Community calendar for week of Jan. 10, 2018



South Abington Twp. holiday tree collection, Saturday, Jan. 20.Township residents should place their unbagged trees at the curb the evening before. Info: 570-586-2111.

NAMI Mental Health Support Group, 6 to 7:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month, beginning Jan. 30, at the Wyoming County Special Needs Association (the log cabin building), 636 Route 29 North, Tunkhannock. Open to people with mental health issues, as well as family members and caregivers.

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.

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.

Chair Yoga, 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 8 through April 30 and Fridays, Jan. 5 through April 27 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 18 and up. Instructor: Donna Fetzko. Chair yoga brings the benefits of yoga to anyone who may feel challenged by a traditional yoga class. With the aid of a chair people can strengthen their bodies, increase mobility in their joints, improve balance and flexibility and experience an overall sense of well-being. Cost: free; sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock and a friend of the Dietrich. Info/register: 570-996-1500.


Quilting for Kids, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 17 through March 28 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 6 and up. Instructors: Terry Keller, Peggy Lane and Ingrid Rogler. Learn early American quilting techniques as you create a quilt using the old-time pattern Monkey’s Wrench and your imagination. Along the way you will learn design techniques and color theory. No experience necessary. Cost: $6 per class; fabric is free. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Preschool Pottery and Sculpture, 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Dietrich Theater. Series one: Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1 and Feb. 8. Series two: April 12, April 19, April 26 and May 3. For ages 4 and 5. Instructor: Amy Colley. Young artists will explore the medium of clay as they work on potter’s wheels and learn sculpting and hand-building techniques. Cost: free; sponsored by the Dietrich Fundraising Committee.

Pottery and Sculpture for Kids, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Dietrich Theater. Series one: Jan. 19, Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9. Series two: April 13, April 20, April 27 and May 4. For ages 5-12. Instructor: Steve Colley. Students will explore the medium of clay as they work on potter’s wheels and learn sculpting and hand-building techniques. Cost: $40. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Fairy Tale Science Fun, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Abington Community Library. For students in grades 5-8. Includes science experiments based on favorite fairy tales. Snacks also included. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Kickin’ it Tuesday: Mindfulness, 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Abington Community Library. This program for students in grades 9-12 will look at the causes of stress, then identify practical ways to combat them. Teens will learn simple breathing techniques and a basic yoga sequence and make a small DIY lavender calming spray to take home. A short and optional journal exercise will also be available.


Community Game Night, 6 p.m. Jan. 10 at The Gathering Place. Release your inner competitor and meet new people.

Memory Cafe, 10 a.m. Jan. 12 at The Gathering Place. Where people with memory loss and their companions can enjoy a cup of coffee and socialize.

Community Ice Skating Day, 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 14 at Riverside Park in Tunkhannock. The event, sponsored by Whipple Performing Arts Studio, will feature Raymond Phillips Sight and Sound DJ, games and prizes, hot chocolate and a fire pit. Skate rentals will be available. Donations to the rink are accepted. Info: 570-836-6986.

Wyoming Seminary Visitation Day, 8:30 a.m. Jan. 15 at both the Upper School in Kingston and Lower School in Forty Fort. Info/register: call the Lower School Admission Office at 570-718-6610 or the Upper School Admission Office at 570-270-2160 or register online at

Lackawanna County Backyard Beekeepers Meeting, 6:30 to 8:30 Jan. 16 at the Abington Community Library. A Beekeeping group in (but not limited to) Lackawanna County, with a mission 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.

Trinity Early Learning Center Open House, 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at 205 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. At this open house for the Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness classes, attendees will meet the teachers, tour the classrooms and see what they have to offer for three-to-four-year-old preschoolers and 5-year-old kindergarten readiness students. Info: call Carole at 570-587-1088 or 570-586-5590 or visit

ABPA’s Annual After Hours Membership Meeting, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. All Abington Business and Professional Association members are encouraged to attend. RSVP by Jan. 15 to Laura Ancherani at 570-587-9045 or

‘President Donald Trump After One Year: How Have We Changed and Where Are We Headed?’ 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in Evans Hall, Hibbard Campus Center at Keystone College. A community forum on Donald Trump’s first year as president of the United States, featuring panel representatives from local colleges and universities, public officials, and the local and national media.Cost: free. Info: or 570-945-8170.

March for Life bus trip, Jan. 19 in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by The Scranton Chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life. The bus will depart at 6:45 a.m. from the Keyser Oak Shopping Center in Scranton and return at approximately 11:45 p.m. Cost: $40 for adults and $20 for students. Payments Required in advance. Reservations: send check made payable to Pennsylvanians for Human Life, Attn: Theresa Baux, 400 Wyoming Ave., Ste 110, Scranton, PA, 18503. Reservations will be accepted as long as seats are available. Info: 570-343-5099 or 570-347-8299.

Winter Pyrohy/Pierogy Sale, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 20 at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church’s parish center, 428 N. Seventh Ave., Scranton. Cost: $7 per dozen. Advance orders can be placed no later than Tuesday, Jan. 16 by calling Leslie at 570-342-3749.

‘Memory Loss – Is it Normal for Your Age?,’ 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Abington Community Library. Attendees will learn: what is dementia/Alzheimer’s disease, medication currently available, what is mild cognitive impairment, early disease signs, early diagnosis vs. fear, what we can do preventatively, research for new medications, what is a clinical trial and what does it involve, and significance of research in NEPA. There will be time for a questions and answers and a free memory screening at the end of the program for those interested. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Hernia Screening Clinic, 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the McGowan Large Conference Center, 743 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Learn more about the importance of early detection and the minimally invasive procedure for repair. Free screenings will be available following the presentation. Info/register: 570-552-7496.

Wellness Wednesdays Series: Self-Defense Workshop, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Abington Community Library. The library’s new Wellness Wednesdays Series will be begin as Tiger Karate Academy LLC presents a self defense class. Topics to be covered include: situational awareness, common attacks, and simple techniques for success. Attendees should wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Respect Life Prayer Breakfast, 9 a.m. Jan. 27 at at Fiorelli’s Catering, 1501 Main Street Peckville. Sponsored by the Scranton Chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life, the event commemorates the 45th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling of 1973 legalizing abortion. The principal speaker will be Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of the Radiance Foundation. Cost: $21 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12 and free for children age 5 and under. Reservation deadline: Jan. 22. Reservations: send in advance, with check payable to Pennsylvanians for Human Life, to Joseph Alinoski, 9B Rachel Drive, Archbald, PA, 18403. Info: 570-876-4087.

St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church’s annual Pre-Lenten Pork and Sauerkraut/Kapusta Dinner, 12:15 p.m. Feb. 4 at St. Vladimir Parish Center, 428 N. Seventh Ave., Scranton. Take-outs available between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. only. Door prizes will be awarded, along with a 50/50 drawing. Cost: $13 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-12 and free for those 5 and under. Advance reservations for both sit-down and take-out are required and can be made by calling Maria at 570-503-1514 no later than Jan. 30.

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