Community calendar, week of Sept. 10, 2014

First Posted: 9/10/2014


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

South Side Farmers’ Market, 159 Cedar Ave., Scranton, open every Saturday through October, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 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, begins Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and will continue each 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 Newton Recreation Center Fall Hours, Sept. 2 – May 31 the center will be open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – noon and 3 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday noon – 5 p.m. Info: 570-586-2117.

The Abington Heights Special Education Department’s monthly special education parent informational sessions, begining Sept. 16 in the Administration Building, second floor, 200 East Grove Street, Clarks Summit, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The first session will be an informal meet and greet with parents and Dr. Fran A. Rassouli, Director of Special Education. All community members are invited to attend, and a sign language interpreter will be present. Meetings will continue Oct. 14, Nov.18, Jan. 13, Feb. 17, March 17, April 14 and May 12.

Cub Scout Pack 251 Registrations, at Clarks Green United Methodist Church, 119 Glenburn Road, on Sept. 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Also, Sept. 24. Boys in grades first through fifth, or 6-10 years old, may register. Info: call Brian at 570-815-1279.

NEPA Inclusive’s “My Plan for the Future” fall seminar series, with McAndrews Law Offices, Mass Mutual Eastern Pennsylvania Special Care Division and The Advocacy Alliance. Families with children and adults with disabilities are invited to attend and hear professionals discuss special needs trusts and wills, special needs financial planning, and services available to families and adults with disabilities. Sessions include: Sept. 10, at Hazleton YMCA, 75 S. Church St, Hazleton; Oct. 16, at The Advocacy Alliance, 837 Jefferson Ave., Scranton; and Nov. 19, at Susquehanna Fire Hall, 43 Erie Blvd., Susquehanna. All sessions run 6 – 8:30 p.m. Register/info:, 570-468-9437 or

Finishing the Fight will send Halloween to deployed troops in Afghanistan, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia. The organization is accepting donations of Halloween treats, with the exception of chocolate, as well as handmade cards from children. Donations can be made at the following locations until Oct. 6th: Alo’ Me Salon, 271 Scranton Carbondale Highway, Dickson City; Betty Brite Cleaners, 1564 Main St., Peckville; Hopscotch Children’s Boutique, 201 Church St., Jessup and Twisted Scissors Beauty Salon, 310 Lackawanna Ave., Olyphant. Those with a deployed loved one are invited to give the name and addressto be put on the monthly packaging list. Info: call Angel Lubeck at 570-614-6341 or visit


Sept. 10: The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network Luncheon, at Four Points by Sheraton Scranton, 300 Meadow Ave., 12 – 1 p.m. Featuring Secretary Julia K. Hearthway, who serves as Pennsylvania’s 33rd Secretary of the Department of Labor and Industry.

Sept. 10-12: Abington Senior Community Center bus trip to Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland, including two nights lodging, two breakfasts, two dinners, guided tour of historic Baltimore, tour of Annapolis and the Naval Academy, one-hour “Inner Harbor Spirit” cruise to see the Tall Ships, and view a Blue Angels practice session. Cost: double occupancy, $354; Single Occupancy, $443. Info/reservations: 570-586-8996.

Sept. 11: Annual Commemoration of September 11, at the Memorial Site in McDade Park, 8 a.m. Hosted by the 911 Memorial Committee of Lackawanna County.

Lecture, “Changing Landscapes: Effects of Marcellus Shale Development on Pennsylvania Forest and Birds,” by ecologist Margaret Brittingham, at Keystone College in Evans Hall, Hibbard Campus Center, 7:30 p.m.

“Kaffeeklatsch” German language conversation group, at Abington Community Library, 7 p.m. All ages and levels are invited to come practice speaking and listening.

Sept. 12: Back to School BINGO, at Abington Community Library, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Bingo fun with prizes and snacks. Open to students in grades 4 – 6.

Interdependence Day 2014, at the Scranton Cultural Center, 5:30 p.m. This year’s event features a panel discussion themed “Indifference to Interdependence.” Panel members include: Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D. JCL, of the Diocese of Scranton; Reverend Tawan Edward Bailey, Pastor, Bethel A.M.E Church in Scranton; Rabbi Moshe Saks, of Temple Israel in Scranton and Gary Drapek, Executive Director, United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties. Sondra Myers will moderate the panel.

Second annual Flynn Senior Fair, at Divine Mercy Parish, St. Joseph’s Hall, 312 Davis St., Scranton, 1 – 4 p.m. State Rep. Marty Flynn invites local senior citizens to this event, which features more than 25 exhibitors from state and county agencies, social service and senior support organizations, transportation service providers and others. Also offered will be blood pressure and vision screenings, medicine cabinet consultations, refreshments and door prizes. Registration is not required. Cost: free. Info: 570-342-4348.

Sept. 13: William Walker Hose Company Golf Tournament, at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, 140 Sandy Banks Road, Greenfield Twp., 9 a.m. shotgun start. Cost: $75 per person or $300 per team (includes: greens fees, lunch, dinner, beverages, and prizes. Info/register: call Bill at 570-466-4835 or John at 570-840-3414; registration forms are also available online at

Caravan for Cancer Fundraiser, at Masonic Hall, 118 N. Abington Road, Clarks Green, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Flea market, baked goods, various food items. Rain or shine.

Lackawanna County Cross Country Invitational, at McDade Park, Scranton, 9 a.m. – noon. Featuring high school athletes from a tri-state area. The top 25 finishers in the boys and girls junior high categories along with the girls and boys varsity divisions will also be recognized. Winning teams in each of the race categories will also be honored.

Second Saturdays Storytime, at Abington Community Library, 10:30 – 11 a.m. Children ages 3-6 and their sibblings are invited to come hear about “The Three Little Pigs.”

Chestnut Trees in Pennsylvania, at Salt Springs Park, 10 a.m. Vicki Brownell will give a presentation about the dwindling chestnut tree population, the American Chestnut Foundation, and what we can do to bring chestnut trees back to this area.

9/11 Memorial Blood Drive, at the Delaware Valley Middle School Gym, Rts. 6 & 209, Milford, 8:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Sept. 14: Nicholson Bridge Day, on Main Street and downtown Nicholson. More than 50 vendors are expected with various products for sale, and the event will feature live entertainment, children’s games, food, a talent show at 11 a.m. on Main Street and more. Info: Karen at 570-942-6747 or Joan at 570-942-4481.

The Rotary Club of the Abingtons’ 10th Annual Taste of the Abingtons, at the Nichols Village Hotel and Spa, 1101 Northern Boulevard, Clarks Summit, 5-8 p.m. Dozens of local restaurants and eateries will provide specialty food items for sampling. Proceeds benefit numerous local Rotary projects in the Abingtons community and beyond. Cost: $25. Tickets may be obtained from any Rotary Club of the Abingtons member; by calling the chair, John Regula at 570-586-6931; or at Peoples Security and Trust (Abington Office, 1100 Northern Blvd.), Nichols Village Hotel and Spa, or Everything Natural.

September Vesper Service, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Montrose, at 6 p.m.

“Community Heroes” Service, at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit, at 10 a.m. The service will honor local law enforcement, fire and rescue personnel, and first responders. Refreshments will be served following the service. Info: 570-587-3206.

Bike the Border, at Salt Springs Park, 1 p.m. Participants must wear a helmet on the bike trail. Cost: Free-will donation.

Sept. 15: The Marian C. Bell Foundation’s 9th Annual P.A.R. for Parkinson’s Golf Tournament and Dinner, at The Country Club of Scranton, 12 p.m. Includes an 18-Hole Golf Tournament, a cocktail reception, dinner and awards ceremony. Cost: golf package ticket price is $225 (includes greens fees, cart, driving range, lunch, cocktails and dinner) and tickets for cocktails and dinner only are $100. Corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities available. Proceeds benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Register: Info: or 312-852-0005.

Healthy Kids: Reflexology for Children with Gloria Mathieson, at Abington Community Library, 4:30 – 6 p.m. The second part of this series discusses hyperactivity or sluggish behavior, which can make times difficult for both the parent and child. Techniques cover areas of the body that relate to it all. For adults and children ages 3-12.

Awareness and Acceptance of a Dementia Diagnosis, with Janine Starinsky, at Abington Community Library, 5 – 6 p.m. This event will provide ideas for programs and visiting a loved one, help better understand types of programs and ideas to be offered by staff, family members and friends and help to understand the importance of providing quality of life and eliminating boredom. For adults.

Sept. 16: The Mountain View Garden Club meeting, at the Clifford Township Fire Company, 1025 Route 106, Clifford, 7 p.m. This month’s program will be a presentation by Julie Novak and Sherri Kukuchka from Creekside Garden Center in Tunkhannock. All are welcome to attend.

Technology Scheduling Session, at Abington Community Library, 11 – 12 p.m. Adults who need help in computer basics, e-mail, iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Nook, Facebook, Skype, Facetime, basics of the Microsoft Suites (2007), and more can stop by the library to schedule a one-on-one meeting session.

Sept. 17: The NEPA Coast Guard Veterans Association’s monthly meeting, at Perkins Restaurant on route 315 in Pittston Township, 6 p.m. Any Coast Guard Veterans, Active Duty or Reserve are welcome to attend. Info: call Neil at 570-288-6817.

Chicken-n-Biscuit or Ham Dinner, at Clifford United Methodist Church, Main St., from 4 to 6 p.m. Take-out or dine in. Cost: $8.95- includes dinner, dessert and a drink.

Sept. 18: NEPA Aging Network Alliance “Successful Aging” event, at The Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 North Blakely Street, Dunmore, doors open at 4 p.m. Topics include: elder law, housing, community services and elder care. RSVP: 570-558-6160 or

Sept. 19: Homemade pirogie sale, at St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Mayfield, in the Church Center on Hill St. Fried and frozen raw pirogies will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis from noon to 4 p.m. Cost: $7 per dozen. Business establishment orders will be delivered upon request. Orders may be faxed to 570-876-2534.

Sept. 19-21: The University of Scranton Family Weekend, at various campus locations. Info: 570-941-4222 or

Sept. 20: Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast, at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar in the Viewmont Mall, 8 – 10 a.m. Supports the East Benton United Methodist Women. Tickets/info: 570-563-2370. Tickets available at door while supplies last.

Chicken and Biscuit Dinner, at Tompkinsville United Methodist Church, 1448 Heart Lake Road, Jermyn, 4 – 7 p.m. Eat in or take out. Cost: $10 for adults and $6 for children. Advance tickets (also available at the door) 570-254-4640.

Star Party, at Salt Springs Park, 7 p.m. Mike and Mary Sinkovich will give participants some tips on using a telescope. Then the group will move to the field, where viewing is ideal, and the Sinkovichs will read the sky. Bring a flashlight to transform into a red light.

Children’s Health Fair, at Penn State Worthington Scranton. Includes a variety of free health screenings, and free child health and safety demonstrations and information, as well as fun-filled educational activities for children and their parents and guardians. Cost: free. Info: 570-963-2644.

Sept. 21: Scars and Stripes: The Remarkable Story of Waverly’s Black Civil War Soldiers, at the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, 2 p.m. Presented by the Lackawanna Historical Society and The Comm, this multimedia presentation will be led by author and Waverly native Jim Remsen. His lecture will chronicle the 13 black men who left their safe haven in the Abingtons to volunteer for the Union Army and return south into harm’s way. Info: 570-344-3841 or

All You Can Eat Breakfast, at Clarks Summit Fire Company No. 1, 321 Bedford Street, 8 a.m. – noon. Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for children under 10.

Horse Show, at the Dalton Fire Company Carnival Grounds. Refreshments provided by the Dalton Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. Info: 570-267-6259 or

Sept. 22: 16th Annual “Bringing the World to Northeastern Pennsylvania” at the Convention Center at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance’s premier international trade event. Info: 570-655-5581 or

Dalton Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary BINGO, at the fire hall, doors open at 6 p.m. and games start at 6:45 p.m.Info: 570-563-1268.

Sept. 23: Wake Up With The Arts Breakfast, at The Mohegan Sun Club at PNC Field, Moosic, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Featured Speaker Dr. Polly K. Carl will give a presentation on “Building A Community-Centered Movement of Theater Practitioners.” The breakfast serves as a creative networking event that focuses on educating, motivating and inspiring the public to use the arts, area artists, and art organizations, businesses and agencies to enhance the quality of life in the communities that comprise Lackawanna County. Cost: free (suggested donation is $5). Register: or 570-963-6590, ext. 106.

Sept. 27: PROSPER 5K Run/Walk, at the Olive Street Trailhead on the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, Scranton, 9 a.m. Proceeds from the event will be used for PROSPER evidence based drug and alcohol prevention programs in the Carbondale Area and Scranton School Districts. Cost: $20 for adults and $15 for children under 12 before Sept. 13, $25 for adults and $20 for children under 12 after Sept. 13. Info: 570-963-6842.

Steamtown National Historic Site Entrance Fee Free Day, celebrating National Public Lands Day. Includes complimentary admission to the park grounds, museums and scheduled walking tours. Info: 570-340-5200 or

Sept. 28: Scout Day, at Lackawanna State Park, 12:45 – 5 p.m. The day’s programs are to help meet some aspects of certain badge requirements and will include topics of geo-caching, leave no trace, outdoor skills and a National Public Lands Day service project. Cost: $2 per scout. Registration (required): call Gina Kellet at 570-945-7110. Info:

Third Annual Harvest Moon Fest, at Hillside Park, 1188 Winola Road, South Abington, 12 – 4 p.m. rain or shine. Includes a cow flop, children’s activities, Fall-themed arts and crafts, canoe rentals, a bounce house, face painting, live music, live characters, various vendors and more.

“Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother: The Key to Bringing America Back to Order” presentation, at St. Mary’s Center, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, 3 p.m. Award-winning author of “Return to Order”, John Horvat II is presentor. Cost: free. Info: 570-239-3363.

Oct. 1: 17th annual Sports/Celebrity Memorabilia Auction, at Diamond United Methodist Church, West Diamond Avenue and North Locust Street, Hazleton at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. $2 donation includes refreshments. Auction will include autographed photos, trading cards, mini footballs, books, and other assorted memorabilia. Info: 570-454-4661.

Oct. 2: The Century Club of Scranton and The Lackawanna Historical Society’s Centennial Gala, at The Century Club of Scranton beginning with cocktails at 6 p.m. Tickets: 570-344-3841.

Oct. 4: Old Fashioned Fall Festival & Craft Fair, at Waverly United Methodist Church, 105 Church St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors, pumpkin painting, children’s games, food, baked goods.

Oct. 5: Corpus Christi Annual Harvest Festival Turkey Dinner, at Corpus Christi Church in Montdale, 12 – 5 p.m. Cost: $11 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets may be purchased at the door and include a turkey dinner with mashed potatoes and vegetables, as well as sauerkraut slaw, stuffing, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, pie, and beverages. Take-outs are available.

Oct. 18: St. Vladimir Parish Annual Flea Market, at the Parish Center, 428 North Seventh Ave., Scranton, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Benefits the Parish Children’s Religious Education Program. Ukrainian and American foods will be available for purchase. Vendors: contact Daria at 570 963-1580.

Oct. 19: Lacawac Sanctuary’s 2014 Lake to Lake 8K Trail Run and Woods Walk, at Lacawac Sanctuary in Lake Ariel, Cost: $25 for the 8K and $15 for the woods walk, until Oct. 13. Info: 570-689-9494 or email

Oct. 26: The Century Club fall bus trip, to the Tri-Cities Opera Company at the Forum in Binghampton, N.Y. The bus leaves from the rear of the Century Club at 1 p.m. and will return at 8:30-9 p.m. The day trip will be $75 for members excluding dinner. The cost for non-members is $85. A non-refundable payment is due Sept. 1 and final payment is due Oct. 1.

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