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This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: November 12 - November 18, 2013

There's always something good happening in downtown Wilkes-Barre!
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November 12 - November 18, 2013
With so many events happening in Downtown Wilkes-Barre this week, there’s something for everyone!
 
Both King’s College and Wilkes University are presenting multiple lectures, together with theatrical performances ranging from musicals to drama. This Friday, November 15, brings the latest installment of the Third Friday Art Walk, an evening of art exhibits hosted by galleries, stores, and restaurants throughout our center city. That same evening, the Luzerne County Historical Society opens a new exhibit commemorating the art of local sculptor Lawrence Russo, while the following day, we welcome two new storefront businesses – Onyx Optical and The Personal Touch – to South Washington Street. Sunday brings an author's talk at the JCC and the popular "Empty Bowls" fundraiser at Wilkes.
 
And, because we’ve now reached mid-November, the Downtown events are going to continue unabated from now through the holidays!
 
The following week will bring choices ranging from Meyers Speech & Debate’s commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address on Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00 PM at Genetti’s, to two wonderful acts – the Rascals and Yamato Drummers of Japan – gracing the stage of the F. M. Kirby Center on two different nights. It leads up to Saturday, November 23 and the official start of the holiday season in the Wyoming Valley: the City of Wilkes-Barre Christmas Parade and the lighting of the Public Square Christmas Tree.
 
So, the weather may be getting colder, but the downtown event calendar is heating up. Don’t miss out: be certain to take advantage all that there is to do here in our center city during this wonderful time of year.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
 
Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org

Downtown Events

 
Tuesday, November 12
‘Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness’: Natural Rights in the Eighteenth Century

TIME: 4:00 PM
PLACE: Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, King’s College, West Union Street
 
Dr. Colin Heydt, associate professor of philosophy at the University of South Florida, will examine the philosophy of the Declaration of Independence during a free public lecture. Exploring Thomas Jefferson’s famous statement: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” Dr. Heydt will discuss this statement’s meaning, the origin of Jefferson’s moral and political rhetoric, and what alternative understandings of rights Jefferson rejected.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570- 208-5900 x 5689.
 
Tuesday, November 12
Gardner Educational Forum: Cyberbullying: A Crisis in our Schools

TIME: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Marts Center, Room 214, 274 South Franklin Street
 
Wilkes University’s Drs. Robert and Judy Gardner Educational Forum Series welcomes speaker Ms. Jane Holter, trainer in the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Harrisburg Office, who will discuss the ongoing crisis of cyberbullying in our schools. The lecture is free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4770.
 
Tuesday, November 12
Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber Annual Dinner

TIME: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
PLACE: Genetti’s Best Western Hotel, 77 East Market Street
 
The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber hosts its 129th Annual Dinner with keynote speaker five-Time National Hot Rod Association Drag Racing World Champion Joe Amato. Join us in congratulating this year’s award recipients: Allan M. Kluger (of Hourigan Kluger and Quinn), recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award, and Small Business of the Year Harrold’s Pharmacy.
More information and reservations: www.wilkes-barre.org or 570-823-2101 x 149.
 
Tuesday, November 12
Smart Grid: Challenges Facing Small Electric Utilities

TIME: 7:15 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Stark Learning Center, Room 101, 150 South River Street
 
The Institute for Energy and Environmental Research and Wilkes University are proud to present a lecture by Kenneth Lutz, Ph.D., Managing Partner at AMR Strategies LLC, entitled “Smart Grid: Challenges Facing Small Electric Utilities.” The lecture is free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu.
 
Wednesday, November 13
Public Education Seminar: Youth Suicide Prevention and Anti-Bullying Issues and Policies

TIME: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Stark Learning Center, Room 101, 150 South River Street
 
Concerned parents and other interested persons are invited to attend an informative free public program on teen suicide and bullying in schools. This program is hosted by the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association, the Medical Heritage Foundation of the Luzerne County Medical Society, Wilkes University, and Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18. The seminar qualifies for two hours of substantive CLE credits for lawyers and Act 48 credit for area teachers.
More information: 570-822-6712.
 
Thursday, November 14
Wilkes-Barre Farmers’ Market

TIME: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square
 
Thursday is Farmers Market Day in Downtown Wilkes-Barre! Farmers Market offers food, fun, crafts, and, of course, the highest quality fresh produce from local growers; the Wilkes-Barre Farmers' Market is the place to be this fall!
More information: http://www.wilkes-barre.pa.us/farmersm.php or 570-208-4292.
 
Thursday, November 14
The Real Diamonds of the Diamond City - A Celebration of Our Hidden Gems

TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Southside Bistro, 264-268 South Main Street
 
Join Dress for Success Luzerne County at our second annual celebration of the women of Luzerne County who strive to improve their lives and the lives of their families through hard work and career advancement. Select a glass of champagne from the Diamond Tower for a chance to win a 1-carat diamond provided by the generosity of Tovon & Co. Diamonds, and take a dig in our diamond pool for a chance to win one of the other great prizes donated by our local business partners. No admission fee; cash bar.
More information: 570-270-4949.
 
Thursday, November 14
Hot Getaways with Apple Vacations and Boscov's Travel

TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
PLACE: The Sophia Room, Boscov's Department Store, 15 South Main Street
 
Join the travel experts from Boscov's Travel and Apple Vacations for a look at great getaways to Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Costa Rica and more! If you're planning a beach vacation, romantic getaway or honeymoon you don't want to miss this great presentation. This event is free, but reservations are requested.
More information: http://www.boscovstravel.com/company/Events.aspx or 570-823-4141.
 
Thursday, November 14
King’s College Theatre presents Rabbit Hole

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: George P. Maffei II Theatre, King’s College Administration Building, 133 North River Street
 
The King’s College Theatre Department presents David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Rabbit Hole from November 14 to 23. Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. Admission: $12; students/senior citizens, $5.
More information or to reserve tickets: http://kctrabbithole.brownpapertickets.com/ or 570-208-5825.
 
Friday, November 15
National Family Week Conference: “LGBTQA United Together: Individuals, Families, Communities”

TIME: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
PLACE: Genetti’s Best Western Hotel, 77 East Market Street
 
A conference for individuals, families, and service providers. Learn more by contacting the Family Service Association of NEPA. General Registration: $15; Student Registration: $10.
More information: http://www.gaynepa.com/conference or 570-823-5144.
 
Friday, November 15
Third Friday Wilkes-Barre Art Walk

TIME: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
PLACE: All around Downtown Wilkes-Barre
 
Third Friday Wilkes-Barre is painting the town! Experience our downtown art walk from 5-8 PM on November 15 and on the third Friday of every subsequent month. Visit Downtown Wilkes-Barre and support local art, artists, and businesses. Check local papers and http://www.thirdfridaywb.com for our map of participating venues each month. This is a FREE event.
More information: http://www.thirdfridaywb.com or 570.498.0678.
 
Friday, November 15
Opening Reception: The Art of Lawrence Russo

TIME: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
PLACE: Luzerne County Historical Society Museum, 69 South Franklin Street
 
Commemorate the opening of The Art of Lawrence Russo, celebrating the work of this prolific Wyoming Valley sculptor, at an opening reception at the Historical Society Museum. The exhibit explores Russo’s work in various media, including a number of his paintings. Reception admission: $20 per person; $15 for LCHS members.
More information: http://www.luzernehistory.org or 570-823-6244 x 3.
 
Friday, November 15
King’s College Theatre presents Rabbit Hole

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: George P. Maffei II Theatre, King’s College Administration Building, 133 North River Street
 
The King’s College Theatre Department presents David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Rabbit Hole from November 14 to 23. Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. Admission: $12; students/senior citizens, $5.
More information or to reserve tickets: http://kctrabbithole.brownpapertickets.com/ or 570-208-5825.
 
Friday, November 15
Wilkes University Theatre presents Seussical, the Musical

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street
 
Wilkes University Theatre brings Dr. Seuss’ stories to life through the tale of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." The show will run until November 17; tickets are $10 for general admission and Wilkes alumni, $5 for students and seniors, and free for students who show their Wilkes ID.
More information: http://www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4540.
 
Saturday, November 16
Grand Opening of Onyx Optical and The Permanent Touch

TIME: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PLACE: The Permanent Touch and Onyx Optical, 113-115 South Washington Street
 
Help us welcome two new businesses to Downtown Wilkes-Barre! Onyx Optical and The Permanent Touch, located next door to one another in Downtown’s new Hampton Park Lofts, will be celebrating their grand openings with food, gift bags, and terrific door prizes.
More information: http://www.OnyxOptical.com or 570-951-7750.
 
Saturday, November 16
King’s College Theatre presents Rabbit Hole

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: George P. Maffei II Theatre, King’s College Administration Building, 133 North River Street
 
The King’s College Theatre Department presents David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Rabbit Hole from November 14 to 23. Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. Admission: $12; students/senior citizens, $5.
More information or to reserve tickets: http://kctrabbithole.brownpapertickets.com/ or 570-208-5825.
 
Saturday, November 16
Wilkes University Theatre presents Seussical, the Musical

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street
 
Wilkes University Theatre brings Dr. Seuss’ stories to life through the tale of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." The show will run until November 17; tickets are $10 for general admission and Wilkes alumni, $5 for students and seniors, and free for students who show their Wilkes ID.
More information: http://www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4540.
 
Sunday, November 17
“Empty Bowls 2013” Benefit for Area Food Banks

TIME: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Henry Student Center ballroom, 84 West South Street
 
Wilkes University, King's College, Luzerne County Community College, and Misericordia University invite you to enjoy a hot bowl of soup while raising money for area food banks. Plus, you'll receive a handmade pottery bowl created especially for the event by one of our talented local artists. Additional bowls will be available for sale on the day of the event. Tickets: $15/adults, $5 children.
More information: www.wilkes.edu/emptybowls or 570-408-4330.
 
Sunday, November 17
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN Book Lecture and Signing

TIME: 1:00 PM
PLACE: Jewish Community Center, 60 South River Street
 
Wyoming Valley native Bryan Bender, the National Security Reporter for the Boston Globe, will speak at the JCC about his newly released book YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN, an inspiring and epic tale of loss and redemption about two American servicemen: a Marine Corps pilot who was shot down in New Guinea during World War II, and the modern soldier determined to bring home his remains six decades later. Books will be available through Barnes & Noble at the JCC on the 17th; a book signing will be held after the lecture, with a reception to follow.
More information: 570-824-4646.
 
Sunday, November 17
King’s College Theatre presents Rabbit Hole

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: George P. Maffei II Theatre, King’s College Administration Building, 133 North River Street
 
The King’s College Theatre Department presents David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Rabbit Hole from November 14 to 23. Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. Admission: $12; students/senior citizens, $5.
More information or to reserve tickets: http://kctrabbithole.brownpapertickets.com/ or 570-208-5825.
 
Sunday, November 17
Wilkes University Theatre presents Seussical, the Musical

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street
 
Wilkes University Theatre brings Dr. Seuss’ stories to life through the tale of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." The show will run until November 17; tickets are $10 for general admission and Wilkes alumni, $5 for students and seniors, and free for students who show their Wilkes ID.
More information: http://www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4540.

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

The Art of Lawrence Russo
DATES: November 16, 2013 through January 31, 2014

 
The best-known work of Lawrence Russo is probably the 24-foot high statue of Christ the King atop the King's College Administration Building in Wilkes-Barre, but the work of this prolific Wyoming Valley sculptor adorns many churches, cemeteries, and public buidings throughout the mid-Atlantic. This exhibit explores Russo’s work in various media, including a number of his paintings. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 PM on Friday, November 15.

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.”
 
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 Student Center

 
Hungering for Justice
DATES: November 4 through November 25
HOURS: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday
 
In this exhibition, coordinated by Kimberly Fabbri, King's College students and staff present a series of photographs illustrating the social justice issues of hunger and homelessness.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900, extension 5328.
 
Wilkes University Sordoni Art Gallery and Annex
(150 South River Street):

 
Jim Lennox: Sculptures and Paintings
DATES: October 29 through December 15
HOURS: 12:00 PM -4:30 PM, Tuesday - Sunday
 
“Jim Lennox: Sculptures and Paintings,” featured in the main Gallery, includes nearly 20 sculptures and several paintings.  Jim Lennox has been sculpting for 25 years, his interest in art stemming from his childhood. Jim is primarily a metal sculptor and is influenced by such artists as Richard Hunt, Jean Tinguely, and John Chamberlain.
More information: www.wilkes.edu/sordoni or 570-408-4325.
 
Visual Literacy: Paintings by Chad Stanley
DATES: October 29 through December 15
HOURS: 12:00 PM -4:30 PM, Tuesday - Sunday
 
Chad Stanley, an Associate Professor of English literature at Wilkes, is an active painter and frequently uses art as a means of engaging literature. ”Visual Literacy” features several of Stanley’s oil paintings on canvas with under-sketching consisting of ink or occasionally an acrylic wash.  
More information: www.wilkes.edu/sordoni or 570-408-4325.
 
Wyoming Valley Art League Gallery
(130 South Franklin Street):

 
Work In A Series: Photographs by 18 Photographers
DATES: October 18 to November 30
 
The WVAL presents a photography exhibit by 18 photographers, each exploring the concept of a "subject" in a series through six different 8x10 works by each photographer.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/wvartleague
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Luzerne Bank Building (1928)
67-69 Public Square
 
Can you find the coal miners among the enormous sculpted figures, called telamons, which appear to support the ceiling of this building’s banking hall? They are a stark reminder of the economy that produced this soaring skyscraper. New York architect Bertram Cunynham and the Wilkes-Barre firm of McCormick & French partnered to design this fourteen-story building, rising from a fortresslike Romanesque base to an airy penthouse reminiscent of an Italian villa. The foyer ceiling has fine decorative reliefs in the Art Deco style of the later 1920’s.

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