Community calendar for week of Sept. 28, 2016


REMINDERS

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 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 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.

Bereavement Support Group, 6 to 8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month and 12:30 to 2 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at VNA Hospice and Home Health, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant. Park in the rear of building and enter through glass door. This traditional group assists participants in learning to cope with the new challenges facing them as they grieve. Facilitated by professional counselors. Info: 570-383-5180.

Fit and Over Fifty, 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. A total body work-out for women with the use of free weights and tubing, mixed with some light cardio moves and final cool down and stretch. Aims to build strength, endurance, balance and flexibility. Instructed by Pat Barnes, ACE certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. Cost: $7. Drop-ins welcome. Info: 570-650-6136 or bodybybarnesrx@gmail.com.

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 observatory@keystone.edu to arrange a private appointment. Info: keystone.edu/observatory.

Project Re-entry prison ministry Christmas donations sought. Items needed: cookies, wrapped candy, women’s socks, greeting cards, toothpaste, soap, VO5 or Suave shampoo, writing paper and monetary gifts. No gum, lollipops, tablets, lotion or talcum powder. Deliveries can be made to 29 New York St., Scranton, starting Dec. 4.

DAILY EVENTS

Cub Scout Pack 251 sign-ups, 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Clarks Green United Methodist Church. The 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.

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, francene.dudziec@scranton.edu or scrantonsbdc.com.

Veterans outreach, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28 at the office of state Rep. Marty Flynn, 409 N. Main Ave., Scranton. A representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program will be on hand to provide information on services available to veterans and their families. Legion membership is not required to take advantage of the help, but anyone interested in speaking to the advisers is recommended to schedule an appointment through Flynn’s office at 570-342-4348.

Historic Tunkhannock Walking Tour, 5 p.m. Sept. 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.

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 lackawannahistory@gmail.com.

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.

Marywood University doctoral program in Human Development 20th anniversary celebration, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at The Colonnade, Scranton. Sister Gail Cabral, IHM, professor in the psychology/counseling department and first director of the Ph.D. program at Marywood University, will give remarks. Cost: $35; includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Info: 570-348-6206 or jagerlach@marywood.edu.

Annual Arcadia Chorale Pasta Dinner, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison Ave., Scranton. Takeouts begin at 5 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the chorale’s singing servers. Tickets: Adults $10, children 12 and under $5. Info/tickets: 570-871-0350, tickets will also be available at the door.

Arcadia Chorale Annual Pasta Dinner, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Scranton. Takeouts begin at 5 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Chorale’s singing servers. Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets: at the door or by calling the Chorale office at 570-871-0350. Info: arcadiachorale.

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.

A Public Service of Healing, 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Comfort Inn, 5 N. Eaton Road, Tunkhannock. Offered by the Endless Mountains Chapter of the International Order of St. Luke the Physician and open to all. Cost: free. Info: call Colleen at 570-836-5485 or 570-240-1610.

Abington Heights Civic League meeting, 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the clubhouse, 115 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit. Domestic violence will be the topic. Info: 570-587-3101.

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.

ABPA Summer After Hours Card Exchange, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct 5. at State Farm- Thomas Agency, 411 N. State St., Suite 4, Clarks Summit. The event will feature complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and beverages, door prizes, giveaways and more. All Abington Business and Professional Association members are encouraged to bring one non-member. Reservations: LauraABPA@aol.com by Oct. 3.

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.

From the Clinic to the Classroom: Fragile X Syndrome, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 7 at The University of Scranton. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at The University of Scranton Edward R. Leahy Jr. Hall, second floor forum, Room 235, 237 Jefferson Ave. A conference presented by Geisinger’s Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute, providing training on how to help students with fragile X in a classroom setting. Cost: free. Pre-register: regonline.com/fragilex.

‘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: scranton.edu/readytorun.

Families Helping Families drug presentation, 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Abington Community Library. A free presentation by Dr. William Dempsey, a physician specializing in family practice and emergency medicine, who works at the Wright Center for Primary Care- Mid Valley clinic in Jermyn. Dr. Dempsey will provide comments on prescription drugs and the need to ensure that the appropriate safeguards are in place to protect against opioid misuse, abuse and diversion.

Luzerne County Community College Open House, 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at the college’s Scranton Center at The Marketplace at Steamtown. Information on course offerings, programs of study and financial aid will be available and tours will be given. Info: 570-740-0211 or mide@luzerne.edu.

Lackawanna County Backyard Beekeepers meeting, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Abington Community Library. A Beekeeping group in, but not limited to, Lackawanna County. The group’s mission is to foster interest in backyard beekeeping and provide a forum for discussion among local beekeepers. Cost: free.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee Meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Abington Community Library. A group of tweens/teens focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more. Students in grades 5-12 are welcome. Info: 570-587-3440.

Spooky Strolls haunted walking tours, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 21. Join the Lackawanna Historical Society for a guided walking tour around Downtown Scranton for tales of mayhem and mysterious happenings. The tour groups will meet at the Society’s headquarters, the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave. and the walk will take about 1.5 hours. Cost: $5. Reservations (required): 570-344-3841. Info: lackawannahistory@gmail.com.

Clarks Summit Fire Company Open House, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at 321 Bedford St. Activities and presentors include: live demonstrations, fire extinguisher use, fire truck tours and rides, tours of the fire house, meet and greet members, school classroom contests, commonwealth health, county sheriff K-9, PA Ambulance, Lackawanna County SWAT, Scranton Fire Smoke House and more. Info: 570-586-9656 or clarkssummitfire.com.

The Little Sisters of the Poor’s annual autumn roast beef dinner, 12 to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 in the auditorium of Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton. Proceeds will be used to cover the expenses of a new bus for the residents of Holy Family Residence. Takeouts available. The event will also include a bake sale, basket/gift certificate raffles and a 50/50 raffle. Sponsorship packages available. Sponsorship info: contact Jackie Galvin at 570-343-4065, ext. 3144 or scdevelopment@littlesistersofthepoor.org. Cost: Adult tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door; children’s tickets (age 10 and younger) are $6. Reservations: 570-343-4065 or littlesistersofthepoorscranton.org.

Lou Ruspi Jr. Foundation: A Life Saving Conversation, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Abington Community Library. Topics to be covered based on the most common mental health needs and concerns of high school students, as shown through research and the professional experiences of the team’s licensed counselors: mental health defined, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, self-harm, transition difficulties,treatment options and resources, suicide awareness and prevention and coping skills and resiliency.

ServSafe certification course, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18, in the Fireplace Lounge, Hibbard Campus Center at Keystone College. Participants are expected to review the ServSafe textbook for a minimum of 7.5 hours prior to the scheduled course. Cost: $179 (includes a textbook, lunch, and a one-hour USDA presentation). Due to the self-study requirement, participants must register no later than seven days prior to the class. Register: contact Brenda Lidy at 570-945-8334 or brenda.lidy@keystone.edu.

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.

National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution genealogy workshop, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Abington Comminity Library. Community members can see if they qualify for membership in the DAR. Members of the Tunkhannock chapter will be on hand to help get people started.

Second Annual Tasting by the Book, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Abington Community Library. Signature fundraising event with food, adult beverages and mingling with friends, both old and new. Proceeds benefit programming for all ages. Info: 570-587-3440.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee Meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 and 25, at the Abington Community Library. A group of tweens/teens focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more. Students in grades 5-12 are welcome. Info: 570-587-3440.

JA Economics for Success, 5:15 to 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Abington Community Library. Teens in grades 6-8 are invited to come explore their skills, interests, values and the world of work to make informed education, career and life decisions. Meets weekly until Dec. 6, excluding Election Day, Nov. 8. Refreshments will be served.

JA Personal Finance, 6:15 to 7 p.m Oct. 25 at the Abington Community Library. Learn to recognize and apply the fundamental elements of personal finances: earnings, saving and investing, budgeting, credit, risk management and giving, for a lifetime of financial success. Meets weekly until Nov. 29, excluding Election Day, Nov. 8. Refreshments will be served. For teens in grades 9-12.

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.

Freach and Keen Lecture, 2 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Lackawanna Historical Society’s Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave, Scranton. Attorney Paul Mazzoni will give a presentation on the Freach and Keen murders. He will discuss aspects of the 1973 case of kidnapping and murder of Minooka boys Paul “P.J.” Freach, age 13, and Edmond “Buddy” Keen, age 12. William Wright was convicted of the murders and died in prison. Attorney Mazzoni, the District Attorney during the 1970s, co-authored a recent book about the murders with Dr. Kathleen Munley. Cost: free. Info: 570-344-3841 or lackawannahistory@gmail.com.

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.

The Friends of the Arc Auxiliary’s A Night at the Races fundraiser, 6 p.m. Nov. 4 at St. Mary’s Center, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton. Includes door prizes, basket raffles, 50/50, food/soft drinks and a beer/wine cash bar until 10 p.m. Cost: $10. Info: 570-346-4010.

Remembering Presidential Visits in Scranton, 2 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Lackawanna Historical Society’s Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. Local historian Nick Petula will give a lecture on past Presidents and their visits to Scranton while in office and on the campaign trail. Scranton has played host to several presidents and candidates, including Richard Nixon, Dwight Eisenhower and Harry Truman. Cost: free. Info: 570-344-3841 or lackawannahistory@gmail.com.

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.

The University of Scranton’s Schemel Forums presents: ‘Reflections on a Career in the Policy Change Business,’ 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at The University of Scranton in the Pearn Auditorium of Brennan Hall. Tamera Luzzatto, senior vice president of government relations at The Pew Charitable Trusts, will will lead the audience on a personal tour of a career devoted to making and changing public policy in the public and private non-profit sectors. She served as then-Senator Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff from 2001 to 2009, following her 15 years of service as legislative director and chief of staff for West Virginia Senator John D. Rockefeller IV. Cost: free. RSVP: 570-941-6206 or emily.brees@scranton.edu.

SALES, AUCTIONS & VENDOR FAIRS

Clarks Green United Methodist Church Fall Rummage Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7 at the church, 119 Glenburn Road. Clothing, books and household items will be among the products available for purchase. Profits help to fund mission projects of the United Methodist Women.

Dalton United Methodist Church Fall Rummage Sale, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 8 at 125 S. Turnpike Road, Dalton. Friday will include food service and bake sale from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday a $2 and $3 a bag sale, as well as a half price table. Donations: drop off between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Oct. 4 and 5; Seasonal items welcomed; No shoes, electronics, TV’s or large appliances. Info: 570-563-1280 or 570-563-1619.

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.

First United Methodist Church of Carbondale’s Annual Bazaar, 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. Oct. 8 at the church. Includes a bake sale, silent auction, flea market, luncheon and more.

St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church’s annual Flea Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Parish Center, 428 North Seventh Ave., Scranton. Doors will not open before 9 a.m. Benefits the Parish Children’s Religious Education Program. Slavic and American foods will be available for purchase, along with tickets for a basket raffle. Info: contact Daria at 570-963-1580.

UNICO National Scranton Chapter Ladies Auxiliary’s third annual Craft and Gift Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Dunmore Community Center, 1414 Monroe Ave. Features a bake sale, basket raffle, various vendors and more. Proceeds benefit Saint Josephs Center and Allied Services Ryan’s Run 7. Info: 570-498-3242.

St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral’s Annual Christmas Bazaar, Nov. 4 through 6 at the Parish Center on Hill Street, Mayfield. Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Features various craft and gift vendors, food and more. Info: 570-876-0730.

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.

CHILDREN’S EVENTS

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.

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.

Storybook Art, 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 5-12. Presented by an Everhart Museum instructor. Cost: free; sponsored by the Tunkhannock Rotary Club. An art-based workshop series inspired by the exhibit “Wolves, Magic Mirrors and Spinning Wheels: The Anatomy of Fairy Tales.” Each week, students will create artwork inspired by Fairy Tales. Info: 570-996-1500.

Eco-Friendly Scarecrow Making Party, 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Nay Aug Avenue Natural Play Area in Scranton. Hosted by the Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area, this family-friendly event is part of Bonfire Week in the Electric City, which runs Oct. 7 through 15. Frames and stuffing will be provided, while supplies last. Participants should bring old clothes, including button down shirts, hats, scarves and gloves to dress the scarecrows. Info: visit lhva.org or call 570-963-6730, ext. 8203.

Preschool Make Your Own Picture Book, 10 to 10:45 a.m. Thursdays, Oct. 13, 20 and 27 and Nov. 3 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 4 and 5. Instructor: Amy Colley. Cost: free. Little ones will make their own stories and illustrations and become authors of books to share with family and friends using a variety of media.

Election Party, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Abington Community Library. Who did you elect to be the inspiration for the library’s fall party? Pete the Cat, the Lorax or Olivia the Pig? Whoever wins, this is their party. Enjoy snacks, games, crafts and more. For children ages 0-12.

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.

‘Frankenweenie’ Interactive Movie Night, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Abington Community Library. Sing, shout and play along as the group watches “Frankenweenie,” rated PG. Props and snacks provided. For students in grades 4-6.

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.

The Haunted Green Screen Class, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 7 to 14, this class, instructed by Rand Whipple, of Box of Light Studios is partly a make-up class and partly a lesson in green screening. Cost: $17. Register/info: 570-996-1500.

Free Introduction to Oil Painting Class, 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 22 at the Newton Recreation Center, 1814 Newton Ransom Blvd. For ages 8-15. Instructor: Marylou Chibirka. Space is limited. Cost: free. Register: 570-586-7808. Registration deadline: Oct. 15.

JA More Than Money, 4:15 to 5 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Abington Community Library. Understanding money concepts as they apply to daily life through interactive and fun activities. Meets weekly until Dec. 6, excluding Election Day, Nov. 8. Refreshments will be served. For students in grades 3-5.

Build with STEM, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Abington Community Library. Children in grades K-3 may drop in during this hour and play with three kits: Aircraft Engineer, Amusement Park Engineer, and Automobile Engineer. These kits highlight STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and include all the pieces needed to do one’s own building.

Homeschoolers at the Library, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 27 at the Abington Community Library. Homeschooling parents may bring their children to a fun, educational program to enrich their home learning experience with hands-on projects, stories, short videos and more. For students in grades K-6.

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.

Stories From Around the World with Fiona Powell, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Tunkhannock Public Library. The storyteller will share tales at her spinning wheel, mesmerizing young and old alike. Cost: free.

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.

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