Community calendar for week of July 20, 2016

July 19th, 2016 12:20 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.

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 Group, 7 p.m. every Friday in the Recovery Room at Clarks Green Assembly of God, 204 S. 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 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

Abington Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 29 at South Abington Park. Rain or shine. Produce offered is all locally grown in the Abington area. Info: call Michelle LaCoe at 570-586-7952.

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter guitar raffle, through Sept. 9 at Northeast Music Center Inc., Dickson City. In cooperation with Paul Reed Smith Guitars in Maryland, the business is raffling off a $4,200 USA Made Carlos Santana Model Guitar, with all proceeds benefiting Griffin Pond Animal Shelter in South Abington Township. This guitar has been signed by Santana. Cost: $10 per ticket or 12 for $100. Tickets/info:


Viewmont Mall’s 2016 Educators’ Night Out, 5 to 6:30 p.m. July 21 at the mall, located in Dickson City. Teachers and staff are invited to an evening filled with eating, drinking and shopping. Mall retailers are offering exclusive discounts for attendees who present a school ID card and teachers will receive a $20 mall gift card. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP:

Free Clothing Huddle, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21 through 23 at Waverly Community Church, 101 Carbondale Road. All are welcome to come pick out clothing and various items. Cost: free. Info: call Linda at 570-587-2280.

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.

Louis Koch Memorial 5K Race for Suicide Awareness, 7:30 a.m. July 23 at the Olive Street Trailhead of the LHVA trail in Scranton. A race/walk open to everyone who wants to support these causes. Proceeds benefit the Suicide Prevention Initiative and a scholarship foundation set up for underprivileged children to attend the Keystone/TUTeensConservation camp. Register: Info: 570-954-5042.

Healing Service, 7 p.m. July 25 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 3832 SR 6, Tunkhannock. Topic: “Strength, Courage and Hope.” Led by Mary Martin, a member of the International Order of St. Luke the Physician, the service will include individual prayers with laying on of hands and anointing with oil. Info: or 570-836-2233.

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.

Keystone College Summer Open House, July 26 at the La Plume campus. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Hibbard Campus Center and the Open House will conclude at approximately 1 p.m. Register/info: visit, call 1-877-4-COLLEGE or e-mail

‘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.

Free “Balanced Lifestyle” presentation, noon July 28 in the Constance Reynolds Belin Room in the South Wing of the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Rd. Jose Briceno of LUX Personal Training in Clarks Summit will offer tips to achieve the body you want to achieve.

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.

Community Pig Roast, 1 p.m. July 31 at Clarks Green Assembly of God, 204 S. Abington Road. Includes a meal, games and live entertainment. All are invited to attend the worship service at 11 a.m., followed by the serving of the food at 1 p.m. Cost: free. Info: 570-586-8286.

Marywood University Transfer Day programs, 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 3 and 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

Our Lady of the Snows and The Church of St. Benedict’s Annual Country Bazaar, Aug. 4-6 on the grounds of The Church of Benedict, Newton Ransom Boulevard. Shuttle bus rides offered from the Red Barn Village for easy parking from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. New this year will be a Garden of Light and Hope, comprised of hundreds of luminaries that will be lit at dusk on Saturday evening. For a donation of $5, individuals can write a message in memory of, or in honor of someone, or a message hope and inspiration. For more information or to purchase luminaries, visit

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Little Sisters of the Poor Night, Aug. 9 at PNC Field, 235 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic. Prior to the 7:05 p.m. game where the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will take on the Leigh Valley Iron Pigs, the Little Sisters will be available at the plaza entrance of the stadium to talk with visitors and provide a pre-game, on-field interview about Holy Family Residence and their mission of serving the elderly poor throughout the world. At 6:45 p.m., one of the Little Sisters will throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game. Cost: $13 each for seats in the stadium’s field reserved section 28. Little Sisters of the Poor baseball t-shirts are $10 each and available in youth sizes as well as adult sizes small through 3XL. Info: call 570-343-4065 or email by Aug. 2. Orders can also be placed online at

‘New to Medicare’ workshop, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 in the Constance Reynolds Belin Room located in the South Wing of the Waverly Community House. Cost: free. Reservations: 570-586-8191, extension 2, or

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

Chicken-n-Biscuit or Ham Dinner, 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 17 at Clifford United Methodist Church, Main Street, Clifford. Take out or dine in. Includes dinner, dessert and drink. Cost: $8.95.

Energy Savings and Solar 101 Course, 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 24 and 25 at the Waverly Community House. Local non-profit SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) is partnering with the Comm to present this free two-night workshop, which will teach participants about saving energy and money at home, the different types of solar energy systems and how they work and more. Cost: free. Register: or 570-245–1256.

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 Lackawanna Historical Society’s Annual Dinner, 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at at Scranton Prep. The centennial of the Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences will be celebrated with a presentation titled “Foundations: Mary Brooks Picken: Vice President and Director of Instruction for the Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences.” Guest speaker: Catherine Amoroso Leslie. Cost: $50. Reservations (required): 570-344-3841 or

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.


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:


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.

Wonderful World of Water Camp, Aug. 1 through 3 at the Valley Community Library, Peckville. The camp is offered in partnership with the Lackawanna River Conservation Association, free of charge to children of Pennsylvania American Water customers. It provides an opportunity for area children to enjoy outdoor fun while learning about water. Day campers, ages 7 through 11, will explore watershed basics, learn how human activity on the land affects the quality of water in rivers and streams, and discover solutions to water pollution. Cost: free; A deposit of $10 will hold a child’s space, and the deposit will be refunded upon arrival at camp. Info/register: visit, call 570-347-6311, or email

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