Community calendar, week of March 16, 2016

March 15th, 2016 12:21 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 p.m. 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.


‘Path to the Cross,’ 7 p.m. March 18 and 19 at Clarks Green Assembly God, 204 S. Abington Road. A musical, dramatized retelling of Jesus’ life, ministry, death, resurrection, and hope for today. Cost: free. Info: 570-586-8286.

Bunny breakfast and egg hunt, 10 a.m. March 19 at the Waverly Community House (Comm), 1115 North Abington Road. The event will begin with crafts and and breakfast in the gym. A visit by the Easter Bunny will be a highlight of the morning. The cost $12 per person; Free for children under the age of one. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Comm office, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., week days. Info: 570-586-8191, extension 2.

Easter Bunny Pet Photos, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 20 at Gibbons Ford, 704 Martin F. Gibbons Blvd., Dickson City. Photographer Travis Calvert will take professional photos of pets with the Easter Bunny, against a spring-inspired background. Guests will receive a 4x6 digital download for their donation to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. Forms will be available for those without computer access so they may receive their 4x6 photo. Cost: suggested donation of $10. Info: call Anastasia Daniels at 570-586-3700, extension 514.

Easter breakfast, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 20 at Saint Patrick’s Church hall in Nicholson. Hosted by Knights of Columbus Abington Council 6611, the event features an all you can eat breakfast buffet and an Easter egg hunt for children. Cost: $4 for children and $8 for adults or $20 for a family of four.

‘The Passion’ musical, 7:45 p.m. March 20 in the sanctuary of Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Info: 570-587-3206 or

Pat O’Malley’s 17th Annual Free Easter Party, 1 to 3 p.m. March 20 at the Keyser Valley Community Center. Features pictures with the Easter Bunny and various Easter goodies. All children from preschool through fifth grade are welcome. RSVP to 570-346-1828 (leave a message of the number of children attending) by March 17.

Free Easter Egg Hunt, 1 p.m. March 20 in the Nazareth Student Center on the Marywood University campus. Hosted by the Marywood Student Nurses Association. Registration at 12:30 p.m. Also, face painting, egg toss and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Cost: free. Pre-register: or 570-348-6211, ext. 2455.

Countryside Community Church Holy Week services, at 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit: Taize Service, 6:30 p.m. Holy Thursday, March 24; Stations of the Cross Service, 6:30 p.m. Good Friday, March 25; Sunrise Service, 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, March 26 and Easter Service, 10 a.m. Easter Sunday, March 26. Info: 570-587-3206 or

Good Friday Pasta e Fagoli/Vegetable Soup Sale, 3 to 7 p.m. March 25 at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. Take outs and Eat-in serving in the Fellowship Hall. Community members may also purchase tickets to be donated to those in need. Cost: $6 for take-out and $7 for eat in. Advance tickets: 570-587-2571. A limited number of tickets available at the door.

Easter Weekend at Waverly Community Church: Good Friday Service at 7 p.m. March 25; Egg hunt from 10 to 11 a.m. March 26, with a craft and puppet play, free for children age 12 and under and a Sunday Easter Service at 10 a.m. March 27. Info: 570-862-4392 or

Countryside Community Church Easter Egg Hunt, 1 p.m. March 26 at the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. All ages through sixth grade are invited. Cost: free. Registration deadline: March 19. Register/info:, 570-587-3206 or When registering, include the child’s name, age, parent’s name and email.


Knee replacement surgery seminar, 5 p.m. March 16 at the McGowan Large Conference Room at Regional Hospital, 746 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Presented by Orthopedic surgeon John Doherty, M.D., who will discuss techniques to help prevent, diagnose and treat arthritis in the knees. Cost: free; Free parking will be offered in the hospital parkade. Reservations: 570-348-7370.

State Rep. Marty Flynn’s Clarks Green outreach, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 16 at the Clarks Green Borough Building, 104 N. Abington Road. A staff member from state Rep. Marty Flynn’s office will provide outreach assistance with PennDOT paperwork, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage, unclaimed property searches and any other state-related matter. Info: 570-342-4348.

The NEPA Coast Guard Veterans Association meeting, 6 p.m. March 16 at Perkins Restaurant on Route 315 in Pittston Township. Any Coast Guard veterans, active duty or reserve, are welcome. Info: call Neil Morrison at 570-288-6817.

Women’s History is Alive! March 16 and 17 at at Marywood University. The event highlights the accomplishments and presence of women in world history by bringing the women back to life on campus. Students, staff and administration, and the community are invited to dress as historical women figures. The event is spread across the campus and across two days to create numerous casual encounters for students and others on campus. Info: or 570-348-6288.

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.

Endless Mountains Model Railroad Club meeting, 6 p.m. March 19 at the club’s building, 7837 Route 29, Dimock. New members are welcome. Info: or 570-278-3992.

St. Joseph’s Celebration, 2 to 4 p.m. March 19 at the Abington Community Library. The Italian response to St. Patrick’s Day. Celebrate St. Joseph’s Day with festivities, fun, and food. Cost: free. Register: 570-587-3440.

Annual Roast Pork Dinner, 12 to 5 p.m. March 20 at Our Lady of the Snows Church, 301 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Benefits the Parish Twinning Program with the Pasisionists in Jamaica, West Indies. Includes dinner, music by Bill Frye, a basket raffle, pictures, and stories about the latest trip to Jamaica. Take-outs available. Tickets are available every day at the rectory and after masses on the weekend. Cost: $7 for children and $15 for adults. Info: 570-586-1741.

Italian conversation hour, 2 p.m. March 20 at Adezzo Coffee Shop and Lounge, 515 Center St., Scranton. Hosted by SIAMO: The Italian-American Heritage Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Cost: free. Info: call 570-290-7212, email or visit

‘Lets Talk Trash’ panel discussion, 6 p.m. March 21 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton. Hosted by Friends of Lackawanna and introduced by U.S. Sen. Robert Casey Jr., who will focus on his recently proposed TRASH Act. The discussion will center around “why Pennsylvania is the nation’s leading importer of trash, the impact that has on the communities and residents of Lackawanna County, how regulations and policies affect it, and how PA can be a catalyst for change.” Panelists include: John Quigley, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; John Blake, Pennsylvania State Senator; Lois Gibbs, Love Canal activist and founder of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) and Stephen Lester, science director of CHEJ. Cost: free.

Speaker: Cole Hastings on 3-D Printing, 7 p.m. March 22 at The Century Club of Scranton. Info/reservations: 570-342-0204.

Economic Outlook Breakfast, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. March 23 at Four Points by Sheraton, 300 Meadow Ave., Scranton. Hosted by The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce in partnership with The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. Jay Bryson, Ph.D., a global economist with Wells Fargo, the event sponsor, is this year’s featured speaker. Cost: $25 for Chamber members; $30 for guests. Info/register:

Backyard Beekeeping: Summer Apiary Management, 6 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.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee leadership workshop & meeting, 4 to 5:30 p.m. March 29 at the library. A group of tweens/teens focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more. come and share your thoughts and ideas. Special this week, a leadership workshop to inspire and instruct. Brief meeting will be held after the seminar. For students in grades 5-12.

National Women’s History Month Luncheon, 12 p.m. March 29 at Glen Oak Country Club. Proceeds benefit the Waverly Community House’s CommKids Interactive Learning Center. Cost: $35. RSVP (deadline March 21): or 570-586-8191 ext.2. Info:

Light Lunch and Speaker: Sondra Myers on ‘A Cultural and Civic Journey from Scranton to Rwanda,’ 12 p.m. March 31 at The Century Club of Scranton. Info/reservations: 570-342-0204.

Senior Day at the Comm, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 31 at the Waverly Community House. Hosted by the Voluntary Action Center. Info: 570-586-8191.

Scranton Cultural Center Honors, 6 p.m. March 31 at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple in Scranton. An elegant evening modeled after the Kennedy Center Honors. Organizations selected as honorees: Allied Services, Broadway Theatre League of Scranton/NAC Entertainment, Lackawanna County Department of Arts and Culture and People’s Security Bank. Cost: $100 (includes hors d’oeuvres, premium open bar, desserts and entertainment). Tickets: at the Fidelity Bank Box Office located inside the SCC in person or by phone at 570-344-1111, or via all applicable Ticketmaster outlets. Info:

Friends of NRA, Northeastern Penna. Chapter, 24th annual fundraising banquet, 4:30 p.m. April 2 at Genetti Manor, 1505 N. Main Ave., Dickson City. The event will feature a three entree family style dinner and open bar, live and silent auctions, bucket drawings, door prizes, and other games and special events. Tickets: $50 each, $95 for couples, $25 for young adults under 21.

PROSPER Spring Vendor Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 2 at Riverside East Elementary School, Moosic. A variety of items including candles, kitchen wares, purses, jewelry, and more will be available for purchase. Admission: $2 per person. Children under age 12 may attend free of charge. The event will benefit drug and alcohol prevention programs at the school.

Luzerne County Community College Spring Open House, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 2 the Nanticoke campus. Info: 570-740-0337 or 800-377-LCCC, extension 7337.

87th Annual Helen Keller Day Fashion Show, 11:30 a.m. April 3 at St. Mary’s Center, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton. Presented by Friends of the Blind to benefit the Lackawanna Blind Association. Cost: $30 for adults and $15 for Children 10 and under. Tickets are sold in advance only and registration closes Friday, March 25. Reservations: 570-342-7613. Info:

Minister’s Enrichment Day, 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. April 5 in the Stowell Seminary Building on campus at Summit University of Pennsylvania. Includes keynote speaker sessions, a selection of workshops, a buffet lunch, refreshments and handouts. Speakers include Dr. Ken Davis, director of Project Jerusalem, and Dr. Mike Stallard, seminary dean and professor of systematic theology. Registration: $20 per person or $30 for couples. Info: or 570-585-9396.

Climate Change and Pennsylvania, 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 6 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp. Join Kate Gibbons from PennFuture, to learn how climate change impacts Pennsylvania’s waterways, plants, fish and wildlife, economics and residents’ health, along with what people can do about it. Cost: $5. Pre-register (required): 570-842-1506.

Friends of the Abington Community Library Book Sale, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 9 at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. More than 10,000 items for sale, including books, talking books, CDs, and DVDs. Donations accepted year-round at the library. Friends members may attend a Preview Sale from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 8. Friends membership applications are available at the library.

Healthy Steps: Reducing the Risk of Falling for Older Adults, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 12 and 14 in the Scout Room at the Waverly Community House. Presented by Prime Time Health and the Voluntary Action Center. Info: 570-586-8191.

Tails for Troops, 12 to 3 p.m. April 16 at McDade Park. Marywood University’s Student Veterans Alliance is teaming up with the non-profit organization, Dog T.A.G.S., to raise money to pair veterans diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), or Military Sexual Trauma (MST), with rescued shelter or adopted dogs and put them through service dog training. Features a K-9 Talent and Dog Pageant with first and second place overall pageant awards for most patriotic and best trick, along with local shelter dogs available for adoption, food and local vendor sales, basket and 50/50 raffles and music by Rock 107’s Prospector. Cost: free admission. Info: 570-961-4584 or

Edible Landscaping, 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 20 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center in Covington Twp. Donna Zagrapan, from the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners Program will present an informative program designed for beginner to seasoned gardeners. Topics include how to get started; best management practices; when, where and what to plant; how to maintain an edible landscape and the best way to enjoy your harvest, including recipes. Cost: $5 per person. Pre-register (required): 570-842-1506.

Chicken-n-Biscuit or Ham Dinner, 4 to 6 p.m. April 26 at Clifford United Methodist Church, Main Street, Clifford. A take out and dine in option will be available. Cost: $8.95. The meal includes the dinner, dessert and a drink.

Backyard Beekeeping: Internal and Environmental Challenges, 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 28 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center in Covington Twp. This workshop will focus on the various challenges faced by the honeybee, and how to proactively manage them. Topics will include colony collapse disorder, resultant honeybee losses and what this means to beekeepers, American Foulbrood, honeybee stress diseases, the Varroa Mite, Nosema, insects, bears and small animals, apiary inspection and a review of the apiary calendar. Cost: $25. Pre-register (required): 570-842-1506.

Walk for Epilepsy, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 30 at PNC Field, 235 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic. Info/register:, 215-629-5003 or 800-887-7165.


Read to Dogs, 6 to 7 p.m. March 16 at Abington Community Library. For children in kindergarten through third grade. Drop by during this hour to get some reading practice in with certified therapy dogs.

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.

Arts Power Touring Company’s Production of ‘The Monster Who Ate My Peas,’ 11 a.m. March 19 at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, Shopland Hall. A Wiggles and Giggles Craft Workshop will also be held at 10 a.m. Cost: $8 for the show and $5 for the workshop. Tickets: at the Fidelity Bank Box Office at the SCC in person or by calling 570-344-1111 or via all applicable Ticketmaster outlets. Info:

Homeschoolers at the Library, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. March 23 at the Abington Community Library. An afternoon program to enrich the home learning experience. Each month will cover a different topic. This month: Volcanoes. For grades K-6.

Comm Camp Open House, 5:30 p.m. March 24 in the After School Room (lower level) at the Waverly Community House. Comm Camp information and registration will be available. Cost: free. Info: 570-586-8191, extension 2 or

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.

Recycled Pages, 4 to 5 p.m. April 5, 12, 19 and 26 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 5 to 12.Each week students will work with Everhart Museum staff to create artwork made from old books, newspapers and magazines. Projects include mixed media book art, DIY journals, recycled book terrarium, botanical drawings and recycled costume pieces. Cost: free; Sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation. Info/Register: 570-996-1500.

Natural Wonders: Super Seeds, 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 7 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center in Covington Twp. For children ages 3-6 and a guardian. Children will learn the tricks of seed dispersal and the ingredients for growth. Each child will plant a seed to take home. Cost: $8. Pre-register (required): 570-842-1506.

Tom Knight show, 11 a.m. April 14 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Join Tom Knight and his puppets for a collection of songs and skits for children about the environment, animals, food and books. Cost: free; Sponsored by the Tunkhannock Junior Women’s Club and Toni Hockman. Tickets: 570-996-1500 or at the door while they last.

Natural Wonders: Awakening Amphibians, 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 21 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center in Covington Twp. For children ages 3-6 and a guardian. Feel a frog and learn about its extraordinary lifecycle. Children will use their senses to learn about frogs as they search for the critters around the property. Cost: $8. Pre-register (required): 570-842-1506.

Mad Science: Use the Force, 3 to 4:30 p.m. April 23 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 7 to 14. Instructor: Rand Whipple, of Box of Light Studios. Cost: $17. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

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