Community Calendar, week of Feb. 26, 2015

First Posted: 2/26/2015


The Abington Heights Special Education Department’s monthly special education parent informational sessions, 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, March 2, 9, 16 and 23 at Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. For ages 18 and up. Instructor: Donna Fetzko. Cost: Free. Register: 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. 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

Dante Club Lenten fundraiser, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Friday, until Easter at 1916 Prospect Ave., Scranton. Red Clam Chowder: $7/qt. Halushki: $6/qt. Eight-inch tuna hoagie: $6. Pre-order: 570-342-1770 or

The Chinchilla Hose Company’s annual pizza sale fundraising event, from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. 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 University of Scranton’s Weinberg Memorial Library seeks book donations and volunteers. The library is requesting book and tag sale donations for its annual spring sale, as well as volunteers to help with preparation and staffing for the event. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library Endowment. Accepted are: any hardcover or paperback books in good condition, including children’s books, cookbooks, fiction and non-fiction, as well as media and tag sale items. Donations may be placed in the boxes on the Monroe Ave. side of the library until Wednesday, April 22. The sale is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 25 and 12 to 4 p.m. April 26 in the fifth floor Heritage Room of the library. Info: 570-941-4078.

Abington Heights School District kindergarten registration: 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 2 at Clarks Summit Elementary School, 401 W. Grove St.; 9:15 a.m. and 1;15 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 at Waverly Elementary School, 103 Waverly Road; Time TBA Tuesday, March 3 at Newton-Ransom Elementary School, 1549 Newton-Ransom Blvd. and 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 at South Abington Elementary School, 640 Northern Blvd.


La Chiacchierata: Italian Discussion Group, 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at Abington Community Library. For adults.

Eating Disorder Screening Day, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in the McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, Marywood University. Confidential, free, and open to all ages. In conjunction with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Marywood’s Psychological Services Center will conduct screenings that focus on three major disorders—anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. The center will also provide referrals if needed. Info: 570-348-6269.

Who Cut Down the Cherry Tree?, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Abington Community Library. Did George Washington really cut down a cherry tree? Games, trivia, and fun — all about cherries and American presidents. For students in grades 4 – 6.

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.

Winter Reading Club Carnival, 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at Abington Community Library. Participants may bring their completed reading log to receive a certificate and prizes, play games and enjoy ice cream. For children.

Robotics: Battle Bots, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 7 – 14. Instructor Rand Whipple and Box of Light Studio staff will present this class on building robots that crash into one another. Students will learn about force, momentum, traction and more. Cost: $17. Register: 570-996-1500.

The Double “R” Twirlettes’ annual Twirl-A-Thon, 12 to 2 p.m. Feb. 28 in center court at the Viewmont Mall. Benefits St. Joseph’s Center.

Robotics Jr., 2:30 to 4 p.m. Feb. 28 and April 25 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 5 – 8. Instructor Rand Whipple and Box of Light Studio staff will present this introduction to robotics for the younger crowd. Cost: $17 per class. Register: 570-996-1500.

Fifth Annual Dinner by Design, Feb. 28 and March 1 at POSH at The Scranton Club. Benefits the Lackawanna Historical Society. A Preview Cocktail Party will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 27. Tickets are $75 and include open bar and light fare. At Dinner by Design, professional designers create a feast for the eyes, presenting unique and innovative table designs and event spaces. Tour the designs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 28 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 1. Info/tickets: 570-344-3841 or

Chicken and Biscuit Supper, take-outs at 4 p.m. and eat-in from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Dalton United Methodist Church, 125 S. Turnpike Road, Dalton. Cost: $9 for adults, $4 for ages 3-10 and free for children under 3. Info: 570-945-5586.

Medicare presentation, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 2 at Abington Community Library. Info: 570-587-3440.

Little People and Nature, Series One, 10 to 11 a.m. March 3, 10, 17, 24 and series two at the same time March 4, 11, 18, 25, both at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages two-and-a-half to five. Join Rebecca Lesko of the Endless Mountains Nature Center for this hands-on nature program. Cost: free. Register: 570-996-1500.

“Star Wars Gathering,” 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 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. Info: 570-587-3440.

Conversational Spanish for Beginners, 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, March 4 to April 8 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 16 and up. Instructor: Erika Colavitti. Learn the basics of conversational Spanish. Admission: $50. Register: 570-996-1500.

Let’s Dance! Ballroom Dancing for Adults, Wednesday evenings, March 4 through April 8 at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Rd. Advanced American Tango at 6 p.m. and Beginner Night Club Two-Step at 7 p.m. Advanced registration required.Info: Contact instructor, Jill Wetzel, at 570-954-1147.

Animal Intelligence and Communication course, Wednesday evenings, March 4-25 at Wellspring House, 11 West Tioga Street, Tunkhannock. The class will focus on groundbreaking research regarding animal intelligence and communication. Using practical tools and techniques, participants will learn to better understand and communicate with animals of all species. Class space is limited. Discounts are available for rescue groups. Two work-study scholarships are available. Register/info: or 570-836-1711.

Technology Scheduling Session, 6 to 7 p.m. March 5 at Abington Community Library. Adults who need help in computer basics, email, iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Nook, Facebook, Skype, Facetime, Basics of the Microsoft Suites (2007) and more can stop by and schedule a one-on-one meeting session. Info: 570-587-3440.

Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Party, 5:30 to 8 p.m. March 6 at Colarusso’s La Palazzo, 4500 Birney Ave., Moosic. This fundraiser for Serving Seniors Inc. features Hors D’oeuvres, cocktails and entertainment. Cost: $35. Ticket reservations (also available at door): 570-344-3931.

At Home Party Marketplace, 10 to 4 p.m. March 7 at Abington Community Library. Those seeking a unique independent party item who are not interested in hosting a party can visit this day of shopping and demonstrations with representatives from Silpada, Thirty-One Gifts, Origami Owl, Tupperware, and more.

Chicago Uno Dough Raiser for Countryside Community Church, 12 to 8 p.m. March 8 at Chicago Uno and Grill 3905 Commerce Blvd., Dickson City. Participants should contact the church for vouchers and present them to their servers at the restaurant. Valid on dine in or take out. Info: 570-587-3206 or

Read With Chuck E. Cheese, to 4:30 p.m. March 11 at Abington Community Library. Children can meet Chuck E. Cheese for a storytime and photo opportunity.

Happiness Project Group, 7 p.m. March 13. Members swap ideas, build enthusiasm, give encouragement, and hold each other accountable to making the most out of their lives. Based on “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. For adults. Limited to 10. Info: 570-587-3440.

Homemade Pirogie Sale, 12 to 4 p.m. March 13 at St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral’s church center on Hill Street, Mayfield. Homemade pirogie (deep fried or frozen uncooked) will be sold for $7 per dozen. No orders will be taken for this sale; first come, first served. In conjunction, homemade clam chowder, made by parishioners of St. Stephen’s Russian Orthodox Church, Old Forge, will be sold at $7 per quart, also be sold on a first come first serve basis. Info: 570-876-0730 or 570-876-3576.

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.

Mountain View Garden Club meeting, 7 p.m. March 17 at the Clifford Township Fire Hall, 1025 SR 106, Clifford. Liz Piriczky, of Overlook Farm at the Fuller Estate, Dalton, will present a program on organic farming and sustainable agriculture. Info: contact Mary Ann O’Pecko at 785-5691 or

Read to Dogs, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 18 at Abington Community Library. For students in grades K-3. Drop by during this hour to get some reading practice in with certified therapy dogs. Make a new friend and discover a new book. Info: 570-587-3440.

Chips, Dips, and Sips, 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 21 at Abington Community Library. This cocktail party evening is sponsored by the Friends of the Abington Community Library to thank the group’s members for their support as they sign up for the new year.

Ladies Tea, 12 to 3 p.m. March 21 in the South Abington Elementary School gymnasium. Features raffle baskets, silent auction, 50/50 raffle and centerpiece raffle. Full lunch and dessert are provided. Cost: $20. All proceeds benefit the South Abington Elementary School PTA. Tickets should be purchased in advance, although a limited quantity may be available at the door while they last. Info:

Wyoming Seminary Lower and Upper School Spring Open House, March 21. The event at Lower School, 1560 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, will run from 12 to 2 p.m. Visitors should use the front door entrance on Wyoming Ave. and gather in the entrance lobby. The event at Upper School, North Sprague Ave., Kingston, will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Visitors should convene in the Kirby Library on the second floor of the Stettler Learning Resources Center. Pre-registration is requested but not required. Info/register: 570-718-6610 for Lower School and 570-270-2160 for Upper School.

Pasta Dinner, 12 to 4 p.m. March 22 at Abington Senior Community Center. Take outs available. Proceeds benefit the senior center. Cost: adults $8; children under 10 $4 and children age two and younger free.

All you can eat breakfast and Easter egg hunt, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 22 at St Patrick’s Church hall in Nicholson. Hosted by Knights of Columbus Abington Council 6611. Cost: $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

Storytime with Sweet Frog, 6:30 to 7 p.m. March 23 at Abington Community Library. Children can meet Sweet Frog from Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt, hear a story and take pictures.

Marywood University’s School of Business and Global Innovation’s 13th annual business and ethics forum: Ethics, Leadership, and Corporate Social Responsibility, 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 23, in the Latour Room, Nazareth Student Center, on the University’s campus. Cost: free. Info: visit or contact Murray James Pyle, Ph.D., assistant professor of business, at 570-348-6211, ext. 2273 or

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee Meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. March 24 at Abington Community Library. A group of tweens/teens focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections, etc. For grades 5-12.

Church of St. Gregory’s Women’s Guild Annual Day of Reflection, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 25 at Saint Gabriel’s Retreat House, 631 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Twp. Conference leader: Father Pio Mandato. Info/reservations: Nancy at 570-586-9227 or Martha at 570-587-2491. Cost: $30. Open to men and women.

National Women’s History Month Luncheon, 12 p.m. March 27 at Glen Oak Country Club. Guest Speaker: Abby Peck. Info: 570-586-8191, extension 2.

Glow in the Dark Party, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 27 at Abingotn Community Library. Students in grades 4-6 are invited to this party with games, crafts, and more. Info: 570-587-3440.

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.

Bus Trip to NACAC New York National College Fair at the Jacob Javitz Center, NYC, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 19. A light breakfast will be provided on the bus; lunch and dinner are on your own. For a list of colleges represented, see Cost: TBD. Info: or 570-702-5700.

Mad Science: Electricity? Rocketry? Catapults?, 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 25 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 7-14. Instructor: Rand Whipple and Box of Light Studio staff. Cost: $17. Register: 570-996-1500.

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