Angel tree

The Tamaqua Salvation Army Angel Tree program is designed to make the Christmas season brighter for children in need. Angel Trees can be found at numerous businesses as well as the Salvation Army Community Center, 105 W. Broad St.

The trees are hung with tags containing the name, age, gender, clothing size and special Christmas needs/wishes of an individual child. Participants select a tag, then purchase new items based on the tag information. The unwrapped items, along with the tag, should be returned to the Salvation Army no later than Dec. 11. Cash donations are also being accepted.

For more information, or tree locations, call 570-668-0410.

Cookie contest

Cookie lovers are invited to take part in the Spirit of Christmas Cookie Contest. Cookie entries will be judged in four categories: drop, bar, decorated and filled cookies.

Baked entries are to be taken to the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce Office, 114 W. Broad St., on Dec. 7, between 2-3 p.m. A minimum of two dozen cookies are needed for each entry.

Winners will be announced at the tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 8, which will be held in Depot Square Park, at 6 p.m. The goodies will then be shared with the community.

Registration deadline will be Dec. 6. The winner of each category will receive a $25 Tamaqua Area Gift Certificate, courtesy of Linda Yulanavage's Sweet Treats.

For more information, or to register, call 570-668-3268.

GriefShare

Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church, 223 E. Broad St., will host a GriefShare seminar entitled "Surviving the Holidays" at 3 p.m., Nov. 24. The seminar will offer practical advice for dealing with the holidays while grieving the loss of a loved one.

Refreshments will be served following the event.

For more information or to register call 570-668-2520.

SS. Peter and Paul

The Youth Choir of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church will rehearse from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday. The adult choir rehearses from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesdays.

The parish Children's Christmas Liturgy and Party will begin at 5 p.m. Nov. 30. A sign-up sheet is located on the bookcase in the church vestibule.

The annual choir and Ladies Auxiliary Christmas party will be held at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 15 at Basile's Italian restaurant, Hometown. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 570-668-1150. Deadline for reservations will be Dec. 4.

Calvary Evangelical

The Rev. Dr. Edward Bean will officiate at the 10:25 a.m. worship service this Thanksgiving Sunday in Calvary Evangelical Methodist Church in the Lewistown Valley. Sunday school classes will meet at 9:15 a.m.

Also on Sunday, the annual Thanksgiving and Harvest Home service will be held at 6:30 p.m. with music, skits, old fashioned attire, fun and fellowship. National Bible Week will also be celebrated. The public is welcome to attend.

The annual Thanksgiving morning service will be held at 8 a.m. and will feature the Rev. Kenneth Melber of Friedens Lutheran Church.