Community calendar for week of Sept. 14, 2016


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 [email protected] or 570-209-4865 or David Specker at 716-984-0948 or [email protected]


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 [email protected]

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.

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.

The Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory fall program, beginning at 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday and Friday evening through Friday, Nov. 18. The astronomical programs will feature an illustrated lecture and weather-permitted observation through telescopes. Sessions will be held regardless of sky conditions and will be cancelled only by the threat of severe weather. Large groups such as school classes, scouts, and community organizations interested in attending a session may contact Jo-Ann Kamichitis at 570-945-8402 or email [email protected] to arrange a private appointment. Info:

Historic Tunkhannock Walking Tour, 5 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 15, 22 and 29 beginning at the Dietrich Theater. The two-mile walk through the Tunkhannock Historic District will take about two hours. Tour booklets, complete with photos of forty featured structures, basic descriptions and a centerfold map are available at the theater. Pre-registration required. Cost: free. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Cub Scout Pack 251 sign-ups, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 and 21 and 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Clarks Green United Methodist Church. The Sept. 28 sign-ups will be followed by the first pack meeting of the new year at 7 p.m. Cub Scouting is for boys ages 6-10. Info: call Cubmaster Brian Sompel at 570-815-1279.


ACL-TLC Meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Abington Community Library. The Teen Leadership Committee is a group of tweens/teens focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more. Info: 570-587-3440.

Paws in the Vineyard, 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 15 at Maiolatesi Wine Cellar, 32 Cabernet Drive, Scott Twp. Tickets: $40, includes two glasses of wine, hors d’ouvres and desserts, and music provided throughout by DJ Jack Martin. All proceeds will benefit the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

‘Understanding Common Core Mathematics Strategies’ workshop, 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at McCann School of Business and Technology’s Dickson City campus. Abington Heights, Lakeland, Scranton and Valley View School School Districts are collaborating to present strategies, techniques, and resources for parents, tutors, caregivers and preservice and inservice early childhood professionals. Attendance certificates will be given to those who require documentaion. Pre-register: call 570-483-6005 by Sept. 13.

Constitution Day lecture, 7 p.m. Sept. 15 in the McGowan Community Room in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life at Marywood University. Marywood’s social sciences department will host a talk by historian Dr. Cassandra Good in commemoration of Constitution Day. She will present on her book, “Founding Friendships: Friendships between Men and Women in the Early American Republic.” Info: [email protected]

Paws in the Vineyard, 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 15 at Maiolatesi Wine Cellars. Guests must be 21 or older. Ticket entitles guests to a choice of two glasses of wine from the Maiolatesi Wine Cellar, a selection of hors d’ouvres and tidbit desserts, along with music throughout the evening by DJ Jack Martin. There will also be non-alcoholic beverages available. Due to the indoor location, animals are not permitted to attend. Benefits Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. Cost: $45. Info/tickets: 570-586-3700, ext. 511, or

Lackawanna County Senior Health Fair and flu shots, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 16 in The Club Level at PNC Field, Moosic. Transportation from the Abington, Dunmore, and downtown Scranton community centers will be provided by COLTS. Features 51 exhibitors, Zumba, refreshments, giveaways, drawings and more. Flu shots will be given continuously throughout the day by staff from the Visiting Nurse Association of Lackawanna County. Attendees will need to provide their insurance or Medicare cards and name as a means of matching them and the serum batch that they receive. The Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office will also conduct an anonymous prescription and non-prescription drug take back (no injectable units or devices can be accepted). Proceeds from the event will benefit Meals On Wheels of NEPA.

Praise in the Park for Matthew’s Miracle, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Hillside Park. South Abington Elementary School first grader Matthew McDonnell, has been battling a rare form of kidney cancer since age 3 and relapsed for the third time in July of this year. Community members are invited to this event organized by Matthew’s family and friends, to join voices in prayer for his health. Attendees should bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Info: 570-947-2474.

Breaking Clays for Kids, Sept. 17 at the Rock Mountain Sporting Clays, Mitchell Road, Springville. The Children’s Center, a child advocacy center providing service to children in Wyoming and Susquehanna Counties, is hosting this sporting clay shoot to raise funds to support its operations. Info: contact Amber Loomis at 570-823-5144, ext. 309 or [email protected]

The Endless Mountains Nature Center’s Fall Native Plant Sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at the the lodge, 1309 Vosburg Road, Tunkhannock. Rain or shine. Includes a plant sale, flea market, bake sale, food and craft vendors, music, tours of the gardens and more. Vendor spaces available. Info: 570-836-3835, [email protected] or

The University of Scranton Schemel Forum’s annual University for a Day, 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Pearn Auditorium of Brennan Hall on campus. Features four lectures, with ample time for discussion, as well as mingling over morning coffee, lunch and a closing reception. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Cost: $25 for non-Schemel Forum members, which includes morning coffee, lunch and a reception. Register: contact Emily Brees, Schemel Forum assistant, at 570-941-6206 or [email protected]

St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral’s 125th anniversary celebration, Sept. 17 and 18. Hierarchical services will include a vigil at 4 p.m. Saturday, followed by a complimentary meal in the church center for all in attendance. The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday. A banquet will be held at Fiorelli’s Catering, Main Street, Peckville, beginning with cocktail hour at 1:30 p.m. Tickets for the banquet can be purchased by calling 570-876-1191, 570-876-3548 or 570-430-5834. Event info: 570-876-0730.

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.

Knights of Columbus breakfast, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at St.Patrick’s church hall in Nicholson. All you can eat. Proceeds benefit charitable work of the Knights of Columbus, supporting Catholic educational, social and parish activities, as well as the local communities. Cost: $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under and $24 for a family of four. Tickets available at door.

Recovery is H.O.P.E., 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Keyser Valley Community Center, 101 N. Keyser Ave., Scranton. The Scranton Chapter of Young People in Recovery (YPR) will host this event in support of individuals in recovery for drug and/or alcohol abuse. It will feature guest speakers, representatives from treatment centers, wellness vendors, counseling, education and employment booths. Cost: free. Info: visit or contact Yolanda Battaglia at [email protected] or 570-903‐8700.

The Mountain View Garden Club meeting, 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the fire hall on Route 106 in Clifford. A presentation will be made by Trevor Kashuba, of Corky’s Garden Center in Justus. The public is invited. Info: contact Membership Chair Mary Ann O’Pecko at 570-785-5691 or [email protected]

American Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 20 at Keystone College, Evans Hall. Info/appointments: download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-733-2767; Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at to help reduce wait times.

Chicken-n-Biscuit or Ham Dinner, 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at Clifford United Methodist Church, Main Street, Clifford. Take out or dine in. Cost: $8.95.

Family Nature Night, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. Bring the whole family for a nature walk with LCEEC’s Casie Berkhouse, ending with a campfire and snacks. Come prepared with proper footwear and a flashlight. Geared to all ages. Cost: $5. Pre-register (required): 570-842-1506.

Flynn’s Clarks Green Outreach, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Clarks Green Borough Building, 104 N. Abington Road. A staff member from State Representative Marty Flynn’s office will be available to help with PennDOT paperwork, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage, unclaimed property searches and any other state-related matter. Info: 570-342-4348. Next month’s outreach will be held Oct. 19 at the South Abington Township Building, 2nd floor meeting room, 104 Shady Lane Road, Chinchilla. Info: 570-342-4348.

Scholarship Party with Jennifer Kresock, 12 to 3 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Abington Community Library. Enjoy light refreshments while completing scholarship applications. Scholarship websites and databases will be provided. Students should bring a laptop or tablet. Event includes prizes, food, and scholarship search strategies and tips for winning scholarships. Info: 570-587-3440.

Simple. Natural. Healing. with Donna LaBar, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 24 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Join local author Donna LaBar for a talk, reception featuring healthy recipes and book signing of “Simple. Natural. Healing: Commonsense Approaches to Health Transformation.” Books will be available for sale at the presentation, a portion of the proceeds benefiting the theater. Cost: free admission. Tickets will be available at the door or can be reserved by calling 570-996-1500.

24th Annual Cancer Survivors Day, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept. 24 at McDade Park in Scranton. Cancer survivors, patients, caregivers, oncology medical professionals and healthcare professionals, family and friends or any individual affected by a cancer diagnosis in northeast Pennsylvania are invited to attend. The event will include the Circle of Survivors (an activity where those in attendance will be able to share a thought or inspirational message about their cancer experience), a survivor’s banner, survivor and caregiver ribbons and pins, program booklets, musical performances and light refreshments. Register/imfo: call 570-941-7984 or visit

SIAMO’s monthly Italian Language Hour, 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St., Taylor. This is not a class, but a chance for anyone who speaks Italian to practice their skills and meet new people. Info: [email protected], 570-290-7212 or

ACL-TLC Meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Abington Community Library. The Teen Leadership Committee is a group of tweens/teens focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more. Info: 570-587-3440.

Bird Banding, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. Join Darryl and Jackie Speicher from the Pocono Avian Research Center for a bird banding experience. Geared to all ages. Cost: $5. Pre-register (required): 570-842-1506.

Coffee and Confidence, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 28 on the fifth floor of Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., Scranton. A free information session presented by The University of Scranton’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Center and SBDC. The program is for women with lower incomes interested in learning about self-employment. Info/register: 570-941-4168, [email protected] or

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 [email protected]

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Waverly Community House. Walk-ins are welcome, but those who would like to schedule a donation for a specific time may call 800-733-2767 to make an appointment.

St. John Vianney Parish of Montdale and Royal’s annual Harvest Festival turkey dinner, 12 to 5 p.m. Oct. 2 at Corpus Christi Church in Montdale. Cost: $12 for adults and $6 for children. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Take-outs are available. The event will also feature a free hayride, booths with chances to win prizes, bountiful baskets, homemade baked goods stands and raffles for larger prizes. The church is handicap-accessible with an elevator and offers ample parking.

Pennsylvania Songbirds Teacher Workshop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. A hands-on, interdisciplinary, K-12 teachers’ resource and activity guide about Pennsylvania specific songbirds. Topics include bird biology, habitat, observing and identifying, migration, songbird research, and bird and human interactions. Developed by DCNR’s Bureau of State Parks, Audubon Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Activities are aligned with PA academic standards. K-12 formal and non-formal educators are invited to attend. Participants will receive PA Songbirds teachers’ guide and six ACT 48 hours. Cost: $20. Registration deadline is Sept. 20. Register: 570-842-1506.

Fall Wildflower Hike, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. Join Jane Frye for a flower identification hike. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Geared to all ages. Cost: $5. Pre-register (required): 570-842-1506.

Backyard Beekeeping: Apiary Overview and Tour, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. This workshop will include a tour and overview of the LCEEC apiary. Protective gear will be required. Cost: $25. Pre-register (required): 570-842-1506.

‘Wanted: More Women Candidates’ workshop, Oct. 8, at The University of Scranton. Presented by Ready to Run Northeastern Pennsylvania, in partnership with the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, the workshop will offer nonpartisan targeted training to women who want to run for office or get involved with public life. Info:

Being Prepared: Overnight Survival!, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. Join Mike Leggiero, of Sandcut Outdoors, for an evening learning about how to make the best of an unintended night spent in the outdoors. Geared for ages 8 to adult. Cost: $5. Pre-register (required): 570-842-1506.

Drug take-back event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St. Presented in partnership with the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs to accept unused and expired medications for humans and pets. Disposal is free, anonymous, and will be supervised by the Clarks Summit Police Department. Help reduce the misuse of narcotics in your home or office by having them safely and discretely disposed. Attendees can also relieve stress without meds by having a chair massage, compliments of Body and Soul Therapeutic Massage, for $1 per minute, with a minimum of five minutes, to benefit the library. Free refreshments provided, compliments of Rotary Club of the Abingtons.

Dietrich Fright Night, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 28, 29 and 30 and 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For the first time ever, this “terrifying” and “haunted” attraction within the eerie walls of the Dietrich Theater will serve as an escape to get people in the Halloween spirit. Cost: $10.

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.

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.


Friends of the Abington Community Library’s Fall Book Sale, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Clarks Summit United Methodist church. A preview of the sale is open to members of the Friends group from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct, 7. New members dues are $10 for individuals or $15 for families.

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 specialty sweets.


Free Sunday Night Kids Program, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., through Dec. 11 at Summit Baptist Bible Church, 232 Noble Road, South Abington Twp. The program is for kids age four through middle school. Info: 570-586-3351.

Library Amazing Race, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Abington Community Library. Have fun working your way through the Dewey Decimal System with activities, games and snacks. Complete all 10 activity stations and win a prize. For ages 2-12. Info: 570-587-3440.

Crafters’ Club, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Abington Community Library. Meet other crafters and share tips. All materials will be provided. For grades 3-6. Info: 570-587-3440.

Natural Wonders program, 1 to 2:30 p.m. every other Thursday from Sept. 22 through Dec. 1 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. This series for children ages 3-6 and a guardian offers discovery-based learning about the natural world through stories, art, and outdoor explorations. Cost: $40 for a series of six classes. Registration is limited and pre-registration is required. Info/register 570-842-1506.

LEGO Club, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Abington Community Library. LEGOs provided. For grades K-6.

Homeschoolers at the Library, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Abington Community Library. Homeschooling parents may bring their children to a fun, educational program to enrich their home learning experience. Features hands-on projects, stories, short videos and more. This month, Miss Laura and Mrs. Burke will give an introduction to library resources, the Dewey Decimal system, and the library catalog. For grades K-6. Info: 570-587-3440.

Minecraft Meet-Up, 6:30 to 7:30 Sept. 30 at the Abington Community Library. Bring your devices, books, and creativity and play/discuss Minecraft with friends. No instruction provided. For grades K-6.

Make Your Own Picture Book, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 14, 21 and 28 and Nov. 4 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 5 to 12. Become an author of a book to share with your family and friends. Instructor: Amy Colley. Cost: $40.

Lego Animation and Claymation, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 7 to 14. Make animated movies using LEGOS or clay. Instructor: Rand Whipple, of Box of Light Studios. Cost: $17.

Mixed Media Soft Sculpture, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and 18 and Dec. 2 and 9 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 5 to 12. Create your own cuddly creature or soft object, using simple, soft materials and imagination. Instructor: Steve Colley. Cost: $40.

Minecraft Medley, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 19 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 7 to 14. Instructor: Angela Hess, of Box of Light Studios. For those who have trouble choosing just one flavor, Minecraft Medley allows you to take advantage of everything that Minecraft has to offer. Fire up your imagination with mods, redstone and command blocks. Cost: $17.

Minecraft Parkour, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 7 to 14. Instructor: Angela Hess of Box of Light Studios. What’s even cooler than downloading and playing on parkour maps? Building your own parkour style maps, minigames or roller coasters. Cost: $17.

Holiday Camp, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 27, 28 and 29 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 5 to 12. Instructors: Amy and Steve Colley. Cost: $35. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or [email protected]

Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or [email protected]

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