Santa parade

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in Tamaqua on Dec. 6, escorted by their four-wheeled "reindeer" and elves. Due to the bridge construction on East Broad Street, Santa's trip to Depot Square Park will see a change in the parade route. This year, Santa will travel from St. Jerome's parking lot and head east to Berwick Street, beginning at 6 p.m.

The jolly couple will then make their way to Depot Square Park and magically illuminate the thousands of lights decorating the park.

From there, the party will move to the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St., where Santa and the Mrs. will visit with children of all ages. Photos will be allowed, so bring your camera.

Thanksgiving dinner

The Tamaqua Salvation Army is offering local residents the opportunity to share in the joys of Thanksgiving through a free Thanksgiving Day meal. Turkey and all the trimmings will be served on Nov. 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the SAL Center, 115 W. Broad St. Delivery options are available for the disabled and the elderly.

To arrange for home delivery, call 570-668-0410.

Volunteers are needed to help on Thanksgiving Day.

Coalcracker chorus

The Coalcracker Chorus will perform at Tamaqua's Third Annual Community Advent Breakfast, hosted by Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. The event will be held on Dec. 7, beginning at 8:30 a.m., and is sponsored by the Tamaqua Ministerial Association, the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce and the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network.

For more information, call 570-668-4451.

West Penn Christmas

The Seventh Annual West Penn Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will be held on Nov. 30 at the township annex building. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and will include caroling, cookies, hot cocoa and a visit from Santa.

The event is open to the public and is sponsored by the West Penn Lions Club.

Bethany EC

The Rev. Kevin Roberts will officiate at the 8 a.m. traditional service this Sunday in Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church. A contemporary service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Tamaqua YMCA, including nursery and primary church. Sunday school classes will meet at 9:15 a.m., at the church.

Also on Sunday, the Be the Leader growth group will meet at 1:15 p.m. and the Surviving the Holidays event will be held at 3 p.m.

Activities for next week will include: Tuesday, prayer time at 8:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Tamaqua Youth Ministry meets at 6:30 p.m., GriefShare meets at 7 p.m., musician and praise practice at 8 p.m.

St. Peter's Union

Sunday worship services are held at 9 a.m. in St. Peter's Union Church, Mantzville. This Sunday's service will include the observance of Christ the King Sunday and a Thankoffering. Hanging of the Greens will be held following the worship service. Sunday school classes will meet at 10:15 a.m.

Also on Sunday, the bell choir will rehearse at 10:15 a.m., the Confirmation class will meet at 11:30 a.m., Girl Scout Family Feast will be held from 1-7 p.m.

Activities for next week will include: Monday, women's Bible study at 6 p.m.; Wednesday, filling order pick up from noon to 2 p.m.

The Women's Association of St. Peter's Family Christmas party will be held at noon on Dec. 1.