First Day Hikes

Kick off the new year by joining one of the “First Day” hikes scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 1, starting at 9 a.m. at Lackawanna State Park, 1839 Abington Road, North Abington Twp.

The morning starts with an “early bird hike” into the Quarry Ridge Preserve and along the southern border of the park. Participants are asked to meet at the South Shore Boat Launch for the 2.5-mile loop that has rough terrain and inclines.

Then, there is a kids’ First Day hike at 1 p.m. on the Pine Trail. Those participants are asked to meet at the Faschings Parking Area at the end of the South Shore access road.

Lastly, hikers can join “Just a Walk in the Park” at 2 p.m. They should meet at the Warming Hut next to Lot No. 1.

For more information, call 570-945-3239, email or visit

‘All Creatures Great and Small’ Sneak Preview

WVIA presents a free sneak preview of season two of “All Creatures Great and Small” on Sunday, Jan. 2, at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock.

The PBS Masterpiece series is based on stories of a veterinary surgeon who treats animals in the 1930s in England. The preview will take place at 3 p.m. Admission is free; reservations can be made at

For more information, call 570-836-1022, ext. 3, or visit

Start Making Sense

See Start Making Sense, a Talking Heads tribute act, perform with Spud on Thursday, Dec. 30, at River Street Jazz Cafe, 667 S. River St., Plains Twp.

Doors open at 8 p.m., and the performance starts at 9.

An American rock band, the Talking Heads are best known for the hits “Pyscho Killer,” “Take me to the River” and “Love — Building on Fire.”

Tickets for the 21-and-older show cost $15 and are available at


Inaugural New Year’s Eve Back Mountain Trail 5K Race

Say goodbye to 2021 at the inaugural New Year’s Eve Back Mountain Trail 5K Race.

Registration begins on Friday, Dec. 31, at 3 p.m., and the race starts at 4 at Cheder Menachem, 59 Parry St., Luzerne.

Awards will be given to the first, second and third overall male and female finishers as well as the top male and female finishers in several age groups{span}.{/span}

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‘My Salinger Year’

Catch a screening of “My Salinger Year ‘’ as part of Albright Memorial Library’s weekly Wednesday Movie Matinee series in the

The show begins at 2 p.m. in the Henkelman Room of the library at 500 Vine St., Scranton. The film is not rated and highlights the story of a college grad who takes a job working for writer J.D. Salinger. Masks and social distancing are encouraged.

Registration is required for the free film. To register, call 570-348-3000 or visit