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Cherry Blossom Committee will meet, plans banner sale fundraiser West Pittston Cherry Blossom Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 9, at Corpus Christi Parish School Building in West Pittston. Upcoming events will be discussed and final preparation for the upcoming festival May 5-6, will be made. New members are welcome and all committee members must attend. The West Pittston Cherry Blossom Committee will be selling banners as fundraiser. The cost for the first year is $150 and $50 for renewal each year after. Payments are due by April 1. Checks and information to be included on the banner can be sent to Toni Valenti, 316 Damon St., West Pittston. Checks can be made payable to West Pittston Cherry Blossom. All proceeds go toward the West Pittston Cherry Blossom Committee for the festival and to benefit the West Pittston community. West Pittston Cherry Blossom Committee members, first row, from left, are Terri Zezza, Pat Messina, president; Lori DeAngelo and Charlotte Keeney. Second row: Ralph Salerno, Dan Didgeon, Linda Hyzinski and Toni Valenti. Robert Messina, Amy Strobel Carla Gach, Sara Beth Didgeon, Peggy Morgan, Gina Malsky and Theresa Szymanski also are members of the committee.

Don’t you hate it when you get home on a Thursday night from work or school and you realize you still have another whole day before the weekend? It’s pretty much universally accepted as the worst feeling in the world. Thankfully, our good friends at West Pittston Tomorrow have the cure for the Thursday blues. So mark your calendars.

From 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 19, join your friends and neighbors at Sabatini’s Bottleshop and Bar, 1901 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. A $20 donation will get you unlimited Sabatini’s pizza and three draft beers. What a bargain. And it all goes to a great cause, too. All proceeds of the event will benefit West Pittston Tomorrow’s flood recovery projects.

There also will be a raffle, and even live entertainment provided by Frankie G. and Deb Switzer.

You might want to leave the kids at home for this one though. You must be at least 21 years old to attend this event.

For tickets, contact John Kearns at 570-332-3421 or email him at kernsjohnd@gmail.com.

Come and enjoy a fun Thursday night out.

Here’s what else is happening this week.

Corpus Christi Parish news

Corpus Christi Parish Youth Group will present Living Stations on Good Friday evening, March 30. Participation is open to boys and girls of all ages. There are both speaking and nonspeaking parts. If you are interested in participating in Living Stations, you must contact Jule Anne Klepadlo at 570-430-1470 or jklepadlo@wyomingarea.org.

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 lisa.falzone@ssa.gov; Sara Konopka, 570-498-9304 or skono1683@yahoo.com or MaryAnn Oliveri, 570-357-1778 or mare1912b@epix.net. Contact the teachers or the parish office for dates the workshops will be offered.

Corpus Christi Parish is looking for donations of any non-perishable 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.

During Lent, along with its food drive, the Social Concerns Committee conducts a drive seeking candy, treats and small toys suitable for filling Easter baskets for children. If you can help, all donations may be left in the sacristies of the churches or at the rectory. If you or a family you know is in need and would like help for Easter, please contact Joyce at jcecconi50@gmail.com or 570-654-2753 or tell a member of Social Concerns.

Corpus Christi Parish’s annual car show will be held Sunday, May 27. Rain date is Monday, May 28.

The parish will have daily Masses during Lent at 7:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church; 8:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church and 5:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. To serve in the daily Mass during Lent, lectors should contact Paula Panzitta at 570-388-6129 or ppanzitta@msn.com and EMs should contact Teresa Crossin at 570-357-3985 or tacross5@comcast.net.

The public is invited to gather for Lenten Soup and Scripture programs as members of the parish enjoy a simple meal of soup and sandwiches provided by volunteers in various ministries of the parish. Each Tuesday at 6 p.m., the meal will be followed by Lenten reflections from a guest speaker. Please contact Joyce at 570-654-2753 or jcecconi50@gmail.com if you are able to participate.

If you are spring cleaning or downsizing and you 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 between 6 and 8 p.m. every Wednesday and from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday mornings. Remember, your junk is someone else’s treasure. Clothing, stuffed animals or exercise equipment will not be accepted.

Mark your calendars, the annual Mass and brunch honoring the parish’s high school graduates will take place at the 10:30 a.m. Mass 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 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 during winter months.

Breakfast with the Bunny and an egg hunt will be held Saturday, March 24, beginning at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the community. RSVP at 570-654-3261.

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.

Library news

West Pittston Library will offer the following programs:

Sewing 101 — 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 26. The group will make a bookmark cross stitch. There is a $5 registration fee which includes all materials.

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.

Community garden

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 westpittstontomorrow@gmail.com.

Parks and Recreation events

West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the borough building. New members are welcome.

Upcoming events include: parks cleanup, April 21; 41st annual Anthracite Run, June 2; Fun Run, July 4; movie in the park, Aug. 25; senior citizen barbecue, Sept. 9; Halloween parade, Oct. 27, and tree lighting, Dec. 2.

Scout car wash

West Pittston Scout Troop 302 will sponsor a car wash Saturday, April 28. Tickets will be sold at Corpus Christi Parish, Luzerne Avenue, for $5. The car wash will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28, at West Side Auto, Montgomery and Wyoming avenues.

For information, contact Scout Master Patrick Messina at 570-871-2204.

Tax reminder

West Pittston Tax Collector George L. Miller wishes to inform property owners that the 2018 county and West Pittston Borough tax bills have been mailed. Rebate period will end 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.

Recycling

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 jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.