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UPCOMING

MAY 9

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

Food Gone Wild - Dandelions: Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Get a fresh outlook on those flowers that everyone battles as Susan Vinkofski teaches what a powerhouse of nutrition they are. Make and sample several dishes and learn how useful the flowers are in home remedies.

Cost is $20 plus a $5 supply fee. For more information, visit GatheringPlaceCS.org.

The Slinky and Other Toys: Thursday, May 9, 4-5 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Bob Swaim presents a special afternoon of toys. Learn about the Slinky and its history in Pennsylvania. Check out other nostalgic and environmentally-friendly toys from days gone by.

See a juggling demonstration, too.

For more information, call 570-587-3440.

Craft & Chat: Thursday, May 9, 23, 6-8 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Bring your project to work on. No registration required. For more information, call 570-587-3440.

MAY 11

Pet adoption day: Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Griffin Pond Animal Shelter staff will be on hand with a few of their furry friends to discuss the adoption process and answer any questions you have.

Teen Art Workshop With Travis Prince: Saturday, May 11, 2-4 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. This class will focus on the elements of art, understanding color value and the creative process, while also discussing different genres and artists.

For students in grades 7-12.

For more information, call 570-587-3440.

Musical entertainment of “Marilyn Kennedy”: Saturday, May 11, 8 p.m. at Abington Memorial VFW Post 7069, 402 Winola Road. For more info, call 570-587-5663.

Astronomy Day: Saturday, May 11, 7:30-10 p.m. at Keystone College’s Thomas G. Capillary ’60 Observatory, Fleetville. The Lackawanna Astronomical Society will host Astronomy Day. Society members will be on hand to answer questions about their telescopes and observing the night sky.

Reservations are not required and admission is free. Free refreshments will also be available. Guests should bring a jacket or sweater since most viewing will take place outdoors.

For directions to the observatory, visit keystone.edu/observatory.

MAY 11 & 18

Community art project: The public is invited to a two-part community art project sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation. Learn about the trees of NEPA, then help create hand-crafter tiles to be displayed as part of a backsplash in the serving area at The Gathering Place.

On Saturday, May 11 from 2-3:30 p.m., Kelly Stewart will present an information session on indigenous tees and their importance to NEPA’s ecosystem.

In the second class on Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m., Diana Lombardi of Abington Art Studio will teach how to imprint native leaves onto the tiles for permanent pieces of tile art.

Admission is free. For more information, visit GatheringPlaceCS.org.

MAY 13

“Appetizers!” class:
Chef Assunta Meloni will share her skills and recipes for appetizers including Insalta Russo, asparagus flan and cauliflower meatballs at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit on Monday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $35. To register or for more information, visit
GatheringPlaceCS.org.

Elder law clinic: Monday, May 13, 1-4:30 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Sponsored by Lackawanna Pro Bono. For more information, call 570-587-3440.

Community Garden Class - Growing Vegetables: Monday, May 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Join a Penn State Master Gardener and learn how to grow vegetables. No registration required. For more information, call 570-587-3440.

MAY 14

Mysteries and Detectives Book Club meeting: The next meeting of the Mysteries and Detectives Book Club will be held Tuesday, May 14, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Abington Community Library in Clarks Summit. The selection for May is Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The author for June is Josephine Tey.

Silent Library: Friday, May 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Can you complete a variety of challenges and keep quiet at the same time? Join in this Abington’s version of the TV show. Snacks provided. For students in grades 5-8. For more information, call 570-587-3440.

MAY 18

Herb sale: The Friends of the Dalton Community Library Herb Sale will be held Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dalton Fire Hall. Penn State Master Gardeners will be there with information and perennials.

All Day Craft & Chat: Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. 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 craft-er’s eye and perception. Chat and meet your neighbors while you work on your craft. Bring any project you’re working on, or come just to be inspired. All levels of experience welcome. For more information, call 570-587-3440.

MAY 19

16th Annual Dalton Children’s Fishing Derby: Sunday, May 19, noon to 2 p.m. at Dalton’s Streamside Park. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Open to children up to age 15. Includes trophies, prizes, food and drink.

Classical music concert: Sunday, May 19, 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St. Classical Music with John Michael Vaida and the NEPA Chamber Music Society. For more information, call 570-586-6306 or visit fpccs.org.

“Game of Thrones: The Finale”: Sunday, May 19, 7:30-11 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Join in at the Abington Community Library for the series finale of “Game of Thrones.” Come early to participate in activi-ties, share fan theories and enjoy cocktails and refreshments. Pre-party 7:30-9 p.m.; show time 9 p.m. For adults. For more infor-mation, call 570-587-3440.

MAY 20 Painting class: Monday, May 20, 6-8 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Join painting instructor Sharon McArdle and paint a spring-themed tile. Materials fee of $10 is due at time of class. For more information, call 570-587-3440.

MAY 21

Crafters’ Club: Tuesday, May 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. All materials will be provided. Come and craft with friends. For children in grades 3-5. For more information, call 570-587-3440.

Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers meeting: Tuesday, May 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. The Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers is a beekeeping group in (but not limited to) Lackawanna County. Its mission is to foster interest in backyard beekeeping and provide a forum for discussion among local beekeepers. 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.

MAY 22

ABPA Lunch & Learn Series: Powered by Lackawanna County: Wednesday, May 22, noon at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Powered by Lackawanna County introduces attendees to a range of business development tools including loan programs, tax incentives, business plan support, educational resources, venture capital, technical support, networking opportunities and more in Lackawanna County. Presented by Martina Soden, head of reference at Albright Memorial Library. Lunch will be provided by Caravia. Cost for ABPA members in $10 with lunch; free without lunch. To register, call 570-587-3440.

After School Stories - Running: Wednesday, May 22, 4:15-5 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Get ready for the Patriot Mile on Saturday, May 25 with a special After School Stories: Running edition. Hear stories about running, learn about famous runners and participate in activities. For students in grades K-4. For more information, call 570-587-3440.

MAY 23

Block Party: Thursday, May 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Join in the free play with blocks, vehicles, animals and people. There are only two ground rules: no throwing blocks, and no knocking someone else’s building down. Come ready to play. No registration required. Open to children ages 2-7. For more information, call 570-587-3440.

Patriot Mile Make-a-Sign: Thursday, May 23, 4-6 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Drop in during these two hours and make a sign to hold to cheer on your favorite athlete or athletes during the inaugural Patriot Mile on May 25. Let the library know if you’re coming so they have enough materials; posterboard and markers will be provided. For more information, call 570-587-3440.

Diamond Painting Class for Teens: Thursday, May 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. This project is much like a paint by number, but no brushes are needed. Use a drill to press “diamonds” onto a graph. For the first hour of class you’ll learn the basics of diamond painting, view some samples and start your own small project. For the second hour, you are invited to stay and work on your project so you can develop your technique. Limited to 12 students in grades 5-12. For more information, call 570-587-3440.

MAY 24

Teen Reading Lounge: Friday, May 24, 4:15- 5 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Join in for a book discussion, art project and snacks. This month’s selection is “(Dont’) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health,” edited by Kelly Jensen. The specific eassy the group will discuss is: “I’m Over Staying Silent about Depression” by Kristen Bell, (pg 144). For students in grades 5-12. For more infor-mation, call 570-587-3440.

MAY 25

Clarks Summit Patriot Mile Run/Walk: Saturday, May 25, 10-11 a.m. Presented by the National Running Center, this quick mile run/walk will raise funds for the Abington Community Library. Registration is $15 and the race will begin and end at the National Running Center. For more information, call 570-587-3440.

MAY 27

Memorial Day parade: Sponsored by Abington Memorial VFW Post 7069, Clarks Summit, the parade will be held on May 27. The line of march will form at the Clarks Summit Elementary School on West Grove Street, with the parade starting at 11 a.m. Any groups or individuals who want to participate in the parade must register by calling the post at 570-586-9821, daily after 1 p.m.

Memorial Day services: In addition to the parade, Abington Memorial VFW Post 7069 will hold Memorial Day services and activities at the following times and locations.

■ 8:30 a.m. Abington Hills Cemetery

■ 9 a.m. South Abington Memorial (at the tank)

■ 9:30 a.m. Clarks Green Cemetery

■ 10 a.m. Hickory Grove Cemetery

■ After the parade, at approximately 1 p.m., a service will be conducted at the VFW. This will be followed by entertainmentd by Wand’ring Aloud, a band playing music of the 60s-80s.

MAY 28

Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee meeting: Tuesday, May 28, 4-5 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. A group of tweens and teens focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more. Come and share your thoughts and ideas. Open to students in grades 5-12. For more information, call 570-587-3440.

Literary New England Information Session: Tuesday, May 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Learn about an upcoming bus trip the library is taking next year to literary New England. Get information about the destinations, time frame and costs of this trip. For more information, call 570-587-3440.

MAY 30

Homeschoolers at the Library: Thursday, May 30, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Attention home schooling parents: Bring your children to an educational program to enrich their home learning experience. They will participate in hands-on projects, stories, short videos and more. For students in grades K-6. For more information, call 570-587-3440.

Quiet Your Mind: Thursday, May 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. May is Mental Health Month. In an effort to promote positive mental health, the library is hosting a special event. Drop in during this pro-gram to complete a calming art project, meditate on your own, create a ‘zine, or plant a flower to take home. Each person will leave with a packet full of resources and information about mental health. For more information, call 570-587-3440.

JUNE 1

Designer purse bingo to benefit Abington Christian Academy: June 1 at the Clarks Summit Fire Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo begins at 6 p.m. Benefit tickets are $25 each for 12 rounds of bingo with designer bag prizes. Snack bar items, specials, extra game sheets and raffle basket and 50/50 chances will be available for purchase. For more information, call 570-586-5270 or visit abingtonacademy.com.

JUNE 17

Summer Days: ACA Summer Days begin Monday, June 17 at Abington Christian Academy on Layton Road in South Abington Township. The academy offers activities from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, with flexible enrollment available. For more information call 570-586-5270 or visit

abingtonacademy.com.

DEC. 1-8

Cruise to the Bahamas: The Abington Senior Center is sponsoring a cruise to the Bahamas Dec. 1-8. Call Adele at 570-586-8996 for details.

ONGOING

Abington Heights Class of 1969 reunion: The committee is seeking contact information including telephone, e-mail and residential address, along with any other pertinent information, for those interested in a 50th reunion this year. Email your info or questions to: khick07@comcast.net or call 570-881-3186.

Call for Strawberry Festival vendors: The fifth annual Strawberry 5K and Festival will be held in Clarks Summit on June 22. The 5K Race will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the Kids’ Fun Run right after the 5K. The Festival and Kids Games will run from 9-11:30 a.m. on Spring and Davis streets. Anyone interested in being a vendor at the open market booths for the festival should email GatheringPlaceCS@gmail.org or call 570-881-7612. The vendor fee is $25 and deadline to register is June 7.

Shopping spree raffle: Clarks Summit Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a grocery shopping spree raffle at Gerrity’s Supermarket in Clarks Summit. First prize is three minutes to fill as many carts as you can, second prize is a $100 gift card and third prize is a $50 gift card. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25. A reception will be held Monday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. the fire hall, with the drawing taking place at 7 p.m. Winner need not be present to qualify. The shopping spree will be held Wednesday, May 22 at 6 a.m. at Gerrity’s Supermarket. The winner must agree to the guidelines available at clarkssummitfire.com. For tickets or more info, call 570-586-9656, ext. 4.Storytimes for children: at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Baby (ages 0-2): Fridays, May 10, 17 and 24 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; Toddler (ages 2-3): Wednesdays, May 15 and 22 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; Preschool (ages 3-5): Tuesdays, May 14 and 21 at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For more in-formation, call 570-587-3440.

Spring astronomy series: Fridays, May 10, 17 and 24 and Wednesdays, May 15 and 22 at 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Keystone College’s Thomas G. Capillary ’60 Observatory, Fleetville. Observation depends on the weather. For directions to the observatory, visit keystone.edu/observatory.

Contact Jo-Ann Kamichitis, observatory director at 570-945-8402 for more information.

Memory Cafe: Held every second and fourth Friday (coming up May 10 and 24) at 10 a.m. at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. A place where people with memory loss and their care companions can socialize with others, join in with art, music, gentle yoga or just visit in a relaxed setting. Free admission. For more information, visit GatheringPlaceCS.org.

Adult volleyball nights: every Monday, from 6-8 p.m. at the Newton Recreation Center. Players of all skill levels are welcome. The cost is $2. For more information, call 570-586-7808 or visit bit.ly/2UV6OjP or the center’s Facebook page.

Pickleball: every Tuesday, from 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays, from 3-5 p.m. at the Newton Recreation Center. The sport of pickleball has elements of tennis, table tennis and badminton, with players using a racket and ball. Players of all skill levels are welcome. The cost is $2. For more information, call 570-586-7808 or visit bit.ly/2UV6OjP or the center’s Facebook page.

Open gym: every Thursday, from 6-8 p.m. at the Newton Recreation Center. The most popular activity during this time is basketball, which is open to all ages. Children 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 570-586-7808 or visit bit.ly/2UV6OjP or the center’s Facebook page.

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.

Reach the Suburban: 570-348-9185; suburbanweekly@timesshamrock.com