Calendar for June 20, 2013


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SPECIAL EVENTS

Sunday, June 23: Sunday Bingo

The Factoryville Fire Co. auxiliary will host an all-day Sunday bingo on Sunday, June 23, at the fire hall, located on College Ave. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. and games will begin at 12:30 p.m. Snacks, beverages and a full dinner will be available. Call 942-4574 for more information.

Saturday, June 29: Fishing Derby

The Countryside Community Church will host a free fishing derby on Saturday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, at the Abington Heights Middle School Pond, 1555 Newton-Ransom Blvd. Children age 15 and younger are invited to participate; no registration is required and prizes will be given to all children. Pony rides and face painting will be available. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 587-3206 or visit www.countryside-church.org for more information.

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.

Beginning Monday, July 15: Camp Invention

Camp Invention, a week-long summer day program for children entering grades one through six, will be held at Abington Heights Middle School, 1555 Newton-Ransom Blvd., from Monday, July 15, to Friday, July 19.

Camp Invention encourages children to discover their own innate creativity and inventiveness through hands-on science, technology, engineering and math content.

This year's Camp Invention program is GeoQuest, which features the "I Can Invent: Launchitude" module, where children combine physics and re-engineered household items to create the ultimate duck chucking device.

Visit www.campinvention.org or call (800) 968-4332 for more information or to register.

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.

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.

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 Saturday, June 29: Vacation Bible School

The combined Catholic communities of Our Lady of the Snows/Church of St. Benedict parish and St. Gregory's parish will host a vacation Bible school from Monday, June 24, through Saturday, June 29, at Our Lady of Peace School, 410 N. Abington Road, Clarks Green. Daily sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon and children ages 4-11 are invited to participate. This year's theme is "Kingdom Rock: Where Kids Stand Strong for God." Students are also collecting items to help children and families of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Massapequa, N.Y., which suffered the effects of Super Storm Sandy.

A pre-registration fee of $15 per child is required and no walk-ins will be accepted. Registration forms are available at the parish offices or by calling either 586-1741 or 587-4808. Registration deadline is Monday, June 17. Call Nettie at 586-1741 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

Sunday, June 23: Future Comets

The Abington Heights football team will be host its annual Future Comets Football Camp on Sunday, June 23, from 1-4 p.m. at Abington Heights High School, 222 Noble Road. The cost of the camp is $15 for the first child and $10 for each additional child from the same family. All participants will receive a T-shirt. Participants may register the day of the camp, but advanced registration is encouraged. Camp registration forms can be downloaded and printed from www.ahsd.org/pe/repshis. For more information about the camp, call Coach Joe Repshis at 499-2737 or email JDRep17@aol.com.

Ongoing: Soccer Registration

The Abington Youth Soccer League is holding online registration for fall youth soccer. Boys or girls born on or between Aug. 1, 1994 and July 31, 2009 are eligible to play. Players born between Aug. 1, 1994 and July 31, 1995 must still be high school students this fall to register. There are no residency requirements to play in this league. Online registration is available at abingtonyouthsoccerleague.com. Participants may also register by mail by printing a form off the league's website and mailing it in. A late fee for registrationsnow applies. For more information, email Jim Hatton at jhatton727@aol.com or call 586-9589.

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

Thursday, June 20: Holistic Cancer Support Group

The holistic cancer support group will meet on Thursday, June 20, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., at ProActive Family Chiropractic, 1146 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit. This month's topic is the Mind Fit program and how it reframes the subconscious mind to support healthy and positive thoughts. This month's presenter will be Dr. Joseph McAulliffe, DC. Call 942-6187 for more information.

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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