Announcements, cancellations and postponements

Christ Episcopal Church, 700 Delaware St., Forest City, will have a weekly soup sale starting Dec. 2 and continuing through the 2023 Lenten season. Frozen pints for $5, varieties will change throughout the season. Pick ups every Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. Call 570-785-3425 for soup choices and to reserve your order.

Browndale Fire Company is holding a holiday raffle with proceeds benefiting the company. Tickets are $5 each, and may be purchased at The Red Cross Drug Store, Simpler Times, K & J’s Kitchen or NAPA, all located on Main Street, Forest City, from any member or by calling 570-785-5300 and leave a message. Drawing is Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Mayfield is collecting donations for Toys for Tots at the borough building, 739 Penn Ave. All items donated will be distributed to needy children by the U.S. Marines. For more information on the toy drive, contact the borough secretary at 570-876-4391.

The First United Presbyterian Church of Lackawanna Valley is hosting the annual Agria Caines Memorial Christmas Cookie sale on Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. Cookies are $8/pound. Pre-orders are required by Dec. 2, call 570-536-4027. Pickup will be at the sanctuary doors on either side of the church building, 1557 Main St., Peckville.

Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish will host a Christmas cookie sale from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 10 in the parish center, 624 Madison Ave., Jermyn. One pound, $10; two pounds, $18. Deadline to place orders is Dec. 3. Call 570-319-1028, 570-876-3405 or 570-876-3565.

Greater Carbondale YMCA is selling lottery tickets for the January evening daily number. Tickets, $10 each. If your number comes up Monday-Friday, win $75. If your number comes up Saturday or Sunday, win $125. Stop at the Y, 82 N Main St, Carbondale, to purchase. For more information, call 570-282-2210 or visit www.greatercarbondaleymca.org.

Senior men bowlers wanted for a league on Wednesdays at 1 p.m., Idle Hours Lanes North, 2008 Scranton Carbondale Highway. Bowl three games in a handicap league, all range of talents accepted, $14 per person. For more information, call the bowling alley at 570-489-7526.

The Dickson City Light and Banner Association Christmas Coloring Contest returns as part of the annual community Christmas event on Nov. 20. The contest is open to all Dickson City residents ages 5 to 12. A $50 Amazon gift card will be awarded to winners in each of three age groups and all entrants will have the honor of lighting the Christmas tree at the free community event. Coloring page and entry forms can be picked up and returned at The UPS Store, 1330 Main St. or the Dickson City Municipal Office, 901 Enterprise St. All entries must be received by Nov. 14.

Valley View High School Class of 2022 yearbooks are ready for pick-up. Anyone who purchased a yearbook can come to the front lobby desk to pick it up Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Captains of St. John’s 300 Club of St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Mayfield, have announced that new membership cards for the next session of this fundraising club are now available. The next session will begin in December 2022 and continue for 26 weeks. To join the next club, send 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. Membership includes eligibility for 26 weeks of drawings, a final drawing – date which will be announced. For more information, contact St. John’s Rectory at 570-876-0730.

Trinity Episcopal Church, 58 River St., Carbondale is having a Christmas fundraising raffle with the drawing on Dec. 18 at noon. Prizes include a 50” Vizio Smart TV, $50 Lottery tickets, $50 and $100 cash prizes, $100 money tree, 26-inch mountain bike, $50 with Coach wallet, gift baskets and more. Tickets, $5 per sheet with 25 tickets per sheet. Purchase five sheets and receive another sheet free. You do not need to be present to win. Tickets can be purchased at the church office from Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Tickets can be mailed. For more information, call 570-282-3620.

Parishioners of SS. Peter and Paul Church, Simpson, are selling $20 Calendar Lottery tickets for the first six months of 2023. Each ticket has two numbers. Prizes include $25 per day, $40 on Sundays and six $100 prizes — New Year’s Day, Easter, Valentine’s Day, SS Peter and Paul Holy Day and two random Sundays in June. Checks will be mailed to winners. For more information, contact Marge at 570-282-5680 or Linda at 570-282-0796.

Christ Episcopal Church, Delaware and Dundaff streets in Forest City, is offering once monthly healing services led by Father Bill McGinty. Services will be held Dec. 4 at 9 a.m.

Mayfield Lions are asking residents to refrain from parking in front of utility poles on national holidays when American flags are installed by club members for the day. Installation is difficult and safety is a concern.

EVENTS

NOV. 26

Kerry Kenny Band: 8 to 11 p.m., Kenny’s Pub, 153 Spruce St., Archbald. No cover.

NOV. 28

No School Day: All day, Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St. Crafts, movies and puzzles. Open to kids of all ages.

DEC. 2

Blood drive: 1 to 6 p.m., Browndale Fire Station, 620 Marion St., Forest City. Appointments recommended, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org. A few walk in appointments are available.

DEC. 3

Holiday pop-up shop: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St. Vendors selling crafts, gifts and direct sales items.

Christmas in a Small Town: Santa will arrive at Carbondale Train Station at 10:30 a.m. and continue with stops at the Archbald Train Station at 11:35 a.m.; Jessup Train Station at 12:20 p.m.; Olyphant’s Queen City Train Station at 1 p.m. and the Dickson City Train Station at 1:45 p.m. Visits with Santa, refreshments, live music, Toys for Tots donations of new, unwrapped toys accepted. For more information, call the Lackawanna Heritage Valley office at 570- 963-6730.

DEC. 7

Blood drive: noon to 5 p.m., VFW Post 7963, 284 Main St., Eynon. Held in memory of Matthew Passeri. For an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code Eynon.

DEC. 10

Craft and vendor fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dickson City Civic Center, 935 Albert St. Seeking participants. Call 570-383-1813 for more information.

Cookie walk: 9 a.m. to noon, Clifford United Methodist Church, Main Street. $8 for small container, $11 for large.

Second Saturday Mindfulness walk/hike: 10 a.m., Luciana Park, Lanesboro. Five-mile hike to Fairy Rock and the gorge.

Jermyn’s Christmas Light Parade: 6 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus arrives. Parade begins at the corner of Rushbrook Street and Washington Avenue onto Gibson and Jefferson avenues, ending with light refreshments at the Jermyn Community Center. Line up at 5:30 p.m. for holiday marchers at the Jermyn Supply parking lot and floats on Bonnie Drive.

DEC. 11

Jermyn Community Concert: 3 p.m., United Methodist Church, Washington Avenue. Handicapped accessible. Light refreshments in the basement for all.

DEC. 17

Free Christmas luncheon: noon to 1 p.m., Christ Church, Delaware and Dundaff streets, Forest City. Everyone welcome.

DEC. 21

Solstice celebration and Bringing Light to the Night parade: 6 p.m., Forest City Trailhead of the Rail-Trail Council of NEPA. Candlelight walk/parade, hot cocoa buffet, stories and songs.

ONGOING/REMINDERSDickson City Civic Center, 935 Albert St., hosts a senior fitness class from 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Free for borough residents; annual fee for non-residents.The center also hosts adult fitness classes from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 9 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays, $5/borough residents and $7/non-residents. It also hosts toddler time from 10:30 a.m. to noon on select Tuesdays and Thursdays. $6/class for borough residents, $8/class for non-residents. The class is aimed at children 18 months to 4 years; pre-registration is required. Call 570-383-1813.

Forest City Area Historical Society is accepting applications for 2022 membership and membership renewals. Individual membership, $25; family membership, $50; lifetime membership, $150; student membership, $10. More membership options available. Contact Juliann Doyle, membership chair, by calling 570-499-4908 or e-mailing jdoyle@nep.net. For more information, visit www.forestcityareahistoricalsociety.org.

Rail-Trail Council of NEPA hosts a variety of activities each month designed to build health and enjoy the outdoors. Walking Mondays happen at 10 a.m. each Monday at the Union Dale Trailhead. Biking Wednesday happen at 5 p.m. each Wednesday, also at the Union Dale Trailhead. There are also special events each month. Check out their Facebook page, Rail-Trail Council of Nepa. Pre-registration is required; email trails@nep.net or call 570-679-9300.

The Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St., hosts a number of special events each month, including a homeschool program on Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m. and afternoon story hour on Thursdays at 4 p.m., geared for children in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade.

The Archbald Borough Historical Society meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Archbald Borough Council Chambers, 400 Church St.

Broom sale sponsored by the Mayfield Lions Club, at the borough building. Used eyeglasses are also collected at the same location. For more information, call 570-876-4391.

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 $8 per dozen. For more information, call 570-383-0785 or 570-489-5591.

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Dickson City hosts bingo games every Monday evening, with doors opening at 5 p.m. Early bird games begin at 6:30 p.m.; regular games begin at 6:50 p.m. Admission fee includes 17 games with Buddy Bingo Special and Progressive Jackpot each week. Homemade food sold before the bingo. Door prizes awarded each week. Van shuttle service provided for free from Carbondale (call Evelyn at 570-282-4817) and Scranton (call Nettie at 570-341-9363). For more information, call 570-489-2091.

The Carbondale Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 185 Fallbrook St. It accepts SNAP/EBT benefits. To learn more, recipients can speak with the market manager at the United Neighborhood Centers service table at the market.

Fallbrook Healthy Aging Campus, 185 Fallbrook St., has plenty of activities each week, including Bingo at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. They offer yoga classes, arthritis-friendly exercise classes, crafts and educational classes, too. For more information and a full schedule, visit www.facebook.com/uncnepa or call 570-580-9765.

The Valley Community Library hosts a genealogy club on the first Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. The genealogy club will help patrons learn more about history through their personal family history and will discuss different types of records used to find information, help each other search for more information and share findings.

Carbondale Public Library hosts a book club at 1 p.m. on the last Thursday of every month in the library’s community room. For information on the book, visit the library at 5 N. Main St. or call 570-282-4281.

Rescue and Restore Church, 120 Willow Ave., Olyphant, hosts a food distribution on the first Monday of every month. Bring identification on first visit. Contact 570-483-4114 or rescuerestorechurch.com for additional information. The church also hosts a community dinner at 5 p.m. on the last Thursday of every month. Everyone is welcome.

A community food distribution is held from noon to 4 p.m. on the last Friday of every month at the Carbondale Public Library, 5. N. Main Ave. Registration is strongly recommended, otherwise it is first come, first served. For more information, contact the library at 570-282-4281.

St. James St. George Episcopal Church, 398 Washington Ave., Jermyn, offers a food pantry on the fourth Wednesday of every month and a takeout community meal on the last Saturday of every month. Both are be held at the church.

The Bread Basket of NEPA operates two food pantries in the area. The Jessup pantry is open from 3 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday at St. Michael’s Church, 316 First Ave. The Archbald pantry is open from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday at Christ the King Parish, 411 Church St. Clients can visit the pantry once a month; they should bring identification. For more information, call 570-343-2324.

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