Community calendar for week of July 6, 2016

July 5th, 2016 4:29 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. 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


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.

Mission & Ministry Fair, 11:30 a.m. July 10 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Dr., Clarks Summit. All are welcome to enjoy refreshments and learn more about what the numerous ministries have to offer. Info: 570-587-3206.

Exercise Your Adult Mind, 7 to 8 p.m. July 12 at the Abington Community Library. Participants will “exercise their minds” by completing a variety of puzzles, such as Sudoku, Word Scramble, Word Search and more.

Multiple Sclerosis Seminar with Geisinger Health Plans, 1:30 to 2 p.m. July 13 at the Abington Community Library. GHP Wellness will be offering on-site wellness education on Multiple Sclerosis. Individuals must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committtee Meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. July 13 at the library. A group of tweens/teens in grades 5-12, focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more. Info: 570-587-3440.

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.

Post-PurpleStride Celebration, 5 to 7 p.m. July 17 at Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden Street, Scranton. Celebrate the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Northeastern Pennsylvania Affiliate’s PurpleStride event in June, which drew more than 1,000 participants and raised more than $105,000. Info/ RSVP: email Paul Savage at

Big Brothers Big Sisters Informational Program, 6 to 7 p.m. July 18 at the Abington Community Library. This event will focus on what Big Brothers Big Sisters is and the opportunities it provides for the community. There will be an chance to ask questions and learn about volunteer opportunities available with the organization.

ServSafe certification course, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 20, in the Fireplace Lounge, Hibbard Campus Center at Keystone College. The training will cover topics involving food-borne illnesses and health risks that workers in commercial food service establishments must learn. Participants are expected to review the ServSafe textbook for a minimum of 7.5 hours prior to the scheduled course. Cost of the program is $169 and includes a textbook, lunch and a one hour USDA presentation. Due to the self-study requirement, participants must register no later than seven days prior to the class. Register/info: contact Brenda Lidy at 570-945-8334 or

Countryside Community Church Hoagie Sale, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 4:30 to 6 p.m. July 22 at the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Turkey and Italian hoagies available. Orders must be placed by July 17, by calling 570-587-3206.

Waverly Township Community Square Fair, 5 to 7 p.m. July 22 at the Waverly Community House. Family fun for all ages, including a concert on the lawn with Doug Smith’s Dixieland Band, ticketed carnival games designed by the Comm Camp counselors, a bounce house, a dunk tank (Dunk the Counselor game) and a picnic dinner. Cost: free admission. Info:

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.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committtee Meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. July 26 at the library. A group of tweens/teens in grades 5-12, focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more. Info: 570-587-3440.

‘Advance Care Planning’ presentation, 11 a.m. July 27 at the Tunkhannock Senior Center. Dr. Edward G. Zurad, MD, FAAFP, Associate Medical Director of Allied Services Hospice, will talk about how to avoid the stress of making end of life decisions without the input of the loved one. RSVP: 570-830-8928.

The Backyard BBQ In Honor of Joseph “Pep” Sparacino, 4 to 10 p.m. July 29 at The Vault Restaurant, 301 N. Main St., West Scranton. Benefits PA Lung Cancer Alliance. Includes food, cash bar, entertainment, gift basket raffle and information on lung cancer screening, treatment and support. Cost: $10.

The Laps for Lung Cancer, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 30 at Montage Mountain Water Park. Cost: $24.99 for adults, $20.99 for children under 48 inches, free for children under two years old and $5 for seniors. For each ticket sold that day the park will donate $5 to PA Lung Cancer Alliance and the organization will also receive a percentage of food sales.

SIAMO’s monthly Italian Language Hour, 2 p.m. July 31 at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St., Taylor. This is not a class, but a chance for anyone who speaks Italian to practice their skills and meet new people. Info: email or call 570-290-7212.

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.

Webinar: ‘Avoiding the Top 5 Leadership Mistakes,’ 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 11. View the webinar on your own or join Express Employment Professionals for the “lunch and learn” version at McCann School of Business in Dickson City. Presentation by Jack Smalley, director of HR learning and development for Express Employment Professionals. Cost: free. Info/register for webinar: Reservations for lunch event (due by Aug. 1): 570-963-1000 or

Railfest 2016, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 3 and 4 at Steamtown National Historic Site. A celebration of railroading that features visiting railroad equipment displays, special shop demonstrations and train rides on both days of the event. Cost: All Railfest activities and programs are included in the park’s $7 daily entrance fee for visitors age 16 and older. Fares to ride the “Scranton Limited” short train rides are $5 per person, all ages 6 and older. Info:

The Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil, Nov. 4, at Scranton Courthouse Square. The vigil provides hope, support and compassion for those affected by this disease — from survivor, to patient, to loved ones.


Mini Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 16 at the Abington Community Library. Books for all ages will be offered for sale, with prices varying between 25 cents and $2.

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:

Clarks Summit United Methodist Church Flea Market, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 6 at the church, 1310 Morgan Highway. Selling space is available for $20 outside or $25 inside. Benefits the church. Parking fee: $2. Info: 570-587-2571.

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:


A visit from the Zoomobile, 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. (both sessions are the same) July 7 at the Abington Community Library. Meet several animals from the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park. Learn about their characteristics and maybe even pet a few. For children in grades K-6. Register/info: 570-587-3440.

Deep Sea Discovery VBS, 11 a.m. Sundays, July 10, 17, 24 and 31 at Waverly Community Church. The church invites parents, grandparents and friends to join in the worship services while the children participate in the Vacation Bible School activities. Register: 570-587-2280. Cost: free.

Yoga For Kids, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 11 at the Abington Community Library. Join certified yoga instructor Johanna Davis for a group yoga session for children grades K-2.

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

Deep Sea Discovery VBS, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 11 through 15 at the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit. For children age four through completion of fifth grade. Register:

Book Buddies, 11 a.m. July 11, 18 and 25 at the Dalton Community Library. A program is about sharing good books with others. Open to all ages. Pre-registration is required. Info/register: 570-563-2014.

App Attack! 2 p.m. July 12, 19 and 26 and Aug. 2 at the Dalton Community Library. Children ages 7-12 can join in to learn new apps, teach others and explore together different age-appropriate apps. Apps used will be both educational and fun. Participants must bring their own electronic device. Info: 570-563-2014.

Art Group, 12:15 p.m. July 12, 19 and 26 and Aug. 2 at the Dalton Community Library. Art for children ages 7-12. Info: 570-563-2014.

Game Changers, 1:15 p.m. July 12, 19 and 26 and Aug. 2 at the Dalton Community Library. Children ages 7-12 can join this program designed to introduce, instruct and provide experience in the use of various types of games. Info: 570-563-2014.

Yoga classes, July 12, 19 and 26 and Aug. 2 and 9 at the Dalton Community Library. Sessions for children age six and younger will begin at10:30 a.m. and sessions for children age seven and up begin at 11 a.m. Info: 570-563-2014.

Water Olympics, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 15 at the Abington Community Library. For children in grades 4-6. To celebrate the Summer Olympics, try your hand at some fun water games. Snacks provided.

Introduction to Coding, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 15, 22, 29 at the Abington Community Library. Students in second through third grade will learn how algorithms apply to everyday life and how they can be used in programming. Students will study programming theory and do practice activities using puzzle piece coding blocks on An email address is required to create an account on Due to the small class size, patrons are asked to only register if able to commit to all three dates. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Cross Culture VBS: Expedition Norway, 5:45 to 8:15 p.m. July 18 through 21 at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. For children age two through completion of sixth grade. All children should be toilet trained. Snacks provided. Cost: free. Register:

Sciencetellers: Power and Energy, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 21 at the Abington Community Library. Children in grades K-6: Throw on your lab coats and buckle in — you are about to experience the science of power and energy through several exciting, hands-on experiments that will have you laughing, learning and having fun.

Take a Tromp Through the Swamp, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 28 at the Abington Community Library. Children ages 0-12 will enjoy a wacky sing-a-long with musician Tom Sieling.

Barnyard Roundup VBS, 5:15 p.m. Aug. 1 through 5 at Elm Park United Methodist Church in Scranton. For all children ages 4 through 11. The event will begin with a free family dinner each evening. The children’s program will run from 6 to 8:30 pm. A free movie will be offered for parents who wish to stay during the duration of the event. There will be games, Bible challenges, live barnyard animals and more. Register: 570-342-8263 or stop by the church at 712 Linden St. during normal business hours.

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