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The annual Wyoming Hose Company No 1 fire fund drive is currently in progress. Residents will receive their donation requests in the coming days. Returns are to be sent back in the enclosed envelope. Anyone who does not receive a donation request can call 693-1371 and leave a message for John Marianacci, 2013 fund drive chairman. If there is a need for corrections, please mark the appropriate box and list the changes.

Toys For Tots

The Wyoming branch of Luzerne Bank will accept toy donations for its annual Toys for Tots drive. Please consider a donation of an unwrapped new toy or book for a less fortunate child.

A drop box for Toys For Tots is also located a The Laurels at 80 Wyoming Ave, Wyoming.

WA boys basketball

Meet the members of the WA boys basketball team at 11:30 a.m. today, Nov. 25 in the high school gym (or immediately following 10:30 mass at St Barbara's). All players in seventh through 12th grades are expected to attend Meet the Warriors. Light refreshments will be served after a brief program. There will also be a Chinese auction as well as flag and apparel sale.

Rec board holiday events

The Wyoming Recreation Board will hold a children's holiday party from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 in the Tenth Street School cafeteria.

Judging for the Wyoming Holiday House Contest will occur the weekend of Dec.14-15.

WA senior class dinner

The Wyoming Area Class of 2013 Pasta Dinner and Craft Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on is Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Wyoming Area High School cafeteria. Anyone in need of tickets, may call Mary Bone at 885-2472 or Gina Malsky at 332-7817. Money and unsold tickets should be returned as soon as possible to Mrs. Kepadlo.

There will be more than 25 vendors, including homemade clothes sized to fit American Doll, home d├ęcor, sports and entertainment memorabilia, hair accessories, purses, wide variety of jewelry, candles, bead and foam craft, crocheted and knitted items, Christmas ornaments, prepackaged homemade cookies, make-up and much more.

St. Monica's news

Special thanks to all who made the men's pasta dinner a success and to Brenda Clarke for a wonderful trip to Sight & Sound. Thanks for all the helpers at Mother Teresa's Haven for their time and generosity and to Howard Kelley for putting up the display case for our latest edition of Lighthouse CDs. The display case is in the Hall at OLOS site.

Parish Calendar: Pre-K-C C D classes have started in the Parish Center. Mary Smith is the teacher and interested parents should call the parish office to register or for more information.

Senior Citizens meet at 1:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month in the church hall.

Nite at the Races- The fundraising committee is at work planning the Nite at the Races for Feb. 8, 2013. Anyone interested in helping plan the event can all Tom Tomsak at 237-2188. The next planning session will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17. Any ideas to help make this fundraising event a success will be greatly appreciated.

Autumn Fund Raiser 2012 – Vacation Sweepstakes Tickets – sponsored by St. Monica Parish, West Wyoming are available for purchase. The ticket cost is $20 and is based on the PA Big Four Daily Number Monday through Saturday. Prizes include a trip to Cancun for two, New York City trip for two, $1m000 in cash (These three prizes are for exact matching number.)

Many other prizes are awarded for other combinations. To purchase a ticket(s), call the Rectory at 693-1991 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.) or Howard Kelley at 693-1521. Ticket returns must be made no later than Monday, Nov. 26. Parishioners may deposit them in the collection basket. Winners will be notified weekly.

The Music Ministry at St. Monica is sponsoring a concert by the Catholic Choral Society at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2nd at the church. The group will perform Advent and Christmas music under the direction of Ann Manganiello. A social in the hall will follow the performance.

Library news

Friends of the Library will hold a holiday book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 1. There will also be an appearance by Santa Claus and you can have your picture taken with him. There will be handmade crafts, storytelling, carol singing and crafts. Call the library at 693-1364 for more information.

The Friends have launched a brand new web-based store on Etsy.com selling handcrafted items such as cat toys, sachets, pillows, pet coats and other holiday crafts.

Go to The Crafty Ant store on Etsy.com. All proceeds benefit the Wyoming Free Library.

The Junior Friends is a new program for children entering third through sixth grade. The goal of the group is, with adult guidance, to provide children from Wyoming and West Wyoming the opportunity to become active volunteers at the library.

Membership dues are $1 per year. The first meetings are the second Saturday of each month at noon. Snacks will be served.

The Wyoming Free Library will offer after school snacks to children under the age of 18. Snacks will be offered from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Friends of the Wyoming Free Library invite you to bring your knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, embroidery, or sewing to the library from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the first and fourth Wednesdays of the month..

You can create your own projects or learn how to do something new from one of the Friends or guest instructors.

WA Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa

Members of the Wyoming Area Kiwanis club and their sponsored student leadership programs, the Key Club and Builders Club, have set plans for the annual Breakfast with Santa fro 8:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the High School Cafeteria.

Children will have an opportunity to meet Santa, make Christmas cards for military personnel, make their own ornament, enjoy face painting and a stop at Rudolph's lollypop tree. Toy basket raffles and raffles for live Christmas trees will be held.

A breakfast of scrambled eggs, chocolate chip and plain pancakes, sausage and beverages will cost $6 for adults and $3 for children 3 through 12. Infants under 2 years of age can eat at no charge.

Tickets are available from any Kiwanis member and further information or tickets can be reserved by calling Jackie at 693-0230 or Dawn Marie at 466-0756.

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