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There’s such joy in thinking up a great gift idea and coming to the realization that you don’t have to search online or scour the malls for it – you can actually do it yourself. Not only is the DIY option often less expensive, it allows you to give someone you care about something truly original.
To help us in this endeavor, the Everhart Museum is hosting DIY Gifts from the heART on Tuesday nights this month and in December. The sessions (designed for adults) include a 30-minute gallery tour followed by a gifting workshop and social hour. On Nov. 27, participants will tour the Sightlines quilt exhibit and create a set of fine art ceramic coasters. On Dec. 4, visit the Ancient Worlds gallery and learn how to create flavored oils. On Dec. 11, explore the Folk Art gallery for inspiration in designing decorative plates.
The cost per person (adults 21 and older) per class is $25 for museum members and $30 for non-members. The registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 23. For more information, call 346-7186 or email

 We love a good parade
(or two!)
If you love a good parade, then Saturday, Nov. 17 is your day. We’re fortunate to have two holiday parades coming our way in The 570, the Greater Scranton Jaycees’ Santa Parade in the Electric City and the City of Wilkes-Barre Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Diamond City.
Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Greater Scranton Jaycees’ Santa Parade will step off from the corner of Franklin Ave. and Spruce St. at 9 a.m. Expect to see plenty of floats, giant balloons, marching bands, choral groups and more at this annual tradition in downtown Scranton. The parade marches on until 11 a.m., and then it’s time for lunch and shopping. For more information, visit
Festivities in Wilkes-Barre begin at noon and continue all afternoon. Check out the schedule of events:
12 p.m. — Arthur Christmas at Movies 14. Admission is free to those who bring an unwrapped toy to benefit Toys for Tots.
12:30 p.m. — Storytelling at Barnes & Noble. Meet Mrs. Claus and enjoy a Christmas story.
1:30 p.m. — YOUniversal Suzuki Strings at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts. Young violinists will perform in the lobby of the Kirby Center.
 2 p.m. — Christmas Carol sing-a-long with Miss Ruthy Stock on the reviewing stand on Public Square
 2-6 p.m. — Holiday Face Painting by “Just Plain Crazy Face Art”
3:15 p.m. — Christmas Parade featuring music, floats, holiday fun and Santa. The parade steps off at South and S. Main Streets. The Tree Lighting Ceremony immediately follows the parade on Public Square.  Photos with Santa will take place for a $5 fee, with proceeds benefitting Valley Santa, courtesy of Boscov’s.
There’s another charitable component to this event in Wilkes-Barre. When you’re grocery shopping this week, pick up an extra can or two of non-perishable food. Collection boxes will be set up on Public Square and in downtown businesses on parade day. Food collected will be given to local people in need.
For more information on festivities in Wilkes-Barre, visit

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