Community calendar, week of March 26, 2014

First Posted: 3/25/2014


June 7: Wyoming Seminary Day/Lower School Reunion Weekend, at the Forty Fort campus. The event is open to all those who graduated from the school, originally named the Wilkes-Barre Day School, and will feature various activities, tours of the school building a luncheon and a reception and dinner at the Huntsville Golf Club. Info/register:


Clarks Summit Fire Company No. 1 Looking for New Members in Fire Fighting and Emergency Medical Services. No experience needed, training will be provided. Info: 570-586-9656, or stop by the Clarks Summit Fire Hall at 321 Bedford St.

Cell phone collection, Abington Heights High School Students Against Destructive Decisions is collecting cell phones at the high school. All cell phones are cleared and programmed with 911 for use by the elderly. The phones may be dropped off in the main office of the high school.

Overeaters Anonymous meetings, First Presbyterian Church, 201 Stone Ave., Clarks Summit, weekly, Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m. and Sun., 4 p.m. Info: 570-587-4313.

Volunteers needed for Ombudsman (Resident Rights’ Advocate) Program. Community neighbors who are trained to help clarify responsibilities and the rights of those in long-term living facilities. Must be over 18. Info: Sylvia Kolosinsky, Director of volunteer services, 570-344.3931.

4-H program requests volunteers to teach project skills and serve as role models for youth. Adults needed to serve as volunteer leaders of 4-H clubs (five or more members, ages 8-19). Policies and procedures to ensure that 4-H programs take place in a positive and safe environment. All individuals must successfully complete the Penn State Cooperative Extension’s screening process for volunteers before volunteer work can begin. Info: 570-963-6842.

Cub Scout Pack 251, sponsored by the Clarks Green United Methodist Church. Info: Cub Master Tom Sheakoski, 586-8049 or

The Scranton Rescue Missions offers food and clothing. The Scranton Rescue Mission, 8 W. Olive St., offers community service and meals every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 5:25 p.m. Free haircuts first and second Saturday of the month during Bible Study. Every Sunday evening following the evening service, the mission distributes non-perishable food and clothes. Anyone in need of spiritual help, food or clothing can contact or 570-357-6677.

Senior Citizens for Senior Dog, Sponsored by Laura’s Hope Rescue. Unites humans and dogs who are in the same period of their lives. Seniors willing to help other seniors in need can contact the rescue at 570-280-2083.

Boys and Girls Club Car Donation Program for Boys and Girls club in U.S. Cars do not have to be functional, but need a title. The cars are sold at auctions and funds benefit the club. Info: 1-800-246-0493.

Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania, Resource Center for Autoimmune Diseases, Lupus screenings, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Registered Nurse Consultant, Tuesdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Gluten- Free Information Exchange, fourth Thursday of every month located at Wegmans, Dickson City 6 p.m.; Successful Living with Chronic Illness third Thursday of every month, Noon; 615 Jefferson Ave, Scranton. 888-995-8787.

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Workforce Readiness program is looking to enroll new participants who are interested in receiving help with resume creation, job search and application requirements, interview skills and career exploration. The program is for out-of-school youth, ages 21 and under, who are currently looking for employment and live in Lackawanna County. Info: 570-961-1592 ext. 105.

The Abington Area Community Classroom offers a variety of ongoing classes. Info: For updated listings, visit or call 570-954-6650.

Monthly Bereavement Support Group, The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Hospice and Home Health of Lackawanna County offers a monthly bereavement support group meeting at their office, 301 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant. The support group meets the third Thursday of each month. Info: 570-383-5180.

The American Cancer Society seeks volunteer drivers. Drivers are needed to take patients to and from treatment appointments in Lackawanna County. Drivers need a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license, automobile insurance, a clear background and driver check. Orientation is provided. Volunteer assignments are flexible; transportation is needed during the daytime hours during the week, Monday through Friday. You can drive your vehicle or the American Cancer Society van where available. Info: 570-562-9749.

Serving Seniors, Inc. volunteers needed, Serving Seniors is seeking dedicated and caring people of all ages to provide friendly visits and companionship to residents in Long Term Care and Personal Care Homes within Lackawanna County. Visitation volunteers help improve the quality of life of an older adult. Training provided. Info: 570-344-3931.

The Newton Recreation Center, 1814 Newton Ransom Blvd., Clarks Summit, announced it’s Fall hours, Sept. 1 – May 31, 2014: Monday through Friday, open from 9 a.m. to noon, closed from noon to 3 p.m. and open 3 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, open noon to 5 p.m.

The Keystone College Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory began its spring series of public lectures and viewing sessions March 12 and continues each Wednesday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. through May 30. Spring sessions will be held regardless of sky conditions and canceled by the threat of severe weather. Cost: free. Large groups interested in attending should call 570-945-8402 or email

The Chinchilla Hose Company’s annual pizza sale, every Friday during lent, beginning March 7, 3 – 7 p.m. Red, White, and White Broccoli Pizza will be available from the Fire House on Shady Lane Road in Chinchilla. Orders can be placed on the day of the sale by calling 570-586-5726 and walk-ins are welcome. Prices are Red: $11; White and white broccoli, and 1/2 and 1/2 pizza’s: $12. 2 liter bottles of soda: $1. All Proceeds benefit the operations and needed equipment of the Chinchilla Hose Company of South Abington Township.

AAC Class: Navigating the Online Super Highway; Thursdays May 1, 8, 15 and 22 at First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Jeff Brozena will show participants how to craft a Facebook profile to stay in touch, write and maintain a blog, use Twitter to follow their interests, and learn new read-it-later services such as Pocket ( Participants should bring a laptop, if able. Cost: $25. Register by April 21.

Bottle cap collection, through April 1. The Abington Community Library needs hundreds of clean plastic bottle caps, all sizes (up to coffee can lid size) and colors for a “novel” event coming to Clarks Summit in April. Caps can come from laundry products, milk, juice, sports drinks, water, whipped cream, honey, medicine, and yogurt containers. Caps can be dropped off at the Abington Community Library, the Abington Art Studio, or Everything Natural before April 1.

Leadership Lackawanna now accepting applications for its 2014 Core Program Class, deadline to apply is April 30. Participants gain leadership, interpersonal and managerial skills, as well as an enhanced understanding of the issues relevant to the Greater Scranton area, through monthly sessions. Members of the class also devote a large portion of their time to develop and implement community projects, hence enhancing their leadership abilities, fostering teamwork, and benefiting local nonprofit organizations. Info/apply: or call Nicole at 570-342-7711.

Easter candy donations sought for overseas U.S. troops, Finishing The Fight is collecting the candy via drop-off boxes at: Ferrone Family Winery, Peckville and Scranton stores; Hopscotch Children’s Boutique, Jessup; Gravity Inn, Waymart; Dickson City Civic Center, Dickson City; Juniors, Throop; Sylvester Chevrolet, Peckville; Baer Harley Davidson, Honesdale; Y Knot, Moscow and Buona Pizza, Scranton. Drop off deadline is April 1. Info:


March 28: The Clifford Community Youth Group’s Seventh Annual Homemade Easter Egg Sale, at the Clifford United Methodist Church. Homemade peanut butter or coconut cream eggs will be available for pick up on March 28 and April 5. Cost: $2 each. Preorders (appreciated): call Pastor Peg at 570-222-3331 or Robin Correll at 570-222-4344.

March 30: Pet Easter Celebration, at Toyota Scion of Scranton, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Attendees can get their pets’ pictures taken with the Easter Bunny for a $5 donation to benefit Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

April 5: Community Egg Hunt, at Stroney Field at Hillside Park, 1188 Winola Rd., Clarks Summit, from 10 a.m. to noon. Children up to age 12 are welcome. Other kids activities will be available. Rain or shine event. Free. A bake sale will benefit the AAJRB. Info/pre-registration: 570-343-3270.

April 10: Homemade “Paska” (Easter) Bread & Kolachi Sale, at St. John’s Russian Orthadox Cathedral, 706 Hill St. Mayfield, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also, April 11. Raisin and white bread will be sold in Paska size only. Paskas are $8 each. Kolachi (nut, poppyseed, lekvar & apricot) are $10 each. Orders may be placed by calling 570-876-0730, 570-876-3372, or 570-876-0391. Business establishment orders may be faxed to 570-876-2534.

April 12: Easter Egg Hunt at the Waverly Community House on Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m. There will crafts and breakfast in the gym, along with a visit from the Easter Bunny. Cost: $10 per person. Children under the age of one are free. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at the Comm office from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekdays. For more information, call 570-586-8191, Ext. 2.

April 13: Greater Scranton Jaycees Easter Egg Scramble, at Everhart Pavilion, Nay Aug Park, Scranton, 12 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and parents are reminded to leave pets at home. Cost: free. Info:

April 18: Good Friday Service and Communion, at Waverly Community Church, 101 Carbondale Rd., at 7 p.m.

April 19: Egg hunt, puppet play and crafts, at Waverly Community Church, 101 Carbondale Rd., from 10 to 11 a.m. Free for children 12-years-old and younger.

April 20: Resurection Worship Service, at Waverly Community Church, 101 Carbondale Rd., at 11 a.m.

Resurrection Sunday Sunrise Service and brunch, at New Life Community Church, 301 Delaney St., Hanover Twp. Sunrise Service: 8 a.m., brunch 8:45 a.m., Worship Service and music 10 a.m. Free admission and parking. Group reservation are necessary for the brunch: 570-639-5433.


March 26: The Annual Day of Reflection, Sponsored by the Church of St. Gregory’s Women’s Guild, at Saint Gabriel’s Retreat House, 631 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit. Registration runs from 9 – 9:30 a.m., the conference begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by meditation and lunch, then Mass and the day concludes at 3 p.m. Conference leader: Father Philip Altavilla, pastor of Saint Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton. Cost: $25. Info/reservations: call Nancy at 570-586-9227.

Scranton Half Marathon Volunteer Organization Meeting, at the Ice Box sports complex in Scranton, 7 p.m. The Inaugural Scranton Half Marathon, to be held April 6, is in need of hundreds of volunteers. Those who are unable to attend the meeting but would like to sign up, may do so at the Race Expo April 5 at the Ice Box. Each volunteer will receive a tee shirt.

March 27: Vegetarian, the three’s, at the Abington Area Community Classroom on March 27. Karen Belli will show you how to create interesting, nutritious, and delicious soups, salads and sandwiches. Register by March 17.

Re-purpose Jewelry, at First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit at 7 p.m. Sharon McCrone will help you create beautiful one-of-a-kind jewelry from odds and ends you may have collected. Bring your buttons, nuts and bolts, old jewelry, broken watches, etc., and your imagination. Cost: $20. Register by March 17.

The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children’s Five-Year Anniversary Celebration, at the South Abington campus, 6 p.m. The evening will feature a cocktail hour, gourmet menu, desserts and a silent auction. Cost: $50. Tickets: 570-585-7029 or

March 27 and 28: Marywood University’s Third Annual “Beyond GI Joe: The Contemporary College Student Veteran” Symposium, at the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life on campus. The seminar will offer an intensive and interactive professional development experience to enhance attendees’ understanding of today’s veteran and strengthen their ability to better serve this growing population. Register/info: or call Linda at 570-340-6060 or Jill at 570-340-6061.

March 28: AAC presents Slam in the Summit, live storytelling competition at Duffy’s Coffee Shop, 312 S. State St. at 7 – 8:30 p.m.; Storytellers (slammers) have 5 minutes to narrate their tale based on the event’s theme, “What doesn’t kill you.” Local judges will decide the winner. Hosted by Mike Stevens from WNEP-TV. Cost: One food item donated to the local food pantry. Register by March 18.

Computer Programming Contest for high school students, at the Loyola Science Center, University of Scranton, 9:30 a.m. Registration required. Info: 570-941-4221.

Local Mission Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the Benson and Hedrick families, at the Dalton United Methodist Church, 125 South Turnpike Rd., take-outs available beginning at 3:30 p.m. and serving 4 – 6 p.m. All you can eat with open salad bar. Cost: Adults $10, children 3-11 $6 and under 3 free. Tickets: call Ron at 570-406-8409 or Pat at 570-945-5586.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids Sake, at South Side Bowl 125 Beech St., Scranton, at 6 and 7:15 p.m. Cost: $150 per team of 5 or $30 per person -includes pizza, soda, prizes, and entertainment. Info/register: Vivian at 570-347-5616 ext. 3340. Also, March 29 at noon and 1:30 p.m.

March 29: “Growing Up WILD” Educator Workshop, at Lackawanna State Park Environmental Learning Center, 1 – 4 p.m. Three hours of ACT 48 hours or PQAS credit are available. A professional development workshop written for formal and non-formal educators of young children ages 3-7. Participants will receive the “Growing Up Wild: Exploring Nature with Young Children” guide, which correlates to the National Association for the Education of Young Children Standards, as well as the Head Start Domains. Cost: $10 materials fee. Space is limited . Register: 570-945-7110 or under “Events Calendar.”

Annual Ladies Tea, at South Abington Elementary, 1 – 4 p.m. The tea will be catered by Caravia fine foods with desserts provided by Minooka Pastry Shop. Coffee and of course tea will be served. Cost: $20 (advance purchase only). Info/tickets:

Birthday Bash for Dr. Seuss, at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple’s Creative and Performing Arts, 420 N. Washington Ave. Scranton, 10 a.m. – noon. A free showing of “The Lorax” will be held at noon. The event will feature arts and crafts, song and dance from the musical “Seussical, Jr!”. The party will include a cake, provided by Cathy Reppert of Truly Scrumptious.

An Evening with Friends at La Dolce Vita: Celebrating the Sweet Life with Cookies, Cordials, and Cappuccino, 6 – 9 p.m. The Friends of the Abington Community Library are holding this fundraiser. Cost: $10 per person (includes a complimentary 2014 Friends of the Abington Community Library membership.) Must be over 21 and have a ticket to enter. Info:

Spring fashion show at Modish Boutique at Christopher’s Salon and Day Spa 6 p.m.; fashion show begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Connell Bldg., 125 North Washington Ave. Scranton. The event will feature raffles, music, food and drinks feautring local sponsors. Donations at the door and raffle tickets benefit Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

March 29: “Party with the Pros” at the Electric City Trolley Museum 6 – 9 p.m. The event will feature former Major League Baseball stars and members of the 1980 World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies, Greg ‘The Bull’ Luzinski, Major League Baseball all-time hit leader Pete Rose and former Phillies head coach Dallas Green. Tickets are $60. The VIP event for $100, features an additional intimate cocktail party with the players from 5- 6 p.m., and then admittance into the 6-9pm event as well. All proceeds go to the KRW Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to support local charities that target youth and community development.

March 30: Keystone College Sugar Shack Open House, at the Sugar Shack, located on the east end of campus near Christy Mathewson Field, 1 p.m. The public is invited to see how maple syrup is produced and learn about the sugaring process during this hands-on event. Guests are asked to dress for the weather. Pre-registration (required): contact Sharon at 570-945-8555 or

March 31: Dalton Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary BINGO, at the Dalton Fire Hall, doors open at 6 p.m. and games begin at 6:45 p.m.

Open Closet, at Grace Bible Church, 130 University Dr., Dunmore (behind Sheetz), 6 – 9 p.m. Available are clothes and shoes in all sizes from infant through adult, coats, baby items and household items. Everything is free. Info: 570-342-5651.

Schemel Forum Luncheon: An American in Paris: Straddling Two Educational Cultures, in the Rose Room, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton, at noon. Presented by Celeste Schenck, Ph.D., president of the American University in Paris. Cost: fees vary. Info: 570-941-7816 or email Emily.brees

Prevention and Treatment of Youth Sports Injuries, at Allied Rehab Hospital, 475 Morgan Hwy., Scranton, at 6 p.m. Free presentation featuring Dr. Jack Henzes and Dr. Michael R. Tracy. Call 1-888-REHAB-PA to register.

April 2: “Kazakhstan and Central Asia: History, Culture, Politics and Economy, at The University of Scranton in the Weinberg Memorial Library, 5:30 p.m. Cost: free. Reservations/info: 570-941-7816.

“Artists and Athletes: Finding Your Fit at the College Level” forum, at Wyoming Seminary’s Stettler Learning Resources Center, North Sprague Ave., Kingston, 7 p.m. The event will feature a panel discussion and a workshop regarding for all students in middle and high school who are interested in arts or athletics and considering post-secondary education. Cost: free. Info: 570-270-2125.

April 3: Boy Scout Troop 251 Spaghetti Supper, at the Clarks Green United Methodist Church, 119 Glendburn Rd., 5 – 7 p.m. Menu: Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, drinks and various deserts. Cost: Adults $8, children (10 and under) $5.

Nutrition for Women, at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock, continuing Thursdays, April 10, 17 and 24, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Instructor Donna Fetzkowill will teach about the importance of eating healthy, natural foods throughout life to improve and maintain optimal health and enjoy healthy and productive lives. Cost: free. Register: 570-996-1500.

April 4: Regional Additive Manufacturing Summit: Discover how “3-D Printing” Can Benefit Your Business, at Keystone College in the theater in Brooks Hall, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Features a welcome breakfast; keynote speakers John Dobstetter, of Stratasys, Inc. and Jon Lash, CEO of Digital Atelier, LLC; panel discussions with regional manufacturers and local entrepreneurs; a Topp Business Solutions Networking Lunch and working additive manufacturing equipment on display throughout the event. Cost: free. Register: or 570-819-8966, ext. 110.

Abington Heights High School Boys Volleyball fundraiser, at Damon’s Grill and Sports Bar, Clarks Summit from 11 a.m. to midnight. 20 percent of each bill will benefit the team if you mention Abington Heights volleyball.

Homemade Pirogie Sale, at St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 701 Hill St., Mayfield, from noon to 4 p.m. Homemade pirogie (deep fried or frozen uncooked). $7 per dozen. Sold on a first come first serve basis. Business orders may be faxed to 570-876-2534 no later than Thursday, April 3. Info: 570-876-0730 or 570-876-0391.

April 5: American Lung Association’s Arena Climb, at Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre. Participants will climb one entire floor, both up and down (over 1,224 steps) at the arena and can stay to watch a Penguin’s hockey game afterwards. Includes various prizes for top teams. Each participant is timed and will earn a T-shirt and action photo. Register/info: or 570-823-2212.

Etiquette Class: “Great Events,” at the Waverly Community House. For ages 4 – 7 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. and ages 8 – 14 from 12 – 1:30 p.m.

Eastern Pennsylvania Philosophical Association Meeting, at Misericordia University in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The Misericordia University Department of Philosophy and the Living Philosophy Project are hosting Irene J. Klaver, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, University of North Texas, and other guest presenters for this spring meeting. Lunch will be provided. Cost: $25 for adults and $10 for students with a valid ID. Reservations (required by March 28): or 570-674-6738.

Second Annual Charity Pig Roast, at Fiorelli’s in Peckville, 6 – 10 p.m. Sponsored by Keystone Chapter of UNICO National. Proceeds benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern PA and other local charities. Features a Hawaiian Luau theme, a one-hour open bar with passed hors d’oeuvres, a complete Italian buffet, entertainment by Danny Argo with Frankie “G,” followed by dancing, a variety basket raffle and more. Cost: $50. Reservations (required by March 26): call Jim at 570-342-7975. Program sponsorships available by calling Mark at 570-343-7009.

April 5 and 6: Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints’ general conference, at the church building on Route 706 East, Montrose, at noon and 2 p.m. both days. Includes sessions of instruction, refreshments, tours of the building, and a pot luck. Info: 570-787-1730.

April 8: Misericordia University’s Adult Learner and Transfer Open House, in Room 431, Building 4 of Luzerne County Community College (LCCC), 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke, 4 – 7 p.m. Info/RSVP: 570-674-6791 or

Schemel Forum Showing of “Sweet Dreams,” at The University of Scranton in the Pearn Auditorium of Brennan Hall, 5:30 – 7 p.m. The documentary film by Lisa and Rob Fruchtman depicts three stories of Rwandan women as they navigate the successes and challenges of post-genocide Rwanda. Cost: free. Reservations: 570-941-6206 or

April 8: The Knights of Columbus Abington Council #6611 BINGO Night, in the Gathering Room at Our Lady of the Snows church, 7 p.m. Wheelchair accessible. Light refreshments provided. Cost: no cover charge; BINGO cards are 50 cents each or three for $1 per game. Info: call Chris at 570-587-1390.

April 9: Misericordia University’s Adult Learner and Transfer Open House, in the Board Room, second floor of Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton, 4 – 7 p.m. Info/RSVP: 570-674-6791 or

“The Mutiny on The Bounty: Myth and Fact”, at The University of Scranton in the Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library, 5:30 – 7 p.m. In celebration of the 225th anniversary of the mutiny on the HMS Bounty, University of Scranton benefactor, alumnus and book collector Edward R. Leahy will present this forum. A reception will follow. Cost: free. Reservations: 570-941-6206 or

April 10: AAC Class Italian cooking, at First Presbyterian Gene Romaldini will show participants how to create Baked Polenta with Fontina Cheese, Stromboli, and Homemade Linguini with Alfredo Sauce. Register by March 31.

The University of Scranton’s fourth annual Conference on Aging, on the University’s campus, 8 a.m.4 p.m. Area senior citizens and their family members and caregivers will receive information about preventive care and independent living, and medical professionals will hear from nationally renowned experts in fields of elder care about significant research findings and best practices concerning healthy aging. Cost: public track is free; professional fees vary. Registration (required): 570-941-5860 or

April 12: “Africa: Art, Memory, Culture,” at The University of Scranton in Brennan Hall, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The symposium will delve into the history, arts, economics and philosophy of Africa, African-Americans and the Caribbean. Includes lunch and a closing wine and cheese reception. Cost: $40; admission is free for University faculty, staff and students. Register: 570-941-6206 or

16th annual Library Auction Night, at the VFW in Montrose, (Route 706). Doors open at 4:15 p.m., Italian dinner buffet at 5 p.m., Auction 6 p.m. Cost: $10 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association. Info: 570-278-1881.

The Dalton Community Library Spring Book and Bake Sale, at the library, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. For sale to benefit the library is a large selection of adult and juvenile fiction and nonfiction at magazines, paperbacks, recordings, baked goods and more. Info: 570-563-2014.

Northeast PA Heart Walk, at Nay Aug Park, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton, registration at 9 a.m. and walk at 10 a.m. Info/register: or contact Susan at or 614-396-3507.

April 13: The Voluntary Action Center’s Preview of Fine Kentucky Derby Millinery and Afternoon Hat Tea, at POSH, 404 North Washington, Scranton at 1 p.m. Cost: $25. Includes pafternoon brunch and complimentary beverages. Cash bar available. Reservations: call Val at 570-347-5616.

Tails for Troops fundraiser, at the Abington Area Community Dog Park, 1-4 p.m. Benefits Paws and Stripes, a non-profit organization that provides service dogs to wounded military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorders and traumatic brain injuries. The goal of the event is to raise enough money to sponsor two wounded military veterans, while at the same time rescuing two shelter dogs. There will be homemade dog treats for sale, a K-9 talent and dog pageant, basket and 50/50 raffles, and additional local vendor sales. Info: 570-878-3085 or email

April 20: All You Can Eat Breakfast, at Clarks Summit Fire Company, 321 Bedford St., 8 a.m. – noon. Cost: $8 for adults; $5 for children 10 and younger.

April 21: “War and Peace in the Election of 1864,” lecture by James M. McPherson, in Wyoming Seminary’s Buckingham Performing Arts Center, North Sprague Ave., Kingston, 4 p.m. The noted historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and emeritus American history professor at Princeton University will speak about the Civil War and national elections. Audience members will be invited to ask questions following the lecture. Info: 570-270-2192.

Wyoming Seminary Upper School April Visitation and Re-Visit Day, in the Stettler Learning Resources Center, North Sprague Avenue, Kingston, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Registration deadline: April 18. Info/register: 570-270-2160 or

April 26: Rotary Club of Scranton’s Centennial Gala, at the Scranton Cultural Center, beginning with cocktail hour at 6 p.m., featuring music by a string ensemble from Marywood University, dinner to be served at 7 p.m. Keynote speaker for the evening will be Bryn Styles, the current Rotary International Director from Zone 24. Cost: $75. Tickets:

Comet Football Fan Club Night at the Races, at the Newton Ransom Fire Hall, Clarks Summit. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission: $10. Info: 570-351-1122.

April 28: “We Are All Others: The American Story” roundtable discussion, at The University of Scranton in the Weinberg Memorial Library, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Moderated by Julie Schumacher Cohen, director of community and government relations at the University, and Sondra Myers, director of the Schemel Forum. Limited to 30 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost: free. Register: 570-941-6206 or

May 4: Annual Rotary Club of the Abingtons Pasta Dinner, at Abington Heights High School cafeteria 1 – 5 p.m. In addition to award-winning meatballs in homemade special recipe sauce, there will also be salad, dessert and beverages. Dinners will be served by Rotarians and proceeds benefit some of the finest young people in the Abingtons participating in Band, Little League, and Interact as well as other Abington area youth initiatives. Take outs will be available. Price $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Tickets are available from any Abington Rotarian or you can call 570-947-2705.

Celebration of the Bluebells, at Endless Mountains Nature Center, 1 – 4 p.m. Info: or

May 16: Second Annual Rocco’s Garden Party, in the gardens at Our Lady of Snows, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Cocktails and hors d’ouvres will be served. Proceeds will be used to refurbish the gardens. Cost: $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door. Info: call Mary at 570-561-3875.

May 10: NYC Bus trip, leaves at 8 a.m. sharp in the Sears parking lot. Leaves NYC at 7 p.m. Cost: $28. Deadline: April 30. For trip information call 570-563-2402. Check our website for info packet, A registration form is required for each passenger.

June 7: 8th annual Flea Market/Craft Show, at the Clarks Summit Fire House, 321 Bedford St. Vendor set-up: 6 to 8 p.m. Open to the public: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Indoor spaces: $20, Outdoor spaces: $15. $5 more per space after May 24. Info: Nancy at 570-586-8061. The Auxillary will be selling RADA CUTLERY.



Marywood University Aphasia Support Group, in Marywood University’s McGowan Center, Room 1066, every Monday, from 1 – 1:45 p.m. A free community service support group of people living with stroke at any stage of their recovery. Family members and caregivers are also welcome. Info: 570.348.6299, ext. 2259.

Clarks Summit Fire Company Auxiliary meeting, 7 p.m. Clarks Summit Fire House, 321 Bedford St., second Monday of every month.

CMC Donor Site Blood Drives, noon to 4 p.m., second Monday of the month, CMC Professional Building Auditorium. Info: 570-969-8800.

NAMI Support Group, 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from in the CMC Professional Building, Auditorium. Info: 570-969-8986.

Guardian of the Redeemer Fellowship, on the first and third Monday of the month, hosted by the St. Thomas More Society of St. Paul’s Parish, 2301N. Washington Ave., Scranton. For men interested in adult discussion of the Catholic faith. Info: 570-343-0634.

The Dalton Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary Bingo Night, at the Dalton Fire Co. Hall, on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:45 p.m.

Knitting Group, at the Abington Community Library every other Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a current project and knit with others. For adults only.

Countryside Community Church Bible Study, at 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit at 10 a.m. Info: 570-587-3206 or

Caring Hands Group, at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W Grove St S Abington Twp., 1 p.m. Knitting and crocheting group whose members meet to create items needed by local non-profit agencies. Grade seven to adult.


Alzheimer’s Association caregivers support group meetings, 7 to 8 p.m., the last Tuesday of every month. Elan Gardens. Adjoining room for loved ones, who will not be left unattended. Info: Rhonda, 570-585-8099 or Rita, 570-586-0179.

Introduction to Martial Arts, starting January 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Chinchilla United Methodist Church, 411 Layton Rd., Chinchilla. Ages six and up. Cost: Free. Info: Scott at 570-585-1206.

South Abington Lions Club meetings, on the second Tuesday of each month, second floor of the South Abington Township Building at 7 p.m. Info: 570-313-2133.

Greater Scranton Area Roaring Ramblers Toastmaster Meeting, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Allied Services in the Administrative Board Room, located in the Rehabilitation Building on the Morgan Highway at Moffatt Drive. Info:, 570-586-7762 or 570-587-0232.

Mommy and Me Naturally, Outdoors, at the EMNC Lodge and grounds from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Pretend, sing, listen to a story, make a craft and play. Program is designed for children two-and-a-half to four years old. Cost: free.

The Greater Scranton Roaring Ramblers Toastmasters Club, meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at Allied Services, Morgan Hwy., Scranton. Visitors are welcome. Info: or 570-587-0232.

University of Scranton Free Clinic the Uninsured, 240 Kessler Court, has extended its hours: noon -4 p.m. The medical clinic serves uninsured people from Lackawanna County by appointment. Appointments can be arranged by calling 941.6112. World Peace Meditation and Reiki Circle, on the first Tuesday of every month, at Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center, 200 Lake Ave., Montrose from 5 – 7 p.m. Cost: $10. RSVP/Info: 570-278-9256, or

STACKS Writing Group, at The Vintage/Morning Glory Cafe, 326 Spruce St., Scranton, every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Info:

The Knights of Columbus, Abington Council #6611 Monthly BINGO Night, in the Gathering Room on the lower level of Our Lady of the Snows Church at 301 S. State St., Clarks Summit, 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. No cover charge. BINGO cards are $0.50 ea. or 3/$1.00. Info: Chris Kane at 570-587-1390.

MAH JONGG, at the Abington Community Library, 1-3 p.m. No experience necessary. Adults.


Oakwood Terrace Support Group meetings for spouses and other family members or caretakers of those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. 400 Gleason Road, Moosic. Meetings are open to the public. Cost: Free. Info: Sylvia Kolosinsky at 570-451-3171 ext. 116 or

Parish Youth Choir Rehearsals, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. accompanies the singing at the 9:30 a.m. mass, at Our Lady of the Snows, every other week. Open to youth, 11 to 18. Info: 570-586-4112.

Youth ministry at Our Lady of the Snows Church, 7 to 8 p.m. Clarks Summit, general meetings. Junior High program, 7 and 8th graders, Sundays 1 to 2 p.m. Info: Call ahead to join 570-586-1741.

Meditation Classes at the Waverly Community House from 7 to 8:30 with Buddhist monk Gen Samten Kelsang. Classes are self-contained. Drop in any week. Cost is $10 per class. Sponsored by Kadampa Meditation Center, N.Y.

Great Scranton Chapter of Penn State Alumni Association Meetings, in the lower level of the SLC Building on the Worthington Scranton campus, Dunmore. The meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and the general membership is welcome to attend.

Mom’s in Prayer Ministry, at Summit Baptist Bible Church, 232 Noble Road, Clarks Summit every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. A prayer group for mothers of students in the Abington Heights School District. Info: or

Lung Cancer Alliance Support Group, the first Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care on Morgan Hwy. No meeting in July. Info: 570-586-0179.

Families Helping Families, at the Abington Community Library, 7-8:30 p.m. This is an educational series and support group for teens and their families affected by substance abuse, co-sponsored by the Clear Brook Foundation.

Bridge Group, at the Abington Community Library, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.


The Greater Scranton Roaring Ramblers Toastmasters meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Allied Services, Morgan Hwy., Scranton. Visitors welcome. or call 570-498-1110 or 570-604-6176.

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation support group, 7 p.m., Community Medical Center Professional Building, first floor, CME Room, third Thursday of each month. Info: 570-969-8986.

Grief and Bereavement Educational and Conversational Support Group. Sponsored by AseraCare Hospice, 749 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit, PA 18411. Join us on at the AseraCare offices on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Info: Olympia Cianfichi, Bereavement Coordinator, 1-800-870-0085.

Writers’ Group, for ages 18 and up at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock from 7-8:30 p.m. All genres and levels of writing welcome. Cost: Free. Info: 570-996-1500.

Scrabble, 1 p.m. at Abington Community Library. No registration necessary.

Heinz Rehab Hospital’s Stroke Support Group, the first Thursday of the month in the Rose Brader Dining Room in the main building, 150 Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Scrabble, at the Abington Community Library, beginning at 1 p.m. Join other players for games of Scrabble. No registration necessary.

University of Scranton Free Clinic the Uninsured, 240 Kessler Court, has walk-in hours from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The medical clinic serves uninsured people from Lackawanna County. Info: 941.6112. Better Breathers Club, at the Geisinger-Community Medical Center Professional Building, Classroom 2, Second floor, 316 Colfax Ave., Scranton at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. A free support group for people with chronic lung disease and their families. Info: 570-969-8986.

Meditation Classes, at the Waverly Community House from 7 p.m. to 8:30. Classes are led by a Buddhist monk. Cost is $10 per class. Info: 845-856-9000.

Survivors After Suicide Support Group, every second and fourth Thursday of the month from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the West Hazleton Borough Building, 100 S. 4th St., West Hazleton. Facilitated by: Professional and Peer. An open grief group that welcomes survivors at any stage of their grieving process. Participants enter the group, leave, and return as they feel the need.


Diabetes support group, 10 a.m. Community Medical Center Professional Building, third floor classroom, second Friday of each month. Info: 570-969-7272. Cost: Free.

A Course in Miracles, 4:30 p.m. at Everything Natural. Discover more about the guiding principles of authors like Marianne Williamson and Dr. Wayne Dyer. Newcomers welcome.

Saturdays and Sundays:

Center For Comprehensive Cancer Care Children’s Support Group, the last Saturday of each month at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. For those ages 5-18 who are coping with the cancer of a loved one. Facilitators hold group sessions featuring art, music, drama and yoga. Cost: free. Registration is required. Info: 570-342-8874 or email

Bereavement Support, at Our Lady of Snows Church Parish Center 301 S. State St., Clarks Summit, every third Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend informative sessions dealing with the grief process. Info: 570-586-1741.

Guided Downtown Walking Tours of Scranton, conducted by the Lackawanna County Historical Society, 11 a.m. at the main entrance of Lackawanna College on Vine Street near Washington Avenue. Tours last two hours. Cost: $3. Info: 570- 344-3841.

All You Can Eat Breakfast, at Clarks Summit Fire Co #1 Inc., 321 Bedford St., Clarks Summit. All you can eat breakfast from 8 a.m.-noon on the third Sunday of every month. Breakfast includes biscuits, chipped beef, home fried potatoes, scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, bacon, sausage, bagels, muffins, Danish, cream cheese, waffles with strawberry whipped cream, fruit cup, coffee, tea, orange juice, hot chocolate and more. Cost: $8/adults or $5/kids (under 10 years).

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