Community calendar, week of May 18, 2016

May 17th, 2016 5:30 pm - updated: 5:41 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.

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.

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.

Countryside Community Church is Shaklee fundraiser. Special promo period through May 22 includes member pricing and no shipping charges. Info/orders: call Sue at 570-947-2474 or visit

The Newton Recreation Center summer hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed Saturdays and Sundays, May 28 through Aug. 27. The center is located at 1814 Newton Ransom Blvd, Clarks Summit.


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.

The NEPA Coast Guard Veterans Association meeting, 6 p.m. May 18 at Perkins Restaurant on Route 315 in Pittston Twp. Any Coast Guard veterans, active duty or reserve are welcome to attend. Info: contact Neil Morrison at 570-288-6817.

Wine and Whiskers, 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 19 at Glen Oak Country Club. Benefits the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter’s Extreme Makeover Capital Campaign. Features wine tasting, pasta station, light fare and a wine pull. Cost: $75. Reservations (not required, but encouraged): call Kolina Pagano at 570-586-3700, extension 511.

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.

Abington Heights Band Boosters Fundraiser, 5 to 7 p.m. May 21 at the Nyx, 218 Depot St., Clarks Summit. All the domestic beer you can drink for $10. Also features a basket raffle. Info: call Sandy at 570-319-9238.

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:

A Public Service of Healing, 7 p.m. May 23 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 3832 State Route 6, Tunkhannock. Rev. Lou Divis will conduct this service, which will include laying on of hands and anointing with holy oil, a labyrinth and communion. Sponsored by the International Order of St. Luke the Physician. Cost: free. Info: 570-836-2233 or 570-878-4670.

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.).

Endless Mountains Wine Fest, noon to 5 p.m. at Creekside Grove in Lenoxville. The event, hosted by Equines for Freedom, will feature local wines, food and local retailers. All funds raised will benefit the non-profit’s equine therapy program used to treat veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Tickets: $20.

Annual Dalton Memorial Day parade and memorial service, 9 a.m. May 30 from Streamside Park to the fire hall, with services starting at about 9:20 a.m. The memorial service honoring veterans will be held rain or shine. All veterans are welcome and invited to participate. Info: call John Holbert at 563-1268.

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.

37th Annual Chicken Barbecue, 12 to 6 p.m. June 4 at the Clarks Green United Church, 119 Glenburn Road. Eat in or take out chicken dinners. Cost: $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Blood drive, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 4 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Grove Street, Clarks Summit. Walk-ins welcome.

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

Boomer Benefits for Social Security and Medicare, 7 p.m. June 16 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Presented by Stephanie Holdt, NSSA. Cost: free. RSVP: 570-466-0679 or

Historic Tunkhannock Comes Alive, June 25 at the Dietrich Theater and various downtown Tunkhannock locations. A history presentation will be given at 11 a.m. and the Founder’s Day Walking Tours will kick off at 12:30 p.m. Learn about Tunkhannock’s history before setting off on guided or self-guided tours of the historic district. Local historians will share stories and take questions from the audience. Free tickets for the presentation are available at the Dietrich ticket booth or by calling 570-996-1500. Preregistration is required for the free guided two-mile tours of Historic Tunkhannock, by calling 570-996-1500.

Historic Tunkhannock Walking Tours, 5 p.m. Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28. The two-mile walk through the neighborhoods and bustling downtown of the Tunkhannock Historic District will take about an hour and a half. Tour booklets, complete with thumbnail photos of forty featured structures, basic descriptions and centerfold map will be available at the Dietrich Theater during normal business hours starting June 25 for those interested in self-guided tours. Cost: free. Preregistration (required): 570-996-1500.

Close Encounters with Birds of Prey, 11 a.m. July 9 at the Dietrich Theater. Presented by Bill Streeter, Director of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center and sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation. See six live raptors and learn about the raptors of the Northeast. Cost: Free.

River Day, 1 to 7 p.m. July 23 at Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park. Features live music, environmental activities for children and adults, nature walks, a river float, live animals brought by the Endless Mountains Nature Center, mural painting, face painting and more. Cost: free.


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:


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.

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

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.

All Star Players, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 13 through 24 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 13 to 18, attendees must attend all classes. Students are invited to an exciting two weeks of theater camp taught by theater professional, Brenda Fager, culminating in the performance of a full length play. Cost: Free. Info: 570-996-1500.

‘Cave Quest’ Vacation Bible School, 1 to 4:45 p.m. June 13 through 17 at Clifford United Methodist Church, Main Street, Clifford. Pre-register: Registration also available in person at 12 p.m. June 13. Info: call Dane at 570-222-5493.

Best New Picture Book, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 20 through 24 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 5 to 7. Storytime with Rand Whipple will turn into a new story-book that parents can read to their children at home. With Whipple’s help, the class will invent, illustrate and perform a brand new picture book. Parents will get a PDF version for home and an audio version playable on their computer or smartphone. Cost: $55 for the five-day camp.

Trinity Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 20 to 24 at The Church of the Epiphany, Glenburn. Theme: “SURF SHACK.” Info/register:​.

Acting and Theatre Creation! 1:30 to 3 p.m. July 11 through 15 (camp one) or Aug. 1 through 5 (camp two) at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 6 to 12. Instructor: Michaela Moore. Use your imagination and learn all about acting through theatre games, improvisation, storytelling, play making, character creation and more. A casual performance for family and friends will end each week. Cost: $60 per camp. Info: 570-996-1500.

Digital Arts Camp, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. June 27 to July 1 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 7 - 14. Instructor: Rand Whipple of Box of Light Studios. Cost: $60.

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