Calendar for Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013


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SPECIAL EVENTS

Saturday, Oct. 26: Spaghetti Dinner

The ladies auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7069, will host a spaghetti and meatball dinner on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 4-8 p.m. at the post home, 402 Winola Road, Clarks Summit. Tickets are $8; $4 for children. Menu includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad and dessert. Take-outs are available. Tickets are available at the post or by calling 570-586-9821 or 570-586-0669.

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.

Through Saturday, Nov. 30: Food Donations Needed

Local Pizza Huts are currently collecting donated, non-perishable canned foods for the Bread Basket of Northeastern Pennsylvania through Saturday, Nov. 30. Anyone who makes a $10 donation will receive an order of breadsticks with the purchase of a pizza. Local Pizza Hut locations include: 900 S. State St., Clarks Summit; 500 Scranton/Carbondale Highway, Archbald; and 331 S. Blakely St., Dunmore.

Through Monday, Dec. 9: College Workshops

The Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, is hosting a series of free workshops focusing on career and college preparation and post-secondary success strategies. All sessions will begin at 7 p.m. in the Constance Reynolds Belin room and are instructed by Jennifer Severini-Kresock, a private career and college counselor with NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates - Excellence in Career and College Preparation.

This fall's sessions are as follows:

- Monday, Oct. 28: Special needs students and strategies for post-secondary success;

- Monday, Nov. 18: You have been accepted to college, now what?; and

- Monday, Dec. 9: Introduction to financial aid.

Advance registration by calling 570-586-8191, ext. 2, is required for these sessions. Visit www.waverlycomm.org 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 570-563-1369 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 570-470-5220 for more information.

SPECIAL NOTICES

Through Thursday, Nov. 7: Abington Senior Community Center Events

- Tuesday, Oct. 8: Bus trip to the Delaware Water Gap. Includes narrated historic sightseeing tour, lunch with entertainment and shopping. Cost is $67 for members, $72 for non-members.

- Thursday, Nov. 7: Bus trip to the Sands Casino in Bethlehem. Includes $20 free slot play and a $5 food voucher. Cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members.

Call 570-586-8996 or visit www.abingtonseniorcommunitycenter.com for more information.

Through Friday, Nov. 15: Observatory Hours

The Thomas G. Cupillari Astronomical Observatory, Route 107, Fleetville, will continue its fall program each Wednesday and Friday evening through Friday, Nov. 15.

The astronomical programs will feature an illustrated lecture and weather-permitted observation through telescopes. The main objects planned for observation include the Moon; the planets Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune; and various double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Large groups such as school classes, scouts and community organizations interested in attending a session may contact Professor Cupillari at 570-945-8402 to arrange a private appointment.

Open to the public and free of charge, sessions will be held regardless of sky conditions and will be cancelled only by the threat of severe weather. Visit www.keystone.edu/observatory for more information.

Through Saturday, Nov. 23: Vendors Needed

The Factoryville Fire Co. auxiliary is looking for vendors for its annual Christmas Craft Fair, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center, 179 College Ave. Call Carol at 570-945-7699 and leave your name and address on the answering machine and an application will be mailed.

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.

Vintage Pleat Hours

The Vintage Pleat at the Attic Shop, located on the lower level of the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, has announced its hours for this year's season. Regular shop hours are the first Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the remaining Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; as well as Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular consignment days are held on Wednesdays at the same hours as the shop. If the Abington Heights School District is closed due to weather, the Vintage Pleat at the Attic Shop will also be closed. All of the shop's proceeds are donated to charity.

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.

Tax Bills

The school real estate tax bills for the Abington Heights School District have been mailed to Clarks Green, Clarks Summit, Glenburn, Newton Township, North Abington Township, Ransom Township, South Abington Township and Waverly property owners.

Full payment is due by Saturday, Nov. 30. After that date, a 10 percent penalty is imposed for late payments. All bills not paid in full by Tuesday, Dec. 31, will be referred for collection to Portnoff Law Assosciates, Ltd., P.O. Box 3020, Norristown, PA 19404-3020.

For taxpayers choosing to pay in installments, the remaining deadlines are Thursday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 30.

For all questions regarding tax bills or to request additional copies, please contact your local tax collector. Contact information is available at www.ahsd.org.

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.org 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 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 www.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 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 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 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.

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 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

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

Weekly Children's Program

The Waverly Community Church, 101 Carbondale Road, will begin 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.

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 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 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 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 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 570-587-4313 for more information.

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