Community calendar, week of Oct. 14, 2015


The Abington Heights Class of 2005 10-Year Reunion, 6:30 P.M. Nov. 27 at Cooper’s Seafood House in Scranton. RSVP deadline: Nov. 5. Cost: $32. Register: Info: mike@abingtonheightsclassof2005.


Knights of Columbus Abington Council No. 6611 Bingo, at 7 p.m. every second Tuesday in the OLS Gathering Room. Cost: no cover charge; Bingo cards are 50 cents each or three for $1 per game. Complimentary light refreshments served. Wheelchair accessible. Info: call Chris Kane at 570-587-1390.

Alzheimer’s Association of Greater PA support group meetings, 7 to 8 p.m. the last Tuesday of every month at Elan Gardens, 465 Venard Road, Clarks Summit. Info: call Rhonda Fallk at 570-585-8099 or Rita Fenton at 570-586-0179.

Stroke Support Group meetings, 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Moses Taylor Hospital. For survivors of stroke and their caregivers. Cost: free. RSVP/info: call Colleen Dodgson at 570-770-5257.

The Lackawanna Historical Society’s Civil War Roundtable meetings, at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the Civil War era, 1861-1865. Annual dues: $20 for individuals and $25 for families. Reservations are required. Info: 570-344-3841 or email

Over-eaters Anonymous meetings, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, 9:45 a.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit. Cost: free. Info: 570-587-4313.

Abington Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through the end of October at South Abignton Park. Info: 570-586-7952.

Abington Community Library’s Seventh Annual Dorothy Boccella Holiday Marketplace basket raffle, began Sept 8. Cost: two tickets for $1, 12 for $5 and 25 for $10. All proceeds benefit the library. The holiday marketplace will be held Nov. 14.

NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates Webinars, 7 p.m. on the following dates. Oct. 22 on “Showing Off Your Accomplishments: The High School Resume,” Nov. 5 on “Successful Scholarship Search Strategies” and Nov. 19 on “Financial Aid Update” For parents and students, grades 8-12. Cost: free. Reservations (required): email or call 570-702-5700 no later than the Friday prior to the webinar. Once registered, participants will receive a link and additional info.

Project Re-Entry seeks Christmas donations. Needed for the men are wrapped candy and cookies and for the women are socks, wrapped candy, toothpaste, soap, VO5 shampoo and Suave shampoo. Monetary gifts are also accepted. Deliver to: 29 New York St., Scranton by Dec. 10. Info: 570-342-3627.

Technology scheduling sessions, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Abington Community Library. Do you need help in computer basics, email, iPad/iPhone, Kindle/Nook, Facebook, Skype, Facetime, basics of the Microsoft Suites (2007) or something else? Adults may stop by and schedule a one-on-one meeting session on this day. Info: 570-587-3440.


Backyard Beekeeping: Introduction to the Honeybee, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. A yearlong program appropriate for honeybee enthusiasts, designed to support new and seasoned beekeepers through an entire apiary year. The course will cover why honeybees are a critical component to a healthy ecosystem and honeybee biology including anatomy, classification, and different strains. Hierarchy of the hive, the life of the bee, and their different roles will be included. Cost $80 for the fall/winter series of four classes or $25 for individual classes. Registration (required): 570-842-1506.

Reptiles and Amphibians of NEPA, 11 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Learn about the reptiles and amphibians of Northeastern Pennsylvania with Rick Koval, naturalist and WNEP Pennsylvania Outdoor Life personality. His PowerPoint presentation will illustrate 44 species of frogs, turtles, salamanders, lizards and snakes including rarities such as the endangered northern cricket frogs, timber rattlesnakes, eastern worm snakes and hellbenders that reside in northeastern Pennsylvania. Meet live reptiles and amphibians after the talk. Cost: free. Sponsored by: The Overlook Estate Foundation. Tickets/info: 570-996-1500.

Countryside Community Church Annual Turkey Supper and Bake Sale, 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Take-outs available from 2:30 to 4 p.m. only and the family style dinner will be served in the fellowship hall at 4 p.m. Cost: $14 for adults and $8 for children ages four to 12. A $1 discount on adult advance sale tickets is available at the church office until Friday, Oct. 9. Tickets/info: 570-587-3206.

Chicken Bar-B-Que, 11 a.m. t0 3 p.m. Oct. 17 at Juanita Chapter No. 8 O.E.S. Masonic Hall, 118 N. Abington Road, Clarks Green. Eat in or take outs available. Cost: $10. Info/tickets: Esther Malys at 570-586-3221.

Dalton United Methodist Church pork and sauerkraut dinner, Oct. 17. Take outs begin at 3:30 p.m. and serving from 4 to 6 p.m. Cost: $8.50 for adults and $4.25 for children ages four to 10. Info: Call Margaret at 570-387-3755.

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s 11th annual Chocoholic Frolic, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Scranton Cultural Center. All proceeds will benefit the SCOLA Learning Center and its adult literacy/English as a Second Language programs. Area vendors of all things chocolate will be on hand for participants to sample their sweet and savory treats. Cost: $30 for general admission. Patron tickets are $60 and allow a one hour early entrance time at 5 p.m. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets:, 570-346-0759 or at 425 Alder St. in Scranton.

Purse Bingo, 1 p.m. Oct. 18 at Temple Hesed, 1 Knox Road, Scranton. A twist on classic bingo. Those with a winning card will win a brand new designer purse associated with every card. Cost: $20 (includes 20 games). Tickets: , 570 344-7201 or at the door.

Wyoming Seminary Lower School Fall Open House, 12 to 2 p.m. Oct. 18. Pre-registration is requested but not required. Register/info: 570-718-6610 or

Halloween Pet Costume Pageant and Fall Festival, 12:30 to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Twp. Pageant registration will be held from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and costume judging will begin at 1 p.m. Cost: $5 registration fee per pet. Festival will include professional and artistic vendors, a photographer with digital Halloween and fall themed pet photos, pet paintings, an animal communicator, airbrushed face painting and tattoos, What the Fork food truck, baked goods and music. Proceeds benefit the shelter. Info: 570-585-0514 or

Parents’ Role in Career and College Planning, 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Abington Community Library. Jennifer Kresock, of NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates will give advice on all topics of college and career planning to parents at this workshop.

ServSafe certification course, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20, in the Fireplace Lounge, Hibbard Campus Center, Keystone College. Participants are expected to review the ServSafe textbook for a minimum of 7.5 hours prior to the scheduled course. Cost: $160 (includes a textbook, lunch and a one hour USDA presentation). Participants must register no later than seven days prior to the class. Register: contact Brenda Lidy at 570-945-8334 or

Octoberfest at the Glenburn Grill, 3 to 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at the restaurant, 1144 Lackawanna Trail, Clarks Summit. A portion of the procedes will benefit the Dalton Fire Company.

‘Introducing Two Pennsylvania Pioneers,’ 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Dr. Sheldon Spear will introduce the audience to two unsung Pennsylvania pioneers who made substantial contributions to history: Augustine Gallitzin, who is significant for his efforts to attract a steady influx of Catholics to the area despite the prevailing bigotry of American Protestant clergy, and Jane Grey Swisshelm, who, against many obstacles, managed to become one of America’s first women journalists, known for embracing women’s rights and the abolition of slavery. Cost: free. Tickets/info: 570-996-1500.

Red Cross blood drive, 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Triton Fire Hall, 116 West Tioga Street, Tunkhannock. Info: 1-800-733-2767.

ABPA Annual Fall After Hours Card Exchange, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Glow Anti-Aging and Cosmetic Laser Center, LLC, 102 N. Abington Road, Suite 100, Clarks Summit. Reservations: 570-587-9045 or by Oct. 19.

Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce Regional Card Exchange, 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Mohegan Sun Club at PNC Field in Moosic. In conjunction with the Greater Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton Chambers of Commerce and presented by Coordinated Health in partnership with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Info/register:

Red Cross blood drives, 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 23, at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit and St. Patricks Catholic Church, 205 Main St., Nicholson. Info: 1-800-733-2767.

Abington Community Library presents: Tasting by the Book, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24 at the library. Taste food prepared by area cooks and bid on your favorite items to enjoy at a later date. You can also purchase a cook book to take home. Personal checks, cash, and major credit cards all acceptable for the bidding and purchases. Adults only. Tickets are advance sales only. Cost: $25. Tickets: or visit the library circulation desk.

Marywood University Undergraduate Open House, 9 a.m. Oct. 24 beginning in the Fireplace Lounge, Nazareth Student Center, on campus. For high school students and their parents.Info: 570-348-6234 or

ABPA Annual Fall Fun Day in the Abingtons, Oct. 24 at various times and downtown Clarks Summit locations. Features pumpkin displays, trick or treating, a child and pet costume parade, hay rides, complimentary fall goodies, face painting, a mini carnival and scarecrow museum fall crafts and more. For full schedule, visit

South Abington Township Fall Leaf Pickup, Oct. 24 and Nov. 14. Residents can pick up 25 free bags per home, if needed. Leaves should be placed in the township provided bags only and the bags should only be used on those two dates.

Everyone for Eric, 12 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at Riverfront Sports, 5 W. Olive St., Scranton. A fundraiser to help cover medical expenses of Eric Salerno, Clarks Summit, who has battled leukemia and was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. Features food, baskets, 50/50 and games. Cost: $20 adults and $10 kids. Info:

Ransom Lions Pancake Breakfast, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct 25 at Ransom Community Hall, 2379 Newton Ransom Blvd. Cost: Adults $7.50 and children $3.50. Eat in or take out tickets available at door or from any Ransom Lions Club member.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee Meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at the library. A group of tweens and teens in grades 5-12, focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more.

Find your career path in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry, 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Lackawanna College School of Petroleum and Natural Gas. An information session. Register: 570-465-2344 or

Lackawanna County Cooperative Extension Association Tour & Annual Meeting, 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Carbondale Technology Transfer Center, 10 Enterprise Dr., Carbondale. Tours of the collaborative business incubator environment will be given. There will also be an opportunity to meet with the entrepreneurs working in the incubator. Cost: $10, includes appetizers. Registration deadline: Oct. 21. Info/register: or 570-963-6842.

Free Confidential Memory Screenings, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Psychological Services Center in the McGowan Center at Marywood University. Info: 570-348-6269.

Plant-based Cooking, 1 p.m. Nov. 5 at The Century Club of Scranton. Presenter is Chef Megan Huylo of the Hamptons, a Clarks Summit native. Light refreshments will be served. Cost: free. Reservations: 570-342-0204.

‘Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and the End of the Civil War’ lecture, 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Scranton Cultural Center. James McPherson, a historian who won the Pulitzer Prize for his comprehensive one-volume history of the Civil War, “Battle Cry of Freedom,” will deliver the Lackawanna County Library System’s 2015 American Masters Lecture. Cost: free. Tickets: available at the Abington Community Library, the Dalton Community Library or online at

Cupcakes and Cocktails, 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 6 in Evans Hall at Keystone College. Holiday shopping with local vendors, complimentary cupcakes and cocktails and a basket raffle. Benefits The Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc. For those 18 and over; ID required. Tickets: $20 general admission, $15 for Keystone Cellege faculty, staff and students, with I.D.

One-day food drive, 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 6 at Community Intervention Center, 445 N. 6th Ave., Scranton. Hosted by Lackawanna Community College students. A collection of non-perishable food items to be donated to Friends of the Poor food bank.

A Night at the Races, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at St. Mary’s Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the races begin at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by The Friends of the Arc Auxiliary, the event includes basket/gift certificate raffle and refreshments. Beer/Wine cash bar available until 10 p.m. Cost: $10; tickets available at the door.

Wyoming Seminary Scholarship Exams, 8 a.m. Nov. 7 at the Lower School Forty Fort campus for fourth through seventh grade students and 9 a.m. Nov. 7 at the Upper School’s Kingston campus for eighth and ninth grade students. Pre-register: visit or call 570-718-6610 for the Lower School and 570-270-2160 for the Upper School.

Chili Cook Off, noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 at The Century Club of Scranton, 612 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels. Ticket includes a sample of at least 10 different chili recipes, rolls, cornbread, salad, dessert, soft drinks, beer, coffee and tea. Entertainment provided by E J. the D.J. Cost: $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Reservations: call 570-342-0204 by Oct. 29.

North Scranton Boy Scout Troop 57 pasta dinner, 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 7 the Holy Rosary School Auditorium, 316 William Street, Scranton. Cost: $9 for adults and $6 for children. Take outs available.

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network Luncheon, Nov. 18. at Glen Oak Country Club, Waverly Township. Info/reservations:

ABPA’s Annual Home for the Holidays Open House, Nov. 20 through 22 at various downtown Clarks Summit venues. Each participating business will serve complimentary refreshments and distribute entry forms for a shopping spree drawing. Special shopping hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20 and 21 and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. Saturday’s events include a visit from Santa and a ceremony at 6 p.m. around the Clock Tower.

Annual Harvest Dinner, 12:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at St. Vladimir Parish Center, 428 N. Seventh Ave., Scranton. Cost: Adults $13, Students age 6-12 $8 and no charge for children age 5 and under. Advance reservations close Sunday, Nov. 15. No tickets sold at the door. Take-outs available between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Reservations: contact Dorothy Fleck at 570-570-346-4164.


Natural Wonders series, 1 to 2:30 p.m. every other Thursday through Dec. 3 at Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. A program series for children ages three to six and a guardian that offers discovery-based learning about the natural world through stories, art and outdoor explorations. Cost: $45 for a series of six classes or $8 for individual classes. Registration (required): 570-842-1506.

Storytimes for Children, at the Abington Community Library. Baby (ages 0-2): 10:30 a.m. Fridays, Oct. 23 and 30; Toddler (ages 2-3): 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Oct. 22 and 29; Preschool (ages 3-5): 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 20 and 27; After School Stories (Grades K-3): 4 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 22 and 29. Info: 570-587-3440.

Homeschoolers at the Library, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 15 at the Abington Community Library. A morning program to enrich students’ home learning experience. This first class will be on “Animal Camouflage.” For grades K-6; Siblings welcome.

Make-it, Take-it Craft Time, 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Abington Community Library. Children may drop in any time during these two hours to create fall-themed crafts.

15th Annual O’Malley Free Halloween Party, 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at McDade park. For children in preschool to fifth grade. Includes photo opps with the Wicked Witch of the West, entertainment by DJ Jason Miller, balloon animals, food and other treats. RSVP: call 570-346-1828 and leave a message with the number of children attending by Oct. 13.

Crafters’ Club, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Abington Community Library. Meet other crafters and share tips. All materials will be provided; bring your ideas and creativity. Sponsored by the Teen Leadership Committee for students in grades 3-6.

Wilderness Survival 101, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. Join U.S. Army veteran Ron Skamanich for an evening of hands-on wilderness survival. Topics include fire starting, shelter making, signals, wild foods, water procurement, first aid, navigation and proper clothing and equipment. Dress for the weather. Geared to children and families ages seven and up. Cost: $5. Registration (required): 570-842-1506.

Read to Dogs, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Abington Community Library. Drop by during this hour to get some reading practice in with certified therapy dogs. For students in grades K-3.

Civil War Ghost Stories, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Abington Community Library. Spooky stories and activities with a Civil War theme for grades 4-6.

Family Story Time, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Abington Community Library. For children ages 3-6 and their siblings.

Robotics: Battle Bots, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages seven to 14. Instructor: Rand Whipple, Box of Light Studios. Cost: $17. Register/info: 570-996-1500.

Nature at Night, 5 p.m. Oct. 24 at Merrill Lodge by the Nature Center in Tunkhannock. Live animal presentation, activites, crafts and a campfire. Cost: $10 per person. Register/info: or 570-836-3835.

LEGO Filmmaking, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 24 and Nov. 21 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages seven to 14. Instructor: Rand Whipple, Box of Light Theatre. Cost: $17 per session. Sign up for one or both sessions. Register/info: 570-996-1500.

Lip Sync Battle, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Abington Community Library. Modeled after “Lip Sync Battle” on SPIKE TV. Select three songs to “battle” opponents. Prizes awarded. For students in grades 5-12. Audience members welcome.

Addy’s World, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Abington Community Library. Learn about American Girl Addy’s life during the Civil War. Enjoy a treat and make a craft. Children may bring their dolls along.

Halloween Party, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Abington Community Library. Children may wear their costumes and come prepared to get candy, sing spooky songs, hear spooky stories and decorate mini-pumpkins.

Annual Children’s Halloween Party, 1 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road. Info: 570-585-8113.

Marywood Storytime, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 31 at the Abington Community Library. Students from Marywood University will present a storytime and craft with a Halloween theme for children.

Drawing and Painting, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 6, 13 and 20 and Dec. 4 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages five to 12. Students will get their hands into all kinds of fun as they paint and draw using a variety of materials, including tempera, watercolors and pastels. Instructor: Steve Colley. Cost: $40. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Introduction to Oil Painting Class, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Newton Recreation Center, 1814 Newton Ransom Blvd., Clarks Summit. For youths ages eight through 15. Instructor: Marylou Chibirka. Register (deadline Nov. 6): 570-586-7808.

Mad Science: Electricity? Rocketry? Catapults? 3:30 to 5 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages seven to 14. Instructor: Rand Whipple, Box of Light Theatre. Cost: $17. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Tots and Toddlers Art with Alex: Paper Crafts and Collage, 10:30 a.m. six Wednesdays and Fridays, beginning Oct. 28 at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road. Info: 570-585-8113.

Children’s Art with ALEX: Foundation Drawing and Painting, 4 p.m. six weeks on Thursdays, beginning Oct. 29 at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road. Info: 570-585-8113.

Free movie showing of ‘Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas,’ 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Cost: free. Seating is first come, first served. Info: 570-996-1500.

Holiday Workshop, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. A morning of cookie decorating, holiday crafts, singing and creations by the balloon lady for all ages. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.


Country Christmas Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. Baked goods, crafts, lunch and more will be offered for sale. Admission: $1 for adults and free for children age 12 and under.

Annual flea market and bake sale to benefit the Children’s Religious Education Program, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at St. Vladimir Parish Center, 428 N. Seventh Ave., Scranton. Slavic and American foods will be available for purchase. Cost: $15 to reserve a table. Reservations/info: call Daria McDonnell at 570 963-1580.

Fall Book and Bake Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17, at the Dalton Community Library. Info: 570-563-2014.

Craft and Gift Fair 2015, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Dunmore Community Center, 1414 Monroe Ave., Dunmore. Presented by the Ladies Auxiliary of UNICO National, Scranton Chapter, to benefit St. Joseph’s Center, The Women’s Resource Center and St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen. Info: 570-498-3242.

Book sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24 at Tompkinsville United Methodist Church, 1448 Heart Lake Road (Route 107), Jermyn.

Seventh Annual Dorothy Boccella Holiday Marketplace, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 14 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Abington Community Library. More than 30 vendors will display and sell handmade items. Proceeds benefit the library. Cost: Free admission.

The Dickson City Cub Scout Pack 21’s holiday craft fair, 10 a.m. Nov. 14 at the LaSalle Academy, Dickson City Campus. The scouts are seeking vendors for this event. Crafting, direct sales, antiques, collectibles and businesses are welcome. Info: contact Sarah Kovolenus at

The Factoryville Public Library and The Lackawanna Trail PTO Holiday Bazaar/Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center. Features more than 60 vendors, a cookie walk and lunch. Cost: free admission.

Fourth Annual Buy Local Holiday Marketplace, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center (SSC) at the Masonic Temple, 420 North Washington Ave., Scranton. Admission: $1 donation to benefit the ongoing operations, restoration and programming at the SCC.

Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or

Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or

comments powered by Disqus