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This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: May 13 - May 19, 2014

Fine Arts Fiesta This Week!
There's always something good happening in downtown Wilkes-Barre!
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May 13-May 19, 2014

Quite honestly, it’s difficult to quickly summarize all that will be happening in Downtown Wilkes-Barre this week. Just look at the events listed in our email below.
 
Consequently, if you’ve been looking for a reason to sample some of what Downtown has to offer, you’ll find no better time to do it than now, during the week of Pennsylvania’s oldest community arts festival: the Fine Arts Fiesta.
 
Between the Fiesta’s events on the Square, its Arts on the Town tours, exhibits, and concerts, the Third Friday Art Walk, and performances at the Fiesta, Downtown Arts, and the Kirby Center, there’s literally something for everyone in Downtown Wilkes-Barre this week.
 
When you add the spring commencement events occurring at Wilkes University and King’s College, the range of downtown activities truly becomes extraordinary.
 
This week, it seems like everyone in the Wyoming Valley manages to visit Downtown Wilkes-Barre in order to partake in all we have to offer during Fiesta week. Are you planning to join us? Don’t miss out: make sure that you enjoy our center city during one of the most exciting weeks of the year.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
 
Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org


Downtown Events

Wednesday, May 14
North Branch Land Trust 15th Annual Dinner & Auction

TIME: 5:30 PM
PLACE: Westmoreland Club, 59 South Franklin Street
 
The North Branch Land Trust will hold its 15th Annual Dinner and Auction. The event begins with music, a cocktail hour, and bidding on a vast array of silent auction items. Dinner follows the auction. NBLT honors the Forest Echo Bird Sanctuary and the donors who made its purchase and conservation possible. For tickets, to place a sponsorship, or to make a donation of items to the silent auction, contact the North Branch Land Trust by phone or email at Romanansky@nblt.org.
More information: www.nblt.org or 570-696-5545.
 
Thursday, May 15
UC Benefit Overpayments Seminar

TIME: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
PLACE: PA CareerLink, 32 East Union Street
 
This seminar is intended to provide employers with an overview of the prevention, detection, and recovery procedures of UC overpayments that result from claimants receiving benefits when they are not entitled due to circumstances that occur while they are filing for benefits. Email christinejensen@lswib.org to reserve a seat.
More information: 570-822-1101 ext 3057.
 
Thursday, May 15
Fine Arts Fiesta

TIME: 10:00 AM—8:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square
 
It’s Fiesta time in Downtown Wilkes-Barre! Thursday is the first of four days of “Artistry and Melody.” Check out the adult and student juried art show, live performances, strolling performers, a robust artists’ market, arts around the town, and a selection of ethnic foods that you simply can’t find anywhere else. Here is Thursday’s bandshell performance schedule:
  • 10 AM:  Wyoming Valley West High School Chamber Chorus
  • 11 AM: Wyoming Valley West High School String Orchestra
  • NOON:  Opening Ceremonies
  • 12:30 PM: E.L. Meyers High School Jazz Band
  • 1:45 PM: Coughlin High School Jazz and Concert Band
  • 3:00 PM: Wilkes-Barre All-Area Orchestra
  • 4:00 PM: Wyoming Valley West Jazz Band
  • 5:00 PM:  Perfect Harmony School for the Performing Arts
  • 5:45 PM:  Wyoming Valley Barbershop Harmony Chorus
  • 6:30 PM: Awards Ceremony
  • 7:30 PM: Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre
Here is Thursday’s Children’s Tent schedule:
  • 10:00 AM – Make and Take Book Marks; Osterhout Free Library
  • 10:30 AM – Story Telling; Osterhout Free Library
  • 11:00 AM – Puppet Show; Tuckers Tales
  • 11:30 AM – Make and Take Book Marks; Osterhout Free Library
  • 12:00 PM  – Story Telling; Osterhout Free Library
  • 12:30 PM – Make and Take Puppets; Tuckers Tales
  • 1:00 PM – Puppet Show; Tuckers Tales
  • 1:30 PM - Make and Take Puppets; Tuckers Tales
  • 2: 30 PM - Story Telling; Osterhout Free Library
More information: http://fineartsfiesta.org/ or 570-823-7803.
 
Thursday, May 15
The Kirby Center presents Peter Pan

TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
Theatreworks USA’s Peter Pan is an adapted version of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale created by John Caird and Trevor Nunn.  This touring production explores the journey of a group of children in turn-of-the-century London who use their imaginations to reenact the story of Peter Pan. Tickets: $9. 60 minutes; grades 1 to 5.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-823-1100.
 
Thursday, May 15
The Luzerne Foundation 20th Anniversary Celebration

TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
The Luzerne Foundation cordially invites you to attend its 20th Anniversary celebration, “20/20 Vision: Seeing our Community Clearly,” at the Kirby Center. The foundation’s founding board members will be honored. This is a free event; guests are welcome and reservations are encouraged. Please RSVP by May 14th.
More information: www.luzfdn.org or 570-714.1570.
 
Thursday, May 15
Salvation Army Dinner

TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: Genetti Best Western Hotel & Convention Center, 77 East Market Street
 
Join The Salvation Army in honoring Dr. Glenn and Mrs. Lisa Steele and Mr. Frank Henry for their contributions to Northeast Pennsylvania. Dr. and Mrs. Steele are recipients of The Salvation Army Community Service Award, recognizing their contribution and dedication on behalf of humanity and the promotion of health and wellness for all, and The Salvation Army Others Award, exemplifying an extraordinary spirit of service to others. Mr. Henry is receiving the William Booth Award, one of the highest awards that may be conferred upon an individual by The Salvation Army. Tickets are $100.
More information or RSVPs: sharon.tressler@use.salvationarmy.org or 570-824-8741.
 
Thursday, May 15
Screening of “Osterhout Free Library: 125 Years of Public Service”

TIME: 6:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street
 
Join us for the showing of a short documentary, produced by Wilkes University, about the Osterhout Free Library’s early history and service to the community. Popcorn too! Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-821-1959.
 
Friday, May 16
Fine Arts Fiesta

TIME: 10:00 AM—8:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square
 
It’s Fiesta time in Downtown Wilkes-Barre! Friday is the second of four days of “Artistry and Melody.” Check out the adult and student juried art show, live performances, strolling performers, a robust artists’ market, arts around the town, and a selection of ethnic foods that you simply can’t find anywhere else. Here is Friday’s bandshell performance schedule:
  • 10:00 AM: Wyoming Valley West Middle School Honors Orchestra
  • 11:00 AM:  Wyoming Valley West Middle School Spartan Singers
  • NOON: Dallas Middle School Select Chorus
  • 2:30 PM: Liar Liar (Rock, Pop, Oldies, and Modern)
  • 4:00 PM: Keystone Kids Star Makers
  • 4:45 PM: Meet the NEPA Titleholders to Miss Pennsylvania/Miss America, with Gina Major (Miss PA/America ’84)
  • 5:45 PM: Doug Smith’s Dixieland All-Stars featuring Vocalist Erin Malloy
  • 7:30 PM: LondonForce (Alternative Rock and Dance)
Here is Friday’s Children’s Tent schedule:
  • 10:00 AM – Make and Take Book Marks; Osterhout Free Library
  • 10:30 AM – Story Telling; Osterhout Free Library
  • 11:00 AM – Puppet Show; Tuckers Tales
  • 11:30 AM – Make and Take Book Marks; Osterhout Free Library
  • 12:00 PM  – Story Telling; Osterhout Free Library
  • 12:30 PM – Make and Take Puppets; Tuckers Tales
  • 1:00 PM – Puppet Show; Tuckers Tales
  • 1:30 PM - Make and Take Puppets; Tuckers Tales
  • 2: 30 PM - Story Telling; Osterhout Free Library
More information: http://fineartsfiesta.org/ or 570-823-7803.
 
Friday, May 16
Screening of “Osterhout Free Library: 125 Years of Public Service”

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street
 
Join us for the showing of a short documentary, produced by Wilkes University, about the Osterhout Free Library’s early history and service to the community. Popcorn too! Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-821-1959.
 
Friday, May 16
Third Friday Art Walk

TIME: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
PLACE: All around Downtown Wilkes-Barre
 
You're invited to Third Friday Wilkes-Barre! Experience the art walk from 5 PM to 8 PM on each month’s third Friday from March thru December. Visit Downtown Wilkes-Barre and support local art and artists. Check local papers and www.thirdfridaywb.com for our map of participating venues and featured artists each month. This is a FREE event.
More information: http://www.thirdfridaywb.com or 570-498-0678.
 
Friday, May 16
Fertile Grounds Organic Farm at Downtown Arts

TIME: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
PLACE: Downtown Arts, 47 North Franklin Street
 
Fertile Grounds will be at Downtown Arts this Friday! Enter our raffle and/or ask us questions about our organic membership farm. Fertile Grounds drops off boxes of organic, local produce every week to our members at the YMCA in Downtown Wilkes-Barre! Register now and pick up your veggies every week beginning in June.
More information: www.FertileGroundsCSA.com or 570-262-3930.
 
Friday, May 16
Downtown Dances

TIME: 6:30 PM
PLACE: Downtown Arts, 47 North Franklin Street
 
The complimentary show will feature performances by Dance Theatre of Wilkes-Barre, Without Walls Dance Co. and other talented artists from around the area. It is a part of the Fine Arts Fiesta's Arts Around the Town & Third Friday Wilkes-Barre. Other activities like face painting will also be offered.
More information: www.facebook.com/DowntownArtsWB or 570-332-7817.
 
Saturday, May 17
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, May 17
Wilkes University Graduate Commencement

TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: Arnaud C. Marts Sports & Conference Center, 274 South Franklin Street
 
Wilkes University celebrates its 67th Annual Spring Commencement exercises. The commencement speaker for the graduate ceremony at 10 AM will be Dr. Christopher N. Breiseth, the fourth President of Wilkes. Dr. Breiseth will receive the Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa, during the ceremony. Doors will open at 9:00 AM.
More information: http://www.wilkes.edu/pages/754.asp or 570-408-4100.
 
Saturday, May 17
Fine Arts Fiesta

TIME: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square
 
It’s Fiesta time in Downtown Wilkes-Barre! Saturday is the third of four days of “Artistry and Melody.” Check out the adult and student juried art show, live performances, strolling performers, a robust artists’ market, arts around the town, and a selection of ethnic foods that you simply can’t find anywhere else. Here is Saturday’s bandshell performance schedule:
  • 10:00 AM: The Mozart Club
  • 11:00 AM: The Joan Harris Dancers
  • NOON:  The Conservatory of Dance
  • 1:00 PM: YOUniversal Suzuki Strings
  • 2:00 PM:  Dance Theatre of Wilkes-Barre
  • 3:00 PM:  Theatre At The Grove, Nuangola
  • 4:15 PM: Suzuki School For Strings
  • 5:00 PM: Harris Conservatory Choir
  • 5:45 PM: NEPA Academy of Dancing
  • 8:00 PM:  Fine Arts Fiesta Feature: Gary U.S. Bonds
Here is Saturday’s Children’s Performance Tent schedule:
  • 11:30 AM – Story Telling; Osterhout Free Library
  • 12:00 PM – Puppet Show; Tuckers Tales
  • 12:30 PM - Make and Take Puppets; Tuckers Tales
  • 1:00 PM -Story Telling; Osterhout Free Library
  • 1:30 PM -Make and Take Book Marks; Osterhout Free Library
  • 2:00 PM -Puppet Show; Tuckers Tales
  • 2:30 PM -Make and Take Puppets; Tuckers Tales
  • 3:00 PM - Story Telling; Osterhout Free Library
  • 3:30 PM - Make and Take Puppets; Tuckers Tales
More information: http://fineartsfiesta.org/ or 570-823-7803.

Saturday, May 17
Northeast MS Walk

TIME: 11:00 AM
PLACE: Martz Amphitheater, Kirby Park

Join us on a 3.75 mile walk along the Downtown riverfront to raise awareness of MS. Registration begins at 10:00 AM.
More information: http://walkpac.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?fr_id=23777&pg=entry or
800-227-2108.

Saturday, May 17
Wilkes University Undergraduate Commencement

TIME: 3:00 PM
PLACE: Arnaud C. Marts Sports & Conference Center, 274 South Franklin Street
 
Wilkes University celebrates its 67th Annual Spring Commencement exercises. The commencement speaker for the undergraduate ceremony at 3 PM will be Dr. Stelios Patsiokas '75, Chief Innovation Officer and corporate vice president at Sirius XM. Dr. Patsiokas will receive the Doctor of Science degree, honoris causa, during the ceremony. Doors will open at 2:00 PM.
More information: http://www.wilkes.edu/pages/754.asp or 570-408-4100.
 
Saturday, May 17
Joe Nardone's Evening of Solid Gold

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
Joe Nardone presents an Evening of Solid Gold featuring Jay Black, former lead vocalist of Jay and the Americans, Lou Christie and The Duprees! Tickets start at $29.50.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-823-1100.
 
Sunday, May 18
Fine Arts Fiesta

TIME: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square
 
It’s Fiesta time in Downtown Wilkes-Barre! Sunday is the final of four days of “Artistry and Melody.” Check out the adult and student juried art show, live performances, strolling performers, a robust artists’ market, arts around the town, and a selection of ethnic foods that you simply can’t find anywhere else. Here is Sunday’s bandshell performance schedule:
  • 11:00 AM: Annual Spring Poetry Society Contest and Reading, The Wyoming Valley Poetry Society
  • NOON: SOS (Jazz and Funk)
  • 2:00 PM:  Taikoza-Japanese Taiko Drummers
  • 4:00 PM: David Blight School of Dance
  • 5:00 PM: George Wesley’s I-Tations
Here is Sunday’s Children’s Performance Tent schedule:
  • 1:00 PM -Story Telling; Osterhout Free Library
  • 1:30 PM -Make and Take Book Marks; Osterhout Free Library
  • 2:00 PM -Puppet Show; Tuckers Tales
  • 2:30 PM -Make and Take Puppets; Tuckers Tales
  • 3:00 PM -Story Telling; Osterhout Free Library
  • 3:30 PM -Puppet Show; Tuckers Tales
  • 4:00 PM -Make and Take Puppets; Tuckers Tales
More information: http://fineartsfiesta.org/ or 570-823-7803.
 
Sunday, May 18
Benefit for Jeff Barrouk

TIME: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
PLACE: Rodano’s, 53 Public Square
 
Jeff Barrouk was recently diagnosed with a very rare and extremely aggressive form of cancer. Jeff’s family and friends are hosting a benefit on May 18 to assist him and his young family with the medical costs of his battle. The event will feature food, beverages, entertainment, raffles, and prizes. Tickets are $20/person. Should you wish to donate, checks can be made out to The Jeff Barrouk Fund, 21 Melrose Ave, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
More information or tickets: mrsg58@aol.com or 570-905-4960.


Sunday, May 18
"To Mother With Love" Design Contest Awards

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Wyoming Valley Art League Tent, Public Square

This design contest, for ages kindergarten and up, is cosponsored by Generation to Generation and the Wyoming Valley Art League. Over 140 entries have been received! The awards for the contest winners and honorable mentions will be presented on Sunday, May 18 at 2 PM in the Wyoming Valley Art League Tent at the Fine Arts Fiesta.
More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org.

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):

 
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. Please join us for an Third Friday opening reception on Friday, May 16, from 5 PM to 8 PM.

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 exhibit at the Sordoni Art Gallery – "Women's Work: Selections from the Permanent Collection" - will open on June 5, 2014.
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: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM; 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Monday - Friday
 
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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Wilkes-Barre Famiiy YMCA (1934)
40 West Northampton Street
 
This fortress of a building is really the welcoming home of the Wilkes-Barre YMCA - one of the anchoring institutions of Downtown Wilkes-Barre. Wilkes-Barre architect Thomas Foster modeled the exterior after the palaces of medieval Florence, and the result is a fine example of the historical eclecticism popular in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Handsome interior tile work and details echo its Mediterranean influences: in particular, check out the Fitness Center, inserted into the space formerly occupied by the Y’s lavishly tiled indoor pool as part of the extensive recent rehabilitation project that reimagined much of the Y's interior. Foster, a versatile architect, also designed the Collegiate Gothic First Baptist Church on South River Street.

 
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