DALLAS: In recognition of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Misericordia University is hosting a Thanksgiving ecumenical prayer service at 4 p.m. today in the Banks Student Life Center dining hall.
After the service, a panel of men will share their experiences and provide personal accounts of the impact of hunger, homelessness and poverty in our area. The program, Homelessness in Luzerne County, will take place from 4:45-6 p.m. in Huntzinger Room 218 of Insalaco Hall and is free to the public.
The Campus Ministry is collecting items for Sponsor a Family for Thanksgiving food baskets. The community is welcome to make donations. Anyone interested can contact Kristen Mitchell Samuels, community outreach coordinator, at 674-8041 or drop off donations at the Campus Ministry office in the Banks Student Life Center.
FORTY FORT: The Forty Fort United Methodist Church, Wyoming and Yeager avenues, is hosting a Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the trimmings at noon on Nov. 22.
There is no charge for the dinner and transportation for West Side residents only will be provided if needed. Anyone who is alone or away from family and friends is welcome.
Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling the church office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 287-3840.
PITTSTON: St. Joseph's Senior Social Club will meet at 1 p.m. today at Mount Carmel's Center, William Street. Payment for the Christmas Party, which will be held at Valenti's Restaurant, Exeter, will be collected and plans will be finalized. Members are also reminded to bring canned goods for St. John's food pantry. Yearly dues are being collected. Bingo and card games will be played and refreshments will be served. New members welcome. Hosts for January 2013 are Wesley Pedrick, James Piedmont and Mary and Dominick Policare. For information call Theresa at 654-2967.
WILKES-BARRE: The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 1 St. John Neumann, Wilkes-Barre, invites all Luzerne County students to submit essays to the LAOH 2012-2013 Irish History Writing Contest.
The contest is open to any students (public, private, parochial or home-schooled) in grades 6 to 12. This year's topics are Level 1 (grades 6-8) Castles of Ireland - Location, Structure and Use and Level 2 (grades 9-12) Mother Jones and the American Labor Movement.
Cash prizes will be awarded to winners at both the state and national levels. For complete contest rules and a list of prizes, contact Mary Ellen Dooley, division historian, at 735-1711 or visit the national website at www.ladiesaoh.com. Deadline for division entries is Jan. 25, 2013.