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First Posted: 1/29/2015

THIS WEEK: Feb. 4 to 10, 2015

Classic Movie Series, a screening of “Pretty Woman” (1990) starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Noon and 7 p.m. Feb. 4. $5. 570-996-1500.

Bringing Good Beer and Good People Together, a talk on brewing craft beers by Bil Corcoran, blogger of mybeerbuzz.com. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6 p.m. Feb. 4. Free. Registration: 570-654-9847.

A Pathway to Cleaner Energy, a talk by Duncan S. Campbell of ENER-G Rudox who discusses cogeneration which is able to capture and reuse the excess heat which most power plants release into the atmosphere. Presented by the Louis Maslow STEM School at the Buckingham Performing Arts Center, 201 N. Sprague Ave., Wyoming Seminary, Kingston. 7 p.m. Feb. 5. Free. 570-270-2192.

Night at the Races, sponsored by the Mountain Top Welcome Club. Wright Township Fire Company, 477 S. Main Road, Mountain Top. Feb. 6 with doors at 6:30 p.m. and races at 7 p.m. $10 per horse. 570-868-6467.

AMSOIL Arenacross, arena-based, off-road motorcycle racing competition with two main events during each night of action. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7; Amateur Day at noon Feb. 8. $35, $20, $10; $15 on Sunday. 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.

The Great American Outdoor Show, a nine-day event celebrating hunting, fishing and outdoor traditions with more than 1000 exhibitors. Also: country concerts, speakers, archery competitions, celebrity appearances, seminars and more. Farm Show Complex, Cameron and Maclay streets, Harrisburg. Feb. 7 to 15 with hours 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. 800-672-4868.

Candy, Cards and Confections Workshop, a morning of making chocolate-covered treats, Valentine cards and more. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 7. $30. Reservations: 570-992-6161.

Northeast Pennsylvania Brain Bee, competition among high school students in grades nine through 12. Loyola Science Center, University of Scranton. 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 7. Free. 570-941-4324.

New England Contra Dance, with music by the Contra Rebels. Church of Christ Uniting, 776 Market St., Kingston. Feb. 7 with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. and dancing at 7 p.m. Admission is pay what you wish. 570-333-4007.

Mardi Gras Party, with hors d’oeuvres, a family-style dinner, beer and wine and entertainment by Frankie Gervasi of The Poets. Sponsored by Prince of Peace Parish. Arcaro & Genell Banquet Room, 443 S. Main St., Old Forge. 6 p.m. Feb. 7. $30. Adults only. Reservations: 570-457-5900.

Mardi Gras Dinner Dance, with music by the Magic Sounds of John Taylor. Holy Family Parish, 574 Bennett St., Luzerne. 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 7. $20 advance tickets only. 570-287-6600.

Nite at the Races, presented by the Wyoming Area Drama Parents Association. West Wyoming Hose Company #1, 926 Shoemaker Ave. Feb. 7 with doors at 6 p.m. and event at 7 p.m. $10 includes horse, food, beer and dessert. 570-903-9450.

Night at the Races, a virtual horse-racing fundraiser to support Corpus Christi Parish. Immaculate Conception Church, 605 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston. 7 p.m. Feb. 7. $5 includes a buffet dinner; $10 per horse. 570-654-2753.

Mardi Gras Dinner Dance, with music by Magic Sounds of John Taylor. Holy Family Parish, 574 Bennett St., Luzerne. 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 7. $20 advance tickets only. 570-287-6600.

Mardi Gras Party, with a buffet supper and music by DJ Mike Arcarese. St. Barbara Parish, 28 Memorial St., Exeter. Feb. 7 with doors at 6:30 p.m. and event at 7 p.m. $25. BYOB. 570-654-2103.

Myasopusna Festival, the annual prelenten event with a dinner of kielbasa, stuffed cabbage, pierogies, black bread and dessert. Also: Ukrainian crafts including pysanky, embroidery, woodcrafts, beadwork and ceramics; and live entertainment by the Holy Year Choir, Kazka Ukrainian Folk Ensemble and the Saint Mary’s Ukrainian Dancers. Tranfiguration of Our Lord Church, Bliss and Center streets, Hanover section of Nanticoke. Noon to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 8. $12 advance; $15 at the door. 570-735-4654.

Sweetheart’s Bingo, hosted by the senior parents of the class of 2015. Wyoming Area Secondary Center, 20 Memorial St., Exeter. Feb. 8 with doors at noon and games at 1 p.m. 570-655-2845.

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Black History Month Event, a traditional southern-cuisine “Soul Food Dinner” along with a guest speaker. Elm Park United Methodist Church, 712 Linden St., Scranton. 5 p.m. Feb. 11. Free. Reservations: 570-941-5904.

International Film Series, a screening of “The Big City” (1963), a Bengali drama about a housewife who bucks tradition to take a job as a saleswoman. DeNaples Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 7 p.m. Feb. 11. Free. 570-941-6330.

Model Railroad Winter Meet, the 18th annual gathering with exhibits and demonstrations by the Pennsylvania Garden Railway Society, Warrior Run Loco Works, Aikenback Live Steamers and the Wyoming Valley Live Steamers. Included: live-steam railroading, electric G scale and other assorted large gauges. Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 14 to 16. 570-963-6590.

Steamtown National Historic Site will waive its entrance fee in honor of Presidents Day. 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 14 to 16. 570-340-5200.

Jim Thorpe Winterfest, with train rides, ice carving demonstrations, wood carving by Masters of the Chainsaw, free Kids Shows with Al Grout, Mug Walk, horse-drawn carriage rides (weather permitting) and special deals at dining and shopping establishments. Downtown Jim Thorpe. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15. Schedule at jimthorpe.org.

Frozen Fairy Tales, the 11th annual Festival of Ice with live ice carving, more than 50 ice sculptures, horse-and-carriages rides, entertainment and live music throughout downtown Clarks Summit. Begins 5 p.m. Feb. 13 with a Family Fun Faire offering storytelling, face painting, entertainment, crafts, food and a parade at 7:30 p.m. Continues 12:30 to 4 p.m. Feb. 14 to 16. Schedule at theabingtons.org.

Valentine’s Day Tea and Lunch, with Angela Kinder portraying Elsa from the movie “Frozen.” Proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger. Country Club of Scranton. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 14. $25; $18 children. Reservations: 800-322-5437.

German Nite, the 50th annual pre-Lenten celebration with a German-style buffet and music by the Walt Groller Orchestra. St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Feb. 14. Advance tickets only at $30. 570-823-7736.

Blue Ribbon Gala, the fifth annual fundraiser for Marley’s Mission with food, raffles and musical entertainment by Daddy-O and the Sax Maniax and 11-year-old singer Olivia Kay. Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave. 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 14. $125. 570-587-4673.

Night at the Races, presented by the Holy Name and Altar and Rosary societies of St. John the Evangelist Parish. Seton Catholic High School, 37 William St., Pittston. Feb. 14 with doors at 6 p.m. and post time at 7 p.m. $10 admission; $10 per horse. 570-654-0053.

50/50 Bingo, with food and beverages. Noxen School and Community Center, School Street. 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14. 570-298-2052.

Mardi Gras Party, with food and DJ music. St. Faustina Parish Center, Noble Street, Nanticoke. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Age 21 and older. BYOB. $15 advance tickets only. 570-735-4833.

American Cancer Society Fundraiser, with spiritual readings, guided meditation and more. Ozziologi, 484 Bennett St., Luzerne. 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 15. 570-905-5602.

The Hazleton Art League will launch a fundraiser and membership drive with food, wine, beer and entertainment. Pines Restaurant, 8 W. Broad St., Hazleton. 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 15. Reservations: 570-454-5877.

Valentine’s Dinner Dance, with entertainment by oldies band Remember When. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Feb. 15 with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and dancing 7 to 9 p.m. $49. Reservations: 866-605-7325.

A Geologist’s Look Back at the Historic Eruption of Mount St. Helens, a talk on the impact of the catastrophic 1980 eruption by Wilkes University geology professor Sid Halsor. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 105 Irem Road, Dallas. 7 p.m. Feb. 16. Free. Sponsored by the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. 570-479-0400.

Culture and Conversation, a talk by Yohuru Williams of Fairfield University on “In Defense of Self-Defense: The Black Panther Party in History and Memory.” Loyola Science Center, University of Scranton. 7 p.m. Feb. 17. Free. 570-941-5904.

Classic Movie Series, a screening of “The Breakfast Club” (1985) about five high school students, all different stereotypes, who meet in detention. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Noon and 7 p.m. Feb. 18. $5. 570-996-1500.

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

Home Design Trends for 2015, with Jack Wise Interiors. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Free. Registration (by Feb. 16): 570-654-9847.

Winter in the City, with tastings from more than 30 restaurants, wine sampling from three wineries, raffle and gift-card pull and entertainment by Paul LaBelle & the Exact Change. POSH at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 20. $20. 570-963-1575.

Spin for Life, the 14th annual fundraiser to benefit Candy’s Place and the Brandon J. Case Memorial Fund. With free t-shirts, mini massages and refreshments. $25 per 45-minute spin. Candy’s Place: The Center for Cancer Wellness, 190 Welles St., Forty Fort. 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 21. 570-714-8800.

Free Dinner and a Movie, a pasta dinner along with a showing of the movie “Heaven Is for Real.” Forty Fort United Methodist Church, 26 Yeager Ave. Feb. 21 with dinner at 5 p.m. and movie at 6 p.m. Reservations: 570-287-3840.

Night at the Races, with food, beverages and filmed horse races. Sponsored by Queen of the Apostles Parish at St. Mary’s School, 742 Spring St., Avoca. Feb. 21 with doors at 5:30 p.m. and races at 7 p.m. $5 admission; $10 per horse. 570-457-3412.

Afternoon at the Races, virtual horse racing at the Knights of Columbus John F. Kennedy 4th Degree Assembly, 55 S. Main St., Pittston. 1 p.m. Feb. 22. 570-954-8147.

Harlem Globetrotters, the comic hoopsters in a game against the Washington Generals. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 3 p.m. Feb. 22. 800-745-3000.

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

Pamper Me Pretty, learning how to rejuvenate your skin with a natural brown-sugar hand scrub and concocting a soothing facial mask to take home. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24. Free. Registration by Feb. 20: 570-654-9847.

Home and Outdoor Living Show, the 28th annual event offering a fresh look at industry trends in all aspects of home, leisure and outdoor activities. Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, 906 W. Main St. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 1. 570-966-0625.

American Foreign Policy: Is History a Useful Guide? A Schemel Forum luncheon and talk with Fredrik Logevall of Cornell University. Rose Room, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.

Painting Wine-Handed. Unleash your inner Van Gogh with Lisa Reynolds of the Wilkes University art department in a painting class along with wine and cheese. Age 21 and older. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27. $20. Registration (by Feb. 23): 570-654-9847.

Monster Jam, the edge-of-your-seat motor-sports show with 10,000-pound monster trucks including Grave Digger, Backwards Bob, Sonuva Digger, Thrasher, Crushstation and Stinger. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28; 2 p.m. March 1. 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.

Paint-n-Pinot, a painting-and-wine fundraiser for the Greater Pittston Historical Society. 113 S. Main St., Pittston. 6 p.m. Feb. 28. $25. 570-905-6129.

Schemel Forum Luncheon, a talk on “The Causes and Resolutions of National and Ethnic Conflicts: A Global Review” with political science professor Brendan O’Leary of the University of Pennsylvania. Rose Room, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. March 2. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.

Classic Movie Series, a screening of “Catch-22” (1970) starring Alan Arkin. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Noon and 7 p.m. March 4. Free. 570-996-1500.

Home Expo, presented by the Building Industry Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania, with the latest in building, remodeling, furnishings, landscaping, finance and more. Mohegan Sun Hotel & Convention Center, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 3 to 7 p.m. March 6; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 7; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 8. 570-287-3331.

Ang Lee Film Series: Three Decades of Fearlessness, a showing of “The Life of Pi,” a 2012 adventure drama. Moskovitz Theater, DeNaples Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 7 p.m. March 6. Free. 570-941-7643.

Cabin Fever Workshop, with two craft classes and a lunch of homemade soup, bread and dessert. Choose a morning and afternoon workshop from classes including pysanky eggs, a woven heart basket, sheep wool pin, antique pin cushion, small primitive picture, seeds and cuttings and more. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 7. $30. 570-992-6161.

Schemel Forum Luncheon, a talk on “The Arab Spring: Why Did It Happen and Where Is It Headed?” by Ford International Professor of History Philip Khoury of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Rose Room, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. March 11. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.

Saint Andre Bessette Lecture, with Dr. Daniel P. Sulmasy, the Kilbride-Clinton Professor of Medicine and Ethics at the University of Chicago speaking on “Dignity, Vulnerability and the Care of the Patient.” Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 4 p.m. March 12. Free. 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.

Bowl for a Cause, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Wyoming Valley. Chacko’s Family Bowling Center, 195 Wilkes-Barre Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre. March 15 with sessions at noon and 3 p.m. $100 includes two hours of bowling, rentals, pizza and soda. 570-823-1033.

Jewish Studies Lecture, with Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University, speaking on “Jesus the Jewish Storyteller: Hearing the Parables in Historical Context.” Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. March 16. 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.

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 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, Collegiate Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. March 18. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.