Abington area sports calendar for the week of April 20, 2016

April 19th, 2016 10:40 pm

Bike Scranton, ongoing, the goal of the free bike share program hosted by Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area is to encourage people to adopt cycling as a form of regular exercise and explore the city of Scranton and the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. Bicyclists can visit one of four share sites in the city (Lackawanna Heritage Valley headquarters, Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, Cedar Bike & Paddle, and the Weinberg Memorial Library at the University of Scranton). Participants must be 18 or older, present a valid driver’s license or ID, and sign a liability waiver to borrow a bike. Helmets are provided. Bikes may be borrowed for a few hours or a full day.

Lackawanna Valley Trout Unliminited Meeting, 7 p.m. April 20 at the Tripp Park Community Center, 2000 Dorothy St., Scranton. The meeting will feature a special report on the Upper Delaware and guest speaker Lee Hart, who will give a presentation on his fly fishing book “Trails in a Wild Frontier.”

4th Annual Furry Friends 5K Run/Walk, April 23, registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the run/walk begins at 10 a.m. at the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, starting and ending at the Elm Street Head. Participants are encouraged to bring their pets, but animals must be properly vaccinated and leashed at all times. Cost: $20 per person. Participants may register on-site the morning of the event. The first 100 registrations will receive a complimentary four-foot, light up LED leash. Griffin Pond T-shirts will be available for $10. Raffle tickets will also be available for $1 each or eight for $5 for a chance to win one of two $50 gift cards donated by the National Running Center. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. Info: Anastasia Daniels 570-586-3700 ext. 514 or anastasia@griffinpondanimalshelter.com.

5th Annual ‘Party with the Pros’, 6 to 9 p.m. April 23 at the Mohegan Sun Club at PNC Field, Moosic. Presented by the KRW Foundation, Darryl Strawberry, Graig Nettles, and Ron Guidry will be featured. Proceeds will benefit the Dunmore, Green Ridge, East Scranton and West Scranton Little Leagues. Info/tickets: krwfoundation.org, facebook.com/krwfoundation or 570-903-2041.

2nd Annual Lackawanna Police Academy Protect and Defend 5K, registration 8 a.m., the race begins at 9:30 a.m. on April 23 on Courthouse Square in Scranton. All proceeds from this year’s race will benefit a fund established in honor of late Scranton Police Officer John J. Wilding. Register: https://runsignup.com/protectdefend5k. Cost: $25 before April 23 or $30 the day of the event. Participants who register before April 17 are guaranteed a race T-shirt. Info: (570) 961-7825 or www.lackawanna.edu/policeacademy.

Fred Loch Memorial Scholarship Shoot, May 1 at the Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club on Lake Winola Road. Shooting on the clay bird sporting clays course will begin at 9 a.m. followed by a steak dinner at 11:30 p.m. The shoot helps fund the club’s scholarship program for graduating seniors at Lackawanna Trail and Tunkhannock High School. Cost: $25 per shooter for 50 birds or $45 for 100 birds. Shooters will need to provide their own ammunition, but shotguns will be available. Info: Carl Tylutki at 570-945-3137, Fred Rose at 570-903-5755, or www.fscweb.org.

Free Fly Fishing Introduction Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7 at Lake Eston Wilson at Hillside Park. The class, provided by the PA Fish and Boat Commission, is designed for families interested in learning the basics of fly fishing equipment, casting techniques or water skills. Participants must pre-register by 4 p.m. May 5 at www.gonefishingpa.com. Participants should dress for outdoor weather. Info: 570-477-2206.

Women’s Fly Fishing School, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7 in the pavilion at Hillside Park on Lake Eston Wilson, Winola Road, Clarks Summit. Representatives from Lackawanna Valley Trout Unlimited and the PA Fish and Boat Commission will host a one-day fly fishing class. The class is free and no equipment is required. Register: www.gonefishingpa.com Family Fishing Programs/Find Event/May 7th. Info: ffnepa@epix.net or 570-954-5042.

Summit University Golf Classic, May 23 at Glen Oak Country Club, Clarks Summit. Check-in begins at 10 a.m., followed by a lunch at 11 a.m. and shotgun start at noon. A dinner with awards and prize drawings will be held at 5 p.m. The tournament will have a scramble format. Cost: $250. Register: SummitU.edu/golfclassic.

Keystone/Trout Unlimited Teens Summer Conservation Camp, June 19-25 at Keystone College. Registration is open through May 27 for teens from 14-18 years of age. Students will reside in door rooms and eat in the college cafeteria while learning about conservation, the environment, and the art and sciences of fly fishing. Instructors from the DEP, DCNR, County Conservation Districts and PA Fish and Boat Commission will offer courses in watershed conservation, fish biology, aquatic insects are more. Trout Unlimited volunteers will teach casting, fly tying and matching hatches of insects. The camp will be restricted to 24 participants. Cost: $325, but scholarships are available. Info: ffnepa@epix.net or 570-954-5042.

Heritage Explorer Golf Tournament, June 26 at Pine Hills Country Club in Taylor. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Tee-off at 8 a.m. Captain and crew format. Lunch will be served following an awards ceremony. In addition to 18 holes of golf, there will be live entertainment, contests and door prizes. Cost: $100, $50 for lunch only. Proceeds benefit projects and programs supporting the mission of Lackawanna Heritage Valley. Info/sponsorships/registration: jimel@lhva.org or 570-963-6730, ext. 8203.

Commonwealth Health Regional Hospital of Scranton’s annual benefit golf tournament, July 11 at the Country Club of Scranton. Proceeds will benefit the Dave Mattei Mission Fund, which provides emergency assistance to Regional Hospital employees in times of personal crisis. The captain and crew tournament begins with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Register/info: Bill Timlin at 570-348-7189.

Ninth annual D & H Distance and 5K Run, 9 a.m. Sept. 11 in Forest City. The fee will be $40 through Aug. 19. The race is a major fundraiser for the Rail-Trail Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Info/register: dhdistancerun.com, GetMeRegistered.com or www.nepa-rail-trails.org.