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This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: September 16-23

Third Friday and the first ever downtown restaurant week!
September 17 - September 23, 2013

Whether you’re hungry for food, art, culture, policy conversations, or entertainment, there’s something for everyone in Downtown Wilkes-Barre this week.
On Friday, September 20, we will be kicking off the first-ever Downtown Wilkes-Barre Restaurant Week. Almost 20 different downtown dining establishments are offering special menus and discounts for this weeklong event, which will run through September 27; more information may be found at the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Restaurant Week website.
If that isn’t reason enough to come Downtown on Friday evening, September 20 also brings the September edition of the Third Friday Art Walk. More than a dozen downtown venues are offering art, music, and refreshments, with exhibit openings and special events at Downtown Arts, King’s College’s Widmann Gallery, and many other stores, restaurants, and galleries. You can learn more and download September’s Third Friday Art Walk map on the Third Friday website.
You can also combine a Restaurant Week meal with an orchestral concert: specifically, the season’s first Masterworks concert by our very own Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. On Saturday, September 21, the Philharmonic opens its 2013-2014 season at the F.M. Kirby Center with guest pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton joining the orchestra for a splendid program.
As the list below demonstrates, these are just a few of the reasons to come Downtown this week. And, as always, all of these opportunities are incredibly easy to combine into a night – or a day – on the town.
So, why don’t you make this this week to try something new – whether it’s a restaurant, a store, or an event – in our center city? Whether it’s Restaurant Week, Third Friday, the Philharmonic, or something else, this week there are even more reasons to visit Downtown – and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by all that we have to offer!
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership

Downtown Events

Tuesday, September 17
Campion Literary Society Writing Workshops

TIME: 4:00PM
PLACE: Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College
The Campion Literary Society’s writing workshops – hour-long, informal writing classes – are themed, free, and open to the public. Free.
More information: 570-208-5900, extension 5487.
Wednesday, September 18
A Conversation with PA Secretary of Transportation Barry Schoch

TIME: 12:00 PM
PLACE: Westmoreland Club, 59 South Franklin Street
Join your business peers for "A Conversation with PA Secretary of Transportation Barry Schoch,” part of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Speakers Series. Secretary Schoch was nominated by Governor Tom Corbett in January 2011. This is your opportunity to hear what is happening, ask questions, and provide your feedback on the state of transportation in Pennsylvania. Registration required; cost: $32 per person. To register, contact angi@wilkes-barre.org or 570-823-2101 x 149.
More information: 570-823-2101 x149
Wednesday, September 18
Third Annual King's College Diversity Film Festival presents Made in L.A.

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: Burke Auditorium, King’s College William G. McGowan School of Business
King’s College will host a free screening of the film Made in L.A. as part of the Third Annual King’s College Diversity Film Festival. Made in L.A. follows the story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angles sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections. The film was awarded an Emmy in 2008.Future screenings of other Film Festival movies will be held on September 25; all movies will be shown at 7 PM in Burke Auditorium, William G. McGowan School of Business.
More information: 570-208-8021.
Thursday, September 19
Wilkes-Barre Farmers’ Market

TIME: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square
Thursday is Farmers Market Day in Downtown Wilkes-Barre! The September 19 Farmers Market features music by Farmer’s Daughter. 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 fall!
More information: http://www.wilkes-barre.pa.us/farmersm.php or 570-208-4292.
Thursday, September 19

Wilkes University Gardner Educational Forum Series: Educational Policy Issues Surrounding Teacher Evaluation
TIME: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Marts Center Room 214, 274 South Franklin Street
Harold Kwalwasser, an attorney and the author of Renewal: Remaking America’s Schools for the Twenty-First Century, will speak about his book as part of the Drs. Robert S. and Judith A. Gardner Educational Forum Series, which addresses current issues in education. Attorney Kwalwasser, the former general counsel for the Los Angeles Unified School District (the second largest school district in the United States) and a former law clerk to Judge Max Rosenn, is currently an education policy consultant. His experiences permitted him to put together a call to action for education reform to educate children to their full potential. The event is free to the public.
More information: robert.gardner@wilkes.edu or 1-800-WILKESU extension 4686.
Thursday, September 19

Wilkes University Family Business Forum: The Great White Elephant of Money
TIME: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Henry Student Center ballroom, 84 West South Street
Wilkes University’s Family Business Forum presents family business advisor Franco Lombardo, whose talk is titled The Great White Elephant of Money: The Unspoken Facts Of How Money Is Impacting Your Family And Wealth. Advance registration is required.
More information: meliss.jordan@wilkes.edu or 570-408-2120.
Friday, September 20
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 back and painting the town! Experience our downtown art walk from 5-8 PM on September 20 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, September 20
Downtown Dances on Third Friday

TIME: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
PLACE: Downtown Arts, 47 North Franklin Street
Join us for this evening of performances at Downtown Arts! Held in conjunction with the Third Friday Art Walk, we will have artists and performers outside at 5:30 PM, including Verve Vertu, Pine Grove Pottery, students of vocalist Katrina Lykes, artist Kate Luvender, and Regular Frills handmade decorations by Bridget Giunta Husted. The performance, featuring the Dance Theatre of Wilkes-Barre, Without Walls Dance Co., and special guest artist Matt Pardo, starts at 7:30 with a reception to follow.
More information: http://www.facebook.com/DowntownArtsWB or 570-262-0710.
Friday, September 20
Third Friday Meet the Artist Reception: The Eleventh Invitational Emerging Artists Exhibition

TIME: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
PLACE: Widmann Gallery, King’s College Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center
The Widmann Gallery hosts a Third Friday Meet the Artist reception for this invitational Emerging Artists Exhibition, coordinated by local artist Sue Hand, which includes works by area high school students.
More information: 570-208-5900, extension 5328.
Saturday, September 21
21st Annual Cancer Survivors Celebration

TIME: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
PLACE: Kirby Park
Local cancer survivors, caregivers, and oncology medical professionals are invited to connect and re-unite with each other at the 21st Annual Cancer Survivors Celebration, hosted by the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.
More information: http://www.cancernepa.org or 570-941-7984.
Saturday, September 21
NEPA Philharmonic Masterworks Concert: Season Opener featuring the Naughton Sisters

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, directed by conductor Lawrence Loh, opens its 42nd performance season with a concert featuring internationally celebrated pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton. The Naughton sisters will perform Poulenc’s Concerto For Two Pianos. Other works will include Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture and Mozart’s Symphony # 39.
More information: http://www.nepaphil.org or (570) 270-4444.
Sunday, September 22
Hava Nagila (The Movie)

TIME: 4:00 PM
PLACE: Jewish Community Center, 60 South River Street
It’s the song you thought you knew, the story you won’t believe: a documentary romp through the history, mystery, and meaning of the great Jewish musical standard. Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Regina Spektor, and more. High on fun and entertainment.
More information: 570-824-4646.
Monday, September 23
Personal Power Brown Bag Lunch

TIME: 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street
Bring a lunch and join Dr. Craig Piso, a local psychologist and the author of Healthy Power: Pathways to Success in Work, Love and Life, as he discusses personal power development and answers your questions regarding related issues. He is especially knowledgeable in the areas of wellness, stress management, and personal/social effectiveness. Drinks and dessert will be provided. This is the first of two presentations by Dr. Piso on September 23. Reservations are required.
More information: http://www.osterhout.lib.pa.us or 570-821-1959.
Monday, September 23
Personal Power Development Discussion

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street
Join Dr. Craig Piso, a local psychologist and the author of Healthy Power: Pathways to Success in Work, Love and Life, as he discusses personal power development and answers your questions regarding related issues. He is especially knowledgeable in the areas of wellness, stress management, and personal/social effectiveness. Light refreshments will be provided. This is the second of two presentations by Dr. Piso on September 23. Reservations are required.
More information: http://www.osterhout.lib.pa.us 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: EXTENDED through September 27

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: 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 through October 14
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.
Wilkes University Sordoni Art Gallery
(150 South River Street):

The Art of Balliet
DATES: August 27 to October 20
HOURS: 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Tuesday-Sunday
Realist Justin Balliet is said to embody all the elements of the Modern Renaissance. This Northeastern Pennsylvania artist seeks to push his realism as far as possible, resulting in some of the most technically proficient work available today. The Balliet Exhibition will run from August 27 through October 20. The Gallery will be closed during University holidays and breaks.
More information: http://www.wilkes.edu/sordoniartgallery or 570-408-4325.
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