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¯10th annual free Thanksgiving meal — 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Nov. 24, Beaver Lutheran Church, located on Route 522 between Beaver Springs and Beavertown. Takeouts available, transportation or delivery is available for area shut-ins in the western Snyder County areas of Beavertown, Beaver Springs, Troxelville and McClure by calling the church. Reservations appreciated for larger groups. To reserve, call the church at (570) 658-2001.

¯Caregiver support group–3 p.m., Dec. 1, The Children’s Care Center Meeting Room A, 10 Bollinger Road, Lewistown. Free to attend. Held by Lewistown Home Health and Hospice: The Bridge. To RSVP, call 242-5000.

¯Soup and sandwich lunch–11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 2, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 21 S. Main St., Lewistown. Cost: $7 per lunch. There will be multiple choices of soups and sandwiches, beverages will be provided. To order advanced tickets, call 248-9903. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

¯Driver safety class–Noon-4 p.m., Dec. 5 and 6, the basement of the Valley View Retirement Center Chapel, Belleville. For persons age 55 and older. Instructor: Nancy Simmons. The course will include class discussion, driver safety reminders, updates and humor. Cost of registration: $20 per person; $15 for AARP members. Bring a membership card and driver’s license. For reservations, call 667-2763 or 935-2700.

Tuesday, Nov. 22

¯Coffee time–8:30-11 a.m., McVeytown United Methodist Church, the tan church on Queen Street. Check McVeytown UMC Facebook page for cancellations or updates.

¯Dominos– 9 a.m., Derry Township Senior Center, Yeagertown.

¯Charity knitting circle– 1-3 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Lewistown. New members welcome. For more information, call 242-1591.

¯Exercise class– 3:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Lewistown. Call 953-6158 for more information.

¯Music–6-8 p.m., Yeagertown Senior Center. Performance by Country Roots.

¯Divorce Care for Kids–6:30-8 p.m., Juniata Valley YMCA. Designed for children ages 5-12 to help heal from parents divorce or separation. Games, crafts, activities, music and DVD dramas create comfortable atmosphere for kids. For more information, call or text 437-4946, or 935-2164. Online registration available at, click on Children’s Ministries.

¯GriefShare–6:30-8:30 p.m., Pine Glen CMA Church, 1058 Route 103 N., Lewistown. Grief recovery seminar and support group. Features nationally recognized experts on grief recovery topics. Sessions include: “Is this normal,” “The Challenges of Grief,” “Grief and your relationships,” “Why,” and “Guilt and Anger.” For more information, call the church at 899-7740.

¯Snyder County Historical Society meeting–7:30 p.m., the society building, 30 E. Market St., Middleburg. Local historian Guy Graybill, of Middlecreek Township, will offer “The Writing Craft A Snyder County Perspective.” There will be an election of officers for 2017. Last meeting of the year.

Wednesday, Nov. 23

¯Christmas tree and wreath sale–8 a.m., while supplies last, CJEMS community building. A portion of the proceeds will benefit CJEMS. For more information, call the station at 436-5527.

¯Low impact exercise class– 1 p.m., McVeytown United Methodist Church.

¯American Red Cross blood drive–1:30-7 p.m., Reedsville Fire Company.

¯Penns Valley Community annual Thanksgiving service–7 p.m., Faith Alive Fellowship, 4394 Penns Valley Road, Spring Mills. Pastors from the Penns Valley area will be participating. Those who would like to sing in the community choir are asked to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for practice. Refreshments will follow the service. A collection will be taken for the Penns Valley Hope Fund.

Thursday, Nov. 24

¯Thanksgiving meal–11 a.m.-1 p.m., Carson Long Military Academy, 200 N. Carlisle St., New Bloomfield. For members of the community that need somewhere to go for the holiday. Reservations are requested, but not required. To reserve, call 889-0338.

¯10th annual free Thanksgiving meal — 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Beaver Lutheran Church, located on Route 522 between Beaver Springs and Beavertown. Takeouts available, transportation or delivery is available for area shut-ins in the western Snyder County areas of Beavertown, Beaver Springs, Troxelville and McClure by calling the church. Reservations appreciated for larger groups.

¯Turkey meal–Noon, Thompsontown United Methodist Church, in the fellowship hall located in the church basement. Turkey meal with all the trimmings. There is no charge, but those who are able are asked to call Connie at 438-3722 to let them know how many people are attending. Those who are not able to call ahead are welcome to join as well.

¯Aerobics– 6-7 p.m., Hope Center, Bethel AME Church. Cost is $2 if not a member of the church.

¯KeyStone Gamers– 6-9:30 p.m., Moose Family Center, 80 Brady Lane, Lewistown. Do not have to be a Moose member to join. For more information email

¯Juniata Area Detachment of the Marine Corps League meeting–7:30 p.m., American Legion, Mifflintown. For more information visit

Friday, Nov. 25

¯2nd annual St. John’s holiday gift show–9 a.m.-5 p.m., St. John’s Christian Daycare and Preschool, 3597 W. Main St., Belleville. Show highlights skilled craftsmen and artisans from the central PA region who will be selling handmade products. There will also be baked goods, fresh apple dumplings and hot soups for purchase. Eat-in and takeout options available. Proceeds benefit the Casey A. Marthouse Memorial Scholarship Fund, which benefits children who otherwise could not afford a quality early childhood education. For more information, email

¯Christmas tree sales–9 a.m.-7 p.m., Derry Park. Held by the Derry Township Fire Police.

¯American Red Cross blood drive–1:30-7 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church.

¯Polar Bear Express–6:30-9 p.m., Rockhill Furnace, 430 Meadow St., Rockhill Furnace, just off U.S. 522 on Route 994 across from the old East Broad Top Railroad. Cost: $8, adults; $5, children. Rain, snow or shine. Take a ride on an enclosed and heated, restored,  antique trolley. See lighted holiday displays and sing carols along the way. Free hot chocolate and cookies by the bonfire at the pavilion. For more information, call (814) 447-9576.