1. Books Appétit
Valley Community Library’s largest fundraiser, Books Appétit, will take place Thursday, May 2, at the library, 739 River St., Peckville.
The annual event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and includes a wine tasting with Case Quattro Winery, food from dozens of local restaurants, open bar featuring soda, beer and wine, raffle baskets and prizes.
Proceeds from Books Appétit will be used for library’s programs and services and to purchase new and upgraded equipment. The fundraiser also will serve as a NEPA Match Day event. For every dollar raised, Scranton Area Community Foundation will match it up to $1000.
Tickets cost $25 and are available in advance or at the door. For more information, call 570-489-1765.
2. Actors Circle at Providence Playhouse presents ‘Pygmalion’
Actors Circle at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton, will present “Pygmalion” Thursday, April 25, through Sunday, April 28, and Thursday, May 2, through Sunday, May 5.
Thursdays through Saturdays, the show will start at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
The story focuses on two linguists who make a bet they can transform the life of Cockney, working-class flower girl by teaching her proper English dialect. One of George Bernard Shaw’s best known plays, it’s an updated version Greek legend of Pygmalion and Galatea. A musical version of the story, “My Fair Lady” was later adapted into a Broadway musical and film.
Tickets cost $12 general admission, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students. On Thursday, April 25, tickets cost $8 for general admission and senior citizens and $6 for students. For reservations, call 570-342-9707.
3. ‘Saturday Night Live with the Oldies’
Debra Records Music presents “Saturday Night Live with the Oldies” featuring Elvis tribute artist Gino Mercuri, the Mahoney Brothers, Jukebox Heroes and Leather & Lace.
The show takes place Saturday, May 4, at St. Mary’s Center, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show begins at 7. There will be a cash bar as well as a food court provided by Villa Maria II.
General admission tickets cost $30 in advance and $35 day of show. VIP seats cost $45 in advance and $50 day of show.
Tickets can be purchased online at debrarecordsmusic.com or by calling 570-499-4904.
4. 18th annual Free Comic Book Day
Regional shops will celebrate the 18th annual Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 4.
Rubber Mallet Comics, 802 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston, kicks off the day with costumed heroes, Funko Pops, statues and pins available starting at 10 a.m. for all ages. Free comic books including titles from Avengers, Spider-Man, Doctor Who, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pokemon, Stranger Things, Riverdale, Firefly and more, as well as DC Comics’ special “Year of the Villians.”
For more information, call 570-655-5522 or visit rmcomics.com or the shop’s Facebook page.
Comics on the Green, 307 N Washington Ave., Scranton, will host face-painting, sales and free comics on hand from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The all-ages event also will host writer Scott Beatty from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., known for works including “Batgirl Year One,” “The Ultimate Guide to Batman” and “Star Wars Adventures.”
For more information, call 570-342-5960 or visit the event’s Facebook page.
5. ‘Taste of Fringe’
The SPACE at Olive, 541 Wyoming Ave., Scranton will host “Taste of Fringe” on Thursday, May 2, from 6 to 9 p.m.
The evening, which benefits Scranton Fringe Festival and its 2019 season, features live performances, visual art, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar.
Tickets cost $25 and are available online. There also will be a limited number of tickets to purchase at the door.
There will be free parking on the street and within the Lackawanna College parking lot, directly across the street from the venue. Guests are asked to wear the official Fringe colors, red, white or black.
For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page or call The SPACE at Olive, 570- 346-2421.