Community calendar, week of Jan. 14, 2015

First Posted: 1/13/2015


The Abington Heights Special Education Department’s monthly special education parent informational sessions, Feb. 17, March 17, April 14 and May 12. in the Administration Building, second floor, 200 E. Grove St., Clarks Summit. All community members are invited to attend, and a sign language interpreter will be present.

Dalton Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary Bingo, every second and fourth Monday at the Dalton Fire Hall. Doors open 6 p.m. Games start 6:45. Food will be available for purchase. Info: 570-563-1268.

Knights of Columbus Abington Council No. 6611 Bingo, at 7 p.m. every second Tuesday in the OLS Gathering Room. Cost: no cover charge; BINGO cards are 50 cents each or three for $1 per game. Complimentary light refreshments served. Wheelchair accessible. Info: call Chris Kane at 570-587-1390.

Cell phone collection. Abington Heights High School Students Against Destructive Decisions is collecting cell phones. The collected phones will be refurbished for use by the elderly. Cell phones in any condition may be dropped off during regular office hours in the Main Office of the High School. Info: 570-585-5300.

Chair Yoga, 10 – 11:15 a.m. Mondays at Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Series 1: Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26 and Feb. 2 and 9. Series 2: Feb. 16 and 23 and March 2, 9, 16 and 23. For ages 18 and up. Instructor: Donna Fetzko. Cost: Free. Register: 570-996-1500.

Abington Community Library Storytimes, 10:30 a.m. Fridays, Jan. 16, 23 and 30 for babies ages 0-2; 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 15, 22 and 29 for toddlers ages 2 and 3; 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 13, 20 and 27 for preschoolers ages 3-5 and 4 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 15, 20 and 22 for “After School Stories” for students in grades K-3.

Wyoming County Reads program, presented by Tunkhannock Public Library and the Dietrich Theater. This year’s books are “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller and “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien. Program includes book discussions at the Tunkhannock Public Library and a showing of the movie “Catch-22” at the Dietrich Theater. Book Discussion Dates and Topics include: Jan. 28 with Bill Chapla, on “The Truth, Tragedy and Inevitability of War”; Feb. 4 with Bill Chapla, on “The Morality and Religion of War”; Feb. 11 with Bill Chapla, on “The Language of Absurdity: The Bureaucracy of War”; Feb. 18 with Dr. Daniel Fraustino, of the University of Scranton, on “The Things They Carried” and Feb. 25 with John Tindell, of Northampton Community College, on “Catch-22.” All discussions begin at 7 p.m. “Catch-22” the Movie will be shown at noon and 7 p.m. March 4. Movie showings will be followed by a brief discussion with Bill Chapla. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

The Lackawanna Historical Society’s Civil War Roundtable meetings, at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. Feb. 10: War Governors; March 10: Elizabeth van Lew, a female spy for the Union; April 14: Citizens of Gettysburg. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the Civil War era, 1861-1865. Annual dues: $20 for individuals and $25 for families. Reservations are required. Info: 570-344-3841 or email

Strength training and nutrition classes, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays beginning Tuesday, Feb. 10 at the Abington Senior Center, 1151 Winola Road, and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the West Side Senior Center, 1004 Jackson St., Scranton. For men and women over 40 improve their muscle strength and bone density. Cost: $115. Early bird discount deadline: Jan. 23 ($10 off). Final registration deadline: Feb. 6. Scholarships available. Info/register: 570-963-6842, or


Technology Scheduling Session, 6 – 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at Abington Community Library. For adults who need help in computer basics, email, iPad, iPhone, Kindle/Nook, Facebook, Skype, Facetime, Basics of the Microsoft Suites (2007) or other computer technology. Stop by and schedule a one-on-one meeting session.

Spanish Class, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Starting Jan. 14 at the Abington Senior Center. Includes a total of six sessions, held each following Wednesday. Cost: $35. Registration: 570-586-8996.

South Abington Township holiday tree collection, Jan. 17. Township residents should place trees only (no bags) at the curb the night before.

It’s Snow Cold!, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Abington Community Library. Celebrate winter’s snow and cold with games, snacks, and fun. For students in grades 4 – 6.

Classics Discussion Group, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Abington Community Library. For adults interested in reading and discussing works of literature and ideas in the Western Canon from 1500 to the present. Info: 570-587-3440.

11th Annual Ukrainian New Year Dinner Dance, “Malanka,” 6 p.m., Jan. 17 at the Parish Center of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 428 N. Seventh Ave., Scranton. Menu features Ukrainian and American fare, catered by Paul Wanas, of Accentuate Caterers of Distinctive Events. Cash bar. Door prizes. Music for dancing will be provided by the internationally known Ukrainian band Fata Morgana. Wearing Ukrainian apparel is encouraged. Cost: $40. Reservations (required): call Michael Trusz at 570 489-1256. Divine Liturgy is celebrated at 4 p.m. immediately preceding the Malanka.

Knox Mine Disaster Annual Remembrance Program, 2 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Anthracite Heritage Museum, McDade Park, Scranton. Features displays music, tributes, refreshments, new segments of “The Knox Disaster” documentary and more.

Keystone College Information Session and Instant Decision Day, Jan. 17. Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. in the admissions office followed by a presentation at 11 a.m. and a campus tour after the presentation. The event, which concludes at 1 p.m., offers prospective students the opportunity to learn more about Keystone. Registration required. Info/register:, 1-877-4-COLLEGE or

All You Can Eat Breakfast, 8 a.m. – noon, Jan. 18, at Clarks Summit Fire Co. No. 1, 321 Bedford St., Clarks Summit. Cost: adults $8, kids under 10 $5.

Winter fun festival, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 18 at South Abington Park. For families and individuals of all ages and hosted by Attorney Paul Keeler and family. Rain or shine. Features winter games, a DJ, campfire, pictures with Elsa and Olaf characters from the movie “Frozen” and a creative snowman-building contest with prizes. Hot chocolate, coffee and donuts provided. Cost: free; non-perishable/canned food items will be accepted for the Dalton Food Pantry.

Keystone College Visitation Day, Jan. 19. Students may attend a morning session from 9:30 to 11 a.m. or an afternoon session from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. During the event, students will tour the campus and meet with their personal enrollment adviser. Registration required. Info/register:, 1-877-4-COLLEGE or

Wyoming Seminary January Visitation Day, 8:30 a.m. Jan. 19 for both campuses: the Lower School, 1560 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort, and The Upper School in the Stettler Learning Resources Center, North Sprague Avenue, Kingston. Registration deadline: Jan. 16. Register: 570-718-6610 for the Lower School, 570-270-2160 for the Upper School or online at for either.

Family Storytime, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at Abington Community Library. An Interactive Evening Story Time sponsored by the Teen Leadership Committee. Theme: “Pete the Cat.” For ages 3-6; siblings welcome.

Beyond the Hour: Kids Who Code, 9 – 11:30 a.m. Jan. 24 at Wyoming Seminary Lower School, 1560 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. For elementary and middle-school students; no previous experience in coding is required. Cost: free. Reservations are required. Info/reservations:

The Boy Scouts of America Dan Beard District’s annual Cub Scout Winter Fun Day, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (registration at 10:30 a.m.) Jan. 24 at Elm Street Park in Dickson City. The event will follow a round robin forum and is open to all Cub Scouts in The Dan Beard District. Includes all activities, lunch, crafts and each scout will receive a patch. Cost: $6 for each scout and $4 per adult and non-scouting sibling. Register:

Free Community Meal, 1 to 3 p.m., Jan. 24, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 58 River St., Carbondale. RSVP’s required: 570-282-3620. Snow date: 2 to 4 p.m., Jan. 25.

“Past Happy” annual fundraiser for the Wyoming County Players, 6 p.m. Jan 24 at the Whipple Performing Arts Studio, 602 Hunter Highway, Tunkhannock. Features trivia contest and homemade soup supper. BYOB. Cost: $15. Info: 570-836-6986 or

Holistic Health Fair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 24 at Everything Natural, 426 S. State St., Clarks Summit. This free event will include health screenings, holistic health information, natural food sampling, various massages and more.

Snowmobile Safety Training Course, 9 to 5 p.m. Jan. 24, with on-machine training days at the same time (depending on snow) Jan. 25 or 31 or Feb. 1, at Lackawanna State Park, main park office in the Environmental Learning Center classroom. It is required that all snowmobile operators ages 10-15 attend a safety training class to receive their snowmobile safety training certificate in order to operate a snowmobile on any lands in PA, except those owned by a parent or guardian. This free course, offered by certified DCNR instructors, will allow participants to meet this requirement. Participants must provide their own registered snowmobile during the on machine day. Snowmobilers age 16 and over are also invited to take the course. Info/register: 570-945-3239.

Mineralogical Society of Northeast PA auction, 1 p.m. Jan. 25 in the basement of the Moosic Presbyterian Church, 618 Main St. Doors open at noon. Rock and mineral specimens, fossils, geology books, and handmade jewelry items will be auctioned to benefit the non-profit organization. Info: call Linda Williams at 717-319-8334 or email

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee Meeting, 4 – 5 p.m. Jan. 27 at the library. A group of tweens/teens focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections, etc. For students in grades 5-12.

Hiking Through the Natural Beauty of Pennsylvania, 11 a.m. Jan. 31 at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock, Presented by Jeff Mitchell, the event will showcase Pennsylvania’s parks and natural areas, including hiking trails and waterways, with several new pictures to be added from last year’s presentation. Mitchell’s book “Hiking the Endless Mountains” will be offered for sale to benefit the theater. Tickets can be reserved by calling 570-996-1500 and will be available at the door while they last.

League Of Women Voters Campaign School, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 31 at The University of Scranton, Brennan Hall fifth floor. Snow date: Feb. 7. This seminar will present essentials applicable to anyone considering a run for public office in Pennsylvania. Cost: $40 nonmember; $25 LWV member; $15 student; $85 seminar with LWV membership. Register/info:

Abington Community Library volunteers meeting, 7 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Ryon Room. The library is planning a big event for the Fall of 2015 and is seeking volunteers, from teenagers to senior citizens. RSVP/Info: 570-587-3440.

Second Annual Pie For Breakfast at the Ice Festival, 8:30 to 11 a.m. Feb. 14 at the Clarks Green Assembly of God on the corner of Venard and South Abington roads. Abington Christian Academy, in conjunction with the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, will feature a wide variety of sweet and savory homemade pies, including fruit, cream, nut, pizza, quiche and more. Tickets include unlimited pie and beverages. Cost: $7 for adults; $3 for children ages 3 to 6. All proceeds benefit the general fund of Abington Christian Academy. Info: 570-586-5270.

Looking Forward, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at Wilkes University. A free all-day career and academic planning event for students and their parents, the event includes workshop sessions covering medicine, communication and media, education, culinary arts, engineering, performing arts, business, health sciences, finance, law, architecture, two-year-programs and more. Parents will have opportunities to attend sessions which will cover topics such as college financial aid and admissions, study abroad, regional high-demand jobs, the college experience, and SAT/ACT. Register:

Camouflage and Mimicry: What You See Isn’t What You See!, 11 a.m. March 14 at Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Naturalist and WNEP Pennsylvania Outdoor Life personality Rick Koval will present an informative, inquisitive and audience-interactive PowerPoint program about techniques and adaptations animals use to avoid detection. Cost: Free. Tickets: 570-996-1500 or at the door while they last.

Diabetes Prevention and Management: Understanding the Key to Control, 11 a.m. March 28 at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Presented by: Certified Diabetes Educator Deborah Brown. Cost: free. Tickets: 570-996-1500 or at the door while they last.

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