening of “Roman Holiday” (1953) starring Audrey Hepburn. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Feb. 19. Free with refreshments. 570-823-0156.
Winter in the City, a cocktail party with food from area restaurants and music by Paul LaBelle & the Exact Change and Group du Jour along with a silent auction and raffles. POSH at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 19. $20. Sponsored by Scranton Tomorrow. 570-963-1575.
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.
Around the World at the Library. A screening of the historical drama “Hotel Rwanda” (2004). Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Feb. 26. Free with refreshments. 570-823-0156.
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.
Fee-Free Days at Steamtown. The National Park Service will celebrate its 100th birthday by waiving entrance fees on the following days in 2016: 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. 570-340-5200.
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.