Community calendar for week of Aug. 3, 2016


Abington Heights Class of 1968 50th Reunion Planning Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at JJ Bridges Restaurant.

The Abington Heights Class of 1961 55th reunion, Sept. 16-18. The weekend will include pizza in Old Forge on Friday evening, a big celebration at The Pond House in Dalton on Saturday, and a morning brunch on Sunday. Directions to The Pond House can be found at Info: contact Susie Hull Constantine at or 570-209-4865 or David Specker at 716-984-0948 or

Dunmore Central Catholic High School Class of 1971 45th reunion, Aug. 27 at the Green Ridge Club in Scranton. Cost: $40. Reservations due by Aug. 1. Info: contact Joann Resicgno Lund on the class Facebook page or email Jennifer Marrese at


Knights of Columbus Abington Council No. 6611 Bingo, at 7 p.m. every second Tuesday in the Our Lady of the Snows 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.

The Women of Trinity Lutheran Church’s Monthly Bible Study, 12 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at 205 W. Grove St., 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.

All You Can Eat Breakfast, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. the third Sunday of every month at the Clarks Summit Fire Company No. 1, Inc., 321 Bedford St. Clarks Summit. Cost: $9 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under.

Lackawanna Coal Mine 2016 Tour season, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Nov. 30. Local residents and visitors can journey beneath the earth to catch a glimpse of the area’s rich mining history. Tours last for one hour. Cost: $10 for adults, $9.50 for senior citizens, $9 for military personnel, $8 per person for groups and $7.50 for children age three to 12. Youngsters under age 3 are admitted free. Info: 570-963-6764.

Rotary Club of the Abingtons weekly meetings, 12:10 p.m. on Thursdays at the Ramada and 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Blu Wasabi.

The Newton Recreation Center summer hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed Saturdays and Sundays, May 28 through Aug. 27. The center is located at 1814 Newton Ransom Blvd., Clarks Summit.

Recovery Support Group, 7 p.m. every Friday in the Recovery Room at Clarks Green Assembly of God, 204 S. Abington Road, Clarks Green. Info: 570-586-8286.

Abington Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 29 at South Abington Park. Rain or shine. Produce offered is all locally grown in the Abington area. Info: call Michelle LaCoe at 570-586-7952.

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter guitar raffle, through Sept. 9 at Northeast Music Center Inc., Dickson City. In cooperation with Paul Reed Smith Guitars in Maryland, the business is raffling off a $4,200 USA Made Carlos Santana Model Guitar, with all proceeds benefiting Griffin Pond Animal Shelter in South Abington Township. This guitar has been signed by Santana. Cost: $10 per ticket or 12 for $100. Tickets/info:

Harford Agricultural Society Scholarship Award applications, due by Sept. 1. The directors of the Harford Agricultural Society are continuing their scholarship program for college students who have been affiliated with the fair either through 4-H, working, or exhibiting at the fair. This year’s winners will be recognized at the Harford Fair Banquet in October. Info/application: or at the Harford Fair office on the fairgrounds.

Luzerne County Community College Instant Admission Days, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 5, 9, 12, 16 and 19 at the college’s Scranton Center at the Marketplace at Steamtown. Representatives from the Admissions Office will be available and information will be provided about applying for college, placement testing, and financial aid. Info: call 570-740-0399 or 800-377-LCCC, ext. 7399 or visit

Luzerne County Community College’s Scranton fall courses, offered days and evenings, Aug. 29 through Oct. 24 at the college’s Scranton site, 300 Lackawanna Ave. Courses scheduled to be offered in Scranton include accounting, anatomy and physiology, court reporting, economics, English, computer literacy, health and physical education, psychology, first year experience, history, human services, medical terminology, sociology, speech and more. Both 15-week and 7-week sessions will be held for the fall semester. Info: 570-740-0210 or 800-377-LCCC, extension 7210.


Marywood University Transfer Day programs, 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 3 and 16 at the Office of University Admissions in the Liberal Arts Center on campus. For college students or former college students considering transferring to Marywood University. Attendees can complete an application for admission, discuss financial aid and scholarship options and transfer credits. Fall semester classes begin Aug. 24. Info: 570-348-6234 or

Fifth Annual Drink to Pink, 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at Cooper’s Seafood House in Scranton. benefits the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Features drink specials, live entertainment by EJ the DJ, an autographed framed Yuengling poster raffle, a 50/50, t-shirt sales and raffle baskets. This year’s raffle baskets include items from Toyota of Scranton, Weyerbacher Brewery, Yards Brewing Company, Everything Natural, the Scranton Wilkes Barre Penguins and more. Info: email or visit the Facebook event page, “5th Annual Drink to Pink.”

Our Lady of the Snows and The Church of St. Benedict’s Annual Country Bazaar, Aug. 4-6 on the grounds of The Church of Benedict, Newton Ransom Boulevard. Shuttle bus rides offered from the Red Barn Village for easy parking from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. New this year will be a Garden of Light and Hope, comprised of hundreds of luminaries that will be lit at dusk on Saturday evening. For a donation of $5, individuals can write a message in memory of, or in honor of someone, or a message hope and inspiration. For more information or to purchase luminaries, visit

Breastfeeding Week Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 5 in the 2 West conference center at Moses Taylor Hospital. Children’s activities and informational booths will be available. Info: 570-770-5518.

It’s Plant-Based Party Time! 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Abington Community Library. Join Jean Hayes from The Scranton Beets and learn how to make tasty plant-based party appetizers, snacks, and desserts. Info: 570-587-3440.

American Red Cross blood drive, 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 8 at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church, 205 Main Street, Nicholson. Appointments/info: use the free Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-733-2767.

Montage Mountain Water Park Red Cross blood drive, 12 to 5 p.m. Aug. 8 at Montage Mountain Resort, Rental Building, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. Donors will receive a voucher for free admission to the water park and a $5 gift card claim code. Appointments: visit (Sponsor Code: Montage) or call 1-800-733-2767.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Little Sisters of the Poor Night, Aug. 9 at PNC Field, 235 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic. Prior to the 7:05 p.m. game where the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will take on the Leigh Valley Iron Pigs, the Little Sisters will be available at the plaza entrance of the stadium to talk with visitors and provide a pre-game, on-field interview about Holy Family Residence and their mission of serving the elderly poor throughout the world. At 6:45 p.m., one of the Little Sisters will throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game. Cost: $13 each for seats in the stadium’s field reserved section 28. Little Sisters of the Poor baseball t-shirts are $10 each and available in youth sizes as well as adult sizes small through 3XL. Info: call 570-343-4065 or email by Aug. 2. Orders can also be placed online at

‘New to Medicare’ workshop, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 in the Constance Reynolds Belin Room located in the South Wing of the Waverly Community House. Cost: free. Reservations: 570-586-8191, extension 2, or

Abington Business and Professional Association’s Summer After Hours Card Exchange, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at Abbiocco and Woods and Company, 639 Northern Blvd., South Abington Township. Features complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and beverages, door prizes, giveaways and more. All ABPA Members are encouraged to bring one non-member. Reservations: by Aug. 8.

Elite Martial Arts/Royals Karate community self-defense class, 7 p.m. Aug. 10 on Courthouse Square in Scranton. Registration opens at 6:30 p.m. The session is open to men and women of all ages and no prior training in martial arts or self-defense is required. Cost: free. Info: 570-840-8401 or

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee meetings, 4 to 5 p.m. Aug. 10 and 30 at the library. A group of tweens/teens focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more. Info: 570-587-3440.

Not One More Wyoming County’s addiction and overdose awareness rally, 5 p.m. Aug. 11 on Courthouse Square in Tunkhannock. Not One More is a group of concerned citizens and Wyoming County agencies who have joined with the Wyoming County Commissioners to raise awareness and seek solutions to the addiction and overdose crisis in the community. The rally will feature live music, speakers, information booths, food vendors, activities for children and a candlelight vigil. Info: at 570-833-4330 or 570-750-1203.

Webinar: ‘Avoiding the Top 5 Leadership Mistakes,’ 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 11. View the webinar on your own or join Express Employment Professionals for the “lunch and learn” version at McCann School of Business in Dickson City. Presentation by Jack Smalley, director of HR learning and development for Express Employment Professionals. Cost: free. Info/register for webinar: Reservations for lunch event (due by Aug. 1): 570-963-1000 or

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Paws in the Park fundraiser, noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 14 at McDade Park in Scranton. The annual event promotes proper animal care, the importance of spaying or neutering pets as well as humane education to the community. Event highlights include a Beach Party Pets Costume Pageant, animal demonstrations, craft vendors, local merchants, face painting, a photo booth, “What the Fork” food truck, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream truck and more. Cost: free, donations will be accepted.

The Scranton Plan’s annual Summer Festival, Aug. 16, at Glenmaura National Golf Club, 100 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. An economic development marketing initiative targeting site selection consultants, real estate professionals and corporate expansion and relocation executives, the festival’s goal is to introduce the quality of life and business opportunities available in the Greater Scranton area. Info: call Luyster at 570-342-7711 or email

Chicken-n-Biscuit or Ham Dinner, 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 17 at Clifford United Methodist Church, Main Street, Clifford. Take out or dine in. Includes dinner, dessert and drink. Cost: $8.95.

The Waverly Community House’s annual Cocktails for the Courts fundraiser, 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 19, at the Comm. Rain or shine. Must be 21 or older to attend. Cost: $35. Tickets: at the gate or in advance at the Comm office or online at

Heritage Explorer Train excursion, departing at 10 a.m. Aug. 20 from Steamtown National Historic Site in downtown Scranton, to Carbondale’s Pioneer Days – Ethnic Heritage Festival. The train will travel through the Mid Valley to arrive in Carbondale at 11:45 a.m. The ride includes a free activity guide, music and more. In Carbondale, there will be display booths, entertainment, and food. The train departs from Carbondale at 2:30 p.m., and will arrive back at Steamtown at 4 p.m. Cost: $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens (age 65 and older) and free for children age 12 and under. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Seating is limited. Tickets are available at all Lackawanna County Libraries. Info: or 570.348.3003.

Energy Savings and Solar 101 Course, 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 24 and 25 at the Waverly Community House. Local non-profit SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) is partnering with the Comm to present this free two-night workshop, which will teach participants about saving energy and money at home, the different types of solar energy systems and how they work and more. Cost: free. Register: or 570-245–1256.

Serving Seniors, Inc. Annual Summer Cocktail Party, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 26 at Linwood Nursing and Rehab Center, 100 Florida Ave., Scranton (East Mountain). Cost: $35. Proceeds benefit programs at Serving Seniors, Inc. Tickets: 570-344-3931, or at the door.

Countryside Community Church Chicken BBQ, 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 27 at the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Newton Township. Take out or eat in. Advance sale tickets only. Tickets available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday until Sunday, Aug. 21 at the church office or at Ayers’ Country Market at Red Barn Village. Cost: $10 for adults and $8 for children age 10 and under. Info: 570-587-3206 or

Railfest 2016, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 3 and 4 at Steamtown National Historic Site. A celebration of railroading that features visiting railroad equipment displays, special shop demonstrations and train rides on both days of the event. Cost: All Railfest activities and programs are included in the park’s $7 daily entrance fee for visitors age 16 and older. Fares to ride the “Scranton Limited” short train rides are $5 per person, all ages 6 and older. Info:

Lackawanna Heritage Valley’s 25-year celebration, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Olive Street Trailhead. Honoring Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn, founding chair of LHV. Features food, beverages, live entertainment and more. Info: contact April Rogato at 570-963-6730, ext. 8200 or or visit

3rd Annual Kathleen’s Crusade, 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 18 outdoors at the Radisson Hotel, Scranton. Tickets: $20, can be purchased in advance at KMO Salon in Dunmore or Eastern Penn Supply Co. in Scranton. Info: 570-677-8558.

The Lackawanna Historical Society’s Annual Dinner, 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at at Scranton Prep. The centennial of the Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences will be celebrated with a presentation titled “Foundations: Mary Brooks Picken: Vice President and Director of Instruction for the Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences.” Guest speaker: Catherine Amoroso Leslie. Cost: $50. Reservations (required): 570-344-3841 or

The Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil, Nov. 4, at Scranton Courthouse Square. The vigil provides hope, support and compassion for those affected by this disease — from survivor, to patient, to loved ones.


Clarks Summit United Methodist Church Flea Market, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 6 at the church, 1310 Morgan Highway. Selling space is available for $20 outside or $25 inside. Benefits the church. Parking fee: $2. Info: 570-587-2571.

Dalton Fire Company Ladies Auxilliary Craft Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 20 at the fire hall. Vendors wanted. Info: 570-862-7837 or 570-575-1217.

Music on the Lawn Craft Fair and Yard Sale, Aug. 27 on the grounds of the Lake Winola United Methodist Church, Maple Drive, Mill City. Craft Fair and Yard Sale start at 1 p.m. and a chicken barbecue will be offered from 4 to 7 p.m. Also features live Christian music, screening of the movie ‘God’s Not Dead 2,’ a campfire for roasting marshmallows, The Balloon Lady, Model “A” Club of Northeast PA, and more. A portion of the money raised will benefit Equines for Freedom. Cost: BBQ tickets are $9 pre-sale and $10 the day of for full dinner; Chicken halves only will also be available the day of event for $5 each. Tickets/vendor info: call Mark at 570-351-7365. Event info:

Artisans’ Marketplace, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 21 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Waverly Community House. Tickets: $5. Over 20 juried artists, homemade luncheon and speciality sweets.

Holiday House Tour, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Waverly Community House. Tickets: $20 (limited number available), and can be purchased in advance at The Comm.


Cupcake Wars Jr. with Judy Detter, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Abington Community Library. For students in grades 4-6. It’s cupcake vs. cupcake in a tasty, fun competition. The library will provide the cupcakes and decorations and participants provide the vision and creativity. Judges will have the final word and prizes will be awarded. Register/info: 570-587-3440.

Play K: Play and Learn, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 4 and 16 at the Abington Commuinity Library. Interacting with playscapes with themes like Color/Light, Community, Pets, and Transportation will help prepare your preschooler for kindergarten. For ages 3-5. Register/info: 570-587-3440.

Summer Reading Club Circus, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Abington Community Library. For children ages 1-12. Schedule: activities and prizes from 6:30 to 7 p.m.; performance by juggler Rob Smith from 7 to 7:30 p.m. and activities and prizes, including instruction by Rob Smith, from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Info: 570-587-3440.

Drawing and Painting Camp, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 8-12 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 5 to 12. Art techniques and elements will be taught in a variety of media including painting with watercolor, tempera, pastel, drawing and printmaking. Instructor: Steve Colley. Cost: $60. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Story Time Extreme, 11 to 11:45 a.m. Aug. 9 at the Dalton Community Library. Features stories, music and fun projects. Info/register: 570-563-2014.

Story Walk on the Riverwalk, 1 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Olive Street Trailhead in Scranton. Hosted by the Lackawanna Heritage Valley and the Lackawanna County Library System, the program is designed for children ages four to eight. Children will enjoy a guided tour of story boards along the trail, featuring “In the Woods: Who’s Been Here?” by Lindsay Barrett George. Cost: free.

Pottery for Kids, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 15-19 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 5 to 12. Instructor: Steve Colley. In an inspiring and relaxing environment, students will learn different techniques to create pottery, including coiling, pinching and slab construction. Cost: $60. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Everhart Museum presents: ‘Jack and the Beanstalk,’ 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Abington Community Library. Everhart Museum on the Road will present this multidisciplinary workshop inspired by the Everhart Museum’s summer exhibit “Wolves, Magic Mirrors and Spinning Wheels: The Anatomy of a Fairytale.” For children ages 3-5, Space is limited. Register/info: 570-587-3440.

Library Camp-Out, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Abington Community Library. Build a fort from sheets, blankets, and boxes. S’mores too! For children in grades 4-6.

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