Community calendar for week of June 15, 2016

June 14th, 2016 5:12 pm


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.

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.

Recovery Support Goup, 7 p.m. every Friday in the Recovery Room at Clarks Green Assembly of God, 204 South Abington Road, Clarks Green. Info: 570-586-8286.

Keystone College’s Thomas G. Cupillari ‘60 Observatory summer lecture and observing sessions, Mondays and Wednesdays, through Aug. 3. The lectures begin at 8:30 p.m., followed by observing sessions. Schedule of speakers and topics: July 11 and 13, Professor Tom Cupillari, “The Moon In The Comics;” July 18 and 20, Jo-Ann Kamichitis, “Occultations and Transits;” July 25 and 27, John D Sabia, “Comets, Including Latest Space Probe Information;” Aug. 1 and 3, Bill Speare, “A 30-Solar-Eclipse-Trip Veteran Tells All About Eclipses.” Cost: free; no reservations required. Held regardless of sky conditions and cancelled only by the threat of severe weather. Info: contact Jo-Ann Kamichitis at 570-945-8402 or or visit

Marywood University Transfer Day programs, 2 to 6 p.m. June 9, July 19, Aug. 3 and Aug. 16 at the Office of University Admissions in the Liberal Arts Center on campus. For college students or former college students considering transferring to Marywood University. Attendees can complete an application for admission, discuss financial aid and scholarship options and transfer credits. Fall semester classes begin Aug. 24. Info: 570-348-6234 or


Intro to Stress Reduction: Learn Self Care Techniques to Create Balance with Carol Brozzetti, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 15 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. Info: 570-587-3440.

The NEPA Coast Guard Veterans Association’s monthly meeting, 6 p.m. June 15 at Perkins Restaurant on Route 315 in Pittston Township. Any Coast Guard veterans, active duty or reserve, are welcome to attend. Info: call Neil Morrison at 570-288-6817.

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

Lackawanna County Job Fair, 1 to 5 p.m. June 16 at PNC Field on the ballpark’s Club Level. Includes 49 companies from across NEPA, offering nearly 1,300 full-time, part-time and seasonal job openings. Cost: free. Info:

Senior Fun Day, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 17 at McDade Park’s Pavilion 1, Scranton. Features a cookout, music, outdoor lawn games, Zumba, prize drawings and more. A free pass to visit the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour will be given to everyone in attendance. Transportation from area senior centers will be handled by COLTS. Individuals must register for a ride in order to gauge the number of pickups that will have to be made. Cost: free. Info: 570-963-6750.

Pasta dinner, 4 to 7 p.m. June 18 at Countryside Community Church,14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Take out or eat in. Cost: $8 for adults, $6 for children under 10. Tickets: at church office in advance or at the door the day of. Info: 570-587-3206 or

Annual Chicken BBQ, 12 p.m. until sold out, June 18 at the Waverly Masonic Lodge, Clarks Green. Cost: $10 for adults and $6 for children. Eat in or take out.

Father’s Day Ballroom Brunch and Train Ride, June 19 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton. After enjoying a brunch at the hotel, participants will board a Steamtown National Historic Site excursion train directly from the hotel, bound for a roundtrip excursion to Moscow. There are several seatings available for the Father’s Day Ballroom Brunch, beginning at 11 a.m. and the train will depart from the hotel at 1:30 p.m., scheduled to return to Scranton at 3:30 p.m. Cost: $54.95 for adults, $34.95 for children 12 and younger. Info/reservations: 570-558-3919.

Native American Mini Pow-Wow, 4 to 7 p.m. June 22 at the Abington Community Library. For all ages, featuring various performers and vendors. Program will begin at 4 p.m. and repeat at 5:30 p.m. Cost: free.

Wigle Whiskey Tasting, 7 p.m. June 24 at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. Hosted by the Lackawanna Historical Society. Wigle is a Pittsburgh-based family-owned craft distillery that uses local organic grains in its spirits. A brief presentation about Pennsylvania whiskey will be followed by a tasting of three Wigle spirits. Cost: $25. Space is limited and reservations are required. Info/reservations: 570-344-3841 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.

Italian Language Hour, 2 p.m. June 26 at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St., Taylor. SIAMO, The Italian-American Heritage Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, will host this event, 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:

12th Annual Calli Memorial Car Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 26 at the Fleetville Fire Co. grounds. Benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of NEPA and local children with severe and terminal illnesses, the car show is held every year in memory of Calli Irene Walter, who died of leukemia at age 4. Features a flea market, food stands, crafts, and music. Trophies are awarded. Info: contact Jeff or Vicki Walter at 570-945-7003.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. June 28 at the library. A group of tweens/teens focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more. Students in fifth through 12th grades are invited to come and share thoughts and ideas. Info: (570) 587-3440.

Senior citizens’ farmers market vouchers distribution, 9 a.m. June 28 at the Abington Senior Center, 1151 Winola Road, Clarks Summit. The Lackawanna County Commissioners will distribute Farmers Market Nutritional Program vouchers. Under the program, each eligible senior can receive up to four $5 vouchers that can be redeemed at participating farmers markets and farm stands for fresh fruit and produce. Those who qualify are Lackawanna County residents who will be 60 or older by Dec. 31 and whose annual income does not exceed $21,978 for a single person, $29,637 for a couple or $37,296 for a three person household. Proof of age and Lackawanna County residency is required. Vouchers will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Seniors who are unable to visit a site may appoint a proxy to pick-up a voucher for them. Info: or 570-963-6740.

Identity Theft Protection Workshop with Wells Fargo, 6 to 7 p.m. June 29 at the Abington Community Library. Learn about tools and resources to reduce risk of fraud and identity theft. Info: 570-587-3440.

JA Personal Finance, 6 to 7 p.m. weekly from June 29 through July 27 at the Abington Community Library. For teens in grades 9-12. Learn to recognize and apply the fundamental elements of personal finances: earnings, saving and investing, budgeting, credit, risk management, and giving for a lifetime of financial success. Refreshments will be served. Info: 570-587-3440.

Rotary Club of the Abingtons’ annual Independence Day fireworks event, July 2 at the Abington Heights Middle School. Food, fireworks display and more. The show grounds will open at 5 p.m. and the fireworks show will begin at nightfall. Rain date: July 3. Cost: parking is $5 per vehicle.

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.

Touch a Truck fundraiser, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16 at the South Abington Recreationl Park, 642 Northern Boulevard. Cost: $5 per person. Benefits the Chinchilla Hose Company of South Abington Township.

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.

Annual Chicken Barbeque, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 23 at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. Take-outs available. Cost: $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets/info: 570-587-2571.

Not One More Wyoming County’s addiction and overdose awareness rally, 5 p.m. Aug. 11 on Courthouse Square in Tunkhannock. Not One More is a group of concerned citizens and Wyoming County agencies who have joined with the Wyoming County Commissioners to raise awareness and seek solutions to the addiction and overdose crisis in the community. The rally will feature live music, speakers, information booths, food vendors, activities for children and a candlelight vigil. Info: at 570-833-4330 or 570-750-1203.


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:

Music on the Lawn Craft Fair and Yard Sale, Aug. 27 on the grounds of the Lake Winola United Methodist Church, Maple Drive, Mill City. Craft Fair and Yard Sale start at 1 p.m. and a chicken barbecue will be offered from 4 to 7 p.m. Also features live Christian music, screening of the movie ‘God’s Not Dead 2,’ a campfire for roasting marshmallows, The Balloon Lady, Model “A” Club of Northeast PA, and more. A portion of the money raised will benefit Equines for Freedom. Cost: BBQ tickets are $9 pre-sale and $10 the day of for full dinner; Chicken halves only will also be available the day of event for $5 each. Tickets/vendor info: call Mark at 570-351-7365. Event info:


Minecraft Meet-Up, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 15 at the Abington Community Library. Love to play Minecraft? Interested in meeting with other kids who do too? Bring your devices, books and creativity. Sorry, no instruction provided. For students in grades K-6. Info: 570-587-3440.

Read to Dogs, 6 to 7 p.m. June 15 at the Abington Community Library. Students in kindergarten through third grade may drop by during this hour to get some reading practice in with certified therapy dogs. Info: 570-587-3440.

Ready, Set, Let’s Go! 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 17 at the Abington Community Library. Children in fourth through sixth grade will learn the importance of exercise and good nutrition and discover healthy and fun ways to keep fit. Info: 570-587-3440.

Family Fun Day, 2 to 5 p.m. June 18 at at Marywood University in the parking lot behind the Center for Athletics and Wellness. Hosted by Friends of the Poor, the event will feature food, games, prizes, music, a photo booth, a dunk tank and more. Cost: free. Families are asked to register by June 10 and can do so online at or by calling 570-963-2481.

Free Screening of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and Summer Camp Open House, 11 a.m. June 18 at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, Shopland Hall. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Cost: free admission. Info: contact Camille Reinecke at or 570-346-7369, ext. 100. Details regarding camp sessions can be found at

Summer Reading Club Kickoff, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 20 at the Abington Community Library. The Amazing Magi presents a special magic show, “Go for the Gold: The Power of Reading.” For ages 0-12. Info: 570-587-3440.

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:​.

Our Lady of the Snows/Church of St. Gregory Vacation Bible School, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 20 through 24 at Our Lady of Peace School, North Abington Road, Clarks Green. This year’s theme is “Cave Quest: Following Jesus, the Light of the World.” For children ages 4-11. Early registration deadline is June 7 and registration will continue until June 17. No walk-in registrations accepted. Registration forms can be found online at or by stopping by the parish offices. Info: 570-586-1741.

Wyoming County Players Summer Theater Camp, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jun 20-24 at Whipple Performing Arts Studio in Tunkhannock. Register: or 570-836-6986. Info:

JA More than Money, 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, June 22 through July 27 at the Abington Community Library. For students in grades third through fifth grade. Understand money concepts as they apply to daily life through interactive and fun activities. Refreshments will be served. Info: 570-587-3440.

JA Economics for Success, 4 to 5 p.m. weekly from June 22 through 29 at the Abington Community Library. For students in grades 6-8. Have fun exploring your skills, interests, values, and the world of work to make informed education, career, and life decisions. Refreshments will be served. Info: 570-587-3440.

Countryside Community Church Fishing Derby, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 25 at the Abington Heights Middle School Pond. The event will be held rain or shine and will include prize drawings, face painting, archery, hot dogs and beverages and a trophy for the child who catches the largest fish. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Info: or 570-587-3206.

Child Safety Day, 12 to 3 p.m. June 25 at Weston Field, 982 Providence Road, Scranton. Hosted by Commonwealth Health Emergency Medical Services and Moses Taylor Hospital. Features activities geared toward children while focusing on important safety issues, such as the dangers of leaving children in cars during warm weather, the proper way to secure a child in a car seat, bike helmet safety and fire safety. Bicycle helmets will be given to the first 100 children in attendance and those who pledge to wear their helmets at all times will be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle. Hot dogs and drinks will be served. Cost: free.

Get Moving! 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 27 at the Abington Community Library. For children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Have fun and get moving with fitness instructor Stephanie Hatfield. Info: 570-587-3440.

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.

Countryside Community Church’s annual Vacation Bible School (VBS), 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. July 11 through 15 at the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. A light supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. each night, followed by Bible lessons, educational videos, crafts, music, games, and more from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Age three through sixth grade are welcome. The theme this year is “Cave Quest, Following Jesus the Light of the World.” Register: Info: email Wendy at

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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