Community calendar, week of Aug. 19, 2015

August 18th, 2015 12:21 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.

Bridge Lessons, 6 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 15 and continuing for eight weeks at the Century Club, 612 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Maureen Pesavento, an accredited teacher by American Contract Bridge League, is the presenter. Cost: $50 for members and $75 for non-members. Reservations: 570-342-0204.


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

Take Out Only Chicken Barbeque, 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at Dalton United Methodist Church. Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children 4 to 10 and $5 for halves only. Info: call Margaret at 570-587-3755 or Pat at 570-945-5586.

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.

Back to School Bonanza, 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 24 at Lackawanna County Courthouse Square. Geared to children from 3 to 12 years of age, the event will include face-painting, music, crafts, refreshments, prizes and other family-oriented activities and educational games. Cost: free. Info: 570-941-4419 or

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.

Abington Business & Professional Association Annual Summer After Hours Card Exchange, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 outdoors at Clarks Summit Senior Living, 950 Morgan Hwy., Clarks Summit. Live music, complimentary hor’s d’oeuvres, light dessert, beer and wine, door prizes, and giveaways. All ABPA members are encouraged to bring one non-member. Reservations: 570-587-9045 or by Aug. 24.

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

Lackawanna Audubon Society 100th Anniversary Dinner Celebration, Aug. 30 at Mia Amore Restaurant, 280 Main St., Dickson City. Cash bar from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., social hour with fruit and cheese appetizers at 5 p.m. and Vienna buffet dinner at 6 p.m. Keynote speaker: Dr. Jerry Skinner, professor of biology at Keystone College and resident naturalist at Woodbourne Forest and Wildlife Preserve. Cost: $20. Reservation and payment deadline: Aug. 20. Reservations/info: 570-346-8225.

Family presentations by guest speaker Rev. Wayde Wilson, Aug. 30 at Clarks Green Assembly of God. Wilson will bring a wake-­up call that challenges and encourages people to stand up and fight for what matters. “Fight for Your Marriage” will be presented at 9:45 a.m. and “Fight for Your Family” at 11 a.m. Info: 570-586-8286 or

Comm After School Program Info Session, 5 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Waverly Community House. An informational session to introduce families in the community to its Comm Kids After School and After Kindergarten programs, which resume once the school year begins. The Comm Kids After School Program runs from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and the After Morning Kindergarten runs from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The programs are offered to children in grades K-7. Fees for the After School Program are $18 per day or $80 for the week and fees for the After Morning Kindergarten are $36 per day or $160 per week. Info: 570-586-8191, ext. 6 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.

Italian/American Journey, 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Century Club of Scranton. Presented by Mr. Ernesto Giordano and Mrs. Bice Germaine, who will speak on everything from Italian customs, culture and cuisine to fashion and personal experiences. Light refreshments will be served. Cost: free. Reservations: 570-342-0204.

Our Lady of the Abingtons’ Annual Fall Festival, 12 to 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at the church grounds located around the corner of the rectory, 700 W. Main St., Dalton. Features a chicken barbeque, bountiful baskets, baked goods, white elephant sales, other foods, kids’ corner, entertainment and more. Info: 570-563-1622.

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.

The 23rd Annual Cancer Survivors Day, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept. 26 at McDade Park in Scranton. Hosted by the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, the event features the “Circle of Survivors,” an activity where those in attendance will be able to share a thought or inspirational message about their cancer experience; a survivor’s banner, which all attendees can sign; survivor and caregiver ribbons and pins; autograph books/programs and light refreshments. Register/info: 1-800-424-6724 or Cost: free. Pre-register by Aug. 28.

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:

Plant-based Cooking, 1 p.m. Nov. 5 at The Century Club of Scranton. Presenter is Chef Megan Huylo of the Hamptons, a Clarks Summit native. Light refreshments will be served. Cost: free. Reservations: 570-342-0204.

Reach the Abington Journal at 570-587-1148 or