Community calendar for week of Sept. 7, 2016

September 6th, 2016 6:25 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.

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

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.

Cub Scout Pack 251 sign-ups, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 and 21 and 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Clarks Green United Methodist Church. The Sept. 28 sign-ups will be followed by the first pack meeting of the new year at 7 p.m. Cub Scouting is for boys ages 6-10. Info: call Cubmaster Brian Sompel at 570-815-1279.


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

Countryside Community Church Campfire, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Features music, snacks and fellowship around the campfire. The church will provide the hot dogs, drinks and s’mores. Bring a chair and a snack/dessert to share and perhaps your guitar. This is a family event for all ages. Cost: free. Info: 570-587-3206.

Penn State Worthington Scranton’s annual Free Nittany Lion Children’s Health Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 10 at Penn State Worthington Scranton. Features health, fitness and safety information and demonstrations; various health screenings; tours of a Fire Safety Smoke House, fire truck and ambulance and more. Children ages 5-12 will receive a free PSU backpack, as well as giveaways from the various participants that will be at the event. Cost: free. Info: 570-963-2644.

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:

15th annual Community Pledge of Allegiance, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Waverly Community House. The brief ceremony, in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, will take place at the flagpole on the front lawn, with members of the local VFW leading the program.

Common Ground Service, 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. A coffeehouse worship setting. Info: 570-587-3206.

Abington Heights Civic League banquet, 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at City Cafe, North Washington Avenue, Scranton. Info: 570 587-3101.

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.

‘Understanding Common Core Mathematics Strategies’ workshop, 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at McCann School of Business and Technology’s Dickson City campus. Abington Heights, Lakeland, Scranton and Valley View School School Districts are collaborating to present strategies, techniques, and resources for parents, tutors, caregivers and preservice and inservice early childhood professionals. Attendance certificates will be given to those who require documentaion. Pre-register: call 570-483-6005 by Sept. 13.

Constitution Day lecture, 7 p.m. Sept. 15 in the McGowan Community Room in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life at Marywood University. Marywood’s social sciences department will host a talk by historian Dr. Cassandra Good in commemoration of Constitution Day. She will present on her book, “Founding Friendships: Friendships between Men and Women in the Early American Republic.” Info:

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.

The Mountain View Garden Club meeting, 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the fire hall on Route 106 in Clifford. A presentation will be made by Trevor Kashuba, of Corky’s Garden Center in Justus. The public is invited. Info: contact Membership Chair Mary Ann O’Pecko at 570-785-5691 or

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

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Waverly Community House. Walk-ins are welcome, but those who would like to schedule a donation for a specific time may call 800-733-2767 to make an appointment.

‘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.


Free Sunday Night Kids Program, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., starting Sept. 11 through Dec. 11 at Summit Baptist Bible Church, 232 Noble Road, South Abington Twp. The program is for kids age four through middle school. Info: 570-586-3351.

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.

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