THIS WEEK: March 28 to April 3, 2014
Spring Film Festival, 14 days of the best in foreign, independent and art films including “The Lunchbox,” “August: Osage County,” “Philomena,” “Nebraska,” La Camioneta,” “Liv and Ingmar,” “Gloria,” “The Great Beauty,” “In Secret,” “The Past,” “Girl on a Bicycle,” “The Best Offer,” “Tim’s Vermeer,” “The Invisible Woman,” “Kids for Cash,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Great Expectations” and “The Broken Circle Breakdown.” Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Through April 10 with showings of 18 films. $9 evening; $8 matinee. Schedule at dietrichtheater.com or call 570-996-1500.
Professional Bull Riders Wilkes-Barre Invitational, with 40 top athletes attempting to tame the will of a ferocious 2,000-pound raging bull. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7:30 tonight and Saturday. $40, $20; $12 children. 570-970-7600 or ticketmaster.com.
Transmissions for a Mission, a car show to benefit Luzerne County Head Start with prizes to the top five cars. Flack Memorial Field, Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming. Saturday with registration 9 a.m. to noon, judging 12:30 to 2 p.m., Fire Truck Show at 1 p.m. and awards at 2 p.m. $10 per car; spectators $5. 570-855-0226 or 570-824-1170.
Bowl for Kids Sake, the annual Bowl-A-Thon to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge. Stanton Lanes, 470 Stanton St., Wilkes-Barre. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 570-824-8756.
One More Row, a knit-and-crochet group for all ages. Beginners welcome. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free. 570-823-0156.
Zumbathon, the third anual dance event to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. Wyoming Valley West Middle School, 201 Chester St., Kingston. Saturday with registration at 1 p.m. and event 2 to 4 p.m. $10. 570-332-4103.
Downton Abbey Dinner, feasting on the cuisine of British aristocracy from the Edwardian Era along with a silent auction to benefit Ballet Northeast. Frederick J. Stegmaier Mansion, 304 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Reservations: 570-760-6609. Menu at balletnortheast.org.
Luzerne Conservation District Banquet, the 50th anniversary celebration with cocktails, dinner, auctions and presentations. Genetti Hotel and Conference Center, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Saturday. 570-674-7991.
Party with the Pros, the third annual benefit for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania. With former major league baseball stars Greg “The Bull” Luzinski and Pete Rose along with former Phillies head coach Dallas Green. Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. $60 includes food, beer and wine. 570-903-2041.
Night at the Races, a fundraiser sponsored by the Dallas Lions Club. Gate of Heaven gym, 40 Machell Ave., Dallas. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. $5 admission; $10 per horse. 570-675-4588.
Basket Raffle, a fundraiser for the Greater Nanticoke Area Catholic Youth Ministry with more than 100 baskets up for bid. The former St. Stanislaus School Gym, 38 W. Church St., Nanticoke. Sunday with doors at 10 a.m. and auction at 1 p.m. 570-735-4833.
Spring Bingo, sponsored by the Newport Township Women’s Activity Group. Holy Spirit Parish, St. Adalbert Hall, 31 S. Market St., Glen Lyon. Sunday with doors at 12:30 p.m. and games at 1:15 p.m. With homemade food, bake sale and raffles. 570-736-7038.
Open House at the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society’s Family History Research Library. Learn about records preservation, Internet resources and ordering genealogy materials from the Mormon Latter-day Saints resources. In the Hanover Green Cemetery caretaker’s house, 689 Main Road, Hanover Township. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. 610-298-8427.
World Affairs Luncheon Seminar, with Celeste Schenck, president of the American University in Paris speaking on “An American in Paris: Straddling Two Educational Cultures.” Rose Room, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday. $20. Sponsored by the Schemel Forum. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
Red Green’s How to Do Everything Tour, Canada’s foremost handyman and TV star famous for his use of duct tape and his special style of humor. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Monday. 570-826-1100.
Preserving the Shawnee Cemetery, a talk by Thomas Jesso, president of the Shawnee Cemetery Preservation Association on how to care for forgotten historic cemeteries. Grange Hall, 1632 W. Eighth St., Kingston Township. 7 p.m. Tuesday. 570-696-3415.
Pysanky Class, intricate Easter-egg decorating in the Ukrainian tradition. St. Catherine of Siena Church, 220 Church St., Moscow. Wednesday with classes offered at 2 and 5:30 p.m. $20 includes kistka, beeswax, eggs and handouts. Age 15 and older. $20. Registration: 570-766-1919.
Kazakhstan and Central Asia: History, Culture, Politics and Economy, with a panel of experts including Jay Nathan, professor of management at St. John’s University and a former Fulbright Scholar to Kazakhstan. Scranton Heritage Room, Weinberg Memorial Library, University of Scranton. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 570-941-7816.
Roommate or Rapist: You Decide, the 35th annual Mock Rape Trial with professionals from the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas, district attorney’s office and public defender’s office. Presented by the Victims Resource Center at the Sheehy Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 570-823-0765.
Substitutions with Yarn, projects that can be made with leftover yarn with the Garden Village Yarners and a representative from Gosh Yarn It, a Kingston yarn shop. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Registration: 570-654-9847.
Downton Abbey Tea, a celebration of the PBS television drama with special teas, finger sandwiches and desserts catered by The Tea & Basket Place along with door prizes, a showing of “Secrets of Highclere Castle” and discussions of the Crawley family. Period dress welcome. Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday. Reservations: 570-287-2013.
Socrates Cafe, a respectful, philosophical discussion group. Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. 570-283-2013.
Meet the Newsmakers, a talk by reporter David DeCosmo and Judge Thomas Munley on local news stories from the Agnes Flood to the Banks murders. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6 p.m. Thursday. Free. Registration: 570-654-9847.
Sky Show, full dome presentations of “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity” and “Stars of Spring.” McMunn Planetarium, Hoeffner Science and Technology Center, East Stroudsburg University. April 4 with shows at 7 and 8 p.m. Free but reservations required at www.esu.edu/planetarium.
Eastern Pennsylvania Philosophical Association Meeting, the spring gathering with guest speakers including Irene J. Klaver, author of “Water, Cultural Diversity and Global Environmental Change.” Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. April 5 with registration at 8 a.m., sessions beginning at 9:30 a.m. and concluding at 5 p.m. $25; $10 students includes lunch. Reservations (by March 28): 570-674-6738.
Traditional Italian Cuisine, a two-session course in preparing ravioli, traditional pizza, cookies and pasta dough. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 9 a.m. to noon April 5 and 12. $89. Registration: 570-740-0495.
Eggs, Rabbits and Trees: A Pennsylvania-German Easter, exploring the roots of our modern American Easter including dying eggs the old-fashioned way, making and tasting a warm fastnacht and more. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. April 5 at either 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. $7. Reservations: 570-992-6161.
Spring EGGstravaganza, with the Easter Bunny, children’s games, crafts, vendors, Easter flowers, bake sale and refreshments. Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 4 E. Center Hill Road, Dallas. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5. 570-675-8600.
Coach and Vera Bradley Bingo, with homemade food and desserts. Lake-Lehman Junior/Senior High School, 1128 Old Route 115, Lehman Township. April 5 with doors at noon and games at 1 p.m. $20. Proceeds benefit the Last Knight Graduation Lock-In Celebration. 570-239-0737.
Arena Climb, a benefit for the American Lung Association. Timed races up and down the 1,224 steps of the Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. Prizes for top fundraisers; tee shirts and action photos for all. April 5 at noon. 570-823-2212.
Laugh Out Loud, the fifth annual dinner and comedy show to benefit the Domestic Violence Service Center. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. April 5 with doors at 6 p.m., dinner stations at 6:15 and show at 7:15. Comedians include John Carfi, Brad Lowery and Scott Bruce. $60; $30 without dinner. 570-283-6799, ext. 221.
New England Contra Dance, with music by fiddlers Bruce Young and Ryck Kaiser with pianist Peggy Shutes and caller Ted Crane. Church of Christ Uniting, 776 Market St., Kingston. April 5 with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. and dance at 7. Pay what you wish. 570-333-4007.
Night at the Races, the third annual benefit for Candy’s Place: The Center for Cancer Wellness. Independent Hose Company, 66 S. Sprague Ave., Kingston. 6 to 10:30 p.m. April 5. $25 includes a horse, refreshments, food and desserts. 570-710-8800.
March Madness Event, a basketball-themed benefit for the Catholic Youth Center. With hors d’oeuvres, beer, food, a silent auction and large-screen broadcasts of the Final Four basketball games. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 11 p.m. April 5. 570-472-0365.
Night at the Races, sponsored by the Exeter Lions Club. St. Anthony’s Parish Center, Erie Street, Exeter. April 5 with doors at 6 p.m. $5 includes food and refreshments. 570-655-2746.
Champagne Brunch and Silent Auction, the second annual event to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger. Country Club of Scranton, 1001 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 6. $55; $25 children. Reservations (by March 31): 800-322-5437.
Ham Bingo, with food and desserts. St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 140 Church St., Old Forge. April 6 with doors at 11 a.m. and games at 1 p.m. $3. 570-457-3042.
Designer Bingo, with prizes by Coach, Michael Kors, Vera Bradley, Dooney & Bourke along with food and desserts. Sponsored by the Jonathan Grula Memorial Foundation at St. Andrew’s Church, 316 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre. April 6 with doors at noon and games at 1 p.m. $20 for 20 games. 570-829-0971.
Monthly Bingo, with refreshments, door prizes and cash prizes. Sponsored by St. Faustina Kowalska Parish at St. Mary’s School, 1010 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. April 6 with doors at 12:30 p.m. and games at 1:45 p.m. 570-735-4833.
Spring Fling Bingo, to benefit the Wyoming Area Band and Chorus. Wyoming Area High School, 20 Memorial St., Exeter. April 6 with doors at noon and games 1 to 5 p.m. 570-654-7961.
Scrap-Happy Group, a scrapbooking sessions. Bring materials and tools to work on a current project. White Haven Area Community Library, 99 Towanda St. 1 to 3 p.m. April 6. 570-443-8776.
Under the Big Top Gourmet Gala, the 27th annual fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Scranton with appetizers, entrees and desserts prepared by 48 area restaurants. Genetti Manor, 1505 Main St., Dickson City. 5 to 8 p.m. April 6. $50 advance; $55 at the door. 570-969-8998.
Sweet Tale of Resilience, a documentary depicting three stories of Rwandan women in post-genocide Rwanda. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. 5:30 p.m. April 8. Free. 570-941-6206.
Mutiny on the Bounty: Myth and Fact, a presentation by Edward R. Leahy on his collection of relevant material examining the creation of the myth of Captain Bligh as a cruel tyrant along with the real story of the mutiny. Heritage Room, Weinberg Memorial Library, University of Scranton. 5:30 p.m. April 9. Free. 570-941-7816.
The Moreau Lecture, with social ethics scholar Maureen O’Connell of LaSalle University on “Painting Social Transformation: Common Beauty and Common Good.” Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. April 10 with lectures at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 570-208-5900.
Nfinity Champions League Cheerleading, pre-recorded coverage of a show-stopping night of tumbling and stunts performed by a select group of 30 elite cheerleading teams from across the country, gathered in Atlanta for a three-day competition. Presented by Fathom Events at Cinemark, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 7:30 p.m. April 10. $12.50, $11.50 seniors, $10.50 children. 570-961-5943 or fathomevents.com.
Africa: Art, Memory, Culture, an all-day symposium discussing the history, arts, economics and philosophies of Africa, African-Americans and the Caribbean. With guest speakers, lunch and a wine-and-cheese reception. Weinberg Memorial Library, University of Scranton. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12. $40. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
Library Auction Night, the 16th annual event to benefit the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association. VFW Post #5642, 16972 Route 706, Montrose. April 12 with an Italian dinner buffet at 5 p.m. and auction at 6 p.m. $10. 570-278-1881.
Taming of the Brew, the annual fundraiser for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble with fine microbrews, food, silent auction, beer-tasting talk, raffles and music by the Clove Collection. Caldwell Consistory, Market Square, Bloomsburg. 7 to 11 p.m. April 12. $75. 570-784-8181.
Super Circus Heroes, an action-packed Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus with superhuman athleticism, animal acts, acrobats, aerialists and over-the-top clowns. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. April 17; 3 and 7 p.m. April 18; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. April 19. $82.50, $47.50, $27.50. 800-745-3000.
Mediterranean Cuisine, a two-session course in preparing foods from Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 9 a.m. to noon April 19 and 26. $89. Registration: 570-740-0495.
Outdoor Grilling, a two-session course in preparing marinades and dry rubs along with outdoor cooking techniques. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 1 to 4 p.m. April 19 and 26. $89. Registration: 570-740-0495.
Irem Shrine Circus, the annual three-ring entertainment presented by the Royal Hanneford Circus. 109th Field Artillery Armory, 280 Market St., Wilkes-Barre. 1:30 and 7 p.m. April 21 and 26; 6:30 p.m. April 22; 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 23 to 25. $20, $15, $11, $6. 570-714-0783.
War and Peace in the Election of 1864, a talk by noted historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson. Buckingham Performing Arts Center, 201 N. Sprague Street, Wyoming Seminary, Kingston. 4 p.m. April 21. Free. 570-270-2192.
Earth Day Fair, with interactive games, presentations and information related to the environment and sustainable practices. DeNaples Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22. 570-941-7520.
Maximize Your Social Security Benefits, a seminar on retirement financial strategies. Cross Valley Federal Credit Union, 640 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. April 22. Free. 570-208-4520.
Water: Our Most Valuable Resource, an Earth Day Spring Sustainability Symposium with presentations and panel discussions. McIlhenny Ballroom, DeNaples Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 7:30 p.m. April 22. 570-941-7520.
Festival of Nations, cultures and customs from around the world exhibited and demonstrated by international students. Dionne Green and DeNaples Center patio, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 3 p.m. April 23. 570-941-5904.
Earth Day Evening of Environmental Science, interactive science experiments, displays, astronomy observation and exhibits. Loyola Science Center, University of Scranton. 7 p.m. April 24. 570-941-7520.
Spring Home and Garden Festival, a home expo showcasing products and services along with food, arts and crafts, demonstrations, LEGO Building Contest for kids, raffles, silent auction, electronic recycling drop off, face painting, LEGO competition, an appearance by Wayne the Builder and more. Sponsored by the Wayne County Builders Association at Ladore Lodge Camp Retreat & Conference Center, South Street, Waymart. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27. $5. 570-226-4941 or homeandgardenfest.com.
The Coupon Crew, tips on saving money through coupon-clipping. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 1 p.m. April 26. 570-693-1364.
We Are All Others: The American Story, a roundtable discussion of the American melting pot, welcoming newcomers to America and celebrating diversity. Sponsored by the Schemel Forum at the Weinberg Memorial Library, University of Scranton. 5:30 p.m. April 28. Free. Reservations: 570-941-7816.
Soups and Sauces, a two-session course in preparing soup stock, consomme and the five “Mother Sauces.” Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 9 a.m. to noon May 3 and 10. Registration: 570-740-0495.
Scrap-Happy Group, a scrapbooking sessions. Bring materials and tools to work on a current project. White Haven Area Community Library, 99 Towanda St. 1 to 3 p.m. May 4. 570-443-8776.
World Affairs Luncheon Seminar, with Leoluca Orlando, mayor of Palermo, Italy, speaking on “Identity and the Struggle Between the Culture of Human Rights and the Mafia.” Rose Room, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. May 9. $20. Sponsored by the Schemel Forum. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
North Branch Land Trust Dinner, the 15th annual event with award ceremonies, cocktails, music, dinner and auction. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 5:30 p.m. May 14. 570-696-5545 or nblt.org.
Hi-Lites Motor Club Cruise-In, with raffles, door prizes, music and food. Wegmans Food Market, 220 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 4 to 7 p.m. May 17. 570-477-2477.
Mediterranean Cuisine, a two-session course in preparing foods from Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 9 a.m. to noon June 7 and 14. $89. Registration: 570-740-0495.
Outdoor Grilling, a two-session course in preparing marinades and dry rubs along with outdoor cooking techniques. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 1 to 4 p.m. June 7 and 14. $89. Registration: 570-740-0495.
Pocono Raceway Festival, an all-day music and racing celebration with NASCAR show cars, food vendors, games for all ages, rock climbing, craft vendors, carnival rides and music on several stages along Main Street in downtown Scranton. Noon to 6 p.m. June 7. 570-420-2808.
Hi-Lites Motor Club Cruise-In, with raffles, door prizes, music and food. Pikes Creek Raceway Park, 2542 Route 118, Hunlock Creek. 5 to 8 p.m. June 21. 570-477-2477.
Wine and Dine Festival, the second annual event sponsored by the Dallas Rotary Club. With wine sampling, food, vendors, craftspeople and live music. Luzerne County Fairgrounds, Route 118, Dallas. Noon to 6 p.m. June 28. 570-852-9591.
Hi-Lites Motor Club Cruise-In, with raffles, door prizes, music and food. Twist & Shake, 1405 Route 29, Hunlock Creek. 5 to 8 p.m. July 19. 570-477-2477.
Hi-Lites Motor Club Cruise-In, with raffles, door prizes, music and food. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 474 Yalick Road, off Route 118, Dallas. 1 to 4 p.m. July 26. 570-477-2477.
Schuylkill County Fair, with agricultural exhibits, livestock, truck and tractor pulls, horse shows and entertainment. Fairgrounds, 2270 Fair Road, Schuylkill Haven. 4 to 10 p.m. July 28, 30, 31 and Aug. 1; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 29 and Aug. 2. 570-739-2627.
Hi-Lites Motor Club Cruise-In, with raffles, door prizes, music and food. Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 55 W. Center Hill Road, Dallas. 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 16. 570-477-2477.
Hi-Lites Motor Club Cruise-In, with raffles, door prizes, music and food. Twist & Shake, 1405 Route 29, Hunlock Creek. 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 23. 570-477-2477.
Stroudfest, the eighth annual downtown festival with two stages of entertainment, more than 150 craft and retail vendors, food, rock climbing, games, face painting and music. Courthouse Square and Main Street in Stroudsburg. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 30. 570-420-2808.
Going Bananas over Books, a fundraiser for the Wyoming Free Library with vendors, food, games, contests and more. West Wyoming Hose Company #1, 926 Shoemaker Ave. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 20. 570-693-1364.
Hi-Lites Motor Club Cruise-In, with raffles, door prizes, music and food. Pikes Creek Raceway Park, 2542 Route 118, Hunlock Creek. 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 20. 570-477-2477.
Steamtown National Historic Site will waive its entrance fee on April 19-20; Aug. 25; Sept. 27 and Nov. 11. At 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through March 28; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. thereafter. 570-340-5200.
Downton Abbey Tour, the second annual trip to Highclere Castle outside of Newbury, England, sponsored by the WVIA Travel Club. May 23 to 28. $2,749 per person. 570-344-9784 or wvia.org.
Bus Trip to Winterthur Museum, to tour the “Downton Abbey” costume exhibit at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Del. Included: shopping at The Kitchen Sink, a themed English Brunch Buffet, narrated Garden Tram Tour of the estate, docent tour of Henry DuPont’s home and the costume exhibit. Sponsored by the Wyoming Free Library with departure from East End Centre between Old Country Buffet and Big Lots, Wilkes-Barre Township. 7:30 a.m. June 7. $175 includes transportation, museum admission, breakfast treat, goodie bag, water and snacks. Reservations: 570-655-3420.