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Lions Club

The Blakely-Peckville Lions Club will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the William Hopkins American Legion in Blakely at 7:30 p.m. New members are welcome to attend. Bill Tarby will preside.

Papa Bears Club

The Blakely Papa Bears club will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. at Shopa-Davey Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6082, 123 Electric St. in Peckville. On the agenda: membership.

Mardi Gras Party

The Blakely/Peckville Crime Watch will hold a pre-Lent New Orleans style Mardi Gras celebration on Friday, March 1, at Fiorelli Catering, 1501 Main St. in Peckville. An informal evening is planned; wear your favorite mask. The New Orleans-inspired menu includes Italian-seasoned chicken, pasta and desserts. The event will have an open bar, a Dixieland band and the Jeffrey James Band. Donation: $45, advance purchase only; there will be no ticket sales at the door. For tickets call Mayor Mariani at 570-383-9946.

Valentines Day Dinner

Trinity Episcopal Church, 58 River St. in Carbondale, will hold a Valentine’s Day pasta and meatball dinner on Thursday, Feb. 14, which includes: pasta with sauce and meatballs, salad, Italian bread and dessert. Dine in or take out. Donation is $10. Walk-ins welcome. Call 570-282-3620 for more information.

Walking the Halls

From now until Thursday, May 23, Forest City Regional School is open after hours for walkers 6-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The building is heated, secure and well-lit. For more than a decade, Wayne Memorial Hospital has partnered with local school districts to offer an indoor exercise option during the coldest months of the year. For security reasons, walkers must be registered and log in/log out for each visit. Logbooks are kept near entryways or school offices. To register, call Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Community Health office at 570-253-8990. There is a one-time $5 fee for badge processing and mailings. Each year, returning participants will receive a sticker reading ‘19’ to place on their badge.

Registration also asks participants to fill out a waiver and questionnaire that asks them about topics they would like to hear more about. For more information, visit

Bingo Benefit

The Forest City Lady Foresters high school softball team will hold a bingo night in the high school cafeteria on Saturday, Feb. 23. Tickets are available for $25 for 17 games. Doors open at 3 p.m.; bingo will begin at 4 p.m. Food and beverages will be sold. There will also be basket raffles, a 50/50 and a raffle for $300 worth of lottery tickets. Email for bingo tickets or if you wish to make a donation.

Dental Events

The Scranton District Dental Society (SDDS) will hold several events in celebration of the National Children’s Dental Health Month. Among them: on Saturday, Feb. 2, noon to 2 p.m. at the Viewmont Mall. Area dentists will be on-hand to provide free dental screenings for children. There will also be a visit from the Tooth Fairy, coloring stations, dental bags and giveaways.

Another free event will be held at the McDonald’s Restaurant at 160 Brooklyn St. in Carbondale on Thursday, Feb. 21, 5-7 p.m. Children can get a $1.99 Happy Meal and have their photo taken with the Tooth Fairy and Pepa Pig. They will also receive bags filled with coupons, toothbrushes, coloring pages and more.

Suicide Prevention Class

The Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative will offer a free training on Monday, March 25, at 5:30 p.m. to first responders on suicide prevention. EMS, law enforcement, firefighters and all first responders are at higher risk for trauma and come in contact with other at-risk individuals. This program is approved for EMS continuing education credits. Dinner is included for this free training to be held at the Anthracite Hotel in Carbondale but you must call 570-575-2343 to reserve your spot.

Classmates Sought

Members of the Mid Valley Class of 1970 have formed a 50th anniversary class reunion committee, and are seeking current address of classmates. Call 570-780-3095 or email with any information you might have.

Food Distribution

Peckville Assembly of God church, 3364 Scranton-Carbondale Highway in Blakely, will hold a large food distribution Friday, Feb. 2 , 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The distribution will be open to any government workers affected by the recent shutdown as well as anyone in need. The Lackawanna County resident requirements that usually apply have been lifted for this distribution in order to include any government workers. All that will be needed for this registration is a current driver’s license and proof of others residing in the same household . This distribution will include meats, paper products, fresh produce, can goods, breads, pastries,dairy products, cereals, as well as general food items.

For more information call 570-489-4961.