Community calendar, week of Nov. 19, 2014

First Posted: 11/18/2014


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 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, 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.


ABPA’s Home for the Holidays Open House Weekend, Nov. 21 through 23 in downtown Clarks Summit. During the event, local businesses will open their doors for holiday shopping, featuring complimentary goodies and beverages in addition to store specials. Family events will be held at various venues Friday and Saturday throughout town. Info:

South Abington Lions Club 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.

Breakfast with Santa and his “Happy Elves” from Harry Connick, Jr.’s “The Happy Elf,” 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nov. 22 at The Hilton Scranton and Conference Center. Presented by The Hilton Scranton and Conference Center and the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple. Cost: $17.95 for adults, $12.95 for children and free for children under two years of age.

Surviving the Holidays After Loss, 2 p.m. Nov. 23 in The Gathering Room at Our Lady of the Snows church, Clarks Summit. A presentation for those who lost a loved one and find the holiday season difficult to bear. Info: Call Nettie at 570-586-1741.

The Waverly Community House’s annual Holiday House Tour, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Nov. 23. Showcases an eclectic mix of homes, decorated for the holiday season in a variety of themes and styles by design professionals. Cost: $20. Tickets are available in advance at the Comm and on sale in the Comm lobby during the Artisans’ Marketplace the same weekend.

“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.

The Friends of the Abington Community Library Board meeting, 7 p.m. Nov. 25 in the Ryon Room at the library. Info: 570-587-3440.

St. Michael’s Orthodox Church Thanksgiving Bread Sale, noon – 4 p.m., Nov. 25, at St. Michael’s Center, 403 Delaware St., Jermyn. Plain and raisin loaves of bread will be available for sale. Also 10” pumpkin pies for $12 each and 10” apple pies for $12 each. A limited number of nut, poppy seed, apple crisp, raspberry cream and blueberry cream will be available. All orders must be taken by Nov. 23 by calling 570-876-1456.

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.

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.

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., in the Abington Heights High School auditorium, 222 Noble Road, Clarks Summit.

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.

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.

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