Community calendar, week of Dec. 9, 2015

December 8th, 2015 1:44 pm


Knights of Columbus Abington Council No. 6611 Bingo, at 7 p.m. every second Tuesday in the OLS Gathering Room. Cost: no cover charge; Bingo cards are 50 cents each or three for $1 per game. Complimentary light refreshments served. Wheelchair accessible. Info: call Chris Kane at 570-587-1390.

Alzheimer’s Association of Greater PA support group meetings, 7 to 8 p.m. the last Tuesday of every month at Elan Gardens, 465 Venard Road, Clarks Summit. Info: call Rhonda Fallk at 570-585-8099 or Rita Fenton at 570-586-0179.

Stroke Support Group meetings, 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Moses Taylor Hospital. For survivors of stroke and their caregivers. Cost: free. RSVP/info: call Colleen Dodgson at 570-770-5257.

The Lackawanna Historical Society’s Civil War Roundtable meetings, at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the Civil War era, 1861-1865. Annual dues: $20 for individuals and $25 for families. Reservations are required. Info: 570-344-3841 or email

Over-eaters Anonymous meetings, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, 9:45 a.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit. Cost: free. Info: 570-587-4313.

Project Re-Entry seeks Christmas donations. Needed for the men are wrapped candy and cookies and for the women are socks, wrapped candy, toothpaste, soap, VO5 shampoo and Suave shampoo. Monetary gifts are also accepted. Deliver to: 29 New York St., Scranton by Dec. 10. Info: 570-342-3627.

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.

NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates Winter Webinar Series, 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and Feb. 22. Topics covered include “Finding Your Best College Fit,” “Anatomy of a College Application,” “Parents’ Role in the College Admissions Process” and “How to Earn College Credit While in High School.” For parents and students, grades 8-12. Participants will receive a link to connect and additional information upon registration. Cost: free. Register: Info: contact Jennifer Kresock at 570-702-5700 or

Lackawanna County Holiday Food Drive, now through Dec. 18 at all county offices in Scranton, Mayfield and Jessup, along with the airport, COLTS and the Visitors Bureau. Bring non-perishable canned fruits, vegetables and sauces, coffee, tea, rice, pasta, stuffing, potatoes, soup, peanut butter, condiments, cookies, crackers, or snacks to drop-off in the containers. Goods will be delivered to area organizations, pantries, shelters, disaster relief agencies, emergency and food assistance spots, church groups, schools, voucher programs, soup kitchens, rescue missions, and community centers throughout the County.


Yoga Holiday De-Stressor, 10 to 11:15 a.m. Dec. 9 and 16 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 16 and up. Instructor: Donna Fetzko, M.S., CNC, RYT. Suitable for all levels of abilities. Cost: Free. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Lackawanna Historical Society’s annual Holiday Open House, 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. Traditional Christmas decorations, wassail and sweet treats, stories, games, and music will be part of this old-fashioned Christmas celebration. Info: 570-344-3841 or

‘Mix, Mingle and Jingle’ Holiday Happy Hour, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, at Ale Mary’s, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton. A fundraiser for Leadership Lackawanna, the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce’s community leadership and professional development affiliate. Cost: $25. Includes beer, wine or soda, and appetizers, a “best of” cookie contest featuring local bakeries, a mystery box raffle and a cookie eating contest, in which the winner will receive a $100 cash prize. Registration is required for the contest, $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Register/info: or 570-342-7711.

Ninth Annual Holiday Cookie Walk, 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 12 at the Clarks Summit Fire Company, 321 Bedford St., Clarks Summit. Sponsored by the Joseph W. Hall Memorial Auxiliary. Choose from more than 80 varieties of homemade cookies, containers provided. Cost: $8 per pound. Info: 570-687-8259.

Christmas the Cabaret Way, 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Theater at Trinity Church, 58 River St., Carbondale. The show will feature comedy monologues, skits, and of course, music. Songs will include Christmas favorites and nontraditional Christmas music from Broadway and pop culture. Cost: $11 in advance, $13 at the door. Info/tickets: 1-800-838-3006.

Worldwide candle lighting event, 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Abington Community Library. Friends and families of those who have lost children, family or friends, along with various members of the local clergy, will light candles to honor and remember all who have died, of any age and from any cause, at any time in the past. Cost: free. The event will begin with registration of the names of those who were lost at 6:30 p.m. with the lighting of the ceremonial candle at 7 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a flameless candle or glow stick and photo of their loved one.

Lackawanna College School of Petroleum and Natural Gas info session, 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at the school, located at Exit 219, I-81. Info/register: 570-465-2344.

Red Cross Blood Drive, 1 to 5:45 p.m. Dec. 18 at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Hwy. Info/appointments: or 1-800-733-2767.

The Ramada Clarks Summit’s first ever Holiday Party, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 18. A portion of the proceeds will benefit community efforts of the Abington Business and Professional Association. For those age 21 and over only. Cost: $49, plus tax and service charge. Info/reservations: 570-586-2730 or

Christmas Celebration Service, 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at Waverly Community Church, 101 Carbondale Road, Waverly. The candlelight service will feature “The Sparks,” a musical group and a Christmas skit performed by children.

Red Cross Blood Drive, 1 to 5:45 p.m. Dec. 21 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 205 Main St., Nicholson. Info/appointments: or 1-800-733-2767.

Red Cross Blood Drive, 1 to 5:45 p.m. Dec. 22 at Triton Fire Hall, 116 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Info/appointments: or 1-800-733-2767.

Northeastern Pennsylvania’s 12th annual Malanka, 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Jan. 16 at St. Vladimir Parish Center, 728 N. Seventh Ave., Scranton. The festive evening will include a Ukrainian and American dinner buffet, door prizes, cash bar, complimentary bubbly toast and dancing to the popular Ukrainian orchestra “Fata Morgana.” Cost: $45. Tickets: contact Michael Trusz at 570-489-1256; No tickets will be sold at the door.

Wellness Through Mind-Body Integration program, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Constance Reynolds Belin Room at the Waverly Community House. Cost: free. Info: 570-586-8191, extension 2 or


Holiday Storytime, 10 to 10:30 a.m. or 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. Dec. 10 at the Abington Community Library. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and winter stories and crafts for all ages.

Photo Opp with Olaf, 3 to 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Abington Community Library. Bring your camera and get your picture taken with Olaf, the character from Disney’s hit movie “Frozen.”

Breakfast with Santa, 10 a.m. Dec. 12 at the Waverly Community House. Cost: $12. Info: 570-586-8191, extension 2 or

All-you-can-eat breakfast with Santa, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 13 at St Patrick’s church hall in Nicholson. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Abington Council 6611. Cost: $8 for adults, $4 for children under 12 or $20 for a family of four. Tickets available at door.

14th Annual O’Malley Free Christmas Party, 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Keyser Valley Community Center on the corner of Keyser Avenue and Jackson Street in Scranton. Children in preschool through fifth grade are invited to come for a picture with Santa Claus, snacks and other goodies. Cost: free. RSVP: call 570-346-1828 and leave a message with the number of children attending by Dec. 10.

Signing Santa, 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Abington Community Library. Children infant to age seven are invited to come and meet Santa Claus. Refreshments will be served. Presented in partnership with The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children.

Gingerbread House Decorating, 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Abington Community Library. Students in grades four through six can decorate their own graham cracker gingerbread houses. All supplies provided.

All Aboard the Polar Express, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Abington Community Library. Climb aboard the Polar Express in this special after-hours event at the library, featuring a reading of the story, holiday songs, and treats.

Holiday Camp, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 28, 29 and 30 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 5 to 12. Instructor: Steve Colley. Participants will have the opportunity to throw pots on a potter’s wheel, create sculptures and explore drawing and painting. Cost: $30 for the three-day camp. Register/info: 570-996-1500.

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