Community calendar, week of Jan. 6, 2016

January 5th, 2016 1:40 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 and ending Jan. 10 at the following Abington Area locations: Church of Saint Gregory, Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Our Lady of the Abingtons, Abington VFW, Chinchilla Hose Company and Clarks Summit Fire Company and ending Jan. 31 at the Abington Community Library. The drive is the Eagle Scout project of Nate Gronsky, a member of Boy Scout Troop 160. Donations will benefit Saint Francis Commons.

‘Just Jeans and Jackets in January’ collection, through January 31 at Lackawanna County Library System libraries. Clean, used adult-sized blue jeans and jackets for men and women are accepted and will be donated to the Clothing House of Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen.


‘South Africa: Its Land and Animals’ program by Joe Viljoen, 11 a.m. Jan. 9 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Renowned South African conservationist, animal behaviorist, and owner of ChaZen Nature Preserve, Joe Viljoen, will present a program about ChaZen, the land and animals of South Africa and his lion, leopard, and wild dog breeding programs. Cost: free. Reservations: 570-696-5545, or

‘ISIS in NEPA?’ lecture by Dr. Paul Williams, 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at Clarks Green Assembly of God, 204 S. Abington Road. Williams is a frequent guest on national news networks such as ABC, CBS, Fox, MSNBC, and NPR and author of several books, including “Crescent Moon Rising,” “The Day of Islam” and “The Islamic Transformation of America.” He has been a consultant on terrorism and organized crime for the FBI.

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.

Lackawanna Historical Society program ‘Dealers and Jobbers: Advertising Anthracite to the Intermediate Market,’ 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. Cost: free.

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

Pennsylvanians for Human Life-Scranton Chapter bus trip to the March for Life 2016 in Washington D.C., Jan. 22. The bus will leave from the parking lot of Keyser Oak Shopping Center at 6:45 a.m. and return at about 11:45 p.m. the same day. Cost: $40 for adults and $20 for students. To reserve a seat, make your check payable to Pennsylvanians for Human Life and mail it to Anthony DePaola, 1310 Woodlawn St., Scranton, PA, 18509. Info: 570-906-1107.

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

Annual Knox Mine Disaster Remembrance Program, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Anthracite Heritage Museum, 22 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton. Cost: free.

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


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.

Tots and Toddlers Music classes, in the Scout Room at the Waverly Community House. Schedule: infants and toddlers, ages 6 months to 5 years, 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 13 and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, beginning Jan. 16; toddlers, ages 3 to 5 years, 9:15 a.m. Fridays, beginning Jan. 15; and infants and toddlers, ages 6 months to 2 years, 10 a.m. Fridays, beginning Jan. 15. Each week a different element of music is explored, with singing, movement, music making and family bonding. Cost: $55 for the six-week session. Register/info: 570-586-8191.

Camp Discovery, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 16 through Feb. 6 in the After School Room at the Waverly Community House. Instructor Cheryl Mozdian will help children with special needs in second through sixth grades, and families, explore a combination of art, music, and more. Cost: $65 for all four weeks or $20 per week for drop-ins. Pre-registration (required): in person at the Comm office or online at

Sign and Sing classes, 9:30 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 16 through Feb. 20 in the After School Room at the Waverly Community House. Instructed by Cheryl Mozdian and designed to help hearing children communicate using sign language. Cost: $65 for the six-week series (includes take home materials). Register/info: or 570-586-8191, extension 2.

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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