MARCH 13 Irish movie marathon: Begins at 11 a.m., movies go until 5 p.m. Movies featured include: “Angela’s Ashes,” Dancing in Lughnasa,” “The Secret of Roan Inish,” and “The Wind That Shakes the Barley.” Light refreshments will be served. Carbondale’s light up parade will follow at 7 p.m.MARCH 14 St. Patrick’s day ham and cabbage dinner: Saturday, March 14 from noon to 5 p.m., hosted by the Northeastern Detachment Marine Corps League. At the detachment, 1340 Alder St., Scranton. Tickets are $10 per person and available at the door. Takeouts are also available.
MARCH 15 Flea market and craft show: Sunday, March 15 from 1-4 p.m. the Greater Carbondale YMCA will hold a flea market and craft show. There will be a variety of attic treasures and hand-crafted items for sale. The Y will have baked goods and refreshments for sale. $1 donation at the door.
MARCH 18 Dickson City Neighborhood Watch meeting: Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. in the borough building. Six local boy scouts from Troops 21 and 322 who have achieved Eagle status will be recognized. Refreshments will be served.
MARCH 20-22 “Guys and Dolls:” Valley View High School will present “Guys and Dolls,” March 20-22 at Valley View High School. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m. Tickets for adults are $10 and tickets for students are $8; both can be purchased on weekdays through March 18 from 10 a.m. to noon in the lobby of the high school.
MARCH 20 Blood drive: Friday, March 20 at VFW Hall Post #7963, 284 Main St., Eynon is the 6th annual Donald Muchal Sr. Memorial Blood Drive. Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org and enter MUCHAL to make an appointment.MARCH 21 Rummage and bake sale: Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Throop Hose Co. #1, 512 Center St. Donations are appreciated and may be dropped off at the hose company hall on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 18-20 from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Any questions call Carol at 570-383-1019 or Elaine at 570-489-8703. Members are asked to bake.
Meat raffle: Saturday, March 21 from 5-8:30 p.m. at Forest City Emergency Services, 380 Railroad St., Forest City. Chances for 18 meat prizes are $1 each or $5 for six chances. Additional raffles for more meat prizes. Admission is free. Food and refreshments will be available, or bring your own. For more information call 570-785-5025 or 570-785-3226.
Welsh cookie sale: Saturday, March 21, Bradley Memorial United Methodist Church, 106 Lincoln St., Dickson City will host a Welsh cookie sale. Pick up by 1 p.m. The deadline for orders is Sunday, March 15. Cookies are $5 per dozen. Call 570-383-4868 or 570-489-8735 to order.
Spaghetti dinner: Saturday, March 21, Christ Episcopal Church, 700 Delaware St., Forest City, will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner with salad bar. Takeout is 3:30-4:30 p.m. and dine in is 5-7 p.m. Donation is $10; $5 for guests 13 years or younger.
MARCH 25 Food pantry open: St. James-George Episcopal Church, 398 Washington Ave., Jermyn will open its food pantry Wednesday, March 25 from 11 a.m. to noon.
Class reunion planning meeting: Members of the Mid Valley Class of 1971 will have a meeting to plan their class reunion, Wednesday, March 25 at 6 p.m. at Nosh, 280 Main St., Dickson City. All interested classmates are asked to attend.MARCH 28 Roast beef dinner: Saturday, March 28 at the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, 624 Madison Ave., Jermyn, will be a takeout-only roast beef dinner. Tickets for adults cost $12; tickets for children under 12 are $6. Takeouts will be available in the Parish Center (church basement) from 1-5:30 p.m. The meal includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls and a variety of delicious homemade desserts. Tickets may be purchased at the following locations: Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish Rectory 570-876-1061, T & R Service Station, Sterling Pharmacy and Battenberg’s Furniture Store.
MARCH 28 Community meal: St. James-George Episcopal Church, 398 Washington Ave., Jermyn, will host a community meal Saturday, March 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.MARCH 29
Bags for Beads designer purse bingo: Sunday, March 29, doors at noon, bingo a 1 p.m. at St. Michaels Hall, 403 Delaware St., Jermyn. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For tickets call or text Karen 570-604-7682 or Fran 570-470-7838. There will be basket raffles, 50/50, bingo and specials. All proceeds go to Palermo Heart to Heart Beads of Courage.
Choral Society Lenten Concert: Sunday, March 29 at 3 p.m. at Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, St. Mary’s Church, 1090 Carmalt St., Dickson City. The concert will also feature St. Mary’s Visitation Choir. The pastor is Rev. Patrick J. Pratico. Snow date for the concert is Tuesday, March 31. Admission is free, there will be a good will offering.
APRIL 2-3 Mid Valley kindergarten registration: April 2 and 3 at the Mid Valley Elementary Center will be registration for children attending kindergarten in the 2020-2021 school year. Registration will be by appointments only. Children who turn 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2020 are eligible to register. Two proofs of residency, two proofs of identification (with your name and address), the child’s birth certificate and immunization records are required. We ask that your child attend this registration to participate in school readiness screenings. Call 570-307-2127 to schedule an appointment. Registration packets can be printed from the district website atmvsd.us and are available for pick up at the Elementary Center main entrance starting Monday, March 16. APRIL 3 Mary’s Way of the Cross: Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 619 Dundaff St., Dickson City. Mediationon “Mary’s Way of the Cross.” This is a powerful Stations of the Cross devotion presented from the perspective of Mary as she reflects upon each of the 14 stations of her son Jesus’ journey to Calvary. Fried haddock dinner: Friday, April 3 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. William Walker Hose Company, 803 Penn Ave., Mayfield, will host its annual fish dinner. Hand-breaded, fried haddock, baked potato, coleslaw and rice pudding. Eat in or takeout. Tickets are available from members, at the Mayfield Borough Office or call 570-282-6059 and cost $10 in advance; $12 at the door.
Baked haddock dinner: Friday, April 3 from 5-7 p.m. at the Regal Room, 216 Lackawanna Ave., Olyphant. A meatless meal for Lent sponsored by Ss. Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church. Enter on the ballroom/side entrance. Sit down or takeout. Tickets are $13 and include baked haddock, potato, vegetable, roll and dessert. Call 570-383-9487 for reservations. Deadline for pre-sold tickets is Monday, March 30. A limited number of dinners will be available at the door for $15.
APRIL 4 Fundraising banquet: Saturday, April 4 at Genetti Manor, 1505 N. Main St., Dickson City the Northeastern Pennsylvania Friends of NRA will hold its 28th annual fundraising banquet. Tickets are $50 each, $95 for couples and $25 for youths under 21. For more information, call 570-947-8024 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Easter egg hunt: Saturday, April 4 at 11 a.m. at the Archbald Community Ambulance Building, 195 Delaware St. Archbald. Hosted by the Eynon-Archbald Lions Club. Cost is free. There will be prizes, stuffed animals, chocolates and six bikes with safety helmets available to win. The Easter Bunny will arrive prior to the hunt on the Eynon-Sturges Fire Truck. An Easter bonnet contest will also be held. Bring your own basket to collect the eggs. Rain date is Sunday, April 5.Nite at the Races: Saturday, April 4 at Eureka Hose Co. No.4 , 717 E.Grant St., Olyphant, Mid Valley Youth Soccer Organization and the fire station will co-sponsor Nite at the Races. Doors open at 5 p.m. and races begin 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available from both organizations. Call Mayor John Sedlak Jr. 570-383-1406 or email midvalleyyouthsoccer@gmail. Must be 21 years of age or older. Buffet and refreshments are included. Race sponsorships and horse naming rights are being solicited by members. Proceeds benefit both volunteer organizations.
APRIL 9 & 10
Paska and Kolachi sale: Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10 at St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 701 Hill St., Mayfield. The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Plain or with raisin paskas will be sold. Paskas are $10 each. Kolachi will be available in nut, poppyseed, lekvar and apricot and are $10 each. Orders may be placed by calling 570-876-0730 or 570-876-3576. On the days of the sale, call 570-876-0391. Business establishment orders may be faxed to 570-876-2534. Deadline for orders is Tuesday, April 7.
APRIL 25 Bus trip: Saturday, April 25, the Carbondale Public Library is sponsoring a bus trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens at the height of cherry blossom season and during its annual Japanese festival, “Sakura Matsuri!” This experience celebrates Japanese culture with a program of events including traditional tea ceremonies, art and dance demonstrations, acrobat performances and more. Seats for adults and children age 12 and older are $60 and for children under 12 are $30. This price includes the bus ride and admission to the gardens and festival. After the gardens, we will stop at a Brooklyn eatery for an early dinner before heading home. Payment holds your spot. Call 570-282-4281 for more information.
APRIL 26 Purse bingo: Sunday, April 26; doors at noon, games at 1:30 p.m. at the Forest City Emergency Services Building, 380 Railroad St., Forest City. There will be 16 games and four specials and raffle baskets. Tickets are $25. For tickets or more information call 570-785-3837.
SEPT. 12 Valley View Class of 1980 reunion: Valley View Class 1980 will hold its 40th reunion Saturday, Sept. 12 at AC Field, Archbald, at noon. The Planning Committee will hold meetings. For more information, call 570-702-5908.
Lenten pizza sales: Fridays through April 10 at Christ Episcopal Church, 700 Delaware St., Forest City. Pizzas, cut into 12 pieces, are available in three-cheese for $10 or pagash (potato, cheese and onion) for $12. Call 570-785-3425 to order. Pickup is 3-6 p.m.
Homemade Easter egg sale: The Clifford Community Youth Group is running its 13th annual homemade Easter egg sale through March 25. The cost is $2.50 each for homemade peanut butter or coconut cream eggs. The eggs will be available for pick up on March 21 and March 28 at the Clifford United Methodist Church. The fundraiser will help the youth be able to attend conferences and youth gatherings throughout the year. Preorders are appreciated. To place an order, call Robin Correll at 570-222-4344 or Lisa Barhite at 570-222-5493.
Nifty Over 50 Program: Every other Friday at 11 a.m. at the Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St., Carbondale, an hour (or more if people wish to stay) devoted to the older patrons to come and play games, color, socialize, have refreshments, make art and crafts, watch movies, adult coloring, etc. There is also a guest speaker once a month. Upcoming events: March 13 will include St. Patrick’s Day party, crafts, music, refreshments and games. March 27 will have a guest speaker from Wayne Memorial Hospital to discuss Good Nutrition.
Community calendar: Archbald Borough has added a Community Calendar to the borough’s website. Organizations that would like to add a community event to the calendar can contact Michelle Bianchi, borough secretary at email@example.com. The Archbald Borough website is archbaldboroughpa.gov.
Broom sale: The Mayfield Lions Club will continue its broom sale at the Mayfield Municipal Building, 739 Penn Ave., Mayfield. The club also collects used eyeglasses at the same location.
Fly Fishing Summer Camp: Registration is now open for applications for the 8th annual Keystone TUTeens Conservation Camp for teens ages 14-18. This is a stay-over camp from June 14-20. Teens learn both the art and sciences of conservation and fly fishing. Cost is $450; scholarships available. Register online at flyfishingsummercamp.org. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-954-5042. Sponsored by Trout Unlimited.
Volunteers sought: Volunteers are needed to help stuff mailers for the upcoming Valley View 50th class reunion. The meeting will be held at the club house at the Highlands of Archbald. Contact Lorraine at 570-687-1610 with any questions.
Classmate info sought: If anyone has any information on the following classmates from the Mid Valley Class of 1970: Mary Ann Bartkowski, Kevin J. Bienio, George M. Boniewicz, Andrew Bookin, Edward Borden, Susan Calpin, Pamela Cioffari, Francis A. Colger, Elizabeth Ann Cortazar, Christine Cucura, Vincent Cummings, Edward Dixon, Deborah Dombroski, Patricia Frushon, Mary Gillgallon, Diane Harvilchuck, Denise Kotchkoski, Edward Malinowski, David Parkyn, Joan Marie Roshak, Amalia Wisniewski or Julianne Youshock. Contact: 570-945-0137 or 570-780-3095 or email email@example.com.
“Murder, They Read” book club: A new murder and crime themed monthly book club meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Valley Community Library. The first meeting is on March 25 at 2 p.m. Join for snacks and a fun book discussion. Call 570-489-1765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and to register.
Knitting and crochet group: The Valley Community Library is looking for new members to join its Knitting and Crochet group. The group meets at the library on the first and third Friday of the month at 1 p.m. All skills and levels are welcome. Members can bring their own current project or help make items for the community. For more information, call Kristen at the Valley Community Library at 570-489-1765, or email email@example.com.
Senior aerobics: Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. at the Throop Civic Center. For more information call the civic center at 570-383-7906.
Digital media classes: Valley Community Library is offering digital media classes. Learn basic computer, phone or tablet skills, how to use Microsoft Office, use the library’s electronic resources, research genealogy and more. Registration is required, classes are by appointment only. For more information, call Danielle at the Valley Community Library at 570-489-1765, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food pantry: The food pantry at St. James-George Episcopal Church, 398 Washington Ave., Jermyn is open the last Wednesday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon.
Evening fitness classes: At the Mid Valley Active Older Adult Community Center, 310 Church St. in Jessup, Strong, Fit and Flexible classes for adults ages 50 and beyond are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15-6:15 p.m. All fitness levels welcome. Bring a mat if you have one. Weights and other equipment will be available for use during class. Parking is available on the street or in the parking lot behind the center. There is no fee for classes, but donations are welcome. For additional information, call the center at 570-489-4415.
Valley Community Library Vets’ Group: the monthly Vets’ Group meets on every second Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. at the Valley Community Library. Active duty, reserves, retired or just served one enlistment period or more. No matter whether you served during war time or peace time. Thank you for your service to our country and enjoy a free meal and meeting new people. Call 570-489-1765 if interested in joining, to ensure there is enough supplies for each month.
Parents A 2nd Time Support Group (new location): The “Parents A 2nd Time” (PAST) Group meets at the Throop Civic Center on the fourth Monday of every month. Are you an older adult raising children of a family member? You’re not alone…attend a monthly support group to hear similar situations that others are experiencing. Learn about potential resources, community programs, services and agencies that can provide connections, guidance and peer support to older persons living with, caring for and parenting the children of loved ones. Child care and refreshments provided and transportation available. Registration is required. Call Julie at the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging, 570-963-6740, or email PAST@lackawannacounty.org.
The Stone Soup Kitchen at Christ Church: There will be no community luncheons at Christ Episcopal Church in March due to winter weather issues. Guests are invited to share a hearty lunch on April 25 when it reopens. More information will be available in the spring flyer.
Olyphant Hometown Hero Banners renewal: Olyphant is erecting a one-of-a-kind memorial, The Freedom Fighter, honoring 21st century soldiers. It is slated to be dedicated in 2020. You can have your banner that was hung during Phase One in 2017 returned to you and/or buy a new one to be hung for $160; have your original banner rehung for a suggested donation of $25-$50 which would help with construction costs of The Freedom Fighter memorial, or you can have a brick/paver engraved to be placed at The Freedom Fighter Memorial site and also have your banner rehung for another three years for a $100 donation. Applications are available at the Olyphant Borough Building. Deadline is April 1, 2020. For info call Kim Onda Atkinson 570-892-0378.
Weekly pierogie sales: All Saints Orthodox Church, 211 Willow Ave., Olyphant, sells frozen pierogies every Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and every Sunday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. The cost is $6.50 per dozen. For more information, call 570-383-0785 or 570-489-5591.
Toddler Time: at the Dickson City Civic Center, recommended for those 18 months and older with caregiver. Toddler Time runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cost is $6 for Dickson City residents, $8 for non-residents.
Senior Fitness: at the Dickson City Civic Center, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. Free for Dickson City residents, $10 per calendar year for non-residents.
Throop Borough paper recycling change: Paper recycling has been changed to the Monday prior to your normal Tuesday recycling collection. Paper is to be placed in a bin to be collected, No bags are allowed. Call 570-489-8311 with any questions.
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