Community calendar, week of Jan. 27, 2016


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 Lions Club used eyeglasses collection, at Abington Community Library. Collected eyeglasses will be recycled and distributed to needy people in the United States and countries abroad. A yellow container is set up in the library.

NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates Winter Webinar Series, 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8 and Feb. 22. For parents and students, grades 8-12. Participants will receive a link to connect and additional information upon registration. Cost: free. Register: Info: contact Jennifer Kresock at 570-702-5700 or

‘Just Jeans and Jackets in January’ collection, through January 31 at Lackawanna County Library System libraries. Clean, used adult-sized blue jeans and jackets for men and women are accepted and will be donated to the Clothing House of Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen.

The Women of Trinity Lutheran Church’s Monthly Bible Study, 12 noon the first Thursday of each month at 205 West Grove Street, Clarks Summit. All are welcome to this informal bible study. Bring a brown bag lunch. Info: call Joyce at 570-222-3041 or Carole at 570-587-1088.

The Chinchilla Hose Company’s annual pizza sale, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. beginning Feb. 12 and continuing every Friday during lent until Good Friday at the fire house on Shady Lane Road, South Abington Township. Red, white, and white broccoli pizza will be available. All Proceeds benefit the operations and needed equipment of the fire company. Orders may be placed, beginning at 1 p.m. the day of the sale, by calling 570-586-5726. Walk-Ins are also welcome.


Families Helping Families hosts guest speaker Lackawanna County District Attorney Shane Scanlon, 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Abington Community Library. Cost: Free. Info: 570-587-3440.

Wellness Through Mind-Body Integration program, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Constance Reynolds Belin Room at the Waverly Community House. Cost: free. Info: 570-586-8191, extension 2 or

Pennsylvanians for Human Life-Scranton Chapter’s annual Right to Life Prayer Breakfast, 9 a.m. Jan. 30 at St. Mary’s Center, 320 Mifflin Ave, Scranton. Lori Kehoe, of National Right to Life Committee is principal speaker. Reservations: 570-343-5099 or 570-347-8299.

The NEPA Coast Guard Veterans Association meeting, 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at Perkins Restaurant on route 315 in Pittston Twp. Any Coast Guard Veterans, Active Duty or Reserve are welcome. Info: call Neil Morrison at 570-288-6817.

Pre-Lenten Pork and Kapusta Dinner, 12:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church of Scranton. Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. Takeouts available between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Cost: $13 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 years and younger. Reservations (required no later than Jan. 27): Call Dorothy at 570-346-4164.

SIAMO Italian language meetup, 2 p.m. Jan. 31 at Adezzo in downtown Scranton. SIAMO is a new Scranton-based, volunteer, Italian American heritage group. Info: 570-290-7212, or

Abington Heights Civic League meeting, 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the club house, 115 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit. The speaker will be Clarks Summit Borough Mayor Patty Lawler. Info: 570-587-3101.

The Century Club’s Birthday Bash, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Feb. 6 at The Century Club on Jefferson Ave., Scranton. A celebration of the club’s 105th anniversary and the Scranton Area Foundation’s new initiative Women in Philanthropy. Dinner provided by Constantino’s Catering and music for dancing by Jack Martin. Cost: $75; sponsorships also available. Reservations (required by Jan. 27): 570-342-0204.

Surplus Family Pasta Dinner Benefit, 4 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Newton Ransom Fire Hall. Sponsored by Ransom Lions Club, Neighbors Helping Neighbors and Countryside Community Church to help the Surplus Family, which lost everything on Jan. 15 in a house fire. Event includes eat in or takeout dinner, basket raffle and bake sale. Cost: $10 for adults and $8 for children. Info: 570-388-2539.

Teen Leadership Committee Fair, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Abington Community Library. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to come and learn about what the Teen Leadership Committee does at the Library and how to get involved.

Watch the Birdy, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Environmental Learning Center at the Lackawanna State Park. Spy some feeder birds while sharing a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Learn about Project Feeder Watch and other programs you can get involved in to help keep track of our feathered friends. Info: 570-945-7110.

Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Church of the Epiphany in Glenburn. Cost: A free will offering will be accepted to benefit the Abington Ecumenical Ministeriums food pantry at the Dalton United Methodist Church. Info: or 570-563-1564.

All You Can Eat Pancake and Sausage Supper, 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at East Benton United Methodist Church, 200 Jordan Hollow Road, East Benton. Cost: $7 for adults, $4 for children under 12. Proceeds support summer concerts and other musical events. Info/tickets: Bill Tyriw at 570-563-1873 or

Knights of Columbus No. 6611 Mardi Gras celebration, 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 9 at St. Patrick’s Hall in Nicholson. Guests may come in costume, but they are not required. Includes main dishes, beer and wine. Cost: $15 per person or $25 per couple. For those age 21 and older only. Tickets: call Greg Purdy at 570-406-8578.

Lenten Gathering, 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at Crossroads Church, 312 S. State St., Clarks Summit.

Ethnic Food Sale, Feb. 10 at St. Michael’s Center, 403 Delaware St., Jermyn. Clam chowder: $4 per pint, $7 per quart; cabbage and noodles: $3.50 per pint, $6.50 per quart; pierogies (butter and onions, deep fried, frozen): 3 for $1.75, 6 for $3.50 or 12 for $7. Cheese ball dinner (3 cheese balls, salad, roll): $6. Orders: call 570-876-1456 or fax 570-876-3454.

Hearts on Fire Valentine’s Dinner, 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at Heritage Baptist Church, 415 Venard Road, Clarks Summit. The event will feature a full-course meal, chocolate fountain, music and more. Proceeds benefit the 2016 Ecuador Missions Team. Cost: $20. Info/RSVP: Teri at 570-780-0136.

Blood Drive, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 13 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 205 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. In honor those of the Abingtons in active military.

Lackawanna Winterfest 2016, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Lackawanna State Park. Dog sledding demo, cross country ski “try it,” snow shoeing, warming fires, kids winter crafts, winter survival and hot food and beverages. Some activities dependent on conditions. Info: 570-945-7110.

Scranton UNICO’s 57th Annual Charity Fundraiser, 6 p.m., Feb. 27 at Fiorelli’s in Peckville. The chapter will honor retired oral surgeon Dr. Albert F. Giallorenzi as UNICAN of the Year. Reservations (required): 570-558-8519.

Rotary Club of the Abingtons’ Annual Pasta Dinner, 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Abington Heights High School cafeteria. Proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 160 and the school’s marching band, wrestling club, Interact Club and Senior Class, as well as other Abington area youth initiatives. Take-outs will be available. Cost: $10 for adults and $5 for children under 6. Tickets: 570-947-2705.

Annual Day of Reflection, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 2 at Saint Gabriel’s Retreat House, 631 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Twp. The event is sponsored by the Church of St. Gregory’s Women’s Guild. The conference leader will be Msgr. Joseph Quinn. Info/register: 570-586-9227 or 570-587-2491. Open to men and women. Cost: $30 per person.


Camp Discovery, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, through Feb. 6 in the After School Room at the Waverly Community House. Instructor Cheryl Mozdian will help children with special needs in second through sixth grades, and families, explore a combination of art, music, and more. $20 per week. Pre-registration (required): in person at the Comm office or online at

‘Fine Art Fridays for Kids! Fine Night Out for Parents!’ 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays at the Dietrich Theater. Schedule/topics: Jan. 29 and March 25, trash to treasures; March 11, drawing and painting and Feb. 26 and April 8, pottery and sculpture. For ages 5 to 12. Instructor: Steve Colley. Cost: $20 per session. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Crazy 8s After School Math Club, 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at the Abington Community Library. A recreational after-school math club that helps students in kindergarten through second grade enjoy the math behind their favorite activities. Kids build glow-in-the-dark structures, crack secret spy codes and play games like Toilet Paper Olympics.

Preschool Mixed Media, 10 to 10:45 a.m. Thursdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at the Dietrich Theater . For ages 4 and 5. Young artists will have fun exploring the arts as they experience painting, drawing, sculpting, throwing pots on a potter’s wheel and creating a variety of mixed media projects. Instructor: Amy Colley. Cost: Free; Sponsored by the Dietrich Fundraising Committee. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Mixed Media, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 5-12. In this class, students will get their hands into all kinds of fun: painting, drawing, sculpting and creating a variety of other mixed media projects. Instructor: Steve Colley. Cost: $40 for the four-class series. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Family Valentine’s Open House Workshop, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 6 in the auditorium of the Waverly Community House. For children of all ages, the morning’s activities will include Valentine’s Day crafts, card making, games, cookie decorating, light refreshments and more. Cost: A donation of $5 per family will be accepted at the door to cover the cost of supplies. Info:

National Bird Feeder Month activity, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Abington Community Library. Make homemade bird feeders. Also includes snacks for the kids. For students in grades 4-6.

Animation Film Class, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 20, March 19 and April 23 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 7 – 14. Instructor: Rand Whipple, Box of Light Studios. Cost: $17 per class. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Zombie Film Class, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 7 – 14. Instructor: Rand Whipple, of Box of Light Studios. Cost: $17. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Kirsten’s World, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Abington Community Library. Learn about American Girl Kirsten’s life during the Pioneer Era. Enjoy a treat and make a craft. Bring your doll along if you’d like. For grades K-6. Register/info: 570-587-3440.

Block Parties, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 24 and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Abington Community Library. Children ages 3-7 are invited to join in the free play with blocks, vehicles, animal and people. There are only two ground rules: No throwing blocks, and no knocking someone else’s building down.

Star Wars Party, 3 to 4 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Abington Community Library. This closing event for Winter Reading Club includes Star Wars photo ops, treats, crafts and games.

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