This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: October 29 - November 4, 2013

This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: October 29 - November 4, 2013

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October 29 - November 4, 2013

Downtown Events

Tuesday, October 29
WNEP-TV's Trail of Treats

TIME: 9:00 AM
PLACE: Ramada Inn, 20 Public Square
WNEP-TV and more than 20 other sponsors are proud to present the 10th annual Trail of Treats for special needs children and young adults at the Ramada Inn. The Trail of Treats is more than trick or treating: students and clients, dressed in their Halloween best, will gain valuable social experiences while enjoying treats and entertainment. By special invitation only, people can ‘trick or treat’ in a safe environment. They will also enjoy storytelling by WNEP-TV’s Noreen Clark.
More information: or 570-346-7774 x 2306.
Tuesday, October 29
Drs. Robert and Judy Gardner Educational Forum: “Walking with Justice” by Dr. Mollie Marti

TIME: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Marts Center, Room 214, 274 South Franklin Street
The Drs. Robert S. and Judith A. Gardner Educational Forum Series will feature guest speaker Dr. Mollie Marti, who will lecture on the topic “Walking with Justice: Servant Leadership Lessons from Judge Max Rosenn.” The lecture is based on her book, Walking with Justice. A book signing will follow the lecture. Marti, a practicing psychologist and adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Iowa, is a former law clerk for Judge Rosenn.
More information: or 570-408-4770.
Tuesday, October 29
King's College presents “Things that GO BOOM in the Night!”

TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
PLACE: McGowan School of Business, Burke Auditorium, North River and West Union Streets
The King’s College Chemistry Club will present its traditional ghoulish exhibition of chemical delights in the 17th annual “Things that Go BOOM in the Night” presentation. More than a dozen chemistry students will be performing fiery demonstrations, including making slime, exploding balloons, and a flaming pumpkin finale. The 90-minute show is designed for a young audience; children 12 and younger are invited to attend with no more than two adults. Free; seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
More information: or 570-208-5900 x 5390.
Tuesday, October 29
Osterhout: Dracula Through the Ages

TIME: 6:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street
Join us for a discussion of Dracula in film and on stage. Learn how Dracula began, and how his image changed through time. Explore the most infamous vampire of all time! Refreshments will be served.
More information: or 570-821-1959.
Wednesday, October 30
Maternal and Family Health Services 42nd Annual Meeting

TIME: 11:30 AM
PLACE: Westmoreland Club, 59 South Franklin Street
Maternal and Family Health Services will hold its 42nd Annual Meeting and luncheon at the Westmoreland Club.
More information: or 1-800-FOR-MFHS.
Wednesday, October 30
Green Drinks Wilkes-Barre

TIME: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
PLACE: Bart & Urby’s, 119 South Main Street
Join us after work downtown for socializing with eco-minded people, environmental professionals, volunteers, and students. First timers always made welcome. Drinks (or not) and great conversation and ideas are all part of the international Green Drinks theme. Meets the last Wednesday of each month. Bring a friend and RSVP on Facebook today.
More information:
Wednesday, October 30
Campion Literary Society Open Readings

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: Gold Room, King’s College Administration Building, 133 North River Street
Readings give students, faculty, and members of the community the chance to share creative works, including poems, short stories, drama, and creative nonfiction. Guests can bring original works or the work of published authors. Free.
More information: 570-208-5900, extension 5487.
Thursday, October 31
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: or 570-208-4292.
Friday, November 1
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 Walk returns for one last time 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
Friday, November 1
Wilkes University presents B.o.B. at the Kirby Center

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
The Wilkes University Programming Board (WUPB) presents hip hop recording artist B.o.B. at the F.M. Kirby Center on Friday, November 1 at 8:00 PM. Tickets: $35 plus fees.
More information: or 570-826-1100.
Saturday, November 2
Kirby Center: Merle Haggard in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
Legendary country singer/songwriter Merle Haggard visits the Kirby Center on Saturday, November 2 for one not-to-be-missed concert performance. The three-time Grammy winner has given us timeless classics such as Okie from Muskogee, Mama Tried, The Fightin’ Side of Me, and so many more!
More information: or 570-826-1100.
Sunday, November 3
Music from St. Stephen’s: All Saints’ Sunday Festal Choral Eucharist

TIME: 10:30 AM
PLACE: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 South Franklin Street
Special music will mark the occasion of All Saints’ Sunday, including the singing of great hymns such as “For all the saints” and “Ye watchers and ye holy ones.” St. Stephen’s Choir will sing a deeply moving and powerful anthem by American composer Lee Hoiby, set to the great text by John Donne, At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners.
More information: or 570-704-7055.
Sunday, November 3
First Presbyterian Church Special Celebration

TIME: 12:30 PM
PLACE: Genetti’s Best Western Hotel, 77 East Market Street
This luncheon program celebrates the 25th anniversary of Dr. Robert M. Zanicky as Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre, to thank him for his long and faithful service. Cost: $25/Adult and $10.00 for children ages 2-12. Reservations are required.
More information: or 570-824-2478.
Sunday, November 3
Ruth's Place Walk-A-Thon: A Mile in Her Shoes

TIME: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square
Come trace the daily path of women experiencing homelessness and help Ruth's Place Women's Shelter provide services 24/7. The shelter has assisted countless women find permanent housing since 2003. The 2-mile route will go past just a few of the many agencies that homeless women must visit every day to survive. Show your solidarity and help Ruth's Place provide hope! Registration is required.
More information: or 570-822-6817.

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: or 570-823-6244
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
Wilkes University Sordoni Art Gallery and Annex
(150 South River Street):

HOURS: 12:00 PM -4:30 PM, Tuesday - Sunday
Jim Lennox: Sculptures and Paintings
DATES: October 29 through December 15

“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: or 570-408-4325.
Visual Literacy: Paintings by Chad Stanley
DATES: October 29 through December 15
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: 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:

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