THIS WEEK: Dec. 8 through 14
Coat Drive, held by Eye Care Specialists, Kingston, through Dec. 15 for kids and families associated with Luzerne County Head Start. Collection boxes are placed at the Toyota SportsPlex on Coal Street in Wilkes-Barre. There will also be a collection box at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins home game on Dec. 8. New and gently used coats for adults and children are being collected at Eye Care Specialist locations in Berwick, Dallas, Hazleton, Nanticoke, Scranton and West Pittston.
Gingerbread house decorating, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Laflin Public Library, 47 Laflin Road, Laflin, children of all ages are welcome to help decorate. You only need to bring your creativity. All supplies will be provided. Info, 570-654-3323.
Victorian Tea, for children ages 4 and older and their caregivers, with a Christmas ornament craft, tea, desserts and music, 1 p.m. Dec. 9, Mill Memorial Library, 495 East Main St., Nanticoke. Seating is limited so please RSVP at 570-735-3030.
Moana, a free holiday showing of the popular animated Disney movie, 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Sponsored by the law firm of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn. Every child will receive a free drink and popcorn plus a free gift. The movie is open to all families with children younger than 12. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Seating is limited to 1,800 people on a first-come, first-served basis. 570-287-3000.
50/50 Bingo, 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 9, Noxen School, School Street, Noxen, food and beverages available, pay per card. All proceeds benefit the Noxen-Monroe Sportsmen’s Club. Info, call 298-2052.
Children’s Christmas Party, sponsored by the Avoca Crime Watch, Avoca Hose Company and Avoca Lions Club, will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at Queen of Apostles Parish Hall, Spring and Hawthorne streets, Avoca. The party is for Avoca children 10 and younger. There will be prizes, pizza and drinks. Register by calling Jennifer at 570-815-6474.
Christmas Tea sponsored by the Lake-Lehman Foundation at the Irem Clubhouse from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 10,with assorted scones, fresh fruits, salad, finger sandwiches and desserts. Tickets are $25 per person. Reservations must be made by Nov. 22. Call 570-592-5763 or email [email protected] All proceeds benefit Lake-Lehman Foundation scholarships.
A discussion of “Only Daughter” by Anna Snoekstra, with The Laflin Book Discussion Group, 7 p.m. Dec. 11, Laflin Public Library, 47 Laflin Road, Laflin. This is the last book in the fall series of book discussions. The next session will begin in March. Info, 570-654-3323.
Irem Temple Restoration Project, information session will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at Rodano’s, 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $15 includes food and refreshments. Project members will share the results of the analysis performed by John Milner Architects, the current plans to convert the historic downtown structure into an event hall and museum, and how the public can help.
It’s a Wonderful Life, a free screening of the classic holiday film starring Jimmy Stewart, 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 12. First come, first served. Sponsored by Ace-Robbins Inc., Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock, free. 570-996-1500.
Chanuka Dinner, and traditions with fun, food and music. 5:30 p.m. outdoor candle lighting, 6 p.m. dinner. at the Jewish Commuinity Alliance, 60 S. River St. Wilkes-Barre. Dinner will feature fresh fruit in cantaloupe, sald with assorted dressings, bowties with marinara or alfredo sauce, salmon shavings, homemade potato pancakes with toppings and Krispy Kreme jelly doughnuts. Rabbi Larry Kaplan and Cantor Aharon Abraham will lead the group in Chanukah songs. $14 for adults; $7 for children 12 and younger; free for children under 3 and newcomers to the community in 2017. Call 570-824-4646 to see if space if available. Return reservations with payment to JCA, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
“Circuits, Sinterklaas, Dreidels, and More!” a new event to mark the holiday season, for children ages 5 to 12, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 in The Children’s Room at the Back Mountain Memorial Library. The evening will wrap up with light refreshments. Admission free.
Santa Parade, in the Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre, with Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves traveling the streets to hand out candy bags. Line up begins at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 16 at Schiel’s Market on George Avenue, parade begins at 10 a.m. and ends at Nowak’s Iron Works on Scott Street. Sponsored by Parsons Lions Club. Info, 484-336-7212.