Community calendar, week of January 30

January 30, 2013


Cell phone collection, Abington Heights High School Students Against Destructive Decisions is collecting cell phones at the high school. All cell phones are cleared and programmed with 911 for use by the elderly. The phones may be dropped off in the main office of the high school.

Overeaters Anonymous meetings, First Presbyterian Church, 201 Stone Ave., Clarks Summit, weekly, Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m. and Sun., 4 p.m. Info: 587.4313.

Donations request for used school uniforms.
Our Lady of the Snows Church, donating to Limulungo Community School, Mongu District in Western Zambia, Africa. Any size white shirt, navy and plaid skirts, pants, shorts, sweaters and sweat shirts welcome. Info: 587.3268 to arrange drop-off and pick-up.

Glenburn 4-H Sewing Club,
Registration for 4-H textile science projects. Boys and girls, age 8 to 19 are invited. Info: Register at Penn State Cooperative Extension office, 963.6842.

Volunteers needed for Ombudsman (Resident Rights' Advocate) Program. Community neighbors who are trained to help clarify responsibilities and the rights of those in long-term living facilities. Must be over 18. Info: Sylvia Kolosinsky, Director of volunteer services, 344.3931.

Young Adult Quit (YAQ) Smoking Study. Smokers ages 18 to 30 who join the study receive free materials to quit smoking, two weeks of free nicotine patches and two gift cards for completion of the study. Info: www.yaqstudy.org email info@yaqstudy.com or 1.866.371.9362 ext. 4349.

4-H program request volunteers to teach project skills and serve as role models for youth. Adults needed to serve as volunteer leaders of 4-H clubs (five or more members, ages 8-19). Policies and procedures to ensure that 4-H programs take place in a positive and safe environment. All individuals must successfully complete the Penn State Cooperative Extension's screening process for volunteers before volunteer work can begin. Info: 963.6842.

Cub Scout Pack 251, sponsored by the Clarks Green United Methodist Church. Info: Cub Master, Tom Sheakoski, 586.8049 or clarksgreen251.org

The Scranton Rescue Missions offers food and clothing. The Scranton Rescue Mission, 8 W. Olive St., offers a community service and meals every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 5:25 p.m. Free haircuts first and second Saturday of the month during Bible Study. Every Sunday evening following the evening service, the mission distributes non-perishable food and clothes. Anyone in need of spiritual help, food or clothing can contact www.scrantonrescuemission.com or 357.6677.

Senior Citizens for Senior Dog, Sponsored by Laura's Hope Rescue. Unites humans and dogs who are in the same period of their lives. Seniors willing to help other seniors in need can contact the rescue at 280.2083.

Boys and Girls Club Car Donation Program for Boys and Girls club in U.S. Cars do not have to be functional, but need a title. The cars are sold at auctions and funds benefit the club. Info: 1.800.246.0493.

Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania, Resource Center for Autoimmune Diseases, Lupus screenings, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Registered Nurse Consultant, Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Gluten- Free Information Exchange, fourth Thursday of every month located at Wegmans, Dickson City 6 p.m.; Successful Living with Chronic Illness third Thursday of every month, Noon; 615 Jefferson Ave, Scranton. 888.995.8787.

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania's Workforce Readiness program is looking to enroll new participants who are interested in receiving help with resume creation, job searching and application requirements, interview skills and career exploration. The program is for out-of-school youth, ages 21 and under, who are currently looking for employment and live in Lackawanna County. Info: 961.1592 ext. 105.

Newton Recreation
Center Winter Hours (through May 31, 2013): Monday through Fridays 9 a.m. - noon and 3 - 8:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday noon - 5 p.m. Info: 586.7808.

The Abington Area Community Classroom offers a variety of ongoing classes. For complete updated listings, visit aacclass.org or for other information, call 954.6650.

Monthly Bereavement Support Group, The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Hospice and Home Health of Lackawanna County offers a monthly bereavement support group meeting at their office, 301 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant. The support group meets on the third Thursday of each month. Info: 383.5180.

Myasthenia Gravis Support Group 2013 Meeting Schedule, at Allied Services, Charles Luger Outpatient Center Community Room, 475 Morgan Highway, Scranton: Feb. 2, April 7, June 1, Aug. 3, Oct. 5 and Dec. 7. Info: Vera Krewsun at 570.687.6009 or Marie Ronnlof at 877.596.1491.

Abington Heights High School Music Concerts, Concert Band Concert April 16 at 7 p.m. Symphony Orchestra Concert, April 28 at 3 p.m.; Combined Choir Concert, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.; Choir Concert, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Musical, March 14 and 16.

Growing Stronger program, a weight-bearing physical activity program that includes food, health and nutrition education. Class meets twice a week for 12-weeks. Two classes are offered: Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the West Side Senior Center, 1004 Jackson St., Scranton, beginning Feb. 11; and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 – 2 p.m. at the Abington Senior Center, 1151 Winola Rd., Clarks Summit, beginning Feb. 12. Info/register: 963.6842 (deadline February 4). Cost: $75.

Free Income Tax Help Offered by United Way and University of Scranton, Low and moderate income individuals, families and senior citizens in the Abingtons can receive free assistance in completing and filing their federal, state and local tax returns through the University of Scranton's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and a group of local human service organizations led by the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties. Appointments are required and available at the Clarks Summit Volunteer Fire Company, 321 Bedford St., Clarks Summit, Feb. 22 from 1 – 5 p.m.; Feb. 27 from 3 – 7 p.m.; March 7 from 3 – 7 p.m.; and March 18 from 2 – 6 p.m. Appointments/info: 504.0614.

Christy Mathewson Little League signups, will be held at the Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center on College Ave. in Factoryville Feb. 9, from 1 - 3 p.m.; Feb. 12, from 6 - 8 p.m. and Feb. 19 from 6 - 8 p.m. Benton, Dalton, Factoryville and Nicholson will hold registrations on those dates, for both baseball and softball. Lake Winola will hold registrations at the Lake Winola Fire Company. Info: Phil Evans at 563.0223.

The Abington Little League and the Christy Mathewson Little League, The two leagues are joining together to provide Little League softball for girls ages 6 through 16. Girls who live in the Abington Heights School District and who would like to play Little League Softball, are welcome. Signups will be held at the Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center on College Ave. in Factoryville, Feb. 9 from 1 - 3 p.m.; Feb. 12 from 6 - 8 p.m. and Feb 19 from 6 - 8 p.m. Info: Phil Evans at 563.0223.


January 30:
Marcellus Shale Panel Discussion, in the Amato Auditorium, Wyoming Seminary Lower School, 1560 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort at 7 p.m. Presented by The Louis Maslow STEM School at Wyoming Seminary. Nine panelists representing elected public officials, the natural gas extractionindustry, area university researchers and professional geologists will give their answers to the question: What is the one thing you think the public needs to know about gas drilling? Cost: free. Info: rbartron@wyomingseminary.org.

February 1:
Rock The House, at Baxters Bar and Grille, Dunmore, from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. Featuring live music all night from Coal Town Rounders, Backdraft, Take 3 and Chixy Dix. Happy Hour from 5 – 8 p.m. includes food and drink specials. Also includes basket raffles and 50/50 drawing. Must be 21 to enter. Benefits Leadership Lackawanna's project for Friendship House to raise awareness for foster care services in NEPA. Cost: $10 cover 5 - 8 p.m. and $5 cover 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.

February 2:

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Volunteer Meeting
, at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton, at 11 a.m.

The Greater Scranton Penn State Chapter of the Alumni Association trip to Wilkes- Barre Scranton Penguins Hockey Game, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes -Barre at 7:05 p.m. Cost (Payment due Jan. 11): $16 (Blue Zone). Includes: Game ticket and a hat. Info: 466.4898 or cmdealba@gmail.com.

Nintendo 64 Game Tournament, at New Visions Studio and Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton. Schedule includes: Super Smash Brothers, from 3 to 5 p.m., Cost: $10, includes rounds of 4-player battles until only the final 4 remain, then cash prize goes to last person standing; GoldenEye 007 from 5 to 7 p.m., Cost: $10, rounds of 4-player battles until only 4 players remain, then cash prize goes to the person with the most kills. Tournament will take place projected on the big screen. Only those participating in the tournament have to pay. Event is open to the public for free. Info: 878.3970 or NewVisionsStudio.com.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' Second Annual Thanks 4 Fighting Awareness Night, at 7:05 p.m. Benefits The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Team will playagainst the Adirondack Phantoms. Fans who purchase a ticket to this game will receive a Penguins hat and food voucher for a hot dog, soda and potato chips. Plus, $4 for every ticket sold will be donated to LLS. Info/tickets: 970.3607 or csipsky@wbspenguins.com.

PROSPER Team Breakfast Fundraiser, at Applebee's Restaurant in the Viewmont Mall from 8 - 10 a.m. Proceeds from the event will be used for PROSPER drug and alcohol prevention programs in the Scranton School District. Cost: $7 for adults; $4 for children ages 2-8 and free for children under 2. Tickets/info: 963.6842.

Fortis Institute Offers Low Cost Dental Cleanings Scranton, Fortis institute dental clinic offers affordable, professional dental care to those in North Eastern Pennsylvania. The clinic allows students to sharpen skills learned in the classroom, as well as benefit the community. For $20, patients can receive dental exams, cleanings, x-rays and more. No insurance required. The clinic is located at 519 Ash Street in Scranton. To schedule an appointment, call 955.4015.

February 4:
The Abington Heights Civic League meeting, at the clubhouse, 115 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit, at 7 pm. Cheryl Kaiser will be the speaker. Info: 587.3101.

February 5:
Climate Change and Penguins lecture, presented by The Louis Maslow STEM School at Wyoming Seminary in the Lower School's Amato Auditorium, 1560 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort at 7 p.m. Natalie Granger, prekindergarten teacher at Wyoming Seminary's Lower School, will present a photo essay of Artic and Antarctic animals created by photographer Paul Nicklen, a well-known Canadian videographer and photographer. His work inspired her to carry out a personal study of the polar regions and the effects of climate change on polar animal and bird life. She will describe her interactions with polar researchers and scientists and the polar science unit she has created for classroom. Cost: free. Info: rbartron@wyomingseminary.org.

Pulmonary Support Group, in the Rose Brader Dining Room at Heinz Rehab Hospital, 150 Mundy Street, Wilkes- Barre Township, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Info: 830.2078.

February 6:
Unleashed: The Power of Partnership Global Ministry Conference, at Baptist Bible College, continuing through Feb. 8. In preparation, a special Day of Prayer will be held Feb. 5. Concentrating on 2 Corinthians 6:1-18, morning sessions each day will address a section of the passage. The program features several guest speakers - including author and veteran missionary Gracia Burnham. Info: bbc.edu or 586.2400.

February 7:
Oakwood Terrace Special Community Forum, at Oakwood Terrace, 400 Gleason Drive, Moosic, at 2 p.m. Designed to help families plan for better care for themselves and their loved ones. Includes six ten-minute presentations followed by Q&A sessions. Refreshments will be served. Cost: free. Reservations (deadline Feb. 6): 451.3171, ext. 116. Info: oakwoodterraceinc.com.

Yoga Dance Party, at The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, Shopland Hall (Fourth Floor). The night will begin with an all level yoga class set to the electronic music of DJ Vinz. Alex and Kelly of Mission Yoga will lead the group through a sequence of postures. The dance party will begin at 8:15 p.m. Attendees should bring a yoga mat, comfortable workout apparel and a change of clothes for the dance party. Cost: $10 for yoga workshop and dance party or $5 for dance party only. Reservations: www.mission-yoga.com. Info: www.ScrantonCulturalCenter.org.

American Lung Association Arena Climb informational meeting, at Odyssey Fitness in Wilkes- Barre at 6:30 p.m., continuing the first Thursdays of March and April. Attendees will learn how to be a part of the Arena Climb, planned for April 6 at the Mohegan Sun Arena. All in attendence at the meeting will receive a free day pass to Odyssey Fitness. RSVP: 823-2212, 829.2661 Ext. 210 or dreifler@lunginfo.org.

Stroke Support Group, in the Rose Brader Dining Room at Heinz Rehab Hospital, 150 Mundy Street, Wilkes Barre Township, at 4:30 p.m. Info: 826.3895.

PROUD – People Regardless Of Our Disabilities meeting, in the Rose Brader Dining Room at Heinz Rehab Hospital, 150 Mundy Street, Wilkes Barre Township, th at 12 p.m. Info: 693.4398.

February 8:
Stay Connected 2013 Annual Youth Retreat, at Pocono Mountain Bible Conference, 191 Clifton Beach Rd., Clifton Twp., continuing through Feb. 10. Features worship music by Vintage Faith, the drama Transformed from Eastern University and sessions with Ben Tubbs and Mike Bilinski of Vintage Faith Church. Cost: $90. Scholarships available. Register (deadline Feb. 1): camppmbc.com/connected. Info: director@camppmbc.com or 842.9746.

A Valentine's Dinner For Everyone, at Waverly Community Church at 6:30 p.m. A buffet dinner with dessert will be provided. This year's speaker is Rich Clark, a fun -loving family man who will attempt to make you laugh, think and smile. Cost: $13. RSVP (no later than Feb. 2): 587.2280.

February 9: Northeastern Pennsylvania Bridge Building Competition, in the Viewmont Mall in Dickson City. Info: dhkieffer@gmail.com or 586.0197.

Pennsylvanian's For Human Life Respect Life Prayer Breakfast, at St. Mary's center, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton at 9 a.m. Featured speaker: Carol Everett, former abortion clinic owner. Register: 343.5099.

Photo Scanning Day for Old Forge and Moosic book, at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St. Taylor from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Photo scanning for the upcoming Arcadia history book will be completed on the spot so participants do not need to leave the photos. Community members are invited to search old photo albums for church events, family photos, schools, postcards, yearbooks and bring in favorites to be scanned. Info: Margo Azzarelli at 346.6179.

Marywood University's Life Long Learners Preview of Spring Offerings, in the Latour Room in Nazareth Hall at 1 p.m. Snow date: Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. in the Swartz Center.

Valentine's Open House Workshop, at the Waverly Community House auditorium from 10:30 a.m. until noon. For children of all ages. The morning's activities will include Valentine crafts, card making, games, cookie decorating and more. Cost: Donation of $5 per family will be accepted at the door to cover the cost of supplies. Info: www.waverlycomm.org.

Endless Mountains Model Railroad Club meeting, at the home of Mike DiPaolo, 0.3 mile north of the Dimock blinker light on Rt. 29 at 6 p.m. New members are welcome. Info: http://emmrrc.wix.com/trains.

February 10:
Turkey Dinner and Raffle, at Our Lady of the Snows Church, Clarks Summit, from noon to 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Passionist Jamaican Ministry. Cost: $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Info/orders: 586.1741.

Newton Ransom Volunteer Fire Company breakfast buffet, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Funds raised will help the Fire Company pay their bills and maintain upkeep or their trucks.

February 12:
The Knights of Columbus council #6611 BINGO, at Our Lady of the Snows church, Clarks Summit at 7 p.m. Cost: 50 cents per BINGO card or 3 for $1 per game. There is no cover charge and complimentary light refreshments will be available.

Church of the Epiphany Shrove Tuesday Pancake and Sausage Supper, in the church parish hall, 25 Church Hill P.O. Box 189 Glenburn Township from 5 to 7 p.m.

February 13:
Pirohi and Clam Chowder Sale, at St. John's Byzantine Catholic Church , 310 Broadway St., Scranton, pickups from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cost: Pirohi is $7.50 per dozen and Clam Chowder is $7.50 per quart. Orders: Sylvia at 343.8820 or Joannie at 344.3282 by Jan. 24.

Homemade Pirogie Sale, at St. John's Center, Hill Street, Mayfield, from 12 - 4 p.m. Homemade pirogie (deep fried or uncooked) will be sold for $6/dozen on a first come first serve basis. Business establishment orders will be delivered on request. Business orders may be faxed to 876.2534. Info: 876.0730.

February 14:
Northeast Tree Fruit Growers Winter Meeting, at the Iron Skillet Restaurant in the Petro Plaza, Avoca, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Planned by Penn State Extension, the meeting is designed to address current challenges with the latest research based information. Cost: $20 if received by Fe. 9. Registration received after Feb. 9 and at the door is $30. The registration fee includes morning refreshments and a hot buffet lunch. Info: 963.6842.

International Dinner, at St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton, two sittings, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Featured country is Italy. The dinner will include: mixed greens with Italian cheeses and Homemade Vinaigrette followed by homemade meat ravioli and spinach ravioli. The entree will be Italian pork roast with Risotto Milanese, Italian green beans and Italian bread. A surprise dessert and coffee, tea or soda. Cost: $19.95. Reservations (deadline Feb. 8): 343.5151.

February 15: The Chinchilla Hose Company's Annual Lenten Pizza Sale, continuing every Friday during Lent. Red and White-Broccoli pizza will be available for pickup from the fire house on Shady Lane Road in Chinchilla from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. All proceeds benefit the operations and needed equipment of the Chinchilla Hose Company of South Abington Township. Orders: 586.5726.

Dance for Hope, a Feeding Hope Benefit for National Eating Disorders Awareness Month, at Trax Platform Lounge, Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, from 9:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m., with doors opening at 9 p.m. Featuring entertainment from techno/house DJs DJ Ransom and DJ Hostyle, along with special performance by Philly and Atlantic City artist: DJ April Price. Proceeds benefit the National Eating Disorders Organization, a leading non-profit organization in the U.S. advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Cost: $5.

February 16:
ennsylvania Garden Railway Society 16th Annual Winter Meet, at the Electric City Trolley Station and Museum at Steamtown National Historic Site Grounds, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. continuing Feb. 17 and 18. A gathering of the Pennsylvania Garden Railway Society, Warrior Run Loco Works, Aikenback Live Steamers and Wyoming Valley Live Steamers. The public is invited to see running live steam, electric G scale, other assorted large gauges and more. Info: 735.5570 or wrunloco@aol.com.

Soup and bake sale, at the Waverly Lodge Building, 114 North Abington Road, Clarks Green from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Hosted by the Juanita Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, the female counterpart for the Masonic order. Cost: $6/quart $3/pint. Orders/info: call Barbara Hicks at 586.3317.

February 17: All You Can Eat Breakfast, at Clarks Summit Fire Co. #1, 321 Bedford St., Clarks Summit from 8 a.m. – noon. Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for kids under 10 years.

Mrs. Thomas Jefferson, at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Avenue in Scranton, at 2 p.m. On the 212th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's election, costumed interpreter Gina Marie Aleo will appear at the Lackawanna Historical Society as Mrs. Thomas Jefferson to present a program on the Founding Father. He will address Jefferson's public and private life as a champion of freedom and a devoted family man, husband, and father. Cost: free. Info: 344.3841 or lackawannahistory@gmail.com.

Ziti with your Sweetie Dinner Theater, at the Clifford Fire Hall, Route 106, at 2 p.m. hHosted by the Clifford Community Youth Group, which will present Capisce. Includes salad, ziti with meatballs, beverage and dessert. Cost: $9. Info/tickets: 222.3331 or 222.4344.

February 20:

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce Woman's Networking Here's to your Heart…Celebrating National Heart Month, at The Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, from 12 – 1 p.m. Dr. Pancholy, Chief Operating Officer of North Penn Cardiovascular Specialists, will discusspreventative measures and warning signs of heart disease. Info/register: 342.7711 or scrantonchamber.com.

February 18:
Wyoming Seminary February Visitation Day, at both the Upper School in Kingston and Lower School in Forty Fort. At the Lower School, the day will begin for visiting students at 8:15 a.m. Parent tours of Lower School will be available at 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations for Lower School are requested by Feb. 15. by calling 718.6610. The Upper School Visitation Day program will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Stettler Learning Resources Center, North Sprague Avenue, Kingston. Reservations (deadline Feb. 15: 718.6610 for lower school, 270.2160 for Upper School. Info: wyomingseminary.org.

February 19:
Abington Heights Spring Sports Signup and Physicals, at the High School Field House from 2:30 - 6 p.m. All students interested in trying out for a spring sport should come to the High School Field House. A physician will be available to give a sports physical. Cost: $15. Athletes who did not participate in fall or winter sports need to turn in the Abington Heights Participate form and PIAA Comprehensive Initial Pre-participation Physical Examination form at the field house during the winter sports signup. Athletes who participated in fall sports and have an Athletic Participation form and PIAA Comprehensive Initial Pre-participation Physical Examination form on file will need to turn in a Re-Certification by Parent/Guardian form.

February 24:
Blood Drive in memory of Dr. Henri Deutsch, at Temple Hesed, 1 Knox Road Scranton, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Appointments: 344.7201, 1.800.Red-Cross or redcrossblood.org.

March 2:
Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Volunteer Meeting, at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton, at 11 a.m.

March 6:
Connie Pheiff Speaks: Capacity For Change program, continuing March 20 and 27, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 201 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton. An interactive and dynamic streetwise selling program. Continental breakfast included. Cost: $499 per session or $1,299 for all three. Info/reservations: connie@pheiffandsome.com or 906.4395.

March 10:
An Afternoon Remembering Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, at Waverly United Methodist Church, 105 Church St., Waverlyat 2 p.m. Narrated by Pete Noto. Featuring: Tex Beneke, Ray Ebrle, Marion Hutton, The Modernaires, Sgt. Johnny Desmond, The U.S. AAF Band, and prominent leaders of the Big Band Era. Cost: free. Info: 586.8166.

March 16: 28th Annual NEPA Bach Festival, in Scranton. Organ concert at Elm Park United Methodist Church, at 4 p.m., chamber music concert at St. Luke's Episcopal Church at 8 p.m. and choral concert March 17 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church at 3 p.m.

March 22:
Meatless Meal for Lent: Baked Haddock Fish Dinner, at the Regal Room (Ballroom/side entrance), 216 Lackawanna Avenue, Olyphant, from 5 - 7 p.m. Sponsored by Ss. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant. Sit down or take out dinner includes baked haddock, potato, vegetable, cole slaw, roll and dessert. Cost: $12. Ticket deadline: March 18. Info/tickets: 489.4348.

April 16:
Abington Senior Center Bus Trip to Sight and Sound Theatres's Noah Musical, Day includes a stop at Kitchen Kettle Village, show and dinner at the Hershey Farm Restaurant. Cost: $110 for members, $115 for non-members.



Clarks Summit Fire Company Auxiliary meeting,
7 p.m. Clarks Summit Fire House, 321 Bedford St., second Monday of every month.

CMC Donor Site Blood Drives,
noon to 4 p.m., second Monday of the month, CMC Professional Building Auditorium. Info: 969.8800.

NAMI Support Group,
7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from in the CMC Professional Building, Auditorium. Info: 969.8986.

Guardian of the Redeemer Fellowship, on the first and third Monday of the month, hosted by the St. Thomas More Society of St. Paul's Parish, 2301N. Washington Ave., Scranton. For men interested in adult discussion of the Catholic faith. Info: 343.0634.

The Dalton Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary Bingo Night, at the Dalton Fire Co. Hall, on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:45 p.m.

Knitting Group, at the Abington Community Library every other Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a current project and knit with others. For adults only.

Countryside Community Church Bible Study, at 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit at 10 a.m. Info: 587.3206 or www.countrysidechurch.org.


Alzheimer's Association caregivers support group meetings,
7 to 8 p.m., the last Tuesday of every month. Elan Gardens. Adjoining room for loved ones, who will not be left unattended. Info: Rhonda, 585.8099 or Rita, 586.0179.

Introduction to Martial Arts, starting January 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Chinchilla United Methodist Church, 411 Layton Rd., Chinchilla. Ages six and up. Cost: Free. Info: Scott at 585.1206.

South Abington Lions Club meetings, on the second Tuesday of each month, second floor of the South Abington Township Building at 7 p.m. Info: 313.2133.

Greater Scranton Area Roaring Ramblers Toastmaster Meeting,
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Allied Services in the Administrative Board Room, located in the Rehabilitation Building on the Morgan Highway at Moffatt Drive. Info: scrantontoastmasters.org, 586.7762 or 587.0232.

Mommy and Me Naturally, Outdoors, at the EMNC Lodge and grounds from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Pretend, sing, listen to a story, make a craft, and play. Program is designed for children two-and-a-half to four years old. Cost: free.

The Greater Scranton Roaring Ramblers Toastmasters Club, meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at Allied Services, Morgan Hwy., Scranton. Visitors are welcome. Info: www.1607.toastmastersclubs.org or 587.0232.

University of Scranton Free Clinic the Uninsured, 240 Kessler Court, has extended its hours: noon -4 p.m. The medical clinic serves uninsured people from Lackawanna County by appointment. Appointments can be arranged by calling 941.6112.

World Peace Meditation and Reiki Circle, on the first Tuesday of every month, at Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center, 200 Lake Ave., Montrose from 5 - 7 p.m. Cost: $10. RSVP/Info: 278.9256, wellness@epix.net or wellnessarts.com.

STACKS Writing Group, at The Vintage/Morning Glory Cafe, 326 Spruce St., Scranton, every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Info: emailstackswritinggroup@gmail.com.


Oakwood Terrace Support Group meetings for spouses and other family members or caretakers of those afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. 400 Gleason Road, Moosic. Meetings are open to the public. Cost: Free. Info: Sylvia Kolosinsky at 451.3171 ext. 116 or oakwoodterraceinc.com

Parish Youth Choir Rehearsals,
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. accompanies the singing at the 9:30 a.m. mass, at Our Lady of the Snows, every other week. Open to youth, 11 to 18. Info: 586.4112.

Youth ministry at Our Lady of the Snows Church,
7 to 8 p.m. Clarks Summit, general meetings. Junior High program, 7 and 8th graders, Sundays 1 to 2 p.m. Info: Call ahead to join 586.1741.

Meditation Classes at the Waverly Community House from 7 to 8:30 with Buddhist monk Gen Samten Kelsang. Classes are self-contained. Drop in any week. Cost is $10 per class. Sponsored by Kadampa Meditation Center, N.Y.

Great Scranton Chapter of Penn State Alumni Association Meetings, in the lower level of the SLC Building on the Worthington Scranton campus, Dunmore. The meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and the general membership is welcome to attend.

Mom's in Prayer Ministry, at Summit Baptist Bible Church, 232 Noble Road, Clarks Summit every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. A prayer group for mothers of students in the Abington Heights School District. Info: mdingler@cox.net or MomsInPrayer.org.


Crohn's and Colitis Foundation support group,
7 p.m., Community Medical Center Professional Building, first floor, CME Room, third Thursday of each month. Info: 969.8986.

Grief and Bereavement Educational and Conversational Support Group. Sponsored by AseraCare Hospice, 749 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit, PA 18411. Join us on at the AseraCare offices on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Info: Olympia Cianfichi, Bereavement Coordinator, 1.800.870.0085.

Writers' Group, for ages 18 and up at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock from 7-8:30 p.m. All genres and levels of writing welcome. Cost: Free. Info: 996.1500.

Scrabble, 1 p.m. at Abington Community Library. No registration necessary.

Heinz Rehab Hospital's Stroke Support
Group, the first Thursday of the month in the Rose Brader Dining Room in the main building, 150 Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Scrabble, at the Abington Community Library, beginning at 1 p.m. Join other players for games of Scrabble. No registration necessary.

University of Scranton Free Clinic the Uninsured, 240 Kessler Court, has walk-in hours from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The medical clinic serves uninsured people from Lackawanna County. Info: 941.6112.

Better Breathers Club, at the Geisinger-Community Medical Center Professional Building, Classroom 2, Second floor, 316 Colfax Ave., Scranton at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. A free support group for people with chronic lung disease and their families. Info: 969.8986.

Meditation Classes, at the Waverly Community House from 7 p.m. to 8:30. Classes are led by a Buddhist monk. Cost is $10 per class. Info: 845.856.9000.

Survivors After Suicide Support Group, every second and fourth Thursday of the month from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the West Hazleton Borough Building, 100 S. 4th St., West Hazleton. Facilitated by: Professional and Peer. An open grief group that welcomes survivors at any stage of their grieving process. Participants enter the group, leave, and return as they feel the need.


Diabetes support group,
10 a.m. Community Medical Center Professional Building, third floor classroom, second Friday of each month. Info: 969.7272. Cost: Free.

A Course in Miracles, 4:30 p.m. at Everything Natural. Discover more about the guiding principles of authors like Marianne Williamson and Dr. Wayne Dyer. Newcomers welcome.

Saturdays and Sundays:

Bereavement Support, at Our Lady of Snows Church Parish Center 301 S. State St., Clarks Summit, every third Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend informative sessions dealing with the grief process. Info: 586.1741.

Guided Downtown Walking Tours of Scranton, conducted by the Lackawanna County Historical Society, 11 a.m. at the main entrance of Lackawanna College on Vine Street near Washington Avenue. Tours last two hours. Cost: $3. Info: 344.3841.