Community calendar, week of Aug. 12, 2015

August 11th, 2015 6:27 pm


The Abington Heights Class of 2005 10-Year Reunion, 6:30 P.M. Nov. 27 at Cooper’s Seafood House in Scranton. RSVP deadline: Nov. 5. Cost: $32. Register: Info: mike@abingtonheightsclassof2005.


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.

Abington Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through the end of October at South Abignton Park. Info: 570-586-7952.

The Newton Recreation Center fall and winter hours, Sept. 1, 2015 through May 2016. The center will be open 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday.


Pennsylvania Biodiversity Teacher Workshop, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 12 at Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. In this workshop facilitated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, participants will receive the Pennsylvania Biodiversity Guide. Designed for formal and non-formal educators in the upper elementary, middle and high school levels. Bring a lunch and dress for both indoor and outdoor activities. ACT 48 hours provided. Cost: $10. Registration deadline is July 29. Pre-registration required. Register/info: 570-842-1506.

St. Joseph’s Center Clarks Summit Shop Around, 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 13 at various downtown retail and restaurant venues and the Finish Shop Pocket Park. Benefits the St. Joseph Center Auxiliary Auction. Light refreshments served. Look for the purple balloons, which signify a business’ participation.

The Lackawanna Historical Society’s Speakeasy Party, 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at The Scranton Club. Features specialty 1920s-themed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Period dress is encouraged but not required. Tickets are $50 and include certain cocktails and light fare. Reservations are required to learn the secret password for admittance to the speakeasy. Proceeds benefit the historical society. Info/reservations: 570-344-3841 or

Cocktails for the Courts, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 on the back lawn at the Waverly Community House. A farm to table themed fundraiser. Info: 570-585-8113.

Simple Shapes Masterpieces, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Abington Community Library. Everhart Museum on the Road will present this art-based workshop in which students in kindergarten through second grade will use simple shapes and patterns to create one-of-a-kind works of art. Info: Info: 570-587-3440.

Countryside Community Church Movie Night, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. “Home” will be featured on the big screen in the fellowship hall. Popcorn and drinks provided. Cost: free. RSVP:

Genealogy workshop with Scranton City DAR, 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 15 at the Abington Community Library. The Scranton City Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will present a genealogical workshop designed to provide information on resource tools and discovering information. For adults.

Sounds of a Summer Night, 8 p.m. Aug. 15 in the outdoor amphitheater at the family campround at Lackawanna State Park. Ever wonder who’s making all those sounds outside on a warm summer’s eve? Dr. Vince Marshall will help sort out just who’s behind all the trills, hoots, buzzes and croaks during this ear opening adventure. Bring a flashlight, bug spray and a camp chair. Cost: free. Info: 570-945-7110 or

Tunkhannock Viaduct 100th Anniversary lecture, 3 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Dietrich Theater. For the 100th anniversary of the Tunkhannock Viaduct, also known as the Nicholson Bridge, the world’s largest steel reinforced concrete railway bridge in the world, Marian Sweet, of the Nicholson Heritage Association will talk about the challenges of its construction and maintenance, how it affected Nicholson residents and the famous people who visited it. Cost: free. Info/reservations: 570-996-1500 for reservations. Tickets available at the door while they last.

Marywood University Transfer Day program, 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 18. Visitors can complete an application for admission, discuss financial aid and scholarship options, and transfer credits. Counselors will be on hand to answer questions and help with paperwork at the Office of University Admissions, in the Liberal Arts Center, on the university’s campus. Info: 570-348-6234 or

Coffee and Confidence, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 18 at the fifth floor of Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., Scranton. Hosted by The University of Scranton Women’s Entrepreneurship Center. A free information session for women interested in exploring the idea of starting their own businesses. Info/register: 570-941-4168, or register online

The NEPA Coast Guard Veterans Assoc. meeting, 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at the American Legion at 672 Memorial Highway, Dallas. Any U.S. Coast Guard veterans, active duty or reserve are welcome to attend. Info: 570-288-6817.

Super Sundaes, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Abington Community Library. Make your own sundaes, participate in games and learn fun facts about ice cream. For students in grades four through six.

Star Party, 9 p.m. Aug. 21 in the outdoor amphitheater at the family campground at Lackawanna State Park. The final star search of the season by the Lackawanna Astronomical Society. Telescopes will be provided to give participants an up close view. A slide presentation will start off the night. If cloudy, slide show will still be given. Cost: free. Info: 570-945-7110 or

Life in a Rotten Log, 6 p.m. Aug. 22 in the outdoor amphitheater at the family campground at Lackawanna State Park. Explore the inhabitants that help keep the forest alive. Collecting containers and viewers will be provided. Great for kids who love looking for cool critters. Cost: free. Info: 570-945-7110 or

Fungi: Pennsylvania’s Hidden Treasures, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 22 in the outdoor amphitheater at the family campround at Lackawanna State Park. A film about the fungi of Pennsylvania. The Wild Resource Conservation fund highlights the many mushrooms and the hunters who seek them throughout Pennsylvania’s woodlands. Cost: free. Info: 570-945-7110 or

Lip Sync Battle, 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Abington Community Library. Participants may select two songs of their choice to “battle” an opponent and a third for the final face off. Prizes awarded. For students in grades five through 12.

‘Back to School Bonanza,’ 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 23 at Lackawanna County Courthouse Square, Scranton. For children ages 3 to 12, the free event will feature face-painting, music, crafts, refreshments, prizes and other family-oriented activities and educational games. Info: 570-941-4419 or

American Red Cross blood drive, 11 to 4 p.m. Aug. 23, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 205 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Info: or 1-800-733-2767.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. Aug. 25 at the library. A group of tweens/teens focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more.

Meet Patty Lawler, Mayor of Clarks Summit Borough, 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Abington Community Library. Includes presentation, role-playing, question and answer session and refreshments. For adults.

The Lung Cancer Alliance PA Chapter’s Laps For Lung Cancer, 1 to 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Montage Mountain Waterpark. Laps in the lazy river from 1 to 2 p.m. A percentage of all food and beverage sales from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Montage Slocum Hollow Restaurant will be donated to LCA. Also includes a basket raffle. Tickets: 570-604-4355 or at gate. Cost: $26.24, including tax. Children 2 and under enter free. The LCA PA Chapter holds a monthly meeting at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care, 5 Morgan Highway, Scranton.

Countryside Community Church’s Second Annual Take Out Only Chicken BBQ Dinner, 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Includes one-quarter chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, corn on the cob, roll with butter and dessert. Cost: $10 for adults, $8 for children under 10 years old. Advance Tickets only. Ticket deadline: Sunday, Aug. 23. Tickets: Call the church office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays at 570-586-9092 or email

Countryside Community Church Hymn Sing and Ice-cream Social, 6:30 p.m. Aug 30 at the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Cost: free. Info: 587-3206 or

46th Annual Labor Day Bullroast, 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 7 at The Waverly United Methodist Church, 105 Church St., Waverly. Cost: $14 for adults and $6 for children under 10. Tickets/info: contact Holly Gilpin at 570-561-3371.

Canning and Food Preservation Workshop, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. Participants will learn various methods of food preservation from expert Laura Duda, owner of Brookvalley Farm. Participates will receive a jar of tomatoes they helped can. All materials included. Cost: $5. Info/Pre-registration (required): 570-842-1506.

Bus trip to the Miss America Pageant Parade in Atlantic City, departing from Peckville at 9 a.m. Sept. 12. The trip, sponsored by the Double “R” Twirlettes, includes round trip motor coach and a casino rebate for those over 21. Cost: $40. Reservations: call Kim at 570-351-1794.

Natural Wonders: Fall Harvest, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every other Thursday, Sept. 17 through Dec. 3 at Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. A program series for children ages three to six (with a guardian) that offers discovery-based learning about the natural world through stories, art and outdoor explorations. Cost: $45 for a series of six classes. Info/pre-registration (required): 570-842-1506.

Owl Prowl!, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. Join Darryl and Jackie Speicher from the Pocono Avian Research Center for an evening owl prowl along the trails of the 211-acre LCEEC property. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. An informative indoor presentation will be available for inclement weather. Geared to all ages. Cost: $5. Info/pre-registration (required): 570-842-1506.

Harvest and Wine Festival, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10 at Lazy Brook Park, Tunkhannock. Presented by the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock. Features PA wineries and vendors with locally produced and hand-crafted items and live entertainment by AM Radio and Idol Kings. Cost: $75 for VIP tent, $20 advance tickets, $30 at gate and $15 designated driver/under 21. Tickets/info:

Reach the Abington Journal at 570-587-1148 or