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Cell phone collection, Abington Heights High School Students Against Destructive Decisions is collecting cell phones at the high school. All cell phones are cleared and programmed with 911 for use by the elderly. The phones may be dropped off in the main office of the high school.



Overeaters Anonymous meetings, First Presbyterian Church, 201 Stone Ave., Clarks Summit, weekly, Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m. and Sun., 4 p.m. Info: 587.4313.




Donations request for used school uniforms.
Our Lady of the Snows Church, donating to Limulungo Community School, Mongu District in Western Zambia, Africa. Any size white shirt, navy and plaid skirts, pants, shorts, sweaters and sweat shirts welcome. Info: 587.3268 to arrange drop-off and pick-up.




Glenburn 4-H Sewing Club,
Registration for 4-H textile science projects. Boys and girls, age 8 to 19 are invited. Info: Register at Penn State Cooperative Extension office, 963.6842.



Volunteers needed for Ombudsman (Resident Rights' Advocate) Program. Community neighbors who are trained to help clarify responsibilities and the rights of those in long-term living facilities. Must be over 18. Info: Sylvia Kolosinsky, Director of volunteer services, 344.3931.



Young Adult Quit (YAQ) Smoking Study. Smokers ages 18 to 30 who join the study receive free materials to quit smoking, two weeks of free nicotine patches and two gift cards for completion of the study. Info: www.yaqstudy.org email info@yaqstudy.com or 1.866.371.9362 ext. 4349.



4-H program request volunteers to teach project skills and serve as role models for youth. Adults needed to serve as volunteer leaders of 4-H clubs (five or more members, ages 8-19). Policies and procedures to ensure that 4-H programs take place in a positive and safe environment. All individuals must successfully complete the Penn State Cooperative Extension's screening process for volunteers before volunteer work can begin. Info: 963.6842.



Cub Scout Pack 251, sponsored by the Clarks Green United Methodist Church. Info: Cub Master, Tom Sheakoski, 586.8049 or clarksgreen251.org



The Scranton Rescue Missions offers food and clothing. The Scranton Rescue Mission, 8 W. Olive St., offers a community service and meals every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 5:25 p.m. Free haircuts first and second Saturday of the month during Bible Study. Every Sunday evening following the evening service, the mission distributes non-perishable food and clothes. Anyone in need of spiritual help, food or clothing can contact www.scrantonrescuemission.com or 357.6677.



Senior Citizens for Senior Dog, Sponsored by Laura's Hope Rescue. Unites humans and dogs who are in the same period of their lives. Seniors willing to help other seniors in need can contact the rescue at 280.2083.



Boys and Girls Club Car Donation Program for Boys and Girls club in U.S. Cars do not have to be functional, but need a title. The cars are sold at auctions and funds benefit the club. Info: 1.800.246.0493.



Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania, Resource Center for Autoimmune Diseases, Lupus screenings, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Registered Nurse Consultant, Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Gluten- Free Information Exchange, fourth Thursday of every month located at Wegmans, Dickson City 6 p.m.; Successful Living with Chronic Illness third Thursday of every month, Noon; 615 Jefferson Ave, Scranton. 888.995.8787.



United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania's Workforce Readiness program is looking to enroll new participants who are interested in receiving help with resume creation, job searching and application requirements, interview skills and career exploration. The program is for out-of-school youth, ages 21 and under, who are currently looking for employment and live in Lackawanna County. Info: 961.1592 ext. 105.



Newton Recreation
Center Winter Hours (through May 31, 2013): Monday through Fridays 9 a.m. - noon and 3 - 8:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday noon - 5 p.m. Info: 586.7808.



The Abington Area Community Classroom offers a variety of ongoing classes. For complete updated listings, visit aacclass.org or for other information, call 954.6650.



Monthly Bereavement Support Group, The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Hospice and Home Health of Lackawanna County offers a monthly bereavement support group meeting at their office, 301 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant. The support group meets on the third Thursday of each month. Info: 383.5180.



Myasthenia Gravis Support Group 2013 Meeting Schedule, at Allied Services, Charles Luger Outpatient Center Community Room , 475 Morgan Highway, Scranton: Feb. 2, April 7, June 1, Aug. 3, Oct. 5 and Dec. 7. Info: Vera Krewsun at 570.687.6009 or Marie Ronnlof at 877.596.1491.



The Northeastern Pennsylvania Bridge Building Competition, will be held Feb. 9, 2013 in the Viewmont Mall in Dickson City. The objective of the competition is to provide an educational learning experience for secondary students to apply their understanding of scientific and engineering principles to everyday experiences, in this case bridge structures. Trophies/plaques are awarded to the first (sponsored by CECO Associates in memory of Mr. Angelo Rosati), second, and third place winners in the competition. Certificates of participation and commemorative T-shirts are given to each participant in the regional competition. Trophies are also presented to the schools represented by the respective First, Second, and Third Place winning. Students and teachers interested in more information may contact Donald Kieffer, regional director at dhkieffer@gmail.com or 586.0197.



Abington Heights High School Music Concerts, Concert Band Concert April 16 at 7 p.m. Symphony Orchestra Concert, April 28 at 3 p.m.; Combined Choir Concert, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.; Choir Concert, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Musical, March 14 and 16.



Abington Heights Middle School Concert Schedule, all concerts are free and open to the public and are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on the following dates: Seventh Grade Chorus, Dec. 19; Eighth Grade Chorus, Dec. 20; Eighth Grade Orchestra, Jan. 24; Seventh Grade Orchestra, Jan. 25; Sixth Grade Orchestra, Jan. 28 and Fifth Grade Orchestra, Jan. 29.



Frontier Communications 2012 Holiday Jingle Sweepstakes, All certified 501c3 non-profit organizations in N.Y. and Pa. are invited to enter to win one grand prize of $1,000, second prize of $500 and third prize of $250. For details, see facebook.com/FTRNortheast. Deadline: Dec. 23. Info: Anne.Tetamore@FTR.com or 585.777.1127.



HOLIDAY EVENTS



December 19:
Holiday luncheon for the AAUW Scranton Branch, at noon at B&B Art Gallery, 222 Northern Blvd., S. Abington Twp. Reservations (required): 563.1417



Christmas Bread Sale, at St. Michael's Center, 403 Delaware St, Jermyn, from noon – 4 p.m. For sale are bread loaves (plain and raisin), rolls (nut, poppyseed, lekvar and apricot), Kielbasi and homemade horseradish. Orders/info: 876.1456.



December 20:
St. John's Annual Holiday Bread and Kolachi Sale, continuing Dec. 21 in the church center located on Hill Street, Mayfield from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Round raisin or white bread along with the loaf sizes will be sold along with nut, poppyseed, lekvar and apricot rolls. Cost: Round breads are $7 each and loaf breads are $3.50 each. All nut, poppyseed, lekvar and apricot kolachi are $10 each. Orders (deadline Dec. 18): 876.0730, 876.3372 or 876.0391 or fax to: 876.2534.



Free showing of the movie The Muppet Christmas Carol, at Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, 420 North Washington Ave. at 6 p.m. Cost: Free tickets, required for enterance at the event, are available at the Scranton Cultural Center Box Office. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.



December 21:
Santa Visit to Justus, from 5 - 9 p.m. Santa is coming to Justus with goodies for the children and will be riding on the Justus Fire Company Fire Truck. Special requests may be submitted to the Justus Fire Company at 587.4545 by Dec. 19 or stop by Dec. 17 from 7 - 9 p.m. Info: JFC28Fire.com.



December 22:
Breakfast with Santa, at Mount Airy Casino Resort from 9 - 11 a.m. Purpose is to raise money for the Monroe County United Way. Cost: $5.



Gift Wrapping Fundraiser, at Boscov's in the Steamtown Mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., continuing Dec. 23 at the same time. Benefits Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.



December 23:
A Celebration of the Awaited Gift at Waverly Community Church at 6 p.m. Includes a special message, the Waverly Community Church Choir, children singing and a candle light service. All are welcome.



December 25:
The 12th Annual Free Community Christmas Dinner, at the Montrose Square Community Room at noon. Sponsored by Endless Mountains Health Systems physicians, employees, volunteers of EMHS and the community. All are invited; no reservations are necessary. Includes a meal followed by singing of carols.



December 27:
Holiday Camp, at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock, continuing Dec. 28 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. For ages 5-12. Instructors: Amy and Steve Colley. Attendees will the opportunity to throw pots on a potter's wheel, create sculptures and design 3D collages out of recycled household items. Admission: $25. Register/info: 996.1500.



January 6:
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, at St. Thomas More Anglican Use Parish at St. Joseph's Church, N. Main Ave. and Theodore St., Scranton, at 5 p.m. A traditional Anglican Christmas celebration, followed by a potluck supper and 3 Kings Celebration. All are welcome. Cost: free; please bring bread, fruit or dessert to share. Info: 343.0634.



January 11:
Malanka, Northeastern Pennsylvania' s Ukrainian New Year Ninth Annual Dinner Dance, at St. Vladimir Parish Center, 728 North Seventh Avenue, Scranton from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Evening will include a Ukrainian and American dinner buffet catered by Paul Wanas of Accentuate Caterers, cash bar, complimentary bubbly toast and dancing to Ukrainian orchestra Fata Morgana. Door prizes will also be awarded. Cost: $40. Info/reservations: 489.1256.



DAILY EVENTS



December 19:
The Greater Scranton Women's Network Luncheon, at The Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton from noon to 1 p.m. Guest speaker Connie Pheiff of Connie Pheiff Speaks will provide examples of self-deception; explore relationships that may be holding businesses back; explore the concept of blaming clients for lack of success; and discuss strategies to overcome all these. Attendees are asked to bring a personal care item to be donated to the Women's Resource Center Shelter to support women in the greater Scranton area. Cost: Cost $20 for members, $30 for non-members. Info: 342.7711 or scrantonchamber.com.



December 21: Trivia Night, at the Abington Community Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Includes a game of Jeopardy, trivia, prizes, light refreshments and more. For grades 4-6.



January 4:
The American Lung Association Arena Climb meeting, at Odyssey Fitness in Wilkes-Barre on at 5:30 p.m. Atendees will learn about the American Lung Association's Arena Climb at the Mohegan Sun Arena, planned for Sat. April 6, 2013. Everyone attending this event will earn a free day pass to Odyssey Fitness to start their preparation for the climb of their life. Info: lunginfo.org/arenaclimb Register: 823.2212 or dreifler@lunginfo.org.



January 5: Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Volunteer Meeting
, at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton, at 11 a.m.



January 7:
BioScience Forum, at The Commonwealth Medical College, 525 Pine St., Scranton from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sponsored by Senator John Blake. Features presentations and a discussion on Development of a Regional Bioscience Cluster in Northeas Pennsylvania. Includes a keynote presentation by PA Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary, Hon. C. Alan Walker. RSVP: blake@pasenate.com (In the subject line, please indicate Blake Bioscience Forum and provide your name, organization, title and telephone number.)



January 15:
Hotel Ixtapan Spa and Golf Resort Group Departure, continuing through Jan. 15, 2013. Spa treatments and meals included. Info: 586.1666.



January 20: All You Can Eat Breakfast, at Clarks Summit Fire Co. #1, 321 Bedford St., Clarks Summit from 8 a.m. – noon. Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for children under 10.



February 2:

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Volunteer Meeting
, at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton, at 11 a.m.



February 6:
Unleashed: The Power of Partnership Global Ministry Conference, at Baptist Bible College, continuing through Feb. 8. In preparation, a special Day of Prayer will be held Feb. 5. Concentrating on 2 Corinthians 6:1-18, morning sessions each day will address a section of the passage. The program features several guest speakers - including author and veteran missionary Gracia Burnham. Info: bbc.edu or 586.2400.



February 9: Northeastern Pennsylvania Bridge Building Competition, in the Viewmont Mall in Dickson City. Info: dhkieffer@gmail.com or 586.0197.



February 17: All You Can Eat Breakfast, at Clarks Summit Fire Co. #1, 321 Bedford St., Clarks Summit from 8 a.m. – noon. Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for kids under 10 years.




WEEKLY EVENTS




Mondays:




Clarks Summit Fire Company Auxiliary meeting,
7 p.m. Clarks Summit Fire House, 321 Bedford St., second Monday of every month.




CMC Donor Site Blood Drives,
noon to 4 p.m., second Monday of the month, CMC Professional Building Auditorium. Info: 969.8800.




NAMI Support Group,
7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from in the CMC Professional Building, Auditorium. Info: 969.8986.



Guardian of the Redeemer Fellowship, on the first and third Monday of the month, hosted by the St. Thomas More Society of St. Paul's Parish, 2301N. Washington Ave., Scranton. For men interested in adult discussion of the Catholic faith. Info: 343.0634.



The Dalton Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary Bingo Night, at the Dalton Fire Co. Hall, on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:45 p.m.



Knitting Group, at the Abington Community Library every other Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a current project and knit with others. For adults only.



Countryside Community Church Bible Study, at 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit at 10 a.m. Info: 587.3206 or www.countrysidechurch.org.



Tuesdays:



Introduction to Martial Arts, starting January 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Chinchilla United Methodist Church, 411 Layton Rd., Chinchilla. Ages six and up. Cost: Free. Info: Scott at 585.1206.



South Abington Lions Club meetings, on the second Tuesday of each month, second floor of the South Abington Township Building at 7 p.m. Info: 313.2133.




Greater Scranton Area Roaring Ramblers Toastmaster Meeting,
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Allied Services in the Administrative Board Room, located in the Rehabilitation Building on the Morgan Highway at Moffatt Drive. Info: scrantontoastmasters.org, 586.7762 or 587.0232.



Mommy and Me Naturally, Outdoors, at the EMNC Lodge and grounds from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Pretend, sing, listen to a story, make a craft, and play. Program is designed for children two-and-a-half to four years old. Cost: free.



The Greater Scranton Roaring Ramblers Toastmasters Club, meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at Allied Services, Morgan Hwy., Scranton. Visitors are welcome. Info: www.1607.toastmastersclubs.org or 587.0232.



University of Scranton Free Clinic the Uninsured, 240 Kessler Court, has extended its hours: noon -4 p.m. The medical clinic serves uninsured people from Lackawanna County by appointment. Appointments can be arranged by calling 941.6112.



World Peace Meditation and Reiki Circle, on the first Tuesday of every month, at Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center, 200 Lake Ave., Montrose from 5 - 7 p.m. Cost: $10. RSVP/Info: 278.9256, wellness@epix.net or wellnessarts.com.



STACKS Writing Group, at The Vintage/Morning Glory Cafe, 326 Spruce St., Scranton, every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Info: emailstackswritinggroup@gmail.com.




Wednesdays:



Oakwood Terrace Support Group meetings for spouses and other family members or caretakers of those afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. 400 Gleason Road, Moosic. Meetings are open to the public. Cost: Free. Info: Sylvia Kolosinsky at 451.3171 ext. 116 or oakwoodterraceinc.com




Parish Youth Choir Rehearsals,
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. accompanies the singing at the 9:30 a.m. mass, at Our Lady of the Snows, every other week. Open to youth, 11 to 18. Info: 586.4112.




Youth ministry at Our Lady of the Snows Church,
7 to 8 p.m. Clarks Summit, general meetings. Junior High program, 7 and 8th graders, Sundays 1 to 2 p.m. Info: Call ahead to join 586.1741.



Meditation Classes at the Waverly Community House from 7 to 8:30 with Buddhist monk Gen Samten Kelsang. Classes are self-contained. Drop in any week. Cost is $10 per class. Sponsored by Kadampa Meditation Center, N.Y.



Great Scranton Chapter of Penn State Alumni Association Meetings, in the lower level of the SLC Building on the Worthington Scranton campus, Dunmore. The meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and the general membership is welcome to attend.



Mom's in Prayer Ministry, at Summit Baptist Bible Church, 232 Noble Road, Clarks Summit every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. A prayer group for mothers of students in the Abington Heights School District. Info: mdingler@cox.net or MomsInPrayer.org.




Thursdays:





Alzheimer's Association caregivers support group meetings,
7 to 8 p.m., the last Tuesday of every month. Elan Gardens. Adjoining room for loved ones, who will not be left unattended. Info: Rhonda, 585.8099 or Rita, 586.0179.




Crohn's and Colitis Foundation support group,
7 p.m., Community Medical Center Professional Building, first floor, CME Room, third Thursday of each month. Info: 969.8986.



Grief and Bereavement Educational and Conversational Support Group. Sponsored by AseraCare Hospice, 749 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit, PA 18411. Join us on at the AseraCare offices on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Info: Olympia Cianfichi, Bereavement Coordinator, 1.800.870.0085.



Writers' Group, for ages 18 and up at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock from 7-8:30 p.m. All genres and levels of writing welcome. Cost: Free. Info: 996.1500.



Scrabble, 1 p.m. at Abington Community Library. No registration necessary.



Heinz Rehab Hospital's Stroke Support
Group, the first Thursday of the month in the Rose Brader Dining Room in the main building, 150 Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre from 4:30 to 6 p.m.



Scrabble, at the Abington Community Library, beginning at 1 p.m. Join other players for games of Scrabble. No registration necessary.



University of Scranton Free Clinic the Uninsured, 240 Kessler Court, has walk-in hours from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The medical clinic serves uninsured people from Lackawanna County. Info: 941.6112.



Better Breathers Club, at the Geisinger-Community Medical Center Professional Building, Classroom 2, Second floor, 316 Colfax Ave., Scranton at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. A free support group for people with chronic lung disease and their families. Info: 969.8986.



Meditation Classes, at the Waverly Community House from 7 p.m. to 8:30. Classes are led by a Buddhist monk. Cost is $10 per class. Info: 845.856.9000.



Suicide Bereavement Support Group, every second and fourth Thursday of the month from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the West Hazleton Borough Building, 100 S. 4th St., West Hazleton. Facilitated by professionals and peers. This is an open grief group that welcomes survivors at any stage of their grieving process. Participants enter the group, leave, and return as they feel the need.




Fridays:





Diabetes support group,
10 a.m. Community Medical Center Professional Building, third floor classroom, second Friday of each month. Info: 969.7272. Cost: Free.



A Course in Miracles, 4:30 p.m. at Everything Natural. Discover more about the guiding principles of authors like Marianne Williamson and Dr. Wayne Dyer. Newcomers welcome.




Saturdays and Sundays:




Bereavement Support, at Our Lady of Snows Church Parish Center 301 S. State St., Clarks Summit, every third Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend informative sessions dealing with the grief process. Info: 586.1741.



Guided Downtown Walking Tours of Scranton, conducted by the Lackawanna County Historical Society, 11 a.m. at the main entrance of Lackawanna College on Vine Street near Washington Avenue. Tours last two hours. Cost: $3. Info: 344.3841.


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