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THIS WEEK: July 18 to 24, 2014


Sci-Fi Fridays, screenings of science-fiction movies. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 1. Dress as your favorite science-fiction character. Contact the library for specific movie titles and dates. Popcorn provided. Free. 570-821-1959.


Big Tent Bazaar, with a huge basket raffle, cash raffle, game stands, homemade ethnic and American foods, domestic and imported beers, a full-service tiki bar and entertainment by Souled Out (tonight), The Blennd and Sweet Pepper & the Long Hots (Saturday), 40 lb. Head and the Jeanne Zano Band (Sunday). Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church, 420 Main Road, Buttonwood section of Hanover Township. 6 to midnight tonight; 5 to midnight Saturday; 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday. 570-823-6242.


St. Barbara Bazaar, with a flea market, crafts and games along with ethnic foods including tripe, haluski, kielbasa and white pizza. Entertainment by Sweet Pepper & the Long Hots (tonight), Jeanne Zano Band (Saturday) and Flaxy Morgan (Sunday). St. Barbara’s Parish, Memorial and Erie streets, Exeter. 5 to 11 tonight and Saturday; 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday. 570-655-8952.


St. Nicholas Bazaar, with bingo, a giant flea market, Bountiful Baskets, game booths, American, Mexican and Caribbean foods and entertainment by Out of the Blue (tonight) and the Home Town Boyz (Saturday). St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. 5:30 to 11 tonight; 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday. 570-823-7736.


Mountain Top Hose Company Bazaar, with a Firefighters Parade, New Merchandise Auction, games, rides, face painting, moonwalk, instant bingo, silent basket auction, magic with Pat Ward, and DJ entertainment. Mountain Top Hose Company No. 1, 14 Woodlawn Ave., Fairview Township. Opens 5:30 tonight; 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 570-474-6749 or mthc1.com.


Germania Hose Company Bazaar, with amusement rides, a firefighters parade (tonight), Sunday-night fireworks and entertainment by Flaxy Morgan (tonight), Hillbilly D’Lux (Saturday) and the Sperazza Band (Sunday). Fire Company Grounds, 430 Foote Ave., Duryea. 6 to midnight tonight through Sunday. 570-457-4160.


Frontier Days Celebration, the 30th annual Championship Rodeo and Bull-a-Rama with bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, cowgirls’ barrel racing, calf and team roping, Kids Mutton Bustin’ plus nightly entertainment, food, crafts and camping. Benton Rodeo Grounds, Mendenhall Lane and Route 487. Tonight through Sunday with most main events starting at 7:30 p.m. $15, $12 children. 570-925-6536.


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. Saturday and Sunday. $15; $12 children. 570-421-7231.


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. Saturday with an 11 a.m. departure and 3:45 p.m. return. $34; $29 seniors; $22 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.


Tunkhannock River Day, the annual festival with environmental activities, nature walks (at 3 and 4 p.m.), two River Floats from Mehoopany and the Howland Preserve to the festival, 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. Saturday. 570-996-1500.


Self-Defense for Women, for age 14 and older with Grand Master David Sparks of the Mountain Top Martial Arts Center. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Fairview Township. 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. 570-474-9313.


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. Saturday. 570-477-2477.


Pig Roast, all you can eat along with picnic foods, cash and basket raffles and children’s games. Sponsored by Queen of the Apostles Parish at St. Mary’s School, Hawthorne and Spring streets, Avoca. Sunday with takeouts 11 a.m. to noon and sit-down dinners noon to 4 p.m. $20, $10 children. 570-457-3412.


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. Sunday with a 12:30 p.m. departure and 3:30 p.m. return. $24; $22 seniors; $17 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.


Forty Fort Meeting House Tours of the oldest religious edifice in Northeastern Pennsylvania with its original box pews, elevated pulpit and plain woodwork reflecting the Puritan background of the settlers. 20 River St., Forty Fort. 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 28; also Sept. 1. $2, $1 children. 570-287-5214.


Denison House Tours of the 1790 historic home of Nathan Denison, one of Wyoming Valley’s first settlers. 35 Denison St., Forty Fort. 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 28. $5; $3 children. 570-288-5531.


W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of the classic sci-fi film “Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan” (1982). F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.


The Science Behind, part three of a six-part series on healthy living and green initiatives with chiropractor Kaitlyn Connors. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 1 p.m. Monday. Free. 570-654-9847.


Time Travel with Dr. Who, an evening of activities revolving around the British science-fiction series with a discussion of the newly regenerated Doctor’s upcoming season along with games, prizes, crafts and more. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. Monday. Registration: 570-821-1959.


Meet Mrs. Thomas Jefferson, a living-history presentation by Gina Aleo who plays the role of the First Lady Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson. Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Reservations: 570-287-2013.


Flower Show, the annual event with entries themed on “Whether the Weather,” based on 13 weather-related proverbs. Community Hall, Laporte Avenue, Eagles Mere. Wednesday with entries to be delivered between 10 a.m. and noon and show open to the public from 4 to 8 p.m. Entries welcome. Call 570-525-3832 for rules.


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a showing of the 1921 silent movie starring John Barrymore with accompaniment by world-renowned organist David Briggs. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $20; $15 seniors and students. 570-825-6653.


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St. Joseph’s Center Festival, with food, fun, 40 game booths, raffles, bingo, miniature golf, bounce and slide house, music and dance groups and the arrival of WNEP weatherman Joe Snedeker wrapping up his Go Joe Bike Ride. Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 4 to 10 p.m. July 25-26; 1 to 9 p.m. July 27. 570-963-1290.


St. Maria Goretti Summer Festival, with themed baskets, bingo, Kids Corner, pony rides, photo booth, water wars, ethnic and traditional foods and entertainment by Flaxy Morgan (Friday), Flash Drive (Saturday) and Cinder Brothers (Sunday). St. Maria Goretti Parish, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin. 5 to 10 p.m. July 25 to 27. 570-655-8956.


AACA Car & Bike Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional Antique Automobile Club of America. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. July 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. with awards at 9. Free.


St. Paul’s Summerfest, with a classic-car show by the Hi-Lites Motor Club, animals for adoption by the Luzerne County SPCA, the Franklin Township Fire Department’s Smoke House, a silent basket auction, picnic-style food, a blood drive, the Laps of Love Cancer Walk and children’s activities. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 474 Yalick Road, Dallas. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26. 570-675-3859. To register for the blood drive, call 866-996-5100.


Cupcake Wars, a competition for the tastiest, most creative, literature-themed cupcakes, a takeoff on the popular Food Network series. Come to view the cupcakes, then join in an eating session after the judging. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. July 26 with presentation at 11 a.m.; judging 11:30 a.m. to noon and a cupcake feast noon to 12:30 p.m. 570-654-9847.


Taste Full, the ninth annual wine-tasting and food event with 10 regional wineries, beer sampling by the Berwick Brewing Company, specialties by area restaurants and caterers, horse-drawn carriage rides, artisan market and live music by Top Shelf. Sullivan County Fairgrounds, 4430 Route 154, Forksville. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26. $15 advance; $25 at the gate. 570-482-4088.


Arts on the Square, with three stages of music and performing arts, children’s activities and plenty of artisan vendors. Courthouse Square, Scranton. Noon to 8 p.m. July 26. 570-499-3642.


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: 570-340-5204.


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.


Holy Trinity Bazaar, the 48th annual event with food, games and live music including John Stevens Doubleshot on Saturday. Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, 401 E. Main St., Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre. 4 to 10 p.m. July 26 and 27. 570-822-3234.


Car Cruise, with food and refreshments. American Legion, 1550 Henry Drive, Mountain Top. July 27 with vehicle registration at 9 a.m. and show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10 per vehicle. 570-868-5362.


Fashion Show and Luncheon, a benefit for Candy’s Place with cancer-survivor models wearing colored attire that corresponds to their cancer type. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27. The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Township. 570-714-8800.


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.


A Day at the Races, with food and three winning horses per race. Jewish Community Center Day Camp, Idetown Road, Harveys Lake. July 27 with doors at 1 p.m. and post time at 2 p.m. $5. 570-824-4646.


The Science Behind, part four of a six-part series on healthy living and green initiatives with a representative from Thrive Wellness speaking on “Holistic Wellness.” West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 1 p.m. July 28. Free. 570-654-9847.


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.


Jepotrivia, a new game challenge combining elements of Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Fairview Township. 6:30 p.m. July 29. Free. 570-474-9313.


Classic Movie Series, a screening of “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952), the musical comedy starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. July 30. $5. 570-996-1500.


Good Will Hose Company Bazaar, with food, beer, games and entertainment by Omnitial (Thursday), Breakdown Jimmy (Friday) and Iron Cowboy (Saturday). Good Will Hose Company No. 2, 451 W. Main St., Plymouth. 5 to 10 p.m. July 31 to Aug. 2. 570-779-9778.


St. Robert Bellarmine Bazaar, with food, games, flea market, prizes and entertainment by Indigo (Thursday), Flaxy Morgan (Friday) and Livewire (Saturday). St. Aloysius Church, Barney and Division streets, Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 10 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 1; 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 2. 570-823-3791.


Sacred Heart Festival, the annual picnic with Polish and American foods, games, and entertainment by John Stevens Doubleshot (Thursday and Friday) and Joe Stanky and the Cadets (Saturday). Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont. 6 to 11 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 1; 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 2. 570-654-7952.


Searching for Quality Information on the Internet, tips and tricks on navigating search engines. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. July 31. Free. 570-654-9847.


Montrose Blueberry Festival, with blueberry-themed food and gift items along with children’s games, entertainment including a Massed Band Concert (Saturday), silent auction, Civil War re-enactors camp, handmade quilt raffle, book sale, white elephant and more. Proceeds benefit the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association. Village Green and library lawn, 18 Monument Square, Montrose. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 1 and 2 with a pancake breakfast 8 to 10:30 a.m. and lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 570-278-1881.


American Legion Bazaar, with carnival games, face painting, Polish and American food and entertainment by Hat Tryk (Friday) and Flaxy Morgan (Saturday). American Legion, 259 Shoemaker St., Swoyersville. 4 to 11 p.m. Aug. 1 and 2. 570-287-9400.


St. Mary’s Summer Festival, an indoor air-conditioned event with game booths, Slovak and American food and live music. St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Parish Social Hall, 522 Madison St., Wilkes-Barre. 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 1 and 2; noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 3. 570-822-6028.


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.


Festival of Wood, the 10th annual “Goods from the Woods” event with wood crafts, wood-related children’s activities, chainsaw carvings, exhibits, live woodland wildlife, beekeeping, stilt-walkers, tree pruning, portable sawmill demonstrations, music on wooden instruments, forest hikes, mansion tours and more. Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Milford. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 2; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3. Free. 570-296-9630.


Car Show and Party in the Park, classic cars along with music, entertainment, food, crafts, auto products and flea market. North Susquehanna Avenue along the Susquehanna Warrior Trail, Shickshinny. Aug. 2 with car show noon to 3 p.m. and party noon to 5 p.m. $10 entry fee per car. Followed by a Night of Bands hosted by the Northwest Area Elementary Life Skills Class Charity from 6 to 11 p.m. $10. 570-575-2103.


Fabulous Fifty Exercise, unique, low-impact exercises for over age 50 with Grand Master David Sparks of the Mountain Top Martial Arts Center. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Fairview Township. 1 p.m. Aug. 2. Free. 570-474-9313.


Hobbie Volunteer Fire Company Carnival, with games, homemade food, crafts, garden tractor pull, horseshoe pitch, firefighters parade, barbecues, the 5K Run for Scouting and an auction. 613 W. County Road, Wapwallopen. 2 to 11 p.m. Aug. 2; noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 3 with the 5K run at 9 a.m. 570-379-3811 or 570-379-2816.


Family Fun Nite, the fourth annual event with scuba diving, carnival games, swimming, music, food, raffles and more. Kingston Borough Swimming Pool, Hamilton Street at Lathrop Street. 7 p.m. Aug. 2. $10. 570-288-4576.


Car Show and Chicken BBQ, the first annual event with prizes, music, raffles, face painting and awards. All vehicles welcome. St. Ann’s Basilica, 1250 St. Ann St., Scranton. Aug. 3 with car show 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and chicken barbecue ($10) from noon to 6 p.m. 570-342-5166.


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. 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: 570-340-5204.


The Science Behind, part five of a six-part series on healthy living and green initiatives with Sandy Seyler speaking on “Yoga and Stress Reduction.” West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 1 p.m. Aug. 4. Free. 570-654-9847.


St. John the Evangelist Bazaar, with a giant flea market, ethnic and American foods, variety booths, children’s games and music by Sweet Pepper & the Long Hots (Thursday), Hillbilly D’Lux (Friday) and Flaxy Morgan along with magician Pat Ward on Saturday. St. John the Evangelist Parish, Church and Broad streets, Pittston. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 7 to 9. 570-654-0053.


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, burn-outs, muffler rap, car films and a Saturday demolition derby. Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, 620 W. Third St. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 8 and 9; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10. $10; $20 weekend pass. 717-243-7855.


The Highlands Fling, a quilt show sponsored by the Wayne Highlands Quilt Guild with raffles, vendors, door prizes, demonstrations, exhibits and quilts for sale. Grace Episcopal Parish Hall, 827 Church St., Honesdale. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 8 and 9. 570-253-6864.


St. Jude Parish Picnic, with a $10,000 grand-prize raffle, themed baskets, Sweet House, bingo, games booths, children’s games, rummage sale and entertainment by Outta the Blue (Friday), Farmer’s Daughter (Saturday), Flashback (Sunday). St. Jude Parish, 420 S. Mountain Blvd., Wright Township. 4 to 11 p.m. Aug. 8 and 9; noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 10. 570-474-6315.


Car Cruise, with antiques, classic, street rods and race cars. McDonald’s, 452 Route 590, Hamlin. 5 p.m. Aug. 8. 570-239-1079.


St. John the Baptist Family Picnic, with a flea market, bingo, ethnic and American foods, themed baskets, crafts, children’s games and entertainment by John Stevens Doubleshot (Friday), George Tarasek (Saturday) and the Intentions (Sunday) along with the newest installment of the “Pierogie Wedding,” an original play by Father Jerry Gurka. St. John the Baptist Church, 126 Nesbitt St., Larksville. 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 8; 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 9; 3 to 10 p.m. Aug. 10. 570-779-9620.


High Mountain Craft Beer Festival, the annual event sponsored by the Hazleton Rotary Club. With music by Ostrich Hat. Best Western Genetti Inn & Suites, 1341 N. Church St., Hazleton. 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 9. Age 21 and older. $20 advance; $25 door; $5 designated driver. 570-401-5492 or hazletonrotary@ticketleap.com.


Lebanese-American Food Festival, the 13th annual event with Middle-Eastern food and pastries, picnic favorites, games, used-book sale, basket raffle, clams and beer and entertainment by DJ Mike Simon (Saturday) and The Mix (Sunday). St. Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, 130 N. St. Frances Cabrini Ave., West Scranton. 4 to 10 p.m. Aug. 9; noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 10. 570-343-6092.


Train Excursion, from Scranton to Dickson City, powered by a historic diesel locomotive. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Aug. 10 with a 12:30 p.m. departure and 3:30 p.m. return. $24; $22 seniors; $17 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.


W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of the classic film-noir detective film “The Maltese Falcon” (1941) starring Humphrey Bogart. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Aug. 10. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.


The Science Behind, the last of a six-part series on healthy living with dietitian Noelle Altavilla speaking on “Healthy Eating Tips.” West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 1 p.m. Aug. 11. Free. 570-654-9847.


Tailgate 101, a non-credit cooking class at Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 12 and 14. Includes recipes and lots of take-home samples. Registration: 570-740-0495.


Classic Movie Series, a screening of “The Palm Beach Story” (1942), the screwball comedy starring Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. Aug. 13. $5. 570-996-1500.


Pioneer Nights Heritage Festival, with live music, food, an authentic Welsh Tea and a Heritage Mass. Downtown Carbondale. 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 13 to 15; noon to 11 p.m. Aug. 16. 570-282-2882.


Plymouth Kielbasa Festival, the 11th annual street festival with music, entertainment, car show, parade, foot including plenty of kielbasa, craft vendors, contests and more. Main Street, Plymouth. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 15 and 16. info at plymouthalive.org.


Heritage Explorer Train, the annual excursion from Scranton to Carbondale’s Ethnic Heritage Festival. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Aug. 6 with a 10 a.m. departure and 4 p.m. return. $5, $4 seniors. Reservations: 570-282-4281.


Civil War Weekend, with Union and Confederate camps, civilian re-enactors, life on the homefront, portrayers of Abraham Lincoln and famous war generals of the period. Also: music of the Civil War era, crafters, cavalry demonstration and battle re-enactments and performances by the Eckley Players. Eckley Miners Village, Highland Road, off Route 940. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17. $10, $9 seniors, $6 children. 570-636-2070.


Peach Festival, with peach-inspired desserts, fresh peaches from Hellers Orchard, picnic foods, vendors, games, classic cars and music by Jesse Fink and Company. St. John’s United Church of Christ, Church Street, Wapwallopen. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 16. 570-379-2971.


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.


W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of the Agatha Christie mystery “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974) starring Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Aug. 17. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.


Fall Soups and Sauces, a non-credit cooking class at Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 20 and 21. Includes recipes and lots of take-home samples. Registration: 570-740-0495.


Pittston Tomato Festival, the 31st annual event with live bands, the Festival Parade, a 5K run, tomato fights, games, rides, bingo and plenty of Italian food and homegrown Pittston tomatoes. Main Street in downtown Pittston. 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 21-22; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 23; 10:45 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 24. Schedule at pittstontomatofestival.com.


Pig Roast and Block Party, the annual White Haven Honor Roll Society event with vendors, games, food and special events for the whole family. Along Wilkes-Barre Street in White Haven. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 23. 570-443-8216.


Hot and Stinky Garlic and Herb Festival, with local garlic farmers, crafters, live music by the Two of Us, food including a corn roast, demonstrations, Chinese auction, hot pepper and garlic eating contests. Zanolini Nursery & Country Shop, 603 Saint John’s Road, Drums. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 23; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 24. 570-788-3152.


Ethnic Food Festival, the 16th annual event with potato pancakes, halupki, pierogies, goulash, haluski, pagach and more along with themed baskets, crafts, children’s games and a bake sale. St. John the Baptist Church, 93 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 23. 570-283-0146.


Quilt Show and Tea, sponsored by the Dorcas Society. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 9 Wood St., Pittston. 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 23. $7. 570-675-1006.


Vera Bradley Bingo, along with prizes by Coach, Michael Kors and Kate Spade. Irem Shrine Country Club Pavilion, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. 1 p.m. Aug. 23. $25 for 20 games (three cards per game). 570-472-7072 or 570-706-5867.


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.


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. Aug. 24 with an 11 a.m. departure and 3:45 p.m. return. $34; $29 seniors; $22 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.


Arts at Hayfield, the summer craft festival with the Pump and Run Contest, Master Gardeners, open house at the Friedman Observatory, craft demonstrations, children’s activities, food vendors, entertainment and tours of the historic Hayfield House. Penn State Wilkes-Barre, off Old Route 115, Lehman Township. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 24. 570-675-9232.


Classic Movie Series, a screening of “Rear Window” (1954), the Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. Aug. 27. $5. 570-996-1500.


Cougar Family Carnival, with S&S Amusement Rides, baskets, raffles, games and a Saturday afternoon parade. John F. Henzes Veterans Memorial Stadium, 187 Keystone Ave., Peckville. 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 27 and 28; 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 29; 2 to 10 p.m. Aug. 30. Free admission; $10 one-time fee for the rides. 570-876-6461.


AACA Car & Bike Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional Antique Automobile Club of America. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Aug. 29 from 6 to 10 p.m. with awards at 9. Free.


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.


Railfest 2014, a celebration of railroading with visiting railroad equipment displays, special shop demonstrations, model trains, machine-shop and turntable demonstrations, Big Boy Cab tours, an excursion to Moscow and short train rides. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 30 and 31. $7. 570-340-5204.


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.


St. Mary’s Homecoming Picnic, with a petting zoo, pony rides, live music and homemade food favorites. Holy Spirit Parish Park, 110 Main St., Mocanoqua. 4 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 30; 12:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 31. 570-542-4157.


St. Martha’s Festival, with ethnic foods, a sidewalk dessert cafe, a country store, children’s games chicken and ham dinners on Sunday and entertainment by the Jeanne Zano Band (Saturday) and Al White and Friends (Sunday). Holy Spirit/St. Martha’s Parish, 260 Bonnieville Road, Fairmount Springs. 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 30; 12:30 to 11 p.m. Aug. 31. 570-542-4157.


W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of the Alfred Hitchcock classic thriller “Rear Window” (1954) starring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Aug. 31. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.


Mr. Hush Weekend of Fear, a celebration of horror, sci-fi and pop-culture genres with genre icons, films, merchandise vendors and special events. Guests include Brian O’Halloran (Dante from “Clerks”), Steve Dash (“Friday the 13th Part 2”), Stephen Geoffreys (“Fright Night”), Robert Bruce (“Comic Book Men”) and more. Woodlands Inn and Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Township. 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 5; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 6; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 7. $20; $40 weekend pass. 570-824-9831 or mrhush.net.


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.


W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of the classic detective film “The Thin Man” (1934). F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Sept. 7. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.


Car Cruise, with antiques, classic, street rods and race cars. McDonald’s, 452 Route 590, Hamlin. 5 p.m. Sept. 12. 570-239-1079.


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.


W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of the classic sci-fi film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1968). F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Sept. 14. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.


Cancer Survivors Celebration, the 22nd annual event with inspirational messages and refreshments. Open to survivors, their families and friends as well as caregivers and healthcare professionals. 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 20 at Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre; and 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 27 at McDade Park, Scranton. 800-424-6724 or cancernepa.org.


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.


W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of “The Great Gatsby” (2013) starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Sept. 21. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.


AACA Car & Bike Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional Antique Automobile Club of America. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 26 from 6 to 10 p.m. with awards at 9. Free.


W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of the 2013 documentary “20 Feet from Stardom,” about the lives of backup singers for famous performers. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Sept. 28. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.


Back Mountain Bloomers Garden Club Fall Luncheon, with guest speaker Jerry Fritz, author and garden designer from Ottsville, Pennsylvania. Irem Country Club, Dallas. 11:30 a.m. Oct. 1. $30. www.backmountainbloomers.com.


W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of the 1940 comedy “The Philadelphia Story,” starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Oct. 5. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.


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.


W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of the 1934 comedy “It Happened One Night” starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Oct. 12. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.


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.


AACA Car & Bike Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional Antique Automobile Club of America. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Oct. 31 from 6 to 10 p.m. with awards at 9. Free.


ANNOUNCEMENTS


The Costumes of Downton Abbey, a bus trip to the Winterthur Museum in Delaware to view the costume exhibit, tour the mansion and gardens of the duPont House, and lunch at Winterthur’s cafes. Sponsored by the West Pittston Library with bus leaving from the First Presbyterian Church, 115 Exeter Ave., West Pittston 8:30 a.m. Aug. 16. $50. Reservations: 570-654-9847.


Quilters Wanted, for Quilt Show and Tea, sponsored by Dorcas Society of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 9 Wood St., Pittston. 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 23. 570-674-5504.


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.


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