'Intelligent design' presentations

MOUNT CARMEL - The Rev. Frank Karwacki, pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and a former science and biology teacher at Mount Carmel Area High School, will present a two-part series on "Intelligent Design."

The first presentation, to be held today at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall at 41 S. Market St., will cover the intelligent design of the Creator in the area of biology. Part Two, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, will cover intelligent design in the cosmos and discoveries in astronomy.

Karwacki will use audio-visual materials and distribute his own position papers on the subject. All are invited to these free presentations.

History day Saturday at Hunter House

SUNBURY - The public is invited to attend History Day Saturday at the Hunter House, 1150 N. Front St.

Sponsored by the Northumberland County Historical Society (NCHS), the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, and features exhibits and demonstrations of various time periods and crafts.

The event, held previously for a number of years in Northumberland, has been revived by organizer Mike McWilliams, a member of the NCHS board.

A special feature this year is a Civil War exhibit on display in the historical society's museum. The Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau's Heritage Alliance proposed this event to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the war.

The exhibit includes items from the society's Lincoln and military collections, among the latter, the uniform and drum of John Bolton Young. "Bolty," who served with Company C., 47th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, died of smallpox at the age of 13 while camped with his unit near Washington, D.C. He fell ill with the disease just weeks after leaving his family in Sunbury to go off to war.

How to catch a liar explored at Lifetree Cafe

ELYSBURG - Practical ways to tell if someone is telling you the truth will be explored at Lifetree Cafe from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Elysburg Presbyterian Church, 320 W. Valley Ave.

The program, titled "How to Spot a Liar: Secrets From a Former FBI Agent," features an exclusive filmed interview with FBI counterintelligence officer John Schafer.

As a behavioral analyst for the FBI's National Security Division, Schafer developed deception-detection techniques that are now widely used by intelligence and law enforcement agencies. In his interview, Schafer shares key indicators that signal when someone is lying.

"There are certain signs - verbal and nonverbal - that indicate lying," says Schafer. "If you lie to me, I'll catch you."

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available.

Lifetree Cafe is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. For more information, call 672-2873 or go to www.facebook.com/LifetreeCafeAtEPC.

SHAMOKIN - The Pregnancy Care Center will host its annual Walk for Life fundraiser May 11 at Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m.

Walkers may seek sponsors to generate funds for the Shamokin-based organization. T-shirts will be given to those who raise $75 or more, and a T-shirt and duffel bag to those who raise more than $200. All participants will receive a sport water bottle.

For a donor registration brochure or for more information call 648-2600.

SHAMOKIN - American Legion Auxiliary Unit 73, Shamokin, will host for the first time a Six-County Council meeting at 10:30 am. Thursday, June 6, at Calvary Bible Fellowship Church Hall, Second and Spruce streets.

The Six-County Council consists of American Legion auxiliaries from Union, Snyder, Northumberland, Columbia, Montour and Sullivan counties. Meetings are held on a quarterly basis.

This quarterly meeting will consist of election of officers for the council. Linda McDonald, district president, will be quest.

Each auxiliary will give reports. Christine Noll and Jamie A. Bordell represent Unit 73.

For reservations call Bordell at 648-5247.

The local auxiliary thanks Calvary Bible Fellowship, especially Scot Bailey, for use of the hall.

Families have place to learn together

SHAMOKIN - Families in Shamokin now have a new place to go where parents and children can learn together.

Located at 2 E. Arch St. on the third floor of the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center, the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) Adult and Family Learning Center offers free educational services to families with children from birth to third grade.

Parents with or without a high school diploma receive instruction in basic and advanced skills to help them pass the GED, assist with the transition into the workforce or prepare for entry into a college or training program.

The Family Literacy program also provides early childhood education, parent education and interactive literacy activities that include both parents and children. The program addresses the educational needs of the whole family, and supports parents as they prepare their children for success in school.

"Family Literacy breaks down the barriers many families face, barriers that prevent parents from accomplishing their educational goals because they lack childcare options," said Mary Beth Mahoney, CSIU parent educator. "This program addresses the literacy needs of all members of the family, and parents become involved in their child's education."

Adult education classes are also available in Shamokin for individuals who wish to achieve their education and career goals.

To schedule an appointment for an orientation and assessment, call 509-2246.

Families invited to attend reading event

SHAMOKIN - Families are invited to attend a reading event at the Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library at 11 a.m. Tuesday

Parents and their children can enjoy a story together, make a craft and will receive a free book to take home. Snacks will also be provided. The event is open to the public.

The reading event is sponsored by the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit Adult and Family Learning Center, which is located in the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center

Spring bird walk at Tuscarora

BARNESVILLE - David Kruel, a conservation volunteer, will lead a bird walk at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Tuscarora State Park.

Kruel will offer helpful information about how to identify local and migratory songbirds by sight, song, habitat and bahavior. The walk is sponsored by the Schuylkill Conservancy.

The walk will begin at the park visitor center. Those attending are encouraged to bring binoculars. This is not a pet-friendly walk. It will be held shine-only.