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Several Veterans Day observances are taking place this week in the upper Lackawanna and mid valley area.

Veterans Day events

NOV. 9

Scott Twp. Veterans Day service: Saturday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Joe Terry Civic Center, which also serves as the Township Municipal Building, 1038 Montdale Road, Scott Twp. Mike Johnson, operating manager of Camp Freedom will be the guest speaker. The program will also include a performance by the Lakeland High School Band and Chorus and appearances by local girl scouts and boy scouts. Rev. Michael Kirwin, the Pastor of St. John Vianney Parish will be giving the invocation and closing prayer. Boy Scout Troop 265 will conclude the event with a flag retirement ceremony. Light refreshments will follow.

Veterans Fair: Veterans of the Carbondale area will have the opportunity to learn more about the benefits and services available to them. State Representative Bridget Kosierowski will host a free veterans fair from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Carbondale Area Junior Senior High School, 101 Brooklyn Street. Information on various benefits, financing, housing and health organizations will be discussed. For more information, visitpahouse.com/ Kosierowski, or call the office at 570-562-2350.

NOV. 11 Jermyn Veterans Day ceremony: Jermyn’s annual Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 at the World War I Veterans Park, Bridge Street. The Lakeland School District band and the Jermyn Community Chorus will perform. The William J. Griffiths American Leigon Post #465 will conduct the millitary portion of the ceremony. Guest speakers include Commander Fred Jones and Bruce A. Smallacombe, President of the Sesquicentennial Committee. All attendees are invited to the St. James George Episcopal church for a light lunch after the ceremony. For more information, contact JoAnne Wilson at jawilson98@verizon.net, or call 570-876-1477.

Mayfield Veterans Day ceremony: At 11 a.m. American Leigon Post 610 will conduct a brief Veterans Day ceremony in the Mayfield Memorial Park on Lackawanna Ave. All are welcome to attend. A prayer service will be held for all Veterans at St. John’s Russian Orthodox on Hill Street at 9 a.m., all are welcome.

Throop Veterans Day services: The members of Herbert Clark Post 180 Throop American Leigon and the members of the Throop VFW Post 7251 will meet at the Throop Municipal Building at 9:30 a.m. Memorial services will begin at the Veterans Memorial Monument at 10 a.m. All members will then proceed to the VFW Post 7251 Memorial Monument for services at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

Community events

NOV. 8-10

Christmas Bazaar: St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar. The three-day event will take place on November 8, 9 and 10 at the Parish Center on Hill Street in Mayfield. Hours Friday and Saturday are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a large menu of homemade ethnic foods, crafters and vendors, St. John’s Gift Shop and more. For more information contact St. John’s Rectory 570-876-0730 or Joan Zaleski 570-254-6882.

NOV. 9 Lynnette’s Twirlerettes’ Princess Camp: Saturday, Nov. 9. Trinity Church Hall, 58 River St., Carbondale. 10 a.m. to noon. Learn what it takes to be a princess, learn proper posture, table etiquette, ballroom dancing, play princess games and have a visit with a princess. A snack will be provided. For children ages 3-12. Reservations are $25. For more information, or to book a reservation, call Lynnette Lepre-Van Deusen at 570-281-9797.

NOV. 10 Decorating for Christmas: Jessup’s Operation Noel Committee will be decorating for the Christmas season on Sunday, Nov. 10. Anyone interested in helping, report to the Heritage Center on Church Street at 8 a.m.

Pig in the blanket dinner: Shopa-Davey VFW Post 6082 will host a Pig in the Blanket Dinner at the post home, 123 Electric St., Peckville, on Sunday, Nov. 10. Serving will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until sold out. Takeouts will be available. Tickets are $11 and available from a member or at the door.

Bus trip: Citizens for a Healthy Jessup will sponsor a bus trip to Wind Creek Bethlehem Casino (formerly Sands Casino) Sunday, Nov. 10. The trip will depart at 9:30 a.m. from Jessup Hose Company No. 2 on Hill Street in Jessup. Cost is $35 and includes $20 free play, $5 food voucher and driver tip. Free beverages and snacks will be served and raffles will be offered. For reservations call Angela 570-489-3929. Funds raised will benefit Citizens for a Healthy Jessup.

Taste of the Town: Sunday, Nov. 10 from 2-5 p.m. at the Anthracite Center at NBT, 41 N. Main St., Carbondale. Food and wine tasting from restaurants and establishments up and down the Valley will be available. There will be live music from J. Falbo Acoustic. This all-ages event is a fundraiser for the Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased by calling the chamber office at 570-282-1690 or by clicking the ticket link on the event Facebook page.

Bingo: Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Altar and Rosary Society of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Throop. Enjoy an afternoon of fun and bingo. Doors open at 12 p.m., and the event begins at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. If you bring in nonperishable food items, you will receive an extra playing card. All donated food will go to the local food bank. For more information, call Debbie at 570-540-1154.

NOV. 12

Lions club meeting: The Blakely-Peckville Lions Club will be hosting its Nov. meeting on Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Blakely Borough Building. Anyone interested in becoming a member is welcome to attend. President Willliam Tarby will preside.

NOV. 13

Mid Valley class reunion planning meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at Veterans Foreign Wars Post 5544, 205 Dolph St., Jessup. All members of the Mid Valley High School Class of 1970 are urged to attend to plan the 50th class reunion. Call 570-780-3095 or 570-945-0137 or e-mail at drut4@msn.com with any questions.

NOV. 16

Holiday vendor craft fair: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Carbondale PROSPER team is hosting a holiday vendor craft fair. Vendor space is available at $30 for a single space. Vendors must provide a door prize. Vendors keep all profits from their booths. Proceeds from the event will benefit drug and alcohol prevention programs in the Carbondale Area School District. For more information, call Penn State’s extension at 570-963-6842.

Roast pork dinner: The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, 624 Madison Ave., Jermyn, will hold its annual roast pork dinner on Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Parish Center. Cost is $12; tickets for children 12 and younger are $5. Takeouts are from 2-4 p.m.; eat in from 5-6:30 p.m. A themed basket raffle will be held as well. Tickets may be purchased at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish Rectory (570-876-1061), T&R Service Station in Mayfield and Sterling Pharmacy in Jermyn.

Trivia night: The Eynon-Archbald Lions Club will host a trivia night on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Eynon VFW, Post 7963. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and include four sessions of trivia games, freshly made hoagies, snacks and complimentary drinks. Team tables of eight are suggested. Tickets must be purchased prior to event by calling 570-877-4845.

Craft fair: Valley View Elementary School, 901 Main St., Peckville, will host a craft fair Saturday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be more than 60 vendors, door raffles and a 50/50 raffle.

NOV. 16-17

“Nunsense”: Our Cabaret Productions and The Anthracite Center at NBT, 41 N. Main St., Carbondale, are bringing “Nunsense” back for its triumphant return to Carbondale on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. Advance tickets are available starting at $20 at brownpapertickets.com/event/4417903 or by calling 1-800-838-3006. A pre-show reception including drinks and light fare is offered on both days for an additional cost.

NOV. 18

Revolutionary War discussion: The Archbald Historical Society will present a discussion on the Revolutionary War on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Archbald Brough Building. The evening’s speaker will be Alan Shields. Shields will display documents on the period and discuss his research findings on each. This event is free to the public. For more information, email Kathleen Myers at kgm123@comcast.net.

NOV. 19

Final drawing and dinner: Captains of St. John’s 300 Club of St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, have announced that the final drawing and dinner for this session of the club will be Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. in the church center, 701 Hill St., Mayfield. In order to be eligible for the final drawing, all memberships must be paid in full. All members and a guest are welcome to attend the final drawing and meal. If you are not a member and wish to join the next club session, you may do so by attending and seeing any of the captains who will be on hand that night to purchase tickets.

If you cannot attend, you may join the next club by sending 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. Any questions, please contact St. John’s Rectory at 570-876-0730.

Mountain View Garden Club meeting: The Mountain View Garden Club will host its November meeting at the Clifford Township Fire Co. There will be a social time at 6:45 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. and the evening’s program will begin at 7:30 p.m. Club members Janelle Zigon and Louise Guszick will provide a demonstration on holiday floral arrangements. For more information, contact Mary Pacul at mrspacul@gmail.com

NOV. 23

Free community luncheon: Saturday, Nov. 23, the Stone South Kitchen at Christ Episcopal Church, 700 Delaware St., Forest City, will host a free community luncheon. Servings are noon to 1 p.m. Call the church at 570-785-3425 to confirm the luncheon will be served in case of questionable weather of a sudden church-related event.

NOV. 24

Shopping extravaganza: The Carbondale chapter of UNICO National will host “All Wrapped Up,” a holiday shopping event on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hotel Anthracite, 25 South Main St., Carbondale. More than 25 vendors will be on hand with a selection of unique items for sale. Spend an afternoon in downtown Carbondale. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door or from a member of Carbondale UNICO. This event supports charities in Carbondale.

NOV. 28

Free Thanksgiving dinner: Eynon-Archbald Lions Club is sponsoring its annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner. Hot dinners will be prepared and delivered to residents of Eynon, Archbald, Sturges and Nebraska between 10-11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. To order, call Gloria at 570-876-3215 or Phyllis at 570-876-3087. Deadline for orders is Friday, Nov. 22.

Free Thanksgiving buffet: Eagle Hose Company, 1 Eagle Lane, Dickson City, will host a free Thanksgiving buffet on Nov. 28 from noon to 3:30 p.m. for those whose dinner plans may have been canceled, the less fortunate, the elderly or anyone who has no place to go for dinner. Takeouts are available. Music will be provided by The Frost Duo and the dinner is sponsored by Dr. J. Donald Kazmerski and Judie and Brian Richards.DEC. 1.

Wreath sale: William Walker Hose Company’s Fresh Holiday Wreath Sale is underway. Wreaths are available, 22x24’ in size, hand-crafted and with a bow, for $25. Outdoor stands for the wreaths are available for an additional $10. All orders must be pre-paid by Nov. 15. Wreaths will be available for pick-up at the WWHC Station, 803 Penn Ave., Mayfield, on Dec. 1 from 2-5 p.m. Order from WWHC members, at the Mayfield Borough Office or call 570-282-6059 and leave a message.DEC. 6

Soup Sale: Friday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, 700 Delaware St., Forest City, will host a soup sale. Takeout only. Soup is $5 per pint. Various varieties of soup are available. To reserve your order or for the full menu, call 570-785-3425.

ONGOING

Volunteers needed: Serving Seniors, Inc. is looking for individuals and groups of all ages to write and send/hand deliver personalized Christmas cards to area nursing and assisted living/personal care home residents who may not receive a Christmas card this holiday season. Serving Seniors, Inc. has a list of more than 3,000 residents from various long-term care facilities throughout Lackawanna County who would benefit from a holiday greeting. For more information, contact Bernadette R. Jones at 570-344-3931 ext. 4 or servsen@epix.net.

Weekly pierogie sales: 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 $6.50 per dozen. For more information, call 570-383-0785 or 570-489-5591.

Toddler Time: at the Dickson City Civic Center, recommended for those 18 months and older with caregiver. Toddler Time runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cost is $6 for Dickson City residents, $8 for non-residents.

Senior Fitness: at the Dickson City Civic Center, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. Free for Dickson City residents, $10 per calendar year for non-residents.

Fear Fest Friday: At the Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St., Carbondale, will be all-day showings of scary movies. Oct. 18 featured Abbott & Costello Meet the Monsters and Oct. 25 features Classic Monster Mania.

Contact The Valley Advantage: advantage@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9185