Community calendar, week of Feb. 10, 2016

February 9th, 2016 5:23 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.

The Women of Trinity Lutheran Church’s Monthly Bible Study, 12 noon the first Thursday of each month at 205 West Grove Street, Clarks Summit. All are welcome to this informal bible study. Bring a brown bag lunch. Info: call Joyce at 570-222-3041 or Carole at 570-587-1088.

The Chinchilla Hose Company’s annual pizza sale, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. beginning Feb. 12 and continuing every Friday during lent until Good Friday at the fire house on Shady Lane Road, South Abington Township. Red, white, and white broccoli pizza will be available. All Proceeds benefit the operations and needed equipment of the fire company. Orders may be placed, beginning at 1 p.m. the day of the sale, by calling 570-586-5726. Walk-Ins are also welcome.


Lenten Gathering, 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at Crossroads Church, 312 S. State St., Clarks Summit.

Ethnic Food Sale, Feb. 10 at St. Michael’s Center, 403 Delaware St., Jermyn. Clam chowder: $4 per pint, $7 per quart; cabbage and noodles: $3.50 per pint, $6.50 per quart; pierogies (butter and onions, deep fried, frozen): 3 for $1.75, 6 for $3.50 or 12 for $7. Cheese ball dinner (3 cheese balls, salad, roll): $6. Orders: call 570-876-1456 or fax 570-876-3454.

Countryside Community Church Ash Wednesday Service, 6:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit.

The Clarks Green United Methodist Church’s Ash Wednesday service, 7 p.m. Feb. 10 in the sanctuary of the church, 119 Glenburn Road, Clarks Green.

Ash Wednesday Day of Reflection, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. Dr. Marie Noël Keller, RSM, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Institute on Sacred Scripture, Misericordia University, will lead the Day of Reflection with the theme, “The Works of Mercy According to Luke.” Mass will be celebrated in St. Peter’s Cathedral with distribution of ashes. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available prior to Mass. Cost: $30 (includes lunch). Register: call Mary Anne Malone at the Office for Parish Life, 570-207-2213, or e-mail

Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers meeting, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Abington Community Library’s Ryon Room. Chris Kohl of Sweet Valley Hives will discuss natural beekeeping methods and the Warre Hive.

Social Security benefits seminar, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Constance Reynolds Belin Room at the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. Learn what you need to know about changes for 2016, how to chart your social security plan and manage your money. Cost: free. Info: 570-586-8191.

Family Game Night, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Info: 570-587-3206 or

Hearts on Fire Valentine’s Dinner, 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at Heritage Baptist Church, 415 Venard Road, Clarks Summit. The event will feature a full-course meal, chocolate fountain, music and more. Proceeds benefit the 2016 Ecuador Missions Team. Cost: $20. Info/RSVP: Teri at 570-780-0136.

Blood Drive, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 13 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 205 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. In honor those of the Abingtons in active military.

The NEPA Coast Guard Veterans Assoc. meeting, 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at Perkins Restaurant on route 315 in Pittston Twp. Any Coast Guard veterans, active duty or reserve, are welcome to attend. Info: call Neil Morrison at 570-288-6817.

Lackawanna Winterfest 2016, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Lackawanna State Park. Dog sledding demo, cross country ski “try it,” snow shoeing, warming fires, kids winter crafts, winter survival and hot food and beverages. Some activities dependent on conditions. Info: 570-945-7110.

Heverly Strong fundraiser, 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at Court Street Tavern, 524 Court St., Scranton. Benefits the Heverly family. Jay Heverly, the husband of Jamie Clawson Heverly, a 1994 graduate of Abington Heights High School, was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. Event includes music, food, drinks, a basket raffle and silent auction. Cost: suggested donation of $10. RSVP (by Feb. 16): 570-335-6822.

Sixth annual Ignite Leadership Conference, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 20 at The University of Scranton’s DeNaples Center. Includes presentations and small group sessions to help college students develop skills needed to become effective leaders on their campuses and in their careers. Cost: $25 for non-University of Scranton students; free for University of Scranton students (includes program materials, light breakfast, lunch and refreshments). Pre-registration (required by Feb. 17): 570-941-6233 or

Early Education Open House at Trinity Early Education Center, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 205 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Take a tour of the classrooms, meet the teachers, and ask questions about the Preschool, Kindergarten Readiness, and Transition programs.

Backyard Beekeeping: Spring Apiary Management, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. This workshop will focus on springtime beekeeping, what to do, and what to expect. Cost: $80 for the fall/winter series of 4 classes or $25 for individual classes. Registration is limited and pre-registration is required. Info/register: 570-842-1506.

‘Curious about what’s in store for you in 2016’ professional networking event, 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at Clarks Summit Senior Living, 950 Morgan Hwy. Features networking, personal readings from Psychic Whitney Mulqueen, refreshments, raffle baskets and door prizes. Reservations: call Sue at 570-702-2660.

Eating Disorder Screening Day, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in the McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies at Marywood University. Hosted by the university’s Psychological Services Center, the screenings are completely confidential, free, and open to all ages. Screenings will focus on three major disorders: anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Referrals will be provided, if needed. Info: 570-348-6269.

Spring College Days, Feb. 25 through 27 at Summit University of Pennsylvania. Designed for high school students looking for Christ-centered higher education, attendees will experience the challenging academics, biblical focus and influential mentors at Summit University. They will stay in residence halls, meet professors and coaches, sit in on classes, attend the spring play and get questions answered. Info: 570-585-2400 or

Lackawanna College School of Petroleum & Natural Gas information session, 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at the college, 2390 State Road 848, New Milford. Info/register: 570-465-2344 or

Scranton UNICO’s 57th Annual Charity Fundraiser, 6 p.m., Feb. 27 at Fiorelli’s in Peckville. The chapter will honor retired oral surgeon Dr. Albert F. Giallorenzi as UNICAN of the Year. Reservations (required): 570-558-8519.

Rotary Club of the Abingtons’ Annual Pasta Dinner, 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Abington Heights High School cafeteria. Proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 160 and the school’s marching band, wrestling club, Interact Club and Senior Class, as well as other Abington area youth initiatives. Take-outs will be available. Cost: $10 for adults and $5 for children under 6. Tickets: 570-947-2705.

SIAMO Italian Language Hour, 2 p.m. Feb. 28 at Adezzo Coffee Shop and Lounge, 515 Center St., Scranton. Cost: free. Info: 570-290-7212, or

Annual Day of Reflection, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 2 at Saint Gabriel’s Retreat House, 631 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Twp. The event is sponsored by the Church of St. Gregory’s Women’s Guild. The conference leader will be Msgr. Joseph Quinn. Info/register: 570-586-9227 or 570-587-2491. Open to men and women. Cost: $30 per person.

Vanishing of the Bees: Film and Discussion, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 10 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. Cost: $5. Preregistration (required): 570-842-1506.

My Fascination with Birds: The Story Behind the Photos, 11 a.m. March 19 at the Dietrich Theater. Presented by: Rick Koval, naturalist. Cost: free. Info/reservations: 570-996-1500.

Backyard Beekeeping: Summer Apiary Management, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 24 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. Cost: $100 for the spring/summer series of five classes or $25 for individual classes. Registration is limited and pre-registration required. Info/register: 570-842-1506.


Crazy 8s After School Math Club, 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 11, 18 and 25 at the Abington Community Library. A recreational after-school math club that helps students in kindergarten through second grade enjoy the math behind their favorite activities. Kids build glow-in-the-dark structures, crack secret spy codes and play games like Toilet Paper Olympics.

Wyoming Seminary Winter Visitation Day, 8:30 a.m. Feb. 15 at the Upper School in Kingston and Lower School in Forty Fort. Registration deadline is Feb. 12. Register/info: call 570-718-6610 for the Lower School or 570-270-2160 for the Upper School or visit

National Bird Feeder Month activity, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Abington Community Library. Make homemade bird feeders. Also includes snacks for the kids. For students in grades 4-6.

Animation Film Class, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays, 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.

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.

Kirsten’s World, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Abington Community Library. Learn about American Girl Kirsten’s life during the Pioneer Era. Enjoy a treat and make a craft. Bring your doll along if you’d like. For grades K-6. Register/info: 570-587-3440.

Block Parties, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 24 and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Abington Community Library. Children ages 3-7 are invited to join in the free play with blocks, vehicles, animal and people. There are only two ground rules: No throwing blocks, and no knocking someone else’s building down.

‘Fine Art Fridays for Kids! Fine Night Out for Parents!’ 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dietrich Theater. Schedule/topics: March 25, trash to treasures; March 11, drawing and painting 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.

Star Wars Party, 3 to 4 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Abington Community Library. This closing event for Winter Reading Club includes Star Wars photo ops, treats, crafts and games.

Little People and Nature, 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays or Wednesdays at the Dietrich Theater. Tuesday Sessions are March 8, 15, 22 and 29 and Wednesdays are March 9, 16, 23 and 30. For ages two-and-a-half to five. Instructor: Rebecca Lesko. Cost: Free. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Harry Potter and the Green Screen Film Class, 3 to 4:30 p.m. March 19 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 7–14. Bring your broom, cape and glasses to fly, become invisible and walk through a scene like (completely) Headless Nick. Instructor: Rand Whipple, Box of Light Studios. Cost: $17. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Natural Wonders: Inside an Egg, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 24 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. For children ages 3-6 and guardian. Participants will learn which animals lay eggs and go on an egg hunt to find animals that lay eggs. Cost: $8. Pre-register (required): 570-842-1506.

Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or