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Members of the Avoca Community Committee walk in the Polar Express Christmas Parade. The parade was the first event the committee planned.

Billed as a day to give back to the community and for friends and family to get together, support local bars and celebrate the upcoming Easter holiday, Avoca’s first Bunny Bar Hop will be held Saturday, April 6.

Tickets for the hop cost $25 per person, which includes transportation from bar to bar, a T-shirt, traveling stadium cup, a drink special at each location, giveaways and entertainment.

“We are going to go throughout town within a six-hour time frame. During the time frame (participants) go to each business,” explained Avoca Community Committee President Holly Homschek.

Participants will “hop” to Litzy’s Lounge at 3 p.m., Ernie G.’s at 4 p.m., Avoca Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8335 at 5 p.m., Boozer’s Sports Bar at 6 p.m., McAlpine Bar and Grill at 7 p.m. and concluding at the West Side Social Club at 8 p.m.

Register as soon as possible with Holly Homschek, Kelly O’Brien or Colleen Regan Velehoski. You can do so by contacting any of them or send a messaging via Facebook to the Avoca CC page.

The Avoca Community Committee is sponsoring the hop and is selling T-shirts for $10 at the borough building during normal hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The profits gained from the bar hop will go back to the Avoca Community Committee to prepare for future events, according to Homschek.

And with the success of its early events, members are hoping for a bright future for the new Avoca Community Committee.

“We kinda just started. We got a group together to do the Christmas party in town so we called someone from each organization, like the fire department, the Lions Club, the VFW, the church, just to get everybody together to see if they would be interested,” Homschek said of the formation of the committee. “At that point, we decided to stay together as a group. The 12 or 15 of us said, ‘why don’t we do a committee?’”

Committee members thought a bar hop would be a fun way to get more community members involved.

“We did the Christmas party, so we felt we’d do something adult orientated,” Homschek said. “Those businesses in the bar hop were super supportive in the Christmas party, so it’s kind of a way to give back and let everybody see the good businesses we have.”

Along with good businesses, Avoca is finding it has good residents who are willing to give of their time for the community. Members of the Avoca Community Committee include:

Holly Homschek, an Avoca resident who works for the Pittston Area School District.

Kelly O’Brien, secretary for Avoca Borough.

Colleen Velehoski, a member of Avoca Ambulance Association.

Jim McMahon, a member of Avoca Hose Company and Avoca Ambulance Association.

Sandy Van Luvender, a member of Avoca Hose Company and Avoca Lions Club.

Brian Lyons, owner of Lyons Barber Shop on Main Street in Avoca.

Paul Franceshelli, manager of Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, Avoca.

Mark Mullen, a member of the Avoca Lions Club.

Dave Homschek, Avoca police chief.

Gary Halagarda, captain of Avoca Fire Police, member of Avoca Ambulance Association and Avoca Hose Company and Avoca Borough councilman.

Collin Halagarda, a member of Avoca Hose Company.

Jeremy Collins, former president of the Avoca/Dupont Little League.

Jeff Romanecz and Frank Andrews, Avoca residents.

According to Avoca Community Committee Vice President Kelly O’Brien, the goal for the group is to just to have fun and create family-orientated events like their Avoca Polar Express event.

“We see what Pittston is doing and with the other towns having certain activities and events. We kind of want to bring that back in to Avoca,” O’Brien said. “We never want people to say, ‘there is nothing to do in Avoca.’ Our group has been on a role getting new people out and active.”

After the Bunny Bar Hop, the Avoca Community Committee, whose members also assisted with the Hometown Heros veterans banner project, has other activities planned for the summer.

“We’re going to try to keep our events quarterly so we are not bombarding people. We don’t want people to get burnt out and say, ‘I’m going to sit this one out,’” said O’Brien. “For the next event, we hope to work with the Greater Pittston Little League and kind of work with them for possibly another parade and family-orientated day at the baseball field, possibly in celebration of Independence Day.”