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Pittston Kiwanis Club sponsored a cleanup of litter on Oak Street in Pittston Twp. from the bypass to Route 315 recently as part of the club’s decades-long participation in Pennsylvania’s Adopt-A-Highway program. From left, are Sal Bernardi, Don Shearer, Pat Riedy, Daulton Shearer and Joshua Gustinucci.

St. Joseph Marello Parish will host a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, at the social hall at 237 William St.

The blood drive will be in memory of Ross David Kossuth. Please schedule an appointment, wear your mask and social distance. You can visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter Rockstreet to schedule an appointment.

Purse bingo

St. Joseph Marello Parish will host a designer purse bingo at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1. 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 parish’s Facebook page or call 570-954-7322 for tickets. There will be food and beverages available for sale and basket raffles will be held.

Farmers market

The farmers market will be back Tuesday, July 6. You can still apply to be a part of the farmers market on the Downtown Pittston Partnership website.

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. Saturday, June 26; Saturday, July 3; and 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.

The band Burn the Jukebox will return to the Slope on Saturday, Sept. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 2, 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 towards 9-12 year olds and will include tips, tricks, practice, curriculum and in-house tournaments.

Bernie’s Run 2021 registration is open. The traditional course is being run in-person Sunday, July 4, for the 38th year. You also can join the run virtually from Thursday, July 1, until Saturday, July 3. The children’s half-mile run also will be back for these days. Registrations for in-person participants must be done online by Monday, June 28, through the link on the YMCA Facebook page.

The Summer O.F.F. program will continue through Sept. 3. The Out of School, Fun and Friends program offers the benefits of a summer camp through indoor and outdoor activities.

Library news

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.

The library will be hosting BookFLIX events over the next month. Visit the library website and scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the Power Kids Logo. Once there, click on BookFLIX and enter your 14 digit library card number. At the top, type in the title you need and click on the book pair that pops up. Click on watch the story to hear the story and read along.

Monday, July 5, at 1:30 p.m., there will be a Tails and Tales BookFLIX event “Giggle, Giggle, Quack.”

Saturday, July 10, at 10 a.m., there will be a Tails and Tales BookFLIX event, “Ollie and Mollie.”

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 is 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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