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Downtown Wilkes-Barre comes alive with events every season of the year.  The City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day and Christmas parades attract over ten thousand each year.  Parade day activities are customized for the whole family to enjoy. The Christmas parade culminates with the arrival of Santa and the lighting of the City’s Holiday Tree on Public Square at dusk. The 3rd weekend in May Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square is transformed into the home of the Fine Arts Fiesta.  Celebrating its 50th year in 2006 the Fiesta hosts craftspeople, artists, and musicians from near and far along with ethnic food booths during this 4 day outdoor tented spectacular celebration of the arts.  The Farmer’s Market begins each June on the Square. One will find the best and freshest produce provided by dozens of regional farmers each Thursday through November. “Party on the Square” plays host each September to the new and returning students attending the regions five colleges. Pizza eating contests, themed activities, live music and fashion shows are part of the celebration. First Fridays, travel throughout the downtown providing food, drink and music, with all proceeds benefiting local charities.


Upcoming Downtown Events:

4/25Cantores Christi Regis Choir Spring Concert
TIME:7:30 PM
PLACE:King's College - J. Carrol McCormick Campus Ministry Center
The choir will perform a program of classical and contemporary, sacred and secular, choral music.

4/25Luzerne County Historical Society Annual Meeting
TIME:5:30 PM
PLACE:Westmoreland Club, 59 South Franklin Street
The Luzerne County Historical Society holds its 156th Annual Dinner Meeting, featuring guest speaker Serena Georgia Bellew, Director of the PA Bureau for Historic Preservation. Ms. Bellew will speak about Community-Wide Historic Preservation in the Wyoming Valley.

4/26Hannah Packard James- Highlights in Osterhout Free Library's Early History
TIME:1 p.m.
PLACE:Osterhout Free Library
Bernadette Lear, librarian at Penn State, discusses Wilkes-Barre's first public librarian & a Pennsylvania Library Association founder, Hannah Packard James, and other early library history. Refreshments will be served.

4/26Healthy Kids Day
TIME:8 - 9:30 a.m.
PLACE:"Eagen Auditorium, University of Scranton"
"Guest speaker is Michael Fairbanks, co-founder and CEO of ontheFRONTIER, a Monitor Group Company based in Cambridge, MA and author of ""Plowing the Sea."" Mr. Fairbanks will be discusssing his economic development strategies in Atlanta, Austin, San Diego, Pittsburgh and Raleigh/Durham."

4/26CALC Spring Concert
TIME:5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
PLACE:Luzerne County Community College Corporate Learnig Center
Chamber members networking with other members

4/26Knit & Crochet Group ONE MORE ROW
TIME:September thru October
PLACE:various
"The VNA holds these clinics in various supermarkets,malls, grocery stores, department stores,local businesses, etc"

4/27ANTIQUE APPRAISALS
TIME:1:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m
PLACE:Boscov's Auditorium, 15 S. Main St. Wilkes-Barre
Did you always want to know if that certain something was really worth $$$$$. Then this is the session for you. Bring one item to Cook & Cook Estate Liquidators and you will find out the value of your item. Also, meet some great people in our community and have some fun.

4/27Max Fine Memorial 5K Race
TIME:8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
PLACE:Luzerne County community College Educational Conference Center/Nanticoke
"""New Ideas for the New Millennium"" Networking Opportunities panel presentations information display"


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