Tired of cooking every night during COVID? Running out of interesting, fun meals for the whole family? Well you don’t need to worry about dinner Monday, Oct. 12, because Scout Troop 352 has a real crowd pleaser in store for the residents of West Pittston with its annual Columbus Day pasta dinner.

From 4 to 7 p.m., the Scouts will host a drive-thru ziti dinner at First United Methodist Church, 408 Wyoming Ave. For only $8, you will get ziti with meat sauce, salad with dressing, Italian bread and cake. The entrance will be on Montgomery Avenue behind the church and you could exit onto Wyoming Avenue.

If that isn’t a great way to brighten up your work week with a fun meal while also supporting our local Scouts, I don’t know what is. Come on out and show your support.

Here’s what else is happening around town:

Corpus Christi news

This year, children in the religious education program at Corpus Christi are taking classes virtually, for the most part. Children in second grade who are preparing for First Holy Communion will have the opportunity to attend class or be homeschooled. Virtual classes will be held for students in eighth grade who are preparing to receive the sacrament of confirmation.

If you are new to the parish and have children of school age, call the rectory at 570-654-2753 or email Joyce at jcecconi50@gmail.com to be placed on this mailing list.

At the end of this calendar year, the religious education team will devise a plan for the remainder of the school year.

Volunteers have been helping the church update the parish census. Volunteers are continuing to make calls to parishioners asking for updated information. In some instances, there is no current phone numbers or email address on file. In the near future, a letter and a parish census form will be sent to those who could not be reached by phone. Parishioners are asked to fill out the form and return it to the church. Organizers thank everyone for helping to keep records current.

The parish is continuing its Norwex cleaning product fundraiser. Among the items available is the Norwex Veggie and Fruit Scrub Cloth to clean food of wax, dirt and debris. To order, visit www.corpuschristinepa.com, click on the Norwex link on the right side of the homepage, click on the link to shop, place products in your cart and checkout. To ensure the parish receives credit, click on “Add Party” and select Corpus Christi Church Party One. If you do not have access to a computer, call Lori at the rectory 570-654-2753 for a catalog.

Valley Alliance Church Halloween event

Valley Alliance in West Pittston is in the planning stages for a Light the Night event for Halloween. The church is carefully monitoring safety regulations in the planning process for the event. So far, a thematic trunk or treat for the little ones is being planned, in addition to live entertainment and refreshments for those in attendance.

Stay tuned for updates with more information about this fun event for young and old.

Library news

West Pittston Library will offer the following activities:

Craft Corner: Sugar Skull Paining — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. Let your inner artist loose with this colorful painting tutorial. Register for a take home kit of all needed supplies.

Day of the Dead — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. Craft along as you learn the cultural significance of all the elements of this special celebration. Register for your take home kit full of all the supplies needed.

Take and Make: Canning Lid Pumpkin — 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Learn how to make a pumpkin decoration. Registration costs $5 and includes all materials.

BYOB Book Club: Bring Your Own Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. Bring your own book and chair to the library’s side lawn for a casual chat. Kendra-Lee will lead the discussion on books she has read through the month. Read each month’s recommended reading or read something different, but bring a snack, drink and some book recommendations for a relaxing evening. Call the library to register. October’s books are “Death on the Nile” by Agatha Christie and “The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad” by Mike Birbiglia, plus some scary stories in the spirit of the holiday.

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

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