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One of my New Year’s resolutions is that I want to write more creatively. I want to dedicate one hour each day. It doesn’t matter when that hour is. It could be when I’m just waking up, before dinner, or before I’m about to go to sleep for the night, but every day I want to write uninterrupted for one hour.

You may want to write more but be lacking the inspiration. Maybe you just need that extra little push. If you find yourself wanting to write but in need of a little bit of guidance, you’re not alone. Swing by the library on the first and third Wednesdays of each month for the enormously popular writing workshop. It is a free workshop that is designed to challenge and inspire the poet or storyteller in all of us with writing exercises, coaching and community. Join the fun in the writing room on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 6 p.m.

Corpus Christi news

Corpus Christi Parish will offer adult education Bible study “Turning Point A Study of the Gospel of John.” This is the second part of the adult Bible study program on the Gospel of John. The Bible study will take place in the rectory on four Thursdays as follows: Jan. 16, 23 and 30 and Feb. 6. Thursday, Feb. 13, will be a snow make-up day, if needed. Each session will begin at 6 p.m. and will last for 60 to 75 minutes. For information, contact Deacon Jim Meizanis at 570-239-2783 or

All boys and girls who are in second grade, whether enrolled in the parish’s Religious Education program or attending a Catholic school, are eligible to receive the Sacrament of First Reconciliation at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in Immaculate Conception Church. The Sacrament of First Eucharist will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 2, in Immaculate Conception Church. Early next week, a mailing with a registration form, will be sent to all boys and girls in the Religious Education program and to those children attending a Catholic school registered under the parish. Please fill out the registration form and return it in the mail or place it in the weekend collection.

Save the date! The next parish bingo will be held Saturday, March 28, in Immaculate Conception Hall. Stay tuned for details.

The next Family Mass will take place at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. All boys and girls in grade five are welcome to participate as lectors, heavenly hosts, gift bearers or ushers. If your child would like to participate, contact one of the following coordinators: Lisa Falzone at 570-237-2739 or, Sarah Konopka at 570-498-9304 or, or MaryAnn Oliveri at 570-357-1778

Valley Alliance Church news

Valley Alliance Church holds Sunday morning prayer service 9:45 a.m. and worship service at 10:30 a.m. The services offer a time of contemporary music, prayer, and Biblical teaching. Nursery service is available.

The church will host an all-ages prayer and Bible study at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

Can’t make it to service?  Watch it live on Sunday morning on the Valley Alliance Church Facebook page.

Cherry Blossom Festival

West Pittston Cherry Blossom Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Corpus Christi School Building in West Pittston. All committee members must attend.

Upcoming events in preparation of the festival will be discussed. New members are welcome to join.

West Pittston Cherry Blossom Committee will be selling banners as a fundraiser. The cost for the first year is $150 and $50 renewal fee, which is due the beginning of April.

Information regarding the banners may be sent to treasurer Toni Valenti, 360 Damon St., West Pittston, PA 18643. Checks must be made payable to West Pittston Cherry Blossom. All proceeds go toward the festival and for the West Pittston Community.

Library news

West Pittston Library announces the following upcoming programs:

International Sticker Day — 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14. Bring stickers, swap stickers, collect new stickers and make your own sticker. Donate a sticker to cover the library’s sticker statue, participate in a sticker-sticking relay and create a paint by sticker mosaic.

Football Tie Pillow — 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21. Go long! But rush back and grab a seat for this simple project just in time for the big game. Sewing provides children with a creative way to develop and mature their finger dexterity and fine motor skills, build their self-confidence and learn patience. They’ll head into the end zone with a fun fleece football pillow after simple sewing and tying. Touchdown!

Teen Bad Art Night — 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22. What do you get when you combine access to a pile of ridiculous art and craft material with a slide show of Pinterest fails for inspiration? A silly, surprising and highly creative atmosphere with no pressure to make something “good.” Participants at this event are encouraged to make their best worst piece of art to display in a Bad Art Exhibition at the end of the program. Browse the entries and cast a vote for your favorite. The creator of the “Worst Piece of Art” will win a hideously tacky prize.

Legomania — 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28. It’s National Lego Day and everything is awesome when you celebrate at the library! Visit the library for games, races, building challenges and more. Please bring your own Legos as the library only has a small collection to share. Any donations of original Lego blocks is appreciated.

Craft Night — at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. Try your hand at a stamped leather accessory using simple tools and techniques. You will leave the class with a handmade bookmark or necklace, and the skills to try this trendy craft at home. This class costs $5, which includes all materials.

Registration is required for many library programs. Registration must be done in advance and can be done in person or by calling 570-654-9847. The library does not take registrations through Facebook.

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