St. Ann Society

St. Ann Society Branch 140 of the FCSLA will hold its annual Christmas dinner on Dec. 4 at the Lantern in Nesquehoning. Dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m.

For reservations, or more information, call Louise Dunstan at 570-645-4354. Deadline for reservations is Nov. 24.

Summit Hill

Lions Club

The Summit Hill Lions Club will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Tamaqua Train Station. The guest speaker will be Sen. Dave Argall.

Members will also be discussing the upcoming Christmas party, which is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 11.

Members are reminded to make their reservation for next week's meeting by Nov. 17 by contacting Judy Midas or Tom Ponting.

Historical society

The Summit Hill Historical Society will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the fire company.

Among the matters to be discussed are the society's relocation to the former Jean McFadden Grocery Store on West Ludlow Street. Other items on the agenda include newsletter articles, Bob Gormley's historical items and taking possession of a restored Switchback car.

The society members have been invited to participate in a joint Christmas party with members of the Summit Hill Heritage Center and the GAR Committee. It is set for Dec. 14 at the heritage center.

The next meeting of the society will take place on Jan. 18, 2012.

Food pantry

The Summit Hill Food pantry will hold its pre-Thanksgiving distribution of food on Monday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon. Eligible persons who normally receive the items are reminded to bring their own bags for "extras" that will be distributed with the boxes.

Lansford

AMVETS programs

The Lansford AMVETS Post and its affiliates are still collecting DVDs that will be sent to service men and women overseas. Persons desiring to donate the DVDs, which can be new or old, can drop them off in the slot inside the front door of the post home.

The post is also participating in the Toys for Tots program, by accepting gifts for children in need. The gifts should be wrapped and have information on them regarding the age and or sex of the child that the gift is best suited for.

The gifts can be dropped off at the box located at the post home.

Anyone wishing to make monetary contributions to the program can do so by depositing it in a donation box the AMVETS has at the post.

The deadline for monetary contributions and gifts is Dec. 10.

The post is also participating in the trees for Troops program whereby Christmas trees will be shipped by Yenser's Tree Farm, Lehighton, to service men and women overseas. Anyone willing to make a donation toward the tree purchase can do so by putting it in the donation box located at the post.

St. John Lutheran

St. John Lutheran Church, Lansford, will hold an informal worship tonight at 7 o'clock in the church. This will be a spiritual, peaceful evening service with Holy Communion. All are welcome to this relaxed, brief musical evening prayer. For those who wish to come early, a free simple supper is served at 6 o'clock, followed by a brief adult Bible study and confirmation program at 6:30.

For more information, call the Rev. Marjorie Keiter, (570) 645-0356

Nesquehoning

Woman's club

The Nesquehoning Woman's Club will hold its Christmas dinner at Lenygel's Restaurant on Monday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Members can make reservations by contacting Chairwoman Ginny Novy.

Old memorabilia of pictures and newspaper clippings are needed for the club's 45th anniversary. Please contact Madeline Ligenza.

Nomination of new officers will be held at the upcoming meeting.

Free Thanksgiving dinner

Meed's United Methodist Church, 126 E. Catawissa St., invites everyone to share a free Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday, Nov. 20. There will be two seatings for dinner: 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Call Diane at (570) 669-6764 or Doris at 669-6769 to make a reservation as pre-registration is required. All are welcome to come out to share food and fellowship and to give thanks for their blessings. Meals will be delivered to shut-ins; however, there will be no takeouts.

Food bank

The Nesquehoning food pantry will be open Thursday, Nov. 17 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Meed's Church. Senior Boxes will be distributed on Friday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon.