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Cherry Blossom Festival returns May 4-5 The West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival will be held Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5. The annual event begins with the parade at noon Saturday, May 4. The parade travels through town to the fair grounds on Susquehanna Avenue in West Pittston. The festival will include entertainment, arts and crafts, raffles horseback riding, food such as sausage and peppers, homemade soups, fresh cut fries and more. A highlight on Saturday is the Little Miss Cherry Blossom Pageant. Sunday will include an invocation and prayer followed by live entertainment and selection of the Cherry Pick Winners. The festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. All proceeds from the festival go to help West Pittston and Scout Troop 302. West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival Committee members are, first row, from left, Gina Malsky, Charlotte Keeney, Linda Hyzinski and Terri Zezza. Second row: Ralph Salerno, Robert Messina, Dan Digeon, Lisa Tunzi, Peggy Morgan, Toni Valenti and Lori DeAngelo, president. Pat Messina, Ami Strobel and Theresa Syzamanski also are members of the committee.

Come one, come all! It’s that time of year again. The annual neighborhood meet and greet will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 25, and Sabatini’s Bottleshop and Bar, 1901 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. The $20 admission gets you live entertainment, unlimited pizza, and three draft beers. Now that’s a deal! There also will be raffle baskets auctioned off and the winners will be announced at 7:45 p.m. So come get your pizza and put in your tickets early so you have plenty of time to mingle with your friends and neighbors. However much we love to see how the little ones are doing and what they are up to, this will be a 21 and over event. Hire a sitter! You won’t want to miss this one.

While all proceeds benefit West Pittston Tomorrow projects, we consider those from all of the neighboring towns our neighbors. So come on out and have a good time with us. We don’t bite. I promise.

Tickets are available from any West Pittston Tomorrow board member, at Ballyhoo in West Pittston, or at the door the night of the event.

Here’s what else is happening around town.

Corpus Christi news

The youth group’s annual production of Living Stations of the Cross will be held at 7 p.m. Good Friday, April 19, in Immaculate Conception Church. The final practice will be held in Immaculate Conception Church at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 14, and dress rehearsal is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17.

The parish’s Easter egg hunt will take place at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, April 20, on the grounds of Holy Redeemer Church. Youth group members are asked to be there by 11 a.m. to set up.

Youth group members also are asked to meet in Immaculate Conception Hall at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 14, to help fill Easter baskets for kids.

The parish bazaar will be held on the grounds of Immaculate Conception Church from Thursday, June 20, to Saturday, June 22. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Trinity news

Trinity Episcopal Church will host its annual Breakfast with the Bunny and egg hunt Saturday, April 13. This free event is open to parishioners, their family and friends, and neighbors. Contact the church for information.

Trinity Episcopal Church holds noon prayer every Wednesday.

Library news

West Pittston Library announces activities:

Tech Help Open House — 10 a.m. Saturdays, April 13 and May 11. To help patrons learn basic computer skills, the library is offering computer classes and labs in the adult computer area. Library staff will help steer you on the road to success by answering your technical questions and coaching you on basic computer skills. Registration must be done in advance and can be done in person or by calling 570-654-9847. Registrations are not accepted through Facebook. Registration is for each class, not for all three. Seats are very limited.

Literary Snopes Book Club — Join the members of the Literary Snopes Book Club in choosing one book per month and meeting at the library to discuss. Books range from Beaton to Finn, McCall Smith to Patterson. Group will meet at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8. Registration for this event must be done in advance and can be done in person or by calling 570-654-9847. Registrations will not be accepted through Facebook.

Join the Friends of the West Pittston Library at the Cherry Blossom Festival this year. The group will have a mini book sale, as well as a May raffle to benefit the library. They also will have information on hand about the library, including membership forms for the Friends group. Please stop by they Friends’ table and say hello from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5.

Anthracite Run

West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board will hold its 42nd annual Anthracite Run on Saturday, June 1. The race begins at 9 a.m. with registration at 7:30 a.m. at the West Pittston Borough Building. The 1-mile walk begins at 8:30 a.m.

The run course is a 4-mile loop around the perimeter of West Pittston, which is relatively flat with some hills. Streets will be traffic controlled and miles will be marked. Both walking and running races begin and end at the borough building, 555 Exeter Ave., West Pittston.

The event will include an awards ceremony, with awards being presented for overall and age groups. Trophies and prizes will go to the top three male and female runners, with age group metals to categories 14 and under and in five-year increments from 14 to 70. An awards party will follow the race. Pizza will be served.

Entry fee for runners and walkers is $20 with preregistration and $25 after May 20. Make checks payable to West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board, 555 Exeter Ave.,West Pittston, PA 18643. The first 100 entrants will receive a T-shirt. For information, call the borough office at 570-655-7782.

Community garden

West Pittston Tomorrow is proud to announce the return of the first community garden in The Garden Village. The community garden is built on a repurposed FEMA lot located at 225 Race St. Individual plots within the garden are available for the cultivation of flowers and vegetables.

If you enjoy gardening, please become part of the community garden. You could purchase a small 4-by-4 plot for $10, a medium 4-by-8 plot for $20 and a large 6-by-12 plot for $40.

Al-Anon meetings

An Al-Anon meeting is held at 10:15 a.m. every Wednesday in the basement of Immaculate Conception Church at Corpus Christi Parish, 605 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston. There are no dues or expenses. Any relatives and friends of alcoholics are welcome to attend.


Recycling containers at the Public Works Building on Delaware Avenue are open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Curbside collection of recyclables is the first and third Thursday of each month. The Public Works Department asks that residents place recyclables in front of their homes Wednesday evening prior to collection Thursday.

See you around town.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To include an item in his column, email jbubul@pittstonprogr­­ or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.