The Carbon Model Railroad Society will hold its open house at 529 Ore St., Bowmanstown, on Thursday, Dec. 2, 9, and 16 from 7-8 p.m., as well as on Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 4 and 5, and Jan. 2, 8, and 9 from 1-5 p.m. Additionally, the building is open Dec. 26 from 1-8 p.m. The main HO scale display is in various stages of completion and is an excellent learning tool. The clubs portable HO and N displays will also be in operation. Admission is free. For more information, call Garry at (610) 826-6636.

Santa coming

Santa Claus will arrive by fire truck at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Palmerton Borough Park bandstand. There will be bags of goodies for the kids. The name of every child who comes to see Santa will be put in a drawing toward a "Toys R Us" gift certificate or a junior membership pass for the Palmerton Memorial Pool for 2011.

Bring your camera. The event is sponsored by the Palmerton and Aquashicola fire departments, along with the Palmerton Memorial Park Association.

Caroling in the Park

Caroling in the Park will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, in the Palmerton Borough Park Bandstand. All are invited. Refreshments will be served at the Living Hope Lighthouse Church following the caroling.

Quilting group

The quilting group at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 502 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton, meets on the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon. The group makes the quilts, which are sent to Africa through Lutheran World Relief. The group is always in need of old bed sheets and fabric. If you have donations, you may drop them off at the church, or call the office at (610) 826-2524. If you are interested in helping to assemble the quilts, you are welcome to join the group.

UVO

The United Veterans Organization of Palmerton has removed flags from the cemetery for the winter months. Anyone wishing a flag for the winter may pick one up at Vics Time Dedicated Fitness on Delaware Avenue. Call Ed Moyer at (570) 325-9657 for information.

No paper drive

There will be no newspaper drive in the month of December by St. John's Lutheran Church. You may still take your papers to the garage across from the church on Fireline Road, which is always open. The drive will resume in January.

High schoolbloodmobile

The Miller-Keystone Blood Center will conduct a bloodmobile at Palmerton Area High School on Thursday, Dec. 2, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., primarily for students and faculty.

The minimum age is 17. Students are reminded that the school district, not Miller, requires a signed parental permission slip. Each person registering to donate can enter a drawing for a month's free supply of home fuel.