THIS WEEK: May 16 to 22, 2014
A Simpler Thyme, the 38th annual open house with tours of the 1781 house with its original front door facing the Susquehanna River. Also: a plant-and-herb sale and lunch menu. The Oldest House, 297 Main St., Laceyville. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 570-869-2333.
Fine Arts Fiesta, the annual celebration of the arts with juried art exhibits, an artisans market, musical and stage performances, children’s tent, craftspersons and festival food. Among today’s performers: Doug Smith’s Dixieland All-Stars (5:45 p.m.) and alt-rock band LondonForce (7:30 p.m.). Saturday’s headliner is singer Gary U.S. Bonds (8 p.m.), and Sunday offers a performance by the Taikoza-Japanese Taiko Drummers (2 p.m.). Public Square in Wilkes-Barre. 11 a.m. to 8 today and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Complete schedule at fineartsfiesta.org.
St. Stephen’s at the Fiesta, with church tours of the stained-glass windows (1 p.m. today and Saturday); a demonstration of the 5000-pipe Berghaus organ (2 p.m. today); History of the Parish (3 p.m. today); History of the Old Ship Zion (3 p.m. Saturday); and a Hymn Fest (4 p.m. Saturday). St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 1 to 4 p.m. today; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. 570-825-6653.
Osterhout Free Library: A 125-Year Legacy of Public Service, a short documentary about the early history of the library. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6:30 p.m. today. Free (popcorn included). 570-823-0156.
Spring Fling Tea, light refreshments and entertainment by George Rittenhouse. Plymouth Christian Church, 9 E. Main St. 7 tonight. $5. 570-779-1614.
Mountain Top Relay for Life, a 24-hour fundraiser for the American Cancer Society with basket raffles, children’s games, bounce house, bake sale and food, team tents, plenty of exercise walking the track, a demonstration by Huntzinger Karate and live entertainment including singer Alyssa Golden and the bands 24 Barrz, Hybrid Sessions and Send Request. Crestwood High School, 281 S. Mountain Blvd., Wright Township. Begins 10 a.m. Saturday and runs through 8 a.m. Sunday. 570-562-9749, ext. 333.
Farm Animal Frolic, the 26th annual event spotlighting baby animals, including piglets, lambs, kid goats, chicks, ducklings and a calf. Also: wagon rides pulled by Clydesdale draft horses, puppet shows, storytelling, old-fashioned games, hay jump, fish pond, sheep shearing, wool spinning, the one-room schoolhouse and homemade bread and cookies from the outdoor brick bake oven. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Through May 25: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. $8, $5 children. 570-992-6161 or quietvalley.org.
Train Ride, from White Haven to Jim Thorpe along the Lehigh River Gorge and through the Rockport Tunnel, pulled by the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway’s diesel locomotives with vintage train cars. Saturday with departure at 10:30 a.m. from the White Haven Area Community Library, 99 Towanda St., including a four-hour layover and return at 5 p.m. $40 for open-air car, $30 regular coaches. Proceeds benefit the White Haven Ambulance Association. Reservations: 570-436-7602.
Greenhouse Project Block Party, sponsored by Leadership Lackawanna. With a bounce house, nature walks, food and flower-pot decorating. The Greenhouse at Nay Aug Park, Scranton. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 570-343-1800, ext. 24.
Breaking 4 Warriors, a “break-a-thon” with members of Back Mountain Martial Arts who use their skills to break boards to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Also: basket raffles, 50/50 and a snack stand. In the Twin Stacks Complex, 1100 Memorial Highway, Dallas. 11 a.m. Saturday. 570-706-6130 or breaking4warriors.com.
Scranton Celtic Festival, the third annual event with local and national Celtic musicians, traditional Irish dance, authentic Celtic cuisine, bagpipers, vendors of imported wares, zip line, rock-climbing wall, face painting and more. Performers include the Fighting Jamesons, Barleyjuice, Seamus Kennedy, Welsh singer Jodee James, the Irish Balladeers, the Celtic Rebel Band, Wyoming Valley Pipe & Drum Band and more. Lodge at Montage Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Info at scrantoncelticfest.com.
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. Saturday. 570-477-2477.
Bingo Night, with food available. Italian American Club, 126 Oak St., Pittston. Saturday with doors at 4 p.m. and games at 5:45 p.m. 570-603-9759.
Holy Chutzpah, a talk by Burt Rosenberg, nationally known Messianic Jewish humorist who offers practical insights on how to “en-lighten up.” Living Hope Bible Church, 35 S. Main St., Plains Township. 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday. 570-822-0700.
Car Show, the second annual event sponsored by the ASHRAE Anthracite Chapter. Parking lot of the Wyoming Valley Mall, directly across from Chili’s restaurant, Wilkes-Barre Township. Sunday with registration at 8:30 a.m. and show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10 per vehicle in advance; $15 day of show. 570-764-3036.
Bowl-a-Thon, a fundraiser for army veteran JoAnne Dennis, suffering from recently diagnosed brain cancer. Sponsored by the Hanover Junior and Senior High Baseball and Softball teams at Chacko’s Family Bowling Center, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre. 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Includes shoe rental, pizza, soda, prizes and raffles. 570-208-2695.
Prize Bingo Fundraiser, presented by Miss Pennsylvania’s Princess Brooke Piscotty. Breslau Fire Hall, 299 First St., Hanover Township. Sunday with doors at 1 p.m. and games at 2. $5 includes door-prize entry and one free game card. Food menu available. 570-371-9294.
Open House at the Plymouth Historical Society, 115 Gaylord Ave. With a presentation on “Genealogy Through the Ages” and an Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social. 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 570-779-5840.
Games and Card Party, the annual event sponsored by the Altar & Rosary Society of St. John the Evangelist Parish. With card and board games including checkers, pokeno, UNO, LRC, Scrabble and more. Seton Catholic High School, Church Street, Pittston. 2 p.m. Sunday. $5 includes a light lunch. 570-654-3936.
NEPA Tango in the Tent, tango lessons, light snacks and drinks plus a screening of the film “The Tango Lesson.” The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale. 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. 570-253-2020.
Night @ the Races, the 27th annual fundraiser sponsored by the Rotary Club of Plymouth with food, drink and virtual horse races. Holy Child Faith Formation Center, 119 Willow St., Plymouth. Sunday with doors at 3:30 p.m. and races at 4 p.m. $6; $10 with a horse. Age 21 and older. 570-574-4246.
Classic Movie Series, a screening of “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) starring Judy Garland. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. Wednesday. $5. 570-996-1502.
Jessup Hose Company Carnival, with games, amusement rides, firefighters parade (Friday), St. Ubaldo Festivities (Saturday), food, family fun, Sunday fireworks and entertainment by Brewster Sound Sensation (Wednesday), Silent Arms Race (Thursday), Tommy Guns Band (Friday), Jus4Fun (Saturday), the Molly Pitcher Project (Sunday afternoon) and Project 90s (Sunday night). Jessup Hose Company #2, 333 Hill St. 6 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Continues 2 to midnight May 23 to 25; 2 to 7 p.m. May 26. 570-489-1141.
Dressed to Grill, a cooking class including grilled lollipop lamb with Greek relish, grilled salmon with mango salsa and grilled strawberry shortcake. Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgway Drive, Dallas. 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. $25 includes samplings, wine and recipes. Reservations: 570-675-1134, ext. 100.
Great Families of Wyoming Seminary, a talk by Tony Brooks, former executive director of the Luzerne County Historical Society. Stettler Learning Center Conference Room, North Sprague Avenue, Wyoming Seminary, Kingston. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Sponsored by the Kingston Historical Society. 570-287-4603.
Sweet Valley Fair, the 61st annual event with a parade, carnival rides, the Firemen’s Olympics, craft and food vendors and entertainment by Pop Rock (Friday), Tommy Guns Band (Saturday), Flaxy Morgan (Sunday), the Hess Boys (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday) and the Jeanne Zano Band (Monday evening). Sweet Valley Fire Company, 5383 Main Road. 5:30 to 10 p.m. May 23 to 25; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 26. 570-606-9422.
La Festa Dei Ceri, the annual ethnic festival commemorating St. Ubaldo Day with ceremonies, a procession and Mass, the raising and blessing of the saints, a Children’s Festival and the Race of the Saints in which teams carry statues of St. Ubaldo, St. George and St. Anthony and race through the hilly streets of Jessup followed by a candlelight procession. Downtown Jessup with events throughout the day on May 24 beginning at 7:30 a.m., highlighted by the Race of the Saints at 5:30 p.m. 570-575-4141 or stubaldoday.com.
Troops and Trains, a tribute to American servicemen and women with displays of historic World War II equipment and vehicles along with a military encampment and living history programs. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 24 and 25. 570-340-5200.
Mifflinville Memorial Day Celebration, three days of events including a Car Cruise-in (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 24), Tractor Show (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 25) and the 126th Memorial Day Parade 9 a.m. May 26 followed by open house at the German School (8:30 to 11:30 a.m.) and a festival with food and crafts at Town Park, East First Street, Mifflinville. 570-759-2968.
Shawnee Celtic Festival, the sights and sounds of the Emerald Isle and Scottish Highlands with non-stop music on two stages, a bagpipers parade, Celtic jam session, working sheep dogs, Irish step dancers, children’s activities and Celtic craft and food vendors. Performers include Burning Bridget Cleary, Emish, the Irish Lads, Earl Grey in the Morning, Timlin & Kane and more. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 401 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 24 and 25. $15, $12 children. 570-421-7231.
Train Excursion, from Scranton to the St. Ubaldo Day celebration in Jessup powered by a historic diesel locomotive. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. May 24 with a 12:30 p.m. departure and 4:30 p.m. return. $24; $22 seniors; $17 children. Reservations: 340-5204.
Foster-a-Pet Family Fun Day, with vendors, pony rides, face painting, bounce house, food, pet massages, organic pet treats, rabies clinic and pet photographs. South Abington Park, Northern Boulevard, Chinchilla. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 25. Free. Sponsored by Leadership Lackawanna and Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. 570-342-7711.
Memorial Day Picnic, with food, bake sale, flea market and Chinese auction. St. Frances Cabrini Parish, 585 Mount Olivet Road, Carverton. May 26 beginning after the 10 a.m. Mass and continuing until 2 p.m. 570-696-2382.
Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by AmVets Post 59. Hanover Green section of Hanover Township. 10 a.m. May 26. 570-825-8197.
Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by the West Pittston-Exeter American Legion. Begins at Wyoming Avenue and Linden Street, West Pittston. 11:30 a.m. May 26. 570-654-2261.
Genealogical Research Travel Tours: A Checklist Before You Go, the process of planning memorable trips abroad to visit homes and villages of ancestors. With Anthony Brooks, genealogical researcher and partner in Bright Life Travel. Kingston Fire Department, 600 Wyoming Ave. (Use Sharp Street entrance.) 7 to 9 p.m. May 27. Sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. Free. 610-298-8417.
Northeastern Pennsylvania in Stereo, a narrated ride along the Delaware & Hudson Gravity Railroad using stereoviews enhanced with modern 3-D technology. Lackawanna Historical Society, Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. 7 p.m. May 28. $7. 570-344-3841.
Tracey’s Hope Memorial Pet Walk and Celebration of Life, the sixth annual event with a blessing of the animals, balloon release for past pets, speaker Tammy Thayne, founder of “Dogs Deserve Better,” music, the state championship cheerleaders from Pittston Area High School, a demonstration by Alan Finn’s Designing Dogs, a Kids Korner with games, prizes, a clown, face painting and petting zoo; psychic readings, basket auction, vendors and dogs for adoption. McDade Park, 22 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton. May 31 with walk registration at 10 a.m. $25 for walkers. Sponsored by Tracey’s Hope Hospice Care Program and Rescue for Domestic Animals. 570-457-1625.
Pocono Raceway Day, with a Pocono Raceway Pace Car display, bouncy house, raffles, fire truck tours and free tickets to the Pocono Raceway for the first 100 attendees. Pocono Medical Center, 206 E. Brown St., East Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 31. 570-476-3767.
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 May 31. Free. 570-823-0256.
International Fest in the Grove, the third annual event with ethnic foods from around the world, international beer and wine, a Kids World Walkabout, basket raffles, Dream Vacation raffle, music by Better with Beer (Saturday) and the Golden Tones (Sunday). St. Jude Parish, 420 S. Mountain Blvd., Wright Township. 4 to 11 p.m. May 31; noon to 9 p.m. June 1. Bring a nonperishable food item to donate. 570-474-6315.
Car Show and Flea Market, the 53rd annual event sponsored by the Antique Automobile Club of America. With more than 30 classes covering all vehicles from AACA seniors, stock and modified cars, pickup trucks, street rods and motorcycles. Wyoming Valley Airport, 2001 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. June 1 with gates at 8 a.m. and show hours 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $10 per entry; $2 admission. 570-332-9360.
American Girl Doll Bingo, with dolls and doll accessories as prizes along with basket raffles and food. Proceeds benefit the Marian Sutherland Kirby Library. Wright Township Fire Department, 477 S. Main Road. June 1 with doors at noon and games at 1 p.m. $20 until May 27; $23 thereafter. 570-474-9313.
Cemetery Walking Tour. Join the Slocum Hollow Historians as they relate stories of the earliest settlers and noted residents buried at Forest Hill Cemetery, 1830 Jefferson Ave., Dunmore. 1 p.m. June 1. Free. 570-346-6179.
Let Your Yoga Dance, a combination of yoga-inspired movements and user-friendly dance with instructor Donna M. Panzak. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Drive, Fairview Township. 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. June 3. Free. Registration: 570-474-9313.
Classic Movie Series, a screening of “Arsenic and Old Lace” (1944) with Cary Grant. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. June 4. $5. 570-996-1500.
Card Party, with lunch, prizes, cards, Pokeno or bring a game of your choice. Sponsored by the Irem Women’s Auxiliary at the Irem Country Club, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. Noon to 4 p.m. June 5. $15. 570-288-6341.
Green Building Tour and Presentation, a walk through the new LEED Gold-Certified environmental education center to learn how to apply “green” technologies and materials to your home. Included: cost-saving energy sources, water efficiency, sustainable materials and indoor air quality. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 5. $5. Registration: 570-842-1506.
Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Cruise, with food, music, door prizes and trophies. Advance Auto Parts, 161 Brooklyn St., Carbondale. 6 to 9 p.m. June 6. 570-876-4034.
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.
Victorian Social Graces Workshop, make your own autograph book, learn proper copperplate handwriting to use on calling cards, practice tea-party etiquette, make tea sandwiches and scones, and set a proper table. Followed by a party and games. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 7 and 14. $12. Age 8 and older. Reservations: 570-992-6161 or quietvalley.org.
Dog Show, with vendors, photographers, food and refreshments. Sponsored by the Leo Club and Business Club at Hanover Area Junior/Senior High School, 1600 Sans Souci Parkway, Hanover Township. June 7 with registration at 11:30 a.m. and show beginning at noon. 570-831-2300, ext. 220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
South Valley Relay for Life, the annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. From noon to midnight June 7. Free. 570-740-0490.
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.
Polka in the Pavilion, an afternoon of food, refreshments and polkas presented by the Rotary Club of Plymouth with Eddie Derwin and the Polka Naturals. Keeley’s Ale House, 199 Division St., Kingston. June 7 with libations at 2 p.m. and food at 3 p.m. Age 21 and older. $30. 570-287-1500.
Wilkes University Founders Gala, a black-tie event celebrating 81 years of educating first-generation college students. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. June 7. 570-408-4779.
Train Excursion, a 26-mile round trip from Scranton to Moscow, powered by a historic diesel locomotive and following Roaring Brook through the Nay Aug Tunnel into the Pocono Mountains. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. June 8, 22; July 6, 20; Aug. 3, 17, 30 and 31 with a 12:30 p.m. departure and 3:30 p.m. return. $24; $22 seniors; $17 children. Reservations: 340-5204.
Remember D-Day, a presentation on the events of June 6, 1944, that led to the end of World War II. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 3 p.m. June 8. Free. 570-996-1500.
Train Excursion, a 50-mile round trip from Scranton to Gouldsboro, powered by a historic diesel locomotive and following Roaring Brook onto the Pocono Plateau. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. June 14, 15 and 29; July 19 and Aug. 24 with an 11 a.m. departure and 3:45 p.m. return. $34; $29 seniors; $22 children. Reservations: 340-5204.
300 Club Fundraiser, with food, silent auction, games, hourly drawings for monetary prizes and entertainment by the Mud Pond Boys and Big Carl & Sundance. Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 7768 Blue Ridge Trail, Mountain Top. Noon to 6 p.m. June 14. $35 includes entry in hourly cash drawings; $15 without entry. 570-868-5675.
Classic Movie Series, a screening of “Spartacus” (1960) starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. June 18. $5. 570-996-1500.
Ride for the VA Vets, the annual motorcycle ride from Shickshinny to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, sponsored by the American Legion Riders Post 495. Leaves from the American Legion, 575 Route 239, Shickshinny. June 21 with registration 9 to 10 a.m. and ride at 10:30 a.m. $15 rider, $10 passenger. Followed by a picnic at 3 p.m. 570-256-3073.
Relay for Life, a 24-hour fundraiser for the American Cancer Society with camping, walking and running the track, a nighttime luminaria ceremony and various activities. King’s College Betzler Field, Highland Park Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre Township. Begins 10 a.m. June 21 and runs through 10 a.m. June 22. Info at relayforlife.org/pawyomingvalley.
Train Excursion, from Scranton to Jessup, powered by a historic diesel locomotive. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. June 21 with a 12:30 p.m. departure and 4:30 p.m. return. $24; $22 seniors; $17 children. Reservations: 340-5204.
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.
Founder’s Day Special, a train excursion from Scranton to the Delaware Water Gap, powered by a historic diesel locomotive. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. June 28 with a 9 a.m. departure and 5 p.m. return. $54; $49 seniors; $32 children. Reservations: 340-5204.
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. $15 advance; $25 at the door; $5 designated drivers. 570-852-9591.
Train Excursion, from Scranton to Olyphant, powered by a historic diesel locomotive. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. July 5 with a 12:30 p.m. departure and 4:30 p.m. return. $24; $22 seniors; $17 children. Reservations: 340-5204.
Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Cruise, with food, music, door prizes and trophies. Advance Auto Parts, 161 Brooklyn St., Carbondale. 6 to 9 p.m. July 5. 570-876-4034.
Train Excursion, from Scranton to East Stroudsburg, powered by a historic diesel locomotive. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. July 12 with a 9 a.m. departure and 5 p.m. return. $54; $49 seniors; $32 children. Reservations: 340-5204.
Train Excursion, from Scranton to Dickson City, powered by a historic diesel locomotive. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. July 13 and Aug. 10 with a 12:30 p.m. departure and 3:30 p.m. return. $24; $22 seniors; $17 children. Reservations: 340-5204.
Pocono Wurst Festival, the Polish- and German-themed festival with three stages of music, traditional dance, pig and “hot dog” races, Bier Stein Olympics, children’s entertainment and plenty of wursts, wieners, kielbasa, pierogies and cold brews. Performers include the Chardon Polka Band, One Man Polka Band, the Austrian Boys and Eddie Derwin & the Polka Naturals. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 401 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 19 and 20. $15; $12 children. 570-421-7231.
Tunkhannock River Day, the annual festival with environmental activities, nature walks, a River Float, live animals from the Ross Park ZooMobile, mural painting, face painting and entertainment by the Sadie Green Sales Jugband, the Coal Town Rounders and Hickory Project. Riverside Park, Tunkhannock. 1 to 7 p.m. July 19. 570-996-1500.
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.
Train Excursion, a 50-mile round trip from Scranton to Tobyhanna, powered by a historic diesel locomotive and following Roaring Brook onto the Pocono Plateau. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. July 26 with a 12:30 p.m. departure and 3:45 p.m. return. $34; $29 seniors; $22 children. Reservations: 340-5204.
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 (Rain date: July 27). 570-477-2477.
Train Excursion, a 50-mile round trip from Scranton to Cresco, powered by a historic diesel locomotive and following Roaring Brook onto the Pocono Plateau. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. July 27 and Aug. 9 with a 11 a.m. departure and 3 p.m. return. $24; $22 seniors; $17 children. Reservations: 340-5204.
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.
Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Cruise, with food, music, door prizes and trophies. Advance Auto Parts, 161 Brooklyn St., Carbondale. 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 1. 570-876-4034.
Bloomsburg Nationals, a weekend of collector and custom cars spanning all eras with a Friday-afternoon parade through downtown Bloomsburg, Flames R Us Showcase, live music, films and a Saturday demolition derby. Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, 620 W. Third St. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 8-9; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10. $10; $20 weekend pass. 717-243-7855.
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.
Pocono Garlic Festival, the 20th annual garlicky event with more than 50 food and craft vendors, two stages of music, educational demonstrations, a garlic-eating contest and children’s activities. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 401 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 30 and 31. $10; $7.50 children. 570-421-7231.
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.
Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Cruise, with food, music, door prizes and trophies. Advance Auto Parts, 161 Brooklyn St., Carbondale. 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 5. 570-876-4034.
Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Show, the 16th annual show. Carbondale Area Junior/Senior High School, 101 Brooklyn St. Sept. 14 with gates open at 9 a.m. 570-876-4034.
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.
PRCA Rodeo and Chili Cookoff, professional competition in fully sanctioned PRCA events including saddle and bareback bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, team roping and bull dogging along with cowgirls barrel racing, live country music, line dancing, craft and food vendors and the Sixth Annual Chili Cookoff. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 401 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21. $18; $14 children. 570-421-7231.
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.
Autumn Timber Festival, with lumberjack competitions including hot saw, log roll, ax throw, speed climb, cross-cut saw and springboard chop. Also: agility and trick dog shows, chainsaw sculptures, live music, children’s activities and food and craft vendors. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 401 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12. $15; $12 children. 570-421-7231.
Pocono Food Truck Festival, with a variety of “street eats” offered by food trucks from New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia and the Pocono region. Also: live bands, monster-truck rides, scenic chairlift rides, Mark Clark’s Juggling Show and the FMX Freestyle Motocross Show with riders performing stunts such as the “Superman” and “Kiss of Death.” Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 401 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19. $10; $7.50 children. 570-421-7231.
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.
Steamtown National Historic Site will waive its entrance fee on Aug. 25; Sept. 27 and Nov. 11. At 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 570-340-5200.
Bus Trip, a breast-cancer fundraiser bus trip to Philadelphia to view the exhibit “One Day in Pompeii” at the Franklin Institute along with the IMAX film “Ring of Fire.” Also: a trip to nearby New Hope for an afternoon of shopping. Departs from the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre Township on Aug. 26. $73. Reservations: 570-239-8042.