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NOV. 23

The Eynon Christmas Light Committee’s annual Children’s Christmas Party: Saturday, Nov. 23, 1-3 p.m. at Eynon-Sturges Hose Co. No. 3, on Thomas Street in Eynon. There will be carriage rides, gifts, music, refreshments and appearances by Gretchen the Elf and Santa and Mrs. Clause.

Free community luncheon: Saturday, Nov. 23, noon to 1 p.m. at the Stone South Kitchen at Christ Episcopal Church, 700 Delaware St., Forest City. Call the church at 570-785-3425 to confirm the luncheon will be served in case of questionable weather of a sudden church-related event.

Free Thanksgiving community lunch: Saturday, Nov. 23 at noon at the Red Door Cafe at Peckville United Methodist Church, 732 Main St., Peckville.

NOV. 24 All Wrapped Up holiday shopping event: Sunday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hotel Anthracite, 25 South Main St., Carbondale. Hosted by the Carbondale chapter of UNICO National. More than 25 vendors will be on hand with a selection of unique items for sale. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door or from a member of Carbondale UNICO. This event supports charities in Carbondale.

Town lighting ceremony: Sunday, Nov. 24 from 2-6 p.m. at the Dickson City Municipal Building on Enterprise Street, the Dickson City Christmas Light and Banner Association will host the sixth annual town lighting ceremony. The event is free to all Dickson City residents and children. The event will include two horse drawn sleigh and carriage rides, Damian the Magician, arts and crafts for the children, holiday movies, caroling, a lighting ceremony for the 14-foot outdoor holiday tree, announcement of the coloring contest winners, a visit by Gretchen the Elf, Tux and Santa Clause, gifts for the children and refreshments for all.

NOV. 28 Eynon-Archbald Lions Club’s annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner: Hot dinners will be prepared and delivered to residents of Eynon, Archbald, Sturges and Nebraska between 10 and 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. To order, call Gloria at 570-876-3215 or Phyllis at 570-876-3087. Deadline for orders is Friday, Nov. 22.

Free Thanksgiving buffet: Thursday, Nov. 28 from noon to 3:30 p.m. at Eagle Hose Company, 1 Eagle Lane, Dickson City. For those whose dinner plans may have been canceled, the less fortunate, the elderly or anyone who has no place to go for dinner. Takeouts are available. Music will be provided by The Frost Duo and the dinner is sponsored by Dr. J. Donald Kazmerski and Judie and Brian Richards.

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. 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 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. 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.

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.

Fear Fest Friday: At the Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St., Carbondale, will be all-day showings of scary movies. Oct. 18 featured Abbott & Costello Meet the Monsters and Oct. 25 features Classic Monster Mania.

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