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Saturday, Feb. 8: Valentine’s Workshop
The Family Fun Committee of the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, is hosting its annual Valentine’s Open House Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the auditorium. Activities will include crafts, card making, games and cookie decorating. A $5 donation per family will be accepted at the door to cover supplies. Visit www.waverlycomm.org or call 570-586-8191 for more information.
Sunday, Feb. 9: Valentine’s Dinner
The Waverly Community Church will host a Valentine’s Dinner at the Glenburn Grill, 1144 Lackawanna Trail, on Sunday, Feb. 9, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 per person. Call Jen Cohen at 570-587-2280 or 570-862-4392 for reservations or for more information.
Tuesday, Feb. 11: Book Club Meeting
The Mysteries and Detectives Book Club will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. This month’s selection will be a reader’s choice of any of Erle Stanley Gardner’s “Perry Mason” stories. The author for March will be Spencer Quinn.
Wednesday, Feb. 12: Coffee Club
Chuck Parry, a financial adviser with Edward Jones Investments, 406 S. State St., Clarks Summit, will host a free coffee club on Wednesday, Feb. 12, beginning at 9 p.m. at the Glenburg Grill, 1144 Lackawanna Trail, Glenburn. Topics such as current events, the economy and investing will be discussed. Coffee, juice and pastries will be served. Call Jennifer at 570-585-8979 to reserve a seat by Friday, Feb. 7.
Through Sunday, Feb. 9: ‘Dracula’
The Actors Circle will present Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” adapted and directed by Lou Bisignani on Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Tickets are $12, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students. Tickets for the preview performance are $8, $6 for students. Call 570-342-9707 for tickets or for more information.
Saturday, Feb. 8: Brain Bee
The University of Scranton will host its 15th annual Northeast Pennsylvania Brain Bee on Saturday, Feb. 8, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Loyola Science Center. The Brain Bee is open to high school students in grades 9-12. All questions for the competition will be drawn from “Brain Facts,” a book on the brain and nervous system published by the Society for Neuroscience. Sponsored by the Neuroscience program at the university, the Brain Bee is offered free of charge. The winner of the Northeast PA Brain Bee will be invited to participate in National Brain Bee, which will be held in Baltimore, Md.
For more information or to register online, visit sites.google.com/site/nepabrainbee/ or contact Robert Waldeck, Ph.D., program director and associate professor of biology, at 570-941-4324 or email@example.com.
Saturday, Feb. 8: Wine Cellar Contest
The Factoryville Playground Taskforce is hosting an auction and wine cellar contest on Saturday, Feb. 8, beginning at 7 p.m. at Evans Hall at Keystone College. A variety of items will be auctioned and guests are asked to bring a bottle of wine for a chance to win all of the wine submitted that evening. If more than 20 bottles are submitted, the prize will be shared by two winners. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/FactoryvillePlaygroundTaskforce.
Through Friday, Feb. 14: Valentine Cookie Sale
The Voluntary Action Center is hosting its annual Valentine cookie sale. Sugar cookies are five for $5 and will be available for pickup at the center’s offices, located in the Scranton Life Building, 538 Spruce Street, suite 420.
Pickups will begin after noon on Thursday, Feb. 13 and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. Delivery will be available for orders of 10 or more. Call Jen at 570-347-5616 for more information. Orders may be faxed to 570-341-5816, attention Val.
Through Monday, Feb. 17: Educational Meetings
Abington Heights High School, 222 Noble Road, will host the following public educational meetings:
• Diversity Awareness: Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. in the library.
• College Planning: Monday, Feb. 17, from 5-6:15 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
Call the high school at 570-585-5300 for more information.
Tuesday, March 18: Stakeholders Meeting
The Abington Heights High School stakeholders meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 18, at 6 p.m., in the high school library, 222 Noble Road, Clarks Summit. All parents, students, teachers, staff members and community members are invited. Call 570-586-2511 for more information.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
The Abington Memorial Post No. 7069 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 402 Winola Road, Clarks Summit, meets the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. New members are always welcome.
The Glenburn 4-H Club is open to young people ages 8-19 who would either like to learn how to sew or know how and would like to learn new skills. Hilda Lewis and Ann Northup are instructors. Call 570-563-1369 for more information.
Social Singles Club
A social singles club meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at Our Lady of Snows Church rectory basement, 301 S. State Street, Clarks Summit. Meet other active, mature singles for fun activities and friendship. Call Linda at 570-470-5220 for more information.
Income Tax Assistance
Abington-area individuals, families and senior citizens with a household income of less than $51,000 can receive free assistance in completing and filing their
federal, state and local tax returns through the University of Scranton’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.
Beginning in February, walk-in, no appointment required tax service is also available through this program at Brennan Hall at the University of Scranton on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesdays from noon to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. No tax preparation service will be offered from Thursday, March 13, through Monday, March 24. The regular schedule resumes on March 25. A “Super Sunday” is scheduled to kick-off the tax season at Brennan Hall on Sunday, Feb. 2 with appointments available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointments are also available in Taylor, Peckville, Honesdale, Hawley, Carbondale, Forest City and Moscow.
Tax clients need to bring valid photo identification, all W2 forms, 1099 documents (interest, dividends, pensions), Social Security numbers or individual tax identification numbers (ITIN) for yourself and all dependents including children, completed W-7 documents as appropriate, last year’s return (optional, but helpful), any records relating to income and expenses, personal bank account information (for direct deposit in bank account with electronic filing) and real estate tax receipts (if applicable).
Visit www.uwlc.net or call 570-504-0614 for more information.
Garbage Collection Notice
Garbage collection days will be delayed one day in the following weeks that include major holidays for residents of South Abington Twp.:
• May 26, due to Memorial Day;
• July 4, due to Independence Day;
• Sept. 1, due to Labor Day;
• Nov. 27, due to Thanksgiving; and
• Dec. 25, due to Christmas.
Residents are reminded that the collection hauler is allowed under contract and for the safety of the general public and their employees to stop collection on any given day due to inclement weather conditions. If that is the case, residents are to leave their items out for collections for the next few days, as the hauler will return the first clear day to finish the route.
South Abington Township residents may call the township building at 570-586-2111 with questions.
Through Saturday, May 31: Newton Rec. Center Fall Hours
The Newton Recreation Center, 1814 Newton-Ransom Blvd., will continue its fall hours through Saturday, May 31, 2014. The center will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and from 3-8:30 p.m. On Saturdays, the center will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays it will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Call 570-586-7808 for more information.
Vintage Pleat Hours
The Vintage Pleat at the Attic Shop, located on the lower level of the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, has announced its hours for this year’s season. Regular shop hours are the first Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the remaining Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; as well as Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular consignment days are held on Wednesdays at the same hours as the shop. If the Abington Heights School District is closed due to weather, the Vintage Pleat at the Attic Shop will also be closed. All of the shop’s proceeds are donated to charity.
The borough of Clarks Green is recruiting residents to serve on various boards and commissions. These include the borough’s zoning hearing board, board of health, planning commission and shade tree commission. Residents should send letters of interest to Clarks Green Borough, 104 N. Abington Road, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 570-586-4446 for more information.
The Oppenheim Family Children’s Center at Keystone College is accepting new enrollees. Located on Keystone’s campus in La Plume, the program offers several preschool program options for children three to five years old. Children must be three years old by Sept. 1 to participate. Preschoolers will receive developmentally appropriate educational services provided by qualified early-childhood professionals. The center also serves as a training site for students majoring in education and related fields at Keystone College.
Licensed and inspected by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, the center is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs and has earned a “Four-Star” rating by the Office of Child Development and Early Learning Quality Rating System. This designation recognizes child care facilities which exceed state requirements.
Call 570-945-8260 or email email@example.com for more information.
Clarks Green Shade Trees
The Clarks Green Shade Tree Commission is seeking to assist borough residents by providing free or low-cost trees for resident properties. The commission is also looking for volunteers for plantings, scheduled in November and April, as well as attendees for its monthly meetings. Residents interested in either free or low cost trees for their properties are asked to contact the commission by emailing Jan Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling her at 570-586-4446.
Serving Seniors Inc. 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 will help to improve the quality of life of an older adult. Training is provided. Call Lisa M. Torch at 570-344-3931 for more information.
Serving Seniors is in need of volunteers for its Ombudsman (Resident Rights’ Advocate) Program. Volunteer ombudsmen are community neighbors who are specially trained to help clarify responsibilities and the rights of consumers in long-term living facilities. Applicants need to be available for a few hours a month, older than age 18 and concerned about the rights of nursing home and assisted living/personal care home residents. Call Lisa M. Torch at 570-344-3931 for more information.
The Voluntary Action Center, a United Way agency, matches volunteers with volunteer opportunities at more than 100 nonprofit agencies in Lackawanna County. Visit the Voluntary Action Center’s website at www.vacnepa.org to learn more or call 570-347-5616 for more information.
Used Clothing Drop Off Shed
The Church of the Epiphany, 25 Church Hill Road, Glenburn, is sponsoring a used clothing drop off shed, which is located in the church parking lot. All clothing, sneakers, shoes, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes and stuffed toys will be accepted.
Organizers are asking that no rags, fabric scraps, pillows, toys or household goods be placed in the shed. Donations will not be cut up or shredded.
The items will be sent to people who can use them either in the United States or internationally.
Donations are tax deductable and receipts are located on the shed. If possible, please place items in tied or closed bags.
The Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Twp., is requesting donations of the following items: blankets, sheets, towels, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, paper towels, dish soap, kitty litter, puppy chow, kitten food, dog food, cat and dog toys and gift cards. Call 570-586-3700 or email email@example.com.
The Abington Area Joint Recreation Board (AAJRB) is conducting an online survey in order to gauge public interest and participating in the Abington Area Park community as well as to help the park better serve residents’ needs. Those interested in participating can visit www.abingtonparks.com and follow directions to the survey.
The Benton Township Lions Club, in cooperation with Abington Memorial Post 7069, Veterans of Foreign Wars, has placed a deposit box for eye glasses and hearing aids at the post home, 402 Winola Road, Clarks Summit. The yellow box is in front of the post and is clearly marked for deposits.
An internet-based fundraiser is available for Abington-area residents who would like to help the Abington Area Community Park raise needed funds. If you use www.goodsearch.com and enter the Abington Area Community Park as your selected charity, one cent from each web search that you do through their site or toolbar addition to your browser will go toward benefiting the park’s various initiatives.
Pavilion Rentals Available
The Lakeside Pavilion at the Abington Area Community Park, located at the intersection of Winola Road and Grove St., is available for rentals. Amenities include the use of Eston Wilson Lake, the boundless playground, soccer and softball fields, hiking and nature trails and a dog park. Handicapped-accessible parking is also available.
Reservation forms are available at the Clarks Summit Borough Building, 304 S. State St., or online at www.abingtonparks.com. Call 570-585-4811 for more information.
Dining/Meeting Room Available
The dining/meeting room at Abington Memorial VFW Post 7069, 402 Winola Road, Clarks Summit, is available for rental and catering. Call the post at 570-586-9821, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. for more information.
Help for Disabled Persons
Lackawanna County Coordinated Transportation is offering reduced-fare transportation to persons with disabilities living in rural areas of the county. Those eligible must live in Lackawanna County, be 18 to 64 years old, and have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applications are available by contacting Lackawanna County Coordinated Transportation, 800 North/South Road, Scranton, PA 18504 or by calling 570-963-6795.
SPORTS, HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Sunday, Feb. 9: Softball Meeting
The 12U Valley Petunia League will hold its second meeting of the 2014 season on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion, 508 Church Street, Jessup. All coaches and league representatives are encouraged to attend. Any town wishing to join the league should send a representative. Visit www.eteamz.com/valleypetunia for more information.
Through Thursday, Feb. 13: Little League Registration
Christy Mathewson Little League registrations will be held for both baseball and softball on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 1-3 p.m., and on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 6-8 p.m., at the Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center, 179 College Ave., Factoryville, for players from Benton, Dalton, Factoryville and Nicholson and at the Lake Winola Fire Hall for players from Lake Winola.
Call Phil Evans at 570-563-0223 if you reside in Benton, Dalton, Factoryville or Nicholson; call Gene Dziak at 570-955-9653 for more information if you live in Lake Winola.
The Abington Fire Girls U12 Competitive Soccer Team has several openings on its roster for the spring season. Potential players should have previous soccer experience. The team will compete in league play and practice several times a week. Birthdates for eligible players must fall between Aug. 1, 2001 and July 31, 2002. Residency in the Abington area is not required to be on the team. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
Free Yoga Class
The Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, located at the intersection of the Morgan Highway and Grove St., is sponsoring a free yoga class on Tuesday evenings from 6-7 p.m., instructed by Tina Young.
Yoga Classes for Seniors
A yoga class for beginners is offered to seniors 55 years of age and older at the Abington Senior Center, 1151 Winola Road. The class is held each Monday at the center from 11:15 a.m. to noon. A fee of $4 per class is required to help pay for the professional instructor. Call 570-586-8996 for more information.
Zumba classes will be held at the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, on Mondays and Thursday evenings at 7:15 p.m. and on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. Call Diane Hibble at 570-878-8212 for more information.
CHURCH EVENTSWeekly Children’s Program
The Waverly Community Church, 101 Carbondale Road, hosts a weekly series every Friday for children from three years old to fifth-grade level from 6:30-7:45 p.m. The “Badge of Honor” program will feature Biblical and character education while providing children the opportunity to earn merit badges. Call 570-587-2280 for more information.
Clarks Green UMC Events
The following is a list of events taking place at the Clarks Green United Methodist Church, 119 Glenburn Road.
• Sunday Drive Discussion will be held on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. in the church lounge. Sunday Drive Discussion is an open-forum conversation on contemporary questions and spiritual living in a secular world.
• A Christian book study is held on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the church lounge. Come and enjoy thought-provoking studies of Christian authors with diverse perspectives.
• Tae Kwon Do classes for all ages are held at the church. Children’s classes are held Monday through Thursday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and adult classes are held on Saturdays from 7-8:30 a.m. Classes are open to the public for nominal prices.
• Exercise classes are held at the church on Mondays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. Classes are open to the public for nominal prices.
Call 570-586-8946 for more information on these events.
Bible Study will be held at the Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, on Monday mornings at 10 a.m. For more information, call 570-587-3206 or visit www.countryside-church.org.
The Chinchilla United Methodist Church, 411 Layton Road, is offering a refurbished nursery and children’s Sunday school during Sunday services. Call the church at 570-587-2578 for more information.
SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGSAlzheimer’s Association of Greater Pennsylvania
The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Pennsylvania hosts a support group meeting at Elan Gardens, 465 Venard Road, Clarks Summit, on the last Tuesday of the month from 7-8 p.m. For reservations, contact Rhonda Falk, 570-585-8099, or Rita Fenton, 570-342-1776 (work) or 570-586-0179 (home).
Lung Cancer Support Group
A newly-formed support group for people with lung cancer and their caretakers will meet at the Center for Comprehensive Care, 5 Morgan Highway, Suite 7, Scranton, every first Wednesday of the month. Call Rita Fenton at 570-586-0179 for more information.
Families Helping Families
Families Helping Families meets at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday during the school year at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. This support group, provided by the library and the Clearbrook Foundation, gives families who face drug and alcohol addiction a place to find support, education and information.
Lupus Support Group
The Tunkhannock-area monthly lupus support group meets every third Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Tunkhannock Library, 220 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. For more information, call 1-888-99-LUPUS or visit www.lupuspa.org.
Clarks Summit meetings of Overeaters Anonymous at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 School St., are as follows: Sundays, 4 p.m.; Mondays and Wednesdays, 7 p.m.; Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. Call 570-587-4313 for more information.