Community calendar, week of Oct. 28, 2015

October 27th, 2015 4:21 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.

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.

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.


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.

Presentation by Sexual Assault Activist Katie Koestner, 9 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Latour Room in the Nazareth Student Center at Marywood University. Koestner, director of the Take Back the Night Foundation, will share her “No-Yes” presentation. Cost: free.

“Firkin Friday” fundraiser for Leadership Lackawanna, 5 p.m. Oct. 30 at Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. A firkin is a small keg holding about 10 gallons of cask-conditioned, 50 degree beer. Proceeds from each firkin pint sold will benefit Leadership Lackawanna. The event will include networking as well as free drawings throughout the night.

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 South Washington Avenue.

Abington Heights Civic League meeting, 7 p.m. Nov. 2 in the clubhouse, 115 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit. Guest Speaker will be Maggie O’Brien, region manager of the Make a Wish Foundation. Info: 570-587-3101.

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.

Newton Ransom Vol. Fire Co. Auxiliary’s Election Day Roast Beef Dinner, 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the firehouse, 1890 Newton Ransom Blvd., Clarks Summit. Cost: $9 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

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.

‘The Internet and the News Media’ lecture, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center at The University of Scranton. Speaker: Susan Athey, Ph.D., the Economics of Technology Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Cost: free. Info: 570-941-4048 or

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

Christmas Holiday Bureau Happy Hour, 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Celebrity Bartenders will serve beverages. Cost: no admission charge. All tips and raffle proceeds benefit Christmas Holiday Bureau, which serves families in Lackawanna County.

Safe Retirement Strategies Workshop with Phil and Mike of 1st Financial Investments, 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Abington Community Library. Learn how to protect your assets and avoid the top retirement planning mistakes. Info: 570-587-3440.

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 St., 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.

Ros-Al Floral & Antiques Expo Preview Party, 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Four Points by Sheraton, 300 Meadow Ave., Scranton. The event will benefit the Lackawanna Historical Society and feature a “Dickensian Christmas” theme. Cost: $25. Tickets/info: 570-344-3841. The antique show will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 7 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8.

Veterans Day celebration, 1:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Elan Gardens, 465 Venard Rd, South Abington Township. Info: 570-585-4400.

‘Embracing the Call to Care’ lecture with T. Colin Campbell, 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center at The University of Scranton. Doors open at 6 p.m. T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., professor emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University and co-author of “The China Study,” will discuss his research on health and nutrition. Cost: free. Info: or 570-941-5874.

Steamtown National Historic Site Entrance Fee-Free Day, Nov. 11 at the downtown Scranton site. The day honors veterans with complimentary admission for everyone to the park grounds, museum complex and exhibits, and scheduled walking tours. Additionally, all active duty military members and their dependents will be able to obtain an annual park pass, an $80 value, at no charge during their visit to Steamtown NHS. Info: 570-340-5200 or

Veterans’ Appreciation Dinner, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road. An evening of appreciation for all those who served in the military. Sponsored by the Waverly Township churches and the Comm, the dinner is free to all veterans. Non-veterans will be admitted for a small donation at the door. Info: 570-905-4304.

All about Telespond Senior Services, 7 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Parish Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church, 205 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. This informational program will focus on Telespond Senior Services and the programs they offer, including Adult Day Care Services, Companion Care Services (non-medical), Caregiver Support Meetings, Skilled Therapy Services, Transportation Services and more. The Abington Senior Community Center in Clarks Summit is managed by Telespond. RSVP: 570-587-1088.

Fall Book Swap, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Fireplace Lounge in Marywood University’s Nazareth Student Center. Swap old books for new ones or purchase books ranging in price from 50 cents to $1. Cost: free admission. Info: 570-348-6219, ext. 2978, or

The Downtown Hoedown for Hope, 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton. A fundraiser for Marley’s Mission, featuring a variety of raffles, a three-hour open bar and passed hors d’hoeuvres with entertainment by local country musician Dani-elle. Cost: $50. Tickets: or 570-587-HOPE. Info:

Affordable Care Act health insurance registration event, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at The Commonwealth Medical College, 525 Pine St., Scranton, fourth floor in the Medical Sciences Building.

Bus trip to the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia, leaving at 10 a.m. Nov. 15 from St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Scranton to participate in the Divine Liturgy to be celebrated by Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the world-wide Ukrainian Catholic Church. A pickup will also be made at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Pittston. Cost: $30. Reservations/info: 570-563-2275.

Genealogy presentation, 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Abington Community Library. Joe Bryer of the Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania will explain how to use and offer information on the holdings of the society and how it differs from a library or historical society. For adults. Info: 570-587-3440.

‘The Gap Year’ with Jennifer Kresock of NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates, 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Abington Community Library. Jennifer Kresock of NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates will aid students who are considering a gap year including procedures, planning, and various options. For high school students and parents.

Free balance screenings, Nov. 19 at Allied Services’ Luger Rehab Center, 475 Morgan Hwy., Scranton. For individuals who suffer from balance issues or frequent falls. Appointments only, no walk-ins. Register: 1-888-734-2272.

Healthy Eating on a Budget with Geisinger Health Plans, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Abington Community Library. Geisinger Health Plans will offer wellness information at this health seminar and blood pressure screening event. All screenings are voluntary and will be kept private and confidential. Individuals must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Dalton Fire Company Ladies Auxillary’s Christmas Party Dinner, 6 p.m. Nov. 24, at the fire hall.

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.

Visiting Nurses Association’s 120th Anniversary program, 2 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Lackawanna Historical Society’s headquarters, the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Avenue, Scranton. Includes an overview of the agency’s history and a look forward into the future. A display of historical photos and vintage uniforms will be on exhibit. Cost: free. Info/reservations: 570-344-3841 or

‘Double Your Energy Naturally’ workshop with Carol Brozzetti, 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Abington Community Library. Learn about holistic nutrition and wellness and get tips on how to increase vitality and energize your body. For adults.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 24 at the library. A group of tweens/teens focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more. All students in grades 5-12 may come and share thoughts and ideas.

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. 30 and Nov. 6, 13 and 20; Toddler (ages 2-3): 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, 12 and 19; Preschool (ages 3-5): 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 10, 17 and 24 and After School Stories (Grades K-3): 4 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, 12 and 19. Info: 570-587-3440.

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.

Clarks Green UMC’s Trunk or Treat, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 in the church parking lot, 119 Glenburn Road, Clarks Green. Little ghosts and goblins are invited to come select treats from the decorated trunks of cars.

Waverly Community Church’s Trunk Or Treat, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Includes free candy, a craft, and hot chili and cocoa. Info: or 570-587-2280.

Game Night with Wii, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Abington Community Library. Play one of the library’s games or bring one of your own. For students in grades fourth through sixth. Info: 570-587-3440.

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.

14th annual NEPA Kids Judge Neuroscience Fair, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Loyola Science Center at The University of Scranton. Area children in grades four to seven can learn about neuroscience through fun, hands-on experiments designed by U of S students. Cost: free. Reservations required. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The registration deadline is Nov. 2. Register/info: or 570-941-4419.

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.

Make-It, Take-It Craft Time, 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Abington Community Library. Drop in anytime during these two hours to create Thanksgiving-themed crafts.

Crafters’ Club, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Abington Community Library. Meet other crafters and share tips. All materials provided. For grades 3-6.

Homeschoolers at the Library, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18 at the Abington Community Library. A morning program to enrich your home learning experience. Participants will study the history and traditions of Thanksgiving. For students in grades K-6. Siblings welcome.

National Eat a Cranberry Day, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Abington Community Library. Games, treats, and of course lots of cranberries. For students in grades 4-6.

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.


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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