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Upper Valley Eye Bank will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Avoca Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 917 Main St., Avoca. Avoca Lions Club will host this meeting. All those attending are asked to bring collected eyeglasses. No eyeglass cases will be accepted. All Lions are welcome. There will not be a January meeting due to winter break. The next meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 1, hosted by J.L.W. Mt. Laurel Lions Club. Location of the meeting will be announced. Dupont Lions Club hosted the November meeting. At that meeting, first row, from left, are Debbie Kalmanowicz, Dupont Lions Club; Nancy Baiera, Eye Bank president, and Joe Cronick and Nancy Cronick, Dupont Lions Club. Second row: Rose Linko, Bart Bryk, Linda Zaneski, Dan Lello, Elanie Lello, Past District Governor Chris Kalmanowicz and President Jeff Roche, all from Dupont Lions Club; Immediate Past District Governor Mark Mizenko, Steve Vitek, Eye Bank secretary; Past District Governor Ron Filippini, Eye Bank treasurer, and First Vice District Governor Jeff Smith.

If the hustle and bustle of the holiday season starts stressing you out, take some time to slow down to center your mind and heart on the true meaning of the season. Queen of the Apostles Parish is hosting a special event that can provide you with an opportunity to do just that next Sunday.

Queen of the Apostles Parish will host a Taizé Prayer service at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the church, 715 Hawthorne St. This form of prayer is a meditative style of communal prayer. Singing repetitive refrains creates a gentle rhythm, and the beauty of everyone’s voices united in song becomes a doorway to reflection and meditation.

King’s College’s Cantores Christi Regis choir, led by Music Director Rob Yenkowski, will be the ministers of music for this service. A freewill offering will be collected for the students.

In other parish news, the parish has Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the church, 715 Hawthorne St. At the present time, the parish is in need of a Eucharistic Adorer for the 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. hour. Anyone who can commit to this hour should call Ann Jake at 570-457-3521 or the parish office.

Tickets are available for the Pot of Gold Stocking Stuffer raffle. Tickets, which are $10 each, offer a chance to win $75 daily and $100 on Fridays throughout January, as well as $250 on Jan. 15 and $500 on Jan. 1 and 31.

For more information or to purchase a ticket, contact the parish office at 570-457-3412. The daily winning number must match the state lottery’s evening Pick 3 number.

Ministerium news

The 4-Boro Ministerium of Avoca, Duryea, Moosic and Old Forge will sponsor a service to mark the First Sunday of Advent at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, 200 Stephenson St., Duryea.

During the service, the Advent wreath will be blessed and the first candle will be lit. Vespers for the first evening of Advent also will be recited. The Rev. Alex Becker, pastor of Langcliffe Presbyterian Church, Avoca, will be the homilist.

A collection will be taken up to support the Moosic United Methodist Church’s food pantry.

Refreshments will be served following the service. All are welcome to attend.

Food pantry

The Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Bethel United Methodist Church, 532 Main St. Food can be picked up in the rear entry of the building.

Volunteers are needed to unload and distribute food at 1:30 p.m.

Crime Watch Santa party

The Avoca Neighborhood Crime Watch, the Avoca Lions Club and the Avoca Fire Department will host a Meet Santa Christmas party from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Queen of Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St.

There will be pizza, drinks and prizes and a visit from Santa Claus.

Avoca residents can register their children, up to 10 years of age, by calling Jennifer at 570-815-6474, Jim at 570-457-8446 or Gene at 570-313-3079.

If nobody is available to take your call, please leave a voicemail with the number of children attending.

Langcliffe game

and movie nights

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church will host its monthly game night from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the church, 1001 Main St.

From chess to Uno, Parcheesi to Settlers of Catan, they’ll have an assortment of fun games to play. Stop by to learn a new game or play an old favorite. All ages are welcome to take part.

The church will host its monthly movie night from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the church.

This fun and free night includes a family-friendly movie children and adults will enjoy while snacking on popcorn and watching the movie on a giant screen.

Little League meeting

Avoca/Dupont Little League will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Little League Clubhouse, 700 Mill St.

The agenda includes planning and fundraising for the spring season as well as regular league business.

Anyone who wants to coach or volunteer along as well as anyone generally interested in the league is welcome.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the basement of the Queen of the Apostles Parish rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. Those attending are asked to please use the sunroom entrance.

That’s about it for this week, my friends.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Avoca every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To include an item in her column, email or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.