Weekend events on a budget

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First Posted: 4/17/2015

It seems like the warm weather is here to stay. So get outside, even if you’re headed inside, and enjoy what NEPA is offering this weekend, April 23 to 26. From game shows to horse races to a psychic fair, here are 10 things to do this weekend for $20 or less.

River Street Jazz Cafe: $15, free. Start the weekend off right at the Jazz Cafe. Tempest, a Celtic Rock band, takes stage from 8 to 10 p.m. ($15). After Tempest’s show, open mike night (free) begins around 10:30 p.m. River Street Jazz Cafe, 667 N. River Street, Plains.

Totally Lost Cause: $5. Remember this hard rock band from the ’90s? They’re back by popular demand — literally. TLC will perform at 9 p.m. April 24 at Bar on Oak, 900 Oak St., Pittston. Check out a story about them in this week’s Weekender. The group experienced a resurgence and are getting back together for at least the night.

Happy Hour Yoga: $12. Skip the bar Friday night. Reduce that stress with an hour-long yoga class then kick it to the curb with a little wine and some snacks from Fire & Ice. Class starts at 5:30 p.m. April 24 at Nearme Yoga, 700 Main St., Moosic. Namaste.

Laugh Out Lepka’s Comedy Show: $13. Laugh it up at Tequila Bar and Grill, home of Scranton’s only comedy show. This week’s event, hosted by Jeannine Luby, will feature comedians Zack Hammond and Jonathan Martin. Show starts at 8 p.m. but doors open at 7 p.m., 320 Penn Ave., Scranton. Admission includes the show and one drink.

You should know this: $10 adult, $5 students. Think you know NEPA? Check out Leadership Lackawanna’s “You Live Here You Should Know This” game show and watch local stars get tested about local history. Game starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Montage Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Road.

A night at the races: $5, $10 with a horse. Feel like doing a little gambling but don’t want to endure a crowded, smoke-filled casino? Marymount Parish and the Pittston Kiwanis have you covered. Twice. Both events start at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 25. One is held at the Marymount Parish Center, 154 S. Hancock St., Wilkes-Barre. The other at Jenkins Township Hose Company, 2 Second St., Pittston.

Box of Rain: $12, $8 online. Coal City Tavern welcomes Box of Rain, the classic six-piece band that pays tribute to the Grateful Dead’s finest years — ‘68 to ‘74. An all-star lineup comprised of some members of Dark Star Orchestra will start the music at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, at 75 Main St. Luzerne. For tickets, coalcitytavern.com.

The ninth annual Holistic and Psychic Fair: Adults $3. Get your cards read. Explore your past life. Find out what your future holds. Browse new age and holistic vendors, jewelry and gemstones, and more. Massage therapists, lecturers and demos will also be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 25, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 26, Hilton Garden, Wilkes-Barre Twp.

Susquehanna Brewing Company tour: Adults $20. Sponsored by the JLW Mountain Laurel Lions Club, the fundraiser at the brewery includes beer tasting, a tour of the brewery and food. DJ Tony K will provide entertainment. Get lucky and win a door prize or hedge your chances with a ticket for the basket raffle. All proceeds help offset the cost of community improvement projects. Event is from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 24, at 625 S. Main St., Pittston.

Sugar Bookie: $5. Need a good reason to have a piece of cake? Or a bite of pie or a cookie? Then head to the dessert competition hosted by Zebra Communications and the Osterhout Free Library. Admission entitles tasting, and judging, of all the sugary selections, the chance to browse and buy new book titles and take part in a basket raffle. All proceeds benefit the library. Sampling is from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 28 Oliver Street.