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There’s a beautiful quote from an unknown author which describes families: “our family is a circle of strength; founded on faith, joined in love, kept by God, together forever.”

Although all of the members of Queen of the Apostles Parish may not find their roots in the same family tree, they certainly are a family — a parish family —which is perfectly described by that quote. The members of this community strive to build unity with one another, support one another and honor the biblical proclamation that we are indeed our brother’s keeper.

One of the ways they celebrate that bond each summer is at the annual family picnic, which is taking place this weekend.

Queen of the Apostles Parish will have its annual family picnic Sunday, Aug. 18, at Mercatili Segilia Park, 4046 Birney Ave., Moosic. Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. and a delicious covered dish luncheon will be served at 2 p.m., followed by games and lots of family fun.

In other news, the parish announces the following meetings: worship committee, 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, rectory, and word committee, 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, rectory.

Hibernians golf tournament

Avoca Ancient Order of Hibernians will host its annual Thomas P. Durkin Memorial Avoca Open on Saturday, Aug. 31, at Pine Hills Country Club, 140 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor. The format is captain and mate with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

The cost is $90 per golfer which includes green fees, use of a cart, cash prizes and a post-tournament luncheon at the West Side Social Club, 711 Main St.

Anyone who wants to register for this day of fun on the links with local golf enthusiasts may contact Jim at 570-417-8563 or Gene at 570-313-3079. Registration is available at the West Side Social Club any Thursday evening.

All proceeds will benefit scholarships for local high school students and other community projects.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 5 and 19, at the 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.

Farmers market

The Avoca Farmers Market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays in the parking area of 824 McAlpine St.

Yard waste collection

Avoca Borough collects yard waste every Tuesday. A maximum of three standard-sized garbage cans, filled with yard waste not to exceed 30 pounds, will be allowed per collection.

Residents can place the following separated items in the containers: grass clippings and leaves, shrubs, hedge clippings and tree limbs which should not exceed 3 feet in length and half inch in diameter.

Rocks, stones, dirt and animal waste are not acceptable forms of yard waste.

Also, please do not place yard waste in 55-gallon drums, large wheeled garbage cans, large plastic storage totes or plastic bags. Items in these containers will not be collected.

Collection containers should be placed curbside by 7 a.m. on collection days.

For information, please call 570-451-0625.

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. If you would like to send a birthday, anniversary or get well wish or have your organization’s upcoming meetings, events or fundraisers listed in next week’s edition of the Avoca community news, please contact me.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Avoca every week. To include an item in her column, email jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.