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October 02. 2013 5:13PM
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MOUNTAIN TOP: The Race for Education, the principal fundraiser for St. Jude School, is now being held. Proceeds are used for Parent Teach Guild projects, including enrichment programs, field trips, and educational materials for the students. Students have been soliciting sponsors for the race to be held on Friday. Classes will be scheduled at various times to complete the course as many times as possible during the allotted time.

The day will also feature face painting and bead collecting on a lap-counting key chain. Each student will also receive a St. Jude School sports water bottle for participating. The goal for this year is $16,000. Anyone who would like to make a donation should contact the school office at 570-474-5803.

WILKES-BARRE: Catherine Gourley, Wilkes-Barre native and award-winning author, will be participating in three upcoming Osterhout Free Library events.

At 6:30 tonight a free presentation entitled, “Is She Conventional … or Controversial?” will take place at the Osterhout North Branch Library community room, 28 Oliver St., Wilkes-Barre. The fun and informative presentation on women’s history focuses on how pop culture of the 20th century portrayed women. Based on Gourley’s award-winning, five-book women’s history series, the program includes stories based on magazine illustrations of the glamorous Gibson girl and the Betty Boop and Blondie cartoons of the 1930’s as well as I Love Lucy TV shows of the 1950’s. Refreshments will be provided.

Gourley will be speaking at the library’s Fall Gala to be held from 6-11 p.m. on Friday at the Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Gourley will make brief comments on writing and libraries and what it means for a lifelong writer to be honored by her hometown library. The gala is the library’s largest fundraiser. Tickets are $135 per person. Reservations can be made by calling Chris Kelly at 570-823-0156 ext. 218.

A free tea party for ages 7 and older will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Osterhout Main Library, Children’s Wing, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. “The Patriot, the Reformer, and the Optimist-The Lives of Three American Girls” will focus on Gourley’s three nonfiction American Girl books and links the fictional characters of Felicity, Samantha and Molly to real-life American girls of the times. Call the Youth Services Desk at 570-823-0156 ext. 217 to make a reservation.

For more information on Gourley’s three-day visit to Wilkes-Barre, contact Chris Kelly at 570-823-0156 ext. 218 or, or visit

WILKES-BARRE: The Solomon Plains Memorial complex is supporting National Blue Out Day on Monday in support of anti-bullying awareness. Each student will receive a bracelet and a collection from students, faculty and staff will be held. A special assembly with an anti-bullying message will also be part of the day.

The Stomp Out to Bullying Organization is also selling T-shirts through the Bon Ton for $12 and all proceeds will go to the Stomp Out to Bullying Cause. Teachers will wear the T-shirts on Monday to show their support. Students and other members of the school are asked to wear blue on Monday to support the cause.

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