Community calendar for week of April 19, 2017

April 18th, 2017 3:34 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:

Full Moon Hikes, multiple dates at the Endless Mountains Nature Center in Tunkhannock. Schedule: 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:

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:

Glenburn Twp. Spring Cleanup, Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13. Residents are asked to place cleanup items curbside for pickup by 5 a.m. Friday, May 13. They will be picked up on either day at the discretion of the contractor. Metals must be kept separate from other items. Refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners must be certified Freon free with a dated tag containing the technician’s ID number. For a list of items that will not be accepted, visit


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.

Robert Thomas’s Tsunami Street Smart Essentials Class, 3 to 5 p.m. April 23 at Countryside Community Church,14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. This co-ed class is open to students in grades 5-12 at all fitness levels. No Experience is necessary. It will focus on the essential tips and techniques for street-smart protection. It is not a martial arts class, but a proactive training session, meant to bolster awareness and self-confidence. Dress code is socks or bare feet and athletic clothes, with no jewelry. Space is limited and registration fee must be prepaid. Cost: $20. Info/register: 570-587-3206.

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

Kids Create, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. April 30 and continuing weekly through May 21 at the Abington Community Library. Children in grades 3-4 will discover their unique voices and write with the help of books, games, and hands-on activities taught by two experienced facilitators. Each week during a 4-week session, children will participate in an inspiring warm-up activity, free-writing, sharing and editing. Info: 570-587-3440 or


The Dalton Community Library’s Book and Bake Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 22 at the library. Features a large selection of adult and juvenile fiction and nonfiction, magazines, paperbacks, recordings, baked goods and more. Donations for the book sale are accepted year round. Info: 570-563-2014.

Countryside Community Church’s ninth annual Dutch Auction, 5 p.m. April 29 in the fellowship hall of the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. The event will begin with a pot luck dinner, followed by the auction. The proceeds will benefit the church’s Warm Hugs/Kids Hugs outreach, which makes warm fleece shawls (with goodies in the pockets) for people who are going through chemotherapy or radiation, guests at nursing homes, the Children’s Advocacy Center, Ronald McDonald House and area ambulances. More than 2,300 “hugs” have been distributed. Info: 570-587-3206 or

The United Methodist Women of the Clarks Green United Methodist Church Spring Rummage Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 5 at the church, 119 Glenburn Rd., Clarks Green. Proceeds will fund the many mission projects that the group sponsors.

Countryside Community Church Rummage Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5 and 6 at the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Baked goods and lunch will be available. A half price sale will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Info: 570-587-3206.

Ballroom Bazaar, 1 to 4 p.m. May 7 at the Hilton Scranton. Enjoy shopping, raffles, food and beverage concessions. Proceeds from the event will benefit Komen NEPA Race for the Cure. Cost: $5; free for ages 12 and under. Info:


Families Helping Families meeting, 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 19 at the Abington Community Library. Forever Sammi Foundation principals Marty Henehan and his wife Stacy Henehan will speak. Cost: free. Info:

Summit Christian Academy Open House, April 19 at the school, 660 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Township. Parents and children are invited to come at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. School will be in session, giving visitors a glimpse of a typical school day. Parents and children will also be able to tour classrooms, meet teachers and learn more about new options for homeschooling families. For the 2017-18 school year, SCA will offer preschool, full-day kindergarten and grades one through nine. Info:

Flynn’s outreach event, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 19 at the South Abington Township Building, second floor meeting room, 104 Shady Lane Road, Chinchilla. 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 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program applications, PennDOT paperwork, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage, unclaimed property searches and any other state-related matter. His main office at 409 N. Main Ave., Scranton is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: 570-342-4348.

The NEPA Coast Guard Veterans Association’s monthly meeting, 6 p.m. April 19 at the Perkins Restaurant on route 315 in Pittston Township. All Coast Guard veterans or active duty members are welcome to attend. Info: contact Neil Morrison at 570-288-6818.

National Health Care Decisions: Five Wishes DVD Viewing and Q&A Session, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 20 at the Abington Community Library. Features a viewing of “Five Wishes,” followed by a question and answer session. Refreshments will be provided. Info: 570-587-3440 or

Earth Day Plant Drive, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 20 at Nay Aug Avenue Natural Play Area, in Scranton. Before discarding or mulching native plants when sprucing up the yard this spring, consider donating them to Lackawanna Heritage Valley’s Earth Week Plant Drive to help beautify the Nay Aug Avenue Natural Play Area. Desired varieties include Black-eyed Susans, Daylilies, Sedum (commonly known as stonecrop), Tiger Lilies, Daisies, Hostas and Ferns. An Earth Day planting will be held at the play area from 9 a.m. to noon April 22. Info:, or 570-963-6730, ext. 8200.

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

UFO Day at the Library, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 22 at the Abington Community Library. Patrons are invited to come to the library and bring an “UnFinished Object” they are currently working on. It could be a craft, genealogy, a book or anything they want to work on undisturbed. For a $50 donation towards the NEPA Match Day fund drive, the library will supply the space, lunch, snacks and dinner. If people get totally engrossed and wish to stay and work through the next morning, staff are willing to stay for an additional $50 (breakfast included). If 20 people participate, the library will reach its minimum goal of $1,000 and will receive a $1,000 match from the Scranton Area Foundation. All proceeds benefit the library. Info: 570-587-3440 or

Keystone College Open House, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22 at the La Plume campus. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Prospective students and their families will have the opportunity to tour the campus and meet with faculty in their major, Keystone students, and their personal admissions counselor. Register/info: visit, call 1-800-824-2764, option 1, or e-mail

New York City Bus Trip with The Gathering Place, all day April 22. Hop on the bus for a day in New York, including touring, shopping, dining, seeing a play or whatever suits you. The bus will leave at 8 a.m. from the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, arrive on 49th Street in the city, then depart from there at 7 p.m. for the trip home. Registration deadline: April 15. Cost: $35. Register/info: or

Scranton Civic Ballet Company Open House, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22 at the studio, 234 Mifflin Avenue, Scranton. New, potential and current students and their families are invited to attend. Instructors, staff, Board of Directors and current students will be available to answer questions. Classes will be available for children ages three and up. Cost: free. Info: or 570-343-0115.

Clarks Summit Borough Shred Fest, 9 a.m. to noon April 22 (Earth Day) at Clarks Summit Elementary School. People may bring up to four boxes or bags of paper to be shredded in front of them. All paper clips or bindings should be removed before arrival. There is no charge, but the borough is asking for a donation.

PLCTA Foundation Walk and 5K Run For Autism Awareness, April 22 at Nay Aug Park in Scranton. The run will begin at 8:30 a.m. near the pool pavilion with registration at 7:30 a.m. The walk will begin at 11 a.m. at the Everhart Pavilion with registration at 9:30 a.m. A picnic will kick off immediately following the walk, and children’s activities will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event also includes raffles, a bake sale, music by EJ the DJ, information booths and more. Cost: $20 for adults (includes T-shirt) and free for children under the age of 18 (a donation of $5 is required for a T-shirt). Info: 570-344-2512, 570-650-5485 or

Intro to Essential Oils with Gloria, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 23 at the Abington Community Library. Participants will be introduced to the top 10 oils, how to use them, benefits, contraindications and the difference between a 100 percent pure, therapeutic-grade oil and a synthetic. Info: 570-587-3440 or

‘Heroin Hits Home’ presentation, 7 p.m. April 24 at the Ramada Clarks Summit, 820 Northern Blvd., S. Abington Twp. Sponsored by the township supervisors and police department. District Attorney Shane Scanlon will present this community awareness event discussing the local heroin and opioid crisis. Cost: free. Info:

The Gathering Place’s Ballroom Dancing Session II, Mondays, April 24, through May 22 at the Clarks Green United Methodist Church. Class #105, Intermediate Argentine Tango, will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. and class #106, Beginner Night Club Two-Step, will run from 7 to 8 p.m. Registration deadline: April 17 (After this date, email to inquire about open slots.) Cost $50.

Dinner fundraiser for the Dalton Fire Company, 3 to 8 p.m. April 25 at the Glenburn Grill. Guests can order off the menu and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the fire company. The event will also feature a basket raffle. Cost: no cover charge.

Countryside Community Church’s ‘Common Ground’ service, 6:30 p.m. April 25 at the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. A coffee house style service. Cost: free. Info: 570-587-3206.

Noontime Lecture with Dennis Martin, 12 p.m. April 26 at The Gathering Place in Clarks Summit. Local historian Dr. Dennis Martin will kick off the lecture series by introducing the people who were the first to live in the area. Community members are invited to bring a lunch, learn about the area in which they live and view images Martin gathered from the Lackawanna Historical Society’s collection. Cost: $5. Info/register: or

Families Helping Families program, 7 p.m. April 26 in the Ryon Room at the Abington Community Library. Abington High School District Superintendent Michael Mahon will give a presentation. Info: 570-587-3440.

Essential Oils Workshop, 5:30 p.m. April 26 at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road. For those who are new to essential oils. Participants will join Tonyehn Verkitus, Wholistic Life Coach and owner of Eco-Arts Living to learn about the benefits of essential oils and how to put them to use at home. Monthly workshops will take place in the Scout Room at the Comm, beginning with this first one, which will focus on spring cleaning and creating all natural products to sanitize and purify the home. Participants will take home three cleaning products. Cost: $25. Info:

State Rep. Marty Flynn’s Veterans Outreach, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at Flynn’s office, Jay’s Commons, 409 N. Main Ave., Scranton. A representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program will be available 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.

The Bible: An Academic Overview, 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, April 27 through May 18 at The Gathering Place. This overview, given by Brian Mascaro, will include different theories of biblical assemblage, dating, authorship and history of canonization. After each lecture, there will be discussion about the information presented in class. Cost: $20. Info/register: or

Lunch and Learn Series: Social Media Marketing, 12 p.m. April 27 at the Abington Community Library. Presented by the Abington Business and Professional Association (ABPA). Features a lunch and presentation by The University of Scranton’s Small Business Development Center. Cost: free for ABPA members. Register: 570-587-3440.

40th Annual St. Lucy’s Spaghetti Dinner, April 27 at St. Lucy’s Church, 949 Scranton St. in West Scranton. Take outs will be available from 3 to 5 p.m. and sit down dinners from 5 to 8 p.m. All patrons will receive a free gift commemorating the 40th anniversary and have a free chance to win a 32” LED TV. Info: 570-347-9421.

Free FAFSA help night, 5 to 7 p.m. April 27 at Lackawanna College in Room 208 of Angeli Hall, 501 Vine St., Scranton. The purpose of this public workshop is to help area students and families complete the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Participants should bring their completed tax returns from 2015 and any other documents that show their income from 2015. Info: 570- 961-7859.

Second Annual Greenhouse and Kitchen Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 29 at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road. Info: 570-586-8191, ext. 2 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.

Annual Easter Dinner “Sviachene” celebration, 12:30 p.m. April 30 in Saint Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church’s Parish Center, 428 N. 7th Ave., Scranton. Takeouts available from 11:30am to 12 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded along with a theme basket raffle. Cost: $13 for adults; $8 for children ages 6-12; and free for children age 5 and under. Reservations (required by April 24): 570-503-1514.

Lackawanna Historical Society spring lecture with local author Ron Moskalczak, 2 p.m. April 30 the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. Moskalczak will give a presentation on his new book, “Scranton’s Automotive Heritage.” Cost: free. Info/reservations: 570-344-3841 or

‘Understanding Neck Pain, Back Pain and Stenosis’ presentation, 6 p.m. May 3 at the 2 West Conference Center, Moses Taylor Hospital, 700 Quincy Ave., Scranton. Orthopedic surgeon Christopher Henderson will discuss an overview of the common causes of neck and back pain, the latest in surgical treatments and minimally invasive techniques. Dinner will be served. Cost: free. Reservations (recommended): call Jennie Rosengrant at 570-770-6816.

27th Annual Great Chefs - Fire and Ice, May 4 at The Hilton Scranton and Convention Center. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and appetizer tasting, followed by dinner and program at 7 p.m. A battle of blazing hot and icy cold appetizers by area chefs, benefiting the Women’s Resource Center. Cost: $75. Tickets/info: 570-346-4460, ext. 139 or

Yoga: Awaken to Your Divine Nature, Session Two, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, May 4 through 25 at Everything Natural. Experience the practice of yoga asana, progressive relaxation, breath awareness and meditation techniques with Eileen Harte, certified yoga instructor. Bring a yoga mat. Cost: $30 per session. Register: Class #128. Info:

11th annual Run for the Roses, 4 p.m. May 6 at The Country Club of Scranton, 1001 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit, PA 18411. Cost: $85 in advance, $100 at the door - includes Hor d’ouerves, an authentic Southern fare buffet, mint juleps, open bar and a live auction. Proceeds will benefit the Voluntary Action Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Register by April 28 at or 570-347-5616.

Knight at the Races, 6:30 p.m. May 6 at Saint Patrick’s Hall, 205 Main St., Nicholson. Presented by the Knights of Columbus Council 6611. Adults only. Race begins at 7 p.m. Food, beer and wine included. Horses $10 each. Winner gets $50. Place $2 bets on any horse from the program, one race at a time.

Heroin Hits Home program, 7 to 8 p.m. May 10 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Lackawanna County District Attorney Shane Scanlon will discuss the battle against the horror of heroin in Lackawanna County. Cost: free.

NEPA Alliance PTAC Government Contracting Showcase, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11 at the Raddison Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton. Congressman Lou Barletta, PA 11th Congressional District, will be the Luncheon Keynote Speaker. The Opening Keynote Speaker will be Michael Atchie, Manager of Public Outreach for the Williams Company. The focus of the event is to: increase awareness of the government marketplace as a viable market for regional businesses to sell their products or services, bring prime contractors and government agencies together with the small business community and learn about Supplier Diversity Programs and local Subcontracting Opportunities. Cost: $30 (includes continental breakfast, lunch and workshops). Info: contact Karen Ostroskie, Debbie Phillips or Paula Terpak toll free at 866-758-1929.

Peacemakers Dinner, 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) May 13 at the Evangelical Free Bible Church, 431 Carbondale Rd. (Rt. 632), South Abington Township. Firefighters, EMS, Police Officers, State Police and Military personnel and guest are invited to a special evening in honor of their service and dedication. Chaplain (Colonel-Retired) James E. May will follow the dinner with a program of encouragement. The dinner will be prepared by a chef from The Inn of the Abingtons. Seating is limited. Cost: free. Info/tickets:

Chicken & Biscuit or Ham Dinner, 4 to 6 p.m. May 16 at Clifford United Methodist Church, 34 Main St., Rt. 106, Clifford. Cost: $8.95, includes the dinner, dessert and a drink. Take-out or dine-in options will be available. Info: 570-222-5493.

Flynn’s outreach event, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 17 at the Clarks Green Borough Building, 104 N. Abington 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 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program applications, PennDOT paperwork, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage, unclaimed property searches and any other state-related matter. His main office at 409 N. Main Ave., Scranton is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: 570-342-4348.

Jewish Family Services of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Second Annual Community Matters event, 6 to 9 p.m. May 24 at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. The organization will honor Atty. Morey and Sondra Meyers. This year’s entertainment will be provided by students from The NEPA Philharmonic. A silent auction will also be held. Cost: $100. Tickets: or 570-344-1186.

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