As COVID cases continue to decline, Queen of the Apostles Parish is opening its doors even further with the return of weekly Eucharistic adoration. The public is encouraged to come and enjoy the peacefulness offered in the Blessed Sacrament from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the church, 715 Hawthorne St. Rosary and benediction begin at 7:30 p.m. People of all faiths or of no faith are welcome to experience this time of reflection and stillness for the soul.

Benefit motorcycle rideNEPA Rockers motorcycle club will host its 12th annual Roll Bike Ride on Saturday, July 24, at Litzy’s Lounge, 614 Foote Ave., to benefit Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, Clarks Summit. Ride registration, which is $15, begins at noon. At 1 p.m., the Rockers will cruise to Eckley Miners’ Village, Weatherly, and return to Litzy’s. Following the ride, there will be a bike show/contest and slow rides at 5 p.m., followed by live music by Some SKA Band and The Manipulators at 6 p.m. The B3Q Smokehouse food truck also will be there. For information, visit The Rockers Roll #12 Facebook event page.

Farmers market

Avoca Farmers Market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays in the parking lot of Queen of the Apostles Parish hall, 742 Spring St.

VFW Auxiliary notice

The Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8335 will not meet in July.

Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus Cardinal John J. O’Connor Council 12967 will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 26, in Queen of the Apostles hall, 742 Spring St.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 5 and 19, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 532 Main St. The food, provided by the CEO Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank, can be picked up in the rear of the building. If you can volunteer to unload and distribute food, please arrive at 1:30 p.m. For information, call 570-921-9899.

Yard waste collection

Yard waste will be collected every Tuesday. Items should be placed curbside by 7 a.m. to ensure pickup. The following will be collected: grass clippings and leaves, shrubs, hedge clippings and tree limbs not exceeding 3 feet in length and a half-inch in diameter. The following is not accepted: rocks, stones, dirt and/or animal waste. A maximum of three open, standard-sized garbage cans not exceeding 30 pounds will be allowed per collection. Please do not use 55-gallon drums, large-wheeled garbage cans, large, plastic storage totes or plastic bags. It will be refused. Call 570-451-0625 with questions.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to Kelly O’Brien, who will celebrate Friday, July 23, and to Mary Lou Dommermuth, who will celebrate Saturday, July 24.

That’s about it for this week, my friends.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Avoca. To list an item, email jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.

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