Events Listings: April 13 to 19, 2016

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Behnam Bakhshandeh will present a workshop on Effective Communication April 21 at the Waverly Community House.
Students at the University of Scranton will present ‘An Evening of Environmental Science’ April 21 at the Loyola Science Center.
Inspirational speaker Jamie Tworkowski will give a free talk April 18 at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre.
‘The Lady in the Van’ starring Maggie Smith is one of the selections at the Spring Film Festival, running through April 21 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock.
Take a ride on this Baldwin Locomotive Works 0-6-0 switcher steam locomotive at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, where entrance fees will be waived April 16 to 24 in honor of National Park Week.

THIS WEEK: April 13 to 19, 2016

Senior Health Fair, the 15th annual event with more than 20 vendors offering free health screenings including cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, grip strength and more. Also: prizes, giveaways and massages. Sponsored by Heritage Hill Senior Community at the Laurel Mall, 106 Laurel Mall Drive, Hazleton. 8 a.m. to noon April 13. 570-427-4500.

Spring Film Festival, 22 foreign, independent and art films shown through April 21 including “No Place on Earth,” “Trumbo,” “The Lady in the Van,” “Heart of a Dog,” “Anomalisa” and many more. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. $8.50. Concludes with a post-fest film discussion 1 p.m. April 22. 570-996-1500 or dietrichtheater.com.

Spring Sustainability Symposium, a presentation and panel discussion on “Climate Change: A Time for Change.” DeNaples Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 7 p.m. April 13. Free. 570-941-7520.

No Place on Earth, a screening of the film about a Jewish family in the Ukraine hiding from the Nazis in a cave. Introduced by filmmaker and cave explorer Chris Nicola who also hosts a question-and-answer session after the film. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7:15 p.m. April 13. $8.50. 570-996-1500.

Schemel Forum Luncheon, a talk on “History at the End of the World,” and whether human domination of the world as a goal is beneficial. With professor Rosalind Williams of MIT. DeNaples Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. Noon on April 14. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.

Lecture: “Violence Against Latina Immigrants — Persistent Inequalities and Change” presented by educator Roberta Villalon. PNC Auditorium, Loyola Science Center, University of Scranton. 5:30 p.m. April 14. Free. 570-941-4317.

Socrates Cafe, the philosophical discussion group. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 14. All are welcome. 570-823-0156.

Classic Detectives, a screening of the Nick and Nora Charles mystery “After the Thin Man” (1936) starring Myrna Loy and William Powell. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. April 15. Refreshments served. 570-823-0156.

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.

Earth Day Festival, with hands-on learning stations, interpretive hikes, conservation exhibits, crafts, food, music and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 16. $5 per car. 570-828-2319.

Regional Child Safety Day, with free digital fingerprints and photo-safety programs along with a free Child Safety Kit. Toyota of Scranton, 3400 N. Main Ave. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 16. 570-489-7584.

300 Years of Wyoming Valley History: Chapter 3 — History Lives Around Us, 1865-1900 including the coal and lumber industries, ice cutting, textile and silk mills contributing to the economic boom and allowing recreation to blossom with parks, opera houses, vaudeville shows and moving pictures. 10:30 a.m. April 16 at the Plymouth Public Library, 107 W. Main St. 570-779-4775.

One More Row, a knit-and-crochet group for all ages. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. to noon April 16. Light refreshments. 570-823-0156.

Flower-Pressing Workshop, a two-session event with instructor Nancy Mayer. Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas. 11 a.m. April 16 and May 14. $5. Reservations: 570-675-1182.

Tails for Troops, a fundraiser for Dog T.A.G.S., an organization that pairs veterans diagnosed with PTSD, TBI or MST with rescued shelter or adopted dogs who undergo service training. With a K-9 talent and dog pageant, dogs available for adoption, food, vendors, basket and 50/50 raffles and music by Rock 107’s Prospector. McDade Park, 22 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton. Noon to 3 p.m. April 16. Free. 570-961-4584.

A Night at the Races, presented by the Hazleton Rotary Club. J.J. Ferrara Performing Arts Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. April 16 with doors at 6 p.m. $8 advance; $10 at the door. Age 21 and older. 570-454-8706 or 570-578-6220.

Baubles, Bags, Bids and Blue Jeans, the annual auction of art, experiences, purses, jewelry, sports memorabilia and more. With live and silent auctions, music by the Mud Pond Boys, themed appetizers and open bar. St. Jude Parish School, 422 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. 6:30 p.m. April 16. $30; $50 per couple. Babysitting offered at $5 per child. 570-474-5803.

Scranton Limited Train Rides will begin for the season on April 17 with a 1929 Baldwin Locomotive Works 0-6-0 steam locomotive offering short train rides within the grounds of Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Rides will run continuously between 12:30 and 4 p.m. $5. Rides continue through April at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. The “Nay Aug Gorge Limited” will run on April 24 and May 1. 570-340-5200 or nps.gov/stea.

Cash Bingo. All Saints Parish, Faith Formation Center, 119 Willow St., Plymouth. April 17 with doors at 12:15 p.m. and games at 1 p.m. $5. 570-779-5323.

Annual Prize Bingo, with lunch and refreshments, door prizes and basket raffles. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes St., Swoyersville. April 17 with doors at 1 p.m. and games at 2 p.m. $5. 570-430-0975.

Victorian Tea, with finger sandwiches, scones and desserts. Also: Queen Victoria and her Court will arrive in elegant Victorian attire and present a program on the etiquette of the era. St. Leo’s/Holy Rosary Church, 33 Manhattan St., Ashley. 2 p.m. April 17. $10. Reservations (by April 11): 570-824-3176 or 570-474-1031.

Henry George Lecture, “Henry George and the Crisis on Inequality in the First Gilded Age,” presented by historian and author Edward T. O’Donnell. Moskovitz Theater, DeNaples Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 4 p.m. April 18. Free. 570-941-7176.

Scranton’s Future: What’s Next? A symposium with a panel of government, civic, economic, educational and cultural leaders sharing their vision of Scranton. Leahy Hall, University of Scranton. 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 18. Free. 570-941-6206.

Live Your Best Life, a talk on health-care needs and preventions, presented by representatives from Walgreens. Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 6 p.m. April 18. Registration: 570-287-2013.

300 Years of Wyoming Valley History: Chapter 4 — Building Our Heritage 1900-1940, including events from the Great Strike of 1902 to World War II. 6 p.m. April 18 at the Pittston Area Memorial Library, 47 Broad St.; and 10:30 a.m. April 23 at the West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 570-654-9565 or 570-654-9847.

Monday Night Bingo. Northmoreland Township Volunteer Fire Company, 1618 Demunds Road, Tunkhannock. 6:30 p.m. April 18. 570-333-4906.

Doubt, a screening of the 2008 movie about a nun’s personal crusade against a priest, starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 316 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. 6:30 p.m. April 18. 474-6616.

To Write Love on Her Arms, a talk by inspirational speaker Jamie Tworkowski, founder of the nonprofit group dedicated to helping those who suffer from depression, addiction, self-injury and suicidal tendencies. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. April 18. Free but tickets required. 570-826-1100.

Earth Day Fair, with interactive games, presentations and information related to the environment and sustainable practices. DeNaples Center Patio, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 11 a.m. April 19. Free. 570-941-7520.

Nanticoke Bingo, with cash prizes, food and door prizes. West Side Playground, 389 W. Grand St., Nanticoke. April 19 with doors at 5:15 p.m. and games at 6 p.m. Non-smoking. 570-735-6820.

Genealogy: Family History Research, techniques and resources for both beginners and experienced genealogists. Room 4, Crestwood High School, 281 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. from April 19 to May 10. $40. 570-474-6782.

Women in Asia: Traditions, Transformation and Modernization, a screening of the PBS award-winning documentary “Seeking Asian Females.” DeNaples Campus Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 7 p.m. April 19. Free. 570-941-7643.

Introduction to Zen Meditation, a description of meditation processes with practice time. Mercy Center, campus of Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7:30 to 9 p.m. April 19. Donation. Registration: 570-675-1872.

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Back Mountain Business and Community Expo, with representatives showcasing the diverse businesses of the area. Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 4 to 6:30 p.m. April 20. Followed by a historical presentation by Bill Bachman who produced the documentary “Harveys Lake: A Video Postcard” at 6:45 p.m. Free. 570-675-9380.

Latin American Film Festival, a screening of “La Batalla de los Invisibles” (Mexican; 2010), the story of a five-year struggle by 2300 janitors against California’s most powerful supermarket chains. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. 7 p.m. April 20. Free. 570-941-4317.

Health and Wellness Fair, with more than 35 health-related companies offering information and free services including blood-pressure, glaucoma and hearing screenings. A healthy lunch will be available. Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 4 E. Center Hill Road, Dallas. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21. Free. 570-675-8600.

An Evening of Environmental Science, an Earth Day event with student-run interactive science experiments and an exhibit of Earth Day Essay Contest submissions. Loyola Science Center, University of Scranton. 6 p.m. April 21. Free. 570-941-7669.

Knitting Weekend Workshop, a relaxing four-day getaway to work on a twisted hug moebius wrap or a warm thrummed hat. Bring your own knitting, crochet, quilting, spinning or rug hooking projects, if desired. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. April 21 to 24. $70 per day includes lodging and meals. Reservations: 570-828-2319.

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.

Winemaking Workshop, with award-winning winemaker Charles Adonizio who talks about local history and the winemaking process, offering samples of homemade wines. Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas. 7 p.m. April 21. Free. 570-675-1182.

Holi: The Indian Festival of Color, the annual spring event held in conjunction with a celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. With Indian food, a talk on the festival’s history and throwing of washable powdered colors on white-t-shirt-clad students. Dionne Green, University of Scranton. 3 p.m. April 22. Free. 570-941-5904.

Food for Thought, a public forum centering on various topics including the relationship between intellectual accountability and the public good. Mary Kintz Bevevino Library, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 4:30 to 7 p.m. April 22. Free. Reservations: 570-674-8184.

Supply Drive for Blue Chip Farm. Bring a donation for the animal refuge (grooming and cleaning supplies, food, towels, sheets, blankets etc.) and receive free and discounted appetizers at Cork Bar and Restaurant, 463 Madison St., Wilkes-Barre. With Blue Chip-themed cocktails, specials and an open dining deck for your four-legged friends. Sponsored by Wild Blue Yonder, a Leadership Wilkes-Barre Class of 2016 Project Team. April 22, 23 and 26. 570-357-7253.

Luzerne County Historical Society Annual Dinner, with a presentation by historians Charles Petrillo and Chester Kulesa on “The Knox Mine Disaster and Beyond.” Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. April 22 with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation. $80. Reservations: 570-823-6244, ext. 3.

Meet & Greet with author and former Animal Planet star Shorty Rossi and his service dog Francis. Included: a talk on breed-specific legislation, animal rescue and the importance of spaying/neutering pets, along with light hors d’oeuvres, book signing, photo ops, basket raffles and more. Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 6 p.m. April 22. $20. Reservations: 570-825-4111, ext. 4 or 7.

Eat, Drink & Paint, a benefit for the Kunkle Fire Company with food, non-alcoholic beverages and all painting supplies. BYOB. Age 18 and older. Kunkle Social Hall, 815 Kunkle Road. 6:30 p.m. April 22. $45. Reservations: 570-675-3334.

Shakespeare Lives! A festival celebrating Shakespeare’s unique contribution to world literature with noted Shakespeare scholars and performers. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23. $25. Registration: 570-941-6206.

Hawley EarthFest, an Earth Day celebration with a Species Parade, an Environmental Expo with live animals, demonstrations, exhibits and more; an acoustic mini-jam, storytelling and an Earth Day-themed painting session. Bingham Park and other venues in downtown Hawley. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 23. Also: an Earth Day Festival Birding & Breakfast 8 a.m. April 24. Details at hawleyearthfest.com.

Jim Thorpe Earth Day Celebration, with a Bike & Ride, River Clean-Up, live music, children’s activities, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl, raffles, book readings, hula hooping, crafters and more. Downtown Jim Thorpe. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 23. Details at jimthorpeearthday.com

Bloomsburg Renaissance Jamboree, the 38th annual street festival with arts-and-crafts vendors, food, games and entertainment by jugglers, magicians, martial artists, dance groups and musicians. Main Street, downtown Bloomsburg. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 23. 570-784-2522.

Monroe County Earth Day, with ecological exhibitors, speakers, eCycling, Give and Take, children’s activities, tire amnesty and entertainment by Spencer and Nancy Reed, Porter & Sayles, Katie Rubino and Mike Pilgermayer. Northampton Community College, 2411 Route 715, Tannersville. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23. 570-629-3061.

Cherry Blossom Festival, the annual springtime festival with family-friendly entertainment, food, fun rides and handmade arts and crafts. Kirby Park, Market Street, Wilkes-Barre. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 23 and 24. 570-208-4237.

Beginners Guide to Digital Photography, with landscape photographer Henry F. Smith Jr. who talks about gear you need to get started and a variety of options available to capture beautiful photographs in nature. Age 16 and older. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 23. Free. Registration: 570-403-2006.

Financial Wellness Workshop, how to set up a good financial plan. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 1 p.m. April 23. Free. 570-823-0156.

Spring Food & Wine Tasting, a benefit for the Back Mountain Memorial Library at Top Value Kitchens, 17 E. Center St., Shavertown. 2 to 5 p.m. April 24. $35. 570-675-1182.

Fundraiser for cystic fibrosis victim Sage Harvey. Applebee’s Restaurant, 253 Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd., Wilkes-Barre. 8 to 10 a.m. April 24. $8, $4.50 children. 570-817-0823.

300 Years of Wyoming Valley History: Chapter 5 — Hidden in the Corner 1940-1975, dealing with war and cultural changes along with the waning of the coal industry and the Agnes Flood. Presented by historian Clark Switzer. 6 p.m. April 25 at the Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas; and 10:30 a.m. April 30 at the Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. Free. 570-287-2013 or 570-675-1182.

Live Your Best Life, a talk on saving for future education costs by Christie Bonnice of State Farm. Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 6 p.m. April 25. Registration: 570-287-2013.

Conflict in the Middle East, a social justice talk by Jeff Schultz and Henry Hunsinger of the college’s social science and history departments. Educational Conference Center, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. April 26. Free and open to the public. 800-377-5222.

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.

Don’t Get Hacked! How to protect your personal information and identity online and learn the warning signs of identity theft. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 27. Free. 570-823-0156.

Coloring for Adults. Experience the relaxing art of coloring. Supplies provided or bring your own. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 28. Light refreshments. 570-823-0156.

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 and May 1. 570-970-7600 or ticketmaster.com.

Schemel Forum Luncheon, with a talk on “Human Rights and Corporate Accountability” by Zamira Djabarova of EarthRights International. Rose Room, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. Noon on April 29. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.

Classic Detectives, screenings of “A Close Call for Boston Blackie” (1946) and “Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase” (1939). Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. April 29. Refreshments served. 570-823-0156.

Treasures of the Earth, the annual rock and mineral show with fossils, gems, jewelry and geodes along with children’s activities in Dinoland, raffles and mineral identification. St. Joseph’s Oblates, 1880 Route 315, Pittston. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 30; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1. $3. 570-200-5987.

Mini Maker Faire, a showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness to celebrate the Maker Movement. Included: tech enthusiasts, crafters, scientists, hobbyists and garage tinkerers of all ages demonstrating particular skills and creations. The Children’s Museum, 2 W. Seventh St., Bloomsburg. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 30. 570-389-9206.

One More Row, a knit-and-crochet group for all ages. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. to noon April 30. Light refreshments. 570-823-0156.

Classic Car Show, the sixth annual fundraiser for the Luzerne County Historical Society. With DJ music, raffles, food and tours of the historic home of Luke Swetland. All vehicles welcome at a $15 entry fee. Swetland Homestead, 885 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. May 1 with car registration 9 a.m. to noon, judging 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and trophies awarded at 3 p.m. Dash plaques and goodie bags to the first 100 entrants. Registration: 570-823-6244, ext. 3.

Annual Quilters Luncheon, sponsored by the Cranberry Quilt Guild of Hazleton. With guest speaker Bethanne Nemesh presenting “Walk a Creative Path,” a multimedia show including a lecture, slide show and viewing of prized quilts. Sand Springs Country Club, 10 Clubhouse Drive, Drums. Noon to 4 p.m. May 1. $30. Reservations: 570-788-6141.

Tricky Tray Fundraiser, the seventh annual benefit for Caleb’s Foundation with more than 150 themed baskets along with a cash bar, door prizes and desserts. Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant, 205 Route 507, Hawley. Noon to 2:30 p.m. May 1. Info at calebspennies.com.

Israel and the Evolving Frontline of a Disintegrating Middle East: A Guided Tour, the annual Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities presented by Ron Prosor, former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, 100 W. South St., Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. May 1. Free. 570-408-4306.

Schemel Forum Luncheon, with a talk on “Shared Paths, Divergent Courses: Zionism and Palestinian Nationalism.” DeNaples Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. Noon on May 13. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.

Introduction to Blacksmithing, a look at the history and basics of blacksmithing with live demonstrations over a forge. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon May 15. $5. 570-828-2319.

Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce Showcase, a trade show spotlighting area businesses. Shadowbrook Resort, 201 Resort Lane, Tunkhannock. Noon to 6 p.m. May 18. 570-836-7755.

Fine Arts Fiesta, the annual celebration of the arts with juried art exhibits, an artisans market, musical and stage performances, children’s tent, craftspersons and festival food. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 19 to 21; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 22. Info at fineartsfiesta.org.

Support Our Veterans Ride and Picnic, the sixth annual motorcycle ride followed by a benefit picnic with food, music, drinks and raffles. American Legion Riders, 575 Route 239, Shickshinny. June 11 with registration 9 to 10 a.m. and ride at 10:30 a.m. $15; $10 passengers. The picnic runs 4 to 9 p.m. 570-542-4090.

Scranton Zinefest, the underground arts-and-literature festival and celebration of visual artists and writers. With zine makers, zine distros, artistic press publications, letterpress artists, live poetry readings, music and food. Adezzo’s Alleyway, 515 Center St., Scranton. Noon to 7 p.m. June 11. Free. Info at scrantonzinefest.weebly.com.

Civil War Reenactment, by the 143rd Pennsylvania Volunteers with a re-creation of the Battle of Big Bethel, weapons and drills demonstrations, authentic Civil War camps, hospital demonstrations and historic home tours. Swetland Homestead, 885 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. June 17 to 19. 570-823-6244.

Back Mountain Library Auction, the 70th annual event with antiques and collectibles up for bid in silent and live auctions, various booths, a flea market, plant stand, jewelry, themed raffle baskets, food vendors and more. Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas. July 7 to 10. 570-675-1182.

Car Show, the third annual event with an Automotive Swap Meet. American Legion Mountain Post 781, Church Road, Mountain Top. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 31. $10 per entry. All vehicles welcome. 570-474-2161.

Star Wars Film Festival, a science-fiction marathon, sponsored by the W. Curtis Montz Film Series. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 3 with “Star Wars IV: A New Hope” (1977) at 1 p.m.; “Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) at 4 p.m.; and “Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi” (1983) at 8 p.m. $5, $3 students; $12 for all three films. 570-826-1100.

ArtFest, the ninth annual summertime art party showcasing original works by regional artists along with music, food and family activities. Center Street between Main and Third streets, Bloomsburg. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 6. 570-317-2596.

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 through March 25 for the 2016 event. Details at scrantonfringe.org.

Behnam Bakhshandeh will present a workshop on Effective Communication April 21 at the Waverly Community House.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_4.15-events-Behnam-wellness.jpgBehnam Bakhshandeh will present a workshop on Effective Communication April 21 at the Waverly Community House.

Students at the University of Scranton will present ‘An Evening of Environmental Science’ April 21 at the Loyola Science Center.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_4.15-events-EarthDayscience6.jpgStudents at the University of Scranton will present ‘An Evening of Environmental Science’ April 21 at the Loyola Science Center.

Inspirational speaker Jamie Tworkowski will give a free talk April 18 at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_4.15-events-Jamie-Tworkowski-TWLOHA-Press.jpgInspirational speaker Jamie Tworkowski will give a free talk April 18 at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre.

‘The Lady in the Van’ starring Maggie Smith is one of the selections at the Spring Film Festival, running through April 21 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_4.15-events-Lady-in-the-Van.jpg‘The Lady in the Van’ starring Maggie Smith is one of the selections at the Spring Film Festival, running through April 21 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock.

Take a ride on this Baldwin Locomotive Works 0-6-0 switcher steam locomotive at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, where entrance fees will be waived April 16 to 24 in honor of National Park Week.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_4.15-events-Steamtown-Baldwin.jpgTake a ride on this Baldwin Locomotive Works 0-6-0 switcher steam locomotive at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, where entrance fees will be waived April 16 to 24 in honor of National Park Week.
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