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The Contra Rebels will play for a New England Contra Dance tomorrow night at the Church of Christ Uniting in Kingston.

THIS WEEK: NOV. 4 to 10, 2011

Sideshow Gathering, a convention of showmen and sideshow freaks along with the 18th annual “Inkin’ the Valley” Tattoo Convention. Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Township. 3 to 11 p.m. today; 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday; 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. $15. 855-570-4653.

Wilkes-Barre Ghost Tour, a downtown walk to discover ancient burial grounds and sites of public hangings. Meet at the Luzerne County Historical Society, 49 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 tonight and Saturday night. $10. Reservations: 823-6244.

Back Mountain Kennel Club Dog Show. 1200 dogs compete for Best in Show each day along with Obedience and Rally trials. Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 610-376-1880 or raudogshows.com.

Sentimental Journey Slideshow, the third annual day-long show highlighting the area’s rich railroading history. Jenkins Township Volunteer Fire Company, 2 Second St., Pittston. Saturday with social hour at 9 a.m. and show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $20 includes door prizes and food. 954-7981 or 760-4344.

Fall Bazaar with flea market, Kitchen Cupboard, Christmas items, jewelry, raffles and more. Presbyterian Church, 32 N. Main St., Ashley. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 823-5794.

Learn to Homebrew Day, with tours of the new brewery. Breaker Brewing, 783 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre Township. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. 499-3423.

Knit and Crochet Group. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. 821-1959.

Turkey Fest, with games and a turkey dinner. Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, North River and West Chestnut streets, Wilkes-Barre. 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday. 829-3051.

Carpatho-Rusyn Discussion, with John Righetti, president of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society. Third Floor, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 2:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday. 609-882-4872.

St. Mark’s Bazaar, with food, flea market, lollipop tree and more. St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 56 S. Hancock St., Wilkes-Barre. 3 p.m. Saturday. 822-1323.

Night at the Races. Knights of Columbus Home Association, 55 S. Main St., Pittston. Saturday with doors at 6 p.m. and post time at 7 p.m. $5, $10 with horse. 954-8147.

New England Contra Dance, with music by the Contra Rebels. Church of Christ Uniting, 776 Market St., Kingston. 7 p.m. Saturday. $9. 333-4007.

Fall Movie Series. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7 p.m. Saturday; 3 and 8 p.m. Sunday. $3. 674-6411.

Anniversary Dinner Dance. Music by Gary Dee and Company. VFW Post 4909, 401-403 Main St., Dupont. 7:30 to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. $25. 654-9104.

Fall Festival, with turkey dinner ($9), variety booths, a kids fishing booth and more. Our Lady of Hope Parish at Marymount Parish Center, 154 S. Hancock St., Wilkes-Barre. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. 824-7832.

Polish Pottery and Longaberger Basket Bingo, with homemade food. St. Mary’s Parish Center, 1730 Fowler Ave., Berwick. Sunday with doors at 12:30 p.m. and games at 2 p.m. $20. 759-8113.

St. Faustina Bingo, with door prizes, cash prizes and refreshments. St. Mary’s Hall, 1030 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. Sunday with doors at 12:30 p.m. and games at 1:45 p.m. 735-4834.

Turkey Bingo. Knights of Columbus, South Main and Alberdeen roads, Mountain Top. Sunday with early-bird games at 1:30 p.m. and regular bingo at 2 p.m. 498-1839.

Toy Bingo, with basket raffle. St. Andre Bessette Parish at Holy Saviour worship site, 52 Hillard St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Sunday. $5. 823-4988.

Tournées French Film Festival, including “Of Gods and Men.” 7 p.m. Sunday. Room 160, Learning Resource Center, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 348-2266.

Board Game Night. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Nov. 28. 821-1959.

Arab Spring/Europe Fall, a talk by Jon Greenwald, vice president of the International Crisis Group of Washington, D.C. Room 218-219, Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 674-6400.

Why Nations Fail, the annual Henry George Lecture with MIT economics professors Daron Acemoglu and Elizabeth and James Killian. DeNaples Campus Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 941-7475.

Skate for the Causes, a roller-skating party to benefit Fallen Officers Remembered, Making a Difference Ministries and local food pantries. Bring a non-perishable food item and receive a free raffle ticket. Skateaway, 610 Blackman St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. $5, $2 skate rental. 760-9034.

An Evening for the Back Mountain Trail, with an update on future trail acquisitions. Lakeside Skillet Restaurant, 3075 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake. 6 p.m. Thursday. $25. 696-5082.

Socrates Café Discussion Group. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. 821-1959.

Civil War Round Table, with John D. Hoptak, Antietam National Battlefield Park Ranger and author. Daddow-Isaacs American Legion, 730 Memorial Highway, Dallas. 7 p.m. Thursday. $3. 639-1283.

A Potpourri of Trains Local and Out West, with train photographer Ed Kaspriske. Presented by the Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Railway Historical Society at the Iron Skillet Restaurant, Avoca. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. 822-0693.


Welcome the Age of Aquarius with yoga, meditation, song and dance. Bring guitars and drums and a vegetarian dish to share. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave., Forty Fort. 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 11. 714-2777.

Fall Harvest Festival, with food, entertainment and paintball. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 12; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 13. 735-6990.

National Gaming Day, with Wii games, jigsaw puzzles, crosswords and board games. Prizes awarded. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12. 821-1959.

Marine Corps Birthday Ball, to celebrate the 236th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps. St. Patrick Parish Center, 411 Allegheny Ave., White Haven. Nov. 12 with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5 p.m. and dinner and dancing 6 to 11 p.m. BYOB. $25. 443-7642.

Donegal Ball, with music by the Willie Lynch Band. Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Township. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12. $40. 822-7675.

Fall Fair, with a book and bake sale, Granny’s Attic, crafters, food and Santa Claus. Mill Memorial Library, 495 E. Main St., Nanticoke. Noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 13. 735-3670.

Vera Bradley Bingo. Wyoming Area Secondary Center, 20 Memorial St., Exeter. Nov. 13 with doors at 1 p.m. and games at 2 p.m. $20. 655-6130.

Turkey and Cash Bingo. St. Patrick’s Parish Center, 411 Allegheny Ave., White Haven. 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 13. $15. 443-9944.

Ideal Money and the Motivation of Savings and Thrift, the annual Harry Mullin Lecture with Nobel Laureate John F. Nash Jr. of Princeton University. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, University of Scranton. 7 p.m. Nov. 16. Free. 941-5873.

Thomas Friedman, a talk by the three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author and columnist for the New York Times. Presented by Wilkes University’s Sidhu School of Business and Leadership Outstanding Leaders Forum at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16. 826-1100.

Benefit Dance Concert, with Joe Nardone & the All-Stars and Eddie Day & the Star Fires. Genetti Hotel, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18. $20 benefits Wyoming Valley flood victims. 256-7600.

Knit and Crochet Group. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 19. 821-1959.

Christmas Tea, tours of the historic Cottage decorated with an authentic holiday theme along with light fare and tea. Hillside Farms, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. Noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 19. $10. 696-4500.

Mine Fires of Carbondale and Centralia, a panel discussion of the mine fires with author Kathleen Purcell Munley (“The West Side Carbondale Pennsylvania Mine Fire”). Anthracite Heritage Museum, 22 Bald Mountain Road, McDade Park, Scranton. Nov. 19 with the annual luncheon at noon and discussion at 2 p.m. Reservations required for luncheon: 963-4804.

Square Dance, with music by the country duo Just Us. Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company, 329 Orange Road, Orange. 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 19. $6. 333-4626.

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