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THIS WEEK: MARCH 15 to 21, 2013

National Women’s History Month Luncheon, with speaker Susan Belin, president of the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. Glen Oak Country Club, 250 Oakford Road, Clarks Summit. Today with cash bar at noon and luncheon at 12:30 p.m. $25. Reservations: 585-8113.

Jeremiah Taylor, of Anchor and Oak handmade soaps will demonstrate the soap-making process and answer questions about skin care at Outrageous, Midtown Village, downtown Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 9 tonight. 208-7805.

The St. John’s Bible, a presentation on the contemporary illuminated version of the Bible, sponsored by the Calligrapher’s Guild of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Room 225, Shields Center for Visual Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 7:30 tonight. Free. 296-6507.

Indoor Cycling Benefit, a fundraiser for Fallen Officers Remembered to raise money for bulletproof vests. Vive Health and Fitness, 500 Third Ave., Kingston. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. $25 for a 50-minute cycle class and free T-shirt. Registration: 407-2300.

Loch’s Maple Open House, the 16th annual event with guided tours of the maple woods, the sap house and the maple fiber mill along with demonstrations of soap making, hand spinning, blacksmithing, weaving, quilting, knitting and broom making. Loch’s Maple, Cokely Road, off Route 29, Springville. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free.965-2679 or lochsmaple.com. Also a pancake breakfast at the Springville United Methodist Church from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Knit and Crochet Group, for all ages. Osterhout Free Library, 71 Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. 823-0156.

Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Bridge Building Competition, with participation by students from area schools. Viewmont Mall, Dickson City. 10:45 a.m. to noon Saturday. 586-0197.

Women in History Display, an exhibit of life-size cardboard cutouts of notable women. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23. Free. 654-9847

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the annual march along South Main Street in downtown Wilkes-Barre with pipe-and-drum corps, string and marching bands, step dancers, floats and civic groups. 2 p.m. Saturday. 208-4149.

St. Patty’s Eve Celebration, with a ham-and-cabbage dinner and other food along with entertainment by Optimum. Knights of Columbus, 55 S. Main St., Pittston. Saturday with doors at 5 p.m. and music at 7 p.m. $4 cover benefits the Lehigh Burn Trauma Center. 954-8147.

St. Paddy’s Polka Dance, with music by Eddie Derwin and the Polka Naturals along with a ham-and-cabbage dinner and refreshments. 33 Center Ave., Plymouth. 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. $15. 779-9154.

Ham Bingo, with door prizes, raffles and refreshments. St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 320 Vine St., Old Forge. 1 p.m. Sunday. $3. 457-8275.

After the American Century: The Moral Challenge of China’s Rise, an ethics lecture by Richard Miller of Cornell University. Walsh Room, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Monday. Free. 208-5957.

Spanish Film Club Series, a screening of “Even the Rain” (2010), about a Spanish film crew attempting to make an epic in Bolivia. With English subtitles. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 941-6160.

Dress for Success, the 14th annual luncheon and fashion show. Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. $40. Reservations: 941-0339.

Pysanky Workshop. Create traditional wax-resist eggs decorated with a Romanian pattern. Ages 16 and older. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. $30. Reservations: 346-7186.

Joining a CSA, information on community-supported agriculture programs that offer fresh, seasonal locally grown produce. Lackawanna Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Covington Township. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. $5. Registration: 842-1506.


Columbia County Bicentennial, the kickoff of the county’s 200th birthday with proclamations, dignitaries and re-enactments by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. Columbia County Courthouse and Caldwell Consistory, Market Square, Bloomsburg. Noon on March 22. Events continue March 23 with a 5K Run and Walk at noon at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds; Fairground Arts and Crafts Show 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; a parade along Main Street at 2 p.m.; a time capsule sealing at 7 p.m. and fireworks at dusk at the Fairgrounds. 389-5608.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake, a bowling fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge. Stanton Lanes, 470 Stanton St., Wilkes-Barre. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 23. 824-8756 or bbbsnepa.org.

St. Joseph’s Day Celebration, with a family-style dinner, refreshments and music by the George Tarasek Orchestra. Ramada Inn, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. March 23 with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. 823-1611.

Egg Hunt for Dogs. Dress your pups in their best Easter outfit and have them traverse an on-leash obstacle course and win prizes. Hollenback Dog Park, 1050 N. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. 1 to 5 p.m. March 24. $3. 288-8122.

Blue Chips Farms Fundraiser, with food, raffles, giveaways, cash bar and music by Teddy Young & the Aces and the Dawgs. Dupont Hose Company, 308 Main St. 2 to 6 p.m. March 24. $10. Supplies for the animal refuge welcome. 313-6574.

Women, Leadership and Power, a Women’s Studies Conference with keynote lecture by Dr. Atiya Stokes-Brown, who speaks on “The Difference Women Candidates Make in Women’s Political Participation.” Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. March 25-26 with keynote address 7 p.m. March 25. Free. Registration: 208-5900, ext. 5771.

Vampires at the AFA, a screening of the 1932 German horror classic “Vampyr” in conjunction with the current exhibit at the Everhart Museum “The Blood Is the Life: Vampires in Art and Nature.” Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 6 p.m. March 27. Free but donations accepted. 346-7186.

Knit and Crochet Group, for all ages. Osterhout Free Library, 71 Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. to noon March 30. 823-0156.

Irem Shrine Circus. 109th Field Artillery Armory, 280 Market St., Wilkes-Barre. 1:30 and 7 p.m. April 1 and 6; 6:30 p.m. April 2; 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 3-5. $20, $15, $11, $6. 714-0783 or 714-1792.

Spring Film Festival, 14 days of 15 foreign, independent and art films. Begins with an opening-night gala on April 5 ($35) with wine, beer and food along with showings of “Quartet” and “Hyde Park on the Hudson.” Continues through April 18 with showings of “A Royal Affair,” “Amour,” “Run Time,” “A Late Quartet,” “Searching for Sugarman,” “The House I Live In,” “The Impossible,” “Happy People,” “Rust and Bone,” “Emperor,” “Barbara, Ginger and Rose,” “Lore,” “Reality” and “Chasing Ice.” Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. $9, $8 matinees. 996-1500.

Wood Shop Open House. Watch the transformation of farm-harvested wood to works of art with the LumberJocks at The Lands at Hillside Farms, 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown. Noon to 4 p.m. April 6. 888-887-7811.

Vera Bradley and Coach Bingo, to benefit the Lake-Lehman Last Knight 2013 Graduation Night Lock-In Celebration. With homemade food, baked goods and basket raffles. Lake-Lehman High School, 1128 Old Route 115, Lehman Township. April 6 with doors at noon and games at 1 p.m. $20 for 20 games. 239-0737.

Aloha Hawaii Gourmet Gala, the annual fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House with gourmet delicacies and fine wines offered by 50 area restaurants. Genetti Manor, 1505 Main St., Dickson City. 5 to 8 p.m. April 7. $40 advance; $45 at the door. Reservations: 969-8998.

James Carville, the renowned political consultant as keynote speaker at the 9th annual Celebrity Dinner benefiting Volunteers of America. With a cocktail hour, dinner, silent and Chinese auctions and a question-and-answer session along with a private VIP reception with Carville including photo ops. Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Township. 7 p.m. April 11. $125. 825-5261.

Getting Started in Genealogy, with Times Leader columnist Tom Mooney. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13. Free. Registration: 654-9847.

Spring Gala and Auction, a benefit for Family Service Association of Wyoming Valley with a silent auction, cocktails, dinner and music by Groove Train. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. April 13. $110. 823-5144.

Taming of the Brew, the 12th annual fundraiser for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble with fine microbrews, food, entertainment, beer-tasting talk, silent auction and raffles. Caldwell Consistory, Market Square, Bloomsburg. 7 to 11 p.m. April 13. $80. 784-8181.

Motorcycle and PowerSports Show, with motorcycle dealers, vendors and clubs, bike contests, presentations and demonstrations. Benefits the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. Noon to 5 p.m. April 14. $7.50. 540-6778.

Travel Show, with 2013 tour highlights, musical entertainment, door prizes and refreshments. Jenkins Township Hose Company, 2 Second St. April 14 with doors at 12:30 p.m. and show at 1 p.m. 655-8458.

Health and Wellness Fair, with information, samples, free blood-pressure screening, blood-sugar testing, vision and hearing screening and more. The Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 55 W. Center Hill Road, Dallas. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 18. Free. 675-8600.

Finding Our Ancestors at Home and Abroad, a conference with speakers, representatives from national and state archives, traditional and online immigration resources, with small groupings more specific to country of origin. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 20. Registration at genpa.org or visit nepgs.com for complete details.

History, Food and Fun, learn to bake bread, prepare a meal using whole foods, plan a garden and plant seeds along with games for the whole family. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 20. $25 per family includes a meal, recipes, a loaf of bread and planted seeds. Reservations (by April 15): 992-6161.

Fully Charged, the latest edition of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. April 25-26; 1 and 5 p.m. April 27; 1 p.m. April 28. $82.50, $42.50, $27.50, $14.50. 970-7600.

Spanish Film Club Series, a screening of “I Travel Because I Have To” (2009), a first-person travelogue by a geologist in an isolated region of Brazil. With English subtitles. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. 7 p.m. April 25. Free. 941-6160.

Luzerne County Historical Society Dinner, the 155th annual event commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg with guest speaker Greg Goodell of Gettysburg National Military Park. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. April 26 with reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Reservations: 823-6244.

Renaissance Jamboree, the annual street fair with arts and crafts, food, games and entertainment. Main Street, Bloomsburg. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27. 784-2522.

Cherry Blossom Festival, the annual family-friendly event with music, dance, food booths, amusement rides and arts and crafts. Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 27-28. 208-4149.

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, a personal look inside the life and mind of heavyweight boxer “Iron Mike.” Directed by Spike Lee. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. May 1. $64.50, $49.50. 826-1100.

Block Party, with local fare from eight area restaurants, spirits from local beer distributors and Nimble Hill Winery, and dance music by Splash. Comfort Inn & Suites, 5 N. Eaton Road, Tunkhannock. 6 to 10 p.m. May 3. $35 advance; $45 at the door. 875-8325.

Kentucky Derby Party, the annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association with dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions and speakers. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. May 4. 822-9438, ext. 3462.

North Branch Land Trust 20th Anniversary Dinner, a celebration of the land-preservation group with awards and honorees. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. May 8 with cocktails and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. $100. 696-5545.

Sheep Shearing at the Farm. Watch the Dorset and Baby Doll sheep gets their spring haircuts and learn about the importance and uses of wool. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11. 888-887-7811.

Peace and Justice Awards Dinner, the 20th annual event recognizing outstanding members of the peace-and-justice movement. Genetti Hotel, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. May 13. $35. 823-9977.

Back Mountain Garden Tour, the sixth biannual event with tours of six private gardens in Dallas and Harveys Lake along with the Shakespeare Garden at Misericordia University. Also: en plein air painters from the Wyoming Valley Art League and gardening workshops by master gardeners, landscapers and arborists. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 29. $20 before June 22; $25 thereafter. 696-5082 or backmountainbloomers.org.

Wine and Dine Festival, with tastings of the finest wines and specialty foods, crafts and music. Luzerne County Fairgrounds, Route 118, Dallas. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 29. $15 advance; $20 at the gate; $5 designated drivers. Sponsored by the Dallas Rotary Club. Vendors welcome. 852-9591.

Pocono Drag Lodge 50th Anniversary Reunion, a car show with trophies, T-shirts and dash plaques to the first 250 cars. Pocono Drag Lodge, 648 Meadow Run Road, Bear Creek. Aug. 10. $15 show cars; $7 spectators. 845-635-3662.

History Day, captivating stories of local history told by experts dressed in period costumes. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 7. 888-887-7811.


European River Cruise, a fundraiser for the Everhart Museum in Scranton, including eight days cruising through the canals of Holland and Belgium from April 8 to 15. Cabins from $3828 per person includes air fare, transfers and all meals with unlimited wine and beer at dinner. Reservations: 504-7575 or everhartrivercruise.com.

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