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THIS WEEK: FEB. 4 to 10, 2011

Orchid Extravaganza, the annual horticultural explosion of thousands of orchid blooms, displays and special exhibits. 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 and Lifestyles Showcase, with realtors, builders, developers, building management firms, architects, landscapers, decorators and experts in art, music, fashion, entertainment, travel and leisure, retirement communities and more. The Ice Box, 3 W. Olive St., Scranton. Tonight, 5 to 9; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 341-7596.

Getting Started in Genealogy, with Times Leader columnist Tom Mooney. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave., West Pittston. Saturday at 9 a.m. Free. Reservations: 654-9847.

Presidential History, a full collection of life-size cardboard cutouts of American presidents along with interesting historical trivia. Sponsored by the West Pittston Library at the former American Legion Building, 316 Linden St., West Pittston. Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m.; Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 654-9847.

Night at the Races, with door prizes, food and beverages. Sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians at St. Patrick’s Church, 318 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre. Saturday at 6:15 p.m. $5 admission. 823-6753.

New England Contra Dance, with music by Smash the Windows with caller Hilton Baxter. No partner or previous experience 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 Hall, 1030 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. Sunday with doors at 12:30 p.m., early bird games at 1:45 p.m. and regular games at 2 p.m. 735-3834.

Introduction to Zen Meditation, a talk followed by a practice period and question-and-answer session. Mercy Center, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Tuesday, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free-will offering. Registration: 675-1872.

The Animals and People of Tanzania, a presentation by Paul Lumia, executive director of the North Branch Land Trust, who traveled to Africa in August. NBLT Office, 11 Carverton Road, Trucksville. Wednesday at 7 p.m. $5, $2 children. Reservations: 696-5545.

A Celebration of a Life, a cocktail reception and dinner to honor the late Edward S. Miller, Pennsylvania’s most prolific railroad photographer. Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave., Scranton. Thursday at 7:30 p.m. $35. 343-6130.

FUTURE

Trolley Toast, a Happy Hour to benefit the Electric City Trolley Museum with beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton. Feb. 11, 6 to 8 p.m. $20. 955-0192.

Student Bridge Building Competition. Watch area high-school students put their engineering skills to the ultimate test as they design and construct a bridge from basswood. Viewmont Mall, off Route 6, Scranton. Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. 346-7655.

George: The Story of a Pullman Porter, a one-act monologue by Michael Watts illustrating the work of the Pullman porters. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. Included in entrance fee. 340-5204.

Valentine Dinner Dance, the 4th annual event sponsored by the Misericordia Alumni Association. Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Feb. 12 with a marriage blessing in the University Chapel at 4 p.m., cocktails at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing. $35, $60 per couple. Reservations: 674-6768.

Pick Your Passion, a Valentine-themed series of workshops: Bedroom Batik, Tarot for Two and Cheek to Cheek (beginner’s ballroom dancing). Choose one and attend Feb. 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m. or 8:30 to 10 p.m. Arts YOUniverse, 47 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. $25. Reservations: 970-2787.

St. Valentine’s Day Dance, with a dinner buffet and dance music by the Home Town Boyz. Veterans of Foreign Wars, 401-403 Main St., Dupont. Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. 654-9104.

A Chocolate Lover’s Tea, a gourmet Victorian tea by two-time Iron Chef winner and chocolatier to Godiva Jody Klocko along with a glimpse into the fashions and etiquette of the Victorian Era and a Victorian mansion tour. Stegmaier Mansion, 304 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. $38.50. Reservations: 655-8392.

Educational Forum Series, with Neil Grimes, secondary school librarian at Coughlin High School speaking on “The Changing Role of School Libraries in the 21st Century.” Marts Center, 274 S. Franklin St., Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 15 at 4:30 p.m. Free. Act 48 credit. 408-5060.

Carnevale, with dinner, Italian desserts and dance music by Danny Argo and Friends. Sponsored by the Italian-American Association of Luzerne County at Genetti Best Western Hotel & Convention Center, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. $27. Costumes optional; Carnevale accessories encouraged. Reservations (by Feb. 11): 654-7600 or 654-6454.

A Moment in Time: 1911 to 2011, the annual Clarks Summit Festival of Ice celebrating the Centennial of Clarks Summit Borough. With ice sculptures, art exhibits, horse-and-carriage rides, live music and entertainment, storytelling, crafts, children’s activities, complimentary hot drinks and snacks. At various downtown Clarks Summit businesses and venues. Begins Feb. 17 with a parade at 7 p.m., followed by the Family Fun Fest at the borough building. Continues Feb. 18 to 21. For a map and list of events, stop by 108 N. State St. or log onto theabingtons.org. 587-9054.

Kentucky Derby with a Bit of Vegas, a fundraiser by the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce with horse racing, gaming, Derby-style food, silent auction, fireworks and live dance music. Shadowbrook Inn, Route 6, Tunkhannock. Feb. 18, 6 to 11 p.m. Come in black tie, blue jeans or racing attire. 836-7755.

Freestyle Motocross, with eight of the world’s most daring FMX riders performing adrenaline-fueled, gravity-defying tricks. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. Feb. 18-19 at 7:30 p.m. $31, $21, $16; $10 children. 800-745-3000.

Winterfest Weekend, with ice carving, horse-drawn carriage rides, woodcarving demonstrations by Masters of the Chainsaw, Civil War re-enactors from the Pennsylvania 69th Irish Volunteer Infantry, children’s activities, Mug Walk, street entertainment by the Faculty Brass and special shop promotions. Downtown Jim Thorpe. Feb. 19 and 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 325-5810 or jimthorpe.org.

Model Railroad Winter Meet, exhibits and demonstrations by the Aikenback Live Steamers, the Warrior Run Loco Works and the Pennsylvania Garden Railway Society. Included: running live-steam rail cars, electric G-scale and other assorted gauges. Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Feb. 19 to 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 735-5570.

MidwinterFestival, the 18th annual event with ethnic foods and crafts, including Russian and Ukrainian icons, Polish and Russian pottery, Ethnic woven cloths and raffle baskets. Holy Resurrection Cathedral, 591 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 19, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 822-5452.

Rising from the Rails: The Story of the Pullman Porter, a documentary chronicling the relatively unheralded Pullman porters made up of generations of African Americans. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. Included in entrance fee. 340-5204.

Mardi Gras 2011, with an American and Cajun buffet and dancing to DJs Daryl and Lisa. St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive, off Laflin Road, Laflin. Feb. 19, 6 p.m. to midnight. Country club-style attire. $38.50. BYOB; beer and mixers provided. Reservations: 654-4606.

WomenHeart Fundraiser, a donation-based vinyasa yoga class with heart-opening poses and heart-related information and giveaways. Balance Yoga and Wellness, 900 Rutter Ave., Kingston. Feb. 20, 9:30 to 11 a.m. 714-2777.

Pink Elegance on Parade, the 7th annual fashion show to benefit the Northeastern Pennsylvania affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. With a luncheon, basket raffle and cash bar. Wear pink. Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. $35, $15 children. Reservations: 563-5026.

Chocoholic Frolic, the 6th annual fundraiser for SCOLA Volunteers for Literacy with chocolate samplings from area restaurants and bakeries, live entertainment, a complimentary glass of champagne, cash bar, prizes and raffle baskets. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. $50 patrons, $26 advance, $30 at the door. Age 21 and older. 346-6203, ext. 12.

Dream Week Workshops on building positive communities and neighborhoods in today’s society. Black Top Lounge, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Feb. 21 and 22 at 6 p.m. Free. 674-8155.

World Affairs Luncheon Seminar on “Re-centering the American Story: An Ode to Black History Month” with Professor Clement A. Price of Rutgers University. Presented by the Schemel Forum at Redington Hall, 1120 Linden St., University of Scranton. Feb. 22 at noon. $20. 941-4089.

Black History Month Film Series, a showing of Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing,” about tensions between blacks and Italians at a Brooklyn school. Bevevino Library, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. Free. 674-8155.

Night at the Races, with food, beer and soda plus a Chinese auction of gift baskets. Sponsored by St. Monica’s Parish at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 363 W. Eighth St., West Wyoming. Feb. 25 with doors at 6 p.m. and races at 7 p.m. $5 admission; $10 per horse. 237-2188.

Harlem Globetrotters. The entertaining basketball team in its “4 Times the Fun World Tour,” implementing the first ever four-point shot. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. $69, $49, $33, $27, $15. 800-745-3000.

Dinner by Design: A Visual Indulgence, inventive venues for dinner set up throughout the historic rooms of the Masonic Temple created by professional designers and event planners. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Benefit Preview Party Feb. 25, 7 to 10 p.m. with open bar, hors d’oeuvres and auction. $60. Exhibit continues Feb. 26-27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $15 advance, $20 at the door. 800-745-3000.

American Indian Artifacts Exhibit, the annual show with tools, weapons and trade items along with flint-knapping demonstrations and atlatl (spear) throwing. Susquehanna Riverlands, 634 Salem Blvd., Berwick. Feb. 26, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free. Presented by the Pennsylvania Indian Artifact Collectors Association. 759-1792.

Night at the Races, a fundraiser sponsored by the Parish Community of St. John the Evangelist at Seton Catholic Auditorium, 37 William St., Pittston. Feb. 26 with doors at 6 p.m. and post time at 7 p.m. $5 admission; $10 per horse (purchase in advance by Feb. 12). 655-0053. Donations for the Greater Pittston Food Pantry encouraged.

Night at the Races, the annual fundraiser in Conlon Hall, St. Ignatius Church, 339 N. Maple Ave., Kingston. Feb. 26 with doors at 6 p.m. and post time at 7 p.m. Free admission; $10 per horse. Age 21 and over. 287-5358 or 287-7768.

Educational Forum Series, with Coughlin High School science teacher Michael Komorek speaking on “Science Education in the 21st Century.” Marts Center, 274 S. Franklin St., Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m. Free. Act 48 credit. 408-5060.

Thursday Talks! With home-and-garden professionals from WNEP-TV’s “Home and Backyard” discussing trends and offering tips. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington St., Scranton. March 3 with cocktails at 6 p.m. and event at 7 p.m. $6. 346-7369.

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. March 4, 4 to 9 p.m.; March 5, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; March 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $2 or free with donation of non-perishable food item. 287-3331.

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. March 8 at noon. $20. 941-4089.

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.

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.

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.

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. 823-6244.

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.

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.

Thursday Talks! With a panel of pet professionals offering tips and answering questions. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington St., Scranton. April 7 with cocktails at 6 p.m. and event at 7 p.m. $6. 346-7369.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

From the Susquehanna to the Seine, a river cruise from Paris to Normandy and back to learn about Luzerne County’s rich and varied historical connections with France. Sponsored by the Luzerne County Historical Society and hosted by its executive Director Tony Brooks. July 26 to Aug. 2. Cabins start at $2987 per person plus air and include all meals with unlimited wine and beer at dinner. Information at 504-7575 or luzernetoparis.com.

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