Calendar of Events: October 2020

Trivia Night

Leadership Lackawanna, NEPA’s premier community leadership and professional development organization, is hosting a Trivia Night on Wednesday, Oct.14, at the Circle Drive-In in Dickson City.

The event will feature trivia master and Leadership Lackawanna board member Jeff Cavanaugh, as well as four rounds of trivia: two rounds of questions, a music round, and a picture round. Guests are invited to play solo or with a team, and the event is suitable for all ages.

Trivia registration is $10 per person. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for tailgating and to purchase food at the concession stand. Trivia begins at 7 p.m. Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase (5 for $10 and 10 for $15).

Raffle prizes include $200 YETI cooler, $100 Wegman’s gift card, $100 Amazon gift card, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates gift basket, various restaurant gift cards, and more!

For more information and to register visit or

Pasta dinner

The Women’s Society of St. Joseph Melkite Catholic Church, North St. Frances Cabrini Ave, West Scranton, will host its annual pasta dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. featuring penne with meatballs, salad, bread and dessert available in the hall for takeout or curbside only this year. Cost is $9 for adults, and $4 for children ages 5-11. Tickets are available at the door. Call ahead/email to pre-order for takeout or curbside at 570-343-6092 or

Creative lab

Marywood University, in partnership with the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, and Art, will host Virtual Creative Expression Labs for grades K-6. The labs will be held on Saturday afternoons, on Oct. 10, 17, 24, and 24, and on Nov. 7, 14, and 21, 2020. Studio sessions will be held for K-3 artists, from 1-2:30 p.m., and for artists in grades 4-6, from 2:30 – 4 p.m. Registration and costs can be found at

The Creative Expression Lab will be hosted by Ashley Hartman, Ph.D., assistant professor of art therapy at Marywood University, a board-credentialed art therapist (ATR-BC), and licensed professional counselor (LPC). 

Cancer Survivors Day

The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s 28th annual Cancer Survivors Day- Honoring, Remembering, Sharing -has moved to a virtual program this year due to the pandemic. 

The  theme is Be A Part – Apart and will feature cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, healthcare providers and physicians’ stories on our website and social media pages. Community members can be a part of our virtual Survivors Day by sending a photo, video, and/ or written testimonial of their story. 

For more information, go to or call the Northeast Regional 

Friends of the Poor, Family to Family Plan for Thanksgiving

Friends of the Poor is proud to once again announce three community-based programs to help those in need this Thanksgiving: The Thanksgiving Dinner for Adults and Elderly, the Family to Family Thanksgiving Food Basket Program, and the Interfaith Prayer Service.  In light of the current pandemic, each will be carried out in a different style than they have for the past four decades.

The Interfaith Prayer Service, used to kick-off our holiday programming by celebrating the gratitude, joy, and hope that are a part of every faith tradition, will be held virtually on Friday, November 20that 7PM.  Guests are invited to join in via Zoom by making reservations with the Scranton Area Ministerium.

The Thanksgiving Dinner for Adults and Elderly, initiated by the late Sister Adrian Barrett, IHM in 1976 with 24 guests in need of a meal and family to share it with, will be held on Tuesday, November 24th.  Dinners will be packed as take-outs and handed out to those in need outside of the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N Washington Ave, Scranton, PA 18503, from 3PM to 6PM in a drive by event.  Volunteers will distribute the meals on the corner of N. Washington and Vine.  Each takeout will include the traditional turkey dinner we have served for so many years, as well as candy, a roll, and a card crafted by students from local schools and universities.  We will also be providing meals to those adults and elderly that were previously bussed to our dinner through a wonderful partnership with the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging and Meals on Wheels of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Family to Family Thanksgiving Food Basket Program, directed by the Robeson family, will continue in the same manner as our COVID-19 Emergency Food Distributions that have been held since March 18th.  On Wednesday, November 25that Scranton High School, 63 Mike Munchak Way, Scranton, PA 18508, from 10AM to 5:30PM, volunteers will place the groceries needed for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in the car trunks for all those who need it.  For the past decade, we have served over 2,500 families from our Thanksgiving basket program alone.  Since March 18, we have served 85,000 individuals through our drive through giveaways, and due to the pandemic, we expect to serve more than 3,000 families at this year’s Thanksgiving distribution.  We will have accommodations to serve up to 4,000 if needed.

Friends of the Poor and the Robeson Family, along with our partners Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging, Meals on Wheels of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and the Scranton Area Ministerium, are proud that in times of great uncertainty and increased need, our community has come together to find a way to continue our great Thanksgiving traditions.

We humbly ask all people to reach into their hearts and donate whatever they can. The Robeson family has ordered over $140,000 in food items, including 3,000 turkeys and trimmings to make the baskets. A donation of $30.00 sponsors a family of four. Please send your donation of $30.00 or whatever you can to: Family to Family Program, PO Box 13, Scranton, PA 18501.  **Donations may also be made by texting “thanks” to 570-525-5956**

Friends of the Poor is looking for donors to cover the cost of the 76 30-pound turkeys that are ordered, along with other food and takeout items. Please call the Friends of the Poor office at 570-340-6086, email, or send donations to: Friends of the Poor, Thanksgiving Community Dinner, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509. 

Friends of the Poor would like to note that 2020 marks 44 years of our community’s commitment to and compassion for our less fortunate neighbors, who would otherwise go without a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Please note that the success of this event would not be possible without your support.  

O’Malley Halloween Party Being Planned for October 25th

The O’Malley Family is hosting their 20th Annual/Free Halloween Party for the youth within our community.  This year will be a Drive Through Halloween Party to be held on Sunday, Oct. 25, at McDade Park from 1 to 3 p.m.

There will be plenty of ghosts and goblins handing out treats to everyone who drives through. The kids will receive  Goodfellas Pizza and an orange drink from McDonald’s to enjoy in the car. They will also receive coupons for a McDonald’s cheeseburger and fries, a free meal from Texas Roadhouse, and a bag of Utz potato chips.  There will also be lots of candy for all of the kids!  This event will be handled with social distancing.

RSVP by Oct. 22 at 570-346-1828. Please leave a message with the number of children attending.

Shown from left are planners Patrick O’Malley, II, Gene Widdick, Vanessa Thomas, James Barrett, and Patrick O’Malley.