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EXETER — The Cosmopolitan Seniors have openings for the following trips:

• Caesars, Atlantic City, N.J., on Oct. 11 and Nov. 8.

• The bus will leave at 9:30 a.m. on Monday for the Al Martino show/dinner from St. Cecelia’s parking lot.

• Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, “Christmas Extravaganza,” includes a dinner, on Nov. 28.

All trips are open to the general public, as well as to club members. For information and reservations call Johanna, trip coordinator, at 655-2720.

LUZERNE — West Side Senior Citizens met at the church hall of St. John’s in Luzerne with all officers and 25 members present. Secretary and treasurer reports were accepted as read by the body.

There will be a three-day trip to Atlantic City, N.J., to the Hilton Casino. Any questions or for reservations, call Helen Amos at 288-1440.

Canned goods are still being accepted. Reservations are being taken for the Harvest Ball. A Halloween party will take place on Oct. 16. Reservations and money will be taken at the next meeting. 50-50 winners were Ceil Papson, Adele Yevich and Agnes Karabinas.

MINERS MILLS — The Miners Mills Community Club met on Sept. 19 in St. Francis Church Hall with 60 members in attendance. The various committees gave their respective reports. Games were played and prizes awarded.

The club’s annual picnic took place on Sept. 21 at the Plains Pavilion. Future events include a Halloween party on Oct. 17 and a Christmas party on Dec. 5.

MOUNTAIN TOP — The following activities will take place at the Mountain Top Senior Citizen Center:

• Lori Horvath from Life Line will give a presentation on the Life Line Screening program at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow.

• The center will be closed in observance of Columbus Day on Monday. .

• Senior nursing students from Wilkes University will host a health fair from 10 a.m. until noon on Oct. 19. They will be performing blood pressure and glucose screenings. A few of the other topics that will be covered include home safety, arthritis, etc. Door prizes will be awarded including a trip for two to Atlantic City.

• Chair exercise program from 11:15 a.m. until noon on Wednesdays.

The center is located in Wright Manor at 460 S. Main Road and is open daily from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Lunch is served daily. Reservations should be made at least one day in advance by calling 868-8517. Regular and diet menus are available each day for a donation of $1.

MOUNTAIN TOP — The Mountain Top Social Club has the following trips scheduled:

• Wilmington, Vt., at the Horizon Inn, includes daytime tours, evening shows and dinners, etc, Oct. 13-17.

• Williams Lake, Rosendale, N.Y., day tours, entertainment nightly, family-style meals, home cooked meals, May 21-25.

• Rocking Horse Resort, three full meals daily, program of daytime activities, free coffee and cake all day, contests, games, bingo, prizes, happy hour. In the evening, live entertainment and dancing, more games and prizes. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, boat rides, hay and horse rides, and much more, June 18-22.

• Sight & Sounds Theatre, “In the Beginning,” includes dinner after the show at Hershey Farms Restaurant. Stop at the Rockville Mall on the way to the show. Cost $89 per person and includes bus and all gratuities, July 18.

• Wildwood Crest, N.J., at Reges Oceanfront Resort, every room ocean front, evening dinner and shows, Atlantic City, N.J., winery tour and luncheon, Sept. 24-28.

For reservations or more information, call Otto at 474-0641.

NANTICOKE — The Nanticoke Senior Center has the following activities scheduled:

• Bus departs at 9 a.m. today for Mighty “M” Gaming at Monticello and leaves to return at 5 p.m.

• Student nurses from College Misericordia will be at the center from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. tomorrow.

• Apple muffin breakfast, $1 per person, reservations required on Friday .

• Center closed for Columbus Day on Monday .

• Blood pressure clinic from 10 until 11:15 a.m.

• Bus departs at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 11 for Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre for the show “My Fair Lady.”

• Pinochle tournament at 12:15 p.m. on Oct. 17.

• Plastic canvas class at 9 a.m. on Tuesday and Friday.

• Exercise with Diane from 10:45 until 11:15 a.m. on Tuesdays. $1 per session.

• Ceramic class at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays with Betty Gotcha, RSVP instructor.

• Sit-N-Be Fit Video at 10 a.m. on Thursdays.

• Chorus sing-a-long at 12:15 p.m. on Thursdays with Dorthea Karchin, pianist.

• Tai chi classes at 10 a.m. Fridays with Diane Hoover, instructor. $1 per session.

• The annual Christmas party will take place from noon until 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Alden Manor, Nanticoke. Cost is $20 per person with music by Mike Shema.

Lunch is served daily at the center and orders must be placed in advance before 1 p.m. Orders placed after this time will go on a stand by list. For reservations, call 735-1670.

PITTSTON — The Pittston Senior Center has the following activities:

• College Misericordia Nursing Students will conduct free blood pressure screenings and test their communication skills with center members tomorrow .

• A 55/Alive Driver’s Course will take place from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Oct. 14 and Oct. 21. Cost is $10 for both sessions. The course addresses the physical changes that can affect a senior citizen’s driving ability and behavior and ways to compensate for those changes.

• Farmers Market vouchers are available at the center. Eligible persons are those who have not received vouchers for 2006 and are 60 years old or older, live in Luzerne or Wyoming Counties and have an income of less than $18, 130 (single) or $24,420 (combined income for couples). They will be distributed from 1 until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the center. These vouchers are good for redemption until Nov. 30.

PLAINS TWP. — At the last meeting of the Plains Senior Citizens “Project Head” there were 52 members present. Upcoming trips will be announced at a later date.

Halloween will be celebrated on Oct. 18 and a Christmas party is being planned. For trip information and reservations, call Evelyn at 825-2525 or Arlene at 825-2810. All trips are open to the public, as well as club members. Payments are required, partial or in full, when making reservations.

PLYMOUTH — The Silver and Gold of Plymouth met recently in St. Vincent’s Social Room. President Lucille Burns presided. The meeting was opened with a prayer by Rosalie Meurer. Bill Donnolly led the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Bill Bednar. Mary Smolok gave the treasurer’s report. Both were approved. It was decided to table the plans for the Christmas party until next month’s meeting.

Birthdays for September were Rita Buznski, Susan Katchko, Eleanor Mangan, Margaret Pagoda and Mary Pietrzykoski. Prize winners were Smolok, Joe Burke and Ruth Lacek.

The meeting was closed with a prayer. Bingo followed with Donnolly in charge.

PLYMOUTH — The Shawnee Senior Citizens Christmas party will take place at 1 p.m. on Dec. 14 in the Governors Room at Rineheimers Restaurant, 52-54 E. Main St. Betty Thomas will be taking reservations with payment by Dec. 7.

Non-perishable items are being collected for the Christian Service Center.

PLYMOUTH — The Senior Citizens Friendship Club met at St. Mary’s Social Hall. The meeting was opened with a prayer led by Jule Brazitis followed by the pledge to the flag and a song.

Brazitis led the meeting in the absence of the president. Phyllis Saluski, secretary, took roll call and read the minutes of the previous meeting. She also read the treasurer’s report. The “Bell Ringers” played while the rest of the members sang Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary to those who celebrated their birthday and anniversary during the month of September.

Mary Pietrzykoski, Sunshine Committee, gave a report on cards sent to members who are sick. 50-50 winners were Barbara Orlowski and Ted Wojcikiewicz.

Upcoming trips include:

• Atlantic City, N.J., Oct. 17. Interested persons call Phyllis at 779-2295.

• Hunterdon Hills, N. J., Dec 1. Production is “A Christmas Playhouse.” Cost is $60 and includes food, transportation and the show. Anyone interested can call Ann at 779-3203.

SWOYERSVILLE — The Swoyersville Seniors met on Sept. 20 with Liz Zdancewicz presiding and 66 members present. The meeting began with prayer and pledge to the flag. A consideration card was sent to Mary Gawelko by Pat Costello, Sunshine chairman.

Bowlers met on Sept. 11 and high bowlers were Josephine Prehatin and John Bosak. On Sept. 18 high bowlers were Steffie Stefanides and Adam Mihalek. The winners of the fundraiser for Sept. 20 were Josephine Wozniak, Verda Mesaros, Virginia Engle, Josephine Prehatin and Lorraine Czwalina.

Celebrating birthdays in October are Eleanor Goncheroski, Ruth Griffith, Ricki Hedges, Helene Kukish Anna Novroski, Walter Payavis, Mary Pechal, Josephine Prehatin, Margaret Salata, Regina Spitale and Dorothy Shendock. These members will be honored with special refreshments at the next meeting.

Today Oct. 4 is the final day to make reservations for the Project Head Halloween Party to take place on Oct. 22 at Konefal’s. The cost is $15 with dinner being served at noon. Costumes may be worn if desired.

The next trip to Atlantic City, N.J., will take place on Oct. 10. This trip also is open to nonmembers. For more information, call Liz at 287-3889.

The daily thought, “Touched By Autumn” and written by Linda C. Grazulis was read by Clara Belle Reggie. The ending prayer was dedicated to all sick members and those in nursing homes. This was followed with refreshments and bingo.

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