Community calendar for week of March 30, 2016


REUNIONS

Abington Heights Class of 1966 50th Anniversary High School Reunion, June 4 at the Country Club of Scranton. The event will include music by The Glass Prism. Info: call Barbara Evans at 570-357-0196.

REMINDERS

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 lackawannahistory@gmail.com.

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.

The Women of Trinity Lutheran Church’s Monthly Bible Study, 12 p.m. 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.

Countryside Community Church ‘Common Ground’ alternative service, 6 p.m. once a month beginning April 3 in the fellowship hall at the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. The format will consist of contemporary music, a short message, table discussion and prayer in a coffeehouse-type setting. Info: 570-587-3206 or countryside-church.org.

The Abington Area Community Classroom offers continuing education classes throughout spring. Register now for April classes: Thirteen Olives (Wednesday, April 13), Basic Smoking (two Mondays starting April 11), 21st Century TV (Thursday, April 14). Info/register: gatheringplacecs.org or 570-563-2402.

DAILY EVENTS

Light Lunch and Speaker: Sondra Myers on ‘A Cultural and Civic Journey from Scranton to Rwanda,’ 12 p.m. March 31 at The Century Club of Scranton. Info/reservations: 570-342-0204.

Senior Day at the Comm, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 31 at the Waverly Community House. Hosted by the Voluntary Action Center. Info: 570-586-8191.

Wellness series: ‘Healthy Nutrition,’ 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 31 at the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. Join Dr. Mary Elaine Southard for a presentation focused on how to use food as an avenue to wellness by identifying intolerances that trigger inflammatory reactions and chronic health problems. Cost: free. Info: 570-586-8191.

Scranton Cultural Center Honors, 6 p.m. March 31 at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple in Scranton. An elegant evening modeled after the Kennedy Center Honors. Organizations selected as honorees: Allied Services, Broadway Theatre League of Scranton/NAC Entertainment, Lackawanna County Department of Arts and Culture and People’s Security Bank. Cost: $100 (includes hors d’oeuvres, premium open bar, desserts and entertainment). Tickets: at the Fidelity Bank Box Office located inside the SCC in person or by phone at 570-344-1111, or via all applicable Ticketmaster outlets. Info: sccmt.org.

Friends of NRA, Northeastern Penna. Chapter, 24th annual fundraising banquet, 4:30 p.m. April 2 at Genetti Manor, 1505 N. Main Ave., Dickson City. The event will feature a three entree family style dinner and open bar, live and silent auctions, bucket drawings, door prizes, and other games and special events. Tickets: $50 each, $95 for couples, $25 for young adults under 21.

PROSPER Spring Vendor Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 2 at Riverside East Elementary School, Moosic. A variety of items including candles, kitchen wares, purses, jewelry, and more will be available for purchase. Admission: $2 per person. Children under age 12 may attend free of charge. The event will benefit drug and alcohol prevention programs at the school.

Luzerne County Community College Spring Open House, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 2 the Nanticoke campus. Info: 570-740-0337 or 800-377-LCCC, extension 7337.

Keystone College Environmental Education Institute’s “Sap to Syrup” Sugar Shack Open House, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 2 at the sugar shack, located on the eastern edge of campus near the athletic fields. KCEEI experts will provide step by step instruction on the maple sugaring process. Cost: free. Register (required): keystone.edu/kceei. Info: sharon.burke@keystone.edu.

87th Annual Helen Keller Day Fashion Show, 11:30 a.m. April 3 at St. Mary’s Center, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton. Presented by Friends of the Blind to benefit the Lackawanna Blind Association. Cost: $30 for adults and $15 for Children 10 and under. Tickets are sold in advance only and registration closes Friday, March 25. Reservations: 570-342-7613. Info: lackawannablind.org.

Buy Local: Spring Fling Marketplace, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 3 at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple. Tickets: $1; Proceeds benefit ongoing operations, restoration and programming at the SCC. The event will feature approximately 75 vendors and span three floors of the Scranton Cultural Center. A free reusable shopping bag, courtesy of First National Community Bank, will be given to the first 1,000 patrons. Info: sccmt.org/buy-local.

Eagle Day, 3 p.m. April 3 at the Endless Mountains Nature Center in Tunkhannock. The Carbon County Environmental Education Center will present their live eagle presentation, telling stories about the birds’ roles in history, and giving attendees the opportunity to see Bald and Golden Eagles. Also features children’s crafts and activities and educational displays for everyone. Register online: bit.ly/1RFcYxH.

The Abington Heights Civic League meeting, 7 p.m. April 4 at the club house, 115 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit. Info: 570-587-3101.

Minister’s Enrichment Day, 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. April 5 in the Stowell Seminary Building on campus at Summit University of Pennsylvania. Includes keynote speaker sessions, a selection of workshops, a buffet lunch, refreshments and handouts. Speakers include Dr. Ken Davis, director of Project Jerusalem, and Dr. Mike Stallard, seminary dean and professor of systematic theology. Registration: $20 per person or $30 for couples. Info: SummitU.edu/events or 570-585-9396.

‘Common Conditions and Treatments of the Brain and Spine’ presentation, 12 p.m. April 5 at the McGowan Large Conference Room at Regional Hospital of Scranton, 746 Jefferson Ave. Neurosurgeon Akash Agarwal, M.D., will discuss the importance of a common conditions and treatments of the brain and spine health and what prevents people from having a healthy spine. Lunch will be served. Cost: free. Reservations: 570-348-7102.

Climate Change and Pennsylvania, 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 6 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp. Join Kate Gibbons from PennFuture, to learn how climate change impacts Pennsylvania’s waterways, plants, fish and wildlife, economics and residents’ health, along with what people can do about it. Cost: $5. Pre-register (required): 570-842-1506.

Friends of the Abington Community Library Book Sale, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 9 at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. More than 10,000 items for sale, including books, talking books, CDs, and DVDs. Donations accepted year-round at the library. Friends members may attend a Preview Sale from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 8. Friends membership applications are available at the library.

Annual Spring Chicken Barbecue, 4 to 6 p.m. April 9 at East Benton United Methodist Church, 200 Jordan Hollow Road, East Benton. Cost: $9 for a dinner, $6 for a half chicken only. Tickets: 570-983-8951.

Scranton Beets presentation on the power of plant-based nutrition, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 9 at the Abington Community Library. Learn how a whole foods plant based diet can help prevent and reverse chronic health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, achieve a healthy weight, and take control of your health. Attendees will also have a chance to win a plant based cookbook.

‘Sviachene’ Easter Dinner, 12:30 p.m. April 10 at the St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church’s parish center, 428 N. Seventh Ave., Scranton. Advance takeouts and table reservations only – no tickets sold at the door. Takeouts available from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Drawing for door prizes including Ukrainian hand decorated pysanky and a theme basket raffle will be conducted. Cost: $13 for adults; $6 for children age 6-12; free for age 5 and under. Reservations (deadline April 4): call Dorothy Fleck at 570 346-4164.

Lackawanna County Backyard Beekeepers meeting, 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 12 at the Abington Community Library. Whether you are already a beekeeper, are interested in becoming one, are interested in honeybees, or have land that you would like to use to help sponsor a beehive, this is the place for you. Beekeeping and honey bee information is exchanged in an informal and friendly environment.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. April 13 at the library. A group of tweens/teens in grades 5-12 focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more.

Healthy Steps: Reducing the Risk of Falling for Older Adults, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 12 and 14 in the Scout Room at the Waverly Community House. Presented by Prime Time Health and the Voluntary Action Center. Info: 570-586-8191.

Tails for Troops, 12 to 3 p.m. April 16 at McDade Park. Marywood University’s Student Veterans Alliance is teaming up with the non-profit organization, Dog T.A.G.S., to raise money to pair veterans diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), or Military Sexual Trauma (MST), with rescued shelter or adopted dogs and put them through service dog training. Features a K-9 Talent and Dog Pageant with first and second place overall pageant awards for most patriotic and best trick, along with local shelter dogs available for adoption, food and local vendor sales, basket and 50/50 raffles and music by Rock 107’s Prospector. Cost: free admission. Info: 570-961-4584 or sva@m.marywood.edu.

Clarks Summit Borough Mayor Patty Lawler’s Second Annual Brunch honoring ‘Good Neighbors,’ 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 16 at the Ramada. Includes brunch, door prizes, entertainment, raffle baskets and more. Guest speaker: Katie McGinty. Cost: $22. Tickets: advance only, by calling 570-585-4804.

Essential oils informational program with Bridgette, 6 to 7 p.m. April 19 at the Abington Community Library. Attendees will learn what essentials are, their benefits and an overview of several oils that can be used daily. Cost: free.

Edible Landscaping, 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 20 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center in Covington Twp. Donna Zagrapan, from the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners Program will present an informative program designed for beginner to seasoned gardeners. Topics include how to get started; best management practices; when, where and what to plant; how to maintain an edible landscape and the best way to enjoy your harvest, including recipes. Cost: $5 per person. Pre-register (required): 570-842-1506.

Woodcock Watch and Art Show, 4:30 to 7 p.m. April 22 at the Endless Mountains Nature Center in Tunkhannock. Celebrate Earth Day with Tunkhannock Middle school artwork focusing on American Woodcocks at the Howland Preserve, part of the North Branch Land Trust. After viewing the artwork in the historic red barn, Rebecca Lesko will lead those interested in viewing the Woodcocks doing their swirling mating dance later the evening. Info: howlandpreserve.com.

Earth Day Open House, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 23 at Everything Natural, 426 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Features demonstrations, educational materials, live music, children’s craft and story time, a medication take back event and more. Info: 570-586-9684 or everythingnaturalpa.com.

SIAMO Italian Conversation Hour, 2 p.m. April 24, at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St., Taylor. Info: 570-290-7212, info@siamonepa.com or siamonepa.com.

Chicken-n-Biscuit or Ham Dinner, 4 to 6 p.m. April 26 at Clifford United Methodist Church, Main Street, Clifford. A take out and dine in option will be available. Cost: $8.95. The meal includes the dinner, dessert and a drink.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. April 26 at the library. A group of tweens/teens in grades 5-12 focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more.

Backyard Beekeeping: Internal and Environmental Challenges, 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 28 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center in Covington Twp. This workshop will focus on the various challenges faced by the honeybee, and how to proactively manage them. Topics will include colony collapse disorder, resultant honeybee losses and what this means to beekeepers, American Foulbrood, honeybee stress diseases, the Varroa Mite, Nosema, insects, bears and small animals, apiary inspection and a review of the apiary calendar. Cost: $25. Pre-register (required): 570-842-1506.

Walk for Epilepsy, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 30 at PNC Field, 235 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic. Info/register: epilepsywalknepa.org, 215-629-5003 or 800-887-7165.

Seventh annual “You Live Here, You Should Know This” local history game show, 6 p.m. April 30 at the Slocum Hollow Bar at the Lodge at Montage Mountain. sponsored by The Lackawanna Historical Society and planned by local students from Valley View and Riverside High Schools. Players on eight teams will answer Jeopardy- style questions about people, places, and events in Lackawanna County. Cost: $10 general admission and $5 for students. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Info: 570-344-3841 or lackawannahistory@gmail.com.

Bluebells Festival, 1 p.m. May 1 at the Endless Mountains Nature Center in Tunkhannock. Includes activities such as crafts, children’s scavenger hunt and amphibian and reptile search, a hike led by Jeff Mitchell, wild edibles walk, meditation, yoga, Bluebells art with Ali Wilson, bird walk with Joe DeMarco, photo booth themes, a basket raffle and more. Cost: free.

CHILDREN’S EVENTS

Recycled Pages, 4 to 5 p.m. April 5, 12, 19 and 26 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 5 to 12.Each week students will work with Everhart Museum staff to create artwork made from old books, newspapers and magazines. Projects include mixed media book art, DIY journals, recycled book terrarium, botanical drawings and recycled costume pieces. Cost: free; Sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation. Info/Register: 570-996-1500.

Block Party, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 6 at the Abington Community Library. Children ages 3-5 may join in the free play with blocks, vehicles, animal and people figures. No throwing blocks, and no knocking someone else’s building down. No registration required.

Natural Wonders: Super Seeds, 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 7 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center in Covington Twp. For children ages 3-6 and a guardian. Children will learn the tricks of seed dispersal and the ingredients for growth. Each child will plant a seed to take home. Cost: $8. Pre-register (required): 570-842-1506.

American Girl: Maryellen’s World, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 8 at the Abington Community Library. Learn about American Girl Maryellen’s life during the 1950s. Enjoy a treat and make a craft. Bring your doll along if you’d like. For grades K-6. Info: 570-587-3440.

Tom Knight show, 11 a.m. April 14 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Join Tom Knight and his puppets for a collection of songs and skits for children about the environment, animals, food and books. Cost: free; Sponsored by the Tunkhannock Junior Women’s Club and Toni Hockman. Tickets: 570-996-1500 or at the door while they last.

Block Party, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 14 at Abington Community Library. Children ages 3-7 may join in the free play with blocks, vehicles, animal and people figures. No throwing blocks and no knocking someone else’s building down. No registration required.

Homemade Bird Feeders, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 15 at the Abington Community Library. Students in grades 4-6 may come make homemade bird feeders and enjoy snacks.

Junior League presents: Kids in the Kitchen, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. April 17 at the Abington Community Library. Celebrate Earth Day with a story and prepare a healthy snack. For children ages 3-6. Info: 570-587-3440.

Natural Wonders: Awakening Amphibians, 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 21 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center in Covington Twp. For children ages 3-6 and a guardian. Feel a frog and learn about its extraordinary life cycle. Children will use their senses to learn about frogs as they search for the critters around the property. Cost: $8. Pre-register (required): 570-842-1506.

Mad Science: Use the Force, 3 to 4:30 p.m. April 23 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 7 to 14. Instructor: Rand Whipple, of Box of Light Studios. Cost: $17. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or news@theabingtonjournal.com.

Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or news@theabingtonjournal.com.

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