This holiday display was well worth the walk
While getting in gear for my new titanium hip to return to work full time, friends invited me to go to Koziar’s Christmas Village in Bernville, 13 miles north of Reading. Had I known that it was a walking experience, I would have dressed a lot warmer. I had thought we could view it from the comfort of our heated car and I would have missed 99 percent of this wonderful experience.
The indoor and outdoor Christmas displays were breathtaking; there are more than one million lights. One building caught my eye, giving visitors a brief history of the Christmas wonderland. I was pleasantly surprised and proud — the numerous articles displayed were articles from The Citizens’ Voice.
This is the 71st year that the Koziar family has delighted the public with their Christmas Village. If you plan on going, the entire tour takes approximately an hour and a half. It was nearly two hours for me because I didn’t want to miss any displays. I was excited to experience this with my friends and to find out that my new hip is in working order. The best part of all ... a memory was made.
Honoring our heroes
The Kiwanis Club of Swoyersville has announced a new community program: “Honoring Our Heroes” banners. Banners are available to purchase for $150 complete. These banners are red and blue in color with American Flag details. Banners are two sided and will display a black and white photo of your hero, living or deceased, along with information on their position or rank and dates of service to our country. Banners are available for residents and heroes of all communities. They will be displayed throughout the town of Swoyersville. Your hero banner will be proudly displayed each year from Memorial Day through Veterans Day.
For information and order forms, call or text chairwoman Jean Marie at 570-479-0850 or email jmsswoykiwa[email protected] Deadline for orders is March 2, 2019. Also, check them out on Facebook.
Shopping for kids
Do your children need to go Christmas shopping? This morning, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Dana Street Elementary School, 50 Dana St., Forty Fort, all items are $5 or less. Bring the family out to shop. Gift wrapping is free.
Make an ornament to decorate the school trees and a card that will be sent out to give some holiday cheer to our military troops. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.
Christmas at the corner
Join in the fun at “Christmas at the Corner” of Main Street and Bennett Street in Luzerne beginning at noon Saturday, Dec. 15. Courtesy of the corner merchants, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be there to greet children. Tree lighting is at 4 p.m. on the corner. Free hot chocolate and hot coffee will be served.
This event is sponsored by, Posh Puppies, Dead Ahead Gifts, Photography by Christopher Concert and Campas Jeweler.
Wyoming Valley Concert Band will present its annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at St. Stephen’s Church, 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-barre. Program features music of the holiday season. Guest soloist is Canon Mark Laubach, organist at St. Stephen’s. Admission is free. Concert goers are asked to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the food bank at the church. Reception will follow.
Slovak Catholic Sokols Assembly 59 will hold their annual meeting at the North End Slovak Citizens Club at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. Events for the upcoming year will be discussed. All members of Assembly 59 are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
State Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-luzerne) is hosting these outreach events:
■ On the second Thursday of each month, a counselor from the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is available during Small Business Development Center Outreach to help existing business owners. The outreach event is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In December, it will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13.
■ On the second Friday of each month, Kaufer hosts a Career and Educational Planning event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the event, Angeline Abraham, an academic specialist from Educational Opportunity Centers Inc., is available to offer free counseling on college admissions, financial aid, career planning and more. Adults, dislocated workers and career changers are encouraged to attend. This month, it will be held on Friday, Dec. 14. ■ Kaufer’s office will also provide services to residents at its satellite office, located in the Kingston Twp. building, 180 East Center St., from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 14. ■ For information, call 570-2831001 or go online at Repkaufer.com or Facebook.com/ Repkaufer.
The Corvette Club of NEPA will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Marzoni’s, Montage Mountain Road, Moosic. The calendar for 2019 is almost ready. An appreciation dinner is planned in January. Baskets are needed for the Chinese auction. Interested Corvette owners are welcome. Visit CCNEPA.COM.
Wyoming Valley Barbershop Harmony Chorus will officially introduce its first-ever female members at its upcoming Christmas show, “Love at Christmas,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at SS. Peter & Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road, Plains Twp. Tickets are $5 each and will be sold at the door or in advance by calling 570-285-4810.
A support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimers and other dementias will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Kingston Active Adult Center, 335 3rd Ave., Kingston.
Dual Recovery Anonymous meetings are held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Triangle 24 Hour Club, 4143 Memorial Highway, Dallas. Dual Recovery Anonymous is for anyone with a desire to stop using alcohol and other intoxicating drugs and a desire to manage emotional or psychiatric illness in a healthy and constructive way. Meetings are open and family members, friends of members
or anyone interested in DRA is welcome.
An open house bingo will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at 578 Fellows Ave., Breslau, Hanover Twp. Call 570-8258197 for information.
Newport Township Crime Watch will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the municipal building, Wanamie. A representative from Liberty Mutual Insurance Agency will speak on identity theft. All township residents are welcome. Refreshments will be served after the meeting. American Legion Post 971 meet at the Glen Lyon American Legion Post 539, 62 Newport St., Glen Lyon, Newport Twp., at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Bennett Presbyterian Church, 501 Bennett St., Luzerne, announced its Christmas Eve candlelight service will be held at 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24. There will be traditional Christmas carols. Facility is
handicap accessible. Call the church for information at 570288-7361.
Immanuel Baptist Church, 25 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville, announced its Christmas Eve candlelight communion service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24. There will be Christmas carols. Public is welcome. Facility is handicap accessible. Call the church for information at 570-288-9215. A new Christmas play, “The Littlest Christmas Star, Living Nativity 2018” will be presented at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, at St. John the Baptist Church, 126 Nesbitt St., Larksville. Christmas Eve Vigil Mass will follow. Call 570-779-9620 for information. The Rev. Gerald J. Gurka directs his new original script, which follows the legend of the creation of the Nativity Star that guided the Three Kings to Bethlehem. Swoyersville Senior Citizens will hold its annual Christmas party Wednesday, Dec. 12. The party will be a catered dinner for the members.
The Shawnee Plymouth Post 1425 Veterans of Foreign Wars will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in the VFW Post, 111 W. Main St., Plymouth. All regular members of the post are invited. Annual membership dues are now due. Payment can be forwarded to either quartermaster or commander; or sent directly to VFW HQS, Kansas City, Mo. Questions regarding the meeting or annual dues can be addressed to the commander at 570-301-8995.
Swoyersville Borough Council is looking for a member for the Civil Service Commission. Any resident interested is asked to contact the borough building at 570-288-6581 or swoy[email protected]cast.net. The new commsiion member would be seated in January 2019.
First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-barre, 97 S. Franklin St., will observe “Invite a Friend Sunday” on the third Sunday of Advent, Sunday, Dec. 16. Worship is at 10 a.m. All are welcome. The adult choir, along with a small chamber orchestra, will perform Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata 36 “Schwingt freudig euch empor (Soar joyfully on high).” The annual women’s tea will follow in Fellowship Hall. Baby and toddler nurseries are provided on the third floor. Free parking is available in the municipal lot across from the church. Enter the lot from Northampton Street. For information, call 570-8242478 or go to www.fpcwb.com fpc_church[email protected]hoo.com. The Parsons Lions will hold their annual Santa Parade on Saturday, Dec. 22. They will travel the streets of Parsons distributing candy bags. Parade starts at 10 a.m., leaving from the Schiel’s parking lot. Hudson VFW, LANI Memorial Post 6325, 35-37 Cleveland St., will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11. All regular members are urged to attend. A home association meeting will follow.
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church will hold a homemade Christmas cookie sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at 401 E. Main St., Miners Mills, Wilkes-barre. One pound of assorted cookies is $10 and half pound is $5. For preorders, call 570-313-2180. Day of sale walk-ins are welcome with a limited supply, including Welsh cookies for $6.