Dog licenses for 2014 are now available from county treasurers, agents and online. State law requires dogs three months and older to be licensed by Jan. 1 each year.
An annual license is $8.45, or $6.45 if the animal is spayed or neutered. Lifetime licenses are available for dogs with permanent identification like a microchip. There are discounts for older adults and people with disabilities.
A dog license helps animal-control workers identify lost dogs and return them to their owners. Owners who fail to license their dog could face a fine of up to $300.
License fees help keep shelters running and support the Dog Law Enforcement Office, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing licensing and rabies vaccinations.
to open new exhibit
The Luzerne County Community College Schulman Gallery will hold an opening reception for its new exhibit on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Faculty and Alumni Exhibit will feature artwork by current LCCC faculty and invited alumni artists.
The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on display through Jan. 2. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
TCMC to celebrate
Dr. Jennifer Sidari
Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of The Commonwealth Medical College will celebrate the life of Dr. Jennifer Sidari at an inspirational event and dedication 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday in the TCMC lobby, 525 Pine St., Scranton.
A member of TCMC’s charter class, Sidari died just weeks after the college celebrated its first MD graduation. Described as a compassionate friend, classmate and doctor who deeply cared for the welfare of others, her message of hope will be passed on through memories, artwork and music followed by a dedication of the Reflection Alcove.
Festival of Trees
Luzerne County Community College will host a Festival of Trees throughout December.
A grand opening will be held Friday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the LCCC Educational Conference Center. Vote for the best decorated tree at $1 per vote; proceeds benefit St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre. The Dallas Middle School Select Chorus will perform.
The tree display will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Dec. 20.
PEL to hold
The Pennsylvania Economy League will explore approaches that communities can use to overcome fiscal obstacles and provide quality public services at a PEL Issues Forum noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Genetti Hotel and Conference Center, 77 W. Market St., Wilkes-Barre.
“Nobody Survives on Their Own: Creating Healthy Communities through Regional Cooperation,” features Marita J. Kelley, local government policy specialist in the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services, who will discuss ways the state can help municipalities get a handle on finances.
Representatives of the West Side Council of Governments, the Mountain Council of Governments and the Back Mountain Community Partnership will outline ways those organizations have opened lines of communication between municipalities to improve services through cooperative agreements and more.
The public forum starts with a luncheon buffet. Cost is $15 and can be paid in advance or at the door. To register, email email@example.com, call 570-824-3559 or go to www.pelcentral.org to download the registration form and flyer.