Paint Pittston Pink is gearing up for another successful year with many of the events leading up to race day on Oct. 2 already sold out.

While yoga at The Salt Barre, Paint Pazzo Pink, purse bingo and psychic medium event at Rikasa are all sold out, you can still register for the Color Me Pink 5k and Family Fun walk on Saturday, Oct. 2.

There also is a calendar fundraiser with a prize every single day in October. Prizes range from an Apple watch, to cash, to local gift cards. You also can purchase Paint Pittston Pink shirts using the link on the Facebook page.

Holy Rosary School in Duryea also is having its annual Paint Pittston Pink sale. All proceeds will go to PPP. There is a link on the school’s website to order the pink bows. They are $12 each and will also be available during school hours on Thursday, Sept. 30, and Friday, Oct. 1.

The dodgeball tournament and the celebrity bartending events have been canceled due to the rise in COVID cases locally.

The annual lantern launch is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Charley Trippi Stadium at the Pittston Area High School. There is a link to purchase a lantern on the PPP Facebook page. During the program, the 2021 Paint Pittston Pink Spirit of Community Award will be presented to Fork Over Love.

Fork Over Love started as an emergency response in January 2021 to bridge the gap between two groups adversely impacted by the effects of the pandemic. These groups were small, local restaurants and the working poor, both who were and still are experiencing different levels and types of food insecurity.

Fork Over Love creates the opportunity for neighbors to take care of their neighbors in need. The group is a 100% volunteer and donation-based organization. The board of directors includes Tracey Selingo, chairperson; Bette Cox Saxton, vice chair; Lindsay Griffin, secretary; Elizabeth Graham, treasurer, and Ruth Corcoran, Carolyn McLaughlin-Smith and Melissa Parente. They are fueled by their partners, over 50 restaurants, 20 hosts, more than 100 volunteers, and numerous personal and corporate donors and have helped serve 11,000 meals and reinvest more than $115,000 back into the restaurants community within the past nine months.

LBC Distillery

LBC Distillery is now open on Kennedy Boulevard. They’re open from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays.

Customers are invited hang out in the new tasting room where they can buy cocktails, a limited selection of beer and wine produced in Pennsylvania and non-alcoholic drinks.

YMCA

You can now subscribe for text alerts from the YMCA. The alerts each have their own codes to text to receive updates on the groups and programs you are in. There is a list of numbers on the Y’s Facebook page.

The YMCA is looking for volunteer referees for youth basketball and volunteer coaches for youth and rookie basketball.

The Y also is looking for lifeguards. Classes are held Saturday, Sept. 18, and Sunday, Sept. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 9, and Sunday, Oct. 10. Approximate times are Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are discounted rates for students who stay on to work as lifeguards at the Y.

The YMCA will host a community blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in the gym. Register to donate online.

Library closed

Pittston Memorial Library will temporarily close browsing due to a shortage of staff. Porch pickup is available. You can call to schedule a pickup, renew materials, or place a hold or any other library needs. The book drop also will be available 24/7 and will be checked regularly. Call 570-654-9565.

Pittston Prohibition

Pittston Prohibition will be held downtown from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19. There will be music, beer, wine, ciders, spirits, food and cornhole tournaments. Some of the participants are Susquehanna Brewing Company, Groove Brewing, 5 Mountain Brewing, Bartolai Winery, Talerico’s Tropical Winery, Lucchi, Barnyard Cidery, LBC Distillery and Holy Ghost Distillery. Music will be by The Badlees.

Jamie Baker Memorial Scholarship fundraiser

The ninth annual Jamie Baker Memorial Scholarship fundraiser will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Mt. Carmel Parish Center, 241 William St., Pittston. Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the door and will include a pasta dinner. Food, monetary donations, raffle baskets and other donations will be gladly accepted. The event is BYOB. For tickets or donation information, contact Jennifer Baker at 570-815-6474, Caroline Rabender at 570-430-1372, or Jessica Baker at 570-878-8320.

Wheels for Meals

Hop on your bike and roll into downtown Saturday, Sept. 25, for a bike night and barbecue in the Pittston City Lower Tomato Lot from 2 to 6 p.m. This family-friendly event is $10 per person with a motorcycle, which includes food, beverages and a gift. For those without a motorcycle, the price is $10 and will include one pass to the food line. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels of Greater Pittston. For information, call 570-655-0135 or email GreaterPittstonMoWs@gmail.com.

Community cookout

Downtown Pittston Partnership will host its second community cookout from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Albert West Park. There will be food, refreshments, music, games and entertainment. There also will be activities for children. Bring a chair or blanket. For information, email Mary at mkroptavich@cityofpittston.org or Cara Wenngen at cwenden@pittstoncity.org.

Slope Amphitheater

Free movies are shown regularly at the Slope Amphitheater, with free popcorn and drinks provided. Please look on the Downtown Pittston Partnership’s Facebook page for movie listings. Movies will begin at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, and at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.

Burn the Jukebox will return to the Slope on Saturday, Oct. 2, with performances at 6 p.m.

Jacquelines meeting

Jacquelines Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Knights 55 building at 55 Main St. Pittston. All members are urged to attend. Deb Monteforte will preside.

St. Joseph Marello flea market and OktoberfestSt. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William St., Pittston, will host its first Oktoberfest. The event will be held on the parish grounds from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. Stop by for a weekend of food, fun and music at this exciting fundraiser. Enjoy some favorite foods, including porketta, clams, clam chowder, hot dogs, chicken, fries, pizza fritta and more. And, of course, don’t forget to sample the selection of Oktoberfest treats, including bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels and a selection of beer. Stick around and enjoy live music, instant bingo, kids’ games, and browse the huge indoor flea market.

The church is accepting donations for the flea market. Both new and used items are welcome, but the parish won’t be accepting any clothing or electronics. Items can be dropped off inside the “Angel Doors” glass doors entrance from the parking lot of the parish center, located in the rear of the church. Items should be dropped off no later than Saturday, Oct. 9.

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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