Community Connections Events

The First United Presbyterian Church of West Pittston at Wyoming sponsors these events. Most of them (exceptions noted below) take place at the historic Institute building, located at the end of Institute Street, just one block off Wyoming Avenue in Wyoming (near 9th Street.) Parking is available behind the Institute (entrance on left) or on Institute Street.

Everyone is welcome to attend. We will have a table for flyers and business cards from local churches, organizations, and businesses, so please bring them along to share.

There is no charge for any of these events, except for purchases at the flea market and rummage sale. Baseball tickets will be sold at the discounted group rate, as shown below. Donations of food bank items are always accepted. Please contact communityconnectionswp@gmail.com if further information is needed.

APR11  Garden Time                                     
7-8 PM – Tips for gardening & composting, plus community gardens
Master Gardener David Todd will share information for anyone who wants to learn or improve gardening skills. Folks interested in caring for the earth by composting will also receive some helpful lessons. No space to garden? Learn about our local community garden and how to get involved in growing food to share.

MAY 16 Poverty and Education                                  
7-8 PM – Agencies and services helping Luzerne County students 
Luzerne County Intermediate Unit Interagency Coordinator Janice Oriel will discuss the cycle of poverty and how it relates to education and our faith communities. She will include an overview of the agencies and services that are available in Luzerne County to help students and their families.

JUN  2         Strawberry Festival & Flea Market     
 9 AM-3 PM – Delicious treats and fabulous finds
This popular annual festival grants your wish for sweet strawberry dessert and all the fun of shopping for discarded treasures at bargain prices. Tables are available for those who want to get in on the selling action, and we have free mini flying discs for all the kids while supplies last. 

JUN 13         Flood Recovery/Preparedness 
 7-8 PM - Disaster Commission updates 
Luzerne County Disaster Commission Member Janice Thyren will fill us in on the status of recovery from the 2011 flood and on how the commission is preparing for possible future disasters in our area.

JUL 14         Community Picnic & Campfire
5-8 PM - Food, games, and campfire fun for all ages
Show off your yard-game skills in friendly competition, cool off with some water games, get the kids’ faces painted, enjoy hot dogs and s’mores, and cozy up to a summertime campfire, all in our woodsy grove next to the Institute. 

AUG 15      AAA Baseball                          
 7 PM – Group rates for Yankees/Pirates farm teams’ game
Sign up for the Lackawanna Presbytery’s annual baseball night at the RailRiders’ PNC Field in Moosic to enjoy the discounted ticketed price of $11.00. Each ticket purchased is a chance to throw a first pitch before the game! Forms will be posted HERE in May.

SEP 12     Hands Only CPR/AED Training                   
 7-8 PM - Registration required for basic non-certification course
In 15 minutes you can learn skills to help family, friends or co-workers in an emergency. No previous training needed. BJ Ahern of the Center for Public Safety Training will cover the American Heart Association’s adult and child hands-only CPR and use of an AED. Sessions will begin at 7:00, 7:15, 7:30 and 7:45. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by e-mailing communityconnectionswp@gmail.com with your name and the session you would like to attend.

OCT  6     Rummage Sale           
 9 AM-3 PM – Clothes for the family by the item or the bag-full
Come and rummage through heaps and racks of clothing and tables of jewelry and other items for you and your family. The afternoon bag sale for leftover clothing is always a big hit!

OCT 28   Kids’ Halloween Party              
 6-7:30 PM – Safe, entertaining family games, treats, and campfire
This safe Halloween party features all sorts of wacky activities for children ages 5-12, but everyone is welcome to dress up and join the fun. Parents must accompany their children to this event. We will wind down by roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over a campfire in the Institute grove (or inside if the weather is gloomy.)

NOV 28      Noise/Hearing Clinic
 7-8 PM - Tests and info on the effects of noise on hearing levels
Bring your headphones and measure the noise you are putting in your ears. Take a quick hearing test to learn how noise is affecting your listening ability. Family Hearing Center Audiologist Dr. Jim Zeigler will share information on how hearing is damaged by noise and how to prevent damage with the use of safe earphones, musician’s (and concert-goer’s) earplugs and monitors, and even cell phone apps.

DEC 24       Christmas Eve Candlelight & Carols   
7:30-8:30 PM – Family friendly service to celebrate the holiday
Enjoy the beauty of a candle-lit church and the joy of singing those favorite carols! Bring the whole family and join us for our Christmas Eve service in the Presbyterian Church at 454 Wyoming Avenue in Wyoming (corner of Wyoming Avenue and Institute Street.)