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Ever since I can remember, and probably well before that, my father has been an avid gardener. In late summer it is not uncommon for him to say to my mother, very self-satisfied, “Where’d you get those green beans?” or “Where’d you get those tomatoes?” The old man has a green thumb. There’s absolutely no way around it.

Every year in early July my parents go on vacation, leaving me to hold down the fort. Holding down the fort is easy enough. What I still feel the pressure on to this day is holding down the garden. Watering it every day gives me a sense of peace. It allows me to forget about the troubles of my day and just enjoy the quiet for a little bit.

My father has passed a lot on to me over the years, but his love of gardening to this day remains one of the most special.

I hope you are all staying cool in the heat of the summer, and to all of the gardeners out there in our Garden Village, happy harvesting.

Trinity Episcopal Church news

Trinity Episcopal Church will hold its giant yard sales from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of each month on the church grounds. The sales offer something for everyone, including delicious lunch foods and baked goods. The church is expecting new sellers, too. Contact the church at 570-654-3261 to become a seller. Spaces are available for $10. Sellers must RSVP to reserve a spot.

The church offers noon prayer every Wednesday.

Corpus Christi news

Corpus Christi Parish will begin taking Mass requests for 2020 on Tuesday, July 16. To schedule Masses, please call Dorothy at 570-654-2753 from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Library news

Beginner’s Crochet with Lena — 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, concludes Aug. 5. Join Lena to learn the basics of crochet; beginning with a simple and quick project of creating a coaster. This class is $10 and includes all materials. Registration required.

West Pittston Writers Workshop — 6 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month. Jamie Marino’s popular writing workshop continues this summer through Aug. 15. This free workshop is designed to challenge and inspire the poet or storyteller in you with writing exercises, coaching and community. The group meets in the reading room. Registration required.

A Universe of Stories: PSU Friedman Observatory Series — 6 p.m. Mondays, July 8, 15 and 22. Come to one or all of this series and enjoy endless trivia about backyard astronomy, the solar system and the stars beyond. There will be a presentation, followed by questions and discussion. This is a family-friendly program so bring everyone! Currently assisting at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Friedman Observatory, Jon Belanger, who will host the program, is an amateur astronomer who has been interested in all things space since he was young. He has been working in information technology and cyber security since receiving a master’s degree in information technology from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006, and has been a member of the Lackawanna Astronomical Society since 2015. He resides in Wilkes-Barre and you can find him at the Friedman Observatory on Friday nights when the weather is clear. Registration required.

A Universe of Stories: Galaxy Ink Art — 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17. Keeping with the theme of space and sky, we will use markers and alcohol to create a galaxy-themed piece of art. Create a coaster, wall hanging or paperweight inspired by the night sky, with a little direction and lots of artistic liberty. Registration required.

Registration is required for all of these events. Registration must be done in advance and can be done in person or by calling 570-654-9847. Registration is not accepted through Facebook.

See you around town.

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