1. Traveling Broke and Out of Gas at the Keys
    As part of a Northeast tour, Indiana-based band Traveling Broke and Out of Gas arrives at the Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton, for a night of music supported by local acts. 
    Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 8. There is a $3 cover.
    Originally formed as a husband-and-wife duo, the group has since expanded in size and released three albums of folk-inspired sounds. The band delivers a passionate live act that includes songs inspired by social justice, sustainability, human rights, freedom, family, cooperation and love.  
    Supporting the band on Friday night are Wilkes-Barre-based acts the Charming Beards and Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms.
    For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
  2. Montrose Chocolate and Wine Festival
    Chestnut Street in downtown Montrose fills with food, drinks and music for the 10th annual Montrose Chocolate and Wine Festival on Saturday, May 20.
    Gates are open from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m., regardless of weather. Presale tickets are $20. Tickets at the gate are $30 or $10 for non-drinking guests ages 16 and over. Wine-tasting participants must provide a valid ID to gain entry to the festival.
    Attendees receive complementary wine glasses at the gate. The festival features 75 vendors for wine tasting and chocolate. Musical acts Driftwood, Woodshed Prophets, the Bones of J.R. Jones and Canary Circus provide entertainment all day long.
    The festival also marks the opening of the latest exhibit at the Butternut Gallery, which features works by local artists.
    Proceeds from ticket sales and donations benefit Montrose community projects, such as the Endless Mountain Health System, the Montrose Library and Early Education Projects.
    For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.chocolatewinefestival.com.
  3. M.J. Dougherty’s Red Umbrella Tour
    Actor, author and speaker M.J. Dougherty arrives on Sunday, May 21, at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton, as part of his Red Umbrella Tour.
    Tickets are $10 in advance and free for children and students. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15. The “Red Umbrella Carpet” starts at 2:30 p.m.
    Dougherty, originally from Clarks Summit and currently living in Los Angeles, released his memoir, “Life Lessons from a Total Failure,” to high praise last year.
    The Red Umbrella Tour features Dougherty sharing stories from Northeast Pennsylvania, Hollywood and his life in general.
    Dougherty’s talk will be followed by a Q&A, book signing and light refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at event.
    For more information on Dougherty, visit www.mjdougherty.com. To purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
  4. Donn’s Dash RunRaiser at the Susquehanna Brewing Co.
    On Thursday, May 18, the Susquehanna Brewing Co. hosts Donn’s Dash RunRaiser for a night of beer, food and raffle prizes to benefit a good cause.
    Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The fundraiser starts at 6 p.m.
    Proceeds benefit the ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, and will help provide assistance to ALS patients and their families throughout Northeast Pennsylvania.
    The event is organized by Donn’s Dash 5K Run, which hosts its third annual race and fun run this June in Wilkes-Barre.
    For more information, visit the event Facebook page.
  5. NEPA Cornhole Tournament
    The Radisson Lackawanna Station hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, hosts the Northeastern Pennsylvania Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, May 20.
    Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the tournament starts at 11. Registration is $50 per team, with a 64-team limit for the event. 
    The top four teams that place will be eligible for $1,500 in cash prizes awards.
    The lawn game favorite features players throwing bean bags at a raised platform with a hole in its far end.
    To register, visit www.nepacornhole.com/tournaments. For more information, contact nepacornhole@gmail.com.
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