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When I was a little girl, my mom, Lorraine, took me to see the movie “Annie.” Starring Aileen Quinn as the titular character, Annie, and Albert Finney, as Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, the movie’s music and colorful scenes completely captivated me. Knowing how much I enjoyed it, my parents bought the soundtrack for me from which I learned every song. I’m certainly not a singer by any means, but like any kid, I learned how to carry a tune. Needless to say, our home was filled with my slightly off-key renditions of “Tomorrow,” “It’s a Hard Knock Life” and “Let’s Go to the Movies” for a few months.

Capturing some of that same movie magic in its upcoming cabaret show, the Phoenix Performing Arts Center will present “Let’s Go to the Movies,” from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St.

The show will include vocal, dance and instrumental performances along with acted scenes from various movies. Several acts are booked but people of all ages are welcome to participate in the show. There is no auditions or participation fee, but performers do have to buy a ticket to the event.

Tickets, which are $20, include a full course meal and beverages. The buffet style dinner includes salad, chicken, beef, pasta, potato, vegetable and dessert. This is a BYOB event for guests 21 and over.

To purchase tickets, please call or text message Lee LaChette at 570-991-1817 by Thursday, Jan. 31. To register to perform in the show, contact LaChette by Saturday, Jan. 26. Performers must provide a back track or music they plan on performing. All music must come from the movie soundtrack.

All proceeds will benefit the Phoenix Performing Arts Center’s scholarship fund for children.

Basketball league sign-ups

Registration for the Avoca Basketball League will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 19, and Sunday, Jan. 20, in the Avoca Community Center, 800 Main St.

Registration is open to boys and girls in kindergarten through grade six. League play takes place February through April in the Avoca Community Center.

For information, please contact Stan Waleski at 570-457-1206 or

The Avoca Basketball League is played in honor of Michael Joyce and sponsored by the Avoca Jolly Boys and Avoca Borough.

Queen of the Apostles

Night at the Races

Queen of the Apostles Parish will have its annual Night at the Races on Saturday, Jan. 26, in the parish hall, 742 Spring St. The doors open at 5 p.m., food will be served at 6, and the races begin at 7.

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 have been returned to the parish office by 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, contact the parish office at 570-457-3412 or

In other parish news, the parish announces the following meetings in the rectory: worship committee, 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21; buildings and grounds committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, and finance council, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Little League registration

Online registration for The Greater Pittston Area Little League, which includes Avoca, Dupont, Duryea and Pittston City, is now available through the Greater Pittston Area Little League Facebook page and T-ball registration is free; coach pitch is $45 and minors and majors is $75. The family maximum is $110. There will not be any ticket raffle this year.

Little League

Night at the Races

Greater Pittston Area Little League will have a Night at the Races 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. Must be 21 or older to attend.

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.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 7 and 21, 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.

Refuse bills

Refuse invoices for 2019 have been mailed to residents. The fee schedule to have up to three bags collected weekly has not increased this year. It is as follows: $160 if purchased by Feb. 20; $165 if purchased between Feb. 21 and March 20; $175 if purchased between March 21 and April 20; $185 if purchased between April 21 and May 20, and $195 if purchased between May 21 and June 21. After June 21, all unpaid bills will be turned over to the magistrate.

Residents can pay their bill 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays in the Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St. Residents can also pay the fee via mail by sending a check made payable to Avoca Borough, c/o Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641.

Beginning Thursday, Feb. 7, Wrubel will have office hours from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays.

Avoca Borough encourages residents to mark the following dates on their calendars: Wednesday, July 10, white goods collection, and Monday, Sept. 23, bulk item/furniture pick up.

If you need to dispose of a white goods item before or after the pickup date, please call 570-451-0625 or 570-457-4947.

If you need to dispose of a bulk item that is not normally collected with weekly garbage, please call J.P. Mascaro directly at 1-800-243-7575. Couches, chairs, tables, etc. left curbside will not be collected unless arrangements are made with Mascaro.

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 or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.