This hol­i­day dis­play was well worth the walk

The Citizens' Voice - - COMMUNITY - BAR­BARA PITCAVAGE West Side Story Bar­bara Pitcavage writes about the West Side. Con­tact her at [email protected] will

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

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 Rep­ or Face­ 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.

Hanover area

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.

Nan­ti­coke area

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.

West Side

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]­ The new comm­si­ion mem­ber would be seated in Jan­uary 2019.

Wilkes-barre area

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 fpc_church­[email protected]­ 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.

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