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Corpus Christi plans flea markets in May and June Corpus Christi Parish will hold its annual flea markets from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, May 25, June 1, June 8 and June 15, in the former Immaculate Conception Church School, 601 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston. The flea market is open to the public. This year’s flea market will feature four classrooms of pre-owned items for sale at low prices. The market includes household items, games, holiday decorations, jewelry, purses and more. Inventory is refreshed each week. Corpus Christi Parish is comprised of Immaculate Conception Church, West Pittston, and Holy Redeemer Church, Harding. Members of the flea market committee and helpers from Corpus Christi Parish, from left, are Melissa Werner, Martha Ristagno, Rosalie Bugelholl, Kathy Cikota, Diane Melvin, Rosemary DeNisco, Carol Romanowski, Keaton Anderson and Nick Cirelli.

Yes ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again. Time for that annual favorite Anthracite Run, a 4-mile run that is celebrating its 42nd year. The race will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday,  June 1, and registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the West Pittston Borough Building 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 the walk and run begin and end at the borough building, 555 Exeter Ave., West Pittston.

The run will feature an awards ceremony with awards for overall and age groups. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female runners. Age group medal categories are 14 and under and 5-year increments from 14 to 70. An after race awards party will include pizza. Also, a T-shirt will be awarded to the first 100 entrants.      

You may not want to run but still participate in this great West Pittston tradition. That’s fine, too.  The 1-mile untimed walk will start at 8:30 a.m. The walk begins and ends at the borough building.

 Entrance fee for  runners and walkers is $20 for preregister and $25 after Monday, May 20. Make checks payable to West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board, 555 Exeter Ave., West Pittston, PA. 18643.

For information, call the borough office at 570-655-7782.

Here’s what else is happening around town:

  Corpus Christi news

Corpus Christi Parish is offering a Bible study, “Genesis – Part 2.” Classes will be held at 6 p.m. five consecutive Thursdays. Classes began May 9 and are held in Immaculate Conception Church. Each session will last for no longer than 90 minutes. This is a brand new program designed by Little Rock Scripture Study. The group will study chapters 25 to 50 of the Book of Genesis, the first book in the Bible. This study moves forward from the time of Abraham to the unfolding of his family in the stories of Isaac and Jacob, as well as the story of Joseph and his brothers and their clans. To sign up for the program or to find out more information, please contact Deacon Jim Meizanis at 570-239-2783 or 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. Snacks will be served.

The eighth annual car show will be held Sunday, May 19. This year, the church is kicking it up a notch. Some new features at the car show will include a display of historical military vehicles sponsored by Northeast Military Vehicle Group. Antique and collectible vendors also will be on site with some unique finds, including a vendor with a display of nostalgic tin signs. For information, contact Mike at 570-760-5704.

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.

 If you are thinking of spring cleaning, do not throw away those unwanted treasures. Save them for the parish flea market. The church will collect merchandise from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays in May. Drop-offs are at the former Immaculate Conception School, at the door in the rear of the building. Bring your kitchen items, linens, lamps, pictures, toys, books, jewelry, baby items, Christmas and all holiday decorations, etc. No clothes, stuffed animals, VHS tapes, old TVs (only flat screens accepted) or large exercise equipment will be accepted.


Trinity Episcopal news

Trinity Episcopal Church holds noon prayer every Wednesday at the church on Montgomery Avenue.

Library news

West Pittston Library announces activities:

After School Creativity Club — Thursday, May 23, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. This four-week after school club will have kids in grades two to six exploring their artistic side. Each week, children will complete a few solo projects and contribute to one big collaborative project to be completed by the end of the series. Each class builds on the previous week, introducing kids to different mediums and techniques. Class size will be limited for this series, so be sure to register early. Week 1: Art Can Make You Famous — learn about famous artists and their well-known masterpieces. Week 2: Introduction to Color — meet the color wheel and many of the color schemes contained in it. Week 3: Color in Numbers — discover Pantone colors and more color schemes. Week 4: Digital Art — explore a host of creative drawing apps and experiment with photo editing. 


West Pittston Tomorrow Community Garden

West Pittston Tomorrow announces the return of the community garden in The Garden Village.

The community garden is built on a repurposed FEMA lot located at 225 Race St., West Pittston. Individual plots within the garden are available for the cultivation of flowers and vegetables.

If you enjoy gardening, please become part of the community garden. You could purchase a small 4-by-4-foot plot for $10, a medium 4-by-8 plot for $20 and a large 6-by-12 plot for $40.

See you around town.

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