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Concerts to begin Monday at Wyoming Area HS

Pasta Dinner Wednesday to benefit Avoca 8-year-old with leukemia

WA Concert Schedule

Monday, Dec. 5 - Guitar Concert

Thursday, Dec. 8 - Chorus Concert

Thursday, Dec. 15 - Band Concert

Thursday, Dec. 22 – Sixth-Grade Band Concert (at Tenth Street Elementary)

All performances begin at 7 p.m. at the Secondary Center.

Hughestown Lions

Hughestown Lions Club will meet Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Hughestown Hose Company. Members will plan the annual visit to St. Joseph’s Center in the borough. The Lions meet the first and third Monday of each month. To become a member call Steve Golya at 655-4552.

Benefit Pasta Dinner

The family and friends of Avoca 8-year-old Justin Burns, who is suffering from leukemia, will have a takeout pasta dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Colarusso’s La Palazzo, 4500 Birney Ave., Moosic.

The menu includes salad, penne pasta with meatballs, rolls and butter and cake for dessert. Tickets are $10 each and can be obtained by calling Bob Houston at 457-1513, Maureen Hopkins DiMattia at 471-3436, Breznay Family Chiropractic and Be Wise Occupational Health at 457-5249 and Queen of the Apostles Parish at 457-3412.

Justin was first diagnosed with Leukemia in March, 2009, and later went into remission. In May 2011, he relapsed and needed a bone marrow transplant which he received in August 2011 at Hershey Medical Center.

Santa in Jenkins

Santa will be at the Jenkins Township Fire Department on Dec. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. Snacks, drinks will be served and there will be prizes for Jenkins Township children.

K of C Raffle

Pittston Knights of Columbus Council 372 is sponsoring a raffle for recent flood victims. Purchase tickets at the Knights home at 55 S. Main St. or by contacting Grand Knight Greg Serfass 655-1114 or Committee Chairman Fran Ankenbrand (451-1415)

AMVETS Party

AMVETS Post #189’s Christmas Party is at the Polish American Citizens Club (PACC) on Elm Street in Dupont, on Thursday, Dec. 15at 6 p.m.

Veterans from the W-B VAMC are guests and will be transported on the new VA Bus. The evening will start with food and refreshments and “Template” will entertain until 11 p.m. Donation is $10.

For reservations, call Jerry Gurnari at 655-2924.

La Leche League

The Greater Pittston La Leche League will meet Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. in the lower level of the Saint Maria Goretti Church.

Jenkins Lions Party

The Jenkins Twp. Lions Club will hold its annual Christmas party on Friday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company, Second Street. Gift packaging for residents of the Wesley Village Nursing Home and the Christian Manor will be done. All members and guests are asked to bring canned goods for donation to the Greater Pittston Food Pantry. RSVP to Stephen at 655-5307.

San Cataldo Party

The San Cataldo Society of Pittston will hold its annual Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the society’s hall, 111 S. Main St.

Tickets are $13.50 per person and are limited. For more information, call Carla or Pete Scarantino at 655-1551.

Wigilia Dinner

The Wilkes University Polish Room Committee will have its Second Annual Wigilia Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Frank and Dorothea Henry Student Center on the campus of Wilkes University.

Co-chairwomen for the event are Audrey Brozena and Bernardine Sweeney. Also on the Wigilia Dinner Committee are Fran Macy and Marie Voitek, reservations; Marie Amico and Theresa Sabol, decorations; Joyce Latoski, publicity; and Helen Grebski, advisor.

Cost is $20 for members, $25 for guests and $10 for children. Reservations must be made by December 2 by calling Marie at 696-3982 or Fran at 693-0354

Library Open House

The Pittston Memorial Library Annual Holiday Open House will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

No registration is necessary. Families and friends are invited for a day of holiday fun.

There will be entertainment, holiday refreshments including cocoa, candy canes and cookies, a holiday craft for children of all ages, a complimentary chance on a gift basket and a story hour featuring guest readers from the community beginning at noon.

Chances for the Friends Holiday Basket will be available throughout the day.

Winter coats needed

Gently-used adult winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves are needed by Dec. 19 to be distributed in conjunction with the Greater Pittston Food Pantry’s third annual Christmas turkey and trimmings give-away. The event will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at the former Seton auditorium on Church St., Pittston. All participants must be pre-registered.

Coats may be dropped off at the parish center at 35 William St., Pittston, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Clothes, suits or shoes will not be accepted.

Volunteers are needed on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 9 a.m. to carry foodstuffs to the parking lot. Anyone available is asked to call 654-9923.

Yatesville Party

The third annual children’s Christmas party in Yatesville will be held Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. in the borough building. Children 12 years of age and under are invited. Santa will distribute presents and snacks will be served.

Reservations are required by December 7 and may be made by calling 654-7585 or 655-8088.

Polish Congress

The Polish American Congress of NEPA will hold its annual Christmas Wafer (Wigilia) Dinner at 2 p.m. today, Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Touch of Class restaurant, 228 George Ave. Wilkes-Barre.

Sem Concert Today

The Wyoming Seminary Madrigal Singers and Chorale will present their annual Christmas Choral Concert today, Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 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.

WA trip to Greece

Wyoming Area history teacher Barbara Bullions and Spanish teacher Christine Marianacci are planning an educational tour of Greece for summer 2013. After three days in Athens, the group will board a cruise ship with stops in Mykonos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini and Patmos. The ship will also stop in Kusadasi, Turkey.

Returning to the mainland, the students will next travel to Epidaurus, Mycenae, Argolida, Pilos, and Olympia.

For further information, call 655-2836, ext. 2180.

Life Long Learners

Marywood University’s Life Long Learners Christmas lunch will be held on December 7 at noon in Nazareth Hall. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Poinsettia sale

The Wyoming Area Drama Parents are sponsoring a Holiday Poinsettia Sale. A 6 inch pot (1 stem) is $12 and a 7 -inch pot (2 stems) is $16. Orders and money are due on December 5. Vouchers will be distributed and the poinsettias may be picked up at Carmen’s Flowers and Gifts, Wyoming Avenue, Exeter, until December 17. Orders may be placed with any drama parent.

‘Rent’ auditions

Auditions for the musical,” Rent” will be held Dec. 12 and 13 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, Duryea.

There are parts for actors ages 15 to 19. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Candidates will be asked to sing and dance and should be prepared with sheet music and dance shoes. Music should not be from the show.

Rehearsals will begin after the first of the year on Saturday mornings, Sunday and Wednesday evenings. Show dates are April 20 through May 6.

For more information, call 991-1817 or e-mail phoenixpac08@aol.com.

12/24 at Tunkhannock

Twelve Twenty Four will perform will on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Tunkhannock Area High School auditorium. The group’s performance features the music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra, as well as the band’s own recorded holiday creations!

Every performance 12/24 presents benefits a specific charity. The Tunkhannock High School performance proceeds will benefit the Tunkhannock Area Music Program.

This year the Twelve Twenty Four Tour will be dedicated to band member Andrew Collinsworth, Cellist, who passed away at the age of 33 from pancreatic cancer.

Tickets, at $15 prior to the concert, may be purchased from Tunkhannock Marching Band students, Gay’s True Value, Bridge Street, Tunkhannock; Rock Street Music, Pittston; or online at www.twelvetwentyfour.net. Tickets at the door will be $20.

For further information, call 836-6979.

IAA membership drive

The Italian American Association of Luzerne County is conducting its 2012 membership drive. This membership is open to Luzerne and surrounding county residents. For information, call Judy Deice at 654-7600 or Louise Castellani at 654-6454.

Music Box

Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” will be presented Dec. 4, Dec. 8 to 11, and Dec. 15 to 18 at the Music Box Diner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville.

Curtain is 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information, call 283-2195.

JTHS Class of ’62

The Jenkins Township High School class of 1962 is planning its 50th anniversary reunion for June 9, 2012.

For more information, call Stan Gelaszus at 609-306-6939 or Paul Donahue at 510-1399.

Toys for Tots

UFCW Federal Credit Union is accepting donations for Toys for Tots at its branches located at 377 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming; 1460 Sans Souci Pkwy., Hanover Twp.; 401 Kennedy Blvd., Pittston; and 570 Market St., Kingston.

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