Calendar for April 25, 2013


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SPECIAL EVENTS

Saturday, April 27: Wally Gordon Concert

The Wally Gordon Community Chorus will present its annual spring concert on Saturday, April 27, at 7 p.m. at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Highway. The chorus is directed by Loriann Valentine Kerber and accompanied by Shirley Valentine and several guest musicians.

The concert will feature selections by the Wally Gordon Men's Quartet. This year's concert theme is "Back to Broadway" and will showcase the music of Rogers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Weber and the music of "Les Misérables." Tickets will be available at the door.

Through Wednesday, June 12: Parent Training Series

As part of the Abington Heights School District's commitment to serve its students with disabilities, the special education department has announced its spring parent training series schedule.

All training will be held at 6 p.m. in the second floor board room at the Administration Building, 200 E. Grove Street, Clarks Summit.

- Wednesday, May 29: Asking for What They Want: Mand Training

- Wednesday, June 12: Decreasing Problem Behavior with Nonpunishment Procedures

Call 585-8278 for more information.

MEETING NOTICES

Ongoing: 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 563-1369 for more information.

Ongoing: 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 on State Street, Clarks Summit. Meet other active, mature singles for fun activities and friendship. Call Linda at 470-5220 for more information.

SPECIAL NOTICES

Read to Feed

The Lackawanna County Library System is collecting non-perishable canned food idems throughout the month of April to benefit food assistance pantries such as the Bread Basket of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Dalton Food Pantry.

Non-perishable, non-glass, non-out-of-date canned food may be dropped off at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit or the Dalton Community Library, 113 E. Main St., Dalton.

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 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 concerned about the rights of nursing home and assisted living/personal care home residents. Call Lisa M. Torch at 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 www.vacnepa.org to learn more or call 347-5616 for more information.

Parking Permits Available

Clarks Summit Borough is now offering parking permits for $30 per month. The parking permit, once purchased, is to be displayed on the dashboard of the driver's side of the vehicle registered. It must be visible at all times. Purchased monthly, the permits are color-coded to correspond with each month. Permits may be purchased at the borough office, 304 S. State St., second floor, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Permits are valid from the 15th to the 15th of each month.

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.

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 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 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.

Vintage Pleat at the Attic Shop Hours

The Vintage Pleat at the Attic Shop at the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, is open. Hours are Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon. It is also open the first and third Wednesday of the month from 5:30-8 p.m. and on the second Saturday morning of the month from 10 a.m. to noon. The Vintage Pleat at the Attic Shop will host its final sale of the season on Wednesday, May 1, beginning at 9:30 a.m. All items will be available for $1.

For more information, call 586-5991. All proceeds from the Attic Shop will be donated to charity.

Winter Hours

The Newton Recreation Center, 1814 Newton Ransom Blvd., has announced its fall and winter hours through Friday, May 31. The center will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It will also be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

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 http://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 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 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 963-6795.

CHURCH EVENTS

Thursday, April 25: Gospel Concert

The Skyline Boys Southern Gospel Ministry will perform at the Mount Bethel Baptist Church, 1341 Layton Road, Justus, on Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. A free will offering will be taken and coffee and dessert will follow the concert. Call Peggy at 587-5841 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 using 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. Classes are open to the public for nominal prices.

Call 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 587-3206 or visit www.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 587-2578 for more information.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Beginning Monday, May 6: Swimming Lessons

The Abington Heights School District will host a learn to swim program for beginners, advanced beginners, intermediate and advanced swimmers from Monday, May 6, to Friday, May 31. Brochures and registration forms are available from the aquatics department page on the Abington Heights High School page on the Abington Heights School District website: www.ahsd.org.

For more information, email aquatics@ahsd.org or call 585-5300 ext. 5607.

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 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 878-8212 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, 585-8099, or Rita Fenton, 342-1776 (work) or 586-0179 (home).

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 http://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 587-4313 for more information.

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