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The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 William Street, today, Sunday, Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Seminary concert

A variety of instrumental and vocal classical pieces will be performed at the Wyoming Seminary Student Recital today, Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. in the Great Hall of Wyoming Seminary, 228 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston, just north of Kingston Corners.

The recital is free and open to the public.

Among the instrumental works to be featured are movements from the Violin Concert No. 3 in G Major by Mozart, the Sonata in G Minor by J.S. Bach, the Concerto in G Major for Viola by Telemann and The Concertante for Tuba by Walters. Vocal selections include Christmas carols and an excerpt from the oratorio Elijah by Mendelssohn.

All the musicians are students at Wyoming Seminary Upper School.

This recital is part of the 2012-13 Wyoming Seminary Performing Arts Series.

Irish history contest

The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 1 St. John Neumann, of Wilkes-Barre, is inviting all Luzerne County students to submit essays to the LAOH 2011-2012 Irish History Writing Contest.

The LAOH is a charitable organization of Irish-American women founded in 1894, and aims to promote Irish history and culture.

The contest is open to any students (public, private, parochial, or home-schooled) of grades 6 through 12.

This year's topics are Level 1(grades 6-8): The Story of Annie Moore – Irish Immigration to America, and Level 2 (grades 9-12): The Irish and the Building of the American Infrastructure.

Cash prizes will be awarded to winners at both the State and National levels.

For complete contest rules and list of prizes, please contact Division Historian, Mary Ellen Dooley, at (570) 735-1711, or visit the National website at www.ladiesaoh.com.

VFW meeting

The Dupont V.F.W. Post #4909 will hold a meeting on Monday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the post home. Commander Gary Carwardine will preside.

Home Association meeting will follow.

Food and refreshments will be served.

Senior Social Club

The St. Joseph's Senior Social Club will meet this evening Tuesday, December 4, at 6 p.m. at Valenti's in Exeter for their annual Christmas Party.

There will be no regular meeting this month.

The next meeting will be held Thursday, January 17, 2013.

New members are always welcome.

For more information call Theresa 654-2967

Pierogi Sale

St. Michael's Orthodox Church, corner of church and Winter Streets, Old Forge is sponsoring a pierogi sale on Wed. Dec. 5.

Orders may be placed by calling 457-9280 or the church hall 457-2875 by Sunday Dec 2.

Price is $6 for potato or cheese and $6.50 for sauerkraut.

Pick up is Dec. 5 between 2 and 5 p.m.

Toyland Bingo

The Holy Rosary School, 125 Stephenson Street, Duryea will hold its annual Toyland Bingo on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.

The event is open to all Holy Rosary parents, students, siblings as well as surrounding community.

The event draws over 300 people each year.

Admission is three dollars and includes one bingo card to be used for all regular games.

Addition cards can be purchased for fifty cents or three for a dollar.

There will be special games, with prizes. Refreshments are sold through the evening.

Library Gift Fair

On Saturday, December 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Pittston Memorial Library will hold a Holiday Gift Fair in the library.

The Gift Fair will feature local vendors selling their homemade goods such as rosary beads, scarves, candles, and soap.

The library will also have one of its famous book sales, a bake sale, a raffle, and a reindeer food bar for the kids.

Folks at the library encourage everyone to be sure to stop by and get entered to win one of many raffle prizes.

Jenkins Twp. Christmas Party

The Jenkins Township Recreation Board will hold a Christmas Party on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 1 until 3 p.m. at the Jenkins Township Fire Hall located on Second Street, Port Griffith, Jenkins Township.

All children from the township are invited to attend and speak with Santa Claus.

The Recreation Board will hold a drawing for two bicycles with one boy and one girl being the winner.

Light refreshments will be served.

VFW Christmas party

The Dupont V.F.W. Post #4909 Home Association will hold their annual Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the post home.

Music provided by the Home Town Boyz. Dinner buffet served from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Bar open from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Donation is $28.

For tickets and reservations see Bob Lopata at the post home or contact him at 654-9104. Deadline for tickets is Friday, Dec. 7.

Tickets will not be sold at the door.

San Cataldo Society

The San Cataldo Society of Pittston will hold its annual Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 8, starting at 5:30 at the society's hall.

To make reservations, stop by the club on Saturdays from 7 p.m. or call Carla Scarantino at 655-1551.

Seating is limited.

Denison House Christmas

A re-creation of life in early Wyoming Valley, will be held on Dec. 8 and 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Nathan Denison House. 35 Denison Street, Forty-Fort.

The event will feature the portrayal of local historic figures, kitchen activities, a selection of prepared desserts and musical interlude.

Adults $4, children $2.

Poppy seed, nut rolls

Poppy seed rolls and nut rolls will be sold for the holiday season by parishioners of St. Peter's Lutheran church, 100 Rock St., Hughestown.

Donation is $8 per roll.

Last day to place orders is Dec. 12, Call Pam at 655-0043 or 313-2829.

Pick-up date is Dec. 20.

NARFE Meeting

Greater Pittston, Chapter 1723 has scheduled a meeting to be held on Thursday, Dec. 13, 1 p.m. at the VFW Post 4909,401 Main Street, Dupont, Pa. 18641.

President, John Ryan will preside.

Italian American Association Christmas dinner meeting

The December Christmas Dinner Meeting of the Italian American Association of Luzerne County is Thursday, Dec. 13 at Genetti's Hotel and Convention Center.

Arrival time is 5:00 p.m. with complimentary wine and passed hors d'oeuvres served from 5:30 to 6:30.

Dinner served at 6:30.

Price is $20.00 for members and $25.00 for guests.

Music for dancing and listening will be offered by Danny Argo & Friends with dancing to 10:15.

Reservation deadline is Friday, Dec. 7.

For reservations and membership information, please call Judy Deice at 654-7600 or Louise Castellani 654-6454.

President, James Deice will preside.

First UM pizza sale

The First United Methodist Church of West Pittston will hold a pizza sale on Friday, Dec. 14.

Pizzas can be ordered baked or unbaked, with or without onions. Cost for a tray is $11. Toppings of sweet red peppers, pepperoni or sausage can be added for $2 each.

Specialty pizzas – broccoli and tomato and garlic are $14 per tray.

A vegetable pizza for $13 includes tomatoes, onions, broccoli, red peppers and mushrooms, no cheese.

Orders can be called in to the church office at 655-1083. Delivery is available for lunch time orders.

Poppy seed and nut roll

The Society of St. Michael, corner of Church and Winter Streets, Old Forge is sponsoring a nut and poppy seed roll and cookie sale on Saturday, Dec. 15. Deadline for orders is Dec. 11.

Orders can be placed by calling 562-1434, 457-9280 or the church hall 457-2875, leave a message.

Price for rolls is $9 and one pound of cookies $8. Pick up is Dec. 15 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Yatesville Christmas party

The Yatesville Borough Auxiliary announces the annual Children's Christmas Party will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 held at the Borough Building.

All Yatesville Borough residents of 12 years of age and younger are invited to attend the party.

Santa Claus will make an appearance to present all children with Christmas gifts.

Refreshments will be served.

Those planning to attend are asked to make reservations by calling 654-7585 or 655-8088 by Dec. 13.

Lessons and Carols

The Parish Community of St. John the Evangelist Church is inviting the public take a break from their busy holiday schedules to come and listen to some of the most-loved and cherished Christmas carols and hymns which will be performed at the church located at St. john the Evangelist church 35 William Street, Pittston on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.

Brunch with Santa

Brunch with Santa is set Sunday, Dec. 16, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., in the Irem Clubhouse Restaurant, located at 64 Ridgway Drive, Dallas.

Families are invited to bring a camera and take free pictures with Santa.

The buffet brunch costs $11.95 for adults and $6.95 for children. Reservations are required; call 675-1134, ext. 102.

SJ Class of 1970

There will be a mass for the deceased members of the Saint John the Evangelist High School Class of 1970 on Saturday February 23rd at 5 p.m. at Saint John the Evangelist church, William St., Pittston.

All classmates and friends are invited to meet and sit together during the service.

If you are interested coming email lkomensky@verizon.net for more information.

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