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Abington Heights Class of 1973 40th Reunion, Oct. 12, 2013. Activities are also scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 11 - 13. The committee is asking for help from family and friends to notify members of the Class of ’73 about the upcoming event. Info: www.abingtonheights73.com.

Abington Heights High School Class of 1988 25 Year Reunion, Nov. 30, 2013 at the Inne of the Abingtons, 239 Kennedy Creek Rd., North Abington Twp. from 6 - 11 p.m. Info / tickets: http://www.abingtonheights88.com.


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.

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.

4-H program requests 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 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 search 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.

The Abington Area Community Classroom offers a variety of ongoing classes. Info: For updated listings, visit aacclass.org or 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 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: Aug. 3, Oct. 5 and Dec. 7. Info: Vera Krewsun at 570.687.6009 or Marie Ronnlof at 877.596.1491.

The American Cancer Society seeks volunteer drivers. Drivers are needed to take patients to and from treatment appointments in Lackawanna County. Drivers need a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license, automobile insurance, a clear background and driver check. Orientation is provided. Volunteer assignments are flexible; transportation is needed during the daytime hours during the week, Monday through Friday. You can drive your vehicle or the American Cancer Society van where available. Info: 562.9749.

Serving Seniors, Inc. volunteers needed, Serving Seniors is seeking dedicated and caring people of all ages to provide friendly visits and companionship to residents in Long Term Care and Personal Care Homes within Lackawanna County. Visitation volunteers help improve the quality of life of an older adult. Training provided. Info: 344.3931.

Groups sought to march in the 18th annual Christy Mathewson Day Parade, Aug. 10, at 5 p.m. The parade is part of the community’s weekend festivities in celebration of Christy Mathewson, born and raised in Factoryville, and one of the five original inductees to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Info: contact Steve O’Malley at steveom@comcast.net or call 945.5877 and leave a message.

Vendors/Crafters needed for St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral Annual Christmas Bazaar., November 8,9 and 10. Vendor/crafter applications are being accepted by the Christmas Bazaar Committee of St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Mayfield. To obtain an application, contact Joan Zaleski, vendor coordinator, at 254.6882 or 906.4520 or St. John’s Rectory at 876.0370. Space is limited.


June 24 - Aug. 2: Comm Camp, at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road, Waverly Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Six-week summer day camp for children pre-K - grade 7. Info: www.waverlycomm.org or 586.8191, ext. 2.

June 4 - Aug. 16: Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) Summer Day Camp 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Open to children ages 3 to 11th grade. Info / Registration: 828.2319 or http://peec.org/programs/summer-day-camp.

July 8-12: Nature Day Camp, at the Endless Mountains Nature Center, with additional sessions July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29 - Aug. 2, Aug. 5 - 9 and Aug. 12 - 16. Pre-K to second grade from 9 a.m. - noon and second grade - sixth grade from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Also offers counselor-In-Training program for grades 7 - 12. Info: http://www.emnconline.org/EMNC_NDC_Booklet_2013_web.pdf.

July 1 - 3, 8 - 10 and 15 - 17: 2013 Earth Camp Session One, at Hillside Park from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. For students entering grades five, six and seven. Session Two: July 30 - Aug. 1, Aug. 6 - 8 and Aug. 13 - 15. Includes programs and activities in the following areas: fishing, team building, bottle rockets, hands-on science, eco-friendly gardening, exploring the natural world, art, sports, canoeing, photography, nature crafts and modeling and design. Campers will also spend a day receiving professional tennis instruction at Birchwood Tennis and Racquet Facility, and will spend a day at Keystone College exploring the Water Interpretive Trail. The camp will also include special programming run by visiting professionals, including golfing, orienteering and geocaching, and pottery with Burti Ceramics. Final day will include food, games, sports, water activities and campfires. Cost: $90 per session. Register / info: www.abingtonparks.com.

July 8-12: Countryside Community Church Vacation Bible School, at the Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit from 5:30 - 8 p.m. A light supper will be served at 5:30, followed by classroom instruction, crafts and games. Info / Preregister: 587.3206, countrysidechurch@yahoo.com, or www.countryside-church.org.

July 8-12: Clarks Green United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School, from 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon. This year’s theme is “Rainforest.” Children from pre-school to sixth grade are invited to share in Bible stories, games, songs, crafts and more.

July 8 and 12; July 22 and 26: Acting Camps for Kids, at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock. Camp 1: July 8 and 12 from 1:30 - 3 p.m. Camp 2: July 22 and 26 from 1:30 - 3 p.m. For ages 6 to 12. Instructor Michaela Moore, of All About Theatre, will help children use their imaginations and learn about acting through theatre games, improvisation, storytelling, play making, character creation and more. A casual performance for family and friends will end each week. Admission: $60 per camp. Info / register: 996.1500. For additional summer camps for kids at the Dietrich, call 996.1500.

July 16 - 19: Anthracite Heritage Museum Camp, at the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum. For ages 7 - 12. Campers will learn about the heritage and history of coal, canals and railroads through stories, crafts, snacks, special guests, music and hands-on activities. The camp will be conducted by professional staff and volunteers. Cost: $50. Info / reservations: 963.4804.

July 22 - 26: Clarks Summit United Methodist Church Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School, at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Hwy., Clarks Summit, from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. Camp is open to all children ages 2 - completion of sixth grade. Participants will experience interactive bible stories, music, arts and crafts, games and a video. Dinner will be provided for each child and volunteer. Volunteers are needed. Cost: free. Student and volunteer registration: www.bibleschool.com.

July 22 - 26: First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit Vacation Bible School, from 9 a.m. - noon, at the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School Street, Clarks Summit. This year’s theme is “Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God’s World Comes Together.” Camp will include interactive Bible fun, music, science, crafts, hands-on mission work, global games and more. Camp will conclude with a carnival Friday, July 26 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the church. The community is invited to attend the carnival. Info / Registration: www.fpccs.org or contact Tina Ide at 586.6306.

July 29 - Aug. 3: Harmony Heart Camp Day Camp, at Harmony Heart Camp, 1557 Heart Lake Road, Scott Twp. Drop off is from 9 - 9:20 a.m. and pick up is at 5:30 p.m. For boys and girls ages 7 - 12. Includes a range of summer activities in a caring Christian environment such as swimming, soccer, archery, boating, basketball, crafts, fishing, volleyball, nature study and more. Cost: $120 all inclusive (family discount available). Additional $15 charge for overnight campout activity Thursday night for 11-12 year olds. Info: 254.6272.

August 5 - 9 and 12 - 16: Camp Create, at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. An art and theater camp for children with special needs. Info: www.waverlycomm.org or 586.8191, ext. 2.

August 5 - 9: Second Annual Lady Crusader Girls Basketball Camp, at Holy Rosary Gym, Market Street, Scranton. Each session is from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Instruction will include offense, defense and individual shooting. Each day will also incorporate competitive games to emphasize skills learned. Instructors include high school coaches and players. Open to all girls entering 4th-9th grades. Info: Bob McCormack 309.1635. Cost: $40, includes a T-shirt and an end of camp pizza party.


July 3: The Rotary Club of the Abingtons’ Annual Fireworks Display, at the Abington Heights Middle School, Newton-Ransom Blvd., Newton Twp. Rain date: July 4. Food, beverages and other items will be available for purchase. Fireworks begin at dusk. Display viewers are asked to use the lots provided and bring seating. The event is free, but a $5 donation for parking is requested to defray costs.

All-American Music, 7 p.m. at Salt Springs Park Pavilion. The annual outdoor music birthday celebration will feature Joe Welden, Jim Welch and John Stellabott—“J & J Duo + One.” The group will play classic jazz and patriotic music. Cost: free, but donations will be accepted.

St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral’s Homemade Pirogie Sale, in the Church Center on Hill Street, Mayfield, from noon – 4 p.m. Fried and frozen raw pirogie will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Orders for 10 dozen or more can be placed by calling 876.0730 or 876.0391. Business establishment orders will be delivered upon request and may be faxed to 876.2534. Cost: $6 per dozen.

Dalton Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary meeting, in the Dalton Fire Hall at 6:30 p.m.

July 5-7: Women’s Getaway Weekend, Camp St. Andrew, Tunkhannock. Activities include wine tasting, guided nature walks, seated massages, archery and more. Attendees are welcome to participate as much or as little as they like. All campers must be at least 21 years of age. Cost: $140, includes meals, housing and all activities. Info / Registration: Bernadette Kozlowski, 240.3444 or berniekoz2@frontier.com. or www.dioceseofscranton.org/about/camp/camp-st-andrew/.

July 6: Meadow Trail Hike, at Salt Springs Park, time to be announced. Rod Homily will lead the hike. Group meets at the Wheaton House. Cost: Fee.

4th Annual South Side Farmers’ Market, every Saturday through October, at the Scranton Iron Furnaces, 159 Cedar Ave., from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sponsored by the United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Elm Street Revitalization Project, the farmers’ market has grown since its beginning in 2010. Community members will be able to purchase fresh food, baked goods, wine, herbs and other items. Local vendors include Sugar Loaf Herb Farm, Muellers Vegetable Farm, Mockingbird Bakery and more. Additionally, the second Saturday of every month will feature kids’ arts and crafts in conjunction with the Anthracite Heritage Museum. The third Saturday of every month will feature spinning wheel and knitting demonstrations. Info: 346.6203 ext. 16.

July 7: Weather Tracking from Your Own Backyard, 1 p.m. at Salt Springs Park. Charlotte Remakus will lead participants in making weather barometers and dew point gauges and teach the group how the instruments work. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Materials are provided. Cost: fee.

Murgas Amateur Radio Club 34th Annual Hamfest and Computerfest, beginning at 8 a.m., at the Luzerne County Fairgrounds, Lehman. Exhibitors will be on site offering new and used radio and computer equipment as well as electronic components for sale. The Federal Communication Commission examinations for all classes of amateur radio operator licenses will begin at 10 a.m. Pre-registration is not necessary. Rain or shine event. Indoor vendor space is available. Indoor space, which includes a table, costs $20. Admission includes one outside flea market space per car. Additional eight linear feet of space costs $5 each. Info: Herm Krumich at 829.2695 or Bill at 510.1680. Cost: admission $7. Children under 16 and unlicensed spouses are admitted free with ticket holder.

St Michael’s Orthodox Church Chicken and Rib Bar-B-Que Dinner, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. take-out only, St. Michael’s Center, 403 Delaware St., Jermyn. The barbecue will feature Kundla’s of Hamlin. Orders can be placed in advance. Info / Orders: 867.1456.

July 8: A Midsummer Night’s Sky, at Keystone College Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory, at 8:30 p.m., continuing July 10. Presented by Professor Thomas Cupillari. Info: www.keystone.edu/observatory.

Factoryville Shade Tree Commission, in the Factoryville Borough Hall Building, 161 College Ave., at 7 p.m. The agenda includes a review of permits for tree removal on Riverside Drive and pruning along the Factoryville streets for sidewalk and road clearance.

Dalton Fire Co. Ladies Aux. Bingo Night, in the Dalton Fire Co. Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m and games begin at 6:30 p.m. Info: 563.1268.

July 9: Second Annual Summer Marketplace at Casey Plaza, at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre, continuing every Tuesday through Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. The marketplace will feature various vendors offering locally grown fresh produce, concessions, baked goods, jewelry, collectibles, novelty items and more. This year’s event will also feature weekly promotions and live entertainment. Parking and admission are free and the event will be held rain or shine. Info: mohegansunarenapa.com.

Knights of Columbus Bingo Night, in the Gathering Room of Our Lady of Snows Church at 7 p.m. Bingo cards are $0.50 each or 3/$1 per game. Complimentary light refreshments will be served. Info: Chris Kane, 587.1390.

July 10: Teddy Bears’ Picnic Day, at The Century Club from 1 - 3 p.m. A fundraiser for the Women’s Resource Center, the Teddy Bears’ Picnic is to children ages two to nine, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children are invited to take their Teddies for an afternoon of face painting, storytelling, games and a light picnic lunch. Cost: $10 per person. Tickets available in advance only and will not be sold at the door. Info / tickets: 342.0204.

July 12: United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern Pennsylvania annual Golf Tournament, at Stone Hedge Country Club, Tunkhannock. The tournament is a shotgun start time at 1 p.m. for the Captain & Crew format. Registration is $95 and includes golf with cart, refreshments at the turn and a steak dinner at the conclusion. Proceeds will benefit UCP’s Early Intervention Services. Info: Tim McHugh, 347.3357 or email ucpnepa@epix.net.

July 13: 14th Annual Conservancy Auction at the Waverly Country Club. New items and a new look and feel to the event. Save the date.

July 14: Second Sunday July Vesper Service, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner of Church and Chestnut Streets, Montrose, at 5 p.m. Mary Lee Fitzgerald will welcome the guests. Ann Hart and Ray Jennings are greeters and Larry Souder is reader. Susan Lewis, former Montrose teacher, organist, choir and hand bell director, is guest organist. A salad buffet in the Parish House will follow this ecumenical service.

July 15: Expectations of Comet ISON 2013, at Keystone College Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory, at 8:30 p.m., continuing July 17. Presented by John Sabia. Info: www.keystone.edu/observatory.

July 17: Light the Fire Youth Rally, at Misericordia University. Catholic teenagers will participate in a youth rally with activities including music, Holy Hour, Reconciliation, inspirational workshops and games. Sean Malloy, a youth minister and musician from the Diocese of Harrisburg is the emcee. Steve Angrisano, a musician, composer and youth minister is one of the featured speakers. Full Armor, a band from New York will play at the program. Bishop Joseph Bambera will celebrate Mass at the rally. Info: call Pam Urbanski, St. Jude’s Church, 474.6315 ext. 228 or Steve Wallo, Our Lady of the Snows / St. Benedict Church, 586.1741 or www.combinedym.org.

Chicken-n-Biscuit or Ham Dinner, at Clifford United Methodist Church, Main Street, from 4 - 6 p.m. Take out or dine in. Includes dinner, dessert and a drink. Cost: donation of $7.95

3rd Wednesday Support Group, at Oakwood Terrace at 2 p.m. This is a support group for family, friends and professionals who want to learn about Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss. This week’s guest speakers is Theresa Janosov and the topic is “Meeting the Nutritional Needs and Special Diets for People with Alzheimer’s’s.” RSVP: to Sylvia 451.3171 ext. 116.

July 19-20: 55th Annual Mountainhome United Methodist Church Antique Show, at the Mountainhome United Methodist Church, Routes 191 and 390, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Trinity Band will perform in the parking lot adjacent to the church on July 19 at 7 p.m. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the Evergreen Community School. On July 20, at 2 p.m. Frank Licata, a beekeeper, will talk about the products he makes and his beehives. There will be a number of antique vendors at the sale. A former church member’s collection of Bone China cups and saucers will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Stained Glass Window Fund. The church Craft Group will also be selling handcrafted gift items, Christmas decorations and homemade food. Proceeds will benefit the church. Cost for the antique show: donation of $4.

July 20: Tamarack Trail Hike, 10 a.m. at Salt Springs Park. Jim Kessler will lead a hike and speak about woodland trees. The hike will pass through a stand of tamarack trees, the only coniferous tree that sheds its needles. The group will meet at the Wheaton House. Cost: fee.

R3 OPS - The Mud Run with Options, Northeast Fairgrounds in Wilkes Barre. This is the first year for the mud run and is open to men and women of all athletic abilities and offers a variety of options for participants. The School of Combat Arts of Wilkes- Barre is a sponsor for the event. Info: www.r3ops.com.

Endless Mountains Model Railroad Club, 6 p.m. at the home of Mike DePaola, just north of Dimock on Rt. 29. (Watch for the sign.) New members welcome. Info: http://www.emmrrc.wix.com/trains.

Clarks Summit United Methodist Church Chicken barbecue, at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. Serving will begin at 11 a.m. and continue to 5 p.m. or until the chicken is sold out. Takeouts available. Cost: $10/adults or $5/children 12 and under. Info / Tickets: 587.2571.

July 22: Moonlight Kayaking, at Lackawanna State Park at 7:30 p.m. Participants can bring their own kayaks or arrange to rent one from Angela Lambert, the park’s environmental education specialist. Info: 945.7110.

“Solar and Lunar Eclipses,” at Keystone College Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory at 8:30 p.m., continuing July 24. Presented by Joann Kamichitis. Info: www.keystone.edu/observatory or 945.8402.

Dalton Fire Co. Ladies Aux. Bingo Night, in the Dalton Fire Co. Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m and games begin at 6:30 p.m. Info: 563.1268.

July 25: Comm Square Fair, at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road, from 4:30 - 8 p.m. Includes music on the back lawn, carnival games, food, beverages and more. Info: 586.8191.

Korean War Veterans Reunion, at the Genetti Hotel in downtown Williamsport. Continues through July 27. The reunion marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the truce that ended the war. It is hosted by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County, Pa, Inc. Military exhibits, tours, guest speakers and a banquet are planned. Memorial service at the Lycoming County Veterans Park July 27, the actual 60th anniversary. Info and complete listing of events: Write Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County, Pa, Inc., PO Box 3232, Williamsport, Pa., 17701.

Gazebo Concert at Oakwood Terrace, at Oakwood Terrace. Moosic, from 2 - 4 p.m. The concert will feature Tom Rogo and is free to public. Songs will include “Under the Boardwalk” and “Copacabana.” Giveaways, door prizes and light refreshments. Info: 451.3171 ext. 116.

July 26: Summer Flea Fest, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 1101 Willow St., Peckville, continuing July 27 and 28. Info: 383.3244.

July 27: 18th Annual Children’s Fishing Derby, at Lackawanna State Park from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Open to children up to age 15; an adult must accompany all children. Prizes awarded in three age groups and a raffle. Bait provided and children are not required to possess a fishing license. Hot dogs and soda provided. Donations to support the event may be sent to the South Abington Community Projects Fund at PO Box 492, Chinchilla, Pa. 18410. Children must pre-register by calling South Abington Twp. at 586.2111 or visiting the township building at 104 Shady Lane Road, Chinchilla. Children can also register at satpd@comcast.net. Cost: Free. Info: Thom Kreidler at 585.2860.

Mountain Energy Services Frank J. Valvano Memorial 5k Run/Walk & 10k Run, at 12 Lake Street, Tunkhannock at 8 a.m. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m at the Station 69 (Lake Carey Fire Company) pavilion. The walk will commence at 8:01 a.m. Awards will be given to the first male and female in the 5k Walk, in the 5k walk, 5k run and 10k run. An award will be given to the top three finishers in each category. The special Frank J. Valvano award will be given to the first male 200 pounds or more in masters and sub masters age groups in 5k Run. Cost / Registration: $15. T-shirts given to the first 150 participants.

Chicken BBQ Fine Arts Fundraiser, Clarks Green Assembly of God Church , 204 S. Abington Rd, Clarks Green, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Anchored Youth Ministry, advance tickets can be purchased from any youth member or the church office. Walk-ins are welcome. Entertainment will include a Bounce House, Rita’s Ice, balloon animals, face painting, games, giveaways, Live Kids Entertainment, Police & Fire Safety and more. All proceeds will help finance youth participation in a Fine Arts Competition. Cost / Tickets: $10/adults, $8/seniors (62+) and $6/children (11 and under). Info: 586.8286.

July 28: Water Quality Monitoring, 1 p.m. at Salt Springs Park. Brian Oram, an environmental consultant will speak about concerns and issues in the community. Hands-on water testing will be done for pH, ionic salt measurements (conductivity), and total dissolved solids in the tap water and streams. Cost: free for members.

Benefit Concert for Patrick Shirley, gates open at 10:30 a.m. with music from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Browndale Fireman’s Ballfield, Route 247 North of Forest City. Sponsored by the Browndale Volunteer Fire Company and the Forest City Volunteer Fire Company, there will be music from several live bands and a performance by comedian Paul Dudrich (“Father Paul”). Cost: Donation of $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Children 12 and under are free.

July 29: Extrasolar Planets, at Keystone College Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory, at 8:30 p.m., continuing July 31. Presented by Dr. Doug O’Neal. Info: www.keystone.edu/observatory.

August 2: 31st Annual Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference at the University of Scranton. Hosted by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Diocese of Scranton, the conference continues through Aug. 4. This year’s theme: “The door of faith is always open to us!” Conference speakers include Maria Vadia, Msgr. William John Lewis, Msgr. Joseph Malagreca and Walter Matthews. There is a Children’s Tract available at the concert for children ages five to 11 and a Youth Tract available for ages 12-18. Info / Registration: Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office, 344.2214 or write to CCR, PO Box 3306, Scranton, Pa, 18505-0306.

August 3: Hemlock Trail Hike, 7 p.m. at Salt Springs Park. Conchetta Schirra will lead a hike through the old-growth forest and out to the deer enclosure fence. The group might watch the sunset on Buckley Rd. Cost: free.

Myasthenia Gravis Informational Meeting: Meetings to provide information about MG. All meetings take place at Allied Services. Info: Vera Krewsun 687.6009 or Allied Services 348.1407.

August 4: Got Beer? Hop to It!, 1 p.m. at Salt Springs Park and Endless Brewing. The group will meet at the Wheaton House where Morgan Kelly and Jon Winans will present a workshop on beer making. The group will then go to Endless Brewing, which is one mile away from the park on Rt. 29. Kelly and Winans will demonstrate the brewing process. Pre-registration is appreciated. Cost: fee. Info: 967.7275.

August 9: Christy Mathewson Days Second Annual Co-ed Softball Tournament, continuing through Aug. 11. Teams will play at the Factoryville Park. Cost: $15 per person or $150 per team. All proceeds to benefit the Factoryville Little League. Info: call Ed at 851.9115 or Jackie at 903.1821.

Cocktails for the Courts, at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Includes “fabulous food and drink.” Must be 21 to attend. Info: 586.8191.

August 11: Perseids Meteor Shower, 8:30 p.m. at Salt Springs Park. Meet at the Wheaton House and the group will walk over to the meadow. Participants are encouraged to blankets or chairs, binoculars or telescopes, and snacks. There will be a bonfire if the weather is chilly. A representative from Kopernick Observatory will be in attendance. Cost: free.

Comm Classic Car Show, at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road at 4 p.m. rain or shine. Info: 586.8191.

August 17: Cliff Trail Hike, 11 a.m. at Salt Springs Park. Conchetta Schirra will lead a hike to the top of the Cliff Trail, where participants will see and learn about vernal pools. The hike is long and strenuous and will be paced accordingly. Pack a lunch for a picnic along the way. Meet at the Buckley Rd. parking lot. Cost: fee.

Misericordia University Open House for High School Students and Parents, at the Black Mountain campus. Registration begins at 9 a.m. in teh Anderson Sports and Health Center at the North Gate of upper campus. A special “Meet the Coaches” session will be held from 9 - 10 a.m. The open house will run from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The program offers a tour of campus, meetings with Misericordia students, faculty and coaches, as well as information sessions with admissions and financial aid counselors. Info / Registration: contact the admissions office at 675.4449 or 1.866.262.6363 or email admiss@misericordia.edu.

August 18: Pet Walk, at McDade Park, Scranton. Registration begins at noon with the walk at 1 p.m.

August 21: Full Moon Bike ‘n Bonfire, 6 p.m. at Salt Springs Park. Bike the roads that border the park and friends land. Various loops will be considered based on participants’ interest. Adults only. Participants can end the evening after the bike ride or attend a bonfire just before moonrise. Cost: free.

August 24: Music on the Lawn Craft Fair and Yard Sale, on the grounds of the Lake Winola United Methodist Church, Maple Drive, Mill City. There will be live Christian bands and a campfire for roasting marshmallows. Bring your own lawn chairs and marshmallows. Craft fair and yard sale at 1 p.m. and chicken barbecue from 4 - 7 p.m. Tickets for the barbecue are $9/presale or $10/day of. Call 351.7365 for tickets. Yard sale and craft vendors wanted. Call 351.7365. This is a rain or shine event.

August 25: Mushrooms and Mycilia, 1 p.m. at Salt Springs Park. Learn about the often misunderstood organisms with a brief slideshow and discussion. A trail walk will follow. Cost: free.

Go Green Bike Tour, at Lackawanna State Park. Watch the Countryside Conservancy website for more information. Info: www.countrysideconservancy.org.

August 31: Upper Fall Brook Trail Hike, at Salt Springs Park, time to be announced. Conchetta Schirra will lead a hike to the upper part of the Fall Brook Trail. Cost: Fee.

Salt Springs Celebration, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m at Salt Springs Park. The celebration will be an afternoon of free music, activities for all ages, demonstrations and exhibits, live animals and more. Participants are encouraged to support the Friends’ work by purchasing lunch or items from the gift shop and participating in the silent auction and raffles.

Sept. 2: NEPA Labor Day Festival and Celebration to benefit the Keystone Wounded Warrior Project from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Wilkes Barre Public Square. There will be two performances by the Eckley & Patchtown players. Magician Pat Ward will be performing. Keystone Wounded Warriors will be in attendance. Displays honoring veterans of foreign wars who died in coal mines. Festivities will include food and a silent auction. Info: Wayne Namey at UFCW 1776 at jojo1299@aol.com or 466.3385 or UFCW Local 1776 at 800.635.6994.

Sept. 15: 19th Annual Tailgate Picnic Potluck, 3 p.m. - dusk at Little Rocky Glen Preserve, Lithia Valley Road, Clinton Twp., Wyoming County. Bring a dish to share. Cost: free to Conservancy members, $10 per car for nonmembers.

Sept. 21: 4th Annual Wills for Heroes Program, at the Clarks Summit Fire Company, 321 Bedford Street, Clarks Summit. The Lackawanna Bar Association will provide free estate planning consultations and documents to Greater Abington Area police, firefighters and EMTs and their spouses. Info / Registration: Paul Keeler, 586.7575 or pkeeler@keelerlegal.com

Nov. 30: Abington Heights Class of 1988 25 Year Reunion, 6 - 11 p.m. at the Inne of the Abingtons, 239 Kennedy Creek Rd, North Abington Twp., Pa. 18414. Info / Tickets: http://www.abingtonheights88.com.

Oct. 5: Myasthenia Gravis Informational Meeting: Meetings to provide information about MG and those living with MG. All meetings take place at Allied Services. Info: Vera Krewsun 687.6009 or Allied Services 348.1407.

Dec. 7: Myasthenia Gravis Informational Meeting: Meetings to provide information about MG and those living with MG. All meetings take place at Allied Services. Info: Vera Krewsun 687.6009 or Allied Services 348.1407.



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.

Lung Cancer Alliance Support Group, the first Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care on Morgan Hwy. No meeting in July. Info: 586.0179.


The Greater Scranton Roaring Ramblers Toastmasters meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Allied Services, Morgan Hwy., Scranton. Visitors welcome. Info:www.scrantontoastmasters.org or call 570.498.1110 or 570.604.6176.

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.

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