1. LRCA Riverfest
Lackawanna River Conservation Association will take to the water once again for its annual Riverfest.
Set for Saturday, May 12, the event will include the traditional Canoe-A-Thon, a timed run that launches from David Maslyar Park, Archbald, and Blakely Borough Recreational Complex and heads down the Lackawanna River to the finish line at Sweeney’s Beach Recreation Area, Poplar Street, Scranton.
In the regatta, meanwhile, the LRCA invites people to use their imaginations to craft vessels to ride on the river from the Poplar Street bridge to Sweeney’s Beach at 3 p.m. Participation is free.
LRCA also will offer the Duck-A-Thon, a fundraiser in which 10 rubber ducks will hit the water upstream from Sweeney’s Beach. A drawing from the ticket containers corresponding to the winning ducks’ numbers will decide who wins the $500, $250 and $100 cash prizes. Duck tickets cost $5 for one, $10 for three and $20 for eight.
To register for the activities and find more information, visit lrca.org or call 570-347-6311.
2. Artisan Marketplace
An Upvalley event will raise money for the Catherine McAuley Center.
The Artisan Marketplace will take place Saturday, May 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Anthracite Center, 41 N. Main St., Carbondale. Guests will find more than 25 handmade arts and crafts vendors — ranging from jewelry and baked goods to chainsaw carvings and fused glass — on two floors plus live music by Chris Mullineaux.
Admission is $2, and all proceeds will go to the Scranton center that helps women, children and homeless individuals and families with housing and other resources. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.
3. Scranton StorySlam: Word to Your Mother!
The Scranton StorySlam returns with a Mother’s Day-themed edition.
The “Word to Your Mother!” show will take place Saturday, May 12, at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the tales begin at 8:30.
The StorySlam challenges participants to tell a true story in five minutes without notes, and the winner receives a cash prize and the Slammy trophy. Simone Daniel will emcee the event.
For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Leadership Lackawanna’s Core Program class of 2018 and the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum will celebrate 250 years of anthracite coal mining in the state with a special program Saturday, May 12.
The free event at the museum in McDade Park, Scranton, runs from 9 a.m. to noon and lets visitors view a 250th anniversary commemorative display Leadership Lackawanna developed and learn about the area’s coal-mining past. A plaque unveiling will take place at 10.
For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.
5. University concerts
Two Scranton universities will host spring concerts this week.
Marywood University will present the Spring Gala Concert on Thursday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. in Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts, 2300 Adams Ave. Admission is free. Visit marywood.edu or call 570-348-6211 for details.
Also that night, at 7:30, the University of Scranton’s string orchestra, symphonic band and concert choir will perform in the free Pre-Commencement Concert at the campus’ Houlihan-McLean Center, 800 Linden St. For more information, visit scranton.edu/music or call 570-941-7624.