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This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: May 6-12, 2014

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May 6-May 12, 2014

It’s going to be another busy week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
 
Mother’s Day arrives this weekend, so remember that Downtown’s retailers and restaurants provide many different options – from flowers to gifts to special dinners – for helping to say “Thank You” to Mom on her special day.
 
On Saturday, Public Square will be filled with newly minted M.D.’s as the F.M. Kirby Center hosts the 2014 Commencement of The Commonwealth Medical College, bringing a new celebration to our center city.

Saturday is also when the "bike guys" at downtown's own Around Town Bicycles celebrate their tenth anniversary in business – so stop by the shop, at Rear 59 North Main, and say congratulations!
 
There's a Joe Bonamassa concert at the Kirby Center on Wednesday, United Way's Day of Caring on Friday, and an Indian classical dance show on Saturday.

Further, this week brings an event eagerly anticipated by many local foodies: the Spring Greek Food Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on East Ross Street.
 
After all of that baklava, however, you may be looking for a way to get out and exercise. As spring’s warmth arrives, more and more people are taking advantage of downtown’s inherent walkability, but others are interested in exploring on two wheels.
 
With that in mind, did you know that Downtown Wilkes-Barre offers bicycles that you can borrow for free in order to explore our central city? It’s true: this is the fourth year that 18 bicycles will be available through Wilkes-Barre Bike Share, a community program which operates out of Genetti’s Best Western Hotel & Conference Center at 77 East Market Street.
 
The Bike Share program helps people to explore the streets of Downtown Wilkes-Barre, as well as the remarkable network of trails – 13 miles in all – atop the levees and through Wilkes-Barre’s riverfront parks.
 
We are fortunate to enjoy this program, made possible by a host of local organizations and businesses, which has placed Wilkes-Barre in the vanguard of a bike-share movement found in a growing number of cities across the nation – most much larger than ours.
 
It’s easy to use: you simply need to be 18 years old (16 or older with a parent or guardian) with a current, valid driver’s license or state issued photo ID and a valid credit card matching the name on the ID. Leave your license with the attendant, and you have the use of your bicycle for that entire day!
 
To learn more about the Wilkes-Barre Bike Share program, check out their website here – it’s a great way to get active and discover even more of what our center city has to offer.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
 
Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org

Downtown Events

Wednesday, May 7
Spring Greek Food Festival

TIME: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
PLACE: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 32 East Ross Street
 
Enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean by attending the 2014 Spring Greek Food Festival, hosted by the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. An assortment of Greek food and pastries, including gyros, stuffed grape vine leaves, spinach pies, baklava, galaktoboureko, and more will be available for eat-in or take-out purchase. Orders more than $30 will be delivered free within a 2-mile radius of the church. Mother’s Day baklava and assorted Greek pastry baskets will be sold. Customers are welcome but not required to pre-order their food by calling 570-823-4805 during festival hours or by ordering online, where you can also find a menu and festival details.
More information: http://greekfoodfestival.webs.com/ or 570-823-4805.
 
Wednesday, May 7
PEL Northeast Issues Forum: What You Need To Know Regarding Pennsylvania's Public Pension Crisis

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
PLACE: Genetti Best Western Hotel and Conference Center, 77 West Market Street
 
Lunch and learn about Pennsylvania’s public pension crisis from noted pension expert and Pennsylvania Economy League associate Richard C. Dreyfus. The Northeast Issues Forum is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Economy League in conjunction with the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $15.00.
More information: pelcent@epix.net or 570-824-3559.
 
Wednesday, May 7
Kirby Center presents Joe Bonamassa in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
As Joe Bonamassa grows his reputation as one of the world’s greatest guitar players, he is also evolving into a charismatic blues-rock star and singer-songwriter of stylistic depth and emotional resonance. Don’t miss his long-awaited F.M. Kirby Center return! Tickets start at $69.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Thursday, May 8
Spring Greek Food Festival

TIME: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
PLACE: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 32 East Ross Street
 
Enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean by attending the 2014 Spring Greek Food Festival, hosted by the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. An assortment of Greek food and pastries, including gyros, stuffed grape vine leaves, spinach pies, baklava, galaktoboureko, and more will be available for eat-in or take-out purchase. Orders more than $30 will be delivered free within a 2-mile radius of the church. Mother’s Day baklava and assorted Greek pastry baskets will be sold. Customers are welcome but not required to pre-order their food by calling 570-823-4805 during festival hours or by ordering online, where you can also find a menu and festival details.
More information: http://greekfoodfestival.webs.com/ or 570-823-4805.
 
Friday, May 9
United Way Day of Caring & Awards Event Breakfast

TIME: 8:30 AM – 9:15 AM
PLACE: Genetti Best Western Hotel and Conference Center, 77 West Market Street
 
The event will kick-off the United Way of Wyoming Valley’s Day of Caring festivities and at the same time, we will also recognize and distribute awards to organizations that made our 2013-2014 Community Campaign such a great success. After the breakfast, more than 600 volunteers are expected to work on numerous community projects throughout the day. Doors open at 8:00 AM. After the program at approximately 9:15 AM, participating volunteers will report to their project site.
More information: http://www.unitedwaywb.org/ or 570-829-6711, x 237.
 
Friday, May 9
Spring Greek Food Festival

TIME: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
PLACE: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 32 East Ross Street
 
Enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean by attending the 2014 Spring Greek Food Festival, hosted by the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. An assortment of Greek food and pastries, including gyros, stuffed grape vine leaves, spinach pies, baklava, galaktoboureko, and more will be available for eat-in or take-out purchase. Orders more than $30 will be delivered free within a 2-mile radius of the church. Mother’s Day baklava and assorted Greek pastry baskets will be sold. Customers are welcome but not required to pre-order their food by calling 570-823-4805 during festival hours or by ordering online, where you can also find a menu and festival details.
More information: http://greekfoodfestival.webs.com/ or 570-823-4805.
 
Saturday, May 10
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 10
One More Row Knit & Crochet Group

TIME: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street
 
The Osterhout’s Knit & Crochet Group welcomes all knitters. We're a group who gets together every other week to chat, craft, and drink tea. Though it is not a formal class, there is usually someone who can teach the basics. Newbies and pros are welcome! Join us! Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-821-1959.
 
Saturday, May 10
The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) Commencement 2014

TIME: 11:00 AM
PLACE: F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
The Commonwealth Medical College will graduate its second class of Medical Doctor (MD) students and its fifth class of Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) students in a commencement ceremony at The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s Commencement speaker is Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy and Professor of Pediatrics at The George Washington University. Doors will open at 10:00 AM.
More information: www.thecommonwealthmedical.com/Commencement or 570-504-9649.
 
Saturday, May 10
Spring Greek Food Festival

TIME: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
PLACE: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 32 East Ross Street
 
Enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean by attending the final day of the 2014 Spring Greek Food Festival, hosted by the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. An assortment of Greek food and pastries, including gyros, stuffed grape vine leaves, spinach pies, baklava, galaktoboureko, and more will be available for eat-in or take-out purchase. Orders more than $30 will be delivered free within a 2-mile radius of the church. Mother’s Day baklava and assorted Greek pastry baskets will be sold. Customers are welcome but not required to pre-order their food by calling 570-823-4805 during festival hours or by ordering online, where you can also find a menu and festival details.
More information: http://greekfoodfestival.webs.com/ or 570-823-4805.
 
Saturday, May 10
Indian Classical Dance Show

TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street
 
Join us to celebrate the classical music and dance of Indian tradition on Saturday, May 10th at 6 PM in Wilkes University's Dorothy Dickson Darte Center. Tickets: $5.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4426.

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):

 
The next exhibit at the Second Floor Gallery will open on May 16, 2014.
More information: www.marquisartframe.com or 570-823-0518.


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


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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Henry Lazarus Residence/Moses & Gelso Law Offices (1907)
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Wilkes-Barre architects Olds & Puckey designed this urbane Beaux Arts mansion – reminiscent of a Parisian townhouse – for local department store magnate Henry Lazarus, one of the owners of the Lazarus Department Store, which was founded by Henry and his brother Asher in the 1890s, and which operated on South Main Street until 1980. The Lazarus residence’s prim brick facade, garlanded in limestone, rises to a balustrade below a steep mansard roof.

 

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