1. Penne for Jenny
Dig in to pasta this weekend and help a woman in need.
The Penne for Jenny pasta dinner fundraiser aims to raise money for Jennifer Fata Grullon, who is undergoing treatment for the rare infectious disease mycobacterial avium intracellare and an autoimmune deficiency. The event will take place Saturday, Feb. 16, from noon to 5 p.m. at Eynon VFW Post 7963, 284 Main St., Archbald. It also will include drinks, basket raffles, a 50/50, live music and a kids corner.
Grullon’s path to a diagnosis took 18 months and involved seeing 14 doctors and specialists; undergoing six biopsies, a surgery, and numerous tests and scans; and visiting either an emergency room or urgent care facility more than 10 times. Insurance has not covered all of her medical bills, which also include copays, medication and travel costs.
All of the proceeds from the dinner will go toward her medical expenses. Tickets are available in advance through the Facebook event page and at the door and cost $12. Guests can eat in or take out their meals.
2. The Mac King Comedy Magic Show
Comedian and magician Mac King will bring his unique brand of entertainment to the Theater at North, 1539 N. Main Ave., Scranton, on Saturday, Feb. 16. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show runs from 7 to 9:30.
King is in his 17th year as an afternoon headliner at Harrah’s Las Vegas and recently was dubbed “Magician of the Year” by the Magic Castle, Hollywood. His act — which includes sleight-of-hand, making himself invisible and audience interaction — has allowed him to break a Guinness world record, participate in numerous NBC television specials and a performance on “Late Night Show with David Letterman.”
Tickets for the all-ages show cost $25 to $35. For more information or tickets, visit the box office; call 570-800-5020, ext. 102; or visit thetheateratnorth.com.
3. Clarks Summit Festival of Ice
A galaxy far, far away, comes much closer this weekend when the annual Clarks Summit Festival of Ice embraces “Star Wars.”
This year’s theme, “Ice Wars,” takes inspiration from the popular sci-fi series and incorporates it into events that include film screenings, trivia, cookie-making, ice-carving demonstrations and much more throughout the borough and surrounding area. The event will run from Friday, Feb. 15, to Sunday, Feb. 17.
The annual parade will begin Friday at 7:30 p.m. and move along South State Street in downtown Clarks Summit.
For more information and a schedule of events, visit theabingtons.org or call the Abington Business & Professionals Association at 570-587-9045.
4. Winter film festival
The Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, will open its winter film festival with a gala Friday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m.
The gala will include screenings of “Green Book” and “The Old Man & the Gun” as well as popcorn, beer, wine and dessert. Tickets cost $25, and reservations are required. Call 570-996-1500 to reserve.
The festival will continue through Thursday, March 7. Other films guests can catch during the run include “Boy Erased,” “Beautiful Boy,” “Mary, Queen of Scots,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” “Colette,” “The Wife,” “Free Solo,” “The Guilty,” “Tea with the Dames,” “Becoming Astrid,” “Shoplifters,” “Bathtubs over Broadway,” “Maria By Callas,” “The Bookshop,” “Studio 54,” “Science Fair,” “Swimming With Men,” “A Private War” and “Liyana.” Tickets for individual movies cost $8.50.
For more information, visit dietrichtheater.com.
5. Fireworks and torch light parade
The ski slopes will alight once again for Montage Mountain Resorts’ annual fireworks and torch light parade on Saturday, Feb. 16.
The action will run from 5 to 9 p.m. at the resort, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton, and include free live entertainment, “Paw Patrol” character appearances, family-friendly activities and prize giveaways.
About 100 resort employees and friends will hit the slopes at dusk, gliding down the Mainline Trail with torches in a ski parade. A pyromusical firework display will follow.
For details, call 570-969-7669 or visit montagemountainresorts.com.