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JAN. 17 Blood drive: The American Red Cross will host a blood drive, Friday, Jan. 17 from 1-6 p.m. at Greenfield Fire Hall, 424 Route 106. Donors can make an appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

JAN. 18 Roast beef dinner: Saturday, Jan. 18 from 3-5 p.m. the Peckville United Methodist Church, 732 Main St., will host a takeout-only, roast beef dinner, drive thru from Main Street. Cost is $12 in advance or $14 at the door, if available. Contact Bonny 570-489-6093 or Paul 570-489-8042.

Dance: The Jessup American Legion will host a dance Saturday, Jan. 18 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Post, 508 Church St., Jessup. Live music by the Mystic Rulers. Admission is $5 per person.

JAN. 21

State Rep. Kyle Mullins (D-112) Winter Mobile Office Hours: Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Archbald Borough Building. Services include: property tax/rent rebates, Department of Human Services SNAP benefits, PennDOT-related issues, Department of Treasury-related issues, LIHEAP, Veterans Affairs, and questions/comments regarding the district.

JAN. 23

Dog licenses: Dog licenses will be available at the Olyphant Borough Building, 113 Willow Ave., Olyphant on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost per dog is $8.50 or $6.50 for a neutered dog. An application must be filled out, and payment made by cash or check. The dog need not be present. For more information, call Ed Karpovich at 570-963-6731.

JAN. 25 Snowflake Gala: Saturday, Jan. 25 from 6-11 p.m. at Fiorelli Catering, 1501 Main St., Peckville is the Eynon-Archbald Lions Club’s 9th annual Snowflake Gala benefitting Leader Dogs for the Blind. Cost is $75 per person, includes open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, dinner, silent auctions, raffles, lottery tree and entertainment by The Wanabees and Top Shelf Entertainment. Call Fran at 570-470-7838 by Jan. 19 for tickets.

Pasta dinner: Saturday, Jan. 25 from 4-7 p.m. St. James-George Episcopal Church, 398 Washington Ave., Jermyn, will host a pasta dinner. Takeout or dine in. Donation is $11. Menu includes homemade pasta, sauce and meatballs. Tickets are available from any member or at the door.

Gun bingo: Saturday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m. doors at 3 p.m.) Cottage Hose Company #2 and William Walker Hose Company will host gun bingo at 803 Penn Ave., Mayfield. A $50 donation is requested. Tickets are available from members, at the Mayfield Borough Office, by calling 570-282-6059, or at the door until sold out. Sponsorship information, complete prize list and directions are available at 59fire.com.

Peckville UMC Free Community Lunch: Saturday, Jan. 25 at noon at Red Door Cafe at Peckville United Methodist Church, 732 Main St.

St. James-George Episcopal Free Community Lunch: Saturday, Jan 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. St. James-George Episcopal Church, 398 Washington Ave., Jermyn will host a free community lunch.

JAN. 29 Blood drive: The American Red Cross will host a blood drive, Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 1-6 p.m. at Archbald Hose. Co. No. 1, 380 Main St., Archbald. Donors can make an appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

JAN. 31 Me and My Guy Dance: Friday, Jan. 31 at the Anthracite Hotel Banquet Hall in Carbondale. Girls, grab your special guy, dad, stepdad, grandpa, papa, uncle, brother or special friend. Dinner, entertainment, dancing and a photo on a special night out. Photos start at 6:30 p.m. with dinner to follow. $50 per couple. Benefits Lynnette’s Twirlerettes. For reservations call 570-281-9797 by Jan. 24.

FEB. 2

Superbowl Sunday Wing Fest: Volunteer Hose Company of Throop #3 will hold its 14th Annual Super Bowl Sunday Wing Fest, Sunday, Feb. 2, from noon to 4 p.m. at the station, 401 Dunmore St., Throop. Orders consist of 10 party-size wings with celery and blue cheese for $10. Three flavors: mild, hot and hot garlic. Party orders are available. For tickets and information contact any member, email 27rescuewingfest@gmail.com or call 570-851-9843. All proceeds benefit the VHC of Throop General Operating Fund.

FEB. 7 Paint night: Spirited Art will host a paint night fundraising event at the Valley Community Library on Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Instructors will lead the step-by-step class to help you create your own masterpiece. Attendees (21 and older) are encouraged to bring their own wine and snacks. Cost is $35 per person. Registration is available at the library, along with online at myspiritedart.com/. For more information, call the library at 570-489-1765, or visit lclshome.org/valley.FEB. 19 Trivial Pursuit Night: Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. the Valley Community Library, 739 River St., Peckville, will host Trivial Pursuit 1990s Edition. This special 90s-edition game features the six categories: Oops, Wired, Viewing, Trends, Important and Hangin’. Attendees must register at the library to be sorted into teams. This event is for ages 18 and older. Call 570-489-1765 or email kwallo@albright.org with any questions or to register.

MARCH 7 Spaghetti dinner: Saturday, March 7 from 3-5 p.m., Eureka Hose Co. No. 4, 717 East Grant St., Olyphant, will sponsor its annual spaghetti dinner. Tickets are $10, available from members. Proceeds benefit insurance and maintenance of the station and vehicles.

ONGOING

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program: Accounting students from The University of Scranton will assist local residents with filing their federal, state and local tax returns as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The free service will be provided to residents of Lackawanna and Wayne counties with household incomes of $56,000 or less for 2019. Residents using the VITA service are asked to bring the following items: a valid photo ID; all W2 Forms; all 1099 forms (interest, dividends, pensions); unemployment paperwork; real estate tax receipts for rent/tax rebate; Form 8332 for non-custodial parents; Social Security cards for all taxpayers and dependents; W-7 forms if appropriate; information related to income and expenses (business, rental properties, sale of stocks); a personal banking account check if direct deposit is desired; and any documentation related to health insurance for themselves and anyone on the tax return, such as Form 1095-A, -B or -C. Last year’s tax returns are also requested.

Walk-in VITA service without an appointment is available in room 111 of Brennan Hall on Madison Avenue, on the University’s campus on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Monday, Feb. 10, to Wednesday, March 11, and from Monday, March 23, to Friday, April 3. Hours of service will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays; from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays. Service on campus will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and advance appointments cannot be scheduled. The University reserves the right to cap the number of walk-in residents served within a single day

In addition to the University’s campus, the VITA service is available by appointment only at the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties office at 615 Jefferson Avenue. Service for senior citizens only is also available at several locations in the area in March. Limited appointments are available at this time. Appointments can be made online at uwic.net/taxes or by calling 211. Residents may also call the University’s VITA Program at 570-941-4045.

Appointments can be made for service at the University of Scranton only for Sunday, Feb. 9, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Sunday, April 5, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Digital media classes: Valley Community Library is offering digital media classes. Learn basic computer, phone or tablet skills, how to use Microsoft Office, use the library’s electronic resources, research genealogy and more. Registration is required, classes are by appointment only. For more information, call Danielle at the Valley Community Library at 570-489-1765, or email dkarwaski@albright.org.

Bible study: St. James-George Episcopal Church, 398 Washington Ave., Jermyn will host Bible study every Monday in January from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Food pantry: The food pantry at St. James-George Episcopal Church, 398 Washington Ave., Jermyn will re-open Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 11 a.m. to noon and be open the last Wednesday of every month.

Evening fitness classes: At the Mid Valley Active Older Adult Community Center, 310 Church St. in Jessup, Strong, Fit and Flexible classes for adults ages 50 and beyond began Tuesday, Jan. 7 and will continue Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15-6:15 p.m. All fitness levels welcome. Bring a mat if you have one. Weights and other equipment will be available for use during class. Parking is available on the street or in the parking lot behind the center. There is no fee for classes, but donations are welcome. For additional information, call the center at 570-489-4415.

Valley Community Library Vets’ Group: the monthly Vets’ Group meets on every second Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. at the Valley Community Library. Active duty, reserves, retired or just served one enlistment period or more. No matter whether you served during war time or peace time. Thank you for your service to our country and enjoy a free meal and meeting new people. Call 570-489-1765 if interested in joining, to ensure there is enough supplies for each month.

Parents A 2nd Time Support Group: The “Parents A 2nd Time” (PAST) Group meets at the Valley Community Library on the fourth Monday of every month. Are you an older adult raising children of a family member? You’re not alone…attend a monthly support group to hear similar situations that others are experiencing. Learn about potential resources, community programs, services and agencies that can provide connections, guidance and peer support to older persons living with, caring for and parenting the children of loved ones. Child care and refreshments provided and transportation available. Registration is required. Call Julie at the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging, 570-963-6740, or email PAST@lackawannacounty.org.

The Stone Soup Kitchen at Christ Church: There will be no community luncheons at Christ Episcopal Church in January, February or March due to winter weather issues. Guests are invited to share a hearty lunch on April 25 when it reopens. More information will be available in the spring flyer.

Olyphant Hometown Hero Banners renewal: Olyphant is erecting a one-of-a-kind memorial, The Freedom Fighter, honoring 21st century soldiers. It is slated to be dedicated in 2020. You can have your banner that was hung during Phase One in 2017 returned to you and/or buy a new one to be hung for $160; have your original banner rehung for a suggested donation of $25-$50 which would help with construction costs of The Freedom Fighter memorial, or you can have a brick/paver engraved to be placed at The Freedom Fighter Memorial site and also have your banner rehung for another three years for a $100 donation. Applications are available at the Olyphant Borough Building. Deadline is April 1, 2020. For info call Kim Onda Atkinson 570-892-0378.

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.

Municipal notice

Archbald Borough recycling changes: Archbald Borough recycling dates will change as of January 2020.

■ Cardboard will be picked up the following weeks: (1/19 - 2/2, 2/16 – 3/1, 3,15, 3/29 – 4/12, 4/26 – 5/10, 5/24 – 6/7,6/21 – 7/5, 7/19 – 8/2, 8/16, 8/30 – 9/13, 9/27 – 10/11, 10/25 – 11/8, 11/22 – 12/6, 12/20)

■ Paper will be picked up the following weeks: (1/26 – 2/9, 2/23 – 3/8, 3/22 – 4/5, 4/19 – 5/3, 5/17, 5/31 – 6/14, 6/28 – 7/12, 7/26 – 8/9, 8/23 – 9/6, 9/20 – 10/4, 10/18 – 11/1, 11/15, 11/29 – 12/13, 12/27)

Cans, bottles and plastic will be picked up each week.

Visit archbaldboroughpa.gov for more borough news and information.

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