Community calendar for week of March 15, 2017

March 14th, 2017 2:28 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 second Wednesday of each month at 205 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. A light lunch is served, followed by fellowship and a Bible study. Cost: free. 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.

Rotary Club of the Abingtons weekly meetings, 12:10 p.m. on Thursdays at the Ramada and 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Blu Wasabi.

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.

National Remember Our Troops Campaign seeks representatives. A nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of military service members, veterans and their families. Various volunteer and paid opportunities are available. Info:

The Early Learning Center at Trinity Lutheran Church enrollment: The center is enrolling students for the three-and-four-year-old preschool programs and the Kindergarten Readiness Program for children who are five but will not be attending kindergarten in the fall. Classes for three-year-olds are held 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Morning classes for four-year-olds are held 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Afternoon classes for four-year-olds are held 12:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Kindergarten Readiness Program is a three, four or five day program from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. Info: contact Carole at 570-587-1088.

Lenten mid-week services, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning with Ash Wednesday, March 1 through Wednesday, April 5 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Dr., Clarks Summit. Services will be based around the theme of “Letting It Go.” Info: 570-587-3206 or

Full Moon Hikes, multiple dates at the Endless Mountains Nature Center in Tunkhannock. Schedule: 7:30 to 9 p.m. April 11; 8 to 9:30 p.m. May 10; 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 9; 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 6; 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5; 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4; and 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Cost: free. Info:

Healthier Donation Collection for St. Francis of Assisi Food Pantry, through March 19 at the Abington Community Library. The following items are needed: low sodium canned vegetables, no sugar added fruits/jelly applesauce, whole grain pasta/mac and cheese, peanut butter, tuna and 100 percent fruit juices. The Eagle Scout project of Brandon Kelleher, of Boy Scouts Troop 160.

The Keystone College Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory’s spring program, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, March 15 through May 26. Open to the public and free of charge, the spring sessions will be held regardless of sky conditions and will be cancelled by the threat of severe weather. Features an illustrated lecture and telescopic observations. Large groups should contact Jo-Ann Kamichitis at 570-945-8402 or to schedule a session. Info:


Clifford Community Youth Group Homemade Easter Egg Sale, through March 29. Cost: $2 each for either peanut butter or coconut creme eggs. The eggs will be available for pickup at the Clifford United Methodist Church on March 25 and April 1. The fundraiser will help the children attend conferences and youth gatherings. Pre-orders are appreciated. Call Robin Correll at 570-222-4344 or Lisa Barhite at 570-222-5493.

The Lackawanna Historical Society’s Pysanky-Making Workshop with Tammy Budnovitch, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at the Catlin House in Scranton. Cost: $25 (includes all supplies). Pysanky is a traditional Ukrainian craft, in which patterns are drawn on eggs with wax, which protects the egg when dye is applied. Space is limited. Reservations/info: 570-344-3841 or

St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral Homemade Paska (Easter Bread) and Kolachi sale, April 6 and 7 in the church center, 701 Hill Street, Mayfield. The sale will take place on April 6 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Hours for pick-up on April 7 will be 12 to 4 p.m. Raisin and white paskas will be sold along with nut, poppy seed, lekvar and apricot rolls. Paskas and kolachi are $10 each. Orders: 570-876-0730 or 570-876-3576; on the days of the sale, call 570-876-0391; Business establishment orders may be faxed to 570-876-2534. Deadline for orders is April 3.

Breakfast with the Bunny and Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. April 8 in the auditorium of the Waverly Community House. Info: 570-586-8191.

Holy Thursday service, 6 to 8 p.m. April 13 at Clarks Green United Methodist Church, 119 Glenburn Road. Features interactive activities, Holy Communion, reflection and meditation. Everyone is welcome.

‘Hop’ movie showing, 11 a.m. April 15 at the Dietrich Theater. Made by the creators of “Despicable Me,” “Hop” tells the tale of E.B., the Easter Bunny’s teenage son, who heads to Hollywood, determined to become a drummer in a rock ‘n’ roll band. Cost: Free admission, small popcorn and small soda; sponsored by Nimble Hill Winery and Brewery.


Cursive Club: Session Two, 4:15 to 5 p.m. March 15, 22 at the Abington Community Library. A six-week course on cursive writing as a continuation of the introductory session. For children in grades K-2. All materials provided. Learn the second half of the alphabet and practice your handwriting. Attendance of the first session is not a prerequisite, but be advised it will only cover letters M-Z. Runs weekly from March 15 through April 19.

Family Storytime, 6:30 to 7 p.m. March 17 at the Abington Community Library. A special after-work edition of storytime. The book “Penguin Problems” will be featured, along with an activity and craft. For ages 0-7.

Saint Patrick’s Day Party, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 17 at the Abington Community Library. For children in grades 4-6. Make a St. Patrick’s Day T-shirt and participate in games, snack time and more. Info: 570-587-3440.

Leprechaun Lore, 11 a.m. March 18 at the Dietrich Theater. Storyteller and leprechaun expert Hal Pratt will share his years of research to show you what leprechauns “really” look like, how they dress, where they live, how to catch one, and what to do if you do catch one. Suitable for all ages. Cost: free.

Natural Wonders: The Tiny Seed, 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 23 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp. Natural Wonders is a program series for children ages 3-6 and a guardian. It offers discovery-based learning about the natural world through stories, art, and outdoor explorations. Children will discover how seeds travel and what they need to grow. Each child will plant a seed to take home. Cost: $40 for a series of six classes or $8 for individual classes. Classes run every other Thursday from March 23 through June 1. Space is limited and pre-registration required. Info/register: 570-842-1506.

March Madness 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, 9 a.m. March 25 at the Waverly Community House. For boys and girls teams, grades 5-8. Boys’ teams register at 9 a.m. and girls’ teams at 12 p.m.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee meetings, 4 to 5 p.m. March 28 at the 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 may come and share thoughts and ideas.

Tom Knight Puppet Show, 11 a.m. April 20 at the Dietrich Theater. Join Tom Knight and his puppets for a collection of songs and skits for children about the environment, animals, food and books. Favorite songs include “Alligator Jump” and “Henry the Magician.” Cost: free; sponsored by Toni Hockman. Reservations (recommended): 570-996-1500. Tickets available at the door while they last.


Clarks Summit Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, through April 8 at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. Features about 13 vendors, selling baked goods, jams, jerky, fresh meats, honey and more. Info:

The Friends of the Abington Community Library Spring Book Sale, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8 at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. The library’s Teen Leadership Committee will also hold a bake sale at the same time and place. The Friends Preview Sale will held from 5 to 8 p.m. April 7, only for Friends members in good standing. Membership dues are $10 per individual or $15 per family. Thousands of books, DVDs and CDs will be available for purchase. Donations of such items, in good condition, can be brought to the library during normal hours until April 1.


Flynn’s Clarks Green outreach, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 15 at the Clarks Green Borough Building, 104 N. Abington Road. A staff member from state Rep. Marty Flynn’s office will provide outreach assistance with PennDOT paperwork, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage, unclaimed property searches and other state-related matters. Info: 570-342-4348.

The NEPA Coast Guard Veterans Association’s monthly meeting, 6 p.m. March 15 at Perkins Restaurant on route 315 in Pittston Twp. All Coast Guard veterans or active duty members are welcome to attend, or they may contact Neil Morrison at 570-288-6818 for more info.

Chips, Dips, N’ Sips, 6 p.m. March 18 at the Abington Community Library. The Friends of the Abington Community Library’s “thank you” gala for its members and guests, featuring live music by guitarist Mike Waskovich. Guests can mingle and enjoy chips and dips, tapas plates, Maiolatese wines, water, soda and special coffees. Friends membership can be started or renewed for $10 for individuals or $15 for families. Tickets are available in advance at the library and at the door starting at 6 p.m. Guests are asked to pre-register.

Designer Purse Bingo, 1 p.m. (doors open at 12 p.m.) March 19 at the Marketplace at Steamtown. A fundraiser for the Scranton Civic Ballet. Purse designers include Michaels Kors, Kate Spade, Coach and Vera Bradley. Special games, food and drink and basket raffles will be available for additional purchase. Cost: $25 (ticket includes 16 games and door prize entry). Tickets/info: 570-343-0115

#HappyActs Celebration, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 20 at the Abington Heights Middle School. Live Happy magazine’s fourth annual #HappyActs campaign invites area residents to spread joy and share #HappyActs, both in person and online, in honor of the U.N.-sanctioned International Day of Happiness. #HappyActs are small actions with a big impact that can make someone’s day a little brighter. It can be an act of kindness as simple as a hug, a kind word or help for a neighbor. People can take part by posting these #HappyActs on their social media pages and visiting one of 100 Happiness Walls that will be set up across the country, including this one. Live Happy will donate $1 to Big Brothers Big Sisters for each #HappyActs shared at a Happiness Wall and has a variety of other resources for participants to continue their celebration. Info:

Dementia and Financial Planning program, 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 21 at the Abington Community Library. The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease is presented by Jeffrey Dauber, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association Greater PA Chapter for anyone who would like to know more about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Essential Estate and Long Term Care Planning: Your Questions – Answered! is presented by Louise C. Ligi, community outreach and education director from Colbert & Grebas, P.C. Info: 570-587-3440.

Climate Chaos, 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 22 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp. Join emeritus professor of environmental science Dr. Mort Malkin to learn about the current status of climate change on the planet. Geared to adults. Cost: free. Pre-registration is required. Info/register: 570-842-1506.

Veterans outreach, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 22 at the office of state Rep. Marty Flynn., Jay’s Commons, 409 N. Main Ave., Scranton, A representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program will be there to provide information on services available to veterans and their families, such as pensions and other compensation, education, health care and death benefits. Legion membership is not required to take advantage of the help, but anyone interested in speaking to the advisers is recommended to schedule an appointment through Flynn’s office at 570-342-4348.

Comm Camp Open House, 6 p.m. March 23 in the After School Room, lower level of the Waverly Community House. Includes information and registration.

Lunch ‘N Learn: Cancer, Colon Health, and You, 11:15 to 2:30 p.m. March 23 at the Visiting Nurse Association office, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant. Includes a program, lunch, vendors and giveaways. Space is limited. Cost: free. RSVP (deadline March 17): 570-383-5180.

National Women’s History Month Luncheon, 12 p.m. March 24 at the Glen Oak Country Club. Guest speaker: Erika Funke. Info: 570-586-8191.

Homemade Pirogie Sale, 12 to 4 p.m. March 24 at St. John’s Center, Hill Street, Mayfield. Homemade pirogie (deep fried or uncooked) will be sold for $7 per dozen. Orders: call 570-876-0730 or 570-876-3576 or fax to 570-876-2534 no later than Wednesday, March 22. Business orders will be delivered upon request.

Movie event ‘Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic,’ 10 a.m. March 25 at the Dietrich Theater. The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) may be the most widespread, misunderstood and potentially dangerous epidemic that most people hardly know anything about. Eighty percent of all people under 50 years of age will have a strain of the virus at some point in their lives and most will not even realize they have it. “Someone You Love” reveals just how dangerous this virus can be, causing six different types of cancers in both men and women. A professional question and answer panel will follow. Continuing education credits are available for doctors, nurses and pharmacists. Appropriate for teens and adults. Cost: free admission and popcorn.

Free Skin Cancer Screening, 2 to 5 p.m. March 25 at the Geisinger Commonwealth Medical Sciences Building, 525 Pine St., Scranton. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred because space is limited. Call 570-207-3683 and leave a message to reserve your appointment.

Understanding Your Journey Through Grief, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays, March 26 through June 4 (excluding April 16) at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 18 and up. Led by Laura Hasenzahl, M.A., CGC, the group will study and discuss the book “Understanding Your Grief” by Alan B. Wilfelt. Cost: $185 (includes cost of books and materials). Info: 570-996-1500.

Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement Workshop, 5:30 p.m. March 28 at Marywood University on the third floor of the Learning Commons, Room 331-337. Hosted by Marywood University’s School Leadership Academy and featuring Mark A. Wade, Ph.D., principal of Pocono Mountain West High School, the event will include a meet-and-greet session, workshop, panel discussion, Q&A, and light refreshments. It is open to the public, and school leaders and teachers are encouraged to attend. Cost: free. Info: 570-348-6289 or

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce’s 149th Annual Dinner, March 29. Time and venue to be announced. Philadelphia Eagles long snapper and America’s Got Talent finalist Jon Dorembos will be the keynote speaker. Info/tickets:

Lunch and Learn, 12 p.m. March 29 at the Abington Community Library. Albright Memorial Library representatives will offer quick insight into free and useful business links (online databases) that participants can access from home or work. Free lunch for Abington Business and Professional Association members. Info/Register: 570-587-3440.

Health Talk with Donna LaBar, Certified Integrative Health Coach, 7 to 0 p.m. March 31 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Register:

From the Clinic to the Classroom: Preparing for Puberty in Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 31 at The University of Scranton, Edward R. Leahy Jr. Hall, 2nd Floor Forum, Room 235, 237 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Geisinger’s Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute, in partnership with the University of Scranton’s Panuska College of Professional Studies and Friendship House, is presenting this free training seminar on topics related to puberty in individuals with special developmental needs. The presentations will be provided by ADMI experts Cora Taylor, Ph.D., a pediatric psychologist and assistant professor at Geisinger, and Matthew Kinney, M.A., a board certified behavioral analyst, who serves as ADMI’s clinical and research behavior analyst. Advance registration: In-person same-day registration is also available beginning at 8.30 a.m.

NEPA Friends of NRA’s 25th annual fundraising banquet, April 1 at Genetti Manor in Dickson City. Cost: $50 individual, $95 a couple or $25 for those under 21. Info: call Carl Mozeleski at 570-587-2662 or email

Free community presentation on lymphedema treatments, 5 p.m. April 4 at Allied Services Community Room, Luger Rehab Center, 475 Morgan Hwy, Scranton. Allied Services and Dr. Eric I. Chang, F.A.C.S. will host a free community presentation addressing lymphedema treatments. Info/reservations: call 1-888-734-2272.

Abington Business and Professional Association Networking Workshop, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 5 at Peoples Security Bank, Abington Branch, 1100 Northern Blvd., South Abington Township. Denny Corby, local event speaker, will give a brief presentation on the power of networking. Also includes light refreshments, giveaways and more. ABPA members can bring a guest and receive a free gift. Non-members who register at the event will also receive a special incentive. RSVP by March 29: 570-587-9045 or

Anxiety screenings, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 6 in the McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies at Marywood University. Offered by the university’s Psychological Services Center, the screenings are free, confidential and open to the public and to all ages. They will include an educational presentation and written self-test, a private meeting with a mental health professional, and, if appropriate, a referral. Info: visit or call 570-348-6269.

Improve Digestion Seminar, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 8 at the Dietrich Theater. Presenter: Donna LaBar. Learn about how to improve digestion and gut health to quickly improve overall health, as well as gentle detox approaches for your body’s spring cleaning. Class includes food sampling. Cost: suggested donation of $10.

Abington Community Library Medication Take-Back Event, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. Accepting all medications except needles, inhalers or liquids. Info: 570-587-3440.

Communities Matter Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 8 at the Abington Community Library. Stop by the library to learn about many of the 25 local nonprofits currently participating in Scranton Area Community Foundation’s NEPA Match Day initiative. Info:570-587-3440.

Marywood University’s Master of Fine Arts open house, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 in the Shields Center for Visual Arts, Room 136. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with faculty, take a tour of the facility, and attend talks given by industry leaders. Cost: free. Info: 570-348-6211, ext. 2569, or

‘Gnocchs and Jokes’ suicide prevention fundraiser, 7 p.m. April 30 at Green Ridge Om Wellness Center, located in the old Ritz Building at 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Benefits the Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative. Each guest will be served a small plate of a specially made gnocchi with salad and drink, served until the start of show. Opening acts start at 7 p.m., followed by headliner Teri Granahan. Cost: $30. Reservations (required): 570-507-9494.

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