Community calendar for week of Oct. 19, 2016

October 18th, 2016 4:55 pm


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.

Bereavement Support Group, 6 to 8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month and 12:30 to 2 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at VNA Hospice and Home Health, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant. Park in the rear of building and enter through glass door. This traditional group assists participants in learning to cope with the new challenges facing them as they grieve. Facilitated by professional counselors. Info: 570-383-5180.

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.

The Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory fall program, beginning at 7:30 p.m. 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:

Project Re-entry prison ministry Christmas donations sought. Items needed: cookies, wrapped candy, women’s socks, greeting cards, toothpaste, soap, VO5 or Suave shampoo, writing paper and monetary gifts. No gum, lollipops, tablets, lotion or talcum powder. Deliveries can be made to 29 New York St., Scranton, starting Dec. 4.

Tasting by the Book tickets available. Tickets are now available at the Abington Community Library’s circulation desk for the library’s adults-only signature event, to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at the library. Cost: $25. Info: 570-587-3440.

Local American Red Cross blood drives: 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Triton Fire Hall, 116 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock; 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Hwy.; 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 505 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit; and 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at St. Patricks Catholic Church, 205 Main Street, Nicholson. Appointments/info: download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-733-2767. Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at to save time when donating.

South Abington Township Fall Leaf Collection: 25 free bags per home may be picked up at the township building, 104 Shady Lane Road, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning Oct. 17. Bags should be put out the nights before Nov. 5 and 19. Info: 570-586-2111.


Being Prepared: Overnight Survival!, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. Join Mike Leggiero, of Sandcut Outdoors, for an evening learning about how to make the best of an unintended night spent in the outdoors. Geared for ages 8 to adult. Cost: $5. Pre-register (required): 570-842-1506.

Chicken-n-Biscuit or Ham Dinner, 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Clifford United Methodist Church on Main Street in Clifford. Take out or dine in. Cost: $8.95.

The Lackawanna County College Fair, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Center for Athletics and Wellness at Marywood University. Representatives from more than 85 local and regional colleges and universities will be available to answer questions and provide information about their institutions. Cost: free. Info: 570-348-6234, ext. 2436, or

A collaborative diversity workshop, ‘The Other Experience,’ 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Upper Main Dining Room at the Nazareth Student Center at Marywood University. Presented by the university’s Center for Social Justice and the School of Social Work. Cost: free. Info:, or 570-348-6211, ext. 2390.

Drug take-back event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St. Presented in partnership with the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs to accept unused and expired medications for humans and pets. Disposal is free, anonymous, and will be supervised by the Clarks Summit Police Department. Help reduce the misuse of narcotics in your home or office by having them safely and discretely disposed. Attendees can also relieve stress without meds by having a chair massage, compliments of Body and Soul Therapeutic Massage, for $1 per minute, with a minimum of five minutes, to benefit the library. Free refreshments provided, compliments of Rotary Club of the Abingtons.

National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution genealogy workshop, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Abington Comminity Library. Community members can see if they qualify for membership in the DAR. Members of the Tunkhannock chapter will be on hand to help get people started.

Second Annual Tasting by the Book, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Abington Community Library. Signature fundraising event with food, adult beverages and mingling with friends, both old and new. Proceeds benefit programming for all ages. Info: 570-587-3440.

Free Fellowship Soup Lunch, 12 to 1 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Dalton United Methodist Church, 125 S. Turnpike Road, Dalton.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee Meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 25, at the Abington Community Library. A group of tweens/teens focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more. Students in grades 5-12 are welcome. Info: 570-587-3440.

JA Economics for Success, 5:15 to 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Abington Community Library. Teens in grades 6-8 are invited to come explore their skills, interests, values and the world of work to make informed education, career and life decisions. Meets weekly until Dec. 6, excluding Election Day, Nov. 8. Refreshments will be served.

JA Personal Finance, 6:15 to 7 p.m Oct. 25 at the Abington Community Library. Learn to recognize and apply the fundamental elements of personal finances: earnings, saving and investing, budgeting, credit, risk management and giving, for a lifetime of financial success. Meets weekly until Nov. 29, excluding Election Day, Nov. 8. Refreshments will be served. For teens in grades 9-12.

Good Stuff Pet Truck Tour Clarks Summit Stop, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Abington Dog Park at Hillside Park, 1610 W. Grove St. Includes free dog training demos, dog treats and more. A local dog trainer will offer tips and free training sessions. Info:

The Rotary Club of Scranton’s first-ever World Polio Day celebration, 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton. The event will include a cash bar, followed by a buffet dinner and a program recapping more than 30 years of progress made in the battle to eradicate polio, while looking ahead to the last miles in the quest to rid the earth of this disease for good. The featured speaker will be Dr. Vitali Pool, Director of Scientific and Medical Affairs for Sanofi Pasteur USA. Cost: $42. Info: contact Rick Williams at 570-587-2153, or

Dietrich Fright Night, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 28, 29 and 30 and 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For the first time ever, this “terrifying” and “haunted” attraction within the eerie walls of the Dietrich Theater will serve as an escape to get people in the Halloween spirit. Cost: $10.

Marywood University undergraduate open house, 9 a.m. Oct. 29 in the Fireplace Lounge in the Nazareth Student Center. For high school students and their parents. Info: 570-348-6234 or

Freach and Keen Lecture, 2 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Lackawanna Historical Society’s Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave, Scranton. Attorney Paul Mazzoni will give a presentation on the Freach and Keen murders. He will discuss aspects of the 1973 case of kidnapping and murder of Minooka boys Paul “P.J.” Freach, age 13, and Edmond “Buddy” Keen, age 12. William Wright was convicted of the murders and died in prison. Attorney Mazzoni, the District Attorney during the 1970s, co-authored a recent book about the murders with Dr. Kathleen Munley. Cost: free. Info: 570-344-3841 or

Knights of Columbus Abington Council 6611 all you can eat breakfast buffet, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 30 at Our Lady of the Abingtons church hall in Dalton. Cost: $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Tickets available at the door.

Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases in PA, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. Join local biologist Mike Leggiero of Sandcut Outdoors to learn about Pennsylvania ticks, the diseases they carry, and how to prevent getting a tick-borne disease. Current testing methods and controversy regarding the various schools of thought surrounding this Lyme disease will be discussed. This workshop is appropriate for ages 12 to adult. Cost: $5. Pre-registration (required): 570-842-1506.

Coats for the Community event, noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 3-4 and 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 5 at Christ Episcopal Church, Delaware Street, Forest City. Children’s and adult-sized coats will be available for free. All coats have been provided by American Legion Post 154 in Montrose, the congregation of Christ Church and donations from the Forest City area.

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.

The Friends of the Arc Auxiliary’s A Night at the Races fundraiser, 6 p.m. Nov. 4 at St. Mary’s Center, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton. Includes door prizes, basket raffles, 50/50, food/soft drinks and a beer/wine cash bar until 10 p.m. Cost: $10. Info: 570-346-4010.

Remembering Presidential Visits in Scranton, 2 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Lackawanna Historical Society’s Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. Local historian Nick Petula will give a lecture on past Presidents and their visits to Scranton while in office and on the campaign trail. Scranton has played host to several presidents and candidates, including Richard Nixon, Dwight Eisenhower and Harry Truman. Cost: free. Info: 570-344-3841 or

St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral 300 Club Final Drawing & Dinner, 6 p.m. Nov. 8 in the church center, 701 Hill St., Mayfield. Each member of the club may attend with a guest. Info: 570-254-6882 or 570-254-6882.

Chicken-n-Biscuit or Ham Dinner, 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Clifford United Methodist Church. Cost: $8.95, includes dinner, dessert and a drink. Take-out or eat-in options available.

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.

The University of Scranton’s Schemel Forums presents: ‘Reflections on a Career in the Policy Change Business,’ 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at The University of Scranton in the Pearn Auditorium of Brennan Hall. Tamera Luzzatto, senior vice president of government relations at The Pew Charitable Trusts, will will lead the audience on a personal tour of a career devoted to making and changing public policy in the public and private non-profit sectors. She served as then-Senator Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff from 2001 to 2009, following her 15 years of service as legislative director and chief of staff for West Virginia Senator John D. Rockefeller IV. Cost: free. RSVP: 570-941-6206 or


UNICO National Scranton Chapter Ladies Auxiliary’s third annual Craft and Gift Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Dunmore Community Center, 1414 Monroe Ave. Features a bake sale, basket raffle, various vendors and more. Proceeds benefit Saint Josephs Center and Allied Services Ryan’s Run 7. Info: 570-498-3242.

People United in Recovery 30th Annual Fall Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Tunkhannock Area High School. Showcases many area crafters. Homemade lunch available. Cost: $1 admission. Info:

St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral’s Annual Christmas Bazaar, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at the parish center on Hill Street, Mayfield. Features a variety of crafters and vendors, food and more. Horse-drawn sleigh rides will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 6. Info: 570-876-0730.

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., 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.

‘Frankenweenie’ Interactive Movie Night, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Abington Community Library. Sing, shout and play along as the group watches “Frankenweenie,” rated PG. Props and snacks provided. For students in grades 4-6.

Lego Animation and Claymation, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 7 to 14. Make animated movies using LEGOS or clay. Instructor: Rand Whipple, of Box of Light Studios. Cost: $17.

The Haunted Green Screen Class, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 7 to 14, this class, instructed by Rand Whipple, of Box of Light Studios is partly a make-up class and partly a lesson in green screening. Cost: $17. Register/info: 570-996-1500.

Free Introduction to Oil Painting Class, 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 22 at the Newton Recreation Center, 1814 Newton Ransom Blvd. For ages 8-15. Instructor: Marylou Chibirka. Space is limited. Cost: free. Register: 570-586-7808. Registration deadline: Oct. 15.

O’Malley’s 16th Annual Free Halloween Party, 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 23 at McDade Park. Attendees can get their pictures taken with the Wicked Witch of the West, enjoy enjoy refreshments, learn about fire safety, and more. Children from Preschool through fifth grade are welcome. Cost: free. RSVP by Oct. 20 to: 570-346-1828 (leave a message with the number of children attending).

JA More Than Money, 4:15 to 5 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Abington Community Library. Understanding money concepts as they apply to daily life through interactive and fun activities. Meets weekly until Dec. 6, excluding Election Day, Nov. 8. Refreshments will be served. For students in grades 3-5.

Build with STEM, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Abington Community Library. Children in grades K-3 may drop in during this hour and play with three kits: Aircraft Engineer, Amusement Park Engineer, and Automobile Engineer. These kits highlight STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and include all the pieces needed to do one’s own building.

Homeschoolers at the Library, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 27 at the Abington Community Library. Homeschooling parents may bring their children to a fun, educational program to enrich their home learning experience with hands-on projects, stories, short videos and more. For students in grades K-6.

Children’s Halloween Party, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Waverly Community House. The event will feature food, games, crafts and trick or treating in ‘Halloween Town.’ Children are encouraged to come in costume for a parade. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Info: Kathy at 570-586-8191, ext. 2.

Trunk or Treat, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at Waverly Community Church. Features a bounce house, candy, craft and refreshments. Cost: free.

Live Mammals, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. Get up-close and personal with live native mammals, with Angie Colarusso, founder of Second Chance Wildlife Center as she introduces attendees to some of her furry friends. Geared to all ages. Cost: $5. Pre-registration (required): 570-842-1506.

Mixed Media Soft Sculpture, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and 18 and Dec. 2 and 9 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 5 to 12. Create your own cuddly creature or soft object, using simple, soft materials and imagination. Instructor: Steve Colley. Cost: $40.

Stories From Around the World with Fiona Powell, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Tunkhannock Public Library. The storyteller will share tales at her spinning wheel, mesmerizing young and old alike. Cost: free.

Minecraft Medley, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 19 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 7 to 14. Instructor: Angela Hess, of Box of Light Studios. For those who have trouble choosing just one flavor, Minecraft Medley allows you to take advantage of everything that Minecraft has to offer. Fire up your imagination with mods, redstone and command blocks. Cost: $17.

Minecraft Parkour, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 7 to 14. Instructor: Angela Hess of Box of Light Studios. What’s even cooler than downloading and playing on parkour maps? Building your own parkour style maps, minigames or roller coasters. Cost: $17.

Holiday Camp, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 27, 28 and 29 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 5 to 12. Instructors: Amy and Steve Colley. Cost: $35. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

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