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Friday, November 28, 2014

Santa parade

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in Tamaqua on Dec. 5, escorted by their four-wheeled "reindeer" and elves. The parade will travel from the Tamaqua Municipal Garage, by the post office, 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.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Lansford

Medicare enrollment assistance for seniors

The Panther Valley Public Library, at 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, will be assisting seniors during open enrollment for Medicare part C & D every Wednesday through Dec. 7 during regular library hours.

Counselors will assist consumers in finding a drug plan or a Medicare Part C plan.

This service is available by appointment. Call the library to set up an appointment date and time at 570-645-3780.

Preschool story hour

Friday, November 21, 2014

Panther Valley

Medicare enrollment assistance

The Panther Valley Public Library, located at 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, will be assisting seniors during open enrollment for Medicare part C & D every Wednesday through Dec. 7 during regular library hours.

Counselors will assist consumers in finding a drug plan or a Medicare Part C plan.

This service is available by appointment.

Call the library to set up an appointment date and time at 570-645-3780.

Preschool story hour

Friday, November 21, 2014

Spirit of Christmas

The annual Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas Festival is scheduled for the weekend of Dec. 5, 6 and 7 and will include a variety of festivities, music, food, contests, crafts and theatrical performances.

And let's not forget the arrival of that "Jolly Gent" from the North Pole and Mrs. Claus. The merry couple will arrive in town at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5 and make their way to Depot Square Park, where they will flip the switch to illuminate the annual Christmas light show.

Friday, November 21, 2014

PVEN needs

Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network is asking the community for donations of holiday foods, like hams and turkeys, gravy, stuffing mixes, cranberry sauce, pie filling and muffin mixes.

The clothing department needs sheets, towels and blankets.

PVEN will gladly accept any gift cards from Weis or ShopRite to help purchase holiday meats.

Any of these items can be dropped off at St. Matthew's UCC during office hours of Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sundays, 8-11:30 a.m.

PVEN Thanksgiving service

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lioness Lions to meet

The Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the home of Bob and Alicia Silliman. Gifts will be wrapped for the Breakfast with Santa to be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Lehighton Recreation Center. The breakfast will feature a basket raffle hosted by the Environmental Services Department & Caring Committee of the Blue Mountain Health System.

The club Christmas party will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Carbon Career & Technical Institute. Reservations can be made by contacting Alicia.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Knit & Crochet

Zion Lutherans' Knit & Crochet group will meet at 1 p.m., Tuesday. For more information call the church at 570-992-6988.

West End Republicans

The next regular meeting of the West End Republican Club will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cherry's Sunset Family Restaurant. An optional dinner is at 6 p.m.

Sounds of the Season

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Kettle drive

The Tamaqua Salvation Army's annual Christmas Kettle Campaign will kick off at noon this Friday at Depot Square Park at the Five Points Intersection.

Volunteers are needed to spend two or more hours ringing the traditional bells at designated kettle locations. Funds collected are used to support local needy residents in the Schuylkill-Carbon area.

For more information or to volunteer, call the Tamaqua Salvation Army at 570-668-0410.

Cookie contest

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Altar & Rosary

The Altar & Rosary Society of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church will have its monthly meeting today at 6 p.m. in the Café at Our Lady Queen of Peace. Details of the upcoming craft fair on Nov. 29 and other projects will be presented.

Lions meet tonight

The Western Pocono Lions Club will hold its monthly dinner meeting tonight at The Old Mill Pizza on Route 209 in Sciota. The social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

Club assembly

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Slatington Lions Club

It's that time of year again when the Slatington Lions Club conducts its Christmas Tree sales.

The group will set up at 9 a.m. Nov. 28. Members should meet at the Lion's Garage.

At 9 a.m. Nov. 29, the group will meet at the trail head and go for the trees. They will need trucks and trailers.

They will open on Nov. 29 for sales.

Members are asked to sign up for some hours.

Weekend hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Daily hours are 4-8 p.m.

The Lions Club will hold its Christmas Party at the Moose on Dec. 6.