Events: Sept. 14 to 20, 2016

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Noted author and journalist Deni Béchard will read passages from his new novel ‘Into the Sun’ during a lecture at Misericordia University on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The New Zealand adventure ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ is one of the films at the Fall Film Festival running Sept. 16 to Oct. 6 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock.
Naturalist Rick Koval talks about the threat of extinction facing migratory songbirds including the scarlet tanager (pictured) at the showing of the film ‘The Messenger’ Sept. 22 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock.
Historic Tunkhannock Walking Tours will be offered Sept. 15 from the Dietrich Theater. Pictured is the Wyoming County Courthouse.

THIS WEEK: Sept. 14 to 20, 2016

Literary Snoops Book Club, a discussion group meeting at the Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave., at noon on Sept. 14. New members welcome. 570-693-1364.

Summer Film Series, a showing of “Anomalisa,” about a motivational speaker who perceives everyone as identical until he meets a unique woman. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 1 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14. $3 matinee, $5 evening. 570-826-1100.

Drive-In Cruise and Movie, a Wednesday-night car cruise followed by a movie. Circle Drive-In, 1911 Scranton/Carbondale Highway, Dickson City. Sept. 14 with cruise at 5 p.m. and movie ($5) at dusk. 570-489-5731.

Thursday Morning Book Group, a discussion of “Captain’s Daughter” by Leah Fleming. Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas. 10 a.m. Sept. 15. 570-675-1182.

Asian Studies Lecture, with Hsiao-Lan Hu, associate professor of religious studies and women’s and gender studies at the University of Detroit speaking on “Kuan-Yin: Empathy and Empowerment Through Many Images.” DeNaples Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 11:30 a.m. Sept. 15. Free. 570-941-7643.

Historic Tunkhannock Walking Tours, two-mile guided walks to visit historic structures throughout the town. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Beginning at 5 p.m. Sept. 15. Free. Registration: 570-996-1500.

The Asian Art of Tea, a celebration of the Asian Moon Festival with a traditional tea ceremony along with ancient Chinese zither play, Zen meditation and hands-on tea making. McIlhenny Ballroom, DeNaples Center, 900 Mulberry St., Scranton. 6 p.m. Sept. 15. Reservations: 570-941-7643.

Franklin Street Sleuths. The mystery book club discusses “The Night’s Foul Work” by Fred Vargas. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15. Free. 570-823-0156.

America’s Great Public Lands: Why They Matter, an illustrated lecture by environmental policy expert Char Miller. Pauly Friedman Gallery, Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7 p.m. Sept. 15. Free. 570-674-6395.

Ignatian Values in Action, a discussion of author Marilynne Robinson’s book “Lila,” which explores how grace can transform all of our lives, often unexpectedly. Byron Recreation Complex, University of Scranton. 7 p.m. Sept. 15. Free. 570-941-4399.

La Jaula de Oro, the award-winning Mexican film about three Guatemalan teens and their dangerous voyage to the U.S. Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Jackson and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Sept. 15. Free. 570-208-8021.

Friday Movie Matinee, a screening of “Until September” (1984) starring Karen Allen. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Sept. 16. Free with light refreshments. 570-823-0156.

Pennsylvania Oktoberfest, a German-style celebration with beer, food, music, wiener-dog races and more. Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 4:30 to 11 p.m. Sept. 16; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 17; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18. 570-831-2100.

Fall Film Festival, 21 foreign, independent and art films shown throughout 21 days. Begins with an opening night gala 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16 ($40 includes food, beer and wine and two features) and continuing through Oct. 6. Wraps up with a post-festival discussion 1 p.m. Oct. 7. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. $8.50 per film. Schedule at dietrichtheater.com. Gala reservations: 570-996-1500.

University for a Day, a series of lectures including “Damon Runyon’s Broadway Carnival,” “The Harlem Renaissance: A Cultural, Social and Artistic Explosion,” “Do Leaders Make History? Reflections on the American Presidency” and “Contradiction and Pragmatism: President Jefferson’s Foreign Policy and Politics in the Early American Republic.” Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. 8:45 a.m. Sept. 17. $25 includes morning coffee, lunch and closing reception. Registration: 570-941-6206.

Bell Italia Festival, with food, rides, crafters, raffles, pasta-eating contest, Best Meatball Contest and entertainment by Deano Noto and Danny Farole. Hazle Township Community Park, 141 Community Park Road. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 17; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 18. 570-579-4179.

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 Sept. 17. 570-823-0156.

Downtown Scranton Walking Tours, highlighting the city’s rich architectural history. Meet at the corner of Linden Street and North Washington Avenue. 11 a.m. Sept. 17. Free. Reservations: 570-344-3841.

Hi-Lites Car Cruise, with trophies, door prizes, music, food and raffles. Sponsored by the Hi-Lites Motor Club at Pikes Creek Raceway Park, 2542 Route 118. 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 17. 570-965-2208.

Journey to Oz, a “Wizard of Oz”-themed gala to benefit the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association with dinner, auction and entertainment by NY NY Dueling Pianos. Woodlands Inn and Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Township. 6 p.m. Sept. 17. $125. 570-714-1246.

Designer Bingo, with door prizes, auction, raffles and food. St. Leo’s/Holy Rosary Church, 33 Manhattan St., Ashley. Sept. 18 with doors at 1 p.m. and games at 2 p.m. $20. 570-479-3414.

Denison House Tours. Learn about the life and times of early settler Nathan Denison while touring his 1790 two-story home full of period furniture. 35 Denison St., Forty Fort. 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 25. $5, $3 children. 570-823-6244.

Forty Fort Meeting House Tours, docent-led tours exploring the 1807 historic religious edifice with its original box pews and elevated pulpit. 20 River St., Forty Fort. 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays through September 25. $2. 570-287-5214.

Poldark Discussion, a group following the Sunday-night British miniseries, set in 18th-century Cornwall. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. Begins 5 to 6 p.m. Sept. 19 for a season one catch-up. Continues Mondays through Nov. 28. 570-693-1364.

Hydroponics, a talk by Bill Banta about his hydroponic lettuce enterprise. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 105 Irem Road, Dallas. 7 p.m. Sept. 19. Free. Followed by a field trip to Banta’s greenhouses in Falls on Sept. 24. Meet 9:45 a.m. at the Country Club Shopping Center, Route 309, Dallas. Trip reservations: 570-639-5785.

Constitution Day Lecture, with attorney Robert Vischer of the University of St. Thomas speaking on “Conscience and the Common Good.” Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Jackson and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Sept. 19. Free. 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.

Women in Science Symposium, a showcase of distinguished female science and environmental leaders with panel discussions, keynote address by Sen. Lisa Baker, networking, information and resources. Open to all but especially women who are in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) occupations. The Heritage Nightclub at Woodloch Pines Resort, 731 Welcome Lake Road, Hawley. 8 a.m. Sept. 20. Reservations (by Sept. 15): 570-689-9494.

Chico and Rita, a screening of the 2012 romance between a Cuban pianist and a sultry singer. Held in conjunction with the Latin American Film Festival. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. 7 p.m. Sept. 20. Free. 570-941-7778.

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Tale of Tales, the dark fantasy film (R; 2015) which tells stories inspired by the fairytales of Giambattista Basile. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 1 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21. $3 matinee, $5 evening. 570-826-1100.

Mercy and the 2016 Election: Immigration in U.S. Historical Context, a broad overview of American attitudes about immigrants since the colonial era by Allan Austin, professor of history and government. McGowan Room, Bevevino Library, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 5 p.m. Sept. 21. Free. 570-674-1877.

A Family of Syrian Refugees will share the experience of fleeing their homeland and relocating to the Wyoming Valley. McGowan Room, Bevevino Library, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 12:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Free. 570-674-1877.

The Messenger, a film about the life and majesty of migratory songbirds who are on the brink of extinction and what can be done to save them. With a discussion by naturalist Rick Koval who discusses the implications for the local area. Also: an exhibit of Koval’s photos that capture songbirds facing extinction. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 2 p.m. Sept. 22. $8.50. 570-996-1500.

Historic Tunkhannock Walking Tours, two-mile guided walks to visit historic structures throughout the town. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Beginning at 5 p.m. Sept. 22 and 29; noon on Oct. 1. Free. Registration: 570-996-1500.

Art Along the Silk Roads, a talk by Nancy Steinhardt, professor of East Asian art at the University of Pennsylvania. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. 5:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Followed by a reception. Free. 570-941-6206.

20 Minutes and a Beer, a talk by corporate magician, entertainer and speaker Denny Corby on developing a personal brand and marketing yourself as both a professional and an individual. Sponsored by the American Advertising Federation Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter at The Lounge at the Scranton Club, North Washington Avenue and Mulberry Street, Scranton. 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 22. $10 includes a beer. Age 18 and older. Register at aafnepa.org.

Leaves and Ledges, an evening of cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres on the rock ledges at the Paupack High Falls, to benefit the Lacawac Sanctuary. Ledges Hotel, 119 Falls Ave., Hawley. 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 22. $25. Reservations: 570-689-9494.

Reading and Discussion, by Deni Ellis Bechard, author of the mystery-thriller “Into the Sun.” McGowan Room, Bevevino Library, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7 p.m. Sept. 22. Free. 570-674-6395.

Friday Movie Matinee, a screening of “The Blood of Others” (1984) starring Jodie Foster. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Sept. 23. Free with light refreshments. 570-823-0156.

Bloomsburg Fair, the 161st edition of one of the largest fairs on the East Coast with a midway of rides, games and vendors, agricultural and horticultural exhibits, grandstand shows, Figure 8 Racing, Full-Pull Tractor and Truck Pulling, Championship Demolition Derby, tours of the historic Barton House, Sky Ride, helicopter rides, carriage rides, Painted Pony Rodeo and more. Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, 620 W. Third St. Opens Sept. 23 with a Preview Day beginning at 3:30 p.m. Continues 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 24 to Oct. 1. $8. 570-784-4949 or bloomsburgfair.com.

Fine Wine, Fine Art, a pottery class for ages 21 and older with all materials provided. Feel free to bring your own wine and snacks. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 23, Oct. 21 and Nov. 18. $25. Registration: 570-996-1500.

Fee-Free Days at Steamtown. The National Park Service will celebrate its 100th birthday by waiving entrance fees on 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.

Fall Pow Wow, the 12th annual event with Native American dancing, drumming, crafts and food. Noxen Fire Company Grounds, 3493 Stull Road. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 24; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25 with Grand Entry in full regalia at noon. 570-947-2097.

24th Connecticut Militia Regiment, a Revolutionary War Encampment and demonstrations. Hillside Farms Cottage Pastures, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 and 25. Free. 570-696-2881.

Cancer Survivors Day, the 24th annual gathering with a Circle of Survivors, inspirational messages, survivors’ banner, musical performances and light refreshments. Open to survivors, patients, caregivers, oncology medical professionals and anyone affected by cancer. 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 24 at McDade Park, Scranton. Registration requested. 570-941-7984.

Simple. Natural. Healing. A talk and reception with author Donna LaBar who shares recipes from her book “Simple. Natural. Healing: A Commonsense Approach to Health Transformation.” Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 24. Free. Reservations: 570-996-1500.

Downtown Scranton Walking Tours, highlighting the city’s rich architectural history. Meet at St. Peter’s Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. 11 a.m. Sept. 24. Free. Reservations: 570-344-3841.

Fee-Free Day at Grey Towers, with an open house of the historic mansion, music, magic show, exhibits, self-guided trail walks and an afternoon ice cream social. Grey Towers National Historic Landmark, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Milford. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24. 570-296-9630.

This Is Your Journey, a night of support and awareness of those affected by suicide with shared personal stories, information and available resources. Adezzo, 515 Center St., Scranton. 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 24. $5.

Car & Truck Show, the fifth annual event with food and crafters. Sponsored by the Dallas Economics Club at the Dallas High School, Conyngham Avenue. Sept. 25 with registration 9 a.m. to noon, judging 2 to 3 p.m. and awards at 3:15 p.m. 570-417-1867.

Sportsman’s Bingo, sponsored by the Mount Zion Bicentennial Fire Department at the Exeter Township Municipal Building, Route 92, Harding. Sept. 25 with doors at noon and games at 1 p.m. $25. 570-406-3167.

Turkey Bingo and Raffle, sponsored by the Christian Women of Our Lady of Hope Parish. Marymount Parish Center, 154 S. Hancock St., Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 25 with doors at 12:30 p.m. and games at 1:30 p.m. $3. 570-825-3925.

Designer Purse Bingo, with bags by Kate Spade, Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Vera Bradley and more. Sponsored by the Jewish Community Center at the Eagle McClure Hose Company, 375 Milwaukee Ave., Old Forge. 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 25. $20 for 20 games. 570-592-3238.

Fall Festival, with pumpkin painting, live entertainment, refreshments, games and more. Greater Carbondale YMCA, 82 N. Main St. 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 25. 570-282-2210.

Harvest Festival, with music by The Wannabees, pumpkin painting, clowns, basket raffles, exhibits, face painting, children’s activities and more. Sponsored by the Archbald and Eynon Lions clubs at High School Plaza, Archbald Memorial Park, Church Street. 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 25.

Anniversary Tea and Tour, a celebration of the Lacawac Sanctuary’s 50th anniversary in the 100-year-old historic Watres Lodge, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 25. $15. Reservations: 570-689-9494.

Hoban Lecture, with David Miliband, president and chief executive of the International Rescue Committee. DeNaples Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Free. 570-941-4419.

Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon, a talk on “Globalization and Its Discontents: Specific Problems in Central Europe,” by Jiri Pehe, director of New York University in Prague. McIlhenny Ballroom, DeNaples Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. Noon on Sept. 29. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.

Scranton Fringe Festival, a performing arts-based, four-day event held in multiple venues in downtown Scranton. Sept. 29 to Oct. 2. Details at scrantonfringe.org.

Coloring for Adults, experiencing 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. Sept. 29. Refreshments served. 570-823-0156.

Zootopia, the animated comedy adventure set in a mammal metropolis. Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Sept. 29. Free. 570-208-8021.

Readers & Writers Festival, the inaugural event with free and ticketed sessions. Included: guest authors Gloria Steinem, John Berendt and MK Asante along with a performance by Humans Collective, a spoken-word and dance troupe. Also: open mics, panels on science fiction writings and environmental issues, storytelling for children, pop-up bookstore and a “Women Writing for Women” panel. Held at various venues in Milford from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Schedule at milfordreadersandwriters.com.

Friday Movie Matinee, a screening of “Hugo” (2011) starring Ben Kingsley. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Sept. 30. Free with light refreshments. 570-823-0156.

Lecture, a talk on “Polygyny and Its Discontents: A Key to Understanding Traditional Chinese Society” by Paul R. Goldin of the University of Pennsylvania. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Free. 570-941-7643.

Car and Bike Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 30. Free. Info at nepraaca.org.

Lecture by peacemaker and social justice activist Shane Claiborne who discusses his work with Mother Teresa and journeys that have taken him to some of the most troubled regions of the world. Rooms 216-217, Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7 p.m. Sept. 30. Free. 570-674-6495.

Hawley Harvest Hoedown, the annual street fest with craft vendors, horse-drawn hayrides, farmers market, flea market, petting zoo, Octoberfest celebration with food and brews, Folk Open Mic, scarecrow contest, pumpkin carving and more. Downtown venues in Hawley. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1. Info at hawleyharvesthoedown.com.

Harvest Festival, the sixth annual event with conservation exhibits, hands-on activities, arts and crafts, live music, local food, old-time activities and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1. $5 per car. 570-828-2319.

Moveable Feast Walking Tour. Munch your way through a two-hour history walking tour of Milford with tastings from the town’s favorite food spots. Meet on the porch of Jorgenson’s at the Dimmick Inn, Broad and Harford streets. 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 1. $20. Reservations: 570-296-9630 or greytowers.org.

Fall Foliage Train Excursion, a round trip from Scranton to Gouldsboro for a stopover at the historic train station and light refreshments. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Oct. 1 and 29 with an 11 a.m. departure and 3 p.m. return. $34, $29 seniors, $22 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

How to Make an American Quilt, a film starring Winona Ryder whose experiences with her grandmother’s quilting-bee friends lead her to a more open-eyed examination of her life. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. Oct. 1. Free. After the movie, stop by for a free make-and-take quilt-block activity from 1 to 3 p.m. 570-996-1500.

Forty Fort Cemetery Promenades, beginning with a lecture, then proceeding to various graves and sites throughout the historic burial ground. 20 River St., Forty Fort. 1 p.m. Oct. 1, 2, 8 and 9. $10; $5 children. 570-287-5214.

Ghost Tours of the cell blocks, gallows and dungeon of the Old Jail Museum, 128 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 6:15 p.m. Oct. 1, 8 and 15. $10. 570-325-5259.

Ghost Walks in Old Mauch Chunk, one-mile, lantern-lighted walks with tales of lore, ghoulish encounters and backgrounds of historic properties. Inn at Jim Thorpe, 24 Broadway. Oct. 1 to 30 with tours 7 and 8:30 p.m. Fridays; 7, 7:15, 8:30 and 8:45 p.m. Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sundays. $12; $6 children. Reservations recommended. 484-464-1487.

Fall Foliage Train Excursion, a round trip from Scranton to Moscow for a stopover with light refreshments. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Oct. 2, 10, 15 and 22 with a 12:30 p.m. departure and 3 p.m. return. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

Taste the Local Harvest, the fifth annual feasting on the harvest of farmers, growers, vintners and brewmasters with entertainment by Strawberry Jam. Huntsville Golf Club, 30 Hayfield Road, Dallas. 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 2. $50, $15 children. Reservations: 570-310-1781.

Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon, a talk on “The Duel: Hamilton v. Burr: The Most Dramatic Moment in the Politics of the Early Republic” by Morey Myers of Myers, Brier and Kelly law firm. Rose Room, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. Noon on Oct. 5. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.

Town Hall Meeting, with Nelson Lauver, award-winning author of “Most Unlikely to Succeed.” Held in conjunction with the 15th annual Northeastern U.S. Conference on disAbility. Edward Leahy Hall, University of Scranton. 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Free. 570-941-7819.

Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience, a talk by the Long Island medium who delivers healing messages and gives people comfort knowing that their loved ones who passed are still with them. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5. $90, $70, $40. 570-826-1100.

Lunch with a Famous Author, with David Culp, author of “The Layered Garden,” speaking on achieving a succession of color in his personal garden. Sponsored by the Back Mountain Bloomers at the Irem Country Club, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. 11:30 a.m. Oct. 6. $32. Reservations: 570-823-9048.

Because Everyone Should Enjoy Pizza, a talk on alternatives to traditional pizza crusts for people with dietary issues with local pizzamaker Lindo Sabatini. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6. Free. Registration: 570-654-9847.

Dying to Live: A Migrant’s Journey, a personal look at the lives of immigrants and their struggle to find hope along the U.S.-Mexican border. Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Jackson and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Oct. 6. Free. 570-208-8021.

Fine Wine, Fine Art, a painting class for ages 21 and older with all materials provided. Feel free to bring your own wine and snacks. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7 and Nov. 4. $25. Registration: 570-996-1500.

Lehigh Riverfest, with guided rafting trips, scenic biking trail, paintball target range, Guide Olympics, river paddles and camping along with live entertainment, crafters and food booths, outdoor gear vendors and more. Whitewater Challengers, 288 N. Stagecoach Road, Weatherly. Oct. 8 with morning paddle trips and festival hours 2 to 11 p.m. 800-443-8554.

Fall Foliage Train Excursion, a round trip from Scranton to East Stroudsburg for a Fall Foliage Festival and Firemen’s Picnic. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Oct. 8 with an 9 a.m. departure and 5 p.m. return. $54, $49 seniors, $32 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

Outdoor Fall Festival, with a Chili Cook-Off, Scary Zombie River Run, Halloween Costume Contest, Holiday Shed-Decorating Contest, obstacle course, moon bounce, music, vendors, food booths and raffles. Main Street in downtown White Haven. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9. 570-582-9934.

Autumn Timber Festival, with lumberjack competitions, blacksmith and sawmill demos, chainsaw sculptures, the K9 Performance Team, live music, children’s activities, food and craft vendors. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 401 Hollow Road, East Stroudsburg. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9. $15, $12 children. 570-421-7231.

Fall Foliage Train Excursion, a round trip from Scranton to Tobyhanna to the highest railroad station on the DL&W mainline along with a walk to a working ice house. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Oct. 9 with an 11 a.m. departure and 3 p.m. return. $34, $29 seniors, $22 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

Design a Painted Silk Scarf, a class for ages 16 and older. Materials provided. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11. $35. Registration: 570-996-1500.

Drive-In Cruise and Movie, a Wednesday-night car cruise followed by a movie. Circle Drive-In, 1911 Scranton/Carbondale Highway, Dickson City. Oct. 12 with cruise at 5 p.m. and movie ($5) at dusk. 570-489-5731.

Fun and Easy Stained Glass Jewelry, a class in creating pieces of unique wearable jewelry including pendants and earrings. For age 16 and older; materials and tools provided. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12. $65. Registration: 570-996-1500.

Celebrate Sobriety at the Movies, a free showing of “The Addams Family” (1991; PG-13) with free popcorn and soda. Open to anyone whose life has been affected by addiction. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. Oct. 12. Costumes welcome. 570-996-1500.

Money Talks, a financial literacy program for parents to instill smart financial habits in children. With New York Life agent Adam Ruderman. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Free. Registration: 570-654-9847.

NEPA Blogcon, the fifth annual gathering of bloggers of all experience levels as well as those interested in marketing, social media, creativity, leadership and branding. With 11 speakers including a keynote address by Indra Lahiri, founder of Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Mehoopany. Penn State Worthington, 120 Ridgeview Drive, Dunmore. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15. $15 includes lunch. Info at nepablogcon.com or call 570-262-9644.

Fall Foliage Train Excursion, a round trip from Scranton to Delaware Water Gap for fall activities and a tour of the historic town. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Oct. 16 with an 9 a.m. departure and 5 p.m. return. $54, $49 seniors, $32 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

All in Time, a screening of the comedy-drama film, shot entirely in northeastern Pennsylvania by Chris Fetchko who garnered a Best Director award at the Milan International Film Festival. With live music by The Badlees and Laura Shay. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Oct. 16. $20 advance; $25 day of show. 570-826-1100.

Gifford Pinchot’s Conservation Legacy, a talk about America’s first trained forester and conservationist. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 105 Irem Road, Dallas. 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Free. Followed by a trip to the Pinchot mansion, Grey Towers National Historic Site, in Milford on Oct. 22. Meet 8:30 a.m. at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. Registration: 570-474-5740.

Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon, a talk on “Crime Online: The Investigation and Prosecution of Cyber Criminals” by Judge Thomas Vanaskie, U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Collegiate Hall, University of Scranton. Noon on Oct. 18. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.

Notable Writers of Northeastern Pennsylvania, a talk by historian Sheldon Spear about famous local writers including novelist John O’Hara and screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. Oct. 19. Free. 570-996-1500.

Card Party, with refreshments and prizes. Sponsored by the Irem Women’s Auxiliary at the Irem Country Club, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. Noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 20. $15. Advance tickets only. 570-824-6418.

Franklin Street Sleuths. The mystery book club discusses “Method 15/33” by Shannon Kirk. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Free. 570-823-0156.

The History of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the annual gathering with the theme “Teaching Local History.” Included: talks by historians Morgan Pearce, William Kashatus, Mark J. Riccetti Jr. and Clark Switzer. Educational Conference Center, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Free. Luncheon buffet available for $10. Reservations: 570-740-0508.

Cash Bingo, sponsored by the Avoca/Dupont Little League. Queen of the Apostles Church, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca. Oct. 22 with doors at 11 a.m. and games at 11:45 a.m. $20 includes three cards for 15 games each worth $100, with special games worth $150 and $250. Also: raffles and food sales. 570-540-0649.

Splatterday II! Halloween Film Series, a day of four frightening flicks along with a costume parade. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Oct. 22 with screenings of “Hotel Transylvania” (PG; 2012) at 3:30 p.m. $3; “The Birds” (R; 1963) at 6 p.m. $5; “Friday the 13th” (R; 1980) at 9 p.m. $5; and “Rocky Horror Picture Show (R; 1975) at midnight. $5. 570-826-1100.

A Night at the Races, virtual horse racing. St. Eulalia’s Hall, 214 Blue Shutters Road, Roaring Brook Township. Oct. 22 with doors at 5:30 p.m. and races at 6 p.m. $10 includes buffet and non-alcoholic beverages. $10 per horse. Beer and wine available. 570-842-9754.

Fall Foliage Train Excursion, a round trip from Scranton to Cresco for a visit to the restored train station with live music, a historic auto show and light refreshments. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Oct. 23 with an 11:30 a.m. departure and 4 p.m. return. $34, $29 seniors, $22 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

You Belong to Me: Sex, Race and Murder in the South, an independent film about a wealthy black woman in Florida who shoots and kills a state senator. Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium, Carver Hall, Bloomsburg University. 7 p.m. Oct. 26. Followed by a discussion with the producer Jude Hagin. $4. 570-389-4409 or cas.buzz.

Dietrich Fright Night, a haunted attraction within the eerie walls of the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 28 to 30; 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 31. $10. 570-996-1500.

Distinguished Author Ceremony, presentation of the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award to Stephen Karam, a Scranton native son, critically accalimed in the New York theater world for his dark yet hopeful comedies. DeNaples Ballroom, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. Oct. 29 with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and the award presentation. $60; $25 students. 570-941-7816.

Car and Bike Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 29. Free. Info at nepraaca.org.

Paint a Holiday Ornament, a session in creating a one-of-a-kind tree ornament. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1. $20 includes materials. Registration: 570-996-1500.

Love Thy Nature, an award-winning independent film about our relationship with the natural world and how that connection is the key to solving environmental and climate crises. Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium, Carver Hall, Bloomsburg University. 7 p.m. Nov. 7. Followed by a discussion with the director Sylvie Rokab. $4. 570-389-4409 or cas.buzz.

Birthday Ball, sponsored by the White Haven Marine Corps League #1039. Nov. 12 at St. Patrick’s Church, 411 Allegheny St., White Haven. $25. 570-262-2894.

Grease, the feel-good musical starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John (1978; PG-13). Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. Nov. 16. Free. 570-996-1500.

Franklin Street Sleuths. The mystery book club discusses “Don’t Turn Around” by Caroline Mitchell. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Free. 570-823-0156.

Stories from Around the World, tales for all ages with storyteller Fiona Powell. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Free. 570-996-1500.

Creating Oils with Herbs, a talk by naturalist and herb enthusiast Charlene Wildes. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 105 Irem Road, Dallas. 7 p.m. Nov. 21. Free. 570-479-0400.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, the holiday comedy film (PG-13; 1989) starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Free. 570-996-1500.

It’s a Wonderful Life, the annual free showing of the classic holiday film starring James Stewart (PG; 1946) with free popcorn and soda. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 2, 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 13. 570-996-1500.

Franklin Street Sleuths. The mystery book club discusses “Mistletoe Murder” by Leslie Meier. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Free. 570-823-0156.

Hilleman: A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children, an independent documentary about Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman who prevented pandemic flu, developed the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and invented the first vaccine against human cancer. Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium, Carver Hall, Bloomsburg University. 7 p.m. Feb. 6. Followed by a discussion with the director Donald Rayne Mitchell. $4. 570-389-4409 or cas.buzz.

Real Boy, an independent film about a teenaged musician navigating the ups and downs of gender transition and substance abuse. Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium, Carver Hall, Bloomsburg University. 7 p.m. March 8. Followed by a discussion with the director Shaleece Haas. $4. 570-389-4409 or cas.buzz.

States of Grace, an independent film about the transformation of Buddhist physician Grace Dammann and her family in the wake of a life-changing accident. Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium, Carver Hall, Bloomsburg University. 7 p.m. April 3. Followed by a discussion with co-director Mark Lipman. $4. 570-389-4409 or cas.buzz.

Noted author and journalist Deni Béchard will read passages from his new novel ‘Into the Sun’ during a lecture at Misericordia University on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_9.16-events-Deni-Ellis-Bechard.jpgNoted author and journalist Deni Béchard will read passages from his new novel ‘Into the Sun’ during a lecture at Misericordia University on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The New Zealand adventure ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ is one of the films at the Fall Film Festival running Sept. 16 to Oct. 6 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_9.16-events-Dietrich-Gala-Wilderpeople-2.jpgThe New Zealand adventure ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ is one of the films at the Fall Film Festival running Sept. 16 to Oct. 6 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock.

Naturalist Rick Koval talks about the threat of extinction facing migratory songbirds including the scarlet tanager (pictured) at the showing of the film ‘The Messenger’ Sept. 22 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_9.16-events-photo-by-RKoval-scarlet-tanager.jpgNaturalist Rick Koval talks about the threat of extinction facing migratory songbirds including the scarlet tanager (pictured) at the showing of the film ‘The Messenger’ Sept. 22 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock.

Historic Tunkhannock Walking Tours will be offered Sept. 15 from the Dietrich Theater. Pictured is the Wyoming County Courthouse.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_9.16-events-Tunk-Tour-Wyoming-County-Courthouse.jpgHistoric Tunkhannock Walking Tours will be offered Sept. 15 from the Dietrich Theater. Pictured is the Wyoming County Courthouse.
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