Community calendar, week of Nov. 11, 2015

November 10th, 2015 5:14 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.

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.

Homemade Candy Fundraiser, order deadline Nov. 15 and pickup Nov. 21 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive. Milk and dark chocolate peanutclusters, raisin clusters, and mixed clusters (peanut and raisin mixed). Cost: $9.50 per pound. Info: ot 570-587-3206.


Veterans Day celebration, 1:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Elan Gardens, 465 Venard Road, 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 N. 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.

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.

Keystone College Open House, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at the La Plume campus. Register/info:, 1-877-4-COLLEGE or

Soup and baked goods sale, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 14 at Clarks Green Juanita Chapter #8, 118 N. Abington Road, Clarks Green. Eat-in or take-outs avaliable. Cost: $7 per quart, $3.50 per pint. Advance orders: Barbara Hicks at 570-586-3317.

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.

The Lackawanna College School of Petroleum and Natural Gas info session, 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at the facility located on state route 848 off exit 219, Interstate 81. For prospective students and their families. Register: 570-465-2344 or

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

United Way 2015 Campaign Community Celebration, Nov. 19 at Genetti Manor, 1505 Main Ave., Dickson City. Cash bar: 5 p.m., dinner: 6 p.m., program: 6:30 p.m. Cost: $30 per person. Tables of ten are available. RSVP before Nov. 17. Info/register:

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.

Social Media and Communications Clinic, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19 at Countryside Community United Methodist Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Presented by Scott Vaughan, President and CEO, Scott Vaughan Communications, Lexington, SC. Cost: $35. Info:

Family Movie Night: ‘Inside Out,’ 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive. Popcorn and drinks provided. Info: 570-587-3206.

Clarks Summit Borough’s Lighting of the Lights, Nov. 20. Schedule: Heritage Baptist Church Christmas Ensemble with Paul Osborn, musical director, 6 p.m. at Citizen Savings Bank; Our Lady of Snows Adult Candlelight Choir with Dana Derminaro, director of music, 6:25 p.m. at Our Lady of Snows Church; Clarks Green Assembly of God Carolers is holiday fashions of ‘yesteryear’ with Linda Corey, musical director, 6:50 p.m. at the Clock Tower and a reception hosted by Mayor Lawler immediately following in The Gathering Place, downstairs in the borough building. Cost: free.

ABPA’s Annual Home for the Holidays Open House, Nov. 20-22 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

Tupperware Party Fundraiser for Youth, 3 p.m. Nov. 21 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive. The proceeds will go toward the Youth Group’s Mission Trip. Info:

South Abington Lions Club’s annual Turkey Bingo party, 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Chinchilla Hose Company. A night out with friends and family with the opportunity to win some prizes, including turkeys, hams, and more. Refreshments will be for sale. BYOB.

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.

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

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

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.


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

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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