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Thursday, Dec. 6: Holiday Benefit

A holiday party benefitting the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6, at Cangiero's Restaurant, 1315 Main Street, Dickson City from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and there will also be a cash bar. Reservation may be mailed to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411 or you can call 585-0513 to reserve a ticket.

Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 6-9: A Christmas Carol

The Actors Circle will present a staged reading of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" as adapted by Paige Balitski with musical insertions and direction by Cathy Rist Strauch from Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 6-9, at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8, $6 for students. Call 342-9707 to reserve tickets.

Friday, Dec. 7: Christmas Tea

The Church Women United of Lackawanna County will host their annual Christmas tea on Friday, Dec. 7, at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Grove Street, Clarks Summit. Attendees are asked to bring a Christmas stocking for the Clarks Summit State Hospital. Call Georgia LaValle at 344-6235 for more information.

Saturday, Dec. 8: Christmas Concert

The Wally Gordon Community Chorus will present its annual Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Highway. This year's theme will be "Joy." The concert is free to the public but a free-will offering will be collected.

Sunday, Dec. 9: Christmas Music Program

The East Benton United Methodist Church, 170 Jordan Hollow Road, will host a Christmas music program featuring the Wally Gordon Singers on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. Call Bill Tyriw at 563-1873 for more information.

Tuesday, Dec. 11: Financial Aid Night

Abington Heights High School, 222 Noble Road, Clarks Summit, will host a financial aid night on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 6:30-8 p.m. for district parents of senior students. Bill Burke from the University of Scranton and a representative from the financial aid office at Marywood University will present important information regarding the financial aid process.

Through Thursday, Dec. 13: Meditation Classes

The Kadampa Meditation Center will host a "Be Who You Want to Be" weekly meditation class through Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. Instructor will be Buddhist Monk, Gen Samten Kelsang and each class is $10.

This class will help you learn to crush bad habits and discover your inner strength. For more information, call 845-856-9000 or visit

Through Thursday, Dec. 13: Art Show and Sale

The eighth annual Glenburn Township Art Show and Sale will be on display at the Glenburn Township Building, 54 Waterford Road, through Thursday, Dec. 13. The show may be viewed during the township building's regular office hours from 9 a.m. to noon or by appointment. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

The theme for this year's show is "Inspirations" and a people's choice award will be presented.

This project was supported by a Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Municipality Grant, a program of the Lackawanna County Commissioners and the Lackawanna County Council on the Arts. Call Joanne Benson at 954-1489 for more information.

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15: Winter Concert

Baptist Bible College and Seminary (BBC&S) will host its annual Winter Concert on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15 in the Murphy Memorial Library.

Performance times are Friday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. and at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and a dessert reception will be held in the rotunda of Jackson Hall for ticket holders an hour before each performance. The concert will feature student music groups, including the Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers, as well as solos and ensembles by music students and faculty. Performances will include works of J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre. Call Debbie Brown at 585-9295 or email her at for more information or to reserve tickets.


Thursday, Dec. 6: Ladies Auxiliary Meeting

The Dalton Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary will meet on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Dalton Fire Hall, located on Turnpike Road. Bingo will be held on Monday, Dec. 10, at 6:45 p.m. This will be the final bingo until Monday, March 11, 2013.

Tuesday, Dec. 11: Book Club

The Mysteries and Detectives Book Club will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St. The book selection for December is "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" by Alexander McCall Smith.

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.


Candy Sale

Participants in the Appalachia Service Project, which sends students to the Appalachia region to help repair homes, are holding a candy sale to help defray costs of their trip. Available candy varieties include: peppermint bark, peanut clusters, raisin clusters and mixed clusters in both dark and milk chocolate varieties. Candy cost is $7 per pound. For more information or to place an order, call Sue Wittmann at 563-8594.

Alumni Needed

Abington Heights High School is seeking members of the classes of 2010, 2011 and 2012 to serve on alumni panels on Friday, Dec. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the high school library, 222 Noble Road, Clarks Summit. Space is limited. Panel members will speak about their experiences after high school graduation. Call Colleen Parsells at 585-5300 to register or for more information.

Community Art Project

The Abington Art Studio, 115 Colburn Avenue, is partnering with Marley's Mission to create a large-scale piece of art using recycled plastic bottlecaps in any size or color. A drop-off box will be placed outside the studio's entrance or bottlecaps can be dropped off during business hours. All caps should be washed and dried prior to drop-off to avoid mold. Call 313-0527 or visit for more information.

Park Survey

The Abington Area Joint Recreation Board (AAJRB) is conducting an online survery 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 in the survey can visit and follow directions to the survey.

Attic Shop Hours

The Attic Shop at the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, is now open. Hours are Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon. It is also open the first and third Wednesday evening of the month from 5:30-8 p.m. and on the second Saturday morning of the month from 10 a.m. to noon.

It will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 26, and Friday, Dec. 28. For more information, call 586-5991. All proceeds from the Attic Shop will be donated to charity.

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.

Ongoing: 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

Fall Hours

The Newton Recreation Center, 1814 Newton Ransom Blvd., has announced its fall and winter hours through Friday, May 31. The center will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It will also be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

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 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 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.


Ongoing: 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.

Ongoing: 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.


Ongoing: 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).

Ongoing: 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. Ongoing: 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

Ongoing: Overeaters Anonymous

Clarks Summit meetings of Overeaters Anonymous at the First Presbyterian Church, 200 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.See xxx on page x