This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: August 20 - August 26, 2013

This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: August 20 - August 26, 2013

There's always something good happening in downtown Wilkes-Barre!
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August 20 - August 26, 2013
Before you see what's happening THIS week in downtown Wilkes-Barre, check out photos from last week's Third Friday Art Walk... 

Downtown Events


Wednesday, August 21
The Kirby Center's W. Curtis Montz Film Series:
Hyde Park on Hudson
TIME: 1:00 PM; 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
The W. Curtis Montz Film Series, which offers critically acclaimed films on the area's largest screen, presents Hyde Park on Hudson (rated R; 94 minutes). Ticket prices range from $4 (matinees) to $6 (evening screening); students with a valid I.D. pay $3.
More information: or 570-826-1100.
Wednesday, August 21
Family Fishing Program at the River Common

TIME: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
PLACE: River Common, River Landing (enter through Millennium Circle Portal)
The PA Fish & Boat Commission presents its Family Fishing Program at the River Common's Landing from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM on Wednesday, August 21 in partnership with the Riverfront Parks Committee and the KAZ Passport program. The program is free and open to the public; a fishing license will not be required. Equipment and bait will be provided. Feel free to bring a chair and water. Registration is required and available online.
More information: or 570-477-2206.
Wednesday, August 21
Y Walk Wednesdays: Nature in Your Neighborhood

TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 West Northampton Street
DCNR Naturalist Diane Madl will lead the final Y Walk Wednesday, when walkers will enjoy a summer evening discovering some of the plants and wildlife along the River Common. Y Walk Wednesdays are free evening guided walks, approximately 90 minutes long. In case of rain, walk will be postponed to following evening.
More information: or 570-823-2191.
Wednesday, August 21
The Osterhout Presents “Welcome to Kindergarten!”

TIME: 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street
Children will hear stories about kindergarten and create a “back to school” craft, while parents talk with Sharon Hinchey, former kindergarten teacher and author of Get Ready for Kindergarten. Mrs. Hinchey will focus on what to expect on that first day, and how to better prepare yourself and your child for a more pleasant school experience. There is no charge for this program, but please make a reservation, as space is limited. Call the Children’s Desk at 823-0156 x 217.
More information or reservations: or 570-823-0156 x 217.
Thursday, August 22
Wilkes-Barre Farmers’ Market

TIME: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square
Thursday is Farmers Market Day in Downtown Wilkes-Barre! August 22 is Community Health Fair Day at the Market. Music will be by Flashback Band. Join us for family fun, music, food, crafts, and, of course, the highest quality fresh produce from local growers, the Wilkes-Barre Farmers' Market is the place to be this summer!
More information: or 570-208-4292.
Friday, August 23
Friday Nite Live on the River Common

TIME: 6;00 PM
PLACE: Jewish Community Center, 60 South River Street/River Common amphitheater
The Jewish Community Alliance, Temple B'nai B'rith, and Temple Israel are hosting Friday Night Live, a communal service and Shabbat Dinner. Meet at JCC building at 6 PM. Shabbat services on the River Common will begin at 6:15 PM, and will be followed by a chicken dinner at the JCC. Led by Rabbi Larry Kaplan of Temple Israel, Rabbi Roger Lerner of Temple B'nai B'rith, and Cantor Ahron Abraham of Temple Israel. Adults $12; Children 12 and under $6.00; children under 3 free.
More information: 570- 824-4646
Saturday, August 24
Around Town Bicycles Saturday Morning Ride

TIME: 7:15 AM
PLACE: Around Town Bicycles, Rear 59 North Main Street
Join other area bicyclists for the weekly Saturday Morning Ride. The Ride leaves from Around Town Bicycles promptly at 7:30 AM (note the earlier time). 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. Up to 75 riders will be participating in the summer rides.
More information: or 570-970-3008.
Saturday, August 24
Free Riverfront Yoga

TIME: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
PLACE: Millennium Circle Portal, River Common
Balance Yoga and Wellness is excited to announce its fifth summer offering FREE Community Yoga classes at the River Common. Classes will be held from 10 -11 am, EVERY Saturday through Labor Day, at the Millennium Circle Portal (the King's College side of the Common). Joining us this year, to spread even more yoga love, are our friends over at Melt Hot Yoga. Please bring a mat and a bottle of water. (Weather permitting.)
Saturday, August 24
“Shop For A Cause” at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA

TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 West Northampton Street
“Shop For A Cause” is a program in support of the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA's new Livestrong Foundation program, which offers support to area cancer patients. Purchase your $5 Shopping Pass at the YMCA Front Desk, and save 25% on your Macy’s purchases all day on Saturday, August 24, 2013.
More information: 570- 970-5048.
Saturday, August 24
“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 award-winning Knit & Crochet Group meets every other Saturday. All are welcome...all ages, all skill levels, even beginners! Learn, share, knit, crochet, drink tea, chat.More information: or 570-821-1959.

Downtown Exhibits

Luzerne County Historical Society Museum
(69 South Franklin Street):
HOURS: Tu-F, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM; Sat, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Luzerne County in the Civil War
DATES: April 27 through December 21
Learn about how Luzerne County’s citizens and communities participated in - and were affected by – the Civil War. The exhibit is a companion to the Society’s latest publication: “Serving their County, Defending the Commonwealth, Saving the Union: Stories and Images of Luzerne County Soldiers at Gettysburg.”
The Miracle of the Bells
DATES: through August 31

This exhibit tells the story of the “real” Olga (Trotzski) Treskoff of Glen Lyon who became a successful Broadway producer; the 1946 best selling novel, “The Miracle of the Bells,” written by Russell Janney; and the 1948 movie of the same name starring Frank Sinatra, Fred Mac Murray and Alida Valli, which was partially filmed in Glen Lyon or “Coaltown.” Olga was the inspiration for “The Miracle of the Bells” and is buried in Glen Lyon. 

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: or 570-823-6244
Marquis Art & Frame Second Floor Gallery
(122 South Main Street):

Group Gallery Exhibition:
Thomas Stapleton/Barbara Shaffer/Charles Shaffer

DATES: July 19 to September 7
HOURS: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday-Saturday
This group exhibition presents work by oil painter Thomas Stapleton, ceramic artist Barbara Shaffer, and photographer Charles Shaffer. Store-side parking; Marquis’ second-floor gallery is accessible by stairs only.
More information: or 570-823-0518.
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