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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Full Moon Hikes, multiple dates at the Endless Mountains Nature Center in Tunkhannock. Schedule: 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: endlessnature.org.
CHILDREN’S & TEENS’ EVENTS
Put a Stamp On It, 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Abington Community Library. A drop-in event for teens in grades 5-12. The library will provide the supplies needed to write and send a letter and participants provide the content. Take a break from screens, put pen to paper and write a letter. Info/register: 570-587-3440.
Quilting for Kids, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 13 through Dec. 13 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages six and up. Instructors: Terry Keller, Peggy Lane and Ingrid Rogler. Learn early quilting techniques as you create a quilt full of triangle and diamond shapes that has endless design possibilities. No experience necessary. Fabric is provided. Cost: $6 per class. Info/register: 570-996-1500.
Cub Scout Pack 251’s annual registration, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 and 20 and 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Clarks Green United Methodist Church, 119 Glenburn Rd. Boys in first through fifth grade or six to 10 years of age will participate in age appropriate and fun activities. Cub Scouts will be rewarded for learning life skills and values while participating in events such as camping, hiking, fishing and crafts. Info: contact our Cubmaster Brian Sompel at 570-815-1279 or Committee Chairman Jim Farrell at 570-499-2269.
Cub Scouts Pack 160’s annual registration, 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Hillside Park pavilion, Winola Road, South Abington Township. Boys ages 7-11 who register as a new Cub Scout during the event will receive a free Zebco fishing rod, reel and tackle pack. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided. Info: visit pack160.ch2v.com or call Josh Mitchell at 570-909-6199.
Build-a-Bot, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Abington Community Library. For children in grades 4-6. Build your own robot using modeling clay and wind-up toys. All materials and snacks provided. Info/register: 570-587-3440.
Pottery and Sculpture for Kids, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 15, 22 and 29 and Oct. 6 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages five to 12. Instructor: Steve Colley. Students will explore the medium of clay as they work on potter’s wheels and learn sculpting and hand-building techniques. Cost: $40. Info/register: 570-996-1500.
Preschool Pottery and Sculpture, 10 to 10:45 a.m. Fridays, Sept. 15, 22 and 29 and Oct. 6 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages four and five. Instructor: Amy Colley. Young artists will explore the medium of clay as they work on potter’s wheels and learn sculpting and hand-building techniques. Cost: Free. Info/register: 570-996-1500.
Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 26 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 and share their thoughts and ideas. Info/register: 570-587-3440.
Homeschoolers at the Library, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Abington Community Library. Homeschooling parents can bring their children to a fun, educational program, to enrich home learning experience, featuring hands-on projects, stories, short videos and more. For students in grades K-6. Info/register: 570-587-3440.
Banned Books Week: ‘The Great Gatsby’ Movie Night, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Abington Community Library. For teens in grades 9-12. Celebrate the end of Banned Books Week with a showing of “The Great Gatsby.” (Baz Luhrmann, 2013). The movie is rated PG-13 so attendees must be 13 or older. Info/register: 570-587-3440.
Scholarship Party with Jennifer Kresock, 12 to 2 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Abington Community Library. For teens in grades 5-12 and college students. 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/register: 570-587-3440.
Natural Wonders: Insect Safari, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. This program series for children ages 3-6 and a guardian offers discovery-based learning about the natural world through stories, art and outdoor explorations. In this session, children will learn about insect characteristics and search for different types of insects. Cost: $40 for a series of six classes or $8 for individual classes. Registration is limited and pre-registration required. Info/register: 570-842-1506.
Natural Wonders: Bats!, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. This program series for children ages 3-6 and a guardian offers discovery-based learning about the natural world through stories, art and outdoor explorations. In this session, children will get “batty” while learning about these flying mammals. Cost: $40 for a series of six classes or $8 for individual classes. Registration is limited and pre-registration required. Info/register: 570-842-1506.
MARKETS, SALES & VENDOR FAIRS
Audrey Thomas Second Annual Memorial Country Christmas Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Highway. More than 40 craft vendors, baked goods, lunch and more. Cost: $1 admission for adults and free for children age 12 and under. Info: 570-587-2571.
Annual Christmas Bazaar, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12. at St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral’s church center on Hill Street, Mayfield. Info: 570-876-0730, 570-254-6882 or 570-876-0391.
4th annual Mix & Mingle for Meals on Wheels of NEPA, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 at Glen Oak Country Club, 250 Oakford Rd., Clarks Summit. Cost: $75 per person/$125 per couple. All proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels’ community programming, including home-delivered meals. Info/tickets: mealsonwheelsnepa.org.
Chicken barbecue, 2 to 6 p.m. or until sold out, Sept. 16 at the VFW Post 7069, 402 Winola Rd, Clarks Summit. Hosted by the the VFW Post 7069 and Auxiliary. Cost: $10 for adults and $4.50 for children. Pre-sale tickets (preferred): call 570-586-9821 or 570-587-5663.
Disney Trivia Night for Millennials, 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Abington Community Library. You grew up with Belle, Mulan and even the dreaded Ursula. Attend Disney Trivia Night and put all your childhood knowledge to the test. Includes prizes, snacks and everything Disney. Info/register: 570-587-3440.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 19 through Oct. 24 at The Gathering Place. Calm down with Phil Sallavanti in this six-week class that provides ways to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, pain, and through meditation and awareness exercises. Cost: $75. Info: gatheringplaceCS.org.
A Pilgrimage to National Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, Mass., Sept. 20. The Knights of Columbus, Abington Council #6611 is sponsoring a bus trip to Divine Mercy National Shrine, departing from Our Lady of the Abingtons Church, Dalton, at 7:45 a.m. with a second departure from St. Gregory’s Church, Clarks Green, and returning at 10 p.m. Guest celebrant priest is Father Arbogaste Satourn, pastor of Our Lady of the Abingtons and St. Patrick’s churches. Cost: $69 per person includes round trip bus fare, shrine entrance fee, complimentary breakfast items and full-course meal during return trip. Info/reservations: contact Duane Valence at 570-563-3014 or Tony Dalasio at 570-587-4671.
Chicken-n-Biscuit or Ham Dinner, 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Clifford United Methodist Church, Main Street, Clifford. Take out or dine in. Cost: $8.95 donation.
Evening at 13 Olives, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at 13 Olives, located on Northern Boulevard in Chinchilla. A Community Classroom Classes at The Gathering Place event. Join Chef Gene Litz for an evening of culinary application, health benefits and quality standards of olive oil and enjoy a light snack and beverages. Cost: $15. Info: gatheringplaceCS.org.
100 Years Ago in Clarks Summit, 12 p.m. Sept. 20 at The Gathering Place. From 1889 until 1925, Clarks Summit had many changes that established what the borough is today. Presented by local historian Dennis Martin. Cost: $5. Info: gatheringplaceCS.org.
Replacing Invasive Plants with Native Species, 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at The Gathering Place. Kelley Stewart will talk about the invasive plants and the native plants that gardeners can use to replace them. Cost: $10. Info: gatheringplaceCS.org.
It’s Never Too Early to Think About Retirement, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at The Gathering Place. Steven DeRiancho, financial planning expert, will talk about the nuances of and need to plan ahead. Cost: $5. Info: gatheringplaceCS.org.
State Rep. Marty Flynn’s Clarks Green outreach, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Clarks Green Borough Building, 104 N. Abington Road. A staff member from the representative’s office will provide assistance with PennDOT paperwork, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage, unclaimed property searches and any other state-related matter. The monthly outreach visits alternate on the third Wednesday of every month between Clarks Green and South Abington Township. Next month’s visit will be Oct. 18 at the South Abington Township Building, 104 Shady Lane Road, Chinchilla, in second floor meeting room. Info: 570-342-4348.
13th Annual Taste of the Abingtons, 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Ramada Clarks Summit in South Abington Township. Features tastings from more than 30 vendors, including local restaurants, wineries, breweries and cigar shops. Benefits the projects of the Rotary Club of the Abingtons. Cost: $25. Tickets: online at bit.ly/2xa3ng0, by calling Ryan Campbell at 570-351-4606 or at the door.
Check Out a Person, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Abington Community Library. A chance for teens and adults to learn about a variety of professions. Drop in and learn about potential careers and interesting topics related to music, science and more. Light refreshments included. Info/register: 570-587-3440.
Embattled Freedom: NEPA as a Fugitive Slave Haven, 12 p.m. Sept. 27 at The Gathering Place. Jim Remsen, a Waverly native, reveals his hometown remarkable, yet little understood abolitionist era. Cost: $5. Info: gatheringplaceCS.org.
NEPA Alliance Annual Dinner, Sept. 28 at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center. A reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. This year’s keynote speaker will be Denny Corby, corporate speaker, entertainer and mentalist. Sponsorship is available for this event by contacting Donna Hritz at 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929. Cost: Members receive one complimentary ticket and additional member tickets are $65; board member tickets are $55; non member tickets are $75; Tables of eight are $55 per person. RSVP by Sept. 21. Reservations/info: 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.
Homemade Baklava class, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit. Learn to make traditional Baklava with Eva Khalil. Enjoy this treat with Turkish coffee and take some home to share. Cost:$35. Info: gatheringplaceCS.org.
Discover your Body: Relief for neck, Shoulders and Back, at Everything Natural. A Community Classroom class. Session 1: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23. Session 2: 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25. Session 3: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Cost: $ 25. Info: gatheringplaceCS.org.
Bio-Harmonic Evening Hike, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. Join biologist Dr. Vincent Marshall on this guided evening sounds hike along the trails of LCEEC. A backup indoor program will be provided in the event of inclement weather or an early frost. Cost: $5. Pre-registration required. Info/register: 570-842-1506.
Fall Soup, Salad, Homemade Bread and Rice Pudding Sale, 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 8 at Zacharellis Gardens, 702 St. Mary’s Villa Road, Elmhurst. Hosted by Chef Patti Brown, of Down Home Rice Pudding, Factoryville. Benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Scranton. Tour the gardens, meet the organization’s executive director and take home a fall meal. Cost: $50. Info: 570-862-2849.
New to Medicare class, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at The Gathering Place. The APPRISE Program is holding this class for people who are approaching 65 or contemplating retirement and looking into health care options. Cost: free. Register by October 3. Info: gatheringplaceCS.org.
LCEEC Beekeepers Club, 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. The primary goals of the group are to promote honey bee colony wellness, share best practices and experiences in beekeeping, and discuss production of honey and other apiary products. All are welcome. Cost: free. Info: 570-842-1506.
Clarks Summit Fire Company Open House, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at the fire house, 321 Bedford St., Clarks Summit. The event will feature fire truck rides, live demonstrations, a fire extinguisher demo, games, a coloring contest and tours of the trucks and stations. There will also be volunteering info, raffle baskets and school contests.
Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases in PA, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 18 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 Lyme disease will be discussed. This workshop is appropriate for ages 12 to adult. Cost: $5 per person. Pre-registration required. Info/register: 570-842-1506.
The Gathering Place’s New York City Bus Trip, Oct. 21. Cost: $38. Info: gatheringplaceCS.org.
The University of Scranton Open House, 9 a.m. Oct. 22 on campus. Prospective students and their families can learn about the university’s 66 undergraduate majors and meet with faculty, students, admissions counselors and financial aid representatives. Student-led campus tours will be conducted and representatives of student organizations, athletic teams and programs of excellence will also be available. The event includes a complimentary brunch. Info: 1-888-SCRANTON or scranton.edu/admissions.
The University of Scranton Open House, 9 a.m. Nov. 5 on campus. Prospective students and their families can learn about the university’s 66 undergraduate majors and meet with faculty, students, admissions counselors and financial aid representatives. Student-led campus tours will be conducted and representatives of student organizations, athletic teams and programs of excellence will also be available. The event includes a complimentary brunch. Info: 1-888-SCRANTON or scranton.edu/admissions.