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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
GRILLED SANDWICHES, Wednesday, December 10, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.
PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, December 11, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.
OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thursday, December 11, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.
THOMPSON CRIME WATCH meeting, Thursday, December 11, with election for a captain for 2009-10. Bring a dish to pass for fellowship following the meeting.
FULL MOON LABYRINTH WALK, Friday, December 12, 4:30 p.m. at the Self-Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. Donation. Call 278-9256 for info.
SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Friday, December 12, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lawsville Grange Hall.
YOUTH GYM NIGHT, Saturday, December 13, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Susquehanna High School. Sponsored by the Brushville Baptist Church for students in grades 7 – 12.
SCALLOPED POTATO & HAM dinner, Saturday, December 13, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the South Gibson United Methodist Church. Sponsored by the Rising Son Youth Group.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT, Sunday, December 14, 2:00 p.m. at the Carbondale United Methodist Church. The Spark Gospel Singers and the Lenoxville Community Band will perform.
LAYETTE KIT OUTREACH meeting, Tuesday, December 16, 10 a.m. at the Montrose TREHAB building. For info call (607) 743-9969.
WING NIGHT, Tuesday, December 16, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.
CHRISTMAS STORY HOUR, Wednesday, December 17, 10:30 a.m. at the Susquehanna Library. For info or to register, call 853–4106.
FUN DAY Christmas party, Wednesday, December 17, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford.
FUN DAY covered dish Christmas party, Wednesday, December 17, noon at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford
SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, December 17, 5 – 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.
PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, December 18, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Takeouts available.
OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thursday, December 18, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT, Friday, December 19, 7:00 p.m. at the Nicholson United Methodist Church. Spark Gospel Singers and the Lenoxville Community Band will perform.
DINNER, baked ham or fish, Friday, December 19, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.
HOLIDAY SPIRIT AWARDS in Oakland Borough. Judging will be held Saturday, December 20. For info call 853-2091.
BINGO, Saturday, December 20, 7:00 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford.
FAMILY STYLE BREAKFAST, Saturday, December 20, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Springville United Methodist Church.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, December 21, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford.
WING NIGHT, Tuesday, December 23, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.
Monday December 15: mild chili, brown rice, coleslaw, corn muffin, fresh fruit.
Tuesday, December 16: pork chop/gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli & cauliflower, multi grain roll, apple crisp.
Wednesday, December 17: bagged lunch.
Thursday, December 18: stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, cranberry sauce, multi grain roll, holiday cookies.
Friday, December 19: soup, tuna salad w/lettuce & tomato, red beet salad, pita bread, cake.
The United Methodist Community Church on Main St., Great Bend will offer a Blue Christmas Service on Sunday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Many people may be facing the holiday after the death of a loved one or after a divorce. Perhaps they have been unable to have a child, or have suffered through an emotional trauma, or perhaps they feel pressured and overwhelmed by holiday preparations.
This Blue Christmas Service helps to reach that part of the community who may not find comfort in the forced joyfulness of this season. The church will provide a sacred place of grieving. This service is also referred to as a “Longest Night Service” and has traditionally been held on the evening of the winter solstice.
All are welcome to attend this special service of comfort that will include scripture, music and meditation.
The Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association is sponsoring the 13th "Write and Illustrate Your Own Picture Book Contest" for Susquehanna County students in grades K-12.
Entrants should submit original picture books they have written and illustrated on or before Wednesday, February 11, to the branch or school libraries, or to the Main Library in Montrose by the final deadline of Saturday, February 14. See the rules booklet (available at the main library and at the branches in Forest City, Hallstead-Great Bend, and Susquehanna) for complete rules, or visit the webpage: www.susqcolibrary.org/wiobc. An entry form must be submitted with each manuscript. Rules and forms have also been distributed to school libraries.
Winners will be chosen in each of three or four grade categories (depending on the number of entries). The first place entries will be professionally hardbound and added to the library's collection – with the author and title listed in the library's online catalog, and in the state-wide ACCESS-PA database! The first-place winners will also receive their own hardbound copy (winner makes the copy). Second and third place entries will be paperbound and returned to the authors. All contestants will receive a Certificate of Recognition and personal comments on their books.
"Our collection of great books by young Susquehanna County authors is growing – to date we have well over one hundred!" says Administrator/Librarian Susan Stone. "Stop by your local library to borrow past years' winning books."
A Christmas Eve candlelight service will be held at the Thompson United Methodist Church on Wednesday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Due to the early closing of the Ararat United Methodist Church for the winter months, there will not be an 11:00 p.m. service at the Ararat Church.
The Thompson United Methodist Church welcomes all to join in prayer and song to celebrate the true reason for this holy season.
The Christmas tradition of advent organ meditations at the First Presbyterian Church of Montrose continues this year with programs at 12 o'clock noon on Wednesday, December 10 and again on Wednesday, December 17 in the sanctuary of the church at 71 Church Street. Each 30-minute meditation will be followed by a soup and bread luncheon in Westminster Hall.
The first meditation on December 10 will feature Martha Denkenberger at the console of the church's pipe organ. At the second meditation on December 17, Sarah Bertsch will be the organist.
Pastor Chuck Link invites everyone in the community to attend the organ meditation and stay for lunch.
The Sweet Spot/Chocolates by Leopold is donating their three-foot tall chocolate Santa to be raffled in support of the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association. This spectacular Santa was created with the help of volunteers, who rolled the mold up and down Public Ave. in Montrose to set the chocolate, and has been decorated with colorful frosting and candies. Raffle tickets are available at all four county library locations (Forest City, Hallstead/Great Bend, Montrose, and Susquehanna) through December 18. The drawing will be held at the Sweet Spot (30 Church St., Montrose) at noon on Saturday, December 20, and tickets will be sold there up until the moment the winning ticket is drawn. Just think of your children or grandchildren's faces when they see this Santa at your house! And if you don't win, you still helped a good cause.
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