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Animals like this beautiful cheetah will be spotlighted in Paul Lumia’s talk on ‘The Animals and People of Tanzania, Africa’ on Wednesday at the North Branch Land Trust Office in Trucksville.

How did the Chevalier de la Luzerne enter into local history? Find out all about Luzerne County’s historical connections to France on a Seine River Cruise July 26 to Aug. 2 with Luzerne County Historical Society Executive Director Tony Brooks and trip organizer Bobbi-Jo Romanishan.

THIS WEEK: FEB. 4 to 10, 2011

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.


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.

Diamond Drop, a fundraiser for the Helping Hands Society with dinner, dancing to Lady A & Destiny and a chance to win a $2,500 diamond necklace. Edgewood in the Pines, 22 Edgewood Lane, Drums. Feb. 19, 6 to 11 p.m. $35 includes open bar. Reservations (by Feb. 9): 455-4958.

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 more. 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.


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. Reservations by Feb. 28. 504-7575 or luzernetoparis.com.

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