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.
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.