Practical Knowledge


#102  New to Medicare

Date: Tuesday, October 10   Time: 5:30- 7:30 P.M.

The APPRISE Program is holding a New to Medicare class at The Gathering Place. If you are approaching 65 or contemplating retirement and need to figure out your health care options, this class may be exactly what you need. The class is FREE. We will review all the different parts of Medicare, what they cover, as well as when to enroll. The APPRISE Program is a state funded program. We do not sell insurance. This class will give you clear, unbiased information about your Medicare options so you can make an informed decision about your healthcare coverage.  

Free              Please Register by October 3

It is necessary that you register for this class. Our presenter is bringing materials that supplement her talk.Registration Button



#103 Navigating the Medicare Website for the Open Enrollment Process

Date: Wednesday, November 8   Time: 10:30 A. M.


The Lackawanna County APPRISE Program can help!

During Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period Medicare beneficiaries can change their Medicare prescription drug plans and/or Medicare Advantage plans. Starting October 15th through December 7th, the APPRISE Program will have free enrollment event throughout Lackawanna County. On Wednesday, November 8th, APPRISE counselors will be at The Gathering Place for Community, Arts & Education to assist beneficiaries who would like to do a Part D comparison or Medicare Advantage plan comparison. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., there will be a quick presentation on How to Navigate the Medicare Website. Following the presentation, individual appointments with APPRISE counselors will be available from 11 – 1 p.m to discuss and guide you through the process.

Our APPRISE counselors can answer your questions about Medicare and provide you with objective, easy-to-understand information about Medicare.

Please call the Voluntary Action Center at 570-347-5616 to schedule your appointment at The Gathering Place. 

Free               Please Register by  November 5

It is necessary that you register for this class by calling VAC. Our presenter is bringing materials and counselors to assist you with individual comparisons and online enrollment. Please tell them you are calling to register to go to  The Gathering Place event.


#115   It’s Never Too Early to Think about Retirement

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 20                 Time: 6:30 to 7:30 P.M.

Are you a young individual or couple who know that you need to save for retirement planning but you don’t know where to start?  A discussion for thirty and forty year olds on the power of compounding, systematic investments, and balancing today while planning for tomorrow will be held, followed by a question and answer session.  Certified financial planner and retirement planning specialist Steven DeRiancho, CFP, will share his tips on the best way to make the most of your present finances so that your retirement will be financially comfortable.

Cost: $5.00   Register by Sept. 13Registration Button


#116 Replacing Invasive Plants with Native Species

Date: Thursday, Sept. 21     Time: 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Gardening has historically been about pleasing the eye.  Plant selections chosen for their ornamental value have left our landscape full of species with origins from Europe and Asia.  Although lovely to look at, these alien species can become problematic and cause habitats to lack diversity.  Kelly Stewart, a forest specialist and environmental biologist for the Wayne County Conservation District, will talk about invasive plants and the natives you can replace them with.  She will answer questions and give tips on how to make our environment the best it can be.

Cost: $10.00    Register by Sept. 14Registration Button


#117 Looking Great: Skin Care and Make-up

Date: Saturday, Oct. 14    Time: 5:00 to 6:00 P.M.

Teen Board member Hannah Linker will demonstrate how to leave the house each day looking your best.  Her tips, geared to all ages, will show the power of healthy, anti-aging cosmetics, the best methods for applying make-up and ways to establish a “quick” make-up routine to get you out the door on time each morning.  She will discuss what types of make-up are good for your skin and will offer individual tips for best make-up results. Participants may bring their own cosmetics to use for the demonstrations.              

Cost: $5.00    Register by Oct. 7Registration Button



#118   DIY Healthy Goodies for Mom and Family

 Date: Thursday, Nov. 2    Time: 6:30 P.M.

Instructors Cara Colombo and Maggie Roberts of Rosie Outlook will teach mothers and kids about organic, toxin-free, fun, healthy snacks and personal care goodies.  The class will learn DIY ways to make these treats part of your everyday routine.  This hands-on class will be “easy-peasy.” Wait until you see the goodies you will make!

Cost: $10  Supply cost of $3.00    Register by Oct. 26Registration Button