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So many gifts, so little time!
When it comes to buying gifts, there are always one or two people that just stump you. They seem to have everything they need, and the only ideas you come up with — a new Mercedes, an exotic pet, a trip to the Bahamas — are just a wee bit too extravagant for your budget. If you feel caught between the same old bottle of Chardonnay and a castle with a moat, here’s a couple of fun ideas that won’t break your budget or disappoint. Check it out:

Three cheers for beer — If there’s a beer lover, or two, on your holiday list this year, we have the perfect stocking stuffer: tickets to the Electric City Craft Brew Fest at the Scranton Cultural Center.
A new event to the Electric City, thousands poured in to the SCC in April to sample the finest craft brews the area has to offer. We’re pleased to announce the Times-Shamrock event will be held on Sunday, April 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. Festival goers will enjoy sampling more than 50 craft brews and hors d’oeuvres, home brewing demonstrations, food pairing discussions, craft brew info sessions and live entertainment. (You must be 21 to attend this event).
Buy your tickets before Dec. 31 for $32 for general admission, or $52 for VIP tickets. For more information, visit, and don’t forget to “like” the Electric City Craft Brew Fest on Facebook so you’ll see the latest updates on this exciting event.
Tickets are on sale now. Visit the Scranton Cultural Center Box Office or call 344-111. Tickets are also available at or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Now that’s entertainment — There are some big names and great shows coming to The 570 next year. The F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre will host blues legends Buddy Guy and Johnny Lang on Feb. 23; the Irish Tenors on March 8; and famous comedian Bill Cosby (can you still picture those awesome ’80s Cosby sweaters?) on April 5, just to name a few. To see a complete list of shows and find the perfect tickets for someone special on your list, visit

The Scranton Cultural Center also offers a great lineup in 2013. Broadway Theater League will present our favorite creepy, kooky, mysterious and all together ooky family, the Addams Family, on Feb. 15, 16, 17 and 18. This smash-hit musical comedy brings the bizarre and fantastic world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to life on stage. The following month, the SCC will welcome Celtic Woman on March 19; the perfect way to help someone special on your list continue their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

So you think you know local trivia? — If someone on your list is a local history buff, or just somehow happens to know all those off-the-wall tidbits of information unique to northeastern Pennsylvania, why not let them show off their knowledge of local trivia with a Scranton-opoly or Wilkes-Barre-opoly?
Play your way around Scranton and Wilkes-Barre in a hometown version of this classic game filled with local landmarks. Both games are available now in limited edition for $19.95. Scranton-opoly is available at Gertrude Hawk Chocolate Shops, Fidelity Bank branches, Gerrity’s Supermarkets, Mohegan Sun, Cooper’s Seafood House, and Library Express in the Steamtown Mall. Proceeds benefit Scranton Tomorrow.
Wilkes-Barre-opoly is available at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Cross Valley Credit Federal Union branches, Gerrity’s Supermarkets, Schiel’s Shursave stores, Misericordia University Bookstore & Penguins Team Store, McCarthy Tire & Auto Center, the Osterhout Free Library, Grotto Pizza, Lucky’s SportHouse and MotorWorld. Proceeds benefit Leadership Wilkes-Barre.
That’s the scoop! Thanks for reading, and I’ll meet you here again next week.

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