Community calendar for week of May 17, 2017

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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.

Geisinger Community Medical Center’s free stroke support group, 4 to 5 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the GCMC Professional Office Building, first floor, CME room, 315 Colfax Ave., Scranton. Led by GCMC stroke program coordinator Margy Kester, R.N., MS, the meetings feature different stroke-related topics. Light refreshments are provided. Info/register: call Margy Kester at 570-703-7453.

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.

Moses Taylor 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: 8:30 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:

Historic Tunkhannock Walking Tours, beginning at 5 p.m. Thursdays, May 18 and 25 and June 1, 8 and 15 at the Dietrich Theater. The two-mile walk through the neighborhoods and bustling downtown of the Tunkhannock Historic District will take about two hours. Tour booklets, complete with thumbnail photos of forty featured structures, basic descriptions and centerfold map are available at the theater for those interested in self-guided tours. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. Cost: Free. Reservations: 570-996-1500.

Express Employment Professionals’ Brand It Blue Day food drive, at the Scranton office, 135 West Market St. through June 10. People can drop off non-perishable food and postage stamps. Volunteers will deliver the food to the CrossRoads Church Food Pantry. Info/volunteer sign-up: or call 570-963-1000.

Wyoming County’s Industrial Past Exhibit, June 12 through August 31 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. The exhibit can be viewed during movie showings and by appointment. Cost: free; Sponsored in-part by the Endless Mountains Heritage Region with funding by DCNR. Info: 570-996-1500.


Block Party, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 18 at the Abington Community Library. Children ages 2-7 are invited to join in the free play with blocks, vehicles, animal and people. Info: 570-587-3440.

Mythbusters, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 19 at the Abington Community Library. Is it truth or myth? Discover the answer to some exciting science questions. For students in grades 4-6. Info: 570-587-3440.

Yoga for Kids, May 20 at the Dietrich Theater. A program for ages 6-8 will run from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and for ages 9-12 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Join certified yoga instructors Gerri Simmers and Julie Ver Beek and practice animal poses and breathing and relaxation techniques. Bring your yoga mat or a beach towel. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

Murder Mystery Night, 6 to 8 p.m. May 21 at the Abington Community Library. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to participate in a special after-hours event and solve a mystery. Info: 570-587-3440.

Math and Science Club, 4:15 to 5 p.m. May 22 at the Abington Community Library. Do you love experiments? Games? Puzzles? Check out the library’s new Math and Science Club. Each month, there will be different activities and challenges to complete. This after school club is all about the fun in STEM. For grades K-3. Info: 570-587-3440.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. May 30 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 are invited to come share their thoughts and ideas. Info: 570-587-3440.

Minecraft Meet-Up, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 26 at the Abington Community Library. Love to play Minecraft? Interested in meeting with other kids who do too? Bring your devices, books, and creativity and play/discuss Minecraft with friends. No instruction provided. For children in grades K-6. Info: 570-587-3440.

67th Annual Children’s Fishing Derby, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (with registration at 9 a.m.) June 3 at the Lackawanna State Park, rain or shine. Sponsored by The Lackawanna County Federation of Sportsmen’s Club. For ages 4-15. Refreshments will be available. Prizes will be presented in all age groups by Senator John Blake. Cost: free. Info: call Bob Banks at 570-346-2274.

Eighth Annual Forever Young Kids Fishing Derby, June 10 at Hillside Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with fishing from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and prizes and raffles from 1 to 3 p.m. Held in memory of the late “Bud” Young. Various prizes will be awarded in three age groups. Bait provided. Children will also receive a free lunch, prize raffle ticket and T-shirt. Cost: free. Info:

‘Why-So’ Stories with Hal Pratt, 11 a.m. June 17 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Ever wonder how things got to be the way they are? How did the rabbit get such big ears? How the bear get such a small tail? “Why-so” stories have all the answers, and storyteller Hal Pratt will share them in a special program for the entire family. Cost: free.

All-Star Players, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, June 19 to June 30 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 13 to 18. Attendees must attend all classes. A theater camp taught by theater professional Brenda Fager and culminating in the performance of a full-length play at 11 a.m. June 30. The key aspects of theater will be discovered, refreshed and learned as the students rehearse a play, including memorizing lines, costuming and set and prop design. Cost: free; Sponsored by: Toni Hockman and Sarah Sidorek. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Eco Inventors, 4 to 5:30 p.m. June 26 to 30 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 5-12. Instructor: Steve Colley. Campers will use their imaginations in unique ways to make art out of found objects and recycled materials. Cost: $60. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Camp Crescendo, July 2-8 and July 24-28. Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will host a two-week dynamic musical experience for instrumental and vocal students in grades 7-12. One and two week options are available, with day or overnight options during week one only, which features band, orchestra, and choir. Week two features jazz and improvisation. Info/register,, or 570-348-6268.


Dalton United Methodist Church Women’s food and drink tent, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20 at 610 N. Turnpike Road, Dalton. Held rain or shine in conjunction with the annual 2-mile long yard sale, proceeds from the food and drink tent will benefit the church. A bake sale will also be held at the same location to benefit the Dalton and Factoryville United Methodist Churches’ Vacation Bible School.

The Friends of the Dalton Community Library’s Herb Sale, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 20 at the Dalton Fire Hall. There will be herbs and perennials for sale, in addition to a few gardening and flower magazines and books. Info: 570-563-2014.

Cub Scout pack 251’s First Annual Rummage Sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 27 at the Clarks Green United Methodist Church. No early birds.

Tompkinsville United Methodist Church yard sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 3 at 1448 Heart Lake Road (Route 107), Scott Township.

The Waverly Women’s Club’s annual Indoor Yard Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 9 and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 10 at the Waverly United Methodist Church, 105 Church St., Waverly. Donations for the sale will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7 and 12 to 5 p.m. June 10. All proceeds benefit the community and local charities. Cost: free admission.

South Abington Lions Club’s Flea Market, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 24 at South Abington Park, 640 Northern Blvd., South Abington Twp. Vendors sought. Set-up begins at 6 a.m. and vendors must be off the field by 3 p.m. Spaces are 20’x25’. Vendor fee: $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. Info: 570-586-3603.

Countryside Conservancy’s 18th Annual Auction, 6 p.m. July 15 at the Waverly Country Club. Features live music, open bar, dinner and bidding on items such as vacations, sports memorabilia and more. Proceeds support the Trolley Trail. Info: 570-945-6995.


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.

Coffee and Confidence, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. May 17 on the fifth floor of Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., Scranton. The University of Scranton Women’s Entrepreneurship Center’s free information session for women interested in exploring the idea of starting their own for-profit businesses. Participants will meet career expert Christina Whitney to discuss the many roles women juggle. Cost: free. Reservations are requested, but not required. Info/register: contact Francene Dudziec, special projects coordinator, at 570-941-4168 or or register online

The NEPA Coast Guard Veterans Association meeting, 6 p.m. May 17 at Perkins Restaurant on route 315 in Pittston Twp. All Coast Guard veterans or active duty members are welcome. Info: contact Neil Morrison at 570-288-6818.

Northeastern Pennsylvania Trail Symposium, 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. May 18 at Lackawanna Heritage Valley (LHV) Headquarters, 213 S. 7th Ave., Scranton. Presented by LHV, in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Anthracite Scenic Trails Association and North Pocono Trail Association. Info: 570-963-6730, ext. 8212 or

‘Essential Estate and Long Term Care Planning for Seniors: Your questions – Answered!’ seminar, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 18 at LIFE Geisinger-Scranton, 2300 Adams St. For older adults and caregivers about financially preparing for the future. In honor of Older Americans Month, featured guest speaker Teresa Osborne, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, will discuss the importance of financial preparation. Local elder law attorneys Brenda D. Colbert, Esq., and Kevin R. Grebas, Esq., will cover strategies for successful estate planning. LIFE-Geisinger outreach and enrollment coordinator Maria Maletta Hastie will talk about alternatives to nursing home care. Light refreshments will be provided. Cost: free. Info/reservations: 570-558-6160.

A Local Treasure, 10 a.m. May 20 at the Lackawanna State Park. Join Josh Arp for a walk along the paths of the park, as he shares his expertise as local shade tree commissioner. During the leisurely walk he will give practical insights about caring for the environment. The Gathering Place class #102. Cost: $10. Info/register: or

Discovering Bhutan with Harry, 11 a.m. May 20 at the Dietrich Theater. Harry Sweppenheiser, of Tunkhannock decided to take the trip of his dreams last year, a trip to Bhutan, the smallest state in Asia, one that is entirely in the Himalayan Mountains. He will share his photos and videos of his ‘trip of a lifetime.’ Cost: free. Info/reservations: 570-996-1500. Tickets will also be available at the door while they last.

Spring Health Fair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20 at Everything Natural, 426 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Features blood pressure screenings with the Visiting Nurse Association; organic samples from Swiss Villa, Gail’s Cupboard and the Everything Natural staff; mini consultations with health practitioners and more. Info: 570-586-9684.

Community Opioid Panel, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 22 at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. A community discussion on opioid awareness. Presented by Geisinger Health Plan, #HadEnough panelists will include Lackawanna County Commissioner Laureen Cummings, Lackawanna County President Judge Michael Barrasse, District Attorney Shane Scanlon, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine President and Dean Dr. Steven Scheinman, Geisinger Marworth Treatment Center’s William Poray, Geisinger Pharmacy Director Eric Wright and Clean Slate Addiction Treatment Center’s Andy Mendenhall.

The first meeting of the Northeast Pennsylvania Volunteer Firefighters Women’s Auxiliary, May 23 at the Dalton Fire Hall. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. Every company is requested to attend, as important decisions are to be made.

St. John’s Russian Orthadox Cathedral Chicken Parmigiana Dinner, 4 to 6 p.m. May 23 at St. John’s Center, 701 Hill St., Mayfield. Cost: $10. Tickets: 570-876-0730 or 570-876-3576. Take-outs only.

39th annual Penn State Night Dinner, 6:30 p.m. May 23 at Fiorelli Banquet & Conference Center, Main Street, Peckville. The event, presented by the Greater Scranton Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, will feature guest speaker Ricky Rahne, Passing Coordinator and Tight Ends Coach for the Penn State football team. Tickets are $50 are can be obtained at, or 570-963-2537.

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.

Monthly veterans support program, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 24 at State Rep. Marty Flynn’s office, Jay’s Commons, 409 N. Main Ave., Scranton. A representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program will provide information on services available to veterans and their families. The American Legion representatives are available to discuss 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 by calling 570-342-4348.

Fifth annual Lackawanna County Job Fair, 1 to 5 p.m. May 25 at PNC Field on the Club Level. Seventy-eight companies from across NEPA, offering 2,248 full-time, part-time and seasonal job openings, are participating. Cost: free. Info: or 570-963-6821.

Wildflower Walk, 2 p.m. May 28 at Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve. A walk with naturalist Nancy Wottrich in pursuit of wildflowers on the 400-acre wildlife preserve just north of Thompson. The walk will begin at the Stalk Road parking lot on Route 171. The walk is scheduled to last two hours. An optional extra hour of wildflower viewing is available. Participants should wear waterproof shoes. No reservations are required. Cost: free. Info: call Trebbe Johnson at 570-396-0293.

ABPA Lunch and Learn Series presents ‘401K: Changes and What You Need to Know,’ 12 p.m. May 31 at the Abington Community Library. Abington Business and Professional Association members may enjoy a free lunch, courtesy of FNCB and presentation by FNCB’s Chris DiMattio on updates to 401Ks and business forecasts for the second half of the year. Register: 570-587-3440.

Abington Heights Band Boosters Bottles and Bags Bingo, doors open 5 p.m., games start 6 p.m. June 3 at the Scott Township Hose Company in Montdale. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Proceeds will help fund the band’s trip to perform at Disney World. The event will feature 16 games and door prizes. Info:

Rain Garden ‘How To,’ 11 a.m. June 3 at the Dietrich Theater. Learn how to create a backyard rain garden with Laura Anderson, environmental education coordinator at the Wyoming County Conservation District, and Ed Zygmunt, from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Rain gardens help improve the environment and reduce flooding by absorbing and purifying stormwater runoff from rooftops, driveways, parking lots and other impervious surfaces. Following the program, attendees will have the opportunity to visit the rain garden at the Dietrich which was sponsored by the Williams Companies. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

Car wash, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 3 at the Lenoxville United Methodist Church on Route 374. Benefits the Clifford Vacation Bible School. Cost: $5 donation to have a vehicle hand-washed or vacuumed or $10 for both.

Annual Summer Picnic at Waldorf Park in Memory of Bill Tonkin, 3 to 7 p.m. June 4 at Waldorf Park on East Mountain, Scranton. Rain or shine. Includes grilled picnic foods; a hot and cold buffet, desserts, beer, wine and soda; entertainment by EJ the DJ; a volleyball tournament and basket raffles. Proceeds will benefit the programs at Serving Seniors, Inc. Cost: $25 for adults and $15 for children under age 12. Tickets: 570-344-3931 or

Simple. Natural. Healing. – Anti-Inflammatory Eating, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 10 at the Dietrich Theater. In this seminar Donna LaBar will share what to eat and what to avoid to reduce symptoms of arthritis, lyme disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, chronic pain and illness. Cost: suggested donation of $10. Info: 570-996-1500.

Explorer Yoga on the Trail, 9 a.m. (registration at 8 a.m.) June 10 at Blakely Borough Recreation Complex in Peckville. Led by Hilary Steinberg, owner and instructor of Jaya Yoga in Clarks Summit, the program combines yoga and hiking along the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. Open to people age 12 and older and yogis of all skill levels. Cost: no admission fee; Free will donations will be accepted to benefit Lackawanna Heritage Valley. Pre-registration is required by June 8 and yoga mats will be provided to all pre-registered participants. Pre-register:

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, 6 p.m. June 13 at the McGowan Conference Center in the General Services Building at the Regional Hospital of Scranton, 743 Jefferson Ave, Scranton. Cardiologist Lear von Koch will discuss Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, or CABG, is a surgical procedure that improves blood flow to the heart. Cost: free. Register: 570-770-3024 or email

Tunkhannock’s Industrial Past Walking Tour, 12:30 p.m. June 24. Two hotels, a woolen mill, a feed mill, a tannery, a railroad station, a river ferry and more industries used to be along the trail of this 45-minute guided walking tour. Discover an entirely different industrial landscape that used to be in historic downtown Tunkhannock with the help of a tour guide and booklet with photos. Space is limited and preregistration required. Cost: free. Register: 570-996-1500.

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