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Youth Wiffleball

Blessed Sacrament Church, at 215 Rebecca St. in Throop, will hold a youth wiffleball tournament on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m. at the church’s auxiliary parking lot.

The Hubshman 500

The Blakely Borough 150th anniversary continues with a riding lawn mower race on Friday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m., rain or shine, starting at the Riverside Drive entrance to the Blakely Borough Recreational Complex. Riders are encouraged to bring any kind of mower they have and dress in costume. There is no entry fee.

Lions Meeting

The Jessup Lions will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. at Michael Steiner American Legion Post No. 411, 508 Church St. in Jessup. Tony Ligi will preside. White cane collection will be discussed. All members and interested new members are welcome.

Ethnic Food Sale

All Saints Orthodox Church, 211 Willow Ave. in Olyphant, will host an ethnic food sale on Friday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Menu includes pierogies with butter and onions, potato pancakes, halushki (cabbage and noodles), halupki (piggies), pagach, clam chowder and wimpies. Homemade baked goods will also be available. For more information or to place an order, call 570-383-0785 or 570-561-8082. Call 570-489-5591 during the week of the sale.

Church Picnic

The 12th annual Blessed Sacrament Family Festival will be held on Friday through Sunday, Aug. 18-20, on the church grounds at 215 Rebecca St. in Throop. There will be traditional picnic and ethnic foods, including a pig-in-the-blanket dinner on Saturday beginning at noon. There will be food and games for kids on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, after the 9:30 a.m. Liturgy, there will breakfast, followed by bingo. For tickets or more information, call 570-489-1963 or 570-489-0752.

Wine Festival

Jessup Hose Co. No. 2, Station 25, will host its sixth annual Summer Wine Festival on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2-7 p.m. at the hose company carnival grounds on Hill Street in Jessup. More than 10 Pennsylvania wineries will have their products available for tasting and sale. In addition more than 40 crafters, specialty item vendors and food vendors with everything from cupcakes to pizza will be in attendance. There will be live entertainment, games and a basket raffle along with instant bingo available all day. Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the gate. Advanced tickets are available from hose company members at the fire station on Hill Street and at Capra Collina, Casa Quattro and KAM graphics. Tickets can also be purchased online at For additional information, call or text 570-335-4469.

Suicide Talk

Sam Eaton, suicide survivor, will speak Saturday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Throop Civic Center, 500 Sanderson St. in Throop and Sunday, Aug. 20, at 10:30 a.m. and at 6:30 p.m. at the Rescue and Restore Church, 125 Lackawanna Ave. in Olyphant. Admission is free to all these talks. Call 570-498-0351 for more information.

Mike’s Masters

The inaugural Mike’s Masters Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pine Hills Country Club, 140 S. Keyser Ave. in Taylor, in memory of Michael Walko, who died in November. All proceeds will be donated to the Little Creek Lodge Foundation. There will also be basket raffles, and prizes. Visit Mike’s Masters on Facebook for more information.

Church Block Party

Peckville Alliance Church, Hickory & Union streets in Peckville, will hold a neighborhood block party on Saturday, Aug. 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring live music, puppet shows, a bounce house, carnival games, refreshments, door prizes and giveaways. Admission is free. For more information, email or call 570-489-4063 or visit

Family Day

St. Rose Parish Family Day will be held on Sunday, Aug. 20, noon to 3 p.m. at McDonnell’s Grove on Petrilak Road in Carbondale. Mass will begin at 11:15 a.m. Tickets are $20; $5 for kids 6-12; kids younger than 6 arem admitted free. Call 570-282-2991 for more information.

Eclipse Viewing Glasses

The Valley Community Library will give away 250 pairs of approved viewing glasses, which will allow wearers to go outside and safely view the partial eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. The library will also have children’s crafts, snacks and activities throughout the two-hour period. Registration is required for the children’s program, and will guarantee glasses. Leftover glasses will be free for children and adults as available. Glasses will not be available ahead of time. Although it will only be a partial eclipse in this area, even partial eclipses are dangerous to view with either the naked eye or sunglasses.

Valley View Retirees

The annual Valley View retirees breakfast will be held at Sebastianelli’s Restaurant, 221 Scranton-Carbondale Highway in Eynon, on Thursday, Aug. 24, at 9 a.m.

Awards Banquet

The Jessup Youth Sports Association will hold its annual awards banquet on Sunday, Sept. 10, at Fiorelli’s in Peckville. Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to noon at the field. Players will be admitted free. Tickets will only be sold in advance. For more information, call 570-335-1508 or email

Legion Election

Raymond Henry American Legion Post No. 327 in Olyphant and the home association will accept nominations for the board of directors on Monday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m.