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UPCOMING

JAN. 10 Craft ‘N Chat: Thursday, Jan. 10 and 24, 6-8 p.m. at the Abington Community Library. Bring your project to work on. No registration required. For more info, call 570-587-3440.

JAN. 11

Sensory Playtime: Friday, Jan. 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Abington Community Library. Drop-in sensory activities including water play, sensory table and more. For children ages 0-2. For more info, call 570-587-3440.

JAN. 12 All Day Craft ‘N Chat: Saturday, Jan. 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Abington Community Library. Do you knit, bead, make rugs, hand stitch or do any kind of handcraft? Come to share ideas, show off your work and get another crafter’s eye and perception. Chat and meet your neighbors while you work on your craft. Bring any project you’re working on. No registration required. For more info, call 570-587-3440.

JAN. 13 Tuscan Soups Cooking Class: Sunday, Jan. 13, 6 p.m. at The Gathering Place. Learn to make time-honored Italian soups like Ribollita and Pappa al Pomodoro with Marzia Caporale. Cost:$35. Register by emailing gatheringplacecs@gmail.com or on the website at gatheringplacecs.org.

JAN. 14 The Pleasure of Painting: Monday, Jan. 14, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Abington Community Library. Paint “Cardinal” for yourself or to give away. Beginners welcome. Cost: materials fee of $25 per person due at time of class. All materials will be provided. Facilitated by artist Mark Perry. For more info, call 570-587-3440.

JAN. 15

Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Abington Community Library. The Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers is a Beekeeping group in (but not limited to) Lackawanna County. Beekeeping and honey bee information is exchanged in an informal and friendly environment to help keep honeybees (and other pollinators) healthy and thriving. Families welcome.

JAN. 17 Insulin Support Group: Thursday, Jan. 17 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Abington Community Library. Are you using or thinking of using an insulin pump to manage your diabetes? Join insulin pump users with/without a sensor in a group setting to share and talk about your experiences. The group is open to children, parents and senior citizens who are presently using a pump or are considering it. No registration required. For more info, call 570-587-3440.

JAN. 18 Bubble Wrap Party: Friday, Jan. 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Abington Community Library. Celebrate National Bubble Wrap Day with games, contests and snacks. For teens in grades 5-8. For more info, call 570-587-3440.

JAN. 19 Create-A-Card: Saturday, Jan. 19, 1-3 p.m. at the Abington Community Library. Sponsored by the Abington Heights Civic League. Come and create a thinking-of-you card for residents at local nursing homes and hospitals. The Abington Heights Civic League will supply the materials and tools. The cards will then be given out by Petals for Goodness Sake with their regular delivery of floral arrangements to the residences and hospitals. Drop in anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. The snow date is Jan. 26, 1 p.m. For families. For more info, call 570-587-3440.

JAN. 20

Lunar eclipse viewing: Keystone College’s Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory will be open to the public on the night of Jan. 20-21, for the total lunar eclipse. No reservations are required. The observatory will open at 9:30 p.m. The partial umbral eclipse starts at 10:33 p.m. on Jan. 20. Totality starts at 11:41 p.m. on Jan. 20 and ends at 12:43 a.m. on Jan. 21. The post-total partial eclipse ends at 1:50 a.m. For more info, visit keystone.edu/observatory or call 570-945-8402.

JAN. 25 American Red Cross blood drive: Jan. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Keystone College in Evans Hall. Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-733-2767.

JAN. 25

Star Wars Family Bingo: Friday, Jan. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Abington Community Library. Come and enjoy Star Wars-themed bingo, prizes, food, activities and more as we anticipate the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice. Sponsored by the Abington Business and Professionals Association. For more info, call 570-587-3440.

Teen Reading Lounge: Monday, Jan. 25, 4:15-5 p.m. at the Abington Community Library. A book discussion, art project and lots of snacks. This month’s material is “Your Name, Volume 1 by Makoto Shinkai.” For teens in grades 5-12. For more info, call 570-587-3440.

JAN. 26 Keystone College Saturday visit: A perspective students’ visit on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will include an information session, followed by a campus tour, and the opportunity to meet one-on-one with an admissions counselor. Instant decisions are available upon request. For more information, call the Office of Admissions at 570-945-8111 or send an email to admissions@keystone.edu.

Book Signing and Conversations Concerning Autism: Saturday, Jan. 26, 12:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Author Kate Foley will present her book “You May Never Be French” for signing and will be joined by members of local organizations for discussions about raising autistic children. Cost: free. For more info, email gatheringplacecs@gmail.com or visit

gatheringplacecs.org.

JAN. 28

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: Monday, Jan. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Abington Community Library. A special evening family storytime, featuring Cookie Mouse and friends. For more info, call 570-587-3440.Math and Science Club: Monday, Jan. 28, 4:15-5 p.m. at the Abington Community Library. Do you love experiments? Games? Puzzles? Check out the Library’s new Math and Science Club. Each month, there will be different activities and challenges to complete. This after school club is all about the fun in STEM. For children in grades K-4. For more info, call 570-587-3440.

JAN. 30

JA BizTown: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 10-11:30 a.m. at the Abington Community Library. The Junior Achievement BizTown experience gives home-schooled students the opportunity to run banks, manage restaurants, read utility meters, write checks and even vote as they experience JA BizTown, Junior Achievement’s Elementary School Capstone Program. JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a concluding day-long visit to the JA World facility near Wilkes-Barre, a fully interactive, true-to-life simulation where students learn the fundamental relationship between academics and life beyond school.

For children in grades 4-7. For more info, call 570-587-3440.

JAN. 31 Homeschoolers at the Library: Thursday, Jan. 31, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Abington Community Library. Bring your children to an educational program to enrich their home-learning experience. Includes hands-on projects, stories, short videos and more. For children in grades K-6.

For more info, call 570-587-3440.

ONGOING

Fiber Arts Mini-Museum: Open to the public now until Jan. 19 at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Open noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The museum includes video by National Endowment for the Arts featuring Emily Rancier and a hands-on display of tools and fibers used in the production of materials. Gallery display of hand woven, knitted and crocheted art pieces is featured. Free admission.

Call 570-563-2402 for group tours. For more info, send an email to gatheringplacecs@gmail.com or visit gatheringplacecs.org.Winter wear collection: Libraries throughout the Lackawanna County Library System are collecting coats, hoodies, gloves and hats to benefit the Clarks Summit State Hospital. For more information, view the flyer at any Lackawanna County Library.

Abington Community Library’s story times for children: Baby (ages 0-2): Fridays, Jan. 18 and 25 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; Toddler (ages 2-3): Wednesdays, Jan. 16 and 23 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; Preschool (ages 3-5): Tuesdays, Jan. 15, 22 and 29 at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For more info, call 570-587-3440.Rec center: The Newton Recreation Center, 1814 Newton-Ransom Blvd., began its fall hours. They are: weekdays 3:30-8:30 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Fall programs include: open volleyball on Mondays, 6-8 p.m., $2 per player, ages 18 and older; pickleball, Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m, $2 per player, ages 18 and older; sensory play, Thursdays, 4-5 p.m., free, ages 0-3; and open basketball, Fridays, 6-8 p.m., $2 per player, ages 18 and older. For more info: call 570-586-7808.

Bookmobile stops: The Lackawanna County Library System Bookmobile will make two Clarks Summit stops at Cole Village Apartments, Williams Street, from 2:15-2:45 p.m. and Applewood Acres Apartments, 405 Hamilton Terrace from 3–4 p.m. on Jan. 17, Feb. 14, March 14, April 11 and May 9. For more information, call 570-348-3000, ext. 3004.

State rep. outreach: A staff member from state Rep. Marty Flynn’s office will provide outreach assistance from 9 a.m. to noon on the third Wednesday of the month, alternating between the Clarks Green Borough Building, 104 N. Abington Road and the South Abington Township Building’s second-floor meeting room, 104 Shady Lane Road in Chinchilla. Flynn’s staff can help with PennDOT paperwork, LIHEAP winter heating assistance, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage, unclaimed property searches and any other state-related matter. Call 570-342-4348 for more information.

Contact the Suburban:

570-348-9185; suburbanweekly@timesshamrock.com