Summer is winding down, but there are still some outdoor festivities to had before the cold winds begin to blow. There are two events this weekend that promise family-oriented frivolity.
Already under way is Carbondale’s Pioneer Days and Ethnic Heritage Festival. It’s the 11th year for this gathering and organizers keep adding new events. One such is the “Alien Regatta” river race, run by the Route 6 Task Force, Saturday, Aug. 16, at 2 p.m. near the Salem Ave. Bridge. There’s still time to purchase a $10 chance. There’s a $1,000 prize for first place, and $500 prizes for second and third.
Pierogie Sale: All Saints Orthodox Church, 211 Willow Ave., Olyphant, sells frozen pierogies Fridays 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Sundays 10:30-11:30 a.m. Price is $6 per dozen. Call 570-383-0785 or 570-489-5591 for more information.
‘A Spectrum of Fun:’ The Greater Carbondale YMCA will have monthly family fun nights for families with autistic children, youth and young adults. The third Friday of each month, 6-8 p.m., will be for families with younger youth (middle school and younger). Next evening: Aug. 15. The suggested donation is $10 per family. Call 570-282-2210 for more information.
YMCA Preschool Enrollment
The Greater Carbondale YMCA is now accepting enrollment for their infant (8 weeks to 14 months) and toddler (15 months to 2 years) and the fall preschool (2-5 years) programs. Call 570-282-2210 for more information.
Blakely Treasure House
The Blakely Treasure House Child Development Center, 300 Main St. in Blakely, is accepting registration for the 2014-’15 school year. The school will be able to provide before- and after-school programs for students attending Mid Valley and Valley View school districts. A full-day program is available for school closings, as well as an early dismissal extended-day program. Three-day and two-day preschool programs are also available, with your choice of full-day and half-day sessions. For more information call 570-341-0811, ext. 10 or 570-489-6321.
Fall Ball League
The Valley Area Girls Fall Ball League will have its scheduling meeting Tuesday Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Shopa-Davey Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6082, 123 Electric St. in Peckville. All leagues need to bring a copy of ASA insurance and have their team counts in no later than Friday, Aug. 15, at noon. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Valley Community Library, 739 River St. in Peckville, will host “A Blacktop Affair” Thursday, Aug. 21, 6-9 p.m. The event, which will benefit the library’s building fund, will feature food and drink by local vendors and live music by state Sen. John Blake and Lightweight.
Tickets are on sale now at the library. Advance tickets can be purchased for $20. Tickets also will be available at t
Comedian and author Jeannine Luby will be present “Laugh Along the Lackawanna at Laurel Street” Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Laurel Street trailhead of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail in Archbald. The evening will feature laughter yoga and information about the trail. Visit LaughToLive.net or call 570-650-7518 for more information.
The Browndale Fire Station, 620 Marion St. in Browndale, will hold a blood drive Friday, Aug. 15, 1-6 p.m. Call (800) RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org for more information.
A fishing club for women, dubbed Women, Wine and Water — Fish Like a Girl, has been formed and will meet Friday, Aug. 15, 6-9 p.m. at A&G Outfitters, 542 Boulevard Ave. in Dickson City. There will be a wine tasting, a women’s fishing fashion show, a display of pink fishing rods, fishing art by women and stories of successful women fishers. Admission is free. RSVP to email@example.com.