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First Posted: 4/1/2015

THIS WEEK: April 8 to 14, 2015

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.

Violence, Guns and Ethics of Mental Health Care, a lecture by bioethicist Arthur Caplan on seeking ways to prevent gun violence, determining risk profiles and efforts to reduce suicides, domestic abuse and homicides by guns. Evans Hall, Keystone College, La Plume. 7 to 9 p.m. April 8. Free. 570-945-5141.

Bells Across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox, a program of remembrance with a reading of the names of heroic local Civil War soldiers along with ringing of the bells. Hanover Green Cemetery, 689 Main Road, Hanover Township. 3 p.m. April 9. 570-829-1765.

Civil War Roundtable, a talk on “After Appomattox” by presenter John Hoptak. Daddow-Isaacs American Legion, 730 Memorial Highway, Dallas. 7 p.m. April 9. $3. 570-675-8936.

Movies at the Library, a showing of “Foul Play” (1978), starring Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. April 10. Light refreshments. 570-823-0156.

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 at 5:30 p.m. offering screenings of “Wild Tales” and “Still Alice” along with beer, wine and food catered by area restaurants. Continues through April 30. For schedule of movies: 570-996-1500 or dietrichtheater.com.

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. Also: living history by reenactors Company A of the 143rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment Drill. Luzerne County Community College Conference Center, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 11. $40 includes luncheon. Reservations: 570-829-1765.

Introduction to Zen Meditation, guided Zen Buddhist training for the beginner including zazen instruction, stretches, outdoor walking, chanting, Dharma talk and tea with discussion. Endless Mountain Zendo, 104 Hollow Road, Stillwater. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 11. $40. 570-925-5077.

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.

Kentucky Derby Gala Art Auction, with framed artwork by the Marlin Gallery along with stained-glass creations by students and other items. Also: southern-style food, open cocktail bar, bluegrass band the Mud Pond Boys, basket raffle and a Derby Hat Contest. St. Jude School, 422 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. April 11 with preview of art at 6 p.m. and auction at 7:30 p.m. $25; $40 per couple. 570-474-5803.

50/50 Bingo, with food and beverages available. Noxen School and Community Center, School Street. 6 to 9 p.m. April 11. Proceeds benefit the Noxen-Monroe Sportsmen’s Club. 570-298-2052.

Flashback to the Future, a fundraiser sponsored by Team Positive Prescription with food by LaFratte’s Catering, refreshments and music by Six Drink Minimum. Gymnasium of the former Seton Catholic High School, 37 William St., Pittston. 7 to 10 p.m. April 11. $20 advance; $25 at the door. Proceeds benefit the toy and book closet at the Care and Concern Clinic in Pittston. 570-578-2498.

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.

Bingo, with special games, basket and 50/50 raffles, food and baked goods. Sponsored by the Field Hockey Parrents Association at Wyoming Area Secondary Center, 20 Memorial St., Exeter. April 12 with doors at noon and games at 1 p.m. $20. 570-693-0698.

Designer Bag Bingo, with purses by M.K., Vera Bradley, Coach and others. Warrior Run Fire Company, 316 Academy St. April 12 with doors at noon. $20. 570-808-8831.

Titanic Tea, a high English tea with finger sandwiches and scones with cream and jam along with a living history 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.

Social Justice Forum, a talk on “The Net Neutrality Debate: What It Means for the Future of the U.S. Economy Lobbying and the DC Political World” by Internet policy expert Marvin Ammori. Moskovitz Theater, DeNaples Campus Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 7 p.m. April 13. Free. 570-941-6793.

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 by Shelley Burtt, executive director of the Camphill Foundation. Open to the public. 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.

Meet the Land Trusts and Their Lands Around Us, with representatives from the Nature Conservancy, Natural Lands Trust, North Branch Land Trust, Wildlands Conservancy and the Pocono Heritage Land Trust who share maps and photos of protected areas available for birding and hiking. Thornhurst Township Building, 356 Old River Road. 7 p.m. April 13. Free. 570-472-3274.

World War I: A Cold War Perspective, the eighth annual East German Film Festival with four films made between 1949 and 1968 that focus on wartime experiences. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. Included: “Farewell” (1968) on April 13; “Girls in Gingham” (1949) on April 15; “The D Lackey” (1951) on April 16 and “The Sailors’ Song (1965) on April 17, all at 7:30 p.m. Free. 570-941-7430.

Volunteer Fair. Meet with non-profit organizations who will provide information and recruit new volunteers. Campus Center, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14. 570-740-0429.

Back Mountain Business Expo, with representatives from Wyoming Valley businesses explaining products and services. Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 3 to 7 p.m. April 14. Free. 570-417-1212.

Education for Justice, a discussion by John Donaghy who talks about his missionary work in Honduras. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. 6 p.m. April 14. Free. 570-941-4392.

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.

Introduction to Zen Meditation. Mercy Center on the campus of Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7:30 to 9 p.m. April 14. Donation. Registration: 570-675-1872.

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National Library Week Talk, by Sarah Jane “Salty” Sands Ferguson, an original member of the Rockford Peaches women’s professional baseball team who appeared in the movie “A League of Their Own.” With ballpark-style refreshments and free baseball cards. McGowan Room, Bevevino Library, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Noon on April 15. Free. Reservations: 570-674-6225.

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 1975 police movie “Mitchell,” 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.

Social Justice Lecture, a talk on “Investing for the Poor vs. Investing in the Poor: A Heart or Mind for the Poor” with social justice activist Andreas Widmer of Catholic University. Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. April 16. Free. Held in conjunction with the Global Landscapes Conference. 570-208-5900.

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.

Movies at the Library, a showing of “The Librarian: Quest for the Spear” (2004), starring Noah Wyle. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. April 17. Light refreshments. 570-823-0156.

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.

Luzerne County Historical Society Dinner, the 157th annual event with a presentation on the society’s newest publication “Lincoln: Luzerne County Friends and Foes” by Dr. William V. Lewis. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. April 17 with a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner. $75; $65 members. Reservations: 570-823-6244.

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.

Scranton Limited. The short train rides return for the 2015 season with 30-minute rides through the rail yards to the University of Scranton Thursdays through Saturdays and 45-minute rides to the Nay Aug Gorge on Sundays. Beginning April 18-19 at Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. Trains leave at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. $5. 570-340-5204.

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 April 18. Free. 570-823-0156.

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 Grand Civil War Ball. Travel back to the mid-19th century with vintage dances and live music by Civil War-Era band Spare Parts. The Century Club, 612 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. April 18 with doors at 7 p.m. and dance at 8 p.m. Period outfits and dress blues admired but not required. $35. Preceded by a Vintage Dance Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. $10. 570-344-3841.

Ragtime Brunch, an elegant meal in the grand lobby of the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western train station with live music by vintage-music band Spare Parts. Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19. $35. Held in conjunction with Scranton’s Civil War Weekend. Reservations: 570-558-3929.

Senior Help, all about reverse mortgages including eligibility requirements and payment options. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. April 20. Free. 570-823-0156.

The Menu, demonstrations of culinary creations along with cooking tips by Chef Gary Edwards of Fire and Ice on Toby Creek in Shavertown. 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. Free. 570-941-7520.

Henry George Lecture, a talk on “Why Didn’t Economists Predict the Financial Crisis? Can They Predict the Next One?” by Anthony O’Brien, professor of economics at Lehigh University. DeNaples Campus Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 4 p.m. April 21. Free. 570-941-5934.

International Film Series, a screening of “East West,” (1999) about a Russian couple trying to escape to France. DeNaples Campus Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 7 p.m. April 21. Free. 570-941-6330.

Earth Day Evening of Environmental Science, interactive science experiments, displays and astronomy observations. Loyola Science Center, University of Scranton. 7 p.m. April 22. Free. 570-941-7520.

Health and Wellness Fair, with 35 health-related companies offering information, samples and free services including blood-pressure screenings, glaucoma and hearing tests. Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 4 E. Center Hill Road, Dallas. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23. Free. 570-675-8600.

Destination Eats @ the Everhart, a dinner highlighting dishes of Italy prepared by Chef Larry Nicolais of Constantino’s Catering. Included: Prosciutto wrapped in melon, sausage-stuffed mushrooms, gnocchi with vodka sauce, shrimp scampi over risotto, asparagus and tiramisu parfait. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 6 to 8 p.m. April 23. $75. Reservations: 570-346-7186, ext. 516.

Movies at the Library, a showing of “The Music Man” (1962), starring Robert Preston and Shirley Jones. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. April 24. Light refreshments. 570-823-0156.

Fitness Fridays with the YMCA, a 45-minute class with cardio training that alternates short, high intensity intervals with longer recovery time. Sponsored by the West Pittston Library at the Greater Pittston YMCA, 10 N. Main St., Pittston. 4:15 p.m. April 24. Registration (by April 21): 570-654-9847.

Hawley Earth Fest, with a Species Parade, Environmental Expo, mask-making, musical performances and more. April 25 beginning with the parade at 9:30 a.m. and continuing with activities in Bingham Park, the Hawley Library, the Ritz Theater, the Hawley Silk Mill and other venues in the village of Hawley. Details at hawleyearthfest.com.

Renaissance Jamboree, the 37th annual street festival with 250 craft vendors, food booths, games, kiddie rides, free entertainment and more. Main Street from West to Iron streets, downtown Bloomsburg. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 25. 570-784-2522.

Train Excursion, a kickoff train ride in honor of the Scranton Sesquicentennial Celebration bringing riders to Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton. April 25 departing from the Jessup station at 11 a.m., Olyphant at 11:30 a.m. and Dickson City at 11:50 a.m. with the return trip at 3 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

High Tea at Hayfield, with finger sandwiches and desserts, basket and gift raffles and entertainment by the Lake-Lehman Theater Troupe performing songs from “Beauty and the Beast.” Sponsored by the Lake-Lehman Foundation at the Hayfield House Ballroom, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, 1269 Old Route 115, Lehman Township. 1 to 3:30 p.m. April 25. $15. Reservations: 570-592-5763.

Holi: The Indian Festival of Color, the annual spring celebration with Indian food, a talk on the festival’s history and throwing of washable powdered colors on white-t-shirt clad students. Dionne Green, University of Scranton Campus. 4 p.m. April 25. Free. 570-941-5904.

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.

Night at the Races, to benefit the Pittston Kiwanis and Pittston Library youth programs. Jenkins Township Hose Company, 2 Second St., Pittston. 7 p.m. April 25. $5 admission; $10 per horse. 570-814-7157.

Variety Bingo, with door prizes, Chinese auction, lunch and refreshments. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes St., Swoyersville. April 26 with doors at 1 p.m. and games at 2 p.m. $5. 570-287-6624.

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, the 15th annual fundraiser with samplings of food-and-wine pairings offered by area restaurants. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 26. $100. 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.

Meet General George G. Mead, a talk on the Civil War general who played a critical role by defeating the Confederate Army at Gettysburg. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. 6 p.m. April 29. Registration: 570-474-9313.

The Air We Share, an Earth Day Sustainability Symposium with presentations and a panel discussion. DeNaples Campus Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 7:30 p.m. April 29. Free. 570-941-6289.

Diabetes and Nutrition, tips on healthy eating, meal planning and physical activity with registered dietician Noelle Altavilla. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. April 30. Free. Registration (by April 28): 570-654-9847.

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.

Celebration of the Bluebells, the 10th annual event in honor of the on-site blooming Virginia bluebells. Included: a talk by author Marta McDowell on Beatrix Potter’s gardens and botanical illustrations, a native wildflower display, guided walks to the Native Plant Garden, finger foods and more. Endless Mountains Nature Center, 1309 Vosburg Road, Tunkhannock. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 3. $25. 570-836-3835.

North Branch Land Trust Dinner, the 16th annual event with music, cocktail hour, silent and live auctions and award presentation. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 5:30 p.m. May 6. Reservations: 570-696-5545.

Train Excursion, from Scranton to Carbondale in celebration of National Train Day. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. May 9 with departure at 10 a.m. and return at 4 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. 570-340-5204.

Open House, with research opportunities, food and drinks. Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Hanover Green Cemetery, 689 Main Road, Hanover Township. Noon to 4 p.m. May 9. 570-829-1765.

Mother’s Day Excursion, a Ballroom Brunch served in the historic railroad station at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, followed by a train ride from Scranton to Moscow. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. May 10 with brunch at 11 a.m. and excursion at 1:30 p.m., returning at 3:30 p.m. $49.95, $29.95 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

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.

International Film Series, a screening of “The Visitor,” (2007) about a lonely college professor who strikes up a friendship with two illegal immigrants. DeNaples Campus Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 7 p.m. May 12. Free. 570-941-6330.

A Simpler Thyme, tours of a historic 1781 house with displays of textile and fine arts, period clothing, genealogy records and maps highlighting the history of Laceyville, the Susquehanna and the North Branch Canal. The Oldest House, 297 Main St., Laceyville. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 15 and 16; 1 to 5 p.m. May 17. 570-869-1679.

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.

Montrose Chocolate and Wine Festival, the 8th annual event with regional wineries, vendors, music, arts and crafts, wine-making demonstrations, food and chocolate samples, a dessert contest and more. Chestnut Street, Montrose. 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 16. 570-278-1230.

Train Excursion, from Scranton to Jessup on the former D&H mainline through the Lackawanna Valley. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. May 23 departing at noon and returning at 4:30 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

Destination Eats @ the Everhart, a dinner highlighting dishes of France prepared by Chef Colarusso. Included: fig-and-olive tapenade on baguettes, warm endive-and-pine-nut salad, chicken dijon in tarragon cream sauce, roasted asparagus and chai latte creme brulee. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 6 to 8 p.m. May 28. $75. Reservations: 570-346-7186, ext. 516.

Endless Mountains Farm Fest, the annual event that promotes local agriculture and traditional living through local foods, artisan goods, livestock displays and educational opportunities. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 30. 570-677-9068.

Train Excursions, from Scranton to Moscow. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. May 30, June 13, July 12, 19 and 25; Aug. 1, 9, 15, 30; Sept. 5, 6; Oct. 4, 12, 17, 25 departing at 12:30 p.m. and returning at 3 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

Train Excursion, from Scranton to East Stroudsburg. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. June 6 departing at 11 a.m. and returning at 3:45 p.m. $54, $49 seniors, $32 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

Veterans Ride, the fifth annual motorcycle event to benefit Hunts for Healing, an organization that helps wounded soldiers. American Legion, 575 Route 239, Shickshinny. June 13 with registration 8 to 10 a.m. and event at 10:30 a.m. Followed by food and drink. 570-256-3073.

Lavender Love Days, with live and dried lavender, and lavender-infused desserts, teas and lemonade. Make an aroma garden or mix up a lavender skin scrub. Creekside Gardens, 4 Village Lane, Tunkhannock. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 13 and 14. 570-836-3595.

Susquehanna Celebration, tours of the 1781 historic home with three floors of Laceyville history along with displays of quilts, period clothing and tools. Oldest House, 297 Main St., Laceyville. 1 to 5 p.m. June 19 to 21. 570-869-1679.

Train Excursion, from Scranton to Gouldsboro. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. June 20 departing at 11 a.m. and returning at 3 p.m. $34, $29 seniors, $22 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

Strawberry Festival, with strawberry-themed foods and gift items, craft vendors, children’s activities and more. Parking lot at 809 Hunter Highway (Route 29), Tunkhannock. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 26 and 27. 570-362-2005.

Train Excursion, from Scranton to the Delaware Water Gap. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. June 27 departing at 9 a.m. and returning at 5 p.m. $54, $49 seniors, $32 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

Back Mountain Garden Tour of several unique gardens with diverse flower beds, water features, gazebos, outdoor kitchens and statuary along with presentations on gardening, nature, and landscaping. Proceeds benefit the Anthracite Scenic Trails Association. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27. $25. Tickets available at the Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas. 570-718-6507.

Founders Day, the 33rd annual street festival with artisan booths, street musicians, food specialties, demonstrations and entertainment. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27. 570-687-1584.

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.

Train Excursion, from Scranton to East Stroudsburg. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. July 4 departing at 11 a.m. and returning at 3:45 p.m. $54, $49 seniors, $32 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

Train Excursion, from Scranton to Cresco. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. July 5 departing at 10:30 a.m. and returning at 4 p.m. $34, $29 seniors, $22 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

Train Excursion, from Scranton to Olyphant on the former D&H mainline through the Lackawanna Valley. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. July 11 departing at 11 a.m. and returning at 4 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

Lavender Festival, with lavender ice cream, drinks and pastries, dried lavender and other lavender-infused products along with vendors and music. Self-Discovery Wellness Arts Center, 200 Lake Ave., Montrose. Noon to 4 p.m. July 11. 570-278-9256.

Summer Sunshine Festival, with children’s activities, crafts, local artists and musicians. Creekside Gardens, 4 Village Lane, Tunkhannock. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 18 and 19. 570-836-3595.

Train Excursion, from Scranton to Gouldsboro. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. July 18 departing at 11 a.m. and returning at 3 p.m. $34, $29 seniors, $22 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

Train Excursion, from Scranton to Cresco. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. July 26 departing at 10:30 a.m. and returning at 4 p.m. $34, $29 seniors, $22 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

Train Excursion, from Scranton to Tobyhanna. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. Aug. 2 departing at 11 a.m. and returning at 3 p.m. $34, $29 seniors, $22 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

Montrose Blueberry Festival, with blueberry-themed food and gift items along with children’s games, live music, silent auction, book sale, white elephant and more. Proceeds benefit the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association. Village Green and library lawn, 18 Monument Square, Montrose. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 7 and 8 with a pancake breakfast 8 to 10:30 a.m. and lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 570-278-1881.

Train Excursion, from Scranton to Dickson City on the former D&H mainline through the Lackawanna Valley. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. Aug. 8 departing at 11 a.m. and returning at 3 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

Train Excursion, from Scranton to Jessup on the former D&H mainline through the Lackawanna Valley. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. Aug. 16 departing at 11 a.m. and returning at 3 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

Train Excursion, from Scranton to Cresco. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. Aug. 23 departing at 10:30 a.m. and returning at 4 p.m. $34, $29 seniors, $22 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

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.

Train Excursion, from Scranton to Tobyhanna. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. Aug. 29 departing at 11 a.m. and returning at 3 p.m. $34, $29 seniors, $22 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

Nicholson Viaduct Centennial, three days of celebration throughout downtown Nicholson to honor the 100th birthday of the architectural marvel. Included: a parade, entertainment, food, history programs, walking tours and the annual Bridge Day festival with crafts, vendors and food booths. Sept. 11 to 13. Info and schedule at nicholsonheritage.org

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.

Train Excursion, from Scranton to Gouldsboro. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. Oct. 3 departing at 11 a.m. and returning at 3 p.m. $34, $29 seniors, $22 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

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.

Train Excursion, from Scranton to East Stroudsburg. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. Oct. 10 departing at 11 a.m. and returning at 3:45 p.m. $54, $49 seniors, $32 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

Train Excursion, from Scranton to Tobyhanna. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. Oct. 11 departing at 11 a.m. and returning at 3 p.m. $34, $29 seniors, $22 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

Train Excursion, from Scranton to the Delaware Water Gap. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. Oct. 18 departing at 9 a.m. and returning at 5 p.m. $54, $49 seniors, $32 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

Train Excursion, from Scranton to East Stroudsburg. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. Oct. 24 departing at 11 a.m. and returning at 3:45 p.m. $54, $49 seniors, $32 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

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.