March is here and our good friends at the West Pittston Library are squeezing every little bit out of this month that they can.
It’s not quite spring yet so spend the remaining cold winter weekend afternoons at your cozy local library enjoying a movie. It’s Books to Movie March. They even have popcorn for the whole family to enjoy. The fun kicks off at Saturday, March 3, with the movie “Coraline.” Saturday, March 10, the library will be screening “The BFG,” and on Saturday, March 24, the library will show the classic “Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.”
If spending your Saturday watching a movie isn’t your idea of a fun time, don’t worry. The library has much more planned. How about trying Back to Basics 101: Planning Your Spring Garden? Gardening guru Kendra will help you find the right plan for your spring garden. Browse seed catalogs and books to explore new ideas for container, countertop, square foot, and traditional row gardens. Be sure to bring the measurements of your own plot along with questions and your own suggestions. The program will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, March 5.
The Everhart Museum will return with another highly engaging “On the Road” session at 6 p.m. Monday, March 12. Facial perception is defined as an individual’s understanding and interpretation of the face. During this STEAM event, kids will investigate how the human brain processes proportion and expression to inform both social interaction and facial identity vs. how technology can identify, process and analyze similar information. Optical illusions, facial recognition software, and found trash portraits will have kids asking for more. Appropriate for all ages. Space is limited
Monday, March 19, spring’s first Sewing 101 class will be making your own utility apron. The $10 registration fee includes all materials. Your apron can be used in the garden, kitchen, or workshop. It even makes a great gift. This is a sewing machine course, so basic sewing knowledge is helpful but not required.
Tuesday, March 20, try arm knitting. Create your own infinity scarf out of chunky yarn with just your arms. Summer Belles will teach you all the skills you need to leave with a completed scarf. Bring two or three skeins of yarn — the chunkier, the better.
Rounding it all off, Monday, March 26, you can make your own custom bookmark at a basic cross stitching class. The $5 non-refundable registration fee includes all materials.
Here’s what else is happening around town.
Corpus Christi Parish news
Corpus Christi Parish will host a Taste of Italy from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Immaculate Conception Church Hall. The dinner is eat in or take out. This B.Y.O.B. event will feature authentic Italian cuisine and for your listening pleasure, Italian music. The menu includes a garden salad with your choice of homemade dressings, Italian bread, handmade pasta, homemade meatballs and Sunday sauce. For dessert, there will be homemade cannoli or ice cream sundaes. Soda, coffee and water are included. Of course, children may have their pasta with or without sauce. Donation is $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger. Tickets will be available at the rectory or after all Masses this weekend and next weekend. To reserve your tickets, call the rectory 570-654-2753 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds benefit the Social Concerns Committee.
The parish youth group presents Living Stations on Good Friday evening. 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 email@example.com.
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 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 email@example.com or 570-654-2753 or tell a member of Social Concerns.
Save the date! The parish will hold its annual car show 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and EMs should contact Teresa Crossin at 570-357-3985 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to participate.
Stations of the Cross will continue at 6 p.m. Friday evenings, March 9 and 23 in Immaculate Conception Church. Families and/or individuals are welcome to participate in the Stations each week. If you wish to participate, contact Joyce at 570-654-2753 or email@example.com.
In addition to the parish’s normal 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon confessions, during Lent, as part of the diocese’s The Light is on for You program, Monsignor John Sempa will be in the confessional at Immaculate Conception Church from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Mondays, March 5 and 12 and at Holy Redeemer from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 19.
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.
Cherry Blossom meeting
The West Pittston Cherry Blossom Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5, at the school building on Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston. Committee members are encouraged to wear Cherry Blossom attire since pictures will be taken. All committee members must attend. Upcoming events will be discussed and preparations for the festival. will be discussed.
The West Pittston Cherry Blossom Committee also will be selling banners as a fundraiser. Cost of a banner is $150 for the first year and $50 for renewal of your banner. Both types of payments are due by April 1. Information, including wording for the banner, and payment can be sent to Toni Valenti, 316 Damon St., West Pittston PA 18643. Checks should be made payable to the West Pittston Cherry Blossom. All proceeds go toward helping the West Pittston community and offsetting the cost of the festival.
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, 2018. 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 recycling collection on 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.