Community Calendar, Week of July 18

June 20th, 2015 12:07 pm

First Posted: 7/18/2012


Abington Heights Class of 1982 will host its 30th Class Reunion Aug. 11, 5 -11 p.m. at Camelot Restaurant & Inn. Tickets are $35. For details, contact During the reunion, the class will hold a fundraiser to benefit Liberty Reins Ranch, an Equestrian Center and co-educational program that provides services for disabled veterans and their immediate family members living in Pa. The ranch, which operates solely on donations, was founded by Deborah Basalyga, a 1982 Abington Heights graduate who currently serves as its executive director.

Clarks Summit-Abington Reunion Committee for Class of 1960 seeks members: Sharon Bunnell Hellman, Carol Cobb Kish, Patricia Dunning Butler, Connie Hatfield Dailey, Sue Ellen Kadison Vecchiotti, Elizabeth Nash, Barbara Neidlinger, Rosalie Novak White, Judith Seamans Halloway and Patricia Mcavaney Flynn. Info: 587.3056 or 587.3676.

Clarks Summit-Abington High School Class of 1962 50-Year Reunion, scheduled for the weekend of September 8. A committee has been formed to search for former classmates and seek input on activities for the weekend. Members of the class or anyone with information on the whereabouts of members of the class may contact John Arcangelo at 587.4453 or access the reunion Facebook page, CSA Class of 1962.


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: 587.4313.

Donations request for used school uniforms. Our Lady of the Snows Church, donating to Limulungo Community School, Mongu District in Western Zambia, Africa. Any size white shirt, navy and plaid skirts, pants, shorts, sweaters and sweat shirts welcome. Info: 587.3268 to arrange drop-off and pick-up.

Glenburn 4-H Sewing Club, Registration for 4-H textile science projects. Boys and girls, age 8 to 19 are invited. Info: Register at Penn State Cooperative Extension office, 963.6842.

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, 344.3931.

Young Adult Quit (YAQ) Smoking Study. Smokers ages 18 to 30 who join the study receive free materials to quit smoking, two weeks of free nicotine patches and two gift cards for completion of the study. Info: email or 1.866.371.9362 ext. 4349.

4-H program request 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: 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 a 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 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 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.

Stroke Affects the Young, at the Charles Luger Outpatient Center of Allied Rehab Hospital, Moffat Drive, Scranton in the Graf Community Room from 3 - 5 p.m. This monthly support group for young survivors of stroke is to discuss topics like how surviving a stroke affects your education, career, child rearing, and more. The 2012 meeting schedule is as follows: July 22, August 26, September 23, October 28, November 25 and December 23. Info:, 243.1792 or

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 searching 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: 961.1592 ext. 105.

Newton Recreation Center Summer Hours, to August 31: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and closed Sunday.

Vendors Wanted: Juried Fine Art and Craft Festival, November 16 and 17. Sponsored by the Eatonville United Methodist Church. Limited space is available. Applications are available at: Info:

Luzerne County Community College will offer credit courses for the fall semester in Pittston and Old Forge. Registration will be held at Pittston Area Middle School August 6, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Registration will be held at Old Forge High School August 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Courses scheduled to be offered in Pittston include Algebra, History, CPR, Psychology, and Sociology. English is scheduled for Old Forge. Classes for the fall semester will begin August 27 and end December 7. Info: 800.377.LCCC, ext. 3826 or

LHV will run the Seventh Annual Heritage Explorer Train to the City of Carbondale for the Ethnic Heritage Festival on Saturday, August 18. Tickets are available at all Lackawanna County libraries now through August 17. Seating is limited.

Marley's Mission is requesting votes for its president Gene Talerico as Volunteer of the Year, voting ends July 26. Step-by-Step Instructions: Go to Click on "Vote." Click on "East." scroll down until you see "Volunteer Of The Year." Click on "Select" for Gene Talerico. Look towards the bottom right of the screen and click "Submit My Final Ballot." Next you will be prompted to log in with your Facebook account. Click "Connect Using Facebook." Your vote does not count until you do this final step.

Clarks Green Borough encourages residents to apply for vacant council position. Interested individuals should e mail a cover letter and resume toinfo@clarksgreen.orgor drop them off at the Borough Building by August 3.


Comm Camp, at The Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road, Waverly, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Weekdays, through August 3. A six-week summer day camp for Pre-K through Grade seven. Info: or 586.8191, ext. 2.

Lakeside Players Free Theater Camp, Monday through Friday July 23 to 27 at The Lakeside Players' home theater, Lakeville Community Hall, Route 590, Lakeville, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. At the end of camp, the children will show off what they've learned at a free performance for family and friends on Saturday, July 28, at 7 p.m. Info: 857.2226.

"SKY" Vacation Bible School, July 23 – 27 from 5:45 – 8:30 p.m. at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit. Closing at 10 a.m. July 29. For Ages two through completion of sixth grade. Cost: Free. Register: Info: 587.2571

Harmony Heart Camp Day Camp, at the camp, 1557 Heart Lake Rd, Scott Twp, July 30 - August 3 from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. For ages 7 - 12. Activities include: swimming, soccer, archery, boating, basketball, crafts, fishing, volleyball, nature study and more. Also includes a daily interdenominational chapel session with songs, a skit and Bible lesson with discussion. Lunches and snacks are provided. Each camper receives a T-shirt. Cost: $120 (family discount available). Optional overnight Campout Thursday night for 11-12 year old campers is an additional $15. Info: 254.6272.

Kathleen Barrett's Summer Children's Art Camps, Sculpture, August 6 – 10 and Fashion Illustration August 20 – 24. Info: 687.2133.


July 18: Chicken-n-Biscuit or Ham Dinner, at Clifford United Methodist Church from 4 - 6 p.m. Take out or dine in. Includes dinner, dessert and drink. Cost: $7.95.

A Cabaret-style Evening of Entertainment, in the Gathering Room at Our Lady of Snows Church at 7 p.m. Music, song and comedy will be offered while the audience enjoys hors d'oeuvres, desserts, wine and punch. A free will offering will be taken. Reservations/info: 586.1741 (ask for Jennie).

The Importance of Networking Educational Luncheon, at Twig's Cafe, Route 6, Tunkhannock, from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lead by Lavelle Strategy Group's President and Chief Creative Strategist Helen Lavelle. Cost: free to Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce members, $10 for non-members. Reservations: or 875.8325.

Johnson College Open House, in the Moffat Building on the campus at 3427 N Main Ave, Scranton, at 5 p.m. For prospective students and their families. Includes information sessions on the admissions process, on-site applications, information on financial aid, and student services such as housing, student life, student support, athletics and career services. Tours of each technical area will also be conducted and department chairs will be available to review the specifics of their programs. Register/info: or 702.8900.

July 19: Parent Practicum Conference, continuing through July 21 at Heritage Baptist Church, 538 Venard Road, Clarks Summit, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free and open to all local parents and interested adults, this event is designed to challenge and inspire participants along the journey of Christian home-centered education while causing growth in understanding of the classical model of education. Info/register:, 586.2449 or by July 11.

Nature Ramble with Rebecca Lesko, at 6 p.m. at Endless Mountain Nature Center (EMNC). EMNC's Director and Naturalist will wander the forest looking for animal signs and at the health of the plants and search the trees along the river for bald eagles and other birds. Recomended for adults and children first grade and above accompanied by an adult. Participants are invited to bring binoculars. Cost: $5 or free for EMNC Stewards.

July 20: "Disadvantaged Groups in History" Presentation, at the Abington Community Library. Open to adults. Historian Alexander Vari of Marywood University will focus on children's experiences in WWll in Europe. He will discuss how looking at the war through children's eyes could enrich and change our understanding of this conflict. Info: 587.3440.

The 54th Annual Antique Show and Sale, at The Mountainhome United Methodist Church, Mountainhome, continuing July 21 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days with an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social July 20 from 7 – 8 p.m. Cost: $4 donation. Info: 595.7390.

Wildlife in Your Watershed, at the Lackawanna State Park Campground Amphitheater at 6 p.m. Cheryl Nolan, Lackawanna County Cons. Dist. Watershed Specialist, will introduce a variety of wildlife that share the watershed. Recommended for kids. Info: 945.7110 or

Star Search II, at the Lackawanna State Park Campground Amphitheater at 9 p.m. The Lackawanna Astronomical Society will share a slideshow presentation, their celestial knowledge and telescopes. Info: 945.7110 or

July 21: South Abington Twp Police and Maintenance Departments' 17th Annual Children's Fishing Derby, at the Lackawanna State Park from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The derby is open to children up to 15 years of age and an adult must accompany all children. Prizes will be awarded in three age groups and a raffle will be held. Bait will be provided and there is no cost to enter. Hot dogs and soda will also be provided. Children are not required to possess a fishing license. Register (required): 586.2111 or

27th Annual Audubon Art and Craft Festival, continuing July 22 at Wallenpaupack Intermediate and Middle School Complex, Route 6, Hawley, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wildlife fine art sale, craftsmen demonstrations, nature films, homemade refreshments, door drawing, nature center displays, free literature, children's activities and live animal presentations throughout the day. Proceeds benefit Environmental Scholarship Fund. Cost: $5. Children under 12 free. Free parking.

Chicken BBQ, at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church from 11a.m. - 5 p.m. The dinner includes ½ chicken for adults and ¼ for children, baked potato with butter and sour cream, baked beans, dinner roll, brownie, and ice tea or lemonade (eat-in only). Cost: $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

The Second Annual Kristyn E. Kromko Memorial Scholarship Race, at Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit. Registration will run from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and the race will begin at 9 a.m. A two-mile walk and run. Benefits the Kristyn E. Kromko Scholarship Fund. Cost: $15. Pre-registration forms are available for download at and

"Birds Gotta Fly; But Where Do They Land" Workshop, at the Lackawanna State Park Environmental Learning Center and Park Vicinity from 8 a.m. to noon. Pa. Game Commission Biologist Rich Fritsky and University of Scranton Ornithologist Dr. Rob Smith will facilitate this workshop, which investigates findings regarding ongoing songbird research being conducted near the park. Recommended for landowners who wish to manage their properties for resident and migrating songbirds. Also includes outdoor field sessions with bird netting. Registration required. Info/register: 945.7110 or

Take a Walk on the Wild Side, at Salt Springs Park at 10:30 a.m. Participants are invited to bring a camera along on this hike to see what wildflowers and wild edibles the group can find and identify. Cost: $5, or free to members of the Friends of Salt Springs Park, Inc.

July 22: 44th Annual Institute on Sacred Scripture, at Misericordia University. Various workshops with top biblical scholars. Continuing through July 27. Cost: $678 (single), $589 (double), $475 (commuter). Info: 674.6161.

Upward Bound 45th Anniversary Reunion, on the campus of Wilkes University behind the library, from 3 to 6 p.m. A Celebration of The Upward Bound Alumni Association of Wilkes University. All former participants and staff are invited to join the event, which will include food, drinks, music by Rockin' Rich, games and basket raffles. Donations are welcome. Info/reservations: 817.5096 or

July 23: Dalton Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary Bingo, at the Dalton Fire Co. Hall 6:45 p.m.

July 24: Pleasant Mount Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary Meeting, at 6:30 p.m.

July 25: Second Annual Kids Fitness Camp, at the Dalton Streamside Park from 10 - 11:30 a.m. There is no required cost, but participants may give a donation. All proceeds will benefit the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. It is recommended that children bring water. Info: or call Dawn Strickland at 563.2064.

July 26: Comm Square Fair, at The Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road, Waverly, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Features Music on the back lawn by Music for Models, carnival games, food and beverages. Info: or 586.8191, ext. 2.

Festival of Nations, at Clarks Summit Senior Living, 950 Morgan Highway, from 4:30 – 6: 30 p.m. Features international food, music, and live entertainment performed by Doug Smith of Lexington Entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Cost: $10. Reservations/info: 586.8080. RSVP Deadline: July 16.

July 27: Saint Joseph's Annual Center Summer Festival, continuing July 27 and 28 at Marywood University, from 4 - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 - 9 p.m. Sunday. Features the WNEP Telethon and Go Joe Bike Ride. Activity booths include Bingo, Mini Golf, basketball free throw, slide and bounce house, and a large area with children's games. On Sunday, music and dance groups will perform. Info: 963.290 or

Movie showing: "The Vanishing of the Bees," at the Lackawanna State Park Environmental Learning Center from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Sierra Club of NEPA. Also on hand to answer questions will be beekeeper Kim Carlen. Info: 945.7110 or

Bike ‘n Hike, at Salt Springs Park at 6:30 p.m. Ride the roads that border Salt Springs and the Friends land, and then hike into the falls. Adults only.

July 28: Frank J. Valvano Memorial 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run, at the Station 69 Lake Carey Fire Company Pavilion at 8 a.m., with registration beginning at 6:30 a.m. In conjunction with the Annual Lake Carey Day festivities. Cost: $15. T-shirts guaranteed to first 150 registered contestants. Info: 240.1932 or

Light The Night for Marley's Mission, at Lake Wallenpaupack's Visitor Center, 2512 Rt. 6, Hawley, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. Register:

Smart Angler, at the Lackawanna State Park Warming Hut (by the fishing pier) from 2 – 4 p.m. A program for children ages 6 – 12 accompanied by an adult. Participants will learn about fish ID and habitat and how to cast and bait a hook, as well as have the opportunity to catch and release their own fish. All bait and equipment will be supplied. Registration required. Info: 945.7110 or

Sensory Discovery Hike, at the Lackawanna State Park Campground Amphitheater at 7 p.m. Families are invited on this interactive hike to discover how animals use their senses to survive. Participants are asked to wear closed toed shoes. Info: 945.7110 or

Christian and Missionary Alliance Mission and Ministry Series begins, at Country Alliance Church, 14014 Orchard Drive. An informative series of messages about the mission. All are welcome. Service times are Sundays, at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays from 6 – 7:30. p.m. Info: 587.2995 or

August 1: Full Moon Hike, at Salt Springs Park. Come out and experience some unusual beauty and see Salt Springs Park in a "new light." Info: 967.7275.

Feathers, Furs and Tales , at the Endless Mountains Nature Center at 6:30 p.m. Nature Center Naturalist and Storyteller Rebecca Lesko will present a dramatic telling of stories of feathered and furry creatures. Attendees should bring a blanket or chair to sit in the yard. The program will move indoors if it rains. Cost: $5 for EMNC Stewards, $8 for all others. Register: or mail your contact information and check to Endless Mountains Nature Center, PO Box 536, Tunkhannock, PA, 18657.

August 2: Our Lady of the Snows and Church of St. Benedict 20th Annual Country Bazaar , on the grounds of the Church of St. Benedict, Newton Ransom Boulevard, continuing through August 4.

August 3: Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Diocese of Scranton Conference, at The University of Scranton, continuing August 4 and 5. Conference speakers are Fr. Bob Hogan, Maria Vadia, Ralph Martin and Fr. Trevor Nathasingh. Info/register: 344.2214, or write to CCR, PO Box 3306, Scranton, PA, 18505-0306.

Wish in the City, at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs from 7 to 10 p.m. A New York City-themed event featuring food, fashion and art benefiting Make-A-Wish. Cost: $85 if pre-registered, $100 after July 20. Includes full open bar and food stations as well as the presentation of fashion models and live art during a silent auction. White attire is encouraged. Register: 570.341.WISH. Registration deadline: July 27. Info:

Family Camp, continuing through August 5 at Teen Quest Ranch in Somerset, Pa. Parents and teens can participate in two paintball fields, go carts and horse rides, while kids enjoy crafts, special meetings for their age group, and fun games in a safe atmosphere. Cost: $225 for entire family. Info: 814.444.9500 or

August 4: Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Volunteer Meeting, at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton, at 11 a.m.

Camera For A Cure: Breathe Easy, at the Quaker Steak and Lube on Commerce Blvd, Dickson City , from noon - 4 p.m. Event includes live music, games, basket raffles and a motorcycle show. Diners will receive a coupon that will allow Quaker Steak and Lube to donate 20% of their check (excluding tax, gratuity, and alcohol) to the Lung Cancer Alliance. Info:

August 5: Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Volunteers at Petsmart, from noon to 3 p.m. Must be over 18 to participate. Info: 842.8334.

12th Annual Music in the Park, behind the Clifford Fireman's Fairgrounds, Route 106, Clifford, from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Begins with worship service with Keith Andrew Grim, followed by contemporary and traditional Christian music from musicians such as Lenoxville Band, Spark Gospel Singers, Gospeliers, Black Sage, Lisa Burke, Jim Reeves, Danny Coleman, Chester Delameter, John Swierczak, Matt Mattero and Breakin' the Bondage Blues Band. Also clown, face painting and youth games. Refreshments will be for sale and participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Lithuanian Heritage Day, at the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum from noon to 5 p.m. Features a film showing of the 21st century opera Julius as performed in Vilnius, Lithuania; a live music performance by Maryte Bizinkauskas, Lithuanian American Soprano, accompanied by pianist Michael N. McAndrew; a Travelogue presentation of a Journey to Lithuania by Ann Marie Lasky and family; and an exhibit chronicling a Lithuanian Coal Miner by Carol Gargan. Cost: $5. Info: 963.4804.

Nature Ramble with Rebecca Lesko, at 6:30 p.m. at Endless Mountain Nature Center (EMNC). EMNC's Director and Naturalist will wander the forest looking for animal signs and at the health of the plants, and search the trees along the river for bald eagles and other birds. Recomended for adults and children first grade and above accompanied by an adult. Participants are invited to bring binoculars. Cost: $5 or free for EMNC Stewards.

August 8: General Chapter Meeting of the Greater Scranton Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, in the Sherbine Lounge on the Penn State Worthington Scranton Campus at 7 p.m.

August 9: Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce Presents: Department of Transportation Meeting, at the Tunkhannock Area Middle School Auditorium, 200 Franklin Ave., Tunkhannock, from 9 -11 a.m. Information will be presented on the following: posted and bonded road program, new determination of local traffic (Act 13), weight enforcemnet and federal motor carrier safety regulations. Open to all business owners, operators. Info:

Nature Treasure Hunt, at the Endless Mountains Nature Center at 6 p.m. Participants will follow clues and take challenges to find nature's treasures along the river, in the forest and throughout the Nature Center campus. The hunt will conclude at a campfire in the woods with marshmallows and s'mores. Cost: $8 for EMNC Stewards, $10 for all others. Register (required): or mail contact information and check to Endless Mountains Nature Center, PO Box 536, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.

August 10: Christy Mathewson Days, continuing August 11. Schedule includes: Christy Mathewson Collection open August 10 from noon – 10 p.m. and August 11 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. at Keystone College, Gambal Gymnasium; "The Three Mathewsons" lecture and book signing with author Bob Gaines at 8 p.m. at Keystone College, Gambal Gymnasium; Ice Cream Social, at 9:30 p.m. in the Gambal Gymnasium lobby; "The Big 6K Run/Walk," beginning with registration at 7:30 a.m. on the Keystone College Green; Christy Mathewson Adult Softball Tournament at Christy Mathewson Park from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (for more information, call 903.1821); Musical introduction clinic for participants of the evening musical showcase, at Christy Mathewson Park from noon-2 p.m.; Christy Mathewson Day Parade, starting at 5 p.m. at Keystone College (set-up at 4:30 p.m.) and ending at 6 p.m. at Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center, Christy Mathewson Park. Evening events at Christy Mathewson Park after the parade including: games, food, raffles, two shows by Mr. Jay the 11-year-old magician, instant bingo, refreshments, dunk tank, bountiful baskets, music and more. Info: 945.8169.

August 11: West Scranton 11th Annual Lebanese-American Food Festival , at St. Joseph Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, 130 N. St. Francis Cabrini Ave., from 4 - 11 p.m. and continuing August 12 from noon - 7 p.m. Includes Middle Eastern food and pastries, local picnic favorites, games, used book sale, basket raffle and more. Info: 343.6092 or

Favorite Pie Baking Contest and Auction, during Christy Mathewson Days at Christy Mathewson Park, College Avenue, Factoryville, from 6 to 8 p.m. Deliveries should be made to Ray's Market before 4 p.m. or bring to booth until 6 p.m. Benefits Trail Rotary Club's annual scholarship program. Enteries are eligible to win a cash prize, ribbon and "bragging rights." Public will sample, cast votes for favorite pies. Cost: $5 (entry fee includes two pies). Info: contact Martin Reynolds at 335.2554 or Staunchy

Abington Heights Class of 1982 30th Reunion, at Camelot Restaurant and Inn from 5 - 11p.m. During the reunion, the class hold a fundraiser to benefit Liberty Reins Ranch, an Equestrian Center and co-educational program that provides services for disabled veterans and their immediate family members living in Pa. The ranch, which operates solely on donations was founded by Deborah Basalyga, a 1982 AHHS graduate who currently serves as it's executive director. Cost: $35. Info:

August 14: Mommy and Me Naturally, at the Endless Mountains Nature Center at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The program, themed "Go Squirrelly," allows young children and their parents to explore, role-play and discover nature together. Designed for 2½- to 4-year-old children along with a favorite adult. Naturalist Rebecca Lesko will lead the session, which includes a walk, free play time and refreshments. Cost: $4 per child for for EMNC Stewards and $7 per child for others. Children under 2 years old are free.

August 15: Chicken-n-Biscuit or Ham Dinner , at Clifford United Methodist Church, Main Street, Clifford, from 4 – 6 p.m. Take out or Dine in. Includes dinner, dessert and drink. Cost: $7.95.

Nature Ramble with Rebecca Lesko, at 6 p.m. at Endless Mountain Nature Center (EMNC). EMNC's Director and Naturalist will wander the forest looking for animal signs and at the health of the plants, and search the trees along the river for bald eagles and other birds. Recomended for adults and children first grade and above accompanied by an adult. Participants are invited to bring binoculars. Cost: $5 or free for EMNC Stewards.

August 16: The Comm's "Cocktails on the Court," at State Street Grill from 5 - 7 p.m. Includes "fabulous food and drink." Must be 21 or older to attend.

August 18: USA Luge Slider Search, in the main parking lot of the Toyota Pavilion, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. Clinics will take place each day from 9 a.m.- noon and 2-5 p.m. Participants will receive a USA-Luge T-shirt. Cost: free. Info/register: 1.800.USA.LUGE ext. 105 or

August 19: Eagle Lake Community Association "Pawsta Dinner", at the association's clubhouse from 1 to 4 p.m. Pet parade begins at noon.

Womens Day Out (PLUS Men), at Nails First Salon, 207 South Main St., Taylor, from 2 - 8 p.m. Benefits Tracey's Hope Hospice Care Program and Rescue for Domestic Animals, Inc. Services will be offered such as: manicures, pedicures, nail fills, waxing and more. There will also be live entertainment by Dani-elle Khela, a wine and cheese table and psychic readings. Men are invited to attend and indulge in a men's pedicure. Info/appointments: 457.1625.

August 25: Griffin Pond Animal Shelter's "Family Petnic", at South Abington Park from 1 - 5 p.m. Includes food, music, games, face painting, and more. Cost: $10 donation per family.

Second Annual Dave Morrell Memorial Golf Tournament, at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club. For more information or to register, call 383.7906 or 575.1024

August 26: 20th Annual Ukrainian Folk Festival, at the Ukrainian American Sport Center, Lower State and County Line Roads, Horsham, from noon - 8 p.m. Includes a festival stage show, a social dance, Ukrainian foods and baked goods, BBQ pit, arts and crafts displays and bazaar, kid's fun area, and more.

August 28: Lake Winola Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary Meeting, at 6:30 p.m.

September 9: Greater Pittston Charity Train Ride, departing from Duryea at 9 a.m. and returning at approximately 6:45 p.m. Open Window Coach pulled by a Diesel Locomotive to historic Jim Thorpe. Free time to explore historical spots or have lunch. All proceeds benefit The Greater Pittston YMCA, The Pittston Memorial Library and The Care and Concern Free Health Clinic. Cost: $65. Make checks payable to: The Greater Pittston Charity Train Ride, c/o 47 Broad St., Pittston, PA, 18640 (tickets will not be sold at event). Info: 693.0766 or 407.0579.

September 22 : Zombie Survivor Challenge, The ZSC is a "zombie- infested" 5k/3.1 mile obstacle course at an abandoned mine site in Taylor. Runners will traverse more than 10 obstacles as well as the challenges of the terrain as they evade the clutches of "hyper" and "shambler" zombies. Proceeds benefit local charities, including the Lackawanna Heritage Valley, the Ann Kutyna Kidney Fund, and the Taylor Fire Companies. Cost: prices vary. Info/tickets: No registration on the day of the event.

September 23: Nature Ramble with Rebecca Lesko, at 3 p.m. at Endless Mountain Nature Center (EMNC). EMNC's Director and Naturalist will wander the forest looking for animal signs and at the health of the plants, and search the trees along the river for bald eagles and other birds. Recomended for adults and children first grade and above accompanied by an adult. Participants are invited to bring binoculars. Cost: $5 or free for EMNC Stewards.

September 29: Nin th Annual Dan Lynott Memorial Golf Tournament, at the Scranton Municipal Golf Course. Info: or to register, contact organizer, Karl Lynott at

October 2 3: Newton Ransom Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary Meeting , at 6:30 p.m.

November 27: Factoryville Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary Meeting, at 6:30 p.m.



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: 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: 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: 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.


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 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: 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:, 586.7762 or 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.


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 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: 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 586.1741.


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, 585.8099 or Rita, 586.0179.

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: 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: 996.1500.

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

Better Breathers Club, at Community Medical Center Professional Building, first floor conference room, on the second Thursday of every other month starting January 12 at 6:30 p.m. For individuals with Chronic Lung Disease. Info: 969.8986.

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.


Diabetes support group, 10 a.m. Community Medical Center Professional Building, third floor classroom, second Friday of each month. Info: 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.

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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: 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: 344.3841.