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Community calendar, week of May 8, 2013


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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.


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 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.


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. 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: 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, Choir Concert, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Musical, March 14 and 16.


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.


DAILY EVENTS


May 10: Lackawanna County’s Seniors Got Talent, at the West Side Senior Center, 1004 Jackson St., Scranton. Open to any Lackawanna County residents ages 55+ with a talent. Emcee Evie Rafalko McNulty. Includes celebrity judges. Info: 961.1592, ext. 102.


May 11: The Lackawanna Astronomical Society’s Astronomy Day, on the grounds of Keystone College’s Thomas G. Cupillari Observatory in Fleetville, at 7 p.m. Weather permitting, the public can observe the planets Jupiter, Saturn, star cluster and galaxies. Society members will help beginners, answering questions on telescopes and observing. A slide program will be presented. Attendees should dress appropriately to keep warm in the evening. Refreshments will be available. Cost: free.


National Alliance on Mental Illness’ 16th Annual Walk for Mental Health Awareness, at the Schimelfenig (pool) pavilion in Nay Aug Park in Scranton at 10:30 a.m. A special feature of this year’s walk will be a book signing by local athlete Charlie Wysocki and co-author of C. Terry Walters of their book “Saddle Up Charlie: Charlie Wysocki’s Journey from Gridiron Glory into Mental Illness.” Cost: free. Info: 342.1047.


Baby Shower for Clara’s House, at the Chinchilla United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 411 Layton Road, at 12 noon. Clara’s House, a maternity shepherding home located in Peckville, will benefit from a ‘Baby Shower’ open to anyone who is interested in taking part. A light lunch will be provided, as well as music by “Dani-elle,” and a brief overview of “Clara’s House.” Suggested ‘gifts’ include layettes, diapers, wipes, onesies (newborn - 9 months), portable crib sheets, receiving blankets, hooded towels, wash cloths, bootie socks, socks, shoes, bath supplies, money etc.; no need for gift wrapping. Info: www.Chinchillaumc.org. Reservations: 586.8012.


United States Postal Service’s ‘Stamp Out Hunger’, at your mailbox. Residents throughout the state are asked to help feed the needy by leaving donations of non-perishable food by their mailboxes for the letter carriers to pick up.


May 12: Keep Out BBQ, at State Street Grill from 4 - 6 p.m. A fundraiser for iMattie Films upcoming movie “Keep Out.” Includes: hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, beer (21 and older only), soda and water, raffle baskets and more. Cost: $20. RSVP by May 8 or pay at the door. Tickets/info: Mattie at 309.7042 or Al at 983.6015.


May 15: “Brewed In Scranton” Program and Beer Tasting, at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Avenue, Scranton, at 7 p.m., This event, hosted by the Lackawanna Historical Society, will include a brief program on the history of brewing in Scranton followed by a beer tasting. An exhibit of artifacts and photos from local breweries will also be on display. Author Nick Petula will present a brief lecture on the history of beer and brewing in Scranton, followed by a beer tasting, led by Sean Wolfe and Lee Burke, focusing on pre- and post-Prohibition beers. The beers will be presented with food pairings. Cost: $25; tickets for the presentation only are $5. Info / Reservations (required by May 10): 344.3841 or lackawannahistory@gmail.com.


May 15: The Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, at Stone Hedge Golf Course from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. Williams Technical Services Manager, Jack Walsh, will be the keynote speaker and will discuss the growth of regional natural gas infrastructure, the essential link between the Marcellus and markets in the United States’ Northeast. Seating will be limited to one representative per business. Request for additional representatives as well as non-members will be wait-listed until all members have been accommodated. Reservations: 875.8325 or Deborah@wyccc.com.


May 17: Garden Cocktail Party, at Our Lady of the Snows Church from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. A fundraiser sponsored by the Rocco’s Garden Project Committee to restore the gardens surrounding the church. For ages 21 and over. Cost: $12.50 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets: 466.2951.


May 18: St. George Ukrainian Street Festival bus trip, sponsored by St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church of Scranton, the bus will depart from the church parking lot, 428 North Seventh Avenue at 8 a.m. and from New York City at 9 p.m. Side trips to Brooklyn will include Little Odessa/Brighton Beach and Little Poland/Greenpoint. Cost: $35. Full advance nonrefundable payment reserves a seat. Reservations: 563.2275.


American Association of University Women’s Scranton Branch 75th Anniversary Luncheon, at Glen Oak Country Club, Waverly, at 12 noon. Dr. Josephine Dunn, Women’s Studies faculty member at the University of Scranton, will speak on the early days of the Scranton Branch when it was known as the Women’s College Club. Reservations required. Info: 563.1417.


May 19: All You Can Eat Breakfast, at Clarks Summit Fire CO #1 INC. 321 Bedford St. Clarks Summit, PA 18411, from 8 a.m. to noon. Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for kids under 10.


May 20: BINGO, at the Dalton Fire Hall at 6 p.m.


May 21: 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 donation.


May 22: State Rep. Marty Flynn’s Monthly Veterans Support Program, at Flynn’s constituent service office from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., continuing the fourth Wednesday of each month. A representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program will be in the office on a monthly basis to provide information on services available to veterans and their families. Appointments: 342.4348.


June 1: Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Volunteer Meeting, at Lackawanna College in the second floor board room at 11 a.m.


June 2: Serving Seniors Inc.’s Annual Summer Picnic fundraiser, at Waldorf Park on East Mountain, Scranton, from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. rain or shine. Featuring entertainment by EJ the DJ, volleyball, horseshoes and a basket raffle. Menu includes food, desserts, beer, wine and soda. Cost: $25 for adults and $12 for children under age 12. Tickets: 344.3931.


June 16: All- You- Can -Eat Breakfast, at Clarks Summit Fire CO #1 INC. 321 Bedford St. Clarks Summit, PA 18411, from 8 a.m. to noon. Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for kids under 10.


June 26: State Rep. Marty Flynn’s Monthly Veterans Support Program, at Flynn’s constituent service office from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., continuing the fourth Wednesday of each month. A representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program will be in the office on a monthly basis to provide information on services available to veterans and their families. Appointments: 342.4348.


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.


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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