Community calendar, week of April 20, 2016

April 19th, 2016 4:50 pm


Abington Heights Class of 1966 50th Anniversary High School Reunion, June 4 at the Country Club of Scranton. The event will include music by The Glass Prism. Info: call Barbara Evans at 570-357-0196.


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.

Countryside Community Church Spring Flower Sale, at the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Pick up is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, May 7 and orders are due by Sunday, May 1. 10” Hanging Baskets will be offered this year in several colors and types. Pre-orders only. Cost: $20. Info: 570-947-2474, or

Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour season, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily from April 1 through Nov. 30. Local residents and visitors can journey beneath the earth to catch a glimpse of the area’s rich mining history. Tours last for one hour. Cost: $10 for adults, $9.50 for senior citizens, $9 for military personnel, $8 per person for groups and $7.50 for children age three to 12. Youngsters under age 3 are admitted free. Info: 570-963-6764.


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.

Lecture on Pope Francis’s Encyclical Letter, 7:30 p.m. April 20 in the McGowan Room, in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life at Marywood University. The third lecture in the series on Pope Francis’s Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si (Praised Be You): A Conversation on the Care of “Our Common Home.” A panel will discuss issues such as greenhouse gas emissions, global warming and pollution. Cost: free. Info: contact Mary Ann Smith at 570-348-6211, ext. 2528 or

Coffee and Confidence, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. April 20 at The University of Scranton, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., Scranton. A free information session for women interested in exploring the idea of starting their own businesses. Designed for women with lower incomes, those in transition or those trying to make a better life for themselves and their families, the session will offer women support and guidance in determining if self-employment is an option for them. Cost: free. Info/register: contact Francene Dudziec at 570-941-4168 or or register online at

Presentation on the benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation, 5:30 p.m. April 20 in the Graf Community Room, Allied Services Luger Rehab Center, 475 Morgan Highway. Cost: free. Reservations: 1-888-REHAB-PA or

State Rep. Marty Flynn’s South Abington outreach, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 20 at the South Abington Township Building, 2nd floor meeting room, 104 Shady Lane Road in Chinchilla. The monthly outreach visits alternate on the third Wednesday of every month between South Abington Township and Clarks Green. Flynn’s staff can help with PennDOT paperwork, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage, unclaimed property searches and any other state-related matters. Info: 570-342-4348.

Eco Club Carnival, 12:30 to 3 p.m. April 21 in front of the Capwell Science Hall at Keystone College. There will be activities, games and Earth Week attractions. Students will also have the opportunity to plant their own trees on campus.

Effective Communication workshop, 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 21 in the Scout Room at the Waverly Community House. The next installment of the Comm’s free wellness series. Speaker, author, executive coach and trainer Behnam Bakhshandeh will teach participants how to be responsible for their communication and for how it is received by their listeners; how to be clear and effective when communicating; and how to speak the truth without causing upsets for others and for themselves. Cost: free. Info: 570-586-8191.

Marywood University’s 15th annual Release the Light sexual assault awareness program, 3 to 6 p.m. April 21 on the campus green in front of the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts. The rain location is in the Fireplace Lounge, in the Nazareth Student Center. This year’s program is an outdoor fair, featuring EJ the DJ, a bounce house, games, speakers and information tables. There will be a “Let Your Feet Speak” march through campus at 4:30 p.m. Cost: free. Info: 570-348-6245.

Woodcock Watch and Art Show, 4:30 to 7 p.m. April 22 at the Endless Mountains Nature Center in Tunkhannock. Celebrate Earth Day with Tunkhannock Middle school artwork focusing on American Woodcocks at the Howland Preserve, part of the North Branch Land Trust. After viewing the artwork in the historic red barn, Rebecca Lesko will lead those interested in viewing the Woodcocks doing their swirling mating dance later the evening. Info:

Keystone College Campus Duck Derby, 1 p.m. April 22 on the South Branch of the Tunkhannock Creek. Students will meet at the suspension bridge.

Relay for Life fundraising walk, 5 p.m. to midnight April 22 at the Keystone College Athletic Track and Field Complex. The public is invited and can register in advance or at the event. Tents and tables will be set up around the track and participants will join walking teams. Donations will be accepted to support the American Cancer Society. Info:

A Celebration of Earth Day, 11 a.m. April 22 on the front lawn of The Commonwealth Medical College. Help celebrate Earth Day by bringing the little ones to plant a seed and take it home to watch it grow. Event will also include a story time and educational activities. Hosted by PA Lung Cancer Alliance. Info: or

Earth Day Open House, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 23 at Everything Natural, 426 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Features demonstrations, educational materials, live music, children’s craft and story time, a medication take back event and more. Info: 570-586-9684 or

Countryside Community Church Shaklee Fundraiser, 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 23 at the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Shaklee offers all-natural nutrition (vitamins, protein shakes), cleaning, and beauty products that are pure, safe and green. Promotional period will run from April 23 through May 22. Info: 570-947-2474, or

Scranton Charter Day, April 23 at various times and locations. In honor of the city’s 150th anniversary, a host of special events will be held, including historic walking tours, a sesquicentennial Luncheon, quilting club display, LEGO contest, choir showcase, an architectural scavenger hunt, 150th birthday party, fireworks and more. Info: or 570-963-1575.

SIAMO Italian Conversation Hour, 2 p.m. April 24, at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St., Taylor. Info: 570-290-7212, or

Annual Adrian Miller Memorial Chicken Barbeque, 3 to 6 p.m. April 24 in the parish hall of the Church of the Epiphany in Glenburn. The money raised will be used to fund the church acolytes’ annual trip to the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., for the National Acolyte Festival in October. Takeouts available. Cost: $10 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. Reservations: 570-563-1564. Walk-ins are welcome while supplies last. Info:

Ransom Lions Pancake Breakfast, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 24 at Ransom Community Hall, 2379 Newton Ransom Blvd. Cost: $7.50 for Adults and $3.50 for children. Eat in or take out tickets available at door or from any Ransom Lions Club member.

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.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. April 26 at the library. A group of tweens/teens in grades 5-12 focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more.

Annual Newton Ransom Volunteer Fire Co. Auxiliary Election Day Roast Beef Dinner, 4 to 7 p.m. April 26 at the fire house, 1890 Newton Ransom Blvd., Clarks Summit. Cost: $9 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.

Red Cross Blood Drive, 1 to 6 p.m. April 27 at the Triton Fire Hall, 116 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Info: download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-733-2767.

‘New to Medicare’ workshop, 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 27 at the Waverly Community House. Presented in partnership with the Voluntary Action Center, this informational Medicare workshop is designed to show participants all of their Medicare options; the advantages and disadvantages of each; how to avoid financial penalties; how to do a Medicare Advantage Plan or a Drug Plan comparison; the availability of state and federal programs for income-qualified individuals to offset costs and more. Cost: free. Reservations: 570-586-8191, ext. 2 or

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.

Red Cross Blood Drive, 1 to 6 p.m. April 29 at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Hwy. Info: download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-733-2767.

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.

Seventh annual “You Live Here, You Should Know This” local history game show, 6 p.m. April 30 at the Slocum Hollow Bar at the Lodge at Montage Mountain. sponsored by The Lackawanna Historical Society and planned by local students from Valley View and Riverside High Schools. Players on eight teams will answer Jeopardy- style questions about people, places, and events in Lackawanna County. Cost: $10 general admission and $5 for students. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Info: 570-344-3841 or

Bluebells Festival, 1 p.m. May 1 at the Endless Mountains Nature Center in Tunkhannock. Includes activities such as crafts, children’s scavenger hunt and amphibian and reptile search, a hike led by Jeff Mitchell, wild edibles walk, meditation, yoga, Bluebells art with Ali Wilson, bird walk with Joe DeMarco, photo booth themes, a basket raffle and more. Cost: free.

Return from the Tropics: A Story of Migratory Birds, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 4 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. Join Darryl and Jackie Speicher from the Pocono Avian Research Center for an informative migratory bird presentation followed by a birding hike. An indoor presentation will be available for inclement weather. Geared to all ages. Cost: $5 per person. Pre-registration is required. Info/register: 570-842-1506.

#HistoricScranton Unveiling Event of HARB properties at First Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. May 6 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Leadership Lackawanna invites community members to join in the unveiling of its yearlong project, the compilation of all Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) properties in an online, publicly accessible resource. Includes hors d’oeuvres, walking tours of historic properties, and a cash bar. Cost: Free.

State Rep. Marty Flynn’s Clarks Green outreach, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 18 at the Clarks Green Borough Building, 104 N. Abington Road. The monthly outreach visits alternate on the third Wednesday of every month between South Abington Township and Clarks Green. Flynn’s staff can help with PennDOT paperwork, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage, unclaimed property searches and any other state-related matters. Info: 570-342-4348.

A Knight at the Races, May 21 at St Patrick’s Church Hall, 205 Main St., Nicholson. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first race is at 7 p.m. Hosted by Knights of Columbus Abington Council 6611. Cost: $10 (includes beer, wine and food). Horses are $10 each. Winner gets $50. Must be 21 years old or older to attend. Info: contact Tony Dalasio at 570-586-1566 or Bob Liples at 570-878-7210.


Countryside Community Church Annual Dutch Auction, April 30 at the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. A covered dish dinner will be held at 5 p.m., followed by the Auction. Donation of gifts for the auction may be wrapped or unwrapped. Proceeds fund the “Warm Hugs” outreach. Info: 570-587-3206 or

The University of Scranton Weinberg Memorial Library’s annual Book and Tag Sale, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 30 and 12 to 4 p.m. May 1 in the Scranton Heritage Room on the fifth floor of the library. Book prices begin at $1 and the large assortment of used hardcover and paperback books available for sale include children’s books, cookbooks, fiction and non-fiction, as well as vinyl records, compact discs, audiocassettes and tag sale items. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library Endowment. A preview sale will be held on April 29, for Friends’ members and Schemel Forum members. Info: call Barbara Evans at 570-941-4078.

‘Treasures from the Attic’ Rummage Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30 at The Century Club of Scranton, 612 Jefferson Ave., Scranton.

Dalton United Methodist Church Spring Rummage Sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 6 (with food service and bake sale) and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 7 (with a bag sale and half price table) at 125 S. Turnpike Road, Dalton. Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 3 and 4. Seasonal items welcomed; No shoes, electronics, TV’s or large appliances. Info: 570-563-1280 or 570-563-1619.

Countryside Conservancy’s 17th Annual Auction ‘In The Woods,’ 6 p.m. July 23 at the Waverly Country Club. Features wireless silent auction, live auction, live music, open bar and dining. Proceeds support the Trolley Trail. Reservations: 570-945-6995. Info:


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 life cycle. 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.

2016 Summer Camp Open House, April 23 at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple. The event will be broken up into two sessions: Little Dragon Playhouse Campers (Grades Pre-K to 4) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and SummerStage Campers (Grades 5-12) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: free. Info: contact Camille Reinecke at or 570-346-7369 ext. 100.

Reach the Abington Journal at 570-587-1148 or