Schemel Forum: University for a Day

University of Scranton’s Schemel Forum will look at environmentalism and climate change during its annual University for a Day program.

Set for Saturday, Sept. 14, the program, “An Environmental Immersion,” includes four lectures as well as discussion. The lectures include “Why Environmentalists Should be Republicans, Not Liberals,” by Matthew Meyer, Ph.D.; “Climate Change: What We Can and Must Do About It,” by Timothy D. Searchinger; “Sustainability and the Delaware Highlands Conservancy,” by Michael C. Cann, Ph.D.; and “Confronting Climate Change as an Artist” by Diane Burko.

Registration and coffee will be available that morning from 8:45 to 9:15 in the Pearn Auditorium lobby of Brennan Hall. The day also includes lunch and then a closing reception from 4:30 to 5 p.m.

Seating is limited, and reservations are required. Scranton faculty, staff and students and Schemel Forum members attend for free; admission for nonmembers costs $30. To register, contact Alicen Morrison at 570-941-6206 or

For more information about the Schemel Forum, reach out to Sondra Myers at 570-941-4089 or


Shop Small Steamtown: Throwback

Go back in time to the ‘80s and ‘90s at Shop Small Steamtown’s Throwback event on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 and 15, at the Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, from noon to 5p.m.

Join Electric City Escape for a Mall Madness-inspired scavenger hunt or try your hand at “Stranger Things” trivia with Center City Wine Cellar. Looking to groove? Put on your legwarmers and sweatbands and head to the center court for a jazzercise workout with ‘80s and ‘90s music hosted by Crunch Fitness.

The event also will include DIY slap bracelets, throwback movies and arcade games, and much more. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.


Steamtown Music Awards and Electric City Music Conference

The Steamtown Music Awards and Electric City Music Conference is back for its sixth year. From Thursday, Sept. 12, to Saturday, Sept. 14, Scranton will host more than 150 bands for a weekend of music, networking and education.

The conference kicks off with the Steamtown Music Awards at the V Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road. Nearly 40 awards will be given out, including a lifetime achievement award for heavy metal legend and Carbondale resident Carl Canedy.

On Friday and Saturday, musicians from all genres will take the stage at local bars, venues and restaurants to perform, including Backyard Ale House, Stage West, the Keys and many more.

On Saturday, the conference hosts educational panels and speakers from noon to 5 p.m. at Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave. This event is free and open to the public.

For more details, visit or contact Joseph Caviston at 570-947-7799 or


NEPA Valley Wine Train

Sit back and relax on a train ride through the upper valley. Join the Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 1:30 to 7 p.m. for a day of wine and hard cider sampling.

The trip will begin at the Carbondale platform and make stops at Archbald, Jessup and Dickson City. There will be live music and vendors, as well as bottles of wine for purchase, at each stop. The tour ends in Dickson City, where busses will be provided to bring attendees back to Carbondale.

Tickets for the event are $50 per person. Attendees will receive a complimentary wine tote and a plastic collector’s wine glass.

To purchase tickets, call the Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce at 570-282-1690 or stop by the office Monday through Friday.


Annual Luzerne Fall Festival

Downtown Luzerne will set the scene for a day of family-friendly fun.

The Luzerne Merchants Association is hosting the annual Luzerne Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Main Street.

The event will include live music, food and drink vendors, horse and buggy rides, a bounce house, games, face painting, pumpkin decorating and more.

For more details, visit the Facebook event page.


Third annual Multicultural Parade and Festival

Wilkes-Barre will be holding its third annual Multicultural Parade and Festival Saturday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The event will begin with a parade at 11, which steps off from South Main Street and continues toward the public square in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The festival begins immediately after the parade ends in the square, and will include food, music and entertainment from members of the diverse Wilkes-Barre community.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.