Community calendar

GETTY IMAGES The Valley Community Library’s new Teen Chess Club will meet Monday, Jan. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the library.

Announcement

Christmas party photos: Mayfield Lions Club President Kristopher Serniak announced anyone who attended the Lions Club Children's Christmas Party and had a complimentary photo taken with Santa, must pick up the photo at the Mayfield Municipal Building during regular business hours. All photos must be claimed by Friday, Jan. 3. Any questions, call Phyllis at 570-876-4391.

Events

DEC. 20 Pierogie sale: Friday, Dec. 20 from noon to 4 p.m. will be a homemade pierogie sale hosted by Parishioners of St. John's Russian Orthodox Cathedral on Hill Street in Mayfield. Deep fried and frozen raw pireogies will be available on a first come first serve basis starting at noon on Dec. 20. Pierogies are $8 per dozen.

St. Michael's Orthodox Church's holiday food sale: Friday, Dec. 20, noon to 4 p.m. at St. Michael's Center, 403 Delaware St. Jermyn. Homemade plain and raisin bread loaves, pierogies, rolls, lekvar and sopressata will be available. Orders can be placed by calling 570-876-1456 or 570-876-3454 or faxing to 570-876-3454.

DEC. 20 and 21 Santa tour: Friday, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. Santa Claus will arrive at Fire Station 25 located on Hill Street in Jessup and proceed to tour the uptown area of the Borough (south of Lane and Erie streets). On Saturday, Dec. 21 the tour will begin at 3 p.m. and Santa will complete his rounds by touring the Downtown and Winton Sections of the borough. Members of the Jessup Hose Company Number 2 will escort Santa and Mrs. Claus through the streets of Jessup on the sleigh. As they have over the past 55 years, the fire company volunteers will distribute gifts made possible by the donations of the businesses and residents of the Borough.

DEC. 21 Holy Ghost Church Christmas Festival: Saturday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Holy Ghost Hall in LaSalle Academy, 309 First Ave., Jessup. Assortment of Christmas cookies, kolachi (nut, poppy rolls), jellies, hand-crafted ornaments, holiday crafts and gifts and more. Everything homemade. Benefits Holy Ghost Church front steps repair project.

Solstice celebration: Saturday, Dec. 21 from 5-7 p.m. a hike to celebrate the longest night of the year will take place starting at the Erie Trailhead, Eric Street in Forest City. Hikers will use headlamps (a limited number will be provided, so bring your own or a flashlight) along a wooded pathway to observe the stars above. There will be entertainment, a fire for roasting marshmallows and hot chocolate. Shops will be open. The event is pet-friendly. Dress warm.

Christmas luncheon: Saturday, Dec. 21 from noon to 1 p.m. the Stone Soup Kitchen at Christ Church on corner of Delaware and Dundaff streets in Forest City will host its annual free Christmas community luncheon.

Santa's arrival: Saturday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. Santa will arrive by fire truck at the American Legion Hricak McAndrew Post 869, 161 S. Main St., Archbald.

Cookie walk: Saturday, Dec. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dickson City Borough Hall members of the Mid Valley Science Club will host a Cookie Walk fundraiser. Cookies are $8 per pound and proceeds will benefit the fish tank at Mid Valley Secondary Center.

DEC. 22 "Carols and Classics:" Sunday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. Peckville United Methodist Church Choir will perform a cantata "Carols and Classics," at the church, 732 Main St., Peckville.

DEC. 23 Bread and kolachi sale: Monday, Dec. 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. John's Russian Orthodox Cathedral on Hill Street in Mayfield. Bread is homemade and available plain or with raisin. Nut, poppyseed, lekvar and apricot kolachi will be available. The bread will be sold in loaf and round sizes. Loaves are $5 each, round is $10 each and kolachi is $10 each. To place orders for the bread and kolachi, call St. John's Rectory at 570-876-0730 or 570-876-3576. Deadline for orders is Friday, Dec. 20.

Santa tour: Santa Claus will tour the Peckville section of Blakely Borough onboard the Wilson Fire Company fire truck, Monday, Dec. 23 starting at 5 p.m. Members of the fire company will distribute candy to all children enroute. Parents of shutin or sick children requesting a personal visit by Santa should call the fire company's non emergency phone at 570-383-2286. State the child's name, age, address and phone number. Information may also be given to any company fire personnel.

DEC. 24 Christmas Eve Service: Peckville United Methodist Church, 732 Main St.'s Christmas Eve service will begin at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24.

DEC. 26 Blood Drive: The American Red Cross will host a blood drive Dec. 26 from noon to 5 p.m. at Olyphant Ambulance and Rescue, 530 Park St., Olyphant. Anyone who donates blood at this drive will be rewarded with a $5. Amazon.com gift card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane.

DEC. 28 Free community lunch: Peckville United Methodist Church, 732 Main St., Peckville, will host a free community lunch on Saturday, Dec. 28 at noon.

DEC. 30 Bookmobile stop: The Lackawanna County Bookmobile will be at the Mayfield Municipal Building, 739 Penn Ave., Monday, Dec. 30 from 1:15-1:45 p.m. Residents of Lackawanna County may take advantage of the Bookmobile, which provides books, CDs, audio books, DVDs and other items.

DEC. 30-31 Grinch's STEAM Camp: Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 30-31 from 1-4 p.m. at the Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St., Carbondale, for grades three to six. Design and build a model sled, science experiments, theater arts, story building game and escape room. A light snack will be provided. Maybe The Grinch will make an appearance. Registration is required. Space is limited.

JAN. 6 Teen Chess Club: The Valley Community Library's new Teen Chess Club will meet Monday, Jan. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the library 739 River St., Peckville. Bring a friend or make new ones. Ages 8-18. Registration is required. Any questions, email Fawn at fcontreras@albright.org or call the library at 570-489-1765.

JAN. 9 Dog licenses: Ed Karpovich, Lackawanna County treasurer, will be selling dog licenses at the Throop Municipal Building, 436 Sanderson St., Throop on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.JAN. 25 Gun bingo: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at 4 p.m., doors at 3 p.m. Cottage Hose Company #2 and William Walker Hose Company will host gun bingo at 803 Penn Avenue, Mayfield. A $50 donation is requested. Tickets are available from members, at the Mayfield Borough Office, by calling 570-282-6059, or at the door until sold out. Sponsorship information, complete prize list, and directions are available at 59fire.com.

ONGOING

St. James-George Episcopal Church December activities:

■ There will be no food pantry this month.

■ Those who have pre-registered for the Christmas Basket can pick it up at the church on Thursday, Dec. 19 between 4:30-5:30pm. Please do not come if you did not sign up for one.

■ Christmas Eve Service will be 4-10 p.m.

■ Community meal will be Saturday, Dec. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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. New members, please call 570-489-1765 if you are interested in joining, to ensure there is enough supplies for each month.

Parents A 2nd Time Support Group: The "Parents A 2nd Time" (PAST) Group meets at the Valley Community Library 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 January, February or March 2020 due to winter weather issues.

Olyphant Hometown Hero Banners renewal info: 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.

Food pantry closed for the holidays: Due to special distribution for Thanksgiving and Christmas there will be no Food Pantry at St. James-St. George Episcopal during the months of November and December. It will be back on the last Wednesday of the month starting Jan. 29, 2020 from 11 a.m. to noon. Instead of normal hours, a community meal will be on Saturday, Dec. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Volunteers needed: Serving Seniors, Inc. is looking for individuals and groups of all ages to write and send/hand deliver personalized Christmas cards to area nursing and assisted living/personal care home residents who may not receive a Christmas card this holiday season. Serving Seniors, Inc. has a list of more than 3,000 residents from various long-term care facilities throughout Lackawanna County who would benefit from a holiday greeting. For more information, contact Bernadette R. Jones at 570-344-3931 ext. 4 or servsen@epix.net.

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.

Contact The Valley Advantage: advantage@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9185

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