Community calendar for week of Aug. 17, 2016

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Dunmore Central Catholic High School Class of 1971 45th reunion, Aug. 27 at the Green Ridge Club in Scranton. Cost: $40. Reservations due by Aug. 1. Info: contact Joann Resicgno Lund on the class Facebook page or email Jennifer Marrese at

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 Our Lady of the Snows 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.

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.

Harford Agricultural Society Scholarship Award applications, due by Sept. 1. The directors of the Harford Agricultural Society are continuing their scholarship program for college students who have been affiliated with the fair either through 4-H, working, or exhibiting at the fair. This year’s winners will be recognized at the Harford Fair Banquet in October. Info/application: or at the Harford Fair office on the fairgrounds.

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:

Luzerne County Community College’s Scranton fall courses, offered days and evenings, Aug. 29 through Oct. 24 at the college’s Scranton site, 300 Lackawanna Ave. Courses scheduled to be offered in Scranton include accounting, anatomy and physiology, court reporting, economics, English, computer literacy, health and physical education, psychology, first year experience, history, human services, medical terminology, sociology, speech and more. Both 15-week and 7-week sessions will be held for the fall semester. Info: 570-740-0210 or 800-377-LCCC, extension 7210.

The Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory fall program, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 and continuing each Wednesday and Friday evening through Friday, Nov. 18. The astronomical programs will feature an illustrated lecture and weather-permitted observation through telescopes. Sessions will be held regardless of sky conditions and will be cancelled only by the threat of severe weather. Large groups such as school classes, scouts, and community organizations interested in attending a session may contact Jo-Ann Kamichitis at 570-945-8402 or email to arrange a private appointment. Info:

The Trinity Early Learning Center fall enrollment, open through Sept. 10. The center is accepting students for its Pre-school and Kindergarten Readiness programs. Info: 570-587-1088, or

Growing Stronger program, from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Sept. 8 at the Abington Senior Center and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 7 at the West Side Active Adult Community. Penn State Extension and The University of Scranton are offering this program for men and women over the age of 40. Growing Stronger stems from Tufts University’s Dr. Miriam Nelson’s Strong Women’s program, which was designed to prevent osteoporosis in mid-life women. Cost: $105 for those who register before Aug. 24 and $115 after that date. Registration deadline: Sept. 2. Info/register: contact Samantha DeSantis at 570-963-6842, ext. 1381.

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, a nine-week class beginning Sept. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Clarks Green Assembly of God. Facilitators: Jay and Gina Jayne. Register: 570-586-8286.


State Rep. Marty Flynn’s outreach event, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Aug. 17 at the South Abington Township building, second floor meeting room, 104 Shady Lane 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 matter. Info: 570-342-4348.

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.

The Waverly Community House’s annual Cocktails for the Courts fundraiser, 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 19, at the Comm. Rain or shine. Must be 21 or older to attend. Cost: $35. Tickets: at the gate or in advance at the Comm office or online at

Luzerne County Community College Instant Admission Day, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at the college’s Scranton Center at the Marketplace at Steamtown. Representatives from the Admissions Office will be available and information will be provided about applying for college, placement testing, and financial aid. Info: call 570-740-0399 or 800-377-LCCC, ext. 7399 or visit

American Red Cross blood drive, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 20 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 205 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Info/appointments: download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-733-2767.

Heritage Explorer Train excursion, departing at 10 a.m. Aug. 20 from Steamtown National Historic Site in downtown Scranton, to Carbondale’s Pioneer Days – Ethnic Heritage Festival. The train will travel through the Mid Valley to arrive in Carbondale at 11:45 a.m. The ride includes a free activity guide, music and more. In Carbondale, there will be display booths, entertainment, and food. The train departs from Carbondale at 2:30 p.m., and will arrive back at Steamtown at 4 p.m. Cost: $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens (age 65 and older) and free for children age 12 and under. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Seating is limited. Tickets are available at all Lackawanna County Libraries. Info: or 570.348.3003.

Local history event, 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Clifford Township Historical Society’s three township sites. Spend the afternoon with CTHS docent-members as they relate true stories about the area’s history. See, read, and learn from an ever-growing collection of artifacts about the people who founded the region. The Museum of Local History, which also houses the new General Store, is located inside the Community Center building on Cemetery Street, the Baptist Church is on nearby Church Street and the Hoover School is two miles away on St. Rt. 2014. Each site is handicap accessible. Cost: free.

Luzerne County Community College’s Scranton Center ribbon-cutting ceremony, 11 a.m. Aug. 23 at The Marketplace at Steamtown. Includes tours of the new facility and the opportunity to speak with representatives from the admissions office about applying for college, course offerings, placement testing, degree programs and financial aid. The College will begin offering courses at the new Scranton Center for the fall 2016 semester. Info:

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.

Serving Seniors, Inc. Annual Summer Cocktail Party, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 26 at Linwood Nursing and Rehab Center, 100 Florida Ave., Scranton (East Mountain). Cost: $35. Proceeds benefit programs at Serving Seniors, Inc. Tickets: 570-344-3931, or at the door.

Countryside Community Church Chicken BBQ, 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 27 at the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Newton Township. Take out or eat in. Advance sale tickets only. Tickets available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday until Sunday, Aug. 21 at the church office or at Ayers’ Country Market at Red Barn Village. Cost: $10 for adults and $8 for children age 10 and under. Info: 570-587-3206 or

Chicken and Rib/Barbecue Pork Chop Dinner, 12 to 3 p.m. Aug. 27 at St. Michael’s Center, 403 Delaware St., Jermyn. Sponsored by St. Michael’s Orthodox Church. Take-outs and advance orders only. Info/order: 570-876-1456.

Countryside Community Church Hymn Sing, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Hymn sing will be followed by an ice cream social. Info: 570-587-3206 or

Cars and Coffee, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Waverly Community House (Comm), 1115 N. Abington Road. Bring your exotic, classic, antique car or hot rod (motorcycles are also welcome) to the Comm back lawn and enjoy a Sunday morning of camaraderie with your fellow motor heads on the Comm square. Event sponsor Dickson City Hundai will provide coffee and pastries. No registration is necessary. Cost: free.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. Aug. 30 at the library. A group of tweens/teens focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more. Info: 570-587-3440.

United Way Kick-off Clam Bake, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Coopers Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Join Campaign Chair Justin Davis, CEO of Commonwealth Health Moses Taylor Hospital, and celebrate the start of the 2016-17 United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties’ Campaign and Day of Caring. Cost: $30. RSVP deadline: Aug. 29. Info:

Chinchilla Hose Company Chicken BBQ, 12 to 5 p.m. (or until sold out) Sept. 3 at the firehouse. Dine in or can drive through and take an order to go. Cost: $10. Tickets: See any fire company member or stop by the firehouse.

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:

Lackawanna Heritage Valley’s 25-year celebration, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Olive Street Trailhead. Honoring Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn, founding chair of LHV. Features food, beverages, live entertainment and more. Info: contact April Rogato at 570-963-6730, ext. 8200 or or visit

Nicholson Bridge Day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 11 on Main Street in Nicholson. Presented by the Nicholson Women’s Club, this celebration of the Tunkhannock Viaduct’s 101st anniversary will include more than 60 vendors, live entertainment, a chicken barbecue and other food, a talent show, children’s activities and more. Talent show info: call Mike Hawver at 570-575-3793. Vendor info: 570-942-4481.

Paws in the Vineyard, 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 15 at Maiolatesi Wine Cellar, 32 Cabernet Drive, Scott Twp. Tickets: $40, includes two glasses of wine, hors d’ouvres and desserts, and music provided throughout by DJ Jack Martin. All proceeds will benefit the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

3rd Annual Kathleen’s Crusade, 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 18 outdoors at the Radisson Hotel, Scranton. Tickets: $20, can be purchased in advance at KMO Salon in Dunmore or Eastern Penn Supply Co. in Scranton. Info: 570-677-8558.

Recovery is H.O.P.E., 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Keyser Valley Community Center, 101 N. Keyser Ave., Scranton. The Scranton Chapter of Young People in Recovery (YPR) will host this event in support of individuals in recovery for drug and/or alcohol abuse. It will feature guest speakers, representatives from treatment centers, wellness vendors, counseling, education and employment booths. Cost: free. Info: visit or contact Yolanda Battaglia at or 570-903‐8700.

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

‘Wanted: More Women Candidates’ workshop, Oct. 8, at The University of Scranton. Presented by Ready to Run Northeastern Pennsylvania, in partnership with the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, the workshop will offer nonpartisan targeted training to women who want to run for office or get involved with public life. 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.

Holiday House Tour, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Waverly Community House. Tickets: $20 (limited number available), and can be purchased in advance at The Comm.


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:

Artisans’ Marketplace, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 21 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Waverly Community House. Tickets: $5. Over 20 juried artists, homemade luncheon and specialty sweets.


Everhart Museum presents: ‘Jack and the Beanstalk,’ 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Abington Community Library. Everhart Museum on the Road will present this multidisciplinary workshop inspired by the Everhart Museum’s summer exhibit “Wolves, Magic Mirrors and Spinning Wheels: The Anatomy of a Fairytale.” For children ages 3-5, Space is limited. Register/info: 570-587-3440.

Library Camp-Out, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Abington Community Library. Build a fort from sheets, blankets, and boxes. S’mores too! For children in grades 4-6.

Free Back to School Hair Cuts, 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 28 at Clark Summit Senior Living, 950 Morgan Hwy. Stylists Lorena and Shannon from Sanderson Place State Street in Clarks Summit will provide hair cuts for children age 12 and under. Appointments (required): call Sue Chapin at 570-586-8080.

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