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Corpus Christi Parish’s annual bazaar will be held Thursday, June 20, through Saturday, June 22. The bazaar will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday with live music by Flaxy Morgan on Thursday and Millennium on Friday. Saturday’s hours are 5 to 10 p.m. with Orange Whip performing. The bazaar offers something for the entire family, including a full menu of ethnic and traditional foods, beer and wine, a basket raffle, games and activities for children and adults and a giant flea market. New this year is a cash bingo with seating for 100 to be held indoors, rain or shine. Foods include potato pancakes, halushki, pierogies, piggies, pizza, tripe, meatballs, steamed clams, cannoli and more. Corpus Christi Parish is comprised of Immaculate Conception Church, West Pittston, and Holy Redeemer Church, Harding. The bazaar planning committee includes, first row, from left, Jerry Demellier, Rick Melvin, co-chairman; Carmen DeBalla, Joan Hennigan, Jackie Scalzo, Diane Melvin, co-chairwoman, and Kim Rollman. Second row: Albert Dirlam, Sally Demellier, Barbara Konopka, Bill Rowe, Marion Ciampi and Monsignor John J. Sempa, pastor.

With June in full swing, those daydreams of summer have started to become a reality. So many of those stereotypical summer moments I already experienced the first of: having a hamburger cooked on the grill, getting in a pool for the first time, sitting on my porch during a rainstorm.

I try to never lose that childlike wonder of summer. When you’re a kid, it’s the best thing ever. After months of responding to authority figures and doing homework, you don’t have to do anything for three whole months. It’s the best. As you grow that sense of wonder unfortunately diminishes a little bit. But if I’m not too busy, I try not to let a picture-perfect sunny summer day go by without going in the pool before lounging with a good book.

This summer I encourage you to do the same. Spend as much time as possible outdoors. Embrace your inner child. Make that kid who used to play outside until the streetlights came on proud.

Corpus Christi news

The Corpus Christi Parish Bazaar will be held Thursday, June 20, through Saturday, June 22. The bazaar will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday with live music by Flaxy Morgan on Thursday and Millennium on Friday. Saturday’s hours are 5 to 10 p.m. with Orange Whip performing.

Volunteers are needed beginning Saturday, June 15, to help with the construction set up and break down Sunday, June 23. Both days require help from adults and teens able to do physical labor. There is something for everyone. Volunteers also are needed for pre-bazaar kitchen food prep Monday, June 17, through Saturday, June 22. During the bazaar, adult volunteers are needed to cook in the kitchen and to cook at the various food stands, assist with indoor bingo in the church basement, sell raffle tickets and clean up nightly in the kitchen. Teens and kids accompanied by an adult are needed to assist with children’s games and adults and teens are needed to serve at the food stands.

Parishioners are encouraged to please consider stopping by the volunteer table in the vestibule of the church to pick up a volunteer form.

Gift basket donations also are needed. If you are contemplating donating a gift basket but are at a loss for ideas, perhaps these theme suggestions will help: an Around Town theme basket with gift cards from local businesses, stores and restaurants; Men’s Sports basket with items/gift cards from Bass Pro Shop, Cabela’s, Field & Stream or gift cards for golf fees, etc.; Sunshine, anything and everything yellow; Nail Basket with nail polishes and gift card for a manicure and pedicures and polishes; Summer, gift cards or decorative plates, cups, glassware, items for outdoor fun; Holiday, with something for every holiday; Play Station with gift cards and snacks for gaming. For information, contact Rosalie Cullagh at rosan814@comcast.net or 570- 655-5422.

First U.M. Church Bible School

First United Methodist Church of West Pittston’s Vacation Bible School program returns Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 12, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast and ending at noon.

A popular summer activity for Christians and non-Christians alike, VBS is an outreach that offers children fun-filled activities mixed with learning the gospel and allows neighborhood churches to connect with the youth and families in their communities.

Registration forms are available at the church, 408 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston, 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. For information, call 570-655-1083.

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.

Library news

West Pittston Library announces the following upcoming programs and activities:

Beginner’s Crochet with Lena — 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, July 1 and Aug. 5. Join Lena to learn the basics of crochet; beginning with a simple and quick project of creating a cool coaster. This class is $10 and includes all materials. Registration is 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, June 6 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 is required.

Board Game Night — 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. Spend a relaxing evening at the library trying out a selection of board and table-top games. Find a new favorite like Exploding Kittens or dive deep into a nostalgic game of Sorry! Registration required.

A Universe of Stories: PSU Friedman Observatory Series — 6 p.m. Saturdays, 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 States Wilkes-Barre Friedman Observatory, Jon Belanger 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 the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006, and has been a member of the Lackawanna Astronomical Society since 2015. He currently resides in Wilkes-Barre and you can find him at the Friedman Observatory on Friday nights when the weather is clear. Registration is 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.

Anthracite Run

This year’s annual 4-mile Anthracite Run was another success and the West Pittston Parks and Recreation Board would like to thank everyone who came out to enjoy the festivities and the 70 race participants.

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.