There are very few things in this world that bring me as much joy as being on a stage performing. It’s a chance to be somebody else. It’s a chance to forget about anything that is troubling me for a few hours at a time. It’s an opportunity to bring joy to people’s lives. There’s nothing in the world like it.

Yes it can be exhausting with all of the rehearsals and learning all of your lines while still juggling all of the responsibilities of your everyday life and work. It’s a commitment. There are weeks at a time where the only time I am at home is when I am either eating or sleeping.

Maybe you’ve always been an audience member and thought to yourself “I want to try acting one day” or maybe you’re someone who is more like me, a veteran of the stage who is so creatively starved for something to do since no real community theater will be happening for a while and any opportunity to perform is worth taking advantage of at this point. Either way, the West Pittston Library has a great opportunity.

The library is offering a Readers’ Theater event. And it’s a fun event for those of all ages. Independent readers of all ages make stories come alive by becoming characters in a play. This strategy develops reading fluency and strengthens skills and confidence, all without memorizing a line — you just read from the script. Register to receive your part(s) and private Zoom link to the event. Audience members may tune in to Facebook Live at the time of the event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19. If you are interested in performing in the event you can register online at the West Pittston Library Facebook page.

It’s a new year. Why not try something new?

Here’s what else is going on around town:

Corpus Christi news

Religious education classes for boys and girls in second grade will resume Sunday, Jan. 10, in Corpus Christi Parish. Second graders who are preparing to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist have the option to attend classes on site. All other grades will be homeschooled. Students in grade eight, who are preparing to receive the sacrament of confirmation will continue to attend classes virtually with classes taught by Deacon Jim Meizanis. If your child is in second or eighth grade and is enrolled in a Catholic school, please contact Joyce at the rectory at 570-654-2753 or email jcecconi50@gmail.com to register them for the sacraments.

The parish is offering drive-up Masses at both of its churches. You can remain in your car and listen to any of the weekend liturgies. Whether you choose to attend 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday or 7:30 or 10:30 a.m. Masses on Sunday at Immaculate Conception Church or the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday or 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday at Holy Redeemer, you can do so by remaining in your car. To listen to Mass from the Immaculate Conception Church parking lot, tune your radio to FM 90.3 and to listen to Mass from the Holy Redeemer Church parking lot, tune into FM 89.3. At the conclusion of Mass, you will be directed to receive Holy Communion without having to enter the church.

Corpus Christi Parish is offering a new opportunity to help financially support the parish through MyEOffering. Now you can stop writing checks or having to remember to bring cash every Saturday or Sunday when you attend Mass. Simply log into the service on the parish website and set up your offering. You can set the donations to match your pay periods and even send one-time donations to the special offerings the church may have from time to time. This service allows you to give any amount, at any time, with your computer or mobile device. Visit the church website at www.corpuschristinepa.com and look for the green computer mouse icon. That button will take you to the MyEOffering page. For information or help signing up, contact Lori at the parish office at 570-654-2753 or email her at lkasisky1@epix.net.

Library news

West Pittston Library announced the following upcoming events:

Pony Bead Snowman — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12. When the weather outside is frightful, making a snowman is so delightful! Register for your take-home kit. Some adult assistance may be required.

Take and Make Painted Book Stack — 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14. Upcycle a few old books and some ribbon into an inspirational decoration. Registration is required and there is a $5 fee for all materials. Stop in or call to register at 570-654-9847. Material pickup dates start Jan. 11.

Take and Make Fleece Pillow Cover — 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. Learn how to make a no-sew fleece pillow cover to brighten and refresh your bed or couch. Pillow is not supplied. Registration is required and there is a $5 fee that includes all materials. Pickup begins Jan. 18. Stop in or call to register at 570-654-9847.

Foam Mandalas — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, for ages 7 and older. Learn about radial symmetry while creating a foam mosaic mandala by choosing colors, shapes and your own unique design. Register for your take-home kit full of all the supplies needed to participate.

CodeRED notifications

West Pittston residents are encouraged to sign up for CodeRED, an emergency notification service that allows borough officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message, email and social media regarding time-sensitive, general and emergency information. Only authorized officials can access the system.

Any message regarding the safety, property or welfare of the community will be disseminated using CodeRED. These include AMBER alerts, hazardous traffic or road conditions, water boil advisories, evacuation notices or community events. For registration help, call 1-866-939-0911. Required information includes contact name, address, city, state, zip code, phone number and whether the property is a residence or business.

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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