Community calendar for week of April 26, 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:

Full Moon Hikes, multiple dates at the Endless Mountains Nature Center in Tunkhannock. Schedule: 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:

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:

NEPA Match Day, May 1 through 5: The Abington Community Library, along with other area non-profits, is a proud participant of the Scranton Area Community Foundation’s NEPA Match Day. Twenty-five local non-profits will strive to raise a minimum of $1,000 by May 5 to receive $1,000 in matching funds from the foundation. Info:

Glenburn Twp. Spring Cleanup, Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13. Residents are asked to place cleanup items curbside for pickup by 5 a.m. Friday, May 13. They will be picked up on either day at the discretion of the contractor. Metals must be kept separate from other items. Refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners must be certified Freon free with a dated tag containing the technician’s ID number. For a list of items that will not be accepted, visit


Kids Create, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. April 30 and continuing weekly through May 21 at the Abington Community Library. Children in grades 3-4 will discover their unique voices and write with the help of books, games, and hands-on activities taught by two experienced facilitators. Each week during a 4-week session, children will participate in an inspiring warm-up activity, free-writing, sharing and editing. Info: 570-587-3440 or


Countryside Community Church’s ninth annual Dutch Auction, 5 p.m. April 29 in the fellowship hall of the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. The event will begin with a pot luck dinner, followed by the auction. The proceeds will benefit the church’s Warm Hugs/Kids Hugs outreach, which makes warm fleece shawls (with goodies in the pockets) for people who are going through chemotherapy or radiation, guests at nursing homes, the Children’s Advocacy Center, Ronald McDonald House and area ambulances. More than 2,300 “hugs” have been distributed. Info: 570-587-3206 or

The United Methodist Women of the Clarks Green United Methodist Church Spring Rummage Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 5 at the church, 119 Glenburn Rd., Clarks Green. Proceeds will fund the many mission projects that the group sponsors.

Countryside Community Church Rummage Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5 and 6 at the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Baked goods and lunch will be available. A half price sale will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Info: 570-587-3206.

Ballroom Bazaar, 1 to 4 p.m. May 7 at the Hilton Scranton. Enjoy shopping, raffles, food and beverage concessions. Proceeds from the event will benefit Komen NEPA Race for the Cure. Cost: $5; free for ages 12 and under. Info:


Noontime Lecture with Dennis Martin, 12 p.m. April 26 at The Gathering Place in Clarks Summit. Local historian Dr. Dennis Martin will kick off the lecture series by introducing the people who were the first to live in the area. Community members are invited to bring a lunch, learn about the area in which they live and view images Martin gathered from the Lackawanna Historical Society’s collection. Cost: $5. Info/register: or

Families Helping Families program, 7 p.m. April 26 in the Ryon Room at the Abington Community Library. Abington High School District Superintendent Michael Mahon will give a presentation. Info: 570-587-3440.

Essential Oils Workshop, 5:30 p.m. April 26 at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road. For those who are new to essential oils. Participants will join Tonyehn Verkitus, Wholistic Life Coach and owner of Eco-Arts Living to learn about the benefits of essential oils and how to put them to use at home. Monthly workshops will take place in the Scout Room at the Comm, beginning with this first one, which will focus on spring cleaning and creating all natural products to sanitize and purify the home. Participants will take home three cleaning products. Cost: $25. Info:

State Rep. Marty Flynn’s Veterans Outreach, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at Flynn’s office, Jay’s Commons, 409 N. Main Ave., Scranton. A representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program will be available to provide information on services available to veterans and their families, such as pensions and other compensation, education, health care and death benefits. Legion membership is not required to take advantage of the help, but anyone interested in speaking to the advisers is recommended to schedule an appointment through Flynn’s office at 570-342-4348.

The Bible: An Academic Overview, 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, April 27 through May 18 at The Gathering Place. This overview, given by Brian Mascaro, will include different theories of biblical assemblage, dating, authorship and history of canonization. After each lecture, there will be discussion about the information presented in class. Cost: $20. Info/register: or

Lunch and Learn Series: Social Media Marketing, 12 p.m. April 27 at the Abington Community Library. Presented by the Abington Business and Professional Association (ABPA). Features a lunch and presentation by The University of Scranton’s Small Business Development Center. Cost: free for ABPA members. Register: 570-587-3440.

40th Annual St. Lucy’s Spaghetti Dinner, April 27 at St. Lucy’s Church, 949 Scranton St. in West Scranton. Take outs will be available from 3 to 5 p.m. and sit down dinners from 5 to 8 p.m. All patrons will receive a free gift commemorating the 40th anniversary and have a free chance to win a 32” LED TV. Info: 570-347-9421.

Free FAFSA help night, 5 to 7 p.m. April 27 at Lackawanna College in Room 208 of Angeli Hall, 501 Vine St., Scranton. The purpose of this public workshop is to help area students and families complete the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Participants should bring their completed tax returns from 2015 and any other documents that show their income from 2015. Info: 570- 961-7859.

Second Annual Greenhouse and Kitchen Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 29 at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road. Info: 570-586-8191, ext. 2 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.

Annual Easter Dinner “Sviachene” celebration, 12:30 p.m. April 30 in Saint Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church’s Parish Center, 428 N. 7th Ave., Scranton. Takeouts available from 11:30am to 12 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded along with a theme basket raffle. Cost: $13 for adults; $8 for children ages 6-12; and free for children age 5 and under. Reservations (required by April 24): 570-503-1514.

Lackawanna Historical Society spring lecture with local author Ron Moskalczak, 2 p.m. April 30 the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. Moskalczak will give a presentation on his new book, “Scranton’s Automotive Heritage.” Cost: free. Info/reservations: 570-344-3841 or

Equines For Freedom Open House, 2 to 4 p.m. April 30 at the Equines For Freedom Arena on the campus of Marley’s Mission , 2150 Port Royal Rd., Clarks Summit. A short presentation describing EFF’s free therapy for veterans will be followed by a chance to speak individually with members of the board of directors, treatment team and veterans who have completed the equine-assisted EMDR program. Guests will have an opportunity to tour the facility. Info/register: 570-665-2483.

Abington Heights Civic League monthly meeting, 7 p.m. May 1 at at the clubhouse, 115 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit. The Abington Heights Dance Academy will provide entertainment. Info: 570-587-3101.

Monthly Meeting of the Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers, 6:30 p.m. May 2 at the Abington Community Library in the Ryon Room. For anyone who is a beekeeper, would like to become a beekeeper or just is interested in honeybees. This month’s topic is Varroa control – heat method, swarm list sign ups and procedure. Cost: free. Info: visit or the Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers Facebook page.

‘Understanding Neck Pain, Back Pain and Stenosis’ presentation, 6 p.m. May 3 at the 2 West Conference Center, Moses Taylor Hospital, 700 Quincy Ave., Scranton. Orthopedic surgeon Christopher Henderson will discuss an overview of the common causes of neck and back pain, the latest in surgical treatments and minimally invasive techniques. Dinner will be served. Cost: free. Reservations (recommended): call Jennie Rosengrant at 570-770-6816.

Genealogy Connections, 11 AM to 12 p.m. May 3 at the Abington Community Library. Resources from the Lackawanna Historical Society and Luzerne Historical Society will be presented by Sarah Piccini, Assistant Director of the Lackawanna County Historical Society. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce 2017 Lackawanna County Employment Expo, May 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Marketplace at Steamtown in Downtown Scranton. A variety of employers will be on-hand, welcoming job seekers from throughout the region.

27th Annual Great Chefs – Fire and Ice, May 4 at The Hilton Scranton and Convention Center. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and appetizer tasting, followed by dinner and program at 7 p.m. A battle of blazing hot and icy cold appetizers by area chefs, benefiting the Women’s Resource Center. Cost: $75. Tickets/info: 570-346-4460, ext. 139 or

Yoga: Awaken to Your Divine Nature, Session Two, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, May 4 through 25 at Everything Natural. Experience the practice of yoga asana, progressive relaxation, breath awareness and meditation techniques with Eileen Harte, certified yoga instructor. Bring a yoga mat. Cost: $30 per session. Register: Class #128. Info:

Cheers to Spring Wine Festival, 12 p.m. May 6 at South Abington Park. A fundraiser presented by the Abington Heights Civic League. Features wine tasting and shopping from multiple wineries, food and vendors, a large basket raffle, a 50/50 and live music. Cost: $20 per ticket or DD tickets for $10; they and can be purchased through any civic league member or through Eventbrite. Tickets purchased on the day of event are $25 at the gate, if not sold out.

11th annual Run for the Roses, 4 p.m. May 6 at The Country Club of Scranton, 1001 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit, PA 18411. Cost: $85 in advance, $100 at the door – includes Hor d’ouerves, an authentic Southern fare buffet, mint juleps, open bar and a live auction. Proceeds will benefit the Voluntary Action Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Register by April 28 at or 570-347-5616.

Knight at the Races, 6:30 p.m. May 6 at Saint Patrick’s Hall, 205 Main St., Nicholson. Presented by the Knights of Columbus Council 6611. Adults only. Race begins at 7 p.m. Food, beer and wine included. Horses $10 each. Winner gets $50. Place $2 bets on any horse from the program, one race at a time.

Explorer Yoga on the Trail, 9 a.m. May 6, at Blakely Borough Recreation Complex in Peckville. Weather permitting. Registration opens at 8 a.m. Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area (LHV) and Jaya Yoga, Clarks Summit will host the program to promote health, wellness and the natural beauty of the region. Open to people age 12 and older, and yogis of all skill levels. Pre-registration is required by May 3. Yoga mats will be provided to all pre-registered participants. Cost: free; donations accepted. Register: visit Info: or 570-963-6739, extension 8203.

Heroin Hits Home program, 7 to 8 p.m. May 10 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Lackawanna County District Attorney Shane Scanlon will discuss the battle against the horror of heroin in Lackawanna County. Cost: free.

NEPA Alliance PTAC Government Contracting Showcase, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11 at the Raddison Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton. Congressman Lou Barletta, PA 11th Congressional District, will be the Luncheon Keynote Speaker. The Opening Keynote Speaker will be Michael Atchie, Manager of Public Outreach for the Williams Company. The focus of the event is to: increase awareness of the government marketplace as a viable market for regional businesses to sell their products or services, bring prime contractors and government agencies together with the small business community and learn about Supplier Diversity Programs and local Subcontracting Opportunities. Cost: $30 (includes continental breakfast, lunch and workshops). Info: contact Karen Ostroskie, Debbie Phillips or Paula Terpak toll free at 866-758-1929.

Peacemakers Dinner, 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) May 13 at the Evangelical Free Bible Church, 431 Carbondale Rd. (Rt. 632), South Abington Township. Firefighters, EMS, Police Officers, State Police and Military personnel and guest are invited to a special evening in honor of their service and dedication. Chaplain (Colonel-Retired) James E. May will follow the dinner with a program of encouragement. The dinner will be prepared by a chef from The Inn of the Abingtons. Seating is limited. Cost: free. Info/tickets:

Chicken & Biscuit or Ham Dinner, 4 to 6 p.m. May 16 at Clifford United Methodist Church, 34 Main St., Rt. 106, Clifford. Cost: $8.95, includes the dinner, dessert and a drink. Take-out or dine-in options will be available. Info: 570-222-5493.

Flynn’s outreach event, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 17 at the Clarks Green Borough Building, 104 N. Abington Road. The monthly outreach visits alternate on the third Wednesday of every month between South Abington Township and Clarks Green. Flynn’s staff can help with Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program applications, PennDOT paperwork, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage, unclaimed property searches and any other state-related matter. His main office at 409 N. Main Ave., Scranton is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: 570-342-4348.

39th annual Penn State Night Dinner, 6:30 p.m. May 23 at Fiorelli Banquet & Conference Center, Main Street, Peckville. The event, presented by the Greater Scranton Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, will feature guest speaker Ricky Rahne, Passing Coordinator and Tight Ends Coach for the Penn State football team. Tickets are $50 are can be obtained at, or 570-963-2537.

Jewish Family Services of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Second Annual Community Matters event, 6 to 9 p.m. May 24 at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. The organization will honor Atty. Morey and Sondra Meyers. This year’s entertainment will be provided by students from The NEPA Philharmonic. A silent auction will also be held. Cost: $100. Tickets: or 570-344-1186.

Abington Heights Band Boosters Bottles and Bags Bingo, doors open 5 p.m., games start 6 p.m. June 3 at the Scott Township Hose Company in Montdale. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Proceeds will help fund the band’s trip to perform at Disney World. The event will feature 16 games and door prizes. Info:

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