Weekend events on a budget

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First Posted: 4/29/2015

The weekend is almost here. The weather looks like it’ll be cooperating. It’s time to plan your days. Here are 10 things to do around Northeastern Pennsylvania, from May 6 to May 10, that won’t break the bank. Don’t forget about Mother’s Day on Sunday — if you haven’t put a card in the mail, you better get on that.

NEPA Metal Meltdown: $8 (advance) $10. Headbangers unite at the second annual Metal Meltdown. Beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8, heavy metal bands from NEPA, Philadelphia, New York and Connecticut will take stage at Diane’s Deli, 206 S. Main Street in Pittston for the two-day throw down. Two-day passes are $15. For more information, visit www.nepametal.com

Vinny vs. Lymphoma: $10. A wrestling fundraiser to benefit Vinny Reyrat, a pro wrestler battling lymphoma. Wrestlers including BoStorm, The Impeccables, The Falcon Corp and #YoungHustle will be ready for the ring. Bouts begin at 7 p.m. May 9 at the Moosic Youth Center, 606 Main St., Moosic. For more info, visit bit.ly/gswvinny.

Second Friday Artwalk: Free!If you missed a First Friday Art Walk, you’ll get a second chance to see local artists, musicians and even acrobats in Pittston. Relax and enjoy from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 8 on Main Street in Pittston.

RailRiders: $5. They’re home all weekend beginning with a 10:35 a.m. game on Wednesday. Don’t worry if you’re still feeling those margaritas from Cinco de Mayo, the AAA team plays at 6:35 p.m., May 7; 7:05 p.m. May 8; 4:05 p.m. May 9 and at 1:05 p.m. May 10. Tickets range from $5 to $15. Games are played at PNC Field, 235 Montage Mountain Road.

Battle of the Bands: Free! It’s the first round of the semi-finals. Winners from each week and a wild-card will take stage starting at 8 p.m. May 7 at Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Highway 315, Plains.

Bike Ride Tours: Free! Are you and Mom the active type? Take her for an eight to 10 mile bike ride on the Lehigh Gorge Trail, sponsored by the Wilkes-Barre YMCA. The ride starts at 1 p.m. May 10 and riders should meet at the White Haven south trail head. Helmets are required for the ride. Free bike rentals are available. For more information or to register, visit www.kazpassport.org.

Mill Market: Free! Will you be in the Poconos on Saturday, May 9? If you are, make sure you stop by between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for some free samples of locally grown and made products. Mill Market is located at 8 Silk Mill Drive, Hawley.

Cast for Cash: Free! Bring out your inner angler during a fishing contest on Lake Wallenpaupack. The goal is to hook one of 80 tagged fish for a chance to win prizes valued from $100 to $5,000. Registration is required to participate. Those who register but don’t fish are entered for prizes awarded throughout the summer. The event is ongoing through September. To register, visit https://castforcash.perfectprize.com/

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. May 8 at Nearme Yoga, 700 Main St., Moosic. Namaste.

Mother’s Day: Priceless! If you’re able to, spend some time with the mom in your life. Make some memories, have some laughs and don’t forget to give that mom a big hug and kiss.