Community calendar, week of Oct. 22, 2014

First Posted: 10/22/2014


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.

The Abington Area Community Classroom offers fall classes, at various locations. Info:, 570-563-2401, 570-954-6650 or

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.


Celebration of United Nations Day, 6 – 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at Marywood University’s Conference Room B in the Swartz Center. Includes the reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a brief history of the United Nations, a mock demonstration of the United Nations Security Council, and a video message from United Nations Secretary General Ban Kimoon. Cost: free. Info: 570-961-4581 or

Bus trip to Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Oct. 22. Sponsored by Queen Victoria’s Court. The trip will include a visit of the exhibit, “Death Becomes Her,” a display of 30 ensembles of mourning gowns from 1815-1915 including those worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra. Cost: $55. If interested, call Margaret Messana at 570-587-5264.

Moravian History, 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Presented by: Dr. Sheldon Spear. The Moravians, a “Pennsylvania Dutch” denomination, caused a furor in mid-18th century America because of their aspirations to unify all Protestants in the mid-Atlantic region and their endeavor to Christianize Native Americans. Cost: free. Tickets: 570-996-1500 and at the door while they last.

Keystone Glass Pumpkins Sale, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Oct. 22 on the third floor of the Hibbard Campus Center at Keystone College. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Keystone alumni and local artist, Alex Seely, to help support his fight again cancer. Info:

Dalton Ladies Auxiliary Octoberfest Dinner, 3 t0 8 p.m.. Oct. 22, at the Glenburn Grill & Bakery, 1144 Lackawanna Trail, Clarks Summit. Proceeds will benefit the Dalton Fire Company.

Greater Scranton Jaycees Happy Hour Fundraiser, 7 to 9 p.m., Oct. 24, at Kildare’s Irish Pub, 119 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Open to everyone over the age of 21. A $20 cover charge includes a selection of liquor, beer, wine and appetizers. Additional appetizers will be available for half price. Proceeds benefit the Greater Scranton Jaycees’ General Fund. Info:

Abington Business and Professional Association’s Fall Fun in the Abingtons, Oct. 24-25 at various locations around downtown Clarks Summit. Features business scarecrow competition, artistic pumpkin display and competition, Halloween child and pet parade, trick-or-treating and more. Info: 570-587-9045.

South Abington Lions’ Halloween in the Park, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25 at South Abington Park. Pumpkins, story telling, candy and refreshments. Children 10 and under are welcome to attend.

Trunk-or-treat 2014, 1 – 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at Ransom Lions Pavilion, 3000 Main St., Ransom. Sponsored by the Ransom Lions Club and Newton-Ransom Volunteer Fire Company. A family event, where kids are invited to come dressed in costume. Features lite refreshments, fun and treats. Those decorating their vehicle trunks should arrive at 12:30 with decorations and candy.

Marywood University undergraduate open house, at 9 a.m. Oct. 25. For high school students and their parents. The program will begin with registration in the Fireplace Lounge, Nazareth Student Center, on the university’s campus. Includes a tour; the opportunity to meet current Marywood students, faculty, and coaches and information sessions with admissions and financial aid counselors. High school seniors and transfer students who have completed an application for admission and bring all supporting documentation, including a copy of transcripts and test scores, if applicable, can receive an admissions decision at the Open House event. Review of applications begins at 2 p.m. Info: 570-348-6234 or

Jack-O-Lantern 5K Walk/Run, 9:30 a.m. Oct. 25 at Marywood University. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Center for Athletics and Wellness. Participants are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costume and gift baskets will be awarded to the two best costumes. A portion of the proceeds from the race will be donated to the St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen, Scranton. Cost: $15 (includes a t-shirt). Register: visit or email

The Waverly Community House’s Annual Halloween Party, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Comm, 1115 North Abington Road. For children of all ages. Includes games, crafts, cookie decorating, a haunted house, parade and a raffle. Children may come in costume for the costume parade and bring a pre-carved pumpkin for the Jack-O-Lantern contest. Refreshments are available for purchase. Cost: free; donations accepted.Info: call LuAnn at 570-586-8191, ext. 2.

Pumpkin Fest, 1 – 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at Endless Mountains Nature Center, 1309 Vosburg Road, Tunkhannock, rain or shine. Features an “Amazing Pumpkin Challenge,” pumpkin bowling, a live animal program, pumpkin painting and a bake sale. Cost: $5 per child or $3 for stewards. Reservations: 570-836-3835 or

Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club’s blackpowder shoot, 9 a.m. Oct. 26. All muzzleloader long guns are welcome, but no optical sights are allowed. A variety of prizes will be awarded. Open to members and non-members, with a fee of $5 to shoot. Info: call Larry at 570-780-2728.

Lackawanna Heritage Valley’s Family Fun Day, 2 – 4 p.m. Oct. 26 on the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. Families will gather around a campfire to make a classic fall treat, S’Mores, with Gertrude Hawk Chocolate bars. The S’Mores Party will be held at the amphitheater, about half a mile from the Taylor entrance, and a mile from the Elm Street entrance. The event also features live music, lacrosse demonstrations, pumpkin decorating and a Scarecrow Making Party for children of all ages. Cost: no charge for admission; donations accepted. Info: 570-963-6730, ext. 8200.

“Interviews” workshop, at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at the YMCA in Dunmore. Hosted by NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates. Cost: free. Info/register: 570-702-5700 or

Marywood University’s Bi-annual Book Swap, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Fireplace Lounge in Marywood’s Nazareth Student Center. A wide selection of titles and genres, including digital books, will be available. All proceeds will benefit university-related initiatives. Cost: free admission.

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.

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 Dorothy Boccella Holiday Marketplace, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Nov. 8, 12 – 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at Abington Community Library. Featuring more than 25 local vendors. Chances on a variety of raffle baskets are available for purchase at the library now.

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.

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

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

“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

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