Spring is here. And with spring comes spring cleaning. The conversion from your winter to your spring/summer wardrobe. Sleeping with the windows open. Longer days. It’s a magical time. It’s time to ride in your cars with the windows down. The weather is warm. The sun is shining, and in my case, the music is cranking through the stereo. It’s time to spend time with friends. Life just seems much happier when the weather is nice.
Spring’s a great opportunity to tidy things up a little bit. But in the process of tidying things up, you should never forget about your car. Your trusty companion that reliably gets you from Point A to Point B. Early spring is a great opportunity to wash all the remnants of the winter off your car, too.
And how convenient that just in time for the nice weather, West Pittston Cub Scout Troop 302 is hosting a car wash from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at West Side Auto Service.
Tickets are $5.
Come on out and support the scouts.
Here’s what else is happening this week:
Trinity Episcopal Church news
Trinity Episcopal Church its starting up its giant community yard sales once again.
The first sale will be held at the church from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5.
The church is now taking reservations for sellers. Spots are $10 per space. Call 570-654-3261 to reserve a spot.
Corpus Christi news
Corpus Christi Parish will celebrate the Sacrament of First Eucharist at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, in Immaculate Conception Church. There will be two mandatory practices for the children, at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 29, and Friday, May 4.
Sunday, April 22, following the 10:30 a.m. Mass, all fathers and sons/daughters are welcome to gather in the Immaculate Conception Church hall for the annual breakfast prepared and served by the men and women of the parish.
Donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 10 years old. Children 5 and younger are free. Tickets may be obtained from the ushers at all weekend Masses or call the rectory at 570-654-2753 to reserve tickets.
The guest speaker this year will be Monsignor John Sempa.
The parish will celebrate Make Your Own Sundae Sunday following the 10:30 a.m. Family Mass on Sunday, April 29. Ice cream will be served in the Immaculate Conception hall in celebration of the last day of religious education classes. All boys and girls are invited to gather in the church hall immediately following the 10:30 a.m. Mass.
Corpus Christi Parish will hold its annual car show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 27, on the grounds of Holy Redeemer Church. Rain date is Monday, May 28.
Food trucks, car corral and give-a-ways will be featured. Music will be featured all day. Antiques, classics, customs, street rods, low riders and motorcycles are welcome. Pre-registration is $10 prior to May 27 or $15 on the day of event. For information, contact Mike Flynn at 570-760-5704 or Carmen or Deb Altavilla at 570-574-4360 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are spring cleaning or downsizing and have household items which are no longer of use to you, don’t discard them, save them for the parish’s flea market. Beginning Wednesday, May 2, items may be dropped off at Immaculate Conception school from 6 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday and from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturdays. Remember, your junk is someone else’s treasure. Clothing, stuffed animals or exercise equipment will not be accepted.
First United Methodist Church news
West Pittston First United Methodist Church holds Sunday worship each week at 10 a.m.
Children and youth Sunday school is at 10:15 a.m.
Canvas and Cocktails — 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 23. Lisa Reynolds, of the Wilkes University Art Department, will help you unleash your inner artist. Enjoy an evening of painting, light snacks and wine. Open to beginners and pros alike. Bring your own smock. Register early as this class fills up fast. Participants must be 21 or older. The $25 fee includes materials, lessons, light snacks and beverages. Registrations must be made in person at the library. The library cannot take registrations via Facebook.
It’s not too early to be thinking of spring. If you have any interest in having a spot in the West Pittston Community Garden, email email@example.com.
Parks and Recreation news
West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board holds monthly meetings at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the borough building. New members are always welcome.
The 2018 calendar includes: Saturday, April 21, parks cleanup, and Saturday, June 2, the 41st annual Anthracite Run.
The recycling containers located at the Public Works Building on Delaware Avenue are open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
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 collection Thursday morning.
The Public Works Department began picking up yard waste on April 2. Yard waste will be picked up from Erie Street to Montgomery Avenue every Monday. Yard waste from Montgomery Avenue to Susquehanna Avenue will be picked up every Tuesday.
Please avoid using plastic bags and, if needed, please use biodegradable paper bags.
See you around town.
John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week. To include an item in his column, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.