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 [email protected] 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.
Center Fall and 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 will meet Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. and reoccur 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.
Cookbook fundraiser, SS Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, will soon celebrate its 125 Anniversary (1888-2013). In commemoration of the anniversary the church is sponsoring a fundraiser, Favorite Recipes from our Best Cooks cookbooks. The cost of the hardcover set (two volumes is $25. Single hardcover volumes are $15. Cookbooks can be mailed out until Dec. 12 in time for Christmas. Info: 383.0319 or stcyrils.maslar-online.com.
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 [email protected] or 586.0197.
2012-2013 Abington Heights High School Music Concerts, Music Department Holiday Concert, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.; 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.
Holiday Party benefit for Make-A-Wish Foundation, at The Woodhouse Day Spa in Kingston, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. During the event and throughout the month of December, the spa will be selling Make-A-Wish stars. All proceeds resulting from the sale of the stars will be donated to the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Includes live entertainment by The Herbie Green Band and wine, hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Cost: free. Reservations (required): 763.0063.
Wreathmaking with Abby Peck, at The Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Rd, Waverly from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cost: $2. Info: 586.8191, ext. 5 or waverlycomm.org.
Free showing of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock, also on Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. For all ages. Presented in part by The Jim Henson Legacy Foundation, Sponsored by Ace-Robbins Inc. Tickets are first come, first served. Cost: free. Info: 996.1500.
Church Women United of Lackawanna County's Christmas Tea, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Grove St., Clarks Summit at 1:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring a Christmas stocking for the Clarks Summit State Hospital.
Fourth Annual Christmas Carol Singing, Dec. 7 in front of a Nativity Scene, on the lawn of the Luzerne County Courthouse at 5 p.m. Tree lighting ceremony will follow inside the courthouse.
Diwaili Festival of Lights, at the Abington Commuinity Library from 4 - 6 p.m. Experience Diwali, the Festival of Lights, with traditions, stories, dance, song, and flavors of India. Register (deadline Dec. 6): 587.3440.
Breakfast with Santa, at The Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Rd, Waverly at 10 a.m. Cost: $8. Info: 586.8191, ext. 5 or waverlycomm.org.
Sixth Annual Holiday Cookie Walk, at the Clarks Summit Fire Company, 321 Bedford St. at 10 a.m. Cost: $8 a pound.
Holiday Workshop, at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. For all ages. Cost: free (Sponsored by Ace-Robbins Inc.) Attendees are invited to get into the holiday spirit with a morning of cookie decorating, holiday crafts, singing and creations by the balloon lady. For all ages. Info: 996.1500 for details.
Holiday Market and Bake Sale, at the Montdale United Methodist Church, 961 Lakeland Drive, Scott Township from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature craft vendors, hot food, and homemade baked items for sale.
Commonwealth Hospice of NEPA's Breakfast with Santa, in the McGowan Conference Center on the second floor of the Regional Hospital of Scranton, 746 Jefferson Ave., from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $10; children 10 and under are free. Info/reservations: 348.7372.
Pyrohy/Pierogi for Christmas Eve Holy Supper, at St. Vladimir Parish Center, 428 North Seventh Ave., Scranton, pickup beginning at 2 p.m. Completely made from scratch - all fresh ingredients, not frozen. Cost: $7 per dozen. Info: 346.4164.
Home made for the Holidays, at Lackawanna State Park's Environmental Learning Center from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The community is invited to stop by and create a home-made holiday tree ornament using all natural materials.
Cookies With Santa, at Clarion Hotel 300 Meadow Ave, Scranton from 1 - 4 p.m. Money raised will be used to buy Gifts for Kids. There will be live music, crafts, raffles, local businesses to purchase holiday gifts from, and of course Santa and his favorite snacks to help get everyone into the holiday spirit. Photos with Santa will also be available for a small fee. Cost: $3 for adults and $2 for children. Info: 499.7690 [email protected].
Abington Business and Professional Association ‘Business in the Mix' Holiday business card exchange, at CareGivers America, 700 S. State St., Clarks Summit (at the Wellness Center located in the upper building of the complex), from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres provided by Beta Bread, Clarks Summit, beverages and soft drinks will be provided by CareGivers America. Info/reservations: 587.9045 or [email protected].
Leadership Lackawanna's Annual Mix, Mingle and Jingle holiday fundraiser, at the Electric City Trolley Museum in downtown Scranton. Open to the public. Will feature cocktails, gourmet appetizers and live music. Company table sponsors are sought (A table sponsor is a commitment of $250, and will receive corporate signage at the event, corporate marketing material dispersed at event and two event tickets). Info: [email protected].
Abington Heights High School Open House, Our Lady of Peace students are invited to participate in this tour at the Abington Heights High School from noon – 3 p.m. Activities will include a brief presentation by administration, a Q & A session with ninth grade transfer students and a shadowing experience. Parents are asked to contact Assistant Principal Marc Wyandt at [email protected] or 585.5332 to confirm participation in this event.
St. Mary's International Dinner Club, featuring Christmas around the World, at St, Mary's Center, 320 Mifflin Ave, Scranton at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Reservations only. Cost: $24.95. Reservations (deadline Dec. 7): 342.5151.
The Tunkhannock Area High School Marching Band 6th Annual Twelve- Twenty Four Concert, at the Tunkhannock Area High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. (doors will open at 6 p.m.). Tickets may be purchased beginning Oct. 15 at Gay's True Value, Bridge Street, Tunkhannock, or online at www.twelvetwentyfour.net. Cost: pre-sale is $15 or $20 at the door.
A Live Nativity, at Clarks Green Assembly of God, 204 S. Abington Road, Clarks Green, Continuing Dec. 15 and 16 from 7 - 9 p.m. The inn and stable will come alive with actors and animals portraying Jesus' birth. Christmas carols, hot beverages, cookies and a warm fire will be in the fellowship hall. Cost: free. Info: 586.8286.
The Winter Concert, at The Murphy Memorial Library at Baptist Bible College and Seminary, at 8 p.m. and continuing Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Featuring student music groups, including the Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers, as well as solos and ensembles by music students and faculty. Performance will include works of J.S. Bach and Antonio Vivaldi. Music from world-renowned American composers Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre are also included. Cost: $10 (includes dessert reception). Tickets/info: www.bbc.edu/winterconcert or 585.9295.
Holiday Homemade Pirogie Sale, at St. John's Center, Hill Street, Mayfield from noon – 4 p.m. Homemade pirogie (deep fried or uncooked) will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Orders for 10 dozen or more will be taken. Info/orders: 876.0730.
Our Lady of the Snows Annual Cookie Walk, at the church from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Third Annual Clifford Community Youth Group Cookie Walk, at the Clifford United Methodist Church at 9 a.m. until the cookies are gone. Cost: $7 for a large container, $4 for small.
Community Christmas Sing-a-Long, at Country Alliance Church, 14014 Orchard Drive Newton Twp., at 6 pm. Featuring favorite traditional Christmas Carols (and some newer music) and an inspirational message from Pastor Don Morgantini. Light refreshments will be served.
Free Showing of It's a Wonderful Life, at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock at 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. For all ages. Cost: free (Sponsored by Ace-Robbins Inc.) Admission, popcorn and soda are free. Seating is first come, first served and is limited. Info: 996.1500.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lourdesmont's 26th Annual S.O.B.E.R. Party, at the Viewmont Mall Tree Court at noon. Includes light refreshments, entertainment by LaSalle Academy Choir of St. Cecelia, RSVP (deadline Dec. 3): 702.8360.
December 6: Meet the Lions Night, at Lackawanna Trail High School at 7 p.m. The event will include a community pep rally, elementary school faculty vs. high school faculty game, and the introduction of all boys and girls basketball players and coaches. Cost: $2 adults, $1 students. Proceeds will benefit the teams.
Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau Open House, located at 5405 State Route 6, just west of downtown Tunkhannock at the top of Mile Hill, continuing through Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Includes an office tour, refreshments, raffles and more. Info: 570.836.5431 or 800.769.8999.
Winter Survival Hike, at the Pocono Environmental Education Center, from 1 - 3 p.m. The facilitator of this program, Mike Dennis of Traditional Earth Skills, will teach hikers a variety of techniques required to survive in the woods during the winter months. Participants of this interactive hike will learn useful winter skills, including how to build a basic shelter and start a fire with minimal supplies. The winter survival hike is for adult participants only. Cost; $20. Info: 828.2319 or peec.org.
Bird Feeding Basics, at Endless Mountains Nature Center Lodge, located inside Camp Lackawanna at 1309 Vosburg Road, Tunkhannock, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Joe DeMarco and Rebecca Lesko will share information about how and what to offer wintering birds, in order to attract them, and once the birds are there, how to identify them. Free indoor talk includes light refreshments. The program is gear toward adults and older youth. Info/directions: 836.3835.
Compassionate Friends World Wide Candle Lighting, at the Abington Community Library at 7 p.m. Those wishing to register the names of lost loved ones to be read aloud during the program are asked to arrive at 6:30 p.m. Event includes candle lighting outdoors and refreshments indoors. Cost: free.
Abington Heights High School Financial Aid Night, at the High School, 222 Noble Road, Clarks Summit, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. For Abington Heights parents of senior students. Bill Burke from The University of Scranton and a representative from the Financial Aid Office at Marywood University will present information regarding the financial aid process.
February 9: Northeastern Pennsylvania Bridge Building Competition, in the Viewmont Mall in Dickson City. Info: [email protected] or 586.0197.
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.
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, [email protected] or wellnessarts.com.
STACKS Writing Group, at The Vintage/Morning Glory Cafe, 326 Spruce St., Scranton, every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Info: [email protected].
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: [email protected] or MomsInPrayer.org.
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.
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.