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This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: February 11 - February 17, 2014

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February 11-February 17, 2014

Valentine’s Day is this Friday, February 14 and – when it comes to planning the perfect gift for your valentine – all you need is Downtown! Whether you’re shopping for jewelry or something out of the ordinary, flowers for your sweetheart or a romantic dinner for two, you can find everything right here in Downtown Wilkes-Barre. Let our Downtown Business Guide direct you to the merchants and restaurants that can help make your Valentine’s Day special. 
 
When the big day arrives, consider planning a night on the town that doesn’t involve driving from place to place and searching for parking. Check out all the fantastic events listed below: whether you choose to combine Valentine’s Day dinner with a Broadway classic, a comic song-and-sketch review, a singer-songwriter in concert, or a Hollywood blockbuster, you can find it all right here in Downtown – together with Greater Wilkes-Barre’s best selection of restaurants.
 
So, take advantage of all that you can find in our walkable center city to make your Valentine’s Day extra special.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
 
Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org

A reminder for Downtown residents: your garbage and recycling schedule has recently changed! Monday is now the City’s weekly garbage pickup day for all of Downtown and a portion of South Wilkes-Barre. The City will also be collecting your commingled recycling each Monday when it picks up garbage from Downtown households. Additional information, including pickup zone maps, may be found on the City’s website at www.wilkes-barre.pa.us.

Downtown Events


Tuesday, February 11
King’s College Saint André Bessette Lecture: Dr. F. Daniel Davis

TIME: 4:00 PM
PLACE: Burke Auditorium, King’s McGowan School of Business
 
Dr. F. Daniel Davis, director of bioethics for Geisinger Health System, will deliver the 2014 Saint André Bessette Lecture, titled “Between Duty and Virtue: Ethics in Medicine,” Davis came to Geisinger in 2012 with more than 20 years experience in theoretical and applied bioethics. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900 x 5689.
 
Tuesday, February 11
Wyoming Valley Art League Movie Night: The Rape of Europa

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: Wyoming Valley Art League, Rear 130 South Franklin Street
 
Would you like to learn more about the events dramatized in the current movie The Monuments Men? The Wyoming Valley Art League will present a free showing of the 2006 documentary/drama The Rape Of Europa. You will be amazed at what you learn about the Nazis’ theft and appropriation of masterpieces that had been in the great museums of Europe. Free and open to the public.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/wvartleague
 
Wednesday, February 12
NAWBO welcomes Jim Kane

TIME: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
PLACE: The Westmoreland Club, 49 South Franklin Street
 
Please help the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) welcome Jim Kane, established speaker, consultant, and author. Jim will be speaking about building and maintaining loyal relationships, including customer, employee, and vendor relationships. Come to acquire some tips and techniques to help you communicate how important these relationships are to your business and to you. This event is NOT just for NAWBO Members! Cost is $25 per person.
More information: www.nawbonepa.org
 
Wednesday, February 12
Gardner Educational Forum: Child Abuse and Mandatory Reporting

TIME: 4:30 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Marts Center Room 214, 274 South Franklin Street
 
Wilkes University’s Robert and Judith Gardner Educational Forum Series presents Karen Lindsey of the Victims Resource Center on the subject of Child Abuse and Mandatory Reporting. Free and open to the public; Pennsylvania certified teachers can earn Act 48 credit for their attendance and participation in the sessions.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4686.
 
Thursday, February 13
PA Careerlink Free Unemployment Seminar

TIME: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM (Registration 8:00 AM)
PLACE: PA Careerlink, 32 East Union Street
 
This free Careerlink seminar on “Suitable Work” will address the factors that determine “suitable work,” how to notify the UC office when suitable work is found, and additional protections that employers have when posting a Job Opening with PA Careerlink. Please register with <christinejensen@lswib.org> using UC SEMINAR in the subject line.
More information: christinejensen@lswib.org or 570-822-1101.
 
Thursday, February 13
Doktor Kaboom at the Kirby Center

TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
Kids will join Doktor Kaboom for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular (and often successful) science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate, and entertain. This one-of-a-kind performance will keep kids transfixed while exploring scientific content that ties into State- and Federally-mandated curriculum standards. (60 Minutes, Grades 2-6). Ticket price: $9.00.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Thursday, February 13
Socrates Cafe Discussion Group

TIME: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street
 
Discuss, listen to, and raise questions about a topic chosen that evening.
More information: www.osterhout.lib.pa.us or 570-821-1959,
 
Thursday, February 13
Cruise The World with Holland America Cruiseline

TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
PLACE: Sophia Room, Boscov's Department Store, 15 South Main Street
 
Join Boscov's Travel and Holland America Cruiseline to learn why a cruise with Holland America is a once-in-a-lifetime expierence. Sail many destinations aboard Holland America on their spacious and comfortable ships, first class dining and, entertainment and service.
More information: http://boscovstravel.com or 570-823-4141.
 
Thursday, February 13
King’s College Theatre presents Guys and Dolls

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: George P. Maffei II Theatre, King’s College Administration Building, 133 North River Street
 
The King’s College Theatre Department presents the classic American musical comedy Guys and Dolls from February 13 to 22. This oddball romantic comedy, set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York, soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends. Admission: $12, students/seniors $7.
More information or to reserve tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/558433 or 570-208-5825.
 
Friday, February 14
Winter Warmer Concert Series presents guitarist Janet Burgan

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 South Franklin Street
 
The Music from St. Stephen’s Winter Warmer Concert Series continues with acoustic guitarist Janet Burgan. Over the years, Janet has shared the stage with artists like Dwight Yoakam, Marcia Ball, and Marshall Crenshaw. Her performances include a mix of folksy covers and charming originals. The concert will be held in St. Stephen’s auditorium, and will include warm winter beverages. The concert will be 75 minutes with no intermission; a meet-the-artist reception will follow. Tickets are $15 ($10 for seniors, students, and WVIA members with ID). Free parking is available in the adjacent parking lot.
More information: www.ststephenswb.org or 570-704-7055.
 
Friday, February 14
King’s College Theatre presents Guys and Dolls

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: George P. Maffei II Theatre, King’s College Administration Building, 133 North River Street
 
The King’s College Theatre Department presents the classic American musical comedy Guys and Dolls from February 13 to 22. This oddball romantic comedy, set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York, soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends. Admission: $12, students/seniors $7.
More information or to reserve tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/558433 or 570-208-5825.
 
Friday, February 14
Wilkes University Theatre presents The No-Frills Revue

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street
 
Wilkes University Theatre presents The No-Frills Revue, an evening of sketch comedy and song set in our very own comedy club. Lively, musical and funny, The No-Frills Revue is the perfect “date night” evening of light entertainment. Admission: $10, students/seniors $5.
More information or to reserve tickets: www.wilkes.edu or (570) 408-4540.
 
Saturday, February 15
King’s College Theatre presents Guys and Dolls

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: George P. Maffei II Theatre, King’s College Administration Building, 133 North River Street
 
The King’s College Theatre Department presents the classic American musical comedy Guys and Dolls from February 13 to 22. This oddball romantic comedy, set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York, soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends. Admission: $12, students/seniors $7.
More information or to reserve tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/558433 or 570-208-5825.
 
Saturday, February 15
Wilkes University Theatre presents The No-Frills Revue

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street
 
Wilkes University Theatre presents The No-Frills Revue, an evening of sketch comedy and song set in our very own comedy club. Lively, musical and funny, The No-Frills Revue is the perfect “date night” evening of light entertainment. Admission: $10, students/seniors $5.
More information or to reserve tickets: www.wilkes.edu or (570) 408-4540.
 
Sunday, February 16
King’s College Theatre presents Guys and Dolls

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: George P. Maffei II Theatre, King’s College Administration Building, 133 North River Street
 
The King’s College Theatre Department presents the classic American musical comedy Guys and Dolls from February 13 to 22. This oddball romantic comedy, set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York, soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends. Admission: $12, students/seniors $7.
More information or to reserve tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/558433 or 570-208-5825.
 
Sunday, February 16
Wilkes University Theatre presents The No-Frills Revue

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street
 
Wilkes University Theatre presents The No-Frills Revue, an evening of sketch comedy and song set in our very own comedy club. Lively, musical and funny, The No-Frills Revue is the perfect “date night” evening of light entertainment. Admission: $10, students/seniors $5.
More information or to reserve tickets: www.wilkes.edu or (570) 408-4540.

Downtown Exhibits


King’s College Widmann Art Gallery
(Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center)
 
Spirited Energy by Michael Hiscox
DATES: January 13 through February 24, 2014
HOURS: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday
 
Local artist Michael Hiscox of Dallas will convey the action and energy of human activity in a collection of his works in a variety of media, ranging from watercolors to graphite, during an exhibition titled “Spirited Energy.” The artist’s goal is to capture the spirit, emotion, and craft of each activity.

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

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

 
A World Apart: the Legacy of George Gabin
DATES: January 14 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

During the month of February, the Luzerne County Historical Society Museum (69 South Franklin Street) will be closed for maintenance and cleaning. The museum will reopen on Tuesday, March 4th.
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This week's historic buildings are:

Chase Hall (1918)
184 South River Street
 
Kirby Hall (1872)
202 South River Street
 
Bedford Hall (1876)
96 West South Street
 
At the intersection of South River and West South Streets sit three more great legacies of Wilkes-Barre’s anthracite elite.
 
The Tudor Revival mass of Chase Hall, built for the president of the Lehigh Valley Coal Company by New York City architect A.F. Gilbert, sits next to the former residence of Fred M. Kirby, dime store magnate and philanthropist on a grand scale. Kirby purchased the mansion in 1905, three decades after New York City architect Frederick Clarke Withers had designed it for a local businessman. If Kirby Hall is open, go inside to enjoy its aristocratic interior.
 
Across the street, the spindly towers of Bedford Hall reach for the sky. Architect Bruce Price’s finest essay in the High Victorian Gothic Style was constructed as the home of attorney and industrialist George Bedford. Look at the way that Price used “polychrome” brickwork, in alternating patterns of black and red, to enliven the building’s exteriors.

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