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This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: April 22 - April 28, 2014

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April 22-April 28, 2014

Take a look below at the remarkable roster of events and activities during the next week: all of it is occurring in a span of seven days – and all within the 200 or so acres that comprise Downtown Wilkes-Barre.
 
This week, there are multiple shows at the Kirby Center, and concerts featuring a wide variety of choral and orchestral music. There are lectures and films, book discussions and study groups, car cruises and bicycle rides, and the City’s Cherry Blossom Festival in Kirby Park. It's quite a variety of choices - all within a short stroll!
 
It’s also worth noting two new downtown investments that will be unveiled this week. On Thursday evening, Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s Bright Lights, Fit City group will officially light the improved array of lights adorning the cherry trees around the outer edge of Public Square. On Saturday, the Westmoreland Club, at 59 South Franklin Street, celebrates the opening of The Porch, an extensive new addition offering a beautiful setting for outdoor dining for its members.
 
These are two different types of investments, but they both symbolize the positive momentum that is moving Downtown Wilkes-Barre forward. Taken together, they illustrate a collective commitment to Downtown renewal that slowly and steadily continues to improve our central city.
 
So, this week, come Downtown for a show, a concert, or an exhibit. Check out Public Square’s cherry blossoms (and their nighttime lighting), or stroll across the Market Street Bridge to Kirby Park. Grab a bite to eat, or some dessert, or something from one of Downtown’s many merchants. There’s so much to do in this - everyone's neighborhood – and it keeps getting better every day.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
 
Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org


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Downtown Events


Wednesday, April 23
Job Fair - Luzerne County Reentry Committee
TIME: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PLACE: Jewelcor Building, 100 North Wilkes-Barre Boulevard
 
Luzerne County Reentry Committee is partnering with PA CareerLink Luzerne County to host the 2nd Annual Job Fair for all Work Release, Day Reporting Center, Treatment Court & Probation/Parole participants. To confirm your participation, please contact Grace Franks of Luzerne County.
More information: grace.franks@luzernecounty.org
 
Wednesday, April 23
Family Business Alliance Economic Summit - What Trends Mean for You and Your Business

TIME: 5:30 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Henry Student Center Ballroom
 
The Family Business Alliance of Wilkes University presents Sam Fraundorf of Wilmington Trust Investment Advisors. Registration is required for the free event. Contact FBA executive director Lanie Jordan at 570-408-2120 or Meliss.Jordan@wilkes.edu.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-2120.
 
Wednesday, April 23
Osterhout Teen Library Council

TIME: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street
 
The Osterhout’s Teen Library Council will meet on Wednesday, April 23rd in the Reading Room.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-821-1959.
 
Thursday, April 24
Wilkes University United Nations Lecture Series: Ambassador Ahmed Sareer

TIME: 4:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Henry Student Center Miller Room, 84 West South Street
 
The Wilkes University United Nations Speaker Series will feature Ahmed Sareer, Ambassador of the mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations, on Thursday, April 24. Sareer will speak about climate change and the Maldives. The lecture is free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu 
 
Thursday, April 24
Penn State Wilkes-Barre Film & Discussion Series: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: R/C Wilkes-Barre Movies 14, 24 East Northampton Street
 
A truly magical finale to the series! This first book-to-film in the Harry Potter series shows us why J.K. Rowling is the world's best-selling author. Penn State Wilkes-Barre and the Greater Wilkes Barre Chamber of Commerce present this film & discussion including pre-film lecture and stimulating post-film discussion. Cost is $40 per person (Discounts may apply.) Participants earn continuing education credit upon series completion.
More information: http://wb.psu.edu/ce or 570-675-9253.
 
Thursday, April 24
Live at the Kirby Center: Brian Regan

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
Back by popular demand, don't miss a laugh-out-loud evening with comedian Brian Regan when he makes his much-anticipated return. Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country, with his perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality. He continues to fill theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations, as his clean, off-center humor continues to earn praises from critics and contemporaries alike. Tickets start at $41.50.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Thursday, April 24
Lights of Public Square Reveal

TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
PLACE: Public Square
 
Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s Bright Lights, Fit City group invites you to join us for the BIG reveal of new and improved, energy efficient, and all-around cool lighting we've installed on the trees lining Public Square! As we wait for the sun to go down and the lights to come up, enjoy a walk downtown or a visit to one of center city’s restaurants or shops. When the sun goes down, you'll see nearly 17,000 new bright lights, illuminated upon the 30+ trees of Public Square. Please join us in celebrating a brighter, safer, and even more inviting downtown as we light the trees at 8:00 PM. 
More information: www.facebook.com/brightlightsfitcity or email us at brightlightsfitcity@gmail.com.
 
Friday, April 25
Cantores Christi Regis Choir Spring Concert

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: King’s College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, North Franklin and West Jackson Streets
 
Cantores Christi Regis, King's College’s 28-member choral group, will perform a program of classical and contemporary, sacred and secular choral music. Selections include Kyrie from Mass in G by Schubert, At the River adapted by Copland, The Way You Look Tonight arranged by Kirby Shaw, and Three Madrigals by Emma Lou Diemer. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5957.
 
Friday, April 25
Luzerne County Historical Society Annual Dinner Meeting

TIME: 5:30 PM
PLACE: Westmoreland Club, 59 South Franklin Street
 
The Luzerne County Historical Society holds its 156th Annual Dinner Meeting and Silent Auction. Our Speaker will be Serena Georgia Bellew, Director of the Bureau for Historic Preservation, Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission, who will be speaking on Historic Preservation in the Wyoming Valley. Some recently restored portraits from our collections will be on display at the Westmoreland Club. Reservations are required: $65 for LCHS members, $75 for nonmembers.
More information or reservations: www.luzernehistory.org or 570-823-6244 x 3.
 
Friday, April 25
Public Square Car & Bike Cruise

TIME: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square
 
It’s time for the inaugural event of the 2014 season of the monthly Public Square Car & Bike Cruise, sponsored by the NEPA Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, and held on the final Friday of each month on Public Square. Anything with wheels is welcome to participate: "If it has wheels, it's welcome!" Registration is free.
More information: www.facebook.com/wbcarcruise
 
Friday, April 25
Kirby Center presents Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries

TIME: 6:30 PM
PLACE: F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
The much-loved Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang take center stage in an all-new family musical, Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries. Featuring everyone’s favorite characters from one of television’s longest-running animated series, Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries is set to thrill audiences at the F.M. Kirby Center on Friday, April 25. Tickets start at $27.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Saturday, April 26
Around Town Bicycles Saturday Morning Ride

TIME: 7:45 AM
PLACE: Around Town Bicycles, Rear 59 North Main Street
 
Join other area bicyclists for the weekly Saturday Morning Ride. Rides will start at 8:00 AM. For now, the ride is about 20-25 miles in length at a 13-15 mph average. As the season progresses, the ride will get longer and incorporate more hills. There are stops for regrouping, and no riders are left behind. Bagels, coffee and juice are served after the ride. Road bike recommended.
More information: www.atownbikes.com or 570-970-3008.
 
Saturday, April 26
One More Row Knit & Crochet Group

TIME: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street
 
Learn, share and knit or crochet! All ages and beginners welcome. Free and open to the public. Call 570-821-1959 to register.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-821-1959.
 
Saturday, April 26
2014 City of Wilkes-Barre Cherry Blossom Festival

TIME: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
PLACE: Kirby Park
On April 26 and 27, Wilkes-Barre's beautiful Kirby Park will welcome thousands to the Cherry Blossom Festival. This year, we are proud to present two days of free, family-friendly entertainment, as well as delicious food, fun rides and handmade arts and crafts.
More information: www.wilkes-barre.pa.us
 
Saturday, April 26
Hannah Packard James- Highlights in Osterhout Free Library's Early History

TIME: 1:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street
 
Bernadette Lear, librarian at Penn State, discusses Wilkes-Barre's first public librarian & a Pennsylvania Library Association founder, Hannah Packard James, and other early library history. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-821-1959.
 
Saturday, April 26
Franklin St. Sleuths Book Discussion

TIME: 6:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street
 
Join our book discussion of The Last Kashmiri Rose by Barbara Cleverly. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-821-1959.
 
Saturday, April 26
Choral Arts of Luzerne County Spring Concert

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 South Franklin Street
 
The Choral Arts of Luzerne County choir will be joined by members of the Wyoming Valley West High School Concert Choir in this performance of Mozart's Coronation Mass in C Major; Bruckner's Tota Pulcra Es; and a contemporary work, Casabianca by Michael Fili. Tickets: $15, seniors and students $10.
More information: http://www.choralartslc.org or 570-826-0410.
 
Saturday, April 26
Cantores Christi Regis Choir Spring Concert

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: King’s College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, North Franklin and West Jackson Streets
 
Cantores Christi Regis, King's College’s 28-member choral group, will perform a program of classical and contemporary, sacred and secular choral music. Selections include Kyrie from Mass in G by Schubert, At the River adapted by Copland, The Way You Look Tonight arranged by Kirby Shaw, and Three Madrigals by Emma Lou Diemer. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5957.
 
Saturday, April 26
The Kirby Center presents The Midtown Men

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
Featuring four stars from the original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys, The Midtown Men take their sensational sound on the road, bringing to life their favorite “Sixties Hits” from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Motown, The Four Seasons and more. Don’t miss this one-night-only performance! Tickets start at $35.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Sunday, April 27
Wilkes University ASME Auto Show

TIME: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
PLACE: Henry Student Center parking lot, 84 West South Street
 
Wilkes University’s Student Chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) will host its eighth annual auto show in the Wilkes University Henry Student Center parking lot. Entrance fee for cars is $15. The pre-registration link can be found on the wilkes.edu website by searching keywords "8th Annual Auto Show."
More information: www.wilkes.edu
 
Sunday, April 27
2014 City of Wilkes-Barre Cherry Blossom Festival

TIME: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
PLACE: Kirby Park
On April 26 and 27, Wilkes-Barre's beautiful Kirby Park will welcome thousands to the Cherry Blossom Festival. This year, we are proud to present two days of free, family-friendly entertainment, as well as delicious food, fun rides and handmade arts and crafts.
More information: www.wilkes-barre.pa.us
 
Sunday, April 27
Boscov’s Campus of Courses: Antique Appraisals

TIME: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
PLACE: Boscov’s Department Store Auditorium, 15 South Main Street
 
Did you always want to know if that certain something was really worth some money? Then this is the session for you! Bring one item to Cook & Cook Estate Liquidators and you will find out the value of your item. Also, meet some great people and have some fun learning about antiques! Free and open to the public.
More information: 570-823-4141.
 
Sunday, April 27
Wilkes University Civic Band in concert: Band Music from Around the World, Vol. 2

TIME: 3:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street
 
Featured performers in this Civic Band concert include Sienna Tabron, a junior at Wyoming Seminary, who will play a transcription of Ernesto LeCuona’s Malaguena on piano and the Wilkes Conservatory Indian Dance Ensemble performing Kevin Mixon’s Natya, an Indian dance-drama. Also featured are Grainger’s Duke of Marlboro Fanfare; the first movement of Mozart’s Gran Partita; Arabesque by Samuel Hazo; Variants On A Mediaeval Tune by Norman DelloJoio; George Washington Bridge by William Schuman; and March of the Belgian Paratroopers by Pierre Leemans. The concert is free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu
 
Sunday, April 27
“Polish the Gem” Berghaus Organ Recital

TIME: 4:00 PM
PLACE: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral,, 35 South Franklin Street
 
St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral celebrates the Eleventh Anniversary of the dedication of the Berghaus pipe organ with a recital by renowned organist Canon Mark Laubach. To celebrate the anniversary of his 2003 dedicatory recital, Canon Laubach has chosen a program of music which will entertain those listening and will also exploit the vast colors and range of the magnificent Berghaus Organ. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.ststephenswb.org or 570-825-6653.
 
Monday, April 28
Brown Bag Theatre

TIME: 12:30 PM
PLACE: George P. Maffei II Theatre, King’s College Administration Building
 
King's Players take the stage for noontime presentations of one-act plays. Admission is free.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570- 208-5825.
 
Monday, April 28
Evening of One Acts

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: George P. Maffei II Theatre, King’s College Administration Building
 
King's College Theatre students direct, produce, and perform one-act plays. Admission is $1.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570- 208-5825.

 

Downtown Exhibits

Luzerne County Historical Society Museum
(69 South Franklin Street):

HOURS: Tuesday-Friday, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM; Sat, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

She Rolled Up Her Sleeves: Luzerne County's Women at Work
DATES: March 4, 2014 through August 30, 2014
 
This exhibit is a tribute to the working women of Luzerne County – the pioneer women, miners’ wives, maids, canallers’ wives, factory workers, religious sisters, teachers, nurses, secretaries, clerks, waitresses, telephone operators, church and synagogue volunteers, and women in the military. A new quilt features blocks for each occupation and quilts from our collection will also be on display.
 
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.
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.)

 
Annual King's Communications Media Student Exhibit
DATES: April 28, 2014 through May 23, 2014
 
Works by King’s students in mass communication and sculpture and drawing classes will be on display.

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

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

 
Georgiana Cray Bart and Students in Studio Views 2014
DATES: March 21 to May 3
HOURS: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday-Saturday
 
This group exhibition presents artwork in many mediums from watercolor to acrylic, pencil to pastel, as Georgiana Cray Bart and her students exhibit their works. Store-side parking; Marquis’ second-floor gallery is accessible by stairs only.
More information: www.marquisartframe.com or 570-823-0518.

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University
(Stark Learning Center, 150 South River Street)

 
A World Apart: the Legacy of George Gabin
DATES: January 14, 2014 through May 11, 2014.
HOURS: 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Tuesday - Sunday
 
The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University presents the exhibition, A WORLD APART: THE LEGACY OF GEORGE GABIN, featuring a variety of works by the 20th century American imaginist painter and teacher at the Montserrat College of Art.
More information: http://www.wilkes.edu/pages/1531.asp

Wyoming Valley Art League
130 South Franklin Street

 
Intuitive Process
DATES: April 18, 2014 through May 20, 2014.
TIME: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
This group exhibition features stone sculpture by Robert Bergstrasser; ceramics by Mark Chuck; painting by Ethan Gerber; and photography by Allison Maslow.
 
WVAL Annual Spring Juried Exhibition
 
Works from the WVAL’s Annual Spring Juried Exhibition will be on display through May. The WVAL has accepted submissions in four categories: painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture/three-dimensional works.
 
More information: http://www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org/ or 570-288-1020.
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Mrs. George Weaver residence (1904)
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The Stegmaiers weren’t the only family of local brewers to call this block of South Franklin Street home at the turn of the last century. This brick Colonial Revival residence, with its swelling bays and central Palladian window trimmed in terra cotta, was designed by Wilkes-Barre architect Thomas Podmore for Mrs. George Weaver of Wilkes-Barre’s long-gone Reichard & Weaver Brewery – remnants of which still stand on Water Street near the Luzerne County Prison. In 1959, the Weaver residence became the District 1 offices of the United Mine Workers union. Wilkes University purchased the building from the UMW a decade later; in 1984, the building was renamed in honor of Dr. Robert Capin, Wilkes' third President, who retired that year.

 

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