Community calendar, week of Dec. 23, 2015

December 22nd, 2015 2:26 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

Winter Clothing Drive, beginning Dec. 26 at the following Abington Area locations: Church of Saint Gregory, Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Our Lady of the Abingtons, Abington Community Library, Abington VFW, Chinchilla Hose Company and Clarks Summit Fire Company. The drive is the Eagle Scout project of Nate Gronsky, a member of Boy Scout Troop 160. Donations will benefit Saint Francis Commons.


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.

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.

‘Gnocchs and Jokes’ suicide prevention fundraiser, 6 p.m. Jan. 2 Upstairs at the Ritz Building, 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. A Green Ridge Om Wellness Center fundraiser for Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiatives. Reservations/info: 570-507-9494.

American Red Cross blood drive, 1 to 6 p.m. Jan. 5 at Northmoreland Baptist Church, 21 Ripplebrook Road, Tunkhannock. Appointments/info: or 1-800-733-2767.

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.

American Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 15 at Clarks Summit State Hospital, 1451 Hillside Drive. Appointments/info: or 1-800-733-2767.

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

Wyoming Seminary Lower School Winter Open House, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jan. 23 at the school, 1560 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. For toddlers through eighth grade and parents. Pre-registration (requested but not required): 570-718-6610 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


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.

Homeschoolers at the Library, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Abington Community Library. An afternoon program to enrich home learning experiences. This month’s topic is fire safety. For grades K-6; Siblings welcome.

Reach for the Stars, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Abington Community Library. Space and “Star Wars” fun, games and snacks for students in grades 4-6.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. Jan. 26 at the library. A group of tweens/teens focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections, etc. Come share your thoughts and ideas.

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