Kick up your heels and make some new friends as you take in The Contra Rebels, highlighting the next New England contra dance, set for 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Fellowship Free Evangelical Church, 45 Hildebrandt Road, Dallas. A free beginner’s workshop starts at 7:15 p.m. Here, fiddler Todd Clewell gears up for the fun.
Night at the Races, sponsored by the Mountain Top Rotary to benefit the Crestwood Ice Hockey Club. Wright Township Fire Hall, 477 S. Main Road, Mountain Top. Tonight with doors at 6:30 and betting at 7. $5 admission; $10 per horse. 868-5683.
Big Band Society Dinner Dance with music by the Big Band Connection. Convention Hall, 1073 Oak St., Pittston Township. Tonight with dinner at 6:45 and dancing 8:30 to 11:30. $20. Reservations: 654-1027.
Stag Hall Medieval Dinner. Sing with the wenches, eat with your fingers and have a bawdy good time at the 7th annual event presented by the Wyoming County Players. Shadowbrook Resort, Route 6, Tunkhannock. Tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m. $29. 836-6986.
Square Dancing with the Abington Allemanders. Fire Hall, 120 College Ave., Factoryville. Tonight, 7 to 9. Lessons available. $5. 586-4162 or 945-5780.
Spirit, Mind and Body Holistic Fair with national psychics, aura images, holistic services and a new-age market with crafts, American Indian wares, jewelry, crystals, music and books. Ramada Inn, 20 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission. 455-3384.
Turkey Fest with festival games and a traditional turkey dinner. Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, North River and West Chestnut streets, Wilkes-Barre. Saturday, 2 to 8 p.m. Dinner: $7.50, $5 children. Takeouts available. 824-6090 or 829-3051.
St. Mark’s Bazaar with homemade food, crafts, flea market, baked goods and entertainment. St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 56 S. Hancock St., Wilkes-Barre. Saturday at 3 p.m. 822-0892.
Annual Diwali Celebration, sponsored by the Indo American Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Offering a fun-filled Indian entertainment program for all ages. VFW Post 283, 757 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. Saturday, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. 654-2628 or 288-5986.
Night at the Races with all-you-can-eat food selections, silent auction, bake sale and plenty of door prizes. St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Social Hall, 522 Madison St., Wilkes-Barre. Saturday with doors at 6 p.m. and post time at 6:45 p.m. $5 admission; $10 per horse. 822-6028.
Diwali Festival, 5th annual Hindu Festival of Lights with an Indian dance program followed by a dinner of Indian cuisine. Also: various aspects of Hindu culture, including henna, bindis, clothes, musical instruments, puppets, books and film. Degenstein Center Theater, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove. Saturday at 6:15 p.m. $20, $12 students, children free. 372-2787.
Starlight Ball, a gala fund-raiser sponsored by the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Auxiliary. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Saturday at 6:30 p.m. 288-5222.
Tall Timber, the story of the Pennsylvania timber industry, told through demonstrations of tools spanning 200 years of logging history along with music and stories by singer-songwriter Van Wagner. Susquehanna Riverlands, Route 11, near Shickshinny. Saturday at 7 p.m. 542-2306.
New England Contra Dance with music by the Contra Rebels. Fellowship Free Evangelical Church, 45 Hildebrandt Road, Dallas. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a beginner lesson at 7:15 p.m. $7, $18 families. 333-4007.
61st Anniversary Dinner Dance with music by the Swingtones. VFW Post 4909 Home Association, 403 Main St., Dupont. Saturday with dinner at 7:30 p.m. and dancing 8:45 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. $20. 654-9104.
Art & Culture Ball, a Spanish-themed joint fundraiser for the Scranton Cultural Center and the Everhart Museum. With music by Paul LaBelle and the Exact Change and cuisine by Epicurean Delight. Black-tie optional. The Ballroom of the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Saturday, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $100. 346-7186.
Basket Bingo with a bake sale, raffle and homemade food. Saints Peter and Paul School, 25 Hudson Road, Plains Township. Sunday with doors at noon and games at 1 p.m. $18 advance, $20 at the door on a limited basis. 824-9433.
Harvest Festival with a turkey dinner, variety booths, baskets, children’s games and face painting. St. Mary’s Church of the Maternity Parish Center, South Hancock Street, Wilkes-Barre. Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 824-7832.
Polka Sunday with music by Joe Lastovica & Polka Punch. VFW Post 4909, 403 Main St., Dupont. Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m. $10. 654-9104.
The Gravity, an illustrated lecture on the Pennsylvania Gravity Railroad by Kurt Reed. Presented by the Lackawanna Historical Society at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. Sunday at 2 p.m. 344-3841.
Turkey Bingo with 20 games, raffles and refreshments. Birchwood Nursing and Rehab Center, 395 Middle Road, Nanticoke. Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. $8 for six cards. 735-2973.
Hymn Sing to benefit the Forty Fort Meeting House restoration. Forty Fort Presbyterian Church, 1224 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. Sunday at 2 p.m. Colonial-style dress encouraged but not required. 283-1518.
Affuenza, a film examining the over-consumption and materialism prevalent in today’s society and the effect on communities and the environment. Included: how a nation that once prized thriftiness turned into the ultimate consumer society. Lacawac Sanctuary, off Ledgedale Road near Lake Wallenpaupack. Wednesday at 7 p.m. Free. 689-9494.
Society for Creative Anachronism, a meet-and-greet for newcomers sponsored by the Barony of Endless Hills to talk about the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods and re-creations of the life and times of those eras. Borders Bookstore, 100 Viewmont Mall, Route 6, Dickson City. Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. 868-7338.
Civil War Roundtable with author, filmmaker and living-history expert Stu Richards. Daddow-Isaacs American Legion, Route 415, Dallas. Thursday at 7 p.m. $3. 675-1783.
Professional Bull Riding, competition in the rough and grueling sport of man versus beast. Wachovia Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. Nov. 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. $41.50, $21.50, $16.50, $11.50. 693-4100.
A War in Letters, a presentation by Mary Beth Voda to commemorate Veterans Day with a look at World War II through the correspondence of a U.S. Marine and a Japanese general. Followed by a reception. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. Free. 996-1500.
Classical Music and the Visual Arts, a talk by Erica Funke of WVIA-FM, who examines the affinities shared by music and art and how they influence the creative process. Endless Mountains Council of the Arts, 302 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. $10 includes light refreshments. 836-3622.
Night at the Races, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus JFK Council 372. With live music by the Irish Lads. Council Home, 55 S. Main St., Pittston. Nov. 11 with doors at 5 p.m. and post time at 6 p.m. $5 admission; $10 per horse. 655-8311.
Turkey Bingo with door prizes, Chinese auction and refreshments. Factoryville Fire Co., 120 College Ave., Factoryville. Nov. 11 with doors at 5:30 p.m. and games at 6:30 p.m. 945-5373.
A Blast from the Past, a night of “dancing and romancing” with music by oldies group the Mud Flaps, an Elvis Presley tribute with Davey J, “A Salute to the Crooners” with Colin Saltry, female singers of the ’50s and ’60s with Domenica Coleman, and a Roy Orbison tribute by John Rhodes. Convention Hall, 1073 Oak St., Pittston Township. Nov. 11, 6 p.m. to midnight. $30 with buffet; $20 after 8 p.m. Reservations: 457-2808 or 800-830-7463.
Annual Library Fair with crafts, book sale, Granny’s Attic, bake sale, food and face painting. Mill Memorial Library, 495 E. Main St., Nanticoke. Nov. 12, noon to 4 p.m. 735-5157.
Turkey Bingo. Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Dorrance Corners in Dorrance. Nov. 12 with doors at noon and games at 1 p.m. $1. 868-3955.
Turkey Bingo with refreshments and a bake sale. Holy Rosary Church Hall, 60 Charles St., Ashley. Nov. 12 with doors at noon and early-bird games at 1:45 p.m. 825-6669.
Turkey Bingo, sponsored by the Newport Township Women’s Activity Group. St. Adalbert’s Church Hall, Market and Main streets, Glen Lyon. Nov. 12 with doors at noon and games at 1 p.m. With Chinese craft auction, food and baked goods. 474-1031.
Veterans Day Parade, annual march from the Market Street Bridge into downtown Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. 821-1111.
Polka Sunday with music by the Pennsylvania Villagers. VFW Post 4909, 403 Main St., Dupont. Nov. 12, 2 to 6 p.m. $10. 654-9104.
Card Party, hosted by the Church of St. Joseph. Maria Assunta, 901 Monroe St., Berwick. Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. $5 includes food and prizes. 759-3135.
OASIS Singles Dance for over age 25. Rolling Pines, Route 11, Berwick. Nov. 12, 7 to 11 p.m. $8. Dressy casual attire. 752-0888.
Rudy Giuliani, a lecture by New York’s former mayor presented by the Wilkes University Outstanding Leaders Forum, organized by the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. $35. Tickets at 693-4100.
Children’s Service Center Annual Luncheon honoring Joseph DeVizia, director of Human Services for Luzerne County, with the 2006 Commitment to Children Award. Genetti Best Western Hotel, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 14 at noon. $35. 825-6425.
Torch Award Celebration, sponsored by the Better Business Bureau. With guest speaker ABC News correspondent John Quinones, co-anchor of the TV newsmagazine “Primetime.” Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. $65. Reservations: 342-1016.
The Rise of Reality TV and How It Got Unreal, a talk by Dr. Richard Crew, chairman of the communications department. Mary Kintz Bevevino Library, College Misericordia, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. Free. 674-6372.
The Face of Decline: The Pennsylvania Anthracite Region in the Twentieth Century, a presentation by professor Walter Licht of the University of Pennsylvania. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 17 at noon. $25 includes luncheon. Sponsored by the Luzerne County Historical Society. Reservations: 823-6244.
Square Dancing with the Abington Allemanders. Fire Hall, 120 College Avenue, Factoryville. Nov. 17, Dec. 1 and 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. Lessons available. $5. 586-4162 or 945-5780.
Santa Parade, the annual holiday event presented by the Greater Scranton Jaycees. With marching bands, giant balloons and holiday floats. Steps off 9 a.m. on Nov. 18 from Mifflin and Spruce streets downtown, proceeding to the Radisson Lackawanna Hotel for a breakfast with Santa. 342-8300 or 969-6955.
Christmas Parade, the annual arrival of Santa in downtown Wilkes-Barre with holiday music and floats. Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. Followed by the Lighting of the Christmas Tree on Public Square with snacks and carols sung by inspirational singer Ruthy Stock. 208-4149 or 208-4141.
Night at the Races. Pope John Paul II School, Hanover Street, Nanticoke. Nov. 18 with doors at 5:30 p.m. and post time at 6 p.m. $10 per horse. 735-0115.
Drum Circle. Beginners welcome; extra drums available. Unity Church, 140 S. Grant St., Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. 829-5788.
Polka Sunday with music by the Golden Tones. VFW Post 4909, 403 Main St., Dupont. Nov. 19, 2 to 6 p.m. $10. 654-9104.
Thanksgiving Turkey Bingo Party. Father Sammons Hall, St. Therese’s Church, 64 Davis St., Shavertown. Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. 696-1144.
Treefest, the annual holiday tradition presented by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. With 150 decorated trees, holiday entertainment, crafters and food. Caldwell Consistory, Market Square, Bloomsburg. Nov. 24, 5 to 9 p.m.; Nov. 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Nov. 26, noon to 5 p.m. 784-5530.
Polka Sunday with music by George Tarasek & the Polka Partners. VFW Post 4909, 403 Main St., Dupont. Nov. 26, 2 to 6 p.m. $10. 654-9104.
It’s All in the Game, a night of fun and board games including Family Feud, Pictionary and Celebrity. Also: cocktails, food stations, raffles, music and an awards ceremony. Proceeds benefit the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute. Genetti Hotel & Conference Center, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 30, 6 to 9 p.m. $40. 941-7984.
The Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train rolls into Steamtown National Historic Site, off Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, decorated in festive lights and offering free entertainment to promote awareness of the need to stock local food banks. Bring along non-perishable food items to donate. Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. 340-5200.
Madrigal Dinner, 37th annual presentation of an authentically re-created Renaissance holiday celebration with entertainment between dinner courses. Banks Student Life Center, College Misericordia, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Dec. 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. Reservations: 674-6719.
Polka Sunday with music by John Stanky & the Coalminers. VFW Post 4909, 403 Main St., Dupont. Dec. 3, 2 to 6 p.m. $10. 654-9104.
“Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas,” a screening of the family film by Muppeteer Jim Hensen. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Dec. 8 at 5 and 7 p.m. Free. 996-1500.
Polka Sunday with music by John Stevens & Doubleshot. VFW Post 4909, 403 Main St., Dupont. Dec. 10, 2 to 6 p.m. $10. 654-9104.
Polka Christmas Party with music by Eddie Derwin & the Polka Naturals. VFW Post 4909, 403 Main St., Dupont. Dec. 17, 2 to 6 p.m. $10. 654-9104.
“It’s a Wonderful Life,” the annual screening of the holiday classic presented free by the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Dec. 19 at 2 and 7 p.m. 996-1500.