Halloween has gone to the dogs ... and the cats ... and lots of the other kinds of animals, thanks to the staff and volunteers of the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter (GPAS). They’ll hold the “Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival,” Saturday, Oct. 19, noon to 3 p.m. on the shelter grounds, 967 Griffin Pond Road in South Abington Township.
Registration for the parade begins at noon, and the parade will step off at 1 p.m. The registration fee is $5 per pet. The participants will compete in the following categories: scariest costume, funniest costume, most original costume, best pet-and-owner character team and best group theme.
Blankets for Vets
Blankets for Vets will meet Monday, Oct. 20, noon to 2 p.m. at the Shopa-Davey Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6082, 123 Electric St., Peckville. Anyone who crochets, knits or quilts is encouraged to join. Cotton fabric and yarn donations are needed. Call 570-587-5087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.blanketsforvets.org for more information.
Trip to Winterthur
Archbald Leaf Collection: Archbald Borough will begin fall leaf collection by vacuum truck Monday, Oct. 27, for two consecutive weeks. Please rake leaves to the curbside by 7 a.m. on the morning of collection. No bags permitted. Your recycling day determines the day of collection as follows:
Wednesday recycling – have leaves curbside on Monday;
Thursday recycling – have leaves curbside on Wednesday;
The Contemporary Living class at Mid Valley Secondary Center is offering a free play-school program to all residents of the Mid Valley School district. The high school students will work with the children and introduce reading and math readiness skills, hand-eye coordination, color and shape recognition and provide a positive atmosphere for social interaction through play. To qualify, the child must reside in the district, be between 3 and 5 years of age, and be toilet trained. The program will run for eight weeks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons starting Wednesday, Oct. 22, and running through Wednesday, Dec. 10. Classes will be 135 minutes, from 12:15 until 2:30 p.m. Spaces are awarded on a first-come-first-served basis and space is limited. Stop by the school to pick up an application or call 570-307-2146.
Yoga for Healing
The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Hospice and Home Health of Lackawanna County is offering a “Yoga for Healing” program. The program, taught by a professional yoga instructor, is designed to help participants increase flexibility; enhance strength; improve concentration, posture, breathing and balance and reduce feelings of stress. This class is for beginners and those with a moderate yoga skill level. Classes are held every Tuesday, 6:15–7:45 p.m. at VNA’s office, 301 Delaware Ave. in Olyphant. The cost to participate is $10 per session. Call 570-383-5180 for more information.
The planning committee for the eighth annual Michele Zini’s “Ladies in Pink” memorial fundraiser gathered recently. The event will be held Sunday, Oct. 19, 2-6 p.m. at Fiorelli’s Catering, 1501 Main St. in Peckville. Michele was a local business owner and mother of two who died in 2005 from breast cancer. This event was organized to honor her memory and continue her work of helping others in need.
Heather Evans of Olyphant recently completed the first stage of a commissioned mural on the railroad bridge on Constitution Avenue in Jessup, by Alunni’s Market. The work is being done as part of the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Bridge Project.
Two more additional murals will depict the history of Jessup on the other sides of the bridge. This black, white and grey mural shows the a coa