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This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: April 10 - April 16

There's always something good happening in downtown Wilkes-Barre!
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April 10 - April 16, 2018
 
'There's nothing to do around here." How many times have you heard that tired complaint?

Well, one look at the litany of downtown activities and events listed below should be enough to cure anyone of that misconception.

Here's a small sample of everything that's happening in our center city this week:
I could go on, but you get the idea.

So, the next time you hear someone say "there's nothing to do around here," try forwarding this email. And remember: this is just one week in April . . .  and there's even more to come.


Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!

Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org
 
This Week at the F.M. Kirby Center
 

Downtown Events

Tuesday, April 10
Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre Weekly Meeting

TIME: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
PLACE: Genetti Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

The Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre meets every Tuesday at noon. We are neighbors and community leaders uniting for the common good. The meeting is open to members and their guests, prospective members, and visiting Rotarians.
More information: www.facebook.com/RotaryClubofWilkesBarrePa

Tuesday, April 10
The F.M. Kirby Center presents Theresa Caputo Live! 

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Theresa Caputo, star of TLC’s Long Island Medium, will be appearing live at the F.M. Kirby Center. Theresa will share personal stories about her life and explain how her gift works. She will deliver healing messages to audience members and give people comfort knowing that their loved ones who passed are still with them - just in a different way. Tickets start at $39.75.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org  or 570-826-1100.

Wednesday, April 11
Sordoni Lecture Series: Curator's Tour

TIME: 4:30 PM
PLACE: Sordoni Art Gallery, 141 South Main Street

Stanley I Grand, curator of the Sordoni Art Gallery's new "Selections from the Sordoni Collection of American Illustration & Comic Art" exhibit, will lead a free guided tour of this landmark show. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu/sordoniartgallery or 570-408-3365. 

Wednesday, April 11
Osterhout Teen Night: National Pet Day
TIME: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Every Wednesday night is Teen Night at the Osterhout! This week is National Pet Day and your chance to meet Raven! Raven is 9 years old; she’ll be at the Library to help celebrate National Pet Day, where we’ll talk about our own pets, pet ownership, and responsibility. We’re also planning on making dog and cat toys for our own pets. This event is free and open to teenagers ages 12-18. Light refreshments will be served. 
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-821-0156.

Thursday, April 12 
Wilkes-Barre Connect Honor Series: "Boots to Business Reboot"
TIME: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes-Barre's THINK Center, 7 South Main Street

The SBA Boots to Business Reboot invites veterans and spouses of veterans to a day-long program specifically designed for veterans interested in entrepreneurship. From 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM,  speakers from the SBDC, NEPA Alliance, SCORE, Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, P.C, AGEX Financial, CareerLink, and others will explore a range of topics related to starting and succeeding in business. The program concludes with a 4:30 PM public networking mixer.
More information and to register: www.wilkesbarreconnect.org or 570- 823-2101.

Thursday, April 12
Wilkes University United Nations Lecture Series: Robert Skinner

TIME: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Henry Student Center, 84 W. South Street

Robert Skinner, Director of the United Nations Information Centre, will be the speaker during Wilkes University's latest United Nations Lecture titled, "The United Nations in a Time of Transition: Its Role and Challenges." Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4330.


Thursday,  April 12
LCHS Lecture: Baseball in 1860

TIME: 6:00 PM 
PLACE: Luzerne County Historical Society, 49 S. Franklin Street

Just in time for the start of the 2018 baseball season, the Luzerne County Historical Society presents a lecture on early baseball. LCHS Director of Operations and Programs Mark Riccetti Jr. will serve as your guide to the very different-looking national pastime of 1860, using illustrations and actual period equipment to demonstrate how the game evolved into its current form. Free for members; $5 for non-members and $3 for children.
More information: www.luzernehistory.org/  or 570-823-6244 ext.3.

Thursday, April 12
Osterhout Socrates Discussion Group 

TIME: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

These gatherings bring together people from all walks of life and experiences to raise questions, listen to, and discuss a topic chosen by the group that evening. Socrates, the Greek philosopher after whom the group is named, exhorted his students to “follow the argument wherever it leads.” All sessions are committed to open, respectful and philosophical discussion and debate. No prior learning is required. Free and open to the public; coffee will be served. 
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.

 
Thursday, April 12
Penn State "On the Move" Spring Film & Discussion Series: American Graffiti

TIME: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes-Barre Movies 14, 24 East Northampton Street

 
2018's Spring Film & Discussion Series at Movies 14, presented by Penn State Wilkes-Barre and the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber, concludes with American Graffiti. Street rods, foreign cars, motorcycles and more take us back to our high school years. Series tickets: $25 (includes pre-film lecture and post-film discussion). Participants also earn continuing education credits upon series completion.
More information: http://wilkesbarre.psu.edu/film-discussion-series or 570-675-9253.

Thursday, April 12
King’s College Theatre presents Time Stands Still

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: George P. Maffei II Theatre, King’s College Administration Building,133 North River Street
 
King’s College Theatre Department presents playwright Donald Margulies' acclaimed drama “Time Stands Still.” The story focuses on Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent, trying to find happiness after returning home from covering the horrors of the Iraq War. Admission: $12 for general admission; $7 for senior citizens; $5 for King’s alumni and non-King’s students.
More information or tickets: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5825.

Thursday, April 12
Wilkes University Theatre presents A Chorus Line

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts, West South Street 

Wilkes University Theatre presents "A Chorus Line." This musical captures the spirit of a Broadway audition, with its competition and emotional pain, in a stunning celebration of the unsung chorus dancer. Featuring one powerhouse number after another, "A Chorus Line" is a classic of American theatre. Tickets: $10; $5 for students and seniors; free for Wilkes students, faculty and staff with ID. 
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4540.

Thursday, April 12 
McGlynn Center 30th Anniversary Reception

TIME: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
PLACE: Genetti Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

Please join the McGlynn Center as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary, honoring the Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic and the Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority. We will have amazing Basket Raffles, a Garden of Hope and a Pearl Harvest. Tickets: $35.00; includes a complimentary glass of wine or beer, followed by a cash bar and hors d'ouevres.   Please call to register. 
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/578825442476929/ or  570-824-8891.

Thursday, April 12
Yom Hashoah Community Program: "Rescue in the Phillipines"

TIME: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
PLACE: Wilkes-Barre Jewish Community Center, 60 South River Street

In commemoration of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), the Jewish Community Alliance is screening "Rescue in the Philippines," a documentary about how the five Frieder brothers, businessmen making cigars in pre-WWII Manila, helped 1,300 Jews escape the Nazis. Karen Lichtig, a former Wyoming Valley resident whose family is featured in the movie, will be the guest speaker. The movie will follow a Remembrance service and a candle lighting by second generation survivors. Free and open to the public; RSVP to 570-824-4646.
More information and to RSVP: www.jewishwilkes-barre.org or 570-824-4646.

Friday, April 13
Campion Literary Society Writing Workshop

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE:  King’s College Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, West Jackson Street

King's College's Campion Literary Society Workshops are hour-long, informal writing classes. Workshops are themed, free, and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900 x 5487.

Friday, April 13
King’s College Theatre presents Time Stands Still

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: George P. Maffei II Theatre, King’s College Administration Building,133 North River Street
 
King’s College Theatre Department presents playwright Donald Margulies' acclaimed drama “Time Stands Still.” The story focuses on Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent, trying to find happiness after returning home from covering the horrors of the Iraq War. Admission: $12 for general admission; $7 for senior citizens; $5 for King’s alumni and non-King’s students.
More information or tickets: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5825.

Friday, April 13
The F.M. Kirby Center presents "The Wizard of Oz"

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful "Wizard of Oz," twists its way into the F.M. Kirby Center! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto, and their friends - the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow - in this lavish production featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography, and classic songs. Tickets start at $45.00.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org  or 570-826-1100.

Friday, April 13
Wilkes University Theatre presents A Chorus Line

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts, West South Street 

Wilkes University Theatre presents "A Chorus Line." This musical captures the spirit of a Broadway audition, with its competition and emotional pain, in a stunning celebration of the unsung chorus dancer. Featuring one powerhouse number after another, "A Chorus Line" is a classic of American theatre. Tickets: $10; $5 for students and seniors; free for Wilkes students, faculty and staff with ID. 
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4540.

Saturday, April 14
Around Town Bicycles Saturday Morning Ride

TIME: 8:00 AM
PLACE: Around Town Bicycles, Rear 59 North Main Street

Join other area bicyclists for the weekly Saturday Morning Ride. At this point, the weekly ride starts at 8:00 AM. It is a progressive ride starting with flat training. There are stops for regrouping, and no riders are left behind. Bagels, coffee and juice are served after the ride. Road bikes recommended.
More information: www.atownbikes.com or 570-970-3008.

Saturday, April 14
Osterhout Wanna Rock NEPA
TIME: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Wanna Rock NEPA? Come to the Osterhout Free Library this Saturday for a rock-painting meetup. What's the deal with painted rocks? It's a way of spreading free art and smiles around the community by painting a rock, labeling it to be kept or re-hiden, and placed for someone else to find an enjoy. Bring your own rocks and supplies to paint. You can hide your rocks in the community for someone to find! Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-1959.

Saturday, April 14
Osterhout "One More Row" Knit and Crochet Group

TIME: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Learn, share, knit or crochet! Come out and join our knit and crochet group! New members are welcome. Free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. 
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.

Saturday, April 14
R/C Movies 14 presents the New York City Metropolitan Opera Live in HD

TIME: 12:30 PM
PLACE: R/C Movies 14, 24 East Northampton Street

Fathom Events and The Met: Live in HD present a broadcast of Verdi's Luisa Miller, live at Wilkes-Barre Movies 14. Plácido Do6mingo stars in this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczala in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years.
More information: http://rctheatres.com/met-opera

Saturday, April 14
Wilkes University Theatre presents A Chorus Line

TIME: 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts, West South Street 

Wilkes University Theatre presents "A Chorus Line." This musical captures the spirit of a Broadway audition, with its competition and emotional pain, in a stunning celebration of the unsung chorus dancer. Featuring one powerhouse number after another, "A Chorus Line" is a classic of American theatre. Tickets: $10; $5 for students and seniors; free for Wilkes students, faculty and staff with ID. 
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4540.

Saturday, April 14
King’s College Theatre presents Time Stands Still

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: George P. Maffei II Theatre, King’s College Administration Building,133 North River Street
 
King’s College Theatre Department presents playwright Donald Margulies' acclaimed drama “Time Stands Still.” The story focuses on Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent, trying to find happiness after returning home from covering the horrors of the Iraq War. Admission: $12 for general admission; $7 for senior citizens; $5 for King’s alumni and non-King’s students.
More information or tickets: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5825.

 
Saturday, April 14
The F.M. Kirby Center presents The Drifters

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

 
The Drifters have hit many historic records, including being the first musical group to sell 2 million records with their pop classic "Up On The Roof," and the first African American vocal group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Now one of Rock & Roll’s founding vocal groups is once again touring the US, with a stop at the F.M. Kirby Center! Tickets start at $25.00.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org  or 570-826-1100.

Saturday, April 14
Opening Night of Karl Hall

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: Karl Hall, 57B North Main Street

Karl Hall, Downtown Wilkes-Barre's newest live-music venue, hosts nationally -touring act "Everything Turned To Color" during its opening night. The evening will also feature performances by special guests and local artists Rosary Guild and Joe Burke. All ages are welcome; the evening is BYOB. The venue has a capacity of 130 for standing shows and 85 for seated shows; patrons will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets: $10.00.
More information: https://karlhall.org/

Sunday, April 15
12th Annual 
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
 Car Show
TIME: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Henry Student Center, 84 W. South Street

The 12th annual American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Car Show at Wilkes University will be held on Sunday, April 15. The event will be held in the parking lot behind the Henry Student Center. Those interested in participating may register a vehicle on the day of the event beginning at 8:30 AM. The rain date is April 22.  The show is free for spectators.
More information: www.wilkes.edu.

Sunday, April 15
Wilkes University Theatre presents A Chorus Line

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts, West South Street 

Wilkes University Theatre presents "A Chorus Line." This musical captures the spirit of a Broadway audition, with its competition and emotional pain, in a stunning celebration of the unsung chorus dancer. Featuring one powerhouse number after another, "A Chorus Line" is a classic of American theatre. Tickets: $10; $5 for students and seniors; free for Wilkes students, faculty and staff with ID. 
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4540.
 
Sunday, April 15
Wilkes University presents T-Pain in concert

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

 
The Wilkes University Programming Board (WUPB) presents T-Pain during their annual spring concert at the F.M. Kirby Center. With 60 hit songs under his belt and two Grammy trophies on his mantle, T-Pain has cemented himself as one of the most influential artists of all time. Tickets: $30.00 plus tax. 
More information: www.kirbycenter.org  or 570-826-1100. 
 
Downtown Exhibits
 
Luzerne County Historical Society Museum
(69 South Franklin Street)
HOURS:  Wednesday through Friday, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM; Saturday, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

Native Americans of Wyoming Valley
Permanent exhibition
 
The permanent exhibit on the Native American inhabitants of the area includes local artifacts ranging from stone implements of the Archaic period to the archeological evidence of European influence.

"This Momentous and Tragic Day:" Hurricane Agnes at 45

This exhibit looks back at the devastating flood that affected the lives of many Valley residents. Using photographs, documents and objects associated with the storm and its aftermath, the exhibition explores what happened, how we recovered and asks, "Could it happen again?"

Visitors: if you are planning on visiting the Museum on Saturday, please call us in advance to ensure we will be open for your visit. 

More information: www.luzernehistory.org or 570-823-6244.

King’s College Widmann Art Gallery
(Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, between N. Main and N. Franklin Sts.)

HOURS: Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

"Serene Scenery: Elevating the Everyday Landscapes" Art Exhibition 
DATES: April 2 - April 27

Artist Frank Wengen will display a collection of creative works during a free public art exhibition, titled “Serene Scenery: Elevating the Everyday Landscape.”


More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900, ext. 5328.

Marquis Art & Frame Second Floor Gallery
(122 South Main Street):

HOURS: 9:00 PM - 5:00 PM; Third Friday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The Second Floor Gallery's next exhibition, featuring art by Robert Husty (painting), Frank Mariano (sculptor) and John Pacovsky (painting), will open on April 20, 2018.


More information: www.marquisartframe.com or 570-823-0518.

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University
(Sordoni Art Gallery, 141 South Main Street)

HOURS: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 PM -5:00 PM; Thursday, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

"Selections from the Sordoni Collection of American Illustration & Comic Art" 
DATES: April 7 - May 20

This landmark exhibition features more than 100 years of the art of illustration. Often featured in advertising, these works stand alone as works of art. Artist featured are: NC Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, and Chris Payne.


More information: http://wilkes.edu/SordoniArtGallery.

Wyoming Valley Art League's Circle Center for the Arts
(130 South Franklin Street):

HOURS: Tuesday-Thursday, 12:00 PM -4:00 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM -8:00 PM

WVAL Members Exhibition
DATES: March 19 - April 12

The exhibition features recent two-dimensional and three-dimensional artworks of WVAL Members in a variety of mediums and styles. 

More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.

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Wilkes University's Sordoni Art Gallery was bustling on this past Saturday afternoon during the opening of the gallery's latest major exhibit, "Selections from the Sordoni Collection of American Illustration & Comic Art." Be sure to check it out - right here in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
 

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This week's historic building is:

Colonel Asher Miner residence (1895)
292 South Franklin Street
 
The enormous brick Queen Anne mansion anchoring the northeast corner of South Franklin and West South Streets was built as the home of Asher Miner, president of the Miner-Hillard Milling Company (once the center of its namesake neighborhood of Miners Mills). Wilkes-Barre architect Thomas Podmore designed this home, with its soaring roofs and swelling porches. Miner – scion of one of the city’s most prominent local families – served as a State Representative and as Colonel of the 109th Field Artillery during World War I, winning the Distinguished Service Cross; South Wilkes-Barre’s Miner Park was named for him.
 
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