Community calendar, week of May 4, 2016

May 3rd, 2016 4:59 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 W. Grove St., 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.

All You Can Eat Breakfast, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. the third Sunday of every month at the Clarks Summit Fire Company No. 1, Inc., 321 Bedford St. Clarks Summit. Cost: $9 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under.

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.

Glenburn Township Spring Cleanup, May 13 and 14. Residents are asked to place cleanup items curbside for pickup by 5 a.m. Friday, May 13. They will be picked up on either Friday or Saturday at the discretion of the contractor. Metals must be kept separate from other items. Items that will not be picked up include: Regular household trash, recyclables, grass or leaves, non-compactable items such as brick, block and concrete, cast iron, auto parts, tires, batteries, motor oil or lubricants, non-water base paint and lacquers and stains (dried up water base paint cans ok), paint thinners or turpentine, pesticides, hazardous, noxious, caustic, or acid chemicals, asbestos, metal drums, propane tanks, oil/gas containing items, explosives of any type including gun loading materials and electronics. Refrigerators/freezers/air conditioners must be certified Freon free with a tag containing the technicians ID number and dated.


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

Senior Well-being Day, 4 to 7 p.m. May 5 at the Abington Community Library. Learn about resources and services especially tailored for your well-being. Represented organizations include APPRISE Medicare Counseling, UNC Community Health Program, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) PA Scranton Chapter, YMCA, CARIE (Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly) and more. Co-Sponsored by RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), Scranton. Info: 570-587-3440.

State Rep. Marty Flynn’s Gun Safety Seminar, 6 p.m. May 5 on the first floor of the Mall at Steamtown. Flynn is co-hosting the event with Lackawanna County Sheriff Mark McAndrew and District Attorney Shane Scanlon. Cost: free. Reservations (suggested, but not required): 570-342-4348.

#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

PurpleStride Planning Meeting, 6:30 p.m. May 6 at Pizza by Pappas, 303 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Hosted by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Northeastern PA Affiliate. Area residents are invited to bring their ideas and energy to help plan the June 11 event. Info/RSVP: email PurpleStride Chair 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.

‘Our Town: The Abingtons’ encore broadcast, 12 p.m. May 8 on WVIA-TV. Info:

7 Most Important Sleeping Tips with Christine and Tara, 6 to 7 p.m. May 11 at the Abington Community Library. If your baby or toddler isn’t sleeping through the night, neither are you. Nearly all healthy children 3 months or older are physically capable of sleeping 11-plus solid hours a night without waking. They just need to practice the healthy sleep habits that enable them to do so. Info: 570-587-3440.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. May 11 at the library. A group of tweens/teens in grades 5-12 focused on giving a voice to young adults for programming, book selections and more.

Community Walk, 5:30 p.m. May 11 at the future section of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail (LRHT) in Fell Township. Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area (LHV) invites members of the community to tour this future 2.2-mile pathway in Fell Township, beginning at Simpson and continuing to Vandling Borough.

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.

Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers meeting, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 12 at the Abington Community Library. Beekeeping and honey bee information is exchanged in an informal and friendly environment.

The Lackawanna Astronomical Society open house, 7 p.m. May 14 at Keystone College’s Thomas G Cupillari Observatory in Fleetville. Includes observatory and telescope tours, an astronomy program, star maps and star wheels. Dress for the weather. No registration required. Cost: free.

Wyoming Seminary Lower School Early Childhood Open House, 9 to 11 a.m. May 14 on campus at 1560 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. Families may tour toddler, preschool, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms and will have the opportunity to speak with Dr. Kathy Hanlon, Dean of the Lower School, as well as teachers and admission staff. Advance registration recommended. Info: 570-718-6610 or

Foster care presentation with Alyssa Beasley of Families United Network, Inc., 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 17 at the Abington Community Library. Alyssa Beasley, Senior Permanency Specialist from Families United Network, Inc., will hold an information session on foster care and adoption. She will provide information on how children enter foster care, becoming resource parents, fostering vs. fostering to adopt, and types of adoption (foster to adopt, match adoption, and private adoption).

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.

Intro to Stress Reduction: Learn Self Care Techniques to Create Balance with Carol Brozzetti, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 18 at the Abington Community Library. Learn how to attain optimal health through a deeper understanding of your own nature in relationship to the surrounding environment.

Functional Movement and Core Activation, 6:30 p.m. May 18 in the CRB room at the Waverly Community House. Jose Briceno, of LUX Personal Training, will present this free seminar in which participants will learn how to detect muscle imbalances and movement dysfunctions, and teach their bodies how to exercise with proper form while keeping their joints safe. Info: 570-586-3260 or

American Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20 at the Clarks Summit State Hospital, 1451 Hillside Drive. Appointments/info: 1-800-733-2767.

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:

American Red Cross blood drive, 2 to 7 p.m. May 25 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 505 Griffin Pond Road. Appointments/info: 1-800-733-2767.

Stress Management Seminar with Geisinger Health Plans, 1 to 1:30 p.m. May 26 at the Abington Community Library. GHP Wellness will offer on-site wellness education on stress management. A representative will also be on site to offer blood pressure screenings to those interested post seminar (until 2 p.m.).

Foster Care Educational Program with Joe Monczewski from CONCERN, 7 PM to 8 p.m. May 31 at the Abington Community Library. May is designated Foster Care Awareness Month. This informational program will review the various types of foster care, medical foster care, foster-to-adopt and adoption programs.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. May 31 at the library. A group of tweens/teens in grades 5-12 focused on giving a voice to young adults for programming, book selections and more.

Serving Seniors Inc.’s Annual Summer Picnic at Waldorf Park, 3 to 7 p.m. June 5 at Waldorf Park on East Mountain, Scranton. Rain or shine. Cost: $25 for adults and $12 for children under age 12. Features grilled picnic foods; hot and cold buffet; desserts; beer, wine and soda; Entertainment by EJ the DJ; a volleyball tournament and basket raffle. Proceeds benefit programs at Serving Seniors, Inc. Tickets: 570-344-3931 or


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.

The Friends of the Dalton Community Library’s seventh annual Herb and Perennial Sale, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 14 at the Dalton Fire Hall. Herbs and perennial plants will be offered for sale, along with light refreshments, to benefit the library. Penn State Master Gardeners will be available to answer gardening questions. Cost: free admission. Info: 570-563-2014.

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:


Cursive Club Part I, 4 to 5 p.m. May 4, 11, 18 and 25 at the Abington Community Library. An introductory eight-week course on cursive writing. All materials will be provided. Learn the alphabet and practice your handwriting. For students in grades K-2.

Drawing and Painting, 4 to 5:30 p.m. May 6, 13, 20 and 27 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 5 to 12. Instructor Steve Colley will help participants explore basic drawing and painting techniques as they work with a variety of media, from pencils to pastels, charcoals, tempera and watercolor. Cost: $40. Info: 570-996-1500.

Preschool Drawing and Painting, 10 to 10:45 a.m. May 6, 13, 20 and 27 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 4 and 5. Instructor Amy Colley will give preschoolers the chance to get their hands into all kinds of fun as they paint and draw, using a variety of materials including tempera, watercolors and pastels. Sponsored by the Dietrich Fundraising Committee. Cost: Free. Info: 570-996-1500.

Lackawanna County’s 24th Annual Fishing Derby, May 7 at McDade Park. There are two tiers of fishing times: 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. for children ages four to eight and 1:15 to 3 p.m. for those ages nine through 12. The event is limited to the first 250 children. Cost: $5. Info: 570-963-6764.

Music for Littles, 10 to 10:45 a.m. May 10, 17, 24 and 31; June 14, 21 and 28 and July 12 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 3 to 5. Instructor Abi Zieger will help participants explore basic musical elements through song, movement, play and an introduction to simple instruments. Parents are welcome. Sponsored by the Tunkhannock Rotary Club. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

Junior League Presents Kids in the Kitchen, 1 to 2:30 p.m. May 14 at the Abington Community Library. The Junior League of Scranton will present a special Kids in the Kitchen event. For ages 3-6. Children will prepare a healthy snack. All materials will be provided.

National Pizza Party Day, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 20 at the Abington Community Library. Celebrate National Pizza Party Day with fun games and pizza. For children in grades 4-6.

Junior League of Scranton’s annual Scranton Girl Tea Party, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. May 22 at the Tripp House, 1011 N. Main Ave., Scranton. A Kentucky Derby/southern tea themed event. Children are invited to bring a favorite doll to sit with them. The event also features raffle baskets. Cost: $25. Tickets are sold in advance only. Reservations: Info: 570-961-8120.

Homeschoolers at the Library, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 25 at the Abington Community Library. An afternoon program to enrich your home learning experience for students in grades K-6.

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