FEB. 21 Mardi Gras celebration: The Blakely/Peckville Crime Watch's "New Orelans style" Mardi Gras celebration is Friday, Feb. 21 from 6-10 p.m. at Fiorelli Catering, 1501 Main St., Peckville. The informal evening will include New Orleans menu specialties, Italian seasoned chicken, pasta and dessert as well as beer wine and soda. Cash bar is available for cocktails. There will be music by Dixieland Jazz Band and the Jeffrey James Band. Gail Ercoli and Gail Ercoli dancers will perform and Mike Walton Entertainment will provide a photo booth. Wear your favorite mask. Donation is $45. Call 570-383-9946 or 570-383-0196 for tickets.
FEB. 22 Mardi Gras Wine Tasting: The 10th Annual Mardi Gras Wine Tasting event hosted by the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Dickson City will be Saturday, Feb. 22 from 5-8 p.m. at the Parish Center School Auditorium on Dundaff Street and Scott Road across from the church. Tickets include appetizers, homemade food, dessert and live music by Sarah Marie and Joseph. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Designated drivers can get in at a cost of $10 and must pay at the door. Tickets can be purchased by calling the church rectory at 570-489-2091 or by calling the chairman, Jeff Kovaleski at 570-878-3373.
Porketta sandwich sale: VFW Post 7963 Auxiliary will hold a porketta sandwich sale Saturday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. until sold out, at the post, 272 Main St., Eynon. Cost is $3 each. For more information, call Lisa Robbins at 570-500-9858.
Cornhole tournament: Saturday, Feb. 22, at William Walker Hose Company Station, 803 Penn Ave., Mayfield. Doors open for registration at 11 a.m., and games will begin at noon. Registration fee is $20. For more information or advance registration call Brandon at 570-290-1380 or Dave at 570-575-3772.
Free community lunch: Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Red Door Cafe at Peckville United Methodist Church, 732 Main St., Peckville, will host a free community lunch at noon.
FEB. 23 Pork and sauerkraut dinner: Sunday, Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or sold out, the Shopa-Davey VFW Post 6082 will host a pork and sauerkraut dinner at the post home, 123 Electric St., Peckville. Tickets are $11 from any member or at the door. Takeouts are also available.
FEB. 24 Lackawanna Bookmobile: The Lackawanna Bookmobile will be at the Mayfield Municipal Building, 739 Penn Ave., Mayfield, from 1:15-1:45 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24.Tax/Rent Rebate Outreach: State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) released his office's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Outreach schedule for the month of February where his staff will assist residents in applying for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Monday, Feb. 24 from 9-11 a.m. at the Joe Terry Civic Center, 1038 Montdale Road, Scott Township. The Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and over; widows and widowers age 50 and over; and people with disabilities ages 18 and older.
FEB. 26 Reunion planning meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the Club at the Highlands in Archbald at 6:30 p.m. the Valley View Class of 1970 committee will meet to plan its 50th reunion. Volunteers are needed to help stuff mailer envelopes. Contact Lorraine Berta Semkew at 570-687-1610 with any questions.Pierogie sale: Wednesday, Feb. 26 from noon to 4 p.m. at St. John's Russian Orthodox Cathedral on Hill Street in Mayfield. Homemade pierogies (deep fried or frozen, uncooked) will be sold. Pierogies are $8 per dozen. No orders. First come first served. To place "business orders," send a fax to 570-876-2534 no later than Monday, Feb. 24. Business orders will be delivered upon request.
Fishing derby meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Archbald Borough Building, the Archbald Borough Youth Fishing Derby Committee will meet. The committee is seeking volunteers to assist in organizing this community event. For more information contact the Archbald Borough Building at 570-876-1800.
Ethnic food sale: Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Saint Michael's Center, 403 Delaware St. Jermyn. Manhattan clam chowder, cabbage and noodles, butter and onion, deep fried and frozen homemade pierogies and cheese ball dinners, sopressata, homemade walnut rolls, poppy, apricot, lekvar, pineapple coconut and raspberry cream are available year round. Deliveries are available for businesses.
To order call 570-876-1456 or fax your order to 570-876-3454 by Friday, Feb. 21. Pick up time is 1-4 p.m. Delivery time 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fourth Friday dinner: Friday, Feb. 28 from 5:30-9 p.m. The St. Ubaldo Cultural Society will hold its Fourth Friday of February dinner at the Michael Steiner American Legion Post, 508 Church St., Jessup. Fresh-baked red and white pizza by the tray and traditional Lenten favorite spaghetti with homemade tuna fish sauce (spaghetti con tonno) will be available. Pizza is $12 per tray and spaghetti with homemade tuna fish sauce is $12 and includes, salad, roll and dessert. Takeouts are available by calling 570-766-1769 the day of the event.Lenten Food Sale: Friday, Feb. 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at All Saints Orthodox Church, 211 Willow Ave., Olyphant. Menu includes pierogies with butter and onions or frozen by the dozen, cabbage and noodles, pagach and clam chowder. Homemade baked goods will be available. For more information or to place an order, call 570-383-0785 or 570-561-8082. Call Church Hall the week of the sale 570-489-5591. Advance orders are encouraged. For large orders, please provide containers.
FEB. 29 Prize bingo: Saturday, Feb. 29 at St. John's Hall, 700 Hill St., Mayfield, the Forest City softball Parents Club will hold Prize Bingo. Doors open at 3 p.m. Bingo starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25. All proceeds will support the Forest City Regional High School softball team. Food will be available. No outside food or alcohol. There will be 16 regular prize games and four specials. In the past three years, there were more than $3,000 in bingo prizes. There will also be donated baskets, some cash prizes, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, a pot of gold ($300) of lottery tickets. You can purchase Pot of Gold tickets now until bingo day. You do not have to be present to win the Pot of Gold. If you like to be a sponsor for $100 or more, you will be placed on a banner at the FCR softball field. For tickets or more information contact Judy Graham 570-862-0370 or email@example.com.
MARCH 1 and 15 Pysanky Egg Workshop: Ss. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, will offer a Ukrainian Pysanky Egg Workshop for beginners. The workshop will be at St. Cyril's Hall, 207 River St., Olyphant. Classes are Sunday, March 1 and Sunday, March 15 from 2-4 p.m. Class is $20 per person (includes supplies). Space is limited and reservations are needed. Call Sonia Maslar at 570-489-9608 or call Tammy Maslar Budnovitch after 5 p.m. 570-766-1919 to reserve a spot.
MARCH 2 American Leigon Post #610 meeting: Monday, March 2 at 7 p.m. at the post headquarters, 600 Lackawanna Ave., Mayfield. Commander Thomas Arthur will preside.MARCH 3 Friends of the Valley Community Library meeting: Tuesday, March 3 at 1 p.m. at the Valley Community Library. The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. Anyone interested in helping the library maintain its programs is more than welcome to attend. For more information, email ValleyLibraryFriends@Outlook.com.
Spring painting: Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carbondale Public Library. Choose your own colors and make your own masterpiece. Snacks will be provided, and feel free to bring whatever food and drink you like. Spots are limited. Cost: $35.
Save a Life – CPR Certification at the YMCA: The Greater Carbondale YMCA will hold a basic CPR Course on Tues., March 3, at 9 a.m. or at 5 p.m. The certification includes basic life support for infant, children and adult and the AED machine. Call for fees and to pre-register 570-282-2210. Additional certification courses are held the first Tuesday of each month. Call the Y to pre-register 570-282-2210.
May of the Year dinner: Wednesday, March 4 at Fiorelli's in Peckville, the Paul "Hook" O'Malley Ancient Order of Hibernians Division #4 will hold its annual Man of the Year dinner from 6-9 p.m. This year's recipient is Father Richard Fox. Dinner is $35 per person. Tables of 10 can be reserved. Program ads are $100 per page, $50 for a half page. For more information, call St. Patrick's Parish at 570-344-2679.
MARCH 7 Spaghetti dinner: Saturday, March 7, takeout from 3-5 p.m., and dine in from 5-8 p.m. Eureka Hose Co. No. 4, 717 East Grant St., Olyphant, will sponsor its annual spaghetti dinner. Tickets are $10, available from members. Proceeds will be used to defray insurance and maintenance expenses.
MARCH 10 Whitmore Hose Co. meeting: Tuesday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at 305 Depew Ave., Mayfield. Dave Utter will preside.Mayfield Hose Co. meeting: Tuesday, March 10 at 8 p.m. at 900 Maple St., Mayfield. Tom Holland will preside.
Reunion planning meeting: Tuesday, March 10 at 6 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5544, 205 Dolph St. in Jessup, graduates of Mid Valley High School Class of 1970 will hold a meeting to plan its 50th anniversary class reunion. All classmates are urged to attend.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 and the door.
MARCH 21 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.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.
Baked haddock dinner: A meatless meal for Lent sponsored by Ss. Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church. Friday, April 3 from 5-7 p.m. at the Regal Room, 216 Lackawanna Ave., Olyphant. 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 9 AND 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 & 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.
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 so much more! Adults over 12 are $60 and 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.
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.
ONGOING 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.Safe Swimmers Start Here – YMCA Swim Lessons: The next eight-week sessions of progressive swim lessons begins Feb. 29 for infants, toddlers and youth. Monday evening sessions begin March 16 for youth and the Wednesday evening session for youth, starts March 4. Call to pre-register and for pricing. Private lessons may be scheduled at any time.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 @ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
New book club: A new book club is starting at the Valley Community Library in March. "Murder, They Read" is the new murder and crime themed monthly book club, which will meet on the last Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Envelope drive: Wilson Fire Co. No. 1, Peckville is conducting its annual envelope drive for funds in Blakely Borough. Envelopes were mailed to all residents and businesses in the borough. Return envelopes were also provided. Proceeds from the drive will be used toward the mortgages on the trucks and for the general operation of the fire department.
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 email@example.com.
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 began Tuesday, Jan. 7 and will continue 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 January, February or 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
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 recycling:
■ Newspapers, shredded paper and mail (no brown bags, shopping bags or clear bags): first and third wards: first and third Mondays; second and fourth wards: second and fourth Mondays.
■ Commingled, corrugated cardboard (no packing materials): first and third wards: first and third Tuesdays; second and fourth wards: second and fourth Tuesdays
■ Yard waste (April through October): first and third wards: first and third Mondays; second and fourth wards: second and fourth Mondays
■ Electronics: residents must call in advance. First Monday of the month.
■ Tires (May through October): residents must call in advance. Last Tuesday of the month.
Archbald Borough recycling changes: Archbald Borough recycling dates change as of January 2020.
■ Cardboard will be picked up the following weeks: (2/16 – 3/1, 3,15, 3/29 – 4/12, 4/26 – 5/10, 5/24 – 6/7,6/21 – 7/5, 7/19 – 8/2, 8/16, 8/30 – 9/13, 9/27 – 10/11, 10/25 – 11/8, 11/22 – 12/6, 12/20)
■ Paper will be picked up the following weeks: (2/9, 2/23 – 3/8, 3/22 – 4/5, 4/19 – 5/3, 5/17, 5/31 – 6/14, 6/28 – 7/12, 7/26 – 8/9, 8/23 – 9/6, 9/20 – 10/4, 10/18 – 11/1, 11/15, 11/29 – 12/13, 12/27)
Cans, bottles and plastic will be picked up each week.
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