Community calendar, week of Oct. 29, 2014

First Posted: 10/29/2014


Abington Community Market, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays. Local growers sell their vegetables and more behind the South Abington Elementary School.

South Side Farmers’ Market, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Saturday through October at 159 Cedar Ave., Scranton. Hosted by United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Elm Street Revitalization Project. Fresh food, baked goods, wine, herbs and other items are available from local vendors. Info: 570-346-6203 ext. 16.

The Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory fall program, at 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday evening through Friday, Nov. 14. The astronomical programs will feature an illustrated lecture and weather-permitted observation through telescopes. Cost: free. Info: 570-945-8402 or

The Abington Heights Special Education Department’s monthly special education parent informational sessions, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Nov.18, Jan. 13, Feb. 17, March 17, April 14 and May 12. in the Administration Building, second floor, 200 East Grove Street, 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, womans 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.


Free Community Lecture, 1 p.m., in the G-CMC Professional Building auditorium, 315 Colfax Ave., Scranton. G-CMC surgeon John E. Mitchell, M.D., will discuss breast cancer prevention and treatment strategies including when to see a doctor, therapy options and post-surgical support. Info/registration: 570-703-8709.

Trunk or Treat, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Oct. 31, at Waverly Community Church, 101 Carbondale Road, Waverly. Free goodies, crafts and light refreshments will be provided in the fellowship hall. Info: 570-587-2280 or email

Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at the United Methodist Church, 64 State St, Nicholson. A variety of soups and sandwiches will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Homemade pies, cookies, brownies, dishes and cook books will be available for purchase in the Country Kitchen.

Keystone College Open House, 9 a.m. Nov. 1 at the La Plume campus. Registration is required and will begin at 9 a.m. in the Theatre in Brooks. Prospective students and their families will have the opportunity to meet with faculty members and tour the campus. Information on admissions, academic programs, financial aid, scholarships, student life, athletics, and the honors program will be provided. Register/info: visit, call 1-877-4-COLLEGE or e-mail

Ransom Lions Pancake Breakfast, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nov. 2 at Ransom Community Hall, 2379 Newton Ransom Blvd. Includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee. Eat in or take out tickets are available at the door or from any Ransom Lions Club member. Cost: $7.50 for adults and $3.50 for children.

The Civil War: America’s Second Revolution, 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Presented by: Dr. Len Gougeon. Cost: free. Tickets: 570-996-1500 and at the door while they last.

The Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club’s annual Turkey Dinner and Shoot, Nov. 2 at the clubhouse. Rifle and shotgun events begin at 9 a.m., with a full turkey dinner available after 12 p.m. Cost: Competitive events to win turkeys have a fee of $3 and the dinner fee is $10. Takeouts are available. Info: 570-378-2593 or

Election Day Dinner, 4 – 7 p.m., Nov. 4 at the Newton Ransom Vol. Fire House, 1890 Newton Ransom Blvd., Clarks Summit. Cost: Adults: $9, Children 10 and under: $5. The meal will include roast beef, mashed potatoes, veggies, cole slaw, role and butter, drinks, and dessert. Info: Marion at 570-587-1026.

“Organizing for the Holidays” class with Tara Atkins, 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit. Abington Area Community Classroom’s last class of the year. Cost: $15. Register:

“Strategies to Maximize Your Social Security Benefits” workshop, 6 – 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at Abington Community Library. Info: 570.587.3449.

Third Annual Drink to Pink, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Backyard Ale House in Scranton. Hosted by Friends of the American Cancer Society, the community event will feature drink specials, entertainment by DJ Krypton and raffle baskets. Cost: a suggested donation of $10. Info:

Sanskrit Class for Kids, 4 – 5 p.m. Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at Abington Community Library. Participants will learn about the classical Indian language of Sanskrit through reading, writing, and stories. Sponsored by the Teen Leadership Committee and facilitated by Havisha and Vihisha Bache.

The Dorothy Boccella Holiday Marketplace, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Nov. 8 and noon – 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at Abington Community Library. Features more than 25 local artisan vendors, a basket raffle and more. Cost: free admission. Raffle chances available for purchase at the library now through Nov. 9. Special “Marketplace Edition” Second Saturdays Storytimes for children will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 8 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 9.

Job Search Technique Session with Dr. Gale Jaeger, 2 – 3 p.m. at Abington Community Library. One-on-one training and services, including assistance with resumes, interview skills, job searching and researching, will be provided. Adults may stop by and schedule a one-on-one meeting session. Info: 570-587-3449.

Steamtown National Historic Site Veterans Day Entrance Fee-Free Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11. Includes complimentary admission to the Park grounds, museum complex and exhibits, and scheduled walking tours. All active duty military members and their dependents can obtain an annual park pass, an $80 value, at no charge during their visit. Info: 5700-340-5200 or

Civil War Roundtable meeting, 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. The group is being formed by The Lackawanna Historical Society to discuss topics related to Civil War history. For this first meeting, special guest Abraham Lincoln as portrayed by Jim Getty will be present. Meetings will be held the second Tuesday of each month. Membership dues are $20 for individuals and $25 for families. Reservations (required): 570-344-3841 or

The Knights of Columbus Abington Council No. 6611 Bingo Night, 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Gathering Room at Our Lady of the Snows Church, 301 S State St, Clarks Summit. Room is wheelchair accessible. Complimentary light refreshments will be served. Cost: no cover charge; BINGO cards are 50 cents each or 3 for $1 per game. Info: call Chris Kane at 570-587-1390.

Free Flu and Pneumonia Vaccine Clinic, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Nov. 12 in the chapel on the first floor at Tyler Memorial Hospital, State Route 6 in Tunkhannock. Appointments are required, as the supply of the free vaccine is limited. Appointments: call Donna Guman, at 570-996-1266.

Blizzard Preparedness with Kelly Lewis, 6 – 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at Abington Community Library. Participants will learn how to be prepared for a blizzard, how proper planning can help to mitigate property damage and guidelines and steps to take during and after a blizzard hits. Info: 570-587-3449.

Respect Life Banquet, at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Fiorelli’s, 1501 Main St. in Peckville. Marks Pennsylvanians for Human Life Scranton Chapter’s 40th anniversary. Featured speaker is Ernie Ohlhoff. Cost: $30. Reservations: 570-347-8299 or 570-343-5099.

Applebee’s® Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast, 8 to 10 a.m., Nov. 15 at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 74 Viewmont Mall #730, Scranton. Cost: $7 adults, $4 children ages 3-10. Proceeds will benefit the Countryside Community Church Youth Group. Tickets: 570-587-3206 or

Harvest Dinner, 12:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at St. Vladimir Parish Center, 428 N. Seventh Ave., Scranton. Includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, hot vegetables, dinner rolls, dessert, coffee, tea and beverages. Cost: $13 for adults, $8 for children 6 to 12 years and no charge for children age 5 and under. Advance reservations only; deadline Nov. 10. Take-outs available between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Reservations: call Kathleen at 570-346-2414.

South Abington Lions’ Turkey Bingo, 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Chinchilla Hose Company. A gift card raffle will be drawn at the end of the evening. Tickets may be purchased in advance through any South Abington Lions Club member or at the door. BYOB.

“Finding the Best Career” workshop, at 6 p.m. Nov. 24 at Abington Community Library. Hosted by NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates. Cost: free. Info/register: 570-702-5700 or

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee Meeting, 4 – 5 p.m. Nov. 25 at the library. A group of students in grades 5–12 focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections, and more. Info: 570-587-3449.

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.

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.

“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

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.

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