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THIS WEEK: MARCH 22 to 28, 2013

Columbia County Bicentennial, the kickoff of the county’s 200th birthday with proclamations, dignitaries and re-enactments by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. Columbia County Courthouse and Caldwell Consistory, Market Square, Bloomsburg. Today at noon. Events continue Saturday 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.

Mountain Spring Wellness Festival, a day of yoga, meditation, relaxation, chair massages, reiki, a drum circle, yoga dance and more followed by an evening concert by New Age musicians Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai and pianist Peter Kater. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Noon to 5 p.m. today. $20 festival; $20 concert. 325-0249.

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. Saturday. 824-8756 or bbbsnepa.org.

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

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

Helping Women with Cancer, a benefit held in memory of Karen Lavan Bokelman. With food, beer, cash bar, 50/50 and basket raffles, silent auction and music by the Killer Bees. Rodano’s, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. $15 advance; $20 at the door. 696-1717.

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

Blue Chip 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. Sunday. $10. Supplies for the animal refuge welcome. 313-6574.

Meteorites! A presentation of space rocks sponsored by the Mineralogical Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Small samples of a classic Argentina meteorite will be dispensed while supplies last. Moosic Presbyterian Church basement, 625 Main St., Moosic. 2 p.m. Sunday. 287-3602.

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. Monday and Tuesday with keynote address 7 p.m. Monday. Free. Registration: 208-5900, ext. 5771.

Yoga Dance Party, beginning with an all-level yoga class set to the music of DJ Conor McGuigan, followed by a dance with music, food and cocktails. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. Tuesday with class at 7 p.m. and dance at 8:15 p.m. $10; $5 dance only. 344-1111.

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. Wednesday. Free but donations accepted. 346-7186.


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

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

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

The View with a Scranton Attitude, a twist on the popular daytime talk show with local personalities making up the panel. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. April 5 with cocktails at 6 p.m. and event at 7 p.m. $6. 344-1111.

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

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

New England Contra Dance, with music by Ryck Kaiser and Friends and calling by Ted Crane. Church of Christ Uniting, 776 Market St., Kingston. 7 p.m. April 6. $9. 333-4007.

Candy’s Place Baskets, Bags and Beads Bingo, hosted by Vision Imaging of Kingston, with raffles, bake sale and prizes. April 7 with doors at noon and games at 1 p.m. Gallery at Pierce Plaza, 517 Pierce St., Kingston. $20. 718-0618.

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.

The Delicate Tastes of Spring, learning about the transitions in the diets of early settlers from winter to spring. Also: a demonstration of egg crafts, hands-on activities and food tastings. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. April 13 with sessions at noon and 2 p.m. $5. Reservations: 992-6161.

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.

Designer Bingo, with prizes by Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Lia Sophia, Scentsy, Avon, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Longaberger and more along with food and desserts. Sponsored by the Jonathan Grula Memorial Foundation at St. Andrew’s Church, 316 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre. 1 p.m. April 14. $20 includes 20 games. 829-0971.

Crafters Night Out, a gathering of knitters, scrapbookers, painters, jewelry makers or anyone working on a project from beginner to advanced. Orange United Methodist Church, 2293 W. Eighth St., Dallas. 7 to 9 p.m. April 17. 855-9693.

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

Finding Our Ancestors at Home and Abroad, a conference with speakers, representatives from national and state archives, traditional and online immigration resources, with small groupings more specific to country of origin. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 20. Registration (by April 11) 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.

Fashion Show, sponsored by the Wyoming Valley Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. With refreshments, shopping, networking and discount coupons. Clarion Hotel, 300 Meadow Ave., Scranton. 5:30 p.m. April 23. 951-9608.

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

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

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

The View with a Scranton Attitude: Let’s Hear It from the Boys! A local version of the syndicated talk show with area personalities discussing current topics. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 7 to 9 p.m. April 26. $6. 344-1111.

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.

An Evening of Fine Food and Wine, sample food-and-wine pairings from area restaurants while exploring the rooms of the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 28. Reservations: 344-1111.

The Supreme Court: What’s Happening Now and What the Future Holds, the annual Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities by Noah Feldman, author and Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard University. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West River Street at South River Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. April 28. Free. 800-945-5378, ext. 4306.

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

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

West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival, with a parade, more than 55 vendors, entertainment, food, Chinese auction and children’s activities. Along the Susquehanna River in West Pittston. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 4; noon to 5 p.m. May 5. 239-5260.

Treasures of the Earth, the 10th annual show and sale sponsored by the Mineralogical Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania. With fossils, crystals, jewelry, gems, free children’s activities, door prizes, exhibits and demonstrations. Oblates of St. Joseph, 1880 Route 315, Pittston. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 5. $3. 800-473-3602.

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

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

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

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

Crafters Night Out, a gathering of knitters, scrapbookers, painters, jewelry makers or anyone working on a project from beginner to advanced. Orange United Methodist Church, 2293 W. Eighth St., Dallas. 7 to 9 p.m. May 15. 855-9693.

Scranton Celtic Festival, the second annual event with music, traditional dance, whiskey tasting, authentic Celtic cuisine, vendors of imported Celtic wares and more. Performers include Kilmaine Saints, Blaggards and Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfetones. Sno Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. Noon to 8 p.m. May 18; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 19. 969-7669.

Summer Garden Party, the 6th annual event with garden tours and lore, sampling of vegetables and herbs, sessions on garden soil and container gardens, children’s activities and crafts. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 15. 992-6161.

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

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

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

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


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

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