Events Listings: Sept. 2 to 8, 2015

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Economist David Feldman will speak on ‘Turbulent Waters: Challenges Facing America’s Colleges and Universities’ Sept. 9 at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre.
Sample farm-to-table offerings Sept. 5 at the 19th-century Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in Stroudsburg.
Railfest, the annual celebration of railroading, will get underway Sept. 5 and 6 at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton.

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    THIS WEEK: Sept. 2 to 8, 2015

    Allentown Fair, the 163rd annual agricultural event with a midway of rides, games and concessions along with farm-animal and horticultural exhibits, international cuisine, big-name concerts, thrill shows, Farm-to-Table chef demonstrations, Iron Chef Battles, livestock sale, the ‘Lil Farm Hand Tent for kids, Pirates of the Caribbean Show, exotic petting zoo and the latest in gizmos and gadgets. Allentown Fairgrounds, 1850 Liberty St. Noon to 11 p.m. Sept. 2 to 6; noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 7. $8. 610-433-7541.

    Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair, the annual agricultural event with a carnival midway, amusement rides, Elephant Encounter, Marvelous Mutts, high school rodeo, truck and tractor pulls, horse show, demolition derby, hay-wagon rides and concerts by the Rocky Allen Band (Thursday), Them Boys (Friday), Frankie Ballard and Clark Manson (Saturday), Collective Age (Sunday), and the Tommy Guns Band (Labor Day). Wyoming County Fairgrounds, Route 6, Meshoppen. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 2 to 6; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 7. $10; seniors free on Wednesday; veterans free on Saturday. Info at 570-833-4866 or wyomingcountyfair.com.

    The History of Ballet, with Barbara Weisberger, founder of the Pennsylvania Ballet and one of George Balanchine’s early pupils. Circle Centre for the Arts, Rear 130 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2. Free. 570-288-1020.

    Films with a Local Touch, a screening of “Reunion in France” (1942) starring John Wayne and produced by Wilkes-Barre native Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Sept. 4. Free with refreshments. 570-823-0156.

    La Festa Italiana, the 40th annual Italian food fest with a 5K run/walk, 80 vendors, an Italian mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral and continuous live entertainment including the Duprees and the Bronx Wanderers. Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. 4 to 10 p.m. Sept. 4; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 5 and 6; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 7. Details at lafestaitaliano.org.

    Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Cruise, with food, music, door prizes, raffles and trophies. Advance Auto Parts, 161 Brooklyn St., Carbondale. 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 4. 570-876-4034.

    Hazleton’s Eateries and Bodegas, a 90-minute walk and talk to sample a variety of tastes at the downtown’s landmark eateries as well as the newer Hispanic shops and markets, led by Marijo Penkala of the Hazleton YMCA/YWCA. Meet at the Chamber of Commerce, 20 W. Broad St., Hazleton. 6 p.m. Sept. 4. Free. 570-455-1509, ext. 23.

    Railfest, the annual celebration of railroading with equipment displays, special shop demonstrations, train excursions to Moscow, O-gauge model train, steam calliope, big-band music by the Ron Leas Band (Saturday), caboose rides, turntable demonstrations, Big Boy cab tours and more. Also: trolley rides by the nearby Electric City Trolley Museum. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 5 and 6. $7. 570-340-5200.

    Steam Train Excursion, an all-day train ride from Scranton to the Delaware Water Gap, pulled by the Nickel Plate Road #765, a Berkshire-type steam locomotive. Sponsored in part by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and leaving from Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 5. Tickets available on line at http://fortwaynerailroad.org.

    Pocono Garlic Festival, the 21st annual garlic-infused event with 60 food and craft vendors, two stages of music including the Pocono Bluegrass and Folk Society, demonstrations, a garlic-eating contest and children’s activities. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 401 Hollow Road, East Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 5 and 6. $9, $7.50 children. 570-421-7231.

    Train Excursion, a 26-mile round trip from Scranton to Moscow to tour the restored passenger and freight stations. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. 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.

    Farm to Table, a food-tasting tour with samplings at various stops throughout the 19th-century farm. Dishes include ham-and-bean soup, shepherd’s pie, yams and sweet potatoes and peach desserts. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5. $15; $10 children. 570-992-6161.

    St. Mary’s Homecoming Picnic, with homemade food, games, prizes, pony rides, Chinese auction and live music by the Shoreliners and Joe Stanky & the Cadets including a Polka Mass 4 p.m. Saturday. Presented by Holy Spirit Parish at St. Mary’s Parish Park, 150 Main St., Mocanaqua. 4 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 5; 12:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 6. 570-542-4157.

    St. Martha’s Festival, with chicken and ham dinners, ethnic foods, a dessert cafe, bargain tent, games for children, themed basket raffle, Country Store and entertainment by the Jeannie Zano Band (Saturday) and Al White & Friends (Sunday). Sponsored by Holy Spirit Parish at St. Martha’s Church, 260 Bonnieville Road, Fairmount Springs. 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 5; noon to 11 p.m. Sept. 6. 570-864-3780.

    North East Dance Club, with music by DJ Joe Kruz. Dante Literary Society, 1916 Prospect Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. Sept. 5. $5. 570-342-1770.

    Forty Fort Meeting House Tours. Explore the 1807 historic religious edifice with its original box pews and elevated pulpit. 20 River St., Forty Fort. 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 4 as well as Labor Day. $2. 570-287-5214.

    Denison House Tours, guided walks through the historic 1790 property including the two-story interior and yard. Nathan Denison House, 35 Denison St., Forty Fort. 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 27. $5, $3 children. 570-288-1044.

    Steam Train Excursion, an all-day train ride from Scranton to East Stroudsburg, pulled by the Nickel Plate Road #765, a Berkshire-type steam locomotive. Sponsored in part by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and leaving from Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7. Tickets available on line at http://fortwaynerailroad.org.

    NEPA Labor Day Celebration & Festival, with continuous music by area bands, food and merchandise vendors, a “Mother Jones” performance, autographs by Lou Michaels (former NFL player for the Steelers and Colts), Chinese auction and a children’s area with games and activities for the entire family. Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7. Free. Proceeds benefit area veterans.

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    Luzerne County Fair, the 53rd annual event with amusement rides, 4-H Fun Horse Show, wood carving, Mutts Gone Wild (performance rescue dogs), the Wild and Crazy Challenge game show, Kiddie peddle tractor pull and obstacle rodeo, antique tractor parade, Barnyard Olympics, camel rides, closing-day fireworks and entertainment by the Keystone Kids Starmakers (Wednesday), Bobby Valli’s Tribute to the Jersey Boys (Thursday), Kendal Conrad and the Cadillac Three (Friday), Stealing Neil, Dylan Fry and Aaron Tippin (Saturday) and Dustin Douglas (Sunday). Luzerne County Fairgrounds, 3605 Route 118, Lehman Township. 4 to 11 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10; 4 to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 11; 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 12; 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 13. $10. Info at luzernecountyfair.com.

    Canning and Food Preservation Workshop, learning the basics of water-bath canning, pressure canning, pickling, fermenting, dehydrating and freezing. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9. $5. 570-842-1506.

    Turbulent Waters: Challenges Facing America’s Colleges and Universities, by economist David Feldman of the College of William and Mary. Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Sept. 9. Free. 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.

    Civil War Round Table, a living-history portrayal by Thomas Jordan of General Wesley Merritt, a member of the Confederation of Union Generals who led troops into three wars. Daddow-Isaacs American Legion, 730 Memorial Highway, Dallas. 7 p.m. Sept. 10. $3. 570-675-8936.

    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, Saturday night fireworks and the Sunday Bridge Day Festival with crafts, vendors and food booths. 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 11; 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 12; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 13. Info and schedule at nicholsonheritage.org.

    Films with a Local Touch, a screening of “The Molly Maguires,” (1970) starring Sean Connery and filmed in nearby Eckley. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Sept. 11. Free with refreshments. 570-823-0156.

    Downtown Hoedown, a fundraiser for the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association with food, a live auction and dance music by Iron Cowboy. Western or casual dress. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 11. $125. 570-714-1246.

    Steam Train Excursion, from Scranton to Binghamton with a stop at Nicholson for the festivities celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Nicholson Viaduct, pulled by the Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive #765. Passengers who detrain at Nicholson will be picked up on the return trip to Scranton. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 9:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Sept. 12 and 13. Tickets available at laurellinesspecial.org or call 570-340-5200.

    NEPA BlogCon, a gathering of bloggers as well as people interested in marketing, social media, podcasting and branding for a day of conference sessions and speakers. Hoeffner Science and Technology Center, East Stroudsburg University. Sept. 12 with registration at 9 a.m. and event 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. $15 includes lunch. 570-262-9644.

    NEPA Yoga Festival, a celebration of National Yoga Month with instruction for beginner to advanced participants in 14 classes of various types of yoga. Also: live music, lectures, children’s activities, vendors and healthy food options. Montage Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 12. $65 until Sept. 1; $69 day of event; $50 students and veterans; $25 children. 570-840-3220.

    Hazleton Funfest, the 37th annual family festival and street fair on Broad Street in downtown Hazleton with two stages of entertainment, rides, food booths, arts and crafts, Celebrity Tricycle Race, classic car show, children’s activities and a Sunday afternoon parade with giant balloons and floats. 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 12; noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 13. 570-455-1509.

    Butterfly Release. Say good-bye to the Monarch butterflies as they are released from the Butterfly House and sent off on their great migration. Creekside Gardens, 4 Village Lane, Tunkhannock. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12 and 13 with releases at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. each day. 570-836-3595.

    Bonsai Society Open House, the 25th annual event with a display of bonsai trees, demonstrations, bonsai-related sale items and Shakuhachi flute music by Jamie Orfanella. Midway Garden Center, 1865 Route 315, Pittston. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12.

    Car Cruise, a benefit for the Children’s Miracle Network with trophies, raffles, music and food. Austie’s Family Restaurant, 2333 Sans Souci Parkway, Hanover Township. 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12. 570-239-1111.

    Night at the Races, virtual horse racing along with raffles and instant bingo. Cultural Centre of St. Faustina, 38 W. Church St., Nanticoke. Sept. 12 with food served at 5:30 p.m. and post time at 6:30 p.m. $10 includes food, beverages and a horse. Age 21 and older. 570-313-5600.

    The Gala of the Royal Horses, the world-renowned equestrian tour with Andalusian, Friesian, Lipizzaner and Arabian breeds showing off their amazing beauty and graceful maneuvers. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12. 800-745-3000.

    Taste of the Mountain, the sixth annual event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mountain Top, with samples of food, beer and wine from area restaurants. Edgewood in the Pines, 22 Edgewood Road, Drums. 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 13. $30 advance; $40 at the door. 570-715-7752.

    Car Cruise, with games, prizes and music. All clubs welcome. Home Depot, 800 Commerce Blvd., Dickson City. 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 13. 570-562-1471.

    The Official Story, the Academy Award-winning Best Foreign Film of 1985 about a high school teacher who sets out to find the birth mother of her adopted daughter. Part of the fifth annual King’s College Hispanic Film Festival. Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Sept. 16. Free. 570-208-8021.

    Steamtown Music Awards, the second annual ceremony with honors bestowed on regional musicians and music-industry professionals in categories including Best New Artist, Best Radio Station, Best Music Journalist along with honors in blues, R&B, jazz, electronica, Americana and more. Also: a Lifetime Achievement Award to songwriter/producer/musician Bret Alexander. The V Spot, 906 Providence Road, Scranton. Sept. 17 with Red Carpet at 6:30 p.m. and awards at 8 p.m. 570-963-7888.

    After Ferguson: Law and Order, Race, Poverty and Social Justice, a panel discussion with local law-and-order personages in honor of Constitution Day. Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Sept. 17. Free. 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.

    Films with a Local Touch, a screening of “That Championship Season” (1982) starring Martin Sheen and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Scranton resident Jason Miller. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Sept. 18. Free with refreshments. 570-823-0156.

    Car Cruise, with raffles, music and giveaways. Sponsored by the Villa Capri Cruisers at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, 401 Penn Ave., Scranton. 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 18. 570-851-8633.

    Farm to Table, the fifth annual fundraiser with a family-style dinner made from produce grown by regional farmers. Also: entertainment by classic rock band Mace in Dickson, a country-style arcade with games of chance and a marketplace of local and homemade foods. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 6 p.m. Sept. 18. $125. Reservations: 570-346-7186.

    Blue Jean Ball, the inaugural event with a barbecue dinner, floor show “Dancing with the Pocono Stars,” animal tune games, Celebrity Pup Strut, photo booth and dance music by the Riverside Rhythm 17-piece big band. Trout Lake Resorts, 1100 Twin Lake Road, Stroudsburg. 7 to 11 p.m. Sept. 18. $46; $90 per couple. Presented by the Monroe County Animal League in conjunction with the Animal Welfare Society of Monroe and Camp Papillon. Reservations: 570-421-7775.

    Luzerne Pumpkin Festival, the annual street festival with food, arts and crafts vendors, horse-drawn wagon rides and live music. Main Street, Luzerne. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20. 570-287-4333.

    Pennsylvania Heritage Festival, with hundreds of demonstrators and artisans of heritage crafts, a Civil War encampment, a collection of carriages, buggies and sleighs, artisan marketplace, old-time music, kids area and a restored farm village. Heritage Village and Museum, one-half mile north of the intersection of Routes 6 and 14, Troy. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20. 570-297-3410.

    CCC Day, a celebration of the Civilian Conservation Corp, created in the 1930s by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Included: three former CCC Boys sharing their stories, exhibits at the Masker Museum, blacksmithing, antique tool display, history trivia contest, food and a talk by Peter Osborne, author of “Images of America — Promised Land State Park.” Masker Museum and Promised Land State Park, Route 390, Greentown. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19. 570-676-3428.

    PRCA Rodeo and Chili Cook-Off, with saddle and bareback bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, bull dogging, cowgirls barrel racing, country music, line dancing, craft and food vendors, mechanical bull and the 7th annual chili competition. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 401 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20. $18; $29 two days. 570-421-7231 or shawneemt.com.

    Culture Shock, a day of art, food, merchandise vendors and music showcasing local talent. Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 19. Free. Info at cultureshockscranton.com.

    Hi-Lites Motor Club Car Cruise, with music, trophies, door prizes, food and raffles. Pikes Creek Raceway Park, 2542 Route 118, Hunlock Creek. 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 19. 570-965-2208.

    North East Dance Club, with music by DJ Jay Thomas (The Big Kahuna). Dante Literary Society, 1916 Prospect Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. Sept. 19. $5. 570-342-1770.

    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.

    Car Show, the 17th annual gathering sponsored by the Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Club with door prizes, basket raffle and music by DJ Tony and the Take 3 Band. Carbondale Area High School, 101 Brooklyn St. Sept. 20 with registration 9 a.m. to noon. $10 per entry. 570-876-4034.

    Fall Festival, with a chicken barbecue, Bountiful Baskets, desserts, white elephant sale, food booths, Kids Corner and entertainment. Our Lady of the Abingtons, 700 W. Main St., Dalton. Noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 20. 570-563-1622.

    Wine Tasting, of vintages from the Bartolai Winery along with finger foods, desserts, raffles and fun activities. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 20. $20 or two for $35. 570-654-9847.

    Bingo and Card Party, the annual fundraiser sponsored by the Ladies of Charity with monetary and door prizes along with refreshments and raffles. St. Robert Bellarmine, 143 W. Division St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Sept. 20. $2. 570-474-5192.

    Art n’ Vino Party. Create your own masterpiece of an “Autumn Barn,” guided by a professional artist with all supplies provided. Geared toward amateur painters. Art n’ Vino, 667 River St., Wilkes-Barre. BYOB. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 21. $40 benefits Candy’s Place: A Center for Cancer Wellness. Registration: 570-430-5045.

    Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story, a screening of the biographical drama about the 1900s human-rights activist. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. 7 p.m. Sept. 22. Free. 570-941-6631.

    A Day Without a Mexican, the 2004 mockumentary which depicts what would happen if the entire U.S. Mexican population suddenly disappeared. Shown as part of the fifth annual King’s College Hispanic Film Festival. Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Sept. 23. Free. 570-208-8021.

    Films with a Local Touch, a screening of “Miracle of the Bells” (1948) starring Frank Sinatra and based on the story of a Glen Lyon actress. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Sept. 25. Free with refreshments. 570-823-0156.

    Carbon County Oktoberfest, with German-style food, plenty of craft beers, Galen Glen wine and entertainment by the Schutzingiggles Oompah Band, Scott Marshall with Hillbilly Soul, Sterling Koch Band, This Way to the Egress and more. Franklin Township Fire Department, 2440 Fairyland Road, Lehighton. 3 to 10 p.m. Sept. 25; noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 26. $5; $35 for beer drinkers; $55 for beer and cigar enthusiasts. 484-357-6549.

    Bloomsburg Fair, the 159th edition of one of the largest fairs on the East Coast with a midway of rides, games and vendors, agricultural and horticultural exhibits, grandstand shows, Championship Figure 8 Racing, Full-Pull Tractor and Truck Pulling, demolition derby, tours of the historic Barton House, Sky Ride, helicopter rides and more. Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, 620 W. Third St. Opens Sept. 25 with a Preview Day beginning at 3:30 p.m. Continues 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 26 to Oct. 3. $8; $5 parking. 570-784-4949.

    AACA Car and Bike Cruise. Anything with wheels is welcome. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 25 with awards at 9 p.m.

    University for a Day, a day of sessions including “Remember That Old New York Was Once New Amsterdam: The Dutch Roots of American Pluralism,” “The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic,” “Wright Spaces: Citizenship Learning in Liquid Times” and “Suis-Je Charlie? The Rhetoric of Solidarity in Civic Responses to 21st Century Terrorism.” Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Sept. 26. $25. Registration: 570-941-6206.

    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.

    Harvest Festival, the fifth annual event with animal presenters, arts and crafts, hands-on activities, conservation exhibits, live music, local foods, old-time activities and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26. $5 per car. 570-828-2319.

    Grey Towers Open House, a fee-free day to mark Community Appreciation Day and National Public Lands Day with mansion tours, visiting U.S. Forest Service dignitaries, music, children’s programs, exhibits and an ice-cream social reminiscent of the ones hosted by former resident Governor Gifford Pinchot. Grey Towers National Historic Landmark, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Milford. Sept. 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with ice-cream social 2 to 4 p.m. 570-296-9630.

    Wine Land Festival, with sampling of more than 100 vintages from Pennsylvania wineries along with live entertainment, food vendors, wine school and more. Pavilion at Montage Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. Noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 26. $18 advance, $25 at the door, $10 designated drivers. 800-745-3000.

    It’s All About Me Pink Tea, the fifth annual fundraiser for Candy’s Place: A Cancer Wellness Center. With a cooking show, chocolate presentation, raffle baskets, vendors and more. The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Township. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 27. $35. 570-714-8800.

    Victorian House and Garden Tour, explorations of 20 historic homes along Broadway and West Broadway in Jim Thorpe. Noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 27. $20. Tickets available at the train station, 1 Susquehanna St., Jim Thorpe. 570-325-8485.

    Child Abuse Prevention, a lecture by attorney Joseph McGettigan, lead prosecutor of the Jerry Sandusky trial and child-rights expert Heather Hulse. Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Sept. 29. Free. 570-208-5958.

    Crash, the Academy Award-winning ensemble drama about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles. Part of the fifth annual King’s College Hispanic Film Festival. Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Sept. 30. Free. 570-208-8021.

    Scranton Fringe Festival, a performing arts event with theater, music, comedy, dance and more in venues throughout downtown Scranton including the Leonard Theater, 335 Adams Ave.; Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Ale Mary’s, 126 Franklin Ave. and many more. Oct. 1 to 4. Details and schedule at scrantonfringe.org.

    Coal Cracker Cruisers Halloween Car Cruise, with food, music, door prizes, raffles and trophies. Advance Auto Parts, 161 Brooklyn St., Carbondale. 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 2. 570-876-4034.

    Fall Foliage Weekends, with arts and crafts, music, food, children’s activities and special events. Downtown Jim Thorpe. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 3 to 18. 570-325-8485.

    Hawley Harvest Hoedown, the annual street festival with arts vendors, food, live music, farmers market, hayrides, children’s games and family fun. Downtown Hawley. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 3. 570-226-4064.

    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.

    Forty Fort Cemetery Tours, beginning with a brief pre-tour talk in the Forty Fort Meeting House, 20 River St. 1 p.m. Oct. 3, 10 and 11. $10, $5 children. 570-287-5214.

    North East Dance Club, with music by DJ The Godfather. Dante Literary Society, 1916 Prospect Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. Oct. 3. $5. 570-342-1770.

    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.

    Health Fair. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7. 570-654-9565.

    The Other Side of Immigration, a film which questions why so many Mexicans have migrated to the U.S. and what has happened to the families and communities they’ve left behind. Part of the fifth annual King’s College Hispanic Film Festival. Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Oct. 7. Free. 570-208-8021.

    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.

    Autumn Timber Festival, with lumberjack shows by the Ironjack Timber Team competing in hot saw, log roll, axe throw, speed climb, springboard chop and more. Also: the Mutt-allica Real Dog and Pony Show, Ugly Pig Races, Time Traveling Medicine Magic Show, blacksmithing demos, chainsaw sculptures, live music, children’s activities, scenic chairlift rides and food and craft vendors. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 401 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11. $12; $10 children. 570-421-7231.

    Car Cruise, a benefit for the Children’s Miracle Network with trophies, raffles, music and food. Austie’s Family Restaurant, 2333 Sans Souci Parkway, Hanover Township. 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 10. 570-239-1111.

    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.

    Art Night, a class in painting a fall scene; canvas, paint, brushes, easel and instructor provided. Dante Literary Society, 1916 Prospect Ave., Scranton. 7 p.m. Oct. 14. $35. 570-342-1770 or myspiritart.com.

    Pocono Food Truck Festival, with “street eats” from New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia. Also: live music, Monster Truck shows, scenic chairlift rides, jugglers and more. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 401 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18. $12.50; $8.50 children. 570-421-7231.

    North East Dance Club, with music by DJ Phyliss Rodemich. Dante Literary Society, 1916 Prospect Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. Oct. 17. $5. 570-342-1770.

    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.

    Shamrocktoberfest, a fundraiser for the Pittston City St. Patrick’s Day Parade with food, brewery tours, basket raffles and entertainment by the Sperazza Band. Susquehanna Brewing Company, 635 S. Main St., Pittston. 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22. $20.

    Bark for Life, a dog walk for leashed pets and their owners to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. With demonstrations, basket raffles, food, music, a costume contest and pet luminaria. Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. Oct. 24 with registration at 9 a.m. and event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $10 advance; $15 day of event. 570-562-9749.

    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.

    Wine Pairing Fundraiser, wines from Maiolatesi Winery paired with Italian appetizers. Dante Literary Society, 1916 Prospect Ave., Scranton. 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24. $25; $40 per couple. 570-342-1770.

    Francis, Ignatius and Francis: Catholic Encounters with Muslims, the annual Feast of St. Francis Lecture, delivered by Father Patrick Ryan of Fordham University. Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Oct. 28. Free. 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.

    AACA Car and Bike Cruise. Anything with wheels is welcome. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 30 with awards at 9 p.m.

    Victorian Mourning Practices, including a Victorian funeral, a Civil War Field Hospital and grieving customs and celebrations of death from the 18th to 20th centuries. Swetland Homestead, 885 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 7 p.m. Oct. 30. $10. Reservations: 570-823-6244.

    The Exorcist, the 1973 shocker about a teenage girl possessed by a mysterious entity. Rated R. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 9:30 p.m. Oct. 30. $5. 570-826-1100.

    Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 1975 cult classic about a couple seeking help after a breakdown at the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Rated R. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Oct. 31 at midnight. $5. 570-826-1100.

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

    College Football’s Gladiators, a talk on the ethics of sports risks including a comparison between Roman gladiators and college football players by philosophy professor Heather Reid of Morningside College. Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Nov. 12. Free. 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.

    Treefest, the annual fundraiser for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble with hundreds of decorated trees, seasonal musicians, choirs and dance groups, artisans, a gingerbread house contest and Chinese auction. Market Square, Bloomsburg. Nov. 27 to Dec. 6 with hours 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. $6. 570-784-8181 or bte.org.

    Elf, the 2003 comedy about a man raised as an elf at the North Pole. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 1 p.m. Nov. 28. $3. 570-826-1100.

    Miracle on 34th Street, the classic holiday film starring Maureen O’Hara and John Payne. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28. $5. 570-826-1100.

    Christmas Vacation, the 1989 film following the Griswolds’ plans for a family Christmas, predictably turning into a big disaster. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 9:30 p.m. Nov. 28. $5. Also: an Arts Market for holiday shopping. 570-826-1100.

    Olde Time Christmas, with tours of the historic Asa Packer mansion, live nativity, train rides with Santa, historic district ghost walks, gingerbread-house contest, strolling carolers, musicians and more. Downtown Jim Thorpe. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4-6 and 12-13. 570-325-8485.

    Economist David Feldman will speak on ‘Turbulent Waters: Challenges Facing America’s Colleges and Universities’ Sept. 9 at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre.
    http://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_9.4-events-Feldman-Lecture-King-s1.jpgEconomist David Feldman will speak on ‘Turbulent Waters: Challenges Facing America’s Colleges and Universities’ Sept. 9 at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre.

    Sample farm-to-table offerings Sept. 5 at the 19th-century Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in Stroudsburg.
    http://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_9.4-events-quiet-valley-farm-to-table1.jpgSample farm-to-table offerings Sept. 5 at the 19th-century Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in Stroudsburg.

    Railfest, the annual celebration of railroading, will get underway Sept. 5 and 6 at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton.
    http://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_9.4-Events-RailFest1.jpgRailfest, the annual celebration of railroading, will get underway Sept. 5 and 6 at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton.