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Find your zenThis Sunday, Endless Mt. Zendo (104 Hollow Rd., Stillwater) will hold a Zen Meditation Gathering from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Beginners welcome and the gathering will feature zazen meditation instruction, zazen, walking zen, chanting, a talk by Genro Lee Milton Sensei followed by tea. Arriving early is suggested as is wearing loose long pants or long skirt in neutral colors as Zendo tends to be chilly. Vegetarian snack offerings welcome. There will be an open donation basket. Please RSVP to 570.925.5077 or e-mail if planning to attend.

It takes two to tangoNEPA Tango Connection will host an Argentine Tango Dance this Sunday, Jan. 27 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Farley’s on the corner of Adams & Linden Sts. in Scranton. This is a free dance, beginners and single dancers are welcome. NEPA Tango Connection is located at 600 Dunmore St. in Throop. For more info, contact 570.883.9918 or visit www.nepatangoconnection.org.

BENEFITS / CHARITY EVENTS

Community Cares For Kids

• Carnivale Benefit Event: Jan. 26, 7 p.m. at The Highlands at Newberry Estate, Dallas. $125 per person. Black tie event features food, open bar and entertainment with a New Orleans & Vienna flair featuring Uptown and Really Cooking Café’s cabaret showcase. Guests encouraged to wear masks and beads. Raffle tickets $10, $25 for 3, available at www.CommunityCaresForKids.com or mail to CCK, 62 Dallas Shopping Center #330, Dallas, Pa., 18612

Leadership Wilkes-Barre Class of 2008 will honor Luzerne County World War II Veterans Apr. 29 by escorting participants on an all-expenses paid bus trip to Washington DC to experience the WWII Memorial. LWB is looking for monetary and in-kind donations from any denominations which will support the veteran participation. Call 570.674.8387 for info.

EVENTS

3rd annual PA State Senior Idol Competition for 50-older. Auditions at five different Pa. locations throughout April from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg, Mechanicsburg, April 8; The Inn at Reading, Reading, April 9; The Strand Capital Performing Arts Center, York, April 10; The Hampton Inn Downingtown/Exton, Downingtown, April 14; and The Park Plaza Hotel, Lancaster, April 17. Winner receives trip for two to NYC for dinner/show. Call 717.285.1350 or visit www.senioridolpa.com to register.

15th Annual Midwinter Festival

• March 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. featuring ethnic foods and crafts at Holy Resurrection Cathedral Parlours (591 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre).

• Ethnic Folk Festival: March 2, 3 p.m., featuring Tamburitzans performing music, songs and dance of Eastern Europe and neighboring cultures at The Mellow Theater at Lackawanna College (501 Vine St., Scranton.).

Call 1.877.822.5452 or 822.5452 for info.

American Boy Choir national tour Feb. 17, 7 p.m. at St. Nicholas Church, Wilkes-Barre. $20, $10 for students and senior citizens available at Misericordia box office, 570.674.6719 or from Parish office 823.7736. For more info about the choir, visit www.americanboychoir.org.

The Big Band Society of NEPA:

• First Dance of the Year with King Henry: Feb. 1, 6:30 p.m. at Genetti’s, Wilkes-Barre. $28. Reservations must be made one week prior to Catherine Rostock at 570.654.1027. Membership open, new members welcome, dues $15 per person per year. Send dues to Glen Smith, Big Band Society, P.O. Box 3072, West Pittston, 18643

Cork Bar & Restaurant (463 Madison St., Wilkes-Barre) special events

• Wine School: Jan. 29, Feb. 12, 26, 7 p.m. Learn all about the wines of Italy with Tom Holton, The Wine Merchant. Sample three wines from three regions paired with an appropriate tapas. $15.

• “Sex & the City” Night: Feb. 20, kick back like your favorite girls with martinis and hors d’oeuvres watching a Panache fashion show. Some lucky women will be treated to mini makeovers by Allure spa. Play “Sex & the City” trivia to win prizes. $20 per person includes two martinis & hors d’oeuvres. Reservations to 570.270.3818 or email ruth@corkdining.com.

Chinchilla Hose Company (Shady Lane Rd., 570.586.5726, www.chcfire.net)

• Annual pizza sale fundraising event: begins Feb. 8, 3-7 p.m. and continues every Fri. during Lent until Good Friday. Orders may be placed by phone.

Dietrich Theater (60 E. Tioga Street, Tunkhannock, 570.996.1500, www.dietrichtheater.com) calendar of events:

■ Kids Classes:

• After School Players: Mon., Tues., Thurs., through March 8, 3:30-5:30 p.m. For middle and high school students. Students learn all about theater arts while preparing for “50 Years of Rock ‘n Roll: American Bandstand to TRL.” No experience needed. Free, call to register.

• Quilting for Kids, ages 6-up: Wed., through March 26, 3:30-5 p.m. $6 per class, materials provided.

• Paint Your Art Out for Preschoolers, ages 3-5: Jan. 24, 31, 12-12:45 p.m. $30. Create splatter and drip paintings and more. Call to register.

• Mask Making for Mommy & Me, ages 3-4: Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 10:30-11:15 a.m. $30. Create 3-D masks while learning about different cultures. Call to register.

• Spanish for Children: Grades 1-3: Mon., through Feb. 25, 4-5 p.m.; Grades 4-6: Tues., Jan. 22-Feb. 26, 4-5 p.m. $30, scholarships available.

• Little People & Nature - Series 2, ages 2 ˝-4: Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, 10-11 a.m. $35. Follow nature with animal related topics. Call to register.

• Little People & Nature, Series 1, ages 2 ˝-4: Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, 10-11 a.m. $35. Follow nature with animal related topics. Call to register.

• All Kinds of Sculpture for Mommy & Me, ages 3-4: Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:30-11:15 a.m. $30. Create all kinds of sculpture using different media. Call to register.

• All Kinds of Sculpture for Preschoolers, ages 3-5: Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, 12-12:45 p.m. $30. Create all kinds of sculpture using different media. Call to register.

• Trash to Treasures, ages 5-12: Ages 5-8: Feb. 8, 15, 22, 29, 4-5:30 p.m.; Ages 9-12: Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 4-5:30 p.m. $35. Create recycled art.

• 3-D Madness, ages 9-12: Thurs., Feb. 14, 21, 28, March 6, 4-5:30 p.m. $35. Learn to sculpt with different mediums.

■ Intergenerational Classes:

• Open Studio for Painting, Drawing & Pottery: Jan. 29, 7-8:30 p.m. $15/class or $50 for four. Students of all ages welcome.

• Intergenerational Quilting, ages 13-up: Wed., through March 26, 6-7:30 p.m. $6 per class, materials provided. Call to register.

■ Adult Classes:

• Pottery & Sculpture, ages 13-up: Jan. 28, 7-8:30 p.m. Students will work on pottery wheels and learn hand-building and sculpture techniques.

• Spanish for Professionals: Mon., through Feb. 25, 7-8 p.m. $50. Designed to acquaint students with a working knowledge of grammar and communication.

• Decorative Painting for Adults, ages 16-up: Wed., Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 13, 20, 27, March 12, 19, 26, April 16, 23, 30, 12-3 p.m. $20 per class plus painting surface. Call for required pre-registration. All experience welcome.

• Watercolor Workshop: Jan. 25, 7-9 p.m., Jan. 26, 9:30-4 p.m. $60. Learn basics of watercolor technique.

• Basketry Workshop-A Wearable Pouch, ages 16-up: Feb. 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $80, materials included. Create basket small enough to wear as a pendant.

Wyoming County Reads: “Pride & Prejudice.” Get your free book at Wyoming County libraries while supplies last. Join us for book discussions and movie. Free, refreshments provided. Schedule:

• What Makes Pride & Prejudice an Enduring Novel?: Feb. 6, 7 p.m., Tunkhannock Public Library; Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m., Mehoopany & Factoryville Libraries; Feb. 18, 6 p.m., Laceyville Library.

• The Psychology of Love: Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Tunkhannock Public Library.

• Jane Austen Expose: Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Tunkhannock Public Library.

• Contra Dancing: Feb. 10, 3-5 p.m., Father Nallin Hall, Tunkhannock. Learn to dance like the characters in the novel/movie. No experience or partner necessary.

Entertainment Unlimited Calendar of Events:

• Music & dancing with King Henry & The Showmen, Delgado “Salute to the Crooners” and Debbie Rosado’s Tribute to the female legends Feb. 9, 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (237 William St., Pittston). $35 features a deluxe Italian buffet catered by Biagio Dente starting at 7 p.m., beer, soda and show. $20 for show, beer and soda after 8 p.m. Call for reservations: 800.830.7463, 343.2429 (Plotkin Shoes) or 457.2808 (Joe Tutino)

• Valentine’s Sweetheart Spectacular: Feb. 9, 6 p.m. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (237 William St., Pittston). Features music and dancing. $35 for buffet beginning at 7 p.m., $20 show only after 8 p.m. Call 800.830.7463 for reservations.

• Valentine’s Sweetheart Spectacular: Feb. 15, 6 p.m., Jhon’s Place Ristorante (112 Main St., Old Forge). Features music and dancing. $27.50 per ticket, $55 per couple. Includes buffet. Call 800.830.7463 for reservations.

King’s College: (133 North River St., Wilkes-Barre, 570.208.5957 or www.kings.edu) events:

• ESL classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced: through May 9, held twice weekly, 7-8:30 p.m. as part of the McGowan Hispanic Outreach Program. MHOP will also offer eight weekend classes for Hispanic adults and high school students focusing on improving computer skills (adults) and creative writing (high school). Classes held 9:30-11 a.m. starting Feb. 23. All classes held in McGowan School of Business (N. River St.). Nominal fee, contact Isabel Balsamo, 208.5900, ext. 5466 to register or for info.

Marywood events (2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, www.marywood.edu, 570.348.6211):

• Calligrapher’s Guild of NEPA meeting: Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., Visual Arts Center. Rm. 203. Use calligraphy to “Play With The Alphabet. Call 347.5063 for details. Free and open to the public.

Myrtle Street UM Church (840 Harrison Ave., Scranton, 570.346.9911, 342.5308) events:

• Craft and Gift Fair: Feb. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $1 admission. Vendors wanting to participate can call Cindy Chupko 347.1994, $25 per rental table.

The NEPA Miners: ( www.nepaminers.com or 570.604.4438)

• Entertainment Team tryouts for the 2008 season: Jan. 26, 10 a.m. Mall at Steamtown. Must be 18 years old and a high school graduate. Based on talent, personality, appearance, professionalism and spirit. A recruitment info night Jan. 23, 7 p.m., Hilton Hotel & Conference Center, Scranton. Visit Web site for info.

The Osterhout Free Library Events (71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, 570.823.0156, ext. 217)

• Interview with Barbara Weisberger: Feb. 5, 3:30-5 p.m. Weisberger, creator of the PA Ballet and the Carlisle Project, will be available for two written questions from the audience (which will be consider the ticket for entry). Ages 11 and up. Call to register.

• Photographer Mark Cohen discussion with Luzerne County Young People: Feb. 19, 4-5:30 p.m. Ages 11-up. Includes reception until 6 p.m. Call to reserve seat.

Penn State Wilkes-Barre events:

• Taste of Culture series with the first program entitled, “Resolve Conflict: Heal a Relationship:” Jan. 24, 6 p.m. at JCC, Wilkes-Barre. Discussion on Middle Eastern conflict and culture. Open to public, includes unique Middle Eastern style dinner. $20 per person. Contact PSWB at 675.9219.

Polka Dancing- Every Friday night at DAV Hall, 516 Storrs St., Dickson City. For more information call 570.489.3258.

Slovak Heritage Society of NEPA events:

• “From Heaven to Earth, From Earth to Heaven: Perceiving Icons Through the Eyes of Faith” lecture: Jan. 27, 2 p.m. presented by Raymond J. Mastroberte, a well-known iconographer at Holy Resurrection (591 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre)

St. Boniface (221 Blackman St., Wilkes-Barre, 570.822.8330) events:

• Annual “Kaffee Klatshe” pork & sauerkraut dinner & bake sale: Feb. 3, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $8 adults, $4 children under 10. Takeouts available. Call for info.

St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church (540 N. Main Ave., Scranton)

• Pierogi Sale every Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

USA Dance NEPA Chapter 3016

• Mardi Gras Masked Ball: Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m. at Scranton Country Club (1001 Morgan Hwy., Clarks Summit). Rumba lesson 6:45 p.m. with Vince & Paula Brust followed by buffet dinner/dancing until 11 p.m. $25 members, $30 non-members. Make reservations to Joe Szumski (457.2709) or Josie Roman (342.5614) by Jan. 28.

Valentine’s Day Concert Feb. 16, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. at S.M.C. Center (320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton). $15 advance, $20 at door. Sponsored by the Latin Cultural Diversity Center. Call 504.4455 or 677.0673 for info.

Wilkes-Barre Barbershop Harmony Society events:

• “Singing Valentines:” delivered by quartets 9 a.m.-5 p.m. complete with songs, card, rose and candy. $50. Call 570.709.3716 or 287.2476.

WVIA (655.2808, www.wvia.org) events:

• WVIA Homegrown Music Series: Feb. 11, 8 p.m. WVIA H-Def Studio Theater, Pittston. Features Jason O and The Five Percent. Free and open to the public. Call for reservations.

HISTORY

Everhart Museum (1901 Mulberry St., Scranton, 570.346.7186, www.everhart-museum.org)

• Centennial Scavenger Hunt: Begins Feb. 1, participate in year long scavenger hunt with prizes, discounts and a whole lot of fun as you try to locate 100 objects in galleries.

• Early Explorations: Looking & Reading Together: Workshop featuring a different book and activity designed to develop pre-literacy skills. Classes on the first Mon. (12 p.m.) and third Sat. (2:30 p.m.) beginning Feb. 4-May 24. Pre registration required.

• Everhart Reads at Anthology Books: Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m., meet discuss and have fun with fellow readers. Suitable for ages 16 and up. Free and open to all.

• EverART 101: Feb. 23-March 15, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Experience Flocks and Feathers through fibers, clay, jewelry and metalwork. Suitable for grades K-5. $5 per class, pre registration required.

• Feathered Films at the Scranton Cultural Center: Beginning in Feb. Check out www.everhart-museum.org for complete listing. Free and open to the public.

Electric City Trolley Museum and Coal Mine Tour (Cliff Street, Scranton 570.963.6590) Museum open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trolley excursions run Wednesday through Sunday 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Trolley rides $10 adults, $9 seniors, $7.75 ages 3-12. The mine is open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours run hourly, $8 adults, $7.50 seniors, $5.50 ages 3-12.

Steamtown National Historic Site (I-81 to Exit 53, Scranton: 570.340.5200 or 888.693.9391, www.nps.gov/stea)

• Ongoing- Interpretive programs, visitor center, theater and a history museum. Open daily, 9-5 p.m. Admission to museum complex includes all tours: $7 adults / $6 senior citizens / $2 children ages 6-12.

Winter Lecture Series: 1 p.m., Park’s theater, included in entrance fee:

• “Steam Trips of the 1970s:” Jan. 26, presented by Dan Gallo, Sr.

• “Escapes by Train On the Underground Railroad:” Feb. 2, 11 a.m.

• “From Richard Allen to Cecil B. Moore: Stories of Freedom and Hope:” Feb. 2

• Traveling Trunks Exhibit: Feb. 17-March 1. Features hands on info about the life of Dr. King and the “Sweet Auburn” community

• “Some Trains Old, Some Trains New; Some Trains Borrowed, Some Trains Blue:” Feb. 9, PowerPoint presentation

Susquehanna County Historical Society ( www.susqcolibrary.org or 570.278.1881)

• Annual meeting: Jan. 26, 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Hall (60 Church St., Montrose) Free, open to public. Features historical preservation specialist David Kimmerly and refreshments. Call or visit Web site for details.

LEARNING

Adult Kung Fu (Kung Fu & Tai Chi Center, Wilkes-Barre: 570.829.2707)

Ongoing classes. Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Study of Chinese Martial Art open hand and weapons sets. Mondays, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Class covers Chinese style theories, concepts and applications. “Sport” fighting concepts explained and practiced.

Aikido of Scranton (1627 N. Main Ave, Scranton)

• Akido Self-defense class develops peace of mind, strength in the body and clams the spirit. Traditional Aikido incorporates the use of the sword along with the emphasis on Ki development for internal strength. Classes are taught by 5th degree black belt instructor, Ven Sensei Mondays & Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. Private classes by appointment. Visit www.aikdoofscranton.org or call 570.335.5479.

ArtsYouniverse (156 S. Franklin St. Wilkes Barre, 570.970.9025)

• Adult Dance Classes: Thursday evenings, 7-8 p.m. - Ballet; 8-9 p.m. Modern Dance/Creative Movement. No experience necessary! Fun classes in a relaxed atmosphere taught by NYC professional dancer. $10 per class. Call 570.709.6709 or artsmadness@aol.com for more information.

• Youniversal Suzuki String Program: Violin and viola taught by Mary Ann Saylor for students age 3-1/2 to adult. “You’re never too old and hardly ever too young to ‘Twinkle.” Call 570.823.5800 or e-mail arts@epix.net for more info.

Studio J, 2nd floor:

• Stained glass classes by John Waering: every Sun., 1:30-3 p.m., Tues., 7-8:30 p.m. Classes run in four week sessions. $80 plus materials. Call for info, 970.9025.

Balance Ultimate Fitness (Belladaro Prof. Bldg., Gardner Rd., Elmhurst, 570.862.2840):

• Kids Fitness: Tues./Thurs., 5 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. Ages 6-16. Includes cardio, self-defense, balance, agility and stretching. $10 per class or $105 for 12. Includes a healthy snack. Call for info.

• Fitness Boxing: Tues./Thurs., 6-7 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Includes cardio workout while learning boxing/self-defense skills. $7 per class or $60 for 12. Call for info.

Beadweaver’s (487 Bennett Street, Luzerne, 570.714.6700, www.beadweaver.com)

• Beginner peyote bracelet: Jan. 23, 6-8 p.m.

Workshops $28 plus supplies for ages 16-up. Call for more info. Business hours Tues.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Bridge. Beginning or Intermediate Lessons, playing time for regular games and tournaments. Jewish Community Center (River Street, Wilkes-Barre). Call Rick Evans at 570.824.4646 or Rev. Ken McCrea at

570.823.5957.

Classes at La Nota Dance Studio:

Special Events:

• Fundraiser including waltz, salsa, and bachata lessons: Jan. 26, 7-11 p.m. to prepare the Feb. taping of WVIA Ballroom. $15 per person. RSVP by Jan. 23 to 714.7934 or 352.6224.

La Nota is a dance and fitness studio located at 115 N. Main Street, Scranton. Please call to register, 570.941.9108, or Wes, at 570.251.3494

Core Chiropractic Center (180 United Penn Plaza, Kingston, 570.718.1672 or 570.417.9662)

• Vitamins & Supplements lecture: Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m. by Amber Summers. Call to reserve, 20 seat limit.

• Lost Weight seminar: Jan. 29 at Mill Hollow Café with Dr. Chris Sortie. Free, dinner included. Call for reservations, seating limited.

Drawing and Painting Lessons: An established realist painter will teach techniques of old masters to serious students, as well as those wishing to enhance skills. Private lessons available Fri.-Sun. Visit artist’s studio in Wilkes-Barre at no obligation. To schedule, call 570.820.0469, e-mail bekshev@yahoo.com or visit artist’s Web site at www.artistvs.com.

Drums, Guitar, Bass, Piano, Vocals & Recording Lessons, Mon.-Sat. at C&C Music Center & Recording Works, Hazleton. 12 instructors available to teach songs, music theory, reading, song writing technique and record engineering. For more information call 570.454.6105.

Dance Contours (201 Bear Creek Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, 570.008.0152, www.dancecontours.com)

• Adult classes in ballet, tap, lyrical, CardioSalsa, ballroom dance.

• Children/teen classes in ballet, tap, CheerDance, HipTech Jazz, a funky form of dance developed by Jennifer Magnotta, blending basic Jazz Technique with the styles of street dance and hip hop.

Group and private instruction offered for all levels. All classes taught by Jennifer, a Qualified Member of Dance Educators of America.

Drawing and painting lessons at the Georgiana Cray Bart Studio (37 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre, 570.947.8387) Each class is $30.

• Mondays: 12:30-4:30

• Tuesdays: 5:30-9

Open house every 3rd Friday, to coincide with 3rd Friday’s.

Guitar & Bass Lessons available from Fox Studios (11 Rhine Creek Rd., Drums) Mon.-Thurs. 1-10 p.m. $16 per hour. All ages, all styles of music, beginner through advanced. Bring in a CD and we’ll teach you the songs. We teach: Music Theory, Ear Training, Reading, Song Writing, & Arranging. Develop Improvisational Skills. Create Demos. Hands-on Workstation. Guitar & Amp Rental Packages. Gift Certificates. Now Offering Beginner Drum Lessons. Call 570.788.4797 for info.

Harris Conservatory for the Arts (545 Charles St. Luzerne, 570.287.7977 or 718.0673)

• Adult Dance Classes: Tap, 8 p.m. Tues., $7; Ballet, 6 p.m. Wed., $12; Jazz, 7 p.m. Wed., $12; Experience Tap, 8 p.m., Wed, $12; Hip Hop, 7 p.m., Thurs., $12. Call to register.

• Adult Fitness Class: Mon., 7 p.m. Combines cardio and toning, all fitness levels welcome. $5. Call to register.

• Dancing with Mommy: six week course for moms and their little ones from 18 mths.-3 yrs. Call to register.

• Kindermusik: bond with your child through exposure to music, movement, early communication through sign language. Call to register.

Kiss Theater Co.’s “Dimensions In Dance” lessons Adult classes: Mon., 6-8 p.m., includes jazzercise and ballet boot camp. Thurs., 6-8 p.m., includes jazzercise and tap. Kid classes: Wed., 5:30-8:30 p.m., includes tap, ballet/hip hop, and hip hop/jazz. Thurs., 8-9 p.m., includes Fosse jazz. $10. Call Lee to register 991.1817.

Kwonkodo Lessons - a self defense system that combines different Korean Martial Arts. Lessons are at the Hapkido Taekwondo Institute (150 Welles St., Forty Fort) Cost is $40/month. For more info, call 570.287.4290 or visit www.htkdi.com.

Michaels: (Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Twp., 570.817.0176)

• Adult art classes held on a weekly basis. All mediums (watercolor, pencil, colored pencil, acrylic, etc.) Fridays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $15 plus supplies. For students who want to learn drawing and painting regardless of their skill levels, and designed so that students work on their own projects at their own pace and in the medium of their choice.

• Basic Jewelry Classes every Fri. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $15.

• Beaded Bangle Bracelet: Jan. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $28 + supplies

• Bring-Your-Things Jewelry Roundup: Feb. 20, 6-9 p.m., $12 per person

• Minty Mocha Bracelet (Bead Weaving): Feb. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $28 per person plus supplies

Beginners to advanced students are welcome, students receive 10% discount on regular-priced class supplies for class. Students must sign up at least 24 hours in advance at customer service desk to secure spot.

NEPA Bonsai Society (Midway Garden Center, 1865 Hwy. 315, Pittston, 570.654.6194, www.myspace.com/nepabonsai)

Monthly meeting last Wed. of every month, 7 p.m. at center. Features business sessions and demonstrations/programs/workshops

Northeast Photography Club meets the first Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at the 2nd floor boardroom at Lackawanna College (501 Vine St., Scranton). Meetings cover a wide range of photography topics, monthly photo shoots, and critiques. Visit their Web site for more information, www.northeastphotographyclub.org.

Academy of Northern Martial Arts (79 N. Main St., Pittston) Traditional Kung Fu & San Shou. For Health and Defense. Adult & Children’s Classes held Mon.-Thurs., Sat. First class is Free. Walk-Ins welcome or call 371.9919 or 817.2161 for more information.

Olympic Style Fencing classes will be given at The Fencing Exchange located above AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, Monday-Thursday. Foil, saber, and epee taught. For more information call 570.969.1224.

Paper Kite Press (443 Main St., Kingston, 570.328.8658, www.wordpainting.com, wordpainting@comcast.net)

Open Sun., 12-5 p.m. for gallery hours. Bookshop, featuring poetry is open during studio hours.

• Monday Night Mail Art, ages teen – adult, Monday nights, 6-8 p.m., $20 per session (sliding fee scale, call for details)

• The Altered Page, ages teen – adult, Monday nights, 6-8 p.m., $20 per session (sliding fee scale, call for details.

• Recognizing Angelic Messages with Angela Demuro: Feb. 3. 2 p.m. The intuitive artist, author and instructor will speak about how to recognize messages from the angelic realm. $20 per adult, $10 kids 12-under. Refreshments served. Must pre-register.

• “Cliff the Domestic:” Jan. 25, 7 p.m. Refreshments served. $5. Can’t afford it? Give of yourself - bring your own poem or drawing as your entry fee.

• Mask Making: Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 2 p.m. Participants will design and create several different masks using a variety of materials. Workshop will culminate in a small performance for friends and family. Open to ages 8-up. $45. Can’t afford it? Call us and ask about available scholarships.

Penn State Master Gardner Program applications are now being accepted for 2008 class. Classes held 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Mon. & Thurs., March 17-May 1 at 200 Adams Avenue in Scranton. More than 30 hours of instruction in a variety of gardening related subjects. $75 fee. Call 570.963.6842 or e-mail LackawannaMG@psu.edu.

Pro Wrestling Training Center (570.740.1480. www.wwcprowrestling.com) Come check out the new center at 210 Division St., Kingston. Training sessions Tues.-Thurs., 6-8 p.m., Sat., 2-4 p.m. WWC All Star Pro Wrestling is the place to be. Be trained by Tommy Thunder and the Executioner and be part of the fun today - we will see you in the ring!

Rejuven-Essence (20 Laurel St., Pittston: 570.602.6600)

• Yoga and Meditation Classes: Information and instruction. Learn proper techniques. Classes available and ongoing.

• Health and Fitness Coaching: Assists people in making health changes in their lives. Call for details or to make an appointment with a holistic nurse practitioner.

Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Network, Scranton. Day and evening classes available for men, women and children. Ongoing classes six days a week. Classes cover the sport, combat, and self-defense aspects of famed Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. For more information check out www.gracie-nepa.com or call 570.347.1107.

Something Special: (23 West Walnut Street Kingston, 570.540.6376, angietheartist@aol.com, www.angelademuroart.com)

• MANGA Art Class: (Japanese Cartooning) Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m. Learn the art of Japanese cartooning with Angela DeMuro in comfortable, individualized environment. 4-week session, all supplies included: $60 per child. Call or e-mail to register.

St. Joseph’s School classes (1627 N. Main Ave., Scranton, 570.963.0500):

• Traditional Weapons Class: Thurs., 7-9 p.m. Learn self-defense techniques using a cane, club, short stick, short/long staff, wooden sword, escrima sticks and more. Each week learn history principles and practical use. No prior martial arts experience necessary. $10 per class.

• Women’s Self-Defense Class: Sat., 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn practical self-defense techniques to protect yourself from a variety of attacks. No prior martial arts experience necessary. Wear loose fitting clothes. $10 per class.

MIND AND BODY

Arts YOUniverse (156 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, 570.417.5020)

• Pilates And More: 8 week sessions, Mon. & Thurs., 5:30 p.m., Tues. & Thurs., 12 p.m. Learn Pilates and strengthen abdominals, reduce tension, and improve posture. Beginner to advanced, first session free. Call 814.3051 for info

Studio J, 2nd floor

• Meditation in the tradition of Gurdjieff and Ospensky: Sun., 12-1 p.m., $5

• Children’s Meditation: Thurs., 6-7 p.m. Ages 9-14, $5

• Tarot Card Readings, by appointment. $20 first half hour, $10 additional half hours.

Bellas Yoga Studio (650 Boulevard Ave., Dickson City, 5700.307.5000, www.bellasyoga.com, info@bellasyoga.com)

• Meditation classes every Fri. 7-8 p.m. $5 donation. Call for more info.

Classes at La Nota Dance Studio:

Yoga with Wes Tudor:

• Tuesdays: 3-4:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m.

• Saturdays: 10:30-12 p.m., begins Jan. 13

These classes are in a hatha yoga style, and will be adjusted to suit students of all experience levels. They will involve postures, breath work, relaxation, and meditation training. Wes Tudor is a Himalayan Institute trained instructor. La Nota is a dance and fitness studio located at 115 N. Main Street, Scranton. Classes are $10, please call to register. Class sizes are limited. Any questions call the studio at 570.941.9108, or Wes, at 570.251.3494

Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock (60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock: 570.996.1500)

• Yoga for You: Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10-11 a.m. $10 per lesson. Learn to reinforce the basic yoga poses, which gently stretch and strengthen the body. Special attention will be given to proper breathing and alignment in the postures. Please bring a yoga mat or beach towel. Call for details.

Everything Natural (426 S. State St., Clarks Summit, www.everythingnaturalpa.com, 570.586.9684)

• Body Magic: Sat., 10 a.m. Includes Hatha Yoga designed to make changes in your body, and allows it to have a deeper experience of inner essence. $12 per class, $80 for 8-week session.

• Course In Miracles: Thurs., 6 p.m. Explore writings about nature of reality and learn how to clear away obstacles.

• Hatha Yoga: Mon., 9:30 a.m., Thurs., 9 a.m. Join us to perform posture, attitude, mindfulness, balance, strength/stamina, flexibility, form, and understanding the mind. $12 per class, $80 for 8 weeks.

• Hatha Yoga For Beginners: Tues., 9:30 a.m. Explore basics of Hatha Yoga. Learn poses, breathing and philosophy. $80 for 8 weeks.

• Hatha Yoga Svaroopa Style: Tues., 6 p.m. Includes guided relaxations, breathing and asana. Bring blocks and wear comfortable clothes. $12 per clas, $80 for 8 weeks.

• Pilates: Wed., 5:30 p.m. Strengthen your body to become leaner and healthier. $80 for 8 weeks.

Exhale Yoga Studio (900 Rutter Ave., 2nd floor, Forty Fort, behind Beer Deli in the “big brick building,” 570.301.3225)

Free style Vinyasa: Tues., 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Thurs., 2-3:15 p.m., Fri., 6-7:15 p.m. All levels, breathing, aromatherapy and guided meditations. $10 per class.

Fitness and Nutrition Boot Camp (NutriFitness Studio, 311 Market Street, Kingston, 570.288.2409, or visit www.thenutrifitness.com)

• 4 Week Fitness Bootcamps: call to register.

• FREE Boot camp every Saturday. Call for schedule and to register.

Harris Conservatory for the Arts (545 Charles St. Luzerne, 570.287.7977, 718.0673)

• Adult Fitness Class: Mon., 7 p.m. Get fit and have fun combining toning and cardio with former Miami Dolphin Cheerleader Heidi Melchiona. All fitness levels welcome. $5. Call to register.

Holistic Mountain Yoga: (RT 92, Falls, 570.574.3569, holisticmountain.theshoppe.com) Hatha Yoga, Mondays & Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. & Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Ongoing classes cover Meditation, Breathing, and Postures with Aromatherapy for relaxation. $10/class

Inner Harmony Yoga (Mercy Hospital, 2nd Fl., Sm. Meeting Room, Scranton) Mondays at 5:30 p.m. First class is free. Cost $12/session. Call 570.346.4621 for details.

Kwon Kodo Lessons: Learn the self-defense system that combines different Korean Martial Arts such as Hapkido, Taekwondo & Kuk Sool. Lessons held at the Hapkido Taekwondo Institute (150 Welles St., Forty Fort). Cost is $40 per month. For more info, call 570.287.4290 or visit www.htkdi.com.

Meditation classes every Fri, 7-8 p.m. at Spectrum Health and Racquet Club (Terrace Dr., Blakely). $5 donation. Walk ins welcome, bring a mat. Call 876.1430 for info.

Padmahasta Yoga Classes: ( padmahastawellness@gmail.com or 570.332.7612) with Certified Yoga instructor, Michelle Pietrzak-Wegner (112 N. Memorial Hwy., 2nd floor, Shavertown)

• Gentle Yoga: Tues., 6-7 p.m.

• Basic Vinyasa: Tues., 7:15-8:15 p.m., Wed., 10-11 a.m.

• Intermediate Vinyasa: Thurs., 7-8 p.m.

• End-of-the-Week Yoga: Fri., 9-10 a.m.

• Weekend Warrior: Sat., 8:45-9:45 a.m.

All classes drop-in basis, no pre-registration required. $10 per session per person. Class passes available.

Pilates Mat & Reformer Sessions with Lori Singer at ArtsYOUniverse (156 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre). Enjoy the benefits of Pilates to strengthen the abdominals, reduce tension, improve posture, and so much more. Beginner to advance. First session is free. Call 570.814.3051 or email LoriSinger@adelphia.net for details.

Psychic Fair 2008 Feb. 23 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) & Feb. 24 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) at the Holiday Inn, Kidder St., Wilkes-Barre. Enjoy the finest psychics and new age vendors. $6. Call 570.239.0535.

Pocono Yoga & Meditation Classes (570.472.3272, www.PoconoYoga.com) Classes with Suzi, certified yoga instructor

• Beginners Yoga: Mon., 6:30 p.m., Athletic Club (Rt. 315, Plains). $6 per class, first class free.

• Gentle Yoga: Thurs., 6:30 p.m., East Mountain Apartments. Free to residents.

• Private Yoga Instruction: Only by appointment. $35 per hour. Call to schedule.

• Private Meditation Instruction: Only by appointment. $35 per hour. Call to schedule.

Reiki Classes (570.387.6157, reikictr@localnet.com) Sessions and free lectures held monthly in Scranton, Nanticoke & Bloomsburg with Sue Yarnes. Learn how to use this gentle touch energy work on oneself and others which to help relieve stress, reduce pain and enhance overall sense of wellbeing. Classes and sessions start at $45-choose from a single session or weeknight class, to weekend intensive classes in all levels of Usui & Karuna Reiki training from Level I (Beginner) to Level IIIB (Master/Teacher Training). Scholarships available. Contact center for more information.

Tarot Readings by Whitney Mulqueen privately in Clarks Summit. Private house parties/corporate events. Enjoy a fun and informative reading by appointment. Please Call: 570.587.5258 to arrange your reading or party. Private readings at shop are $40 a session, call for corporate or party rates.

OUTSIDE

Northeastern PA Chapter of the Sierra Club (570.819.2147)

• Snowshoeing at Prompton Dam State Park: Feb. 10, 11:30 a.m. Bring snowshoes, lunch and water. Call Mort Malkin 729.1244 for info.

• Cross Country Ski at Bruce Lake: Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m. Moderate trails, good for novice or seasoned skiers. Bring water, lunch, skis, and dress in layers. Call Rita MacNeal 383.0105 for info.

• Cross Country Ski at Lehigh Gorge State Park: March 1, 8:30 a.m. Easy to moderate pace depending on crowd attending. Bring water, snack and skis. Call Dave Sapak 388.2338 for info.

SOCIAL GROUPS

Alcohol Anonymous: Mon./Fri 7 p.m. (373 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre), Tue. 7 p.m. (25 Church St., Wilkes-Barre), Wed. 10:15 a.m. (301 Shoemaker St., Swoyersville), 7 p.m. (1000 E. Mountain Blvd., Wilkes-Barre), 8 p.m. (562 Wyoming Ave., Kingston), Thurs. 10 a.m. (75 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke), 7:30 p.m. (301 Lake St., Dallas), Fri. 7:30 p.m. (Triangle 24 Hour Club, Dallas), Sat. 7:30 p.m. (1003 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort), Sun. 7 p.m. (128 W. Washington St., Nanticoke). Call 570.288.9892 for more info.

Narcotic Anonymous Meetings every Tuesday at 7 p.m., downstairs in the Methodist Education Building, located off Courthouse Square, on the corner of Marion and Warren Street in Tunkhannock. There are no fees or dues. Newcomers always welcome.

The NEPA Rainbow Alliance ( www.gaynepa.com, 570.371.6555, 156 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre)

• Monthly Membership Meeting: Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m. at Tony Di’s (S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, across from Post Office). RSVP to events@prideofnepa.org.

Overeaters Anon. meetings Mon., Tues., Thurs., 7 p.m.; Wed., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. No fee, newcomers welcome. Call 570.829.1341 for details/meeting locations of visit www.oa.org.

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