'An Ornamental Ordeal'

SHAMOKIN - Coal City Revitalization will present "An Ornamental Ordeal" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library. Children are invited to help make ornaments to decorate two trees being donated to the Mountain View: A Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the Coal Township High Rise. All supplies will be provided. This free event will feature snacks (cookies), hot chocolate and coffee. Santa will also be on site, so kids are encouraged to bring their wish lists. The decorated trees will be donated immediately following the event. Everyone is invited to come along and watch the trees light up the lives of those who will enjoy them.

Christmas dinner

Trevorton Community Ambulance is serving up its fifth annual Christmas dinner at noon Saturday, Dec. 8. This eat-in or take-out meal will consist of baked ham, potatoes, vegetables, macaroni and cheese, fresh baked bread and apple or peach crisp for dessert. Home delivery will be available to elderly and disabled residents of Zerbe, East and West Cameron and Little Mahanoy townships. Call 797-4951 to request home delivery.

LARRC seeks volunteers

Members of Lower Anthracite Regional Recreation Committee (LARRC) are working toward constructing a recreation area near Mountain View: A Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, including two soccer fields, batting cages, a walking track and a playground. The group is hoping to break ground this fall. Volunteers are needed to donate time, machines, craftsmanship and any other services. For more information, contact George Zarick at 850-3087, Jerry Waugh at 394-4327 or Coal Township manager Rob Slaby at 644-0395.

2013 Anthracite Coalympics

The "2013 Anthracite Coalympics" is a fundraiser set for May 4 in Shamokin. Admission is free. Event registration is $15. Adult events include a 2k race, horseshoes, ultimate frisbee, obstacle course, homerun derby, hot dog eating conest, beer pong and tug-of-war. Children's events are free, but donations are welcome. They include a race, scavenger hunt, beanbag toss, long jump and obstacle course. There will be entertainment for children as well as live music and adult beverages for those of age. Vendors and volunteers are needed. Anyone interested in helping out should contact Shamokin Coal Township Community Cares Project on Facebook, email coalregionpride@yahoo.com or call 898-5229.

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