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First Posted: 3/13/2015

THIS WEEK: March 18 to 24, 2015

Classic Movie Series, a screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975), with the British comedy troupe encountering a series of silly obstacles while searching for the Holy Grail. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Noon and 7 p.m. March 18. $5. 570-996-1500.

Schemel Forum Luncheon, a talk on “De-Coding Putin” by Jill Dougherty, Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Redington Hall of Collegiate Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. March 18. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.

Climate Change: Is It Getting Hot in Here? A talk by biology professor Anthony Serino on evidence and consequences of global warming. Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7 p.m. March 18. Held in conjunction with a weeklong series on climate change and global exploration. 570-674-6719.

Learn to Cook, preparation of a three-course meal with Chef Dale Lewis including spring shrimp vegetable roll, roasted rack of lamb and rhubarb crisp. Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgway Drive, Dallas. 6 to 8 p.m. March 19. $25; $30 with wine. Reservations: 570-675-1134, ext. 100.

Bad Movie Thursdays, a skewering of the 1975 police film “Mitchell,” courtesy of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 series. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. March 19 with cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and movie 7 to 9 p.m. $10. 570-344-1111.

Ale in the 18th Century, a talk by retired dietician Mary Babcock on the history of ale in the colonies, its impact during the Revolutionary War and present-day beers. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. March 19. Free. Registration (by March 17): 570-654-9847.

Spring Film and Discussion Series, with five films from around the world including “The First Grader,” “The Intouchables,” “Not One Less,” “My Name Is Khan” and “Wadjda.” Sponsored by Penn State Wilkes-Barre at Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Thursdays from March 19 to April 23. 570-675-9253.

Western Movie Series, a screening of “Hang ‘Em High” (1968) starring Clint Eastwood. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. March 20. Free popcorn. 570-823-0156.

Chasing Shackleton, a documentary re-creating Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1916 rescue mission across 800 miles of the Southern Ocean. 2 to 5 p.m. March 20 at Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Held in conjunction with a weeklong series on climate change and global exploration. 570-674-6719.

Laugh Out Loud, the sixth annual benefit for the Domestic Violence Service Center. With a silent auction, appetizers, dinner and dessert stations, and comedians from WiseCrackers Comedy Club. Genetti’s Hotel and Convention Center, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. March 20. $60. 570-823-6799.

Eggs, Rabbits and Trees, a Pennsylvania-German Easter workshop including egg dyeing, an Easter tree, fastnachts, Easter cards and other traditions. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 21. $15. Reservations: 570-992-6161.

One More Row, a knit-and-crochet group for all ages. Beginners welcome. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. to noon. March 21. Free with light refreshments. 570-823-0156.

Historic Walk through Spring Brook Farm, located on the far end of Hillside Farms. Included: barns that predate the Civil War, rare Devon cattle with a lineage to the Pilgrims and a historic kitchen with a beehive oven and well. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 22. $25 includes lunch. Reservations: 570-696-2881.

Basket Raffle Fundraiser, the annual event sponsored by the Youth Ministry at St. Faustina Parish Center, Noble Street, Nanticoke. March 22 with doors at 10 a.m. and drawing at 12:30 p.m. 570-735-4833.

Ham Bingo, with door prizes, cash and basket raffles and a bake sale. St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 140 Church St., Old Forge. March 22 with doors at 11 a.m. and games at 1 p.m. 570-457-8275.

Vendor Bingo, with prizes by Vera Bradley, Tastefully Simple, Coach, Thirty-One and more. St. Jude School, 422 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. March 22 with doors at 1 p.m. and games at 2 p.m. $20 advance; $25 at the door. 570-474-5803.

The Menu, demonstrations of culinary creations by chefs from local restaurants along with cooking tips. Shopland Hall, Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. March 23 with cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and event 7 to 8:30 p.m. $10. 570-344-1111.

Course of Action: Lessons from a Lifetime of Polar Exploration, the annual Dr. Midori Yamanouchi Lecture by polar explorer and environmental scientist Tim Jarvis. Lemmond Theater, Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7:30 p.m. March 23. Free but tickets required: 570-674-6719.

Drum Circle, with drums from all over the world, led by Thomas Odeerheart. Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 24. No musical ability necessary. Registration: 570-675-182.

FUTURE

Fabric-Wrapped Bangles and Wine. Learn to create colorful bangles using strips of fabric. Materials provided but feel free to bring in your own fabric. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. March 25. $15. Registration (by March 23): 570-654-9847.

International Film Series, a screening of “Shadow Magic,” a 2000 film by director Ann Hu which explores the role of modernity in traditional Chinese society. Moskovitz Theater, DeNaples Campus Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 7 p.m. March 25. Free. 570-941-6330.

A New Thought, A New You, a film about the new thought movement with inspiring true stories of personal transformation. Unity of NEPA, 140 S. Grant St., Wilkes-Barre. March 28 with a buffet-style dinner at 6 p.m. and movie at 7 p.m. $20 with dinner; $10 movie only. 570-824-7722.

Spring Night Out, with beer, wine and food. Sponsored by the Crestwood Baseball Booster Club at the Dorrance Inn, 7880 Blue Ridge Trail, Mountain Top. 6 to 8 p.m. March 28. 570-899-1042.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the latest version of the Greatest Show on Earth titled “Built to Amaze!” Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. March 26 and 27; 1 and 5 p.m. March 28; 1 p.m. March 29. 570-970-7600.

Happy Hour, a tour and beer sampling at the Susquehanna Brewing Company, 635 S. Main St., Pittston. 5 p.m. March 26. Free. Sponsored by the West Pittston Library. Registration (by March 24): 570-654-9847.

Western Movie Series, a screening of “Dodge City” (1939) starring Erroll Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. March 27. Free popcorn. 570-823-0156.

Fitness Fridays at the YMCA, a 45-minute introduction to piloxing, a mix of Pilates, boxing and dance. Sponsored by the West Pittston Library at the Pittston YMCA, 10 N. Main St. 4:15 p.m. March 27. Free. Registration (by March 24): 570-654-9847.

Spring Break for Autism, 10th annual event to benefit families served by Friendship House. With a silent auction, food stations and music. La Buona Vita, 200 Reilly St., Dunmore. 7 to 11 p.m. March 27. Info at friendshiphousepa.org.

Diabetes Prevention and Management: Understanding the Key to Control, a motivational program in which lifestyle modifications that contribute to the prevention of diabetes are explored. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. March 28. Free. 570-996-1500.

International Conference on Asian Studies: Taiwan and China in Global Context, a two-day event with presentations by Asian scholars, workshops, master classes and performances. 3 to 9 p.m. March 28 at the Loyola Science Center, University of Scranton; and 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 29 on the fifth floor of Brennan Hall, 320 Madison St., Scranton. Free but fees are required for lunches and dinners. 570-941-6206.

Friends of NRA Fundraising Banquet. Genetti Manor,1505 N. Main Ave., Dickson City. 4:30 p.m. March 28. $45, $25 youths. 570-587-2662.

A Night at the Races, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hazleton. J.J. Ferrara Performing Arts Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. March 28 with doors at 6 p.m. and event at 6:30 p.m. $8 advance; $10 at the door includes food and refreshments. Age 21 and older. 570-401-7682.

An Afternoon with Mother Jones, a program on the fiery figures in the American labor movement. Sophia Coxe House, 2207 Route 940, Drifton. 2 p.m. March 29 $10. 570-926-5427.

Classic Movie Series, a screening of “The Greatest Story Ever Told” (1965) starring Charlton Heston, John Wayne and Sidney Poitier. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Noon and 7 p.m. April 1. $5. 570-996-1500.

Know Your Diabetes Risk, a session with dietician Noelle Altavilla who offers healthy eating tips. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. April 2. Free. Registration (by March 31): 570-654-9847.

Visiting Scholar Lecture Series, a talk by Jay Nathan, Ph.D on “Mongolia: History, Culture and Transformation.” Moskovitz Theater, DeNaples Campus Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 5:30 p.m. April 8. Free. 570-941-7816.

Relay Rally, a gathering to inform participants about the upcoming Relay for Life cancer fundraiser on June 13. Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. April 8. 570-714-8800.

Chalkboard Coasters and Wine. Use chalk paint to create one-of-a-kind coasters. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. April 8. $15. Registration (by April 6): 570-654-9847.

Spring Film Festival, with 25 foreign, independent and art films. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Begins April 10 with an Opening Night Gala 5:30 p.m. April 10 with two films, beer, wine and food. Continues through April 30. 570-996-1500.

A Day of Family History, sessions on genealogy research for the novice and experienced genealogist including available collections and resources along with instructions in using Autosomal DNA to explore one’s early roots. Luzerne County Community College Conference Center, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 11. Reservations: 570-829-1765.

Kentucky Derby Gala Art Auction, with complimentary southern fare, open cocktail bar and music by bluegrass group the Mud Pond Boys. Also: door prizes, basket raffle and a Derby hat contest. St. Jude School, 422 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. April 11 with preview at 6 p.m. and auction at 7 p.m. $25; $40 per couple. 570-474-5803.

Square Dance, with music by the Roger Furman Band. Franklin Township Fire Company, 329 Orange Road, Dallas. April 11 with doors and kitchen open at 6 p.m. and dancing 7 to 10 p.m. $6, $3 children. 570-333-5912.

The Taming of the Brew, the 14th annual microbrew and food festival to benefit the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. Caldwell Consistory, 150 Market St., Bloomsburg. 7 p.m. April 11. $60; $30 designated drivers. Reservations: 570-784-8181.

Lunch and Learn, simple ways to live a more sustainable life and save money with presenter Barb Lawson, the greenhouse and garden center manager of The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. Noon to 2 p.m. April 12. $20. Registration at eventbrite.com.

Titanic Tea, a high English tea with finger sandwiches, scones with cream and jam and teas along with a program on the ill-fated ship Titanic. Sophia Coxe House, 2207 Route 940, Drifton. April 12 with servings at 1 and 4 p.m. $15. Reservations: 570-926-5427.

Women and Work, the annual Women’s and Gender Studies Conference sponsored by King’s College and Wilkes University, offering presentations of research projects, panel discussions, performance art and a keynote address by Dr. Shelley Burtt, executive director of the Camphill Foundation speaking on “The Politics of Caregiving in America: The Challenge of Camphill’s Model of Inclusive Care.” King’s College Campus, Wilkes-Barre. April 14 and 15 with keynote address in Burke Auditorium 7 p.m. April 13. Open to the public. 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, an “Earth Month” documentary about the Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment. Loyola Science Center, University of Scranton. 7 p.m. April 14. Free. 570-941-6194.

Global Landscapes Conference, a gathering of scholars, educators, students and community members who are interested in examining issues facing humanity and finding sustainable solutions in a changing environment. King’s College Campus, Wilkes-Barre. April 16 and 17. Information: 570-208-5900, ext. 5787.

Bad Movie Thursdays, a skewering of the 1990 fantasy horror film “Soultaker,” courtesy of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 series. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. April 16 with cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and movie 7 to 9 p.m. $10. 570-344-1111.

Cheers for Beer, a discussion of making craft beer in an approachable manner for both beer geeks and novice drinkers by beer writer and home brewer Derek Warren. Age 21 and older. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. April 16. 570-654-9847.

Schemel Forum Luncheon, a talk on “A Brief History of the Jews: From Abraham to Scranton” by UCLA professor David Myers. Redington Hall of Collegiate Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. April 17. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.

Fundraising Banquet and Silent Auction, the sixth annual event to raise money for CareNet of Scranton. Genetti Manor, 1505 Main Ave., Dickson City. April 17 with auction at 5:30 p.m. and dinner seating at 6:15 p.m. $25, $12 children. Reservations: 570-207-1907.

Relay for Life, the overnight fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society. Participants may walk as an individual or as a team. Anderson Sports and Health Center, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Begins 7 p.m. April 17 and concludes 7 a.m. April 18. $10, $15 day of event. Register at relayforlife.org/pamisericordia.

Steamtown National Historic Site will waive its entrance fee in honor of the National Park Week Celebration. 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 18 and 19. 570-340-5200.

Designer Purse Bingo, with a basket raffle, 50/50, instant bingo, food, drinks and a bake sale. Gate of Heaven Parish, 40 Machell Ave., Dallas. April 18 with doors at 11 a.m. and games at noon. $20 includes 25 games. 570-675-2121.

Spring Gala and Auction, the 13th annual fundraiser for the Family Service Association with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing to the music of Groove Train. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Hotel, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 6 p.m. April 18. 570-823-5144.

The Menu, demonstrations of culinary creations by chefs from local restaurants along with cooking tips. Shopland Hall, Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. April 20 with cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and event 7 to 8:30 p.m. $10. 570-344-1111.

Earth Day Fair, with interactive games, presentations, environmental information and tips on sustainable practices. DeNaples Campus Center Patio, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 11 a.m. April 21. 570-941-7520.

Love Literacy for Life, a fundraiser for the Mill Memorial Library in Nanticoke with music, hors d’oeuvres, snacks, beer samples, wine, games, prizes and gift baskets. Susquehanna Brewing Company, 635 S. Main St., Pittston. 6 to 8 p.m. April 25. $25. 570-735-3030.

Victorian Morals and Manners, a program about the codes that ruled all aspects of Victorian life. Sophia Coxe House, 2207 Route 940, Drifton. 2 p.m. April 26. $10. 570-926-5427.

An Evening of Fine Food and Wine, samplings of food-and-wine pairings offered by area restaurants. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 5:30 p.m. April 26. Reservations: 570-344-1111.

Schemel Forum Luncheon, a talk on “Soft Power for Hard Times” by William Kiehl of PD Worldwide International, who touches on national security and public diplomacy. Rose Room, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. April 29. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.

Carbon County Home, Business & Outdoor Expo, with the latest in products, services and activities along with industry experts, fun activities, raffle prizes and more. Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall, 103 E. Tenth St. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 2 and 3. Free. 610-379-1099.

Born to Be Shorn, observing the shearing of Dorset and Jacob sheep while learning about wool’s numerous and sustainable uses. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. Noon to 3 p.m. May 2. Free. 570-696-2881.

Mother’s Day Tea, a high Victorian tea with soup, tea sandwiches and dessert. Sophia Coxe House, 2207 Route 940, Drifton. 4 p.m. May 10. $15. Reservations: 570-926-5427.

Tea with Queen Victoria and her court, who discuss their lives during a high Victorian tea with soup, tea sandwiches and dessert. Sophia Coxe House, 2207 Route 940, Drifton. 2 p.m. May 16. $15. Reservations: 570-926-5427.

Wine and Dine Festival, with tastings of the finest local wines from the Back Mountain and Endless Mountains areas along with food, craftspersons, vendors and live music. Luzerne County Fairgrounds, 1010 Route 118, Dallas. Noon to 6 p.m. June 27. $15 advance; $25 day of event. Info at dallasrotarywineanddine.com.

Grass-to-Glass Walk, an afternoon tour providing an upclose look at the dairy herd, the milk-making process and the importance of sustainability. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 28. Age 12 and older. $20 includes lunch. Reservations: 570-696-2881.

Steamtown National Historic Site will waive its entrance fee in honor of the National Park Service’s 99th Birthday. 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25. 570-340-5200.

Tenth-Birthday Bonfire, with music, farm-fresh foods and a huge bonfire. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. Sept. 19. 570-696-2881.

Steamtown National Historic Site will waive its entrance fee in honor of National Public Lands Day. 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26. 570-340-5200.

Hillside Farms Fall Festival, with music, children’s games, educational presentations, tractor-wagon rides, craft booths and farm-fresh foods. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. Noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 4. $10 per carload. 570-696-2881

Steamtown National Historic Site will waive its entrance fee in honor of Veterns Day. 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11. 570-340-5200.