Community calendar for week of April 27, 2016

April 26th, 2016 2:07 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.

Rotary Club of the Abingtons weekly meetings, 12:10 p.m. on Thursdays at the Ramada (beginning May 5) and 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Blu Wasabi.

Bus trip to the du Ponts’ Winterthur and Hagley estates and museums in the Brandywine Region, Wilmington Delaware, departing at 8 a.m. and returning at 8 p.m. May 14. Sponsored by the Abington Area Community Classroom. Info: 570-587-2651.


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

Third Annual Spring Open House, 12 to 3 p.m. April 30 at Plow and Hearth at the Shoppes at Montage, 2111 Shoppes Boulevard, Moosic. Presented by the Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County. Includes free publications, the opportunity to speak to the Master Gardeners and get advice on tree care, container gardening, the birds in your backyard, pollinators, native plants and more. Information about composting will be provided by Barbara Giovagnoli from the Lackawanna County Office of Environmental Sustainability. Info: 570-963-6842 or

Guided geocaching walk with naturalist Jane Frye, 10 a.m. April 30, starting at the Elm Street Trailhead of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail in South Scranton. The nature walk will last about 1 hour and 15 minutes, and will be held rain or shine. Participants may bring a GPS with them, but are not required to do so. Cost: free. Info 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.

‘Common Ground’ alternative church service, 6 p.m. May 1 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. This new monthly event takes place in the fellowship hall in a coffeehouse-type setting, with contemporary music, a short message, table discussion and prayer. Info: 570-587-3206

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.

Gun safety seminar, 6 p.m. May 5 on the first floor of The Mall at Steamtown. State Rep. Marty Flynn, Lackawanna County Sheriff Mark McAndrew and District Attorney Sean Scanlon are co-hosting the event. Reservations are suggested but not required, by calling Flynn’s office at 570-342-4348.

The University of Scranton’s Weinberg Judaic Studies Institute lecture, 7:30 p.m. May 5 in the PNC Auditorium of the Loyola Science Center. Matthew Kroenig, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, will discuss “America, Iran, and the Middle East: An Assessment of the Current Situation.” Cost: free. Info: 570-941-7956 or

#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.

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network NEPA Affiliate’s May PurpleStride Planning Meeting, 6:30 p.m. May 6 at Pizza by Pappas, 303 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. PurpleStride is just around the corner, scheduled for June 11. Come bring your ideas and energy to help plan the event. RSVP/info: email Paul Savage at

Mother’s Day Ballroom Brunch and Train Ride, 11 a.m. May 8 at Scranton’s historic Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel. Treat mom to a brunch at the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad’s passenger station in Scranton’s Central City, then board a Steamtown National Historic Site excursion train directly from the hotel, bound for a roundtrip excursion to Moscow. The train is scheduled to depart from the hotel at 1:30 and return at 3:30 p.m. Cost: $54.95 for adults, $34.95 for children 12 and younger. Info/reservations: 570-558-3919.

Bird Walk, 7:30 a.m. May 8, at the Davis Crossing preserve The Countryside Conservancy is sponsoring this event, led by Jon Thomas, to mark the recent donation of the property by the Lackawanna Audubon Society. Participants will also visit the Conservancy’s nearby Little Rocky Glen preserve. Meet at the main parking lot on Keystone College campus at 7:30 a.m., bring binoculars, and wear waterproof footgear. Info: 570-945-6995.

Wine Down 2016, 6 p.m. May 12 at the Dietrich Theater. Presented by the Tunkhannock Business and Professional Women. Doors open at 6 and the movie, “The Intern,” starts at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20. Tickets: 570-840-2928.

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.

Chicken-n-Biscuit or Ham Dinner, 4 to 6 p.m. May 18 at Clifford United Methodist Church. Take out or dine in. Cost: $8.95.

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.

Italian Language Hour, 2 p.m. May 22 at at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St., Taylor. Hosted by SIAMO, The Italian-American Heritage Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania the Italian Language Hours are designed as practice time for speakers of Italian of all levels, including beginner. Some knowledge of the Italian language is necessary to participate, as this is not a class. Info:


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.

The Clarks Green United Methodist Women’s Spring Rummage Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5 and 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 6 at Clarks Green UMC, 119 Glenburn Road. Proceeds fund the many mission projects supported by the group.

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.

Craft, Health and Wellness Fair, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7 at the Fleetville Fire Hall on Route 407. Features 25 crafters plus vendors such as American Heart Association, Apprise, Gift of Life Donor Program, Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, PACE/PACENET, Rent and Tax Rebate Information provided by state Rep. Karen Boback’s staff, children’s activities, hourly door prizes, lunch items and a bake sale. Admission: $1 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Sponsored by East Benton United Methodist Women.

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:

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