Community calendar for week of May 11, 2016

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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.

The Abington Heights Class of 1961 55th reunion, Sept. 16-18. The weekend will include pizza in Old Forge on Friday evening, a big celebration at The Pond House in Dalton on Saturday, and a morning brunch on Sunday. Directions to The Pond House can be found at Info: contact Susie Hull Constantine at or 570-209-4865 or David Specker at 716-984-0948 or


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 2016 Tour season, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily 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 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.

Project Re-Entry seeks Christmas in July donations. The Lackawanna County prison ministry is seeking donations of wrapped candy, women’s socks, toothpaste, soap, V05 or Suave shampoo (no conditioner) and monetary gifts. Items may be dropped off between July 10 and 17 at 29 New York Street, Scranton. Info: call Anna Young at 570-342-3627.


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

Police Officers Memorial Week program, 1 p.m. May 15 at Lazybrook Park , Rt. 6 Tunkhannock. The ceremony, which will honor fallen officers throughout Lackawanna, Wyoming, Wayne, Pike and Susquhanna counties, will be conducted by the Northeastern Lodge No. 63 Fraternal Order of Police. Info: 570-575-1083.

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.

Shingles clinic, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 in the infection control office, second floor of the Commonwealth Health Tyler Memorial Hospital, 5950 State Route 6, Tunkhannock. Held with support from The Wyoming County Community Health Foundation. Those age 60 and older who are uninsured or underinsured are welcome. Vaccine quantities are limited. Appointments (recommended): Donna Guman at 570-996-1266.

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.

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.

Second annual Kicks for Kids kickball tournament, 10 a.m. June 4 at Scranton High School’s Valor Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Open to teams of all ages. Benefits the United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA’s Project Hope Summer Camp at Camp St. Andrew in Tunkhannock. Teams must have a minimum of ten players. Cost: $200 per team (includes custom team shirts). Register (deadline May 20): Info: 570-346-0759.

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

Penn State Extension Lackawanna County Volunteer and Partner Recognition Event and Annual Meeting, 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. registration and appetizers) June 9 at Penn State Worthington Campus Gallagher Conference Center, 120 Ridge View Drive, Dunmore. Reservations due by June 1. Info: or

Leadership Lackawanna’s annual Celebration of Leadership event, 5:30 p.m. June 16 at The Leonard Theater in downtown Scranton. The event includes business networking, live music, raffles, dinner stations and cocktails, a community service project showcase and the presentation of certificates to graduating participants. Cost: $50 for alumni and $65 for the general public. Reservations: 570-342-7711 or


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.

Refreshments and bake sale tents, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 14 at 610 Turnpike Road, Dalton. In conjunction with the 15th annual two-mile-long yard sale on Turnpike Road, the Dalton United Methodist Church women will sponsor a food and drink tent and the Dalton and Factoryville Methodist churches will sponsor a bake sale to benefit their vacation Bible schools.

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:


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.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Bike Safety Fair, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 14 at PNC Field. Features free helmets for the first 300 children in attendance, bike safety talks by local police officials, a bike rodeo, a helmet design competition, hot dogs and more. Cost: free. Info:, 570-963-6750 or

Music for Littles, 10 to 10:45 a.m. May 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.

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