Calendar for July 18, 2013


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SPECIAL EVENTS

Saturday, July 20: Free Community Dinner

The Waverly United Methodist Church, 105 Church St., will host a free community dinner on Saturday, July 20, from 4-6 p.m. The dinner will consist of hot dogs, baked beans, salad, chips, lemonade and ice cream sundaes. A grant from the Walmart Foundation is funding the dinner and Wegmans is also donating food. Members of the church are volunteering to offer rides to anyone who needs transportation. For more information about the dinner or to request a ride, call Pamela Vidler at 504-5714.

Saturday, July 20: Chicken Barbecue

The Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Highway, will sponsor its annual chicken barbecue on Saturday, July 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10; $5 for children age 12 and younger. Take-outs are available. Call 587-2571 for tickets or for more information.

Saturday, July 20: Mini Book Sale

The Friends of the Abington Community Library will host a mini book sale at the library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit, on Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is a teaser for the Friends of the Abington Community Library's annual fall book sale and only a fraction of the books that will be available in the fall will be for sale.

Through Saturday, July 25: Actors Circle

The Actors Circle will present "A Little Murder on the Side," written and directed by Art Walsh, from Thursday, July 18, to Saturday, July 20, and from Thursday, July 25, to Saturday, July 27, at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. All performances will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10; $8 for seniors and $4 for students. Call 342-9707 for reservations. All tickets will be held until 10 minutes before showtime.

Beginning Monday, July 29: Keystone Jazz Institute

Keystone College is seeking jazz lovers of all ages who would like to participate in the college's sixth-annual Jazz Institute, to be held Monday, July 29, through Friday, Aug. 2 on campus.

The Jazz Institute, presented in partnership with the Pennsylvania Jazz Alliance, will offer an opportunity for local musicians and students to study and perform with several of the region's finest touring and recording jazz artists.

The week-long program is directed by local jazz musician and instructor Marko Marcinko. Classes and instruction are held each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the end of the week, participants have the opportunity to perform as a group at the 2013 Scranton Jazz Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4, in downtown Scranton.

Participation in the Jazz Institute is open to any amateur musician who has an interest in jazz. Local high school students who are involved in their school's music programs are also invited to attend. Call Crystal Seigle at 945-8580 or email crystal.seigle@keystone.edu to register or for more information.

Through Wednesday, July 31: Keystone Observatory Hours

The Keystone College Thomas G. Cupillari Astronomical Observatory wil host its summer program every Monday and Wednesday through Wednesday, July 31.

The programs will feature an illustrated lecture and (weather-permitting) observation through telescopes. The main objects planned for observation will include the planets Venus and Saturn, the moon and various star clusters, double stars, nebulae and galaxies.

Presentations scheduled for the summer sessions include:

- "Solar and Lunar Eclipses" by Joann Kamichitis: Monday, July 22, and Wednesday, July 24.

- "Extrasolar Planets" by Dr. Doug O'Neal: Monday, July 29, and Wednesday, July 31.

All sessions at the observatory will be held regardless of sky conditions and cancelled only by the threat of severe weather. Call Professor Cupillari at 945-8402 for more information on this year's sessions.

The Thomas G. Cupillari Astronomical Observatory is located approximately two miles east of Fleetville on Route 107 and approximately 1.5 miles west on Route 107 from Interstate 81, exit 202. Visit www.keystone.edu/observatory for more information.

Through Friday, Aug. 16: Waverly Community House Events

The following events will be held at the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, this summer:

-Family Tennis Night: An hour-long tennis clinic for children ages 5-12 and their parents or guardians.

-Tennis Clinics: Clinics for beginner through intermediate skill levels. Private and semi-private lessons are available.

-Comm Square Fair: Outside festival including carnival games, food and beverages. Thursday, July 25, from 4:30-8 p.m.

-Camp Create: Arts and theater camp for children with special needs. Two weekday sessions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Monday, Aug. 5 to Friday, Aug. 9, or Monday, Aug. 12 to Friday, Aug. 16.

-Comm Classic Car Show: Sunday, Aug. 11, beginning at 4 p.m. Rain or shine.

-Cocktails for the Courts: Must be age 21 or older to attend. Friday, Aug. 9, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

For more information on these or other events, visit www.waverlycomm.org or call 586-8191, ext. 2.

Through Wednesday, Aug. 28: Lakeside Concert Series

Hillside Park, formerly known as the

Abington Area Park, located at the intersection of Winola Road and Grove St., Clarks Summit, will host a free concert series through the end of August every Wednesday night through Aug. 28 beginning at 6 p.m.

-Wednesday, July 24: Tom Rogo Duo

-Wednesday, July 31: Coal Town Rounders

-Wednesday, Aug. 7: Senator John Blake & Friends

-Wednesday, Aug. 14: The Wannabees Duo

-Wednesday, Aug. 21: Two Minute Warning

-Wednesday, Aug. 28: The Fab Three

For more information, visit www.abingtonparks.com.

Through Saturday, Oct. 26: Abington Farmer's Market

The Abington Farmer's Market for this year will be held on Northern Boulevard in Chinchilla at the former Rainbow Market location due to the closing of South Abington Park this summer. The market will be held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Saturday, Oct. 26.

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

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.

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.

Summer Hours

The Newton Recreation Center, 1814 Newton-Ransom Blvd., will use its summer hours through Saturday, Aug. 31. The center will be open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on weekends, except for gym and party rentals. Call 586-7808 for more information.

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

Through Friday, July 26; Vacation Bible School

The Waverly Community Church, 101 Carbondale Road, will host its annual free vacation Bible school from Wednesday, July 24, to Friday, July 26, at 6 p.m. each evening. This year's theme is "Galactic Blast" and it is open to children ages 2-12 years old. The sessions will include life lessons, science, crafts, recreation and free snacks. Call Crystal at 780-5061 to register. Visit www.waverlycommunitychurch.org for more information.

Through Friday, July 26: Everywhere Fun Fair

The First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St., is hosting "Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God's World Comes Together," as this year's Vacation Bible School, to be held from Monday, July 22, to Friday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to noon.

This interactive Bible-based program will include music, science, crafts, hands-on mission work, global games and more. The program will conclude with a carnival on Friday evening, July 26, from 6-8 p.m. at the church. The community is invited to attend this carnival, which will feature a variety of food, games and activities.

To register, visit www.fpccs.org and click on the link on the home page to the VBS pages. For more information or directions, call Tina Ide at 586-6306.

Through Friday, July 26: Evening Vacation Bible School

The Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Highway, will sponsor an free evening Vacation Bible School, "Kingdom Rock," from Monday, July 22, to Friday, July 26, from 5:45-8:30 p.m.

Children from two years old through sixth grade will experience interactive Bible stories along with music, arts and crafts, and games. Volunteers are also needed.

Child and volunteer registrations are accepted at www.bigbibleschool.com. Dinner will be provided for children and volunteers.

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.

SPORTS, HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Thursday, July 18: Holistic Cancer Support Group

The Holistic Cancer Support Group will meet on Thursday, July 18, at ProActive Family Chiropractic, 1146 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit. This month's topic is integrated energy therapy and the presenter will be Sharon Sullivan, PhD. Call 942-6187 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 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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