Growing up in West Pittston, one of my favorite events of the summer was always the West Pittston Library’s book sale. This year they are looking for a little bit of help to ensure that it is a successful event this summer. The Friends of the West Pittston Library will be hosting a used book sale from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14. If you have old books that you don’t know what to do with, then you are in luck. Donations of books that are in good condition will be accepted at the library during business hours through Aug. 7. No periodicals, encyclopedias, reference items, out-of-date items, or items in poor condition will be accepted.

You still have some time to donate your books, so if there is ever a rainy Saturday this month with nothing to do, why not go through some of your old books? Every donation counts.

Here’s what else is happening around town:

Corpus Christi news

Corpus Christi Parish has the ability to stream Masses to the basement of Immaculate Conception Church. In the event that extra seating is needed, an usher will seat you in that area. At the end of Mass, communion will be distributed downstairs.

Corpus Christi has a dedicated group of volunteer ushers and sanitizers who have been attending every Mass, funeral and baptism to seat people and afterward sanitize the church. The church could use some additional help. To help, please contact Jerry Yakobitis at 570- 592-8260 or Jim Zardecki at 610-207-9004.

Volunteers also are needed to assist people in attendance at baptisms or funerals who are not familiar with the church. Contact Funeral Ministry Coordinators Barbara Frankovich at 570-655-2365 or Rosalie Bugelholl at 570-654-1356, or Baptismal Ministry Coordinator Maryann Matysczak at 570-693-1216.

Corpus Christi Parish is offering a new opportunity to financially support the parish through MyEOffering, which allows parishioners to make their church offerings online. This service allows you to give any amount, at any time, on your computer or mobile device, including one-time donations to the special offerings the church may have from time to time. Visit www.corpuschristinepa.com and look for the green computer mouse icon. That button will take you to the MyEOffering page. For help signing up, contact Lori at the church office at 570-654-2753 or email her at lkasisky1@epix.net.

Valley Alliance Church

Valley Alliance Church conducts Sunday morning worship from 10:30 a.m. to noon, offering a time of contemporary worship, prayer and sound Biblical instruction. Junior church occurs concurrently with the Sunday service. Nursery is available during services.

Prayer and Bible study are offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. This is the church’s mid-week service, offering the chance to come together in a time of worship, prayer and Bible study. Instruction is intended to help build and strengthen families.

Cherry Blossom news

West Pittston Cherry Blossom Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 12. The meeting will be held at Corpus Christi Parish School, Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston. New members are welcome and all committee members must be present.

The West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival will sponsor a golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 22, at the Emanon Country Club, 543 Old State Road, Falls.

Tee times start at 11 a.m. Cost is $90 per golfer, which includes 18 holes of golf with cart, commemorative gift bag, food voucher, captain and crew format, dinner and refreshments plus live entertainment.

Hole sponsors are $150, which includes information on the West Pittston Cherry Blossom 50th Anniversary hole sponsor sign.

To sign up or for information, contact Gina Malsky at 570-351-1466 by Aug. 1.

History walk

West Pittston Historical Society and West Pittston Library are once again partnering to host a West Pittston History Walk. The walks feature discussion of the architecture and history of the homes and other significant structures along the path of the walk. This walk, at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 24, will cover the lower end of Susquehanna Avenue from the old armory to the Fort Jenkins Bridge. Anyone interested should meet at Susquehanna and Atlantic avenues.

Library news

West Pittston Library will offer the following activities:

Summer Reading ... for Adults! — Don’t feel left out of the summer reading fun. Adults also can check out books during the eight weeks of the library’s Tails & Tales Summer Reading Program. Get tickets for each check out and each program attended and enter to win a raffle basket at the end of the summer.

As part of the summer reading program, the library is proud to partner with Luzerne County SPCA as a donation point for toys, food and supplies. The SPCA will be accepting donations at the library through Aug. 21, during normal business hours.

The library will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 30.

Donating blood is a vital community service that you can do safely and securely with the American Red Cross. Use redcross.org to sign up for a time to donate and complete the questionnaire beforehand to shorten your wait time.

Parks and Recreation meetings

West Pittston Parks and Recreation Board has resumed in-person meetings. The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, at the municipal building.

Upcoming meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 4 and Dec. 1.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week. To list an item, email jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.

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