Winter Challenge, Jan. 8 through Feb. 23 at the Abington Community Library. Winter Challenge begins for children and teens. Complete a BINGO sheet to win a prize and find something new to read during these winter months.
Chess Club for Kids, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Monday (excluding Jan. 1 and 15) at the Abington Community Library. For students in grades 1-5. Meet up with other kids who are interested in playing chess. If you have a favorite game board, bring it along. This group will meet at the tables in the main children’s area, as there will be no consistent staff supervision. No registration required.
After School Players, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 9 through March 3 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 13 to 18. After School Players offers an opportunity for students to be totally immersed in what it takes to produce a play. Over the course of eight weeks, they will learn acting fundamentals; create scenery, props and costumes and learn to work as a team to produce a play. The play, to be announced, is chosen especially for middle school and high school students. A performance for family and friends at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3 will showcase what they learned. Experienced and new students are invited to join. Cost: free; sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation. Info/register: 570-996-1500.
‘Only One You’ reading and activities, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Abington Community Library. Drop in anytime during this event, paint a rock to be displayed on library grounds, read through the book “Only One You” and enter your name for the chance to win a copy of the book. Miss Laura will read the book at 3 and at 4 p.m. Though the book is written for children, all ages are invited to paint a rock. Sponsored by the Abington Heights Civic League.
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. Info/register: 570-587-3440.
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