Calendar for Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013


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Email your organization's events to suburbanweekly@timesshamrock.com. Please have them in by noon on Friday to have them included in the following Thursday's edition. Visit our website, www.abingtonsuburban.com, for the complete calendar listing, including additional events. All phone numbers are in the 570 area code, unless otherwise noted.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 26: Baby Signs Classes

The Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, will offer a series of "Baby Signs Sign, Say and Play" classes designed to help hearing children communicate using sign language. Organizers say that the Baby Signs program reduces tears, tantrums and frustration, makes learning to talk easier, boosts self-esteem and self-confidence, stimulates intellectual development and strengthens the parent-child bond.

Six theme-based classes will be held Thursdays, beginning Sept. 26. Both a 4:30-5:30 p.m. and a 6-7 p.m. session are available. Course fee is $65 and includes the Sign, Say and Play starter kit. Pre-registration is required. The classes are instructed by Rachel Dwyer, a Baby Signs Program Independent Certified Instructor.

For more information and a registration form, visit www.waverlycomm.org or call 586-8191, ext. 2, and ask for LuAnn. Dwyer is also available to answer any questions you may have by calling 215-208-9629 or by emailing racheldwyer17@gmail.com.

Sunday, Sept. 29: Taste of the Abingtons

The Rotary Club of the Abingtons will host its ninth annual Taste of the Abingtons on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 5-8 p.m. at the Nichols Village Hotel and Spa, 1101 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit. Dozens of local restaurants and eateries will provide specialty food items of their choice under one roof. All proceeds will benefit numerous local Rotary projects. Tickets are $25 and may be obtained from any Rotary Club of the Abingtons member, by calling the chair, T'Shaiya Gibbons, at 780-7950, or online at www.eventbrite.com/event/7786590903/es2/?rank=1.

Through Sunday, Sept. 29: Actors' Circle

The Actors' Circle will present "Ghost of a Chance" at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton, from Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 27-29. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 8 p.m., Sunday performances will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. Tickets for the Thursday, Sept. 19, performance are $8 and $6 for students. Call 342-9707 or visit www.actorscircle.org for more information or for reservations.

Saturday, Oct. 15: Introduction to Oil Painting

The Newton Recreation Center, 1814 Newton-Ransom Blvd., will host a free introduction to oil painting class for youths ages 8-15 on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. The instructor is Marylou Chibirka. Registration deadline is Saturday, Oct. 12. Call 586-7808 to register or for more information.

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 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. 7: Finding your best fit college;

- 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 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 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

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 19: Sign Language Classes

The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children, 537 Venard Road, Clarks Summit, will host American Sign Language (ASL) 1 and 2 classes every Thursday from Sept. 19 through Oct. 24, from 7-9 p.m. Course fee is $65 and due when registration is submitted.

For more information or to register, contact Mary Ann Stefko at 585-1000 or email mstefko@thescrantonschool.org.

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

Trips

- 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.

Classes

- Latin Language: Six-week course on Wednesdays beginning on Wednesday, Sept 25. Introductory Latin will be held from 1:15-2 p.m. and advanced Latin will be held from 2-2:45 p.m. Cost is $30 and all supplies are included. Barry Phillips, Ph.D. will instruct.

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

Through Saturday, Oct. 19: Vendors Needed

The Lackawanna Trail High School Class of 2015 is looking for vendors for its annual craft fair on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the high school, Tunnel Hill Road, Factoryville. There will also be basket raffles and a bake sale. Call 945-5153 or Lynne Symons at 687-3648 or Patty Christ at 945-7202 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 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, 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 586-7808 for more information.

Call for Entries

Local artists are invited to participate in Glenburn Township's ninth annual art show and sale; all two-dimensional media will be considered. Works are to be delivered to the Glenburn Township Building, 54 Waterford Road, by Thursday, Sept. 26, for the opening receiption on Sunday, Sept. 29. Call Joanne Benson at 954-1489 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.

Taxpayers are entitled to a 2 percent discount if their tax bill is paid by Monday, Sept. 30. 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 three installments, the deadlines are Sunday, Sept. 15, 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 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 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.

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.

SPORTS, HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 19: Basketball Clinics

The Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, will host a series of basketball clinics with Coach Herman Little.

The first clinic, for children ages 6-9, will be held for six weeks on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30-5 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Sept. 17. The second clinic, for children in grades four through six, will be held on Thursday afternoons from 3:30-5 p.m. for six weeks beginning Thursday, Sept. 19.

The registration fee for either clinic is $60 per participant or $12 per class. Call 586-8191, ext. 2, or visit www.waverlycomm.org to register or for more information. Registration forms are also available in the Comm lobby. Space is limited.

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.

CHURCH EVENTS

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 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.

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).

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 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 587-4313 for more information.

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