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BEST BET: Come out and honor our veterans Sunday when the 66th Annual Veterans Day Parade kicks off at 2 p.m. With the theme ‘Saluting America’s Heroes – Our Veterans,’ the parade brings together all branches of the military along with floats, bands and civic organizations. Watch for four vintage military aircraft flying overhead including a 1948 L Albatross, a 1943 SNJ Texan and a T-28 Korean War Fighter. The march begins at Kingston Corners proceeding over the Market Street Bridge to South River Street, West Northampton Street and South Main Street ending at Public Square.

THIS WEEK: NOV. 4 to 10, 2011

Sideshow Gathering, a convention of showmen and sideshow freaks from across the country along with the 18th annual “Inkin’ the Valley” Tattoo Convention. Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains. 3 to 11 p.m. today; 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday; 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. $15. 855-570-4653.

Back Mountain Kennel Club Dog Show, with 1200 dogs competing for Best in Show each day along with Obedience and Rally trials. Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 610-376-1880 or raudogshows.com.

Sentimental Journey Slideshow, the third annual day-long show highlighting the area’s rich railroading history. Presentations include “Railfanning the Reading as a Teenager,” “Wilkes-Barre Transit,” “Penn Central in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania,” “Wyoming and Lackawanna Valley Rails Before Conrail” and more. Jenkins Township Volunteer Fire Company, 2 Second St., Pittston. Saturday with a social hour at 9 a.m. and show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $20 includes door prizes, food and refreshments. 954-7981 or 760-4344.

Christmas Workshops and Luncheon, a day of Christmas crafts, including decorations, greeting cards and wheat weaving. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 1000 Turkey Hill Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 992-6161 or quietvalley.org.

Fall Bazaar, with homemade baked goods, a flea-market stand, Kitchen Cupboard, Christmas items, jewelry stand lunch, basket raffle and more. Ashley Presbyterian Church, 32 N. Main St., Ashley. Saturday with bazaar 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and luch served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 823-5794.

Learn to Homebrew Day, with workshops, demonstrations, homebrew supplies and tours of the new brewery. Breaker Brewing, 783 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre Township. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. 499-3423.

Knit and Crochet Group. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. 821-1959.

Turkey Fest, with games of chance and a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, North River and West Chestnut streets, Wilkes-Barre. 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday. 829-3051.

Carpatho-Rusyn Discussion, similarities and differences of the Rusyns and Slovaks including history, language, food, dance and other customs with John Righetti, president of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society. Third Floor, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 2:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday. 609-882-4872.

St. Mark’s Bazaar, with homemade foods, desserts, a mini flea market, lollipop tree and more. St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 56 S. Hancock St., Wilkes-Barre. 3 p.m. Saturday. 822-1323.

Night at the Races. Knights of Columbus Home Association, 55 S. Main St., Pittston. Saturday with doors at 6 p.m. and post time at 7 p.m. $5, $10 with horse. 954-8147.

New England Contra Dance, with music by the Contra Rebels. Church of Christ Uniting, 776 Market St., Kingston. 7 p.m. Saturday. $9. 333-4007.

Fall Movie Series, a showing of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7 p.m. Saturday; 3 and 8 p.m. Sunday. $3. 674-6411.

Anniversary Dinner Dance, with music by Gary Dee and Company. VFW Post 4909, 401-403 Main St., Dupont. 7:30 to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. $25. 654-9104.

Fall Festival, with a turkey dinner ($9), variety booths, a kids fishing booth, face painting, bake sale, instant bingo and basket raffle. Sponsored by Our Lady of Hope Parish at Marymount Parish Center, 154 S. Hancock St., Wilkes-Barre. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. 824-7832.

Polish Pottery and Longaberger Basket Bingo, with homemade food and desserts. St. Mary’s Parish Center, 1730 Fowler Ave., Berwick. Sunday with doors at 12:30 p.m. and games at 2 p.m. $20. 759-8113.

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

Turkey Bingo. Knight of Columbus, South Main and Alberdeen roads, Mountain Top. Sunday with earlybird games at 1:30 p.m. and regular bingo at 2 p.m. 498-1839.

Toy Bingo, with a basket raffle. St. Andre Bessette Parish at Holy Saviour worship site, 52 Hillard St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Sunday. $5. 823-4988.

Tournées French Film Festival, including “Of Gods and Men” (Sunday), “Seraphine” (Thursday), “Persepolis” (Nov. 11), “White Material” (Nov. 17) and “The Illusionist” (Nov. 18). All shows at 7 p.m. Room 160, Learning Resource Center, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 348-2266.

Board Game Night. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Nov. 28. 821-1959.

Arab Spring/Europe Fall, a talk by Jon Greenwald, vice president of the International Crisis Group of Washington D.C. Room 218-219, Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 674-6400.

Home Place Film Series, focusing on the challenges of an industrial society and the need to shift from exploitative to sustainable relationships with the planet. Lackawanna College Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Covington Township. 6 p.m. Wednesday. 842-1506.

Why Nations Fail, the annual Henry George Lecture with MIT economics professors Daron Acemoglu and Elizabeth and James Killian. DeNaples Campus Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 941-7475.

Skate for the Causes, a roller-skating party to benefit Fallen Officers Remembered, Making a Difference Ministries and local food pantries. Bring a non-perishable food item and receive a free raffle ticket. Skateaway, 610 Blackman St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. $5, $2 skate rental. 760-9034.

An Evening for the Back Mountain Trail, with an update on future trail acquisitions. Lakeside Skillet Restaurant, 3075 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake. 6 p.m. Thursday. $25. 696-5082.

Socrates Café Discussion Group. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. 821-1959.

Civil War Round Table, with John D. Hoptak, Antietam National Battlefield Park Ranger and author (“The Battle of South Mountain”). Daddow-Isaacs American Legion, 730 Memorial Highway, Dallas. 7 p.m. Thursday. $3. 639-1283.

A Potpourri of Trains Local and Out West, with train photographer Ed Kaspriske. Presented by the Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Railway Historical Society at the Iron Skillet Restaurant, Avoca. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. 822-0693.

FUTURE

Welcome the Age of Aquarius with yoga, meditation, song and dance to usher in the astrological age associated with love and wisdom. Bring guitars and drums and a vegetarian dish to share. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave., Forty Fort. 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 11. 714-2777.

Fall Harvest Festival, with food, entertainment and paintball. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 12; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 13. 735-6990.

National Gaming Day, with Wii games, jigsaw puzzles, crosswords and board games. Prizes awarded. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12. 821-1959.

Marine Corps Birthday Ball, to celebrate the 236th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps. St. Patrick Parish Center, 411 Allegheny Ave., White Haven. Nov. 12 with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5 p.m. and dinner and dancing 6 to 11 p.m. BYOB. $25. 443-7642.

Donegal Ball, with music by the Willie Lynch Band. Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12. $40. 822-7675.

Fall Fair, with a book and bake sale, Granny’s Attic, crafters, food and Santa Claus. Mill Memorial Library, 495 E. Main St., Nanticoke. Noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 13. 735-3670.

Vera Bradley Bingo. Wyoming Area Secondary Center, 20 Memorial St., Exeter. Nov. 13 with doors at 1 p.m. and games at 2 p.m. $20. 655-6130.

Turkey and Cash Bingo. St. Patrick’s Parish Center, 411 Allegheny Ave., White Haven. 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 13. $15. 443-9944.

Energy Efficient Homes, how to save hundreds of dollars each year through conservation of energy and water. Lackawanna College Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Covington Township. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15. $5. Register: 842-1506.

Ideal Money and the Motivation of Savings and Thrift, the annual Harry Mullin Lecture with Nobel Laureate John F. Nash Jr. of Princeton University. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, University of Scranton. 7 p.m. Nov. 16. Free. 941-5873.

Thomas Friedman, a talk by the three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author and foreign-affairs columnist for the New York Times. Presented by Wilkes University’s Sidhu School of Business and Leadership Outstanding Leaders Forum at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16. 826-1100.

Benefit Dance Concert, with Joe Nardone & the All-Stars and Eddie Day & the Star Fires. Genetti Hotel, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18. $20 benefits Wyoming Valley flood victims. 256-7600.

Knit and Crochet Group. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 19. 821-1959.

Christmas Tea, tours of the historic Cottage decorated with an authentic holiday theme along with light fare and tea. Hillside Farms, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. Noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 19. $10. 696-4500.

Mine Fires of Carbondale and Centralia, a panel discussion of the mine fires with author Kathleen Purcell Munley (“The West Side Carbondale Pennsylvania Mine Fire”). Anthracite Heritage Museum, 22 Bald Mountain Road, McDade Park, Scranton. Nov. 19 with the annual luncheon at noon and discussion at 2 p.m. Reservations required for luncheon: 963-4804.

Square Dance, with music by the country duo Just Us. Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company, 329 Orange Road, Orange. 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 19. $6. 333-4626.

Holiday House Tour, four of the area’s finest homes decorated for the holidays. Begins at the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, Waverly. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 20. 586-8191, ext. 2.

Round and Square Dance, with music by the Masters Band. St. John’s United Church of Christ, 772 St. John’s Road, St. Johns (near Conyngham). 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 20. 675-3205.

WWE Smackdown, with wrestling superstars Randy Orton, Christian, Sheamus, Mark Henry, Sin Cara, Wade Barrett, Ezekiel Jackson, Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes, Justin Gabriel, the Divas and more. Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. Nov. 22. 970-7600 or ticketmaster.com.

Dog Training 101, a basic obedience session. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, off Route 309, Dallas. 10 a.m. Dec. 1. Free. 675-9900.

Christmas Gala, with wine, food, silent auction, raffles and entertainment by the Wyoming Seminary Madrigal Singers, Supplee Strings and Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Shawn Klush performing Elvis Presley’s favorite Christmas songs. Grace Episcopal Church, 30 Butler St., Kingston. 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 2. $50 advance, $60 at the door. Reservations (by Nov. 20): 287-8440.

Holiday Workshop, cookie decorating, holiday crafts, singing and creations by the Balloon Lady. For all ages. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. Dec. 3. Free. 996-1500.

A Victorian Christmas, with Victorian-style decorated trees, fashions, handmade ornaments and tea. Eckley Miners Village, Highland Road, off Route 940, Eckley. Noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 3-4 and 10-11. $5. 636-2070.

Home Place: Going Home, a documentary exploring how technology has created insensitivity toward nature and a decline in health and well being. Followed by a discussion. Free popcorn. Lackawanna College Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Covington Township. 6 p.m. Dec. 7. Free. 842-1506.

Tails at Twilight Gala, a fundraiser for the SPCA of Luzerne County with gourmet foods and music by the Marko Marcinko Jazz Quartet and Music for Models. The Highlands, Newberry Estate, 2 Pioneer Avenue, Dallas. 6 to 11 p.m. Dec. 10. 675-3549.

World Affairs Luncheon Seminar, on “Diplomacy Behind the Scenes in Ireland, South Africa and the Middle East.” Room 509, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Noon-1:30 p.m. Dec. 9. $20 includes lunch. Sponsored by the Schemel Forum. Reservations: 941-7816.

Toys for Tots Drive. Cavanaugh’s Grille, 163 N. Main St., Mountain Top. 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9. $10 or a new unwrapped toy. Sponsored by the Marine Corps League of White Haven. 474-1050.

Christmas at the Barns. Join the cows, horses, donkeys, oxen and goats for Christmas cheer. Hillside Farms, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10. Free. 696-4500.

It’s a Wonderful Life, the annual free showing of the Jimmy Stewart 1946 holiday classic. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 13. 996-1500.

Harlem Globetrotters, introducing a rookie class of newcomers including the team’s first female player in 19 years, the world’s tallest pro basketball players (7’8”) and the shortest Globetrotter ever at 5’2”. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. March 16. 800-745-3000.

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