Official visit

The West End Rotary Club will welcome Rotary District Governor Bob Wehe and AG John Davis at its Aug. 12 club meeting. That will be the official club visit by the Rotary District leadership.

The club meets for breakfast at the Western Pocono Community Library in Brodheadsville at 7:30 a.m. Thursday mornings.

School board

The Pleasant Valley School District Board of Education will meet at 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 12, at the district office in Brodheadsville.

Geocaching event

West End Park and Open Space Commission will offer a free Geocaching Workshop and High Tech Treasure Hunt on Saturday, Aug. 14.

Participants should meet at the Chestnuthill Park, Rt. 715, Brodheadsville at 9 a.m. Learn how to use a hand-held GPS unit and go on a geocache trek in the Chestnuthill, Ross Township and the West End Regional parks.

Bring your GPS unit and dress for being outside. Call (570) 992-9733 to register.

Backpack blessing

During all Masses at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Gilbert Aug. 14-15 there will be a special blessing of backpacks and gifts for all Our Lady Queen of Peace collegee students.

Lions Club

The Western Pocono Lions Club will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 18, at the Hamilton in Saylorsburg. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. Cindy Rodenbough will be inducted as the newest member of the club. The program for the evening will be provided by Tammy Graeber who will speak about The Garden of Giving, a charitable organization that grows crops to be distributed through the West End food pantries. For reservations contact Bob Argot at (570) 629-5718.

The club will also be present at the West End Fair for the entire week of Aug. 23-28, at their booth "The Front Porch," near the fair game and ride area.

Community members interested in being a part of an active local service club are encouraged to contact club President Helen Koshensky at (570) 619-4286.

Chestnuthill Seniors

Cindi Starner, from the Center for Vision Loss, will present the program on See for Yourself-Vision & Older Adults, at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the Chestnuthill Senior Center in Brodheadsville.

For more information call (570) 420-3746.

Beginning anew

Sunday School classes for all ages will begin on Sept. 12 at Zion Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville

Pocono Parkinson's

The next meeting of the Pocono Parkinson's group will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 18, at the Loder building. Chiropractic and You will be presented by Lorraine Alexis, DC. The program is open to the public and free of charge.

For more information call (570) 420-3746.

Help needed

Women's Resources of Monroe County needs volunteers for hot line counselors to provide support that victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault need. Counselors are needed for the 24-hour crisis hot line from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. No previous experience required, only a desire to help others.

The 70-hour training course will begin in September. For more information e-mail Christiana Sulinski at christianasulinski.wrmc@verizon.net [1], or call (570) 424-2093, ext. 32.

Special days

Celebrating their birthday this coming week are: Warren Hoffman III, Danielle Formato, Ayden Edwards, Aug. 10; Melina Hayes, Carol Esdale, Elizabeth Morales, Anna Henriksen, Aug. 11; Eric Griesbach, Piper Smith, Taylor Sponsler, Neil Sponsler, Robert Freeman Jr., Aug. 12; Todd Rusk, Rod Johnson, Raeann Passno, Aug. 13; Wanda Hunter, Amanda Rivera, John Constantino, Andrea Ashmore, Aug. 14; Raymond Shelhamer, Nancy Parker, Patrick Moore, Aug. 16; Bob Neuman, Joshua Rottkamp, Kayla Arnold, Jordan Arnold, Aug. 17.