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Friday, December 3, 2010

Blue Christmas service

St. Matthew's UCC will hold a Blue Christmas Service on Monday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. with communion.

Secret Sister luncheon

St. Matthew's will have its Secret Sister luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. If you are already a member, be sure to come and bring a covered dish. If you would like to be a member, also come and join up for next year. You do not have to be a member of the church.

Friday, December 3, 2010

WELCA

The Lutheran WELCA group will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, South Ave. For more information contact Kathy Heller, (570) 325-2282. Following the meeting, the group will be making holiday gift bags for the shut-ins.

Touchdown Club

A meeting for parents, grandparents and friends of the Jim Thorpe football program will be held on Monday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. in the commons area of the high school. Election of officers for the Touchdown Club will be held at the meeting, as well as the planning of the awards ceremony.

Toys for Tots

Friday, December 3, 2010

Nesquehoning

VFW party

The annual Christmas party of the Ladies Auxiliary to Nesquehoning Memorial VFW Post 8008 will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 14, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Lengyel's Restaurant.

Those planning to attend should contact Maureen Hirochek at (570) 669-9578 as soon as possible to make their reservations. Deadline for reservations is Dec. 10.

A brief business meeting will be held before dinner, with President Amanda Breiner presiding.

NCFC auxiliary party

Friday, December 3, 2010

Coaldale

First Congregational Church

Morning Worship will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, followed by Sunday School for all ages.

The church board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6.

Confirmation class will begin meeting every Sunday at 12:30 p.m. beginning Dec. 5

Friday, December 3, 2010

First gift

New Life Assembly of God Church will again sponsor a "First Gift" campaign to provide local children with a brighter holiday during difficult economic times. Organizers are currently accepting donations from area merchants, businesses and generous citizens.

The program will be held Dec. 10 at the church. Each child will receive gift bags filled with toys, candy and other donated items. There will also be cookies and hot chocolate available.

For more information, or to donate, call (570) 668-4059 or 778-3867.

Tax exemptions

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Lansford

Borough council

The Lansford Borough Council has scheduled its monthly committee/council meetings for December as follows:

Tonight - Grants Committee, 6:30.

Friday, Dec. 3 - budget workshop (borough office, 26 E. Patterson St.), 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 8 - council meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 13 - Facility Planning Committee (borough office), 6:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 27 - Public Safety Committee, 6:30 p.m.; and Public Works Committee, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 28 - Municipal Administration Committee (borough office), 6 p.m.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church

The congregational meeting for the 2011 budget is Sunday, Dec. 5 after the 10:30 a.m. service. Please plan to attend this important meeting. (If weather is bad they will meet Dec. 12.) Copies of the budget are in the lobby. Please review it before the meeting.

Toys for Tots

Pleasant Valley Elementary School is once again participating in the Toys for Tots Program. All toys collected will be picked up by the Marines and distributed to needy families throughout Monroe County.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Writers' workshop

The Black Diamond Writers' Network and the Pennsylvania Women's Press Association will combine forces to sponsor a workshop on visioning and setting goals. The workshop will be held Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Tamaqua Public Library. Guest speaker will be Cathy Colangelo, a life enhancement and career coach based in Weatherly.

The public is welcome to attend.

For more information, call Kathy at (570) 645-3059.

SAL holidays

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Summit Hill

Lions Club

Members of the Summit Hill Lions Club will be participating in the tree decorating event at The Summit Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lehighton.

The event will take place tomorrow. For more information, contact club president, Dr. Kenneth Vermillion.

The club's annual Christmas party will be held on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m. at Macaluso's at The Lantern, Nesquehoning.

Scripture sharing

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Adult day care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center has a variety of activities planned for December, including a visit from St. Jerome's kindergarten students on Dec. 21.

Other activities planned for the month include: Dec. 6, bingo; Dec. 8, craft day; Dec. 13, Christmas music with Andrew Roblin; Dec. 15, Salvation Army visit; Dec. 17, cooking class; Dec. 20, sing-a-long with Audrey Christ; Dec. 21, flannel shirt day; Dec. 22, foot doctor visit; Dec. 27, visit with Skye the Therapy Dog; Dec. 28, monthly birthday party; Dec. 30, New Year's party.