Community calendar, week of Oct. 21, 2015

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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.

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.

NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates Webinars, 7 p.m. on the following dates. 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.

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.

Technology scheduling sessions, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Abington Community Library. Do you need help in computer basics, email, iPad/iPhone, Kindle/Nook, Facebook, Skype, Facetime, basics of the Microsoft Suites (2007) or something else? Adults may stop by and schedule a one-on-one meeting session on this day. Info: 570-587-3440.

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.


‘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.

Red Cross blood drive, 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Triton Fire Hall, 116 West Tioga Street, Tunkhannock. Info: 1-800-733-2767.

ABPA Annual Fall After Hours Card Exchange, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Glow Anti-Aging and Cosmetic Laser Center, LLC, 102 N. Abington Road, Suite 100, Clarks Summit. Reservations: 570-587-9045 or by Oct. 19.

Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce Regional Card Exchange, 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Mohegan Sun Club at PNC Field in Moosic. In conjunction with the Greater Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton Chambers of Commerce and presented by Coordinated Health in partnership with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Info/register:

Lenape Native American storyteller Kevin ‘Two Step’ O’Connell, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in Evans Hall, Hibbard Campus Center at Keystone College. The Keystone College Concert and Lecture Series will present the program, “Wisdom of the Elders” by O’Connell, a member of the Munsee Delaware Indian nation and recognized expert on the Lenape, a Native American tribe which inhabited parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, and Connecticut. Cost: free.

Red Cross blood drives, 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 23, at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit and St. Patricks Catholic Church, 205 Main St., Nicholson. Info: 1-800-733-2767.

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.

Marywood University Undergraduate Open House, 9 a.m. Oct. 24 beginning in the Fireplace Lounge, Nazareth Student Center, on campus. For high school students and their parents.Info: 570-348-6234 or

ABPA Annual Fall Fun Day in the Abingtons, Oct. 24 at various times and downtown Clarks Summit locations. Features pumpkin displays, trick or treating, a child and pet costume parade, hay rides, complimentary fall goodies, face painting, a mini carnival and scarecrow museum fall crafts and more. For full schedule, visit

South Abington Township Fall Leaf Pickup, Oct. 24 and Nov. 14. Residents can pick up 25 free bags per home, if needed. Leaves should be placed in the township provided bags only and the bags should only be used on those two dates.

Nature at Night, 5 p.m. Oct. 24 at Endless Mountains Nature Center. Includes a live, nocturnal animal presentation, s’mores at the campfire, various experiment stations, a luminarias labyrinth, stargazing and a sensory walk in the woods. Reservations:

Ransom Lions Pancake Breakfast, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Ransom Community Hall, 2379 Newton Ransom Blvd. Cost: Adults $7.50, children $3.50. Eat in or take out tickets are available at the door or in advance from any Ransom Lions Club member.

Everyone for Eric, 12 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at Riverfront Sports, 5 W. Olive St., Scranton. A fundraiser to help cover medical expenses of Eric Salerno, Clarks Summit, who has battled leukemia and was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. Features food, baskets, 50/50 and games. Cost: $20 adults and $10 kids. Info:

PurpleLight Northeastern PA, 3 p.m. Oct. 25 at The Commonwealth Medical Center, 525 Pine St., Scranton. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s PurpleLight is a gathering of survivors, family and friends who have been affected by pancreatic cancer. Register:

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee Meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at the library. A group of tweens and teens in grades 5-12, focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more.

Find your career path in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry, 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Lackawanna College School of Petroleum and Natural Gas. An information session. Register: 570-465-2344 or

Lackawanna County Cooperative Extension Association Tour & Annual Meeting, 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Carbondale Technology Transfer Center, 10 Enterprise Dr., Carbondale. Tours of the collaborative business incubator environment will be given. There will also be an opportunity to meet with the entrepreneurs working in the incubator. Cost: $10, includes appetizers. Registration deadline: Oct. 21. Info/register: or 570-963-6842.

Drug Take Back Program, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29 at CVS Pharmacy Drug Store, 101 N. State St., Clarks Summit. Drop off your old out dated medications free of charge. Sponsored by Lackawanna County Drug and Alcohol, the District Attorney’s Office and Clarks Summit Police Department. Info: 570-587-3026 or 570-586-9316.

St. Cats and Dogs at the Nay Aug Zoo pasta and meatball fundraiser, 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at St. Mary’s Center, Mifflin Ave., Scranton. Features eat in or take out dinner and cash bar. St. Cats and Dogs aims to reduce the population of feral animals through spay and neuter programs. Cost: $15 for adults, $5 for those 12 and under. Tickets: at the door or at Mrs. D’s on S. Washington Ave.

Free Confidential Memory Screenings, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Psychological Services Center in the McGowan Center at Marywood University. Info: 570-348-6269.

Families Helping Families Student Assistance Program presentation, 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at Abington Community Library. Abington Heights High School Principal Pamela Murray will speak at the Families Helping Families meeting about the Student Assistance Program (SAP) process and answer questions. This program is free and open to all.

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.

‘Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and the End of the Civil War’ lecture, 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Scranton Cultural Center. James McPherson, a historian who won the Pulitzer Prize for his comprehensive one-volume history of the Civil War, “Battle Cry of Freedom,” will deliver the Lackawanna County Library System’s 2015 American Masters Lecture. Cost: free. Tickets: available at the Abington Community Library, the Dalton Community Library or online at

Cupcakes and Cocktails, 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 6 in Evans Hall at Keystone College. Holiday shopping with local vendors, complimentary cupcakes and cocktails and a basket raffle. Benefits The Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc. For those 18 and over; ID required. Tickets: $20 general admission, $15 for Keystone Cellege faculty, staff and students, with I.D.

One-day food drive, 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 6 at Community Intervention Center, 445 N. 6th Ave., Scranton. Hosted by Lackawanna Community College students. A collection of non-perishable food items to be donated to Friends of the Poor food bank.

A Night at the Races, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at St. Mary’s Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the races begin at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by The Friends of the Arc Auxiliary, the event includes basket/gift certificate raffle and refreshments. Beer/Wine cash bar available until 10 p.m. Cost: $10; tickets available at the door.

Wyoming Seminary Scholarship Exams, 8 a.m. Nov. 7 at the Lower School Forty Fort campus for fourth through seventh grade students and 9 a.m. Nov. 7 at the Upper School’s Kingston campus for eighth and ninth grade students. Pre-register: visit or call 570-718-6610 for the Lower School and 570-270-2160 for the Upper School.

Chili Cook Off, noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 at The Century Club of Scranton, 612 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels. Ticket includes a sample of at least 10 different chili recipes, rolls, cornbread, salad, dessert, soft drinks, beer, coffee and tea. Entertainment provided by E J. the D.J. Cost: $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Reservations: call 570-342-0204 by Oct. 29.

North Scranton Boy Scout Troop 57 pasta dinner, 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 7 the Holy Rosary School Auditorium, 316 William Street, Scranton. Cost: $9 for adults and $6 for children. Take outs available.

The Marywood University Lifelong Learners bus trip to Mt. Hope Mansion and winery, leaving 8 a.m. Nov. 7 from Marywood University with a second pick up at the Pittston Park and ride. Experience Poe Evermore in the Mansion where some of the best works of Edgar Allan Poe will be performed, lunch and a visit to the winery. Cost: $89. Reservations: 570- 383-0544.

Homemade Pyrohy For Your Autumn Supper, 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Parish Center, 428 North Seventh Ave., Scranton. Cost: $7 per dozen. Order deadline: Nov. 2. Call Leslie Izak at 570-342-3749.

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network Luncheon, Nov. 18. at Glen Oak Country Club, Waverly Township. Info/reservations:

ABPA’s Annual Home for the Holidays Open House, Nov. 20 through 22 at various downtown Clarks Summit venues. Each participating business will serve complimentary refreshments and distribute entry forms for a shopping spree drawing. Special shopping hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20 and 21 and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. Saturday’s events include a visit from Santa and a ceremony at 6 p.m. around the Clock Tower.

Bus trip to the Sands Casino and Outlet Shopping complex in Bethlehem, leaving at 10 a.m. Nov. 21 from the parking lot of Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton, and returning at 6 p.m. the same day. Sponsored by the members of the Association Jeanne Jugan. All bus ticket proceeds will be donated to the Little Sisters of the Poor to purchase Christmas gifts for the residents of the residence. Cost: $35 (includes $20 of slot play, a $5 food voucher and a coupon book for the outlet stores). Must be 21 or older to attend. Valid photo ID required. Reservations (deadline Nov. 13): 570-343-4065 ext. 3144 or

Annual Harvest Dinner, 12:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at St. Vladimir Parish Center, 428 N. Seventh Ave., Scranton. Cost: Adults $13, Students age 6-12 $8 and no charge for children age 5 and under. Advance reservations close Sunday, Nov. 15. No tickets sold at the door. Take-outs available between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Reservations: contact Dorothy Fleck at 570-570-346-4164.

Marywood University Lifelong Learners Bus trip: Fairmont Park at Christmas, leaving at 8 a.m. Dec. 4 from Marywood University with a second pick up at the Pittston Park and ride. Visit the historic Strawberry Mansion and Woodford Mansion decorated for Christmas, followed by lunch on the East Balcony of the Philadelphia Art Museum and a Audubon and Warhol audio tour at the Museum. Reservations: 570-383-0544.

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.


Natural Wonders series, 1 to 2:30 p.m. every other Thursday through 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.

Storytimes for Children, at the Abington Community Library. Baby (ages 0-2): 10:30 a.m. Fridays, Oct. 23 and 30; Toddler (ages 2-3): 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Oct. 22 and 29; Preschool (ages 3-5): 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27; After School Stories (Grades K-3): 4 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 22 and 29. Info: 570-587-3440.

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.

Read to Dogs, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Abington Community Library. Drop by during this hour to get some reading practice in with certified therapy dogs. For students in grades K-3.

Civil War Ghost Stories, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Abington Community Library. Spooky stories and activities with a Civil War theme for grades 4-6.

Family Story Time, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Abington Community Library. For children ages 3-6 and their siblings.

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.

‘Punkins’ in the Park, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at South Abington Park. The South Abington Lions Club will help kids age 10 and younger get into the spirit of the season with Halloween refreshments around a fire, face painting, pumpkin decorating and stories. Children are invited but not required to come in costume.

LEGO Filmmaking, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 24 and Nov. 21 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages seven to 14. Instructor: Rand Whipple, Box of Light Theatre. Cost: $17 per session. Sign up for one or both sessions. Register/info: 570-996-1500.

Scarecrows Party, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Pocket Park on Depot Street (behind State Street Grill). A part of the ABPA’s Fall Fun Day in the Abingtons event, the party will feature Damien the Magician at 11:30 .m., “The Old Crow’s” craft table, “Boo-Bobbing” in the Witches Duck Pond, goodies, a raffle table, free hot dogs provided by Heritage Baptist Church and more.

Lip Sync Battle, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Abington Community Library. Modeled after “Lip Sync Battle” on SPIKE TV. Select three songs to “battle” opponents. Prizes awarded. For students in grades 5-12. Audience members welcome.

Addy’s World, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Abington Community Library. Learn about American Girl Addy’s life during the Civil War. Enjoy a treat and make a craft. Children may bring their dolls along.

Halloween Party, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Abington Community Library. Children may wear their costumes and come prepared to get candy, sing spooky songs, hear spooky stories and decorate mini-pumpkins.

Annual Children’s Halloween Party, 1 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road. Info: 570-585-8113.

Marywood Storytime, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 31 at the Abington Community Library. Students from Marywood University will present a storytime and craft with a Halloween theme for children.

Drawing and Painting, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 6, 13 and 20 and Dec. 4 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages five to 12. Students will get their hands into all kinds of fun as they paint and draw using a variety of materials, including tempera, watercolors and pastels. Instructor: Steve Colley. Cost: $40. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Introduction to Oil Painting Class, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Newton Recreation Center, 1814 Newton Ransom Blvd., Clarks Summit. For youths ages eight through 15. Instructor: Marylou Chibirka. Register (deadline Nov. 6): 570-586-7808.

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.

Tots and Toddlers Art with Alex: Paper Crafts and Collage, 10:30 a.m. six Wednesdays and Fridays, beginning Oct. 28 at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road. Info: 570-585-8113.

Children’s Art with ALEX: Foundation Drawing and Painting, 4 p.m. six weeks on Thursdays, beginning Oct. 29 at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road. Info: 570-585-8113.

Free movie showing of ‘Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas,’ 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Cost: free. Seating is first come, first served. Info: 570-996-1500.

Holiday Workshop, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. A morning of cookie decorating, holiday crafts, singing and creations by the balloon lady for all ages. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.


Craft and Gift Fair 2015, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Dunmore Community Center, 1414 Monroe Ave., Dunmore. Presented by the Ladies Auxiliary of UNICO National, Scranton Chapter, to benefit St. Joseph’s Center, The Women’s Resource Center and St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen. Info: 570-498-3242.

Book sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24 at Tompkinsville United Methodist Church, 1448 Heart Lake Road (Route 107), Jermyn.

Seventh Annual Dorothy Boccella Holiday Marketplace, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 14 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Abington Community Library. More than 30 vendors will display and sell handmade items. Proceeds benefit the library. Cost: Free admission.

The Dickson City Cub Scout Pack 21’s holiday craft fair, 10 a.m. Nov. 14 at the LaSalle Academy, Dickson City Campus. The scouts are seeking vendors for this event. Crafting, direct sales, antiques, collectibles and businesses are welcome. Info: contact Sarah Kovolenus at

The Factoryville Public Library and The Lackawanna Trail PTO Holiday Bazaar/Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center. Features more than 60 vendors, a cookie walk and lunch. Cost: free admission.

Fourth Annual Buy Local Holiday Marketplace, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center (SSC) at the Masonic Temple, 420 North Washington Ave., Scranton. Admission: $1 donation to benefit the ongoing operations, restoration and programming at the SCC.

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