Community calendar, week of Nov. 26, 2014

First Posted: 11/21/2014


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.

Project Re-entry is seeking items for Christmas at the Lackawanna County Prison. Items sought include: wrapped candy, women’s socks, greeting cards, toothpaste, soap, VO5 Shampoo, Suave shampoo, writing paper, BIC stick pens cookies and monetary gifts. Donations may be delivered to 29 New York St., Scranton, by Dec. 6.

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.

St. Joseph’s Center collection, through November at Abington Community Library. Patrons can help others get cozy and warm this winter with donations of hats, gloves, mittens and socks for the children of St. Joseph’s Center.

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.


The Night Before Thanksgiving Happy Hour, 5 – 7 p.m., Nov. 26 at POSH at The Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington St., Scranton. Cost: $15 includes beer, wine, soda, appetizers. A portion of each cover charge and the funds from basket raffle sales will be donated to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

Canadian Pacific Railway’s Holiday Train visit, from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. Nov. 27 at Steamtown National Historic Site. The train is also expected to cross the Tunkhannock Viaduct (also known as the Nicholson Bridge) between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. Normally closed on Thanksgiving Day, the Steamtown NHS will be open to visitation from 12 to 6:30 p.m. Visitors are asked to bring non-perishable food items or cash donations in support of those in need through a local food pantry.

Toys For Tots trolley ride, at 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29 at the Electric City Trolley Museum. Any child 12 and under who brings an unwrapped toy valued at $5 or more for the Toys For Tots collection will receive a free trolley ride. All of the toys will be donated to “Toys For Tots.” Info: 570-963-6590.

Third Annual Buy Local Holiday Marketplace, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30, at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Cost: free admission. Info:

Meeting to plan Northeastern Pennsylvania’s 11th Annual Ukrainian New Year Dinner Dance, Malanka, 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Parish Center, 428 N. Seventh Ave., Scranton. The event will take place Jan. 17, 2015 at St. Vladimir Parish Center. Info: 570-563-2275.

Bereavement Support Group session, 10 a.m. Dec. 3 in the Our Lady of the Snows Parish Center in Clarks Summit. Sessions are informal and informative and all are welcome. Info: Call Nettie at 570-586-1741.

Annual Holiday After Hours Card Exchange and Wine Judging, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Stately Pet Supply, 515 S. State St., Clarks Summit. All Abington Business and Professional Association members are encouraged to bring one non-member. Features wine judging, compliments of Vintner’s Circle, hor’s d’oeuvres and beverages and door prizes and giveaways. Reservations (appreciated by Dec. 1): 570-587-9045 or

“The Work of Human Hands” sale, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Fireplace Lounge, Nazareth Hall Student Center at Marywood University. The college’s department of campus ministry invites the community to shop for fair trade gifts, housewares, jewelry, and more. Every purchase made allows a producer to provide for the basic necessities of life, to educate his or her children, and to work in a safe environment. Info:

Marywood University’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, 4 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Rotunda, located in the Liberal Arts Center on campus. Cost: free. Features prayer, ornament presentations, holiday choral entertainment and light refreshments. Info:

Meditation Made Easy: A Beginner’s Class, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 and 17 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1780 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Learn stress-busting instinctive meditation in an easy, welcoming way in this three-week series. Cost: $30. Register: 570-240-3444 or

Voluntary Action Center’s 9th Annual Holiday Happy Hour Silent Auction and Raffle, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at The Colonnade, 401 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Includes Open Bar and Light Fare with music by Rich Jenkins and Company. Benefits all Voluntary Action Center programs. Cost: $50. Reservations: 570-347-5616 x 3342.

Cookie Walk, 5 – 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 and 11 a.m. until cookies are gone Saturday, December 6 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Christmas in Our Hometown event attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a container to fill with homemade cookies, proceeds benefiting free arts and educational programming for children at the theater. Cost: $5 per container. Info: 570-996-1500.

Pyrohy for Christmas Eve Holy Supper, 2 – 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church of Scranton Parish Center, 428 N. Seventh Ave. The pyrohy is freshly made that day, not frozen. Cost: $7 per dozen. Order deadline: Dec. 1. Orders/info: 570-342-3749.

Wyoming Seminary Open House, 1 – 4 p.m. Dec. 7 on Sem’s Forty Fort and Kingston campuses. Students and their parents who are interested in learning more about Wyoming Seminary Lower and Upper School are invited to attend. Pre-registration is requested but not required. Info/register: 570-718-6610, 570-270-2160 or

“Financial Aid and Scholarships” workshop, at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Steamtown Express Library. Hosted by NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates. Cost: free. Info/register: 570-702-5700 or

The Knights of Columbus Abington Council No. 6611 BINGO Night, 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in th Gathering Room at Our Lady of the Snows church in Clarks Summit. Complimentary light refreshments will be served. Room is wheelchair accessible. Cost: no cover charge; BINGO cards are 50 cents each or three for $1 per game. Info: Call Chris Kane at 570-587-1390.

Financial Aid Workshop, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Dec, 9 in the Abington Heights High School auditorium, 222 Noble Road, Clarks Summit.

Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program Explained, 8 – 9 a.m. Dec. 10 at Abington Community Library. Tax credits may be awarded to businesses that make contributions to organizations on a list published by the Department of Community and Economic Development. Presented by Cindy Klenk, of Sen. Blake’s office. Continental breakfast served; registration limited to 40. Cost: $5 to public or free to ABPA members. Register: 570-587-3440.

Holiday Yoga Relaxation, 10 – 11:15 a.m. Dec. 10 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 16 to adult. Instructor Donna Fetzko will present this yoga class to help relax and refocus during the busy holiday season. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat, towel or blanket. Register: 570-996-1500.

Lackawanna Historical Society’s annual holiday open house, 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Catlin House, at 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. Wassail and sweet treats, stories and games will be part of this old-fashioned Christmas celebration. Brook Valley Farms will be on hand to offer horse-drawn carriage rides around the downtown, and a local toy exhibit will be on display. Info: 570-344-3841 or

Christmas Cantata, 1:30 and 4 p.m., Dec. 13 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Dr., Clarks Summit. Refreshments will be served from 3 – 4 p.m. The event, titled “Hope of the Broken World” will highlight principal musicians, soloists, and music directors who will be joined by a 40 voice choir comprised of members of more than 10 local Christian faith communities.

Homemade Pirogie sale, noon – 4 p.m, Dec. 17 at St. John’s Center, Hill Street, Mayfield. Homemade pirogie (deep fried or uncooked) will be sold on a first come first serve basis, except for orders of 10 dozen or more. Cost: $7 per dozen. To place orders for larger amounts, call 570- 876-0730.

Live Nativity, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 19 and 20 and at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21 at Clarks Green Assembly of God, 204 South Abington Rd., Clarks Green. This enhanced outdoor Live Nativity includes live animals and performers, music and home-made cookies and warm beverages in the fellowship hall by the fireplace. Come celebrate Our Gift & His Presence at PA 18411. Info: 570-586-8286.

All You Can Eat Breakfast, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Dec. 21 at Clarks Summit Fire Company, 321 Bedford St. Cost: $8 for adults and $5 for children under 10.

Bereavement Support Group session, 2 p.m. Dec. 21 in the Our Lady of the Snows Parish Center in Clarks Summit. Sessions are informal, informative and open to all. Info: Call Nettie at 570-586-1741.

Holiday Homemade Bread and Kolachi sale, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Dec. 23 at the St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral church center, Hill Street, Mayfield. Raisin and white bread will be sold in either loaf or round sizes. Loaves are $4 each and round are $8 each. Nut, poppyseed, lekvar and apricot kolachi will also be for sale. Orders may be placed by calling 570-876-0730 or 570-876-0391. Business establishment orders may be faxed to 570-876-2534.

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