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One of Avoca’s longest standing dinners is taking place this weekend! Be sure to stop by and enjoy a feast fit for a king to help a parish named for a queen!

Queen of the Apostles Parish will have its annual spring chicken dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 19, in the parish hall, 742 Spring St.

The dinner includes half a chicken, mashed potatoes, a vegetable, coleslaw, roll, homemade dessert and beverages. Takeouts will be available too, beginning at 11 a.m.

In addition to the dinner, there will also be a cash and theme basket raffles.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger. Tickets will be available at the door.

Queen of the Apostles news

In other Queen of the Apostles Parish news, the parish will pray the Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. Fridays during Lent in the church, 715 Hawthorne St. Prior to the Stations, the Our Lady of Sorrows prayer group will recite the Our Lady of Sorrows rosary at 6:30 p.m.

As part of the Diocese of Scranton’s The Light is on for You Lenten reconciliation program, the parish will offer the sacrament of reconciliation from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays during Lent. The sacrament still will be available from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. Saturdays.

The parish announced the following meetings: worship committee, 7 p.m., Monday, March 20, rectory; buildings and grounds committee, 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 27, rectory, and finance council, 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 28, rectory.

The Social Concerns/Respect Life Ministry will conduct their Easter basket project for parishioners in need. The baskets provide food for the Easter Sunday meal. The baskets will be blessed at noon and 4 p.m. Holy Saturday, April 15, at the church. Anyone who needs basket or knows someone in need of one, should call the parish office at 570-457-3412 or contact Jane Maxwell at 570-335-8678 by March 31.

The parish will have its annual Bunny Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 2, in the parish hall, 742 Spring St. The menu includes scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage, ham, coffee, tea, juice, rolls and butter, all catered by Gary Kaspriskie.

The breakfast is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Admission is free for children under 3.

Photos are available at an additional cost.

Free smoke detectors

As part of WNEP’s Operation Save a Life, the Avoca Fire Department has a limited amount of smoke detectors to give away. To request a detector, call the department at 570- 457-2894.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the basement of the Queen of the Apostles Parish rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. Please use the sunroom entrance.

Trash fee

Avoca Tax Collector Therese Wrubel reminds homeowners and rental property tenants to pay their 2017 garbage fee.

The fee to have up to three bags collected weekly has not increased this year. It is as follows: $165 if purchased by March 20; $175 if purchased between March 21 and April 20; $185 if purchased between April 21 and May 20, and $195 if purchased between May 21 and June 21. After June 21, all unpaid bills will be turned over to the magistrate.

Residents can pay their trash fee from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the new Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St.

Please note, the garbage fee should be made payable to Avoca Borough.

Anyone who did not receive a bill should call Wrubel at 570-457-4891.

Four-Boro Ministerium

The Four-Boro Ministerium of Avoca, Duryea, Moosic and Old Forge will have its weekly ecumenical Lenten service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at Brick United Methodist Church, 935 Foote Ave., Duryea.

The Rev. David O’Brien will be the guest preacher. A social will follow the service. A weekly collection will be taken to support the food pantry at the Moosic United Methodist Church.

In the event of inclement weather, the service will not take place that week.

Langcliffe Presbyterian’s Easter Egg Hunt 5K

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church will sponsor its second annual Easter Egg Hunt 5K on Saturday, March 25. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m., and the race begins at 11 at the Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St. Participants can park in the church parking lot directly across the street.

Registration, which can be completed online at runsignup.com/easteregghunt, is $25. Race day entries are $30. The fee includes a T-shirt and a post-race pasta lunch. The lunch will also be available to the general public for $5 per person.

This year’s event will include a new and challenging 3.1-mile course and a 1-mile fun run/walk. The 5K course takes you around Avoca in an area entirely east of Main Street, collecting Easter eggs along the course. At the end of the race, runners open the eggs they collected to see how much time gets taken off of their finish. There will be prizes for different categories, and the race will be timed by Scranton Running Company. The 1-mile fun run/walk will take place along a flat area of Main Street.

All proceeds will benefit the Avoca Hose Company and Ruth’s Place women’s shelter, Wilkes-Barre.

For race, volunteer or sponsorship information, contact the Rev. Alex Becker, at 570-457-4477 or pastor@langcliffeavoca.church.

Langcliffe game night

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church will host its monthly game night from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at the church, 1001 Main St. From chess to Uno, Parcheesi to Settlers of Catan, they’ll have an assortment of fun games to play. Stop by to learn a new game or play an old favorite. All ages are welcome.

Tax reminder

Avoca Tax Collector Therese Wrubel announced the Luzerne County and Avoca Borough taxes have been distributed.

Residents can pay their tax bills from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the new Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St. Residents can also pay the bills via mail by sending their payments to Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641.

If a receipt is needed for the tax bill, send both copies of the bill with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Anyone who did not receive a bill should call Wrubel at 570-457-4891.

Crime Watch meeting

Avoca Crime Watch will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at the Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St. Avoca Council President John Boone will be the speaker and offer insights on construction of the new municipal building.

For more information, call Jim at 570-457-8446, Gene at 570-313-3079 or Ned at 570-457-6109.

Little League meeting

Avoca/Dupont Little League will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the municipal building, 950 Main St. The agenda includes field clean up days for the 2017 spring season and opening day ceremonies.

Anyone interested in coaching or volunteering for the spring season or with a general interest in the league is welcome to attend.

For league information, visit tshq.bluesombrero.com/avocadupontlittleleague.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Madison Mullen, who will celebrate her special day March 20.

Happy birthday to everyone’s favorite waitress at Colarusso’s, Mary Anne Nichols, who will celebrate her special day March 21.

That’s about it for this week, my friends.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Avoca every week. To include an item in her column, email jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.