This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: August 5 - August 11, 2014

This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: August 5 - August 11, 2014

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August 5-August 11, 2014

DOWNTOWN CONSTRUCTION NOTES:
The First National Bank Building masonry restoration and roof replacement project at 59 Public Square will begin on Monday, August 4, and work is expected to continue until November 2014. The pedestrian walkway from Public Square to the Intermodal facility, located between the Luzerne Bank Building and Rodano's restaurant, will be closed until construction is complete. Additionally, the Public Square sidewalk from Rodano's to the Luzerne Bank Building will be closed from Monday through Friday during this period. On the weekends, the Public Square sidewalk will be reopened to the public, but the intermodal walkway will remain closed for the entire construction period.

Downtown Events

Wednesday, August 6
Y Walk Wednesdays: America's First Park – the River Common

TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA lobby, 40 West Northampton Street
 
Walk Leader Scott Spinucci of AppleCart Media & Marketing will describe the history of America's first public park, from frontier forts and wars to floods and presidential visits and the recent rebirth of the new River Common. “Y Walk Wednesdays” are evening guided walks, approximately 90 minutes long. In case of rain, the walk will be postponed to the following evening. Free and open to the public.
More information: http://www.kazpassport.org/ or 570-823-2191.
 
Thursday, August 7
Wilkes-Barre Farmer's Market: Performing Arts Day

TIME: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square
 
Thursday is Farmer’s Market Day in Downtown Wilkes-Barre! August 7 is Performing Arts Day at the Market, with musical performances by local artists from 11 AM to 3 PM, featuring the YOUniversal Suzuki Strings and much, much more! Full of family fun, music, food, crafts, and, of course, the highest quality fresh produce from local growers, the Wilkes-Barre Farmers' Market is the place to be this summer! Free and open to the public.
More information: http://www.wilkes-barre.pa.us/farmersm.php or 570-208-4149.
 
Thursday, August 7
In the Heights

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
A special presentation by the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary Musical Theater Program, In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In the Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. Tickets: adults $20; students and seniors $12.
More information or tickets: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Friday, August 8
Fountain Fridays at the Millennium Circle

TIME: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
PLACE: Millennium Circle, River Common, North River Street
 
Thanks to Luzerne County and the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority, the fun, family-friendly fountain at the Millennium Circle (the portal on the King’s College side of the River Common) will be operational every Friday during the summer from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Bring the kids and stop by! Free and open to the public.
More information: www.riverfrontparks.com
 
Friday, August 8
Brewsterhout Patio Party

TIME: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library lawn and building, 71 South Franklin Street
 
Help raise funds for the Osterhout Free Library by attending the annual Brewsterhout Patio Party (formerly the Rooftop Party)! Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Ticket gets you food, drinks and entertainment. Guests must be 21 years old.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156 ext. 218.
 
Friday, August 8
Jewish Community Friday Nite Live on the River Common

TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: Jewish Community Center, 60 South River Street/River Common amphitheater
 
The Jewish Community Center, Temple B’nai B’rith, and Temple Israel present a Friday Nite Live community service on the River Common. Rabbi Larry Kaplan, Rabbi Roger Lerner, and Cantor Ahron Abraham will lead Friday night services on the River Common. Services will begin at 6:15 PM, followed by an Italian dinner at the JCC. Meet at the JCC at 6:00 PM; transportation will be available to the amphitheater. Dinner cost: $11 adults; $6 children 12 – 4.
More information: www.jewishwilkes-barre.org or 570-824-4646.
 
Friday, August 8
In the Heights

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
A special presentation by the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary Musical Theater Program, In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In the Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. Tickets: adults $20; students and seniors $12.
More information or tickets: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Saturday, August 9
Around Town Bicycles Saturday Morning Ride

TIME: 7:30 AM
PLACE: Around Town Bicycles, Rear 59 North Main Street
 
Join other area bicyclists for the weekly Saturday Morning Ride. 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 bikes recommended.
More information: www.atownbikes.com or 570-970-3008.
 
Saturday, August 9
Yoga on the River Common

TIME: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
PLACE: Millennium Circle Portal, River Common
 
This summer, Melt Hot Yoga, Balance Yoga, and Lotus Pug Yoga will once again team up to teach a free community yoga class on the River Common every Saturday until Labor Day. Free and open to the public; please bring a mat and a bottle of water. In the event of bad weather, check any of the participating yoga studio’s Facebook pages.
More information: www.facebook.com/balanceyogastudiopa or www.facebook.com/LotusPugYoga
 
Saturday, August 9
Fountain at the Millennium Circle

TIME: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
PLACE: Millennium Circle, River Common, North River Street
 
Thanks to Luzerne County and the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority, the fun, family-friendly fountain at the Millennium Circle (the portal on the King’s College side of the River Common) will be operational every Saturday during the remainder of the summer from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Bring the kids and stop by! Free and open to the public.
More information: www.riverfrontparks.com
 
Saturday, August 9
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.
 
Sunday, August 10
Fountain at the Millennium Circle

TIME: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
PLACE: Millennium Circle, River Common, North River Street
 
Thanks to Luzerne County and the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority, the fun, family-friendly fountain at the Millennium Circle (the portal on the King’s College side of the River Common) will be operational every Sunday during the remainder of the summer from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Bring the kids and stop by! Free and open to the public.
More information: www.riverfrontparks.com
 
Sunday, August 10
The Kirby Center’s W. Curtis Montz Film Series: The Maltese Falcon

TIME: 2:00 PM (matinee) and 6:00 PM (evening screening)
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
The 2014 edition of the W. Curtis Montz Film Series, which offers critically acclaimed films on the area’s largest screen, presents the 1941 classic The Maltese Falcon, in which private detective played by Humphrey Bogart takes on a case entangling him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their mutual quest for a priceless statuette. Ticket prices range from $4 (matinees) to $6 (evening screening); students with a valid I.D. pay $3.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826- 1100.


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.

Quilt Exhibit
DATES: March 4, 2014 through August 30, 2014

The Luzerne County Historical Society currently has twenty historic quilts on display. The quilts, from the Society’s collections, include many patterns, types and sizes from the nineteenth and early twentieth century. These handmade quilts have been collected by the Society over the years.

 
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.)

HOURS: Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM; Saturday and Sunday, as arranged.
 
“Disguised Inspirations” – work by Omar Rodriguez, Jr.
DATES: June 2, 2014 through August 11, 2014

Artist Omar Rodriguez, Jr., will display a collection of works focusing on life’s hidden inspirations in variety of mediums, including graphite drawings, black-and-white charcoal works and oil paintings in this free public exhibition. Rodriguez has displayed his artwork in galleries across the country, and his work has been recognized with several prestigious awards including placing in the Art Renewal Center's Scholarship Competition, and being named a finalist in “International Artist” magazine.

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


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

 
Harmonious Reflections Group Exhibit
DATES: July 18, 2014 through September 6, 2014

Harmonious Reflections is a group exhibition featuring works by painter and sculptor Mark Boyer Dryfoos, textile artist Kerry Burke, and photographer Mindy Nardone. 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)


The next exhibition at the Sordoni Art Gallery will open on August 26, 2014.
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