Pierogie sale: All Saints Orthodox Church, 211 Willow Ave. in Olyphant, sells frozen pierogies Fridays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., and Sundays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Price is $6.50 per dozen. Call 570-383-0785 or 570-489-5591 for more information.
Farmers market: In Jermyn, a farmers market will be held on Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bridge Street and Washington Avenue, at the World War I Veterans Park.
Rummage sales: First Presbyterian Church of Carbondale, 76 Salem Ave., will host rummage sales every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A sign will be in the church yard if the sale is open. Donations will be accepted only if the items are clean and in working order. No clothing will be accepted until further notice.
Library snacks: The Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St., will offer a morning (11-11:30 a.m.) and afternoon (3-3:30 p.m.) snack to all children 18 and younger.
Summer swimming: The lakes at Lackawanna County’s parks are open daily through mid-August. They include Aylesworth Lake in Archbald and Merli-Sarnoski Lake in Carbondale. All of the locations are staffed with lifeguards. The swimming areas are open daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For additional information, call 570-963-6764.
Bus trip: A bus trip to Sand’s Casino and Musikfest in Bethlehem will he held Saturday, Aug. 10. Cost is $30 per person. The bus departs from the old Burlington Plaza in Eynon at 11:30 a.m. Attendees will receive $25 in slot play. and have extra time to enjoy the festival. This fundraiser benefits the Lion’s Club International Foundation. Bus leaves casino at 7:30 p.m. Call or text 570-470-7838 for info and to reserve a seat.
Legion dance party: The newly remodeled (no-smoking) Jessup American Legion will host a dance on Saturday, Aug. 10. Music will be provided by the Moonshiners from 8-11 p.m. in the banquet room. Cover charge is $5.
Wine festival: Jessup Hose Co. No. 2, Station 25, is hosting its eighth annual summer wine festival on Saturday, Aug. 10, at the company’s carnival grounds on Hill Street, 2-7 p.m. Ten Pennsylvania wineries will have their products available for tasting and sale. In addition, more than 30 crafters, specialty item vendors and food vendors, offering everything from cakes to pizza, will be in attendance. There will be live entertainment, a basket raffle and other attractions available all day.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the gate on the day of the event. Advanced tickets are available from hose company members or at the fire station on Hill Street or by visiting Jessup Hose Company No. 2 on Facebook or emailing Jessupwinefestival@gmail.com. Tickets can also be purchased online at LocalWineEvents.com. For additional information call or text 570-335-4469.
Historic train ride: On Saturday, Aug. 10, learn about the early Gravity Railroad while enjoying a train ride through the Mid-Valley. The excursion departs at 10 a.m. (be at the Steamtown Historic Site in Scranton at 9:45 a.m.) and returns to Scranton at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $24 for adults ages 16-61; $22 for seniors ages 62 and older; and $17 for children ages 6-15. Children 5 and younger require a free ticket. There will also be environmental and other programs presented by partners along the Lackawanna Heritage Trail. Upon arrival in Archbald, refreshments will be provided by the Archbald Historical Society.
Hose Co. barbecue: Mayfield Hose Co. No. 1 will host its annual chicken barbecue on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the station, 900 Maple St. in Mayfield. Eat in or take out. Cost is $10 per dinner and includes a half chicken, baked potato, cole slaw, corn on the cob, roll and dessert. Tickets may be purchased from any hose company member, at the Mayfield Borough Building or by calling 570-766-2063.
Pain reduction workshop: The Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce will host a free pain reduction workshop, focusing on foot and ankle pain on Tuesday, Aug. 13; There will be two sessions: 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. To register, call 570-208-2787.
Reunion meeting: The Archbald High School class of 1969 will hold a reunion meeting on Wednesday Aug. 14, at Joseph’s Restaurant, 1546 Main St. in Peckville. The reservation deadline has been extended to Monday Sept. 9. The reunion is Saturday, Sept. 28 and will feature a buffet dinner, causal attire and cash bar. For more information, call 570-575-0651 or email email@example.com or
Envelope drive: The annual envelope drive by Eureka Hose Co. No. 4, 717 E. Grant St. in Olyphant, will be conducted during August. Residents, as well as commercial and industrial occupants, have been mailed donation material and return options. Proceeds will be used to defray cost of personal protective equipment, station and vehicle insurance and maintenance.
Car cruises: The Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Club will hold monthly cruises 5-8 p.m. at the Advance Auto Parts store on Route 6 in Carbondale. There will be music and door prizes and a 50/50 and trophies will be awarded. Call 570-876-4034. The cruises will be held on the third Saturday (next cruise: Aug. 17) of each month through September.
Veteran outreach: Veteran Outreach at state Rep. Kyle Mullins’ office will be held on the fourth Monday of the month, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the office, 520 Burke Bypass, Suite 1, in Olyphant (next outreach: Aug. 26). An American Legion department service officer will be available to assist veterans, as well as their spouses and dependents, with a variety of issues including VA compensation, pensions, death benefits, health care and other veteran issues. Appointments can be made by calling 570-383-9795.
Church outreach: At Rescue and Restore Church, 125 Lackawanna Ave. in Olyphant, the monthly food distribution will be held on the first Monday of the month (next distribution Sept. 2), noon to 3 p.m. Clothing distribution is temporarily suspended. A free community meal will be held on the last Thursday of every month (next meal Aug. 29) at 5:30 p.m.
Cookbook club: The Valley Community Library, 739 River St. in Peckville, has a cookbook club, which meets on the first Wednesday of each month (next meeting Sept. 4) at 6 p.m. Registration is required and may completed in person at the library, where the current month’s cookbook is available for viewing. For more information, call 570-489-1765 or visit the library’s Facebook page.
Community lunch: The free community lunch will be served at the Red Door Cafe at the Peckville United Methodist Church, 732 Main St., noon to 1 p.m on the fourth Saturday of each month (next meal: Aug. 24).
Bus trip: Christ Episcopal Church in Forest City will sponsor a bus trip to the Bloomsburg Fair on Thursday, Sept. 26. Bus leaves Forest City at 10 a.m., arriving at the Bloomsburg Fair approximately at noon and leaves the fair promptly at 6 p.m. arriving back in Forest City at 8 p.m. Cost is $40 and includes the bus ride, driver’s tip, entrance to the fair, parking and water on the bus. The trip is rain or shine and benefits Christ Episcopal Church’s community projects. Your money will be refunded only if your seat can be filled. For reservations, call 570-499-4908 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reunion planned: The Fell High School class of 1969 will hold its 50-year reunion on Saturday, Oct. 12. at the annual Harvest Hop at the Trinity Banquet Facility, 37 Prospect St. in Simpson. The price is $30 per person which includes a buffet dinner with musical entertainment supplied by a DJ. Beer and wine are included and mixers will be available for those wishing to BYOB. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. The organizers ask that class members pass this information on to any class member. Call 570-785-5059 or 570-785-5606 for more information.
Archbald curbside pickup: Archbald Borough DPW has begun picking up yard waste curbside in biodegradable bags and will continiue on your recycling day every other week.
Grass clippings and leaves are accepted by the borough only if they are in biodegradable bags. Lawn and leaf bags can be purchased at home and garden stores or the borough office for $2 for five bags. No plastic bags are allowed for this service. Vegetation set out in plastic bags will not be picked up. There can be no commingling with any other materials; that is no brush or branches, no garbage animal waste, dirt, construction material or other recyclables.
Branch chipping is done Mondays and Tuesdays only. Call 570-876-1800 to be put on the list for branch chipping.
Ashes will be picked up Tuesdays during the following weeks on your recycling day: July 22, Aug. 5 and 19, Sept. 2, 16 and 30, Oct. 14 and 28.
Lunch at the Civic Center: The Throop Civic Center has been expanding the Senior Center and will be offering lunch on Mondays, to be served at noon. Reservations are needed by the Thursday prior. Contact the Throop Civic Center at 570-383-7906 for reservations and details.
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 email@example.com with any information you might have.
Avoiding event conflicts: Mayfield borough officials are seeking the cooperation of all civic groups in Mayfield with scheduling of fundraising activities for 2019. Any civic group or organization planning an event is asked to call 570-876-4391 to set aside dates needed in order to avoid conflicts and insure maximum effect of the activity.
Classmates sought: Members of the Archbald High School class of 1969 have formed a 50th anniversary class reunion committee and are seeking current addresses of classmates. Visit the Archbald High School Class of 1969 Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 570-575-0651 with any information.
Throop yard waste: In Throop Borough, yard waste collection now runs April through November on the first and third Mondays. All yard waste needs to be in yard waste bags or open containers for collection. Yard waste bags are available at the borough building.
Greenfield Township Historical Society: The Greenfield Township Historical Society is seeking new members for 2018. Annual memberships help to maintain the museum building, Carpenter School and historical collections. Membership is open to all. Membership dues are $10 for an individual; $15 for a family; $100 for a lifetime membership. Send dues to Clara Gardner, 423 Hickory Ridge Road, Greenfield Township, PA 18407. Make checks payable to the: Greenfield Township Historical Society.
Residents are also welcome to attend monthly meetings. They are held at the Museum Building on the first Monday of each month, at 7:30 p.m. Additionally, the museum building and Carpenter School are open on the first and third Saturday mornings of each month, 9-11:30 a.m., or by appointment, for other days and times, or call 570-282-2768 or 570-222-4875.
Forest City Area Historical Society: The Forest City Area Historical Society (FCAHS) is accepting applications for membership and membership renewals. The FCAHS encompasses Browndale, Forest City, Richmondale and Vandling. Anyone with pictures or items to donate is asked to call 570-785-5659. Memberships are for one year: an individual membership for $15; a family membership $25; a lifetime membership is $125. Call 570-499-4908 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Meetings are held on the second Sunday of each month at 6 p.m. Visit forestcityareahistoricalsociety.com to learn more about the organization or to download a membership application.
Jenny’s Kloset: Jenny’s Kloset is an ongoing local collection for Valley View Elementary students and families. Drop off locations are The Caverna on Church Street in Jessup, The Eatery on Hill Street in Jessup, Lavender Goose on Main Street in Peckville and Quinn’s in Peckville. Items needed are non perishable food, clothing and monetary donations. For more information, call 570-466-0658.
DCCC soldier collection: The Dickson City Civic Center (DCCC) is looking to send care packages to some of our local service members. Does your family have someone serving who would like to receive a care package from home? Call 570-383-1813 to provide mailing information.
Mayfield Crime Watch notes: Mayfield Crime Watch reminds residents they can report suspicious activity or problems in town by dropping a note in its drop box at the borough building, 739 Penn Ave. Also let the group know of any elderly person who may need food. It is checked often and you can remain anonymous.
Helping Mayfield seniors food collection: Non-perishable items can be dropped off at the Mayfield Borough Building. Items will be donated to elderly people in need in the borough.
Meals for the needy: St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen has established a joint effort with St. Rose of Lima and Our Lady of Mount Carmel parishes in Carbondale, Christ the King Parish in Archbald and Holy Cross Parish in Olyphant to provide free hot meals to those in need within the neighborhoods of those parishes.
The meals, served by volunteers from the parishes, are being offered on Wednesdays, noon to 12:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Olyphant; on Thursdays at St. Rose of Lima Church in Carbondale; and on Tuesdays at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Archbald.
COLTS Senior Services: The Mid-Valley and Carbondale Active Adult Centers will host a signup for services provided by the County of Lackawanna Transportation System (COLTS) transportation services, including the Senior Shared Ride Program. If you are 65 or older, you can ride the bus for free. You can sign up for a Commonwealth Transit ID card and for the Senior Shared Ride Program. You should bring proof of age.
Grief support: VNA Hospice and Home Health, 301 Delaware Ave. in Olyphant, offers a variety of grief/bereavement support groups.
• Bereavement support: group. This more traditional group assists participants in learning to cope with the new challenges facing them as they grieve. Third Thursday of each month, 6-8 p.m.; and the second Wednesday of each month, 12:30-2 p.m.
• Knitting and crocheting group: Beginners and experienced join together with instructors on hand, knitting/crocheting items for preemies, which are donated to hospitals in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. Bring your own knitting needles and crochet hooks. Patterns and instruction provided. Mondays, 1:30-3 p.m.
• Fisherman knot rosary and sleeping bag project. VNA provides the twine needed to produce these soft rosary that are then donated to skilled nursing facilities, personal care homes and VA Hospital in Wilkes-Barre. They also make sleeping bags for the homeless community. Tuesdays, 1-2:30 p.m.
• Yoga for healing. Soothing the body, mind and spirit in a gentle way helps the whole being to relax and heal. There is a $10 fee per class. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat or blanket. Tuesdays, 6:15-7:30 p.m. Call 570-383-5180 with questions.
VFW membership: The members of Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post No. 7963, 284 Main St., Eynon, remind you that if you live in Eynon, Archbald, Jermyn and Mayfield areas, served in any major conflict since World War II and have not become a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), or have let you membership expire, you are invited to stop by the post home and inquire on how to become a regular member.
Scout Uniforms: Boy Scout Troop 21, chartered since 1928 to Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Dickson City, is asking for donations of used Boy Scout uniforms: shirts, pants, shorts and belts. Call 570-489-4626 or visit vbvm.org/troop21 for more information.
Cell Phone Dropoff: American Legion Post No. 411, 508 Church St., Jessup, now has a collection box for old, used and unwanted cell phones. The phones will be reconditioned and sent to our troops overseas. Phones can be dropped off at the post’s collection box anytime.
Assistive Technology Available: Pennsylvania’s Telecommunication Device Distribution Program (TDDP) provides specialized land-line telephone equipment, free, to eligible Pennsylvanians with disabilities that prevent them from having independent access to the telephone. This includes people who are deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired, blind or have visual problems, or have physical or intellectual disabilities. Applicants must: be a Pennsylvania resident, have a disability that prevents independence on a standard phone, have an individual gross income of less than 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, have current telephone service (i.e. a landline or digital home service) and have the ability to learn how to use the requested device(s). For more information, call 570-347-3357 (voice) or email email@example.com. Free demonstrations and/or short-term equipment loans are also available to help determine what equipment works best. TDDP is managed by Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology, a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, in conjunction with the PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the PA Public Utility Commission.
Broom Sales: The Mayfield Lions Club sells brooms at the Mayfield Municipal Building, 739 Penn Ave. (570-876-4391) and at a new location, Tuzze’s Pharmacy, 509 Poplar St. (570-876-0740). The club also collects used eyeglasses at the same locations. Call for more information.