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Corpus Christi Parish will hold its eighth annual bazaar from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 21, and Friday, June 22, and from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 23, on the Immaculate Conception Church grounds, 601 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston. The public is invited to join in the festivities. The bazaar offers something for the entire family, including a full menu of ethnic and traditional foods, beer and wine, a basket raffle, games and activities for children and adults and a giant flea market. New this year is the addition of homemade meatballs and homemade cream-filled cannoli in the food tent and a dinosaur dig in the children’s games. Local musicians will provide live entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. each night, with Waterstreet on Thursday, Handsome Devils on Friday and Orange Whip on Saturday. Corpus Christi Parish is comprised of Immaculate Conception Church, West Pittston, and Holy Redeemer Church, Harding. The bazaar planning committee from Corpus Christi Parish, first row, from left, are Monsignor John J. Sempa, pastor; Paula Panzitta, Rick Melvin, co-chairman; Marion Ciampi and Diane Melvin, co-chairman. Second row: Deb Dirlam, Dianne Smith and Jerry Demellier. Third row: Joe Panzitta and Sally Demellier. Fourth row: Albert Dirlam, Bob Gruner and Joan Hennigan.

Nothing brings as much joy to the heart of a kid than summer. Every year I would listen to the Alice Cooper classic “School’s Out” — much to my mother’s dismay — as I threw away each of my notebooks from the previous school year. The feeling was absolutely unparalleled.

This time of year, when school gets out for the summer, it always makes me a little bit nostalgic. The summer used to be a time with no responsibilities. My cousins and I would go up my grandma’s and lounge by the pool and swim for hours at a time. We would play giant games of wiffle ball in the field. We would swing on the swing set and feel the warm summer breeze on our faces. We would play with sparklers when it got dark. When I wake up on a gorgeous day in the summer and I have to get up and go to work, I think back to a day that seems like just yesterday where I would have rolled out of bed and been ready for a big, exciting day full of nothing but relaxation. Swimming. Running. Playing. Laughing.

I will cherish those memories of those long hot summer days that helped shape me into who I am for the rest of my life. My challenge to myself on the occasional Saturday in summer is to just shut down. Forget about work and whatever is bothering me. Go to the pool. Bring my book with me. Maybe take a nap. In those fleeting moments of total relaxation are glimpses of how it used to be.

Here’s what else is happening around town:

Corpus Christi news

Corpus Christi Parish will hold its eighth annual bazaar from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 21, and Friday, June 22, and from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 23, on the Immaculate Conception Church grounds, 601 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston. The bazaar will featureethnic and traditional foods, including new this year, homemade meatballs and homemade cream-filled cannoli. There also will be live entertainment, games, children’s activities, basket raffles and a flea market.

If you are spring cleaning or downsizing and you have household items which are no longer of use to you, don’t discard them, save them for the flea market. Flea market donations for the church bazaar may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. The only items the church cannot accept are pillows, stuffed animals, textbooks, encyclopedias, old TVs (flat screens only) and electronics.

The church also is accepting basket donations for its Bountiful Basket stand. Baskets containing gift cards are always a big hit. Gift card suggestions include grocery stores, drug stores, beer/wine stores, restaurants, spas, hair salons, nail salons, sporting goods stores, dog grooming, retail stores, etc.

West Pittston First United Methodist Church news

West Pittston First United Methodist Church holds Sunday worship at 10 a.m. Children and youth Sunday school is at 10:15 a.m.

Library news

Writing Workshop: Calling all writers and aspiring writers! Spend the summer honing your writing skills with this new workshop, led by Jamie Marino, a recent English honors graduate of King’s College, where his focus was on creative writing. This free workshop is designed to challenge and inspire and will include exercises related to the library’s summer reading program’s theme, “Libraries Rock.” The workshop will explore sound, rhythm and even “The Sound of Silence.” The program will be held the first and third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. with classes June 5, June 19, July 3, July 17, Aug. 7 and Aug. 21.

Rockin’ Wire-wrapped Air Plant: 6 p.m. Thursday, June 14. Get on trend with these easy decorative plant holders made with basic river rock and wrapped wire. A $5 non-refundable fee covers materials. 

Social Media for Seniors: Interested in learning how to get started or better use different types of social media? Join Jen for a basic introduction; mobile devices optional. Space is limited so please call the library at 570-654-9847 to register for each class you plan to attend. All classes start at 6:30 p.m. and are held Mondays. Schedule is: June 11, Online Safety; June 25, Facebook; July 30, Twitter, and Aug. 13, Instagram.

West Pittston Walkers: Fridays, 9 a.m. Starting June 1, the West Pittston Walkers will meet at the library for exercise and camaraderie. Take a stroll around the Garden Village with this new group to explore the neighborhood and nearby communities. Take in some fresh air, local history, architecture and nature, and even do a little bird watching, not to mention enjoy some coffee and good conversation! There is no walk scheduled Friday, July 6.

Sewing 101: 6 p.m. Thursday, June 28. Make your own music festival blanket. Planning to do the music festival romp this summer? Planning a picnic? Enjoy the day in style with your very own lawn/lap blanket! This is a sewing machine class and basic knowledge of a sewing machine is helpful but not required. Fee is $10, non-refundable, which covers the cost of materials.

Parks and Recreation news

West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board holds monthly meetings at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month. Meetings are held at the borough building. New members are always welcome.

Upcoming events include the children’s fun run on the Fourth of July and the movie in the park Saturday, Aug. 25.

Recycling

The recycling containers located at the Public Works Building on Delaware Avenue are open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Curbside collection of recyclables remains the first and third Thursday of each month. The Public Works Department asks that residents place their recyclables in front of their homes Wednesday evening prior to collection Thursday morning.

Yard waste

The Public Works Department will pick up yard waste from Erie Street to Montgomery Avenue every Monday. Yard waste from Montgomery Avenue to Susquehanna Avenue will be picked up every Tuesday.

Please avoid using plastic bags. If needed, please use biodegradable paper bags.

See you around town.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston. To include an item in his column, email jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.