Community calendar, week of Sept. 3, 2014

First Posted: 9/2/2014


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, begins 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, begining 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.

Italian Language Classes, at the Waverly Community House, 6 weeks beginning Sept. 6, 11 a.m. Info: 570-586-8191 or


Sept. 4: United Way Kick-off Clam Bake, at Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Cost: $30. Reservations (deadline Aug. 29): Info: 570-343-1267.

Sept. 5: Game Night With Wii, at Abington Community Lirary, 6:30 – 8 p.m. For grades 4-6.

Sep. 5-7: Zen Work Exchange Weekend, at Endless Mountain Zendo. The schedule includes zazen meditation and practice instruction, dawn morning service chanting, outdoor kinhin walking, morning and evening zazen. Outdoor projects, weather permitting. Also some indoor projects. Vegetarian meals. Begins Friday evening with 5:30 p.m. supper and ends Sunday by 2:30 p.m. Info/register: or 570-925-5077.

Sept. 6: Fall Pizza Sale, at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Order due by Aug. 31 by calling 570-587-3206. Pickup time: 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Plain – $10, Pepperoni – $12. With or without onions. Ready to bake (directions included) or freeze.

Fall Mum Sale, at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Orders due by Aug. 31 by calling 570-587-3206. Pickup time: 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. 1-2 plants- $7.00 ea. 3 or more- $6.50 ea. 9” size in color choice of red, orange, purple, white, or yellow.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel, at Abington Community Library, 1 – 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Teen Leadership Committee. For grades 4 – 12.

Our Lady of the Abingtons 47th annual Fall Festival, from 5 to 11:30 p.m at the parish grounds in Dalton. Pig roast and music by Milton Delgado. Also, Sept. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Chicken barbecue and music by The Quietmen.

Our Lady of the Snows /St. Benedict/Passionist Twinning Program in Jamaica, at the OLS parking lot, 301 S. State St., Clarks Summit, from 9 to 11 a.m. Also, Sept. 13. Collection items requested include school supplies, clothing, electronics, household materials, college textbooks, and medical supplies. Info: Grace Dawgert at 570-587-5437.

Sept: 7: Rally for Reilly, at The V-Spot in Scranton, 1 – 8 p.m. A fundraiser is being hosted in order to raise funds and awareness for Reilly Itterly, a 12 year old girl from Clarks Summit who will undergo spinal fusion surgery to treat severe scoliosis. Cost: $5 donation at the door. Info:

Breakfast Buffet, at the Newton Ransom Volunteer Fire Company, 1890 Newton Ransom Boulevard, Clarks Summit, 8 – 11 a.m. Cost: Adults $8 and children 12 and under $4.

Sept. 9: Volunteer Fair, at the University of Scranton’s McIlhenny Ballroom, DeNaples Center, 11 a.m. Pre-registration required for area nonprofit agencies offering volunteer opportunities for students. Info/register: 570-941-7429 or email

The Knights of Columbus Abington Council No. 6611 Monthly BINGO Night, in the Gathering Room at Our Lady of the Snows church, 7 p.m. Cost: no cover charge; cards are 5o cents each or three for $1 per game. Complimentary light refreshments will be served. Wheelchair accessible. Info: 570-587-1390.

Sept. 10-12: Abington Senior Community Center bus trip to Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland, including two nights lodging, two breakfasts, two dinners, guided tour of historic Baltimore, tour of Annapolis and the Naval Academy, one-hour “Inner Harbor Spirit” cruise to see the Tall Ships, and view a Blue Angels practice session. Cost: double occupancy, $354; Single Occupancy, $443. Info/reservations: 570-586-8996.

Sept. 11: Annual Commemoration of September 11, at the Memorial Site in McDade Park, 8 a.m. Hosted by the 911 Memorial Committee of Lackawanna County.

Sept. 12: Interdependence Day 2014, at the Scranton Cultural Center, 5:30 p.m. This year’s event features a panel discussion themed “Indifference to Interdependence.” Panel members include: Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D. JCL, of the Diocese of Scranton; Reverend Tawan Edward Bailey, Pastor, Bethel A.M.E Church in Scranton; Rabbi Moshe Saks, of Temple Israel in Scranton and Gary Drapek, Executive Director, United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties. Sondra Myers will moderate the panel.

Sept. 13: William Walker Hose Company Golf Tournament, at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, 140 Sandy Banks Road, Greenfield Twp., 9 a.m. shotgun start. Cost: $75 per person or $300 per team (includes: greens fees, lunch, dinner, beverages, and prizes. Info/register: call Bill at 570-466-4835 or John at 570-840-3414; registration forms are also available online at

Caravan for Cancer Fundraiser, at Masonic Hall, 118 N. Abington Road, Clarks Green, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Flea market, baked goods, various food items. Rain or shine.

Sept. 14: Nicholson Bridge Day, on Main Street and downtown Nicholson. More than 50 vendors are expected with various products for sale, and the event will feature live entertainment, children’s games, food, a talent show at 11 a.m. on Main Street and more. Info: Karen at 570-942-6747 or Joan at 570-942-4481.

The Rotary Club of the Abingtons’ 10th Annual Taste of the Abingtons, at the Nichols Village Hotel and Spa, 1101 Northern Boulevard, Clarks Summit, 5-8 p.m. Dozens of local restaurants and eateries will provide specialty food items for sampling. Proceeds benefit numerous local Rotary projects in the Abingtons community and beyond. Cost: $25. Tickets may be obtained from any Rotary Club of the Abingtons member; by calling the chair, John Regula at 570-586-6931; or at Peoples Security and Trust (Abington Office, 1100 Northern Blvd.), Nichols Village Hotel and Spa, or Everything Natural.

September Vesper Service, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Montrose, at 6 p.m.

“Community Heroes” Service, at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit, at 10 a.m. The service will honor local law enforcement, fire and rescue personnel, and first responders. Refreshments will be served following the service. Info: 570-587-3206.

Sept. 15: The Marian C. Bell Foundation’s 9th Annual P.A.R. for Parkinson’s Golf Tournament and Dinner, at The Country Club of Scranton, 12 p.m. Includes an 18-Hole Golf Tournament, a cocktail reception, dinner and awards ceremony. Cost: golf package ticket price is $225 (includes greens fees, cart, driving range, lunch, cocktails and dinner) and tickets for cocktails and dinner only are $100. Corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities available. Proceeds benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Register: Info: or 312-852-0005.

Sept. 16: The Mountain View Garden Club meeting, at the Clifford Township Fire Company, 1025 Route 106, Clifford, 7 p.m. This month’s program will be a presentation by Julie Novak and Sherri Kukuchka from Creekside Garden Center in Tunkhannock. All are welcome to attend.

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

Sept. 19: Homemade pirogie sale, at St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Mayfield, in the Church Center on Hill St. Fried and frozen raw pirogies will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis from noon to 4 p.m. Cost: $7 per dozen. Business establishment orders will be delivered upon request. Orders may be faxed to 570-876-2534.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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. 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, games, food, baked goods.

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

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.

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