Events Listings: Oct. 21 to 27, 2015

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The annual Feast of St. Francis Lecture will be delivered by Father Patrick Ryan of Fordham University Oct. 28 at the McGowan School of Business, King’s College in Wilkes-Barre. He will discuss ‘Catholic Encounters with Muslims.’

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    THIS WEEK: Oct. 21 to 27, 2015

    Octoberfest, a celebration of the “Year of Beer” with three 10-ounce beers from the new taproom, unlimited pizza, beer chats, music by Zayre Mountain, raffle baskets and members of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Roller Radicals roller derby team. Sponsored by the West Pittston Library at Sabatini’s Pizza, 1925 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21. $30. 570-654-9847.

    Ghost Detectives. Meet the members of this paranormal investigative team who demonstrate new technologies, equipment and devices used to detect paranormal activities. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Registration: 570-474-9313.

    Introducing Two Pennsylvania Pioneers, a talk by historian Sheldon Spear on two unsung heroes: Augustine Gallitzin who attracted a steady influx of Catholics to the area; and Jane Grey Swisshelm, one of America’s first female journalists who embraced women’s rights and the abolition of slavery. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. Oct. 21. Free. 570-996-1500.

    Dorothy Day Commemoration Lecture, a talk on the 1900s human-rights activist by her granddaughter Martha Hennessey entitled “Memories of My Grandmother, Prophet and Catholic Peace Activist.” Latour Room, Nazareth Student Center, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 7 p.m. Oct. 21. Also presented at the Rose Room, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. 7 p.m. Oct. 22. Free. 570-961-4723 or 570-941-6631.

    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.

    Horror Movies 101, a talk on the histories of Dracula and Frankenstein from books to movies with Thom Shubilla, instructor at Luzerne County Community College and writer for horror film publications. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22. 570-654-9847.

    Whiskey Tasting, with Lew Bryson, managing editor of Whiskey Advocate magazine and author of “Tasting Whiskey.” Included: the history of distilling, the Whiskey Rebellion, prohibition and sampling of six traditional Pennsylvania whiskeys. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22. $10. Age 21 and older. Reservations: 570-346-7186.

    Hunt for Treasure Film Festival, a screening of “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948) starring Humphrey Bogart. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Oct. 23. Free. 570-823-0156.

    Boo!Burg, Halloween activities in downtown Bloomsburg including a “Frightfully Good Finds Scavenger Hunt” on Main Street with prizes, Halloween storefront window paintings, a Trunk or Treat at the YMCA, crafts and activities at the Children’s Museum, a costume contest at The Exchange, facepainting, marshmallow and hot-dog roasting and a “Smashingly Fun Pumpkin Drop.” Oct. 23 with scavenger hunt at 5 p.m. and other activities at 7 p.m. 570-317-2596.

    Wine and Cheese Fundraiser, for the Wyoming Valley Art League. With upscale hors d’oeuvres and a wide variety of cheeses and wines. Circle Centre for the Arts, Rear 130 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23. 570-288-1020.

    An Old-Fashioned Irish Wake, with an undertaker and priest providing details of the customs, religious traditions and mourning paraphernalia along with a taste of “funeral pie” and cider. Sophia Coxe House, 2207 Route 940, Drifton. 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23, 24 and 25. $10. Reservations: 570-926-5427.

    Horror Hall, a walk-through haunted Halloween attraction full of chills and thrills, high-impact scares, strobe lights and theatrical fog. Tilbury Volunteer Fire and Rescue Station, 11 E. Poplar St., Nanticoke. Through Oct. 31: 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays; 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday. $13. Info at horrorhall.com.

    Circle of Screams, America’s only haunted drive-in theater with four attractions: Hayride of Torture, 3D Carnival of Fear, Asylum Vortex and a horror movie on the big screen. Circle Drive-In, 1911 Scranton-Carbondale Highway, Dickson City. Through Nov. 1 with hours 6 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. $25; $8 movie only. 570-489-5731.

    Reaper’s Revenge, four haunts in one, combining a haunted hayride, dark forest walkthrough, pitch-black indoor walkthrough and a zombie maze. 460 Green Grove Road, Scranton. Through Nov. 1 with hours 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 6 to 10 p.m. Sundays. 570-253-4746.

    Dracula’s Forest, the 32nd year of terrifying Halloween thrills including a Haunted Hayride, the Walk of Doom and a Fall Festival Midway. 2828 Rock Drive, Clarks Summit. Through Oct. 31 with hours 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sundays (except Sept. 27). Little Screamers Not-So-Scary Hayride for children is offered 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays in October. All dates weather permitting. 570-586-5084 or draculasforest.com.

    Fear Hollow, indoor and outdoor Halloween attractions featuring Mayhem on the Mountain and the Dead Woods Haunted Trail. 1600 Church Road, Mountain Top. Through Oct. 30 with hours dusk to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; dusk to 10 p.m. Sundays. $20. 570-261-0333 or fearhollow.com.

    Walk of Terror, a haunted attraction featuring the Shock Walk. Sponsored by the Harveys Lake Fire & Ambulance Company at the Idetown Volunteer Fire Department, Route 415 and Brier Crest Road. Through Oct. 31 with hours 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays. $10. 570-639-5167.

    Ghost Walks in Old Mauch Chunk, a one-mile, lantern-lighted tour to hear tales of lore, ghoulish encounters and histories of buildings along Broadway, led by a costumed storyteller. Meet at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, 24 Broadway. Through October 31: 7 and 8:30 p.m. Fridays; 7, 7:15, 8:30 and 8:45 p.m. Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sundays. $12, $6 children. Reservations: 570-325-2346.

    Gravestone Manor, the annual indoor, walk-through Halloween attraction with an interactive mystery story. Trion Warehouse, 1095 Route 315, Plains Township. Through Oct. 30: 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays. $10. 570-821-6500 or gravestonemanor.com.

    Downtown Wilkes-Barre Ghost Walks, a walk through the historic district to hear tales of ghosts, murders and hidden graveyards, led by historian William V. Lewis. Meet at the Luzerne County Historical Society Museum, 69 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:45 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24. $10. Reservations: 570-823-6244.

    Fine Wine, Fine Art. Pack your favorite wine and snacks and complete a painting at this paint-from-life art workshop with Amy and Steve Colley. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23. $25 includes paint, canvas and instruction. Age 21 and older. Registration: 570-996-1500.

    Contra Dance, with music by Poison Love. The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 23. $10. 570-253-2020.

    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.

    Fall Foliage Train Excursion, from Scranton to East Stroudsburg. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Ave., Scranton. Oct. 24 departing at 9 a.m. and returning at 6 p.m. $54, $49 seniors, $32 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

    Halloween Fest, with pumpkin carving, a pinata, ghost stories, haunted woods, treats, campfire and more. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 4 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24. $5. 570-967-7275.

    Thrill the World, a worldwide “Thriller” flash mob with ten of thousands of dancers throughout the world coming together to break the world record of “Largest Simultaneous Dance to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’.” Join the local celebration at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. Oct. 24 with registration and rehearsal at 5 p.m. and official dance at 6 p.m. Followed by a Zombie Crawl through participating downtown businesses. $15, $10 students. Proceeds benefit the Scranton Cultural Center. 570-344-1111.

    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.

    Night at the Races, virtual horse racing sponsored by the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians at the Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Department, 150 Watson St. Oct. 24 with doors at 6:30 p.m. and post time at 7:15 p.m. $5 includes food and door prizes; $10 per horse. 570-825-7849 or 570-825-2875.

    Zen Meditation Gathering, with Zazen instruction, chanting and kinhin walking Zen followed by tea. Endless Mountains Zendo, 104 Hollow Road, Stillwater. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 25. Donation. Registration: 570-925-5077.

    Afghan Bingo, sponsored by the Ladies Club at St. Martha’s Church, 260 Bonnieville Road, Fairmont Springs. Oct. 25 with doors at noon and games at 2 p.m. Refreshments available. $2. 570-864-3780.

    Fall Folige 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. Oct. 25 departing at 12:30 p.m. and returning at 3 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.

    Sunday at the Circle, with former Broadway actor Ron Kross (“1776”) who reminisces with songs and stories of his long acting career. Circle Centre for the Arts, Rear 130 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 4 p.m. Oct. 25. Free but donations welcome. 570-288-1020.

    FUTURE

    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.

    Evening for Northeast Pennsylvania’s Environment, the 25th annual gathering sponsored by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Environmental Partners. Woodlands Inn and Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Township. Oct. 29 with reception 5 to 7 p.m. and dinner and awards 7 to 9 p.m. $50. 570-718-6507.

    The History of Dracula, from the Prince of Wallachia’s terrifying beginnings to a pop culture icon. With Henry Hunsinger, history buff and instructor at Luzerne County Community College. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29. 570-654-9847.

    Hunt for Treasure Film Festival, a screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) starring Harrison Ford. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Oct. 30. Free. 570-823-0156.

    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.

    Colonial Superstitions, Folklore and Witchcraft, famous folk tales of the 18th century about afterlife beliefs, burial practices, witchcraft and the beginnings of some Halloween traditions. Sponsored by the Luzerne County Historical Society at the Nathan Denison House, 35 Denison St., Forty Fort. 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31. $5, $3 children. 570-823-6244.

    Victorian Death and 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 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31. $10. Reservations: 570-823-6244.

    Boo Bash Costume Party, the third annual event, hosted and emceed by Rock 107’s Prospector. With drink specials, music by The Chatter and cash prizes to the top five costumes including $1000 for first place. Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 30 with registration 7 to 8:30 p.m., judging at 9 p.m. and winners announced at 10:30 p.m. Age 21 and older. Info at mohegansunpocono.com.

    The Scariest Stories: Witch Hunts, an illustrated talk by King’s College history professor and author the Rev. Brian Pavlac on when Christian authorities began to believe in and fear witches. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Oct. 30. Free. 570-825-6653.

    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.

    Halloween Train Rides, with actor Dan Yeager who played the character Leatherface in the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” movies. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Oct. 31 with rides at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. $5. 570-340-5200.

    Halloween ’80s Party at Brewsburg, with unlimited craft beers, wine, food favorites and ’80s music by tribute band 1.21 Gigawatts. Caldwell Consistory, 150 Market St., Bloomsburg. 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 31. $45; $25 designated drivers. 570-784-2522.

    Halloween Fun at Kettle Creek, folk tales, myths and legends from Native Americans, Greeks and early Americana told around the campfire at Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Also: seeking out saw-whet owls with members of the Pocono Avian Research Center. 8 p.m. Oct. 31. $8, $3 children. Registration: 570-629-3060.

    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.

    Karma for Kevin, a fundraiser in memory of lung-cancer victim Kevin Sherman with a mellow-flow yoga class for all levels. Sponsored by Balance Yoga and Wellness at Wilkes University Recreation Athletic Center, 169 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Noon on Nov. 1. $25 includes a t-shirt if registered before Oct. 25. 570-714-2777.

    Fall Festival, with a turkey dinner ($11), variety booths, a mega-basket booth, instant bingo, children’s games and a bake sale. Sponsored by Our Lady of Hope Parish at Marymount Parish Center, 154 S. Hancock St., Wilkes-Barre. Noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 1. 570-824-7832.

    Monthly Bingo, sponsored by St. Faustina Kowalska Parish. St. Mary’s School, 1010 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. Nov. 1 with doors open at 12:30 p.m. and games at 1:45 p.m. 570-735-4833.

    Celebrate Sobriety at the Movies, a showing of Stephen Spielberg’s classic film “The Goonies,” with free admission, popcorn and soda. Open to anyone whose life has been affected by addiction. Sponsored by Wyoming County C.A.R.E.S. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. Nov. 4. 570-996-1500.

    Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon, a talk by Worldview columist for The Philadelphia Inquirer Trudy Rubin on “Why Not Just Forget About the Middle East?” Rose Room, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. Noon on Nov. 5. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.

    A Chair Affair, a fundraiser for Junior Achievement with a variety of chairs, some painted by artists and others donated by businesses, paired with gift certificates and other items to be raffled or auctioned off. Also: food-and-drink tastings by local restaurants, caterers, wineries and breweries. J.A. Mericle Family Center for Enterprise Education, 1122 Oak St., Pittston Township. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 5. $35. 570-602-3600 or janepa.org.

    Dance, Dance, Dance! A screening of “Strictly Ballroom” (1992; Australian) starring Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Nov. 6. Free. 570-823-0156.

    Marine Corps Birthday Ball, the 240th annual event. St. Patrick Parish Center, 411 Allegheny St., White Haven. Nov. 7 with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres 5 to 6 p.m. and dinner and dancing 6 to 11 p.m. $25. BYOB. Age 21 and older. Reservations: 570-443-9313 or 570-443-7642.

    Annual Victorian Ball, with music, dancing, dinner and refreshments evoking the elegance of the Victorian Era. Mauch Chunk Ballroom, 41 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 5 p.m. Nov. 7. $40. Information at mauchchunkvictorians.com.

    Variety Bingo Party, to benefit the Victims Resource Center, Candy’s Place and JLW Lions sight projects. Saints Peter and Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road, Plains. Nov. 8 with doors at 1 p.m. and games at 2 p.m. $20 includes cards for 20 regular games plus bonus games. 570-239-6965 or 570-814-4397.

    Wyoming Valley Veterans Day Parade, with the theme “2015 — A Year of Anniversaries,” commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the 65th anniversary of the Vietnam War, the 100th anniversary of the Navy Reserve and the 25th anniversary of Desert Shield/Desert Storm. From Market Street in Kingston to Public Square in Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Nov. 8. 570-288-6641.

    The Outrageous Sophie Tucker, a film about the rags-to-riches career of the bold and brassy singer known as “The Last of the Red Hot Mamas.” Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 8 with coffee and cake at 3 p.m. and film at 3:30 p.m. Reservations: 570-824-4646.

    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.

    Classic Movie Series, a free showing of “Saving Private Ryan” (1998) about a group of World War II soldiers who go behind enemy lines to rescue a paratrooper. Starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. Nov. 11. 570-996-1500.

    Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon, a talk on “History at the End of the World” by MIT educator Rosalind Williams. Rose Room, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. Noon on Nov. 12. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.

    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.

    Dance, Dance, Dance! A screening of “Swing Time” (1936) starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Nov. 13. Free. 570-823-0156.

    Fine Wine, Fine Art. Pack your favorite wine and snacks and complete a painting at this paint-from-life art workshop with Amy and Steve Colley. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 13. $25 includes paint, canvas and instruction. Age 21 and older. Registration: 570-996-1500.

    Nite at the Races, a fundraiser sponsored by the Crestwood Boys Basketball Team. Mountain Top Hose Company, 1 Lehigh St., Mountain Top. Nov. 14 with doors at 6 p.m. and post time at 7 p.m. Age 21 and over. 570-417-8048.

    Autumn Bingo, sponsored by the Rosary Society at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 321 Chestnut Ave., Kingston. Nov. 15 with doors at noon and games at 1 p.m. $2. 570-287-0282.

    Christmas City Stroll, a guided walking tour through Bethlehem’s historic district led by docents dressed in period Moravian attire. Includes several landmarks includes the 1741 Gemeinhaus and the Bethlehem Waterworks. Visitor Center, 505 Main St., Bethlehem. 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays from Nov. 16 to Jan. 10. 800-360-8687 or historicbethlehem.org.

    Fighting Slavery Today: How Slavery Died and Yet Lives, a talk by history professor Randall M. Miller of St. Joseph’s University on forms of slavery that have persisted in post-emancipation America and thrived in other parts of the world. Mary Kintz Bevevino Library, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7 p.m. Nov. 17. Free. 570-674-6400.

    Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon, a talk on “When There Were Two Europes: Islam and Christendom” by David Lewis, professor at New York University. Rose Room, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. Noon on Nov. 18. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.

    Suicide Prevention: Creating a Community of Hope and Healing, the sixth annual conference sponsored by Family Service Association of NEPA. With a keynote address, sessions, speakers and resource tables. Genetti Hotel & Conference Center, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 20. $20, $10 students includes lunch. Registration: 570-823-5144, ext. 309.

    Dance, Dance, Dance! A screening of “Take the Lead” (2006) starring Antonio Banderas. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Nov. 20. Free. 570-823-0156.

    Santa Parade, the annual march in downtown Scranton with floats, marching bands, dance groups, giant balloons and Santa himself. Beginning at the corner of Spruce and Franklin streets and winding around Courthouse Square. 9:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 21. Telecast live on WNEP-TV. 570-483-8757 or santaparade.net.

    Holiday Tea and Tour, with pastries and finger foods followed by a guided tour of the historic 1903 Watres Lodge decorated in a 1930s-era holiday theme. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 21. $15. Reservations: 570-689-9494.

    Christmas Parade, the annual festivities along South Main Street and Public Square in downtown Wilkes-Barre. 3 p.m. Nov. 21, preceded by Christmas carols at the Public Square bandshell by Ruthy Stock and followed by the Christmas tree lighting. Photos with Santa available on Public Square. 570-208-4149.

    Dance, Dance, Dance! A screening of “Brigadoon” (1954) starring Gene Kelly, Van Johnson and Cyd Charisse. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Nov. 27. Free. 570-823-0156.

    Bethlehem by Night. Tour the Christmas City on a guided bus tour or a horse-drawn carriage ride. Visitor Center, 505 Main St., Bethlehem. Beginning Nov. 27 with bus tours at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 27; carriage rides 3 to 9 p.m. Fridays through Sundays through Dec. 31. 800-360-8687 or historicbethlehem.org.

    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.

    Strategizing Scranton’s Recovery, a talk by Henry Amoroso, budget consultant to the City of Scranton. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Free but reservations required: 570-941-6206.

    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.

    Holiday Workshop, a morning of cookie decorating, holiday crafts, singing and creations by the Balloon Lady. For all ages. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Free. 570-996-1500.

    Monthly Bingo, sponsored by St. Faustina Kowalska Parish. St. Mary’s School, 1010 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. Dec. 6 with doors open at 12:30 p.m. and games at 1:45 p.m. Bingo continues on the first Sunday of the month through June 5. 570-735-4833.

    Classic Movie Series, a free showing of “Home Alone” (1990) with Macaulay Culkin as a boy who is mistakenly left behind when his family flies to Paris for a Christmas vacation. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9. 570-996-1500.

    It’s a Wonderful Life, free showings of the holiday classic starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 2, 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 15. 570-996-1500.

    Harlem Globetrotters, the basketball tricksters on their 90th-anniversary world tour sporting their incredible ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, comedy and fan interaction. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 2 and 7 p.m. March 5. 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.

    Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science, the television personality, author and Food Network star in a culinary variety show with comedy, music, puppets and “dangerous experiments” in the kitchen. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. April 21. $65.50, $55.50, $45.50. 570-826-1100.

    The annual Feast of St. Francis Lecture will be delivered by Father Patrick Ryan of Fordham University Oct. 28 at the McGowan School of Business, King’s College in Wilkes-Barre. He will discuss ‘Catholic Encounters with Muslims.’
    http://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_10.23-Events-Fr.-Patrick-Francis.jpgThe annual Feast of St. Francis Lecture will be delivered by Father Patrick Ryan of Fordham University Oct. 28 at the McGowan School of Business, King’s College in Wilkes-Barre. He will discuss ‘Catholic Encounters with Muslims.’