Community calendar, week of Jan. 7, 2015

First Posted: 1/6/2015


The Abington Heights Special Education Department’s monthly special education parent informational sessions, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13, 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.


Bereavement Support Group sessions, 10 a.m. Jan. 7 and 2 p.m. Jan. 18 in the parish center at Our Lady of the Snows. Sessions are informal and informative, and all are welcome to attend and talk, ask questions or just sit and listen. Info: call Nettie at 570-586-1741, ext. 244.

Introduction to the Health Care Marketplace, 6 – 8 p.m. Jan. 7 at Abington Community Library. This workshop is to help attendees decide what health insurance plans to consider and how to navigate the marketplace. Sponsored by Info: 570-587-3440.

Marywood University Transfer Day, 2 – 6 p.m. Jan. 7. For college students or former college students considering transferring to Marywood University. Info: 570-348-6234.

College lacrosse recruiting program, 7 p.m. Jan. 7 at Wyoming Seminary in the Upper School’s Stettler Learning Resources Center on North Sprague Avenue, Kingston. Coaches from three college women’s lacrosse programs will come together for an informational panel discussion. Girls of all ages who enjoy playing lacrosse and are thinking of playing in college are welcome to attend with their parents. Cost: free. Info:

Mahjong group, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Jan. 8 at Dalton Community Library. All are welcome to come play the game, whether just starting out, or a pro. Cost: free. Info: 570-563-2014.

Happiness Project Group, 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at Abington Community Library. Swap ideas, build enthusiasm, give encouragement, and hold each other accountable to making the most out of life. Based on “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. For adults only. Space is limited. Info: 570-587-3440.

The NEPA Boy Scouts of America’s annual Merit Badge College, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Jan. 10 at King’s College, 133 N. River St., Wilkes Barre. All pre-requisites must be complete before the session begins. The event includes lunch and a light breakfast. Merit Badge courses are for First Class Scouts and above or Scouts who have finished the seventh grade. Scouts can register for more than one merit badge, not to exceed 8 hours of total class time. The Scoutmaster must sign all applications before they are considered to be complete. Register/info:

Financial Aid Workshop, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 13 in the fourth-floor Moskovitz Theater of the DeNaples Center at The University of Scranton, for prospective students and their parents. In the case of inclement weather, the workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the same location. Reservations are suggested and can be made at Info: 570-941-7701.

Technology Scheduling Session, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Jan. 13 and 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.

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.

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:

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.

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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