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SPECIAL EVENTS

Friday, May 16: Rocco’s Gardens

The second annual Rocco’s Gardens party will be held on Friday, May 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Church, 301 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Tickets are $12.50 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Beer, wine, soda and appetizers as well as a basket raffle and live music will be held during this event for age 21 and older only. All proceeds will benefit the restoration of Rocco’s Gardens behind and around Our Lady of the Snows Church. Call 570-586-1741 for tickets or for more information.

Friday, May 16: Dutch Auction

The Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Newton Twp., will hold its annual Dutch Auction on Friday, May 16. The evening will begin with a pot luck covered dish dinner at 6 p.m., auction to follow. Donations of gifts for the auction may be wrapped or unwrapped. Event proceeds will benefit the church’s “Warm Hugs” outreach, which provides shawls for people in need. Call 570-587-3206 or visit countryside-church.org for more

information.

Friday, May 16: Spring Concert

The Catholic Choral Society of Scranton will host its annual spring concert on Friday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. The guest performers for this concert will be the Honesdale High School Chamber Choir directed by Martha Curtis and accompanied by Tim Farrand. A second performance will be presented on Sunday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at St. Ignatius Church, 339 North Maple St., Kingston, where the Dallas High School Chamber Choir directed by Cassie Palfey and accompanied by Emily Banta will perform. Tickets are $10; $8 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 years old will be admitted for free. Tickets are available from society members or by calling 570-587-2753 and are also available at the door.

Sunday, May 18: Eco Bike Tour

The Keystone College Environmental Education Institute will host a guided eco bike tour on Sunday, May 18, from noon to 3 p.m.

Professional landscape architect and avid cyclist Tom McLane will guide participants through area back roads with stops along the way to teach them about the area’s habitat and indigenous plants.

Cost is $20 and all proceeds will benefit the institute’s environmental programs. Participants may register online at kceei.keystone.edu or by calling 570-945-8555.

Monday, May 19: Bingo Night

The ladies auxiliary of the Dalton Fire Co. will host bingo night on Monday, May 19, at the fire hall, 109 S. Turnpike Road. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and games will begin at 6:45 p.m.

Monday, May 26: Parade Participants

Members of the Abington Memorial Post No. 7069 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars are asking any groups or individuals who would like to participate in the annual Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 26, beginning at 11 a.m., should call the post at 570-586-9821 daily after 1 p.m. to join the line of march.

Through Saturday, May 31:
‘Barefoot in the Park’

The Actors Circle will present Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” from Thursday through Saturday, May 15-17, May 22-24 and May 30-31, at 8 p.m., and Sundays, May 18-25, at 2 p.m. at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Tickets are $8; $6 for students. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 570-342-9707.

MEETING NOTICES

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.

Glenburn 4-H

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 St., Clarks Summit. Meet other active, mature singles for fun activities and friendship. Call Linda at 570-470-5220 for more information.

SPECIAL NOTICES
Vendors Needed

The Dalton Fire Co. ladies auxiliary is seeking vendors for its craft show, to be held on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dalton Carnival Grounds. Call Jeanne at 570-563-3298 or Betty at 570-563-1268 for more information.

Donation Request

The Newton-Ransom Elementary School, 1549 Newton-Ransom Blvd., is seeking a donation of a full-sized digital piano with 88 keys for student use. Roland or Yamaha brands are preferred. Call principal Bob Bugno at 570-585-8300 for more information.

Reflective Address Markers

The Fleetville Volunteer Fire Co. is selling reflective address markers for the residents of Benton Township. Organizers say that the markers are highly visible day and night, with reflective material on both sides. They are also fade-resistant and will last for years. Markers are $20 and will help the fire department find residences quickly in case of an emergency. Call 570-945-3139 for more information or to place an order.

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.

Assistance Available

The Voluntary Action Center (VAC), 538 Spruce St., Scranton, was recently awarded a grant to help seniors age 60 and older enroll in SNAP, formerly food stamps. Officials say that the Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiative Grant will increase the enrollment of senior citizens residing in Lackawanna County in the SNAP program and that approximately two out of three senior citizens who qualify to receive SNAP are missing out on benefits. Senior citizens who have an income at or below $1,916 for single individuals or $2,585 for married couples and resources under $9,000, excluding primary home, vehicle and other itens, could qualify for SNAP benefits. Call Jennifer Wynn at 570-347-5616 or email jwynn@vacnepa.org for more information.

Volunteers Needed

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 jbrown@clarksgreen.info. Call 570-586-4446 for more information.

Preschool Available

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 childrencenter@keystone.edu 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 jbrown@clarksgreen.info or by calling her at 570-586-4446.

Volunteers Needed

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.

Ombudsmen Needed

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

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 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 deductible and receipts are located on the shed. If possible, please place items in tied or closed bags.

Items Needed

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 info@griffinpondanimalshelter.com.

Park Survey

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 abingtonparks.com and follow directions to the survey.

Donations Needed

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.

Online Fundraiser

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 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 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

Little League Registrations

Anyone who would still like to sign up for Christy Mathewson Little League baseball and softball may still do so. Benton, Dalton, Factoryville and Nicholson, residents may call Phil Evans at 570-563-0223 to register. Lake Winola residents may call Gene Dziak at 570-955-9653 to register.

Soccer Openings

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 drewm1068@yahoo.com or jstiles2002@msn.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

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 EVENTS

12-Step Program

The Waverly United Methodist Church, 105 Church St., is hosting a support group for Christians who are in recovery from various addictions that uses the twelve-step program as well as related scripture readings. Meetings are held on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon and on Thursdays from 5-6:30 p.m. and on in the church’s fellowship hall.

Call Theresa at 570-587-2081 for more information on Tuesday meetings and Nancy at 570-878-7408 for more information on Wednesday meetings. Call Pastor Barbara Snyder at 570-586-8166 or Ron Hackman at 570-586-1043 for general information.

Weekly 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.

Countryside Community Church Events

The following is a list of events taking place at the Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Newton Twp.

• Bible study is held on Monday mornings at 10 a.m., followed by a prayer group at 11:30 a.m.

• The “Pins and Needles” sewing group meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 15.

• Choir rehearsal is held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. from September through May.

Call 570-587-3206 or visit countryside-church.org 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

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 countryside-church.org.

Sunday School

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 MEETINGS
Alzheimer’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.

Overeaters Anonymous

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.