Community calendar for week of June 22, 2016



The Abington Heights Class of 1961 55th reunion, Sept. 16-18. The weekend will include pizza in Old Forge on Friday evening, a big celebration at The Pond House in Dalton on Saturday, and a morning brunch on Sunday. Directions to The Pond House can be found at Info: contact Susie Hull Constantine at or 570-209-4865 or David Specker at 716-984-0948 or


Knights of Columbus Abington Council No. 6611 Bingo, at 7 p.m. every second Tuesday in the OLS Gathering Room. Cost: no cover charge; Bingo cards are 50 cents each or three for $1 per game. Complimentary light refreshments served. Wheelchair accessible. Info: call Chris Kane at 570-587-1390.

Alzheimer’s Association of Greater PA support group meetings, 7 to 8 p.m. the last Tuesday of every month at Elan Gardens, 465 Venard Road, Clarks Summit. Info: call Rhonda Fallk at 570-585-8099 or Rita Fenton at 570-586-0179.

Stroke Support Group meetings, 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Moses Taylor Hospital. For survivors of stroke and their caregivers. Cost: free. RSVP/info: call Colleen Dodgson at 570-770-5257.

The Lackawanna Historical Society’s Civil War Roundtable meetings, at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the Civil War era, 1861-1865. Annual dues: $20 for individuals and $25 for families. Reservations are required. Info: 570-344-3841 or email

Over-eaters Anonymous meetings, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, 9:45 a.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit. Cost: free. Info: 570-587-4313.

Abington Lions Club used eyeglasses collection, at Abington Community Library. Collected eyeglasses will be recycled and distributed to needy people in the United States and countries abroad. A yellow container is set up in the library.

The Women of Trinity Lutheran Church’s Monthly Bible Study, 12 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at 205 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. All are welcome to this informal bible study. Bring a brown bag lunch. Info: call Joyce at 570-222-3041 or Carole at 570-587-1088.

All You Can Eat Breakfast, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. the third Sunday of every month at the Clarks Summit Fire Company No. 1, Inc., 321 Bedford St. Clarks Summit. Cost: $9 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under.

Lackawanna Coal Mine 2016 Tour season, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Nov. 30. Local residents and visitors can journey beneath the earth to catch a glimpse of the area’s rich mining history. Tours last for one hour. Cost: $10 for adults, $9.50 for senior citizens, $9 for military personnel, $8 per person for groups and $7.50 for children age three to 12. Youngsters under age 3 are admitted free. Info: 570-963-6764.

Rotary Club of the Abingtons weekly meetings, 12:10 p.m. on Thursdays at the Ramada and 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Blu Wasabi.

Project Re-Entry seeks Christmas in July donations. The Lackawanna County prison ministry is seeking donations of wrapped candy, women’s socks, toothpaste, soap, V05 or Suave shampoo (no conditioner) and monetary gifts. Items may be dropped off between July 10 and 17 at 29 New York Street, Scranton. Info: call Anna Young at 570-342-3627.

The Newton Recreation Center summer hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed Saturdays and Sundays, May 28 through Aug. 27. The center is located at 1814 Newton Ransom Blvd, Clarks Summit.

Recovery Support Goup, 7 p.m. every Friday in the Recovery Room at Clarks Green Assembly of God, 204 South Abington Road, Clarks Green. Info: 570-586-8286.

Keystone College’s Thomas G. Cupillari ‘60 Observatory summer lecture and observing sessions, Mondays and Wednesdays, through Aug. 3. The lectures begin at 8:30 p.m., followed by observing sessions. Schedule of speakers and topics: July 11 and 13, Professor Tom Cupillari, “The Moon In The Comics;” July 18 and 20, Jo-Ann Kamichitis, “Occultations and Transits;” July 25 and 27, John D Sabia, “Comets, Including Latest Space Probe Information;” Aug. 1 and 3, Bill Speare, “A 30-Solar-Eclipse-Trip Veteran Tells All About Eclipses.” Cost: free; no reservations required. Held regardless of sky conditions and cancelled only by the threat of severe weather. Info: contact Jo-Ann Kamichitis at 570-945-8402 or or visit

Marywood University Transfer Day programs, 2 to 6 p.m. July 19, Aug. 3 and Aug. 16 at the Office of University Admissions in the Liberal Arts Center on campus. For college students or former college students considering transferring to Marywood University. Attendees can complete an application for admission, discuss financial aid and scholarship options and transfer credits. Fall semester classes begin Aug. 24. Info: 570-348-6234 or


Native American Mini Pow-Wow, 4 to 7 p.m. June 22 at the Abington Community Library. For all ages, featuring various performers and vendors. Program will begin at 4 p.m. and repeat at 5:30 p.m. Cost: free.

Wigle Whiskey Tasting, 7 p.m. June 24 at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. Hosted by the Lackawanna Historical Society. Wigle is a Pittsburgh-based family-owned craft distillery that uses local organic grains in its spirits. A brief presentation about Pennsylvania whiskey will be followed by a tasting of three Wigle spirits. Cost: $25. Space is limited and reservations are required. Info/reservations: 570-344-3841 or

Historic Tunkhannock Comes Alive, June 25 at the Dietrich Theater and various downtown Tunkhannock locations. A history presentation will be given at 11 a.m. and the Founder’s Day Walking Tours will kick off at 12:30 p.m. Learn about Tunkhannock’s history before setting off on guided or self-guided tours of the historic district. Local historians will share stories and take questions from the audience. Free tickets for the presentation are available at the Dietrich ticket booth or by calling 570-996-1500. Preregistration is required for the free guided two-mile tours of Historic Tunkhannock, by calling 570-996-1500.

Clarks Green’s Last Chance Free Electronics Recycling Event, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25 behind the borough building, 104 N. Abington Road, Clarks Green. Residents can drop off electronics such as computers, monitors, televisions, VCRs, microwaves, cell phones, stereos, copiers and fax machines and more. Bring ID. Cost: free. After July 1, the recycling center will charge $1 per pound for electronics. Info: 570-586-4446.

Italian Language Hour, 2 p.m. June 26 at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St., Taylor. SIAMO, The Italian-American Heritage Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, will host this event, designed as practice time for speakers of Italian of all levels, including beginner. Some knowledge of the Italian language is necessary to participate, as this is not a class. Info:

12th Annual Calli Memorial Car Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 26 at the Fleetville Fire Co. grounds. Benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of NEPA and local children with severe and terminal illnesses, the car show is held every year in memory of Calli Irene Walter, who died of leukemia at age 4. Features a flea market, food stands, crafts, and music. Trophies are awarded. Info: contact Jeff or Vicki Walter at 570-945-7003.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. June 28 at the library. A group of tweens/teens focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more. Students in fifth through 12th grades are invited to come and share thoughts and ideas. Info: (570) 587-3440.

Senior citizens’ farmers market vouchers distribution, 9 a.m. June 28 at the Abington Senior Center, 1151 Winola Road, Clarks Summit. The Lackawanna County Commissioners will distribute Farmers Market Nutritional Program vouchers. Under the program, each eligible senior can receive up to four $5 vouchers that can be redeemed at participating farmers markets and farm stands for fresh fruit and produce. Those who qualify are Lackawanna County residents who will be 60 or older by Dec. 31 and whose annual income does not exceed $21,978 for a single person, $29,637 for a couple or $37,296 for a three person household. Proof of age and Lackawanna County residency is required. Vouchers will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Seniors who are unable to visit a site may appoint a proxy to pick-up a voucher for them. Info: or 570-963-6740.

Abington Business and Professional Association’s Annual Summer After Hours Card Exchange, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 28 at La Tonalteca, 821 Northern Blvd., South Abington Township. Features complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages, door prizes, giveaways and more. All ABPA Members are encouraged to bring one non-member. Reservations (appreciated but not required):

Identity Theft Protection Workshop with Wells Fargo, 6 to 7 p.m. June 29 at the Abington Community Library. Learn about tools and resources to reduce risk of fraud and identity theft. Info: 570-587-3440.

JA Personal Finance, 6 to 7 p.m. weekly from June 29 through July 27 at the Abington Community Library. For teens in grades 9-12. Learn to recognize and apply the fundamental elements of personal finances: earnings, saving and investing, budgeting, credit, risk management, and giving for a lifetime of financial success. Refreshments will be served. Info: 570-587-3440.

Rotary Club of the Abingtons’ annual Independence Day fireworks event, July 2 at the Abington Heights Middle School. Food, fireworks display and more. The show grounds will open at 5 p.m. and the fireworks show will begin at nightfall. Rain date: July 3. Cost: parking is $5 per vehicle.

Chicken & Rib Barbeque Dinner, noon to 3 p.m. July 2 at St. Michael’s Center, 403 Delaware St., Jermyn. The dinner sponsored by St. Michael’s Orthodox Church, Jermyn, will feature food from Kundla’s of Hamlin. Orders must be placed in advance by calling 570-876-1456.

Historic Tunkhannock Walking Tours, 5 p.m. Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28. The two-mile walk through the neighborhoods and bustling downtown of the Tunkhannock Historic District will take about an hour and a half. Tour booklets, complete with thumbnail photos of forty featured structures, basic descriptions and centerfold map will be available at the Dietrich Theater during normal business hours starting June 25 for those interested in self-guided tours. Cost: free. Preregistration (required): 570-996-1500.

Close Encounters with Birds of Prey, 11 a.m. July 9 at the Dietrich Theater. Presented by Bill Streeter, Director of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center and sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation. See six live raptors and learn about the raptors of the Northeast. Cost: Free.

Touch a Truck fundraiser, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16 at the South Abington Recreationl Park, 642 Northern Boulevard. Cost: $5 per person. Benefits the Chinchilla Hose Company of South Abington Township.

ServSafe certification course, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 20, in the Fireplace Lounge, Hibbard Campus Center at Keystone College. The training will cover topics involving food-borne illnesses and health risks that workers in commercial food service establishments must learn. Participants are expected to review the ServSafe textbook for a minimum of 7.5 hours prior to the scheduled course. Cost of the program is $169 and includes a textbook, lunch and a one hour USDA presentation. Due to the self-study requirement, participants must register no later than seven days prior to the class. Register/info: contact Brenda Lidy at 570-945-8334 or

River Day, 1 to 7 p.m. July 23 at Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park. Features live music, environmental activities for children and adults, nature walks, a river float, live animals brought by the Endless Mountains Nature Center, mural painting, face painting and more. Cost: free.

Annual Chicken Barbeque, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 23 at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. Take-outs available. Cost: $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets/info: 570-587-2571.

The Backyard BBQ In Honor of Joseph “Pep” Sparacino, 4 to 10 p.m. July 29 at The Vault Restaurant, 301 N. Main St., West Scranton. Benefits PA Lung Cancer Alliance. Includes food, cash bar, entertainment, gift basket raffle and information on lung cancer screening, treatment and support. Cost: $10.

The Laps for Lung Cancer, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 30 at Montage Mountain Water Park. Cost: $24.99 for adults, $20.99 for children under 48 inches, free for children under two years old and $5 for seniors. For each ticket sold that day the park will donate $5 to PA Lung Cancer Alliance and the organization will also receive a percentage of food sales.

Not One More Wyoming County’s addiction and overdose awareness rally, 5 p.m. Aug. 11 on Courthouse Square in Tunkhannock. Not One More is a group of concerned citizens and Wyoming County agencies who have joined with the Wyoming County Commissioners to raise awareness and seek solutions to the addiction and overdose crisis in the community. The rally will feature live music, speakers, information booths, food vendors, activities for children and a candlelight vigil. Info: at 570-833-4330 or 570-750-1203.

Railfest 2016, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 3 and 4 at Steamtown National Historic Site. A celebration of railroading that features visiting railroad equipment displays, special shop demonstrations and train rides on both days of the event. Cost: All Railfest activities and programs are included in the park’s $7 daily entrance fee for visitors age 16 and older. Fares to ride the “Scranton Limited” short train rides are $5 per person, all ages 6 and older. Info:

The Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil, Nov. 4, at Scranton Courthouse Square. The vigil provides hope, support and compassion for those affected by this disease — from survivor, to patient, to loved ones.


The South Abington Lions Club’s annual Flea Market, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25, at the South Abington Township Recreation Field. Vendor set-up begins at 6 a.m. Rain or shine. Cost: free admission; vendor spots are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate for a 20 by 25 foot spot. Benefits local families in need. Info: 570-313-2133.

Countryside Conservancy’s 17th Annual Auction ‘In The Woods,’ 6 p.m. July 23 at the Waverly Country Club. Features wireless silent auction, live auction, live music, open bar and dining. Proceeds support the Trolley Trail. Reservations: 570-945-6995. Info:

Clarks Summit United Methodist Church Flea Market, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 6 at the church, 1310 Morgan Highway. Selling space is available for $20 outside or $25 inside. Benefits the church. Parking fee: $2. Info: 570-587-2571.

Music on the Lawn Craft Fair and Yard Sale, Aug. 27 on the grounds of the Lake Winola United Methodist Church, Maple Drive, Mill City. Craft Fair and Yard Sale start at 1 p.m. and a chicken barbecue will be offered from 4 to 7 p.m. Also features live Christian music, screening of the movie ‘God’s Not Dead 2,’ a campfire for roasting marshmallows, The Balloon Lady, Model “A” Club of Northeast PA, and more. A portion of the money raised will benefit Equines for Freedom. Cost: BBQ tickets are $9 pre-sale and $10 the day of for full dinner; Chicken halves only will also be available the day of event for $5 each. Tickets/vendor info: call Mark at 570-351-7365. Event info:


JA More than Money, 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, June 22 through July 27 at the Abington Community Library. For students in grades third through fifth grade. Understand money concepts as they apply to daily life through interactive and fun activities. Refreshments will be served. Info: 570-587-3440.

JA Economics for Success, 4 to 5 p.m. weekly from June 22 through 29 at the Abington Community Library. For students in grades 6-8. Have fun exploring your skills, interests, values, and the world of work to make informed education, career, and life decisions. Refreshments will be served. Info: 570-587-3440.

Countryside Community Church Fishing Derby, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 25 at the Abington Heights Middle School Pond. The event will be held rain or shine and will include prize drawings, face painting, archery, hot dogs and beverages and a trophy for the child who catches the largest fish. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Info: or 570-587-3206.

Child Safety Day, 12 to 3 p.m. June 25 at Weston Field, 982 Providence Road, Scranton. Hosted by Commonwealth Health Emergency Medical Services and Moses Taylor Hospital. Features activities geared toward children while focusing on important safety issues, such as the dangers of leaving children in cars during warm weather, the proper way to secure a child in a car seat, bike helmet safety and fire safety. Bicycle helmets will be given to the first 100 children in attendance and those who pledge to wear their helmets at all times will be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle. Hot dogs and drinks will be served. Cost: free.

Get Moving! 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 27 at the Abington Community Library. For children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Have fun and get moving with fitness instructor Stephanie Hatfield. Info: 570-587-3440.

Sunflower Program, 11 a.m. June 27 at the Dalton Community Library. For ages 3-5. Learn about sunflowers, from seed to flower. Cost: free. Pre-registration required. Info/register: 570-563-2014.

Digital Arts Camp, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. June 27 to July 1 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 7 – 14. Instructor: Rand Whipple of Box of Light Studios. Cost: $60.

StoryTime Extreme, 11 a.m. June 28 at the Dalton Community Library. Books, music and dancing. Info: 570-563-2014.

App Attack! 2 p.m. June 28; July 12, 19 and 26 and Aug. 2 at the Dalton Community Library. Children ages 7-12 can join in to learn new apps, teach others and explore together different age-appropriate apps. Apps used will be both educational and fun. Participants must bring their own electronic device. Info: 570-563-2014.

Art Group, 12:15 p.m. June 28; July 12, 19 and 26 and Aug. 2 at the Dalton Community Library. Art for children ages 7-12. Info: 570-563-2014.

Game Changers, 1:15 p.m. June 28; July 12, 19 and 26 and Aug. 2 at the Dalton Community Library. Children ages 7-12 can join this program designed to introduce, instruct and provide experience in the use of various types of games. Info: 570-563-2014.

Acting and Theatre Creation! 1:30 to 3 p.m. July 11 through 15 (camp one) or Aug. 1 through 5 (camp two) at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 6 to 12. Instructor: Michaela Moore. Use your imagination and learn all about acting through theatre games, improvisation, storytelling, play making, character creation and more. A casual performance for family and friends will end each week. Cost: $60 per camp. Info: 570-996-1500.

Countryside Community Church’s annual Vacation Bible School (VBS), 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. July 11 through 15 at the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. A light supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. each night, followed by Bible lessons, educational videos, crafts, music, games, and more from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Age three through sixth grade are welcome. The theme this year is “Cave Quest, Following Jesus the Light of the World.” Register: Info: email Wendy at

Book Buddies, 11 a.m. July 11, 18 and 25 at the Dalton Community Library. A program is about sharing good books with others. Open to all ages. Pre-registration is required. Info/register: 570-563-2014.

Yoga classes, July 12, 19 and 26 and Aug. 2 and 9 at the Dalton Community Library. Sessions for children age six and younger will begin at10:30 a.m. and sessions for children age seven and up begin at 11 a.m. Info: 570-563-2014.

Cross Culture VBS: Expedition Norway, 5:45 to 8:15 p.m. July 18 through 21 at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. For children age two through completion of sixth grade. All children should be toilet trained. Snacks provided. Cost: free. Register:

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