Downtown Pittston Partnership urges everyone to support Pittston’s downtown restaurants and eat local for Foodie February. For every $100 purchased at any of the following restaurants, customers will receive a free $20 gift card for a participating restaurant of their choice. Dine in, delivery and takeout all count toward the total. You can submit your receipts totaling $100. Receipts must be readable and itemized with the date of purchase, name of business and the full total amount. The program will run through Sunday, Feb. 28.

Please submit your receipts by Friday, March 5, through the online form at www.downtownpittston.com.

Participating restaurants are: Arcaro’s The Next Generation, Napoli’s Pizza, Callahan’s Café and Coffee House, The Knights of Columbus, Vince’s Pizza Express, Fuji Pittston, Lizza’s Mezzo Mezzo, Rikasa on Main, Majestic Lunch, Vito’s Bistro, Tomato Bar & Bistro, The Red Mill, Gramercy Ballroom and Restaurant, China III Pittston and Golden Star Pittston.

Library news

After closing for cleaning at the end of January, Pittston Memorial Library is open again for porch pickup from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays, and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Online programs also have resumed.

St. Joseph Marello pasta dinner

St. Joseph Marello Parish is hosting a takeout pasta dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. The menu includes choice of pasta or polenta, sauce, meatballs, salad, garlic bread and dessert. All food is homemade.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and free for children younger than 5.

Please contact the parish at 570-654-6902 or office@sjmparish.org by Tuesday, Feb. 9, with your name, phone number and your order.

Pickup will be at the parish center doors.

YMCA news

Greater Pittston YMCA reminds members to use the website wvymca.org to register for classes from now on. Registration is required for all classes due to social distancing regulations. Both Zoom and live classes require registration. If you don’t have an account, call 570-823-2191 or email mmecadon@gretaerpittstonymca.org for assistance with registration.

The YMCA will host a blood drive from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2. Appointments are required.

The Youth Basketball Clinic will take place Sundays, Feb. 7 through March 14, in the Pittston YMCA gym and will include a 45-minute session of dribbling, passing, shooting, offensive play and zone defense, along with fun clinic style drills. Players of all experience levels are welcome. Players must keep masks on during play and when they are unable to socially distance. Parents are asked to drop off their child in the gym and return when the session is over. Children should bring their own water and are welcome to bring their own basketballs. The program will be held for children 5 and 6 years old from 9 to 9:45 a.m., 7 and 8 years old, 10 to 10:45 a.m., and 9 to 11 years old, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Cost of the program is $5 for YMCA members; $35 for non-members. Register on the website. For information, contact Brandon Hampton at bhampton@greaterpittstonymca.org or Ashlee Rittenhouse at Ashlee.Rittenhouse@wbymca.org or call 570-970-5039.

The YMCA will host a Spin-a-Thon with a St. Patrick’s Day theme from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 6. This Spin-a-thon is being held to support scholarship needs for families in the Early Learning Center.

The open times are 7 a.m. with Michaelene, the 9 a.m. with Candy and the 10 a.m. with Elena. The 8 a.m. has been filled. You can participate with a live instructor at the Pittston Y, via a live Zoom at the Wilkes-Barre Y Spin room, or via a Zoom link live streamed to your home.

Entry fee is $25 and includes an event T-shirt. Pre-registration is required as in-person space is limited due to the state’s COVID restrictions.

If you are coming to the in-person class, the YMCA will be following all state guidelines for in-person indoor wellness programs. The spin bikes will be in the gym to offer ample space, and there will be 25 bikes in Pittston and only 12 in Wilkes-Barre. They will be sanitized between sessions and masks will be required.

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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