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REMINDERS



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 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.



HOLIDAY EVENTS



November 28:
Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble's A Christmas Carol
, at Alvina Krause Theater, Bloomsburg, at 10 a.m. Cost is $9. Matinee performances continue Nov. 29 and Dec. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20. To make a reservation for one of these special matinees or for more information about all of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's programs for students, contact Paula Henry, BTE's School Programs Director at 570.458.4075, email at phenry@bte.org or visit www.bte.org.



Canadian Pacific Railway's U.S. Holiday Train visit to NEPA, at Steamtown National Historic Site in downtown Scranton from 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to arrive at least 15-30 minutes early. The train will then depart Scranton for Binghamton, New York on the former Lackawanna Railroad's mainline, expecting to cross the historic Tunkhannock Viaduct between 7– 7:15 p.m. Entertainers aboard the U.S. train include The Claytones and Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer, Tracey Brown. Info: facebook.com/CPHolidayTrain or www.cpr.ca.



December 1:
Fourth Annual Living Christmas Village, at Grace Bible Church in Dunmore, continuing Dec. 2 from 4 - 7 p.m. Features live-music from several local high school choirs. The walk-through village includes a journey through the streets of Bethlehem, Santa's Workshop for children, puppets, a Live Nativity, hot cocoa and cookies and more. Cost: free. Info: 342.5651 or gracebiblepa.com.



The Misericordia University Alumni Association's 14th Annual Brunch with Santa, at the Banks Student Life Center from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event will feature a brunch served in the Cougar's Den. Children will have the opportunity to meet Santa. A professional photographer will be on hand. Cost: $10 for adults; $5 for children 5-12 years of age and free to children under 5. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Info/tickets: 674.6768.



Christmas in Montrose, The Christmas Department Store at the United Methodist Church will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch available. The Country Store at St. Paul's Episcopal Church will have breakfast and lunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Christmas Book Sale and Boutique at The Inn at Montrose will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. sponsored by the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association. The annual Christmas Bazaar at Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church on South Main Street will have a continental breakfast and lunch available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.



Holistic Moms Network of Wyoming Valley presents: Gifts That Can Be Made By Kids, at Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Info: 570.466.1347, hmnwyomingvalley@hotmail.com or wyomingvalleypa.holisticmoms.org.



Church of the Good Shepherd and St. John the Evangelist Annual Christmas Tea, located on the corner of W. Catherine Street, Milford, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Last seating will be taken at 2:30 pm. Classic English-styled tea includes three courses and a wide variety of teas. Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children. Info: 296.8123.



Factoryville Borough Tree Lighting Ceremony, at the Borough Hall at 4:30 p.m.



December 4:
Empty Stocking Fund Benefit Concert, at The University of Scranton Houlihan-McLean Center at 7:30 p.m. Includes The University of Scranton Bands, Choirs, and Strings. Admission: one new toy or piece of children's clothing, or cash donation. Benefits children of local families in need. Info: 941.7624.



December 7:
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.



December 8:
Breakfast with Santa, at The Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Rd, Waverly at 10:30 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.



December 12:
Leadership Lackawanna's Annual Mix, Mingle and Jingle holiday fundraiser, at the Electric City Trolley Museum in downtown Scranton. This festive evening is open to the public and 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: nbarber@scrantonchamber.com.



December 13:
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.December 14:
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.



December 15:
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.



December 18:
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.



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.DAILY EVENTS



November 28:
Zumba-THON, from 5 - 7 p.m. in the Penn State Worthington Scranton Multipurpose Building. Individuals of all ages may participate. The event will feature four Zumba instructors (one every half-hour), and local celebrity guest dancers from the community and campus. There also will be door prizes and raffles throughout the evening. Suggested minimum donation: $5.



November 28:
WYCCC Educational Luncheon, at Twig's Cafe in Tunkhannock from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. Beth Bevan will share her 20- plus years of human resource experiences. Seating will be limited to one representative per business. Request for additional representatives as well as non-members will be wait-listed until all members have been accommodated. Reservations: 875.8325 or Deborah@wyccc.com.



November 29:
Winter SKYWARN Training Class, at Wilkes University in the Stark Learning Center, room 101 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. This class is for beginners or anyone with a general interest in weather. This class trains volunteers about winter storms and what to report to the National Weather Service relating to snow, ice, rain and flooding observations. Cost: free. Register/info: bgm.skywarn@noaa.gov or 607.729.1597 ext. 4.



November 29: The Lackawanna County Commissioners Job Fair Mixer, at the Electric City Trolley Museum from 6 - 8 p.m. The purpose of the mixer is for local business executives to network with the commissioners.



November 30:
Stuffed Animal Sleepover and Story time, at the Abington Community Library, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Children ages 3-8 can treat their favorite stuffed animals to a sleepover at the library and enjoy a story time before kissing them goodnight.



December 1:
Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Volunteer Meeting, at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St, Scranton at 11 a.m.



Myasthenia Support Group Meeting on Plasmapheresis, at Allied Services Graf Community Room, Charles Luger Outpatient Center, 475 Morgan Highway, Scranton, at 11 a.m. Guest speakers Yanzheng Zhang, MD and Dan Leberfinger, BS, MT, HP (ASCP) of the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Apheresis Program will present An Introduction to Plasmapheresis &The Opportunity of Performing the Process Peripherally. Info: 687.6009 or myasthenia.org.



December 2:
Lackawanna Trail Boys Basketball Brunch, at Gin's Tavern in Factoryville from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $10 for adults, $8 for children. All proceeds will benefit the boys basketball team.



December 3: Native Son: Stephen Karam in Conversation with Paul Holdengraber, in the Royal Theatre of the McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts, University of Scranton, at 5:30 p.m. A reception will immediately follow the discussion. Cost: free. Info: 941.7816 or kym.fetsko@scranton.edu.



December 5:
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.



December 8: 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.



December 9:
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.



December 11:
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.




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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