This year’s ninth annual Heroes Day, created to honor first responders in Lackawanna County, is set for Saturday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The county’s 911 Emergency Services Center, 30 Valley View Drive in Jessup. At the event, safety, disaster and SWAT equipment from throughout the county will be on display. The day will include free refreshments, giveaways, face painting and caricatures. Canines and the mounted unit from the county’s sheriff’s department and the public safety units of area municipalities will be at the event. Some antique emergency vehicles will be a part of the program. For further information, call 570-963-6743, ext. 1872.
A fall festival benefiting the Freedom Fighter Memorial, which honors the modern-day desert soldier, will be held at Happy Valley Sports Bar, 516 Storrs St. in Dickson City on Sunday Sept. 15, noon to 6 p.m. Music, dancing, karoake, raffles and light fare are included with a donation of $10; $5 for kids younger than 12; free for kids younger than 3. There will be a cash bar. Entertainment will be by Papa Ron Schnoover, noon to 3 p.m. and Marilyn Kennedy. Tickets are available at Olyphant Borough Building or at the door. Call 570-383-9552 for info. A donation of a raffle item or gift card will be appreciated.
The Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St., is starting a gardening club led by the Master Gardeners from Penn State Cooperative Extension. You don’t need prior experience to join. The first meeting will be on Monday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. “Intro to gardening and its benefits” will be the topic. All in attendance will have a chance to win a door prize and will help decide the date and time for future meetings.
Family movie night
Two movies are shown each week at the Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St., one geared for kids and one geared for adults. Popcorn is provided but you may bring your own refreshments. Kids may bring a blanket or towel to lie on. Every Thursday (next movie nights will be Sept. 19 and 26), the kids movie starts at 4 p.m. and the adults movie starts at 6 p.m.
Forest City coal operations
Professor Robert P. Wolensky will present a talk at the Forest City Area Historical Society on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m. His topic will be “The Hillside Coal & Iron Company and other Forest City Coal Operations, 1878-1966.” at the society headquarters, 629 Main St. Wolensky is professor emeritus of sociology and co-director of the center for the small city at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and serves as adjunct professor of history at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, and as a board member of the Anthracite Heritage Foundation, also in Wilkes-Barre
Creative Writing Club
Join the Carbondale Public Library’s group of writers, each working at their own level, at the library, 5 N. Main St. The group is led by Marion Beddoe-Lobst who provides writers with reflections and tips on all genres of prose. Light refreshments will be served. Meets every other Friday (next meeting will be Sept. 20) at 11 a.m.
The Jermyn Shade Tree Commission in conjunction with Rite Aid Pharmacy will administer flu shots on Saturday. Sept. 21, 10 a.m. to noon and Wednesday, Sept. 25t, 6-8 p.m. in the Jermyn Community Center, 440 Jefferson Ave.. Vaccines are available for ages 9 and up. Bring your insurance cards; flu vaccines are covered by most insurances.
Author Iran Fahmy will visit the Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St., on Saturday, Sept. 21, at noon. Her book “A Checkerboard of Nights and Days” is the story of her cultural journey.
The Carbondale Public Library once again welcomes Thomas McCormick of Credit Management of Pa. as he returns to lend his financial expertise in part one of this two-part series, Financial Basics, on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. He will explore topics such as personal banking, saving and investing. Part 2 will be on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Teens are welcome.
Local Author Luncheon
The 12th annual Local Author’s Luncheon, to benefit the Forest City Library, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Elkview Country Club in Crystal Lake. This year’s speaker is Judith Kelly, a longtime social-justice activist in the Washington D.C. area. Her first book is “Just Call Me Jerzy,” a story about Jerzy Popieluszko, a chaplain of the Polish freedom movement Solidarity who was kidnapped and murdered by the Polish secret police. The luncheon is sponsored by the Novel Woman Book Club. A time of hospitality starts at 11:30 a.m., followed by the luncheon and speaker. The cost of the luncheon is $25. A raffle will be held as an additional fundraiser for the library and a book signing will take place after the program. Reservations may be made by sending your check to the Forest City Library, 531 Main St., Forest City, PA 18421 by Thursday, Sept. 19. For more information, call 570-785-5590.
History of coinage
On Saturday, Sept. 28, 2 p.m., Bruce Smallacombe will speak on the topic of coinage from year 1600 to the present at the Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St. Several rare coins will be on display. Registration is appreciated.