The Cosmopolitan Seniors will welcome in the holiday season on Tuesday, Dec. 6, with a Christmas party at noon in St. Anthony’s Center, in Exeter.
Travel coordinator Johanna is accepting reservations for a Mount Airy Casino trip on Wednesday, Dec. 14, with pickups in Exeter and Pittston. You do not have to be a member to come on these trips. Details can be obtained from Johanna at 655-2720.
Cub Scout Pack 310 and Boy Scout Troop 311 are distributing flyers asking Exeter residents to participate in the annual Scouting for Food Campaign. Place your donation of non-perishable food in a plastic bag on your front porch or steps with the flyer attached on the date and time listed on the flyer and a Cub Scout or Boy Scout will pick it up. Food will be donated to the Greater Pittston food Pantry. If you do not receive a flyer and want to donate call 693-3724.
The Wyoming Area Kiwanis Family, including the Key Club and Builders Clubs, is hosting its 18th Annual Breakfast with Santa today, Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Wyoming Area High School Cafeteria from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children over 2. Breakfast will consist of pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, and beverages.
Santa will be available to the children in a safe, non-threatening environment in the midst of a Christmas Wonderland setting. Professional photos will be available from PSP Photos. There will be several basket raffles for both boys and girls. Christmas Crafts will be made by the children, along with face painting and Christmas card making and Christmas coloring books. Parents may also arrange for a letter from Santa for their children.
Tickets are available at the door, though pre-reserved tickets will be given priority seating.
The Wyoming Area Senior Class is selling Krispy Kreme glazed donuts for $7 a dozen. See a member of the Senior Class to place an order.
Exeter residents are reminded to call recycling coordinator Karen Szwast at 570-654-0933 to report missed recycling. She asks residents to please be patient with the street department workers as the different materials are sometimes collected in separate trucks. Wait until the afternoon and call Szwast with your address and your materials will be collected.
Be sure to place the recyclables curbside by 6 a.m. and prepare them as described on your recycling calendar. Ensure the proper paper recyclable is placed curbside on the appropriate week. New calendars will be available Dec. 1.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception is Thursday, Dec. 8. Masses for the Feast will be at St. Anthony’s Church Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
This year parishioners will be sending gifts to the Care & Concern Ministry at St. John’s in Pittston. There are 420 boys and girls in need of Christmas gifts. They have asked St. Barbara’s to sponsor the 10-18 years age group because these ages sometimes fall through the cracks. There will be trees in both churches with tags on them. There is room on the tag so you may include a note if you wish.
The gifts should be returned by Dec. 10 or 11, sooner if possible. Bring the gifts unwrapped and put them under the tree. Some suggestions are books, hats, scarves, gloves, socks, personal care items, I-tunes gift cards and makeup. Anyone is welcome to bring a gift and just put a tag boy or girl with an age from 10-18 on it. If you have any questions about the tree, call Eileen at 654-6555 or Loretta on 654-0936.
The Food Drive is continuing in December. Parishioners are asked to donate non-perishable food items. These items will be delivered after each weekend to the Greater Pittston Food Pantry.
The Christian Women Organization’s Christmas Party is Sunday, Dec. 11 at 1:00 p.m. at Cooper’s Seafood House in Pittston. The cost is $20.00 per person and the deadline for reservations is Monday December 5. RSVP to Mary King, 126 Jean St. Exeter (655-4744) or Barbara Russo, 73 Mason St. Exeter (654-8670).
There will be a meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6, for the men of St. Barbara Parish in St. Anthony’s Hall at 7 p.m. to discuss the direction of the organization.
The Golden Age Club will meet on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 1:30 p.m. at the Parish center. Hostesses are: Ann Loftus, Grace Loftus and Josephine Fasciana. Plans for the Christmas party will be made. There will be Choir rehearsal on Thursday, December 8 after the 7 p.m. Mass at St. Anthony’s Church.
His Excellency The Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., the Bishop of Scranton and the Office for Parish Life and Evangelization/Family Life invite couples celebrating their 25th or 50th wedding anniversaries in 2012 to a Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 3. The event includes a 2:30 p.m. Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a reception.
The Holy Redeemer High School Placement/Scholarship Test for private and public school 8th graders is Saturday, Dec. 10 (Snow Date Dec. 17) at 8:30 a.m. Please call the guidance office to register for the test at 829-2424.
The Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. in the high school auditorium, 159 S. Pennsylvania Blvd., Wilkes-Barre.
That is all for this week; remember if you have any events or news you would like listed in the Exeter Town column, you can reach me at 287-3349 or firstname.lastname@example.org.