Announcements, cancellations and postponements

Help the Valley Community Library win a new recycled plastic bench for their outdoor play area. From Feb. 13 through Aug. 13, the library at 739 River St. will collect grocery bags, bread bags, case overwrap, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, ice bags, wood pellet bags, re-sealable bags, produce bags, bubble wrap, salt bags and cereal bags. If they can collect more than 500 pounds of plastic film and bags, TREX Recycling will donate the bench. The library will not take plastic bottles and all materials should be clean, dry and free of food residue. Drop off any time the library is open. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/valleycommunitylibrary/.

The First United Presbyterian Church of Lackawanna Valley, 1557 Main St., Peckville, is holding a Welsh cookie sale on Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cookies are $7/dozen and must be ordered by Feb. 6. Call 570-489-7866. Pickup is at the kitchen door at the realty side of the church building.

The Friends of the Valley Community Library Annual Membership Drive is now open Individual memberships are $10 and family memberships are $15. Perks include member pre-sales for all active members the day prior to our public book sales. Become a new member, or renew existing memberships, at Valley Community Library’s circulation desk. The Friends of the Valley Community Library is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising supplemental funds for the library and its programs.

Trinity Episcopal Church, 58 River St., Carbondale is having a homemade soup sale. Available soups are split pea and ham, beef barley, pasta fagioli, Manhattan clam chowder, beef Vvegetable, cream of broccoli and chicken noodle. $5/pint, $9/quart. Pickup is weekdays from 9:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Call 570-282-3620 for availability and pre-orders.

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.

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.

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.

EVENTS

JAN. 21

Winter tree hike: 10 a.m., Rail-Trail Council of NEPA’s Union Dale Trailhead, 948 N. Main Street, Union Dale. Led by retired District Forester Jim Kessler. Suitable for adults and kids. Pre-register by emailing cindy.nepatrails@gmail.com or by calling 570-679-9300 x 201.

JAN. 24

Movie matinee: 1 p.m., Valley Community Library, 739 River St., Peckville. Showing “The Greatest Showman” in the Gino Merli room. Register by calling 570-489-1765 or visit LCLSHOME.org.

JAN. 25

Adult Craft: Color Spiral Wall Art: 5 p.m., Valley Community Library, 739 River St., Peckville. Register by calling 570-489-1765 or visiting at LCLSHOME.org.

JAN. 28

Gift card bingo: doors open at 11 a.m., games start at noon, Carbondale Area Jr./Sr. High School Cafeteria, 101 Brooklyn St. Presented by Carbondale Future Teachers Club. $10 entry fee, $10 for each extra card, $5 for special card. First come, first served. Baked goods and light refreshments available.

Venison dinner: noon, Hrichak McAndrew American Legion Post 869, 161 S. Main St., Archbald. Eat-in or takeout, $10 each. Gun raffles and 50/50 drawings. Tickets available at the post or contact Jerry Heid at 570-212-0893.

Adult Craft — Color Spiral Wall Art: 1 p.m., Valley Community Library, 739 River St., Peckville. Register by calling 570-489-1765 or visiting at LCLSHOME.org.

JAN. 30

Winter Sowing adult workshop: 1 p.m., Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St. Led by Penn State master gardeners. Participants will make and take home a milk jug mini greenhouse, as well as materials and seeds to plant more at home. $10 materials fee. Registration is required; call 570-282-4281.

FEB. 2

Outdoor Town Action Team meeting: 6 p.m., Elegante, West Street, Forest City. Topics to discuss include building façade program, mural grant, Center Street Park, improvements to Main Street trailhead, trailhead sculpture, marketing and more. All are welcome. For further information, contact Juliann Doyle at 570-499-4908 or jdoyle@nep.net.

FEB. 3

Blood drive: 1 to 6 p.m., Browndale Fire Station, 620 Marion St. To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org. A few walk-in appointments will be available.

FEB. 4

My Grown-Up and Me — Paint and Snack: 5:30 p.m., Valley Community Library, 739 River St., Peckville. Spirited Art will guide participants to complete a cozy winter painting. Children ages 5 and up can come with a grown-up to paint together. $50 per pair, $25 per additional canvas. Money raised will help the youth services department of the Valley Community Library.

Homemade pasta dinner: 3 to 6 p.m., St. James St. George Episcopal Church, 398 Washington Ave., Jermyn. Takeout only. $15 each; tickets available from any member or at the door. For more information, call 570-876-4896.

FEB. 10

Sweetheart Valentine dance:5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Greater Scranton YMCA. Dancing, music and fun for kids 1 to 12 and a special guy in their life, whether it's their dad, grandfather, uncle, etc. Event limited to 150 children, each will receive a special keepsake photo. Light refreshments will be served. Register by Feb. 8 by visiting www.greaterscrantonymca.org/programs/40058/special-events. Members, $10/couple. Non-members, $20/couple. Family members, free.

FEB. 12

Annual Super Bowl Sunday chicken barbecue: noon to 3 p.m., Throop Hose Company No. 1, 512 Center St. Drive thru only. $12 each, tickets available from any member or call Dave Benson at 570-383-1019. All members asked to bake; drop off baked goods at the hose company hall the morning of the barbecue.

FEB. 17

Mardi Gras celebration: 6 to 10 p.m., Fiorelli's, 1501 Main St., Peckville. Organized by the Blakely/Peckville Crime Watch. Informal fun, wear your favorite mask. Meal featuring New Orleans specialties, beer and wine included with cash bar for cocktails, music, dancing and photo booth. Tickets, $65 donation. For more information or to order tickets, call 570-383-9946 or 570-383-0196.

MARCH 4

Spaghetti dinner: 3 to 7 p.m., Eureka Hose Co.No.4, 717 E. Grant St., Olyphant. $10 each, takeout only. Tickets available from members or at the station on Monday evenings.

ONGOING/REMINDERSUnited Neighborhood Center’s Fallbrook Healthy Aging Campus hosts oncology yoga every Monday at 1 p.m. These free classes are for individuals living with cancer and survivors of cancer. Mats are available at the campus, 185 Fallbrook St., Carbondale. Call 570-580-9765 for more information.

The Carbondale Public Library will start a new STEM club for kids 7-12, led by Tim Frank from Johnson College, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 23. Registration is required, visitlclshome.org/b/carbondale-public-library. The library will also launch a dinosaur club for kids 4-12, in conjunction with Jurassic Raptor 570, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of every month beginning Jan. 21.

Carbondale Public Library will launch a new teen book club for horror lovers called the Wednesday Addams Book Club. The group will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday starting Jan. 11 at the library, 5 N. Main St. Registration required, visit lclshome.org/b/carbondale-public-library.

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.

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 Valley Community Library hosts knitting and crochet group at 1 p.m. every other Friday starting Jan. 13. All levels welcome. Attendees can bring their own project they are working on or come start one with yarn and needles available. Register by calling the library at 570-489-1765 or going online at LCLSHOME.org.

The Valley Community Library, 739 River St., Peckville, hosts a cooking club on the first Thursday of the month. Choose a recipe from the selected cookbook during the prior month and register at the front desk. Make the recipe at home and bring your creation to the meeting. Everyone will discuss the recipes and try each other’s dishes. This program is for ages 18 and older.

The Valley Community Library, 739 River St., Peckville, hosts a cross-stitch and embroidery group at 1 p.m. every other Friday starting Jan. 6. The library will have project supplies or feel free to bring your own. Registration is required by calling the library at 570-489-1765 or going online at LCLSHOME.org.

The Valley Community Library hosts a genealogy club on the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. The club will help patrons learn more about history through their personal family history and will discuss records used to find information, help search for more information and share findings. Members will be able to use many resources available at the library, including AncestryLibrary, HeritageQuest and the library’s local history and genealogy book collection. Individuals with all levels of genealogy knowledge are welcome. Laptops will be available at meetings, but personal tech devices and documents can be used.

Dickson 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 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.

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.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church hosts its food giveaway on the second Wednesday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m. Upcoming dates are Feb. 8 and March 8. 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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