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

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March 11-March 17, 2014

This week brings Wilkes-Barre’s 34th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade to Downtown Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, March 16. Each year, Parade Day is a much-anticipated event in our center city: as the St. Patrick's procession brings the wearing of the green to South Main Street and Public Square, it also brings thousands of spectators to downtown to enjoy the bagpipers, step dancers, marching bands, and dozens of local floats.
 
If you’re going to be joining us for the parade, be sure to come early and stay late – there’s plenty to do in Downtown Wilkes-Barre! It all starts at 9 AM on Public Square with the third annual Renal Race, benefiting kidney cancer research. At noon, the kids can enjoy a children’s story hour at Downtown’s Barnes & Noble, together with face-painting on Public Square. At 1:00 PM, The Hooley Boys will perform Irish folk tunes from the Public Square bandshell, getting spectators into parade mode as the crowds gather for the 2:00 PM start.
 
After the parade, you can continue the celebration in one of Downtown’s many restaurants and pubs. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Wilkes-Barre is a special event, and it grows bigger with each passing year – so be sure to come down to our center city and enjoy the festivities.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
 
Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org

Downtown Events

Tuesday, March 11
Boscov’s Campus of Courses: PPL E-Power Energy Education Presentation

TIME: 11:00 AM
PLACE: Boscov’s Department Store Auditorium, 15 South Main Street
 
Join the E-Power team to speak with our knowledgeable team members about the programs and services that PPL has to offer. Enjoy an energy saving presentation that will provide you with the knowledge and tools to lower your electric costs! Free and open to the public.
More information or to register: 570-823-4141.
 
Tuesday, March 11
Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber Women in Business Luncheon

TIME: 11:45 AM to 1:00 AM
PLACE: Genetti’s Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street
 
Join us at Genetti's for “The Magic Pill: How to Make Exercise Work for You,” presented by Diane McAliney, Owner of VIVE Health and Fitness. Also, since it is American Heart Month, Council members will also hear from Paula Mackarey at HAPPENINGS magazine about the Go Red issue. Cost is $17.50 to members. Please RSVP to Angi Coscia (angi@wilkes-barre.org).
More information: www.wilkes-barre.org or 570-823-2101 x 149.
 
Wednesday, March 12
2014 Downtown Wilkes-Barre Lenten Series

TIME: 11:30 PM organ recital; 12:00 PM service
PLACE: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 South Franklin Street
 
St. Stephen’s and the Downtown Ministerium present a pre-noon organ recital by Stephen Distad of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. The liturgist at the noon service will be Reverend Peter Kuritz of Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church, and the preacher will be Reverend Shawn Walker of First Baptist Church; oboist Thomas Heinze will be the special music soloist. A soup-and-sandwich luncheon, hosted by Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church, will be served after the service.
More information: www.ststephenswb.org or
 
Wednesday, March 12
Gardner Educational Forum: Edutainment

TIME: 4:30 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Marts Center Room 214, 274 South Franklin Street
 
Wilkes’ Gardner Education Forum Series presents “Edutainment,” featuring Bryan Svencer, a fourth grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in the East Penn School District. Pennsylvania certified teachers can earn Act 48 credit for their attendance and participation in the sessions. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4686.
 
Wednesday, March 12
Boscov’s Campus of Courses: Living a Chiropractic Healthy Lifestyle

TIME: 6:30 PM
PLACE: Boscov’s Department Store Auditorium, 15 South Main Street
 
Dan Golazewski, DC of Power Chiropractic Health Center will help get you on track to living a chiropractic healthy lifestyle through optimal function, performance, vitality and overall health. Dr. Dan is the voice of Maximize Your Health Radio and founder of Power Chiropractix Health Center in Wilkes-Barre.
More information or to register: 570-823-4141.
 
Thursday, March 13
Jim Belushi and the Chicago Board of Comedy

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
Spend a hilarious evening with longtime actor and comedian Jim Belushi, as he and some friends bring their brand-new sketch comedy show to the F.M. Kirby Center. With more than 30 years of experience and an alumnus of “Saturday Night Live” and Chicago’s famed Second City, Belushi is now bringing to the stage an improvised comedy show that features members of the Chicago Board of Comedy. The comedians will improvise scenes based on audience suggestions, and at times incorporate audience members into the performances. Tickets start at $36.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Saturday, March 15
One More Row Knit & Crochet Group

TIME: 10:30 PM to 12:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street
 
The Osterhout’s Knit & Crochet Group meets at the library every other Saturday morning. Enjoy light refreshments and good company as you work on projects, socialize, and share your skills. All skill levels welcome...and beginners are encouraged!
More information: www.osterhout.lib.pa.us or 570-821-1959.
 
Saturday, March 15
Kirby Center presents Cesar Millan LIVE

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
Don’t miss Cesar Millan - best-selling author, star of the new television series Leader of the Pack, and the longstanding hit TV show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan - when he visits for one performance only. Joined by his right-hand dog Junior, Cesar will reveal the secrets of happier, healthier relationships between humans and their canine companions in his exciting live appearance. Tickets start at $41.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Sunday, March 16
The Renal Race 3

TIME: 9:00 AM
PLACE: Public Square
 
The Renal Race is still kickin' kidney cancer! Don't miss this exciting Downtown event, featuring free T-shirts to the first 100 participants, medals to the top 3 finishers (male and female), many prizes to be given away and refreshments at the finish line. The Renal Race includes both a 5K race and a Fun Walk on the River Common. Registration deadline is March 5, 2014; registration opens at 7:00 AM the day of the event. The Walk/Run starts at 9:00am.
More information: http://www.therenalrace.org/ or therenalracepa@gmail.com.
 
Sunday, March 16
34th Annual City of Wilkes-Barre St. Patrick’s Day Parade

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: South Main Street and Public Square
 
The City of Wilkes-Barre is proud to announce a fun-filled day of Irish heritage and culture with the 34th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade route will begin at South Main and South Streets and will travel along South Main to Public Square, around the F.M. Kirby Center, and end at the intersection of North Main and Union streets. All ages are welcome to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day parade activities and performances throughout the day. Children are invited to Barnes & Noble Wilkes/King’s Bookstore for a St. Patrick’s Day story hour at 12:00 PM. Just Plain Crazy Face Art will also be available at noon on Public Square with parade themed artwork for children and adults. The Irish folk group “The Hooley Boys,” will be performing before the parade on the bandshell on Public Square at 1:00 PM.
More information: www.wilkes-barre.pa.us/stpats.php
 
Sunday, March 16
Boscov’s Campus of Courses: Simple, Life-Changing, Intelligent Measures

TIME: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
PLACE: Boscov’s Department Store Auditorium, 15 South Main Street
 
Join Jacki Rydzefski, LPN CHHC, for this 4 week course, which is scheduled every Sunday until April 6. Week 1: Learn what sugar does and what you can do to create a healthier you. Week 2: The perfect diet? There is none. Explore which nutritional lifestyle will support abundant health and be best for you. Week 3: Heart Health. What can you do to support your heart and circulation for maximum wellness? Week 4: Jump start your day. Learn how smoothies for breakfast can be the key to you being a fine tuned, well-oiled machine. A $20 fee is due to the instructor at the first class.
More information or to register: 570-823-4141.
 
Sunday, March 16
Olde Fashioned Corned St. Patrick’s Day Beef and Cabbage Supper

Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Place: The Frederick Stegmaier Mansion, 304 South Franklin Street
 
Begosh and Begorrah, it’s a St. Patrick’s Celebration! Attend the parade in Downtown Wilkes-Barre, then join us afterwards for dinner at the Stegmaier Mansion, just around the corner, and celebrate ‘the Wearin’ o’ the Green.” Enjoy traditional Irish foods expertly prepared by world renowned Chef Jody Klocko. Learn about the Legend of St. Patrick and ancient Irish customs, and revel in the beauty of the mansion. And, don’t forget to look for those devilish little Leprechauns! Price: $34.50, includes tax and gratuity; children 10 and up are welcome.
More information and reservations: www.stegmaiermansion.com or 570-406-1435.

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.)

 
Shadow Galaxy: works by Tom Sorresso
DATES: March 10, 2014 through April 14, 2014
HOURS: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday

Artist Tom Sorresso uses the medium of enamel spray paint to create unexplored worlds and delve into the human imagination. He will display a number of his works in this exhibit at the Widmann Gallery, titled Shadow Galaxy. A Third Friday Meet-the-Artist reception will be held in the Gallery on Friday, March 21 from 6 to 8 PM.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900, ext. 5328.

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
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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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