Community calendar, week of Jan. 28, 2015

First Posted: 1/27/2015


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.

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: 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. Friday, Jan. 30 for babies ages 0-2; 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 for toddlers ages 2 and 3 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27 for preschoolers ages 3-5.

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

The Chinchilla Hose Company’s annual pizza sale fundraising event, from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. beginning Friday, Feb. 20, continuing every Friday during lent. 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. All proceeds benefit the operations and needed equipment of the Chinchilla Hose Company of South Abington Township.


The Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club meeting, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Clubhouse. To avoid penalties, members should satisfy their dues requirements for the new year. Tickets for the Henry Rifle Raffle will be available.

The Abington Business and Professional Association January Membership After Hours Card Exchange, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at MANGIA by James, 507 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Features complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages, along with door prizes and giveaways. Reservations are appreciated and can be made by calling 570-587-9045 or emailing by Jan. 26.

Abington Youth Basketball League Night, 6 p.m. JV and 7:15 varsity, Jan. 30 at the Abington Heights High School. Wear your AYBL shirt and get in free. Participate in halftime competitions and join the Abington Heights Boys Basketball team for refreshments and a meet and greet after the game.

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:

Madilyn “Madi” Perry fundraising event, 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 31 at The Keyser Avenue Community, 101 N. Keyser Ave., Scranton. A fundraiser to defray medical costs for the one-year-old daughter of Jason Perry and Jackie Vaicekauskas, who was diagnosed with infantile GM1 Gangliosidosis, an incurable genetic disorder. The evening will feature basket raffles, refreshments and music. Monetary donations, basket donations and tickets for the event can be coordinated by contacting either Mary Jo Noone at 570-510-3285 or Sandy Newhart at 570-335-5642.

Homemade Pyrohy Sale, 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 31 at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church’s Parish Center, 428 N. Seventh Ave., Scranton. Freshly made the day of the sale, not frozen. Cost: $7 per dozen. Order deadline: Monday, January 26. Orders: call Leslie Izak at 570-342-3749.

Friends of the Forgotten Northeast Wing Pasta Dinner, 1 to 4 p.m., Jan. 31, at the Clarks Summit Fire Co. #1, 321 Bedford St., Clarks Summit. Eat-in or take out available. Basket raffles and 50/50 drawing. Donation: $10. All proceeds will benefit the Lackawanna Korean Memorial Fund.

North Anthracite Council – League of Ukrainian Catholics meeting, 3 p.m. Feb. 1, at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 430 N. Seventh Ave., Scranton. Moleben prayer service at 3 p.m. and business session at 3:30 p.m., followed by reception and fellowship. Info: 570-822-5354.

Library Olympics on Super Bowl Sunday, 3 to 4 p.m. at Abington Community Library. Children are invited to come enjoy some active fun before the big game, including a book hunt, relay, obstacle course and more. Those who complete all stations will receive a prize.

Harford Agricultural Society meeting, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, at the lecture hall of the Harford Church, State Road 2063.

Star Wars Gathering, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Abington Community Library. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to come watch the movies and share what they love about Star Wars. Light refreshments will be served.

Technology Scheduling Session, 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at Abington Community Library. Adults who need help in computer basics, Email, iPad/iPhone, Kindle/Nook, Facebook, Skype, Facetime or Microsoft Suites may stop by and schedule a one-on-one meeting session.

UNC’s 15th annual Mardi Gras celebration, 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 6, at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Benefits the agency’s Angel’s Attic, an emergency food and clothing bank. Features a show from local mentalist John Graham, as well as performances by the Indigo Moon Brass Band. Carnival atmosphere includes a New Orleans dinner, featuring jambalaya, gaming tables, fortune tellers, beads, masks and more. A grand prize from Mount Airy Casino and Resort will be awarded at the end of the night. Cost: $75. Tickets: or 570-346-0759.

Pasta Dinner Benefit for the Pivovarnick family, 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Scott Township Hose Co., Station 36, 1027 Montdale Road. The family lost their home, belongings, pets, and 58-year-old Michael Pivovarnick (their father and husband). Sit down or take out will be available. Dinner includes a pasta dinner with meatballs, a roll, salad and dessert. Basket raffle drawings will also be available. Cost: $8.

Tooth Fairy Day, 2 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Albright Memorial Children’s Library in Scranton. This National Children’s Dental Health Month event presented by the Scranton District Dental Society will include a magic show, a dental hygiene presentation, a visit from The Tooth Fairy, face painting, storytelling, gifts and more. Cost: free. Registration (required): 348-3000 ext. 3015.

Frozen Ball, 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 8 at Carmella’s Restaurant in Dunmore. Includes lunch, dessert stations, entertainment, dancing and photos with Ana, Elsa and Olaf from the movie “Frozen.” Benefits the girls of Sherry’s Royalettes baton twirling group. Reservations (required): contact Sherry at 570-961-3635.

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.

The Knights of Columbus Abington Council 6611 all you can eat breakfast, 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 15 at Our Lady of the Abingtons Church hall. Cost: $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

Wyoming Seminary February Visitation Day, 8:30 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Lower School, 1560 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, and the Stettler Learning Resources Center, North Sprague Avenue, Kingston. Lower School registration: 570-718-6610. Upper School registration: 570-270-2160. Registration deadline: Feb. 13. Info:

Dental Health Month event, 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 21 at McDonald’s in South Abington Township. Presented by the Scranton District Dental Society (SDDS). Ronald McDonald and Toothy will visit and entertain children and the Tooth Fairy will give out gift bags filled with coupons, toothbrushes and more. Cost: free. The same event will also be held: 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 7 at North Side McDonald’s (near Scranton Prep.); 12 to 2 p.m. Feb. 7 at McDonald’s on Keyser Avenue and 12 to 2 p.m. Feb. 21 at McDonald’s in Tunkhannock.

Benefit for Big Ed, 2 – 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at McGrath’s Pub and Eatery, 114 E. Main St., Dalton. Features food, draft beer and live music by Paul LaQuintano, Nowhere Slow, Destination West, and Mace in Dickson Band. For those 21 and older only. Benefits the medical fund for Eddie Jenkins, who was in a car accident in December and is still in rehabilitation. Cost: $20. Info/donate:

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:

Church Women United of Lackawanna County World Day of Prayer Brunch and Service, 10 a.m. Feb. 28 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 720 Delaware St., Scranton. Child care will be provided. Info: Georgia LaValle at 570-344-6235.

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.

86th annual Helen Keller Day Fashion Show and Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. March 29 at St. Mary’s Center, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton. Info: call the Lackawanna Blind Association at 570-342-7613.

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