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It’s official. We’re in holiday mode! And that means lots of exciting things to do in The 570. Take a look at a few interesting, fun and charitable events coming your way:

Nov. 29 — Cooking Healthy, Leaving Stress Behind & Loving the Holidays, a holiday Tao cooking class demonstration at the Waverly Community House. Instructors Janet Dunn-Davenport and Joanna Bach will teach you “how to cook well, feel well, and how to enjoy your food and enjoy life” through a series of cooking classes beginning in January. The demonstration on Nov. 29 will give guests a taste of what’s to come. The demo will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 242-7232 or 445-0124.
Dec. 1— It Takes a Village Fundraiser for Tanzania Orphans at Wilkes University, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. All are welcome to view the featured documentary, It Takes a Village, by communications student (and electric and diamond city writer) Kirstin Cook. Your $5 ticket entitles you to view the film, enjoy jazz by Vince Insalaco, and a dance performance. There will also be a silent auction featuring the art of Sharon Cosgrove, framed photographs from various photographers, gift baskets from Premiere Tanning, Sugar Plum Chocolates, and Molyneux Maple Syrup and more. Refreshments will also be served. All proceeds will benefit Zebra Communication’s Embrace a Child campaign, which is raising money to sponsor children with AIDS in Tanzania who have been orphaned. For more information, call 408-4162 or 408-4158.
Dec. 4 — Burn off some holiday calories and unwind with friends at Rodano’s Hoop Up, hosted by the Whirligig Hoopers. Bring a hula hoop and a friend and head to Rodano’s on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre from 8 to 11 p.m. Trust us – this is a lot of fun!
Dec. 5 — 9th Annual Open Skate at Mohegan Sun Arena to Benefit Toys for Tots, from 6 to 9 p.m. Lace up your ice skates and head to the arena for a night of skating for a good cause. An annual tradition in the Diamond City, the Open Skate at Mohegan Sun Arena benefits the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Anyone bringing an unwrapped toy or making a $5 contribution to Toys for Tots is permitted to skate. (Just don’t forget your skates because rentals will not be available for this event).
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will also collect toy donations for the Toys for Tots campaign during the WWE Supershow at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Guests may donate a new, unwrapped toy when coming to the event. All guests must have an admission ticket to enter Mohegan Sun Arena for the WWE Supershow event. WWE will also make a toy donation to the local Toys for Tots campaign.
For more information on the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program, visit For more information on the Community Ice Rink at Coal St., visit
Dec. 6 — Swetland Christmas Tours hosted by the Luzerne County Historical Society. This is a lovely and interesting event for people of all ages. From 6 to 8 p.m., you’ll explore the Swetland Homestead at 885 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, and learn about the Christmas traditions of three generations. Tickets are $6 for adults; $4 for children; and children under age 5 are admitted free.
That’s the scoop! Thanks for reading and I’ll meet you here again next week.

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