Community calendar, week of Sept. 16, 2015

September 16th, 2015 12:56 pm


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, now 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.

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, began 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. 18 and 25; Toddler (ages 2-3), 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 17 and 24; Preschool (ages 3-5), 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 22 and 29; After School Stories (Grades K-3), 4 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 17 and 24.

Natural Wonders series, 1 to 2:30 p.m. every other Thursday from Sept. 17 to Dec. 3 at Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. A program series for children ages three to six and 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 or $8 for individual classes. Registration (required): 570-842-1506.

Local Cub Scout Registrations, Pack 251: 6 to 7:30 Sept. 16 at Clarks Green United Methodist Church. For info, call Sean Philips at 570-585-0143. Pack 160: 7 p.m. Sept. 16 and 21 at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. For info, call Tom Wheeler at 570-780-2023.

Countryside Community Church Youth Ministries’ Pumpkin Patch fundraiser, the weekends of Sept. 25-27 and Oct. 2-4 at 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Schedule: 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 26 and Oct. 3 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27 and Oct. 4. Proceeds benefit next summer’s youth mission trip. Info: 570-587-3206.

NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates Webinars, 7 p.m. on the following dates. Sept. 24 on “College Admissions Test Update and Preview of New Practice Program,” Oct. 8 on “Parts of the College Application,” Oct, 22 on “Showing Off Your Accomplishments: The High School Resume,” Nov. 5 on “Successful Scholarship Search Strategies” and Nov. 19 on “Financial Aid Update” For parents and students, grades 8-12. Cost: free. Reservations (required): email or call 570-702-5700 no later than the Friday prior to the webinar. Once registered, participants will receive a link and additional info.


Community Conversation on Managed Long-Term Services and Supports, 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 16 at Allied Services Corporate Board Room, 100 Abington Executive Park, Clarks Summit. Refreshments will be served. Cost: free. Info: 1-800-382-1211.

The NEPA Coast Guard Veterans Association’s monthly meeting, 6 p.m. Sept. 16 at the American Legion, 672 Memorial Highway, Dallas. Any Coast Guard Veterans, Active Duty or Reserve are welcome to attend. Info: call Neil Morrison at 570-288-6817.

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.

Meals on Wheels NEPA’s Second Annual Mix and Mingle Cocktail Party, 5:30 to 8p.m. Sept. 17 at Glen Oak Country Club. Music will be provided by Mark Nolan Trio and the cuisine prepared by Glen Oak Sous Chef, Evan Polando. Also featured is a select wine tasting and ‘wine pull’ with the chance of winning a $100 bottle of wine. Tickets/info: 570-526-0946 or at

Second Annual Mix and Mingle Cocktail Party, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at Glen Oak Country Club. Music by Mark Nolan Trio. Cuisine prepared by Glen Oak Sous Chef Evan Polando. Wine tasting and ‘wine pull’ raffle. Tickets/info: 570-526-0946.

Constitution Day, 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in Marywood University’s Swartz Center for Spiritual Life, McGowan Community Room. Features a lecture by Adam Shprintzen, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at Marywoode, titled, “Did George Washington Really Say That? The Founder and Constitutional Myths in the Age of the Meme.” Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine Founders on September 17, 1787. Info:

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.

The Endless Mountains Pilot’s Association’s Young Eagles Rally, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept. 19 at Seaman’s Airport, Seamans Road and Windsock Lane in Factoryville. Rain date: Sept. 20. Free Airplane rides will be offered to children ages 8 to 14. A Parent or Guardian must be present. Info: 570-840-0703.

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.

Back to Church Sunday, 11 a.m. Sept. 20 at Waverly Community Church, 101 Carbondale Road. A time for individuals and families from the community and surrounding area to be invited to make church part of their schedule as the cummer comes to an end and the school year kicks off. Sunday School begins at 10 a.m. and the worship service at 11 a.m. Following the service, a potluck lunch will be provided.

The NEPA Council of the Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Counselor Training Session, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Scout Service and Training Center on Montage Mountain. Attendance is recommended for any registered BSA Merit Badge Counselor who has not attended one of these sessions in the past 24 months. Info:

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.

Fifth Annual Job & Education Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Viewmont Mall, Scranton. The event, held at the mall’s center court near JCPenney, will feature area businesses and mall retailers interviewing for positions in sales, health care, management, finance, retail, administration, customer service and more. In addition, representatives from area colleges and career/technology schools will be available to meet with prospective students.

Fifth Annual Job and Education Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Viewmont Mall in center court near JCPenney. Presented by the mall and the Pennsylvania CareerLink of Lackawanna County, the event will feature area businesses and mall retailers interviewing for positions in sales, health care, management, finance, retail, administration, customer service, and more. In addition, representatives from area colleges and career/technology schools will be available to meet with prospective students. Info: 570-346-7655.

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.

North Scranton Boy Scout Troop 57 Annual Send a Boy Scout to Camp Craft and Vendor Fair, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Holy Rosary Center, West Market Street, Scranton. The troop is seeking vendors.

Seed to Cup Coffee Talk and Tasting, 12 to 3 p.m. Sept. 26 at Everything Natural, 426 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Learn how your coffee gets from the tree to your mug with Mary Tellie, owner and founder of the Electric City Roasting Company.

Minecraft Event, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 26, Oct 24 and Nov. 21 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages seven to 14. Each event has a free-build section and a new challenge. Play, learn and hang with your tribe. Instructor: Rand Whipple, Box of Light Studios. Cost: $17 per session. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Robotics, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 7 to 14. Instructor: Rand Whipple, Box of Light Studios. Cost: $17. Register/info: 570-996-1500.

Robotics Jr., 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sept. 26, Oct. 24 and Nov. 21 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 5 to 8. Instructor: Rand Whipple, Box of Light Studios. Cost: $17 per session. Register/info: 570-996-1500.

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.

Fourth Annual Harvest Moon Festival, 12 to 5 p.m. Sept. 27 at Hillside Park in Clarks Summit. Features live music; food, pumpkins and mums for sale; various vendors; a rubber duck scavenger hunt on the lake and the AAGLS Fall Ball Showcase. Info:

Keystone College Astronomical Observatory viewing of the lunar eclipse, Sept. 27. The last of four consecutive lunar eclipses visible in the United States. This can be seen by anyone who has an open view of the sky and it not necessary to use a telescope. However, for those wishing to visit the observatory, the event is free of charge and hosted in conjunction with the Lackawanna Astronomical Society. Schedule: Partial umbral eclipse begins at 9:07 p.m., total eclipse begins at 10:11 p.m., greatest eclipse at 10:47 p.m., total eclipse ends and 11:23 p.m. and partial eclipse ends at 12:27 a.m. Info:

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.

Asthma and Your Child, 6 p.m. Sept. 28 at Commonwealth Health Moses Taylor Hospital, 2 West Conference Center on the second floor. Dr. Terry Gubitosi, a Penn State Hershey pediatric hospitalist at Moses Taylor, will present this health talk for parents. Cost: free.

The Marian C. Bell Foundation’s 10th Annual P.A.R. for Parkinson’s Golf Tournament and Dinner, Sept. 28 at The Country Club of Scranton in Clarks Summit. Includes an 18-Hole golf tournament, followed by a cocktail reception, dinner and awards ceremony. Cost: golf package tickets are $225 (includes greens fees, cart, driving range, lunch, cocktails and dinner) and tickets for cocktails and dinner only are available for $100. Corporate and Individual Sponsorship opportunities also available. Info: or 312-852-0005.

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 Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Pa. special support group meeting.

How to Navigate the Medicare Website workshop, 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 30 at the Waverly Community House, 115 North Abington Road. This informational workshop is offered prior to the Annual Open Enrollment Period, when Medicare beneficiaries can change their Part D prescription plan or change their current Medicare Advantage Plan. Cost: free. Reservations: 570-586-8191, ext. 2 or

New to Medicare class, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road. For those who: are turning 65 in the next 12 months, are considering retiring and not sure of their health insurance options and/or have been receiving Disability benefits and will soon be eligible for Medicare. Cost: free. Reservations: 570-586-8191, ext. 2 or

The Underground Railroad in Quilts? 11 a.m. Oct. 3 at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Presented by: Dr. Cassandra Gunkel and the Tunkhannock Rotary Club. One of the ongoing mysteries about the Civil War period is whether or not escaped slaves used quilts as signals to help their escape. Though evidence is well documented that enslaved African Americans traveled clandestine paths in their attempt to reach freedom, It is difficult to determine the part quilts may have played in helping to send secrets to aid others on their way along the”Underground Railroad.” Cost: free. Tickets/info: 570-996-1500.

Homemade Pyrohy Sale, 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church’s Parish Center, 428 North Seventh Ave., Scranton. Freshly made the day of the sale - not frozen. Cost: $7 per dozen. Orders (deadline Sept. 28): call Leslie Izak at 570-342-3749.

Spectacular Colors of Fall Walk, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. Join the Lackawanna Audubon Society on an interpretive hike in search of local flora and fauna, and learn the science behind the annual display of colorful foliage in the region. The center’s new bird feeding station will also be unveiled, thanks to a donation from the society. Geared to all ages. Cost: $5. Registration (required): 570-842-1506.

The Lackawanna Historical Society’s Annual Dinner, Oct. 8 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. In celebration of Scranton’s 150th anniversary, the evening’s program will feature a tribute to Scranton mayors, past and present. Meet and greet Scranton mayors during a cocktail hour beginning at 6 p.m. with dinner and program to follow at 7 p.m. Cost: $45. Reservations (required by Sept. 30): 570-344-3841 or

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:

Seneca Falls Bus Trip to National Women’s Rights Historic Site, 7 a.m. departure and 7 p.m. return, Oct. 14 from the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Cost: $130. Pre-registration is required. A guided bus trip to Seneca Falls, New York, to learn of the role of women in American history. After touring the National Women’s Hall of Fame and Wesleyan Chapel the group will have lunch at the Gould Hotel, then visit the Elizabeth Cady Stanton home and It’s a Wonderful Life Museum. Tickets/info: 570-996-1500.

Backyard Beekeeping: Introduction to the Honeybee, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. A yearlong program appropriate for honeybee enthusiasts, designed to support new and seasoned beekeepers through an entire apiary year. The course will cover why honeybees are a critical component to a healthy ecosystem and honeybee biology including anatomy, classification, and different strains. Hierarchy of the hive, the life of the bee, and their different roles will be included. Cost $80 for the fall/winter series of four classes or $25 for individual classes. Registration (required): 570-842-1506.

Reptiles and Amphibians of NEPA, 11 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Learn about the reptiles and amphibians of Northeastern Pennsylvania with Rick Koval, naturalist and WNEP Pennsylvania Outdoor Life personality. His PowerPoint presentation will illustrate 44 species of frogs, turtles, salamanders, lizards and snakes including rarities such as the endangered northern cricket frogs, timber rattlesnakes, eastern worm snakes and hellbenders that reside in northeastern Pennsylvania. Meet live reptiles and amphibians after the talk. Cost: free. Sponsored by: The Overlook Estate Foundation. Tickets/info: 570-996-1500.

Country Christmas Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. Baked goods, crafts, lunch and more will be offered for sale. Admission: $1 for adults and free for children age 12 and under.

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s 11th annual Chocoholic Frolic, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct.18 at the Scranton Cultural Center. All proceeds will benefit the SCOLA Learning Center and its adult literacy/English as a Second Language programs. Area vendors of all things chocolate will be on hand for participants to sample their sweet and savory treats. Cost: $30 for general admission. Patron tickets are $60 and allow a one hour early entrance time at 5 p.m. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets:, 570-346-0759 or at 425 Alder St. in Scranton.

Wilderness Survival 101, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. Join U.S. Army veteran Ron Skamanich for an evening of hands-on wilderness survival. Topics include fire starting, shelter making, signals, wild foods, water procurement, first aid, navigation and proper clothing and equipment. Dress for the weather. Geared to children and families ages seven and up. Cost: $5. Registration (required): 570-842-1506.

‘Introducing Two Pennsylvania Pioneers,’ 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Dr. Sheldon Spear will introduce the audience to two unsung Pennsylvania pioneers who made substantial contributions to history: Augustine Gallitzin, who is significant for his efforts to attract a steady influx of Catholics to the area despite the prevailing bigotry of American Protestant clergy, and Jane Grey Swisshelm, who, against many obstacles, managed to become one of America’s first women journalists, known for embracing women’s rights and the abolition of slavery. Cost: free. Tickets/info: 570-996-1500.

Robotics: Battle Bots, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages seven to 14. Instructor: Rand Whipple, Box of Light Studios. Cost: $17. Register/info: 570-996-1500.

Nature at Night, 5 p.m. Oct. 24 at Merrill Lodge by the Nature Center in Tunkhannock. Live animal presentation, activites, crafts and a campfire. Cost: $10 per person. Register/info: or 570-836-3835.

Abington Community Library presents: Tasting by the Book, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24 at the library. Taste food prepared by area cooks and bid on your favorite items to enjoy at a later date. You can also purchase a cook book to take home. Personal checks, cash, and major credit cards all acceptable for the bidding and purchases. Adults only. Tickets are advance sales only. Cost: $25. Tickets: or visit the library circulation desk.

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.

Mad Science: Electricity? Rocketry? Catapults? 3:30 to 5 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages seven to 14. Instructor: Rand Whipple, Box of Light Theatre. Cost: $17. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Reach the Abington Journal at 570-587-1148 or