Greater Pittston YMCA will host a free water aerobics Halloween party from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14. The party will include water aerobics and pizza. Call or email Sam Reinhardt to RSVP at Sam.reinhardt@wvymca.org or 570-970-5051.

The Greater Pittston YMCA has received new chairs for Silver Sneakers and Fit & Strong programs. The Y qualified for the YUSA arthritis grant and is able to use the funding so that all the senior classes could enjoy the 27 chairs with rubber feet. Fit & Strong is a new program that will be coming to the Greater Pittston YMCA in the next few months for people suffering with osteoarthritis.

You can now subscribe for text alerts from the Y. 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 to text for updates on the Y’s Facebook page.

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

Member swim lesson registration opens Monday, Oct. 11, and non-member registration will open Saturday, Oct. 18. The next swim session runs Nov. 1 to Dec. 18.

Wednesday, Oct. 20, is the Friends Helping Friends shopping event. Stop at the YMCA’s front desk from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and make a $5 donation, and you will receive a 25% off shopping discount pass and door prize drawing ticket to win a $100 Boscov’s gift card.

The YMCA will host its annual dinner and community awards Thursday, Oct. 21, at The Banks Waterfront. Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Carmen Ambrosino, Corporate Distinction Award to Independent Graphics, Sam Milazzo Volunteer of the Year Award to Denise Truesdale, James and Jean Yates Youth Leadership Award to Jaden Pepe and Spirit of the Community Award to Greg Holl. For dinner reservations or sponsorship opportunities, visit wvymca.org/programs.

Library news

Pittston Memorial Library is only offering porch pick up and by-appointment browsing for the time being. The hours for browsing are being updated on the Facebook page and you can call and schedule browsing or request books for porch pick up. You can also call to renew materials or place a hold or for any other library needs. The book drop also will be available 24/7 and will be checked regularly. The library’s phone number is 570-654-9565.

The library is having a fall book bingo. Stop in and pick up your bingo book challenge sheet. With a mix of reading challenges and community fall activities, you’ll complete your rows in no time. Prizes are awarded as each row is completed. There are challenges available for adults, young adults and children. You can call or stop by the library if you have any questions.

Register online for story time from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 12, 19, and 26. There is a limit on how many families can sign up and there is only this story time planned as of right now. The link is on the library’s Facebook page. Story time will be held in the Cosgrove Community Center at the back of the library. Prior to your arrival, Ms. Katie will place carpet squares around the room and it’s asked that each family sit on or by a square without moving them to maintain social distance. When you arrive for story time, go right to the community room. All adults and children over the age of 2 are required to wear masks completely covering their nose and mouth for the duration of the story time.

Haunt on the Hill

Pittston Area High School will host Haunt on the Hill trick or treat drive-thru from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. Drive through the high school parking lot and receive candy and prizes.

This event is in place of the Trick or Treat Main Street again this year.

If you’d like to be a sponsor of the event, there is a form on the Downtown Pittston Partnership Facebook page. Donations to the event will help provide candy and prizes for the kids. Your business name will be displayed on social media outlets and a thank you flyer will be placed in the 1,500 goodie bags that are being prepared for the event.

St. John the Evangelist organ recital

Mark Laubach, organist and choirmaster of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre and professor of organ at Marywood University, will present a rededication recital for the 1920s Kilgen pipe organ at St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24.

The instrument had been cleaned and refurbished in early 2020 by the Peragallo Pipe Organ Company of Paterson, New Jersey and the Trivo Reed Company of Hagerstown, Maryland.

It was reinstalled in late spring 2020 and played for the first time during Mass on July 18, 2020.

A trumpet stop installed in 1983 also was refurbished as a trumpet en chamade and named the Evangelist Trumpet.

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. 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 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 sale. Items can be dropped off inside the “Angel Doors” glass door 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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