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BEST BET: The Gravity Slashers are back in town and judging by the names of their stunts – cliffhangers, sterilizers, tsunamis and heart attacks – there’ll be some fans on the edge of their seats during this adrenaline-fueled show. Riders launch their bikes off ramps, propelling them towards the rafters in mind-bending acrobatic moves as they soar through the airspace of the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township. Catch these daredevils in action Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. $31, $21, $16; $11 children. 800-745-3000.

THIS WEEK: FEB. 25 to MARCH 3, 2011

Orchid Extravaganza, the annual horticultural explosion. Through March 27. The International Orchid Show & Sale returns March 25-27. Longwood Gardens, Route 1, Kennett Square. Open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. $18, $15 seniors, $8 students. 610-388-5442 or longwoodgardens.org.

Home Building and Remodeling Expo, showcasing products and services for the home-improvement industry. Sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania at the 109th Field Artillery Armory, 280 Market St., Wilkes-Barre. Tonight, 4 to 9; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $2 or free with donation of non-perishable food item. 287-3331.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, a fundraiser for Ballet of Northeast Pennsylvania with dinner, music and an open bar. Cavanaugh’s Grille, 63 N. Main St., Mountain Top. Tonight, 6 to 8. $20. 287-5802.

Conference on Women and History in Northeastern Pennsylvania, with keynote speaker oral historian Linda Shopes. Presentations include “Suffrage in Wilkes-Barre, 1913-1915,” “The Visiting Nurse Association of Scranton,” “Lady Poets of the Century Club of Scranton,” “Art in Early 20th-Century Scranton.” Brennan Hall, 300 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. Luncheon (served 1920s-style): $10. Lunch reservations: 941-4016.

Turning Resolutions into Revolutions. Join Dr. Dan Golaszewski to learn time-management skills and eliminate clutter. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Saturday at 11 a.m. Free. 821-1959.

German Nite, the 46th annual pre-Lenten celebration with a German-themed buffet and music by the Walt Groller Orchestra. St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Saturday, 6 to 11 p.m. $25. 823-7736.

Night at the Races, sponsored by the Forty Fort Lions Club. American Legion, 259 Shoemaker St., Swoyersville. Saturday with doors at 6:30 p.m. and post time at 7 p.m. 905-4905.

New England Contra Dance, with music by Fingerpyx. No experience or partner necessary. Church of Christ Uniting, 190 S. Sprague Ave., Kingston. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. $9. 333-4007.

Monthly Bingo, with door prizes, cash prizes and refreshments. Sponsored by St. Faustina Kowalska Parish at St. Mary’s Church Hall, 1030 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. Sunday with doors at 12:30 p.m. and games at 1:45 p.m. 735-4834.

Mardi Gras Madness, with a Chinese auction, bake sale, games and prizes, face painting and homemade food. Good Shepherd Academy, 316 N. Maple Ave., Kingston. Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. 718-4724.

Smart Phone Clinic. Tech-savvy staff and teens demonstrate smart-phone capabilities, answer questions and give pointers. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Monday, 6 to 8 p.m. 821-1959.

Tournees French Film Festival, screenings of “35 Rhums” (35 Shots of Rum), about the strong bond between a father and daughter (Monday at 7 p.m.); and “La Belle Personne” (The Beautiful Person), about the loves of a 16-year-old high school student (Tuesday at 7 p.m.). Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, 300 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. Free. 941-4165.

World Affairs Luncheon Seminar on “The State of Gender Equality in the World Today” with Mary Ellen McNish, president and CEO of the Hunger Project. Presented by the Schemel Forum in Room 509, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Tuesday at noon. $20. 941-4089.

Facebook for Seniors. Tech-savvy teens pair up with seniors to create and demonstrate a Facebook page account. Must have a web-accessible email address. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m. Over 50. 821-1959.

Cyber Bullying, Sexting and Cyber Safety, a presentation by the Attorney General’s office for teens, parents, administrators and concerned adults. Conyngham United Methodist Church, 411 Main St., Conyngham. Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. 788-3960.

Mardi Gras Party, with a Grand Buffet, King Cake, beer, cash bar and music by CNR. Sponsored by the Wyoming Area Kiwanis Club at Gober’s Deco Lounge, 1248 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. Wednesday, 6:30 to 11 p.m. Wear a mask or costume. 655-3929.

Socrates Café. Discuss, listen or raise questions about a topic chosen that evening. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Free. 821-1959.

Civil War Round Table, a living-history presentation by Jo Ann Bogdanovicz performing as Mrs. Robert E. Lee and reminiscing about her youth, her courtship and marriage, the Civil War and post-war years. Daddow-Isaacs American Legion, 730 Memorial Highway, Dallas. Thursday at 7 p.m. Free. 639-1283.

The Local Rail Scene, a program by rail photographer Ed Kaspriske. Sponsored by the Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Railway Historical Society at the Iron Skillet Restaurant, Petro Truck Stop, Avoca. Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Free. 822-0693.

FUTURE

Rip! A Remix Manifesto, a documentary about the future of U.S. copyright law with a focus on the music industry. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. March 11 at 2 p.m. 821-1959.

Miles for Michael Happy Hour, an Irish celebration with two bands, Irish gift baskets, free food and cash for gold. Banshee Irish Pub, 320 Penn Ave., Scranton. March 11, 6 to 9 p.m. $10. 654-5505.

Monster Jam, the world’s premier monster-truck series with racing and freestyle events by favorites Gravedigger, Ironman, Spiderman, Raminator and Rammunition. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. March 11 at 7:30 p.m.; March 12 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; March 13 at 2 p.m. 800-745-3000.

Getting Started in Genealogy, with genealogy columnist Tom Mooney. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave., West Pittston. March 12, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Reservations: 654-9847.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, one of the largest parades in the country with live entertainment, pipe-and-drum corps, marching bands and festive floats. Along Wyoming, Lackawanna, Jefferson, Spruce and North Washington avenues in downtown Scranton. March 12 at noon. Preceded by a Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral and followed by a Post-Parade Party at the Scranton Cultural Center. Details at stpatsparade.com.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance, with music by Gary Dee and Company along with an open bar and door prizes. VFW Post 4909, 401-403 Main St., Dupont. March 12 with dinner at 7:30 p.m. and dancing until 1 a.m. $25. Reservations: 654-9104.

Luck for the Laurels Bingo, a fundraiser sponsored by Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre for the Laurels Senior Living Facilities in Kingston. St. Ignatius Church, 339 N. Maple Ave., Kingston. March 13 at 1 p.m. $5, $3 children. 868-6054.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the annual “wearin’ of the green” with a march along South Main Street in downtown Wilkes-Barre. With pipe-and-drum corps, string and marching bands, step dancers and civic groups. March 13 at 2 p.m. 208-4149.

Frances Slocum: Child of Two Americas, a talk by Bill Bachman, Commonwealth speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Presented by the Lackawanna Historical Society at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. March 13 at 2 p.m. 344-3841.

Charter Day, free admission to all state-run museums in honor of William Penn receiving the charter in 1681 for the land that became Pennsylvania. Included: a free showing of the locally filmed “The Molly Maguires” at Eckley Miners Village, Highland Road, off Route 940, Eckley. March 13 at 2 p.m. 636-2070.

Taking Care of Yourself in the Sandwich Generation, tips on coping with stress and burnout from taking care of both elderly parents and young children. Presented by counselors and psychotherapists Karen and Tim Gunnet-Shoval. Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. March 14 at 7 p.m. Free. 824-4646.

Educational Forum Series, with university professors Nathan and Erin Sorber speaking on “Rural Schools.” Marts Center, 274 S. Franklin St., Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. March 15 at 4:30 p.m. Free. Act 48 credit. 408-5060.

Knitting Group. Bring yarn and needles. All ages. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. March 19, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. 821-1959.

Fight for Air. Climb 1,224 steps of the Mohegan Sun Arena and raise funds for the American Lung Association. 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. March 19 at 1 p.m. Register online at lunginfo.org/arenaclimb.

Gimme Some Sugar, a fundraiser to help fund Wilkes-Barre artist Samantha Blinn’s submission of her custom-made whimsical dessert jewelry at Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards in Los Angeles. With appetizers, carnival games, dart tournament, raffles and door prizes. Molly’s Cozy Corner, 1324 Prospect Ave., Scranton. March 19, 8 p.m. to midnight. $10. 310-999-8290.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance, a benefit for the annual Kids Fishing Derby. American Legion Post 967, Annabelle Street and Route 415, Harveys Lake. March 19, 7 p.m. to midnight. 21 and older. 630-2240.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, the final chapter of the Harry Potter film series begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione leave Hogwarts behind and set out to destroy the Horcruxes. Lemmond Theater, Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. March 19 at 7 p.m.; March 20 at 3 p.m. $3. 674-6411.

Franz Kline: Coal and Steel, the art and life of the Wilkes-Barre native and leading modernism artist with Robert S. Mattison, art professor of Lafayette College and curator of the Allentown Art Museum. Sponsored by the Luzerne County Historical Society at the Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. March 23 at 6 p.m. $75, $65 members, $50 students includes dinner. 823-6244.

Basic Investing 101, a free financial seminar at the West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave., West Pittston. March 23 at 6 p.m. Reservations: 654-9847.

Twitter 101, a free seminar to set up an account, learn the basics and send a few tweets. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave., West Pittston. March 23 at 6:30 p.m. Reservations: 654-9847.

Bingo Night, a benefit for Operation Empty Arms a.k.a. Friends and Family of Randy and Alicia Conley. With a basket raffle and bake sale. American Legion, 23 W. Broad St., Nanticoke. March 26 at 5 p.m. $1 per card. 239-8401.

Gourmet Gala, the annual fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House with gourmet appetizers, entrees, desserts and wines by more than 50 restaurants with an “Under the Sea” theme. Genetti Manor, 1505 Main St., Dickson City. March 27, 5 to 8 p.m. $40 advance; $45 at the door. 969-8988.

World Affairs Luncheon Seminar on “Civil Liberties in the Age of Facebook, YouTube and the Ubiquitous Social Networks” with Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Room 509, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. March 29 at noon. $20. 941-4089.

Tour of Asia: India Festival of Color, with dance, food and films. McIlhenny Ballroom, DeNaples Center, 900 Mulberry St., Scranton. March 30 at 4:30 p.m. Free. 941-7715.

Facebook 101, a free seminar in setting up a Facebook Page, adjusting privacy settings and adding friends. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave., West Pittston. March 30 at 6 p.m. Reservations: 654-9847.

Who Killed the Electric Car? An award-winning documentary following the development and demise of the electric car at General Motors. Lackawanna College Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Covington Township. March 30 at 6:30 p.m. Popcorn and light refreshments served. Free but registration requested. 842-1506.

Pysanky Egg Demonstration, a discussion and demonstration on the 2000-year-old egg-decorating technique of Eastern Europe. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave., West Pittston. April 2 at 2 p.m. Free. 654-9847.

An Evening of Fine Food and Wine, samples from area restaurants, wine tasting and tours of the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington St., Scranton. April 3 at 5:30 p.m. $100 patrons, $85 guests. 346-7369.

World Affairs Luncheon Seminar on “Facing Disasters in the Middle East: Are There Only Bad Options?” with Stephen Kinzer, author and Boston College professor. Presented by the Schemel Forum at Redington Hall, 1120 Linden St., University of Scranton. April 5 at noon. $20. 941-4089.

Retirement Fundamentals, a free financial seminar at the West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave., West Pittston. April 6 at 6 p.m. Reservations: 654-9847.

Spring Film Festival, 14 days of foreign, independent and art films. Opens April 8 with a Gala Night of hors d’oeuvres, wine, two films and desserts. Continues through April 21 at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 996-1500 or dietrichtheater.com.

A Night with the Stars, the 9th annual gala with music, dinner, silent auction, celebrity look-alikes and dancing to raise funds for the Family Service Association. Music by the Mark Mack Orchestra. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Highway 315, Plains. April 9 at 6 p.m. $100. Reservations: 823-5144.

The Taming of the Brew, a fundraiser for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble with fine microbrews, food and entertainment as well as an educational beer-tasting talk, a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Caldwell Consistory, Market Square, Bloomsburg. April 9, 7 to 11 p.m. $65. 784-8181.

Anti-Defamation League Award Dinner, honoring Dr. Susan Sordoni with the 2011 Distinguished Community Service Award. Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1037 Route 315, Plains Township. April 10 with reception at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania Convention, a weekend of gardening seminars and workshops. Topics include “Candy in the Garden,” “Container Gardens,” “Heirloom Gardening” and various garden design ideas. April 10 to 12 at Skytop Lodge in Skytop. 636-3982.

World Affairs Luncheon Seminar on “Israel and the U.S. – and the Rest of the World” with Itamar Rabinovich, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Presented by the Schemel Forum at Redington Hall, 1120 Linden St., University of Scranton. April 12 at noon. $20. 941-4089.

An Evening with Larry King, the CNN interview veteran, Emmy Award winner and Broadcasters Hall of Fame member highlights stories and discussions from his long broadcasting career. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. April 15 at 8 p.m. $65, $55, $45. 826-1100.

Earth Day Riverbank Cleanup. Help beautify the town. Meet at the West Pittston Cemetery at the end of Susquehanna Avenue and bring gloves. April 16, 10 a.m. to noon. 654-9847.

Lovin’ the Music, a benefit for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic celebrating the sights and sounds of the ’70s. With cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, gourmet dinner followed by a chocolate fondue bar, dessert station and dancing to the 11-piece Dance Hall Docs. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. April 17 at 6 p.m. Black tie or groovy dress. $120. Reservations (by April 8): 341-1568.

Earth Day Fair, with interactive games and environmental exhibits on sustainable practices along with local green businesses and organizations. Dionne Campus Green, University of Scranton. April 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. 941-7520.

Back Mountain Business Expo, a showcase of products and services along with workshops and door prizes. Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. April 20, 4 to 7 p.m.675-9380.

Irem Shrine Circus. 109th Field Artillery Armory, 280 Market St., Wilkes-Barre. April 25 to 30. 714-0783.

Cruise Night, with the Villa Capri Cruisers. T.G.I. Friday’s, 621 Scranton/Carbondale Highway, Dickson City. May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14 and Sept. 11, 6 to 9 p.m. All vehicles welcome. 344-2014.

Estate Planning 101, a free financial seminar at the West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave., West Pittston. May 17 at 6 p.m. Reservations: 654-9847.

Cruise Night, with the Villa Capri Cruisers. Steamtown Mall, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug. 19 and Sept. 16, 6 to 9 p.m. All vehicles welcome. 344-2014.

James Bond 007 Gala, the 7th annual themed fundraiser for the Osterhout Free Library with music by Group du Jour, themed food and drinks, a “James Bond 007 Adventure to London” raffle and celebrity hosts WNEP-TV news anchors Mindi Ramsey and Tom Williams. May 21 with cocktails at 6 p.m. at the library followed by dinner at the Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. $150. 823-0156.

Intro to eBooks, a free seminar on using eBooks at the West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave., West Pittston. May 24 at 6 p.m. Reservations: 654-9847.

Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania Bus Trip. Take in the sights of the Little Grand Canyon and Wellsboro on this scenic bus ride guided by naturalist Jane Frye. Included: hikes, a box lunch, a narrated wagon ride through the canyon and sightseeing in Wellsboro. Leaves from the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. June 2 at 7:45 a.m. with a 7 p.m. return. $100. Reservations: 996-1500.

Car Show and Flea Market, the 50th annual event by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America with special commemorative events, 30 classes of cars, trucks and motorcycles, DJ music, food and a model-car competition. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. June 5 with gates at 8 a.m., judging until 1 p.m. and awards presentation at 3 p.m. 735-7064.

Father’s Day Car Show, open to all vehicles. NSRA Safety Inspection available. Sponsored by the Villa Capri Cruisers at Nay Aug Park, Scranton. June 19, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 344-2014.

Founders Day Excursion, a diesel train ride from Scranton to the Delaware Water Gap for special displays and presentations. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. June 25 at 9 a.m. with an approximate return at 5:30 p.m. $54, $39 seniors, $32 children. 340-5200.

Tour of Back Mountain Gardens, self-guided tours of seven gardens with a variety of landscaping styles and themes including the Shakespeare Garden at Misericordia University. Also: related workshops and demonstrations by master gardeners and professional landscapers, a Standard Flower Show and special exhibits. July 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Anthracite Scenic Trails Association. $20 before June 25; $25 thereafter. Information at backmountainbloomers.org.

Reunion Car Show, open to all vehicles. Sponsored by the Villa Capri Cruisers at Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Sept. 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 344-2014.

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