THIS WEEK: Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, 2016
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.
Planting a Promise, a fundraiser by the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania to help finance a healing garden for young victims of sexual and physical abuse. With celebrity bartenders, hors d’oeuvres and pizza. The Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 28. 570-969-7313.
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.
Pittston YMCA Benefit, hosted by the Wilkes-Barre Rugby Club. With food, drinks, basket raffles and entertainment by four area bands. Old Tyme Charley’s, 31 S. River St., Plains Township. $20. 570-498-3358.
Sring 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.
Zen Meditation Gathering, with Zazen, beginner’s instruction, chanting, kinhin walking Zen and more. Followed by tea and conversation. Endless Mountain Zendo, 104 Hollow Road, Stillwater. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 31. 570-925-5077.
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.
Being Religious: A School for Desire, the annual Moreau Lecture, delivered by the Rev. Kevin Grove, Distinguished Fellow of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. Burke Auditorium, William G. McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 3:30 and 7:30 p.m Feb. 1. Free. 570-208-5900, ext. 5491.
Nanticoke Bingo, with cash prizes, food and door prizes. West Side Playground, 389 W. Grand St., Nanticoke. Feb. 2 with doors at 5 p.m. and games at 6 p.m. Non-smoking. 570-735-6820.
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.
Discover Hypnosis for Weight Loss, Personal Goals and Fun, a talk by author and hypnotist Chris Halbohm, director of Kingston-Keystone Hypnosis Institute and Weight Loss Center. The Atrium Restaurant Cafe, 311 Market St., Kingston. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4. Free. 570-772-4432.
Rev. Donald Grimes Lecture, with religion scholar Rev. Kevin Spicer speaking on Christian history and anti-semitism in Nazi Germany. Postupack Room, William G. McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Noon on Feb. 5. Free. 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.
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.
Themed 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.
Bingo, with prizes of baskets, gift cards and crafts. St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, 143 W. Division St., Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 7 with doors at noon and games at 1 p.m. $5. 570-824-2872.
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.
Frozen Frontier: Festival of Ice, the annual winter festivities at venues in downtown Clarks Summit. Begins Feb. 12 with trolley tours 5 to 7 p.m., a Family Fun Faire at 6 p.m. with storytelling, facepainting, rock music, crafts and food, and the festival parade at 7:30 p.m. Continues 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 13 to 15 with live music, ice carving, horse and carriage rides and more. For schedule, log onto theabingtons.org.
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 (“Grandma” and “Meet the Patels”), popcorn, wine, beer, light bites and dessert. 6 p.m. Feb. 12. $25. Continues through Feb. 25 at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Post-Fest film discussion 1 p.m. Feb. 26. 570-996-1500. Schedule at dietrichtheater.com.
WinterFest, the 22nd 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.
Polar Bear Plunge Fundraiser, with DJ music on the Main Deck (noon to 4 p.m.), games and prizes at Mountain Base (noon to 4 p.m.), live music by Lima Bean Riot, auction and raffles at the Thirsty Camel (4 to 8 p.m.). Camelback Ski Resort, 301 Resort Drive, Tannersville. Noon to 8 p.m. Feb. 13. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics New Jersey and the Camelback Polar Plunge Team. 570-629-1661.
Labyrinth, the 1986 cult classic film starring David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Feb. 13 with doors at 8:30 p.m. for a pre-party and movie at 10 p.m. followed by a post-party with prizes for best David Bowie/Labyrinth costumes. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 570-420-2808.
Nanticoke Bingo, with cash prizes, food and door prizes. West Side Playground, 389 W. Grand St., Nanticoke. Feb. 16 with doors at 5 p.m. and games at 6 p.m. Non-smoking. 570-735-6820.
Scientific Reasoning and Telescope Lectures, two free public lectures by Dr. Marvin Bolt, historian of astronomy and vice president of collections at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium. Burke Auditorium, William G. McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 18 with “The Art of the First Scientific Instruments: Looking Through — and at — the World’s Oldest Telescopes” at 4 p.m. and “Saving Your Life: When Scientific Reasoning and Moral Wisdom Turn Urgent” at 7 p.m. 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.
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.
The Mask You Live In, a film about the meaning of masculinity in America and the struggles of men and boys to stay true to themselves. Presented as part of Black History Month events. PNC Auditorium, Loyola Science Center, University of Scranton. 7 p.m. Feb. 23. Free. 570-941-5904.
The Sleep-Dealer, a 2008 science-fiction cult classic about a young Mexican hacker. Presented as part of the Latin American Film Festival. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. 7 p.m. Feb. 24. Free. 570-941-4317.
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.
Team Kirby Fundraiser, a comedy show with David James and “Comedy Diva” Stephanie Peters to support efforts by Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s Class of 2016 to improve Kirby Park. Wisecracker’s Comedy Club, Mohegan Sun Casino, 280 Route 315, Plains Township. Feb. 26 with doors and basket raffle at 8 p.m. and show at 9 p.m. $20. 570-417-0378.
On the Road to Wellness, the 38th annual American Cancer Society Telethon with local artists, dancers and musicians along with a free health fair (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), tricky trays and a bake sale. The Health & Wellness Center, 50 Moisey Drive, Hazleton. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Feb. 27. Broadcast live on WYLN-TV. 570-459-1212.
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.
Home and Lifestyle Expo, with builders, remodelers, home services, financial services, lifestyle vendors and more. Sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lackawanna Home Builders Association. Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 4 to 7 p.m. March 4; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 5; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 6. 570-287-3331.
Dinner by Design, the sixth annual visual showcase for unique and innovative table designs and event spaces created by designers, event planners and florists. Sponsored by the Lackawanna Historical Society at POSH @ The Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 7 to 10 p.m. March 4; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 5; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 6. 570-344-3841.
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.
Night at the Races, hosted by the Exeter Lions Club. St. Anthony Parish Center, Erie Street, Exeter. March 12 with doors at 6 p.m. and post time at 7 p.m. $5 includes food and beverages; $10 includes a horse. 570-655-2746 or 570-881-9010.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the 19th annual event starting at the upper end of West Broadway and ending at the County parking lot in Jim Thorpe. 1 p.m. March 13.
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.
Irem Shrine Circus, the annual spring extravaganza. 109th Artillery Armory, 280 Market St., Wilkes-Barre. 1:30 and 7 p.m. March 28 and April 2; 6:30 p.m. March 29; 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 30 and 31 and April 1. 570-714-0783.
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.
Craft Fair, with a bake sale, basket raffle and lunch. Grace Episcopal Church, 30 Butler St., Kingston. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 9. Vendors welcome. 570-287-8440.
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 9 a.m. to 5 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.
Scranton Fringe Festival, a performing arts-based, four-day event held in multiple venues in downtown Scranton. Sept. 29 to Oct. 2. Applications will be accepted Feb. 6 to March 25 for the 2016 event. Details at scrantonfringe.org.