SHAMOKIN - The Mother Cabrini Youth Center will hold its ninth annual picnic this weekend at the Ranshaw Civic Association Grounds, in Ranshaw, featuring plenty of food, refreshments and entertainment.

This picnic replaces their popular food stands at the Bloomsburg Fair as a means to raise money to support the operation of the youth center building and all the youth programs it sponsors throughout the year.

The picnic, which will include the same great homemade ethnic food sold at the well-known St. Mary's Food Stand sponsored by the youth center, will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Potato cakes, pierogies, haluski, pigeons (stuffed cabbage rolls), kielbasi hoagies, bean soup, hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and funnel cakes will be among the favorite items on the menu. A wide variety of beverages will be sold, including soda, beer, wine coolers and mixed drinks. Sno-cones, ice cream, popcorn and pizza will also be available for the young and the young at heart.

The Fobias, a popular local group, will play from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Entertainment on Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon and evening will be provided by Soundwave.

Numerous children's games, bingo and adult games of chance can be played throughout the weekend. Raffle drawing tickets, lottery seasonal decorations and a theme basket stand will also be available.

The picnic promises to be a good time for all while supporting the youth center's continuing fundraising venture.