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REUNIONS


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.


REMINDERS


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 8-10. 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.


Christy Mathewson Park Gardens, there are three gardens available for adoption at Christy Mathewson Park. The weeds are taking over and the Factoryville Shade Tree Commission seeks volunteers to keep the gardens in good shape. To adopt a garden, contact the Shade Tree Commission at 945.7484.


KIDS’ CAMPS


Through 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.


Through 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.


Through 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.


Through Aug. 2: Art Explorers Camp, at the Dietrich Theater from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. for ages 5-12. Amy Colley is the instructor in this class where students will explore and discover innovative methods and exciting materials used by famous artists. Students will explore mixed media projects and activities. Cost: $60. Info / Registration: 996.1500.


Aug. 6 - 8 and 13 - 15: 2013 Earth Camp Session Two, at Hillside Park from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. For students entering grades five, six and seven. 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.


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.


DAILY EVENTS


August 1: ARTS Engage Day, at the Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scranton, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Children who participate in the Lackawanna County Library System’s Summer Reading Clubs receive a passport that offers them free admission to ARTS Engage Day and have access to a variety of arts activities and enjoy a discounted trolley ride. Info: 963.6590 ext. 102 or arts-culture@lackawannacounty.org.


August 1-3: Country Bazaar 2013, on the grounds of the Church of Saint Benedict on Newton Ransom Boulevard, Newton Twp. The bazaar will open at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, the bazaar will open around at 5 p.m. following the conclusion of the 4 p.m. Mass. Parking with bus transportation to and from the bazaar will be available each evening from the Red Barn Village.


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.


University of Scranton Boys’ Soccer ID Clinic I, for boys entering grades 9-12 and college-bound freshmen. This clinic will be held at Fitzpatrick Field and pre-registration is required. Cost: $90. Info: 941.4843 or email matthew.pivirotto@scranton.edu.


Miraculous “Icon of the Mother of God of Iveron” to Visit St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, at St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Mayfield at 6 p.m. A Moleben (Service of Intercession) will be held in the cathedral church. The icon of the Theotokos (Blessed Mother) is an exact replica of a famous myrrh-streaming icon in Montreal of the Theotokos of Iveron. The icon that will be visiting St. John’s is known as the Holy Myrrh-Streaming Hawaiian Iveron Icon and “officially recognized by Archbishop Kyrill of the Russian Orthodox Church as miraculous and genuine and given the blessing to travel to churches of Holy Orthodoxy.” Everyone is welcome. Info: St. John’s Rectory at 876.0730.


Pink Party at the Hilton, at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center from 6-8 p.m., hosted by the 23rd Annual Komen NEPA Race for the Cure. Event will feature Murals of Hope, which are murals painted on past Race days. Several of the murals will be part of a silent auction that will raise money for the race. The event will also include refreshments, raffle baskets, entertainment by Music for Models Duo John and Tara and a cash bar. Attendees will be given a demonstration of how to register for the Race online. Cost: $10 donation. To register for the 2013 Komen NEPA Race for the Cure, visit www.komennepa.org. Info: 969.6072 or admin.info@komennepa.org.


August 2-3: 2nd Annual Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest, at the Grange Fairgrounds in Centre Hall. FarmFest includes a petting zoo, a kids parade, live entertainment, crafts and a 5K and a 1 Mile Fun Run or Walk Aug. 3. Info: 814.422.0251 or http://farmfest.paorganic.org/5k/.


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.


Groundbreaking Root Vegetable Cook-Off, from 2-3:30 p.m. Adults are encouraged to participate in the Abington Community Library’s groundbreaking Cook Off! Sweet or Savory. Participants can choose between sweet and savory or submit for both. Donna Zagrapan, the Penn State Master Gardener, will judge the entries. Check with the library for further details.


Flea Market, Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Approximately 100 outdoor and indoor vendors will offer a variety of items for sale. Benefits the church. Vendor info: 587.2571.


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.


13th Annual “Music in the Park,” at the Clifford Fireman’s Fairgrounds, Rt. 106, Clifford, Pa. 10:30 a.m. worship service; 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.followed by contemporary and traditional Christian music. Sponsored by local community churches “Music in the Park” will features several Christian bands, children’s face painting, youth games and refreshments. Cost: free. Info: 697.2766.


“Hats Off to the Everhart!” summer garden party fundraiser, at Patsel’s Restaurant, 1385 Lackawanna Trail, Clarks Summit, at 5 p.m. Benefits the Everhart Museum in Scranton. Includes live music by Dixieland Jazz, buffet and more. Wear your coolest sundress or seersucker jacket and an outrageously beautiful or unique hat. Cost: $100 per person. Ages 21 and older only. Reservations: 570.563.2000.


August 5: Fourth Annual Vocations Golf Classic, at Blue Ridge Golf Course, Mountaintop. Hosted by the Diocese of Scranton, the tournament will begin with lunch at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start at 12 p.m. The tournament is a captain and crew format with a reception and awards dinner to immediately follow play. The tournament will benefit the Saint John Vianney Endowment Fund, which was created to accept permanently restricted donations for Diocesan seminary education and formation. The golf committee has designated the late Rev. William B. Healey as Tournament Honoree fro 2013 in memoriam. Cost: golfer packages for the tournament start at $250. Hole sponsorships are available at $100 and donations of any amount are welcome. Info: 207.2250 or www.DioceseofScranton.org.


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 10: Lackawanna Historical Society guided walking tours of Downtown Scranton, every Saturday during the summer beginning at 11 a.m. Tours will focus on different sections of the downtown and its architecture and history. Cost: free, but reservations are required by the Thursday prior to the walk. The tour will begin at Lackawanna College at the corner of N Washington Ave and Vine St. Info / Reservations: 344.3841.


University of Scranton Football Reunion, at 5:30 p.m. Brennan Hall at the University of Scranton. There will be cocktails followed by a dinner. Tickets are required. Cost: $55. Info / Tix: 1-800-scranton or email alumni@scranton.edu.


Justus Volunteer Fire Company’s Night Out, at the station, 159 Fieldstone Dr., Scott Twp., from 7-10:30 p.m. The night will include food, a tour of the firehouse and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs and refreshments are available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Info: www.jfc28fire.com.


August 10-11: NEPA/Abington Wildcast Fastpitch Travel Softball Tryouts, at Abington Heights High School. Tryouts will run from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Tryouts are for the 16U and 18U fall 2013/summer 2014 teams. For more information or to schedule a private tryout, contact Vic Thomas at 351.5187, Mike Thomas at 241.7030, John Kelly at 504.4808 or email abingtonwildcats@yahoo.com.


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 Vesper Service, at 5 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner of Church and Chestnut Streets, Montrose. Mary Lee Fitzgerald will welcome the congregation and Charlotte and Al Ellis are greeters. James Perkins is the reader and special music will be provided by baritone soloist Jake Myers. Joyce Printz is the organist. A salad buffet will be served in the Parish House following this ecumenical service.


August 12: Emergency Medical Technician Course, at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton. This program begins August 12 and will be conducted every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7- 10 p.m. and will last approximately 20 weeks. Upon completion of the course, students will be eligible to sit for the state certification exams. Students who pass the exams will be awarded Pennsylvania State Certification as an EMT. Participants must have good oral and written command of the English language and be 16 years of age at the time of certification. Cost: $345 (includes all instructional materials and supplies). Info: EMSNP at 655.6818 or 800.427.1911 or www.emsnp.org.


Astronomy Club Public Observation Night of Perseid Meteor Shower, at Loyola Science Center atrium (Ridge Row) at University of Scranton at 8:30 p.m. Rain date is Aug. 14. Cost: Free. Info: 941.7401 or email astronomy@scranton.edu.


August 13: Knights of Columbus Abington Council #6611 Bingo Night, at 7 p.m. in the Gathering Room of Our Lady of the Snows. There is no cover charge. Cards are $0.50 each or 3/$1. Complimentary light refreshments will be served. Info: Chris Kane at 587.1390.


Misericordia University Adult Admissions Office Open House for Adult Learners, from 4-7 p.m. in Huntzinger Room 218 of Sandy and Marelene Insalaco Hall. The program is open to adults who are interested in obtaining more information about Misericordia’s undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as those who have general questions about entering or returning to college. Prospective students who bring resumes will receive an instant program review. RSVP: 674.6791 or admissmu7@misericordia.edu or 1.866.262.6363. Info: www.misericordia.edu/adulted.


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 the 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.


Twelfth annual Lebanese-American Food Festival, at St. Joseph Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, 130 N. St. Francis Cabrini Ave, West Scranton, from 4 - 11 p.m., continuing Aug. 18 from 12 - 7 p.m. Includes Middle Eastern food and pastries, local picnic favorites, games, used book sale, basket raffle and more. Info: 343.6092, melkite.scranton@gmail.com or www.melkitescranton.org.


Genealogical Workshop, in the Peckville Library at 10:30 a.m. Hosted by the Scranton City Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolutions, this workshop will provide guidance and assistance with the application process, through the steps to becoming a member. Including tracing your family lineage, identifying your Patriot. Space is limited and reservations needed. Info / reservations: Kathy at 489.5449 or Carol at 842.2557.


American Legion Post 851 M102, 105MM Howitzer Memorial, at Post 851, American Legion, 107 Ball Park Rd. & Wilson Hill Rd., Dingmans Ferry PA 18328 at 10:30 a.m. The American Legion will host the M102, 105MM Howitzer Memorial in honor of local veterans. The memorial will run from noon-4 p.m. following the third Saturday AL breakfast. This event is open to the public. Hamburgers, hot dogs and soda will be available to participants, free of charge. Cost: Free. Info: 828.7722.


Lackawanna Heritage Valley Heritage Explorer Program 8th Annual Heritage Explorer Train ride, a trip to Carbondale’s Pioneer Days - Ethnic Heritage Festival. The train will leave Steamtown National Historic Site at 11:45 a.m. The train ride features music, a free activity guide and more. The festival features display booths, entertainment and food. Tickets are available at all Lackawanna County Libraries through Aug. 15 and are on a first come, first served basis. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The train will depart from Carbondale at 2:30 p.m. and return to Steamtown National Historic Site at 4 p.m. To accommodate passengers from the mid and upper valley, a free shuttle bus will be available from Carbondale to Scranton. The bus will depart at 9 a.m. from the Carbondale Train Station on River Street and arrive at the Steamtown National Historic Site in time to board the train. Passengers must reserve a seat on the shuttle when purchasing tickets. Cost: $5/adults, $4/seniors 65 and over. Children 12 and under are free. Info: lclshome.org or 348.3003.


Misericordia University Open House Program, at the Back Mountain campus at 9 a.m. The program, which is open to high school students and their parents, offers a tour of the campus, meeting with Misericordia students, faculty and coaches. The program also offers information sessions with admissions and financial aid counselors. Info/Registration: 675.4449 or 1.866.262.6363 or admiss@misericordia.edu. Students can also visit www.admissions.misericordia.edu.


August 17-18: NEPA/Abington Wildcast Fastpitch Travel Softball Tryouts, at Abington Heights High School. Tryouts will run from 1-3 p.m. each day. Tryouts are for the 16U and 18U fall 2013/summer 2014 teams. For more information or to schedule a private tryout, contact Vic Thomas at 351.5187, Mike Thomas at 241.7030, John Kelly at 504.4808 or email abingtonwildcats@yahoo.com.


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


RailRiders Awareness Social Gathering with the Northeastern PA Affiliate of the Pancreatic cancer Action Network, at PNC Field, Moosic. To ensure all attendees sit together, field reserved tickets must be purchased in advance. To reserve a ticket, send a check for $8 made out to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Checks must be mailed no later than July 31 to Susan Connors at 2630 Birney Ave., Scranton, Pa 18505. Tickets will be at the will call window the day of the game. Attendees are encouraged to wear purple. Info: Contact Susan Connors at sbconnors@pancanvolunteer.org.


All You Can Eat Breakfast, at Clarks Summit Fire Company, 321 Bedford St., Clarks Summit, from 8 a.m.-noon. Menu includes biscuits, chipped beef, home fried potatoes, scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, bacon, sausage, bagels, muffins, danish, cream cheese, waffles with strawberry whipped cream, fruit cup, coffee, tea, orange juice, hot chocolate and more. Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for kids under 10.


August 20: Kickoff Breakfast for the 2013 American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Wyoming Valley walk, at 7:30 a.m. at the RailRiders Club area in Moosic.


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.


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


August 22: Fall College of Graduate and Continuing Education Orientation for undergraduate and graduate students, at the DeNaples Center, 4th Floor, University of Scranton, 3-7 p.m. Info 941.7580 or email cgceadvising@scranton.edu.


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.


Lackawanna Historical Society guided walking tours of Downtown Scranton, every Saturday during the summer beginning at 11 a.m. Tours will focus on different sections of the downtown and its architecture and history. Cost: free, but reservations required by the Thursday prior to the walk. The tour will begin at Lackawanna College at the corner of N Washington Ave and Vine St. Info / Reservations: 344.3841.


Newton Recreation Center Annual Golf Tournament, at Summit Hills Golf Course. Registration includes 18 holes, golf cart, hot dog and drink on the course and dinner, catered by Country Cuisine Catering at the Newton-Ransom Fire Hall on Newton Ransom Blvd, Clarks Summit. Registration is 7:15 - 7:45 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. All proceeds benefit ongoing projects at the Center. Cost: $75. Info: Recreation Center 586.7808 or Diana McDonald at 587.3083.


August 24-25: Fall Welcome for the Class of 2017, fall welcome is an all-day event and located at various sites around campus, University of Scranton. Info: 941.6203.


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.


Steamtown NHS Fee Free Day, Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton, Pa. The National Park Service was created by an act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916. Steamtown NHS will gear up for the centennial celebration in 2016 by joining more than 400 other National Park Service units to celebrate the 97th birthday of “America’s Best Idea” with an Entrance “Fee Free Day.” Steamtown NHS is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Info: 340.5200 or www.nps.gov/stea.


Back to School Bonanza for area children, Courthouse Square from 2-4 p.m. This event is hosted by the University’s Class of 2017 with support by community partners. Info: 941.4419.


August 28: United Cerebral Palsy of NEPA 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner, at the Radisson Hotel in Scranton at 5:30 p.m. Senator John Blake, a former UCP of NEPA board member is being recognized at the dinner. Also being honored is Don Surace, owner of Andy Gavin’s Pub & Eatery, who organized the Green Ridge Mile race each year and donates the proceeds to UCP; and Mike Marcinek, owner of the NEPA Fit Club, which has chosen UCP as the benefactor of FitStock: For a Cause for the past several years. The evening begins with a half-hour cocktail reception followed by dinner and the awards presentation. A special program book is being prepared and the agency is selling advertising space. Proceeds from both the dinner and the program book are being designated for the Capital Campaign for the agency’s Clarks Summit Children’s Center. Info: 347.3357 or ucpnepa@epix.net.


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.


Susan G. Komen Northeastern Pennsylvania 2013 Race for the Cure. Registration will be located in the retail space at 131 North Washington Ave.. Pre-race festivities will be centered around the William J. Nealon Federal Building on N. Washington Avenue. Timing chips are available to competitive runners and competitive walkers for a nominal fee. Participants are encouraged to register online at www.komennepa.org.


September 26: Seventh Annual Monsignor McGowan Cornerstone Awards Program, in the Theatre in Brooks at Keystone College at 5:30 p.m. Dorrance and Susan Belin were named recipients of the 2013 Cornerstone Award, which honors the memory of Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan and continues his legacy by recognizing students and community leaders who reflect his spirit, leadership, and service. In addition to the Cornerstone Award, seven Monsignor McGowan Cornerstone Scholarships will also be presented to students at schools and institutions where Monsignor McGowan devoted his time and service. Students from Allied Services’ dePaul School, Keystone College, King’s College, Marywood University, Misericordia University, Mount Saint Mary’s University, and the University of Scranton will be honored during the September event. Tickets: $125 per person and $225 per couple. Varying levels of sponsorship are available and donations are welcome. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Monsignor McGowan Cornerstone Scholarship Fund, administered by The Luzerne Foundation. Info: 945.8155 or donna.clemens@keystone.edu.


September 29: St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral Pig Roast, at the church center parking lot on Hill Street in Mayfield, from 11:30 a.m - 2:30 p.m. Menu includes pork, potato wedges, rigatoni and meatballs, cole slaw, macaroni salad, baked beans, desserts and beverages. Sit-down or take-out available. Cost: $20 for adults; $10 for children under 12. A limited number of tickets will be sold the day of the roast. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling 876.0730 or 466.5399.


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.


Oct. 12-13: 5th Annual Harvest Moon Festival, at Holy Name of Mary Church, 278 South Main St., Montrose from noon-9 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday. There will be live entertainment both days and ethnic foods. There will also be a bake sale, raffle baskets, games for all ages and more.


Oct. 13: Lackawanna College Baseball Program’s 5th Annual Golf Tournament, at Pine Hills Country Club, Taylor. Registration and lunch begin at 11 a.m. The tournament will have a shotgun start beginning at noon followed by a cocktail hour at 5 p.m. Playing foursomes are being accepted and sponsorship packages are available. Info: Chris Pensak, 840.4745 or Ace Brogna 212.0427.


Oct. 19: American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K fundraising walk, at Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. Info: www.makingstrideswalk.org/wyomingvalley or contact the American Cancer Society at 1.800.227.2345 or visit cancer.org.


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.


WEEKLY EVENTS


Mondays:


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.


Tuesdays:


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.


Wednesdays:


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.


Thursdays:


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.


Fridays:


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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