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Oblates will celebrate

Holy Spouses Masses

The Oblates of St. Joseph will host the annual Feast of the Holy Spouses, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph on Sunday, Jan. 19, with a special Holy Mass at 3 p.m. at the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary, Route 315, Laflin. Everyone is invited, especially all married couples and future married couples. Holy Spouses lapel pins will be distributed after Mass. A light reception will follow in the seminary community room.

A triduum (three days of prayers) concludes Saturday, Jan. 18, with a Holy Mass at 7 p.m. and Novena prayers. Rosary and confessions will be before Mass.

PA, Class of ’70, to meet

Pittston Area High School, Class of 1970, will hold a reunion planning meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at The Red Mill in Pittston. All class members are invited. For information, contact class president Al Urban at or 570-357-4612.

St. John’s Lutheran Church lists events

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7 Wood St., Pittston has Sunday service at 8 a.m., with fellowship before and after.

Week Night School is at 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 22 and Jan. 29.

Planning will meet Sunday, Feb. 2, after the service.

Council will meet Sunday, Feb. 9, after service.

A congregational meeting will be held Sunday, Feb. 16, after the service.

Pittston Memorial Library lists activities

Pittston Memorial Library has changed the date of its fill-a-bag book sale to Saturday, Jan. 25. The Friends of Pittston Library will conduct the sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library. New and used books are available in a variety of genres.

The library has extended hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. The library also is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The library is closed Sundays and Wednesdays.

The library will host a three-week chair yoga series at 1 p.m. Mondays Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10. Cost is $30.

Children’s programs

Tales on Tuesday, Storytime with Miss Kristin: This program features age appropriate stories, songs, activities and free play for infants, toddlers and pre-school age children. Programs include: Books and Babies, for ages newborn to 18 months, at 9:30 a.m.; Terrific Twos, for ages 18 months to 3 years, at 10:30; Preschool Pals, ages 3 to 5 years, at 11:30 a.m. Registration is required.

Grown-Up and Me: Kids 18 months to age 5 are welcome to bring their grown-up to the library for a fun story, craft and free play on Monday evenings. The program is split into two sessions with kids 18 months to 3 meeting at 5:30 p.m. and kids 3 to 5 years meeting at 6 p.m. Registration is required.

Furry Tails Reading Partners: Children can choose their favorite books to read to gentle, lovable and furry therapy dogs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the second Saturday of every month. Register by calling the library.

Building Club: Anyone ages 3 to 11 is welcome to free build whatever they would like from 4 to 5 p.m. every Monday. The library provides the Legos or Lincoln Logs and participants provide the creativity. Participants can display their creation on the library’s book shelves.

For children’s programs requiring registration, sign up in the children’s wing or call the children’s department at 570-654-9565, ext. 26.

Tween/Teen programs

Page Turners Tween Book Club: Fourth to sixth graders who like to read for fun, talk about books, enjoy a snack and love doing crafts are invited to join Miss Noelle and Miss Kristin for this book club. The library will provide a snack and participants will make a craft related to the book. Call 570-654-9565, ext. 26 to register for this free club. Copies of the books are available at the children’s circulation desk.

Adult programs

Book Club: The club meets every second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. A limited number of books are available at the front desk.

Crochet Club: Beginner or advanced is welcome. The group meets from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays. Bring supplies, including a crochet hook sized I, J, or K and yarn.

Friends of the Pittston Library: The Friends meet at 6 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month in the library. New members are always welcome. For information, call the library at 570-654-9565.

Kaufer’s office offers

assistance programs

State Rep. Aaron Kaufer reminds residents that his office offers assistance events to veterans, persons with disabilities and small business owners each month at his office at 161 Main St., Luzerne.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, Brian Stolarski, department service officer with the American Legion, is at the office to assist veterans, their spouses and their dependents with a range of issues including compensation, pensions, death benefits, education and health care, as well as many other veteran-related issues.

The fourth Wednesday of each month, from 2 to 5 p.m., Bob Fox, from the Center for Independent Living will be available for the Disability Advocacy Program to assist persons with disabilities, 18 and over. Fox can assist with skills training, information and referral to additional services, peer counseling, home modifications, attendant care and community integration, and deaf and autism services.

The second Thursday of each month, a counselor from the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center is available during Small Business Development Center Outreach to help existing business owners grow their business, explore new markets, plan strategically and operate with confidence. The outreach event is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Appointments for events must be made in advance by calling Kaufer’s office at 570-283-1001.

Kaufer also provides services to residents at local satellite offices in Exeter Twp. and Exeter Borough the third Friday of each month. Hours in Exeter Twp., at 2305 State Route 92, are 9 to 11 a.m., and in Exeter Borough, 1101 Wyoming Ave., from noon to 2 p.m.

For information, contact Kaufer’s district office at 570-283-1001.