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A pickup ball game at a World War II camp is among the scenes re-created at ‘World War II Comes Alive,’ set for tomorrow and Sunday at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg. Visit pamilmuseum.org for details.

THIS WEEK: MAY 23 to 29, 2008

Mayfair Festival, 22nd annual arts and cultural festival with the theme “Art & Soul.” Included: four stages of music and dance, wandering minstrels, Renaissance-style tents with crafts, dance bands, Art in the Park exhibits, storytellers, culinary delights and children’s events. Cedar Beech Park, off West Hamilton Street, Allentown. Tonight through Memorial Day from noon to 11 p.m. $5. 610-437-6900 or mayfairfestival.org.

Sweet Valley Fair with amusement rides, craft vendors, game booths, food, a Memorial Day Parade (1:30 p.m.), Firemen’s Olympics and music by Farmer’s Daughter (tonight), DJ Cruizer and Cool Ride (Saturday) and the Tim Johnson Band (Monday). Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Company, 5383 Main Road, Sweet Valley. Tonight, 5:30 to 11; Saturday, 1 to 11 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. 477-5121.

Old Home Week, 61st annual event with amusement rides, raffles, food, carnival midway and entertainment by Rockin’ Rich (tonight) and 3rd Degree (Saturday). Plains Township Municipal Park, off Clark Lane, Plains. Tonight and Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. Sponsored by the Plains Lions Club. 824-9669.

Memorial Weekend Dance with music by Which Doctor, food and beer. Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church, 420 Main Road, Hanover Township. Tonight, 8 to midnight. $25 advance, $30 at the gate. 823-6242.

Belle Italia Festivale, an inaugural event to celebrate the Italian heritage of the Hazleton area with a bocce-ball tournament, meatball cookoff, pizza-eating contest, craftspeople, living history, fingers tournament, strolling troubadours, stage performances, Italian food including porketta, panini, chicken Francaise, pizza fritto and sausage and peppers. Community Park, off Route 93, Hazle Township. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 501-1200.

World War II Comes Alive, a re-creation of the 1944 invasion of France by American and German re-enactors along with Allied and Axis camps, tactical battle demonstrations, a WSO-style canteen and musical performances of 1940s hits. Pennsylvania Military Museum, 602 Boalsburg Pike, Boalsburg. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 814-466-6263 or pamilmuseum.org.

Le Cercle Francais, a gathering to practice French conversation. Food Court at the Mall at Steamtown, Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton. Saturday at 2 p.m. 346-4043.

Feathered Films, a screening of the animated film “Chicken Run,” a comedy about chickens trying to escape a “fowl” fate. Presented in conjunction with the Everhart Museum’s exhibit “Flocks and Feathers: Birds in Science, Culture and Art.” Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington St., Scranton. Saturday at 3 p.m. Free. 344-1111 or 346-7186.

Memorial Weekend Oldies Blast with dance music by the Paramounts as well as tributes to Connie Francis, the Everly Brothers and other stars of the 1950s and ’60s. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 237 William St., Pittston. Saturday at 6 p.m. $20 includes beer, beverages, pizza, antipasto, wings and more. BYOB. Reservations: 800-830-7463 or 343-2429.

Memorial Day Fireworks along the river dike at the Luzerne County Recreational Fields in Forty Fort. Saturday at 9 p.m. with a rain date of Sunday. Sponsored by May Brands of Dunkin Donuts. 287-8586.

Mud Bog and Tuff Truck Challenge, 19th-annual Memorial Day Weekend “Motor Madness” event with a car show by the Memory Chasers Car Club. Wyoming County Fairgrounds, Route 6, Meshoppen. Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m. $7 advance, $8 at the gate. 833-4893, 836-3036 or wyomingcountyfair.com.

The Forty Fort Meeting House opens for the season Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m. and Memorial Day after the Forty Fort Cemetery Observance until 2 p.m. The historic church, built in 1807, is the first completed church in Northeastern Pennsylvania presenting colonial architecture, boxed pews, elevated pulpit and hand-carved columns. At 20 River St., Forty Fort. $2; 50 cents for children. Open through Sept. 21 on Sundays, 1 to 3 p.m. 287-5214.

Memorial Day Dance with music by John Stevens and Doubleshot. VFW Hall, 403 Main St., Dupont. Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m. $12. 654-9104 or 655-0760.

Memorial Day Fair with a Chinese auction, pet parade, games and picnic foods. Luzerne Bank, 324 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. Monday, 9 a.m. to noon. 613-0966.

West Side Memorial Day Parade, the annual march along Wyoming Avenue from Kingston to the Forty Fort Cemetery. Monday at 11 a.m. 287-8586.

Tuesdays on Center Street, a street fair of food, wine, music, artists and more in an Irish Appreciation Celebration. Center Street between Adams and North Washington avenues in Scranton. Tuesday, 5 to 7 p.m. Information at scrantontomorrow.org.

The Saving of a Church, a movie about the Friends of St. Joseph who began an effort that ultimately saved the St. Joseph Shrine of St. Louis, Missouri. Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Sponsored by the Sacred Heart Wilkes-Barre Foundation. Wednesday at 7 p.m. Followed by light refreshments. 288-5811.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents “Over the Top,” this year’s rendition of The Greatest Show on Earth, a high-energy and interactive extravaganza hosted by Ringmaster Chuck Wagner and “clown eccentric” Tom Dougherty. Wachovia Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. Thursday at 7 p.m. Performances continue May 30 at 7 p.m.; May 31 at 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m.; June 1 at 1 and 5 p.m. Come one hour early to meet the animals and performers at the free All Access Pre-Show. 970-7600 or wachoviaarena.com.

FUTURE

Poker Run, a motorcycle ride to benefit wounded and disabled veterans. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 3 VFW Road, White Haven. May 31 at 10 a.m. $15, $10 passengers. 443-3333.

Summer Community Festival with a Gigantic Flea Market, raffles, Chinese auction, gift baskets and homemade foods, including haluski, potato pancakes and pierogies. St. Casimir Church, 301 Delaney St., Hanover Township. May 31, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 825-2598.

Skyhaven Fly-In with a pancake breakfast, craft show, skydivers, classic cars and airplane rides. Skyhaven Airport, Route 29, Tunkhannock. June 1, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission, $6, $3 children for pancake breakfast. 836-4800.

Car Show and Flea Market, 47th annual event sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Region Antique Car Club of America. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 South Prospect St., Nanticoke. June 1 with gates at 8 a.m., judging until 1 p.m. and awards presentation at 3 p.m. 735-7064.

Centennial Celebration, a weekend of fun-filled activities to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Everhart Museum, Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Included: a rededication ceremony following the original 1908 event, guided tours of the museum and Nay Aug Park, an old-fashioned ice cream social, barbershop harmonies by the Four Old Geezers, entertainment by Doug Smith’s Dixieland All-Stars, face painting and more. June 1, 1 to 4 p.m. 346-7186 or everhart-museum.org.

The Nathan Denison House, built in 1790, opens for the season on June 1. Tours of the historic home continue Sundays through August from 1 to 4 p.m. At 35 Denison St., Forty Fort. $3, $2 children. 288-5531.

Open House at the Plymouth Historical Society, 115 Gaylord Ave., Plymouth. With bluegrass music by Jim Huskins and Ten Broeck, a musical presentation by the Music Box Players, a program by the Anthracite Living History Group, tours and refreshments. June 1, 2 to 5 p.m. 779-5840.

Polka Sunday with music by John Stanky & the Coalminers. VFW Hall, 403 Main St., Dupont. June 1, 2 to 6 p.m. $12. 654-9104 or 655-0760.

New England Contra Dance with music by Black Bear Crossing with caller Ted Crane. Church of Christ Uniting, 190 South Sprague Ave., Kingston. June 7 at 7:30 p.m. $8. No partner or previous experience necessary. 333-4007.

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