Community calendar for week of May 31, 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.

Geisinger Community Medical Center’s free stroke support group, 4 to 5 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the GCMC Professional Office Building, first floor, CME room, 315 Colfax Ave., Scranton. Led by GCMC stroke program coordinator Margy Kester, R.N., MS, the meetings feature different stroke-related topics. Light refreshments are provided. Info/register: call Margy Kester at 570-703-7453.

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.

Moses Taylor 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: 8:30 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:

Historic Tunkhannock Walking Tours, beginning at 5 p.m. Thursdays, June 1, 8 and 15 at the Dietrich Theater. The two-mile walk through the neighborhoods and bustling downtown of the Tunkhannock Historic District will take about two hours. Tour booklets, complete with thumbnail photos of forty featured structures, basic descriptions and centerfold map are available at the theater for those interested in self-guided tours. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. Cost: Free. Reservations: 570-996-1500.

Express Employment Professionals’ Brand It Blue Day food drive, at the Scranton office, 135 West Market St. through June 10. People can drop off non-perishable food and postage stamps. Volunteers will deliver the food to the CrossRoads Church Food Pantry. Info/volunteer sign-up: or call 570-963-1000.

Wyoming County’s Industrial Past Exhibit, June 12 through August 31 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. The exhibit can be viewed during movie showings and by appointment. Cost: free; Sponsored in-part by the Endless Mountains Heritage Region with funding by DCNR. Info: 570-996-1500.


67th Annual Children’s Fishing Derby, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (with registration at 9 a.m.) June 3 at the Lackawanna State Park, rain or shine. Sponsored by The Lackawanna County Federation of Sportsmen’s Club. For ages 4-15. Refreshments will be available. Prizes will be presented in all age groups by Senator John Blake. Cost: free. Info: call Bob Banks at 570-346-2274.

Eighth Annual Forever Young Kids Fishing Derby, June 10 at Hillside Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with fishing from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and prizes and raffles from 1 to 3 p.m. Held in memory of the late “Bud” Young. Various prizes will be awarded in three age groups. Bait provided. Children will also receive a free lunch, prize raffle ticket and T-shirt. Cost: free. Info:

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. June 12 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 are invited to come share thoughts and ideas. Info: 570-587-3440.

Jenga with a Twist, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 16 at the Abington Community Library. For grades 4-6. Play the game of Jenga, but with a fun twist. Snacks provided. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

‘Why-So’ Stories with Hal Pratt, 11 a.m. June 17 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Ever wonder how things got to be the way they are? How did the rabbit get such big ears? How the bear get such a small tail? “Why-so” stories have all the answers, and storyteller Hal Pratt will share them in a special program for the entire family. Cost: free.

Bad Art Night for Teens, 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 19 at the Abington Community Library. For teens in grades 5-12. Think you are a terrible artist? Be rewarded for your bad art. Participants will be given a block of time to create the worst art possible. Prizes will be awarded for the worst art.

All-Star Players, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, June 19 to June 30 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 13 to 18. Attendees must attend all classes. A theater camp taught by theater professional Brenda Fager and culminating in the performance of a full-length play at 11 a.m. June 30. The key aspects of theater will be discovered, refreshed and learned as the students rehearse a play, including memorizing lines, costuming and set and prop design. Cost: free; Sponsored by: Toni Hockman and Sarah Sidorek. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Building Challenge, June 22 at the Abington Community Library. An session will be held from 3 to 3:45 p.m. for grades K-2 and another from 4 to 4:45 p.m. for Grades 3-6.Come ready to be a team player and complete a challenge that will have you using construction and creativity skills. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Raptors Rule: Live Birds of Prey, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 23 at the Abington Community Library. Get up close and personal with three live raptors: a falcon, an owl and a hawk, during this fun and informative program. Adaptations, niches, the food chain, habitats and bird characteristic will be covered. Participants may learn bird calls, touch feathers, and even “fly” around the room to learn different flight patterns. For children ages 0-12. Info: 570-587-3440.

Crafters’ Club, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 26 at the Abington Community Library. For grades 3-6. Meet other crafters and share tips. All materials will be provided; bring your ideas and creativity. Sponsored by the library’s Teen Leadership Committee.

Eco Inventors, 4 to 5:30 p.m. June 26 to 30 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 5-12. Instructor: Steve Colley. Campers will use their imaginations in unique ways to make art out of found objects and recycled materials. Cost: $60. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Junior Achievement: More Than Money, 3 to 4 p.m. June 26 through 30 at the Abington Community Library. For grades 3-5. JA More than Money teaches students about earning, spending, sharing and saving money. It also identifies businesses that students can start or jobs they can perform to earn money. Students play a game to learn money-management skills and to better understand the role and importance of money in their lives. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. June 27 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 are invited to come share thoughts and ideas. Info: 570-587-3440.

Jr. Battle of the Books review session, 4 to 5 p.m. June 28 at the Abington Community Library. For grades 4-6. Review of “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” by Judy Blume. Snacks provided. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Teen Reading Lounge, June 30 at the Abington Community Library. A session for grades 9-12 will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and another for grades 5-8 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. An hour of book discussion, refreshments and an activity. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Camp Crescendo, July 2-8 and July 24-28. Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will host a two-week dynamic musical experience for instrumental and vocal students in grades 7-12. One and two week options are available, with day or overnight options during week one only, which features band, orchestra, and choir. Week two features jazz and improvisation. Info/register,, or 570-348-6268.

Raptors Rule, 11 a.m. July 8 at the Dietrich Theater. Rebecca Lesko, of the Endless Mountains Nature Center will introduce three live raptors – a falcon, an owl and a hawk – during this fun and informative program. Cost: free; Sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation. Tickets are available at the ticket booth while they last or by calling 570-996-1500.

Amazing Amazon, 4 to 5:30 p.m. July 10 through 14 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 5 to 12. Instructor: Steve Colley. Students will sculpt Amazonian animals and plants, draw or paint amazing landscapes of the rainforest, the river or its many waterfalls and learn about the art of the many native Amazonian peoples. Cost: $60.

Acting Camp for Kids, 1:30 to 3 p.m. July 24 through 28 (camp 1) or July 31 through Aug. 4 (camp 2) at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 6 to 12. Instructed by Michaela Moore. Children will use their imaginations and learn 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. For info on more theater and arts camps available at the Dietrich, visit or call 570-996-1500.


Tompkinsville United Methodist Church yard sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 3 at 1448 Heart Lake Road (Route 107), Scott Township.

The Waverly Women’s Club’s annual Indoor Yard Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 9 and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 10 at the Waverly United Methodist Church, 105 Church St., Waverly. Donations for the sale will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7 and 12 to 5 p.m. June 10. All proceeds benefit the community and local charities. Cost: free admission.

South Abington Lions Club’s Flea Market, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 24 at South Abington Park, 640 Northern Blvd., South Abington Twp. Vendors sought. Set-up begins at 6 a.m. and vendors must be off the field by 3 p.m. Spaces are 20’x25’. Vendor fee: $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. Info: 570-586-3603.

Countryside Conservancy’s 18th Annual Auction, 6 p.m. July 15 at the Waverly Country Club. Features live music, open bar, dinner and bidding on items such as vacations, sports memorabilia and more. Proceeds support the Trolley Trail. Info: 570-945-6995.

Music on the Lawn Craft Fair and Yard Sale, 1 p.m. Aug. 26 on the grounds of the Lake Winola United Methodist Church, Maple Drive, Mill City. Rain or shine. Vendors sought. The craft fair/yard sale begins at 1 p.m., with live Christian music at various times throughout the day between 2 and 7:30 p.m., a chicken barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. a campfire for roasting marshmallows at 7:30 p.m. and a movie showing of “Joyful Noise” from 8 to 10 p.m. by the campfire. Cost: free admission; a free will offering will be taken to offset band expenses. Chicken barbecue full dinner tickets are $9 pre-sale and $10 the day of; tickets for chicken halves only will be available the day of for $5. Benefits Young People in Recovery of Wyoming County. Barbecue tickets and vendor info: call Mark at 570-351-7365. Other info: visit the “Lake Winola United Methodist Church Music on the Lawn” Facebook page or


Free Community Picnic, 5 to 7 p.m. June 2 at Waverly United Methodist Church. The church will provide burgers, hot dogs, fixings, drinks, chips and popcorn and community members are invited to bring a salad, side or dessert to share. The event also includes old-fashioned lawn games, music, balloons and face-painting. Cost: free; monetary donations and non-perishable canned good donations will be accepted for local food banks.

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:

Rain Garden ‘How To,’ 11 a.m. June 3 at the Dietrich Theater. Learn how to create a backyard rain garden with Laura Anderson, environmental education coordinator at the Wyoming County Conservation District, and Ed Zygmunt, from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Rain gardens help improve the environment and reduce flooding by absorbing and purifying stormwater runoff from rooftops, driveways, parking lots and other impervious surfaces. Following the program, attendees will have the opportunity to visit the rain garden at the Dietrich which was sponsored by the Williams Companies. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

Car wash, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 3 at the Lenoxville United Methodist Church on Route 374. Benefits the Clifford Vacation Bible School. Cost: $5 donation to have a vehicle hand-washed or vacuumed or $10 for both.

Bottles and Bags Bingo, 6 p.m. June 3 at the Scott Township Hose Company, 1027 Montdale Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Abington Heights Band Boosters to raise funds for the Marching Comets’ trip to Walt Disney World. Featured designer bags include Coach, Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and more. Also includes 50/50 raffles, specials and food. Cost: $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door. Tickets: or from any Band Booster.

Annual Summer Picnic at Waldorf Park in Memory of Bill Tonkin, 3 to 7 p.m. June 4 at Waldorf Park on East Mountain, Scranton. Rain or shine. Includes grilled picnic foods; a hot and cold buffet, desserts, beer, wine and soda; entertainment by EJ the DJ; a volleyball tournament and basket raffles. Proceeds will benefit the programs at Serving Seniors, Inc. Cost: $25 for adults and $15 for children under age 12. Tickets: 570-344-3931 or

Blood Pressure Screenings by Bob from Gardens of Green Ridge, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7 at the Abington Community Library. Receive a free blood press screening along with information about maintaining a good blood pressure. Info: 570-587-3440.

Families Helping Families meeting, 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 7 at the Abington Community Library. Facilitators provide an educational series and support group for teens and their families affected by substance abuse. Co-sponsored by the Clear Brook Foundation.

Fifth Annual Pike/Wayne Benefit Dinner and Auction in support of Marley’s Mission, June 9 at the Settler’s Inn, Hawley. Sponsored by Attorney Gene Talerico, Attorney Kelly Gaughan, Justin Genzlinger and Suzy Atacavage, to raise money for Marley’s Mission in Newton Township, a non-profit organization that provides equine-based therapy free of charge to children, and their families, who have experienced trauma. The event will feature a cocktail hour to include unlimited beer and wine, a four-course gourmet dinner and live and silent auctions. Cost: $125. Info/tickets:

Abington Christian Academy prospective student Open House, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. June 9 at the school, 413 Layton Road, South Abington Township. Info: 570-586-5270.

Simple. Natural. Healing. – Anti-Inflammatory Eating, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 10 at the Dietrich Theater. In this seminar Donna LaBar will share what to eat and what to avoid to reduce symptoms of arthritis, lyme disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, chronic pain and illness. Cost: suggested donation of $10. Info: 570-996-1500.

Explorer Yoga on the Trail, 9 a.m. (registration at 8 a.m.) June 10 at Blakely Borough Recreation Complex in Peckville. Led by Hilary Steinberg, owner and instructor of Jaya Yoga in Clarks Summit, the program combines yoga and hiking along the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. Open to people age 12 and older and yogis of all skill levels. Cost: no admission fee; Free will donations will be accepted to benefit Lackawanna Heritage Valley. Pre-registration is required by June 8 and yoga mats will be provided to all pre-registered participants. Pre-register:

Second Annual Pittie Palooza Festival, 12 to 4 p.m. June 10 at Maiolatesi Wine Cellars, 32 Cabernet Drive, Scott Township. Presented by, Lehigh Valley Pitbull Awareness Club and volunteers and Maiolatesi Wine Cellars, the dog-friendly music and wine festival will feature live music by Blue London, wine, rescues, animal welfare groups, vendors, artisans, food trucks and more. Proceeds benefit the Lehigh Valley Pitbull Awareness Club, a 501c3 animal welfare association and the rescues in attendance. Cost: $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Designated Driver tickets available at a reduced rate. Tickets: or at the gate.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 10 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. The entire appointment takes approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. Appointments/info: call 1-800-733-2767 or 570-587-3206 or visit and enter “COUNTRYSIDE.”

The Griffin Pond Animal Shelter’s Sixth Annual Motorcycle Run, June 11 at Legends Saloon and the neighboring Dickson City Freight Station in Dickson City. Event registration will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. and the ride begins promptly at 11 a.m., with one stop at Arlo’s Country Store and Tavern in Union Dale before returning to Legends Saloon and the Dickson City Freight Station. All bikers should plan to return to the saloon no later than 2 p.m. for afternoon food, music and festivities. Benefits the shelter’s Emergency Vet Care Fund. Cost: $20 per rider and $15 per passenger. Info:

Lenoxville United Methodist Church 150th Anniversary Celebration, June 11 at the church. Schedule includes: special music throughout the day, a morning worship time at 10 a.m., self-guided tour of the church building from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a chicken barbecue from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Lenoxville Community Hall. Cost: $10 donation for the meal. Tickets: See any church member or call 570-222-2227 or 570-222-4344.

Presentation on Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, 6 p.m. June 13 at the McGowan Conference Center in the General Services Building at the Regional Hospital of Scranton, 743 Jefferson Ave, Scranton. Cardiologist Lear von Koch will discuss Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, or CABG, is a surgical procedure that improves blood flow to the heart. Cost: free. Register: 570-770-3024 or email

Pasta dinner, 4 to 7 p.m. June 17 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Eat–in only. Cost: $8 for adults and $6 for children under 10. Tickets: at the church office or at the door on June 17. Info: 570-587-3206 or

Families Helping Families meeting, 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 20 at the Abington Community Library. Facilitators provide an educational series and support group for teens and their families affected by substance abuse. Co-sponsored by the Clear Brook Foundation.

Chicken-n-Biscuit or Ham Dinner, 4 to 6 p.m. June 21 at the Clifford United Methodist Church, Main Street, Clifford. Take out or dine in. Includes dinner, dessert and drink. Cost: $8.95 donation.

Third Annual Authentic Native American Mini Pow Wow, 4 to 7 p.m. June 21 in the parking lot of the Abington Community Library. Featuring traditional Aztec fire dancers, hoop dancing, a candy dance, storytelling, flute music, vendors with handmade items and fry bread for purchase and artifacts on display. A program will be presented at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Presented by the library and The Portal Institute, Inc. and sponsored by the Friends of the Abington Community Library. Info: 570-587-3440 or

Genealogy Research: The Basics, 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. June 21 at the Abington Community Library. Covers where to look for things and an overview of the basics, including but not limited to: filling in basic forms, primary records, pedigree chart, family group sheet, vital records, ancestry and local records. If possible, bring your own laptop; otherwise MS Pros (limit 10) are available for in-library use. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Tunkhannock’s Industrial Past Walking Tour, 12:30 p.m. June 24. Two hotels, a woolen mill, a feed mill, a tannery, a railroad station, a river ferry and more industries used to be along the trail of this 45-minute guided walking tour. Discover an entirely different industrial landscape that used to be in historic downtown Tunkhannock with the help of a tour guide and booklet with photos. Space is limited and preregistration required. Cost: free. Register: 570-996-1500.

Trivia Night for Millennials, 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 28 at the Abington Community Library. Battle against other trivia-buffs and see who knows the most. Prizes and bragging rights will be awarded. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Stress Reduction Workshop with Carol Brozzetti, 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 29 at the Abington Community Library. Reduce stress levels through the practice of reiki, a technique for relaxation, stress reduction, and pain relief that promotes healing on all levels. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

The Rotary Club of the Abngtons Annual Fireworks show, July 1, at the Abington Heights Middle School. Food and amusement vendors will open at 5 p.m. and the fireworks show will begin at nightfall. Rain date: July 2. Cost: $5 per vehicle.

Simple. Natural. Healing. ‘Gain Clarity and Remove Foggy Thinking’ presentation, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 15 at the Dietrich Theater. Presented by Donna LaBar. Learn how to eat to gain clarity, remove foggy thinking, improve cognitive thinking and increase energy. Cost: suggested donation of $10.

River Day, 1 to 7 p.m. July 22 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; sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation.

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