Announcements, cancellations and postponements

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.

Captains of St. John’s 300 Club of St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Mayfield, have announced that the 26th week and final drawings for this session of the Club will be held on Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. in the church center, 701 Hill St. and can be watched live via St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral Mayfield, PA on Facebook or on St. John’s website via Livestream. In order to be eligible for the final drawing, all memberships must be paid in full. If you are not presently a member of the 300 Club and would like to join the next session, you may do so by sending your name, address and payment of $25 to St. John’s Rectory, 706 Hill St., Mayfield, PA 18433. Membership cards will be sent upon receipt of payment. Checks should be made to: ST. JOHN’S 300 CLUB. Any questions, please contact St. John’s Rectory at 570-876-0730. The next session of the 300 Club will begin on December. Sessions run for 26 consecutive weeks.

Queen of Angels Parish in Jessup will be conducting their Annual Novena in Honor of St. Therese of the Little Flower beginning Sept. 22 and concluding Oct. 1. Weekday Masses are at 5:30 p.m. Saturday Mass is at 4 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Each day will include the novena prayers and a blessing with the St. Therese relic. The worship site is at 320 First Ave., Jessup. All are welcome.

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 Oct. 1st, 4 p.m.; Nov. 6, 9 a.m.; and Dec. 4, 9 a.m.

Vendor spots are available for St. John’s Cathedral’s Fall Festival, scheduled for Nov. 11-12. Cost is $75 for the two-day event at St. John’s Center, 701 Hill St., Mayfield. Interested crafters/vendors should call Joan at 570-906-4520.

Olyphant Freedom Fighter Veterans Memorial Park is still accepting pavers to be engraved and placed at the site. Dedication is anticipated in November. Pavers are 12 inches by 6 inches and are hand cut Pennsylvania Blue Stone. Applications can be obtained at the Olyphant Borough Building or by calling Kim Onda Atkinson at 570-383-9552.

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.


Rummage sale: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., St. Cyril’s School Gym, 133 River St., Olyphant. Raffle baskets, donations accepted to help Ukraine.

SEPT. 24

Designer Purse Bingo: Door open at noon, games begin at 1 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 58 River St., Carbondale. $25 each, lunch counter available. Fabulous purses, basket raffle and door prizes. Call 570-282-3620 for tickets.

Purse Bingo: Door open at noon, games begin at 1 p.m., St. John’s Center on Hill Street, Mayfield. Basket raffles, door prizes, a 50/50 and special games. $25/advance or $30/door. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 570-253-3610, 570-499-7641 or 570-254-9389.

Blessed Sacrament Parish 15th Annual Family Festival: Parish grounds, 215 Rebecca Street, Throop. Noon to 7 p.m., pigs in a blanket dinner, tickets available by calling Karen Doyle at 570-489-2552. Outside food stands from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Rebecca Street grounds, includes ethnic favorites, potato pancakes, pizza fritta, french fries, hot dogs and hamburgers. Bake sale, 50/50 raffle and wiffle event on church grounds starting at 9 a.m.

Autumn market: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Memorial Park, Carbondale. Organized by Carbondale Public Library. Crafts, gifts and more. For more information, call 570-282-4281.

SEPT. 24-25

Blessed Sacrament Parish 15th Annual Family Festival: Parish grounds on Rebecca Street. Wiffle ball event, 9 a.m. Saturday, open to children 13 and under. Awards ceremony, 11:45 a.m., Saturday. Damian the Magician, 9:30 a.m., Saturday. Pigs in a blanket dinner, noon to 7 p.m. or until sold out. Call the parish office at 570-489-0752, or Karen Doyle at 570-489-2552 for tickets. A variety of other foods available 3-9 p.m. Bingo at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the parish hall, plus basket raffles, 50/50 raffle and variety of foods.

Christmas in September festival and car show: noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, St. Michael’s Center, 403 Delaware St., Jermyn.

SEPT. 25

Annual Harvest Festival: 1 to 4 p.m., AC Field, 8 Export Ln, Archbald. Hosted by the Eynon Archbald Lions. Music by Q-Ball, pumpkin painting, face painting, crafts, games, prizes, food, ice cream, children eye screenings, Cathy’s Book Corner, fire, rescue, ambulance and SWAT exhibits and more. Free event.

Fall Festival: 1 to 5 p.m., Greater Carbondale YMCA, 82 N. Main St. Live music by Dani-elle, 1-3 p.m. Pony rides by Hickory Mountain Farm, 1 to 4 p.m. Free swimming, 1-4 p.m. Pumpkin painting, $5 each, cookie walk, $10/container. Plus bounce house, games, food truck and ice cream.

SEPT. 30

Country and bluegrass concert: 7 p.m., Forest City Area Historical Society Museum, 629 Main St. Featuring music by the Young Brothers. No admission fee, but donations will be accepted. Museum is handicapped accessible and air conditioned.

OCT. 1

Pancake breakfast: 8 to 11 a.m., 625 Dundaff St., formerly LaSalle Academy in Dickson City. Hosted by Boy Scout Troop 21. $8/each, available from any scout or at the door. Takeout available.

Potato pancakes fundraiser: noon to 5 p.m., Shopa Davey VFW Post 6082, 123 Electric St. Peckville. $1/each. Call Commander Pete Puhalla Sr. with your order, 570-335-5551.

Archbald Notre Dame Club’s annual pasta dinner: 4 to 8 p.m., Kenny’s Pub, 153 Spruce St Archbald. $12/ticket, available at the door.

Kielbasa Smokefest: 4 to 10 p.m., 315 Second St. Blakely. Hosted by Blakely Hose Co. No. 2. Bosak’s kielbasa and steaks, music by Friends Of The Gypsy and an assortment of beverages.

OCT. 2

Blessing of the pets: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Browndale Fire Station, 620 Marion St. Bring your favorite leashed furry friend to receive a special blessing by Father Bill McGinty of Christ Church. Light refreshments will be available and donations will be made to the Dessin Animal Shelter.

OCT. 5

Friends of the Arc Auxiliary membership mixer: 6 p.m., La Buona Vita 200 Reilly St., Dunmore. Featuring a special presentation by Sara Wolff, plus the Tutti Ensemble and an art exhibit. Memberships, $10. RSVPs are due by Sept. 28 by calling 570-207-0824.

OCT. 7

Semi-annual ‘souper’ sale: pickup 4 to 6 p.m., Cafe Soriano, 523 Main St., Peckville. Held by Friends of the Valley Community Library. $12/quart, choice of chicken noodle, pigs in a blanket, pasta fagioli and potato (gluten free). $20/quart, crab bisque. Orders may be placed at the circulation desk of Valley Community Library or by calling Ann Evans at 570-479-0806 by Sept. 29. Cash or check payable to Friends of the Valley Community Library.

Food sale: All Saints Orthodox Church, 211 Willow St., Olyphant. Limited quantities, pre-orders preferred. Takeout only. Choices include pierogis butter and onion, frozen pierogi, cabbage and noodles and piggies. Potato pancakes will be available outside. For more information, call Ann at 570-383-0785 or Ann at 570-561-8082.

OCT. 7-8

Baba’s Fall Flea Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct 7; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 8, St. John’s Center, 701 Hill St., Mayfield. Furniture, collectibles, glassware, dinnerware, pots, pans, jewelry and more.

OCT. 8

Craft/soup/bake sale: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 410 Delaware Ave., Olyphant. Organized by Grace E. Barthold Chapter No. 216, Order of the Eastern Star. $15/table, interested crafters can contact Robin at 570-498-4669. Soup is first come, first served. Takeout only. $8/quart and $4.50/pint, cream of mushroom, cream of broccoli, chicken noodle, vegetable beef, Italian wedding and stracciatella.

Chicken parmigiana dinner: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. John’s Center, 701 Hill St., Mayfield. Takeout only. $12/each, includes chicken parm, pasta, salad, roll and dessert. Advance tickets available by calling 570-876-3576, 570-876-0730, or 570-466-8431. Limited number of tickets available at the door.

Gun raffle: 4 to 9 p.m., Jessup Hose Co. No. 2, 333 Hill St. $25 donation, includes food and beverages. More than 10 guns to be raffled off; background check required. For tickets, text or call Ken at 570-499-1794.

Soup sale: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 410 Delaware Ave., Olyphant. Held by Grace E. Barthold Chapter No. 216, Order of the Eastern Star. Takeout only, $8/quart and $4.50/pint. Choice of cream of mushroom, cream of broccoli, chicken noodle, vegetable beef, Italian wedding and stracciatella. Also seeking crafters, $15/table. Call Robin at 570-498-4669.

Rigatoni and meatball dinner: 3 to 5 p.m., takeout; 5:30 to 8 p.m., sit down dinner. Michael Steiner Post No. 411, American Legion, 508 Church St., Jessup. $12/meal, includes rigatoni with meatballs, homemade sauce, salad, bread and dessert. Tickets available at the post, by calling Commander Joe Ferretti at 570- 383-0527 or Pete Setta at 570- 489-5043 or from any Jessup Legion/Auxiliary member.

Chicken and biscuit dinner: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, Delaware and Dundaff streets. $12/each, takeout only. Advance tickets required, call and leave a message at 570-785-3425, or contact any church member.

OCT. 9

Egg, pancake and sausage breakfast: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Throop Hose Co. No. 1, 512 Center St., Throop. All you can eat, $10/adults and $5/under 10. Tickets may be purchased from any member or by calling Dave Benson at 570-383-1019.

Mega Bingo: Doors open at 1 p.m., games start at 3 p.m., Scott Township Hose Company, 1027 Montdale Road, Olyphant. held by District 14-H Lions.Tickets, $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Prizes, basket raffles. For tickets call 570-489-1965.

OCT. 12

14th annual Local Author’s Luncheon: 11:30 a.m., Elkview Country Club, Crystal Lake. Benefits the Forest City Library. Speaker will be Kelly Ann Hopkins, high school librarian, creative writing teacher at Lackawanna Trail High School and author of “Gulf of Deception,” “High Vices” and “Buried Beneath.” $25/each. For more information, visit

Chicken and biscuit dinner: noon to 5:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 58 River St. $12/each, includes chicken with gravy over biscuit, vegetable and dessert. To reserve dinners, call church office at 570-282-3620. Walk-Ins always welcome.

Blood drive: noon to 5 p.m., Greater Carbondale YMCA. Sign up on the Red Cross website,

OCT. 15

Roast beef dinner: noon, St. James St. George Episcopal Church, 398 Washington Ave., Jermyn. Take out only, use ramp entrance. $15/adult, $5 under 12. Tickets from any member or at the door.

Community meal: noon to 1 p.m., Christ Church, Delaware and Dundaff streets, Forest City. No reservations needed, all are welcome.

OCT. 16

Halloween Trunk or Treat Car Show: noon to 3 p.m., Hotel Anthracite, 25 S. Main St., Carbondale. Rain date, Oct. 23. Antiques, classics, street rods and more; $10 registration and donation of new, unwrapped toy. Benefits Angel Tree Program and Toys for Tots. Food, drink, music, raffles. For more information, contact 570-876-4034.

OCT. 23

Bingo bonanza: doors open at noon, games begin at 2 p.m., Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Dickson City. $25 in advance, $30 at the door, includes 17 games, each with a minimum prize value of $300. For information, call 570-489-2091. Stop in or mail your request for tickets along with payment to the parish office at 1090 Carmalt St., Dickson City, PA 18519.

OCT. 28-29

Coat giveaway: 3-6 p.m. Oct. 28, 2-4 p.m. Oct. 29, Christ Episcopal Church, corner of Delaware and Dundaff streets, Forest City. Coats in men’s, women’s and children’s sizes, plus coats, hats, scarves and a limited supply of blankets. All are welcome, no income requirements or questions asked. For more information, call 570-785-5792.

ONGOING/REMINDERSForest 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 For more information, visit

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 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 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 for additional information. The church also hosts a community dinner at 5 p.m. on the last Thursday of every month. Everyone is welcome.

Carbondale Public Library hosts a summer lunch program every weekday, providing kids up to 18 with lunch from noon to 1 p.m. and a snack from 3 to 4 p.m. Meals are prepared by Mt. Zion Church in Wilkes-Barre. There are no income requirements to participate.

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.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church hosts a drive-thru food giveaway on the second Wednesday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m. and are scheduled for Oct. 12, Nov. 8 and so on. Giveaways are sponsored by Friends of the Poor and take place in the church’s parking lot, 1101 Willow St., Peckville.

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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