Insulin Pump Support Group, 6 to 8:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Are you using or thinking of using an insulin pump to manage your diabetes? Join insulin pump users in a group setting to share and talk about your experiences.

NAMI Mental Health Support Group, 6 to 7:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month at the Wyoming County Special Needs Association (the log cabin building), 636 Route 29 North, Tunkhannock. Open to people with mental health issues, as well as family members and caregivers.

Alzheimer’s Association of Greater PA support group meetings, 7 to 8 p.m. the last Tuesday of every month at Elan Gardens, 465 Venard Road, Clarks Summit. Info: call Rhonda Fallk at 570-585-8099 or Rita Fenton at 570-586-0179.


Abington Senior Center trip to Mt. Airy casino, Nov. 8 to see Queens of Country Music. There is a $15 rebate and buffet. Call 570-586-8996 for details.


American Girl and LEGO Bingo, 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at Clarks Summit Fire Co. #1, Bedford St., Clarks Summit. Doors open at noon. Advance tickets: $20, $25 at the door. 15 games, 5 specials, 30 raffles, and a 50/50. The event is a collaborative FUNdraiser between the Abington Community Library and Taylor Community Library.

Friends of the Abington Community Library Fall Book Sale, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Hwy., Clarks Summit. The sale features nearly 10,000 items and is free and open to the public. Prices on books, CDs, and DVDs for all ages range from $0.25 to $2.00. A preview sale will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 for Friends members. Annual memberships can be obtained that night for individuals for $10 and families for $15. All proceeds from the sale benefit the library to purchase items and underwrite events outside the library’s budget.

Rummage Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Dr., Clarks Summit. Baked goods and lunch will be available. Clothing, household items, toys. Featuring Grandma’s Attic with antiques, collectibles & furniture and Grandpa’s Garage featuring tools and outdoor items. 1/2 price sale, excluding Grandma’s Attic, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct 13.


Elementary Spanish, 7 p.m. for eight Thursdays (Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 and Nov. 1 and 8) at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Cost: $60. Intro to basic vocabulary and grammar with Sarah Martin. No previous experience necessary.

Homemade Tagliatelle, 6:30 Sept. 24 at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Sous Chef Assunta Meloni will teach preparation of fresh tagliatelle pasta, basil pesto, cherry tomatoes and tuna. Cost: $35.

Learn to Knit a Hat, 7 p.m. on three Tuesdays (Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and Oct. 9) at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Learn basics of knitting while creating a basic beanie-style hat with more advanced options available. Cost:$25 plus $10 supply fee.

Ciao! Beginning Italian, 7 p.m. on eight Tuesdays (Sept. 25, Oct. 2,9,16, 23, 30, and Nov. 6, 13) at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Join Marzia Caporale, Ph.D. for an interactive class of basics in Italian language and culture. Cost: $60.

Aromatherapy and Imagery for Emotional Support, 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Judy Rienzi, RN, MS will help you create a sense of calm using aromatherapy and imagery. Cost: $15.

DIY Cleaning Without Chemicals, 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Learn how to ditch harsh chemicals and switch to natural alternatives and make your own cleaning solutions with the guidance of Maggie Roberts. Cost: $10 plus $5 supply fee.

Macular Degeneration Presentation, 10 a.m. Oct. 3 at Countryside Community Church,14011 Orchard Dr., Clarks Summit. There will be an overview of Macular Degeneration, presented by Jeanne Gardier, two agencies will explain their services and Drs. Shovlen and Patel will talk about the testing and treatment of Macular Degeneration. A light luncheon will follow at 12:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend. RSVP by phone at 570-587-3206, or email

Mindfulness for Life, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Scranton. Dr. Michael Baime, director of the Penn Program for Mindfulness and the director of Mind-Body Programs for the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, will present the free lecture. He will discuss how the practice of mindfulness works and how it can result in better health.


Junior League of Scranton 10th annual Touch a Truck, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 22 at Nay Aug Park, Scranton. The event will be held rain or shine. The event educates and entertains families by offering hands-on access to trucks, buses, rescue, construction and other specialty vehicles as well as safety information.


8th annual Heroes Day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at PNC Field, 235 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic. Safety, disaster, and SWAT equipment from throughout the county will be on display along with booths for residents to pick up literature that they can utilize when the need arises. Free refreshments, giveaways, face painting and caricatures. Canines and the Mounted Unit from the County’s Sheriff’s Department and the public safety units of area municipalities will be at the event.Information on county services and the programs offered by area community and social agencies will also be available. The County’s DARE Program and SWAT Team will be on site along with the 911 Mobile Command Post and Emergency Management Agency vehicles, COLTS, the Bookmobile, and the following County Departments: District Attorney’s Office, Voter Registration, Arts & Culture, Parks & Recreation,Veterans Affairs, Community Relations, Drug & Alcohol Office, the IT Department’s Wireless initiative, Environmental Sustainability Office, Area Agency on Aging, and the Coroner’s Office. The Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, and Scranton Police Department will also be at the event. The Penn State Extension will have displays featuring a variety of programs.

Penn State Master Gardeners Fall Open House, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 22 at Plow & Hearth, 2111 Shoppes at Montage, Moosic. The Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County will be available to answer seasonal home horticulture questions on fall lawn care, composting, growing garlic, tree care, and the newest invasive insect – the spotted lanternfly. There will be fun activities, free publications, and, while supplies last, a Penn State tote bag. Info: 570-963-6842 or

3rd annual Hospice of the Sacred Heart Remembrance Walk, Sept. 29 at McDade Park, Scranton. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walks starts at 10 a.m. Andrew Brown’s Pharmacy is the presenting sponsor. The pet-friendly, one-mile walk around the park is appropriate for all levels of physical fitness. The $25 registration fee ($30 after September 12) includes a pre-walk snack, a light lunch, and a T-shirt with a customizable pin-on bib, so participants can walk in memory of a loved one. The fee for teams of five or more is $20 each and children 12 and under may walk for free. There will be a DJ, basket raffle, gift card pull, balloon release and ice cream. Proceeds from the walk will help support Hospice of the Sacred Heart programs and services. The event will begin with an opening prayer. Register:, 570-706-2400 or at McDade Park the day of the walk.

Humane Society of Wyoming County Rabies Clinic, 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 13 at the Department of Agriculture Building, Route 92, Tunkhannock. Cost: $8 per shot (cash only) for dogs and cats. Dr. Colin Jeschke of the Abington Veterinary Center will be administering the vaccinations. For safety reasons, all pets must be leashed or individually caged. Bring the pet’s most recent rabies vaccination certificate, if available. The clinic is open to pets from all counties. Info: 570-836-4745.

Trunk or Treat, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Dr., Clarks Summit. Enjoy treats, games, crafts, snacks and a hayride.

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