National Library Week is coming April 8-14, and, as usual, the West Pittston Library has a whole week’s worth of tricks up its sleeves. Kicking off Library Week celebrations will be Meet and Greet Day. If you haven’t had the chance to meet the new library director, David Bauman, stop in to say hello any time from noon to 8 p.m. Monday, April 8. Although this is reason enough to visit your favorite library, snacks and coffee also will be offered.
Also on the week’s agenda are two amnesty days. Tuesday, April 10, and Thursday, April 12, you can return any West Pittston Library item and will not be charged any overdue fines. (This would be a great opportunity to return that copy of “The Great Gatsby” from 1995.) Clear your conscience. You have nothing to lose. Overdue fine forgiveness applies to West Pittston Library items only — check the barcode.
And who in their right mind doesn’t love a raffle? Wednesday, April 11, enter to win a fun prize with every item you check out. What will it be? Only the library crew knows for sure.
Rounding out the week, Friday the 13th will be anything but unlucky. Say, for instance, that you and/or your children don’t have that special colorful card that opens up a world of exciting words, phrases, information and excitement. Friday is the day to make that happen. Stop by, register for a new library card and win something special.
Here’s what else is happening around town this week:
Corpus Christi Parish news
The parish is offering monthly Taking Part in the Mass Youth Workshops. It is important for children to understand the parts of the Mass and learn how they can become involved. During parish family Masses, children have an opportunity to take part as lectors, gift bearers, ushers and more. Preparing them for these roles is important because it gives them confidence and reinforces their sense of service. These workshops will give children the opportunity to learn the parts of the Mass and practice these roles. Parishioners are asked to consider having their children attend.
The following religious education teachers will be working with the children at these workshops: Lisa Falzone, 570-237-2739 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Sara Konopka, 570-498-9304 or email@example.com or MaryAnn Oliveri, 570-357-1778 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact the teachers or the parish office for dates the workshops will be offered.
Corpus Christi Parish is looking for donations of any nonperishable foods to fill the food pantry shelves for spring. Canned fruits, vegetables and beans are especially needed. Donations may be left in the vestibules of the churches.
Corpus Christi Parish’s annual car show will be held Sunday, May 27. Rain date is Monday, May 28.
A planning meeting for the parish bazaar will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, April 9, in the rectory. All are welcome.
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.
The annual Mass and brunch honoring the parish’s high school graduates will take place at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 6. Invitations will be sent out to 2018 high school graduates who are members of the parish
Holy Name Society will hold its annual Father Son/Daughter Breakfast following the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, April 22, in the Immaculate Conception Church hall.
Trinity Episcopal Church news
Trinity Episcopal Church will hold noon prayer every Wednesday in the lower level chapel.
West Pittston First United Methodist Church news
West Pittston First United Methodist Church holds Sunday worship at 10 a.m. Children and youth Sunday school is at 10:15 a.m.
West Pittston Library will offer the following programs:
Story Time with Misericordia — 1 p.m. Friday, April 6. Students from the Speech-Language Pathology Department of Misericordia University will conduct this story time program, which will include educating parents and caregivers on language development and literacy.
Author Visit with Zachariah OHora — 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18. The West Pittston Library, in conjunction with Pittston Memorial Library, are very excited to announce a visit from this year’s PA One Book Every Young Child author, Zachariah OHora, who will read his book “My Cousin Momo,” followed by a question and answer session. Children will complete a craft afterward. Deadline to register is Tuesday, April 10.
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 will meet at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the borough building. New members are always welcome. The 2018 calendar includes: April 21, park cleanup, and June 2, 41st annual Anthracite Run.
West Pittston Tomorrow
West Pittston Tomorrow will hold a fundraisers from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday April 19. Join your friends and neighbors at Sabatini’s Bottleshop and Bar. A $20 ticket includes all-you-can-eat pizza and three draft beers. You must be 21 to attend. Entertainment will be provided by Frankie G and Deb Switzer. All proceeds will go to benefit West Pittston Tomorrow’s flood recovery projects.
West Pittston Tax Collector George L. Miller wishes to inform property owners the 2018 county and West Pittston Borough tax bills have been mailed. Rebate period will end Wednesday, April 11. Anyone not receiving a tax bill should call the office and a new bill will be sent. During the rebate period, office hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For appointments, call 570-655-7782, ext. 232. When mailing and a receipt is requested, please send the complete tax bill and a self-addressed envelope.
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.
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.