There’s a couple new businesses coming to Pittston.

A new baby clothing boutique, Ah Baby Co., will be located at 81 S. Main St.

Canteen Park will be joining the businesses on Main Street under a different name. The restaurant will be named Canteen Central and will be operating out of the location that was once Central Diner. Friday, July 23, is Canteen’s last day in Kingston and then they will be taking August off before opening in the Pittston location.

These two businesses will be added to the other business that recently announced the are moving downtown, including Blend Natural, a juice and smoothie bar with all natural fruits and vegetables. It will be located on the first floor of the Cooper’s Co-op building at 350 Kennedy Blvd.

There are also new apartments coming to 14 S. Main St. If you’re interested in information about the apartments, please contact robbbres@me.com.

LCCC Pittston Center registration

The Luzerne County Community College Pittston Center has opened registration for fall classes. You can schedule an appointment to register for classes in person, on a video call, over the phone or by email.

Orientation is from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19. Anyone interested will need to register for orientation with one of the staff members. Call the center at 570-740-0270 or email pittstoncenter@luzerne.edu.

Arts council purse bingoThe Pittston Arts Council Designer Purse Bingo will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, in the former Seton Catholic Auditorium on Church Street.

Any tickets that were bought for the previous bingo that was canceled are still valid. The tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Message the Pittston Arts Council Facebook page or call 570-954-7322 for tickets.

There will be raffle baskets and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Pittston Kawanis Club golf tournament

Pittston Kiwanis Club will host its 35th annual golf tournament Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Emanon Country Club in Falls. The tournament will benefit the Brian J. Musto Charitable Foundation, the Greater Pittston YMCA youth programs, and the Pittston Kiwanis Club-sponsored service leadership programs.

The tournament will begin at 2 p.m. with registration at 1. Cost is $80 per golfer and will include golf, cart, light lunch, dinner, awards and gifts. Single players as well as foursomes are welcome to sign up.

Hole sponsorships are $100.

Please contact Sal Bernardi at 570-820-8459, Don Shearer at 570-357-9144, or Ron Faust at 570-814-7157 for information.

Cancer benefit for Andrew Connell

A benefit for Andrew Connell will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at the Pittston American Legion Post 477, 203 Vine St. Pittston.

Connell, a Seton Catholic graduate and veteran who served 32 years in the U.S. Army, had been receiving treatment for prostate cancer when tests showed the cancer had spread to his lungs and liver. He now travels from Pittston to Sloan Kettering in New York for treatments.

This will be a kid friendly event.

Please supporting Andy and his fight against this horrible disease.

Community cookouts

Downtown Pittston Partnership will host community cookouts in September with events planned from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, at Sullivan Park, and Saturday, Sept. 25, at Albert West Park. There will be food, refreshments, music, games and entertainment. There also will be activities for children. Bring your own chair or blanket.

For information, email Mary at mkroptavich@cityofpittston.org or Cara Wenngen at cwenden@pittstoncity.org.

Slope Amphitheater

This year’s movie lineup at the Slope Amphitheater has been announced. For information about the movies, visit the Downtown Pittston Partnership’s Facebook page. The movies are free to the public and there will be popcorn and drinks provided. Movies will begin at 8:45 p.m. Friday, July 23; at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 28; at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, and Saturday, Sept. 25; and at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.

A classical woodwind concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7. The Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra woodwind quintet will perform. The quintet includes Tom Basset, clarinet; Ed Wargo, flute; Patricia Rollands, oboe; Robert Oldroyd, horn; and Luisa Duerr, bassoon. They will be performing composers such as Bach, Beethoven and Rossini.

The band Burn the Jukebox will return to the Slope on Saturday, Sept. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 2, with performances at 6 p.m.

St. Rocco’s reunion

Plans have been finalized for the St. Rocco’s School all-class reunion, which was postponed last year due to COVID concerns.

The reunion will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, Labor Day weekend, at The Gramercy Ballroom. The event includes cocktail hour, dinner buffet and music by Danny Argo and Friends. More details will follow.

YMCA

The YMCA is bringing back Esports. Sessions will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, from June 28 until Aug. 19. Registration is $45 for members and $90 for non-members. The program is targeted toward 9-12 year olds and will include tips, tricks, practice, curriculum and in-house tournaments.

The Y is continuing its Summer O.F.F. program until Sept. 3. The Out of School, Fun and Friends program has all of the benefits of a summer camp, with indoor and outdoor activities.

Pittston Memorial Library

Pittston Memorial Library has extended its hours to noon to 7 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Monday, July 19, at 1:30 p.m., the library is hosting an online event of fill-in-the-blank stories. The story is “A Kooky Animal Tale,” and is available online. There will also be a BookFlix event at 1:30 p.m. called “Scaredy Squirrel.”

On Tuesday, July 20, at 9 a.m., there will be a Tails and Tales event, Bear Cootie Catcher. Miss Kristin will post a how-to video on the library’s Facebook page.

There also will be a craft at noon Thursday, July 22. This craft will be a Tale as Old as Time Stained Glass Bookmark.

On Friday, July 23, at 9 a.m., there will be the Tails and Tales: Animal Shadow Puppets craft. A video will be posted on the Facebook page. Also, during the movie showing on Friday at 8:45 p.m. at the Slope Amphitheater, there will be an enchanted rose craft that will be handed out at the movie.

On Saturday, July 24, you can join Miss Kristin in drawing a picture as she walks you through a story and draws along with it.

Kits for the crafts are available at the library.

The library will be selling a Wacky Wednesday Calendar to benefit the children’s programs and activities. It will be on sale for $5 and you will have two chances to win every week in September. The drawings will be held on Wednesdays throughout September. To purchase a calendar, contact the library.

Tomato Festival

The Pittston Tomato Festival will take place from Thursday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Aug. 21. Thursday’s hours are 5 to 9 p.m., Friday the festival will be held from 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday is 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., and Sunday is 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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

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