Community calendar for week of March 1, 2017



Knights of Columbus Abington Council No. 6611 Bingo, at 7 p.m. every second Tuesday in the Our Lady of the Snows 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 second Wednesday of each month at 205 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. A light lunch is served, followed by fellowship and a Bible study. Cost: free. 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.

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

Bereavement Support Group, 6 to 8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month and 12:30 to 2 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at VNA Hospice and Home Health, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant. Park in the rear of building and enter through glass door. This traditional group assists participants in learning to cope with the new challenges facing them as they grieve. Facilitated by professional counselors. Info: 570-383-5180.

National Remember Our Troops Campaign seeks representatives. A nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of military service members, veterans and their families. Various volunteer and paid opportunities are available. Info:

The Early Learning Center at Trinity Lutheran Church enrollment: The center is enrolling students for the three-and-four-year-old preschool programs and the Kindergarten Readiness Program for children who are five but will not be attending kindergarten in the fall. Classes for three-year-olds are held 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Morning classes for four-year-olds are held 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Afternoon classes for four-year-olds are held 12:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Kindergarten Readiness Program is a three, four or five day program from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. Info: contact Carole at 570-587-1088.

Clifford Community Youth Group Homemade Easter Egg Sale, through March 29. Cost: $2 each for either peanut butter or coconut creme eggs. The eggs will be available for pickup at the Clifford United Methodist Church on March 25 and April 1. The fundraiser will help the children attend conferences and youth gatherings. Pre-orders are appreciated. Call Robin Correll at 570-222-4344 or Lisa Barhite at 570-222-5493.

Lenten mid-week services, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning with Ash Wednesday, March 1 through Wednesday, April 5 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Dr., Clarks Summit. Services will be based around the theme of “Letting It Go.” Info: 570-587-3206 or

Finding Hope Through the Famines of Life, 6:30 p.m. March 6, 13, 20 and 27 at VNA Hospice and Home Health, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant. This Lenten Bible study concentrates on one of the two books in the Bible that bear a woman’s name, the book of Ruth. Presented by Mary Ann Brennan, chaplain, and Olympia Cianfichi, bereavement coordinator. Cost: free. RSVP/info: 570-383-5180.

Full Moon Hikes, multiple dates at the Endless Mountains Nature Center in Tunkhannock. Schedule: 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 12; 7:30 to 9 p.m. April 11; 8 to 9:30 p.m. May 10; 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 9; 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 6; 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5; 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4; and 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Cost: free. Info:

Healthier Donation Collection for St. Francis of Assisi Food Pantry, Feb. 25 through March 19 at the Abington Community Library. The following items are needed: low sodium canned vegetables, no sugar added fruits/jelly applesauce, whole grain pasta/mac and cheese, peanut butter, tuna and 100 percent fruit juices. The Eagle Scout project of Brandon Kelleher, of Boy Scouts Troop 160.

The Keystone College Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory’s spring program, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, March 15 through May 26. Open to the public and free of charge, the spring sessions will be held regardless of sky conditions and will be cancelled by the threat of severe weather. Features an illustrated lecture and telescopic observations. Large groups should contact Jo-Ann Kamichitis at 570-945-8402 or to schedule a session. Info:

The Gathering Place Community Classroom open for spring: Registrations are still being accepted for The Gathering Place’s Spring Community Classroom in Clarks Summit. Classes will begin in March. A number of classes will be available in a wide range of topics, from yoga to tree pruning. Info:


Winter Reading Club Party, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 3 at the Abington Community Library. Children ages 0-12 are invited to come celebrate all the reading they did this winter. Come ready to play, eat and win, with activities based on the characters of acclaimed author Mo Willems like Elephant, Piggie and the Pigeon. Info: 570-587-3440.

Child Developmental Screening, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 4 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 205 W. Grove Street Clarks Summit. For children from birth to five years old. The screening will be performed by students of The University of Scranton Doctor of Physical Therapy, under the supervision of the Pediatric Course faculty. The 10-20 minute screening will use the Denver Development Screening Test-II (DDST-II) which looks at fine motor-adaptive, gross motor, personal-social and language skills. It will allow parents to see how their child is developing based on their age and it may be helpful when making decisions related to kindergarten. Cost: free. Appointments/info: contact Kim Kirkpatrick at 440-213-1416 or or Maggie Ortlieb at 201-819-6559 or

Little People and Nature, 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, March 7 through 28 and 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, March 8 through 29 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 2 1/2 to 5. Join Rebecca Lesko, of the Endless Mountains Nature Center for this hands-on nature program. Little ones and their favorite adults will explore and learn about various nature topics each week, including owls, creepy critters, groundhogs and seeds of life, through crafts, role-playing, games, stories and more. Cost: free; sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation. Info: 570-996-1500.

Preschool Drawing and Painting, 10 to 10:45 a.m. Fridays, March 10, 17, 24 and 31 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 4 and 5. Instructor: Amy Colley. In this class, preschoolers will get their hands into all kinds of fun as they paint and draw, using a variety of materials including tempera, watercolors and pastels. Cost: free; sponsored by the Dietrich Fundraising Committee.

Drawing and Painting, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, March 10, 17, 24 and 31 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 5 to 12. Instructor: Steve Colley. Participants will explore basic drawing and painting techniques while working with a variety of media, such as pencils, pastels, charcoals, tempera and watercolor. Cost: $40. Register/info: 570-996-1500.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee meetings, 4 to 5 p.m. March 13 and 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 grades 5-12 may come and share thoughts and ideas.

Cursive Club: Session Two, 4:15 to 5 p.m. March 15, 22 at the Abington Community Library. A six-week course on cursive writing as a continuation of the introductory session. For children in grades K-2. All materials provided. Learn the second half of the alphabet and practice your handwriting. Attendance of the first session is not a prerequisite, but be advised it will only cover letters M-Z. Runs weekly from March 15 through April 19.

Family Storytime, 6:30 to 7 p.m. March 17 at the Abington Community Library. A special after-work edition of storytime. The book “Penguin Problems” will be featured, along with an activity and craft. For ages 0-7.

Saint Patrick’s Day Party, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 17 at the Abington Community Library. For children in grades 4-6. Make a St. Patrick’s Day T-shirt and participate in games, snack time and more. Info:

Natural Wonders: The Tiny Seed, 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 23 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp. Natural Wonders is a program series for children ages 3-6 and a guardian. It offers discovery-based learning about the natural world through stories, art, and outdoor explorations. Children will discover how seeds travel and what they need to grow. Each child will plant a seed to take home. Cost: $40 for a series of six classes or $8 for individual classes. Classes run every other Thursday from March 23 through June 1. Space is limited and pre-registration required. Info/register: 570-842-1506.

March Madness 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, 9 a.m. March 25 at the Waverly Community House. For boys and girls teams, grades 5-8. Boys’ teams register at 9 a.m. and girls’ teams at 12 p.m.

Breakfast with the Bunny and Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. April 8 in the auditorium of the Waverly Community House. Info: 570-586-8191.


Clarks Summit Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, through April 8 at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. Features about 13 vendors, selling baked goods, jams, jerky, fresh meats, honey and more. Info:

Fourth Annual At Home Party Marketplace, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 4 at the Abington Community Library. Independent consultants will display products from Stampin’ Up, Tupperware, Younique and more. Cash and carry available. Orders will be taken.

The Friends of the Abington Community Library Spring Book Sale, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8 at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. The library’s Teen Leadership Committee will also hold a bake sale at the same time and place. The Friends Preview Sale will held from 5 to 8 p.m. April 7, only for Friends members in good standing. Membership dues are $10 per individual or $15 per family. Thousands of books, DVDs and CDs will be available for purchase. Donations of such items, in good condition, can be brought to the library during normal hours until April 1.


St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral Homemade Pierogi sale, noon to 4 p.m. March 1 at St. John’s Center, Hill St. Mayfield. Cost: $7 per dozen (deep fried or uncooked). Orders: call 570-876-0730 or 570-876-3576 or fax 570-876-2534 no later than Feb. 27. Business orders will be delivered upon request.

The Paul “Hook” O’Malley Ancient Order of Hibernians’ ‘Man of the Year’ dinner, 6 to 9 p.m. March 2 at Fiorelli’s, 1501 Main St., Peckville. The group will honor District Judge Terry Gallagher. Cost: $40 per person, $75 per couple or $350 for a table for 10. Tickets/info: 570-945-3559 or on the “AOH Div 4 Scranton, PA” Facebook page.

Shoulder Pain in Adults and Adolescents, 6 p.m. March 2 at the 2 West Conference Room, Moses Taylor Hospital, 700 Quincy Ave., Scranton. Presented by orthopedic surgeon Michael Tracy. Dinner will be provided and parking receipts will be validated. Cost: free. Reservations (recommended): 570-770-6816.

Serving Seniors, Inc.’s Annual Pre-Saint Patrick’s Day Cocktail Party, to 8 p.m. March 3 at Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic. Includes an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the programs of Serving Seniors, Inc. Cost: $40. Tickets/info: 570-344-3931 or

Country-themed Chicken and Biscuit Dinner, 6 p.m. March 3 at Waverly United Methodist Church. Although there is no cost to attend the event, all donations from the evening will be used to support the 2017 Waverly Community Garden, a project which benefits local food banks and shelters by providing free, freshly-harvested produce for distribution or use in meal preparation. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the garden may sign up on the garden’s Facebook page.

World Day of Prayer event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 3 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. A Bible Study will be led by Rev. Rebecca Tanner, followed by lunch and a program by Women of the Philippians. Donations will be accepted. Info: 570-587-3206 or

The Scranton Chapter of UNICO’s 58th annual charity fundraiser, March 4 at Genetti’s Manor. Entertainment will be provided by The Poets. Reservations (required): 570-558-8519.

Lenten potato and cheese pierogi sale, 2 to 6 p.m. March 4 in St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church’s parish center, 428 North Seventh Avenue, Scranton. Cost: $7 per dozen. Place orders by Feb. 27 by calling Leslie at 570-342-3749.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 4 at the Waverly Community House. Walk-ins are welcome, but those who would like to schedule an appointment may call 800-733-2767 or 570-586-8191, extension 2.

Sullivan’s March: Our Heritage, 3 p.m. March 5 at the Dietrich Theater. The Endless Mountains region is dotted with historical markers for Sullivan’s March and Wyoming County alone has three. Engaging Sullivan’s March was President Washington’s response to the Wyoming Valley Massacre that killed more than 300 settlers of nearby Forty Fort in 1778. This massacre changed the course of the Revolutionary War, sending General Sullivan to eradicate the Great Iroquois Confederacy, known as the Six Nations. Ed McMullen, historian and reenactor, will tell the tale of this important part of local history and heritage and how to travel the trail in person. Cost: free.

The Little Sisters of the Poor’s fourth annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Dinner, 12 to 4 p.m. March 5 at Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton. The event will begin with Mass at 11 a.m. with a bagpipe processional and recessional in the chapel, followed by the dinner and entertainment from 12 to 4 p.m. in the auditorium. The event also features a bake sale and raffles. Proceeds will be used to purchase patient lifts and standing and raising aids. Cost: $10 in advance and $12 at the door for adults; $6 for children age 10 and younger. Tickets: 570-343-4065 or

Abington Heights Civic League meeting, 7 p.m. March 6 at the club house, 115 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit. Jim Brogna, from Depaul School will be the guest speaker. Info: 570-587-3101.

After School Program Open House, 12 to 6 p.m. March 6 and 7 in the After School Room, lower level of the the Waverly Community House. An informational session.

The Churches of Our Lady of the Snows/St. Benedict and the Church of Saint Gregory host Lenten Mission, 7 p.m. March 6 and 7 at the Church of Saint Gregory and March 8 at Our Lady of the Snows Church. Fr. Mark Zittle will direct the Mission, celebrate Mass and share Lenten reflections based on the Lenten theme,”Up from the Waters.”

Free Ham Radio Class, beginning at 6 p.m. March 7 at the Keystone Place apartments and running for four consecutive Tuesdays. The course provides students with the basic knowledge needed to pass the entry level ham radio license, the Technician Class license, which is issued by the Federal Communications Commission and is good for 10 years. The FCC exam is administered at the end of the course by local accredit volunteer examiners, and costs $15. For all ages (in the past, students from age 7 to 70 participated). Taught by three local hams: William Leggat, of Dickson City, John Miarecki, of Scranton and Robert Chimel, of South Abington Township. Boy Scouts will be able to achieve their Radio Merit Badge and upon obtaining a license, the new Radio Communicator badge. Register/info: contact Bob Chimel at WA3LWR@comcast,net or William Leggat at

Spring Pizza Sale, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 11 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Order deadline: March 5. Countryside’s Old Forge style pizza can be ordered plain for $10 or with pepperoni for $12, with or without onion. It comes ready to bake or freeze. Orders: 570-586-9092 or

Simple. Natural. Healing. Improve Sleep and Reduce Stress Seminar, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 11 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Presenter: Donna LaBar. Improve Sleep and Reduce Stress – Explore new ideas in and natural approaches to support your body for better sleep cycles and techniques for reducing the impact of stressors on your body. Class includes food sampling. Cost: suggested donation of $10.

Medicare and Social Security 101 with Stephanie of DGK Insurance, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 13 at the Abington Community Library. An informal question and answer session with National Social Security Advisor and Independent Medicare Insurance Advisor, Stephanie Holdt of DGK Insurance and Financial Services. Info: 570-587-3440.

LCEEC Beekeepers Club, 7 p.m. March 14 at the the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp. The primary goals of the group are to promote honey bee colony wellness, share best practices and experiences in beekeeping and discuss production of honey and other apiary products. All are welcome. Cost: free. Info: 570-842-1506.

An evening of Chips, Dips ‘n Sips, 6 to 9 p.m. March 18 at the Abington Community Library. Hosted by the Board of the Friends of the Abington Community Library, to thank members for their support. Features dips, live music, wines and more. Cost: Individual members ($10) will receive one ticket and family membership holders ($15) two tickets. Pre-register: 570-587-3440. Membership forms are always available at the library.

Dementia and Financial Planning program, 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 21 at the Abington Community Library. The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease is presented by Jeffrey Dauber, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association Greater PA Chapter for anyone who would like to know more about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Essential Estate and Long Term Care Planning: Your Questions – Answered! is presented by Louise C. Ligi, community outreach and education director from Colbert & Grebas, P.C. Info: 570-587-3440.

Climate Chaos, 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 22 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp. Join emeritus professor of environmental science Dr. Mort Malkin to learn about the current status of climate change on the planet. Geared to adults. Cost: free. Pre-registration is required. Info/register: 570-842-1506.

Comm Camp Open House, 6 p.m. March 23 in the After School Room, lower level of the Waverly Community House. Includes information and registration.

Lunch ‘N Learn: Cancer, Colon Health, and You, 11:15 to 2:30 p.m. March 23 at the Visiting Nurse Association office, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant. Includes a program, lunch, vendors and giveaways. Space is limited. Cost: free. RSVP (deadline March 17): 570-383-5180.

National Women’s History Month Luncheon, 12 p.m. March 24 at the Glen Oak Country Club. Guest speaker: Erika Funke. Info: 570-586-8191.

Understanding Your Journey Through Grief, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays, March 26 through June 4 (excluding April 16) at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 18 and up. Led by Laura Hasenzahl, M.A., CGC, the group will study and discuss the book “Understanding Your Grief” by Alan B. Wilfelt. Cost: $185 (includes cost of books and materials). Info: 570-996-1500.

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce’s 149th Annual Dinner, March 29. Time and venue to be announced. Philadelphia Eagles long snapper and America’s Got Talent finalist Jon Dorembos will be the keynote speaker. Info/tickets:

St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral Homemade Paska (Easter Bread) and Kolachi sale, April 6 and 7 in the church center, 701 Hill Street, Mayfield. The sale will take place on April 6 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Hours for pick-up on April 7 will be 12 to 4 p.m. Raisin and white paskas will be sold along with nut, poppy seed, lekvar and apricot rolls. Paskas and kolachi are $10 each. Orders: 570-876-0730 or 570-876-3576; on the days of the sale, call 570-876-0391; Business establishment orders may be faxed to 570-876-2534. Deadline for orders is April 3.

Marywood University’s Master of Fine Arts open house, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 in the Shields Center for Visual Arts, Room 136. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with faculty, take a tour of the facility, and attend talks given by industry leaders. Cost: free. Info: 570-348-6211, ext. 2569, or

‘Gnocchs and Jokes’ suicide prevention fundraiser, 7 p.m. April 30 at Green Ridge Om Wellness Center, located in the old Ritz Building at 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Benefits the Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative. Each guest will be served a small plate of a specially made gnocchi with salad and drink, served until the start of show. Opening acts start at 7 p.m., followed by headliner Teri Granahan. Cost: $30. Reservations (required): 570-507-9494.

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