Community calendar for week of April 11, 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.


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 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.


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

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.

Mountain View Garden Club meeting, 7 p.m. April 17 at the Clifford Fire Hall. Featuring a presentation by hummingbird enthusiast and N. Abington Township resident Ellie Hyde.


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:

Wyoming Seminary Visitation/Revisit Day, 8:30 a.m. April 20 at the Lower School, 1560 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort and the Upper School in the Stettler Learning Resources Center, North Sprague Ave., Kingston. Reservations are requested by Wednesday, April 18. Info/register: call the Lower School at 570-718-6610 or the Upper School at 570-270-2160.

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

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


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 & Sculpture for Kids, 4 to 5:30 p.m. April 13, 20 and 27 and May 4 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 5 to 12. Students will explore the medium of clay as they work on potter’s wheels and learn sculpting and hand-building techniques. Instructor: Steve Colley. 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.

Tunkhannock Touch a Truck, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19 at Lazybrook Park, Rt. 6, Tunkhannock. Rain or shine. At this fundraiser for the Dietrich Theater’s children’s programs, kids can climb up into trucks, beeping the horn and learning what they do. First 100 kids get a free builder or fireman hat. Anyone who has a large construction vehicle or truck and would like to participate/display, may call 570-996-1500 for details. Cost: $5 admission.


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.

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. Info:

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:


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

Abington Christian Academy Yard Sale, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. April 14 in the parking lot of the United Methodist Church at 413 Layton Road, South Abington Township. The proceeds from this multi-family yard sale fundraiser will be used to offset operational costs for the school. Info: 570-586-5270.

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.

The Dalton Community Library’s Spring Book and Bake Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at the library. Features a large selection of adult and juvenile fiction and nonfiction, magazines, paperbacks, recordings, baked goods and more. Donations for the book sale are accepted year round. Info: 570-563-2014.

Mountain View Garden Club’s 14th Annual Plant Exchange and Marketplace, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 3 at the Clifford Township Community Center. Features local vendors and artisans, a plant sale and exchange, food, music and more.


Simply Yoga, 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays, through May 2 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 16 and up. Instructor: Donna Fetzko. Classes are suitable for all levels and presented in a user-friendly, safe and effective YogaFit style. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat, towel or blanket and water. Cost: $10 per class. Info: 570-996-1500.

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

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, 6:30 to 8 p.m. eight Mondays, starting April 16 at Green Assembly of God. How to get a grip on your finances will be the focus of this series. Info:, 570-586-8286 or stop by the office at 204 S. Abington Road.

Spring Brunch, April 17 at The Gathering Place, Chef Donna Vannan from Terra Pretta will show how to make a spring frittata, cornbread, Bibb salad and a strawberry tart. Cost: $35. Info:

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 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

Kundalini Yoga, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m April 23 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 16 and up. Instructor: Barbara Tierney. Experience the gifts Kundalini yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, has to offer, as you explore breath, movement and mantra. Bring a yoga mat and blanket. Cost: $10 per class. Info: 570-996-1500.

The Story of Scranton, April 25 at The Gathering Place. Sarah Piccini from Lackawanna Historical Society will take attendees back to when Scranton was the Electric City. Cost:$5. Info:

A Women’s Health Event: Healthy Hormones at Any Age, 7 to 8 p.m. May 3 at Ramada Inn, 820 Northern Blvd., South Abington Township. Presented by Everything Natural, the event will include a presentation by Dr. Marita Schauch, who will address such issues as balancing hormones, fighting fatigue, coping with stress, taking the heat out of hot flashes, boosting metabolism and more. A VIP reception will be held from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., including a meet and greet with Dr. Marita, wine and light fare, preferred seating for the seminar along with a gift bag with a signed book. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit the Women’s Resource Center of NEPA. Cost: $5 for seminar tickets; $20 for VIP reception. Tickets/info: 570-586-9684.


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.

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:

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 13 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:

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 or visit The Gathering Place Facebook page.

Free Skin Cancer Screening, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 21 at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s Medical Sciences Building, 525 Pine St., Scranton. Area dermatologists will screen individuals for skin cancer. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred because space is limited. Call 570-207-3683 to reserve an appointment.

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.

Crop Hunger Walk, April 22 on the Countryside Conservancy Trail. Registration is at 1 p.m. and the walk begins at 2 p.m. at the Dalton United Methodist Church. Info: 570-586-8166 or

Celebrating Earth Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22 at Everything Natural, 426 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Get tips on how to live lighter on the earth. The shop will will open early and share info, chocolate and the Great Organic Apple Giveaway.

Financial Aid Night, 5 to 7 p.m., April 25, rooms 208 and 209 of Angeli Hall on campus of Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton. Parents and students attending the event will have an opportunity to work with representatives from the Lackawanna College Office of Financial Aid to get assistance with completing the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).Attendees should arrive at the event prepared with a 2016 completed tax return and any documents that show income for 2016.This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For questions, contact the Office of Financial Aid at570-961-7859.

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

Inaugural Scranton Founder’s Day, noon to 4 p.m., April 28, at Scranton Half Marathon Pavilion, Olive Street Trailhead. Sponsored by Leadership Lackawanna Core Program Class of 2018 in conjunction with Lackawanna Heritage Valley. The four-hour event will be a walk through the history of Scranton from its humble beginnings as Slocum Hollow to its growth into the Electric City. The day will be filled with family friendly activities that are both fun and educational. These will include historically relevant games, music, and re-enactors. Admission to the event will be free to the public. Food will be available for purchase from on-site vendors.

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.

Rabies Clinic, 9 a.m. to noon May 5 at the State Department of Agriculture Building, Route 92, Tunkhannock. The Humane Society of Wyoming County, in cooperation with the Schultzville Animal Hospital, is sponsoring this rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats. Open to pet owners from any county. Cost: $8 per shot, cash only. Info: 570-836-4745.

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

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