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WRIGHT TWP. – The inaugural Tommy Z. Memorial Classic Car, Streetrod and Bike Show will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the Crestwood High School parking lot.

Impressive first- and second-place trophies will be awarded in each of the 18 classes and all participants will receive dash plaques. Food, beverages and “oldies but goodies” music will be available.

Pets and alcoholic beverages are not allowed.

To enter, call 868-6515 for an application. All profits will be donated to Crestwood high school.

SHICKSHINNY – The Garrison Elementary PTA will conduct an aluminum can collection Saturday. Aluminum cans be dropped off at the school on West Vine Street between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Proceeds benefit the Garrison Memorial Elementary PTA.

KINGSTON – The Performing Arts Institute Faculty Quartet at Wyoming Seminary will present a special performance of Olivier Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Great Hall of Wyoming Seminary, 228 Wyoming Ave., just north of Kingston Corners. The concert is free and open to the public.

PIA Faculty Quartet members include Sophie Till, violin; Maureen Hurd, clarinet; Christiane Appenheimer-Vaida, cello; and Cathy Liu, piano. Dr. Matthew Herman, music faculty member at Temple University, will introduce the performance, which is part of the 2006-07 Wyoming Seminary Performing Arts Series. For more information, call 270-2190.

NANTICOKE – The Greater Nanticoke School District advises students in the 10th or 11th grades to take the PSAT/NMSQT tests scheduled on Oct. 18 to practice the new SAT test. Juniors who score high may qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.

Freshman, sophomores and juniors may register in the Guidance Office today and Friday. Testing is limited to 130 students. This is the only time the test will be offered; there are no makeups.

NANTICOKE – The Student Support Services Department of Luzerne County Community College will present a seminar “Co-Dependency,” on Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the College’s Advanced Technology Center. The seminar also will be broadcast to the College’s Berwick Center via video conferencing technology.

The program will be presented by Catherine Terwilliger, B.S.W., C.P.S., of Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services. Terwilliger has 18 years of experience in the drug and alcohol field as a prevention/education specialist, tobacco coordinator, counselor, and perinatal program coordinator.

The seminar is free and open to the public and is part of a series of student wellness seminars sponsored by the LCCC Student Support Services Department. For more information, contact Maryann Kovalewski at LCCC at 740-0409 or (800) 377-LCCC, extension 409.

DALLAS — College Misericordia was recently awarded $10,280 in grant money by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to support its mission of preventing underage and high-risk alcohol use.

The PLCB selected College Misericordia and 61 other organizations throughout the commonwealth to receive a share of more than $664,000 in funding for comprehensive community-based initiatives. A portion of Misericordia’s grant will be dedicated for an interactive computer program that monitors the drinking patterns of college students, and faculty and staff.

Students at College Misericordia can confidentially determine their drinking patterns by participating in electronic Check-Up to Go, an interactive Web survey that allows participants to enter information about their drinking patterns and receive feedback about their use of alcohol. The assessment takes about seven minutes to complete, is self-guided and requires no face-to-face contact time with a counselor or administrator.

The college will also conduct a random sampling of students, while also developing an awareness campaign for faculty and staff. The three random sample surveys will be used to assemble a social norms campaign for the college community.

HAZLETON – Dr. David Chin, English professor and poet, is the speaker scheduled for the first George Tseo Multicultural Lecture at Penn State Hazleton on Oct. 11. Free and open to the public, this event is sponsored by the campus Faculty Lecture Committee and will begin at 7 p.m. in room 1 of the Kostos Building.

Chin’s presentation, titled Chinese-American Family Histories and the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, is part of his current research projects along with a book length long poem. According to Dr. Chin, “The 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, one of the earliest laws to use race as the sole basis for excluding an immigrant group to America, will be discussed in terms of the challenges and opportunities I have discovered through my ongoing research into my own past.”

Also included in his presentation is information on the immigration process from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and the Chinese workers viewpoints, as well as the amount of data provided by the extensive paper trail created by the exclusion act.

Chin, a former protein biochemist, has co-authored three scientific papers. He teaches creative writing, rhetoric, and literature at Penn State Wilkes-Barre and lives in the area with his wife and daughter.

This new lecture series was established in memory of George K. Y. Tseo, Ph.D., assistant professor of earth sciences, who taught at Penn State Hazleton from 1988 until he passed away in October 2005 from brain cancer. In addition to teaching meteorology, he was the author of numerous publications in a variety of forums on the Chinese economy and served as a Chinese policy consultant.

For more information on this event, visit www.hn.psu.edu or contact the Public Information Office at 570-450-3180.

NANTICOKE – The 10th annual Northeastern Pennsylvania Tech Prep Consortium Workforce Development Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Luzerne County Community College Educational Conference Center. Keynote speaker will be William J. Bartle, youth policy director, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Youth.

The conference will feature a general session on the “Job Ready PA” initiative, workshop sessions and a luncheon. For information or to register for the conference, call the NEPTPC office at LCCC at 740-0680.

NANTICOKE – Luzerne County Community College will offer a credit-free course, “Beyond the Camera (or Now What Do I Do with my Digital Camera)” at the College’s main campus in Nanticoke.

Topics will range from the basics of digital photography for improving photographs to advanced techniques to enhance the final photographic print. The three-session course will be held on Thursdays, Oct. 12 through 26, from 6 to 9 p.m.

For more information, or to register, call the LCCC Continuing Education Department at 740-0495 or (800) 377-LCCC, extension 495 or go to www.coned.luzerne.edu.

NANTICOKE – The Luzerne County Community College Alumni Association and the Kiddie Rydes Lowrider Car Club will co-sponsor the seventh annual “Droptoberfest” on Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the College’s Advanced Technology Center and Educational Conference Center parking lots.

The event will feature a lowrider show and car cruise. Custom cars and vendors. The Kiddie Rydes Lowrider Car Club is an official member of the National Lowrider Club Registry.

The “Droptoberfest” will take place in conjunction with the Alumni Association’s Annual Fall Craft Festival which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the College’s campus. The Kiddie Rydes Lowrider Car Club will donate all proceeds from the event to the LCCC Alumni Association.

The event is free to spectators. There will be a charge to participate in the contests which will be judged.

For more information, or to register to participate, call the LCCC Alumni Office at 740-0734 or (800) 377-LCCC, extension 734.

NANTICOKE – Luzerne County Community College Foundation Inc. will have its 14th annual community outreach dinner at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at The Woodlands Inn & Resort, Plains Township. Comedian Stephen Shaffer will entertain.

The purpose of the annual dinner is to raise unrestricted funds for LCCC to benefit scholarship funding, upgrades to instructional technology, emergency book funds and supports areas of greatest need not funded through other sources. For information or to make a reservation, contact the LCCC Foundation Office at (800) 377-LCCC ext. 731 or 757; or e-mail jaskew@luzerne.edu or plello@luzerne.edu.

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