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SPOTLIGHT SPOTLIGHT

TO DO • TO SEE • TO GO

It’s you-know-what time!This Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27 Wilkes-Barre will celebrate its annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Kirby Park. Saturday features Pirouettes in the Park dance festival from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., showcasing more than 15 regional dance groups. Sunday has live music from Jolly Joe and the Bavarians at noon; Fender Bender at 1 p.m.; Farmer’s Daughter at 2 p.m.; Wanabes at 3 p.m.; Windfall Enterprises at 4 p.m. and Abilene from 5:30-7 p.m. Tented seating available for all performances, rain or shine. For more info, visit www.wilkes-barre.pa.us or call 570.208.4149. Above photo courtesy of Steve Husted.

Get your jazz hands readyThe C&B jazz quartet will perform a free concert at King’s College this Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center (between North Main and Franklin streets). The ensemble is composed of flute, guitar, bass and percussion and its latest CD “Amoroso: The Heartbeat of Brazil,” is available on the Boston Musicworks label. For more info, contact Robert Yenkowski at 570.208.6044 or .

ALL ABOARD

Steamtown National Historic Site Visit www.nps.gov/stea for train schedule or call 570.340.5200

• The “Scranton Limited” short train rides, covering nearly three miles round trip, every Wed.-Sun. These 30 minute train rides depart from Roundhouse boarding area Wed. at 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 & 2:15 p.m. with a historic diesel locomotive. A historic steam locomotive will operate Thurs.-Sun. 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 & 2:15 p.m. $3 per person, all ages 6 and older.

BENEFITS / CHARITY EVENTS

4th annual “Taste of the Valley” to May 8, 5 p.m. to benefit the Geneva School at Riverfront Sports, Scranton. Taste the best of local eateries and bid in the silent auction. Adults, $15, children under 12, $5. For more info/tickets call Geneva School, 570.489.7620.

2008 Moonlight 5K & 10K Walk/Run April 27 at Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Benefits the Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA. Registration: 4 p.m.; children’s Fun Run, 6 p.m.; 5K walkers, 6:30 p.m.; 5K & 10K run, 7 p.m. Awards ceremony 8:15 p.m. $15 if before April 11, $20 after. Students $10, children under 12 free. Free food/refreshments provided. For more info, call 570.969.7313.

Annual Tack Sale to Benefit R.E.A.S.O.N May 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 25 Bendertown Rd., Stillwater. Includes all tack and horse related equipment plus horse training demonstrations and more. Round pen training demonstration by Kathy Huggins, Cedar Creek Training Stables, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. To be a vendor call 570.854.6715. For more info call 333.5266, 864.3253 or email ReasonEquine@aol.com.

Awareness Walk April 26, 10 a.m. on LCCC’s campus (1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke). $5 minimum per walker, all are entered to win raffles, free T-shirt, while supplies last, to all early-bird registered walkers. For more info, call Ed, 570.740.0566 or e-mail: egurtis@luzerne.edu. This is a 3-mile walk presented by the college’s Health & PE Departments to benefit Breast Cancer Research.

Baskin Robbins Second Annual 31 Cent Scoop Night April 30, 5-10 p.m.

Leadership Wilkes-Barre Class of 2008

• WWII Veterans Bus Trip to WWII Memorial in D.C.: April 29 LWB is looking for monetary and in-kind donations from any denominations which will support the veteran participation. Call 570.674.8387 for info.

“Affair on the Square: Be a Believer!:” May 6, 4-8 p.m., Ramada and Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Davy Jones of the Monkees will make an appearance at 5:30 p.m.

“Run for the Roses” Kentucky Derby Party May 3, 3 p.m. to benefit The Voluntary Action Center at the Waverly Country Club (903 S. Abington Road, Clarks Summit). Admission $50. Includes mint juleps and open bar, authentic Derby barbecue, horse chances and prizes. Derby attired preferred but not required. For reservations call 570.347.5616.

EVENTS

Bernt Balchen Lodge Norsk Luncheon April 26, 11:20 a.m.-3 p.m. at Central VFD (Westcolang Rd., Bohemia). Get to know Sons of Norway and Rowland’s Little Norway and enjoy an ethnic Norwegian meal. $7. For more info, call Doris 570.685.7697.

Community Reading Day April 23, 9-10 a.m. at area 2nd grade classrooms. To participate, contact Karen Gallia, 570.823.2101 or karen@wilkes-barre.org.

Cork Bar & Restaurant (463 Madison Street, Wilkes-Barre, 570.270.3818) events:

• Party in Parrot-Dise: April 24. Jimmy Buffet themed party, featuring live music with Chick Reeves & Chuck, a selection of Jimmy’s favorite party drinks and foods, including rum glazed shrimp, tequila lime scallops, pina coladas & more. Call for info.

• Spanish Wine Tasting Dinner: April 29,7 p.m. $50 includes 4-course dinner paired with wines. Reservations required.

• Early Cinco De Mayo Party: May 1, 5-11 p.m. Featuring traditional Mexican food & drink specials.

• I Believe Party: May 6, 7-10 p.m. Complimentary sampling of our I Believeatini Martini & Bar Snacks.

Curtis Montz Film Series at the Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre:

Showings Wednesdays (with occasional Friday), 1 p.m. ($6), 7:30 p.m. ($8). 5-Show ticket series, $25, $35

• “The Kite Runner” (PG-13): April 23

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

■ Kids Classes:

• Quilting for Kids, ages 6-up: Wednesdays, through May 28, 3:30-5 p.m. $6 per class, materials provided.

• Mehoopany Mixed Media Session 1: April 23, 30. Session 2: May 7, 14, 21, 28. 4-5:30 p.m. Ages 5-12. $35/session. Classes held at the Mehoopany Outreach Studio (87 Main St., Mehoopany).

• Exploring Patterns & Textures, ages 3-5, preschoolers: April 24, 12-12:45 p.m.; Mommy & Me: April 25, 10:30-11:15 a.m. $30.

• Mixed Media Madness, ages 5-12: April 26, 10-11:30 a.m., $35.

• Cuddly Characters, ages 3-5: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 12-12:45 p.m.; Mommy & Me: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 10:30-11:15 a.m., $30.

• All About Pottery & Sculpture, ages 5-12: May 8, 15, 22, 29, 4-5:30 p.m., $35.

■ Intergenerational Classes:

• Open Studio for Painting, Drawing, & Pottery: Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. $15/class or $50 for four classes. Session 2: April 29, May 6, 13, 20.

• Intergenerational Quilting: Weds. through May 28, 6-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-up. $6 per class, material provided.

■ Adult Classes:

• Golden Days of Radio Players Group: Tuesdays, through May 20, 7-9 p.m. Free.

• Ballroom Dancing for Beginners: Saturdays, through May 3, 6-7:30 p.m. $30 per person.

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

• Pottery & Sculpture: April 28, May 5, 12, 19. 7-8:30 p.m. Ages 13 to adult. $50/session.

• Jewelry Making-Glass Fusing: May 5, 12, 6-9 p.m. Ages 16-up. $60, materials provided.

• Photography Workshop: May 7, 14, 21, 28, 7-9 p.m. June 7, 1-3 p.m. with Kenny Ganz, Steamtown’s site photographer. $75.

■ Special Events:

• “Wine Down:” April 24, 6:30 p.m. Showing of “Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day,” also wine, food, chocolate, raffles. $20. Sponsored by Tunkhannock Business & Professional Women’s Club. For more info call 836.1316 or 836.0139.

• Wargo - Steveskey Flute & Guitar Concert: April 27, 3 p.m. Tickets: $10

• Ellis Island Bus Trip: April 30. Bus departs 8 a.m. $80, includes bus and ferry transportation, audio tour.

• Historic Homes Photo Contest: Deadline May 1. Call for more info or stop by to pick up application.

Dietrich Theater Spring 2008 Film Festival: through April 24. Matinees $6, evenings $7 except for opening night.

• “Taxi to the Dark Side:” April 23, 12 p.m.

• “The Rape of Europa:” April 23, 2:15 p.m.

• “Starting Out in the Evening:” April 23, 4:30 p.m.

• “The Savages:” April 23, 7 p.m.

• “The Year My Parents Went on Vacation:” April 24, 12 p.m.

• “Lars and the Real Girl:” April 24, 2:30 p.m.

• “Live and Become:” April 24, 4:30 p.m.

• “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day:” April 24, 7:30 p.m.

“Feathered Films” series:

• “Valiant” April 26, 3 p.m.

All films shown at the Scranton Cultural Center in collaboration with the Everhart Museum and the Lackawanna County Library System. Free and open to the public. For more info call 570.346.7186

First Fridays in Hawley May 2. Art gallery wine and cheese reception, classic car show and more with raffles, live music, and a food sampling dubbed “A Taste of Hawley,” which includes many of its top restaurants.

Greater Scranton Area Roaring Ramblers Toastmaster’s Club Open House May 13, 6:30 p.m., Abington Community Library (Morgan Hwy. at Grove Street). Refreshments served. For info call 570.587.0232 or visit www.scrantontoastmasters.org.

Hunlock Creek Volunteer Fire Co. (1114 Main Rd., Hunlock Creek) events:

• Chicken BBQ: April 27, 12-3 p.m. Half BBQ chicken, baked potato, vegtable, roll, dessert, and beverage.

• All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffet: May 11, 8 a.m.–12 p.m.

JCC of Wyoming Valley (60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre, 570.824.4646.)

• Holocaust Remembrance Day Lecture: April 30, 7 p.m., featuring professor Deborah E. Lipstadt. Free and open to the public.

Harris Conservatory for the Arts (545 Charles St. Luzerne, 570.287.7977 or 570.718.0673)

• Karate Classes: Wed., 6-7:30 p.m. Ages 5-adult. No experience necessary.

• Dancing With Mommy: Beginning in April, Thurs., 6:30 p.m. Mommies and children ages 2 through 3 ½ .

• Drawing and Painting for Children: Beginning in May, Weds., 4-5 p.m., 5-6 p.m. Children ages 10-12.

• Salsaerobics: Fri., 4:30-5:30 p.m. $6 per person., $6, call Kelly’s Fitness at 655.9190 for info.

•Adult Fitness Class: Mon., 7 p.m. All fitness levels welcome. $5.

• Craft Fair: May 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Vendor space available.

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

• Creating an Identity-Latino Artists in NEPA: through May 30. Reception April 25, 6-8 p.m., Widmann Gallery, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center. Free and open to the public.

• C&B Jazz Ensemble: April 25, 7 p.m. Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center. Free and open to the public.

• “Renaissance Fair:” May 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., College Park and Monarch Court. Proceeds benefit the King’s Players.

• Baccalaureate Mass: May 17, 4 p.m., Scandlon Gym.

• 59th Annual Commencement Ceremony: May 18. Procession 1:45, ceremony, 2 p.m. Pedro A. Cortés, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pa. will Class of 2008.

Latin Cultural Diversity Center events:

• Second Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration: May 3, 1-7 p.m. Memorial Stadium (Providence Rd., Scranton). Features special performances, food and more. For info call 570.604.7884 or 504.4455.

Mineralogical Society Treasures of the Earth 5th Annual Show & Sale May 3 (10 a.m.-5p.m.), May 4 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) at Oblates of St. Joseph (1880 Hwy. 315, Pittston). $3, scouts in uniform and children 12-under free. For more infom contact George at 800.473.3602 or e-mail Jim at anthonyste@epix.net.

Misericordia University events ( www.misericordia.edu, 570.674.6372):

• Tai’Chi Second Sessions: Wednesdays, through April 30, $60.

• Water aerobics: daily through May 26, 8:30-9:30 a.m., 7:30-8:30 p.m. $6 per session, $40 per month

• Hatha Yoga classes: through May 26, Mondays 7-8:30 p.m., Tues./Thurs. 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $7 per session, $40 per month. Monday night only, $20 per month.

• Aerobics/pilates: daily through May 26, times vary, $6 per class, $40 per month.

For more info on above classes, call 570.674.6155/674.6289)

“Wines of the World” class:

• Mondays, through May 12. 6-8 p.m. $75, $20 material fee for each class. Introduction to the wine industry and its production around the world. Each class features a lecture and a sample of white wines from the respective regions by Dick Murphy. Classes held at the CuVenee restaurant, Dallas Shopping Center. To register call 674.6155 or 674.6289.

Multi-Cultural themed Happy Hours: 5-7 p.m., Center St., Scranton. To contribute to any of the events call 570.840.0215: April 29-Earth Day

Spring Chicken Dinner May 4, 12-5 p.m. by Sons of the American Legion at Post Home (between Henry Dr. and Church Rd., Mountaintop). $7, includes roast chicken or beef rib dinners with baked potato, coleslaw, roll, dessert. For info call 570.474.2161.

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

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

United Rehabilitation Services (489 W. Broad St., Hazleton, 570.459.9784) events:

• Spring Bazaar: May 3, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., May 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Character Breakfast Buffet: May 4, 8 -11 a.m. Features Buzz Lightyear, Elmo, Pablo the Penguin, Spongebob. Breakfast and one photo, $6.

• Charity Auction: May 4. Registration, 3:30 p.m., auction, 4 p.m.

The University of Scranton events:

For info about University Bands, Choirs, String Ensembles, and Performing Arts Series, call 570.941.7624, or visit www.scranton.edu/bandsandchoirs.

• University Jazz Ensemble In Concert: April 25, 7:30 p.m., Houlihan-McLean Center.

• University Symphonic Band In Concert: April 30, 7:30 p.m., Houlihan-McLean Cente.

• Award-Winning Author Mary Gordon: May 3, 6:15 p.m. to speak at Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library dinner in the ballroom of the DeNaples Center. Author signing, 2 p.m., 5th floor of Weinberg Memorial Library.

• University String Orchestra In Concert: May 6, 7:30 p.m., Houlihan-McLean Center.

• “The Holocaust in American Literature: Hard Cases” Lecture by Eric J. Sundquist, Ph.D.: May 8, 8 p.m. DeNaples Center ballroom. Free and open to the public.

• University Singers In Concert: May 9, 7:30 p.m., Houlihan-McLean Center.

• Magdalyn E. Boga, soprano, and Alice Lord, violinist, In Recital: May 11, 3 p.m., Houlihan-McLean Center.

• Wyoming Seminary Performing Arts Institute Civic Symphony Orchestra In Concert: May 13, 7:30 p.m.. Houlihan-McLean Center.

• “Global Warming ‘08: Solutions for a Warming Planet:” May 17, 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. at Brennan Hall presented by NEPA Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture). PennFuture members & students, free; others, $10 (breakfast & lunch included). For more info call 852.1493 or visit www.pennfuture.org.

Wilkes-Barre City Events:

• Fine Arts Fiesta: May 15-18, Public Square

For more info, visit www.wilkes-barre.pa.us or call 570.208.4149.

Wyalusing Community Corp (WCC) annual picnic/meeting May 5, 5 p.m., WCC Building (121 Main St., Wyalusing).Guest speaker Dr. Robert Spiegelman. For more info, call 570.574.4922 or email wchamber@epix.net.

HISTORY

Eckley Miner’s Village (located nine miles east of Hazleton, just off Route 940; 570.636.2070; www.eckleyminers.org)

• Looking for area artists, crafters, period demonstrators, food vendors, and various heritage related organizations to participate in summer special events in 2008. For more info call or visit Web site.

• “Up Home: Steadman 1903-1909” by author Clemson Page book signing/lecure: May 4, 2 p.m. Discusses rigors of working class boyhood in coal fields of Pa. Free and open to the public.

• Viewing of “The Molly Maquires:” May 18, 2 p.m. Filmed in 1968 with Sean Connery & Richard Harris, the film was based on actual events, free and open to the public.

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

• 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.) through May 24. Pre registration required.

• “Art of the Land: John Willard Raught and the Continuing NEPA Landscape Tradition:” through Sept. 1.

• “Mining the Landscape: Student Environmental Air:” through Sept. 1.

• “Isaiah’s Corner: Everhart goes Evergreen!:” through Sept. 1. Gallery provides children with a unique opportunity to learn about landscapes through hands-on experience. Adult guidance required at all times.

• “International Migratory Bird Day: Tropics to Tundra:” May 10, 1-4 p.m. Guided bird walk through Nay Aug with demonstrations The Endless Mountains Nature Center’s “Raptors Rule” program 3 p.m. and bird games and activities. Free with paid admission to museum, no reservation required.

Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Heritage Museum (McDade Park, Scranton: 570.963.4804 or www.phmc.state.pa.us on the net) Open year round, Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

• “Dig Heritage:” May 17, 10 a.m. Hands-on gardening project directed by Gerry and Len Janus on the terrace. Gardening gloves, hat and jeans recommended. Free and open to the public. Reservations required.

The Historical and Preservation Society of the Greater Shickshinny Area

Turkey dinner to benefit the FLT Building Historic Preservation, April 26 at Shickshinny Fire Hall (West Union St., Shickshinny). Take-outs, 2-3 p.m., eat-in, 3-7 p.m. Adults $8, children under 12, $4. Tickets available at door or from any Society/Business Assoc. member.

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

• “My Passion for Trains: Railroad Images of John Fasulo:” through May 7. “Meet the Artist” reception April 27, 12 p.m. Call for more info.

• National Park Week: through April 26. This year’s theme is Kids in Parks with special exhibits and theater presentations and Junior Ranger activities.

LEARNING

A.C. Moore (2190 Wilkes-Barre Twp. Market Place, Wilkes-Barre, 570.817.0176) Students must sign up at least 24 hours in advance to secure placement in class. Each class $15, plus supplies.

• Adult art classes: Every Mon., 6:30-8:30 p.m., every Tues. (except third Tuesday of each month), 5-6 p.m., every Fri., 9:30-11:30 a.m. All mediums (watercolor, pencil, colored pencil, acrylic, etc.)

• Children’s art classes: Every Tues. (except third Tues. of each month), 3:45-4:45 p.m., every Thurs., 3:45-4:45 p.m. and 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. All mediums (watercolor, pencil, colored pencil, acrylic, etc.)

• Adult jewelry-making classes: Every Fri., 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

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, Inc. (1627 N. Main Ave., Scranton, 570.963.0500)

• Self-Defense Class taught by Aikido Master Ven Sensei, every Mon. & Wed., 7-9 p.m. $10.

• Traditional Weapons Class, every Thurs., 7-9 p.m. $10.

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):

• Fitness Boxing class: Tues. & Thurs. 7-8 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. Learn boxing and self-defense skills and get a great fitness workout at the same time. All ages/abilities.$7.

• Mixed Martial Arts class: Mon. & Fri., 6-7 p.m. Combining wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, muay thai boxing, judo, traditional boxing. All ages/abilities.$7.

• Core Conditioning class: Mon., Wed., Fri., 5-6 p.m. Improve your balance, agility, strength, and cardio fitness using kettlebells, medicine balls, therabands, balance balls, and other non-traditional training equipment. All ages/abilities.$7.

• BUF Kids Fitness class: Tues. & Thurs., 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. Calesthenics, balance training, self-defense, and more all in one class. Ages 5-15, healthy snack included. $10

La Nota House of Dance (135 Main St., Luzerne, 570.714.7934, lanotadance@yahoo.com)

• “DéjÀ Vu:” May 3, 7 p.m. Go back in time and experience the thrill of the ‘60s. Buffet, Games, raffles, prizes, lessons, showcases, and more. $25 in advance. Call for reservations.

Demi Design’s Art Boutique: (208 Depot St. Clark Summit, 570.587.4529, www.demidesign.net)

All classes limited size to allow individual attention. Pre-registration required. Some classes include necessary supplies. Call for more info or visit Web site.

• Watercolor Classes: $25 for one class, $45for two, $65 for three. Limited space. Must pre-register. Supplies included unless noted otherwise.

• Chinese Watercolor: April 26, 2-4 p.m.

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.

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 & Painting Classes with award winning artist Georgiana Cray Bart, Wilkes-Barre

Includes pencil, charcoal, oil, acrylic, pastel, colored pencil and more

• Young Adult/Adult Classes: weekly, afternoons and evenings

• Portfolio Classes for the college bound

• After School/Saturday Classes: 10-12-year-olds

• Weekly summer camps coming this summer for 10-12-year-olds

Contact Georgiana at 570.947.8387, at gcraybart@Aol.Com or visit schedules at www.gcraybart-artworks.com

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.

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.

Private Voice Lessons Mon.-Thurs. by appointment. Learn proper singing technique in downtown Wilkes-Barre studio. Strengthen your breathing, range, and other vocal issues during individualized one-on-one private lessons with a NYC born and trained classical soprano with a degree in music and teaching experience. Specializing in opera/classical/musical theater. Hour and half hour lessons. Student discounts available. Please call 824.5428 or visit www.katrinalykes.com for info.

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.

“The Sound of Music:” Study in Complexity Science, and Music Therapy: May 4, 3 p.m. at St. Stephens Episcopal Pro-Cathedral (35 S. Franklin Ave., Wilkes-Barre). Free and open to the public. Short reception will follow with refreshments.

MIND AND BODY

3rd Annual Whole Earth Psychic & Holistic Faire April 26 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.), April 27 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) at The Quality Inn (formerly Victoria Inn, 400 Hwy. 315, Pittston). Features readers, mediums, aura photos, massage therapy, reflexology, New Age and holistic vendors, lectures and demos and more. Live music, free parking. $3, 12-under, free. For info, e-mail wholeearthfair@yahoo.com.

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.

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)

• April Blooms Drum Circle: April 25, 6-7:30 p.m. Join this informal group hosted by Drum Bard Al Cabral. Bring your own instrument or borrow one from us.

• 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. $12 per class, $80 for 8 weeks.

• Hatha Yoga For Beginners: Tues., 9:30 a.m. $100 for 8 weeks.

• Hatha Yoga Svaroopa Style: Tues., 6 p.m.. Sat., 10 a.m. $15 per class, $100 for 8 weeks.

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

• Reiki Sessions: Sat. & Mon. by appointment. Call Sue Yarnes 387.6157 to register.

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 e-mail LoriSinger@adelphia.net for details.

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.

The Self Discovery and Wellness Arts Center (Montrose, 570.278.9256 or e-mail wellness@epix.net.)

• Seasonal Luncheon of Sustenance for Body, Mind & Spirit: April 24, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. spring menu is vegetarian. Members$10, non-members $15. RSVP by April 18.

OUTSIDE

Friends of Salt Springs State Park (Montrose, 570.967.7275, www.friendsofsaltspringspark.org)

• Basic Birding: Tues. in April, 9-10:30 a.m. Learn to identify birds through sight, song, and habitat. $20. To register, call 278.2006.

• ABCs of Herbal Teas: April 27, 2-4 p.m. Learn benefits of and how to grow a variety of teas. Bring teacup for sampling. $6. Pre-registration required.

Lacawac Sanctuary (94 Sanctuary Road Lake Ariel, 570.689.9494, director@lacawac.org)

• Beyond the Honey Bee: Pennsylvania’s Native Bees: April 30, 7-8:30 p.m. Members $3, Non-members $5, under 12, free.

• The Young Geezers Concert: May 4, 3 p.m. Members $5, Nonmembers $8, under 12, free.

Northeastern PA Chapter of the Sierra Club (570.819.2147)

• Hike the Mocanaqua Trail Loop: April 27, 10 a.m. Meet in the commuter parking area. Bring plenty of water, a snack and sturdy hiking shoes. 8-mile hike.

• Rickets Glenn Falls Hike: May 4, 10 a.m., approx. five hours. Meet at lower parking lot on north side of 118. For more info call 596.3384.

SOCIAL GROUPS

Food Addicts Anonymous Meetings (St. Vincent DePaul Church, Scranton: 570.344.7866) Meetings every Fri. night, 8 p.m.

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.

Speed Dating at Thirty Something Night April 27, doors 7 p.m., speed-dating 8-11 p.m. in Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands (1073 Hwy. 315 Wilkes-Barre). Music 11 p.m.-2 a.m. with DJ Godfather, presented by All About Singles. For more info, call 820.DATE.

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