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Summer Camp Available

Camp Invention, an enrichment day camp program that is supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), will be held at Abington Heights Middle School, 1555 Newton-Ransom Blvd., Newton Twp., from Monday-Friday, July 14-18, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. According to organizers, the week-long day camp experience for students entering grades one through six encourages inventive young minds through hands-on problem solving; using science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a fun and creative atmosphere.

Camp Invention was founded by inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Programming is inspired by some of the world’s most well-known inventors and is developed through partnerships with the USPTO and the Collegiate Inventors Competition. Camp Invention’s new curriculum for 2014, “Morphed,” immerses students in hands-on activities, such as building original prototypes, creating a personalized motor-powered vehicle and disassembling electronics to build an insect-themed pinball machine.

Registration is $225, there is a $25 savings per child when registering two siblings, and a $50 savings per child when registering three or more siblings. Visit to register or for more information.

The Gathering

Keystone College will host its eighth annual “The Gathering” from Thursday, July 17, through Sunday, July 20, on campus. This year’s program will feature author and journalist Victor Navasky, civil rights poet Sonia Sanchez, best-selling novelist Jacquelyn Mitchard, and teacher and journalist Sandy Tolan, as well as other presenters. The Gathering is an annual three-day symposium of performances, lectures, discussions and workshops.

This year’s theme is “On Edge.” Organizers say that speakers, workshop leaders and participants will explore fragile margins, such as unstable areas where habitats meet and new species emerge, national boundaries where conflicts arise and cultures converge and volatile areas where tectonic plates collide and give rise to mountains and continents. Organizers say that participants will examine their own creative edginess, where new ideas are born.

For more information or to register, visit or call Charlotte Ravaioli at 570-945-8510 or email

Vacation Bible School

Rock Church Worship Center, 530 Morgan Highway, Scranton, will host its annual vacation bible school from Sunday, July 20, through Wednesday, July 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Weird Animals” and all children from ages 2-12 are invited. Call 570-342-0544 for more information.

Basketball Camp

Scranton Preparatory School, 1000 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, will host its annual Fun and Fundamentals Basketball Camp for girls in grades five through eight, from Monday, July 21, through Thursday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the school’s Xavier Center. The camp will be facilitated by coach George Bragan. Registration is $75 per athlete, with a discount for teams of five or more. Email coach Bragan at for more information. Signups will be accepted on Monday, July 21.

Drum Circle

The Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, will host a six-week drum circle music therapy session for children with special needs ages 6-17, beginning on Wednesday, July 22, through Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 4-5 p.m. in the Scout Room. Organizers say that children will explore and make music with tubano drums, shakers, sticks and bells. The activities generated in this recreational music program will encourage the children to express themselves, interact with others and play through drumming.

The instructor, Cheryl Mozdian, is a board-certified music therapist who has completed an approved music therapy program. Mozdian served in the Abington Heights School District from 2001 through 2013 directing the high school band. She most recently taught the World Drumming Program at the Scranton School for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children and World Music Drumming at the Comm.

Registration is $12 per class or $65 for all six sessions. Scholarships are available by contacting Maria Wilson at 570-586-8191, ext. 1. For more information, or to print a registration form, visit or call 570-586-8191, ext. 2.

Kick-Off Classic

The Lackawanna Trail High School Football team will host its second annual “Kick-Off Classic” Golf Tournament at Shadowbrook Golf Course, Tunkhannock, on Friday, Aug. 8. The tournament will begin at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start.

All proceeds will benefit the Lackawanna Trail varsity football program. Prizes will include golf and Trail football merchandise, donations from local businesses and free rounds of golf for the longest drive and closest to the pin. Call Steve Jervis, head football coach, at 570-335-3768 or Jason Wagner, assistant football coach, at 570-690-7057 for more information or to register.

Registration will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 1.