MOUNT CARMEL - The Mount Carmel Lions Club will mark the 16th anniversary of its Oak Street Festival Saturday, May 11.

One of the major annual community events in Mount Carmel, the festival features crafts, food and entertainment. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival will be expanded this year to appeal to residents of all ages. A number of other music programs are planned, highlighted by the appearance of Pet Rock, a well-known vocal duo, and a special musical performance by Billy Dee and Rosie.

The "Move Crew" from Motivation Station will perform again this year. This aerobic presentation is performed by children ages 3 to 15. Also, the Susquehanna Trail Dog Club will make a return visit, and antique cars will be on display on West Fourth Street.

The Lions Club, which has 37 active members, has been serving the community for more than 60 years. The club is well known and appreciated for its holiday Meals on Wheels program, in which an average of 160 meals are prepared and delivered to the needy on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and Easter.

For this past Easter's distribution, the Lions thanked Boyer's Market, Varano Warehouse, Mount Carmel Elks and volunteers from the West End Athletic Club for their support.

Money from all club fundraisers, including its semi-annual spaghetti dinner, is turned back to the community via free eye exams and glasses, hospital beds, ambulatory equipment, the annual Santa parade, the Christmas tree raising at Charlie McAndrew's car lot at Seventh and Oak streets, a teener league baseball team sponsorship, award dinners for the high school track team and the club's signature event, the Mike Terry Awards, along with donations to charitable organizations.

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