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“Christmas in September” committee members, surrounded by some of the theme baskets donated, include, from left, front row: Ann Narconnis, Ruthy Lasichak, Julie Spiecher and Faith Liuzzo. Top row: Laura Piwowarski, Matushka Kathy Kowalczyk, Tom Liuzzo, George Petorak, Charlie Gardecki and Rev. John Kowalczyk.

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Organizers of the Eynon/Archbald Lions Club Harvest Festival include, from left, front row: Erin Owens, Robert Guman, Rich Guman, Sandy Guman, Karen Rapoch, Sally Spudis, Barry Eppler, Patti Eppler, Peggy Farina and Louis Rapoch. Back row: Kathy Casey, Joe Pezak, Debbie O’Connor, Pam Savitski and Mark Maslar.

The seasons have changed, there’s a nip in the air, and around the area the fall festival season has begun. This weekend kicks the season off with two returning favorites.

St. Michael’s Orthodox church in Jermyn has a three day event at St. Michael’s Center, 403 Delaware Ave., called “Christmas in September.” It begins Friday, Sept. 27, 4-8 p.m. featuring a basket raffle (A total of 70 theme baskets have been donated by parishioners, friends and nearby businesses), homemade holiday baked goods and deserts, ethnic food and more than 20 vendors. At 5 p.m. students of the Faith Ann Liuzzo School of the performing arts will present a recital.

The event continues Saturday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and concludes on Sunday, Sept. 29, beginning at 9 a.m. The day’s events include a classic car show and entertainment by country music singer Dani-elle.

Call 570-876-1241 for more information.

Also this weekend, the Eynon/Archbald Lions Club will hold its annual Harvest Festival Sunday, Sept. 29, 1-4 p.m. at High School Plaza, Laurel Street and Salem Road, Archbald. There will be reading for kids, free books will be given out to help promote literacy, a display of trucks, an appearance by the county’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) vehicle, free eye screenings, information on the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program, Zumba, pumpkin painting, games and refreshments.

“This is the fourth year we are holding the Harvest Festival,” said club member Rich Guman. “All of the books have been screened by one of our members and arranged by reading level. We also have Zumba, and we are adding ‘touch a truck’ program this year. Also, we’ll have our Lion mascot and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders mascot at our event.”

Call 570-876-3790 for more information.