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OCT. 17

Stories of The Stars:” The Taylor Community Library will present “Stories of The Stars” on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St. The one-hour program is intended to inspire and enliven attendees with tales of myths and legends of the stars. Karen Kalinowski from the Lackawanna Astronomical Society will be at the Taylor Library telling stories about Greek, Roman and Norse mythology and how the names of the constellations came to be. Patrons must be age 12 or older. Weather permitting, there will be telescopes after the program to view the night sky. Event is free but registration is required. To register call 570-562-1234.

OCT. 18-27 “The Nightmare Before Christmas:” The players at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre will perform their rendition of Tim Burton’s classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on Oct. 18-20 and 25-27. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for children. For more info, call 570-457-3589.

OCT. 19 Terrifying tales: Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St., Taylor. Larry Sceurman will send shivers down your spine with an evening of terrifying tales and magic. Doors at 6:30 p.m., stories at 7 p.m. Tickets for this 21-and-older event are $3 in advance or $5 at the door. Light refreshments will be served.

Soup sale: The First Congregational Church, 132 Union St. in Taylor, will hold a soup sale on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 4-6 p.m. Eat in or take out. There will be a variety of soups, rolls, beverages and dessert. Cost is $5.

Food pantry open: St. Michael’s Orthodox Church Food Pantry, 512 Winter St. in Old Forge will be open Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. until noon. This food pantry serves Old Forge, Taylor and Duryea. Anyone needing assistance from the food pantry should call 570-457-3703 or visit the church website stmichaelof.org for requirement criteria.

OCT. 21

Bat Night: The Alliance Landfill will host Bat Night on Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. at the landfill, 398 S. Keyser Ave., in Taylor and Ransom Twp. Weather permitting, guests can arrive at 4:45 for a late-season landfill tour prior to the bat-box session. The landfill needs the help of scouts and other ecologically energetic neighbors to build bat boxes that will be installed on the landfill property to improve the habitat of these bug-munching flying mammals. The bat box building session will start at 6 p.m. Guests are advised to dress for the weather, and those who arrive for the tour should be prepared for a short hike.

OCT. 26 & NOV. 23

Flu shots: Geisinger is offering Super Saturday Flu Vaccine Days at Geisinger Moosic, 4004 Birney Ave., Moosic. Flu shots will be available at the clinic from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Nov. 23. For a full list of Super Saturday Flu Vaccine Day locations, as well as helpful tips on staying flu free, visit geisinger.org/flu.

OCT. 29 Halloween bash: There will be a Halloween Bash to benefit the Animals of Tracey’s Hope Hospice Care & Rescue for Domestic Animals, Inc. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Lucca’s Restaurant, 802 South Main St. in Taylor. Dine in or out between 4-9 p.m. and Tracey’s Hope will get 20% of the total of your bill. There will be a basket auction and prizes. Dress in Halloween costume or wear a Tracey’s Hope shirt and enter to win a free overnight stay at the Marriot Courtyard in Scranton with a complimentary bottle of wine and a massage for two. Children in costume will get a free entry to win a candy basket. There will be entertainment by DJ Donna Diva and more. For more information call 570-457-1625.

OCT 30. Food sale: United Baptist Church of Taylor is selling pasties and chicken pot pies for $6 each. Orders must be in by Oct. 23 and pick up is Oct. 30 between noon and 2 p.m. at the church, 123 Church St., Taylor. Orders may be placed by calling Margaret Shubrick 570-562-3666 or Donna Rindich at 570-562-3757.

OCT 31.

Light the Night: St. Paul’s Independent Bible Church will host its annual Halloween alternative event Oct. 31 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the church, 401 West Grove St., Taylor. The event is free and open to the public and will include games, prizes and refreshments. Its theme is Candy Land. Call Amy 570-689-5052 with any questions.NOV. 2

Bus trip: First United Methodist Church of Old Forge will sponsor a bus trip to “Joy To The World” Christmas show at the American Music Theater in Lancaster on Saturday, Nov. 2. The show is at 3 p.m. Price of the trip is $115 (includes, bus, show tickets, Shady Maple Famous Smorgasbord, taxes, gratuity and driver tip. To make a reservation or for more information, call Cathy at 570-603-1915 or email cathyg7@msn.com.

NOV. 10

Turkey Bingo: St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 700 Oak St., Taylor, will host its annual Turkey Bingo on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. Doors open at noon. Door prizes will be awarded as well as a money raffle. Food and refreshments will be available. Admission is $3. Extra cards are $2.

NOV. 17 Harvest dinner: Scranton’s St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church will sponsor a harvest dinner on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 12:30 p.m. at St. Vladimir Parish Center, 428 North Seventh Ave. Roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, hot vegetables, dinner rolls, dessert, coffee, tea and other beverages. Adults $13; students 6-12 years $8; no charge for children age 5 and under. Reservations close Monday, Nov. 11. No tickets will be sold at the door. Takeouts available only by advance order and must pick up promptly between 11:30 a.m. and noon. Several door prizes will be awarded along with a basket of cheer and Ukrainian tablecloth raffles. For reservations call 570 503-1514.

DEC. 1 Bus trip: The Taylor Community Library will sponsor a bus trip to New York City to see the Rockettes starring in Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular. Show admission and bus seat is $140. A $70 deposit is required to confirm your reservation, and balance is due Nov. 15. The trip is a fundraiser for the library. The bus will depart from the library at 8 a.m. and leave New York City at 6:30 p.m. The show begins at 2 p.m. and is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. For more information, call the library at 570-562-1234.

Reminders

Crochet Workshop: Taylor Community Library is hosting a weekly crochet workshop Wednesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. All levels of crocheting experience are welcome. For more information, call the library at 570-562-1234.Food sale: The Old Forge Sons of Italy is selling porketta, sausage and peppers and foot-long hot dogs for the remainder of the farmers market season (through Thursday, Oct. 31) every Thursday at St. Lawrence Church in Old Forge. The group is also taking orders for sauce and meatballs for $6 per quart, to be distributed and sold on Oct. 31.

Old Forge farmers market: The Old Forge Borough farmers market is open every Thursday, noon to 6 p.m. at 620 S. Main St. (the former Saint Lawrence rectory). For more information, call 570-457-8852.

Riverside School district artifacts: Riverside School District is seeking artifacts depicting the history of the district, including the former Taylor and Moosic School Districts, for display purposes at Riverside Junior-Senior High School. Email smurphy2@riversidesd.com or call 570-239-5720 with information.

Legion membership: The Taylor American Legion, 210 S. Main St., Taylor, is searching for new members. Without a regular infusion of young veterans, many Legions and VFWs have had to close, as there weren’t enough regular members to support and manage the facilities. The Commander is Jacqueline Colburn, and the regular Legion meetings are on the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. For more information, call 570-562-9920 or email taylor_legion@yahoo.com.

Clothing dropbox: Moosic Alliance Church, 608 Rocky Glen Road, in cooperation with St. Paul Textile, is sponsoring a clothing drop-off shed as a fundraiser to send youth to camp. The youth at Moosic Alliance Church will receive $40 for every 1,000 pounds of clothing donated.

Aid for veterans: Temporary emergency funding to support either Pennsylvania veterans or nonprofit groups that serve veterans, is available through the Lackawanna County Veterans Affairs Office. An application needs to be filled out and submitted along with support documentation. Office staff members are able to provide assistance in completing the application. They review the paperwork and generally provide an answer in two or three business days. The average grants are about $1,000, depending on need. The staff may also be able to suggest other forms of assistance and benefits that may be available. For more information, call 570-963-6778.

Flag disposal: American Legion Post No. 306 reminds residents that a drop-off box for unserviceable, worn, torn, discolored or faded flags is on the front porch of the post home at 208 S. Main St., Taylor. A ceremony is held annually at the Taylor Memorial Cemetery to properly dispose of the collected flags. For more information, call 570-562-9920.

Senior passes: The Old Forge School Board golden-age policy passes, allowing borough residents 65 and older free admission to district-sponsored athletic events, are available in the high school office, 300 Marion St., Old Forge.

Help for seniors: Older residents with questions about Medicare or health insurance coverage may visit state Rep. Marty Flynn’s office, 409 N. Main Ave. in Scranton, the second Monday of each month for assistance. Appointments are suggested by calling 570-342-4348.

Grief Support: VNA Hospice and Home Health, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant, offers a variety of grief/bereavement support groups:

■ Bereavement support group. This traditional group assists participants in learning to cope with challenges as they grieve. Third Thursday of each month, 6-8 p.m.; and second Wednesday of each month, 12:30-2 p.m.

■ Knitting and crocheting group. Beginners and experienced join together with instructors on hand, knitting/crocheting items for preemies, which are donated to hospitals in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. Bring your own knitting needles and crochet hooks. Patterns and instruction provided. Mondays, 1:30-3 p.m.

■ Fisherman knot rosary and sleeping bag project. VNA provides the twine needed to produce these soft rosary that are then donated to skilled nursing facilities, personal care homes and VA Hospital in Wilkes-Barre. They also make sleeping bags for our homeless community. Tuesdays 1-2:30 p.m.

■ Yoga for healing. Helps the whole being to relax and heal. There is a $10 fee per class. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket. Tuesdays, 6:15-7:30 p.m. Call 570-383-5180 with questions.

Assistive technology available: Pennsylvania’s Telecommunication Device Distribution Program (TDDP) provides specialized land-line telephone equipment, free to eligible Pennsylvanians with disabilities that prevent them from having independent access to the telephone. This includes people who are deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired, blind or have visual problems, or have physical or intellectual disabilities. For more information, call 570-347-3357 (voice) or email ucptech@yahoo.com. Free demonstrations and/or short-term equipment loans are also available to help determine what equipment works best.

Seeking volunteers: Serving Seniors is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and care of nursing home, assisted living/personal care home residents and older adults throughout Lackawanna County through its community services, transportation program, volunteer visitation, guardianship and ombudsman services and PEER (Pennsylvania’s Empowered Expert Residents) program. If you are available a few hours a month, 18 or older, concerned about the rights of nursing home and assisted living/personal care home residents and interested in making a difference in the lives of older adults, then you may be a good fit for the volunteer program. For more information, call 570-344-3931.

Municipal notices

Yard waste notice: Moosic Borough can no longer accept grass and leaves in any type of plastic bag (biodegradable or not). This is a requirement by the Department of Environmental Protection. Grass and leaves must be placed in separate open containers, weighing no more than 35 pounds. Brush and tree limbs cannot be mixed with grass and leaves. They can be bundled together or placed in open containers.

Bulky waste: Old Forge Borough Council has enacted an ordinance establishing a bulky waste collection rate of $6 per bulk waste item. The definition of bulky wastes is appliances, furniture, bedding and the like. The use of three $2 stickers is required. If you have any questions, call the administrative office at 570-457-8852.

Recycling notice: Old Forge Borough officials remind residents that a state law requires recycling in the borough. Cans, bottles and plastic are picked up at the curb on alternate weeks with newspaper and cardboard. For more information, call 570-457-8852.

Sewer payment notice: Old Forge residents are reminded that the borough sewer bills are to be paid at the Old Forge Branch of Penn Security Bank only. Other branches of Penn Security will not accept these payments.

Peddling notice: It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to engage in the business of peddling, hawking, selling or soliciting for the sale of any types of goods, services, wares or merchandise, at any residence or along any street within the confines of the Borough of Moosic, or conduct any other type of temporary commercial activity without first having secured a temporary sales permit. Anyone engaged in or desiring to be engaged in peddling or other activities licensed under Moosic Borough Ordinance No. 18-1995 must submit to a background check at his or her own expense. The fee for such a permit is $25 per person, per day. Any person, firm or corporation convicted of violating any provision of this ordinance will be fined. Residents should contact Moosic Borough Police Department at 570-342-9111.

Contact The Triboro Banner: triborobanner@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9185