One of the great pass times that I find in my everyday life is reading. It’s so easy to get lost in a good book. Whether it’s a biography of a musician, a collection of essays, or a new work of fiction by a favorite author of mine, reading brings me an immense amount of joy. It’s such a wonderful way after a long day to just shut down and relax.
The good folks at West Pittston Library are putting a nice spin on March Madness this year, with books taking center court. Everybody has their favorite book, but what the library wants to know is how does it rate when up against other people’s favorites? You are encouraged to cast your vote each week in-house or on the library’s Facebook page to determine which book moves on to the next round. Stay tuned to find out which book is the ultimate champion!
Here’s what else is happening around town:
Corpus Christi Parish news
Corpus Christi Parish will host a bingo Saturday, March 30, in Immaculate Conception Church hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo starts at 7. This exciting parish fundraiser will feature 14 free games and six specials. This is a BYOB event featuring a variety of foods and desserts for purchase. Try your luck at winning a variety of prizes, including an Amazon Echo, three-tier air fryer oven, 10-inch Amazon Fire tablet, a 55-inch Smart TV or one of the following cash prizes — $150, $200, $500, $750 or $1,000. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. They are available on a first come, first serve basis. To reserve your tickets in advance, call the rectory at 570-654-2753. Come on and spend a fun evening out. You may even end up having an awesome prize to show for it afterwards.
Social Concerns is holding a food sale on Ash Wednesday, March 6. Members of Social Concerns will be making and selling homemade Manhattan clam chowder, potato soup, haluski and pierogi. The food sale will take place from noon to 6:30 p.m. in the church hall, for dine in or takeouts. Members of the parish’s soup ministry and anyone who would like to help are asked to meet in the church kitchen at 9 a.m. Monday, March 4; at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, and at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 6. Parishioners’ and the public’s support of this fundraiser enables the ministry to deliver soup and pierogi to 40-plus homebound parishioners. Anyone who can help with delivery is asked to come to the kitchen between 3 and 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, to deliver the food and take ashes to our homebound. If you can help deliver, please email Joyce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corpus Christi Parish’s Adult Education Bible Study, “Genesis — Part 1” continues at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 7. The program, which runs for five consecutive Thursdays, began Feb. 28. Classes are held in Immaculate Conception Church. Each session will last for approximately 90 minutes. This is a new program designed by Little Rock Scripture Study. The group will study the first 25 chapters of the Book of Genesis, the first book in the Bible. Topics of discussion include the creation of the world, the creation of man and woman and the relationships between God and people. To register for the program or for information, please contact Deacon Jim Meizanis at 570-239-2783 or email@example.com. The cost for the study is $20 to cover books and study materials. If anyone is interested in the program but needs help with the cost, please contact Deacon Jim. Don’t miss out. Join the fun and learn more about your faith though the scriptures. Oh, and there will be snacks!
Students in grades seven through 12 and their friends are invited to a board game night from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Immaculate Conception Church hall. Pizza, snacks and drinks will be provided. Call JuelAnn Klepadlo at 570-430-1470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All boys and girls from elementary through high school are invited to take part in the youth group’s annual production of the Living Stations. Practices are held at 7 p.m. the following Sundays, March 17 and 24 and April 7 and 14. Mandatory dress rehearsal is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, followed by a treat at Blue Ribbon. This is a great opportunity for confirmation students to earn service hours. If your son or daughter is interested in participating, contact JuelAnn Klepadlo.
Save the date: The parish bazaar will be held on the grounds of Immaculate Conception Church from Thursday, June 20, to Saturday, June 22. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Trinity Episcopal Church news
Trinity Episcopal Church, 220 Montgomery Ave., has noon prayer every Wednesday.
First U.M. Church pastie sale
First United Methodist Church of West Pittston, 408 Wyoming Ave., will hold a pastie sale Thursday, March 14, with orders due by Tuesday, March 12. Church members hand make the meat- and vegetable-filled hand pies using authentic family recipes. Choices include beef with or without onions, sausage and pepper, and vegetable and include a small container of gravy. Pasties are $6 each. To order or for information, call the church at office at 570-655-1083, Warren and Nancy Pollard at 570-654-4745 or Ann Alaimo at 570-654-3850.
West Pittston Library news
West Pittston Library announces the following upcoming activities:
Open Craft Night — 6 to 7:45 p.m. Monday, March 25. Bring any craft project to work on and chat with other crafters. Sewing machine, grid journal supplies, scrap booking and other limited supplies are available. Class is free but supplies are limited.
Tech Help Open House — 10 a.m. Saturdays, March 16, April 13 and May 11. To help patrons learn basic computer skills, the library is offering computer classes and labs in the adult computer area. Library staff will help steer you on the road to success by answering your technical questions and coaching you on basic computer skills.
Registration for this event must be done in advance and can be done in person or by calling 570-654-9847. Registrations are not accepted through Facebook. Sign ups are for each class, not for all three sessions. Seats are very limited, so call the library to register.
Parks and recreation meeting
West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 11, in the West Pittston Library.
West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board will hold its 42nd annual Anthracite Run on Saturday, June 1. The race begins at 9 a.m. with registration at 7:30 a.m. at the West Pittston Borough Building. The 1-mile walk begins at 8:30 a.m.
The run course is a 4-mile loop around the perimeter of West Pittston, which is relatively flat with some hills. Streets will be traffic controlled and miles will be marked. Both walking and running races begin and end at the borough building, 555 Exeter Ave., West Pittston.
The event will include an awards ceremony, with awards being presented for overall and age groups. Trophies and prizes will go to the top three male and female runners, with age group metals to categories 14 and under and in five-year increments from 14 to 70. An awards party will follow the race. Pizza will be served.
Entry fee for runners and walkers is $20 with preregistration and $25 after May 20. Make checks payable to West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board, 555 Exeter Ave.,West Pittston, PA 18643. The first 100 entrants will receive a T-shirt. For information, call the borough office at 570-655-7782.
Cherry Blossom meeting
West Pittston Cherry Blossom Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 4, at Corpus Christi’s former school building on Luzerne Avenue. All committee members are asked to attend and new members are welcome.
Recycling containers 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. To include an item in his column, email email@example.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.