Community calendar for week of Nov. 15, 2017



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.

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.

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.

Project Re-entry Christmas collection: A Lackawanna County prison ministry. Donations may be dropped off beginning Dec. 1 at 29 New York St., Scranton. Items sought for the men include wrapped candy and cookies. Items sought for the women include white crew socks, all varieties of soap, toothpaste, 12.5 oz bottles of shampoo – Vo5 or Suave only, writing paper, greeting cards, long envelopes, tablets, Suave or Secret deodorants – antiperspirants 2.6 oz, chocolate and hard wrapped candy and cookies. Items that cannot be accepted include toothbrushes, gum, lollipops, talc powder and lotions. Monetary gifts are welcome. Info: 570-342-3627.


Mr. Rattlin’ Bones, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Abington Community Library. The medical students from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s Pediatric Outreach Group will teach children about anatomy in a fun way. During this hour, they will read a short story about anatomy and organs, show kids the bones in the body, and then open up the rest of the time for an interactive session where kids can touch and play with the bones and ask questions. For children in grades K-4; siblings welcome. Info: 570-587-3440 or

Taste Test Challenge, Nov. 17 at the Abington Community Library. The event will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. for students in grades 9-12 and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for grades 5-8. Taste a variety of treats and guess if they are generic, name brand, spicy, mild, lemon, lime- the list goes on. Get ready to give your taste buds a workout. This program may not be suitable for those with food allergies. Info: 570-587-3440 or

Teen Reading Lounge, Nov. 24 at the Abington Community Library. Scheduled for 3:15 to 4 p.m. for grades 9-12 and 4 to 4:45 p.m. for grades 5-8. Info: 570-587-3440 or

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

Newton Recreation Center’s Fifth and Sixth Grade Winter Wonderland Dance, 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8 at the rec center. Cost: $10 or free with parent volunteer. Info: 570-586-7808 or

Watch the Birdy, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Lackawanna State Park. Need something to do with the kids during the winter break? Bring them to the park for this program all about birds and bird watching. After taking a bird walk, each participant will make his or her own bird feeder to take home. Cost: $5 material fee per child. Register: 570-945-7110.


Annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony, 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at Citizens Savings Bank in Clarks Summit. Hosted by the Abington Business and Professional Association, the event will feature live music with the Heritage Christmas Ensemble as well as goodies and hot chocolate.

Waverly Community House’s Holiday House Tour, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19. The tour showcases three homes on nearby Lily Lake Road decorated for the holiday season in a variety of themes and styles by design professionals. This year’s tour features the homes of Susan Scranton Dawson, Chris Kane and Malcolm and Ann MacGregor. A trolley, courtesy of Gilbride Limousine, is available to take visitors to the homes and will run a loop beginning at the Dawson home. Ticket holders may park their cars in the field adjacent to the Dawson home to board the trolley. Cost: $25. Tickets: available at the Comm in advance and in the Comm lobby during the Artisans’ Marketplace. Info:

Free movie showings of ‘Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas,’ 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: admission and popcorn are free; sponsored by Ace-Robbins, Inc. Gather up your family and friends and enjoy this favorite Jim Henson Christmas movie about a poor otter family that risks everything for the chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest for Christmas. Tickets are first come, first served. Info: 570-996-1500 or

Holiday Workshop, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Dietrich Theater. For all ages. Get into the holiday spirit with a morning of cookie decorating, holiday crafts, singing and creations by the balloon lady. Cost: free; sponsored by Ace-Robbins, Inc. Info: 570-996-1500 or

11th Annual Holiday Cookie Walk, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Clarks Summit Fire Company, 321 Bedford St. Choose from more than 80 homemade varieties of cookies. Containers provided. Sponsored by the Joseph W. Hall Memorial Auxiliary to the Clarks Summit Fire Co. No. 1, Inc. Cost: $8 per pound. Info: 570-677-2566.


Factoryville Public Library and Lackawanna Trail FOM Annual Holiday Craft/Vendor Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center on College Ave., Factoryville.

Artisans’ Marketplace: Juried Fine Arts and Crafts Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 18 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Waverly Community House. Info: 570-586-8191 or

Clarks Summit Shop Local Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 25 at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St. Features a variety of local artisans and vendors. Info: visit or email


Designer Purse BINGO, 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Theatre in Brooks at Keystone College. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Hosted by students in the school’s Hospitality Business Management program. Cost: $20 prior to the event or $25 the door. Tickets can be purchased from hospitality and business management students or by contacting Keystone faculty member Brenda Lidy at 570-945-8334 or

The University of Scranton’s 32nd Henry George Lecture, ‘The China Shock: Economic and Political Consequences of China’s Rise for the United States,’ 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the ballroom of the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel. Presented by MIT economics professor David Autor, Ph.D. Cost: free. Info: 570-941-4048 or

ID Theft Prevention and Equifax Questions Answered, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. or 5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Abington Community Library. A Wells Fargo Bank representative will provide information on how to protect one’s identity in a 30-minute session. After the presentation, can speak with Megha Baikadi and get questions answered one-on-one. Info: 570-587-3440 or

Lackawanna County Backyard Beekeepers meeting, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Abington Community Library. The Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers is a beekeeping group in (but not limited to) Lackawanna County. Its mission is to foster interest in backyard beekeeping and provide a forum for discussion among local beekeepers. Beekeeping and honey bee information is exchanged in an informal and friendly environment.

St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Bread Sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Church Center, 701 Hill St., Mayfield. Plain and raisin breads will be sold in loaf size for $5 each or round size for $10. Orders: 570-876-0730 or 570-876-3576.

A Matter of Balance, 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 28 through Dec. 21 at the Dietrich Theater. Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is a nationally recognized evidence-based program designed to help people reduce their fall risk, while increasing strength and balance. Instructors: Patti Goodenow and Donna Fetzko. Cost: free for those age 50 and over. Sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne & Wyo. Counties.

Genealogy 101, 12 p.m. Nov. 29 at The Gathering Place. Martina Soden, research librarian at the Albright branch of the Lackawanna Library system, will teach techniques and sources to research one’s ancestry. Class participants will receive instructions and hand-outs that will allow them to continue their research work at home. Cost: $10. Info: 570-563-2402 or

Live PA Mammals, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. Get up-close and personal with live native mammals. Join Angie Colarusso, founder of Second Chance Wildlife Center, as she introduces attendees to some of her furry friends. Learn about wildlife rehabilitation and mammal adaptations. Geared to all ages. Cost: $5 per person. Pre-registration (required): 570-842-1506.

Full Moon Hike, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Endless Mountains Nature Center in Tunkhannock. Cost: free. Info:

Heroin Hits Home presentation, 7 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Fellowship Hall of Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. An informational community event to help stop the opioid epidemic.

Candle Lighting, 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Abington Community Library. People who have lost children, family or friends, along with various members of the local clergy, will light candles to honor and remember all who have died, of any age and from any cause, at any time in the past. The program will begin with registration of the names of lost loved ones at 6:30 p.m. and will also include music, interfaith prayers and a table of remembrance. Everyone is asked to bring a flameless candle or glow stick, if possible. People are also invited to bring pictures of their child or friend for the table of remembrance. Info: contact Deede Rothenberg at 570-587-0208 or

Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or

Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or