Community calendar for week of March 21, 2018



NAMI Mental Health Support Group, 6 to 7:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month 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.

Project Re-Entry: Easter donations and volunteers sought. Needed for the men: Lots of wrapped candy. Needed for the women: socks, greeting cards, all varieties of soap, toothpaste, shampoo (12.5 oz – only Vo5 or Suave brands), long envelopes, 2.6 oz Suave or Secret deodorants (antiperspirants), lots of chocolates and hard wrapped candy. Monetary donations are welcome. No toothbrushes, gum, lollipops, talc powder or lotions. Deliver to 29 New York St., Scranton, starting March 11. There is also a need for people to help with packing the candy, counting personal items and coloring white bags. If interested in volunteering, or for more info, call 570-342-3627.


The Gathering Place NYC Bus Trip, April 7. Travel to New York City from Clarks Summit. Cost $38. Register by March 31. Info:

Abington Senior Community Center New York City trip, April 21. Cost: $40 per person. Info: 579-586-8996 or

Springtime bus trip to New York City, May 19. Sponsored by Scranton’s St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Departure from the church will be at 8 a.m. and departure from New York City for home will be at 8:30 p.m. There will be two stops in Manhattan: the 911 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero and the 42nd annual St. George Ukrainian Street Festival on the Lower East Side. Cost: $70 for adults; $64 for seniors (age 65 and over); $62 for youth (ages 7-17). Info/reservations: contact Dave Pietryka at 570 954-8517 or Paul Ewasko at 570 563-2275.


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.

The Chinchilla Hose Company Lenten Pizza Sale, 3:30 to 7 p.m. every Friday during Lent and on Good Friday, March 30. Orders may be called in as early as 1 p.m. the days of the sale. Cost: red pizza and white pizza are $13 and broccoli pizza or half and half are $14. Orders: 570-586-5726.

Fish dinner, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 23 at the William Walker Hose Company, 803 Penn Ave., Mayfield. Take out only. Tickets available from members, at the Mayfield Borough Office or by calling 570-282-6059. Cost: $10 pre-sale; $12 at the door. Info:

The Northeastern Lodge #63 Fraternal Order of Police Spaghetti Dinner, 4 to 7 p.m. March 24 at the VFW Post 7069, located on Winola Road in Clarks Summit. Benefits the Scholarship Fund. Tickets are available at the door. Takeouts are also available. Cost: $9 for adults and $5 for children.

Homemade paska (Easter bread) and kolachi (homemade roll) sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29 and 30 at the church center of St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 701 Hill St., Mayfield. Raisin and white paskas will be sold. Cost: paskas are $10 each; kolachi are $10 each. Order deadline: March 27. Orders: 570-876-0730 or 570-876-3576; on the days of the sale calls may be made to 570-876-0391; business establishment orders may be faxed to 570-876-2534.

Clarks Summit United Methodist Church’s Good Friday Pasta e Fagoli/Vegetable Soup Sale, 3-7 p.m. March 30 at the church, 1310 Morgan Hwy., Clarks Summit. Take out or eat in. Can’t attend or don’t like soup? You can still buy a ticket and the church will donate soup to a family or shut in. Cost: $7 for take-out and $8 for eating in, which is all you can eat. Advance tickets: 570-587-2571. Tickets also available at the door.

Gun/Cash Raffle, 5 to 9 p.m. May 12 at the William Walker Hose Company, 803 Penn Ave., Mayfield. Tickets include admission, buffet dinner, door prizes and raffle, and are available from members, at the Mayfield Borough Office or by calling 570-282-6059. Cost: $20. Info:


Clarks Green Assembly of God presents ‘SONrise, an Easter Drama,’ 7 p.m. March 23 and 24 at the church, 204 S. Abington Road, Clarks Green. A musical retelling of the gift of Jesus Christ, incorporating new songs and cast members from many communities. Childcare provided for pre-k children. Cost: free. Info: 570-586-8286 or

Annual Breakfast with the Bunny and Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. March 24 at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road, Waverly Twp. The event features a pancake breakfast, a visit with the Easter Bunny, games, crafts and an Easter egg hunt. For the hunt, youngsters will be divided into groups according to age, so everyone gets a fair share of the goodies. Cost: $15 per person; children under the age of one are admitted free of charge. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Comm office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Info: 570-586-8191, ext. 2.

O’Malley Family’s 19th Annual Free Easter Party, 1 to 3 p.m. March 25 at the Keyser Valley Community Center, located on the corner of Keyser Avenue and Jackson Street in Scranton. For children in pre-school through fifth grade, the party will consist of a picture with the Easter Bunny, refreshments and lots of goodies. RSVP (deadline March 22): call 570-346-1828 and leave a message, including the number of children attending.

Peep-A-Palooza, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 28 at Abington Community Library. For students in grades 1-4. Miss Liz from the Valley Community Library presents a special art class. Come and draw your favorite book cover: featuring Peeps! Enjoy a “peeperpoint” presentation and be inspired by more Marshmallow Peep art. Info: 570-587-3440.


Early Explorers, 1 to 2:30 p.m. every other Monday from March 26 to June 4 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp. A program series for children ages 3-6 and a guardian. Offers discovery-based learning about the natural world through stories, art and outdoor explorations. Cost: $40 for a series of six classes or $8 for individual classes. Pre-registration required. Info/register: 570-842-1506.

Music for Littles, 10 to 10:45 a.m. Mondays at the Dietrich Theater. Series 3: April 2-23. For ages two-and-a-half to five. Instructor: Abi Zieger. Students will explore basic musical elements through song, movement, play and an introduction to simple instruments. Cost: free; sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Preschool Pottery and Sculpture, 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Dietrich Theater. 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. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Pottery and Sculpture for Kids, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Dietrich Theater. 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.


Wellness Wednesday: Road Scholar Informational, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 21 at Abington Community Library. Learn about opportunities available through Road Scholar. Deirdre Spelman, a Road Scholar Ambassador will share her experiences through Road Scholar, both in the USA and abroad. Info: 570-587-3440.

Abington Business and Professional Association Annual Spring After Hours Card Exchange, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 21 at Wayne Bank, 841 Northern Blvd., South Abington Township. Features complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and beverages, door prizes, networking and more. All ABPA Members are encouraged to attend and reservations can be made to by March 19.

‘Accounting/Financial Reporting Update and Revenue Cycle’ conference, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 22 at Marywood University’s Nazareth Student Center, in the Latour Room. Hosted by Marywood University’s School of Business and Global Innovation in partnership with the Healthcare Financial Management Association.This program is approved for 7.2 hours of continuing professional education credit hours. Cost: $90 for HFMA members; $120 for non-members; $45 for retirees; and $15 for students. Make payment to NEPA HFMA, c/o Allied Services, Attn: Michael Ferguson, 100 Abington Executive Park, Clarks Summit, PA, 18411. Info: email Monica Law at, or Alice McDonnell, Ph.D., full professor of Administrative Studies at Marywood University, at

National Women’s History Month luncheon, March 23 at Glen Oak Country Club in Clarks Summit. A cash bar reception will take place from 12 to 12:30 p.m. and lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Sponsored by Geisinger, the luncheon will feature keynote speaker Karen Murphy, executive vice-president, chief innovation officer and founding director of the Steele Institute for Healthcare Innovation at Geisinger. Her presentation will focus on “Renewal and Reinvention.” RSVP to the Waverly Community House by March 19 with a check for $35. All proceeds from the event will benefit the CommKids Interactive Learning Center. Info: or 570-586-8191.

Endless Mountains Empowerment Summit, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24 at Elk Lake Junior/Senior High School. A day of empowering workshops for women. Includes networking, morning refreshments, workshops, a healthy luncheon, vendors, raffles, door prizes and more. Cost: early bird $25, bring a friend $15 and students $15. Benefits a scholarship fund for local high school students. Info:

Shared Mindfulness with Your Dog: The Healing Power of Connection, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 24 at Abington Community Library. This talk presents a new paradigm for living with and relating to dogs based on the healing power of connection and mindfulness. Drawing from the ideas of trans-species psychology, cultural/relational theory, attachment theory, humanistic psychology, interpersonal neurobiology and Buddhist psychology, it will show attendees how they can enjoy a relationship with their dog that is richer than they can imagine. Info: 570-587-3440.

Lackawanna College Open House, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 24 at Angeli Hall, 501 Vine Street, Scranton. Walk-ins are welcome, but advanced registration is preferred. Cost: free. Register: Info: 570-955-1509.

89th Annual Helen Keller Day Fashion Show and Luncheon, March 25 at Fiorelli Family Catering in Peckville. Info/reservations: 570-342-7673.

Conservation Volunteers Meet and Greet, 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 29 at the Lackawanna State Park. Learn about conservation volunteer opportunities available at the park and hear from some active volunteers and park staff about projects, research and programs.Pizza and drinks will be served. Registration (required): 570-945-7110.

Open the Dialogue Part 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 29 at The Gathering Place. Open the Dialogue’s mission is to facilitate a dialogue among caretakers with children in grades 5-12 and beyond. Part 2 explores the effects of substance abuse on families and children. Cost: free. Register: email or visit The Gathering Place Facebook page.

Spring is in the Air, 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 30 at the Lackawanna State Park. Search the moonlit twilight skies for the courtship sky dance of the American Woodcock. One of the area’s earliest returning migrants, small game bird has a unique and interesting mating ritual dance, call and flight. A short indoor presentation will precede the outdoor search. Dress for the weather and meet at the Environmental Learning Center on Rt. 407. Registration (required): 570-945-7110.

Stop the Bleed classes, March 31 at in the Geisinger Community Medical Center Professional Office Building, basement auditorium, 315 Colfax Ave. Classes begin at 8 a.m. and will be offered every two hours with the last class starting at 4 p.m. Taught by members of GCMC’s trauma team, these training sessions are to teach the public simple steps on how to stop or slow life-threatening bleeding. Space is limited and pre-registration encouraged. Info/register: contact GCMC trauma educator Kathryn Bommer at 570-703-7329 or

The Friends of the Abington Community Library Spring Book Sale, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8 at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Highway. The sale will include about 10,000 ‘like new’ and used books of all types for all ages, as well as DVDs, CDs and talking books, with nothing over $2. Friends members in good standing only are invited to attend a preview sale from 5 to 8 p.m. April 7. Memberships are available that night for $10 per individual or $15 per family. The Saturday sale is open to the public, with free admission. All proceeds benefit the library. Info: 570-587-3440.

LCEEC Beekeepers Club, 7 p.m. April 10 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp. The primary goals of the group are to promote honey bee colony wellness, share best practices and experiences in beekeeping, and discuss the production of honey and other apiary products. Club meetings are free and open to the public. Info: 570-842-1506.

Global Warming: The Science and Impacts on Fish and Wildlife, 7 to 8 p.m. April 12 at the Lackawanna State Park. Ed Perry is a retired US Fish and Wildlife Service aquatic biologist who began working for the National Wildlife Federation on its Global Warming Campaign, traveling around Pennsylvania to educate fellow hunters, anglers and the conservation community to take action on global warming. His presentation will give examples of current impacts to fish and wildlife in the state, and what actions people can take to reduce carbon pollution. Registration (required): 570-945-7110.

Craft show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14 at the Tunkhannock Area Middle School. Sponsored by the middle school band, to help defray the cost of its annual trip. Bake sale and refreshments also offered.

Designer Purse Bingo, doors open 10:45 a.m., program begins at 12 p.m. April 15 at the Eagle McClure Firehouse in Old Forge. Proceeds will benefit the Animals of Tracey’s Hope Rescue, a non-profit organization for domestic animals. Cost: $20 for 20 bingo games. Also, special prizes, 50/50 raffle, basket auction and hot food. Seats limited. Info/tickets: 570-457-1625.

An Introduction to Fly-Fishing, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 21 at the Lackawanna State Park. Try fly fishing at no cost to you; no fishing license or equipment needed. This course, offered by PA Fish and Boat Commission, is designed for families and individuals interested in learning the basics of fly-fishing. Pre –registration is required by 4 p.m. April 16 at under the calendar of events. Participants should dress for outdoor weather. The program will take place rain or shine. Info: contact Allan Schreffler at 570-477-2206 or

Marywood University undergraduate open house, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21 on campus. The program will begin with registration at 9 a.m. in the Fireplace Lounge in the Nazareth Student Center. Info: 570-348-6234 or

Family Earth Day Hike, 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 22 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. A guided interpretive family hike along the trails of LCEEC. The group will stop throughout the trail to listen, smell, touch and observe nature in the spring. Cost: $5 per person. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Info/register: 570-842-1506.

Misericordia University Open House, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (with registration starting at 9 a.m.) April 28 on the Back Mountain campus. Info/register: 570-675-4449, 1-866-262-6363 or

Second Cheers to Spring Wine Festival, 12 to 5 p.m. April 28 at South Abington Park. Sponsored by the Abington Heights Civic League. Cost: $20; $10 for designated drivers. Tickets: available at Eagle Cleaners or by emailing

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