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The weather gets cold in January. It’s hard sometimes to find things to do. We get home from work or school, we get comfy in our homes, and we don’t want to leave until the next morning. It’s natural.

To help fight potential cabin fever, the West Pittston Library has a plethora of amazing programs to help keep the whole family active and interested during the dreary days of winter.

• Kicking things off for the new year, on Saturdays in January, you could spend those cold winter weekend afternoons at your cozy local library enjoying a movie! January will feature the “Despicable Me” series. There will be some popcorn for the whole family to enjoy. Movies begin at 1 p.m. Jan. 6 is “Despicable Me;” Jan. 13 is “Despicable Me 2,” and Jan. 20 is “Despicable Me 3.”

The movies will continue in February with the live and cartoon versions of “Beauty and the Beast” and some LEGO movies.

An afternoon out of the house, a snack, and a fun movie. Sounds like a good deal to me.

If those little minions aren’t really your style don’t worry. You have more options.

• Did you make a New Year’s resolution to read more books? Or to learn a new skill, create something new or promise to stop dog-earring pages of library books? Well, you can check all those off your list plus make new friends at this workshop. Kendra will walk you through how to hand-stitch a beautiful bookmark and you will leave the library feeling accomplished, confident and with a can-do attitude for the new year. Registration and pre-payment of $5 is required.

• If you’re not interested in creating your own bookmark, why not try arm knitting? Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m., you create your own infinity scarf out of chunky yarn with just your arms. Summer Belles will teach you all the skills you need to leave with a completed scarf. Bring 2-3 skeins of yarn — the chunkier, the better! Registration required.

• Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6:30 p.m., the library is offering an informational workshop focusing on why we gain weight and how we could lose it. Learn how food intolerance and sensitivity testing can help determine what foods are making you gain weight. Rozell’s Center specializes in the testing and managing of food sensitivities and their role in weight gain and chronic disease.

• Computers more your style? Well don’t worry, the library has you covered there, too. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m., enjoy an educational workshop called Coding with Computers.

It is important for today’s children to learn coding, but the fundamental thinking process behind the codes comes long before they’re ready for a computer. Crucial coding skills like critical thinking, problem solving, thinking from different perspectives, decomposition and abstraction are needed to adapt in an ever-changing field. Best of all, these skills can be taught at home (or the library!) without a computer. During this class, kids will engage in fun games and activities that will reinforce all these skills, preparing today’s generation for the jobs of tomorrow. Even little ones will enjoy coding with Bee Bots, Codeapillar and Cubetto. Ages 10 and under. Registration for this free event must be done in advance and can be done in person or by calling 570-654-9847. Registrations are not accepted through Facebook.

• Sew your own monogrammed felt banner. Monday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m., work on your hand sewing skills while creating a wonderful monogrammed felt banner for your home or to give as a gift. In this sewing class, participants will cut out felt letters and use a running stitch to connect them to a banner attached to a dowel rod so it will be all ready to display as soon as you get home. If you are feeling ambitious, add buttons or sew your own creation of flowers, leaves or dinosaurs to personalize your banner even more. Cost is $5.

Here’s what else is happening around town.

Corpus Christi Parish news

Corpus Christi Parish will celebrate the Sacrament of First Reconciliation at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in Holy Redeemer Church. The Sacrament of First Eucharist will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, in Immaculate Conception Church. All boys and girls in second grade and older who are students in a Catholic school or who are attending religious education classes in the parish are eligible to receive these sacraments.

The next communal baptism will take place at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, in Immaculate Conception Church. This ceremony is made special with the addition of music, the presence of the parish’s Baptismal Ministry Team and gifts for each child, including a personalized bib and baptism candle, baby afghan (a gift from the parish’s St. Clare Sewing Ministry), and a Baptism book (a gift from the Holy Name Society). If you wish to have your child baptized Jan. 28 or any other day, please call the rectory.

Parish calendars for 2018 can be found in the vestibules of the churches. Take one home today!

Save the date! The parish’s annual Night at the Races will be held Saturday, Feb. 10, in Immaculate Conception Hall.

West Pittston First United Methodist Church

West Pittston First United Methodist Church will hold Sunday worship at 10 a.m. Children and youth Sunday school is at 10:15 a.m.

The church will hold a pizza sale Friday, Jan. 19. To order, call the church office at 570-655-1083.

Small group studies will be held at 1 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 11, 18 and 25. The discussion will be “Make Sense of the Bible”

Cherry Blossom meeting

West Pittston Cherry Blossom Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at the school building of Corpus Christi Parish in West Pittston. 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 Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon.

Curbside collection of recyclables remains 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 recycling collection on Thursday morning.

 See you around town.

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