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Through Sunday, July 20: The Gathering
Keystone College will host its eighth annual “The Gathering” from Thursday, July 17, through Sunday, July 20, on campus. This year’s program will feature author and journalist Victor Navasky, civil rights poet Sonia Sanchez, best-selling novelist Jacquelyn Mitchard, and teacher and journalist Sandy Tolan, as well as other presenters. The Gathering is an annual three-day symposium of performances, lectures, discussions and workshops.
This year’s theme is “On Edge.” Organizers say that speakers, workshop leaders and participants will explore fragile margins, such as unstable areas where habitats meet and new species emerge, national boundaries where conflicts arise and cultures converge and volatile areas where tectonic plates collide and give rise to mountains and continents. Organizers say that participants will examine their own creative edginess, where new ideas are born.
For more information or to register, visit thegatheringatkeystone.org or call Charlotte Ravaioli at 570-945-8510 or email email@example.com.
Through Wednesday, July 30: Keystone Observatory Hours
The Keystone College Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory in Fleetville will host its summer program every Monday and Wednesday night through Wednesday, July 30.
The astronomical programs will feature an illustrated lecture and weather-permitted observation through telescopes. The main objects planned for observation include the planets Mars, Saturn and Uranus, the Moon and various star clusters, double stars, nebulae and galaxies.
Presentations scheduled for the summer sessions include: “Asteroids in Outer Regions of the Solar System” by John Sabia on Monday, July 14, and Wednesday, July 16; “Beyond the Solar System” by Joann Kamichitis on Monday, July 21, and Wednesday, July 23; and “Experiences at McDonald Observatory: A Professional Observing Run” by Professor Douglas O’Neal, Ph.D., on Monday, July 28, and Wednesday, July 30.
Open to the public and free of charge, the sessions at the observatory will be held regardless of sky conditions and cancelled only by the threat of severe weather. For more information on the summer series, call Professor Cupillari at 570-945-8402.
The Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory is located approximately two miles east of Fleetville on Rte. 107 and approximately 1.5 miles west on Rte. 107 from exit 202 on Interstate 81. For more information on the observatory, visit Keystone College’s website at keystone.edu/observatory.
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.
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 Through Wednesday, July 23: Vacation Bible School
Rock Church Worship Center, 530 Morgan Highway, Scranton, will host its annual vacation bible school from Sunday, July 20, through Wednesday, July 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Weird Animals” and all children from ages 2-12 are invited. Call 570-342-0544 for more information.
Through Wednesday, July 30: Earth Camp
The Abington Area Joint Recreation Board (AAJRB) will host its annual Earth Camp at Hillside Park, located at the intersection of Grove St. and Winola Road, from Tuesday, July 1, through Wednesday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The camp features events for children from grades five through seven, including rocket making, water discovery, volcano making, rocketry, water painting, clay pottery, fishing, canoeing and more. There will also be guest presentations about Zumba and self-defense. This year’s camp is led by director Emily Rinaldi. Cost is $125 for the session. Registration forms are available at hillsidepark.net.
Through Wednesday, Aug. 7: Drum Circle
The Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, will host a six-week drum circle music therapy session for children with special needs ages 6-17, beginning on Wednesday, July 22, through Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 4-5 p.m. in the Scout Room. Organizers say that children will explore and make music with tubano drums, shakers, sticks and bells. The activities generated in this recreational music program will encourage the children to express themselves, interact with others and play through drumming.
The instructor, Cheryl Mozdian, is a board-certified music therapist who has completed an approved music therapy program. Mozdian served in the Abington Heights School District from 2001 through 2013 directing the high school band. She most recently taught the World Drumming Program at the Scranton School for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children and World Music Drumming at the Comm.
Registration is $12 per class or $65 for all six sessions. Scholarships are available by contacting Maria Wilson at 570-586-8191, ext. 1. For more information, or to print a registration form, visit waverlycomm.org or call 570-586-8191, ext. 2.
Comm Summer Events
The Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, will host the following events this summer:
• Camp Create: a specialized themed day camp for children with special needs in grades six-12 or equivalent abilities. Two sessions will be held. Session I: Monday-Friday, Aug. 11-15. Session II: Monday-Friday, Aug. 18-22. Both sessions run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• “You Are Mixing Your Colors:” beginner’s oil painting for children in grades three through eight. Dates: Monday-Friday, Aug. 11-15, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
• Shakespeare at the Comm: open to children in grades five through eight. Dates: Monday-Friday, July 14-18, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information or to register, call 570-586-8191, ext. 2 or visit waverlycomm.org.
The Newton Recreation Center, 1814 Newton-Ransom Blvd., recently announced its summer hours. The center will be open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on weekends through Sunday, Aug. 31. Call 570-586-7808 for more information.
The Abington Senior Community Center has announced the following bus trips:
• Knoebel’s Amusement Park: Tuesday, July 22. Trip includes a day at the park and an Italian hoagie lunch. Shopping and dinner at Cracker Barrel on your own. Cost: $28/members; $33/non-members.
• Around the Towns: Friday, Aug. 8. Trip includes stops in Honesdale, the birthplace of America’s commercial railroad; White Mills, home of the Dorflinger Glass Museum; and Hawley, with a wine tasting at the Antler Ridge Winery and a visit to Coutts Blueberry Farm. Lunch will be at the Riverview Restaurant at Rusty Palmer’s. Cost: $48/members; $53/non-members.
• Baltimore and Annapolis: Wednesday, Sept. 10 through Friday, Sept. 12. Trip includes two nights lodging, two dinners, a guided tour of historic Baltimore, a tour of Annapolis and the Naval Academy and a one-hour Inner Harbor Spirit cruise, plus a Blue Angels practice session. Cost: $354/double occupancy; $443/single occupancy.
Call 570-586-8996 for more information or for reservations.
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.:
• 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.
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 items, could qualify for SNAP benefits. Call Jennifer Wynn at 570-347-5616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 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
Through Thursday, July 24: Basketball Camp
Scranton Preparatory School, 1000 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, will host its annual Fun and Fundamentals Basketball Camp for girls in grades five through eight, from Monday, July 21, through Thursday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the school’s Xavier Center. The camp will be facilitated by coach George Bragan. Registration is $75 per athlete, with a discount for teams of five or more. Email coach Bragan at email@example.com for more information. Signups will be accepted on Monday, July 21.
Friday, Aug. 8: Kick-Off Classic
The Lackawanna Trail High School Football team will host its second annual “Kick-Off Classic” Golf Tournament at Shadowbrook Golf Course, Tunkhannock, on Friday, Aug. 8. The tournament will begin at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start.
All proceeds will benefit the Lackawanna Trail varsity football program. Prizes will include golf and Trail football merchandise, donations from local businesses and free rounds of golf for the longest drive and closest to the pin. Call Steve Jervis, head football coach, at 570-335-3768 or Jason Wagner, assistant football coach, at 570-690-7057 for more information or to register.
Registration will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 1.
Learn To Swim
The Abington Heights School District is hosting five learn-to-swim sessions throughout the summer at the high school pool, 222 Noble Road, Clarks Summit. Session four will be held from Monday, July 28, through Thursday, Aug. 7. Session five will be held from Monday, Aug. 11, through Thursday, Aug. 21. Offerings will include “Aqua Tots,” beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate, advanced and parent/child classes. Private swim lessons are also available at a cost of $75 for four half-hour sessions weekdays from noon to 4 p.m. Brochures and registration forms are available at ahsd.org. Call aquatics director Mary Gromelski at 570-585-5300 ext. 5607 for more information.
BBC Sports Camps
Baptist Bible College and Seminary, 538 Venard Road, South Abington Twp., will host several sports camps throughout the summer:
• Defender and Lady Defender Soccer Camp: Sunday, Aug. 3 through Friday, Aug. 8; and
• Big Blue Soccer Camp: Monday, Aug. 11 through Thursday, Aug. 14.
Call 570-585-9322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more
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.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
• 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
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 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 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 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.