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This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: October 22 - October 28, 2013

There's always something good happening in downtown Wilkes-Barre!

October 22 - October 28, 2013
The past few weeks have been busy ones in Downtown Wilkes-Barre. The activity will continue during this coming week, as our center city prepares to celebrate Halloween with a number of events suited for kids and adults alike.
 
On Friday evening, October 25, there will be trick-or-treating for kids in costume on the River Common (the “Shiver on the River” Halloween Spooktacular storytelling event) and on Public Square (as part of this month’s Public Square Car Cruise). In the meantime, on both Friday and Saturday nights, grownups can learn about the “old haunts” that have emerged during more than 240 years of downtown history on the Downtown Ghost Walks, and, on Saturday, the Kirby Center hosts its “Splatterday” film festival: a marathon showing of five different classic scary movies.
 
This coming week will also bring opportunities to assist the organizations that exist to help others in our community. First, Boscov’s annual “FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS” program – a day of shopping discounts and door prizes benefiting local non-profits – will be held on Tuesday, October 22. There will be 24 different organizations participating in this year’s event at Boscov’s Downtown Wilkes-Barre store.
 
This is also the final week to nominate a local non-profit to receive $10,000 in free advertising through the Times Leader’s MyOwnCommunity Service Partner Campaign, which is being held in conjunction with its new community website: MyOwnWilkes-Barre.com. Any Wilkes-Barre area charity with an IRS charitable designation is eligible to compete for the $10,000 of free print or online advertising: organizations have until Sunday, October 27 to submit their nomination form, which can be found online. At the conclusion of the nomination period, residents will vote for their favorite charities, with a second round of voting in November to determine the winners.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
 
Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org

Downtown Events

 
Tuesday, October 22
Boscov's “FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS” Program

TIME: 9:00 AM - 11 PM
PLACE: Boscov’s Department Store, 15 South Main Street
 
On Tuesday, October 22, Boscov’s Department Store will again host its popular FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS program, a special day filled with fun and fundraising, to benefit area non-profit organizations. Purchase a $5 ticket from your favorite non-profit organization and get a 25% OFF Shopping Pass; you will be able to purchase one from a participating organization on the day of the event. All ticket proceeds benefit the participating non-profit of your choice. Learn more about this year’s participating organizations online using the link below.
More information: http://www.boscovs.com/static/about_boscov/stores_locations/wilkes_barre.html or 570-823-4141.
 
Tuesday, October 22
King’s College Visiting Writers Program presents Amy Bloom

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: MacGowan School of Business, Burke Auditorium, North River and West Union Streets
 
A Public Reading by Amy Bloom, who is King’s College’s 2013 Visiting Writer. Ms. Bloom is the author of two novels and three collections of short stories, and a nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5957.
 
Tuesday, October 22
The F.M. Kirby Center presents Cindy Lauper in concert

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
Grammy Award winning 80’s pop icon Cyndi Lauper will bring her “She’s So Unusual” Tour to the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on October 22 at 8:00 p.m., presented by the Kirby Center and SLP Concerts. The tour celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Lauper’s smash debut album by the same name. Tickets start at $34.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Wednesday, October 23
Introduction to Career & College Counseling 101

TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street
 
This program for teens is presented by Jennifer Severini-Kresock, owner of NEPA Career & College Counseling Associates, who will discuss the steps to take when you are ready to apply for college and choose a career.
More information: www.osterhout.lib.pa.us or 570-821-1959.
 
Wednesday, October 23
Kirby Center: Ghost Hunters Live!

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
Ghost Hunters Live!, featuring Jason Hawes and Steve Gonsalves, will stop at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on October 23. Since its 2004 Syfy Channel premiere, Ghost Hunters has become television’s #1 paranormal reality series.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Thursday, October 24
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, October 24
Penn State Wilkes-Barre Film & Discussion Series: High Noon

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: R/C Wilkes-Barre Movies 14, 24 East Northampton Street
 
Five great genres, five great films: if you’ve only ever seen them on the “small” screen, you need to see these top films of all time in a motion picture venue! This week’s film is High Noon (1952; rated PG). Pre-film lecture notes and stimulating post-film discussion will accompany each screening in the series. Penn State Wilkes-Barre has your seat at Movies 14 reserved for you with credit too! Register now online.
More information: www.wb.psu.edu/CE or 570-675-9253.
 
Friday, October 25
“Trunk or Treat” at the monthly AACA Public Square Car Cruise

TIME: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (Trunk or Treat); Car Cruise until 10:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square
 
October brings a special Halloween-themed Car Cruise to the Square! From 5:30 to 7:30 PM, it’s “Trunk or Treat”: kids dressed in costume can grab free treats from the trunks of classic cars – compliments of the Public Square Car Cruise – with free “Loot” Bags to carry all your treats, compliments of National Penn Bank. The Domestic Violence Service Center will be on hand to promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month, anti-bullying programs, and healthy behaviors among elementary school students. Anything with wheels is welcome to participate in the Car Cruise; registration and participation are free.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wilkes-Barre-Public-Square-Car-Bike-Cruises/365703556014 (Car Cruise); http://www.domesticviolenceservice.org or 570-823-6799 x 221 (Trunk or Treat).
 
Friday, October 25
Shiver by the River: A Halloween Spooktacular

TIME: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
PLACE: Millennium Circle Portal, River Common (Rain Location: Downtown Arts, 47 North Franklin Street).
 
Come down to the River Common for an evening of spooky fun! This kids’ event for ages 2-8 features trick or treating, Halloween story time, a costume parade, a pumpkin contest (bring a pre-carved pumpkin), a group monster mash, a Fire Truck safety bag giveaway, and munchkins and hot chocolate (courtesy of the Public Square Dunkin’ Donuts), and more!
More information: http://www.riverfrontparks.org
 
Friday, October 25
Downtown Wilkes-Barre Ghost Walk

TIME: 6:45 PM
PLACE: Luzerne County Historical Society, 69 South Franklin Street
 
The Luzerne County Historical Society’s annual Downtown Wilkes-Barre Ghost Walks return again this year! Join us for a walking tour of the historic district and learn about ghosts, murders, and hidden graveyards, all right here in the heart of the Diamond City! All tours start in front of the Museum at 69 South Franklin Street at 6:45 PM. Cost is $7 for LCHS Members, $10 for nonmembers. Reservations are REQUIRED.
More information or reservations: 570-823-6244 ext. 3 or reservations@luzernehistory.org.
 
Friday, October 25
The F.M. Kirby Center presents Jeffrey Ross, the “Roastmaster General”

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
Feel the burn! Comedy Central’s “Roastmaster General” Jeffrey Ross will make an insulting, one-night-only stop at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, October 25. Called an heir apparent to such old-school masters as Buddy Hackett and Rodney Dangerfield by the New York Times, Ross is feared and revered for his appearances at celebrity roasts.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Saturday, October 26
“One More Row” Knit & Crochet Group

TIME: 10:30 PM to 12:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street
 
Learn, share, and knit or crochet. Beginners are welcome!
More information: www.osterhout.lib.pa.us or 570-821-1959.
 
Saturday, October 26
The Met: Live in HD at Movies 14: Shostakovich’s The Nose

TIME: 12:55 PM
PLACE: Wilkes-Barre Movies 14, 24 East Northampton Street
 
William Kentridge’s inventive production of Shostakovich’s opera dazzled opera and art lovers alike in its inaugural run in 2010. Now Paulo Szot reprises his acclaimed performance of a bureaucrat whose satirical misadventures in search of his missing nose are based on Gogol’s comic story. See this high-definition screening live from the Metropolitan Opera at Movies 14.
More information: www.fathomevents.com or 570-825-4444.
 
Saturday, October 26
The F.M. Kirby Center presents the Splatterday Film Festival

TIME: 2:00 PM – midnight
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts is excited to announce Splatterday, a day-long Halloween film series event, featuring five classic spooky movies, on Saturday, October 26. The films and times are: Ghostbusters (2:00 PM); Young Frankenstein (4:30 PM); Night of the Living Dead (7:00 PM); Halloween (9:30 PM); and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (midnight). Tickets: $5 per movie ($3 students); $20 for all five films.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Saturday, October 26
Downtown Wilkes-Barre Ghost Walk

TIME: 6:45 PM
PLACE: Luzerne County Historical Society, 69 South Franklin Street
 
The Luzerne County Historical Society’s annual Downtown Wilkes-Barre Ghost Walks return again this year! Join us for a walking tour of the historic district and learn about ghosts, murders, and hidden graveyards, all right here in the heart of the Diamond City! All tours start in front of the Museum at 69 South Franklin Street at 6:45 PM. Cost is $7 for LCHS Members, $10 for nonmembers. Reservations are REQUIRED.
More information or reservations: 570-823-6244 ext. 3 or reservations@luzernehistory.org.
 
Saturday, October 26
King’s College presents St. Bernadine's Gospel Choir

TIME: 7:30 PM (Concert)
PLACE: King's College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, West Jackson Street

The Saint Bernardine's Gospel Choir repertoire includes traditional gospel songs and contemporary religious compositions. St. Bernadine's has performed throughout the Baltimore area as well as in Rome for Pope John Paul II. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5957. 

Sunday, October 27
King’s College presents St. Bernadine's Gospel Choir

TIME: 11:00 AM (Liturgy)
PLACE: King's College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, West Jackson Street

The Saint Bernardine's Gospel Choir repertoire includes traditional gospel songs and contemporary religious compositions. St. Bernadine's has performed throughout the Baltimore area as well as in Rome for Pope John Paul II. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5957.

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.”
 
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 Gallery
(Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center):

 
The Eleventh Invitational Emerging Artists Exhibition
DATES: September 20 extended through October 25
 
Coordinated by well-known local artist Sue Hand, this annual exhibition includes works by area high school students.
More information: 570-208-5900, extension 5328.
 
Marquis Art & Frame Second Floor Gallery
(122 South Main Street):

 
Kindred Spirits: The Art of Ellen Jamiolkowski and Judith Lynn Keats
DATES: September 20 through November 2
HOURS: 11 AM to 5 PM, Monday - Saturday
 
This joint exhibition presents works by Bear Creek mixed-media artist Judith Lynn Keats and Pocono Lake ceramic artist Ellen Jamiolkowski. Store-side parking; Marquis’ second-floor gallery is accessible by stairs only.
More information: 570-823-0518 or www.marquisartframe.com.
 
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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