Abington Journal

Community calendar for week of March 28, 2018


Dress for Success drive: Libraries throughout the Lackawanna County Library System are collecting purses and accessories for Dress for Success Lackawanna. Items should be dropped off no later than Monday, April 30.

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.


The Gathering Place NYC Bus Trip, April 7. Travel to New York City from Clarks Summit. The bus will leave Clarks Summit at 8 a.m. and depart from the city at 8 p.m. Cost $38. Register by March 31. Info: gatheringplacecs.org.

Bus trip to Sight and Sound Theatre to see ‘Jesus’ production, May 15. Sponsored by The Little Sisters of the Poor. The bus will leave at 7:30 a.m. from Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton, and return to the residence at 7 p.m. Cost: $105 (includes transportation via a video bus with an on-board restroom, light refreshments served on the bus, and a balcony section ticket). All guests must be able to walk from the parking lot to the theatre. Guests may use a walker to enter the theatre, however walkers are not permitted on the elevator to the balcony area. They will need to be checked at the door. Canes are permitted. Following the show, guests will stop for lunch at a nearby restaurant. Reservations: contact Jackie Galvin at 570-343-4065 or scdevelopment@littlesistersofthepoor.org. Reservation deadline: April 17.

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.


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/register: 570-587-3440.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. March 31 at the South Abington Recreation Field. Sponsored by the South Abington Lions Club and the Chinchilla Hose Company. For all area children age 10 and under. The hunt begins promptly at 10 a.m., so families should come early. Bring a basket or goodie bag. In addition to the egg hunt, several prizes, including two brand new bicycles, will be given away. Peter Cottontail will make an appearance, to visit with children and hand out prizes.

Breakfast with the Bunny and Easter Egg Hunt, March 31. The breakfast will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Dalton Fire Hall and the egg hunt will begin at noon in the park across from the fire hall. Cost: a donation.

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.

Tom Knight Puppet Show, 11 a.m. April 12 at the Dietrich Theater. Join Tom Knight and his puppets for a collection of songs and skits for children about the environment, animals, food and books. Cost: free; sponsored by Toni Hockman. Tickets are available by calling 570-996-1500 or at the door while they last.

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.

Web Design for Kids, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 21 and 28 at the Abington Community Library. Have you ever wondered how websites are made? Find out and make your own at this two-part program on web design. For children in grades K-4. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Hands-on Banking, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 24 at the Abington Community Library. Learn what it means to create and use a budget. This presentation is designed for middle schoolers and their parents. A banker from Wells Fargo will lead the group in activities and answer questions. Info/register: 570-587-3440.


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.

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.

Dalton Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary’s annual bake sale and raffle, 9 a.m. to noon March 31 at the fire hall. Raffle tickets may be purchased prior to the event from auxiliary members or during the bake sale. The drawings for various prizes will be held after the Easter egg hunt scheduled for noon.

Saint Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church’s annual Easter Dinner ‘Sviachene’ celebration, 12:15 p.m. April 15 in the Parish Center, 428 North Seventh Ave. Takeouts are available by advance order and must be picked up promptly between 11:30 a.m. and noon. Advance reservations only; no tickets at the door. Cost: $13 for adults, $8 for students and free for ages 5 and under. Reservations: 570-503-1514. Reservation deadline: April 9.

National Remember Our Troops Campaign (NROTC) FUNdraiser, 5 to 9 p.m. April 13 at Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt in Dickson City. 50 percent of proceeds will be donated to the NROTC, to support veterans in need.

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: cornnclamslam.com.


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.

Marywood University’s Spring Book Swap and Sale, will 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 9-13 in the Learning Commons Lobby. Cost: free admission. Info: contact Annette Fisher at 570-348-6211, ext. 2365 or fisher@maryu.marywood.edu.

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.


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 krbommer@geisinger.edu.

Straighten UP! 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 at The Gathering Place. Learn about posture and its effects on the body with Megan McClary, DPT and Nora Utech, DPT. Cost: $15. Info: gatheringplacecs.org.

Gentle Yoga to Support the Immune System, session 1 from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays, April 4 through 25 and session 2 from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. Thursdays, April 5-26 at Everything Natural. Cost $30. Info: gatheringplacecs.org.

Power of Sacred Chant, four Thursdays, April 5 through 26 at The Gathering Place. With Rabbi Daniel’s guidance, this class will learn and practice the transformative ideas behind each chant. He will draw on traditions of Judaism, Christianity, Sufi Islam, and Hinduism to help the class move out of narrowness and live a mindful, present life. Cost $25. Info: gatheringplacecs.org.

Increasing Well-Being through Subtle Energy Practices, 7 p.m. Mondays, April 9 through 30 at The Gathering Place. Kevin Creegan, Ph.D., will guide the class in learning subtle energy practices from Tai Chi, Reiki and Yoga. Cost $30. Info: gatheringplacecs.org.

Learn a Simple Daily Yoga Routine, 6 to 7 p.m. April 10 at the Abington Community Library. Attendees will participate in warm-up exercises and a Sun Salutation demonstration, and each will be able to perform easy yoga postures and a simple breathing routine that can be followed at home for good health. This workshop is facilitated by Salil Bedarka and organized to promote Yoga as part of the Health for Humanity campaign by Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS). Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Making ‘Pici,’ 6:30 p.m. April 10 at The Gathering Place. Learn how to make this Tuscan hand-rolled pasta. Chef Paula Lamberton will also show the class how to prepare four sauces to accompany it. Cost :$35. Info: gatheringplacecs.org.

Pet First Aid, 6 p.m. April 17 at the Abington Community Library. Learn how to handle a pet health emergency. Presented by PAWsitively for the Animals. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Planning a Garden, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 18 at the Abington Community Library. Learn steps to plan your garden from Penn State’s Master Gardeners.Info/register: 570-587-3440.

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 fishandboat.com 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 alschreffl@pa.gov.


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 gatheringplacecs@gmail.com 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.

Wellness Wednesday: An Interactive Night to Discuss Life and Death, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 4 at the Abington Community Library. Laura Marion, of Allied Services will facilitate a game of “Hello,” to help attendees learn more about living life to the fullest and remembering those who have passed in an interactive way. Five Wishes will be briefly discussed at this program. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Anxiety Disorder Screening Day, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 5 in the McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies at Marywood University. The university’s Psychological Services Center will offer free, confidential anxiety screenings, open to the public and to all ages. They will include an educational presentation and written self-test, a private meeting with a mental health professional and, if appropriate, a referral. Info: https://bit.ly/2pJbxXt or 570-348-6269.

Rock Steady Boxing and Parkinson’s Disease, 11 a.m. April 7 at the Dietrich Theater. Just in time for Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Week, four experts will bring their stories and research to Tunkhannock, highlighting high intensity Rock Steady Boxing and the benefit of exercise. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

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.

Summit Christian Academy open house, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. April 12. Supervising Administrator Chuck Gard and Principal Dr. Marianne Rivers, along with the faculty, will be on hand to share more information about the Bible-based school. Enrollment is open for the 2018-19 school year, with the school offering five-days per week preschool (full- or half-day for 3- and 4-year-olds), full-day kindergarten, and grades one through 10. Many scholarships are available. Info: scapatriots.com.

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.

Exploring the Mosaic of the World, 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 12 at the Abington Community Library. Learn and share about continents, countries and culture. A speaker will give a presentation on Haiti. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Calligraphers’ Guild of Northeastern Pennsylvania meeting, 7 p.m. April 13 at Marywood University. Info: 570-587-1303.

Hey, Take a Hike! 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14 with The Gathering Place at the Lackawanna State Park. Gentle hiking in the park. Cost: $10. Info: gatheringplacecs.org.

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.

Memory Cafe, 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 17 at The Gathering Place. A social opportunity for people with memory loss and their caretakers. Join in for coffee, tea, chair yoga and fellowship. Info: gatheringplacecs.org.

Lackawanna County Backyard Beekeepers meeting, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 17 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. Information is exchanged in an informal and friendly environment.

Open the Dialogue, Part III: ‘Journey Into Recovery: Let’s Be Open,’ 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 19 at The Gathering Place. This forum will feature Gary Davis, from the Families Helping Families Program; Sharon Porey, family counselor; Michael Archangeletti, clinical director; Katie Gross and Evan Glass. Students welcome. Cost: free. Register/info: email gatheringplacecs@gmail.com or visit The Gathering Place Facebook page.

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 marywood.edu/admissions/.

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 admiss@misericordia.edu.

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 Irishmomto3@yahoo.com.

Memory Cafe, 1 to 2 p.m. May 1 at the Abington Senior Community Center. Telespond Senior Services, Inc., is launching a Memory Cafe program, to be held the first and third Thursdays of each month. Cost: free. Info: 570-586-8996.


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