All programs at The Gathering Place in Clarks Summit are a ‘go’

Community - Classroom - Emily Rancier

Mid-April and still no sign cold weather is ending any time soon… maybe this weekend? We’re happy the weather hasn’t kept people from our doors. We only had to cancel when our speaker got caught in a snowstorm in Philadelphia. Very few classes from our jam-packed schedule have had to be canceled for lack of students, and we’re half-way through the spring classes with no more cancellations in sight. In other words, the rest of our classes will run. If you are unsure about a space, please call — there’s always a wait list and surprises happen.

So, what’s left on the schedule? Earl Lehman’s Acrylic Landscape Painting began April 17 and continues until May 1 on Tuesday nights. Our noontime lecture series on Wednesdays has two more talks in store for you: On April 25, Sarah Piccini from the Lackawanna Historical Society discusses Scranton in the boom times at the turn of the century when Scranton truly was the “Electric City.” With pictures and anecdotes, she will make that time come alive for you.

Mary Beth Voda returns at noon Wednesday, May 9 to tell the tale of the Good Friday Bombing, a terrorist bombing in 1936 that rocked the Wyoming Valley and killed a coal mining official and his young son. We have been learning a lot of local Abington, Scranton, and local county history this year, thanks to Dennis Martin, Mary Beth, Sarah Piccini, and Jim Remsen.

Speaking of Mary Beth, she was responsible for bringing Brian Keeler to the Gathering Place March 27. Brian talked about his history in the area (and his father’s and brother’s), brought several of his gorgeous paintings, then proceeded to paint a “vignette portrait” while we watched and asked questions. What a fabulous treat for those of us in the audience.

Ukulele classes are coming. Steve Kurilla meets with aspiring musicians Monday, April 3 for a series of five lessons. It’s a popular class this semester, so hurry if you want to be “in.”

Val Langan from Woods and Co. will be back on Tuesday, May 1 for a series of four classes on repurposing furniture using chalk and milk paints and stains. Transform a small piece of furniture into a work of art with tips and techniques from Val.

Kristina Laurito returns Wednesday, May 9 for three classes on knitting. She will help you knit a rectangular summer wrap. There are a few openings in this class so hurry and register to reserve a space.

Other events happening in May: Senior Alert at noon on Tuesday, May 1. Jeff Thomas from VAC will talk about proper storage of medicines, personal protection, and current drug trends. Food, drink, and giveaways.

Streaming for Dummies is attracting a lot of registrants. Learn all about those mysteries surrounding Roku, Hulu, Netflix, Smart TV, Google TV, etc. if you come at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16.

A ”foraging for wild edibles” takes place Thursday, May 17 at South Abington Park. This walk takes off at 10:30 a.m. sharp (don’t be late). Susan Vinskofski will show you what’s safe and good to eat – and free — in the wild. Plan on a few damp places along the trail.

Hot off the press. There’s a pop-up class, Cooking Italian with Eggplant at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 7. Prepare traditional eggplant caponata and Pasta a la Norma under the guidance of sous chef Assunta Meloni. Only $35.

Ongoing programs at The Gathering Place include Book Club at noon on the third Tuesday, Memory Café at 10 am. on the second Friday, Open Weaving Day from noon to 4 p.m. the first Saturdays and Craft and Chat from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the second, third and fourth Fridays. The final in a series of four discussions on the opioid crisis called Open the Dialogue will be held at 7 p.m. May 10.

Finally, we welcome Connie McDonnell and Dave Jenkins to the Gathering Place Board. We hope for many productive hours together.

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Emily Rancier