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GETTY IMAGES Three local cookie sales will take place Saturday, Dec. 14: Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish’s 12th annual Christmas cookie sale, 9 a.m. until sold out; Argia Caines Memorial Christmas Cookie Sale, 10 a.m. to noon; and Clifford Vacation Bible School Christmas Cookie Walk, 9 a.m. to noon.

NOV. 30 and DEC. 28

Community meal: TheSt. James-St. George Episcopal Food Pantry will host a community meal on Saturdays, Nov. 30 and Dec. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The food pantry will not be open during its regular hours in November and December.

DEC. 1

Designer purse bingo: Sunday, Dec. 1 at St. Michael’s Center, 403 Delaware St, Jermyn. Doors open at noon; games begin at 1 p.m. The fundraiser is sponsored by the Anthracite Valley Bowling Association. To purchase tickets, call 570-253-3610.

DEC. 2 & 3

Archbald Borough recycling: Archbald Borough recycling pickup scheduled for Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, will be Monday, Dec. 2, and Friday, Nov. 29 pickup will be Tuesday, Dec. 3. There is no change in garbage collection. Yard waste collection will only be collected one additional time during the week of Dec. 2 on your recycling day and then will cease until spring 2020. Yard waste and leaves will only be picked up in biodegradable bags.

DEC. 3

Crystals and the Sacral Chakra Workshop: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m. at Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St., Carbondale. Learn to center and ground yourself with crystals. This workshop will focus on aligning the sacral chakra. Ricky from the Crystal Spirit has received a crystal healing diploma with distinction from The Centre of Excellence. For more information, call 570-282-4281.

DEC. 4

Family Game Night: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 4-5 p.m. at Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St., Carbondale. Join in for good old-fashioned family fun and play a variety of board games. Bring a friend or make one there and pick from a wide variety of games to play at your leisure. For more information, call 570-282-4281.

Grinchy Fun: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. at Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St., Carbondale. Following the Carbondale Tinsel Trail Lighting, join the library staff for a reading of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” plus some light refreshments. There may even be a visit from the mean-tempered curmudgeon. For more information, call 570-282-4281.

DEC. 5-13

Actors Circle presents ‘Dearly Departed:’ Dec. 5-8 and 12-15 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. Tickets for the opening performance on Dec. 5 are $8 for general and seniors and $6 for students. For reservations, call 570-342-9707 or email tickets@actorscircle.com.

DEC. 6

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

Blood drive: Friday, Nov. 6, 1-6 p.m. at Browndale Fire Company, 620 Marion St., Browndale. To make an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

DEC. 7

Donation collection: Volunteers for St. Francis Commons will be collecting donations of small/travel size personal items when the Santa Train stops in Olyphant on Dec. 7 at 12:15 p.m. Items will be donated to St. Francis Commons Shelter. Look for the wrapped container located near the fire house. Personal items such as hand sanitizer, soap, Q-tips, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lip balm, socks, cracker packs, hard candy, new playing cards, puzzle books, snack storage bags, sandwich bags and snack bars are some of the items suggested. The Mid Valley Spartan Band will perform holiday music, there will be treats, magic and photos with Santa. For more information or questions call Joan at 570-479-0687 or Kim at 570-892-0378.

Christmas on the Square: Saturday, Dec. 7 at the train station on the square in Olyphant. Sponsored by the Olyphant Lions Club and Olyphant Borough officials. Refreshments will be served from noon until Santa’s visit at 1 p.m. at the Excelsior Hose Company. Entertainment will be provided by the Mid Valley Spartan band.

The Friends of Cougar Baseball Holiday Market: Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Valley View High School, in Archbald. Anyone interested in becoming a vendor, email Friendsofcougarbaseball@outlook.com for an application.

Hoagie sale: Peckville United Methodist Church, 732 Main St., Peckville, will host a hoagie sale on Saturday, Dec. 7. Hoagies are $5 each and can be picked up from 9-10 a.m. To order call Bonny at 570-489-6093 or Paul at 570-489-8042.

DEC. 10

Mid Valley High School class reunion: Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5544, 205 Dolph St. in Jessup, graduates of Mid Valley High School, Class of 1970 will hold a meeting to plan its 50th anniversary class reunion. All Classmates are urged to attend. Any questions, call 570-780-3095 or 570-945-0137 or email at drut4@msn.com.DEC. 14

Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish’s 12th annual Christmas cookie sale: Saturday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m. until sold out, at 624 Madison Ave., Jermyn. No pre-event orders will be taken. One-pound packages are $8 and two-pound packages are $15.

Argia Caines Memorial Christmas Cookie Sale: Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to noon at the First United Presbyterian Church of Lackawanna Valley, 1557 Main St., Peckville. Homemade cookies are $8 per pound. To order, call Darlys at 570-254-9868.

Clifford Vacation Bible School Christmas Cookie Walk: Saturday, Dec. 14,9 a.m. to noon. at Clifford United Methodist Church, Main Street, Clifford. Attendees can purchase a small container for $7, or a large container for $14. Proceeds will benefit the church and its VBS programming. A Toys for Tots drop-off site will also be on location.

Christmas concert: Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Classic Voices, Carbondale area’s premiere a cappella choral ensemble, will perform its eighth annual Christmas concert in the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Gallery, 27 N. Main St., Carbondale.

DEC. 16

Memorial Tree of Lights ceremony: Monday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m., the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH) will host its annual “Memorial Tree of Lights” on the Parish Grounds of St. Rose of Lima Church, 6 N. Church St., Carbondale. A light in memory of a deceased family member or friend can be obtained for a donation of $10. A list of the memorial names will be displayed in St. Rose Church. To obtain a memorial light please contact Ann Marie Carroll 570-282-2054 or Kathy Connor 570-282-5783.

ONGOING

Food pantry closed for the holidays: Due to special distribution for Thanksgiving and Christmas there will be no Food Pantry at St. James-St. George Episcopal during the months of November and December. It will be back on the last Wednesday of the month starting Jan. 29, 2020 from 11 a.m. to noon. Instead of normal hours, a community meal will be on Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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.

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