Pittston Memorial Library is hosting a contactless shopping book sale. For information on the library and its programs, visit pittstonmemoriallibrary.org.

The Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 100th annual dinner at the Fox Hill Country Club on Thursday, Aug. 27. This year, it’s a drive-thru dinner.

The dinner will include a garden salad, roasted turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables and rolls. The dessert will be donated by Fox Hill Country Club and ice-cold beer will be donated by Susquehanna Brewing Co. All of this will be delivered to your car in an insulated bag. Individual dinners cost $35 and a family dinner for four is $130. Pick up times are from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. You can register at www.pittstonchamber.org/events.

There’s also a save the date for the 100th anniversary celebration. It’s scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Aviation Technologies Airport Hangar.

Art Walk

There is an Art Walk scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14. Message the Art Walk Facebook page with any questions. The next Second Friday Art Walk is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11.

Outdoor movies

The Downtown Pittston Partnership is showing movies at The Slope Amphitheater behind the Pittston Library. Popcorn and drinks will be for sale from Pittston Popcorn. Please remember to bring bug spray and a blanket for comfort. Social distancing is encouraged. The lineup is: Friday, Aug. 14, “Peanut Butter Falcon;” Saturday, Aug. 29, “Onward;” Friday, Sept. 18, “Knives Out;” Friday, Sept. 25, “Frozen II;” Friday, Oct. 9, “Abominable,” and Saturday, Oct. 24, “The Addams Family.”

Farmers market

The Pittston City Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday through Nov. 24 in the lower Tomato Festival parking lot. Social distancing and safety measure are in place.

Library news

The Pittston Memorial Library has a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. To learn more about the program, call 570-654-9565.

The library’s summer reading program is back and you can register online and by phone to be a part of it.

The library is offering porch pickup Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at select times. To request to pick up library materials, please call the library at 570-654-9565, if no one answers, you can leave a message or email them at pittstonlibrary@luzerne.org or contact them through Facebook messenger.

Availability is limited to Pittston Library items only. If you’re wondering what is available, you can search the catalog on the library’s website. Please make sure Pittston Memorial Library is the library that you are searching by using the drop-down menu in the top left hand corner, next to the home icon.

A library staff member will gather the requested materials, check them out and put them in a bag with a label of the last four digits of your phone number. They will then contact you to let you know that your materials are ready and determine a pickup time. The bag will be placed on a table on the library’s porch at the selected pickup time. The library asks that you please call when you’re in the parking lot.

Requests will be filled based on the items available. Items need to be returned in the book drop. These items will be quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in. No fines will accrue.

The library can pull a selection of books for you based on preference. Book bundles will be listed in the coming days based on themes. There are a lot of great used books that can be included in your order if you give an idea of what you like.

The library carries the latest issues of select magazines and will be happy to include those in your order, too.

The drop box is now open if you do have library items to return.

The library is not accepting any book donations at this time. All items that are left outside of the library will be discarded. If you have items that you would like to donate, please hold onto them until a later date.

The library is hosting a book sale. Carts will be out daily for contactless shopping with new items being added all the time. Everything is $1. Just take one of the provided envelopes and leave your donation in the drop box. Exact change only.

Join the library in the Bigger or Smaller Scavenger Hunt created by Primary Playground. The hunt will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. The scavenger hunt takes you on a journey to find things that are bigger or smaller than everyday things in your house. One of the prompts is find something bigger than a crayon but smaller than a banana.

Stop by from 9:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18 for your joy-spreading kit (a.k.a. sidewalk chalk). They will have a cart set up on the porch for you to pick up a kit to chalk on our walks (please not under the porch) or take it home and chalk your walks. The library is asking that you share your pictures through Facebook Messenger so they can share them with everyone.

Chalk the Walks is a project of The Joy Team, thejoyteam.org, which is all about spreading joy, optimism and inspiration through the magical power of sidewalk chalk. The idea is as simple as it was in childhood: write happy messages, have fun doing it, spread some joy while you’re at it.

Best practices include:

n Be respectful. Consider your neighbors and others who will see your chalked walks.

n Remember the mission. The goal here is to spread joy, optimism and inspiration; if what you’re writing doesn’t accomplish that in a pure and simple way, please reconsider.

n Keep it clean: It’s very difficult to spread joy if your content is offensive; if an 8-year-old shouldn’t read it, don’t write it.

n Have fun: Play is important to our mental and emotional health; connect with your inner child, be playful, have fun.

YMCA news

The pool schedule is posted at greaterpittstonymca.org and the YMCA’s Facebook page. It will be closed from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday for maintenance and cleaning.

Fitness schedules are posted on a weekly basis. Pre-registration is required for all classes. For spin and Silver Sneakers classes, text or call 267-625-2302. For all other classes, visit the website to pre-register.

Silver Sneakers is located in the gym; all other classes will take place outside at the Pittston Area High School. Spin will take place in the spin room. Class sizes are limited due to social distancing. The gym can have a class of 25, the spin room a class of 14, and outdoors a class of 15.

Contact Michaelene Mecadon for any questions at mmecadon@greaterpittstonymca.org.

There is a walking club that meets at 9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Kirby Park in front of the concession stands. The program is open to all members of the Pittston and Wilkes-Barre YMCAs. There also is a run day with participants meeting at 6 a.m. Thursdays at Kirby Park. This group too meets in front of the concession stand and is open to all members of the Pittston and Wilkes Barre YMCAs. Social distancing is required.

The Summer Scholars and Summer O.F.F. Programs are open. For information, please contact Brianna Dugas, childcare director, at 570-655-2255, ext. 103.

The YMCA’s Wellness Center’s hours of operation for Phase-2 re-opening are from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, with special senior hours from 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The center also is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday.

Outdoor fitness schedules are being posted weekly on the Facebook page and website. Please sign up for spots.

Water aerobics are also back. Classes are held at 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Tuesday; 5:15 p.m. Thursday and 11:15 a.m. Friday.

The men’s and women’s locker rooms are now open. The lockers and showers are available for use but the saunas and steam rooms will remain closed.

Katie Kelly writes about Pittston every week. To list an item, send an email kkelly@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-821-2002 by 5 p.m. Monday.

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

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