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LAFLIN: Story hour will be held at the Laflin Library for children ages 3 and older from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Registrations can be made by calling 654-3323 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. today and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

In other news:

• Entertainment Books for 2008 are being sold at the library for $20 from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

• Children’s Book Week will be celebrated Monday through Nov. 17. Children who donate a new or like-new book to the library will have their name inscribed in the book and their name entered into a random drawing for a $10 gift certificate compliments of Barnes & Noble. Also adults and young adults, grades 7 to 12th, who borrow a book or a magazine may enter their name in a random drawing which ends Nov. 16. The prize for the adult reader is a $25 gift certificate, compliments Sunshine Market and a young adult reader, grade 7 to grade 12, wins $20 cash.

• The Laflin Library is having a raffle on a basket of Webkinz, donated by The Muddy Moose Country Store. Tickets are being sold at the Library for $5 for six tickets and $1 per ticket. The raffle will end Dec. 11.

LUZERNE COUNTY: CVCO’s annual Halloween Parade took place Sunday in Conyngham. More than 100 area children participated. The following awards were given:

Famous People/Occupation Costume: 1st place Madeline Ashton, “Pocahontas”; 2nd place Meleah Hoats, “Heidi”; 3rd place John Ashton, a pirate. Fanciest Costume: 1st place Katelyn Hohn, a bumblebee; 2nd place Nancy Zola, a pirate; 3rd place Lily Palfey, a ladybug. Scariest Costume: 1st place Alex Jordan, “Frankenstein”; 2nd place Amy Radar, a zombie; 3rd place Levi Kurtz, “Frankenstein.” Best Cartoon Character Costume: 1st place Lew Dryfoos, the Monster Book of Monsters (Harry Potter); 2nd place Steven Dick, a wizard; 3rd place Christian Smith, “Cookie Monster.” Best Animal Costume: 1st place Cassidy Bicking, a porcupine; 2nd place Kara Sanford, “Crazy Frog”; 3rd place Logan Wetzel, s Ben the cow from Barnyard. Honorable Mention: Tyler and Bryce Wolf, a skunk and a turtle. Best Miscellaneous Costume: 1st place Alexis Sanford, an ice cream cone; 2nd place Megan Moyer, a chocolate chip cookie; 3rd place Sarah Myers, “Bubble Bath Girl.” Best Group Costumes: 1st place the Flaim Family, American Girl Family; 2nd place Brownson family, juggling jester, queen, knight and dragon; 3rd place Keirstyn and Madison Radzwich, butterflies. Best Float: Thomas family, Spooktacular Ride. Best Community Group: Builders Club from Valley Elementary. Honorable Mention: Jeremy, Dumbledore from Harry Potter. Honorable Mention: Andrew, a pizza.

Pictures from the Halloween parade and information on other CVCO events can be found on http://www.cvco-online.org.

MOUNTAIN TOP: Back Mountain Martial Arts Center and Mountaintop Martial Arts Center will hold a free Children’s Introduction to the Martial Arts Workshops once a week in November as follows:

• Back Mountain Martial Arts Center: from 5 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday.

• Mountaintop Martial Arts Center: from 5 to 6 p.m. every Thursday.

For more information call Back Mountain Martial Arts Center at 675-9535 or Mountaintop Martial Arts Center at 474-0171 or visit www.fudoshinkai1.com.

NANTICOKE: The Luzerne County Community College Student Support Services Department and the Student Activities Office will present a wellness seminar, “Smoking in Society,” at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the college’s Advanced Technology Center.

The program will examine smoking as a potential social norm and will focus on the perceived link between smoking and socialization, especially with alcohol usage. The seminar is free and open to the public and is part of a series of student wellness seminars. For more information, call LCCC at 740-0409 or 740-0402 or (800) 377-LCCC, extension 409 or 402.

NANTICOKE: Registration for the Nanticoke Elementary Wrestling Program will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday Nov. 12 at Green Street’s Restaurant. The program is recommended for children in fourth through sixth grades, however, children ages 5 through 9 may be admitted if a parent provides supervision. The program is structured to teach all participants the basics of wrestling as well as expose them to actual competition.

Practices are twice a week beginning in December. Cost is $25 per wrestler, $40 per family. For more information, call Joann at 735-2376 or Bob at 735-1434, e-mail GNAWrestling@hotmail.com or visit http://eteamz.active.com/GNAWrestling.

Anyone wishing to join the GNA Wrestling Booster Club, which supports the elementary, junior high and senior high programs, may contact the club by phone or e-mail.

PLYMOUTH: Wyoming Valley West High School will note American Education Week with an Open House from 6 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Wednesday is a half day of school with parent conferences in the afternoon. Parents are encouraged to attend.

PORT GRIFFITH: The annual Sokol children’s Christmas party for Assembly 86 members will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at St. John the Baptist Church hall, Williams Street, Pittston.

To make reservations, call Helen, 693-0242, or Stephen at 655-5307 before Nov. 25.

SCRANTON: Diversified Information Technologies entered into an agreement Nov. 8 with United Neighborhood Centers (UNC) of Lackawanna County for UNC to manage a program aimed at providing funding, space and instruments for piano and violin lessons for Scranton’s inner city children. The effort will help less advantaged young people to have access to music lessons, which are often cut from public school programs and unaffordable by many families.

Diversified has already established the Melberger Arts Center (MAC) on the first floor of its headquarters in Scranton and has an onsite Steinway grand piano. Two teachers are in charge of the initial class of 10 students: Don Thompson for piano and Jane Cook for violin. UNC provides all the program administration, qualification of applicants, and transportation for the children to and from Diversified’s MAC, while Diversified funds the program.

As it enters its second year, the program has grown to 50 students. The group has attended several closed rehearsals of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Orchestra, and its conductor, Lawrence Loh, has met with the class. Loh also has several world-class visiting artists scheduled to also meet with the students during the 2007-08 season.

For more information, visit www.MelbergerArtsCenter.com. For more information, visit www.diversifiedweb.com.

SCRANTON: Viewmont Mall will kick-off the holiday season on Saturday with the arrival of Santa to his new winter cottage home at Center Court. Upon his arrival, Santa will be available for photos and visits from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The mall will also host performances of “Santa’s List” by Sadecky’s Puppets in the Tree Court at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sadecky’s Puppets, Inc. is a non-profit touring theatrical company specializing in education programs for students in kindergarten and elementary grades.

Photos with Santa Hours are: from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Saturday; and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays

For more information, call 570-346-7655.

SCRANTON: Johnson College will host a Career Fair on campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday in the Moffat Building. Participating companies are offering internships and/or full-time employment opportunities.

Registrations have been received from these area companies: Cherry Ridge Veterinary Clinic; Maxis Health System/Marian Community Hospital; Calvert Clinical Services; Tobyhanna Army Depot; Saint Luke’s Hospital; United Envelope Corporation; Weiler Corporation; U.S. Army Reserves; Pleasant Mount Welding; Fastenal; Slusser Brothers; Mesko Glass & Mirror Co., Inc.; PennDOT – Engineering District 4-0; ISS Solutions; Wright Veterinary Medical Center; and Gentex Corporation. Additional registrations are expected.

Johnson College students and alumni are invited to attend at no charge. For more information, contact Carol Snyder, director of Career & Alumni Services, at 570-702-8919.

WILKES-BARRE: Saturday has been designated “Vulcan Train Day” in Wilkes-Barre to kick-off a major community effort to return Vulcan Engine No. 4385 to downtown Wilkes-Barre. The Vulcan Train Day events run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble College Booksellers and Januzzi’s Pizza in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Area children, and their families, are invited to participate in the free events.

Zebra Communications, the student-run public relations agency at Wilkes University and George Spohrer of Dallas, the Vulcan project manager, have organized a community campaign to restore a 45-ton engine built in Wilkes-Barre by Vulcan Iron Works. Engine No. 4385 is in the shops of RMDI Industries at Coxton Shops and is owned by the nonprofit corporation, Vulcan Pride, Ltd.

Events will begin at 10 a.m. at Barnes and Noble with a display of winners of a train coloring contest and presentation of the “Vulcan Train Day” proclamation from the Mayor’s Office. From 11 a.m. to noon, also in Barnes and Noble, children are invited to a special reading hour featuring stories about trains. Guest readers include Lyndall Stout of WBRE-TV, Shadoe Steele of WKRZ Radio and Wilkes University students. Events at Barnes and Noble will end at noon with the announcement of the winner of the “Name Vulcan Engine No. 4385” contest. Several people will be costumed as trains or engineers.

Then, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Januzzi’s Pizza will host a Chew-Chew Bubble Blowing Contest. A working model train will also be on display at Januzzi’s throughout the day.

Zebra Communications students will be selling T-shirts that carry the original Vulcan corporate logo with a “Save Engine #4385” message in front of Boscov’s on South Main Street. Proceeds will go to the Vulcan Train Restoration Project.

For information on how to contribute contact the Vulcan Restoration Project Office at 655-3329.

WILKES-BARRE: A bake sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at The Book Concern, 207 S. Main St. proceeds will benefit the Methodist Urban Ministries Programs, which include The Book Concern, Crossroads Coffeehouse, Kids Corner, Ruth’s Place and Summer Home Repair Projects.

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