Community calendar, week of Dec. 10, 2014

First Posted: 12/9/2014


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.

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.

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.

Women’s Resource Center donation wish-list. Items most needed include: gift cards for grocery stores, car repairs, tires, inspections and gas; bus passes for Colts and Martz; Childcare items such as baby shampoo, baby bath soap, baby powder, size 5 diapers, socks and gloves and personal care items such as shampoo, conditioner, curling irons, shower gels, deodorant, tampons, contact solution and cases, socks, gloves and sewing kits. Info: 570-346-4460.

The Food Pantry, sponsored by the Abington Ecumenical Ministerium, is in need of crackers and peanut butter and jelly or any other non-perishable food items.


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.

Eighth annual Holiday Cookie Walk, 10 a.m. – noon, Dec. 13 at the Clarks Summit Fire House, 321 Bedford St., Clarks Summit. More than 80 homemade varieties of cookies will be available for purchase. Cost: $8 per pound. Info: 570-586-8061. Proceeds will benefit the Clarks Summit Fire Company.

Home “made” for the Holidays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at Lackawanna State Park in the Environmental Learning Center. Participants may stop by any time between the listed times to create their own holiday tree ornaments, using a variety of natural materials (provided), such as pine cones, milk weed pods and teasel. Info: 570-945-7110.

Mini crafting retreat, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at Dalton United Methodist Church in Fellowship Hall on the lower level of the church. Crafters of all kinds are invited to come work on their own projects, meet other local crafters, share your knowledge and learn something new. Soup, chili, bread and beverages will be available for donation. Info: call Pat at 570-945-5586.

All Aboard the Polar Express, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Abington Community Library. An after-hours reading of “The Polar Express,” also featuring crafts, games, snacks and more. Children may come in their pajamas.

Signing Santa visit, 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at Abington Community Library. All deaf and hearing-impaired children are invited to drop in to visit Santa and give him their wish lists. Co-sponsored by The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Christmas Organ Concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at Clarks Green United Methodist Church, 119 Glenburn Rd. Features Christmas Carols by Mary Montoro, organist. Cost: free.

Wyoming County Players “The Christmas Schooner,” 7 p.m. Dec. 19 and 2 p.m. Dec. 20, at the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. Tickets: $10. Senior citizens, children under 12: $7. Info: 570-836-6986 or

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.

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.

First Night Scranton 2015, 3 p.m. Dec. 31 to 12 a.m. Jan. 1 at various locations in Downtown Scranton. A family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration of art and culture. Cost: general admission buttons are $10 and go on sale Dec. 8 at Customer Service at The Mall at Steamtown, Boscov’s in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, and all Gerrity’s supermarkets. Buttons for senior citizens and those with military identifi-cation are $5, and will be available only on the day of the event at First Night Headquarters, second floor of The Mall at Steamtown. Info: 570-344-1967.


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.

Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club Regular Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10, in the clubhouse, Lake Winola Road. Deer hunters should bring their racks for scoring in the annual “Big Buck” contest.

Sandy Hook commemorative vigil, 7 – 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at Saint Peter’s, 3832 State Route 6, Tunkhannock. In commemoration of the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, as well as the 60,000 American victims of gun violence since December 2012, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is joining the Newtown Foundation, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, States United to Prevent Gun Violence and the Washington National Cathedral in a nationwide vigil service of mourning and remembrance for all those who have fallen victim to gun violence in America.

Aging Happens! Planning ahead to stay healthy and financially fit, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Riverside Health and Rehab, 500 Hospital St., Taylor. RSVP: 570-451-1031.

Blood drive and Griffin Pond Animal Shelter fundraiser, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dec. 13 at The Shoppes at Montage, 1035 Shoppes Blvd., Moosic. A Geisinger Blood Center will set up its blood donor beds at Shoppes at Montage inside the former Coldwater Creek store—between Chico’s and J-Crew. Geisinger Blood Center will make a $5 contribution to the animal shelter for every unit of blood donated. Info: call Jess Farrell at 570-507-1643.

Chicken and biscuit or spaghetti and meatball dinner, 3:30 – 6 p.m., Dec. 13, at the Dalton United Methodist Church, 125 S. Turnpike Road. Cost: $9, children under 4 eat free. Info/tickets: Pat at 570-945-5586 or Pastor Lori at 570-762-4918.

Candle Lighting, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Abington Community Library. Part of a worldwide event creating a 24-hour wave of light across the globe to give bereaved families and friends everywhere the opportunity to remember those no longer with them. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. with lighting of the ceremonial candle promptly at 7 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring a flameless candle and a photo of their loved one.

From Loss to Love: A Benefit for Northeast Suicide Prevention, 4 – 5:15 p.m. Dec. 14 at Jaya Yoga, 320 S. State St. Join Cat Maria and Lacey Johnston in a special donation class with an energetic flow to cultivate your inner strength, followed by restorative postures to rejuvenate and restore. All levels are welcome. Cost: $10 suggested donation.

Veterans Discussion Group, 2 – 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at Abington Community Library. Network and meet fellow veterans for coffee and informal discussion.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee meeting, 4 – 5 p.m. Dec. 16 at the library. The TLC is a group of tweens and teens focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more. For grades 5-12.

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.

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.

Marywood University Transfer Day, 2 – 6 p.m. Jan. 7. For college students or former college students considering transferring to Marywood University. Info: 570-348-6234.

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