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We’re off to a new start in the new year and the annual Night at the Races at Queen of the Apostles Parish is too!

Normally taking place in February, Queen of the Apostles Parish will now have its annual Night at the Races in January. The fun takes place Saturday, Jan. 26, in the parish hall, 742 Spring St. Doors open at 5 p.m., food will be served at 6 p.m., and the races begin at 7 p.m.

Admission is $10 per person and includes food and beverages. Horse sponsorships are $10 each. The sponsor of the winning horse wins $50. Sponsorship registration forms are available in the church vestibule or the parish office. They should be returned to the parish office by Friday, Jan. 18, for inclusion in the event program. Returns made after this date will be added to a race the night of the event. Guests are invited to BYOB and snacks for their table.

For information, call 570-457-3412 or email staff@queenoftheapostles.com.

In other parish news, the following meetings will be held in the rectory: women’s guild, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8; word committee, 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14; pastoral council, 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14; worship committee, 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21; buildings and grounds, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28 and finance council, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 3 and 17, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 532 Main St. Food can be picked up in the rear entry of the building. Volunteers are needed to unload and distribute food at 1:30 p.m.

Trash bills

The 2019 garbage bills will be mailed soon. Anyone who does not receive one by Thursday, Jan. 10, should call Therese Wrubel at 570-457-4891. Also, anyone who built a new home in the borough in 2018 can be added to the garbage mailing list by calling Wrubel or the borough building.

Little League registration, Night at the Races

Online registration for The Greater Pittston Area Little League’s spring season is open. The league includes Avoca, Dupont, Duryea and Pittston City. Cost for each division is: tee-ball, $25; coach pitch, $45, and minors and majors, $75. The maximum family fee is $110. There will not be any ticket raffle this year. For information and to register, visit the Greater Pittston Area Little League Facebook page or gplittleleague.com. Please sign up soon.

Greater Pittston Area Little League will have a Night at the Races on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the former Seton Catholic High School, 37 William St., Pittston. Doors open at 6 p.m. and races begin at 7. Admission is $5 at the door and includes food, soda and water. This is a BYOB event. Those attending must be 21 or older.

VFW Auxiliary news

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8335 Auxiliary will not meet in January. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the post home, 915 Main St. President June Fitzgerald will preside.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the basement of the Queen of the Apostles rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. Use the sunroom entrance.

That’s about it for this week, my friends. Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Avoca every week. To list a news item, email her at jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.