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. All proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels of Greater Pittston. For information, please call 570-655-0135 or email GreaterPittstonMoWs@gmail.com.

Paint Pittston Pink events

Paint Pittston Pink will host a designer purse and cash bingo at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, at St. Maria Goretti Parish Center, Laflin. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, if space still remains. Top prize is a Louis Vuitton purse and $500 cash.

A psychic medium event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, at The Joint, above Rikasa. The event, featuring Lauri Moore, costs $50 and will include hors d’oeuvres and one cocktail. There also will be a cash bar.

The Color Me Pink 5K, Family Fun Walk and Gentlemen’s Dash will all be held Saturday, Oct. 2.

Visit Paint Pittston Pink on Facebook for information and links to donate or register for the events.

St. Joseph Marello Parish Oktoberfest and flea market

St. 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 for the flea market. 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.

YMCA news

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

The schedule for daily classes is being posted and updated every day on the YMCA’s page.

Esports at the YMCA will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13. It will be a nine-week program that costs $85 for members and $140 for non-members. The pricing includes game coaching, league fee, jersey, medal, and play profiles. The games include NBA 2K, Rocket League and Smash Bros. Older youth/middle school students will have classes at 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and high school students will have classes at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

There will be an adult co-ed volleyball league that will take place every Wednesday through Dec. 6. It will be held from 5:30 to 8:3 0 p.m. for ages 18 and older and will cost $275 a team; $10 per team/per game. Registration closes Monday, Sept. 13.

Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA and the Greater Pittston YMCA will host the John A. McCole and Connie Umphred Charity Golf Classic. This event is held annually to send deserving children from the area to the Day and Night Camp at the YMCA Camp Kresge. This year will be the 27th year. The golf tournament will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14, at the Fox Hill Country Club, Tunkhannock Avenue, Exeter. Event starts at 11 a.m. with registration and warm-up from 10 to 10:45.

There will be competition holes, closest to the pin (men and women) and pot of gold. The entry fee for the classic includes the greens fee and cart, lunch and refreshments throughout the course, cocktail hour and prizes.

Register or become a sponsor at wvymca.org/golf.

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.

The annual YMCA Dinner and Community Awards will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at The Banks Waterfront. Information on the sponsorship opportunities, dinner reservations and nominees will be posted soon.

Library news

Pittston Memorial Library will reopen Monday, Sept. 13, after being closed last week. The library’s hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, and closed Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

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/donations 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.

Pittston Prohibition

Pittston Prohibition will be held in downtown Pittston on 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.

Community cookout

Downtown Pittston Partnership is hosting a community cookout from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Albert West Park.

Slope Amphitheater

Free movies are shown regularly at the Slope Amphitheater, with free popcorn and drinks provided. Look on the Downtown Pittston Partnership’s Facebook page for listings. Movies begin at 8:15 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 11, and Sept. 25, and at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.

Burn the Jukebox will perform Saturdays, Sept. 11, and Oct. 2, with shows at 6 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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