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Community Events

Date Event Description Time / Location

Masonic Lodge Sunday Breakfast

 $7.00 per adult- all you can eat scrambled eggs, French toast, pancakes, bacon, sausage, toast, coffee,juice and  tea.  All profits go back into the community.  

INFO 2nd Sunday of every month, 8am to noon., Phillipsburg Masonic Lodge, 400 Hillcrest Blvd, Phillipsburg NJ 08865

ProJeCt of Easton - FREE Adult Basic Education Classes.

Learn to read, write, speak in English, solve problems and more. Prepare for the GED. Day and evening classes. Free pre-school for children aged 3 months to 5 years to children of parents attending ProJeCt’s adult education classes. All classes free to those who qualify. Classes  at 200 Ferry Street ,in Easton every 8 weeks throughout the year. Call 610-258-1100 ext. 13 or visit www.projecteaston.org to learn more.

INFO 8 week seesions throughout the year., 200 Ferry Street in Easton

Free GED, ESL Family Classes

Free GED, ESL Family class with pre-school day/evening, every 8 wks

Held at ProJeCt, on 200 Ferry St., Easton, PA

For more informtation call 610-258-1100 ext. 13 or visit www.projecteaston.org

INFO N/A, ProJeCt, 200 Ferry St., Easton, PA

DeSales University Celebrates 50th Anniversary

DeSales University is celebrating its 50th anniversary and will be holding a series of special events over the next year to commemorate the milestone. The festivities will feature speakers (including Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Fox News’ Michelle Malkin), participation from graduates of previous classes, educational lectures and more.

“Our year-long 50th anniversary celebration will provide the local community and current students with an understanding of DeSales’ past and allow us to share our vision for the future of higher education,” said DeSales University President Father Bernard F. O’Connor, OSFS.

DeSales University traces its history to 1961, when Bishop Joseph McShea sought to fill the void of a Catholic college in the Lehigh Valley in the new Diocese of Allentown. In 1965, at the request of the Bishop, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales established a liberal arts college (originally Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales) to serve this need. It joined five other colleges and universities of distinction.

Today, DeSales has more than 3,100 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and an adult bachelor’s degree program (ACCESS). The university has provided the highest level of education to thousands before them, influenced generations of families and positively impacted surrounding communities.

“The 50th anniversary events will honor past and current students and serve as a celebration of the proud history and tradition that we have built at DeSales over the past half a century,” said Father O’Connor.

Some of the events planned for the year-long anniversary include:

September 2: the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture will host a symposium concerning Ex Corde Ecclesiae (John Paul II’s vision for Catholic universities) on its 25th anniversary.

September 10: A statue, entitled Jesus the Teacher, will be dedicated to honor the bishops, clergy and people of the Diocese of Allentown. Speakers will include Father O’Connor, Ben Marcune (Bethlehem-based nationally acclaimed sculptor and painter) and the Most Reverend John O. Barres, D.D., bishop of Allentown.

September 25-26: Homecoming weekend,where academic departments will have cocktail receptions and retired faculty/staff will attend.

November 11: The Rev. Thomas Furphy Lecture Series, featuring Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York.

January 24-28, 2016: A special Heritage Week celebration will be hosted by the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture. Events include:

  • Sunday, January 24: Mass of Saint Francis de Sales – celebrant, Bishop Barres
  • Monday, January 25: Forum on Biomedical Ethics – CEO’s from local hospital networks
  • Tuesday, January 26: Seminar on Law & Society – Prof. Robert P. George J.D., PhD of Philosophy, Princeton University
  • Wednesday, January 27: Town Hall on Social Communications – Rev. Thomas Rosica, CEO of Salt & Light Media and liaison at the Vatican Press Office.
  • Thursday, January 28: R. Wayne Kraft Memorial Lecture – Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S. J., Gregorian University, Rome, editor of Civilta Cattolica and papal interviewer

April 6, 2016: The Marcon Lecturer is Michelle Malkin, Fox News journalist, nationally syndicated columnist and Journalism Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.

May 21, 2016: Commencement will feature a parade of flags carried by alumni for each of the 50 years. Joseph Kurtz, D.D., Archbishop of Louisville, Ky., a Lehigh Valley native and President of the American Bishop’s Conference will receive an honorary degree and offer the address at the graduation ceremony. Archbishop Kurtz is also a former member of the Board of Trustees at DeSales.

For more information on the 50th anniversary celebration and events, visit www.desales.edu/50.

INFO Varying, DeSales University 2755 Station Ave. Center Valley, PA

Freddy Evaluators Needed

The State Theatre Center for the Arts, Inc. is seeking qualified Evaluators for their EMMY Award winning FREDDY© Awards program which awards excellence in the production of high school musical theatre.

Introduced in 2003, the program sends Evaluators to review each of the approximately 30 high school musical productions entered throughout Lehigh and Northampton Counties in PA, and in Warren County, NJ. Evaluators will be expected to attend at least 14 shows during the season and must submit evaluation forms which cover 21 performance and production categories (i.e. Outstanding Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role, Outstanding Use of Scenery). Nominations are announced in early May and followed in late May with a Tony Awards style ceremony at the State Theatre where nominees perform and award recipients are announced and presented with a FREDDY© Award. (The 2016 ceremony is broadcast list on 69.1 WFMZ-TV on Thursday, May 26th  at 7 PM).

We are looking for candidates who have extensive work experience in one of the arts disciplines and have a strong sense of objectivity. They must be able to effectively evaluate student performances and production values. All candidates must be outstanding writers with the ability to effectively communicate their impressions in a constructive manner. Also, a candidate must already be an avid theatre-goer and should possess a wide knowledge of the canon of the American Musical Theatre.

2016 FREDDY© Evaluator Description and Application are available at www.freddyawards.org.

For questions please contact Frank Kutch, FREDDY© Awards Coordinator at fkutch@statetheatre.org, or call 610-258-7766 x202.

INFO N/A, State Theatre-Easton

Kettle Creek Environmental Center November Events Calendar


November - 4 - Wednesday - Public Bog Walk - This guided walk begins at 1 pm.  Along the way, our Environmental Educators will explain the Bog’s formation, its interesting plant and animal life, and the role the local Preserve Committee and the Nature Conservancy play in its continued protection.  Please wear appropriate footwear.  Cost: $6/non-members, $4/EE and Nature Conservancy members and children under 12.  Pre-registration is required.  Directions: Route 611, at the light at the Tannersville Inn turn onto Cherry Lane Rd. The bog parking lot is 1.9 miles from 611 on the right hand side.

November - 5 - Thursday - Home School Program “Bobcats” - Learn all about this common but secretive and elusive “wild cat” of the Poconos.  Three Age Groupings available: Kindergarten - 2nd (parent accompaniment required), 3rd - 6th and 7th - 12th.  Program runs from 2-4 pm; please be on time.  Cost:  $6/non-members, $3/EE Members, pre-registration and pre-payment required.  Your children should dress appropriately for the weather and for exploring outside.  Everyone should wear clothing that will keep them warm, dry, and comfortable.  This should include sturdy footwear (no sandals please).

November - 7 - Saturday - Sign, Sign, Everywhere There’s Signs - Join Environmental Educator Karen N. Boyle to discover the many different clues that animals leave behind.  This program beginning at 10 am will be followed by a hike at Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary to look for clues.  Cost: $5/non-members, $3/children under 12.  EE Center members FREE.

November - 7 - Saturday - Art Opening: Terry Flatt “Scenic Beauty Around the World” - The exhibit will include photos emphasizing natural scenic beauty from Africa, New Zealand, Europe, Canada, and the United States.  Opening Reception: 11am - 1pm.

November - 11 - Wednesday - Holiday - Building closed

November - 14 - Saturday - Build an Ecosystem in a Jar - The Earth is one giant ecosystem in which nutrients cycle through plants, animals, the atmosphere, land, and water.  Beginning at 10 am, we will condense an ecosystem down to the size of a glass jar.  If we balance our ecosystem right, it can stay healthy without interference.  Cost: $5/non-members, $3/children under 12. EE Center members FREE.

November - 14 - Saturday - Public Bog Walk - Join an Environmental Educator at 2 pm at the Bog parking lot and take a 2 ½ hour guided journey into the unique Tannersville Cranberry Bog.  Full description please see listing for September 9th.  Pre-registration required.

November - 20 - Friday - Mystery Birding Trip - Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman will be your leader on this field trip on this field trip where the destinations and target birds will not be revealed until the day of the trip.  Meet at the EE Center at 8:30 am and return 5:30 pm.  Cost: $24/non-members, $18/EE Center members, and includes bus transportation, plenty of birds, and a good time!  Participants should pack a lunch, binoculars, and dress appropriately for the weather.  Stops will be made for coffee and snacks.  Pre-registration and payment is required.  Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week prior to the trip.

November - 21 - Saturday - Annual Bird Seed Sale - We will again be offering the Aspen Song line of top quality bird seed at reasonable prices.  All members and past buyers will receive Bird Seed flyers in the mail in mid-September.  This year’s sale will be from 9 am to 1 pm at the EE Center.  For more information or to get an order blank, please call us at 570-629-3061 or check out our website at www.mcconservation.org.

November - 26 - Thursday - Holiday - Building closed

November - 27 - Friday - Building closed

November - 28 - Saturday - Building closed

INFO Check Events For Times, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Pocono Environmental Education Center November Events Calendar

Sunday for Singles

Sunday, November 1 – 1:00-3:00pm


Enjoy a guided hike on a PEEC trail.  This program is all about exploring nature and meeting new people.


Girl Scout Badge Fest

Saturday, November 7 – 9:00-4:00pm

$12 half day / $20 full day

Attention all Girl Scouts!  Come to PEEC for a fun day of hands-on badge work.  Brownies will work on the Hiker and Senses badges, Juniors will focus on the Animal Habitat badge, Cadettes will work towards the Trailblazing badge, and Seniors will work towards the Adventurer badge.  Payment is required at registration.  Space is limited - call early!


Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Saturday, November 7 – 5:00-7:00pm


To show our appreciation for all they do, PEEC’s volunteers are invited to a special dinner.  


The “Easy Does It” Hike

Sunday, November 8 – 1:00-3:00pm


Enjoy a nice leisurely walk through the woods.  Join us for easy hikes, slow paces and interpretive natural history.


Ecozone Discovery Room!

Saturday, November 14 – 2:00-5:00pm

$2 per person / free admission with Game Dinner registration

Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave, and dig in a fossil pit!  Explore this indoor discovery room and enjoy hands-on exhibits on natural history, sustainability and the local environment.  No registration required.


Game Dinner

Saturday, November 14 – 5:00-7:00pm

$35 / $60 couple

Enjoy the bounty of the season at PEEC’s 5th annual game dinner!  This dinner features local game and seasonal harvests.  Bring your friends & family to enjoy this cozy evening.  5pm - Reception in the Ecozone.  6pm - Dinner in the Dining Hall.


Lenape of the Eastern Woodlands

Sunday, November 15 – 12:00-2:00pm


Mike Dennis of Traditional Earth Skills will teach you about the day-to-day activities of the Lenape culture.  The food, clothing and shelter of the local hunter gatherers will be presented, along with handmade artifacts.   Ages 10+ please.


Around the Campfire

Saturday, November 21 – 4:30-6:00pm


Enjoy a lovely evening around the campfire.  S’mores provided.  Bring your favorite campfire song!  Pre-registration required.


Introduction to Astronomy

Saturday, November 21 – 6:00-7:30pm


Step out for an evening of star gazing and learn about some of the constellations in the sky.  Pre-registration required.


Holiday Bows and Boughs

Sunday, November 29 – 12:00-2:00pm


Create your own holiday decorations using natural materials!  We provide evergreen boughs and materials for you to make wreaths. You can also bring your own supplies and decorations.  Pre-registration required.

INFO Check Events For Times, Pocono Environmental Education Center 538 Emery Road Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328

2015 Year End Giving Campaign

The non-profit State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton announces the 2015 Year End Giving Campaign -– reaching out to the community for donations that will be used to restore the beauty of many areas of the theatre where the plaster has been damaged by water and eroded over the course of many years.

“Thanks to the generosity of our community, we were able to repair our roof this past summer,” notes Shelley Brown, President & CEO.  “Now that we are certain that our beautiful building is protected from the rain, it is time to fix the water-damage that has occurred.  Our beautiful building is on the National Register of Historic Places, and we want to makes sure that it stays beautifully-maintained.  It is obvious how proud all of us are of the State Theatre!”

The goal for the 2015 Campaign is $70,000.

Donations of $250 or more will receive a Drink Ticket good for four beverages at State Theatre bars. Donations of $100 or more received before Tuesday, December 1 will be recognized as part of national

#GivingTuesday campaign, with contributor’s names appearing on the State Theatre Marquee on December 1.

Tax Deductible Contributions can be made to: State Theatre Gets Plastered, 453 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042 or online at www.statetheatre.org

INFO N/A, State Theatre-Easton

Toys For Tots, State Theatre Easton

The State Theatre is an official drop off location for TOYS FOR TOTS!  To donate, bring a new, unopened toy to the State Theatre during regular box office hours (M-F 10AM - 4PM) or on your way to a show.

Everyone who donates at the Theatre will receive a voucher* good for 2 tickets to one of the following State Theatre shows...

A Rockapella Christmas, Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, The Hit Men, AIDA, Muts Gone Nuts, ABBA Mania, Ricky Nelson Remembered: Matthew & Gunnar Nelson, Jim Witter's Coffee House, The Bronx Wanderers

*valid only for performances listed on the voucher, not valid on previous purchases.

INFO Regular Box Office Hours, State Theatre-Easton

Book Collection Drive

The Goddard Schools® located in Quakertown, Bethlehem, Easton and Macungie, PA, the premier preschools focusing on learning through play for children from six weeks to six years old, are holding a book drive that will benefit children in need.

Nov 16, 2015- Jan 8, 2016 , three area Goddard Schools will be collecting new and gently used books  for Judith’s Reading Room to benefit children of low income families.

For more information, please visit www.goddardschool.com

INFO Normal Work Hours, The Goddard School Quakertown, 138 Mill Rd Quakertown, PA 18951

Kettle Creek Environmental Center December Events Calendar


December - 3 - Thursday - Home School Program “Owls” - The hoots & habits, pellets & prey, and feathers & flight of these winged predators are just some of the “owly” topics to be covered.  Three Age Groupings available: Kindergarten - 2nd (parent accompaniment required), 3rd - 6th and 7th - 12th.  Program runs from 2-4 pm; please be on time.  Cost:  $6/non-members, $3/EE Members, pre-registration and pre-payment required.  Your children should dress appropriately for the weather and for exploring outside.  Everyone should wear clothing that will keep them warm, dry, and comfortable.  This should include sturdy footwear (no sandals please).

December - 5 - Saturday - Herbal Teas with the Speichers - The forests and fields of Kettle Creek are full of exciting options for herbal teas.  Join Darryl and Jackie Speicher for an enjoyable walk around Kettle Creek discussing the various plants you can use to make teas that not only taste good, but are good for you!  Following our brisk December walk, we’ll take time in the critter room to warm up with a hot cup of tea.  This 2 hour program begins at 10 am.  Cost: $5/non-members, $3/children under 12.  EE Center members FREE.

December - 5 - Saturday - Art Opening: Photo Contest Display - Enjoy the entrants in our First Annual Monroe County Natural Resources Photo Contest.  The top 13 photos will be featured on a 2016 calendar, available at the Opening Reception: December 5, 11 am-1 pm.

December - 12 - Saturday - KC “Disco” Hike - Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman continues his series of seasonal Discovery Hikes with this exploration of Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary.  Beginning at 10 am, we’ll search for anything and everything the natural world has to offer in the early winter.  Cost for this 1 ½ hour hike is $5/non-members, $3/children under 12.  EE Center members FREE. 

To pre-register, please call the E. E. Center at (570) 629-3061, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information on other programs we offer visit our website at www.mcconservation.org.

INFO Check Events For Times, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Free Christmas Trees

City Limits of God on Ridge Avenue and Chew Streets will be hosting our annual Christmas Tree giveaway on Friday evening, December 4th at 7pm. They will also be serving free hot dogs, and drinks along with entertainment for the community while they wait. The trees and food will be given away, free of charge on a first come, first served basis.

INFO 7:00pm, City Limits Assembly of God on Ridge Avenue and Chew Streets

The Irish Rovers Christmas Concert

Band members hail from Ireland and one from Scotland, however The Irish Rovers formed in Toronto, Canada and have produced over 40 albums in North America with many more internationally. The group makes a stop at the State Theatre for a Christmas Concert as part of their 50th Anniversary Tour.

Show time is Friday, December 4 at 7:30 PM.  Tickets are $35 and $30 and can be purchased by visiting the State Theatre Box Office, 453 Northampton Street, Easton, by calling 1-800-999-STATE, 610-252-3132 or online at www.statetheatre.org. Sponsored by The Morning Call.  

INFO 7:30pm, State Theatre-Easton

An Old Fashioned Christmas

"An Old Fashioned Christmas" The Holiday City Berkeley Melodiers Chorus invite you to their holiday concert December 6 at 2PM. Located at 631 Jamaica Blvd, Berkeley Twp,(Toms River) clubhouse 2. Santa will be stopping by. Free refreshments at intermission. Tickets are $5 with profits going to support local food banks and toy drives. Musical director Alice Mongak and pianist Jim. We're not broadway but we have fun and so will you. See you there.

INFO 2:00pm, 631 Jamaica Blvd, Berkeley Twp,(Toms River) clubhouse 2

Professional Attitude and Communication Training (PACT)

The Workforce and Training Department of Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) developed the Professional Attitude and Communication Training (PACT) program along with Upside Allentown and Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI) in response to the needs of managers and owners of emerging restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and retail businesses for professional employees in Allentown’s Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ).

The eight-hour pre-employment training class prepares applicants for employment in a highly competitive, upscale environment. Outward appearance, comportment, communication skills, customer service skills and food safety handling are all addressed within these intense, comprehensive training sessions.

Training sessions are running Dec. 14-16 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.  These sessions will all be held at LCCC’s Allentown Site, 718 Hamilton Street and continue monthly in January through June 2016.

Through LCCC’s program, participants who have successfully completed the training and apply to Billy’s Downtown Diner (Allentown), The Hamilton Kitchen, Shula’s and Greenwood Hospitality (Renaissance Allentown and Starbucks) are guaranteed interviews.   These employers have endorsed the training and provided input into course content.

Interested individuals should contact LCCC’s Job Training Coordinator Barbara Platt to enroll in the program at 610-799-1582 and to schedule an interview before being accepted into the training.

INFO 6:30pm-9:30pm, LCCC Campus Allentown

4th Annual She Nailed It! Social & Competition

Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley is hosting its 4th Annual She Nailed It! Social and Competition. Last year, this event raised $38,000 to support affordable homeownership in the Lehigh Valley. Join us this year and help us reach our goal to raise $40,000. The Social features an exciting ladies-only nail hammering competition, where teams of four will compete to see who can hammer home the cause! The social will also feature appetizers and desserts and we expect about 250 guests. Information on ticket sales and team registration will be available on our website in February 2016. Link to website: www.habitatlv.org.

INFO 4:00pm-6:00pm, ArtsQuest Musikfest Cafe

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