Community calendar for week of Dec. 6, 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.


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

Teen Reading Lounge, 4:15 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Abington Community Library. An interactive book club for students in grades 5-12. Participants will read the short poem, “B: If I should have a daughter” by Sarah Kay. Snacks and an activity will follow. Info: 570-587-3440.

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee meeting, 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at the library. A group of students in grades 5-12 focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more. Info: 570-587-3440.

Pancakes and Poetry, 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Abington Community Library. Read poetry already published or bring some of your original work to share. For students in grades 9-12. Info: 570-587-3440.

Holiday Camp, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 27, 28 and 29 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 5-12. Instructors: Amy and Steve Colley. Experience the arts during holiday break, with the opportunity to throw pots on a potter’s wheel, create sculptures and explore drawing and painting. Cost: $35. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Winter Break Nature Camp, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 27 to 29 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center in Covington Township. For children ages 6-13. Three days of outdoor play and exploration along with fun indoor winter-themed games, activities, crafts and snacks. Space is limited and pre-registration is required prior to Dec. 8. Cost: $135. Register/info: call Michelle Wheeler at 570-842-1506.

Watch the Birdy, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Lackawanna State Park. A 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.


Marywood University’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, 4 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Rotunda in the Liberal Arts Center on campus. Cost: free. Info:

The Lackawanna Historical Society’s annual Holiday Open House, 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. Stop by to see traditional Christmas decorations and enjoy wassail and sweet treats, stories and music. This year, the Society will feature an exhibit of antique handmade doll houses. A “special guest” will also make an appearance for holiday wishes and special gifts for the kids. Info: 570-344-3841 or

The Live Nativity of the Abingtons, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 and 6 p.m. Dec 10 at Clarks Green Assembly of God, 204 South Abington Road, Clarks Green. Features a production of music, drama and live animals, along with a post performance celebration in the church lobby and Fellowship Hall and a giveaway. Cost: free. Info: or 570-586-8286.

Annual Family Holiday Party and Breakfast with Santa, 10 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road, Waverly Twp. Includes a homemade pancake breakfast, games, crafts and a visit from Santa. Tickets are sold in advance only and are available at the Comm office during regular business hours. Cost $12; free for those one year old and under. Info: 570-586-8191.

All Aboard The Polar Express, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Abington Community Library. A special after-hours event for children ages 2-7 to get in the holiday spirit. Enjoy snacks, songs, activities and a reading of the classic story. Siblings welcome. Snow date: Dec. 17. Info: 570-587-3440.

Gingerbread house decorating, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Abington Community Library. Students in grades 5-8 are invited to come decorate their own graham cracker gingerbread houses to take home, plus make homemade poppers. Snacks provided. Info: 570-587-3440.

Signing Santa, 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Abington Community Library. Come and meet Santa, who will tell a story in American Sign Language. Refreshments will be served. Santa Claus will All are welcome. No registration required. Sponsored by the Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children.


Marywood University’s biannual book swap and sale, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4-8 in the Learning Commons Lobby on campus. Cost: free admission; swap old books for new ones or purchase books ranging in price from 50 cents to $1. Info: contact Annette Fisher at 570-348-6211, ext. 2365 or

AHHS Music Department Vendor Sale, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Abington Heights High School. Local businesses will offer items for sale, such as clothing, food, cosmetics and more.

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.

Art Market, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at The Gathering Place. Local artisans and vendors will sell fiber art, other crafts and more. Includes a Yarn Swap and Shop, where people can bring their yarn to trade or sell. Info: call Dori at 570-954-6650.

Factoryville Christmas Market, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10 at Christy Mathewson Park, located behind the Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center in Factoryville. Features vendors offering gift items and warm food and drinks, entertainment, children’s activities and more. Cost: free. Info: 570-945-7484, or visit the Factoryville Christmas Market Facebook page.

Homemade pirogie sale, 12 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at St. John’s Center, Hill Street, Mayfield. Homemade pirogie (deep fried or uncooked, frozen) will be sold. Fried Pirogie will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Orders will be taken for frozen, uncooked pirogie. Cost: $7 per dozen. Order deadline: Dec. 11. Orders: 570-876-0730 or 570-876-3576.

Christmas Cookie Walk, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (or until sold out) Dec. 16 at the Clifford United Methodist Church, Main Street, Clifford. Benefits the Clifford Vacation Bible School. Cost: $14 per large container; $7 per small container.

Homemade Bread and Kolachi Sale, 12 to 4 p.m. Dec. 22 at St. John’s Center, Hill Street, Mayfield. Plain and with raisin bread will be sold, along with nut, poppyseed, lekvar and apricot kolachi. The bread will be sold in loaf and round sizes. Cost: $5/loaf, $10/round and $10/kolachi. Orders: call 570-876-0730 or 570-876-3576 by Dec. 19.


What Was It Really Like? World War I in the Skies With William E. Fischer, Jr.,’ 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Abington Community Library. War changed in the 20th Century with the advent of the airplane. Military historian and retired Air Force officer William E. Fischer, Jr. explains how aviation evolved from aerial observation to bombing and actual combat in the skies above France.

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.

Memory Café, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8 and 10 at The Gathering Place. Are you living with or do you know someone who is living with memory loss? Attend for coffee, friendship and some fun. Info:

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

Knights of Columbus’ All You Can Eat Breakfast, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 10 at St. Patrick’s church hall on Main Street in Nicholson. Cost: $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Tickets available at the door.

Community Game Night, 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at The Gathering Place. Release your inner competitor and join the fun. All ages welcome. Info:

Red Cross Blood Drive, 12 to 5 p.m. Dec. 29 at The Gathering Place. Sponsored by Abington Heights Junior Bridget Jubon. Appointments: 570-335-8264.

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

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