Community calendar, week of Aug. 26, 2015

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The Abington Heights High School Class of 1965 50th anniversary reunion, Sept. 11-13. Activities include a “Get Re-acquainted and Catch-Up Mixer” at the home of one of the class members, a tour of the “old” high school, which is now the Clarks Summit Elementary School, a home football game, reunion dinner and social hour at the Country Club of Scranton and a breakfast buffet at the Clarks Summit Ramada Inn.

The former St. Mary’s and South Catholic High Schools classes of 1959-69 Mega 60s Reunion, 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 26 at Genetti Manor, Dickson City. Includes hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner and cash bar. Popular 50-60s music will be played. Cost: $50. Reservations: contact Jim Holleran at or 516-639-3224 or Denise Lynott at or 570-947-5901.

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 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.

American Sign Language (ASL) courses, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 16 through Oct. 21 at The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children, 537 Venard Road, South Abington Township. Participants will develop basic fingerspelling, vocabulary and grammar skills. ASL 1 and ASL 2 courses will be offered. Assessments can be scheduled the first day of class to determine level of skill. Cost: $65, due with registration. Register/info: contact Hannah Thebarge at 570-585-1000 or

Abington Community Library’s Seventh Annual Dorothy Boccella Holiday Marketplace basket raffle, beginning Sept 8. Cost: two tickets for $1, 12 for $5 and 25 for $10. All proceeds benefit the library. The holiday marketplace will be held Nov. 14.

Storytimes For Children, at Abington Community Library: Baby (ages 0-2), 10:30 a.m. Fridays, Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25; Toddler (ages 2-3), 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24; Preschool (ages 3-5), 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; After School Stories (Grades K-3), 4 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 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

Safety Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 29 at Elm Park United Methodist Church, 712 Linden St., Scranton. This event will cover family and child safety, emergency and disaster preparedness, senior safety and aging issues, medication usage, and cyber safety with demonstrations, displays and information booths. There will be prizes, a drawing for a new bicycle and refreshments. Cost: free. Info: 570-342-8263.

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

Free Back to School Haircuts, 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 30 at the styling salon of Clarks Summit Senior Living, 950 Morgan Hwy., Clarks Summit. For ages 3-10. Ashley’s Men’s Salon will be doing the boys cuts and Paradiso’s Salon will be doing girls cuts. Contact Sue Chapin at 570-586-8080 to schedule an appointment.

Tools For An Effective Volunteer Program, 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Penn State Worthington Scranton Campus. Penn State Extension is offering this class for organizations that rely on volunteers to help carry out their mission. The class is designed to help managers of fire companies, faith-based groups, neighborhood civic organizations, youth athletic associations, environmental advisory committees, and other human service organizations improve their volunteer recruitment and orientation, identify and manage risks, and plan recognition events that are appropriate for both the organization and the volunteers. Register: Info: contact Peter Wulfhorst at 570-296-3400 or

Safe Retirement Strategies workshop with Phil and Mike of 1st Financial Investments, 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 1 and 10 at Abington Community Library. Learn how to protect your assets and avoid the top retirement planning mistakes.

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

The 40th Annual La Festa Italiana, Sept. 4-7 on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. More than 80 vendors will offer Italian food and continuous live entertainment. Schedule: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, featuring The Duprees at 7 p.m.; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, featuring The Bronx Wanderers at 6:30 p.m. Cost: free. Info:

Game Night With Wii, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 4 at Abington Community Library. Play one of the library’s games or bring one of yours. A favorite is Super Smash Bros. Brawl. For grades four through six.

Railfest 2015, Sept. 5 and 6 at Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton. An opening ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 5. The annual event is a celebration of railroading past, present and future, with visiting equipment, displays, children’s programs, special tours and shop demonstrations and, of course, train rides on both days of the event. Info: 570-340-5200 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.

Healthy Eating on a Budget with Geisinger Health Plans, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Abington Community Library. Geisinger Health Plans will offer wellness information at this Health Seminar and Blood Pressure Screening event. For those 18 years of age or older.

Kaffeeklatsch, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Abington Community Library. A German language conversation group for all ages to practice speaking and listening. All levels wilkommen! All ages.

100th Anniversary Celebration of the Nicholson Bridge, Sept. 11-13, in downtown Nicholson. Info:

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.

Ransom Township trash clean-up, 8 a.m. Sept. 12 at the township building on Hickory Lane. A volunteer road clean-up organized by Abington Heights High School student Heather Kwolek as a senior project. Gloves, vests, and garbage bags will be provided by the township supervisors. Info: call Joanne at 570-586-7250.

Bereavement Support Group, 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 12 at Abington Community Library. Hosted by AseraCare Hospice for adults.

Countryside Community Church Mum Sale, 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 12 at the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Order deadline: Sept. 6. Nine-inch size in color choice of red, orange, purple, white or yellow. Cost: one to two plants at $7 each, three or more at $6.50 each. Orders/info: 570-587-3206 or

Technology scheduling session, 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Abington Community Library. For adults who need help in computer basics, Email, iPad/iPhone, Kindle/Nook, Facebook, Skype, Facetime, Microsoft Suites (2007) and more. Stop by and schedule a one-on-one meeting session.

Read to Dogs, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Abington Community Library. Students in kindergarten through third grade may drop by during this hour to get some reading practice in with certified therapy dogs.

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.

Williams’ Fourth Annual BBQ Cook-Off, 9 a.m. Sept. 18 at Lazy Brook Park in Tunkhannock. Judging begins at 1 p.m. Enter a Cook Team to compete in one of three BBQ categories, pulled pork, brisket or ribs or enter your company or organization as a VIP Judge Team. Also features live music. Proceeds, with eligible match dollars, will be donated to area United Way chapters. Cost: individual people’s choice tickets are $40 and teams of four VIP judges may register for a minimum donation of $500. Tickets/info: 570-996-4033, or

An Apple a Day, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Abington Community Library. Apple games, apple tasting, and more apple fun for students in grades four through six.

‘Introduction to Wild Edibles and Medical Plants’ workshop, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept. 19 at Keystone College. Hosted by Nathaniel Whitmore, a noted herbalist who specializes in wild food and medicinal herbs in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. Cost: $25. Register/info:, or 570-945-8555.

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.

OSHA Training, 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 24 at The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, 222 Mulberry St., Scranton. The chamber’s affiliates Leadership Lackawanna and MetroAction teamed up to present this Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training workshop, featuring a presentation by Steve Delp, a local OSHA compliance assistance specialist. The workshop will also be available online for anyone who would like to register but who cannot attend. Cost: $100 for Chamber and affiliate members and $150 for non-members. Registration deadline: Sept. 22. Register/info: or call 570-342-7711 and ask for Karen Durkin.

Dickson City Cub Scout Pack 21 Open House, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at LaSalle Dickson City Campus. Features fun, games and Scout skills. Families are invited to participate. Info:

Family storytime, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Abington Community Library. An evening storytime sponsored by the library’s Teen Leadership Committee for children ages 3-6 and their siblings.

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.

LEGO Club, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Abington Community Library. LEGOs provided. Sponsored by the Teen Leadership Committee. Limited to 20 children, grades K-6.

Minecraft Meet-up, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Abington Community Library. Bring your devices, books, and creativity and play/discuss Minecraft with friends. For grades k-6. No instruction provided.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee Meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at the library. A group of tweens/teens in grades 5-12 focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections, etc.

Alzheimer’s program with Dr. James Siberski, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Abington Community Library. Dr. James Siberski will discuss Alzheimer’s disease at this program.

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 newsroom at 570-587-1148 or