ASHLEY: The Ashley Lions Club will host its annual children’s Christmas party from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 16 at St. Leo’s Church on Manhattan Street.
There will be hot dogs, pizza, a beverage, ice cream and candy canes. Santa will be present to hear all of the children’s Christmas wish lists and will have a gift for each child.
Children age 12 and younger who reside in Ashley are eligible to attend. Pre-registration is not required.
DALLAS: The Wyoming Valley Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 in the lower level of the Daddow-Isaacs American Legion Post, Route 415. The meeting is open to the public with a $3 guest admission charge at the door. Annual memberships are available at $15 for an individual and $22 for a couple. Student memberships are $8 for the year.
Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from September through June. Guest speaker for this month’s meeting will be Jerry Carrier, the education chairman of the Delaware Valley Civil War Round Table in Philadelphia. Carrier will speak on the topic “Dan Sickles, American Scoundrel.”
DALLAS: Family Care for Children & Youth in Dallas received a $2,500 check from CoBank on behalf of Rita M. Brown, a director on cooperative bank’s board. Brown is also the senior vice president and general manager of CTSI and an officer of Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises, both also headquartered in Dallas.
Family Care for Children & Youth received the gift as part of CoBank’s corporate giving program. CoBank provides funds on behalf of its employees and directors to support the communities where they live and work. CoBank is headquartered in Denver, Colo., and has regional offices in Maryland and Massachusetts.
DUPONT: The Dupont VFW Post 4909 Home Association will hold its annual Christmas party at on Saturday at the post home.
The Swing Tones will play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. A dinner buffet will be available from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. The bar will be open from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Deadline for tickets is Wednesday.
The post will also sponsor its annual New Year’s Eve party on Dec. 31 at the post home. A full course dinner will be served from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The bar will be open from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Eddie Derwin Orchestra will be featured entertainment from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Donation is $35 per person.
For tickets for either event, see Bob or Jean at the post home or call the VFW at 654-9104. Donation is $20 per person.
HANOVER TWP.: Preston Hose Company No. 3 will have it annual children’s Christmas party from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the hose company.
Residents of Preston may register their children, infant to 10 years of age. Last day to register will be Friday.
HANOVER TWP.: The annual children’s Christmas party, sponsored by the Breslau Hose Company No. 5 will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the firehouse on First Street in the Lyndwood section. There will be a visit from Santa and gifts will be given to all of the children.
Registration for the party will take place from noon to 3 p.m. today at the firehouse and will also take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at the firehouse. The deadline for registration is Dec. 15. All children from infant to 10 years of age, who live in Breslau, Iona Place and Lyndwood are eligible to attend. Parents are urged to register their children in order that provisions can be made for each child and that plans for the party can be finalized.
LUZERNE COUNTY: The Pocono Environmental Education Center announced a new partnership with Great Wolf Lodge in Scotrun. In order to enhance Great Wolf’s family and indoor water park experience, PEEC will provide environmental education outreach programs to schools, youth groups and families staying at the resort.
The PEEC staff will help visitors explore the world of wildlife, conservation and outdoor survival through a comprehensive, three-pronged outreach program. The outreach programs are scheduled to begin in December. For more information call 828-2319 or visit PEEC on the Web at www.peec.org.
LUZERNE COUNTY: Rotary club members of Northeastern Pennsylvania are seeking four outstanding professionals to visit Pakistan in March 2007 as part of the Group Study Exchange program of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
Through the program, teams of young professionals from two different countries exchange visits. For four weeks, team members experience the way of life, customs, and vocational practices of another country, while sharing information about their homeland. The purpose of the program is to promote international understanding and goodwill through personal connection.
While abroad, team members stay in Rotarians’ homes and have the opportunity to meet their professional counterparts. They also give presentations to Rotary clubs and other groups about their home country. The Rotary Foundation pays for round-trip airfare, and Rotary club members in the host country provide meals, lodging, and group travel in their district. Team members pay for personal and incidental expenses. Young adults between the ages of 25 and 40 who are interested in applying should be employed full-time in a business or profession. Applicants must live or be employed in Northeastern Pennsylvania. For an application, contact Dr. Paul F. Muczynski via e-mail at email@example.com. Applications are due by Dec. 31.
MOUNTAIN TOP: Fairview Elementary will hold a Scholastic Book Fair from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday in the large group room. Stop by and meet Clifford the Big Red Dog. There will be raffles and activity tables set up both evenings.
Family, friends and the community are invited to stop in and do some holiday shopping for books and school supplies. For more information, call Kerin Wilkinson at 474-5162.
MOUNTAIN TOP: The Mountain Post American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 781, will have its annual Christmas party at 6 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the Stage Coach. Members who would like to participate in a gift exchange can bring a $10 gift. The deadline for reservations is Dec. 13. To make a reservation, call Bobette at 474-5143.
The auxiliary chanced off six prizes on Nov. 19. The winners were: first prize, a flower wreath with $50, Nick Hollork from Mountain Top; second prize, $50 in lottery tickets, Bill Edley from Mountain Top; third prize, $25 gift certificate to the Power House Restaurant, Mary Nordheim from Plains Township; fourth prize was a service check up at the Auto Shop in Mountain Top, Dawn Higgins from Mountain Top; fifth prize was for dinner for two at the Chalet in Mountain Top, Bill Corson from Mountain Top; and sixth prize was for breakfast for two at the Chalet in Mountain Top, Judy Buff from Mountain Top.
NANTICOKE: Hanover Recreation Club will host its third annual Christmas party for children of the Hanover section from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 15 at the club rooms of the HRC, located at 318 Front St., Town Tavern.
Children up to and including age 11 may attend. Santa will be in attendance and refreshments will be served. To register a child, call 735-5054 or 735-3809 by Dec. 13.
PITTSTON: The Italian American Association of Luzerne County will have its December meeting/Christmas party on Dec. 14 at Convention Hall. Arrival time is 5:30 p.m. with a family-style dinner at 6:15 p.m.
Music will be by Ron Edwards with dancing from 7:15 to 10:15 p.m. The cost is $20 per person. For reservations, call Judy Russo at 654-7600 or Gertrude Manganaro at 654-9702.
PITTSTON: The Greater Pittston La Leche League, affiliated with La Leche League International and serving families in the Wyoming Valley, will meet at 10 a.m. on Dec. 12 at St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin. The church is easily accessed from Route 315 and Laflin Road. At this informal discussion on the topic “Nutrition and Weaning” there will be information shared regarding baby’s first solid food and nutrition for the breastfeeding mother.
A lending library is available offering titles on childbirth, parenting and breastfeeding. All women interested in learning more about breastfeeding are invited to attend. Nursing babies and their siblings are welcome. Members of the league will be wrapping gifts from 2 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 12 and Dec. 15 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 21 at Barnes and Noble, Wilkes-Barre Township. Free information about breastfeeding and scheduled meeting dates for 2007 will be available for interested families. For more information or help with a breastfeeding concern, call Debbie Nelson, Wyoming; Vicki Prekel, Tunkhannock; or call the Help Line at 1-800-432-8007 or visit www.lllofeasternpa.org.
PLYMOUTH: Plymouth High School Class of 1946 will meet for a dutch-treat luncheon at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Perugino’s restaurant, 258 Charles St., Luzerne. All classmates and spouses are invited to attend.
PLYMOUTH: Plymouth Women’s Auxiliary Unit 463 will hold its annual Christmas dinner at 6 p.m. on Dec. 12 at Rhinehimer’s.
Any member interested in attending can contact Harriet Berish, Auxiliary president, or any member. Deadline for reservations is Friday.
PLYMOUTH: The Rotary Club of Plymouth will welcome Santa Claus via fire truck at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the coal mines’ monument, Main Street.
Children of Plymouth and the neighboring communities are welcome to attend and will receive a holiday gift from Santa, Mrs. Clause and their cartoon character helpers.
PLYMOUTH: A group of volunteers called Friends of the Shawnee Cemetery held a reorganization meeting at the Plymouth Borough Municipal Building. There were 14 in attendance. Janice Williams opened the meeting.
The first order of business was the nomination and election of officers. Nominated and elected were Janice Williams, president; Helen Whitaker, vice president; Beth Doughton, secretary; Faye Wolfe, treasurer; and Debbie Williams, corresponding secretary. Three samples of newsletters designed and submitted by Emil Schultheisz were presented for consideration and one was selected. A newsletter is tentatively scheduled to be sent in January. Anyone wishing to be on the mailing/membership list can send his or her name and address to Debbie Williams at 166 Nottingham St., Plymouth, PA 18651. The only requirement for membership is to express interest in the preservation of early graveyards.
A letter was read from Verizon requesting permission to place fiber optic telecommunication cable wires on the cemetery property. Permission was granted. As of November, 95 percent of the cemetery had been cleared. Appreciation for this progress goes out to a few volunteers, such as newly appointed grounds manager Henry Sobolewski; Jack Delaney, coordinator of the LCC Service Program; Luzerne County work release program; Plymouth Girl Scouts; Plymouth Veterans; and Youth group from Plymouth Christian Church.
SCRANTON: The University of Scranton’s Jane Kopas Women’s Center and the Leahy Community Health and Family Center will partner with Nativity Parish to sponsor a health fair called “Feria de Salud” for the area’s Hispanic/Latino community from 1 to 4 p.m. today at Nativity Parish, 633 Orchard St., immediately following the Spanish Mass. The fair will include health care information, hands-on activities for children and free health screenings. Translators will be on hand throughout the day. For additional information, call Elizabeth Randol Ph.D. at the university’s Jane Kopas Women’s Center at 941-6194.
WARRIOR RUN: Ladies Aide of the Warrior Run Welsh Presbyterian Church is taking orders for Welsh cookies. Orders must be in by Tuesday. To place an order, call 823-1473. Cookies can be picked up at the church by 11 a.m. on Saturday.
WILKES-BARRE: A sport’s card, coin and craft show benefiting the United Way of Wyoming Valley will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Ramada in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Tables are still available for vendors. For more information, call 466-3385.
Some players from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers will be available to sign autographs. Information regarding ticket packages for the upcoming season will also be available. Raffle tickets will be sold at the show, 50 cents each or three for $1. The following items will be raffled off at the show: $20 gift certificate for Applebee’s in Wilkes-Barre Township, an 8x10 autographed photo of Dirk Nowitzki, an 8x10 photo of Steve Young, and an 8x10 autographed photo of Simon Gagne. A second show is scheduled for Jan. 2.
WILKES-BARRE TWP.: West Side Flower Club will meet at noon on Tuesday at the Country Buffet for their Christmas party.
All members and guests are welcome and are asked to bring a one dollar gift.
WILKES-BARRE: Coughlin High School Class of 1987 will hold its 20th-year reunion at the Holiday Inn in Wilkes-Barre on Sept. 1, 2007. The group is in the process of finding addresses for classmates. If you are a classmate or know the whereabouts of a classmate, e-mail CHS87@aol.com or call Karen (Metzger) Filchak at 570-814-3714 or Ralph Price at 215-859-3644 with your information.
WILKES-BARRE: The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter invites the public to join in declaring that 100 years of living with Alzheimer’s is enough when it holds its annual candlelight vigil at 5 p.m. on Thursday in the Luzerne County Courthouse Rotunda.
The vigil will be an opportunity to honor those who are currently living with the disease and remember those who have passed on. Caregivers and community members are encouraged to attend. For additional information on the candlelight vigil or the Alzheimer’s Association programs and services, call 1-800-272-3900 or 822-9915.
WILKES-BARRE: The Catholic Youth Center has expanded its 24-hour child care program to include Saturdays. Child care will be available from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and the cost will be $32 for infants through age 5 and ages 5-12 will cost $30 per day. The fee includes all activities and meals. The CYC now also has drop-off childcare available from 5 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Cost of drop-off care will be $5 per hour. Pre-registration is required and parents/guardians need to confirm attendance at least three days prior to the date needed.
For more information, call 823-6121.