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DALTON: The 35th annual reunion of the family of the late Michael and Helen Sakelaridos, Wilkes-Barre, was held on July 27 at the home of James Saks and Terri Sherman. More than 34 descendants, comprising four generations, attended the event. The main organizers were Sharon Bartos, Terri Sherman and Gene Pappas. Guests enjoyed swimming and fishing at the pond on the property and many traditional Greek dishes and American picnic favorites were served.

Two of the Sakelaridos’ seven children, Sophie Pappas and Joseph Sakelaridos, attended the reunion. The other children are deceased. They are Marie Politis, Irene Rowe, Betsy Lion, James Saks and Michael Sakelarides.

Tayllor Capps, Florida, traveled the furthest to attend. The youngest in attendance was Lila Pagniucci, 1, the great-granddaughter of Sophie Pappas, the oldest in attendance.

LUZERNE: Home Instead Senior Care, 269 Bennett St., are conducting free workshops for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

The first workshop will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Topics are:

Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias. Learn about the causes of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Recognize the symptoms of the diseases and discover how they are diagnosed. Understand more about the behaviors that can be caused by the symptoms of these diseases.

Capturing Life’s Journey. Discover how to provide the best care for loved ones. Learn techniques to encourage loved ones to share their stories and memories. Become familiar with the format of the Life Journal and how to record information. Find out how to use the Life Journal in partnership with professional caregivers.

The second workshop will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 8. Topics are:

• Techniques to Handle Challenging Behaviors. Learn about the challenging behaviors that may be displayed by those with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Discover techniques to help handle these behaviors.

• Activities to Encourage Engagement. Learn about the benefits of staying active for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. Learn about three types of activities for mind, body and soul. Discover activities that stimulate the five senses and are suitable for patients with late stage Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.

Space is limited. Call Home Instead Senior Care at 570-714-4260 to reserve a spot.

MOUNTAIN TOP: The Mountain Top Garden Club is hosting a day trip to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square on Oct. 6. Cost is $40 and includes transportation and admission with group tour.

The group will meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot at Crestwood High School. Arrival time is 11 a.m. and the group tour will start at 11:30 a.m. There will be four and a half hours to tour the property. A behind the scenes greenhouse tour is available for an additional four dollars. Departure time is 5 p.m. with a dinner stop.

To reserve a seat, contact Dawn Clark at 973-255-6023 or dawnaclark@me.com.

PLYMOUTH: Plymouth High School Class of 1964 is getting together to socialize and make plans for its 50 anniversary reunion at 6 p.m. on Monday at Happy Pizza. All classmates are encouraged to attend.

WILKES-BARRE: King’s College is hosting an open house for high school students and their families from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 6 and Nov. 10.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend sessions on academic majors, financial aid, career planning and placement, study abroad and internship programs. There will also be a panel discussion about student life.

During the college’s “Let’s Grab Lunch!” program, high school seniors will have the opportunity to tour the campus and area, meet with admission representatives and coaching staffs and have lunch with faculty. The program starts at 10 a.m. every Monday and Friday from Oct. 14 to Dec. 6.

The open house and “Let’s Grab Lunch!” program are free and advance registration is required. For more information, or to register, contact the Admission Office at 570-208-5858 or admissions@kings.edu.

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