Community calendar, week of Sept. 17, 2014

First Posted: 9/16/2014


Abington Community Market, open Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Local growers sell their vegetables and more behind the South Abington Elementary School.

South Side Farmers’ Market, 159 Cedar Ave., Scranton, open every Saturday through October, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hosted by United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Elm Street Revitalization Project. Fresh food, baked goods, wine, herbs and other items are available from local vendors. Info: 570-346-6203 ext. 16.

The Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory fall program, began Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and will continue each Wednesday and Friday evening through Friday, Nov. 14. The astronomical programs will feature an illustrated lecture and weather-permitted observation through telescopes. Cost: free. Info: 570-945-8402 or

The Newton Recreation Center Fall Hours, Sept. 2 – May 31 the center will be open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – noon and 3 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday noon – 5 p.m. Info: 570-586-2117.

The Abington Heights Special Education Department’s monthly special education parent informational sessions, beginning Sept. 16 in the Administration Building, second floor, 200 East Grove Street, Clarks Summit, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The first session will be an informal meet and greet with parents and Dr. Fran A. Rassouli, Director of Special Education. All community members are invited to attend, and a sign language interpreter will be present. Meetings will continue Oct. 14, Nov.18, Jan. 13, Feb. 17, March 17, April 14 and May 12.

Cub Scout Pack 251 Registrations, at Clarks Green United Methodist Church, 119 Glenburn Road, on Sept. 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Also, Sept. 24. Boys in grades first through fifth, or 6-10 years old, may register. Info: call Brian at 570-815-1279.

Finishing the Fight will send Halloween to deployed troops in Afghanistan, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia. The organization is accepting donations of Halloween treats, with the exception of chocolate, as well as handmade cards from children. Donations can be made at the following locations until Oct. 6th: Alo’ Me Salon, 271 Scranton Carbondale Highway, Dickson City; Betty Brite Cleaners, 1564 Main St., Peckville; Hopscotch Children’s Boutique, 201 Church St., Jessup and Twisted Scissors Beauty Salon, 310 Lackawanna Ave., Olyphant. Those with a deployed loved one are invited to give the name and addressto be put on the monthly packaging list. Info: call Angel Lubeck at 570-614-6341 or visit

The Abington Area Community Classroom offers fall classes, at various locations. Info:, 570-563-2401, 570-954-6650 or

Project Re-entry is seeking items for Christmas at the Lackawanna County Prison. Items sought include: wrapped candy, women’s socks, greeting cards, toothpaste, soap, VO5 Shampoo, Suave shampoo, writing paper, BIC stick pens cookies and monetary gifts. Donations may be delivered to 29 New York St., Scranton, by Dec. 6.

Dress for Success Going Places Network, Sept. 18 and 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 20 and 30 and Nov. 6, at Abington Community Library in the Ryon Room. For women searching for employment, who would like to learn about interviews, resumes, LinkedIn and more. Cost: free. Registration required. Info: 570-941-0339 or

Accessory Drive, at Abington Community Library, through Oct. 1. Donations of gently used purses, jewelry scarves and other women’s accessories for Dress For Success Lackawanna can be dropped off during regular library hours in a marked box near the circulation desk.


Sept. 17: The NEPA Coast Guard Veterans Association’s monthly meeting, at Perkins Restaurant on route 315 in Pittston Township, 6 p.m. Any Coast Guard Veterans, Active Duty or Reserve are welcome to attend. Info: call Neil at 570-288-6817.

Chicken-n-Biscuit or Ham Dinner, at Clifford United Methodist Church, Main St., from 4 to 6 p.m. Take-out or dine in. Cost: $8.95- includes dinner, dessert and a drink.

Sept. 18: NEPA Aging Network Alliance “Successful Aging” event, at The Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 North Blakely Street, Dunmore, doors open at 4 p.m. Topics include: elder law, housing, community services and elder care. RSVP: 570-558-6160 or

After School Stories, at Abington Community Library, 4 – 4:45 p.m. Features stories, a craft and book suggestions. For students in Kindergarten through third grade.

Sept. 19: CANCELLED: Homemade pirogie sale, at St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Mayfield, in the Church Center on Hill Street.

Calligraphers’ Guild of Northeastern Pennsylvania meeting, at Marywood University’s Insalaco Center for Studio Arts Room 336A at 7:30 p.m. Info: (570) 287-2485. Free. Refreshments will be served.

Free Car Seat Checkup, at Com-munities that Care, 42 Philadelphia Ave., Tunkhannock, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Introduces new best practices, including keeping children rear-facing until they are 2 years old. Certified car seat technicians will be on hand. Info: or call 1-800-CAR-BELT. Event will also be held Sept. 26 at AAA North Penn, 1035 North Washington Ave., Scranton, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sept. 19-21: The University of Scranton Family Weekend, at various campus locations. Info: 570-941-4222 or

Sept. 20: Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast, at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar in the Viewmont Mall, 8 – 10 a.m. Supports the East Benton United Methodist Women. Tickets/info: 570-563-2370. Tickets available at door while supplies last.

Chicken and Biscuit Dinner, at Tompkinsville United Methodist Church, 1448 Heart Lake Road, Jermyn, 4 – 7 p.m. Eat in or take out. Cost: $10 for adults and $6 for children. Advance tickets (also available at the door) 570-254-4640.

Star Party, at Salt Springs Park, 7 p.m. Mike and Mary Sinkovich will give participants some tips on using a telescope. Then the group will move to the field, where viewing is ideal, and the Sinkovichs will read the sky. Bring a flashlight to transform into a red light.

Children’s Health Fair, at Penn State Worthington Scranton. Includes a variety of free health screenings, and free child health and safety demonstrations and information, as well as fun-filled educational activities for children and their parents and guardians. Cost: free. Info: 570-963-2644.

Completing the Common Application with Jennifer Kresock, at Abington Community Library, 2 – 4 p.m. NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates will present the following topics: creating a common application account, detailed instructions on completing the common application, common application deadlines and other requirements, choosing recommenders, the common application essays, the common application college supplements and final submission and payments.

Young Eagles Rally, at Seamans Airport, Nicholson, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free airplane rides will be given to kids ages 17 and under along with information on how to obtain a pilot’s license. Info/directions: 570-945-5125, 570-840-0703, or Rain date: Sept. 21.

Sept. 21: Scars and Stripes: The Remarkable Story of Waverly’s Black Civil War Soldiers, at the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, 2 p.m. Presented by the Lackawanna Historical Society and The Comm, this multimedia presentation will be led by author and Waverly native Jim Remsen. His lecture will chronicle the 13 black men who left their safe haven in the Abingtons to volunteer for the Union Army and return south into harm’s way. Info: 570-344-3841 or

All You Can Eat Breakfast, at Clarks Summit Fire Company No. 1, 321 Bedford Street, 8 a.m. – noon. Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for children under 10.

Horse Show, at the Dalton Fire Company Carnival Grounds. Refreshments provided by the Dalton Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. Info: 570-267-6259 or

Roald Dahl Day, at Abington Community Library, 3 – 4 p.m. Roald Dahl’s birthday is Sept. 13, and children are invited to celebrate with a belated party at the library, featuring snacks, crafts, activities, and stories.

Back to Church Sunday, at Waverly Community Church, 101 Carbondale Road. Sunday School for all ages begins at 10 a.m. and the worship service and junior church at 11 a.m. A free lunch will follow the service. Info: or

Sept. 22: 16th Annual “Bringing the World to Northeastern Pennsylvania” at the Convention Center at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance’s premier international trade event. Info: 570-655-5581 or

Dalton Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary BINGO, at the fire hall, doors open at 6 p.m. and games start at 6:45 p.m.Info: 570-563-1268.

Veterans Discussion Group, at Abington Community Library, 2 – 3 p.m. Network and meet fellow veterans for informal discussion. There will be coffee compliments of Aseracare.

Sept. 23: Wake Up With The Arts Breakfast, at The Mohegan Sun Club at PNC Field, Moosic, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Featured Speaker Dr. Polly K. Carl will give a presentation on “Building A Community-Centered Movement of Theater Practitioners.” The breakfast serves as a creative networking event that focuses on educating, motivating and inspiring the public to use the arts, area artists, and art organizations, businesses and agencies to enhance the quality of life in the communities that comprise Lackawanna County. Cost: free (suggested donation is $5). Register: or 570-963-6590, ext. 106.

Hoagie sale, at St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral’s church center on Hill Street, Mayfield 12 – 2 p.m. Cost: $5. (includes hoagie and a bag of chips). Business establishment orders will be delivered. Order deadline: Setp. 21. Orders: 570-876-0730, 570-876-1191 or 570-876-0391.

Sept. 26: Christmas in September, at St. Michael’s Center, 403 Delaware St., Jermyn, from 4 to 8 p.m. Also, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ethnic food including homemade pierogies, homemade stuffed cabbage, potato pancakes and clam chowder. Basket raffles, baked goods, craft vendors, entertainment and more. Classic Car Show Sept. 28. Call Dan at 570-677-2615.

Sept. 27: PROSPER 5K Run/Walk, at the Olive Street Trailhead on the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, Scranton, 9 a.m. Proceeds from the event will be used for PROSPER evidence based drug and alcohol prevention programs in the Carbondale Area and Scranton School Districts. Cost: $20 for adults and $15 for children under 12 before Sept. 13, $25 for adults and $20 for children under 12 after Sept. 13. Info: 570-963-6842.

Steamtown National Historic Site Entrance Fee Free Day, celebrating National Public Lands Day. Includes complimentary admission to the park grounds, museums and scheduled walking tours. Info: 570-340-5200 or

Flea Market and Bake Sale, at Kingsbury Lodge Hall, 410 Delaware Ave., Olyphant, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Benefits projects of the Grace E. Barthold #216 Order of the Easter Star and the Kingsbury Lodge. Vendor tables available. Info: call Bill at 570-604-1815.

Trolley Trail Walk, on the Countryside Conservancy’s trail, meeting in the upper parking lot of Church of the Epiphany at 10 a.m. Joshua Arp, a local tree and environmental expert and Clarks Summit Tree Commissioner, will highlight area flora and fauna along the way. Sponsored by Abington Area Community Classroom, the walk will be about one-and-a-half miles long, and is a prelude to Oct. 10, which will feature an opening of new sections of the trail. Info: 570-563-2402 or

Sept. 28: Scout Day, at Lackawanna State Park, 12:45 – 5 p.m. The day’s programs are to help meet some aspects of certain badge requirements and will include topics of geo-caching, leave no trace, outdoor skills and a National Public Lands Day service project. Cost: $2 per scout. Registration (required): call Gina Kellet at 570-945-7110. Info:

Third Annual Harvest Moon Fest, at Hillside Park, 1188 Winola Road, South Abington, 12 – 4 p.m. rain or shine. Includes a cow flop, children’s activities, Fall-themed arts and crafts, canoe rentals, a bounce house, face painting, live music, live characters, various vendors and more.

“Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother: The Key to Bringing America Back to Order” presentation, at St. Mary’s Center, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, 3 p.m. Award-winning author of “Return to Order”, John Horvat II is presenter. Cost: free. Info: 570-239-3363.

Sept. 29: Hillside Harvest Moon Festival, at Hillside Park, 12 – 4 p.m. Rain or shine. Features a cow flop, children’s activities, fall-themed arts and crafts, canoe rentals, bounce house, face painting, live music at the pavilion, live characters, food, various vendors and more. Cost: free. Info:

Sept. 30: Abington Community Library TLC Meeting, at the library, 4 – 5 p.m. A group of tweens/teens focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections, and more. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to come and share thoughts and ideas.

Oct. 1: 17th annual Sports/Celebrity Memorabilia Auction, at Diamond United Methodist Church, West Diamond Avenue and North Locust Street, Hazleton at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. $2 donation includes refreshments. Auction will include autographed photos, trading cards, mini footballs, books, and other assorted memorabilia. Info: 570-454-4661.

Oct. 2: The Century Club of Scranton and The Lackawanna Historical Society’s Centennial Gala, at The Century Club of Scranton beginning with cocktails at 6 p.m. Tickets: 570-344-3841.

Oct. 3: Fall Rummage Sale, at Dalton United Methodist Church, 125 S. Turnpike Road, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also, Oct. 4 from 8 a.m. to noon. Dropoffs on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Seasonal items welcomed. No electronics. Info: 570-587-3755 or 570-563-1619.

Oct. 4: Old Fashioned Fall Festival & Craft Fair, at Waverly United Methodist Church, 105 Church St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors, pumpkin painting, children’s games, food, baked goods.

All About Apples, at Salt Springs Park, 2 p.m. Features displays, stories, and artifacts highlighting the importance of apples through time. Fresh apples will be turned into a “delightful treat.”

Meet and Greet Civil War Generals, at The Lackawanna Historical Society’s Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton, 6:30 p.m. Living historians will animate the past as members of the Confederation of Union Generals during a wine and cheese reception. Cost: $10. Reservations (required): 570-344-3841 or For info about a train excursion with the historians, contact Steamtown National Historic Site at 570-340-5200.

Homemade Pyrohy Sale, at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church’s Parish Center, 428 North Seventh Ave., Scranton, 2 – 6 p.m. Made fresh the day of; not frozen. Cost: $7 per dozen. Order deadline: Sept. 29. Orders: 570-342-3749.

Oct. 5: Corpus Christi Annual Harvest Festival Turkey Dinner, at Corpus Christi Church in Montdale, 12 – 5 p.m. Cost: $11 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets may be purchased at the door and include a turkey dinner with mashed potatoes and vegetables, as well as sauerkraut slaw, stuffing, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, pie, and beverages. Take-outs are available.

Oct. 11: Clarks Summit Fire Company Open House, at the fire hall, 321 Bedford St., Clarks Summit, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Features live demonstrations, tours of the trucks and station, classroom contests that lead to a pizza party, free refreshments provided by the auxiliary, fire truck rides, meet and greet with the firefighters, special guests and more.

Oct. 18: St. Vladimir Parish Annual Flea Market, at the Parish Center, 428 North Seventh Ave., Scranton, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Benefits the Parish Children’s Religious Education Program. Ukrainian and American foods will be available for purchase. Vendors: contact Daria at 570 963-1580.

Radical Raptors, at Salt Springs Park, 11 a.m. After a short presentation about broad-winged species like eagles and falcons, participants will hike to the Friends’ land’s highest point in hopes of catching some in flight.

Oct. 19: Lacawac Sanctuary’s 2014 Lake to Lake 8K Trail Run and Woods Walk, at Lacawac Sanctuary in Lake Ariel, Cost: $25 for the 8K and $15 for the woods walk, until Oct. 13. Info: 570-689-9494 or email

Octoberfest, at Salt Springs Park, 1 p.m. Explore the hop plant from vine to vat beginning with a presentation in the Wheaton House and ending with a beer-making demonstration at Endless Brewing. Register: 570-967-7275.

Oct. 22: Celebration of United Nations Day, at Marywood University’s Center for Natural and Health Sciences in the first floor conference room, 6 – 8 p.m. Includes the reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a brief history of the United Nations, a mock demonstration of the United Nations Security Council, and a video message from United Nations Secretary General Ban Kimoon. Cost: free. Info: 570-961-4581 or

Bus trip to Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, sponsored by Queen Victoria’s Court. The trip will include a visit of the exhibit, “Death Becomes Her,” a display of 30 ensembles of mourning gowns from 1815-1915 including those worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra. Cost: $55. If interested, call Margaret Messana at 570-587-5264.

Oct. 24-25: Abington Business and Professional Association’s Fall Fun in the Abingtons, at various locations around downtown Clarks Summit. Features business scarecrow competition, artistic pumpkin display and competition, Halloween child and pet parade, trick-or-treating and more. Info: 570-587-9045.

Oct. 25: South Abington Lions’ Halloween in the Park, at South Abington Park from 6 to 8 p.m. Pumpkins, story telling, candy and refreshments. Children 10 and under are welcome to attend.

Oct. 26: The Century Club fall bus trip, to the Tri-Cities Opera Company at the Forum in Binghampton, N.Y. The bus leaves from the rear of the Century Club at 1 p.m. and will return at 8:30-9 p.m. The day trip will be $75 for members excluding dinner. The cost for non-members is $85. A non-refundable payment is due Sept. 1 and final payment is due Oct. 1.

Oct. 28: Marywood University’s Bi-annual Book Swap, in the Fireplace Lounge in Marywood’s Nazareth Student Center, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A wide selection of titles and genres, including digital books, will be available. All proceeds will benefit university-related initiatives. Cost: free admission.

Nov. 22: South Abington Lions’ Turkey Bingo, at the Chinchilla Hose Company from 7 to 10 p.m. A gift card raffle will be drawn at the end of the evening. Tickets may be purchased in advance through any South Abington Lions Club member or at the door. BYOB.

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