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Now that it’s the new year and the kids are back in school, mom and dad can breathe a little bit. There are two long weekends and an early dismissal coming up on the horizon though. But don’t worry, the good folks at the West Pittston Library once again stepped up to the plate.

We know when school is closed, many times grown-ups are looking for something to keep the kids busy. The library is coordinating three hands-on projects that are sure to be productive and fun for the kids. The first event is taking place Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with a Circle Weaving project. Remember the woven pot holder kits of days gone by? They’re bringing that simple over-under process back in a fun, new way. This Maker Monday will have kids weaving round and round and leaving with a handmade project ready to show off.

The next Maker Monday is Feb. 4, which is an early school dismissal. This day is Cardboard and Newspaper Construction Day. Easy to use tools transform simple cardboard into building fun! With the help of reusable rivets, hinges, saws and more, kids will free-build with cardboard scraps. Then they will turn rolled up newspapers into building materials with special connectors to create incredible geometric sculptures. Of course, the library’s vast collection of building toys will also be on hand to keep the kids entertained for hours.

Rounding it all off on Feb. 18, Presidents Day, the last Maker Monday will be a Perler Party. Those small, plastic, colorful beads with a hollow center are the guests of honor at this Maker Monday party! Arrange them in a pattern to create your own design, using the provided pegboards and an adult from the library will fuse the beads together with an iron so you can take your project home!

All three of these projects are more productive than sleeping in and playing video games. Although there’s definitely a time and place for that as well.

Here’s what else is happening around town this week:

Corpus Christi news

The 2019 Corpus Christi Parish calendars are in the vestibules of the churches.

The parish thanks Recupero Funeral Home for once again donating the annual parish calendars.

Religious education and confirmation classes will resume Sunday, Jan. 6.

Second graders in the religious education program or at Catholic school will receive the sacrament of first reconciliation at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in Holy Redeemer Church. The Sacrament of First Eucharist will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, in Immaculate Conception Church. A letter with details of these sacraments will be mailed to the parents/guardians early in January.

The next communal baptism will be held following the 10:30 a.m. liturgy Sunday, Jan. 20, in Immaculate Conception Church. Call the rectory to make arrangements to have your child baptized.

Trinity Episcopal news

Trinity Episcopal Church offers noon prayer every Wednesday.

Coffee hour will be held at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20.

Cherry Blossom Festival meeting

West Pittston Cherry Blossom Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Corpus Christi Parish on Luzerne Avenue. All committee members must attend and new members are welcome.

 

Library news

West Pittston Library announces the following upcoming activities:

Hand Sewing 101: Monster Pillow — 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15. Sewing provides children with an artistic way to develop and mature their finger dexterity and fine motor skills, build their self-confidence and learn patience. Kids will have fun practicing these skills as they create a buddy to sleep with and sew on eyes and mouth and watch their monster come alive! All materials provided. Appropriate for all ages with parental assistance. Registration for this free event must be done in advance and can be done in person or by calling 570-654-9847. Registration cannot be done through Facebook.

Teen String Art — 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. String art is a fun way to create colorful artwork with dimension and texture.

The library has modified the technique from the traditional wood and nails to something simpler but just as dynamic. Design your art for a custom piece worthy to hang on any wall!

Those attending the teen art program are invited to come early and join the Teen Advisory Board. The group’s meeting begins at 6 p.m.

New Year’s Junk Journal/Movie Night — 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. Start journaling for 2019 with this class designed to introduce you to a less formal version of scrapbooking. While you are here, watch the movie, “Julie and Julia,” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to get a little inspiration and motivation! The $10 registration covers all the supplies and materials. 

Tea Cup Succulents/ Movie Night — 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. The last plant class was so much fun that the library’s doing it again! This time, plant your roots in a sweet tea cup or coffee mug. Feel free to bring your own, but your $10 registration covers all materials. You can also enjoy a snack and watch the evening’s movie “Ghost Town,” with Ricky Gervais.

Registration fees are non-refundable contributions. Please call the library at 570-654-9847, or stop by to sign up for programs!

Parks and recreation news

West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board holds monthly meetings at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month in the borough building. New members are welcome to attend.

Recycling

Recycling containers located at the Public Works Building on Delaware Avenue are open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Curbside collection of recyclables is the first and third Thursday of each month.

The Public Works Department asks that residents place their recyclables in front of their homes Wednesday evening prior to collection Thursday morning.

See you around town.

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