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 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.
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: Eighth Grade Orchestra, Jan. 24; Seventh Grade Orchestra, Jan. 25; Sixth Grade Orchestra, Jan. 28 and Fifth Grade Orchestra, Jan. 29.
The Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce monthly membership meeting, at Purkey's Pink Apple on Route 6 West, Tunkhannock, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Philip P. Condron, President and John Cosgrove, Vice President of Condron & Company will present Effective Media for your Business Success to increase brand exposure and profits for area businesses. Reservations: 875.8325 or [email protected]. Seating will be limited to one representative per business and requests for additional representatives as well as non-members will be wait-listed until all members have been accommodated.
Mommy and me Wintertime Art Craft, at Abington Art Studio, 208 Depot Street, Clarks Summit from 10 - 11 a.m. Cost: $12 (includes supplies). Reservations: 313.0527.
Jewish Dinner, at St. Mary's Center 320 Mifflin Ave. Scranton. Sponsored by St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church International Dinner Club. There will be two sittings. Chicken Matzo Ball Soup will be the first course, followed by an entrée of Beef Brisket, Potato Kugel, and Buttered Broccoli Florets. The dessert will be Apple Cake. Cost: $19.95. Reservations: 342.8429.
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.
Ladies Night Out - Intro. to Watercolor Class, at Abington Art Studio, 208 Depot Street, Clarks Summit, from 5 - 8 p.m. Cost: $40 (includes supplies and complimentary wine and cheese). Reservations: 313.0527.
Second Sunday Vesper Service, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Montrose, at 5 p.m. A simple supper will be served in the Parish House immediately following the service. All are welcome to attend this ecumenical service.
The Chinchilla Junior Firefighters Recruitment Day, from 1 to 4 p.m. Any young men and women between the ages of 14 and 17 years old residing in South Abington Township or the immediate area interested in joining the Fire Department are welcome to stop by, ask questions and tour the fire station. The Junior Firefighters will be on hand along with officers to greet all who attend. Parents are welcome.
Hotel Ixtapan Spa and Golf Resort Group Departure, continuing through Jan. 15, 2013. Spa treatments and meals included. Info: 586.1666.
Strong Women Leading Today The Greater Scranton Women's Network Luncheon, at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Scranton at 12 noon. Features a panel discussion titled, New Year, New You, offering ways to invigorate attendees to a healthier and happier 2013. Cost: $20 for members, $30 for non-members. Info: 342.7711 or www.scrantonchamber.com.
Intermediate Gardening Tips, at the Abington Community Library at 6:30 p.m. Master gardener Donna Zagrapan will offer tips for spring planting. For adults.
Kaffeeklatsch, at the Abington Community Library at 7 p.m. All are invited to join this German language conversation group to practice speaking and listening. All levels wilkommen! For adults.
Trivia Night, at the Abington Community Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Students in grades 4-6 are invited to be competitive, challenge yourself, and hang out with friends enjoy a game of Jeopardy, and more. Light refreshments will be served.
Decoding the Vitamin Mystery: A Talk by Dr. Jennifer Finn, Chiropractor, at Waverly United Methodist Church, 105 Church St, Waverly from 1 - 3 p.m. All are welcome and refreshments will be served. Info: 586.8166.
National Popcorn Day, at the Abington Community Library from 2 to 3 p.m. Students in grades 4-6 are invited to celebrate National Popcorn Day with popcorn tasting, popcorn ball making, and popcorn games.
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.
Cutting-edge Cancer Research lecture, at Wyoming Seminary in the Buckingham Performing Arts Center, North Sprague Avenue, Kingston at 7 p.m. Researchers and faculty members from The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton will discuss emerging trends and research in cancer diagnosis and treatment. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer period. Cost: free. Info: [email protected].
January 23: Beginner Latin Language Class, at the Abington Senior Center, 1151 Winola Road, Clarks Summit, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. A seven-week course continuing Wednesdays. Cost: $35. Info: 586.8996.
Mommy and me Story Time Art project, at Abington Art Studio, 208 Depot Street, Clarks Summit, from 10 - 11a.m. Cost: $12 (includes supplies). Reservations: 313.0527.
La Chiacchierata: Italian Discussion Group, at the Abington Community Library at 7 p.m. All are invited to join this new Friends of the Italian Language conversation group and tap into the Italian language treasure and culture by practicing the language. All levels of language experience welcome. Facilitated by Stephanie Longo. No registration required. For Grades 10 - Adult.
Story Time Teens, at the Abington Community Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Teen Leadership Committee and presented by Story Time Teens. Theme: Sneezes 'n Sniffles. For ages 3 - 6. Siblings welcome.
Saturday Story Hour, at the Abington Community Library from 1 to 2 p.m. Presented by students from Marywood University. Features a beach theme for ages 3 - 7.
Homemade Pyrohy/Pierogi Sale, at St. Vladimir Parish Center, 428 North Seventh Avenue, Scranton, pickups beginning at 2 p.m. Sponsored by St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Made from scratch with all fresh ingredients. Cost: $7 per dozen. Advance orders (accepted no later than Jan. 21): 346.4164.
Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Volunteer Meeting
, at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton, at 11 a.m.
The Greater Scranton Penn State Chapter of the Alumni Association trip to Wilkes- Barre Scranton Penguins Hockey Game, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes -Barre at 7:05 p.m. Cost (Payment due Jan. 11): $16 (Blue Zone). Includes: Game ticket and a hat. Info: 466.4898 or [email protected].
Nintendo 64 Game Tournament, at New Visions Studio and Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton. Schedule includes: Super Smash Brothers, from 3 to 5 p.m., Cost: $10, includes rounds of 4-player battles until only the final 4 remain, then cash prize goes to last person standing; GoldenEye 007 from 5 to 7 p.m., Cost: $10, rounds of 4-player battles until only 4 players remain, then cash prize goes to the person with the most kills. Tournament will take place projected on the big screen. Only those participating in the tournament have to pay. Event is open to the public for free. Info: 878.3970 or NewVisionsStudio.com.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' Second Annual Thanks 4 Fighting Awareness Night, at 7:05 p.m. Benefits The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Team will playagainst the Adirondack Phantoms. Fans who purchase a ticket to this game will receive a Penguins hat and food voucher for a hot dog, soda and potato chips. Plus, $4 for every ticket sold will be donated to LLS. Info/tickets: 970.3607 or [email protected].
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: [email protected] 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.
Abington Senior Center Bus Trip to Sight and Sound Theatres's Noah Musical, Day includes a stop at Kitchen Kettle Village, show and dinner at the Hershey Farm Restaurant. Cost: $110 for members, $115 for non-members.
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.