Arts and entertainment calendar, week of Dec. 16, 2015

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The Wyoming County Players annual musical, ‘The Christmas Schooner,’ 7 p.m. Dec. 18 and 2 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Waverly Community House. Cost: $10 for general admission and $7 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 570-836-6986.

‘Our Present and His Presence’ live nativity, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19 and 5 p.m. Dec. 20 at Clarks Green Assembly of God, 204 S. Abington Road, Clarks Green. This drama of a live nativity includes a variety of animals and performers, special music, and more at the expanded site across from the church parking lot. Also includes home-made cookies and warm beverages in the fellowship hall by the fireplace. Cost: free. Info: 570-586-8286 or

The Arcadia Chorale’s 32nd Annual Messiah Sing-Along, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Scranton. Cost: $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and WVIA members, and free for students. Info/reservations: or 570-871-0350.

The Ballet Theatre of Scranton’s 40th annual presentation of ‘The Nutcracker Ballet,’ 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26, 27 and 28 at Marywood’s Sette LaVerghetta theater. Cost: free. Reserved seat tickets are available to the general public, on a first come, first serve basis, at the Marywood box office, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, two hours prior to each performance. Info: 570-347-2867.

First Night Scranton: ‘Past, Present, Future,’ New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 to midnight, New Year’s Day, Jan. 1 at various downtown Scranton locations. An alcohol-free celebration of art and culture that gives families an affordable alternative to traditional New Year’s Eve parties. Features live music, dance, magic shows, children’s activities, horse-drawn carriage rides and more. Cost: $10 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens and those with military identification. Children under age 5 are admitted free. Info: or 570-499-6360.

‘Terezin and Kurdistan – A Journey: How do we break this chain of inhumanity?’ exhibit, Jan. 23 – Feb. 28 with a gallery talk at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at Marywood University’s Suraci Gallery. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Photographs, by Michael Mirabito, Ph.D., portray former atrocities as well as the human need for normalcy. Exhibition is the inaugural presentation of the virtual Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center at Marywood University.

2016 Scholastic Art Awards for NEPA awards presentation, 1 p.m. Jan. 30 at Marywood University’s Mahady Gallery. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


Writers’ Group, 7 - 8:30 p.m. every Thursday (ongoing) at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. All genres and levels of writing are welcome. For ages 18 and up. Cost: free. Info: 570-833-5246.

Warrior Writers, 6:30-8:30 p.m. second Mondays at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. These writing workshops support artistic exploration and expression and provide a safe space to share experiences in the military culture. Open to all veterans and service members. Cost: Free. Info/register: call 570-996-1500.

Afternoon Book Club, 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Abington Community Library. Discuss “A Is For Alibi” by Sue Grafton. For adults.


Decorative Painting, 12 to 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 16 to adult. Instructor: Teresa Brewer. Cost: $20 per class, plus cost of painting surface. Register (required): 570-996-1500.

Steam Works ‘Make a Snow Globe’ workshop, 12 to 3 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20 at The Mall at Steamtown. Steam Works, a new collective of artists in the greater Scranton community, welcomes people of all ages to enrich their creative spirits through a series of winter workshops. No pre-registration required. Cost: $7. Info: or 570-507-4128.

Steam Works ‘Print Your Own Holiday Cards’ workshop, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20 at The Mall at Steamtown. Pre-registration (required): Cost: $7. Info: 570-507-4128.

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