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Cirque du Soleil’s Alegrķa Arena Tour will stop at Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre Twp. for eight shows from July 22-26. Tickets ($40-$95 adults, $32-$76 kids 12 and under) are now available online to Cirque Club members and to the general public on Monday, June 8 at 10 a.m.on the Cirque du Soleil Web site ( www.cirquedusoleil.com/Alegria) or by phone (1.800.745.3000).


Live Nation announced that it’s dropping service fees for concert tickets purchased on Wednesdays, including shows at Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain. “No Service Fee Wednesdays” kicks off June 3 at 12:01 a.m. and continues throughout the summer at www.livenation.com.


The F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Friday released its 2009-10 schedule. Highlights include Boz Scaggs (Sept. 11), “Whose Live Anyway,” featuring the cast of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (Oct. 15), Brian Wilson (Nov. 11) and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (March 20). A Kirby member pre-sale is running from June 1-21, and public on-sale date is June 22.


The American Red Cross Music Saves Lives program is offering VIP passes to meet the bands at the Vans Warped Tour at Toyota Pavilion on July 15 for anyone that donates blood at one of four drives: June 16 from 2-7 p.m. in Scranton (208 Meadow Ave.), June 30 from noon-6 p.m. at the Steamtown Mall, July 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Johnson College and again on July 7 from 2-7 p.m. at the Meadow Avenue site. The VIP pass will upgrade your concert ticket to have “full VIP access to the take-action aisle backstage,” which features meet-and-greets with the select bands, according to the Red Cross.

You can also enter to win a VIP Package grand prize: two tickets and two VIP all-access passes to the Warped tour.

For more info: 1.800.432.8045, extension 2150, or givelife.org, enter sponsor code MSL.


Saturday, June 6, is National Trails Day, an event to highlight trails and increase trail use, organized by the American Hiking Society. Locally, a variety of walks, hikes and bikes will be hosted by several area groups and organizations on June 6 and beyond, including biking at the Greater Hazleton Rail Trail Hike and Bike, hiking the Mocanaqua Loop and bringing your dog for a walk at the Luzerne County National Recreation trail, “Pooches and People Walk.” There’s an easy 1-mile walk along the lake at Frances Slocum State Park and a hike of more than five miles on the developing Black Diamond Trail in White Haven.

On June 20, the Back Mountain Trail will host a 10-mile bike ride to Riverfest to celebrate the opening of River Common park and the Back Mountain Trail’s new mileage.


Carbondale native and drummer Zhach Kelsch has joined Scranton band Don’t Panic, which is signed to Masquerade/Warner Music Group., and will join the band in the studio in June to record its debut album followed by a two-week run on the Vans Warped Tour in July. Don’t Panic will do its final Warped date on July 31 in Detroit and begin a two-week club tour supporting TRUSTcompany, including an Aug. 6 stop in Scranton at a venue to be announced..

In addition to Kelsch, Don’t Panic includes Ted Felicetti, AJ Larson and Keith Slader.


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