Community calendar for week of Aug. 31, 2016

August 30th, 2016 7:46 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 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.

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.

Lackawanna Heritage Valley 25th Anniversary Gala, Sept. 8 at the Olive Street Trailhead of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail.The Gala will honor Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn who led the Task Force of more than 400 citizens in 1991 to turn the vision into reality. A Founders Circle also will be established, which will include 12 charter members whose efforts were integral to the success of LHV. All proceeds benefit Lackawanna Heritage Valley. Cost: $100. Reservation deadline: Sept. 1. Info/reservations: or call 570-963-6730.

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:

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.

Historic Tunkhannock Walking Tour, 5 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 15, 22 and 29 beginning at the Dietrich Theater. The two-mile walk through the Tunkhannock Historic District will take about two hours. Tour booklets, complete with photos of forty featured structures, basic descriptions and a centerfold map are available at the theater. Pre-registration required. Cost: free. Info/register: 570-996-1500.


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:

Refuse To Be A Victim seminar, 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 1 at Ramada Inn, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit. Cost: $30. Pre-registration is required at Info: Martina Coon at 570-565-9362.

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:

47th Annual Bull Roast, 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Waverly United Methodist Church, 105 Church St. Rain or shine. Cost: $14 for adults $6 for children, age 9 and younger. Dine in or take out. Ten percent of all proceeds will benefit mission projects at the church. Info/volunteer: contact Holly Gilpin at 570- 561-3371.

Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers meeting, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Ryon Room at the Abington Community Library. For anyone who is a beekeeper, would like to become a beekeeper or is interested in honeybees. This month’s topic is fall honey harvest and getting hives ready for fall. Cost: free.

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.

The 49th annual Our Lady of the Abingtons Fall Festival, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 11 on the church grounds off Seminary Road in Dalton. Features a chicken barbecue, live music by the Quietmen, auctions and raffles, homemade baked goods, classic car cruisers, kids games and more. Cost: Parking and admission are free. Info:

ACL-TLC Meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Abington Community Library. The Teen Leadership Committee is a group of tweens/teens focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more. Info: 570-587-3440.

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.

Praise in the Park for Matthew’s Miracle, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Hillside Park. South Abington Elementary School first grader Matthew McDonnell, has been battling a rare form of kidney cancer since age 3 and relapsed for the third time in July of this year. Community members are invited to this event organized by Matthew’s family and friends, to join voices in prayer for his health. Attendees should bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Info: 570-947-2474.

Breaking Clays for Kids, Sept. 17 at the Rock Mountain Sporting Clays, Mitchell Road, Springville. The Children’s Center, a child advocacy center providing service to children in Wyoming and Susquehanna Counties, is hosting this sporting clay shoot to raise funds to support its operations. Info: contact Amber Loomis at 570-823-5144, ext. 309 or

St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral’s 125th anniversary celebration, Sept. 17 and 18. Hierarchical services will include a vigil at 4 p.m. Saturday, followed by a complimentary meal in the church center for all in attendance. The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday. A banquet will be held at Fiorelli’s Catering, Main Street, Peckville, beginning with cocktail hour at 1:30 p.m. Tickets for the banquet can be purchased by calling 570-876-1191, 570-876-3548 or 570-430-5834. Event info: 570-876-0730.

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.

Knights of Columbus breakfast, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at St.Patrick’s church hall in Nicholson. All you can eat. Proceeds benefit charitable work of the Knights of Columbus, supporting Catholic educational, social and parish activities, as well as the local communities. Cost: $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under and $24 for a family of four. Tickets available at door.

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.

Chicken-n-Biscuit or Ham Dinner, 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at Clifford United Methodist Church, Main Street, Clifford. Take out or dine in. Cost: $8.95.

Scholarship Party with Jennifer Kresock, 12 to 3 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Abington Community Library. Enjoy light refreshments while completing scholarship applications. Scholarship websites and databases will be provided. Students should bring a laptop or tablet. Event includes prizes, food, and scholarship search strategies and tips for winning scholarships. Info: 570-587-3440.

Simple. Natural. Healing. with Donna LaBar, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 24 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Join local author Donna LaBar for a talk, reception featuring healthy recipes and book signing of “Simple. Natural. Healing: Commonsense Approaches to Health Transformation.” Books will be available for sale at the presentation, a portion of the proceeds benefiting the theater. Cost: free admission. Tickets will be available at the door or can be reserved by calling 570-996-1500.

ACL-TLC Meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Abington Community Library. The Teen Leadership Committee is a group of tweens/teens focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more. Info: 570-587-3440.

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.


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.


Library Amazing Race, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Abington Community Library. Have fun working your way through the Dewey Decimal System with activities, games and snacks. Complete all 10 activity stations and win a prize. For ages 2-12. Info: 570-587-3440.

Crafters’ Club, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Abington Community Library. Meet other crafters and share tips. All materials will be provided. For grades 3-6. Info: 570-587-3440.

LEGO Club, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Abington Community Library. LEGOs provided. For grades K-6.

Homeschoolers at the Library, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Abington Community Library. Homeschooling parents may bring their children to a fun, educational program to enrich their home learning experience. Features hands-on projects, stories, short videos and more. This month, Miss Laura and Mrs. Burke will give an introduction to library resources, the Dewey Decimal system, and the library catalog. For grades K-6. Info: 570-587-3440.

Minecraft Meet-Up, 6:30 to 7:30 Sept. 30 at the Abington Community Library. Bring your devices, books, and creativity and play/discuss Minecraft with friends. No instruction provided. For grades K-6.

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