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Corpus Christi Parish will hold its fifth annual big prize bingo at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at Immaculate Conception Church Hall, 605 Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and include 15 free games. Doors open at noon and door prizes will be awarded. The public is invited to attend. For tickets, call the rectory at 570-654-2753. The bingo will feature prizes of the latest electronic gadgets, jewelry, designer handbags, home goods, gift cards and more. The event will also include homemade food. Proceeds will be used by the parish’s Social Concerns Committee, a ministry of volunteers who recognize and answer the needs of the elderly, children and families in our local community who may be struggling. Bingo volunteer planning committee members include, first row, from left, Beth Szeghy, Patti Wiatrowski, Isabel Parry, Joan Hennigan and Margie Burke. Second row: Teresa Crossin, Kim Rollman, Linda Drevitch, Denise Bartoletti, Jackie Scalzo and Joyce Cecconi.

Let’s get ready for bingo!

Corpus Christi Parish is holding its annual big prize bingo on Sunday, Nov. 12. All are welcome to join for a fun afternoon and a chance at winning some great prizes including Dooney & Bourke, Kate Spade and Michael Koors handbags, Coach bracelet, 32-inch flat screen TV, Fitbit, cash prizes and more. Doors open at noon and the games start at 1 p.m. Come early, and join everyone for a delicious lunch. An assortment of homemade foods including Italian wedding soup, pulled pork, chicken salad on a croissant, broccoli and cavatappi, hamburgers, turkey burgers, hotdogs and desserts will be available for purchase.

Tickets will be available after all Masses. Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance. Tickets also will be available at the door for $25 on the day of the event.

Contact Margaret at 570-237-5339 or mrogo@epix.net if you are willing to donate home baked goods for the bingo.

Volunteers will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in the rectory to make meatballs for the Italian wedding soup. Volunteers also are asked to meet in the church hall at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, to set up the hall, organize prizes and do the cooking in the kitchen.

Don’t miss out on the fun!

Here’s what else is happening around town.

Trinity Episcopal news

Trinity Episcopal Church will observe Consecration Sunday with Holy Eucharist

at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5.

The church’s Thanksgiving dinner will immediately follow the service.

Corpus Christi Parish news

The Social Concerns Committee of Corpus Christi Parish is conducting a fall food drive. The group will gladly accept all nonperishable food donations. Donations can be left in the vestibules of the churches. Some suggestions include: hot and cold cereals, breakfast bars, coffee, tea, fruit juices, canned fruits, stuffing, boxed or canned potatoes and yams, and canned or boxed gravy.

A veterans Mass and social will be held at the 10:30 a.m. liturgy Sunday, Nov. 5. The Mass will be a celebration in honor of all veterans, living and deceased, members of the armed forces and their families. Following the Mass, everyone is invited to the church hall for refreshments. Veterans and members of the armed forces attending this Mass are asked to sit in the pews reserved for the military.

For information or if you want to participate in this Mass by carrying one of the flags, contact Rosemary Gitkos at 570-954-2121.

The parish’s Adult Education Series on sacred scripture and the mysteries of the rosary began Oct. 5 and will be held at 7 p.m. on five consecutive Thursdays. Each session will last for approximately 75 minutes and will be held in the Immaculate Conception Church. To sign up for the program or to find out more information, please contact Deacon Jim Meizanis at 570-239-2783 or deacon.meizanis@gmail.com or Donna Valenti at 570-885-5432 or d_romo251@hotmail.com.

The next communal baptism will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, in Immaculate Conception Church. Or, if you prefer, you may choose another date and time and have your child privately baptized. To schedule a baptism, please call the rectory at 570-654-2753.

The parish’s annual Bereavement Mass will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Immaculate Conception Church. At this Mass, the parish will remember more than 70 friends and family members who died from Nov. 1, 2016 through Oct. 31, 2017.

In the next week or so, the next of kin will receive an invitation to this beautiful liturgy in the mail. For a special presentation at this Mass, the church is asking for a picture of your deceased family member. Please mail or drop it off at the rectory or email to jcecconi50@gmail.com.

Save the date! Sunday, Dec. 10, the adult choir and youth choir will hold a holiday concert at 6 p.m. in Immaculate Conception Church. Following the concert, a reception will be held in the church hall.

First West Pittston United Methodist Church news

First West Pittston United Methodist Church has worship at 10 a.m. Sundays

West Pittston Library news

West Pittston Library announces the following upcoming activities:

Monogram Cross Stitch Class — 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6. Learn a new skill in time to create a few holiday presents! Enjoy a relaxing, hands-on craft that you can later do while you watch TV, listen to the radio or have coffee with friends. Visit the library to learn the basics of cross-stitch and hand sewing to make a monogrammed lavender sachet. No previous sewing experience is necessary. Registration is required and there is a $5 fee for the class. Stop by the library to sign up and pay for the class.

Block Party — from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Looking for something to do when school is closed for Veterans Day? Pop in and enjoy the library’s vast collection of building toys. Playing is no idle pastime and building materials offer children an almost infinite variety of opportunities to express themselves, from constructing simple designs to veritable engineering feats of bridge building. Build a tower, a neighborhood or a car while building math skills, science skills, literacy and language skills, social skills and creativity. Registration for this free event must be done in advance and can be done in person or by calling 570-654-9847..

Maria’s Shabby Chic Workshop — 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15. Join the library’s own Maria Jiunta Heck as she showcases the various techniques you can easily employ to perk up your old furniture and knick knacks, including distressing furniture with wax and DIY milk paint, application of silver leafing, and other helpful hints to give any home décor a little facelift. Everyone gets a treat to take home. Registration is required. Call 570-654-9847 to register.

International Game Day — 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. The library is connecting the community around the educational, recreational and social value of all types of games: board, online, card and apps. Grab your friends and your favorite game and head to the library for some good ol’ fashioned fun! Giant floor checkers, Spot It, Guess Who, Uno, Twister and

Giant Connect Four will be provided. Then participants will gather together for Hungry, Hungry Humans and take over the library as teams of three compete on scooters to collect the most plastic balls.

Registration for the free International Game Day must be done in advance and can be done in person or by calling 570-654-9847. Registration for International Game Day is not accepted through Facebook.

Leaf pickup

Leaf pickup began Monday, Oct. 2, and will continue Mondays and Tuesdays for eight weeks. The last leaf and yard waste collection will be Dec. 12, or until the first snowfall. Residents are reminded they are responsible for the leaves in front of their homes and are asked not to put leaves in gutters. Anyone placing leaves in gutters will be cited.

Yard waste

Yard waste is picked up Mondays from Erie to Montgomery Avenue and Tuesdays from Montgomery Avenue to Susquehanna Avenue.

The Public Works Department asks residents to please clean out the yard waste containers frequently to prevent the accumulation of mosquitoes and other bugs.

Recycling

The recycling containers located 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 jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.