Band concert

Many PV schools are holding band and chorus concerts this week. The Pleasant Valley Middle School will hold its band concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17. For other PV District schools, check the school calendar.

School board

The Pleasant Valley School District Board of Education will meet at 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, at the district office in Brodheadsville.

Lions rescheduled

The Western Pocono Lions Club will not meet on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Instead, the club will meet at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18, for a time of holiday fellowship.

The Real Story

Two presentations of "Scrooge: The Real Story" will be presented at Mount Eaton Church, Saylorsburg, at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 19, in Faith Hall.

Joint cantata

The joint choir from St. Matthew's UCC church in Kunkletown and the Effort UMC church will present an annual Christmas cantata in both churches this weekend. The first presentation will be at Effort UMC at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19. The second will be at 7:30 p.m. also, at the Kunkletown church on Sunday, Dec. 20.

Dan Smale is director of the joint chorus.

Wreath making

Members and friends of Zion Lutheran Church will be making wreaths for the church sanctuary, beginning at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 18. Participants are reminded to bring gloves, staple gun and pruning clippers.

Some refreshments will be provided.

Final meeting

The German American Society of the Poconos will hold its final 2009 club meeting at 2 p.m., Monday, Dec, 21, at the Elks Lodge building in East Stroudsburg. The next meeting will not be until March.

Holiday party

The Western Pocono Lioness Club will hold its holiday party at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the American Legion in Gilbert. Members and guests who wish to participate in the gift exchange are asked to bring a gift suitable for anyone with a value around $10.

The Lioness are also asked to bring hats, gloves, sweat suits for boys and girls sizes 12,14,16, as well as pajamas. These items are sorely needed in the Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network's Community Service Center's clothing room, where families can pick what they need every three months, with guidelines as to number of items set by the PVENCSC.

"Friends" needs friend

The Friends of the Library is a group of volunteers involved with aiding the various fundraising efforts to benefit the Western Pocono Community Library.

A monthly meeting is held the first Monday of the month in the Friends room at the library. Anyone is welcome to attend. The meeting is held at 10:30 a.m., with the meeting usually not lasting more than an hour.

In addition, "Friends" has a small monthly luncheon at various local eateries which gives members an opportunity to socialize.

Volunteers are always needed to help run the Back Door Books Store on Bond Lane in Brodheadsville. Becoming a volunteer would mean a commitment of a few hours a month, week, or whenever the volunteer has time to help with staffing.

Volunteer help is also needed during the annual craft show, book sales, bake sales and other fundraising events during the year. Such events are held to raise money to defray the expenses of the library. In light of the state funding cut to the WPCL, help is needed now more than ever.

For more information call Caroline at (570) 992-0160 or ask for Shareen at the library.

Spring rehearsals

Winter may just be beginning, but the Pleasant Valley Choral Society is looking ahead to beginning its spring rehearsals for the Annul "Spring Pops" concert. Those rehearsals begin on Jan. 8, 2010. They are held every Friday evening at 7 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville.

The Choral Society welcomes new members and has scheduled informal auditions at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 9, and Friday, Jan. 15.

For more information call Joan at (570) 629-4837.

Special greetings

Happy birthday to: Harry Fenstermaker Sr., Virginia Faulstick, Frances Becker, Dale Borger, William Morgan, Dec. 16; Pastor Dave Felker, Linda Borger, David Ryder, Kristin Borger, Christopher Neff, Russell Gould, Shannen Correll, Dec. 17; Stephanie Fenstermaker, Cassandra Kuehn, Kristin Haydt, Maureen Reph, Eric Steinmetz, Dec. 18; Eugene Bilodeau, Fred Klein, Robert Churchill, Sharon Boyd, John T. Burrus, Anna Greif, Dec. 19; Wayne Bishop, Mary Sharer, Carol Gouger, Dec. 20; Paul Ackerman, Dec. 21; Betty Koehler, Mollie Unger, Jan Stivers, Dec. 22.

Happy Anniversary wishes can be sent to Crystal and Lee Fink for their Dec. 22 anniversary.