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This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: June 3- 9, 2014

Plenty to do in Wilkes-Barre
June 3-June 9, 2014

Now that the warm weather is here, it’s time to begin enjoying the wonderful outdoor amenities that Downtown Wilkes-Barre has to offer. The warmth is bringing more people out to visit the River Common each successive week, and now there’s another reason to come down to our downtown riverfront: the Millennium Circle fountain.
 
Thanks to Luzerne County and the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority, the “Dancing Fountain” at the Millennium Circle will be operating each Friday through the summer from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM. Kids with their families, day care groups, or day camp groups are welcome to enjoy the free summertime fun of a run through the spray. It’s always wonderful to see children laughing with delight as they try figure out the pattern and outrun the dancing jets of water – so we are grateful that this amenity will again be a regular feature of the center city landscape.
 
The following day brings the return of yoga on the River Common, every Saturday morning (weather permitting) until Labor Day).
 
Another June tradition in Downtown Wilkes-Barre is the annual Friends of the Osterhout Library Book Sale. This year’s Book Sale, sponsored by Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, will be held from June 14 until June 21. It is an enormous task to prepare for the Sale, and volunteers are always needed – both for setup on June 11-13, and for the week of the Sale itself. if you are interested and able to assist, please contact Irene Martin of the Friends of the Osterhout at imartin9647@gmail.com or 570-57-4519. 
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
 
Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org

The Millennium Circle fountain at the River Common in action:
Photo by Burnside Photographic, all rights reserved

Downtown Events


Tuesday, June 3
Navigating the Affordable Care Act - A Free SBDC Seminar for Small Businesses
TIME: 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
PLACE: Room 214, Wilkes University Marts Center, 274 South Franklin Street
 
Learn the ACA requirements for small businesses with the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center! A CPA, attorney, and insurance specialist will be on hand to answer your questions. The 10:00 AM seminar is for businesses with 50 or fewer employees. The 1:00 PM seminar is for businesses with more than 50 employees. The seminar is free and open to the public; however, please call 570-408-4340 to register.
More information or to register: www.wilkes.edu/sbdc or 570-408-4340.
 
Tuesday, June 3
Fertile Grounds CSA Pickups

TIME: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 West Northampton Street
 
This is the first week of Fertile Grounds CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)’s 2014 weekly produce delivery for its members. If you become a member of the CSA, you can pick up a box of fresh, local, organically grown produce every week in the YMCA lobby!
More information: www.fertilegroundscsa.com or 570-262-3930.
 
Thursday, June 5
Kirby Center presents An Evening With John Legend

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square\
 
Nine-time Grammy award winner John Legend visits the Kirby Center on June 5 for an intimate acoustic concert. The tour comes in support of Legend's highly acclaimed fourth studio album, “Love In The Future,” which continues to gain momentum on the Billboard 200 Chart and currently sits in the top 10 on the R&B Album Chart. Tickets start at $62.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Friday, June 6
Fountain Fridays at the Millennium Circle

TIME: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
PLACE: Millennium Circle, River Common, North River Street
 
It’s time for Fountain Fridays! 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 8:00 PM. Bring the kids and stop by! Free and open to the public.
More information: www.riverfrontparks.com
 
Friday, June 6
Big Band Dinner Dance

TIME: 5:45 PM; 6:30 PM dinner
PLACE: Genetti Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street
 
The “King Henry & the Showmen” orchestra provides the music for this dinner dance, sponsored by the Big Band Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Tickets: $30.
More information or reservations: 570-586-5359.
 
Friday, June 6
Ballet Northeast: Beethoven's Seventh and Other Works

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West River Street
 
Ballet Northeast presents Beethoven's Seventh, Chopin’s Les Sylphides, and other beautiful works. Wilkes University students will join Ballet Northeast’s dance corps in this classical ballet performance. Tickets: $20; Seniors, students, and children: $15.
More information: www.balletnortheast.org or 570-821-8525.
 
Saturday, June 7
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, June 7
Yoga on the River Common

TIME: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
PLACE: Millennium Circle Portal, River Common
 
This summer, Melt Hot Yoga and Balance Yoga will once again team up to teach a free community yoga class on the River Common every Saturday until Labor Day. Classes start this Saturday, June 7. Free and open to the public; please bring a mat and a bottle of water. In the event of bad weather, check the Melt Hot Yoga or Balance Yoga Facebook page.
More information: www.facebook.com/balanceyogastudiopa
 
Saturday, June 7
Wilkes University Founders Gala

TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: Westmoreland Club, 59 South Franklin Street
 
Proceeds from this new black-tie event will support Wilkes University’s First Generation Fund, recently established to provide additional scholarships to make a Wilkes education attainable for first-generation students. The President's Medal, Wilkes’ highest honor, will be awarded to Joseph Savitz, Esq. '48, a member of Wilkes’ first class, for his decades of work to enhance the student experience and advance the University's mission. For sponsorship and ticket information, contact Susan Dantona Jolley at susan.jolley@wilkes.edu or call 570-408-7832.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-7832.
 
Saturday, June 7
Ballet Northeast: Beethoven's Seventh and Other Works

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West River Street
 
Ballet Northeast presents Beethoven's Seventh, Chopin’s Les Sylphides, and other beautiful works. Wilkes University students will join Ballet Northeast’s dance corps in this classical ballet performance. Tickets: $20; Seniors, students, and children: $15.
More information: www.balletnortheast.org or 570-821-8525.
 
Sunday, June 8
Ballet Northeast: Beethoven's Seventh and Other Works

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West River Street
 
Ballet Northeast presents its final performance of Beethoven's Seventh, Chopin’s Les Sylphides, and other beautiful works. Wilkes University students will join Ballet Northeast’s dance corps in this classical ballet performance. Tickets: $20; Seniors, students, and children: $15.
More information: www.balletnortheast.org or 570-821-8525.


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. A Meet-the-Artist reception will be held in the Widmann Gallery from 6-8 PM on Friday, June 20.

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

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

 
Kindred Expressions
DATES: May 16, 2014 through July 5

Kindred Expressions is a group exhibition featuring works by painter Linda Keck, potter Frank Mariano, and photographer Sophia Heij Mariano. 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)

Summer hours: Thursday –Sunday, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment.
 
Women's Work - Collections from the Sordoni Art Gallery Permanent Collection
DATES: June 5, 2014 through July 27, 2014

The new exhibit at the Sordoni Art Gallery – "Women's Work: Selections from the Permanent Collection" – features a curated selection of artworks from the Sordoni’s permanent collection.

More information: http://www.wilkes.edu/pages/1531.asp
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Dr. Ernest U. Buckman/Dr. Walter S. Stewart double residence (1890)
96-98 South Franklin Street
 
Apparently, the corner of South Franklin and West Northampton Streets was a very popular location for Wilkes-Barre’s medical professionals in the last decades of the nineteenth century – and those physicians all seemed to turn to the prolific architectural firm of Kipp and Podmore for the design of their homes. Those Wilkes-Barre architects designed this robust brick Queen Anne style double residence with Laurel Run redstone trimmings for two medical neighbors: surgeon Walter S. Stewart and ear, nose, and throat specialist Ernest U. Buckman.

The fanciful oriel windows of Dr. Stewart’s residence (today the Anzalone Law Offices) are well-known ornaments on the street. Interestingly, while the corner oriel is original, its eastern companion is not: making beauty out of necessity, it took its current form in the 1970’s when the bottom of a two-story bay window was removed by the Redevelopment Authority to accommodate the widening of West Northampton Street!

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