Scranton Reads Fundraiser

It’s alive.

Scranton Reads will kick off the Halloween season early with a happy hour to celebrate Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” this year’s book. On Friday, Aug. 9, at 5 p.m. at Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton, guests can enjoy specialty drinks and enter to win a variety of raffle baskets, all for a suggested donation of $5.

All proceeds go toward the purchase of the novel, which Scranton Reads will supply for free to the public this fall..

For more information, call 570-207-2379.


The Crystal Method

Experience exhilarating anthems and floor-shaking beats of Scott Kirkland’s solo moniker, the Crystal Method. The electronic dance music’s outfit brings its passion to Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton, on Friday, Aug. 9, at 8 p.m.

The Crystal Method’s music has been featured in various TV shows, movies, video games and advertisements, including the video game “Need for Speed: Underground,” X Games 3D: The Movie,” Fox’s “Almost Human” and the 2014 film “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson.

The show is open to those 21 and older, and tickets cost $20. They can be purchased at For more information, visit the Facebook event page or call 570-343-7100.


Lebanese-American Food Festival

St. Joseph Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, 30 St. Frances Cabrini Ave., Scranton, will host its 18th annual food festival on Friday, Aug. 9, from 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 10, from 4 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 11, from noon to 7 p.m.

Indulge in Middle Eastern cuisine including grape leaves and kibbee as well as traditional summertime fare such as hot dogs and hamburgers. Basket raffles, a 50/50 raffle and carnival games will be available, as will DJ music and a book sale.

The church also will offer tours, weekend vespers and Divine Liturgy.

For more information, call 570-343-6092, visit the Facebook event page or


Jessup Wine Festival

Wine and dine in Jessup at this annual wine festival on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Jessup Hose Company No. 2 and Ambulance Association, 333 Hill St.

Sip dry wine, sweet wine or the perfect balance between the two. Enjoy live music, basket raffles and snack on food while browsing goods from over 40 local vendors.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page or call 570-335-4469.


Party on the Patio

Experience the melodic genius and unforgettable style of Dave Matthews Band at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Thursday, Aug. 8, as DMB tribute band A Proud Monkey takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. The band will perform songs that mirror the passion and talent of the beloved group. The event is free and open to guests 21 and older.

For more information, visit or call 570-831-2100.


TIMES-SHAMROCK ARCHIVES Anastasia Vishnefski, co-owner of Tarnowski’s Kielbassa, loads up a sandwich with the help of Claudia Capponi friday at the opening of the Plymouth Kielbasa Festival in 2017.

16th Annual Plymouth Alive Kielbasa Festival

Celebrate Polish heritage with polka music, a parade and, of course, kielbasa. Plymouth Alive will host the annual Kielbasa Festival on Friday, Aug. 9, beginning at noon, and Saturday, Aug. 10, beginning at 10 a.m. on Main Street, Plymouth. Check out live bands including, Flaxy Morgan, Shaky Ground, 40 Lb. Head, polka band Stanky and the Coal Miners and more, as well as a kielbasa competition and vendors.

For more information, visit


Summer Reunion Dance

Joe Nardone & the All Stars and Eddie Day & the Starfires reunite on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Irem Temple Country Club, 64 Ridgeway Drive, Dallas. Admission includes food, beverages and live music.

Tickets cost $28 and can be purchased at Cook’s Pharmacy of Shavertown, Dymonds Farm Market and all Joe Nardone’s Gallery of Sound locations.

For more information, call 570-829-3603.