Community calendar, week of Nov. 12, 2014

First Posted: 11/11/2014


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 – 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, 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.

Abington Heights High School graduates are invited to the high school from 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Nov. 26 to speak with upperclassmen about their post-secondary experiences in college, the military and/or the work force. Graduates interested in speaking should contact Mrs. Parsells at or 570-585-5300 to register.


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.

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Northeastern PA Affiliate Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Hampton Inn, 22 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton.

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.

Basic SKYWARN training class, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Nov. 13, at Wayne County EMA, 43 Volunteer Dr., Honesdale. There are a limited number of seats available. To register, email or call 607-729-1597 EXT 4.

Celebrity Bartenders Fundraiser for Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, 5 – 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at Camelot Restaurant and Inn, 17 Johnson Road, Clarks Summit. Sponsored by Compassionate Care Hospice and Personal Home Health Care. Guest bartenders include: Dr. Kurt Moran, Bob Durkin and other “surprise” guests. Also features a basket raffle. Cost: $20 (includes two drinks and appetizers). RSVP: 570-451-1031 or Tickets also available at door.

Lung Cancer Alliance’s Shine A Light Scranton, 6 – 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Courthouse Square in Scranton.

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.

Pizza Sale, 4:30 – 6 p.m., Nov. 14 at the Dalton United Methodist Church, 125 S. Turnpike Road. Cost: $9 per tray. Proceeds will fund scholarships to a retreat at Sky Lake. Info: Pastor Lori at 570-762-4918 or Pat at 570-945-5586.

Marywood University Undergraduate Open House, begins with registration at 9 a.m., Nov. 15, in the Fireplace Lounge of the Nazareth Student Center. The event will include a tour of the campus, meetings with current Marywood students, faculty, and coaches and information sessions on financial aid and admissions. A review of applications will be at 2 p.m.

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.

All You Can Eat Breakfast, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Nov. 16 at Clarks Summit Fire Company, 321 Bedford St. Cost: $8 for adults and $5 for kids under 10 years.

Christmas Holiday Bureau celebrity bartender event, 5 – 8 p.m. Nov. 17 at Blu Wasabi, 223 Northern Blvd., Chinchilla. Features celebrity bartnders Don Jacobs, of “PA Outdoor Life”; Elaine Shepard, of Classic Properties and Voluntary Action Center board member and Eric Duffy, of Pine Hills Country Club. Also includes live music by Frankie and Toby and a 50/50 raffle. Info: 570-347-5616.

Free and confidential memory screenings, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Psychological Services Center in the McGowan Center at Marywood University, Scranton. Qualified healthcare professionals will administer the screenings and provide educational materials about memory concerns, brain health and caregiving. The face-to-face screenings consist of a series of questions and tasks, and take five to ten minutes to administer. Info: 570-348-6269.

The Mountain View Garden Club meeting, 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Clifford Fire Hall. Michael Wysocke, of Sassy Albert Soaps in Tunkhannock will speak on making herbal infused oils and essential oils, and their uses.

Triboro Historical Society Meeting, 6:45 p.m. Nov. 18 at Taylor Community Library. This month’s program is titled “Scranton’s Electric Trolley.” Cost: free. Info: 570-562-1225.

Winter SKYWARN training class, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Nov. 19, in the Stark Learning Center, Room 101, at Wilkes University. There are a limited number of seats available. To register, email or call 607-729-1597 EXT 4.

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.

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.

“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.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister

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