Best bets for weekend entertainment

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The Scranton Cultural Center was packed during the 5th Annual Buy Local Holiday Marketplace on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer

Rob and Andrea Schmidt, of Scranton, with their daughter, Keira, 3, have their hands full of Christmas items during the 5th Annual Buy Local Holiday Marketplace. Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer

Red Cross Holiday Craft Show

The American Red Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania presents its 23rd annual holiday craft show Saturday, Nov. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Featuring more than 150 vendors at Kingston Armory, 280 Market St., Wilkes-Barre, the show includes a variety of items for sale, from soaps and woodcrafts to jewelry and clothing. The event will also feature tastings from Pennsylvania wineries and homemade food.

Admission is $5 and free for children under 12. Visit or the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Night Ranger and Loverboy

Two ’80s rock groups join forces Friday, Nov. 24, when Night Ranger and Loverboy co-headline a show at F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 8.

Known for its arena rock sound and style that has transcended the era it was born in, Night Ranger has sold more than 17 million albums since its debut in the 1980s. Loverboy, founded in 1979 and best known for the hit song “Working for the Weekend,” has earned four multi-platinum plaques over the years.

Tickets start at $29.50 and are available at the box office, and 570-826-1100.

Buy Local Holiday Marketplace

Cross a few items off your Christmas list while supporting local artists at the sixth annual Buy Local Holiday Marketplace.

The shopping event takes place Sunday, Nov. 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave. Across five floors of shopping, 120 vendors will sell jewelry, accessories, handmade decor, fine art, pet gifts and more.

Admission is $2, and the first 1,000 shoppers receive a free reusable shopping bag. Visit or the event’s Facebook page for more information.

‘The Nutcracker’

Experience the dancing and music of the New York City Ballet at a screening of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker.”

The program takes place Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 3 p.m. in the Community Room in the lower level of Lackawanna County Children’s Library, 520 Vine St., Scranton.

The high-definition recording was filmed Dec. 11, 2011, at the David H. Koch Theater in New York City and is provided to the library through the Lincoln Center On Screen program.

Admission is free. Visit or the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Middleswarth Chip Eating Contest

The third annual Middswarth Potato Chip Eating Contest returns on Saturday, Nov. 25, at Sabitinis Bottleshop & Bar, 1901 Wyoming Ave., Exeter.

Presented by Northeast Snacks, contestants will have five minutes to chow down on as many Middleswarth potato chips as they can. A winner will be determined based on total weight of potato chips consumed.

Participation tickets are sold out, so no addition entries are available to enter the contest. But, spectators are welcomed and encouraged.

The event is all-ages and participants begin their chip venture at 11 a.m. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

A portion of all proceeds benefits Camp Koala, a free bereavement camp for children.

For information, visit

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