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THIS WEEK: MARCH 29 to April 4, 2013

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

Scranton StorySlam, a storytelling competition with 10 participants each sharing a true, five-minute tale inspired by the theme “West Side Stories.” Spots open for audience participants. Haggerty’s Tavern, 421 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Saturday with doors at 6:30 p.m. and event at 7:30 p.m. $5. 470-6861.

Circus on the Common, a free lunchtime preview of the Irem Shrine Circus. Millennium Circle Portal, River Common, North River Street, Wilkes-Barre. Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday. Info at riverfrontparks.org.

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

Discover Malaysia, a multimedia presentation about the history and culture of the Southeast Asian country along with food sampling. DeNaples Center, University of Scranton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 941-6312.


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 discussing hot topics. 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.

March Madness Fundraiser, with basketball-themed food stations, pen bar, basketball games on big screens throughout the ballroom and a silent auction of sports memorabilia and other items. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 6 p.m. April 6. Proceeds benefit the Catholic Youth Center. 823-6121.

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.

Pysanky Workshop, a beginner’s class on traditional wax-resist egg decorating with a Romanian pattern. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 6 to 8 p.m. April 10. Age 16 and older. $30. Reservations: 346-7186.

Nosh & Knowledge, a talk by Rabbi Larry Kaplan of Temple Israel on “How Israel Does Memorial Day and Independence Day.” Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. April 10. Free. Reservations: 824-4646.

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.

Railway Talk, with Tom Nemeth, editor and publisher of Railpace Magazine discussing “Reading 2102 Fan Trips” and other topics. Presented by the Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Railway Historical Society at the Iron Skillet Restaurant, Petro Plaza, Avoca. 7:30 p.m. April 11. Free. 822-0693.

World Affairs Luncheon Seminar, with Trudy Rubin, foreign affairs correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Sponsored by the Schemel Forum in Room 509, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. April 12. $20. Registration: 941-7816.

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.

Downton Abbey Dinner, a formal dinner party with a sumptuous Edwardian repast as enjoyed by the British aristocracy at the turn of the last century. Evening dress required. Frederick Stegmaier Mansion, 304 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 9 p.m. April 13. $63. Reservations: 406-1435.

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.

Basket Raffle Fundraiser, with more than 100 baskets, bake sale and food. St. Stanislaus Gymnasium, 38 W. Church St., Nanticoke. April 14 with doors at 10:30 a.m. and raffle drawing at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit St. Faustina’s Youth Group Activities. 735-4833.

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.

Importance of Keeping Records for Libraries and National Archives, a lecture by William J. Bosanko, chief operating officer for the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. McGowan Room, Bevevino Library, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 4:30 p.m. April 16. Free and open to the public. 674-6225.

A Downton Abbey Celebration! Enjoy British-style games, and refreshments while discussing the PBS series. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. April 16. Free. 821-1959.

Vampires @ the AFA, a screening of the vampire film “The Last Man on Earth” with Vincent Price. In conjunction with the exhibit “The Blood Is the Life” at the Everhart Museum. Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 6 to 8 p.m. April 17. Free but donations accepted. 346-7186.

Nosh & Knowledge, a talk by Alicia Nordstrom of Misericordia University on “Psychics, ESP and Clairvoyance: Exploring the Science of the Paranormal.” Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. April 17. Free. Reservations: 824-4646.

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.

Jim Thorpe Earth Day Celebration, with a Lehigh River cleanup, rock climbing, kids’ crafts, tai chi, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl, hula hooping, the Recycled Rhythm Drum Circle, butterfly workshop, environmental displays, energy workshop, Planet Earth Children’s Costume Parade, food and craft booths, and live music by the Boiled Owls, Analog Velvet, Appalachian Gypsy Tribe, the Bee’s Knees, High Strung, Eclectic Circus, Still Hand String, Free Range Folk and more. Downtown Jim Thorpe. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 20. Schedule at jimthorpeearthday.com.

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.

World Affairs Luncheon Seminar, with Laszlo Gyulai of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center speaking on “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Emotional Toll of Violence in Military and Civilian Populations.” Sponsored by the Schemel Forum in Room 509, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. April 22. $20. Registration: 941-7816.

Open House at the Family History Research Center Library where the staff will explain the available records to aid in genealogical research. 689 Main Road, Hanover Township. 4 to 8 p.m. April 23. 829-1765.

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.

Government, Law and National Security, the second annual Dr. Midori Yamanouchi Lecture by Frances Townsend, former Homeland Security Advisor for President George W. Bush. 7:30 p.m. April 23. Free by tickets required. 674-6719.

The Green Hour: Absinthe at the Everhart. From a taste of its colorful history to a taste of the green drink itself, experience the allure of this once-forbidden beverage. Age 21 and older. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 7 to 9 p.m. April 24. 346-7186.

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.

Caleb’s Annual Tricky Tray Fundraiser, with more than 90 themed baskets. Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant, 205 Route 507, Hawley. Noon to 2:30 p.m. April 28. Proceeds benefit Pennies from Heaven Caleb’s Foundation, which aids families with critically ill children. 226-4388.

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.

ESTA Awards Gala, the first-of-its-kind ceremony and dessert reception to honor Excellence in School Theater Arts. Participating schools include Abington Heights, Lakcawanna Trail, Riverside, Scranton and Valley View high schools. Ramada Inn, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit. 6:30 p.m. April 28. $10 advance; $12 at the door. 631-357-1463.

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.

Classic Car Show, the third annual event sponsored by the Luzerne County Historical Society with trophies to the top 30 vehicles and dash plaques to the first 100 entries. Also: food and DJ music. Swetland Homestead, 880 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5. 823-6244.

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.

Mother’s Day Intertribal Powwow, the eighth annual event with Native American dancing, drumming, storytelling, children’s dances, fry bread, crafts, beadwork, leatherwork, books, jewelry, blankets and food. Noxen Fire Company Grounds, Stull Road. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 11; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 12 with Grand Entry in full regalia at noon. 947-2097.

Hogs for Dogs, a motorcycle run to benefit Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge. Begins and ends at the Getaway Lounge, 1477 W. Main St., Plymouth. May 12 with registration 11 a.m. to noon and event at 12:15 p.m. Rain or shine. $20 rider; $10 passenger. Followed by live music, food and prizes. 333-5265.

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.

Using DNA in Your Genealogy Research, a talk presented by the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society at the McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. May 21. 829-1765.

Vampires @ the AFA Gallery, a screening of the vampire film “The Hunger” (R-1983) starring Catherine Denueve, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon. Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 6 to 8 p.m. May 22. Free but donations accepted. Age 18 and older. 346-7186.

Dart Tournament Fundraiser, to benefit Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge. Murphy’s Pub, 347 Slocum St., Swoyersville. May 26 with signups 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. and tournament at noon. $90 per three-person team. Followed by a buffet for participants. 333-5265.

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.

Benton Frontier Days and Championship Rodeo, the 29th annual event with bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, cowgirls barrel racing, Brahma bull riding, calf roping, Kids Mutton Bustin’ and the Bull-a-Rama plus nightly entertainment, food, crafts and camping. Benton Rodeo Grounds, Mendenhall Lane and Route 487, Benton. July 16 to 21 with most main events starting at 7:30 p.m. $12, $10. 925-6536 or bentonrodeo.com.

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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