THIS WEEK: March 30 to April 5, 2016
Irem Shrine Circus, the annual spring extravaganza. 109th Artillery Armory, 280 Market St., Wilkes-Barre. 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 30-31 and April 1; 1:30 and 7 p.m. April 2. $20, $15, $11, $8. 570-714-0783.
Free Tax Preparation and e-filing for taxpayers with lower- and middle-class incomes. March 30 and April 6 at the Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top; April 5 at Good Shepherd Church, 190 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Call 570-868-6732 for an appointment at the Kirby Library and 570-678-3504 for an appointment at Good Shepherd Church.
Building a Winning Culture, with former NFL Colts player Joe Erhmann and former Philadelphia Eagles general manager Jim Murray. Sponsored by the student organization Show Your Stripes Club in support of the Ronald McDonald House of Scranton. Long Center, University of Scranton. 6 p.m. March 30. Free. 570-941-6233.
A Different Look at the War on Terror: Reason for Some Middle East Optimism? A talk by Jonathan Greenwald, vice president of the International Crisis Group and a former senior State Department officer. Kirby Center for Creative Arts, 260 N. Sprague Ave., Wyoming Seminary, Kingston. 7 p.m. March 30. Free. 570-270-2192.
East German Film Festival, a screening of “The Lost Angel,” a film about artist Ernst Barlach whose sculpture “The Hovering Angel” was confiscated by the Nazis. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. 7:30 p.m. March 30. Free. 570-941-4014.
Coloring for Adults. Experience the relaxing art of coloring. Supplies provided or bring your own. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. March 31. Free. 570-821-1959.
Scranton Cultural Center Honors, the inaugural event honoring Allied Services, Broadway Theatre League of Scranton/NAC Entertainment, Lackawanna County Department of Arts & Culture and People’s Security Bank. With “heavy” hors d’oeuvres, premium open bar, desserts and entertainment. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 6 to 9 p.m. March 31. $100. 570-344-1111.
Healthy Nutrition, identifying intolerances that trigger inflammatory reactions and chronic health problems. Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. 6:30 p.m. March 31. Free. 570-586-8191.
East German Film Festival, a screening of “Five Days — Five Nights” (1961), about an exiled Communist searching for a collection of Old Masters paintings after the surrender of Germany in World War II. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. 7:30 p.m. March 31. Free. 570-941-4014.
An Age of Anxiety: A Roundtable, a discussion of how Americans are coping with international terrorism and the frequency of domestic public violence. Weinberg Memorial Library, University of Scranton. 5:30 p.m. April 1. Free but reservations required: 570-941-6206.
Classic Detectives, a screening of the Miss Marple mystery “The Mirror Crack’d” (1980) starring Angela Lansbury and Elizabeth Taylor. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. April 1. Refreshments served. 570-823-0156.
Spring Film Festival, 22 foreign, independent and art films shown in 21 days. Opens with a Gala Night with food, beer, wine, desserts and showings of “Brooklyn” and “The Lady in the Van” 5:30 p.m. April 1. $40. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Continues through April 21. $8.50 per film. Concludes with a post-fest film discussion 1 p.m. April 22. 570-996-1500 or dietrichtheater.com.
An Age of Anxiety, a roundtable discussion about the frequency of attacks of international terrorism and domestic violence. Room 305, Weinberg Memorial Library, University of Scranton. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 1. Free but registration required. 570-941-6206.
Celebrity Bartending Happy Hour, presented by Pittston Area’s Baseball Booster Club. With food, drinks and basket raffles. The Red Mill, 340 S. Main St., Pittston. 6 to 9 p.m. April 1. 570-654-5505.
300 Years: History of the Wyoming Valley: Chapter 1 — Between the Mountain 1675-1800 with a documentary examining the topography of the Wyoming Valley, Native American travelers and settlements. Followed by a talk on native trails and villages, the Battle of Wyoming and eearly settler Nathan Denison. With historian Clark Switzer and Robert Mischak. 10:30 a.m. April 2 at the Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. Free. 570-821-1959.
Spring Wine Festival, with 18 wineries, food and craft vendors, jazz music and commemorative wine glasses. Bear Creek Mountain Resort, 101 Doe Mountain Lane, Lehigh Valley. Noon to 5 p.m. April 2 and 3. $25 advance; $30 at the door; $5 designated drivers. 610-682-7100.
Community Contra Dance, with music by Smash the Windows and calling by Hilton Baxter. No partner or previous experience necessary. Church of Christ Uniting, 776 Market St., Kingston. April 2 with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. and dancing at 7 p.m. Pay what you wish. 570-333-4007.
Schemel Forum Luncheon, with a talk on “Please Pay Attention (it could change your brain!): Insights into How Mindfulness Helps Us Change Our Habits” by medical researcher Judson Brewer. Rose Room, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. Noon on April 4. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
300 Years: History of the Wyoming Valley: Chapter 2 — The Secrets of Home 1800-1865 including the growth of canals, business expansion, local churches and the beginnings of the coal industry and the Civil War. With historians Clark Switzer and Tony Brooks. 6 p.m. April 4 at the Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre; and 10:30 a.m. April 9 at the Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. Free. 570-821-1959.
Live Your Best Life, a talk on living wills with Lisa Orlandini of VNA Hospice and Home Health. Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 6 p.m. April 4. Registration: 570-287-2013.
Monday Night Bingo. Northmoreland Township Volunteer Fire Company, 1618 Demunds Road, Tunkhannock. 6:30 p.m. April 4. 570-333-4906.
Red Green: I’m Not Old, I’m Ripe, the humorist and TV “handyman” personality, who believes that “anything is possible if you use duct tape.” F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. April 4. $53. 570-826-1100.
Nanticoke Bingo, with cash prizes, food and door prizes. West Side Playground, 389 W. Grand St., Nanticoke. April 5 with doors at 5:15 p.m. and games at 6 p.m. Non-smoking. 570-735-6820.
Racism in the American Education System, a talk by philosopher Derrick Darby titled “Old Poison in New Bottles: How Racism Thrives in Integrated Schools and Why This Is a Problem of Justice.” Burke Auditorium, William G. McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. April 5. Free. 570-208-5900,ext. 5689.
The Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock opens its 21-day Spring Film Festival on April 1 with a Gala Night of food, spirits and movies. One of the featured films is ‘Brooklyn’ starring Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan.
Duo Smash the Windows (Bruce Young and Peggy Shutes) will play for a Community Contra Dance April 2 at the Church of Christ Uniting in Kingston.
Television handyman Red Green will bring his humor to the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on April 4.