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THIS WEEK: NOV. 3 to 9, 2006

The Jack Sprat Low-Fat World Tour, a fun-filled musical with Mother Goose characters teaching about the importance of healthy eating. Performed by TheatreworksUSA at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington St., Scranton. Saturday at 11 a.m. $11. Preceded by a Wiggles & Giggles Workshop to create related crafts at 10 a.m. ($4) 344-1111.

Thanksgiving Storytime and Craftmaking. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. 829-4210.

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Build a Bird Feeder, a parent and child program for ages 4 and older. Learn to identify a few birds and discover what seeds are their favorites. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309, Dallas. Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. $8. Reservations: 675-9900.

Santa Parade, the annual holiday event presented by the Greater Scranton Jaycees. With marching bands, giant balloons and holiday floats. Steps off 9 a.m. on Nov. 18 from Mifflin and Spruce streets downtown, proceeding to the Radisson Lackawanna Hotel for the breakfast with Santa. 342-8300 or 969-6955.

Christmas Parade, the annual arrival of Santa in downtown Wilkes-Barre with holiday music and floats. Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. Followed by the Lighting of the Christmas Tree on Public Square with snacks and carols sung by inspirational singer Ruthy Stock. 208-4149 or 208-4141.

Stories and Songs of Latin America, learning about the culture of Latin America through puppetry, stories, songs, instruments and dance. Performed by TheatreworksUSA at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington St., Scranton. Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. $11. Preceded by a Wiggles & Giggles Workshop to create related crafts ($4). 344-1111.

Holiday Express, a round-trip steam-powered train ride from Scranton to Moscow. Bring your “Dear Santa” letter to deposit in a special North Pole mailbox, then join in the songs, stories, merriment and festivities at the restored passenger depot and freight house at Moscow. Steamtown National Historic Site, off Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton. Nov. 25, Dec. 2 and 9 with train departure at 11 a.m. and return at 2 p.m. $16, $10 children. Reservations: 340-5204.

Dorothy the Dinosaur’s Dance Party, a lively, fun-packed show with Dorothy and her friends Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and more. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. $17.50, $12.50. 826-1100 or kirbycenter.org.

St. Nicholas Visits the Children, 16th annual Ukrainian Christmas celebration with Ukrainian customs, gift bags for the children, refreshments and the arrival of St. Nicholas. Anthracite Heritage Museum, McDade Park, off Keyser Avenue, Scranton. Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. $5. 963-4804.

Storytime with special guests from the Wyoming Valley Montessori School, who present stories, fun games and activities. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. Nov. 30, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 829-4210.

Brunch with Santa. Banks Student Center, College Misericordia, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Reservations: 674-6719.

They Call Me Mommy: The Tale of an Eastern Gray Squirrel, a reading by author Bonnie Lee Strunk from her children’s book about a city squirrel raising her family among human neighbors. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309, Dallas. Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. Free. 675-9900.

Santa Express Train Ride. Ride along with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph on this traditional holiday excursion. Stourbridge Line Rail Excursions, 303 Commercial St., Honesdale. Dec. 2, 3 and 10 at 1 p.m. $15, $12 children. 253-1960.

Season’s Greetings, a festive production with a magical elf, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, toy soldiers and mysteriously appearing white doves – all set in a winter wonderland. Performed by TheatreworksUSA at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington St., Scranton. Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. $11. Preceded by a Wiggles & Giggles Workshop to create related crafts at 10 a.m. ($4) 344-1111.

Hansel and Gretel, performed by the Northeast Players. Walsh Auditorium, College Misericordia, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Dec. 9 to 12 at 8 p.m. 674-6719.

Holiday Camp. Spend the school holiday learning pottery, drawing and painting at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Dec. 27 to 29, 9:30 to 11 a.m. $15 per class or $35 for all three. Registration: 996-1500.

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