Community calendar, week of Jan. 29, 2014

June 19th, 2015 9:31 am

First Posted: 1/24/2014


Clarks Summit Fire Company No. 1 Looking for New Members in Fire Fighting and Emergency Medical Services. No experience needed, training will be provided. Info: 570-586-9656, or stop by the Clarks Summit Fire Hall at 321 Bedford St.

Cell phone collection, Abington Heights High School Students Against Destructive Decisions is collecting cell phones at the high school. All cell phones are cleared and programmed with 911 for use by the elderly. The phones may be dropped off in the main office of the high school.

Overeaters Anonymous meetings, First Presbyterian Church, 201 Stone Ave., Clarks Summit, weekly, Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m. and Sun., 4 p.m. Info: 570-587-4313.

Volunteers needed for Ombudsman (Resident Rights’ Advocate) Program. Community neighbors who are trained to help clarify responsibilities and the rights of those in long-term living facilities. Must be over 18. Info: Sylvia Kolosinsky, Director of volunteer services, 570-344.3931.

4-H program requests volunteers to teach project skills and serve as role models for youth. Adults needed to serve as volunteer leaders of 4-H clubs (five or more members, ages 8-19). Policies and procedures to ensure that 4-H programs take place in a positive and safe environment. All individuals must successfully complete the Penn State Cooperative Extension’s screening process for volunteers before volunteer work can begin. Info: 570-963-6842.

Cub Scout Pack 251, sponsored by the Clarks Green United Methodist Church. Info: Cub Master Tom Sheakoski, 586-8049 or

The Scranton Rescue Missions offers food and clothing. The Scranton Rescue Mission, 8 W. Olive St., offers community service and meals every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 5:25 p.m. Free haircuts first and second Saturday of the month during Bible Study. Every Sunday evening following the evening service, the mission distributes non-perishable food and clothes. Anyone in need of spiritual help, food or clothing can contact or 570-357-6677.

Senior Citizens for Senior Dog, Sponsored by Laura’s Hope Rescue. Unites humans and dogs who are in the same period of their lives. Seniors willing to help other seniors in need can contact the rescue at 570-280-2083.

Boys and Girls Club Car Donation Program for Boys and Girls club in U.S. Cars do not have to be functional, but need a title. The cars are sold at auctions and funds benefit the club. Info: 1-800-246-0493.

Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania, Resource Center for Autoimmune Diseases, Lupus screenings, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Registered Nurse Consultant, Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Gluten- Free Information Exchange, fourth Thursday of every month located at Wegmans, Dickson City 6 p.m.; Successful Living with Chronic Illness third Thursday of every month, Noon; 615 Jefferson Ave, Scranton. 888-995-8787.

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Workforce Readiness program is looking to enroll new participants who are interested in receiving help with resume creation, job search and application requirements, interview skills and career exploration. The program is for out-of-school youth, ages 21 and under, who are currently looking for employment and live in Lackawanna County. Info: 570-961-1592 ext. 105.

The Abington Area Community Classroom offers a variety of ongoing classes. Info: For updated listings, visit or call 570-954-6650.

Monthly Bereavement Support Group, The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Hospice and Home Health of Lackawanna County offers a monthly bereavement support group meeting at their office, 301 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant. The support group meets the third Thursday of each month. Info: 570-383-5180.

The American Cancer Society seeks volunteer drivers. Drivers are needed to take patients to and from treatment appointments in Lackawanna County. Drivers need a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license, automobile insurance, a clear background and driver check. Orientation is provided. Volunteer assignments are flexible; transportation is needed during the daytime hours during the week, Monday through Friday. You can drive your vehicle or the American Cancer Society van where available. Info: 570-562-9749.

Serving Seniors, Inc. volunteers needed, Serving Seniors is seeking dedicated and caring people of all ages to provide friendly visits and companionship to residents in Long Term Care and Personal Care Homes within Lackawanna County. Visitation volunteers help improve the quality of life of an older adult. Training provided. Info: 570-344-3931.

The Newton Recreation Center, 1814 Newton Ransom Blvd., Clarks Summit, announced it’s Fall hours, Sept. 1 - May 31, 2014: Monday through Friday, open from 9 a.m. to noon, closed from noon to 3 p.m. and open 3 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, open noon to 5 p.m.

VNA Hospice and Home Health of Lackawanna County is offering free flu shots, at the main office, 301 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant, during the month of January or until supplies run out. Available to anyone 18 and older. Info/appointments: 570-383-5180.

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Collection, at Abington Community Library, Feb. 7 - 28. A collection barrel will be available to drop off donations of pet supplies.


Jan. 29: Lions Club Meeting, at the Ramada Inn, 6 p.m. Terry Lander Martin, author and local business leader, will speak on helping the community and fellow man.

Jan. 30: Girl Scouts Volunteer Info Night, at Dunmore Community Center, 1414 Monroe Ave., Dunmore. For Parents and guardians of girls in grades k – 3 (6:30 p.m.) and those interested in volunteering (7 p.m.). Info: visit or call 1-800-692-7816.

Abington Heights High School Career Fair, in the High School gymnasium from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to speak with career professionals about various aspects of the professional’s field.

Jan. 31: Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, at Abington Community Library, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Students in grades 4-6 are invited to celebrate with games, crafts and bubble wrap fun! Register: (570) 587-3440.

Feb. 1: Ready to Run conference, at The University of Scranton. Sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Lackawanna County. Info: Snow date: Feb. 15.

Feb. 2 : Abington Community Library’s Seussical Celebration on Souper Bowl Sunday, at the library, 3 p.m. Children are invited to celebrate all things Seussical with story time, activities, contests, and more. Participants are invited to donate a canned soup to benefit the Dalton Food Pantry.

Lackawanna Valley Conservancy’s Winter Weed Identification Walk, at Powder Mill Dam Preserve in Jermyn. Participants will meet at 1 p.m. in the parking lot in back of the Windsor Inn on Route 107, Jermyn. From there, they will caravan to Powder Mill Dam Preserve for the interpretive walk, which will wrap up by 3 p.m. Info: 570-347-6311.

Summit Souper Bowl Sunday Winter Clearance and food pantry collection, at participating businesses: Sole to Soul, Cloe and Co., Kidazzle, Sonia’s, Paulette’s Pretty Purses and Nearly New Outlet and Consignment, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Those who bring in canned soup for the Dalton Food Pantry will recieve an extra discount or gift.

Yoga and live music fundraiser for Russell family, in The Gathering Room at Our Lady of the Snows church, Clarks Summit, 4 - 5:30 p.m. Katy Bills will lead a slow flow class set to Jeff Brozena’s melodic Tabla. Class is donation-based, with proceeds going toward the Russell Children Memorial Fund for the 17 and 12 year old Russel Children, who lost their father shortly before Christmas, leaving them without either parent. Info: 570-319-1726 or

Feb. 6: Anxiety Screenings, in the McGowan Center on campus at Marywood University, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Open to all ages, the screenings will include an educational presentation and written self-test, a private meeting with a mental health professional, and, if appropriate, a referral. Cost: free. Info: or 570-348-6269.

Feb. 8: Endless Mountains Railroad Club meeting, at the club building, 7837 Route 29, Dimock, PA at 6 p.m. A work bee will begin at 4 p.m. Info: or 570-278-3992.

Feb. 9: February Vesper Service, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner of Church and Chestnut Streets, Montrose, at 5 p.m. A simple meal will be served in the Parish House following the ecumenical service. Info: 570-278-2791.

Feb. 13 and 14: The Voluntary Action Center’s Annual Valentine Cookie Sale, at 538 Spruce St, Scranton, pickup Feb. 13 after noon and Feb. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Valentine sugar cookies will be sold at five for $5. Dilivery available on orders of 10 or more. Orders: Call 570-347-5616 and ask for Jen or fax an order to 570-341-5816 attn: Val.

Feb. 15: All-you-can-eat Pie Breakfast, at the Clarks Green Assembly of God Church from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Abington Christian Academy general fund. Cost: $7 adults, $ 3 children ages 3 to 6. Info: 570-586-5270.

Feb. 16: North Anthracite Council - League of Ukrainian Catholics general meeting, at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 20 Nottingham Street, Plymouth, 2 p.m. Moleben prayer service will be served at 2 p.m., business session at 2:30 p.m., followed by reception and fellowship. Agenda will include discussion of proposed 2014 activities. Info: Call Dorothy at 570-822-5354.

Ziti With Your Sweetie dinner theater, at the Clifford Fire Hall, Route 106, 2 p.m. Salad, ziti with meatballs, beverage and dessert will be served while the Clifford Community Youth Group presents “Who Killed Mother Goose?” Cost: $9. Info: 570-222-3331 or 570-222-4344.

Feb. 17: Emergency Medical Technician course, at Geisinger Community Medical Canter, 7 - 10 p.m., continuing every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for approximately 20 weeks. Upon successful completiiong, students will be eligible to sit for the state certification exams. Cost: $345 (instructional materials and supplies included). Info: 570-655-6818 or

Feb. 22: Blood drive, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 205 W. Grove Street, Clarks Summit, 10 a.m. -3 p.m. In honor of those from the Abingtons who serve in the Armed Forces. Donors must be at least 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Appointments: or 1-800-RED-CROSS. Info: 570-587-1088.

Feb. 22: The Scranton City Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolutions’ Genealogical Workshop, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, 10:30 a.m. Any women, 18 years and older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a Patriot of the American Revolutions is eligible. This genealogical workshop will provide guidance and assistance with the application process, through the steps to becoming a member. Info: Call Kathy at 570-489-5449 or Carol at 570-842-2557.

Feb. 28: The Abington Heights Civic League’s Mardi Gras, at Glen Oak Country Club, 250 Oakford Road, Clarks Summit. Event begins with a cocktail hour and cash bar at 6 p.m. with appetizers followed by a Cajun cuisine buffet and desserts. Music will be provided by Kenny McGraw’s Dixieland Jazz Band. Psychic readings will also be available. Proceeds benefit the many local community projects of the AHCL. Cost (advance sales only): $35. Tickets / Info: 570-587-9033.

March 1-2: Dinner by Design, at POSH in Scranton. This event to benefit the Lackawanna Historical Society will be held March 1-2. Designs may be toured March 1 from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. and March 2 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Info: 570-344-3841 or



Marywood University Aphasia Support Group, in Marywood University’s McGowan Center, Room 1066, every Monday, from 1 - 1:45 p.m. A free community service support group of people living with stroke at any stage of their recovery. Family members and caregivers are also welcome. Info: 570.348.6299, ext. 2259.

Clarks Summit Fire Company Auxiliary meeting, 7 p.m. Clarks Summit Fire House, 321 Bedford St., second Monday of every month.

CMC Donor Site Blood Drives, noon to 4 p.m., second Monday of the month, CMC Professional Building Auditorium. Info: 570-969-8800.

NAMI Support Group, 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from in the CMC Professional Building, Auditorium. Info: 570-969-8986.

Guardian of the Redeemer Fellowship, on the first and third Monday of the month, hosted by the St. Thomas More Society of St. Paul’s Parish, 2301N. Washington Ave., Scranton. For men interested in adult discussion of the Catholic faith. Info: 570-343-0634.

The Dalton Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary Bingo Night, at the Dalton Fire Co. Hall, on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:45 p.m.

Knitting Group, at the Abington Community Library every other Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a current project and knit with others. For adults only.

Countryside Community Church Bible Study, at 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit at 10 a.m. Info: 570-587-3206 or

Caring Hands Group, at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W Grove St S Abington Twp., 1 p.m. Knitting and crocheting group whose members meet to create items needed by local non-profit agencies. Grade seven to adult.


Alzheimer’s Association caregivers support group meetings, 7 to 8 p.m., the last Tuesday of every month. Elan Gardens. Adjoining room for loved ones, who will not be left unattended. Info: Rhonda, 570-585-8099 or Rita, 570-586-0179.

Introduction to Martial Arts, starting January 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Chinchilla United Methodist Church, 411 Layton Rd., Chinchilla. Ages six and up. Cost: Free. Info: Scott at 570-585-1206.

South Abington Lions Club meetings, on the second Tuesday of each month, second floor of the South Abington Township Building at 7 p.m. Info: 570-313-2133.

Greater Scranton Area Roaring Ramblers Toastmaster Meeting, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Allied Services in the Administrative Board Room, located in the Rehabilitation Building on the Morgan Highway at Moffatt Drive. Info:, 570-586-7762 or 570-587-0232.

Mommy and Me Naturally, Outdoors, at the EMNC Lodge and grounds from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Pretend, sing, listen to a story, make a craft and play. Program is designed for children two-and-a-half to four years old. Cost: free.

The Greater Scranton Roaring Ramblers Toastmasters Club, meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at Allied Services, Morgan Hwy., Scranton. Visitors are welcome. Info: or 570-587-0232.

University of Scranton Free Clinic the Uninsured, 240 Kessler Court, has extended its hours: noon -4 p.m. The medical clinic serves uninsured people from Lackawanna County by appointment. Appointments can be arranged by calling 941.6112. World Peace Meditation and Reiki Circle, on the first Tuesday of every month, at Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center, 200 Lake Ave., Montrose from 5 - 7 p.m. Cost: $10. RSVP/Info: 570-278-9256, or

STACKS Writing Group, at The Vintage/Morning Glory Cafe, 326 Spruce St., Scranton, every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Info:

The Knights of Columbus, Abington Council #6611 Monthly BINGO Night, in the Gathering Room on the lower level of Our Lady of the Snows Church at 301 S. State St., Clarks Summit, 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. No cover charge. BINGO cards are $0.50 ea. or 3/$1.00. Info: Chris Kane at 570-587-1390.

MAH JONGG, at the Abington Community Library, 1-3 p.m. No experience necessary. Adults.


Oakwood Terrace Support Group meetings for spouses and other family members or caretakers of those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. 400 Gleason Road, Moosic. Meetings are open to the public. Cost: Free. Info: Sylvia Kolosinsky at 570-451-3171 ext. 116 or

Parish Youth Choir Rehearsals, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. accompanies the singing at the 9:30 a.m. mass, at Our Lady of the Snows, every other week. Open to youth, 11 to 18. Info: 570-586-4112.

Youth ministry at Our Lady of the Snows Church, 7 to 8 p.m. Clarks Summit, general meetings. Junior High program, 7 and 8th graders, Sundays 1 to 2 p.m. Info: Call ahead to join 570-586-1741.

Meditation Classes at the Waverly Community House from 7 to 8:30 with Buddhist monk Gen Samten Kelsang. Classes are self-contained. Drop in any week. Cost is $10 per class. Sponsored by Kadampa Meditation Center, N.Y.

Great Scranton Chapter of Penn State Alumni Association Meetings, in the lower level of the SLC Building on the Worthington Scranton campus, Dunmore. The meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and the general membership is welcome to attend.

Mom’s in Prayer Ministry, at Summit Baptist Bible Church, 232 Noble Road, Clarks Summit every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. A prayer group for mothers of students in the Abington Heights School District. Info: or

Lung Cancer Alliance Support Group, the first Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care on Morgan Hwy. No meeting in July. Info: 570-586-0179.

Families Helping Families, at the Abington Community Library, 7-8:30 p.m. This is an educational series and support group for teens and their families affected by substance abuse, co-sponsored by the Clear Brook Foundation.

Bridge Group, at the Abington Community Library, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.


The Greater Scranton Roaring Ramblers Toastmasters meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Allied Services, Morgan Hwy., Scranton. Visitors welcome. or call 570-498-1110 or 570-604-6176.

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation support group, 7 p.m., Community Medical Center Professional Building, first floor, CME Room, third Thursday of each month. Info: 570-969-8986.

Grief and Bereavement Educational and Conversational Support Group. Sponsored by AseraCare Hospice, 749 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit, PA 18411. Join us on at the AseraCare offices on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Info: Olympia Cianfichi, Bereavement Coordinator, 1-800-870-0085.

Writers’ Group, for ages 18 and up at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock from 7-8:30 p.m. All genres and levels of writing welcome. Cost: Free. Info: 570-996-1500.

Scrabble, 1 p.m. at Abington Community Library. No registration necessary.

Heinz Rehab Hospital’s Stroke Support Group, the first Thursday of the month in the Rose Brader Dining Room in the main building, 150 Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Scrabble, at the Abington Community Library, beginning at 1 p.m. Join other players for games of Scrabble. No registration necessary.

University of Scranton Free Clinic the Uninsured, 240 Kessler Court, has walk-in hours from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The medical clinic serves uninsured people from Lackawanna County. Info: 941.6112. Better Breathers Club, at the Geisinger-Community Medical Center Professional Building, Classroom 2, Second floor, 316 Colfax Ave., Scranton at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. A free support group for people with chronic lung disease and their families. Info: 570-969-8986.

Meditation Classes, at the Waverly Community House from 7 p.m. to 8:30. Classes are led by a Buddhist monk. Cost is $10 per class. Info: 845-856-9000.

Survivors After Suicide Support Group, every second and fourth Thursday of the month from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the West Hazleton Borough Building, 100 S. 4th St., West Hazleton. Facilitated by: Professional and Peer. An open grief group that welcomes survivors at any stage of their grieving process. Participants enter the group, leave, and return as they feel the need.


Diabetes support group, 10 a.m. Community Medical Center Professional Building, third floor classroom, second Friday of each month. Info: 570-969-7272. Cost: Free.

A Course in Miracles, 4:30 p.m. at Everything Natural. Discover more about the guiding principles of authors like Marianne Williamson and Dr. Wayne Dyer. Newcomers welcome.

Saturdays and Sundays:

Center For Comprehensive Cancer Care Children’s Support Group, the last Saturday of each month at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. For those ages 5-18 who are coping with the cancer of a loved one. Facilitators hold group sessions featuring art, music, drama and yoga. Cost: free. Registration is required. Info: 570-342-8874 or email

Bereavement Support, at Our Lady of Snows Church Parish Center 301 S. State St., Clarks Summit, every third Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend informative sessions dealing with the grief process. Info: 570-586-1741.

Guided Downtown Walking Tours of Scranton, conducted by the Lackawanna County Historical Society, 11 a.m. at the main entrance of Lackawanna College on Vine Street near Washington Avenue. Tours last two hours. Cost: $3. Info: 570- 344-3841.

All You Can Eat Breakfast, at Clarks Summit Fire Co #1 Inc., 321 Bedford St., Clarks Summit. All you can eat breakfast from 8 a.m.-noon on the third Sunday of every month. Breakfast includes biscuits, chipped beef, home fried potatoes, scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, bacon, sausage, bagels, muffins, Danish, cream cheese, waffles with strawberry whipped cream, fruit cup, coffee, tea, orange juice, hot chocolate and more. Cost: $8/adults or $5/kids (under 10 years).