Community calendar, week of Jan. 13, 2016

January 12th, 2016 12:05 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. 25, Feb. 8 and Feb. 22. 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

‘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.


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.

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.

Miraculous Matthew benefit, 6 to 9 p.m. Jan 16 at The Vault Tap and Kitchen, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Matthew McDonnell, of Clarks Summit, recently had his third surgery for kidney cancer and is undergoing additional treatments at the Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia (CHOP). Funds raised will help his family with unforeseen medical, travel and lodging bills. Cost: $10 at door (includes pizza and wings). Basket Raffles will be available. Donations are also being accepted via the Matthew Christian McDonnell Fund, Community Bank, NA, 128 Lackawanna Ave, Olyphant, PA, 18447. Info: 570-947-2474.

Gold Rush Gala, 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Ramada Clarks Summit. This fundraiser for the Abington Heights Middle School PTA features a dinner and basket raffle with more than 150 prizes. Cost: $30.

‘Hinduism: A Story of the World’s Oldest Living Religion’ lecture, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Evans Hall in the Hibbard Campus Center at Keystone College. Presented by award-winning author and journalist Suzanne Fisher Staples, of Nicholson. Cost: free.

Keystone College Visitation Day, Jan. 18 on campus. Prospective students will have the opportunity to learn more about the college and meet with personal enrollment advisers. There is a choice of morning or afternoon sessions, and campus tours will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Registration begins one-half hour before each tour. Register: 1-877-4-COLLEGE or

The Little Sisters of the Poor prayer service in union with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 19, in the chapel of Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton. The service, which will be led by the Rev. E. Francis Kelly, chaplain of Holy Family Residence, and the Rev. David Twiss, pastor of the Green Ridge Assembly of God Church, will include the theme “Called to Proclaim the Mighty Acts of the Lord.” Info: 570-343-4065 or

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

American Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 21 in Evans Hall at Keystone College. Info/appointments: or 1-800-733-2767.

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 check payable to Pennsylvanians for Human Life and mail it to Anthony DePaola, 1310 Woodlawn St., Scranton, PA, 18509. Info: 570-906-1107.

The Little Sisters of the Poor and Holy Cross High School’ ‘March for Life’ and prayer service, Jan. 22. The event, which is being held in support of the national “March for Life” in Washington, D.C. that same day, will begin at 2:30 p.m. when Holy Cross High School students, faculty, and staff will march 1.7 miles from the school, 501 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, to Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton. Upon their arrival at the residence, the marchers will be greeted by the Little Sisters and the elderly residents entrusted to their care where they will complete the march together. Following the march, the group will gather for a prayer service. Info: 570-343-4065 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

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

Pennsylvanians for Human Life-Scranton Chapter’s annual Right to Life Prayer Breakfast, 9 a.m. Jan. 30 at St. Mary’s Center, 320 Mifflin Ave, Scranton. Lori Kehoe, of National Right to Life Committee is principal speaker. Reservations: 570-343-5099 or 570-347-8299.


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.

‘Fine Art Fridays for Kids! Fine Night Out for Parents!’ 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays at the Dietrich Theater. Schedule/topics: Jan. 15 and March 11, drawing and painting; Jan. 29 and March 25, trash to treasures and Feb. 26 and April 8, pottery and sculpture. For ages 5 to 12. Instructor: Steve Colley. Cost: $20 per session. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

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.

Animation Film Class, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 23, Feb. 20, March 19 and April 23 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 7 - 14. Instructor: Rand Whipple, Box of Light Studios. Cost: $17 per class. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

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.

Preschool Mixed Media, 10 to 10:45 a.m. Thursdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at the Dietrich Theater . For ages 4 and 5. Young artists will have fun exploring the arts as they experience painting, drawing, sculpting, throwing pots on a potter’s wheel and creating a variety of mixed media projects. Instructor: Amy Colley. Cost: Free; Sponsored by the Dietrich Fundraising Committee. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Mixed Media, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 5-12. In this class, students will get their hands into all kinds of fun: painting, drawing, sculpting and creating a variety of other mixed media projects. Instructor: Steve Colley. Cost: $40 for the four-class series. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Zombie Film Class, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 7 – 14. Instructor: Rand Whipple, of Box of Light Studios. Cost: $17. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

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