By Mary Therese Biebel

March 7, 2013

THIS WEEK: MARCH 8 to 14, 2013

Monster Jam, the edge-of-your-seat motor-sports show with larger-than-life monster trucks including Grave Digger and Stone Crusher performing high-flying feats. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7:30 tonight; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $40, $35, $25. 800-745-3000.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the annual extravaganza with live entertainment, pipe-and-drum corps, marching bands and festive floats. Along Wyoming, Lackawanna, Jefferson, Spruce and North Washington avenues in downtown Scranton. Saturday beginning with Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral at 10 a.m. with the parade kicking off at noon. Celebrate at a free Post-Parade Party noon to 4 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. with music by Kilrush. Details at stpatparade.com.

Pysanky Eggs, a discussion and demonstration with master Pysanky artist Marianne Lurie. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Registration: 654-9847.

50/50 Bingo, with food and beverages. Pay per card. Noxen School and Community Center, School Street. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. 298-2052.

Spring Bingo, with a Chinese auction, food and bake sale. Sponsored by the Newport Township Women’s Activity Group at St. Adalbert’s Church, Glen Lyon. Sunday with doors at 12:30 p.m. and games at 1:15 p.m. 736-7038.

Annual Ham Bingo, with cash and ham prizes and raffles. St. Patrick’s Parish Center, 411 Allegheny Ave., White Haven. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. $15 for 25 games. 443-9944.

The Making of ‘The Molly Maguires,’ a talk by Jim Burke, who worked at Paramount Pictures and was instrumental in the selection of Eckley as the 1970 movie’s location. Eckley Miners Village, Highland Road, off Route 940. 1 p.m. Sunday. Free. 636-2070.

Exploring the Civil War Through Poetry, including battle narratives along with struggles and sacrifices along the front. Anthracite Heritage Museum, 22 Bald Mountain Road, McDade Park, Scranton. 2 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. 963-4804.

Fundraiser and Art Auction, to benefit the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition with music by Mother Nature’s Son and singer Maria DuBiel. River Street Jazz Café, 667 N. River St., Plains. 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday. $10. 719-9986.

The Menu, how to prepare gourmet seafood with ease including oysters, lemon-pepper shrimp and pan-seared scallops. Shopland Hall, Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. Monday with cocktails at 6 p.m. and event at 7 p.m. $7. 344-1111.

Internet Safety Program, ways to avoid child exploitation and protect privacy on the Internet. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Signup: 823-0156.

Learn to Use Facebook or Twitter. P air up with a tech savvy teen to create accounts and learn to “tweet” and “friend. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Free. Signup: 823-0156.

Socrates Cafe, a group discussion on a topic chosen that evening. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. 823-0156.

Civil War Roundtable, with historian Ryan Lindbuchler discussing Civil War veterans of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Daddow-Isaacs American Legion, 730 Memorial Highway, Dallas. 7 p.m. Thursday. $3. 675-8936.

The Unconquerable Human Spirit: Five Degrees of Diversity, a film-and-discussion series celebrating the human spirit with screenings of “Sunrise at Campobello,” “Rising from the Rails,” “Farewell to Manzanar,” “A Class Divided” and “Gandhi.” Offered by Penn State Wilkes-Barre at Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Thursdays through April 18. Registration: 675-9253.

Railway Talk, by Amtrak official Gary Pancavage, who discusses the Amtrak Acela and the Norfolk Southern Heritage locomotives. Sponsored by the Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Railway Historical Society at the Iron Skillet Restaurant, Avoca. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. 822-0693.


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. March 15 with cash bar at noon and luncheon at 12:30 p.m. $25. Reservations: 585-8113.

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, Shield Center for Visual Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. March 15. 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. March 16. $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. March 16-17. Free.965-2679 or lochsmaple.com. Also a pancake breakfast at the Springville Methodist Church from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 16.

Knit and Crochet Group, for all ages. Osterhout Free Library, 71 Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. to noon March 16. 823-0156.

Women in History Display, life-size cardboard cutouts of notable women. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 1 to 5 p.m. March 16; 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. March 16. 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. March 16 with doors at 5 p.m. and music at 7 p.m. $4 cover benefits the Lehigh Burn Trauma Center. 954-8147.

Ham Bingo, with door prizes, raffles and refreshments. St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 320 Vine St., Old Forge. 1 p.m. March 17. $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. March 18. 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. March 19. 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. March 20. $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. March 20. $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. March 20. $5. Registration: 842-1506.

Columbia County Bicentennial, the kickoff of the 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.

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.

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.

Spring Film Festival, 14 days of 14 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.

Aloha Hawaii Gourmet Gala, the annual fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House with gourmet delicacies and fine wines offered by 50 area restaurants. Genetti’s 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 about 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, April 8 to 15, 2013. 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.