This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: April 26 – May 2, 2016

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April 26 – May 2, 2016
 
Once again, it’s going to be a very busy week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Friday afternoon brings the return of Downtown’s Public Square Car Cruise, held on the final Friday of each month from April to October.

The F.M. Kirby Center hosts four different performers this week: Lupe Fiasco, Casting Crowns, Gaelic Storm, and the Pietasters (Live from the Chandelier Lobby).

The Wilkes University Civic Band holds its spring concert on Wednesday evening, while Cantores Christi Regis – the King’s College choir – presents its spring concerts on Friday and Saturday nights.

And, on Sunday evening, Wilkes University’s Max Rosenn Lecture Series presents Ron Prosor, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom and the United Nations.

As we prepare for the coming week’s events, I also want to recall three separate downtown announcements from the past week. Each one illuminates a different aspect of the implementation of our new five-year action plan for Downtown Wilkes-Barre.
 
I’ve previously described how the action plan is built around six “big goals” for our center city’s future:
  • Downtown will be a safe, clean, and attractive place to live, work, shop, and visit.
  • Downtown will be the region’s college neighborhood.
  • Downtown will be the region’s “walk-to-everything” urban neighborhood of choice.
  • Downtown will be the region’s “Innovation District:” its hub for business, startup activity, and entrepreneurship.
  • Downtown’s historic architecture, walkability, riverfront, and colleges will be the cornerstones of its enhanced visitor experience.
  • Downtown will be a regional center of arts, culture, dining, and entertainment.
Step by step, DCP and its partners are working toward realizing each of those goals.
 
Let’s begin with “innovation.” On Wednesday, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber dedicated the Wilkes-Barre THINK Center – a state-of-the-art technology workshop within South Main Street’s Innovation Center.
 
The THINK Center provides a place for local entrepreneurs who want to leave their kitchen table – but aren’t quite ready for Downtown’s incubator or office suites – with all they need to turn a concept into a business, including shared plug-and-play worktables, conference rooms, and a fifty-seat multimedia theater for programs and lectures.

Simultaneously, the Chamber launched the Wilkes-Barre Connect initiative, which brings together seven partner service providers – including DCP – to ensure that both start-up and existing businesses have access to the resources, services, and facilities they need to grow in Downtown Wilkes-Barre and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Wednesday also advanced the role of arts and culture in our center city, as the Wyoming Valley Art League hosted a lively discussion at the Circle Centre for the Arts regarding the creation of a Downtown “arts district.”
 
Prompted by the growth of the Third Friday Art Walk and the clustering of visual arts venues on South Main Street’s second block, a group of local arts-and-culture stakeholders have begun to consider how to build on that momentum and reinforce Downtown’s role as the region’s cultural center.
 
One day later, one of the region’s youngest academic institutions made its Downtown presence a lot more visible, when The Commonwealth Medical College unveiled a new sign for its Downtown Wilkes-Barre campus, now housed at King’s on the Square. There, TCMC will administer its Behavioral Health Initiative and host a variety of programs and educational events. It’s an important first step for TCMC’s commitment to an expanded physical presence in our center city – and another big step in Downtown’s emergence as the region’s college neighborhood.
 
Three different announcements . . . three different aspects of our downtown action plan. Each action involves a variety of partners and stakeholders, but together, they represent to a shared commitment to advancing a common vision for our center city. Sure, there’s still much to do, but make no mistake: the progress is going to continue.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!

Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org
 
Views of the new Wilkes-Barre THINK Center (left photo) and TCMC’s new home in Downtown Wilkes-Barre (right photo)
 
April 26 – May 2, 2016
 
Once again, it’s going to be a very busy week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Friday afternoon brings the return of Downtown’s Public Square Car Cruise, held on the final Friday of each month from April to October.

The F.M. Kirby Center hosts four different performers this week: Lupe Fiasco, Casting Crowns, Gaelic Storm, and the Pietasters (Live from the Chandelier Lobby).

The Wilkes University Civic Band holds its spring concert on Wednesday evening, while Cantores Christi Regis – the King’s College choir – presents its spring concerts on Friday and Saturday nights.

And, on Sunday evening, Wilkes University’s Max Rosenn Lecture Series presents Ron Prosor, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom and the United Nations.

As we prepare for the coming week’s events, I also want to recall three separate downtown announcements from the past week. Each one illuminates a different aspect of the implementation of our new five-year action plan for Downtown Wilkes-Barre.
 
I’ve previously described how the action plan is built around six “big goals” for our center city’s future:
  • Downtown will be a safe, clean, and attractive place to live, work, shop, and visit.
  • Downtown will be the region’s college neighborhood.
  • Downtown will be the region’s “walk-to-everything” urban neighborhood of choice.
  • Downtown will be the region’s “Innovation District:” its hub for business, startup activity, and entrepreneurship.
  • Downtown’s historic architecture, walkability, riverfront, and colleges will be the cornerstones of its enhanced visitor experience.
  • Downtown will be a regional center of arts, culture, dining, and entertainment.
Step by step, DCP and its partners are working toward realizing each of those goals.
 
Let’s begin with “innovation.” On Wednesday, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber dedicated the Wilkes-Barre THINK Center – a state-of-the-art technology workshop within South Main Street’s Innovation Center.
 
The THINK Center provides a place for local entrepreneurs who want to leave their kitchen table – but aren’t quite ready for Downtown’s incubator or office suites – with all they need to turn a concept into a business, including shared plug-and-play worktables, conference rooms, and a fifty-seat multimedia theater for programs and lectures.

Simultaneously, the Chamber launched the Wilkes-Barre Connect initiative, which brings together seven partner service providers – including DCP – to ensure that both start-up and existing businesses have access to the resources, services, and facilities they need to grow in Downtown Wilkes-Barre and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Wednesday also advanced the role of arts and culture in our center city, as the Wyoming Valley Art League hosted a lively discussion at the Circle Centre for the Arts regarding the creation of a Downtown “arts district.”
 
Prompted by the growth of the Third Friday Art Walk and the clustering of visual arts venues on South Main Street’s second block, a group of local arts-and-culture stakeholders have begun to consider how to build on that momentum and reinforce Downtown’s role as the region’s cultural center.
 
One day later, one of the region’s youngest academic institutions made its Downtown presence a lot more visible, when The Commonwealth Medical College unveiled a new sign for its Downtown Wilkes-Barre campus, now housed at King’s on the Square. There, TCMC will administer its Behavioral Health Initiative and host a variety of programs and educational events. It’s an important first step for TCMC’s commitment to an expanded physical presence in our center city – and another big step in Downtown’s emergence as the region’s college neighborhood.
 
Three different announcements . . . three different aspects of our downtown action plan. Each action involves a variety of partners and stakeholders, but together, they represent to a shared commitment to advancing a common vision for our center city. Sure, there’s still much to do, but make no mistake: the progress is going to continue.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!

Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org
 
Views of the new Wilkes-Barre THINK Center (left photo) and TCMC’s new home in Downtown Wilkes-Barre (right photo)
 
April 26 – May 2, 2016
April 26 – May 2, 2016
 
 
Once again, it’s going to be a very busy week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Friday afternoon brings the return of Downtown’s Public Square Car Cruise, held on the final Friday of each month from April to October.

The F.M. Kirby Center hosts four different performers this week: Lupe Fiasco, Casting Crowns, Gaelic Storm, and the Pietasters (Live from the Chandelier Lobby).

The Wilkes University Civic Band holds its spring concert on Wednesday evening, while Cantores Christi Regis – the King’s College choir – presents its spring concerts on Friday and Saturday nights.

And, on Sunday evening, Wilkes University’s Max Rosenn Lecture Series presents Ron Prosor, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom and the United Nations.

As we prepare for the coming week’s events, I also want to recall three separate downtown announcements from the past week. Each one illuminates a different aspect of the implementation of our new five-year action plan for Downtown Wilkes-Barre.
 
I’ve previously described how the action plan is built around six “big goals” for our center city’s future:
  • Downtown will be a safe, clean, and attractive place to live, work, shop, and visit.
  • Downtown will be the region’s college neighborhood.
  • Downtown will be the region’s “walk-to-everything” urban neighborhood of choice.
  • Downtown will be the region’s “Innovation District:” its hub for business, startup activity, and entrepreneurship.
  • Downtown’s historic architecture, walkability, riverfront, and colleges will be the cornerstones of its enhanced visitor experience.
  • Downtown will be a regional center of arts, culture, dining, and entertainment.
Step by step, DCP and its partners are working toward realizing each of those goals.
 
Let’s begin with “innovation.” On Wednesday, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber dedicated the Wilkes-Barre THINK Center – a state-of-the-art technology workshop within South Main Street’s Innovation Center.
 
The THINK Center provides a place for local entrepreneurs who want to leave their kitchen table – but aren’t quite ready for Downtown’s incubator or office suites – with all they need to turn a concept into a business, including shared plug-and-play worktables, conference rooms, and a fifty-seat multimedia theater for programs and lectures.

Simultaneously, the Chamber launched the Wilkes-Barre Connect initiative, which brings together seven partner service providers – including DCP – to ensure that both start-up and existing businesses have access to the resources, services, and facilities they need to grow in Downtown Wilkes-Barre and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Wednesday also advanced the role of arts and culture in our center city, as the Wyoming Valley Art League hosted a lively discussion at the Circle Centre for the Arts regarding the creation of a Downtown “arts district.”
 
Prompted by the growth of the Third Friday Art Walk and the clustering of visual arts venues on South Main Street’s second block, a group of local arts-and-culture stakeholders have begun to consider how to build on that momentum and reinforce Downtown’s role as the region’s cultural center.
 
One day later, one of the region’s youngest academic institutions made its Downtown presence a lot more visible, when The Commonwealth Medical College unveiled a new sign for its Downtown Wilkes-Barre campus, now housed at King’s on the Square. There, TCMC will administer its Behavioral Health Initiative and host a variety of programs and educational events. It’s an important first step for TCMC’s commitment to an expanded physical presence in our center city – and another big step in Downtown’s emergence as the region’s college neighborhood.
 
Three different announcements . . . three different aspects of our downtown action plan. Each action involves a variety of partners and stakeholders, but together, they represent to a shared commitment to advancing a common vision for our center city. Sure, there’s still much to do, but make no mistake: the progress is going to continue.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!

Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org
Once again, it’s going to be a very busy week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Friday afternoon brings the return of Downtown’s Public Square Car Cruise, held on the final Friday of each month from April to October.

The F.M. Kirby Center hosts four different performers this week: Lupe Fiasco, Casting Crowns, Gaelic Storm, and the Pietasters (Live from the Chandelier Lobby).

The Wilkes University Civic Band holds its spring concert on Wednesday evening, while Cantores Christi Regis – the King’s College choir – presents its spring concerts on Friday and Saturday nights.

And, on Sunday evening, Wilkes University’s Max Rosenn Lecture Series presents Ron Prosor, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom and the United Nations.

As we prepare for the coming week’s events, I also want to recall three separate downtown announcements from the past week. Each one illuminates a different aspect of the implementation of our new five-year action plan for Downtown Wilkes-Barre.
 
I’ve previously described how the action plan is built around six “big goals” for our center city’s future:
  • Downtown will be a safe, clean, and attractive place to live, work, shop, and visit.
  • Downtown will be the region’s college neighborhood.
  • Downtown will be the region’s “walk-to-everything” urban neighborhood of choice.
  • Downtown will be the region’s “Innovation District:” its hub for business, startup activity, and entrepreneurship.
  • Downtown’s historic architecture, walkability, riverfront, and colleges will be the cornerstones of its enhanced visitor experience.
  • Downtown will be a regional center of arts, culture, dining, and entertainment.
Step by step, DCP and its partners are working toward realizing each of those goals.
 
Let’s begin with “innovation.” On Wednesday, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber dedicated the Wilkes-Barre THINK Center – a state-of-the-art technology workshop within South Main Street’s Innovation Center.
 
The THINK Center provides a place for local entrepreneurs who want to leave their kitchen table – but aren’t quite ready for Downtown’s incubator or office suites – with all they need to turn a concept into a business, including shared plug-and-play worktables, conference rooms, and a fifty-seat multimedia theater for programs and lectures.

Simultaneously, the Chamber launched the Wilkes-Barre Connect initiative, which brings together seven partner service providers – including DCP – to ensure that both start-up and existing businesses have access to the resources, services, and facilities they need to grow in Downtown Wilkes-Barre and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Wednesday also advanced the role of arts and culture in our center city, as the Wyoming Valley Art League hosted a lively discussion at the Circle Centre for the Arts regarding the creation of a Downtown “arts district.”
 
Prompted by the growth of the Third Friday Art Walk and the clustering of visual arts venues on South Main Street’s second block, a group of local arts-and-culture stakeholders have begun to consider how to build on that momentum and reinforce Downtown’s role as the region’s cultural center.
 
One day later, one of the region’s youngest academic institutions made its Downtown presence a lot more visible, when The Commonwealth Medical College unveiled a new sign for its Downtown Wilkes-Barre campus, now housed at King’s on the Square. There, TCMC will administer its Behavioral Health Initiative and host a variety of programs and educational events. It’s an important first step for TCMC’s commitment to an expanded physical presence in our center city – and another big step in Downtown’s emergence as the region’s college neighborhood.
 
Three different announcements . . . three different aspects of our downtown action plan. Each action involves a variety of partners and stakeholders, but together, they represent to a shared commitment to advancing a common vision for our center city. Sure, there’s still much to do, but make no mistake: the progress is going to continue.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!

Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org
 
 
Views of the new Wilkes-Barre THINK Center (left photo) and TCMC’s new home in Downtown Wilkes-Barre (right photo)
Views of the new Wilkes-Barre THINK Center (left photo) and TCMC’s new home in Downtown Wilkes-Barre (right photo)
 
 
April 26 – May 2, 2016
 
Once again, it’s going to be a very busy week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Friday afternoon brings the return of Downtown’s Public Square Car Cruise, held on the final Friday of each month from April to October.

The F.M. Kirby Center hosts four different performers this week: Lupe Fiasco, Casting Crowns, Gaelic Storm, and the Pietasters (Live from the Chandelier Lobby).

The Wilkes University Civic Band holds its spring concert on Wednesday evening, while Cantores Christi Regis – the King’s College choir – presents its spring concerts on Friday and Saturday nights.

And, on Sunday evening, Wilkes University’s Max Rosenn Lecture Series presents Ron Prosor, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom and the United Nations.

As we prepare for the coming week’s events, I also want to recall three separate downtown announcements from the past week. Each one illuminates a different aspect of the implementation of our new five-year action plan for Downtown Wilkes-Barre.
 
I’ve previously described how the action plan is built around six “big goals” for our center city’s future:
  • Downtown will be a safe, clean, and attractive place to live, work, shop, and visit.
  • Downtown will be the region’s college neighborhood.
  • Downtown will be the region’s “walk-to-everything” urban neighborhood of choice.
  • Downtown will be the region’s “Innovation District:” its hub for business, startup activity, and entrepreneurship.
  • Downtown’s historic architecture, walkability, riverfront, and colleges will be the cornerstones of its enhanced visitor experience.
  • Downtown will be a regional center of arts, culture, dining, and entertainment.
Step by step, DCP and its partners are working toward realizing each of those goals.
 
Let’s begin with “innovation.” On Wednesday, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber dedicated the Wilkes-Barre THINK Center – a state-of-the-art technology workshop within South Main Street’s Innovation Center.
 
The THINK Center provides a place for local entrepreneurs who want to leave their kitchen table – but aren’t quite ready for Downtown’s incubator or office suites – with all they need to turn a concept into a business, including shared plug-and-play worktables, conference rooms, and a fifty-seat multimedia theater for programs and lectures.

Simultaneously, the Chamber launched the Wilkes-Barre Connect initiative, which brings together seven partner service providers – including DCP – to ensure that both start-up and existing businesses have access to the resources, services, and facilities they need to grow in Downtown Wilkes-Barre and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Wednesday also advanced the role of arts and culture in our center city, as the Wyoming Valley Art League hosted a lively discussion at the Circle Centre for the Arts regarding the creation of a Downtown “arts district.”
 
Prompted by the growth of the Third Friday Art Walk and the clustering of visual arts venues on South Main Street’s second block, a group of local arts-and-culture stakeholders have begun to consider how to build on that momentum and reinforce Downtown’s role as the region’s cultural center.
 
One day later, one of the region’s youngest academic institutions made its Downtown presence a lot more visible, when The Commonwealth Medical College unveiled a new sign for its Downtown Wilkes-Barre campus, now housed at King’s on the Square. There, TCMC will administer its Behavioral Health Initiative and host a variety of programs and educational events. It’s an important first step for TCMC’s commitment to an expanded physical presence in our center city – and another big step in Downtown’s emergence as the region’s college neighborhood.
 
Three different announcements . . . three different aspects of our downtown action plan. Each action involves a variety of partners and stakeholders, but together, they represent to a shared commitment to advancing a common vision for our center city. Sure, there’s still much to do, but make no mistake: the progress is going to continue.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!

Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org
 
Views of the new Wilkes-Barre THINK Center (left photo) and TCMC’s new home in Downtown Wilkes-Barre (right photo)
 
April 26 – May 2, 2016
April 26 – May 2, 2016
 
 
Once again, it’s going to be a very busy week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Friday afternoon brings the return of Downtown’s Public Square Car Cruise, held on the final Friday of each month from April to October.

The F.M. Kirby Center hosts four different performers this week: Lupe Fiasco, Casting Crowns, Gaelic Storm, and the Pietasters (Live from the Chandelier Lobby).

The Wilkes University Civic Band holds its spring concert on Wednesday evening, while Cantores Christi Regis – the King’s College choir – presents its spring concerts on Friday and Saturday nights.

And, on Sunday evening, Wilkes University’s Max Rosenn Lecture Series presents Ron Prosor, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom and the United Nations.

As we prepare for the coming week’s events, I also want to recall three separate downtown announcements from the past week. Each one illuminates a different aspect of the implementation of our new five-year action plan for Downtown Wilkes-Barre.
 
I’ve previously described how the action plan is built around six “big goals” for our center city’s future:
  • Downtown will be a safe, clean, and attractive place to live, work, shop, and visit.
  • Downtown will be the region’s college neighborhood.
  • Downtown will be the region’s “walk-to-everything” urban neighborhood of choice.
  • Downtown will be the region’s “Innovation District:” its hub for business, startup activity, and entrepreneurship.
  • Downtown’s historic architecture, walkability, riverfront, and colleges will be the cornerstones of its enhanced visitor experience.
  • Downtown will be a regional center of arts, culture, dining, and entertainment.
Step by step, DCP and its partners are working toward realizing each of those goals.
 
Let’s begin with “innovation.” On Wednesday, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber dedicated the Wilkes-Barre THINK Center – a state-of-the-art technology workshop within South Main Street’s Innovation Center.
 
The THINK Center provides a place for local entrepreneurs who want to leave their kitchen table – but aren’t quite ready for Downtown’s incubator or office suites – with all they need to turn a concept into a business, including shared plug-and-play worktables, conference rooms, and a fifty-seat multimedia theater for programs and lectures.

Simultaneously, the Chamber launched the Wilkes-Barre Connect initiative, which brings together seven partner service providers – including DCP – to ensure that both start-up and existing businesses have access to the resources, services, and facilities they need to grow in Downtown Wilkes-Barre and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Wednesday also advanced the role of arts and culture in our center city, as the Wyoming Valley Art League hosted a lively discussion at the Circle Centre for the Arts regarding the creation of a Downtown “arts district.”
 
Prompted by the growth of the Third Friday Art Walk and the clustering of visual arts venues on South Main Street’s second block, a group of local arts-and-culture stakeholders have begun to consider how to build on that momentum and reinforce Downtown’s role as the region’s cultural center.
 
One day later, one of the region’s youngest academic institutions made its Downtown presence a lot more visible, when The Commonwealth Medical College unveiled a new sign for its Downtown Wilkes-Barre campus, now housed at King’s on the Square. There, TCMC will administer its Behavioral Health Initiative and host a variety of programs and educational events. It’s an important first step for TCMC’s commitment to an expanded physical presence in our center city – and another big step in Downtown’s emergence as the region’s college neighborhood.
 
Three different announcements . . . three different aspects of our downtown action plan. Each action involves a variety of partners and stakeholders, but together, they represent to a shared commitment to advancing a common vision for our center city. Sure, there’s still much to do, but make no mistake: the progress is going to continue.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!

Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org
Once again, it’s going to be a very busy week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Friday afternoon brings the return of Downtown’s Public Square Car Cruise, held on the final Friday of each month from April to October.

The F.M. Kirby Center hosts four different performers this week: Lupe Fiasco, Casting Crowns, Gaelic Storm, and the Pietasters (Live from the Chandelier Lobby).

The Wilkes University Civic Band holds its spring concert on Wednesday evening, while Cantores Christi Regis – the King’s College choir – presents its spring concerts on Friday and Saturday nights.

And, on Sunday evening, Wilkes University’s Max Rosenn Lecture Series presents Ron Prosor, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom and the United Nations.

As we prepare for the coming week’s events, I also want to recall three separate downtown announcements from the past week. Each one illuminates a different aspect of the implementation of our new five-year action plan for Downtown Wilkes-Barre.
 
I’ve previously described how the action plan is built around six “big goals” for our center city’s future:
  • Downtown will be a safe, clean, and attractive place to live, work, shop, and visit.
  • Downtown will be the region’s college neighborhood.
  • Downtown will be the region’s “walk-to-everything” urban neighborhood of choice.
  • Downtown will be the region’s “Innovation District:” its hub for business, startup activity, and entrepreneurship.
  • Downtown’s historic architecture, walkability, riverfront, and colleges will be the cornerstones of its enhanced visitor experience.
  • Downtown will be a regional center of arts, culture, dining, and entertainment.
Step by step, DCP and its partners are working toward realizing each of those goals.
 
Let’s begin with “innovation.” On Wednesday, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber dedicated the Wilkes-Barre THINK Center – a state-of-the-art technology workshop within South Main Street’s Innovation Center.
 
The THINK Center provides a place for local entrepreneurs who want to leave their kitchen table – but aren’t quite ready for Downtown’s incubator or office suites – with all they need to turn a concept into a business, including shared plug-and-play worktables, conference rooms, and a fifty-seat multimedia theater for programs and lectures.

Simultaneously, the Chamber launched the Wilkes-Barre Connect initiative, which brings together seven partner service providers – including DCP – to ensure that both start-up and existing businesses have access to the resources, services, and facilities they need to grow in Downtown Wilkes-Barre and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Wednesday also advanced the role of arts and culture in our center city, as the Wyoming Valley Art League hosted a lively discussion at the Circle Centre for the Arts regarding the creation of a Downtown “arts district.”
 
Prompted by the growth of the Third Friday Art Walk and the clustering of visual arts venues on South Main Street’s second block, a group of local arts-and-culture stakeholders have begun to consider how to build on that momentum and reinforce Downtown’s role as the region’s cultural center.
 
One day later, one of the region’s youngest academic institutions made its Downtown presence a lot more visible, when The Commonwealth Medical College unveiled a new sign for its Downtown Wilkes-Barre campus, now housed at King’s on the Square. There, TCMC will administer its Behavioral Health Initiative and host a variety of programs and educational events. It’s an important first step for TCMC’s commitment to an expanded physical presence in our center city – and another big step in Downtown’s emergence as the region’s college neighborhood.
 
Three different announcements . . . three different aspects of our downtown action plan. Each action involves a variety of partners and stakeholders, but together, they represent to a shared commitment to advancing a common vision for our center city. Sure, there’s still much to do, but make no mistake: the progress is going to continue.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!

Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org
 
 
Views of the new Wilkes-Barre THINK Center (left photo) and TCMC’s new home in Downtown Wilkes-Barre (right photo)
Views of the new Wilkes-Barre THINK Center (left photo) and TCMC’s new home in Downtown Wilkes-Barre (right photo)
 
 
April 26 – May 2, 2016
April 26 – May 2, 2016
April 26 – May 2, 2016
 
 
 
Once again, it’s going to be a very busy week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Friday afternoon brings the return of Downtown’s Public Square Car Cruise, held on the final Friday of each month from April to October.

The F.M. Kirby Center hosts four different performers this week: Lupe Fiasco, Casting Crowns, Gaelic Storm, and the Pietasters (Live from the Chandelier Lobby).

The Wilkes University Civic Band holds its spring concert on Wednesday evening, while Cantores Christi Regis – the King’s College choir – presents its spring concerts on Friday and Saturday nights.

And, on Sunday evening, Wilkes University’s Max Rosenn Lecture Series presents Ron Prosor, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom and the United Nations.

As we prepare for the coming week’s events, I also want to recall three separate downtown announcements from the past week. Each one illuminates a different aspect of the implementation of our new five-year action plan for Downtown Wilkes-Barre.
 
I’ve previously described how the action plan is built around six “big goals” for our center city’s future:
  • Downtown will be a safe, clean, and attractive place to live, work, shop, and visit.
  • Downtown will be the region’s college neighborhood.
  • Downtown will be the region’s “walk-to-everything” urban neighborhood of choice.
  • Downtown will be the region’s “Innovation District:” its hub for business, startup activity, and entrepreneurship.
  • Downtown’s historic architecture, walkability, riverfront, and colleges will be the cornerstones of its enhanced visitor experience.
  • Downtown will be a regional center of arts, culture, dining, and entertainment.
Step by step, DCP and its partners are working toward realizing each of those goals.
 
Let’s begin with “innovation.” On Wednesday, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber dedicated the Wilkes-Barre THINK Center – a state-of-the-art technology workshop within South Main Street’s Innovation Center.
 
The THINK Center provides a place for local entrepreneurs who want to leave their kitchen table – but aren’t quite ready for Downtown’s incubator or office suites – with all they need to turn a concept into a business, including shared plug-and-play worktables, conference rooms, and a fifty-seat multimedia theater for programs and lectures.

Simultaneously, the Chamber launched the Wilkes-Barre Connect initiative, which brings together seven partner service providers – including DCP – to ensure that both start-up and existing businesses have access to the resources, services, and facilities they need to grow in Downtown Wilkes-Barre and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Wednesday also advanced the role of arts and culture in our center city, as the Wyoming Valley Art League hosted a lively discussion at the Circle Centre for the Arts regarding the creation of a Downtown “arts district.”
 
Prompted by the growth of the Third Friday Art Walk and the clustering of visual arts venues on South Main Street’s second block, a group of local arts-and-culture stakeholders have begun to consider how to build on that momentum and reinforce Downtown’s role as the region’s cultural center.
 
One day later, one of the region’s youngest academic institutions made its Downtown presence a lot more visible, when The Commonwealth Medical College unveiled a new sign for its Downtown Wilkes-Barre campus, now housed at King’s on the Square. There, TCMC will administer its Behavioral Health Initiative and host a variety of programs and educational events. It’s an important first step for TCMC’s commitment to an expanded physical presence in our center city – and another big step in Downtown’s emergence as the region’s college neighborhood.
 
Three different announcements . . . three different aspects of our downtown action plan. Each action involves a variety of partners and stakeholders, but together, they represent to a shared commitment to advancing a common vision for our center city. Sure, there’s still much to do, but make no mistake: the progress is going to continue.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!

Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org
Once again, it’s going to be a very busy week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Friday afternoon brings the return of Downtown’s Public Square Car Cruise, held on the final Friday of each month from April to October.

The F.M. Kirby Center hosts four different performers this week: Lupe Fiasco, Casting Crowns, Gaelic Storm, and the Pietasters (Live from the Chandelier Lobby).

The Wilkes University Civic Band holds its spring concert on Wednesday evening, while Cantores Christi Regis – the King’s College choir – presents its spring concerts on Friday and Saturday nights.

And, on Sunday evening, Wilkes University’s Max Rosenn Lecture Series presents Ron Prosor, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom and the United Nations.

As we prepare for the coming week’s events, I also want to recall three separate downtown announcements from the past week. Each one illuminates a different aspect of the implementation of our new five-year action plan for Downtown Wilkes-Barre.
 
I’ve previously described how the action plan is built around six “big goals” for our center city’s future:
  • Downtown will be a safe, clean, and attractive place to live, work, shop, and visit.
  • Downtown will be the region’s college neighborhood.
  • Downtown will be the region’s “walk-to-everything” urban neighborhood of choice.
  • Downtown will be the region’s “Innovation District:” its hub for business, startup activity, and entrepreneurship.
  • Downtown’s historic architecture, walkability, riverfront, and colleges will be the cornerstones of its enhanced visitor experience.
  • Downtown will be a regional center of arts, culture, dining, and entertainment.
Step by step, DCP and its partners are working toward realizing each of those goals.
 
Let’s begin with “innovation.” On Wednesday, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber dedicated the Wilkes-Barre THINK Center – a state-of-the-art technology workshop within South Main Street’s Innovation Center.
 
The THINK Center provides a place for local entrepreneurs who want to leave their kitchen table – but aren’t quite ready for Downtown’s incubator or office suites – with all they need to turn a concept into a business, including shared plug-and-play worktables, conference rooms, and a fifty-seat multimedia theater for programs and lectures.

Simultaneously, the Chamber launched the Wilkes-Barre Connect initiative, which brings together seven partner service providers – including DCP – to ensure that both start-up and existing businesses have access to the resources, services, and facilities they need to grow in Downtown Wilkes-Barre and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Wednesday also advanced the role of arts and culture in our center city, as the Wyoming Valley Art League hosted a lively discussion at the Circle Centre for the Arts regarding the creation of a Downtown “arts district.”
 
Prompted by the growth of the Third Friday Art Walk and the clustering of visual arts venues on South Main Street’s second block, a group of local arts-and-culture stakeholders have begun to consider how to build on that momentum and reinforce Downtown’s role as the region’s cultural center.
 
One day later, one of the region’s youngest academic institutions made its Downtown presence a lot more visible, when The Commonwealth Medical College unveiled a new sign for its Downtown Wilkes-Barre campus, now housed at King’s on the Square. There, TCMC will administer its Behavioral Health Initiative and host a variety of programs and educational events. It’s an important first step for TCMC’s commitment to an expanded physical presence in our center city – and another big step in Downtown’s emergence as the region’s college neighborhood.
 
Three different announcements . . . three different aspects of our downtown action plan. Each action involves a variety of partners and stakeholders, but together, they represent to a shared commitment to advancing a common vision for our center city. Sure, there’s still much to do, but make no mistake: the progress is going to continue.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!

Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org
Once again, it’s going to be a very busy week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Friday afternoon brings the return of Downtown’s Public Square Car Cruise, held on the final Friday of each month from April to October.

The F.M. Kirby Center hosts four different performers this week: Lupe Fiasco, Casting Crowns, Gaelic Storm, and the Pietasters (Live from the Chandelier Lobby).

The Wilkes University Civic Band holds its spring concert on Wednesday evening, while Cantores Christi Regis – the King’s College choir – presents its spring concerts on Friday and Saturday nights.

And, on Sunday evening, Wilkes University’s Max Rosenn Lecture Series presents Ron Prosor, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom and the United Nations.

As we prepare for the coming week’s events, I also want to recall three separate downtown announcements from the past week. Each one illuminates a different aspect of the implementation of our new five-year action plan for Downtown Wilkes-Barre.
 
I’ve previously described how the action plan is built around six “big goals” for our center city’s future:
  • Downtown will be a safe, clean, and attractive place to live, work, shop, and visit.
  • Downtown will be the region’s college neighborhood.
  • Downtown will be the region’s “walk-to-everything” urban neighborhood of choice.
  • Downtown will be the region’s “Innovation District:” its hub for business, startup activity, and entrepreneurship.
  • Downtown’s historic architecture, walkability, riverfront, and colleges will be the cornerstones of its enhanced visitor experience.
  • Downtown will be a regional center of arts, culture, dining, and entertainment.
Step by step, DCP and its partners are working toward realizing each of those goals.
 
Let’s begin with “innovation.” On Wednesday, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber dedicated the Wilkes-Barre THINK Center – a state-of-the-art technology workshop within South Main Street’s Innovation Center.
 
The THINK Center provides a place for local entrepreneurs who want to leave their kitchen table – but aren’t quite ready for Downtown’s incubator or office suites – with all they need to turn a concept into a business, including shared plug-and-play worktables, conference rooms, and a fifty-seat multimedia theater for programs and lectures.

Simultaneously, the Chamber launched the Wilkes-Barre Connect initiative, which brings together seven partner service providers – including DCP – to ensure that both start-up and existing businesses have access to the resources, services, and facilities they need to grow in Downtown Wilkes-Barre and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Wednesday also advanced the role of arts and culture in our center city, as the Wyoming Valley Art League hosted a lively discussion at the Circle Centre for the Arts regarding the creation of a Downtown “arts district.”
 
Prompted by the growth of the Third Friday Art Walk and the clustering of visual arts venues on South Main Street’s second block, a group of local arts-and-culture stakeholders have begun to consider how to build on that momentum and reinforce Downtown’s role as the region’s cultural center.
 
One day later, one of the region’s youngest academic institutions made its Downtown presence a lot more visible, when The Commonwealth Medical College unveiled a new sign for its Downtown Wilkes-Barre campus, now housed at King’s on the Square. There, TCMC will administer its Behavioral Health Initiative and host a variety of programs and educational events. It’s an important first step for TCMC’s commitment to an expanded physical presence in our center city – and another big step in Downtown’s emergence as the region’s college neighborhood.
 
Three different announcements . . . three different aspects of our downtown action plan. Each action involves a variety of partners and stakeholders, but together, they represent to a shared commitment to advancing a common vision for our center city. Sure, there’s still much to do, but make no mistake: the progress is going to continue.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!

Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org
 
 
 
Views of the new Wilkes-Barre THINK Center (left photo) and TCMC’s new home in Downtown Wilkes-Barre (right photo)
Views of the new Wilkes-Barre THINK Center (left photo) and TCMC’s new home in Downtown Wilkes-Barre (right photo)
Views of the new Wilkes-Barre THINK Center (left photo) and TCMC’s new home in Downtown Wilkes-Barre (right photo)
 
 
 
Downtown Events

Tuesday, April 26
Osterhout Books and Babies

TIME: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join the Osterhout’s Children’s Department for Books and Babies! This program – for babies from 1 to age 3– runs Tuesdays through May 10. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156 ext. 217.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre Weekly Meeting

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
PLACE: Genetti Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

The Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre meets every Tuesday at noon. We are neighbors and community leaders uniting for the common good. The meeting is open to members and their guests, prospective members, and visiting Rotarians.
More information: www.facebook.com/RotaryClubofWilkesBarrePa
 
Tuesday, April 26
Wyoming Valley Art League Artists Social

TIME: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Tuesday Gallery Open Hours: 10:30 AM – 4 PM)
PLACE: Wyoming Valley Art League, rear 130 South Franklin Street

The Wyoming Valley Art League presents Tuesday Art Social! Come and go as you please. Bring your own art and materials and work while enjoying the company and inspiration of other artists! Members only – but anyone can come and purchase their membership the same day.
More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Osterhout Teen Book Club Night

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join us for the first Teen Book Club meeting. Free; for teens aged 12 to 18; light refreshments will be provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 

Wednesday, April 27
PA Economy League Civic Leadership Lunch: “Bad News for PA Municipalities?

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
PLACE: Genetti’s Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

There was mostly bad news for Pennsylvania municipalities in recently released indicators for income levels, housing values, poverty rates, education, and more. During this lunch-and-learn meeting, John R. Maurer of the Pennsylvania State Data Center will show how NEPA municipalities compare to other PA cities, while Teri Ooms of the Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development will provide a local perspective. Cost: $20.
More information: www.pelcentral.org or 570-824-3559.


Wednesday, April 27
Wilkes University Contemporary History Project: “Control Over the Oil”

TIME: 4:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Farley Library, Room 002

Marta Musso, a PhD Candidate in Economic History at Cambridge University, presents a Wilkes University Contemporary History Project lecture titled “Control Over the Oil: 100 Years of Reasonable Delusions.” Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu.

Wednesday, April 27
Don’t Get Hacked

TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Learn how to protect your personal information and identity online, and learn the warning signs of identity theft. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Wednesday, April 27
Osterhout Teen Night: The Basics of Budgeting for Teens

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

During Money Smart Week, join us for a teen financial literacy workshop presented by Paul Francis, Senior Program Director at Junior Achievement. This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of budgeting using real life scenarios for expenses, housing, childcare, car, etc, so bring your thinking caps! Materials and light refreshments provided. Free; for teens 12-18.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Wednesday, April 27
Wilkes University Civic Band Spring Concert

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

The Wilkes University Civic Band, conducted by Phillip G. Simon, presents its Spring Concert, featuring guest composer Bruce Yurko, who will conduct his original composition, “Night Dances No. 2.” The concert will also include “Exultate” by Samuel R. Hazo, “Persuasion” by Sammy Nestico,  “Dances of the Royal Court” by Eugene Magalif (who will play the piano piece), “Four Maryland Songs” by Jack Stamp, and “Give Us This Day” by David Maslanka. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4420.

Thursday, April 28

Coloring for Adults
TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Stop by and experience the relaxing art of coloring.  Use our supplies or bring your own. Free and open to the public: light refreshments provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Thursday, April 28
Lupe Fiasco in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Wilkes University’s Program Board brings Grammy-nominated MC and rapper Lupe Fiasco, whose album Food & Liquor  peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200, to the Kirby Center stage. Tickets: $30.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Friday, April 29
Osterhout Movie Day: A Close Call for Boston Blackie and Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

This week brings a double feature! In the first film, A Close Call for Boston Blackie (1946), detective Blackie (Chester Morris) is framed for murder. The second film is Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939), based on the popular book by Carolyn Keene, in which amateur sleuth Nancy Drew (Bonita Granville) investigates the strange occurrences experienced by the elderly Turnbull sisters in their Victorian home. Free and open to the public: popcorn provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.

Friday, April 29
Public Square Car & Bike Cruise

TIME: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square

It’s time to start the 2016 season of the monthly Public Square Car & Bike Cruise, sponsored by the NEPA Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, and held on the final Friday of each month on Public Square! Anything with wheels is welcome to participate: “If it has wheels, it’s welcome!” Free and open to the public.
More information: www.facebook.com/wbcarcruise

Friday, April 29
Casting Crowns in Concert

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning Christian band “Casting Crowns” makes its F.M. Kirby Center debut! With 8.8 million albums sold to date—including one RIAA Double Platinum Album, four Platinum and six Gold records, and two Platinum and four Gold DVDs—Casting Crowns remains the top-selling act in Christian music since 2007. Tickets start at $30.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Friday, April 29
Cantores Christi Regis Spring Concert

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: King’s College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, Corner of North Franklin and Jackson Streets

Cantores Christi Regis, the King’s College choir, will perform its annual spring concert of classical, contemporary, sacred and secular choral music. Selections include “A Jubilant Song” by Rene Clausen, “The Battle of Jericho” arranged by Moses Hogan, and “Tenebrae factae sunt” by Haydn. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-6044.
 
Saturday, April 30
Around Town Bicycles Saturday Morning Ride

TIME: 7:30 AM
PLACE: Around Town Bicycles, Rear 59 North Main Street

Join other area bicyclists for the weekly Saturday Morning Ride. At this point, the weekly ride starts at 7:30 AM, is longer, and incorporates more hills. There are stops for regrouping, and no riders are left behind. Bagels, coffee and juice are served after the ride. Road bikes recommended.
More information: www.atownbikes.com or 570-970-3008.
 
Saturday, April 30
“One More Row” Knit & Crochet Group

TIME: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Learn, share, and knit or crochet! Bring your own yarn and needles or hooks. Free and open to the public; all ages and beginners welcome.
More information: www.osterhout.info more 570-821-1959.
 
Saturday, April 30
Cantores Christi Regis Spring Concert

TIME: 5:30 PM
PLACE: King’s College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, Corner of North Franklin and Jackson Streets

Cantores Christi Regis, the King’s College choir, will perform its annual spring concert of classical, contemporary, sacred and secular choral music. Selections include “A Jubilant Song” by Rene Clausen, “The Battle of Jericho” arranged by Moses Hogan, and “Tenebrae factae sunt” by Haydn. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-6044.

Saturday, April 30
Gaelic Storm
in Concert
TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Celtic band Gaelic Storm returns to the F.M. Kirby Center stage! From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock-n-rollers, and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music during nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows. Tickets start at $19.50.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Saturday, April 30
Wilkes University Flute Ensemble in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

The Wilkes University Flute Ensemble, conducted by Lish Lindsey, will perform in concert on Saturday evening, April 30. The Flute Ensemble provides an opportunity for students and community members to study, rehearse and perform a wide body of music written for the flute. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4420.
 

Sunday, May 1
Joint Sunday Service: First Presbyterian Church and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral

TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: First Presbyterian Church, 97 South Franklin Street


Please join us as First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre and St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral continue a wonderful history of annually gathering together to worship.  This year St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral Congregation will walk down South Franklin Street and worship with their Presbyterian neighbors. Father Brian Pavlac will preach.  Communion will be served to all. The music will inspire via the combined choirs of the churches, under the direction of John Vaida and Mark Laubach. 
More information:
www.fpcwb.org.

Sunday, May 1
Live from the Chandelier Lobby: The Pietasters

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Dust off your dancing boots! Longtime Ska outfit “The Pietasters” will be live from the Chandelier Lobby! More than a quarter century, six studio albums, and countless live shows after their start as a house-party band, The Pietasters continue to deliver world-class performances of sing-along songs and dance-through-your-socks rhythms. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day of show.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.


Sunday, May 1
 Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities: Ambassador Ron Prosor

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

Wilkes University presents the 2016 Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities, featuring the Honorable Ron Prosor, Israel’s former Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, whose lecture is titled “Israel and the Evolving Frontlines of a disintegrating Middle East: A Guided Tour.” Mr. Prosor carved out a reputation as one of Israel’s most distinguished diplomats during more than two decades with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: he oversaw Israel’s 2005 disengagement from Gaza; helped to establish diplomatic relations behind the Iron Curtain following the fall of the Berlin Wall; and served as a member of his nation’s delegation to the 1998 Wye River Summit talks. Free and open to the public; registration suggested.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4540.
 
Downtown Exhibits
 
Luzerne County Historical Society Museum
(69 South Franklin Street)
HOURS:  Tuesday-Friday, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

“The Roaring ’20’s”
March 4 until late summer/early fall

The Historical Society’s new “The Roaring 20’s” exhibit features articles covering all the major trends of the age, including art, entertainment, Prohibition and bootlegging, criminals, and the famous music and dances of the era. A wide variety of pieces representing the fashion of the era will be on display as well. Most of the items came in one large private donation, and the LCHS is proud to display these pieces together, so they can tell the story of this famous time period.

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 Campus Center, between N. Main and N. Franklin Sts.)

HOURS: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

“Communications Media Student Exhibit”
DATES: May 2 – May 27
The Widmann Art Gallery will feature sculptures and drawings created by King’s students.

More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900, ext. 5328.

Marquis Art & Frame Second Floor Gallery
(122 South Main Street):

HOURS: Monday – Saturday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

“Green Hockenbury Hunter”
Dates: April 15 – June 25, 2016

The Marquis Second Floor Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by three fine local artists: David Green, MIchael E. Hockenbury and Keith A. Hunter, Esq.. Free and open to the public.

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University
(Stark Learning Center, 150 South River Street)

HOURS: Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM 

“Feats of Six Hands: Ceramics by Jack Troy, Archie Johnson, and Ruth Cohen”
DATES: March 29 –May 15

The exhibition will feature ceramic artworks created by potters Jack Troy of Huntington, PA and Archie Johnson and Ruth Cohen of Little Meadows, PA.  Free and open to the public.

More information: www.wilkes.edu/arts/Sordoni-Art-Gallery or 570-408-4325.

Wyoming Valley Art League’s Circle Centre for the Arts
(130 South Franklin Street):

HOURS: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Wednesday, 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Spring Members’ Juried Show
DATES: April 15 – June 3

The WVAL‘s Spring Members’ Juried Show represents a compilation of the best works by Art League members. See it for yourself! Free and open to the public.

More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.
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Downtown Events

Tuesday, April 26
Osterhout Books and Babies

TIME: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join the Osterhout’s Children’s Department for Books and Babies! This program – for babies from 1 to age 3– runs Tuesdays through May 10. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156 ext. 217.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre Weekly Meeting

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
PLACE: Genetti Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

The Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre meets every Tuesday at noon. We are neighbors and community leaders uniting for the common good. The meeting is open to members and their guests, prospective members, and visiting Rotarians.
More information: www.facebook.com/RotaryClubofWilkesBarrePa
 
Tuesday, April 26
Wyoming Valley Art League Artists Social

TIME: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Tuesday Gallery Open Hours: 10:30 AM – 4 PM)
PLACE: Wyoming Valley Art League, rear 130 South Franklin Street

The Wyoming Valley Art League presents Tuesday Art Social! Come and go as you please. Bring your own art and materials and work while enjoying the company and inspiration of other artists! Members only – but anyone can come and purchase their membership the same day.
More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Osterhout Teen Book Club Night

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join us for the first Teen Book Club meeting. Free; for teens aged 12 to 18; light refreshments will be provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 

Wednesday, April 27
PA Economy League Civic Leadership Lunch: “Bad News for PA Municipalities?

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
PLACE: Genetti’s Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

There was mostly bad news for Pennsylvania municipalities in recently released indicators for income levels, housing values, poverty rates, education, and more. During this lunch-and-learn meeting, John R. Maurer of the Pennsylvania State Data Center will show how NEPA municipalities compare to other PA cities, while Teri Ooms of the Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development will provide a local perspective. Cost: $20.
More information: www.pelcentral.org or 570-824-3559.


Wednesday, April 27
Wilkes University Contemporary History Project: “Control Over the Oil”

TIME: 4:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Farley Library, Room 002

Marta Musso, a PhD Candidate in Economic History at Cambridge University, presents a Wilkes University Contemporary History Project lecture titled “Control Over the Oil: 100 Years of Reasonable Delusions.” Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu.

Wednesday, April 27
Don’t Get Hacked

TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Learn how to protect your personal information and identity online, and learn the warning signs of identity theft. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Wednesday, April 27
Osterhout Teen Night: The Basics of Budgeting for Teens

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

During Money Smart Week, join us for a teen financial literacy workshop presented by Paul Francis, Senior Program Director at Junior Achievement. This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of budgeting using real life scenarios for expenses, housing, childcare, car, etc, so bring your thinking caps! Materials and light refreshments provided. Free; for teens 12-18.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Wednesday, April 27
Wilkes University Civic Band Spring Concert

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

The Wilkes University Civic Band, conducted by Phillip G. Simon, presents its Spring Concert, featuring guest composer Bruce Yurko, who will conduct his original composition, “Night Dances No. 2.” The concert will also include “Exultate” by Samuel R. Hazo, “Persuasion” by Sammy Nestico,  “Dances of the Royal Court” by Eugene Magalif (who will play the piano piece), “Four Maryland Songs” by Jack Stamp, and “Give Us This Day” by David Maslanka. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4420.

Thursday, April 28

Coloring for Adults
TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Stop by and experience the relaxing art of coloring.  Use our supplies or bring your own. Free and open to the public: light refreshments provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Thursday, April 28
Lupe Fiasco in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Wilkes University’s Program Board brings Grammy-nominated MC and rapper Lupe Fiasco, whose album Food & Liquor  peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200, to the Kirby Center stage. Tickets: $30.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Friday, April 29
Osterhout Movie Day: A Close Call for Boston Blackie and Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

This week brings a double feature! In the first film, A Close Call for Boston Blackie (1946), detective Blackie (Chester Morris) is framed for murder. The second film is Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939), based on the popular book by Carolyn Keene, in which amateur sleuth Nancy Drew (Bonita Granville) investigates the strange occurrences experienced by the elderly Turnbull sisters in their Victorian home. Free and open to the public: popcorn provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.

Friday, April 29
Public Square Car & Bike Cruise

TIME: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square

It’s time to start the 2016 season of the monthly Public Square Car & Bike Cruise, sponsored by the NEPA Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, and held on the final Friday of each month on Public Square! Anything with wheels is welcome to participate: “If it has wheels, it’s welcome!” Free and open to the public.
More information: www.facebook.com/wbcarcruise

Friday, April 29
Casting Crowns in Concert

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning Christian band “Casting Crowns” makes its F.M. Kirby Center debut! With 8.8 million albums sold to date—including one RIAA Double Platinum Album, four Platinum and six Gold records, and two Platinum and four Gold DVDs—Casting Crowns remains the top-selling act in Christian music since 2007. Tickets start at $30.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Friday, April 29
Cantores Christi Regis Spring Concert

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: King’s College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, Corner of North Franklin and Jackson Streets

Cantores Christi Regis, the King’s College choir, will perform its annual spring concert of classical, contemporary, sacred and secular choral music. Selections include “A Jubilant Song” by Rene Clausen, “The Battle of Jericho” arranged by Moses Hogan, and “Tenebrae factae sunt” by Haydn. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-6044.
 
Saturday, April 30
Around Town Bicycles Saturday Morning Ride

TIME: 7:30 AM
PLACE: Around Town Bicycles, Rear 59 North Main Street

Join other area bicyclists for the weekly Saturday Morning Ride. At this point, the weekly ride starts at 7:30 AM, is longer, and incorporates more hills. There are stops for regrouping, and no riders are left behind. Bagels, coffee and juice are served after the ride. Road bikes recommended.
More information: www.atownbikes.com or 570-970-3008.
 
Saturday, April 30
“One More Row” Knit & Crochet Group

TIME: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Learn, share, and knit or crochet! Bring your own yarn and needles or hooks. Free and open to the public; all ages and beginners welcome.
More information: www.osterhout.info more 570-821-1959.
 
Saturday, April 30
Cantores Christi Regis Spring Concert

TIME: 5:30 PM
PLACE: King’s College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, Corner of North Franklin and Jackson Streets

Cantores Christi Regis, the King’s College choir, will perform its annual spring concert of classical, contemporary, sacred and secular choral music. Selections include “A Jubilant Song” by Rene Clausen, “The Battle of Jericho” arranged by Moses Hogan, and “Tenebrae factae sunt” by Haydn. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-6044.

Saturday, April 30
Gaelic Storm
in Concert
TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Celtic band Gaelic Storm returns to the F.M. Kirby Center stage! From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock-n-rollers, and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music during nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows. Tickets start at $19.50.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Saturday, April 30
Wilkes University Flute Ensemble in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

The Wilkes University Flute Ensemble, conducted by Lish Lindsey, will perform in concert on Saturday evening, April 30. The Flute Ensemble provides an opportunity for students and community members to study, rehearse and perform a wide body of music written for the flute. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4420.
 

Sunday, May 1
Joint Sunday Service: First Presbyterian Church and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral

TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: First Presbyterian Church, 97 South Franklin Street


Please join us as First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre and St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral continue a wonderful history of annually gathering together to worship.  This year St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral Congregation will walk down South Franklin Street and worship with their Presbyterian neighbors. Father Brian Pavlac will preach.  Communion will be served to all. The music will inspire via the combined choirs of the churches, under the direction of John Vaida and Mark Laubach. 
More information:
www.fpcwb.org.

Sunday, May 1
Live from the Chandelier Lobby: The Pietasters

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Dust off your dancing boots! Longtime Ska outfit “The Pietasters” will be live from the Chandelier Lobby! More than a quarter century, six studio albums, and countless live shows after their start as a house-party band, The Pietasters continue to deliver world-class performances of sing-along songs and dance-through-your-socks rhythms. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day of show.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.


Sunday, May 1
 Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities: Ambassador Ron Prosor

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

Wilkes University presents the 2016 Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities, featuring the Honorable Ron Prosor, Israel’s former Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, whose lecture is titled “Israel and the Evolving Frontlines of a disintegrating Middle East: A Guided Tour.” Mr. Prosor carved out a reputation as one of Israel’s most distinguished diplomats during more than two decades with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: he oversaw Israel’s 2005 disengagement from Gaza; helped to establish diplomatic relations behind the Iron Curtain following the fall of the Berlin Wall; and served as a member of his nation’s delegation to the 1998 Wye River Summit talks. Free and open to the public; registration suggested.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4540.
 
Downtown Exhibits
 
Luzerne County Historical Society Museum
(69 South Franklin Street)
HOURS:  Tuesday-Friday, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

“The Roaring ’20’s”
March 4 until late summer/early fall

The Historical Society’s new “The Roaring 20’s” exhibit features articles covering all the major trends of the age, including art, entertainment, Prohibition and bootlegging, criminals, and the famous music and dances of the era. A wide variety of pieces representing the fashion of the era will be on display as well. Most of the items came in one large private donation, and the LCHS is proud to display these pieces together, so they can tell the story of this famous time period.

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 Campus Center, between N. Main and N. Franklin Sts.)

HOURS: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

“Communications Media Student Exhibit”
DATES: May 2 – May 27
The Widmann Art Gallery will feature sculptures and drawings created by King’s students.

More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900, ext. 5328.

Marquis Art & Frame Second Floor Gallery
(122 South Main Street):

HOURS: Monday – Saturday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

“Green Hockenbury Hunter”
Dates: April 15 – June 25, 2016

The Marquis Second Floor Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by three fine local artists: David Green, MIchael E. Hockenbury and Keith A. Hunter, Esq.. Free and open to the public.

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University
(Stark Learning Center, 150 South River Street)

HOURS: Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM 

“Feats of Six Hands: Ceramics by Jack Troy, Archie Johnson, and Ruth Cohen”
DATES: March 29 –May 15

The exhibition will feature ceramic artworks created by potters Jack Troy of Huntington, PA and Archie Johnson and Ruth Cohen of Little Meadows, PA.  Free and open to the public.

More information: www.wilkes.edu/arts/Sordoni-Art-Gallery or 570-408-4325.

Wyoming Valley Art League’s Circle Centre for the Arts
(130 South Franklin Street):

HOURS: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Wednesday, 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Spring Members’ Juried Show
DATES: April 15 – June 3

The WVAL‘s Spring Members’ Juried Show represents a compilation of the best works by Art League members. See it for yourself! Free and open to the public.

More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.
Downtown Events

Tuesday, April 26
Osterhout Books and Babies

TIME: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join the Osterhout’s Children’s Department for Books and Babies! This program – for babies from 1 to age 3– runs Tuesdays through May 10. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156 ext. 217.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre Weekly Meeting

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
PLACE: Genetti Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

The Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre meets every Tuesday at noon. We are neighbors and community leaders uniting for the common good. The meeting is open to members and their guests, prospective members, and visiting Rotarians.
More information: www.facebook.com/RotaryClubofWilkesBarrePa
 
Tuesday, April 26
Wyoming Valley Art League Artists Social

TIME: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Tuesday Gallery Open Hours: 10:30 AM – 4 PM)
PLACE: Wyoming Valley Art League, rear 130 South Franklin Street

The Wyoming Valley Art League presents Tuesday Art Social! Come and go as you please. Bring your own art and materials and work while enjoying the company and inspiration of other artists! Members only – but anyone can come and purchase their membership the same day.
More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Osterhout Teen Book Club Night

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join us for the first Teen Book Club meeting. Free; for teens aged 12 to 18; light refreshments will be provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 

Wednesday, April 27
PA Economy League Civic Leadership Lunch: “Bad News for PA Municipalities?

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
PLACE: Genetti’s Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

There was mostly bad news for Pennsylvania municipalities in recently released indicators for income levels, housing values, poverty rates, education, and more. During this lunch-and-learn meeting, John R. Maurer of the Pennsylvania State Data Center will show how NEPA municipalities compare to other PA cities, while Teri Ooms of the Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development will provide a local perspective. Cost: $20.
More information: www.pelcentral.org or 570-824-3559.


Wednesday, April 27
Wilkes University Contemporary History Project: “Control Over the Oil”

TIME: 4:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Farley Library, Room 002

Marta Musso, a PhD Candidate in Economic History at Cambridge University, presents a Wilkes University Contemporary History Project lecture titled “Control Over the Oil: 100 Years of Reasonable Delusions.” Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu.

Wednesday, April 27
Don’t Get Hacked

TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Learn how to protect your personal information and identity online, and learn the warning signs of identity theft. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Wednesday, April 27
Osterhout Teen Night: The Basics of Budgeting for Teens

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

During Money Smart Week, join us for a teen financial literacy workshop presented by Paul Francis, Senior Program Director at Junior Achievement. This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of budgeting using real life scenarios for expenses, housing, childcare, car, etc, so bring your thinking caps! Materials and light refreshments provided. Free; for teens 12-18.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Wednesday, April 27
Wilkes University Civic Band Spring Concert

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

The Wilkes University Civic Band, conducted by Phillip G. Simon, presents its Spring Concert, featuring guest composer Bruce Yurko, who will conduct his original composition, “Night Dances No. 2.” The concert will also include “Exultate” by Samuel R. Hazo, “Persuasion” by Sammy Nestico,  “Dances of the Royal Court” by Eugene Magalif (who will play the piano piece), “Four Maryland Songs” by Jack Stamp, and “Give Us This Day” by David Maslanka. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4420.

Thursday, April 28

Coloring for Adults
TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Stop by and experience the relaxing art of coloring.  Use our supplies or bring your own. Free and open to the public: light refreshments provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Thursday, April 28
Lupe Fiasco in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Wilkes University’s Program Board brings Grammy-nominated MC and rapper Lupe Fiasco, whose album Food & Liquor  peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200, to the Kirby Center stage. Tickets: $30.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Friday, April 29
Osterhout Movie Day: A Close Call for Boston Blackie and Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

This week brings a double feature! In the first film, A Close Call for Boston Blackie (1946), detective Blackie (Chester Morris) is framed for murder. The second film is Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939), based on the popular book by Carolyn Keene, in which amateur sleuth Nancy Drew (Bonita Granville) investigates the strange occurrences experienced by the elderly Turnbull sisters in their Victorian home. Free and open to the public: popcorn provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.

Friday, April 29
Public Square Car & Bike Cruise

TIME: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square

It’s time to start the 2016 season of the monthly Public Square Car & Bike Cruise, sponsored by the NEPA Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, and held on the final Friday of each month on Public Square! Anything with wheels is welcome to participate: “If it has wheels, it’s welcome!” Free and open to the public.
More information: www.facebook.com/wbcarcruise

Friday, April 29
Casting Crowns in Concert

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning Christian band “Casting Crowns” makes its F.M. Kirby Center debut! With 8.8 million albums sold to date—including one RIAA Double Platinum Album, four Platinum and six Gold records, and two Platinum and four Gold DVDs—Casting Crowns remains the top-selling act in Christian music since 2007. Tickets start at $30.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Friday, April 29
Cantores Christi Regis Spring Concert

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: King’s College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, Corner of North Franklin and Jackson Streets

Cantores Christi Regis, the King’s College choir, will perform its annual spring concert of classical, contemporary, sacred and secular choral music. Selections include “A Jubilant Song” by Rene Clausen, “The Battle of Jericho” arranged by Moses Hogan, and “Tenebrae factae sunt” by Haydn. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-6044.
 
Saturday, April 30
Around Town Bicycles Saturday Morning Ride

TIME: 7:30 AM
PLACE: Around Town Bicycles, Rear 59 North Main Street

Join other area bicyclists for the weekly Saturday Morning Ride. At this point, the weekly ride starts at 7:30 AM, is longer, and incorporates more hills. There are stops for regrouping, and no riders are left behind. Bagels, coffee and juice are served after the ride. Road bikes recommended.
More information: www.atownbikes.com or 570-970-3008.
 
Saturday, April 30
“One More Row” Knit & Crochet Group

TIME: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Learn, share, and knit or crochet! Bring your own yarn and needles or hooks. Free and open to the public; all ages and beginners welcome.
More information: www.osterhout.info more 570-821-1959.
 
Saturday, April 30
Cantores Christi Regis Spring Concert

TIME: 5:30 PM
PLACE: King’s College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, Corner of North Franklin and Jackson Streets

Cantores Christi Regis, the King’s College choir, will perform its annual spring concert of classical, contemporary, sacred and secular choral music. Selections include “A Jubilant Song” by Rene Clausen, “The Battle of Jericho” arranged by Moses Hogan, and “Tenebrae factae sunt” by Haydn. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-6044.

Saturday, April 30
Gaelic Storm
in Concert
TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Celtic band Gaelic Storm returns to the F.M. Kirby Center stage! From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock-n-rollers, and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music during nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows. Tickets start at $19.50.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Saturday, April 30
Wilkes University Flute Ensemble in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

The Wilkes University Flute Ensemble, conducted by Lish Lindsey, will perform in concert on Saturday evening, April 30. The Flute Ensemble provides an opportunity for students and community members to study, rehearse and perform a wide body of music written for the flute. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4420.
 

Sunday, May 1
Joint Sunday Service: First Presbyterian Church and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral

TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: First Presbyterian Church, 97 South Franklin Street


Please join us as First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre and St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral continue a wonderful history of annually gathering together to worship.  This year St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral Congregation will walk down South Franklin Street and worship with their Presbyterian neighbors. Father Brian Pavlac will preach.  Communion will be served to all. The music will inspire via the combined choirs of the churches, under the direction of John Vaida and Mark Laubach. 
More information:
www.fpcwb.org.

Sunday, May 1
Live from the Chandelier Lobby: The Pietasters

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Dust off your dancing boots! Longtime Ska outfit “The Pietasters” will be live from the Chandelier Lobby! More than a quarter century, six studio albums, and countless live shows after their start as a house-party band, The Pietasters continue to deliver world-class performances of sing-along songs and dance-through-your-socks rhythms. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day of show.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.


Sunday, May 1
 Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities: Ambassador Ron Prosor

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

Wilkes University presents the 2016 Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities, featuring the Honorable Ron Prosor, Israel’s former Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, whose lecture is titled “Israel and the Evolving Frontlines of a disintegrating Middle East: A Guided Tour.” Mr. Prosor carved out a reputation as one of Israel’s most distinguished diplomats during more than two decades with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: he oversaw Israel’s 2005 disengagement from Gaza; helped to establish diplomatic relations behind the Iron Curtain following the fall of the Berlin Wall; and served as a member of his nation’s delegation to the 1998 Wye River Summit talks. Free and open to the public; registration suggested.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4540.
 
Downtown Exhibits
 
Luzerne County Historical Society Museum
(69 South Franklin Street)
HOURS:  Tuesday-Friday, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

“The Roaring ’20’s”
March 4 until late summer/early fall

The Historical Society’s new “The Roaring 20’s” exhibit features articles covering all the major trends of the age, including art, entertainment, Prohibition and bootlegging, criminals, and the famous music and dances of the era. A wide variety of pieces representing the fashion of the era will be on display as well. Most of the items came in one large private donation, and the LCHS is proud to display these pieces together, so they can tell the story of this famous time period.

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 Campus Center, between N. Main and N. Franklin Sts.)

HOURS: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

“Communications Media Student Exhibit”
DATES: May 2 – May 27
The Widmann Art Gallery will feature sculptures and drawings created by King’s students.

More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900, ext. 5328.

Marquis Art & Frame Second Floor Gallery
(122 South Main Street):

HOURS: Monday – Saturday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

“Green Hockenbury Hunter”
Dates: April 15 – June 25, 2016

The Marquis Second Floor Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by three fine local artists: David Green, MIchael E. Hockenbury and Keith A. Hunter, Esq.. Free and open to the public.

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University
(Stark Learning Center, 150 South River Street)

HOURS: Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM 

“Feats of Six Hands: Ceramics by Jack Troy, Archie Johnson, and Ruth Cohen”
DATES: March 29 –May 15

The exhibition will feature ceramic artworks created by potters Jack Troy of Huntington, PA and Archie Johnson and Ruth Cohen of Little Meadows, PA.  Free and open to the public.

More information: www.wilkes.edu/arts/Sordoni-Art-Gallery or 570-408-4325.

Wyoming Valley Art League’s Circle Centre for the Arts
(130 South Franklin Street):

HOURS: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Wednesday, 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Spring Members’ Juried Show
DATES: April 15 – June 3

The WVAL‘s Spring Members’ Juried Show represents a compilation of the best works by Art League members. See it for yourself! Free and open to the public.

More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.
Downtown Events

Tuesday, April 26
Osterhout Books and Babies

TIME: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join the Osterhout’s Children’s Department for Books and Babies! This program – for babies from 1 to age 3– runs Tuesdays through May 10. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156 ext. 217.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre Weekly Meeting

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
PLACE: Genetti Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

The Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre meets every Tuesday at noon. We are neighbors and community leaders uniting for the common good. The meeting is open to members and their guests, prospective members, and visiting Rotarians.
More information: www.facebook.com/RotaryClubofWilkesBarrePa
 
Tuesday, April 26
Wyoming Valley Art League Artists Social

TIME: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Tuesday Gallery Open Hours: 10:30 AM – 4 PM)
PLACE: Wyoming Valley Art League, rear 130 South Franklin Street

The Wyoming Valley Art League presents Tuesday Art Social! Come and go as you please. Bring your own art and materials and work while enjoying the company and inspiration of other artists! Members only – but anyone can come and purchase their membership the same day.
More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Osterhout Teen Book Club Night

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join us for the first Teen Book Club meeting. Free; for teens aged 12 to 18; light refreshments will be provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 

Wednesday, April 27
PA Economy League Civic Leadership Lunch: “Bad News for PA Municipalities?

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
PLACE: Genetti’s Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

There was mostly bad news for Pennsylvania municipalities in recently released indicators for income levels, housing values, poverty rates, education, and more. During this lunch-and-learn meeting, John R. Maurer of the Pennsylvania State Data Center will show how NEPA municipalities compare to other PA cities, while Teri Ooms of the Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development will provide a local perspective. Cost: $20.
More information: www.pelcentral.org or 570-824-3559.


Wednesday, April 27
Wilkes University Contemporary History Project: “Control Over the Oil”

TIME: 4:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Farley Library, Room 002

Marta Musso, a PhD Candidate in Economic History at Cambridge University, presents a Wilkes University Contemporary History Project lecture titled “Control Over the Oil: 100 Years of Reasonable Delusions.” Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu.

Wednesday, April 27
Don’t Get Hacked

TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Learn how to protect your personal information and identity online, and learn the warning signs of identity theft. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Wednesday, April 27
Osterhout Teen Night: The Basics of Budgeting for Teens

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

During Money Smart Week, join us for a teen financial literacy workshop presented by Paul Francis, Senior Program Director at Junior Achievement. This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of budgeting using real life scenarios for expenses, housing, childcare, car, etc, so bring your thinking caps! Materials and light refreshments provided. Free; for teens 12-18.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Wednesday, April 27
Wilkes University Civic Band Spring Concert

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

The Wilkes University Civic Band, conducted by Phillip G. Simon, presents its Spring Concert, featuring guest composer Bruce Yurko, who will conduct his original composition, “Night Dances No. 2.” The concert will also include “Exultate” by Samuel R. Hazo, “Persuasion” by Sammy Nestico,  “Dances of the Royal Court” by Eugene Magalif (who will play the piano piece), “Four Maryland Songs” by Jack Stamp, and “Give Us This Day” by David Maslanka. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4420.

Thursday, April 28

Coloring for Adults
TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Stop by and experience the relaxing art of coloring.  Use our supplies or bring your own. Free and open to the public: light refreshments provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Thursday, April 28
Lupe Fiasco in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Wilkes University’s Program Board brings Grammy-nominated MC and rapper Lupe Fiasco, whose album Food & Liquor  peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200, to the Kirby Center stage. Tickets: $30.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Friday, April 29
Osterhout Movie Day: A Close Call for Boston Blackie and Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

This week brings a double feature! In the first film, A Close Call for Boston Blackie (1946), detective Blackie (Chester Morris) is framed for murder. The second film is Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939), based on the popular book by Carolyn Keene, in which amateur sleuth Nancy Drew (Bonita Granville) investigates the strange occurrences experienced by the elderly Turnbull sisters in their Victorian home. Free and open to the public: popcorn provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.

Friday, April 29
Public Square Car & Bike Cruise

TIME: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square

It’s time to start the 2016 season of the monthly Public Square Car & Bike Cruise, sponsored by the NEPA Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, and held on the final Friday of each month on Public Square! Anything with wheels is welcome to participate: “If it has wheels, it’s welcome!” Free and open to the public.
More information: www.facebook.com/wbcarcruise

Friday, April 29
Casting Crowns in Concert

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning Christian band “Casting Crowns” makes its F.M. Kirby Center debut! With 8.8 million albums sold to date—including one RIAA Double Platinum Album, four Platinum and six Gold records, and two Platinum and four Gold DVDs—Casting Crowns remains the top-selling act in Christian music since 2007. Tickets start at $30.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Friday, April 29
Cantores Christi Regis Spring Concert

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: King’s College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, Corner of North Franklin and Jackson Streets

Cantores Christi Regis, the King’s College choir, will perform its annual spring concert of classical, contemporary, sacred and secular choral music. Selections include “A Jubilant Song” by Rene Clausen, “The Battle of Jericho” arranged by Moses Hogan, and “Tenebrae factae sunt” by Haydn. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-6044.
 
Saturday, April 30
Around Town Bicycles Saturday Morning Ride

TIME: 7:30 AM
PLACE: Around Town Bicycles, Rear 59 North Main Street

Join other area bicyclists for the weekly Saturday Morning Ride. At this point, the weekly ride starts at 7:30 AM, is longer, and incorporates more hills. There are stops for regrouping, and no riders are left behind. Bagels, coffee and juice are served after the ride. Road bikes recommended.
More information: www.atownbikes.com or 570-970-3008.
 
Saturday, April 30
“One More Row” Knit & Crochet Group

TIME: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Learn, share, and knit or crochet! Bring your own yarn and needles or hooks. Free and open to the public; all ages and beginners welcome.
More information: www.osterhout.info more 570-821-1959.
 
Saturday, April 30
Cantores Christi Regis Spring Concert

TIME: 5:30 PM
PLACE: King’s College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, Corner of North Franklin and Jackson Streets

Cantores Christi Regis, the King’s College choir, will perform its annual spring concert of classical, contemporary, sacred and secular choral music. Selections include “A Jubilant Song” by Rene Clausen, “The Battle of Jericho” arranged by Moses Hogan, and “Tenebrae factae sunt” by Haydn. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-6044.

Saturday, April 30
Gaelic Storm
in Concert
TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Celtic band Gaelic Storm returns to the F.M. Kirby Center stage! From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock-n-rollers, and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music during nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows. Tickets start at $19.50.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Saturday, April 30
Wilkes University Flute Ensemble in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

The Wilkes University Flute Ensemble, conducted by Lish Lindsey, will perform in concert on Saturday evening, April 30. The Flute Ensemble provides an opportunity for students and community members to study, rehearse and perform a wide body of music written for the flute. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4420.
 

Sunday, May 1
Joint Sunday Service: First Presbyterian Church and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral

TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: First Presbyterian Church, 97 South Franklin Street


Please join us as First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre and St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral continue a wonderful history of annually gathering together to worship.  This year St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral Congregation will walk down South Franklin Street and worship with their Presbyterian neighbors. Father Brian Pavlac will preach.  Communion will be served to all. The music will inspire via the combined choirs of the churches, under the direction of John Vaida and Mark Laubach. 
More information:
www.fpcwb.org.

Sunday, May 1
Live from the Chandelier Lobby: The Pietasters

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Dust off your dancing boots! Longtime Ska outfit “The Pietasters” will be live from the Chandelier Lobby! More than a quarter century, six studio albums, and countless live shows after their start as a house-party band, The Pietasters continue to deliver world-class performances of sing-along songs and dance-through-your-socks rhythms. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day of show.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.


Sunday, May 1
 Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities: Ambassador Ron Prosor

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

Wilkes University presents the 2016 Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities, featuring the Honorable Ron Prosor, Israel’s former Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, whose lecture is titled “Israel and the Evolving Frontlines of a disintegrating Middle East: A Guided Tour.” Mr. Prosor carved out a reputation as one of Israel’s most distinguished diplomats during more than two decades with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: he oversaw Israel’s 2005 disengagement from Gaza; helped to establish diplomatic relations behind the Iron Curtain following the fall of the Berlin Wall; and served as a member of his nation’s delegation to the 1998 Wye River Summit talks. Free and open to the public; registration suggested.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4540.
Downtown Events

Tuesday, April 26
Osterhout Books and Babies

TIME: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join the Osterhout’s Children’s Department for Books and Babies! This program – for babies from 1 to age 3– runs Tuesdays through May 10. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156 ext. 217.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre Weekly Meeting

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
PLACE: Genetti Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

The Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre meets every Tuesday at noon. We are neighbors and community leaders uniting for the common good. The meeting is open to members and their guests, prospective members, and visiting Rotarians.
More information: www.facebook.com/RotaryClubofWilkesBarrePa
 
Tuesday, April 26
Wyoming Valley Art League Artists Social

TIME: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Tuesday Gallery Open Hours: 10:30 AM – 4 PM)
PLACE: Wyoming Valley Art League, rear 130 South Franklin Street

The Wyoming Valley Art League presents Tuesday Art Social! Come and go as you please. Bring your own art and materials and work while enjoying the company and inspiration of other artists! Members only – but anyone can come and purchase their membership the same day.
More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Osterhout Teen Book Club Night

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join us for the first Teen Book Club meeting. Free; for teens aged 12 to 18; light refreshments will be provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 

Wednesday, April 27
PA Economy League Civic Leadership Lunch: “Bad News for PA Municipalities?

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
PLACE: Genetti’s Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

There was mostly bad news for Pennsylvania municipalities in recently released indicators for income levels, housing values, poverty rates, education, and more. During this lunch-and-learn meeting, John R. Maurer of the Pennsylvania State Data Center will show how NEPA municipalities compare to other PA cities, while Teri Ooms of the Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development will provide a local perspective. Cost: $20.
More information: www.pelcentral.org or 570-824-3559.


Wednesday, April 27
Wilkes University Contemporary History Project: “Control Over the Oil”

TIME: 4:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Farley Library, Room 002

Marta Musso, a PhD Candidate in Economic History at Cambridge University, presents a Wilkes University Contemporary History Project lecture titled “Control Over the Oil: 100 Years of Reasonable Delusions.” Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu.

Wednesday, April 27
Don’t Get Hacked

TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Learn how to protect your personal information and identity online, and learn the warning signs of identity theft. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Wednesday, April 27
Osterhout Teen Night: The Basics of Budgeting for Teens

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

During Money Smart Week, join us for a teen financial literacy workshop presented by Paul Francis, Senior Program Director at Junior Achievement. This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of budgeting using real life scenarios for expenses, housing, childcare, car, etc, so bring your thinking caps! Materials and light refreshments provided. Free; for teens 12-18.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Wednesday, April 27
Wilkes University Civic Band Spring Concert

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

The Wilkes University Civic Band, conducted by Phillip G. Simon, presents its Spring Concert, featuring guest composer Bruce Yurko, who will conduct his original composition, “Night Dances No. 2.” The concert will also include “Exultate” by Samuel R. Hazo, “Persuasion” by Sammy Nestico,  “Dances of the Royal Court” by Eugene Magalif (who will play the piano piece), “Four Maryland Songs” by Jack Stamp, and “Give Us This Day” by David Maslanka. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4420.

Thursday, April 28

Coloring for Adults
TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Stop by and experience the relaxing art of coloring.  Use our supplies or bring your own. Free and open to the public: light refreshments provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Thursday, April 28
Lupe Fiasco in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Wilkes University’s Program Board brings Grammy-nominated MC and rapper Lupe Fiasco, whose album Food & Liquor  peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200, to the Kirby Center stage. Tickets: $30.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Friday, April 29
Osterhout Movie Day: A Close Call for Boston Blackie and Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

This week brings a double feature! In the first film, A Close Call for Boston Blackie (1946), detective Blackie (Chester Morris) is framed for murder. The second film is Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939), based on the popular book by Carolyn Keene, in which amateur sleuth Nancy Drew (Bonita Granville) investigates the strange occurrences experienced by the elderly Turnbull sisters in their Victorian home. Free and open to the public: popcorn provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.

Friday, April 29
Public Square Car & Bike Cruise

TIME: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square

It’s time to start the 2016 season of the monthly Public Square Car & Bike Cruise, sponsored by the NEPA Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, and held on the final Friday of each month on Public Square! Anything with wheels is welcome to participate: “If it has wheels, it’s welcome!” Free and open to the public.
More information: www.facebook.com/wbcarcruise

Friday, April 29
Casting Crowns in Concert

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning Christian band “Casting Crowns” makes its F.M. Kirby Center debut! With 8.8 million albums sold to date—including one RIAA Double Platinum Album, four Platinum and six Gold records, and two Platinum and four Gold DVDs—Casting Crowns remains the top-selling act in Christian music since 2007. Tickets start at $30.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Friday, April 29
Cantores Christi Regis Spring Concert

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: King’s College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, Corner of North Franklin and Jackson Streets

Cantores Christi Regis, the King’s College choir, will perform its annual spring concert of classical, contemporary, sacred and secular choral music. Selections include “A Jubilant Song” by Rene Clausen, “The Battle of Jericho” arranged by Moses Hogan, and “Tenebrae factae sunt” by Haydn. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-6044.
 
Saturday, April 30
Around Town Bicycles Saturday Morning Ride

TIME: 7:30 AM
PLACE: Around Town Bicycles, Rear 59 North Main Street

Join other area bicyclists for the weekly Saturday Morning Ride. At this point, the weekly ride starts at 7:30 AM, is longer, and incorporates more hills. There are stops for regrouping, and no riders are left behind. Bagels, coffee and juice are served after the ride. Road bikes recommended.
More information: www.atownbikes.com or 570-970-3008.
 
Saturday, April 30
“One More Row” Knit & Crochet Group

TIME: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Learn, share, and knit or crochet! Bring your own yarn and needles or hooks. Free and open to the public; all ages and beginners welcome.
More information: www.osterhout.info more 570-821-1959.
 
Saturday, April 30
Cantores Christi Regis Spring Concert

TIME: 5:30 PM
PLACE: King’s College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, Corner of North Franklin and Jackson Streets

Cantores Christi Regis, the King’s College choir, will perform its annual spring concert of classical, contemporary, sacred and secular choral music. Selections include “A Jubilant Song” by Rene Clausen, “The Battle of Jericho” arranged by Moses Hogan, and “Tenebrae factae sunt” by Haydn. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-6044.

Saturday, April 30
Gaelic Storm
in Concert
TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Celtic band Gaelic Storm returns to the F.M. Kirby Center stage! From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock-n-rollers, and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music during nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows. Tickets start at $19.50.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Saturday, April 30
Wilkes University Flute Ensemble in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

The Wilkes University Flute Ensemble, conducted by Lish Lindsey, will perform in concert on Saturday evening, April 30. The Flute Ensemble provides an opportunity for students and community members to study, rehearse and perform a wide body of music written for the flute. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4420.
 

Sunday, May 1
Joint Sunday Service: First Presbyterian Church and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral

TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: First Presbyterian Church, 97 South Franklin Street


Please join us as First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre and St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral continue a wonderful history of annually gathering together to worship.  This year St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral Congregation will walk down South Franklin Street and worship with their Presbyterian neighbors. Father Brian Pavlac will preach.  Communion will be served to all. The music will inspire via the combined choirs of the churches, under the direction of John Vaida and Mark Laubach. 
More information:
www.fpcwb.org.

Sunday, May 1
Live from the Chandelier Lobby: The Pietasters

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Dust off your dancing boots! Longtime Ska outfit “The Pietasters” will be live from the Chandelier Lobby! More than a quarter century, six studio albums, and countless live shows after their start as a house-party band, The Pietasters continue to deliver world-class performances of sing-along songs and dance-through-your-socks rhythms. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day of show.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.


Sunday, May 1
 Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities: Ambassador Ron Prosor

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

Wilkes University presents the 2016 Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities, featuring the Honorable Ron Prosor, Israel’s former Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, whose lecture is titled “Israel and the Evolving Frontlines of a disintegrating Middle East: A Guided Tour.” Mr. Prosor carved out a reputation as one of Israel’s most distinguished diplomats during more than two decades with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: he oversaw Israel’s 2005 disengagement from Gaza; helped to establish diplomatic relations behind the Iron Curtain following the fall of the Berlin Wall; and served as a member of his nation’s delegation to the 1998 Wye River Summit talks. Free and open to the public; registration suggested.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4540.
 
 
Downtown Exhibits
 
Luzerne County Historical Society Museum
(69 South Franklin Street)
HOURS:  Tuesday-Friday, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

“The Roaring ’20’s”
March 4 until late summer/early fall

The Historical Society’s new “The Roaring 20’s” exhibit features articles covering all the major trends of the age, including art, entertainment, Prohibition and bootlegging, criminals, and the famous music and dances of the era. A wide variety of pieces representing the fashion of the era will be on display as well. Most of the items came in one large private donation, and the LCHS is proud to display these pieces together, so they can tell the story of this famous time period.

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 Campus Center, between N. Main and N. Franklin Sts.)

HOURS: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

“Communications Media Student Exhibit”
DATES: May 2 – May 27
The Widmann Art Gallery will feature sculptures and drawings created by King’s students.

More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900, ext. 5328.

Marquis Art & Frame Second Floor Gallery
(122 South Main Street):

HOURS: Monday – Saturday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

“Green Hockenbury Hunter”
Dates: April 15 – June 25, 2016

The Marquis Second Floor Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by three fine local artists: David Green, MIchael E. Hockenbury and Keith A. Hunter, Esq.. Free and open to the public.

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University
(Stark Learning Center, 150 South River Street)

HOURS: Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM 

“Feats of Six Hands: Ceramics by Jack Troy, Archie Johnson, and Ruth Cohen”
DATES: March 29 –May 15

The exhibition will feature ceramic artworks created by potters Jack Troy of Huntington, PA and Archie Johnson and Ruth Cohen of Little Meadows, PA.  Free and open to the public.

More information: www.wilkes.edu/arts/Sordoni-Art-Gallery or 570-408-4325.

Wyoming Valley Art League’s Circle Centre for the Arts
(130 South Franklin Street):

HOURS: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Wednesday, 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Spring Members’ Juried Show
DATES: April 15 – June 3

The WVAL‘s Spring Members’ Juried Show represents a compilation of the best works by Art League members. See it for yourself! Free and open to the public.

More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.
Downtown Exhibits
 
Luzerne County Historical Society Museum
(69 South Franklin Street)
HOURS:  Tuesday-Friday, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

“The Roaring ’20’s”
March 4 until late summer/early fall

The Historical Society’s new “The Roaring 20’s” exhibit features articles covering all the major trends of the age, including art, entertainment, Prohibition and bootlegging, criminals, and the famous music and dances of the era. A wide variety of pieces representing the fashion of the era will be on display as well. Most of the items came in one large private donation, and the LCHS is proud to display these pieces together, so they can tell the story of this famous time period.

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 Campus Center, between N. Main and N. Franklin Sts.)

HOURS: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

“Communications Media Student Exhibit”
DATES: May 2 – May 27
The Widmann Art Gallery will feature sculptures and drawings created by King’s students.

More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900, ext. 5328.

Marquis Art & Frame Second Floor Gallery
(122 South Main Street):

HOURS: Monday – Saturday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

“Green Hockenbury Hunter”
Dates: April 15 – June 25, 2016

The Marquis Second Floor Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by three fine local artists: David Green, MIchael E. Hockenbury and Keith A. Hunter, Esq.. Free and open to the public.

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University
(Stark Learning Center, 150 South River Street)

HOURS: Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM 

“Feats of Six Hands: Ceramics by Jack Troy, Archie Johnson, and Ruth Cohen”
DATES: March 29 –May 15

The exhibition will feature ceramic artworks created by potters Jack Troy of Huntington, PA and Archie Johnson and Ruth Cohen of Little Meadows, PA.  Free and open to the public.

More information: www.wilkes.edu/arts/Sordoni-Art-Gallery or 570-408-4325.

Wyoming Valley Art League’s Circle Centre for the Arts
(130 South Franklin Street):

HOURS: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Wednesday, 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Spring Members’ Juried Show
DATES: April 15 – June 3

The WVAL‘s Spring Members’ Juried Show represents a compilation of the best works by Art League members. See it for yourself! Free and open to the public.

More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.
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Downtown Events

Tuesday, April 26
Osterhout Books and Babies

TIME: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join the Osterhout’s Children’s Department for Books and Babies! This program – for babies from 1 to age 3– runs Tuesdays through May 10. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156 ext. 217.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre Weekly Meeting

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
PLACE: Genetti Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

The Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre meets every Tuesday at noon. We are neighbors and community leaders uniting for the common good. The meeting is open to members and their guests, prospective members, and visiting Rotarians.
More information: www.facebook.com/RotaryClubofWilkesBarrePa
 
Tuesday, April 26
Wyoming Valley Art League Artists Social

TIME: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Tuesday Gallery Open Hours: 10:30 AM – 4 PM)
PLACE: Wyoming Valley Art League, rear 130 South Franklin Street

The Wyoming Valley Art League presents Tuesday Art Social! Come and go as you please. Bring your own art and materials and work while enjoying the company and inspiration of other artists! Members only – but anyone can come and purchase their membership the same day.
More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Osterhout Teen Book Club Night

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join us for the first Teen Book Club meeting. Free; for teens aged 12 to 18; light refreshments will be provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 

Wednesday, April 27
PA Economy League Civic Leadership Lunch: “Bad News for PA Municipalities?

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
PLACE: Genetti’s Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

There was mostly bad news for Pennsylvania municipalities in recently released indicators for income levels, housing values, poverty rates, education, and more. During this lunch-and-learn meeting, John R. Maurer of the Pennsylvania State Data Center will show how NEPA municipalities compare to other PA cities, while Teri Ooms of the Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development will provide a local perspective. Cost: $20.
More information: www.pelcentral.org or 570-824-3559.


Wednesday, April 27
Wilkes University Contemporary History Project: “Control Over the Oil”

TIME: 4:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Farley Library, Room 002

Marta Musso, a PhD Candidate in Economic History at Cambridge University, presents a Wilkes University Contemporary History Project lecture titled “Control Over the Oil: 100 Years of Reasonable Delusions.” Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu.

Wednesday, April 27
Don’t Get Hacked

TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Learn how to protect your personal information and identity online, and learn the warning signs of identity theft. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Wednesday, April 27
Osterhout Teen Night: The Basics of Budgeting for Teens

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

During Money Smart Week, join us for a teen financial literacy workshop presented by Paul Francis, Senior Program Director at Junior Achievement. This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of budgeting using real life scenarios for expenses, housing, childcare, car, etc, so bring your thinking caps! Materials and light refreshments provided. Free; for teens 12-18.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Wednesday, April 27
Wilkes University Civic Band Spring Concert

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

The Wilkes University Civic Band, conducted by Phillip G. Simon, presents its Spring Concert, featuring guest composer Bruce Yurko, who will conduct his original composition, “Night Dances No. 2.” The concert will also include “Exultate” by Samuel R. Hazo, “Persuasion” by Sammy Nestico,  “Dances of the Royal Court” by Eugene Magalif (who will play the piano piece), “Four Maryland Songs” by Jack Stamp, and “Give Us This Day” by David Maslanka. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4420.

Thursday, April 28

Coloring for Adults
TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Stop by and experience the relaxing art of coloring.  Use our supplies or bring your own. Free and open to the public: light refreshments provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Thursday, April 28
Lupe Fiasco in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Wilkes University’s Program Board brings Grammy-nominated MC and rapper Lupe Fiasco, whose album Food & Liquor  peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200, to the Kirby Center stage. Tickets: $30.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Friday, April 29
Osterhout Movie Day: A Close Call for Boston Blackie and Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

This week brings a double feature! In the first film, A Close Call for Boston Blackie (1946), detective Blackie (Chester Morris) is framed for murder. The second film is Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939), based on the popular book by Carolyn Keene, in which amateur sleuth Nancy Drew (Bonita Granville) investigates the strange occurrences experienced by the elderly Turnbull sisters in their Victorian home. Free and open to the public: popcorn provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.

Friday, April 29
Public Square Car & Bike Cruise

TIME: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square

It’s time to start the 2016 season of the monthly Public Square Car & Bike Cruise, sponsored by the NEPA Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, and held on the final Friday of each month on Public Square! Anything with wheels is welcome to participate: “If it has wheels, it’s welcome!” Free and open to the public.
More information: www.facebook.com/wbcarcruise

Friday, April 29
Casting Crowns in Concert

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning Christian band “Casting Crowns” makes its F.M. Kirby Center debut! With 8.8 million albums sold to date—including one RIAA Double Platinum Album, four Platinum and six Gold records, and two Platinum and four Gold DVDs—Casting Crowns remains the top-selling act in Christian music since 2007. Tickets start at $30.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Friday, April 29
Cantores Christi Regis Spring Concert

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: King’s College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, Corner of North Franklin and Jackson Streets

Cantores Christi Regis, the King’s College choir, will perform its annual spring concert of classical, contemporary, sacred and secular choral music. Selections include “A Jubilant Song” by Rene Clausen, “The Battle of Jericho” arranged by Moses Hogan, and “Tenebrae factae sunt” by Haydn. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-6044.
 
Saturday, April 30
Around Town Bicycles Saturday Morning Ride

TIME: 7:30 AM
PLACE: Around Town Bicycles, Rear 59 North Main Street

Join other area bicyclists for the weekly Saturday Morning Ride. At this point, the weekly ride starts at 7:30 AM, is longer, and incorporates more hills. There are stops for regrouping, and no riders are left behind. Bagels, coffee and juice are served after the ride. Road bikes recommended.
More information: www.atownbikes.com or 570-970-3008.
 
Saturday, April 30
“One More Row” Knit & Crochet Group

TIME: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Learn, share, and knit or crochet! Bring your own yarn and needles or hooks. Free and open to the public; all ages and beginners welcome.
More information: www.osterhout.info more 570-821-1959.
 
Saturday, April 30
Cantores Christi Regis Spring Concert

TIME: 5:30 PM
PLACE: King’s College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, Corner of North Franklin and Jackson Streets

Cantores Christi Regis, the King’s College choir, will perform its annual spring concert of classical, contemporary, sacred and secular choral music. Selections include “A Jubilant Song” by Rene Clausen, “The Battle of Jericho” arranged by Moses Hogan, and “Tenebrae factae sunt” by Haydn. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-6044.

Saturday, April 30
Gaelic Storm
in Concert
TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Celtic band Gaelic Storm returns to the F.M. Kirby Center stage! From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock-n-rollers, and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music during nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows. Tickets start at $19.50.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Saturday, April 30
Wilkes University Flute Ensemble in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

The Wilkes University Flute Ensemble, conducted by Lish Lindsey, will perform in concert on Saturday evening, April 30. The Flute Ensemble provides an opportunity for students and community members to study, rehearse and perform a wide body of music written for the flute. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4420.
 

Sunday, May 1
Joint Sunday Service: First Presbyterian Church and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral

TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: First Presbyterian Church, 97 South Franklin Street


Please join us as First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre and St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral continue a wonderful history of annually gathering together to worship.  This year St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral Congregation will walk down South Franklin Street and worship with their Presbyterian neighbors. Father Brian Pavlac will preach.  Communion will be served to all. The music will inspire via the combined choirs of the churches, under the direction of John Vaida and Mark Laubach. 
More information:
www.fpcwb.org.

Sunday, May 1
Live from the Chandelier Lobby: The Pietasters

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Dust off your dancing boots! Longtime Ska outfit “The Pietasters” will be live from the Chandelier Lobby! More than a quarter century, six studio albums, and countless live shows after their start as a house-party band, The Pietasters continue to deliver world-class performances of sing-along songs and dance-through-your-socks rhythms. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day of show.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.


Sunday, May 1
 Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities: Ambassador Ron Prosor

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

Wilkes University presents the 2016 Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities, featuring the Honorable Ron Prosor, Israel’s former Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, whose lecture is titled “Israel and the Evolving Frontlines of a disintegrating Middle East: A Guided Tour.” Mr. Prosor carved out a reputation as one of Israel’s most distinguished diplomats during more than two decades with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: he oversaw Israel’s 2005 disengagement from Gaza; helped to establish diplomatic relations behind the Iron Curtain following the fall of the Berlin Wall; and served as a member of his nation’s delegation to the 1998 Wye River Summit talks. Free and open to the public; registration suggested.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4540.
 
Downtown Exhibits
 
Luzerne County Historical Society Museum
(69 South Franklin Street)
HOURS:  Tuesday-Friday, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

“The Roaring ’20’s”
March 4 until late summer/early fall

The Historical Society’s new “The Roaring 20’s” exhibit features articles covering all the major trends of the age, including art, entertainment, Prohibition and bootlegging, criminals, and the famous music and dances of the era. A wide variety of pieces representing the fashion of the era will be on display as well. Most of the items came in one large private donation, and the LCHS is proud to display these pieces together, so they can tell the story of this famous time period.

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 Campus Center, between N. Main and N. Franklin Sts.)

HOURS: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

“Communications Media Student Exhibit”
DATES: May 2 – May 27
The Widmann Art Gallery will feature sculptures and drawings created by King’s students.

More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900, ext. 5328.

Marquis Art & Frame Second Floor Gallery
(122 South Main Street):

HOURS: Monday – Saturday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

“Green Hockenbury Hunter”
Dates: April 15 – June 25, 2016

The Marquis Second Floor Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by three fine local artists: David Green, MIchael E. Hockenbury and Keith A. Hunter, Esq.. Free and open to the public.

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University
(Stark Learning Center, 150 South River Street)

HOURS: Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM 

“Feats of Six Hands: Ceramics by Jack Troy, Archie Johnson, and Ruth Cohen”
DATES: March 29 –May 15

The exhibition will feature ceramic artworks created by potters Jack Troy of Huntington, PA and Archie Johnson and Ruth Cohen of Little Meadows, PA.  Free and open to the public.

More information: www.wilkes.edu/arts/Sordoni-Art-Gallery or 570-408-4325.

Wyoming Valley Art League’s Circle Centre for the Arts
(130 South Franklin Street):

HOURS: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Wednesday, 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Spring Members’ Juried Show
DATES: April 15 – June 3

The WVAL‘s Spring Members’ Juried Show represents a compilation of the best works by Art League members. See it for yourself! Free and open to the public.

More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.
Downtown Events

Tuesday, April 26
Osterhout Books and Babies

TIME: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join the Osterhout’s Children’s Department for Books and Babies! This program – for babies from 1 to age 3– runs Tuesdays through May 10. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156 ext. 217.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre Weekly Meeting

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
PLACE: Genetti Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

The Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre meets every Tuesday at noon. We are neighbors and community leaders uniting for the common good. The meeting is open to members and their guests, prospective members, and visiting Rotarians.
More information: www.facebook.com/RotaryClubofWilkesBarrePa
 
Tuesday, April 26
Wyoming Valley Art League Artists Social

TIME: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Tuesday Gallery Open Hours: 10:30 AM – 4 PM)
PLACE: Wyoming Valley Art League, rear 130 South Franklin Street

The Wyoming Valley Art League presents Tuesday Art Social! Come and go as you please. Bring your own art and materials and work while enjoying the company and inspiration of other artists! Members only – but anyone can come and purchase their membership the same day.
More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Osterhout Teen Book Club Night

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join us for the first Teen Book Club meeting. Free; for teens aged 12 to 18; light refreshments will be provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 

Wednesday, April 27
PA Economy League Civic Leadership Lunch: “Bad News for PA Municipalities?

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
PLACE: Genetti’s Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

There was mostly bad news for Pennsylvania municipalities in recently released indicators for income levels, housing values, poverty rates, education, and more. During this lunch-and-learn meeting, John R. Maurer of the Pennsylvania State Data Center will show how NEPA municipalities compare to other PA cities, while Teri Ooms of the Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development will provide a local perspective. Cost: $20.
More information: www.pelcentral.org or 570-824-3559.


Wednesday, April 27
Wilkes University Contemporary History Project: “Control Over the Oil”

TIME: 4:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Farley Library, Room 002

Marta Musso, a PhD Candidate in Economic History at Cambridge University, presents a Wilkes University Contemporary History Project lecture titled “Control Over the Oil: 100 Years of Reasonable Delusions.” Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu.

Wednesday, April 27
Don’t Get Hacked

TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Learn how to protect your personal information and identity online, and learn the warning signs of identity theft. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Wednesday, April 27
Osterhout Teen Night: The Basics of Budgeting for Teens

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

During Money Smart Week, join us for a teen financial literacy workshop presented by Paul Francis, Senior Program Director at Junior Achievement. This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of budgeting using real life scenarios for expenses, housing, childcare, car, etc, so bring your thinking caps! Materials and light refreshments provided. Free; for teens 12-18.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Wednesday, April 27
Wilkes University Civic Band Spring Concert

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

The Wilkes University Civic Band, conducted by Phillip G. Simon, presents its Spring Concert, featuring guest composer Bruce Yurko, who will conduct his original composition, “Night Dances No. 2.” The concert will also include “Exultate” by Samuel R. Hazo, “Persuasion” by Sammy Nestico,  “Dances of the Royal Court” by Eugene Magalif (who will play the piano piece), “Four Maryland Songs” by Jack Stamp, and “Give Us This Day” by David Maslanka. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4420.

Thursday, April 28

Coloring for Adults
TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Stop by and experience the relaxing art of coloring.  Use our supplies or bring your own. Free and open to the public: light refreshments provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Thursday, April 28
Lupe Fiasco in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Wilkes University’s Program Board brings Grammy-nominated MC and rapper Lupe Fiasco, whose album Food & Liquor  peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200, to the Kirby Center stage. Tickets: $30.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Friday, April 29
Osterhout Movie Day: A Close Call for Boston Blackie and Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

This week brings a double feature! In the first film, A Close Call for Boston Blackie (1946), detective Blackie (Chester Morris) is framed for murder. The second film is Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939), based on the popular book by Carolyn Keene, in which amateur sleuth Nancy Drew (Bonita Granville) investigates the strange occurrences experienced by the elderly Turnbull sisters in their Victorian home. Free and open to the public: popcorn provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.

Friday, April 29
Public Square Car & Bike Cruise

TIME: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square

It’s time to start the 2016 season of the monthly Public Square Car & Bike Cruise, sponsored by the NEPA Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, and held on the final Friday of each month on Public Square! Anything with wheels is welcome to participate: “If it has wheels, it’s welcome!” Free and open to the public.
More information: www.facebook.com/wbcarcruise

Friday, April 29
Casting Crowns in Concert

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning Christian band “Casting Crowns” makes its F.M. Kirby Center debut! With 8.8 million albums sold to date—including one RIAA Double Platinum Album, four Platinum and six Gold records, and two Platinum and four Gold DVDs—Casting Crowns remains the top-selling act in Christian music since 2007. Tickets start at $30.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Friday, April 29
Cantores Christi Regis Spring Concert

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: King’s College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, Corner of North Franklin and Jackson Streets

Cantores Christi Regis, the King’s College choir, will perform its annual spring concert of classical, contemporary, sacred and secular choral music. Selections include “A Jubilant Song” by Rene Clausen, “The Battle of Jericho” arranged by Moses Hogan, and “Tenebrae factae sunt” by Haydn. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-6044.
 
Saturday, April 30
Around Town Bicycles Saturday Morning Ride

TIME: 7:30 AM
PLACE: Around Town Bicycles, Rear 59 North Main Street

Join other area bicyclists for the weekly Saturday Morning Ride. At this point, the weekly ride starts at 7:30 AM, is longer, and incorporates more hills. There are stops for regrouping, and no riders are left behind. Bagels, coffee and juice are served after the ride. Road bikes recommended.
More information: www.atownbikes.com or 570-970-3008.
 
Saturday, April 30
“One More Row” Knit & Crochet Group

TIME: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Learn, share, and knit or crochet! Bring your own yarn and needles or hooks. Free and open to the public; all ages and beginners welcome.
More information: www.osterhout.info more 570-821-1959.
 
Saturday, April 30
Cantores Christi Regis Spring Concert

TIME: 5:30 PM
PLACE: King’s College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, Corner of North Franklin and Jackson Streets

Cantores Christi Regis, the King’s College choir, will perform its annual spring concert of classical, contemporary, sacred and secular choral music. Selections include “A Jubilant Song” by Rene Clausen, “The Battle of Jericho” arranged by Moses Hogan, and “Tenebrae factae sunt” by Haydn. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-6044.

Saturday, April 30
Gaelic Storm
in Concert
TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Celtic band Gaelic Storm returns to the F.M. Kirby Center stage! From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock-n-rollers, and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music during nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows. Tickets start at $19.50.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Saturday, April 30
Wilkes University Flute Ensemble in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

The Wilkes University Flute Ensemble, conducted by Lish Lindsey, will perform in concert on Saturday evening, April 30. The Flute Ensemble provides an opportunity for students and community members to study, rehearse and perform a wide body of music written for the flute. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4420.
 

Sunday, May 1
Joint Sunday Service: First Presbyterian Church and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral

TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: First Presbyterian Church, 97 South Franklin Street


Please join us as First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre and St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral continue a wonderful history of annually gathering together to worship.  This year St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral Congregation will walk down South Franklin Street and worship with their Presbyterian neighbors. Father Brian Pavlac will preach.  Communion will be served to all. The music will inspire via the combined choirs of the churches, under the direction of John Vaida and Mark Laubach. 
More information:
www.fpcwb.org.

Sunday, May 1
Live from the Chandelier Lobby: The Pietasters

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Dust off your dancing boots! Longtime Ska outfit “The Pietasters” will be live from the Chandelier Lobby! More than a quarter century, six studio albums, and countless live shows after their start as a house-party band, The Pietasters continue to deliver world-class performances of sing-along songs and dance-through-your-socks rhythms. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day of show.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.


Sunday, May 1
 Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities: Ambassador Ron Prosor

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

Wilkes University presents the 2016 Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities, featuring the Honorable Ron Prosor, Israel’s former Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, whose lecture is titled “Israel and the Evolving Frontlines of a disintegrating Middle East: A Guided Tour.” Mr. Prosor carved out a reputation as one of Israel’s most distinguished diplomats during more than two decades with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: he oversaw Israel’s 2005 disengagement from Gaza; helped to establish diplomatic relations behind the Iron Curtain following the fall of the Berlin Wall; and served as a member of his nation’s delegation to the 1998 Wye River Summit talks. Free and open to the public; registration suggested.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4540.
 
Downtown Exhibits
 
Luzerne County Historical Society Museum
(69 South Franklin Street)
HOURS:  Tuesday-Friday, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

“The Roaring ’20’s”
March 4 until late summer/early fall

The Historical Society’s new “The Roaring 20’s” exhibit features articles covering all the major trends of the age, including art, entertainment, Prohibition and bootlegging, criminals, and the famous music and dances of the era. A wide variety of pieces representing the fashion of the era will be on display as well. Most of the items came in one large private donation, and the LCHS is proud to display these pieces together, so they can tell the story of this famous time period.

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 Campus Center, between N. Main and N. Franklin Sts.)

HOURS: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

“Communications Media Student Exhibit”
DATES: May 2 – May 27
The Widmann Art Gallery will feature sculptures and drawings created by King’s students.

More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900, ext. 5328.

Marquis Art & Frame Second Floor Gallery
(122 South Main Street):

HOURS: Monday – Saturday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

“Green Hockenbury Hunter”
Dates: April 15 – June 25, 2016

The Marquis Second Floor Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by three fine local artists: David Green, MIchael E. Hockenbury and Keith A. Hunter, Esq.. Free and open to the public.

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University
(Stark Learning Center, 150 South River Street)

HOURS: Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM 

“Feats of Six Hands: Ceramics by Jack Troy, Archie Johnson, and Ruth Cohen”
DATES: March 29 –May 15

The exhibition will feature ceramic artworks created by potters Jack Troy of Huntington, PA and Archie Johnson and Ruth Cohen of Little Meadows, PA.  Free and open to the public.

More information: www.wilkes.edu/arts/Sordoni-Art-Gallery or 570-408-4325.

Wyoming Valley Art League’s Circle Centre for the Arts
(130 South Franklin Street):

HOURS: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Wednesday, 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Spring Members’ Juried Show
DATES: April 15 – June 3

The WVAL‘s Spring Members’ Juried Show represents a compilation of the best works by Art League members. See it for yourself! Free and open to the public.

More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.
Downtown Events

Tuesday, April 26
Osterhout Books and Babies

TIME: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join the Osterhout’s Children’s Department for Books and Babies! This program – for babies from 1 to age 3– runs Tuesdays through May 10. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156 ext. 217.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre Weekly Meeting

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
PLACE: Genetti Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

The Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre meets every Tuesday at noon. We are neighbors and community leaders uniting for the common good. The meeting is open to members and their guests, prospective members, and visiting Rotarians.
More information: www.facebook.com/RotaryClubofWilkesBarrePa
 
Tuesday, April 26
Wyoming Valley Art League Artists Social

TIME: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Tuesday Gallery Open Hours: 10:30 AM – 4 PM)
PLACE: Wyoming Valley Art League, rear 130 South Franklin Street

The Wyoming Valley Art League presents Tuesday Art Social! Come and go as you please. Bring your own art and materials and work while enjoying the company and inspiration of other artists! Members only – but anyone can come and purchase their membership the same day.
More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Osterhout Teen Book Club Night

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join us for the first Teen Book Club meeting. Free; for teens aged 12 to 18; light refreshments will be provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 

Wednesday, April 27
PA Economy League Civic Leadership Lunch: “Bad News for PA Municipalities?

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
PLACE: Genetti’s Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

There was mostly bad news for Pennsylvania municipalities in recently released indicators for income levels, housing values, poverty rates, education, and more. During this lunch-and-learn meeting, John R. Maurer of the Pennsylvania State Data Center will show how NEPA municipalities compare to other PA cities, while Teri Ooms of the Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development will provide a local perspective. Cost: $20.
More information: www.pelcentral.org or 570-824-3559.


Wednesday, April 27
Wilkes University Contemporary History Project: “Control Over the Oil”

TIME: 4:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Farley Library, Room 002

Marta Musso, a PhD Candidate in Economic History at Cambridge University, presents a Wilkes University Contemporary History Project lecture titled “Control Over the Oil: 100 Years of Reasonable Delusions.” Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu.

Wednesday, April 27
Don’t Get Hacked

TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Learn how to protect your personal information and identity online, and learn the warning signs of identity theft. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Wednesday, April 27
Osterhout Teen Night: The Basics of Budgeting for Teens

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

During Money Smart Week, join us for a teen financial literacy workshop presented by Paul Francis, Senior Program Director at Junior Achievement. This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of budgeting using real life scenarios for expenses, housing, childcare, car, etc, so bring your thinking caps! Materials and light refreshments provided. Free; for teens 12-18.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Wednesday, April 27
Wilkes University Civic Band Spring Concert

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

The Wilkes University Civic Band, conducted by Phillip G. Simon, presents its Spring Concert, featuring guest composer Bruce Yurko, who will conduct his original composition, “Night Dances No. 2.” The concert will also include “Exultate” by Samuel R. Hazo, “Persuasion” by Sammy Nestico,  “Dances of the Royal Court” by Eugene Magalif (who will play the piano piece), “Four Maryland Songs” by Jack Stamp, and “Give Us This Day” by David Maslanka. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4420.

Thursday, April 28

Coloring for Adults
TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Stop by and experience the relaxing art of coloring.  Use our supplies or bring your own. Free and open to the public: light refreshments provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Thursday, April 28
Lupe Fiasco in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Wilkes University’s Program Board brings Grammy-nominated MC and rapper Lupe Fiasco, whose album Food & Liquor  peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200, to the Kirby Center stage. Tickets: $30.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Friday, April 29
Osterhout Movie Day: A Close Call for Boston Blackie and Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

This week brings a double feature! In the first film, A Close Call for Boston Blackie (1946), detective Blackie (Chester Morris) is framed for murder. The second film is Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939), based on the popular book by Carolyn Keene, in which amateur sleuth Nancy Drew (Bonita Granville) investigates the strange occurrences experienced by the elderly Turnbull sisters in their Victorian home. Free and open to the public: popcorn provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.

Friday, April 29
Public Square Car & Bike Cruise

TIME: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square

It’s time to start the 2016 season of the monthly Public Square Car & Bike Cruise, sponsored by the NEPA Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, and held on the final Friday of each month on Public Square! Anything with wheels is welcome to participate: “If it has wheels, it’s welcome!” Free and open to the public.
More information: www.facebook.com/wbcarcruise

Friday, April 29
Casting Crowns in Concert

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning Christian band “Casting Crowns” makes its F.M. Kirby Center debut! With 8.8 million albums sold to date—including one RIAA Double Platinum Album, four Platinum and six Gold records, and two Platinum and four Gold DVDs—Casting Crowns remains the top-selling act in Christian music since 2007. Tickets start at $30.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Friday, April 29
Cantores Christi Regis Spring Concert

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: King’s College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, Corner of North Franklin and Jackson Streets

Cantores Christi Regis, the King’s College choir, will perform its annual spring concert of classical, contemporary, sacred and secular choral music. Selections include “A Jubilant Song” by Rene Clausen, “The Battle of Jericho” arranged by Moses Hogan, and “Tenebrae factae sunt” by Haydn. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-6044.
 
Saturday, April 30
Around Town Bicycles Saturday Morning Ride

TIME: 7:30 AM
PLACE: Around Town Bicycles, Rear 59 North Main Street

Join other area bicyclists for the weekly Saturday Morning Ride. At this point, the weekly ride starts at 7:30 AM, is longer, and incorporates more hills. There are stops for regrouping, and no riders are left behind. Bagels, coffee and juice are served after the ride. Road bikes recommended.
More information: www.atownbikes.com or 570-970-3008.
 
Saturday, April 30
“One More Row” Knit & Crochet Group

TIME: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Learn, share, and knit or crochet! Bring your own yarn and needles or hooks. Free and open to the public; all ages and beginners welcome.
More information: www.osterhout.info more 570-821-1959.
 
Saturday, April 30
Cantores Christi Regis Spring Concert

TIME: 5:30 PM
PLACE: King’s College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, Corner of North Franklin and Jackson Streets

Cantores Christi Regis, the King’s College choir, will perform its annual spring concert of classical, contemporary, sacred and secular choral music. Selections include “A Jubilant Song” by Rene Clausen, “The Battle of Jericho” arranged by Moses Hogan, and “Tenebrae factae sunt” by Haydn. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-6044.

Saturday, April 30
Gaelic Storm
in Concert
TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Celtic band Gaelic Storm returns to the F.M. Kirby Center stage! From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock-n-rollers, and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music during nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows. Tickets start at $19.50.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Saturday, April 30
Wilkes University Flute Ensemble in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

The Wilkes University Flute Ensemble, conducted by Lish Lindsey, will perform in concert on Saturday evening, April 30. The Flute Ensemble provides an opportunity for students and community members to study, rehearse and perform a wide body of music written for the flute. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4420.
 

Sunday, May 1
Joint Sunday Service: First Presbyterian Church and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral

TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: First Presbyterian Church, 97 South Franklin Street


Please join us as First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre and St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral continue a wonderful history of annually gathering together to worship.  This year St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral Congregation will walk down South Franklin Street and worship with their Presbyterian neighbors. Father Brian Pavlac will preach.  Communion will be served to all. The music will inspire via the combined choirs of the churches, under the direction of John Vaida and Mark Laubach. 
More information:
www.fpcwb.org.

Sunday, May 1
Live from the Chandelier Lobby: The Pietasters

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Dust off your dancing boots! Longtime Ska outfit “The Pietasters” will be live from the Chandelier Lobby! More than a quarter century, six studio albums, and countless live shows after their start as a house-party band, The Pietasters continue to deliver world-class performances of sing-along songs and dance-through-your-socks rhythms. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day of show.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.


Sunday, May 1
 Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities: Ambassador Ron Prosor

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

Wilkes University presents the 2016 Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities, featuring the Honorable Ron Prosor, Israel’s former Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, whose lecture is titled “Israel and the Evolving Frontlines of a disintegrating Middle East: A Guided Tour.” Mr. Prosor carved out a reputation as one of Israel’s most distinguished diplomats during more than two decades with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: he oversaw Israel’s 2005 disengagement from Gaza; helped to establish diplomatic relations behind the Iron Curtain following the fall of the Berlin Wall; and served as a member of his nation’s delegation to the 1998 Wye River Summit talks. Free and open to the public; registration suggested.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4540.
Downtown Events

Tuesday, April 26
Osterhout Books and Babies

TIME: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join the Osterhout’s Children’s Department for Books and Babies! This program – for babies from 1 to age 3– runs Tuesdays through May 10. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156 ext. 217.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre Weekly Meeting

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
PLACE: Genetti Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

The Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre meets every Tuesday at noon. We are neighbors and community leaders uniting for the common good. The meeting is open to members and their guests, prospective members, and visiting Rotarians.
More information: www.facebook.com/RotaryClubofWilkesBarrePa
 
Tuesday, April 26
Wyoming Valley Art League Artists Social

TIME: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Tuesday Gallery Open Hours: 10:30 AM – 4 PM)
PLACE: Wyoming Valley Art League, rear 130 South Franklin Street

The Wyoming Valley Art League presents Tuesday Art Social! Come and go as you please. Bring your own art and materials and work while enjoying the company and inspiration of other artists! Members only – but anyone can come and purchase their membership the same day.
More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Osterhout Teen Book Club Night

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join us for the first Teen Book Club meeting. Free; for teens aged 12 to 18; light refreshments will be provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 

Wednesday, April 27
PA Economy League Civic Leadership Lunch: “Bad News for PA Municipalities?

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
PLACE: Genetti’s Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

There was mostly bad news for Pennsylvania municipalities in recently released indicators for income levels, housing values, poverty rates, education, and more. During this lunch-and-learn meeting, John R. Maurer of the Pennsylvania State Data Center will show how NEPA municipalities compare to other PA cities, while Teri Ooms of the Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development will provide a local perspective. Cost: $20.
More information: www.pelcentral.org or 570-824-3559.


Wednesday, April 27
Wilkes University Contemporary History Project: “Control Over the Oil”

TIME: 4:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Farley Library, Room 002

Marta Musso, a PhD Candidate in Economic History at Cambridge University, presents a Wilkes University Contemporary History Project lecture titled “Control Over the Oil: 100 Years of Reasonable Delusions.” Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu.

Wednesday, April 27
Don’t Get Hacked

TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Learn how to protect your personal information and identity online, and learn the warning signs of identity theft. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Wednesday, April 27
Osterhout Teen Night: The Basics of Budgeting for Teens

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

During Money Smart Week, join us for a teen financial literacy workshop presented by Paul Francis, Senior Program Director at Junior Achievement. This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of budgeting using real life scenarios for expenses, housing, childcare, car, etc, so bring your thinking caps! Materials and light refreshments provided. Free; for teens 12-18.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Wednesday, April 27
Wilkes University Civic Band Spring Concert

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

The Wilkes University Civic Band, conducted by Phillip G. Simon, presents its Spring Concert, featuring guest composer Bruce Yurko, who will conduct his original composition, “Night Dances No. 2.” The concert will also include “Exultate” by Samuel R. Hazo, “Persuasion” by Sammy Nestico,  “Dances of the Royal Court” by Eugene Magalif (who will play the piano piece), “Four Maryland Songs” by Jack Stamp, and “Give Us This Day” by David Maslanka. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4420.

Thursday, April 28

Coloring for Adults
TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Stop by and experience the relaxing art of coloring.  Use our supplies or bring your own. Free and open to the public: light refreshments provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Thursday, April 28
Lupe Fiasco in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Wilkes University’s Program Board brings Grammy-nominated MC and rapper Lupe Fiasco, whose album Food & Liquor  peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200, to the Kirby Center stage. Tickets: $30.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Friday, April 29
Osterhout Movie Day: A Close Call for Boston Blackie and Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

This week brings a double feature! In the first film, A Close Call for Boston Blackie (1946), detective Blackie (Chester Morris) is framed for murder. The second film is Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939), based on the popular book by Carolyn Keene, in which amateur sleuth Nancy Drew (Bonita Granville) investigates the strange occurrences experienced by the elderly Turnbull sisters in their Victorian home. Free and open to the public: popcorn provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.

Friday, April 29
Public Square Car & Bike Cruise

TIME: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square

It’s time to start the 2016 season of the monthly Public Square Car & Bike Cruise, sponsored by the NEPA Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, and held on the final Friday of each month on Public Square! Anything with wheels is welcome to participate: “If it has wheels, it’s welcome!” Free and open to the public.
More information: www.facebook.com/wbcarcruise

Friday, April 29
Casting Crowns in Concert

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning Christian band “Casting Crowns” makes its F.M. Kirby Center debut! With 8.8 million albums sold to date—including one RIAA Double Platinum Album, four Platinum and six Gold records, and two Platinum and four Gold DVDs—Casting Crowns remains the top-selling act in Christian music since 2007. Tickets start at $30.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Friday, April 29
Cantores Christi Regis Spring Concert

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: King’s College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, Corner of North Franklin and Jackson Streets

Cantores Christi Regis, the King’s College choir, will perform its annual spring concert of classical, contemporary, sacred and secular choral music. Selections include “A Jubilant Song” by Rene Clausen, “The Battle of Jericho” arranged by Moses Hogan, and “Tenebrae factae sunt” by Haydn. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-6044.
 
Saturday, April 30
Around Town Bicycles Saturday Morning Ride

TIME: 7:30 AM
PLACE: Around Town Bicycles, Rear 59 North Main Street

Join other area bicyclists for the weekly Saturday Morning Ride. At this point, the weekly ride starts at 7:30 AM, is longer, and incorporates more hills. There are stops for regrouping, and no riders are left behind. Bagels, coffee and juice are served after the ride. Road bikes recommended.
More information: www.atownbikes.com or 570-970-3008.
 
Saturday, April 30
“One More Row” Knit & Crochet Group

TIME: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Learn, share, and knit or crochet! Bring your own yarn and needles or hooks. Free and open to the public; all ages and beginners welcome.
More information: www.osterhout.info more 570-821-1959.
 
Saturday, April 30
Cantores Christi Regis Spring Concert

TIME: 5:30 PM
PLACE: King’s College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, Corner of North Franklin and Jackson Streets

Cantores Christi Regis, the King’s College choir, will perform its annual spring concert of classical, contemporary, sacred and secular choral music. Selections include “A Jubilant Song” by Rene Clausen, “The Battle of Jericho” arranged by Moses Hogan, and “Tenebrae factae sunt” by Haydn. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-6044.

Saturday, April 30
Gaelic Storm
in Concert
TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Celtic band Gaelic Storm returns to the F.M. Kirby Center stage! From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock-n-rollers, and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music during nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows. Tickets start at $19.50.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Saturday, April 30
Wilkes University Flute Ensemble in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

The Wilkes University Flute Ensemble, conducted by Lish Lindsey, will perform in concert on Saturday evening, April 30. The Flute Ensemble provides an opportunity for students and community members to study, rehearse and perform a wide body of music written for the flute. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4420.
 

Sunday, May 1
Joint Sunday Service: First Presbyterian Church and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral

TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: First Presbyterian Church, 97 South Franklin Street


Please join us as First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre and St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral continue a wonderful history of annually gathering together to worship.  This year St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral Congregation will walk down South Franklin Street and worship with their Presbyterian neighbors. Father Brian Pavlac will preach.  Communion will be served to all. The music will inspire via the combined choirs of the churches, under the direction of John Vaida and Mark Laubach. 
More information:
www.fpcwb.org.

Sunday, May 1
Live from the Chandelier Lobby: The Pietasters

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Dust off your dancing boots! Longtime Ska outfit “The Pietasters” will be live from the Chandelier Lobby! More than a quarter century, six studio albums, and countless live shows after their start as a house-party band, The Pietasters continue to deliver world-class performances of sing-along songs and dance-through-your-socks rhythms. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day of show.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.


Sunday, May 1
 Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities: Ambassador Ron Prosor

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

Wilkes University presents the 2016 Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities, featuring the Honorable Ron Prosor, Israel’s former Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, whose lecture is titled “Israel and the Evolving Frontlines of a disintegrating Middle East: A Guided Tour.” Mr. Prosor carved out a reputation as one of Israel’s most distinguished diplomats during more than two decades with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: he oversaw Israel’s 2005 disengagement from Gaza; helped to establish diplomatic relations behind the Iron Curtain following the fall of the Berlin Wall; and served as a member of his nation’s delegation to the 1998 Wye River Summit talks. Free and open to the public; registration suggested.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4540.
 
 
Downtown Exhibits
 
Luzerne County Historical Society Museum
(69 South Franklin Street)
HOURS:  Tuesday-Friday, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

“The Roaring ’20’s”
March 4 until late summer/early fall

The Historical Society’s new “The Roaring 20’s” exhibit features articles covering all the major trends of the age, including art, entertainment, Prohibition and bootlegging, criminals, and the famous music and dances of the era. A wide variety of pieces representing the fashion of the era will be on display as well. Most of the items came in one large private donation, and the LCHS is proud to display these pieces together, so they can tell the story of this famous time period.

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 Campus Center, between N. Main and N. Franklin Sts.)

HOURS: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

“Communications Media Student Exhibit”
DATES: May 2 – May 27
The Widmann Art Gallery will feature sculptures and drawings created by King’s students.

More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900, ext. 5328.

Marquis Art & Frame Second Floor Gallery
(122 South Main Street):

HOURS: Monday – Saturday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

“Green Hockenbury Hunter”
Dates: April 15 – June 25, 2016

The Marquis Second Floor Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by three fine local artists: David Green, MIchael E. Hockenbury and Keith A. Hunter, Esq.. Free and open to the public.

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University
(Stark Learning Center, 150 South River Street)

HOURS: Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM 

“Feats of Six Hands: Ceramics by Jack Troy, Archie Johnson, and Ruth Cohen”
DATES: March 29 –May 15

The exhibition will feature ceramic artworks created by potters Jack Troy of Huntington, PA and Archie Johnson and Ruth Cohen of Little Meadows, PA.  Free and open to the public.

More information: www.wilkes.edu/arts/Sordoni-Art-Gallery or 570-408-4325.

Wyoming Valley Art League’s Circle Centre for the Arts
(130 South Franklin Street):

HOURS: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Wednesday, 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Spring Members’ Juried Show
DATES: April 15 – June 3

The WVAL‘s Spring Members’ Juried Show represents a compilation of the best works by Art League members. See it for yourself! Free and open to the public.

More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.
Downtown Exhibits
 
Luzerne County Historical Society Museum
(69 South Franklin Street)
HOURS:  Tuesday-Friday, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

“The Roaring ’20’s”
March 4 until late summer/early fall

The Historical Society’s new “The Roaring 20’s” exhibit features articles covering all the major trends of the age, including art, entertainment, Prohibition and bootlegging, criminals, and the famous music and dances of the era. A wide variety of pieces representing the fashion of the era will be on display as well. Most of the items came in one large private donation, and the LCHS is proud to display these pieces together, so they can tell the story of this famous time period.

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 Campus Center, between N. Main and N. Franklin Sts.)

HOURS: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

“Communications Media Student Exhibit”
DATES: May 2 – May 27
The Widmann Art Gallery will feature sculptures and drawings created by King’s students.

More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900, ext. 5328.

Marquis Art & Frame Second Floor Gallery
(122 South Main Street):

HOURS: Monday – Saturday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

“Green Hockenbury Hunter”
Dates: April 15 – June 25, 2016

The Marquis Second Floor Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by three fine local artists: David Green, MIchael E. Hockenbury and Keith A. Hunter, Esq.. Free and open to the public.

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University
(Stark Learning Center, 150 South River Street)

HOURS: Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM 

“Feats of Six Hands: Ceramics by Jack Troy, Archie Johnson, and Ruth Cohen”
DATES: March 29 –May 15

The exhibition will feature ceramic artworks created by potters Jack Troy of Huntington, PA and Archie Johnson and Ruth Cohen of Little Meadows, PA.  Free and open to the public.

More information: www.wilkes.edu/arts/Sordoni-Art-Gallery or 570-408-4325.

Wyoming Valley Art League’s Circle Centre for the Arts
(130 South Franklin Street):

HOURS: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Wednesday, 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Spring Members’ Juried Show
DATES: April 15 – June 3

The WVAL‘s Spring Members’ Juried Show represents a compilation of the best works by Art League members. See it for yourself! Free and open to the public.

More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.
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Downtown Events

Tuesday, April 26
Osterhout Books and Babies

TIME: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join the Osterhout’s Children’s Department for Books and Babies! This program – for babies from 1 to age 3– runs Tuesdays through May 10. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156 ext. 217.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre Weekly Meeting

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
PLACE: Genetti Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

The Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre meets every Tuesday at noon. We are neighbors and community leaders uniting for the common good. The meeting is open to members and their guests, prospective members, and visiting Rotarians.
More information: www.facebook.com/RotaryClubofWilkesBarrePa
 
Tuesday, April 26
Wyoming Valley Art League Artists Social

TIME: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Tuesday Gallery Open Hours: 10:30 AM – 4 PM)
PLACE: Wyoming Valley Art League, rear 130 South Franklin Street

The Wyoming Valley Art League presents Tuesday Art Social! Come and go as you please. Bring your own art and materials and work while enjoying the company and inspiration of other artists! Members only – but anyone can come and purchase their membership the same day.
More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Osterhout Teen Book Club Night

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join us for the first Teen Book Club meeting. Free; for teens aged 12 to 18; light refreshments will be provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 

Wednesday, April 27
PA Economy League Civic Leadership Lunch: “Bad News for PA Municipalities?

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
PLACE: Genetti’s Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

There was mostly bad news for Pennsylvania municipalities in recently released indicators for income levels, housing values, poverty rates, education, and more. During this lunch-and-learn meeting, John R. Maurer of the Pennsylvania State Data Center will show how NEPA municipalities compare to other PA cities, while Teri Ooms of the Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development will provide a local perspective. Cost: $20.
More information: www.pelcentral.org or 570-824-3559.


Wednesday, April 27
Wilkes University Contemporary History Project: “Control Over the Oil”

TIME: 4:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Farley Library, Room 002

Marta Musso, a PhD Candidate in Economic History at Cambridge University, presents a Wilkes University Contemporary History Project lecture titled “Control Over the Oil: 100 Years of Reasonable Delusions.” Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu.

Wednesday, April 27
Don’t Get Hacked

TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Learn how to protect your personal information and identity online, and learn the warning signs of identity theft. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Wednesday, April 27
Osterhout Teen Night: The Basics of Budgeting for Teens

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

During Money Smart Week, join us for a teen financial literacy workshop presented by Paul Francis, Senior Program Director at Junior Achievement. This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of budgeting using real life scenarios for expenses, housing, childcare, car, etc, so bring your thinking caps! Materials and light refreshments provided. Free; for teens 12-18.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Wednesday, April 27
Wilkes University Civic Band Spring Concert

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

The Wilkes University Civic Band, conducted by Phillip G. Simon, presents its Spring Concert, featuring guest composer Bruce Yurko, who will conduct his original composition, “Night Dances No. 2.” The concert will also include “Exultate” by Samuel R. Hazo, “Persuasion” by Sammy Nestico,  “Dances of the Royal Court” by Eugene Magalif (who will play the piano piece), “Four Maryland Songs” by Jack Stamp, and “Give Us This Day” by David Maslanka. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4420.

Thursday, April 28

Coloring for Adults
TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Stop by and experience the relaxing art of coloring.  Use our supplies or bring your own. Free and open to the public: light refreshments provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.
 
Thursday, April 28
Lupe Fiasco in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Wilkes University’s Program Board brings Grammy-nominated MC and rapper Lupe Fiasco, whose album Food & Liquor  peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200, to the Kirby Center stage. Tickets: $30.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Friday, April 29
Osterhout Movie Day: A Close Call for Boston Blackie and Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

This week brings a double feature! In the first film, A Close Call for Boston Blackie (1946), detective Blackie (Chester Morris) is framed for murder. The second film is Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939), based on the popular book by Carolyn Keene, in which amateur sleuth Nancy Drew (Bonita Granville) investigates the strange occurrences experienced by the elderly Turnbull sisters in their Victorian home. Free and open to the public: popcorn provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.

Friday, April 29
Public Square Car & Bike Cruise

TIME: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square

It’s time to start the 2016 season of the monthly Public Square Car & Bike Cruise, sponsored by the NEPA Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, and held on the final Friday of each month on Public Square! Anything with wheels is welcome to participate: “If it has wheels, it’s welcome!” Free and open to the public.
More information: www.facebook.com/wbcarcruise

Friday, April 29
Casting Crowns in Concert

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning Christian band “Casting Crowns” makes its F.M. Kirby Center debut! With 8.8 million albums sold to date—including one RIAA Double Platinum Album, four Platinum and six Gold records, and two Platinum and four Gold DVDs—Casting Crowns remains the top-selling act in Christian music since 2007. Tickets start at $30.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Friday, April 29
Cantores Christi Regis Spring Concert

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: King’s College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, Corner of North Franklin and Jackson Streets

Cantores Christi Regis, the King’s College choir, will perform its annual spring concert of classical, contemporary, sacred and secular choral music. Selections include “A Jubilant Song” by Rene Clausen, “The Battle of Jericho” arranged by Moses Hogan, and “Tenebrae factae sunt” by Haydn. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-6044.
 
Saturday, April 30
Around Town Bicycles Saturday Morning Ride

TIME: 7:30 AM
PLACE: Around Town Bicycles, Rear 59 North Main Street

Join other area bicyclists for the weekly Saturday Morning Ride. At this point, the weekly ride starts at 7:30 AM, is longer, and incorporates more hills. There are stops for regrouping, and no riders are left behind. Bagels, coffee and juice are served after the ride. Road bikes recommended.
More information: www.atownbikes.com or 570-970-3008.
 
Saturday, April 30
“One More Row” Knit & Crochet Group

TIME: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Learn, share, and knit or crochet! Bring your own yarn and needles or hooks. Free and open to the public; all ages and beginners welcome.
More information: www.osterhout.info more 570-821-1959.
 
Saturday, April 30
Cantores Christi Regis Spring Concert

TIME: 5:30 PM
PLACE: King’s College J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, Corner of North Franklin and Jackson Streets

Cantores Christi Regis, the King’s College choir, will perform its annual spring concert of classical, contemporary, sacred and secular choral music. Selections include “A Jubilant Song” by Rene Clausen, “The Battle of Jericho” arranged by Moses Hogan, and “Tenebrae factae sunt” by Haydn. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-6044.

Saturday, April 30
Gaelic Storm
in Concert
TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Celtic band Gaelic Storm returns to the F.M. Kirby Center stage! From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock-n-rollers, and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music during nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows. Tickets start at $19.50.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Saturday, April 30
Wilkes University Flute Ensemble in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

The Wilkes University Flute Ensemble, conducted by Lish Lindsey, will perform in concert on Saturday evening, April 30. The Flute Ensemble provides an opportunity for students and community members to study, rehearse and perform a wide body of music written for the flute. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4420.
 

Sunday, May 1
Joint Sunday Service: First Presbyterian Church and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral

TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: First Presbyterian Church, 97 South Franklin Street


Please join us as First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre and St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral continue a wonderful history of annually gathering together to worship.  This year St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral Congregation will walk down South Franklin Street and worship with their Presbyterian neighbors. Father Brian Pavlac will preach.  Communion will be served to all. The music will inspire via the combined choirs of the churches, under the direction of John Vaida and Mark Laubach. 
More information:
www.fpcwb.org.

Sunday, May 1
Live from the Chandelier Lobby: The Pietasters

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Dust off your dancing boots! Longtime Ska outfit “The Pietasters” will be live from the Chandelier Lobby! More than a quarter century, six studio albums, and countless live shows after their start as a house-party band, The Pietasters continue to deliver world-class performances of sing-along songs and dance-through-your-socks rhythms. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day of show.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.


Sunday, May 1
 Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities: Ambassador Ron Prosor

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

Wilkes University presents the 2016 Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities, featuring the Honorable Ron Prosor, Israel’s former Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, whose lecture is titled “Israel and the Evolving Frontlines of a disintegrating Middle East: A Guided Tour.” Mr. Prosor carved out a reputation as one of Israel’s most distinguished diplomats during more than two decades with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: he oversaw Israel’s 2005 disengagement from Gaza; helped to establish diplomatic relations behind the Iron Curtain following the fall of the Berlin Wall; and served as a member of his nation’s delegation to the 1998 Wye River Summit talks. Free and open to the public; registration suggested.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4540.
 
Downtown Exhibits
 
Luzerne County Historical Society Museum
(69 South Franklin Street)
HOURS:  Tuesday-Friday, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

“The Roaring ’20’s”
March 4 until late summer/early fall

The Historical Society’s new “The Roaring 20’s” exhibit features articles covering all the major trends of the age, including art, entertainment, Prohibition and bootlegging, criminals, and the famous music and dances of the era. A wide variety of pieces representing the fashion of the era will be on display as well. Most of the items came in one large private donation, and the LCHS is proud to display these pieces together, so they can tell the story of this famous time period.

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 Campus Center, between N. Main and N. Franklin Sts.)

HOURS: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

“Communications Media Student Exhibit”
DATES: May 2 – May 27
The Widmann Art Gallery will feature sculptures and drawings created by King’s students.

More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900, ext. 5328.

Marquis Art & Frame Second Floor Gallery
(122 South Main Street):

HOURS: Monday – Saturday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

“Green Hockenbury Hunter”
Dates: April 15 – June 25, 2016

The Marquis Second Floor Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by three fine local artists: David Green, MIchael E. Hockenbury and Keith A. Hunter, Esq.. Free and open to the public.

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University
(Stark Learning Center, 150 South River Street)

HOURS: Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM 

“Feats of Six Hands: Ceramics by Jack Troy, Archie Johnson, and Ruth Cohen”
DATES: March 29 –May 15

The exhibition will feature ceramic artworks created by potters Jack Troy of Huntington, PA and Archie Johnson and Ruth Cohen of Little Meadows, PA.  Free and open to the public.

More information: www.wilkes.edu/arts/Sordoni-Art-Gallery or 570-408-4325.

Wyoming Valley Art League’s Circle Centre for the Arts
(130 South Franklin Street):

HOURS: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Wednesday, 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Spring Members’ Juried Show
DATES: April 15 – June 3

The WVAL‘s Spring Members’ Juried Show represents a compilation of the best works by Art League members. See it for yourself! Free and open to the public.

More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.
Downtown Events

Tuesday, April 26
Osterhout Books and Babies

TIME: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join the Osterhout’s Children’s Department for Books and Babies! This program – for babies from 1 to age 3– runs Tuesdays through May 10. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156 ext. 217.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre Weekly Meeting

TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
PLACE: Genetti Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

The Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre meets every Tuesday at noon. We are neighbors and community leaders uniting for the common good. The meeting is open to members and their guests, prospective members, and visiting Rotarians.
More information: www.facebook.com/RotaryClubofWilkesBarrePa
 
Tuesday, April 26
Wyoming Valley Art League Artists Social

TIME: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Tuesday Gallery Open Hours: 10:30 AM – 4 PM)
PLACE: Wyoming Valley Art League, rear 130 South Franklin Street

The Wyoming Valley Art League presents Tuesday Art Social! Come and go as you please. Bring your own art and materials and work while enjoying the company and inspiration of other artists! Members only – but anyone can come and purchase their membership the same day.
More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Osterhout Teen Book Club Night

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join us for the first Teen Book Club meeting. Free; for teens aged 12 to 18; light refreshments will be provided.
More information: