1. First Day Hike
Enjoy an easy two-and-a-half mile First Day Hike at Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums, on Tuesday, Jan. 1.
The group will meet in the park’s front parking lot by the bulletin board. The hike will start at 1 p.m.
Guests should dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear, as the trail could be icy or covered with snow in some parts. The trail also is not stroller-friendly. Pets are not permitted on this hike. The hike is free, but registration is required and can be done online at events.dcnr.pa.gov. For more information, call 570-403-2006.
2. Everhart exhibits
Catch two exhibits at the Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton, while you still can.
“American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times” and works by neo-expressionist artist Hunt Slonem will be on display through Monday, Dec. 31.
On the first floor, guests will find a collection of 77 images from several sources that span the entire period of Kennedy’s life in politics, from his congressional bid in 1946 to the day of his death in 1963.
The second floor features works by Slonem, who is best known for his paintings of animal subjects.
Also on the second floor, visitors can view the Everhart’s permanent collection, which includes pieces that span several time periods and cultures.
The museum is open Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will close in January for maintenance.
Admission costs $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and $3 for children 6 to 12. Active service members with ID and children 5 and younger get in free.
For more details, visit everhart-museum.org or call 570-346-7186.
3. A Proud Monkey
Dave Matthews Band tribute act A Proud Monkey will perform Friday, Dec. 28, at 10 p.m. at River Street Jazz Cafe, 667 N. River St., Plains Twp. Doors for the 21-and-older show open at 8 p.m.
The group features Dustin Switzer on vocals and guitar; Jon Ventre on bass; Chad Szeliga and Matt Kester on drums; Carl Krupa on woodwinds; Mark Woodyatt and Michaelina Trapane on violins; and Neil Nicastro, Aaron Fink and Jon Nova on guitar.
Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased online at riverstreetjazzcafe.com. For more information, call 570-822-2992.
4. Carlos Mencia
Comedian Carlos Mencia will take the stage at Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub at Mount Airy Casino Resort, 312 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono, on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7.
Fans will recognize Mencia from his stint hosting the show “Mind of Mencia” on Comedy Central. At his live show, he will deliver the commentary on current events and culture that he is known for.
Tickets for the 21-and-older event cost $45 and $60 and can be bought online at mountairycasino.com.
For more information, call 877-682-4791.
5. Harlem Globetrotters
The Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their Fan Powered World Tour to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp. Catch the show Saturday, Dec. 29, at 2 and 7 p.m.
There will be over 20 opportunities for fans to directly interact with members of the team. Guests also can look forward to the exclusive features of the event’s new mobile app, which includes an augmented reality basketball toss game and image filters that can be shared on social media.
During the show’s breaks, the Flying Globies, a trampoline dunk team, will entertain fans with its acrobatic stunts.
Tickets start at $18 and can be bought at the box office, ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000.