Live nativity, holiday toy drive and more

What's going on in your community December 5 to December 11

Posted 12/4/19

What's going on in your community December 5 to December 11

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Live nativity, holiday toy drive and more

What's going on in your community December 5 to December 11


Live nativity

MILFORD, PA — The Evangelical Presbyterian Church will perform a live nativity at 300 Broad St. on Saturday, December 7. 

The live nativity starts around 6 p.m. shortly after the borough of Milford’s tree-lighting ceremony followed by a second performance at 6:30 p.m.There will be hot chocolate and Christmas caroling. 

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‘The Hungry Hour’

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — On Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7, from 7 to 8 p.m., the Janice Center at 5286 State Rte. 52 is hosting “The Hungry Hour,” a night of one-act performances by Winkelried Folklore Theater to benefit the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church’s food bank. 

Suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, but pay what you can. Non-perishable food donations will also be accepted. 

For more information, call 845/482-3324.

Holiday dinner and toy drive

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — On Tuesday, December 10 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., New Hope Community will partner with Fallsburg PBA to sponsor a family dinner and toy drive giveaway for the holidays. 

Santa will deliver toys to local children,  and all families will receive a free hot dinner to go, provided by the New Hope Community Bistro. Each family will also receive a $25 ShopRite gift card (on a first-served basis) provided through the generosity of the NHC Foundation.

For more information, call 845/434-8300.

Parenting basics class

HARRIS, NY — Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Parenting Basics Class is a free series that teaches simple and powerful ways to help our children grow to be happy and smart. Science shows that 80 percent of brain growth happens by the age of three. Beginning from birth, young brains develop like little muscles, getting bigger and stronger the more you and your family interact with your child.

This class is open to parents as well as caretakers. Supervised children are welcome to attend. Reserve your spot by calling 855/321-2762. This group meets the second and fouth Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

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Join the in-school winter walking program

HONESDALE, PA — Who says you can’t stretch your legs in winter? From now until May, area schools are open after hours for walkers. The buildings are heated, secure and well-lit. For more than a decade, Wayne Memorial Hospital has partnered with local school districts to offer an indoor exercise option during the coldest months of the year. The following schools are open every day the schools are in session from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday:

Damascus Elementary School, EverGreen Elementary School, Forest City Regional School, Lakeside Elementary School, Preston Elementary School, R.D. Wilson Elementary School, Wallenpaupack–Newfoundland Elementary School, Wallenpaupack High School and Western Wayne Middle/High School.

For security reasons, walkers must be registered and log in/log out at each school for each visit. Logbooks are kept near entryways or school offices. To register, call Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Community Health office at 570/253-8990. There is a one-time $5 fee for badge processing and mailings. Each year, returning participants will receive a sticker to place on their badge.

“The health benefits of walking are measurable and well-known,” says Carol Kneier, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, co-organizer and manager of Wayne Memorial’s Community Health Department. “To name a few, walking has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, improve bone strength and balance, and, especially important during the long dark days of winter, walking can help improve your mood!”

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Free diabetes prevention program

HARRIS, NY — Catskill Regional Medical Center has adopted the CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program, which offers a scientifically-proven and effective lifestyle enhancement program that can help prevent or delay type-2 diabetes.

The free program is designed to teach individuals how to make better food choices, increase physical activity and provide helpful ways to cope with problems and stress. Qualified participants will work together to achieve their goals, under the guidance of certified lifestyle coaches.

This program is proven to motivate and support people with prediabetes to make practical, real-life changes while decreasing the risk of developing type-2 diabetes by more than half.

To reserve your space, call 845/794-3300, ext. 2106.

The program runs every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Community Health Education Center, located behind the hospital in the RISE building.

To learn more about the Diabetes Prevention Program and at Catskill Regional, call Catskill Regional Diabetes Self-Management Training Center at 845/794-3300 ext. 2106 or visit This program is offered to eligible individuals with prediabetes. Visit the website to determine your eligibility.

Free presentation on Alzheimer’s & Dementia

HONESDALE, PA — Close to six million Americans have Alzheimer’s, a type of dementia that gradually worsens over time. The majority of those afflicted with this debilitating disease are age 65 and older. There will be a free presentation about Alzheimer’s on Tuesday, December 10 at the Park Street Complex, 648 Park St. from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 

The presentation, which includes a light dinner, is being offered by Wayne Memorial Hospital, the Wayne County Agency on Aging, PA Link and the Alzheimer’s Association. The presentation will cover whether Alzheimer’s can be prevented, causes and risk factors, and what to expect when you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Additional discussion points will focus on living with Alzheimer’s during the holidays and available resources and services.

“The goal,” said Carol Kneier, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, manager of Wayne Memorial Community Health Department, “is to work together to expand resources, awareness and access to quality dementia care in our area.”

Kneier added that the presenters will also be looking for volunteer facilitators and community educators to help the Alzheimer’s Association raise awareness and provide support for those coping with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

To RSVP, contact Jean Tuttle at 570/253-8990 or email


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