Lists serve as great reminders of what is right at your fingertips. Here in the Lifestyles department, we’ve come up with a few lists of our own.

Our occasional feature, “10 Things,” highlights some of Northeast Pennsylvania’s best offerings and provides helpful tidbits. Today, we highlight 10 ways you can enjoy the outdoors this spring and, in many instances, give back to the community at the same time.

For the Kids 5K
Support Four Diamonds to help conquer childhood cancer. A fun run begins after the 5K ends.
Where: North Pocono High School, 97 Bochicchio Blvd., Covington Twp.
When: Saturday, March 24; registration, 8:30 a.m.; 5K, 10 a.m.; fun run, approximately 10:45
Details: Registration costs $25 for the 5K and $5 for the fun run. For more information, call 570-780-2144 or 570-241-4588.

Benjamin August Memorial 3-Mile Run and Walk
Held in memory of Sandy Rifkin’s father, Benjamin August, and husband, Arnold Rifkin, the run and walk organized by the Jewish Community Alliance of NEPA goes through South Wilkes-Barre.
Where: Run starts at Northampton Street and finishes on the River Commons, Wilkes-Barre
When: Sunday, March 25; registration, 9:15 a.m.; race, 10:30
Details: Registration costs $15 before Sunday, March 25,, and $17 on race day. Make checks available to Jewish Community Alliance and mail entry fee and official entry form to Rick Evans; JCA, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. For more information, call 570-824-4646.

Healthy Kids Day
This free community event focuses on getting kids to move and learn and encouraging families to live healthier lifestyles. The day includes a kids’ fun run starting 10 a.m., rides, a petting zoo, face-painting, a magician, bounce house, health fair and much more.
Where: Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore
When: Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Details: For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Jog for Jude
Join the fourth annual Jog for Jude, held in memory of Jude Zayac, who died as a result of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and help raise awareness and money for SIDS research. The event includes a 5K and one-mile fun walk/run.
Where: Dunmore Community Center, 1414 Monroe Ave.
When: Sunday, April 22; check-in, 7:30 a.m.; races, 9
Details: Registration for both the 5K and fun walk/run costs $25 for adults and $10 for children 6 to 13 and is free for children under 6. Participants who sign up on or before April 3 receive a race T-shirt. Visit

Seventh annual Max Fine Memorial 5K Race and 1-Mile Walk
After Max Fine died at 61 in June 2011, the first memorial race took place the following year to commemorate the life of a man who brought joy to and inspired those who knew him. Proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Where: JCA Wilkes-Barre, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre
When: Sunday, April 22; packet pick-up, 8:30 a.m.; race, 10:30
Details: Online registration closes Thursday, April 19. After then, only race-day registration will be available. For more information, visit or contact Michael Fine at 570-954-0124 or

Abington Area CROP Hunger Walk
Celebrate Earth Day by helping a nationwide initiative that educates and raises funds to fight hunger. The six-mile walk represents the average distance people walk to access water in third-world countries. Twenty-five percent of all donations benefit local food ministries.
Where: Dalton United Methodist Church, 125 S. Turnpike Road
When: Sunday, April 22; registration, 1:30 p.m.; walk, 2
Details: Register or donate online at For more information, email Michelle Whitlock at

Family Earth Day Hike
Spend Earth Day hiking along the trails of Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. A guided hike will include stops to listen, smell, touch and observe nature in the spring.
Where: 93 MacKenzie Road, Moscow
When: Sunday, April 22, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Details: Admission is $5; pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 570-842-1506.

28th annual Take Back the Night
Join the national rally against relationship violence and sexual assault during Sexual Assault Awareness month. A pre-rally gathering includes information tables, activity booths, music and refreshments. After the pre-rally, the community will march to the University of Scranton Alumni Memorial Green for the annual rally including speakers, music, an open mic and candlelight vigil..
Where: Jane Kopas Women’s Center at University of Scranton, 800 Linden St.
When: Thursday, April 26, 5 to 11 p.m.
Details: Contact

PLCTA 5K Run/Walk for Autism Awareness
Join Parents Loving Children Through Autism Foundation for its 5K. All proceeds will go toward PLCTA to support its youth group, activities and other programs for families raising kids with autism.
Where: Nay Aug Park, 500 Arthur Ave., Scranton
When: Saturday, April 28, 8:30 a.m.; walk, 11
Details: Online registration costs $20 and ends Wednesday, April 25. For more information, email, or call 570-344-2512.

14th annual Moonlight Walk and 5K/10K Run
All proceeds from the Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA’s annual nighttime walk and run benefit children who have experienced physical and sexual abuse or neglect.
Where: Nay Aug Park, 500 Arthur Ave., Scranton
When: Saturday, April 28; registration, 5 p.m.;, 5K walk, 6:15; 5K/10K runs, 7
Details: Online registration costs $25 for the 5K walk and run and $30 for the 10K run. Those who register online at by April 12 are guaranteed a T-shirt and food voucher. Day-of registration costs $5 more. For more information, visit or call 570-969-7313.


—By Mariana Correa