Adult Education: Support Abington area businesses that support The Gathering Place

Adult Education - Emily Rancier

The Community Classroom is off to a great start this fall. There were 72 registrations in the first week of September, and several classes are already filled.

Our cooking classes, Fall Dinner Party, French Cooking, and Holiday Recipes, have a few openings left.

We are receiving registrations from all over the Abingtons, Scranton, Tunkhannock, Fleetville and down-valley. The word is out –we have great classes that people want and will drive here for.

The big news for September is the State Street Grill Fundraiser! State Street Grill will host a wonderful get-together from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 to help us raise funds to complete the fire hall renovation. We’ll have a cookout, salad and beer, basket raffles and music — and all for $20 a ticket.

Talbots will hold a Shopper’s Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, during which a percentage of the sales during that time will be given to The Gathering Place .

It is so great to see local businesses come forward and help us realize the dream of The Gathering Place. When it is up and running, it will be a great asset to the downtown, welcoming more people into Clarks Summit to visit and, according to The Gathering Place website, “to learn and create, and share talents and knowledge” with each other. Share in the vision and donate to The Gathering Place.

Now, on to the upcoming classes! Carl Jung’s dream work will be the subject of Rosemary McGuigan’s three-part class starting Monday, Sept. 19. Cathy McAndrews returns to share the best of The Artists’ Way for four weeks starting Monday, Oct. 3 for four Mondays (a slight change in the brochure). Let this class be the spark your need to initiate a change, and help you with your creative endeavors. Register by Sept. 26.

We’re really excited about Diane Lombardo’s offer to engage the community in making art. She will help each participant create a work of art while eating, drinking and making merry. Meet at second floor of the borough building from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. The $40 fee will benefit The Gathering Place. Thank you, Diana, for sharing your talent with us.

Bike Maintenance was uniformly praised for its content and instructors last spring , so we have brought it back. Proceeds from this class also benefit our renovation project so come out Wednesday, Oct. 3 and learn about your bike while you can still make use of it this fall.

The Geek Squad from Best Buy will be back to answer your questions about Internet Safety and Streaming from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6.

Bernie McGurl will talk about the Lackawanna River and its tributaries and the efforts being made to revitalize and preserve it on Monday, Oct. 17. This lecture is free to the public so we hope you can come out and support Bernie and all the work he has done over the years, and learn about our local waterways.

A free evening of information about travel will be available from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 when we will host three companies specializing in many different kinds of travel and travel programs.

There is still time to register for the Fall Golf Clinic at Summit Hills Golf Course from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 24 and 25 and Oct. 1 and 2.

We have three times and days for yoga classes with Eileen Harte that meet at Everything Natural, a four-week class on Meditation with Bernadette Kozlowski beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, and a class on stress beginning Monday, Oct. 17 with Kevin Creegan.

Our unified class called Working with Clay promotes social inclusion and encourages connections among people with or without intellectual disabilities. The clay class will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for four Fridays starting Sept. 30 at the Clarks Green Methodist Church.

Enjoy Josh Arp’s nature walk on the Countryside Conservancy Trail at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Meet at the Church of the Epiphany parking lot and join Arp as he talks about the natural world and answers your nature questions.

Bring a little happy strumming into your life by registering for Steve Kurilla’s ukulele class on Monday, Oct. 17. For four Mondays you will learn all the basics of this fun little instrument and leave strumming and singing songs by the end of the first class. You need to bring a ukulele, but need no musical background.

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Adult Education

Emily Rancier

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