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Nothing is more satisfying on a cold winter day than a hot bowl of chili. Chili is indeed the snowflake of the food world — no two recipes are alike. Not many other dishes have intricate secret family recipes that make theirs stand out or unique quite like chili.

Later this month, Moose Lodge 1207 will offer you the opportunity to find out if your chili can stand the test against those of your friends and neighbors. Sunday, Jan. 28, as tantalizing aromas waft through the Moose Lodge on Exeter Avenue, you can enjoy an afternoon of scrumptious chili tastings. If you are a chili connoisseur, get there early to sample all the entries before they’re gone!

The contestants will prepare their favorite recipe: with or without meat or with or without beans. Meat may be beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey or game. Beans are encouraged but not mandatory. You may not enter canned or store bought chili. Judges will be looking for taste, aroma, texture, after-taste and heat. But heat will not necessarily determine the winner; so feel free to make your chili as mild or hot as you desire.

Tickets for voters are $5 per person. Each person gets three ballots to be used to vote for his or her favorite chili. Each voter will also receive an entry for a drawing for a free drink a day during February. Setup begins at 12:30 p.m. and contestants should bring their chili ready to set up. Tasting is from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants may taste and vote during the entire two hours.

Winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m. And what is a contest without prizes for the top three finishers? The first place winner will be awarded a $50 Moose gift card. The second place winner gets a $25 Moose gift card and the third place winner will receive a Moose Lodge 1207 gift basket.

Here’s what else is happening this week.

Corpus Christi Parish news

Corpus Christi Parish’s Family Mass and Donut Sunday will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21. Youth choir will sing and boys and girls in fourth grade are welcome to participate as lectors, gift bearers, heavenly hosts and ushers. Following Mass, all are welcome in the church hall for coffee and donuts.

If your child would like to participate, please contact Lisa Falzone at 237-2739 or lisa.falzone@ssa.gov, Sara Konopka at 498-9304 or skono1683@yahoo.com or MaryAnn Oliveri at 357-1778 or mare1912@epix.net.

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 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.

The youth group is planning a snow tubing trip to Montage Mountain on Sunday, Jan. 28. Participants will enjoy a three-hour snow tubing session from 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $20 per person; $10 for youth group members who sold wreaths. For information or if interested in attending, contact Jule Anne Klepadlo at 570-430-1470.

First United Methodist Church news

West Pittston First United Methodist Church will hold Sunday worship at 10 a.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church news

Trinity Episcopal Church will hold coffee hour at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21.

A Shrove Tuesday pancake supper will be held from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13. See any parishioner or call the church at 570-654-3261 for tickets.

Children and youth Sunday school is held at 10:15 a.m.

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

Library news

Movie Mania: “Despicable Me” — from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays in January. Spend those cold winter weekend afternoons at your cozy local library enjoying a movie. 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. Saturday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m., is the animated version of “Beauty and the Beast,” followed by the live action version Feb. 10. “The LEGO Movie” will be shown Feb. 17 and “LEGO Batman” will be featured Feb. 23. Popcorn for the whole family to enjoy will be featured, as well.

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. 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.

Cherry Blossom news

West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival will be selling banners as a fundraiser.

New banners cost $150 and to renew your present banner costs $50. Make checks payable to West Pittston Cherry Blossom and contact Toni Valenti, treasurer, at 570-655-0416. Checks also can be mailed to Valenti at 316 Damon St., West Pittston, PA 18643. Include the name you want on the banner.

All funds collected go to the Borough of West Pittston and to help fund the West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival.

A planning meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at Corpus Christi School Building in West Pittston. All committee members are asked to attend. Pictures will be taken so come early and wear Cherry Blossom attire.

Recycling

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 residents to place recyclables in front of their homes Wednesday evening prior to recycling collection Thursday morning.

See you around town.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston. To include an item in his column, email jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.