NOV. 16 Holiday vendor craft fair: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Carbondale PROSPER team is hosting a holiday vendor craft fair. Vendor space is available at $30 for a single space. Vendors must provide a door prize. Vendors keep all profits from their booths. Proceeds from the event will benefit drug and alcohol prevention programs in the Carbondale Area School District. For more information, call Penn State's extension at 570-963-6842.

Roast pork dinner: The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, 624 Madison Ave., Jermyn, will hold its annual roast pork dinner on Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Parish Center. Cost is $12; tickets for children 12 and younger are $5. Takeouts are from 2-4 p.m.; eat in from 5-6:30 p.m. A themed basket raffle will be held as well. Tickets may be purchased at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish Rectory (570-876-1061), T&R Service Station in Mayfield and Sterling Pharmacy in Jermyn.

Trivia night: The Eynon-Archbald Lions Club will host a trivia night on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Eynon VFW, Post 7963. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and include four sessions of trivia games, freshly made hoagies, snacks and complimentary drinks. Team tables of eight are suggested. Tickets must be purchased prior to event by calling 570-877-4845.

Craft fair: Valley View Elementary School, 901 Main St., Peckville, will host a craft fair Saturday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be more than 60 vendors, door raffles and a 50/50 raffle.

NOV. 16-17 "Nunsense": Our Cabaret Productions and The Anthracite Center at NBT, 41 N. Main St., Carbondale, are bringing "Nunsense" back for its triumphant return to Carbondale on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. Advance tickets are available starting at $20 at brownpapertickets.com/event/4417903 or by calling 1-800-838-3006. A pre-show reception including drinks and light fare is offered on both days for an additional cost.

NOV. 18 Revolutionary War discussion: The Archbald Historical Society will present a discussion on the Revolutionary War on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Archbald Brough Building. The evening's speaker will be Alan Shields. Shields will display documents on the period and discuss his research findings on each. This event is free to the public. For more information, email Kathleen Myers at kgm123@comcast.net.

NOV. 19 Final drawing and dinner: Captains of St. John's 300 Club of St. John's Russian Orthodox Cathedral, have announced that the final drawing and dinner for this session of the club will be Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. in the church center, 701 Hill St., Mayfield. In order to be eligible for the final drawing, all memberships must be paid in full. All members and a guest are welcome to attend the final drawing and meal. If you are not a member and wish to join the next club session, you may do so by attending and seeing any of the captains who will be on hand that night to purchase tickets.

If you cannot attend, you may join the next club by sending your name, address and payment of $25 to St. John's Rectory, 706 Hill Street, Mayfield, PA 18433. Membership cards will be sent upon receipt of payment. Any questions, please contact St. John's Rectory at 570-876-0730.

Mountain View Garden Club meeting: The Mountain View Garden Club will host its November meeting at the Clifford Township Fire Co. Thursday, Nov. 19 There will be a social time at 6:45 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. and the evening's program will begin at 7:30 p.m. Club members Janelle Zigon and Louise Guszick will provide a demonstration on holiday floral arrangements. For more information, contact Mary Pacul at mrspacul@gmail.comNOV. 20 Dickson City Neighborhood Watch meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Dickson City Borough Building. Guest speaker will be Dickson City Council President Jeffrey Kovaleski. All residents are invited to ask questions and to hear about current and upcoming borough issues.

NOV. 21 Free monthly community meal: Rescue & Restore Church is hosting its free monthly community meal on Thursday Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m. instead of Nov. 28 this month due to the Thanksgiving holiday.NOV. 23 Children's Christmas Party: The Eynon Christmas Light Committee will sponsor its annual Children's Christmas Party, Saturday, Nov. 23 from 1-3 p.m. at Eynon-Sturges Hose Co. No. 3, on Thomas Street in Eynon. There will be carriage rides, gifts, music, refreshments and appearances by Gretchen the Elf and Santa and Mrs. Clause.

Free community luncheon: Saturday, Nov. 23, the Stone South Kitchen at Christ Episcopal Church, 700 Delaware St., Forest City, will host a free community luncheon. Servings are noon to 1 p.m. Call the church at 570-785-3425 to confirm the luncheon will be served in case of questionable weather of a sudden church-related event.

Chicken/pasta ala vodka dinner: The friends of Matt Burnett are having a takeout only chicken/pasta ala vodka dinner fundraiser on Nov. 23 at the Trinity Club on South Main Street in Carbondale. Tickets are $12. Dinners will be available for pick up from 1-6 p.m. All ticket sales and returns should be in by Nov. 18. For more info, contact Rick Burnett at 272-207-0445.

NOV. 24 Shopping extravaganza: The Carbondale chapter of UNICO National will host "All Wrapped Up," a holiday shopping event on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hotel Anthracite, 25 South Main St., Carbondale. More than 25 vendors will be on hand with a selection of unique items for sale. Spend an afternoon in downtown Carbondale. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door or from a member of Carbondale UNICO. This event supports charities in Carbondale.

NOV. 28 Free Thanksgiving Dinner: Eynon-Archbald Lions Club is sponsoring its annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner. Hot dinners will be prepared and delivered to residents of Eynon, Archbald, Sturges and Nebraska between 10-11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. To order, call Gloria at 570-876-3215 or Phyllis at 570-876-3087. Deadline for orders is Friday, Nov. 22.

Free Thanksgiving buffet: Eagle Hose Company, 1 Eagle Lane, Dickson City, will host a free Thanksgiving buffet on Nov. 28 from noon to 3:30 p.m. for those whose dinner plans may have been canceled, the less fortunate, the elderly or anyone who has no place to go for dinner. Takeouts are available. Music will be provided by The Frost Duo and the dinner is sponsored by Dr. J. Donald Kazmerski and Judie and Brian Richards.

NOV. 30 and Dec. 28

Community meal: TheSt. James-St. George Episcopal Food Pantry, 398 Washington Ave., Jermyn, will host a community meal on Saturdays, Nov. 30 and Dec. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The food pantry will not be open during its regular hours in November and December.

DEC. 1. Wreath sale: William Walker Hose Company's Fresh Holiday Wreath Sale is underway. Wreaths are available, 22x24' in size, hand-crafted and with a bow, for $25. Outdoor stands for the wreaths are available for an additional $10. All orders must be paid by Nov. 15. Wreaths will be available for pick-up at the WWHC Station, 803 Penn Ave., Mayfield, on Dec. 1 from 2-5 p.m. Order from WWHC members, at the Mayfield Borough Office or call 570-282-6059 and leave a message.

DEC. 5-13 Dearly Departed: Actors Circle will present "Dearly Departed" at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. Tickets are $8 for general and seniors, $6 for students on Dec. 5. For reservations call 570-342-9707, or email tickets@actorscircle.com.

DEC. 6 Soup Sale: Friday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, 700 Delaware St., Forest City, will host a soup sale. Takeout only. Soup is $5 per pint. Various varieties of soup are available. To reserve your order or for the full menu, call 570-785-3425.

Blood drive: Browndale Fire Company, 620 Marion St., Browndale, will host a blood drive from 1-6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6 at the station. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-733-2767 or go online to: redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

DEC. 7 Christmas on the Square: The Olyphant Lions Club and Olyphant Borough officials will sponsor Christmas on the Square, Dec. 7 at the train station on the square in Olyphant. Refreshments will be served from noon until Santa's visit at 1 p.m. at the Excelsior Hose Company. Entertainment will be provided by the Mid Valley Spartan Band, which is directed by Charles Wilson.

DEC. 14 Christmas cookie sale: Saturday, Dec. 14, Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, 624 Madison Ave., Jermyn,will host its 12th annual cookie sale from 9 a.m. until sold out. No pre-orders will be taken. One-pound packages are $8 and two-pound packages are $15.

Christmas cookie sale: The First United Presbyterian Church of Lackawanna Valley, 1557 Main St., Peckville will host the Argia Caines Memorial Christmas Cookie Sale on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. Homemade cookies are $8 per pound. To order call Darlys at 570-254-9868.

ONGOING

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 Nov. 30 and 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 nursing and assisted living/personal care home residents who may not receive cards 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.

Fear Fest Friday: At the Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St., Carbondale, will be all-day showings of scary movies. Oct. 18 featured Abbott & Costello Meet the Monsters and Oct. 25 features Classic Monster Mania.

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

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