Community calendar, week of Dec. 16, 2015

December 15th, 2015 1:30 pm


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 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.

NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates Winter Webinar Series, 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and Feb. 22. Topics covered include “Finding Your Best College Fit,” “Anatomy of a College Application,” “Parents’ Role in the College Admissions Process” and “How to Earn College Credit While in High School.” For parents and students, grades 8-12. Participants will receive a link to connect and additional information upon registration. Cost: free. Register: Info: contact Jennifer Kresock at 570-702-5700 or

Lackawanna County Holiday Food Drive, now through Dec. 18 at all county offices in Scranton, Mayfield and Jessup, along with the airport, COLTS and the Visitors Bureau. Bring non-perishable canned fruits, vegetables and sauces, coffee, tea, rice, pasta, stuffing, potatoes, soup, peanut butter, condiments, cookies, crackers, or snacks to drop-off in the containers. Goods will be delivered to area organizations, pantries, shelters, disaster relief agencies, emergency and food assistance spots, church groups, schools, voucher programs, soup kitchens, rescue missions, and community centers throughout the County.


Red Cross Blood Drive, 1 to 5:45 p.m. Dec. 18 at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Hwy. Info/appointments: or 1-800-733-2767.

Christmas Celebration Service, 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at Waverly Community Church, 101 Carbondale Road, Waverly. The candlelight service will feature “The Sparks,” a musical group and a Christmas skit performed by children.

Red Cross Blood Drive, 1 to 5:45 p.m. Dec. 21 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 205 Main St., Nicholson. Info/appointments: or 1-800-733-2767.

Red Cross Blood Drive, 1 to 5:45 p.m. Dec. 22 at Triton Fire Hall, 116 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Info/appointments: or 1-800-733-2767.

Christmas Sale, noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 22 at St. Michael’s Center, 403 Delaware St., Jermyn. Items for sale will include loaves of plain and raisin bread; nut, poppy, apricot, lekvar and pineapple coconut rolls; apple and pumpkin pies; kielbasa; frozen perogies and homemade horseradish. Proceeds benefit St. Michael’s Church, Jermyn. Info/orders: 570-876-1456.

Pork and sauerkraut dinner, 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 1 at Tompkinsville United Methodist Church, 1148 Heart Lake Road, Jermyn. The dinner will be take-out only. Cost: $10 for adults and $6 for children 10-year-old and younger. Info/tickets: 570-282-0346.

Countryside Community Church Christmas Eve services, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 24 at 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. The first service is family friendly, and will be led by Family and Youth Minister Pastor Scott O. Miller, including youth participation. The second, “Lessons and Carols,” will be led by Pastor Mark Terwilliger, along with lay readers and communion, candle lighting and special music. Info: or 570-587-3206.

Northeastern Pennsylvania’s 12th Annual Malanka, 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Jan. 16 at St. Vladimir Parish Center, 728 N. Seventh Ave., Scranton. The festive evening will include a Ukrainian and American dinner buffet, door prizes, cash bar, complimentary bubbly toast and dancing to the popular Ukrainian orchestra “Fata Morgana.” Cost: $45. Tickets: contact Michael Trusz at 570-489-1256; No tickets will be sold at the door.

Financial aid workshop, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in the fourth-floor Moskovitz Theater of the DeNaples Center 21 at The University of Scranton. For prospective students and their parents. Snow date: Jan. 26. Reservations (suggested): Info: 570-941-7701 or

Wellness Through Mind-Body Integration program, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Constance Reynolds Belin Room at the Waverly Community House. Cost: free. Info: 570-586-8191, extension 2 or


Gingerbread House Decorating, 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Abington Community Library. Students in grades four through six can decorate their own graham cracker gingerbread houses. All supplies provided.

Holiday Celebration at the Electric City Trolley Museum, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Features ornament making, tree decorating, games with prizes, refreshments and a trolley ride with Santa Claus. Cost $10 for children (includes admission to the museum and the trolley ride); Adults receive free museum admission and a discount rate of $5 to ride the trolley. Reservations (required): 570-963-6590.

All Aboard the Polar Express, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Abington Community Library. Climb aboard the Polar Express in this special after-hours event at the library, featuring a reading of the story, holiday songs, and treats.

Holiday Camp, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 28, 29 and 30 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 5 to 12. Instructor: Steve Colley. Participants will have the opportunity to throw pots on a potter’s wheel, create sculptures and explore drawing and painting. Cost: $30 for the three-day camp. Register/info: 570-996-1500.

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